Newsletter – July 2020

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It has taken me a while to get in gear to write this as one day just seems to be just like any other apart from my weekly trip to Morrisons!!

Nick has asked me to pass on his best wishes to you all and we hope you are all keeping safe and well.  We are still hoping to re-open in September and the Village Hall committee are putting together guidelines for the use of the Hall in line with Government advice.

However, here are a few updates for you:

Orleton Village Hall:
The 30 brave souls who ignored the weather to attend the AGM last December will remember we discussed the fact that the Village Hall Committee were hoping to make the refurbishment of the toilets their next project and it was unanimously agreed that, as the Village Hall was our Head Quarters, we would make a donation of £500 to this project.  This we have now done.

I am pleased to let you know that the Committee have taken advantage of lock down to carry out the work but in view of Covid 19 have upgraded the work substantially.

The communal rows of wash basins will be gone. Each cubicle will now be substantially larger and be completely self-contained with its own wash basin. Both toilet flushes and basin taps will be touch free. With seamless vinyl flooring and new partitions, Orleton will have one of the most hygiene conscious halls in the country ready for a return to the new “normality”.

Whilst the VH Trustees have also received a donation from the Bernard Suley Foundation and the Parish Council have been very supportive, because no fund-raising events have been held there is a short fall in available funds.

To finish the project with dispensers for paper towels, bins etc, some extra funding is required so if any other Village Hall user would be able to make a small contribution towards the fixtures and fittings this would be greatly appreciated.

If any member feels able to make a donation towards the cost, however small or large, please contact the VH Treasurer – Kaye Harrison – via

Charles Dowding:
Our speaker this month should have been Charles Dowding on the subject of “An introduction to No Dig”.  I am pleased to let you know that Gill has been able to re-book Charles for the 27th July, 2021.

However, if you can’t wait until next year, because member Val Gisborne gets his Newsletters, it looks like the film shown on Gardeners World about 4 years ago is going to be repeated this week.

Also Marjan has suggested you might be interested in this RHS facebook link about Charles.

NGS Shropshire:
Millichope Park, Munslow (between Ludlow and Bridgenorth) is opening its gates from the 13th to 17th July from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm on an “open gates” basis with donations on the gates to the NGS, no booking required.

Wildegoose Nursery and café in the walled garden will also be open.


Poisonous courgettes:
If any one has had any bitter tasting courgettes then you may find this article from the Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation of interest:

If you hear of any interesting articles or any places of interest that are reopening, then please let me know via the Club email address.

Keep safe and keep gardening


Jane has written the next edition in her “Lock Down Diary” and this can be found on our website under News and Views.