Your County Times Abbeydore to Woolhope, plus clubs and societies, February 6, 2014

Hereford Times: Your County Times Abbeydore to Woolhope, plus clubs and societies, February 6, 2014 Your County Times Abbeydore to Woolhope, plus clubs and societies, February 6, 2014


HALL NEWS — New windows have been fitted at Abbeydore village hall.

The committee has thanked Abbeydore and Bacton parish council for all its help in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant to enable the committee to fund them, and also Matthew Wood of SB Glass and Glazing for carrying out the work.

BELLS - Dore Abbey bells feature in an article on bell ringing in local magazine Absolute.

WOMEN’S GUILD — There was a last minute change of plan to the November meeting. A lighthearted game of ‘riendship Whist was played where everyone starts off with two prizes and finishes with two prizes.

In December the club had its Christmas lunch with entertainment.

The first meeting of 2014 will be today (Thursday) in Abbeydore hall when there will be a reflexology demonstration. New members are most welcome.

DIARY DATES — (further details available nearer the time): May 3 — plant sale, July 5 — Abbeydore ceilidh, August 17 — Abbeydore village fete, November 14 — quiz with a twist. The committee are also looking for anyone who would like to hire the hall for classes of any sort — martial arts, yoga, dancing etc. Please contact us on if you are interested.

Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls

QUIZ NIGHT — The next quiz night will take place tomorrow (Friday) at 8pm. There is a £5 charge per team of up to four members. Refreshments will be available. A cash prize will be awarded to the winning team.

CHURCH — On Sunday there will be a service of holy communion at Aymestrey at 9.30am.

MORTIMER MEDICAL PRACTICE - The annual survey will take place during February.

Questionnaires can be found in each surgery or via a link on the practice website www.mortimer. Building work continues on the new Leintwardine surgery. Unfortunately, the opening date has now been put back to March.

COMEDY NIGHT — March 22 sees the return to Aymestrey of popular comedian, Andy Oakley.

Tickets are now on sale at £10 each to include a ploughman’s supper and are available from Ruth Scamp 015658 709031, Ken Holland 01568 770367 or Helen Roberts 01568 770486.

Bartestree and Lugwardine

PARISH PLAN CONSULTATION EVENT — Sunday from 11am - 4pm in Bartestree village hall.

All parishioners are invited to look at the seven new, detailed action plans, which outline the community’s wishes for development in all aspects of the group parish over the next five to ten years. Please drop in and give organisers your views.

Refreshments provided.


VILLAGE LOTTERY — Hazel Toll won £25 with number 11 on January 25.


TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA — Monday, 7.30pm at Bodenham chapel. Some Churches of interest from Cornwall to Yorkshire presented by Brian Skinner.

Admission is £3 and includes light refreshments. Contact Dave or Jenny Hill 01568 797531.

FLOOD PROTECTION GROUP — The Flood Protection Group will be holding a coffee morning at the Siward James Centre this Saturday from 10am till noon.

Members of the group will be on hand to discuss flooding problems and to show examples of the work they have been doing in and around the village.

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

Bredwardine and Brobury

FRIENDS OF ST ANDREW’S — The Friends of St Andrew’s 100 Club February draw will take place today (Thursday), at 8pm in the Red Lion Inn.

Members look forward to seeing everyone at the event and wish all ticket-holders good luck. Contact Jen Maddison on 01981 500048 for further information about the club.

FEBRUARY COFFEE, CAKE AND MARKET — There will be a coffee morning in Bredwardine village hall on February 14, from 10am - noon.

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. There are also regular visits from a local 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.

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


MUSIC NIGHT — An evening of high energy acoustic music with Whalebone will be held at Breinton village hall on February 28 at 7.30pm. Bring your own drinks.

Tickets £8 adults, £4 children from 01432 350919 or online from

PARISH COUNCIL — At the recent meeting of Breinton parish council, planning consultant Roger Page of Page Swinford gave a presentation to the parish councillors and around 30 members of the public, regarding a proposed development on land at Banbh Farm.

Although only an indicative plan at this stage, the proposal is to develop 11.5 acres of land along the bank of the River Wye to create a rural business in the main (but not exclusively for) disabled anglers.

The location of the site is on the southern side of the lane, approaching Breinton Common from the village hall.

Mr Page explained that the intention is to provide course and game fishing along the Wye, and also to create a lake on the land to provide further fishing for clients.

The development will include a residential property for the landowner on the road edge and 10 lodges within a wooded area to provide accommodation for clients and carers.

They hope to include an area of land to the west as a habitat for wildlife.

The owner will be the on-site supervisor, and an able-bodied fisheries manager will be employed.

Members of the public expressed concerns over the proposal.

Particular mention was made of the loss of good quality agricultural land, and the impact of removing existing trees and shrubs from along the river with the adverse impact this will have on erosion of the bank.

There would also be the problem of flooding of the area, not only of damage to the stands along the bank, but also the impact on the lake and fish stocks if flooded.

The River Wye is part of a SSSI.

The public also referred to the matter that access to the site was along a narrow lane, which would cause problems for the development of the site and for coping with a large number of clients travelling to and from the site and associated services.

Concerns were raised about the viability of the business and that this was not the first occasion that the current landowner had expressed an interest in building a dormer bungalow on open countryside, though he did confirm that no previous planning application had been submitted.

Mr Page responded to each point raised and confirmed that any planning application will conform to regulations laid down by the planning authorities, Natural England and the Environment Agency.

He thanked the parish council for the opportunity to make the presentation, and the comments received will provide food for thought before they proceed to Herefordshire Council for pre- application consultation.

Further details of the indicative plan can be obtained from the agent, Roger Page (of The Page Swinford Partnership) at roger. or 07887 687309.

Breinton Parish Council will not offer any opinion, or comment, on this proposal until a formal planning application is submitted.

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL - Gwen Hadley won £25 on January 25 with number 11.


FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Summer in February (15) at Brilley village hall today (Thursday) at 7.30pm. Adults £3.50, children £2.50, cabaret seating. Bring your own refreshments. Contact 01544 327227.

CHARITY SHOP - There will be a charity shop in High Street, Kington, by kind permission of Mrs Rita Langford from February 14 to 21. All good quality donations kindly received in aid of Brilley and Michaelchurch churches. Contact Rose on 01497 831526.


PARISH PLAN - The results of the Clehonger parish plan questionnaire will soon be ready to be made public. In the meantime the steering committee have agreed that focus groups will be re-convened to identify the main issues and draw up action plans to take forward improvements that people in the parish say are needed.

The groups will be transport and communication, services and leisure, housing and the environment. The steering group welcomes people who would like to be involved in this process, so if you are interested in helping please contact Carole Protherough 01981 251012 or Alison Davies 01981 251269. The next steering group meeting will be on February 24 at Innesfield at 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING - The first coffee morning of the year was held recently at Innesfield hall from 10am to 12 noon.

Tea, coffee and cakes were for sale along with a very popular table- top sale so come along every Friday have a chat, meet with friends and pick up a bargain.


COFFEE MORNING - St Peter’s Church in Dormington (HR1 4ES) will be holding a snowdrops and embroidery coffee morning on Saturday from 10am to 12 noon.

The churchyard is awash with snowdrops and precious Victorian altar linen will be on display.


NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - The options open day for Eardisley will be on February 19. This is the day when proposals for the development of Eardisley over the coming 18 years will be displayed in the village hall. You can drop in at any time during the day, read the options and make your comments. Please put the date in your diary now. It’s your neighbourhood plan — please make sure you contribute to its content.

POPPY APPEAL - The chairman and members of the Eardisley branch of the Royal British Legion would like to thank all those individuals and businesses in the Eardisley group of parishes for contributing to the 2013 Poppy Appeal; the magnificent amount of £2,300 was raised.

FRIENDS OF EARDISLEY SCHOOL - The FOES are running the Kington Community Charity Shop from Saturday to February 14 to raise funds to benefit the school. Anything saleable would be gratefully received. Please make contact with an Eardisley school family or phone Kerrin on 327569; we will happily arrange to collect donated items if that is helpful. Please pop into the shop during the week for some excellent bargains and some Valentine’s treats.

Ewyas Harold

MEETING - The January meeting was held in St Michael’s hall with Coun Mrs J Webb in the chair.

Also in attendance were the clerk, Coun Graham Powell and five members of the public.

Open forum. Ward councillor Graham Powell gave information on the future of broadband locally, waste disposal, local schools and New Market Street developement. There were comments from local residents on highway issues and standing water near the site where improvements to the pavilion are being carried out.

Clerk updates included news that Savills had requested permission to attend the next parish council meeting to discuss an application from Kentchurch Court Estates for residential developement in the parish of Ewyas Harold. This would be followed at a later date by a public meeting. Balfour Beatty had confirmed that one or two main contractors were acceptable for lengthsman appointments as long as all the conditions were met. The number of maintenance days must be programmed in before March 31 and included in the remaining budget.

It was resolved to award the remaining part of the contract to Terry Griffiths for the period leading to March 31, 2014.

The next meeting of the group parish council will be on Tuesday at 7.15pm in St Michael’s hall.

DULAS COURT - There will be a service at 12 noon today (Thursday).

ATC SUNDAY - There will be a special service for the ATC on Sunday at Ewyas Harold Church.

JAM ON SUNDAY - At the Baptist chapel 10.10am Sunday, service for adults 10.30am with Eric Locke.

BIBLE STUDY - At the rectory on Tuesday, starting at 10am, followed by prayers at 11.15am.

WI - We all enjoyed a quiz at the January meeting after the serious discussion of the national resolutions. On Tuesday, 7.30pm in the memorial hall, Ian Howie will be telling us about the ‘Trees of Whitfield’. There will be a bring and buy. New members and friends are always welcome.

GRACE COURSE - Starts at the Baptist chapel on Wednesday 7.30pm.

MESSY CHURCH - A time for young children their parents/carers from 3.30-5.30pm next Thursday, February 13, in St Michael’s hall. Fun, craft activities, singing stories and a hot meal.


CHURCH SERVICES - For West Hereford Team of Churches.

Tomorrow (Friday), 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 at Holy Trinity Church; 8am holy communion (BCP) at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford; 11am contemporary morning prayer at St Nicholas’ Church; 6.30pm holy communion at St Nicholas’ Church.

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

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

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

Next Thursday, February 13, 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church; 10am holy communion at Holy Trinity Church; 12.10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church.

WEIGHT WATCHERS - The amazing members of Weight Watchers, Whitecross School have lost an incredible 256.5lb (over 18 stone) in the first three weeks of this year. Three members have already lost 5% of their body weight and are enjoying the health benefits of more energy, improved sleep and looser clothes.

Another member, Lisa reached her four-stone target this week and is feeling a new woman with a new lease of life. She has even taken up surfing. Meetings take place on Monday evenings at Whitecross High School at 6.30pm. For more details contact Janet on 07534 386435.

FREE HEARTSTART COURSE - Would you know what to do if your loved one suffered a life- threatening emergency? If not, book a place now at a free two- hour course in the Starlite Rooms, Hereford, next Thursday, February 13, 7pm to 9pm. Booking essential, email or call 08456 060654.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION - In aid of the mayor’s charities 2013-14 (St Michael’s Hospice and the Hereford Society for Aiding the Industrious – restoration of the John Venn Arch). First prize £50.

Topic: Within the City Walls.

Please take A4 or A5 photograph to the town hall in a sealed envelope with entry fee £5, note or cheque payable to the Hereford Guild of Guides, between March 1 and 31. Under-18 entry fee £1. For more details visit Know your city — a course of ten lectures (each 1½ hours) on Monday mornings from September 29, costing £48. Book your place now. An opportunity to train to become a voluntary city tourist guide afterwards if desired. More details at

HEREFORD RAIL MALE CHOIR - Will be pulling into St Peter’s Church tomorrow (Friday) in order to raise funds for the mayor of Hereford’s charity. The choir has a wide-ranging repertoire but as this will be their first concert of 2014, a special year commemorating the beginning of the First World War, part of the evening will be devoted to songs from the war, including Keep the Home Fires Burning, Pack up your Troubles and It’s a Long way to Tipperary.

These have been especially arranged for male choirs by Alwyn Humphreys, who for 25 years was the musical director of the Morriston Orpheus Choir.

Rail choir leader Tony Bailey said: “We are delighted to be singing for the mayor’s charity and in a venue where we have not performed before. St Peter’s Church is an ideal location for us and has that close association with the Rev John Venn, something that makes the evening all the more special.

“We are also delighted to have the Hereford Cathedral School Senior Chamber Choir performing during the evening, and we are grateful to David Evans, head of music, for the school’s contribution.”

The mayor of Hereford, Coun Phil Edwards, whose charity is supporting St Michael’s Hospice — daily costs — and the Hereford Society for Aiding the Industrious (HSAI) — Venn’s Arch restoration, added: “St Peter’s Church lends itself to music so if people want their spirits lifted, as well as raising money for my charity, they should come along to hear for themselves.

Tickets are £6 to include light refreshments during the interval.

Tickets are available from ‘Outback’ in Church Street and on the door. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm. I look forward to welcoming people there.”

CRAFT EVENT - The Golden Valley Craft Society will be at All Saints Church in Hereford from this Monday to February 15 from10am to 4pm where you will see good-quality crafts at reasonable prices. At this time of year craft stock has been replenished and new ideas are now on show.

Entrance is free. In this most attractive church, you will also be able to buy refreshments.

Everyone welcome.


DAFFODIL WEEKEND - March 15-16, 10.30am-5pm, village hall.

Homemade refreshments, ploughman’s lunches, home produce, plant stall and raffle.

Free guided walks, bring good walking shoes: 10.30am Daffodil Way (8 miles), bring packed lunch; 11am Daffodils (6-7 miles), bring packed lunch; 2pm Secret Valley walk (4-5miles); 2.30pm local walk to Daffodil Fields (2 miles). Free Daff and Ride bus to see the sites every 20 to 30 minutes. St Edward’s Church, free exhibition by local committees; St Mary’s Church, free and open to view the ancient frescoes. Come and enjoy a free day out and contribute what you can.


IF THE SHOE FITS - February 23, 2.30pm at the Coronation Hall, Kingsland. Performed by the brilliant CScape Dance Company and presented by Arts Alive, If the Shoe Fits is a delightful show which uses physical theatre, dance, story-telling and music to transport children into the magical world of a very special kind of shoe shop, where every box contains its own special story. For all the family from three years upwards.

Doors open at 2pm for great value refreshments.

Performance starts at 2.30pm and runs for approximately one hour without an interval. Tickets, all at £5, are available from Kingsland Post Office, The Garden Tea Room or telephone 01568 709579. This performance is sponsored by The Playhouse Company

Kingstone and Thruxton

GROUP PARISH COUNCIL - The parish council met on January 22, with ward councillor J Knipe, PCSO Fiona Witcher, and three members of the public in attendance.

The usual standing agenda items were discussed, and in particular the following points were noted: Local policing update - PCSO Witcher gave an update and confirmed that three teenage residents of Kingstone will be subject to anti-social behaviour measures.

One will be asked to agree to an Acceptable Behaviour Contract, the other two will be served with ASBOs. The hope is to curb their anti-social behaviour, which has included throwing stones at cars and buses as they pass through the village.

PCSO Witcher was also made aware of residents’ concerns about speeding traffic in the village, especially during school term time. She said she would mention this issue to the traffic police.

Local planning - Architype has asked Kingstone Sports Association to provide detailed drawings of the football pitches on the Seven Site.

No objections were raised to a planning application for Bridge Court Barn to provide a new one and a half storey vaulted roof extension to existing office building to form a new reception/waiting area.

The application also included a new car parking area. There is no further news on when the Whitehouse Drive and Central Park developments might commence.

Lengthsman Scheme - Quotes have been received from interested parties who wish to undertake the lengthsman’s duties in the parish.

These will be discussed in closed session at a future parish council meeting.

Sports Association - The Sports Association thanked the parish council for the recent donation.

Activities on the Seven Site have been severely curtailed by the weather.

Many parts of the field are flooded.

Ward councillor - Councillor Knipe confirmed that he will not be apologising to the Herefordshire Council planning officer as requested by the Standards Committee.

He circulated his letter of response on this issue, which is now available on the Kingstone and Thruxton parish website.

Parish councillor vacancy - The vacancy is still open.

Neighbourhood Plan - Some local parish councils are engaging the help of a firm of consultants to complete their neighbourhood plans.

The parish council will consider this option at a future meeting.

The next meeting will be held on March 5 at 7.30pm.


NEW COURSES AT MAP - These are the February/March courses starting at Marches Access Point, The Old Police Station, Market Hall Street, Kington, HR5 3DP.

English from Wednesday, 10am- 12.15pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm ongoing. Maths from next Thursday, February 13, 10am-12 noon or 1.30pm-3.30pm ongoing.

Next Steps Digital Photography starting February 14, 2pm-4pm, 10 hours. Introduction to Bookkeeping, February 18, 2pm- 4pm, five weeks. Manage Your Computer, March 10, 2pm-4pm, five weeks. Preparing Photos for Web Publicity starting March 11, 6pm-8pm, 10 hours. Social Media Workshop, March 28, 10am-4pm, one day.

For further information and prices please call 01544 231 771 or email

Concessions are available.


CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY - St Edward’s church, Knighton, 9.30am, holy communion led by the Rev Petra Beresford-Webb. St David’s church, Whitton, 9.30am, morning worship led by the Rev Melia Cope. St Andrew’s church, Norton, 11am, morning worship led by the Rev Melia Cope.

Knighton Baptist church 11am, led by the Rev Maggie Rich.

Knucklas Baptist church 6.00pm, led by the Rev Maggie Rich.

Knighton Methodist church, 11am, led by Mr AJ Williams.

Knighton Catholic church, 11am, celebration of holy mass.

BOWLING CLUB - At the latest whist drive organised by the women of Knighton Bowling Club the results were: First lady, Linda Parker, 2nd Sue Sutton, 3rd Janice Davies and booby prize winner Joyce Powell.

First gent Shirley Moorhouse, 2nd Mildred Shepherd, 3rd Oliver Griffiths and Dorothy Edwards (shared) and the booby prize winner was Ivor Jones. Knockout winners were Joyce Powell and Ivor Price and runners-up Reg Bowen and Jean Burgoyne.

Raffle winners were Reg Bowen, Oliver Griffiths, Mildred Shepherd and Jean Burgoyne.

The prizes were presented by June Williams, and Linda Parker thanked everyone for coming, Shirley Moorhouse for being the MC and everyone who helped.

APPEAL FOR INFORMATION – Knighton and District Tourism Group was saddened and disappointed to hear, at its meeting last week, that its new information panels (at the lay-by near the Milebrook Hotel) have again been vandalised, after only standing for a matter of hours.

The damage may be so serious that replacing it will be too expensive for the group as someone has taken the boards away this time.

The previous board stood for over 20 years without damage and the new board had specially mounted reflectors to minimise the risk of damage.

A local builder will be inspecting the board and assessing the damage.

Chairman John Rickerby said: “This is a busy road and we are appealing for any information about the person causing the damage.”

The board looked very smart and was put with the help of public money. Anyone with any information should call me on 01547 510028 or Dyfed-Powys police on 101’.


FLICKS IN THE STICKS – The Great Gatsby (12) on February 14, 7.30pm. Admission £4 on the door.

Refreshments available beforehand and during the interval, including the obligatory ice cream.

ST VALENTINE’S SUPPER DANCE – February 15 at Lingen village hall (SY7 0DY). Dance the evening away to live music by Soul Supply. Cold supper table (included in ticket price), bar available. Adults £25 – includes a glass of fizz on arrival. Dress code – black tie, carriages at 1am.

Tickets are on sale now and available from all village hall committee members and and Claire on 01568 770472. Proceeds in aid of Lingen village hall. To book Lingen village hall please phone 01544 260865 or email

TEDDY TOTS – Tuesdays 9.30am to 11.30am at Lingen village hall.

YOGA – classes on Wednesdays with Nora 7pm to 8.30pm at Lingen village hall.

CARPET BOWLS – Thursday nights from 7.30pm at Lingen village hall. For further info on Lingen village (SY7 0DY) events please visit

LINGEN HISTORY GROUP – 2014 talks at the hall. Adults £3.50. All welcome. March 10, 8pm Martin Davis with Diary of a Shropshire Farmer. For the first spring talk organisers welcome Martin along for his illustrated talk on the diaries of Peter Davis, who was born in the south of Shropshire.

Martin answers these questions: Who was this young farmer, living 175 years ago, about the time Queen Victoria came to the throne?

How did it come about that people now know anything about an ordinary person like Peter Davis’ life and travels? And why should these diaries be of any general interest?


FEAST AND FUN – At the Madley Environmental Centre on February 20 from 10am to noon, for family activities.

Organisers will be cooking jam dampers and marshmallows on the woodland fire and holding a scavenger hunt and woodland games.

The session costs £6 for children and adults are free.

Booking is essential and children must be accompanied by an adult.

To book either visit www.mesc. or call on 01981 512561.


BEAUTIFUL SNOWDROPS – St Mary’s Marden. Visit the annual display of beautiful snowdrops in our churchyard.

On fine Sundays during February we serve tea and cakes between 2pm and 4pm for visitors.

PARISH MEETING – The next meeting of Marden parish council will be be on Monday at 7.30pm at the community centre.

Everyone is welcome to come along and listen to the lively discussion of issues of local concern.

Much Birch

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Presents Summer in February (15) at Much Birch community hall on Tuesday.

Doors open 7pm for refreshments (including hot dogs), film starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets available on the door or in advance, please phone Bryony on 01981 580298.

Ocle Pychard

VALENTINE’S DISCOS - Burley Gate Pre-School is holding a Valentine’s disco in Burley Gate village hall from 5pm till 6.30pm on February 14.

It is aimed at children aged from two to 11, but under-fives must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission £2.50 per child.

Tickets are available from 01432 820824. Refreshments available.

All proceeds to the pre-school.

Burley Gate Guides are holding a Valentine’s disco for seven to 16-year-olds on the same evening, again at Burley Gate village hall from 7pm till 10.30pm.

Food and drink will be sold on the night. Tickets £3 on the door or in advance from Ruth on 07791606506.

All are welcome.

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


HARDY PLANTS SOCIETY - Saturday, 2pm, Pembridge village hall. Sue Russell: ‘Scent in the Garden’.

Visitors £3. Details 01544 267154 CHURCH SERVICES - St Mary’s Church, Sunday.

WI - Wednesday, 2.30pm, Pembridge village hall, Yvonne Mort: A demonstration of pressed flowers, details from 01544 388409.


OPEN MIC NIGHT - Tuesday, 7-9pm, St Peter’s Centre, St Peter’s Church, Peterchurch.

All are welcome at our monthly open mic night on the second Tuesday of every month.

Entrance is just £1 and refreshments will be available. Come along to play an instrument, sing or just watch and listen.

All ages are welcome, it’s just for fun. For further information call 01981 550683.


COFFEE MORNING - There will be a coffee morning at the Royal British Legion Club on February 15 from 10am-noon. There will be stalls, a tombola, raffle plus a chance to have a cuppa and chat.

All proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK. Please support this worthy cause. There will also be a prize bingo on March 15 in aid of the same charity.

UNDER-18s FOOTBALL - The under-18s football team have a big game next Thursday, February 13, at 7.30pm.

They have drawn Hereford United under-18s in the semi final of the Giant Killers Cup at Llanandras Park. Hereford recently took Manchester City under-18s all the way to extra time in the FA Youth Cup, eventually losing 3-1. Why not come and watch the town’s up and coming players.

Admission is £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

MUSIC - The Brass Funkeys and The Showhawk Duo will be playing at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday evening from 8pm. The Brass Funkeys will play jazz, funk, reggae and diva music on trombone, trumpet and saxophone and the Showhawk Duo will play everything from 70s rock to operatic.

Admission is by ticket and costs £10 and can be purchased from The Wine Bar.

MUSIC IN NEW RADNOR - The Denner Duo is performing a concert for baroque, oboe, bassoon and harpsichord featuring music by Thomas Vincent, Handel and Sammartini at New Radnor community hall on Saturday from 7.30pm.Admission is £12 for adults and £3 for under-14s.

For further details call 350268.

CHI GONG - New to Presteigne are classes in the ancient form of exercise from China, chi gong.

The classes will improve balance, creating vitality and bringing peace of mind.

They will take place at the Youth Centre in Hereford Street on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm- 2.30pm. There is no charge but any donation will go to The Circle.

All ages and levels of fitness are welcome. For more information call 267922.

HOLIDAYS - There are a couple of coach holidays available this year.

From May 19-24 there is a six-day trip to Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight. The cost will be £379 per person. From September 7-13 you can travel to Ullapool in Scotland for £475. For further details call Jim on 01547 528099. Please book early.

BELLY DANCING CLASSES - Alanya is taking belly dancing classes on Mondays from 7.30-9pm at St Andrew’s hall.

For further details call Abbie on 07962 161081 or email or visit www. VALENTINE’S DANCE - The Royal British Legion Club is holding a Valentine’s dance on February 15 from 8pm to late.

Entry will be free and there will also be a free buffet.

VALENTINE’S SUPPER DINNER - There is a St Valentine’s supper dance at Lingen village hall on February 15, from 8-1am. After the cold supper table dance the night away to Soul Supply. Tickets are £25 for adults, which includes a glass of bubbly on arrival and can be purchased by calling Claire on 01568 770472. The dress code is black tie.

STROKE CLUB - The first meeting of the new year of the Borders Stroke Club will take place next Thursday, February 13, at the Community Support Centre in Hereford Street from 2pm. Come along and have a cuppa and a chat and see what the club is all about.

For further details call Marjorie on 267059 or Marlie on 260481.

ENERGY DIARY FOR SCHOOLS - The children of Presteigne Primary School have become pioneers and are leading the way in energy saving.

Back in the autumn term the Eco Committee were involved in the first trial of the Lightfoot’s Energy Diary.

The aim of the energy diary is to record in work and pictures a child’s view of energy consumption for a week and to get families talking about energy usage in their home.

Mandy Brick the co-ordinator of Lightfoot said: “I was very impressed with quality of their work, in their booklets and the school assembly the Eco Committee held to explain to the other children in the school about their work”.

As a result Llanidloes Primary School is now taking part, and other Powys Schools will follow.

News of this project has spread as far as schools in London who are interested in joining in.

Mandy Brick said: “Lightfoot would like to thank the dedicated teachers across Powys and the supportive parents who have made this possible for the children to do.

If you are interested in this and the other work that Lightfoot does please visit, follow us on Facebook, contact Mandy Brick on 01547 528265 or email”

SHEEP MUSIC – There is a Sheep Music public meeting at The Dukes Arms on February 15, at 5pm.

The meeting is open to everyone to suggest ideas and the way forward.

People are required to help future festivals.

For further details call Mark on 07752 412631.

PSYCHIC – Famous TV clairvoyant and psychic John Starkey will be at No 46 Wine Bar on Wednesday at 7pm, for a 7.30pm start. Admission is £8.50.

Pre booking is advisable by telephoning 267675.

FLORAL ARTS – The next meeting of Presteigne and Borders Floral Arts Society will take place on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the memorial hall. There will be a demonstration given by Margaret Rumens called Serendipity.

The monthly competition will be Happy Valentine’s Day.

Visitors are welcome at a cost of £5.

For further details call 01547 529244.

TABLE SALE – There is a table sale at Walton village hall on Sunday from 2-4pm.

Tables are £5 and can be booked by calling Jane on 350345.

All proceeds will go to the hall funds.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS – Lingen village hall will be showing the film The Great Gatsby (12) starring Carey Mulligen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire and Joel Edgerton on February 14, at 7.30pm.

Admission will be £4 for adults and £2.50 for concessions.

Refreshments will be available during the break.

SERVICES – There is a service of holy communion at Kinsham, Sunday at 9.30am and a choral holy communion at Presteigne at 11am.

Everyone is most welcome.

COFFEE MORNING – There is a coffee morning at St Andrew’s hall on Saturday morning from 10.30-noon.

There will be a cake stall, raffle, bric-a-brac.

All proceeds will go to St Andrew’s church fund.

WOMEN TOGETHER – The next meeting of Women Together will take place at the Assembly Rooms on Wednesday at 2.30pm. This month Mandy Brick will talk about Saving Energy.

Visitors are welcome.

For more details call Helen on 267082 or Maureen on 267105.

WHITTON VOICES – The concert by Whitton Voices at St Michael’s Church in Discoed raised £530 for Acorns Children Hospice.

A big thank you to everyone.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – There is a charity bingo session on March 15 at The Royal British Legion Club.

More details nearer the date.

Please put the date in your diary.

PARTY NIGHT – Put those party boots on with Ed Boughton on the decks mixed with his electric guitar at No 46 Wine Bar on February 15, from 8.30pm.

Admission is free. For further details call 267675.

MUSIC – The Crow Bar Club at the Assembly Rooms, Presteigne on Saturday at 8pm.

Fantastic double-bill with the exhilarating Brass Funkeys and Showhawk Duo.

The talented Showhawk Duo play eclectic and energetic music on two guitars and lots of pedals, spanning a huge spectrum of genres – from 70′s rock hits, to gypsy jazz, to operatic overtures.

Limited cabaret seating and lots of space to dance.

Tickets from No.46 Wine Bar, Presteigne.

Stoke Lacy

COFFEE MORNING – The Stoke Lacy Coffee mornings restarting at Stoke Lacy Church this Saturday, February 8, from 10.30 am-noon.

The Monday Bell Ringers will be hosting the event.

There will be a bring-and-buy stall and all proceeds will go to St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church. All are welcome

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


SUNDAY LUNCH – Following his enormous success last year, Rev Michael Cluett returns to present a sumptuous three course Sunday lunch at 12.30pm on February 16, in the Wellington community centre.

Michael is a cook of some renown in the local area and on the Sunday he will once again deploy his talents to produce a delicious feast to brighten the dreary days of mid-winter.

There will be a cash bar operating.

Entry is by ticket only and these are available in advance only from Sue Hall at The Plock, Wellington, 01432 830489, at £15 each.

Proceeds from the event are for St Margaret’s church.


VALENTINE’S CEILIDH – Woolhope Parish Hall, February 15 at 7.30pm with Stone the Crows ceilidh band.

In aid of Woolhope Bell Fund.

St George has one of the finest sounding peal of bells around.

It is also one of only three anti- clockwise rings in Herefordshire and consequently very special.

However, the bells are becoming increasingly difficult to ring because, like anything mechanical, parts get worn and need replacing.

This is not surprising as the frame and bells (some of which date back to the 1600s or earlier) have not had any major work done to them since 1908 i.e.more then 100 years ago.

Tickets (including supper) in advance £7.50 per person or a cost of £22 for a family ticket.

Tickets to be sold on the night are £8.50 per person or £25 for a family.

Available from: Fownhope Post Office, The Butchers Arms (Woolhope), The Crown (Woolhope) or from Barbara Fox ( or call 01531 660 289.

Cheques to be made out to Woolhope PCC-Bell Fund.

Herefordshire Health Service Retirement Fellowship

THIS month’s meeting of the HHSRF will be held on February 17 at 2pm in the St John’s Methodist hall, St Owen Street, Hereford.

The guest speaker this month is Mr Richard Scott, community fundraiser for Marie Curie in Herefordshire, who will be giving the members his presentation on The Work of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The first outing organised by the Social Committee for 2014, is on February 20.

This is a visit to the world famous 13th century Hereford Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library Exhibition at Hereford Cathedral.

Members will be given a brief talk and can then explore the history of Hereford’s historic artefacts.

This will be followed by lunch at the Imperial in Widemarsh Street.

All retired NHS staff are very welcome to come along and join the group.

For further information on this event please contact Mrs Ann Rosser, vice-chairwoman on 01432 266185.


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