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.

 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

A field trip to the sites and ruins of Dorstone, Snodhill and Longtown Castles in south western Herefordshire on Sunday 1 June 2014

Meet outside Dorstone Village Hall (OS 314 416) at 1.45 pm. There is a small car park and roadside parking – and a loo.

For strangers to the district, I suggest a route via Hereford (‘Roman Road’ A4103), A438, turn off south to Bredwardine and Dorstone, about 28 miles from Bromyard. You may like to see Bredwardine Church (335 446) and Arthur’s Stone (318 431) on the way, both well worth a visit.

In view of narrow lanes and restricted parking, the fewer cars the better, so it would help if people will where possible ‘double up’ coming from Bromyard. In any case we may have to leave some cars at Dorstone.

NB Two stiles: about five minutes of overgrown and rather rough walking up to the ruins of Snodhill; so have appropriate footwear, clothing and sticks. Bring tea as there is a ‘village garden’ next to Longtown Castle – bring something to sit on!

Any queries please phone 01885 483335.

Charles Hopkinson