Free online HGN Workshop next week Small Funds for Small Groups – Wed 8th April

Wed 8th April 5pm – 7pm

Join us for the last chance in this current round of workshops to get expert advice about how to raise funds for your groups. Maybe some of our enforced time at home will give us the opportunity to work on funding bids or income generation for our groups?

Rebecca Tully will be leading the workshop and has lots of practical ideas about how to be successful. More details about the workshop content can be found here:

Join the workshop by Zoom by using this link (which can also be found on the HWT calendar)

It would be useful to know who will be joining us so if you will be there, please email if possible.

If you are having trouble using Zoom or want some support in getting going online,  Rebecca is doing free Zoom introductions on Mondays at 11am. Please feel free to join and share

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

Online offerings (and help to get access)

HGN introduction to Zoom session

If you would like to try out Zoom away from the pressure of a formal meeting some members of HGN will be online to support an informal introductory session and chat on Wednesday 25th March between 4 – 4.30pm. If you would like to join this chat please follow the Zoom download instructions and sign in for this meeting just before it starts by clicking this link:

The instructions about how to set up Zoom on your computer are shown in a document on the HGN website (Resources/HGN Documents/General)

Free weekly Zoom introductions with Rebecca Tully

Rebecca is doing free Zoom introductions on Mondays at 11am. Please feel free to join and share

HGN workshop this week

HGN workshop this week – Wednesday 25th March 5pm to 7pm Social Media and Working Online

Emergence Magazine

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, Emergency Magazine are hosting a new range of online sessions – see for more details.

Contributor Conversations each week will feature an Emergence contributor reading an excerpt from an essay and discussing their creative process every week.

Book Club each month the Emergence Magazine Book Club will read a book written by one of their our contributors.

Nature Writing Courses – an opportunity to explore and develop creative work—non-fiction, fiction, or poetry—in response to given prompts.

Four part workshop, Embracing Vulnerability and Connection –Led by Spiritual Ecology facilitator Amrita Bhohi

Postponed and cancelled events

We have received notification that the following events, previously included in the HGN newsletter, have been postponed or cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation. More information will be shared as we receive it.


The Introduction to Forest Gardening Workshop at Queenswood planned for 30th March has been POSTPONED until 22nd June – please see this link for details

We have received early notification that Hellens Garden Festival has been POSTPONED until 22nd-23rd August – please keep an eye on for when they have more details

Transition Leominster meeting to update on our Energy Descent Action Plan on Friday April 3rd has been POSTPONED to a later date. Due to the coronavirus outbreak many people in our community are self-isolating and most public events have been cancelled. We look forward to better times! Meanwhile preparation continues on a community car sharing scheme and  our other EDAP projects. We will shortly circulate an email bulletin to give an update of what you can do to help. Take care! Pete Blench, acting chair,


The Queenswood Sustainable Future Centre will not be opening to the public on Saturdays as planned until further notice. For an update about other events at Queenswood please see this link

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Hereford City Branch talk on the City’s Nature Reserves planned for 24th March has been cancelled, as have all HWT branch events. Please see this link for latest updates: 

De Koffee Pot Discussion Evenings have been suspended for the foreseeable  future – until this Coronavirus pandemic is over to the point where it is deemed safe for all to resume group association. They are looking to the possibility of starting up something in the way of an online discussion – more on that in a week or so.

Upcoming HGN Spring workshops are going online!

We are pleased to be able to hold the rest of our successful free Spring workshops online via the video conferencing app, Zoom (follow this link for details about how to download and use it:

The remaining workshops and Zoom invitations are below:

Wednesday 25th March 5pm to 7pm Social Media and Working Online

Wednesday 8th April 5pm to 7pm Small Funds for Small Groups

Wednesday 22nd April 5pm to 7pm Engaging the Public with Environmental Issues

More details of the exciting programmes on offer can be seen here:

Please click on the meeting invitation at the start of the workshop to join. It would be great to know who is joining us so, if possible, please let us know that you will be there by emailing

Next week – free workshop: Social Media and working online. Wed 18th March, Ross on Wye

5pm to 7pm on Wed 18th March at St. Marys Church Hall, Ross on Wye, HR9 5HN

Workshop and Q+A with Rebecca Tully

Getting the message out about your project and communicating with everyone doing it!

Working remotely is a theme in many of local projects and goes hand -in-hand with online publicity. Please bring your queries and we can find a solution together. We will cover as much of the following as we can depending on the needs of attendees:

  • A check-in of who you want to reach – and why this is important to know
  • An overview of social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Scheduling posts
  • Using a website and blog
  • Keeping in touch with enewsletters

As well as her funding expertise, Rebecca runs training live and online, and has managed the social media accounts for a range of organisations including Kids Kitchen, Stories and Supper and Herefordshire Green Network. 

Email to book a place

Reminder – first open day at the new Sustainable Future Centre at Queenswood, this Saturday

This Saturday, 14th March, is the opening day of the Queenswood Sustainable Future Centre!

The Jubilee building will be packed with information, so come along between 10am and 4pm, take a look & chat to staff about how you could get involved, plus get a free glass of Orchard Origins apple juice & 20% off eco-products in the shop!

We welcome your input into future plans for themed exhibitions, literature, films and workshops that highlight different areas of sustainable development. From climate change and biodiversity loss to plastic pollution and water management: come and tell us what you want to see.

Want to get involved ?

Wendy Ogden and Pete Norton from New Leaf will be on site on Sat. 14th March to talk about volunteering opportunities at the centre which will be open every Saturday from then on.

Contact or for more info.

HGN Free workshops update – extra dates

We have re-arranged two of our workshops to enable more people to attend so please note the new details below:

Small Funds for Small Groups: Wed 8th April at Queenswood nr. Leominster 5pm – 7pm

Engaging the Public on Environmental Issues: Wed  22nd April, Ross on Wye (venue tbc) 5pm – 7pm

The other workshops will go ahead as planned:

Engaging the Public on Environmental Issues: Wed 11th March at Queenswood nr. Leominster 5pm – 7pm

Social Media and Working Online: Wed 18th March at St.Mary’s Church Hall, Ross on Wye 5pm-7pm

Social Media and Working Online: Wed 25th March at at Queenswood nr. Leominster 5pm – 7pm

Full descriptions of the workshops and venue details can be found here:

EMAIL to book a place

XR in Herefordshire

Just over four weeks ago Extinction Rebellion (XR) in the UK was only known to a few hundred people. The Declaration of Rebellion was originally planned as a symbolic action – with perhaps thirty participants – to demand the UK government act in accordance with the climate and ecological emergency we all face. Instead, on 31st October around 1,500 people turned up and took part in spontaneous mass civil disobedience.

As this generated huge national and even international publicity, news of XR began to spread and with it, our ideas connected with thousands of people. Local groups came together and organised autonomously to take action, and around the UK local people are calling on their local Councils to declare a state of Climate Emergency.

Here in Herefordshire we’ve gone from a dedicated team of 5 people a few weeks ago to a march with songs and theatre on the 1st December that saw 500 people attend.

And now local groups are starting to form around the county to bring the XR message to our communities in Herefordshire.

So this is a message to anyone living in the North Herefordshire region who would like to help convince Bill Wiggins to take urgent action and ensure Herefordshire follows in the footsteps of Bristol, London and the Forest of Dean by declaring a Climate Emergency. Please contact Christina:

And if you would like to come along and see what XR look like in action, join a ‘Singing Emergency’ in Church Street Hereford on Wednesday 19th December, at 6pm – more details here. 

Or click here for a link to the Extinction Rebellion Herefordshire facebook page for general updates for anyone interested to find out more.

An Invitation…

At this turbulent time, filled with so many potentialities, what better than to join a room of Herefordshire green network friends and colleagues – to consider the year that has been, and to look forward at what lies ahead…

December’s HGN AGM is an opportunity to reflect on the year’s work… to hear the inspiring stories about what others around the county and region have been working on, and to plant the seeds of those creative plans and actions we look forward to over the coming year.

Join us at Gwynne House, Left Bank, Hereford, HR4 9DG from 5pm – 6.30pm. Then in the bar at De Koffie Pot for a shared HGN style green drink, mulling on the year that has been and concocting for the year to come. Perry Walker’s ‘Talk Shop’ will follow at 7.30pm over in Left Bank.

Click here for the meeting Agenda, Chair’s Report, Accounts and AGM Minutes from 2017.

Hope to see you there!

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