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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

“Surprised by Joy” – 30th May 2020

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An afternoon with Sue Morris and Alfred Bradley who will present a fascinating insight into the life of “C. S Lewis” To be held in Alton Abbey Church GU34 4AP 2.30pm Saturday May 30th 2020 ...

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. ...

19 March, 2020

Open for Private Prayer – Closed for Public Worship


Dear members of all four PCCs and many parishioners, I very much hope that this email finds you in good health. You are all very much in my thoughts and prayers. ...

19 March, 2020

Bentworth Garden Club

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Dear members, I thought I might give you a bit of an update of our thinking on how to move forwards with the Bentworth Garden Club this year. We have had the Bentworth Garden Club Membership and programme printed for this year.  As from Thursday 19th March, I will be putting  some  programmes in my outside letter box (by the front door) for anyone to pick up.  Maxine will also have some to give out.  We do not want any payment for this at the moment.   However, we will be asking you all for some money when we next see you.  (The membership is still £7.00).  We are dong this so that you can get your 10% discount from Garthowen Garden Centre, and if rumours are to be believed, I think we might be spending quite a lot of time in our gardens this spring! So the discount might come in handy. ...

17 March, 2020

CANCELLED – Broadlands RDA Charity Talk – An Evening With Rachel Forbes, 17th March 2020


THE PLANNED TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED TO A LATER DATE Army veteran, former helicopter pilot, mum of 3 young boys… Oh, and she competes in tough endurance races! How does she find the time? ...

15 March, 2020

CANCELLED – Bentworth Garden Club AGM – 17th March 2020

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The Bentworth Garden Club meeting scheduled for 17th March has been cancelled. [Please note that this message is not posted on behalf of Bentworth Parish Council and does not necessarily reflect the Parish Council’s policy] ...

06 March, 2020

Cancelled – Choral Evensong 8th March 2020

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The Choral Evensong scheduled for St Mary’s Church Bentworth at 6pm on Sunday 8 March is now postponed until later in the year. PCC [Please note that this message is not posted on behalf of Bentworth Parish Council and does not necessarily reflect the Parish Council’s policy] ...