What's On

Feb
20
Thu
2020
all-day Ali’s Barbers and the Fawlty Sle... @ Kennet School
Ali’s Barbers and the Fawlty Sle... @ Kennet School
Feb 20 – Feb 22 all-day
Ali's Barbers and the Fawlty Sleeves - KATS panto! @ Kennet School | England | United Kingdom
A Pitch-Perfect pantomime – great fun for all the family! There are three evening performances at 7.30pm from the 20th to 22nd, as well as a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
all-day Dick Whittington and his Cat – K...
Dick Whittington and his Cat – K...
Feb 20 all-day
Dick Whittington and his Cat - Kintbury Panto
Thursday 20 Feb (7.30 pm) Friday 21 Feb (3pm & 7.30 pm) Saturday 22 Feb (1 pm & 6 pm) Refreshments and evening bar available Tickets £8 (adult) £6 (child or OAP) Family discount £24[...]
9:00 am Newbury Thursday and Saturday Ma... @ Newbury (Northbrook Street, Market Place)
Newbury Thursday and Saturday Ma... @ Newbury (Northbrook Street, Market Place)
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Newbury Thursday and Saturday Market @ Newbury (Northbrook Street, Market Place) | Newbury | England | United Kingdom
Newbury Market is a bustling one-stop shop for all your essentials. The majority of the traders have been on the market for many years so you’re guaranteed top quality produce. Once you’ve finished bargain hunting,[...]
9:30 am Computer Lessons @ Thatcham library
Computer Lessons @ Thatcham library
Feb 20 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Computer Lessons @ Thatcham library | England | United Kingdom
Computer Lessons for beginners Every Thursday morning at Thatcham Library. To book a session, please contact the library: 01635 866049 http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30286 Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/
10:00 am Rhymetime/Storytime @ Pangbourne Library
Rhymetime/Storytime @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Rhymetime/Storytime @ Pangbourne Library | Pangbourne | England | United Kingdom
Rhymetime/Storytime for 0 to 5 years Alternating on Thursday in TERM TIME ONLY – 10.00-10.30am at Pangbourne Library. 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/
10:00 am St Katharine’s House Dementia Cafe @ St Katharine's House
St Katharine’s House Dementia Cafe @ St Katharine's House
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am
St Katharine’s House Dementia Cafe @ St Katharine's House | Cleveland Heights | Ohio | United States
St Katharine’s House Care Home in Wantage hosts a Dementia Cafe every Thursday starting at 10 am. This is a great opportunity for anyone in the community who has dementia or family members who are in[...]
11:00 am Campervan stories & crafts @ Burghfield Common Library
Campervan stories & crafts @ Burghfield Common Library
Feb 20 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Campervan stories & crafts @ Burghfield Common Library | Burghfield Common | England | United Kingdom
Campervan stories & crafts Campervan stories & crafts for under 7s – Thursday 20 February, 11.00-11.45am at Burghfield Common Library. Meet children’s author Rachel Jane and hear all about the adventures of Milo and Lil[...]

Seasonal Tips to help you make the most of your garden

For tips on houseplants and gardening jobs listen to Gardening Show with Linda & Jane on 4LEGS Radio: houseplants, terrariums and dragon plants (from 13 mins), weeding, sowing crops under glass like chillis and sweet peas (from 27mins), early flowering plants and assessing the structure of your garden in the winter (from 30 mins).

• How to garden without injury to keep fit – top tips from Andy at West Berkshire Injury Clinic (who treats a lot of gardening injuries especially at the beginning of the season!)

• Lots of chipped hedge trimmings ready 15/16 Feb from Eddington near Hungerford. Free to collector. Contact 07711 283 553.

• Apple Tree Grafting Early spring when the tree is still dormant is the best time to graft trees. When the tree wakes up, the sap will hopefully start flowing across the tissues of the graft. It is important to use a very sharp knife so the cut edges are smooth and clean and meld together (it is worth practicing the cuts on spare wood first.) For more information contact Growing Newbury Green. Here is a demonstration from one of the community orchards in Newbury:

Growing Your Own Veg & Fruit

Some general advice from us:

• Plant out half a crop out at first to check if the location works. If the plants get munched then you’ve still got the other half of the crop to try somewhere else in the garden.

• For brilliant inspiration, follow Belinda’s blog from Hungerford Allotments

Composting & Fertilizing

• It is worth growing comfrey to make a liquid fertilizer for your garden. Roughly chop up leaves in a bucket of water and nettle leaves too. Stir occasionally. When the water is dark green and smells like fertilizer then dilute it with more water and gives your crops a good drink. Here is a demonstration by Monty Don.

• reminder to men to pee on their compost heap! According to The Daily Telegraph this is an important chore and one that is physically easier for men and their pee happens to be slightly less acidic than women’s.

Watering

Watering takes time and frankly, water is precious so here are tips on how to water your plants for best root growth. To prevent evaporation, we cover soil with gravel, mussel shells and big leaves like rhubarb.

 

Bee Swarms

• If you find a bee swarm in your garden first please double check they are honeybees from this guide and then contact: Newbury Beekeepers, Marc Benson on 07746 374819 in Wash Common, Vale & Downland Beekeepers (for Wantage Area) or Swindon & District Beekeepers – any of these people will be very happy to collect the swarm from you.

 

If You Don’t Have Your Own Garden

Don’t worry as there are many allotments across the area which might have free plots. There are also community garden centres that are always grateful for volunteers and provide a social experience where you can learn a lot about gardening.

Growing2Gether volunteers & sign

Growing2gether Community Garden Centre

We are Growing2gether, based at Cottismore Park near Kingsclere – a community food and flower growing and training project that provides opportunities for people from many

Five a Day Market Garden

Five A Day Market Garden is a not for profit community gardening and horticultural therapy project situated in the tranquil hamlet of Englefield, approximately seven

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