Archive: 2015

Being adventurous with bulbs and tubers

With the new editions of the gardening catalogues out, it is an ideal time to start planning for next year. The bulb and tuber sections of these enticing publications will be of special interest as I have decided it’s time to be a little more adventurous and forsake my usual choice of new varieties of

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Variety club to perform ‘Oliver’

The Variety Club will be performing Lionel Bart’s musical in Gislingham Village Hall from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th April 2016. There will be a read through of the script in the village hall from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 22nd November and we invite anyone who feels they might be interested in being involved,

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Playgroup news

Playgroup has welcomed 11 new children and their families this term and they are all settling in well. We have been very busy making the most of the fine weather with trips to the park and nature walks collecting leaves and autumn materials. We would like to say a big thank you to the Gardening

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Parish council update

In last month’s Messenger there was a reminder to horse riders and cyclists not to use footpaths. Just to clarify, the landowner over which the footpath runs is fully entitled to ride on their own land and they may give permission for others to do so. In the case of the Charity Meadow, permission would

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Divide and conquer

Last month I talked about creating new plants for free via cuttings. Division is another very popular method and is one of the easiest forms of propagation of eligible plants. Most perennials should be divided every few years as a matter of routine as old, matted clumps tend to die out in the middle or

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Thanks for the flower festival

We wish everyone who visited and supported the annual Flower Festival held in St Mary’s Church over the August bank holiday a very big THANK YOU for making it such a great success, despite the attempts of the weather to make this event a total wash out!!! In particular we thank the flower arrangers for

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Parish council report

The Parish Council meeting in September was held after the deadline for The Messenger so there is no report on that meeting. At the meeting held on 24 August, it was decided that the best way to plan for the future of the village was to review and update the Parish Plan that was published

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New plants from old

One topic that readers have asked me about recently is propagation or producing new plants from old. Raising your own new plants from existing stock provides a free source of young healthy plants with a supply that can be infinite, as each year’s growth provides new material. You know just what you are getting too, since propagation from cuttings, division or layering produces

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John Watson and the origins of the Watson Bowl

September 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Gislingham Village Hall and there will be a special celebration on Saturday 12 September to mark the occasion. So this month it seems timely to write about Phillip Watson the “project manager” for the building of the Village Hall, and his son, John Watson.

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Guardians of Gislingham

By the time you read this the first skirmish in the proposal to build 40 houses on the Greenfield site behind Westview Gardens and the Church will probably be over – the proposal will be considered by the MSDC Development Committee on Wednesday 26th August – and we will know if the outline planning permission

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