18 and 20 December 2018

Dinmore Christmas Trees again hosted visits by the children from Black Marston school to Santa's Grotto at Festive Farm. The club assisted with the visits and made a donation to buy presents for the children. Dick also stood in for Santa when his sleigh had to make a diversion.

The children made us Christmas cards as a thankyou which I have added to the pictures here.

10 December 2018

The club Christmas dinner at the Bell Inn at Tillington.

18 November 2018

We were back with the kind permission of the store manager at Tesco's supermarket at Belmont to make our annual collection of food for local charities at Christmas.

As usual we had generous donations plus £165 in cash. The food was sorted at Anne & Alan's house and distributed to Hereford Open Door and Hereford Women's Refuge. A donation in cash was made to Open Door to purchase turkeys.

8 September 2018

Dinner with our guests from Dillenburg at the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford.

After dinner we were entertained by Megan Bilsand on clarinet supported by Jon Weller. This was followed by (short) speeches by Hereford Wye Valley President John Barnes and responded to by Dirk Heinrich on behalf of Dillenburg President Klaus Andres who could not join us. Gifts were exchanged.

8 September 2018

After our visit to Pearl Island we had lunch at the Pandy Inn in Dorstone.

Most of us then went on to Hay on Wye which is a small town just over the Welsh border. It is widely known for its second-hand book shops and the Hay Festival which takes place at the end of May each year. 

8 September 2018

A morning visit with our guests from the Rotary Club of Dillenburg to Pearl Island Arabians. Most of the horses here are pure bred Arabians, many given as gifts by the Bahranian royal family to the Queen and Price Charles (plus one as a gift to the RAF).

We we hosted by Amanda who gave us the story of how the farm was set up by her mother with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Sulman Alkhalifa. The new livery stables was a recent gift from the Sheikh.

Afterwards we were treated to coffee and cake in the farm house.

7 September 2018

Our guests from the Rotary Club of Dillenburg arrived today to visit us. We picked them up from Birmingham airport and provided a light refreshment of English sparkling wine, ably served by Alan.

We gathered at Dick Makins farm for an afternoon tea (with further wine) before the hosts took their guests to their respective homes for the evening.

27 August 2018

We set up our stand at Love Local at Madley Plants on the bank holiday Monday to show our presence in the community.

Manning the stand were President John Barnes, Secretary Anne Hudson (who took the pic) and Community & Vocational officer Chris Starnes, supported by Alan Hudson, District Governor 2017/18 and Christine Starnes.

20 August 2018

The club made an early evening vist to the Hereford Cathedral gardens. After a dull afternoon the weather brightened up and we had a fine warm evening for our tour. We had an excellent commentary on the gardens and the history of the Cathedral by our guide Sue.

Afterwards we retired to De Koffie Pot at the Left Bank Village for pie and mash (and liquid refreshment).

26 May 2018

The May Ball at the Left Bank was cancelled at short notice due to poor ticket sales to avoid the risk of making a loss.

President Jackie kindly agreed to host an event at her house to raise money for Marie Curie as was originally intended to be the main charity for the May Ball. The evening was a great success with a disco by Roddy Hankins who had already been booked for the ball and a generous spread laid on by Jackie. The evening raised £1,000 for Marie Curie.

26 April 2018

We visited the "Weeping Window" installation at Hereford Cathedral and viewed the display of pictures and writing by local school children in the cathedral.

The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper opened at the cathedral on Wednesday 14 March.  The work will be on site until 29 April 2018. https://www.herefordcathedral.org/news/poppies-weeping-window

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