Bill Miller, a long standing resident of Boughton passed a piece of work by his son David to the Parish Council recently, and with his permission we re-create the work here.
It is a fascinating insight into Boughton in 1969. It was written before the many changes that have occurred in and around Boughton including the by-pass around Stoke Ferry, and at a time when many still worked on the land. The original document, including some illustrations, can be viewed on the Group 4 website in Boughton/History section.
MINUTES OF WRETTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD AT THE CHURCH
MONDAY JANUARY 4th 2016
Present– Cllr David Llewellyn – Chairman, Cllr Mandy Peake, Cllr John Wyett, Cllr Martyn Cann Cllr Mick Peake, Cllr Ian Mack, Cllr Bill Whitmore.
Wildlife, wildfowers and our own local environment
Many people take the view that this fenland part of Norfolk is flat and boring, and intensively farmed, without much in the way of wildlife or plants. However, a closer look often reveals much more than is first perceived.
Management and I have been travelling quite a lot recently and I ned to let off some steam.
The standard of driving has deteriorated enormously recently. Having been an assessor for the Intitute of Advanced Motorists, I hold conservative views about driving, mostly involving anticipation, progressive driving, defensive driving and, above all safe driving. The current habits of undertaking, tailgating, changing lane erratically without any signalling and pulling out in front of an oncoming vehicle all display ignorance of the basic tenets of safe driving and irritate me a great deal. I do wonder where these people learn to drive and to develop such a great lack of consideration for other road users. Don’t start me on zip-merging, the safe and fair way to deal with an obstruction in the road. There, that feels better!
Have any of you noticed the recuperative power of wheelchairs at airports. Most wheelchair users are genuine but some of those using “assistance”, which greatly speeds up the process of going through check-in and security, appear to arrive at the destination airport and, having been dealt with speedily by immigration, forsake the wheelchair and step rapidly away from the airport to start their holiday – truly a miracle cure of whatever had been ailing them. There, that feels even better and it must be time for some jokes:
Summer’s on its way, and it’s a busy time for the garden! As spring bulbs fade and herbaceous borders grow filled with the promise of colour to come. Temperatures are rising but there can still be a last minute frost to catch us all out, so keep an eye on the local weather forecast and protect tender plants accordingly.
The plant of the month for May is the Pelargonium (pronounced pe-lar-GO-nee-um). Commonly known as geraniums, pelargoniums are a large group of tender plants from South Africa, used as bedding or houseplants. Although pelargoniums are often called geraniums, this is not correct, as true geraniums are hardy native herbaceous plants known as cranesbills. The confusion arises because both are members of the family Geraniaceae. Until 1732 Pelargonium’s and Geraniums where thought to be the same plant because their seed capsule is remarkably similar to our native cranesbill, however botanists soon found differences between the two plants and Pelargonium’s where reclassified, their name translating from Latin to ‘Storks bill’. Yet the original (incorrect) classification persists, and nurseries and garden centres continue to label Pelargonium’s as Geraniums, as this is what most people recognise the plants as.
Pelargonium’s come in both upright and trailing varieties, and are a staple plant for containers, hanging baskets and summer bedding displays. Most pelargonium cultivars are divided into 5 groups. Regal, Angel, Ivy-leaved, zonal and scented-leaved. Ivy-leaved pelargoniums are trailing varieties whereas the other types are all upright. Most Pelargonium’s prefer full sun, although Regal and scented-leaved cultivars prefer to be lightly shaded from the midday sun.
When growing Pelargonium’s its useful to remember their natural habitat is dry and rocky, they hate being wet and will suffer from mould, blackleg and rust so replicate their natural conditions by watering sparingly, perhaps just twice a week during the heat of summer. Generally, the harder a pelargonium is treated, the better, because it starts to flower only when its roots become constricted, so keep them in small pots and grow in any good general purpose compost or loam based compost.
Pelargoniums are usually grown as annuals, but with a little care, they can be carried through the winter. The most reliable method for keeping a large number of plants is to take softwood cuttings in late summer and grow the cuttings indoors on a warm windowsill.
Here are my other top tips for May:
• Earth up potatoes and promptly plant any still remaining
• Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
• Watch out for red lily beetles, and treat accordingly
• Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs.
• Collect rainwater and investigate ways to recycle water for irrigation
• Regularly hoe off weeds
• Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days