Tickets are selling well for ‘Dick Whittington’ to be presented in the Village Hall on
Sunday 29th December at 2pm. Prices are £9 for adults and £3 for accompanied
children up to age 11. They can be purchased from Richard: 01327 341 044 or
07801 862 140, or Alwyne: 01327 340 803.
Last year they sold out, leaving some people disappointed. Make sure you don’t
miss out this year. If you would like to donate a raffle prize, either for an adult or
child, ring Alwyne.
New Welcome Sign
Thanks to the efforts of Tom Dodd and Arthur Hanley, a splendid new decorated
and illuminated sign has been mounted in the entrance foyer.
The village hall will be decorated on Sunday 17 November at 2.30pm in readiness
for this year’s seasonal festivities. If anyone fancies giving a hand, tea, coffee and
chocolate biscuits will be on tap.
Following the ‘packed house’ success of last year’s pantomime, we are looking forward to this year’s production: ‘Dick Whittington’ to be presented by The Looking Glass Theatre Company in the Village Hall on Sunday 29th December at 2pm. We’re already receiving requests for tickets so we advise you to book early before they sell out again. Tickets – £9 for adults, £3 for children up to age 11. They can be purchased from:
Richard 01327 341044 or 07801 862 140, Alwyne 01327 340803.
Tom Dodd, our voluntary photographer has produced a large, colourful montage of this year’s fete, which is now displayed in the village hall. He’s happy to provide individual photographs – no charge but a donation to the fete funds would be welcomed. Contact him on: 07887 743157.
Village Hall Secretary
Following our recent invitation for a new Secretary, we are delighted to welcome two: Judith Cattermole as management committee secretary, and Pat Paterson as our new special events secretary. As next year sees the 60th anniversary of the building of the village hall, we expect to be even busier than usual, so our two new secretaries will make a valuable contribution to our team.
At our April meeting we expected to welcome the return of Patsy Rayner, but unfortunately due to a family illness she was unable to attend so Mike Langrish and Tom Dodd put together a presentation on the Community Orchard and the improvements that have been made (and are still being made) to Heyford’s allotments.
The evening also featured our annual tulip bench show. For once the weather has been good for us and there were plenty of entries with some impressive blooms on show.
The large flowered section was won by Pauline Guglielmi, John Dunkley came second and John Wilson came third.
The Small flowered section was won jointly by John Dunkley and Val Jackson, and Jill Langrish got third place.
Our next meeting will be on 13th May when someone from Branch Out MK will talk to us about “Helping People to Grow Through Gardening”.
April is the cruellest month…
At time of writing we’ve just experienced an odd week of weather. After the unseasonable warmth in February the last few days have featured nightly frosts and sunny periods with cold air. These sort of conditions can be very challenging for gardeners damaging fruit blossom and early flowers; it has even pinched shoots of ivy and box. If you like me are growing plants in an unheated greenhouse it is important to keep one eye on the weather all the time as failing to close the house up at night can risk losing tender plants to cold while not opening them during sunny spells can cause the temperature inside to soar to damaging levels despite the chilliness outside. Apparently next week will be much warmer; perhaps I will be able to start sowing the tender crops for the summer after all.
Some Things to do in May
1 Repot cacti, succulents and house plants.
2 Divide and replant spring flowering bulbs
3 Keep a watch for lily beetles and viburnum beetles
For more information visit the Heyford Gardening Club & Allotments page