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St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

Please note that, in the aftermath of the flooding of the Church over the weekend of 26-27 October, services will be held in Bodenham School until further notice.

Date posted: 07/11/2019


Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

The Group's Annual Quiz Night will be held in the Parish Hall on the evening of Friday, 29 November 2019.

Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is £5 per person. Nibbles will be provided, but please bring your own wine. (Glasses will be available).

Tables for 6.
Prizes for the winning table.

All are welcome!

To book a table or for more information contact Gwen Bowden on 01568-797868.

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

Date posted: 02/11/2019
Link: Click here for more details
Contact Name: Gwen Bowden
Contact Tel: 01568-797868




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.
    6 November
    Samaritans Christmas Fair (10.00am – 3.00pm)Lyde Arundel HR4 7SN
    8 November
    Flicks in the Sticks present The Favourite
    (7.00pm for 7.30pm) (Trailer)
    Parish Hall
    8 November
    Bowling Club Annual DinnerThe Fisherman’s Arms, Docklow Pools
    9 November
    Men’s Breakfast and talk by Kristian Dimond (9.00am)Bodenham Chapel
    11 November
    Through Sri Lanka by Rail: Temples - tea –
    tusks & trains
    presented by Mike Steadman
    (7.30pm) (Full Programme)
    Bodenham Chapel
    13 November
    Ladies’ Tea and message from Sharman Waldegrave (3.30pm)Bodenham Chapel
    15 November
    Talgarth Male Choir Concert Songs from the Black Mountains (7.00pm)St Michael’s Church
    20 November
    Walking Hadrian’s Wall presented by Peter Strevens
    (7.30pm) (Full Programme)
    Bodenham Chapel
    27 November
    Vietnam 2019 presented by Cecilia Corbett (7.30pm)
    (Full Programme)
    Bodenham Chapel
    29 November
    Annual BFPG Quiz Night (7.00pm for 7.30pm)Parish Hall
    30 November
    Church Christmas Bazaar (2.00pm)Parish Hall
    3 December
    Gardening Club Christmas PartyTBC
    13 December
    Flicks in the Sticks present Mary Poppins Returns
    (7.00pm for 7.30pm) (Trailer)
    Parish Hall
    13 December
    Flicks in the Sticks present Mary Poppins Returns
    (7.00pm for 7.30pm) (Trailer)
    Parish Hall
    20 December
    End of Autumn TermSt Michael’s School
    25 December
    Christmas Day 
    26 December
    Boxing Day 
    1 January
    New Year’s Day 
    7 January
    Start of Spring TermSt Michael’s School
    8 February
    Annual BFPG Coffee MorningSiward James Centre
    17 – 21 FebruaryHalf TermSt Michael’s School
    21 March
    Litter Pick (10.30am – 12.30pm
    Followed by free lunch
    Parish Hall
    3 April
    End of Spring TermSt Michael’s School
    4 April
    Plant SaleSt Michael’s Church
    10 April
    Good Friday 
    12 April
    Easter Day 
    13 April
    Easter Monday Bank Holiday 
    20 April
    Start of Summer TermSt Michael’s School
    8 May
    Early May Bank Holiday
    (75th Anniversary of VE Day)
    25 May
    Late May Bank Holiday 
    25 – 29 MayHalf TermSt Michael’s School
    7 July
    Gardening Club Garden Party
    17 July
    End of Summer TermSt Michael’s School
    31 August
    August Bank Holiday 
    7 November
    Litter Pick (10.30am – 12.30pm
    Followed by free lunch
    Parish Hall
    1 December
    Gardening Club Christmas Party 
    25 December
    Christmas Day 
    26 December
    Boxing Day 

    Date posted: 02/11/2019


    St Michael's Hospice Notice

    Whether you’re starting your Christmas shopping early or looking for a unique talking point on your living room wall, keep St Michael’s Hospice in the frame this Autumn.

    Postcards from Life welcomes a vibrant and varied range of prints produced by the best artists for miles.

    These miniature masterpieces may make you stop and stare. They’ll also help us continue caring for those in our community this festive season and beyond.

    Bidding on each of the 181 items is underway,
    closing on Monday 11th November.

    For a closer look, visit Hereford’s Bishop’s Palace from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th November when each item will go on display.

    For more information about Postcards from Life visit:

    Date posted: 02/11/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice



    30 NOVEMBER 2019

    2.00 pm Bodenham Parish Hall

    Stalls for Everyone:

    Books ~ Bric a Brac ~ Cakes
    Cards ~ Gift Ideas ~ Jewellery
    Jams/Jellies/Chutneys ~ Plants
    Tombola ~ Toys ~
    Christmas Floral Arrangements


    Grand Prize Draw: £25 - 1st Prize
    followed by Other Prizes : Biscuits ~ Chocolates ~ Toiletries ~ Wine

    Donations for all stalls most welcome
    Heather Davies, Fund-Raising Committee

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

    Date posted: 02/11/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Marden Guides and Senior Section Notice

    1st Marden Guides have been taking part in a Girlguiding project called Future Girl.

    Future girl –Planet Protectors is all about protecting our planet and the animals we share it with. We created a sculpture of a rainbow out of plastic bottles, and displayed it in Marden Church for Harvest Festival, to spread the word about plastic pollution.

    We also made Plastic Promises:

  • To use reusable water bottles
  • To stop using plastic cutlery
  • To use reusable coffee cups
  • To use a lunchbox instead of cling film
  • To spread the word about cutting plastic waste.

  • Could you make a Plastic Promise to help stop Plastic pollution?


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

    For Rainbows (Age 5-7) please contact Laura at email Suttonrainbow@gmail.com.
    For Brownies (Age 7-10 years) contact Trish on 01432-880859
    For Guides (Age 10 – 14 years) 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: 02/11/2019
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above


    Bodenham Bowling Club Notice

    The outdoor season for our Bowling Club is now over until late April 2020.

    On Sunday, 13th October we held our Annual General Meeting and it was attended by 19 members.

    The indoor league at Leominster is now underway and some of our members are supporting this.

    A team made up of Ann Walters, Elsie Brisland, Freda Di Marco, Jean Fryer, Colin Walters, Derek Stockton, Eric Alldridge, Brian Gregory and our reserve player Nan Murdoch won the Tudor Rose Bowl (the Mayor’s Charity Award) and our congratulations were offered to them all.

    Over the season the Club has done well in both friendlies and the Men’s League but we really would like to attract more members as on some occasions the Club Captain had to seek help from our opposition to make up the team. COULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN 2020? The Club meets on a Monday evening at the green within Siward James. We are a small friendly group and we have woods you can borrow, so only ask that you wear flat soled shoes to protect the green.

    On Friday 8th November we are holding our Annual Awards Dinner at The Fisherman’s Arms, Docklow and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

    This is the last post from myself regarding the Bowling Club as Mr Bob Wilson agreed to taking over the role of Chair and Mrs Jean Fryer the role of Secretary from the close of the AGM.

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

    Date posted: 02/11/2019


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

    It has come to the Parish Hall Management's notice that the back of the Parish Hall is occasionally being used as a public convenience.

    It is bad enough that some dog owners allow their dogs to defecate in the grounds, but to have a woman doing so is disgusting, as is a man relieving himself against the rubbish cage.

    Be aware that there are cameras positioned on the walls of the Parish Hall.

    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: 02/11/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Leisure Club Notice

    Why not come along and join us? We meet in the Parish Hall at 2.30pm and are a friendly group.

    Our events for November are as follows:

    Monday 11th November: We have a game of bingo followed by tea and light refreshments.

    Monday 25th November: We have a talk presented by Mr. David Hill entitled “Lost in Hereford” followed by Christmas Tea.

    There will be the usual sales table and raffle at both these events.

    If you need any further information about the Club,please telephone Gwen on 01568-797868.

    Date posted: 02/11/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    Raising money for St Michael Hospice
    Bodenham Church


    Talgarth Male Choir Charity Concert
    With supporting artists

    on 15th November 2019
    to start at 7.00pm
    at Bodenham Church

    Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5
    & Infants free

    Tickets available at
    from Bodenham Post Office, on the door,
    or call 07972-038089.

    Date posted: 02/11/2019


    Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC Notice

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

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

    Date posted: 01/11/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

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

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

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

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

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

    The lesson is therefore very simple – BE PREPARED.

    So far as sandbags are concerned:

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

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

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

    Date posted: 28/10/2019


    The Cinnamon Trust Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Bodenham Christian Fellowship Notice

    On Wednesday 13th November at 3.30pm: You are warmly invited to a LADIES TEA at the Chapel with a message from SHARMAN WALDEGRAVE.

    Date posted: 20/10/2019
    Contact Name: Dave Hill
    Contact Tel: 01568-797531
    Email Address: d.hill952@btinternet.com


    Bodenham Christian Fellowship Notice

    Two men’s breakfasts are planned to be held at the Chapel.

    The first will be on Saturday October 26th from 9.00am. Come along and enjoy a ‘
    FULL ENGLISH’ and listen to PHIL BROWN give a talk entitled "My Confession from age 25 to 33".

    The second will be on Saturday 9th November at 9.00am: You are warmly invited to an

    After breakfast,
    KRISTIAN DIMOND will share his story “From Footballer to Faith”.

    Contact Len Day on 01432-880657 or Dave Hill on 01568-797531

    There is no charge.

    Date posted: 20/10/2019


    Samaritans Notice



    Lyde Arundel, Hereford. HR4 7SN


    10AM - 3 PM

    ENTRANCE £5.00



    THANKS TO MR & MRS R. WATKINDS, Lyde Arundel

    Charity No. 1167937

    Date posted: 04/10/2019


    St Michael's Hospice Notice

    Calling All Pianists.

    The St Michael’s Hospice Community Choir is looking for a talented volunteer pianist.

    The successful person will be available for rehearsals at the Hospice between 5-6pm on Tuesday’s leading up to performances. The role could suit a retired teacher or a promising

    The Choir has performed at several Hospice events this year including the Flower Festival at Lyde Arundel and Midsummer Lights.

    If you’re interested, or for more information, call Denise Bishop on 01432 851000.

    Postcards From Life.

    This Autumn, 200 miniature masterpieces created by some of the finest artists in our region will go under the hammer.

    Postcards from Life returns from a year’s break with the widest range of art St Michael’s Hospice has ever had.

    Thanks to our friends at Brightwells you will be able to browse and bid for each item online for a fortnight from Monday 28th October. Then, for the final three days of the auction from
    8th November, everyone’s invited to the Bishop’s Palace in the centre of Hereford to view the art in person.

    All the artists are producing the work for Postcards from Life free of charge, with many submitting multiple items.

    Date posted: 04/10/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    Thank you to everyone who attended the 'Musical Evening ' in Bodenham Parish Church with the Ludlow Concert Band on 7th September in aid of Church Funds.

    Ticket sales, donations and a draw made a grand total in excess of £580.

    Special thanks to all the people who did so much helping to prepare for the evening and also to those who helped on night. It would not have happened without you!!

    Thanks again ……Liz Davies

    Date posted: 04/10/2019


    The Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre Notice

    This October, around 5,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s roughly one person every 10 minutes. At the Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford Centre, we provide vital support to those affected by this devastating disease. But we need your support.

    This October, Breast Cancer Haven launches its new initiative, Bra Bank Recycling . By donating your old, new, worn or unwanted bras you will be raising money for local people with breast cancer, supporting women internationally and helping the environment.

    Every kilogram of bras collected raises funds for your local Breast Cancer Haven centre. Your bra will then make its way across the globe to help support women in less developed countries. Don't worry if your bra is not in the best of conditions, the materials will be recycled saving them from being landfilled.

    Get your friends, family members and colleagues involved and collect even more bras. You can either drop them off at your local bra bank or bring them in to our Centre.

    To find your nearest bra bank, visit: https://www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk/forms/find-a-bra-bank.

    Date posted: 04/10/2019


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

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

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



    Richard Gilbert is a local artist (resident in Sutton St Nicholas) who currently has an large exhibition of his paintings in Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, He has selected paintings by Brian Hatton from the large archive held by Herefordshire Archive and Record Centre, which he relates to his own work. The exhibition is entitled Common Ground, and Mr Gilbert explains that he was inspired by Bruce Chatwin and by Brian Hatton; he also explains his focus on forgotten edges and patches of common land.

    Of particular interest to residents of Bodenham is a series of paintings featuring local scenes at different periods of the year. There are also pictures featuring Sutton Walls iron age camp, as well as buildings and scenes from other areas of the Marches.

    The Exhibition continues until 23rd November and the Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm and 10.00am – 12.30pm on Saturday.

    For further information please click here.

    Date posted: 22/09/2019


    Bodenham Gardening Club Notice

    The Gardening Club Programme for 2020 can be found here.

    Date posted: 06/09/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Community Wheels Notice

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

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

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

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

    Date posted: 04/09/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

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

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

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

    Date posted: 02/09/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

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

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

    Date posted: 02/09/2019



    A message from Bruce Baker:

    “………Some of you will remember that about a year ago, when I was still your County Councillor, I promised to contact Royal Mail in an attempt to have a new post box installed at the front of the England’s Field development, next to the bus shelter.

    I’m pleased to report that the new post box arrived on 29th August, but at the time of writing it hasn’t yet been fully commissioned and is still wrapped in black plastic. However, it will soon be available and regular collections will be made at the times printed on the box.”

    Date posted: 31/08/2019


    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice

    The next Annual BFPG Coffee Morning will take place in the Siward James Centre on the morning of Saturday, 8 February 2020. Details nearer the time.

    Date posted: 02/08/2019
    Contact Name: Liz Davies
    Contact Tel: 01568-797628
    Email Address: elizabethdavies628@gmail.com


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    There will be a Plant Sale in aid of St Michael's Church Bodenham at the Church on Saturday, 4 April 2020. Details nearer the time.

    Date posted: 01/08/2019
    Contact Name: Liz Davies
    Contact Tel: 01568-797628
    Email Address: elizabethdavies628@gmail.com


    West Mercia Police Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For further tips and advice, please visit

    Date posted: 25/07/2019


    Travels With A Camera Notice

    The Travels with a Camera Autumn Programme is now available. To see/ download it please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 23/07/2019
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dave or Jenny Hill
    Contact Tel: 01568-797531


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

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

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


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

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

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


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice


    Great Films In A Local, Warm & Comfy Village Setting

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

    13 SEPTEMBER 2019



    Starring Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Cher, Andy Garcia, Meryl Streep, Dominic Cooper, Pierce Brosnan.

    Director Ol Parker.

    In this sequel to Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother's past while pregnant herself. “Last time we gave you the happy ending,” burbles the trailer: ‘This summer we’ll take you back to the beginning.’ Thus, we find Lily James as the young Meryl Streep in sunny ’79, trying on her new dungarees, and trying out three handsome suitors (Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan and Jeremy Irvine), who will grow up to become Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Pierce “Pick-a-note-any-note” Brosnan. MK the Guardian.

    PG - Running Time 114 minutes.

    To see the trailer please click here and then
    click the 'Watch Trailer' button on the Arts Alive web page.

    11 OCTOBER 2019



    Starring Charlie Cox, Michael Caine, Michael Gambon

    Director James Marsh.

    Based on the Hatton Garden robbery in which a group of aging criminals plan a multi-million pound jewellery heist, this rattles along in diverting enough fashion. Despite the fabulous cast it's rather uneven in tone. So while Courtenay gives a bumbling performance that is out-and-out comedy, Broadbent tries to give us the chills. Torn between jaunty genre hijinks and a bleaker streak of realism, it is certainly watchable and entertaining, just a bit plodding. But armed with an A-grade cast giving it their all it transcends its shortcomings to make a breezily entertaining caper.

    15 - Running Time 108 minutes.

    To see the trailer please click here and
    then click the 'Watch Trailer' button on the Arts Alive web page.

    8 NOVEMBER 2019



    Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz.

    Director Yorgos Lanthimos.

    Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. Queen Anne occupies the throne but is frail, so Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne's ill health and mercurial temper. New servant Abigail arrives and while Sarah is caught up in the politics of war, she fills in as the Queen's companion. Their friendship gives Abigail a chance to fulfil her ambition of returning to her aristocratic roots and she will not let woman, man, politics or rabbit stand in her way.

    15 - Running Time 119 minutes.

    To see the trailer please click here and then
    click the 'Watch Trailer' button on the Arts Alive web page.

    13 DECEMBER 2019



    Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw.

    Director Rob Marshall.

    Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

    U - Running Time 130 minutes.

    To see the trailer please click here and then
    click the 'Watch Trailer' button on the Arts Alive web page.

    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: 11/07/2019


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

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

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


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Notice

    Talk: Wildlife of Finland
    Wednesday 3rd July 7pm

    Venue: Marden Community Lounge, Marden Primary Academy, Marden Hereford, HR1 3DT.

    Cost: No booking required! A donation of £2.00per HWT member and £3.00 per non-member would be appreciated.

    Queenswood Pollinator Festival
    Saturday 6th July

  • Talk: Bumble Bee Identification, 10am to 11am
  • Talk: Save the Bees - what does this actually mean though?, 11.30 to 12.30pm
  • Family Bee & Butterfly Walk, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Bug Bonanza, 2 to 4 pm

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

    Cost: All activities are free but advance booking is recommended.

    Outdoor Theatre: Toad of Toad Hall,
    Sunday 14th July, 1.30pm

    The Dreamshed Theatre Company present Toad of Toad Hall: the tale of this well-loved character and his friends from the river bank.

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

    Cost: £6 adults; £3 children, booking essential.

    Summer Snail Day:
    slow pace, beautiful space, nature connection and creative reflection
    Saturday 20th July, 10 to 3pm

    A day of nature connection and experimental creativity with Alice Savery. We will explore the natural spaces of the Arboretum and woodland and really look at the natural surroundings to see what we can find. We will play with creativity through collecting, creating and sharing – no previous art experience necessary.

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

    Cost: £60, booking essential.

    Adventure Club
    Runs every Tuesday of the summer holidays, 9am to 4pm

    Summer-inspired adventures in the woods. Activities include campfire cooking, fire lighting, den building, using tools, games, seasonal crafts and more! For children aged 7 to 13 years old, unaccompanied.

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

    Cost: £22; booking essential.

    Get Crafty!
    Runs every Wednesday of the summer holidays, 1.30 to 3.30pm

    Summer, nature-inspired crafts for ages 2 to 12 years with free sensory play for under 2s.

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

    Cost: £2, no booking required.

    Outdoor Cinema Screening – Labyrinth!
    Friday August 16th 2019 9pm – 10.40pm
    (Parking from 7.30pm)

    Venture through the trees and prepare to journey into the Labyrinth in this classic Jim Henson 80s fantasy movie. The late, great David Bowie, young starlet Jennifer Connelly and a whole host of unforgettable characters, songs and stunning visuals combine to create a nostalgic trip filled with magic, danger and adventure. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. The film is rated U. Ticket price includes parking. You are welcome to bring picnics to the event, including soft drinks, however no alcohol is permitted.

    Venue: Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum (Oak Avenue).

    Cost: £10 -£17 per ticket.

    Booking essential: https://www.alfrescofilm.co.uk/events/labyrinth-u-queenswood/.

    Watercolour Painting at Bodenham Lake –
    reflections, refractions and wonders of light!

    Sunday 18th August, 10am - 4pm

    This workshop, led by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Artist-in-Residence Richard Bavin, is aimed at those with some experience of watercolour painting.

    We will be sketching outdoors in the morning at Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve which offers both the lake and the River Lugg as subjects for your paintings. Richard will give an introductory tutorial then one-to-one guidance.

    In the afternoon, we will relocate indoors to the Jubilee Building at Queenswood Country Park, a few minutes’ drive away. Richard will give a tutorial on experimental techniques then the afternoon will focus on developing a finished painting from your morning’s sketches.

    Venue: Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve, HR1 3JT & Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, HR6 0PY.

    Cost: £60, booking essential: https://www.herefordshirewt.org/.

    Walk: foraging for medicinal herbs and flowers
    Saturday 24th August, 10am to 12 noon and again from 1pm to 3pm

    Qualified medical herbalist Rowan McOnegal will lead a two-hour ramble around Queenswood identifying herbs and flowers and discussing their medicinal and edible uses.

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

    Cost: £8; booking essential.

    Date posted: 09/06/2019


    St Michael's Hospice Notice

    A talented team of Hospice supporters is preparing for a spectacular
    flower festival to mark 35 years of St Michael’s Hospice.

    A decade ago, the same team created the hugely successful
    ‘A Cornucopia of Silver’, followed three years later by ‘Precious Time’.

    Now, Carola Kean, Stephen Rabbitts, Jacqueline Flack and Joan Davies
    are reuniting once again for a floral gallery of Transformation and Peace.

    More than 40 arrangers and groups from across Herefordshire and adjoining counties are supporting the event which takes place at Lyde Arundel from 13th - 15th September.

    The festival will not only touch the heart of all its visitors, giving them the opportunity to remember loved ones, but it will also be an enjoyable event, which will include a Preview
    Evening and Floral Entertainment Evening. For more information, visit www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/, contact Paddy Nugent on 01432-852 641, or email pnugent@smhospicehereford.org.

    Performing at the flower festival will be the St Michael’s Hospice Community Choir. The group features Hospice volunteers and staff members, plus those from the community who enjoy singing.

    The Choir, which performs at various events throughout the year, would love
    to welcome more men, particularly bass or tenor.

    If you’re interested in joining, or for more information, call
    Denise Bishop at St Michael’s on 01432-852 656.

    Date posted: 02/05/2019


    St Michael's Hospice Notice

    A varied array of venues makes up the St Michael’s Hospice Open Gardens programme for 2019.

    The Hospice’s free-entry Plant Fair kicks off the season on 3rd - 4th May in Bartestree.

    The final Open Gardens will be on 18th September with A Day of Gardens, Delicious Lunch and Poetry, featuring a trip around three spectacular Herefordshire gardens.

    Between those dates there are a host of attractions ranging from community open gardens in Weobley, Kimbolton and the Aylestone Hill area of Hereford, to the beautiful Gatley Park on the edge of Mortimer Forest between Leominster and Ludlow, and popular wedding, event and holiday venue Brinsop Court, plus many others.

    Last year, a record-breaking £45,000 was raised throughout the Open Gardens season meaning that over the years, Open Gardens have helped collect over £125,000 for St Michael’s.

    For a full list of gardens, pick up a copy of our Open Gardens brochure from any one of our retail shops, at the Hospice in Bartestree, or by calling our Community Fundraising team on 01432-851 000. They are also available at http://www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/.

    Playing the Hospice Lottery

    These days, £1 can’t buy you much. A coffee, weekend newspaper, and even a bag of chips will set you back more. But one thing it will secure you is a weekly entry into the St Michael’s Hospice Lottery draw.

    We have a first prize of £1,000, and 23 other cash prizes every week. So, to make Fridays feel grand, fill out an application form at http://www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk/ or call 01432-851 000.

    Date posted: 02/04/2019
    Contact Tel: See above


    Bodenham Parish Council Notice

    The latest litter pick - held on Saturday, 23rd March - was not quite as successful as the record haul at the previous one. Nevertheless, 20 bags of rubbish were collected, plus sundry large items, such as two diversion signs. (To see a photograph please click on the ‘more details’ link below). A live shotgun cartridge and a dead deer were also found and the latter has been reported to Herefordshire Council.

    In alphabetical order the 28 litter pickers were: Sharon Avery, Gwen and Bob Bowden, Rebecca and Tim Burnill, Jasmin and Jodes Collins, Nina Dowler, John Duncan, Jennifer Easson, Chris Hemming, Robin George, Louise Little, Susan and Andrew Maxwell, Tony Mitcheson, Tracy Morris, Nan Murdoch, Jenny Nicolson, Sue Pearmain, Debbie and Andrew Pound, Rhian Powell, Chris Smith, Anna, Jennifer, and Sally and Gareth. Apologies to anyone whose name doesn’t appear here or is incomplete. if so, please let Chris Smith, the Parish Clerk, know at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com so that you can be properly credited.

    Thanks are also due to Babs Mitcheson for preparing the soup, bread rolls and coffee, and Balfour Beatty for providing the equipment and removing the rubbish.

    The next litter pick will be held on Saturday, 2nd November 2019

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


    Bodenham Leisure Club Notice

    The Leisure Club Programme for 2019 is as follows:

    January14thLunch in The Parish Hall at 1 pm.
    28thBirthday Celebrations at 2.30 pm in the Parish Hall.
    February11th'Caring for your Feet', Stacey Gardner, Foot Care Practitioner.
    25thGame of Bingo.
    March11thPostal History presented by Mr. Vic Williams.
    25thSpring Coach Trip - details and times later.
    April8thKatrien Phipps will help us make some handicraft.
    22ndEaster Holiday Weekend, NO MEETING.
    May13thVisit from Hereford and Worcestershire Fire Service.
    27thNO MEETING Bank Holiday
    June10thStrawberry Tea and Annual General Meeting.
    24thLunch in Parish Hall at 1 pm.
    July8thBeetle Drive.
    22ndSummer Coach Trip. Details later.
    August12thSocial and Chat afternoon.
    26thNO MEETING Bank Holiday.
    September9thPoetry led by Mr Vic Williams. 'Competition - compose a short poem’.
    23rdLunch in the Parish Hall at 1 pm.
    October14thAutumn Coach Trip. Details later.
    28th Mr. Frank Ryding will talk about his work with the Red Cross.
    November11thGame of Bingo.
    25th'Lost in Hereford' presented by Mr David Hill, followed by Christmas Tea.
    December9thChristmas Lunch. Venue and time to be decided.

    The first meeting in 2020 will be on Monday 13th of January in the Parish Hall at 1 pm for Lunch. Annual Subscriptions are due at this meeting.

    All other meetings will take place in the Parish Hall at 2.30 pm, unless specified.

    Please phone Gwen or Nan if you wish to attend the Lunches.

    Chairperson and SecretaryMrs. Gwenllian Bowden01568-797868
    TreasurerMrs Dorothy Pugh01568-797268
    Programme SecretaryMrs. Nan Murdoch01568-797595

    To download a copy of the Programme please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 12/03/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Notice

    At February’s meeting of the Bodenham Gardening Club a talk was given by Rose Farrington of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust about the current Queenswood Heritage Gateway Project which is running until October 2019.

    Part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the history of Queenwood is being researched. The wood is thought to originate from ancient woodland which originally reached across into Wales. During the 18th century it become part of the Hampton Court Estate and records show that it was a managed woodland, producing income for at least two centuries.

    Everything changed during WW1 when all the timber was felled for the war effort. There is one surviving oak tree which is thought to be 150 years old. As the area was now no longer viable for income it was threatened to be built upon for holiday bungalows. The Campaign to Protect Rural England stepped in with a public appeal and bought the land in 1934. More funding became available in 1935 as a Memorial of the Silver Jubilee of George V and the land handed over to Hereford County Council for public use.

    By 1945 the trees were regenerating, and it was decided to start replant the central section as an arboretum. In 1953, to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, a further appeal supported more planting and the area became “Queenswood”. A further funding appeal in 1987 resulted in the relocation of two historic local timber framed buildings to preserve them from demolition. These are now the shop and café by the parking area.

    Under the care of the Wildlife Trust today, the woodland will be sustainably managed whilst encouraging an increase in flora and fauna diversity. Plans are for a WW1 Commemorative Woodland designed by Des Hughes as a visual artwork.

    A celebration event is being planned for this autumn.

    Date posted: 05/03/2019



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

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

    Date posted: 16/02/2019


    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


    SIL Notice

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

    SIL provides the following services:

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

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

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

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

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

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



    Bodenham Compassionate Community
    ~ Co-Co ~

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

    The booklet can be obtained from:

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

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

    Date posted: 01/11/2018


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Bodenham Women's Oral History Project Group Notice

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

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

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

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

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

    Comments on the process

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

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

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

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

    Sue Warren
    October 2018

    Date posted: 18/10/2018


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

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

    The Management Committee are therefore looking for a replacement.

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

    Date posted: 17/10/2018


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice

    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

    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust have issued the following press release:

    Osprey nesting platform installed to attract rare species to Bodenham Lake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

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

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

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

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

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


    Bodenham Ramblers Notice

    Fitness AND Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

    Date posted: 03/12/2017


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    Did you know ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Vivien Moffitt

    Date posted: 04/11/2017



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

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

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

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

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


    Bodenham Romania Support Group Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Bodenham Community Charity Notice

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

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

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

    Date posted: 03/06/2016


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Date posted: 02/04/2016



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

    You can find them at:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The procedure is:

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

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



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

    The Archive includes:

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

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

  • records relating to St Michael’s church

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

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

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

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

    Date posted: 11/02/2014


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice


    Dear Parishioners

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

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

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

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

    Many thanks

    Lyn Pollard

    Date posted: 02/02/2014


    Bodenham Community Plan Steering Group Notice

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

    1. Click on the link below.

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

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

    4. Click on Send / Submit.

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


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