t’s April! Happy Birthday to me, and ‘Happy Easter’ to you all! Although spring technically began on Thursday 20th March this year, it felt like winter clung on to the bitter end. The fertiliser that we typically spread in early March and the spring wheat and barley that we aim to sow around 15th March will be lucky to be in the ground by Easter. I hope by the time you’re reading this that it’ll be a lot warmer, and a LOT drier. And no more talk about April showers please – we have enough moisture in the land to keep us going until June! I’m hoping for the kind of April day described by Harriet Prescott Spofford (what a great name!)
“A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew, A cloud, and a rainbow’s warning, Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue-- An April day in the morning.” Harriet Prescott Spofford
in the quote above – plenty of sunshine and perfect blue please. Lamb is very much in season in April and we’ll be delivering boxed lamb throughout the local area in April – you can order on the website at www. villagefarm.org.uk. As well as lamb, and ‘spring’ onion of course, the three wonderful ‘W’s are in - watercress, wild garlic, and winkles, as well as venison, rocket and a treasure trove from the sea including cockles, oysters, crab, and sardines. In your garden you can plant out your second potatoes as well as sowing beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohl rabi, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip,
spring and pickling onions, peas and perpetual spinach. You can sow marrows, courgettes, pumpkins, squash, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, celeriac, salads and globe artichokes, but indoors as it’s still a bit too chilly for them outdoors. April will be a busy month this year, as although Easter is early, spring has sprung late (and brought the monsoon rains with it) so we’ll be squeezing all that March labour into an already busy April. Have a fantastic April, look out for quality, British food in the shops, and I’ll see you again in my favourite month, MAY!
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Sing for Life for charity Once again raising money for the city’s much-loved Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Launching in May, the project will take 40 local women with a range of previous singing experience (including none) to rehearse over 10 weeks for a charity concert at the Cresset Theatre on 21 July. “I’m so pleased I got involved!” says Rachel Francis, who took part last year. "I would walk out of every rehearsal in a fabulous frame of mind, and the progress we made every week was incredible – it was so exciting! Standing on stage and performing in front of my friends and family was amazing, I’ll never forget that feeling! Add to that the fact you’re raising money for a brilliant cause, why wouldn’t you come along and find out more?” “Sing for Life is not about finding the next Adele; it’s about helping ordinary women find their voice” says William Prideaux, the project’s director. “So many
people lack confidence or genuinely believe they can't sing, but deep down just about everyone secretly has a favourite karaoke number, and – we promise – our very experienced music team will have you singing in no time!” Whatever your starting point, over the 10-week project your singing will improve in leaps and bounds and while you might not end up winning the X Factor or perform at Covent Garden that’s a huge confidence boost and very liberating! So, get in touch and get involved: there's a whole new world waiting!
Sing for Life launches with introduction sessions at the Key Theatre on Thursday 10 May (7-9pm), Friday 11 May (7-9pm) and Saturday 12 May (10.30am-12.30pm). Absolutely no previous singing experience is necessary, just a willingness to step out of your comfort zone, get stuck in and give it a go! For further information or to register call 01733 425194 or email email@example.com. Rehearsals will be on Thursdays from 7.45pm-9.45pm at the John Mansfield Campus, Western Avenue, Peterborough PE1 4HX. The Sing for Life concert will be at Peterborough’s Cresset Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday 21 July 2018. Yaxley Gazette | April 2018 | T: 01733 757342 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.yaxleygazette.co.uk YG APR.indd 15
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