Your County Times: Abbeydore to Whitney on Wye, plus clubs and societies, April 10, 2014.

Your County Times: Abbeydore to Whitney on Wye, plus clubs and societies, April 10, 2014.

Your County Times: Abbeydore to Whitney on Wye, plus clubs and societies, April 10, 2014.

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PLANT SALE - May 3, Abbeydore village hall, 2-4.30pm. Plants, afternoon tea and cake, children’s activities, stalls and lots more.

Donations of plants gratefully accepted. For further details please contact Ann (01981) 241352 or


EASTER BINGO - Allensmore Young Farmers Easter bingo, Wednesday, at Pateshall Hall, Allensmore. Doors open 7.30pm eyes down 8pm.

MAUNDY THURSDAY - Tickets are available for the traditional passover supper of lamb in St Andrew’s Church next Thursday, April 17. Explanations of the last supper details will be given around the serving of the meal.

The evening will start at 7pm.

Take this chance to see the church in a completely different layout.

Tickets can be purchased from the Cagebrook church wardens at £7.50 each.

COFFEE, CAKE AND CHAT - St Andrew’s Church will be open for refreshments on April 19, from 10am until 12noon. Cakes will be available to eat in the church or take away for Easter Sunday tea.

April 19 is Gift Day when monetary gifts are given to help keep the church open. In order to ensure St Andrew’s remains open £250 is required per week.

RAMBLE AND BARBECUE - The first of this year’s rambles and barbecues will start at Inkerman, home of Stephen and Carol Williams, April 19 at 3pm. Come along for a Spring walk around the footpaths of Allensmore and then celebrate Easter with a barbecue of local produce. This will be the first opportunity to test the 2013 Allensmore cider. Will 2013 be a vintage year? Everyone will be made welcome to attend the walk, the refreshments or both.

Further details can be obtained from Stephen on 01981 570568.

Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls

QUIZ NIGHT - The April quiz night takes place tomorrow (Friday). Start time 8pm prompt and a charge of £5 per team of up to four members will be made.

There will be a cash prize for the winning team and refreshments will be available. Contestants are welcome to bring their own alcoholic drinks if desired.

CHURCH - On Palm Sunday the benefice service will take place at Aymestrey at 11am. On Good Friday there will be a benefice service entitled Walking with the Cross at Leinthall Earls at 10.30am.

Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill

A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - Following the successful completion and publication of the Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill parish plan, the next project is to produce a neighbourhood plan which will establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill.

Once the plan is in place the planners will have to take account of it with every planning application that they deal with and residents will have more say in just where they do or do not want further development to take place.

If you are interested in the location of future housing in the parish, and particularly if you would like to take part in the preparation of a neighbourhood plan, you are invited to a meeting in the Village Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday to discuss where to go from here.

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


VILLAGE LOTTERY - Phil and Lesley Handscombe won £25 with number 40 on March 30.


LEISURE CLUB - Club members will have their first trip of the year. A coach will leave the parish hall at 11am and take them to the Jinny Ring Craft Centre at Hanbury in Worcestershire. The centre includes the Wagon House Gardens, a sculpture trail, gift shop, gallery, plants, craft studios and the all-important restaurant and tea room. The coach will leave the centre at 4.30pm.

The cost of the trip will be just £10 and bookings can be made on 01568 797268.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - The next film in the current flicks in the sticks season will be shown tomorrow (Friday) and will feature Captain Phillips (12A), released 2013, running time 128minutes. Refreshments are available during the interval.

Admission £4 (pay at the door).

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm showing. Any suggestions for future films are always welcome.

Contact Chris James at 01568 797451.

KNIT-IN - The Bodenham Romania support group will be holding a knit-in next Thursday, April 17, from 2pm till 4pm at 14 Brockington Road. Visitors are always welcome. Help is always available.

There is no charge for anything and wool can be provided if needed.

Donations of spare rug or knitting wool are always very welcome. Chairman Pat Horrigan 01568 797044.

ABERHONDDU MALE VOICE CHOIR - There will be a concert by the Aberhonddu Male Voice Choir in St Michael and All Angels Church at Bodenham on May 10, starting at 7pm. Tickets are now available, at £8 each, from Liz Davies on 01568 797628, Thelma Butcher on 797557, Veronica Howell on 797839 or from Bodenham post office. Wine and nibbles will be available at the interval. Children admitted free.

CORRESPONDENT - Martin Field, The Old School House, Burley Gate, Hereford, HR1 3QR.

01432 820074.

Bredwardine and Brobury

APRIL DRAW RESULTS - The Friends of St Andrew 100 club draw took place in the Red Lion Inn on April 3rd. It was hosted by Ralph and Jean Dubberley. First prize £50 won by Adrian Gale ticket 14, second prize £25 Laura and Peter Matthews 91, third prize £15 Thomas Harberd 113.

The winner of In It To Win It prize £10 Chris Staley.

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

The May draw will be held at 8pm on May 1, in the Red Lion Inn.

Contact Jen Maddison on 01981 500048 for details and further information about the club.

APRIL COFFEE, CAKE AND MARKET - There will be a coffee morning in Bredwardine village hall tomorrow, 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 stalls selling fresh vegetables, home-baked cakes, jams and chutneys and regular visits from Noggins a local pork 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.

AGE UK AT THE MARKET - Age UK is there to help with the challenges we face in later life, and their representatives will be at the Bredwardine market this month to offer advice on benefits, paying bills, care for the elderly and staying fit and healthy. Their visit is sponsored by the Jarvis Eleemosynary Charity. Contact Philip Bauer on 01981 500398 for more information.

BEDE AND AINE’S PARTY FOR ACORNS HOSPICE DOES VINTAGE - Join the fun at Bede and Aine’s tea party on Saturday, at Bredwardine village hall, from 2 to 4pm.

This will be an afternoon of nostalgic family fun, in aid of Acorns, the local children’s Hospice.

There will be tea and cakes, a pop- up museum of Interesting curios, the Tin Hill sweet shop, raffle, crafts and music from the Marvellous Mr Travill’s gramaphone wind-ups and Mrs Pepperpot, the lucky hen. Dress up (or down) in whatever vintage style you fancy, and be transported back to your childhood.

Contact Charlotte Sellar on 01981 500281 for further information.

LOCAL CORRESPONDENT - If you have Bredwardine and Brobury news or events that you would like to appear in the county times section of the Hereford Times, contact Kari Lawson on 01981 501077 or email

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL - Sheila Walker won £25 with number 40 on March 30.


LLANFAIR SINGERS - Conducted by the renowned Graham Trew and accompanied by Richard Lewis. In concert at St Bridget’s Church, Bridstow, May 10, at 7.30pm. Admission by donations to St Bridget’s Church and Help for Heroes £8, including light refreshments. Children under 16 free. Raffle. Tickets on the door or book ahead with Thelma Green 01989 567337, Ruth Haines 01989 563448 or Maria Ball 01989 563336.


BIG BREAKFAST - The best of British big breakfast on Saturday from 9am to 11.30am at the Simpson Hall, Burghill. Price £7.50 includes cereals, fruit juice, limitless tea/coffee, breakfast menu, raffle and sales table. In aid of the church of St Mary the Virgin, Burghill. For tickets or details, contact 01432 769337.

THEATRE - Bare Bones Theatre Company will be presenting Deckchairs, four short plays by Jean McConnell, each set at a seaside, at the Simpson Hall tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm. Tickets £5, available on the door or call the box office on 01981 540820.


EASTER FUN DAY - There will be an Easter Monday fun day on April 21 at Mountain Mayhem, Craswall, in aid of Craswall and Llanveynoe churches. Starting at noon, and ending with grand draw at 5pm with the fantastic first prize of a helicopter ride for four donated by Kidwells Solicitors. Frog Racing, bar, skittle alley, shooting range, good honest grub, scrummy teas, and ambrosial ice cream from the Rowlestone Dairy. Free admission, clean parking, under-cover facilities if wet.


EGGSTRAVAGANZA! - Imagination Station Pre-school and Nursery are joining forces with Credenhill Social Club to get you all searching for delicious Easter eggs. The Eggstravaganza will have something for everyone.

The ‘whatever the weather’ Egg hunt coupled with an animal trail will give you the chance to explore this leading nursery’s fabulous grounds, and the barbecue and cakes will be a tasty welcome home! For the competitive among you, there will be an Easter bonnet parade and some eggs-cellent skittles to play! Everyone is welcome, so for lots of fun for all ages, join us at Imagination Station, Station Road, Credenhill, Sunday, 11am to 2pm.


SEWING COURSE - A five week evening course in sewing begins on April 28 at Cusop village hall.

In each session, you will be taught the skills to complete a particular item. Over the weeks, these skills, and your confidence, will build, so that you’ll no longer feel scared of your sewing machine. You’ll learn about different fabrics, design, working with patterns and a range of decorative techniques.

You’ll also learn how to upcycle old blankets and clothes; turning them into beautiful new things for you and your home. If you are interested in learning afulfilling new skill in a friendly environment, please get in touch at


EXERCISE - Low impact exercise to music class, Cedar Hall. All ages, all abilities. Tuesday 6-7pm.

Zumba fitness, Cedar Hall, Thursday 6-7pm, both pay as you go sessions. Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or

Ewyas Harold

WALKING FOR HEALTH - Meet every Friday 10am outside the fish and chip shop for short gentle walks around the village led by an approved leader. Walks are open to everyone, there is no charge and the walks last about an hour.

KOFFI POT - From 10.30am in the Baptist hall for tea, coffee and a slice of cake, all are welcome.

Tomorrow there will be a Traidcraft stall.

PARISH COUNCIL - The March meeting was held in St Michael’s hall with Cllr J Webb in the chair, also present were Hereford Cllr Graham Powell, lengthsman Mr T Griffiths, the clerk and four members of the public.

An application for co-option was received from Mr Patrick Tandy, this was accepted and Mr Tandy was duly co-opted as a parish councillor.

In the open forum a report was received from ward Cllr Graham Powell.

The clerk would provide an update on work carried out in Priorsfield and where the pot- holes had not been filled in.

Regarding the lengthsman’s contract for 2014/15 it was agreed to renew Terry Griffiths’ contract and that Cllr R Weaver would act as the local contact with the lengthsman. It was also agreed that following the end of her probationary period the clerk would continue in her post as was agreed in her contract.

PALM SUNDAY - All age worship at St Michaels Church Sunday at 10am. Meet the two guest llamas at 9.45am outside the Post Office and join the procession into the church.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - A Late Quartet (15) will be shown in Memorial hall on Sunday at 4pm.

ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY GROUP - AGM/open meeting will be on Monday at 7pm at the Temple Bar meeting room, all welcome. Speaker Sam Thomas regarding test pits in Ewyas Harold. Come along if you want to be part of a village dig in summer 2014. Organisers are looking for amateur archaeologists to learn and participate.

ABBEY SINGERS - Will be singing The Cross of Christ at Dore Abbey on Tuesday at 7.30pm a Passiontide sequence of readings, prayers and music.

LENTEN LUNCH - At Walterstone for Christian Aid on Wednesday 12noon - 2pm.

MAUNDY SERVICE - Holy communion service 7pm in St Michaels Church.


FILM - The new archive film, Chewing The Cud (Memories from Hereford’s Old Livestock Market), will be screened at Cawley hall, Eye, tomorrow at 7.30pm. Cash bar and Just Rachel ice creams in the interval. Tickets £5. Pay at the door.

Afterwards there will be a Q and A with Catcher Media Social, so bring along your photos and stories to be added to the archive.

Enquiries Anita Syers-Gibson 01568 615836.


HISTORY GROUP - The next meeting of the Fownhope Local History Group will be held in the Memorial Hall tomorrow at 7.30pm. Penny Platts will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of cider making. There will be an opportunity to sample locally made cider. Non members (£2 entry fee) welcome.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - What has the council been doing with your money? Fownhope parishioners will get the chance to hear about progress with winter gritting, the lengthsman scheme, the community library, new bus services and care for local footpaths at the annual parish meeting at 7pm on Wednesday in the recreation pavilion. Last year’s community plan called for improvements to youth facilities and to the pavilion and hall, and a range of environmental schemes.

How are they getting on? And what are the issues that the new Neighbourhood Plan should seek to tackle in drawing up the blue- print for planning for the next twenty years. It’s your meeting. Have your say.

FOWNHOPE FARMERS’ MARKET - Will be held tomorrow in the village hall, 2pm to 4pm. All the usual stalls will be there including bread, fresh meat, vegetables, preserves, cakes, cards, books and gifts. Light refreshments available too.

THEATRE - Bare Bones Theatre Company will be presenting Deckchairs, four short plays by Jean McConnell, each set at a seaside, at the Memorial Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets £5, on the door or call 01981 540820.


EASTER SERVICES - St Mary’s Gladestry.

Palm Sunday - worship, with procession led by Christine Gould at 10.30am. Good Friday - a time of reflection at 1pm.

Easter Day 11.15am, holy Communion.


CIVIC SOCIETY MEETING - Hereford Civic Society’s next meeting will include an illustrated lecture: Design Review Panels – Is there a need for a Design Review Panel in Herefordshire?

by local architect Angus Jamieson. April 17; 7pm refreshments for a 7.30pm start.

Kindle Centre, near Asda, Hereford, HR2 7JE.

BOWLING CLUB DAY - Hereford Bowling Club on Bewell Street will be celebrating its 530th anniversary on April 12. Take part in this celebration from noon until 4pm.

Try bowling.

Shoes and bowls supplied.

Homemade cakes, bottle stall, raffle and table sale, all day refreshments.

A nice day for everyone.


LADIES’ GUILD - The Ladies’ Guild of St David’s church Heyope will hold its next meeting at Knucklas community centre on Tuesday starting at 7.30pm.

The speaker for the evening will be Laura Woodside-Jones, talking about her holiday to Virginia, USA.

Hope Under Dinmore

VILLAGE PLANS - On April 24 and 26 there will be open sessions at the village hall to discuss your ideas about future developments in the village. There will be very large maps and people to talk to, who would be glad to hear what you think the village needs, and where.

In the near future the government insists we must accept some new housing, and all village residents are invited to have their say about where developments would be best, or where they would not.

Your ideas for flood prevention would also be welcome.

The open sessions on April 24 will be from 8am until noon and 5pm until 8pm. The sessions on April 26 will be from 10am until 3pm.

PLANT SALE - The popular plant sale is on May 10, 2pm at the village hall. Parking is free.You can find unusual plants, herbs and vegetables as well as more familiar bedding plants, all at low prices. If you can help village hall funds by giving any kind of plants, please bring them to the hall that morning.


FUNDRAISING - At a recent coffee morning held by St Mary’s Church, Humber in aid of St Michael’s Hospice the sum of £365.45 was raised thanks to the hard work of the congregation and the generosity of those who came along to support the event.

CHEESE AND WINE - St Mary’s Church will also be holding a cheese and wine evening with their grand gourmet draw on Saturday in Risbury village hall at 7pm for church funds where people can come along and win one, or more, of the delicious dishes, both sweet and savoury, conjured up be the many talented cooks of the parish. For further information contact Mike Kimbery on 01568 760589.


EXERCISE - Low impact exercise to music classes, all ages, all abilities, Luctonians RC. Monday 9.45- 10.45am. Zumba fitness Monday 6-7pm. Both pay as you go sessions. Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or


QUIZ NIGHT - With fish and chips supper option. Tomorrow (Friday) at the village hall, raising funds for Kingstone Surgery.

Team of four: £10. Doors open 7pm. Arrive early to book a meal.

Bring your own bottle!

CHOCOLATE EVENING - Come and join us at Kingstone village hall today (Thursday), 6pm-8pm in an evening of stalls all with a chocolate theme. Thank you for supporting 1st Kingstone Guides.

Queries ring Nikki on 01981 251720


MEETING - Kington horticultural society, meeting is 7.30pm next Thursday, April 17, in the Masonic Hall, Headbrook, Kington, HR5 3DY, the speaker is Tony Titchen on ‘Magnolias - their story’. Doors open at 7pm.


BAND’S SPRING CONCERT - There will be a concert by Knighton Town Silver band at Knighton Community Centre on Saturday starting at 7.30pm.

The results of the band’s hundred club for April are 1st (£15), Duncan Wilson (Huntingdon), 2nd (£10) Hilda Mosler, 3rd (£5) Holly Milward, both from Knighton.

Church services for Palm Sunday: Knighton Methodist church 11am led by Andrea Sheppick; St Edward’s church, Knighton 10.30am family service led by Rev Melia Cope; St David’s church, Whitton 9.30am holy communion led by Rev Petra Beresford-Webb; St Andrew’s church, Norton 11am morning worship, led by Rev Peter Cope; Knighton Catholic church 11am celebration of holy mass; Knighton Baptist church 11am led by Rev Maggie Rich; Knucklas Baptist church, Palm Sunday procession with Heyope church members. Starting at 2.30pm from Heyope church and walking to Knucklas chapel with a real donkey.

Drinks will be served in the chapel at the end of the procession.

GARDENING CLUB - Teme Valley gardening club will be holding their next meeting at 7.30pm on Monday in Knucklas community centre. The speaker will be Peter Guthrie, his subject: No Bees, No Flowers.

AUSTERITY LUNCH - The annual austerity lunch will be held in Knighton Methodist church on Wednesday from noon till 1pm.

MAUNDY THURSDAY - The Maundy Thursday service organised by the Knighton and district churches together will be held at St Edward’s church, Knighton on Thursday April 17 at 7pm.

KNIGHTON’S GOT TALENT - This year’s Knighton’s Got talent event to raise money for the town’s show and carnival in August will be at Knighton community centre on April 26 starting at 7pm. Optional theme is ‘movie night’.

There will also be a prize for the best dressed person in the audience within the theme. Entry forms for the event can be picked up from the Clock Tower Tea shop, CCF or via the Knighton Show and Carnival Facebook page.

WHIST DRIVE - The results at the latest whist drive held at Knighton Bowling club, and organised by the lady bowlers were: First lady, Ruth Wilding, 2nd Doreen Bowen, 3rd Sheila Jones and lowest lady Jess Price.

First Gent Scott Sharp, 2nd Hayden Jones, 3rd Sue Sutton and lowest Ivor Wozencraft. Draw prize winners were Ann Price, Dorothy Edwards and Ruth Wilding. The next whist drive is on Thursday April 17 starting at 7.30pm.

FARM AFRICA - The Tower House Gallery in Knighton has sent £180 to the charity Farm Africa.

The money was donated by customers and will be used to buy six goats. In Africa’s rural areas, many poor families rely on their land to survive.

Through a FARM-Africa goat project, Farm Africa can transform life for a poor community. It provides poor families with goats and training in how to care for them.

It also gives one member of the group Toggenburgs to breed with local goats, so the hardier offspring produce lots of nutritious milk.

This can be drunk or sold to help pay for medicine and schoolbooks. Plus, the goats’ manure is a great fertiliser for the family’s crops.

Julia Llewellyn-Roberts who runs the gallery with her husband John had a letter from Farm Africa to thank them and their customers for the generous donation.

SPORTS CENTRE - Knighton sports centre and all other sports centres have recently been discussed in council cut back plans.

At Knighton a variety of activities have been put on for youngsters in the Easter holidays. They are: aqua mania on Monday from 1pm till 2pm, eight to 16 years.

Free for Powys residents.

Football, Tuesday and April 22,10am till 2pm, six to 15 years.

£10 per person per day. Sports morning, Wednesday and April 23, 10am till 1pm five to12 years. £5 per child per day. Waterwalkerz , Wednesday and April 23, 1-2pm, five years plus, £3.50 per child (£5 adult session). Arts and craft with Easter egg hunt, Thursday, April 17 and April 24, 10am till 12pm, three years plus £5 per child per day. Junior free swim for Powys residents under 17s Monday to Friday 2pm till 3pm and Sunday 12 till 1pm. Float sessions Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 1pm till 2pm, £2.20 per child, £3.10 per adult. Call 01547 529187 for further details.


BEER TASTING - To celebrate Herefordshire’s local beer heritage, Ledbury Food Group is running a beer tasting event at which you can compare and contrast different styles of beer, both local and international. Master brewer and beer judge Derek Orford will take you on a beer tasting journey Appreciating Great Beer starting in the Three Counties with local beers, and continuing with some international classics. After enjoying six different beer styles, you will have an appreciation of their main characteristics and how these are created by the brewer. The beer tastings takes place on April 26 at the Burgage Hall in Church Lane, Ledbury HR8 1DW with sessions at 2pm and 4pm. Places for this special event are limited – phone 01531 633637 to book a place – the session fee is £5. Full details of the beers that will be tasted are available on the Ledbury Food Group’s website at

Leinthall Starkes

SPRING EVENT - Spring marquee event in Leinthall Starkes on May 4 6.30pm for 7pm. At Bramley House, Leinthall Starkes.

Featuring Ian Dee – hypnotist and mind reader. Good food, bar available and much more. Information and tickets from 01568 770239.

Proceeds in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance and St Mary Magdalene church.


CYCLE RIDE - Wednesday, start 10am in Corn Square, leisurely ride to a village cafe for coffee, back by 1pm. All welcome. Anne 01568 780886.

ZUMBA GOLD - (Low impact) Halo, Bridge Street Sports Centre, Tuesday 11.30am to 12.25pm.

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or


CARDS WANTED - All those used greeting cards to make Easter gifts to be sold in aid of the Haven and Lingen village hall. Must be 5” square. Contact Sheila 01544 260408.

ADVANCE AGM NOTICES - Arts All Inclusive Group April 29 at 8pm in the village hall and St Michael and All Angels’ Church April 30 7.30pm in the church - everyone is very welcome to both AGMs.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Philomena ( 12A) tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm at the village hall. £4 on the door. Refreshments available beforehand and during the interval. LINGEN VILLAGE HALL ‘100 CLUB’ – for three chances each month to win one of three individual monetary prizes, join the ‘100 Club’ and become a member for just £15 a year. Prizes will be made up from 50 per cent of total membership subscriptions with all proceeds going to the upkeep of the village hall (registered charity no. 219377). The ‘100 Club’ starts from May 1 – so please don’t delay in signing up. Forms are available from, village hall foyer or by calling 01544 260865. The 100 club is operated under licence and is regulated by the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976.

LINGEN RESOURCE CENTRE - Open every Monday and Thursday 10am-noon.

Photocopying available with A4 black/white copies at 5p each plus colour copies and quantity discount rates available too.

Stationery and greetings cards on sale. Free internet and computer usage for parishioners. Tel: 01568 770759

VILLAGE HALL - Regular Lingen village hall group users include: Teddy Tots mother and toddler group on Tuesdays, 9.30-11.30am, yoga classes with Nora on Wednesdays 7-8.30pm and a coffee morning on April 17 11am- 12.30pm. To book the hall contact the clerk on 01544 260865 or email


APRIL WI - President Barbara Gayther welcomed members to the April meeting of Llanbister WI. There were apologies from Val and Carol. Olwen read the minutes from the March meeting.

It was decided that the WI would enter a quiz team in the county‘s annual quiz. From the letters the county show was discussed and all competition entries were organised, diaries were ordered and new age kurling, taster evenings for this sport, are going to be held at three venues in June.

The baton centenary; there will be events in August for the handing over of the baton to Brecknock WI members. Olwen attended the Welsh conference held in Wrexham, when an interesting variety of speaker was enjoyed.

On display during the evening was a beautiful selection of knitted sheep all made by WI member Wendy. The speaker was unable to attend. Jo Herford won the lucky draw. Competition winners for the best green necklace were 1st Irene Goodman, 2nd Anita Threadgold, 3rd Val Thomas. Hostesses were Anita and Marion. The next meeting will be on May 6. The speaker will be Peter Davies on the subject of ’glass engraving’.

Luston and Eye

SUNDAY - An invitation to the team parishes for a Palm Sunday procession and service at Luston, Sunday at 10am from The Willows with a donkey to Luston Chapel for a communion service at 10.30am. Refreshments afterwards. Car parking at the Balance Inn.


EASTER FUN - At Madley Environmental Centre, Thursday April 17, 2-4.30pm. Join us for a fun-packed afternoon, with a treasure hunt, tractor-trailer rides, Easter crafts and games.

Children £6 and adults £3, which includes refreshments, all activities and chocolate treats for the children. There’s no need to book, but for more information call 01981 512561 or visit

MESC is a registered charity no.1088379.

Mansel Lacy

PASSOVER MEAL AND SERVICE - Next Thursday, April 17 in Mansel Lacy church at 7pm. A lamb supper will be provided, with a bring and share pudding and your own drink. Please let Trixy know if you are attending, as numbers are needed for the supper. Contact Trixy Goodger, 01981 590637.

WAY OF THE CROSS - Walk through the Foxley Estate on Good Friday, beginning with a service at Yazor church at 10am.

The cross will then be walked through the estate to Mansel Lacy church, where a short service will be followed by coffee and hot cross buns.

Car parking is available at Mansel Lacy and there will be a bus to Yazor church. For those not partaking in the walk with the cross, the bus will be available to return to Mansel Lacy. Details from Trixy Goodger, 01981 590637.


MARDEN TENNIS CLUB – Open day April 27, 2-5pm. All abilities welcome. Junior coaching and games. Refreshments will be available. Junior coaching begins Saturday, 10am.

Senior club nights begin April 30, 6pm. Membership forms available from village shop. Email for further information.


FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Museum Hours (12A), Escleyside Hall, Wednesday. Doors open at 7.30pm and lights down at 8pm.

Come and enjoy a drink and a chat at the licensed bar before the film. Adults £4, children £2.50.

For more information phone 01981 510696.


EASTER BINGO - Will take place on Thursday April 17 at Moccas village hall, doors open at 7.30pm with eyes down at 8pm. An ‘eggciting’ family fun evening with hot cross buns tea/coffee, licensed bar. All profits to Moccas village hall. Prize donations welcome to 5 Cornewall Close or on the evening.


SCHOOL REUNION - A reunion of past Mordiford School pupils has been arranged for May 17.

Tickets for the event will be priced at £6 and will be available nearer the date from the school office or Ali Watkins on (01432) 873110.

The evening will commence at 6pm at Mordiford Church with entertainment provided by the current school children plus Mordiford Community Choir, after which a supper will be served at the school when former pupils will be invited to reminisce with old friends as they tour the school.

200 CLUB DRAW - The Mordiford Church April 200 Club Draw took place on April 1 at 16 Pentaloe Close by invitation of Ralph and Helen Lloyd. The results were: 207 Rosalie Gurr £90, 201 Lesley Peters £60, 223 Adam Corrick £30, 167 Oliver Deakin £15. Next month’s draw will be held on May 1. Venue will be posted nearer the time.

CHURCH FETE - The church fete will be held on July 5.

Norton Canon

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 etc) at The Hall, Norton Daycare Ltd, Norton Canon. May 7, 7pm to 9pm.

Booking essential, to book your place email: or call 0845 6060654 (please note the office will be closed for Easter from tomorrow until April 28). 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 Twitter @ HeartStart_HFD

Ocle Pychard and Much Cowarne

PARISH COUNCILS - The parish councils for Ocle Pychard group and Much Cowarne group will meet in Burley Gate village hall at 7.30pm Tuesday. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

QUIZ NIGHT - From 7pm, April 25, there will be a quiz night at Burley Gate village hall in aid of St James’s Church at Ocle Pychard. Ideal for teams of four.

Entry will cost just £5 per person, to include a ploughman’s supper, but please BYOB.

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


PUDDING TASTING - Orcop Hall committee are holding a pudding tasting evening at Orcop parish hall tomorrow at 7.30pm. Plenty of puddings to taste and eat as much as you like. Everyone welcome. Tickets £5. For more information, contact Julia Garlick 01981 580515.

BINGO - Orcop churchyard bingo on April 25 at Orcop parish hall.

Doors open and 7.30pm, eyes down at 8pm.


EASTER ACTIVITIES - East Radnor leisure centre are having two activity days over the Easter holidays on Thursday, April 17 and April 24 from 9 to 4pm each day.

The day will consist of fun and exciting activities that can be found on the 5 x 60 Programme.

Activities will include swimming, basketball, tennis, netball, indoor hockey, rugby and football, badminton, dodgeball plus lots more.

The cost of each day will be £12 for each child. All children can attend from years three to nine but a child must be at least eight on the day. Places are limited so booking early is advised by calling the leisure centre on 260302.

THANKYOU - Helen Mather from The Hat Shop would like to thank everyone who helped and supported the Walk The Walk Breast Cancer Charity cake stall at the recent Brampton Bryan point to point race meeting. The day raised £600 towards this very worthy event.

BINGO - The cricket club is holding its annual Easter bingo on Easter Monday at The Farmers Inn with eyes down at 8pm. There will be many great prizes including £50 for the last quickie house.

DRIVERS REQUIRED - Volunteer drivers are being sought. Can you spare a couple of hours a week to transport people to hospital appointments etc? If so please pop in to the community support office at The Drill Hall in Hereford Street for more details or call 260806. Drivers are paid towards their fuel costs.

COUNCIL MEETING - The next meeting of Presteigne and Norton town council will be on Wednesday at the Shire Hall at 7.30pm. The public are welcome to attend.

TALK - Local author Helena Attlee will be giving a talk about her new book The Land Where Lemons Grow at The Assembly Rooms on Sunday afternoon at 3pm. Admission will be £6 at the door.

FILM - Le Week-end (12) will be showing at The Assembly Rooms this Friday beginning at 8pm.

Admission will be £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for students. For further details call Alex on 260577 or Pete 370202.

BELLY DANCING - Would you like to try belly dancing classes?

If so then why not try Alanya’s Belly Dancing classes at St Andrews church hall on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm. For further details call Abbie on 07962161081 or or

MUSIC - Pete Newcombe is making his debut at The Sunday session at No 46 Wine Bar on Sunday afternoon starting at 5pm.

Admission is free with a good time guaranteed.

AGM AND PUDDING EVENING - Presteigne and Norton Twinning Association is holding its AGM at St Andrew’s church hall on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. This will be followed by a puddings evening. Tickets will be £6 and can be purchased from Bennetts or from any committee meeting member. All proceeds will go towards the visit of our French twinning town in May.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Presents Philomena (12A) at Lingen village hall tomorrow evening at 7.30pm. Admission will be £4 at the door. Refreshments will be available before and during the interval. For further details visit or call 01544 260865.

FURNITURE BARN - The new PCNS Furniture Barn will open on April 19 at 10.30am. Kirsty Williams AM will officially open the barn next door to The Launderette in The High Street.

Come along and have a drink, a dip in the bag for an Easter egg and have a browse for a bargain.

COFFEE MORNING - There is a coffee morning at St Andrew’s church hall on Saturday from 10.30am to12 noon. There will be a cake stall, bric-a-brac and a raffle.

All proceeds will go to St Andrew’s church.

MUSIC - Dragon Fly Ensemble will perform Haydn – The Seven Last Words of Christ at St Michael’s Church in Discoed on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The ensemble consists of Marci Crayford on violin, Lowri Porter on violin, Susie Mezaros on viola and Moray Welsh on cello. The Seven Last Words by Michael Dennis Broome, to accompany this, will be read by Rev Stephen Hollinghurst. Tickets are £12.50 and can be purchased from Winnies Newsagents or from David Hiam on 01547 560246 or

BINGO - The annual Bowling Club bingo session takes place at the Memorial hall this Saturday with eyes down at 7.45pm. Doors will open at 6.30pm. There will be loads of top prizes including £200 cash. Please arrive early to get a seat.

DUCK RACE AND TREASUE HUNT - The Twinning Association and Little People’s Playgroup are holding the annual treasure hunt and duck race at Wentes Meadow this Sunday from 11am - 1pm. The treasure hunt will cost £2.50 per child.

Refreshments will be served in the scout hut.

SPRING CLEAN - Presteigne and Norton town council is having a spring clean of the Ligne Garden at Wentes Meadow on April 27 from 11am to 1pm. Everyone is welcome. Please bring your own tools.

SERVICES - There is a service of holy communion at Kinsham this Sunday at 9.30am. Then at 11am at St Andrew’s church there is a Churches Together Service. Then at 6.30pm at Discoed there is a wilderness liturgy. Everyone is most welcome.

WRITING COURSE - Lara Clough is taking a creative writing course - writing for publication, at Paradise Farm on Tuesdays beginning on April 29 until June 24 from 10.30am - 1pm.

The course costs £70 (concessions £60) and can be booked by calling 01970 621580 or

LENT LUNCH - The Methodist church is having its second lent lunch on Saturday from noon - 1.30pm.

There will be a selection of soups and crusty bread. The cost will be £2 and your company would be most welcome.

ZUMBA FITNESS - Memorial Hall, Wednesday 7-8pm, pay as you go sessions.

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or

Preston on Wye

WHIST DRIVE - Tomorrow, 7.30pm in the village hall. March’s whist drive raised £100 for Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Freddie’s Fund.


EASTER BINGO - Tomorrow night the village hall hosts a bingo night. Doors open 7pm.

Eyes down 7.45pm. All welcome.

Stoke Lacy

FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST - The Stoke Lacy village hall committee will be putting on a delicious full English breakfast on Saturday, from 9.30am till noon.

This will be a great opportunity to be waited on and to have the cooking and washing up done by someone else.

Everyone is invited to meet up with friends and neighbours for a relaxing chat over breakfast.

CAPTAIN NOAH AND HIS FLOATING ZOO - On April 26, at 7.30pm Village Voices will be putting on its annual concert in the village hall in aid of village hall funds.

David Huke and friends will be accompanying, with Sheila Houghton conducting and the performance of Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo will be followed by supper.

Tickets cost £10 and are inclusive of supper. They are available now by telephoning 01432 820068.

MUCH COWARNE WI – Much Cowarne WI has a wide and varied agenda for the coming 12 months. It meets at 7.30pm, on the second Friday of every month at Stoke Lacy village hall, and is always pleased to welcome new members. Tomorrow, (Friday) (and not as previously announced) the guest speaker will be Wendy Steadman who will be describing her birthday trip around 50 counties in England and Wales on a motorbike. The competition will be a scenic holiday photograph.

ART EXHIBITION – There will be an Easter art exhibition at Stoke Lacy village hall from 10am to 6pm from April 19-April 21. The event is supported by Wye Valley Brewery and will be opened by Charles Morgan of Morgan Cars at noon on April 19. A high quality exhibition of paintings by nine artists who are either resident in Stoke Lacy or are connected in some way. Artists on display will include Antony Bridge, Brian Gorst, Kate Harvey, Tony James, David McKeeman, Nigel Montandon, Colin Simmonds, David Spurrier and Kim Williams.

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


FLICKS IN THE STICKS – There will be a showing of Philomena (12A) in the Lady Emily Hall at 7.30pm, on Saturday.

Refreshments will be available before the film and at the 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 the garden club will be next Thursday, April 17, at 7.30 pm in the community centre. Our speaker this month is Chrissy Ching who will tell us how the plants we enjoy in our homes and gardens today were brought back to this country by plant hunters. As always there will be refreshments and a raffle.


MEETING – Hardy Plants Society, Hereford and Mid-Wales group’s next meeting will be held in Weobley village hall on Saturday at 2pm, the speaker is Timothy Walker, director Oxford Botanical Gardens on Bordering on Insanity –creating an all-year round border. Visitors welcome, £4, teas and plants for sale, ample car parking.

For further information, call 01544 267154.

Whitney on Wye

BINGO – Saturday at the village hall. Eyes down 7.30pm.

Bell Bank Club

MEMBERS enjoyed an afternoon listening to the poems and interviews of Pam Ayres.

Exercises to music with Linda has taken place and hopefully some inches have disappeared after all the goodies at Christmas, but of course Easter eggs are not far away.

Shrove Tuesday was celebrated when pancakes with delicious fillings were served by the staff of the Conservative Club.

Aileen Dixon gave a wonderful demonstration on cheese, with many varieties for all to taste.All samples were passed around on suitable biscuits with grapes.

The favourite appeared to be Gorwydd made by a young man named Todd Tretchowan whose grandmother, living in the area, used to make cheese herself. His parents retired to Gorwydd Farm, Llandewi Brefi which is where the cheese is made.

After all of the tasting, Margaret celebrated her birthday with chocolate cake and trifle followed by wine and sherry.

The Bell Bank Club offers an opportunity for blind and partially sighted people to get together and support each other. It meets every Thursday from 2pm-4pm in the parish hall, Lion Street, Hay- on-Wye. Contact Eileen Bufton on 01497 820897.

Breinton Ringcraft Society

PAULA Brooks judged the match on the March 19 and selected Caroline Scott’s lhasa apso – Shardlow Party Tricks for best puppy and Pam Wooden’s golden retriever – Goldenwood Kingstone was reserve best puppy.

Best veteran was Brenda Piears Cardigan corgi – Tyci Myfanwy.

Best adult and best in match was Karen Lewis and Adrian Bunton’s cairn terrier – Pendley It’s My Party, and John and Eileen Clare’s wire haired dachshund – Bellavins Illustrious was reserve best adult in Match.

At Crufts, Stephanie Presdee’s pekingese – jadapes Mickey Finn was first in the good citizen class and Jackey Williams’ English setter – Bournehouse Starry Night was third in special puppy bitch out of a class of 20 – and won her first junior class at Mid Western Gundog Show.

The next match will be held on Wednesday. Ringcraft is held every Wednesday 7.45-9pm at Stretton Sugwas village hall.

For further details, contact Anthony Brooks 07776 150212 – or Jeanette Shepherd 01544 327117.

Hereford and Mid Wales Philatelic Society

THERE was a good attendance for the society’s meeting on April 2, with 27 members and guests attending.

The main event of the evening was a display by visiting speaker Richard Farman.

The display was on the subject of early military mail, and included militia letters, foreign military letters and Napoleonic POW letters.The society meets at St Martin’s parish centre, Ross Road, Hereford at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month.

New members welcome and for details contact the secretary Frank Bennett on 01432 354917 or email frank.bennett@hereford4.

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