SUMMER FETE – Cats Protection, Cobhall Common, Allensmore, HR2 9BP. Saturday, 11am-3pm. Mo the donkey and friends, vintage motorbikes, bouncy castle, pottery painting, tarot reader and clairvoyant, face painting and children’s games, plants, bric a brac and craft stalls.
Raffle, refreshments and cakes.
Plus much, much more.
Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls
CHURCH – There will be a service of Holy Communion BCP at Aymestrey at 9.30am on Sunday.
AYMESTREY FETE – Preparations are well advanced for Aymestrey’s annual fete which takes place on July 19. There is a change of venue this year and it will take place on the meadows of Yatton Court, by permission of Mr and Mrs Hurcomb. All car access will be through the top gate by the pull-in at the pools and those arriving on foot can access the field by the lodge house. The start time is 1pm and there will be all the usual stalls: raffle, bric-a- brac, produce stall, bottle stall, bowling for a pig, coconut shy etc.
The fun dog show, children’s games and tug of war will be taking place in the arena. Don’t forget your entries for the produce competition which will close for entries at 1.30pm. Stall holders are asked once again if they can turn up a bit earlier to help put up their allocated gazebos.
Contributions to any of the stalls (books, jigsaws, games, tombola, bottles, bric-a-brac, cakes) will be much appreciated and can be organised through Ken Holland 01568 770 367 or Meg Thorpe 01568 780 384. Schedules for the produce competition and the dog show are included in the latest edition of Aymestrey Matters.
Organisers need people to help on the day before the fete when they shall be setting up the larger marquees so volunteers are asked to meet at 10am at the parish hall on July 18 (or later down on the meadow).
VILLAGE LOTTERY – Anne and Andrew Culley won £25 with Number 42 on June 28.
PARISH COUNCIL – A meeting of Bishopstone Group Parish Council will take place tonight at the New Bridge Community Centre, Bridge Sollars, at 7.30pm.
Items on the agenda include a short presentation about the Lengthsman Scheme for local road maintenance. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting and to raise items of concern in the five parishes that make up Bishopstone Group.
PLOUGHMANS AND PUDDINGS – You are invited to a ploughmans and puddings lunch tomorrow at Siward James Centre, Bodenham from 12 noon to 2pm. Ticket price £7 per person.
(Includes ploughman’s, plus numerous puddings to try as well as tea/coffee). Tickets available from Jenny on 01568 797280 or Thelma 797557. Organised by Lugg Valley Friends – Cancer Research UK.
BODENHAM LAKE – A Friends of Bodenham Lake Group has been formed to counter the threat to the lake following Herefordshire Council’s determination to end its responsibility for the facility as a cost-cutting measure. The inaugural meeting was standing room only as around 50 members of the public came to raise their concerns and to hear about possible futures for this local beauty spot which is home to a variety of wildlife and flora.
The Friends Group aims to ensure that Bodenham Lake remains in perpetuity as an open access nature reserve for people and for wildlife. There are more details at the Bodenham Lake facebook page, www.facebook.com/bodenhamlake.
CORRESPONDENT – Martin Field, The Old School House, Burley Gate, Hereford, HR1 3QR, 01432 820074, email@example.com.
PRIMARY SCHOOL FETE – Saturday from 2pm-4pm at the school, HR7 4TF. Lots of fun for all the family – skittles, coconut shy, face painting, bingo bonanza, egg hunting, bagatelle, egg throwing competition, prize every time tombola, guess my name, guess the weight of the cake, raffle tickets and more. Also there will be a take kwon do demo from white Phoenix, hot dogs and pork baps, strawberries, refreshments tea coffee squash cake biscuits etc, ice-cream van, fire engine. Free entry.
Bredwardine and Brobury
100 CLUB, JULY DRAW RESULTS – The Friends of St Andrew 100 Club draw took place in the Red Lion Inn on July 3. It was drawn by Helen Pilkington. First prize of £50 was won by Patrick and Kath Dyke with ticket number 100. Second prize of £25 was won by Dave Morgan with ticket number 12. Third prize of £15 was won by Doris Howell with ticket number 60. The winner of the In It To Win It prize of £10 was Mike Taylor. Congratulations to all winners and thanks to everyone for their support and making this such a lively evening.
The August draw will be held at 8pm on August 7 in the Red Lion Inn.
Contact Jen Maddison on 01981 500048 for details and further information about the club.
COFFEE, CAKE AND MARKET – There will be a coffee morning in Bredwardine village hall tomorrow from 10am until noon. This is a chance to meet up with old and new friends over coffee and cake.
Included in the market are a number of stalls selling fresh vegetables, home-baked cakes, jams and chutneys and we have regular visits from 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.
HEREFORD COMMUNITY LARDER – The Community Larder is Hereford’s Food Bank and provides bags of food to those in urgent need. Every week this organization 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. Contact Sarah Morgan on 01981 500155 for further details.
BREDWARDINE SUMMER FETE – Organisers have started collecting items for the tombola stall, which is part of the village fete to be held in August and need your help to make it as exciting as last year. Items can be of any description as long as they are new. They can be dropped off at Yew Tree House (Charlotte Sellars) Glebe Cottage (Wendy Middleton) or Holly Bush Cottage (Kari Lawson). Contact Charlotte Sellars on 01981 500281 for further information.
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FETE – This year, Breinton’s fete in aid of St Michael’s Church will be held at Breinton House from 2pm- 5pm on Sunday. The entrance fee of £2 (children under 12 free) will allow visitors to enjoy the gardens with views of the River Wye, to enjoy a cream tea, bid for a bargain at the ‘Cash in the Attic’ auction and check out all the other usual stalls and attractions, including plants and home-made cakes.
BONUS BALL – Barry Megson won £25 with number 42 on June 28.
BRILLEY PARISH COUNCIL – There is a meeting of the Steering Group for the Brilley Neighbourhood Development Plan on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall – all welcome.
GARDENING COMPETITION – Last year was another successful year with the extended gardening competitions.
For new and old members of Clehonger parish, the details are: The Jubilee Shield competition for the best front and/or rear garden. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and highly commended tickets and prizes to be awarded; The Garden Delight Shield, last year for the best display of annuals, will this year be for the garden (front or back) which is most nature friendly whether it be for bees, butterflies, birds etc, or for all of nature’s creatures.
The winner of the Jubilee Shield cannot also win the Garden Delight Shield.
Also there is the front garden-only competition for residents of Innesfield, which can be for the garden, and/or tubs, baskets etc.
The judging day will be either August 2 or 3 depending on weather, by two judges from outside the parish.
You know you can enter and succeed so why not give it a try?
Any queries to George Walker on 01981 251245.
FUN HORSE RIDE – If you, your friends and family would like somewhere to go with your horses that will give you access to lots of open countryside, optional jumps, very little roadwork and no gates to open, then look no further than our fun ride on July 26 at Cradley, near Malvern. The nearest postcode is WR13 5NW and the ride is well stewarded and flagged. It is suitable for jumpers and non-jumpers and will take one to two hours to complete – depending on how many times you stop to enjoy the views. Start 10am – last entry strictly 1pm. For further details phone/text 07966 658639 or e-mail northledbury1905@ gmail.com.
CAR BOOT/TABLE SALE/ CRAFTS – Cusop village hall, August 30, 2pm-4.30pm.
In aid of Arthritis Research UK. This is no ordinary car boot, it’s a family fun afternoon. There is a raffle, cakes, tombola, clothes, crafts, books and much more, or just come along for a cuppa and chat. Boots/stalls 1pm, public 2pm. Contact Sue 01497 821562, £5 per boot (booking advisable).
PUB NIGHT WITH PUB GRUB AND PUB GAMES – The village doesn’t have a pub but that doesn’t stop them holding a pub night. Do come along to the pub night on July 18, at 7.30 pm in the “local” (aka Eaton Bishop Village Hall), there will be traditional pub games, such as darts, quoits, dominoes, etc along with a two-course supper, bar and raffle. All funds raised will contribute towards the maintenance of the church.
SUMMER FETE AT THE WHITE HOUSE – As last year’s summer fete was so successful, organisers are going to have another this year. August 30 is the date, commencing at 12.30pm.
Come along (free entry) and take part in the many games such as skittles, nearest to whisky, golf and browse the plant, cake, produce, toy and white elephant stalls. Bring the dog and enter the fun dog show, dress up the children for the fancy dress competition and participate in the garden treasure hunt. There will be music, military vehicles, classic cars, donkeys – something for everyone. And throughout the afternoon, barbecued food, cream teas, ice creams and a bar will be available. All proceeds will be divided between Eaton Bishop Village Hall and the church.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – We have reached the stage of compiling the first draft, which will then be sent out to everyone in the parish for further consultation.
However, before then there is going to be a further opportunity to have your say about what goes into the plan. We will be holding a drop-in public meeting on Tuesday at the Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall, from 3.30pm until 8pm.
All welcome, refreshments available.
PARISH COUNCIL – The June meeting was held in St Michaels Hall with Councillor Mrs J Webb in the chair, also present Hereford councillor Graham Powell, community support officer Fiona Witcher, Mr M Carr, the clerk and seven members of the public.
In the open forum a burnt- out rubbish bin in the recreation ground was noted. Also potholes and worn road markings in the school lane were reported. In his report Cllr Powell gave details of the core strategy, highway works, grass cutting and super-fast broadband.
The parish council has been successful in their attempt to commence plans to purchase the former Roman Catholic Church site. A solicitor is now needed to be appointed to carry out the conveyancing. It was agreed to accept a quotation from Gabbs solicitor to proceed with the purchase. Feasibility grants would be sought. A questionnaire would be circulating to help gain community support and be used in any grant application.
CHARITY WALK – Eleven people set out early on a dry warm day to complete the Three Castle walk in the day.
Seven managed the complete walk ably assisted by new walkers joining in for each section to keep the pace and spirits up. They were supported the whole way around by Roger and Ann Bradley and Chris Bray with Dore Community Transport Vehicle. The first section was the longest – Skenfrith Castle to White Castle, stopping for lunch by the castle gates.
Pushing onto Grosmont was a challenging leg as the hills were steep. They arrived in Grosmont wondering about the last section. Fortunately the walk to Skenfrith from Grosmont was predominantly downhill and the easiest stretch. Together with money raised by Nicky Duggan at a recent car boot we were able to reach a total of over £1,800 to be shared equally between Dore Community Transport and West Midlands Air Ambulance.
WALKING FOR HEALTH – Every Friday, starting at 10am, outside the fish and chip shop for short gentle walks around the village led by qualified leaders. For more enthusiastic walkers there will be a walk around Craswell five to six miles.
TRAIDCRAFT – Stall selling Traidcraft goods in St Michaels Hall after the 10am service on Sunday.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – Performance by the Rain or Shine Theatre Co. at Dore Abbey, July 16, adults £12 children £6, from 01981 570264. Gates open 6.30pm for picnics, please bring own seating, inside if wet.
FETE AT FELTON HOUSE - There will be a fete at Felton House (the Old Vicarage, off the A417 next to Felton Church) this Saturday, from 2.30pm - 4.30pm.
Fun and games for young people.
There will be pony rides (weather permitting) and refreshments.
A special event for younger people will be the chance to ring the five bells of Felton Church.
CHURCH - Services from the West Hereford Team of Churches, Hereford. Friday: 8.15am morning prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road.
Sunday: 9.30am parish mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate; 11am parish Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross; 8am Holy Communion (BCP) at St Nicholas’ Church; 11am choral communion at St Nicholas’ Church; 6.30pm evensong at St Nicholas’ Church.
Monday 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; Tuesday: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 12.10pm said mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate. Wednesday: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 12.10pm said mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate. Thursday, July 17: 8.15am morning prayer and eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 10am eucharist with hymn and address at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road; 12.10pm said mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate.
HEREFORD PROBUS THREE - June has been a very successful month for Hereford Probus Three, who meet every Wednesday at 10.30 at The Bunch of Carrots, Hampton Bishop.
Early in the month, Probus member, John Probert, gave a fascinating talk on A Lifetime growing Hops, and members are looking forward to visiting his farm later in the season to see the harvesting of the crop for themselves.
Visiting speaker, Robin Thorndike, presented a most interesting illustrated talk on the Herefordshire painter Brian Hatton and the month closed with the club’s annual outing, this year to Llangollen where members and their guests had the opportunity to travel into the town on the canal using the facility of an original canal barge.
New members are always welcome.
Contact either Bob Hughes on Hereford 273622 or Roger Rowell on 880294.
BARBECUE AND DOG SHOW - On Saturday Churchfields, How Caple, HR1 4TD (signposted from the main cross roads), starting at 5pm.
The Dog Show has 12 classes.
Other attractions include vintage and classic cars, skittles, grand raffle, welly wanging, children’s games, bouncy castle, stalls, tombola.
A great family evening for everyone in aid of How Caple Church.
ANNUAL IVINGTON CHURCH GARDEN FETE - Saturday at Ivingtonbury. Opening at 2pm by the deputy mayor Leominster.
Many stalls, activities and entertainment by Invington School.
MUSIC - On July 19 at 7.30pm, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte will be performed by the fabulous Pop Up Opera. Kingsland Church, HR6 9QW. Why not picnic on the Green? Dress code black tie / smart casual. Tickets £25 (£10 under 18) available from Kingsland Post Office or phone 01568 709579.
FREDDIE’S BINGO - Betty would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated prizes, gave donations and also came to the bingo night at the Coronation Hall. With your help we raised a fantastic £1,000 for Freddie’s after care.
ON July 19 from 3pm - 5pm, the hill-top village of Huntington, near Kington, will be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee Fete at Huntington Court, HR5 3PZ. It all began in 1954 and now in 2014, the Huntington Village Fete is more popular than ever. To celebrate the event, four of the oldest residents of the village, who were all born and bred here have been asked to open the fete.
It is known as the most traditional fete in Herefordshire, with scores of farmers meeting up with each other and their friends and families. There will be a cake stall, a WI pudding stall, jams and preserves stall, all home made. Plants are specially grown to purchase as are the strawberries and ice cream. But the home made teas are always what people look forward to, which everyone in the village prepares. When that is done, people relax and enjoy the live music and soft tones of Bandamania. With a coconut shy, old-fashioned outdoor skittles, games of quoits as children try to ring pictures of well known village people and many other games, there is fun for everyone.
To celebrate the Jubilee anniversary, in addition to this, organisers are having a 60th anniversary balloon race. There will also be a cake competition, with adults being asked to make a three-egg Victoria sponge filled with raspberry jam and sprinkled with icing sugar. Children aged from primary school Year 6 and below are being asked to make four decorated fairy cakes. There will even be a ‘human fruit machine’.
The town crier of Knighton will also be in full splendour as he announces the events. There will be a free bus from Mill Street, Kington at 2.30pm, returning at 5.15pm. Further details please see huntingtonchurch.co.uk/ Huntington Fete. Or ring: 01544 370391. All proceeds will go not only to the Anglican Church, but also for the chapel, the village hall and charities in Kington.
COMMUNITY MARKET - The next community market at Knighton community centre will be on Saturday from 9.30am till 12.30pm. There will be the usual selection of stalls selling a wide range of products.
CHURCH SERVICES FOR SUNDAY - St Edward’s church, Knighton 9.30am, holy communion led by the Rev Petra Beresford-Webb. St David’s church, Whitton 9.30am, morning worship led by the Rev Melia Cope. St Andrew’s church, Norton 11am, morning worship led by the Rev Melia Cope.
Knighton Methodist church, no morning service but the AGM will take place at 4.30pm.This will be followed by a bring and share tea at 5.30pm and songs of praise at 6.30pm everyone welcome.
Knighton Baptist church 11am.
Knighton Catholic church 11am.
RHOS MARKET GARDEN - The Rhos market garden annual open day will be on Sunday from 2pm - 6pm at Rhos-y-meirch, Knighton, LD7 1PD. This year the focus is on the living soil and the beneficial effects of earthworms. The First Radnorshire Worm Charming Championship will be running throughout the afternoon, so visitors on the day will get the chance to have a go along and try their luck at the ancient art of charming worms out of the ground.
There will also be plenty of other interesting and fun things to do for all the family including films, crafts, and plant stall. Also teas, homemade cakes and the award- winning local Skyborry Cider, and the chance to look around this thriving market garden which supplies organic fruit and vegetables to the surrounding markets, restaurants and local community.
TEME VALLEY GARDENERS - The next meeting of the Teme Valley Gardeners club will be at 7.30pm at Knucklas community Centre on Monday. The speaker will be Sheila “Woody” Nelson of Bubble House Worm Farming Enterprises. She will be talking about her family business. The title of the talk is Wormeries. The competition for the evening will be an arrangement of hosta leaves.
KNIGHTON TOWN SILVER BAND - 100 Club draw for July. 1st (£20) Sean Milward, Presteigne, 2nd (£10) Doris Hill, Presteigne and 3rd (£5) Bill Davies, Knighton.
The band’s AGM will take place after rehearsal at 9pm on July 29 in the church hall, Knighton.
CYCLE RIDE - The next ride is on Wednesday. Meet in Corn Square at 10am for a leisurely local ride with coffee stop halfway.
HEARTSTART COURSE - Free two hour Heartstart Course (CPR etc) at Earl Mortimer College, Leominster on Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm.
Call 0845 60 60 654 to book.
LINGEN FETE - Total takings on the day were just over £1500, slightly ahead of last year and the largest gross figure of all the churchyard fetes. After provision for expenses the net sum available for sharing between the village hall, the church, and the Air Ambulances is £1280, which is an extraordinarily good result.
Several fete photos are available to view on lingen.org.uk.
CHURCH WINDOW - St David’s Church Little Dewchurch is going to have its large Preedy window removed for restoration work. Its temporary replacement is to be painted by pupils of Little Dewchurch Primary School, with enthusiastic encouragement from lead teacher Andrew Richards and all staff. Their idea is the year 1914; their title ‘From war to peace’. If you would like to be part of this unique project to help with its costs, please contact Little Dewchurch Primary School on 01432 840645 or the South Wye team office on 01432 353717. The window will be unveiled on July 16 at 10am.
INFORMAL AGRICULTURAL SERVICE - There have previously been some gatherings in the Bryn Barn, Longtown, which have given a special focus on farming.
August 17, 8pm, has been chosen for another event linked with the agricultural industry. It will have a harvest theme and will give the opportunity for all generations and all those interested to share their concerns and thankfulness on very many aspects of farming.
A light supper will be included.
FILM – The Book Thief, July 19 at 7.30pm at the village hall. Pre-film supper 6.30pm. To book, phone 01568 615836. There will be a cash bar. Pay at the door – £5 for film.
MARDEN PARISH COUNCIL – The parish freighter will be in Marden on Saturday, 11am-1pm.
The next meeting of the parish council is at 7.30pm on Monday at the community centre, all are welcome. There is a meeting on July 22, at 7.30pm at the community centre to recruit the Steering Group for the Marden Neighbourhood Development Plan.
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 next Tuesday.
PARISH LUNCH – A parish lunch in support of Much Cowarne’s Church of St Mary the Virgin is being held on July 27 from 12.30pm for 1pm in a wedding marquee at Capon Bridge, Much Cowarne. Tickets £12.50 – or £7 for children aged 10 and under – from Ted and Jean Parkes on 01432 820402 or 0785 4024662 or email@example.com. The lunch will be followed by an auction of promises.
PATRONAL FESTIVAL – The Patronal Festival for the Church of St James the Great at Ocle Pychard starts at 2.30pm on July 20 and will feature cream teas, plus produce and plant stalls, followed by songs of praise at 6 pm.
CHURCH FETE – St Stephen’s Church, Old Radnor will hold their church fete at Walton Village Hall on Saturday starting at 3pm.
YARDRO SANKEY EVENING – There will be a Sankey Evening in Yardro chapel near Old Radnor on Sunday at 6.30pm. The service will be led by Philip Watkins.
PREMBRIDGE SHOW – Preparations are progressing well for Pembridge Show on July 26.
The committee are arranging for more displays to open in the morning at 11am when the exhibit marquee closes for judging. The bar opens at 11.30am and food is available all day. Gymkhana and jumping start at 9.30am with the exhibits of small animals and chickens open at 11am. The RWH hunt will parade the hounds at lunchtime followed by the trotting races, axe men team, Paws for Thought dog display team and children’s sports. Knighton Town Band will play in the afternoon when there will a display of classic motorcycles, bee keeping craft tent and many other attractions to see as well as the traditional produce and flower marquee.
100 CLUB – The football club recently held its 100 club draw for June at The Royal British Legion Club. Lynsey Austin drew the following winners. £100 (7) Russell and Judith Goodley, £50 (8) Martin Chambers, £40 (163) J Bird (The Paddocks) and £25 (176) Clin Barrett. The next draw will take place on July 25 in The Farmers Inn at 9pm.
WORKSHOP – There is a Taiko Drumming Workshop for adults and teenagers at The Assembly Rooms on July 26 from 2pm- 5.30pm. The workshop will be led by Shropshire based James Burrows who has taught Taiko for over 20 years. The cost will be £15 for adults and £10 for concessions which includes a performance at 5pm. For further details or to book a place visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
TITLEY JAZZ – The 5th annual Titley Jazz Festival will take place at The Rodd from July 25-27.
Performing will be Alan Barnes, Clark Tracey, Peter King, Don Weller, Tim Mullon, Enrice Tomaso, Art Themen, Steve Waterman plus the 23 piece National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
For further details or to book tickets call 260119, email email@example.com or visit www.titleyjazz.com.
QUOITS – There is a charity quoits competition in memory of their late Gareth Bradford “Big G” at The Farmers Inn on July 27 with a prompt 1pm start. For further details or to book a place call 267389.
MUSIC – There is a baraque music for Viola da Gamba, cello and harpiscord at St Mary Magdalene Church in Eardisland on July 27 at 7.30pm. The concert will include David Hatcher on the viola da gamba, Joris Boon on the baraque cello, and Hilary Norris on the harpsichord. Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 at the door, £3 for concessions. To book a ticket call 328473. All proceeds will go to the church funds.
PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION – The Courtyard Antiques are running a photography competition. The subject is Presteigne. Go out and take a different photo and put your name and address on the back and pop it into Andy at The Courtyard Antiques shop on the high street. There are prizes for the winners and all photos will be displayed at the carnival.
MUSIC – Adam Olds, one guy, one guitar and one mighty voice will be performing in The No 46 Wine Bar on Saturday night from 9pm.
Admission is free and everyone is most welcome.
CARNIVAL – This year the carnival is back. It takes place on July 19 at Wentes Meadow from 1.30pm. The procession will leave John Beddoes School at 1pm and proceed up through the high street to Wentes Meadow. Floats and fancy dress are required to assemble at John Beddoes School at 12 noon for judging. On site there will be a bouncy castle, bucking sheep, bar, music, crazy golf, children’s football, games, competitions plus Paws For Thought Dog Team plus lots more.
Admission is £2.50 for adults with under 16s and fancy dress free.
GUIDED TOURS – Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position overlooking Presteigne.
You are welcome to take a tour to private parts of the area by owners Trfor and Margaret Griffiths.
Tours last around one hour and include the ruins of the 17th century castle and the house, the mill site and a stroll through the gardens. Bookings must be made by calling 267327. Prices are £5 per person with a minimum charge of £25. Please be aware that the ruins are uneven and hilly so please wear sensible footwear. Any proceeds will be donated to the judge’s lodgings and National Gardens Scheme.
EVERGREENS – The Evergreens are running a coach trip to Moreton-in-the-Marsh on July 29.
To book a place or for further details call 267420.
MUSIC – There is a “Bring in the summer” concert featuring The Whitton Voices and Bandamania plus a sprinkle of stories and poems at St Michaels Church in Discoed on Sunday from 7pm.
Admission is £5 at the door.
ST WEONARDS SUMMER FUN DAY – Saturday at St Weonards primary school, 12noon to 3pm.
Fun for all the family including skittles, barbecue, bouncy castle, penalty shoot out, games a grand balloon race and much more.
Everyone very welcome.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB – The next meeting of the Friendship Club will be in Stoke Lacy village hall at 10.30am next Tuesday. The subject of this month’s presentation will be ‘Poems and humorous monologues’. Members are reminded that after-meeting lunches are now arranged by the Plough PH, and they are asked to book or cancel their lunches in good time.
THE WI – The Much Cowarne WI will meet in the Stoke Lacy village hall tomorrow, at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome.
TILLINGTON OPEN GARDENS – Saturday and Sunday, 2pm - 5pm.
This summer you are warmly invited to visit eight lovely gardens in sunny Tillington.
As well as enjoying the gardens, there will be traditional cream teas, cake stall, book sales, plant market, art gallery, hand bells, donkeys, croquet and Pimm’s, scarecrow competition, and more.
For more information please contact 01432 760961.
OPEN GARDEN – Newlands, Upton Bishop, HR9 7TT by kind permission of Mrs Eckley. This beautiful one-acre garden will be open to the public from 11am to 6pm. Admission £2.50 adult, includes refreshments, and children under 12 free.
Proceeds from the day will be split between St Michael’s Hospice and the Air Ambulance.
OPEN GARDENS – The View, Hope End School House, The Old Vicarage and 1 Oak Tree Close will be open on July 20 from 2pm to 6pm in aid of St Michael’s Hospice.
Ticket price covers entry to all fours gardens. Adults £5 and children under 12 go free.
Refreshments will be served, and there will be a raffle, with great prizes.
Free parking will be available at the Wellington Memorial Hall.
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 without booking – and children under 16 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.
INSPECTOR DRAKE COMES TO WOOLHOPE – The ever popular Bare Bones Theatre return to Woolhope on Saturday at 7.30pm with the hilarious comedy Inspector Drake and the Black Widow.
Will the legendary Inspector Drake and his assistant Sergeant Plod solve this baffling case?
Come along to find out – tickets just £5 on the door. Visit www.woolhopeparish.org to find out what’s happening in Woolhope, plus all the latest news, information and more.
Dorstone History Society
THE Halls of the Dead dig on Dorstone Hill has started again, and will continue through July. A series of talks will be held in Dorstone Village Hall to put the finds in context.
Talk one will be tomorrow at 7.30pm entitled From Dorstone Hill to Stonehenge: setting the south-west Herefordshire Neolithic in a Salisbury Plain context’ by Professor Julian Thomas, University of Manchester.
Talk two will be Thursday, July 17 at 7.30pm entitled Herefordshire in the Fourth and Third Millennia BC: Neolithic settlement, new horizons by Dr Keith Ray, Nexus Heritage, Rotherwas, Hereford.
Talk three will be on July 25 at 7.30pm entitled The Dorstone Hill excavations, July 2014: fresh results and new perspectives by Professor Julian Thomas and Dr Keith Ray.
Admission – £1 to cover hall costs.
1st Ewyas Harold Scout Group Cubs and Beavers
THE Cubs and Beavers of the 1st Ewyas Harold Scout Group would like to thank the many local people who have supported them through their second successful year since being founded in September 2012. In particular, we would like to thank Ewyas Harold Fire Service, Golden Valley Local Policing Team, Longtown Mountain rescue, Jan Lucas- Scudamore (Kentchurch Court) and the churchwardens from St Michael’s Church, Ewyas Harold and from Dore Abbey.
Herefordshire Health Service Retirement Fellowship
THE next meeting for the Herefordshire Health Services Retirement Fellowship (HHSRF) will be held on July 21 at 2pm in the St John’s Methodist Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford. The guest speaker this month is Mrs Carole Dowding who will be giving her presentation on Gardening with a Husband. Carole’s talk promises to be of special interest for those who have experienced gardening with men and /or husbands.
The next outing is a River Walk starting from the Castle Green, on Thursday, July 17 at 10.45am, followed by lunch at the Spread Eagle, Hereford.
Please note a diary date: Following the normal meeting on August 18 they are holding a Blooming Great Tea Party in support of Marie Curie Nurses at 3pm in the St John’s Hall. The money raised from our fundraising tea party will help the Marie Curie Nurses provide more free care to people with terminal illnesses in their homes. They are getting together with a warm welcome for their members, friends and their families, to enjoy lots of lovely sandwiches, scones with fresh cream and strawberries, and home-made cakes so, please come along everyone and join in the fun – make time for tea at 3pm.
For more contact Mrs Ann Rosser, vice-chairman on 01432 266185.
IAM Herefordshire are running two younger driver days for 17-30 year olds this summer, the first on July 20 in Tarrington and the other at Much Birch on August 17.
Here’s your opportunity to get sound, common-sense advice and learn advanced driving techniques from the experts.
Hosted by their younger drivers, these sessions will give you a chance to find out how good you are on paper, on computer and on the road. You’ll learn how to drive more safely and economically, and also how to avoid hazards and prevent accidents. You can drop in between 10am and 4pm and it’s free – but if you would like an assessment drive – please remember to bring your current, complete driving licence, insurance document and current MOT (if your car needs one). And bring your glasses if you need them.
Reserve your place now on 07909 631823 or email neryspalmer@ hotmail.co.uk for details. To all mums and dads, this is a great chance to encourage your young driver to become safer on the road. IAM Herefordshire is the safe driving charity affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists whose aim is to develop safer drivers. The next Advanced Driving course starts August 26 at Much Birch. Anyone interested and for more information contact Mary Bevan on 01874 712267 or online firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kington Horticultural Society
THE next meeting is Thursday, July 17 in the Masonic Hall, Headbrook, Kington, HR5 3DY at 7.30pm. The speaker is Reg Moule on the subject of fruit growing for small gardens. Doors open at 7pm, visitors welcome, £2.50.
THE Phoenix Club meets in the skittle alley at the Herdsman for bingo on Friday afternoons at 2.20pm, finishing at around 4pm.
The club also runs coach trips to various places of interest during the year which includes the Birmingham Hippodrome for the Christmas pantomime. You are welcome to come on a Friday to play bingo and to meet up and chat with members before deciding on whether to become a member. For information or a tour of the club call Lorraine on 07753 107762 or Derek on 07751 893555.
Wellington Garden Club
THE next meeting of the garden club will be next Thursday, July 17 at 7.30 pm in the community centre. This month the speaker is Paul Green, who will be talking about Coloured Foliage, available in most gardens. There will be a raffle and refreshments after the talk. Visitors welcome to the club.