Friday, 19 January 2018

My Recycling Bin Blew Away!

We've been having some very strong winds over the last couple of days (and lashing rain, etc.), but it didn't seem too bad when I put my recycling bin out. Nevertheless, it's disappeared.
This has happened before, and I've usually found it outside someone else's house a little further along the street - but not this time.
So I needed to contact Powys County Council to get a new one. To be honest, I was slightly dreading this, expecting it to be a complicated procedure, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It was easy to find the section of the website I needed, and straightforward to fill in the request form.
So now I'm just waiting for it to be delivered - but so far, it's a nice change to be praising Powys County Council for something!

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Botanical Beauty at Booths

Lizzie Harper, local botanical illustrator, is having an exhibition at Booths Bookshop at the end of the month. The exhibition begins on Tuesday 23rd January and runs until March 2nd. As well as botanical pictures, she also draws birds and butterflies and other wildlife.
She will also be holding a private viewing on Saturday 27th January from 6pm to 8pm.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

News from Hereford Hopvine

I went into Hereford today for a bit of shopping and, finding myself at the end of town near Sainsbury's and Aldi, I stopped for a rest at the Beer in Hand, with a refreshing half of Bristol Beer Factory's Independence.
While I was there I picked up the Christmas edition of the Hereford Hopvine, the local CAMRA magazine.

There was quite a bit in there of local interest.
For instance, there was an event at the Boat, Whitney-on-Wye, in early December to raise awareness about the campaign to have a statue put up in Hereford to the memory of Lance-Corporal Allan Lewis, who won the VC during the First World War.
Dawn Lewis will also be hosting a Bingo evening at the Baskerville Arms, Clyro, to raise money for the statue, on Thursday 22nd March.

The Beer in Hand, where I was drinking, changed hands in November, and is now owned by two cricket playing friends who have been regulars since the pub opened in 2013, Neil Box and Ben Owens. They have already had a live music event there, and are planning quiz nights and some additions to the regular pizza menu.

The Barrels in Hereford, at the end of St Owen Street, first home of the Wye Valley Brewery (which long ago outgrew the back yard of the pub), was voted Herefordshire Pub of the Year for 2017 - the sixth time it's been chosen! They also run a successful beer festival in August - last year was the 30th!

Meanwhile local Morris sides have been celebrating the turn of the year with wassailing and Mummers' Plays all across Herefordshire, including tonight, when Leominster Morris will be performing at the Hereford Archives and Records Centre at Rotherwas.
Foxwhelp Morris are also performing tonight, at Longtown.

And Beer Revolution in Hay are helping people to avoid drinking and driving by offering a 10% discount to any customers who came on the Hay Ho Sunday bus! All they need to do is produce the bus ticket.

Astronomy and Art, Welsh Myths and Legends

This sounds like exactly my cup of tea!

According to Sue Hodgetts, of the Cusop History Society:

"Friends of St Mary’s, Cusop present an evening with Martin Griffiths “Astronomy and Art, Welsh Myths and Legends” on Friday February 2nd 2018, 7.30pm at Cusop Church. Tickets £6 (students £4) from Sue & Keith 01497 822523, Celia Cundale 820396 or on the door.
Martin Griffiths, astronomer and science presenter with Dark Sky Wales, former senior lecturer in Astronomy at the University of South Wales, was a founder member of NASA's Astrobiology Science Communication team. He assisted the Brecon Beacon national parks successful campaign to gain International dark sky status and in 2014 became Director of the Brecon Beacon Observatory. He is the local representative for the BAA campaign for Dark Skies.
He is internationally renowned for making astronomy exciting and accessible and in this wonderfully illustrated talk he shows us astronomically interesting art and objects combined with Welsh literature that tells us something of our heritage of the night sky. His latest book is “Dark Land, Dark Skies” published by Seren Books."

Friday, 12 January 2018

Portraits by Billie Charity

When I went up into town to do my shopping today, two people stopped me to say they'd seen my picture in Shepherds! So I had to pop in to have a look. Billie Charity is very good at capturing interesting faces, so I'm quite pleased to be up there among them!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Welsh Heros at Hay History Society and Opera from Hay Music

Hay History Society are starting off the year with a speaker from the Royal Welsh Regimental Museum in Brecon. Ann Reese will be talking about the Welsh Heros project and reading from some of the diaries and letters they've seen.
The meeting is at Cusop Village Hall on Friday 19th January at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile Hay Music is offering the chance to go to Cardiff, behind the scenes at the Welsh National Opera, including a stage rehearsal of Tosca, followed by a meal at the Cote Brasserie in Cardiff Bay. The trip, for up to 6 people on Tuesday 6th February, is available to the highest bidder - bidding closes on 14th January at 11pm. All proceeds from the auction will go to supporting the Hay Chamber Music Festival at the end of April.
Bids can be sent to

Monday, 8 January 2018

New Exhibition in Shepherds

Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour often hosts art exhibitions, and the first one for the New Year will be of photographs by local photographer Billie Charity. She specialises in portraits.