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Bodenham and District Carers' Group Notice

This last eighteen months or so have been a difficult time for Carers everywhere, but we have been lucky here that, thanks to Gina, we’ve been able to meet safely at the Golf Club Tea Rooms.

However, from this month we are able to meet back at the Siward James Community Centre – assuming there are no further lockdown restrictions of course.

We’ll be meeting, therefore, on Monday, 19 July at 2pm, and new members will be most welcome.

If you are caring for, or supporting someone, even if that person doesn’t live with you, you are a Carer, so please come along and join us.

For more information please get in touch – either email majameshcl@gmail.com or give a call on 01568-797096 – leave a message if you get the answerphone and I’ll get back to you.

Margaret James.

Date posted: 01/07/2021
Contact Name: See above
Contact Tel: See above


Marden Guides and Senior Section Notice

Ditch the Sofa!

Now that the warmer weather has arrived we are enjoying meeting outdoors. Over the summer we will all be taking part in the County outdoor challenge – Ditch the Sofa! As part of the challenge members of Girlguiding Herefordshire and their families aim to walk the distance around the coast of the UK – a total of 9575km!

Sutton Rainbows - Congratulations to Verity on her Rainbows Gold Award. Thomasina on her Silver Award and Georgia and Melissa on their Bronze Awards. We wish them all good luck as they head off to Brownies! During July we have 7 new Rainbows making their Rainbows Promise and are looking forward to taking part in the ‘Ditch the sofa ‘challenge over the summer.

Marden brownies would like to wish Tawny owl congratulations on her wedding day!

Marden Guides have been flying kites and making nettle pesto for ‘Ditch the Sofa’ with many more challenges to come. We will be getting very muddy at ‘Muddy Puddles’ as an end of term treat!


Welcome to Sutton & Marden Rainbows, Brownies & Guides – the fun starts here!

For Rainbows (Age 5-7) please contact Laura at email Suttonrainbow@gmail.com.
For Brownies (Age 7-10 years) contact Trish on 01432-880859
For Guides (Age 10 – 14 years) contact Alison on 01432-880094 or email mardenguides@outlook.com.

Sutton Rainbows now has a waiting list, so if your daughter is hoping to join later this year, please register your interest on the Girlguiding website https://go.girlguiding.org.uk/join-us/join-as-member/.(You can register for Brownies or Guides, or as a volunteer on this link too.)

Guiding is fun for adults too! You could help us regularly or just occasionally if you prefer. Perhaps you have some skills that you could share with us. If you are interested, please contact Alison or Laura.

Alison Thomas – Guide Leader

Date posted: 01/07/2021
Contact Name: See above
Contact Tel: See above


Bodenham Bowling Club Notice

We continue to enjoy our game of bowls on Monday evenings in glorious sunshine.

I am pleased to say that the new people who came to our opening evening have now joined our club, some are enjoying the new experience of bowls and others who have bowled before are brushing up their skills.

To anyone thinking of trying bowling, please come along on Monday evenings at 5 o’clock and have a go! You need to wear flat soled shoes and we have plenty of sets of woods for you to try.

Let’s hope this lovely weather continues and we are able to enjoy a full season of bowling.

Jean Fryer – Secretary.

Date posted: 01/07/2021


Bodenham Gardening Club Notice

Gardening Club Bees Flowers

We are hoping to start up the Gardening Club on July 6th
with a Social Evening, as long as we are able to,
if restrictions have been lifted.

This will be at the Parish Hall at 7.00pm.

All old members and new People will be warmly welcomed.

Jacqui Price

Date posted: 01/07/2021


Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

The AGM will take place on Wednesday 14th July 2021 from 19.30 (7.30pm).

All welcome – please express interest to attend to Ann on 01568-797932 or June at j.stephens62@btinternet.com in case there are attendance restrictions due to Covid-19.

Date posted: 01/07/2021


Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice



The Bodenham Summer Fete Committee would like to announce that, despite the changes to the Government’s Covid roadmap, we are still forging ahead with plans for the 31st July. Regardless of the status of the roadmap, a one-way system will be in place through the Parish Hall to outside and round again and hand-sanitiser will be available, but obviously if changes to the roadmap continue, we may need to put further measures in place. However, we are confident that as most activities are outside, weather permitting, we can still have a great village fete! So…






You can get your tickets from:

STORM Hairdressers, Kerry Lloyd on the school run, or Debby House, BFPG.

Contact for more information: secbfpg@gmail or call on 797305

Or Buy on the day.

Tickets = 25 pence each on the day,
or buy 20 for £5, in advance, and get an extra two tickets free!

Games and activities = one or two tickets each
Fire Engine and Pony rides = 4 tickets
Other stalls and Refreshments are cash only.


Could you spare a couple of hours, on the day, to help man a stall? We need people 12-2.15 and 2-4.30 on various stalls – contact Debby as above if you can help.

Date posted: 01/07/2021


Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

Flicks in The Sticks

Plan to Present



The Parish Hall


Friday, 10 September 2021
Doors open at 7.00pm

Romantic Comedy

Starring Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, David Hayman, Dave Johns, Sam Swainsbury, Tuppence Middleton, Noel Clarke, Christian Brassington, Maggie Steed, Jade Anouka.

Director Chris Foggin.

A fast living, cynical London music executive (Daniel Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he's pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate "fish out of water" as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he's drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he's forced to reevaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

Running Time 112 minutes.

Admission: £4.00 (Pay at the door).


Some ideas for future films are: Downton Abbey, Hidden Figures, Dolittle, and On The Basis of Sex. Any suggestions are always welcome. Contact Ann or June on 01568-797932.

Date posted: 01/07/2021
Contact Name: Ann & June
Contact Tel: 01568-797932



Our New Curate writes…

Hello all, my name is Natalie, and by the time you are reading this I will – God willing – be the Curate in the Maund Group of Churches.

A curate is a member of clergy who has recently been ordained a deacon or priest and is learning what it means to be a clergyperson alongside a more experienced priest (it’s a bit like a junior doctor, who ‘learns on the job’ alongside more experienced doctors).

I will be working alongside and learning from Revd Paul Roberts, getting stuck into the worshipping and working lives of the various villages across the benefice.

I may be joined on occasion by my dog, Bertie (although I’m not sure he’s well behaved enough to join me in church services just yet!) who lives with me, my civil partner Jo, and our two rabbits Teddy and Eda.

I hail from the depths of the West Country, having grown up in a village on the Somerset/ Devon/ Dorset border and lived at home with my parents, younger brother, and a small menagerie of pets throughout my studies in my local town and then at the University of Exeter.

Clearly deciding that Somerset wasn’t far enough West for my liking, I moved to Cornwall where for two years I lived as part of a new monastic community of people all exploring our various callings and discerning our vocations. During this time, I tested my sense of calling to the priesthood, and was recommended to train for ordination.

Having said I’d never leave the South West, God surprised me by calling me to train at Cranmer Hall… all the way up in the North East, in Durham! It was there that I met Jo, who was in her final year of training herself, and was able to experience a few months of ‘normal’ college life before the pandemic changed all of our lives.

I’ve spent the past year hopping about between Durham and Hereford, where Jo has been serving as curate in the West Hereford Team, and am thrilled to now be fully present in Herefordshire.

On the 4th July, I will be ordained a deacon. ‘Deacons are ordained so that the people of God may be better equipped to make Christ known.’ says the Church of England’s Ordination of Deacons service.

‘Theirs is a life of visible self-giving. Christ is the pattern of their calling and their commission; as he washed the feet of his disciples, so they must wash the feet of others.’

In other words, deacons commit themselves to a life in which, through serving and loving others, people may see Christ. This is done in a number of ways in all areas of life, not just at church on a Sunday!

I’m excited to be joining you as your deacon – to serve, love, and work with you for the next few years – and thrilled that this is the place to which God has called me.

My prayer is that we will grow in our love for Christ and for one another as we share our gifts and learn and grow together.

Every blessing


For those who are keen to explore God’s story. We are hoping to offer confirmation classes – junior and adult – for those who wish to explore their faith towards confirmation. At this stage we are awaiting guidance as to when confirmation services can be held, but if you are interested on your own behalf, or have a child aged 10 or above who would be interested, please do register your interest with me; (rector@maundchurches.org.ukor 01568-797863).

Date posted: 01/07/2021


Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC Notice

The July Edition of the Rural Hub Newsletter is now available. To see/ download it please click on the 'more details' link below.

You can also find lots more information on the Rural Hub website at www.herefordshireruralhub.co.uk/.

Date posted: 01/07/2021
Link: Click here for more details


St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

The weekly update by Revd Paul Roberts:

Online Worship

Our short online service of Morning Prayer recorded today is below: We meet on Zoom every Friday to pray for our communities and the world. If you would like us to pray for someone or a situation, please do let me know.


Bishop Richard latest video can be seen here:


In your prayers

Please do pray for the following people and situations on Sunday and in the coming week ahead.

  • Natalie Jennings, and all those to be ordained Deacon at Hereford Cathedral next Sunday and also Natalie’s partner Jo Jennings and all those to be ordained Priest.

  • Lucy and Chris who are to be married at Sutton St Michael on Saturday.

  • those ill or housebound: Jean Archer, John Benson, Vic Burles, June and Elizabeth Gwynne, Mike Henderson, Janet Lloyd, John Mitchem, Margaret Netherway, Wayne Rock, Rev Iain Skinner, Ray Williams, Rhoda Woodcock and all those at St Michael’s Hospice.

  • the souls of Val Powell, whose ashes we interred at Amberley earlier today, and Margaret Kinsey whose funeral takes place at Marden on 30th.

  • Public worship
    Here are the services for tomorrow. July service posters are being distributed to our churches this Sunday. If you have any queries, please contact me.

    Church Services Last June

    HC – Holy Communion
    ESong – Evensong
    MP – Morning Praise

    In addition, Bodenham Church will be open for private prayer and visiting every day. Marden Church is open for library access and prayer on Wednesdays between 1.30 and 3pm.

    In Brief

  • Marden Church have received Archdeacon’s approval for flood resilience works and quotations are being sought as a matter of urgency. Ongoing prayers requested!!

  • Please be on the lookout for sidespeople’s rotas at Bodenham over the coming week. Welcome and hospitality is a key part of our Christian faith and providing a friendly face at the church door is vital.

  • There will be an opportunity to welcome Natalie parish by parish at services throughout July – the first being at Bodenham next Sunday at 6pm.

  • Statues in Churches

    There was a very interesting episode of The Long View on Radio Four this week. As a Church, we are currently reflecting the status of some of our monuments and memorials in the light of recent debates about empire, race and war. In this programme Jonathan Freedland went back to the Reformation of the 1500s to see what parallels and lessons it might offer.

    If you missed it, you can “listen again” here:


    Can you knit or crochet?

    Hereford Hospital is desperately in need of “angel baby” cribs and wraps for early pregnancy losses. If you can help or would like more information, please contact Rosie 01568 797863 / rose_roberts_arts@yahoo.co.uk

    Café at the Chapel

    Bodenham Fellowship are planning to re-open Café indoors at Chapel from 20th May 10.30-12.00. You are welcome to call in for as little or as long as you like.

    June Worship Resources

    Do keep an eye out for our Sunday Link reflections on our noticeboards.

    Sunday Reading sheets – https://www.dropbox.com/s/re2bb8ti79nr3cf/SRed_Jun21.pdf?dl=0

    Sunday Link – a series of weekly reflections linking Sunday’s reading to our everyday lives. Available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/iq79x2slyw36xr0/SL_June21.pdf?dl=0

    Living the Word – a series of daily reflections and readings for each day of the week. Available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vbx88ikt4marka3/LTW_JUN21.pdf?dl=0

    Look – Sunday activity sheets for children based on the Sunday readings. Do forward these on to children and grandchildren! Available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vhelooaetfqnruy/LOOKJun21.pdf?dl=0

    Friday Morning Prayer
    For Friday morning prayer this week, our prayers will appear on screen. Please note that this link does not change, so if you can’t find the latest email, a link from an earlier email will also got you into the service.


    By telephone:
    - dial: 0203 481 5237 (or 0203 481 5240, 0208 080 6591, 208 080 6592)
    - you will then be asked for the Meeting ID this is: 814 4275 3285#
    - ignore the instruction about your “participant ID” by pressing #
    - finally the password which is: 388438 #

    Date posted: 26/06/2021


    Bodenham Christian Fellowship Notice




    Grass Area (Indoor facilities will be available.)


    at 7.00pm


    featuring Mike & Rachel Fenton

    Mike and Rachel live in the village - illustrator and ceramic artist Rachel plays mountain
    dulcimer – Mike is a multi-instrumentalist who specialises in autoharp, for which he was the
    International Champion in 1987 and inducted in the American Autoharp Hall of Fame in 1997.

    The programme is a varied mix of traditional Anglo-Americana, folk, country, blues, 50s pops, melodic classical tunes with plenty of opportunity for audience participation.

    Mike and Rachel Fenton

    This concert is a gift from Mike and Rachel to bring us cheer,
    and is sponsored by Bodenham Christian Fellowship.


    Date posted: 04/06/2021
    Contact Name: Rebecca Burnill/ Gwenllian Bowden
    Contact Tel: 01568-797823/ 01568-797868


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    This month, Adrian, the BFPG Operations Manager, gives us information on flood barriers and where to find information/help.

    Information as of April 2021

    Now the better weather is on its way it is a good time to think about your flood protection. If you have flood barriers, check the condition of the rubber seals as these have been proven to perish/ come unstuck, and check the operation of airbrick covers. If you have sandbags, they should be stored in the dry as they deteriorate at a very fast rate if left outside for long periods because they are bio-degradable. If your property was issued with flood barriers you are responsible for their upkeep or in extreme cases their replacement.

    By taking action now you will not only identify any remedial action required, you will also have peace of mind that what you have is “fit for purpose”.

    By carrying out the above you will also minimise the workload put on the Flood Group at a time of potential flooding.

    For information on various businesses that you may find helpful please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    New BSI (British Standard Institute)

    October 1st 2019, BS 851188 replaced the previous publicly-available specification for flood protection products and systems, PAS 1188.

    So, check if any new products you are buying conform to the latest specification.

    Date posted: 02/06/2021
    Link: Click here for more details


    Travels With A Camera Notice

    'Travels with a Camera' and its predecessor have been running regularly at Bodenham Chapel in the evenings from 7.30pm to 9.15pm since 1988.

    In that time we have journeyed from beneath the sea to the summit of Everest, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and from Alaska to New Zealand (and a few places in between). Due to the lockdowns in 2020 we were only able to hold 4 meetings in 2020 which all covered Herefordshire topics. We have raised funds for a locally based charity 'Ear Aid Nepal' and numerous other charities chosen by the speakers.

    We are now considering our future programme and would welcome any feedback on a proposal to hold the meetings in the afternoons from 2 - 3.45pm or 2.30 - 4.15pm and to hold them on every other Wednesday afternoon (for example) from October to March.

    If there is sufficient interest in these suggestions, or suitable alternatives, I will draw up a programme for this Autumn. If not, perhaps it is time to discontinue these events. If anyone has any presentations that they would like to offer, or provide help at the events, please let me know. Please email any feedback to d.hill952@btinternet.com or phone Dave or Jenny Hill on 797531.

    Date posted: 02/06/2021
    Contact Name: Dave or Jenny Hill
    Contact Tel: 01568-797531
    Email Address: d.hill952@btinternet.com


    The Post Office Notice

    Hi, My name is Di and I am the manager of the Post Office van.

    We will be at Bodenham Enterprise Park every Monday 12-1pm. You can do everything you would have done in the past at your local office. We also carry a varied range of greetings cards and stationery.

    I look forward to meeting you all and serving the local community.

    Date posted: 02/06/2021


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    Here is information about tickets for the Bodenham Summer Fete to be held on 31st July 2021 at the Parish Hall.

    Summer Fete 2021 Tickets Poster

    Tickets are on sale now from Debby House (email secbfpg@gmail.com). If you buy 20 up front you’ll get 2 free! But they will also be available on the day at face value (25 pence each) if you need to top up. 🙂

    Also, we are in need of more volunteers to help man the stalls on the day for a couple of hours. If you can help, please contact Debby.

    For information about the attractions planned for the Summer Fete please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 01/06/2021
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    Summer Fete 2021 Poster (Updated)

    For information about tickets for the Fete please click on the 'more details' link below. Tickets are on sale now from Debby House (email secbfpg@gmail.com). If you buy 20 up front you’ll get 2 free! But they will also be available on the day at face value (25 pence each) if you need to top up. 🙂.

    Date posted: 01/06/2021
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    The confirmed Minutes of the BFPG Committee's Meeting on 18 May 2021 are now available. To see them please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 25/05/2021
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    A big thank-you to all those who attended the BFPG Easter Treasure Trail on Easter Monday. It was a resounding success, thanks to your support. Despite the bitter cold, the hail, snow and wind (!) we had 55 families turn out to enjoy playing detective for a couple of hours and went through approximately 90 Creme eggs!

    There were only two entries who got all 30 clues correct, who each got two of the 3 larger Easter eggs. There were 6 entries with 29 correct answers so these were all put in a draw to find the one to take home the final prize. The first 1st prize winners, the Brierly family, are pictured below being presented with the egg by Event Co-ordinator Rebecca Burnill. The other winners were the Noble and Lewis families.

    BFPG Easter Treasure Trail 2021 Winners

    However, all who entered did fantastically well, there were no scores under 25, so congratulations to everyone! Maybe we need to make it harder next year 🙂.

    We had a raffle, with two prizes of mixed punnets of berries generously donated by S & A Fruit Farms and a lovely tote bag kindly donated by Mrs Barbara Gibson. We also had nearly £100 in cash donations from various residents. So, a big thank you to everyone for the prizes/ donations. The Committee would also like to give a vote of thanks to other members of the Group who helped out on the day: Kay Clarke, Barry Carter, Sue Pearman, Nan Murdoch, David Harris, Glyn and Louise Jones. Stars, all of you! Thanks are also due to Councillor Susan Maxwell, who devised the clues with Reg the dog! Winners of the berries were the Harris family and the Arrowsmith family and the winner of the tote bag was ‘Gaynor’.

    After expenses, the event made a total of £365 which will go a long way to helping the Group in its efforts to protect the village during flood events.

    We hope to do further community events as lockdown restrictions allow so keep an eye out here, in the Newsletter, on Next Door and on Bodenham Watch Facebook as well as on notice boards. We will advertise anywhere! Meanwhile, if we have inspired you to want to join us in our flood protection work, please contact the Secretary, Debby House for more details - secbfpg@gmail.com
    or 01568-797305. You can see a few more photos from the day by clicking on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 09/04/2021
    Link: Click here for more details


    Post Office Limited Notice

    The Post Office have issued a Press Release announcing Rowland Hunt’s retirement after 50 years at Bodenham Post Office.

    The Branch will close on Tuesday 20 April at 5.30pm and the Post Office say that they are currently investigating the options available which will enable them to reinstate a Post Office service to the local community. Meanwhile, they provide details of the nearest other Post Offices at Burley Gate and Marden.

    To see the Press Release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 06/04/2021
    Link: Click here for more details


    Post Office Limited Notice

    You can see the Post Office’s letter about the temporary closure of Bodenham Post Office later this month here.

    To see the Post Office's responses to some of the questions it is frequently asked please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 03/04/2021
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    And the Weather in Wales… Ever wonder why it is that Herefordshire (and therefore Bodenham) seems to be prone to varying degrees of floods when rainfall is particularly bad? For this month's Bulletin, the BFPG thought it might be useful to do a piece on why this is and what, if anything, we as individuals, can do about it.

    Everyone knows about climate change and how human activities such as building, development, farming and industry can create changes to the lie of the land and bio-diversity. Although these do play their part in our changing environment, we also have to look at the simple topography of the area and the regional climates that can affect things further afield.

    Herefordshire has significant areas of relatively low-lying land which obviously make it particularly suitable for agriculture. Bordered by the Black Mountains to the southwest and the Malvern Hills to the east and with other upland areas within the county itself, such as the Woolhope Dome and Dinmore Hill, it sits neatly in a topographical 'bowl'.

    BFPG Map Wye and LuggThere are two main rivers in Herefordshire, the Wye and the Lugg, with the Arrow another notable river. All 3 rivers actually rise in Wales. The Wye runs from Plynlimon in mid-Wales to the Severn estuary and on its way, it runs from the west to southeast through the city of Hereford. The Lugg rises near Llangynllo in central Powys, Wales, about 5 miles west of Knighton. It flows through the border town of Presteigne and then to Leominster where it meets a tributary of the Arrow. The Lugg also meets with the Wye at Mordiford. Given that Wales is a mainly mountainous country with much of the land being over 150 metres, if we add this to the topography of Herefordshire, it soon becomes a little clearer why bad weather in Wales is often a precursor for potential flooding in Herefordshire!

    So, what can be done at a local level? The BFPG does what it can by clearing brooks and maintaining a programme of working parties around areas in the village known to become an issue in times of heavy rain. However, as residents we can also play a part by taking simple preventative measures. Some suggestions are: keeping any kerbsides and road drains outside your property clear of leaves and debris, not dumping garden waste in the brooks, notifying the BFPG of choke areas in the brooks, having a store of sandbags if you feel you need them.

    Similarly, the village's drains and sewerage systems are old and creaking and often overwhelmed, so not adding to the issue by putting wipes etc down toilets is a small way to try and help alleviate the overloading, (not only do sewage blockages cause pollution, they also cause surface water flooding), something none of us want! You can find other useful information and links to websites to access for monitoring rainfall etc at the following link:


    Bottom line, like Canute, we cannot stop the water, however every little helps in preventing a repeat of 2007. So, the motto is, be prepared, especially when the forecast for Wales is heavy rain!

    Date posted: 03/04/2021


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    The BFPG's updated Constitution is now available. To see it please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 01/04/2021
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    The continuity of the Flood Group is critical in helping residents to protect their properties. A newly formed Committee of seven residents has made a flying start to the New Year. Key has been the recruitment of new members, and nine residents have joined! Strengthening the working party teams will give opportunity to expand our efforts in 2021 over a broader series of watercourses.

    In January, members ‘walked the village’ looking for ‘hot spots’ to start making up a schedule of working parties. Normally, these working parties have been held in April to September, but it was felt that an early vigil would help to keep problems to a minimum. Three areas were noted for the Group’s more immediate attention: The corner of Ketch Lane and Millcroft; the culvert under Millcroft; and the brook that runs parallel to Smeadles Lane.

    It was soon recognised that not all of them could be done by the Flood Group. A bank which had collapsed into the ditch at the corner of Ketch Lane has since been dug out by the landowner, so grateful thanks are due to them for moving so swiftly. A mound of debris at the Millcroft Road culvert was identified as an opportunity for the new Group members to get stuck in, as well as an island of debris in the brook running alongside Smeadles. A resident beat the Group to it (!) and kindly cleared the culvert at Millcroft, just leaving the Group to clear the debris off the land. Thanks to that resident for the hard work.

    Please note though, that any work a resident wants to do to clear culverts or drains is done so at their own risk, and should still be reported to the Flood Group so that we can monitor the hot spots throughout the year.

    Obviously, since the recent rains and flooding, Millcroft has been under water again and, through a member monitoring the area, we have been able to keep residents updated on the situation. In addition, a steady stream of work has continued, to try and keep the culverts and drains as clear as possible (sometimes a continuous job!). Drains along Millcroft in particular are prone to blocking with cuttings from hedge trimming and debris flowing on flood water. Whilst we can make every effort to clear these drains, they do block regularly and quickly. So, if you see any on your travels that can be cleared safely, please feel free to do so!

    We should also mention that the Lengthsman, landowners, and other good neighbours have been busy digging channels and cutting back growth to clear areas for potential flood water to have a clear path through the village, as well as clearing footpaths, so a big thank you to all of those involved.

    As we start to increase our membership, we will introduce a tier system of volunteers, hopefully on a rota system to spread the workload. The Tier 1 list will be made up of those able to tackle the heavier work. These members will also make up the Emergency Response Team, who with the Area Reps, will aim to help vulnerable residents at times of need. There will also be a Tier 2 team: no less important, these members will not just cover less arduous clearing work, but will also be key to helping with general organisation on the day.

    The Committee has ambitions to increase communications to reach a wider audience. Apart from emails to members, and posting of Minutes on the Parish Website, we are looking to set up our own Facebook page, to keep residents updated quickly, and we will also be updating on nextdoor. So, watch this space!

    BFPG Committee

    BFPG Members Cartoon

    Date posted: 01/02/2021


    Bodenham Christian Fellowship Notice

  • We are really looking forward to seeing everyone together again but you must not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, or have knowingly been in contact with anyone with those symptoms. Our main priorities are to give glory to God in our worship, but also to ensure that we take all nationally advised precautions to prevent any spread of the virus.

  • Please only attend if you are happy to mix (socially distanced) with other people outside your family group. We are very conscious that some people will still be shielding, others may be in isolation, and others would prefer to stay in the safety of their own home.

  • There will be a one way system in operation through the Chapel. Please enter through the ‘old porch’ to the left and exit through the lounge & ‘new porch’ (except for wheelchair users when a steward will give access through the lounge area). Prior to the start of each service a steward will be on duty outside the Chapel to direct people as appropriate, and to prevent any ‘bunching’.

  • Please note that in line with the government request a list of those attending will be made as part of the track and trace scheme. Upon arrival a steward will confirm your name and contact details and ask if you have had any Covid-19 symptoms or been in contact with anyone who has had symptoms. These records will be taken and used only in accordance with data protection legislation and will be destroyed after 21 days.

  • We ask that everyone outside your ‘family’ group keeps a 2 metre distance wherever possible.

  • Please use the hand sanitizer provided upon entering the Chapel, and both before and after using any facilities, and upon exiting. You may wish to bring and use your own personal sanitizer if you prefer.

  • If you feel happier wearing a face mask then please do so. You may bring your own or request a disposable mask from the steward. If you wish to dispose of these before leaving please use the bin provided, which will be bagged and disposed of after 72 hours.

  • Please only use the seats that are marked with your name, or if you are a visitor one of the unmarked seats as guided by the steward. It would help if regular attendees used the same seats each week. Seats that are not to be used for social distancing purposes will either be removed or have an ‘X’ marked on the seat.

  • Due to the 2 metre rule only a limited number of people will be allowed in the Chapel. The spacing should easily be sufficient for normal numbers attending.

  • To avoid the use of the kitchen for drinking water during the services, a supply of bottled water will be available on the counter for you to use. Please either take the bottle with you when you leave or, if empty dispose of it in the bin provided outside.

  • No hugs or handshakes.

  • Singing: Sadly, at present we will be unable to sing openly during the service, so while we may hear music we can only sing along in our heads. Those praying may pray audibly but not loudly.

  • Communion: We expect to have our first communion in August. We will use the individual cups and wrapped bread. Each piece of bread will be prepared using gloves and wrapped in cling film. This will be available for you to collect on your way in. If you prefer you can bring your own bread or wafer.

  • Toilets: if you need to use the toilet during your time at the Chapel please use the disabled toilet. The toilets will be cleaned/disinfected by a steward after each use.

  • Whenever possible doors and windows will be kept open to allow appropriate ventilation.

  • Cleaning – before the service hard surfaces will be wiped over with a ‘Dettol’ wipe. This will include the kitchen counter, door handles, equipment safe, computer table, projector stand and keyboard.

  • For those unable to join us at the Chapel, the services will continue by Zoom using the existing codes. A link to Zoom will be available using a mobile phone in the Chapel. Internet Zoom users will be able to see each other as now, but only hear what is happening in the Chapel. If you are using the Zoom link please remember that those in the Chapel may be able to hear you, so please place yourself on mute or do not make unnecessary noise.

  • Please don’t be put off by the above. We are sure we will all soon get used to being together again. Please ask if you are unsure about anything.

    PLEASE NOTE: if anyone who attends the service catches the virus everyone who attended the service will be expected to self isolate for 14 days.

    Date posted: 21/01/2021


    The Marches Surgery Notice

    We're all excited that the Covid-19 vaccine is coming, but Marches Surgery have an important request:

    The Marches Surgery is urging patients NOT to call the practice with COVID-19 vaccination queries.

    Our telephone lines are currently being tied up with these calls.

    Invitations will be sent to patients as more vaccine arrives. Please await your letter/ text message/ telephone call.

    Please be patient, you will be contacted when it's your turn.

    Vaccine - Wait to be Called

    Date posted: 11/01/2021



    COVID 19 LOCKDOWN 2021

    Due to the latest restrictions Saffrons Garage will be offering a click and collect service.

    Order before 14.00pm for collection the next day between the hours of 10.30am and 14.30pm, for Monday collection order by 14.00pm Friday.

    To place an order you either email or phone:

    Email: sharon@saffronscross.co.uk
    Tel: 01568-797337

    Collections: Monday-Saturday only

    Please note: Meat is delivered in twice a week on a Monday and Thursday, so if meat is required please order in plenty of time.

    We will also be able to offer a paper delivery service for BODENHAM ONLY.

    Date posted: 07/01/2021


    Samaritans Notice

    Samaritan volunteers are available to support anyone struggling to cope, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    What to do if you're not feeling okay.

    You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels. We're here to listen, no judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what's on your mind. We'll never tell you what to do.

  • Phone free on 116 123.

  • Email jo@samaritans.org.

  • Write to:

  • Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK
    Chris, PO Box 9090
    Stirling FK8 2SA

  • Visit the local Hereford branch website at https://www.samaritans.org/branches/hereford/.

  • In May 2020 Samaritans also launched a free Self-Help app to encourage people to be kind to themselves and look after their emotional wellbeing. The app aims to provide a means of accessing support for people who may struggle to use Samaritans’ listening service, or find it difficult to express how they are feeling when talking to someone.

    Visit https://selfhelp.samaritans.org/ to try out or download the new web-based app and find out more.

    Date posted: 06/12/2020
    Contact Tel: See above
    Email Address: See above


    Siward James & Arkwright Trust Charity Notice

    Portrait of Siward James

    50 years ago, on November 20th, 1970, Siward James Close was officially established. Its founder and chief benefactor, Siward James, was a Birmingham solicitor with strong family links and a great love of Leominster and its surrounding villages. 20 bungalows were built to form a circular group within an area of lawns and hedgerows, with attractive views across the Lugg meadows to Bun Hill, and with St Michael’s church tower in the distance.

    There was room to incorporate, in 1994, 3 further units, after the sale of Arkwright Cottage Homes.

    The 1970 opening was performed by Lady Hereford, supported by local councillors and officials, and the Chair of the trustees was occupied by Thomas James-Moore, a member of Siward’s extended family. Together they have overseen contented occupancy by a total of 124 residents.

    Siward James Close has thus played a consistently important and welcome role during 50 years of change in Bodenham. It offers security, and the membership of a real community for local citizens. The Trustees meet regularly to ensure smooth running of the Close, and they have a clerk for administrative and financial matters. Personal and social concerns are handled on a daily basis by a warden, centrally situated in her flat, which is part of a centre with meeting rooms and facilities for social activities.

    More information can be found on this Website by going to ‘Charities at http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/charities.asp?oCategory=Charities and scrolling down to the Siward James entry.

    Roll on the next 50 years!

    Date posted: 06/12/2020


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Notice

    The specialist wetland creation contractors will be returning to Bodenham Lake in September. They will continue their work to create islands for ground nesting birds, wading birds and a bank for sand martins and kingfishers to nest in. Re-profile work is done in autumn, outside of the bird breeding season and, although this work was originally planned for 2019, we were forced to reschedule due to prolonged flooding.

    Machinery will be delivered to site at the end of August and removed at the end of October. We will likely have to close the whole site for a day or two to make sure that machinery can be delivered and collected safely. We will promote any closure dates as soon as possible.

    Earlier in the Summer

    Bodenham Lake is an important nature reserve and has received over £500,000 of funding in the last few years to create shallows and establish reedbeds which are important for wetland wildlife. This year, an oystercatcher chick fledged successfully for the first time at the site following the habitat creation work. The initial lockdown of the country in spring and resulting peacefulness at the reserve also ensured that this was a fantastic year for wildlife at the site.

    The partner organisations managing Bodenham Lake (Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and New Leaf Sustainable Development) kept the lake car park closed until last month to try to avoid the scenes of anti-social behaviour seen at sites across the UK as lockdown lifted. However, as soon as the site was reopened, anti-social behaviour and littering increased and birds have abandoned their nests after people have accessed the islands.

    Sophie Cowling who is managing the habitat creation projects at the site said: “Swimming and water sports are not allowed at the site with the exception of some limited activity run by Hereford Triathlon Club. The behaviour seen over the weekend will have caused so much disturbance to the wildlife at the Lake. We do want people to enjoy the site, but it is primarily a nature reserve and we need to balance protecting the site for wildlife and allowing visitors access to enjoy this wonderful reserve. Our latest work was to create islands within the Lake as breeding refuges for birds and it was heart breaking to see that people have been using these instead for recreation.

    Over 10% of our freshwater and wetland species are threatened with extinction in the UK, and we’ve lost 90% of our wetland habitats in the last 100 years. There are only a limited number of wetland sites remaining within the county for our wildlife, so it is vital that we protect those we have.”

    While Bodenham Lake is currently open to visitors daily, swimming and fishing are prohibited at the Lake. The Lake is unsafe for recreational swimming being over 10 metres deep in places, with very cold water and regular blooms of toxic blue green algae in summer months. Visitors are asked to be respectful of the wildlife and ensure dogs are under close control at all times at the Reserve.


    Date posted: 08/09/2020


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    The Parish Hall is now open for business again, but subject to strict Covid-19 guidelines. These, together with other information about hiring the Hall and about its facilities, can be found in the ‘Parish Hall’ section on the left hand side of this web page.

    Date posted: 01/09/2020
    Contact Name: Robin Knott
    Contact Tel: 01568-797835


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Notice

    Just to let you know that blue green algae is starting to bloom on the lake. This poses particular risks to dogs, which can be killed by ingesting the water.

    As you may be aware, we are closing the carpark on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings to reduce the antisocial behaviour that is occurring at the Lake particularly parties, fires, and littering. The gate will be locked at 7pm and reopened at 8am.

    We’re also hoping to work more closely with the police to reduce disturbance to wildlife, particularly birds which have been forced to abandon their nests due to people swimming out and accessing the new islands. Luckily, the Oystercatcher chick managed to successfully fledge.

    Date posted: 16/07/2020


    West Mercia Police Notice

    Open Water Safety

    West Mercia Police encourage people to stay safe when in or near open water and highlight the hazards associated with it.

    Drowning Prevention Week 12-19 June 2020. Download the RLSS UK’s free water safety resources here https://www.rlss.org.uk/drowning-prevention-week. #EnjoyWaterSafely #BeALifesaver #DPW.

    Every year, and in particular during the warmer summer months, the police receive reports of people jumping into rivers, canals, lakes, reservoirs and quarries, and getting into difficulty.

    Some people have been successfully rescued but tragically a number have lost their lives. According to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) 85 per cent of accidental drownings happen in open water, often due to a lack of understanding or awareness of the dangers at such locations.

    There is also a misconception that such tragedies usually involve people who are poor swimmers. In fact the shock of sudden cold water immersion or inhalation can cause instant death due to a condition known as vagal inhibition or 'reflex cardiac arrest'.

    This has been attributed as a cause of cold water deaths and can affect the strongest of swimmers and the fittest of people.

    However you don't have to go swimming or paddling to be at risk. The RLSS UK says that the largest proportion of drownings in the UK involve people walking or running next to open water.

    The Dangers:

    Anyone using open water or near it needs to be aware of hazards and other risk factors including:

  • Injury if jumping or diving into water which is shallower than it appears

  • Deeper water than expected, which can increase the risk of drowning if you get into difficulty

  • Cold temperatures, particularly in deeper water, which can make swimming difficult and make it harder to get out

  • Open water can be very cold even on a hot summer's day, leading to cramp and breathing difficulties

  • River banks can be unstable and liable to collapse if you get too close to the edge

  • If you are in the water the loose and slippery sides of quarries and banks can make if difficult to climb out

  • There may be hidden obstacles or objects under the surface which could trap a person or cause injury

  • Strong currents can rapidly sweep people away and they may be present even when the surface looks calm

  • It is often difficult for the emergency services to access open water sites such as quarries and river banks off the beaten track.

  • Top Tips To Stay Safe:

    It is clear from all of the above that everyone needs to take extra care when in or near open water and to adhere to the following safety advice:

  • Take notice of warning and guidance signs - water conditions are constantly changing

  • Swim parallel with the shore, rather than away from it, and avoid drifting in currents

  • Get out of the water as soon as you start to feel cold

  • Alcohol and swimming should never be mixed

  • If walking or running keep away from the water's edge and supervise youngsters at all times

  • Don't use airbeds at open locations where they may be carried into deeper water and may not stay afloat

  • Don't swim near weirs, locks, pipes and sluices

  • Only enter water where there is adequate supervision and rescue cover

  • Wear recommended safety equipment - for example life jackets/helmets for canoeing

  • Don't jump/dive into open water unless you are sure of the depth and that there are no submerged hazards

  • Getting trained in first aid, rescue and resuscitation techniques could save a life

  • Ensure children know how to swim and that they do not enter the water alone.

  • Water Safety Links:

    Royal Life Saving Society UK
    The drowning prevention charity is the UK's leading provider of water safety and drowning prevention education. For more information about RLSS UK: Visit rlss.org.uk, follow on Twitter - @RLSSUK; visit Facebook page facebook.com/RLSSUK or call 0300-323 0096.

    Royal National Lifeboat Institution
    Funded by charitable donations the RNLI has saved at least 140,000 lives at sea since 1824 and is another good source of water safety information.

    The Royal Society For the Prevention Of Accidents
    More information on water safety can be found on the website of RoSPA, a charity dedicated to saving lives and reducing injury which was founded more than a century ago.

    Date posted: 02/06/2020



    Betty and David Tilford would like to say how much they have appreciated the noble efforts of Sharon Collin and her staff, Debbie & Eva, at Saffron’s Garage in delivering groceries, etc. during the current Covid-19 pandemic. No doubt other residents, who, like them, have been forced into complete isolation, would also like to express their thanks for this absolutely invaluable service.

    Date posted: 15/05/2020


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    Each year local clubs, societies and other organisations are asked to report on their activities over the previous 12 months. These reports are then presented to the Annual Parish Meeting held in May and subsequently included in the Minutes of that Meeting.

    This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Meeting had to be cancelled, but the following three reports have been received and you can read/ download them by clicking on the links below:

  • Bodenham Christian Fellowship: Annual Report 2019-20.

  • Bodenham Community Charity: Annual Report 2020.

  • Bodenham Flood Protection Group: Annual BFPG Report 2019-20.

  • Date posted: 13/05/2020


    Herefordshire Council Notice

    As part of the response to Covid-19, parish councils within the wider environs of Leominster have been made aware of the support offered to people in need by Leominster Food Bank and how to contact it.

    To see a short briefing note, which explains how someone gets referred and how the system works, please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    The Food bank mobile is 07715-410575 and the email address is leominsterfoodbank@gmail.com.

    You may also like to get in touch to offer support to the Food Bank.

    Date posted: 29/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details


    West Mercia Police Notice

    West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a dedicated fund to ensure support groups at the heart of the community have the resources they need during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    The fund has been established to allow Town and Parish Councils across West Mercia to apply for money to purchase essential items that will allow them to continue providing support to those that need it most.

    With communities across West Mercia staying at home and following Government guidance, the PCC is also encouraging residents to volunteer in their community.

    Community groups play a vital role in keeping spirits up and reducing the stresses of social isolation. Whilst face-to-face meetings and group gatherings are no longer possible there are still ways to ensure our most vulnerable neighbours are cared for.

    The Commissioner said: "COVID-19 is a concern for us all across West Mercia and during these uncertain times we must work together to ease the situation. Keeping everyone connected is crucial in ensuring that the most vulnerable are not alone. I have seen communities come together throughout West Mercia to provide services such as collecting medication, essential shopping and offering phone and video calls.

    “This new fund will give volunteer groups the opportunity to fund essential items such as face masks, gloves and ID badges, enabling them to continue the vital work they are doing in our communities. As Commissioner I would encourage you all listen to guidelines issued by the Government, look out for each other and register for volunteer schemes in your area.”

    For more information about the fund and how to apply visit: https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/about-your-pcc/pcc-grants-scheme/.

    More information about offering and accessing support across Herefordshire can be found here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help.:

    Date posted: 08/04/2020


    Herefordshire Community Foundation Notice

    The Herefordshire Community Foundation is accepting applications for grants from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal Fund.

    Groups in Herefordshire will be able to apply for support from this Fund to help people and communities affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Monetary grants will be available to local charities and groups, not individuals.

    Eligible organisations include, but are not limited to:

  • registered charities, including charitable incorporated organisations;
  • constituted organisations and non-registered charities;
  • community interest companies and community benefit societies (Community Foundations can use their own policy);
  • parish and town councils (if the funded activity is not deemed part of their statutory duties);
  • Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs);
  • Churches and other religious organisations (if the funded activity is not deemed to be proselytising);
  • Other voluntary community organisations or those not constituted but deemed appropriate by the Community Foundation under this Programme

  • There is more information (and the opportunity to donate) at https://www.herefordshirecf.org/.

    Date posted: 02/04/2020


    West Mercia Police Notice

    Chief Superintendent’s update on local policing response to COVID-19

    West Mercia Police officers will be providing reassurance and support to their local communities over the coming weeks after the government’s appeal for the public to limit contact with others.

    Chief Superintendent Tom Harding said today that he believes local communities will work with the police to help support the NHS in their response to the COVID-19 virus.

    He said: “There is no doubt we are entering a critical phase to our policing response to COVID-19 and we are currently working to focus our resources towards our frontline response. I’m confident our communities will work with us and we will support them by educating and guiding where we can. We’re engaging with business and individuals - the majority of whom are respecting the new rules to protect themselves and their families. However, a small minority have been advised and dispersed. The advice is simple - Stay home, save lives.

    “I’m really pleased to see the majority of people are now listening to government’s request for us to limit non-essential movement as this is helping to support the work of the NHS. For the minority who think it’s still okay to ignore the warnings then we won’t shy aware from using our enforcement powers to protect our communities. We will direct, fine and arrest if necessary.

    “We will also be out speaking with the public and conducting roads policing checks which will involve randomly stopping people to make sure their journey are within the rules.

    “This global pandemic is a national emergency and I am sure we will all work together to help protect the elderly, the vulnerable and those most at risk in our communities. By following the national advice we can all help to make a difference.”

    Chief Superintendent Harding said officers themselves are practising social distancing and are working alongside the same colleagues to prevent them coming into contact with more people than is absolutely necessary.

    Our chief officers will continue to work closely with our partners both locally and nationally to ensure we all provide the service needed to keep the public safe and informed.

    Our advice to the public remains the same. We’re here in number - if you need us and we can be contacted via our website (click here) or 999 in an emergency situation.

    Stay up to date with the latest news for West Mercia Police https://www.westmercia.police.uk/.

    Date posted: 27/03/2020



    This service is now up and running, but Sharon at Saffron’s Garage has asked that you only use it if you are in one of the groups of people who must remain at home at all times. This applies to those at highest risk from Covid-19, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

    A reminder that the government movement restrictions for other people permit going out to buy essentials, but as infrequently as possible.

    Orders can be placed by phoning Sharon on 01568-797337. An online ordering system is being developed with Sharon to ease the work on her.

    For deliveries into our parishes, a local volunteer will be collecting the orders and delivering them. The volunteer will leave the goods where agreed, with appropriate social-distancing and hygiene measures used.

    Please note this is a volunteer service so no payment or tip is involved. If you wish to recognise the voluntary effort then please make a donation to a local charity, as so many will be losing many sources of fundraising at this time.

    Date posted: 26/03/2020


    West Mercia Police Notice

    Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said: "Today, in the light of further developments at both a national and local level, and taking full account of the announcement yesterday evening by the Prime Minister, I wanted to reassure the communities of West Mercia that we will continue to work hard to keep you safe and support you through the coming weeks.

    "We are working with our partners across local authorities, emergency services, health and local charities to ensure we provide, not only an effective policing service, but a range of other services and support mechanisms for our communities, particularly for the vulnerable and those most in need.

    "This is a national emergency and we have now taken the decision, along with our partners, to declare this as a major incident across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford.

    "Like everyone, we as an organisation, are also feeling the impact of the COVID-19 virus. However, please be assured that we are taking effective steps to mitigate this impact to ensure essential activities and services are maintained.

    "Following the Prime Minister's announcement we are working with Government and policing colleagues at a national level to fully understand and see how best these new measures will be enforced should this be required. But I want to reassure our communities that any action will be carried out in a professional and proportionate manner.

    "I understand that this might temporarily alter our relationship with the public and our communities, and therefore I implore each and every one of you to adhere to the instructions given by Government as it would be preferable not to have to take any enforcement action. However should it be required, we will take the necessary action as we must always make the safety of the vulnerable our priority. Please work with us, our partners, your neighbours and wider communities to overcome the challenges we all face during the next few weeks with patience, compassion and understanding.

    "We are here 24/7 and will respond to you as and when you need us but we have today moved to a more critical level of policing in our force and some functions will have to reduce in order for us to reprioritise our emergency response. We understand that these new restrictions will also place added pressure and strain on families and individuals but there is support for you. If you feel threatened or in danger, or you need the police for any reason we are on the end of the phone. We do want to ensure we are keeping our emergency 999 number and our emergency responders free and available for those in need, so if you need to report non-urgent crime or information, please use our website and report online.

    "Thank you to all our communities for your patience, understanding and the wonderful neighbourhood spirit that we are seeing demonstrated across West Mercia. Keep looking after each other and together we will be successful through this difficult time."

    Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion adds: "We all have our part to play in easing this situation and reducing the burden on the police. I have confidence that West Mercia Police will do what is necessary, but change in behaviour is what will get us through. People will start to see more uniformed officers out on the streets playing a key role in keeping communities safe. I urge people to heed the advice given by the Government and police to reduce the pressure on the emergency services where possible.

    "I am reassured by the steps being taken by the force during these uncertain times, and will continue to work closely with them and ensure they have the resources they need to support our community as we beat this virus together."

    Date posted: 25/03/2020


    West Mercia Police Notice

    From 30th March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by six months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    For information about what to do if your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT due date is up to and including 29 March 2020 visit the link below:

    You must NOT take your vehicle for its MOT if you, or someone you live with, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you’re extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

    The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • Find out what to do if you have these symptoms on the NHS website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

    Date posted: 25/03/2020


    NextDoor Notice

    More than twenty Nextdoor members have volunteered to help the over 70s stay safe and healthy at home while in isolation against Covid-19.

    They offer to arrange on-line or other shopping, collect prescriptions, collect and deliver parcels for posting and dog-walk. They are all happy to be asked to help. To see their contact details and other information please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    The volunteer and needs coordinators for each of the three local parishes are:

  • BODENHAM: Coordinators: Bodenham Watch: dedicated phone line: 01568-605065 Email: support@bodenhamwatch.org.uk

  • MARDEN: Coordinators: Mike Thomas 07835-980291 and Kate Ryan 07980-310696

  • SUTTON ST NICHOLAS: Coordinators: Stan Gyford 01432-880687, 07596-004614 Email: thegyfords@btinternet.com and Keith Lawton 01432-880817.

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    Date posted: 24/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Watch Notice

    Bodenham Watch have circulated the following information:

    “If you are elderly, a vulnerable person or self-isolating as a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and you need help, we have a team of local volunteers who are ready to assist.

    We're working closely with Rev Paul Roberts, The Marches Surgery and the Co-Co Project here in Bodenham with the support of the Parish Council.

    We can help and assist with prescription collections and deliveries, food shopping, dog walking, posting mail, putting bins out and many other things. If you are alone and just want someone to talk to, we can call you for a chat.

    If you need our help:

    You can call us on our dedicated phone line:


    We also have a website:
    which we will keep updated.

    **Please keep this leaflet in a safeplace, for future reference**

    To see/ download the leaflet please click on the ‘more details’ link below

    Date posted: 19/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Leisure Club Notice

    We are sorry to announce that the next few monthly meetings have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. We will keep all members notified of the current situation as and when we know it. Here’s wishing everyone safe and well.

    If you need any further information, please contact our Chairman, Gwen, on 01568-797868 or Programme Secretary, Katrien, on 01568-797551.

    Date posted: 18/03/2020


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    In consultation with members it has been decided to temporarily suspend the Group’s monthly meetings while Covid-19 remains a threat.

    Instead the Chairman will send out a monthly report to keep all members up-to-date with flood-related issues.

    If you have any flood related concerns, or just wish to contact us either by phone (01568-797170) or email (babsmitcheson@aol.com), please feel free to do so.

    Date posted: 18/03/2020


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    100 Club Results:

    January 2020:

    1). No.104 - Syvia Haighway
    2). No. 9 - Norma Lloyd
    3). No.56 - Mick George

    February 2020:

    1). No.36 - Ann Herbert
    2). No. 107 - Bob Clarke
    3) No. 29 - Anita Griffith

    Hiring Charges from 1 January 2020

    Main Hall£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £12.50)
    Stage Only£6.00 per hour
    Committee Room£6.00 per hour
    Store/Back Room£10.00 per evening
    Party/Dance£130.00 from 6pm - midnight. £10.00 per hour for additional hours.
    Concert/Musical Evening£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £65.00)
    Quiz Night/Bingo£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £32.00)
    Children’s Party under 14£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £30.00)
    Jumble Sale£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £48.00)
    Wedding£225.00 per day. Hourly rate applies for the previous/ following day.

    Parish Hall Management Committee

    Anyone wishing to get involved in the running of the Hall - new or old residents - can speak to any member of the Committee (listed under the ‘Committee’ link in the ‘Parish Hall’ section in the left-hand column on this page) or contact Gwen Bowden on 01568-797868.


    For the schedule of Clubs & Societies meetings at the Hall and the regular weekly activities there please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    For bookings, please contact Robin Knott at robinknott835@btinternet.com with your name, telephone number and an indication of what is required. You will be contacted as soon as possible.

    For general enquiries, please contact Gwen Bowden at gwenllian.bowden@btinternet.com.

    Date posted: 01/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    The Annual Quiz Night will be held on Friday, 27 November in Bodenham Parish Hall starting at 7.00pm. Details to follow nearer the time.

    Date posted: 29/02/2020
    Contact Name: Babs Mitcheson
    Contact Tel: 01568-797170
    Email Address: babsmitcheson@aol.com


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    The confirmed Minutes of the Parish Hall Management Committee Meeting held on 5 December 2019 are now available. To see them please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 15/02/2020
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    The confirmed Minutes of the Parish Hall Management Committee Meeting held on 25 September 2019 are now available. To see them please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 11/12/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Maund Group of Parishes Notice

    If you like singing come and join the Benefice Choir.

    2019 Benefice Choir Carol Service practices are to be held at Marden community/school hall:

  • Sunday 8th December 2.30-3.30pm
  • Saturday 14th December 10am
  • Saturday 21st December 10am

  • Carol Services:

    Sutton St Nicholas Sunday 15th December 3pm
    Preston Wynne Sunday 22nd December 11.15
    Marden Sunday 22nd December 3pm ( probably in
    the school hall)

    Amberley Christmas Eve 24th December 6.30pm

    It would be lovely to be able to come and sing, but you may not be able to make all of the practices or all of the Carol Services.

    If you fancy singing with Bodenham Choir, their practices are on Fridays and their Carol Service is on Sunday 22nd at 6pm. (Venue to be arranged)

    For more details Contact Jess Tidball 01568-797227 or Tony Smith 01432-278751.

    Date posted: 02/12/2019
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above


    West Mercia Police Notice

    As already reported in the ‘Crime Prevention Alerts’ section of this Website, West Mercia Police have seen a recent increase in fraudsters claiming to be from various police services around the country.

    In the latest scam across Herefordshire and Worcestershire there have been several successful and unsuccessful attempts to defraud people using telephone scams, including one in Bodenham. In some cases thousands of pounds have been successfully taken from elderly and vulnerable residents by criminals pretending to be police officers. West Mercia Police are asking for help from the public to warn the wider community and to pass on,
    particularly to elderly relatives or neighbours, information about these scams and to ask them not to trust anyone who asks them for their bank details.

    In a number of attempts a ‘DC Rose’ was used as an alias. The deception can also be carried out in several ways, such as:

  • A phone caller pretending to be a police officer who is investigating unidentified activity/ fraud in their bank account and that they must cooperate with the ‘investigation’.
  • The victim is then persuaded to withdraw funds and hand them over to the 'investigators', either by some remote means or in person to a courier.
  • The victim is told that, if the bank cashier queries the large withdrawal, they are to say it is for work/repairs in the home or Christmas shopping.
  • Alternatively the victim may be asked to hand over bank cards, vouchers or other valuable items. They may also be asked to transfer funds to another account, which is controlled by the fraudsters.

  • These scams can be extremely convincing and manipulative. The fraudsters may give (alleged) crime numbers, investigation details, and job titles. They will always claim that the transaction must be done in secret. The fraudsters condition their victim not to trust bank branch staff, which can make it hard for those staff to help.

    These calls are not genuine and payments should not be made. No legitimate bank/building society, police officer, or business will ever phone you to ask you to give them your card, your PIN, or your cash in the way we've described above.

    West Mercia Police Detective Sergeant Jon Cooper from the Economic Crime Unit said: "Don't trust anyone who calls you about your bank details. Always hang up and wait 10 minutes to ensure the call has disconnected before calling 101.

    “If you want to check they are legitimate, find their number via directory enquiries and call them back.

    “Use a different telephone to make sure the line is clear. If they are genuine, you should be able to get through to them. You can also check what they are saying is true with your bank.

    “The scam can be very elaborate, very convincing and cruel. If you think someone is trying to scam you, tell someone straight away. Don't be pressured. Give yourself time to stop and think.

    Please remember the police will never contact you asking for your bank card or cash. If someone does, it's a scam – provide no details and hand nothing over, hang up and report it immediately to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or 0300 123 2040."

    Most of the above has been taken from the West Mercia Police Website. To see the full report please go to https://www.westmercia.police.uk/news/west-mercia/news/2019/november/telephone-scam-operating-across-herefordshire-and-worcestershire/

    Finally, to see/ download two posters which may be useful in spreading the word to vulnerable relatives or neighbours please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 24/11/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    Every Summer the Secretary of the Bodenham Flood Protection Group (BFPG) sends out emails to everybody on the Group’s mailing list, reminding them that Winter is approaching and asking them to check their flood precautions and to confirm how many sandbags they have, whether or not the sandbags are in good repair, whether they need more, and so on. Despite this, over the past weekend (26-27 October) a number of people on the list have found themselves faced with possible flooding and have made last minute emergency requests for sandbags.

    Clearly in most cases, despite reminders, they had either not bothered to think ahead and request the sandbags they needed in good time, or they had failed to look after the sandbags they already had so that these were fit for use when the emergency arose. In one case a householder who had repeatedly confirmed that they had the 52 sandbags previously delivered to them, denied that they had any at all.

    If you do need sandbags there are plenty available to all local residents, whether you are on the BFPG mailing list or not. (If you are not on the list, but would like to be added to it, please just email the BFPG Secretary at BabsMitcheson@aol.com).

    Furthermore, rather like the NHS,
    sandbags are free at the point of delivery (although we all have to pay for them through the Parish Precept element of our Council Tax). If you want some, all you have to do is to contact your BFPG Area Representative whose details you can find under 'Committee/ Key Contacts' in the BFPG section in the left hand column of this Website, as well as in every edition of the Bodenham Newsletter. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the BFPG Secretary at BabsMitcheson@aol.com or on 01568-797170.

    Also, like the NHS, the point of delivery is not normally your house – we are a small, entirely voluntary organisation, whose members are mostly OAPs, and you will be asked to collect any sandbags yourself from one of our stocks around the Village (although we can deliver them in special cases of disability or infirmity). What we
    CANNOT do is supply you with sandbags – even for collection - when flooding is imminent or actually taking place; first, we may not have transport capable of getting through flood water, especially between Bodenham Moor and Bodenham, and, second – and most importantly - we will already be working flat out to protect the vulnerable members of the community most in need of our help.

    The lesson is therefore very simple – BE PREPARED.

    So far as sandbags are concerned:

  • Work out how many you need well in advance;
  • Request and collect them in good time;
  • Store them properly protected from water and sunlight so that they do not biodegrade;
  • Check them regularly; and
  • Immediately repair or replace any that are no longer fit for purpose. (We can provide you with empty sandbag covers and, in special cases, help with the work itself).

  • The same principles apply to other flood precautions such as flood barriers, warm and waterproof clothing, gloves, wellingtons, torches and their batteries, etc.

    You may never need them, but you just might - and then, if they are not ready, it will be too late.

    Date posted: 28/10/2019


    The Cinnamon Trust Notice

    The Parish Council have received a letter from Sally Collins. The Appeal Administrator for the Cinnamon Trust, saying that the Trust has a resident of Bodenham, who is asking for some dog walking support.

    The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity for the elderly and terminally ill and their pets. It seeks to keep owner and pet together for as long as possible with the help of a national network of volunteers who assist when day to day care poses a problem. The Trust is now requesting help both in providing support in the particular case already mentioned and in meeting its more general need for additional volunteers in the Bodenham area. For more information please click here.

    The Trust’s aim is to relieve the owners of any worry concerning the welfare of their pets both during and after their own lifetime, making it unique amongst charities. To see the Trust’s poster please click on the ‘more details’ link at the bottom of this page.

    All volunteers help in the ways that are most appropriate to them. Teams take it in turn to visit housebound owners to take the dog for a walk; volunteers foster pets as one of their family when owners face a spell in hospital; they take pets to the vet; even clean out the budgie's cage or cats’ litter trays.

    If you would like to register, or even have a quick chat about registering, just call Sally or Tressa direct on 01736-758707 or email sallycollins@cinnamon.org.uk or tressaherriott@cinnamon.org.uk

    The volunteers can gain access to our volunteer page on our website at https://cinnamon.org.uk/ or by emailing us at volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk.

    Any help you are able to give will be very gratefully accepted.

    Date posted: 20/10/2019
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    The confirmed Minutes of the Parish Hall Management Committee Meeting held on 17 July 2019 are now available. To see them please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 27/09/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    The Church Weathervane is in the shape of a Cockerel. It came from Whitecross Church in Hereford and was placed on the Church Tower in 1976. It has been a feature of St Michael and All Angels’ Church for over 40 years.

    Three months ago, after Storm Hannah, it was seen to be balancing, rather precariously, on one leg because the pivot mechanism had seized and a leg had been (rather painfully) wrenched from its body in the wind.

    The weathervane has now been removed from the tower and is in need of complete restoration or replacement. At the same time one of the finials on the tower was found to be cracked and so this, too, will have to be repaired.

    The costs of this work is not yet known, but current estimates are around £12,000. Once we can fully cost the project we will be able to apply for grants from heritage bodies which should mean we will be well on the way to restoring the tower to its former glory.

    We are very grateful to everyone who has donated to date - donations received so far exceed £2000! For those of you who still wish to donate, cheques marked on the back “Weathervane Appeal” can be dropped at the Vicarage or at Field Edge, Chapel Lane. Please note that due to changes in banking regulations, cheques must be made payable to the exact name on the church account which is ‘PCC of St Michaels Bodenham’.

    Other fundraising ideas or payment in other forms gratefully received! Contact Revd Paul Roberts on 01568-797863 or Jim Crane on 01568-797095.

    Date posted: 04/09/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Community Wheels Notice

    Community Wheels provides community Transport across North and Central Herefordshire. We provide travel for people of all ages who do not have access to a car and are unable to use public transport due to personal / mobility difficulties or its unavailability. Ring for more information on 01568-615785.

    Due to its success, we are looking for volunteer drivers. If you are over 21, have a car and some spare time, we’d love to hear from you. A few hours a week could make a huge difference to someone without transport. Our drivers volunteer their time and receive payment for the miles they drive.

    Help others – Learn new skills – Meet new people – Have fun!

    Please contact Linda for an informal chat on 01568-737940 or email linda.jones@hvoss.org.uk.

    Date posted: 04/09/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    St Michael's Church are looking for people to help welcome people at weddings and funerals. As an Assistant Verger, you would work alongside members of the church congregation who offer a friendly face to those coming to church for these important family occasions. This is a great, occasional way of meeting new people and giving something back to the community.

    No previous experience necessary, training given A small fee is available.

    If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Revd Paul Roberts on 01568-797863 or at revdpaulroberts@gmail.com

    Date posted: 02/09/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    In the Benefice Choir for
    the Maund Benefice Group Service
    at St Michaels Church of All Angels
    on St Michael’s Day,
    Sunday 29th September at 10.00am.

    Practices are on
    Friday 20th & Friday 27th September
    at Bodenham Church at 5.30pm.

    Date posted: 02/09/2019


    West Mercia Police Notice

    Please do not risk swimming in lakes or quarries or open water.

    West Mercia Police are asking those enjoying the current heat wave not to attempt to swim in lakes, quarries or any type of open water to cool off.

    Please visit a licensed pool or swimming baths that has a lifeguard on duty. The warning comes from officers in a bid to save lives.

    Water is often a lot colder than you think, quickly draining your energy. The body's first reaction when entering cold water is to take an involuntary intake of breath but instead of air, water is taken in to the lungs.

    Our area has a wide variety of lakes, quarries and waterways, all of which carry hidden dangers and with the summer holidays now upon us, this danger is only going to increase, with more and more people thinking that it's perfectly safe to swim in open water.

    Our advice to anyone considering going into the water is just not to do it. However, we know that people will still be tempted. So if you are out with friends and you do decide to swim, then don't drink alcohol, as this will inhibit your ability and perception of risk and will leave you unable to deal with the cold water shock. Stay together and look out for each other. If something does happen, call 999 immediately, do not attempt a rescue yourself.

    For further tips and advice, please visit

    Date posted: 25/07/2019


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    The confirmed Minutes of the Parish Hall Management Committee's Meeting held on 22 May 2019 are now available. To see them please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 22/07/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    The confirmed Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Hall Management Committee held on 18 July 2018 are now available. To see them please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 22/07/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    The confirmed Minutes of the Parish Hall Management Committee's Meeting on 20 March 2019 are now available. To see them please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 11/07/2019
    Link: Click here for more details



    Do you have any special memories of Bodenham Lake? Do you remember when it was a working gravel pit? The Hereford Wildlife Trust are trying to capture the unwritten history of the Lake and would love to hear from you.

    Please get in touch with Lugg Wetland Gem project volunteer Anne Cottringer at anne@cantilupe.co.uk
    or by telephone on 07985-042 357.

    Date posted: 16/02/2019


    SIL Notice

    SIL is a user-led, not for profit organisation which has been supporting people in Herefordshire since 1996.

    SIL provides the following services:

  • The Independent Living at Home Service (ILH) which works with family carers and individuals to ensure disabled and older people can live the life they choose and have control over decisions which affect them.

  • A Direct Payment Support Service for those choosing to employ their own personal assistants or care workers, which provides employment advice; bookkeeping services; payroll services; and pensions administration.

  • Training for the Workforce. SIL’s qualified trainers deliver a range of nationally recognised qualifications for both internal and external learners.

  • For further further information please click on the ‘more details’ link below to see the poster.

    If you know of any local resident who may benefit from SIL’s services, please get in touch with their offices direct. (The contact details are on the poster).

    Date posted: 04/01/2019
    Link: Click here for more details



    Bodenham Compassionate Community
    ~ Co-Co ~

    Co-Co is a group of volunteers trained by St Michael’s Hospice who will visit clients in their homes to help alleviate loneliness and reconnect them to the community.

    Anyone can be a Co-Co Volunteer. All you need is to be concerned about the people in the community around you and an hour or so to spare each week.

    We are looking for more volunteers and further training will take place in the spring.

    If you are interested please contact Karilyn or Richard on 01568-797434 or email at karilynandrichard@googlemail.com.

    Volunteers are matched to their client so it is hopefully a pleasurable and rewarding experience for both.

    Date posted: 06/12/2018
    Contact Tel: 01568-797434
    Email Address: karilynandrichard@googlemail.com



    1918-2018. One Hundred Years have passed since the end of the First World War.

    A Book of Remembrance was published, at the time, to coincide with the blessing of our War Memorial. An exact facsimile of this precious booklet has been produced to commemorate this sombre anniversary. To cover costs, it will be on sale for a suggested minimum
    price of £3. As notional profits will accrue to the Church, any extra which is donated to purchase this unique record would be most welcome.

    The booklet can be obtained from:

  • Any Church Service
  • Bodenham Post Office
  • Lilian at Old Post Office (797640)

  • The print run will be limited, so do buy early!

    Date posted: 01/11/2018


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Notice

    Frances Weeks, the Communications & Marketing Manager for Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum has written to explain the management work Herefordshire Wildlife Trust are undertaking over the winter at Queenswood.

    As part of the Trust’s ongoing management within the woodlands they will be undertaking ride widening and thinning in the woodland this winter. Similar in nature to the works carried out within North Wood last year, this year much of the work will be towards the centre of the site including areas of native woodland within the Arboretum.

    The work is being done to ensure the woodland does not all become ‘closed canopy’ where little light penetrates to the woodland floor. By creating wide rides (wide paths with graded edges), more open woodland and glades within the woodland, the woodland flora will be allowed to thrive, attracting more bees, butterflies and other invertebrates and increasing the biodiversity of the woodland as a whole.

    The scale of the works does, however, require machinery to be on site, so some paths will be temporarily closed, disrupting some routes undertaken by regular visitors. Areas can also look very ‘messy’ while trees are removed over the winter and get very muddy. The Trust hope that the work will not cause too much disruption and that visitors will understand that the more open structure being created will make the woodland a more wonderful place for both wildlife and for people!

    If you would like any more information, please contact the Trust’s Estates Senior Manager, James Hitchcock on 01432-356872 or hitchcock@herefordshirewt.co.uk

    You can also see a poster by clicking on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 26/10/2018
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: James Hitchcock
    Contact Tel: 01432-356872
    Email Address: hitchcock@herefordshirewt.co.uk


    Bodenham Women's Oral History Project Group Notice

    The village has changed significantly within living memory and the project aimed to record the daily lives of women who witnessed the changes.

    Contributors were recruited through word of mouth and social contacts. This was time consuming but developed good rapport. Thirty-one Bodenham women have shared their memories; in some cases they described aspects of their mothers’ lives.

    The material consists of sound recordings with verbatim transcripts, an index and signed clearance forms. There is also an interesting written account by Carol Kirkpatrick of her mother’s years in Bodenham.

    The whole was lodged with the Herefordshire Archive and Record Service at Rotherwas in Hereford as part of the Bodenham Village material in 2015 and should be available to the public around November 2018. Sue Warren currently holds the copyright.

    Thanks to everyone in Bodenham who has had any input whatsoever towards this project, including assistance from The Bodenham Community Fund. Many hours and much thought and energy have gone into producing the material; hopefully it will add to the picture of Bodenham life and people for future researchers.

    Comments on the process

    From Mary Prosser
    I grew up here knowing many of the interviewees so nothing really surprised me. Because we lived in the ‘old village’ I thought we were one of the poorer families in Bodenham; I was amazed to learn that everyone was in the same position, dealing with the same problems and living the same life.

    Everyone seemed to recall their past lives with pleasure and happy memories, remarking that today’s society was not very pleasant for the youngsters to grow up in. None regretted the hardship and hard work they had to endure during the war and through difficult times. I think the laughter touched me most of all.

    From Sue Warren
    I came to Bodenham in 1973 and found such memories as killing the pig at home completely new and intriguing. Village life for children within living memory was fascinating, telling tales of mischief and imagination.

    Group Members
    Margaret Andrews, the late Carolyn Clarke, Carol Kirkpatrick, Eva Lloyd, Pam James-Moore, Jo Morgan, Mary Prosser and Sue Warren (Project Leader) with assistance from Sally Jones.

    Sue Warren
    October 2018

    Date posted: 18/10/2018


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    Following over 50 years’ association with the Parish Hall, Ida Knott is standing down as Booking Secretary.

    The Management Committee are therefore looking for a replacement.

    If anyone is interested in getting involved with the running of the Hall and taking on this role, please contact Robin on 01568-797835.

    Date posted: 17/10/2018


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice

    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust have issued the following press release:

    Osprey nesting platform installed to attract rare species to Bodenham Lake

    An osprey nesting platform has been erected at Bodenham Lake nature reserve in the hope that osprey, whose migratory path passes over the lake, will stay to nest and breed at the site.

    The platform has been stalled as part of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Lugg Wetland Gem project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund which is improving the wildlife habitat at the nature reserve with the help of volunteers from the local community.

    In the wild, osprey prefer tall trees which have been damaged and have broken tops caused by storms, heavy snow, or lightning strikes which provide a secure base for their nests but these are increasingly rare in the modern landscape.

    The nesting platform is forged from steel and was forged by Downey Engineering, The platform sits on top of a 30 foot pole which gives osprey a clear view of their hunting territory and any potential predators who may threaten the nest generously funded by Herefordshire Wildlife Rescue, Herefordshire Ornithological Club and the National Gardens Scheme,

    Bodenham Lake staff and volunteers were joined by a fantastic team from Western Power Distribution who volunteered their time and equipment for the day, installing the tower with ease and even making tea for the assembled onlookers! Volunteers arrived earlier to assemble a collection of twiggy sticks and moss to form a simple nest to attract the eye of any passing osprey. One volunteer commented: “It was a brilliant day! The volunteers breathed a sigh of relief when Western Power Distribution guys turned up – we’d never have managed without their expertise!”

    Western Power Distribution Team Manager Gary Lambert said: “We were happy to help and hope the osprey take advantage of their new nesting platform.”

    Sophie Cowling who is managing the Lugg Wetland Gem project said: “It is so exciting to have this installed at the lake – it looks ideal so thanks so much to everyone who helped to make it happen! We think the placement of the platform will be perfect for osprey and later this year we will be securing a perch and live stream camera so that we can watch and see if we get Osprey visiting or nesting! The platform is in the wildlife refuge area where there is restricted access so any osprey are not disturbed but there will be great views from the bird hides.

    “More work will be taking place at the reserve this autumn when we are reprofiling the lake to create shallower banks and establishing 7500m2 of reed bed. This type of habitat is becoming increasingly rare but is fantastic for all sorts of wildlife species – including fish so there will plenty of meals available for any osprey!

    Osprey were heavily persecuted in Victorian times by egg collectors and became extinct in the UK in the 20th century. They returned to breed in Scotland in 1954, and in 2001 Osprey fledged in England for the first time in 160 years. In 2004 two pairs of Osprey colonised sites in Wales for the first time.

    An ideal osprey nest site requires an area with a variety of good fishing habitats and available fish species. Rivers, large streams, lakes, lochs, large ponds, gravel pits, estuaries and shallow coastline all provide opportunities for ospreys to fish and a mixture of these habitats is most advantageous. The combination of the proximity of the River Lugg and the density of lakes in the area makes the floodplain of the River Lugg ideal for Osprey.

    Ospreys have been seen previously over the Lugg Valley, passing through in spring and autumn - most likely to and from the Scottish Highlands on their annual migration. Records of osprey sightings have increased in recent decades with up to nearly 30 seen in one year.

    To see photographs of the nest being installed please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 05/04/2018
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Frances Weeks
    Contact Tel: 01432-356872
    Email Address: f.weeks@herefordshirewt.co.uk


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    St Michael and All Angels Church has six bells hanging in its distinctive bell tower. The original three bells were cast in 1665, and further bells were added in 1729, 1863, and 1897. The first full-length peal (lasting three hours) was rung in 1909. All the bells were recast in 1951. The heaviest bell weighs 12cwt, which equates to nearly 610 kg. The bells in Bodenham have a reputation for being amongst the finest rings in Herefordshire.

    The primary purpose of bell ringing is effectively to be a ‘call to prayer’- the bells are an audible symbol of the church and remind the hearers that a service is about to take place. In addition to the normal Sunday service ringing, bell ringing is used to mark a range of significant occasions, including New Year, Remembrance Sunday, and weddings.

    The Bodenham ringers practise most Wednesday evenings, from 7.45 until 9pm. Ringing is a skill which takes some time and perseverance to develop; the first stage is to learn how to physically ‘handle a bell’, before learning to ring in sequence with others. When a learner has mastered the basics there are many other challenges, including quarter peals and peals, striking contests and various different ‘methods’ (patterns of ringing) to learn. Contrary to some people’s expectations, bell ringing does not require any particular musical or mathematical ability.

    In Bodenham we are always keen to welcome learners of all ages; please contact Jo Beavan (07887-681139) to express an interest or to find out more.

    Date posted: 01/04/2018
    Contact Name: Jo Beavan
    Contact Tel: 07887-681139


    Bodenham Ramblers Notice

    Fitness AND Fun

    would like to offer you the opportunity to join their walking group.

    Our walks programme operates on a 10-day cycle, alternate Sundays and Wednesdays. Winter walks average 4-5 miles with a pub lunch afterwards where possible. Summer walks are around 5-7 miles with a picnic lunch allowing every opportunity to appreciate some wonderful scenery and locations.

    Make new friends and enjoy our beautiful countryside while improving your general fitness and having a lot of fun at the same time. No rushing from A to B. Interesting walks taken at a steady relaxed pace in good company.

    All ages 18-80 are welcome. This could represent the start of a new lease of life for you, your family and friends
    Come along and join us for a trial run (unintentional pun!)
    We do NOT run I assure you.

    Should you require any further details or information on Bodenham Ramblers please contact the Secretary, Brenda Richardson on 01568-797035 or the Treasurer, Wendy Jones on 01432-272031.

    Our AGM will be held on Saturday 10th March 2018
    Bodenham Parish Hall at 7pm and anyone interested to learn more will be
    most welcome. Refreshments and nibbles available

    Date posted: 01/03/2018
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above



    Many of you in the local community will have received a letter from Pharmacy4U offering a service to dispense prescriptions sent to them on line from the Surgery and dispatch the drugs to you by post. They claim to do this with the agreement of the local practice.

    The Bodenham Surgery Pharmacy was established in 1984 and has provided a valuable service to the patients of the Practice since then. Like other facilities in the Village that have closed, if we do not all use the Bodenham Surgery Pharmacy it will not be viable. You will surely agree that Bodenham Pharmacy not only provides medicines but also plenty of friendly and useful advice.

    We have contacted the doctors at the Practice and they are certainly not in agreement with patients using Pharmacy4U and the Parish Council also supports us in this matter.


    Richard and Karilyn Collins
    Former GPs at Bodenham Surgery
    who started the Pharmacy Service

    Date posted: 03/12/2017


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    Did you know ?

    The words to the hymn “O Valiant Hearts”, which is sung throughout the country on Remembrance Day, were written by Sir John Arkwright of Hampton Court and Dr Harris composed the tune ‘The Supreme Sacrifice’. It was sung for only the second time when the Revd F. W. Worsey dedicated our War Memorial in Bodenham on 19th March 1921.

    We have a small piece of Arras Cathedral in the sanctuary of our church. Arras Cathedral was destroyed by the Germans in 1916 and Richard Crayshaw Bailey brought this piece home, to be put “in a Sanctuary of God”.

    We have a War Grave in our churchyard - that of Jimmy Stenner, who died during the Afghanistan War.

    We still have relatives of the Lewis family whose names are on the War Memorial returning to Bodenham from time to time.

    Two members of our congregation went to France and found the graves of those commemorated on our War Memorial. They took photographs and these are in a book in church.

    The memorial chair in the Lady Chapel was given by Mrs Sturges, the widow of our Vicar, the Revd Herbert Sturges, as a thanksgiving that her five sons all returned safely from active service in the 1st World War.

    Vivien Moffitt

    Date posted: 04/11/2017



    Bodenham has always been a very caring community to live in but despite this there are people who are lonely, possibly isolated by long term illness or bereavement, distant from their family and in need. Loneliness can have the same effect on life expectancy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

    This autumn we are piloting a scheme called Compassionate Communities (Co-Co for short) joining the Bodenham Surgery with St Michael’s Hospice and the Diocese of Hereford. The practice will highlight patients in need and refer them to the volunteers; the Hospice will do an 8 hour training for the volunteers in communication and listening skills; and the Diocese is involved with facilitating DRB checks and safeguarding.

    If anyone is interested and wants more information please contact Karilyn Collins on 01568-797434 or karilynandrichard@googlemail.com.

    This is a community venture open to anyone who wants to get involved.

    Date posted: 02/10/2017
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above
    Email Address: See above


    Bodenham Romania Support Group Notice

    It is with regret that we have taken the decision to wind up this Group after 28 years and we would very much like to thank everyone who has supported the Group and Bodenham’s twinned village of Enlaka in Romania.

    Over the years several people have made visits to the Village and visits have been made by people from Enlaka to Bodenham – mostly funded by a grant from The Know-How Fund. Thanks to the generosity of Bodenham residents who have supported the quizzes, Buttermarket stalls and car boot sales, it has also been possible to make financial contributions to various initiatives in Enlaka which have helped to set up small businesses and create a thriving Social Centre from a derelict bowling alley.

    Even such limited financial help as we have been able to offer from Bodenham has enabled the villagers to obtain ‘match funding’ from Caritas Foundation which has supported what we termed ‘The Social Project’. This has greatly improved the lives of the elderly population in terms of access to domiciliary support, medicines and transport to the doctor or hospital when needed. In the early days we also funded English lessons which has helped the villagers’ communication in their tourist industry.

    Special thanks go to the Bodenham Gardening Club who have enabled us to send a large quantity of seeds each year to enable villagers to grow their own food for themselves and families.

    It has been very heartening to have such committed support from Bodenham residents and on behalf of the Committee I would like to thank you all.

    If anyone is interested in seeing photos or more information about the Group’s activities over the years we would be delighted to share this with you. Please contact me, Pat Horrigan, on 797044 or Margaret on 797096. You could also see Enlaka’s website www.atid.ro/index.php/villages/enlaka .

    Date posted: 01/05/2017
    Contact Name: Pat Horrigan (Chairman)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797044


    Bodenham Community Charity Notice

    Bodenham Community Charity welcomes applications from any individuals and organisations in the Parish of Bodenham. The Trustees have a wide remit and can make grants towards a range of items, services and facilities. Applications are not means tested and are always treated in confidence.

    The Trustees of the Charity are Dr Carolyn Knight, Mr Stan Davis, Mrs Louise Layton, Mr Rowland Hunt and Mrs Susan Hack.

    For further information please contact Mrs S. Hack, Peas Green Cottage, Bodenham, Herefordshire HR1 3JU (01568-797848: e-mail sue@peasgreen.co.uk) or speak to any of the Trustees.

    Date posted: 03/06/2016


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice

    The management of iconic Herefordshire beauty spots, Queenswood and Bodenham Lake, transferred from Herefordshire Council to a partnership between local “not for profit organisations” Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and New Leaf Sustainable Development Ltd. on 15th March.

    The partnership, which has a 99 year lease from Herefordshire Council, intends to form a Community Interest Company (CIC) to oversee the running of the sites and will seek external funding for much needed investment in both sites. Plans include improved visitor facilities at Queenswood, where it also wants to initiate an environmental education programme whilst developing the current woodland management for the benefit of both people and wildlife. All of this will be done whilst retaining the essence of this high-profile site.

    Meanwhile, Bodenham Lake will continue to be managed as a nature reserve, ensuring the site retains its status as a wildlife haven. The reserve is 44.5 hectares (110 acres) in size, and contains a variety of habitats including the largest area of open water in the County, riverside meadows, veteran and newly planted community orchards, plus wet woodland. It is an important site for overwintering and breeding birds. The public hide allows you to enjoy views of the wildlife and surrounding areas. There is no prospect of housing developments or the sale of land within the sites.

    As there will be no funding from Herefordshire Council, parking charges have been introduced at Queenswood to fund the running of both sites. Charges will be £1 for an hour, £2 for 2 hours and £3 for over two hours. Visits of 20 minutes or less are free. Visitors can become Friends of Queenswood and Bodenham Lake for £40 a year, which provides free parking for one vehicle, plus discounted entry to events, and updates. There are no plans to introduce parking charges at Bodenham. The former visitor centre at Queenswood will be reopened, to sell local produce and gifts, plus providing visitor information about the sites.

    Local communities will be able to contribute to the management of both sites through site-specific management groups. It is envisaged that each group will have representatives from the community, Parish Council, user groups, e.g. Sailing Club, and representatives from New Leaf and HWT. Each site management group will have a community member on the CIC Board.

    A variety of volunteers is needed at both sites and anyone interested can get more information from Rachel Hicks, Visitor Experience Officer.
    r.hicks@queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org 01432 356872

    Date posted: 02/04/2016



    Thanks to the generous contributions of many local residents and businesses and the hard work of Margaret James, Rhian Powell and others, the Parish now has two defibrillators ready for use in an emergency.

    You can find them at:

  • Bodenham GP Surgery in Brockington Road. The defibrillator is on the outside wall to the left of the entrance
  • .

  • Bodenham School in Church Road. The defibrillator is on the outside wall of the classroom to the right of the main school entrance
  • .

    Each defibrillator box is protected by an alarm, but obviously in an emergency that should simply be ignored.

    To see what a defibrillator looks like, or to download/ print a copy of these notes please click on the link below.

    Twenty-two residents recently attended a very helpful training session. However, anyone can use a defibrillator in an emergency – no training is required. The defibrillator itself gives you step by step instructions on what to do. Also, the first action you should take is to dial 999 and so the Ambulance Service will also be there to guide you by telephone until an ambulance arrives.

    The defibrillator is for use only if there is no movement or response from the casualty and the casualty is not breathing.

    You can’t do any harm to a casualty by using the defibrillator – it will only deliver a shock if it assesses that the casualty needs one.

    The procedure is:

    1. Dial 999 for the ambulance service as soon as you realise the casualty is seriously unwell. The ambulance service will talk you through the following steps as you do them.
    2. Make sure the casualty is not lying on a wet surface.
    3. Take the defibrillator out of its carrying case and make sure the Adult/Child selection switch (top left) is in the correct position to match the casualty – i.e. an adult or child under 8 years old.
    4. Press the green button to start. Follow the voice prompts.
    5. Quickly remove clothing from chest and stomach – cut or tear if necessary. There are scissors in the accessory pack inside the carrying case.
    6. Pull the pads out of the right side of the machine by pulling tab.
    7. Tear open the pads packaging and look closely at the picture on each pad.
    8. Peel off the pads and position according to the picture – upper right and lower left chest
    9. Press the pads firmly in place. If there is a lot of chest hair which might prevent the pad from staying in place, quickly shave the hair. There is a razor in the accessory pack.
    10. Listen carefully to the voice prompts to determine if a shock is necessary.
    11. If a shock is needed make sure no-one is touching the casualty, press the orange button and stand clear.
    12. If no shock is needed the voice prompt will tell you.
    13. Listen for the voice prompts to begin CPR.
    14. Continue to follow the voice prompts until medical help arrives and they have taken over from you.

    Date posted: 25/07/2015
    Link: Click here for more details



    Many of you will remember Dr Anthea Brian who lived in Bodenham from the mid-1970s until her death in 2007. During her life here she collected an enormous amount of historical information relating to Bodenham. Whilst some of her work was published during her lifetime e.g. her book on the history of houses in the Township of Bodenham Devereux there remains much unpublished material in her archive of considerable historical interest.

    The Archive includes:

  • a draft for a second companion volume to her published book which covers Bowley, the Moor and the Maunds

  • personal accounts of life in Bodenham in the early years of the 20th century

  • records relating to St Michael’s church

  • In addition, there are numerous old maps, more than a thousand photographs, detailed indexes with information about surnames, field names, etc, copies of old wills, and so on.

    Since 2007 I have housed the Archive and dealt with incoming enquiries relating to it. I am unable to continue to do this and have been discussing with the Hereford Record Office the possibility of depositing the Archive with them as ‘The Anthea Brian Archive’.

    The Parish Council have been consulted and are broadly supportive but have asked that sufficient time is given to enable them to identify and copy material of interest with a view to posting this on their website.

    It seemed a good idea to extend this to all interested people in the village, so this note is to ask you to contact me if there is anything you would be interested in following up yourself. If enough people are interested in a particular aspect, we could arrange some informal group events. I should be delighted to hear your thoughts and suggestions about the Archive.
    Margaret Andrews (01568-797215) cepheus@btinternet.com

    Date posted: 11/02/2014


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice


    Dear Parishioners

    I think it would be fair to say the majority of people living in Bodenham value the fact we have a parish church in our midst. Although a large percentage don’t attend the church on a regular basis, many like to come and join in the worship for special Easter and Christmas services, and if you don’t come to these, you may have attended the church to celebrate a family event, such as a christening, wedding or funeral service.

    Unfortunately it is becoming ever increasingly difficult to meet the costs involved to keep the church running, something in the region of £80 per day. To assist with this financial burden it is becoming more essential to organize fund raising events.

    Do you have some time and talents you would be prepared to offer to become part of a fund raising committee? Maybe you are an “ideas” person, or you have organizational skills, or are able to offer support by way of “lending a bit of muscle” which is sometimes needed to help set events up. If you feel you could help in any way at all, please would you contact me on 01568 797 228 and give me details of your name and telephone number and I will get a meeting set up in the near future.

    You don’t need to be a church-goer to be involved with this. But if you care about having a parish church in our midst I would be very pleased to hear from you. St Michael’s has stood here for eight hundred years or so and it would be tragic to risk losing its presence within our community.

    Many thanks

    Lyn Pollard

    Date posted: 02/02/2014


    Bodenham Community Plan Steering Group Notice

    Did you know - that you can order your prescriptions at the Bodenham pharmacy by email – here’s how:

    1. Click on the link below.

    2. Complete details (medication, name, etcetera).

    3. Click on arrow next to Select a Chemist optionand use the drop down menu to select Bodenham.

    4. Click on Send / Submit.

    Date posted: 01/12/2011
    Link: Click here for more details


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