Programme 2014

All evening meetings are held at the Conquest Theatre, Tenbury Road, Bromyard, and unless otherwise stated  start at 7.30pm.
Visitors are always very welcome but are asked to make a donation of £3. Coffee and biscuits cost £1.

Wednesday April 9th Talk- Historic Needlework by Sophie Holroyd. Embroidered rhetoric: the social, religious and political functions of elite women’s needlework, c.1560-1630.
Wednesday April 30th  Trip to Coughton Court, the home of the Throckmorton family since 1409. It holds a unique place in English history with its close connections to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Coach fare for everyone is £10.00 per person. Entrance fee £8.20 (National Trust and RHS Members free). Coach leaves Conquest Theatre 10am and departs Coughton approx 3pm. To book tel. 01885 400772 or email: 
Wednesday 14th May Talk- Women’s Institute at War, an illustrated talk by Vince Williams and Jon Goodson.
Sunday 1st June  Visit – Castles of Archenfield with Charles Hopkinson. A tour of three castles in South Western Herefordshire. Meet outside Dorstone Village Hall (O.S 314416) at 1.45pm. Full details to follow mid in May by email or phone 01885 483335.
Saturday June 7th  Launch of WWI Exhibition 2 pm, at the Local & Family History Centre. Cakes and books on sale.
Wednesday 11th June Members Evening. The Share Initiative Film Show with nibbles including old photos of Bromyard & district. Please bring a plate of nibbles.
Saturday July 5th and 6th Bromyard Gala. Help needed with preparation on the Friday 4th July. Please call Alex Hoyle on 01885 400772
Tuesday 8th July Trip to St Fagans, the Welsh National History Museum, a sixteenth century Elizabethan manor house set in 100 acres. Cost £12.00 per person. Coach leaves Conquest Theatre at 9am and departs St Fagans approx 4pm. To book tel. 01885 400772 or email:
 Saturday 30th August   Bromyard Hop Festival
Wednesday September 10th  Talk- The history of the Music Halls by Lisa J Smith with audience participation.
Wednesday 17th September   Trip to Quarry Bank Mill Wilmslow, Cheshire. Coach leaves at 9am from the Conquest Theatre and departs from Quarry Bank Mill approx 4pm. Cost TBC. To book tel. 01885 400772 or mail:
 Wednesday October 8th  Talk- Malvern Women of Note by Pamela Hurle.
Wednesday 15th October  7.30pm – AGM – at The Local & Family History Centre. PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS NOT AT THE CONQUEST THEATRE
Wednesday November 12th   Talk – The Herefordshire Regiment during WWI by Andy Taylor.
Saturday November TBA  Christmas Fayre at the Local & Family History Centre, 2pm – 6pm. Grand prize draw, mulled drinks and mince pies, cake, book, and bric-a-brac
Sunday December 7th  Christmas Lunch at Stoke Lacy Village Hall.12.30 for 1pm.

Farm Buildings Recording Group Meetings
(these take place throughout the year)
No longer required for modern agriculture, farm buildings are disappearing so fast that it was felt imperative to make a start recording the ones that remain.  A small group is visiting local farms with the aim of building up detailed records that will include many photographs. The records are stored in the archive and should prove to be a marvellous source of information in years to come for anyone interested in the agricultural history of the area.  To access them now, permission from the farmer or landowner must first be gained. If you wish to help with this important work, please contact Jennifer Weale 01886 821368 or email