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 @ 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 –

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.

Local History Evening, 28th Feb – Knights Templar

St Michaels Church, Garway, Herefordshire

At our meeting on Thursday February 28th Gil McHattie will present an illustrated talk about the rise and fall of the Knights Templar with a special focus on Herefordshire sites where the Templars were active.

The talk will take place at the New Bridge Community Centre in Bridge Sollars church (postcode HR4 7JH) at 7.30pm, admission £3 to include coffee and biscuits. Visitors welcome

Whisky Galore for our Film Night, 2nd February

The next Film night will be on the 2nd February when we will be showing the film Whisky Galore. This is a British film, a remake of the 1949 Ealing Comedy of the same name.

Admission is £5 (including coffee and biscuits) and the films starts at 7.15 pm, all welcome.

The film is a celebration of canny Scots outwitting humourless (and partly English) officialdom: a ship runs aground on a fictional Hebridean island during the second world war and the locals do their best to liberate some of the thousands of whisky bottles in its cargo. Cue cat-and-mouse shenanigans as the home guard try to reinforce wartime discipline and prevent imbibement above and beyond the quota level.

Christmas Carol Services in our parish

Here are the Christmas Carol Services in our parish:

3 pm on Sunday 16th December. Everyone welcome – tea/coffee and mince pies will be served after the service.

Bridge Sollars:
9.30 am on Sunday 23rd December

Byford and Mansell Gamage:
6 pm on Sunday December 9th (St John the Baptist church) followed by light refreshments at Byford Court by kind invitation of Marlow and Rachel. Everyone welcome.

6 pm on Sunday 23rd December. We welcome all to join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the church after our service.

The Christmas Eve Holy Communion Service is at Bishopstone at 10 pm.

Local History Evening – Thursday 29th November 2018

At our next meeting we welcome Steve Edwards who will tell the story of Rowland Vaughan of Newcourt, his pioneering water meadows and complicated private life.

The illustrated talk takes place at the New Bridge Community Centre on Thursday November 29th at 7.30pm, admission £2 to include coffee and biscuits. Everyone welcome.

Rowland Vaughan (1559–1629) was an English Manoral Lord who is credited with the introduction of a new irrigation system that greatly improved the grass and hay production of meadows through a system of periodic “drownings”.  It was one of the many new methods introduced during the British Agricultural Revolution that increased crop yields and allowed for the development of large cities.

Film Night, 1st December – The Greatest Showman

Our final film for 2018 is The Greatest Showman, a musical film starring Hugh Jackman which celebrates the birth of show business through the story of PT Barnum and his famous circus. He was a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The film stars Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.  Admission is £5 (including coffee and biscuits) and the films starts at 7.15 pm, allwelcome.