May Gardening

 

May is an eventful and exciting month in the garden, plants (and us) love the warmer weather and we can see daily changes as spring bulbs fade and herbaceous perennials unfurl from the ground and swiftly grow.   Chopping back some of these herbaceous perennials in late May will make bushier plants that flower more prolifically and later in the season. This pruning method is known as the ‘Chelsea chop’.

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What does the Doctor think for May

May 2015
PAYING FOR THE DARTFORD CROSSING (The Dart Charge)
If, like us, you only cross the Thames at Dartford once or twice a year, you might be unaware that, since November 2014, it has been impossible to pay at the time of crossing. The toll booths are being demolished.
The original intention was that the crossing would become toll free on 1st April, 2003. However, as about 160,000 vehicles use the crossing every day, successive governments have been unable to give up their cash cow and the current charge for a car stands at £2.50 each way.
SO, HOW DO WE HAVE TO PAY?
The free-flow automatic electronic charging system introduced last November depends upon automatic number plate recognition. The toll can be paid online (Pay the Dartford Crossing Charge – a Gov.UK website), by text message or by telephone (0300 300 0120)in advance or, at the latest, by midnight on the day after you have crossed. Failure to pay will result in a penalty charge notice to the tune of £35 – £105 depending upon how quickly the fine is paid. The crossing is free of charge between 10pm and 6am
I wonder what happens to drivers from the continent who arrive in Dover or Ramsgate and then travel on the M25 and may well know nothing at all about this new system. As there are no facilities to pay at the crossing, very many must incur penalty notice – or do they? Further research showed that, last December, 19,000 foreign drivers failed to pay, causing the UK highway bosses to call in a European debt recovery agency. The RAC has considered the matter and believes “it will be interesting to see what success rates the debt recovery agencies will have in chasing hauliers and motorists once they have left these shores”. The real irony is that the Government is paying a French motorway company to run this service!

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Boughton News – May

Boughton Cricket Club News April 2015
Boughton’s cricket season is here. And what a season it promises to be because we have made some big changes this year. We now have far more fixtures than ever before. We have new teams to play in Downham Market and Castle Rising. We have our old rivals in Jesus College, Gooderstone and East Rudham to defeat.
Even more excitingly, we have established a very small league with our friends at Gooderstone and East Rudham. All three Clubs will play each other twice and there will be a winner and some form of a cup and presentation/social event. Next year, we hope to entice one or two other teams to join us and form a good, old fashioned Sunday League.
We will also try to fit in a couple of exciting weekday evening BoughtonBash T20 matches during the early part of summer to add a bit of fun to the season.
We have our warm up indoor nets session on 12th April at Downham Market Sports Centre from 10am-12noon and our first and only warm up game is on 19th April at Mundford, starting at 2pm.
Our other fixtures are as follows:
19th April Mundford (A)
17th May Castle Rising (A)
31st May Downham Market (H)
7th June East Rudham (A)
14th June Castle Rising (H)
21st June Farcet Fen (H) [TBC]
12th July Gooderstone (A)
19th July Jesus College, Cambridge (A)
26th July Downham Market (A)
2nd August East Rudham (H)
23rd August Gooderstone (H)

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