• Peat alternatives

    WITH summer the air, gardeners will be turning their thought in this direction. I would urge your readers to buy peat-free composts for their gardens. Much research has been carried out in peat alternatives and there are now many effective materials available

  • Growing use of local tax funds

    UNDERSTANDABLY there has been a lot of recent debate regarding the increase in the Herefordshire Council Tax this year. May I add that the Independent-Conservative led coalition is having to meet the growing flood of increasing demands in local spending

  • Caught short by loo fault

    PEOPLE using new stainless steel 'super loos' in Leominster have been forced to blush before they can flush. Some people answering the call of nature got their knickers in a twist over timer-controlled doors which sprang open too soon. The five unisex

  • The 'Booming Brigadier' is town's mayor

    LEOMINSTER lacks a town crier but it hardly needs one now because the 'Booming Brigadier' has become mayor. Brigadier Peter Jones, who is famous for his voice - which is similar to a 21-gun salute - joked with guests at the mayor-making ceremony last

  • Something to shout about

    THE sunny weather proved just perfect for 'The Noise', a huge Leominster community project involving 300 young people - but it was too hot for a few. Thirteen teenagers were affected by sunstroke and given treatment by the Red Cross at the event HQ, Bridge

  • Bug on the retreat from hospitals

    THE gastro-enteritis bug, which has been attacking patients and staff in Herefordshire hospitals, is petering out. By today (Thursday) it is expected that all wards at the County Hospital will be back to normal. At one time four wards were closed to all

  • Bliss with friends

    ROSIE Biss, co-principal cellist of the Northern Sinfonia, will perform with friends Andre Swanepoel (violin), Iona Brown (violin) and Rose Redgrave (viola) to form the Derwent String Quartet on Saturday for St Briavels Music Society. The programme will

  • Baroque around the clock

    GLORIOUS music from the Baroque period can be enjoyed at St Mary's Parish Church, Ross-on-Wye, from 7.30pm on Saturday. During the first half of Ross-on-Wye Choral Society's final concert of the season, the choir, conducted by Ian Fox and accompanied

  • Helper praised for her actions

    THE Herefordshire coroner has praised a quick thinking Good Samaritan who gave comfort to an elderly woman. Helen Winstanley Haworth had 'fallen flat on her face' and banged her head when she tripped on a kerb in Gaol Street, Hereford, last November.

  • It's a mice way to float charity!

    MILES, the life-sized Macmillan mouse, hitched a ride on a milk float at Bartonsham Dairies to help launch its contribution to the Macmillan Miles Challenge. This month, milkmen have been delivering more than just daily pintas. They have also been dropping

  • Rotary

    Close encounters with a giant fluffy duck and the massed ranks of the police choir are just two of the recent highlights for Hereford City Rotary Club's President Alan Tringham. The duck was auctioned for his charity The Acorns Children's Hospice Appeal

  • WI Forum

    The resolutions' meeting of Tref-y-Clawdd Women's Institute, chaired by Pauline Parker, was a scene of lively discussion. The Air Ambulance was praised and the government was urged to offer considerable financial support. The Welsh Assembly is generous

  • Tutored tastings for English Wine Week

    FROME Valley Vineyard, near the village of Bishops Frome, is the venue for an afternoon of wine tasting to celebrate English Wine Week. The event, on Wednesday, June 2, starts at 1pm with a lunch, celebrating regional food, followed by tutored tastings

  • Open day on farms

    OPENING two of its farms to visitors this weekend is the Countryside Restoration Trust.. Turnastone Court Farm at Vowchurch in the Golden Valley, recently bought by the trust, is opening its gates on Saturday and Awnells Farm, Much Marcle, on Sunday.

  • Contenders for Wyevale Shield

    THE search is on by Herefordshire FWAG for farmers with a wildflower meadow to enter this year's competition for the Wyevale Shield. Judges will include the boundaries such as hedges, pools, woodland edge as well as the production and wildlife value of

  • Sheep producers make it a date for Malvern

    MORE than 12,000 producers are expected to attend the National Sheep Association event at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, in July. The theme of the industry's biennial initiative is commercial business for the future. The event, on Wednesday,

  • Fighting a twin threat

    FARMERS will be able to see research in action at ADAS Rosemaund's open day at Preston Wynne, near Hereford, on June 3. On display at the popular annual arable and livestock event is a wide range of HGCA and commercially-funded work and a number of ADAS

  • LuKRacing pedalling to championship form

    HEREFORDSHIRE'S cycle team riders have enjoyed several strong wins and numerous podium placings over the last few weeks on their route towards peak form for the Welsh and National championships. Former national junior champion Ceri Pritchard

  • Enjoyable day at Cannock

    WITH fish showing everywhere, it seemed as if it would be an easy day for members of Hereford Fly Fishing Club as they assembled for their second bank competition of the season at Gailey Trout Fishery near Cannock. But what sort of insect were the fish

  • County recover with home victory after opening defeat

    Herefordshire lost their opening match of the season 137-106 against Monmouth-shire at Whiteheads, Newport. On the heavy green, the home team started the better, taking a 13-shot lead after five ends. This was reduced to seven shots with 15 ends played

  • Shelsley Walsh season roars in

    LARGE crowds greeted the start of a new speed hill climb season at Shelsley Walsh over the weekend. The historic Teme Valley course is now in its 99th year and the fund to secure its future currently stands at just over half the £1million target. Shares

  • Trek will help disabled

    THE British Wheelchair Sports Foundation is looking for adventurous volunteers to trek to Everest Base Camp. Fundraiser Joanne Hall said: "This challenging trek is a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek on the world's highest mountain." This is a unique

  • Quality Time proves fastest of the day

    THE temperature was as sizzling as the action at Allensmore for the second meeting under BHRC rules. Those punters who liked the look of Jason Podmore's glorious mare Quality Time would have needed a forklift to get their wallets home. She swept through

  • Adventure extends prolific race run

    THE Ladies' Open race at the Golden Valley Hunt point to point meeting at Bredwardine saw another triumph for Upton Adventure as the Eastnor-trained mare recorded her eighth win of the year in convincing style. Ridden by usual partner Emma James for owner

  • North Mids go up

    NORTH Midlands clin-ched promotion to next season's Tetley's County Championship and booked a place in a Twickenham final with a 33-3 win over Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire at Stour-bridge last Saturday. The win in the Tetley's County Shield semi-finals

  • Turner is player of season

    FORMER skipper Charlie Turner was named player of the season at Luctonians Rugby Club's annual dinner. The lock-forward has been a first team regular for many years and was a popular winner of the award. Young flanker Jabs Greasley took the 'rookie of

  • Fair dinkum

    THE stage version of Bill Bryson's bestseller, Down Under, comes to Hereford Courtyard tomorrow. Cynical and affectionate in his musings, the source of inspiration for the bearded Yankee is Australia. Bryson's informative and absorbing portrait is of

  • Joining up

    CELEBRATED violinist Louis Carus, former Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, will join forces with young pianist Richard Pearson this evening (Thursday), to present the second in the series of summer concerts at the Elgar Birthplace Museum, Lower Broadheath

  • Dog date

    THROW Me A Bone, a 50-minute physical theatre solo commissioned by the Prague Children's Festival, plays at Presteigne Assembly Rooms on Saturday. Niki McCretton's story, based on her own Jack Russell, tells - without words but through movement, humour

  • Brave work takes on the big issues

    TWO brave new pieces of theatre played to an enthralled Courtyard audience last week. Tackling the themes of family, financial hardship and suicide, The Keep was like an omnibus episode of Emmerdale. While the characters all struggled for dramatic supremacy

  • Cathedral School offers a sizeable scholarship

    HEREFORD Cathedral School has been awarded a sizeable scholarship for a 16-year-old state school pupil entering Sixth Form education in September 2004. It has been given to the school from a fund set up by multi-millionaire businessman Peter Ogden, co-founder

  • Hard work pays off for graduate

    SIX-and-a-half years of hard work have paid off for a Hereford man, who graduated from Open University with a degree in humanities. Bert Davies, of Whitehorse Road, spent most of his spare time hitting the books 'to do something he had always wanted to

  • Invitation day success

    LEOMINSTER Ladies enjoyed a competitive and sociable Invitation Day with Jane Powles and her guest Liz Moore carrying off the top prize with 41 stableford points. Second place was taken by Lesley Turbutt and her guest Sylvia Lloyd with 38 points. May

  • Must-see glitterati make Hay

    WHATEVER the weather, whatever your literary leanings, the 17th Hay Festival - which whirs into being next Friday - lives up to its name. With Bob Geldof headlining the opening night, musical interludes will be provided by Thea Gilmore, Nitin Sawnhey

  • Blake produces identical score to retain trophy

    HISTORY repeated itself when Charles Houlbrooke retained the Gordon Blake Challenge Cup at Ross-on-Wye with an identical score of nett 67. Houlbrooke and division 2 winner David Griffiths will go forward to represent Ross in the Gloucestershire County

  • Dressing up

    LEOMINSTER Medieval Fair and Battle of Mortimers Cross children's 15th century dress competition could earn your youngsters a windfall of £25, if they win best boy or girl. This event is just part of the fun planned for the fair, to be held at Luctonians

  • Richards takes handicap below scratch

    HEREFORDSHIRE'S young golfers continue to impress on the national and county scene. Kington's Darren Richards qualified for the prestigious Brabazon Trophy English Strokeplay Championship with a fine 72 over the testing West Lancashire links at Blundell

  • Fixtures

    THURSDAY, MAY 20 CRICKET FRIENDLIES Herefordshire Under-11 v Hereford Cathedral School (Wyeside, 2.30pm) SATURDAY, MAY 22 CRICKET CRUSADER WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY LEAGUE Division 1 Bewdley v Brockhampton Ombersley v Bromyard Netherton v Eastnor Stourbridge

  • Villagers continue successful sequence

    AFTER winning their last seven games in West of England Premier League Glos/Wilts Division 1 at the end of the season, Colwall took their successful streak to eight with a 33-run victory over Lydney. After winning the toss, Colwall skipper Tom Wolfendale

  • Fears on lending and costlier fuel

    RISING interest rates and fuel prices were striking fear into many small businesses but help and guidance was at hand, said Herefordshire council leader Roger Phillips. Opening the Hereford Business Day at the Three Counties Hotel on Tuesday, he said:

  • Eyes down for July show

    ORGANISERS of the Herefordshire Business and Technology Show on Thursday, July 1, played host to their sponsors last Friday. They are hoping to top the record number of visitors who attended last year's one-day show at the Chase Hotel, Ross-on-Wye. For

  • County workers turning to learning

    Employees throughout Herefordshire will be getting to grips with some new ideas today (Thursday) when they take part in this year's Learning at Work Day. For some, this will mean working up a sweat with an aerobics workout, whilst others could be relaxing

  • Tom scoops top award

    TOM Ward, a 22-year-old student from Glasbury-on-Wye, near Hereford, has scooped a top award for his outstanding performance on an engineering course. He is one of only 100 people in the UK to win a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence. Tom, of Glasbury

  • Almeley

    WHIST DRIVE - There was an exciting finish to the series of three whist drives organised to raise money for the Herefordshire Heart Fund, when Mrs M Drew and Mr B Thomas each achieved a total score of 492. It was decided that they shared the £25 prize

  • Aymestrey

    PARISH PLAN - Questionnaires have now been delivered to every parishioner and will be collected within the next few days. This questionnaire will provide important information for the production of the Parish Plan which will be ready, hopefully, by early

  • Bishopstone

    VILLAGE LOTTERY - Saturday, May 15, Anthony Smith wins £25 with his number 12. DIARY DATE - The next Wacky Walkers walk is around Madley on Saturday. ANNUAL MEETING - The annual meeting of the parish council will be today (Thursday) in the Trafalgar Room

  • Bodenham

    PARISH MEETING - At their annual meeting on May 10, Councillor Alec Willis was re-appointed chairman with Councillor Les Herbert again acting as his deputy. Amongst topics discussed at the parish meeting were the continuing delays in building the footway

  • Breinton

    STEERING GROUP - The Steering Group of the Breinton Parish Plan met at the village hall on Wednesday, May 12. As the clerk was not present it was not known whether the final tranche of money to enable the plan to be printed had been received. The clerk

  • Clehonger

    Parish Council - At the last meeting of Clehonger Parish Council held at Innesfield Community Centre on April 29, Councillor Taylor was re-elected as chairman and Rob Williams was re-elected as vice chairman. Members of the Youth Club reported they had

  • Dorstone

    FUN SUNDAY - The annual Fun Sunday on the playing fields will take place on June 20, draw tickets are now on sale from committee members, and village Post Office, if you have a spare plant please pot it for the produce stall, perhaps you would like to

  • Eardisley

    CHURCH - A joint concert with Ang Passang, a choir from Trondheim, in Norway, and the Herefordshire Britten Singers, will take place in St Mary Magdalene Church, Eardisley on Friday, May 21, at 7.30pm. The programme will include madrigals, songs by Finzi

  • Kings Caple

    COFFEE MORNING - A coffee morning is being held at Crosstrees, by kind permission of Ray and Kitty Parkin tomorrow (Friday) at 10.30am, It is requested that any unwanted items be donated such as good clothing, plants and cakes in aid of Kings Caple Church

  • Knighton

    ANNUAL MEETING - The annual general meeting of Knighton and District Community centre will be next Monday, at 7.30pm at the centre. For further information contact the Secretary, Mr Kevin Kell, 5 Swan Court, Knighton. LD7 1BG. May Fair Dance - There will

  • Ocle Pychard

    OCLE PYCHARD - Ocle Pychard Group Parish Council has a vacancy for a councillor. Anyone wishing to put themselves forward should contact the clerk or any member of the council. The Sponsored Walk and Easter Egg Trail, in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer

  • Sellack

    CAR BOOT SALE - Do not forget the car boot sale which is to be held at Sellack Village Hall tomorrow (Friday) from 6pm until 7.30pm. The boot sale will be held outside in the new car park area so just turn up or book by phoning Mrs Kibble on 01989 730623

  • Veterans win hot battle

    HEREFORD Veterans battled hard in warm conditions to come away with a 3-2 win against England over-60s 'C' team at The Racecourse last Saturday. Neither side was able to find an opening in the first period despite plenty of attacking play. But Hereford

  • 20/5/04 - Tretton signs on

    HEREFORD United defender Andy Tretton has handed the club a boost by extending his stay at Edgar Street. Tretton, who is currently on international duty with the England National Game XI, has signed for a further year at the club. Striker David Brown

  • 51 candidates lining up for Euro election

    THE line-up of candidates from the West Midlands region for this summer's European elections has been officially announced. Fifty-one prospective MEPs from nine parties will fight it out for the seven seats on offer in the European Parliament for the

  • Hopes played down

    HOPES of stretching a high-speed broadband internet link across Herefordshire by next summer are being played down. The county may have to initially settle for a shorter broadband circuit than first thought when BT announced upgrades to 38 telephone exchanges

  • £1m investment on water works

    WELSH Water has completed a £924,000 investment scheme to upgrade the waste water treatment works at Moreton-on-Lugg. The project, which started in June last year, included the installation of a new inlet works to remove debris and solids which pollute

  • Tea can help Samaritans

    TEATIME can be any time from Saturday until May 29, as the Samaritans in Herefordshire ask everyone to take part in their Time for Tea fundraising initiative. It is part of this year's celebration of Samaritans' 50th anniversary, and aims to raise vitally

  • Flying visit

    AIRCRAFT owners and pilots in the Shobdon section - known as the Strut - of the Popular Flying Association will be welcoming planes from across the region at their second annual fly-in on May 29/30 at Shobdon Airfield. Visiting pilots will begin touching

  • Exhibition is true testament

    TWO new exhibitions in the Builth area serve as testament to the artistic renaissance underway. Exhibiting at Erwood Station Craft Centre throughout May is self-taught artist Louise Scott. Destined to become an artist of the natural world, Louise began

  • Craftsmen in their element

    IF you are familiar with Weobley's Willow Gallery or not, then a visit to one of our prettiest market towns is a must for spring. Re-opened under new management, the gallery has a distinctly different feel, with a good proportion of the 40 exhibitors

  • Fields out for European success

    WESTFIELDS will be looking to repeat their success of last year when they go back 'into Europe' at the end of the month. The city side, who have just completed their first season in the Midland Alliance, will be heading off for Barcelona to take part

  • Celebrating a successful year

    ROSS Town celebrated their most successful season at their presentation evening at the Conserva-tory at the Hope and Anchor last Friday. Ross finished as runners-up in the Cherry Red Records Hellenic League Division 1 West and reached the quarter-finals

  • Leominster in league switch

    WORRIES over player availability and costs have led to Leominster Town's decision to resign from the West Midlands League and return to county football. "Financial pressures and an increasing difficulty in getting players to commit themselves to playing

  • Family double-act helps Kington to away win

    Wolverhampton Casuals 3 Kington Town 5 TEAM manager Mick Panniers and his son Nick formed a rare family double act when they started for Kington and both got on the scoresheet in their West Midlands League Premier Division match at Wolverhampton. Injuries

  • Crowds flock to feast of junior league football

    OVER 2,500 spectators filed through the Edgar Street turnstiles over the weekend to watch a feast of football at the HGTA Herefordshire Junior Football League finals. In addition to presentations to the participating teams and the league champions and

  • Tunnel through town to end floods misery

    A MULTI-MILLION pound scheme to end flood misery in Ross-on-Wye is taking shape. Under the £6 million proposals from Herefordshire Council, the threat posed by Rudhall Brook and Checkley Brook would be severely reduced by a new tunnel in the town centre

  • Rosie sets her sights on helping

    HEREFORD student Rosie Purdye has decided to spend her gap year giving back to the community instead of getting away from it! The 19-year-old student is spending her gap year volunteering for the charity Concern Universal. Concern Universal is an international

  • Defensive boost for United's campaign

    HEREFORD United have received a boost in their preparations for next season with the news that key defender Andy Tretton has committed himself to the club for a further year. Tretton, who missed a large chunk of last season with a thigh injury but featured

  • Promising pair given chance for County

    TWO young local cricketers have a chance to shine when Herefordshire begin their Minor Counties Championship programme with a three-day game against Wiltshire at Colwall, starting on Sunday. David Exall and Josh Hornyold, who play their club cricket at

  • Clubs Xl open up at Wyeside ground

    HEREFORDSHIRE County Cricket Clubs Xl begin their season with a 50-overs-a-side match against Gloucestershire 2nd Xl at Wyeside on Sunday, starting at 11.30am. Gloucestershire director of coaching Andy Stovold this week held a coaching session for 25

  • Sellers tale hits the big screen

    A HEREFORDSHIRE writer's controversial biography of comic genius Peter Sellers will be hitting the big screen tomorrow (Friday) at the world's top showcase for movie-making. Roger Lewis' eye-opening delve into the mind of the actor has inspired a multi-million

  • Opera insights

    A RECEPTION to raise funds for the charity Rukba will reveal all the mystery of opera into the bargain on Saturday. Peter Knapp's Opera Revue gives an insight into the divas, the dramas, and unforeseen disasters of opera, drawn from the singer, director

  • Not a myth

    A BAND that's determined to be an antidote to modern rock malaise comes to Club Imperial, Hereford, on Wednesday. Monmouthshire band, the Bitchpups, make original rock that's cleverly written, great to listen to, fantastic to dance to and great to experience

  • CCTV has eye on city

    CLOSED-circuit television cameras monitoring Hereford's streets have proved invaluable in helping the police detect crime. The Herefordshire Council CCTV cameras officially 'went live' last July and have captured vital evidence. Insp Paul Crow has been

  • Petals fall as 600 pilgrims join worship

    PINK rose petals descended in their thousands from the tall bell-tower, their colour caught by candle light as they floated down through clouds of incense. There was total silence among 600 pilgrims in the abbey church. This was the scene at the candle-lit

  • Red Ken excited by Skylon idea

    KEN Livingstone, the Mayor of London, has added his voice to the chorus of support for an all-new Skylon - the Hereford creation that stunned the world at the Festival of Britain more than 50 years ago. Backing has been growing since the Hereford Times

  • City has two of the veggie best

    TWO of Hereford's favourite vegetarian haunts - Caf@All Saints and Nutters - have made it into the pages of The Grapevine Great British Where to Eat Vegetarian Restaurant Guide, a guide to 500 of the country's best places for vegetarians to eat out. Caf

  • Wyevale aims for another golden glory at Chelsea

    WYEVALE Garden Centres will be exhibiting at this year's prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the 12th year. The inspirational Wyevale Topiary Garden, designed by award-winning Julie Toll for the third year running, aims to reflect the owner's love

  • Swindler's case is to go to appeal

    A FINANCIAL adviser from Hereford, who was jailed for swindling elderly clients out of their savings, has been given leave to appeal against his conviction and sentence. David Weston, of Admirals Close, Hereford, transferred £66,000 into his own accounts

  • Man tried to steal meat from superstores

    A HEREFORD man who tried to steal meat from three supermarkets in the city appeared before magistrates last week. Alexander Martin Tregoning, of Ledbury Road, Hereford, admitted three counts of theft. John Barnett, prosecuting, said Tregoning was detained

  • Grading depot turns clock back

    LEADING British Wool Marketing Board officials will be descending on Bromyard next Tuesday to stage a wool extravaganza for the first time in almost thirty years. The board has chosen the premises of wool merchants Francis Willey - one of the board's

  • Grain Chain date

    ACCORDING to researchers at last year's Royal Agricultural Society Show over three quarters of visitors to the event's Grain Chain feature said they wanted access to more food chain information. "The need for the agricultural industry to communicate is

  • Boost to younger entrants

    THE Royal Welsh Agricultural Society's policy of encouraging young people to adopt a competitive spirit by involving them in events at the annual Builth Wells show in July is to receive a boost this year. Young cattle handlers will be able to compete

  • Texel flock for sale

    A NOTABLE sale of pedigree Texel sheep from the Vorn flock is being held by auctioneers McCartneys at Worcester Livestock Market on Saturday at 1.30pm. The flock of John Vaughan of Bodenham is more than ten years old, from nine female lines purchased

  • Flyers take off

    FOLBIGG Flyers gained their first win of the season in the BOSS Hereford Netball League when the beat Sixth Sense. Flyers led throughout the game with shooters Sue Hunt and Jacky Hart in form. Other results: Beautox bt Panthers 41-26, Radnor Valley bt

  • Tanith triumphs against allcomers

    HEREFORD'S St Michael's Hospice Half-marathon produced a surprise winner when South African Tanith Maxwell out-ran all the male competitors to come home first in 1 hour 18 min 2 secs. Run in perfect conditions, the race attracted 326 entrants from all

  • Pole vaulters produce top championship form

    THE Herefordshire AA Track and Field Champio-nships produced several fine performances at Hereford Leisure Centre last Saturday. The pole vault competitions produced four excellent champions with Sam Horton, of Hereford and County AC, vaulting 3m to win

  • Jenkins climbs ranks

    HEREFORDSHIRE darts star Terry Jenkins has continued his rise in the PDC World Rankings. The Ledbury pitcher is now number 30, ahead of one of the game's illustrious names, Cliff Lazarenko, who is rated at 33, and not far behind former world champions

  • Whitecross open day success

    HEREFORD Whitecross Club enjoyed a highly successful day as part of the LTA's Play Tennis 2004 initiative. The club welcomed more than 150 people through the doors with ages ranging from four to 75. And plenty of people liked what they saw with five new

  • Morans gain points on northern tracks

    ROGER and Scott Moran were in the points when they competed in four rounds of the Nicholson McLaren British Hill Climb Championship at the weekend. The Orleton-based racers were at Barbon Manor on Saturday. Roger took fourth spot in both run-offs, and

  • Pool league Barons have night to remember with double triumph

    BARON Knights celebrated a league and cup double when Leominster and District Pool League held their finals and presentation night at the Re-Rack Club. Knights dropped just one point on their way to the championship and then beat Crown A (Dilwyn) 5-0

  • Bridge scores

    Marches BC, duplicate pairs (1): 1 Judy Eaton and Dennis Gray 71.67%, 2 Eileen Richards and Pat Webber 61.67, 3 John Evans and Eda Warrington 54.86; (2): Betty Mackay and Elizabeth Dinnen 63.19, 2 John Evans and Guy Mathews 60.76, 3 Sarah Weller and Peter

  • At the cinema from Friday

    Troy (15) Dir: Wolfgang Petersen Set in Paris in 1193BC, a prince of Troy has stolen Helen, Queen of Sparta away from her husband, Menelaus, setting the two nations at war. The siege at Troy was to last for over 10 years. Showing: Malvern Theatre; Odeon

  • Young stars

    THE Contact Course students at Herefordshire College of Art & Design will perform Wigs, Werewolves and Wannabes - a look at Saturday night TV, culminating in Stars In Their Eyes - next Tuesday at 2pm in the Folly Arts Theatre. To book call 01432 273359

  • Stones rolling in

    A ROLLING stone gathering much attention rolls into Hereford Courtyard theatre next week. Marie Jones' Stones In His Pockets has enjoyed four successful years on London's West End and recently completed a world tour. It's a comedy that offers lots of

  • A celebration

    BOTTLENECK theatre company is to present a concert in celebration of its first five years of Hereford productions. Unplugged: The Best Of... will feature songs from their seven shows to date, including A Slice of Saturday Night, Pump Boys and Dinettes

  • Council tax appeals to be launched

    HEREFORDSHIRE Council and Hereford and Worcester Fire Service are to appeal against being capped over their council tax rises. Councillor Roger Phillips, leader of Herefordshire Council, said that the cabinet-backed appeal was a 'formality' and lodged

  • School needs to have more space

    A SCHOOL that takes on some of Herefordshire's toughest teaching challenges needs more space, says OFSTED. Pupils with severe learning difficulties go to Blackmarston School, Hereford. But OFSTED inspectors found that some of the school's classes were

  • Early bloom for Rose

    DAVID Rose, the new chief executive of the Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust, joined forces with consultant Andrew Corfield, Mel Fox and Charlie George to win the Mercia Healthcare Bob Tucker Memorial Charity Tournament at Burghill Valley. Bob Tucker was the

  • Sharing joy of childhood

    FACE painting, gnome gardens, pot decorating and jewellery making... this year's festival of childhood, organised by Hereford Waldorf School, will be opened by children's author Heather S Buchanan at 10am on Saturday. A day of activities in the Shirehall

  • County rivals setting the pace

    BROCKHAMPTON and Bromyard share top spot in Division 1 of the Crusader Worcester-shire County League with Kington just a point behind after all three won their matches last Saturday. After being put into bat by Brockhampton skipper Andrew Watkins, Stourbridge

  • Cricket Scorecards in Brief

    Crusader Worcestershire County League Division 1 Stourbridge 127-8 (B Bradley 55. R Wargen 4-50, B Mason 2-32) Brockhampton 128-2 (A Hewlett 73 no, A Nahorniak 25 no, J Walker 15) Netherton 138-9 Bromyard 139-8 (M Benbow 55 no. D Hall 5-55) Eastnor 155

  • Andy leads with century

    HEREFORD Cathedral School achieved one of their biggest victories in recent years when they beat Llandovery College by 254 runs. Two young batsmen from the school's year 10, Andy Aston (126) and Tom Austick (51), led the way as Cathedral amassed an impressive

  • Marches champions make winning start

    REIGNING champions Monmouth made a successful start to the defence of their Flint & Cook Marches League Division 1 title with a convincing 66-run win over Leominster. Opener Rob Prewett (26) set the stage for the returning David Teague and the former

  • Hereford teams start with double defeat

    HEREFORD'S first weekend in the Flint & Cook Marches League is one the club will not look back on with great pleasure. Bartestree & Lugwardine skittled out the city side for 93 at the Racecourse and knocked off the runs for the loss of five wickets

  • Family's nightmare as second son killed

    A 40-YEAR-OLD Hereford man has been killed in a road accident - 12 years after tragedy claimed the life of his younger brother. Ben Karter, of Belmont Road, was travelling to a family reunion in Carmarthen last Saturday when his Ford Escort was in collision

  • Aston Ingham

    VILLAGE HALL - The village hall at Aston Ingham has undergone a major refurbishment, together with an extension to the existing building, bringing it into line with current statutory requirements. The work has been funded by grants from Herefordshire

  • Bishops Frome

    BISHOPS FROME - Bishops Frome and Fromes Hill Parish Council. At their annual meeting and annual parish meeting, councillors were given a presentation by Stella Woodman who outlined the aims of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Literature and application

  • Blakemere

    MAY FAIR - No plans for Sunday afternoon? Then why not join us for the Blakemere May Fair on Sunday. Everybody will be most welcome. The fun starts at 2.30pm. There will be games for children of all ages and face painting too. For grown-ups, there will

  • Brecon

    NEW SCHOOL - A special school at Brecon is among those in Powys in line for help from a National Assembly school buildings improvement grant. Ysgol Penmaes's share of the lump sum is more than £3 million and head teacher Ian Elliott says that, when everything

  • Brilley

    CHURCH BANNER - The next Family Service is on Sunday at St.Mary's Church, Brilley, at 3pm, when parishioners will be designing the new Brilley Church Banner. All are welcome. Refreshments after the service. Brilley School - This term all children are

  • Burghill

    FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS AND MUSIC - An excellent evening was spent with the BBC Hereford & Worcester presenter Mike George and the Gardening Guru Reg Moule at The Simpson Hall for a Gardeners Question Time. More than 70 people enjoyed an informative and

  • Edwyn Ralph

    Spring Fete - Due to the weather being cold, wet and windy, the event on Saturday, May 8, was held in the indoor riding school at The Pound, the home of Doris Culshaw. It was decorated with bunting, there was music and many stalls, games and competitions

  • Kington

    FOLK FESTIVAL - Kington's first folk festival will be held on June 18-19, featuring appearances by the Levellers, Hoover the Dog and Stanley Accrington. The two main events are a Friday night folk club concert at the Burton Hotel and an open air concert

  • Knucklas

    Furniture Scheme Sale - Re-Use will be visiting Knucklas Community Centre next Tuesday from 2 to 7pm. The day will be part of the Adult Learners Festival and will comprise a furniture sale and furniture care workshop at the hall in Knucklas. There will

  • Much Dewchurch

    GARDENING CLUB - Much Dewchurch Gardening Club will hold their second annual plant sale on Saturday, May 29, 10am to 4pm, at The Park, Wormelow. a comprehensive range of quality bedding, herbaceous and vegetable plants will be available, together with

  • Pyons and Westhope

    Ledgemoor's Tardis - BT intends to remove Ledgemoor's elderly phone box. There is a short period when objections can be made by contacting Les Riley on 01544 318677. Spring Walk - Next Sunday, the annual local walk is scheduled. Organised by the Friends

  • Presteigne

    ANGLICAN METHODIST COVENANT - Last week, at a special joint service in the Methodist Chapel, Presteigne, St. Andrew's Church and the Methodist church celebrated the signing of the new Covenant. FLORAL ART - A garden party organised by the Presteigne and

  • Presteigne

    FOOTBALL CLUB - Presteigne St Andrew's Football Club will be holding their annual tribute band Extravaganza, in Knighton Community Centre, on Saturday, May 29. This year the event will feature the Rolling Stones Tribute Band, supported by Soul Supply

  • Richards Castle

    Traffic - As a result of pressure from the parish council and residents the county councils of Herefordshire and Shropshire have put forward joint plans to try to reduce the incidents of speeding through the village. Proposals include double white lines

  • Skenfrith

    FOOTBALL CLUB - Presteigne St Andrew's Football Club will be holding their annual tribute band Extravaganza, in Knighton Community Centre, on Saturday, May 29. This year the event will feature the Rolling Stones Tribute Band, supported by Soul Supply

  • £500,000 appeal is launched

    COLUMNIST Sir Simon Jenkins made a 'keep the churches open' plea as he launched a £500,000 appeal to save Shobdon's unique Strawberry Hill Gothic church from decay. "The safest church is the church that is open and occupied by people," said Sir Simon,

  • Big countdown to Race for Life

    TEAMS of Tesco employees are toning up to take part in Hereford's Race for Life as the 10-week countdown to the big day begins. Herefordian woman of all ages and fitness abilities are to pull out all the stops to raise cash for Cancer Research UK during

  • Cannabis trio win school ban appeal

    THREE teenagers have won their appeals against permanent exclusion from Herefordshire's only Roman Catholic high school for possessing cannabis. An independent appeals panel allowed the three - who cannot be named - a return to Year 10 at St Mary's RC

  • Eastnor's armour suits superstar Brad

    HISTORY has provided a rich seam for Hollywood directors recently, ensuring that one Herefordshire enterprise has been kept very busy. Starring alongside the big stars in the big films - Brad Pitt in Troy, Colin Farrell in Oliver Stone's Alexander, Orlando

  • What's on in city and county

    Events/talks May 20 Illustrated talk on Handel's Messiah, Donald Hunt, Burghill Festival of Flowers and Music, The Church of St Mary The Virgin, Burghill, 2.30pm. 01432 761019/760139. 21 'Three Generations of Gardeners,' Margaret Thrower, Burghill Festival

  • County family shares a double celebration

    A HEREFORDSHIRE family had two very special reasons to throw a celebratory party for 150 guests at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall. The golden wedding anniversary of Doug and Olive Jackson was marked by the wedding of their son, Gary, and Dawn Nash at Upton

  • Now it's wartime at county's museums

    A WARTIME theme underlies May's Museums and Galleries month, with the experiences of young women in Second World War Herefordshire featured in the community cases at Hereford Museum until July 11. The display, created by Herefordshire Lore, a group which

  • Driver given four years in jail

    A MOTORIST who killed a grandfather when speeding to visit his bride-to-be in Bromyard has been jailed for four years and banned from driving for life. Terence Reese overtook a van by crossing double white lines on the A44 Worcester to Bromyard road and

  • Teenager's fingers cut off in machine

    A TEENAGE apprentice who saw two of his fingers and the top of another sliced off by an unguarded cutting machine that he was not properly trained to use is back at work where the accident occurred. Hereford Magistrates Court heard the apprentice's employer

  • Carolyn turns her dream into reality

    A HEREFORD artist whose work is so earthy she could eat the paint, literally, Carolyn Blake trained initially at Herefordshire College of Art and Design, and under the tutelage of Welsh painter, Roger Cecil. That was some time ago, and this abstract painter

  • West Midlands Schools title won by Hereford

    Walsall 1 Hereford 2 HEREFORD produced a magnificent display to clinch the West Midlands Under-14 Schools Trophy with a convincing victory against strongly fancied Walsall. Walsall started brightly and took a third-minute lead when Ben Clougher raced

  • Hinton finish with defeat

    Blackheath 4 Hinton 1 HINTON finished off their season in the West Midlands League Division 1 South with a disappointing away defeat to high-flying Blackheath. Hinton are now assured of a top eight finish after finishing their programme with 39 points

  • Thriller ends in late defeat

    Lye Town 4 Bromyard Town 3 ALTHOUGH Bromyard led three times in this very entertaining West Mid-lands League Premier Division mid-table clash, Lye came from behind to snatch victory with a late goal. Defeat means Bromyard will finish the season in 11th

  • Very well behaved..

    PEGASUS Juniors' players have been on their best behaviour this season to earn a share in the Hellenic League Fair Play award. With 10 yellow and three red cards in their 42 matches, Pegasus gained 19 points to top the table with Shortwood United, who

  • Wellington complete title hat-trick

    Ewyas Harold 5 Lads Club 1 EWYAS Harold needed to win their final game of the Hereford Times Herefordshire League Premier Division season against visiting Lads Club by eight clear goals to take the championship but failed despite a valiant effort. Nathan

  • Last-game loss as top team are too strong

    Gornal Athletic 2 Leominster Town 1 LEOMINSTER completed their West Midlands League Division 1 South programme with a battling display against already crowned league champions Gornal Athletic, matching the top team in both skill and effort. As befits

  • Football Tables

    MIDLAND ALLIANCE Final Table P W D F A Pt Rocester 46 28 12 96 45 96 Willenhall 46 27 13 114 49 94 Stratford 46 28 8 89 45 92 Quorn 46 26 12 84 47 90 Studley 46 26 7 96 52 85 Chasetown 46 22 12 68 49 78 Oadby 46 23 8 90 56 77 Coalville 46 20 12 87 61

  • Stray inspires author's latest

    THE landscape and wildlife of Herefordshire's Golden Valley inspired Ross-on-Wye author William Corlett's acclaimed Magician's Quartet, but he has moved further afield for his latest book. Kitty is based on the true story of a stray puppy, taken in by

  • Referee sends bill to United for repairs to car

    HEREFORD United are currently deciding how to proceed after receiving a repair bill from referee Andy Woolmer for damage allegedly sustained to his car after the Nationwide Conference play-off semi-final at Edgar Street on May 3. Woolmer's controversial

  • Shots to remain on list of fixtures

    HEREFORD United will once again have to see off the challenge of their play-off conquerors Aldershot Town next season after the Hampshire side lost their bid for a place back in the Football League to Shrewsbury Town. And, in a final unkind twist of fate

  • Richard picks up award for ground

    RICHARD Lloyd, of Here-fordshire Jarvis Services, has picked up an FA award for his maintenance of Hereford United's Edgar Street ground. The Bulls' stadium, as well as being named the best ground in Herefordshire, has been awarded third place in the

  • Defensive boost for United's campaign

    HEREFORD United have received a boost in their preparations for next season with the news that key defender Andy Tretton has committed himself to the club for a further year. Tretton, who missed a large chunk of last season with a thigh injury but featured

  • Dazzo proves a hit

    HEREFORD'S British featherweight champion Darren 'Dazzo' Williams turned his hand to fight promotion last Saturday - and proved a big hit. Williams helped to man a stall in the city's Maylord Shopping Centre, signing autographs and selling tickets with

  • Faucher in London tennis show

    HEREFORD'S Matthew Faucher was one of four British international wheelchair players who played in a series of exhibition matches as part of the Tennis Show 2004 at Earls' Court in London last Saturday.

  • Third place finish confirmed

    Kington Town 2 Ledbury Town 0 KINGTON rounded off their West Midlands League Premier Division programme on Tuesday night with a local derby win to confirm third place in the table. They opened their account on the stroke of half-time when 16-year-old

  • Cup win rounds off the season

    Presteigne 2 Llanrhaeadr 1 GOALS either side of half- time helped Presteigne to carry off the Spar Mid Wales League Challenge Cup in an exciting final at Rhayader. Derek Craddock put Presteigne ahead before the break and Chris Jones' second-half strike

  • Plant hunters end their quest

    A FLORAL detective story has ended with the suspect in custody. When a member of the Bromyard in Bloom Committee mentioned the existence of an iris called Bromyard, committee secretary Gillian Churchill and husband Tom were determined to track it down

  • Fields out for European success

    WESTFIELDS will be looking to repeat their success of last year when they go back 'into Europe' at the end of the month. The city side, who have just completed their first season in the Midland Alliance, will be heading off for Barcelona to take part

  • Right forum for debate

    RECENT EDITIONS of the Hereford Times have published letters referring to our local paper as the only "real forum for public debate" and "our only source of real information" (or words to that effect). After reading recent reports and especially the report

  • First point of patient contact

    I AM not normally moved to write letters such as this but, after reading your article in the Hereford Times (May 13), entitled 'Fiasco' of call for help, I felt I had to write in and tell you of my experience. On April 20, I developed severe stomach pain

  • Rich historic environment

    IN HIS letter "Who is running the county?" (Hereford Times May 6), R Bickford asks why Herefordshire should be one of only 15 counties in England to have an archaeological countryside advisor. The answer is that English Heritage have been prepared to

  • Extend rail line to Gloucester

    I WENT by train from Hereford the other day as I sometimes do on the huge loop of a journey, through lovely countryside to Gloucester via Newport. I could have done another 'loop' via Foregate St, Worcester. This got me thinking that instead of having

  • Strawberry clash set for High Court

    IN the week that foreign workers arrived at Brierley Court a clash over the future of Herefordshire's strawberry fields in heading for the law courts. As the first contingent of 1,000 Eastern European students prepared to pick strawberries from seven

  • Hospital food investigations

    HEALTH chiefs are seeking assurances about the safety and nutrition of food served in Herefordshire hospitals. Their move follows a damning documentary on Channel 4 alleging serious breaches of hygiene rules by staff producing the food in a factory in

  • Man attacked in Leominster

    A MAN sustained head injuries and needed hospital treatment after being attacked by two teenagers in the Gas Works car park in Leominster at around 11.30pm last Wednesday (May 12). The two male attackers, believed to be aged between 16 and 17-years-old

  • Westfields round off season with defeat

    Quorn 2 Westfields 1 WESTFIELDS completed their debut season in the Midland Alliance with a defeat at Quorn but will be satisfied with their 13th final placing. It was a big step up from the West Midlands League Premier Division and they could be in a

  • Viv la belle France!

    THE composer-in-residence at last year's 21st Presteigne Festival, Robin Holloway, celebrated the occasion not only through his colourful and exciting music but in an ecstatic article in The Spectator, written on his return to Cambridge. "I don't know