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St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

Come to a fun quiz night on Friday the 18th of May at the Parish Hall, Bodenham.

7pm start.

Teams of six (max).

Please pre-book by calling Sandra or Rich on 01568-797745.

£6 per person to include a ploughmans supper. All proceeds to the Church.

If you can't get a team of six ring anyway and we will do our best to fit you in.

Date posted: 22/03/2018
Contact Name: Richard Moule
Contact Tel: 01568-797745


Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice

Listed below are events being organised at Queenswood and Bodenham Lakes in April. For the full list of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s events please go to their Website at www.herefordshirewt.org.

Wildlife Watch Club: Dawn Chorus at Bodenham Lake

Sunday 1 April
7am to 9am

Get up early and join Wildlife Watch members to hear the exciting dawn chorus at Bodenham Lake with bird expert Trevor Hulme! Wildlife Watch is Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s monthly club for young naturalists aged 7 to 14 years which meets on the first Sunday of each month at either Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum or Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve.

Venue: Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve, Bodenham, HR1 3JT

Cost: £2 per child

Booking: Book your place online at www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/wildlifewatch or call 01432-356872

Adventure Club

Tuesdays 3 & 10 April
9am-4pm or 10am-3pm

Wild spring activities including fire making and camp fire cooking, using tools, seasonal crafts, den making, wildlife spotting and team games. Suitable for children aged 7 to 14 years.

Venue: Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY.

Cost: £21 (9am-4pm session), £15 (10am-3pm session)

Booking: Book your place online at http://www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org

Get Crafty

Wednesdays 4 & 11 April

Drop in WildPlay session for families and children aged 2 to 12 years at Queenswood during the Easter holidays and make seasonal crafts using natural materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Venue: Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY. Meet in the picnic area behind the Visitor Centre.

Cost: £2 per child, children under 2 years free.

Booking: Not required

Lake Play at Bodenham Lake

Thursday 12 April

Learn about the creatures that live above and below the water at Bodenham Lake and take part in lake inspired crafts, water play and games. Suitable for children aged 3 to 13 years, all children to be accompanied by an adult. Bring a picnic and relax by the lake!

Venue: Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve, Bodenham, HR1 3JT
Cost: This event is free but please book in advance.

Booking: Book your place online at http://www.herefordshirewt.org or call 01432-356872

This event is part of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Lugg Wetland Gem Project which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Nature Tots

Tuesday 17 April

This group for children and families meets every Tuesday during term time, running outdoor, child led play and adventures for under 5’s.

Venue: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, nr Leominster, HR1 3JT. Meet outside the Visitor Centre.

Cost: £4 per child. Non-walkers free. Normal Car Parking charges apply.

Booking: Book your place online at http://www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/events/2018/01/16/nature-tots?instance=0

Nature Tots

Tuesday 24 April

This group for children and families meets every Tuesday during term time, running outdoor, child led play and adventures for under 5’s.

Venue: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, nr Leominster, HR1 3JT. Meet outside the Visitor Centre.

Cost: £4 per child. Non-walkers free. Normal Car Parking charges apply.

Booking: Book your place online at http://www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/events/2018/01/16/nature-tots?instance=0

Spring Herb Walk round Queenswood with Rowan McOnegal

Saturday 28 April
10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm

Medical herbalist Rowan McOnegal will lead a two hour ramble in the morning and afternoon through Queenswood identifying herbs and discussing their medicinal uses. Suitable for over 18s.

Venue: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, nr. Leominster, HR6 0PY. Meet at the Queenswood Visitor’s Centre and Gift Shop. Usual parking charges apply.

Cost: £7 per person. Meet at the Visitor’s Centre.

Booking: For booking and more information contact Rowan McOnegal at rowanmconegal@hotmail.com or on 07816-858664.

Date posted: 04/03/2018


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


Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

Reminder - please take your dog poo home - don’t leave it in our bins.

We are still looking for a new Flicks coordinator. Please contact Linda (on 01568-797473) if you
are interested.

100 Club Draw Results:

January 2018:

1). No. 119 - Sheila Schwartz
2). No. 19 - Nan Murdoch
3). No. 54 - Derek Ling

February. 2018:

1). No. 59 - Jeremy Schwartz
2). No. 61- John Price
3). No. 112 - Jennifer Easson

It’s never to late to join our 100 Club, so why not contact Rob on 01568-797091 for your chance to win!.

A Polite Notice

Please, will drivers refrain from performing tight, fast turns on the gravel area of the Parish Hall car park for obvious reasons.

We would remind you that we have CCTV cameras installed so we know who you are. Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.

On behalf of the Parish Hall Management Committee

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 email laurajones10@hotmail.com.


  • Main Hall £9.50 (Minimum Charge £12.00)

  • Committee Room £5.00 (Minimum Charge £6.00)

  • Stage Only £5.00 (Minimum Charge £5.50)

  • Store/Back Room £8.00 (per evening)

  • Party/Dance/Disco £120.00 (£100 deposit)

  • Concerts/Musical Evenings £60.00

  • Quiz Nights £30.00

  • Bingo £30.00

  • Children’s Party (Under 14 years old) £25.00

  • Jumble Sale £45.00

  • Weddings Afternoon Only (Clear by 6.00 p.m.) £150.00, All Day £200.00, Previous day at hourly rate


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

    TO BOOK THE HALL RING IDA – 01568-797333

    Date posted: 01/03/2018
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Bowling Club Notice

    I am sure that many of you will, like me, have enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics. Frequently mention was made of looking to find the chance to try a new sporting activity. Here in our Village you can have such an opportunity; so why not consider coming along to try the game of BOWLS?

    Registration for the coming outdoor season is on MONDAY 19th March at 7.00pm at the centre at Siward James.

    Our opening of the green is to be at 2.00pm on Saturday April 21st and we will follow this with a bring and share tea. Club nights are on a Monday evening at 6.00pm and this begins on April 23rd.

    After deliberation the Committee decided to change the format for the Club’s TRIPLES competition and we feel sure that the new format will allow all members to compete as the teams will be drawn each club night.

    The first club friendly competition will take place on Saturday 28th April at 2.00pm.

    The Club has woods that can be borrowed, so as long as you have a pair of flat soled shoes why not come along and have a go?

    Any club member will be happy to chat to you and if you are new to the Village the Committee are Jean Fryer, Colin Walters, Derek Stockton, Peter Jones , Andy Maxwell and myself. We all live in the Village.

    Our Annual Hog Roast will, we hope, take place at the Parish Hall on Sunday 12th August and this is open not only to members of the club but friends, family and villagers. This has always been a happy event enjoyed by all who come. Further information will I hope be ready for the April Newsletter.

    Barbara Gibson (chair)
    797643 (call minder on line)

    Date posted: 01/03/2018


    Marden Guides and Senior Section Notice

    Marden Guides & Rangers have just celebrated the Chinese new year with a sleepover, where we ate Chinese takeaway, and completed our ‘plastic in the oceans’ project by watching Finding Nemo.

    You may have noticed that Senior Section has now become Rangers. Girlguiding are currently developing a new-look group for girls aged 14 – 18 years, with a new programme and a wide range of opportunities. The new name is the first stage, and was chosen by a survey of girls and leaders. It is an old name for an exciting new group!

    New members are always welcome in Brownies, Guides and Rangers. Why not come along to a meeting to find out more about us?

    For Brownies (Age 7-10 years) contact Trish on 01432-880859.

    For Guides (Age 10 – 14 years) and Rangers (Age 14-18 years ) contact Alison on 01432-880094 or email mardenguides@outlook.com.

    Guiding is fun for adults too! We would love to open a Rainbow unit for 5 -7 year olds in Marden or Sutton, but we need some new volunteers to be able to do it. If you would be interested to help, please contact Alison. You would be given plenty of support and training to become a leader, or helper, and have a lot of fun!

    If your daughter would be interested in joining the waiting list for Rainbows, please contact Alison.

    Alison Thomas
    Guide Leader

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


    Bodenham Leisure Club Notice

    Bodenham Leisure Club had an enjoyable meeting with our Community Police Officer Steph Annette who helped us with some aspects of home, personal and network safety. We send her a big thank you for her cheerful and easy way of explaining things, a great credit to our Police Service.

    Both Meetings this month will be in the Parish Hall at 2.30pm after which refreshment and raffle will take place; don’t forget to support our sales table!!

    12th March Sara Adly, Basket maker, will be demonstrating her craft and will have some items for sale.

    26th March our first Bingo Session will take place, always a fun way to spend an afternoon.

    Visitors are warmly invited to any of these meetings. Feel free to come along and enjoy the company.

    Nan Murdoch
    Programme Secretary.
    01568 797595

    Date posted: 01/03/2018
    Contact Name: Nan Murdoch (Programme Secretary)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797595
    Email Address: bobmurdoch234@outlook.com


    Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC Notice

    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: 27/02/2018
    Link: Click here for more details


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    St Michael’s Church Fundraising Group


    Saturday 28th April 2018
    Doors 7pm, show starts 7.30pm

    Bodenham Parish Hall, Bodenham, Hereford HR1 3JX

    Tickets: £7.50 including a glass of wine and nibbles
    Tickets to be purchased in advance from:

    Margaret01568-797129BodenhamPost Office

    Charity raffle: FABULOUS prizes to be won at the show!

    For tickets and more information please contact:


    *Brands subject to availability

    PAYMENT BY CASH, CHEQUES & CARDS (subject to a mobile signal)

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

    Date posted: 21/02/2018
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Lyn Pollard
    Contact Tel: 01568-797228
    Email Address: lyn.pollard50@btinternet.com


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    On Saturday, 14th April there will be a Public Meeting about proposals for the new Playground, at which two playground suppliers (Eibe and Kompan) will be presenting their detailed designs.

    This is your best chance to influence the design of the new Playground, so please come along and give us YOUR views.

    The Meeting will be held at the Siward James Centre from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

    Date posted: 19/02/2018


    Bodenham Women's Group Notice

    For Women from Bodenham and Surrounding Areas

    MARCH 2018

    Monday 19th March, 7.30pm
    The Women’s Group AGM will be held in the Chapel.

    If there are any ladies in the village who are not currently members and would like to join us, please come along, you will be very welcome. Tea, coffee, biscuits and cake will be provided.

    We will be arranging and discussing our events for the next twelve months so if there are any members who have a specific outing they would like to organise, please bring the details with you, and any leaflets/ thoughts for any possible venues we could visit as a group.

    Annual subs will be payable on the evening following a review during the evening, although it will still be a very minor amount. For any further information please contact Anita Griffiths 01568 797929.

    If any lady or group would like to organise an event for the 2016/17 calendar, please contact Lyn on 01568 797228 for the details to be included in the monthly newsletter and on the parish website.

    For membership details phone our Treasurer, Anita Griffiths 01568 797929 or any of the contacts below. Subscriptions are paid annually

    Roz Reader 01568 797426
    Kath Tremain 01568 797751
    Lyn Pollard 01568 797228

    Date posted: 16/02/2018
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above


    Bodenham Carers' Group Notice

    The Bodenham Carers’ Support Group meets from 2 – 3.30pm on the third Monday of each month at Siward James Community Centre, Bodenham Herefordshire, HR1 3LS.

    19 February – Marches Energy Agency – Keep Herefordshire Warm
    19 March – Wiltshire Farm Foods – Open meeting to anyone in the Village
    16 April – Alzheimer’s Society – Dementia Friends/Life Books

    Are You a Carer?
    A Carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member, partner, child, friend or neighbour who may be ill, frail, elderly, have a disability or long-term health issue or mental health issues.

    For further details call Herefordshire Carers Support – 01432-356068
    or give Margaret a ring on 01568-797096.

    Website: www.herefordshirecarerssupport. Org
    Email: help@herefordshirecarerssupport.org

    Date posted: 05/02/2018
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above
    Email Address: See above


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    Saturday 2nd December 2017

    A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who helped in so many ways on the 2nd December 2017, and our thanks also to those who attended making the Bazaar such a success.

    Total raised: £1,634.00

    Without all your valued loyal help and assistance each year we could not achieve such a splendid amount. It truly was a team effort and our grateful thanks to you all.

    Heather Davies
    Bodenham Church Christmas Bazaar Organiser

    Date posted: 05/02/2018


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    There is no doubt that music is one of God’s greatest gifts to us; it plays such a large part in all our lives. And this is especially so in the Church. St Augustine said that he who sings prays twice, implying that music and singing intensify the effect of prayer, indeed in the same way as they intensify many of our other human activities.

    At the Parish Church we try to use music in our services in every way we can. We have a very good pipe organ built in 1892, having two manuals, pedals and a variety of stops. We have a choir who throughout the year sing a lot of interesting and worthwhile music and a congregation that enjoys great hymn singing. We are very fortunate in Bodenham, as nowadays there are only a few villages around which have their own dedicated choir. In addition, we have a much admired bell tower, with an excellent team of ringers.

    We would love to have some new recruits in our choir. Our practices and services are not demanding, and they are certainly enjoyable and rewarding, particularly at Christmas, Easter, Harvest and Remembrance.

    If anyone reading this would like to explore the possibility of joining our choir I would love to hear from you – do please telephone me – on 01432-278751. Or just come along to a choir practice on a Friday evening at 5.30 p.m. in the Church. The duties are really not demanding – we appreciate that nowadays we all have all sorts of competing activities which may often prevent us from attending as regularly as we would wish. Also, we would like to re-establish our junior choir – please get in touch with me if you have a child who might be interested in joining.

    Finally, as most people will be aware, we are currently without a Vicar at St Michaels, but we carry on according to our usual pattern of services, with the much appreciated assistance of visiting clergy. Do come and join us if you can. You are assured of a very warm welcome.

    Tony Smith, Organist and Choirmaster

    Date posted: 05/02/2018
    Contact Name: Tony Smith, Organist and Choirmaster
    Contact Tel: 01432-278751



    WSP UK Limited have written to Parishes on and close to the A417 to inform them of planned repair work to Hampton Court Bridge, over the River Lugg on the A417. An extract from their message is as follows:

    “As you may be aware this historic bridge is listed. I am working with Balfour Beatty Living Places and some essential repair work will begin next month which will mean that there will be some traffic restrictions, such as a lane closure with traffic lights, during the day to ensure that essential work can take place and for the safety of workers and bridge users. This essential stabilisation work will involve excavating the deck (tarmac of the highway) to construct beams within the bridge. These will not be visible once works are complete.

    In the longer term further work to the deteriorated parts of the parapets is required and scheduled to take place in the summer. This work will require Listed Building Consent and an application for these works will be submitted to Herefordshire Council in the next couple of weeks. In summary these works consist of removing and reinstating the south elevation parapet with salvaged stone and new matching stone material and mortar, and repairs as necessary to the north elevation parapet. The application for listed building consent will be advertised in the usual manner, and local residents and parish councils will have an opportunity to view the application’s proposals and make comments.

    This [message] is intended to notify the affected parish councils ahead of any official submission of an application for listed building consent and to notify them of potential disruption caused by necessary traffic management arrangements.”

    Date posted: 31/01/2018
    Contact Name: Dr Christopher Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice

    Listed below are events being organised at Queenswood and Bodenham Lakes, as well as two key fundraising events which promise to be enjoyable ones: a Wildlife Quiz and An Evening of Words and Music in aid of HWT’s nature reserves appeal.

    For the full list of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s events please go to their Website at www.herefordshirewt.org.

    Wildlife Watch Club: Reptiles and amphibians

    Sunday, 4 March 2018

    Explore the world of the reptiles and amphibians which live in and around Bodenham Lake, learn about their life cycles, habitats and what we can do to help protect them. Wildlife Watch is Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s monthly club for young naturalists aged 7 to 14 years.

    It meets on the first Sunday of each month at either Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum or Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve.

    Venue: Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve, Bodenham, HR1 3JT

    Cost: £2 per child.

    Booking: Book your place online at www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/wildlifewatch or call 01432-356872.

    An Introduction to Fruit Tree Pruning with Orchard Origins

    Sunday, 11 March 2018

    A practical day Introducing the basic rules and tools and applying them to trees of different ages. There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&As.

    Venue: Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve, Bodenham, HR1 3JT

    Cost: £60

    Booking: Book online at www.herefordshirewt.org or call 01432-356872.

    The Big Wildlife Quiz

    21 March 2018

    Join Herefordshire Wildlife Trust for a Wildlife Quiz Night and test your knowledge about wildlife with friends and enjoy some warming food and a glass of wine.

    Venue: Millennium Hall, Upton Bishop, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7TU.

    Cost: £9.50 per ticket, £42.50 for a table of five people. The ticket price includes food and there will be a paying bar.

    This is a fundraising evening specifically to support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves Appeal.

    Japanese Woodblock Printing Workshops

    Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March

    Two one day courses introducing the traditional art of Japanese printmaking run by Rowan McOnegal.

    Venue: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Nr. Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY.

    Cost: £65 per person. Usual parking charges apply.

    Booking: For booking and more information contact Rowan McOnegal at rowanmconegal@hotmail.com or on 07816-858664.

    An Evening of Words and Music in aid of HWT’s nature reserves appeal

    Friday 30 March

    An Evening of words and music, in association with the Wild Hare Club, featuring author and broadcaster Rob Penn (The man who made things out of trees) and prize winning poet and author Miriam Darlington (Otter Country: in search of the Wild Otter) followed with live music by Herefordshire’s popular world - folk band Slippery Slope.

    Doors will open at 7.30pm with the first half of the evening starting at 8.00pm. There will be a paying bar throughout the evening.

    Venue: Tomkins Theatre, 148 Whitecross Road, Hereford HR4 0DH.

    Cost: £12.50.

    Book your ticket online at www.herefordshirewt.org or call 01432-356872. Further details about the event will be available on the Trust's website shortly.

    Composting and food waste workshop (part of Living Well project)

    Saturday, 24 March 2018
    10.00am-12.00pm & 1.00pm-3.00pm

    Learn all about composting and food waste with Master Composter, Sarah Blenkinsop. This fun and hands on session will be an eye opener on how to save food and make great compost for growing more food.

    Venue: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Nr. Leominster, HR6 0PY.

    Cost: For those who can afford it there will be a small charge and normal car parking charges apply.

    Booking: Contact Tim Kaye by phone 01981-550043 / 07980-863577 or email tim@clan-cic.org for further information and to book a place.

    This event is suitable for all ages.

    This is a New Leaf event being run at Queenswood. Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake are managed by a partnership of two local organisations: Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf, working closely with local communities.

    Visit the Queenswood and Bodenham Lake website www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org.

    Date posted: 31/01/2018


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    A very big thank you to everybody who supported the Bodenham Flood Protection Group’s annual Coffee Morning on Saturday, 13 January in the Siward James Centre. Despite the rather dismal weather the amount raised was £382, which was a wonderful achievement so soon after Christmas and on such a cold day.

    Particular thanks are owed to Mrs Liz Davies for again organising the event and also to all the members of her team, Mrs Jenny Nicolson and Mrs Ann Hartfield on the Cake Stall, Mrs Gwen Bowden on the Raffle, Mrs Thelma Butcher and Mr John Rice on the Tombola and Ms Kathy Tremain and Mrs Babs Mitcheson in the kitchen serving the refreshments.

    Thank you all again!

    Date posted: 23/01/2018


    Herefordshire Home Point Notice

    Herefordshire Home Point are advertising two 3 bedroom homes to rent on England's Field in Bodenham Moor. For further information please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 11/01/2018
    Link: Click here for more details


    Herefordshire Archives and Record Centre (HARC) Notice

    To see HARC's Spring Newsletter and Guide to Courses and Exhibitions from January to June 2018 please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 09/01/2018
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Tel: 01432-260750
    Email Address: email archives@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Travels With A Camera Notice

    The Winter 2018 Programme is now available. To see and/or download it please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 05/12/2017
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dave or Jenny Hill
    Contact Tel: 01568-797531


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    Flicks in The Sticks


    12 JANUARY 2018



    Starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford

    Director Niki Caro.

    The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

    12A - Running Time 121 minutes

    To see the trailer please click here.

    10 FEBRUARY 2018



    Starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith

    Director Niall Johnson.

    Keeping Mum stars Atkinson as an absent-minded vicar of a rural parish who is so distracted by the pressures of his job that he fails to notice his wife's (Thomas) dalliance with her brash golf instructor (Swayze), his daughter's parade of new boyfriends, and his young son's regular trouncing by the school's bullies. Enter their charming new housekeeper, Grace (Smith), the answer to the family's prayers: a sweet, grey-haired old lady with her own distinctive definition of cleaning house. One by one, the family members find that Grace is able to solve their problems…

    15 - Running Time 103 minutes

    Unfortunately the showing of “Victoria and Abdul” originally planned for 9 March 2018 has had to be cancelled.

    13 APRIL 2018



    Starring Jim Broadbent, Brendan Gleeson, Sally Hawkins, Ben Whishaw (voice), Hugh Grant, Julie Walters.

    Director Paul King.

    Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

    PG - Running Time 103 minutes

    To see the trailer please click here.

    The venue for all films is the Parish Hall. Doors open for each film at 7.00pm and the film starts at 7.30pm

    There will be a raffle and refreshments available during the interval of each film.

    Admission to each film is £4.00 (Pay at the door).


    Like all the Parish’s clubs, societies and events,
    Flicks in the Sticks is run by volunteers
    and relies on YOUR involvement to keep going.

    The future of Flicks in Bodenham is uncertain at the moment
    so, if you want to see it continue, please show your support!

    Any suggestions for future films are always welcome.

    Date posted: 05/12/2017
    Contact Name: Gwenllian Bowden
    Contact Tel: 01568-797868



    I would like to say a huge Thank You to the wonderful people of Bodenham.

    They honoured my lovely wife, Diane Pritchard, by dressing the Church with wonderful flower arrangements, many messages of sympathy and a truly marvellous reception at the Parish Hall, following her funeral on the 19th October 2017.

    Robert Pritchard

    Date posted: 03/12/2017



    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


    Bodenham Open Spaces Project Notice

    Sponsored by Herefordshire Council Public Green Spaces Community Grant Scheme and supported by Bodenham Parish Council and Bodenham Residents.

    This is the final update on the Bodenham Open Spaces Scheme which was completed on Saturday, 28 October when the final planting of Spring Bulbs in the new Perpetual Garden at Bodenham’s War Memorial took place.

    For those who have not yet heard of it, Bodenham applied for, and was given, a Grant by Herefordshire Council Public Green Spaces Community Grant Scheme for two schemes within the Bodenham Open Spaces Project. The first scheme was to design and create a new perpetual garden around Bodenham’s War Memorial and the second part of the scheme was to enhance the area around the stone sculpture on the Village Green known as “The Huddle of Bullocks”.

    On Saturday, 11 February the Project Leader of the Bodenham Open Spaces Project, Cllr Jim Crane, held an open meeting at the Siward James Centre to explain the Grant which Bodenham had received and how the Project Team proposed to implement it. Bodenham Parish Council gave the Project Team their full support.

    The planting designs for the new War Memorial Perpetual Garden and the flower meadow around the “Huddle of Bullocks”, were designed by Mrs Tricia Jackson of Willowherb Cottage, Bodenham Moor, and were agreed by Herefordshire Council Public Green Spaces Community Grant Scheme and Bodenham Parish Council.

    The new Perpetual Garden around the War Memorial was completed in three stages. The first in March, when a group of volunteers headed by Mrs Jackson, the designer, and Cllr Jim Crane, the Project Leader, planted the design’s structural plants. This was followed in June with further planting by volunteers and finally in October, when all the bulbs to flower in the Spring were planted to complete the design.

    Work on the clearing the site around the “Huddle of Bullocks” on the Village Green and sowing the flower meadow seeds started in June 2017. Planting of flower meadow seeds has continued throughout the summer to give a continuous development of colour in the flower meadow for as long as possible in the latter part of the year. An Information Display Board giving the history of the sculpture “The Huddle of Bullocks” and the involvement of the Bodenham Open Spaces Project Team will shortly be erected nearby. Such has been the success of this part of the project that the Project Team have had requests for seeds from the flower meadow around the “Huddle of Bullocks” so that similar schemes can be achieved in private gardens.

    In July, Bodenham held an Open Village and Gardens Weekend to showcase all that the Village had to offer. The event was a huge success and both the new War Memorial Garden and the Flower Meadow around the “Huddle of Bullocks” Sculpture, were great attractions to many of the residents who had lived in the Village for some time, and to the many new residents, as well as the large number of visitors the weekend attracted, and the interest in these sites has continued.

    The Bodenham Open Spaces Project Team would like to thank Herefordshire Council Public Green Spaces Community Grant Scheme, Bodenham Parish Council for their support and funding, Wojciech Gasier of Bodenham Bespoke Furniture for making the Information Display Board, Steve Rivers at Rivers Media for working with the Team to produce the Information Sheet for the Display Board, Mrs Tricia Jackson for her inspirational garden designs and all the many helpers and supporters of the Project for their hard work and effort to enhance these two iconic sites in the Village.

    Babs Mitcheson
    Project Co-ordinator,

    Date posted: 03/12/2017


    Lugg Valley Friends Cancer Research UK Notice

    The Committee Members would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported our Christmas Coffee Morning on Wednesday, 8th November 2017, which raised £412.85 for Cancer Research UK.

    Date posted: 03/12/2017


    Lugg Valley Friends Cancer Research UK Notice


    We invite you to join us for







    3.00 PM to 5.00 PM

    Also Raffle and Cake Stall

    Date posted: 03/12/2017


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    The litter pick on Saturday, 4th November yielded, 19 large black bags of rubbish and quite a few large items. To see the photograph please click on the link below. (Only 14 bags were collected on the April litter pick).

    Thanks are due to all the volunteers, namely: Tim and Rebecca Burnill, Kay and Tony Clark, Wendy and Dave Curd, Heather and Elwyn Davies, Jennifer Easson, Robin George, Andrew and Sue Maxwell, Babs and Tony Mitcheson, Nan Murdoch, Jenny Nicolson, Sally and Gareth Pointer, Jeff Pollard, Evan, Georgia and Rhian Powell, John Rice, Chris Smith, Lavinia Sole and James Uren.

    Thanks are also due to the staff at Balfour Beatty Living Places, who provided the safety and litter picking equipment and removed the rubbish promptly on the following Monday.

    The next litter picks will be held on Saturdays, 24th March and 3rd November 2018.

    Date posted: 08/11/2017
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Christopher Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com



    Next year we commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War. This brings into sharp focus the incredible sacrifice made by a generation of young men and women in order to help make the world a better place. We may not all agree with the reasons for the conflict and the brutal warfighting, but one cannot but have admiration for individual acts of courage and humanity which stood out amongst the death and despair.

    You may have recently seen in the local papers, or heard on the radio, the story of Allan Leonard Lewis. He was born in Whitney-on-Wye in the far West of Herefordshire and later moved to a the neighbouring parish of Brilley. Allan served in the First World War (1914-18) and went on to show exceptional bravery that was witnessed on two separate occasions during the final allied push to break the German Hindenburg Line in late 1918. Tragically, he was killed on 21st September 1918, only a short time before the end of the war. He has no known grave.

    To date, he remains Herefordshire’s only county-born Victoria Cross winner. There are memorials for him in both Whitney and Brilley church yards; the one in Whitney on the side of the church is in wood and was hand-carved by his father. It is not surprising that raw emotions meant that his father gave his son the wrong initial, an error that is still there to this day.

    To coincide with the 100th anniversary of his death, the A L Lewis VC Memorial Fund has been set up.

    The group is working with the support of Herefordshire County Council to honour this Herefordshire hero and to also commemorate all those who died in the conflict. The aim is to commission a life-size bronze statue of Allan to be located in a prominent position in Hereford. The artist will be Jemma Pearson, who sculpted the statue of Elgar which stands in the Cathedral grounds.

    The design will not be martial or triumphal, but will show Allan in his soldier’s uniform with a smile on his face, looking upwards in anticipation of a better future; a future that evaded him and many others.

    To make this a reality, the Memorial Fund has been set up and is actively seeking your support. If you would like to help, donations can be made as follows:

    1. Online via the JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/lewisvcmemorial/lewisvcmemorialfund

    2. By cheque payable to: A L Lewis VC Memorial Fund and sent to: 38, The Meadows, Hay on Wye, Hereford HR3 5LF (please contact the Fund organisers if you need a Gift Aid form).

    3. By Bank Transfer: A/c Name: A L Lewis VC Memorial Fund, Sort Code: 20-45-45, A/c No:

    For more information, email: lewisvcmemorialfund@gmail.com

    Follow on:-

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lewisvcmemorialfund

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=MemorialFd&src=typd

    Date posted: 04/11/2017
    Contact Name: See above
    Email Address: See above


    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



    Once again shoeboxes are being packed ready to send to children overseas who would otherwise have nothing at Christmas. If you would like to contribute, pick up a leaflet from Bodenham Post Office or contact Pat Horrigan on 01568-797044 for details of what to send.

    The boxes need to by ready by mid-November to give them time for their journey.

    Go to https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/ or click on the link below.

    Date posted: 04/11/2017
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Pat Horrigan
    Contact Tel: 01568-797044


    Bodenham Gardening Club Notice

    Bodenham Gardening Club

    Unless otherwise stated all Meetings are held at Bodenham Parish Hall,
    commencing at 7.30pm

    Annual Membership is £12, or for non-members £2 each Meeting

    Programme 2017-18


    7 November: “My Journey to Chelsea” Leila Jackson

    5 December: Christmas Party


    2 January: “Water Gardens” Malcom Edwards

    6 February: “Hellebores” Edward Smith

    6 March: “From Conception to Chaos” Alun & Jill Whitehead

    3 April: “Foraging” Liz Knight and Daffodil Show

    1 May: Plant Sale David Griffiths (Chairman)

    5 June: Visit to a Private Garden (7.00pm)

    3 July: Summer Garden Party (7.00pm)

    7 August: “Bulbs, Corms & Rhizomes” Mary Stevenson

    18 August: The 36th Annual Garden Show

    4 September: “Foliage Interest” Paul Green

    2 October: AGM and "Favourite Plants, Tools and Tips from Club Members"

    Date posted: 21/10/2017
    Contact Name: Jacqui Price (Secretary)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797014


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice


    As someone committed to help the partnership running Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, I would like to ask for your help.

    We are in the process of applying for both a Heritage Lottery Fund and an EU government grant to support upgrades to the visitor facilities and public facing signage/interpretation at Queenswood. Vital to this process is evidence from the visitors themselves that they would like upgrades to facilities – without this, we won’t get the funding!

    If you could volunteer at least one hour of your time over the coming weeks, to step outside with a clip board and help encourage the public to fill in a questionnaire, this would be great.

    I have scheduled 1 hour slots over the next three weeks, and all you need to do is click the link below to the ‘Sign Up Genius’ website, and fill in the slot(s) that you are able to cover:

    ‘Sign Up Genius’ will let me know the time(s) you have pledged, so no need for you to reply to this.

    Blank questionnaires will be available from the visitor centre when you arrive, or upstairs in the office if the visitor centre is not open (i.e. Mondays).

    Many thanks in advance!


    John Clark
    Development Director
    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

    Date posted: 13/10/2017
    Link: Click here for more details



    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 Ramblers Notice

    To see the Programme please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 29/09/2017
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Brenda Richardson
    Contact Tel: 01568-797035


    Bodenham Women's Group Notice

    The cost is £7.00 and all proceeds will be divided between St Michael’s Hospice and The Haven.

    To order your copy email bodinbuff@hotmail.com or telephone Brenda Carter on 01568-797008. (For a sneak preview click on the link below).

    Date posted: 22/09/2017
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Open Village and Gardens Event Team Notice

    Bodenham Open Village and Gardens Event
    15/16 July

    The organising committee would like to thank everybody who helped and contributed in any way over the Open Gardens Weekend.

    The event was a great success and enjoyed by all who came to it. It raised a wonderful £3,900 which will help considerably with the financial burden of keeping St Michael’s running.

    This couldn’t have been achieved without so many people coming forward, giving their full commitment and also giving up so much of their time.

    Thank you also to all those who came to the event and created such a happy atmosphere in our village ever the two days, in spite of the inclement weather on the Sunday – Bodenham, it would appear, being the only place in Hereford the rain targeted!

    We are all very appreciative of your generosity.

    Date posted: 02/09/2017


    Lugg Valley Friends Cancer Research UK Notice

    The LUGG VALLEY GROUP OF FRIENDS OF CANCER RESEARCH UK was formed just over 30 years ago and has raised £235,000+ during this time. If you would like to join us, please contact Jenny Nicolson on 01568-797280 or Thelma Butcher on01568-797557.
    We will be pleased to hear from you.

    Our next event will be:





    From 10 AM TO 12 NO0N

    Why not make a note in your diary to join us?

    Date posted: 31/08/2017
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above


    Bodenham Ladies Bible Study Notice


    September 2017- February 2018

    FREE FOR ALL - Studies in Galatians

    At Bodenham Chapel on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 11.30am:

    September 19th
    October 3rd & 17th
    November 7th & 21st
    January 23rd
    February 6th

    For more information contact Margaret Seccombe 01568-797094

    Date posted: 20/08/2017


    Travels With A Camera Notice

    The Autumn 2017 Programme is now available. To see/ download it please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 07/08/2017
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dave or Jenny Hill
    Contact Tel: 01568-797531


    Welsh Water Notice

    Welsh Water is planning to carry out some work in Hereford, which may have an effect on traffic around Hereford city.

    The work, which they hope to start in September/ October this year, will involve construction of a new, large diameter water main between Bewdley Bank Reservoir and Hereford City. They expect the work to take around 18 months in total to complete. The work will help Welsh Water to ensure security of supply to the area as well as alleviate issues that some customers are experiencing with low water pressure. The work will also help to ensure that Welsh Water can continue to meet the growing demand for water in the area.

    To see Welsh Water’s newsletter, including a map of the affected area, please click on the link below.

    Welsh Water will be arranging opportunities for customers to speak to them and these, as well as updates on the scheme, will be advertised on their website once the scheme is up and running.

    Date posted: 26/07/2017
    Link: Click here for more details




    from 10am, to 12.30pm.



    Vic or Jenny 01568-797545.

    Date posted: 05/06/2017
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above



    I’m still trying to get this thing started, but I need your assistance. I’m not Larkin around, I really do want to get this in Motion.

    The important thing is to enjoy the English language in all its facets. It won’t be all Shakespear or Shelly, we would be equally at home with comedy from, Ayres, Milligan, Lear or Holloway, or the unforgettable futility of War from Brooke, Owen, Sassoon or Grenfell.

    Bring your favourite poetry along. If you are shy about reading out loud, don’t worry, one of us will read for you.

    “Poetry is prose bewitched,
    A music, made of visual thoughts,
    The sound of an idea” Loy.

    Date posted: 05/06/2017
    Contact Name: Vic
    Contact Tel: 01568-797545



    The Compassionate Community scheme has volunteers trained by St Michael’s Hospice and the Diocese of Hereford, who then work with the general practice to help with the issues of loneliness in the community.

    Please come to Bodenham Chapel at 7.00pm on Tuesday, May 23rd and find out how we as a village can become a Compassionate Community.

    Further information available from Karilyn Collins (01568-797434).

    Everyone welcome.

    Date posted: 01/05/2017


    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 Open Village and Gardens Event Team Notice

    Sponsored by Herefordshire Council Public Green Spaces Community Grant Scheme

    On Tuesday 28 March work began on the new War Memorial Perpetual Garden with the help of the garden designer, Tricia Jackson, and volunteers, Dennis Jackson, Pat and Jim Crane, Heather Davies, Sandra and Richard Moule, Derek Pritchard, and Babs and Tony Mitcheson. With help from Derek’s mini-digger the area was enlarged, cleared and levelled. The volunteers then weeded the site ready for planting.

    The planting will be in three phases:

  • Phase 1. This was begun on 28 March and is to form the basic structure of the garden, which includes roses, heuchera, rosemary, miniature conifers and primroses. Once the new pavement and stepping stones have been set in place Phase 1 will have been completed.

  • Phase 2. Around the pavement will be planted thyme. Like all the plants in the garden, thyme has a meaning relevant to the War Memorial, because, appropriately, it stands for courage. Also planted at this stage will be the snowdrops and English bluebells which have been donated by residents so they are very local. The addition of anemone “Wild Swan” will complete Phase 2.

  • Phase 3. Because we did not hear that we had been given the Grant from Herefordshire Council in time, we were not able to buy the native daffodil “Narcissus Pseudonarcissus” or the tulips “Magestic”. However, this will be done over Autumn/Winter 2017 and they will be planted as soon as they arrive.

  • Whilst the majority of the planting will be complete by the end of summer 2017, the aim is that the garden will be at its best for 2018. This is especially important as it will be the Centenary of the end of the First World War which will be celebrated on Remembrance Sunday, 11 November 2018.

    We have had a great deal of interest in this Project and it has therefore been agreed that an information board showing the planting design and the meaning behind the plants should be placed near the War Memorial in time for the Centenary event. A folder will also be kept in the Church for residents and public alike to see the planting design, the meaning of the plants, photographs of the new garden being made, and the names of all those who have kindly donated to the Project.

    If you would like to know more about the Bodenham Open Spaces Project, there will be updates at the Bodenham Open Village and Gardens Event (BOVAGE) meetings. The next meeting will be held at the Siward James Centre on Thursday 20 April 2017 starting at 6pm. As ever, all are welcome to come along to it.

    Babs Mitcheson
    Project Co-ordinator

    Date posted: 30/03/2017
    Contact Name: Babs Mitcheson (Project Coordinator)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797170
    Email Address: babsmitcheson@aol.com


    Bodenham Open Spaces Project Notice

    Thank you very much indeed to everyone who supported the War Memorial Perpetual Garden fund-raising Coffee Morning on Saturday, 18 March at Millcroft Farm. It was very kind of you to come along and give so generously to help take this Project forward.

    The event was a huge success and we have now raised £335 for the War Memorial’s Perpetual Garden.

    We will start work to clear the site on the morning of Tuesday, 28 March and planting will begin in the afternoon and continue on Wednesday, 29 March.

    Thank you again for all your support and to those who gave donations, but were unable to attend. I should also like to thank everyone who has very kindly donated snowdrops and primroses for the Project.

    Babs Mitcheson

    Date posted: 18/03/2017
    Contact Name: Babs Mitcheson (Project Coordinator)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797170
    Email Address: bodenhamopengardens@gmail.com



    In 2016 the Bodenham Open Spaces Project was given a grant from Herefordshire Council to make a memorial garden around the Bodenham War Memorial and to enhance the area around the sculpture of the “Huddle of Bullocks” on the village green.

    A planting design for the War Memorial has been agreed by Herefordshire Council and planting by volunteers of the War Memorial Project Team will start once the soil is warm. A folder with the story of the War Memorial and background to the grant application with the planting design will be available to be viewed in the Church once all the work has been completed.

    Work on the area around the “Huddle of Bullocks” on the village green will start from April. Once the work is completed there will be an information board giving the history of the sculpture and the work of the project team near the site.

    Further details will be published as the Project progresses. There will also be updates at the Bodenham Open Village and Gardens Event (BOVAGE) meetings being held at the Siward James Centre, the next being on Saturday, 11 February at 10.30 am, where there will be free refreshments for those attending.

    Babs Mitcheson
    Project Co-ordinator

    Date posted: 28/01/2017


    West Mercia Police Notice

    The new Safer West Mercia Plan has been issued by the Police and Crime Commissioner. To see it please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 28/10/2016
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    Starting on Friday, 2 September 2016 a minibus linking Bodenham, Risbury, Stoke Prior and Steen’s Bridge with Leominster will run on Fridays to the old 427 timetable.

    This is an initiative which has been set up between the Parish Councils and Leominster Town Council, and is a new way of providing vital transport for rural areas. The minibus service will operate as a club for members, and will be run by Community Wheels in Leominster, using a 16-seater disabled-accessible minibus with a volunteer driver.

    To use the service you must join as a member of the ‘427 Club’, which costs £12.50 for the first six months, and must book a seat. Although the minibus will run to the old 427 timetable, you must book your journeys in advance, although you will be able to make a regular advance booking for Fridays.

    Fares are £5 return from Bodenham, £3 return from Risbury, and £2 return from Stoke Prior or Steen’s Bridge, payable on the bus.

    To join the 427 Club and book your journeys, please telephone Community Wheels on 01568 617722 or email linda.jones@hvoss.org.uk

    We hope that local people will use the service to ensure it is viable, and perhaps even might be extended to a second weekday. Leominster Town Council, Humber Ford & Stoke Prior Parish Council and Bodenham Parish Council have agreed jointly to underwrite the scheme to ensure it gets off the ground, but a sustainable service will be self-funding with little or no local council subsidy.

    Philip Brown
    Clerk to Humber, Ford & Stoke Prior Group Parish Council
    Great Marston Farmhouse, Risbury HR6 0NJ
    01885 400696 ~~~~~~~~ clerk@hfspgroup.org.uk

    To see the poster/ flyer which includes the bus timetable please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 21/08/2016
    Link: Click here for more details


    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



    Thursday 14th April 7.30pm at England’s Gate. For all interested gentlemen this will be our inaugural meeting to discuss what activities or interests we would like to pursue. Also a chance to get to know other men in the village who are interested in getting this venture off the ground. Please come along and bring your ideas with you – all will be welcome. If you want further information, please ring me on 01568-797228 or email me at jeff.pollard46@btinternet.com

    Jeff Pollard

    Date posted: 19/03/2016
    Contact Tel: 01568-797228 /Mob: 07971-073343
    Email Address: jeff.pollard46@btinternet.com



    Fancy a new challenge in 2016? You could learn to ring church bells!

    Practices are on Wednesdays, 7.30pm-9.00pm.

    Children (aged 11 or older) and adults are welcome.

    For more information please contact Jo Beavan (797903) or Sue Hack (797848).

    Date posted: 05/02/2016



    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


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    When Mary & Simon Nickols moved from Bodenham they left an ordnance survey map for the Village. This has now been framed and donated to the Parish Hall where it has been hung in the Committee Room.

    Please do have a look at the map when you are next in the Parish Hall. It is really attractive and my grateful thanks, and I am sure yours, go to them for this very kind and thoughtful donation.

    Gwenllian Bowden, Parish Hall Secretary

    Date posted: 31/05/2014



    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 Ramblers Notice

    BODENHAM RAMBLERS would welcome new members to join their walking group.

    We operate on a 10-day cycle, alternate Sundays and Wednesdays. Winter walks average 5 miles with a pub lunch afterwards where possible. Summer walks are around 7 miles with a picnic lunch allowing every opportunity to appreciate some wonderful scenery and locations. Walking boots, stout shoes or “wellies” are recommended.

    Do come and join us – we very much look forward to seeing you.

    Should you require any further details or information of Bodenham Ramblers please contact the Secretary, Brenda Richardson on 01568-797035 or the Chairman, Eddie Phillips on 01432-266994.

    Date posted: 20/03/2013


    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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