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 and Christine Starnes.

20 August 2018

We made an early evening vist to the Hereford Cathedral gardens. Luckily the weather brightened up and we had a fine warm evening for our tour, with an excellent commentary on the gardens and the history of the Cathedral by Sue.

Afterwards we retired to De Koffie Pot for pie and mash.

5 August 2018

The Herefordshire Country Fair returned to Caradoc this year and we set up our version of tombola once again to raise money for the Rotary Foundation.

We had a hot sunny day with a steady stream of people passing, many of whom we managed to have a go. We raised a total of £295 net of expenses.

16 July 2018

Our guests this evening were District Governor Joan Goldsmith and husband David. Joan told us a little about herself and how she became a Rotarian.

She presented her experience on becoming DG elect and her visit to the Rotary Convention, touching on how Barry Rassin came to be RI President and his theme Be The Inspiration.

At the end of the meeting the John Sweatman Attendance trophy was presented to Chris Starnes with an attendance of 44 meetings out of a possible 48

2 July 2018

The Handover took place this evening with outgoing President Jackie Perkins passing the chain of office to John Barnes. John set put his aims for the club for the next 12 months.

David Newton was then welcomed by the new President as senior Vice President. Dick Brimacombe was reaffirmed as Treasurer and Anne Hudson as Secretary for the year ahead.

26 May 2018

Due to the poor sales of tickets for the May Ball at the Left Bank it was decided to avoid the risk of making a loss and the event was sadly cancelled.

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

We then retired to De Koffe Pot for a pie and mash supper. More pics in the Gallery.

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