Aymestrey and Leinthall

Earls PARISH COUNCIL – The next meeting of Aymestrey Parish Council will be on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Residents are very welcome to attend and are invited to have their say at the beginning of each meeting. Notices of meetings, agendas and minutes of meetings are published on the website.

CHURCH – The service at Aymestrey on August 2, will be Holy Communion (BCP) at 11am.

On August 9, there will be a service to commemorate VJ Day at 9.30am at Aymestrey.

HOG ROAST – On August 7, a hog roast with summer entertainment will be held at Covenhope Farm (by kind permission of the Probert Family). The proceeds will go to St Michael’s Hospice and to Aymestrey and Leinthall Earls Churches. Further information from Meg Thorpe or Margaret Probert.

Bishop’s Frome and Fromes Hill

COFFEE MORNINGS – Coffee mornings are now being held on Fridays, fortnightly from 10am till noon in the Village Centre at Bishop’s Frome. The next will be held next July 31. Everyone is welcome.

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


VILLAGE WALK – Saturday, meet at 10.15am at the Old Barn Inn, Three Cocks (LD3 0SL). Old Barn Inn is situated on the A438 Brecon road one mile after Glasbury Bridge. Five mile walk through lanes and footpaths with several stiles. Good views.

VILLAGE LOTTERY – On July 4 number three Roger Thrupp won £25. On July 11, Maureen Baker number one won £25.


BISHOPSWOOD WI – The weather was beautiful for the meeting on July 12. Twenty three members and two guests were present, a smaller number than usual as many were on holiday. The meeting began with Jerusalem as usual, and a short business meeting taken by Mrs Ann Jones. She welcomed everyone and outlined the forthcoming local and county events. Three members have birthdays in July; they were given cards and a small plant each. Ann thanked all members who had helped at the recent, very successful strawberry tea. Traditionally we do not have a speaker at the July meeting; instead there was a social evening with Pimm’s and nibbles provided by the committee. This gives members the time to mingle with friends and chat, a very convivial evening which was enjoyed by all. The meeting closed at 8.30pm. The next meeting is on August 14, at 6.30pm. The speaker is Andrew Offer who will give a demonstration showing how lamb is butchered and showing the different cuts. The competition is for a favourite recipe using lamb.


THE BODENHAM FLOOD PROTECTION GROUP – The group will be holding a working party session tomorrow starting at 6pm – meet at the entrance to Pugh’s field in Orchard Close.

Please bring waders or wellies, gloves and your favourite spade or rake; any other equipment will be provided. The session should last no more than an hour and, as usual, should be good fun and good exercise. For further details contact Babs Mitcheson (secretary and treasurer) on 01568 797170 or via babsmitcheson@aol.com.

There will be a monthly meeting on Tuesday, at the Siward James Centre. It will be open to the public and all are most welcome to attend. If anyone has a particular issue they would like to raise, it would be helpful if the secretary could be informed in advance so that it can be included in the agenda. The group’s AGM will be held on August 25 at the same venue.

BODENHAM ROMANIA SUPPORT GROUP – The BRSG will hold a knit-in from 2pm to 4pm today at 14 Brockington Road.

Visitors are always welcome. Wool can be provided if required but donations are always very welcome. Chairman Pat Horrigan 01568 797044.

CAFÉ@CHAPEL – Everyone is welcome to call in for an informal chat over a cup of tea, coffee, etc on Thursday mornings at the Chapel in Chapel Lane. It’s open from 10.30am until noon, every Thursday, and you are welcome to stay for as long or as little as you wish. No charge is made for refreshments though donations are welcome and are given to a charity at the end of each year.

This is a joint venture between St Michael’s Church, Bodenham and Bodenham Christian Fellowship and is hosted by members from both churches (and other local residents).

THE PARISH SHARE SPONSORED WALK – There will be a parish share sponsored walk on Saturday involving a day of walking and eating. Help is needed to raise much needed funds for the parish church through sponsorship. The event will start at Marden with breakfast, followed by a walk to Bodenham for lunch and then on to Sutton for tea.

Sponsorship forms and entry details are available from your church or by contacting the co- ordinator Jessica Tidball on 01568797227 or via email jessica.tidball@btconnect.com.

BODENHAM LEISURE CLUB – The Leisure Club is laying on a lunch at the Parish Hall at 1pm on Monday. There will also be will also be a bring and buy table and raffle. Visitors are warmly welcomed. Contact: Nan Murdoch (programme secretary), 01568 797595. Email bobmurdoch234@ btinternet.com.

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

Bredwardine and Brobury

BREDWARDINE FETE – This year’s Bredwardine fete takes place on August 1, starting at 2.30pm, in the orchard opposite The Red Lion. Come and enjoy a traditional English country fete, with lots of games, competitions, raffle, tombola, white elephant and amazing teas in the village hall.

There will be a animals on show and music from a popular brass band to keep you entertained. We would be most grateful for donations of raffle and tombola prizes, produce, plants, cakes, books and manpower, so if you can.

help in any way please contact Charlotte on 01981 500281. Do come and join us – it’s an afternoon not to be missed and a great family day out. All proceeds to St. Andrew’s Church, Bredwardine.

AUGUST 100 CLUB DRAW – The Friends of St Andrew’s 100 Club draw will take place on August 6 at 8pm in the Red Lion Inn, which is serving a delicious curry buffet for anyone who wants to eat before the draw. Contact Jen Maddison on 01981 500048 for further information about the club.

Bridge Sollars

BONUS BALL – On July 4, Sue Johnson number three won £25.

On July 11, Sylvia Jenkins number one won £25.


DINEDOR SPORTS – Saturday on the old school field. Starting at 2.30pm. Races, competitions, side shows, amusements, skittles, licensed bar, refreshments, pillow fight and much, much more.

Adults entry is £2 while the children’s get in for just 70p. Proceeds to local charities (last year £1,000).

More on 01432 870320.


CROWN GREEN BOWLING – Dorstone Bowling Club held its annual ladies competition on July 12. Tina Jackson proved too strong and ran out an easy winner in the final against Pamela Savage. On July 19 the club will be visited by a team from Bridgnorth who play in the Shropshire leagues. The men’s competition will be played on August 2. Visitors are always welcome either as spectators or possible new members. Call Barry Megson 01981 590691.


BOWLING CLUB – Eardisland Bowling Club playing Castle Green at home had a good win of 86-51, the highest scoring rink skipped by Gregg Farndon with Selina Dykes, Lauren Dykes and Cheryl Morgan. Playing Kington at home Eardisland Won the Match 78-69 the highest scoring rink skipped by Robin Williams with Phil Milchard and Anita Adams. Eardisland playing Castle Green at home in the Hereford Men’s League had another good win with both rinks winning with Jonathan Farndon’s rink of Martin Richards, Gregg Farndon and John Moses scoring 20-10 and Phil Sharp’s rink of Phil Milchard, Robin Williams and Dave Bray scoring 17-9. Playing Hereford Bowling Club at home, Eardisland won with a score of 84-53 – the highest scoring rink skipped by Phil Sharp with Mavis Tantrum, Joan Stokes and Dave Bray. Eardisland playing Eastnor in the Hereford Times Cup at home had a fine aggregate win on two rinks, one skipped by Phil Sharp with Phil Milchard, Phil Lyne and Martin Richards scoring 27-9 and the other skipped by Jonathan Farndon with Ross Farndon, John Moses and Andy Carter. Eardisland Bowling Club will always welcome new members with club nights on Tuesdays at 6pm. Please bring flat shoes if you wish to play.


EARDISLEY GROUP COMMUNITY LIBRARY – The library will meet on Tuesday from 2pm to 3.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available as usual. We look forward to seeing regulars to change their books and will be delighted to welcome and new readers. The next dates will be August 25 and September 22.

EARDISLEY YOUNG FARMERS – Months of preparations came to fruition on July 4, when Eardisley Young Farmers Club celebrated their 70th Anniversary, with a dinner and dance held in a marquee at Upper House Farm. More than 385 members past and present and friends came together to mark this momentous occasion.

After a delicious three course meal provided by Fingers and Forks Catering and very entertaining speeches it was time to hit the dance floor, dancing into the small hours to the Band Loki supported by DJ John Fitness.

Eardisley Young Farmers would like to thank their kind sponsors, members, friends and helpers for making this event such a huge success. Photographs of this event are available for viewing and purchase on anneworle.co.uk.

Eaton Bishop

MADLEY SATELLITE STATION TOUR – Due to the popularity of the last tour of Madley satellite station in 2014, and the wonderful feedback from those able to go, we have organised another guided tour which will take place on Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The two-hour tour will be followed by a two-course supper in Eaton Bishop village hall and tickets at £15 (limited to 50) are available from Mary on 07899 808161. Funds raised from this event will assist in the maintenance of Eaton Bishop Church.

BARBECUE – John and Mary Stevenson have kindly offered to host a barbecue at The Old Post Office on August 23 at noon. This is a fundraising event for both Eaton Bishop Church and Eaton Bishop village hall. More details to follow.

Ewyas Harold

PRIMARY SCHOOL – We have undertaken another British week looking at British culture with the focus on art. We have looked at British wildlife, authors and recipes amongst other things and have used these to create paintings, models and collages. We have also held a British baking bash with the option of children following and making a traditional British recipe. Many children took part bringing in foods such as crumble, Welsh cakes, scones, biscuits and bread. Staff had the honour of tasting these delights and the difficulty of selecting a winner from each class. An overall winner was then chosen from the whole school, first place Daisy B Year Two, second place Alice G Year Four and third place Harry P Year Four. We attended a dance and music day at Marlbrook school to celebrate their British culture week. The children spent the whole day there participating in various workshops including British dances and folk songs.

Forest school was also a success.

POP-IN – To the Methodist Chapel on Saturday, 10.30am to noon for a cup of tea or coffee and cake.

GARDEN PARTY – At Paradise on Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm for a chance to walk round the garden, browse the stalls and enjoy a cup of tea.

There will be children’s activities and competitions – ‘Paint a picture of your garden’ or make a garden on a plate, two classes six years and under, seven to 11years, all entries to be submitted by 2.30pm on Saturday.

BARBECUE – 6.30pm to 8pm in the grounds of St James Church Llangua, £5 includes barbecue fare, salad, dessert and a glass of wine. There will be a time of reflection by candlelight to remember Ivor Bulmer-Thomas who helped save this lovely church. On Sunday we will be having an open afternoon between 2pm to 5pm.

CAFE SERVICE – 10.30am at the Baptist Chapel lead by Rob Parkinson.

SUMMER FETE – Sunday, noon to 5pm at Pontrilas Post Office and shop. A craft fare, bouncy castle, hot dogs, refreshments and so much more. Free entry.

WALKERS – Tuesday, four-five miles walk around Walterstone.

BACTON BARBECUE – Is being held on July 31, at 7pm. Includes our famous barbecue and salads followed by tempting homemade desserts. All proceeds in aid of Bacton church and village hall.

Admission £7 per person (includes barbecue and desserts) with admission free for children under 12 (when accompanied by a paying adult). Licensed bar applied for.


BUMS ON TUMS – We run a Herefordshire Bums on Tums (your local Ostomies Support Group) on the last Tuesday of each month at the Kindle Centre, Asda Stores, Belmont Court, Hereford. A non-medical group providing a social atmosphere where colostomates/ileostomates and urostomates and their partners/friends/family can meet for an hour of friendship and sharing. The next meeting is Tuesday, from 11am to noon.We look forward to new members joining our group. Contact Carol Steele on 01432 880656.

SERVICES FROM THE WEST HEREFORD TEAM OF CHURCHES – Tomorrow 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.

10am Parish Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross, Hereford. 8am Holy Communion (BCP) at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford.

11am Choral Communion at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford. 6.30pm Evensong at St Nicholas’ Church, Hereford.

Monday 8.15am Morning Prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford.

Tuesday 8.15am Morning Prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford. 12.10pm Said Mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate, Hereford.

Wednesday 8.15am Morning Prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford. 12.10pm Said Mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate, Hereford.

Thursday, July 30 8.15am Morning Prayer and Eucharist at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford. 10am Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford. 12.10pm Said Mass at All Saints’ Church, Eign Gate, Hereford.

THE HEREFORDSHIRE CFS/ME/FMS GROUP – The Herefordshire CFS/ME/ FMS Group is a self-supporting, voluntary organisation which supports those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis, and fibromyalgia syndrome. The group meets regularly at 2.30pm (doors open at 2.15pm) on the first Saturday of every month (except for January) in the Aspire Community Hub (formerly the Canal Road Day Centre) in Canal Road in Hereford. These are debilitating illnesses and symptoms can include profound exhaustion, fatigue, stomach and digestive problems (including irritable bowel syndrome), flu like symptoms, memory and concentration loss, disturbed unrefreshing sleep, intolerances/ increased sensitivity, severe pain, widespread pain and stiffness and many others.

Anyone can develop these illnesses at any age. The causes are not yet fully known, but can develop after trauma, illness and accidents. It must be stressed that the Herefordshire CFS/ME/ FMS Group is a support group that really lives up to its name and includes people from all walks of life.

Members do their best to help fellow sufferers and really care about each other.

If anyone thinks they might show the symptoms of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis, their first action should be to visit their GP.

Treatment is available to ease some symptoms, although they are unlikely to disappear completely. To non-sufferers the presence of CFS, ME and FMS is often not readily identifiable, but group members are fully aware of the problems and can share their experiences.

A typical meeting will be good humoured and may have a guest speaker on a topic of interest but members will always be updated with any relevant news on new research, medications, forthcoming events and absolutely anything that might help to alleviate their symptoms. The next meeting will be on August 1. New members are always welcome.

Anyone with any queries is asked to call Jenni on 01432 271536.

BREATHE EASY GROUP – The June meeting of the Breathe Easy Group was fortunate to have a talk by the Rev Iain Skinner. He described his Celtic pilgrimage, a walk across Scotland from Iona in the west to Holy Island in the east along with his dog Hamish. He illustrated his talk with picturesque slides of all the places he visited en route. Camping out each night to give himself and the dog a rest. Our next meeting on July 28 will be our summer outing. This year we are going to Broadfield Court near Bodenham for wine tasting, tour of the vineyards and afternoon tea. We will meet there at 11.30am if anyone wishes to join us please contact Margaret on 01432 850550. Members are welcome to bring a guest. For further information on joining Breathe Easy or coming to meetings please ring 01432 850550.


TABLE TOP SALE – On August 16 there will be a table-top sale in Hope-under-Dinmore Village Hall, at 10am. The cost is £4 a table, and sellers may arrive at 9.30am.

Come and sell things you no longer need. Book with Kathy on 01568 615149 or kathysclarkson11@btinternet.com.

Kingstone and Thruxton

KINGSTONE AND THRUXTON GROUP PARISH COUNCIL – The parish council met on July 8, with Ward Cllr Jon Johnson, and locality steward, Dave Atkinson in attendance. The usual standing agenda items were discussed, and in particular the following points were noted: Ward councillor update: Fastershire high speed broadband project has encountered problems which will delay the rollout. New overhead cables and poles are required, and one kilometre of new underground ducting is also required. This will entail roadworks. Herefordshire Council is conducting a review of the agricultural small holdings in the county, with plans to sell 47 small holdings (farms).

Village hall committee: A proposal to extend the village hall is under discussion. This would include an enlarged kitchen, meeting room, lounge and storage area.

Sports association: The dog show held in June was a success. On July 25, at 4.30pm Kingstone Sports Association will be holding a fun day at Seven Site playing fields.

Lengthsman scheme: The Lengthsman is making a start on grass cutting verges in the locality. Balfour Beatty are continuing with the programme of road maintenance and pot hole repairs, and have also removed the 30mph speed sign on the B4348 for repair.

Parish councillor vacancy: Two new councillors were co-opted onto the parish council, there are still two vacancies.

Neighbourhood Plan: The final draft (version six) has been produced, and can be viewed on the parish website. This will be used for the formal consultation which will run for six weeks from September 7.

Agenda item 15: Broken litter bins – There were reports of broken bins in some areas of Kingstone, after investigation it was established the bins were not broken, just full as they had not been emptied for several weeks.

Agenda item 16: Speeding at Gooses Foot – Speeding is a big problem at this location, and also a problem on other roads in the parish. The parish council is having difficulties in obtaining support from Herefordshire Council and West Mercia Police to address the issue.

Agenda item 17: Chicken broiler next to Gooses Foot. There have been three complaints from residents about the noise pollution experienced from 24 hour deliveries at the site. A resident contacted Cargill regarding this issue, but so far, no response has been received. The parish council will contact the site manager.

Planning: Land rear of Whitehouse Drive (35 houses) – Fencing has been erected at the site, and there are some concerns over whether the planning conditions have been met prior to development starting. Cllr Jon Johnson is checking with Herefordshire Council.

The next meeting will be held on August 19, at 7.30pm.


KNIGHTON AND DISTRICT ROTARY CLUB – We had another pleasant month sharing Rotary friendships and raising a little money at the same time. We had our usual weekly meetings which included two evenings at the Baron and one lunch at Ffyrdd House, the latter always raising funds for charity. However, on the third Wednesday, member Paul Barrett hosted a frugal lunch at his lovely home in Doddington below Clee Hill. We enjoyed a walk up Titterstone Clee, followed by a ‘not-so-frugal’ lunch. Over £100 was raised from this simple and enjoyable event. At the end of the month we had an informal cheque presentation at the Tower House Gallery in Knighton, to two of the 20 charities we have supported this Rotary year. We also laid out plans for the forthcoming year under the expert guidance of president Dorothy Scott. More about our work, and upcoming events, on our website. Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year. We are proud of our achievements. Read more about us at knighton.rotary1150.org and on Twitter @knightonrotary If you want to enjoy the company of like-minded people you are welcome to come along to any of our Wednesday meetings. Contact Norman Thorp on (01547) 529666 or Cathy Jones on 07813 733240 email cathleenj2001@yahoo.co.uk.


LEDBURY ROTARY – Ledbury Rotarians and guests enjoyed a visit to the new theatre in Stratford-on-Avon to see Shakespeare’s, The Merchant of Venice. Rotarian Mark Waller had organised the trip as part of the ‘fundraising whilst having fun’ initiative, and following a scrumptious meal in the theatre’s restaurant, club members took their seats to enjoy a marvellous performance of the ever popular play in magnificent surroundings.

Part of the money raised has gone towards replacing funds used to purchase emergency survival boxes which were sent out to help the people of Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake. The boxes cost about £500 each and Ledbury Rotary Club sent six boxes which contain life sustaining items to help families, including tent cover, water purification systems, tools and utensils and many other items.


ONE ST PETER’S SQ SUPPORT CHARITY EVENT – A glittering gala fashion show and auction was organised by Jazz Hair and Beauty Leominster, for St Michael’s Hospice and the local church. The event was held on June 30, at Westfield Farm Kingsland, and nearly 300 people attended.

Elle Martin, director of One St Peter’s Square was asked to be the guest stylist for the fashion show and was thrilled to support these worthy local charities. The evening raised £11,500 and the charity auction was a resounding success!

Cathy Williams from Jazz Hair and Beauty worked so hard to gain items donated from clients, she said ‘Jazz Hair and Beauty celebrated 25 years of business and feel privileged to be able to give some thing back to the community that we live amongst.

Many thanks to all those who donated, and items included tea for four in Westminster With Philip Dunne MP, a days hunting for two with the Radnor and West and a days racing at Ludlow, to name but a few’ Paddy Nugent, community fundraising manager, St Michael’s Hospice said ‘I am delighted that so many people worked together to make the evening such a resounding success, let’s hope it becomes a regular event!’ For more information onestpeterssquare.com or call Claire Thayers 07870 632093.

SAFER DRIVING REFRESHER DAY – Specially for older drivers.

Leominster Community Centre, August 3, 10am to 4pm. Pre- booking essential. Ring Stella Boyd-Carpenter on 01432 840835 or email safer-drivers@iam-herefordshire.org.uk.

Much Birch

MUCH BIRCH VILLAGE MARKET – Takes place tomorrow in Much Birch Community Hall (situated just off the A49 next door to Much Birch Surgery and signed from the road) from 2.30pm ato 4.30pm. Stalls will include Moor Meals, award winning, local suppliers of Dexter beef, ready meals and pies, Llandinabo Farm shop, selling sausages, chicken, duck, lamb etc as well as some cooked meats and cheese. Also we have Castle Cheese, and Mr G’s award winning chutney and preserves. We hope new stalls will include Ready Made Indian sauces and spices kitts, metal garden ornaments, lambswool products, honey and silver jewellery. There will be the usual craft stand selling greeting cards (orders can be taken for personalised cards and gifts) and a Fair Trade stand. To find out more about the market contact Mark on 01432 278026.

Please support this local venture.

Ocle Pychard and Much Cowarne

ANNUAL PARISH LUNCH – The Much Cowarne PCC annual parish lunch will be held at Stoke Lacy Village Hall on August the 23 at 12.30pm for 1pm. The cost for adults will be £12.50, and for children it will be £7. There will be a licensed bar and an auction of promises. Bookings are now being taken by Ted Parkes on 01432 820402 and Jill Cooksley on 01432 820264. Early booking is recommended.

WITH PLEASURE – On Saturday from 7.30pm, there will be an evening of music and readings at St Mary’s Church, Much Cowarne, presented by Barbara Priest. Tickets, at £5 each to include light refreshments are available from Ted and Jean Parkes on 01432 820402.

CORRESPONDENT – Martin Field, The Old School House, Burley Gate, 01432 820074, commnews@ymail.com.


MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING – You are invited to a Macmillan Renton Unit coffee morning. Wednesday from 10am to noon at Orleton village hall.

Usual stalls. Donations gratefully received. Organised by friends of Orleton Coffee Shop.


CHARITY RACE NIGHT AND PROMISE AUCTION – August 2, at Wilmaston Farm, Peterchurch, HR2 0SJ. Doors open at 5pm, first race 6pm. Entries £5 including Marcus Lloyd’s hog roast and Shepherds Ice Cream. Tickets from Golden Valley Stores or The Old Stables fish and chip shop.

Enquiries to Wyndham Powell on 01873 860665. All proceeds equally split between St Michael’s Hospice, Craswall and Golden Valley YFCs and Escley Side Agricultural Society.


SPANISH MUSICAL EVENING – A group of young Spaniards from the Madrid area will be visiting Radnorshire to perform extracts from their musical Sons of Liberty at St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne on August 4. Their musical director, Miguel Angel Gómez, will begin what promises to be an evening of contrasting musical styles and drama with a recital of Spanish organ music at 6.30pm. The boys, all in their teens, devised the drama, based on the life of St Paul, and composed the songs with Miguel.

Hijos de la Libertad! (its Spanish title) has been performed in Madrid and in other Spanish cities. This will be the premiere of the English language version.

While in the Borders the boys intend to make the most of the area. They will be joining in an international football festival with teams from Radnor Valley and Kington, getting in some rugby training at Llandrindod Wells and Knighton, walking part of the Offa’s Dyke and canoeing on the Wye. They are putting on a concert for the residents at Crossfield House Care Home in Rhayader and inviting their new Welsh and English friends to an evening of Spanish food and music at New Radnor community centre.

SERVICES – This Sunday the following services will take place.

Holy communion at Kinsham at 9.30am and also Holy Communion at St Andrews at 11am. Everyone is most welcome.

CANCER RESEARCH – After a fantastic weekend at the recent Relay For Life in aid of Cancer Research, the committee are holding a drop-in night for teams to pay any outstanding monies in.

This will take place at The Royal British Legion Club on Tuesday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Please bring along any collection goblets used or any unsold merchandise.

Following the evening the committee are organising a final get together at the Memorial Hall on August 9 from 2pm to 4pm, where there will be an opportunity to say thank you and to announce a final total. Light refreshments will be served.

SHOW AND FUN DAY – This year’s Norton Show and Fun Day will take place at Home Farm Lane on August 22. For further details call Ann Price on 267221.

More details soon.

COMMUNITY CAFE – The com munity cafe has raised in excess of £1200 at the Presteigne markets at the Memorial Hall on the first Saturday of each month. The money has gone to many local causes. Unfortunately the organisers need volunteers to do the occasional shift to bake cakes or serve etc on two or three Saturdays a year at the monthly event. If you can help please call Roger or Ann Curtis on 262846.

The community cafe, which makes no profits and pays no staff is registered as a ‘food business’ with Powys County Council and has been awarded a 5 star rating.

USED STAMPS – Please save any used stamps that come to you in the post. Also any postcards that you do not want to keep and put them in the collection box at the back of St Andrew’s Church.

Thank you for any contributions already received.

CREAM TEAS – Pembridge Church are holding cream teas throughout the summer every Sunday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

You can enjoy a cuppa and a scone with friends in the grounds of the church, or if wet the ancient church will be open instead.

EXHIBITION – There will be a Thomas Merton Exhibition including a day of talks on Saturday at St Michael’s Church in Discoed from 10am to 5pm. The exhibition will consist of paintings by Charles MacCarthy and Robert Wright who were inspired by the works of Thomas Merton.

Merton (1915-1968) was one of the most influential American Catholic writers of the 20th centur y.

GARDENS OPEN – Marion and Christopher Rowlatt are celebrating 25 years of making a garden at 14 Hereford Street by opening their garden to the public on August 1 from 2pm to 5pm. Entry will be £5 which will include a drink and a cake. All proceeds will go to St Andrew’s Church and Herefordshire Growing Point.

There will be plants for sale.

SHOW – This year’s Pembridge Show and Trotting Races will take place on Saturday at Long Meadow, Pembridge. There will be loads of activities going on along with games and competitions.

This a fun day out for the family.

Everyone is most welcome.

AGM – The annual general meeting of Lingen Arts All Inclusive Group will take place in Lingen village hall tomorrow at 10.30am.

Everyone is welcome.

RADAR KEYS – Presteigne and Norton Community Support have some radar keys for sale at £3 each. If you are disabled and use disabled toilets when out then pop into the office at The Drill Hall in Hereford Street or call 267961.


BARBECUE AND BOULES – There will be a barbecue and boules evening at Pudleston village hall at 5.30pm on July 31.

Enquiries to 01568 750303.


VAGA PROBUS CLUB – At the July meeting, Heather Hurley gave a talk on the river trade on the Wye and Lugg. Heather began her working life in public and college libraries and, since moving to Herefordshire, has taken a keen interest in local history. She has written many books on these topics and she gave us a potted history of life and trade on these rivers going back as far as the 1700s, until the introduction of the railways in 1855 offering a much more efficient form of transport, and hence the decline of river trade. The story of trade on the rivers Wye and Lugg has never been told in its entirety, until now.

Local historian Heather has delved into barge accounts in the pages of the local press, and the papers of firms and businesses based on or near the banks of the two rivers to produce this account. She has physically visited with her husband John, the many wharfs and weirs etc along the rivers. She covered the type of craft used, the cargoes carried, the families of boat owners, the masters and crew of the boats, accidents on the water, the development of wharfs, the hiring of bow-hauliers and the advent of the horse towing paths. Perhaps most surprising is the extent of boat building along the banks of the Herefordshire Wye, with craft ranging from small ferries to barges and even steam powered vessels. The story is just wider than just the rivers and their banks, for it is also about the felling and transportation of timber to supply the ship yards at Plymouth and elsewhere building vessels for the Royal Navy, the need to reduce the price of coal in Hereford, the trade in cider, wines and spirits and the requirement of lime for agricultural and building purposes. There are also hints of the lifestyles of some of those living near the Wye, indicated by the goods that were ordered and transported by boat. Heather enhanced her talk with detailed pictures and artistic drawings which illustrated the harsh conditions in those days of haulage along the river banks by teams of men actually towing the heavy barges, until after the 1809 navigation act where horses were introduced, all beautifully presented in her latest book. The president warmly thanked Heather for this most informative talk.


MEGA GARAGE SALE – Various items for sale.

Equine, garden, clothes, bric a brac, agricultural, and so much more, on Saturday at Downwood, Shobdon, from 10am till 5pm.

Directions: head out of Shobdon on the Presteigne road, first right after leaving the village. Just follow the signs.

Donations will be made to local charities.

Stoke Lacy

GARDENING CLUB – The next garden club meeting will on Tuesday and will feature an afternoon visit to Stone House Cottage and Nursery, near Kidderminster.

For more details call Jo Wells on 01885 400200 or email jo@folly.free- online.co.uk SONG CAFÉ STYLE CHURCH AND BARBECUE – On August 8, from 4pm to 6pm, there will be a Song Café style Church and barbecue in the garden of Caris Croft, Stoke Lacy. For more information contact Neil and Christine Walters phone 01885 490870.

PARISH PICNIC – On August 9 following the Holy Communion service in Stoke Lacy Church there will be a Parish Picnic at the Rock, at Netherwood from noon.

PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH – On August 16 a ploughman’s lunch (with drinks) will be served from 12.30pm to 2pm at the home of Neil and Christine Walters, Caris Croft, Woodend Lane, Stoke Lacy, HR7 4HQ. To reserve a place please phone 01885 490870 or email neilandchristinewalters@btinternet.com. All donations go towards SEED Projects in Tanzania.

Stretton Sugwas

BREINTON RINGCRAFT – Mike Turner (Rafthouse) judged our match on July 15. He has bred and showed dachshunds since 1989 making up champions in miniature longs and standard smooths.

He awards CC’s in all six varieties and judged extensively in the UK, Australia and Europe and is now showing doberman’s and English pointers. He selected Sandy Glitheroe and Rachel Philo’s whippet – Layways Court Jester at Coppershell for Best Puppy in Match and Reserve Puppy was Ken Francis’ soft coated wheaten terrier – Daisymaes Fleurie with Sawheaten. Best Veteran was Noz Barrett’s shetland sheepdog – Chelmarsh Gold Digger at Sheldonora and Reserve Veteran was Sally Hayward’s golden retriever – Glenlomond Dove. Best Adult and Best in Match was Jackey Williams’ English setter – Bournehouse Starry Night and Reserve Best Adult was Lorraine Carter’s lhasa apso – Labweiller Real Opal for Vowchurch.

At Evesham Open Show, Daniel O’Leary’s long coated chihuahua – Jimsbest Little Boy Blue was Best of Breed. Gemma Bradley’s pug – Pugalina Cheekie Charlie was Best of Breed and Diane Bradley’s pug – Pugalina Best Mate was Reserve Best of Breed. John and Eileen Clare’s basset Fauve de Bretagne – Kilbourne Badger was Reserve Best of Breed Annette Latham – Jackson’s miniature long haired dachshund Criscan Leonel at Urishay was Best of Breed and Urishay Sweet Pea was Best Bitch and then Urishay Sweet Pea took Best of Breed and Leonel was Best Dog at the Midland Dachshund Club Show.

Huge congratulations to Mandy Devereux, Rob and Doreen Richardson on gaining a first CC and RBOB with their lhasa apso – Dimara Real Riot at Belazieth at Windsor CH Show.

Kathy George and the Romainville Glen of Imaals have continued their winning ways.

Since winning Best of Breed at Crufts, R Billy Whizz has gained Best of Breed at Birmingham, SKC and Bath. R Annabelle and R Rock on Ruby won Reserve CCs at Bath. R Annabelle was also Best Bitch at Welks. Kathy is currently Top Breeder of Glen of Imaal’s.

At the Smooth Dachshund Club Championship Show, Dorothy Allam’s standard smooth dachshund puppy – Leveliss Ma Blushin’ Rosie to Meganhol won Best Puppy Bitch at her very first show.

At Chepstow Show, Jeanette Shepherd’s golden retriever – Beaujean Ambassador was 1st in Open and Reserve Best of Breed.

At SKC, Brenda Piears’ cardigan corgi – Tyci Brenhines Briallen won Limit Bitch. At Chepstow she was BOB and Pastoral Group 4, and Tyci Daioni was Best Puppy and Puppy Group 3.

At Three Counties, Anna Yates’ flat coated retriever – Moity Thursday Next at Clyro was Best Puppy in Breed.

At Windsor, Ann McGuigan’s miniature smooth haired dachshund – Thyth C’est la Vie was 2nd in Post Graduate Bitch.

At the Gordon Setter Association open show, Chris Butler’s Gordon setter Yennadon Fortes at Rubymoon was Best Dog, Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex. Yennadon Lochann at Rubymoon also won four classes under two judges and went best junior overall and also got the final point for his Junior Warrant. At Windsor he won Junior and yearling.

Margaret Harkin’s bearded collie – CH Claudalla Jenny Wren went Best Veteran in Breed at Windsor and Merrythorpe Miss Scarlet at Claudalla won 3rd in Graduate Bitch at Working and Pastoral Breeds.

Ringcraft is held every Wednesday at Stretton Sugwas Village Hall, 7.30pm to 8.45pm. Our next match will be on August 19.

For further information contact Anthony Brooks (chairman) 01568 770 476 or Jeanette Shepherd (secretary) 01544 327117 or visit the clubs website breintonringcraft.co.uk.


VILLAGE FETE – The Ullingswick village fete will be held on August 2, from 2pm to 5pm in the Country Garden of Upper Court and St Luke’s Church.

There will be lots of stalls, teas, skittles, produce sales, games, a brass band and other attractions.

Everyone welcome.

OPEN DAY AND ART SHOW – On August 8, from 11am to 7pm, there will be an open day and art show at Roger Ellis Studios at The Crowns (formerly the Three Crowns Inn) at Ullingswick.

The event will highlight paintings and prints by Herefordshire Artists, with proceeds going to the restoration of Felton Church. Teas and other refreshments will be available.

For further details see roger-ellis.com.


WEOBLEY AND DISTRICT BOWLING CLUB – Are hosting a progressive supper on August 1.

The starter venues are in Hereford, Burghill and Weobley, finishing at the Bowling Club for yummy desserts.

Tickets are £12.50. Available from Diane on 01544 318178 or Brenda on 01544 318727.


THE FARMERS MARKET – The monthly Woolhope Farmers Market will take place in the village hall on Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm. Most of the usual providers will be present and refreshments will be available.

BUTTERFLY WALK – Saturday, 2pm to 4pm. Join Herefordshire Wildlife Trust volunteers Bob Hall and Jane Wise on a walk through Haugh Woods with an eye on butterflies.

This walk is part of our Woolhope Dome Events Series.

Meet at Haugh Woods Carpark, Herefordshire. Cost: £4 HWT members, £5 non members.

Numbers will be limited so booking is essential.

To book a place, book online at herefordshire.org or.phone HWT on 01432 356872.


PRODUCE SHOW AND FETE – Yarkhill produce show and village fete will be at Yarkhill village hall on August 1.

Produce show entry forms (available via the newsletter) should be sent to Edna Aspey at Newtown Farm, Yarkhill HR8 2TZ no later than noon on Thursday, July 30.

Tel 01531 670508 for more information.

The fete will take place at 2pm with produce show winners announced at 3.30pm.

Fun and games for all the family.