Gardeners’ Newsletter January 2023

West Bergholt Gardeners’ Newsletter – January 21st 2023 

Helebores & Aconites feature  in the Gardeners' Newsletter January 2023

Hello and a Happy New Year from your Committee

Talking of whom, we have had a meeting to discuss Speaker and subject ideas for our next season from this September through to May 2024.  I know it sounds a long way off as we’ve only just jumped into 2023 but Speakers are rapidly becoming booked up! We hope we shall do our best for you all and make choices that will enthuse and interest you in anything horticultural! 

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Cleaner/Caretaker Vacancy & Other News

Other News

The first item is about the Cleaner/Caretaker role but, if other news interests you, skip to it with these links:

Orpen Hall Needs a Cleaner/Caretaker

A Cleaner/Caretaker is required for the Orpen Hall Complex, Lexden Rd, West Bergholt.

This is a permanent position, based at the Orpen Memorial Hall for up to 16 hours a week on average. Exact cleaning times will be agreed with the Hall Administrator but will typically be:

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St Mary’s News – the Daffodils & Hope edition

This edition of St Mary’s News starts with Daffodils & Hope and then continues with:

Daffodils - By Genet, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Daffodils and Hope

As March beckons, spring bursts onto the scene. The words of William Wordsworth might come to mind as we see the daffodils emerging from beneath the ground:

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Environment & Highways – 9th February 2023

Highlights of Environment & Highways Meeting on 9th February 2023

The Environment & Highways Committee of West Bergholt Parish Council met on 9th February 2023 with topics including:

  • Equipment maintenance,
  • Clearance of Queen’s Head & Hall Road ponds,
  • Dog walking code of conduct,
  • Name for 3-acre field,
  • Emptying of dog waste bins.

Environment Committee Minutes

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Winter Bird Walk 2023 -will a Waxwing show this year?

Winter Bird Walk 2023

Waxwings migrate from the boreal forests of continental Europe to spend their winters with us in search of rowan and other berries.

The Winter Bird Walk 2023 takes place on Saturday 4th March at Hillhouse Wood with Steve Hallam leading.  Walkers should meet at the Old Church at 10 am (weather permitting). We advise wearing stout footwear and warm clothing & with a warm drink in a flask.  Walkers can expect to see a range of resident woodland and meadow species as well as some winter visitors. Last year the walkers saw or heard:

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News Update – the Voter ID Edition

Voter ID, Roadworks & Odd Smells

Voter ID now required to vote

First, Voter ID, but if you want to skip to A12 Roadworks starting on 4th February, click this link. If you want to see where all upcoming roadworks are visit this page on our website. If you are wondering what the unusual smell is click this link.

Photographic Voter ID Now Required

The Council Elections taking place on 4th May 2023 will be the first at which registered electors will need to show an approved Photo ID in order to vote. If you don’t have a valid ID you can apply for a free Voter ID Card.

Your Photo ID doesn’t have to still be ‘in date’ as long as it still looks like you so expired Passports etc… can still be used.

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St Mary’s News – the “Love Is All Around Me” edition

Love is all around me

This edition of St Mary’s News starts with “hopes for 2023″Love is all around me”, and continues with other news including:

Love Is All Around Me

Love actually

‘I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes, Christmas is all around me and so the feeling grows

… say the lyrics of the Christmas film, which has just celebrated its 20th anniversary, Love Actually.

It doesn’t seem five minutes since we were celebrating Christmas, and yet in the world of advertising and card manufacture, we have definitely moved on, into a season more appropriately linked to the original lyrics of the song, first performed by the Troggs in 1967 ‘I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes, Love is all around me, and so the feeling grows.’

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St Mary’s News – the hopes for 2023 edition

Happy New Year

This edition of St Mary’s News starts with hopes for 2023, and continues with other news including:

Hopes for 2023

A New Year Reflection from Revd Heather

As 2023 begins, plans to give you hope

With each New Year, comes a time of reflecting back on the past 12 months, and a moment to look ahead and dream about what the future might hold.

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