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The cold north winds are blowing as I write this, accompanied by snow, but tomorrow is April and hopefully spring will return once more.

Corinne Steward’s gardening article on Page 11 will definitely encourage you to venture out into the warm sunshine when spring does arrive. Nick Hartley also writes about some of the wildlife to be found during spring on the Water Meadows on Page 9.

In future months, the Dirty Donkey Dos will be organised by different organisations and groups within Scarning, and the Jessopp Close area will be our inaugural hosts for April.  Harry Geary explains their plans on Page 12. Harry also welcomes the start of the new bowling season with his article about the Bowls Club on Page 16.

Tricia Foreman runs the ever popular Coffee Mornings each month (see Page 17 for details), but due to the terrible events in Ukraine, she is also running a Lunchtime Appeal on Saturday 23rd April. More details are on Page 4 . Tricia will require helpers both before and on the day, so please offer your support, either physically or financially, to this worthy cause.

Liz Taylor has kindly included some words from a close friend living in neighbouring Poland about her experiences of the Ukrainian crisis on Page 3. The war is affecting all European countries, so please offer your support in whatever way you can.

On a happier note, the plans for celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June are falling into place. Clare Jones outlines a few of the events which will happen in Scarning on Page 17. If you’d like to offer your help, please make contact, or attend the next meeting on April 6th in the Village Hall at 7.30.

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