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Waitrose Havant Free Token Scheme in June, Taste! and Sandra Izard

Last week, Abi, our Education Manager, hosted a home-educated group visit to Tuppenny Barn. We are keen to be fully accessible to all groups within the community so it was good to welcome back a group that have a slightly different approach to education.

We are delighted to report that we have been chosen for the Havant Waitrose green token scheme in June. Accordingly, please may I canvass your support in dropping your green tokens in our selected box, if and when you are shopping there in June.

Emma is busy getting together our next events programme with lots of great events planned and the next version will cover 6 months taking us right up until Christmas. Our final event in the current programme will be Taste! on Friday 2nd June. You should now have received a flyer in your bags a fortnight ago. We are the launch event for this year’s Emsworth British Food Fortnight and are taking the opportunity to showcase some of our fabulous local producers. We should have, amongst others:

  • Ben Treagust with his gourmet sausages
  • Montezumas with chocolate varieties you would never have dreamed of
  • Hambledon Wines with fantastic fizz
  • And many more

All producers will be letting you have tasters of their wares. You will also have a chance to listen to Rosemary Moon, successful food writer with 19 books under belt, who will be doing one of her very famous seasonal cooking demonstrations. Sadly, she will be moving to the Orkney Islands in the not-too-distant future, so for Rosemary fans you will need to get a tickets for what might be her last appearance at Tuppenny Barn. Tickets are £5 a head so do come along and support what will be a Tasty evening.

Fragments of the Landscape exhibition by Sandra Izard will run for another week so if you want the opportunity to view, do come along when the shop is open or Saturday next weekend.

Today I went along to Maidstone to listen to the ‘No Dig’ guru Charles Dowding. We do try and employ this method of gardening and it was good to hear him re-enforce what we aspire to and areas that we might improve on. Interestingly, the RHS at Wisley are busy re-vamping some of their growing beds and want to trial No Dig beds and Sissinghurst National Trust are doing the same with extremely positive results. We hope to get Charles back to Tuppenny Barn next year to give a talk on this much discussed gardening method.