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08 April, 2020

Bentworth Garden Club Plant Sale

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Dear Members, I hope that you are all well? The plant sale this year is going to be different! We have got some bedding plants and a few other plants that the committee are going to sell. We are going to do an inventory of what we have got which I will send out nearer the time. ...

08 April, 2020

Patient Information – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Preparedness

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Changes to the way Bentley Village Surgery, Boundaries Surgery, Chawton Park Surgery and The Wilson Practice will operate from Monday 30 March 2020 As a result of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, from Monday 30 March 2020, Bentley Village Surgery, Boundaries Surgery, Chawton Park Surgery and The Wilson Practice are making significant changes to the way we work. ...

08 April, 2020

Garden Notes – Get Sowing

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Thank heavens for the dry weather coming in at the end of March. At last we could get out into our gardens. We need them for exercise and food. Of course lots of you have no veg patch but it will be useful if you can manage to grow something in the coming months, even if it is only in a tub. I worry that though we grow a lot of veg in this country there will be no-one to harvest it. We could have a reduced choice of fruit and veg. If so it will be sensible to grow what you can in your garden. ...

08 April, 2020

COVID-19 – Useful Information

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Who can help with food deliveries? The Handy Store, Medstead will take orders over the phone on 01420 563141 and there are volunteers that will bring it to you. You can pay by cheque, BACS bank transfer or cash. Clementine’s Vegetable & Produce shop clementinesdelivery@outlook.com 01420 563984. They will take an order over the phone or email. You can pay by card or cash and they can deliver via volunteers. Castle of Comfort Pub, Medstead Take Away Food and Delivery Service – pay with a card on delivery to your home. Also offer all kinds of meat products as they have a Butcher’s. 01420 562112 or tracydaley61@gmail.com Veggie boxes https://thelocalvegboxpeople.co.uk/how-to-shop/deliveries Online ordering only. They deliver. Abi’s Fruit & Veg Boxes £17.50, Fruit, Veg & Dairy Box £22.50 Please email or text with your order. abigailvanessal@hotmail.com (that is a small L not a 1) 07801 517246. You will need to pick up – please contact her for address. Triple fff is doing deliveries – the main shop is shut, but you can order and pay over the phone and they will deliver. They are on 01420 561422. Support Mechanisms Please be aware these groups may also be affected by their own volunteers having to self-isolate! MVCG – Medstead Voluntary Care Group offers help with doctor’s appointments, dentist, hospital visits please call their co-ordinator on 0845 46 305 46. Age Concern Alton may be able to provide some outreach services 01420 84257. CAB Adviceline 0300 3309 028 (East Hampshire residents only). Medstead Church has books which people are free to take (no return needed). They are not running church services, but you can stay in touch via their website www.blmsbenefice.org. Alton Town Council will be offering a free Herald Newspaper to each selfisolating household – a neighbour will need to pick it up for you from the Town Hall Tel 01420 83986. Diana Tennyson ...

08 April, 2020

Farm Diary

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I said a big dry spell would come – well it took longer to arrive than we all hoped but it is dry now with plenty of sunshine – wonderful. The last 14 days have been very busy planting the fields that should have been planted last autumn and also those originally destined for spring cropping. Everything has gone really well with excellent seedbeds and few mechanical problems. Huge thanks to Rob who has worked many hours – something over 90 hours a week. The cereals are now planted with the 80 acres of spring beans to plant next week. ...

21 March, 2020

Milk Deliveries

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Please remember we have a milkman who delivers to Bentworth on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and can provide other groceries and supplies. You can order at www.milkandmore.co.uk ...

21 March, 2020

Hampshire Federation of WI

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Our talk this month was entitled ‘Tales from the Green Room’, by Mr Alan Grace, who was head of Sport on London Radio before retirement. The expression ‘ Green Room’ comes from far back in history when the Greek actors and speakers would head outside to relax in the fresh air and green spaces. They would rehearse and relax here before going on stage to perform. ...

21 March, 2020

Farm Diary

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The rainfall recorded in February was the most for any month in this wet winter 225.5 mm (9.13 ins) and over only 29 days. The good news is that today I heard a weather forecast that said a warm dry spell is coming – you have no idea how much I hope this is true because the situation is getting pretty serious on the farm. ...

21 March, 2020

Garden Notes – April Showers

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Let us hope we do not get too many showers in April. Just enough to get new sowings to emerge. Of course that means the weeds as well. I have been looking at the options for getting rid of these weeds. If everything is dry you can hoe and leave them on the surface to die. Or you can use a weed killer. We used to be able to get simple Weedol, which just killed the leaves and was ideal for annual weeds. But now glyphosate is ubiquitous. You can get it in formulations to provide an instant effect. It kills plants right down to their roots and degrades once it hits the soil. So you can plant soon afterwards. There is a new kid on the block to join Roundup, called Job Done. It is difficult to compare them as they produce their chemical list in different ways. Even Roundup has different formulations. One thing that effects its use is the amount of surfactant (soapy stuff) they add. This means the weedkiller can cling to the leaves better. Find one that works for you. When it comes to paths and gravel they both claim to act as weed killers but they have no long term effect. What you need is one containing a preemergent agent as well as the glyphosate, such as Weedol Pathclear. This claims to give you a season clear of weeds, but remember a season is only three months long. I find it useful to hit the weeds early with Roundup and then sometime in April use the Weedol Pathclear. This prolongs the weedfree time and means you can avoid spraying overhanging plants. In late summer when you cut back the geraniums and catmint I come along and treat the odd weed then with Roundup. ...

21 March, 2020

Defibrillator Awareness Session Video

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On 13th January an awareness session was held in Shalden village hall, given by Paul Abbott from the Community Heartbeat Trust, regarding the defibrillator which is now situated outside the hall. Bentworth has a similar unit outside the Jubilee Hall. ...