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Open Gardens

Sunday 29 July 2018

2 – 5pm

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Tickets on sale now!

£5 per family or £2 individual

This year, in addition to viewing Village Gardens there will be the Chapel in Chapel Lane, the path atLeaze Cottage, a quiet contemplation in both our Village Church – St. Mary Magdalene which has been decorated with flowers by Gardening Club Members and The Village Garden & War Memorial area.


Church Farm House, Church Farm Lane

5 Church Farm Lane (a glass of wine available here)

1 Southview Cottages, Manor Farm Lane

Leaze Cottage, Manor Farm Lane

Manor Farm, Manor Farm Lane (refreshments available here)

Places of Interest:

The Chapel, Chapel Lane

Pigeon Farm, Chapel Lane (Do not enter garden, view from Lane only)

St. Mary Magdalene Church (decorated with flowers)

Village Garden and War Memorial Area

Tickets available in advance from Mike New 827807, Jenny McEwen 825312 or Angela Newton 832034 or on the day at the Village Hall (between 2-4pm).

For more information, contact Mary Case on 325856.

Refreshments available at Manor Farm 

Parking next to the School and Manor Farm Lane

Toilets available on the playing field  

We want you to enjoy the gardens and hope you have a lovely day.

Proceeds in aid of the Gardening Club with a donation to the Village Church funds.



South Marston Summer Fete


South Marston Summer Fete

Saturday 7 July 2018  2 – 5pm

Recreational Field, Between Old Vicarage Lane and Thornhill Road.

What’s on.

Dog Show, Spitfire Flypast, Children’s Fancy Dress, Car Boot, Craft Stalls, Fairground Rides, Music, Raffle, Ice Creams, Fire Engine, Plants and Produce, Refreshments, Beer Tent, Entertainment, Cakes, Face Painting, Tombola and lots, lots more…..

Children’s Fancy Dress: 2:45pm

Age Categories: 0-4 years, 5-7 years and 8+. Cash prize to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all categories and a prize to each entry.

Car Boot: £10 per car – Entry onto the field from 1pm to set up.

Dog Show: Entries from 1:30pm, Classes and Judging start at 2:30pm


  1. AV Puppy (6-12 months)
  2. AV Sporting
  3. AV Non-Sporting
  4. AV Open
  5. AV Veteran (7 years and over)

Best Pedigree in Show will now be judged

Classes Open to All Dogs:

  1. AV Veteran (7 years and over)
  2. Prettiest Bitch
  3. Best Crossbreed
  4. Best Child Handler (up to 16 years)
  5. Most Handsome Dog
  6. Dog in Best Condition
  7. Best Movement
  8. Best Brace (2 dogs most alike)
  9. Most Appealing Eyes
  10. Best 6 legs


Tug ‘O War – We’re looking for teams of 6 to take part. Winner to take home the “winners” trophy. Contact Jenny McEwen (see below) to register your team no late than Sunday 1 July 2018. 

Cake Donations – Please could we kindly ask for tray bakes, whole cakes and individual cakes to sell on the Refreshments and Gardening Club stalls.  Could we ask you to bring your cake to the blue porta cabin on the recreational field on the day?

Volunteers – We desperately need your help and kindly asking for just an hour of your time in helping to run this year’s Fete?  We are looking for volunteers for the following:

  • Thursday evening (5th July)
    • Put up marquees
    • Put up the bunting
    • Collect items from the village hall (car with trailer ideal)
    • Collect hay bales from within the village (car with trailer ideal)
  • Saturday morning (7th July from 9am)
    • Help lay out tables and chairs for stall holders
    • Help lay out and prepare the refreshments area
    • Mark out car parking, dog show and exit areas
    • Put signage up around the field and on the road
    • Lay out two arenas with hay bales
    • Collect tables from the village hall at 1pm (car with trailer ideal)
  • Saturday during the fete (2pm to 5pm)
    • Car parking attendants
  • Saturday at the end of the fete (5pm)
    • Take down marquees
    • Litter picking
    • Take down banners
    • Take down bunting
    • Return items to the school and village hall (car with trailer ideal)
    • Collect up parking (cones and stakes) equipment
    • Return hay bales (car with trailer ideal)

If you can help in any way, please contact Jenny McEwen 07770 633362, Mary Case 07340 965037 or Angela Newton 07789068340 for more information or to leave your details.

See you all on Saturday 7th July!


Plant Sale

On: Monday 11 June 2018

At: South Marston Village Hall

Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Update from meeting on Monday 14 May 2018

Speakers: Pete and Bob Biggs, Wanborough Herb Nursery

Title: “Culinary Herbs and their Uses”

They gave us an interesting talk and overview of a selection of herbs from their collection.

Mint: There were at least 10 different mints on the table, such as “strawberry mint”.  One way to use is by laying leaves at the base of a cake batter and remove once the cake is cooked.  As a refreshing tea or add chopped leaves into a yogurt, in smoothies or in a fruit salad.

Geranium: Two unusual varieties on the night were “Rose” and Cola”.  The smell from these two varieties was unbelievable.  Leaves can be used as a refreshing drink and again by layering the leaves under a cake batter.

Lemon Verbena: Leaves can be used as a tea, in cakes or dropped into a hot bath.

Marjoram/Oregano: Can be used when cooking meat, fish or pasta.  The flowers are loved by bees and butterflies.

Strawberries (alpines): Unusual yellow fruited plants.

A couple of Hints and Tips

Coriander: Likes to be grown on its own and not with other plants. When cutting to use, don’t cut at the base and only use the top part of the plant.

Chive: If you suffer from “rust”, cut the plant to the ground and soak with a bucket of water.

Clay soil: Is the best soil for growing.  To improve its drainage add grit, sand or gravel and add a mulch such as manure or composted bark.


Travellers on Playing Field

Travellers have gained access onto the playing field today (28.04.18) at approximately 15:15 and been reported to the police.  The call Log No. is: 0166280418.

Thank you to those of you who have reported it in various ways to a number of people.  It is now out of our hands and we can only wait for it to be dealt with by the police.

Culinary Herbs and Their Uses

On: Monday 14 May 2018

At: South Marston Village Hall

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Pete and Bob Biggs of Wanborough Herb Nursery will speak about “Culinary Herbs and their Uses”.

They will bring along a large selection of herbs and talk about how they can be used in cooking.

Herb Plants will be available to purchase at the end of the evening.

Cost: £3 entry fee on the door or £12 for full Membership.

A warm welcome awaits you along with tea and cake as well as an optional raffle.

Update from Meeting held on Monday 9 April 2018

Speaker Stuart “The Wildman” Mabbutt from Oxford gave us a very interesting and entertaining talk about Wildlife in Everyday Gardening.  Stuart had 10 Challenges for us to improve Wildlife in our Gardens which are:

      • 1: Is gardening essential or is it social conditioning?
      • 2: Tidiness is down to interpretation
      • 3: Are you hearing or are you listening? Are you seeing or are you looking
      • 4: Birth is just as important as death and decay (there is no such thing as pest and disease)
      • 5: It’s really only down to 4 things
        • Water
        • Dead wood
        • Different grass heights
        • Different flowers, trees and shrubs
      • 6: Hedgehogs and bee’s
      • 7: The connected garden
        • Corridors in between neighbouring garden
        • You as part of a much bigger picture
      • 8:The alternative garden: moon gardening and ant nests
      • 9: Natives and non-natives are not worth fussing about too much, diversity is what we need. Ethical seeds (buy British seeds not imported ones.)
      • 10: Caring for garden birds.