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NOTICE BOARD - LOCAL NEWS

  Notice
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!



CALENDAR OF MAIN PARISH EVENTS

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
here.

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.
  •    
    2020
       
    JANUARY
    Tuesday
    7 January
    Start of Spring TermSt Michael’s School
    Friday
    10 January
    Flicks in the Sticks present Stan and Ollie
    (7.00pm for 7.30pm) (Trailer)
    Parish Hall
    Wednesday
    15 January
    Travels with a Camera Rivers of the Tsars - St Petersburg, Moscow and the rivers in between by Sandy Brook (7.30pm – 9.15pm) Bodenham Chapel
    Monday
    27 January
    Travels with a Camera Through the Atherton Tablelands of Australia - Cairns to Forsayth via the pretty route by Mike Steadman (7.30pm – 9.15pm) Bodenham Chapel
       
    FEBRUARY
    Saturday
    8 February
    Annual BFPG Coffee MorningSiward James Centre
    Monday
    10 February
    Travels with a Camera The toughest walk in Europe by Bob Burson (7.30pm – 9.15pm) Bodenham Chapel
    Friday
    14 February
    Flicks in the Sticks present The White Crow
    (7.00pm for 7.30pm) (Trailer)
    Parish Hall
    17 – 21 FebruaryHalf TermSt Michael’s School
    Friday
    21 February
    Travels with a Camera Venice Pictorial by Barry Wilson (7.30pm – 9.15pm) Bodenham Chapel
       
    MARCH
       
    Wednesday
    4 March
    Travels with a Camera The Lynmouth Flood - August 1952 by Richard Haynes (7.30pm – 9.15pm) Bodenham Chapel
    Wednesday
    11 March
    Travels with a Camera Chernobyl &the Exclusion zone – 2019 by Andy & Rhian Hillier (7.30pm – 9.15pm) Bodenham Chapel
    Friday
    13 March
    Flicks in the Sticks present The Wife
    (7.00pm for 7.30pm) (Trailer)
    Parish Hall
    Saturday
    21 March
    Litter Pick (10.30am – 12.30pm
    Followed by free lunch
    Parish Hall
    Tuesday
    24 March
    Travels with a Camera From Himalaya to Hindu Kush: A journey through North Pakistan by Audrey Nunn (7.30pm – 9.15pm) Bodenham Chapel
       
    APRIL
    Friday
    3 April
    End of Spring TermSt Michael’s School
    Friday
    3 April
    Travels with a Camera Looking back at 2018 & 2019 by Dave Hill (7.30pm – 9.15pm) Bodenham Chapel
    Saturday
    4 April
    Plant SaleSt Michael’s Church
    Friday
    10 April
    Good Friday 
    Friday
    10 April
    Flicks in the Sticks present Fishermans Friends
    (7.00pm for 7.30pm) (Trailer)
    Parish Hall
    Sunday
    12 April
    Easter Day 
    Sunday
    13 April
    Easter Monday Bank Holiday 
    Monday
    20 April
    Start of Summer TermSt Michael’s School
       
    MAY
    Friday
    8 May
    Early May Bank Holiday
    (75th Anniversary of VE Day)
     
    Monday
    25 May
    Late May Bank Holiday 
    25 – 29 MayHalf TermSt Michael’s School
       
    JUNE
       
    JULY
    Tuesday
    7 July
    Gardening Club Garden Party
    Friday
    17 July
    End of Summer TermSt Michael’s School
       
    AUGUST
    Monday
    31 August
    August Bank Holiday 
       
    SEPTEMBER
       
    OCTOBER
       
    NOVEMBER
       
    Saturday
    7 November
    Litter Pick (10.30am – 12.30pm
    Followed by free lunch
    Parish Hall
       
    DECEMBER
    Tuesday
    1 December
    Gardening Club Christmas Party 
    Friday
    25 December
    Christmas Day 
    Saturday
    26 December
    Boxing Day 
       
       



    Date posted: 02/01/2020

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    Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC Notice
    RURAL HUB NEWSLETTER (JANUARY 2020)


    The January 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: 20/12/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Travels With A Camera Notice
    TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA - WINTER PROGRAMME 2020


    TRAVELS WITH A CAMERA


    Wednesday January 15th
    The Rivers of the Tsars
    St Petersburg, Moscow and the rivers in between

    Presented by Sandy Brook
    (in aid of Ear Aid Nepal)


    Monday January 27th
    "Through the Atherton Tablelands of Australia"
    Cairns to Forsayth via the pretty route.

    Presented by Mike Steadman
    (in aid of Ear Aid Nepal)


    Monday February 10th
    The toughest walk in Europe
    Presented by Bob Burson
    (In aid of the Joy School in Jinja Uganda)


    Friday February 21st
    Venice Pictorial
    Presented by Barry Wilson
    (in aid of Ear Aid Nepal)


    Wednesday March 4th
    The Lynmouth Flood - August 1952
    Presented by Richard Haynes
    (in aid of Save the Children)


    Wednesday March 11th
    Chernobyl &the Exclusion zone – 2019
    Presented by Andy & Rhian Hillier
    (in aid of Ear Aid Nepal)


    Tuesday March 24th
    From Himalaya to Hindu Kush:
    A journey through North Pakistan

    Presented by Audrey Nunn
    (in aid of The Linda Norgrove Foundation)


    Friday April 3rd
    Looking back at 2018 & 2019
    A selection of images

    Presented by Dave Hill
    (in aid of Ear Aid Nepal)


    To see/ download the programme leaflet which also contains details of the charities being supported please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 18/12/2019
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dave Hill
    Contact Tel: 01568-797531
    Email Address: d.hill952@btinternet.com

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    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice
    PARISH HALL COMMITTEE MINUTES (25 SEP 2019)


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

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

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    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice
    THANK YOU!


    A big thank you to all those who came and supported the Fun Quiz Night at the Parish Hall on Friday, 29 November. Rich and Sandra provided us with an excellent quiz and congratulations to the "Stragglers" table who won the 6 bottles of prosecco. The evening raised £336 for the Bodenham Flood Protection Group's funds.

    Date posted: 04/12/2019

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    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice
    FLICKS IN THE STICKS SPRING 2020 PROGRAMME


    FLICKS IN THE STICKS

    Great Films In A Local, Warm & Comfy Village Setting

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



    10 JANUARY 2020

    STAN AND OLLIE

    Biography/Comedy/Drama.

    Starring Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, Shirley Henderson

    Director Jon S Baird.


    Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, two brilliant physical comedians, give delightful performances nailing the duo’s body language, mannerisms and routines. 1953 with their immense fame on the wane, Stan ‘Laurel’ and Ollie ‘Hardy’ embark on a gruelling farewell tour of British seaside towns. The tour starts badly; modest music halls, cramped little guesthouses, they struggle for audiences. But a series of TV guest spots rekindle the country’s interest and the buzz grows as they head towards a big London finale. But old resentments surface, particularly once ‘the wives’, Lucille and Ida, (a hilarious double act in their own right) join them. A charming, poignant, insightful study of lifelong male friendship this is a fitting tribute to the greatest pair of comedians of all time.

    12A - Running Time 97 minutes.

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




    14 FEBRUARY 2020

    THE WHITE CROW

    Biography/Drama with sub-titles

    Starring Oleg Ivanko, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Chulpan Khamatova, Ralph Fiennes, Alexey Morozov

    Director Ralph Fiennes.


    A young man of just 22, dressed in a black beret and a dark narrow suit, is on an aeroplane flying from St Petersburg to Paris. It is 1961 and Rudolf Nureyev, not yet the imperious figure of legend, is a member of the world-renowned Kirov Ballet Company, travelling for the first time outside the Soviet Union. Parisian life delights Nureyev and the young dancer is eager to consume all the culture, art and music the dazzling city has to offer. But the KGB officers who watch his every move become increasingly suspicious of his behavior and his friendship with the young Parisienne Clara Saint. When they finally confront Nureyev with a shocking demand, he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision, one that may change the course of his life forever and put his family and friends in terrible danger.

    12A - Running Time 127 minutes.

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




    13 MARCH 2020

    THE WIFE

    Drama.

    Starring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Max Irons, Christian Slater

    Director Bjorn Runge.


    After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe are complements. Joe enjoys his very public role as a Great American Novelist, the devoted Joan pours her considerable intellect, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man's Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Joan is about to drop a bombshell. It’s a pleasure simply to watch Close and Pryce at their considerable best. Poignant and powerful.

    15 - Running Time 100 minutes.

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




    10 APRIL 2020

    FISHERMANS FRIENDS

    Comedy/Drama/Music.

    Starring Daniel Mays, Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy

    Director Chris Foggin..


    A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means.

    12A - Running Time 112 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

    WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

    Any suggestions for future films are always welcome.





    Date posted: 04/12/2019

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    Maund Group of Parishes Notice
    COME AND JOIN THE BENEFICE CHOIR


    If you like singing come and join the Benefice Choir.

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

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

  • Carol Services:

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

    Amberley Christmas Eve 24th December 6.30pm

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

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

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

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

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    Marden Guides and Senior Section Notice
    GIRLGUIDING NEWS (DECEMBER 2019/ JANUARY 2020)


    Rainbows Promise ceremony. It was lucky 13 for Sutton Rainbows first ever promise night! On Wednesday 23rd October 13 girls and 1 leader made their Rainbow Promise. The evening started with each girl making her own promise potion containing stars to represent doing our best and rose petals representing being kind and helpful .

    We have had a busy opening term, working towards our drawing and communicate badge and we are all looking forward to our first trip to the cinema for the Girlguiding screening of Frozen 2.

    Marden Guides took part in the Remembrance Sunday service at Marden. We laid a wreath at the war memorial, then processed with flags at the service in the village hall – as the church was out of action due to flooding.

    We recently enjoyed a photography evening, to help the girls work towards their Photographer badge. We are also looking forward to joining the Rainbows and Brownies at the cinema to see Frozen 2.

    The Marden District Fun Day was a great success – girls tried out activities from our new programme, and we have several new members who have joined us. If you missed the Fun Day but would still like to find out more about us, you are very welcome to come along to see what we do. Just contact one of the leaders below.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

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    Bodenham Bowling Club Notice
    BOWLING CLUB NEWS (DECEMBER 2019/ JANUARY 2020)


    Barbara Gibson is a hard act to follow and I hope my reports are as interesting as hers.

    We had our annual dinner and presentation of competition winners’ trophies and prizes at the Fisherman’s Arms in Docklow. The food was delicious and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.

    As Barbara has already pointed out, we need to introduce new members to our game and we hope you will look out in the February and March Newsletters for the date of our OPEN DAY where we invite you to come and try the game. Families are welcome and children aged around 8 and over are welcome to have a go. We have plenty of bowls to try and you need to wear flat soled shoes to avoid
    damaging the green.

    During the winter months many of our members make use of the indoor bowls centre in Bridge Street, Leominster which is open to anyone. Telephone 01568 611172 for more information.

    Jean Fryer
    Tel: 01568 797338


    Date posted: 02/12/2019

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    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice
    PARISH HALL NEWS (DECEMBER 2019/ JANUARY 2020)


    I am sure many of you know that Ida Knott, our Booking Secretary, sadly passed away in October.

    Ida was a lovely, gentle and caring lady who was our Booking Secretary for many years willingly taking on this role temporarily until we found someone else; we never did so she stoically continued with this position until fairly recently and for this the Management Committee were eternally grateful. She was devoted to the Parish Hall and took an interest in all that went on and was done to enhance the premises for the hirers. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

    The Management Committee takes this opportunity to thank all the hirers and users for their support over the past 12 months and wish you all

    A VERY HAPPY AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Due to increased costs the Parish Hall Management Committee are currently reviewing the hire fees.

    For the latest fees please refer to the Parish Council website under Bodenham Parish Hall.


    January 2020

    All details for bookings and hirers as now, please.

    As we start a New Year the Parish Hall Management Committee wish all hirers and
    users a
    VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR
    and we look forward to your continued support in 2020.

    Gwenllian Bowden, Secretary


    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.


    HOURLY RATES (from 1 January 2020)


    Main Hall£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £12.50)
    Stage Only£6.00 per hour
    Committee Room£6.00 per hour
    Store/Back Room£10.00 per evening
    Party/Dance£130 from 6pm - midnight. £10 per hour for additional hours.
    Concert/Musical Evening£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £65)
    Quiz Night/Bingo£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £32)
    Childrens Party under 14£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £30)
    Jumble Sale£10.00 per hour (Minimum charge £48)
    Wedding£225 per day. Hourly rate applies previous/following day.



    BODENHAM PARISH HALL REGULAR ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE

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

    TO BOOK THE HALL PLEASE CONTACT ROBIN KNOTT AT robinknott835@btinternet.com WITH YOUR NAME, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND AN INDICATION OF WHAT IS REQUIRED.

    Date posted: 02/12/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Leisure Club Notice
    LEISURE CLUB NEWS (DECEMBER 2019/ JANUARY 2020)


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

    December:

    This month we only have one meeting and all members are invited along for a pre Christmas meal.

    MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER. We are meeting for a Christmas lunch at the Royal Oak, Worcester.

    The cost will be £15 which includes the cost of transport. The coach will leave the Parish Hall at 11.00am and will also call at the Doctors Surgery shortly after.

    Please can you let Gwen know if you are able to join us and also make a menu selection.


    From the New Year there will only be one meeting a month.

    MONDAY 27TH JANUARY. We will meet in the Parish Hall at 2.30pm for a birthday tea celebration and chat. Subscriptions are also due at this event.

    There will be the usual sales table and raffle.

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


    Date posted: 02/12/2019

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    West Mercia Police Notice
    TELEPHONE SCAM OPERATING ACROSS HEREFORDSHIRE


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice
    ADVANCE NOTICE - ANNUAL COFFEE MORNING


    BODENHAM FLOOD PROTECTION GROUP

    Invite you to a

    COFFEE MORNING

    On Saturday, 8th February 2020

    At

    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: 17/11/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Flood Protection Group Notice
    A WAKE UP CALL


    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

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    The Cinnamon Trust Notice
    CAN YOU HELP?


    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

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    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice
    PARISH HALL COMMITTEE MINUTES (17 JULY 2019)


    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

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    Bodenham Gardening Club Notice
    GARDENING CLUB PROGRAMME FOR 2020


    The Gardening Club Programme for 2020 can be found here.

    Date posted: 06/09/2019

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    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice
    ST MICHAEL’S WEATHERVANE APPEAL - CAN YOU HELP?


    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

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    Community Wheels Notice
    DO YOU HAVE A NEED FOR TRANSPORT?


    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

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    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice
    DO YOU HAVE A FRIENDLY FACE?


    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

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    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice
    ‘COME AND SING’



    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

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    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice
    (VERY) ADVANCE NOTICE - PLANT SALE


    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

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    West Mercia Police Notice
    RISKS OF SWIMMING IN LAKES, QUARRIES OR OPEN WATER


    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
    https://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/water/advice/children-young-people/.

    Date posted: 25/07/2019

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    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice
    MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MINUTES (22 MAY 19)


    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

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    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice
    PARISH HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE 2018 AGM MINUTES


    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

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    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice
    FLICKS IN THE STICKS AUTUMN 2019 PROGRAMME


    FLICKS IN THE STICKS

    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

    MAMMA MIA HERE WE GO AGAIN

    Comedy/Musical/Romance.

    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

    KING OF THIEVES

    Crime/Drama.

    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

    THE FAVOURITE

    Biography/Comedy/Drama.

    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

    MARY POPPINS RETURNS

    Comedy/Family/Fantasy.

    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

    WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

    Any suggestions for future films are always welcome.




    Date posted: 11/07/2019

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    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice
    PARISH HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MINUTES -20 MARCH


    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

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    Bodenham Leisure Club Notice
    LEISURE CLUB PROGRAMME FOR 2019


    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

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    DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL MEMORIES OF BODENHAM LAKE?



    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

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    SIL Notice
    SERVICES FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (SIL)


    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

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    BODENHAM COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY



    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

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    THE BODENHAM BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE


    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

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    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Notice
    WINTER WOODLAND MANAGEMENT AT QUEENSWOOD


    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

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    Bodenham Women's Oral History Project Group Notice
    BODENHAM WOMEN’S ORAL HISTORY PROJECT


    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

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    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice
    PARISH HALL BOOKING SECRETARY


    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

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    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice
    OSPREY NESTING PLATFORM NOW AT BODENHAM LAKE


    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

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    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice
    ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH BELLS


    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

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    Bodenham Ramblers Notice
    FITNESS AND FUN WITH THE BODENHAM RAMBLERS


    Fitness AND Fun

    BODENHAM RAMBLERS
    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

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    THE PHARMACY AT BODENHAM SURGERY


    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.

    Signed

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

    Date posted: 03/12/2017

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    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice
    REMEMBRANCE IN BODENHAM


    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

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    COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITIES


    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

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    Bodenham Romania Support Group Notice
    CLOSURE OF THE BODENHAM ROMANIA SUPPORT GROUP


    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

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    Bodenham Community Charity Notice
    BODENHAM COMMUNITY CHARITY


    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

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    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust & New Leaf CIC Notice
    BODENHAM LAKES AND QUEENSWOOD


    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

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      Notice
    DEFIBRILLATORS ARE GO!!


    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.
    ON NO ACCOUNT TOUCH THE CASUALTY
    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

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      Notice
    BODENHAM HISTORY – THE ANTHEA BRIAN ARCHIVE


    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

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    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice
    SUPPORTING THE CHURCH


    ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS CHURCH
    BODENHAM


    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

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    Bodenham Community Plan Steering Group Notice
    ORDERING REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS BY E-MAIL


    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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