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Tour & Afternoon Tea at BallinghamHall, Holme Lacey

“For over 120 years Ballingham Hall has been home to the Watkins family, owners of Castle House Hotel in Hereford. A Grade II listed sandstone manor house with a fully working farm, the Hall’s kitchen garden grows much of the seasonal vegetables, herbs and fruit for the hotel’s menus.”

This summer tour and afternoon tea at Ballingham Hall in Much Birch, eight miles outside Hereford, is lead by owner George Watkins. As well as touring the working farm and the Grade II listed Church of St Dubricius, you’ll meet gardener Colin Brown and take Afternoon Tea in the Ballingam Hall garden.

Call the hotel on 01432 356321 to book.

More info at castlehse.co.uk/events.

 

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An evening with award winning THE FRON- Male voice choir

With mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge

Hereford Cathedral Saturday 24th June 2017

Doors open 6.45pm. The concert starts at 7:30pm

Tickets £18.00/£15.00 (£1.50 booking fee per ticket) from the cathedral shop and online at www.herefordcathedral.org/events

All in aid of Hereford cathedral perpetual trust registered charity number: 1051168

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Ross-on-Wye Open Gardens 24th 0 25th June 2017

The friends and family of St Marys Church Ross-on-Wye present the 2017 Ross open garden weekend. Please join them to visit the 20 gardens that will be open on the 24th-25th June 12:00-17:00.

A brochure (£7.50 per person, U16 free) is your 2 day ticket to all the gardens ( 9 new for this year). Take your pick. Big, small, new, historic, wide, long, free flowing, manicured. enjoy them all.

Free car parking at St Josephs Primary school, The Avenuw. HR9 5AW ( 9 gardens within 5 mins walk)

You can buy a brochure to start your visit at any of the following:

St Josephs car park

St Marys church hall, church street

The Blake garden, Wye street ( Above Hope & Anchor)

Ross court car home, overcross close

Or in advance on Thursdays and saturdays in june at Ross-on-Wye market.

The friends of St Mary’s church, Ross-on-Wye is a charity independent of the church and its council, it raises funds to help maintain the iconic 900 year old building for the people and town of Ross-On-Wye. It is a registered charity number 1121282. 

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New local wines added to our wine list

We are very excited to of added two new and local wines to our wine list. Tudor Manor Wythall Estate is based less than 4 miles from Wilton Court so we are looking forward to our customers trying a locally made wine.

 

 

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Blooming lovely flowers & plants by Vicky Thornton

Only using British seasonal flowers

Most of their beautiful flowers are homegrown in their cottage garden in Harewood End, Herefordshire. Their flowers are arranged in a natural bespoke country style for weddings, funerals and all other special occasions.

For all enquiries please call 0757509137 or email vick@bloominglovelyflowersandplants.co.uk

on Friday 16th June 2017 10am-5pm there are lots of lovely plants for sale. They would love you to join them where homemade cakes and drinks are being served.

RSVP to seanthorton448@btinternet.com or phone 07557509137

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Everything Fitz @ Richard’s Castle Village Hall, near Ludlow

Everything Fitz, or The Fitzgeralds to use their proper name, are two sisters and a brother with a knack for Canadian folk.

When they visit Richard’s Castle, near Ludlow, for this Arts Alive gig, they’ll be joined by fellow musician Kyle Waymouth on guitar, banjo and step-dancing.

From the organiser: “It is the rare combination of exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection that resonates with audiences of all ages and sets this group apart.”

DATE: 18th May, 2017

TIME: 7.30pm

TICKET PRICE: £10, child £5, family £25 http://www.artsalive.co.uk/show.aspx?id=2796

LOCATION: Richard’s Castle Village Hall, Richard’s Castle, Shropshire, SY8 4NE Get Directions, by car, or by public transport

You can watch their promotional video via this link https://youtu.be/66SFiuslapY 

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Fight Cancer and walk the Wye

there are seven walks to choose from, with various distances as shown below:

Walk 1- Chepstow to Monmouth, 15 miles

Walk 2- Tintern to Monmouth, 9 miles

Walk 3- Bigsweir to Monmouth, 2 miles

Walk 5- Symonds Yat to Monmouth, 7 miles

Walk 6- Lower Lydrook to Monmouth, 10 miles

Walk 7- Wye Valley views walk, 13 miles

All those taking part are asked to submit the entry form for their chosen walk by Wednesday 11th May. Rebrook Road, Monmouth, NP25 4LG. After registration, a free bus will take walkers to the start of their chosen walk. Free car parking is available at Monmouth show ground, and all walks finish back at the show ground.

The Rotary Club of Monmouth, Chepstow & Ross on Wye have joined forces for the ninth consecutive year to run the walk the wye event, raising money for the breast cancer research team, at Velindre, cardiff. The annual event takes place on Sunday 14th May and is centered on monmouth. There are seven different walks on offer with various distances. it is a sponsored event and the clubs are hoping to raise in excess of £10,000 for breast cancer research. Last year more than 300 walkers took part in the Walk the wye event and raised more than £13,000 in sponsorship. It is hoped to surpass that total this year. In the eight years since the walks were started a total of £79.000 has been raised for the charity.

 

for more information including online and postal entry forms, visit www.walkthewye.com or call Rotarian Pete Walters on 01600 860399.

 

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Finalists at The Forester 2017

Yesterday our very own head chef Rachael Williams and Manager Stef Marshall received the “finalist” award on behalf of Roger and Helen and The Wilton Court. Roger and Helen transformed the beautiful Elizabethan  building on the banks of the Wye with a complete refurbishment, including an intriguing collection of decorative curious and objects d’art collected by Helen and Roger from their time living and working in the far east. The result is an enchanting 11 bedroom riverside restaurant with rooms.

We are all very proud to of won another award from the Forester.

 

 

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Best Food Festivals- Early Summer

Eastnor Castle chili festival 2017 – Sunday 30th April- Monday 1st May

Stalls selling everything chili-chutneys, chocolate, cakes, wine, plants & much much more

www.eastnorcastle.com

Ludlow Spring festival- Saturday 13th-sunday 14th may

Like a beer festival but better. Take 200 real ales, combine 60 passionate, local food and drink producers, mix in toe tapping live music, over 180 spectacular classic cars what do you get… The Ludlow Spring Festival of course!

www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk

Monmouth Food Festival- Saturday 20th- Sunday 21st May

The draw this year is a chef’s theatre, where you can watch the best local talent whip up masterpieces. A producers Market with over 30 stalls representing the best of local food will send you home with full bags and tummy’s. The Monmouthshire youth service will once again be hosting the children’s corner. The Quarter promotes healthy alternatives to high fat and sugar snack food and drink as well as creating activities where young people can have fun.

www.monmouthshirefoodfestival.co.uk

Yarkhill Field and Fork Festival- Saturday 10th June 

Dubbed as an asparagus, cider and strawberry celebration, the Yarkhill field to fork festival. Yarkhill is quite famous in Herefordshire for the cultivating of its own cider apple variety. There are local ciders to taste. Not sure how this food combines with asparagus and strawberries but i will be sure to find out. They also promote cake and cheese together with food demonstrations and competitions. Whats extra good about Yarkhill field to fork is that its not only promoting local produce, its giving something back too, as all proceeds go to breast cancer haven and yarkhill community projects.

www.yarkhillfieldtoforkfestival.co.uk

Shobden Food and Flying festival- Saturday 1st- Sunday 2nd July

Set in beautiful North Herefordshire surroundings at an historic WW2 airfield, the unique event combines gastronomy, a host of aviation attractions, arts and crafts, demonstrations, live music and lots more. They promise a warm welcome and a host of attractions to tickle the taste buds and stimulate sense.

www.shobdenfoodandflyingfestival.co.uk

The Hereford food festival-  Saturday 1st- Sunday 2nd July

The First Hereford food festival run by Big bull events Ltd is set to be a fabulous day out for all the family with food, fun, music and more. This takes place on the Hereford Racecourse. Sample and enjoy fine, freshly made food and drink either on site, or to take home! Also enjoy the ambiance of live music to accompany your day out and also entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

www.bigbullevents.co.uk

The Great Ledbury Celebration- food, drink, music, poetry and heritage- Sunday 9th July

What do you get if you cross a poetry festival with a promoter of local food and drink? An all-out celebration of the finer things in life. On the 9th July you will hear nothing but music and poetry and eat nothing but the very best in local food.

www.ledburyfoodgroup.org

Alcester & Forest of Arden food festival- Saturday 20th May 

For a great day out especially if you love food and drink, the Alcester and forest of arden food festivals cannot  be beaten! 2017 dates are may 20th and October 21st from 9am-5pm free entrance. Free park and ride from Adams Way.

Alcester really welcomes visitors, they are a festival town with something going on nearly all the time, and the food festivals are the jewels in the events calendar, with over a hundred exhibitors offering the very best of cheeses, pies, artisan breads, cakes, fresh and cured meats and sausages, fruit and vegetables, pickles, oils & preserves, kitchen equipment, a pig roast, award winning street food, homemade chocolates, local beers, ciders, wines and spirits. The individual local shops will be contributing: the welcoming pubs and cafes will be open. Go along to taste, browse and buy. So for a perfect foodie day out, forage through the food festival stalls and enjoy wonderful food and drink. Although dogs are welcome, please be aware that the streets get very busy. The organizers information stand is located by St Nicholas church.

www.alcesterfoodfestival.org.uk 

 

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HELLENS MUSIC 2017

Wednesday 3rd-Sunday 7th May

Join them for a 5 day celebration of music and listen to world-class artists perform, inspire local children and teach talented students from the best music colleagues in Britain.

Piano- Christian Blackshaw

Violyn- Maya Iwabuchi, Markus Daunert

Viola- Mate Szcus

Cello- Bruno Delepelaire

Double Bass- Waldemar Schwiertz

The Hereford Cathedral school’s girls choir

www.hellensmusic.com 

 

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CONCERTS

WEDNESDAY 3 May – 7:00pm // St Bartholomew’s Church
Welcome talk and concert by The Hereford Cathedral School’s Cantabile Girls Choir

A selection of madrigals, sacred partsongs and traditional folk songs from Europe and the British Isles

Jo Williamson, director
The Hereford Cathedral School’s Cantabile Girls Choir

THURSDAY 4 May – 8:00pm // St Bartholomew’s Church
Piano Recital by Christian Blackshaw

Mozart: Sonata in B flat major, K. 333
Mozart: Sonata in A minor, K. 310
Schumann: Fantasie in C major, Op. 17

Christian Blackshaw, piano

FRIDAY 5 May – 8:00pm // Great Barn at Hellens
Schubert Evening

Schubert: String trio in B flat major, D. 581
Schubert: String quartet no. 13 in A minor ‘Rosamunde’, D. 804 (Op. 29)
Schubert: String quintet in C major, D. 956 (Op. 163)

Markus Däunert, violin
Maya Iwabuchi, violin
Máté Szűcs, viola
Bruno Delepelaire, cello
Waldemar Schwiertz, double bass

SATURDAY 6 May – 6.30pm // Great Barn at Hellens
Masterworks by Schumann, Gubaidulina, Mozart

Schumann:  Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44
Gubaidulina: Sonata for double bass and piano
Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 12 in A major, K. 414

Christian Blackshaw, piano
Markus Däunert, violin
Maya Iwabuchi, violin
Máté Szűcs, viola
Bruno Delepelaire, cello
Waldemar Schwiertz, double bass

SATURDAY 6 May – 9.45pm // Feathers Hotel, Ledbury
Hellensmusic Pub Concert

Hellensmusic’s first ever pub concert promises a dazzling blend of folk, classical and world music that will set your feet tapping! Hellensmusic joint Artistic Director Máté Szűcs is joined by gypsy musician extraodinaire Béla Farkas and musical maverick Julien Quentin on a journey of unexpected pairings and unforgettable tunes.

Máté Szűcs, viola
Béla Farkas, violin
Julien Quentin, piano
and guests

SUNDAY 7 May – 11.30am // Great Barn at Hellens
Concert by the students of Hellensmusic’s Masterclass Programme

 

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