Graham Wagstaffe entertained about 40 Members and guests at our February meeting with his talk and slideshow on the subject of “Greenhouse Crops”. Graham is a judge for the National Vegetable Society, to which the Horticultural Society is affiliated. What Graham didn’t know about growing crops in the greenhouse wasn’t worth knowing: he imparted on us many useful hints and tips about getting the best out of everything from tomatoes, to cucumbers, aubergines, leeks and cape gooseberries.
We look forward to our March meeting now: Mike Davey will present ‘Gardens of Carmarthen’ so if you’re planning to travel to that area of Wales in the future, come along and learn what’s available to see from a horticultural perspective. The meeting will be held on Monday 12th March, in the Village Hall commencing at 7.30pm. Whether you are a Member or not, you are welcome to join us! (£2 entry fee for non-members). Light refreshments will be served afterwards.
Now, a reminder that our Spring Show is to be held on Saturday 14th April. Please make a note in your diary. For anyone who has not exhibited before, we have a novice class for the daffodil (narcissi) section: simply bring three daffodils from your garden on the morning of the Show and exhibit them. They may be all the same, or all different. We’ll provide the vase and help you to get the best from your entry.
Of course, if you have been growing the special daffodil and /or hyacinth bulbs which were sold last year, please bring them along.
The theme for the Photograph class is ‘Weather’ and this can be interpreted in any way you wish. Your photo must be 7”x5” and not mounted or framed in any way. Full details, including timings, rules and regulations are contained in the Show schedule which should be distributed during early March (available in hard copy and on-line).
We hope to see as many of you at the Show as possible: it’s a great event for the local community!
‘New Bank Card’ Fraud
We’ve had a report of a recent fraud where an elderly woman in St Ann’s was targeted by fraudsters. The 80-year-old received a call from a woman claiming to be from Barclays bank who told her that her card needed to be changed and a man would come to her house and swap it for her.
This was a con and since the handover, multiple transactions have taken place on the victims account.
The man who collected the card is described as: black with short curly hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt and thought to be in his late teens.
Detective Sergeant Kate Savage said: “We believe fraudsters deliberately targeted this elderly lady, knowing she is vulnerable and we fear that the offenders might try to target more people possibly in the same area. Banks would never ask you to swap your card in this way so if you get a call like this, put the phone down and report it to us straight away.”
If you are due a new card, your bank will normally contact you via post and ask you to destroy your old card.
Please spread the word and make sure your elderly and vulnerable loved ones are aware too.
If you recognise the man in the description or have any information that could help, please contact us on 101 quoting incident 468 of 24 January 2018. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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The Crafty Chatters
A new craft group has been set up in Lowdham, meeting every Friday, 1.00pm till 4.30pm in the W.I. Hall, Lowdham.
Sessions cost £3 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits/cake. We would like crafters from all disciplines to come along and enjoy an afternoon chatting and crafting.
For those who sew we’ll have a sewing machine or two and an ironing board, knitters bring your needles and crocheters bring your hooks, colourers bring a pencil sharpener and ruggers bring your frames.
It will be a great opportunity to share knowledge and pick up tips, plus you might get inspiration to try a new craft! Open to all ages and all crafters. Phone Jane Waite 07985293351 or 01159 664907 if you have any questions.