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'Hestercombe Cup' new art prize for Cheddon Fitzpaine This morning I was pleased to be invited to the Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School end of your celebration and prizegiving. The celebration was held in the local Cheddon Church (which I had never actually visited, and is a really lovely place) and the pews were filled! The whole school had come to see the year 6s perform some wonderful leaving poems and songs and many parents' eyes were filled to brimming at their little ones growing up. Mr Gordan gave a thoughtful speech and the Rev. Geoff Boucher was a welcoming host waving everyone off for summer holidays. The prize giving...
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If the idea of volunteering full time in the garden in all weathers seems a bit daunting, why not help us out with a bit of deadheading over the summer? It doesn't require as much bending and heavy lifting but will help top up your vitamin D levels! Full training and a trug provided, but if possible bring your own secateurs. Email me at headgardener@hestercombe.com if you'd like to help   Many thanks   Claire Reid...
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Massive Hollyhocks! Great year for the Holly hocks! Take a stroll down the East Walk in the formal gardens and be dwarfed by the massive Hollyhocks....... and so far no rust!!...
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restoration to the rotunda The Rotunda is a beautiful reflective pool designed by Lutyens in the Edwardian formal gardens. From a design point of you it was a clever way to link lots of walkways, and has great views down the East rill onto the pergola.    But it is only beautiful sometimes!     After a good clean and a fresh refill, the rotunda will only take a matter of days to green up like this- especially in sunny weather- as the water is stagnant.   But this wasn't always the case.    It is actually designed with inflow and outflow pipes. The inflow...
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witches potions This may look odd but this is what I have been up to this afternoon - and I have not spent the day with Kev in the kitchens! I have put whole garlic cloves in a carrier bag and then smashed them with a mallet- in a similar way to making the base of a cheescake. I then pricked the carrier bags and put them in a dustbin filled with water. Later I will add a tub of bicarbinate of soda and then I will leave it for a couple of weeks to brew.  We can then use this potion to...
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