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Halesworth & Southwold Community News December 2016 25

December in the Garden With Mr & Mrs B landscaping and maintenance

DECEMBER is here and winter should really start now! Remember to check the garden and make sure that tools are packed away in the shed or garage, clean them and spray any moving parts with WD40. Now is a great time to wash greenhouse glass, we have so few sunny hours in December that clean glass allows the maximum light and therefore heat in. Please don’t forget the birds, fresh water and food when the weather is bad Prune climbing roses now

by cutting away diseased or damaged growth and tying in any new shoots to their support. Prune older flowered side shoots back by two thirds of their length. Leave the faded flower heads on your hydrangeas until the spring, as they will provide frost protection to the swelling buds further down the stems. Lift and store dahlia tubers once their leaves are blackened by frost and if you still haven’t planted your tulip bulbs there is still time, provided the ground isn’t frozen. Start to winter-prune your Wisteria, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds. Preparing for next spring vegetable crop can start in December, digging a trench and filling with kitchen peelings for runner beans, this will give them a great start when you do plant out. Remove all dead rhubarb

Halesworth Gardeners Society

AT our November meeting Alan Sarsby gave us lots of tips on “Garden Photography”. Our Chairman arranged an illustrated talk by Alan Gray from East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens which was very informative and entertaining. We had over 100 people from all around the area. Thank you all for your support,. Our next meeting is on December 8th when the subject will be “Lost Gardens of Suffolk” followed by our Christmas buffet, please bring a plate of food to share. St Mary’s Church Hall, 7.30pm. All welcome. We will be having our usual

stall at the Lions Winter Fayre so please come and see if you can win a hamper. With all best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Brian Hammond

stems and mulch around crowns but don’t cover, you can also mulch around established fruit trees.

Clear debris - this is vital to

prevent slugs and snails from setting up home in those lovely warm and damp conditions! However, a plea for wildlife... an artless pile of sticks and logs will make a wonderful ‘des res’ for hibernating hedgehogs and the like, so please don’t be too ferocious on the tidying front. As autumn has been a little late

this year fallen leaves may still be a problem, rake them up, it keeps the grass and the paths clear. Pack hoses away and wrap the outside tap with some insulation (bubble wrap is fine). If the weather allows repair holes and tatty patches in your lawn. If it is waterlogged, or even frozen, try and avoid walking on it - damage is easily inflicted! It’s a good time to plant that hedge you have always wanted or shrubs and trees. Get rid of your old roses and replace with new, but the rule is don’t plant a new rose in the same area of ground that the old one grew. Get them in now before any snow comes along and the soil freezes. Please enjoy your garden, if

you want any help or advise you can call us, we are happy to help. We both wish you a very

happy Christmas and a very good gardening new year.

Richard & Nina

Mr & Mrs B Services 01986 874493/07939855932


MANY hundreds of people come into St Mary’s during the course of a year. Some of them will come just once, to a funeral, perhaps, or for a wedding. Some will come for a single more public event like the Christingle service at Christmas or to remember loved ones who have died on All Souls Day. Many will come to services at Easter but not again for some months. Some come to call us to worship with their bell-ringing (or to learn that difficult art). Only relatively few will form part of the regular congregation at services on Sundays and Wednesdays or be part of a regular prayer or study group. By contrast to this large

number of users of the building, a relatively small number of local people contribute on a regular basis to the church’s running costs (which include clergy salaries, administrative expenses and the cost of running and maintaining the church building). The result has been that, for many years and in spite of everyone’s best efforts, income has not matched running costs and important maintenance of this ancient building has been neglected. urgent repair work has simply been put off. Crisis point has now been reached. The most urgent need is to repair the roof and gutters. To this must now be added the cost of replacing the current ancient central heating boiler which was condemned last month.

The formation three years ago

of a group - Friends of St Mary’s - whose purpose is to promote better care of the building has helped to raise awareness and funds. Regular concerts and other social events are now a feature of the life of St Mary’s. But the funds raised in this way (and through the 50/50 club) cannot alone solve the serious shortage of funds which the church faces. Some of us have begun to consider the possibility of a kind of crowd funding (to embrace a popular modern concept). The hope is that concerned

people in and around Halesworth who are in a position to do so will consider giving (or pledge to do so) whatever they can afford towards urgent work on the church building. For instance, one hundred generous people, each pledging £1,000, would raise £100,000 which, together with money already raised by the Friends, would enable work to go ahead at least on the roof and boiler replacement and thus ensure that St Mary’s continues to play its vital part in our communal life. To respond to this appeal, please send your cheque (made payable to “The Friends of St Mary’s Halesworth”) preferably using a donation form, available from the church, or sending a covering letter to Mrs R Lewis, Treasurer, Friends of St Mary’s, 41 Holton Rd, Halesworth IP19 8HG.

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Wenhaston Gardeners

DuRING his amusing and informative talk on Wall shrubs and Climbers, Neil Ludman was kind enough to share with us some of his mistakes as well as his successes! When he lived in London he had a small garden and wanting to grow something that would grow quickly he planted a Russian Vine. He wasn’t aware that it had got out of hand until the people in the flat above him complained that the vine was creeping through their window and invading their apartment. Consequently Neil would ban the vine to room 101. It seems that there isn’t an

awful lot of difference between wall-shrubs and climbers – the former tend to be woody and benefit being planted against a wall especially if the garden is small as a wall contains vigorous growth. Climbers are more energetic and need a mechanism to attach to for a good shape. Among some of the beautiful slides Neil showed us, was a house completely smothered in a Virginia Creeper, from foundations to chimney pots. Next month will be our Christmas party, when we will enjoy the music of the Ancestral Singers and, we hope, an interesting buffet.




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