Your County Times: Almeley to Wormbridge, plus clubs and societies, March 13, 2014.

Your County Times: Almeley to Wormbridge, plus clubs and societies, March 13, 2014.

Your County Times: Almeley to Wormbridge, plus clubs and societies, March 13, 2014.

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PUDDING EVENT – At 6.30pm in Almeley village hall on March 15, £5 for puddings, tea/coffee or soft drinks. If you have a favourite pudding why not bring it along plus a copy of the recipe to share.

Contact Sue on 01544 340635.

SUNDAY LUNCH – The next Sunday lunch is March 23 in Almeley village hall. Doors open 12.30pm, lunch served at 1pm, £9.50 for three courses plus tea or coffee.

Booking essential, by Wednesday on 01544 327635.

WI – So far this year members have enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Angel, Kingsland, had a talk from the Alzheimer’s Society and will soon be testing their general knowledge skills against other groups and clubs in the village with a quiz on March 20.

The next meeting will be a silver jewellery demonstration by Karen Harmer on April 17 at 7.30pm in Almeley village hall.

There is a varied and interesting programme and new members are always welcome.

Please contact Sally Tuffs on 01544 340348 or Sue Knight on 01544 327558.


100 CLUB – The winners of the March draw of the Ashperton Church 100 club were: 1st Alan Dixon; 2nd Hazel Fortey; 3rd Barbara Barnes; 4th Guy Butcher.

Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls

CHURCH – On Sunday there will be an evensong service at Leinthall Earls at 3.30pm.

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 015658 709031, Ken Holland 01568 770367, Helen Roberts 01568 770486 FILM CLUB – There was an even larger turnout for the second monthly film, Captain Phillips (12A), which was shown in Aymestrey parish hall recently.

If you would like to get involved in the film club or have any suggestions please send an e-mail to

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 e-mail and you will be put you on the mailing list. The next film club night will be on April 6, when Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom (12A), will be shown.

For anyone who finds it difficult to get to the parish hall or has transport issues we may be able to arrange for someone to collect you and drop you home after the film.

Please email or call on 01568 770816 a few days before the showing.

Bishops Frome

BINGO – At Bishops Frome village hall on Monday in aid of SEED (Secondary Education to Encourage Development) supporting children in Tanzania.

Plenty of excellent prizes.

Eyes down at 8pm.

LENT LUNCHES – Tomorrow (Friday) there will be a Lent lunch in the village centre from noon till 2pm. It is being promoted by Acton Beauchamp, Evesbatch and Stanford Bishop, and will be in aid of Beth’s Wish.

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


VILLAGE LOTTERY – Pat Astley with her number 45 won £25 on March 1.


PLANT AND SHRUB SALE – There will be a plant and shrub sale, plus coffee morning at Bodenham church on Tuesday from 10am till noon. All proceeds in aid of St Michaels.

TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA – The next Travels With a Camera will be on Wednesday from 7.30pm till 9.15pm in the chapel in Chapel Lane and will feature The Derbyshire Peak District – a 100- mile walk around the Peak District presented by Peter Strevens. Admission £3 includes light refreshments. All are welcome.

BODENHAM CARERS GROUP – The carers group will meet at the Siward James Centre from 2pm till 3.30pm on Monday and will be given a mini massage taster session by Hayley Davis. Further details available from 01432 356068.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS – Presents Philomena (12A) tomorrow (Friday). 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 or commnews@

Bredwardine and Brobury

100 CLUB - The Friends of St Andrew 100 Club draw took place in the Red Lion Inn on March 6. It was hosted by Nigel Sellar and drawn by Claire Wozencroft.

First prize of £50 was won by Keith Cartwright with ticket number 34. Second prize of £25 was won by Sheila and Joe Perry with ticket number six. Third prize of £15 was won by Jen and Alan Maddison with ticket number 98. The winner of the In It To Win It prize of £10 was Jan Staley.

Congratulations to all winners and thanks to everyone for their support and making this such a lively evening.

The April draw will be held at 8pm on April 3 in the Red Lion Inn. Contact Jen Maddison on 01981 500048 for details and further information about the club.

COFFEE, CAKE AND MARKET – There will be a coffee morning in Bredwardine village hall tomorrow (Friday) from 10am until midday. This is a chance to meet up with old and new friends over coffee and cake.

Included in the market are a number of stalls selling fresh vegetables, home-baked cakes, jams and chutneys and organisers 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


PARISH COUNCIL – At the meeting of Breinton parish council in January, planning consultants Page Swinford gave a presentation to a packed audience to explain the intention to submit a planning application for the creation of a disabled and able-bodied leisure/angling facility at Banbh Farm. The intention was to include a residence for the land owner and 10 lodges for the anglers, along with a lake for course fishing, and stages along the Wye.

On February 7, Page Swinford wrote to the parish council to explain that the angling project has now been “put on hold’’.

However, it is still the landowner’s intention to proceed with an application for a roadside dwelling.

The parish council formally adopted the draft Community Led Plan that has taken some two years to produce. Members of the steering group have put a huge amount of effort into the project and the parish council is rightly proud of the final document. The document (and appendices) will be made available on the website In due course, paper copies will be available from the clerk on request, call 01432 340129.

Parish council members have now started their work on developing a Neighbourhood Plan. The area for the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) has been agreed by Herefordshire council, and parish councillors are looking for volunteers to help on the steering group to help push the process forward.

The parish council will be making use of assistance from Kirkwells who have a background in helping councils with their plan.

The NP will be a legal document and will help to guide and influence the development of the community. If you would like to be involved in the steering group, then please contact the clerk.

The weather over recent weeks has taken its toll on the roads in Breinton. If you want to report any damaged lanes, there are four options open to you: n Use the link on the Herefordshire council website: and-highways/maintenance/ roads-maintenance/cg-report- road-defects n email streets@herefordshire. n phone Herefordshire council (highways) – 01432 261800 n contact the parish clerk to make the report, 01432 340129, or If you do contact the clerk, always leave your contact details.

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL - Number 45 won £25 for Mrs A Evans on March 1.


LOW IMPACT EXERCISE CLASS - Tuesday 6pm - 7pm. Zumba fitness, Thursday 6pm - 7pm.

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or

Eaton Bishop

BEETLE DRIVE – Will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm.

Tickets £6 to include sausage and mash supper. Bring your own drink. Eaton Bishop village hall.

KARAOKE NIGHT – Will be held on April 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 to include cottage pie supper. Bar available. Eaton Bishop village hall. Tickets for the above events phone Rosie 01981 251928 or Kathee 01981 250357.

YOGA – Every Thursday morning 10am – 11.15am. Details from Nicky Jaques on 07817 268689.

HALL BOOKINGS - To book the hall for your event phone Gerry on 01981 251527.

Ewyas Harold

PILGRIM COURSE - The next one in the series will be tomorrow (Friday), 7pm at the rectory.

JAM ON SUNDAY - There will be jam on Sunday, a time for younger children at the Baptist Chapel starting at 10.10am.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - In conjunction with the Borderlines Festival there will be a showing of Justin and the Knights of Valor (PG) - a delightful feature length cartoon, in the memorial hall on Sunday starting at 4pm.

LENT LUNCH - Meet on Thursday, March 20, 12 noon in the Baptist chapel hall for a period of study followed by soup lunch. All welcome.


EASTER EGG APPEAL - Since SA Evans’ Easter Egg Challenge started in 2002, Dignity staff across the country have collected thousands of Easter eggs for children. This is the 12th year that the funeral directors have taken part in the challenge and they would like to be able to give an egg to every child and families involved with the local Women’s Aid. You can donate an egg by calling in at SA Evans, 23/24 Gaol Street, Hereford. Help bring some Easter cheer to children away from home this Easter, and help us make this Easter extra special.

HEREFORDSHIRE AND MARCHES ASSOCIATION OF NATIONAL TRUST MEETINGS are held in the Gardner Hall, Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DT. The next meeting will be held on March 25 at 7.30pm. A talk by Scott Whittaker on John Lewis Partnership/Waitrose. Admission £2 (including tea and coffee).

Further details from Sheila Taylor on 01432 268243.


NEW LOW IMPACT EXERCISE CLASS - Luctonians RC. Monday 9.45am to 10.45am, all ages, all abilities. Pay as you go sessions.

Zumba fitness - Mondays 6-7pm.

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or

COFFEE MORNING - Saturday, 10am til 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 will go towards a kissing gate to replace the very old stile at the back of the church field.

CURRY AND DISCO NIGHT - March 29 at Luctonians, 8pm til late. Tickets £10 to include curry available from Lisa Juson 01568 708002 or email Proceeds to Luctonians Under 16 South Africa tour.

CURRY AND MUSIC EVENING - To be held at Kingsland Coronation hall on Saturday commencing at 7pm. Music will be provided by The Castle Street Quartet who are an excellent group of musicians providing music to suit a wide range of tastes and ages. The meal is being provided by the Bangla Lounge from Leominster, who have an excellent reputation locally. There will be a suitable alternative for people who do not enjoy curry.

Tickets are available from the Post Office or the Rectory and are priced at £15 each, which is wonderful value, for such an event.

EDUCATION SUNDAY - Sunday is education Sunday in church and children will be involved, with bible readings and prayers, as a means of rehearsing for the forthcoming Performing Arts Festival in Hereford, later in the week.

LENT COURSE - Will commence on Wednesday at the rectory commencing at 7.30pm and will be taken by the Rev Nick Read, whose theme will be Ethics.

Anyone interested in attending please contact the rectory.

FIELD NOTES - 7.30pm, March 28, Coronation Hall, Kingsland, HR6 9QS. 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 brand new work for this performance.

Harris’ freestanding textile artwork will transform the space into both a gallery and a concert hall as four of BCMG’s world- class musicians perform Skempton’s new piece, as well as short pieces by other leading composers. 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 atmosphere.

There will be a licensed bar and light refreshments from 7pm.

Tickets £12 adult; £5 children/student are available from Kingsland Post Office, The Garden Tea Room Kingsland and telephone 01568 709579.

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


BORDER MARCHES EARLY MUSIC FORUM - Presents a workshop on Renaissance Dance.

Dancers and instrumentalists will explore together the dances that entertained 16th century Europe.

The tutor will be the early dance specialist Mary Collins. The event will be held on Saturday at the community leisure centre, Lady Hawkins School, Kington from 10am to 4.30pm. The charge will be £16 for Early Music Fora members, £18 for non-members, £5 for students.

Call Fran Johnstone on 01544 267397 or email or see www.bmemf. for further details.

COMPUTER COURSES - Improve your computer skills with a range of courses at Marches Access Point. Manage Your Computer, Mondays, 2-4pm; Introduction to Word 2010, Tuesdays 10am to noon; New to Computers, Tuesdays 2-4pm; Prepare Photos for Web Publicity, Tuesdays 6-8pm; Introduction to Digital Photography, Thursdays 2-4pm; Create Your Own Website, Fridays, 10am to 1pm. Marches Access Point, The Old Police Station, Market Hall Street, Kington, 01544 231771, info@map-


KNIGHTON TOWN SILVER BAND - The 100 Club winners for March were: 1st (£15) Wyndham Edwards, Newtown, 2nd (£10) Steve Edwards, Newtown and 3rd (£5) Jane Burton, Llandrindod Wells.

COFFEE MORNING - There will be a coffee morning at the church hall, Knighton on Saturday starting at 10.30am. At the event there will be cakes, books and bric-a- brac for sale.

CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY - St Edward’s church, Knighton 10.30am family service led by the Rev Melia Cope. St David’s church, Whitton, 9.30am holy communion led by the Rev Petra Beresford-Webb. St Andrew’s church, Norton 11am, morning worship led by the Rev Petra Beresford- Webb. Knighton Baptist church 11am with communion led by the Rev Maggie Rich.

Knucklas Baptist church 6.30pm led by the Rev Maggie Rich.

Knighton Methodist church 11am holy communion led by the Rev Pauline Long. Knighton Catholic church 11am celebration of holy mass.

THE RIVER TEME – There will be a meeting at the Reynolds Room in Knighton community centre on Wednesday with representatives from the Monty Rivers Project.

At the meeting Knighton’s river, the Teme will be discussed. If anyone is concerned about the amount of rubbish in the river or has any ideas on what could be done to improve it they are invited to attend.

COFFEE MORNING – There will be a coffee morning at Knighton Baptist church on Thursday, March 20, from 10.30am till 11.30am. Teas, cakes and bric-a- brac stall.

TIGER KLOOF SCHOOL – The parish of East Radnor invites everyone to meet representatives of Tiger Kloof School from the north western province of South Africa.

At the meeting will be Atisang Mothale the deputy principal, Paco Sechogo a grade 11 boy, Keabetswe Masego a grade 11 girl, Cathy Boobbyer the events manager and Mark Boobbyer director of the Tiger Kloof Education Institute.

They are in Britain for two weeks, developing links with schools and visiting people who have supported them. This includes the parish of East Radnor which contributed to the Tiger Kloof development fund.

The event will be held in the church hall, Knighton, on Thursday, March 20, starting at 7pm. There will be a light, bring and share buffet. For more information 01547 528704. During the evening there will be a short video about the school and the visitors will speak about South Africa today and the legacy of apartheid.

HEYOPE LADIES GUILD – The next meeting of St David’s church, Heyope Ladies Guild will be at Knucklas community centre on Tuesday starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Mr A T Evans on the subject of ‘In and around Knucklas in the early days’.


FLICKS IN THE STICKS – March 14, 7.30pm, Summer in February (15) starring Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning and Dan Stevens.

Admission £4. Refreshments available beforehand and during the interval.

Little Dewchurch

FLICKS IN THE STICKS – Hyde Park on Hudson (12), starring Bill Murray, Olivia Colman and Samuel West. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. £4 adults £2.50 children. Enquiries to 01432 840760.


WILLOW WORKSHOP – At Madley Environmental Centre, Saturday, 10am-1pm. Choose between making a woven ‘wigwam’ to support your climbing plants or a living willow chair. £15 (£12 concessions), which includes items made and refreshments.

Booking essential, either online at or phone Louise on 01981 512561.

Mansel Lacy

ALL IN THE APRIL EVENING – An evening of words and music, hosted by the Mansel Singers, to be held on April 5 at the community centre, at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available, bring your own drink and glass. Tickets: adults £6 children £3. Contact Jane and Robin Cox tel 01981 590269 or the Mansel Singers.


MARDEN History Society - Looks forward to a presentation by David Ross of Hereford and the Civil War. The meeting will take place on Monday at the Marden community room/school at 7.45pm. Visitors are most welcome at a cost of £2/head to include tea/coffee and biscuits.

Michaelchurch Escley

FLICKS IN THE STICKS – Presents What Maisie Knew (15) on Wednesday at Escleyside hall.

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

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.


CHURCH 200 CLUB – The draw took place at Mordiford church on March 1. The winners were: Number 212, Greg Cotton £90, number 21, Jean Hunt £60, number 86, Mark Day £30. Members subscriptions are due on April 1.

If you would like to join and have your own number the cost is 50 pence per week, payable in one sum of £26. The draw takes place on the first of every month. Prizes are: £90, £60, £30 and now a fourth prize of £15. All proceeds go to Mordiford Church. Winning numbers are printed in the Beneficial, The Hereford Times , and on posters around the village.

Please contact Mrs Sue Day on 01432 850375 or email sueday14@ The next Parochial Church Council meeting will be held at Sufton Court on March 21 at 7.30pm.

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 the questionnaires regarding the future of the Burley Gate village shop and post office should be returned to one of the drop-off points no later than tomorrow (Friday). The results will then be discussed at a parish council meeting in the Burley Gate village hall on Tuesday.

PARISH COUNCILS – The parish councils for Ocle Pychard Group and Much Cowarne group will meet in Burley Gate village hall Tuesday, at 7.30pm and will be discussing the results of the post office/shop questionnaire. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

VILLAGE LITTER PICK – Much Cowarne parish councillors have organised a village litter-pick for March 22, with volunteers asked to meet up outside the Burley Gate post office at 10am. Litter- pickers, bags, hoops and gloves will be provided, but if anyone has their own equipment they are asked to bring it. Everyone is welcome to join in.

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


UNDER-18s FOOTBALL – Presteigne under-18s’ postponed match against Hereford United under-18s in the semi-final of The Giant Killers Cup will take place today at Llanandras Park with a 7.30pm KO.

Hereford Under-18s recently took Manchester City Under- 18s to extra time in The English FA Youth Cup, so why not come down and support our local boys and maybe see a star or two of the future.

BINGO – Don’t forget there is a charity bingo evening on Saturday at the Royal British Legion Club at 7pm, with eyes down at 7.30pm.

Please note the correct venue.

There will be loads of great prizes including a top prize of a colour TV with built-in DVD. There will also be a raffle.

If you would like to donate a prize, please, or for more information call 260485.

100 CLUB – The football club recently held its 100 club for the month of February at The Wine Bar.

Landlady Sarah Minskip drew the following winners. £100 Mrs Pam Saunders, £50 Marge Weiland, £40 Mike Mockler and £25 Colin and Ruth Kirkby.

The next draw will take place on March 28 in The Radnorshire Arms.

MUSIC – There is a rare visit to Mid Wales of Nashville singer- songwriter Gail Davies, who will be joined by Rob Price (bass/ vocals) and Dave Luke (guitar/ vocals) at St Andrew’s Church hall on March 21 at 8pm.

Tickets are £10 and can be purchased by calling Dave on 07967 029159 or email

FILM – Barrie Gavin’s film Memorials Of A Quiet Life, about the painters Ann and Graham Arnold, will be shown at The Assembly Rooms on March 21 at 8pm.

Donations will be collected at the door on entry and will go to MBA.

BALLADEERS AND CHANCERS – There is a session of Balladeers and Chancers at The Dukes Arms on March 27 from 8.30pm.

This month Murray Esplin and A Month Of Sundays will be performing. If you want to perform then just turn up and take your turn or call 07837 944090.

Everyone welcome.

FOOTBALL – The football club would like to remind everyone that this Saturday’s match against Rhayader Reserves will kick off at the earlier time of 1pm.

BORDERS STROKE CLUB – Presteigne Border Stroke Club meets every second Monday in the month at the Community Support Centre in Hereford Street. For further details call Marjorie on 267059 or Marlie on 260481.

FILM SOCIETY – Presteigne Film Society will show Gloria (15) at The Assembly Rooms tomorrow at 8pm. Admission will be £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for students.

For further details call Pete 370202 or Alex 260577 or visit http://

MUSIC – Bex Tale Soap present Northanger Abbey at The Assembly Rooms on Saturday at 8pm.

Admission is £8 at the door or tickets are available from The Wine Bar.

TALK – Rev Nicholas Bury, former Dean of Gloucester, is giving a talk on The Wilderness Paintings of Stanley Spencer in St Michael’s Church on Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm. A minimum donation of £5 is asked in aid of Herefordshire Mind Charity. For further details visit http://www.

TUESDAY CLUB – The new venture Presteigne’s 4th Tuesday Club starts on March 25 and every 4th Tuesday of each month at St Andrew’s Church hall. For the first session there will be a soup and dessert lunch from noon followed by a local after-lunch speaker. Tickets are £3.50 per person.

Numbers are required for catering purposes. If you intend to come please call Jonathon on 262712.

SERVICES – There is a service of holy communion at Lingen Church this Sunday at 9.30am.

This will be followed by a morning service at St Andrew’s Church at 11am. Everyone is most welcome to both services.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS – Presents Summer In February (15) tomorrow at 7.30pm. Admission will be £4. Refreshments will be served before and during the interval. For further details call 260865 or visit http://www.lingen.

HISTORY GROUP – The next meeting of Byton, Combe, Kinsham and Stapleton History Group will be a week later than normal on Thursday, March 20, in the Arkwright hall, Kinsham, at 7.30pm. This month Dr Keith Ray will talk on Rethinking Wapley Hill Fort.

Admission is £3 per person, which will include tea and coffee.

Everyone is welcome.

BISYOC –The International Youth Orchestra Exchange requires a local volunteer manager in this area to assist the management team. Tasks will include raising the local profile, organising concerts etc.

If you are interested email for a full role.

Staunton on Wye

TABLE TOP SALE – At Staunton- on-Wye Primary School on Saturday from 9.30am until noon.

Come along and find a bargain.

Refreshments available.

For more information or to book a table, contact the school office on 01981 500331. Tables £5 (businesses £10).

WHIST DRIVE – March 28 at the village hall, HR4 7LR, 7.30pm start. £2 per person. All welcome.

In aid of Weobley and Staunton Surgery funds, Midlands Air Ambulance and Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Stoke Lacy

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

FRIENDSHIP CLUB – The Friendship Club will meet in Stoke Lacy’s village hall at 10.30am next Tuesday. The topic for the event will be Interesting Churches and there will be a hot meal available from the WRVS once the meeting has ended.

Meals should be ordered on 01432 267555, preferably no later than today.

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


BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL – Showing of Captain Phillips (12A) in the Lady Emily Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday. Refreshments will be available before the film and in the half-time interval.

Tickets will be £4.50 on the door.

Please contact John Tallis for further details on 01432 890720.


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

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.


QUIZ NIGHT - Come and enjoy a
fantastic fun quiz evening at
Withington village hall (HR1 3PP)
on Saturday. Start time is 7.30pm
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
Proceeds go to St Peter’s Church,
LENT LUNCH - Enjoy a simple
soup lunch at Withington village
hall (HR2 3PP) on Wednesday at 12
noon. Meet people and chat to
your friends whilst helping to
raise money for St Michael’s
Hospice with your donation.
JOHN SPARRY - Come and enjoy
a great evening of music and
humour with John Sparry and his
band. This wonderful raconteur
will regale you with tales and
jokes, all interspersed by music
from the band.
Withington village hall (HR1 3PP)
on March 29, 7.30pm. A hot supper
is included in the price of £10 pre-
booked (£12 un-booked).
There will be a bar available.
Telephone 01432 850074. Proceeds
in aid of St Peter’s Church,


LENT LUNCH - Over £400 was
raised with donations for the St
Michael’s Hospice redevelopment
appeal at a charity Lent lunch in
the lovely home of Mr and Mrs
Ted Clive, Whitfield, in
Around 35 local guests enjoyed
pre-lunch drinks in the library,
followed by a seated lunch in the
elegant dining room. Lunch was
simple but delicious, comprising
an assortment of homemade
soups, bread, cheese and fruit. St
Michael’s is extremely grateful
for such wonderful support.
In January 2013 the much-needed
redevelopment appeal was
launched for St Michael’s Hospice
to raise funds to significantly
upgrade the hospice to ensure its
long-term position as a specialist
palliative care centre and leader
in end-of-life care in the region.
Thanks to an incredible response
from the local community, together with commitment from a number of trusts and grant makers,
alongside funds designated by the
hospice, St Michael’s is well on its
way to securing all of the funds
necessary to deliver this major
project. However, a further £1.5
million still needs to be raised
over the next 12 months to ensure
that the project can be completed

Breinton Ringcraft Society

CHRISTINE Staff had a good day at Newtown Open show with her homebred flat coated retriever - Bonnyhilbrae Ebony Silk, winning Best Puppy in Breed and Puppy Group 3, at only seven months old.

At Gloucester Open Show, Lynne Bradley’s Pointer Teisgol King Alfred was Best of Breed and Gundog Group 2 winner.

At Mid Western Gundog Open Show, Jeanette Shepherd’s golden retriever - Beaujean Ambassador was placed in both classes and Tregeseal Tonic of Beaujean won Open and Reserve Best of Breed.

The next match will be on March 19.

Breinton Ringcraft Society are holding their annual general meeting on May 14 at Stretton Sugwas village hall, 9pm after training.

Nominations or agenda items must be submitted to the secretary, in writing, by April 30.

Nomination forms can be collected from the club on training nights.

These can be sent by email or post to: Mrs J Shepherd (secretary), Breinton Ringcraft Society, The Birches, Almeley, Hereford, HR3 6LQ;

Bretforton Silver Band

BRETFORTON Silver Band will be holding a charity concert this Saturday at St Leonards Church, Bretforton, at 7.30pm. Proceeds will go to the Cots for Tots appeal.

The appeal supports the work of staff, saving the lives of the sickest, most premature babies from the southwest of England and to entirely fund the running costs of Cots for Tots House which provides free accommodation for parents. See more at

Entrance to the concert is free but there will be a retiring collection.

Organisers hope to see many people there to raise as much money as possible.

Golden Valley Craft Society

THE Golden Valley Craft Society is exhibiting and selling at All Saints Church, Hereford until Saturday from10am to 4pm.

Inside this lovely church you will see jewellery, stationary, pressed flowers, photography, knitting, felting and more, including by special permission, hats which are second hand and good condition so just right perhaps for the spring weddings etc.

Refreshments available at the restaurant.

Hereford Civic Society

Architects and Craftsmen 1700 to 1930 . David Whitehead, local historian, presents a survey of those responsible for creating Hereford, on Thursday, March 20 at 7pm, with refreshments before a 7.30pm start. The talk will be held at the Kindle Centre, by ASDA, Belmont, Hereford, HR2 7JE.

Members: Free but admission is £3 for guests (refunded if you join HCS on the night).

Presteigne and Norton Twinning Association

PRESTEIGNE and Norton Twinning Association will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary this year and will be welcoming French friends from twin town Ligné in Brittany on the weekend of May 1. They will stay in private houses in Presteigne and Norton and there will be a full programme of events, both locally and in Wales.

To fundraise for this event, there will be a crafty flea market in the Memorial hall this Saturday, 9am - 1pm, and a French pudding evening at the church hall on April 12, 7.30pm – tickets from Bennett’s Electricians. A duck race will follow on April 13 at Wents Meadow and tickets for the ducks will be on sale in the High Street.

The twinning association warmly welcomes new members (membership is free). Contact Ruth Kirkby 01544 267811.

Ross Rotary Club

LAST week’s meeting of Ross Rotary Club was held at Yaks ‘n’ Yetis Gurkha restaurant in Brookend Street. Members, partners, friends and guests enjoyed an excellent two course Nepalese buffet meal followed by a presentation given by Dr Tim Mitchell on the work of The Pahar Trust Nepal.

Dr Mitchell is a GP in Bristol, a Rotarian and trustee of the Pahar Trust. He has made a number of trips to Nepal to oversee the trust’s many projects.

The trust was established in 1993 and shas completed 76 projects, mainly schools, but other projects include health posts and hostels and the provision of computer suites and playing fields.

More schools are currently being built in both east and west Nepal.

Projects ideally engage the whole community and a key element is the School Friendship Link Scheme, which establishes links between schools in Nepal and the UK.

A fundraising raffle was held on the night and Ross Rotary thanks Dr Mitchell and the owner of Yaks ‘n’ Yetis, both of whom donated traditional Nepalese kukri knives as additional prizes.

The evening was very successful as the event raised over £300.

Ross Rotary Club meets every Monday evening 6.30pm for 7pm at the Chase Hotel.

Guests and potential members are very welcome. See:

Wellington Garden Club

THE next meeting of the Garden Club will be on Thursday, March 20 at 7.30pm in the community centre.

Dr Murray Mylcrease will talk on Planting by the Moon. As always, there will be refreshments and a raffle and visitors are always welcome.

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