Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hereford College of Arts Summer Show

An unmissable 8 days in June!
Hereford College of Arts (HCA) students at both city campuses are currently putting together the finishing touches to their work ready to be showcased at one of the most important events in the college calendar.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Inspiring Creative Partnerships at Hay Festival

 We are popping up all over the place once again this year at Hay, with student performances, film, graphics, animation, illustration, workshops and demonstrations. Shakespeare has been a huge influence with students responding to his relevance 400 years on.

Thursday 26th May:ED Performing Arts will present an anarchic and rollicking pop-up Gambol through the site and Dance students will be flying through the air in Shakespeare inspired aerial performances.
Thursday 26th May:ED Performing Arts will present an anarchic and rollicking pop-up Gambol through the site and Dance students will be flying through the air in Shakespeare inspired aerial performances.

31st May: BA (Hons) Illustration students are delivering workshops inspired by Roald Dahl's exquisite nonsense; they are already a sell-out, building on last year's success. Throughout the festival students will be demonstrating letterpress by the bookshop to engage the Hay audience with HCA. In addition students have created artwork for the site, you can't miss it, Andrew Graham's work is 8 meters long!

We have a strong digital presence at the Festival this year with HE animation, film and motion graphics commissioned by Hay for the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives project

It is great see so many courses collaborating with Hay and we would really like to grow this partnership. If you would like to discuss how your students could get involved next year please contact Aine.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Strictly Dancing returns to Hereford

Herefordshire Cathedral, Event
Stars of television and screen, George Lamb, Fiona Fullerton and Larry Lamb, along with society jeweller Theo Fennell, were the comperes and judges for Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust’s spectacular Strictly Dancing gala and dinner last Saturday evening.

Ten couples, many of whom had never danced before in anything other than a social setting, took to the floor after three months of intense training and produced an evening with some dance routines ‘good enough to be on BBC1 on a Saturday evening’ according to one judge.

Mindy Hammond, one of the dancers and Daily Mail columnist, said ‘we have all had a great time, the room was filled with laughter and much fun was had by all’.

Phil Brace, another dancer and a long term supporter of the Perpetual Trust, said ‘we were all in it together and we supported each other when our nerves got the better of us. It is the spirit of this wonderful event that makes it such a memorable experience. It also allows us all to do our bit to support the Perpetual Trust and Hereford Cathedral.’

Following voting by the judges and audience, Wendy Tarplee Morris, best known for her work with the Little Princess Trust, and dance partner Tim Pattison were voted best dance of the evening.

‘It was an amazing evening and the first time either of us had danced in such an event but it was such a remarkable experience,’ said Wendy.

‘As dancers, we would like to thank all those who made the evening such a wonderful event, not least the sponsors BMW & Mini Cotswold Hereford who put such energy into making it special, which even including commissioning a special film showing our compere George Lamb and the Dean of Hereford arriving at the event – George even got to drive his mini onto the dance floor!’

The Perpetual Trust has already started its recruitment of dancers for Strictly Dancing 2018 and anyone interested in taking part or receiving information about the evening should contact the Perpetual Trust office.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Herefordshire Event: Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme: Thursday 30 June 2016

Herefordshire Cathedral
Herefordshire will remember the hundredth anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at a special service in Hereford Cathedral on Thursday 30 June at 5.30 pm on the eve of the start of the battle, which has come to signify the horrors of the First World War.

The service, which will take the form of Choral Evensong and will be attended by the Lord-Lieutenant, will reflect on the battle and the cataclysmic events of 1916. All are welcome to attend, and not least to show our support for those families who had a relative involved in the battle.

‘At the end of June, a century will have passed since the beginning of the Somme offensive, and it will be a fitting time for us to gather to acknowledge before God the service and sacrifice of so many people from our county,’ said Canon Andrew Piper, the Precentor of Hereford Cathedral. ‘Those nineteen weeks of fierce warfare undoubtedly changed the course of history, and it is right for us to pay tribute to all those who had to bear the enormous human cost.’

During Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July, national and local services and events will be held to commemorate the Battle of the Somme, and to provide everyone with an opportunity to remember those who fought and survived as well as those who fell during the offensive.

The Lieutenancy and the Herefordshire Council are encouraging towns and villages throughout the county to commemorate the occasion in ways which are fitting and appropriate in the context of this significant battle and the lasting effect that it has had on the lives of so many families down to the present day.

All invited to share in the commemoration in Hereford Cathedral on 30 June: no tickets will be needed.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Quality Badge for Hereford Cathedral

The education team at Hereford Cathedral have once again been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

Every year thousands of school children from schools around the county, diocese and further afield visit the cathedral to take part in workshops, trails and events that offer an opportunity for learning beyond the classroom. These range from Tudor and Anglo Saxon days for primary school children (key stage 2), to conferences and discussion groups for older students (GCSE and sixth form students). The award means that the cathedral has passed a wide ranging assessment designed to ensure that schools' learning and risk management needs are met.

Friday, 15 April 2016

HELLENS MUSIC returns to the village of Much

Hellens music Herefordshire
HELLENSMUSIC returns to the village of Much Marcle for five days of world-class concerts and master classes in the charming setting of Hellens, one of England’s oldest manor houses. Quickly establishing its reputation for bringing the finest music to the heart of rural Herefordshire, the festival will feature performances by celebrated pianist and HELLENSMUSIC Artistic Director Christian Blackshaw and a group of exceptional musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Christian Blackshaw will give HELLENSMUSIC’s opening recital at the medieval St Bart’s Church on 19 May with a programme of works by Liszt and Schubert. The following evening Markus Däunert, Maya Iwabuchi, Máté Szücs, Bruno Delepelaire and Waldemar Schwiertz play Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Dvořák at the Great Barn in Hellens. Piano quintets by Shostakovich and Schubert complete the festival’s main programme on 21 May, with all the artists coming together at the Great Barn for a concert that will be recorded by BBC Radio 3.

In addition to the evening performances, the musicians will give solo, chamber and improvisation master classes to 11 talented students from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama during the day as part of HELLENSMUSIC’s education programme. Funded by the Pennington Mellor Munthe Charity Trust and entirely free for the students, this week of tutoring will culminate in the festival’s final concert on 22 May. In partnership with ABF Music, there will also be music workshops for pupils from local primary and secondary schools on 18 and 20 May.

Adam Munthe, Director of HELLENSMUSIC and Chairman of the PMMC Trust, says: “HELLENSMUSIC seems to be catching on... the comments, requests, bookings already coming in are full of excitement and expectancy. It's wonderful for us to sense this enthusiasm from the internationally renowned musicians who generously come back for more each year, from the young future soloists from the music colleges coming to stay and work with us, from our local schoolchildren preparing the works they will perform, and from our generous and loyal audiences!”

Christian Blackshaw, Artistic Director of HELLENSMUSIC, says: “I am greatly looking forward to the fourth HELLENSMUSIC Festival, which will bring chamber music and master classes to the glorious Hellens Manor. I particularly anticipate meeting our great string player friends – who year after year take time from some of the world’s finest orchestras to work with us – and extend a warm welcome to Waldemar Schwartz, professor and solo double bass of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, who is joining us for the first time.”

In light of HELLENSMUSIC’s friendly spirit, festival goers are welcome to spend the day at Hellens, whether enjoying a picnic with views to the Malvern Hills at the property’s beautiful gardens or attending the student master classes, which are free and open to the general public. A tea room will be open from 12:00 and pre-concert suppers will be served in the evenings.

Tickets cost £5 to £17 and are available at Hereford Courtyard’s Box Office: 01432 340555
 Also available from local shops: Outback (Hereford), Ice Bytes (Ledbury), River Music (Ross on Wye), Premier Stores (Much Marcle)

Thursday 19 May - 8:00pm // St. Bart’s Church, Much Marcle

Christian Blackshaw, piano
Liszt - Les cloches de Genève, Vallée d'Obermann (from Années de Pèlerinage: Suisse)
Schubert - Moments Musicaux, D. 780
Liszt - Sonata in B minor, S. 178

Friday 20 May - 8:00pm // Great Barn, Hellens
Markus Däunert (violin), Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Máté Szücs (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Waldemar Schwiertz (double bass)
Beethoven - String trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 9
Mendelssohn - String quartet No. 2 in E minor, Op. 44
Dvořák - String quintet in G major, Op. 72

Saturday 21 May - 8:00 pm // Great Barn, Hellens
Christian Blackshaw (piano), Markus Däunert (violin), Maya Iwabuchi (violin), Máté Szücs (viola), Bruno Delepelaire (cello), Waldemar Schwiertz (double bass)
Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57
Schubert - Piano Quintet in A major ‘The Trout’, D. 667

Sunday 22 May – 11:30am // Great Barn, Hellens

Concert with master class students from the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Master classes
Open to the public
Wednesday 18 May to Saturday 21 May – 10:30am to 1.30pm // Great Barn, Music Room, Dining Room, Haywain Barn


Evening Concerts: £17 (£5 with student concession)
Master class Concert on Sunday: £9 (Free for students)
Festival Saver: £85 with entry to all the concerts, master classes and pre-concert suppers
Master classes: Free
Pre-concert suppers: £15*
*Friday and Saturday, 6.30pm start. Advance booking required.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Crocodile Race 8 Herefordshire

Looking for something to do on Sunday 29th May 2016. Check out the Crocodile Race 8 at Burghill Community Academy, Burghill Herefordshire.

Lots of fun going on on for all the family , prize giving, live music and great food at the Bell Inn, Tillington afterwards. Everyone Welcome!
crocodile race 8,Herefordshire

Thursday, 7 April 2016

ArtsMarkethfd is in Hereford High Town THIS SATURDAY

Hereford arts market
Shoppers....#ArtsMarkethfd is in Hereford High Town THIS SATURDAY 09 April 2016. Seriously gorgeous handmade craft and art products. sold directly by the specially selected designer makers and artists.
It's the perfect opportunity to buy a gift, treat for yourself, or make a spontaneous purchase, pop in a to take a look and support local artists and designer makers.
9am to 5pm Look out for the Arts Market flags.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016


Wednesday 13 April will be a highlight for Hereford Cathedral Choir when it makes a prestigious live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 3.30 pm.

The broadcast of Choral Evensong will be heard by its regular audience of over a quarter of a million listeners all over the world.

Music for the service will include works by Herbert Howells, John Taverner and William Sterndale Bennett. Both Howells and Taverner pieces appear on a CD of Easter music recorded by the choir and recently released on the Regent label, which is already receiving critical acclaim in the national press.

Geraint Bowen, organist and director of music, said ‘We always look forward to these broadcasts, which now have listeners all over the world, who can access the service on the internet via the BBC’s website.’

‘A live broadcast is one of the many highlights that the choristers experience during their time in the choir. They have a fascinating day watching the setting up of the equipment, going through the various sound checks, and finally waiting for the exciting moment when the red light goes on.’

The broadcast will be repeated on Radio 3 on Sunday 19 April and will be available on the BBC iPlayer site for up to a week following the broadcast.

All are welcome at this service, which will last for about an hour: those attending are asked to be seated by 3.15 pm.

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Fabulous Views from the Skirrid

HEREFORDSHIRE experienced its hottest day of the year yesterday (Wednesday) as the temperature soared to 93F. Early evening we decided to take a trip over to the Skirrid to get some amazing views, we  guessed that with the clear sky and little haze we would get some long and far reaching views across the surrounding countryside. We wasn't disappointed.
The dramatic landmark of Skirrid Fawr is the last outcrop of the Black Mountains. Enjoy an exhilirating walk to its summit to discover spectacular views in every direction, a landscape rich in history and woodlands full of wildlife.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Spring has Sprung in Herefordshire for Campers

Well folks , spring has sprung !! The days are longer , birds are singing . Loads of daffodils out here . I'm hoping to see the first swallow any day now . A sure sign of warmer days ahead . There's lambs in every field round here . The cows are out grazing again . It was like the grand national when we opened the gate last week . The campsite is open and ready for our first visitors this afternoon . Hope see see you all very soon

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Nicholson Farm Herefordshire

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A trip from Hereford to Leominster Herefordshire

A trip from Hereford to Leominster Herefordshire, on rout you pass Queens Wood located midway between Hereford and Leominster along the A49 at the top of Dinemore and is a popular spot for families and couples of all ages all year round. There is plenty of free car parking upon arrival. At the entrance you will see a building and to the right of that there is a picnic area with traditional wooden seating and tables, plenty to do here which is a mini adventure play ground to keep  the family entertained and lovely walks through the wood.

Upon arrival at Leominster a visit to The Priory Church is a must visit. The Priory Church dates from the middle of the 12th century with later additions.

A nunnery in 660 A.D., it was rebuilt in the 12th century. The unique tower has work of early Norman, Transitional, Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular periods. The reformation of 1539 led to partial destruction. Inside are many interesting features including England's last used ducking stool.
Priory Church Leominster

Amazing what some sunshine can do.

Lovely to see grounds bursting into bloom. Hopefully Spring is coming!

Herefordshire in Bloom

Herefordshire in Bloom

Herefordshire in Bloom

Herefordshire in Bloom

Herefordshire in Bloom

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

White Haywood Farm Restaurant And B&B - An #sbs Winner - Theo Pathitis

White Haywood Farm Restaurant and B&B was recently chosen as an #SBS Winner of which there are now…

…approximately 600 winners nationwide amongst the 4.5 million small businesses that operate in The British Isles.

White Haywood Farm Restaurant and B&B, situated on the Herefordshire side of the Black Mountains, nestles at the foot of the mountains under the Black Hill in Craswell. The restaurant, at one time a 400-year-old stone barn, has been tastefully converted into a superb eatery and bar. Phillip and Pauline, the proprietors of the restaurant received an invitation to attend an exclusive event hosted by retail magnate and British entrepreneur Theo Paphitis.

White Haywood Farm Restaurant and B&B SBS Winners

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

A Stroll around Longtown Country Lanes

We planned on walking up and along the Cats Back as it is locally known as, or sign posted for Black Hill. We arived at about midday after stopping of at Hopes of Longtown for some chocolate and liquid refreshments. Parked at the base of the Cats Back at the picnic area and walked up the steep ascent to the ridge but the wind was really strong so we decided not to persue the walk any further.


We descended back down the path we came up to the picnic area and took a stroll along the country lanes at Longtown taking in the views of the Offa's Dyke path on our left shown in the image above  and the Cat's Back to our right.

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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Walk along Dragons Back at Y Grib and over to Waun Fauch

So refreshing to get out and about on a social hike today with a local Hereford walking group called 'Hereford Growlers' a friendly social group who love hiking. Todays hike was a new one for myself, organized by Hereford Growlers. The walk took us along Dragons Back at Y Grib and over to Waun Fauch. All weathers thrown at us during the walk, wind, rain, snow and sunshine.

Suitable for anyone of good fitness, wearing reasonable outdoor clothing and footwear and assuming good weather conditions. A superb circular walk  offering stunning and panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons and taking in the highest point in the Black Mountains.


Saturday, 28 December 2013

Flooding occurs on the River Wye across Herefordshire

Flooding occurs on the River Wye across Herefordshire frequently - at least once per year but more usually two or three times per year so we popped out and about and visited Hereford, Ross on Wye and Symonds Yat.

Victoria foot bridge at The Bishops Meadow Hereford
Flooding at The Bishops Meadow Hereford

Friday, 27 December 2013

New Years Day - Probably the world’s most widely celebrated holiday

New Years Day - Probably the world’s most widely celebrated holiday, for most of us it's a day away from the day job (Yay)

What ever you are doing to celebrate New Years Eve, with friends, family or a holiday with someone special. Perhaps a holiday in Herefordshire.

Goherefordshire would like to wish you all a very enjoyable New Years Eve and all the best for 2014.

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Boxing Day Walk up the Sugar Loaf Mountain Abergavenny

Sugar Loaf AbergavennyWith Christmas day behind us and having consumed far to much food and not drank enough wine, boxing day morning was a clear day and gave opportunity to blow the cobwebs away with a walk up the Sugar Loaf, which for us is a short drive from Hereford.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Out and About in Hereford UK

Hereford Picture

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ISO: 400
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