Your County Times Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls to Woolhope, plus clubs and societies, February 20, 2014.

Your County Times Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls to Woolhope, plus clubs and societies, February 20, 2014.

Your County Times Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls to Woolhope, plus clubs and societies, February 20, 2014.

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Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls

FILM CLUB - In the light of the success of the film Philomena, which was shown in the parish hall recently, the Aymestrey Film Club has now been set up and will show films once a month.

The next film, Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, will be shown on March 2 at 7pm.

If you would like to get involved in the Film Club or have any suggestions please email FilmClub@ aymestrey.org.

Organisers are looking for a few people to help set up the hall, sell tickets, serve ice cream and select the next film.

If you would like to be informed of film showings please email FilmClub@aymestrey.org to join the mailing list.

Information will also be displayed on the blackboards outside the parish hall.

MORTIMER MEDICAL PRACTICE - The annual survey is taking place during February.

Questionnaires can be found in each surgery or via a link on the practice website www.mortimer.

gpsurgery.net. Building work continues on the new Leintwardine surgery. The opening date has now been put back to March.

COMEDY NIGHT - March 22 sees the return to Aymestrey of the very popular comedian, Andy Oakley. Tickets are now on sale at £10 each, to include a ploughman’s supper, and are available from Ruth Scamp 01568 709031, Ken Holland 01568 770367 and Helen Roberts 01568 770486.

Bishopstone

VILLAGE WALK - Meet 10am on Saturday at the Portway Inn, Staunton on Wye on the A438.

Four-mile easy walk modified to more lanes and bridleways to accommodate recent weather, still muddy with water in places so walking boots or wellingtons recommended.

VILLAGE LOTTERY - Alison Smith won £25 with number four on February 8.

Bodenham

TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA - Bodenham Chapel, Thursday February 27, 7.30pm. ‘Railways in the Marches’ presented by Dave Hill.

Admission £3 includes light refreshments.

Contact Dave or Jenny Hill 01568 797531.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Returns to the parish hall tomorrow, with a showing of Hitchcock (12), a 2012 American biographical comedy- drama.

Doors open at 7pm with the film starting at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

FLOODS PROTECTION GROUP - The next meeting of the Floods Protection Group will be at the Siward James Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday. All residents, particularly those with concerns following the latest storms, are welcome.

Bosbury

WINTER WARMER -The parish hall committee is hosting a curry night in the hall on February 28 at 7pm for 7.30pm. There will be a licensed bar and a choice of curries, including vegetarian, from mild to hot, to suit everyone’s tastebuds. Tickets are £10 each from 01531 640415 or 640229.

Bredwardine and Brobury

ST ANDREWS CHURCH CLEAN- UP - On March 1 there will be a churchyard work day at St Andrew’s Church, Bredwardine, from 10am to noon. All volunteers will be most welcome. There are a variety of jobs to be done to keep the churchyard looking loved and free refreshments for all who come to help. At the same time, there will be a coffee morning and a bring and buy stall in the church, so go along and see the work the volunteers do, have some elevenses and find a bargain or two. The famous book stall will be there – dozens of quality novels, cookery books, biographies, history books and almost any subject. Contact Charlotte Sellar on 01981 500281 for further information.

100 CLUB DRAW - The Friends of St Andrew 100 Club draw takes place on March 6 at 8pm in the Red Lion Inn. Contact Jen Maddison on 01981 500048 for further information about the club.

LOCAL NEWS - If you have Bredwardine and Brobury news or events you would like to appear in the County Times section of the Hereford Times, contact Kari Lawson on 01981 501077 or email karimlawson@me.com

Breinton

MUSIC - An evening of high energy acoustic music with Whalebone at Breinton village hall on February 28, 7.30pm. Bring your own drinks. Tickets £8 adults £4 children from 01432 350919 or online from www.ticketsource.

co.uk/whalebone.

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL - Nigel Archer won £25 with number four on February 8.

LOCAL HISTORY EVENING - Next Thursday, February 27 the speaker John Macklin will be telling the story of the New Weir, Kenchester and its owners. This is a tale stretching from rural Herefordshire to the Indian sub- continent and back, featuring a London apothecary, a wealthy widow, a mysterious solicitor, family feuds, early deaths, a shipwreck and several members of the East India Company. The talk begins at 7.30pm at the New Bridge community centre, admission £2 to include coffee and biscuits.

Dilwyn

EXERCISE CLASSES - Low impact exercise to music sessions, Cedar hall, Tuesdays 6pm - 7pm, all ages, all abilities, pay as you go. Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or mandys.

mail@virgin.net.

ZUMBA FITNESS - Thursdays 6pm - 7pm, pay as you go sessions.

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

Dinedor

COFFEE MORNING - Saturday, 10am til 12noon, Dinedor village hall in aid of Riding for the Disabled. Includes cake stall and bring and buy. Several horses have been retired and new ones bought.

This expense on top of running costs means further funding is essential.

DINEDOR HERITAGE GROUP - On Tuesday Julie Orton-Davies will be presenting a talk on Rotherwas women. It is the story of the women who worked at the Rotherwas munitions factory during two world wars.

This will be held at Dinedor Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm.

Admission: members £3, visitors £5, includes light refreshments.

Further details Chris Over 01432 870320.

Ewyas Harold

BINGO - Ewyas Harold Scout Group is holding a bingo session on February 28 at Ewyas Harold memorial hall. Doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm.

Everyone welcome.

WOMEN’S INSTITUE - The February meeting was cancelled due to local flooding.

THE PILGRIM COURSE - Any adults who would like to be confirmed in May will be invited to join the course for six Friday evenings starting tomorrow (Friday) at 7pm in the Rectory.

This course is also open to find out what it means to be a godparent or simply wanting a ‘refresher’ in the faith (to get back to basics).

JUMBLE SALE - At the Baptist hall on Saturday at 2pm in aid of Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue. Stalls and refreshments.

Anyone wishing to donate items should contact Fran on 01981 242437.

CAFE SERVICE - Will be led by Rev Val Turner at 10.30am in the Baptist chapel.

DEANERY SYNOD - Find out more about the life and work of the deanery, visitors/observers welcome. On Wednesday Rev Nick Helm, CMD officer, will be speaking at Kilpeck and district village hall.

Fownhope

HISTORY GROUP - What was everyday life like in a Herefordshire village in Victorian and Edwardian times? Fownhope’s Local History Group will get a flavour of life in Fownhope from retiring chairman Dr David M Clark at their AGM in the memorial hall in Fownhope tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm.

His illustrated talk, based on extensive research in press reports, the eight census volumes, school log books, and early photographs, follows the formal business of the evening.

All are welcome, £2 charge for non-members.

FOWNHOPE COMMUNITY LIBRARY - All members of the Fownhope community library are invited to the annual general meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in Faulkner House community room.

As well as giving committee reports for the year, users’ suggestions and comments will be sought. Users make the library function, so come along and have your say.

The committee for 2014 will be elected and any member may put themselves forward for election.

The group will be offering some refreshments after the meeting, so stay for a chat.

Hereford

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

Sunday 9.30am parish mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate; 9.30am parish eucharist at St Michael’s Church, Breinton; 10.30am junior church in the village hall, Breinton; 11am parish eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross; 8am Holy communion (BCP) at St Nicholas’ Church; 11am choral communion at St Nicholas’ Church; 6.30pm evensong at St Nicholas’ Church.

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

Tuesday: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 12:10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate;

Wednesday: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 12.10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate;

next Thursday, February 27: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 10am Holy communion at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 12.10pm low mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate.

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 Heartstart Course (CPR etc) at Greencroft Children’s Centre, Hereford, on February 26 from 9.30am to 11.30am. To book a place contact Greencroft Children’s Centre on 01432 383860. Also at the Starlite Rooms, Hereford, March 27, 7-9pm. Booking essential, to book a place email info@herefordshireheartstart.co.uk or call 0845 6060654 (office open Monday to Thursday 9am to 12.45pm, closed half term w/c February 17).

VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTORS TRAINED - Six new instructors have recently completed Heartstart instructor training to enable them to deliver two-hour Heartstart courses on behalf of Herefordshire Heartstart.

The new volunteers have joined the team over the last year and have been helping at courses to give them more experience.

Instructors are trained by Jayne Jenkins, resuscitation officer from the County Hospital, as part of her volunteering support for Herefordshire Heartstart.

The new instructors will now be instructing as part of a team of volunteers who regularly deliver Heartstart courses locally.

If interested in volunteering opportunities or information on booking a Heartstart course, email info@herefordshireheartstart.co.uk call Loraine Coleman, co-ordinator/project manager on 0845 6060654 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 12.45pm — please note the office is closed until Monday).

Kingsland

THIS WEEKEND - If the Shoe Fits, Sunday, 2.30pm, at the Coronation Hall, Kingsland HR6 9QS. Performed by the CScape Dance Company and brought to us 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.

For all the family from three years upwards.

Doors open at 2pm, 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 generously sponsored by The Playhouse Company www.

theplayhousecompany.co.uk. All proceeds in aid of the restoration of St Michael and All Angels, Kingsland, through its Friends organisation SMAAAK.

ZUMBA FITNESS - Luctonians Rugby Club, Monday 6pm - 7pm, pay as you go sessions. Contact Mandy on 01544 387958 or mandys.

mail@virgin.net.

Kington

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - Kington Horticultural Society’s next meeting is today (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall, Headbrook, Kington, HR5 3DY.

The speaker is Robert Myer, Chelsea gold medal-winning garden designer, talking about garden design. Doors open at 7pm, visitors welcome, £2.50.

KINGTON MUSEUM COMMUNITY SHOP - Kington Museum is in the Community Shop (Rita’s) from Saturday until March 28. Please let Vicky know if you have any unwanted items that might sell and bring them to Vicky’s or to the museum, or we can collect, any time soon. Hasten to turn out your cupboards and let us have almost anything that is surplus to requirements. Clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac, etc. Vicky, 49 Bridge St, Kington. 01544 231174/07773 002268 vicky.bernays@btopenworld.com

MUSIC EXHIBITION - Anything that would contribute to our forthcoming Kington Music Exhibition would be most welcome. Items can be loaned or donated. We are particularly interested in articles, posters, photos, etc, relating to the Vale of Arrow Choir and Kington Eisteddfods. 01544 231748/230182 info@kingtonmuseum.co.uk

GAS CLOCK RETURNS - Henry Skarratt’s gas clock returns to Kington. “On January 1, 1841, a very ingenious young man, Henry Skarratt, an inhabitant of the town, placed an illuminated dial in the front of his shop (what is now Alpha Antiques), which is considered an exquisite piece of workmanship, and shows the time equally as well by night as in the day-time when required.” (Taken from History of Kington).

Kinnersley

CHURCH JUMBLE SALE - This well-known jumble sale will take place in the church building on March 1 from 10am-1pm. There is no charge for entry and you are welcome to come and find a wonderful bargain. Newcomers will find the sale adjacent to Kinnersley Castle, on the main road. In addition to something for everyone, there will also be teas and coffees on offer. You cannot afford to miss ‘the best junk in Hereford’.

Knighton

COMMUNITY MARKET - The next community market will be held at Knighton community centre on Saturday from 9.30am till 12.30pm.

Stalls will be selling fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cakes, meat, craft items and lots more.

CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY - St Edward’s church, Knighton, 9.30am, holy communion led by the Rev Melia Cope. St David’s church, Whitton, 9.30am, morning worship led by the Rev Petra Beresford-Webb. St Andrew’s church, Norton, 11am, morning worship led by the Rev Petra Beresford-Webb. Knighton Baptist church, 11am, led by the Rev Maggie Rich. Knucklas Baptist church, 6pm, led by the Rev Maggie Rich and including communion. Knighton Methodist church, 11am. Knighton Catholic church, 11am.

CONCERT SOCIETY - Knighton and District Concert Society will present a performance by the brilliant young violinist Jo Eun Shim at the church hall, Knighton, on Sunday starting at 3pm. For more information contact Peter or Beverley Clements on 01547 520756.

Ledbury

MONEY RAISED - NSPCC Herefordshire wish to thank Tesco and their customers in Ledbury for supporting its bucket collection at the store on February 8. A total of £300 was raised, which will go to help the work of NSPCC/ChildLine. The charity would also like to thank volunteers and supporters who helped on the day.

Leominster

LOW IMPACT ZUMBA GOLD - Halo, Bridge Street sports centre, Tuesdays 11.30am-12.25pm.

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

Little Dewchurch

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Summer in February (15), starring Dan Stevens, Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning. Doors open 7pm, film at 7.30pm. Further details: 01432 840760.

Mansell Lacy

LACY LADIES - The next meeting of Lacy Ladies will be held on Thursday, February 27, at 7.30pm in the community centre. Russ Carrington will be giving a talk entitled Mosque Roofs to Floating Bridges. Contact Joyce Lewis on 01981 590638 for details.

TABLE SALE - A table sale will be held in the community centre on March 8 from 11am to 3pm. Please book your table early as there will be a large demand. The cost is £4 per table and refreshments will be available. To book a table, please contact Cal Edwards on 01981 590625.

Michaelchurch Escley

UKRAINIAN EVENING - Come and join us for night of Ukrainian culture. Live Ukrainian music and dance. Experience rural Ukraine through photos from our recent adventure to the Ukrainian Carpathians with wildlife expert William Watson, sample Ukrainian cuisine and vodka and find out more about our escorted tours to Ukraine.

Raising funds for youth project in Ukraine. £10 per person – bowl of borsch (Ukrainian beetroot soup) with homemade bread and shot of vodka. For information about tickets please call Nataliya on 07963 090838.

Moccas

MOCCAS RAILWAY CLUB - Meeting on February 28 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Everyone welcome. The club is a small friendly group with a wide range of railway interests from N gauge modelling to full-size railways. For information contact Phil 01981 500675 (7pm to 9pm please).

New Radnor

BAND - Celebrate St David’s Day with Radnor Valley Band on March 1, at 7pm, with a Twmpath Dewi Sant in the community centre, New Radnor.

Music, dancing, handbells, community singing and traditional Welsh refreshments and coffee (or bring your own liquid refreshment).

Contact 01544 350411 or 01544 350317.

Pembridge

COFFEE MORNING - Saturday at 10.30am. In support of St Mary’s Church at Rose Cottage, Market Square, Pembridge. Bring and buy stall, raffle.

CHURCH SERVICES - Sunday, 8.30am Moorcourt Chapel, holy communion (prayer book); 11am St Mary’s Church, family service QUIZ NIGHT - In support of St Mary’s Church, Pembridge village hall, March 1 at 7.30pm.

Teams of up to six. £5 per person includes light supper.

Licensed bar. To book a table for the event please phone Meryl Griffith on 01544 340381.

Presteigne

CONCERT - The annual St David’s Day concert will take place on March 1 at the memorial hall from 7pm.

This year the Newtown Male Voice Choir will perform.

Admission is £8 which will include soup, a roll and a Welsh cake.

Tickets are available from Winnies Newsagents.

COMMUNITY DRAW - Presteigne and Norton Community Support recently held their monthly draw.

Liz Minton drew the following winners: £20 Mrs A Davies, £15 Mrs M Cumming and £12 Mrs M Hadfield.

They wish to thank everyone for their continued support.

DRIVING - The newly formed Presteigne and District Driving Club needs new members.

If you drive or are breaking in your horse or pony, then why not pop along?

For further details about meetings, etc, call John on 07504 999739 or 07974 565665.

MUSIC - There is a concert with John Hymas on viola and violin and Jeremy Fisher on piano at the Assembly Rooms on March 2 at 3pm.

Admission will be £10 at the door which will include tea and cakes.

The programme will include Brahms, Cesar Frank and Britten.

FILM SOCIETY - Presteigne Film Society will show The Great Beauty (15) at the Assembly Rooms on February 28 at 8pm.

Admission is £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for students.

For further details call Pete on 370202 or Alex on 260577 or visit www.presteignefilms.org.uk This film is being shown as part of the 17-day Borderlines Film Festival which is based at 32 venues throughout Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Marches from February 28 until March 16.

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

There will be activities and a chance to have a cuppa and chat.

The aim of the group is to promote the health and wellbeing of everyone.

There will be a small charge to cover the cost of activities and refreshments. For further details call 01597 824411 or go to www.

midpowysmind.co.uk FILM ARCHIVES - Huntley Archives’ film WW1 with Amanda Huntley will take place at the Assembly Rooms this Friday to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

The film will start at 8pm, with admission costing £6 at the door.

For further details call Alison Parry on 267163.

DRIVERS REQUIRED - Presteigne and Norton Community Support require volunteer drivers to help the less fortunate to access hospital appointments, etc.

If you can spare a couple of hours a week please call in at the Community Support office at the Drill Hall in Hereford Street or call 260806. Drivers are reimbursed for their fuel costs.

CONCERT - There is a concert Cantatas and Sonatas at St Michael’s Church in Discoed on Monday from 7.30pm. Natalie Clifton-Griffiths (soprano), Mark Baigent (oboe), David Hatcher (cello) and Hilary Norris (harpsichord) will perform music including Handel, Bach, Gabrieli, Vivaldi and Chedeville.

Tickets are £12 and can be purchased from Annie Nethercott on 07989 091949 or can be obtained at the door.

OPERA - The Glyndebourne Opera’s recording of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte will be shown at Lingen village hall on March 2 at 6.30pm.

Tickets are £5 which will include a free glass of wine. All proceeds will go to Glyndebourne Touring Opera and St Michael’s Church in Lingen. For further details call 01568 770723.

ZUMBA FITNESS - At the Memorial hall, Wednesdays, 7pm- 8pm, pay-as-you-go sessions.

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

Ross

AS a result of the close association between Ross Juniors Football Club and John Kyrle High School, young footballers in Uganda will benefit from new kit this summer.

Year 13 students who will visit Kisiki College as part of the school’s historic link will donate shirts, shorts, socks and even goalkeeping gloves to young people of the school and the wider area.

Chairman of Ross Juniors Football Club, Jim Loftus, spoke of his close association with the school over many years as governor and parent and how he was delighted that this now continued with the involvement of John Kyrle boys and girls in the many teams of all ages run by the football club.

Headteacher Nigel Griffiths was delighted to welcome Jim to the school and thanked him for this very kind donation.

He said that Ross Juniors was one of a number of local clubs and associations with whom the school has very close links and the fact that this would now benefit young people in Africa was fantastic.

As part of the fundraising for the Uganda trip, events are taking place at John Kyrle.

These include an evening of Fair Trade, Fashion and Food on February 28, 7-9pm (tickets £4 on the door), while on March 14, from 7.30pm, is the return of the Annual Big Uganda Quiz Night.

Tarrington

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Presents Les Miserables (12A) 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.

Wellington

GARDEN CLUB - The next meeting of Wellington Garden Club will be in the community centre today (Thursday) at 7.30pm. The speaker for the evening will be Ned Price, who will talk about the developments of the walled garden at The Weir, the National Trust property close to Hereford.

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

WELLINGTON WI - Will meet at 7.30pm in the village community room on March 4 to hear Janet Wall give a talk on the subject of cooking in private service.

Made famous by Downton Abbey, early 20th century life below stairs, and especially in the kitchens, is a topic of interest to many people and we are sure Janet will bring it all to life for us. All are welcome. Visitors £3.50.

Refreshments will be served.

Weobley

SINGING WORKSHOP - On February 25 at 2.30pm, singing with St David’s Day very much in mind. All welcome. Cost: £3.50.

Full details from Lydia Wells, GRSM. Tel: 01544 319138.

Woolhope

FARMERS’ MARKET - Saturday from 10am-12.30pm in the village hall. All the usual providers will be present including locally produced meats, preserves, flans and ready meals, breads, cakes, cheeses, vegetables, pies and pancakes, pate, liqueurs, cards and prints, books, candles, chocolates, bird food, upholstery, Bach flower remedies and Dan the knife sharpener who regularly attends the market.

He can sharpen almost anything that you use, from rotary cutters for patchworking to penknives, scissors, garden shears, kitchen knives, secateurs, mower blades and most garden tools.

He will do your sharpening while you browse the market. Also on his table, he has a range of copper jewellery that he has made and also will make bracelets and rings from vintage cutlery. You will find him just inside the main door.

Refreshments will always be available.

Herefordshire Advanced Motorists

MEMBERS’ Skidpan Day Herefordshire Advanced Motorists are arranging another members’ skid training session on March 30. Experience skids just as you would out on the road but in an ideal safe environment to test your handling skills.

This will be again at Drive-Tech, based at Castle Combe, near Chippenham on a unique wet skid pan, simulating wet and icy conditions proving an effective and realistic process of learning skid control techniques. The three- hour course is for 12 people at a time – under the careful watch of two instructors. After a safety briefing, six people would go in two cars (one front wheel drive – one rear wheel drive), having about 20 minutes each to drive round the course – learning how not to skid.

This is followed by a briefing with an instructor to learn about braking (ABS and cadence) and you’ll return to the cars with the instructor, for a further 20 minutes each – this time taking turns trying to avoid hitting a person standing in the middle of the course – fortunately cones are used to replicate humans.

Cost for the three-hour course is £85 per person. Places are limited – so please respond as soon as possible if you would like to participate.

Places are limited so members should apply to the secretary, who can provide further details – stella.hamsecretary@gmail.com or 01432 840835.

Advanced Driving Courses For All Ages We all like to think we are good drivers, but do we really know how to avoid the possibility of an accident? Of all accidents, 62 per cent happen in rural areas – that’s Herefordshire.

One positive way is to learn to drive more safely and improve your driving skills with a Herefordshire Advanced Motorists ‘Skill for Life’ driving course. HAM is the local safe driving charity, affiliated to the IAM, the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Regular driving courses are run for those motorists wishing to raise their skills to an advanced level and fulfil their potential as a driver. The next ‘Skill for Life’ courses start on March 19 near Leominster and at Much Birch, just south of Hereford on March 20. Three weekly evening sessions, followed up with unlimited practical in-car advice from a team of qualified, highly experienced advanced driver observers will make you a more skilled and controlled driver and with more confidence you and your passengers will arrive at your destination less stressed.

For more information contact Mary Bevan on 01874 712267 or marybevan@dsl.pipex.com

Bell Bank Club

AT the close of 2013 we reluctantly accepted Meriel’s wishes to resign from her post as secretary.

She had been with us more than two years and was an ambassador, as she is visually impaired and understood what limited vision was all about. Meriel not only gave friendship but commitment and lots of input. She was presented with a gift and card conveying all our good wishes.

Our new year lunch was taken at The Swan Hotel where we were pleased supporters and helpers joined in. After the pulling of crackers and exchanging the jokes a delicious meal followed.

Some poems were read and thanks were expressed to the staff who had looked after members so well.

The successful afternoon concluded with the linking of arms and Auld Lang Syne was sung sending everyone homeward bound in good spirits.

Everyone was thrilled to learn about a well known sports celebrity in a talk given by fellow member Dorothy Hanson, assisted by John, her son.

Members were very privileged as the celebrity was Dorothy’s father, Joe Davies, the snooker player, who also played many times on TV not only on his own but with his elder brother Fred.

Joe was born in 1901 and at the age of 13 years he won the boys billiards championship and when he arrived home there were 5,000 people greeting him.

He also was world snooker champion and managed a billiard hall in Chesterfield. Joe received the OBE from the Queen in recognition of his charity organisations.

John read the foreward from his autobiography called The Breaks Came My Way.

It was enlightening to many of us, as to have a special parent makes one feel very proud.

Many remembered them both on the television, but did not realise that the group had a daughter and nephew amongst its number.

Members congratulated Anna on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

Happy birthday was sung accompanied with a gift and signed card.

Hereford Civic Society

FOLLOWING on from the society’s successful meeting last month on Buildings at Risk, the forthcoming meeting is No More Conservation?

The society is delighted to be joined by Sarah Lowe, senior building conservation officer at Herefordshire Council, who will be presenting an illustrated lecture on the future of conservation services in these cash-strapped times today, 7pm refreshments, for a 7.30pm start at the Kindle Centre, by Asda, Hereford, HR2 7JE.

Advance notification of the next meeting Architects and Craftsmen, 5pm-7.30pm, historian David Whitehead presents a survey of those responsible for creating Hereford, March 20, 7pm refreshments for a 7.30pm start, The Kindle Centre.

Knighton and District Rotary Club

LAST month was another busy one. The club had two lunch meetings at venues in Knighton and heard about member Dave Barwick’s visit to Rotary clubs in Australia while on holiday there.

Rotary members are welcome to visit any club worldwide and discover all that Rotary is doing in local communities.

At one of the two evening meetings at the Baron in Bucknell members heard from Natalya Cummings about her theatre, dance and music project for young people in a village in Ukraine. Members were proud to club together with the Rotary Club of Ludlow to present a cheque for £1,000 to the Knighton Food Bank, which supports those people in desperate need in Knighton, Presteigne and surrounding areas.

So it was a rewarding month, and it is you who make it possible for the club to support so many charities and local community projects. Remember that all the money raised goes to the club’s chosen charities, as running costs are covered by club membership.

Find out more about Knighton Rotary by visiting www.knighton.rotary1150.org.

If you want to enjoy the company of like-minded people, as well as possibly get involved, come along to any of the Wednesday meetings. For more details contact Norman Thorp on 01547 529666 or Cathy Jones on 07813 733240 email cathleenj2001@yahoo.co.uk.

Marden History Society

THE programme for 2014 starts on Monday with an illustrated talk by Ela Farrell about early photography, including artefacts she has collected and how to identify old photographs.

The meeting will take place at the community centre/school at 7.30pm for 7.45pm.

Visitors are most welcome at a charge of £2 each including tea/coffee and biscuits. The programme for the year can be found at www.mardenhistory.co.uk.

Monmouth Choral Society

HERE is an invitation to all singers or anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to sing in a large choir. Monmouth Choral Society is holding a come and sing Elijah workshop at the Bridges community centre, Monmouth, on Saturday from 10am until 12.30pm.

The workshop is an opportunity to receive top-level tuition from Monmouth Choral Society’s distinguished conductor, Huw Williams, who was recently appointed director of music at the Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace.

During the morning members of the choir, plus anyone who cares to join them, will rehearse choruses from Elijah , Mendelssohn’s great oratorio, which the choir will be performing in its next concert, at Wyastone concert hall on May 3.

This work, full of great tunes, tells the dramatic story of the Old Testament prophet Elijah.

Although it is currently less frequently performed, it was once almost as popular with Welsh choirs as Handel’s Messiah , and it was common for the two works to be sung at alternate Christmas concerts.

Monmouth Choral Society held a Come and Sing Messiah Choruses last October, and a number of singers who attended that event subsequently joined the choir.

One of those was Robert Harris, from Usk. He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the come and sing. I was immediately impressed by the power of the choir, and it was a pleasure to sing surrounded by such a strong and musical group.”

The workshop costs £10 for adults (free for under-18s) and musical scores will be available.

For more information and a booking form visit www.monmouthchoralsociety.co.uk or telephone the choir box office on 01594 531496.

Old Radnor WI

OLD Radnor WI held its Christmas dinner at Dunfield House, where members, their husbands and friends enjoyed the wonderful meal provided for the evening. The house was very inviting – beautifully decorated, along with a roaring log fire.

President Anne Goodwin gave an account of all the things members took part in during the year.

A varied programme with trips out and interesting speakers.

Later, Steven Gilling and Malcolm Hughes entertained everyone.

Steven playing the piano and Malcolm singing popular songs with members joining in.

Arthur Lloyd presented the Angela Lloyd memorial cup to Cicely Bayliss who gained the most points for the monthly competitions during 2013. Ros Tarrant was runner-up. An enjoyable evening was had by all.

January saw members going on a trip to Labels at Ross and a visit to Julie Evans’ hat shop in the centre of Ross. Again it was an enjoyable day out.

The February meeting was held at Hindwell, home of president Anne Goodwin. Anne welcomed two new members Elizabeth Hughes and Sylvia Evans.

Business was dealt with and newsletters read.

Speaker for the evening Richard Bufton was introduced. Richard, a local butcher, opened his shop in Kington in 2013. He brought along meat joints and cured bacon, bringing back memories of hams hanging in the farmhouse kitchens many years ago. Richard showed members how to debone a chicken, stuff it and put it back together, making it look like a normal boned chicken. Handy for the housewife to carve. A large rib of beef was deboned showing the skill and time needed to be a butcher to cater for everyone’s needs. Ros thanked Richard for his demonstration.

The evening turned out to be a surprise for member Bet Welson.

Bet had recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Member Lyn Thurgood had made a cake and happy birthday was sung. The competition for the evening (an old kitchen utensil) was won by Anne Goodwin, 2nd Ailsa Bufton, 3rd Elsie Bayliss, 4th Vera Griffiths.

Next meeting will be held at Walton Hall on March 4 at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Jane Davies on textile design/felt craft.

Competition (photograph of flower or flowers). All welcome to come along for the evening. New members always welcome.

WEA Hereford Branch

THE Hereford branch of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) has been celebrating its seal of approval from Ofsted, the official education inspection body.

The charity, which has more than 74,000 students across the country, received a ‘good’ rating in its latest national inspection. The news comes as the WEA is seeking to recruit more students in a bid to get Britain learning. Local volunteers organise courses, day schools and outings mainly in the spring and autumn term to suit local interest. Last autumn nearly 200 students attended Hereford branch’s courses. Planning is already under way for the 2014-15 season.

Hereford branch offers a wealth of courses such as art appreciation, sonnets, art and culture of China, history of Herefordshire – to name a few. Enrolment is still available for a course on river systems in Wales and the borders plus an opera day school (contact 01981 540769). Also, coming soon in February and March are the spring workshops held at the Museum Resource Centre in conjunction with Herefordshire council with subjects including river life, Hereford gaol and the Tupsley murder, seals and seal making from the middle ages, the history of fastenings and more.

For further information regarding the spring workshops please contact 01432 880845, visit the website at www.westmidlands.wea.org.uk or email herefordbranch@ wea.org.uk.

Wigmore Gardening Club

WIGMORE and District Gardening Club will be holding a speaker evening today (Thursday) at 7.30pm. The topic is Pinks for Every Garden with Susan Russell from Byecroft, near Bircher Common, Leominster.

The venue is Wigmore Village Hall, HR6 9UW. Cost: £2 for non- members, with membership £5 per annum. All welcome, contact Cathy Jones 07813 733240 for more details.

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