Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, Friday 16th March 2012

First race 1.30pm Tickets Club from £75.00 Tattersalls from £45.00 Best Mate from £35.00
The climax of the entire Jump racing season is the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, the highlight of arguably the best days racing of the year, with an atmosphere to match.
In 2011 Long Run provided trainer Nicky Henderson with a long awaited first Gold Cup in a stunning renewal of the great race. Long Run beat Denman, Kauto Star and Imperial Commander who between them had won the previous four Gold Cups. Jump racings new young superstar will be aimed at the race again this season, but there will be plenty of new challengers eager to dethrone the reigning king.
Six other magical races, including two more grade 1 events and three fiercely competitive handicaps, make this a day to cherish.
For bookings contact 0844 579 30003 www.cheltenham.co.uk
Check out accommodation during Gold cup week at the Wilton Court Restaurant, the perfect end to the perfect day , superb accommodation and fantastic food. http://www.wiltoncourthotel.com/Just 40 minutes from Cheltenham Racecourse, go on why not treat yourself.

Ladies Day Cheltenham Festival, Wednesday 14th March 2012

Wednesday at the festival is Ladies Day, giving you an opportunity to have some fun with the Ladies Day fashion awards.
The real action though is on the track, with a fantastic seven race card featuring the sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase. The sight of the best two mile chasers going head-to-head around the famous Cheltenham circuit is, for many people, the highlight of The Festival. Last season, Irelands sizing Europe was a brilliant winner, beating 2010 Champion Big Zeb.
Tattersall tickets from £32.00 Club from £60.00 and New for 2012 Royal Package from £52.00 There is also a special ticket just costing £25 available on the day for racegoers under the age of 25.
For further details please visit www.cheltenham.co.uk
Just 40 minutes from the racecourse Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms is the perfect venue to relax after the race meeting and enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Check out our website www.wiltoncourthotel.com for accommodation packages.

Creativity is a good cause

Celebrated designer and broadcaster Chris Beardshaw and the Malvern Spring Gardening Show are looking for budding plant Picassos to show off their skills for an exciting new feature for 2012 – The Painting with Plants Gallery
Plant lovers who like to take part are invited to create a beautiful flower bed planting scheme, which creatively represents either a painting (famous or not), photograph, landscape or view.
Ten displays will be selected for the Malvern Spring Gardening Show at the Three Counties Showground from May 10-13. Three of these will be chosen during the event to win £1000 for their charity, local group, school or good cause.
As part of another show attraction, plantsman and award-winning garden designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes is looking for gardening enthusiasts to share their expertise in the plants and people arena theatre.
Anyone who opens their garden to the public and is bursting to let other gardeners in on their secrets could be on their way to being a gardening show expert on Paul’s panel.
Paul, who has designed several show gardens for both the Malvern and Chelsea Flower Shows said: ‘I thought it would be a great idea to ask gardeners who open their gardens for charity to have an opportunity to talk about their gardens, how they developed them, plants they particularly enjoy and the charities they support’
Keen gardeners who are interested in joining Paul Hervey-Brookes at the Malvern Spring Gardening show are invited to email isobelcoulter@threecounties.co.uk by February 1. Anyone interested in taking part in the Painting with Plants Gallery can find out more by contacting Nina Acton on 01684 584919.



The Wimberery Clogg meet every Thursday except the 3rd in the month at the Pludds Village Hall  Gloucestershire from 8pm, new members are always very welcome, no previous experience required, its good fun and great exercise.

Contact them on 01594 542923 or 01452 830248
or check out thier  website: www.wimberryclog.btik.com.btck.co.uk

Who is M. R. Hall?

Matthew (M. R) Hall is a best-selling author, screenwriting and former barrister. He lives in Whitebrook, Monmouthshire, with his wife Patricia and two sons. He is former chairman of the Lower Wye Valley Society and a member of the newly merged Wye Valley Society. Aside from writing, his main passion is the preservation and planting of woodland.
M. R. Hall will give a talk on his new novel, The Flight, (published by Mantle at £12.99) at Shire Hall, Monmouth, on February 15, 6.30pm. To reserve a ticket contact Rossiter Books, tel 01989 564464 or go to www.rossiterbooks.co.uk

Diary Dates – Whats on in the Wye Valley in January

COMEDY  January 19, 8pm

THE Savoy Theatre, Monmouth Does anybody love anybody anyway? So asked Welsh poet philosopher Howard Jones in 1983. Finally someone dares answer. 01600 772467

PANTOMIME January 18-21 and 25-28 7.30pm and January 21, 22 and 28, 2.30pm

Ledbury Market Theatre. A wonderful show full of surprises, jokes and slapstick performed by Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society. 01432 383663

January 21, 22, 24, 25, 26-28, times vary

Theatre Brycheiniog, Brecon. The Westenders pantomime is full of fun, frolics and fantasy. 01874 611622

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Wilton Court Loyalty Club Soiree

Wilton Court Loyalty dining club members joined Helen and Roger to celebrate  their recent Gold Award in Visit Wales list of accommodation providers  2012  for the fourth consecutive year.

Guests were welcomed with mulled wine and a tasty selection of canapes

To commence a  selection of  smoked salmon and citrus fruit, chicken and apricot terrine, braised beef with horseradish mash, turkey cranberry rissoles, broccoli and cheese tart, sweet chili pigs in blanket, goats cheese and sun dried tomato fritters.

Followed by mini chocolate pannacotta and mini lemon posset

Wilton Court congratulates the Courtyard Theatre on an amazing opening evening performance of Sleeping Beauty

Congratulations to the Courtyard Theatre on a spectacular opening performance of Sleeping Beauty from the entire cast on Friday 25th November.
The pantomime has the audience enthralled from start to finish with plenty of surprises.
Highly entertaining for children and adults alike. Lots of laugher and plenty of  interaction with the audience, just splendid.
We cannot remember a more entertaining performance, it was captivating throughout and we will be recommending all our guests and friends to reserve tickets. Hopefully we can return ourselves before the end of the season.
For further details of the Sleeping Beauty at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford  please follow the link

H Weston Cider is winner of the National Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence in People Development

A Ledbury cider maker has beaten off competition from some of Britain’s best businesses to win a leading UK industry award.
Family-owned H Weston and Sons Ltd picked up the British Chambers of Commerce’s prestigious national Award for Excellence in People Development, sponsored by Composite Legal Expenses.
Cider and Perry maker Westons was praised by judges for its introduction of the Westons Academy and its recognition for the need to ‘grow its own’ people to ensure staff have the necessary skills to lead the business into the future.
John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Westons stood out from the rest of the field in this category for its belief that to achieve its objectives for growth, it needs to invest in and develop its own staff.
“That’s a shrewd decision and the company has visibly demonstrated the impact that nurturing a workforce can have on the bottom line through its Academy, which is a clear asset to the business.”
Since the introduction of the Academy three years ago, each department has Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) linked to the business’ objectives, which are tracked on a sometimes daily basis.
Through the Academy, the firm’s 180-strong workforce can benefit from one-to-one coaching, skills training, management training and the ability to train for national qualifications.
And it is working. Feedback from staff has shown that 98 per cent agree/agree strongly that they are proud to work there, 88 per cent say they have opportunities to develop and 98 per cent say they can openly communicate with their boss.

Graham Biggs President of Herefordshire and Worchester Chamber of Commerce said ” Fantastic news that H Westons our own Herefordshire Cider company has just won the National  British Chambers of Commerce Awards for Excellence in People Development. This is fantastic for everyone associated with Westons Cider and great news for Herefordshire and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.  Well done Helen and all the team.”
Helen and Roger Wynn owners of Wilton Court send many congratulations to Helen and all the team at Westons for this suberb achievement.

Helen Thomas Managing Director H Westons

History with a Twist

History With a Twist
Meet for an Historic guided walk at the Ross Market House at 10.30-12.00pm on Friday 14th October and Friday 21st October
£4 per person~ no need to book just turn up!!
For further details telephone 07788 681 060 or call at 36 Broad Street and ask for Mark
You can also book a group for a walk as above