Gardening in the North by Trevor Rogers

Trevor is a fruit growing consultant, a horticultural speaker, and a volunteer gardener at Gunby Hall so, his presentation was based on the knowledge he has gleaned over the years whilst living in Swaledale in North Yorkshire and now on the Gunby Hall estate.

It was whilst he was living in Swaledale that Trevor learned to fully appreciate the need to adapt his gardening methods to the northern climate. Although we would not normally refer to Market Rasen as being ‘in the North’, according to Trevor, our weather pattern is very similar to that which is traditionally known as ‘the North’. He then proceeded to inform us of the need to be more aware of a variety of conditions including temperature, hours of sunshine, rainfall and wind speed, all of which can severely affect how well our garden plants grow.

So, in order to be successful at growing plants in our area, we must be very mindful of our less than perfect climate and therefore make key adaptations. Trevor then proceeded to remind us of the minimum temperature plants require in order to successfully synthesise and why. As our ‘northern’ climate has less hours of sunshine than ‘the South’ so we have a shorter growing season. Apparently, it is accepted that Spring in ‘the South’ officially begins on March 1st whereas in ‘the North’, this is delayed until March 21st. This longer growing season enables the southern counties to have a 20% premium on growing period conditions compared to ours and, they also have less recorded wind and rainfall.

The effect that wind can have on our plants is greatly underestimated by most people as it can cause major dehydration; this is particularly applicable to fruit trees and bushes. When this is linked to the likelihood of there being stronger winds in ‘the North’, it is easy to understand how detrimental this weather condition can be on the growth of our plants in our particular area. As a consequence of this, Trevor suggested we make minor adaptations such as covering plants or placing them in a greenhouse (especially relevant for perennials) for additional protection from the elements.

In addition to these hints on how to improve our growing conditions, Trevor was keen to emphasise that we should not pick a plant ‘ just because we like it’ but seriously consider the plant’s suitability for our garden. The position of a plant in the garden should be a big consideration as should the need to water and feed it. He was keen to emphasise the fact that different plants require different nutrients so an ‘all purpose’ feed is not necessarily best for every plant. He used the example of gooseberries requiring potash and recommended that we do some research on which plants are more suited to our area before making a purchase. Trevor also suggested that we choose varieties not just because we recognise their name, and gave the example ofCox’s Orange Pippin as a fruit tree everyone has heard of yet, it will really only flourish successfully in the southern counties. He also said not to dismiss the lesser known and more modern varieties as these have been purposely bred to be more resistant to certain pests for example.

All in all, Trevor’s advice was logical yet thought provoking and certainly made me want to endeavour to develop smarter solutions and adaptations in my garden.

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LOCAL EVENTS PAGE

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The Digital Photography Group – Best Photos of the Month

Here are the photos of the month for our July themes of ‘Reflections’ and ‘White on White’ plus the monthly favourite.

For further photos taken by our group through the months go to our challenge page https://westwoldsu3a.org/?page_id=8458

July

Ford at Tealby – Best Photo taken by Steve McCarthy
Reflections – in Kuala Lumpur – taken by Margaret White
White on White – Cloth Rose – taken by Margaret White
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¡Hola! For Beginners: Start Spanish


Would you like to learn a new language? Have you recently started Spanish, or are you looking for a refresher of the basics? If so, we’ve got an upcoming Start Spanish Group which could be for you. It’s 7 weeks long, and you’ll get a refresher of the basics in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere.

You’ll cover essential grammar, vocabulary, and phrases, with a focus on conversation and building your confidence in everyday situations.

There are 6 places available, and it kicks off on Friday October 14th and will run until the end of November. Weekly sessions will take place in Faldingworth allowing for a comfortable learning environment and adequate free parking. Each session will last for an hour from 2pm.

Just imagine, you could learn enough to make travel to a Spanish speaking country that little bit more fun.

You’ll need a copy of BBC Talk Spanish 1 which we’ll use as an introductory reader/course text. I can give you more details of suppliers when you join.

For more information contact Sandra Dean
Tel:- 07734456213
Smobrien1@gmail.com

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July Newsletter

The July newsletter is here...

You can access the newsletter from this post or from the email the majority of our members will receive by the 15th July 2022

If you haven’t told us your email address or if it has changed… to avoid missing out send your updated email details to membership@westwoldsu3a.org.

If you would like to make comment on this newsletter or submit an article for the next issue then please send details to newsletter@westwoldsu3a.org by Friday 5th August 2022.

We would really like to hear from you now that u3a events are beginning to take off again

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The discovery of the tomb of Tut-Ankh-Amun

A review by Nadia Dawson

Eric Jackson began his presentation by reminding us of how the discovery of this tomb was made by Howard Carter back in 1922. He gave a brief history of Carter’s career and of his connection with Lord Carnarvon who, like Carter was also fascinated by Egyptology so hired Carter and funded the costs of the excavation.

World War 1 interrupted the excavations however, in November 1922, on resuming his excavations, Carter found the first sign of what eventually proved to be Tut-Ankh-Amun’s tomb. The shifting desert ‘sands’ had hidden the tomb for more than 3,000 years but on November 4th, Carter’s team discovered the first step of a staircase. The following day, the whole staircase had been exposed and on November 26th 1922, a second sealed doorway was discovered. As Carter made a tiny breach in the door with his chisel, his breath was taken away when he saw a room filled with a ‘jumble’ of gold treasures. In here the tomb was showing evidence of having been entered and casually plundered but, because of its apparent close proximity to the nearby tomb of Ramses VI, its location had been preserved and thankfully clearly forgotten.

It wasn’t until February 16th 1923 that Carter and Carnarvon opened the innermost chamber of the tomb and found the sarcophagus of King Tut-Ankh-Amun. The king had been mummified according to Egyptian religious tradition, his organs removed and he had been laid within a nest of containers which comprised of three golden coffins, a granite sarcophagus and four gilded wooden shrines. Encasing his head was a magnificent golden mask (more like a helmet) and, when this was removed, he was found to be wearing a beautiful gold diadem and his body was covered in precious items including earrings, brooches, amulets and other valuable ornaments including a gold dagger.

Because of the tomb’s small size, it was suggested that the king’s death at 19 must have been unexpected because when the treasury room was opened up, not only did it contain some of the king’s most valuable treasures but also his organs in canopic casks and, two sealed miniature coffins of his mummified children. The room was guarded by a life-sized shrine of the jackal-headed god Anubis and also contained some essential tools and several boats to carry him into the afterlife.

Carter spent nearly ten years supervising the removal of the tomb’s vast hoard of nearly 5,000 artefacts and treasure contents which included furniture, clothes, chariots and weapons. Although the contents of his tomb had fared well, sadly for Tut-Ankh-Amun, the fact that his body had remained in his tomb undisturbed for over 3,000 years meant that it had suffered from damp and mould which had caused some degradation. As a consequence, his mummy is now on display within the tomb in the Valley of the Kings but his layered coffins have been replaced by a climate-controlled glass box. The contents of his tomb and his glorious golden mask which were housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo for all those years has now been moved to the purpose built Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza which is expected to open in 2022.

Although he was a pharaoh for ten years, Tut-Ankh-Amun was barely acknowledged by his successors and not even known to the modern world until 1922 however, once the excavations of his tomb had been completed in 1932, and its contents made public, an interest in ancient Egypt and Egyptology was sparked around the world and he has since become the world’s most famous pharaoh. Sadly, Lord Carnarvon died just four months after entering the tomb which led to the popularisation of the ‘curse of the Pharaohs’ theory however, Carter returned to London in 1932 where he gave lectures in Europe, the United States and elsewhere for many years. Very surprisingly, he was never ‘honoured’ for his discovery and all his work cataloguing the contents but, neither was he affected by the ’curse of the Pharaohs’ as he lived until he was 65.

Eric is obviously passionate and extremely knowledgeable about ancient Egypt and the intriguing boy-king Tut-Ankh-Amun, his tomb and treasures so, his illustrated powerpoint presentation provided us with a wealth of very interesting ‘insider’ information.

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The Digital Photography Group – Best Photos of the Month

Here are the photos of the month for our May and June themes. May’s themes were ‘My Favourite Place’ and ‘Frame within a Frame’, and June’s themes were ‘Black & White’ and ‘Passengers’

For further photos taken by our group go to our challenge page https://westwoldsu3a.org/?page_id=8458

June

River Dee, KIrkcudbright, Galloway – Best Photo taken by Brian Ward
Roman Centurion Carving, Caistor, in Black & White – taken by Margaret White
Passengers at Dundee station – taken by Steve McCarthy

May 2022

Best Photo – taken by Angela Wilson
Frame Within a Frame – taken by Brian ward
My Favourite Place – taken by Suzanne barker
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Spanish Group Newsletter

Click here to see the latest Newsletter from the Spanish Group Convenor, now that the Spanish Holiday market has reopened, why not come along and join them at their next meeting to get ready for your next break.

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Age UK Talk

A presentation on Age UK Lindsey by Liz Brooks(Project Manager) and Lin Wood(Volunteer Coordinator) was reviewed by Nadia Dawson

Liz started her presentation by giving us some background information on the charity which is independent but a brand partner of the national Age UK charity. Age UK Lindsey shares the Age UK aim which is to promote and improve the well-being of older people but, what sets them apart is that all the money raised in the Lindsey area ( which is twice the size of Greater London and includes East Lindsey, West Lindsey and North Lincolnshire) is spent locally.

Age UK Lindsey has been supporting local older people by delivering a wide range of services both in people’s homes and in the community for thirty years. Its HQ (and shop) is in Horncastle however, there are 8 other shops situated within its area which, in addition to selling a huge variety of goods are also access points as the staff have the knowledge to be able to signpost people requiring additional help, guidance and information.

The need to offer a variety of services for older people and their carers was nationally recognised by Age UK so it has established a number of strings to its bow which include offering information and advice, befriending, keeping people connected, working in partnership with other organisations, developing seasonal projects, running their charity shops and establishing opportunities for volunteers; these people are the beating heart of the charity as they support and deliver its services, man its shops and undertake its projects.

Because of its size and changing demographic, the Age UK Lindsey area comes with numerous challenges; the biggest one being that currently, 28% of the ‘local’ population is over 65 and this is expected to rise significantly by 2028 so, with the added burden of financial constraints, government policies and changes in health and social care, there is an even greater need for the older population to have their well-being supported to ensure they can continue to be independent and have a voice in their own community.

Age UK Lindsey are financially supported by donations from the public, income from charity shops, legacies and charitable grants as well as fundraising events throughout the year and, they use this money to provide free, independent, consistent, relevant and effective advice to the older people in East Lindsey, West Lindsey and North Lincolnshire.

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Age UK Lindsey Offer

Following the talk by Age UK Lindsey at our General Meeting on Thursday June 9th, members are invited to submit applications for a Winter Warmth Pack. It includes useful items for those in need. Please let Sharon have your details by email to: secretary@westwoldsu3a.org or let any committee member know.

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June Newsletter

The June newsletter is here...

You can access the newsletter from this post or from the email the majority of our members will receive by the 10th June 2022

If you haven’t told us your email address or if it has changed… to avoid missing out send your updated email details to membership@westwoldsu3a.org.

If you would like to make comment on this newsletter or submit an article for the next issue then please send details to newsletter@westwoldsu3a.org by Friday 1st July 2022.

We would really like to hear from you now that u3a events are beginning to take off again

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u3a Science Network Anniversary meeting
26 July 2022

The online July meeting on 26 July has been designated as the Anniversary meeting and is now available for booking on the national website.

This is a science-based learning event with 3 presentations of 45 minutes followed by questions after each, with a break for refreshments and for lunch. The meeting will start at 10:30 (doors open at 10:15) and will end with a short Summary and Thanks session at 3 o’clock.

Booking

To book a place on this Free event, please go to Events on the u3a national website and click the registration option for the u3a Science Network anniversary meeting on 26 July or directly here: Eventbrite

Programme

TimeSpeakerChair
10:30Welcome and Introduction  Leigh Edwards Science Subject AdviserMichaela Moody
10:35 – 11:35John Marriage Lyme Regis u3a                              Blowing Hot and Cold in the 1980sMichaela Moody
11:35 – 11:45Break 
11:45 – 13:00Mike Perry Tring u3a                                                   The Carbon ImperativeLeigh Edwards
13:00 – 13:30Lunch 
13:30 – 14:30Leigh Edwards Exeter u3a                                        Human colonisation of SpaceJane
Tietjen
14:30 – 15:00Plenary session for feedback and announcement of details of October meetingMichaela Moody

The meeting will conclude with a Plenary session, addressing general questions posted in the Chat and announcing details of the October meeting.

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Spanish Group Newsletter

Click here to see the latest Newsletter from the Spanish Group Convenor, now that the Spanish Holiday market has reopened, why not come along and join them at their next meeting to get ready for your next break.

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Disclaimer for May Speaker

Martyn Fuller from Veolia who spoke to us at the last meeting has commented that to clear up any confusion, their company is not responsible for bin collection in West Lindsey.

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A review by Nadia Dawson of a presentation entitled Recycling facts and fiction – how your bin can save the world by Martyn Fuller, Director of Marketing for Veolia.

After a brief outline of his career progression, Martyn gave us some background information on Veolia which has French roots and a very broad company portfolio of waste collection services around the world. In the UK, most people associate Veolia with the emptying of their bins however, they are actually very actively involved with activities in the three main service and utility areas traditionally managed by public authorities ie water, waste management and energy services.

Some examples of little-known actualities about Veolia’s diverse range of services in the UK include the fact that the clean, green and sustainable energy created from their management of the un-recyclable waste collected in Sheffield actually provides heat to over 125 of the city’s buildings including the university, leisure facilities, hospitals and households. Their control of the waste management system at Lincoln Hospital ensures the provision of all its lighting, heating and hot water and, the plastic tarpaulin that covered the grass at last year’s FA cup final was made from rubbish recycled by Veolia.

Having made members aware of the wide-ranging variety of services Veolia are involved in, Martyn then referred to everybody’s current bug bear which is why some residents in West Lindsey are not getting their blue bins emptied.

The recently enacted Environment Act 2021 states that recycling streams should be collected separately so, in order to achieve the national targets for recycling, we are being asked to increase the quantity of material that can be recycled by putting the “Right Thing in the Right Bin”; this will ensure that more items are successfully recycled back into products that can be reused. In WL, the ‘old’ method for collecting recycling (all in the blue bin) meant that the vast majority of any paper and card was often contaminated and prone to becoming damp, wet and stained. By collecting it separately in the purple lidded bin, it will now be kept clean and dry so it can be recycled, baled and sold. The current price for a ton of recycled paper and card is between £80 and £90 so it is to our benefit that we put the “Right Thing in the Right Bin” because, once collected, it is sent directly to a dedicated paper mill in Kings Lynn and Lincolnshire County Council receive an income from it.

For obvious reasons then, Veolia cannot empty bins that contain the wrong materials so, if you place paper and card into your blue bin it will not be emptied because it becomes contaminated. Paper and card will now only be accepted in the purple-lidded bin and your blue bin will be tagged and not emptied until you have removed the items not suitable for recycling.

Veolia will be working with us to make sure that we get it right because this is all about us doing the right thing to help protect the environment for the future. The money that Lincolnshire recoup from these financial efficiencies will be ploughed back into waste services for everyone in Lincolnshire so eventually we will all benefit and, by using a specialist paper company, we can reduce the number of miles paper and cardboard travels before being fully recycled, and our carbon footprint. By reducing the contamination in the rest of the recycling, this process also becomes more efficient both economically and environmentally and, the separate collections with the new service means there is no increase to our carbon footprint, as the same number of lorries are collecting recycling so there is no increased mileage.

When it is all properly explained, it all makes perfect sense however, as Martyn pointed out, although Veolia are trying to make the system uniform, the different councils are causing unnecessary chaos because they do not have a common policy for bin colours. Why is it that one area has green bins for compost whereas another has brown? This doesn’t make any sense at all and needs to be addressed as soon as possible; in the meantime, Veolia will continue to endeavour to get more material recycled if you put plastic bottles, tubs and cartons, glass bottles and jars and metal cans and tins in your blue bin and all dry paper and card in the purple lidded one.

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