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PUBLISHED: 13:23 21 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:23 20 February 2013

Broadfield Court’s Alexandra James (back), and Sally Dean and Rob Elliott look forward to hosting the first celebration of real food

Broadfield Court’s Alexandra James (back), and Sally Dean and Rob Elliott look forward to hosting the first celebration of real food

Herefordshire Diary July 2010


Ride with the Angels

Whatever you are doing on July 10 look out for a group of around 20 motorcyclists coming your way and if you see them make sure you wave, or even better put some money in their collecting tins.

For these are no ordinary bikers out for a session of Saturday cruising but rather a group of people on a mission to tour Herefordshires many St Michael and All Angels churches to raise money for St Michaels Hospice in Hereford.

For chief angel Mike Pullin the appeal combines his love of bikes and the freedom of the open road, (at almost 74 he has been riding one for the past 57 years), with raising money for a good cause. The St Michaels Hospice Angels have already raised more than 100,000 for the hospice.
I have always said that if you are in a position to help others you should, he says, and the hospice is an amazing organisation where they do look after people at their time of need.

And for this tour, the Angels are looking for passengers to accompany them (in return, for a donation). So if you have always fancied riding pillion and feeling the wind in your hair, (in reality your head will be firmly encased in a crash helmet) now is your chance.
The Angels will set off on their 300-mile trip around the county from the hospice at 10.30am finishing at The Angel Inn in Grosmont, which is holds its Village Day on July 10. More information: 01981 240544 or

Celebrating good taste

A Celebration of Real Food takes place at Broadfield Court, Bodenham, near Leominster, on Saturday, July 10 when some of Herefordshires leading producers of real food and drink will gather to demonstrate how and why such produce keeps us healthy, supports communities and, above all, tastes delicious.

Monklands Cheese Dairy, Trumpers Tea, lamb suppliers Whyle House Farm, Pencombe Village Bakery, Spinning Dog Brewery and Herefordshire Beekeepers Association are just some of the countys producers taking part. There will be demonstrations, Q&A sessions with experts in their field and the opportunity to sample some of the wonderful tastes available on our doorstep. The free event is the brainchild of co-owner of Broadfield Court, Alexandra James and Rob Elliott and Sally Dean who run the acclaimed Aspen House B&B at Hoarwithy, near Ross.
Tel: 01568 797483 or visit

Artists at Galanthus

Galanthus Gallery & Caf in Wormbridge is staging a Cup & Object Exhibition until Sunday, July 25, with work by Anji Allen whose abstract paintings are based on her memories of home, using the concept of a cup and table and Fenella Elms whose delicate wall pieces and sculpture use intricate structures to transform the ceramic medium.

They are joined by ceramicists Kate Wickham, Louisa Taylor and Mizuyo Yamashita and jewellers Hannah Louise Lamb, Leila Arzaghi and Annie Banian.

Music for a summers evening

A Summer Evening Concert on Friday, July 9, in the beautiful setting of Hellens, Much Marcle, near Ledbury, features some of the loveliest music written for combinations of flute, harp and strings, including the UK premiere of Derek Smiths quintet arrangement (for flute, harp and string trio) of Mozarts Flute and Harp Concerto K299.Derek is a Malvern-based composer and arranger whose work is gaining much recognition. The players, all highly-acclaimed artists, are: Sarah Newbold (flute), Katherine Thomas (harp), and three musicians from the Maggini Quartet: David Angel (violin), Martin Outram (viola) and Michal Kaznowski (cello).

Tickets, including wine, strawberries and cream, from Hellens: 01531 660504 or the ESO Box Office: 01386 791044.

Pantaloons on show

Critically-acclaimed outdoor theatre company The Pantaloons present their hilarious, original and fast-paced production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the National Trust's Croft Castle on Friday, July 16 and The Weir near Hereford on Thursday, August 26. For a full list of tour dates and to book tickets:

Fifty years of flowers

Hereford Floral Society celebrates its 50th anniversary this month when a birthday cake will be cut at the annual meeting on the 19th at The Richmond Club in Hereford. On August 3 a celebration luncheon will be held at Holme Lacy House Hotel, Hereford with a floral demonstration by Elizabeth Matheson. The society meets at The Richmond Club on the third Monday of every month and is keen to welcome new members.

Fun and food in Skenfrith

Skenfrith will be holding its annual Fun Day on Saturday, July 17, at the famous medieval castle, in St Bridgets Church and around the village, starting from midday until 9pm, with profits supporting the local community.

The event includes a Festival of Real Ales, classic car show, military vehicle exhibition, the Sealed Knot and falconry displays. Food and refreshments will be available all day, including pig roast, barbecues, local beer and cider, wine, tea and cakes and ice creams. There will be music and entertainment for all the family, including the Widders Morris Dancers, a pet show and the famous Duck Egg Race on the river Monnow. Entry to the Fun Day is free and tickets for the Festival of Real Aleare available in advance by calling 01600 750434 or 750255 or on the day.
Skenfrith is also the location for a new market, held in the village hall on the second Saturday of every month, from 10 am. to 1pm. Stalls will be selling cheese, pork and pork products, Dexter Beef and beef products, organic eggs and dairy products, fruit and vegetables, cider, perry and apple juice, real ale and wine, fresh pancakes, ice cream, vegetable and flower plants and hanging baskets. Entry is free for buyers. Stalls are available for sellers at 10 by pre-booking only. Contact Ann Peacock: 01600 750 434 or Jo Lee: 01600 750 255.

Abergavennys Italian flavour

The 12th Abergavenny Food Festival over the weekend of September 18 and 19 will have an Italian flavour thanks to a partnership with Divin Gusto Puglia Food & Wine Festival which takes place in Ceglie Messapica (in the province of Brindisi) in July. The very best wine, salami, cheese, pasta and olive oil will be on offer, alongside other attractions of the region.

As well as the extensive markets, Abergavenny also hosts a programme of individually ticketed masterclasses, tutored tastings and talks featuring the brightest stars of the culinary scene including Jose Pizarro, Bruno Loubet, Cyrus Todiwala, James Sommerin, Richard Davies, Val Warner, Richard Bertinet and Jekka McVicar. There will also be an opportunity to take tea and sandwiches with food writers Helen Saberi and Bee Wilson while they discuss Tea and Sandwich their new additions to the Edible series of food memoirs. Food writers Tim Hayward, Christopher Hirst and Charles Campion will be in the mix as part of a lively programme of talks and debates.

The full programme can be viewed at from mid-July.

Chepstows feast of culture

Over three weeks, from Opera Alfresco in Chepstow Castle on June 23 to the festival finale fireworks on the riverbank on July 18, the 12th biennial Chepstow Festival is a celebration of the community, artistic and sporting life of the town with 84 events staged by 40 clubs and societies organisations and businesses. In addition to the six open-air theatre productions by professional touring companies in Chepstow Castle, Chepstow's own talented actors and singers have created another half dozen theatrical and light operatic performances.

With other music ranging from Rock in the Dell, 20 Morris dance teams performing in the High Street during the Widders Weekend of Music and Dance, concerts by the Choral Society and Male Voice Choir to local bands on the bandstand on Sunday afternoons there is a feast of music to suit all tastes. Walks, talks and poetry readings (including one by Doctor Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury), films, art exhibitions and sporting competitions complete this showcase of Chepstow's creativity.

For full details of all the events visit

Antiques Roadshow date

BBC ONEs Antiques Roadshow will be filming for its 33rd series at Hampton Court Castle and Gardens, near Leominster, on Thursday, July 22 (not July 2 as stated in the June issue of Herefordshire Life).

The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm. Entry is free. Some of Britains leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand to offer free advice and valuations to visitors, who are invited to raid their attics and bring along their family heirlooms, household treasures and car boot bargains for inspection by the experts.

Courtyard nurtures young talent

Since The Courtyard opened in Hereford in 1998 one of the priorities has been to provide valuable opportunities for young people in the local community to express themselves through the arts.One of the most successful and enduring schemes has been The Courtyard Youth Theatre.
The Youth Theatre sees more than 300 students participate in weekly drama classes during the school term led by Youth Theatre Leaders David Durant and Kate Ganderton. School-aged students are taught in their academic years, learning everything from what makes a good script to stage combat. When students turn 16 they enter the Senior Youth Theatre where the focus turns to honing performance skills and preparing for drama school and university.

Productions rotate between Junior and Senior productions each year.Last year the Junior Youth Theatre showcased their skills in a wonderfully successful production of The Wizard of Oz. This summer the Senior Youth Theatre expands into two separate ventures. Between Thursday, July 29 and Saturday 31 part of the company will be staging The History Boys, Alan Bennetts modern classic, telling the story of an ambitious group of boys aiming for places at Oxbridge in the 1980s. Later in the month the other members of the company will be taking a series of sketches to the Nozstock Festival which takes place between July 9 and 11 near Bromyard.

Youth Theatre alumni are now working not just as actors but in a variety of areas from teaching to TV production.

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