Village news from Helen Price – 12/7/18


Village news from Helen Price – 12/7/18

Published 8 July 2018

Gardening Guild

At the June meeting, the Chairman declared the Open Gardens weekend a great success and then introduced Brian Storer who had come to talk about “Growing for Showing”. He is a familiar face at Kings Bromley Show each year, as his vegetables and flowers take many first prizes and he wins a good number of the gardening trophies. Brian’s interest in gardening started at 12 years old when he started digging the local gardens and now is a major part of his life, showing at a number of national horticultural shows and opening his garden and giving talks to raise money for a children’s ward at Burton Hospital and a myeloma charity. His passion for gardening was evident: in addition to his own extensive garden, he has 3 polytunnels, 3 allotments, works in more private gardens and on grounds belonging to a farm. Brian gave very useful tips on growing onions, carrots, parsnips, leeks, tomatoes, marrows, potatoes, beans and celery and finished by showing some wonderful cauliflowers he had sown from seed 8 weeks previously. Gardening Guild members are looking forward to visiting his garden on 14 July.

Kings Bromley Historians

Richard Stone, our speaker on June 29th, showed us an amazing map of the world, produced in 150 AD by Ptolomy using the principles of longitude and latitude. Given that he lived in Alexandria so long ago, the features were instantly recognisable as a map of the known world with the British Isles clearly visible.
It was a lot easier to understand than the slides of the later ‘Mappa Mundi’ maps centred on Jerusalem with East at the top of the map and the British Isles tucked away in the bottom of the left hand corner.
The Gough map of 1360 was a fairly detailed map of Great Britain, as it showed 600 settlements, 200 rivers and 3000 miles of routes.
The first ‘Road’ atlas was produced in 1697 by John Ogilvy. Prior to this, roads were always ‘highways’ and routes between towns were listed with particular landmarks to look for to ensure you were still on the right route.
Later still came the famous Ordnance Survey maps drawn for the army, firstly 1 inch:1 mile, the 6 inch:1 mile then 25”:1 mile. What a map that must have been!
We have no meeting in July as we have a stall at the Show. On August 11, we are visiting Melbourne Hall and our next meeting is on September 28th in the Village Hall at 8.00 pm. All are welcome.

Tweenies Parent and Toddler Group

Tweenies Parent and Toddler group runs on a Thursday morning in the village hall from 9.00 am till 11.00am. Please continue to support this activity which provides so much fun, play and socialisation for families of the village and surrounding areas.
Contact Kerry Helliwell on 07875 367379