Your Herefordshire County Times: Allensmore to Woolhope, plus clubs and societies, May 22, 2014.

Your Herefordshire County Times: Allensmore to Woolhope, plus clubs and societies, May 22, 2014.

Your Herefordshire County Times: Allensmore to Woolhope, plus clubs and societies, May 22, 2014.

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Allensmore

DRAW WINNERS – Allensmore Church 100 club draw winners are 1st 14 Mr and Mrs D Jones, 2nd 66 Roger Orgill, 3rd 45 Mrs Slough, 4th 73 Ted Probert.

Bartestree and Lugwardine

NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN – The Neighbourhood Development Plan questionnaire will shortly be delivered to, and collected from, every adult in the parishes of Bartestree and Lugwardine. If you care about the sort of development that does or does not take place in these parishes during the next 17 years, then please make sure that you receive, complete and return your questionnaire.

Further information will be available on the parish website. Please contact the parish clerk if you encounter any difficulties.

Remember that the Neighbourhood Development Plan will be a statutory document against which future planning applications will be judged. bartestreewithlugwardinepc.co.uk

Bishopstone

VILLAGE LOTTERY – Audrey Wintour 32 won £25 April 12, Hazel Toll 11 £25 April 19, Anthony Smith 12 £25 April 26, David Macklin 28 £25 May 3, Joan Eldridge 46 £25 May 10.

Bodenham

FLOOD PROTECTION GROUP – The next Flood Protection Group meeting will be held at the Siward James Centre at 7.30pm on May 27. Anyone with queries or points they would like to raise is asked to call Babs Mitcheson on 01568 797170.

QUIZ NIGHT – The Lugg Valley Friends will be holding a quiz night in the parish hall from 7.15pm on June 6. Entry will cost just £6 per person and will include light refreshments, tea and coffee.

Teams of four to six will be welcome, but otherwise players can make up a team on the night.

Bookings through Jenny on 01568 797280 or Thelma on 797557.

Bosbury

HEREFORD RINGCRAFT CLUB MATCH – Was held in Bosbury parish hall on April 29. Mr Keith Lewis was the judge for the night and had his work cut out with the quality and the variety of the entrants. Mr Lewis has Irish and English setters and judged many different breeds in his time but there has to be winners and David and Carol Coode’s puppy bitch Warringah’s Perth did just that, with her not only getting best puppy but also best in match.

The best adult was Allison Matthew’s lovely little cocker spaniel Sonham Blue Diamond.

Very well deserved. Well done to both of those dogs and indeed all the dogs that took part in the match.

During the course of the evening a delicious buffet was served with tea and coffee. Handlers and dogs then took the opportunity to catch up with each other. A really lovely evening was had with all dogs being impeccably behaved.

Hereford Ringcraft Club meet every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm for training.

Bredwardine and Brobury

JUNE 100 CLUB DRAW – The Friends of St Andrews: 100 Club draw will take place on June 5 at 8pm in the Red Lion Inn, which is serving a delicious curry buffet for anyone who wants to eat before the draw. Organisers look forward to seeing you at the event and good luck to all ticket holders.

Contact Jen Maddison on 01981 500048 for further information about the club.

OPEN GARDENS DAY – On June 7 the villages of Bredwardine and Brobury are hosting an open day of gardens. Ten gardens will be open from 11am until 5pm and you are cordially invited to stroll through them. Tickets are in the form of a map which will guide you around the villages, indicating the location of all open gardens. These can be obtained throughout the day, from the orchard opposite The Red Lion, in Bredwardine, price £5 for adults, children free; the ticket entitles you to entry to all gardens, some of which will be selling refreshments. All proceeds will go to St Andrew’s Church, Bredwardine, which is currently raising funds to install a new heating system.

For further information contact Charlotte Sellars on 01981 500281.

CORRESPONDENT – 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 karimlawson@me.com.

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL – Gwen Hadley 11 £25 April 19, Ann Connor 12 £25 April 26, Chris Jarvis 28 £25 May 3, Malcolm Walker 46 £25 May 10.

Bromsberrow Heath

BROMSBERRROW BOOTTIQUE – The Shop at Bromsberrow is holding a brand new novel event at its premises in the Bromsberrow Heath Business Park on May 31, from 9am until 2pm. In the spacious parking area members of the public are invited to book a car space to run their own boot sale at a fee of only £5 to the shop, and then keep all their own takings.

Boutique wear, new and nearly new clothing, for ladies, gentlemen and children with something to suit all ages. Books, antiques, and bric a brac, including, jewellery, beverages, home made cakes etc. Tickets on sale for the grand raffle to be drawn at 1.30pm.

Telephone Paggie Jones on 07977 787004 or 01531 650080.

Credenhill

TRAHERNE FESTIVAL – Novelist Salley Vickers, who shot to fame after the success of her first novel, Miss Garnet’s Angelwill be speaking at this year’s Traherne Festival at Credenhill Church on June 21. Salley’s most recent novel, The Cleaner of Chartres , has also been a great success. She will be talking about the ‘other dimensions’ in her novels. The other speakers are John Powell Ward, poet and critic, who will be speaking about Traherne’s poetry, and Keith Williams, who will be making connections across the centuries between Traherne, the 17th-century poet and mystic, and Bonhoeffer, the German theologian hanged by Hitler for his involvement in the German resistance. The evening concert by the choir Vital Spark.

Full details thomastraherneassociation.org/events.php.

Dilwyn

4SQUARE FOLK BAND – This Manchester-based young folk band will be at The Cedar Hall (HR4 8JS) tomorrow (Friday) May at 7.30pm. Bar and cabaret seating. Tickets £8, adult £4 child from Ruth Davies 01568 720226.

Proceeds to Cedar Hall.

LOW IMPACT – Exercise to music class, Cedar Hall, Tuesday 6-7pm.

ZUMBA FITNESS – Thursday 6-7pm. Both pay as you go classes.

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or mandys.mail@virgin.net

Eardisley

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – Feedback and suggestions over this past year have enabled the steering group to write most of the first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan that will soon be on the website with a copy also available to view in Central Stores. Now the steering group needs to have locals understanding of, and support for, the complex issues of housing location and numbers, in order to complete the first draft.

WALK TO SCHOOL – An organised walk to school will be held in Eardisley today (Thursday) as part of Walk to School week. To take part, please meet on The Tram car park at 8.15am.

Eaton Bishop

CAGEBROOK BENEFICE ROGATION WALK – Starting at Eaton Bishop on Sunday, 8.30am Celtic morning prayer at Eaton Bishop, 10.30am holy communion at Kingstone, 1pm lunch at Thruxton, 3.30pm reflection at Allensmore, 5.30pm evening prayer at Clehonger with tea and cake. Please join in all the way around the Benefice or wherever you can. If you are able to join us for lunch, please contact Stephen Williams on 01981 570568 in order to ensure enough food is available for everyone.

Ewyas Harold

FOOD BANKS – The church-led Community Larders project provides food to individuals and families in need referred to it by appropriate agencies. There has been a notable rise in demand across county’s Food Banks and thus increased donations are urgently needed. A volunteer co- ordinator described how a food parcel can sometimes be the difference between a family having an evening meal or not. Please donate non-perishable food which can be delivered to the Food Bank at Unit 5, 32 Aubrey Street Hereford between 10-noon and 1-3pm or to the Diocesan Office or daytime to St Michael’s Church, Ewyas Harold.

CAFE SERVICE – 10.30am in the Baptist Chapel on Sunday.

ROGATION SUNDAY – On Sunday meet at Llangua Bridge at 4pm to walk along the Monnow Valley beside the beautiful river Monnow and then along the old route to St Mary’s, Kentchurch.

Some stiles and ground that warrant hardy footwear, all welcome and dogs allowed on leads.

Refreshments will be waiting for all walkers and those going by car, a service will follow at 6pm.

ASCENSION DAY COMMUNION – Celebrating in the lovely electricity-free church of St James, Llangua, 7pm, Thursday, May 29.

Eye

FLOWER FESTIVAL – On Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday the Eye Church Flower Festival will be held from 11am – 6pm. The flower theme this year is Kings and Queens.

Plants for sale, books, tombola and exhibition draw. Lunches and light refreshments available throughout the day at the Cawley Hall.

Over the same three days at The Nest, which is about half a mile from Eye church towards the A49, there will be NGS Open Gardens with cream teas and plants. Open from 2pm until 5pm. Organisers hope to see you at both.

Goodrich

MRS MAKER WORKSHOPS – Will be held at Goodrich village hall on Tuesday from 10.15am- 11.45am. Design and fly your own kite – £6.50 for hours including refreshments – leave the kids and catch up on your jobs. There will also be a workshop at Tudorville community centre on Thursday, May 29 from 10.30am-11.30am.

One hour of craft fun, only £3.50 – all craft materials included in price. Drop children off whil you make the most of some spare time. Suggested age range six to 16 years. To book your place/find out more just call 07527 693850.

Hamnish

OPEN AIR ROGATION SERVICE – Sunday, 11am at Hamnish village hall, followed by Hamfest, a fun afternoon for all the family.

Barbecue, bar, teas, various stalls including plants, bottles, crafts, draw, lucky dip. Fun dog show at 2pm – rosettes and prizes.

Proceeds will be divided between Hamnish church and village hall.

For enquiries 01568 613555.

Hay-on-Wye

RURAL CRAFTS AND SKILLS FESTIVAL – On Saturday to Monday. Join in with the three day event – free entry and free workshops at Racquety Farm, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5RS (two minute walk from town centre, parking onsite). It is specifically designed to ensure that children and young people, with their families, are engaged through intergenerational activities that will inspire future hobbies, courses and healthy activities, increase skills and creativity through hands on activities; observing demonstrators and talking to crafts people and raising awareness of the opportunities that are around us, and inspire young people and other beneficiaries to register for further training. See thebigskill@ gmail.com for more.

Hereford

ALL SAINTS CHURCH – Services are at 11am except for May 25 – Rogation Sunday – when the services will take place at 10.30am in Monkland village hall, followed by a bring and share lunch.

CHURCH SERVICES – Friday: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road. Sunday: 9.30am parish mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate; 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 parish eucharist at St Nicholas’ Church, 2pm holy baptism at St Nicholas’ Church, 6.30pm evensong at St Nicholas’ Church. Monday: 8.15am morning prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road.

Tuesday: 8.15am morning prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 12.10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate. Wednesday 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 12.10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate. Thursday, May 29 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 10am holy communion at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 12.10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate, Hereford.

Kingsland

LOW IMPACT – Exercise to music session, Luctonians RC, Monday 9.45-10.45am.

ZUMBA FITNESS – Monday, 6-7pm. Both pay as you go sessions. Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or mandys.mail@virgin.net.

Knighton

FORGET-ME-NOT DAY – The Knighton Amnesty group will be celebrating Forget-Me-Not Day, which commemorates the founding of Amnesty International, with a ‘teabag tree’ at the market in the Knighton hotel car park on May 22. Visitors to the market between 10am and noon will be invited to take a teabag from the tree, make a cup of tea at home and think about human rights.

The abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls will be on many people’s minds at the moment.

Contact Jean Salt for more information on 01547 530497.

CHURCH SERVICES - For Sunday.

St Edward’s Church, Knighton 9.30am, holy communion led by the Rev Melia Cope; St David’s Church, Whitton 9.30am, morning worship led by the Rev Melia Cope; St Andrew’s Church, Norton 11am, morning worship led by the Rev Melia Cope; St Mary’s Church, Pilleth 3pm; evening prayer led by the Rev Melia Cope; Knighton Methodist Church 11am, led by the Rev D Evans; Knighton Catholic Church, 11am celebration of holy mass. Knighton Baptist Church 11am, led by Kath and Henry Johnson; Knucklas Baptist Church 6pm, communion led by the Rev Michael Humphries.

FROM CHICAGO TO KNIGHTON - There will be an evening of classical music at the church hall, Knighton starting at 7.30pm on Sunday with the Wheaton College Music Students. The concert is free but there will be a box for donations for St Edward’s church.

Leominster

DONATION - On May 8, Susie Godwin, representing the Midlands Air Ambulance was presented with £1,033 donated by members and friends of Leominster Hearts in Action at their Thursday exercise class.

The exercise class is held every Thursday with a cardiac instructor at Bridge Street Sports Centre for people who have had heart problems. The cheque was presented by Norah Jordon and Ralph Hussey.

CONCERT - Don’t miss out on an evening of glorious choral and orchestral sounds this Saturday.

A concert of Vivaldi’s music in Leominster Priory Churchpromises to be very uplifting. This wonderfully rich music, including the ever-popular Gloria, is being performed by Leominster Choral Society, at 7pm. The chorus will be accompanied by Marches Baroque Band, conducted by James Atherton, musical director. The soloists will include the popular soprano Gemma King (née Busfield) from Ludlow. The other works include the Magnificat with its very descriptive sounds of those familiar words of the evensong canticle; also the psalm Dixit Dominusequally exciting to sing and hear.

Tickets at £10 will be available at Fletchers’ Newsagents, Broad Street, and at £12 on the door; those under 18 are free. Enquiries please phone 01568 613513, including anyone wanting details of the friends’ scheme.

Lingen

CONCERT - Lingen church, Sunday 3pm, organ concert followed by tea and cakes. Special organist for this recital will be Tim Hollinghurst, trained at Hereford Cathedral. No charge for the concert, but donations very welcome. Further information www.lingen.org.uk.

Mansel Lacy

LACY LADIES - The next meeting will be on Thursday, May 29.

Starting at 7.30pm in the community centre, Jenny and Stasia will be giving a talk entitled Living at Foxley. This is an open meeting, all welcome. Visitors £1. Contact Joyce Lewis on 01981 590638.

TABLE TOP SALE - The sale will be held on June 7, from 10am till noon in the community hall in Mansel Lacy church. The last one was very successful and there are still a few tables available, so contact Cal Edwards on 01981 590625, as soon as possible.

ANNUAL DUCK RACE AND PUDDING EVENING - This will take place tomorrow (Friday).

Duck race starts at 6.15pm on the brook, puddings in the church afterwards. £3 entry for the puddings. Puddings will be very welcome. If you can make one for this event, please bring it along on the night and let Joyce and Mike Potts know beforehand on 01432 356392.

Mordiford

CHURCH - The 200 Club draw took place on May 1 at 16 Sufton Rise.

Results were as follows: £90 No120 Marie Deakin, £60 No153 Nicky West, £30 No134 Trevor Jones, £15 No36 David Deakin. Next month’s draw will take place on June 1 at Smithy Cottage, Priors Frome at 4pm.

Much Birch

VILLAGE MARKET - Much Birch village market takes place tomorrow in Much Birch community hall (situated just off the A49 next door to Much Birch surgery and signed from the road) between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Stalls will include; The Squeaky Pig, award winning suppliers of locally reared rare breed pork, sausage, including gluten free (to order) and bacon. Moor Meals, award winning, local suppliers of dexter beef, ready meals and pies.

Llandinabo Farm shop and Castle Cheese will be there with a variety of delicious meats and unusual cheeses. Mark will bring his own made, popular, award-winning chutneys and marmalades. There is also a vegetable stall. There is a Fair Trade stand and craft stands, which have a large variety of local crafts to tempt you.

Refreshments and ‘take home cakes’, the proceeds of which go to Macmillan Cancer Support, are supplied by Chris and Peter.

Please support the producers who bring local food and crafts almost ‘to your door’. If you would like to have a stall, or to find out more about the market, please contact Mark on 01432 278026.

CHOIR PERFORMANCE - The Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir, with popular soloist Jayne Swann, is returning to Much Birch church one again to give an enjoyable concert in aid of Much Birch church funds. It starts at 7pm on May 31. Tickets are £8.50 to include refreshments and an Afterglow of informal singing in the community hall afterwards.

Bar available. For tickets ring 01981 540980 or 07787532720.

Pembridge

WHIST DRIVE - Please come to the village hall today (Thursday ) for the whist drive organised by the Pembridge Whist Club, to raise lots of money for St Michael’s Hospice. Play commences at 8pm. There will be many excellent prizes, and delicious refreshments will be served in the half time interval. A large parking area is adjacent to the hall.

Penybont

TRACTOR RUN - Penybont and District Charity Group will be holding their annual tractor run on June 1 (sponsored by Stephen Powell), starting from Upper Swydd, Penybont. Meet at 10am for 10.30am start. £10 entry fee to include bacon roll and drink.

In addition this year horse show jumping on the Ddole, Penybont, starting at 9am. Followed by a fun afternoon for all on the Ddole, Penybont, to include rounders,sports, barbecue, tea and cakes and much more starting at 2pm. All proceeds from the day will be donated to Llandrindod Wells Leg Club.

Presteigne

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

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or mandys.mail@virgin.net if you would like more information.

BEER FESTIVAL – The 2nd Annual Llangunllo Beer Festival will take place at The Greyhound Inn in Llangunllo this weekend.

They will be open on Friday from 4pm till late, Saturday from noon till late, Sunday from noon till late and Monday from noon till midnight.

There will be live music each night and informal acoustic sessions throughout the weekend.

There will also be many real ales and perries along with refreshments.

For further details call Paul or Jake on 01547 550400.

CHESS CLUB – Would you like to learn how to play chess?

Or if you play already would you like to join others and play someone different?

If so then why not join the chess club which meets at The Farmers Inn on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm.

Beginners are most welcome as lessons will be available.

For further details call David Hancock on 231208.

AGM – The Football Club would like to give notice that their AGM will take place on June 10 in their clubhouse at 7.30pm.

New and old faces are most welcome.

This meeting will be followed by the AGM of the social club for its members.

DRAW – Presteigne and Norton Community Support held their monthly community draw recently.

Mr Ron Haggarty drew the following winners. £20 Mrs J Bobbyer, £15 Mrs P Moodie and £12 Mrs O James.

Thank you for your continued support.

MUSIC – Stars In Their Eyes female vocalist Yvonne Milligan will be performing at Courthouse Farm in Byton on June 7.

The evening will commence at 7.30pm.

Yvonne will be supported by local singer Mark Brown.

This evening of supper, music and dance will cost £15 and tickets can be purchased from Winnies newsagents or by calling Ray or Di on 267833.

COMMUNITY GROUP – The East Radnor Community Group meet on Friday mornings at the Methodist Church from 10.30am- 12.30pm.

Why not come along and have a cuppa and a chat?

The aim is to promote the health and wellbeing of all.

There will be a small charge for refreshments and any activities that may go on.

For further details call 01597 824411 or visit midpowysmind.

co.uk AGM – Sheep music is holding its AGM on Wednesday at 7.45pm in The Assembly Rooms.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

SERVICES – This Sunday there is a service of morning prayer at Kinsham at 9.30am and a service of holy communion at St Andrew’s at 11am. Everyone is most welcome.

RECITAL – There is an organ recital chosen and played by Tim Hollinghurst this Sunday at St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Lingen at 3pm.

Tea and cakes will follow the recital.

Everyone is most welcome.

For further details please call 267452.

BALLADEERS AND CHANCERS – There is a Balladeers and Chancers session at The Dukes on Thursday, May 29 from 8.30pm.

This is an acoustic and non- exclusive night, where first-timers, occasional or experienced performers have a 20-30 minute slot to play to a friendly audience.

To book a slot or for more information call 07837 944090 or visit balladeersandchancers.com 70th ANNIVERSARY – To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day there is an illustrated presentation from Roger Curtis “to the far shore – Operation Overload, June 1944” at St Andrews Church hall on June 6 at 7.30pm.

Roger is inspired by the personal diaries of a British officer and his ‘Ducks’.

Admission will be £5 on the door.

Any proceeds will go to the Disabled Powys charity organisation.

DINNER AND DANCE – The football club are holding their annual dinner dance and presentation evening at their clubhouse on May 31 from 7pm.

Tickets are £12.50 per person.

If you are interested in attending please call 260485.

MUSIC – Local band The Flok are playing at The Royal Oak on Sunday from 9pm.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

STAPLETON CASTLE TOUR – Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position overlooking Presteigne.

You can now have a tour (which lasts a minimum of one hour) of the site of the 12th-century ruins and 17th-century house, the mill site and a relaxing stroll through the gardens.

Refreshments will be available.

Booking is essential. The tours cost £5 per person with a minimum charge of £25. To book a tour call 267327. Please wear sensible footwear as the site is hilly.

All proceeds from the tours are donated equally between The Judges Lodgings and The National Gardens Scheme.

MUSIC – The Sarah Smith Trio will be playing at The Dukes Arms on May 28 from 8.30pm. Admission will be £5 at the door. Everyone is welcome.

Stoke Prior and Ford

FLOWER FESTIVAL – Ford Flower Festival will be held at Ford Church on banks of River Lugg on June 7 and 8, from 10am- 4.30pm. Food will be available on both days. Theme this year is ‘women at war’.

Just off A49, take turning to Stoke Prior.

Organisers look forward to seeing you at the event.

If you would like more information please contact 01568 612784.

Wellington

PARISH MEETING – The annual parish meeting will take place on Thursday, May 29 at 7.30pm in the main hall at the community centre. There will be a presentation on the responses to the Community Led Parish Plan questionnaire followed by a presentation on the Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish. All welcome.

WI – June 3, at 7.30pm, is our open meeting titled Whatever Happened to Trixie Skyrme?

The speaker, Jen Green, is based in Leominster and she will tell us about an unscrupulous woman with Wellington connections. Trixie Skyrme left Herefordshire in 1920 and then conned her way through the rich and famous of Belgravia.

There’s much more to hear about this con-woman so do come along to Wellington community room to join us for institute business, the talk, and a tasty buffet. It’s £3.50 for visitors, and men and women of all ages are cordially invited to attend.

Weobley

A DAY FOR NEPAL – At Weobley parish church, Saturday 10am- 4.30pm. Display of photographs and music by Pedro Brown.

Cake and gift stall. Refreshments available all day including home made lunch and cream teas.

Proceeds in aid of a gynaecological camp in Nepal.

Woolhope

MIDSUMMER CEILIDH – At Woolhope parish hall (HR1 4QS) Saturday, June 21, at 7.30pm with Stone the Crows Ceilidh Band.

Supper and licensed bar. Raffle.

Proceeds to Woolhope bell fund.

Tickets (including supper) in advance £7.50 per person or £22 family ticket. (Tickets on the night £8.50 each or £25 family).

Available from Barbara Fox (anthony.fox@homecall.co.uk) or call 01531 660 289. Cheques to be made out to Woolhope PCC- Bell Fund.

Hereford and Mid Wales Philatelic Society

THE society met on May 7 when there was a talk and display on the Second World War postal history by Tony Tudor.

A vast amount of fascinating material was displayed including letters that were returned to sender at the beginning and during the war with the various cachets used, the sending of letters to hostile countries via Thomas Cook, the trouble which was taken to deliver letters, the comments of censors as to why a letter was not being posted, and even the delivery of letters after the end of hostilities. There were 20 members present and a vote of thanks was given by the president John Setchfield. The society meets at St Martin’s Parish Centre, Ross Road, Hereford, at 7.30pm, on the first Wednesday of each month.

Contact Frank Bennett on 01432 354917 or email frank.bennett@ hereford4.freeserve.co.uk.

Herefordshire Health Service Retirement Fellowship

THE next NHS Retirement Fellowship (HHSRF) meeting will be held on Wednesday, 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 called 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 welcome to come along and join in. For further information, please contact Mrs Ann Rosser, vice-chairman on 01432 266185.

Please note: The Herefordshire Health Service Retirement Fellowship is independent of national charity, The NHS Retirement Fellowship and does not operate under its auspices.

Huntington – Hereford WI

AT the May meeting members met three of the Hereford street pastors, Steve, Mike and wife Maggie, who are part of 38 volunteers who patrol the streets over the weekends looking after the young and old who may need a helping hand. Members of the church throughout the county and UK, they belong to the Ascension Trust. These brave people go out at 10pm to 4am and never know what they are going to encounter on their patrol.

Carrying with them a bag with water, first aid equipment, a warm blanket, a cushion and, most important of all, flip flops for those with lost or broken shoes, as well as a dustpan and brush to clear away broken glass.

Street pastors are all fully trained before they allowed out on the streets and in radio contact with the each other and the police should they need assistance. They praised the club/pub doormen for their help. Volunteers are badly needed, especially women. The NHS has found, due to their help, it is finding a big drop in numbers at A&E. Last year these brave people won a Pride of Hereford Award.

Old Radnor WI

THE May meeting of Old Radnor WI was an interesting one when Carole Bumford, from Landrindod Wells, brought along some of her doll collection. They were very different dolls, coming from many tribal countries of Africa, Asia, South America many countries once belonging to the USSR.

Carole had visited many of these countries in the hope of purchasing a doll in national costume.

Carole started collecting dolls 57 years ago when her mother bought her a doll in Welsh costume. Kath Thurgood thanked Carole for the interesting talk.

Carole judged the competition for the evening (a holiday memento) won by Anne Goodwin, second Ailsa Bufton, third Cecely Bayliss and fourth Sylvia Evens.

April and May had been a busy time for members, working hard for the spring fair and whist drive.

Both went well and were supported well by everyone. Philip Watkins was MC for for the evening at the whist drive. A donation will be given to the residents’ fund at Kington Court and other donations will be given locally at a later date. The WI spring show took place at Knighton on May 3.

Members did very well by coming seventh overall in the competitions. Business had been seen to, members had volunteered to take part in the annual quiz to be held at Crossgates later in the month.

Next meeting will be on June 3, at Walton village hall, at 7.30pm. £3 entry fee. Speaker will be Eric Rees on women in Welsh history.

Ross Rotary Club

THIS year marks 100 years of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland. Its origins go back to the formation of Rotary in Chicago in 1905, and led to the setting up of the first clubs on this side of the Atlantic in 1911. In 1914, these clubs came together and formed the new British Association of Rotary Clubs. Today known as Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI)l. With its partners, one of Rotary’s major achievements has been to reduce polio cases by 99 per cent worldwide since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

In 1985, Rotary International launched the PolioPlus programme to eradicate polio worldwide and it is close to achieving that goal.

Ross Rotary Club, Monday, 6.30pm for 7pm, at the Chase Hotel.

Please visit the website rossrotary.com.

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