The Tale of Garway’s Hall…

7th April was the official opening of the ecologically sustainable, very energy efficient Passivhaus multi- purpose flexible and accessible new Community Centre in Garway! How amazing…

And you can all go along and have a quick look … and hear a story at the same time if you join would like to join their Storytelling tomorrow on Saturday 14th April.

Our friend an collaborator Austin Keenan will be enjoying the balmy warmth of the new hall despite April’s cold, and telling a few of his wonderful tall tales …


Saturday 14th,2–4pm

Adults £2, Children £1. Contact Austin 01600 750243

Congratulations to Kington

Kington’s KLEEN have achieved recognition across the county and won a Certificate!

If you are local to Kington you may have noticed the big banner that has been up on the fence of the Burton opposite the Primary School – or for those of us at more of a distance the double page article in the Hereford Times about the Community Awards.

It is excellent to see that KLEEN has been recognised as doing significant work for the community in the Environmental section of the Herefordshire Community Awards. The group was presented with a framed certificate by the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire during a ceremony at the Hereford Town Hall. KLEEN Treasurer Ian MacLeod and Secretary Rob MacCurrach attended as well Gordon and Jill Coppock.

This is useful recognition of all our combined work in the county – and to all of those involved with KLEEN over the years huge congratulations!

(& thanks to the photographer on the evening James Maggs for the use of the group photo).

Hellens Garden Festival

An opportunity to showcase HGN members’ amazing work:
… we have a picturesque barn at the Hellens Garden Festival for Herefordshire Green Network members on 9th 10th June.  Would you like to bring an activity, or a display of what you do?  The Garden Festival supports a vital cause (St Michaels Hospice) and has up to 3000 people visiting over the two days.
A couple of things to note:
  • The space will be open from 10am-5pm, we will need a presence there all day for both days of the festival.
  • The space is completely free to HGN members, but there will be no trading.

Please get in touch by next Friday 13th April and tell how you’d like to be involved.  Reply to this thread or email Thanks!

Latest News from WyeRuinIt

Archeologists and historians have been hard at work identifying the many historic resources that will be lost if the bypass is built:

West Midlands Transition Network

The West Midlands Transition network now has a Facebook page to enable us to share events, ideas and to jointly promote transition across the region. This is a members group but can be seen by the general public.
If you do such things and have your own Facebook account… please go to your Facebook page and search for The West Midlands Transition network. When you get to the page, click on “more” and ask to join…

Members Meeting on Wednesday

Just a quick reminder that our Herefordshire Green Network Member’s Meeting is on Wednesday this week, 21st March 2018, from 5 – 6.30pm at Left Bank Village, Hereford.

Please check here for the agenda.

Everyone is welcome – and if you could email to let us know whether you plan to attend or not that would be very helpful for numbers. Please email

Looking forward to seeing you!

Keep Herefordshire Warm

Through Keep Herefordshire Warm, Marches Energy Agency currently have access to a pilot project offering emergency grant funding to residents with broken gas heating systems (or those with intermittent faults). To be eligible, residents must be homeowners. Replacements are 100% fully funded and are working on a turnaround of 7 days.

In order to qualify, householders are required to be in receipt of a means tested benefit or have a household income of £21,000 or less (after rent or mortgage deduction), limited savings (<£8,000 for a single person or £12,000 for multiple person household) and have a vulnerability (aged 60 or over, children under 5 or health conditions / disability). KHW advisors can run through this criteria with residents in more detail.


This funding is only available until 31st March – so please circulate as appropriate.

For more information or to refer, please contact Keep Herefordshire Warm on 0800 677 1785 or email


Three from HWT!

Here are details of 3 fabulous looking events coming up from the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust:

The Big Wildlife Quiz:                                                                                                                     Wed 21 March                     7pm-10.30pm

Join Herefordshire Wildlife Trust for a Wildlife Quiz Night and test your knowledge about wildlife with friends and enjoy some warming food and a glass of wine.

Venue: Millennium Hall, Upton Bishop, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7TU

Cost: £9.50 per ticket, £42.50 for a table of five people.  The ticket price includes food and there will be a paying bar.

Booking:  Book online at or call 01432 356872.

This is a fundraising evening specifically to support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves Appeal.


Talk: A worm’s eye view of Bringing a Garden Life:                                                                       Tues 20 March                      Doors opening 7pm, talk starts 7:30pm

A talk by Richard Fishbourne for the Hereford City branch of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.  Richard Fishbourne ofBugs and Beasties will give one of his humorous and fascinating talks about how best to let your garden thrive and enjoy the detail and changes that nature offers.  Richard’s varied past has seen him recreate a miniature ancient apple orchard at the RHS Spring festival for the attention of HRH Princess Anne and interview gardening enthusiasts including the late Sir John Hurt and fellow actor Sir Michael Cain at the Chelsea flower show.

Venue: The Barrels (in the Brewery Room), 69 St. Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2JQ.

Cost: £2 members, £3 non members

No booking required


An Evening of Words and Music in aid of HWT’s nature reserves appeal:                                Fri 30 March                         7.30pm-11pm

An Evening of words and music, in association with the Wild Hare Club, featuring author and broadcaster Rob Penn (The man who made things out of trees) and prize winning poet and author Miriam Darlington (Otter Country: in search of the Wild Otter) followed with live music by Herefordshire’s popular world – folk band Slippery Slope.  

Doors will open at 7.30pm with the first half of the evening starting at 8pm.  There will be a paying bar throughout the evening.

Venue: Tomkins Theatre, 148 Whitecross Road, Hereford HR4 0DH

Cost: £12.50

Book your ticket online at or call 01432 356872.

Further details about the event will be available on the Trust’s website shortly.

KLEEN Kington

Congratulations to Kington on their fabulous new website! Here it is: KLEEN website

And thanks to Nick Cooke for working out with me how to share calendars – something all of the HGN groups could have a go at if they liked.. it gives all of our events around the county an additional reach 🙂

Members Get Together

A reminder that our next HGN Members Meeting is on Wednesday 21st March from 5pm – 6.30pm, immediately before the HGN Gathering (Ecological Footprinting with Pete Linnell, 7.30 – 9pm). We will be meeting as usual in Hereford at Left Bank Village.

Please come along to let us know what you or your local group are getting up to – and to find out what others around the county are planning for the spring…

If you have any items for discussion at this meeting please email to add them to the agenda.

… And please also come along for an opportunity to meet our rather wonderful new HGN Events Coordinator … more on that soon!

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