History Evening, April 25th – Humphry Repton in Herefordshire

Our speaker for the next Local History Evening on Thursday April 25th is David Whitehead who will give an illustrated talk about Humphry Repton in Herefordshire. This is particularly relevant to us as we have local examples of Repton’s work at Garnons and The Weir at Kenchester. As usual the talk takes place at the New Bridge Community Centre at Bridge Sollars at 7.30pm, admission £3 to include coffee and biscuits.

The list of our future meetings is as follows:

May 23rd The History of Lady Hawkins School, Kington by Allan Lloyd

September 26th Strange and Wonderful Herefordshire Churches by Penny Platts

October 31st Lost Country Houses of Herefordshire (part 2) by John Macklin

November 28th to be arranged

That’s the plan but it’s likely that the May talk will have to be cancelled if the community centre is being used for EU elections – Electoral Services have booked it so presumably they are expecting the election to happen. In that case I will try to book Allan for the November slot.

Sue Hubbard

Film Night, 6th April – Bohemian Rhapsody

On Saturday 6th April we will be showing Bohemian Rhapsody, the award winning story of Freddy Mercury and Queen from his joining the band in 1970 to their Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985.

As usual Film Night takes place at the New Bridge Community Centre in St Andrew’s church at 7.15pm (doors open at 7), admission £5 to include coffee and biscuits. Visitors welcome

Local History Evening, 28th March – Lost Country Houses of Herefordshire

At our meeting on Thursday (28th) John Macklin will present an illustrated talk entitled Lost Country Houses of Herefordshire in which he will remind us of the many great houses in the county which were destroyed during the 20th century.

The talk will take place at the New Bridge Community Centre in St Andrew’s church at 7.30pm, admission £3 to include coffee and biscuits. Visitors welcome.

Help us Spring clean our parish this April

Come and join us as our parish takes part in the Great Herefordshire Spring Clean this year with the following litter picking days:

Bishopstone – Saturday 6th April 2019 at 10.00am.
Meet at the Telephone box

Mansell Gamage – Saturday 14th April 2019 at 10.00am.
Meet by the Notice Board

Byford – Cllr Hubbard and Cllr Holmes are organising a party to clear up Solitary Island where there is a problem with fly tipping.

There was a great turn-out for last year’s litter pick with over 15 bags of rubbish collected in Bishopstone alone.  We look forward to your help again this year.

John Macklin, Chairman of Bishopstone Group Parish Council

Free membership to New Bridge Community Centre

The New Bridge Community Centre is a small membership charity whose purpose is to run a community centre for the benefit of the residents of Bishopstone, Bridge Sollars, Byford, Kentchester and Mansell Gamage.  The centre promotes and facilitates educational, training and social activities.

We do this through holding film nights, talks, coffee mornings and many other activities.  The charity is managed by a committee of trustees elected by the members at the AGM.

Advantages of membership:

  • Helping the Charity to run the Community Centre for the benefit of local residents.
  • Electing the Trustees who run the Community Centre.
  • The chance to become a Trustee yourself and take decisions about our activities and events.

AGM, 4th April 2019 at 7.30pm – New Bridge Community Centre, Bridge Sollars

If you would like to become a member, please write your name and contact details in the membership book held at the Community Centre or email the Secretary – hubbard7jz @ btinternet.com so details and the agenda for the AGM can be sent to you.

Everyone is welcome, you don’ have to be a member to use the Centre.


Carousel: A Herefordshire Life Through a Lens

Following audience favourites, ‘Stories from the Hop Yards’ and ‘Chewing the Cud’, ‘a new film ‘Carousel: A Herefordshire Life Through a Lens’ will be shown 11-12th March in Hereford and 13-14th March in Malvern.

This new Catcher Media film delves deeper into the Derek Evans’ photographic archive from the 1950s-1970s, bringing you the stories behind his photographs of the county, from the May Fair to Hereford United, from the Fownhope Heart of Oak walk to jazz clubs, from childhood to politics and much more.

The film is part of the Herefordshire Life Through a Lens project, which explores the huge collection of images and negatives from Herefordshire photographer Derek Evans. Alongside digitising and exhibiting his archive, the project is creating an extensive selection of over a 100 oral history videos from Herefordshire people, about the memories the photographs evoke. The archive consists of over 200,000 negatives, 790 exhibition images, hundreds of
prints, scrapbooks full of newspaper cuttings, photo journals, and daily log books of the studio’s activities.

Carousel will screen at the Courtyard Hereford on 11th and 12th March, and then at Malvern Theatres on 13th and 14th March 2019.

See where the other village screenings will take place.

Rubbish & recycling collections are changing

To improve the efficiency of the waste and recycling collection service, Herefordshire Council is making some changes. Check if your collection day or collection week is affected – www.herefordshire.gov.uk/bincollection

Just enter your post code in the online form to find out.  All changes take effect from week commencing 18 March 2019.

Don’t miss a collection: Always put your bin out by 6.30am on your collection day, or the evening before, even if your day has not changed.