Our May hike was a little more strenuous than our average, though not so unusual when led by the lovely David P, to whom many thanks for a wonderful day out.
Wednesday Club always strives to bring new experiences to our members. When Liz Donavan brought a full set of bell plates and, after a short introduction, held a “Masterclass”, there were many volunteers eager to try their hands at them. It wasn’t a master performance, but the concerted enthusiasm fully made up for it. Watch the video below to judge for yourself!
And, all being well, we may get another opportunity just before Christmas.
Open Mornings have proved to be a wonderful opportunity for members to share with us their special interests. So it was in March when Ian Haines introduced us to a small part of his extensive collection of often rare coins, such as 50p coins with the wrong number of sides, or 20p coins without a date. Just handling old pennies and farthings had its special fascination, and the history behind many of the coins made us listen in wonder.
In February, HBC Hikers started from Sutton St Nicholas school and walked a circular route of around 6.5 miles in good weather, via Hawkersland, Preston Wynne and Sutton Walls. Thanks to David P for leading.
Not daunted by a bit of drizzle and mist, a group of HBC hikers enjoyed a walk along Marcle Ridge on Saturday, 19th March, led my Mike C. Panoramic (normally) views from the Ridge were somewhat obscured on this occasion but it didn’t matter and a good time was had by humans and dogs. Watch out for notice of the next HBC hike.
HBC Hiking Group has been lucky with the weather this autumn. We had a beautiful day for Hergest Ridge in October, as previously reported.
In November we started at a Wye Valley viewpoint south of Fownhope and enjoyed wonderful views on our 6 mile route via Brockhampton and How Caple churches. Thanks to Mike C for leading us.
Treat or treat… “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has never put it out” John 1:5
On a wet and misty evening we returned to Central Avenue park on the 31st October with bright lights and a different way to do Halloween!
Saturday 20th October 2018 saw a group of HBC hikers start from the lively border town of Kington and climb gently up to Hergest Ridge, one of the oldest east-west routes across the border into Wales. Near the top of the ridge we found a group of monkey-puzzle trees, a rather odd sight in this ancient landscape.Continue reading
On Tuesday a group of over twenty joined staff and patients in the grounds of the Stonebow Unit for a summer garden party. We sung a selection of well-known secular and Christian songs, ably led by our musicians Jon and Dij Priday, Ollie Bayliss and Jo Pirez. It was good to see both patients and staff joining in with the familiar tunes.
HBC Hiking group undertook a slightly steeper test on Saturday, 21st July. We set off from the foot of the Fan ridge, below Pen-y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons but on the west side of the A470 from Brecon to Merthyr Tydfil.