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    Issue 115 June 2015

    Thetford Open Gardens Sunday 14th JuneSee inside for more details & a new childrens trail

  • Welcome to Junes About Thetford

    Summer is almost upon us, which means its almost time

    for the annual Thetford Open Gardens event!

    This has grown considerably over recent years and

    looks set to be even better this year with new gardens

    available to visit and a number of other activities taking

    place as well. If you have not taken part previously then I

    would thoroughly urge you to do so this year, a great (and

    very inexpensive!) day out whilst also raising money for

    a very good cause.

    Another regular in the local events calendar is of course

    the Euston Rural Pastimes event that was featured on

    the front page last month. Dont forget this takes place

    on Sunday 7th June, from 10am - 6pm. Prior to this, the

    Red Rooster festival occurs featuring numerous bands

    and artists - full details available on page 2.

    There will certainly be lots going on in Thetford over the

    next few months - see page 6 for a sneak peek of the

    Thetford Festival and information about the Thetford

    Race for Life (25th July) and a community fun day (5th

    September) both featured on page 23.

    Best wishes, Terry Jermy

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    Inside this month...Page 2 - Red Rooster line-upPage 4 & 5 - Find out about the Open Gardens event and competition detailsPage 8 - Breathe Easy hosts an eventPages 14 & 15 - Past and Present and I remember whenPages 20 & 21 - Review of Wretham WW2 event and upcoming Armed Forces weekend on 27th - 28th JunePage 27 - Drowning prevention weekPages 28 & 29 - Meet your new Thetford Town CouncillorsPage 41 - Munzee trail goes livePage 41 & 42 - News from Ancient House Museum

  • June is a glorious month for gardeners. Everything is bright and growing vigorously. Strawberries and saladcrops are there to be enjoyed and there is all the promise of the summer. In addition, we can all enjoy the TGAC Summer Show AND the many pleasures of Open Gardens Day.

    The Summer Show is on Saturday 6th July at the Church on the Way. The best time to visit is between 1.30 and 2.30 and you will be bowled over by the scent from sweet peas and roses that are the backbone of the display. There will also be a class for hanging baskets and these never fail to amaze me. Other classes include pinks, flower arrangements, strawberries, treacle tarts and Scarecrow heads. If you would like to enter as a non-member the full schedule can be obtained from Leaping Hare.

    Meanwhile on the allotment, keep up the hoeing. This saves all the work involved in removing established weeds and crumbles the surface of the ground so that rain will sink in rather than run off. If your leeks are ready to plant out ideally a pencil thick and about eight inches tall it makes life easier if you trim the roots to about 2 centimetres. The plants go into the hole you have prepared more easily and dont seem to be held back. If you need to water any plants, remember that a good but infrequent drenching will encourage the roots down; if you lightly water any area the moisture does not penetrate far and the plant roots will stay shallow. A decent lawn in the Brecks seems a dream but you will get the best out of your grass if you mow it

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    little and often once a week at this fast growing time. If we run into a dry spell, raise the cutter head to let the grass stand taller but still keep it looking neat. Hopefully, flowering plants are growing vigorously and its a good idea to get supports in position early on. The leaves will mask some of these supports in the next few weeks but without them our most magnificent blooms can fall flat on their faces!

    As I think about what I should be doing this month, I have to say how full of admiration I am for the people who open their gardens for our delight. This year Sunday June 14th is the day to keep free for hours of pleasure. If you have not seen what goes on, this is a revelation such extraordinary achievements all round our town with lovely plants and clever design. Not only that but you will find half the town on the move from house to house, refreshments with chairs in the shade and good company and the satisfaction of supporting our local Hospice. Gardening is one thing, getting everything synchronised to look good on a given day is something else! Thank you all those contributing!

    And finally, we have a quiz night at our regular meeting on Thursday 25th June at the URC. This should be good fun and all are welcome as usual. Sue Pilgrim

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    Gardens across Thetford will soon be open to the public in aid of charity as the Thetford Open Gardens gets underway on Sunday 14th June. This year will see 27 gardens and a church open for the day. Last years event attracted hundreds of visitors and raised more than 6,700 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, which will also benefit from the 2015 day.

    Rachel Woods, who organises the event with Sue Norman, Brian and Jennifer Farrell, said the opening gardens were varied and beautiful, with one gardener being a sculptor and artist who had painted a picture for the programme cover and donated a framed print for auction. This year, we hope to raise more than 7,000 for the Hospice, said Rachel. We have 10 new gardens on board, so there will be new discoveries to make and old favourites to revisit, with plenty of refreshments along the way.

    Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care Community Fundraiser, said: Thetford Open Gardens is a treat in the open gardens season. From the small yet fully packed treasures to the big luxuriant gardens, there is something for everyone.

    Admission is by programme - 5 per person (childrenfree) available from Hospice shops, Thetford Garden Centre and Thetfords Great Information Centre. Afundraising raffle and auction will also be held. Gardenswill be open from 11am-5pm. This year, a new fundraising event is being held on 24 June. Thetford Open Gardens Extra is a ticketed tour of the Gorse Industrial Estate meadows and nuclear site, led by Keith Eldred. Tickets for this event are only available from Thetfords Great Information Centre.

    For more information about either event, contact Rachel Woods at [email protected] or call 01842 762165. The events are supported by Lawsons estate agents, Thetford Garden Centre, Rollmark printers and more.

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    Thetford Open Gardens treasure trailIf you haven't bought your programme yet, then pop down to Thetford's Great Information Centre, Thetford Garden Centre, or your local hospice shop. Look out for our extra garden in Ford Street, the entrance is almost opposite garden 15. And for young visitors we have a little quiz, see below:

    1. Where are the sunflowers growing on the bank?2. Which garden would a magician

    be hoppy to use?3. Which garden has a pig in it ?

    4. Where can you find coffee & walnut cake?5. Which gardener wins prizes for

    his hanging baskets?6. Which garden is part of the

    Quiet garden movement?7. Where would you find an Emneth Early apple?8. Which garden do you think Princess Charlotte

    would feel at gnome in?9. Which gardens have church views?

    10. Where would you find a cordwainer in the garden?

    There will be a small prize for the first correct entry out of the hat, so leave your answers to the questions on a piece of paper at garden 6, 20 or 25 with your name, age and a contact telephone number.

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