The New Leaf and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust team at Queenswood & Bodenham Lake are searching for people with memories of Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum who can share their stories and help to create a new oral history archive – and are hoping you might be able to share their quest within your local communities or local contacts where relevant.
Here is their message:
“An archive is being created as part of the Queenswood Heritage Gateway Project and the oral histories collected will become part of a new audio trail around the Arboretum and country park. The project will also collate all the historic information about the site into a new booklet to give local residents and visitors an insight into the area’s past.
Though historically part of a vast ancient woodland stretching over what is today the Welsh border, dramatic changes also occurred in the 20th century as the wood was clear felled to produce timber for the First World War. Since then, the Arboretum has been founded, royalty has visited and two historic buildings have been relocated to the site to become a café and visitor centre.
We would love to hear from anyone who remembers these changes or has more personal memories of exploring Queenswood as generations have grown up with this special woodland as their playground.”
To get in touch to share a memory – or to find out more about the project and how to get involved – should contact Rose Farrington on 01432 356872 / firstname.lastname@example.org
For all those of you who attended Spring Greens in early May and would like to keep in touch with this lovely local festival, there is a meeting this Sunday 15th July for the Spring Greens AGM & de-brief. All welcome – 2.30pm at Court of Noke.
And as a little pre-reading, click here for the Spring Greens School Days Report. The School Days happen in the run up to the Spring Greens weekend itself and are an opportunity for local schools to engage in green and inspirational activities.
Join HGN on Monday 9th July, 8pm at Hereford’s Courtyard for a showing of this stunningly beautiful documentary from well-known BBC TV presenter and explorer Bruce Parry.
The question of interconnectedness is at the heart of Parry’s film, and after the showing we will be considering our own feelings of disconnection – and our quests for reconnection in the context of our rapidly changing world. The discussion will be helped along by the expertise of our friends in HGN, including Cecibel Egan of the Pachamama Project.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Booking & ticket details here: www.courtyard.org.uk/events/tawai-voice-from-the-forest
Hunter-gatherers stalk their prey in a rainforest, acutely attuned to their surroundings, perceiving every sight, every sound. The film TAWAI contrasts the intense interconnectedness of tribal cultures with our own experience of living in urban environments. Here our sensory input is on overload, and we are forced to limit the amount we take in, habitually deadening ourselves to what is happening around us.
The question of interconnectedness is at the heart of this stunningly beautiful documentary from well-known BBC TV presenter and explorer Bruce Parry, who revisits tribes in Borneo and the Amazon to describe the changing lives of the people there.
After the film join Herefordshire Green Network for a discussion. Cecibel Egan of the Pachamama project joins us along with other expert voices from rural Herefordshire. Listening to ‘the voices from the forest’ we will be considering our own quests for reconnection in the context of such a rapidly changing world.
Film showing at Monday 9thJuly, 8pm at The Courtyard, Hereford. Followed by a discussion in the bar.
RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) aims to enrich society through ideas and action. They believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment.
Join RSA for a Street Wisdom event in Hereford this July.
Following the success of RSA’s pilot Street Wisdom event as part of the World Wide Wander last year, RSA Hereford will be running a Saturday Street Wisdom walk in the town in July.
This and other local events are all on our HGN events calendar. Check in on whats coming up, or send along your own events to add to the list.
PACHAMAMA ⌘ EARTH MOTHER EVENINGS:
In November 2018 four travelling sisters will be making their Pachamama ⌘ Earth Mother Prayer Journey to the Bolivian Andes. This is envisioned as a symbolic affirmation at this time of tumult, a remembering of kindness and wild tenacious hope in empowering our custodianship of the earth, and a carrying of threads to add to the ongoing work of womankind in strengthening connections between our ancient lands, our diverse cultures and our resilient, brilliant spirits.
They would like to invite you to be woven into the cloth of this journey… They have already hosted two Pachamama evenings during the winter to raise energy for this project and to gather your prayers and blessings to carry to Bolivian sisters; they will be sharing at third Pachamama evening on the edge of Herefordshire in Hay-on-Wye this spring.
They will offer music, songs, stories, mountain dances, rituals, traditional Andean food and drink plus their own craft works. They will share words from the Bolivian Pachamama Law and teach you to sing to Mother Earth in Quechua.
Together we will weave a cloth that catches our collective vision for this world.
APRIL 28 Saturday
HAY‐ON‐WYE, Brilley Village Hall,7pm‐10pm, everyone welcome
For more information or to reserve your place please contact Naomi:
For each evening drinks and vegetarian Andean supper are included, cakes available to buy.No tickets in advance but please reserve your place by email as these will be popular evenings and the venues are intimate! Bring a drum if you have one; bring your dancing feet.
Ticket price: £15 (£10 for benefits/low income), cash on the door.
With thanks and welcome from Carolyn Hillier, Cecibel Egan, Jilly Dowse and Naomi Ocean
New Leaf creative Jaime Jackson and fellow artist Maidred McVeigh have a residency in the Gallery at De Koffie Pot and at the Herefordshire Archive & Record Centre (HARC). Together with the work of 100 young people from Worcestershire and Herefordshire they are celebrating the women’s suffrage movement and WW1 lumber-jills.
Divestment Training Workshop
Join the fight to free the UK from its harmful investments and relationships with fossil fuel companies!
In April we are co-hosting the Herefordshire Green Network Gathering with the inspirational Divest Cymru.
This free training event is our opportunity to learn how to lobby our MP, Councillor, faith institution or university on climate change. We’ll be learning and putting into practice the best techniques, tricks and strategies to convince Bill Wiggin MP and Jesse Norman MP to divest their pension fund from fossil fuels and get behind a clean energy future.
Join an interactive training event that seeks to inspire locals around Herefordshire, supporting those campaigning for a fossil-free future and encouraging others to join or help start a local divestment group in your area.
To date, over 140 former and current MPs have backed the Divest Parliament campaign – including leaders of the Labour Party, Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party.
Help us add Herefordshire to the list!
When: Wednesday 18th April, 7.30pm
Where: The Garden Room, Left Bank Village, Bridge Street, Hereford.
Any questions about the event, please email email@example.com
If you can’t make the event, you can still write to your MP using this tool (please personalise your email as much as possible): https://gofossilfree.org/uk/divest-parliament/#ask
The joy of love : An anthology of music, poetry, readings, psychology of love …. Who was St. Valentine? What is love? Can love be studied? Is love an emotion, an art, or both, discuss …!
Hosted by De Koffie Pot itself – with Natalia & Alan.