Your County Times: Almeley to Withington, plus clubs and societies, March 6, 2014.

Your County Times: Almeley to Withington, plus clubs and societies, March 6, 2014.

Your County Times: Almeley to Withington, plus clubs and societies, March 6, 2014.

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Almeley

PUDDING EVENING - At Almeley village hall on March 15 at 6.30pm.

Have you a favourite, hot or cold?

Bring yours along together with the recipe to share. £5 admission, includes puddings, tea or coffee or soft drink. Contact 01544 340645 or 01544 340635.

SUNDAY LUNCH - The next Sunday lunch at Almeley village hall will be on March 23. Doors open at 12.30pm, lunch is served at 1pm. Three courses plus tea or coffee for only £9.50, bar available.

Booking is essential please by March 19, phone 01544 340635.

Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls

AYMESTREY FILM CLUB - Aymestrey Film Club has now been set up and will show films once a month in the parish hall.

The next film, Captain Phillips (12A), starring Tom Hanks will be shown next Sunday at 7pm. If you would like to get involved in the Film Club or have any suggestions please send an email to film - club@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, etc. If you would like to be informed of film showings then please send an email to film - club@aymestrey.org and you will be placed on the mailing list. Or keep an eye out on the blackboards outside the parish hall.

QUIZ NIGHT - March 7 is quiz night. Start time in the parish hall is 8pm prompt. A charge of £5 per team of up to four members is made. Cash prize for the winning team. Refreshments are available.

CHURCH - There will be a service of Holy Communion at Aymestrey Church this Sunday at 9.30am.

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, Helen Roberts 01568 770486.

Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill

PARISH COUNCIL - Bishop’s Frome and Fromes Hill parish council will meet in the village centre on Tuesday at 7.30pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

LENT LUNCHES - Tomorrow (Friday) there will be a Lent lunch in the village centre from 12noon till 2pm. It is being promoted by Fromes Hill and Castle Frome and will be in aid of the Ledbury Food Bank. On March 14 there will be another lunch promoted by Acton Beauchamp, Evesbatch and Stanford Bishop, and that will be in aid of Beth’s Wish.

CORRESPONDENT - Martin Field, The Old School House, Burley Gate, HR1 3QR. 01432 820074. commnews@ymail.com

Bishopstone

VILLAGE LOTTERY - £25 was won by Lynn and John Burwood on February 22 with number 33.

SPRING WALK - Followed by crumpet tea at Bishopstone House on March 16, starting at 2.30pm prompt (and meeting at the driveway to Bishopstone House).

Suitable footwear essential, and dogs on leads please.

Bodenham

VILLAGE SOCIAL EVENING AND CEILIDH - There will be a social evening and ceilidh featuring the Hop Picker’s Feast Band at Bodenham parish hall on Saturday, from 7pm till 11pm.

Tickets £8 (or £4 for under-12s), from Margaret Minchin 01568 797129, Lyn Pollard 01568 797228 or Bodenham Post Office. Supper included and a licensed bar.

TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA - The next Travels With a Camera will be on Tuesday from 7.30pm till 9.15pm in the chapel in Chapel Lane and will feature A Passion for Patchwork. All are welcome.

PARISH HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - The management committee will meet in the hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday. New members or ideas for the use of the hall are always welcome.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Flicks in the Sticks returns on March 14 with a showing of Philomena (12A), a 2013 British comedy-drama film showing in association with the Borderlines Film Festival. It tells the heartfelt story of an Irish woman searching for the son she was made as a teenager to give away after being forced into a convent. The film stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Admission £4. Refreshments are available during the interval. Any suggestions for future films are always welcome.

CORRESPONDENT - Martin Field, The Old School House, Burley Gate, Hereford, HR1 3QR. 01432 820074. commnews@ymail.com.

Bredwardine and Brobury

MARCH 100 CLUB DRAW - The Friends of St Andrew 100 Club draw will take place today (Thursday) at 8pm in the Red Lion Inn. Organisers look forward to seeing you at the event and good luck to all ticket holders. Contact Jen Maddison on 01981 500048 for more information about the club.

COFFEE, CAKE AND MARKET - There will be a coffee morning in Bredwardine village hall on March 14 from 10am until 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, and we have 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.

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

Brilley

SING INTO SPRING - With Sue Harris, Brilley village hall, Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm. £15, £12 concessions. Tea/coffee provided, bring a packed lunch. For more information call Sue on 01547 560950, Carolyn 01497 820177.

All welcome, no experience necessary.

Clehonger

GOOD NEWS - The village has reached the target to purchase a defibrillator for the village. The British Heart Foundation has made a grant to cover the balance of the cost of the defibrillator, which has arrived, and the fundraising efforts co-ordinated by the village hall committee will cover the cost of the case to be fixed on the wall of Innesfield. Thanks are due for the fundraising efforts of the committee and for donations, including a contribution from the parish council, and joint fundraising with the church.

It may still be some weeks before it goes ‘live’ as the committee is awaiting delivery of the case and installation. There will be further details to follow of an introductory celebration and opportunities for training in using the defibrillator and other techniques in emergency response to cardiac arrest. It is, however, not difficult to use the defibrillator pad in an emergency as the machine talks you through how to operate it.

The committee continues with fundraising for the village hall funds and is holding an Easter prize bingo on April 11, eyes down at 8pm.

PARISH PLAN - At last the basic results of the parish plan questionnaire are available. Work is still needed to pull these into a final report and draw up action plans. A presentation of the results was made to the steering group on February 24. It was agreed that focus groups should be reconvened to undertake this work. These will be housing, services and leisure, transport and communication and environment. Dates have been set for the first meeting of two of these: leisure and services on March 17 and housing on March 27. Both will be at Innesfield at 7.30pm.

Potential new volunteers to assist with this are still welcome. For details please contact Carole Protherough on 01981 251012 or carole.protherough@virgin.net or Alison Davies 01981 251269 or onelilaccottage@btinternet.com There was clear support for improving the playing field from the questionnaires, and the playing field subcommittee is continuing to work to carry this through.

This includes fundraising events.

Recent Friday coffee mornings at Innesfield have raised £212. We are hoping for good support from people wanting a little flutter at the racing night at the village hall on March 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets available as above or from the village shop.

The parish plan work also showed there is support in the village for a Good Neighbour Scheme, so to take this a step forward a meeting has been arranged at Innesfield on March 22 at 2.30pm when Pat Stokes will tell us how the people of Pembridge organised their scheme. All are welcome to see how a practical, low expense, low bureaucracy Good Neighbour Project can be put into action.

Credenhill

LIVE MUSIC - Credenhill Social Club will be hosting an evening with local duo Andy and Tippo, this Saturday. Live music, ballads and rock and roll (and a bit of a knees-up) between 8pm and 11pm.

Members will be admitted free of charge – non members and visitors will be charged £1 entrance.

Proceeds along with other funds raised on the night will go to the roof fund. People are advised to get there early if they want a seat at a table in the function room.

For further details telephone Credenhill Social Club 01432 760600, or search on Facebook under Credenhill Social Club.

Dilwyn

TALK - An illustrated talk on the Silk Route by Jim Gaffney tomorrow (Friday), 7.30pm at Cedar Hall, Dilwyn HR4 8JS. Tickets £6 from Ruth Davies on 01568 720226 or on the door. Doors open 7pm.

Bring your own bottle.

Refreshments served in the interval.

LOW IMPACT EXERCISE TO MUSIC SESSIONS, Cedar Hall, Tuesdays 6-7 pm, all ages, all abilities, pay as you go.

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

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

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

Eardisley

GRAPPELLI AND VIVALDI - Last chance to grab tickets for the Arts Alive show Grapelli and Vivaldi tomorrow (Friday) in Eardisley village hall. Featuring Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis and his trio, this production promises a beautifully varied repertoire from these acclaimed musicians who take inspiration from classical, gypsy jazz and folk music. Tickets cost £8 from Eardisley village stores.

Ewyas Harold

GROUP PARISH COUNCIL - The February meeting was held in St MIchael’s hall with Coun P Jinman in the chair, also present were the clerk, ward councillor Graham Powell, community support officer Fiona Witcher and 23 members of the public. No further applications had been received for co- option to fill councillor vacancies.

Michael Wrigglesworth’s resignation from the council was noted.

The clerk will write to thank him for all his hard work for the council over recent years. Open Forum: Community support officer Fiona Witcher gave a report on police matters. Nick Rawlings and Alice Hayter representing Savills on behalf of Kentchurch Court Estate outlined proposals for a possible development in Ewyas Harold on the site east of Callowside. It would cover about five acres and include dwellings of varied types of housing, 14/15 of which would be affordable housing. Things are at a very early stage. A report was also received from ward councillor Graham Powell. The clerk will arrange a meeting with the new lengthsman Terry Griffiths to discuss priorities. The council considered the state of the red telephone box in the centre of the village, the glass needed replacing and repainting was necessary.

Pontrilas WI drew attention to the village sign next to the doctor’s surgery, it was very faded. The clerk will inform the WI of the council’s intentions. The next meeting of the council will be held at St Michael’s hall on Tuesday at 7.15pm.

MESSY CHURCH - In St Michael’s hall today (Thursday) from 3.30pm - 5.30pm a time for young children and their parents or carers. Fun, activity, singing stories and a hot meal.

WOMENS INSTITUTE - The February meeting was cancelled due to flooding so members are looking forward to Tuesday at 7.30pm in the Memorial hall when the speaker will be Heather Gorringe of Wiggly Wigglers.

RAINBOW ARTS - Meet every Wednesday in the Baptist hall from 10am. Many art forms are explored all welcome.

GRACE COURSE - The next one in the series will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Baptist hall.

Garway

GARWAY LIVE – Wednesday, 8pm, with the fantastic Linda Gail Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis’ little sister. Linda will be backed by Junior Hacksaw, fronted by the excellent guitarist, Pete Mathison, who played with Ray Davies throughout Ray’s solo career.

Those of you who saw Linda on her first visit to this little tin shack will remember what a wonderfully entertaining evening it was. Tickets £12, booking essential. 01981 580056 or bookings@ garwaylive.com. Find us at www.

garwaylive.com and Facebook.

Doors and bar open from 7.30pm.

Hereford

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: www.herefordguidedwalks.org.uk

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 Heartstart course (CPR) at The Starlite Rooms, Hereford.

March 27, 7pm-9pm. Booking essential, to book your place email info@herefordshireheartstart.co.uk or call 0845 6060654.

(Office open Monday to Thursday, 9am until 12.45pm).

You will learn how to call for help, help someone who is unconscious, recognise the warning signs of a heart attack, deal with choking or serious bleeding and perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Simple skills save lives www.herefordshireheartstart.org Twitter @HeartStart_HFD.

Kingsland

FIELD NOTES – March 28, Coronation Hall, Kingsland HR6 9QS, 7.30pm. An evening of creative magic, Field Notes is a unique collaboration of music and art featuring renowned composer Howard Skempton, textile artist Matthew Harris and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Using old county maps and graphic scores as common starting-points, Howard Skempton and Matthew Harris have each created a new work for this performance.

Harris’ free-standing textile artwork will transform the space into both a gallery and a concert hall The evening includes a behind- the-scenes film including interviews with both Skempton and Harris, and conversation between audience and artists, all in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

There will be a licensed bar and light refreshments on offer from 7pm. Tickets £12 adult; £5 children/students available from Kingsland Post Office, The Garden Tea Room, Kingsland, and by calling 01568 709579.

All proceeds to the restoration and renovation of St Michael and All Angels via its Friends organisation SMAAAK.

COFFEE MORNING - March 15, 10am-noon at The Garth opposite Kingsland School (courtesy of Shane and Lisa Juson 01568 708002) £2.50 entrance for coffee and cake. Raffle, bric a brac stall, cakes to buy. All proceeds to a new kissing gate for the church field on the way to the river.

CURRY AND DISCO NIGHT - March 29 at Luctonians, 8pm till late. Tickets £10 to include curry available from Lisa Juson 01568 708002 or email shanejuson@hotmail.com. Proceeds to Lucs Under-16 SA tour.

Kington

CRICKET CLUB - Indoor nets every Monday in March at Presteigne Leisure Centre, 8pm till 9pm. All welcome, free for club members.

Kinnersley

JUMBLE SALE - At Kinnersley church on Saturday from 10am to 1pm, ‘The Best Junk in Herefordshire’. In aid of Kinnersley church.

Leominster

MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND PIANO - Music spanning more than 200 years including works by Beethoven, Donizetti and Ravel and the première of Winter’s Ending , a short piece by Malvern composer Derek Smith. With Sarah Newbold (flute) and Michael Blackmore (piano), Lion Ballroom, off Broad Street, Leominster HR6 8BT, March 9, 3pm. Tickets £12 (students £6) from Gill’s Gifts, Buttercross Arcade, Leominster, tel 01568 611588 and online at www.orpheusevents.com ASTARIA STRING QUARTET - Featuring music by Haydn, Schumann, Janacek, Smetana. At the Lion Ballroom, off Broad Street, April 6, 3pm. Tickets £12 (students £6) from Gill’s Gifts, Buttercross Arcade, Leominster.

Tel: 01568 611588 and online at www.orpheusevents.com LOW IMPACT ZUMBA GOLD - Halo, Bridge Street sports centre, Tuesdays 11.30am-12.25pm.

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

Lingen

LINGEN HISTORY GROUP - Monday, 8pm. Diaries of a Shropshire Farmer C19th by Martin Davis. For the first of three spring talks the group will welcome Martin for his illustrated talk on the diaries of Peter Davis, who was born in south Shropshire. Martin answers these questions: who was this young farmer, living 175 years ago? How did it come about that we know anything about an ordinary person like him? And why should these diaries be of general interest? Martin’s book which accompanies this talk will be available for signing on the night.

Admission £3.50 on the door. All welcome.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - March 14, 7.30pm. Summer in February (15). Admission £4. Refreshments available. For details on Lingen events please visit www.lingen.

org.uk or phone 01544 260865.

Lyde

COFFEE MORNING - Saturday from 10am to 12 noon. The Church of St Peter, Lyde, Hereford.

Bargains galore including household goods, books, bric-a-brac, toys, DVDs, etc. Refreshments and draw. Free entry. All proceeds in aid of community facilities.

Parking at Kenchester Water Gardens on left-hand side. For further details, please ring Sally Robertson on Hereford 769459.

Mansel Lacy

TABLE SALE – This will be held on Saturday at the community centre, from 11am until 3pm.

Refreshments are available. Cost £4 per table. Please book early as there will be a large demand.

Contact Cal Edwards on 01981 590625.

ALL IN THE APRIL EVENING – An evening of entertainment, sponsored by the Mansel Singers, to be held on April 5 at 7pm. Light refreshments, please bring your own drink and glass. Tickets: adults £6, children £3, available from Jane and Robin Cox, on 01981 590269, or the Mansel Singers.

Marden

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

Michaelchurch

WHIST DRIVE – Escley and District Sports Federation is holding a whist drive on Tuesday at the pavilion, Michaelchurch Escley starting at 7.45pm. £2 per person to include supper. Raffle.

MUDDY PUDDLES PLAYGROUP – Every Friday morning from 10am-12pm during term-time at the Escleyside village hall, Michaelchurch.

Making the most of the large village hall with toddler climbing equipment, ride-ons, crafts and singing.

Also including use of the varied outdoor play spaces. £1.50/family.

Please bring wellies and a snack.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS – As part of Borderlines Film Festival, Michaelchurch Flicks in the Sticks presents Le Weekend (15), Wednesday at Escleyside Hall.

Doors open at 7.30pm, lights down at 8pm. Licensed bar. £4 adults £2.50 children 15-16. For more information, ring 01981 510696.

Monkland

BINGO – After a winter break prize bingo starts again tomorrow (Friday) in Monkland village hall.

Doors open at 7pm and eyes down at 8pm. Everyone welcome but no children under six.

FUNDRAISING NEWS – The Monkland Bingo Players raised £275 for St Michaels Hospice in December by choosing the bonus ball on the national lottery.

SPRING SHOW – The Monkland spring show is on March 22 in the village hall everyone welcome to enter. All entries to be staged between 9.30am and 11am on the morning of the show. Schedules from Wendy Jancey 01568720265.

CHURCH – Service at All Saints Church are at 11am on Sunday.

Much Birch

FLICKS IN THE STICKS/ BORDERLINES FESTIVAL – Much Birch community hall, next Thursday, March 13 – Blue Jasmine (12A). Adults £4, under 16s £3. Doors open 7pm for refreshments, film starts at 7.30pm, ends 9.15pm approx.

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

Ocle Pychard and Much Cowarne

BURLEY GATE VILLAGE SHOP/ POST OFFICE – All residents of the five parishes covered by the community newsletter are reminded that there is currently a questionnaire available regarding the future of the Burley Gate village shop and post office.

As the shop/post office is almost the only remaining facility everyone is urged to complete the questionnaire and to return it to one of the drop-off points prior to March 14.

The results will then be discussed at a parish council meeting in the Burley Gate village hall on March 18.

CORRESPONDENT – Martin Field, The Old School House, Burley Gate, HR1 3QR. 01432 820074. commnews@ymail.com

Presteigne

LENT LUNCHES – Presteigne Methodist church invites you to Lent lunch on Saturday from noon-1.30pm in the Methodist school room. The menu will consist of soup and a roll with a drink. The cost will be £2 with all proceeds going to Knighton Food Bank. There is also a lunch date set for April 12.

HISTORY GROUP – The next meeting of Byton, Combe, Kinsham and Stapleton History Group will take place at The Arkwright Hall in Kinsham on March 20, at 7.30pm (please note this date is a week later than normal). This month Dr Keith Ray will talk on Rethinking Wapley Hill Fort. Admission will be £3 which will include tea and coffee.

SERVICES – Sunday there are services of holy communion at Kinsham at 9.30am and at St Andrews at 11am. There is also a wilderness liturgy and a short holy communion at Discoed at 6.30pm.

MUSIC IN NEW RADNOR – The Music In New Radnor season continues on Saturday at New Radnor community hall from 7.30pm.

This month the Capital Winds quintet formed by students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama formed in 2012 will be performing.

The programme will include Debussy, Barber, Holst, Hindemith and others. Admission is £8 for adults and £3 for under 14s. For further details call 350268.

MUSIC – Box Tale Soup presents Northanger Abbey at The Assembly Rooms on March 15, at 8pm. Admission is £8 at the door or tickets can be purchased from The Wine Bar.

CHARITY WAREHOUSE – The newly-formed Presteigne charity warehouse will open on April 19.

They need your unwanted goods/ furniture that you no longer want.

House clearances are a speciality.

For more details call Gordon on 267988.

COFFEE MORNING – There is a coffee morning at St Andrews church hall on Saturday from 10.30-noon.

There will be a cake stall, raffle and bric-a-brac stall. All proceeds will go to the church funds.

Everyone is welcome.

LINGEN HISTORY GROUP – Lingen History Group will meet on Monday at Lingen village hall at 8pm. Martin Davies will give a talk on Diaries of a Shropshire Farmer 19th Century . Admission will be £3.50 at the door and everyone is most welcome.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS – Lingen village hall are showing the film Summer In February (15), starring Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning and Dan Stevens on March 14, at 7.30pm. Admission will be £4 and refreshments will be available during the interval.

ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE – The Royal Voluntary Service is looking for volunteers in this area to provide the Good Neighbours Service.

There are several elderly people in the area that need assistance.

If you can spare an hour a week please contact the office on 01597 824931.

FLORAL ARTS – The next meeting of Presteigne and Borders Floral Arts Society will take place on Wednesday at the memorial hall at 7.30pm.

The AGM will take place first.

This will be followed by a talk by Anne Cummings on Graphology – handwriting analysis. There will be refreshments and a raffle. For further details call 01547 529244.

QUIZ – There is a fun quiz at The Radnor Arms in New Radnor tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm.

Teams of up to four members costs £10 per team and there are prizes for the top three finishers.

All proceeds will go to The Dragon Fire After School Club. To book a team or for further information call Kelly on 260851.

FILM SOCIETY – Presteigne Film Society will show the film Gloria (15), on March 14, at 8pm.

Admission will be £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for students with identification. For further details call Pete on 370202 or Alex on 260577 or visit presteignefilms.org.uk for future presentations.

BINGO – There is a charity bingo session at The Assembly Rooms on March 15 at 7pm with eyes down at 7.30pm. Would you like to donate a prize for the bingo or raffle? Any size cask donations would be gratefully received also.

This will go towards buying bigger prizes. To donate a prize call 260485. All proceeds will go to Cancer Research.

Preston on Wye

WHIST DRIVE – Preston on Wye village hall, March 14, 7.30pm.

Ross

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 Heartstart Course (CPR), at Tudorville Community Centre, Ross on Wye, March 28 from 11am to 1pm. Booking essential. To book your place call Shari Vandervelde on 07510 430583.

You will learn how to call for help, help someone who is unconscious, recognise the warning signs of a heart attack, deal with choking or serious bleeding and perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Simple skills to save lives.

herefordshireheartstart.org tel 0845 60 60 654 Twitter @ Heartstart_hfd. Donations important.

Staunton on Wye

GROUP PARISH COUNCIL – Planning Application Nos P133490/F and P133445/L – Jarvis ‘Old School site’ – for the conversion of existing building and associated works to create 14 new close care units of accommodation for the elderly; construction of a new-build 70-bedroom nursing home; landscaping; amendments to access and car parking; and all other ancillary works.

The group parish council’s comments on this application are: The size of the project is out of proportion to the village size, the new part will block off light from existing dwellings in the Weavers Orchard area, there is concern about the increased traffic movement in the village in particular the entrance through the Marches Housing lane approach where the playground and the playing field are sited.

This lane should not be used as an entrance to the proposed site.

Concern about the capacity of the sewage system to absorb the greater usage.

It would be better to use the Old School building as a nursing home but use the remainder of the site as housing for young people.

The parish council recommended that the application be refused.

Stoke Lacy

RACE NIGHT – The Much Cowarne PCC is holding a race night at the Plough Inn at Stoke Lacy tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Admission £5, to include light refreshments.

Anyone unable to attend can still ‘buy’ a horse for £10, with a chance to win £30. Please call Barry Bufton on 01432 820024 for details.

PARISH COUNCIL – Stoke Lacy parish council will meet in the village hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday.

All parishioners are welcome to attend.

WI – The Much Cowarne WI will meet in Stoke Lacy village hall March 14.

The talk for the evening will be Feel Good, Stay on Top with Good Nutrition, presented by David Barrie. The competition will be A Health Tip.

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

Sutton St Nicholas

THE HEREFORD RAIL MAIL VOICE CHOIR – A concert by the renowned and very popular Hereford Rail Male Voice Choir will be held in the village hall Saturday at 7.30pm.

Tickets £6, including light refreshments, available on 01432 880373.

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

Weobley

COMPANION DOG SHOW – March 23, The Hopelands, Weobley village hall. In aid of Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary.

Entries taken from 11am, judging from noon.

Pedigree classes and novelty classes. Refreshments, raffle etc.

Enquiries Mrs J Shepherd 01544 327117, Mrs S Glithero 01432 880 553.

Withington

QUIZ NIGHT – Come and enjoy a fantastic fun quiz evening at Withington village hall (HR1 3PP) on March 15. Start time is 7.30pm prompt. Teams of up to six can be pre-booked, or made up on the night. Family teams welcome.

Tickets are £6 each, including a ploughman’s supper (under 16s are £3). Bring your own drinks.

Telephone 01432 850074 for more information.

Proceeds go to St Peter’s Church, Withington.

LENT LUNCH – Enjoy a simple soup lunch at Withington village hall (HR2 3PP) on March 19, at noon. Meet people and chat to your friends whilst helping to raise money for St Michaels Hospice with your donation.

Herefordshire Health Service Retirement Fellowship

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

Our guest speaker this month is Mr Roger Davies, who will be giving his presentation on plants and flowers. Just in time for a spot of spring-time gardening advice.

Our fellowship amblers walks will start up again on April 1, Wyevale to Stretton – weather permitting!

The next organised social event is the Hereford Musical Theatre Company’s production of Red Hot and Cole, early in May, at the Tomkins Theatre on Whitecross Road, Hereford.

All NHS retirees are very welcome to come along and join us.

For further information please contact vice-chairman Ann Rosser on 01432 266185.

Herefordshire Model Aero Club

HEREFORDSHIRE Model Aero Club has vacancies for new members and offers a 50% reduction on the normal annual membership subscription of £75 for 2014, with no enrolment fee.

The club, established almost 50 years ago, caters for radio controlled, fixed-wing model aircraft at its large flying site at Much Marcle, behind the garage (HR8 2LX).

Models are powered either by internal combustion motors (normally glow-plug variety) or increasingly by electric power – almost silent and very clean.

The club can offer training for newcomers to the hobby; advice on models and equipment; and can train, and examine, to the recognised national proficiency certificate operated by the British Model Flying Association (BMFA), to which the club is affiliated.

All club members need to be individual members of the BMFA but the club can also arrange that if necessary.

BMFA membership provides essential insurance cover as part of its service.

If anyone is interested in learning more please contact the secretary Bernard Morris on 07720 677056 or email bernard.morris@ homecall.co.uk Visit: herefordshiremac.org.

Visits to the flying site by anyone considering applying to join are welcomed as a useful introduction to what goes on. Normally the best time for that is a Sunday morning (around 10am to noon) when weather permits. At present the field is very wet but members are ever hopeful that things will soon improve. All they ask is that you ensure farm gates are closed behind visitors if they are closed when they arrive.

Llanfair Waterdine WI

THE December meeting was entitled Christmas Music and Hands on Session with Tanglin Handbell Ringers, this was a lovely, seasonal meeting enjoyed by all, with lots of Christmas music played by the extremely proficient handbell ringers and also with members of the WI having a go with some simple pieces.

This was followed by a delicious supper provided by Margaret Swancott and Freda Powell.

Following the success of the lunch at the Hundred House Inn, Bleddfa earlier in the year, Joan Siviter, outings organiser arranged for a seasonal dinner at the inn for the December outing, which was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by members who attended.

The WI Christmas get-together took place on December 21 in Everest hall and included carols around the piano. The profits were sent to Hope House Children’s Hospice.

The annual Christmas party was held at Everest hall. Members shared the work of the party, which resulted in a wonderful selection of food, followed by games and entertainment, which included a Llanfair Waterdine WI tradition of The Hat Game, which was fun for all taking part or watching and was won by Louise Home.

The February meeting was entitled Sugar Craft Demonstration with WI member Mary Morgan.

Mary gave a demonstration of how to make one of her beautiful sugar craft roses and showed members how to handle the sugar craft paste and the various stages involved in this technical and intricate process. She explained how to glue the petals together, how to colour the roses to make them look realistic and how to wire the individual roses to make a larger spray. Mary also brought with her some samples of the beautiful decorations that she had made in the past.

Mary’s demonstration was followed by a delicious supper provided by Philippa Boast and Barbara Carter.

Prior to Mary’s demonstration, Phil Morris, parish clerk of Llanfair Waterdine parish council explained the process of filling councillor vacancies on the council, which has several vacancies at present. During supper Rebecca Morris gave a brief talk about her charity walk, in aid of Shelter Cymru, which she commenced on March 1, all around Wales.

Institution of Civil Engineers

SEVERN BRIDGE TALK – The Severn Bridge – a History.

Speaker: Jerry Cutter, director, Flint and Neill Ltd. ICE Hereford and Worcester Group. Thursday, March 13, 6pm for 6.30pm, The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU. This talk will present a summary of the history of the bridge and provide some of the background to its development together with aspects of its design, construction, strengthening, refurbishment, maintenance and the present day operation within the context of the Severn Crossings Concession Agreement.

About the speaker: Jerry Cutter joined Flint and Neill for the Severn Bridge Strengthening contracts in 1987. He was based at the bridge for the next 17 years and retains an involvement with ongoing maintenance activities and operations.

Booking is essential, not because of limited numbers, but to ensure sufficient buffet food. Parking is not available within the Commandery grounds but there are public car parks nearby. For further information and to reserve your place contact Andrew Culley at aanda.llanfair@virgin.net

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