OPEN GARDEN - By kind permission of David and Jenny Watt who are opening their gardens at Newport House, Almeley, HR3 6LL, in support of St Michael’s Hospice. June 28, from 11am-5pm.

Adults £5 and children under 14 free. Cream teas will be served.

Dogs on leads will be allowed.

For further information, and directions please contact the community fundraising team at St Michal’s Hospice on 01432 851000.

Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill

GRAND GARDEN PARTY - There will be a grand garden party on June 28 from noon till 5pm at The Hacketts, Fromes Hill.

Ploughman’s lunches from noon till 2pm, and cream teas from 3.30pm till 5pm. There will be stalls, games and a draw. All are welcome.

COFFEE MORNINGS - There will be a coffee morning at the village centre tomorrow (Friday), from 10am. Everyone is welcome.


VILLAGE LOTTERY - Pat Astley won £25 with number 37 on June 7.


CHURCH SUMMER FETE - This year’s summer fete will be held at the parish church of St Michael and All Angels on Saturday commencing at 2pm. There will be games and attractions for all the family, with refreshments, a grand raffle and tombola, as well as book, bric-a-brac and cake stalls - and much more.

FLOOD PROTECTION GROUP - The group’s next meeting will be on June 24 at 7.30pm at the Siward James Centre and is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend. If anyone has a particular issue they would like to raise, it would be helpful if they could contact the secretary, Babs Mitcheson, on 01568 797170 so that it can be included in the agenda.

There will be a working party session on June 27, and the group will be holding its annual barbecue at Willow Cottage, Maund Bryan, on June 28.

BODENHAM LEISURE CLUB - The Leisure Club will meet in the parish hall on Monday at 2.30pm to hear Ron Wall from Leominster Rescue give a talk on rescuing hedgehogs. There will be a sales table and raffle. Light refreshments will be served.

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL - Andrew Pearce won £25 with number 37 on June 7.

MIDSUMMER QUIZ - Tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm midsummer quiz and sausage supper at Bridge Sollars church/community centre. £5 entry. All welcome. Tables of five maximum or you can join one.


OPEN GARDEN CANCELLED - Due to unforeseen circumstances the Brilley Court open garden which was to be held on June 29 from 12 noon to 5pm in aid of The British Red Cross has been cancelled. Organisers apologise for any inconvenience.

Burley Gate

SUMMER FETE - At Burley Gate Primary School on June 28, 12.30pm - 3.30pm. Lots of family fun including sports races, bouncy castle, barbecue, welly wanging, tombola, raffle, table tops, refreshments and much more. All welcome.


DEFIBRILLATOR - Clehonger village hall committee are delighted to announce that they have been successful in raising funds for the purchase of a defibrillator for use in cardiac emergencies, which is now installed at Innesfield and ready for use in an emergency.

The committee are delighted with this outcome, and thank all who helped in fundraising including the parish council, and Clehonger Church.

This was very much a joint village effort.

The committee would like to celebrate this success and to give local people the opportunity of a demonstration on how to use it. An open invitation is extended to an event tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm at the village hall.

Refreshments will be provided.


CREDENHILL VILLAGE SOCIAL CLUB - Will be presenting the popular, local female entertainer Jennifer T on Saturday at 8pm.


FLICKS IN THE STICKS - Tomorrow (Friday) presents Saving Mr Banks (U) in the Cedar Hall at 7.30pm. Seating will be cabaret style. Charges £4 adults and £2 children.


GARDEN FETE - Organisers are looking for a few additional volunteers to help with a variety of tasks at the riverside garden fete on July 5, 2-6pm. If you are able to help please contact Richard Kirby 01544 388810.


COMMUNITY LIBRARY - Do come along and choose your books from a selection provided by Herefordshire Library Service then stop for a chat over tea/coffee and biscuits. Next dates are Tuesday and July 22.

EARDISLEY TENNIS AND CROQUET CLUB - Will be holding a Great British Open Weekend on June 28 - 29, so come along and give either tennis or croquet a go free of charge. Organisers are running introductory sessions each day at 2pm, croquet on Saturday and tennis on Sunday.

No need to worry if you don’t have rackets or mallets, they’ve got all the kit ready for you to use, even have a go with a ball machine or speedometer.

Refreshments will be available.

Ewyas Harold

WALKING FOR HEALTH - Add easy exercise into your week and improve your health. Short gentle walks in enjoyable company around the village, no great level of fitness required, any age welcome. No club to join, all walks are free and led by qualified leaders.

Every Friday start from outside the fish and chip shop at 10am, approximate duration one and a half hours and finishing in Koffi Pot.

KOFFI POT - Every Friday morning in the Baptist Chapel Hall 10.30am - 12 noon, all welcome.

MISSION COFFEE MORNING - 10am -12 noon in the Methodist chapel on June 21. Various stalls to browse plus tea and coffee LUNCH CLUB - Meet every fortnight in St Michaels Hall, next one on Monday from 12 noon to 3pm. Everyone over 50 years is welcome.


MEDICAL CENTRE – Supported by Fownhope and District Medical Trust. Open meeting for patients tomorrow (Friday) at 6.30pm, Fownhope Memorial Hall.

Come and meet the new GP partners and find out the latest news.

Light refreshments provided.

There will also be a question and answer session.

If you would like to submit a question in advance please email: admin.fownhopemedicalcentre@


GARWAY LIVE! - June 21, 8pm with Whiskey River.

A blues rocking, Louisiana USA- style Zyde-Cajun band performing red-hot swamp music and blues from the Bayous...yet based on the Welsh Borders.

Just add a taste of good rocking country, some retro-style, Gretsch-fuelled rock ‘n’ roll ‘et voila; c’est si bon!’ The band is led by Aiden Sheehan, his Lafayette ‘Clarence Junior Martin’ Cajun accordian and ‘Seydel’ blues harmonicas plus Martin Blake on a beautiful white ‘Gretsch’ and a ‘Swamptone Telecaster B-bender’ guitar.

Add whiskey-soaked vocal harmonies, heartfelt lyrics delivered in both English and Cajun-French and you’re right there, back on the Bayou boys.

Their swamp-rocking rhythms are augmented by Dave Wood’s fiddle and a driving rhythm section.

Bring your dancing shoes!

The event will be held at Garway village hall, doors and bar open from 7.30pm.

Tickets £8, 01981 580056 or


CHEWING THE CUD SCHOOLS EXHIBITION - Inspired by a fascinating old Alfred Watkins photograph, The Rope Stall.

Pupils in eight local schools have taken part in Herefordshire Museum Service’s Take One project, which this year is part of the wider Chewing the Cud: Memories from Hereford’s Old Livestock Market project, using the Alfred Watkins photograph as a starting point.

They are exhibiting their work in St Peter’s Church from Saturday - July 5 (but not on Sundays), 10am - 5pm.

There is free entry for this event.

Further information on 01432 260692, or

WEST HEREFORD TEAM OF CHURCHES SERVICES - Tomorrow (Friday) 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford. Sunday 9.30am parish mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate, Hereford; 9.30am parish eucharist at St Michael’s Church, Breinton; 11am parish eucharist with baptism at Holy Trinity Church; 8am holy communion (BCP) at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford; 11am contemporary morning prayer at St Nicholas’ Church; 6.30pm evensong at St Nicholas’ Church.

Monday 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church.

Tuesday 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church; 12.10pm said mass at All Saints’ Church.

Wednesday 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church; 12.10pm said mass at All Saints’ Church.

Thursday, June 26 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church; 10am holy communion at Holy Trinity Church; 12.10pm said mass at All Saints’ Church.

HEREFORD CATHEDRAL - Shakespeare in the Chapter House garden.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream , July 3-5.

Join the Worcester Repertory Company in Hereford Cathedral’s beautifully atmospheric Chapter House garden for a magical production of one of the Bard’s funniest and best loved plays. Set in a realm rich in fantasy, this enchanting tale of mischief, magic and mistaken identity promises a night of sheer fun and entertainment.

Follow the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, as they find themselves at the mercy of the mischievous fairies who inhabit the forest, with a top quality, professional cast and live music, plus refreshments served from the Cloister Cafe.

The Cloister Cafe will be open from 5.30pm to 7.30pm serving a delicious light supper before the performance. Food is locally sourced and freshly produced, and includes a range of Hereford made pies and quiches, delicious salads and tempting desserts. The fully licensed bar will be open from 5.30pm to 9pm, serving a range of wines, ciders, beer and soft drinks.

Performances take place on July 3, 4, and 5, at 7.30pm, with a 2pm matinee on July 4.

All tickets are £10 (if purchased before June 28) - Thereafter £12.50, from Hereford Cathedral Shop 01432 374210, Outback Records 01432 275063 or the Worcester Live Box Office 01905 611427.

SCHOOL REUNION - Calling all past pupils from St Michael’s School, Ingestre Street, Hereford.

Organisers are planning a reunion August 16, 12 noon to 3pm at Holmer Church hall, Hereford.

Come and join in and reminisce over drinks and a buffet lunch.

Tickets £12 each plus draw prizes and quiz (not compulsory). Please order tickets by July 20, from Teresa on or 01544 388306.


PRIZE BINGO - Will be held on Saturday, eyes down 7.30pm at Kingsland, Coronation Hall. In aid of Freddies ongoing care.

Raffle and refreshments on the night. Prizes to include microwave, food processor, steam iron, toaster, vouchers, fruit and chocolate hampers plus lots more. For further info ring Betty on 01568 708831. All welcome.

PRECIOUS BANE - Will be performed on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Precious Bane is Mary Webb’s story of love and ambition. This is a fresh telling of the story in words and music by The Village Quire, whose spine-tingling harmony singing is fast gaining them a huge reputation. Kingsland Church, HR6 9QW. Tickets £12 (£5 under 18) available from Kingsland Post Office or phone 01568 709579.

CONCERT - On July at 7.30pm, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte will be performed by Pop Up Opera.

Kingsland Church, HR6 9QW.

Tickets £25 (£10 under 18) available from Kingsland Post Office or phone 01568 709579.


KINGTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - The next meeting is today (Thursday) at 7.30pm in the Masonic Hall, Headbrook, Kington, HR5 3DY. The speaker is Susan Russell on Pinks for Every Garden, the doors open at 7pm.

OPEN GARDEN – By kind permission of Mrs Srodzinski who is kindly opening her garden at Penrhos House, Kington, HR5 3LH, in support of St Michael’s Hospice. June 29 from either 10.30am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm.

Entry strictly by ticket only, exclusively available from the community fundraising team at St Michael’s Hospice on 01432 851000. Admission, adult £5 to include refreshments and children under 14 free. Guide dogs only.


SUMMER FETE - Kinnersley church summer fete will be held this year on Sunday, from 2-4pm at The Old Rectory (across from Kinnersley St James Church).

Strawberry teas, coffees and other specialities will be offered, giving everyone an opportunity to relax, enjoy the patio and lovely gardens of The Rectory, and meet friends. There will be stalls with cakes and plants, a select raffle and Chinese auction with lovely gifts, and used books, which are available at the church. Admission is free and parking at church.


BODY AND SOUL EVENT, CANCELLED - The fitness and health event to be held in Knighton on Saturday has been cancelled. A member of the organising committee stated “It’s a great shame we had to cancel but our star attraction was to be a Zumba competition featuring firemen from local communities.

Unfortunately a wide scale fireman’s strike has been called for Saturday which means, as we understand it, they can’t take part. We did consider going ahead, anyway, but decided it would be unfair for the 25 plus, stall holders, demonstrators, food and other support events and entertainers.”

When asked if it would be resurrected at a later date, the representative said, “We have an outline plan to present several health and fitness events under the banner of Make it Knighton and these will follow the same principles of free entry and financial break even event. A Zumba competition may not be included, but you never know. The children’s art competition will still go ahead hopefully at the Knighton Community Market on June 28 in Knighton community centre.”

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 the usual tables selling cakes, produce, books, and garden plants.

OPEN GARDENS - As part of the National Garden Scheme, the garden’s of Pontfaen House in Knighton will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm till 5pm. At the event there will be plants for sale. Proceeds from the event will go to charity and refreshments will be served by the Knighton Macmillan support group.

CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY - Knighton Methodist church 11am led by church members.

Knighton Baptist church 11am, led by Mr Andrew Powell.

Knucklas Baptist church, 6pm, communion, led by Mr John Whatmore.

Knighton Catholic church 11am, celebration of holy mass.

St Edward’s church, Knighton 9.30am, holy communion led by the Rev Petra Beresford-Webb.

St Andrew’s church, Norton 11am morning worship led by the Rev Melia Cope.

SINGING - There will be a singing for fun session at the church hall, Knighton on June 27 starting at 10.30am.

KNIGHTON SHOW AND CARNIVAL - Planning for Knighton’s annual show and carnival is now well underway.

There is a free competition for children to design a poster to advertise the event with prizes in age groups three to five, six to eight and nine to 11. Posters are to be A4 and will be displayed around town. To enter put your name, age and contact details on the back of the poster and return to Miss Evans at Knighton Primary School, CCF or the Clock Tower Tea Shop in Knighton.

Attractions planned for the show and carnival on August 30 include procession with 1960s theme, and on the show field, The Mighty Smith(strongman), Bruce Airhead (balloon act) and Beyond Aerial Displays (trapeze act), Pat the clown, donkey rides, junior football, axe racing, bouncy castles, horse competition, dog show, historic vehicle display, shire horses, life-size scarecrow competition, horticulture and handicraft show plus lots more.

The day will conclude with the evening procession and firework display.


EXHIBITION - Local artists’ exhibition at Weavers Gallery, Church Lane from Monday to June 29, 10am to 5pm. Free entry.


SUMMER FETE - Marden Primary Academy. FOMPS Summer Fete, at Marden community centre, tomorrow (Friday), 3.30pm onwards. Stalls, games, refreshments, raffle,barbecue.

Come and join the fun.


100 CLUB - The Church 200 Club June Draw took place at the home of Sue and Gary Day on June 1.

Prizes were as follows: 89 £90 Gwyneth Fortey; 83 £60 John Mayo-Evans; 3 £30 Glyn Morgan; 139 £15 T J Garnet. Five extra prizes of £20 each went to 131 Kate Morgan; 200 Karen Jackson; 94 Stella Warwood; 63 Raymond Jones; 174 Derek Hughes.

FETE - The church fete will be held at Sufton Court on July 5 from 2pm - 5pm. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy the afternoon.

Stalls: books, bottles, cakes, plants, bric-a-brac, games for the children. Refreshments available throughout the afternoon with their now famous cream scones.

There will be classic cars to admire and the Lugg Valley Archers will be at hand for anyone keen to try their skills. There will be a grand draw with lots of prizes.

Ocle Pychard and Much Cowarne

FAMILY BARBECUE - This Saturday, there will be a family barbecue in the grounds of St Mary’s Church at Much Cowarne, starting at 5pm. Entrance will cost just £5 per person, (children under 12 £3) Bar available. Games and music will be supplied.

Please bring your own chair and look forward to relaxing with your friends and neighbours. To help with catering, please book your places by ringing 01531 640516 or emailing eddie_cris@ (Vegetarians can be catered for).

PARISH LUNCH - On behalf of Much Cowarne’s Church of St Mary the Virgin, there will be a parish lunch in a wedding marquee at Capon Bridge, Much Cowarne on July 27 at 12.30pm for 1pm. The meal will be followed by an auction of promises. Tickets are now available at £12.50 for adults or £7 for children aged 10 and under, from Ted and Jean Parkes on 01432 820402 or 07854 024662. This is always a popular event with tickets selling fast.

Early booking is recommended.


EXCITING MOVES AHEAD AND A PUBLIC MEETING ANNOUNCED - In a matter of months the Golden Valley Community Centre could move across the road into the old Magistrates’ Court building and the trustees could work together with the local volunteers who have kept provision for senior citizens going over the past 16 months.

Due to rising pupil numbers the Peterchurch primary school needs more space from September. This has led Hereford council to approach the trustees of the Golden Valley Community Centre (GVCC) with a view to buying out the remaining 63 year lease that the GVCC holds on community space on the primary school site.

After negotiations a figure in compensation to surrender the lease has been agreed and at the same time the council have offered to make a freehold asset transfer on the old Magistrates’ Court building across the road from the school to the GVCC, subject to its future use as a community building.

This building would have stood empty for the past 16 months - ever since Hereford council ended its contract with AgeUK to run a day care centre there - had it not been for a voluntary committee of local residents who have spent the time fund raising and keeping activities going for former clients of the day care centre and some new users as well. The trustees of the GVCC hope to work closely with these volunteers in giving the old court house/day care centre a new lease of life as a vibrant hive of community activity in the heart of Peterchurch.

The GVCC, as a charitable trust, needs to adhere to the terms of its deed, administered by the charity commissioners, and as provision of the deed it needs to secure public approval for the plans. So they are announcing an open public meeting, in the GVCC, at 7.30pm next Thursday, June 26. The public can hear the arguments of the day care centre volunteers, the governors of the primary school and the trustees of the GVCC - and at the conclusion of the meeting the trustees will seek an affirmative vote on the proposals.


ILLUSTRATED TALK - On Saturday at 7pm in the church Lt Col Alan Jenkins will give an illustrated talk entitled Army Recovery Capability a service available to injured military personnel. Alan Jenkins lives with his wife Annette at Pilleth.

Refreshments will be available.

ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF PILLETH - St Mary’s church, Pilleth will be holding a special service to mark the 100th year since the start of the First World War and the anniversary of the battle of Pilleth in 1402 when hundreds of Welsh and English died on Bryn Glas Hill. The service will start at 3pm and will be led by the Rev Melia Cope.


100 CLUB - The football club recently held their 100 club draw for the month of May. Bill Weale drew the following winners. £100 Roger Morgan, Michael (Tiger) Williams, £40 Gareth and Barbara Roberts and £25 Julie and Gemma Lewis. The next draw will take place at The Royal British Legion Club on June 27 at 9pm.

FETE - The annual Lingen fete will take place in the churchyard on June 28 from 2pm. All the usual stalls and activities will be there including a bouncy castle, bric a brac, books, a raffle, tug of war and a novelty dog show plus lots more. Admission will be £1.

For further details call 267452. All proceeds will go to the church and village funds and the air ambulance.

MUSICAL - Teme Spirits and Llangunllo Performers present Keep The Home Fire’s Burning, a musical memoir of the two world wars at St Cynllo’s Church in Llangunllo on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. Doors will open at 7pm.

Admission is £8 with children under 16 £5 (primary school children free) which will include refreshments served after the performance. There will also be a raffle. For further details or tickets call 01547 550142.

JAZZ - This year’s Titley Jazz Festival will take place at The Rodd from July 25 - 27. To book or for more information call 260119 or visit DARTS - There is a charity random mixed pairs darts competition at Presteigne football club in aid of Cancer Research this Saturday. Entry is from 6.30pm with a prompt start at 7pm. Please support this worthy cause.

MUSIC - Kington Operatic Society finish their summer tour of That’s Entertainment at St Michael’s Church in Discoed on June 27 at 7.30pm. Admission at the door is £5. For further information call David on 01547 560246 or SERVICES - This Sunday there are services of holy communion at Kinsham at 9.30am and St Andrews Church at 11am.

Everyone is most welcome.

RACES - Wales and Border Counties present Presteigne Races at Broadheath Common on June 28 with the first race starting at 1pm. Admission is £7 for adults which includes a race card with under 14s free. There will be licensed bookmakers, a bar and refreshments available. For further details call 01497 847603.

DRAW - Presteigne and Norton Community Support recently made their community draw.

David Woodley drew the following winners: 20 Mrs Olive Layton, £15 Mrs Judi Charlton and £12 Mrs Ruby Hughes.

BARBECUE - The Salty Dog are holding a charity all you can eat barbecue in the Radnorshire Arms on June 29 from 1 - 4pm.

Tickets are £10 for adults with primary school children eating free.

On offer will be paella wraps, burgers, sausages, chips, fish finger burgers, meatball wraps, salad, ice cream plus much more.

To purchase a ticket call in to The Salty Dog in the High Street or The Wine Bar or from the playgroup. All proceeds will go to The Little People’s Playgroup.

CAR BOOT SALE - John Beddoes Campus PTA will be holding a car boot in the school yard, Broadaxe Lane Presteigne on Saturday from 12 noon - 4 pm. To book a place or for further information telephone 07977885998.


BINGO - A bingo session will be held at the village hall tomorrow (Friday). Doors open 7pm, eyes down 7.45pm. Proceeds in aid of Staunton-on-Wye churchyard.

Prizes or donations would be very much appreciated. Contact Ruth on 01981 500618 or Hazel on 01981 500552.

Stoke Lacy

WALK AND BARBECUE - This Saturday, The Bromyard Buhuri Link is hosting a barbecue at Caris Croft, Stoke Lacy. There will be a short walk around Stoke Lacy, starting at 2.30pm, followed by the Tanzanian barbecue at 5pm till 7.30pm. Food and drinks will be provided. All donations will go to the work of the Bromyard Buhuri Link in Tanzania. To book your place, phone Neil and Christine Walters, 01885 490870 or email neilandchristinewalters@

GARDENING CLUB - Stoke Lacy Gardening Club will meet on Tuesday at the earlier time of 2.30pm for a visit to Rhodds Farm, Lyonshall. The cost will be £6 per head, including refreshments.

Stretton Sugwas

FLOWER FESTIVAL - St Mary Magdalene Church flower festival: tomorrow (Friday), Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm: morning coffee, stalls, light lunches, afternoon tea, entertainment, raffle.

Opening service: today (Thursday), 6.30pm, followed by cheese and wine at 7.15pm in village hall - £5. Tomorrow (Friday), 7pm: an evening of memories, music and readings with the Dean of Hereford Cathedral, followed by buffet supper - £6. Saturday, 7pm in the village hall: Sunshine on Leith (PG), a film starring Jane Horrocks and featuring music by The Proclaimers, followed by light buffet supper - £5. Tickets to all these events are available from Shirley on 01432 276948. All in aid of church funds.

LUNCH CLUB - Wednesday, 12.30pm in village hall - £4.

WHIST DRIVE - June 27, 7.30pm, again in village hall - £2.50.


WELLINGTON - Summer fete at The Vinery, Wellington on June 28, 12 noon to 3pm. Barbecue, bar and stalls, (plants, books, teas etc). Not to be missed, a fabulous afternoon out for all the family.

The fete will get Wellington village fun week off to a great start.

For further information: 01432 830489 or 01432 830452.


SUMMER SOLSTICE POETRY EVENING - Saturday at 5.30pm in Weobley church. Display of poems with free strawberries and cream. Cakes, teas and coffee for donations. Prizes presented for best poems. Poetry reading at 7pm. Admission £3, children £1.


WIGMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL - Mid Summer Fete on Saturday at Wigmore Primary School from 1pm - 4pm.

The afternoon will include a dance performance from local children, games, home-made refreshments and cream teas, children’s craft competition, raffle, many stalls, including cake stall, tombola, uniform stall, sweet stall.


PIMM’S AND PUDDING EVENING - Tickets now available at Hereford Life charity shop at 42 Eign Gate or Withington village post office, £7.50 each, which includes one Pimm’s and all the pudding you can eat. Donations of puddings are welcome, bring to the Life charity shop or Withington village hall after 2pm on the day. For tickets and donations ring Elaine 07761 097147 or Sue 07751 893510 or call in at either charity shop in Eign Gate.

In aid of two local charities, Life and St Michael’s Hospice, tomorrow (Friday) 7pm. Raffle, table sale and food quiz. All ages welcome.

MY MEMORY LANE - HMTC present their Songs From The Shows at Withington village hall (HR1 3PP) on July 18, 7.30pm. Come and enjoy a great evening of music with our favourite city amateur group. Supper is included in the price of £10 pre-booked (£12 unbooked) and children under 12 at £5. There will be a bar available. Tel 01432 850074. Proceeds in aid of St Peter’s Church, Withington.

This show is presented by the company in memory of Mike Tomkins.

Bell Bank Club

GUIDE dog Maddie is working well and happy. During the recent festival she attended many wonderful activities at St Mary’s.

Judith led members through an exercise programme to music.

A lunch was taken this month at the Clarence Hotel Brecon. After a delicious meal some folk strolled around the garden as it was a nice warm day.

Anna M Evans gave a talk about when she stayed with a family in Florence for eight weeks. In her early 20s her purpose was to teach English to a 10-year-old boy who turned out to be rather naughty.

While there, she went to art and batik lessons and passed around some of her pictures to those in the group with some sight, and described the paintings to the others. She also taught two other children from separate families, also finding a girlfriend with whom she shared day trips, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

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

Craft Club

THE Craft Club meet every Thursday 1pm to 3pm at The Scout Hut , Blackmarston Road, Hereford. All are welcome, male or female and all ages. If you are a beginner or an expert, come and enjoy a cup of tea and chat while you are crafting. For more information phone Maxine on 01432 279116.

Hereford Federation of Women’s Institutes

WI members will start a nation- wide conversation about organ donation. 98% of WI members voted on the organisation’s new campaign at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWi) annual meeting , imploring all members to discuss their wishes regarding organ donation with their family and friends. The resolution: “The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant.

We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise”. will now become the campaigning focus for over 212,000 WI members across England, Wales and the Islands.

WI members have campaigned for organ donation as far back as 1952, and asked for the Organ Donor Register to be set up in 1972 so this resolution follows a long history of highlighting the importance of organ donation and of ensuring that organ donors’ wishes are known. This renewed call for a conversation to make your intentions about organ donation clear goes one step further by encouraging WI members – and their friends and family – to discuss an often uncomfortable topic. Members hope the campaign will abolish myths, banish the taboos about this conversation, raise awareness of the need for donation and prevent confusion over individual wishes if organ donation is a consideration.

The UK’s organ donation consent rate is amongst the lowest in Europe, yet while only 30% of the UK population is on the register, over 80% of people say they are willing to donate organs or consider donating after their death.

There is huge public support for donation but despite recent successful campaigns, there are a number of reasons why this hasn’t translated into an increase in consent rates for organ donation.

Cicely Symonds, WI spokesperson, said: “WI members have never been afraid of making their voices heard when an issue is important however difficult the conversation might be, and few things are more important than making sure your family and friends know what you’d like to happen to your organs if the worst should happen.

“This resolution calls on all members to make their intentions on organ donation known to their loved ones, taking away the burden of deciding whether or not to donate organs and allowing family to honour decisions.

“No one wants to think about such tragic events but having these conversations and making your wishes known is key; ultimately we want to end the reluctance to talk about organ donation and help to make it a normal part of end of life care that people will expect to be asked about donation and expect to know their family members’ wishes. To agree to donate organs or tissue is a unique act of kindness, made all the more special by the fact that donations often take place at a time of great loss. The WI campaign will celebrate this and get people across the nation talking about their own organ donation decisions.”

Llanbister WI

BARBARA Gayther welcomed 12 members to the June meeting with apologies from Marion, Anita and June. Members decided to vote of increasing organ transplant at the AGM in Leeds. The women decided to have two summer outings this year, the first to see Sister Act in Aberystwyth and the second to Llangred Hall for afternoon tea. The speaker for the evening was Lorraine Jenkins who spoke on the subject of Musings of an Author. She gave a very interesting talk on how she started writing her first book. She told members how she had given up work and went to South America for several months travelling with light clothes and a rucksack and a tent. She reached Argentina, Chilie and Patagonia and then went on to visit Australia. She returned home with the written book. Lorraine has now had three books published and brought copies of the books along with her. She was thanked by Barbara. The raffle was won by Eunice Nicholls who was also hostess for the evening with Maureen Gayther. The competition for a pretty jug was won by Rene Goodman, 2nd Olwen Bowen and 3rd Carol Thomas.