TIDDINGTON WITH ALBURY & MILTON COMMON

NEWSLETTER

 

www.tiddingtonoxon.co.uk                 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2005

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U  From the editor

 

The disaster of Boxing Day and the earthquake’s tragic consequences have touched us all and made any New Year celebrations a subdued affair. Since then members of the Council and many others have been saddened by the news of William Tremayne’s death. An appreciation follows below.

This is a bumper issue of the Newsletter, with details of quite a few activities coming up in the next few weeks. See pages 6, 8, 10 and 12 for further details.

Spring must be in the air!            

Zena Knight

 

 

William Frederick Tremayne

 

William Tremayne, who died on 10 January, came to the village with his wife, Angela in 1987. They lived in Milton Common where they called their house Heligan, after William’s ancestors’ estate in Cornwall, although William never lived there himself. After many years of neglect, it has recently been revived and may be known to you as a tourist attraction “The Lost Gardens of Heligan”.

William was a highly valued member of the community. He was elected to the Parish Council in 1999 and appointed Vice-Chairman in 2001. He would surely have gone on to become Chairman. As a Parish Councillor, he was much admired for his trenchant views, though these often brought him into opposition with fellow councillors. Perhaps his most important contributions related to planning, where he always looked for reasons why development should be allowed to go ahead, rather than being stifled. He was a great believer in the village being able to maintain its facilities and possibly even acquire new ones; he did not want it to become stuck in a time warp. More locally his greatest triumph was the completion of the Milton Common Sewerage Scheme. Apart from his activity in the village, William was best known as standard bearer for the twinning of Thame with Mompesson in France. A project dear to his heart, not least because of his love of good food and drink. He was also a classic car enthusiast. Always well liked for his amiability and admired for his knowledge of a wide variety of subjects, particularly those of a mechanical nature, he will be sorely missed.

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Angela and the rest of his family.

 

John Nowell-Smith

 

Parish Council News

 

Councillor William Tremayne – it was with great regret that the Chairman announced at the January meeting the death, earlier that day, of William Tremayne, Councillor for Milton Common. An appreciation appears elsewhere in this newsletter.

 

Precept 2005/06 – a precept of £9,000 for the coming financial year has been agreed, a rise of £200 on the previous year.

 

Christmas tree – thanks were expressed to all those who had been involved in erecting the Christmas tree outside Tudor Cottage and donating both tree and electricity. It was agreed that it made a great festive addition to the village. The Council hopes to purchase a permanent living tree for future years.

 

Bus shelter refurbishment – the bus shelter on the south side of the A418 is to be given a face-lift. It is planned to re-instate a window on the eastern side, so that approaching buses can be viewed from inside the shelter. Essential repairs will also be made and the interior brightened up.

 

Planning – the application for storage of caravans on the Old Station Yard has been refused by the District Council.

 

Tiddington with Albury Parish Council Members

Chairman          John Nowell-Smith        339650

                       Econ.development, businesses

Councillor         Roy Boughton                339497

                       Health and safety

Councillor         Ken Field                     339671

                       Housing, planning, building & controls

Councillor         Alan Stratton              339430

                       Sport, recreation, arts, tourism, grants,

                       awards, lottery

Councillor         Janet Willis                339415

                       Environment, conservation, recycling,

                       waste

Clerk               Zena Knight                 339340

                       24 Albury View, Tiddington

 

An application has been made for the veterinary practice at Sandy Lane Farm to be re-sited on the opposite side of the road, behind the farmhouse.

 

Donations – recent donations have included the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind and the Three Village Car Transport Scheme, based in Great Milton and serving Great Haseley, Little Milton and now Tiddington.

Membership of the Society of Local Council Clerks has been continued.

 

Thame Area Forum – the next meeting will be held on Thursday, 10 March at 7.00pm in Thame Town Hall. Items for the agenda have yet to be finalised, but all members of the public are invited to attend to hear about local matters and raise any issues over which they have concerns.

 

Lady Mary Bertie Foundation – Zena Knight has been nominated as a Parish Council representative on the Foundation to join Ken Field. John Nowell-Smith is now the Church representative together with Anne Edwards.

 

 

From your Chairman

 

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Most particularly, I hope you found the village Christmas tree a good innovation. It is planned to make it a permanent feature.

Since I last wrote, the ongoing preoccupations of the Parish Council have been the possibility of the installation of a pelican crossing on the A418 and development of Station Yard. So far as the pelican crossing is concerned, we are some way down the list on the basis of the County Council’s assessment of need, although we are arguing with them on certain points, particularly on the number of pedestrian movements. We have been warned that we may be asked to make a substantial financial contribution. We have pointed out that we paid for our 30mph speed limit while other villages got theirs for free.

There have been recent developments with regard to the Station Yard. Following SODC’s refusal of planning permission for the storage of caravans, Oxfordshire County Council has indicated that it is happy to consider other uses for the site. I hope to be able to report in the next issue of the newsletter.

You will have noticed the erection of the new street light and plans to upgrade the bus shelter are under consideration.

 

John Nowell-Smith

Tel: 339650

 

 

 

Local Government Act 1972

Tiddington with Albury Parish Council

Notice of vacancy in the office of

Parish Councillor

Notice is hereby given that due to the death of William Tremayne, a casual vacancy has occurred in the office of councillor for the above Parish.

The vacancy will be filled by election, if within fourteen days of the date of this notice, any ten local government electors for the said parish submit a written request to the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, OX10 8PH.

In computing the fourteen days, a Saturday or Sunday shall be disregarded.

If no written request for an election is received by the Returning Officer within the time specified, the vacancy will be filled by co-option by the Parish Council

 

Dated this first day of February, 2005

Signed           Zena Knight

                       Clerk to the Parish Council

 

Freedom of Information Act

Publication Scheme

Residents of the Parish can see the records of the Council held by the Parish Clerk or learn where they may be accessed. Records include minutes, financial information and responses to planning consultations.

Application can be made to the Clerk (Tel: 339340) and documents viewed by appointment. Any copies required will be charged at 10p per page.

 

 

 

Easter

Rubbish and Recycling Collections

 

Please note there will be no collection on Easter Monday, 28 March.

Collection will be made on

Tuesday, 29 March

 

 

Refuse skips

Skips are available every Saturday at:

Wheatley Primary School, Littleworth Rd

8.00 – 12.00

1st & 3rd Saturday for garden waste

2nd & 4th Saturday for non-recyclables

There is no skip on 5th Saturday or the Saturday after Bank Holidays

Thame Cattlemarket

8.00 – 12.00 or until full

 

Thame Area Forum

Thame Town Hall

Thursday, 10 March 2005

7.00pm

Everyone invited to attend

 

From your District Councillor

 

The District Council more or less closed down over the Christmas and New Year holiday, but is slowly coming back to life. Refuse collection and recycling remains a problem and opposition councillors are pressing the ruling group for new arrangements, including the restoration of regular skips in smaller villages. Other concerns centre around the ineffectual planning enforcement regime and the organisation of the Planning Department.

The Council will shortly be setting its budget for next year and it is anticipated that it will lead to a small rise in Council Tax. Council tax bills may well rise considerably in April, but, although these go out in the name of the District Council, the increases are mainly those imposed by the County Council and the Thames Valley Police Authority.

If you have any concerns on either Parish or District Council matters, please feel free to contact me by letter or by telephone.

John Nowell-Smith

The Old Rectory

Albury

Tel: 01844 339650

 

 

 

National Children’s Home

 
NCH Logo

Thank you so much to all those who have a home collecting box – last year’s collections amounted to £159.76.

This support given enables NCH to work locally with vulnerable children, helping to overcome problems and pressures, varying from coping with a disability to looking after an unwell parent and being a young carer.

NCH works on over 500 projects throughout the UK, making a difference to children’s lives.

 

Jennie Sherlock-Williams

Lady Mary Bertie Foundation

 

After great difficulty the problems with the above Foundation have been overcome and a cheque has been received to cover the arrears.

This Foundation dates back to a will founded in 1737 and the income is purely a very small rent charge on land at Tetsworth. The land in question was taken over from the farmer by the Highways Authority when the M40 was extended.

This money is available for the further education of boys and girls of this Parish and in more recent years has been used to assist with books, tools, etc for this purpose.

It is proposed to hold a meeting in mid February and if anyone is interested in applying for consideration, they are asked to register their details with Anne Edwards, 6 Sandy Lane Estate. Tel: 01844 339794.

 

Tiddington with Albury Poppy Appeal

November 2004

 

Once again Freda, Joan and myself managed to make a door-to-door collection around the village and with the collection boxes at The Fox, Tiddington Garage and Centre Caravans, we had a grand total of £401.83.

Thanks to everyone.

 

Pam Byrne

 

Carol Evening

 

May I thank everyone who supported the Carol Evening before Christmas.

I am pleased to report that the £300 mark was reached and a cheque for £304.15 was passed to Cancer Research UK.

May I also thank the two gentlemen who provided the music.

 

Anne Edwards

 

From the Vicar

As I write this letter memories of the Boxing Day Tsunami disaster and the sheer devastation it wrought are still very recent. For some there was immediate concern and anxiety for friends and relatives on holiday or travelling in the affected region. Most estimates seem to suggest that upwards of 150,000 lives were lost.  Only a very small percentage of those were British but that is still a very significant number, and the largest single loss of British lives since the war.   A disaster such as the Tsunami raises very many questions for us all.

It raises issues about how we can respond to such destruction spread out over such a large number of countries. The most immediate need was for cash help and so far the richest nations have been swift and generous in their giving.  We can also hope that relief  from debt interest to some of the countries involved will have a positive impact.  The public response has been overwhelming and a huge amount of money has been raised in a very short time.  All four congregations in this cluster of parishes have given generous donations to the disaster committee.

A disaster such as this also raises questions about religious belief. How can an all-powerful, all-loving God allow such a thing to happen?  I believe that it is the Christian faith that God loves and cares for his creation, and all life is equally precious to him.

I could not believe in God if I thought God willed such a thing to happen.  It is my faith that God is profoundly present and shares in the agony and grief, but wills to transform it.  Yes, there is agony but there is also hope, and the desire to rebuild and transform the grief, and we must believe that it is faith and hope that will have the final word.

I believe that it is the Christian faith that each and every victim is loved and of ultimate worth to God.  God mourns the loss of each and every human life and shares in our sorrow. Our most instinctive response is to pray for those who have lost their lives, and those whose lives have been devastated and changed forever.   Our prayers lead us to want to act and our gifts have gone towards the massive relief effort needed. 

The need for aid to rebuild shattered lives and communities will continue long after the news has faded from our headlines. I am delighted that the young people in our team and in our parishes are going to do their bit. They will be holding a talent show, probably in Holton Village Hall and hopefully on 13 February (please keep an eye on notice boards for more news).  It is efforts such as these that make a difference by raising valuable funds, but also by showing how much we care. 

With best wishes                           Caroline King

 


Church Services

St Helen’s Church, Albury


6 February

9.30am Holy Communion with James Watson (Common Worship)


13 February

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

20 February

9.30am Morning Prayer with Albert Eastham

27 February

8.00am Holy Communion with Caroline King (BCP)

6 March

Mothering Sunday

9.30am Holy Communion with Caroline King (Common Worship)

13 March

9.30am Morning Prayer with John Nowell-Smith

20 March

Palm Sunday

Walk from Waterstock to Waterperry with Eucharist at Waterperry with Caroline King

27 March

Easter Sunday

9.30am Holy Communion


Confirmation

There will be a team Confirmation on 17 May. Confirmation classes for younger people will begin soon. Confirmation is not only for younger people. I would be delighted to hear from anyone of more mature years interested in Confirmation. Preparation for this is separate from the children and based on what is most appropriate in the circumstances. Please see Caroline if you are interested.

 

 


Waterstock & Tiddington W.I.

 

Many members enjoyed a leisurely Christmas meal at the Clifden Arms at Worminghall in December and began the season’s festive celebrations in convivial style.

Our speaker in January had enjoyed an exciting holiday exploring the wilds of Antarctica a few years ago and shared her adventures with us with great humour and atmospheric slides.

On 10 February, Diane Wilson will give us a talk on wildlife in a country garden and there will be a sales table.

We shall have our Annual Meeting on 10 March, when a new committee will be elected. All members are asked to consider whether they would like to stand for committee and ensure that the Institute continues to flourish.

Several members will be attending a series of three lectures organised by the County Federation in February and March at Benson, on three composers – Mendelssohn, Liszt and Chopin. The speaker is Barry Collett, an excellent lecturer who enthralled us with other composers early last year.

There promises to be other interesting events arranged for the spring by the County and so the yearly subscription opens the door to many more activities than just those monthly meetings of our Institute.

And speaking of other activities, we shall have a quiz evening on 19 February in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Questioning will begin at 8.00pm (see p8 for further details). Buy a ticket and help support our fundraising for the Oxford Children’s Hospital as well as the Institute. Don’t worry if you cannot muster a full table – come along on the night and join a table.

Our monthly meetings are held in Tiddington Village Hall on the second Thursday in the month at 7.30pm.

Zena Knight

 

Yoga classes

Classes are held in

Tiddington Village Hall

on

Thursdays at 10.30am

 

Tiddington Village Hall

 

December was a great month for the Hall; not only did we enjoy a fabulous live theatre production called The Snow Queen, but the annual Christmas bingo was bigger and better than ever. The profit from the event was just under £500, which will go towards the running costs of the Hall. On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank everyone for coming and in particular all the people who helped collect the brilliant prizes. Once again we were overwhelmed by the generosity of villagers.

In 2005 we will be embarking on a major building project to refurbish the toilets (adding a disabled cubicle) and extend the kitchen to make it more practical for caterers, etc.

The ongoing fundraising continues in February with the popular return of the Heart of England Jazz Band on Saturday the 5th (see opposite). If you are planning to come then please purchase your tickets in advance by calling me on 01844 339430 or speak to any Village Hall committee member. They are £6.50 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Alan Stratton, Chairman

Tiddington Cricket Club

 

With Christmas and New Year celebrations still a fresh memory, the appearance of spring flowers and the lengthening days focus the mind forward to a new cricket season. The mild winter (so far) has been an enormous bonus to the intensive work carried out on the square last September.

As many of you will have noticed, lawns have continued growing and more important for us so have the roots. Consequently the square is in very good shape, which we hope is reflected in its performance during the summer.

Details for pre-season nets and fitness sessions are currently being finalised.

The darts A-Team continues to challenge for titles in singles, pairs and the knockout competition whilst the B-Team is currently mid-table in both singles and pairs competition.

The indoor Aunt Sally side continues to challenge for honours as does our cribbage team, which since the last newsletter is now close behind the leaders in the pairs competition, although still mid-table in the singles competition.

Whilst the sad news of the impact of the Tsunami in Asia affected us all, as we welcomed in the New Year, the response by people countrywide continues to amaze.

It is pleasing to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who donated, via a raffle, over £330 at the New Year’s Eve party in the Village Hall.

Those who enjoyed last year’s summer ball will be pleased to welcome back the Roadrunners Band for a St. Patrick’s Dance on 19 March in the Village Hall (see page 12 for details).

In a departure from conventional fundraising, Melvyn Snoek is seeking sponsors to grow his hair! Can you guess how long his hair will grow in the three months, which started on 1 January?

Entry forms are to be found in the Clubhouse and at Tiddington Garage, cost £2 per entry with a prize of 30% takings going to the nearest guess. All profits will be split between Michael Sobell House and our own new pavilion fund. Then at the St Patrick’s Day Dance there will be an auction to win the right to shave off Melvyn’s hair!

And finally TCC runs a “100 Club” every year with monthly draws for £25, £20 and £15 and an additional prize of £100 drawn in December. All for just £15 per year. If you would like to join, please call Tracey Smith on 01844 339178.

 

Ray Manning

 

Wheatley Library

 

Firstly, we would like to wish all our customers – past, present and future – a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

Storytime

The next storytime will be held on Tuesday, 15 February from 11.00 – 12.00noon and is open to all 4 – 8 year olds. Please collect a FREE ticket from the Library.

If you have not visited us lately, do pop in and see how up-to-date we have become. Our new computerised system is proving very advantageous both to staff and customers. If you wish to know how it could benefit you and how to use from your own home, please ask.

We have also increased our stock of audio-visual materials and books.

 

Carole Underwood

Library Manager

 

CCLRC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Programme of free lectures

Friday 11 February, 10.30, 1.30, 7.00

Weather forecasting? I could do that! – Alex Deakin. For ages 11+

Friday 11 March, 10.30, 1.30, 7.00

The wildlife man: wildlife conservation – Barry Kaufmann-Wright. For ages 11+

Phone 01235 445959 to reserve a place

Deddington Writers Group

Writing competition on theme of Festival

¨      Short story (1500 words)

¨      Non-fiction (1000 words)

¨      Poem (up to 36 lines)

Entrants must be Oxfordshire residents

Entry fee: £2.00 (under-16’s in non-fiction and poetry categories free)

Send SAE for full details and entry form to: DWG Competition, 26 The Daedings, Deddington, Oxon OX15 0RT

Email: daeda@clara.co.uk

Closing date: 16 April

 

Great Haseley and District Horticultural Society

It has been a busy year for the Horticultural Society. We have organised several interesting garden visits and put on a very successful Annual Show. Behind the scenes we have been moving forward with preparations to register the Society as a charity as discussed at the Annual General Meeting last March.

Although we have not held the Annual Show on the Great Milton Recreation Ground before, the feedback from visitors was that this was a good venue.  I am sure we will want to return in the future. The standard of exhibits last year was again very high and there was an especially encouraging increase in the number of children exhibiting.  The support of several local gardeners in opening their gardens to visitors was greatly appreciated, especially by Mary Spiller, from Waterperry Gardens, who opened the Show for us and spent much of the afternoon visiting the gardens. Mary Spiller also said how impressed she was by the originality of some of the children's exhibits.

Plans for the 2005 Show have already started and the Schedule will have some new entry classes which we think will appeal to people. Amongst others there will be new classes in: pumpkins, peppers (capsicums), tomatoes on the vine, decorative gourds or squashes, pears, soft fruit with stones, a pickle made with fruit or vegetables, home-made beer and elderflower cordial. Following the success of the “men only” cake class last year we are introducing a bread class as well. For children there are new classes of “grow a potato in a bucket” and “paint a hard boiled egg”.

Behind the Show there is a lot of hard work by members of the Committee and many other volunteers.  On behalf of the Committee I would like to give a big thank you to all our volunteer helpers. It is only with your help that we are able to put on such a good Show.

Please remember that the Committee exists to develop the Society in the ways that its members feel best serve the needs of the local community. We need your ideas for gardens to visit, lecturers to speak, or other activities that you would like us to organise. We are already developing the programme for this year, which begins with the lecture by Phil Shurvell on February 22 (details on page 27)

Following a lot of discussion amongst members about the future of the Society it was decided last year that we would apply to register the Society as a Charity. As a first step in this process the Society has now adopted a new Constitution, which sets out our aims and meets the requirements for good governance set out by the Charity Commission. We can now complete the Registration process and expect a decision from the Charity Commission within the next few months. The Society depends for its vitality on the support and efforts of its membership and a very committed committee. We have a thriving membership and welcome new members.  As a member you will receive our Newsletter about upcoming activities and get a preferential rate on garden visits that we organise. For membership details drop an email to hortsoc@haseley.globalnet.co.uk or phone Sally Orriss on 01844 279231.

Andrew Dixon, Chairman

Weather Statistics

 

Tsunami – a series of long high sea waves caused by disturbance of ocean floor, or seismic movement. Tidal wave.

I must admit I had to turn to the Oxford Dictionary to find the meaning of the word.

Now we all know what havoc it can cause and the tragedy that follows.

If any of our readers who have friends or relations involved in the disaster, we offer our sympathy, as it is something that cannot easily be forgotten.

Weather statistics up to 21 January 2005

November

No of wet days       15

Rainfall                     1.6in

Highest temp           50degF          10degC

Lowest temp            28degF          -2degC

Frost                        6 nights

November was the driest for 48 years

December

No of wet days       8

Rainfall                     1.3in

Highest temp           52degF          11degC

Lowest temp            28degF          -2degC

Frost                        10 nights

January

No of wet days       6

Rainfall                     1.5in

Highest temp           51degF          11degC

Lowest temp            30degF          -1degC

On the 7th Carlisle was flooded – people had to be evacuated from their homes, no electricity for two days. More than five people lost their lives in the borders country; they had winds of over 100mph.

Gales in Western Scotland did a lot of damage with a family of five losing their lives.

Throughout this period we have been lucky enough to have a few bright sunny days. We have been lucky to avoid all the tragedies, so let us say a quiet thanks, and long may it continue.  

Glen Evans

 

 

Thank you from

Operation Christmas Child

 

I know that Christmas seems a long time ago now but I wanted to write to say a BIG thank you. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of all those who made up shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. I personally was able to take over 200 shoeboxes as gifts from Wheatley to the warehouse in Watlington and the total there by the end of the campaign was over 12,000. Our boxes went to Hungary this year. Overall there was an amazing 1,087,902 shoeboxes collected from the British Isles. These have gone to Eastern European countries and many Russian States.

It was good to hear that the shoeboxes were safely delivered and below are some of the reports from Romania written by Operation Christmas Child workers. These give an idea of the children who received the boxes:

Keith Hands met a little girl called Micala who was on the Oncology ward. The first item she took out of her box was a Barbie, which she immediately hugged to her chest. Her mother said with tears in her eyes “she has always dreamt of owning a Barbie”. The next item in her box was Ken, Barbie’s boyfriend!

Nikki Archer said, “There are so many memories, but a special one is the little boy in the cancer hospital who had just been told he could not go home for Christmas. His mum explained this and she and the Romanian interpreter got very upset because the little boy did not smile when given his box. It seemed he didn’t really want it. David and I spent some time with him but he opened his box and played with some toy cars with me, with one huge smile on his face. It blessed not only us but his mum and the young Romanian girl with us.”

So thank you again for all your generosity.

 

Lucy Betts

 

Something Unusual from

Newington Nurseries

Shrubs for winter fragrance

The particular beauty of shrubs that bloom in winter lies in their fragrance. The fact that their flowers are much smaller than spring and summer blooms means they rely on a powerful scent to attract insects – bringing a winter bonus for gardeners. To breath life into your garden with winter scent, here are some of our favourite flowering shrubs.  

For structure at the back of a border, one of the most beautiful upright flowering shrubs is Viburnum x bodnantense Dawn.  This reliable star performer bears heavily scented dark pink flowers on its bare winter branches, which turn lighter as the season progresses and the toothed young bronze leaves start to appear.  Chinese Witch Hazel, or Hamamelis mollis is another reliable favourite which will produce its distinctive sweet smelling spidery blooms in sun or shade.  Able to grow up to three metres, it’s a good choice for larger gardens.

For something more compact try a Daphne.  Odora Aureomarginata is one of the most fragrant.  Or you could try Daphne mezereum.  Sometimes called the February Daphne, this shade loving woodland plant with densely clustered lilac and violet flowers is a favourite in cottage gardens.

If you are looking for a plant with a lower, spreading habit, Corylopsis pauciflora or Winter Hazel is highly graceful and worthy of space to spread its dense branches.  Breathtaking in spring, it bears two or three primrose yellow flowers on short tassels which smell deliciously of cowslips.

For something perhaps a little more showy, you can’t go wrong with a Mahonia.  Apollo is a fairly compact variety and produces large heads of bright yellow flowers in early spring.  Or, for a more upright option and which flower a little earlier, try Charity or Winter Sun both of which look particularly striking at the back of borders.  The bonus is the heady scent carried on the breeze from the long spikes of flowers. 

Finally, something which many gardeners would consider too tender for our winter gardens is the beautiful Mimosa with its silvery leaves and long fragrant flower heads.  Don’t think you need to confine yours to the conservatory.  Our large specimens stayed out all winter and produced masses of flowers for us earlier this year.  You might just want to try it if you have a sheltered spot and a taste for the unusual!

 

For more inspiration and advice visit us at Newington Nurseries on the A329 near Stadhampton.

Tel: 01865 400533

 www.newington-nurseries.co.uk   

 

 

 

Thames Valley

Crimestoppers

 

0800 555 111

 

Some gardening tips for Spring from

Great Haseley & District Horticultural Society

 

¨       Get in supplies of potting compost, seed potatoes, onion sets and seeds ready for planting. Sort the seed packets in date order of planting.

¨       Sow sweet peas in pots, preferably only 1 or 2 seeds to a pot. Start the seeds on damp tissue paper so that you only pot pre-germinated seeds.

¨       Divide clumps of snowdrops after flowering while they are still ‘ in the green’ and plant elsewhere in the garden.

¨       Prune bush and shrub roses, cutting out any dead or diseased stems.

¨       Come up with an idea that will give pleasure to passers by – maybe a spring hanging basket (already in garden centres) or some sunflowers for later in the summer. 

¨       Set aside an area in the garden where children can grow whatever flowers and vegetables they like.

¨       Remove any left over dried up fruits on plum or other fruit trees. 

¨       Put the mower in for service as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Thame and District

Citizens Advice Bureau

Opening Hours

 

Monday          10.00am-1.00pm       Open door

                       1.30pm-4.00pm         Appointments                                                        Phone advice

Tuesday         10.00am-1.00pm       Appointments

                                                        Phone advice

Wednesday    Closed

Thursday        Closed

Friday             10.00am-1.00pm       Appointments

                                                        Phone advice

 

Advice line: 01844 214827

Appointments line: 01844 217186