The life of a much-loved resident of a Herefordshire village has been remembered with a special ceremony.

Family and friends of local stalwart John Robbins, who died of a heart attack on December 2 last year, aged 74, gathered in the garden of the Boot Inn in Orleton, near Leominster to celebrate his contribution to village life.

This was commemorated by the planting of a walnut tree in the garden of the Boot Inn.

Mr Robbins compiled and presented the Orleton charity quiz for many years.


This supported many local organisations, and during Covid he also provided a twice-weekly on-line quiz.

Villager John Alderman said he presented the quizzes with a quick wit and unique humour incorporated into the questions and, many times, hilarious answers.

He said that Mr Robbins was also an integral part of the campaign to save the Boot Inn after it was put up for sale in 2017.

The pub was reopened in 2019 after villagers met the asking price to keep the community asset in the village.


A tribute was paid by Coun Sebastian Bowen, chair of Herefordshire Council, who said that Mr Robbins' contribution to the village was unparalleled.

Coun Bowen said at the ceremony: "He was, as his plaque states, a wit, a raconteur and a quiz master extraordinaire. A true friend of Orleton"

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