This is my first opportunity since the Minchinhampton Gardening Club Show, held on 8th September, to thank all those who contributed in any way to the show’s success. I have to admit to a few sleepless nights before the entry forms were due, but the total number of entries, 315, spread across 70 classes, was wonderful. The exhibits made a lovely display in the school hall, treating us to scents, not least the cakes, vibrant effervescent colours, and a buzz of activity during the day, so thank you.
Memoirs of the Belfry
Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton
In the year 1887 during the incumbency of the Rev. F.A. Mather, a new band of Ringers were formed under the captaincy of Mr. Joseph Boulton. Previous to this year, there had been no regular ringing for some years, the old band of ringers having had some dispute with the previous Rector or Churchwardens.
A warm dry afternoon in late summer, when there's time to relax and watch the dragonfly hover and swoop, patrolling, prowling, pouncing, peerless – well almost - I saw my first hobby earlier in the summer, a small fast falcon capable of taking dragonflies as well as swifts. And time to watch the field mouse, collecting seeds from under the feeders, flung by the foraging sparrows. To enjoy the sight and sounds from a large family of swallows or goldfinches, pausing in their migration to make the most of the evening's flying fare or seed heads. And later, listening to a frog somewhere in the pond, invisible amongst the clutter of lily pads. And as dusk falls, a pair of bats fluttering around the tree tops, listening for tell-tale echoes from their supper.
I was pleased to hear that despite the poor growing season, the Stroud & District Chrysanthemum Society Show is going ahead in the Scout Hut on Sunday 2nd September starting at 1.00pm. Support for this show, and the Minchinhampton Gardening Club Annual Show taking place the following weekend on Saturday 8th September at 11.00am in the school hall would be appreciated by the growers and exhibitors who have had a tricky year.