May 1998                                       113
 
 

SAILING CLUB RE-LAUNCH!

Sunday 24th May 10a.m. - noon, 2p.m. - 4p.m. at the Clubhouse, Porthmellon.
Everyone’s welcome to the official opening of the new facilities, boats and equipment. Selection of surplus boats/engines, etc., for sale.
New members wanted to sail our fleet of brand new boats during our weekly clubnight programme.
Monday 5p.m. Beginners
Tuesday 5p.m. More Experienced Sailors
Wednesday 6.30p.m. Adult Cruise-night 
Friday 7p.m. Racing
Children (10 years and over) or adults invited to join.
Contact Sheila Willsher on 422924 for full details.



 

NHW CHARITY SHOP IN AID OF I.O.S. CHURCH RESTORATION APPEAL.

Following the closure of the Health Centre Charity Shop, the Church has now opened a shop in the Church Hall. Nearly new clothes, books and Bric-a-Brac wanted please.
Opening Hours: Tues. & Thurs., 2p.m. to 4p.m. & Sat., 10a.m. to 12a.m.
Collection Points: The Porch, Easterhope, Rams Valley. or Church Hall during Opening Hours.



 

ST. MARY’S THEATRE CLUB CALOR GAS VILLAGE PANTOMIME COMPETITION

Awards for the Frog Prince

 
 
FIRST PRIZE:  
Best Principal Girl Meryl Williams
Best Comedy Support Brian Thomas
Best Set of Animal Costumes The Penguins
SECOND PRIZE:  
Special Effects The Forest of Doom
THIRD PRIZE:   
Female Performance Maggie Perkovic
Baddy Maggie Perkovic
HIGHLY COMMENDED:  
Original Script Lesley Thomas
Individual Juvenile Marty Sherris
Individual Juvenile Tamar Wilkinson
Comedy Duo Jackie Pritchard & Jane Pender
Outrageous Fairy Helen Ouymer
Solo Instrumentalist Jane Pender
Overall Performance Entire Company & Chorus
Hats, Wigs & Headgear Entire Company
Single Costume   The Ice Wizard
Make-up The Ice Wizard
Set Piece The Magic Box

 
 



 
 
NOTES FROM TRENOWETH
 
 

There’s no smoke without fire

Readers of these notes will know that our particular kinds of narcissi grown on Scilly receive some rather unusual treatments such as burning over, polythene covering and smoking. These are all able to advance and improve the flower crop of the ”tazettas” but have no effect upon normal trumpet daffodils which are more influenced by their need for winter cold.

Just why narcissi like Soleil d’Or appeared to need this boost with heat and smoke, and how they actually worked, was a mystery for many years, but when the answers came they were actually quite simple and logical. Soleil d’Or and its relatives evolved in the Mediterranean where there are naturally occurring bush fires, rather like South Africa where there are even more bulbs adapted to wild fires. Throughout aeons of evolution it was an advantage for bulbous plants to flower and shed their seed on to the bare ground after a fire, giving the young plants a better chance to establish and form a new bulb which could survive when the competition returned.

We now know that smoke contains a plant hormone which can trigger these responses. A most remarkable discovery by the Botanical Gardens, Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, has been that many seed also have this adaptation. We have heard of fires cracking open seed pods and cones but this information is new and Kirstenbosch are actually selling ”packeted smoke” with which to treat South African species. In the field of plant biology there appears to be no end to the amazing things we are still learning!

For those wishing to do a trial with smoke, one of the most interesting bulbs is Freesia. Unless they receive a suitable treatment, they generally will not sprout. Try smoking them in a plastic bag by blowing in some smoke from smouldering dry grass. Repeat this 3 times over 3 days and you will be very impressed with their growth when repotted.

 
previous page
next page 


Back to this issue's cover page

Back to the Scilly Up To Date Main Menu