NGS OPEN GARDENS - Last two days the gardens at Newport House, Almeley, HR3 6LL, will be open for the NGS, today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday), from 11am to 6pm.

Cream teas will be served. Formal gardens, borders, hedges, two- and-a-half-acre walled garden, including tropical greenhouse.

Entrance £5 (free for children).

Disabled access.


CHURCH 100 CLUB - June 2014 winners: 1 G Alford, 2 B Cooper, 3 P Biddulph, 4 S South.

Bartestree and Lugwardine

NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN QUESTIONNAIRE - This document 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 ( and 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.

Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill

GRAND GARDEN PARTY - There will be a grand garden party on June 28 from 12 noon till 5pm at The Hacketts, Fromes Hill.

Ploughman’s lunches from noon till 2pm, and cream teas from 3.30pm till 5pm. There will be stalls, games and a draw. All are welcome.

LUNCH CLUB - The over-60s lunch club operates on Tuesdays in the Bishops Frome village centre from 12.30pm for 1pm. Details from Joan on 01531 640857.

COFFEE MORNINGS - Coffee mornings at the village centre are returning every two weeks from 10am, the next event being on June 20.


VILLAGE LOTTERY - Amanda Hardy, number 4, won £25, May 31.

Bredwardine and Brobury

100 CLUB - The Friends of St Andrew 100 Club draw took place in the Red Lion Inn on June 5. It was drawn by Roger and Gill Brown. First prize of £50 was won by Mary Freeman with ticket number 30. Second prize of £25 was won by Helen Derbyshire with ticket number 116. Third prize of £15 was won by Richard and Rosemary Lloyd with ticket number 48. The winner of the In It To Win It prize of £10 was young Miss Martha Head.

Congratulations to all winners and thanks to everyone for their support and making this such a lively evening. The July draw will be held at 8pm on July 3 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 tomorrow (Friday) 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.

VILLAGE HALL TIDY-UP DAY - Volunteers are needed to lend a hand on Saturday when locals work from 10am until noon to give the village hall a spring clean, tidy and polish. The hall is used by many groups and for a wide range of functions and events, so it is important to keep it looking its best. Please bring your own equipment and products as organisers don’t have enough for everyone. And of course, once the cleaning is done, relax with hot and cold refreshments, cake and biscuits. Contact Sarah Morgan on 01981 500501 for further details.

LOCAL 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@


BREINTON PARISH COUNCIL - At their recent meeting, Breinton parish councillors once again elected Tony Geeson as chairman of the parish council for the coming 12 months. Liz Morawiecka will remain as his deputy, and Tom Davies (internal auditor) and John Wade (footpaths officer) will continue in their current roles.

In the chairman’s report, Tony thanked the public for attending the meetings and supporting the work of the parish council throughout the year, the councillors, ward councillor Bob Matthews, the lengthsman Richard Mills and clerk for their work. In response, Anthony Powers proposed a vote of thanks for the hard work of Nicky and Tony Geeson for their endeavours, in particular for their work on the Community Led Plan (now complete) and the ongoing Neighbourhood Plan. If anyone else would like to be informed of the development of the Neighbourhood Plan, or would like to be involved further, please contact the clerk, or look at the website The councillors considered and agreed the accounts for the year to March 31, 2014, and also agreed the annual return to be submitted to the external auditor.

Councillors hope to hold the fireworks party on November 7, this year, but this is yet to be confirmed, as is the location. Details will be confirmed nearer the time.

It is hoped to invite the locality steward for the area (the Balfour Beatty representative), who provides a point of contact for reporting highways and footpaths concerns, to a parish council meeting in the near future.

The next parish council meeting will be in Breinton village hall on July 2, at 7pm.

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL – Nigel Archer, number 4, won £25, May 31.


OPEN GARDEN AT BRILLEY COURT – Brilley Court is hosting an afternoon in their three-acre garden and beautiful walled ornamental kitchen garden. This is a stunning space in which to spend a spring afternoon, admire the spring tulip collection, summer roses, herbaceous borders, a seven-acre arboretum and wild stream garden, wild flowers and a rhododendron collection. There will be a delicious selection of light lunches, teas, coffee’s and cakes.

The afternoon itself is in aid of The British Red Cross. The proceeds of the event will go towards enabling the British Red Cross to reach people in crisis whoever and wherever they are. The Red Cross is part of a global network of volunteers and staff, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. In the UK, the services include first aid training, support at home and medical loan, young carers, emergency response and youth humanitarian education.

The event will be on June 29, from noon to 5pm. Adults are £4 and the address is Brilley Court, Brilley, Whitney-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 6JF, garden owner David Bulmer.


TABLE SALE – To be held on Saturday at the public hall, Bromyard, from 10am to noon in aid of the Macmillan Renton Unit.

To book a table or if you have any donations contact Sue on 01885 482200.


ANNUAL FETE – The brain injury charity Herefordshire Headway will be holding their annual fete at their Credenhill base in Trenchard Avenue on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm.

Activities include children’s art activity, skittles, tombola, raffle, cake stall, face painting, woodwork demonstration and sales, gardening plant sales, table top sales, bran tub. Pottery demonstration and sales. Strawberry cream teas. Barbecue.

It’s going to be a great fun filled afternoon for all the family.

Everyone is welcome.


FETE – PCC are working hard on the annual church fete which will be held on Saturday on the village green at 2.30pm, or in The Cedar Hall if wet. Attendees shall be entertained again by The Weobley Aspire Dance Studio led by Alex Thomas, who performed so well last year. The Hereford Owl Refuge will also be there, and new this year will be guided tours of the medieval castle moat by invitation of Tony and Jane Voogd.

There will be plenty of games for the young, and all the usual stalls, tombolas and of course the tea tent.


TRIO GITAN – Come to Dorstone village hall this Saturday at 7.30pm to see and hear the wonderfully exciting band, Trio Gitan.

An evening with Trio Gitan will take you through the evocative sounds of Parisien café music, hot blooded tangos, wild European gypsy music, Mediterranean dance tunes, swing classics and their own powerful and driving compositions.

This vivacious, dynamic night of entertainment includes electrifying guitar solos, fiery gypsy violins, and songs with plenty of vocal harmonies.

If you enjoyed this band at Lyde Court back in February, here is your opportunity to catch them again – another great Arts Alive event. For a taste of what they have to offer, listen to them at Tickets are £8 and £5 (child). A bar and refreshments will be available. Phone 01981 550451 for tickets. They are also available from Dorstone’s Front Room and from


DOG SHOW– Twenty-three dogs competed in Dymock’s annual companion dog show held on June 1. Best in Show was won by Bubba, an Australian Shepherd dog from Brockworth near Gloucester, Reserve Best in Show went to Portia, a German Shorthaired Pointer from Gorsley.

Best Puppy was another Shorthaired Pointer, Toffee from near Dymock. Reserve Best Puppy was Squid, a sprolly from Weston- under-Penyard. Squid was also the Best Dog from the novelty classes. Frederica, a local Dalmation, won the Best Veteran Class. Frederica is an active 14 year old. A total of £325 was raised for Dymock parish hall funds.

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the show and the accompanying strawberry fair a success.


BOWLING CLUB – Eardisland Bowling Club enjoyed a narrow but thrilling victory, by 82 shots to 80, over near neighbours Leominster on Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Ground.

Robin Williams skipped the best rink of Jayne Sharp, Doug Tantrum and Gill Williams, winning by 29 shots to 22, whilst Jonathan Farndon squeaked home by a single shot, 19-18. Tony Stokes ensured the overall win by clawing back eight shots on the last three ends, falling two shots short of claiming a dramatic draw.


VILLAGE HALL – Everyone will be very welcome at the annual meeting of Eardisley (Curzon Herrick) village hall on Monday at 7pm. Do come along with your ideas and suggestions for events and ways of boosting the village hall both socially and financially.

SUMMER SUNDAY LUNCH – A summer Sunday lunch will be held on Sunday at 12.30pm for 1pm. £10 for three courses and tea/coffee. BYO wine or drinks.

WHIST DRIVE - At last month’s whist drive held at the New Strand the prize winners were: Carol Jenkins, Sue Davies, Margaret Price, B Denshaw, Rona Jenkins, Margaret Goode, Betty Lane and Keith Hortin. Next whist drive, Monday at 7.45pm.

COMMUNITY LIBRARY - Come and choose your books from a selection provided by Herefordshire Library Service then stop for tea/coffee and biscuits. Next dates - June 24 and July 22.

Ewyas Harold

PRIMARY SCHOOL - Due to bad weather the cross country run was cancelled. Organisers are going to try again today at 2pm so please join in to cheer the children on. Class one will have an assembly at 9am and class four will visit the black and white house in Hereford.

COMMUNITY LIBRARY - Based at Horsecroft, it is open every Tuesday 9.30am-noon and Thursday 2pm - 4.30pm. Come along and browse the large selection of books fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, no ticket and no charge. Books and DVDs also available. This service is run by volunteers for the benefit of Ewyas Harold and the surrounding area.

OPEN GARDEN - Whitfield garden, open Sunday 2pm - 5pm.

CHURCHES TOGETHER - Christian Aid Service in the Baptist hall at 3pm on Sunday.


BUS CHANGES IN SEPTEMBER - There are big changes to local bus services planned from September.

Among the casualties there will be no early morning bus from Fownhope at 6.59am. The 6pm bus from Hereford won’t run Saturdays. The market day service that comes through Fownhope from Newent (currently operated by George Young) will no longer serve the village. But the core service remains, albeit with some slightly different, perhaps better, times, with more buses running through Holme Lacy and Rotherwas rather than by Mordiford. Full details will be available later when Herefordshire Council sets the contracts. The two monthly buses to Ross and Ledbury, funded by the parish council, are not affected.

FOWNHOPE FARMERS’ MARKET - Will be held tomorrow in the village hall, 2pm - 4pm. All the usual stalls will be there including bread, fresh meat, vegetables, preserves, cakes, cards, books and gifts. Light refreshments available too.


GARWAY LIVE! - June 21, 8pm with Whiskey River. A blues rocking, Louisiana USA-style Zyde- Cajun band performing red-hot swamp music and blues from the Bayous...yet based on the Welsh Borders. Garway village hall, doors and bar open from 7.30pm.

Tickets £8, 01981 580056 or

Hampton Bishop

CHURCH FETE - This popular church fete is Saturday at 1pm on the village green or in the hall if wet. There will be all the usual attractions including stalls, delicious refreshments and events for all ages plus Mordiford Choir.

This is a great afternoon out for all the family. Ample parking, entry free. Offers of help very welcome. Contact Edwin Moss on 01432 870278.


CHARITY BIKE RIDE - The Cystic Fybrosis ‘No Party’ bike ride starts from Hay on June 21. The 18-mile ride starts from the town clock in Lion Street at 10am. For more information, 01497 831415.


DOG SHOW - Grandstand Road Community Association, in association with Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue Centre presents a dog show on Saturday (changed from last Saturday) at Westfields Recreation Ground, Off Grandstand Road, Chatsworth Road, Hereford, HR4 9HZ. The schedule is as follows: Best Puppy under 12 months; Handsomest Dog; Prettiest Bitch; Waggiest Tail; Best Veteran - (eight years and over); Best Rescue Dog; Dog most like its owner; Best Family Group; Most Appealing Eyes; Best Tricks; Fancy Dress; Best Child Handler (14 years and under); Best and Reserve Best in Show.

Registration from 12.30pm. Dog show start 2pm. Refreshments provided by Grandstand Road Community Association. Bouncy castle, face painting, raffle stall (tickets available on the day), side stalls. A great day out for the family and pets.

SERVICES FOR WEST HEREFORD TEAM OF CHURCHES - Tomorrow, 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford.

Sunday, 9.30am parish mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate, Hereford; 9.30am parish eucharist at St Michael’s Church, Breinton; 11am parish eucharist and Sunday school at Holy Trinity Church; 4pm holy baptism at Holy Trinity Church; 8am holy communion (BCP) at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford; 11am choral communion 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 said mass at All Saints’ Church.

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

Thursday, June 19, 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church; 10am eucharist with hymn and address at Holy Trinity Church; 12.10pm said mass at All Saints’ Church.

HEARTSTART COURSE - Free two hour Heartstart Course (CPR etc) at The Starlite Rooms, Edgar Street, Hereford, June 24, 7pm to 9pm. Booking essential, to book your place email or call 0845 6060654.

CHARITY CONCERT - In aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, June 21, 7pm for 7.30pm at Hereford Musical Theatre Company, Whitecross Road, Hereford. The Monday Choir based in Clifford, Hay on Wye and The Herefordshire Masonic Choir are combining at this concert.

CHARITY RECITAL - A wonderful opportunity to hear JS Bach, Schubert and Beethoven played by the internationally acclaimed pianist James Lisney. Holy Trinity Church, 166 Whitecross Road, June 28, 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm). Refreshments available.

Advance tickets £8 from Yeleni Therapy and Support Centre, 2 Blackfriars Street, Hereford, 01432 342342 email, or from The Outback, Church Street, or £10 on the night. This is a fundraising event for Yeleni Therapy and Support Centre, which offers anyone with cancer nine free complementary therapy sessions and ongoing support for both them and their carers.


PRECIOUS BANE - On June 21 at 7.30pm there will be a performance of Precious Bane, Mary Webb’s story of love and ambition; a fresh telling of the story in words and music by The Village Quire. Kingsland Church, HR6 9QW. Tickets £12 (£5 under 18) from Kingsland Post Office or 01568 709579. A SMAAAK event.

MUSIC - On July 19 at 7.30pm Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti will be performed by Pop Up Opera.

Kingsland Church, HR6 9QW.

Tickets £25 (£10 under 18) available from Kingsland Post Office or telephone 01568 709579. Picnic and Pimms bar on the green before.


KINGTON SHOW FUNDRAISING - There will be a Sunday lunch at Upper House Farm, Eardisley on June 22 by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Andrew Preece. 12.30pm for 1pm sit down. Ascari’s, Hereford will be doing the catering and there will be a bar.

Entertainment will be provided by Kington Ladies Choir. There will also be a promise auction.

Tickets: £20 per person. Please contact Richard/Sally Williams on 01544 231467 or email or sallyatpenrhos@ to book individual tickets or tables. All welcome. A further fundraiser will be Kington Show’s summer ball at Moss Hill Farm, Leominster on August 23.

KINGTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - The next meeting is Thursday, June 19 at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall, Headbrook, Kington, HR5 6DY. Doors open at 7pm and the speaker is Sue Russell on the topic of Pinks for Every Garden. Visitors are welcome, £2.50.

HEARTSTART COURSE - Free two hour Heartstart Course (CPR etc) at Kington Primary School on Thursday, June 19, 7pm to 9pm.

Booking essential, to book your place email or call 0845 60 60 654.


COMMUNITY MARKET - After a three-week break, Knighton community market returns on Saturday with a wide selection of food and craft stalls to interest shoppers. As well as regular stalls, there will be handmade jewellery, Thai handcrafts, natural aloe and bee beauty products, decoupage furniture, chocolates and all kinds of tempting confectionery. The market runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm in Knighton community centre.

CHURCH SERVICES - For Sunday: Knighton Methodist Church, 11am led by Mrs S Jones; St Edward’s Church, Knighton 10.30am, family service led by the Rev Melia Cope; St David’s Church, Whitton 9.30am, holy communion led by the Rev Petra Beresford-Webb; St Andrew’s church, Norton 11am, holy communion led by Cannon John Greaves; Knighton Catholic Church, 11am celebration of holy mass; Knighton Baptist Church 11am, communion led by Sister Margaret Davies; Knucklas Baptist Church, 6pm, communion led by Walter Evans and Bryan Leonard.

LADIES GUILD - Heyope Ladies Guild will be holding their next meeting at Knucklas community hall on Tuesday at 7.30pm. The speaker for the evening will be Diane Millberry on the subject of ‘Stretch, relax and energise with Hatha Yoga’.

ART FOR AMNESTY EXHIBITION - This year, Knighton Amnesty Group is staging its 25th Art for Amnesty with the work of Roger Percival, an artist who studied at Manchester Art College and now lives in Bucknell. He describes his work as abstract yet relying on specific subject matter, and he has used the theme of Amnesty for his current show. The exhibition will be in Knighton Library from Tuesday to July 5. Call Jean Salt on 01547 530497.

COFFEE MORNING - At Knighton Baptist Church in the schoolroom on Thursday, June 19, from 10.30am to 11.30am. At the event there will be coffee, tea, bric-a-brac stall and cake stall.

Admission is free, there is a box for donations. Contributions for the stalls are much appreciated.

This time the proceeds are for church funds. The spring sale raised £213.16 for Christian Aid.

Lent jars for Water Aid raised £105.22.

BODY AND SOUL - Knighton’s Body and Soul event on June 21 includes Knighton Fire Station being opened for the day with lots to see and do, including a fun hose competition for children where they will be able to try to hit a target with water, there will be a demonstration on how to cut up a car to release a trapped person, and a chip pan demonstration. At Knighton Community Centre from 12.45pm, members of Tref-y-Clawdd RFC, Clun and Leintwardine firemen will be doing a sponsored Zumba competition raising money for the Firefighters Charity and Knighton Rugby Club. The judges on the day will be AM Kirsty Williams, Will Hodnett and Holly Demynn, who will be looking for the best, most enthusiastic and probably entertaining team.

There will also be stalls, stands, demos, local school children’s art on display and more. Check out the Body and Soul Facebook page for more details.

ANNUAL MEETING - The management committee of Knighton Community Centre is holding its AGM on June 23 in the Reynolds Room of the centre and is urging the public to attend and offer support. The small number on the committee and volunteers available to offer practical help mean that holding fundraising events has been very problematic in the last 12 months, and though there are more regular events and hirers than ever, financially, the centre’s future remains very precarious. Plans in the pipeline look exciting and the building has never been busier, but volunteers willing to help practically with management of the building and fundraising are urged to come along and get involved. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and refreshments, including a glass of wine, will be available. Anyone wishing to stand for election to the committee is asked to phone 07751 221487, email knightoncomm@ or use the message facilities on the centre’s Facebook page or

KNIGHTON TOWN SILVER BAND - The results of the 100 Club draw for June were: 1st (£15) Eric Peagam, Much Wenlock; 2nd (£10) Walter Evans; and 3rd (£5) Mrs J Ruff, both from Knighton.

CLOTHES SWAP - Knighton’s second clothes swap will take place on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm at St Edward’s Church hall. For an entrance fee of just £5, you can bring up to five items to swap including clothes, jewellery, bags, scarves and shoes. The event has been organised by the Knighton and District Twinning Association and promises lots of fun. Refreshments included.


CYCLE GROUP - The Transition Leominster cycle group meets every third Wednesday in Corn Square at 10am for a leisurely ride around the area, with a midway coffee stop. Next ride Wednesday. Everyone welcome.

HEARTSTART - Free two-hour Heartstart Course (CPR, etc) at Earl Mortimer College, Leominster, July 15, 7pm to 9pm.

Booking essential; to book email or call 0845 60 60 654. Also at Echo, 40-42 West Street, Leominster, on Saturday, 10am-12 noon. Booking essential; please contact Denise Kerwood at Echo on 01568 620307.


WHIST DRIVE - At a whist drive at the community hall in Llanbister recently, with Gwyn Morgan as MC, the results were: Ladies 1st Mrs Conway, 2nd Eunice Nicholls, 3rd Shirley Hammond. Gents 1st John Livsey, 2nd Mr Pritchard, 3rd Mair Evans. The miniature winners were Graham Hammonds and Bill Rees. Raffle winners were: Kath Hardwick (2), Olwen Bowen, Pat Allen, John Bufton and Bryan Morgan. Pat Allen thanked everyone for coming and all those who helped on the evening. The proceeds will go to the graveyard fund.


CHURCH FETE - This event in aid of St Mary’s Church will take place on Saturday at Marden Community Hall. Doors open at 2pm. Attractions will include stalls selling plants, cakes, bric-a- brac and books as well as a bouncy castle and lots of traditional games. There will be a display by the 3Degreez Cheerleading Squad.

Ocle Pychard and Much Cowarne

FAMILY BARBECUE - On June 21 there will be a family barbecue in the grounds of St Mary’s Church at Much Cowarne, at 5pm.

£5 per person, children under 12 just £3. Bar available. Games and music will be supplied. Please bring your own chair and look forward to relaxing with your friends and neighbours. To help with catering, please book your places by ringing 01531 640516 or emailing

(Vegetarians can be catered for).

PARISH COUNCILS - The parish councils for Ocle Pychard Group and Much Cowarne Group will be holding their monthly meetings in Burley Gate village hall next Tuesday at 7.30 pm. All parishioners are welcome.

PARISH LUNCH - On behalf of Much Cowarne’s Church of St Mary the Virgin, there will be a parish lunch in a wedding marquee at Capon Bridge, Much Cowarne, on July 27 at 12.30pm for 1pm. The meal will be followed by an auction of promises.

Tickets are now available at £12.50 for adults or £7 for children aged 10 and under, from Ted and Jean Parkes on 01432 820402 or 0785 4024662. This is always a popular event with tickets selling fast. Early booking is recommended.


CONCERT - The well-known singing group The Village Quire will be performing a concert at Orcop Church on June 28 at 7pm. Titled High Days and Holidays, their repertoire was inspired by documents of 18th and 19th century life from the local archives of Llandrindod Wells, Hereford and Brecon.

These unaccompanied harmonies will be interspersed with readings and poetry to transport you to times gone by. Tickets at £8 includes refreshments, phone 01981 241310 or email


WORLD CUP CONCERT - Saturday at 7.30pm at St Peter’s Centre, Peterchurch. Come and enjoy a relaxed evening of musical entertainment from local musicians offering a mix of rock, folk and popular music. The musical ‘kick-off ’ starts at 7.30pm, but there will be a pre- match ‘warm-up’ from 6pm with a bar and barbecue. The exciting line-up includes Dore Jam, Slippery Slope, Claire Tomasik, NXT Generation and Blue Moon and the Golden Valley Singers.

Early bird (advance) tickets are just £10, or £25 for a family ticket (two adults, two under-16s) — ticket prices include food. Tickets are expected to sell fast, so please phone or email to book your tickets on 01981 550372, emily.lynch@ Tickets will also be available on the door priced £12.

INSPIRE COMMMUNITY CAFÉ - Every Thursday, 12.30-3.30pm at St Peter’s Centre, Peterchurch.

If you’re driving through the Golden Valley on a Thursday lunchtime, don’t forget to drop in to the popular community café for a spot of lunch or a delicious piece of homemade cake — all proceeds go towards the sustainability of St Peter’s Centre and Church.

GOLDEN VALLEY DAY CENTRE - It has been a very busy month at the Golden Valley Day Centre in Peterchurch. On bank holiday Monday, May 5, Food for Thought in Peterchurch provided a delicious meal. The friends of the centre would like to thank Sarah and Steve. The centre hosted a barbecue lunch on bank holiday Monday, May 26, which was very well supported and the weather was lovely. Many thanks go to everyone who has donated and been so supportive in keeping the centre going. The friends cannot do this without your help. If you are interested in helping please contact Kath Gaze on 01981 550579. Don’t forget we are open every Monday 10am until noon, including all bank holidays. The centre is now available to hire for small private parties or meetings.

Please ring Muriel Howe on 01981 551973 for details. Everybody welcome.

Preston Wynne

LOCAL FIRM DONATES TO CHARITY - Local accountancy firm PW Associates recently made a donation to RDA (Riding for Disabled Centre). They went along to visit the Riding for Disabled Centre to hand over the donation to HRDA centre manager Lisa Millman. The RDA is dedicated to improving the quality of life for disabled people through the magic of equine therapy.

Their riding and driving sessions aim to improve mobility, provide mental and physical stimulation with the opportunity to open up new horizons. More information at


POST OFFICE - Ruardean Post Office is on the move to new premises where it will open as a new ‘local’-style branch with significantly longer opening hours.

The new branch will be based within a convenience store, at London House, Hart Lane, Ruardean, GL17 9US. It is located approximately 100 metres from its current site at North View, High Street, Ruardean. The new branch will be open Monday to Saturday, 7.30am to 7pm, in line with the shop’s opening hours.

This offers customers an additional 28 hours of Post Office service every week, including Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. There will also be no more lunchtime closing. The present Ruardean Post Office will close on July 3 at 5.30pm, with the new branch at London House scheduled to open on July 4 at 1pm.

St Weonards

PARISH FETE - At Treago Castle on Saturday at 2pm, just off the A466. Family fun, open gardens and castle tours. Llangarron Birds of Prey, wellie wanging and skittles are just a few of the activities. Excellent teas.

Stoke Lacy

FLOWER AND CRAFT FESTIVAL - This weekend there will be a flower and craft festival at Stoke Lacy Church. Lunches will be served on Saturday, with afternoon teas being served on Sunday followed by evensong.

WALK AND BARBECUE - On June 21 the Bromyard Buhuri Link is hosting a barbecue at Caris Croft, Stoke Lacy. There will be a short walk around Stoke Lacy, starting at 2.30pm, followed by the barbecue at 5pm. Food and drinks will be provided. All donations will go to the work of the Bromyard Buhuri Link in Tanzania.

To book your place, phone Neil and Christine Walters, 01885 490870 or email

Stoke Lacy starting at 2pm, followed by a Tanzanian barbecue from 5pm till 7.30pm at Caris Croft.

GARDENING CLUB - Stoke Lacy Gardening Club will meet on June 24 at the earlier time of 2.30pm for a visit to Rhodds Farm, Lyonshall. The cost will be £6 per head, including refreshments.

THE FRIENDSHIP CLUB - The Friendship Club will meet in Stoke Lacy Village Hall on Tuesday at 10.30am. The subject for the meeting will be Writing for Women’s Magazines.

CORRESPONDENT - Martin Field, The Old School House, Burley Gate, 01432 820074 or

Stretton Sugwas

FLOWER FESTIVAL - St Mary Magdalene Church Flower Festival: June 20, 21, 22, 10am- 6pm: morning coffee, stalls, light lunches, afternoon tea, entertainment, raffle. Opening service: next Thursday, June 19, 6.30pm, followed by cheese and wine at 7.15pm in village hall — £5. June 20, 7pm: an evening of memories, music and readings with the Dean of Hereford Cathedral, followed by buffet supper — £6. June 21, 7pm in the village hall: Sunshine on Leith (PG), a film starring Jane Horrocks and featuring music by The Proclaimers, followed by light buffet supper — £5. Tickets to all these events are available from Shirley on 01432 276948. All in aid of church funds.

LUNCH CLUB - June 25, 12.30pm in village hall — £4.

WHIST DRIVE - June 27, 7.30pm, again in village hall — £2.50.


FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Presents August: Osage County (15) in the Lady Emily Hall at 7.30pm, on Saturday. Refreshments will be available before the film and at the half-time interval. Tickets will be £4.50, on the door. Please contact John Tallis for further details on 01432 890720.

Bell Bank Club

MADDIE is in good shape and working very well.

She enjoys her walks to St Mary’s Church each week and whilst at choir recently she stood on all paws to attention when the choir master asked choristers to stand and sing.

In her doggie manner, she loves to converse with folk and most recently adopted Kevin the choir master as her uncle.

Owing to unforeseen circumstances, members have entertained themselves three afternoons last month but this was very much enjoyed as everyone participated by telling jokes, poems and tales of earlier years.

Member travelled to the Tower Hotel in Talgarth for lunch during April.

The carvery was delicious and afterwards members visited the crafts room and made some purchases. Pip and Amy were thanked for their warm welcome.

Fellow member Judith Wilkinson gave a most interesting talk on her training and duties as a nurse.

She began the route to her nursing career at the Bristol Royal Infirmary where she trained for three years.

She then spent one year travelling the south west of England carrying out blood transfusions in village halls, churches and even Horfield Prison.

Later on she completed further training to become a RSCN (Registered Sick Children’s Nurse) and then worked as a Dialysis Sister within the Renal Unit of St Helier Hospital.

Later in her career, Judith was instrumental in raising funds so that patients with renal complications could take a holiday. A very interesting and inspiring talk.

The Bell Bank Club offers an opportunity for blind and partially-sighted people to get together and support each other.

They meet every Thursday from 2pm-4pm in the parish hall, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye.

Contact Eileen Bufton on 01497 820897.

Breathe Easy Group

THE May meeting of the group took place on May 27 in Hampton Bishop Hall.

The group were entertained by local speaker Mr Brian Draper with his interesting and informative talk on the River Wye.

He showed many beautiful slides of the river, churches and villages along the Wye as well as giving snippets of information about the people and places.

This included one story about a vicar who spent over 30 years counting the number of words in the bible.

The next meeting will be the annual summer outing. This will take place on June 24 and will be a minibus trip to the West Midland Safari Park. There are a few seats left.

If any members would like to join the trip please ring 01432 360957 to book a seat or for more information email breatheasygrouphere

The trip is represent an opportunity to see the new baby elephant at the park and shouldn’t be missed.

Hereford Civic Society

THE Hereford Civic Society presents a number of June events.

Summer walks from Rotherwas Chapel – A choice of walks followed by wine and canapés at Rotherwas Chapel, Thursday, June 19. Meet at 7pm at the chapel – please park where indicated by HCS notice boards and wear sturdy footwear.

Join members to see progress on the Hereford Enterprise Zone, the Archive Storage Building under construction and the new Connect Two Bridge. And a late addition, members are pleased to announce that Suzanne Wenczek, based at the Rural Enterprise Centre and who works on the Shell Store Project, will be leading a walk to see inside the vast, derelict shed used in both World Wars for assembling shells.

Civic Day – June 21, HCS will have a stand in High Town for civic day.

Come along and visit members and see what the society is currently involved with.

HCS summer study day – July 19, there are still places available on the summer coach trip to visit some gems of innovation in south Wales.

The coach will leaver Merton Meadow at 9am and expected return is about 7pm.

Full details are on our website at and to book please call 01981 580002 or email herefordcivicsociety@hot

Ledbury Rotary Club

FOOT care specialists from all over the world gathered to hear of recent advances in diabetic foot treatment at the recent 15th Diabetic Foot Conference held in the Winter Gardens in Malvern.

One of the main themes was to address the issue of decreasing the number of limbs lost through diabetes.

As a direct result of the ever- increasing number of patients suffering from diabetes throughout the world the number of lower limb amputations has increased at an alarming rate.

The problem is not only in third world countries.

Amputation rates are rapidly rising here in the UK.

Diabetic foot ulcers develop on the sole of the foot relatively painlessly and if left untreated become infected leading to gangrene and ultimately resulting in amputation of the foot or lower limb.

Ledbury Rotary Club has been recognised as one of the leading organisations to tackle these problems through its work in the Caribbean.

Rotarians John Greedy and Andrew Perry together with Martin Perry met with Dr Kristien van Acker from Belgium and Professor Vilma Urbancic- Rovan from Slovenia to discuss future visions and support for the footcare projects.

Dr van Acker is an authority on diabetic foot care and has led numerous diabetic StepbyStep training courses with Professor Urbancic including the very successful StepbyStep and ‘ TraintheFoot Trainer’ programmes held in Brazil and the Caribbean promoted by the Rotary Club of Ledbury.

At the Malvern conference Dr van Acker presented a paper in which he highlighted the huge reduction in the number of lower limb amputations caused through diabetic ulcers in the Caribbean which has come about through the Ledbury Rotary Club project.

He publicly praised Ledbury’s efforts in focusing on preventative care and health awareness.

In June 2013 a ‘ TraintheFoot Trainer’ promoted by Ledbury Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Tobago South West attracted participants from 21 Caribbean nations.

The participants have returned to their own countries and are all involved in running ‘StepbyStep’ courses training podiatric clinicians in the advanced care of the diabetic foot.

Leominster Vintage Club

THE Leominster Vintage Club had a tractor run on Sunday to help raise money for St Michaels Hospice and the Meningitis Trust and they recently had a talk by local author Bryan Betts about his Antarctic experience.

You can get involved in the club too.

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 8pm British Legion, Leominster.

Please ring 07935296036 for any more information.

Much Birch WI

MUCH Birch WI is hosting its annual open meeting on Tuesday in Much Birch community hall at 7.30pm.

The speaker is Alan Badminton whose subject will be ‘How old did you say you were?’ Visitors and potential new members are welcome to join members for this meeting.

Radnor Valley Young Farmers

RADNOR Valley YFC have recently donated an impressive £1,200 to charity.

The money was raised during their annual carol singing expedition over the Christmas period.

The club split the cash equally between their three chosen charities; Wales Air Ambulance, Cancer research UK and Dementia UK. Chairman Charlie Morris would like to extend her sincere thanks to all those who donated, as well as welcomed them into their homes.

The continued support is duly noted and appreciated.

Meanwhile, the club are on with their summer events.

County sports day was last Saturday where they finished in second place.

Now they busy preparing for the forthcoming county rally, hosted this year by Dolau YFC.

In the pig judging, club member Edward Powell gained 3rd place in the senior section, with various other pre rally events on the calendar before the big day on Saturday.

Following on from the rally, focus then turns to the club’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

Their anniversary dinner will be held on July 5 at Upper Womaston Farm.

Tickets are £15 to include a buffet supper, plenty of entertainment and good company.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone, so please spread the word to anyone you feel may be interested.

Tickets may be purchased from Charlie Morris (07758588969) or Melvyn Hughes (07814109216).

Alternatively the club will be selling tickets from Walton Village Hall on Monday from 7pm to 9pm.

Pencombe Young Farmers

PENCOMBE Young Farmers are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year and are holding a dinner and dance on June 21 at Shortwood Farm, Pencombe with permission of Mr and Mrs David Legge and family.

Tickets will be £30 each which will need to be paid by June 15.

The meal will be followed by speeches and the chance to reminisce.

Please be aware that lounge suits/ black tie will be required.

The club look forward to sharing the evening with many people who have been part of the club in the past.

If you would like any more information, then please contact PYFC chairman, Richard Hodges 07980536321 or PYFC secretary, Charlotte Wynter 07904640269.

Wellington Garden Club

THE next meeting of the garden club will be on Thursday, June 19 at 7.30pm in the community centre.

This month the speaker is Gail Plant, who will talk to members about scented gardens and how perfume enhances a garden.

There will of course be a raffle and refreshments after the talk.

Visitors will be very welcome.

Wigmore and District Gardening Club

THE next event will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 7.30pm which will be a speaker evening.

The speaker for the evening will be Dr Murray Mylechreest from Worcester University with a talk entitled Thomas Andrew Knight, Pioneer of Horticultural Science and president of the RHS. This will be held at the Wigmore village hall, HR6 9UW.

The cost is £2 for non-members, with membership £5 per annum and all are welcome.

Please contact Cathy Jones (07813)733240 for more details about any of the events or the gardening club itself.