We ended our 2019 Meetings in The Barn Restaurant at the Old Dairy Farm for a delicious Christmas meal. Good food and good company – it was a happy way to end what had been a very successful year for Nether Heyford WI.
However, our last job in 2019 was to make the ‘bacon butties’ for the Crafty Club Sale. It is a long way from ‘Jam & Jerusalem’ and is always great fun. Who knows, it may even encourage some of you ladies who were there to come and join us.
We started 2020 in a similarly happy frame of mind as we welcomed several gentlemen to join us in hearing Geoff Allen re-living his sporting life. Geoff has a great ability to bring things to life and it was great to hear about people and places that we had perhaps forgotten. As well as this there was the inside view of some of the problems encountered as amateur rugby changed into professional – all alongside some of the more humorous moments. Thank you, Geoff.
The speaker for our February meeting is The Rev. William Adams, Director of the Banbury Branch of the Samaritans. His talk for the evening is entitled ‘Who we are and what we do’. The Samaritans is a wonderful organisation providing round the clock telephone support to anyone in emotional distress and which, I would imagine, is much needed during the darker winter months. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and is in the Village Hall on Thursday February 6th. Should you like to join us for the evening the charge is £5 and refreshments are included.
Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101
We held our AGM at our January meeting at which Mike Langrish stepped down for a well deserved rest after ten years as our Chairman. Avril Minchin now takes over the helm for a year which looks to be full of exciting talks and events. We also held a competition for the best winter arrangement which was won by Chris Watts. Looking at the offerings on display our gardens are full of colour and interest even in midwinter.
After everybody had filled up with wine and cheese, I was allowed to update them on the progress on our wildlife area.
Our next meeting will be on the 10th February when we will welcome Liz Taylor of the Woodland Trust who will talk to us about woodland flora. We will also hold our annual Art and Craft competition; the classes will be
A photograph (on a theme to be decided)
A piece of visual art in any medium
An item of craft work.
Programme for rest of the year
March 9th: Anita Thorp: Snowdrops Mini Show – Daffodils
April 6th *: Clare Price: Propagation; Mini Show Tulips
May 11th: John Lee; Penstemons; Seed Swap ; Mini Show of Spring Flowers
June 8th: Patsy Raynor: Plants in Literature and Anecdote; Mini Show Roses
June 20th: Village Hall Fete
July 13th: Summer Party
September 14th: Autumn Show
October 12th: Philip Aubury: Garden Ponds
November 9th: Plant Swap
December 14th: Christmas Tree Festival
*(NB a week early due to Easter)
Things to do in February
1. Plant bulbs in pots for the summer
2. Plant bare root trees and shrubs
3. Sow broad beans and sweet peas.
For more information visit the Heyford Gardening Club & Allotments page