Halesworth & Southwold Community News March 2019 19 With Signature landscaping and maintenance March in the Garden

WHAT a difference a year makes, the beast from the east of 2018 has been replaced by record high February temperatures and the most beautiful sunshine. This may have meant that some of our garden plants are a little ahead this year, beware though of late frosts on new buds that may cause some damage. Jobs for the month are building up in preparation for spring and summer. Lawns can be cut if the weather is kind, but make sure you don’t cut too short, you can always reduce the height over the coming weeks and months. Weeds removed now will

pay dividends later in the year, with the warmish and wet winter we have had many weeds have taken quite a strong hold so some time spent now is invaluable. As a general rule, you

can prune deciduous shrubs (shrubs that drop their leaves in the winter) between January and March i.e. before they flower in the summer. Some examples are Buddleia, Caryopteris, Hydrangea, Lavatera, Fuchsia, and Ceanothus. Don’t prune any spring flowering shrubs

until after they have flowered otherwise you will lose this year’s display. Hedges should

be cut now before

the birds start building their nests, roses should be pruned, remove all the old dead heads and any diseased or damaged stems.

One great way to get

ready for summer is to sow some seeds that will give a beautiful display or an edible crop in the summer. One of the easiest are sweet peas, the seeds can be soaked over night in warm water, fill a pot (about 4” diameter) with potting or seed compost place three seeds evenly on the top and cover with a thin layer of more compost, water and wait. A window sill indoors or a green house will do the trick, within two weeks you will see small shoots. Plant out the seedlings when they reach about 4cm (1 ½ in). If you grow your own veg, get the plot prepared as well, early potatoes can be sown now, these can be grown in containers if you don’t have space, there is nothing better than a freshly dug new potato. You can also get shallots, onions

and garlic planted out if you have a light soil

but if not, wait a little longer for the ground to warm up. For an easy vegetable try Broad Beans, Sow seeds 5cm (2in) deep and 20cm (8in) apart, if a second double row is needed this should be positioned 60cm (2ft) away from the first. Deadhead daffodils as

the flowers fade and let the leaves die back naturally before clearing them away about six weeks later. The tools we all use might

benefit from a spring clean, you can give spades a quick sharpen too I always find a squirt of WD40 on secateurs and other equipment will lengthen their life and make them a pleasure to use. Most sheds I suspect could always do with a tidy and this can be done even if it’s raining. Whatever you do,

enjoy your front and back garden, but if you want any help in your garden with maintenance to bring your plans to life please call us, we are always happy to help.

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Construction Training has started in Halesworth

EXCITING times ahead! Individuals and businesses across Suffolk will be pleased to know that the North Suffolk Skills Centre has opened its doors to the public!

After long deliberation

the centre has had its first fifteen apprentices start at the centre. Those interested in apprenticeship training and construction courses will have the option to choose from a large selection of apprenticeships

which includes, Brickwork, Carpentry, Painting and Decorating and Plastering. As well as offering apprenticeship


Construction Training Specialists will be running several construction taster sessions from February through to June 2019. These courses are ideal for those considering a career in the construction

sector and


Volunteer Centre are recruiting volunteers Come and meet us at our open day


WEDNESDAY 3rd APRIL 11.30am -6.30pm

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The Pear Tree Centre and Halesworth Volunteer Centre are recruiting volunteers

provide fantastic progression routes. Courses are open to those over the age of nineteen living in Suffolk and will be free of charge to individuals who are able to meet the eligibility criteria.

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From the Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

I HAD hoped to be able to bring you positive news about building our extension. We have to obtain three estimates for the work, but sadly only one firm has responded. We want to see the work started so we are trying to galvanise the other two into action. Funding goes on apace and, as I have mentioned earlier, the Co-op is supporting our efforts and their fund now amounts to over £160. I think I can safely estimate that by the time you read this at the beginning of March it will be over £200! You can see how your shopping supports our efforts by glancing at the screen behind the tills. This funding will continue until October so please support us when you can. Meanwhile a lot of work is being done out of the public eye to prepare the Museum for opening at Easter. With re-opening fast approaching we are delighted to welcome a new member to the crew. Dawn Cooper, who lives in Reydon, has kindly volunteered to become a steward and she will be working with Jonathan Hunt, Steven Baird and Fred Assman to learn the ropes, and she is looking forward to Easter when she will be ready to meet our visitors and tell our story. Talking of telling ‘our

story’ reminds me that this is a time of centenaries. In 1918 Sam May, one of the three famous Coxswains, retired due to ill health after 20 years as ‘gaffer’. He was a giant of a man, greatly respected by all who knew him, and never failed to launch the boat no matter how terrible the conditions. Charles Jarvis succeeded him for the last few months that the lifeboat remained in service but by the end of the war the Alfred Corry had been in commission

for 25 years: she had been launched 41 times and saved 47 lives and was tired. Although basically sound she needed a lot of money spent on her and motor lifeboats were being phased in and were replacing the sailing/ rowing boats. In 1919 she was sold to Lord Albemale for £40, ketch rigged and started a new life as a gentleman’s yacht. Renamed the Alba she was later fitted with an engine and cruised the south and east coasts. In 1939, and for the duration of WW2, she was laid up in a mud berth at West Mersea until, in 1945, she was refitted and had the distinction of being the first British yacht to enter Ostend post war. Her life took another direction in 1949 when she became a houseboat and was renamed Thorfin. She had many different owners and finally came to rest in the 1970s in Maldon, Essex before being rescued by Captain John Cragie who had her refitted as a yacht and restored her original name until finally she came to rest in Southwold where she has been lovingly restored to her original glory. What a story!

If you would like to know more the story is beautifully told in our latest publication The Story of the Alfred Corry by Penny Mansfield, now on sale in the Museum price £5. Finally, as we approach re- opening, may I invite you to join the crew by becoming a steward; shifts are normally of three hours each so if you would like to join us, please contact Frank Upcraft on 01502 724 484 or Jonathan Hunt on 07944 586 269. You will be made very welcome. Jack Storer – Trustee

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

AT the Southwold Wildlife Group’s February meeting SWT Community Fundraising Manager Michael Strand gave a thought provoking illustrated talk on the subject of ‘Creating Wildness’ with examples from Trust reserves such as Bradfield Woods, Knettishall Heath and Arger Fen. The Trust manages around 1% of the land in Suffolk and, whilst remaining open to the possibility of further acquisitions, there are diminishing possibilities for this in the future. In the light of this, a review of conservation practice has been undertaken and future plans for reserves will emphasise reducing management

and allowing

natural forces to take the lead, thereby ‘creating wildness’. This approach will stimulate

a greater variability of habitats within any particular site. Where appropriate grazing will be used to reduce biomass and create microniches – a

patchwork of habitats. Natural processes, such as the flooding of Hazelwood Marshes, and intervention, such as the translocation of the Fen Raft Spider in the Waveney Valley, will be incorporated as appropriate. Management planning will be flexible and adjusted over time. Whilst invertebrates underpin most foodchains, flagship species, such as hazel dormouse and hare, serve to connect local communities to the natural world and help keep them informed and involved. Management for dormice, for example, will also benefit associated invertebrates. At our next meeting, on Thursday, 14th March, at 7.30pm in Southwold Arts Centre (St Edmunds Hall), Southwold, Chris Parfitt will speak about ‘The Realm of the Polar Bear’ . Admission is £3, including refreshments. All are welcome.

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