Things to do in the garden during October


Sow: Broad beans, Early peas, Garlic, Onion sets, Rocket, Rhubarb, Salad leaves, Spring cabbage, Winter lettuce

Pick the last of the tomatoes (place unripe fruit on a warm windowsill in the sun to ripen)

Harvest and move indoors any frost tender vegetable such as squashes.  Store them in a cool dry place



Plant sweet peas

Get winter hanging baskets established with pansy or viola’s, ivy or the miniature trees make good greenery infill.

Dig up dahlia’s before the first frosts – cut them down to a 5 or 6 inch stem, and store them upside down in a box filled with sand/dried compost mixture, in a frost-free place ready to re-plant next Spring.  Alternatively, if they are planted very deep to start with they can over winter in situ if well covered with a piece of plastic and a good dollop of mulch over them.  Please be warned – If we get any prolonged frosts this method may not be sufficient to keep your dahlias

All of the early Spring flowering bulbs should be planted, with tulips going in about now

Wallflowers can planted out.

Late glowering chrysanthemums need bringing in – these are best grown in pots which can be moved inside to produce cut flowers for Christmas

Trim and tidy roses, a heel to the stem to ensure tight soil around them will lessen wind damage over winter.

Collect up leaves for the compost heap – except any diseased which are best on the bonfire.




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Open Studio & Artists at Work



Saturday & Sunday 11th & 12th October  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come and enjoy our Open Studios & Artists at Work

Smallburgh Village Hall,   NR12 9LN (Just off A149)

Paintings & cards for sale  Bring and Buy – Art Books & Materials

Everyone Welcome!

Proceeds In aid of East Anglian Air Ambulance 

(Registered charity no. 1083876)

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Village Quiz 8th November

Village Quiz to raise funds towards the new village hall on Saturday 8th November 7:00 pm

Question Mark Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] at

A series of community activities are being organised as part of the drive to provide more opportunities to socialise and at the same time raise funding for the new village hall.  To kick start this  a quiz will be held in The Olive Branch on the 8th November with Matthew Young, a well known quiz master from Essex, overseeing the proceedings.


Venue: The Olive Branch        Doors open: 6:45                 Quiz starts: 7:00

Cost: £2.00 per head

Drinks etc. available from the bar (but you can bring your own nibbles if you wish)


Other dates for your diary

Macmillan Coffee morning: 26th Sept

Booze Brothers playing at Place UK , Tunstead NR12 8RQ  on 28th February 2015

Village Yard Sale: May 2015

Village Fete: 7th June 2015

Building on the information you have already provided through the Parish Plan and other mechanisms, it has been possible to identify some of the activities that you would like to see in the village.  But this information is a few years old and needs to be updated so that the final plans capture everything that is needed in the community.  Therefore a questionnaire will shortly be circulated and we hope that you will take the time to complete and return it.

Image courtesy of [Stuart Miles] at

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Orchestra of St Paul’s at St Mary’s Church

The Davenport Trust, together with Norfolk Music Publishing, presents

A rare visit by one of London’s most dynamic and versatile professional chamber orchestras, the Covent Garden-based Orchestra of St Paul’s (OSP)

At ST MARY’S CHURCH TUNSTEAD, Saturday 13 September 2014, 7.00pm

The concert will feature the first performances of two of Clarke’s work: ‘Piano Concerto’ and ‘Five Songs’ along with Britten’s ‘Simple Symphony’, Elgar’s ‘Serenade for Strings’  plus Vaughan Williams ‘Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis’.


The Orchestra of St Pauls :

Victoria Bonham piano                          Matt Dunnett tenor

Freddie Gavita flugelhorn                      Ben Palmer conductor


Tickets £10 (in advance or at the door), Box office 01692 538041

In aid of St Mary’s Church funds   OSP poster 13Sept2014(3)



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