Bulphan women come face-to-face with a Chillington Hoe

Bulphan Womens Institute: October report

By Janet McCheyne

DOharvest you know what a Chillington hoe is?  No – neither did the members and visitors at Bulphan Women’s Institute meeting in October.

Brian Carline brought along his basic tool set, which, together with a wheelbarrow, would be all we would need to garden effectively.  He did admit later that a power washer was also an asset, used with discretion, especially on greenhouses where you could break the glass.

Brian kept us on our toes, asking questions with right answers being rewarded with a pot of winter pansies.  Although he managed to get in numerous jokes and funny anecdotes, there was a wealth of useful information, which kept everyone interested – even the reluctant gardeners amongst us.  Brian’s book, Soil, Sweat and Tears, contains everything he told us, and more, with amusing cartoons as an added bonus.

There are still a few places for anyone (not just WI members) to join us for Dick Whittington (a pantomime for adults) at Brick Lane Music Hall on Tuesday 28th January 2014.  Cost is £40 which includes afternoon tea and coach travel, leaving Bulphan Village Hall at noon.  ‘Phone Sally on 01268 542129 if you are interested.

At our November meeting on Wednesday, 13th at 7.30pm, we are having a Christmas Craft “Show and Tell”.  Bring along something you have made with a Christmas theme, or something you have been given or can borrow which is handmade, and tell us a bit about it.

A big thank you to Sally and Iris for decorating a window in Bulphan Church on behalf of the WI for the harvest thanksgiving service.
And finally, we welcome Helen and family, who are now running Bulphan Village Stores, and are living above the shop – we hope they will enjoy living in the village and that with our support, the shop will flourish.

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