East Barkwith

COW – ‘Send a Cow to Charity’ is the topic for the next monthly meeting of East Barkwith Women’s Institute, to be held on Thursday, October 13, in the village hall at 7.30pm.

There will be a competition for the best cow, and while it is not envisaged that stock judging skills will be needed to choose the winner, no doubt many members will have a cow in some form to take along and display.

Visitors are always welcome and refreshments will be served at the close.

GARDENERS – An excellent start was made to the winter session of weekly meetings for Barkwith and District Gardeners Association on Friday when 27 members gathered in the village hall to enjoy the presentation on wildlife in the garden by Brian Sykes.

Mr Sykes, who was accompanied by his wife Linda, described the benefits various species can provide when introduced to the gardener and the plants that can be grown to encourage and attract them.

His exceptional camera work helped to keep his audience enthralled and Kate Wright, when expressing thanks, referred to this and said how much everyone had enjoyed it.

The Middle Rasen Gardeners have sent an invitation to the members to join them on Thursday, October 14, when they are having Anita Thorpe from Leicestershire to give advice on Plants for Autumn Interest.

There will be a buffet supper and the charge for Barkwith members is just £1, while those interested in floral art were invited to join the audience at East Barkwith Village Hall when Anne Marie Snowden was to demonstrate at the church committee event in aid of the St Mary’s Church Tower Fund.

Tea and biscuits were served by Grace Clark and Shirley Booth, Yvonne Bryson ran the raffle with gardening theme prizes for the winners, and Sylvia Mowbray won the flower of the month competition with a passion flower.