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2019
4:00 pm Evelyn – Special Screening @ Vue Cinema, Kennet Centre
Evelyn – Special Screening @ Vue Cinema, Kennet Centre
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Evelyn - Special Screening @ Vue Cinema, Kennet Centre | England | United Kingdom
Evelyn is a deeply personal documentary from the Academy Award winning team behind The White Helmets (2016) and Virunga (2014). The film follows the story of a family overcoming the unthinkable. On a walking odyssey[...]
5:00 pm Sunday Pizza Night at the Queens... @ Queens Arms
Sunday Pizza Night at the Queens... @ Queens Arms
Feb 17 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday Pizza Night at the Queens Arms in East Garston @ Queens Arms | England | United Kingdom
Most of the restaurants and pubs may be shut of a Sunday evening – but not the Queens Arms. Just as the last Sunday lunches are being cleared away, we’re firing up our pizza ovens[...]
Feb
18
Mon
2019
9:30 am Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Monkey Mayhem @ The Beacon | England | United Kingdom
Pre-school stay and play session with bouncy castle and ball pit. Buy tickets on the door – no booking required.   Dates Every Monday & Friday (except Bank Holidays). Price £3.70 per child or £5.70[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for ... @ Swindon MECA
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indoor Bounce & Inflatables for Halfterm @ Swindon MECA | England | United Kingdom
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February 2019 10am – 4pm (Daily) UNLIMITED PLAY Bouncy Castles (up to 10yrs) Inflatable Obstacle Course (up to 10yrs) Toddler Soft Play (0-4yrs) 0-6 Months – Free Under 4’s –[...]
10:00 am Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Monday Rhymetime @ Thatcham Library @ Thatcham Library | England | United Kingdom
Monday Rhymetime at Thatcham Library Rhymetime for under 3’s at Thatcham Library. Every Monday in term time, 10.00-10.20am. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286
10:00 am Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Music Mondays, Wantage @ Vale & Downland Museum | England | United Kingdom
For under 5s – come and join Music Mondays.  Join in with traditional songs and rhymes accompanied by live music. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Spaces are limited so please book in advance[...]
1:30 pm Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Lib... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Duplo Play Sessions @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Duplo Play Sessions For toddlers and preschoolers: Mondays, 1.30-3.00pm all year round Wednesdays. 10.45am-12.15pm half-term and holidays An informal session to have fun with Duplo. Younger siblings welcome – we have a few baby toys to[...]
1:45 pm Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Let’s Talk About the Old Days @ ... @ Theale Library
Feb 18 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Let's Talk About the Old Days @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Let’s Talk About the Old Days Regular events for older people – Carers welcome. 3rd Monday each month, starts 19th November. Please call or email ahead if you wish to attend – For more information,[...]
2:00 pm Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Coffee & Craft @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Coffee and Craft Every Monday in term time, 2.00-4.00pm at Pangbourne Library. Drop in and bring any craft with you. For more information, please contact the library. http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch…

…but some lunches are more free than others. Having an allotment encourages me to be a bit more creative with using the vegetables we grow. We try to avoid buying any vegetables during the summer, although I have had to buy some tomatoes recently as ours are only just going red.

Through the winter months I love to make soups but at this time of year when harvests are abundant I enjoy making up salad lunches for work.

A lot of the time I’m using very similar ingredients because it’s what is available from the plot at the time, but modifying the dressing or adding a few herbs makes a big difference.

I generally use red wine vinegar and olive oil when making an oil/vinegar dressing. I have chilli-infused and oak-smoked olive oils. I also have a pumpkin oil, which perhaps surprisingly is green! Sometimes I pre-cook some of the ingredients – like beetroots and turnips – but other times I’ll use these raw. Occasionally I’ll prepare the night before but most of the time I’m not organised enough, so just make them up in a rush in the morning.

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(Click images in slider to view full-size. Note that anything that looks meaty is actually a vegetarian alternative.)

Chilled pan-fried courgettes are a delicious addition to a salad.

You have to quite severely brown them (which I am particularly good at) and they have a stronger flavour if left overnight – who doesn’t need to get rid of courgettes at this time of year?!

 

The shaped cucumbers are fun – I have small moulds (hearts and stars) which I place over the growing cucumbers.

We tried it on a courgette but the growing courgette was much stronger than the mould and burst through….

 

Later this month on Saturday 18 August is the Royal British Legion / Hungerford Allotment Holders Association annual Horticultural & Handicrafts Show. It’s been a tough year for growing so I don’t know how many entries there will be – I know that we won’t be able to exhibit as many items as we normally do.

Unfortunately there isn’t a ‘smallest carrot’ category, but there’s always a chance for the ‘funniest veg’ and longest runner bean…
You will find the list of classes to enter here. It includes some categories for children

Do come along – it’s not as daunting as some shows you may see on television. It’s normal veg grown by local gardeners.

If you don’t fancy exhibiting this year, why not come along and see the kind of competition you would be facing – or just come along to buy some of the exhibits at the auction in the evening.

It’s always a lot of fun.

Belinda Robinson

HAHA (Hungerford Allotment Holders Association)

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