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News Round-Up 10 December 2018

posted 10 Dec 2018, 11:18 by M Bain   [ updated 10 Dec 2018, 11:24 ]

Community News Round Up

 Monday 10.12.2018

Suddenly it’s almost Christmas; just a few sleeps left. The village carol singing is on Wednesday 19th at the Oak Tree at 6.00 pm. Wrap up warm and bring a torch. Don’t forget your yellow jacket. If you have lost yours the French have some to spare!

Last Saturday’s performances at the Village Memorial Hall were played to a full house and the straw poll conducted at the end of the evening indicated that the audience thought both productions were immensely enjoyable. If the amount of mince pies and mulled wine consumed is an indication, everyone had a thoroughly good time.

The front page of the Ledbury Reporter last Friday featured Wellington Heath residents, though the photo was 18 months old. The viaduct site traffic issue rumbles on and on, and we are told that there is a new planning consultant now engaged by Bloor Homes. More and more words to ponder, but the fundamental issue of traffic chaos, if there is only one access onto the Bromyard Road, remains the same.

If you have time to view the application go to, click on planning applications and enter “viaduct Ledbury” and up it pops.

Rubbish collections over the festive season are changed. If you haven’t noted the new days, check on the main website page and click on the announcement.

On Sunday 23rd December at 4.00 pm. there will be a Starlight Service at Christ Church especially aimed at young children. A midnight service is being held on Christmas Eve at 11.30 pm., when mulled wine and mince pies will feature as part of that special occasion.

New Year’s Eve at The Farmers Arms is promised to be a Black Tie affair. Arrangements are not finalised but it will again be a ticket only occasion.

This year was the 1,975th anniversary of the first Roman invasion of Britain, the 1,150th anniversary of the invasion by the Great Army of Danes into Mercia, the 50th anniversary of the start of the Dad’s Army series, and the 30th anniversary of the declaration of independence by the Republic of Monkey Island. All, obviously, momentous occasions!

Part of the village defence militia, our longbow lad and lass, were honoured at a recent Herefordshire Archery Association meeting. Pat the Cake Beaumont was a top shooter this year against fierce opposition!

Peter Constantine

New Round-Up Monday 3 December

posted 5 Dec 2018, 03:13 by M Bain   [ updated 5 Dec 2018, 03:13 ]

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Villagers descended on the Christmas Fayre at the Memorial Hall with bags to be filled with pre-Christmas goodies. Over £1,000 was raised for our Parish Church. In addition to what was made for Christ Church, four other charities had tables at the fayre, and some of the surplus items will be going to the food bank. The organisers would like to thank everyone who donated, bought items and helped at the fayre. Thanks are also due to the Farmers Arms and Tesco for donating vouchers for raffle prizes. The Hollow Lane Hand Bell Ringers’ music definitely added to the atmosphere. The Old Codger particularly liked their festive head decorations.

Unfortunately there will be no village pantomime this year. The local script, kids galore, and funny mistakes; some intentional, will all be sadly missed. However there will be fun and laughter as in place of the customary panto there will be two seasonal one act plays on Saturday 8th December. Doors open at 6.30 pm.
A WHADS (Wellington Heath Amateur Dramatic Society) cast of performers will open the evening with "Fourteen", a one act, light-hearted look at the preparations for a formal society dinner party set during the early part of the 20th Century in the lead up to Christmas followed by "Blackadder's Christmas Carol", performed by Our Star Theatre Company. Edmund (occasionally Sir Edmund) Blackadder was renowned throughout history as a fine, upstanding pillar of the community, and this evening we will see how the philanthropic and generous side of another of the Blackadder clan, Ebenezer, develops during the season of goodwill.
During the interval refreshments will include festive mince pies. Tickets: £9.00 adults and £6.00 children. Email;
Last Friday Emily Brown blasted out songs at the Farmers Arms during a three set performance. Emily reminds me of the film “Little Voice”. She may be small, but she sure can perform.

From the archives; this year is the 250th anniversary of the Gloucester to Hereford Canal reaching Ledbury at the Ross Road wharf. It took another 47 years to meander through our parish and onwards before arriving at Hereford in 1845. It was soon to be made redundant by the railway. We wonder how the proposed new canal from nowhere to nowhere on the planned viaduct site would justify its existence?

Peter Constantine

News Round-Up 12 November 2018

posted 5 Dec 2018, 03:09 by M Bain   [ updated 5 Dec 2018, 03:14 ]

Extra seating was required as villagers gathered for the Centenary Remembrance Day Service in the Village Memorial Hall. The event was made more special by the WW1 poem and songs presented by our own male singers. The last post, two minutes silence, reveille, and laying of wreaths preceded the full service. A special day. The collection of £450 went to the Earl Haigh Fund to support ex-service personal.

The annual Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 1st December, from 10.00 until noon at the Memorial Hall. Expect the usual variety of stalls selling crafts and gifts, Christmas decorations, rustic reindeer, tombola, a raffle, and seasonal refreshments. There will also be childrens’ activities and a great opportunity to gossip. If you are new to the village; come and meet your neighbours, who knows who and what you will find?

The Hollow Lane Hand Bell Ringers will provide an entertainment during the morning.

Our local wild life correspondent, otherwise known as Brown Elf, promises to keep readers up to date with the flora and fauna found around the village. Have you heard of a spindle tree? One has been discovered on the left as you pass over the little wooden bridge on the path to the Frith from Dogberry. It is small in stature and named because it was used to make spindles. Its fine grained hard wood is also good for knitting needles, toothpicks and skewers. It has medicinal properties, and can make dye, and contains oil that may be used for soap making. It has striking pink seed pods and its leaves are a vibrant red in the autumn; certainly a versatile tree.

It is with sadness that I pass on the news that Bill Davis, Landlord of The Farmers Arms in the late 70’s died two weeks ago. Old timers, and those not so old, will remember him with affection. His funeral in on Tuesday 20th at 10.30 am at the Hereford Crematorium.

Peter Constantine

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