Your County Times: Adforton to Wigmore, plus clubs and societies, May 8, 2014.

Hereford Times: Your County Times: Adforton to Wigmore, plus clubs and societies, May 8, 2014. Your County Times: Adforton to Wigmore, plus clubs and societies, May 8, 2014.


ANNUAL BORDER - Group parish meeting for Adforton will take place at the community hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm - all welcome.

BORDER GROUP PARISH COUNCIL - AGM on May 20, 7pm at Lingen village hall.

ARTS ALIVE EVENT - Northanger Abbey by Box Tale Soup at Adforton community hall, tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls

BEGINNERS’ LESSONS - Ballroom dance classes, purely for absolute beginners have started in Aymestrey parish hall on Wednesday evenings and they continue for the next two weeks on Wednesday and May 21 for a trial run. Mike Evans is a qualified ballroom dance teacher and has been asked many times to hold ballroom dance classes.

Anyone interested can just turn up on the night and introduce themselves. The start time is 8pm and there will be break for a drink half way. For more information telephone Mike on 01568 708540.

Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill

PARISH COUNCIL - Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill parish council will meet in the Bishops Frome village centre on Tuesday at the earlier time of 7pm. This will include the annual parish meeting at which parishioners are invited to comment on matters that concern them. It will be followed by the parish council’s annual meeting and election of officers, and by the council’s regular two-monthly meeting and normal business. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

CORRESPONDENT - Martin Field, The Old School House, Burley Gate, HR1 3QR, 01432 820074,


PARISH COUNCIL - There will be a meeting of Bishopstone Group Parish Council tonight at the New Bridge community centre at 7.30pm. Among the items on the agenda for consideration are planning applications for conversion of outbuildings at The Cottage Bishopstone and for proposed erection of poultry buildings at Flag Station Mansel Lacy, and an appeal regarding refusal of planning permission for erection of a house on land adjoining the Lord Nelson Antiques Centre, Bishopstone. Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting.


THE BODENHAM LITTER PICK - The litter pick on April 5 was a great success. There were 27 bags of rubbish collected, plus a number of items too large to fit in a bag. Thanks go to the many volunteers who took part, and to Balfour Beatty who provided all the necessary equipment. It is hoped the exercise won’t have to be repeated too often.

BODENHAM PARISH COUNCIL - The next meeting of the parish council will take place at 7.30pm on Monday at the Siward James Centre. The meeting will commence with the annual parish meeting and the annual parish council meeting. Copies of the agenda and draft minutes of the previous meeting are placed in advance on parish notice boards and on the parish website ( Everyone is most welcome to attend and raise any matters of concern during the slot reserved for this purpose, or matters can be raised in advance by contacting Chris Smith, parish clerk, on 01568 797132 or by email at

COMPUTER TRAINING - To date there has been no response to the proposal that the parish hall should host free introductory training in the use of computers, as offered by Herefordshire’s Fastershire; or more advanced training and support, for example in digital photography or other applications. If anyone would be interested in classes or workshops, to be hosted by the parish council in conjunction with the parish hall, please contact Rhian Powell on 01568 797132 (or, if you already use email,

THE BODENHAM ROMANIA SUPPORT GROUP - The group will be holding a knit-in today at 14 Brockington Road from 2pm to 4pm. Visitors are always welcome, there is no charge for anything and wool can be provided if needed. The group is always grateful for any spare knitting wool that can be spared. Chairman Pat Horrigan 797044.

BODENHAM LEISURE CLUB - On Monday there will be a meeting in the parish hall at 2.30pm and will be given a glimpse of Herefordshire from the Air, a talk and slides presentation by Derek Foxton. There will be a raffle, sales table and light refreshments.

BODENHAM PARISH HALL - The parish hall committee will meet in the hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday. Members will be looking at the building itself and will be exploring the pros and cons of installing solar roof panels.

Anyone with an interest in the hall is welcome to attend, as are potential new members.

ABERHONDDU MALE VOICE CHOIR - The choir will be in concert, at St Michael and All Angels Church, Bodenham on Saturday, at 7pm. Tickets £8, children free.

There will be an interval with wine and nibbles. Tickets from Liz Davies 01568/797628, Thelma Butcher 01568/797557, Veronica Howell 01568/797839, and Bodenham Post Office. All proceeds will go to the church.

CORRESPONDENT - Martin Field, The Old School House, Burley Gate, Hereford, HR1 3QR, 01432 820074,

Brampton Bryan

ANNUAL BORDER - Group parish meeting for Brampton Bryan and Buckton and Coxall will take place at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

BORDER GROUP - Parish council annual general meeting, May 20, 7pm at Lingen village hall.

Bredwardine and Brobury

100 CLUB DRAW - The Friends of St Andrew 100 Club draw took place in the Red Lion Inn on May 1. It was hosted by Jenny Forsyth and Doris Howels. First prize of £50 was won by Helen Pilkington with ticket number 23. Second prize of £25 was won by Linda and Ed Hadley with ticket number 120. Third prize of £15 was won by Terry Preece with ticket number 103. The winner of the In It To Win It prize of £10 was Charlotte Sellar. Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone for their support and making this such a lively evening. The June draw will be held at 8pm on June 5 in the Red Lion Inn. Contact Jen Maddison on 01981 500048 for details and further information about the club.

COFFEE, CAKE AND MARKET - There will be a coffee morning in Bredwardine village hall on May 9 from 10am until midday. This is a chance to meet up with old and new friends over coffee and cake.

Included in the market are a number of stalls selling fresh vegetables, home-baked cakes, jams and chutneys and we have regular visits from Noggins, a local pork butcher. Alongside this there are stalls selling arts and craft, music and films, knitwear and jewellery created by local artists. Bring along something to sell; it only costs £1 to rent a table for the market and everyone is welcome.

Contact Philip Bauer on 01981 500398 with requests or queries.

FOOD DONATION BASKET - The Community Larder is Hereford’s food bank and provides bags of food to those in urgent need.

Every week this organisation gives emergency food parcels to families who find themselves in serious and sudden hardship.

There will be a basket for donations of tinned and dried food at the Coffee Cake and Market events in the coming months.

Please give generously. Contact Sarah Morgan on 01981 500501 for further details.

MEETINGS - The Wyeside Group Parish AGM is in Bredwardine village hall on Tuesday, beginning at 7.30pm. This is a chance for locals to ask questions and talk with parish council members and to learn more about the Neighbourhood Plan, which is being drawn up on behalf of the village. The village hall AGM follows the parish AGM and is also in the village hall. It is open to all and provides an opportunity to keep abreast of local events and discuss issues that are relevant to everyone living in Bredwardine.

The village hall committee will be serving tea, coffee and wine before and after this meeting and it is hoped to have a good attendance, so please mark this one in your social calendar. For further information and an agenda for the meeting contact Philip Bauer on 01981 500398 LOCAL NEWS - If you have Bredwardine and Brobury news or events that you would like to appear in the County Times section of the Hereford Times, contact Kari Lawson on 01981 501077 or email

Bridge Sollars

BEETLE DRIVE - For a fun evening’s entertainment with a delicious ploughman’s supper come to the beetle drive at the New Bridge community centre at 7.30pm on May 16. Admission £5, proceeds to the community centre. Everyone welcome.


ST GEORGE BANNER - returns in time for saint’s day.

Parishioners at St George’s Church, Brinsop are celebrating the return of a banner of England’s patron saint just in time for the saints day. The banner shows a dramatic figure of an armour clad saint on a white charger piercing a green dragon- like creature through the mouth.

Created for the church in 1906 by the celebrated church furnisher Sir Ninian Comper, the banner was losing the silk backing that supported it and generally showing its age. Now it has been lovingly restored by Kathleen Hollands and a team of heritage volunteers from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts (NADFAS) who specialise in restoring needlework. The now resplendent banner has been restored to its place in St George’s church, Brinsop. Just in front of the church is the well where, according to Herefordshire folklore, the dragon lived before his fatal encounter with the saint.

The banner, which cost £26 at the time it was made, is part of a series of fine adornments to the small church commissioned by the then proprietors of Brinsop Court, the Astley family. These, together with a mediaeval carved panel of St George, part of the Herefordshire School of Carving, have made St George’s one of England’s thousand best churches’ according to the writer Simon Jenkins in his book of that name.

St George’s Brinsop is open to visitors every day during daylight hours.


CAR BOOT - Saturday at QE Humanities College from 10am contact 07927 054538 for details.

HISTORY GROUP TALK - The Bromyard and District Local History Society Talk for May is the Women’s Institute at War, an illustrated talk by Vince Williams and Jon Goodson. Wednesday at 7.30pm at The Conquest Theatre, Bromyard. A fascinating story of the efforts, roles and undertakings made by the WI during wars and conflicts. Non members £3.

Members free. All welcome.


BRIDGE CLUB - Maggie Mathews from Burghill Bridge Club has organised a bridge with afternoon tea in aid of Home-Start Herefordshire. The event will be held at Simpson Hall, Burghill, on May 20, 3.30 to 5.30. Tickets are available from Maggie at 16 St Martins Avenue 01432 272259.

Maggie has been a dedicated supporter of Home-Start Herefordshire for many years and feel it is a local charity that helps and supports vulnerable families throughout the county which is really worth fundraising for.

Burley Gate

LADIES PAMPER AND SHOPPING EVENING - At Burley Gate Primary School on May 16, 6pm - 9.30pm. Come and enjoy a range of mini beauty treatments and a fantastic shopping experience. Tickets are £2.50 which includes a glass of wine and nibbles. Entry on the night or pre- book your appointment and timeslot by calling the school office on 01432 820367. Time to treat yourself.


EXERCISE - Low impact exercise to music class, Cedar Hall, Tuesday 6 to7pm. Zumba fitness Thursday 6 to 7pm. Both pay as you go classes. Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or


PLANT DAY - Dorstone’s annual plant day is on May 18. Plants will be on sale from 11am at the playing fields and there will also be lots going on in the church and village hall. In the afternoon this year, for the first time, there will be family sports, a barbecue and a grand auction.


PLANT SWAP/SALE - Eardisland in Bloom will be hosting its 3rd annual plant swap/sale in the village hall on May 17, from 10.30am- 1pm. Donations, or offers of help very welcome. All profits will be used to boost In Bloom funds.

Contact Phil on 01544 388097 for further info.

Ewyas Harold

JAM ON SUNDAY - A time for young people at the Baptist Chapel starting at 10.15am on Sunday.

CHRISTIAN AID - There will be a local door to door collection in and around the village and surrounding area between today and Thursday, May 15.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - At the April meeting David Harrison explained his theory on what happened to the Marie Celeste and showed members some slides of unusual gravestones and memorials. Later in the month members enjoyed lunch at Pontrilas Timber and a clothes show at Dulas Court. On Tuesday members will find out what it is like to live with Arabs. Meet at the Memorial hall at 7.30pm, new friends and members will be made most welcome.

BEAUTY AND THERAPY EVENING - On May 16 starting at 7.30pm there will be mini treatments available, various stalls and a raffle. Admission £2.50 on the door to include a glass of wine and nibbles.


FARMERS’ MARKET – Fownhope farmers’ market will be held tomorrow (Friday) in the village hall, 2-4pm.

All the usual stalls will be there including bread, fresh meat, vegetables, preserves, cakes, cards, books and gifts.

Light refreshments available.

Please support local trade.


GUIDED WALKS - Hereford Guild of Guides guided walks of Hereford city begin on May 10 and continue until October 31. Daily: 11.30am; Sunday 2.30pm.

Start north porch Hereford Cathedral. Adults: £4; children six to 12: £1.

No need to book, just turn up.

Also booked, themed walks: 01981 590603.

CIVIC SOCIETY LECTURE - John Faulkner presents an illustrated lecture on Herefordshire river bridges from the perspective of a local civil engineer.

Thursday, May 15, 7pm refreshments for a 7.30pm start, at the Kindle Centre, near Asda, Hereford. Members: free admission/visitors £3 each (refunded if you join HCS on the night).


Tomorrow (Friday ): 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road.

Sunday: 9.30am parish mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate; 2pm Baptism at All Saints’ Church; 9.30am parish eucharist at St Michael’s Church, Breinton; 11am parish eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross; 8am holy communion (BCP) at St Nicholas’ Church; 11am contemporary morning prayer at St Nicholas’ Church; 6.30pm holy communion with hymns (BCP) at St Nicholas’ Church.

Monday: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church.

Tuesday: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church; 12.10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church.

Wednesday: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church; 12.10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church.

Next Thursday, May 15, 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church; 10am holy communion at Holy Trinity Church; 12.10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church.

HEREFORDSHIRE FLOWER GUILD OPEN EVENING - Will be held at Aylestone School on Tuesday 7.30pm.

The demonstrator will be Elizabeth Graham and her title is Colours of Summer. Entry is £10 including refreshments and pay at the door.

HEREFORD HEARTSTART - Free two-hour course, at Kidwells Law, Kidwells House, 4 Coldnose Road, Rotherwas, Hereford on Thursday May, 15 from 10am to noon. Also at The Starlite Rooms, Edgar Street, Hereford, on May 22, 7pm to 9pm.

Booking essential, to book your place email or call 0845 60 60 654 (Monday to Thursday 9am - 2pm).

How Caple

HOW CAPLE MYSTERY PLAY - Dozens of people poured down the lane as they would have done in ancient times to witness this mystery play for Easter.

Cast mingled with audience until the incumbent vicar called for the production to begin.

Clad in golden/brown robes the Daily Mail’s often acerbic theatre critic turned writer/director, Quentin Letts, rang a hand bell and Adam and Eve (Will and Debbie Edwards) clad in flesh coloured onesies and little else, appeared in the Garden of Eden.

No need for scenery.

The churchyard surrounded by a wall with the church as a backdrop was enough with a ‘throne’ for God (John Watkins), resplendent in purple robes and a massive curly grey beard, more than satisfied with his creation. Lucifer (alias Charles Gething Lewis, aka church warden) soon spoils the idyllic scene, tempting Eve to eat an apple conveniently hanging, out of season, from a tree.

In true mystery tradition (or is it pantomime?), the crowd hissed the Devil and sent him packing.

Scenes and audience moved around the churchyard with Quentin narrating in a loud clear voice where necessary, the crowd jeering or applauding when appropriate.

Much was packed into this 90 minute production. From the killing of Abel (Chris Carter), by Cain (Steve Dean), the mighty flood with Noah and his wife arguing about the necessity of building an Arc, Abraham (Alex Aldrich-Blake) about to sacrifice his son Isaac (Sebastian Lee) and Joseph’s horror on discovering his virgin wife was pregnant.

A very pretty Mary the younger (Eveleen Letts), appeared to struggle to keep her advanced ‘pregnancy’ from falling around her knees.

King Herod orders the killing of the innocents and Simeon (Greg Clifford), once he has seen the baby Jesus sings the Nunc Dimittis and expires realistically by the church door.

Cue cards were in evidence, attached to clothing or props.

Some used them more than others but the odd ad lib added to the fun.

Cod medieval verse was nobody’s usual form of speech.

Tambourine, drum, clarinet and violin, with backing choir, all from the usual congregation ably lead by organist and choir mistress, Lois Letts, provided suitable music, often off key but realistic for the period.

Once inside the church there was the funeral of Lazarus, the story of the Last Supper, Pilate consulting the crowd and so to the crucifixion. Finally, the resurrection with a rousing rendition of the hymn, Jesus Christ is Risen Today by cast and audience.

The entire cast can be very proud of this production. Several characters had multiple parts with rapid costume changes.

Congratulations to Dee Taylor and Liz Parry-Jones for the authentic and imaginative wardrobe. Every actor played their part/parts admirably, providing plenty of humour and action to keep the interest of well over a hundred people.

The rain kept off, the sun shone, it was free entertainment and biscuits and ginger beer were dispensed by the cast at the end.

The production was certainly a triumph for Quentin Letts whose enthusiasm and drive pulled the whole thing together.


EXERCISE - Low impact exercise to music session at Luctonians Rugby Club. Monday 9.45-10.45am.

Zumba fitness Monday 6-7pm.

Both pay as you go sessions.

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or


BINGO - At Kingstone village hall, Saturday at 8pm. Attractive prizes. Refreshments available.

Proceeds in aid of Hereford Child Contact Centre.


KINGSWOOD SHOW AND GYMKHANA - August 24 at The Woodlands, Kingswood, Kington.

Showing classes in hand and ridden, working, hunter, show jumping. Dog show, poultry, vintage farm vehicles, refreshments and other attractions. For details contact Mrs Waugh 01544 230392.

KINGTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - Next meeting is May 15 at 7.30pm in the Masonic hall, Kington, HR5 3DY, the speaker is Gareth Davies on Magic with Roses (not Alpine Beauty in Northern Yunnan, due to a programme change).


COMMUNITY MARKET - As well as the usual great mix of stalls selling local produce and crafts, Knighton community market on Saturday will feature a Tastes of Palestine stall presented by the Knighton Palestine Links Group.

Tasty Palestinian delicacies will be on offer, as well as a chance to meet Ibrahem Badwan who comes from Azzoun, a Palestinian town that a group of Knighton people have forged strong links with in recent years. Ibrahem will be helping on a pop-up Palestinian stall which will allow shoppers to sample and buy some of these wonderful products as well as hear about what life is like living in the occupied Palestinian territories. Ibrahem is an EVS volunteer, working in London for five months for Camden Abudis Friendship Association ( Ibrahem will spend 10 days in Knighton giving talks to various schools and groups, and he will meet MP Roger Williams informally.

Several people from Knighton have been to Azzoun over the last two years and Ibrahem and his family have given them great hospitality. He will be among friends here who are delighted to be able to repay his family’s generosity.

Also at the Saturday market there will be live folk music to get feet tapping in the cafe area courtesy of members of the Teme Valley Ceilidh Band. As usual, the market starts at 9.30am and finishes at 12.30pm and will be warm and dry whatever the weather.

CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY - St Edward’s church, Knighton 9.30am, holy communion led by the Rev Petra Beresford-Webb; St David’s church, Whitton 9.30am, morning worship led by the Rev Melia Cope; St Andrew’s church, Norton, morning worship led by John Clements; Knighton Methodist, Baptist and Catholic churches services will start at 11am.

TEME VALLEY GARDENERS CLUB - The next meeting of the club will be in Knucklas community centre on Monday at 7.30pm.

This will be the AGM, followed by supper. The subscription to join the club remains at £8. New members welcome. For more information telephone 01547 529244.

Mid week holy communion. This will take place at St Edward’s church at 11am.

CHRISTIAN AID COLLECTION - The annual Churches Together in Knighton and district Christian Aid collection day will be on Thursday May 15 from 10am till 2pm. Collection points will be at Tuffins, Costcutter, the war memorial and clock tower.

SURGERY CLOSURE - Wylcwm Street doctors surgery will be closed for staff training from May 15 at 1pm and will reopen on May 16 at 8am. In an emergency during those hours contact ShropDoc on 08444 068888, alternatively ring the surgery on 01547 528523 where you will be given a contact number. The nearest minor injury units are at Llandrindod Wells and Ludlow hospitals.

RED SPARROWS FLY INTO KNIGHTON - The group is very keen on promoting all that’s healthy and fun and has a fun day planned on June 21 to kick start its campaign. Entry to the event is free so you can bring as many people as you like. The event will be held at Knighton community centre from 12 noon till 5pm.


CONFIRMATIONS - At Leominster Priory. Parents and friends of 27 confirmation candidates from Leominster and the surrounding area packed Leominster Priory on April 27 and were welcomed by Rector Michael Kneen. The confirmations were performed by Bishop Alister Magowan, Bishop of Ludlow. He talked in his address, based on the Beatitudes, about the importance of Christian values for life, in a world offering a vast variety of other lifestyles. Three of the candidates were baptised by the bishop before confirmation. It was a service of joy and thanksgiving for the commitments of these candidates, from all ages, and prayers were said for them as they began their new lives of hope in Jesus Christ. The whole congregation thanked God for continuing to call people to his service.

EXERCISE - Zumba gold, low impact session, Halo, Bridge Street sports centre, Tuesdays 11.30am-12.25pm. Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or


LINGEN HISTORY GROUP - Illustrated talk entitled Champagne and Shambles by Catherine Beale, Monday, 8pm, £3.50 on the door. The true story of Johnny Arkwright and his Hampton Court Estate between 1854 and 1914. Painstakingly reconstructed from surviving correspondence and estate records.

ANNUAL BORDER - Group parish meeting for Lingen and Willey will take place at the village hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm - all welcome.

BORDER GROUP - Parish council annual general meeting, May 20, 7pm at Lingen village hall.

LINGEN INFORMATION - Further information on all of the above events can be found on To book Lingen village hall please email or phone 01544 260865 for hire rates.


COFFEE MORNING - A coffee morning and sale in aid of Christ Church will be held in Llanwarne village hall on Saturday from 10.30am - 12 noon. Produce, plants and bric-a-brac will be in sale and everyone is most welcome.


BIRD WALK/SATELLITE TOUR - Nature will meet technology at Madley Environmental Centre on Saturday. The morning starts with a bird walk led by experts from Herefordshire Ornithological Club (choice of a 7am or 8am start) followed by a full English breakfast and a tour of the satellite station (including going up onto the large satellite dish). You can choose to do the bird walk and satellite tour, or just one or the other – see options below: 7am or 8am start: bird walk and breakfast - £10 (concessions £8); from 8am: breakfast and satellite tours - £10 (concessions £8); bird walk, breakfast and satellite tour - £14 (concessions £12). Breakfast will be served until 10am with satellite tours until 11am. This event is aimed at older children (eight years) and adults. However, if you have interested under-eights, they are most welcome. Booking is essential - please book online or phone Louise on 01981 512561.

BARN DANCE - This Saturday in Madley Church at 7pm. Dancing to Bandemonium with hot pork rolls included and a licensed bar.

Vegetarian option available.

Adults £10. Under 12s are free if accompanied by paying adult.

Extra under 12s £3 and 12-16s £5.

Everyone welcome.

Ocle Pychard and Much Cowarne

PLANT SALE — will be held at Much Cowarne church from 6.30pm on May 16. Call Marlene on 01432 820282 for item collection.

BURLEY GATE VILLAGE HALL - Committee meeting on Monday, 7.30pm at Wanaki, the home of Audrey Nunn. Agenda items to Jo Monkley on 01432 820130.


100 CLUB – April draw winners: £100 B Layton, £50 K Thompson, £40 J Brocklesby and £25 T Powell.

CELIDH – Saturday at Pembridge church from 7pm. Admission will be £10 for adults and £5 for children (a family ticket of two adults and two children will cost £25).

Call Marguerite on 388279, Meryl on 340381 or Gill on 388381.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION – In conjunction with Presteigne carnival. The subject is Presteigne Life. Put name and address on photos and drop at Courtyard Antiques in the High Street.

BELLY DANCING – Classes on Mondays at St Andrew’s Church hall, 7.30pm-9pm. Call 079621611081 or email

COFFEE MORNING – At St Andrew’s Church hall this Saturday, 10.30am-noon.

DAFFODIL SUNDAY – Kinsham PCC thanks everyone who attended Kinsham Daffodil Sunday, £446 raised for All Saints Church.

TALK – Muriel Passey will entertain with her talk Upstairs, Downstairs, In my Lady’s Chamber... poetry all over the house, at St Michael’s Church in Discoed on May 18 at 3.30pm.

Tickets will be £5 at the door. More information is available from David Hiam on 01547 560246 or

HISTORY GROUP – Lingen History Group will meet on Monday in Lingen village hall at 8pm. This month Catherine Beale will give a talk entitled Champagne and Shambles.

Admission is £2.50. For further details call 260865 or visit http://

WOMEN TOGETHER – Next meeting on Wednesday at 2.30pm in The Green Room at The Assembly Rooms. Call Helen on 267082.

TOWN COUNCIL – Meeting of Presteigne and Norton town council will take place on Wednesday at the Shire Hall from 7.30pm.

COMMUNITY GROUP – The newly formed East Radnorshire Community Group meets on Friday mornings in the Methodist Church hall, 10.30am-12.30pm. The aim is to promote the health and wellbeing of all. There will be a small charge to cover the costs. For further details visit

PARTY NIGHT – The No46 Wine Bar is holding a party night with Ed Boughton mixing and clicking to get your soul funking this Saturday from 8.30pm.

SERVICES – This Sunday sees a service of holy communion at Kinsham at 9.30am. Then at St Andrews there is a choral holy communion at 11am and a choral evensong at 6.30pm.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING – Lingen and Willey annual parish meeting will take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm at Lingen village hall.

CRAFT AND CHAT – At the Arkwright Hall in Kinsham on Tuesday, 1.30pm-4pm. Bring something along you would like to make or finish something you have in a drawer. Admission is £2, which will include refreshments and hall costs.

FLORAL ARTS – The next meeting of Presteigne and Borders Floral Arts Society will take place at the Memorial Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The monthly competition is to design using an item from the kitchen.

Visitors are welcome for £5.

Annual subscriptions of £25 are now due.

For further details call 01547 529244.

AGM – Mid Border Arts will hold its AGM on Thursday, May 15, in the Assembly Rooms at 8pm.

ZUMBA FITNESS - Memorial Hall, Wednesday, 7pm-8pm, pay- as-you-go sessions.

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or

Preston on Wye

FARMERS’ FRY-UP FOR A FIVER – Full English home- cooked breakfast for only £5, at Preston on Wye village hall, on June 1, 11am-1pm. All proceeds to RABI. To book your fry-up please phone 01981 500617/500461 or 0777 5506909 (booking advisable).


HEREFORD HEARTSTART – Free two-hour course, at Phocle Farm Cookery School, Phocle Green, near Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7TW, June 9, 2pm-4pm. Booking essential, to book your place email or call 0845 60 60 654.


HEARTSTART COURSE – Free two-hour Heartstart Course at Shobdon Primary School for parents/carers on May 23, 1pm until 3pm. Booking essential, to book your place contact the school on 01568 708386. If you are interested in a course for your school or group contact Herefordshire Heartstart direct. An evening course in Shobdon is also planned for the community.

Staunton-on Wye

FLICKS IN THE STICKS – Presents Gravity (12A) tomorrow (Friday ). Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments available from 7pm and in the interval, including French bread and cheese. Cabaret seating.

Stoke Lacy

DAWN CHORUS AND BLOSSOM WALK – There will be a dawn chorus and blossom walk on May 17 at Hopton Sollars Farm, starting at 5.15am with a walk through the orchards accompanied by local birdsong expert Geoff Simmons.

To book call 01885490231 or email

PARISH COUNCIL – Meeting will be held on Wednesday at 7pm, including an open discussion. It will be followed by the annual parish council meeting at 7.30pm.

Anyone with any points they would like to have included on the agenda for discussion at the meeting is asked to contact the clerk, Alma Westwood, 01885 490286;

THE WI – The next meeting of the Much Cowarne WI will be held at 7.30pm tomorrow (Friday). Guest speaker Richard Scott will give information on Marie Curie Cancer Care, and there will be a competition for Flower of the Month.

Sutton St Nicholas

COFFEE MORNING – A coffee morning to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice will be held in the village hall on Saturday from 11am until 12.30pm. On offer will be plants, cakes, produce and bric-a-brac. Everyone is invited to come along and support this worthy cause by joining in for coffee and delicious home-made cake. A warm welcome awaits you. Further details 01432 880373.


FLICKS IN THE STICKS – Presents Gravity (12A) in the Lady Emily Hall at 7.30pm, on Saturday. Tickets will be £4.50, on the door. Contact John Tallis for further details on 01432 890720.


OVAL STOCK CAR NATIONAL – The Hereford Radio Car Club are hosting round one of the BRCA 1/12 scale Oval Stock Car National. The club at Wellington race most Friday nights and this is the biggest event of the season for the club. The event is held at Wellington school on Sunday.


PLANT SALE – Wigmore and District Gardening Club members are again holding their popular plant sale on May 18 from 2pm until 4pm in Wigmore village hall (HR6 9UN.

Hereford Guild of Guides

DAILY guided walks of Hereford City start on Saturday at 11.30am from the north porch of the cathedral and continue every day until the end of October. On Sundays they start at 2.30pm.

They last about one and a half hours and cost £4 per adult; £1 per child aged six to 12.

Tickets from Cathedral shop when open, otherwise from the guides.

Booked walks for groups can be made by arrangement. Please visit for more information.

Herefordshire Health Service Retirement Fellowship

THE next NHS Retirement Fellowship (HHSRF) meeting will be held on May 19 at 2pm in the St John’s Methodist hall, St Owen Street, Hereford.

The guest speaker this month is Colin Javens who will be giving his presentation entitled Driving Cissie Home. His talk promises to be good fun.

The new programme for 2014/15 will be available for members at the May meeting.

The next organised social event is a visit to the cathedral gardens, in Hereford, on June 23 followed by an optional cream tea in one of the cathedral function rooms.

The next Fellowship Amblers Walk will be on June 3 weather permitting. Details will be given at the May meeting.

All NHS retirees are very welcome to come along and join in.

For further information please contact Mrs Ann Rosser, vice- chairman on 01432 266185.


Wellington Garden Club

THE next meeting of the garden club will be held on next Thursday, May 15, starting at 7.30pm in the community centre.

This month members will be welcoming the return of Leila Jackson who is an enthusiastic and passionate plantswoman, with a different topic — that of the versatile Campanula.

As usual there will be refreshments and a raffle and visitors are always welcome.

Knighton First Responders

KNIGHTON First Responders received cash from two fund-raising events. A twelve hour darts marathon held at the RAFA club in Knighton raised £1018, £518 of this was donated to the responders, the rest went towards the running and upkeep of the club. The event was organised by Jamie Licence, Sally Ann Rowlands and others.

Sarah Branford and David Minton raised £204 by donating Easter eggs, biscuits and other chocolates to make up an Easter hamper. The two who work in SPAR, Knighton then sold raffle tickets.

The winner of the raffle was Peter Medlicott.

The money was presented to Knighton First Responders by Sally-Ann Rowlands, David Minton and Sarah Branford.

Knighton First Responders is looking for new recruits. Full training will be given if anyone is interested in joining the team please ring 01547 52801 for further details.

Knighton Macmillan Cancer Support Group

AT the annual meeting of the Knighton Macmillan Cancer Support group chairman Liz George welcomed members and Nicola Newhams the regional fundraising officer for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Nicola thanked the group for inviting her and for all the hard work they do raising money throughout the year.

The meeting started with the minutes of the 2013 AGM being read by secretary Louise Hardwick.

Next there was the chairman’s report by Liz George.

Liz started her report by paying tribute to the late Jean Kilby who before her death was group secretary and did so much for the group.

Liz also praised the work Gladys Vogel has done over the years for the group.

Gladys is now too poorly to attend meetings. The two women were founder members and on the group’s committee for more than 40 years.

She went on to welcome new secretary Louise Hardwick who has taken over her grandmother Jean Kilby’s role.

Liz said: “I would like to thank Louise for all the work she has done so far”.

Liz also thanked Louise’s parents Mike and Maureen Conway for all their support, John and Brenda Morgan for opening their garden at Pontfean house to raise money for Macmillan and everyone who supported their fund raising events throughout the year or gave donations.

The treasurers report by Pam Mills followed. Pam said that the group had had a very good year raising a total of £5104.50 at their events including the Macmillan walk, strawberry tea, open gardens teas, coffee morning , Christmas fair and table sales.

The election of officers then took place. It was proposed and seconded that the chairman, secretary, treasurer and other officers stayed the same as the previous year.

In the last year £32,766 came to Powys and 106 people and their families were helped by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The next fund raising event of the Knighton Macmillan group will be their annual Macmillan walk on May 20.

The walk will start at the back of the Knighton Hotel at 7pm and then go up Broad Street, to the Offa’s Dyke Centre, down to the river, back into town via Kinsley Road finishing at the Horse and Jockey for light refreshments donated by Jacqui and Gary Salt.

Sponsor forms are currently available in SPAR, the library and the Offa’s Dyke Centre.


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