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Monthly news, June 2024

2024 Best Kept Front Garden Competition, judging on Thursday, 6th June 2024
Peter Jackson (from Scotsdales) has very kindly agreed to judge the competition again. As usual, committee members will do the preliminary area judging beforehand. The Foxton resident with best kept front garden will be awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Cup at the Village Show in September.

Foxton Village Show
The categories for the Photos and Craft categories at the Village Show to be held on Saturday, September 7th 2024, are as follows:

Photos:

      1. Birds
      2. Skies
      3. Compeition
      4. Water
      5. Gardens

Craft, and an example of:

      1. Sewing
      2. Knitting or crochet
      3. Embroidery or tapestry
      4. Papercraft
      5. Painting
      6. Ceramics or pottery

Every house will receive a copy of the show schedule in August but here are the entries for the following classes.

Cup holders from last year’s show are asked to return them for engraving to IAN CONSTABLE 11 Illingworth Way tel 871508 (ian.constable1@ntlworld.com) as soon as possible and certainly by the end of July. Please do this sooner rather than later as Ian has a lot of cups to collect and arrange for engraving!

And thank you everyone who came along to the AGM and Plant Sale and Swap. Short reports featuring photos from the events are available via the links.

Monthly news, April 2024

Some new dates for your diary!

  • FGA AGM, Tuesday, 16th April 2024
    7.30pm in the Village Hall meeting room.
    There will be a short formal start to present the annual accounts, review of last year’s activities, plans for this year and election for the committee. We always welcome new members who bring fresh ideas but don’t worry, you will not be pressganged to join!
    Following the formalities we are delighted to say that the speaker will be David Short, who will tell us about his “life behind bars” – nothing to do with imprisonment but about life at the Queen’s Head pub in Newton, where his son is now the third generation in charge. Anyone who has heard David will know what an excellent speaker he is, not to be missed. Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served so do come along and enjoy.
  • Plant Sale and Swap, Saturday May 11th 2024
    10am-12pm at the Village Hall
    Do come along to this always popular village event, as well as plants on offer the WI will be providing refreshments, a produce stall and running a tombola (no book stall this year).
  • The Foxton Village Show will be held on Saturday, September 7th 2024.
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Monthly news, March 2024

The provisional 2024 dates for FGA events are as follows:
  • Tuesday, April 16th – A.G.M., details of the time and speaker to follow.
  • Saturday, May 11th – Plant Sale and Swap.
  • Saturday, September 7th – Village Show
At the time of writing all allotments plots are taken but if you are interested contact Rachel Harrison (FGA Allotments Secretary) to join the waiting list. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch!

Tips and hints for March
1. Prune bush and shrub roses.
2. Lift and divide overgrown perennials.
3. Split polyanthus and snowdrops after flowering.
4. Put growbags in the greenhouse to warm up.
5. Enjoy the Spring flowers.

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Monthly news, February 2024

The committee are planning the FGA calendar of events, so stayed tuned!

Tips and hints for February
1. Firm any newly planted trees and shrubs which may have been lifted by frost.
2. Prune Winter flowering shrubs after flowering.
3. Check tools and equipment are sound and ready for use.
4. Ensure garden birds have food and water.
5. Enjoy the Spring bulbs.

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Monthly news, January 2024

The committee would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy 2024 whatever the weather.

Tips and hints for January
1. Clear any wet leaves from the crowns of plants.
2. Order seeds and Summer flowering bulbs.
3. Keep a small area of a pond ice free.
4. if we have snow brush it off heavily laden trees and shrubs.
5. Think positive, the days are lengthening!

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Monthly news, December 2023

It has been another “interesting” year weatherwise for gardeners, no change there then! We hope your gardens and allotments flourished. Once again we were so lucky with the weather for the Plant Swap, Open Gardens and Village Show. Thanks to everyone who contributed to and attended these events!

Tips and hints for December
1. Repair sheds and fences.
2. Continue taking hardwood cuttings.
3. Prune tall bush roses to prevent wind rock damage.
4. Bring in bulbs for Christmas flowering.
5. During Christmas week make a list of flowers in your garden, you may be surprised!

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Monthly news, November 2023

2023 Wine Tasting
The FGA Wine Tasting (last held in February 2020) returns on Saturday 11th November 2023 at 8pm. Each wine will be presented by people you may know!

Tickets cost £20 per person and include 6 wines served with bread, cheese and nibbles. Only 80 tickets are available and are sure to sell out in advance. Tickets can be reserved by emailing contact@foxtongardens.org or using the contact form here.

Tips and hints for November
1. Clean or recycle pots and trays
2. If the weather is frosty keep off the lawn.
3. Insulate those pots outside for the Winter.
4. Winter prune fruit trees and bushes.

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Monthly news, August 2023

2023 Open Gardens
A very big thank you to all who opened their gardens on an extremely hot and humid Sunday (25th June 2023), and another big thank you to all the visitors who braved the heat to visit. Refreshments in the cool church were very welcome! Understandably, visitor numbers were down on the last Open Gardens (in 2019) but we are delighted to say that £378 was raised, split between Cambridge Sustainable Food and the Woodland Trust.

2023 Best Kept Front Garden Competition
Once again, Peter Jackson from Scotsdales very kindly came along to do the final judging for this year’s competition. Many congratulations to the following (and to all who won best in area!):

  • First place: 42 Hillfield (Allan Newman and Lena Beale)
  • Second place: 18 St. Laurence Rd (Ian and Maria Matthews)
  • Third place: 47 High Street (Christine Mead)

The winner will be presented with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Cup at the Village Show in September.

2023 Village Show
This year’s Village Show will be on Saturday 9th September 2023. In August, every house in the village will receive a copy of the show schedule. We do hope as many as possible will enter (even if only 1 item!) and come along to view the show in the afternoon to view the exhibits, have some refreshments. enter the raffle and see the prizegiving.  For those already thinking about your entries, the draft programme is already online here.

Reminder: Return of cups
If you won a cup, or cups, at last year’s show, please can you return them by the end of July in order for them to be engraved. Please give them to Ian Constable, or contact us, if you have any questions.

Tips and hints for August
1. Trim hedges (but be mindful of nesting birds!).
2. Take cuttings from tender plants (e.g. fuchsias, pelargoniums).
3. Trim lavender when the flower heads have faded.
4. Lift and dry onions.

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Monthly news, July 2023

Plant Sale and Swap
Once again we were blessed with a lovely morning for the annual plant sale and swap on Sunday 21st May 2023. Lots of plants bought, swapped and sold and plenty of cakes, books and produce were sold. Many enjoyed fresh scones, a drink and chatting to friends both inside and out. Thank you to all who supported the event.

2023 Best Kept Front Garden Competition
The preliminary judging for the best front garden competition will be done by the FGA committee over the next few weeks. We are delighted that Peter Jackson from Scotsdales will be joining us on Wednesday 12th July 2023 to judge the shortlisted gardens and select the winner. The Foxton resident with best kept front garden will be awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Cup at the Village Show in September.

2023 Village Show
This year’s Village Show will be on Saturday 9th September 2023. In August, every house in the village will receive a copy of the show schedule. We do hope as many as possible will enter (even if only 1 item!) and come along to view the show in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more news about the 2023 show!

Return of cups
If you won a cup, or cups, at last year’s show, please can you return them by the end of July in order for them to be engraved. Please give them to Ian Constable, or contact us, if you have any questions.

Tips and hints for July
1. Deadhead flowers as they fade.
2. Divide bearded irises.
3. Layer and take cuttings from carnations and pinks.
4. Take semi ripe cuttings from shrubs.