PILGRIMAGE – With Rowan Williams from Dore Abbey on Saturday starting at 10am with prayers then proceeding to Craswall Priory.

ECE WEEK, CONSORT AND COMPLINE – The English Choral experience week at Dore Abbey will include a recital on Monday at 9pm, a talk on Tuesday at 8.45pm in Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall and Compline on Tuesday at 10.15pm and Thursday at 9pm. The final concert is at 7.30pm on July 26 in Dore Abbey.

The Consort will also sing on July 27 at 10am when the Holy Communion service will be led by Bishop Clive Young. For more details/prices see


COFFEE MORNING – At St Andrew’s Church, Allensmore 10am-12 noon. Tea, coffee, and cakes, plus bric a brac. The church will also be open.


VILLAGE LOTTERY – Betty Thorndyke won £25 with number 9 on July 5.


LUNCH AND POETRY – The 100th anniversary of the First World War will be marked at Broadfield Court on August 3, at 12.30pm by a lunch and at 2pm by a poetry reading by professional actors. £20 per person, of which £5 goes to ABF The Soldiers Charity, as do all profits. Book by calling 01568 797918 or by emailing gina@

Bredwardine and Brobury

BREDWARDINE FETE – This year’s Bredwardine Fete takes place on August 2 starting at 2.30pm, in the orchard opposite The Red Lion. Come and enjoy a traditional English country fete, with a wonderful brass band, lots of games, competitions, raffle, tombola, white elephant and amazing teas in the village hall.

There will also be a grand tug-of- war competition, and a display of both vintage farm machinery and the latest high-tech tractors, kindly leant by farm equipment specialists Pallisers of Hereford Ltd.

Organisers would be most grateful for donations of raffle and tombola prizes, produce, plants, cakes, books and manpower, so if you can help please contact Charlotte on 01981 500281. Do come and join in – it’s an afternoon not to be missed. All proceeds to St Andrew’s Church.

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 over the next two weeks, contact Jan Staley on


PARISH COUNCIL – At their July meeting, Breinton parish councillors welcomed Steve Churchill, who is the recently appointed locality steward for Hereford rural area. Steve will be the link between the parish council and Balfour Beatty in respect of concerns with highways, street lighting, footpaths/public rights of way and open spaces.

Steve responded to a number of questions on a variety of topics.

Although “cuts to the budget” was a theme that was present in all matters, it is hoped there will be ways in which Balfour Beatty can address the major concerns of parishioners.

The parish councillors agreed the final response to the Core Strategy Consultation phase, which was co-ordinated by Herefordshire Council. The response was submitted on time.

Thanks go to Liz Morawiecka for her huge efforts in coordinating the response to the Core Strategy.

As a result of the reduced service from Herefordshire Council, Breinton Council agreed for the lengthsman to carry out verge and hedge trimming works at key points around the parish.

Luckily, there is very little crime reported in Breinton, which makes it a very safe place to live.

However, it is important to remain vigilant and to take steps to reduce the opportunities for crime.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team has suggested that the installation of burglar alarms and/or CCTV can play a part in reducing crime even further. For further details and advice, please contact the Hereford Rural North Team on 101, or email herefordrn.snt@ It is hoped that the fireworks party this year will take place at Warham Court Farm.

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL – On July 5 the winning number 9 was unallocated.

Burley Gate

PRIZE BINGO AND COFFEE AFTERNOON – Thank you to everyone that attended the Macmillan Cancer Support prize bingo or coffee afternoon held on June 10, at Burley Gate village hall. In total £520 was raised, which has been donated to the charity. A special thanks to S & A Produce at Marden for donating strawberries and Suzanne’s Blooms for the table decorations which were later raffled. “The event was a success and I look forward to holding another one next year” Clare Bellison, organiser.


SUMMER CONCERT – On Sunday at 7.30pm three well know musicians from the Marches will give a Baroque Concert in Eardisley Church including compositions by Bach, Couperin, Geminiani and others. Hilary Norris from Leominster will play the harpsichord, David Hatcher also from Leominster will play the viola de gamba and Joris Boon from Almeley will join them on the cello. There will be light refreshments in the interval and part of the proceeds will go to Eardisley Church. Tickets are £8 if booked in advance via or by phone on 01544 328473. On the door tickets will be £10 or £3 for children and students under 25.

OPEN GARDENS – On July 26 from 2pm-5pm the gardens at Oaklands on the Almeley Road will be open in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be traditional gardens to see, including a vegetable and woodland walk around the lakes and a wild flower meadow. Cream teas and homemade cakes will be available and there will also be a plant and craft stall. Entry costs £3 and there is plenty of parking available.

LIGHTS OUT – On August 5 The Royal British Legion are marking the 100th anniversary of the date Britain entered the First World War by inviting everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm - 11pm leaving on a single lit candle for the shared moment of reflection.

On that night participants will remember more than a million commonwealth service personnel who lost their lives in the First World War.

Special centenary candles will be available from M&S at a cost of £4 with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.

Ewyas Harold

THE BIG BACTON BARBECUE – With music and dancing is being held on Sunday at Newcourt Farm, Bacton from 5pm ‘till late.

Admission is £10 per person which includes the famous barbecue and salads followed by tempting homemade deserts.

Children under 12 are admitted free (when accompanied by a paying adult).

There will be live music and dancing, prize draw, stalls and games.

Please note the new venue.

SUMMER FETE – On Sunday from 2pm - 5pm come to Dulas Court for an afternoon of family fun with face painters, bouncy castle, music, cream teas, craft stall, beautician, games, raffle and treasure hunt all will help to raise funds for the residents social fund which provides day trips and other social activities.

Also there will be a dog show all proceeds from which will go to Hereford and Worcester Pet Rescue.


FOWNHOPE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – Good progress is being made to produce Fownhope’s own Neighbourhood Plan to guide development in the parish to the year 2031. A questionnaire will be delivered to all residents aged 16 and over in September, backed by a public exhibition in the Memorial Hall on September 20 which will set out the issues and challenges facing the village.

Owners of land within the parish, and their agents, will have the opportunity at the exhibition to display any schemes they would like to be considered in the plan.

They are reminded that the deadline for submission of possible development sites is July 28.

Application forms can be completed on the Neighbourhood Plan section of the Fownhope village website – select ‘documents’ then ‘site submission form’. The forms can also be obtained from Liz Parry-Jones, the parish clerk, on 01989 740629.

THEATRE – Dastardly deeds abound in Bare Bones Theatre Company’s latest production, Inspector Drake and the Black Widow .

To find out if the dashing detective and his trusty sidekick, Sergeant Plod, solve the mystery, come to the Memorial Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets £5, available on the door or from the box office 01981 540820.


VILLAGE WALK AND DUCK RACE – There will be a village walk and duck race on July 26.

Walk: Meet at village hall 2pm.

This is a pleasure walk and suitable for families. Transport will be provided to Huntington and then a gentle field and lane walk south to join the Offa’s Dyke Path back to the hall. Refreshments (ploughman’s and drinks) will be available on return.

Duck race: Starting at 4.30pm.

This is the main annual fund-raiser for the village hall. Tickets are £1 each. Every plastic duck in the race will have a ticket number written on it and will ‘race’ for whoever bought the ticket. At around 4.30pm, a sackful of numbered ducks will be emptied from the bridge into the stream.

Watched by excited duck ‘owners’ the ducks make their way downstream. The first duck home will earn £30 for its owner with second, third and fourth ducks providing £20, £15 and £10 respectively. The last duck home receives the booby prize, a well-kept secret until prize giving. Tickets are available from Mr and Mrs Viv Lloyd on 01544 370636 and will also be on sale outside Kington Co-op nearer the time.

St MARY’S CHURCH – SUMMER FETE – Gladestry Church Fete will take place around the church on August 2 – the opening ceremony at 3pm will be performed by Mr Roger Williams MP. There will be cakes and preserves on offer as well as a bottle stall, book stall, vintage goods, nearly new, garden and craft, Chinese auction and children’s toys and games. Always very popular, the children’s fancy dress will take place again this year. No need to book in advance, just turn up. The only stipulation is that the outfit must be home- made. Face painting, another favourite with the children, will be available and a bouncy castle.

Meanwhile, the grown ups can try skittles. Refreshments available, contact Mr Michael Johnson, 01544 370296.


HEREFORD IN BLOOM - Tomorrow from 9am - 4pm, the launch of Bloom Competition in conjunction with Three Choirs Festival in High Town. Bee keeping, specialist nurseries, woodworking demonstrations and more.

SERVICES FROM THE 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 Contemporary Morning Prayer at St Michael’s Church, Breinton; 11am Parish Eucharist and Sunday School at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross, Hereford; 8am Holy Communion (BCP) at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford; 11am Contemporary Morning Prayer at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford; 6.30pm Holy Communion at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford.

Monday 8.15am Morning Prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford.

Tuesday 8.15am Morning Prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford; 12.10pm Said Mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate, Hereford.

Wednesday 8.15am Morning Prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford; 12.10pm Said Mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate, Hereford.

Next Thursday, July 24, 8.15am Morning Prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford; 10am Eucharist with hymn and address at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford; 12.10pm Said Mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate, Hereford.

HEARTSTART – There will be a free two hour Heartstart Course (CPR etc) at The Starlite Rooms, HUFC, Edgar Street, Hereford on July 31 from 7pm - 9pm.

Booking essential. To book your place email or call 0845 6060654.

CRAFTS – The Golden Valley Craft Society will be selling their lovely crafts at All Saints Church on Saturday, from 10am-4pm. This society is well known for quality and variety of crafts on show in this lovely church which is right in the middle of town.

Refreshments are also on sale.

You will see crafts which are made locally, ideal for gifts to suit most occasions.

Please visit, you will enjoy yourself, organisers look forward to meeting you.

CRAFT FAIR AT SHIREHALL – 10am to 3pm on Saturday. A charge of £10 per table.

Come show your goods and earn some money for your club or society. All welcome. Tables are still available.

For more information contact: Maxine on 077452335247 or 01432 279116 and ask for Dawn or Audrey.


MUSIC – This Saturday at 7.30pm.

Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte performed by the fabulous Pop Up Opera, Kingsland Church, HR6 9QW.

Why not picnic on the Green?

Dress code black tie/smart casual or come as you are.

Tickets £25 (£10 under 18) available from Kingsland Post Office or phone 01568 709579.


KINGTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY – The next meeting is today at 7.30pm in the Masonic hall, Headbrook, Kington HR5 3DY. The speaker is Reg Moule on the topic of ‘Fruit Growing in Small Gardens’, doors open at 7pm, visitors welcome £2.50.

WELL KNOWN DOCTOR TALKS OF HIS MEDICAL PILGRIMAGES – For the second event for the ‘Friends of St Thomas a Becket Church, Huntington’, Dr Philip Cleland, the well known former doctor from Kington, will be talking at the church on August 2, at 7.30pm.

He has spent the last ten years as medical support to the ‘Remembrance Travel’ section of The Royal British Legion and The Not Forgotten Association. He has accompanied many groups of men and women to First World War and Second World War battlefields and Commonwealth war graves. They have been veterans, families and those who have been physically and mentally affected by past and recent conflicts. Dr Cleland will give an illustrated talk on the inspiring, amusing and moving stories and events he has encountered.

All are welcome, tickets cost £9 each to include wine and can be obtained from: or telephone: 01544 370391.


COFFEE MORNING – There will be a coffee morning at the church hall, Knighton on Saturday starting at 10.30am. At the event there will be stalls selling plants, books, cakes and produce. Plus competitions and refreshments.

CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY – St Edward’s church, Knighton 10.30am family services led by the Rev Melia Cope.

St David’s church, Whitton 9.30am holy communion led by Rev Petra Beresford-Webb.

St Andrew’s church, Norton 11am holy communion led by Rev Petra Beresford-Webb.

Knighton Methodist church 11am led by Mr Brian Wallace.

Knighton Baptist church, 11am led by Mr David Hinton, to include communion.

Knighton Baptist chapel 6pm.

Knighton Catholic church 11am, celebration of holy mass.


LLANGARRON STRAWBERRY TEA – Llangarron hosts a strawberry tea party to help women facing breast cancer.

On Saturday between 2pm and 4pm the newly opened Garron Centre in Llangarron HR9 6NJ, will host a strawberry tea party for Breast Cancer Care – the only UK-wide specialist support charity. £5 per person, scone with cream and jam or cake with tea or coffee, children £2 for a cupcake and cold drink.

The Garron Centre is holding a strawberry tea because several members of the local community have personal experience of breast cancer and have received valuable support from Breast Cancer Care.

Denise Morehead whose idea it was to hold the strawberry tea says: “Sadly breast cancer touches many of us and our families. I was keen to help by raising money and awareness of the charity. In Llangarron our new community centre, The Garron Centre, has just opened so it seemed a great opportunity to take advantage of the wonderful facilities we have by hosting a tea.”

Georgie Burchell, strawberry tea fundraising officer at Breast Cancer Care added: “We rely on supporters like Denise to ensure we can continue to provide our vital emotional support network for free. With one in eight women developing breast cancer in their lifetime, there has never been such an urgent need for our support services.”

Breast Cancer Care’s strawberry tea campaign, which is sponsored by fine bone china teaware specialist Royal Albert, runs from June 1-August 31. And it doesn’t matter if you raise £20 or £200 – all funds raised help provide vital support. Order your own strawberry tea fundraising kit at or call 0870 164 9422.


FILM - The Book Thief, Saturday at 7.30pm at the village hall. Pre- film supper 6.30pm. To book, phone 01568 615836. Cash bar. Pay at the door - £5 for film.


MARDEN HISTORY SOCIETY - “Marden historical conundrums”

is the title of the next meeting on Monday. It will be delivered by Jean O’Donnell at the community room, Marden School, at 7.45pm.

Jean is a committed Herefordshire historian and members look forward to hearing more about Offa’s Palace and the role of the Romans, to name but two of the historical connections with Marden.

Come along and enjoy what will be an enlightening evening.

Visitors are most welcome for a fee of £2, to include light refreshments.

Michaelchurch Escley

QUIZ NIGHT - Escley and District Sports Federation is holding a quiz night on Saturday from 7.30pm at the sports pavilion.

£2.50 per person (four per team).

Refreshments and bar available.


200 CLUB - The July draw for the 200 Club took place at Randy Langford’s on July 1. 1st 168 £90 Amanda Trapp. 2nd 217 £60 John and Jane Townsend. 3rd 224 £30 Francesca Grey. 4th 83 £15 John Mayo-Evans.

FETE NEWS - The church fete was held at Sufton Court on July 5. The day dawned bright and sunny and although the odd shower was forecast organisers were optimistic and enjoyed a beautiful day.

Stalls were set up, the Lugg Valley Archers arrived, a red Ferrari roared in and three classic cars lined up. Claire Hearn was able to bring her paintings and the children’s games were set up under the trees. Soon the people appeared and by 2.30pm there were more people than the fete has seen for ages. At 3pm the Mordiford Community Choir in their black and red assembled under the gazebo and provided excellent tea time entertainment with songs from the shows.

The fete was a great success, raising in excess of £1,300 for church funds.

Thank you to all those who helped/donated in any way but most of all thank you to all those who supported their efforts.


GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME COFFEE MORNING - Will be held on Saturday at the Pembridge Village Hall from 10.30am-2pm.

Free tea, coffee and cakes. If you need a lift please call 07779 122499.

STRAWBERRY TEA - Will be held on Sunday at The Curl, Marston, at 3pm. In aid of St Mary’s Church, Pembridge.

PARISH COUNCIL - Will meet on Wednesday at Pembridge Village Hall at 7.30pm.


INSPIRE COMMUNITY CAFE - Every Thursday, 12.30pm-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 our 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.


CARNIVAL - Don’t forget the carnival is making a comeback tomorrow for the first time in many years at Wentes Meadow from 1.30pm. The procession will leave John Beddoes School at 1pm and go up the High Street to Wentes Meadow. Floats and fancy dress entrants are requested to meet outside the school at 12pm midday for judging. At the carnival there will be loads going on including children’s football, bouncy castle, live music, a bucking sheep, crazy golf, stalls, competitions, games, refreshments plus lots more. Admission is £2.50 for adults and free for fancy dress entrants and children under 16.

COMMUNITY GROUP - East Radnorshire Community Group meet at The Methodist Church Hall on Friday mornings from 10.30am-12.30pm. It is an opportunity to come and meet people over a cuppa with a view to promoting health and wellbeing for all.

There will be a small charge for activities and refreshments. For further details call 01597 824411 or visit WORKSHOP - There is a Taiko drumming workshop for adults and teenagers led by Shropshire- based James Burrows at the Assembly Rooms on July 28 from 2pm-5.30pm. James has been teaching Taiko drumming for over 20 years. The workshop will cost £15 for adults and £10 for concessions. The workshop will be followed by a performance at 5pm.

Places are limited so please book early on

QUOITS - The annual Gareth Bradford (Big G) Memorial Quoits competition will take place at the Farmers Inn on July 27 beginning at 1pm prompt. Refreshments will be available. To book a place call the Farmers on 267389.

DRIVERS REQUIRED - Presteigne and Norton Community Support require drivers to help drive less fortunate people to hospital appointments, etc. Can you spare a few hours a week to help? If so, please call into the Community Support office in Hereford Street for further details. Fuel money is paid for.

MUSIC - There is baroque music for viola da gamba, cello and harpischord at St Magdelen Chuch in Eardisland on July 27 from 7.30pm. Performing will be David Hatcher, Joris Boon and Hilary Norris. Admission at the door will be £10 for adults and children £3. Tickets can also be purchased in advance for £8 by calling 328473. Any proceeds will go to the church funds.

CHARITY WAREHOUSE - The Presteigne Charity Warehouse behind the launderette in the High Street still needs your unwanted usable goods. If you have anything please call into the warehouse with details.

Collection is available.

STROKE CLUB - The Borders Stroke Club meets every second Monday of each month at the Community Support Centre in Hereford Street. There are activities and refreshments. For further details call Majorie on 267059 or Marlie on 260481.

EVERGREENS - The Evergreens are running a coach trip to Moreton-in-Marsh on July 29. For further details or to book a place on the coach call 267420.


SERVICE - Cwm Methodist Cluster service will be held in the Preston-on-Wye village hall on Sunday at 3pm with Adrian Williams. It will be followed by tea and everyone is welcome.

Upton Bishop

THEATRE - Dastardly deeds abound in Bare Bones Theatre Company’s latest production, Inspector Drake and the Black Widow. To find out if the dashing detective and his trusty sidekick, Sergeant Plod, solve the mystery, come to the Millennium Hall tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets £5, available on the door or from the box office 01981 540820.

OPEN GARDEN - Newlands, Upton Bishop, HR9 7TT by kind permission of Mrs Eckley, this beautiful one-acre garden will be open to the public from 11am-6pm.

Admission £2.50 adult, includes refreshments, and children under 12 free. Proceeds from the day will be split between St Michael’s Hospice and the Air Ambulance.

Wellington Heath

OPEN GARDENS - The View, Hope End School House, The Old Vicarage and 1 Oak Tree Close will be open on Sunday from 2pm- 6pm in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Ticket price covers entry to all fours gardens. Adults £5 and children under 12 free.

Refreshments will be served, and there will be a raffle with great prizes. Free parking will be available at the Wellington Memorial Hall.


OPEN GARDEN - Sunday 1pm- 6pm at Woodview, Great Doward HR9 6DZ. Once again Janet and Clive Townsend are opening their garden in aid of NGS charities, including Parkinson’s UK, Macmillan and Marie Curie.

The four-acre garden has been developed from scrub over the past 35 years. There are formal and informal areas in a woodland setting with herbaceous borders, a hosta collection, mature trees, shrubs and seasonal bedding, gently sloping lawns, statuary and found sculpture, local limestone rockwork and pools, a woodland walk, indigenous orchids and wildflower meadow, plus shaded areas and plenty of seating, and croquet, clock golf and garden games. There is also a collection of old garden tools and memorabilia in the courtyard. Light refreshments and teas provided by St Dubricius Church ladies.


MY MEMORY LANE - HMTC present their Songs From The Shows at Withington Village Hall, HR1 3PP tomorrow at 7.30pm. Come and enjoy a great evening of music with our favourite city amateur group. Supper is included in the price of £10 pre-booked (£12 unbooked) and children under 16 at £5. There will be a bar available. Telephone 01432 850074.

Proceeds in aid of St Peter’s Church, Withington. This show is presented by the company in memory of Mike Tomkins.