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ON’T you just hate dolphins and their sneering, know it all smiles. Just because they can swim a bit better than humans and do all those pointless tricks like jumping, echo location and balancing beach balls on their noses (or is that seals?) They think they are so superior. And by the way aren’t you bored silly with all these TV programmes about how clever animals are. Okay, it’s true that octopuses can open jars and use tools, that crows can solve complicated problems and make hooks out of sticks in order to catch inaccessible larvae. It may be also a fact that elephants appear to show love and empathy with one another, play games and make their own music and have been taught to paint. And don’t get me started on chimpanzees and their mathematical prowess and ability to learn sign language (which means they can only talk to deaf people). Not to mention their so called mastery of computers. As far as I’m concerned it all means nothing, we are still the master race. Could a crow build The Shard or the J.W. Marriot Hotel in Dubai? The J.W. is 77 bloody floors, 350 metres high. I can’t see a bunch of dumb crows being able to get that together! Could an octopus, for all its so called dexterity, drive a Formula 1 car and keep up with Jensen Button? I’d like to see it try. Could a chimpanzee write a hit song for Justin Bieber? Well, possibly, but on the other hand could it have written all the episodes of Coronation Street since 1963? No, ha ha, see I thought not. Just to demonstrate how blooming clever we humans are, take the case of the mechanism discovered off the coast of Antikythera by a bunch of sponge divers in 1900. Probably dating from 100BC, this extraordinary machine has been analysed recently with the use of x-rays and other equipment (eat your hearts out squirrels) and has been found to be a truly sophisticated early computer, possibly constructed by Archimedes that can mimic the movement of the earth, moon, sun and the planets with alarming accuracy, even taking into account things like the moon’s elliptical orbit. Let me repeat - that was made in 100 BC. Now, admittedly, we manage to lose all that knowledge over the next few hundred years and of course there was the dark ages after that, by which time everybody thought the world was flat and then all that business with the Christians and the Muslims, where if they weren’t fighting each other, they were happy to string you up if you didn’t believe the world was made Small Ads 4 in seven days and that the moon was made of cheese. Still by the 1500’s, having Hugh’s bit 6 rediscovered the fact that the world wasn’t flat, it encouraged the Spanish to get Art 8 over to South America and start massacring Indians and of course allowed Bishop Art workshops 14 Diego De Landa to get to work destroying all the accumulated wisdom of the Mayans by burning the majority of their books and over 20,000 of their images. As far as Cinema 18 we can tell the Maya civilization at it’s height between 200 and 900 AD perfected Dance 22 mathematics, astronmomy, architecture and the visual arts. But by the time the Food 24 Spanish came crashing in during the 1500’s they didn’t ever realise that the people Music 26 who lived from Yucatan to Honduras were actually the descendents of the people Music workshops 37 who had built the fantastic pyramidal structures and other wonders. Anway, that’s enough of boring old history, let’s skip to the Industrial RevoVenues 39 lution and the real meat of my argument. Once we got our heads around Band directory 40 making things in the mid 19th century, the world has been our octopus. Theatre 42 Steamboats, trains, cars, bombs, guns, submarines, planes, more guns, Word 46 motorways, blocks of flats, nuclear reactors, telephones, computers. It’s bloody Green pages 50 amazing what we’ve done. By the 1950’s we’d almost caught up with old Archimedes. So suck on that dolphins. And, my fine cetacean friends, it’s all because of our Comp therapies 52 ability to use fire. Not many fires down in fishy land are there? Yes, we discovered We take no that despite the largest available sources of energy being the sun and the moon responsibility for driven tidal waves, we can make our own little suns by setting fire to anything we the veracity of the can lay our hands on, that’s got carbon in it. We’ve burnt up most of the world’s information herein forests and the larger part of it’s coal and oil deposits, but don’t worry, we’ll go to Pete Mustill any length to find something else to burn and prove how superior we are. And Mayfield, Stapleton, when the next lot of floods turn up we’ll appoint some bloke to build a bloody great Nr Presteigne, Powys spaceship and we’ll stick two of all the animals in it except for the snotty ones like LD8 2LW elephants, chimpanzees, octopuses and crows and we’ll fly off to new horizons Tel: 01544 260051 Email: and leave you sneering dolphins staring after us making those ridiculous Website: clicking sounds all on your own in the cold, cold sea.


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HE Christian game-plan resembles a life-long obstacle race round a course of enticing vices, unattractive virtues and easy confessions; a cycle of sin and redemption drawn on by infinitely postponed punishments and rewards. It’s like Snakes and Ladders or Monopoly; probably it should be called Theopoly. The lives of the best players, the spiritual athletes, the martyrs and the saints seem to involve a lot of sadomasochism, so the game is probably not meant to be Fun. Your life, the temptations, the indulgences, the elusive spiritual profits, the self-flagellation, the pardons and the opportunities for penitence, self-hate and prayer are all marked out on the board. The aim of the game is to cast the weighted dice of sin, tell your beads and invest your treasure in heaven, preferably collecting a full set of the Stations of the Cross on the way round rather than gambling everything on a sauna club in Piccadilly and an escort agency at the Angel while in the immortal words of Tom Lehrer, “sliding down the razor-blade of Life”. Pope Benedict added a new pit-fall for the unwary player-believer. Along with Chance cards like “You have committed adultery GO TO HELL – GO DIRECTLY TO HELL - DO NOT COLLECT 200 Brownie Points” he instituted a new sin: “Excess C02 production: 5 aeons time-out in Purgatory”. Purgatory, the original sin-bin, is on the corner of the board where the Jail used to be. Jeremy Clarkson will be high on the list of the new sinners, though nowhere near as high as Bernie or the Sheik of Dubai, Clarkson being merely a Joker, not a King. The rules of Theopoly give you unlimited moral credit, a life-long licence to sin in this world, but you have to pay it all back in the next, when your whole life policy matures, so I got interested in what precisely might happen when you inevitably lose the race, (the Vatican Bank is immortal and always wins) and you reach the Pearly Gates, burdened not only with a huge moral debt from a familiar menu of infidelities, lies and acts of violence and spite, but troubled by this extra Green Sin that Pope Benedict has sprung on you. The Disney version of the Pearly Gates would be a dizzyingly kitsch repro-naissance facade, soaring into the sky like a gravity-free nightmare in roccoco pink pseudomarble. To a wide-screen graphic from a reject computer game of infinitely repeated pillars, pediments and arches has been added gratuitously naked child-porn angels flittering about with aerodynamically inadequate wings and no nappies. Cute. Splat. More modest gateways into the next world from less vanity-struck cultures would provide a wicket gate through which the English gentry could slip away wearing gardening clothes and a battered straw hat, or a cattle ranch entrance through which gauchos and cowboys could gallop into eternity, like in Rawhide, dust plumes flying up from their horse’s hooves. Vanishing points. However the real thing will be something much more pan-cultural, down-beat and tedious. “The Pearly Gate Departure Lounge” in generic Airport, Ferryport or Shopping Mall style; echoing concourse, concrete, steel, glass and plastic with garbled public announcements ricocheting off every surface, a place of vile alienation.

You join the back of a queue, you’re in line with everyone else; VIP fast-tracking is only for virgins, martyrs, hermits and saints. After what seems like an eternity, and probably is, you come face to face with one of the cloned St.Peters at the departure gate. He doesn’t even look up as he checks your details. He just presses a button on the touch-screen which tots up your sins and suddenly a whole lot of excess baggage turns up with your name on it. Its going round and round on the carousel in far more suitcases than you can ever have owned, and there are big stickers splashed across them marked EXCESS CO2. These are the sum of your profligate western lifestyle; these are the material epitaphs for your jacuzzis, your foreign holidays, the solo car journeys, the visits to IKEA, the impulse buys and the thrown-away food, the shoes and the power tools you never used or wore. This is The Bill and you ain’t never going to be allowed onto any celestial plane until you’ve paid the full penance for every last kilo. Were you James Lovelock, David Monbiot or Cardinal Attenborgia? No. Have you any collateral to set against your carbon debt? A few forests you planted? No. Then you have no means of clearing your moral mortgage account, your credit is cancelled and your life foreclosed. This is the Final Reckoning. Border Agency gorillas have suddenly got you by the elbows and you’re being hustled onto a dingey ferry, to become another wretched bundle of deck cargo on the way to some place like Alcatraz or Devil’s island, a Purgatory set under leaden skies. Sleet falls. Here on your desert island you get your just deserts. Amidst the sand and the boulders you are required to plant enough trees to absorb all the CO2 that you squandered in your devil-may-care life of luxury back on Earth and then you just have to wait for the seasons to turn, turn, turn until they have processed all your CO2. “I did it my way” and “Non, je ne regrette rien” will be there FOC amongst your DIDs for when you need some ironic R’n’R. Only when the trees are fully grown and you have worn off the excess carbon around your soul will you be brought back to the Pearly Gate and given a ticket for the celestial plane. Unless of course you have other sins to atone for. Take a Chance card: Adultery, Amending the Holy Bible, Atheism, Blasphemy, Heresy, Cowardice, Drunkenness, Disrespect to your parents, Fornication, Masturbation, Gambling, taking Communion while doing any of the above, Jealousy, Murder, Pride, Sloth, Sorcery, Whoring and just in case - there’s always the Original One - just being born - and there are more. Surprisingly I couldn’t google a complete official list of all the grosser life-style possibilities aka sins that the Vatican has imagined for us in such loving detail over the centuries - there wasn’t even a full menu over in Wikipedia. So .... “Is that what you meant, Mr.Pope, Benedict, sir?” But by then he’d retired to a Palladian Palazzo on Sunset Boulevard, and I’d got a couple of massage parlours on Park Lane and a casino on Mayfair. What the hell. (c) Hugh Colvin 2014


art POWYS St Michael’s Church, Discoed, near Presteigne Until 27 April ‘The Way of the Wilderness’. CAROLYN BLAKE, JULIENNE BRAHAM, SIMON DORRELL, NICKY HOPWOOD (stained glass), LOIS HOPWOOD, ANDREA MacLEAN, CHARLES MacCARTHY, DAN MacCARTHY, TANIA MOSSE (sculpture), ALISON NEAL, ROGER PERCIVAL, MANDY PRITCHARD, ALEX RAMSAY (photographs), SUSANNAH ROYLE & BRONTË WOODRUFF. 10am-5pm. St Stephen’s Church, Old Radnor, Walton 01547 520001 2 - 5 May ‘The Picture Show’. Nearly 50 artists exhibiting their work. In aid of the renovation of the Medieval Rood Screen. Open Fri 6-8.30pm (£10 entrance, Fri only), Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 11.30am-5pm, Mon 11.30am-3pm. No. 46 Wine Bar, High St, Presteigne 01544 267675 April JILL BARNEBY - photographs. DEB KING - recycled silver jewellery. Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells 26 & 27 April Wonderwool Wales. Annual festival of wool and natural fibres with more than 175 stalls, workshops and demonstrations. Racquety Farm, Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5RS 24 - 26 May The Big Skill Crafts Festival. The Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne 01544 260149 April SIR SIDNEY NOLAN OM RA. A selection of work drawn from the personal collection of the artist. Open most weekdays 10am-4pm, Knighton Fine Art, 2 Broad Street. 01547 528052 April Works by JOHN PIPER, JOSEF HERMAN, KEITH VAUGHAN, SIMON DORRELL, ANTHEA & PETER STILWELL, JULIENNE BRAHAM, LOIS HOPWOOD, BRONTE WOODRUFF, KEVAN HOPSON. C20th & C21st British Art, Crafts and Greetings Cards. Wed-Sat 10.00am-5.00pm.


Courtyard Antiques, High St, Presteigne, 01544 267033 April Selling exhibition of art from the last 214 years. Open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm. Facebook Courtyard Antiques, Presteigne.

Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 01686 614555 Until 16 April RHAYADER ART GROUP. 15 April - 30 June LORRAINE KITT - French landscapes. Mon-Sat 10am5.30pm. Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth 01654 703355 Until 3 May ‘Frozen Music’. GEOFF WILDE. Geoff talks about his work on 19 March at 12pm. Until 3 May ‘Country Matters’ JOHN LAVRIN - paintings and sculptures. Until 21 June Tabernacle Collection. 2 May - 7 June ‘Portraits of Performers’. 10 May - 28 June ABERYSTWYTH PRINTMAKERS. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. Erwood Station Craft Centre & Gallery, Erwood, near Builth Wells 01982 560674 Arts and crafts. Open daily 10am5.30pm. Shepherd’s Ice Cream Parlour, 9 High Town, Hay-on-Wye 01497 821898 Until May ‘Sicily 2013’. PIPPA HEAVEN - photographs. Open daily, 9.30am-5.30pm. Andrew Lamont Gallery, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon 01874 611622 11 April - 11 May JULIET EDEN - quirky street photographs.Open MonSat 9.30am-5pm and occasionally in the evenings. Beaufort Gallery, Temple St, Llandrindod Wells 01597 822777 Until 9 April ‘Celf o Gwmpas’. Created by participants in workshops led by Finnish artists in residence alongside original work made by the artists who inspired them. Large scale work inspired by Kikka Jelisejeff, nature and natural forms. Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm. Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes 01686 413467 12 - 27 April ‘Quilt and Stitch’. WELSH HERITAGE QUILTERS & MID WALES EMBROIDERERS. Open daily, £2. Radnorshire Museum, Temple St, Llandrindod Wells 01597 824513 Until 9 April ‘Celf o Gwmpas’. Created by participants in workshops led by Finnish artists in residence alongside original work made by the artists who inspired them. Paintings inspired by Saara Piispa, myths and legends. Open Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm.

Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown 01686 625041 Until 16 April ‘Tracer’. MELANIE MANCHOT, overall winner in Oriel Davies Open 2012. Featuring an installation combining photographs, and film-based work. Until 16 April ‘The Married Life of Atoms’. MORGAN GRIFFITH. Until 16 April ‘A Reality with Forms’. MARY VETTISE, student winner in the Oriel Davies Open 2012. 19 April - 18 June Oriel Davies Open 2014 & PHILIP CHEATER. 26 April - 18 June Artists from all over the world. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Ivy House Gallery, Montgomery 01686 668746 April Local artists and locally produced crafts. Open daily 9am-5pm. Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws 01686 688369 Until 27 April ‘Synthesis - New Works’. MARTIN HERBERT, JULIE JONES & DANIEL ROBERSON. NICK LLOYD - sculptures. Thurs-Sun 10am-4pm. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne 01544 260777 5 April Arts & Crafts. Local artisans working in silver, wood, wool, pottery, paintings and carvings. Free entry. Tower House Gallery, 29 High St, Knighton 01547 529530 April PAUL BEARMAN. The India & China Tea Company. Refreshments available. Wed-Sat 9.30am-5pm. Old School Gallery, Bleddfa Centre, Bleddfa 01547 550377 Until 19 April ‘Surface Tension’ KATE DAWSON - raku sculpture. 26 April - 24 May ‘The Green Cycle’. PETER CLARE - paintings. Open Wed-Sun 2-5pm. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 01982 552555 5 - 25 April Fine art prints of the illustrations from a new children’s book, ‘Prince Hal and His Friend Jack Falstaff’. Open theatre times. Hay Makers Gallery, St John’s Place, Hay-on-Wye 01497 820556 Until 11 May DAVIS WORSLEY ceramics. ANGIE MITCHELL - prints. JAN FRYER & SUE GREGOR jewellery. Open Mon-Sat 10.30am5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. The Workhouse Studio, Presteigne Industrial Estate 01544 267864 Interesting and unusual gifts for all. Rare antique carpets and kilims. Cafe. Tues-Sat 10am-4pm.

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Sidney Nolan OM RA The Rodd, Presteigne

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HEREFORDSHIRE Tinsmiths, Tinsmiths Alley, 8A High St, Ledbury 01531 632083 12 April - 10 May ANGIE LEWIN, ED KLUZ, JONNY HANNAH, PETER GREEN - prints and fabrics. Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. Shire Hall, Monmouth 7 - 11 May ‘The River Wye’. WYE VALLEY ART SOCIETY. Part of the Wye Valley River Festival. Dorstone’s Front Room (across from The Pandy Inn) 01981 550777 April VERONIQUE AVON - oil paintings and illustrations. Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. St Margaret’s Church, Newton St Margaret, Hereford 01981 510393 19 April - 1 May ‘Stations of the Resurrection’. NIGEL GROOM. Open 9am-6pm. Gallery 54, Ross-on-Wye 01989 567917 April Spring exhibition showing work by gallery artists plus SARAH PACKINGTON - jewellery. A picture framing service is also available. Open Thurs-Sat 10am-4pm. Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury 01531 633325 14 - 19 April ‘A Lighter Touch’. CAROLINE H. GREEN - paintings, drawings and cards. Plus introducing Oscar to Ledbury! Books about a mischievous dog for children under 6 years. 29 April - 11 May HAZEL SHERLOCK AND AVRIL SPICKERNELL paintings. Open 10am-4pm. Lion Gallery, Broad St, Leominster 01568 611898 April ‘Words and Pictures’. SAM CANNON - artwork combining text and illustration. Ceramics and jewellery. Plus an eclectic mix of English arts and crafts. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Tobias James Art & Framing Gallery, St Owen St, Hereford 07760 316959 April Works by local artists and from artists further afield. Leominster Library 01432 383290 Open Tues & Fri 9am-5.30pm, Wed & Thurs 9am-7.30pm, Sat 9.30am-4pm, closed Mon. Ledbury Market House, Ledbury 18 - 27 April Easter Show THE GUILD OF HEREFORDSHIRE CRAFTSMEN. Open 10am-4.30pm daily. Ross Library, 01432 383280 3 - 11 May ‘Reflections on the Wye’. Botanical art exhibition. Part of the Ross-on-Wye Beer & Cider Festival. Open library hours.


Mike Gell, Contemporary British Jewellery, 3 East Street, Hereford. 01432 278226 Jewellery, silverware and studio glass by more than 80 designers. Open Mon - Sat 10am-5pm. All Saints Church Cafe, Hereford 01432 370414 Until 5 April HEREFORD LEISURE PAINTERS. 22 - 23 April Kemble Care 28 April - 3 May Love Zimbabwe. 5 - 10 May A & B STUDIOS. Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm. Market House Heritage Centre, Ross-on-Wye 01432 260675 April Various arts and crafts from local artists. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10.30am-4pm. Monnow Valley Arts Centre, Middle Hunt House, Walterstone, Hereford 01873 860529 3 May - 29 June ‘Eye: Modern Design in Britain’. KEN STRADLING. Open Thurs & Fri 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun 2-5pm. Alex Allpress Studio, Newbridge on Wye 01597 860127 April Open Studio by appointment. Mugs, jugs, presents and commissions. Replacement copy ceramics...or see you at Ludlow Spring Fair in May. The Courtyard, Hereford 01432 340555 6 April Vintage and Craft fair. 11am-4pm, free. Until 27 April ADRIAN HIGGINS painting, digital illustration, photographs and printmaking. Open theatre times. Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate St, Worcester 01905 25371 Until 26 April ‘A Song of the Sea’. An exhibition celebrating an intensively creative moment in landscape and seascape painting. 3 May - 5 July ‘Skylight Landscape’. PAUL NASH & DAVID PRENTICE. Open Tues-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm. Hereford College of Arts, Folly Lane, Hereford 01432 273359 2 - 25 April British Red Cross Exhibition & Creatives in Residence Exhibition. Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm. Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Broad St., Hereford 01432 260692 Until 24 May ‘I am not who you think I am’. HEATHER BOWRING - a selection of tactile relief portraits and recordings. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

Kimbolton Village Hall 5 April Craft and Gift Fayre. All stall fees go to local charities. Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge 01544 388842 Until 30 April ‘Colours of Hergest Ridge’. JOANNA GRIFFITHS, PHILIP WITCOMB, AUDREY BRADLEY, LYNN HARRISON, PETER HORROCKS, MARY ROSE YOUNG, CHRISTY BOWDLER and more - paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass and photography. Mon-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Blue Ginger Gallery, Home End Farm, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley 01886 880140 Until 11 May ‘Beast and Beauty’. Artists include The Sisterhood of Ruralists; TAMSIN ABBOTT, CATHERINE HYDE, JACKIE MORRIS & HANNAH WILLOW. Also AMANDA ANDERSON, ELEANOR BARTLEMAN, LUCY CAMPBELL, ERIN KEEN, KATHLEEN MURPHY, EVE O’NEIL, CLAUDIA PETLEY & JANE RYAN. Open Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. SHROPSHIRE Harley Centre, Ludlow College, Castle Square, Ludlow 01746 765078 12 - 21 April LUDLOW ART SOCIETY. 26 & 27 April ‘Showing Off’. SHROPSHIRE GUILD OF CONTEMPORARY CRAFT. Artists include ROBERT SHELTON - furniture, SIMON CONNOLLY - sculpture & CAROLINE BENNETT sculpture and ceramics. With guest designer makers. Open Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Twenty Twenty Gallery, 3-4 High St, Much Wenlock 01952 727952 Until 28 April ‘Emerging Artists 2014’. Including JENNY TYLER, SAM TRAVERS, EMILY WILKINSON, ANNE BLADES, MORVEN BROWNE, & REBECCA PARRIN. ALMA SOPHIA, TRACEY FALVEY & BRYONY STANFORD - jewellery. 5 April - 24 May British Glassmakers & Printmakers exhibition. 5 April A talk on glassmaking by Elliott Walker and Tim Boswell, 10.30am. Open daily 10am-5pm. Gallery 3, The Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury 01743 355159 Until 21 April BILL STOTT. 28 April - 2 June ROS HORNBUCKLE. Open Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm. THE GALLERY, 32 High St, Bishop’s Castle 01588 630555 April Contemporary arts and crafts including glass, ceramics, metal and wood, textiles, paintings, prints and jewellery. Thurs-Sat 11am-5pm.

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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury 01743 258885 1 April - 30 June Frank Cohen exhibition. Featuring work by the likes of TRACEY EMIN, DAMIEN HIRST, CHARMING BAKER & JAKE & DINOS CHAPMAN. Also special installations by SHIRLEY CHUBB, ILANA HALPERIN, NEIL BROWNSWORD, JOHN TOMSON & ALISON CRAIGHEAD. Open daily 10am-5pm. Silk Top Hat Gallery, Quality Square, Ludlow 01584 875363 Until 19 April JENNY JONES recent paintings, JEMIMA JAMESON - decorated boxes, ELSPETH SOPER - colourful ceramics, VICTORIA KEEBLE - scollagraphs, etchings, wood engravings and new screenprints. 27 April - 24 May KEITH NOBLE & PATRICK HOWSE - paintings. Isaac Smart’s Showcase: RALPH JANDRELL - ceramics.Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Shropshire Hills Cafe, Shopshire Hills Discovery Centre, School Rd, Craven Arms Open Tues-Sun 10am-4pm.


Assembly Rooms, Ludlow 01584 878141 Until 29 April ANGELA MINKIN - an intimate exhibition reflecting the artist’s love of nature and her fascination with local architecture. Until 29 April LUDLOW & HEREFORD COLLEGE - printmaking showcase. Open theatre times. Manby Bowdler Gallery & Chapel Bar, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury 01743 281281 Until 19 April JANE WILSON geometric patterns from reclaimed pianos. Open theatre times. Westhope Craft College, Craven Arms 01584 861293 Until 16 April ‘Lino Prints and Poetry’. LARA CLOUGH - colour and black and white printes inspired by poetry and local woodlands. Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm and some weekends. Aardvark Books, The Bookery, Manor Farm, Brampton Bryan, Bucknell 01547 530888 12 - 27 April ‘Under the Hammer’. Vintage auction poster exhibition, 1919-1945. Refreshments availalble. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

furniture makers

Made to Measure Kitchens & Traditional Furniture

Marcus Field & Sarah Redway CALL 01544 260033 EMAIL VISIT

The Old Surgery Gallery, 11 High St, Clun, Craven Arms 01588 640506 April Easter exhibition. SOPHIE BIGNALL, BRIAN & JACQUELINE FLETCHER, JANIS GOODMAN, DAVID HARBAN, PAUL HIPKISS, PAULINE KITELEY, JOHN SCOTT MARTIN, TIM NASH, KEITH NOBLE, NOEL SHEPHERDSON, PETER SHREAD, ANN-MONIQUE STELLINGA, JACQUE WAKELY, DAVID WHITE, GORDON YAPP. RALPH JANDRELL - ceramics. LIN BROWN - jewellery. Open daily 10am-5pm. Wolverhampton Art Gallery Until 5 April Cutting edge contemporary artworks are on show in public spaces in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Visit www. and view ‘Public Commissions’ for full details. You can also see drawings and photographs by Indian performance artist NIKHIL CHOPRA at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.


Preferably in one lot


Over 100 years old (Implement wheels - NOT Cartwheels) Many applications - e.g. gates, fences or as ornaments. Unique objects. Please - NO scrap dealers etc.

Tel: 01544 327418

The Big Skill EASTER SHOW LEDBURY MARKET HOUSE, LEDBURY 18th to 27th April Open 10am to 4.30pm every day free admission


THE CHIC BROCANTE Workshop & Furniture Showroom Furniture Showroom Paint Courses Autentico Paint Sales Full day furniture chalk painting course ÂŁ75.00 incl. of lunch 20% discount with this advert

Unit 1, Bron Offices, Brampton Bryan, SY7 0DH Call Dawn on 0787 507 6727 to book! Find us on Facebook The Chic Brocante


Art & Craft Workshops Single listings are free. Year round, £40 per year

GINN’S CREATIVE WORKSHOPS Fun, recreational art sessions for EVERYONE. Start painting, drawing, printing & textiles. Guided by Ginn with 25 years in teaching & inspiring art & design.PLUS Ginn’s School of Sewing Tel: 01432 760961 CHIC BROCANTE Furniture showroom, paint courses, Autentico paint sales. Full day furniture chalk painting course £75 including lunch, 20% discount with the advert on page 19. Chic Brocante, Unit 1 Bron Offices, Brampton Bryan, 0787 507 6727. CREATIVE WILLOW Weekly classes for beginners and intermediates, exploring willow weaving techniques for basketmaking and garden structures. Clyro, Builth Wells and Crickhowell. Mary Zammit, 01982 552072, mary@marywillowgarden., maryzammit


Will & Lottie O’Leary Upper House, Knucklas, Knighton, Powys

TEL: 01547 528 792


ART WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE Free Art sessions, for 11-18 year olds. Wednesdays 4-6pm. Free. With different art techniques by local artists. Teme Valley Youth Project, Wigmore. Email:, or call 01568 770110. CRAFT WORKSHOPS IN THE RADNOR FOREST Spinning and floor loom weaving; pottery also:- hand building, throwing, medieval tile making. Half day £25, whole day £50 (including lunch). Beginners welcome. Tel. Shirley or Bas on 01547 550693 RECYCLED GLASS GIFT WORKSHOPS @ TEN GREEN BOTTLES Particularly suitable for children. Learn how to make a pendant from locally sourced recycled glass. Ten Green Bottles, Brookside Farm, New Radnor, 9am-5pm, 01544 350565. April EASTNOR POTTERY 16 & 17 April - Children’s Pottery Workshop: Humpty Dumpty. Make a ceramic sculpture inspired by the classic nursery rhyme. The results will be fired and glazed in kilns ready for collection approx. one month later.

Wed for 4-8 year olds, 11.30am-1pm & 2-3.30pm. Thurs for 9-12 year olds (guide only as younger and older siblings will not be turned away). 11.30am-1pm. £15 per child, 10% discount for 3 or more places booked. Booking essential. 27 April - Potter’s Wheel Workshop, £120 includes all materials, refreshments and lunch. Simply email admin@eastnorpottery. or tel 01531 633886 to book a session. Plus Family Pottery Fun throughout the Easter holidays, turn up and choose from an exciting menu of pottery projects using real clay. No minimum order of participants required and projects start at just £5 a head. Great for individuals, families and friends. April & May STONE & LETTER CARVING Wed 23 April - Stone Carving for beginners with Lottie O’Leary, 10am-1pm, 2-5pm. At Upper House , Knucklas, £25 per session or £50 for the day. Thurs 1 May - Letter Carving with Will O’Leary and Stone Carving with Lottie O’Leary Evening classes from 7-9 pm, £10 and then every Thursday. Upper House, Knucklas, Knighton, Powys, 01547 528792.


April ASSEMBLY ROOMS WORKSHOPS 17 April - Were-Rabbits and Easter Cards for ages 6+, 10.30am-12.30pm, £5 each. 24 April - Jungle Fever - make masks and join in jungle inspired games. For ages 6+, 10.30am-12.30pm, £5 each. Sat - SmART, art and craft club for 8-14 years, 10.30am-12.30pm, £35 per term, Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 01584 878141. Sat 5 April DESIGNER DOLLS With Jane Davies. Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, 01686 413467. Sat 12 April THE MARCHES SCRIBES ‘Firming Up Your Foundational’. Monkland Village Hall, £18 members, £21 visitors, 01544 327657.


Tues 15, Sat 19 & Thurs 24 April HEREFORD RIVER CARNIVAL WORKSHOPS Free workshops in Hereford Library and Cathedral Close, 10am-12pm, 01432 276462. Fri 18 April ANIMAL SKETCHES - LAMBING TIME Led by Eva Dutton. Material needed includes sketch pads, pencils, pens, charcoals, water colours or any painting or sketching medium that you feel comfortable using. Bring wellies, a change of shoes and a packed lunch. The Bales, Brynmawr Farm, SY7 8QU, 10.30am4.30pm, £40. To book contact jackyharrison51@hotmail. com, or phone 01588 630666, 07789 488657.

April BLUE GINGER WORKSHOPS 3 April - Fly Felt Fox Workshop with Kathleen Murphy, 6.30-9pm, £25 including materials, refreshments etc, 07971 684573, 14 April - Rug Workshop with Jenni Stuart-Anderson, 10am-4pm, £55 including lunch, 01568 750229, jenni. 22 April - Mosaic Workshop with Amanda Anderson, 10am-4pm, £45 includes all materials, light lunch etc. All at Blue Ginger, Home End Farm, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley, Malvern, 01886 880240. Thurs 1 May TEXTILE WORKSHOP With Alicia Merrett. Considering the potential of maps and mapping in textile art. Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, 10am-4pm, £35, booking essential, education@quilt. Also a rolling enrolment City and Guilds Level 2 Patchwork and Quilting course, 01686 413467. 17 May, 7, 8, 14, 15 June, 30 & 31 Aug ALEX ALLPRESS POTTERY SCHOOL: THROWING COURSE One Day Courses all inclu. with lunch, clay, glazing and firing. Newbridge on Wye. 01597 860127. May, June & July SIDNEY NOLAN TRUST WORKSHOPS 13-15 May Introduction to Lithography with tutor, Gini Wade, £105. 22-24 May Further Screen Printing Adventures with tutor, Libby Jones, £135. 21 June New - Midsummer Writing with tutors, Helena Attlee and Emma Beynon, £60. 3-5 July Wood Engraving with tutor, Peter Brown, £135. Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne, 01544 260149, Mondays KNITTING CLUB Trumpet Corner Tea Rooms, Trumpet Crossroads, Ledbury, £3 per session + materials, 01531 634047. Wednesdays VISUAL ART WORKSHOPS For 11-16 year olds. Mortimer Enterprise Centre, Kings Meadow, Wigmore, 4-6pm, 01568 770110. Wednesdays POTTERY CLUB All ages and abilities welcome. Materials and refreshments included. Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, near Newtown, 7-9pm, 01686 688369. Wednesdays KNITTING GROUP At the Workhouse Cafe, Presteigne, 2-4pm, 10% discount on food and drinks. All welcome, 01544 267864. Every Thursday STONE & LETTER CARVING Letter Carving with Will O’Leary and Stone Carving with Lottie O’Leary 7-9pm, £10, Upper House, Knucklas, Knighton, Powys, 01547 528792. Thursdays (4-6pm) VISUAL ART WORKSHOPS Designed to suit 11-16 year olds. In these sessions young people will be introduced to different art techniques by established local artists. Refreshments and snacks are available. Workshops run by enthusiastic volunteers from TVYP at Mortimer Enterprise Centre, Kings Meadow, Wigmore, HR6 9UX, 4-6pm. Workshops are free of charge. Tel: 01568 770110. Fridays AFTER SCHOOL ART CLUB For children aged 5 - 12 years. Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, near Newtown, 3.45-5.15pm, 01686 688369.


31st May to 28th June 2014

27 Exhibitors selling exquisite products Open seven days a week FREE ENTRY 10th Aniversary Year WORKSHOP SCHEDULE 27 exciting workshop to offer, with many new ones. Ruth Packham 31st May Needle Felted Badger Sue Dolman 1st June Peg Loom Weaving Chrissie Menzies 2nd June Nuno Felted Wrap Margaret Hughes 3rd June Fair Isle Crochet 4th June Decorative Willow Borders Lois Grindy Sue Clow 5th June Rag Rug Making Sasha Kagan 6th June Knitting with Colour Chrissie Menzies 7th June Adding Layers to Felt 8th June Layered Felted Vessel Ruth Packham Dunja Roberts 9th June Hand Spinning 10th June Brinkley Loom Weaving Jane Meredith Steve Attwood-Wright 12th June Acid Dyeing (in Sarn) Sue Clow 12th June Hooking with Fleece 13th June Using Colour and Design Sue Terrey Sue Terrey 14th June 3D Hollow Felt 15th June Needle Felted Polar Bear Olwen Veevers 16th June Spinning with Exotic Fibres Dunja Roberts Alic Scott 17th June Felted Pictures Catherine Pudner 18th June Willow Sculpture 19th June Introduction to Upcycling Sam Boulanger Mel Bastier 20th June Frame Baskets 21/22 June Tradition Basket Making Beryl Smith 23rd June Wrapped Felted Beads Olwen Veevers Sasha Kagan 24th June Crochet Borders & Trims Sam Boulanger 26th June Upcycling part 2 27th June Charts/Patterns-Crochet Margaret Hughes

One day workshops £35 Two day workshops £70 Limited spaces on each workshop

Further details are available at Booking forms can be printed from the Workshops webpage or please send your name, address, phone number, email address, workshop details and cheque made payable to

The Wool and Willow Festival to: The Wool and Willow Festival C/o Dolyfelin, Llanbister Road, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 6SP Su Pascoe - 01597 851109


cinema ABERGAVENNY FILM SOC. 2 April WADJDA All showings at Drama Centre, Penypound, Abergavenny, 7.30pm, 01600 780263,

ASSEMBLY ROOMS, LUDLOW 1 April INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (15) 2 & 3 April AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (15) 6 - 8, 11, 13 & 14 April THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (12A) 14, 15 & 17 April MR PEABODY AND SHERMAN (U) 15 & 16 April DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (15) 17 & 18 April JOURNAL DE FRANCE (12A) 18 - 20 April THE MONUMENTS MEN (12A) 19, 21 & 22 April TINKERBELL AND THE PIRATE FAIRY (U) 21, 23 & 24 April THE BOOK THIEF (12A) 27 & 28 April HER (15) 29 & 30 April THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (ctbc) Details 01584 878141

BISHOP’S CASTLE FILM SOC. 2 April THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO 16 April SHORTLAND 30 April INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS All films at The Three Tuns, Bishop’s Castle, 8pm. Details 01588 680445

BRECON FILM SOCIETY 7 April THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED At Brecon Coliseum Cinema. Start at 7.30pm, 01874 623166

CONQUEST, BROMYARD 4 April CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (12A) 13 April PHILOMENA (12A) 16 April EVEN THE RAIN Bromyard Film Society 25 April RUSH (15) Conquest Theatre, Tenbury Rd, Bromyard. Details 01885 488575



Until 2 April THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (18) Until 2 April PHILOMENA (12A) Until 2 April JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (12A) 1 & 2 April PLOT FOR PEACE (PG) 4 April AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (15) 5 & 6 April TINKERBELL & THE PIRATE FAIRY (U) 7 April 12 YEARS A SLAVE (15) 7 April DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (15)

8 April THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (12A) 14 - 16 April THE ROCKET (12A) 14 - 17 April THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (15) 15 - 17 April A LONG WAY DOWN (15) 18 - 24 April THE LEGO MOVIE (U) 19 - 23 April TIM’S VERMEER (12A) 25 - 29 April MR PEABODY & SHERMAN (U) 28 - 30 April THE PAST (12A) Details 01432 340555

2 April HITCHCOCK (12A) Cardington VH 01694 771295 3 April PHILOMENA (12A) Brilley VH 01544 327227 3 April THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (12A) SpArC, Bishop’s Castle 01588 630321 4 April PHILOMENA (12A) Stauntonon-Wye VH 01981 501031 4 April PHILOMENA (12A) Fownhope New Memorial Hall 01432 860717 4 April LE WEEK-END (15) Priest Weston VH 01938 561425 4 April ABOUT TIME (12) Little Dewchurch VH 01432 840333 4 April MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (2013) (12A) The Simpson Hall, Burghill 01432 760816 4 April LE WEEK-END (15) All Stretton VH 01694 723378 4 April WADJDA (PG) Market Theatre, Ledbury 01531 633760 5 April SAVING MR BANKS (PG) Withington Parish Room 01743 709236 5 April PHILOMENA (12A) Aston-onClun VH 01588 660545 5 April UNTOUCHABLE (2011) (15) Everest Hall, Llanfair Waterdine 01547 510672 5 April SAVING MR BANKS (PG) Withington Parish Room, Shrewsbury 01743 709236 5 April BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (18) Playhouse Cinema, Community Centre, Leominster 01568 612583 7 April PHILOMENA (12A) Church Stretton School 01694 724330

7 April PHILOMENA (12A) The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock 01952 728911 8 April THE LIABILITY (15) Garway VH 01600 750465 8 April LE WEEK-END (15) St Mary’s Church Hall, Ross-on-Wye 01989 720341 9 April PHILOMENA (12A) Cuddington and Sandiway VH 01606 888931 9 April ROBOT AND FRANK (12A) The Market Theatre, Ledbury 01432 383663 9 April CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (12A) Hope Bowdler VH 01694 723648 10 April THE BUTLER (12A) Whitley VH 01925 730773 10 April MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (12A) SpArC, Bishop’s Castle 01588 630321 11 April PHILOMENA (12A) Lingen VH 01568 770920 11 April TURBO (U) Dorstone VH 01981 550451 11 April SAVING MR BANKS (PG) Whitchurch & Ganarew Memorial Hall 01600 890640 11 April CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (12A) The Red House, Albrighton 01902 373854 11 April CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (12A) Bodenham Parish Hall 01568 797451 11 April UNDERTAKING BETTY (15) Shifnal VH 01952 462787 11 April HUGO (2011) (U) Cound Guildhall, Shrewsbury 01743 761451 12 April RUSH (15) Ripple Parish Hall 01684 592060 12 April LINCOLN (12A) Bayston Hill Memorial Hall 01743 247933 12 April PHILOMENA (12A) Clun Memorial Hall 01588 640254 12 April SUNSHINE ON LEITH (PG) Cleobury Mortimer Parish Hall 01299 270830 12 April CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (12A) Clifton on Teme VH 01886 812238 12 April PHILOMENA (12A) Lady Emily Hall, Tarrington 01432 890720 12 April SAVING MR BANKS (PG) Belmont Hall, Telford 13 April A LATE QUARTET (15) Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall 01981 240416 15 April PHILOMENA (12A) Acton Scott VH 01694 781260 15 April PHILOMENA (12A) Ashford Carbonell VH 01584 831574 16 April PHILOMENA (12A) The Red House, Albrighton 01902 373854 16 April SAVING MR BANKS (PG) Myddle VH 01939 291030 17 April CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (12A) Gorsley VH 01989 720358


Given that they must understand the process better than almost anyone else, it’s perhaps surprising that few actors make the transition from before the camera to behind it. Yet of those that do, only Clint Eastwood, Ben Stiller and George Clooney stand out as consistently successful exemplars, but perhaps to that brief list, we can now add Ralph Fiennes whose THE INVISIBLE WOMAN is now on release. And enabling us to make a valid comparison between his purely thespian and directorial efforts, he also currently stars in Wes Andersen’s latest, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL. I r o n i c a l l y, T H E I N V I S I B L E W O M A N h a s h i m playing Charles Dickens who of course wrote GREAT EXPECTATIONS Fiennes’ last film but one in which his Magwitch as an actor was not entirely persuasive and yet here his portrayal of the highly energetic, charming yet disloyal literary titan is both credible and beguiling. It’s basically an account his not-so-secret relationship with Ellen ‘Nelly’ Tiernan, a modest actress carried out despite the anxieties of her impresario mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) and the resigned humiliations of his wife (the wonderful Joanna Scanlon, t.v’s THE THICK OF IT and GETTING ON). As Nelly, up-and-comer Felicity Jones makes a decent fist of the trembling lipped ingénue whose unfamiliar passion soon overcomes her understandable caution, although it’s Fiennes who really demonstrates that despite the stilted linguistics and manners of the age, emotional complexity can still flourish… but then he did have the advantage of telling everyone else what to do and presumably how to do it. In fact although his character is completely different, his role of the sharp-witted concierge, Gustave H, in GRAND BUDAPEST is equally suffused with contrasting sentiments. Many Wes Anderson fans, including this one, were disappointed with the relative feyness of his last, MOONRISE KINGDOM, but this is a return to the hectic eccentricity and visual fabulousness of 2001’s ROYAL TENENBAUMS. Fundamentally it’s about Gustave’s lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (newcomer Tony Revolori) who progresses from naïve apprentice to trusted accomplice, the guile of both considerably tested when one of Gustave’s most favoured guests (a heavily camouflaged Tilda Swinton) bequeaths him a priceless painting, thus arousing the suspicions of Edward Norton’s detective Henckels. Their ensuing adventures propel the story along at a furious pace involving numerous roguish characters, many played by Anderson regulars including Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson. Glorious fun, in which Fiennes perhaps actually benefits from not having to worry about directorial duties and instead just letting rip with his best performance for years. Mark Williams 17 April PHILOMENA (12A) Kinnerley Parish Hall 01691 682282 17 April PHILOMENA (12A) Claverley VH 01746 710528 17 April LE WEEK-END (15) Pudleston VH 01568 760606 18 April PHILOMENA (12A) Dilwyn Cedar Hall 01544 319363 19 April SUNSHINE ON LEITH (PG) Belmont Hall, Telford 19 April LE WEEK-END (15) Ryton VH 01743 718237 19 April LE WEEK-END (15) Cawley Hall, Eye 01568 615836 19 April RUSH (15) Yarpole VH 01568 780253 19 April UNTOUCHABLE (2011) (15) Hanley VH 01886 853195 19 April MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM (12A) Playhouse Cinema, Community Centre, Leominster 01568 612583 24 April PHILOMENA (12A) Almeley VH 01544 327195 24 April CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (12A) Bagley Sports and Social Club 07773 983963

25 April PHILOMENA (12A) Stoke Prior VH 01568 760423 25 April JUSTIN AND THE KNIGHTS OF VALOUR (PG) The Market Theatre, Ledbury 01432 383663 25 April GRAVITY (12A) Clungunford Parish Hall 01588 660159 25 April PHILOMENA (12A) Bosbury Parish Hall 01531 640415 25 April HITCHCOCK (12A) Colwall VH 01684 540926 25 April LE WEEK-END (15) Weston VH 01989 562390 25 April PHILOMENA (12A) Little Wenlock VH 01952 505888 26 April SUNSHINE ON LEITH (PG) St Mary’s Church Hall, Ross-on-Wye 01989 720341 26 April SUNSHINE ON LEITH (PG) Moccas VH 07776 121956 26 April THE WORLD’S END (15) Chapel Lawn VH 01547 530530 26 April PHILOMENA (12A) Marton VH 01938 580116 27 April SAVING MR BANKS (PG) Upton upon Severn Memorial Hall

01684 591044 29 April PHILOMENA (12A) Much Birch Community Hall 01981 580298 29 April PHILOMENA (12A) Loppington VH 01939 236240


1 - 3 April THE INVISIBLE WOMAN (12A) 4 - 10 April YVES SAINT LAURENT (15) 11 - 17 April HER (15) 12 - 17 April MR PEABODY & SHERMAN (U) 18, 19, 21 - 27 April THE LEGO MOVIE (U) 18, 19, 21 - 24 April THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (15) 25 - 30 April & 1 May THE MONUMENTS MEN (12A) 25, 26 & 28 April DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (15) Details 01743 281281

PRESTEIGNE FILM SOC. 11 April LE WEEK-END (15) Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 8pm, 01544 370202 or 01544 260577


REGAL CINEMA, TENBURY 1, 15, 22 & 29 April MINICINE MONKEYS Free film fun for the under sevens. 1 & 2 April THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (18) 4 & 9 April THE MONUMENTS MEN (12A) 7 & 8 April THE BOOK THIEF (12A) 12, 14 & 15 April MR PEABODY & SHERMAN (U) 14 & 16 April AMERICAN HUSTLE (15) 19, 21 & 22 April THE LEGO MOVIE (U) 23 April PHILOMENA (12A) 26 April THE FAMILY (15) 29 & 30 April THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (ctbc) Regal Cinema, 47 - 49 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells. Details 01584 811442

SAVOY, MONMOUTH 4 April GONE WITH THE WIND Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 7.30pm, 01600 772467.


1 - 3 April CUBAN FURY 1 - 3 April THE MONUMENTS MEN 4 - 6, 8 - 17 April RIO 2 9 & 10 April HER 13, 15 - 17, 25 - 27 April ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH 13, 15 - 17 April GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL 18 - 20, 22 - 25 & 27 April MUPPETS


MOST WANTED 18 - 20, 22 - 24 April CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 25, 27, 29 & 30 April ZERO THEROREM 25 - 27, 29 & 30 April NOAH Details 01982 552555

LIVE EVENTS ON SCREEN 4 April THE DOORS Live at The Bowl ‘68. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 8pm, 01982 552555. 5 April LA BOHEME The Met Opera live. The Courtyard, Hereford, 5.55pm, 01432 340555. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 5.55pm, 01982 552555. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 5.55pm, 01885 488575. Blake Theatre, Monmouth, 5.55pm, 01600 719401. 6 April WAR HORSE Encore screening. Market Theatre, Ledbury, 2.30pm 01531 636452. 6 April ROMEO & JULIET Broadway. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 7pm, 01982 552555. 9 April LA BOHEME The Met Opera live. The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 7pm, 01952 728911. 11 April RICHARD II Royal Shakespeare Company, (encore). Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 7pm, 01885 488575. 12 April COMPANY West End Theatre recorded live. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 7.30pm, 01982 552555.

22 April OTELLO Streamed live from Teatro di San Carlo, Napoli. An opera sung in Italian. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, 01584 878141. 24 April VIKINGS Live from The British Museum. Regal Cinema, Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, 7pm, 01584 811442 26 April COSI FAN TUTTE The Metropolitan Opera live screening. Courtyard, Hereford, 5.55pm, 01432 340555. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 5.55pm, 01885 488575. Blake Theatre, Monmouth, 5.55pm, 01600 719401. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 5.55pm, 01982 552555. 28 April THE WINTER’S TALE Royal Opera House - ballet. The Metropolitan Opera live screening. Courtyard, Hereford, 7.15pm, 01432 340555. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 7.15pm, 01885 488575. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 7.15pm, 01982 552555. Market Theatre, Ledbury 7.15pm, 01432 383663. 1 May KING LEAR National Theatre live. Regal Cinema, Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, 7pm, 01584 811442. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 7pm, 01982 552555. Market Theatre, Ledbury, 7pm, 01531 636452. 10 May LA CENERENTOLA The Metropolitan Opera live screening. Courtyard, Hereford, 5.55pm, 01432 340555. Blake Theatre, Monmouth, 5.55pm, 01600 719401.

Conquest Theatre Bromyard Live on Stage

Sat 12 April, 7.30pm Maddy Prior in concert with Hannah James & Giles Lewin

Fri 18 & Sun 19 April, 7pm Horsin’ Around - an evening of musicality

Live Broadcasts

Sat 5 April, 5.55pm Met Opera New York - La Boheme Fri 11 April, 7pm (encore) RSC Richard II Sat 26 April, 5.55pm Met Opera New York - Cosi Fan Tu� Mon 28 April, 7.15pm Royal Opera House - The Winter’s Tale


Fri 4 April, 8pm Captain Phillips Sun 13 April, 2.30pm Philomena Fri 25 April, 8pm Rush

Box office 01885 488575


dance Dance Performance Sat 5 & Sun 6 April MY FIRST BALLET: COPPELIA ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET AND ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL. Coppelia tells the comic family tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, £25-£10, 01743 281281. See dance workshops. Sun 6 April THE VIV KELLY SCHOOL OF DANCE AND THEATRE Present an evening of entertainment joinging together the Youth Theatre Group and Adult Dancers. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7pm, £10, 01743 281281.

Thurs 1 May LAST MAN STANDING Dance driven by unparalleled energy and atheleticism performed by world class dancers. A hotly anticipated new work from rising star, James Wilton, who draws on martial arts, break dancing and copoeira. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 8pm, £14/£10, 01743 281281.

Wed 9 April GET BOYS DANCING IMPACT. Over 170 boys will perform from 12 schools across Powys. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 2pm, free, 01686 614555.

Wed 7 & Thurs 8 May BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET The programme covers a full range of styles. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, Thurs 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £25-£15, 01743 281281.

Wed 9 April MANA Exceptional dancers express soul, energy and precision to a stunning backdrop of commissioned music and cuttingedge lighting design. The Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £12./£11, 01432 340555.

Dance Workshops

Sat 12 April SOUTH POWYS DANCE FESTIVAL 2014 A celebration of dance, where young people from South Powys schools get the chance to perform. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, free, 01874 611622. Wed 23 April CINDERELLA VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET. A downtrodden young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £22.50-£19, 01743 281281. Wed 23 April AN EVENING WITH THE STARS FROM STRICTLY COME DANCING Featuring Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £23, 01874 611622.


Mon 28 April THE WINTERS TALE Christopher Wheeldon collaborated with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot to creat his first ballet based on a Shakespeare play. Regal Cinema, Tenbury Wells, 7.15pm, 01584 811442.

Single listings are free. Year round entries £40

Sun 6 April DANCE INTO THE FAIRYTALE ON-STAGE WORKSHOP Dance into Dr Coppelius magical toy shop in an energetic creative ballet class on stage with English National Ballet. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 1-2pm, £20 per child (plus free accompanying adult), £12 for additional child places, 01743 281281. Sun 13 April FREE ZUMBA TASTER SESSION Zumba Gold, easy-going dance style fitness class with cheerful South American rhythms. Suitable for everybody. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 11am-12pm, 01874 711499.

DANCE CLASSES AT GYM & TONIC, HAY-ON-WYE Creative, contemporary and street dance classes. Learning new routines, creating own dances and the chance to perform. Saturdays: 8-11 yrs 9.15am-10.15am. 3-7 yrs 10.30am-11.15am. 12-16 yrs 11.30am-12.30pm. Please contact Lauren on: 07825 914493. PERSOMA MOVEMENT PRACTICES, DANCE MOVEMENT PSYCHOTHERAPY & DANCE CLASSES Session timetable: Tues 11am-12pm - Find Your Feet. For people with dementia and their carers. The Courtyard,

Hereford. Wed 4.50-5.50pm - Jigsaw Performance Group dance for adults with and without disabilities. Westfields Community Hall, Hereford. NEW!! Wed 7-9pm Persoma Somatics - movement workshops exploring creativity, improvisation, body alignment and imagery. Fri 10.15-11.15am Chance To Dance - creative dance class for the over 50s. The Courtyard, Hereford. Fri 4.15-5pm Mini Movers - creative dance class for children aged 3-7. Lauren Glendinning also runs closed movement therapy sessions in care homes and in the NHS. Movement therapy or Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is a Creative Arts Therapy, strenthening the mind-body connection through physical movements to improve both mental and physical well-being. Contact 07825 914493, twitter: @ PersomaMovement facebook: Persoma Movement Practices. BELLYDANCE CLASSES WITH ALANYA Presteigne, St Andrew’s Hall, Mondays 8.00-9.30pm. Open Level. Leominster, Bodenham Parish Hall, Thursdays 7.309.00pm Improvers/ Returners. £25.00 per 5-week block or £7.00 pay-as-you-go. For information & other classes/ workshops. or call Abbie on 07962 161081. Mon DIZZY DAZZLERS DANCE CLASSES For 4 - 7 year olds. With Powys Dance. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 4pm, £2-£3.50, 01982 552555. Mon RIPPLERS DANCE CLASSES For 8-11 year olds. With Powys Dance. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 4.45pm, £2-£3.50, 01982 552555. Mon YOUTH DANCE CLASSES For ages 11 and over. With Powys Dance. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 5.45pm, £2-£3.50, 01982 552555.

4-5pm 4-7 year olds, 5-6pm. 7-11 year olds, 6.15-7.15pm 11+ year olds. The Courtyard, Hereford, 01432 276807. Tues DANCE @ THE COURTYARD Contemporary Dance for Adults 6.30-7.30pm, £48 per term or £5 per week. Junior Youth Dance for ages 7-11 4.15-5.15pm, Senior Youth Dance for ages 12-18 5.15-6.15pm, 01905 611199. Tues BRECON BREAKERS: BREAKDANCING CLASSES For ages 6 - 11, 7 - 8pm, ages 11+ 8 - 9pm. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 01874 611622. Tues DANCE FACTORY All styles of dance, for ages 6-11 years old. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 5.30-6.30pm, £20 per half term, 07504 860774. Weds CIRCLE DANCING Leominster Community Centre 2.00-3.30pm All welcome, £4 per session. Transition Leominster 01568 620180. Thurs LEARN TO JIVE DANCE Onibury Village Hall, Thursday nights, 8pm. £6 per class. No partner required. 07800 634071. Thurs DANCE IN HAY Dance class for the over 50’s. Gentle but vigorous dance session. Phone Mely if interested 01497 820991. Thurs URBAN DANCE CLUB WITH 2FACED DANCE COMPANY Ages 7-11 years 4-5pm, ages 11+ 5-6pm. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 01584 813711. Fri CHANCE TO DANCE A gentle programme of creative dance for the over 50s. The Courtyard, Hereford, 10.15am-11.15pm, £3.50 per session, 01432 340555. Fri DANCING TOTS Drop-in sessions. No need to book. The Courtyard, Hereford. 11.30am-12.15pm, £4, £1 for an additional child, 01432 340555.

Mon BREAKDANCE With 2Faced Dance Company.

Road sportive with 60-mile and 100-mile routes, plus electronic timing, feed stations & full back-up. Guided mountain bike, leisure & road rides. Sunset slalom - fun race for kids and parents alike. Festival hub in the grounds of Hay Castle with FREE mountain bike track plus stalls, workshops, food and beer tent. ‘Bikeability’ cycle skills sessions for kids. Timbuktu turbo charity challenge. Visit for info, full programme and online booking


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Ponte Vecchio, Hereford


WHILE ago, Mister Pernickety and his younger son, Master Pernickety, set out to review John Spice’s Restaurant at the Green Dragon in Hereford. It turned out be one of the most challenging dining experiences of Mr P’s life so far (with their findings published in a past Woolly Organ). A few weeks ago, Mr P once again went to meet his son near Hereford, after an eight month absence in India and Tanzania. The young Pernickety looked as if he needed feeding up, prompting Mr P to propose that they seek sustenance at once, while taking the opportunity to review a Hereford eating house more amenable than John Spice’s. Mr Pernickety has frequently grumbled about the scarcity of Family-run Italian Restaurants in the Marches and, anxious to find if such a thing still exists, decided that his son should fill his concave belly at a place self-billed as precisely that. Ponte Vecchio, in Bridge Street, Hereford, although broadly Italian-looking is not especially inviting from the outside, but Mr P has always made allowances for restaurants of a traditional European nature. The place looked less appealing from the inside, with bright lights, hard mean floor tiles and not much inspiration from any decorative addition around the walls, made all the more cheerless by a marked lack of hustle & bustle, which should be a principal characteristic of the F-RIR. That evening there were just two other punters in. The most engaging element of the interior was the youngish proprietor, who beamed with Italian charm (while speaking English like a native). Mr P found that he recognised him, and he turned out to be the son of the proprietor of a former restaurant, Firenze, in Commercial Road, which, sadly, closed seven years ago, and which Mr P recalls happily as the last authentic family run Italian establishment he had encountered in the Marches – a place where his offspring had enjoyed its proper oven baked pizzas, and which he’d enjoyed for its genuine Italian cuisine. One of the sons of the family went on to launch Ponte Vecchio, the original of which (Mr P’s better-informed readers will know) is in Firenze, thereby retaining at least a little continuity. However, charming though the son is, Mr P sensed that there is less of a commitment on the part of his immediate family, added to which the young proprietor is not himself a carnivore – and these can be serious obstacles to overcome in the running of a traditional Italian family restaurant. As a result, Mr Pernickety is sad to report, the dinner he and Master P consumed was less than special. For a start, Mr P wanted to eat veal, and Italian restaurants are about the only public places where this is possible in Britain. Over the last few decades veal has had a strange history in England. As a result of some beastly unkind methods employed by ‘continental’ farmers to produce calf meat of a politically incorrect and ultra pale hue, the meat went out of favour in GB, but, quite irrationally, so did the perfectly normal and humanely produced, natural ‘rose’ veal, with the result that the market for it more or


less dried up. As it happens, the Ludlow Food Centre’s excellent butcher, John Brereton does still offer veal in several good cuts for much of the year, and Mr P has been happy to produce, on occasion, a Blanquette de Veau which has had his dinner guests swooning. Mr Brereton also offers well-prepared veal escalopes – a firm favourite of Mr P’s. But at Ponte Vecchio Mr P asked for them in vain. The only escalope option was that of chicken, and since most of the chickens in Herefordshire come from one of those horrid factory units that can produce a fully-grown, cotton-wool fowl in a few weeks, Mr Pernickety usually avoids those that haven’t categorically been allowed the childhood freedom to run around and catch early worms on grassy hillsides. On this occasion, though, committed to a scallopine, he had to settle for the chicken variant. It had been traditionally cooked, but, it seemed, somewhat earlier in the day – or week. It lacked the fresh lightness that it should have had; Mr P was disappointed. His strapping young issue had opted for Risotto Fiorentino, a sizable tump of Arborio rice with spinach and crumbled goat’s cheese; Master P failed to stay the course, but being of a kindly disposition, refused to judge it harshly. They both enjoyed the bottle of Montepulciano recommended by the owner, but for Mr P, the hunt for a pleasingly authentic, and good quality FRIR goes on. On a happier note, Mr Pernickety recently took his Lovely Companion to the fair City of Aquae Sulis, to indulge her weakness for Decorative Antiques (which might, incidentally, explain her attachment to Mr P), on show at the Pavilion there. After an hour or so flogging around many stalls of vintage ephemera, they sought sustenance and happened, very happily, on the Firehouse Rotisserie in John Street, Bath. It’s a stylish place where Mr P and the LC felt instantly comfortable and enjoyed the taste-bud hopping and very distinctive range of rotisserie grilled beef and poultry. Mr Pernickety, email: Twitter: @mpernickety


Opening Tues 1 April THE WATERMILL CAFE Serving tasty lunches, teas, coffee and homemade cakes. Specialising in seasonal produce. Westonbury Mill Water Gardens and Watermill Cafe, 1.5 miles west of Pembridge on A44. Open 11am-5pm daily, 01544 388729. Sat 5 April & Sat 3 May FARMER’S MARKET The Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, 9am-1pm. Wed 16 April THE LUDLOW PUDDING EXPERIENCE Dinner and seven desserts, glass of house wine and coffee. Oscars, Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7pm, £17.95, 01584 878141. Every Wed CURRY NIGHT For £5.95. The Castle Inn, Wigmore, 01568 770203. Every Thurs - Sat TAPAS From award winning Deli Tinto. No. 46 Wine Bar, Presteigne. Last Friday of every month PIZZA NIGHT at The Old Mill, High Street, Llanidloes. To book, call 01686 807 506. More info:


Why not advertise? Only £40 per year. AARDVARK BOOKS LTD, THE BOOKERY, MANOR FARM, BRAMPTON BRYAN, BUCKNELL 01547 530888 Cafe serving refreshments, cakes etc. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm. THE GREEN BEAN CAFE, WEOBLEY 01544 318865 Good, locally sourced, homemade food. Soups, all day light lunches, cakes and scones. Set in the heart of Weobley. Free wifi. Mon-Fri 10am-4.30pm, Sat 10am-12.30pm. With The Green Bean Shop/Deli under the same roof. THE GARDEN TEA ROOM & DELI, KINGSLAND HR6 9QS (opposite the church green) Tel: 01568 709142 Open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm and Bank Holidays 11:00 – 5:30pm. Shop/deli for tasty treats. All day lunches, desserts, cakes & speciality teas and coffee. Handmade, seasonal food including many vegetarian, wheat and dairy free options. Select ‘Scrummy Bites’ dishes always available. Great venue for special celebrations. Two 6m x 4m marquees plus crockery hire available. Vintage setting with peaceful garden and log fire. THE HARP INN, OLD RADNOR, PRESTEIGNE 01544 350655 An unspoilt 15th century Welsh longhouse pub with fantastic views over the Radnor Valley. Delicious, freshly cooked food made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients which you can enjoy with a glass of wine or one of our traditional cask ales or local organic ciders, beside our welcoming log fire. Current menus are on our website together with details of special events such as steak nights, seasonal tasting menu nights and our annual beer festival. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm and weekend lunchtimes from 12pm. THE HAT SHOP RESTAURANT, PRESTEIGNE 01544 260017 A friendly Bistro Style restaurant offering lunches and evening meals, Monday through to Saturday. We use quality local produce all sourced within the local area, together with an extensive hand picked wine list. THE OLD STATION TEA ROOM, THE OLD RAILWAY STATION, NEW RADNOR, LD8 2SS 01544 350543. Visit us at the Old Station Caravan Park for hot drinks and homemade cakes. Superb views and free Wi-Fi. We can cater for small groups, meetings and other events. Accommodation also available. Open daily 10am-5pm.

THE POP UP CHEF Email or Phone 01544 267802 WE TAKE CARE OF THE CATERING ARRANGEMENTS, SO YOU ENJOY THE EVENT! We take away the stress of organising and delivering your event, leaving you free to get ready and enjoy. If you need to host a dinner party or a catering event, we would be happy to help, hiring ‘the thepopupchef’. We would consult with you on your chosen menu, shop, cook, serve & clean up afterwards. Whether an intimate meal for two people or a dinner party for twenty or more, we can create and deliver. Special and Affordable — Your Personal Chef’s. Let personal chef’s Maria & Christina present to you a luxurious and distinctive approach to entertaining family and friends in your own home. SCRUMMY BITES - made locally with you in mind. STONELEIGH, KINGSLAND 01568 709142. Handmade dishes include delicious desserts, savouries and pastries. Ideal for busy people, family gatherings. Special menus for events of 6 to 100 people. Available from The Garden, Kingsland, HR6 9QS plus Knighton, Ludlow and Presteigne farmers markets. Many vegetarian, wheat and dairy free options. Awarded Ludlow Food Festival’s Graeme Kidd bursary 2010. SETONAIKAI, 25 THE PARADE, SHREWSBURY. SY1 1DL 01743 343517 Specialists in authentic ingredients, cookware and tableware from Japan and the Far East, along with a range of cards, gifts and kimonos. We also have a growing range of the exotic, eclectic and the unusual from all four corners of the world. A vast selection you may not find anywhere else. Take a look at our range of Japanese kitchenware and tableware to buy online at Open Tues - Sat, 10am - 5pm. SUGAR & SPICE CAFE BISTRO, Park Crescent, Llandrindod Wells 01597 824442 Friendly, family run cafe bistro located near the entrance to the beautiful Rock Park. Homemade locally sourced breakfast and day menus, carte du jour, fresh ground Italian coffee and a warm welcome offered daily. Evening bistro specialising in Mediteranean and World cuisine from mid May onwards. Booking recommended, unlicenced - BYO, free wifi, disabled access, hire us for your special occasion evening! THE OLD MILL BAR AND BAKERY, High Street, Llanidloes 01686 412 008 Tucked away in the heart of Llanidloes, this independent, family friendly café/bar serves lunch Wed-Sun 11-2pm. The menu focuses on fresh, local produce and includes soups, toasted ciabattas, Welsh cheese ploughmans and daily specials. All the bread is supplied by in-house micro bakery, Andy’s Bread. Andy bakes a range of artisan loaves including wheat and 100% rye sourdoughs. Bread is available to buy from the bar on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Open Wed-Sun 11am-11pm. The India & China Tea Company at TOWER HOUSE GALLERY, HIGH STREET, KNIGHTON 01547 529530 Homemade soups, breads and cakes, Italian blend coffee and over 30 different varieties of leaf tea. Wed - Sat 9.30 to 5.00pm, Sun -Tues CLOSED. THE WORKHOUSE CAFE, INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, PRESTEIGNE 01544 267864 Cafe gallery, light lunches, good coffee, homemade cakes. Tues - Sat 10am - 4pm. RHOS MARKET GARDEN, KNIGHTON 01547 528315 Growers & providers of organic veg, fruit & flowers. Morning Market stalls: Knighton Thursday and Presteigne Friday. Veg boxes delivered to local area weekly. CSA Scheme. Restaurant orders welcome




Wed 2 April


THE DRAGON BAND The Dragon Hotel, Montgomery, 8pm, free, 01686 668359.

Thurs 3 April

OPEN MIC Ledbury Community Hall, 7pm, £5, bring a bottle, 01531 632968.

GREN BARTLEY BAND Studio Theatre, Courtyard, Hereford, 8pm, £10/£8, 01432 340555.

HEREFORDSHIRE YOUTH ORCHESTRA Programme includes Borodin, Krommer, Rossini, Khachaturian and Tchaikovsky. St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Weobley, 7.30pm, £5/£4, children free. In aid of the church, 01432 853219.

THE WELLBERRIES The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. OPEN MIC/JAM NIGHT Hosted by Fight The Bear. The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. MACIEK PYSZ TRIO An awesome internation jazz trio. Queen’s Head, St James St, Monmouth. BEN & SAM The Marches Bar & Kitchen, Castle St, Ludlow, 9pm, 01584 872012. HEREFORD CONCERT SOCIETY Present O Duo. Programme includes Albeniz, JS Bach, Chopin, Prokofiev and more. The Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £18, HCS members £15, students £5, children under 16 £3, 01432 340555.

An intriguing banjo-playing singer/songwriter. Club night with cabaret seating and space to dance. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 8pm, £10 from No. 46 Wine Bar, Presteigne and www.wegottickets. com SYNERGY The Exchange, Newtown. QUIZ NIGHT Rose & Crown, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £6 per person including light refreshments, 01584 878141.

SAM DRAISY The Marches Bar & Kitchen, Castle St, Ludlow, 9pm, 01584 872012. LA DOLCE DIVA The Penyard Singers present a concert of operatic favourites in aid of Hope Support Services. The yZone Youth, Hill St, Ross-on-Wye, 7.30pm, £8/£5, children under 16 free, 01531 828057. OPEN MIC Ledbury Community Hall, 7pm, £5, bring a bottle, 01531 632968.

Fri 4 April

AARON BOOTON Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow.

THE TROY REDFERN BAND The Bell Inn, Leominster.

NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY Rock covers. Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford.

THE MAGIC OF THE BEATLES Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, 8pm, £18.50, 01905 611427.

TRES HOMBRES Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford.

AIR BAG Malthouse, Ironbridge.

FASCINATING AIDA The Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £20, 01432 340555.

THE PEATBOG FAERIES From traditional jigs and reels throught jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 8pm, £16 or four for £50, 01584 878141. UNDER THE FRIDGE White Horse Inn, Clun. JAM SESSION The Hotspur Cafe & Bar, Shobdon Airfield, 07580 690074. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury.


MARCHES COMMUNITY CHOIR Spring concert. Programme includes Haydn, Rutter and Vivaldi. With items from Random Brass. St John’s Church, Bishop’s Castle, 7.30pm, £10, children and students free, 01588 650448.

JAZZ @ THE BONDED WAREHOUSE Featuring Andy Derrick Quartet. The Bonded Warehouse, Canal St, Stourbridge, 7.30pm, £7/£3.50, 01384 377797.

Sat 5 April DARKSIDE The Pink Floyd Show. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 8pm, £15, 01584 878141. OPEN MIC Greyhound Inn, Llangullo, 01547 550400. WEOBLEY MUSIC 2014 Featuring Pickin In the Kitchen, Chris Moreton and The Remi Harris Trio with Deborah Rose. Weobley Village Hall, 7.30pm, £11/£10, 01544 318513,

ROCK FEVER The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury.

Fascinating Aida

Peatbog Faeries - 4 April

SEAN SAYE The Grape Vaults, Leominster, 3pm. MARTIN BLAKE (Solo). The Parkway Cafe, Ludlow, 8pm. THE CHICAGO SWING KATZ Traditional jazz and swing. The Brooklands Hotel, Shrewsbury, 8.30pm, £5, 07831 383636. MAYFIELD - RHYTHM RATS Earthy blues. Queen’s Head, St James St, Monmouth. PAUL LAMB & CHAD STRENTZ Prince of Wales, Ledbury. DAVID ROVICS Songs of Social Significance. Old Mill, Llanidloes, 7pm, £4, 01686 412008.

O’HOOLEY & TIDOW Folk. Birchmeadow, Broseley, 7.30pm, £9 in advance, £10 on the door. Tickets from Downes’ & Davis’, Broseley or

VOULEZ VOUS The Courtyard, Hereford, 8pm, £19.50/£18.50, 01432 340555.

DAN WALSH See workshops. Gleanings Centre, Crosfields, Gravels Bank, near Minsterley, 8pm, £5, 01743 891412.

ASTARIA QUARTET Programme includes Haydn, Schumann, Janacek and Smetana. Lion Ballroom, Leominster, 3pm, £12, students £6, from Gill’s Gifts, Leominster or 01568 611588.

KICK BACK THE 80S The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 7.30pm, £12, 01952 728911.

Sun 6 April

MUSIC AT THE EDGE Featuring Blackbeard’s Tea Party, playing funky folk tunes, storming songs and an infectious stage energy. The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 7.30pm, £8, 01952 728911.

Mon 7 April ROEBUCKANEERS FOLK CLUB The Roebuck Inn, Brimfield, near Ludlow, 8pm, 01584 711854. RITA HOSKING Country folk. Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury, 01584 724798.

JAZZ PIANO COURSE A specially created course for beginners through to intermediate students. • Understand jazz chords and how to use them. • Learn how to improvise. • Play classic jazz tunes. • Learn how to improvise in four important styles: blues, swing, mainstream/modern and Latin. Presteigne/Knighton area, but happy to travel. For further details contact Simon Deeley A.L.C.M. Mobile: 07890 303681 email:

RHYTHM THIEVES Phone 01568 770134

Sat 12 April Fri 25 April Sat 3 May Sun 4 May -

Leintwardine Community Centre, 8pm, £8 (fundraiser for Knighton & District Rotary Club) Sun at Leintwardine hosting Open Mic Lionstock, The Lion, Leintwardine Green Man Festival, Clun, 6pm


BLAKE Brit-Award winning harmony trio. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £13/£12, 01874 611622.

The Fureys & Davey Arthur

PIG DAZE Rock covers. Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford. BON JOVI TRIBUTE BAND The Exchange, Newtown.

Mon 7 April CIDER CITY JAZZMEN The Barrels, St Owen’s St, Hereford, 01432 274968.

Wed 9 April HEREFORDSHIRE YOUTH MUSIC Featuring the county intermediate ensembles and the Youth Concert Band playing a variety of music. The Shirehall, Hereford, 7pm, £4/£3, children free, 01432 853219. LOUISE JORDAN Housmans Cafe Bar, Church Stretton, 8pm. OPEN MIC With Mike Holloway. White Horse Inn, Clun. JOHN KIRKPATRICK ‘Victorian Farmers’ Year in Song’. Lydbury North Village Hall, 8pm, £10, under 16s £5, 01588 680223.

Thurs 10 April THE SEARCHERS IN CONCERT Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.30pm, £19.50/£17.50, 01686 614555. THE FUREYS & DAVEY ARTHUR Legends of Irish music. Theatre Severn, 7.30pm, £18-£16, 01743 281281.

CAPTAIN ACCIDENT The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. SONGCHAIN Ten of Wales’ finest traditional singers and musicians explore and celebrate the roots and heritage of folk music in Wales. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £12/£10, 01874 611622.

THE ROVING CROWS Unique blend of folk, rock and klezmer. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 01497 821762.

ANDREW MORRIS & THEO JOBST ‘Musical Remedies’. Piano and saxophone. Granary Tea Rooms, Leominster, 8pm, two-course meal, £15, please book in advance, 01568 614290.

MERSEY BEATLES Theatre Severn, 7.30pm, £16-£14, 01743 281281.

DRAGONFLY Marcia Crayford (violin), Sarah Newbold (flute), Katharine Thomas (harp) and Susie Meszaros (viola). Richard Booth’s Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye, 7.30pm, £12, 01497 820322 or at the door. NIKKI ROUS The Marches Bar & Kitchen, Castle St, Ludlow, 9pm, 01584 872012. HEREFORDSHIRE YOUTH MUSIC Featuring the junior and beginner ensembles playing a variety of music. The Shirehall, Hereford, 7pm, £4/£3, children free, 01432 853219. QUILL Performing songs from the 70s to the present day. Theatre Severn, 8pm, £15, 01743 281281. HAZEL O’CONNOR The Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £18.50/£17.50, 01432 340555.

Fri 11 April SONGCHAIN Ten of Wales’ finest traditional singers and musicians star in this special performance, celebrating the roots and heritage of folk music in Wales. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.45pm, £12, 01686 614555. LEDBURY COMMUNITY CHOIR ‘Souvenirs of the Sixties’. Memorable songs and images from an exciting decade. Market Theatre, Ledbury, 7.30pm, £10, 01432 383663.


JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER & ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Programme includes Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Delius, Walton, Howard Goodall, Vivaldi, John Ireland and William Lloyd Webber. St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £23, £11.50 for young people, 01743 367482.

LOST THE PLOT Dun Cow, Shrewsbury.

AMBER LIZARD Malthouse, Ironbridge.

THE JOHN HARDMAN BAND The Exchange, Newtown. MIKE PRINCE & BAND Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow. THE DUVETS The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. LOUISE DEARMAN West End leading lady performs some of her favourite musical theatre songs. Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £20/£18, 01432 340555.

Sat 12 April BLAKE Brit award-winning harmony trio. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 8pm, £15/£14, 01686 614555. DECKS Hosted by Joe G String. The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle.


Saturday 7 June midday midnight



At a secret location near Presteigne reached only on foot, by bike or via the hourly free bus service

Moishes Bagel - The Destroyers My Baby - Little Rumba The Remi Harris Trio - Black Rapids Lori Campbell - Cloudier Skies Your Dad - The Company of Fools

An all day party featuring the best music the tastiest food and drink the craziest games with the village hall crew .... all in a truly breathtaking location Tickets are now on sale from The Workhouse Gallery and Courtyard Antiques in Presteigne ÂŁ30 or via the website ÂŁ32 Only 350 available!

Quill - 10 April

BUILT FOR COMFORT Lichfield Vaults, Church St, Hereford, 4pm, 01432 266821. GERRY CROSS THE MERSEY One of the greatest 60s icons, Gerry Marsden. Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £18.50/£17.50, 01432 340555.

Tues 15 April BRECON JAZZ CLUB Featuring Davide Logiri, Ben Thomas and Andrew Fawce. Jazz Bar, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 8pm, £6 on the door, 01874 611622, BACH’S ST JOHN PASSION Sung by the Cathedral Choir with Marches Baroque and international soloists. Hereford Cathedral, 7.30pm, 01432 374261.

Sat 12 April ROOTZ & BOOTZ Soul, rock ‘n’ roll and covers. The King’s Head, Tenbury Wells. THE WHISKEY RIVER TRIO The Beer In Hand, Eign St, Hereford, 8pm, free. THE BLAST 5-piece band who cover classic and modern rock. The Hopton Arms, Ashperton, near Ledbury, 8pm. SHREWSBURY JAZZ NETWORK Featuring Clark Tracey Quintet. The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury, 8pm, £12, £10 members, under 16s £6, 01743 234970. BELLAMUNDA BALKAN CEILIDH BAND & THE BC ALLSKAS Two brilliant dance bands on one very special night. The Three Tuns, Bishop’s Castle, 7.30pm, £6. Fundraiser for BC Community Land Trust. CATCH 22 Malthouse, Ironbridge. KNIGHTON TOWN SILVER BAND Spring concert. The band’s guests will be Kington & District Operatic Society. Knigton Community Centre, 7.30pm, £6 on the door. JOHN HARDMAN BAND The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. RHYTHM THIEVES A dance evening. Leintwardine Community Centre, 8pm, £8 includes nibbles, 01547 540593. Raising money for local charities. SYLVASTEEL The Marches Bar & Kitchen, Castle St, Ludlow, 9pm, 01584 872012. LEDBURY COMMUNITY CHOIR ‘Souvenirs of the Sixties’. Memorable songs and images from an exciting decade. Market Theatre, Ledbury, 7.30pm, £10, 01432 383663.


WORRIED MEN Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford. ABBA MANIA Theatre Severn, 7.30pm, £18.50-£16.50, 01743 281281. MITCH BENN IS THE 37TH BEATLE Theatre Severn, 8pm, £12.50/£10, 01743 281281. THE BRODSKY QUARTET Programme includes Mozart, Schubert and Zemlinsky. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £18, under 16s £12, 01584 878141.

Sun 13 April DOMINIC KIRWAN The 25th Anniversary Tour. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 7.30pm, £18.50, 01600 772467. PAUL CARRACK Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 01743 281281. LITTLE DAVE The Grape Vaults, Leominster, 3pm. JAMES HOLLINGSWORTH Queen’s Head, St James St, Monmouth. PANIC STATION Prince of Wales, Ledbury.

Mitch Benn

Wed 16 April DRAGONFLY ENSEMBLE Programme includes Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ. St Michael’s Church, Discoed, Presteigne, 7.30pm, £12.50 from Winnie’s, Presteigne or 01547 560246, LITTLE RUMBA Housmans Cafe Bar, Church Stretton, 8pm.

Thurs 17 April AN AUDIENCE WITH SWARB Influential folk icon, Dave Swarbrick. Theatre Severn, 8pm, £12, 01743 281281. EBANEZER WEASEL The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. SEAN SAYE The Marches Bar & Kitchen, Castle St, Ludlow, 9pm, 01584 872012. MIKE MCGEAR MCCARTNEY With stories of Liverpool life from childhood to entering showbiz. Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £18.50/£17.50, 01432 340555.

Fri 18 April THE QUIRKS White Horse Inn, Clun. WHY SO SERIOUS Dun Cow, Shrewsbury. FRUIT MACHINE Malthouse, Ironbridge. HORSIN’ AROUND An evening of musicality. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 7pm, 01885 488575. STAFFORD MURRAY ONE-MAN BANNED Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow. WAYNE MARTIN’S BLUES DELUXE The Exchange, Newtown. THE ROOZ The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury.

Landed Festival 2014 Music, Arts and Entertainment A unique, family friendly festival experience

within the stunning Wye Valley, set in the grounds of Doldowlod Hall, near Rhayader, Powys

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 May Bank Holiday

Live Music Cinema Dome Cabaret Stage with drama workshops, dance workshops and Open Mic slots, as well as a special cabaret night.

New family camping area and live-in vehicle field.

All tickets are available via the website or: Jacket in the Attic in Rhayader, Vans Good Food in Llandrindod, The Old Mill in Llanidloes, Wyeside Arts Centre in Builth Wells, Andy’s Records in Aberystwyth, The Globe in Hay-on-Wye and Sirius in Brecon and Hereford.

Panic Circus Crafty Kids Tent Craft Village Healing & Therapy Area Walkabout Performers Bars, Good Food and Traders £60 full weekend ticket including car parking and camping. Day tickets Friday £20, Saturday £25, Sunday £25. Ages 12 years old and under go free, but proof of age may be required at the gate.

For further details email, visit the website or find us on Facebook.


Wed 23 April

Dave Luke & Chuck Micallef

SYNERGY Housmans Cafe Bar, Church Stretton, 8pm. FOCUS WALES 2014 Four day music, comedy and interactive festival at multiple venues in Wrexham.

Thurs 24 April COUNTERFEIT STONES Theatre Severn, 7.30pm, £20, 01743 281281. HANNAH & BRIAN The Marches Bar & Kitchen, Castle St, Ludlow, 9pm, 01584 872012. YOUNG SHREWSBURY 14 Youth concert. Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury, 1pm, 01743 850267. GWYN ASHTON Prince of Wales, Ledbury, 8pm. APPLEBY KINSEY Bistro Mondo, Ross-on-Wye.

Fri 18 April DAVE LUKE, CHUCK MICALLEF & FRIENDS An evening of country, blues, rock and pure enjoyment. The Hotspur Cafe & Bar, Shobdon Airfield, 01568 708783. THE JOHN HARDMAN BAND The Salopian, Shrewsbury. THE ANIMATORS Classic covers. Rock covers. Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford.

Sat 19 April ROOTZ & BOOTZ The Exchange, Newtown. RICHARD REVERT & HELEN WILDING Folk jazz and classical music. Plus the Cottage Herbery Plants, a talk by Kim Hurst RHS Judge, home made soup, cakes and children’s activities. Aardvark Books & Cafe, Brampton Bryan, Bucknell, 10am-4pm, 01547 530888. EUPHORIA The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. GOWER ALL STARS Ceilidh. Parish Hall, Hay-on-Wye, 7.30pm, £5 on the door, children free, bring your own refreshments, 01497 847676.


LIVE MUSIC The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. WUB WUB WUB Aubrey Fry and crew present the best of house and techno. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 01497 821762. EARL GREY AND THE TEA LEAVES Blues, rock and classic pop. Greyhound Inn, Llangunllo, 9pm, 01547 550400.

Sun 20 April LOUISE JORDAN Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow, 2pm. ROLLOBENZ The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. CHRIS QUINN Housmans Cafe Bar, Church Stretton, 7.30pm. GREY WOLF Prince of Wales, Ledbury. DJ The Grape Vaults, Leominster, 3pm. THE GOLD ROOM Malthouse, Ironbridge. RICH O’BRIEN PROJECT Jazz, funk, soul and r ‘n’ b. Queen’s Head, St James St, Monmouth.

Mon 21 April

OUTLAWED Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford.

THE WHISKEY RIVER BOYS Aidan and Martin. The Grape Vaults, Leominster, 3pm, free.

THE MARCHES INTRODUCING... The Marches Bar & Kitchen, Castle St, Ludlow, 9pm, 01584 872012.

OPEN DAY Belmont Abbey, Hereford, 10am-4pm, free.

MICRO BABY Malthouse, Ironbridge.

PETER DYKE Lunchtime organ concert. Hereford Cathedral, 1.15pm, retiring collection.

NAOMI PAYNE Saturday Cafe, Courtyard, Hereford, 12-2pm, free.

COLE STACEY & JOSEPH O’KEEFE Lyde Court, Hereford, 6.30pm food available, 8pm music, £10, 01432 357753. THE RONALDOS The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. FOCUS WALES 2014 Four day music, comedy and interactive festival at multiple venues in Wrexham. JOE MCELDERRY Joe rose to fame when he won the sixth series of X Factor. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.30pm, £19/£18, 01686 614555.

Naomi Payne

3rd to 18th May Flowing through communities from Hereford to Chepstow, join the celebrations of nature, culture, landscape and life along the River Wye in the stunning Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

For the full programme: index.php/wye-valley-river-festival/ This ďŹ rst Wye Valley River Festival is a Wye Valley AONB Partnership initiative with support from Arts Council of Wales; Welsh Government; Heritage Lottery Fund; Arts Council England; Adventa; Shire Hall Monmouth; Environment Agency and numerous local communities.


Fri 25 April STEVE GIBBONS BAND & TREV ROWLEY Ludlow Brewery, Corve St, Ludlow, 8pm, £12 in advance, £15 on the door, 07896 676189. All profits go to Cancer Research UK.


JAM SESSION The Hotspur Cafe & Bar, Shobdon Airfield, 07580 690074.

LIFE DUO The Grape Vaults, Leominster, 3pm.

OPEN MIC Hosted by Rhythm Thieves. Sun Inn, Leintwardine, 8pm. St George’s Day celebration.

TETRAPAINT Dun Cow, Shrewsbury. FOCUS WALES 2014 Four day music, comedy and interactive festival at multiple venues in Wrexham. UP FRONT The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. ANNA ESSLEMONT & TOMMY MILLS The Exchange, Newtown. THE LAST EXIT 5-piece covers band. Rock covers. Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford.

Sat 26 April HARRIET EARIS & CLOVIS PHILLIPS Celtic harp and jazz guitar. Lydbury North Village Hall, 8pm, £7.50, under 16s £5, 01588 680302. ROCK FEVER Malthouse, Ironbridge. PURE INSTINCT Plus Asylum (upstairs). Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford.

Joe McElderry

RED RIVER BLUES Queen’s Head, St James St, Monmouth. CLAIRE RAINER WITH WINGS Unplugged. Hundred House Inn, Purslow, 9pm. FOCUS WALES 2014 Four day music, comedy and interactive festival at multiple venues in Wrexham. MONKS CHOIR In Organis et Canticis. Abbey Church, Belmont, Hereford, 7.30pm, free. FUNKY DUNG - TRANSGLOBAL EXPRESS DJ Groove Merchant. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 01497 821762. MEN IN GENERAL A mix of cappella classics and comedy. Market Theatre, Ledbury, 8pm, £10, students £8, 01432 383663. NIGHTS ON BROADWAY Bee Gees tribute. Theatre Severn, £17.50-£14, 01743 281281. LIVE MUSIC The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. FLETCH The Hopton Arms, Ashperton, near Ledbury, 8.30pm. AN EVENING WITH CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD ‘The Past is another Country’, speaking about the journey of a musical work from its composition through to performance. The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury, 8pm, £12, £6 for young people, 01952 510375. GERSOM ENGELS The Marches Bar & Kitchen, Castle St, Ludlow, 9pm, 01584 872012. DAVE RAE AND THE SWEAT SHOP BOYS The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. AN EVENING WITH ELVIS Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, 7.30pm, £12/£10, 01873 850805.


MEGSON Stu Hanna (vocals, octave mandola, banjo, guitar) and Debbie Hanna (vocals, accordion, whistle). Theatre Severn, 7.30pm, £15, 01743 281281. IDLE HANDS Lichfield Vaults, Church St, Hereford, 4pm, 01432 266821.

CUSTARD COLLECTION Malthouse, Ironbridge.

GEOFF ROGERS Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow.

Sun 27 April

SALISBURY CONCERT BAND A programme of music from stage, screen, classics and popular genres. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £7.50, 01584 878141.

DUNCAN HONEYBOURNE Piano Plus 2 - Reef’s End. Lion Ballroom, Leominster, 3pm, £10, students £6, from Gill’s Gifts, Leominster or 01568 611588. SHROPSHIRE STRUMMERS Housmans Cafe Bar, Church Stretton, 1-2pm. ABSOLUTE ZERO VIOLA QUARTET Programme includes Beethoven, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Holst, Tchaikovsky and more. Grange Court, Leominster, 7.30pm, £10 in advance or £12 on the door, children £5, coffee and cake during interval, 01568 737980, Artisans production. THE BARE BONES BOOGEY BAND Prince of Wales, Ledbury. COMPOSER’S CONCERT Local composers John Hymas, Camilla Saunders and Nicholas Benda present an afternoon of their own new and original music. Joined by other local musicians in a varied concert. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 3pm, £8 on the door.

Wed 30 April BONEFISH Queen’s Head, St James St, Monmouth.


Thurs 1 May OPEN MIC/JAM SESSION Hosted by The Wayne Martin Band. The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. NIKKI ROUS The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury.

Fri 2 May THAT’LL BE THE DAY Rock ‘n’ roll spectacular with hits from the 1950s to 1970s. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.45pm, £22.50/£21.50, 01686 614555.

Langstaffe Violins John Langstaffe

Maker & Restorer of Violins, Violas & Cellos Repairs, Fitting Up, Tonal Adjustments etc Room 12, 2nd Floor, Lion House 15, Broad Street, Leominster HR6 8BT

We also stock a selection of new and antique instruments and accessories T: 01568 620120 M: 07501 724663

Trevor Davies Music

For all your musical needs 87 Etnam Street, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 8AE tel: 01568 613611

We stock Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, ESP, Fernandez, Epiphone, Indie, Aria, Ovation, Adamas, Martin, Taylor, Yamaha, Crafter, Burns, Washburn, Jackson, AER, Marshall, Hartke, Carlsbro, Laney, Zoom, Digitech, Tama, Casio. Plus many other brands. Approximately 500 guitars in stock and Brass, Woodwind, Drums, Keyboards, accessories and thousands of music books and sheet music.


Julia Bishop, Baroque Workshop for Strings

SOUL PREACHERS White Horse Inn, Clun. MADISON Dun Cow, Shrewsbury. OTIS MACK & THE TUBBY BLUESTERS Rock covers. Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford. MICROBABY The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. RAYMOND FROGGATT IN CONCERT Regal Cinema, Tenbury Wells, 7.30pm, 01584 811442.

Sat 3 May CAHELEN MORRISON & ELI WEST American roots. Theatre Severn, 8pm, £15, 01743 281281.

Fri 2 May OKAY BROTHER The Exchange, Newtown. HELLEN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 Four days of inspirational music. Programme includes works by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Strauss. Evening concerts £16, masterclasses £5, pre-concert suppers available on Friday and Saturday £15. Hellen’s Manor, Much Marcle, 01905 570979, and from Ice Bytes, Ledbury, Premier Shop, Much Marcle, Music Box, Ross-on-Wye and Outback, Hereford. LANDED FESTIVAL 2014 Three days of inspiring and innovative performances with live music, drama and dance workshops, cabaret night, puppet shows, open mic slots and a craft kid’s tent. Rhayader, £60 weekend ticket including camping, day ticket £20 Fri, £25 Sat & Sun, www.landedfestival.

HELLEN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 See 2 May for details. GENERATION GAP Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford. LANDED FESTIVAL 2014 See 2 May for details. LIONSTOCK Featuring The Rhythm Thieves. The Lion, Leintwardine. ROSS-ON-WYE BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL Live music. Ross Rowing Club, Rope Walk, Ross-on-Wye, 11am-3pm & 6pm11pm, £5 per session, www.rowbcf. DRIVE TONES The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. MOJO FESTIVAL Featuring Thompson Oldman, The Endings, The Beez Keez, The Tommy Allen Band with Johnny Hewitt. The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle.

CAHALEN MORRISON AND ELI WEST + SUPPORT. Rising acoustic stars from Seattle . An amazing blend of vocal harmonies, mandolin, guitar, banjo and mandocello. The Workhouse, Presteigne 8pm. £10. Please book in advance - seating limited. 01544 350407 or 01597 825390. Profits to Mandumaya Nepalese Orphanage.

WHISKEY RIVER Acoustic. Credenhill Social Club, Hereford, 8.30pm.

MOJO FESTIVAL Featuring The Poobahs. The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle.

THE JOHN HARDMAN BAND King’s Head, Shrewsbury.

SYNERGY Paella night. Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow. RICHARD WALKER Playing Bach’s complete works for organ. St Chad’s Church Shrewsbury, 12.40pm, 01743 365478.


OPEN MIC Ledbury Community Hall, 7pm, £5, bring a bottle, 01531 632968.

HEREFORD RIVER CARNIVAL Bring your own decorated rafts down the river. All around the Wye including Castle Green, Bishops Meadow, Vaga Tavern, East Friars (Greyfriars Avenue), Hereford. Activities are free, 01432 276462.

LATE MAY DAY CEILIDH With Mostly John and caller, Pamela Spenceley. Special guest appearances including Shropshire Tales and stories from Val Littlehales. Lydbury North Village Hall, 8pm, £5, under 16s £3, 01588 680454.

Sun 4 May WILD BIRD SEED Debut gig for a big local band. Queen’s Head, St James St, Monmouth. THE SONS OF DELTA DUO Prince of Wales, Ledbury. RICHARD WALKER Playing Bach’s complete works for organ. St Chad’s Church Shrewsbury, 11.40pm, 01743 365478. HELLEN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 See 2 May for details. CLUN GREEN MAN FESTIVAL The Frost Queen’s Street Fair, 12-5pm. Entertainment, live music with Naomi Payne’s Hotsy Totsy Band and evening music with The Rhythm Thieves. Plus children’s workshops at Hightown Community Rooms from 10.30am. Clun, MOJO FESTIVAL Featuring X-TV Duo, Eddy Gartry Trio, Will Barns and Friends, The Wayne Martin Band. The Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. JAM SESSION The Hotspur Cafe & Bar, Shobdon Airfield, 07580 690074. ROSS-ON-WYE BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL See 3 May for details. LANDED FESTIVAL 2014 See 2 May for details. RHYTHM THIEVES Green Man Festival, Clun, 6pm. DAI ROBS Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow. RK PARADE The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury. THE CARDUCCI QUARTET Programme includes Haydn, Beethoven and Shostakovich. Concord College, Shrewsbury, 3pm, £16, free for young people, 01743 367482.

Mon 5 May ROEBUCKANEERS FOLK CLUB The Roebuck Inn, Brimfield, near Ludlow, 8pm, 01584 711854. HELLEN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 See 2 May for details. OPEN DAY Belmont Abbey, Hereford, 10am-4pm, free. CLUN GREEN MAN FESTIVAL Featuring Morris dancing in the Square, entertainment, craft fair and more. Plus children’s workshops at Hightown Community Rooms from 10.30am. Clun, CIDER CITY JAZZMEN The Barrels, St Owen’s St, Hereford, 01432 274968.

Music Workshops

Sat 5 April CLAWHAMMER BANJO WORKSHOP With Dan Walsh. Glanings Centre, Crosfields, Gravels Bank, near Minsterley, 10am-4pm, £50 includes light lunch and refreshments, 01743 891412, www. See also gig, 5 April. Sat 12 April BORDER MARCHES EARLY MUSIC FORUM WORKSHOP on Baroque music from Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Ouro Preto. A workshop for singers with tutor, Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor and artistic director of Ex Cathedra, whose performances of Latin American Baroque music are widely acclaimed. Grange Court, Leominster. 10am - 4.30pm, £18 for Early Music Fora members, £20 for non-members, £5 for students. Tel. Sue Russell on 01568 780559 or email peterandsuerussell@bt, Mon 14 - Fri 18 April BRASS REPAIR (FOUNDATION) Trevor Head. Llangunllo School, Llangunllo, Knighton, £605, 01547 550622, 07971 083089, email: Mon 21 - Fri 25 April WOODWIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENT REPAIR COURSE General woodwinds with Trevor Head. Llangunllo School, Llangunllo, Knighton, £605, 01547

550622, 07971 083089, email:

Details: Anne Loughran 01547 520339

Sat 26 April STUDY DAY ON BACH’S GOLDBERG VARIATIONS Worker Educational Association, (WEA). With tutor Andrew Morris. St Hellen’s Manor, Much Marcle, near Ledbury, 10.30am-3.30pm, tea and coffee available, bring a packed lunch, £20, 01684 540624.

Monday FUN & PLAY WITH RHYTHM & HARMONY And songs from all over. All taught by ear so no need to read music! Folk meet 8pm term time Mondays at the Methodist chapel in Leintwardine. Email charlotte@charlottebulleymusic. info or call 01547 540603.

Sat 26 & Sun 27 April & Sat 14 & Sun 15 June SAXOPHONE REPAIR WEEKEND Specialist course with Trevor Head. Llangunllo School, Llangunllo, Knighton, £320, 01547 550622, 07971 083089, email: Sat 3 May BAROQUE WORKSHOP FOR STRINGS A Corelli - Concerto Grosso, Opus 6 no. 3 and JS Bach - Orchestral Suite No. 3. With tutor Julia Bishop and other members of Red Priest. Baroque instruments encouraged, but not essential. St Michael’s Church, Discoed, near Presteigne, 07989 091949/ Early Music in the Marches. CASTLE VOICES SINGING WORKSHOP Join us to explore vocal harmonies from around the world. Tuesdays 6.30 to 8pm. Usually every week in school term in top room at Three Tuns, Bishops Castle.

Monday ALIVE & KICKIN’ CHOIR Coleg Powys (now NPTC), Brecon, 7-9pm, £5 public, £3 students and staff. Monday BANDAMANIA Traditional dance music from far and wide. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne 7.15pm, Sue Harris 01547 560950. Tuesday BANG ON DRUMS Drum circle. Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford, 7-9pm, bring your own hand drums or drums and percussion instruments provided, 07870 747248, Tuesday WHITTON VOICES Mixed community choir. Songs from around the world, traditional and contemporary. Raising the roof with rich harmonies in Presteigne Assembly Rooms, 8-10pm, £5. All welcome. Led by Sue Harris, 01547 560950. Tuesday DOLAU MIXTURES Mixed choir. Dolau Community Hall, near Llandrindod Wells, 8pm, 01597 851427.

Opening Night for Great Music

The Hotspur Cafe & Bar (at: Hereford Aero-Club, Shobdon Airfield, HR6 9NR) April 18th @ 8.30pm - late

Dave Luke, Chuck Micallef & Friends An evening of Country, Blues, Rock and pure enjoyment. Entry £3

EVERY Friday, 7.30pm - late

“The Hotspur Sessions”

Bring along your instrument and join in on our relaxed, creative, music evenings, or come along to just listen-in to ‘improv’ at it’s best. Entry Free For more information call: Will @ 07580 690074.

Good food always available. Monday - Sunday Come on down and meet the friendly new owners Nick & Jim

Contact for bookings 01568 708783

(follow signs to Shobdon Airfield, then Hotspur parking)


The Big Art Show 19th & 20th July 2014

West Midland Show Ground, Shrewsbury Wednesday ROCKSPRING COMMUNITY CHOIR All welcome particularly men! Minimal charge. Rockspring Community Centre, Ludlow. 01584 529053 or email Wednesday LUDLOW LARKS COMMUNITY CHOIR Led by Polly Bolton. Songs from around the world - from the Beatles to Bulgaria. Ludlow Women’s Centre, £3-£5 per session, 7.30pm-9.30pm. For dates contact Polly on 01584 823609 or or check our website Thursday fortnightly WILD ANGELS Informal community choir led by Sue Harris. All welcome. Traditional songs from around the world. Llanidloes, 7.30-9.30pm 01686 625980. First Thursdays BLACK HILL TUNE CLUB 2pm at the Crown Inn Longtown. Free. 01432 263495. Friday MUSIC TIME A session of music and movement for the under 5s and their parents or carers. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 10.30am-11.30am, £5 per child, siblings £4, parents free, 01743 234970. Friday FAMILY MUSIC MAKERS Fun sessions for parents and toddlers 12.30-2pm, £4 per adult and child pair, under 1s free. The Courtyard, Hereford, 01432 340555.


First Saturday OPEN MIC NIGHT The Greyhound, Llangunllo, 9pm, 01547 550400. First Saturday FOLK & IRISH SESSION Harp Inn, Glasbury-on-Wye, 8.30pm, free, 01497 847373. First Saturday of month PICKIN’ AT THE BIRD Acoustic session. The Bird in Hand, Coton Hill, Shrewsbury, 01743 357484, 9pm onwards. 3rd Saturday OPEN ACOUSTIC NIGHT Harp Inn, Glasbury-on-Wye, 8.30pm, free, 01497 847373. Every Sunday FOLK/ROOTS SESSION Stag, Llanidloes, 6.30pm, 01686 414824.

Every Sunday SESSION The Old Mill, High Street, Llanidloes, 8pm. With tunes from many traditions (Welsh, Irish, English, French, Galician, Swedish, Bulgarian, Klezmer, traditional and contemporary songs - anything is welcome. 01686 412 008. 2nd Sunday FOLK SESSION Powys Arms, Poolquay, near Welshpool, 7.30pm, 01691 831162. 2nd Sunday ACOUSTIC MUSIC SESSION Jill and Mark (from the Rhythm Thieves) hosting. All styles welcome. The Sun Inn, Leintwardine. 2nd & 4th Sunday OPEN MIC NIGHT George & Dragon, Knighton, 01547 528532. Last Sunday OPEN MIC The Herbert Arms, Kerry, 8pm, all welcome, 07970 135378. Last Sunday OPEN MIC NIGHT All welcome. The Retreat, Ledbury, 01531 632766. Every Monday ACOUSTIC NIGHT The Golden Lion Hotel, Llandysilio, near Welshpool, 01691 830295. Every Monday BLUES & COUNTRY JAM NIGHT The Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, 9pm, 01952 610888. Every Monday OPEN MIC NIGHT Bull Inn, Shrewsbury, 01743 344728. Every Monday nights BRECON TOWN BAND Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7-9pm. 07779 390954. Every Tuesday BLUES NIGHT The Golden Lion Hotel, Llandysilio, 01691 830295. Every Tuesday TUESDAY JAM SESSION Open to all. The Falcon Hotel, Bromyard, 8-11pm, 01885 483034. Every Tuesday OPEN MIC All welcome, from about 9pm. The Retreat, Ledbury, 01531 632766. Every Tuesday OPEN MIC NIGHT Hosted by Pete Keeley and Dangerous Dave. The Back Bar, The King’s Head, Bishop’s Castle, 9pm onwards, 01588 630770. 3rd Tuesday FOLK NIGHTS The Crown Inn, Longtown. Other occasional folk events organised by Folk Workshops. Register for e-Newsletter with john. Last Tuesday JAM SESSION Beer In Hand, Eign St, Hereford, 8pm. Last Tuesday JAZZ NIGHT The Golden Lion Hotel, Llandysilio,Oswestry, 01691 830295. Every Wednesday MAINSTREAM JAZZ NIGHT The Dragon Hotel, Montgomery, 8pm, 01686 668359.

Saturday 17 May

10am - 4pm in Longtown


with the musician Stephen Rees. (£15) Also, open evening session from 7pm at the Crown Inn, Longtown.


For more info contact Judy 01432 263495

Every Wednesday ACOUSTIC NIGHT Baskerville Hall Hotel, near Hay-on-Wye, 8.30pm, 01497 820033. First Wednesday SONG AND GUITAR SESSION Red Lion, Llanidloes. 07445 338949. First Wednesday JAZZ NIGHT The Golden Lion Hotel, Llandysilio, 01691 830295. Every Wednesday TELFORD ACOUSTIC CLUB The Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, 9pm, 01952 610888. First Wednesday HEREFORD BLUEGRASS SESSION The Victory, 88 St Owen St, Hereford, 8pm, details from Martin 01432 342018 or 07846 669890. Every Wednesday FOLK SESSION Railway Inn, Forden, near Welshpool, 8pm, 01938 580120. Every Wednesday ACOUSTIC, CONTEMPORARY & TRADITIONAL FOLK SESSIONS Knighton Hotel, Broad St, Knighton, 8.30pm, details from Terry, 01547 530588. Every Wednesday ACOUSTIC SESSION Prince of Wales, Ledbury, 8.45pm, 01531 632250. 2nd Wednesday STRANGE KIN BLUES SESSION Primarily blues, but all styles welcome. Raven, Welshpool, 8pm, email free. 2nd Wednesday OPEN MIC NIGHT Stockton Cross Inn, Kimbolton, near Leominster, 8.30pm, 01568 612509. 2nd Wednesday JAM SESSION White Horse Inn, Clun, 8.30pm onwards. 01588 640305. 3rd Wednesday FOLK/ACOUSTIC SESSION Any style, Crown Inn, Clunton, 9pm, 01588 660226. Every Thursday JAZZ JAM Queen’s Head, St James St, Monmouth, 01600 712767. 1st Thursday SESSION The Alma, Linton, 8.30pm, all welcome, 07779 144005. 1st Thursday OPEN MIC NIGHT The Bridge, Tenbury Wells, call to book your slot, all welcome, 01584 810434. 3rd Thursday FOLK NIGHT Castle Inn, Knucklas, 7pm till late, 01547 528223. 3rd Thursday OPEN MIC Spread Eagle, King St, Hereford, phone to book a slot, 01432 272205. 4th Thursday ACOUSTIC MUSIC Folk, blues, 60s or any other genre welcome. The Sun, High St, Clun, 9pm. Contact Dave Wright 01588 640552. 1st Friday ACOUSTIC SESSION The Unicorn, Corve St, Ludlow, 8:30pm. Contact: Ann Gray 01584 879 348. 1st Friday FOLK SESSION Led by The Pedigrees, all welcome. Spread Eagle, King St, Hereford, 01432 272205. 3rd Friday TRADITIONAL SESSIONING, DANCE CLASSES & LIVE BANDS A band will play at the beginning of each night from 8pm and lead an open session afterwards. Llanfyllin Workhouse, 01691 649062. 3rd Friday ACOUSTIC FOLK MUSIC & SONG SESSION The New Inn, Bartestree, Hereford. Last Friday OPEN MIC NIGHT With Mark from the Rhythm Thieves. Sun Inn, Leintwardine, 8pm, 07885 467673. 5th Friday SESSION Nelson Inn, Ludlow, 01584 872908.


APPLETREE, 15 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, 01584 318015 ASSEMBLY ROOMS, Mill Street, Ludlow 01584 878141 BARRELS, St Owen Street, Hereford 01432 274968 BASKERVILLE ARMS, Clyro, near Hay-on-Wye 01497 820670. BASKERVILLE HALL HOTEL, Clyro Court, near Hay-onWye 01497 820033. BELL HOTEL, Commercial St, Newtown 01686 625540 BAYHORSE INN, BROMYARD 01885 482600. BELL INN, Etnam St, Leominster 01568 612818 THE BRIDGE HOTEL, Tenbury Wells 01584 810434. THE BRIDGE, Ludlow 01584 872963 CARAD, East St, Rhayader, 01597 810192 CHARLTON ARMS, Ludlow, 01584 872813 THE COURTYARD, Edgar St, Hereford. 01432 340555 THE DUKES ARMS, Presteigne 01544 267318 DUN COW, Shrewsbury 01743 356408 THE EXCHANGE, Newtown 01686 621814. GARWAY VILLAGE HALL, Hereford 01981 580056 THE GEORGE & DRAGON, Knighton 01547 528532 GLEANINGS, near Bishop’s Castle, 01743 891412 THE GOLDEN CROSS INN, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford 01432 880274. GRAPE VAULTS, Broad St, Leominster 01568 611404. THE GRANARY, Leominster 01568 614290. THE GROVE HOTEL, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, 01743 271227 THE HARP INN, Glasbury-on-Wye 01497 847373 THE HERDSMAN, Widemarsh St, Hereford, 01432 277330 HOLLY BUSH INN, Near Hay-on-Wye, 01497 847371. HOPE & ANCHOR, Rope Walk, Wye St, Ross-on-Wye. 01989 563003. HOTSPUR CAFE & BAR, Shobdon Airfield 01568 708783. HUNDRED HOUSE INN, Purslow, 01588 660541 KNIGHTON & DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE, Knighton 07751 221487. LICHFIELD VAULTS, Church St, Hereford. 01432 266821 LION BALLROOM, Broad St, Leominster. 01568 611588 THE LOWFIELD INN, Marton, Welshpool 01743 891313 LUDLOW BREWING COMPANY, The Railway Shed, Ludlow 01584 873291 THE MALTHOUSE, Ironbridge, 01952 433712 MINER’S ARMS, Priest Weston 01938 561352 NELSON INN, Ludlow 01584 872908 OAKENGATES THEATRE, Telford. 01952 619020 THE OLD MILL, High Street, Llanidloes 01686 412008 THE OXFORD ARMS, Duke St, Kington 01544 230322 THE PLOUGH INN, Whitecross Road, Hereford 01432 352300 THE RETREAT, Ledbury, 01531 632766. ROSE & CROWN, Tenbury Wells, 01584 811336 ROYAL OAK, Presteigne, 01544 260842. TALBOT HOTEL, Tregaron, 01974 298719 THEATR BRYCHEINIOG, Canal Wharf, Brecon 01874 611622 THEATR HAFREN, Llanidloes Road, Newtown 01686 625007 THE THREE ELMS, Hereford. 01432 273338. THREE TUNS, Bishop’s Castle. 01588 638797 THE VICTORY, 88 St Owen St, Hereford 01432 274998 VOLUNTEER, Harold St, Hereford 01432 276189. WHITEHORSE INN, The Square, Clun. 01588 640305. WHITE SWAN, Eardisland, 01544 388577 WYESIDE ARTS CENTRE, Builth Wells, 01982 552555 YORKSHIRE HOUSE, St Mary’s St, Shrewsbury


band directory


APPLEBY KINSEY 4-piece acoustic jazz, contemporary folk, singer-songwriter group: acoustic guitar, saxophones, flute double bass, beautiful female lead vocals. Collectively we produce a different kind of purely acoustic sound, one that is familiar enough to be instantly accessible, while being original, sophisticated, and played with great instrumental skill, to grab and hold on to the audience’s attention. Perfect for your special occasion. Please visit for music, details and contact information. ARTHUR MILLS & THE BLACK EYE FRIDAYS Acoustic/Folk 4 piece band playing lively original songs, with varied influences, and given an original edge. Please visit our website to watch our videos and enjoy 4 songs recorded in the ‘Shed of Dreams’. Contact : or phone Eggy : 07976 433753. THE BAGGAGE HANDLERS - acoustic duo playing classic covers from the likes of R.E.M. to Johnny Cash, Snow Patrol to The Jam. We can be contacted at or simply ring 07824 787168. MARTIN BLAKE: Fingerpickin’ good guitar, banjo and vocals, solo or with a variety of bands from duo to six piece, including Whiskey River (5/6 piece playing swamp music from America’s Deep South with fiddle, Cajun accordion and sax), The Whiskey River Boys (duo version of the same), The Grass Snakes (5 piece trad bluegrass band with high lonesome harmony vocals), Blakes III (an eclectic acoustic trio with fiddle, clarinet, guitar and 3 part harmony) and The Blake Plowman Hot Band (red hot 4 piece rocking country band). Pubs, Clubs, Weddings, Divorces, etc. Contact: 07846 669890 or 01432 342018. Email: Website: RUTH BOWEN'S Gardenia Swing - smooth vocals/d.bass led jazz & swing. From duo to sextet. 01874 690502 or email, website www. CANOL folk band. From Welsh and Irish to American old time and French Canadian played on fiddle, mandolin and guitar. Ceilidhs, twmpathau, barn dances, festivals, concerts, parties, birthdays, weddings, anything, anytime, anywhere. Phone Martin on 01743 850154 or email: CUCKOO ALE CEILIDH BAND Not just an ordinary ceilidh band, but an extraordinary ceilidh band! Squeeze box, keyboard and percussion with expert calling. See or email bev.langton@talk21. com or phone 07799 408297. THE DETAILS Acoustic Folk-Art band formed around highly original songwriters Andy Morton and Dave Carroll. Songs to savour range from the heartfelt to the hilarious; from delta blues through wistful ballads to pacey rockers. A listening band (or duo) for pubs, clubs, arts centres, book fairs, festivals. See and hear more on and Tel 01531 670623 or email DEJA VU has grown and now features a talented girl singer, Hanah B, to enhance their nostalgic blend of 60s/70s ppop and rock classics with soul and blues. Contact Bill Pitt on 01584 819394.

DR. JAZZ 4-6 piece stompin’ trad jazz band, lots of old fav’s with energy, vigour and fun. Guaranteed to get those feet tapping. CD demo available Contact Kate for bookings 01544 350646, DREWS BREW – hear the harmony, feel the beat. 3 piece band bringing you songs from Eagles, Lady Antebellum, Queen, Blondie, Amy Macdonald, Alan Jackson, KT Tunstall and more. So, sit and listen or party the night away. Contact: Richard on 01885 489119 or Peter on 0777 0851450 FLATWORLD Roots ‘n’ grooves from Eastern Europe and beyond. Lively five-piece band with magnificent tunes and kicking rhythm for your festival, wedding, party or pub. Also circle dancing with caller. Contact Neil on 01684 569611 or 07866 021489; visit or email THE FLOK Duo/Trio/Band suitable for most occasions. Kate Thomas lends her stunning voice to a refreshing mix of material from the likes of KT Tunstall, Pink and Mumford & Sons, ably supported by Dave Luke (guitar/mandolin/vocals) and a solid but subtle rhythm section. Dave 07967 029159 Kate 07817 019918 - or like us on Facebook! HOT CLIMATE Ultimate party band, best 6-piece line up ever. For top musical entertainment at your party/ wedding/festival or corporate function. Book now! New footage on Contact Charlie 01568 613895 or mobile 07702 528088 anytime! HOT FEAT Sensational seven-piece soul band performing covers of all the soul greats, including Aretha, James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Sam and Dave. As well as more recent artists like Adele and Amy Winehouse. Tel: 07984 816847 or THE JOHN HARDMAN BAND Uncompromising Power Rock and Heavy Blues. We play some Jimi, Rory, BB, Tull, Zep, Stones, Who, Steppenwolf, some originals and much more. We are an experienced gigging band and will play private parties, pubs, festivals, stadiums. Give Mick a ring on 0786 4705156 or www.johnhardmanband See on KEYGREEN Original music featuring vocal harmonies, guitar, piano sax, and clarinet from Herefordshire based brother and sister duo Tom and Nicky Jaques. A unique full sound for live music venues, festival gigs and private bookings. Contact Nicky or Tom for more info. www. 07817268689 / 07837713384 LE FREAK Amazing 4 piece party funk band featuring music from Chic, James Brown, KC and the Sunshine Band, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Great band for any dance event. Includes disco for non stop music. Hear us on or phone Nick on 01981 540348 or 07952 415487. LITTLE RUMBA A classy four piece band featuring Hugh, John, Jacqui & Pete, from The Tango Band and The Rumbajax, playing moody, melancholy music everything from East European and South American to the Blues. Viola, violin, accordion, saxophones, guitar, vocals and bass. 01547 520339

MELOMANICS Really fun duo, trio, or full Ceilidh band, more than just great music - stilts as well if appropriate! Modern, traditional and original tunes with a cosmopolitan flavour. (Specialité: Timoléon pour vos soirées Françaises). Ideal for parties, weddings, fund raising events, festivals, shows, pubs, restaurants etc. For info call Tim on 01743 719438 or Rich 01743 718612, email, website A MONTH OF SUNDAYS With electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, harmonicas, pipes, percussion and vocals, this Ledbury-based four/five piece ensemble plays fresh interpretations of folk, jazz and blues classics with a sprinkling of effulgent originals thrown in for good measure. For festivals, parties and pub bookings, Nick Trigg on 07938 889976, email or website MOSTLY JOHN CEILIDH BAND Cast aside that economic gloom. Why not let our merry minstrels, aided by the lovely Pammy (“no, no, no!”) restore your joie de vivre at your party, wedding or knees-up. Contact John 01588 661096. MUCH ADO - The band for your ceilidh or barn dance. 5-piece band with caller for ceilidhs, barn dances, weddings, parties, shows, fetes, etc. Contact Alan Oberman 01982 570432, email or Peter Watts 01497 831424, email See website SEAN SAYE Music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Great party music, capturing the retro vibe. Contact tel: 07588 409059 or email Website RAY STROUD Respected electro-acoustic finger style guitarist/singer. Huge repertoire of songs and tunes from 60s-90s and originals plus ragtime and country picking. Sets to suit venue - folk, roots, jazzy pop, soft rock, or a mixture. Also available in the duo Thyme Bandits and four piece power pop Hush. Friendly and professional. Call 07962 916333 or email http:// RHYTHM THIEVES Funky, folky and fun, The Rhythm Thieves, who have been gigging locally and nationwide, are a lively ‘must see’ band. Blending exceptional musicianship, intricate melodic counterpoint with John’s banjo to create an unforgettable but highly entertaining night out. Tel: 01568 770 134 SIR DANCELOT Traditional dance music for any occasion with/without caller. Fiddle, mandolin, concertina, guitar, cittern, banjo, whistles. Contact (01686) 411147/621156 or 07843 440789 or SILVER BRANCH Ceilidh/folk band, complete with caller and PA system. Multi-instrumental 5-piece band playing traditional Irish/world music and contemporary tunes. David: 01981 540832, Anna: 07980 961187. SOUL SUPPLY 6-piece soul, Motown and R & B Party Band. Guaranteed to turn your event into a hive of nonstop dance floor activity. Available for weddings, parties and corporate events. Full PA, lights, staging and disco as required. 079905 75531 or 01568 708868

SPIRIT OF TANGO Stylish café-jazz trio with a Latin/ French flavour featuring Phil Bond (accordion), Dave Carroll (guitar), and Mike Green (double bass).Polished, ear-catching performances in styles from samba to Django unfailingly provide a lively ambience at private parties, weddings and corporate functions. Check us out at www.spiritof Tel 01531 670623 or email STOMPING GROUND Lively 3 piece covers band. Classic soul, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, classic pop (Tom Jones, Spencer Davis etc). Fronted by drummer vocalist Richie Lund ex Soul Survivors. Just give us a corner of your bar or lounge and we WILL entertain you. Ideal for parties. Contact Richie 01584 811500 / 07817 620644 THE SULTANA BROTHERS Fine R&B from one of the best bands around! The ultimate hip swingin’, foot tappin’ party band - guaranteed to help you dance the night away. For bookings/enquiries contact Phil 07791 129391 or Adam 07855 037092. Website www.thesultanabrothers. or find us on STEADY EDD & THE BOOGIEMEN Boogie Woogie and its best, jazz and soul - let the good times roll! Contact Edd, on 01432 769077, THE TRENSETTS ROCK BAND: Good dancin’ good listenin’. Real authentic music. For parties, weddings, clubs, pubs. Reasonable fees. Contact Gwyn on 01686 625665 /07831 557292. THE VILLAGE QUIRE - a reputation for spine-tingling harmony singing with all the emotional clout, subtlety of expression and love of life that you get when voices are raised together in song. Music from and inspired by the folk harmony, west gallery and shape note traditions all woven together with words and stories performed by actor Phil Smith. New show for 2014. ‘Precious Bane’ by Mary Webb: “Phil Smith injects a gamut of humanity ... The Village Quire deliver with conviction and gusto ... authentic passion and the enduring quality of the original prose.” (Mike Lewis) (01497) 847676 TRIO TANGENTE Violin and vocal led spicy fun energetic Latin/Tango/Hot Club/ Gypsy influenced band. For all occasions. Contact Faith 07870 320022. PAUL WRIGHTSON Professional singer-guitarist with extensive repertoire; pop, rock, blues, standards, instrumentals and original compositions. Accomplished performer with wide experience of functions, parties and festivals. Tel 01584 876584, mobile 07729 059847, email XL'S Maximum R'n'B, Feelgood Rock & Roll. 01588 650686. ZIGGY STARDUST EXPERIENCE The Spiders from Kington play early Bowie; from “Space Oddity” to “Aladdin Sane” in full costume! Available for festivals, gigs and parties. Release Your Inner Starman Let All The Children Boogie! Call Richie Cotterill on 07777 661252.



Classic Ghosts

Wed 2 - Sat 5 April & Tues 15 - Thurs 17 April UNDER MILK WOOD By Dylan Thomas. A work of genius; ripe with vitality, rich in humour and populated by sublime, eccentric characters. 2 - 5 April - Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £16/£10, 01874 611622. 15 - 17 April - Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.45pm, £10/£8, 01686 614555. Fri 4 & Thurs 10 April STATES OF VERBAL UNDRESS RASA THEATRE PRODUCTIONS. A poignant, funny and insightful look at what happens when new identities slip. 4 April - Pentabus Theatre, Bromfield, 7.30pm, £10/£6, 01584 856564. 10 April - Brilley Village Hall, 7.30pm, £8/£5, 01544 327227. Arts Alive. Fri 4, Fri 11 & Fri 12 April LIVING TOGETHER SHAWBURY VILLAGE PLAYERS present the comic trilogy from one of England’s most popular playwrights. 4 April - The Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury, 01743 355159. 11 & 12 April - Shawbury Village Hall, 7.30pm, £8/£7, 01743 248587. Sat 5 April TWO WAY MIRROR RED ROPE THEATRE COMPANY. Two short Arthur Miller plays - ‘Elegy for a Lady’ and ‘Some kind of Love Story’, said to be inspired by Miller’s relationship with Marilyn Monroe. Market Theatre, Ledbury, 8pm, £12, students £8, 01432 383663. Sat 5 April AN EVENING OF MEDIUMSHIP WITH TV PSYCHIC TONY STOCKWELL It’s not creepy or kooky, mysterious or spooky. Regal Cinema, Tenbury Wells, 7.30pm, 01584 811442. Mon 7 - Wed 9 April MARY SHELLEY LONDON ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ART. A woman caught in a mesmerising struggle between her heart and her head. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £12/£10, 01874 611622.


Tues 8 April THE ADVENTURES OF ALVIN SPUTNIK DEEP SEA EXPLORER In a highly imaginative fusion of animation, puppetry, projections, live and recorded music, master storyteller Tim Watts tells the tale of Alvin’s lost love in the seemingly endless depths of the ocean. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 7pm, £10/£9, £6 under 26s, 01982 552555.

Wed 9 April KISSING SID JAMES Eddie, a stationary salesman of some repute, flash car, flash suit with flash chit chat, meets Crystal the local casino croupier, the girl of his dreams, but a girl with a past... The Courtyard, Hereford, 7.45pm, £12.50/£11.50, 01432 340555. Mon 7 - Wed 9 April CLASSIC GHOSTS MIDDLE GROUND THEATRE COMPANY LTD presents a brand new double presentation of spine-tingling stories. the Signalman by Charles Dickens and Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad by M.R. James. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, £22-£15, 01743 281281. Fri 11 April DAVID COPPERFIELD HOTBUCKLE PRODUCTIONS. Capturing the haunting beauty of the Yarmouth coast and bustling Victorian London of Dicken’s favourite child, David Copperfield. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 8pm, £14/£12, 01743 281281. Fri 11 - Sun 13 April INTERMEDIATE YOUTH THEATRE Three shows over three days. 11 April - Illyria by Bryony Lavery. 12 April - Gargantua by Carl Grose. 13 April - The Prince of Denmark by Michael Lesslie. Courtyard, Hereford, 7pm, £5, 01432 340555. Tues 22 - Sat 26 April GANG SHOW 2014 Hereford’s Scouts and Guides present a rip-roaring show packed full of song and dance and sketches for all the family. Courtyard, Hereford, 7.15pm and 2.15pm on Saturday, £10/£8.50, 01432 340555. Wed 23 April THE ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY STAN’S CAFE brings the world’s most extraordinary selfhelp manual to the stage. Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, 7.30pm, £12/£10, 01873 850805. Fri 25 April FINDING JOY VAMOS THEATRE. A comic, anarchic, touching and heroic full mask adventure. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.45pm, £8, 01686 614555. Fri 25 April DIRTY DUSTING Gladys, Elsie and Olive are three cleaning ladies who are about to be ‘put out to pasture’ by their over-zealous office manager. Feeling they have little chance of gaining employment elsewhere, the ladies have to boost their falling income. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £20, 01743 281281.

April Live Events Friday 4 April, 8pm

Peatbog Faeries

These folk legends blend high-octane beats with traditional, foot-stompin’ Celtic music… Be prepared to dance! Saturday 12 April, 7.30pm

The Brodsky Quartet

A rare chance to see the world-class string quartet play an eclectic programme of works by Mozart, Schubert and Zemlinsky. Wednesday 23 April, 2pm

Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale as you’ve never seen it before! Watch as Mowgli’s adventures in the jungle are brought to life using shadow puppets, colourful digital projections and swingin’ original music! Saturday 26 April, 7.30pm

Salisbury Concert Band This 50-strong woodwind and brass band will perform a programme of music from the stage, big screen and concert halls at this special fundraising event.

April films

Films: Inside Llewyn Davis, August: Osage County,

The Invisible Woman, Dallas Buyers Club, Mr Peabody & Sherman, Tinkerbell & The Pirate Fairy, Journal de France, The Monuments Men, The Book Thief, Her, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Live streamings: Otello, King Lear, Henry IV Parts I & II, War Horse

Box Office 01584 878141


Sat 3 May YSGOL THEATR MALDWYN Celebrating it’s first 10 years with a special concert featuring past and current members. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.30pm, £8/£6, 01686 614555. Fri 9 - Sun 11 May NORTHANGER ABBEY BOX TALE SOUP. With just two performers, seven puppets and a vintage trunk, this unique version brings out every last drop of Austen’s wit, playfulness and humour. 9 May - Adforton Community Hall, 7.30pm, £8/£5, 01568 770437. 10 May - Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 7.30pm, £8/£6, 01885 488575. 11 May - Alveley Parish Memorial Hall, 7pm, £8/£5/£25, 01746 780478. Arts Alive.

MUSICAL THEATRE & OPERA Thurs 3 - Sat 5 April SOUTH PACIFIC NEWTOWN MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY. Passion and prejudice on a South Pacific island during WWII... Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £12/£11, family £42, 01686 614555.

Fri 4 & Sat 5 April ACT IT, DANCE IT, SING IT STAGE 2 PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY. Revue show. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, £12, 01743 281281. Tues 8 - Sat 12 April HIGH SOCIETY AAODS. Enter the world of servants, suave men, beautiful ladies and all things High Society. Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, £11, 01873 850805. Thurs 10 April ELVIS: THE MOVIE EXPERIENCE Bringing the best of Elvis’s movies to life on stage. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 8pm, £15, 01584 878141.

Thurs 1 - Sat 3 May CRAZY FOR YOU MAD COW PRODUCTIONS. Containing the Gershwin brothers greatest hits. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm, £18.50-£12.50, 01743 281281.


Sun 6 April THE FROG AND THE PRINCESS RENE BAKER & NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE. A poignant re-telling of the Brothers Grimm tale especially created for 4-8 year olds and their families. Studio Theatre, Courtyard, Hereford, 2.30pm, £8/£7, 01432 340555. Tues 8 & Wed 9 April WASH BIRDNEST THEATRE. Monkey needs a WASH, but Anna doesn’t want to let him go! She hides him, but somehow he gets pulled in to the laundry... For ages 6 months 4 years and their carers. 8 April - Onny Primary School in the morning, St George’s C of E Primary School, Clun in the afternoon, 01588 620883, tickets limited. 9 April - Ledbury Children’s Centre, 1.45pm, £2 per family, 01432 383840. Arts Alive. Thurs 17 & Fri 18 April BANANAS IN PYJAMAS It’s party time in Cuddlestown Park, But wait... the guest of honour has gone missing? It’s a Banana emergency! 17 April - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 1pm, £13-£11, children £2 off, 01743 281281. 18 April - Courtyard, Hereford, 1pm & 3.30pm, £13/£11, family ticket £44, 01432 340555. Sat 12, Thurs 17 & Wed 23 April JUNGLE BOOK

Mon 14 April BEYOND THE BARRICADE Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs and features a cast of past principal performers from the West End. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £19.50-£16.50, 01743 281281. Fri 18 & Sat 19 April HORSIN’ AROUND A night of musicality and fantastic acts to raise money for local charities. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 7pm, £10/£7, 01885 488575. Tues 22 - Thurs 24 April LES MISERABLES GET YOUR WIGLE ON. Teen musical theatre group return with Les Miserables school edition. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm Tues-Thurs, 2.30pm Wed & Thurs, 01743 281281. Fri 25 April SHOWSTOPPERS! 2014 Featuring hit songs from the musicals. Regal Cinema, Tenbury Wells, 7.30pm, 01584 811442. Sat 26 April THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (JUNIOR) GET YOUR WIGLE ON. Written with young performers in mind, the show is presented in one act. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £10/£8, 01743 281281.


INDIGO MOON THEATRE. Mowgli the ‘man-cub’ finds fun and friendship as he learns to live by the law of the jungle. His wild adventures are brought to life with inventive shadow theatre, powerful original music and colourful digital projections. For ages 4+ and their families. 12 April - Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 12 noon, £8/£6, family £25, 01600 772467. 17 April - Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 2.30pm, £8, 01874 611622. 23 April - Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 2pm, £8/£5, family ticket £22, 01584 878141. Fri 18 & Sat 19 April EASTER EGG HUNT It’s Easter Weekend at Richard Booth’s Bookshop and rumour has it the Easter bunny has been hiding eggs in the shop. For just £1, kids can join in the search – following clues to a chocolatey prize!

Fri 25 April PIRATE GRAN SCAMP THEATRE & WATFORD PALACE THEATRE. From the books by Geraldine Durrant and Rose Forshall. Meet Gran... She bakes and knits. You’d never guess she was a pirate with a pet crocodile under her bed. Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, 2.30pm, £7.50, family ticket £28, 01873 850805. Sat 26 April LUNA THEATR IOLO & THEATRE HULLABALOO. An enchanting theatre experience about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark. For ages 2-5 year olds and their families. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 2pm, £5, 01686 614555. Sat 26 April THE SOOTY SHOW A spectacular mix of magic, music and mess! Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 11am & 2.30pm, £12 adults, £10 children, £38 family ticket, 01600 772467.

Mondays APPLETREE SENIOR YOUTH THEATRE Brand new, fun, creative and inspiring drama workshops for children between 11-16 years. Workshops run by professional actors and qualified teachers. 5.45pm-7.00pm on Mondays from 13 Jan at The Appletree Studio, 15 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, SY8 1RU. £60 per term. Email us at or phone 01584 318015. Tuesdays SENIOR YOUTH THEATRE The Courtyard, Hereford, £62 term, 01432 340555. Tuesdays THE ITC / IMPROV THEATRE For ages 11-25, £24 for 6 week block. SpArC, Bishop’s Castle, 3.45-5.15pm, 01588 630243. Tuesdays YOUTH THEATRE IN WIGMORE Wigmore group runs at Teme Valley Youth Project, 3.30-4.30pm for 6-11 year olds, 5-6.30pm for 11-16 years old. £40 per term. 01568 770110 or visit Tuesdays YOUTH THEATRE Drama workshop for 7-14 year-olds after school. Ledbury Market Theatre, 01432 383663. Wednesdays KINGTON YOUTH THEATRE With Kington Primary School. Wed - Years 5 & 6, 4-5.30pm. Years 7,8 & 9 5.30-7pm. Senior 7.15pm-8.45pm, £40 per term, 01432 340555. Wednesdays THE COURTYARD KIDS For reception - Year 2, led by Helen Durant, £65 per term. The Courtyard, Hereford, 01432 340555.

Sun 4 May HOW TO CATCH A STAR BLUNDERBUS THEATRE COMPANY. Based on the bestselling children’s picture book by Oliver Jeffers. With an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. For ages 3-7 years and their families. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 11.30am & 2.30pm, £9/£7, 01743 281281.

Wednesdays and Fridays INTERMEDIATE YOUTH THEATRE Year 10s Wed and Year 11s Fridays. The Courtyard, Hereford, £60 per term, 01432 340555.


Every Thurs ADULT DRAMA CLUB AT THE GLOBE IN HAY for anyone interested in having fun trying out some performance skills with Janine Sharp. The Globe, Hay-onWye, 7-30pm-9-30pm. £6. Janine on 07733 055430.

HAY SENIOR YOUTH THEATRE For 12-17 year olds. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye. Call Janine Sharp on 07733 055430 for details or to express an interest. MID POWYS YOUTH THEATRE Tuesdays Junior Youth Theatre 8-11, 4.15pm-5pm. 11-14 years, 5.15pm-6.15pm. Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells Senior Youth Theatre 14+ 7pm-9.30pm. The Drama Centre, Llandrindod Wells. Contact Ralph Bolland on 07810 350994. Mondays NO STRINGS ATTACHED Puppetry and Mask Theatre with The Fetch Theatre Co. 11-16, 6.30-8pm. Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 01584 878141. Mondays YOUTH THEATRE Conquest Theatre, Bromyard. Ages 6-11 4.30-5.30pm, ages 11-14 6-7.30pm, ages 14-18 7.30-9.30pm, 01432 340555. Mondays APPLETREE JUNIOR YOUTH THEATRE Brand new, fun, creative and inspiring drama workshops for children between 7-11 years to develop performance skills, confidence, literacy and communication through games, improvisation and some scripted work. Workshops run by professional actors and qualified teachers. 4.15pm5.30pm, The Appletree Studio, 15 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, SY8 1RU. £60 per term. office@appletreetheatre. or phone 01584 318015 to register. Mondays (during term time) BRYCHEINIOG YOUTH THEATRE Led by Andrew Sterry and Gareth Williams. Ages 9-12 6-7.15pm, ages 13-25 7.30-9pm. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 01874 611622.

Thursdays and Saturdays SHROPSHIRE YOUTH THEATRE Providing training in a range of theatre skills for ages 5-25. All abilities welcome. The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury. Contact Maggie Love: 07813 026367.

Thursdays LEINTWARDINE YOUTH THEATRE Run by Teme Valley Youth Project. For ages 11+. Leintwardine Community Centre, 4-5pm, 01568 770110. Thursdays LUDLOW DRAMA WORKSHOP For all ages: 16 + and adults, 7.30-9.30pm at Appletree Theatre, 15 Lower Galdeford, Ludlow SY8 1RU. Theatre & performance skills developed through improvisation workshops, led by experienced team of pro-am actors. Regular public performances; no experience needed. Contact 01588 673219 or 07811 164670. Thursdays IMPULSIVE THEATRE COMPANY Theatre games and performance to develop the fundamental skills of improvisation theatre, including teamwork, storytelling, character development and more. For ages 13-19. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 5-6.45pm, 07916 277928. Fridays and Saturday JUNIOR YOUTH THEATRE For Year 3 - 9 led by either David Durant or Ellen Dorsett. The Courtyard, Hereford, £75 per term, 01432 340555. Saturdays PETERCHURCH DRAMA AND FUN CLUB Open to all abilities. For ages 6-12, 10am-11.30pm, £3 per session, 01432 340555. Every Saturday HAY YOUTH THEATRE AT THE GLOBE IN HAY for ages 7-11. Excl. half term, 10.30-12.30pm, £6. Loads of fun! Call Janine Sharp on 07733 055430.


word Poetry & Storytelling Mon 7 April RED PARROT POETRY WITH RACK PRESS With Samantha Wynne, Rhydderch Roshudis and John Barnie. No. 46 Wine Bar, High St, Presteigne, 7.30pm, £3.50, ticket only, 01544 267675. Sat 19 April FREE POP UP FESTIVAL OF STORIES Children’s writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers will be entertaining and inspiring families of free events, celebrating children’s literature. Enginuity and Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Ironbridge Gorge, 01952 435900, Fri 25 - Sun 27 April WENLOCK POETRY FESTIVAL Featuring Simon Armitage, John Hegley and Frieda Hughes. Venues around Much Wenlock. 01952 726829, Sun 4 May CHILDREN’S CENTRE Reading and performance of books written by the children. The Hope and Anchor Public House on the riverside in Ross-on-Wye, 1-2pm, 01989 764358. Part of the Wye Valley River Festival.


Wed 2 April RICHARD HERRING: WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE! Is death tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in? Are we snuffed out or forced to endure eternity without bodily pleasures? Death is inevitable, so let’s laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, £15, 01743 281281. Fri 4 & 25 April COURT LAUGHING 4 April - featuring Steve Williams, Hayley Ellis and Adam Hess. 25 April - featuring Iain Stirling, Steve Bugeja and Omar Hamdi. Studio Theatre, Courtyard, Hereford, 8.30pm, £12.50, 01432 340555.

Fri 11 April COMEDY @ THE OLD MILL Featuring Mike Bubbins, Pete Beckley, Karen Sherrard, Robin Morgan and Samuel Lloyd. The Old Mill, High St, Llanidloes, £7 in advance, £9 on the door, 01686 412008, Fri 11 April WYESIDE COMEDY Featuring MIke Bubbins, Peter Beckley and more to be confirmed. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 8pm, £8/£10, 01982 552555. Sat 12 April & Sat 10 May BILLY PEARCE National treasure and one of Britain’s most talented and best loved comedians. 12 April - Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £18.50, 01432 340555. 10 May Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £18.50, 01743 281281. Fri 25 April RICH HALL Award-winning comedian. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 8pm, £16, 01584 878141. Fri 25 April KERFUFFLE COMEDY CLUB Stand-up showcasing the finest up-and-coming comedians from across the UK. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 01497 821762.


Tues 1 April LINGEN GARDENING CLUB A talk on violas by Jack Willgoss. Lingen Village Hall, 7.30pm, 50p members, £3 visitors,

AARDVARK BOOKS & CAFE New website: 50,000+ titles; North Herefordshire’s largest indie bookseller; We buy books Saturday 19 April EASTER EVENT 10am-4pm Specialist in art, design, photography, history, gardening

Also open our superb CAFÉ!


The Cottage Herbery Plants, talk by Kim Hurst RHS judge

LIVE MUSIC, Refreshments, home made soup, The Bookery, Manor Farm, Brampton Bryan, kid’s activities Bucknell, SY7 0DH Off A4113 Knighton Road. 12 27 April UNDER THE HAMMER Tel: 01547 530744 Vintage Auction Poster Exhibition 1919-1945 OPEN EVERY DAY Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Tues 1 April & Tues 6 May BRECKNOCK DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY Lecture programme. 4 March - ‘Kent: the Gateway and Garden of England’. 1 April - ‘The Art of the Black Death’. 6 May - ‘A View from the Plinth: a Review of Public Sculpture Today’. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 2.30pm, £40 annual subscription, visitors £7.50 per lecture, 01874 625679.

Wed 9 April LUDLOW CIVIC SOCIETY LECTURE ‘Picturing the West’. The imaginative geography of the Great Western Railway with Dr Matt Thompson. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £2 members, £4 non-members on the door, 01584 878141.

Wed 2 April A LITERARY SUPPER With Jim Perrin, author and Guardian Country Diarist. Lydbury North Village Hall, 7.30pm, £12.50, 01588 680302

Thurs 10 April TAMSIN ABBOTT - A WINDOW ON MY WORLD Stained glass illustrator, Tamsin Abbott will talk about her life long influences and give a slideshow. Blue Ginger, Home End Farm, Stiffords Bridge, Cradley, 7pm, £7.50 includes refreshments and a light snack, 01886 880240.

Thurs 3 April GRIFF RHYS JONES - INSUFFICIENTLY WELSH Griff Rhys Jones is searching for that Welsh part of himself that he has felt ever since being brought up Welsh in suburban Essex. He talks about his book and TV series detailing his journey through Wales. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 7pm, £6, £3 discount on book if purchased at event, 01600 772467.

Sat 12 April A VOYAGE ROUND JOHN FITZGERALD A dip into his professional life in childcare and child protection, a detour to the infamous West murders in Gloucester, before sailing into calmer waters of photography, the arts and life on a canal boat. Glasbury Village Hall, 7.30pm, £9/£7, 01497 847426. Glasbury Arts fund-raising event.

Fri 4 April ONLY FOOLS AND BOYCIE AN EVENING WITH JOHN CHALLIS Join actor and comedy legend John Challis for an evening recounting a colourful life and an endless selection of hilarious anecdotes. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 01497 821762.

Sun 13 April THE LAND WHERE LEMONS GROW HELENA ATTLEE Helena will explore the curious story of citrus in Italy. Through a combination of travel, history, recipes, horticulture and art, a rich journey of Italy’s cultural, moral and political past. There will be signed books for sale and citrus recipes to taste. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 3pm, £6 on the door.

Mon 7 April LINGEN HISTORY GROUP An illustrated talk on the Deerfold Forest and Lingen Vallet Wood by David Lovelace. Lingen Village Hall, 8pm, £3.50,

Tues 15 April ANDY KIRKPATRICK: INAPPROPIATE CLIMBING Best selling author and comedian Andy Kirkpatrick has been busy climbing all over the world. Theatre Severn,7.30pm, £14, 01743 281281.


Wed 16 April LEOMINSTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY A talk on Madresfield, the house with strong connections with Evelyn Waugh. By Brian Jauncey. Followed by a visit to Madresfield in June. Earl Mortimer College, Leominster, 7.30pm, free to members, visitors welcome £3 on the door. Wed 16 April NADFAS TEME VALLEY DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY LECTURES Mr Tim Stimson, a talk on Atkinson Grimshaw - ‘Painter of Moonlight’. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 2.15pm, £7, 01584 711477. Thurs 17 April MIKE MCGEAR MCCARTNEY With stories of Liverpool life from childhood to entering showbiz. Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £18.50/£17.50, 01432 340555. Thurs 17 April WIGMORE & DISTRICT GARDENING CLUB Cracks and Crevices, talk by Pam Pittwood. Wigmore Village Hall, 7.30pm, £2 for non-members, all welcome, 07813 733240. Sat 19 April KIM HURST Talk by RHS judge. Aardvark Books, Brampton Bryan, 01547 530744. Wed 23 April SOUT WEST SHROPSHIRE GARDENING CLUB ‘Irises, some history, some people, some plants’. Alan and Jill Whitehead. Clun Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, £3 on the door. Wed 23 April CELEBRATE SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHDAY - PRINCE HAL AND HIS FRIEND JACK FALSTAFF Book launch - a retelling of Henry IV Part 1 by Alan Oberman with readings, music and exhibition of illustrations from the book. Free but advance booking advised, 7.30pm Wyeside, Builth Wells 01982 552555. Thurs 24 April UNCOMMON GROUND: EXHIBITING LAND ART Nicholas Alfrey, co-curator of the land art exhibition currently at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The Sidney Nolan Trust, The Rodd, Presteigne, 6.30pm, free, but please book a place, 01544 260149. Fri 25 April CHARLIE DIMMOCK - A PASSION FOR GARDENS A special evening with TV gardening guru Charlie Dimmock, hosted by BBC Radio’s Paul Harris. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £18.50/£16.50, 01874 611622.

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WRITING COURSES Run in association with University of Aberystwyth Lifelong Learning by local author Lara Clough. 10 sessions WRITING FOR PUBLICATION starting Wed 30th April 10.30am-12.30pm at ORIEL DAVIES GALLERY, Newtown.

10 sessions POETRY 1 starting Thurs 1st May 10.30am-12.30pm at WYESIDE ARTS CENTRE, Builth Wells. 10 sessions WRITING FOR PUBLICATION starting Tues 29th April 10.30am-12.30pm at PARADISE FARM, outside PRESTEIGNE. Please call 07795112431 for information. All courses with Uni. Of Aberystwyth Lifelong Learning Course Full Fee £70, Concession £60. .Forms and Brochure 01970 621580 or Thurs 3 & 17 April PHILOSOPHY CAFE An informal gathering bringing philosophy into life. The Globe, Hay on Wye. 7.30pm, free. Contact 01981 500288. Sat 5 April THE POETRY ORCHARD A poetry workshop with Paul Henry. For new and experienced poets, focusing on writing in personae - the voices of other people. Woolhope Room, Hereford Library, 1-3pm, £5, please book in advance, 01432 383606, Sunday 6 April YOUNG PEOPLE’S WRITING COURSE & COMPETITION With Jenny Valentine. For children aged 7 - 12 years. At the end of the workshops, participants will bring together all the skills and techniques they’ve learned. Glasbury Village Hall, 10.30am-12pm, £21 for three workshops, booking essential, 01497 847426. SPANISH CLASSES & LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE Mondays 6-7.30pm, advanced and Film Club. Wednesdays 11.30am-1pm, Intermediate. Castle Green Pavilion, Hereford. Email:, 07587 234720. STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS at the Story Space Studio at Grange Court in Leominster. Explore the world of the Imagination and develop personal creativity. Full day sessions and short courses. Also Community Arts Days, School Projects, Early Years, Forest School and Birthday Parties. Every 2nd Monday SIGN CAFE Open to any hearing people, or to any deaf people who would like to give a helping hand. The Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury, 6-9pm, 07769 031619. Every Tues READING ROOM The Courtyard, Hereford, 10.30am-12.30pm, £48 per term, 01432 340555. First Wednesday of the month AYMESTREY POETRY GROUP Bring a poem to share or your own or an old favourite. The Riverside Inn, Aymestrey, 8pm. Tony Walton 01568 770177 or Meg Cox 01568 708160. First Wednesday of the month POETRY CAFE Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, 01584 878141. Every Thursday PHILOSOPHY EVENING Falcon Hotel, Bromyard, 7.30pm. 4th Thurs of each month HAY-ON-WYE AMNESTY GROUP The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 7-8pm, 01497 821153. 4th Sunday of each month (excluding Bank Holidays) WINGED WORD Storytelling club, venue for the spoken word at the Six Bells, Bishop’s Castle, 8.00pm. Free. Mike 07816 133372. International Poetry Writers’ Collective: Abergavenny 01873 856350 Leominster Writers' Circle, Leominster Community Centre, 01568 610451. Mid-Border Arts Writers’ Circle, Presteigne 3rd Tue, Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm. 01544 260255 Tenbury Writers’ Group Tenbury Library, 01584 812585. Border Poets 01547 530380.

Ty Hardd Fabrics

Come & visit Ty Hardd Fabrics in Llanidloes. We stock a large selection of fabrics with designer names such as Zoffany, Voyage, Osborne & Little, Titley & Marr, Jane Churchill, G.P & J Baker, Rose Cumming, all under ÂŁ20.00 per metre! We also stock Prestigious Fabrics, oilcloths, dress fabrics, craft cotton patchworking fabrics, Japanese cottons, linings, wadding, interlining & much more. Interior design given and a very reasonable curtain making service is available. Closed on Mondays.

ShefďŹ eld House, 25 China Street, Llanidloes, Powys SY18 6AB 01686 413557


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Green Shorts A

T first this news roundup was going to appear under the title Flash Briefs, but this sounded a bit flash, and pretty brief … so I toned it down to something green and short and consequently, here are the Green Shorts:

Land for People, Knucklas Castle. Standing close to the border between England and Wales, with wonderful views in every direction, Knucklas Castle is a hill of much atmosphere and many legends. In 2009, after years of private ownership, the castle mound and surrounding land was bought by founder members of the Knucklas Castle Community Land Project. Since then, it has been opened up to the public, with an orchard and gardens on the lower slopes, a sculpture trail and a woodland walk to the site of the old castle and hill fort above. You can purchase shares to support this project and thus become a king or queen of the castle. Passivhaus at Kingstone. The greenest energy is the energy you don’t use. Early this year a housing initiative that I have been involved in called Home Presteigne invited the architect, Jonathan Hines to visit and talk about a new Passivhaus development that has been approved in Herefordshire. The proposed site will be less densely packed with houses than usual, with less emphasis on car parking. That means there will be more green space, including space to grow food, thus complementing the existing rural community. A key benefit of Passivhaus is the energy efficiency, with expected savings of 80% on heating bills, and this is down to u value standards, air tightness, elimination of thermal bridging and orientation of all houses within 15 degrees of south, to make the most of solar gain. Community engagement has helped to shape the project, resulting in features such as a cycle path link, winding lanes, retained native hedgerows and car free space for children to play. The houses are designed simply for contemporary living, with good daylight, quality of construction and emphasis on comfort of living, including a ventilation system that keeps in 90% of heat whilst maintaining a high standard of fresh air circulation. You may think these houses sound very expensive to build and therefore to buy or rent, but actually the whole idea is based on simple quality, using super-insulated panels that are locally made from local materials and no “bling.” In this way it is possible to build fairly inexpensive homes that will, of course, be exceedingly cheap and also green to live in. Spring Greens Fair is on the 3rd and 4th of May this year, in the wonderful grounds at the Court of Noke. It was brilliant last year, with everything from sustainable theatre to sustainable woodcraft, blacksmithing, basketry, pond management, pizzas fresh from the earth oven and much more. A lovely event.


At a global level the Chief Executive at APPLE, Tim Cook, told climate sceptics amongst Apple share holders, who questioned the company’s environmental efforts, that Apple’s burgeoning green policy made full economic sense. He added: “We do a lot of things for reasons besides profit motive. We want to leave the world better than we found it.” Cook finished by saying that if anyone disagreed with that approach, they should “get out of the stock”. The economic angle is interesting when you consider that Insurance payouts relating to the recent floods here in the UK are expected to reach £1.1bn, according to new figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The cost of these latest flood-related claims has already hit £446m. Richard Branson of Virgin has also weighed in on the subject of climate change, saying he “wholeheartedly” agreed with Tim Cook at Apple, and he’s actually doing some great carbon neutral stuff on his islands in the Caribbean and just as importantly speaking up about it. I wrote a while back about Pelamis wave power and can now update this story because recently Pelamis have been awarded a £1.4m project from The Energy Technologies Institute to fund development work and to enhance the cost-effectiveness of wave energy converter arrays in UK waters. The funding will support the first phase of work this year ahead of a larger demonstration programme if the results prove encouraging. Gregory Barker, Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, made the announcement at the recent RenewableUK Wave & Tidal Conference in London. And finally good news for people who eat. I heard from Lin, who has been campaigning to “Save our Seeds” and she has emailed me to say that the EU has just voted against the new legislation that would have put the future of our seed heritage in the hands of large corporates. Hooray.

Green Events

THE BIG SKILL IS WALKING Are looking for craft practitioners, with their venues to provide workshops at the end of each walk and feature in a rural skills and craft., 07932 426435. Sun 6 April BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK HERITAGE DAY A series of talks, presentations and exhibitions on the heritage of the National Park and current heritage projects. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 10am, free, 01874 611622. Sat 12 April WALKERS ARE WELCOME IN LEOMINSTER Launch event, Corn Square, Leominster from 11.30am. Farmer’s Market, entertainment, free cuppa in many local cafes. For walks programme go to and click on Walkers are Welcome logo. Sat 12 April HEDGEHOG DAY! Howey Hedgehog Rescue and Hedgehog Children’s book launch with Brenda May Williams. Erwood Station Craft Centre, Builth Wellls, 11am-3pm, 01982 560674. Tues 15 April GROWING LOCAL AND CONCERN UNIVERSAL COMMUNITEA If you are interested in learning more about gardening in a friendly, relaxing atmosphere – come along to this event- have a cuppa – support our local ‘international charity’, Concern Universal- and meet the Growing Local Team. Free, all welcome. All tea and cake proceeds to Concern Universal. The Growing Local Garden, Court Farm, Tillington, Hereford, 10.30am-12.30pm. For more info - Pat on 07813622890. Fri 25 - Sun 27 April HAY BIKE FEST Road sportive with 60-mile and 100-mile routes. Electronic timing, feed stations and full back up. Guided mountain bike, leisure and road rides. Sunset slalom, fun race for kids and parents alike. Festival hub in the grounds of Hay Castle. Plus stalls, workshops, food and beer tent. for full programme and online booking. Wed 30 April WYE WALKS: WILTON QUAY AND ROSS DOCK Organised as part of the Wye Valley River Festival. Join renowned local historian Heather Hurley, author of ‘Herefordshire’s River Trade’, to explore the quay and docks at Wilton and Ross and to hear real stories about the barges, cargoes and the men of the river. An enchanting easy walk, full of history and atmosphere, 2pm. Length: 2.5 miles, 4kms Walk rating: easy. £3, For more information: Sat 3 & Sun 4 May SPRING GREENS FAIR This year’s theme is the importance of water. Discussion forums, talks and exhibits, family friendly activities, local food. Court of Noke, Staunton on Arrow, Sat 3 - Sun 18 May WYE VALLEY RIVER FESTIVAL A programme of events which invites communities and visitors to celebrate nature, culture, landscape and life along the River Wye. www.wyevalleyaonb.

Local Environmental Groups

Knighton Tree Allotments Trust (KTAT): Christine Baker 01547 529990. Presteigne Freegle (formerly Presteigne Freecycle) Terry Wells 07766 097600 Transition in Hay-on-Wye, Stephen Ainsleigh Rice, 01497 820332 and Hay-on-Wye Friends of the Earth, meets on 3rd Thursday every month at Kilverts Hotel, Hay-on-Wye. 01497 82153

Hereford Christian Ecology Group, meets occasionally for talks and outings. 01432 279740Transition Ledbury Paul/Beverley Kinnaird 01531 634788 or Transition Leominster, Regular meetings, contact Ann Ashley, 01885 420473 or Anne Adams, 01568 780886. Knucklas Castle Community Land Project (KCCLP), secretary Kevin Jones, 01547 520266, www,, Hereford Carbon Rationing Action Group - Vey Straker - T: 01432 840955 - M: 07961 125470 - Kington Local Environment & Energy Network (KLEEN) meets regularly 2nd Thursday of every month, 7.30pm, The Oxford Arms, Kington. Planning local action, supporting initiatives, open to all. Contact Teme Valley Environment Group - Anne-Mary Davies 01547 528833 Will O’Leary - 01547 528792 - Transition Presteigne meets first Thurs of every month, (except Jan, April & Aug), Wine Bar, Presteigne, 7.30pm, 01544 267768 or email Green Presteigne - Nigel Griffin - 01544 267437 - nigel. www.greenpresteigne. Ludlow LA 21 - David Currant - 01584 875501, Shrews. Friends of the Earth - http://www.shrewsfoe. Frank Oldaker 01743 260971 frankoldaker@yahoo. Herefordshire Friends of the Earth - - Paige Mitchell - 01432 277857 Lightfoot Enterprises - The Old Primary School, Church St, Bishop’s Castle, Tel 01588 630683, E mail, Herefordshire Action for Mammals (HAM) Dave Smith, 7 Primrose Close, Hereford HR2 7QX. Tel. 01432 266937 Abergavenny & Crickhowell Friends of the Earth - Barry Greenwood - 01873 852245, LLES – Llanidloes Energy Solutions - - Diana Berriman - 01686 411128 - Brilley Mountain Eco - (Brilley and Michaelchurch Environment Group) - Peter Davies, 01497 831376, Golden Valley Environment Group - Vanessa Hembling, 01981 550377,, Transition Hereford - Charlotte Lake 01432 343577 Rea Valley Environmental Group (ReaVEN) Aims to promote sustainability and environmental concerns throughout the Rea Valley. Radnorshire Wildlife Trust - 01597 823298,, Presteigne Freecycle for Presteigne and surrounding area, For other areas Upper Onny Wildlife Group. Meetings at The Crown Inn, Wentnor, Bishop’s Castle. Species surveys, recording and training (mostly summertime). John Muller email:


complementary therapies Disclaimer. We would like to emphasise that these listings relate to COMPLEMENTARY medicine practitioners. Broad Sheep does not endorse any of the practitioners or healing methods listed. We provide no recommendation and take no responsibility for their content.


A RANGE OF THERAPIES AVAILABLE IN LEOMINSTER including Indian Head Massage; Aromatherapy Massage and Reflexology. Humphrey Clement Bsc MFHT offers an holistic personal approach using organically sourced products where possible. On-site Chair Massage available for groups or in the workplace. To enhance your mental or physical wellbeing call 07702 038063 for a consultation or email ACCREDITED COUNSELLOR AND THERAPIST, experience of all ages including young people, and of individuals, couples and groups, offers confidential sessions, short or long-term, in the Knighton and Presteigne areas. Richard Lewis MSc (Intergrative Psychotherapy), PG Dip (Supervision), MA, FTCL, FRSA, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. 01547 510360 or 07951 304457. A is for ACUPUNCTURE with Joanna Bruce RGN, B.Ac, M.B.Ac.C. Traditional Acupuncture for pain management, acute and/or chronic health problems. Phone for free initial discussion on 01568 709142. Stoneleigh, Kingsland, HR6 9QS. registered and insured with the British Acupuncture Council since 1986. ACUPUNCTURE. Sandy Sandaver Lic Ac MBAcC. I practice an integrated style of acupuncture using 5 element and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and am a member of the British Acupuncture Council. I also carry out home visits. Hay Acupuncture Clinic, Rose Cottage, Cusop Dingle, Hay-On-Wye 01497 821625/07980 596218 or ANDREW WEBSTER HYPNOTHERAPY AND N.L.P. CLINIC Whitton Court, Whitton, near Ludlow, SY8 3AB. 01584 891170. Peaceful therapy in beautiful surroundings. A.P. VET LTD Veterinary Acupuncture and Physiotherapy, broad range of conditions treated including musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory and skin. Team approach to rehabilitation for horses and dogs to get your athlete back into action., 01497 851608. ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE in Hereford. Individual lessons and small groups with Ann Rowan MSTAT. BA. ARCM, 01432 279536. ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE in Leominster HR6 8QJ. Individual lessons with Janet Jameson MSTAT. 01568 613467. AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE, REFLEXOLOGY AND REIKI TREATMENTS IN HEREFORD These natural therapies can be wonderfully relaxing and aid healing. Experienced holistic therapist with adults and children (ex-nurse) working from own therapy room. Home visits can be arranged if necessary. Reasonable rates and Gift Vouchers available. Natural Therapies : Contact Alison 07788 547255 AROMATHERAPY & REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENTS OFFERED IN LUDLOW. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils extracted from plants, which have a number of properties, that may, when used, help improve overall emotional health. Reflexology can be a wonderfully relaxing treatment that in turn may help relieving everyday tension. Both treatments may aid you in your overall improve sense of well being. Contact Emily Baker BA Hons, MIFPA, MAR and CNHC registered, on 01584 529053 or 07775 652993. BOWEN TECHNIQUE - JOY PEARMAN. Also reflexology, Pilates and Zumba classes. Ledbury, Bromyard, Ludlow, Leominster, Hereford areas. 01432 820484.

BODYWORK & HEALING with Hilary Foxwell BTAA, AHSC, GWCG. Recovery, self-maintenance, health & wellbeing for your individual needs. Bowen treatment for muscle, skeletal, nerve, respiratory, intestinal conditions. Alexander tuition to retrain muscle action, breathing, body-mind reactions. Energy release for stress, grief, old trauma. Practitioner since 1984. Home visits if needed. Clinics in Tenbury Wells, Bromyard and Ludlow. 01584 819010. CLAIRVOYANT MEDIUMSHIP AND TAROT READINGS with Gina Murray, also animal mediumship and animal communication within Hay on Wye tel:07812 /035459 or email COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY for depression, anxiety, panic, stress, OCD, relationship problems and more! Also, couple counselling, relationship counselling and individual counselling for most issues. Sessions held in the Presteigne area, Leominster and Hereford. Please contact Gail Venables on 01544 350384 or see webpage for more info MBACP (Accred). COMPANY IN THE WILD - walking and talking, peaceful companionship outdoors, healing of the wild. For times in life when events, grief, raw emotions feel overwhelming. Contact Katrinn on or 01544 388689 for more details. CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY Specialist in treating & assessing children & young people with mental health or behavioural issues or dealing with distressing situations. I also offer support to parents, carers and adopters (providing them with a space to think separately about their children) or work with parents/carers and children together. I am also able to help mothers and babies with attachment issues. I can provide supervision to other therapists, consultations and training to professionals. I can provide services at the Family Place in Hay-on-Wye and Hereford, I can provide services throughout the area. ACP accredited. Valérie Mortin BSc. 07961 885646 or Email: COUNSELLING: Space for you to explore issues that are troubling you in a confidential, safe, supportive and nonjudgemental environment. I offer short and long term, low cost, individual integrative counselling. I have experience of working with a range of issues including anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, disability, eating disorders, low self-esteem and confidence, illness, relationship problems, rape, self-harm, sexuality and stress. South Shropshire/Powys borders. Alison Trott FdA (Counselling), PGDip (couns), MBACP. Contact 07791 013587. COUNSELLING IN LUDLOW area. Talk in complete confidence, with warmth and without judgement, with Julia Walling BA(Hons), PGCE, Dip.EH.P.NLP (BHR), MAC. In private practice for 25 years, I am trained in a wide variety of therapies and combine them to meet your needs. Clients consistently report improvements in wellbeing within a few sessions. Panic/anxiety specialist. Short and long term for individuals, couples and families. 01584 874636 07796 596451 and COUNSELLING/PSYCHOTHERAPY: JANE COOKE Presteigne. Safe, creative, equal approach. I have wide life & work experience; I work to support your increased understanding of yourself, and do not judge or try to change you – change comes through your awareness & when you are ready. 07771950899.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY with Mike Hadden RCST, based in Hereford, a gentle but profound way to reconnect to health and well-being. To find out more tel: 01432 261222 or email: EMOTIONAL THERAPYAnne Cummings MFETC (Adv Dip) BAoG (Dip). Safe, effective therapy to improve and enhance personal potential. Specialist knowledge and experience with panic attacks, anger issues, severe anxiety, bullying, bereavement and depression. If you have difficulty relating to others, or persistent, troublesome emotions call Anne on 01547 530977. See also See also FLOWER ESSENCES THERAPY. One-to-one sessions for personal development, to enhance well-being by working on emotional/mental attitudes, inner disharmony and other imbalances. Essences can be used for a wide range of issues, including lack of confidence, concerns and worries, despondency and sadness, relationship issues, unhelpful negative emotions, adjusting to change, and upsets and distress. Based in Rosson-Wye, I also offer animal sessions within a ten-mile radius. If you would like to find out more, please contact Jill Stern, BFVEA (adv): 01989 563147 FOOT HEALTH PRACTITIONER Fully Registered CRB checked and also RGN, diabetes / wound care experience. Home visits in Herefordshire area. Prices vary according to treatment. Many foot ailments treated. Google: Dishleyfoothealth for price details or call 01568 613298, Mob 07816 988196. HEALING THROUGH POETRYConnecting deeper with yourself, finding insights in your life, helping to find light at the end of the tunnel - looking at select and accessible poems, your written responses to them can open new doors and offer new illuminations. No knowledge of poetry necessary. Led by experienced healer and poet, Bethany Rivers (M.A.) 01686 650146. HEALING and COUNSELLING in Bishops Castle. ESH is a method of healing which works with the human energy system in a gentle and nourishing way. It helps to relieve energy blockages which may be causing physical, emotional or spiritual difficulties. I am also a fully qualified personal counsellor with over 20 years experience and an accredited CRUSE bereavement counsellor. Contact Philomena Houlihan-Wood B.A., Cert. ESH, Dip.Couns. Tel : 01588 638242. Email: Web : HOLISTIC, THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE, Indian head massage, Thai foot massage, seated acupressure massage, natural facial and massage with Marian Hardiman at Silvan Massage (CNHC, MTI). No set routine, just careful attention to what the individual requires. Clinics in Presteigne, Ludlow and Hereford or at your workplace or event. Find out more or to make an appointment: 07816 981454, marian@silvanmassage. com or JENNIFER HODGE DO Registered Osteopath. Cranial Osteopath. The Old Rectory, New Radnor 01544 350241. HOMOEOPATHY: Annabel Stacey ACH. Homoeopathy supports the body’s own efforts to heal itself and can be used effectively to treat both emotional and physical disorders. Treatment is adapted to the individual needs of each patient, taking all their symptoms into account. If you would like to find out more or make an appointment please contact me on 07960 865564 or (clinics in Ludlow and Shrewsbury). MASSAGE THERAPY Injuries, stress, relaxation. Claire Williams I.T.E.C. / N.I.M. 01544 267172. Clinics in Presteigne, Ludlow and Hereford.

HOMOEOPATHY Sandy Underhill RSHom. Homoeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their individual symptoms, the homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient. Clinics in Llandrindod Wells, Kington and Presteigne. 01597 851021. LEOMINSTER NATURAL HEALTH CENTRE: Qualified therapists offer acupuncture, structural re-alignment, medical herbal medicine, remedial and holistic massage, reflexology, ear candling, reiki, psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour and couple counselling, hypnotherapy, health kinesiology, nutrition at the Leominster Natural Health Centre, Community Centre, Leominster, 01568 616411, MARIE HUDSON. Yoga classes in Presteigne and Titley. One-to-one tuition available for individual needs. Registered Association for Yoga Studies practitioner. Registered with Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council for Yoga Therapy. 01544 260352. MASSAGE THERAPY with Jess Pailthorpe MTI Theraputic bodywork to release muscular tension, encourage calm and assist recovery. Clinics in Leominster and Hereford. Phone to talk or book: 01568 708836 NEW HAY OSTEOPATHS Ian Wright is a Registered Osteopath with 20 years experience in Ireland and Harley Street. He is now practicing in Hay-on-Wye. Ian treats all conditions and all ages and gives clear and detailed feedback. For more information take a look at our website and to make an appointment telephone Heloise - 07772 000728. PAMELA SPENCELEY MNIMH Medical Herbalist and Allergy Therapist 01568 770614 / 01584 878123 PHYSIOTHERAPY, CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY, REFLEXOLOGY & YOGA with Hermione Evans, Chartered Physiotherapist at Radnor Physiotherapy. For all back and neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, RSI, stress related illness and more. To discuss your needs or to make an appointment, please phone 01544 350691 or email contact@radnorphysiotherapy. or view REFLEXOLOGY including auricular reflexology and fertility/ maternity reflexology. Qualified 2003. Experience of working with people with physical and learning disabilities. Catherine Brown, FHT MA, 07960 989894. Home visits available, (Ludlow area). PSYCHIC READINGS: Clairvoyance, Tarot & Astrology (tape inc). Gifted & compassionate reader with over 20 yrs professional experience. Personal readings from home (near Hereford); at Zenith in Leominster on Thursdays; & telephone readings (pre-booked). ROWIE (M.BPRB) 01432 820684. SHIATSU BODYWORK with Sarah Churcher-Owen ds.mrss. Bodywork received fully clothed on a comfortable futon mat. Releasing and nurturing techniques for muscles, joints and energy flow, with meridian massage to support the body, mind and spirit. Helpful with many conditions, physically and emotionally. Supporting your wellbeing. Qualified since 1996 and registered with (more info). Treatments at Llanerfyl SY21 - 01938 820663 or Lydbury North SY7 - 01588 680496.


Group classes and individual tuition Marie Hudson 01544 260352


SIAM SMILE TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE BY (GAN) JANYARAK MORRIS. Stressed out? Neck and shoulders tension from too much time on computer? Low back pain? Or just want to pamper yourself? I can help! I am qualified in Traditional Thai Massage, Reflexology-Foot Massage, Facial Massage and Aromatherapy. Certificates recognized by the Ministry of Education in Thailand. Ground Floor, 3 Broad Street, Knighton LD7 1BL. Tel: 07538 572123 or (eve) 01547 550249 SPIRITUAL HEALER Naturally gifted in releasing emotional grief in present and past lives. 23 years professional experience with physical and mental health. Private healing sessions and talks given. Gillian Williamson, MNFSH. Field House, Kinnerton. 01547 560874. SPIRITUAL MEDIUM - Emily Baker, clairvoyant, clairsentient, and clairaudient, spiritual art, offering individual or party bookings. For more information call Ludlow 01584 529053 or 07775 652993.


WORKSHOP LISTINGS - Single listings are free. Year round, ongoing workshops will cost £40 per year for inclusion in the magazine and website. Thurs 3 & Thurs 17 April BLEDDFA MEDITATION GROUP Hall Barn, Bleddfa, near Knighton, 10.30am, Shirley Elwell 01547 550377 or Sat 12 April THEOPHONY: THROUGH SOUND INTO SILENCE Study day with Brendan O’Malley. Hall Barn, Bleddfa, near Knighton, 10.30am-4.30pm, £30, 01547 550377 or Weekly classes starting Tuesday 29 April RELAXATION WORKSHOP Around the kitchen table with trained artist and healer Tania Pearson. Employing simple techniques, carefully chosen to enhance a state of relaxation, discover the inner artist and experience making in the moment. 9.30am-1.30pm. No training needed. Limited places. £18 per session (or £17 each per 4 sessions booked in advance). For more information email: or tel: 01584 831157 Sat 10 May INSIGHT MEDITATION DAY RETREAT Llandrindod Wells. INTRODUCTION TO ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE This mind-body training shows you how the ‘tools for living’ can be applied during everyday activities. With understanding & awareness many difficulties often become easier - additional benefits may include reduced tension, enhanced movement & overall wellbeing. 5 week course, (small group) plus one-to-one session. Wednesdays 6.30 - 7.45pm, The Pump Rooms, Tenbury Wells with Hilary Foxwell. Info and to book tel 01584 819010.




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3 Broad Street, Knighton, Powys Tel: 07538 572123 or (eve) 01547 550249


HEDGEROW MEDICINE, KITCHEN PHARMACY: Herbal Medicine Making Courses with Rowan McOnegal, Medical Herbalist. Practical weekend courses which explore identifying, growing, harvesting, drying, storing and using herbs. Covers the basic principles of herbal medicine, and making and using teas, tinctures, infused oils, ointments, creams, syrups, inhalations and baths. or 01531 670075. SAMATHA MEDITATION Encourages calming, stilling the mind, towards greater well-being and understanding. A class for newcomers to Samatha now meets at Greenstreete, Llangunllo, near Knighton. Everyone welcome. Classes include instruction, group practice and Dhamma discussion. Classes by donation. Please contact Martina for more details. Tel: 01239 820352. Email: HEALING YOGA AND MEDITATION SATURDAYS Georgie holds monthly Saturday morning yoga and meditation workshops at the beautiful Brilley Village Hall. These workshops focus on different themes, e.g. anger release, grief & acceptance, loving and healing the self, stress release, living with energy and purpose and lots more. They are always healing and tailored to those who attend. Homemade cake, yogi tea and fruit are served in the breaks. Investment between £15£20. Call 07807 550 653 or visit to book or for info about workshops as well as regular Kundalini Yoga and Meditation classes in your area. YOGA CLASSES AND ONE TO ONE LESSONS An integrated and holistic approach to working with movement, breathing and mindful, restorative practice. Classes in Moccas, Clifford, Eaton Bishop and Peterchurch. For more information please contact Nicky at or 0781 7268689 SCARAVELLI INSPIRED YOGA At Richard Booth’s Bookshop, The Yoga Studio, Brook St, Hay On Wye. Come and experience an energizing and uplifting approach to Yoga. Nurture Mind, Body and Spirit. Mon: 10 -11.45 Adult Yoga. 12 -1pm Parent and Toddler Yoga. Wed: 10 - 11.45 Adult Yoga. 12 - 1.30pm Pregnancy Yoga. Fri: Adult Yoga 1 - 2.45pm. Adult Yoga: £6 cons £8 waged. Pregnancy Yoga: £6 cons £8 waged. Parent and Toddler Yoga: £5. Payable per half a term. Two places available paying weekly per class. (Reduced rate for students attending two classes a week: £5 cons £7 waged). Suitable for all ages and sizes. The space has all the equipment and under floor heating. For more information and to book a place, please contact Dorothy Watkins: 01981 580 453. TAI CHI AND CHINESE YOGA from the Li family system of Taoist Arts led by a well qualified and experienced instructor. Suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Enjoyable, relaxing and improves physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Classes held at The Monty Club, Broad St, Newtown on Tuesdays at 3.30pm and 6.30pm. Contact Dave Philips on 01588 638614 or email to

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