Archive: Aug 2015

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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Parish Council update

The Parish Council meeting in August was held after the deadline for The Messenger so there is no report on that meeting. Some of you will have noticed some new smaller football goals with nets on the sports field. These were paid for and installed by the Parish Council. They are less robust than the traditional metal

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Bedswapping in the hen house

At the time of writing this the list above is not quite accurate as Henry, George’s brother, has come to visit us for a week or so. His owners are on holiday prior to moving to Mill Street and it seemed a real shame for the dogs to miss out on their walks if Henry

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News from the village hall

The Trustees have removed the wooden statue from outside the Village Hall as the base had rotted and the structure was in a dangerous condition. FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT THE HALL Saturday 12th September 2015 – Music Festival Village Hall 60th Anniversary Celebration. To celebrate this event we are holding a free to enter music festival

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Parish Council report

At the Parish Council meeting in July a decision was finally taken on purchasing new football goals for the Charity Meadow. The debate has been rumbling for some time and it was originally intended to buy nets for the existing goals. After discussion it was decided instead to purchase two smaller goals with nets ideally

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Guardians of Gislingham meet Jo Churchill MP

Eric Sheehan and Graham Broughton from the Guardians of Gislingham met with Jo Churchill MP on the 17th July to discusss the planning application to build 40 houses in the land to the rear of Westview Gardens and the front of Thornham Road. Jo expressed her concern that the application did not take into consideration the

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Chickens help with the weeding

Hello again. The rain is pouring down outside and the roads are chocker block with people desperately trying to get away on holiday – so it must be the start of the school holidays and summertime in England. A couple of weeks ago we were very lucky for the Gislingham Summer Fair and had fantastic

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Update from the playgroup

This term has been very busy with a trip to Banham zoo, a yoga session with Clare Hall and taking part in the school sports day. Our theme this term has been people who help us, we had a visit from a parent who is a doctor and a local policeman. We have been busy

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