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27 September, 2018

Farm Diary

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The wonderful mostly dry and sunny weather is continuing which means that it is ideal for insects, birds and in fact most of the natural world locally. Pleasingly the one species that will not thrive in these conditions are slugs – I have never worked out what good a slug does so do not miss them this year. The ground is harder than usual so wearing surfaces on cultivators are disappearing quickly. We now use tungsten faced points which do last longer but of course are double the price of standard items. The flints in the soil in this area tend to cut into the steel and tungsten so that nothing lasts long – in the days when we ploughed a set of plough points might need replacing after 2 days work. The term “Hampshire diamond” obviously refers to the hardness of our local stone – a shame it is not worth as much as jewellery diamonds. When I worked in the Cotswolds the soil and stone was much softer and a set of points could last a whole season or more. ...

25 September, 2018

Bentworth Harvest Picnic – 12th October 2018 7:30pm

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Welcome drink upon arrival! Please bring your own food, drink and place setting. Don’t be shy! There is no need to book an entire table as there will be tables available for everyone who wants to come. Anyone coming for the first time will be made to feel as welcome as those who have been previously. Suggested minimum £5 per head donation to charity with prize draw on the night. In order to reserve your place, as numbers are limited, please contact Sarah Whitley on 01420 562188 ...

08 September, 2018

Bentworth Film Night – Tuesday 11th September

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The two film nights so far have been a great success. If you haven’t been to one then give it a try, it’s an opportunity to not only enjoy a good film but to catch up with friends and neighbours. ...

08 August, 2018

Charity Talk in aid of Broadlands Riding for the Disabled

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Another amazing talk organised in aid of Broadlands Riding for the Disabled in Medstead, Hampshire at Wivelrod Barns, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4AS. Thursday 20th September 2018. ...

30 July, 2018

Save the Date – Harvest Picnic

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I realise we are all still thinking of summer holidays in the sunshine and long evenings round the barbecue, but we are pleased to forewarn you that there will be again a Harvest Picnic on Friday 12th October at 19.30 in the Jubilee Hall, the Friday before the Harvest Festival service in the Church. ...

30 July, 2018

Bentworth Garden Club

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A big thank you to Maxine Wood who once again organised the most wonderful trip to Arundel Castle and it’s amazing gardens. No easy task but Maxine made it look effortless. ...

30 July, 2018

Save the Date: Friday 28th September

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The annual Macmillan Coffee Morning will take place at Holt End, Bentworth from 10-12 noon. The charge for coffee/tea and cake/biscuits will be £3.00. ...

30 July, 2018

Hampshire Federation of WI

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Our garden meeting this year was held at Victoria Raymonds’ beautiful house and garden. The weather was very hot and humid so it was with pleasure that we sat at a table in a shady part of the garden, catching what little breeze was available. ...

30 July, 2018

Garden Notes

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The hot weather in June and July certainly showed you the vulnerable plants. This is the first time that I have seen a hosta in deep shade wilting. The problem here is that the shade is caused by the trees and shrubs around it and their roots are winning. The Phlox are especially hit by drought since they are so surface rooting. It is amazing what a bit of shade can do. Roses in part shade lasted much longer. The growers say that fours hours sunlight a day is ample for them, but I have found they will do well on less if they have overhead light. Phlox are very happy in shade. Clematis will do well as they hate hot sun on their roots. ...

30 July, 2018

Farm News

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When I wrote for the Villager 4 weeks ago my weather request was for long days of bright light and ½ inch of rain every week and certainly no extremely hot temperatures or strong sunlight. My hopes of a weather pattern to maximise the yield potential of the crops have been disappointed in a big way. Never mind the crops – the weather has been stunning with great warmth. Will the high temperatures and lack of rainfall affect the crop yields? Yes but how much remains to be seen. The first fields have been cut in the area but it is too early to draw any conclusions on yield trends yet but it is true that usually the price per tonne rises if the harvest is smaller so there is a compensating effect. ...