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There’ll be an excellent, eclectic and truly international line-up at this summer’s 14th Gate To Southwell music festival (June 4th-7th). English roots stars Show Of Hands, the Galician piper-powered Anxo Lorenzo Band, Breton/Scots The Celtic Social Club and 2019 BBC folk award winners The Breath (featuring Rioghnach Connolly) are among the headline acts alongside three exceptional Scottish bands Imar, The Jellyman’s Daughter and Talisk, two Canadian duos in Madison Violet and Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres, and last summer’s Californian bluegrass stars AJ Lee & Blue Summit.

Now regarded as one of the UK’s best family festivals, set in beautiful rural surroundings near Southwell Racecourse, Nottinghamshire, it all kicks off on Thursday June 4th with a classic Blues Night starring Dutch-based singer/guitarist Ian Siegal. Over four days of great music will also feature “the renaissance man of English folk”, Chris Wood, the increasingly-influential and charismatic BBC Horizon award-winner Blair Dunlop, master storyteller and emotional songwriter Reg Meuross, plus Texan-born troubadour and guitar virtuoso Rodney Branigan.

If all this wasn’t enough to whet appetites for this action-packed festival – which features music workshops, ceilidhs, dance displays, great children’s entertainment, a craft fair and fine food and drink stalls – GTSF 2020 also brings you the folk-meets-gypsy swing of Beaubowbelles, the French reggae of Simawe from Angiers, great Irish folk and harmonies from Donegal’s The Henry Girls, Italian country blues-meets-ragtime double act Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi and the highly-acclaimed, sweet-voiced multi-national Americana band Track Dogs.

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Woodborough Daffodils – Photo by Jean Powley

Woodborough Horticultural Society

Our first meeting of the year, or should I say decade, was well attended despite the terrible weather that day. Jeff Bates gave us a practical demonstration about pruning. Normally we have a speaker with an audio-visual presentation so it was interesting to have something a bit different. The pruning of plants and trees can be a bit of a minefield and so lots of questions were put to Jeff who was very knowledgeable on the subject.

At our February meeting, we welcome Sally Smith who is a keen organic gardener.  Sally will be talking to us about creative and productive ways to grow organic vegetables and herbs. So, whether you grow vegetables in a container, in a small bed or an allotment, you should find this talk very useful. Do come along and hear what she has to say. The meeting is at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall on 10th February. Entry to members is free and guests are charged £2.00. Refreshments are available after the talk and there is also a raffle.

Looking well ahead, this year we are organising a trip to RHS Harlow Carr near Harrogate. The date is Saturday 11th July and the coach will leave the Four Bells at 8.45 am and return at approximately 6pm. The cost is £15 per person, payable at the time of booking (refunds may only be allowed up to two weeks before the trip). If you would like a tour around the gardens an extra £3 is required and is payable on arrival at the destination. Details and booking forms will be distributed shortly.

Happy Gardening!


Events in 2020

February 10th              ‘Vegetable Inspirations’   Sally Smith

March 9th                     ‘Plants in Literature      Patsy Rayner

April 4th                        ‘Spring Show’

May 11th                       ‘The Woodland Trust’   Ian Retson

June 8th                        Afternoon Visit to Floral Media

June 29th                      Rose & Summer Flower Show

July 11th                        Visit to RHS Harlow Carr

September 5th              Autumn Show

October 12th                 ‘The Rose Family of Trees’    Dr. Grham Piearce

November 9th               AGM and ‘Homes in the Garden’  Jean Powley

December 7th               Christmas Social

Woodborough Scrabble Club

The Scrabble Club is looking for new members to join their friendly group who meet each Wednesday at the Institute on Roe Lane at 7.15pm. Please come along and join us in order that we are able to carry on. We play two games with tea/coffee and biscuits at half time – all for £1.00.

You will be made to feel most welcome, so do come along.

For more information contact Margaret Stanbrook Telephone 9652436.