Rosewood, East Anglian acoustic folk trio are coming to Bergh Apton – Saturday 30 April, 7pm
Suffolk-based Rosewood play at major folk festivals, clubs and arts centres. Their songs and instrumentals range from traditional to contemporary and include their own compositions. They play a wide range of instruments including the bandoneon, bagpipes and bouzouki.
This gig is part of the Bergh Apton Jubilee Festival, run through @BerghAptonArts
Throughout 2022, the Bergh Apton Jubilee Festival, run by the Bergh Apton Community Arts Trust, will host a programme of three concerts, two story-tellings, an antiques ‘roadshow’ and a talk about the film, The Dig.
The first event takes place tomorrow 21st Apr – an antiques Valuation day with Keys Auctioneers – book your slot now!
All events will be in St Peter & St Paul Church, Bergh Apton.
Plans for the Alpington and Yelverton Village Festival in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee from 2nd to 5th June are well underway. Events will kick off on the Thursday evening with a Jubilee themed Quiz at the Wheel Fortune pub in Alpington.
On Friday evening, 3rd June, there will be a Wine tasting with cheese and nibbles at the Village Hall where a variety of wines will be available for tasting. Tickets at £10 a head will be on sale from the beginning of May.
On the afternoon of Saturday 4th June we will be holding a 1950s style Village Fete on the Village Hall recreation field/green. There will be a refreshments tent, ice cream and fish and chips vans, a Victoria Sponge baking competition, traditional games and craft stalls and a Punch and Judy show.
On the morning of the final day of our celebrations, Sunday 5th June, there will be activities for children on the Garrick Field, including tug of war, traditional races such as the three-legged race, with other activities being planned. This will be followed by a “Bring your own “ Big Picnic Lunch at the Village Hall and green. There will be a performance by local ukulele group Jelly and the Biscuits and a large celebration cake will be cut and shared.
Why not join family, friends and neighbours at the Picnic and dress up 1950s style to make it a special occasion to celebrate the Jubilee?
It would be great if villagers deck out their homes in bunting for the Jubilee.
Other activities to complement the celebrations are being planned and a full program of events will be delivered to every household in Alpington and Yelverton in May.
Further information will also be posted on the website over the coming weeks.
The forecasters are predicting that the start of April will be a much cooler than the warmer days we have enjoyed in mid to end of March. However, Spring is still on the way and we have lots to do in our gardens preparing for the warmer months ahead. The weather may be unsettled but we can still get outside and work in our gardens whenever the weather allows.
There may still be some leaves lurking under shrubs and other corners in your garden so these can be raked out and flowerbeds tidied up, cutting back any perennials which may still have the old growth from last summer.
Mowing and edging
We can mow our lawns on a high cut if the grass is dry and frost-free and can tidy up the edges by re-cutting them with a half-moon or spade to give a neat edge to the flowerbeds or patio areas. Lawns will also benefit from a dose of lawn feed now.
Sowing Vegetable seeds
If you are planning to grow some vegetables, now is the time to sow tomatoes, runner beans, green peppers and courgettes which can then be planted on in due course.
Planting up pots and baskets
Spring is the best time for creating new container displays. If you have the space, pot up your plug plants into larger pots as this will be cheaper than buying bigger pot plants later in the season. Plant up summer baskets and store undercover for putting out in the garden in late May. We can also sow half-hardy bedding plants in seed trays in the greenhouse or indoors on a sunny window cill.
Maintaining water butts and water features
If you have a pond or water feature, consider giving it a little post-winter maintenance. Clear out ponds: lift put any planting baskets and fish (keeping these in buckets of old pond water), bail out the water, remove sludge and refill with collected rainwater if possible (if you use tap water, let it stand for a week before putting any fish back in).
Check that your water butts are collecting water effectively, that the downpipes are clear and that the taps are working, these can sometimes become blocked with sludge or old leaves.
Protect from frost and wind
April can still bring frosty nights, so be ready to protect tender flowers and vegetables from frosts. Young, upright-growing plants may need some form of support, so stake tall plants to prevent them being damaged in any strong winds.
As the weather warms up, the weeds also start to make an appearance. Keep on top of them by hoeing between plants and treating any paths or driveways with your preferred weedkiller.
As the middle month of Spring, April is such a positive time, full of gardening promises. It is so uplifting to see the trees and shrubs awaken from their winter dormancy and burst into life, ready for the growing season ahead.
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