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The Martinstown Garden and Craft Show is quite inspirational really. It’s a bit like a party where everyone’s invited and people bring the best things that they have grown or made, to be admired by one and all.

The judges are essential of course, because not everyone can win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. One judge who has been meticulously judging fruit and vegetables since the Show’s inception, the venerable Fred Penhaligon, spent several hours carefully considering every entry and his knowledge and experience are legendary. The same applies to the other judges and we thank them all very much for their efforts because this is a serious business.  

But it is also great fun and the inspiration for the spirit of the Show came from its founder and Chairperson, Ann Priddle, until her sad and sudden death just a few months ago.

Certainly she would have loved the whole day. The number of entries and the standards attained were better than ever, a fine achievement when you consider the exceptional conditions of this hot and dry summer. A new crystal bowl, The Ann Priddle Trophy, was proudly donated by Ann’s family and won by Lesley Usherwood for her baking skills. 

We hope all the lovely people who helped to make the day go so smoothly (setting up, serving teas and washing up, writing on raffle tickets – all the usual things!) will volunteer again next year, if we promise they can try some of the fruit gin entries after the judging.

So that’s it for another year. If you are planning to make a fruit gin to enter in next year’s Show, now would be a good time to start. It should be ready to drink around Christmas time, but keep some for the Martinstown Garden and Craft Show 2019 when it will have matured to its full flavour.

Perhaps it could even win!

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Manor Grove
Communal Hall


10.30am - 12.00

Entrance: 50p
includes cake & biscuits


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*As at 23rd September 2018.

Waste Watch Scheme
- operating in the village.

Although papers can be separated and recycled with the bi-weekly refuse collection this scheme means that the local parish can financially benefit from separate treatment of newspapers.

There are two collection points each located at the Parish Office and the car park of the Village Hall by means of a green bin or box.

Your used newspapers and magazines can be bundled into manageable piles and securely tied with sturdy string. Newspapers and magazines should be bundled separately but can be placed in the same boxes and are regularly collected.

Please use this method of recycling where possible as credit is received via the current scheme to the parish for use towards local matters.

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Mondays and Fridays

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 10.15am

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 13.15am

Visit the Aline Taxis website HERE

Sunday, 23 09 2018

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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Collections take place

APRIL 2018
5 - rubbish and food
12 - recycling and food
19 - rubbish and food
26 - recycling and food

MAY 2018
3 - rubbish and food
10 - recycling and food
17  - rubbish and food
24 - recycling and food
31 - rubbish and food

JUNE 2018
7 - recycling and food
14 - rubbish and food
21 - recycling and food
28 - rubbish and food

JULY 2018
5 - recycling and food
12 - rubbish and food
19 - recycling and food
26 - rubbish and food

2 - recycling and food
9 - rubbish and food
16 - recycling and food
23 - rubbish and food
30 - recycling and food

6 - rubbish and food
13 - recycling and food
20 - rubbish and food
27 - recycling and food

* Except where otherwise stated

The next start date for the garden waste service is 1 December 2017.
Sign up by 31 October.

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