AUGUST DRAW – Winners of the Allensmore Church 100 club draw for August are: 1st Mrs Havard 31, 2nd Sarah Turpin 58, 3rd Derek Cooke 12 and 4th Gladys Bond 44.


NEW – Almeley Primary School Parent and Toddler Group. First session September 12, 9.30am- 11am, Friday mornings 9.30am- 11am in the school hall, up to five years old. Term time only.

Entry £1.50 per family (towards tea/coffee and snack for the children). Meet other parents and children chat and play. Call Rachel 01544 327343 or join our Facebook page.

Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls

CEILIDH – A summer ceilidh and supper will be held at Hall Farm Leinthall Earls on Saturday, from 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 (£5 for under 14s) and are available from Bronwyn Hutchings 01568 770536 or Meg Thorpe 01568 780384.

Proceeds will go to Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls Churches.

CHURCH – There will be no service at Aymestrey on Sunday.

TILL THE COWS COME HOME – On September 5, at 7.30pm, Aymestrey parish hall will welcome back for the third time the Mikron Theatre Company who provide very entertaining and clever productions with a versatile cast – an evening not to be missed.

This time they will be presenting Till T he Cows Come Home a further tale in the ongoing saga of the Thistledown allotment holders.

Mikron Theatre Company has been going for over 40 years travelling around the country in a narrow boat.

The company gets to Aymestrey by mooring their boat in Kidderminster or Worcester and travelling here by road. Tickets are £10 and on sale now.

QUIZ NIGHT – The first of the season of Aymestrey’s popular quiz nights takes place on September 12. There is a charge of £5 for teams of up to four members.

Refreshments are available in the interval, but teams are welcome to bring their own if desired. There is a cash prize for the winning team and also a prize for the tail- end Charlies. The start time is 8pm prompt.


VILLAGE LOTTERY – Carmen Derry won £25 with number 14 on August 16.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN OPEN DAY – Residents of the five parishes in the Bishopstone group will have the opportunity to see and comment on the results of the recent questionnaire at an open day on September 6. The full results for each parish will be on display together with an explanation of the background to the Neighbourhood Plan and details of the next steps to be taken. There will be a chance to make further comments about housing, employment, traffic and environmental issues based on the questionnaire results and to consider possible positions for new settlement boundaries within some parishes.

The open day will take place at the New Bridge Community Centre, Bridge Sollars on September 6, between 11am-7pm.


BODENHAM PARISH COUNCIL – The parish council will meet at the Siward James Centre at 7.30pm on Monday. The clerk can be contacted on 01568 797132.

BODENHAM FLOOD SUPPORT GROUP – The support group will be organising a working party starting at 6pm tomorrow. Anyone wanting to join in is invited to contact the secretary, Babs Mitcheson on 01568 797170.

BODENHAM GARDENING CLUB – On Tuesday, at 7.30pm, the gardening club will be holding a cheese and wine quiz evening.

Details to be confirmed.

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

01432 820074.

Bredwardine and Brobury

SEPTEMBER DRAW – The Friends of St Andrew 100 club draw will take place next Thursday, September 4, 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.

COFFEE, CAKE AND MARKET – There will be a coffee morning in Bredwardine village hall on September 12, from 10am-12 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.

FOOD DONATION BASKET FOR 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.


BOWJANGLES – Will perform On The Box in Breinton village hall on September 11, 7.30pm. The four energetic musicians will parody a variety of familiar programmes with exhilarating dance routines and rousing songs.

Tickets: adult £8, child £5, family £25. Enquiries 01432 350919. Book your ticket online at

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL – Adrian Connor won £25 with number 14 on August 16.


PARISH COUNCIL – The next meeting of Brilley Parish Council is on September 9 at 7.30pm in the village hall. The next meeting of the Steering Group for the Neighbourhood Development Plan is now on September 5 at 7.30pm in the village hall. This is a change of date from Monday.


HISTORY GROUP - The new season of lectures for Bromyard Art History Group start on September 16, at the Conquest Theatre.

Ten lecturers will give talks over a 17-week period. The topics range from wood – its use as a material in the creation of art, to trees.

Also on the programme will be a talk about David Garrick.

Other subjects include the Medici Queens of France, Arts and Crafts of India under the Raj, and Wenceslaus Hollar, the Czech Baroque artist.

This is an opportunity to discover new and original aspects of art that may be new to you.

Existing and potential new members are welcome to attend a coffee morning on September 9, from 10.30am-noon, or ring Chris Balch on 01886 812412 for additional information.


CAR BOOT/TABLE SALE AND CRAFTS - Cusop village hall, Saturday 2pm-4.30pm in aid of Arthritis Research UK.

This is no ordinary car boot – it’s a family fun afternoon.

There will be a raffle, cakes, tombola, clothes, crafts, books, plants and much more.

Any donations would be gratefully appreciated.

Boots/stalls 1pm, public 2pm.

Contact Sue 01497 821562 £5 per boot/stall (booking advisable).


LOW IMPACT EXERCISE - Tuesday 6-7pm and zumba fitness Thursday 6-7pm back at Cedar Hall. Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or


DORSTONE HISTORY SOCIETY - A change to Wednesday’s programme. The speaker expected from the Vivat Trust left without making anyone aware.

However, the excellent Tim Hoverd has been able to step in with a talk on medieval Herefordshire.

At Dorstone village hall – 7.30pm refreshments, 8pm talk. £3 non- members.

CROWN GREEN BOWLS - Pam Savage was crowned ladies champion after a full afternoon of excellent bowling at Dorstone Bowling Club on August 17, in the ladies’ competition. Violet Smith (club captain) was a creditable runner up.

All club members are looking forward to playing a return friendly fixture with Burway CGBC – a Shropshire league team from Ludlow – to be played on September 14, starting at 2pm at Dorstone.


NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN - The steering group for the Eardisland Neighbourhood Development Plan will meet at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 4, in the bowling club. All welcome.

Hampton Bishop

DAFFODILS - Hampton Bishop villagers are planning to plant “A Host of Golden Daffodils” on September 21, that will bring some spring sunshine to the village for many years to come.

Helen Sudlow, who is leading this Community Gardening Scheme, said: “We are asking all villagers to take part and plant bulbs on the verges outside their houses as well as helping to plant daffodils in communal areas such as around the village hall, the church and the roads. So far we’ve raised over £700 to pay for the communal bulbs, including support from the Villagers Association and the Parish Council.”

Suppliers have been consulted and a wild variety of daffodil known as the Lent Lilly has been identified as the bulb of choice.

Volunteers to plant up the communal areas are asked to report to Saffron House on Whitehall Road in Hampton Bishop from 9.30am on September 21. Please attend if you would like to donate money, bulbs or time, then please contact Helen Sudlow on 01432 870358.

WAR COMMEMORATION – A First World War commemoration weekend starts with a film night on Friday, September 12 at 7:30pm showing Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo – writer of War Horse.

This will be on the big screen followed by a ploughman’s at Hampton Bishop Village Hall.

Bring your own drinks or there will be a bar.

Donations will go to Help for Heroes.

On Saturday, September 13 at 4.30pm there will be a Wartime sing-a-long, followed by a bring and share Peace Tea in the village hall – visitors are asked to bring something suitable for a cold buffet. Again, donations will be for Help for Heroes.

Over the weekend, there will be lots going on at St Andrew’s Church too. There will be a First World War exhibition, recitals and an array of beautiful floral displays. The church will be open to visitors from10am-5pm and refreshments available.

On Sunday, September 14, the weekend will close with a Family Service at 6pm, reflecting on the war with readings, poems and hymns.

Visit the community website for a timetable and further information.


ART CLUB EXHIBITION – The club’s biennial exhibition runs from September 6 to 14 inclusive, from 10am - 5pm in Kilpeck village hall. Light refreshments will be provided and a raffle held in aid of the Samaritans. Come along and see the work of club members. Most of the work will be for sale and a percentage of the sales goes to help Kilpeck village hall.

The club’s autumn session starts on September 15. Sessions run from 2pm - 4pm. Interested in joining the club? Contact wmhall@


LOW IMPACT EXERCISE – 9.45- 10.45am and zumba fitness 6-7pm, both back at Luctonians R C, Monday.

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or

Little Birch

DOG SHOW – The annual show is arranged for September 14 in the field next to Castle Nibole.

As usual there will be a total of 18 classes for pedigree and novelty dogs. Vicky Watts will be the judge following Kennel Club rules. Registration will start at 1pm and judging from 2pm.

Call Robyn on 01981 540264 for more details.

PANTOMIME – Following their very successful summer variety show, the drama group will present a pantomime version of Peter Pan early in 2015. The first meeting for script reading and auditions will be at Little Birch village hall on September 27 starting at 6.30pm for young people and 7.30pm for adults. Young people will be especially welcome.

For more information call Jane on 07541 347931.

ANNUAL OPEN HORTICULTURAL SHOW – The highlight of the year for Kings Thorn and Little Birch Gardening Club will be their annual open show on September 6, at Little Birch village hall.

After the judging the hall opens to the public at 2pm. As this is a community event entry is free.

There are certain to be excellent displays of home grown vegetables, fruit and flowers.

There is also floral art and a domestic section, showing cakes and jams, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize proudly displayed in each of the categories.

Judges will also have the task of awarding Best in Show.

Come along for the afternoon and enjoy tea or coffee with a choice of home baked cakes.

After the prize giving much of the wonderful produce will be available to buy.

The day before, on September 5, a children’s workshop will be held in the hall starting at 4.30pm.

Children will be encouraged to show their creativity by making vegetable animals and monsters as well as a garden on a plate for the children’s section in the show.

Enquiries about exhibiting, call the show secretary on 01981 540080.


LLANWARNE PLOUGHING SOCIETY – The ladies committee of the Llanwarne ploughing society are meeting on Tuesday, 7.30pm at the Harewood End Inn to finalize arrangements for the horticulture, floral and domestic competitions at this years ploughing match on September 13.

Details are available from Isobelle Bevan 01981 580367 or email


HISTORICAL SOCIETY – The Longtown Historical Society’s new season starts on Monday at 7.30pm, in the Longtown village hall.

The first speaker this year is retired army officer, Peter Rostron, whose subject will be Remembering the First World Wa r.

It will be interesting to hear a professional’s view on how the war was conducted.

Membership costs £10 for the season, payable at the door, and guests are very welcome, at £3 per meeting.

In October, archaeologist Dr Keith Ray will be discussing the recent finds on Dorstone Hill.


AUTUMN SHOW – The Monkland autumn show is on September 6, in the village hall. All entries to be staged between 9.30 and 11am when judging will take place. The show opens to the public for viewing at 2.30pm. Cups will be presented at approx 3.15pm.

The Hereford Times supplement of 100 years Herefordshire at War and the historian who researched the war memorials throughout the county did a magnificent job, unfortunately the men of Monkland were omitted as Monkland does not have a First World War memorial. We hope that this will be rectified during the coming year. It has been suggested that the parish council and Monkland PCC work together in erecting a memorial to these young men, possibly in church, who paid the ultimate sacrifice 100 year ago. The names of these young men were: Percy Cave, Harry Bottom, George Davies, Gordon Cave, John Padfield, Charles Sanders, Walter Harris, T L V Moody, Jack Bird, Ernest Jones and Walter Holland. If any relative has any information on any of these young men please contact Malcolm Weatherhead, Janet Butler or Wendy Jancey.

COFFEE MORNING – The Macmillan Coffee Morning is looming. It will be held in Monkland village hall on September 26, 10am- noon.

£1.00 entry which includes coffee/ tea and biscuits. A fabulous home made cake, preserves and pickle stall, books, plants, knitting, bric- a-brac, draw and more.

PRIZE BINGO – Will restart on September 12, in the village hall, doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 8pm. No children under six please.

Much Cowarne

FETE – Much Cowarne church fete Saturday, from 2pm. Fun dog show, barbecue, teas, bouncy castle, fun for all the family.

Ocle Pychard and Much Cowarne

MUCH COWARNE AUTUMN FETE – The Much Cowarne autumn fete will be held at Tan House Farm from 2pm, Saturday.

There will be all the usual stalls and refreshments. Cris Hooper 01531 640516 is making the regular annual appeal for items to be donated to the craft stall. They can either be sold with all proceeds going to St Mary’s Church at Much Cowarne, or the donors can return a percentage. Items can be dropped off at the stall on the day, or Cris can arrange for collection.

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


CHARITY SHOP – Pembridge Church will be renting the Oaks Charity Shop in Leominster from September 17-24 to raise funds for the general upkeep of the church.

We would welcome donations of clothing in good condition, jewellery, bric-a-brac, paperback books, CDs, DVDs and household items.

We cannot take electrical goods this year. Please leave anything that you can donate in the kitchen area of the church or call Jill Smith on 01544 388441 to arrange collection.


ZUMBA FITNESS – Back at memorial hall, Wednesday 7-8pm.

Contact Mandy 01544 387958 or


HOG ROAST – Wellington Bowls Club will be holding a hog roast on September 6 at 1pm. Tickets, at £10 per adult or £5 for under 12s, are available from Wellington Delights shop or from David Wood on 01432 830118, or Scriv Evans 01432 277210. Proceeds are for club funds and St Michael’s Hospice.

WI – Will hold a meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village community room. Our speaker is Richard Jordan who will talk on the theme Growing Up In London during Second World War. He describes the presentation as an historical and emotive account of his early years in bomb battered London. The talk is preceded by Institute business, and followed by refreshments.


BURGERS AND BANGERS BASH - Winforton PCC and Winforton Community Association are jointly hosting a barbecue with live music from Verne, and traditional family fun on September 7, commencing at 12.30pm.

Tickets are available from Sarah Cooke on 01544 327654.

Adults £5, children £3, under fours free.

Come along and join the fun while raising money for outside lighting around the community hall/church.

SCHOOL CHOIR - Hereford Cathedral School Senior Chamber Choir will be performing at Winforton community hall on September 26, at 7pm.

Tickets from Graham Kemp ton 01544 327092.


NCT BIG FAMILY PICNIC - The Hereford and District branch of the NCT (National Childbirth Trust, the UK’s largest charity for parents) is holding a big family picnic at Withington village hall on Saturday from 11am until 2pm.

Bring your own picnic and join in for a family day of fun whatever the weather, as there will be both indoor and outdoor areas for the event, with various children’s entertainment activities such as face painting, storytelling, cake decorating, summer games, crafts and more.

For more information search Hereford and District NCT on Facebook or send an email to The Hereford NCT branch is really welcoming and run by local parents for local parents and parents to be.

Support, information, advice and friendship are on offer, along with a selection of antenatal classes throughout the year to help with the preparation for birth and those early days, and follow this up with post-natal support groups to help you get the most out of having a new baby. Event address: Withington village hall, Coppice Close, Withington, Hereford HR1 3PP.


FARMERS MARKET - Will take place in the village hall on Saturday from 10am- 12.30pm. Many of the usual local providers will be present selling high quality locally sourced produce.

Refreshments are always available.

Heaven In A Pancake – a regular at the market since it began – offers savoury pancakes with assorted fillings, depending on availability and quality of ingredients, often using fresh locally grown produce.

Salmon and asparagus, chicken and chorizo, ham, leek cheese and walnuts, spinach, mushroom and parmesan are examples, amongst others. A meal in themselves, they freeze perfectly – celestial fast food indeed. Contact 01432 860941 or bumpkinsinoz

Sue Jenkins of Tyseren is the artist who regularly attends the market. She sells a wide range of greetings cards and prints featuring her unique illustrations of flowers, chickens and cockerels taken from her original watercolour paintings inspired by her surroundings.

She also sells vintage style mugs and calenders featuring her colourful poultry.

Contact Sue 07805 597063.


AFTERNOON TEA - In the garden of Whitfield House, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs E Clive, on Saturday, 2.30-5pm.

There will be cake and tombola stalls, a raffle and treasure hunt.

At 3pm the Helen Vereker Singers Choir will be performing songs to sing along to, so come along and join the fun.

GROUP COMMUNION - At Wormbridge Church on Sunday at 10am.


ENIGMA MACHINE - An illustrated lecture on the enigma machine, including a hands on demonstration of a real Enigma machine. Next Thursday, September 4, at 7.30pm in Yarpole parish hall. Tickets £7.50.

Fundraising for local charity and Air Ambulance. Contact Pete Lloyd 01568 780328.

Almeley WI

THE group have had several excellent meetings recently, a fascinating talk and demonstration on silver jewellery, a very interesting talk and demonstration on Lino printing by Rebecca Davies and a visit to the Violette Szabo museum at Wormelow. The next meeting is a talk on forensic analysis by Heather Carrington on September 18, at 7.30pm.

Members will also be hosting a Macmillan coffee morning on September 20, from 10.30am-noon, at The Bells pub. Organisers hope as many people as possible will come along and support this. The group is always looking for new members and you will be made welcome, meeting on the third Thursday of the month in the village hall at 7.30pm.

Bishopswood WI

IT WAS another warm evening for the August meeting of Bishopswood WI. We started as usual with Jerusalem, followed by a short business meeting when the upcoming centenary of the Women’s Institute was discussed along with the various plans to celebrate throughout the county.

Birthdays for August were announced, and reminders for several local events, and then our president, Mrs Ann Jones welcomed 39 members from our twinned institute at Bishops Cleeve. All our members had brought a plate of food, so a lovely buffet was set out and we then proceeded to enjoy a very convivial meal as we renewed old acquaintances and made some new friends.

We were then entertained by Penny Platts who was our speaker for the evening, accompanied by her husband. The subject was The History of Cider. She opened with a poem entitled The Preservation of Man, which is a very amusing poem about man’s relationship with cider. We had no idea that cider making and the use of apples generally to produce alcohol was such an ancient art.

Homer’s Odyssey talks about orchards in 600BC, and there are carvings in Egypt with people depicted standing on small barrels. In the 5th century it is well documented that cider and perry were commonplace.

She spoke in depth about cider making in Herefordshire specifically, and of course there are many well-known producers both large and small. The talk was preceded with a tasting of three different ciders and perries. One was called The Headless Man, and it was remarked upon that if we weren’t careful about how much we imbibed there might be several legless women. A lovely friendly evening, the history was fascinating. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The competition was judged, this was a recipe containing cider. 1st was Ann Jones, 2nd Julie Eglinton, 3rd Su Jackson.

All the recipes sounded delicious.

The vote of thanks was then given by Julie Eglinton. The next meeting is on September 12 at 6.30pm when the speaker will be Carole Dowding with a talk entitled Christian Dior - a brief history of perfume. All visitors welcome.

The meeting closed at 9.40pm.

Eardisley Table Tennis Club

EARDISLEY Table Tennis Club will be starting their winter session on Tuesday in the village hall. The club is in its ninth year and is open to juniors and seniors – the juniors (eight years and over) play from 6pm-7pm, the seniors play from 7pm-10pm. If you would like to come along give Joe James a call on 01544 327636 or email

Tupsley Townswomen’s Guild

THE guild has had a successful 2014, so far with lots of interesting talks, with topics ranging from Russia on Burns Night (Christine Peterson), Journeying Along the Volga (Penny Platts) to Life in an East African School (Steve Chandler) and a hilarious look at life behind the scenes at the BBC (Glyn Johnson) to a gentle session on Hanging Baskets of Flowers (David Griffith).

There was also a talk on The Life and Times of an 11+ Failure by Jen Green – what would she have done if she had passed?

On a more serious note, we were told of The Little Princess Trust, which supplies wigs for children who have lost their hair. The talk was given by Wendy Torplee- Morris who originally started the trust. This led to Irene Lloyd, with the help of some members, to run a coffee morning which succeeded in raising a substantial sum for the cause. It was Irene, together with secretary Susan Layton, who gave a very interesting insight into the setting up of the Tupsley Cross in Church Road and the histories of several men who were in the Great War and whose names are on the memorial.

We also had the latest details of the proposed White House Community Centre given by Rev Mark Inglis. This has been held up by the lack of funds, but hopefully this will change before too long.

Keith Pratley, who has recently taken over the running of the magazine Tupsley Voice, spoke of his service to the community and the presentation of his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

We have had two enjoyable lunches in June and our secretary invited us to her home for our annual strawberry evening.

The annual amble was along the banks of the Wye with much needed refreshments at the Bunch of Carrots afterwards.

However, we do other things apart from these festivities. At the end of July, Doreen Foster, with her willing helpers, held a very successful tea party in aid of St Michael’s Hospice. Eight of our members attended the AGM at Cardiff in June and the Guild also ran a stall at Hampton Park Church open day.

Our autumn session starts on September 2, when we have the Very Rev Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford, who will speak on his life and times.

Meetings are held at Hampton Park Church on the first and third Tuesdays on each month at 7.30pm. New members welcome.