A quiet start to the year with the completion of my association with Minley Manor.I will watch with care the development there but as at the beginning of June 2017 planning permission has yet to be granted.

In May I was kindly invited to attend the book launch of "Hampshire" by Timothy Mowl & Jane Whittaker. They visited Minley in June 2015 and I escorted them round the estate and they were most interested in the
gardens planted by the Veitch family as the manor was under construction in the 1860s. Having to restrict the content of the book to only about 120 gardens I was delighted to see that Minley was included.


This year saw the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with celebrations in June and I attended the The Duchess of Richmond's Ball held at the National Liberal Club on 16 June.

Maj (retd) Ian Mattison MInst RE