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BROAD she e p february 2013

What’s On - Herefordshire & The Marches


What the hell is that?

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IVEN the amount of time I spend boring people to death with my theories about how manufacturers of electric cars have all got it wrong: “ They should be producing something cheap and light not just trying to carbon copy petrol cars”, “They should make all the batteries interchangeable”, “They should stop trying to make cars that do 120mph and concentrate on light slow vehicles to go shopping in or get you to the nearest train station”, “ They should all be taken out and hung blah blah blah”. Well, given all that its not surprising that I got pretty interested in the new Renault Twizzy. Finally a major manufacturer is trying something slightly different. Thanks to the eco travel network www.ecotravelnetwork.co.uk there are a good few of these little beasties that you can hire around the Hay, Brecon, Abergavenny area. I went and borrowed one from Drover Bike Hire in Hay (they have a lovely new bike shop, Drovers Cycles, Forest Road, Hay on Wye) on a particularly Small Ads 4 freezing January weekend. First impressions? Well it looks Hugh’s bit 6 like a cross between a 1960s sketch Art 8 of ‘the car of the future’ and a rather Art workshops 12 upmarket mobility scooter. You cant help noticing the upswinging sparCinema 16 rows wing doors and the fact that Dance 20 its got no windows (brrrr). It’s an abFood 22 solute doddle to drive – pretty much Music 24 the same as a dodgem car and out on the road it feels like a GoKart. Music workshops 32 Although super quiet at slow speed, Venues 35 once it gets rolling there is a fair amount of wind, tyre and general flapping plastic Band directory 36 noise. However it buzzes along happily at 35-45mph and once I’d got the hang of it, there was time to start worrying about whether it was going to get me home. As a Theatre 38 seasoned electric bike fanatic I am very used to the ‘running out of battery anxiety’ Word 42 but at least on a bike you can pedal home. In an electric car you really don’t want to Green pages 46 run out in some embarrassing situation so the anxiety is doubled. The Twizzy has two simple gauges to help calm the nerves. One is a large picture of a battery that is Comp therapies 48 slowly emptying as you drive. The other is more like the average fuel consumption We take no figure you get on lots of German cars. This tells you how many miles you have left responsibility for based on the way you are driving. Put your foot down and it plummets, but go down the veracity of the a long hill using the Twizzy’s regenerative braking and it suddenly shoots up again. information herein My mileage gauge had started in Hay at 42, but by the time I got to Almeley on the backroads it was showing 22 . So I soft pedaled it up to Lyonshall and on the hill Pete Mustill down to the village it regained a few miles, so I was back at 24 but by then I figured Mayfield, Stapleton, I’m only 8 miles from home, I can give it some wellie! Nr Presteigne, Powys By the time I got back to Presteigne I was starting to enjoy myself and as the LD8 2LS weekend progressed I got to like it more and more. It’s a doddle to charge, a 3 pin Tel: 01544 260051 plug pops out of a flap in the front and with a good extension lead you can plug it Email: info@broadsheep.com into any 13amp mains plug and it does seem to charge, from flat, in 3 and a half Website: www.broadsheep.com hours. As mentioned, the weekend was bitterly cold, but as long as you wrap up and put on your hat and gloves its fairly comfortable behind the windscreen and way warmer than my bike. I found myself hopping into it to pop down the road for a pint of milk in exactly the same casual way I use the bike. It doesn’t feel that great on the A roads. Although it can do 50mph, it feels a bit overworked at that speed and starts eating its battery very fast. However on a country lane on a sunny day I imagine it would be a real blast. It will take a passenger in comfortable enough style for short journeys although the back seat is twice as cold as the front seat and its a bit ungainly crawling into the rear. In my opinion it has 2 major faults. The first is the lack of space for shopping and carrying bits and bobs. This is a really big minus because as a shopping car/ local runaround you’re bound to wanting to load it up. The second is the price. The £7,000 asking price is only what you would expect from Renault but the additional £45 a month for battery hire is what sticks in the throat. Suddenly the saving on fuel bills doesn’t look so attractive. However if there was one around as part of a carshare scheme or for community hire I and a lot of the people I showed it to would use it all the time. As for its bizarre looks – I say hats off to Renault for having the gumption to put it into production. Now which other car maker can shake themselves free from the fat, heavy, 100mph, 4 seater cul-de-sac we’re all stuck in and give us a really usefull (cheap) electric runabout.

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Cover pic: Lucy Porter, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon - 21 February

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Hey Hey You You Get Offa My Cloud

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S this a Magritte I see before me? Or is it actually Votre-gritte? Looking out of my window today I see a perfect cotton-woolly cloud, floating in the cerulean bullshit above the Teme valley. It’s like the one in the picture – without the glass, and it reminds me immediately of the cloud-cliché that Magritte often used. I also wondered out loud if it was Wordsworth’s uniquely lonely cloud. However I’d prefer not to think about my cloud that way. I’d rather look at the cloud in front of me as it is, wordlessly, and find my own ways of seeing it without tripping over the cultural references. Someone, somewhere is always selling you something. Why am I thinking about clouds anyway? Because I want to know why the nebulous place where we are invited to store all our digital identities is called “The Cloud”. Just as a cloud blots out the sun, or clouds your judgement, this soft and fluffy metaphor hides the fact that your personal information is not floating free someplace over the rainbow, or off in quantum cyber-space, but is being stored in some giga-corporation’s megaservers bolted to the floors of anoxic warehouses in grim industrial estates in a far away totalitarian country, open to the view of governments and corporations, but not securely in your own hard driven memory i.e. the one in your head. Hello Clouds, hello Sky, Facebook, Google and the CIA*. *(Goodbye Fotherington Thomas, now a very successful banker.) The Cloud image is a fluffy illusion adopted for the usual reasons by the big companies. Here is a picture for dummies. The Cloud of Unknowing. Like many power point doodles it doesn’t actually explain anything, but please note that the people have

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no faces, no individuality, while the cloud has eyes and a smile, and is wearing a crown, denoting its sovereign power “in loco Dei” (“in the place of God” for those of you who were lucky enough to go to a state school, avoiding the Govean curse of a classical education). Its in charge; it knows it. The Cloud is a conveniently obscuring metaphor for another oligarchic rip-off. Why are you giving your personal information over to the true sociopaths of this world, the T.Rexs of our pagan jungle economy - Google, Amazon, iShit, Facebook and News Corp? Selfishness is built into their algorithms – clause 1 of their framework docs states that the interests of shareholders outrank the interests of customers. Technically, legally, despite Starbuck’s crocodile tears, they are as constitutionally incapable of delivering a sincere apology as a Komodo Dragon, because a conscience has never been transplanted into their corporate bodies, nor written into their legal DNA. Its not something they have need of. I’d rather hand my details over direct to the Police, our own British not-for-profit organisation which is held to account by democratic and legal means. In theory. But they’ve got them already. But actually I keep my self in my own memory in my own head – whose capacity is 500 Tb (a/c Wikipedia) and rather dwarfs my allotted space in The Cloud. The swarf, the offcuts I might keep in those distant vaults full of chattering servers, but old files of memorabilia won’t help me find my soul when dementia comes on. What’s left when I disintegrate or my subscription fails, whichever-is-thesooner, will be as meaningless as my body when the organising principle, the soul that animates it, has departed. Lest we all become versions of Rimmer from Red Dwarf, a holographic life-form, a hi-tech ghost, its better to be wiped from the cyber-vault as if we had never been. Digital media is infinitely fragile, a few power cuts here or there, a magnetic storm from Heaven; all that will be left will be a few plaintive scraps of riddling code. If you want to be remembered a headstone is more reliable; it will give you a couple of hundred years in a country churchyard, before your epitaph flakes away, whilst paper lasts for centuries; for those really concerned to preserve their data then parchment lasts for millennia. For true aeon-proof permanence you should inscribe your essential imagery on sheets of porcelain. The information will of course outlast the language its written in, and it will become a riddle. I quite like the idea of surviving as a riddle. No better than what I am now .... P.S. Factoid of the week: ref: Magritte: the French for countryside is “campagne”, for fields “champs”: the coupé champagne glass design as featured above was originally modelled on the shape of Marie Antoinette’s left breast. Hugh Colvin


Mid BORDER ARTS

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HARMONIE MUSIK

Founded in 1990 by Paul Sawbridge as a flexible chamber music ensemble. the nucleus of the wind players are Catherine Handley, flute, Ruth Watson, oboe, Julia Holmes, clarinet and Robert Codd, bassoon. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 8pm, £10, reservations 01544 267163.

JUST WORDS by Roger Kite

A new book by the author of the popular locally-published book, You’re Not From Round Here, Are You? A small collection of things people have been heard to say - sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, often full of wisdom. Available in Presteigne at: The Rowan Tree, Winnie’s Newsagents Workhouse Gallery & Cafe. Grandad’s Shed, Kington ~ Price £3

SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY

KLEZMER KOLLECTIV

A slick, six-piece instrumental combo. Known for their ultra-tight live sound, and foot-stomping Balkan rhythms. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 8pm, £10, reservations 01544 267163.

www.midborderarts.org.uk charity no. 1011108

Presteigne & Norton Town Council

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KINGTON AND DISTRICT OPERATIC SOCIETY

A New Pantomime LADY HAWKINS COMMUNITY LEISURE CENTRE, KINGTON 21st to 23rd FEBRUARY 2013 7.30pm SATURDAY MATINEE AT 2.30pm Adults £7 Under 16s £4 only Tickets can be booked online at www.kingtonoperatic.com Or from Tom Bounds Electrical, 32 High Street, T. 01544 231303 or Eves. 01544 231501

“NUTTERS” LICENSED WHOLEFOOD COFFEE SHOP

We are a friendly wholefood cafe tucked behind Church St. near Hereford cathedral in our own walled garden which is filled with flowers in the summer. All food is homemade in our kitchen. Some of the scrummy things we produce are quiche, homity pies, sweet potato slice, Moroccan pie and soup, all served with fresh tasty salads. Come in for a great coffee and indulge in a piece of cake or a delicious scone. Wheat free and vegan diets catered for too!

Visit us at Capuchin Yard, Church St, Hereford Telephone (01432) 277447

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art POWYS St Michael’s Church, Discoed, near Presteigne 01547 560246 9 Feb - 1 April ‘Last Supper’. 14 images by 14 artists, including JULIENNE BRAHAM, NICK BUSH, SIMON DORRELL, LOIS HOPWOOD, XAVIER HUGHES, CHARLES MacCARTHY, DAN MacCARTHY, TANIA MOSSE, ANDREA McLEAN, ALISON NEAL, SUSANNAH ROYLE, ANTHEA STILWELL, PETER STILWELL AND JANE TUDGE. All pictures are for sale, the commission going to St Michael’s Hospice, Bartestree. Open daily 10am-5pm.

Ivy House Gallery, Montgomery 01686 668746 Feb Local artists and locally produced crafts. Open daily 9am-5pm.

Coutyard Antiques, Manchester House, High St, Presteigne 01544 267033 2 & 9 Feb Art & Staffordshire Dogs. Open 10am-2pm.

Assembly Rooms, Presteigne 01544 260777 2 Feb Arts & Craft Fair. A wide selection of gifts made by local artisans. Open 9am-3pm.

Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth 01654 703355 Until 9 March ‘A Painter of His Own World, A Retrospective’. BALRAJ KHANNA. Until 9 March ‘Imagined Reality’. JOHN CHARLESWORTH. Until 9 March ANN WILLIAMS, MIKE LAXTON & EMILY HALL. Until 11 March WOLFGANG LAIB. 13 Feb - 24 June ‘Abstract Generation: Now In Print’. 17 Feb - 24 June ‘Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing’. Editions by DIETER ROTH. 1 March - 31 Jan 2014 ‘Applied Design’. 6 March - 13 Aug ‘Shadow & Light’. BILL BRANDT. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.

The Thomas Shop, Maesyfed, Penybont, Llandrindod Wells 01597 851951 Feb Local arts and crafts, wool emporium, cafe, shop and museum. Open Fri - Sun 10am-5pm.

Radnorshire Museum & Gallery, Temple St, Llandrindod Wells 01597 824513 Until 1 April ‘Three Poets’. Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth’s visits to Radnorshire explored through literature and art by DAVID LEWIS & ALISTAIR TUCKER. Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm, Bank Holidays 10am-4pm. Shepherd’s Ice Cream Parlour, 9 High Town, Hay-on-Wye 01497 821898 Until mid March MIKE CRAMPTON - local artist, paintings in mixed media. 9.30am-5.30pm, daily. Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells 01982 552555 Until 1 April ‘Three Poets’. Byron, Shelley and Wordsworth’s visits to Radnorshire explored through literature and art by DAVID LEWIS & ALISTAIR TUCKER. Tues - Sun 5.30pm-9pm.

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Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown 01686 625041 2 Feb - 17 April ‘Lure’. HELEN SEAR - crossover between photography and fine art. 2 Feb - 17 April ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably...?’ Seeking submissions for new or existing works that represent tall tales, fictional stories and/or old wives tales. Applicants must live within Wales and its Borders. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm.

Tower House Gallery, 29 High St, Knighton 01547 529530 Feb LEWIS KESTERTON - schoolboy photographer. The India & China Tea Company. Refreshments available. Wed-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm, closed Mon & Tues. The Andrew Lamont Gallery, Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Walk, Brecon 01874 611622 Until 4 Feb SUE THORNE - glass painting. GARETH COUSINS paintings. 8 - 27 Feb GWERNYFED HIGH SCHOOL - a selection of the 2012 GCSE and A Level examinations. 1 - 27 March BRECON WOMEN’S FESTIVAL. Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm. The Gallery, Theatr Hafren, Newtown 01686 614555 From 5 Feb AYTON WEST photographs and portraits of stage and performance, plus still life. Open theatre times. The Workhouse Studio, Presteigne Industrial Estate 01544 267864 Interesting and unusual gifts for all. Plus rare antique carpets and kilims. Cafe. Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. HEREFORDSHIRE Dots Gallery, 41 Broad St, Bromyard, HR7 4BT 01885 483458 Original art, ceramics and jewellery. Plus bespoke picture framing service. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.

The Tea Gardens, Stoneleigh, Kingsland 01568 709142 Feb BRONTË WOODRUFF. Open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm, plus Bank Holiday weekends Sun & Mon 10.30am-5.30pm. Hereford Cathedral 01432 374261 Mappa Mundi & Chained Library exhibition. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, last admission 4.30pm. Tobias James Art & Framing Gallery, St Owen St, Hereford 07760 316959 Feb Works by local artists and from artists further afield. Lion Gallery, Broad St, Leominster 01568 611898 Feb An eclectic mix of English arts and crafts. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Hereford Arts College, Folly Lane, Hereford 01432 273359 Until 22 Feb EMMA TALLBOYS Fine Art Graduate and local artists. Until 22 Feb SCHOOLS EXPO Herefordshire High Schools exhibition. Mon-Fri 9.30am-3.30pm. Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Broad St., Hereford 01432 260692 Until 27 Feb HEREFORDSHIRE ARTS & CRAFTS SOCIETY. Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Market House Heritage Centre, Ross-on-Wye 01432 260675 Feb Various arts and crafts from local artists. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10.30am-4pm. The Courtyard, Hereford 01432 340555 Until 17 Feb ‘The Road’. LOIS HOPWOOD - film installations and paintings. Until 17 Feb PORTFOLIO GROUP oil paintings and acrylics. 22 Feb - 7 April ‘Digital Dialogues’ DARREN WILLIAMS & JASON DAVIES. Open theatre times. Parkfields Gallery, Ross-on-Wye 01989 565266 Feb New work by gallery artists. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. 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. Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate St, Worcester 01905 25371 Until 10 Feb ‘Laura Knight in the Open Air’. DAME LAURA KNIGHT. Open Tues-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm.


Dianna Nuttall, SpArC, Bishop’s Castle

Lewis Kesterton, Tower House Gallery, Knighton

Valerie McLean, Apple Store Gallery, Hereford

Tania Mosse, St Michael’s Church, Discoed

Gwernyfydd High School, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon

Pascale Bigot, Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge


Old Chapel Gallery, Pembridge 01544 388842 Feb ‘Amour’ A heart-throbbing display of unusual and romantic cards and presents to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. PASCALE BIGOT - mixed media pictures. HILARY MEE - papier mache. ROZIE KEOGH & JAN FRYER - jewellery. FRANS WESSELMAN - limited edition etchings. ALEJANDRA BERNALES AND MARY ROSE YOUNG ceramics. Plus hand-painted silk velvet cushions, wooden boxes, fused glass hearts, coasters and more. Throughout the year Garden Sculpture Exhibition 2012. New pieces for the garden in ceramic, stoneware, stone resin, forged iron, stainless steel and mild steel. Mon-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Apple Store Gallery 3 Bridge St, Hereford 01432 378436 Until 23 Feb ‘Third Servings’. New works, some from artists new to the gallery. 26 Feb - 23 March ‘Fine Art: Made In Herefordshire’. HCA FINE ART STUDENTS. Tues-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, Sat 10am-1pm.

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SHROPSHIRE SpArC Teme Leisure, Bishop’s Castle 01588 630243 Until 28 Feb “Scene and Unscene”. Paintings by DIANA NUTTALL, LIZ DOBB & LES DOBB. Acrylics and mixed-media. Open Mon 4-9pm, Tues 7am- 9pm, Wed 4-9pm, Thurs 4-9pm, Fri 7am-3pm, Sat CLOSED, Sun 10am-noon. Public Hall, Station Street, Bishops Castle www.drusillacole.co.uk 23 & 24 Feb CASTLE ARTISTS & MARCHES BOOK ARTS GROUP. Paintings, photographs, linocuts, textiles, prints, cards, handmade artists’ books and other new local work. Tea, snacks and cakes, listen to guest poets, artist’s demonstrations, play with paper. all welcome. Open 11am – 5pm with a CREATIVE CAFÉ 11am – 4pm. The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock 01952 728911 4 March - 8 April ‘InteriMA13’. MA ART & DESIGN STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON - mixed media. Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm and theatre times.

The Brasserie, The Clive Restaurant, near Ludlow 01584 856565 Feb & March BRONTË WOODRUFF. Until 5 April VICKI NORMAN recent paintings. Open Mon-Fri 12-3pm, 6.30-9.30pm (last orders), Sat-Sun 12-9.30pm (last orders). Assembly Rooms, Ludlow 01584 878141 Feb ‘Music to My Eyes’ & ‘The Writing Desk’. Two art exhibitions by PHILIP GREY - photographs. Open theatre times. THEGALLERY, 32 High St, Bishop’s Castle 01588 630555 Feb Contemporary arts and crafts including glass, ceramics, metal and wood, textiles, paintings, prints and jewellery. Thurs-Sat 11am-5pm. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury 01743 234970 2 Feb - 1 March ‘Conversation Pieces’. SVETLANA ELANTSEVA, CARLA BOULTON, ALEXEY GILAROV, VASILI ROCOV - mixed media paintings. Open Tues - Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm.


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Sat 2nd february 9.30AM-3.30PM LOCAL ARTISTs WORKING WITH WOOD, WILLOW, WOOL, STONE AND PAPER Tea & vegan cakes for details contact RosAmund 01544 260777

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Sandford Gallery, 1 Sandford Place, Church Stretton www.sandfordgallery.org Feb Gallery artists ROS BURNS, DI PURSER, GILL CROZIER, DAVID MACE, TONY PURSER & STEPHEN VICARY. Open Fri-Mon 11am-5pm. Silk Top Hat Gallery, Quality Square, Ludlow 01584 875363 Until mid March Winter Exhibition. Mixed artist exhibition, plus postcard show. Until mid March Isaac Smart’s Showcase. Craftwork from over fifty British designer makers including LIZ KEMP AND SOPHIE JAUNCEY. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. The Old Surgery Gallery, 11 High St, Clun, Craven Arms 01588 640506 Feb New Year Exhibition continues featuring JOAN BAKER; SOPHIE BIGNALL; BRIAN FLETCHER; JACQUELINE FLETCHER; DAVID HARBAN; PAUL HIPKISS; PAULINE KITELEY; RUSSELL MORRIS; TIM NASH; KEITH NOBLE; KEITH POINTON; ANNA RAVENSCROFT; JOHN SCOTT MARTIN; NOEL SHEPHERDSON; ANN-MONIQUE STELLINGA; JACQUE WAKELY; DAVID WHITE AND GORDON YAPP. Open Fri-Sun but open during half-term, week commencing Mon 18th Feb 10am-5pm.

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February EASTNOR POTTERY POTTER’S WHEEL WORKSHOPS 24 Feb - Spend the day relaxing and creating pots on the potter’s wheel. £105 includes all materials, refreshments and lunch. Children’s ½ term pottery workshops at Eastnor Pottery 20 & 21 Feb - ‘Bird Bath’. Another fantastic themed opportunity for young potters to get their hands on real clay. Come and make a pottery bird bath on the potter’s wheel to celebrate National Bird Feeding Month. Fun packed, hands-on and totally creative activity. 4-8 yrs on Wed 20th & 9-12yrs on Thurs 21st (guide only as younger and older siblings will never be turned away) Sessions 11.30am-1pm & 2pm-3.30pm on both days. £15 per child (10% discount for x3 or more places booked). Tel and email booking essential. Please tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk for more details. Thurs 21 - Sun 24 February BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL Featuring four days of dance, film, music, poetry, craft, artisan’s wares, workshops, singing, drawing, exhibitions, photography, storytelling, food and drink. The festival will see venues of all shapes and sizes from galleries to pubs, from churches to shops opening their doors to put on unique events. www.bishopscastleartsfestival.co.uk Sat 2 March PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH THE SEASONS BY KEITH POINTON 10.30am – 4.30pm at Brynmawr Farm, Newcastle on Clun, SL7 8QU. This is a beginners course for those new to their camera or SLR’s or new to photography. The course will cover: How to use your camera, how to edit your pictures on the computer and composition. As well as your camera please bring warm clothes for working outside and a packed lunch, hot drinks will be provided. Cost £70 Contact Jacky Harrison on 01588 630666 or jackyharrison51@hotmail.com. Sat 2 & Sun 3 March - followed by six consecutive Thurs, finishing 11 April WEAVING FOR BEGINNERS Tutored by Liz Davies. Arts Alive Centre, Crickhowell, £80 for eight days weaving, including training and equipment and materials, 01874 611883.

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Until Thurs 14 March Y.ART! Exciting new art project is starting on 31st January to 14th March for young people 11-25 years old. Thursday 5-7pm at Teme Valley Youth Project, Wigmore. Fri 15 March DRAWING AND SKETCHING ANIMALS FROM LIFE BY EVA DUTTON This course aims at helping beginners as well as advanced artists to capture movement and the personality of the animal. Material needed includes sketch pads, pencils, pens or any medium that you feel comfortable with. Bring warm clothes for working in a barn or outside…. or our animal subjects could be basking in front of the fire in The BALES sanctuary, Bynmawr Farm, Newcastle on Clun SL7 8QU. 10.30am – 4.30pm. Hot drinks and soup will be provided. Cost £50. Contact Jacky Harrison on 01588 630666 or jackyharrison51@hotmail.com. ASSEMBLY ROOMS WORKSHOPS Sat - SmART, art and craft club for 8-14 years, 10.30am-12.30pm, £35 per term, Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 01584 878141. WORKSHOPS BY THE RIVER WYE IN WOOLCRAFT From fleece to item: including spinning, plant dyeing, weaving and felting. Also traditional Indian block printing with natural dyes. Workshops from April through till mid September. Jane Meredith on jane@plantdyedwool. co.uk, www.plantdyedwool.co.uk. 01981 590370. Mondays & Wednesdays KNITTING CLUB & CRAFT CLUB Trumpet Corner Tea Rooms, Trumpet Crossroads, Ledbury, £3 per session + materials if needed, 07813 350826. Wednesdays KNITTING GROUP At the Workhouse Cafe, Presteigne, 2-4pm, 10% discount on food and drinks. All welcome, 01544 267864.


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cinema BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Runs from 1st to 17th March. Each year the Borderlines Film Festival, the largest rural film festival in the UK, centred on Hereford’s Courtyard Arts Centre but also spread across numerous venues in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys, brings us a vast selection of new and old films. See also the comprehensive website at www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk.

ABERGAVENNY FILM SOC. 13 Feb ET MAINTENANT ON VA OU? (WHERE DO WE GO NOW?) (12A) 27 Feb SHADOW DANCER (15) 13 March LA SOURCE DES FEMMES (THE SOURCE) (15) The Melville Theatre, Drama Centre, Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny, 7.30pm, doors open 6.45pm, 01874 623166.

ASSEMBLY ROOMS, LUDLOW 1 Feb THE MASTER (15) 6 & 7 Feb LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (PG) 8, 9, 11 - 14 Feb THE QUARTET (12A) 8 Feb THE SHINING (15) 18, 19, 21 - 23 Feb THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (12A) 25 Feb CHASING ICE (12A) 20 Feb EUGENE ONEGIN Royal Operal House live, 7.15pm. 23 Feb SING-A-LONG-A GREASE Vocal warm up, fancy dress competition and free goody bag, 7.30pm, £15/£14. 1 - 7 March THE IMPOSSIBLE (12A) 4 & 5 March MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (12A) 5 March STARBUCK (15) 8 - 21 March SONG FOR MARION (PG) Details 01584 878141

BISHOP’S CASTLE FILM SOC. 6 Feb A SEPARATION 20 Feb MARLEY 6 March DREAM OF LIGHT Three Tuns, Bishop’s Castle, 8pm. Join £35, £17.50 students. Guests £4/£2. Details 01588 680445

BRECON FILM SOCIETY 4 Feb TYRANNOSAUR 4 March ALBERT NOBBS At Brecon Coliseum Cinema. Doors open at 7.15pm, start at 7.30pm 01874 623166

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CONQUEST, BROMYARD 8 Feb ANNA KARENINA (12A) 1 March MOONRISE KINGDOM (12A) 9 March TO ROME WITH LOVE (12A) 17 March BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (12A) All at 8pm. Details 01885 488575.

COURTYARD, HEREFORD 2 Feb SING-A-LONG-A-GREASE (PG) Vocal warm-up, fancy dress competition, free goody bag and film. 2 & 6 Feb FRANKENWEENIE (PG) 4 - 7, 10 - 14 Feb LES MISERABLES (PG) 10 Feb DON QUIXOTE Bolshoi Ballet 15, 18 - 21 Feb GREAT EXPECTATIONS (12A) 16 Feb RIGOLETTO by Verdi - Met Opera live 16, 18 - 21 Feb RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG) 18 - 21 & 24 Feb HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) 18 & 19 Feb HORS SATAN (15) 20 & 21 Feb PITCH PERFECT (12A) 25 - 28 Feb ARGO (15) 1 & 2 March BABETTES FEAST (U) 1 & 4 March BARBARA (12A) 1 & 2 March SIGHTSEERS (15) 2 March ELENA (12A) 2 March PARSIFAL by Wagner - Met Opera live 3 March MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (12A) 3 & 5 March 5 BROKEN CAMERAS (15) 3 & 5 March STARBUCK (15) 3 & 4 March HOLY MOTORS (18) 3 March THE LODGER Introduced by Bryony Dixon. Restored Hitchcock silent film with recorded soundtrack by Nitin Sawhney. 4 & 5 March KES (U) 4 March SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS (15) 4 March SISTER (15)

4 March MY BROTHER THE DEVIL (15) 4 & 5 March QUARTET (12A) 4 March LIFE OF PI (PG) 5 March THE HUNT (15) 5 March THE CONFORMIST (15) 5 March SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (15) 6 March CAN YOU SEE ME? Premiere of a powerful and compelling new film that explores teenage relationship abuse. Rural Media Company. 11 March ROADKILL Created by young participants of the Shoot Out Summer School with film professionals. Rural Media Company. 11 March GETTING CLOSE & A LETTER EVERY DAY Hereford Media Network - supporting new & local talent. Details 01432 340555

1 Feb THE BAKER (12) The Simpson Hall, Burghill 01432 760816 1 Feb WE BOUGHT A ZOO (PG) Fownhope Memorial VH 01432 860717 2 Feb NOW IS GOOD (12A) Playhouse Cinema, The Community Centre, Leominster 01568 612583 4 Feb HOPE SPRINGS (12A) Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock 01952 728911 4 Feb THE HUNGER GAMES (12A) Church Stretton School 01694 724330

ARGO In his first feature since directing/starring in the Oscarnominated crime caper, THE TOWN, Ben Affleck does ditto with a very different drama, this time factually based. Following the Revolutionary Guards’ 1979 attack on Tehran’s US embassy, Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA ‘ex-filtration’ specialist charged with rescuing six of his countrymen holed up in the Canadian embassy. Despite the immense danger, Mendez and his pal John Chambers (John Goodman) develop an audacious plan involving the production of a bogus sci-fi movie in the Iranian desert. After much dissent back in Washington, Mendez eventually sneaks the hostages out the embassy’s back-door and passes them off as film crew. With a stellar cast including Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and Adrienne Barbeau, ARGO is both a fine psychological drama and gripping action thriller.


JACK REACHER Best known as a screenwriter, in particular for THE USUAL SUSPECTS, Christopher McQuarrie’s second directorial outing is an equally dark, complex tale of mistaken identity based on a Lee Child crime novel. In an unnamed city, the police think that they’ve caught the ex-army sniper who shot five people but he demands that they bring in his old colleague, the morally irreproachable drifter, Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), to prove his innocence. With their defence lawyer Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike) pitted against her D.A. father (Richard Jenkins) and a sub-plot involving a vicious Russian gang run by the enigmatic ‘Zec’ (celebrated director Werner Herzog in a rare outing in front of the camera), this is a tense, intriguing movie with Cruise giving his most nuanced performance since 2004’s COLLATERAL. All reviews by Mark Williams 5 Feb ARGO (15) The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch 01948 660660 6 Feb MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (12A) Cardington VH 01694 771295 7 Feb THE ANGEL’S SHARE (15) Brilley VH 01544 327227 8 Feb THE ANGEL’S SHARE (15) Market Theatre, Ledbury 01432 383663 8 Feb ARGO (15) All Stretton VH 01694 723378 8 Feb PARANORMAN (PG) SpArC, Bishop’s Castle 01588 630243

8 Feb ARGO (15) Kelsall Methodist Hall 01829 752548 9 Feb MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (15) Bayston Hill Memorial Hall 01743 247933 9 Feb HYSTERIA (15) Clun Memorial Hall 01588 640254 9 Feb MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (12A) Tasley Parish Room 01746 764881 10 Feb ENGLISH VINGLISH (PG) Ryton VH 01743 718237 11 Feb TAKE THIS WALTZ (15) The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock 01952 728911

12 Feb MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (15) Ashford Carbonell VH 01584 831574 12 Feb TORTOISE IN LOVE (12A) Garway VH 01600 750465 13 Feb SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (12A) Cuddington & Sandiway VH 01606 888931 13 Feb WE BOUGHT A ZOO (PG) Market Theatre, Ledbury 01432 383663 13 Feb PRETTY WOMAN (15) Hope Bowdler VH 01694 723648 13 Feb SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (12A) The Red House, Albrighton 01902 373854 14 Feb DON QUIXOTE Bolshoi Ballet live. SpArC, Bishop’s Castle 01588 630243 15 Feb TORTOISE IN LOVE (12A) Bosbury Parish Hall 01531 640415 15 Feb MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED (PG) Dorstone VH 01981 550451 15 Feb HUGO (2011) (U) Dilwyn Cedar Hall 15 Feb THE BOURNE LEGACY (12A) Clungunford Parish Hall 01588 660126 15 Feb PLAYING THE MOLDOVANS AT TENNIS (PG) Bodenham Parish Hall 01568 797451 15 Feb SHADOW DANCER (15) Shifnal VH 01952 462787

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HOLY MOTORS Film Soc. Corner loves to bang drums for the weird, wonderful and woefully underrated, so please welcome the first feature in 13 years by whacky French auteur, Leos Carax. Entertainingly melding reality, fantasy, and voyeurism, Oscar, played by veteran French actor/clown, Denis Lavant, is driven around Paris by the ice-cool Celine (the venerable Edith Scob) in her stretch limo from which he emerges in various wildly different roles – manic jazz accordionist, assassin, graveyard abductor and more. Oscar’s true persona is tantalisingly ambiguous, less so Lavant’s mesmerising performance, Carax’s playful references to his celluloid peers (Scob reprising her role in Franju’s EYES WITHOUT A FACE), and impressively against-type turns from Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes. If you like David Lynch, Bunuel or David Fincher’s THE GAME, you’ll adore HOLY MOTORS. Unmissable! 15 Feb GOODBYE FIRST LOVE (15) Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall 01981 240565 15 Feb THE HELP (12A) Little Wenlock VH 01952 505888 16 Feb THE ARTIST (PG) Everest Hall, Llanfair Waterdine 01547 510625 16 Feb TORTOISE IN LOVE (12A) Trefonen VH 01691 657011 16 Feb THE ARTIST (PG) Yarpole VH 01568 780253

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16 Feb UNTOUCHABLE (2011) (15) Cleobury Mortimer Parish Hall 01299 270830 16 Feb WEST SIDE STORY (PG) Lady Emily Hall, Tarrington 01432 890720 18 Feb HOLY MOTORS (18) The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock 01952 728911 19 Feb MAO’S LAST DANCER (12A) Acton Scott VH 01694 781260 19 Feb SKYFALL (12A) The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch 01948 660660 19 Feb HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (U) SpArC Theatre, Bishop’s Castle 01588 630243 20 Feb EUGENE ONEGIN The Royal Opera live. Market Theatre, Ledbury 01531 631338 20 Feb HYSTERIA (15) Pencombe Parish Hall 01885 400611 20 Feb WE BOUGHT A ZOO (PG) Escleyside Hall, Michaelchurch Escley 01981 510696 20 Feb PRECIOUS BANE (U) Myddle VH 01939 291030 21 Feb SHADOW DANCER (15) Claverley VH 01746 710528 21 Feb THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (12) Pudleston VH 01568 760606 21 Feb MAO’S LAST DANCER (12A) Kinnerley Parish Hall 01691 682282 22 Feb THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (12) Priest Weston VH 01938 561425 22 Feb ARGO (15) Whitchurch & Ganarew Memorial Hall 01600 890640 22 Feb PRIVATE PEACEFUL (12A) Weston-under-Penyard VH 01989 562390 22 Feb HUGO (2011) (U) Wilstone VH, Tring 22 Feb SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (12A) Little Dewchurch VH 01432 840421

22 Feb MAO’S LAST DANCER (12A) Market Theatre, Ledbury 01432 383663 22 Feb ANNA KARENINA (12A) Stoke Prior VH 01568 760326 23 Feb SKYFALL (12A) Moccas VH 07776 121956 23 Feb TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDER, SPY (2011) (15) Chapel Lawn VH 01547 530530 23 Feb SKYFALL (12A) Aston on Clun VH 01588 660545 23 Feb SKYFALL (12A) Playhouse Cinema, Community Centre, Leominster 01568 612583 24 Feb THE ARTIST (PG) Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall 01981 240565 24 Feb PRECIOUS BANE (U) Ryton VH 01743 718237 25 Feb THE BOURNE LEGACY (12A) The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock 01952 728911 25 Feb THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (12) Perton Civic Centre 26 Feb SKYFALL (12A) Much Birch Community Hall 01981 580298 26 Feb SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (12A) Loppington VH 01939 236240 28 Feb ANNA KARENINA (12A) Goodrich VH 01600 890609 28 Feb HOPE SPRINGS (12A) Almeley VH 01544 327195 1 March TO ROME WITH LOVE (12A) Dorstone VH 01981 550451 1 March GINGER AND ROSA (12A) Dilwyn Cedar Hall 1 March A CAT IN PARIS (PG) Clungunford Parish Hall 01588 660126 1 March ANNA KARENINA (12A) The Simpson Hall, Burghill 01432 760816 1 March ANNA KARENINA (12A) Clun Memorial Hall 01588 640254 1 March TWO MEN WENT TO WAR (PG) Fownhope Memorial VH 01432 860717 1 March SKYFALL (12A) Cawley Hall, Eye 01568 615836 1 March A ROYAL AFFAIR (2012) (15) All Stretton VH 01694 723378 2 March MONSIEUR LAZHAR (12A) Moccas VH 07776 121956 2 March MONSIEUR LAZHAR (12A) Brilley VH 01544 327227 2 March GINGER AND ROSA (12A) Playhouse Cinema, Community Centre, Leominster 01568 612583 2 March BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (12A) Market Theatre, Ledbury 01432 383666 2 March ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA (15) Garway VH 01600 750465 2 March BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (12A) WRVS Hall, Hereford


2 March SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (12A) Withington Parish Room 01743 709236 3 March THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (18) Market Theatre, Ledbury 01432 383666 4 March BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (12A) Playhouse Cinema, Community Centre, Leominster 01568 612583 4 March ANNA KARENINA (12A) Cawley Hall, Eye 01568 615836 4 March UNTOUCHABLE 915) Church Stretton School 01694 724330 4 March BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (12A) Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock 01952 728911 5 March THE IMPOSTER (15) Acton Scott VH 01694 781260 5 March THE HUNTER (15) Playhouse Cinema, Community Centre, Leominster 01568 612583 6 March MAO’S LAST DANCER (12A) Cardington VH 01694 771295

MONTGOMERY MOVIE CLUB 10 Feb SHAME 24 Feb THE ANGEL’S SHARE 10 March ANNA KARENINA The Dragon Hotel, Montgomery, 8pm. 01686 668442

OLD MKT. HALL, SHREWS. 1 - 14 Feb LES MISERABLES (12A) 14 Feb PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (12A) 15 - 17 Feb THE MASTER (15) 16 - 23 Feb TINKER BELL AND THE SECRET OF THE WINGS (U) 3D 18 - 21 Feb AMOUR (12A) 22 - 28 Feb SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (15) 1 - 7 March THE IMPOSSIBLE (12A) Details 01743 281281

PRESTEIGNE FILM SOC. 8 Feb THE IMPOSTER (15) 22 Feb HOLY MOTORS (18) 1 March BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD Fundraiser 8 March RUST AND BONE (15) Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 8pm, 01544 370202 or 01544 260577

REGAL CINEMA, TENBURY 4 - 6 Feb JACK REACHER (15) 8 Feb TAKEN 2 (12A) 11 & 12 Feb GREAT EXPECTATIONS (12A) 14 Feb SLEEPLESS IN SEATLE (PG) 18 & 19 Feb THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (12) 19 & 20 Feb RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (PG) 25 Feb ALEX CROSS (15) 26 & 27 Feb PARENTAL GUIDANCE (U) 4 - 6 March GAMBIT (12A) Regal Cinema, 47 - 49 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells. Details 01584 811422

SAVOY THEATRE, MONMOUTH 16 Feb RIGOLETTO Met Opera live, 5.55pm 2 March PARSIFAL Met Opera live, 5pm. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 7.30pm, £15, 01600 772467

THE SCREEN AT HAY 1 Feb THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (15) 1 March THE SKIN I LIVE IN (15) Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema, Brook St, Hay-on-Wye, 7.30pm for 8pm. Details 01497 831189

SHREWSBURY FILM SOC. 8 Feb A SCREAMING MAN 22 Feb SARAH’S KEY 22 Feb VANISHING OF THE BEES Documentary screening 16 Feb YOU CAN’T CURRY LOVE + 365 Part of Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival 8 March MONSIERU LAZHAR The Hive, Shrewsbury, 8pm, 01743 234970 or email shrewsburyfilmsociety@gmail.com

WEOBLEY CINEMA 3 Feb THE ARTIST 20 Feb THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Hopelands, Weobley Village Hall, Weobley. Sunday films - doors open

at 1.45pm, start at 2pm. Wednesday films - doors open at 7pm, start at 7.30pm. Details 01544 318322

WYESIDE, BUILTH WELLS 1 - 3, 5 - 7 Feb QUARTET 1 - 3, 5 - 7 Feb GANGSTER SQUAD 8-17, 19-21 Feb WRECK-IT RALPH 3D 9 - 13 Feb PARENTAL GUIDANCE 8 - 13 Feb ZERO DARK THIRTY 15 & 17 Feb WRECK-IT RALPH 2D 15, 17 & 21 Feb THE SESSIONS 16 Feb RIGOLETTO by Giuseppe Verdi. The Met Opera live, 5.55pm. 20 Feb EUGENE ONEGIN by Tchaikovsky. Royal Opera House live, 7.15pm. 22 Feb BABETTE’S FEAST 22, 23, 26 - 28 Feb LINCOLN 24 Feb MCCULLIN 27 & 28 Feb STARBUCK 2 March PARSIFAL by Richard Wagner. the Met Opera live, 5pm. Details 01982 552555

WORKSHOPS

Tues 19 February FILM-MAKING WORKSHOP Explore digital film production techniques in one day. For ages 813 year olds. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 10am-3.30pm, £17.50, 01743 234970. Wednesdays INTERMEDIATE FILM MAKING CLUB Aimed for those with slightly more advanced skills than beginners. The Courtyard, Hereford, 5-7pm, £70 per term, 01432 340555. Thursdays BEGINNER FILM MAKING CLUB Learn to direct, edit and even star in your own short film. The Courtyard, Hereford, 5-7pm, £70 per term, 01432 340555.

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dance Dance Performance Wed 6 February & Thurs 7 March OUT OF HIS SKIN 2FACED DANCE COMPANY. Using their trademark urban contemporary language. Unpredicatble, fierce, visceral and tender, the country’s leading all male contemporary company explores society’s obsession with the extreme and reminds us what it means to just be normal. 6 Feb - The Courtyard, Hereford, 1pm & 7.30pm, £12.50/£11.50, 01432 340555. 7 March - Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.45pm, £10/£8, 01686 614555. Sat 9 February BALLETBOYZ Featuring ten exceptional dancers, this will be an exhilarating evening of exciting and sublime dance. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £16.50-£14.50, 01743 281281. Thurs 14 February A TASTE OF CUBAN SALSA NIGHT Get ready to swing your hips. With a chance to learn the steps in a workshop at the beginning of the night, you’ll be ready to get strictly Latin in no time. Singles are most welcome. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 8pm, £6/£5, for ages 16+, 01982 552555. Tues 26 & Wed 27 February STEPPING UP STUDENTS FROM WBS PARTNER PRIMARIES present dance work they have been preparing throughout the autumn. An opportunity for young dancers to present a variety of work, from traditional to contemporary. The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 6.30pm, £3, 01952 728911. Sun 3 March CREATED BY DANCEFEST A stunning evening of choreography featuring performances by youth dance companies and schools across the region, alongside professionals to create new dance work. Swan Theatre, Worcester, 7pm, £7/£5, 01905 611427.

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DANCE CLASSES Latin American, ballroom and freestyle disco dance classes for children and adults in Knighton, Lyonshall, Eardisley and Kington, 01544 239119.

TANGO IN MID WALES AND THE MARCHES Thematic seminars, small group classes by arrangement and private lessons for individuals and couples. Tango con La Tanagalesa. Professional dancer and teacher recently returned from Buenos Aires, 079 5119 1907. Sat 16 - Sat 23 February WORKSHOPS IN EUROPEAN AND OTHER DANCE Swedish, French, Breton, Portugal, contra and Argentinian tango and music workshops given by world class guest artists. Kinnersley Castle, near Eardisley, £15 per day, 9.45am-5pm. Concerts and dances £15 each evening beginning 8.30pm, 01721 722539 or 07887 875004 after 15/02/13. EVERYBODY DANCE Seeks three talented performers for a new aerial dance work. Open to male and female, disabled and nondisabled artists. Applicants should have professional aerial and/or dance experience with performance skills and a sense of curiosity. Application deadline 19 Feb, audition 2 March, rehearsals starting 8 April, www.everybodydance.org.uk. This opportunity is paid. BELLYDANCING Tues - Kingswood Village Hall, near Kington, 6.30pm. Wed - Powys Dance Centre, 11am. Thurs - Bredwardine Village Hall, 6.30pm, 01981 500113. Mon BREAKDANCE With 2Faced Dance Company. 4-5pm 4-7 year olds, 5-6 7-11 year olds, 6.15-7.15pm 11+ year olds. The Courtyard, Hereford, £60 per term, 01432 276807. Mon, Wed & Thurs DANCE CLASSES Belly Dance at Dimore Village Hall, Mondays, 7- 8.30pm. Zumba classes at Leominster Community Centre Thursdays at 5.45pm, Yarpole Village Hall Mondays 11.30am and Thursdays 7.30pm, Ivington school Wednesdays 6pm and GP Martial fitness Leominster Mondays 10am. Tel 07800 922 662 www.bellydancesensation.co.uk Mon, Tues & Thurs ZUMBA DANCE Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, Mon 10am, Tues & Thurs 5.45pm, 07740 835673. Tues DANCE WITHOUT INHIBITIONS All styles of dance for fun and fitness. Powys Dance Centre, Llandrindod Wells, 7-8pm, 07779 281831. 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, £40 per term or £4.20 per week. 01905 611199. Tues DANCE FACTORY All styles of dance, jazz, hip-hop, street and contemporary for ages 6-11 years old. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 5.30-6.30pm, £20 per half term, 07504 860774. 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 per parent and toddler, £1 for an additional child, 01432 340555.


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food page Casa Naranjo, Shrewsbury

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Mr Pernickety and his Lovely Companion (who is due, Mr P can proudly announce, to become Mrs P around the Summer Solstice) had decided to motor up to Shrewsbury to seek entertainment in the Palace of Bad Taste better known as Cineworld. The film they were to see didn’t start for an hour and a bit – just giving them time to drive into the town and assess the qualities of a tapas bar which Mr P had heard about but not yet visited. Tapas, they reasoned, could be ordered, delivered and swiftly eaten, well within the time available, while another review for the Woolly Organ could be knocked on the noggin. Readers will know that the last time Mr P reviewed a tapas bar – Tomatitos in Hay – he was almost embarrassingly excited about his experience. A whiff of fried garlic and the guttural strum of a Flamenco guitar had been more than enough to ginger up a good swerving of tangy nostalgia sauce. He felt the same as soon as he and the LC had entered the door in a slender alleyway beside the Lion Hotel in Wyle Cop and made their way up a flight of narrow stairs to the beamed, barn-like space which is Casa Naranjo. The place was packed, and reverberating with happy conversation and the music of Andalucia, made heady with the aroma of Gambas sizzling in ajillo, while from behind the bar they were greeted by a charming, thoroughly authentic Spaniard. There were, the Spaniard apologised, no more tables available, but Mr P and his LC were welcome to eat at the bar, perched on high stools. This suited them well – they didn’t have much time, they were going to eat only tapas, and that was the right way to do it. Invited to order an aperitif, Mr P requested a glass of chilled fino. Alas, they were all out of fino and only had some sweet stuff that the barman said he couldn’t recommend. A point for honesty, Mr P mentally awarded, and minus a point for running out of Tio Pepe. However, the Vina Palaciega Crianza Rioja was a fine substitute – like Lisa Riley with a cigar, smoky and full-bodied – even at £4.95 a 175 ml slug. Mr P and the LC quickly identified and ordered seven dishes from a good selection of tapas on the carta. They were disappointed that these were not already sizzling in hot trays behind the bar, as they would have been in a busy tapas joint in Spain, where the fellas plonk them down in front of you as soon as you’ve ordered. In this case, they would arrive from the kitchen, as ready, and sporadically, as it turned out. First to come was a basket of white bread, some good fat green olives and a pot of aioli, delicious and as moreish as Othello, although the LC declined the bread on the grounds that it was too ordinary and, unlike Othello, too white. Mr P was too hungry to care. Next to arrive, about fifteen minutes later, were prawns in garlic – always a treat – along with a dish of Patatas Bravas, which were consumed appreciatively by Mr and the future Mrs P, who, with the arrival of another glass of the excellent Rioja, was looking lovelier than ever, but also showing signs of concern that they might miss that all-important clip telling punters to turn off their phones before the main feature kicked off at the cinema. After a longish gap and a few apologies from the barman, Mr P, despite the animation lent by the food, the wine

and the ambience, was also beginning to wonder if they would be finished in time. The barman, aware of this timeshortage, offered to cancel the remaining dishes, but Mr P was keen to have the albondigas – meat balls in a piquant sauce which he had enjoyed so much at Tomatitos. They arrived in the nick of time, along with Garbanzos epinacas, (chick peas and spinach). Mr P thought the meatballs delicious but not quite as tasty as those made by the (non-Spanish) chef in Hay. The LC disagreed; these albondigas, she said, were more authentic and viscerally Spanish. She was probably right; she usually is when it comes to questions of authenticity – and visceralness, for that matter. They were right up to the wire and about to depart when the Pollo al Ajillo turned up. Mr P couldn’t pass on that, hurriedly stuffed a chunk of succulent, garlicky chicken into his mouth and chewed for a few delighted moments before leaping up to get the ancient Volvo, and save a soaking for the LC, while she paid the bill: £39.70 (+tip) for six tapas and three glasses of good wine. Mr P wished they’d had more time and the chance to eat their final missing tapa (for which they weren’t charged), but he and the LC drove happily away from an exuberant, taste-filled interlude. They look forward to returning soon for paella para dos (24 hours notice required) and a good two hours in which to eat it. Casa Naranjo, Barracks Passage, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1XA Tel: 01743 588 165 http://www.casanaranjo.co.uk/ Mr Pernickity - www.misterpernickety.com

EVENTS

Until Fri 29 March THE FRIDAY CORN SQUARE RETAIL MARKET Each week a cost free stall is available for people new to business and market trading who would like an opportunity to see if their goods or services will sell. Leominster. Details contact Richard Brookman, 0755 1593 363. Tues 12 February SHROVE TUESDAY MARKET 24 cost free stalls for local traders, charities and community organisations, street performers, street choirs and folk selling all manner of sweet, savoury and calorie packed goodies. A pancake race and other small events are being planned throughout the day. Leominster, 0755 1593 363.


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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. DELI TINTO, 6 HIGH STREET, PRESTEIGNE 0758 4474 169. www.delitinto.com Fine foods from Spain, Wales and The Marches. Tiny deli with a warm welcome, Tinto offers an eclectic mix of regional British produce and Continental deli classics. “The aroma of freshly-baked croissants is irresistible!” Mon–Thurs 9am–5.30pm, Fri 9am–6pm, Sat 9am–5pm. 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. HUNDRED HOUSE INN, BLEDDFA 01547 550441 Open; Tues - Sat 11.00 - 11.00 Sun - 12.00 - 10.30. Lunch 12.00 - 2.00 p.m. Dinner 6.00 - 8.30 p.m. Fully refurbished 16th. Century Free House situated in a beautiful village location, serving freshly prepared meals using locally sourced produce. Now open for afternoon teas, cakes and snacks. Visit our website for menus and forthcoming events. www.hundredhousebleddfa.wordpress.com 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 www.harpinnradnor.co.uk 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.

NO.46 WINE BAR, HIGH ST, PRESTEIGNE 01544 267675 Fine wine merchants. Champagne, wines, Belgian and local beer, hand-made Belgian chocolates. Local cuisine and tapas available at the wine bar. Convivial atmosphere. www.wineonline.uk.com, info@wineonline. uk.com, sales@wineonline.uk.com NUTTERS, CAPUCHIN YARD, CHURCH ST, HEREFORD 01432 277447 A friendly vegetarian cafe tucked behind Church St, near Hereford Cathedral. Home-cooked food including quiche, homity pies, burgers, pasta, soup and freshly made salads, cakes, scones and a wide variety of wheat and gluten free and vegan foods. SCRUMMY BITES - made locally with you in mind. www.scrummybites.co.uk 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 www.setonaikai.co.uk. 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 www.cookingjapanese. co.uk. Open Tues - Sat, 10am - 5pm. The India & China Tea Company at TOWER HOUSE GALLERY, HIGH STREET, KNIGHTON 01547 529530 www.thegalleryknighton.co.uk Homemade soups, breads and cakes, Italian blend coffee and over 20 different varieties of leaf tea. Wed - Sat 9.30 to 5.00, Sun 11-4 Mon & 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 & Presteigne Friday Veg boxes delivered to local area weekly. Restaurant orders welcome info@rhosorganic.co.uk www.rhosorganic.co.uk

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FEBRUARY Fri 1 February

The Fabulous Boogie Boys

THE BUSINESS Rock covers. Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford. BORDERLINE BLUES BAND The Exchange, Newtown, 9pm, free. HANNAH PARRY-RIDOUT Organist from St Mary’s Church, Putney. St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, 12.40pm, www.stchadscurchshrewsbury.com THE PAULA GARDINER TRIO With the Royal Welsh College Jazz Ensemble. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £9/£7, 01874 611622. HEED THE THUNDER With Mark Stevenson + The Locks. An evening of live folk/Americana. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 8pm, earlybird £4, advanced £5, standard £6, globe@hay.org THE FAAAABULOUS CERI DUPREE One man, 21 woman show. Slick, saucy, rude and risque. Regal, Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, 7.30pm, 01584 811422. TROVATORI Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow, 01584 878000.

Paula Gardiner

JAZZ AT THE EDGE Featuring ISQ with their mix of jazz, latin, electronic and pop. The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock 8pm, £12/£10, 01952 728911. CAN YOU DIG IT? Xylophone Productions. Take two of the UK’s finest comic songwriters, plant in well-drained, acid-free soil. The result is the best vegetable cultivation-based musical comedy show. SpArC, Bishop’s Castle, 7.30pm, £8/£5/£26, 01588 630243. Arts Alive. SOUND EXCUSE Dun Cow, Shrewsbury. THE CRAFTED ACOUSTIC TOUR Featuring Chris Woods and Cole Stacey, two of the UK’s brightest acoustic guitar stars. Lyde Court, Hereford, doors open 6pm, 8pm performance, £9, under 18s £6, plus pre-booked 2-course meal £12, 01432 357753. LET’S HANG ON Musical journey of Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons. The Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, 01432 340555. SIN WITH A GRIN Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 8pm, £15, 01743 281281.

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Sat 2 February THE FABULOUS BOOGIE BOYS Featuring great rock and rolls favourites to New York basement blues numbers. Market Theatre, Ledbury, 8pm, £12, students £8, 01432 383663. PETER DYKE La Nativite du Seigneur Olivier Messiaen. Innovative organ masterpiece with thought-provoking visual images on the large screen. Hereford Cathedral, 7.30pm, £5 from the Cathedral shop and at the door. GLOBE PUB QUIZ Free chips for all, winner takes the pot! The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 8pm, £2, globe@hay.org WONKAHUM PARTY Live set with full band featuring Akahum, plus DJ sets. The Famous Lion, 123-127 Church St, Stoke-on-Trent, 8pm. RAGTIME JUG ORCHESTRA Authentic acoustic roots, blues, bluegrass and Old Timey. Saturday Cafe, The Courtyard, Hereford, 12-2pm, free, 01432 340555. CAN YOU DIG IT? Real-life allotment holders and comic song writers Jo Stephenson and Dan Wood perform their hilarious review. Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton, 7.30pm, £8/£5/£25, 01694 720132. Arts Alive.


GLAS Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford.

Tannahill Weavers

PANDVANI108 Inspired by a central Indian epic-singing tradition, a motley crew of storytellers combine stories, rhythm and stick-wielding to turn on the epic jukebox and create a bold and exuberant new storytelling form. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 2pm, £8/£5, 01584 878141. NORTHERN HARMONY Clee St Margaret Village Hall, 2pm, 01584 823609. Arts Alive. GABBY YOUNG’S SWINGING CIRCUS UK PREMIER Musical magic, swinging hips, circus clowns and fire hula hoopers as Gabby Young and Other Animals wow their audience with big brass jazz, pop, folk and circus swing. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £15, 01584 878141. MIDGE URE Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £17.50, 01743 281281.

Sun 3 February NORTHERN HARMONY Welshampton Parish Hall, 7.30pm, 01948 710586. Arts Alive. LIVE MUSIC The Grape Vaults, Leominster, 3pm. CAN YOU DIG IT? See 2 Feb for details. Dorstone Village Hall, 3pm, £10/£7, 01981 550451. Arts Alive. SHROPSHIRE STRUMMERS Housmans Cafe Bar, Church Stretton, 1-2pm. HOWLIN’ MATT Prince of Wales, Ledbury.

Mon 4 February NORTHERN HARMONY Steiner Academy Birch Hall, Much Dewchurch, 7.30pm, 01981 5403221. Arts Alive.

Thurs 7 February TANNAHILL WEAVERS Dynamic quartet play Scottish traditional music at its best. Studio Theatre, The Courtyard, Hereford, 8pm, £12.50/£11.50, 01432 340555. NIKKI ROUS Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, 01952 610888. OPEN MIC With Gravy Train. Crown & Anchor Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. JOANNA MACGREGOR Programme includes JA Bach, Shostakovich and Mussorgasky. Hereford Concert Society. The Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £20, HCS members £17, students £5, under 16s £3, 01432 340555.

Fri 8 February THE FLOK White Horse Inn, Clun, 01588 640305.

THE JOY OF LENT A concert of Bach Chorale Preludes and vocal arias with oboe obligato. Elisabeth Priday, Graham Trew, Ruth Watson and David Ponsford. St Michael’s Church, Discoed, near Presteigne, 7.30pm, £10 from Presteigne Post Office or 01547 560246. JAKE AND ELWOOD Blues Brothers show. The Courtyard, Hereford, 8pm, £20/£19, 01432 340555. DANNER ENSEMBLE ‘Virtuosi’. Baroque music with period instruments. Programme includes Handel, Ravel, Fasch and Zelenka. Three Tuns, Bishop’s Castle, 7.30pm, £10, children free, tickets on the door. RHYTHM THIEVES Chindit, 113 Merridale Rd, Wolverhampton. STIFF WITNESS Dun Cow, Shrewsbury.

Jake & Elwood, Blues brothers

OPEN MUSIC SESSION Bridges, Ratlinghope, 8pm, 01588 650260. NORRIE’S ARMY The Grape Vaults, Leominster, 9pm. JAM AT THE RAD Blues, jazz and country. Bring along your instrument or come and listen. Radnorshire Arms Hotel, Presteigne, 7.30pm, 01544 267406 or 07811 587501. CIDER CITY JAZZMEN The Barrels, St Owen’s St, Hereford, 01432 274968.

Tues 5 February OPEN MIC NIGHT Swan Hotel, Abergavenny, 8.30pm, £1.50 on the door.

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ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC Featuring JS Bach Complete Orchestral Suites. Richard Egarr will bring his forensic knowledge of JS Bac h and boundless energy to these dancing works and will present the Suites ‘in conversation’ throughout the concert. The Courtyard, Hereford, 8pm, £26 & £24/£25 & £23, 01432 340555.

Academy of Ancient Music

Fri 8 February WHISKEY RIVER Good time Zydeco, cajun, blues, bluegrass, roots and good ol’ country rock ‘n’ roll. Plough Inn, Whitecross Rd, Hereford. MARCUS BONFANTI The next British blues guitar hero. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 8pm, earlybird £5, advanced £7, standard £8, globe@hay.org SYNERGY The Exchange, Newtown, 9pm, free. JAZZ @ THE BONDED WAREHOUSE Featuring Simon Deeley Trio with maestro sax player, Steve Ajao. The programme will be a mix of well-known standards and be-bop numbers. The Bonded Warehouse, Canal St, Stourbridge, 7.30pm, £7 adults, £3.50 students. CAPTIV8 Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford. FOLK SESSION Featuring Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer. Join in, free. Spread Eagle, 2 King St, Hereford, 8pm. CHETHAM’S SCHOOL OF MUSIC St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, 12.40pm, www.stchadscurchshrewsbury.com SEAN SAYE Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow, 01584 878000. XL5 5-piece rock and pop covers band. Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford. DANCING QUEEN Featuring all the greatest hits from Abba, The Bee Gees and the biggest hits from the 70;s. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £18.50-£16.50, 01743 281281.

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MUSIC IN NEW RADNOR Featuring John Kirkpatrick. An uplifting programme of English traditional music and song to drive away any seasonal blues. New Radnor Community Hall, 7.30pm, £8, under 14s, £3, 01544 350268.

Music in New Radnor John Kirkpatrick

SULTANA BROTHERS The Plough, Whitecross Rd, Hereford. CASTALIAN QUARTET String Quartets by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schubert (Death and the Maiden). Ludlow Music Society, Moor Park, Ludlow, SY8 4DZ at 7:30pm. £15 (£5 student) from www.ludlowmusicsociety. org.uk, 01584 876141 or at the door. THE FLOK Duo. The Llanerch Inn, Llandrindod Wells, 9pm. GARETH REES ROBERTS Live guitar music at the Valentine’s Market. Lots of stalls for that perfect present, with refreshments, chocolate demonstrations and more. Aardvark Books, The Bookery, Manor Farm, Brampton Bryan, Bucknell, 10am-4pm, 01547 530888. WILL KILLEEN Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford. QUENTIN COLLINS/ BRANDON ALLAN QUARTET Shrewsbury Jazz Network. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, starts 8pm, £12, members £8, under 16s £5, 01743 234970. ENSEMBLE 360 Present ‘Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants’, a children’s concert with narrator Polly Ives at 3pm, £5, children £2.50. Followed by a dramatic music evening event, ‘In a Paris Salon’ with actress Maggie Steed at 7.30pm, £17 and £8.50 for young people. The Maidment Hall, Shrewsbury School, 01743 281281.

Naomi Atherton Ensemble 360

JC JAZZ Top jazz tunes from top local players. Saturday Cafe, The Courtyard, Hereford, 12-2pm, free, 01432 340555. GLAM ROCK NIGHT Join David Ryder Prangley and his band for a night of 1970s glam rock favourites. Dressing up is encouraged. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 8pm, £8 in advance, £10 on the night, 01584 878141.

Sun 10 February GILAD ATXMON & THE ORIENT HOUSE ENSEMBLE Supported by Ruby Rose Quintet. Swan Hotel, Abergavenny, 1pm jazz and Sunday lunch £15, 2pm just jazz £10, 07958 612691. Black Mountain Jazz. MAYFIELD & THE RHYTHM RATS Earthy blues. Queen’s Head, Monmouth. ROCK & ROLL BINGO No numbers, but tunes to mark off on your bingo card. Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, 8.30pm, £1 per game, 01952 610888. ROLLO MARKEE & THE TAILSHAKERS Prince of Wales, Ledbury. FRENCH PIANO MUSIC Duncan Honeybourne plays a selection of French piano music. Programme includes Debussy, Ravel, Faure and Poulenc. The Lion Ballroom, Leominster, 3pm, £10, 01568 611588.

Mon 11 February JAM AT THE RAD Blues, jazz and country. Bring along your instrument or come and listen. Radnorshire Arms Hotel, Presteigne, 7.30pm, 01544 267406 or 07811 587501.


Tues 12 February

Thurs 14 February

SHROVE TUESDAY MARKET 24 cost free stalls for local traders, charities and community organisations, street performers, street choirs and food. A pancake race and other small events are being planned throughout the day. Leominster, 0755 1593 363.

LITTLE RUMBA Crown & Anchor Vaults, Bishop’s Castle.

DAVE COTTLE WITH SARAH ELLEN HUGHES Modern piano and rhythm section with lead jazz vocals. Jazz in the Bar, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 8pm, £6, £3 students, 01874 611622.

Wed 13 February THE BLACK RAPIDS Great new rockabilly band. The Dukes Arms, Presteigne, 8.30pm, £3. Sheep Music gig. OPEN MIC With Jill and Mark from the Rhythm Thieves. White Horse Inn, Clun. JAMES HICKMAN Housmans Cafe Bar, Church Stretton, 8pm.

LIVE MUSIC With Valentine meal. Baskerville Arms, Clyro, 01497 820670. THE MAKING Four-piece indie/rock ‘n’ roll band. Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, 01952 610888.

Fri 15 February PENDYRUS MALE VOICE CHOIR Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £12.50/£10.50, 01874 611622. JUNCTION 7 Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford. HARMONIE MUSIK Featuring Catherine Handley, flute, Ruth Watson, oboe, Julia Holmes, clarinet and Robert Codd, bassoon. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 8pm, £10, 01544 267163.

Tatcho Drom TATCHO DROM Gypsy Fiddle Feast with virtuoso Gundula Gruen. The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch, 7.30pm, £10/£8/£6/£35, 01948 660660. Arts Alive. BELLADONNA Dun Cow, Shrewsbury. JUNO CONNOLLY & JONATHAN FRENCH Soprano and piano. St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, 12.40pm, www.stchadscurchshrewsbury.com

The Black Rapids

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Upbeat Beatles

THE UPBEAT BEATLES Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £18/£17, 01874 611622. MARK ANTHONY CRUMP Bull Hotel, Ludlow, 01584 879339.

Sun 17 February CHRIS NIBLOCK Acoustic guitar. Housmans Cafe Bar, Church Stretton, 1-2pm.

Fri 15 February JONNY KEELEY Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow, 01584 878000. SHREWSBURY JAZZ ORCHESTRA A diverse mix of modern, contemporary and classic big band music. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 01743 234970. SMOKE STACK DUO Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford. JAMES HICKMAN The Exchange, Newtown, 9pm, free. GYPSY FIRE Dynamic acoustic quartet. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 7.30pm, £13, 01600 772467.

Sat 16 February TATCHO DROM See 15 Feb for details. Weobley Village Hall, 7.30pm, £8/£5, 01544 318322. Arts Alive. THE BROOM BLUES BAND Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford. LIVE MUSIC Hollybush Inn, near Hay-on-Wye. PRE SLEEP MONOGLOGUE + DIRTY RAY Exciting three piece PSM play the blues. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 8pm, earlybird £4, advanced £5, standard £6, globe@hay.org KINNERSLEY CASTLE Concert with Varsagod, 8.30pm. Bal with Lisa Eriksson Langbacka & Jonas Akerlund, Deux sans Frontieres, 9pm. Kinnersley Castle, near Eardisley, £15, 07887 875004. ANNIE DUGGAN & ROB HINES DUO Excellent Americana and Country. Saturday Cafe, The Courtyard, Hereford, 12-2pm, free, 01432 340555. GYPSY FIRE Stunning acoustic instrumental performances, combining breathtaking musical virtuosity and exhilerating dynamics from the worlds of classical, jazz, Latin, rock, blues and beyond. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 8pm, £14, 01743 281281. OCEAN BLUE Hot, Cool, danceable and fun start 2013 at Lydbury North Village Hall. 8.30pm. Bring a bottle. £3, 01544 230503.

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WILLIE & THE BANDITS Queen’s Head, Monmouth. MUSIC AT THE EDGE Featuring Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman - folk. The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 8pm, £10/£9, 01952 728911. WOODEN HORSE Prince of Wales, Ledbury. KINNERSLEY CASTLE Concert with Lisa Eriksson Langbacka & Jonas Akerlund 8.30pm, Bal with Varsagod, Steve Turner 9pm. Kinnersley Castle, near Eardisley, £15, 07887 875004. WHISKEY RIVER BOYS The Grape Vaults, Leominster. EMILY PORTMAN TRIO Shrewsbury Folk Festival. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 7.15, 7.45pm start, £12, 01743 234970.

Mon 18 February THE JONATHAN GEE TRIO Piano, bass and drums. Jazz. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £12, 01584 878141. KINNERSLEY CASTLE Concert featuring Julie Murphy & Ceri Owen Jones 8.30pm. Bal featuring Lisa Eriksson Langbacka & Jonas Akerlund, Julie Murphy and Ceri Owen Jones. Kinnersley Castle, near Eardisley, £15, 07887 875004.

Juan Martin Flamenco

JAM AT THE RAD Blues, jazz and country. Bring along your instrument or come and listen. Radnorshire Arms Hotel, Presteigne, 7.30pm, 01544 267406 or 07811 587501.

Tues 19 February KINNERSLEY CASTLE Concert with Steve Turner & Friends 8.30pm, Bal with Varsagod, Steve Turner & Friends 9pm. Kinnersley Castle, near Eardisley, £15, 07887 875004. WELSH COLLEGE OF MUSIC & DANCE JAZZ ENSEMBLE Swan Hotel, Abergavenny, £7 on the door, full food menu available. Black Mountain Jazz.

Wed 20 February ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY FUND-RAISING GIG With performances from Polly and the Wolf, The Accidents and Not Completely Blonde. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 7pm, £5, 01743 234970.

Thurs 21 February WHISKEY RIVER Good time Zydeco, cajun, blues, bluegrass, roots and good ol’ country rock ‘n’ roll. Crown & Anchor Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. LIVE MUSIC Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, 01952 610888. DERVISH Celtic music with exceptional musicianship, breathtaking vocals, high-energy sets of tunes and compelling songs. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 8pm, £12, 01686 614555. OPEN MIC Three songs per act. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £2, 01743 234970.


KINNERSLEY CASTLE Concert featuring Hot Griselda 8.30pm. Bal featuring Poufs a Cordes & Kantref (tbc), 9pm. Kinnersley Castle, near Eardisley, £15, 07887 875004.

Klezmer Kollective

KINNERSLEY CASTLE Bal, featuring Lamze and Loubelya, 8.30pm. Kinnersley Castle, near Eardisley, £15, 07887 875004.

Fri 22 February HANK WANGFORD & BRAD BREATH Joined by bass player, Dusty Evsky. Tongue in cheek country music. Lyde Court, Hereford. Doors open 6pm, with bar open, food available from 7pm, menue £8 per person, prebooking essential, show starts 8pm, 01432 357753. Arts Alive. FREEWATER Rock covers. Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford. UKRAINIAN CULTURE EVENING Come and join us for Night of Ukrainian culture! Live music, dance, food and shots of vodka! Raising funds for youth project in Ukraine! Oscars, Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7pm, £12 per person - food and shot of vodka to include. For more information call Nataliya on 07963 090838.

MADELEINE RIDD Cello. St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, 12.40pm, www.stchadscurchshrewsbury.com LIVE MUSIC Dun Cow, Shrewsbury. JUAN MARTIN - FLAMENCO DANCE ENSEMBLE The vanguard of modern flamenco. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 8pm, £16/£15, 01874 611622. THE SMOKING GUNS White Horse Inn, Clun, 01588 640305. JAMES HOLLINGSWORTH Original contemporary acoustic folk/blues. The Black Lion, Hereford, 9.30pm, free, 01432 343535. TOBY PARKER Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow, 01584 878000. G2 - DEFINITIVE GENESIS Recreating the visuals and complex, layered sound of Genesis during their stunning 1976-1977 era. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 7.30pm, £15, 01600 772467. JAMES HOLLINGSWORTH Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford.

RHYTHM THIEVES Phone 01568 770134

8 February -

Chindit, 113 Merridale Road, Wolverhampton

13 February -

White Horse, Clun (Jill & Mark hosting Open Mic)

www.rhythmthieves.co.uk

Sat 23 February KLEZMER KOLLECTIV A slick, six-piece instrumental combo with foot-stomping Balkan rhythms. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 8pm, £10, 01544 267163. In partnership funding from Sheep Music. THE MURRAY BROTHERS Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow, 01584 878000. CHRIS PATTEMORE ALBUM LAUNCH With Alan McGee. The Globe, Hay-onWye, 8pm, earlybird £4, advanced £5, standard £6, globe@hay.org RUBICON Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford. KINNERSLEY CASTLE Concert featuring Loubelya 8.30pm, Bal featuring Hot Griselda, Lamze and Loubelya 9pm. Kinnersley Castle, near Eardisley, £15, 07887 875004. 16TH ANNUAL RORKE’S DRIFT CONCERT Over a hundred musicians all in glorious harmony. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £8.50/£7.50, 01874 611622. ST DAVID’S DAY CONCERT Featuring The Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir. A varied repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £17, 01743 281281.

Brass Repair Specialist Trevor Head Llangunllo School Knighton Powys, LD7 1SR Tel: 01547 550622 Mob: 07971 083089 Email: trevorhead@btinternet.com Training website: trevorhead.co.uk

For all your replacement Strings and Things Affordable musical instruments and replacement parts. Guitars, violins, mandolins, ukuleles, harmonicas, Bodhran, shakers, Rico reeds etc. Tel: 01568 620120 Mobile: 07501 724663

Unit 12, Orleton Road, Ludlow Tel: 0845 130 2442 www.bigstringmusic.com

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OPEN MIC NIGHT Hosted by Howard and Clare. Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, 01952 610888.

Ola Onabule

MID WALES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA With animateur Sam Glazer for this specially designed interactive concert for children. Francois Poulenc uses music to bring the children’s tale, ‘Barbar’ to life. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 10.30am & 1.30pm, 01686 614555. VELVET DESIGN CLOTHING LAUNCH PARTY Consisting of different personal designs with a variety of alternative indie/street design for both male and female. Various live bands and artists, a cat walk show. The George Hotel, Brecon, from 7.30pm, 07980 196476, velvetdesignbrecon@gmail.com MAWKIN Folk. Studio Theatre, The Courtyard, Hereford, 8pm, £10/£9, 01432 340555.

MARCH Fri 1 March

GARAGE BAND Dun Cow, Shrewsbury.

Sat 23 February

Wed 27 February

OLA ONABULE A voice is unmistakably gentle and wistful, haunting and heartbreaking - reminiscent of the great soul and jazz voices of the 60s and 70s. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 8pm, £14/£12, 01982 552555.

PAUL WALKER & KAREN PFIEFFER Housmans Cafe Bar, Church Stretton, 8pm.

Sun 24 February THE PRODUCERS Prince of Wales, Ledbury. JANE PEARL & LYNDON WEBB Rootzy country music. Queen’s Head, Monmouth. THE BACCHUS STRING QUARTET St Edward’s Church Hall, Knighton, 3pm, £9, students and children £2, 01547 528154.

Mon 25 February THE SMOKING GUNS White Horse Inn, Clun, 01588 640305. JAM AT THE RAD Blues, jazz and country. Bring along your instrument or come and listen. Radnorshire Arms Hotel, Presteigne, 7.30pm, 01544 267406 or 07811 587501.

Tues 26 February CHRIS QUINN The Exchange, Newtown, 9pm, free.

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Thurs 28 February SARAH SMITH TRIO Gypsy jazz and more. The Granary, Leominster. 2-course meal £17, please book in advance Norrie - tel 01568 614290. BOOYAKA Crown & Anchor Vaults, Bishop’s Castle.

Mawkin

TAKE FAT NOT a tribute band, but a larger-than life musical parody act who perform the greatest hits of ‘Take That’ combined with hilarious sketches and character based comedy. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.45pm, £14/£12, 01686 614555. STEVE EDWARDS Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow, 01584 878000. PUSH THE CHICKEN The Exchange, Newtown, 9pm, free. MUMBO JUMBO IN CONCERT Close-harmony, eclectic, semi-acoustic piano-led wonder. Market Theatre, Ledbury, 8pm, £8, 01432 383666.


SKYNT Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford. BUILTH MALE VOICE CHOIR Together with The Gentleman Songsters of Dudley and soloist, bass-baritone, Kuys Huysmans. Builth Sports Centre, 7pm.

Sun 3 March IAN PARKER Prince of Wales, Ledbury. GARY HALL Original acoustic music. Queen’s Head, Monmouth. CHRIS QUINN The Grape Vaults, Leominster, 3pm.

Rose’s Pawn Shop ROSE’S PAWN SHOP IN CONCERT From LA, a tornado of Americano, alt-country, rock, folk, Celtic and Appalachian bluegrass. Priest Weston Village Hall, 8pm, £7, 01938 561425. Arts Alive. SKROOD Rock covers. Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford. CAROLINE HERRING Shrewsbury Folk Festival. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 7.15, 7.45pm start, £12, 01743 234970.

THE DEVIL’S VIOLIN A LOVE LIKE SALT A unique combination of live music and timeless tales. St Leonards Church, Yarpole, 7.30pm, £8/£5/£25, 01568 780874. Arts Alive. BROKEN HEROES Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford.

Sat 2 March 3 MILE SMILE (Plastic Pantomime). Bull Hotel, Ludlow, 01584 879339.

CAN YOU DIG IT? Real-life allotment holders and comic song writers Jo Stephenson and Dan Wood perform their hilarious review. Fordhall Organic Farm, Market Drayton, 7.30pm, £10/£7.50, hot meal available in interval £10, 01630 638696. Arts Alive.

Mon 4 March JAM AT THE RAD Blues, jazz and country. Bring along your instrument or come and listen. Radnorshire Arms Hotel, Presteigne, 7.30pm, 01544 267406 or 07811 587501.

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Sat 9 March

Devil’s Violin, 1 March

ROSAMUNDE TRIO All Beethoven programme, gourmet food. The Great Barn, Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, www.orpheus-events. com, 01905 570979. DNR Bull Hotel, Ludlow, 01584 879339. RUBY TURNER Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 8pm, £16/£14, 01686 614555. MELTDOWN Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford.

Mon 4 March CIDER CITY JAZZMEN The Barrels, St Owen’s St, Hereford, 01432 274968.

Wed 6 March ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC Programme includes JS Bach’s Orchestral Suites Nos 1 to 4. St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £20, £10 for young people, 01743 281281. JON BODEN & THE REMNANT KINGS Folk and contemporary music. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £8 in advance, £10 on the night, 01584 878141.

NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY Golden Cross, Sutton St Nicholas, Hereford. SULTANA BROTHERS The Exchange, Newtown, 9pm, free. GRACE NOTES - A WOMAN’S WORK To celebrate International Women’s Day with songs and stories that span five centuries. Dilwyn Cedar Hall, 7.30pm, £8/£5, 01568 720226. Arts Alive.

Thurs 7 March

DAI ROBS Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow.

DAVE ONIONS Prince of Wales, Ledbury, 8pm.

THE ACCORD Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford.

OPEN MIC With Fight The Bear. Crown & Anchor Vaults, Bishop’s Castle.

SHOWADDYWADDY Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 7.30pm, £18, 01600 772467.

WBS MUSIC CONCERT A showcase and celebration of all the music styles taught at William Brookes School. The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 7.30pm, £3, 01952 728911.

Fri 8 March DAVE SWARBRICK Regarded by many as Briton’s finest folk fiddler, singer, songwriter. Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton, 7.30pm, £8 in advance or £9 on the door, 01694 720132. TRASHVILLE Dun Cow, Shrewsbury. RUBY TURNER IN CONCERT Regal, Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, 8pm, 01584 811422. DAI ROBS Wine Bar, Quality Square, Ludlow, 01584 878000.

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JOGLARESA Songes of Sinne & Subversioun. A cheerful and seductive portrait of the earthy side of medieval society. SpArC, Bishop’s Castle, 7.30pm, £8, £4 young people, 01588 630243.

WEOBLEY CONCERT Featruing bluegrass from The Down County Boys and ‘Pickin’ in the Kitchen’, gypsy jazz from the Remi Harris Trio. Weobley Village hall, 7.30pm, doors open 7pm, bar. £9 until 28 Feb, then £10 (incl. at the door). 01544 318513 or email weobleymusic@hotmail.com

Music Workshops

Sat 2 February MASTERCLASS WITH CHRIS WOODS International instrumentalist. An introduction to percussive acoustic guitar. Open to all abilities and ages. Lyde Court, Hereford, 11am-2.30pm, £10 per person, £6 light lunch (optional), 01432 357753. Sat 16 February A BORDER MARCHES EARLY MUSIC FORUM WORKSHOP A workshop for singers. The music for ‘From Marguerite to Henry’ is taken from a late 16th century choir book in the Netherlands and newly transcribed by tutor, David Hatcher. Green Lane Methodist Church, Leominster, 9.30am-4.30pm, 01568 720424 or wendy@aulden.plus.com

John Boden, The Remnant Kings


Sat 16 - Sat 23 February WORKSHOPS IN EUROPEAN AND OTHER DANCE & MUSIC Swedish, French, Breton, Portugal, contra and Argentinian tango and music workshops given by world class guest artists. Kinnersley Castle, near Eardisley, £15 per day, 9.45am-5pm, £15 per day. Concerts and dances £15 each evening beginning 8.30pm, 01721 722539 or 07887 875004 after 15/02/13.

Joglaresa, 8 March

Sat 9 March SING WE AND CHANT IT Early music workshop for singers and instrumentalists with Deborah Catterall and Tim Bayley of the York Waits. Music from the late Tuodor / early Jacobean period. Community Hall, New Radnor, near Presteigne, 10.30am, £16/£14, bring packed lunch, 01547 560394 or 01544 231732 or www.bmemf.org.uk (apply before 28/02/13). Music in New Radnor. Sat 23 & Sun 24 March UKULELE CHOO CHOO WORKSHOP With Ukulelezaza (Remco HoutmanJanssen) from Belgium and one of Europe’s top players. Gleanings, Gravel Bank, Near Minsterley, 01743 891412, www.gleanings.co.uk

Jam at the Rad “the meeting place for musicians” EVERY Monday (7.30pm - late) Bring along your instrument and join in on our relaxed, creative music sessions, or, come along to just listen-in.

BLUES ~ JAZZ ~ COUNTRY For more information call: Will @ 07531 300697

Venue:

The Radnorshire Arms Hotel, High Street, Presteigne, LD8 2BE

Tel: 01544 267406

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Ruby Turner, 8 & 9 March

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 to explore music making and movement together. 12.30-2pm, £4 per adult and child pair, 50p for additional child, under 1s free. The Courtyard, Hereford, 01432 340555.

SESSIONS

First Saturday of month 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. 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. Please ring or email for details:- Anne Loughran 01547 520339 anneloughran@gmail.co.uk

3rd Saturday HARPSONGS SINGAROUND SESSION Harp Inn, Glasbury-on-Wye, 8.30pm, free, 01497 847373.

Monday FUN & PLAY WITH RHTHYM & 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.

2nd Sunday ACOUSTIC MUSIC SESSION Jill and Mark (from the Rhythm Thieves) hosting. All styles welcome. The Sun Inn, Leintwardine.

Monday BANDAMANIA Fabulous traditional dance music from far and wide. Community band welcomes all and sundry. Assembly rooms, Presteigne 7.15pm, Sue Harris 01547 560950

Every Sunday FOLK/ROOTS SESSION Stag, Llanidloes, 6.30pm, 01686 414824.

2nd Sunday FOLK SESSION Powys Arms, Poolquay, near Welshpool, 7.30pm, 01691 831162. 2nd & 4th Sunday OPEN MIC NIGHT George & Dragon, Knighton, 01547 528532.

Tuesday WHITTON VOICES Mixed community choir. Songs from around the world, traditional and contemporary. Raising the roof with rich harmonies in the Presteigne Assembly Rooms, 8-10pm, £5. All welcome Led by Sue Harris, 01547 560950.

Last Sunday OPEN MIC NIGHT All welcome. The Retreat, Ledbury, 01531 632766.

Tuesday DOLAU MIXTURES Mixed choir. Dolau Community Hall, near Llandrindod Wells, 8pm, 01597 851427.

Every Monday JAM AT THE RAD All music genres welcome. Radnorshire Arms, Presteigne, 7.30pm, 01544 267406.

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 info@oak-barn.co.uk or check our website www.jollypages.co.uk/larks

Every Monday OPEN MIC NIGHT Bull Inn, Shrewsbury, 01743 344728.

Thursday fortnightly WILD ANGELS Informal community choir led by Sue Harris. All welcome. Traditional songs from around the world. Definitely good fun and healthy. Llanidloes, 7.30-9.30pm 01686 625980.

LUDLOW GUITAR TECH Providing high quality repairs and servicing to electric, acous�c and bass guitars. From a basic set-up to a complete re-fret.

07984 816847 www.ludlowguitartech.co.uk

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Every Sunday SESSION Rose & Lion, New Road, Bromyard, 01885 483425.

Every Monday ACOUSTIC NIGHT The Golden Lion Hotel, Llandysilio, near Welshpool, 01691 830295.

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 acoustic musicians. 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 our e-Newsletter with john.baxter87@virgin.net. Last Tuesday of every month JAZZ NIGHT The Golden Lion Hotel, Llandysilio,Oswestry, 01691 830295.


Black Hill Tune Club and Folk Workshops in association with the Globe at Hay-on-Wye

PETE COE IN CONCERT followed by an open session

at 8pm on Saturday, 16 March 2013 at the Globe tickets £10 on the door, £9 standard, £8 earlybird www.theglobeathay.org 01497 821162

Every Wednesday in Feb & March OPEN MIC NIGHT Baskerville Hall Hotel, Clyro Court, near Hay-on-Wye, 7pm for bar, restaurant and bar snacks, music from 8.30pm, free, 01497 820033. First Wednesday OPEN MIC NIGHT No 46 Wine Bar, High St, Presteigne, 01544 267675. First Wednesday JAZZ NIGHT The Golden Lion Hotel, Llandysilio, 01691 830295. Every Wednesday OPEN MIC NIGHT Black Lion, Bridge St, Hereford, 01432 266000. 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 SESSION Prince of Wales, Ledbury, 8.45pm, 01531 632250. 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. First Thursday BLACK HILL TUNE CLUB Learn 2-3 tunes a month. New members welcome. The Crown Inn, Longtown, 2pm, 01432 263495. judy.mabe@gmail.com 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. 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. 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. Last Friday OPEN MIC NIGHT With Big String Music. Sun Inn, Leintwardine, 8pm, 07885 467673.

VENUES 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 CAFE LOCO, The Station, Old Kerry Road, Newtown, 01686 624477 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, Bell Vue, Shrewsbury, 01743 271227 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. 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 THE MALTHOUSE, Ironbridge, 01952 433712 MINER’S ARMS, Priest Weston 01938 561352 NELSON INN, Ludlow 01584 872908 OAKENGATES THEATRE, Telford. 01952 619020 THE OXFORD ARMS, Duke St, Kington 01544 230322 THE PLOUGH INN, Whitecross Road, Hereford 01432 273868 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 01743 362622

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band directory 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 www.facebook.com/thebaggagehandlers www.myspace. com/baggagehandlersmusic or simply ring 07824 787168. BANDAMANIA Bright and Breezy traditional music for ceilidhs, local and special events. Multi-instrumental community band with own caller Contact Sue Harris 01547 560950 MARTIN BLAKE: Fingerpickin’ good guitar, banjo and vocals, solo or with a variety of bands from duo to six piece, including Whiskey River (a 5/6 piece playing swamp music from America’s Deep South with fiddle, Cajun accordion and sax), The Whiskey River Boys (a duo version of the same), Blakes III (an eclectic acoustic trio with fiddle, clarinet, guitar and 3 part harmony) and The Blake Plowman Hot Band (a red hot 4 piece rocking country band). Pubs, Clubs, Weddings, Divorces, etc. Contact: 07846 669890 or 01432 342018, martyblake@btinternet. com, www.whiskeyriver.co.uk BETWEEN THE ACTS Top notch country dance band for ceilidhs, barn dances, country dance, jigs and reels from Ireland and Galicia songs from yesterday and today. Email us at betweentheacts1@googlemail.com. Telephone Mandy on 07818066075 or Google… Between the Acts barn dances RUTH BOWEN'S Gardenia Swing - smooth vocals/d.bass led jazz & swing. From duo to sextet. 01874 754565 or email ruthbowenjazz@btinternet.com, website www.ruthbowenjazz.com 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. www.canolmusic.co.uk. Phone Kevin on 01597 840659 or email: kevin@canolmusic.co.uk CUCKOO ALE CEILIDH BAND Not just an ordinary ceilidh band, but an extraordinary ceilidh band! Squeeze box, keyboard and percussion with expert calling. See www. cuckooaleband.co.uk or email bev.langton@talk21.com or phone 07799 408297. 2CV Contemporary and classic female vocal. (Winehouse, Duffy, Corinne Bailey Rae, Imelda May, Sade, Motown, etc); rousing r ‘n’ b and/or cool Latin-tinged jazz. 5-piece band or 3-piece with virtual backing for small spaces. Check us out on www.2cvmusic.co.uk. Call Neil on 07906 691267 or 01584 877559, or email contact via website. STEADY EDD & THE BOOGIEMEN Boogie Woogie and its best, jazz and soul - let the good times roll! Contact Edd, on 01432 769077. DEJA VU are a totally live three piece band using guitars, keyboards, electronic drums and vocal harmony to create their unique blend of 60s nostalgia, classic pop, etc. Like the music they play, they have matured well! To see and hear us visit our website www.dejavutenbury.com or contact Bill Pitt on 01584 819394. THE DETAILS Intriguing four-piece acoustic band 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. Hear more on www.facebook.com/pages/ The-Details/12127146467011 Tel 01531 670623 or email david@carroll.org.uk

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DIRTY RAY Renegade roots. ‘Gut-bucket, workbench blues’ Mojo. ‘Plug him in and watch him go!’ Sheep Music. 01982 560710 / 07904 079469 www.dirtyray.co.uk DR. JAZZ Trad jazz at it’s best. Guarranteed to get those feet tapping. Available for bookings 01544 350646. Musicians wanted, age immaterial. sosvisionary@hotmail.com FFONIC: with foot-stomping rhythms and haunting harmonies, Ffonic plays an uplifting, eclectic repertoire of traditional music from just about everywhere for fairs and festivals, celebratory parties, ceilidh dances, charity events etc. Affordable prices. Contact Mark on 01686 412307 or email: ffonic@lineone.net. Website: www.ffonic.co.uk 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 www.flat-world.org.uk or email info@flat-world.org.uk 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 daveluke1@hotmail.com - or like us on Facebook! THE HERBERT SPLIFFINGTON ALLSTARS featuring SATCH DIXON Excellent ska, reggae, calypso and jazz 5/8 piece with Satch Dixon, charismatic Jamaican vocal/percussionist who has worked with Bob Marley. Also The Art Blank Combo - groove/latin/jazz/reggae 4 piece + Sir Lord Herbert - World Music DJ. 0781 2512891, pete.beresford@yahoo. co.uk. 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 www.hotclimate.co.uk. 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 www.hotfeat.org.uk THE JACKHAMMER BLUES BAND 3 piece acoustic blues band, acoustic guitars, resonator guitars, mandolin, washboard & percussion. Playing songs of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Tampa Red, Sleepy John Estes et al, laid back to foot-stomping. Samples at www.myspace.com/thejackhammerbluesband. Contact Mark on 07884 242925 or thejackhammerbluesband@myspace.com THE JOHN HARDMAN BAND Uncompromising power rock and heavy blues. Featuring the legendary John Hardman on guitar and vocals. We play some originals + Tull, The Stones, The Who, Hendrix and much more. We’re a hungry new band made up of experienced musicians. We play pubs, halls, weddings, festivals. Give Tim a ring on 07581 420869. See on myspace.com/johnhardmanband. JON WATSON - Boogie Woogie, jazz and blues piano and vocals. Taking bookings now. Solo or trio available 01432 266591 or 07954 288163 jon.watson4@talktalk.net 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 www.littlerumba.com


BOB MARSHALL "The Entertainer" Solo vocalist/ guitarist/entertainer, performing an assortment of covers from 50s to the 90s, from The Monkees to Meatloaf and all sorts in between. Available for pubs, bars, weddings and parties etc. With over 25 years experience. “The Entertainer” always delivers a good time. Please phone for more details 01981 250775 / 07990 800217. Email: bob1marshall@hotmail.co.uk 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 tim@melomanics.co.uk, website www.melomanics.co.uk 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, call Marcus on 01531 635650 or Nick on 07938 889976, email info@amos-uk.co.uk, website amos-uk.co.uk facebook.com/amonthofsundaysuk 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 alan.oberman@gmail.com or Peter Watts 01497 831424, email peterwatts135@btinternet.com. See website www.muchadoband.com PICKIN’ IN THE KITCHEN PITK presents acoustic bluegrass music from the ‘Appalachian Mountains of Herefordshire’, featuring tight harmony singing, sparkling foot-tapping instrumentals and plenty of witty banter. This is a traditional six piece band, featuring fiddle, mandolin, 5 string banjo, guitars and double bass, playing classic American bluegrass (“folk music in overdrive”). Contact: pitk@banquo.co.uk or Bob on 01544 318513 or Ian on 01432 860221. 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 seansaye@yahoo.co.uk. Website www.seansaye.com. 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 www.rhythmthieves.co.uk 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. SOLD ON SOUL Soul music function band available for weddings, parties, pub gigs and more! Playing all the great soul hits with a modern twist! Call 07761 387169 for bookings or email: soldonsoul@gmail.com 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 www.soulsupply info@soulsupplyband.co.uk

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 tango. co.uk Tel 01531 670623 or email david@carroll.org.uk 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 www.stomping-ground.co.uk SULTANA BROTHERS Fine R & B from one of the best bands around. Not to be missed! The ultimate foot-tappin’, hip-swingin’ party band. 01568 750633. Facebook facebook.com/thesultanabrothers TAFRAF (formerly A Band ‘n Hope). This long established local Youth Ceilidh Band can provide all you need for your Charity Ceilidh, wedding or private party. Contact Caller, Dave Rogers, on 07776 395070 for availability and rates. THE BOY & THE FLATPACK BAND: The Boy (aka Clive Williams) casts his ironic, lazy eye over the burning issues of today, whilst the Flatpack Band backing rummages through the toybox of pop with intricate horn & woodwind arrangements. Zany, relevant and danceable, this sustainably funny band is ideal for a party, festival or any environmentally conscious event. We can also offer a pedal-powered, off-grid PA option that won’t cost the Earth!! Telephone Richie on 01544 231236 or email: richie@momentary-lapse.co.uk 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 Thrilling unaccompanied harmonies - this twelve-voice ensemble bring you music from the West Gallery, Folk and Shape-note traditions, all woven together with words and stories from a time gone by performed by local actor Phil Smith. A selection of programmes and West Gallery workshops available to suit your event. “I liked the first song you did, then I liked the second... I kept waiting for one I wouldn’t like but there wasn’t one!” Dave/Cheryl on 01497 847676 or visit www.villagequire.org.uk to find out more. THE WAYNE MARTIN BAND Guitar slinging, sweat flying, energetic blues/rock ‘n’ roll. Featuring slide guitar, hammond organ, drums, bass and sax. 07747 877011, www.myspace.com/waynemartin. WHEN IN ROME Female fronted 4-piece. Songs to dance to from 60’s to present day. Available for pubs, parties and weddings. https://www.facebook.com/WhenInRomeTheBand info@cobnashstudio.com 07929 367366 or 07811 819871. 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 paul.wrightson@gmail.com 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.

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Mon 4 - Sat 9 February ANNUAL DRAMA & ONE-PLUS FESTIVAL BRECKNOCK ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG FARMERS. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7pm, £8, 01874 611622. Tues 5 & Wed 6 February CHINESE STATE CIRCUS A spectacular two-hour extravaganza with 30 Chinese artistes. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 8pm, Wed 5pm & 8pm, £27-£12, 01743 281281. Fri 8, Sat 9th, Tues 12 - Sat 16 February ANNUAL DRAMA COMPETITION/ FESTIVAL Bringing together the Welsh and English drama performance competitions, showcasing the theatrical talent in the Young Farmer members. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.30pm, £7, 01686 614555. Mon 11, Tues 12 & Sat 16 February SPRING AWAKENING A seminal work in the modern history of theatre by German dramatist Frank Wedekind. The play attacks the sexually oppresive culture of fin de siecle Germany and offers a vivid criticism of the erotic fantasies it breeds. Contains adult themes and nudity. Suitable for ages 14+. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm, £17.50-£15.50, child/student £10, 01743 281281. Wed 13 - Fri 15 February ROMEO AND JULIET In defiance of their families and in secrecy from their closest friends, hopeful young lives burn amidst a celestial and cataclysmic backdrop. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, Thurs matinee 2.30pm, £17.50-£15.50, child/student £10, 01743 281281. Thurs 14 - Sat 16 February FINDING JOY VAMOS THEATRE. A funny, touching, vital and heroic tale of adventure... and dementia. Joy is creative, funny, loves to dance and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright and always getting into trouble. Out of the blue, Danny decides to become Joy’s carer. The Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, £14/£13, 01432 340555. Sat 16 February ROHAN MCCULLOUGH IN TESTAMENT OF YOUTH Vera Brittain’s haunting autobiography, performed by Rohan McCullough. Having battled her way to Somerville College in the face of parental opposition, Vera Brittain abandoned her studies at the outbreak of the First World War to serve as a volunteer, witnessing the horrors of trench warfare. Glasbury Village Hall, 7.30pm, £9.50/£7.50pm, 01497 847426. Glasbury Arts.

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Thurs 21 - Sat 23 February BEAUTY & THE BEAST CASTLE PLAYERS. The classic fairytale of the prince turned into a hideous beast by a wicked fairy. Will Belle see past his beastly looks? SpArC, Bishop’s Castle, 21 & 22 7pm, 23 2pm & 6.30pm, £6/£3, 01588 630243. Fri 22 February DEREK ACORAH - THE ETERNAL SPIRIT TOUR Spiritualist and medium. Regal, Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, 7.30pm, 01584 811422. Fri 22 & Sat 23 February A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM SHROPSHIRE YOUTH THEATRE. Comedy, romance and magic combine to delight us from the moment the thwarted lovers flee to the woods to the farcical tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe. Expect verbal fireworks, magical transformations and a flash of 21st century steam punk! Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £12, under 16s £8, 01743 281281. Tues 26 February COLEG POWYS CREATIVE SHOWCASE The students from the Hairdressing, Beauty and Performing Arts courses will be showcasing their ‘designs through the decades’. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7pm, £7.50, 01874 611622. February & March FOR ONCE PENTABUS THEATRE. A tender, heartbreaking and comic play which, through a series of intertwining accounts, cuts to the heart of a family and a community turned upside down by tragedy. 26 Feb - Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch, 01948 660600. 27 Feb - Cawley Hall, Eye, 01568 615836. 28 Feb - Garway VH, 01981 580056. 1 March - SpArC Theatre, Bishop’s Castle, 01588 630321. 2 March - Leintwardine VH, 01547 540627. 9 March - Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 01952 728911. 21 March - Lyde Court, Hereford, 01432 357753. 22 March - All Stretton, 01694 723378. 23 March - Shobdon, 01568 708873. Arts Alive. Testament of Youth


Fri 1 & Sat 2 March FACADE THE CRASHMAT COLLECTIVE WITH TIPPLE’N’TIFFIN. An intimate and theatrical three course meal and circus performance, during which stories unfold in thrilling and touching ways, encircling you as you dine. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £25/£23 includes three-course meal, 01874 611622. Sat 2 March NUN THE WISER A true story of a showbiz agent who swapped premieres for prayers and spent a year in a convent. Written and performed by Triona Adams. Regal, Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, 7.30pm, 01584 811422.

live concerts

Sun 3 March WEST MIDLANDS YOUNG FARMERS DRAMA COMPETITION Made up from clubs throughout Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The Courtyard, Hereford, 01432 340555. Tues 5 March FARM BOY NEW PERSPECTIVES & SCAMP THEATRE. Michael Morpurgo’s compelling sequel to the award-winning ‘War Horse’ is a moving account of the changing face of the British countryside. For ages 8+. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 8pm, £12/£10, 01982 552555. Thurs 7 & Fri 8 March THE BEAUTY MANIFESTO CONQUEST YOUTH THEATRE. In a near-future where difference is unacceptable, the Beauty Ambassadors strive to create beauty in all people and at any cost. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 7.30pm, £5, 01885 488575.

NIGHTJAR FOLK

Fri 8 March SOLDIERS’ WIVES Five wives living on an army base somewhere in England. A front-line incident ricochets through their lives and each woman is forced to confront hidden and painful truths. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 7.45pm, £10, 01686 614555. Fri 8 & Sat 9 March THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE. Dubious political dealings, a rioting populace, mishandled money, panic. This fast-paced, entertaining black comedy features an electrifying cast and live Balkan-fused music. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.30pm, £14/£12, 01874 611622.

OPEN MIC

For Once by Tim Price ‘A small, quiet cracker of a family drama’ The Guardian ‘A funny but deeply sympathe�c piece’ Financial Times February Tue 26, 7.30pm Sir John Talbot Theatre Whitchurch, 01948 660660 Wed 27, 7.30pm Cawley Hall Eye, 01568 615836 Garway Village Hall, 01981 580056 Thu 28, 8pm March Fri 1, 7.30pm SpArC Theatre Bishops Castle, 01588 630243

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MUSICAL THEATRE & OPERA

Fri 8 & Sat 9 February THE WIZ THE VIV KELLY CHILDREN’S THEATRE GROUP. A fun, hippy version of The Wizard of Oz with rock, gospel and soul music. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7pm, £10, 01743 281281.

Thurs 28 February, Fri 1 & Sat 2 March BAD GIRLS - THE MUSICAL LUDLOW COLLEGE. The story of Wing Governor Helen Stewart as she battles with Prison Officer Jim Fenner and falls for charismatic Nikki Wade. Contains strong language. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £8/£5, 01584 878141.

CHILDREN’S THEATRE Sun 3 February LITTLE BO PEEP SEA LEGS PUPPET THEATRE presents magnificent puppets, scenery and of course lots of music and singing, especially created for children aged 2-7 years old. The Courtyard, Hereford, 2.30pm, £7/£6.50, Kids Club £6, 01432 340555.

Sun 10 February MADAM BUTTERFLY GRAND OPERA OF BELARUS presents this tragic story, performed with a live orchestra. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm, £35-£27, 01743 281281. Tues 12 - Fri 15 February GREASE WBS MUSICALS. Talented students from William Brookes School form the cast and orchestra. The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock, 7.30pm, £7/£5, 01952 728911. Thurs 14 - Sun 17, Thurs 21 - Sat 23 February BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CONQUEST PRODUCTIONS. This famous tale is funny, moving, musical and is positively loaded with romance and drama. A wonderful feast for all the family. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 Feb 7.30pm, 16, 17 & 23 Feb 2.30pm, £8/£7/£5, 01885 488575. Thurs 21 - Sat 23 February ROBBIE THE ROBOT KINGTON & DISTRICT OPERATIC SOCIETY presents a new pantomime. Lady Hawkins Community Leisure Centre, Kington, 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm, £7 adults, £4 under 16s, tickets from www.kingtonoperatic.com or from Tom Bounds 01544 231303 or 01544 231501. Fri 22 & Sat 23 February SEUSSICAL JR. BTEC PERFORMING ARTS presents a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza, bringing together all of the favourite Dr Seuss characters. Theatr Hafren, Newtown, 22 Feb, 1pm & 7.30pm, 23 Feb, 1.30pm & 6.30pm, £10/£8, 01686 614555. Wed 27 February - Sat 2 March THE GONDOLIERS HEREFORD GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY. Set in Venice, with a witty storyline and lively songs. The Courtyard, Hereford, 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £16/£14, 27 Feb £14, matinee £14/£12, 01432 340555.

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Thurs 28 February and Fri 1 March WHEN ABEL MET CAIN RAPHAEL RODAN. An intense and gripping performance of myth, tales of wonder and real life stories. A powerful portrayal of the Israel/Palestine conflict. Suitable for ages 13+. 28 Feb - Burton Borough School, Newport, 7.30pm, £8/£5, 01952 386543. 1 March - Shipton Village Hall, 7.30pm, £8/£5/£25, 01746 712330. Arts Alive.

Sat 9 February LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Certainly not Red Riding Hood. Colourful costumes, sing-a-longs, comedy and fun. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 12 noon, £9.50 adults, £7.50 under 16s, family £28, 01600 772467. Wed 13 February & Sun 10 March THE ELEPHANT BRIDESMAID PEOPLE’S THEATRE COMPANY. This magical musical about weddings and wombats and the loveliest elephant in the world. 13 Feb - Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 2.30pm, £7/£6, under 26s free, 01874 611622. 10 March - Market Theatre, Ledbury, 2.30pm, £8, children £7, family £28, 01432 383666. Wed 13 February ALICE IN WONDERLAND A new adaptation of Carroll’s classic children’s novel. Suitable for children from 2 years onwards. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 12 noon, £9.50 adults, £7.50 under 16s, family £28, 01600 772467. Sat 16 - Tues 19 February SLEEPING BEAUTY PLAYHOUSE COMPANY. A Pantomime for all the family, “Oh yes it is!” 7.30pm Sat, Mon & Tue and 2.30pm on Sun. Community Centre School Road Leominster. Adults £7 Children £5 Family [2 adults 2 Children] £20 Tickets from TIC Corn Square Leominster or 01568 612583. Sat 16 February THE JENNY ANY-DOTS SHOW Local children’s entertainer. With colourful props, puppets, magic and balloon modelling, this show is aimed at children from 3-7 years old with a mixture of slapstick, quick tricks and stories. Wyeside, Builth Wells, 2pm, £3.50, 01982 552555. The Elephant Bridesmaid


Sun 17 February SALLY THE SUNFLOWER An enchanting and inventive re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk with puppetry, colourful projections and storytelling. Studio Theatre, The Courtyard, Hereford, 2.30pm, £7/£6.50, Kids Club £6, 01432 340555. Tues 19 February THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS MEET THE PHANTOM AT THE THEATRE An empty stage, a frightened theatre, a show must go on! Call for help! Call for Paul and Barry! Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 2pm, £14, family £52, 01743 281281. Wed 20 February MILKSHAKE Favourites: Little Princess and Scruff, Noddey and Tessie Bear, Roary and Big Chris, Fifi and Bumble and B1 & B2 The Bananas in Pyjamas, this musical spectacular is sure to have children tapping their toes, clapping their hands and singing. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 1pm & 3.30pm, £13-£11, children £2 off, 01743 281281. Wed 20 - Sat 23 February JACK AND THE BEANSTALK HEREFORD AMATEUR PANTOMIME SOCIETY presents this traditional pantomime with some new twists and plenty of audience participation. Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, Wed, Thurs & Sat 7pm, Wed-Sat 2pm, £11/£9, family £35, 01432 340555.

DRAMA WORKSHOPS

Thurs 28 February IMPROVE YOUR IMPROV! Led by Kate Ganderton. An encouraging and enjoyable workshop to learn tricks and techniques for thinking on the spot, and creating great performances from scratch. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 7pm, free, but book to reserve the limited numbers available, 01885 488575. Mondays YOUTH THEATRE Conquest Theatre, Bromyard. Ages 6-11m 4.30-5.30pm, ages 11-14 6-7.30pm, ages 14-18 7.30-9.30pm, £25 & £30 per term, 01432 340555. Mondays during term time PLAYHOUSE YOUTH THEATRE for 10-16 year olds. To help develop your performance, drama skills and your confidence. New members welcome. 6.30-8.30pm at Leominster Community Centre. Termly/half termly fees, 01568 612583. Mondays APPLETREE THEATRE DRAMA CLUB Youth theatre workshops. Ages 7-11, 5.30-6.30pm, 11-16, 6.30-8pm. £50 per term. Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 01584 878141. Tuesdays THE ITC / IMPROV THEATRE For ages 11-25, develop your skills of clarity, confidence and performing instinctively and spontaneously at our quick-fire comedy theatre groups, £24 for 6 week block. SpArC, Bishop’s Castle, 3.45-5.15pm, 01588 630243. Tuesdays YOUTH THEATRE IN WIGMORE Wigmore Youth Theatre 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 www.courtyard. org.uk Tuesdays MID POWYS YOUTH THEATRE 14-24 years. 7-9.30pm, The Drama Centre, Llandrindod Wells, 01597 824444.

Tuesdays YOUTH THEATRE Drama workshop for 7-14 year-olds after school. Ledbury Market Theatre, 01432 346526 or 01531 633760. Every Wed excluding half term ADULT DRAMA CLUB AT THE GLOBE IN HAY for anyone interested in having a lot of fun trying out some performance skills with Janine Sharp. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 7-30pm-9-30pm. £6. Janine on 07733 055430. Alternate Wednesdays APPLESTROODLE IMPROVISATION THEATRE WORKSHOPS FOR GROWN-UPS! (16 plus). Elim Church Hall, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, SY8 1RN. Term starts 19 Sept, 7.30-9pm, £5/session. No experience required, just sense of humour. Details on www.appletreetheatre.co.uk Wednesdays LIGHTSDOWN THEATRE SCHOOL In Hereford. Act, sing and dance - led by experienced and qualified professionals from London’s West End. Based at Sutton St Nicholas Village Hall from 4-7pm, ages 4-18, call 01568 780519 or email hereford@lightsdown.com. 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. Wednesdays and Fridays INTERMEDIATE YOUTH THEATRE Year 10s Wed and Year 11s Fridays. The Courtyard, Hereford, £60 per term, 01432 340555. 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 THE LIVING BOOK THEATRE COMPANY For people with or without a learning disability, £3.505.50pm. 12-14 Catherine Street, Hereford, 01432 379380. Thursdays LIGHTSDOWN THEATRE SCHOOL At Orleton Village Hall, near Ludlow from 4-7pm, ages 4-18, call 01568 780519 or email ludlow@lightsdown.com. Tuesdays SENIOR YOUTH THEATRE The Courtyard, Hereford, £62 term, 01432 340555. 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. Thursdays PLAYHOUSE COMPANY We are looking for actors aged 16+ male and female actors, no previous acting experience required. Also technical and backstage crew, so if interested come along to Leominster Community Centre, 7.30pm, 01568 612583 for more information. 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.

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Sat 2 February PANDVANI108 Inspired by a central Indian epic-singing tradition, a motley crew of storytellers combine stories, rhythm and stickwielding to turn on the epic jukebox and create a bold and exuberant new storytelling form. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 2pm, £8/£5, 01584 878141.

Fri 1 February CONQUEST COMEDY CLUB - OPEN MIC NIGHT If you are keen to perform comedy, songs, jokes or observational humour in the company of a friendly and supportive audience, come and try your hand. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 7.30pm, £5, 01885 488575.

Fri 1 February CHILL PILL Created by Mr Gee, Chill Pill is a laid-back poetry night where up-and-coming poets share the stage with some of the finest spoken word acts in the UK. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £8/£5, 01584 878141.

Fri 15 February A VALENTINE’S EVENING OF COCKTAILS, MUSIC & POETRY

Fri 1 February LEE HURST - TOO SCARED TO LEAVE THE HOUSE Lee casts his comedy eyes over the many end-of-theworld scare stories from Acid Rain and Global Warming to Bird Flu and Mad Cow Disease. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 8pm, £15, 01600 772467.

Fri 1 & Fri 15 February COURT LAUGHING 1 Feb - Starring Ray Peacock, Mark Smith and MC Lucy Beaumont. 15 Feb - Starring Gareth Richards, Hayley Ellis and MC Nat Luutsema. Studio Theatre, The Courtyard, Hereford, 8.30pm, £11.50/£10.50, 01432 340555. Mon 4 February JETHRO Cornish humour. For ages 15+. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 7.30pm, £20.50, 01600 719401. Tues 5 February BRAVO FIGARO Comedian Mark Thomas tells us about his dad, a full-on rough, but hard-grafting working-class Methodist, Thatcherite builder who also loved opera. A powerful story, full of emotion. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £15/£10, 01584 878141. Thurs 7 February RUSSELL KANE - POSTURING DELIVERY Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 8pm, £17.50, 01743 281281.

A book launch of Storms of the Heart by Tahereh Zoghi, a moving love story. Musical and theatrical performance; gothic installations inspired by love poetry, singing performances and more. Richard Booth’s Bookshop, 44 Lion St, Hay-on-Wye, 7.30pm, free, 01497 820322. Sun 17 February A QUIET AFTERNOON OF POETRY With Edward Storey reading from his new collection ‘A Discoed Book of Hours’. St Michael’s Church, Discoed, near Presteigne, 3pm. Generous donations to St Michael’s Hospice welcomed. Thurs 21 - Sun 24 February BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL Featuring four days of dance, film, music, poetry, craft, artisan’s wares, workshops, singing, drawing, exhibitions, photography, storytelling, food and drink. The festival will see venues of all shapes and sizes from galleries to pubs, from churches to shops opening their doors to put on unique events. www.bishopscastleartsfestival.co.uk Fri 22 February CAT WEATHERILL: FALLING LIKE FEATHERS Fairytales, but not as you know them! The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 7.30pm, earlybird £5, advanced £6, standard £7, globe@hay.org

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Sun 10 February CHRIS ADDISON Star of The Thick of It and Mock the Week. The Courtyard, Hereford, 8pm, £21, 01432 340555. Tues 12 February COMEDY & CHILLI Featuring Cal Halbert, Rob Coleman, Masai Graham, Jon Wagstaffe, Rick Wood, Paul Broad, Martin Hastie, Patrick Draper and hosted by Dave Dinsdale. Telford Comedy Club, Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, 8pm, 01952 610888. Fri 15 February JAMES ACASTER A rising star of the stand-up/panel show circuit. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 8pm, earlybird £5, advanced £6, standard £8, globe@hay.org Sat 16 February BARRY CRYER - BUTTERFLY BRAIN Join Old Baz on an alphabetical, hypothetical journey from A-Z. Regal, Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, 7.30pm, 01584 811422. Thurs 21 February LUCY PORTER - PEOPLE PERSON Tackling the big subjects - happiness, home-shopping, friendship and the psychological impact of daytime TV’s Dom Littlewood. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 8pm, £14/£12, 01874 611622. Tues 22 February TELFORD COMEDY CLUB Featuring Al Rudge, Shaun Jacques, Lee Gee, Dave Pollard and compere, Ben Doyle. Elephant & Castle, Dawley, Telford, 8.30pm, 07786 008714. Wed 27 February COMEDY CLUB MC David Ward with Taylor Glenn, Rhys James, Tom Toal and Ray Peacock. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £8 in advance, £10 on the night, 01584 878141. Sat 2 March ANDREW LAWRENCE IS COMING TO GET YOU As seen on ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Stand Up For A Week’. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 8pm, £15, students £13, 01600 772467. Fri 8 & Sat 9 March MATT HARVEY - WONDERMENTALIST Expect wordplay and wistfulness, poignancy and po-faced cheek, with poems and stories about IT and potatoes, petty theft and public nudity, streakers, superheroes and slugs. 8 March - Steiner Academy, Much Dewchurch, 7.30pm, £8/£5/£20, 01981 540221. 9 March - Chelmarsh Parish Hall, 7.30pm, £9/£6, 01746 861593. Arts Alive.

February events

Tuesday 5 February, 7.30pm

Bravo Figaro

Comedian Mark Thomas’s award-winning show about father / son relationships through the medium of Opera. Wednesday 13 February, 7.30pm

Virginia Ironside’s Growing Old Disgracefully

When an agony aunt reaches 60 she can jump off a bridge, lie like a trooper or - take to the stage. Wednesday 20 February, 7.15pm

Royal Opera House Live Eugene Onegin

An opera full of poignancy and exquisite sensitivity to the nuances of growing up. Broadcast LIVE from the Royal Opera House. Wednesday 27 February, 7.30pm

Comedy Club

New regular comedy club presenting the rising stars of the Standup world live. MC: David Ward: with Taylor Glenn, Rhys James, Tom Toal & Ray Peacock. Wednesday 6 March, 7.30pm

Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings

Folk singer superstar. Join John and the band for an exclusive sing-a-long after the show.

February films

The Master, Lawrence of Arabia, Quartet, The Shining, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Chasing Ice, Borderlines Film Festival screenings Friday 1 – Sunday 17 March

Box Office 01584 878141

www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

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Sat 9 March SEAN LOCK - PURPLE VAN MAN Filled with gags, opinions, deft observations and some silly voices. Savoy Theatre, Monmouth, 8pm, £17.50 from Car Care and DS Music, Monnow St or info@monmouthfestival.co.uk. Part of Monmouth Festival.

Talks

Tues 5, Tues 12, Tues 19 & Tues 26 February LUDLOW LECTURES 1 - 4 5 Feb - The Railway through Ludlow with Michael Rosenbaum. 12 Feb - Thomas Telford’s Shropshire Legacy/ Ludlow through Time with Dorothy Nicolle. 19 Feb - Five Centuries of Mortimer Forest - Tudors to Present with David Lovelace. 26 Feb - Constrictive Conservative - the Marches Historic Environment with John Yates. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 10am, £15 for all six lectures or £4 per lecture, 01584 874990. Tues 5 February & Tues 5 March BRECKNOCK DECORATIVE & FINE ARTS SOCIETY LECTURES 5 Feb - Here Be Dragons (Medieval Monsters). 5 March - Shafts of Light: The Phenomenon of Mining Art. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 2.30pm. Annual membership £40, visitors £7.50 per lecture, 01874 731221, www.bdfas.org.uk Sunny Ormonde

Sat 9 February AN EVENING WITH SUNNY ORMONDE (Lilian ‘Archer’ Bellamy). Sunny will reveal some behind the scenes stories about ‘The Archers’. Market Theatre, Ledbury, 8pm, £12, students £8, 01432 383663. Sun 10 February DARWIN LECTURE Making Livings - The Economic Worlds of Darwin and Wallace. Presented by Professor Jim Moore from The Open University. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 2.30pm, £10, 01743 281281. Fri 13 February VIRGINIA IRONSIDE’S GROWING OLD DISGRACEFULLY When an agony aunt reaches 60 she can jump off a bridge, lie like a trooper or take to the stage. Virginia explains why unlimited free drugs, fun funerals, sex (or better still no sex!) make this the best and funniest time of your life. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 7.30pm, £12, 01584 878141. Wed 20 February TEME VALLEY DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY LECTURE Now you See It, Now you Don’t: The Art of Deception in Art. Mr Bertie Pearce, BA, Inner Magic Circle member. Assembly Rooms, Ludlow, 2.15pm, £6 per lecture on the door, 01584 711477. Wed 20 February ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY LECTURE Steve Bloom Living Africa. Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, 7.45pm, £10.50/£9.50, 01874 611622. Wed 20 February LEOMINSTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY ‘Roger Mortimer, Heir to the Throne?’ Talk given by John Grove. Lion Ballroom, Leominster, 7.30pm, members free, non-members £3, 01568 611398. Tues 26 February FIFTH YOUCAXTON SELF-PUBLISHING LECTURE Professor Jeff Hill on ‘Writing the Game: Sport in Fiction’. Jeff Hill’s talk will look at sport in literature from a social/ historical perspective. YouCaxton shop, 23 High Street, Bishop’s Castle, 6.30 pm, free.

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Saturday 9th February, 10am-4pm The Bookery, Manor Farm, Brampton Bryan, VALENTINE’S MARKET Bucknell, SY7 0DH Off A4113 Knighton Road. Lots of stalls for that perfect present! Tel: 01547 530744 Refreshments, Chocolote demos etc LIVE GUITAR MUSIC aardvaark@btconnect.com www.aardvark-books.com GARETH REES ROBERTS Twitter: @aardvarkethel Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm


Wed 27 February FOCUS ON MARKETING Bringing small business owners from across Shropshire together to share experiences and knowledge, providing an informal forum. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 01743 234970 or www.hive-online.org.uk Fri 1 March BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL Chris Menges in Conversation with Francine Stock. With two Oscars for cinematography, (The Killing Fields and The Mission). The Courtyard, Hereford, 8.15pm, £6.80/£5.80, 01432 340555. Sat 2 March JUST A (MARMALADE) MINUTE As part of the annual Marmalade Festival, an evening of entertainment where contestants are challenged to speak for one minute without hesitation, deviation or repetition on any subject, all with a vaguely marmarlade theme. Conquest Theatre, Bromyard, 7.30pm, £8, 01885 488575.

GLASBURY ARTS Saturday 16 February, 2013 Glasbury Village Hall, 7.30pm

Rohan McCullough in Testament of Youth Supported by Night Out

Thurs 7 March JAKE HOBSON: THE ART OF CREATIVE PRUNING Sidney Nolan Trust Sculpture Programme. Combining technical skills, anecdotes and beautiful images, Jake Hobson gives a fresh perspective on pruning to inspire gardeners and artists alike. Assembly Rooms, Presteigne, 7pm, £5, students £3, 01544 260149.

Workshops & Courses 2 Feb, 23 Feb & 9 March WRITING AS A CREATIVE PROCESS Four sessions with tutor Annette Ecuyere. Paradise Farm, Slough Rd, Presteigne, 07795 112431. Course with University of Aberystwyth Lifelong Learning. Starting Thurs 7 February PHILOSOPHY NIGHTS Falcon Hotel, Bromyard, 7.30pm, all welcome, 01885 483425 or 07779 694615. STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS IN HEREFORD Learn a new skill and develop personal creativity. Dates for 2013 - March 16th, May 18th and 19th and Oct 6th. Also sessions for Early Years; Primary Schools; Forest Schools; Special Needs and new Community Performances. www.storyspace.co.uk 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. 1st & 4th Thurs of each month PHILOSOPHY CAFE With philosopher Sean O’Donaghue. The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 8pm, free, 01497 821762. 4th Thurs of each month HAY-ON-WYE AMNESTY GROUP The Globe, Hay-on-Wye, 7-8pm, 01497 821153. 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.

Vera Brittain’s haunting autobiography, performed by Rohan McCullough (who came to Glasbury with My Darling Clemmie in 2010). Having battled her way to Somerville College in the face of parental opposition, Vera Brittain, subsequently wrote her best-selling autobiography, Testament of Youth, that conveyed to an entire generation the essence of their common experience of war. Tickets £9.50/£7.50 – Member’s discount applies Glasbury Arts Pre-Show Suppers from 5.45pm to 6.30 pm Enjoy a Pasta & Pud for the Glasbury Arts special price of £11.50 at The Radnor Arms, Llowes (two minutes drive from Glasbury). Book direct on 01497 847460. Free transport service (wheelchair accessible) to and from shows. Available in the Hay, Clyro, Llowes and Glasbury area, the service is subject to demand and needs to be booked in advance through the box office.

Tickets: by telephone on 01497 847426; in person at Old Forest Arts,The Craft Centre, Hay-on-Wye; or by email to: boxoffice@glasburyart.co.uk

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‘VE lived in Presteigne for some time now but I originally grew up in a small village on the Somerset levels, about 8 miles from Glastonbury. Every now and then, me and my friends have a get together. This Christmas, even as the Met Office issued more flood warnings, we trundled and splashed from outposts as far away as London and Presteigne, to a small house in Glastonbury. In ancient times, Somerset was known as the land of the summer people and that’s because the Somerset “levels,” which lie roughly at sea level, used to be waterlogged all winter and only accessible in the summer. So in winter, locals had to row boats or build raised tracks to get from one lake village or island to the next and the most famous of all was the Isle of Glass … better known today as Glastonbury. The levels were first drained by the Romans. The crisscross lattice of drainage rhines dried up new swathes of land, making them available for peat extraction and for farming. The land was fertile and Somerset prospered. I spent my childhood on the Somerset levels. We rode bikes, then ponies … dated peat diggers, then weird arty types … lerned to spell, climbed trees, wrote love letters, dabbled in vegetarianism. A red brick house on the lower slopes of Glastonbury is still home to a couple of my pals. There is a shrine to their cat, who was called Octimocti, an editing studio (Stephen makes films for a living) and an outdoor shower made from a blue bucket with holes drilled in it. Next door there’s a lock up stuffed full of firewood and bicycles. On our first foray with the bicycles, we cycled to the exceedingly small City of Wells and back. Somerset is much less hilly than the Marches and the landscape is starkly different. Even the mud smells different. We took the back route, which was flooded, but by cycling quite fast and sticking your feet up as you go through the water, you can stay quite dry. It’s important not to get too carried away, however, especially if you have stashed Christmas shopping in the panniers and then forgotten about it. Sue’s dad, Mike, used to fix milking parlours on the levels. The grazing there was extensive and dairy cows loved the lush grass. It wasn’t always practical to bring the cows all the way back to the farm for milking so the “Somerset” parlours were designed to move with the cows from field to field. Its just one example of how people and appropriate technology can work with nature, and in ways that the landscape suggests. Anyone who doesn’t “believe” in climate change has some explaining to do this year. In the last twelve months Arctic Ice melt reached new records, New York was subsumed by a hurricane and closer to home, roads became streams, streams became rivers, homes became inundated and likewise cycle paths. The cycle path between Godney and Shapwick Heath,

I found myself pedaling underwater … “Don’t stop” advised Stephen, “you’ll get wet”

to the west of Glastonbury, takes you past the old peat works and lakes which have formed where the peat was dug out, to a nature reserve. The track was only a bit flooded to begin with, but beyond a thicket of trees, the water suddenly grew quite deep and I found myself pedaling underwater. There was a swan diving for fish just to my left and I wasn’t sure where the sides of the cycle track ended or the lake began. “Don’t stop” advised Stephen, “you’ll get wet” So I just kept pedaling and I did get wet. And as we continued, I saw on the lakes and in the gathering dusk, swans and geese and cormorants and weird kinds of ducks, Shovelers and tufted things and flocks of this and that. We finally emerged from the floods near Shapwick Heath and stopped to empty out our trainers and wring out socks and pretty much all of our clothes actually, when something else happened. It was starting to get dark and at first I thought a tree had exploded. But the explosion was starlings, thousands of them. Yes thousands. Possibly millions actually. They took off together and were joined by other flocks and there followed the most skilled display of synchronized flying you could wish to see … a perfect dance across the sky … it was wonderful. The starlings finally came to roost and the night sky settled. Out on the levels nature is king and we were, for a moment, a part of it and stunned to silence. Rachel Francis, Sharpening Pencils

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Green Events WOODS FOR WELLBEING Provides a variety of exciting, imaginative, good value, all year round nature activities and retreats for all in beautiful locations in and around the Shropshire hills and borders. Our 2013 programme includes a New Year Retreat, Forage & Feast, Herbal Heaven, Festival of Lights Retreat and many more. For details please contact Julia Walling on 01584 874636, 07796 596451 or via www.woodsforwellbeing.com Sat 2 February PRESTEIGNE SEED SWAP Farmer’s Market, Presteigne Memorial Hall, 10am1pm, 01544 262773. Saturday 2 Feb FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS ECO RETREAT Celebrate life with nature, fire and light at Brynmawr Farm £40. Contact info@woodsforwellbeing.com or 01584 874636. Saturday 16 Feb HERBAL HEAVEN WINTER WORKSHOP Make Truffle Treats and Scented Sachets using locally grown herbs. At Brynmawr Farm with a hot organic lunch included. £45. Contact info@woodsforwellbeing. com or 01584 874636.

March - May BEEKEEPING FOR BEGINNERS Interested in keeping bees but need more information before you do? Our six meeting ‘Bee Ready’ course covers all that you’ll need to know before getting your own bees in 2013. Four theory sessions in March, based in an award-winning eco-café on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border, and two opportunities to handle bees under supervision in our own apiary in April/May. Knowledge, advice and plenty of encouragement for all would-be beekeepers. Details, contact Robin Hill on 01886 884752 or email hill_phillipson@btinternet.com. Feb KLEEN EVENTS 3 Feb - Community Orchard Working Party, 11am-4pm. 7 Feb - Eco Housing Co-op, 8pm, Oxford Arms, Kington. 9 Feb - Litter Pick, by-pass 9am. 14 Feb - Kleen AGM, 8pm, Oxford Arms. 21 Feb - Reading the Future, environmental Book Club, 8pm, Oxford Arms. 28 Feb - Community Supported Agriculture, 8pm, Oxford Arms. kleen@live.co.uk

Sat 16 February HEREFORD SEED SWAP Swap seeds and plants. Stalls, tool sharpening and children’s activities. Hannah Wilks, Head Gardener at Hampton Court will talk at 11am on ‘The Hampton Court Walled Kitchen Garden and the Importance of Saving Seed’. Courtyard Theatre Foyer, Hereford, 10am-2pm, free, 01531 671004. Fri 22 February VANISHING OF THE BEES Documentary screening, 2.30pm, £5, under 16s. Join Brian Goodwin from Shropshire Beekeepers Assoc. for an open session on getting bees back in your garden, 3.30pm, free, but please book. The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, 01743 234970.

QUIET ECO COTTAGE Located at Tillington (5m north-west of Hereford) in idyllic countryside setting, with lots of interesting walks, including Badnage Wood. Accommodation: one double beddroom, shower room, spacious kitchen-cum-sitting room, with sliding glass door onto huge south-facing patio/deck, big enough to grow vegetables. Village store 8 mins walk away. Fully furnished and ready to move into. Six-month initial let (would consider longer tenancy): £560pcm.

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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 sandysandaver@onetel.com or www.hayacupunctureclinic.co.uk ACUPUNCTURE offered by Petra Werth MBAcC, a fully trained, qualified and registered acupuncturist (a member of the British Acupuncture Council) at the Leominster Natural Health Centre, Community Centre, School Road, Leominster, HR6 8NJ Tel: 01568 613116, http://acupuncture-in-leominster.moonfruit.com ACUPUNCTURE FOR ANIMALS www.vetacupuncture-ege.net, Iris Ege (MRCVS) treats a broad range of conditions including Musculo-Skeletal, GastroIntestinal, Respiratory and Skin. Traditional Needling as well as Low Level Laser Therapy. Integrative Approach for maximum benefit. Horse visits and appointments for pets and ruminants may be booked through Arrowfield Vets, Kington, 01544 230567. 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. ALLERGY TESTING: Susan Hough Dip.A.E.T. qualified 1999, uses the Vega system to test over 100 items. For an appointment or further information call 01584 819507, susanhoughallergy@yahoo.co.uk, www.susanhoughallergy.co.uk ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES combined with energetic healing enhance own ability to heal oneself. Background in nursing and midwifery. Works from Eardisley, Herefordshire, HR3 6NJ. Reflex therapy (Reflexology), Baby reflex, preparation for a gentle birth (Geyarani method), Crystal therapist, Flower and Crystal remedies. Ring Judith Davies 01544 327022. Creative-healing@talktalk.net BEAUTY AND HOLISTIC THERAPIES with our highly qualified and experienced Therapists at Herbfarmacy, 22 Broad Street Hay-on-Wye. We have regular monthly offers, more details on our website www.herbfarmacy.co.uk or phone 01497 820749. BOWEN TECHNIQUE - JOY PEARMAN. Also reflexology, Pilates and Zumba classes. Ledbury, Bromyard, Ludlow, Leominster, Hereford areas. 01432 820484. JENNY BULLOUGH Yoga tuition and therapy. Small group classes & individual tuition for special needs. 01497 831416 CLAIRVOYANT MEDIUMSHIP AND TAROT READINGS with Gina Murray, also animal mediumship and animal communication within Hay on Wye tel:07812 /035459 www.ginalmurray.com or email ginalmurray@gmail.com.

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 www.cbtgail.co.uk. mbacp (Accred). CHIROPRACTIC:McTimoney technique Phil Elliott BSc(Hons) Chiropractic MMCA, LCC. Registered with the General Chiropractic Council McTimoney Chiropractic is a gentle whole-body manipulative technique, which aims to realign the body, relieving pain and increasing mobility. For conditions, including back, neck and shoulder pain, that can benefit from chiropractic see the McTimoney Association website at www.mctimoneychiropractic.org. I also use massage techniques to complement the McTimoney technique. Clinic in Leominster. To talk, book or arrange a free 20 min discussion: 07840 733275 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. Based in Hay-on-Wye and Hereford, I can provide services throughout the area. ACP accredited. Valérie Mortin BSc. 07961 885646 or 01981 500500. E: vivalavie@yahoo.com COUNSELLING... WITH A DIFFERENCE Empathic, confidential counselling from an experienced and fully qualified counsellor using Emotional Freedom Technique to help release blocked emotions and traumas. Sarah Amatt MBACP. E: www.thinkingfreedom.co.uk. T: 07964 448203. Shrewsbury & Bransford (Worcester). 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 selfesteem and confidence, illness, relationship problems, selfharm, sexuality and stress. South Shropshire/Powys borders. Alison Trott FdA (Counselling), MBACP registered. Contact space4ucounselling@yahoo.co.uk 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 julia.walling@btinternet.com and www.juliawalling.co.uk COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY. Therapist with 14 years experience working with individuals and couples. Integrative approach. Short or long term. Available Hereford, Leominster and Presteigne area. Marian Gillett M,A. (Psychotherapy) Dip. (Psychotherapy) Cert. Couple Counselling (Relate), MBACP, UKCP registered 01547 517169.


COUNSELLING PSYCHOTHERAPIST. Confidential 1-1 person-centred counselling for all individuals. Short or long-term. Space for you to look at any aspects of your life that are troubling you. South Shropshire/Newtown area. Home visits available. Alison Trott FdA (Counselling), CBT (cert), Bereavement (cert), MBACP registered. trott912@btinternet. com or 07791013587. 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: mike@herefordcraniosacral.co.uk EMOTIONAL THERAPY Anne Cummings MFET (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 www.thewritetofeel.com ESOTERIC SOUL HEALING in Bishop’s Castle. A transformational healing method for helping a wide range of spiritual, emotional and physical difficulties. Gentle, safe and nourishing. Contact Philomena Houlihan-Wood B.A., Cert. ESH, Dip.Couns. Tel: 01588 638242. Philomena@soul-healing.net Web: www.soul-healing.net FLOWER ESSENCES THERAPY. Essences provide us with a readily accessible means to support and maintain our emotional well-being. One-to-one sessions for personal development, and small group workshops (introductory and advanced) in Ross-on-Wye. I work with a wide range of essences from the UK and around the world. Contact: Jill Stern, BFVEA (adv), KFRP : 01989 563147 www.bfvea.com HAY CLINIC, THE CENTRE FOR NATURAL HEALTH: Acupuncture, Colonic Hydrotherapy, CrainoSacral Therapy, Massage, Reflexology, Hopi Ear Candling, Facials, Waxing, Mediumship, Tarot Readings etc. The Pavement, Hay on Wye, HR3 5SS tel. 01497 847808. HEALING ENCOUNTERS: Soul Realignment, Soul Profiles, clearing restrictions at a Soul level. House Healing - geopathic stress, earth energies. We can tune-in to you and change energies. Tel 01584 892049. Healingencounters.co.uk HOLISTIC MASSAGE with Jessica Pailthorpe MTI Helping you to feel more aligned, spacious, looser, grounded and calm. Can also help with problems/injuries. Jess is an experienced therapist who has studied a range of bodywork approaches which she integrates into her practice. Clinic in Leominster. To talk or book: 01544 387950 www.touchtreetherapy.co.uk HOLISTIC MASSAGE Marian at Silvan Massage and Bodywork (MTI). Therapeutic touch through massage, stretching and releasing techniques. For relaxation of tight muscles, improved circulation, greater flexibility, reduction of stress and the bringing about of a quieter mind. Clinics in Presteigne and Clun with home visits and on-site available. marian@silvanmassage.com or 07816 981454. 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. 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 annabelstacey@yahoo.co.uk (clinics in Ludlow and Shrewsbury).

JENNIFER HODGE DO Registered Osteopath. Cranial Osteopath. The Old Rectory, New Radnor 01544 350241. KUNDALINI YOGA IN & AROUND KINGTON Yoga and meditation classes for adults, pregnancy, babies, tots and teens. Beginners welcome! Georgie also teaches in schools, offers private yoga therapy and doula birth and breastfeeding support. 01544 231304 or 07807 550653. www.healingspirits.co.uk. 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, www.leominstercommunitycentre. com. 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 Injuries, stress, relaxation. Claire Williams I.T.E.C. / N.I.M. 01544 267172. Clinics in Presteigne, Ludlow and Hereford. MEDITATION FOR WELLBEING Meditation is a gentle but powerful tool for health, wellbeing, problem solving and a better quality of life. I have been teaching meditation for 25 years to individuals and groups and can now offer A UNIQUE TRAINING for you to set up and run your own group. Easy organisation, minimal cost, ongoing support. I can visit you by arrangement. For info. please contact Julia Walling on 01584 874636, 07796 596451, julia.walling@btinternet.com or via www.meditationforwellbeing.co.uk

The Yoga Practice Small group classes, individual tuition Jenny Bullough (Hay-on-Wye) 01497 831416 jennybullough@hotmail.com Marie Hudson (Presteigne) 01544 260352 marieh279@googlemail.com Mike Young (Golden Valley) 01981 541003 mike@yogaskies.co.uk Belinda Jobst (Hereford) 07971 677113 be@nutritionalshift.com Nicky Jaques (Moccas) 07817 268689 nixen60@hotmail.com Jill Bonner (Ross-on-Wye) 01989 750410 healthyspineyoga@gmail.com Louise Griffiths (Talgarth) 07891 689957 yogalouise@live.co.uk

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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. co.uk or view www.radnorphysiotherapy.co.uk PAMELA SPENCELEY MNIMH Medical Herbalist and Allergy Therapist 01568 770614 / 01584 878123 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. ROWIE (M.BPRB) 01432 820684. 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 qualifiled in Traditional Thai Massage, Reflexology-Foot 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 www.siamsmile.org.uk SOUND HEALING TRAINING & VOICE WORKSHOPS: UK College of Sound Healing training Parts 1-5; Primrose Earth Centre, near Hay-on-Wye; regular Monday evening Sound and Voice workshops 8-10pm, contact Paul Benham: 01497 847636; paul.benham33@gmail.com www.primroseearthcentre.co.uk SPIRITUAL HEALER Naturally gifted in releasing emotional grief in present and past lives. 22 years professional experience with physical and mental health. Private healing sessions and talks given. Gillian Williamson, MNFSH. Field House, Kinnerton. 01547 560874.

Workshops WORKSHOP LISTINGS - Single listings are free. Year round, ongoing workshops will cost £40 per year for inclusion in the magazine and website. Starting Sun 24 February FLOWER ESSENCES STUDY GROUP In Ross-on-Wye, 2 – 4pm. Three Sunday meetings: 24 February, 24 March, 21 April. An informal series of monthly meetings where we will explore a varied range of flower essences. A chance to deepen your knowledge and understanding of essences and share your experiences in a small group – no monthly commitment needed, come when you can. £5 per session, to include a personalised essence for you to work with at home. To book, and for more information, contact Jill Stern, 01989 563147, email js@healthk.demon.co.uk. Mondays YOGA AT MOCCAS VILLAGE HALL Small group class in the evenings, suitable for anyone, with or without experience. Please contact Nicky Jaques for further details 07817 268689, nickyjaquesyoga@gmail.com Fridays MEDITATION CLASSES IN LUDLOW New for 2012 these meditation classes are suitable for everyone, including beginners. Classes are led by Kadampa teacher Mandy Nicol and include guided meditations and discussion. 1.00 - 2.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, St Mary’s Lane, Ludlow SY8 1DZ, cost £5 (£3 unwaged). For more information call 01384 569956 or visit www.meditatejlc.org.

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