For detailed history of Nonington visit Clive Webb's The Old Parish of Nonington.
The village is central to some excellent walks and heritage trails. Our own historic church was built over 900 years ago. Fredville, St Albans Court and Knowlton Court cover much of the land surrounding the village. The villages of Barfrestone, Goodnestone - where Jane Austen used to stay, Eastry where Lord Nelson was a guest at Heronden House and Broome Park, the home of Lord Kitchener, are just a few miles away.
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Nonington In Bloom carried out a successful Tulip planting of 500 bulbs in November 2017. These are red and some are coming into bloom now. We expect to plant another batch this autumn.We will soon start our summer planting programme in the existing sites. Now that the new village sign is in place with all it's furniture just before the first house coming down Mill Lane a new bed will be established. Hopefully a person to water and maintain will be found. A new planter has been established outside the church wall opposite Farthingales.The Arch leading down to the playground is almost complete and the planting of 6 new David Austin climbing roses is being carried out on Monday 16th April. Four will be peach and two cream. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 24th April to finalised the details of our 2018 Spring BBQ to be held at the Dolphins on Sunday 13th May. We are only 12 strong and are always looking out for new members, only a few hours a year is required.
At the meeting on Tuesday 24th April we finalised details of the BBQ. Tickets will be sold door to door with raffle tickets and various notices have been placed around the village. Tickets will also be available on the day.This is a good sociable event with excellent food and hopefully fine weather.SUNDAY 13th MAY starting at 12.30pm is the date. See you all there. Planting of 4 Hidcote lavender bushes at the arch has been done.
We didn't quite have the weather that we wanted for our BBQ but it was dry and reasonably warm. After all the nice comments made about the event we hope that everybody enjoyed themselves. We are fortunate that our annual gathering is always well supported and we hope the food was up to our usual high standard. It was nice to see some fresh faces. Thanks to all who helped in the preparation for the day and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Summer planting is well underway in the various locations around the village but our biggest problem is keeping the beds watered during members holidays. If anyone would like to volunteer for this task we would very much like to hear from you. call 01304 840603.
The new bed at the Mill Lane village sign has now been dug and will be planted on Thursday 14th June, keep a look out when you pass by.
The Arch is now fully planted and a working party will be refurbishing the steps leading down to the recreation ground on Wednesday 11th July at 2.00pm.
Another plea for water bearers.!
Planting at the new Mill Lane bed is now complete.
The next meeting and AGM is on Tuesday 17th July at the Dolphins at 2.30pm
The Arch steps have now been refurbished and made safe. The Arch has been wired to accommodate the growing roses. The area between the Arch and the decking has been strimmed. The verge leading down to the new Mill Lane sign bed has been strimmed so that the bed can be seen when driving down the lane.
We are indebted to Richard and Cheryl Henley who have kindly given NIB a strimmer for all occasions. If any member of NIBS wishes to use this machine please contact Jane or Kevin.
The autumn bulb planting has now been carried out with several new sites located. The Mill Lane bed has been planted with bulbs and the grass verge cut back again so that the bed is more visible. Hopefully next spring we shall see the fruits of our labours. Unfortunately some of the Vicarage Lane beds were run over by cars on firework night but any damage was not serious. The ladies of the Lane were soon on the case.
We are planning the summer planting for the beds and pleased to see that the rain is steadily falling as the ground is crying out for some moisture. The roses at the Arch are doing well and have all been tied in and we will scatter some wild flower seeds on the area between the steps and decking to see what happens. The pub beds and decking were tidied by a group working party but unfortunately with the establishment now closed the grassy area at the front needs attention. We will endeavour to keep the area tidy although technically it is not our responsibility. WE will shortly be holding our AGM. The date for our fundraising BBQ has been fixed for Sunday 1st September.
Our AGM will take place on Tuesday 16th July at the Dolphins Hall at 2.30pm.
We are pleased to say that the village planting areas were all in good shape for the Open garden event held over the weekend of the 29th/30th June and organised by Nonington Gardening Club. We continue to water weed and strim as necessary.