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Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

A very big thank you to everyone who supported the Annual BFPG Coffee Morning in the Siward James Centre today (19 January). We raised the amazing total of £389 towards the Group’s funds.

Particular thanks go to all those who helped with the stalls and without whom the event could not have taken place, including Gwen Bowden, Thelma Butcher, Jean Fryer, Chris Hemming, Jenny Nicolson, Lorna Price, John Rice and Kathy Tremain, Above all, very special thanks go to Liz Davies for organising this, her eleventh, successive Coffee Morning for the Group!

Date posted: 19/01/2019


Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

The confirmed Minutes of the Parish Hall Management Committee's Meeting on 7 November 2018 are now available. To see them please click on the 'more details' link below.

Date posted: 17/01/2019
Link: Click here for more details


Herefordshire Council Notice

DEFRA have allocated £15M towards the introduction of Natural Flood Management (NFM) measures across the country and Bodenham is the focus for one of several NFM projects now being initiated in the County by Herefordshire Council, the Environment Agency, the Wye and Usk Foundation and other partners.

NFM is based around the principle of working with natural processes to help slow down the flow of water, aiming to hold the water back in the upper reaches of the catchment to help reduce the risk of flooding to downstream communities. NFM can involve a variety of things including; working with farmers to help improve their land management practices with the aim of increasing soil infiltration, installing attenuation features (e.g. ponds and wetlands), and building leaky woody structures which help slow the flow of water down the channel.

Come along to the Project Launch on Wednesday, 23 January, find out how such natural processes could help alleviate flooding in Bodenham from the Millcroft and Moor Brooks, such as happened in 2007, and share your experiences and ideas with the team members.

The doors open at 6.45pm and the presentation starts at 7.00pm sharp, with time afterwards for questions and discussion. Free refreshments will be available.

For further information please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

You can also see Herefordshire Council’s press release by going to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/717/natural_flood_management_project_heads_to_bodenham.

Date posted: 14/01/2019
Link: Click here for more details
Contact Name: Babs Mitcheson
Contact Tel: 01568-797170
Email Address: babsmitcheson@aol.com




The key events in the Parish’s Calendar are listed below.

You can find full details of these events within the chronological list of all forthcoming local events

If you are planning to organise an event, please:

  • Check this list so that, so far as possible, you avoid choosing a date which would lead to a clash with another event already being arranged by somebody else.
  • Email the Parish Website Administrator at tony@bodenhamparish.org.uk and provide the details of your event so that it can be advertised on the Website.

    Friday, 18 JanuaryTravels with a Camera present “Isles of Scilly – everyday life in the Islands” by Mike Steadman (7.30pm)Bodenham Chapel
    Saturday, 19 JanuaryBFPG Annual Coffee MorningSiward James Centre
    Wednesday, 23 January (TBC)Bodenham Natural Flood Management
    Project Launch Meeting (6.30pm TBC)
    Siward James Centre
    Wednesday, 30 JanuaryTravels with a Camera present “Slovenian Lakes” by Barry Wilson (7.30pm)Bodenham Chapel
    Friday, 8 FebruaryFlicks in the Sticks present
    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ” (Doors open 7.00pm)
    Parish Hall
    Wednesday, 13 FebruaryTravels with a Camera present “Virginia Unwrapped” by Doug and Marion Pearson (7.30pm)Bodenham Chapel
    Monday, 18 February –
    Friday, 22 February
    Half TermSt Michael’s School
    Monday, 25 FebruaryTravels with a Camera present “Hereford then & now
    – a further look
    ” by Robert Williams (7.30pm)
    Bodenham Chapel
    Friday, 8 MarchFlicks in the Sticks present“The Post” (Doors open 7.00pm)Parish Hall
    Tuesday, 12 MarchTravels with a Camera present “Seeking the Soul of Rapa Nui:
    exploring Easter Island
    ” by Audrey Nunn (7.30pm)
    Bodenham Chapel
    Friday, 15 MarchFlicks in the Sticks present “Edie” (Doors open 7.00pm)Parish Hall
    Saturday, 23 MarchLitter Pick (10.30am – 12.30pm
    Followed by free lunch
    Parish Hall
    Wednesday, 27 MarchTravels with a Camera present “The Amish of Pennsylvania” by Sandy Brook (7.30pm)Bodenham Chapel
    Friday, 12 AprilEnd of Spring TermSt Michael’s School
    Friday, 12 AprilFlicks in the Sticks present
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (Doors open 7.00pm)
    Parish Hall
    Friday, 19 AprilGood Friday
    Sunday, 21 AprilEaster Sunday
    Monday, 22 AprilEaster Monday
    Monday, 29 AprilStart of Summer TermSt Michael’s School
    Monday, 6 MayMay Day Bank Holiday 
    Monday, 13 MayAnnual Parish Meeting, Annual Parish Council
    Meeting and Monthly Parish Council Meeting(7.00pm)
    Siward James Centre
    Monday, 27 MayLate May Bank Holiday 
    Monday, 27 MayStart of Half TermSt Michael’s School
    Friday, 31 MayEnd of Half TermSt Michael’s School
    Thursday, 18 JulyEnd of Summer TermSt Michael’s School
    Saturday, 17 August37th Annual Garden ShowParish Hall
    Monday, 26 AugustAugust Bank Holiday 
    Saturday, 2 NovemberLitter Pick (10.30am – 12.30pm
    Followed by free lunch
    Parish Hall
    Wednesday, 25 DecemberChristmas Day 
    Thursday, 26 DecemberBoxing Day 
    Wednesday, 1 JanuaryNew Year’s Day 

    Date posted: 12/01/2019


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice


    Invite you to a


    On Saturday, 19th January 2019


    The Siward James Centre

    From 10.00am to 12 noon

    Cake Stall, Bring & Buy Stall and Draw

    Exhibition of photographs from the Village by the

    Bodenham Flood Protection Group

    FREE Admission

    All Are Welcome

    For more information contact Liz Davies on 01568-797628

    To see the poster please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 08/01/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    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


    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: 19/12/2018
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice


    Great Films In A Local, Warm & Comfy Village Setting

    Screenings on the 2nd Friday of each month
    September through to April.

    11 JANUARY 2019

    I, TONYA


    Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.

    Director Craig Gillespie.

    From the proverbial wrong side of the tracks in Portland, Oregon, former competitive figure skater Tonya Harding was never fully accepted in the figure skating community for not inherently being the image of grace, breeding and privilege that the community wanted to portray, despite being naturally gifted in the sport. Ultimately garnering some success in figure skating being national champion, a world championship medallist, an Olympian, etc. she is arguably best known for her association to "the incident": the leg bashing on January 6, 1994 of her competitor, Nancy Kerrigan, who, unlike Tonya, was everything that the figure skating community wanted in their representatives. Her association to that incident led to Tonya being banned from competitive figure skating for life.

    15 - Running Time 120 minutes

    8 FEBRUARY 2019



    Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell.

    Director Martin Mcdonagh.

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award nominee Martin McDonagh. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

    15 - Running Time 115 minutes

    8 MARCH 2019



    Starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

    Director Steven Spielberg.

    The Post is a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper and editor Ben Bradlee, as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light.

    12A - Running Time 116 minutes

    15 MARCH 2019



    Starring Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan, Amy Manson, Wendy Morgan, Rachael Keiller.

    Director Simon Hunter.

    Edie has spent 40 years trapped in a colourless life in England, tending to her controlling husband after his stroke. When he passes away and her daughter tries to send her to a care home, she packs an old camping bag, leaves her life behind and embarks on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. The journey to the summit will be long and difficult, but Edie is determined to prove to herself and everyone else that it’s never too late.

    12A - Running Time 102 minutes

    12 APRIL 2019



    Starring Lily James, Matthew Goode, Michiel Huisman.

    Director Mike Newell.

    Based on the bestselling novel, Lily James plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey during WWII. From the producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and with an all-star British cast, comes a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at its heart.

    12A - Running Time 124 minutes

    The venue for all the 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 at each film.

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

    For further information contact: Ann & June on 01568-797932


    Any suggestions for future films are always welcome.

    Date posted: 11/12/2018


    Lugg Valley Friends Cancer Research UK Notice
    THANK YOU!!!

    A very special ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported our last event, the Christmas Coffee Morning on Friday, the 9th November 2018, at Siward James Centre. The fantastic amount of £596.51 was raised.

    As it has been decided to discontinue the Fundraising Group, the Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in helping to raise money for Cancer Research UK and those who have supported our various events over the years.

    The Fundraising Group was formed some 40 years ago and over that time has raised a total of £254,000, the present Committee having raised around £186,000 over the last 10 years.

    We could not have done it without you!

    Jenny Nicolson (Chair)

    Date posted: 08/12/2018
    Contact Name: Jenny Nicolson
    Contact Tel: 01568-797280


    Bodenham Leisure Club Notice

    A big THANK YOU to all the members and friends who contributed to making and filling the Christmas Child Appeal Boxes. We made 25 boxes and gave a cheque and some money to cover some of the cost of this project. WELL DONE ALL.

    This past month we also have enjoyed the delightful music from the Monday Bell Ringers led by Mrs Janet Watson and are looking forward to our Christmas Bingo Session.

    December 10th we will have our Annual Christmas Lunch, this year at Oakchurch Garden Centre, The cost of the Meal and Transport will be £16. Please contact Gwen Bowden 01568-797868 to secure a place on the bus and also your choice of meal. This will be table service, not self-service. The coach will depart from the Parish Hall at 11 am before calling at Ash Grove Road.


    January 14th . We will begin our NEW YEAR with a Light Lunch in the Parish Hall at 1 pm.

    January 28th . This is the time of year to celebrate the Club’s birthday in a party mood. Again in the Parish Hall at 2.30 pm.

    May we also wish

    Date posted: 08/12/2018
    Contact Name: Nan Murdoch (Programme Secretary)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797595
    Email Address: bobmurdoch234@outlook.com


    Marden Guides and Senior Section Notice

    Marden Guides & Rangers have been trying out the new Guide & Ranger programmes. This term we have done a skills builder called ‘Innovate’ which has activities ranging from building skyscrapers and bridges out of cardboard boxes, making a teddy bear zip wire, to CSI detective work, reinventing something old, and designing a computer game.

    We also had a great time at Green Spider Climbing in Hereford.

    Who knows what we will get up to next term – there are loads of things to choose from!

    Look out for our stall at Marden Church Bazaar – please come and support us!

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

    We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential, face challenges and have fun! Come and join 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! You could help us regularly, or just occasionally if you prefer. Perhaps you have some special skills that you could share with us. If you are interested, please contact Alison.

    Alison Thomas – Guide Leader

    Date posted: 08/12/2018
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    We have a vacancy for a Booking Secretary for the Parish Hall. If you are interested please contact the Chairman, Robin Knott ( 01568-797835) or the Secretary Gwenllian Bowden (01568-797868).

    In the interim period if you need to enquire about booking the Parish Hall please contact Robin Knott on e-mail robinknott835@btinternet.com with your name, telephone number and an
    indication of what is required.

    The Parish Hall Management wish all our hirers and users a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas, thank them for their loyalty in 2018, wish them a Happy New Year and look forward to their continuing support in 2019.

    Thank you

    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.


  • 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.


    Date posted: 06/12/2018
    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


    Bodenham Mothers’ Union Notice

    Way back in May we held a tea party in aid of the Diocesan Crisis Intervention Fund. This was very well supported by people from the village and beyond. Thanks were recorded in the minutes for the Diocesan Council Meeting in June, and our branch endorse these thanks wholeheartedly.

    Your support is very much appreciated, especially as we are so few in numbers. Newcomers are very much welcome to join us. If you are interested please contact Pat Horrigan.

    Thank you,

    Sylvia Hulme

    Date posted: 06/12/2018
    Contact Name: Pat Horrigan (Branch Leader)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797044


    Bodenham Bowling Club Notice

    The season end meal was a cheery affair at The Old Boot Wellington.

    There was a good turn out of members and partners and as usual the annual awards were presented.

    The Committee will be meeting early in 2019 to finalise the Club’s schedule and to decide when to hold the registration evening and when the green will reopen. Details of this will be posted in the Newsletter circulated to members.

    The Club hopes that its membership will increase in 2019.....anyone out there interested in enjoying good company and some gentle activity on a summer’s evening?

    Wishing all readers a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year

    Barbara Gibson
    Secretary / Chair
    01568-797643 (call minder)

    Date posted: 06/12/2018


    Travels With A Camera Notice

    The Travels With A Camera Winter Programme is now available. To see and/or download it please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 01/12/2018
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dave or Jenny Hill
    Contact Tel: 01568-797531


    Bodenham Ramblers Notice

    To see the Programme, which now contains additional details for the walks on 25 November and 13 January, please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 19/11/2018
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Brenda Richardson
    Contact Tel: 01568-797035


    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 2018-19

    2018Nov 6th Growing Vegetables in a Small Garden Richard Baldwin
    Dec 4th Christmas Party
    2019Jan 8th Flower Photography Barry Wilson
    Feb 5th The Queenswood Heritage Project Rose Farrington
    Mar 5thSimply Geraniums Simon Thomas of Lyonshall Nursery
    Apr 2ndThe National Gardens Scheme Penny Usher from Open Gardens
    May 7thPlant Sale David Griffiths
    Jun 4thPoisonous Plants in the Garden! Michael Brown, author
    Jul 2ndGarden Party
    Aug 6thFlower Arranging Pat Crane
    Aug 17thThe 37th Annual Garden Show
    Sep 3rdThe S & A Nursery Jude Norcott of S & A

    Date posted: 04/11/2018
    Contact Name: Jacqui Price (Secretary)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797014



    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


    Bodenham Parish Armistice Group Notice

    A big thank you to all those who came along to support the Coffee Morning at Millcroft Farm on Saturday, 15 September. Including the donations we have received after the event from those unable to attend, we made an astonishing £449.14 towards the costs of organising the Armistice Weekend in November. Particular thanks must also go to the Bodenham Parish Armistice Group for all their help and support in setting up the Coffee Morning and clearing up afterwards.

    Babs Mitcheson
    Bodenham Parish Armistice Group

    Date posted: 19/09/2018


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    A very big thank you to everyone from Bodenham who came and supported the BFPG's 10th Anniversary Celebration today (9 September) and helped to make it such a successful and enjoyable occasion.

    A particular thank you to everybody who helped in any way to set up for the start and/ or stayed to help clear up afterwards. Your assistance is very much appreciated.

    Special thanks go to all those who manned the various stands, managed the refreshments and ran the Barbecue, as well as those who provided equipment such as tentage. Amongst the last, particular thanks to Tony Troia for his amazing Bouncy Castle and Dennis The Fire Engine which were both the star attractions.

    Finally, I am sure that you will all agree that Sue Maxwell's cake was a show stopper. The cake remains something to look forward to because we will save it until the end of this Anniversary year and ceremonially despatch it at the BFPG November Meeting.

    Once again, our grateful thanks to you all,

    Babs and Tony

    Date posted: 09/09/2018


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice

    Work to re-profile part of Bodenham Lake starts on 3 September and will continue for up to eight weeks. During that time access to the work area will be restricted. To find out more about why the work is being carried out and how it might affect you please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 31/08/2018
    Link: Click here for more details


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice

    Listed below are events of local interest being organised by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust in June, July and August.

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


    30 Days Wild Events

    Look out for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild events and get involved with nature in some small, or large, way every day throughout June by carrying out ‘Random Acts of Wildness’.

    http://www.mywildlife.org.uk/30dayswild/ for further information about the Wildlife Trusts’ annual campaign.

    Wildlife Watch Club: 30 Days Wild Challenge at Queenswood (Part of 30 Days Wild)

    Sunday 3 June 12.30pm-2.30pm

    This will be a special Family Wildlife Watch Club dedicated to encouraging parents, carers, grandparents and siblings to take on the challenge of 30 Days Wild! Can you do something wild every day this month?! We’ll get you started……

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

    Cost: £2 per child.

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

    Bodenham Lake Open Day (Part of 30 Days Wild)

    Saturday 9 June 11.00am-2.00pm

    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is hosting an Open Day at its Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve, offering guided walks, orchard tours and lake play activities for children. To see the poster with details of all the events during the day please click here.

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

    Cost: Free.

    Booking: Details about booking information and timings will be available shortly on the website at http://www.herefordshirewt.org/ or call 01432-356872.

    Please note: Dogs must be on leads at all times and no dogs will be allowed on the guided walks as the route will go into the restricted area of the Lake.

    Dragonfly Identification Workshop (Part of 30 Days Wild)

    Monday 11 June 10am-12.30pm

    Workshop run by Peter Garner at Bodenham Lake.

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

    Cost: Free.

    Booking: Places are limited so please book 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.

    The Big Wild Weekend (Part of 30 Days Wild)

    FREE events running as part of our BIG WILD WEEKEND of events though, if you would like to make a small donation towards our work, that would be most welcome.

    Booking Essential: To view full details and book your places online, visit http://www.herefordshirewt.org/ or call 01432-356872.

    Saturday 16 June

    Guided Walk: Birds at Bodenham Lake nature reserve 7.00am-9.00am
    Guided Walk: Hampton Meadow nature reserve & Museum Orchard 10.00am-1.00pm
    Guided Walk: The Doward nature reserves 10.00am-1.00pm
    Guided Walk: The Woolhope Dome 10.00am-3.00pm

    Sunday 17 June

    Guided Walk: Birches Farm 10.00am-12.00pm
    Guided Walk: The Parks nature reserve 10.00am
    Guided Walk: Holywell Dingle Nature Reserve 2.00pm-4.00pm

    Nature Tots

    Tuesdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 June 1.00pm-2.30pm

    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: £6 for the first child (includes parking) and £4 for additional children. You will be issued a car parking pass by your session leader on arrival. If you wish to block book for 6 weeks (10% discount) please contact Katrina Preston directly on 01432-530088 or by email to k.preston@herefordshirewt.co.uk

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

    Talk: Reptiles and amphibians in Herefordshire

    Wednesday 6 June 7.00pm-9.00pm

    Talk by Nigel Hand from Central Ecology and national expert on reptiles and amphibians for the Marden branch of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.

    Venue: Marden Community Centre, Marden HR1 3DT.

    Cost: £2 members, £3 non-members.

    Booking: Not required.

    Hellens Garden Festival

    Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June 10.00am-5.00pm

    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is thrilled to be partnering the Hellens Garden Festival again this year, helping people to enjoy and connect to nature and promoting this year’s theme of ‘Water – The Life Force’ this year.

    Teaming up with Herefordshire’s amphibians and reptiles conservation organisation HART on the Saturday, Trust staff and volunteers will be chatting about its new Heritage Lottery funded project Lugg Wetland Gem as well as about its work maintaining nature reserves around the county and its activities for families at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum. Lugg Wetland Gem is a two year Herefordshire Lottery funded project which will seek to transform Bodenham Lake nature reserve into a wildlife haven with new visitor facilities for wildlife watchers of all ages.

    The Trust’s WildPlay team will be at the festival on Sunday, running water and wildlife themed crafts and activities for children aged 2 to 12 years, but all are welcome.

    Venue: Hellens, Much Marcle, Ledbury. Herefordshire HR8 2LY.


    Wildlife Watch Club: Pollinators

    Sunday 1 July 12.30pm-2.30pm

    Join Wildlife Watch members and buzz around the woods to discover the different sorts of pollinators, learn why they are so important and discover what we can do to help them. 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: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, nr Leominster, HR6 0PY.

    Cost: £2 per child.

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

    Nature Tots

    Tuesday 3, 10 and 17 July 1.00pm-2.30pm

    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: £6 for the first child (includes parking) and £4 for additional children. You will be issued a car parking pass by your session leader on arrival. If you wish to block book for 6 weeks (10% discount) please contact Katrina Preston directly on 01432-530088 or by email to k.preston@herefordshirewt.co.uk

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

    Moth trapping

    Monday 9 July 9.00am-11.00am

    Experience the wonder of moths as local moth expert, Robin Hemming opens his moth traps. June and July are the best time of the year to see the large diversity of moth species and numbers of individuals, including the hawkmoth.

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

    Cost: Free.

    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.

    Adventure Club

    Tuesday 24, 31 July 9.00am-4.00pm or 10.00am-3.00pm

    Wild spring activities including fire lighting, camp fire cooking, woodcraft, seasonal crafts, wildlife spotting and games. Suitable for children aged 7 to 14 years.

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

    Cost: £21 (9.00am-4.00pm session), £15 (10.00am-3.00pm session).

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

    Get Crafty

    Wednesday 25 July 1.30pm-3.30pm

    Drop in WildPlay session for families and children aged 2 to 12 years at Queenswood during half term and make seasonal nature based crafts. There will be sensory, free play activities for the under 2’s. 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.


    Get Crafty

    Wednesday 1, 8, 15 and 22 August 1.30pm-3.30pm

    Drop in WildPlay session for families and children aged 2 to 12 years at Queenswood during half term and make seasonal nature based crafts. There will be sensory, free play activities for the under 2’s. 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.

    Wildlife Watch Club: Survival Skills and Campfire Cooking

    Sunday 5 August 12.30pm-2.30pm

    Members of Wildlife Watch will learn about all those essential skills that will enable them to survive in the wild such as using tools, building shelters, lighting fires and discovering what wild plants can be foraged and cooked over the camp fire! 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: Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY.

    Cost: £2 per child.

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

    Adventure Club

    Tuesday 7, 14, 21 August 9.00am-4.00pm or 10.00am-3.00pm

    Wild spring activities including fire lighting, camp fire cooking, woodcraft, seasonal crafts, wildlife spotting and 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/whats-on.

    The Gruffalo Summer Festival

    Sunday 12 August 10.00am-3.00pm

    Family Day with Gruffalo themed activities, crafts and play at Queenswood Country Park. Park and ride coaches will be available from Wyevale Garden Centre in Wellington.

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

    Cost: Activities individually priced. Pay and display parking or park and ride from Wellington for £4.

    Booking: No booking required.

    Lake Play at Bodenham Lake

    Friday 17, 24 August 1.30pm-3.30pm

    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

    Date posted: 03/05/2018


    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


    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


    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



    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



    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


    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 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


    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


    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



    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



    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


    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


    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 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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