WALKING WEEKEND - Despite a gloomy weather forecast parishioners weren’t deterred and a good number turned out to enjoy mainly dry, bright weather for Aymestrey’s first walking weekend.

The weekend started with the showing of the film The Way on Friday evening in the parish hall. An eight mile walk on Saturday through Aymestrey’s beautiful surrounding countryside finished with a cream tea, and the Sunday four mile walk ended with a lunch served in the parish hall. Thanks go to Steph Dunne who organised the event and to all the helpers who showed the film and prepared and served the cream teas and lunches. All the proceeds went to the parish hall funds.

PARISH PLAN - Aymestrey parish plan was recently completed and delivered to every household in the parish. The parish plan provides a vision for the future of the parish and sets out the aims and objectives for the next five years. At the recent annual parish meeting a number of parishioners attended and were able to discuss the plan and the priority of objectives and actions outlined in it. The parish plan will be reviewed annually by the community with objectives being set and signed off for the following year.

CHURCH - A Whit Sunday Service will be held at Leinthall Earls on Sunday at 3.30pm.

PARISH COUNCIL - There will be a parish council meeting on May 29 at 7.30pm. Leominster police will be holding a surgery at this meeting. Police surgeries are an ideal opportunity for local people to get to know their neighbourhood policing team officers and raise any issues or concerns they may have.

PHOTO COMPETITION - The 2013 Aymestrey calendar was a great success, raising over £600 for the church and village hall.

Organisers are now looking for 13 photographs for the 2014 calendar (one for each month and one for the cover). The chosen photographs will be selected in a competition at this year’s summer fete on July 20. Photographs taken in Aymestrey of any subject will be accepted, but those representing the parish and the seasons will have the best chance so - get your cameras out with next year in mind.