Letters: Rain, Rain, Go Away – Tony Clewett

Rain, Rain, Go Away
What a last three month’s weather we’ve had! In the first FIVE months of the year we had a total of 180mm of rain (7 inches) – that’s about 100mm (4 inches) less than average and for the next five months we’ve already had 440mm (17.2 inches). That’s nearly 2 and a half times as much! No wonder the roads were flooded and the Nene burst its banks for the first time this year. It was the intensity of the rainfall that was so remarkable: we had a huge downpour in the afternoon of 11th August when 32.6mm (1.25 inches) fell in a little over 2 hours and then again on 1st October when 26.5mm (just over an inch) fell during a thunderstorm in 2 hours again flooding the M1.

People are warning of a hard winter because of all the berries in the hedgerows –
well, we’ve certainly got off to a wet Autumn but with no frosts……yet!

Tony Clewett

Published November Edition 2019

Heyford Picturedrome – November 2019

The November film to be shown on 21st November in the Village Hall will be ‘Green
Book’, a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama inspired by the true story of a
tour of the deep South by classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley. Co-authored &
directed by Peter Farrelly, it stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

At the 91st Academy Awards this picture won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original
Screenplay, and for Best Supporting Actor.

Doors open at 7.15pm for free coffee or tea with a film start at 7.45pm. The
admission price remains at £4.00 per person and there is no joining fee. A licensed
bar will be serving wine and soft drinks before the film and during the interval.

The December film, Swimming with Men, will be shown at the Picturedrome
Christmas Supper evening on 19th December and which is ALL-TICKET. Tickets will
be on sale at the November film evening.

Tony Clewett – Phone: 01327 341533

Heyford Picturedrome – October 2019

The October film to be shown on 17th October in the Village Hall will be ‘Fishermen’s Friends’, a 2019 British biographical comedy-drama directed by Chris Foggin about a group of ten singing Cornish fishermen from Port Isaac who have a top ten hit with their debut album of sea shanties after being signed to Universal Records by a cynical London music executive.

Doors open at 7.15 for free coffee or tea with a film start at 7.45pm.

The admission price remains at £4.00 per person and there is no joining fee. A licensed bar will be serving wine and soft drinks before the film and during the interval.

The November film will be Green Book, a highly acclaimed, Oscar nominated 2018 American comedy drama directed by Peter Farrelly set in 1962 in the deep south.

Tony Clewett – Phone: 01327 341533

Heyford Gardening Club – October 2019

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We started our new programme for the year with our annual flower and vegetable
show. These shows are always affected by the vagaries of the weather that has
experienced over the year, and our efforts to balance the classes are frequently
frustrated by events. For example, based on previous poor displays the class for
beetroot was withdrawn last year, only to prompt complaints from members because
their beetroot crops had been particularly good. So for this year the beetroot class was reinstated only to find that there was only one entry! And there were no courgette’s at all, whereas there were ten entries in the tomatoes. However the expansion of the floral classes was clearly a clever move as the displays of arrangements on show were truly impressive, indicating a wealth of artistic talent among our members.

The vegetable section was won by Irene Reeves with Jill Langrish in second place
and Tony Clewett third.

The flower section was closely fought, Mike Langrish came first with Anne Haynes in second place while Jill Langrish, Maureen Wright, Irene Reeves and Lynn Ashbee all took the third spot.

We reduced the plot to plate section down to just a jam or jelly class, which was won by Jill Langrish, with Margaret Ridgewell in second place and Sandy Alderson third.

The overall winner this year, taking into account prizes in our series of bench shows over the year, was Jill Langrish, with Irene Reeves as runner up and Margaret Ridgewell third. So our congratulations to them, the rest of us will just have to try harder next year!

Our next meeting will be on the 14th October when we will have a talk from Malcolm Dickson from Hooksgreen Herbs.

Some Things to do in October
1 Divide and replant herbaceous perennials
2 Give lawns a last cut and trim
3 Prune climbing roses

Mark Newstead

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For more information visit the Heyford Gardening Club & Allotments page

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Heyford Picturedrome – September 2019

The Autumn film season begins with Bohemian Rhapsody to be shown in the Village Hall on Thursday 19th September. This is the 2018 British film about the rock-band, Queen, from their formation in 1970 through to their legendary performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985 for Live Aid starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon and Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor. This is a foot-stomping celebration of the band, their music and their extraordinary singer, Freddie Mercury.

Doors open at 7.15 for free coffee or tea with a film start at 7.45pm. The admission price remains at £4.00 per person and there is no joining fee. A licensed bar will be serving wine and soft drinks before the film and during the interval.

The October film will be ‘Fishermen’s Friends’, a 2019 British biographical comedy-drama directed by Chris Foggin about a group of ten singing Cornish fishermen from Port Isaac who have a top ten hit with their debut album of sea shanties after being signed to Universal Records by a cynical London music executive.

Tony Clewett – Phone: 01327 341533

Heyford Gardening Club – July 2019

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Our June meeting featured a fascinating talk by Steve Brown on bonsai; a form of gardening which verges on an art form. I always think of it as extreme topiary.

Rose Show

Despite the tempestuous weather there was a good showing for the rose show with 57 entries.

Pauline Guglielmi won the single flowered class, Brian Jackson came second with John Dunkley and Tony Clewett in joint third place.

In the cluster flowered class Jill Langrish came first, Pauline Guglielmi was second
and Val Jackson, Rosemary Dunkley and Anne Haynes all tied for third place.

The perils of perlite

Following advice in the RHS magazine I have over the last few years added vermiculite to multi purpose compost for sowing seeds and taking cuttings. This proved extremely successful producing plants with vigorous root systems which established very quickly. Last year however instead of vermiculite I used perlite which, I assumed, would do the same thing. However I experienced a lot of difficulty; seedlings germinated quickly enough but then failed to develop properly and cuttings just didn’t root.

I can’t be sure that this was entirely due to the perlite, but having gone back to using vermiculite again, the results have improved significantly. This illustrates the principle that in gardening apparently small variations in conditions can make the difference between success and failure.

Weird Weather-again!

Following a baking Easter, a freezing May, and no rain for months suddenly the
heavens have opened and given us the whole summers rain in a few days. It’s a
wonder that we can grow anything!

Some Things to do in July

1. Dead head roses, bedding plants and perennials to get more flowers.
2. Pick courgette’s before they turn into marrows (unless you like marrows)
3. Water and feed plants in containers

Mark Newstead

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For more information visit the Heyford Gardening Club & Allotments page

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Heyford Picturedrome – June 2019

Heyford Picturedrome will have its summer break from June to August.

The Autumn programme will start on Thursday 19th September with the award-winning film, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Doors open at the usual time of 7.00pm for free tea or coffee with the film due to be screened at 7.45pm.

There will be a licensed bar for the purchase of wine and soft drinks.

There is no joining fee and admission is £4 per person.

Tony Clewett – Phone: 01327 341533