Our next event will be on Monday 16th April when our 25% discount evening at Poundbury Garden Centre will take place. While you enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee, Lucy, the Garden Centre Manager, will introduce us to a variety of plants and products which are new this year. Following the talk, you will have the opportunity to look around the Garden Centre and obtain a discount on all purchases – so this is the ideal time to stock up on your plants and garden accessories! We will meet at the Garden Centre at 6.45pm.
On Thursday 17th May we will have our Village Outing to Hinton Ampner(NT) and The Watercress Line at Alresford, Hampshire. Hinton Ampner, then owned by Ralph Dutton, suffered a catastrophic fire in 1960 and was rebuilt in the light and airy Georgian style that he loved. Ralph was a passionate collector and filled his sunny rooms with ceramics and art. Outside, Ralph designed a series of tranquil “rooms” containing topiary, exotic-coloured dahlias and borders of repeat-flowering roses, which lead on to terraces with panoramic views across the South Downs. There is also a picnic area, cafe and shop. We will spend the morning and lunchtime at Hinton Ampner, leaving at approx. 2.00pm to travel to the Mid-Hants Railway, known as the Watercress Line, which is close by. We will catch the 3.00pm steam train from Alresford to Alton and return, arriving back at Alresford at 4.35pm.
We will leave Martinstown at 9.00am and return at approx. 6.45pm. The cost will be £31 for National Trust members, plus entry to Hinton Ampner for non-NT members. Please book a place with Eileen (Tel. 889584), or Angela (Tel. 889628); you will need to pay the full cost when booking. All friends and anyone not connected with the village are welcome to join us on this trip. We anticipate that this outing will prove extremely popular, so early booking is advisable.
Pat Willetts - Tel. 568458