Childrens’ Online Storytelling Friday 3rd April, 6.30pm – 7pm

From Nat and Alan – coordinators of Talks and Discussions (usually) at The Left Bank Village:

Friday, April 3rd, 6.30 to 7.00pm, bedtime stories for children with Austin Keenan and Alison Newsam:

Children and their families are invited this Friday evening to listen to two local storytellers, Alison Newsam and Austin Keenan, who will be telling stories from around the world.

Access Instructions: If you have friends or family that you would like to share the web session link with, please do, however do not share the web session link publicly on social media. If you do want to share something publicly on Facebook, feel free to share the Facebook page for the event that can be found here:
To join the event, click on this web session link:
(As specified above, please do not share this web session link publicly on social media) 

Please could everyone join a little early so that we can make a prompt start? If you are new to Zoom, please give it a go at least an hour beforehand. If you have difficulty, contact Perry Walker, the compere, on or 07858 750936. Perry will not be able to help shortly before or during the event. We are still experimenting, so please be patient.

Talks and Discussions at The Left Bank Village have moved online!

Wednesday 25th March – from 7.30 to 8.30pm.

The T&D team at The Left Bank are adapting to the circumstances and bringing to you an alternative forum for their talks and discussions during this period. 

You are invited to join them for our first attempt at a virtual event (using the free and popular online software Zoom)

In their first online experiment, local storyteller, Austin Keenan, who has been telling stories for thirty years, will tell three stories from three cultures: Russian, Irish and Arabic. Perry Walker (Talk Shop) will facilitate online discussion in between each of the three stories, that you can join in with should you wish to.

If you would like to book a place, please reply email  who will let you know how you can access the session.
Nat and Alan Co-Coordinators of Wednesday Evenings at The Left Bank Village

Memories of Queenswood

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 /

Spring Greens Report

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.



TAWAI – not to be missed!

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:

Film showing – TAWAI

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.

Hereford’s Street Wisdom..

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.

Click here for more details.

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 in Herefordshire


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

International Women’s Day

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.

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