2015 Newly painted exterior
And inside, a Summer Tea Party
The Village Hall was moved from a previous
location in Wales where it was used as a canteen for construction workers building the dams, and brought to
the existing location behind the Red Lion Hotel in the 1940s. In 2015 challenging steps leading to the village hall were replaced by a driveable access making it much easier to use for anyone who cannot walk the steep incline and also easier to unload deliveries at the hall. The
accommodation and facilities are basic, but it has been used for a
variety of purposes including village meetings, lectures, dances,
keep-fit, tai chi, funeral teas, parties, school
leadership courses etc. There is a rudimentary stage. The Hall is on Welsh Water. The kitchen has a
tea urn, microwave, electric cooker, refrigerator/ freezer, electric
kettles, crockery, cutlery and glasses. The capacity is approximately
120 standing, while there is seating and tables for about 60 persons.
Tables, chairs, crockery and cutlery can be hired for outside functions.
'Where do you live in the village?' It's not too late to add your name to our hand-drawn map of the houses in Bredwardine and Brobury. The map will remain in the VH to help everyone to reference who lives where. Next time you are in the VH, please add your name to the map.
Annual Bredwardine & Brobury ?? Quiz ?? did happen and a good time was had by all! This year's quiz was very well attended on Friday, 29th March in the village hall. The questions were thought-provoking, masterfully prepared by Sue Miles. The Mulled wine flowed, deliciously mixed by Alan Maddison. The Sausage casserole and garlic bread "disappeared". The Raffle prizes on offer were collected by Jan Staley. While Jules Miller made sure that no one regretted not being offered the opportunity to purchase a ticket or three. It takes a village to hold an event. Thank you to one and all who helped make it happen. A net profit of £180 was made on the night with proceeds going towards VH maintenance.
Combined Annual General Meetings for Bredwardine Parish Council and Bredwardine and Brobury Village Hall Committee
This year's AGM for both the Bredwardine PC and VHC will be held on Tuesday, 7th May in the Bredwardine and Brobury Village Hall. Our BBVHC AGM will start at 6pm and is open to the public. As part of our agenda we will review the past year's progress and events plus nominate our 2019-2020 Village Hall Committee. Our VHC needs new members. Some of our current members are stepping down. Our Treasurer is one of the members who is stepping down. If you are interested in joining the Committee and/or taking on the office of Treasurer, please contact any of our Committee Members. There is no previous experience required. After the BBVHC AGM, a regular meeting for the Committee Members only will follow with the election of VHC officers.
At 7.30pm the Bredwardine PC AGM will be held and is also open to the public. These meetings are the perfect opportunity to hear what the BPC has been doing during the past year and also for you to ask questions about issues or concerns that you may have. Everyone is welcome. Please plan to attend both.
Bredwardine & Brobury Village Market
Our next Village Monthly Market will be held on Friday the 10th of May 2019 from 10 am until noon, in the Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall. Homemade cards are on sale for birthdays, anniversaries, many featuring birds, flowers and wildlife. It's a great time of year to declutter! Bring along some Bric-a-brac a.k.a "treasurers" to sell. Home baked cakes plus fresh eggs will be offer. A bit of everything. Fresh, local beef and lamb, both lupin-fed, from the Great British Meat Box at Allensmore, all for purchase. The Fairtrade cafetiere coffee and tea still costs only 80p a cup. Hot chocolate while it lasts. Home baked cakes for consumption. Perfect setting for a relaxing Friday morning. If you have something that you would like to sell at our market, do come along. £1 fee to sellers for a table. Doors open by 9am for setup. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Sarah on 01981 500 155 or Philip on 01981 500 398 for more details.
Many thanks to those who regularly donate to the Hereford Food Bank at our monthly markets in the Village Hall. And a big thank to those who have volunteered to take our donations to Hereford once a month. There are seven of us now. If you could help transport groceries to Hereford once a year, please contact Sarah. The Food Bank would appreciate donations of cold and hot meat items plus UHT milk also tins of vegetables, tins of rice pudding, pasta, rice, custard, dried milk, sugar, bathroom necessities and pet foods. All non-perishables please. Thank you for your support!!
Bredwardine & Brobury Village Market - Still pleading
We would like to host more tables at our market. It adds interest to the morning and makes it all worth while for those who attend. We welcome all items, plants, produce, crafts, white elephants of all shapes and sizes, whatever "treasurers" that you may want to sell. It only costs £1 for a table. If you do not sell anything, then it is free. No need to book in advance. If you would like a table in a certain location, please turn up by 9am when the Village Hall opens on the day. If you have a query, please contact Sarah on 01981 500 155 or Philip on 01981 500 398.
Adopt a Window @ our Village Hall We have only just begun. So if you could be motivated to pick up a paint brush and help out, please contact Sarah for more details. Coffee, tea and cake always provided. Everyone welcome!
Table Tennis hasn't really taken off this year. Just too much going on. If you are so inclined to have a game on a Tuesday evening, from 6pm-8pm please contact Andrew Head on 01981 501 024 for more details.
2019 Heartstart Training will take place on Thursday, 20th June 2019, from 7pm-9pm in the Bredwardine and Brobury Village Hall. In our village this is an bi-annual event. The two hour session will address topics as follows:
Would you know what to do if your loved one suffered a life threatening emergency? If not, book a place now at our FREE Two hour HEARTSTART Course. Booking is essential. You will learn how to: call for help, assist someone who is unconscious, recognise the warning signs of a heart attack, deal with choking or serious bleeding and perform CPR. Simple skills, save lives.
Herefordshire Heartstart is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation, but as a local initiative we do not receive any funding from them, nor the government for our scheme. We rely on donations and grants to keep this vital service running.
www.herefordshireheartstart.org Twitter @HeartStart_HFD
Herefordshire Heartstart Registered charity number 1082309.
There is no charge to attend this two hour class. Donations are appreciated to offset training costs. Booking is essential. Please contact Heloise on 01981 500 160. Hope you can attend !
Market Dates for 2018 - 2019 , always the second Friday of each month
VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS
Bookings in the VH: Throughout the month of May 2019, our village hall is being used Wednesday evenings 7-9 pm the Tai Chi group use the hall for their class. Art Group meet in the village hall on Friday afternoon from 1-4pm. The BBVHC and BPC AGMs will be held on Tuesday, 7th May. The St Andrew's PCC with the Diocese will meet all day on Thursday, 9th May. The Monthly Market will happen on Friday, May 10th from 10am - noon. Monday, 13th May, an All Day Quilting Workshop will be held, from 10am until 4pm. Thursday, 16th May, St Andrew's PCC will meet in the VH. Another busy month!
If you would like to book the village hall for any occasion, please call Sarah Morgan on 01981 500155 or email. Rental costs low due to the fact that when people book the hall, they tidy up afterwards, keeping the expense of monthly cleaning low.
Our Annual General Meeting for the Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall Committee was held on Tuesday, 15th May. I am pleased to report that we have a "full" compliment of committee members and officers, as follows:
Sarah Morgan (Chair and Booking Secretary), Andrew Head (Secretary), Dave Morgan (Treasurer), Philip Bauer, Heloise Kirby, Graham Middleton, Jan Staley, Doreen Strang, Sandy Strang, Cathy Widdicombe. Wendy Middleton will continue to serve as (Parochial Church Council
Representative) on the VHC and Parish Council Representative to be appointed at the next Wyesite Group PC meeting.
Many thanks to all who serve on the Committee!
VILLAGE HALL PROJECTS
Village Hall Seating Area 2018
Have you seen the changes behind our Village Hall? The old, leaning pine tree has been cut down, before it blew down onto the hall. The bank at the back of the hall, along the south side of the building has been excavated and landscaped creating a seated patio area when the weather is nicer. 30kg of daffodil bulbs have been planted around the patio and bank, ready to welcome spring. All achieved will local volunteers and workers. It takes a village.
Improved Drive-able Access Project 2016 for the Bredwardine and Brobury Village Hall: Did I mention last month that we have a drive-able access to the village hall? Isn't it just great? The drive and turning area is proving to be exactly what we needed for everyone whether dropping someone or something off at the hall. Many, many thanks again to Paul, Richie and Panda who worked to our budget and completed the drive in a very timely manner! And of course, without Michael Taylor's generosity in allowing us turning access this would not have happened. Many thanks, Mr and Mrs Taylor! As I mentioned earlier in this month's news, we completed the project with no additional funding. This was mainly possible due to the annual revenue from our photo voltaic solar panels which we installed in December 2009 thanks to the insight of Patrick Dyke. In addition, we did have two anonymous donations towards the drive-able access from families who wish to remain nameless, which kept us in the black. Thank you! For 2016, the Village Hall Committee needs your support at our events. One last reminder. The turning area at the top of the access to the VH is a bit tight. So please take care when reversing.
AWARDS FOR ALL GRANT TO FUND KITCHEN PROJECT:
Bredwardine and Brobury Village Hall Committee applied for and received an 'Awards for All' grant totalling £7,487, to refurbish our village hall kitchen. The Committee organised a Kitchen Sub-committee to run the project, who in turn accepted bids from local builders to install the new components. As part of the grant application, the Village Hall Committee agreed to contribute £1,000 of our own money to the project.
Due to the age of our vintage 1939 structure, additional costs were discovered during the course of the project. Our Sub-committee approached the Wyeside Parish Council, asking for an additional £700, which they generously granted.
Electricity was brought up to code to support the new appliances. Ceiling and walls were painted prior to installing the new vinyl floor. Old kitchen "bits and pieces" were sold or given away in an effort to recycle and reuse. Installation started the third week of August and now Bredwardine and Brobury Village Hall is the proud "owner" of an "award winning" kitchen!
A big thank you to Awards for All for the generous grant to install our completely modern kitchen. Many thanks to Wyeside Parish Council for contributing additional funds to cover unforeseen costs. Without both funding sponsors, our Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall funds could not have covered the project. Many hours of sweat equity from a few VHC members made it possible to serve tea and cakes for our September Market using the new facilities. Eileen and Peter Elderton officially opened the kitchen. A great time was had by all. Two lovely ladies who lived in Bredwardine many years ago came along on the day to help us celebrate. Ah, memories! Thank you to everyone for your support. Now, photos of the project, click here
For more information about available A4A grants, please follow this link http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/
SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC PROJECT:
The VHC applied for financial
assistance from BRE, Building Research Establishment, to install eighteen photovoltaic panels on the south
side of the hall roof. We were granted funding from the Community Sustainable Energy Programme and
BERR, Low Carbon's Building Programme-Phase 2.
- Simply amazing! As of December 4th, 2013 our solar photovoltaic panels have been producing for four years. Where did that time go! They continue to generate over £1,400 revenue for the village hall each year. If you have any suggestions as to how our village hall committee could spend this money for the benefit of the village, please contact me. Many thanks, Sarah
- One year later we are still celebrating! Not only are we an accredited FIT Generating Site, but our payments are indexed-linked! On Friday, 8th April 2011 at our Friday Monthly Market, we toasted Good Energy for buying our electricity and Greenearth Energy, Ltd for installing our Solar PV Panels. The sun shone brilliantly during our celebration. Inside the Village Hall, everyone enjoyed tea, cake and Buck's Fizz compliments of our new found source of income. What a great day! Thank you to all who supported us
- Feed-in Tariff Accreditation
It was a long, drawn out process but our eighteen Solar Photovoltaic Panels on the Bredwardine & Brobury Village Hall have now officially been approved for Feed-in Tariff payment, meaning that we will now be paid for the electricity we are generating.
In April 2010, the UK Goverment changed the payment scheme and all generation stations were required to reapply for FIT Accreditation to determine payment. On Tuesday (22/2/11) Good Energy was allowed to pay us for solar energy generated between 1/4/10 through 12/12/10. All of our anxiety, frustration and patience has paid off. Every six months we will continue to be paid for electricity generated. We are doing our bit generating energy for the national grid AND being generously rewarded for it!
Planning registered the project on 4/11/09,
posted the planning notice at the village hall and
took photographs of the existing village hall
plus sent out notices to neighbouring residents promptly before
approving our project.
- Greenearth Energy installed the panels in just three days despite the
rain and snow, starting 1 December 2009
- Good Energy contracted to buy our surplus electricity
Life is good being "green"!
FIT Payment Celebration
As of 9/4/19:
Total Units Generated
CO₂ Saved 13443 kg
To view the project in
photos, please click here
Contact Sarah for more details
01981 500155 or email
Hereford Times Bredwardine & Brobury News Correspondent 2019
Sue Miles has very kindly agreed to take on the task of sending details of our local events to the Hereford Times. Not missing a beat, Sue has already begun to report. Final total donation to the Acorns for 2018 as a result of HT reporting was £250. What a busy village we are!!
Many thanks to the Jarvis Charity for the on-going support of our villages. For the past several years the Jarvis Charity has donated money to supplement the Bredwardine and Brobury childrens' party. In recent years, the VHC have taken the children to see the pantomime at the Courtyard in Hereford. The Jarvis donation allows us to take all children in both villages up to and including the age of 16 plus one parent each for free. This year 22 children and parents attended plus an additional eleven paying-adults attended the performance of Peter Pan on Saturday, January 12th, 2019. Tinkler Bell stole the show!
The VHC would also like to thank the Jarvis Charity for their additional financial support of our villages' Autumn Project this year. The VHC employed local builders to excavate and landscape an area on the south side of the village hall for outside seating in the warmer weather. Thank you!
Wassail, Morris Dancing and Mummer's Play, Saturday, 19th January 2019, 6.30pm
A great time was had by all, especially those who love a fire. Despite the rainy day, the downpour stopped by evening and approximately 75 people attend. Torches were provided by the Morris Dancers to light our way to the orchard across the road from the Red Lion Hotel in Bredwardine. Fires circling the chosen cider apple tree lighted our path. A good harvest was toasted with a drink of cider. Morris Dancers entertained the spectators before moving on to the village hall where they performed a Mummer's Play. Mulled Cider was the drink of the night plus vegi casseroles, sausages and garlic bread were provided by the VHC. Lovely evening.
Sunday, November 11th 2018, Armistice Commemorative Village Meal The Village Hall was filled to capacity as Bredwardine and Brobury came together to commemorate those who had gone before. This was truly a village event, organised, supported and attended by all. Many thanks to everyone for making the evening a success.
Our annual Quiz Night was on Friday the 12th of January 2018 in the Village Hall. A brilliant time was had by all including the team who came last and won a nice bottle of wine for their efforts. Triumphant in defeat. Sue Miles excelled as quiz master but baffled many of us, saying that many questions were "easy". The soups were tasty, the sweet bites just enough to satisfy. A profit of £97 was made on the night which will be used for maintenance of the village hall. Thank you one and all!
Our Village Christmas Tea, on Saturday 9th December 2017 was well attended. And what a welcome venue it was with Cathy's Christmas tree completing the Christmas setting and the woodburner warming the hall throughout. The Village Hall made a profit of £75 towards our maintenance of the hall. Thank you to everyone who prepared for the event, who baked the yummy cakes and pies and who served on the day.
Meet the Neighbours, Saturday evening, 11th November 2017: What a turnout! Rumours have it that there were somewhere between 70 and 100 people who attended on the night! A common question when moving to an area is 'Where do you live in the village?'. The answer now hangs on our wall in the Village Hall. It is a hand-drawn map of the houses in Bredwardine and Brobury with pins displaying the home-owners name. Great talking point and helpful too! Homemade chili, nachos and a selection of homemade cakes were prepared by many of us in the village. Name tags helped introduce new and longtime residents of our villages. Piss Poor Paul and Andrew, a Latrine, serenaded us with their melodious voices. Their performance included Brobury Bell, a song written by Paul about the Brobury Church bell which now resides in St Andrew's Church, Bredwardine. How many villages have a song written about one of their village church bells? We are special. All agreed that it was a successful event and long overdue since the last time we organised a meet the neighbours evening was 1999. Thank you to all who helped and attended!
August Bank Holiday Monday BBQ, 28th August
The weather makes all the difference. This is the second year in a row that the sun shone all day. It was brilliant! We sold out of drinks, which is always a good sign plus there were only 9 sausages and 13 beef burgers left. The salmon fillets and sea bass were delicious and "disappeared" in no time. Although the purpose of the BBQ is to be a social event for the village, we made a tidy profit of £670, all proceeds to the Village Hall. Many, many thanks to all who helped prepare, set up, take down, serve and cook for our event. It takes a village to run a successful BBQ.
Eileen's Celebration Visit
On Saturday, 6th May 2017, Eileen travelled to Bredwardine to visit. Some of her friends organised a Bring and Share Party for her at the Village Hall. A good time was had by all! The photos say it all.
Diamond Jubilee Celebration : June 3rd and 4th, 2012
The rains stopped, the sun shone and life was perfect on Bredwardine Hill, for the Diamond Jubilee picnic and beacon last Monday. Many thanks to the Bowen family for allowing us to have the village festivities in their fields. Special thanks to Clive for building the perfect pyre and transporting chairs to the "hill top".
Coffee, Cafe and Produce Market with an Alternative Energy Boost !!
Our October 15th, 2010 market with an "alternative energy boost" was brilliant! As part of h.Energy Awareness Week our market focused on local sustainable projects including our 18 solar photovoltaic panels. The tea and cakes were yummy as always. There was plenty of produce, cheese, firewood and crafts to satisfy shopping needs. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended. Unofficial count on the door totalled 55. Special thanks to Ali and Kate from h.Energy who organised this successful week of event!
Our little 1939, timber-clad village hall was nearly bursting at the seams with all of the "energy" generated by alternative energy discussions.
Our new photovoltaic
panels are up and running, so it was time to celebrate our
achievement! Forty-five villagers, neighbours and friends turned
out on Friday, 9th April to toast Greenearth
Energy, Ltd, who installed our panels. Greenearth Energy answered
questions and the Hereford Times photographed the event. If
that was not enough, we held our first Coffee, Cakes and Produce
Market of 2010. The sun shone making our solar panels work
70th "Birthday" Celebration of the Bredwardine & Brobury Village
Hall: May 9th, 2009
and Brobury Village Hall marked the 70th Anniversary of its original
opening last Saturday, 9th May with a day of activities for the whole
community. The effort was well worth it!
Teas were served in the
afternoon when visitors were able to look at a display about the Hall
which included details of its history along with photographs and
memorabilia from the whole period from 1939 to 2009. In the adjacent
field there were activities for the children who enjoyed them
afternoon the recently refurbished toilets, with a new
‘disabled’ cubicle, were formally opened by local resident
David Hughes. A Big Thank You to "Awards for All" for their
photo competition showing current villagers during their early years
was the focus of much interest and amusement, and some incredulity when
the results were revealed during the evening.
to tradition a dance was held in the evening, with the "Gentlemen of
Jive" providing the excellent music, which was very well attended, and
much enjoyed by the large and very lively number of people, of all
ages, bringing to a close a wonderful day of celebration which was a
tribute to the affection in which so many hold this venerable building!
Although not a profit making celebration, close to £400 was
raised for village hall funds.
Previous to the celebration day
a dedicated band of helpers painted and decorated the Hall ready
for the day, and organised the event. It was wonderful to see so many
people attending, especially those, now living elsewhere, who returned
to the Village Hall bringing their memories with them, and greatly
adding to the happy atmosphere of the whole day. Thank you to one and
all who helped make the celebration a great success!
The hall is a
registered Charity Number 1041618.