Bromyard Ladies Group

Bromyard Ladies Group has been in existence for approx. 40 years and its aim is for a group of ladies to meet together and enjoy talks on various topics and outings.  We are also a fund raising group and have raised thousands of pounds over the years for different charities. We mostly try to help local charities. 

At our October 2013 AGM we decided that with no volunteers to replace our retired Secretary or become members of the Committee, the group became unviable. It was decided that our next meeting on Thursday, November 7th, would be a social occasion for all members when a decision would be made as to where we might donate the funds raised to date.

 

Previous meetings

       October 2013 August 2013  June 2013  May 2013  March 2013 February 2013
 December 2012  November 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012
August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010
November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010

 

 October 2013

Mike Cresswell gave us a most entertaining talk about his managerial career at the then Malvern Winter Gardens, from 1974. The budget was miniscule, initially, for the entertainment side of the business; a mere £2000 per annum, but Mike’s enthusiasm to raise the profile of the Gardens with entertainers such as Max Boyce and the recommencement of The Malvern Festival which was originally started by Sir Edward Elgar and George Bernard Shaw, saw the budget rise to £10000 the following year. Mike told us little anecdotes about the many famous celebrities and performers he had worked with over the years, such as Richard Pascoe, Yehudi Menuhin, Susan Hampshire and an extremely young but hugely talented Nigel Kennedy. His least favourite celebrity was, surprisingly, Harry Secombe. En route to or from work, he occasionally called in to where Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath were rehearsing nearby.

 

Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s father, and her stepmother Raine, became patrons of the Malvern Festival and Mike had numerous meetings with them over the years where they proved themselves to be very gracious and generous hosts. They ultimately wrote and published a book about Spa Towns, which of course included Malvern, and made a generous donation of £10000 from the profits which was used to reconstruct the bandstand in the Park. Tea with Prince Charles at Madresfield Court was just another of Mike’s brushes with royalty although he wished he had met the Queen Mother. The Winter Gardens’ budget eventually rose to a massive one million and a half pounds, such was its success. Ultimately, after much opposition, negotiations finally succeeded for the building of Malvern Splash, which we can all still use and enjoy today.

 

After Mike’s talk our A.G.M. got underway. With no volunteers to replace our retired Secretary or become members of the Committee, the group became unviable. It was decided that our next meeting on Thursday, November 7th, would be a social occasion for all members when a decision would be made as to where we might donate the funds raised to date.

 

August 2013

Pimms and Puddings’ was the order of the day or rather evening, when Bromyard Ladies met at the home of one of their members for a social get together. The weather was perfect despite alarm bells ringing as it was very rainy the previous day. The evening was spent, as intended, in the garden soaking up the sun with glasses of Pimms and having a good chat. Puddings were varied and provided by various members so tasting sessions followed, many compliments flowed and some recipes were exchanged. It is good to have the occasional social evening when one has time to talk and catch up – and taste each other’s puddings whilst doing so.

 

Our next meeting is on Thursday, September 5th. at our usual venue – the Conquest Foyer at 7-30. ‘Lupin and Rose’ from The Square will be coming along to inspire us with lots of knitting ideas and details of the yarns and products sold there. New members welcome to this informal and friendly group.

 

June 2013
 

June’s meeting, at our usual venue of the Conquest Foyer, started with a presentation of a cheque for £750 to The Haven Breast Care Centre in Hereford. We are lucky to have this facility so close by – one of only three in the Country.

This was followed by a most fascinating illustrated talk about life in the Falkland |Islands during the Argentinian invasion of 1982.
Over 8000 miles away in the South Atlantic and with a population of under 3000 at the time, it is about the size of Wales.
Fred.Clark was part of a small police force on the islands when the invasion took place. Large ships were sighted off the coast heading towards Stanley and at 09-00 hours on April 2nd., an initial force of over 2000 marines attacked. They were badly equipped conscripts, in the main, but with a big gun focused on Stanley, the Governor had no alternative but to surrender. Atlantic Conveyor having been sighted off the coast on its way to routinely supply the islands with goods, was wrongly identified as an aircraft carrier by the inexperienced Argentinian force and destroyed with exocet missiles. The rest is history.

As we know, a task force was sent from the United Kingdom to protect the islanders and reinstate the islands as British. With few roads, ports and only one air strip, the Argentinians did not expect the British to attack from the other side of the island, having yomped across difficult terrain with 170lb. weights on their backs. After many fierce battles and also the constant bombardment of ships in the task force heading towards Fitzroy, each with 1800 troups on board, thirty five men lost their lives on that occasion, with many wounded. At Stanley, the Sir Galahad was similarly attacked with resultant casualties.
However, as we all know, the British troops were successful in defeating the army of a very ruthless Argentinian regime, but acceptance of their defeat was a hard pill to swallow and the media in Argentina, at the time, bragged about its defeat of the British instead, when the opposite was, in fact, the reality. 30,000 Argentinian troops, taking everything they had stolen from the islanders were taken, as prisoners, to Stanley for repatriation, once the war had ended, but were refused entry – as the fact that they were defeated troups was not accepted. After some intervention and negotiations by The Red Cross, they were finally allowed to land back on their home soil.

One of the saddest facts remaining about the whole invasion, was the indiscriminate laying of minefields all over these beautiful islands, with no clear maps as to where they were, and also the fact that the mines are plastic ones – hard to detect and intended to damage limbs rather than to kill outright. Masses of these still remain today, with areas cordoned off as dangerous and children, in particular, educated at school as to what they look like and how to mark the spot and seek help if they ever discover one.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, July 4th. and is a visit to The Blue Ginger Gallery with a light lunch afterwards in their tearoom. Meet in the Conquest car park at 10-45. The following month, on Thursday,August 1st, members will meet for a ‘Pimms and Puddings Evening’.

New members are very welcome to join this friendly and informal group on the first Thursday of each month.

 

May 2013

Our meeting on May 2nd. was a most interesting visit to Bringsty Forge. Henry Pomfret and Tony Ingarfield amazed us with their skilful forging and clever manipulation of hard steel into delicate items such as coat hooks, a most beautiful leaf complete with veins and stalk and acorns which were going to be used in large panels for a gate with an acorn and oak leaf design. Items produced by them and for sale in their little shop, were many and varied, with much larger bespoke items designed by them and made to order.

Surprisingly to us, coke is used to fire and heat the metal until it is red hot. A coat hook was our first demonstration. A ‘helper’ was used to mould the metal into shape and form the neck. A ‘hardy’ was then used so the end of the material could be broken off at the right length. The steel was reheated at regular interval to make it pliable and the next stage was to draw it out to make the hook by hammering it on the anvil and making it thinner at one end. It looked so easy! Corners were then hammered to ensure there were no sharp edges and a ‘fuller and chain’ were used to shape and decorate the almost finished hook with a pattern. A ball punch was used to form the centre and the hook was finished off with beeswax treatments to make a durable shine.
We were then shown how the decorative acorns were made – a slightly different method but starting off with a similar red hot piece of steel. A 50kg. power or air hammer was used to hammer the metal into shape using a spring swage [ an acorn shaped mould designed and made by Tony] and then the finished acorn was then reheated so a stalk could be formed, and finally finished off as before using beeswax..
This was a delightful visit and I would recommend readers to visit The Forge, which is open to the public most days, to experience the skills of these artist Blacksmiths and visit their shop. We are indeed fortunate to have such clever and skilled people on our doorstep, so to speak.
The visit was rounded of by a visit to the tearooms at Brockhampton National Trust estate for a light lunch. Lovely to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine under garden umbrellas.
Our next meeting, which will be in the Conquest Foyer on Thursday, June 6th.. at 7-30, should be a most interesting talk and account by Mr. Fred. Clark entitled ‘ Life on the Falkland Islands during the Argentinian Invasion’. Do come along and join our friendly and informal group who meet on the first Thursday of every month. New members most welcome.

 

March 2013

‘Beauty on Broad Street’ hosted April’s meeting and the wide range of treatments available at the salon were explained to us by Jazmin. The salon is much more extensive than one envisages, when looking through the window, with areas offering spray tanning facilities, a shower and also a relaxing room for massages. A variety of facial treatments including micro dermabrasion are available as well as waxing, laser hair removal and tinting.
Jazmin then asked for two volunteers to have their nails prepared, manicured and ‘varnished’ with the latest gel products. A base coat was applied and then two coats of a chosen colour. All coats were quickly dried using the latest LED light technology, taking only thirty seconds each. Chosen colours were ‘Desert Rose’ – a lovely dusky pink and the amusingly named ‘I’m not really a waitress’ – a much brighter red. The nail treatments were finished off with cuticle cream. The ‘guinea pigs’ were delighted with the results with some members deciding to book appointments in the future at the salon. Our thanks must go to Jazmin and the staff at the salon for their hospitality and informative demonstrations.
Our next meeting is a visit to Bringsty Forge at 11-00 on Thursday, May 2nd. where we will be able to see a demonstration of the Blacksmiths’ skills, have a hands on experience if anyone is brave enough and visit their shop for souvenirs afterwards. A light lunch nearby will be organized to round off the meeting. We plan to meet at the Conquest Car Park between
10-30 and 10-45 when members will give lifts to those wishing to visit The Forge, or 11-00 at The Forge itself. This should be a very interesting meeting. New members very welcome so why not come along and join us!


 

February 2013
It was ‘back to school’ for Bromyard Ladies Group in February as they all sat knitting guided and ably instructed by members Jill and Elizabeth who very kindly provided us all with patterns. A deathly hush descended on the Conquest Foyer as everybody concentrated hard on the task in hand – to knit a flower using size 8 or 4mm. needles and double knitting wool. Despite only needing to cast on 10 stitches and then follow a 6 row pattern in garter stitch involving some casting off also and then casting on again to form the flower petals, stopping to chat, as one knitted, seemed to end in dropped stitches or even worse, over repeated or missed rows. However, practice makes perfect and we all gradually started to see a succession of petals forming as we continued to knit. Overheard comments: ‘ mine looks a bit like a spider’, ‘ mine looks a bit like an octopus’ and even ‘ mine reminds me of a cow’s udder’ added to the fun.

Ideally, a string of twenty four petals needed to be knitted and then stitched together in the round to form a flower shape. A button in the centre and a brooch pin attached to the back completed the task.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, March 4th. and there will be a change of meeting venue for one month only due to prior commitments at The Conquest. Please ‘phone 482989 for further details. Maria Bevan will be talking to us about ‘Homeopathic and Natural Remedies.’ Please look out for posters around the town advertising future meetings and also further details in the main calendar section of OTR or on this page.

December 2012

Ladies Group met at the Conquest Foyer in December 2012 to decide the future of the Group. It was quite unanimously felt that after 40+ years of companionship and raising money for charity it would be sad to allow the group to come to an end. However, it was also thought that if the Group is to continue, it should be in a slightly different format, perhaps without the work and effort that the ladies have always put in to raising money for various charities, etc.
Officers elected were Janet Portlock (Chairperson), Val Brazier (Vice-Chairperson), Christine Forsyth (Treasurer) and Mary Woods (Secretary), who we are very happy to welcome back after an absence of a few years due to work commitments.

It was unanimously agreed that money raised for Haven Breast Cancer Support, being £750.00, should be presented to them in the near future. Many thanks to everyone who has supported our various money-raising events to make this possible.
There is no meeting in January and so our first meeting of 2013 will be on 7
th February when two of our members are going to show us how to make a woolen flower brooch. If anyone wishes to join us please come along and bring with you a pair of size 8 (4mm) knitting needles.

 

November 2012
Members enjoyed a lovely convivial meal at No.1 Broad Street on 8th November 2012 to commemorate the large amounts of money raised for various Charities over the years. The wonderful food and company made for a very pleasant evening.

It was unanimously agreed to meet in the Conquest Foyer on Thursday, 6th December 2012 at 7.30 p.m when the future of Bromyard Ladies Group will be discussed. It is hoped that as many members as possible will attend to give their opinion and thoughts as to whether it is feasible for the Group to continue.

September 2012

At our first meeting after the summer break we welcomed Dr Kevin Ilsley who told us about his visit to Nepal, together with five other medical practitioners and a dentist.

Dr Ilsley said it was a privilege to accompany Mr Smith, the senior Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist in Herefordshire. Even though they were there on a voluntary basis, they firstly had to register with Nepal Medical Council to obtain a certificate in order to practice, for which they had to pay. The people of Nepal think of themselves as Buddist/Hindus with lots of prayer wheels and prayer flags being prominently displayed.

All the Practitioners worked at a hill-top Hospital and were met by a long queue of people waiting to see them as they arrived on the first day. During there time there they saw about 900 patients in one week of which approximately 100 had operations in quite primitive conditions compared to those we are used to here. Dr Ilsley also had to assist with consultations and assessments for ear operations, which was quite new territory for him to deal with, but he assured us he learned very quickly !!

As always, his talk was interesting and entertaining.

Our A.G.M. will be held in October and we welcome any new ladies who wish to join us

 

August 2012

August is traditionally holiday month for Ladies Group with our next scheduled meeting being on 6th September with a talk on the Himalayas by Dr Kevin Ilsley. However, on Saturday 28th July, we held a Bring & Buy/Coffee Morning at the Public Hall for our chosen charity this year, being Haven Breast Cancer Support Clinic. Bromyard Ladies Group would like to extend a sincere ‘thank-you’ to everyone who came along and supported this event, either sitting and enjoying a cup of tea/coffee or browsing and purchasing either from the vast selection of garden plants, cake stall or the bric-a-brac. We are pleased to report that we made £326 which will help enormously to achieve a very worthwhile donation to Haven at the end of our year. Again, many thanks.

 

We look forward to meeting any new members who may like to come along to any of our meetings, with our A.G.M being in October.

 

July 2012

Our scheduled speaker was unable to attend the July meeting at quite short notice and we were very grateful to Elizabeth Hartwright who kindly agreed to step-in for the evening and tell us about the four years she spent in Tanzania from 2001 – 2005 (with two visits home during that time). Elizabeth, with the full backing of her family, went to help in any way she could to make life easier for the Tanzanian people. She lived with the Bishop and his wife for approx 2 months in the Diocese of south-west tanganyka which borders Lake Malawi, before moving into her own accommodation for the rest of her stay. Elizabeth worked in the Treasurer’s office, helped in the Nursery School and also made curtains for a new dispensary. Elizabeth was able to visit a lot of parishes which the normal visitor wouldn’t see.

She went to a christening, a wedding and a funeral, all of which were great experiences for Elizabeth. She told us how she lived mostly on tinned pilchards, fruit and vegetables as meat was not really safe to eat and she did not have a fridge to keep it in, with living conditions being quite primitive. She did lose quite a lot of weight during her time there.

 

The ladies have a summer break during August with our next scheduled meeting being on 6th September with a talk on the Himalayas by Dr Kevin Ilsley.

 

We look forward to meeting any new members who may like to come along.

 

June 2012

Corinne Bailey was welcomed to our June meeting to talk about cottage garden flowers, herbs and hedgerows etc. Corrinne moved to the Midlands from Stockport approx. 30 years ago and came to live in Tedstone Wafre approx. 9 years ago. She has had a lifetime interest in gardening and flowers and in fact has a degree in arts technology. Corinne visits all parts of the county exhibiting her dried flowers at craft fairs and shows. She will also host a party in your own home, by arrangement and make individual arrangements of cottage garden flowers and scented herbs upon request.

All members enjoyed the evening with a few ladies being tempted to make a purchase!

 

We look forward to seeing all our friends at the Gala Car Boot on Sunday, 1st July – just follow the tempting aroma of bacon butties being cooked, together with lovely fresh sandwiches, cakes, tea/coffee and soft drinks etc.

 

Our next meeting on 5th July will be a talk by Heather Darwall-Smith on supplement use of vitamins.

A NOTE FOR YOUR DIARY

COFFEE MORNING FOR HAVEN BREAST CANCER SUPPORT

JULY 2012 @ PUBLIC HALL

10.00 Hrs – 1200 Noon

Cake Stall, Bring & Buy, raffle etc.

Please come along and support our Charity for this year

 

 

 

 

 

May 2012

At our May meeting we welcomed Annie Hartwright who gave us an insight into osteoporosis awareness. Annie explained that osteoporosis means porous bones and one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone, probably due to osteoporosis, resulting mainly in hip fractures. This costs the NHS approx. 1.7 million per annum but can be held at bay by diet and exercise. Lifestyle factors can influence the amount of bone in your ‘bone bank’ and we should all be taking at least 700mg of calcium per day – especially in the form of milk. Annie’s talk was most informative but she also made this subject as entertaining as possible, which ensured she held our attention !

 

At the end of April we had a most enjoyable day at the Black Country Museum. We were lucky to have a day without too much rain and some members went into the cave, followed by a lesson in the school with a very strict teacher! The highlight, however, was the fantastic fish and chips cooked in beef dripping, enjoyed as they should be out of the paper.

 

Our next meeting on 7th June will be a talk by Corinne Bailey on herb, hedgerow and cottage garden flowers.

 

A NOTE FOR YOUR DIARY

COFFEE MORNING FOR HAVEN BREAST CANCER SUPPORT

JULY 2012 @ PUBLIC HALL

10.00 Hrs – 1200 Noon

Cake Stall, Bring & Buy, raffle etc.

Please come along and support our Charity for this year

 

 

 

April 2012

A very successful and informative Heartstart Training evening was recently held at the Conquest Theatre when five Heartstart Trainers, plus the Herefordshire Co-Ordinator, Loraine, gave one-to-one training on procedures to follow if someone is having a heart attack. Advice and tuition was also given to help someone who is choking or bleeding. We were also shown the correct way to put someone in the ‘recovery’ position. This training is crucial for everyone, as minutes can save lives in this situation. Our thanks to Conquest for allowing us to use the Auditorium and Foyer for this event and we were very pleased to present cheques for £500 to Heartstart Herefordshire and £500 to Conquest Theatre from money we raised during 2010/11. Please see pictures.

At our April meeting we were joined by Heather Sweet who not only explained sugarcraft modeling to us but how she became interested in it which, as in many cases, started in a small way as a hobby and soon became a full time occupation. Heather went on to ‘encourage’ our creative side by making an Easter Bunny. Many of us started very tentatively but soon enjoyed working together and, with much help from Heather, some very cute bunnies were produced and hopefully made it home in one piece !

We were very pleased to learn that our recent Bingo evening made £365 for this year’s Charity, being The Haven Breast Cancer Clinic in Hereford. Many thanks to all who supported and helped towards achieving this amount.

We look forward to our trip to the Black County Museum on 26th April and our next meeting on 3rd May will be a talk by Annie Hartwright on Osteoporosis.

 

 

 

March 2012

Our chosen Charity for 2011/2012 is The Haven Herefordshire who provide in-depth support to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by breast cancer. We were therefore very pleased to learn more about their work from Community Fundraiser Lesley Leach at our meeting in March. Lesley explained that 48000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and thankfully more and more are surviving this particular form of cancer with approximately 80% being cured. Haven was founded in 1997 and the Hereford clinic, which also covers Worcestershire, Shropshire and parts of Wales, opened in 2004. The premise of the Haven is to offer support, information and complimentary therapies to meet the physical and emotional needs of both patient and family in addition to that provided by the N.H.S. Various individual therapies are offered such as acupuncture, yoga and exercise classes. The Hereford centre requires £230,000 per annum funding which equates to £1,400 per visitor. There is no Government funding and therefore they are solely reliant on charitable funds and legacies. This is a very worthwhile cause and after listening to Lesley’s talk we are eager to do everything we can to raise a substantial sum of money for them.

 

Our April meeting is all about sugarcraft modeling when we welcome

Heather Sweet to show us how this is done.

 

 

DAY OUTING TO BLACK COUNTRY MUSEUM

 

THURSDAY, 26th APRIL 2012

 

LEAVE CONQUEST THEATRE, BROMYARD @ 0915 hours

 

FEE TO INCLUDE TRANSPORT AND ENTRANCE: £8.80

 

Enjoy a Boat Canal Trip and visit to the Mine and School, together with other attractions of interest

 

PLEASE CONTACT ANITA : 01885 488321 to Book

 

 

 

 

August 2011 

Our August summer outing was a most enjoyable visit to Beckford Silk Mill near Stow-on-the-Wold. The Silk Mill is very much a family business with Mum, Dad and Daughter employing approximately eight staff. It was founded approximately 30 years ago and we were given a tour of the business showing how prints and dye are incorporated into the fabric. This proved so interesting and our visit ended with very enjoyable refreshments.

 We look forward to learning about Hereford Race Course at our meeting on 1st September and new members are always welcome.

 

July2011

It has been a very busy and productive time for Bromyard Ladies Group during the last month or so.

 Firstly, we were absolutely delighted to win 1st prize for our Scarecrow this year and our members thoroughly enjoyed entering and being part of this annual show. We are already planning next year’s exhibit !

The following weekend was the Church Flower Festival with our entry entitled “Ruby Wedding”. Again, a lot of work went into the preparation of this decoration by the more talented and artistic ladies in our group and the finished arrangement looked stunning.

We also had a very pleasant b-b-q evening at the home of our Secretary, Anita and her partner Martin. The weather was kind to us and it was lovely to sit in their garden, relax and enjoy the sumptuous food.

The following day we were up bright and early to provide bacon butties, teas, coffees etc. at the Gala Car Boot sale. Again, our hard work paid dividends when the total amount raised for our charities was £356. Many thanks to everyone who supported us at this event.

 

At our July meeting we welcomed Yvonne Mort who demonstrated her fantastic skills of flower pressing and cards and pictures made from these flowers. Yvonne explained that this interest had started as a hobby and been shared with a close friend when they ran a bed & breakfast business in Leominster. Their passion for this activity grew into a ‘cottage industry’ and Yvonne now raises money for Motor Neuron Disease by giving talks etc. to groups such as ours. Each card was individual, using many different flowers and absolutely beautiful, covering all occasions.

 We look forward to learning about Hereford Race Course at our meeting on

1st September and new members are always welcome.

 Forthcoming trip to:

Beckford Silk Mill near Stow-on-the Wold on Thursday, 4th August 2011.

For further details of any of these trips and to book, please contact Anita on 488321. Everyone welcome to join us.

 

 

June 2011

Our June meeting was an outing to Snowshill Manor and Garden, Nr Broadway. The Manor belonged to Charles Wade who had a very privileged life and following the death of his father and inheriting wealth he had no need to work again and therefore devoted his time to restoring the manor and garden, whilst collecting a fantastic array of beautiful objects of all shapes and sizes. He created a most unusual and eccentric place to visit where there are more than 22,000 items, from tiny toys to splendid samurai armour. It was a truly fascinating experience.

 

At the time of writing we are busy ‘dressing’ our scarecrow for the festival and look forward to seeing friends there. We will also be in our usual Marquee at the Gala Boot sale on Sunday, 26th June 2011 when we will be doing our annual feast of sandwiches, cakes, teas, coffees and cold drinks. Please come and support us, as all money will go to our charities, Conquest Theatre and Herefordshire Heartstart.

 

Forthcoming trip to:

Beckford Silk Mill near Stow-on-the Wold on Thursday, 4th August 2011.

For further details of any of these trips and to book, please contact Anita on 488321. Everyone welcome to join us.

 

May 2011

At our May meeting we enjoyed an evening of indulgence with beautiful jewelry and handbags brought to us by Mary Hayes and her Sister, Liz, of ‘Go Beautiful’. Mary explained that all of the jewelry is ethnically sourced and she exhibited a wonderful selection for us to try and possibly purchase (which many were tempted to!).Mary explained that this is a family-run business visiting various local shows, including our own Gala, and fund raising events. She also does party plan and home parties.

 

We are pleased to advise that the magnificent sum of £325.00 was raised at the Easter Bingo. Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes and attended to support this event.

 

We are busy ‘dressing’ our scarecrow for the festival in June and look forward to seeing friends there and also in our Marquee at the Gala Boot sale on Sunday, 26th June 2011 when we will be doing our usual feast of sandwiches, cakes, teas, coffees and cold drinks. Please come and support us as all money will go to our charities, Conquest Theatre and Herefordshire Hearstart.

 

 

April 2011

We welcomed Tracy Ricketts of Herefordshire Deli Hampers to our April meeting. Tracy was accompanied by her friend, Ann, who helped prepare some very tasty samples of the local produce that is included in the hampers. Deli Hampers is based at Bodenham and was launched in 2009 at a Hereford Food Festival. Tracy recognized there was a market for high quality local hampers and the enterprise is going from strength to strength. Tracy uses woven bags as the hamper, which can of course also be re-cycled. All the food sourced is from Herefordshire and Tracy tries as much as possible to use small producers. We thoroughly enjoyed tasting some of the cheeses, chutneys and oat cakes together with some of the ciders, wines and soft drinks which Tracy uses. She also includes chocolates, crisps and marmalades. The hampers can be delivered all over the British Isles and in future may also include locally made soaps, candles etc.

 Our next meeting is on Thursday, 5th May when we look forward to a demonstration of jewelery, bags and accessories.

 

 

March 2011

Mr Hugh Langrishe from Bromyard History Society visited our March meeting and brought with him a record of the War Diary from 1914-1919 of his Father,

John du Plessis Langrishe Lieutenant DSO, RAMc. John Langrishe joined the British Army as a Doctor shortly after graduating in 1907 when all of Ireland was still ruled from London. He was appointed Regimental Medical Officer to a Regular Army Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery which was sent to reinforce the British Expeditionary Force in France. John Langrishe retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1928 having served in Flanders and on the Somme etc. The diary gave a very detailed day by day account of his life and living conditions whilst serving during the war, together with his Horse who was his constant companion throughout this time.

 

Six members visited the Air Ambulance Base at Strensham in February to present our cheque for £700.00. This was gratefully received and we were shown the inside of the helicopter and had photos taken to record this donation.

 

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 7th April 2011 when we will welcome Herefordshire Deli-Hampers to our meeting.

 

We have an Easter Bingo at Bishops frome on 18th April 2011 to raise funds for our chosen charities this year, being Conquest Theatre and Herefordshire HeartStart.

 

Forthcoming trips to:

Bewdley Museum on 10th May,

Snowshill Manor and Gardens on 2nd June

Beckford Silk Mill near Stow-on-the Wold on Thursday, 4th August 2011.

For further details of any of these trips and to book, please contact Anita on 488321. Everyone welcome to join us.

 

February 2011

The Reverend Alan and Mrs Penny Seabrook attended our February meeting to illustrate their three week visit to Tanzania, with a little bear.  The bear was taken as a mascot from Bitterley School, near Ludlow where the children there hoped he would send postcards of his holiday.

We were shown slides which gave an indication of the primitive living conditions.  Even the Chief lives in a mud hut.  However, Penny assured us that although they did not live in the same way as ourselves, they were all very happy with their lives.

Alan and Penny visited a Hospital flooded by rain water which was running through the wards and they also went to a Hospice which had been funded by the Princess Diana Memorial Fund.

During their holiday they were invited to a Church service, a school in Tonga and a Nursery with a library of books sent from the U.K.

Following their time in Tanzania they had a few days holiday in Zanzibar and went on to visit the Theological College in Dar es Salam.

 

We look forward to visiting the Air Ambulance Base at Strensham on 23rd February 2011 to present our cheque for £700.00.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 3rd March 2011 with a talk by Charlotte Bateman of the Bromyard History Society.

We have an Easter Bingo at Bishops frome on 18th April 2011 to raise funds for our chosen charities this year, being Conquest Theatre and Herefordshire HeartStart.

We also have trips to Bewdley Museum on 10th May, Snowshill Manor and Gardens on 2nd June and Beckford Silk Mill near Stow-on-the Wold on Thursday, 4th August 2011.  For further details of any of these trips and to book, please contact Anita on 488321.  Everyone welcome to join us.

 

January 2011

We welcomed Mr Garth Lowe of Knapp Papermill Nature Reserve, based at Alfrick, to our first meeting of 2011.  Garth explained the importance of the Reserve in the preservation of wildlife, especially the bird population.  Many volunteers assist in creating an environment which encourages the breeding of some species which may otherwise become extinct and struggle to survive.  Bird Houses and boxes are made from natural material such as tree bark to encourage nesting.  Volunteers also ensure that the Reserve is well maintained, including canal pathways and bridges etc. for people to walk and enjoy.  Garth illustrated his talk with some lovely slides of both unusual and popular birds which inhabit the Reserve and which some of us see in our gardens but do not always recognize.

 We look forward to our meeting on 3rd February when Herefordshire Deli Hampers will be with us.

 We have an Easter Bingo at Bishops frome on 18th April 2011 to raise funds for our chosen charities this year, being Conquest Theatre and Herefordshire HeartStart.

 

December 2010

Our Christmas meal was very much enjoyed at Hop Pocket Craft Centre.  After a superb lunch we were able to wander around the Craft Centre with all its festive displays and some of our members were even tempted to purchase gifts for themselves!!

 Our first meeting of 2011 is on Thursday, 6th January at the Conquest Theatre when      Mr Garth Lowe from Knapp Papermill Nature Reserve will be coming along to talk to us.

 

If you would like to start the New Year meeting new friends then why not come along and join us? We have a varied programme planned for 2011 with many interesting speakers and some exciting trips out, including Bewdley Museum in May and Snowshill Manor and Gardens in June.  Our chosen Charities for this year are the Conquest Theatre and Herefordshire Heartstart.  For any information, please contact Anita on 488321.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

 November 2010

At the beginning of November we enjoyed a visit to Ombersley and the home and studio of Margaret Packer, Designer Flowers.  We were fascinated as we watched Margaret creating several festive flower decorations, together with tips on arranging etc.  This was followed by a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches and home-made cake with as much tea/coffee as we could drink ! It was a truly enjoyable afternoon at a beautiful black and white house in Ombersley with a wonderful garden.

 We have a shopping trip to Cheltenham on Tuesday, 23rd November 2010.  If anyone wishes to join us please ring Anita on 01885 488321.  We will leave Conquest Theatre at 0930 hours.

 We are looking forward to our Christmas Lunch at Hop Pocket Craft Centre in December and would like to take this opportunity to send best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all our members, friends and the people of Bromyard.

 

 

 

 

October 2010

12 members attended the Ladies Group A.G.M. in October.  Officers appointed were Janet Portlock(Chairperson) Pauline Cooke(Vice Chairperson) Anita Coleman (Secretary) and Betty Whiteley (Treasurer), together with six Committee Members.

 In her address, our Chairperson reported that the last year had been a very happy and successful year, with various interesting speakers and some very nice trips out.

It was unanimously agreed that we give £700.00 to West Midlands Air Ambulance who have been our fund-raising charity for the last year.  We hope to present this cheque to them in the near future and would like to thank everyone who has supported our fund-raising events during the year.

 We have chosen two charities for the coming year, being Herefordshire Heartstart, who provide Emergency Life Support by trained volunteers until professional help arrives if someone suffers a cardiac arrest.  This is obviously a locally based organization and we hope to support them in our fund raising events.  Our other chosen project is our very own Conquest Theatre which we are both fortunate and proud to have in Bromyard and who look after us very well at our monthly meetings held in their Foyer.  The theatre is run by a fantastic team of volunteers and we hope to be able to help them in the coming twelve months.

 We don’t actually meet at the Conquest again until January 2011 as we are going to Ombersley in November for a flower demonstration plus afternoon tea and we have our Christmas lunch at Hope Pocket Craft Centre in December.

 We also have a shopping trip to Cheltenham on Tuesday, 23rd November 2010.  If anyone wishes to join us please ring Anita on 01885 488321.  We will leave Conquest Theatre at 0930 hours.

September 2010

At our September meeting we welcomed Colin, Felix and Sarah of Skylark Organics who are local Bromyard producers of organic fruit and vegetables etc. They explained in turn each element of growing their produce and the advantages of eating organically.  Sylark Organics Box Scheme offers to deliver fresh produce to the customer’s door on a weekly basis. At the end of their visit they very generously gave all our members a ‘goodie’ bag of vegetables to sample.

 A few days after our meeting, a group of members and friends visited the West Midlands Air Ambulance Open Day at Strensham.  As our Charity for this year, it was of particular interest to see the helicopter on the ground and meet with some of the crew. This was of course a money raising day for the Service which hopefully boosted funds considerably for them.

 Anyone is welcome to join our Christmas Shopping trip to Cheltenham on Tuesday, 23rd November 2010.  Please contact Anita on 488321 if you wish to book.

 Our next meeting is the A.G.M. on Thursday, 7th October 2010 at Conquest Theatre Foyer.

August 2010

August is holiday month for the ladies as we do not have our usual monthly meeting.  However, Janet, our Chairperson, invited Committee members to her home at the beginning of the month as an opportunity to thank them for their hard work and support in various fund raising activities during the year.  We enjoyed a glass of wine, light refreshments and a very pleasant evening.

Our next meeting at the Conquest is on Thursday, 2nd September 2010 when Vicky Argyle will be talking to us about Organic Foods.

On Saturday, 4th September 2010 we hope to visit the Air Ambulance Open Day at Strensham.  If anyone wishes to join us please contact either Anita on 488321 or Pauline on 483731. Transport will be provided at a small cost.

Looking further ahead, our Christmas Shopping trip this year is to Cheltenham on Tuesday, 23rd November 2010.  Again, please contact Anita on 488321 if you wish to book for this outing.

 

 

July 2010

We had the pleasure of welcoming Andrew Jelly, our local Optician to the July meeting.  Mr Jelly gave us a very informative and interesting insight into how the work of an Optician has advanced since he came to Bromyard in 1983.  He illustrated, with the help of a screen, the different techniques used when assessing eye sight problems and how different sight deficiencies can be alleviated.  Mr Jelly has recently refurbished his surgery to give Bromyard an up-to-date service with advanced technical equipment.

Also, in June, a number of members and friends visited the Highgrove, the home and gardens of Prince Charles.  This has been a long awaited visit and was immensely enjoyed by all who went, with good weather adding to a most enjoyable day.

We achieved approximately £350 at the Gala Car Boot for our chosen charity this year, the West Midlands Air Ambulance. Thank you to everyone who supported us in the marquee and bought teas/coffees, bacon butties etc.  It was a really good day and we look forward to repeating this next year.

We do not meet in August and our next meeting at the Conquest is on Thursday,

2nd September 2010 when Vicky Argyle will be talking to us about Organic Foods.

On Saturday, 4th September 2010 we hope to visit the Air Ambulance Open Day at Strensham.  If anyone wishes to join us please contact either Anita on 488321 or Pauline on 483731.

Looking further ahead, our Christmas Shopping trip this year is to Cheltenham on Tuesday, 23rd November 2010.  Again, please contact Anita on 488321 if you wish to book for this outing.

 

June 2010

Members and friends recently enjoyed a visit to Barbarellas Lingerie shop in Worcester.  Harriett, who is the owner of the shop, was trained to measure ladies by the famous Rigby and Pellar lingerie specialists and so is very knowledgeable when it comes to advice on individual lingerie needs.  We were greeted with a glass of chilled bubbly and while we settled down Harriett explained the importance of wearing good and properly fitted lingerie.  This not only gives the body a better outline but also helps with posture and can help alleviate back ache.  Harriett has a comprehensive stock of beautiful lingerie to choose from and is also trained in the requirements of ladies who need special attention following a mastectomy.  Almost all of our members were eager to be measured and try some of the lingerie, with many succumbing to temptation and purchasing !!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Gala Car Boot when we will be supplying tea/coffee, sandwiches, cake etc.  Please come and have a rest in our marquee and say ‘hello’.

Our next meeting at the Conquest is on Thursday, 1st July when Andrew Jelly will be talking to us about his work in our town as an Optician

 

April 2010

For our April meeting, Group members thoroughly enjoyed an outing to Chase Distillery (Rosemaund) which is part of the Tyrells Crisps organization.  We were taken around the factory and shown the process for making vodka, staring with the raw potatoes, through to the end product being packed ready for distribution.  Our Guide made the tour very interesting and certainly knew every aspect of his work.  He proudly told us that Chase Distillery are world leaders in Vodka.  At the end of our visit we were able to sample various vodkas, gin and liquors with the opportunity to purchase any favorites to take home.   A thoroughly interesting and worthwhile outing.

We are pleased to report that £260 was raised for our Charity, The County Air Ambulance at a recent Bingo evening at Bishops Frome.  Many thanks to all who contributed prizes and attended to help support this event.

On 4th May we have a planned visit to Peony Factory @ Shifnal.  Members and friends will be able to tour the factory, see flower arrangements which can also be purchased and enjoy a light lunch.  The cost is £20 to include coach travel, entrance and food.  Anyone welcome to come along and for further details and booking please contact Anita Coleman on 488321.

Tickets have also been obtained for Highgrove on Tuesday, 15th June 2010.  The cost for this will be £25 per person and again, this is open to anyone who wishes to have the opportunity of visiting the home and gardens of the Prince of Wales.  For further details, please contact Anita on 488321.

 

 

March 2010

Charlotte Bateman was unable to give the planned demonstration on cake decorating and Irene Huddleston very kindly stepped in at short notice to provide many useful tips, ideas and advice when icing cakes for special occasions. Irene explained how flowers are made for cakes and passed around beautiful examples of some that she had prepared previously.  Irene also brought a selection of individual flower buds made from icing for us to see and generously donated an iced chocolate cake for our funds.

On 4th May 2010 we have arranged a visit to Peony Factory Outlet at Shifnal.  We would tour the factory, see flower arrangements, which can also be purchased, and enjoy a light lunch.  Anyone is welcome to join us at a cost of £20 to include coach travel, entrance and light refreshments.  For further details, please contact Anita Coleman on 488321.

Tickets have also been obtained for Highgrove on Tuesday, 15th June 2010.  The cost for this will be £25 per person and again, this is open to anyone who wishes to have the opportunity of visiting the home and gardens of the Prince of Wales.  For further details, please contact Anita Coleman on 488321.

Our next meeting on 1st April 2010 is a visit to Chase Distillery (Rosemaund).

 

February 2010

Chris Graham, who is known to so many as a local butcher of many years standing in Bromyard, gave a very informative and interesting talk at our February meeting.  Chris explained, with the help of diagrams, the different cuts of meat from cattle, sheep and pig and where the more expensive and cheaper cuts are on the animal.  It became apparent through his talk how differently we buy and cook meat now compared with a few years ago.  Chris kindly gave out various leaflets which included recipes for us to try.

A Bingo has been booked at Bishops Frome Village Hall on Monday, 15th March to raise funds for our Charity this year, the County Air Ambulance.

On 4th May 2010 we have arranged a visit to Peony Factory Outlet at Shifnal.  Anyone is welcome to join us at a cost of £20 to include coach travel, entrance and light refreshments.  We would tour the factory, see flower arrangements, which can also be purchased, and enjoy a light lunch.

Tickets have also been obtained for Highgrove on Tuesday, 15th June 2010.  The cost for this will be £25 per person and again, this is open to anyone who wishes to have the opportunity of visiting the home and gardens of the Prince of Wales.  For further details, please contact Anita Coleman on 488321.

Our next meeting on 4th March 2010 at Conquest Theatre Foyer, is Cake Decorations Demonstration by Charlotte Bateman.  Everyone is welcome to join us at any of our meetings.

 

 

2013 Programme

Thursday, July 4th. - visit to The Blue Ginger Gallery + lunch there. Conquest car park at 10-45. New members welcome. Tel. 482989 for further details.
 
Thursday, August 1st. - Pimms and Puddings evening from 6p.m. Venue details phone 482989
 
Thursday, September 5th - Knitting ideas from 'Lupin and Rose'. 7-30 Conquest Foyer. New members welcome.                                                                                                         Tel. 482989 for further details.
 
Thursday, October 3rd.  - A.G.M. followed by a talk by Mike Cresswell about the Malvern Theatres. 7-30 Conquest Foyer. New members welcome. Tel. 482989 for further details.
 
Thursday, November 7th. - Christmas ideas, mulled wine and mince pies. 7-30 Conquest Foyer. New members welcome. Tel. 482989 for further details.
 
Thursday, December 5th. - Christmas meal - venue to be confirmed. New members welcome. Tel. 482989 for further details.

 

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