Monday 1 April 2019
Speaker: Claire Hart
If you have a small garden and don’t think it’s big enough to grow anything, then this is the talk for you.
Making the most of small spaces and looking at reasons to Grow Your Own. For absolute beginners to experienced Gardeners.
Claire combines her love of growing with a passion for countryside topics, from poultry keeping, all about eggs, equine issues and grow your own to how to grow giant veg!
Venue: South Marston Village Hall
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
Parking: Old Vicarage Lane, next to the school.
Cost: £3 entry fee on the door or join the Gardening Club for £12 (full membership).
A warm welcome awaits you along with refreshments and optional raffle.
Follow us on Facebook or for more information please contact Angela on: 07789068340
Christmas Decoration Workshop
It’s that time of year again and Christmas is upon us so come and get creative ahead of the festive season. Although all materials will be provided, please could you bring a selection of evergreen foliage to share with others that has been well soaked in a bucket of water for a good few hours or overnight, also small Christmas trimmings such as cones, imitation berries and flowers etc.
If you have them, bring yourself in a pair of secateurs or sturdy scissors to use. £3 on the door or to join the Gardening Club its £12 (annual membership).
A warm welcome awaits you along with tea and cake as well as an optional raffle.
Venue: South Marston Village Hall
Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Monday 3 September 2018 @ 7:30pm to 9:30pm in South Marston Village Hall.
Speaker: Paul Green of Newent, Gloucestershire
Subject: “It’s not all about Flowers – Foliage and Stem Interest”
Paul is often asked “why don’t you like flowers?” Well he does, he loves them! The point is that flowers are not the only thing to get him excited. So many plants have interesting stem colour or texture. What about the range of berries? One of the main themes of plants he grows is for the range of foliage, its shape, size and colour. He’s hoping to tempt you too to try something new. There will be a large range of plants on show in the evening ranging from fairly common to rare and slightly strange!
Paul’s Nursery “Greens Leaves” is a specialist plant nursery which supplies a wide selection of choice, rare and unusual plants, all grown in their Gloucestershire nursery. They have dedicated their nursery to a collection of rare and specialist plants from around the world and the list is growing.
At the end of the evening, you have the chance to purchase these rare and unusual plants.
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.
For more information, please contact Mike New on 827807 mobile 07999914751 or Angela Newton on 832034 mobile 07789068340
Have you ever taken a look at this great Community Village event?
You may not be into showing off your Home-grown Produce but what about showing off your prized Hanging Basket or House Plant, your Cooking and Baking skills or even your Flower Arranging talents? We have a long list of various types of flowers to show from Dahlias” to Sweet peas and cooking skills from Jams to Curds and Sausage rolls to Scones. This year our “flavoured cake is “Ginger”. Do you have an amazing ginger cake recipe that you think may be a winner? If none of these appeal to you what about a photograph of either an “Insect” or an “Abandoned building” these are our two Photography categories this year? We also have various categories for showing your Handcrafts from Metal to Wool and a Home Brew section. There’s something for everyone so what are you waiting for?
We haven’t forgotten the children so they can enter too. Age 5 years and under- Collage Picture, 6 to 8 Years – Posy of Flowers and 9 to 11 Years- Vegetable Monster.
If you are not up to entering this year, why not come along to the Village Hall at 5pm to view the entries and the competition for next year along with tea and cake. There will be a raffle and auction of donated exhibits at the end of the show at 5:30pm. A very warm welcome awaits you.
If you would like a copy of the full Schedule and entry form please contact either Mike New Tel 8277807 or Angela Newton 832034
SOUTH MARSTON FLOWER AND PRODUCE SHOW
TO BE HELD IN THE VILLAGE HALL ON SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018
Friday 17 August 7pm to 8:30pm – Register your Exhibits (see list below) at the Village Hall
Saturday 18 August
10am to 12:30pm – Staging of Exhibits
1pm to 4pm – Judging takes place
5pm – Doors open to the public – Admission at door 20p (per adult)
Refreshments and Raffle available
5:30pm – Presentation of Show Winners followed by Auction of Produce (the Committee will be grateful for any exhibit left for sale) and Raffle Prize Draw
|1. 3 Potatoes (white or coloured)
2. 5 French Beans
3. 5 Pods of Peas
4. 5 Runner Beans
5. 5 Broad Beans
6. 3 Onions – under ½ lb in weight
7. 3 Onions – over ½ lb in weight
8. 3 Beetroot
9. 1 Courgette
10. 3 Carrots
11. 2 Cabbages
12. 6 Pickling Shallots (under 30mm in diameter)
13. 6 Large Shallots (over 30mm in diameter)
14. 1 Cucumber
15. 3 Tomatoes
16. Truss of Tomatoes
17. Collection of any 5 Vegetables (one of each of any 5 different kinds in a seed tray not exceeding 18” x 12”)
18. Collection of 5 Salad Vegetables (All different)
19. Collection of Fresh Herbs
20. Longest Runner Bean
21. Heaviest Onion
22. Heaviest Potato
23. Any other Vegetable not on schedule
24. Ugly or Misshapen Vegetable (Please give your vegetable a “name”)
25. Bowl of Home Grown Fruit (5 of same kind)
- Hanging Basket
|28. 1 Single Rose
29. 3 Roses
30. 5 Asters (single or double)
31. 3 Decorative Dahlias
32. 3 Cactus Dahlias
33. 1 Specimen Dahlia (large)
34. 3 Carnations
35. 5 Pansies
36. 5 Stalks of Sweet Peas
37. 3 Spikes of Gladioli
38. 1 Specimen spike of Gladiolus
39. 3 Vases of Flowers (a different variety in each vase – no extra foliage)
40. Flowering Pot Plant (Geranium, Fuchsia, Orchid etc.)
41. Foliage Pot Plant (Succulent, Cactus etc.)
|42. Square Floral Carpet (not exceeding 6” x 6”)
43. Miniature Flower Arrangement (under 4” x 4”)
44. Floral Wreath “100 WW1”
45. Arrangement in a Basket (not to exceed 15” overall)
|46. Photograph “Insects”
47. Photograph “Abandoned Buildings”
|48. Jar Soft Fruit Jam (in 1lb jar)
49. Jar Stone Fruit Jam (in 1lb jar)
50. Jar Jelly (in 1lb jar)
51. Jar Marmalade (in 1lb jar)
52. Citrus Curd (in 1lb jar)
53. Sweet Chutney (in 1lb jar)
54. Pickled Onions or Shallots
55. 6 Sausage Rolls
56. Apple Pie (with pastry top and bottom and no decoration)
57. 6 Cheese Scones
58. 6 Fruit Scones
59. Bread Pudding or Bread and Butter Pudding
60. Victoria Sandwich (see ingredients and size of tin below)
61. Fruit Cake (see ingredients and size of tin below)
62. Ginger Cake (any shape or size)
|64. Homemade Wine, Lager, Beer, Cider or Liqueur etc.
|65. Metal, Wood or Glass Item
66. Knitting or Crochet item
67. Cross Stich or Embroidery Item
68. Artwork (Charcoal, Watercolour etc)
69. Material (Fabric, Fur, Felt etc.)
|Class G (5 years and under) Collage Picture
Class H (6 to 8 Years) Posy of Flowers
Class I (9 to 11 Years) Vegetable Monster
INGREDIENTS FOR CLASSES 60 & 61
|6oz Self Raising Flour
||8oz Self Raising Flour
|6oz Caster Sugar
|6oz Butter or Margarine
||4oz Butter or Margarine
||1/8th pint Milk
|Cakes to be made in 7” size tins using the above ingredients only.
Judges will use their discretion to disqualify cakes made using any other ingredients or size of tin.
- Entry Fees 30p each entry for all classes (Classes A to F).
- Class prizes will be awarded – 1st 50p, 2nd 20p and 3rd 10p
- Children’s class 20p to enter (Classes G, H & I).
- Children’s class prizes will be awarded – 1st £1, 2nd 50p, and 3rd 20p. Fourth prize and lower a prize for each exhibit.
Sunday 29 July 2018
2 – 5pm
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.
On: Monday 11 June 2018
At: South Marston Village Hall
Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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.