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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.

    27 May
    Late May Bank Holiday 
    27 May
    Start of Half TermSt Michael’s School
    31 May
    End of Half TermSt Michael’s School
    9 June
    Big Breakfast (9.00am – 11.00am)
    in aid of St Michael’s School
    Parish Hall
    15 June
    Bodenham Church Fete (Poster)St Michael’s Church
    18 July
    End of Summer TermSt Michael’s School
    17 August
    37th Annual Garden ShowParish Hall
    18 August
    Annual Bowling Club Hog RoastParish Hall
    26 August
    August Bank Holiday 
    Saturday 7 SeptemberLudlow Concert Band Evening (7.00pm)St Michael’s Church
    12 October
    Annual BFPG Bonfire PartyMillcroft Farm
    26 October
    60’s NightParish Hall
    2 November
    Litter Pick (10.30am – 12.30pm
    Followed by free lunch
    Parish Hall
    29 November
    Annual BFPG Quiz NightParish Hall
    30 November
    Church Christmas Bazaar (2.00pm)Parish Hall
    25 December
    Christmas Day 
    26 December
    Boxing Day 
    1 January
    New Year’s Day 

    Date posted: 20/05/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice


    SATURDAY, 15th JUNE 2019

    At 2.00pm Bodenham Church

    “Come and enjoy a Fun Afternoon”

    : Books, Bottles, Bric-a-Brac, Cakes,
    Cards, Gifts, Jewellery, Jams/ Chutneys,
    Toiletries, Tombola, Toys, Grand Draw
    Art Club Paintings/ Quilting, Honey Products,
    David Griffiths’ Plants, Hereford Owl Rescue display,
    Bell Tower Tours and Refreshments

    Games: Coconut Shy, Hula Hoop, Hoopla,
    Load the Marbles, Name the Teddy, Play your Cards Right,
    Splat the Rat, Skittles, Treasure Hunt etc…

    We would welcome any donations for the above Stalls
    Helpers to assist in manning the stalls/ games on the day.

    Please contact Heather Davies on 01568-797826

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

    Date posted: 20/05/2019
    Link: Click here for more details



    The majority of local residents will now be aware of the results of the Herefordshire Council elections and that I have lost my seat as the Hampton Ward District Councillor. I’ve been a regular contributor to this website and have always tried to keep politics out of the story and having represented you for the past four years, I was left wondering what on earth I had done wrong and who I may have upset to deserve this result.

    It soon became clear that with over 1200 Conservative Councillors throughout England losing their seats, including 14 in Herefordshire, this was a direct protest vote about Brexit and the extremely poor performance by all the parliamentary parties, resulting in the current fiasco. However, I’ve since received a number of supportive emails and phone calls from residents and parish councillors, so I don’t think the vote was a personal attack against me.

    Protest votes are all well and good of course and must be respected, but the result is now a hung council with a coalition of some description on the near horizon. There are now five distinct political groups serving on Herefordshire Council, with completely different agendas, who will all be vying for a slice of the action within the administration.

    I don’t want to sound too negative, but this could result in some unforeseen outcomes for the county, including the possible disruption to, or cancellation of several large capital programmes and I'm left wondering if this really is what the voters wanted. A direct result of the ‘law of unintended consequences’, maybe?

    I would like to thank the six parish clerks within the Ward and all the parish councillors, for their hard work and constant support during my term as Ward Councillor. I thoroughly enjoyed the role and I will certainly miss the people and all the future challenges. With luck, my golf handicap should now improve!

    With best wishes to you all

    Bruce Baker

    Date posted: 04/05/2019


    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


    Bodenham Bowling Club Notice

    As I write this the opening of the green for the 2019 season has happened on a bright but bitterly cold Saturday.

    It was great to have a number of new folks turning up for a go and we hope that maybe they will decide to join us. It was a very happy afternoon and we all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea brought by us all.

    Club evening on a Monday evening as near to 18.00 as we are able will see the green in play

    The Club friendlies are as scheduled in the Club Handbook and are also on the parish Website. In addition to this the details of these matches are on display in the club pavilion. In addition to this information, when there is a home friendly a catering list is posted and Jean Fryer who co ordinates the catering on behalf of the club always appreciates it if members sign up to set up the room, clear away afterwards and of course bring the food . The Club reimburses the folk who bring the food. There is always a raffle held when there is a club friendly and a small charge for each member playing to help cover the cost of both their and their opposite number in the visiting team.

    All details of the Wednesday evenings Men’s League are in the Club Handbook and on display in the pavilion and on the Parish Web Site.

    The annual club Hog Roast is to be in the Parish Hall (or outside if wonderfully warm) on Sunday 18th August. More details will be available nearer the time.

    Wishing all the players a cheerful positive season.

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

    Date posted: 01/05/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    The Coffee Morning/ Plant Sale held at the Church in aid of Church Funds was a great success. We were most fortunate with the weather after a very 'unstable' week and this event was very well supported.

    Special thanks must go to everyone who gave plants, cakes and draw prizes.

    Thanks to stall holders, ladies serving the refreshments and draw ticket sellers.

    Most of all many thanks to everyone who came to the Church on the day raising a fantastic total in excess of £580 +

    Surplus plants still available outside Millcroft Farm!

    Thank you all

    Liz Davies

    Date posted: 01/05/2019


    Bodenham Leisure Club Notice

    There will only be one meeting this month, due to May Bank Holiday falling at the end of the month.

    On MAY 13th at 2.30 pm in the Parish Hall, we hope to have a visit from HEREFORD AND WORCESTERSHIRE FIRE SERVICE.

    Of course, in the event of the Fire Service being called to attend an incident, we will have a Picture Quiz for our amusement.

    As usual our meetings are open for visitors and guests to join us for some light refreshments, take part in our Raffle and browse through the books and goods for sale at our Sales Table.

    Need some more information about the club?

    Call Nan: 01568-797595.

    Date posted: 01/05/2019


    Marden Guides and Senior Section Notice

    Marden Guides & Rangers celebrated Earth Hour by switching the lights off for an hour, and making chocolate crispy cakes by melting chocolate over a nightlight. We also made elephants out of plastic milk containers. We earned a brilliant WWF Earth hour badge, made from recycled plastic.

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

    We build girl’s confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential, face challenges and have fun! Come and join us.

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

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

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

    Alison Thomas – Guide Leader

    Date posted: 01/05/2019
    Contact Name: See above
    Contact Tel: See above


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

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

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

    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: 01/05/2019
    Link: Click here for more details




    60’S NIGHT

    Saturday 26 October 2019
    Bodenham Parish Hall

    Following the success of the 1940’s evening last November
    we are delighted to welcome once again


    Date posted: 01/05/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    2019 SUMMER FETE

    SATURDAY, 15th JUNE 2019

    St Michael's Church
    2.00 pm

    Would like to have a craft or similar stall,
    or would like to donate items to the Church Stalls?

    Spring is here - declutter your home:
    We need: Bric-a-Brac, Books, Bottles, Gifts,
    Jewellery, Tombola, Toys, Toiletries (also cakes)

    Can you HELP on the day – especially with
    the many games?

    For further information please contact
    Heather Davies on 01568-797826

    Date posted: 01/05/2019


    Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC Notice

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

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

    Date posted: 30/04/2019
    Link: Click here for more details


    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


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    The Band will be playing in St Michael and All Angels' Church at 7.00pm on Saturday, 7 September 2019. Details to follow.

    Date posted: 19/03/2019


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

    This year's Christmas Bazaar in aid of St Michael's Church will be at 2.00pm on Saturday, 30 November in Bodenham Parish Hall.

    Details will follow nearer the time, but, if you are able to help by having a stall, providing books or other items for sale, or helping in any other way, please let Heather Davies know at heatherelwyn@btinternet.com.

    Date posted: 17/03/2019


    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


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

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

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


    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


    Bodenham Gardening Club Notice

    Bodenham Gardening Club

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

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

    Programme 2018-19

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

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



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

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

    The booklet can be obtained from:

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

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

    Date posted: 01/11/2018


    Herefordshire Wildlife Trust Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Bodenham Women's Oral History Project Group Notice

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

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

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

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

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

    Comments on the process

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

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

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

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

    Sue Warren
    October 2018

    Date posted: 18/10/2018


    Bodenham Parish Hall Notice

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

    The Management Committee are therefore looking for a replacement.

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

    Date posted: 17/10/2018


    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


    St Michael and All Angels Church Bodenham Notice

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

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

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

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

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

    Tony Smith, Organist and Choirmaster

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



    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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