January 2018

KIRTON AND FALKENHAM GARDENERS CLUB

February meeting –Thurs. 8th. February 7.30 pm Village Hall,
Chris Parfitt, A Year in a Suffolk Field
January meeting –

[to be added later]

Christmas meeting
80 members and guests packed the church hall for the visit of Charlie Haylock talking on ‘An eccentric look at Spoken English’. In his inimitable style Charlie covered the origins of language and dialects going back to Roman times and before. He is a champion of Suffolk , Norfolk and other regional dialects which are rich with linguistic traditions, with many ancient words and phrases derived from Anglo/Saxon & old Norse origins, part of our heritage.
He took us on a fascinating tour of the dialects around the British Isles when, at one point, I thought Ian Paisley was in the hall.
A great evenings entertainment which mixed history and dialects interspersed with a good sprinkling of Haylock humour.
Not satisfied with a two and half hour stand up, our speaker then provided more fun by taking charge of the grand draw.
Our thanks to the committee, Jo, Jenny and Alma for refreshments and punch and Karen and Debbie D for the grand draw which raised £178 for club funds.
Also thanks to those who very kindly donated food and draw prizes.
So a fitting end to our 17th. year which saw Charlie still holding court in the car park at 10.45!

Dobies seed catalogues

It’s still not too late to order your seeds and all things gardening from Dobies.
Ray Bignell has the 2018 season catalogue and if you are a gardening club member you get a discount of 45% off catalogue prices for seeds and 10% off other products.
Come along to the Feb. meeting and get your catalogue or contact Ray on 448291.

February meeting
Chris Parfitt talking on ‘ A Year in a Suffolk Field’.
For our February meeting we welcome a new face in the shape of Chris Parfitt and we look forward to his talk.
If you have not already joined the club for 2018 , come along with £10 for your membership fee and get your membership card with the year’s programme.
Remember you do not have to reside in the two villages to join and membership entitles you to discounts on Dobies seeds, B & M Concrete, Ling’s Garden Centre and Spalls of Felixstowe. So, 7.30 pm, Village Hall, Thurs. 8th. February.

Tales from the Allotments
In many ways February is the most important month for we plot holders. We have endured the drab months of December and January and come February we are itching to get going with planting, particularly if the weather is open and inviting us to start sowing. Often, however, a warm start to the month is followed by cold weather and it is prudent to be patient and wait until the cold has finally gone. How to know if the soil is ready, usually when the weeds start growing?
Karen Kenny had a Suffolk solution which I cannot put in a church magazine!
I have saved some butter nut squash seeds from last year’s bumper crop, so let me know if you want to give them a try. They will need to be started in the greenhouse.
I have reduced my summer raspberries to one row and increased the autumn variety, Autumn Bliss. These, with a variety that crops to November, give a longer season and better fruits. I find raspberries are the best fruit for freezing.
I had a Christmas tree on the allotment which, at about 12 feet tall, was never going to be used in the house again and was destined for the chop! I casually mentioned this to Stephen and Sally at Roselea Express and within hours it had been removed and planted at the nursery near John’s memorial tree. I’m sure he would have approved.
Don’t forget Roselea will be stocking flower and veg plants for the gardeners.
Finally, a belated happy new year and good gardening to all members, allotment holders and friends.

Roy Mallett 616

PS - some people no longer send Christmas and New Year cards, or even Ecards, but our Belgian guide pals, Johan and Ria, have broken new ground – a combined Christmas, New Year and Easter 2018 card – are we supposed to keep it on display until Easter which happens to be April 1 , or does the date say it all?