Your County Times: Adforton to Wigmore Abbey, plus clubs and societies, May 1, 2014.

Your County Times: Adforton to Wigmore Abbey, plus clubs and societies, May 1, 2014.

Your County Times: Adforton to Wigmore Abbey, plus clubs and societies, May 1, 2014.

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ANNUAL BORDER GROUP PARISH MEETING - For Adforton, will take place at the community hall on May 13, at 7.30pm - all welcome.


ST ANDREW’S 100 CLUB - The 100 club was drawn on Easter Monday when the following numbers were picked: 1st 15 Nicky Addis, 2nd 80 Sue Perry, 3rd 21 Jill Owens, 4th 24 Mrs Bounds.

RAMBLE AND BARBECUE - The May ramble and barbecue will start at Home Farm on Saturday at 3pm, by kind invitation of Jim and Val Lawrence.

Following a walk around the footpaths of Allensmore, barbecued local refreshments will be served.

The food is cooked around 5pm if you are unable to join the ramble.

Everyone welcome. For further details please contact Stephen Williams on 01981 570568.

Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls

CHURCH - There will be a service of holy communion (BCP) at 11am at Aymestrey on Sunday.

On Bank Holiday Monday there will be a meet-the-vicar wildflower walk at Leinthall Earls. Walkers to meet at Leinthall Earls Church at 2pm. A welcome glass of elderflower will be provided half way at Gatley Park and on return to the shoot room at Manor Farm tea and cakes will be served. Non-walkers are welcome to join at Manor Farm for tea at 3.30pm to 4pm to meet the vicar.

FILM CLUB - On Sunday Aymestrey film club will be showing American Hustle (15).

Start time is 7pm. Homemade ice- cream and popcorn will be served.

£5 per person. 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 e-mail or call on 01568 770816 a few days before the showing.

PARISH COUNCIL - The annual parishioners’ meeting will take place on Tuesday at 7.30pm. All parishioners are welcome to attend and Ian Banks will also be on hand to explain and answer any questions about the technology now installed in Aymestrey parish hall.

Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill

COOKING SHOW FUNDRAISER - There will be a cooking show fundraiser event put on by the Pampered Chef in the Bishops Frome village centre at 7pm on Wednesday. There will be a fun interactive cooking demo, an opportunity to try before you buy and a free gift in return for every £45 spent, refreshments and a raffle and 15% of sales will be donated to the village centre and playgroup.

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


VILLAGE LOTTERY - Hazel Toll won £25 with number 11 on April 19.


PARISH COUNCIL - The next meeting of the parish council will take place at 7.30pm on May 12, at the Siward James Centre. The meeting will commence with the annual parish meeting and the annual parish council meeting.

Copies of the agenda and draft minutes of the previous meeting are placed in advance on parish notice boards and on the parish website ( Everyone is most welcome to attend and raise any matters of concern during the slot reserved for this purpose, or matters can be raised in advance by contacting Chris Smith, parish clerk, on 01568 797132 or by email at

PARISH HALL - The parish hall committee will meet in the hall at 7.30pm on May 14th. Members will be looking at the building itself and will be exploring the pros and cons of installing solar roof panels. Anyone with an interest in the hall is welcome to attend, as are potential new members.

ABERHONDDU MALE VOICE CHOIR - The choir will be in concert, at St Michael and All Angels Church, Bodenham on May 10, at 7pm. Tickets £8, children free.

There will be an interval with wine and nibbles. Tickets from Liz Davies 01568 797628, Thelma Butcher 01568 797557, Veronica Howell 01568 797839, and Bodenham post office. All proceeds will go to the church.

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

01432 820074.

Brampton Bryan

ANNUAL BORDER GROUP PARISH MEETING - For Brampton Bryan, and Buckton and Coxall, will take place at the village hall on May 13, at 7.30pm - all welcome.

Bredwardine and Brobury

MAY 100 CLUB DRAW - The Friends of St Andrew 100 club draw will take place today (Thursday) at 8pm in the Red Lion Inn, which is serving a delicious curry buffet for anyone who wants to eat before the draw. We look forward to seeing you at the event and good luck to all ticket holders.

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

MAY COFFEE, CAKE AND MARKET - There will be a coffee morning in Bredwardine village hall on May 9, 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 we have 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.

FOOD DONATION BASKET - The Community Larder is Hereford’s Food Bank and provides bags of food to those in urgent need. Every week this organisation gives emergency food parcels to families who find themselves in serious and sudden hardship. There will be a basket for donations of tinned and dried food at the coffee cake and market events in the coming months. Please give generously.

LOCAL CORRESPONDENT - If you have news for this section, contact Kari Lawson on 01981 501077 or

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL - Gwen Hadley won £25 with number 11 on April 19.

Canon Pyon

BRITISH LEGION - Canon Pyon Royal British Legion whist drive will now be held at Ledgemoor village hall on the second Wednesday of each month.

The branch would like to congratulate Anna from Canon Pyon C of E School, on winning the first prize in the Sainsbury’s design a bag competition.


CUSOP - A plant fair will be held on Saturday in Cusop village hall between 10am and 3pm in aid of Hay Cat Rescue.

There will be annual and perennial plant bargains with gardening accessories, books and tombola, teas, coffees and cakes will be available.

Please come and join in.


CREDENHILL SOCIAL CLUB - Will be presenting well-known and popular local band Whiskey River Saturday, 8pm to late.

Open to all members, non-members will be subject to a token £1 visitors’ fee (proceeds to go to a local charity along with the proceeds of any draws or raffles held on the night.).

Further information can be had from the club telephone 01432 760600.

Or look up on Facebook.


CROWN INN - The traditional show hog-roast at the Crown Inn will this year take place on Sunday from 6.30pm to be followed at 8pm by a disco and karaoke.

DILWYN SHOW - This country show, always one of the first in the year to be held will take place in Chapel Fields, Dilwyn on Bank Holiday Monday. Gates open at 10am. For further details, see the display advertisement or


DORSTONE HISTORY SOCIETY - Wednesday, Discovering Your Family Tree - a practical guide.

This talk will be presented by the chairman, Sarah Catterall.

If you’ve always wanted to find the skeletons in your cupboard, or perhaps you’ve got stuck and don’t know where to find what you need, Sarah will help unlock the mysteries of family history research, and set you on your way.

There will be some items for sale to help you in your local searches - courtesy of Hereford Family History Society.

Dorstone village hall, 7.30pm coffee 8pm start. Visitors £3, members free.

Visits will be arranged for June and July, no meeting in August.

HAY FESTIVAL - June 1 - Talk on Dorstone’s Halls of the Dead, at 1pm.


BOWLING CLUB - The club enjoyed a fine start to the new season, narrowly defeating a very strong St Martin’s side, 60 shots to 52, on a clear but cold Thursday evening at the recreation ground.

Dave Bray lead the way, skipping his rink of John Hill, Gill Williams and Jayne Sharp to a six shot victory, while there were also wins for skips Phil Sharp and Tony Stokes.


SPRING FAIR - Eardisley and District Branch Royal British Legion will be holding their spring fair/coffee morning, on May 17 in the village hall, from 10.30am. Cakes, plant stall and tombola etc plus a grand draw.

Admission £1 to include coffee and biscuits.

MILLENNIUM CASTLE GREEN TRUST - The annual general meeting will be held in the village hall on April 28, at 7.30pm.

Everybody is welcome to attend.

Ewyas Harold

PARISH COUNCIL - The April meeting was held in St Michaels Hall with Councillor Mrs J Webb in the chair, also present were Hereford Councillor Graham Powell, Terry Griffiths lengthsman, the clerk and four members of the public. Co-option for councillor vacancies were discussed.

An application had been received from Mrs Ellie Murphy, this was accepted and she was duly co-opted to fill the vacancy.

She signed the declaration for acceptance of office.

In the open forum Hereford councillor gave his report, he gave information on the bus services, highway matters and the village warden scheme.

Comments from local residents included complaints about the workmanship in rebuilding the pillar of the bridge. Queries about members from outside the parish joining the parish council were also discussed. Lengthsman Terry Griffiths reported on the defects he had remedied, other defects would be reported back to Balfour Beatty.

It was agreed the venues for parish council meetings would continue at St Michaels Hall with occasional meetings at Rowlestone village hall and at Dulas according to availability. A resolution was passed to exclude members of the public during discussion about the Roman Catholic Church where topics such as bidding or tendering might arise.

The next meeting of the council will be held on May 13 at 7.15pm, venue to be confirmed.

PRIMARY SCHOOL - The school currently has a super group of parents, grandparents and friends who volunteer in school.

It would love a few more, even if you have only a couple of hours to spare - serving lunches Monday- Friday, swimming Monday - 3.20pm, making toast Tuesday 9.45- 10.30am, reading any afternoon for one-two hours.

MESSY CHURCH - Today (Thursday) in St Michaels Hall 3.30-5.30pm a time for young children and their parents or carers to spend time doing crafts, singing songs and enjoying a hot meal together.

CHRISTIAN AID - David King from Christian Aid Office will be visiting here in Ewyas Harold today (Thursday) to give details of this year’s theme and to encourage and support in all done for Christian Aid in this area.

The evening will start at 6.30pm with a meal, then the presentation and finish at 8.30pm.

Contact 01981 570544 to book a place.


THE Palm Sunday procession, led by two donkeys Mocha and Mr Punch, took place in bright sunshine in Gladestry. The inseparable friends were kindly loaned by Colin and Verity Jones. During the procession, everyone sang We Have a King Who Rides on a Donkey.

The congregation, made up largely of children, was given palm crosses. Readers were Violet Redfern and Maddy Budd and church warden, Michael Johnson led the service.


HEARTSTART COURSES - 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 Kidwells Law, Kidwells House, Rotherwas, Hereford on May 15, from 10am to noon.

There will also be an evening Heartstart course at The Starlite Rooms, Edgar Street, Hereford on May 22 from 7-9pm.

Booking essential. To book your place email or call 0845 6060654. You will learn how to 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.

Hope under Dinmore

PLANT SALE - The popular plant sale is on May 10, at 2pm in the village hall. There will be a wide selection of all kinds of plants at low prices: herbs, vegetables, bedding plants and perennials.

There’s plenty of free parking so come and fill your (car) boots.

All proceeds will go towards village hall running costs, so if any plants could be donated please bring them to the hall, preferably that morning.


MASSED CHOIRS CONCERT - At Kingsland tomorrow (Friday) at 7pm. There will be a concert in Kingsland Church in which most of the performers will be pupils from Lucton School, Hereford Cathedral School and local primary schools. The concert will begin with music by Mozart (clarinet quintet), Telemann and Parry, and will end with the singing by massed choirs of the Gloria by Vivaldi. Tickets £10 are available from Kingsland post office 01568 708201, Lucton School 01568 782000, Hereford Cathedral School, music department 01432 363531, Kingsland rectory, or at the door.


KINGSTONE SUNSHINE CLUB OPEN AFTERNOON - If your are over 50 and interested in meeting new people for a chat, a quiz, bingo or listening to speakers on a variety of interesting subjects, then why not go along to Kingstone village hall on Tuesday, 2-4pm for the open afternoon.

Have a cup of tea or coffee and some light refreshment; see if you would like to join.

Perhaps you might like to enter the competition, and bring a decorated egg with you.


DESIGN AND PRODUCE POSTERS - Kington Museum is looking for talented youngsters to design and produce posters welcoming visitors to the museum.

Prizes of £10 will be awarded to those schoolchildren whose posters are used.

Entries are welcome from both primary and secondary pupils.

For more information ring 01544 231748 or email:


CARNIVAL DISCO - The disco to choose the attendants to the carnival princess at Knighton carnival this year will be held at the youth wing of Knighton sports centre tomorrow (Friday) from 6pm till 7.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY - Knighton Baptist church 11am, All age café style service with the Traidcraft stall.

Knucklas Baptist church 6pm.

Knighton Catholic church 11am.

Knighton Methodist church 11am.

St Edward’s church, Knighton 9.30am.

St David’s church, Whitton 9.30am. St Andrew’s church, Norton 11am.

COFFEE MORNING - There will be a coffee morning Knighton Methodist church on Tuesday from 10.30am till noon.


BIG BREAKFAST - The return of the big breakfast, Lingen village hall, Saturday 9am till 2pm (in aid of Walk the Walk Breast Cancer Charity). The works £8 and the plate £6.

LINGEN GARDENING CLUB - Tuesday, 7.30pm at the hall with a talk on Capability Brown by Roger Turner. Members 50p/visitors £3.

ANNUAL BORDER GROUP PARISH MEETING - For Lingen and Willey will take place at the village hall on May 13, at 7.30pm - all welcome.

To book Lingen village hall please email: or phone 01544 260865 for hire rates.

100 CLUB - don’t forget to renew membership before May to give you a chance to win one of three monetary prizes each month for £15 per annum. Forms are available from village hall foyer table and on line from

Little Dewchurch

NEW MEMBERS - Little Dewchurch over 60s club is looking for new members.

It meets in the village hall every first and third Thursday of the month at 2.30pm.

There are speakers, outings, pub lunches and coffee mornings.

For more information call Mrs Pat Seaborne on 01432 840651.


SHOW - St Mary’s in Hereford put on a tremendous show to dig deep this Lent.

Students at St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine, Hereford, hosted a springtime concert to raise money for Cafod.

Organised by the year 10 students, the spring concert found students performing intricate musical numbers from Handel to the Beatles, and Mozart to James Blunt.

The event also hosted a range of craft stalls, raffles and cake sales as well as a roasted hog for the half-time break.

Kieran O’Brien, diocesan manager, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the energy, enthusiasm and compassion the students have towards doing everything they can to support our vital life-saving work.

Throughout the last few weeks the students have been thinking of a range of different fundraising activities in their school, including sponsored silences and coming to school in their onesies and pyjamas.”

“The quality and standard of the music was absolutely outstanding.

The school hosts an incredible cohort of talented students who had obviously been working extremely hard and had an obvious love for performing.”

Lois Jones, 14, said: “Cafod is a very worthwhile charity that supports those who are less fortunate than us. And to be honest we take it for granted that we are lucky, and we should try to help people who are less fortunate than us.”

The evening was a part of the school’s wider Lenten fundraising efforts that have been happening throughout the school during this half term.

St Mary’s has raised more than £2,500 for Cafod so far with various events such as sponsored silences, onesie days and raffle competitions, all initiated and led by students. Cafod has been encouraging people to dig deep for Lent this year, and the efforts made by students at St Mary’s are shining examples of how young people are enthusiastic for social justice all around the world. By digging deep this Lent, the students make a difference to the some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

For more information contact Kieran O’Brien at Cafod South Wales on 02920 344882 Cafod is the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, working with local communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America to tackle poverty and fight for justice.

It works wherever the need is greatest, regardless of faith, background or gender.


PARISH COUNCIL - The last meeting was held on April 1, in the parish hall. The police reported a number of incidents of vandalism and damage at the school had taken place and requested that any suspicious activity be reported. The parish council will be installing a new litter bin by the Archenfield bus stop, subject to the relevant permission from Herefordshire Council.

Several planning applications and proposals for the recreation field discussed. Plans were awaited from play equipment companies and grants were being sought.

The parish council is only few in number with all councillors volunteers and the clerk working very part time, therefore the more people who get involved to help, the better progress that can be made.

A recreation field working group has been set up, but needs people to join it to help plan events and improvements and fundraise. If you think you can help, please contact the clerk, Carla Boyles on 01432 271209 or or come along to the next parish council meeting and help us maximise the potential of this fantastic community asset. The next parish council meeting is on Tuesday in the parish hall, with the annual parish meeting at 7pm and the annual meeting of the parish council following afterwards. All welcome.


SCHOOL REUNION - Are you, or do you know, any past or present pupils, parents, staff or governors of Mordiford Primary School?

Following a suggestion by past pupil Charles Davies, the Parent, Teacher and Friends association is organising a reunion on May 17, for anyone who has contributed to the life of the school.

The evening will commence at 6pm in Holy Rood Church, Mordiford with entertainment provided by current school children and the Mordiford Community Choir.

Afterwards a two-course supper will be served in the school where you will be invited to look around and reminisce with friends whilst enjoying a drink from the bar.

Tickets cost £6 each and are available from the school office (9-3.30pm weekdays) or Ali Watkins.

An exhibition of photographs and other school memorabilia will be available for viewing in the school and any personal photographs or donations would be gratefully received (these can be returned after the event).

For more information please contact Ali Watkins on 01432 873110 or email

Any funds raised will be in aid of Mordiford School PTFA.

Much Birch

WI - Much Birch WI had another entertaining evening this month when Mrs Janet Wall came to talk to members about cooking in private service.

The speakers are again proving to be very diverse this year; you really should come and join us. All would be most welcome.

New Radnor

AFTERNOON TEA - The Dragon Fire after school and holiday club will be having and afternoon tea event at New Radnor community centre on Saturday from 2 till 4pm.

At the event there will be lots of local craft stalls, live music from The Radnor Band, a raffle and refreshments available including a selection of cakes. All proceeds to the Dragon Fire Club.

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 on Wednesday from 7-9pm.

Booking essential. To book your place email or call 0845 6060654.

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

PLANT SALE - The annual Much Cowarne bring and buy sale of plants, plus home and garden items will be held at Much Cowarne Church from 6.30pm on May 16. Entrance is free.

Drinks and nibbles available.

Anyone wanting items to be collected is asked to call Marlene on 01432 820282. All proceeds to the church.

BURLEY GATE VILLAGE HALL - The next village hall committee meeting will be held on May 12, 7.30pm at Wanaki, the home of Audrey Nunn.

Everyone is welcome to come along or to pass on any issues regarding the hall to Jo Monkley, hall secretary, on 01432 820130.

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


ALLOTMENT - The Pembridge Allotment Association has some vacancies for new members. £60 for a whole plot or £35 for a half plot. Please contact Kate on 01568 708276.

Families very welcome.

PUBLIC MEETING - Wednesday at 6.30pm, public meeting to discuss progress towards Pembridge Neighbourhood Plan.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - Wednesday at 7.30pm, annual parish meeting. Pembridge village hall CEILDH - May 10, ceildh in Pembridge Church at 7pm, with Sheila’s Reels. £10 including buffet supper (children £5, family £25. two and two ) In aid of Pembridge Church.

Tickets 01544 388279 or 01544 340381.


CHARITY FUNDRAISER - A group of Presteigne people are raising money to purchase an eye gaze communication device for Adam Haggarty.

The device will cost £14,805 to improve Adams standard of life.

If you have any unwanted goods, please donate them by calling Lyn Traylor on 260476 or Ron Haggarty on 267992. Goods will be collected if required.

SERVICES - The following church services will take place Sunday.

Holy communion at St Andrews at 8am and a family service at 11am.

Holy communion will also take place at Lingen and Knill churches both at 9am. Everyone is most welcome.

BEER FESTIVAL - The 2nd annual Whitsun Bank Holiday Beer Festival will take place at The Greyhound in Llangunllo on May 23, from 4pm til late, May 24, May 25 from noon until late and May 26 from noon-midnight.

There will be real ales, ciders and perrys along with live music nightly and refreshments will be available.

There will also be acoustic sessions daily. For further details call Paul or Jake on 01547 550400.

BIG BREAKFAST - The return of the big breakfast will take place Saturday at Lingen village hall from 9am-2pm.

All proceeds will go to The Walk The Walk Breast Cancer Charity.

The works will cost £8 and the plate will cost £6. Please support this worthy cause.

MUSIC - Cahalen Morrison and Eli West will be performing at The Workhouse on The Industrial Estate tomorrow (Friday) from 8pm.

For further details call 350407 or 01597 825390.

VACANCY - Presteigne Chamber of Trade require a part time secretary.

The position offers a salary of £300 per annum.

You will be required to take the minutes at the ten monthly meetings and circulate them before the following meeting.

You may also be required to write the occasional letter.

For further details or to apply call James Tennant Eyles on 267363 or MUSIC - Steady Edd and The Boogie Men will be playing in The Royal Oak on Sunday evening from 8.30pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

HISTORY GROUP - Lingen History Group will next meet on May 12, in Lingen village hall from 8pm. This month Catherine Beale will give a talk entitled Champayne and Shambles.

Admission will be £3.50. For further details call 260865 or visit FOOTBALL CLUB - The Presteigne Otway cup final will take place Sunday at Llanandras Park at 2.30pm. This year Hay St Marys will take on Rhosgoch.

Then May 11, the Alfred Sparey cup final will take place, also at 2.30pm with Hay Sundays taking on Newcastle. These two cup competitions have been running for many years.

Please come along along and support the towns local cups.

FUN RIDE - The annual fun ride will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, at Norton Manor Park.

The first horse will depart at 10am and the last at 1pm.

There is a choice of two rides of six and 12 miles through the beautiful Radnorshire countryside.

The cost will be £14 for adults and £7 for children with all proceeds going to St Andrews Church in Norton. Refreshments will be available.

For further details call 267221 or

ARTS AND CRAFTS - The monthly arts and crafts takes place on Saturday at The Assembly Rooms from 9.30-3.30pm. For further details call Rosamund on 267777.

AFTERNOON TEA - The Dragon Fire after school club invite you to afternoon tea on Saturday from 2-4pm.

There will be lots of craft stalls along with live music from The Radnor Band.

There will also be refreshments and a raffle.

All proceeds will go to club funds.

MARKET - The monthly market will take place on Saturday at the Memorial Hall from 9-1pm. This month there will be an opportunity to feed and hold a lamb.

There will also be local stalls of cheese and herbs and chocolate.

Everyone welcome.

CEILIDH - There is a family ceilidh at Pembridge village hall on May 10, at 7pm.

The first dance will start at 7.30pm. Music comes from Shelia Reels. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children which will include a free buffet supper.

There will be a bar. For tickets call Maguerite on 388279, Meryl on 340381 or Gill on 388441. All proceeds will go to Pembridge Church.

CHARITY WAREHOUSE – The newly opened charity warehouse is up and running following Kirsty Williams’ opening ceremony recently. Goods are still required in order to keep the warehouse going.

Collection is available and house clearances are welcome. Please call 267988 and ask for Gordon.

St Weonards

CHURCH FETE – Tonight at 7.30pm a meeting is arranged at Treago Castle to discuss arrangements for this year’s St Weonards church fete on June 14. Anyone interested in helping at the fete or offering ideas for stalls is invited to attend or contact a member of St Weonards PCC or ring 01981- 580367.

Staunton On Wye

COFFEE MORNING – A coffee morning will be held on Saturday in the village hall 10.30am-12 noon. There will be a cake stall, raffle and bottle stall.

All proceeds in aid of St Mary’s Church, Staunton On Wye.

THANK YOU – To everyone who kindly supported, donated or helped in any way towards the whist drive which was held on March 28. A very nice evening was enjoyed by all. The total amount raised was £318, and the money will be split equally between , Weobley and Staunton surgery equipment fund, Acorn’s Children’s Hospice and Midlands Air Ambulance charity.

Stoke Lacy

WI – The next meeting of the Much Cowarne WI will be held at 7.30pm on May 9.

Guest speaker Richard Scott will give information on Marie Curie Cancer Care and there will be a competition for flower of the month.

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

Sutton St Nicholas

CHARITY EVENING – There will be a wellness evening in aid of Animal Rescue and The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centres on May 9 in Sutton St Nicholas village hall from 6-9pm.

Come along and enjoy Pilates, beauty therapies, nail technicians, nutritionist advice.

Local stalls selling accessories, face and body products, make up, chocolates, cakes, jams, Growing Local, Noted fashion boutique, Tropic and more.

£10 entry fee.

To book call Emma Caldwell on 01568 797107/07971 009691 or email


LUNCH AND FAMILY FUNDAY – There will be a lunch and family fun day in a marquee at The Oast House, Ullingswick from 1pm on Sunday, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Champness.

Adult tickets will cost £12.50, with children being charged £5.

Bookings available through Sue Wright on 01432 820127 or Heather Hadley on 01885 400337.

Soft drinks available, otherwise BYOB.

Proceeds to the churches at Little Cowarne and Ullingswick.

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

Upton Bishop

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 Moody Cow, Upton Bishop on May 21 from 10am to noon.

Booking essential.

To book your place e-mail info@ or call 0845 6060654 Monday to Thursday 9am-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 Twitter @ HeartStart_HFD


MEMBERS of the South Herefordshire Cottage Garden Society enjoyed a private visit to Highnam Court Gardens at the beginning of April. The gardens have been lovingly restored to their former glory by the present owner Roger Head.

The gardens were originally laid out in the mid-19th century by Thomas Gambier Parry, an accomplished artist, musician and art collector.

Unfortunately, nothing much was done in the gardens since the turn of the last century and they were totally overgrown. Restoration was started in 1994 and then 13 years ago Roger Head became the owner and made new additions to complement and enhance the original design.

The next meeting on Saturday in Walford village hall will be the annual plant sale and tea social (2pm).

There will be visitors’ stalls for plants as well as the always well- stocked stall of members’ plants.

Delicious cakes too are always a highlight of this event.

In June there is an outing by coach to Stocktonbury Gardens and Bryan’s Ground.

New members and visitors to meetings are always welcome.

Please ring Tinker Parsons at 01989-561050 for information.


MEETING – The annual meeting of the parish council will take place today at 7.30pm in the community centre. Everyone is welcome. A chairman and vice-chairman for the coming year will be elected. Parishioners and interested parties are asked to note that the annual parish meeting will be on May 29, also at 7.30pm in the school hall and will this year comprise presentations on the Community-led Parish Plan and Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Whitney on Wye

QUIZ NIGHT – May 10, Whitney on Wye village hall, 7.30pm.

Tea/coffee available or bring your own refreshments, £2.50 per person.

Wigmore Abbey

WALKS – There will be a couple of guided walks through the private grounds of Brampton Bryan Park on Sunday starting at 3pm from the village hall.

The park is part of the Harley Estates and is opened for this event by permission of Mr and Mrs E M Harley.

Brampton Bryan is situated on the A4113 between Leintwardine and Knighton close to the border with Wales.

The shorter walk is on flatter ground and takes about an hour.

better suited to those with children.

The longer walk takes about two hours and has some steeper gradients to climb.

Both walks will be guided so that points of historical and environmental interest can be explained.

Following the walk there will be a delicious afternoon tea spread out in the village hall to welcome the walkers. Ample car parking is available. The cost will be £5 for adults, no charge for children and includes the afternoon tea and funds raised will go towards St Barnabas Church in Brampton Bryan. This church is well worth a visit, being one of about six that were built during the English Commonwealth following the Civil War, during a period of puritan theology.

Anyone turning up an hour or so early then a visit to the church would be rewarding.

Bell Bank Club An afternoon with Linda and exercises to music, also a quiz with Aileen B and prepared by June Pugh was relaxed and much fun.

A moment’s silence was observed to remember Val Heath and Peter Lloyd who passed away recently.

Val in the earlier days had helped with transport and shared many of her cruise holidays with the club, also she was very generous as she very kindly invited the club to a tea at Wye Vale Nurseries in Hereford. For a short time she audited the books, too.

Peter was currently taking care of the auditing of the books and for many years attended functions which members organized, with the last one being two years ago when the club celebrated their 20 years of formation. Their help and support was much appreciated and may they rest in peace. Several members attended the celebration of their lives.

Aileen Burr entertained everyone by bringing and demonstrating 15 hats of all shapes and sizes, all so colourful, which she over the years had purchased and worn for different occasions.

Visual Impairment Breconshire produce and send out to every member a CD containing a newsletter which occurs three or four times a year and this month everyone was able to listen to one.

This one contained tips for gardeners. A lady who was visually impaired, also having recovered from a stroke was now enjoying playing bowls, the call of the wood pigeon and marking see- through lids making them easier to identify.

The Bell Bank Club was named as such when formed 21 years ago because the premises where our meetings were held was called Bell Bank. It is a club for the blind and visually impaired and meet every Thursday at 2pm until 4pm.

Two members represent the club on the county committee which is VI Breconshire. The group meets socially, where a game of beetle or bean bags may be played among a quiz, poetry, listening to music and keep fit. We also have trips out once a month if possible. If one is registered blind or can produce a note from a GP regarding an eye sight problem then that enables one to join. New members are always welcome and contact phone numbers are chairman Eileen Bufton 01497 820897 or vice chairman Ann Hitchcox 01497 820673.

Breinton Ringcraft

CHRISTINE King (Celticbridge) judged our match on April 16 and selected Caroline Scott’s lhasa apso Shardlow Party Tricks for Best Puppy and Best in Match.

Reserve Best Puppy was Lorraine Carter’s lhasa apso Labweiller Real Opal for Vowchurch. Best Adult was Brenda Piears’ cardigan corgi Tyci Brenhines Briallen and Reserve Best Adult was Hans and Amy Baranzeck’s long coated chihuahua Happyhouse Solo at Capevidle.

Breinton Ringcraft members had a good day at Leominster CS Open Show on April 13 – Caroline Scott’s lhasa apso Shardlow Party Tricks won Reserve Best Puppy in Show. Amy and Hans Baranzeck’s long coated chihuahua – Happyhouse Solo at Capevidle won Best of Breed, Coltham Painted Rascal at Capevidle was Reserve Best of Breed and Jazzroyal Alexie for Capevidle was Best Puppy in Breed and 2nd in the Toy Puppy Group.

Val Jones’s rottweiler Westfalen Grand Design won Best of Breed and Group 4, Anthony Brooks’ soft coated wheaten terrier was Best of Breed and Terrier Group 4, Mandy Devereux’s lhasa apso Dimara Real Riot at Belazieth was Best of Breed and won the utility group, Christine Staff ’s flat coated retriever – Robertsglen Queen of Hearts at Bonnyhilbrae (Bliss) won Best AVNSC Gundog and then Gundog Group 4.

Bonnyhilbrae True Sapphire (Velvet) won AVNSC Gundog Open, and Bonnyhilbrae Ebony Silk (Joy) won AV Gundog Puppy.

Brenda Piear’s cardigan corgi Tyci Brenhines Briallen was Best of Breed.

Hereford Whitecross Townswomen’s Guild

AT the April meeting held at the United Reform church hall in Eign Street several members received their ten year badge. The competition of an Easter arrangement was won by Barbara Mages and her daughter Julia won the competition.

The arts and crafts section who have been knitting blankets for the babies at the Fistula Hospital in Africa have now been asked to make baby clothes for the same charity. Hundreds of blankets have been knitted by various Guilds all over the country and baby clothes will be now be knitted and taken to the AGM in Cardiff in June.

The next meeting will be held at the church hall on Wednesday at 7pm. New members welcome.

Leominster and District

U3A LAST Tuesday members were given a glimpse into the criminal underworld by Cameron Addicott, for twenty years an undercover customs police officer and member of the serious organised crime agency. Sophisticated methods of detection are needed in the fight against crime, especially those like cocaine smuggling and money laundering. He said that a crime-series based on his memoirs is being planned for BBC1.

Anthea Lock reminded members of the plant sale at the May meeting, and encouraged them to use the suggestions book to request new groups or activities. Mike Goodwin announced the formation of a new French conversation group, and an open afternoon at Leominster bowls club.

At the next meeting on May 20 at the Royal Oak Hotel, David Hughes will include a talk on slate quarrying in North Wales.

Visitors are welcome – £2.

Marden Gardeners Club

CLUB meeting April 8.

Once again a super presentation by Roger Umpleby, packed with useful information. Roger’s talk focussed on getting the best out of today’s small gardens and patios.

Interestingly he advocated an extensive use of frost fleece to protect crops from all sorts of bugs as well as birds, all through the growing season. The beauty of the fleece is that it lets rain through so does not have to be removed for watering. Patio growbags and raised beds can also accommodate our commonly used vegetables and salad stuff grown very closely together.

Club meeting May 13.

The May meeting will be held at 7.30pm at Stony Cross (just down from Rudge Grove as you walk towards the school), and will be hosted by June Poole who specialises in growing ariculars. June has offered to show members her collection and take them through their cultivation. Refreshments will also be provided so it promises to be a very enjoyable evening.

Spring show April 2014.

Another record breaking show with 155 entries, a beautiful display. Loads of entries in the flower categories providing a blaze of colour, complimented by excellent displays of floral art. Cookery and preserves was very well represented. As usual the children’s categories were to a very high standard making it difficult for the judges to decide on winners. It is good to see the children taking part.

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the show happen with special thanks to all contributors and of course to everyone who came along to support the event.

Show winners are: Flowers 1st 15 points - Elizabeth and June Gwynne, 2nd 13 points - Kath Gunby, 3rd 12 points - Carol Rawlings.

Floral art 1st eight points - Doris Stevens, 2nd four points - Janet Lloyd, 3rd two points - Carol Rawlings, Sue Dutson and Marden Guides.

Cookery and preserves1st nine points - Sue Price, 2nd five points - Elizabeth and June Gwynne, Ann Simpson and Sue Dutson, 3rd four points - Janet Lloyd.

Childrens Classes: decorated Easter biscuits 1st Chloe Banham, 2nd Ayden Hodges, 3rd Sophie Dickenson.

Sprouting Seeds1st Alexander Dutson-Smith, 2nd Jessica Fox, 3rd Sophie Reed.

Well done everyone. If you enjoyed visiting the show perhaps you could think about submitting some items for the autumn show on September 6.

Plant sale May 10.

The sale will be hosted at 2 Walkers Green by Carol and Stan Rawlings. Donations of plants will be very gratefully received and can be dropped off at the house . Help from members is sought for the day.

If you would like to join for a taster evening members meet every second Tuesday of the month in the Community Centre at 7.30pm.

There will be a small charge for non-members . More information on the club and its activities can be obtained from the secretary, Len Day on 01432 880657.

Wellington WI

WELLINGTON Women’s Institute will meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday in the village community room, to discuss the resolution for the annual meeting in June. The subject is increasing organ donation.

After the discussion members will be compiling the Institute’s scrap book with photos and mementos. Visitors £3.50.

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