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Terry Simmonds

Your Garden This Summer

1st of July 2010

After months of preparation the gardens are now beginning to look their best with the bedding schemes and hanging baskets a blaze of colour. To keep plants in peak condition make sure dead flowers are removed regularly and that plants are fed with Miracle-gro, Phostrogen or Maxicrop liquid fertilizers. Geraniums and begonias can cope quite […]

Henry’s Angels – 5 Guys, 1 Goal ….

1st of June 2010

Last July a local lad, Henry Fraser from Scatterdells Lane in Chipperfield, damaged his spine whilst diving into the sea when on holiday with friends. Henry, at just 17, was an athletic boy and a great supporter of Watford’s Saracens rugby team, but is now confined to a wheelchair, paralysed from the neck down. On […]

Your Garden In June

1st of June 2010

It was fairly cold at the beginning of May with frequent night frosts and the garden plants are continuing to flower much later than usual this year. June is usually a warm frost-free month, but it would be wise to have some garden fleece handy just in case of a freak late frost. The garden […]

Chipperfield Choral Society

1st of May 2010

The beautiful chapel of the Royal Masonic School for Girls was the venue for the annual spring concert on 20 March. Musical Director, Delia Meehan, conducted the choir and orchestra in the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s opera, Prince Igor, with those well known themes made popular in the musical Kismet during the 1950s. Bobby Chen […]

May In Your Garden

1st of May 2010

Spring was very late arriving this year with the majority of daffodils flowering in April rather than in March. Hopefully, the seasons will catch up and we should be able, with safety, to plant out the tender bedding plants towards the end of May as usual. Always be prepared to cover up vulnerable plants with […]

April In Your Garden

1st of April 2010

The clocks have now changed and hopefully we shall be spending some fine evenings in the garden. Many of the jobs started in March can be carried on during April, but as the sap is now rising it is too late to plant bare-root plants with safety. This is the time to feed roses, trees […]

March In Your Garden

1st of March 2010

This is one of the busiest months for gardeners. Bareroot hedging plants such as beech, hawthorn, hornbeam and privet have to be planted by the end of March and so, too, do raspberry canes. If existing shrubs and conifers are to be dug up and moved, the operation must be done before the sap starts […]

February In Your Garden

1st of February 2010

A colder than usual winter this year has presented gardeners with quite a few problems. It is hoped, however, that the severe frosts will have at least rid us of most of those perennial pests which have persisted for some years and soil structure should have improved as well. Now is the time to prune […]

A Choral Concert

1st of December 2009

A performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Choral Symphony, ‘Hymn of Praise’, was the main work in a choral concert on Sunday evening 4th October in St Paul’s Church. An enlarged church choir was accompanied by an orchestra of over twenty performers. Our church organist, Keith Beniston, conducted while John Wyatt took over on the organ. Daniel […]

Winter In Your Garden

1st of December 2009

Finding time to do all the garden chores before Christmas often proves quite difficult. December is, however, a very good time to get the garden cleaned up and to make compost. The greenhouse will need to be cleaned if not already done. Sterilise with Jeyes Fluid or Armillatox and fumigate with a sulphur candle, if […]

Centenary Variety Show

1st of December 2009

In 1909 Chipperfield got its Village Hall, or Church Institute as it was then called, and back in the summer we enjoyed a very fine photographic exhibition. On 17th October over a hundred folk from Chipperfield and around put on a very special Variety Show to celebrate the Hall’s Centenary. Children from St. Paul’s School […]

November In The Garden

9th of November 2009

With the festive season approaching the garden is often forgotten at this time of the year. November is, however, a very busy month for gardeners because this is the start of the planting season for all bare-root plants such as raspberries and hedging plants like privet, quick thorn, beech and hornbeam. This is the best […]

Mary English

9th of November 2009

Mary English, formerly of Nunfield, passed away peacefully at Clarence House Nursing home on 26th September. She will be sadly missed, but always remembered, by her children Paul and Pauline English; and Jacky and Terry Simmonds; her grandchildren Darren and Jason; and Christine, Nicola, Emma and Mark; and her great-grandchildren Jasmine, Amelie, Alfie, Sienna and […]

October In Your Garden

15th of October 2009

Autumn is here and days are getting shorter.  In the hardy border some of the perennials are dying down now and will need to be cut back.  The clippings can go straight on to the compost heap together with the old bedding plants that have passed their best.  Add a little Garotta to the compost […]

Our Village Through The Ages

2nd of September 2009

Over the week-end of June 27/28 a wonderful exhibition took place in the Village Hall to mark its centenary year. Richard Edwards, Chairman of the Village Hall Committee, thanked all those who had helped in the preparation and organisation of the event and then invited the Deputy Mayor of Dacorum, Cllr. Roger Taylor, to declare […]

What A Feast Of Music And Dance We Had This Summer

2nd of September 2009

It all started on a very wet Saturday at the end of June when St Paul’s Church was filled to capacity for ‘Music for a Summer Evening’ provided by Chipperfield Choral Society. Alan Taylor conducted the choir in John Rutter’s arrangement of well-known folk songs ‘The Sprig of Thyme’ and Duncan Byrne added his marvellous […]

September In Your Garden

2nd of September 2009

This is a very busy month for gardeners as autumn is almost upon us. A huge selection of spring-flowering bulbs can be found in the garden centre and it is a good time to purchase them before some of the scarcer varieties are sold out. Hyacinths for growing in bowls to flower around Christmas time […]

Your Garden This Summer

2nd of July 2009

The weather during May and early June was extremely hot and dry. Maybe this summer is going to be a scorcher! If this does happen we shall have to make sure that our water butts are full just in case we end up with a hosepipe ban because vegetable crops must be kept watered in […]

Chipperfield Choral Society

2nd of May 2009

Three years ago Chipperfield Choral Society, as a prelude to their diamond jubilee celebrations, gave a performance of the ‘Messiah’ by George Frideric Handel. This year marks the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death so the choir chose to sing the composer’s Dettingen Te Deum at their Spring Concert held on 4 April at the Barbirolli […]

Your Garden In May

2nd of May 2009

The garden season reaches its peak this month. The Chelsea Flower Show is later this month and we shall have hours of television programmes and loads of gardening supplements to assimilate. The chance of getting frosts goes down as the month proceeds so it is now time to plant out the beds and borders with […]