Going Ons In Herefordshire This March

PUBLISHED: 15:35 26 November 2010 | UPDATED: 15:49 20 February 2013



Whats going on in Herefordshire this March.

Life in March


Tour the Golden Triangle

The area around Kempley, just across the border in Gloucestershire, used to be known as the Golden Triangle because of its spectacular harvest of daffodils. It was a popular destination by rail for tourists from across the Midlands, and a vital access point for the early cut-flower daffodils to reach national markets.

2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of the 'Daffodil Line' railway. On Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, at 2pm, a 50th anniversary walk will follow the route of the old railway line, crossing the 10 mile circular footpath known as The Daffodil Way, exploring the changing landscape and observing conservation measures to protect its wildlife.

An exhibition of maps, a film of the last journey, railway model and photographic panels illustrating the social and economic reliance of rural people on a local rail network through to the mid-20th century will be on display at St Edward's Church.

The Kempley Daffodil Weekend Teas and Walks remain a thriving tradition, attracting several thousand people to the area every year to experience the flowering of the native wild daffodils in fields, verges and woodland all around.

On March 21 and 22 Kempley villagers host eight different guided walks around its unique heritage sites, including the 12th-century St Mary's Church, managed with English Heritage, with the Daff'n'Ride bus touring the Golden Triangle to give access for disabled and elderly. On return to the village hall visitors may enjoy lunch and refreshments, have a chance to purchase maps, daffodil memorabilia, home produce, plant and daffodil stalls.

Kempley is just 2 miles north of Junction 3 on the M50.

Wild daffodil guided walks at 11.00 am (6 miles, take packed lunch); 2.00 pm (two routes of 4 miles) 2.30pm (45 minutes)

Daffodil teas, village hall 11.00 - 5.00pm

For more information contact Chris Bligh, 01531 890332; 07974 974 862

See www.daffs.org.uk


Take 3 girls

Throughout March Fine Art UK in Ledbury is showing the work of three of the country's most popular contemporary female artists, Rosa Sepple, Christine Taherian and Kate Bentley.

Over the past decade Rosa Sepple has become known as one of the most enigmatic and collectable artists in the UK. She has a natural flair for understanding what makes a picture pleasing to the eye.

Rosa succeeds where many others fail by bringing joy to the viewer in a unique way, depicting the moods and pleasures of life in a fantasy world in which we all may wish to live: a world which is quite magical but above all, safe. People float and fly, tease, dance and flirt, buildings lean and topple, flowers sparkle and animals smile.

Christine Taherian is one of the country's leading new impressionist mixed media painters. Her eye for colour and understanding of atmosphere makes her one of those rare artists uniquely able to capture a moment or a scene with very little detail but in a way that leaves the viewer able to build up the story of the picture in his or her own imagination. Christine has won numerous awards and is a member of The Society of Women Artists.

Kate Bentley is an emerging artistic talent. Her evocative and atmospheric work is highly individual, thought provoking and at times, mesmerising in its use of colour and texture, expressed in a wide variety of media but predominately in watercolour and oils.

Kate originally trained in sculpture and then pursued a career in design. In the 1990s she made a shift to painting and in 2008 she won The Winsor and Newton Choice Award at The Society of Women Artists exhibition.

For more information call 01531 632557 or email ukfinearts@aol.com


Art under the hammer

Crickhowell-based charity Arts Alive is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a fund-raising fine art auction at 7pm on Friday, March 6 at The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny.

The event, held in collaboration with The Art Shop and Gallery in Abergavenny, will feature some of Britain's finest artists.

Organiser Catrin Slater says: "It's not every day that John MacFarlane's opera design drawings for productions in Vienna, London and Santa Fe are for sale under the same roof as Michael Strang's beautiful landscapes.

"Some of the work is clearly inspired by our gorgeous surroundings here in the borders: a swan cast in bronze by Catharine Marr-Johnson, as well as Anthony Morris's painting of Belmont Abbey and Clive Hicks-Jenkins's Tretower Castle."

A landscape-inspired anniversary quilt stitched in a collaborative effort by Arts Alive especially for the auction will also be for sale, as will the work of student sculptors, in an evening celebrating the creativity of aspiring and established artists alike.

Tickets cost 25, or 300 for a table of 12, and include tapas, wine and music. For more information, call Catrin Slater at Arts Alive on 01873 811 579 or e-mail catrin@artsalivewales.org.uk

To view the work online, visit www.artsalivewales.org.uk from March 2.


Still standing

The Hereford Police Male Choir has been singing for more than fifty years; but it reached a national audience last year with its success on BBC television's Last Choir Standing. The judges described the choir as "the Kings of Light and Shade, a rousing wall of sound". This month, having just launched a new CD, the choir can be seen at The Courtyard.

Friday March 6, 7.30pm

Tickets 10 and 9

New rope for old

The two surviving members of the cult Old Rope String Band (Pete Challoner and Tim Dalling) have joined forces with two amazing musicians (Jock Tyldesley and Vera van Heeringen) and as a four piece they are taking off from where the Old Ropes sadly stopped.

They play an assortment of hoedown pan-Celtic old-timey up-beat down-home music. All this is combined with bizarre physical nonsense, clowning about, and singing and dancing: boundless energy and beautiful music, executed with kindness.

Thursday March 12, 8pm

Tickets 10, 8, 5

Health, wealth and green living

A debate presented by Herefordshire's green business association Greenlinks, with speakers Alastair Sawday of Sawday Publishing, Elaine Brook of Gaia Partnership and Greenlinks, Satish Kumar of Resurgence magazine and Brigit Strawbridge of Not Easy Being Green. How to survive the recession, combat rising energy costs, improve vitality, and bring wealth and security to our community.

Tuesday March 17, 7.30pm

Tickets 6 and 3

Courtyard Box Office 01432 340555



A welcome return

As part of Ludlow Music Society's 2008-9 International Concert series, Martin Roscoe is returning to Ludlow to perform at Moor Park on March 14. The programme will be: Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 'Pathetique'; Piano Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 2; Piano Sonata in E flat, Op 27 No. 1; and Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

Tickets 13.50 / Students: 3 - Tel: 01584 www.ludlowmusicsociety.org.uk

Moor Park, March 14, 7.30 pm


Horse's mouth

Peter Scudamore will be chairing a panel consisting of Tom Scudamore (his jockey son), Tom Lee (new boy at Channel 4 Racing), Venetia Williams, Carl Evans (Racing Post journalist and author) and Sam Thomas, all giving their views of and answering questions about the forthcoming Cheltenham National Hunt Festival.

Monday March 2, 6.30pm

Tickets : 20 with drinks and canaps included.

Castle House Hotel, Castle Street, Hereford HR1 2NW

01432 356321



Pride, passion and diversity

'WorkShy' is a collection of portraits by Malvern-based photographer Liz Evans of people in their workplace, celebrating the hidden diversity of talent in a typical small English town towards the end of the noughties. Liz moved to Malvern 18 months ago and she says this project was "a wonderful way of integrating myself into the community".

The photographs feature traditional and modern trades and focus on the people and businesses that make Malvern what it is. The subjects range from a designer and a life coach to a blacksmith, a violin maker and even a puppeteer. The exhibition draws on the parallels between all our working lives, and celebrates people's pride in what they do, which is so often part of their identity.

'WorkShy' will be running in Malvern Theatres from March 16 to June 1.

For more information, see www.lizevansphotography.co.uk


Lunchtime Concert

Sopranos from the Welsh National Opera

Claire Hampton/Fiona Harrison/Laura Pooley

Retiring Collection.

Monday March 2, 1pm

The Cambrian String Trio and Meirion Wynn Jones (piano)


Kodaly - Intermezzo in G minor.

Mozart - Piano Quartet in E flat.

Beethoven - String Trio in D major

Admission: 7.50 (students 5.00, under 18's free). Cost includes programme.

Saturday March 7, 6pm


Hereford Choral Society, March 28

Mendelssohn's St Paul

Mendelssohn's oratorio St Paul is rarely performed in its entirety nowadays. However, during Mendelssohn's lifetime, it used to be his most popular and most performed work. Hereford Choral Society is presenting it this year to mark the composer's 200th anniversary.

March 28, 7.30 in Hereford Cathedral

Tickets: 0845 46 33 124 |www.herefordchoralsociety.org

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