Summer Strolls

HBC Hiking Group have enjoyed beautiful weather for their last two outings. Our walk in July was a gentle and level affair of about 6 miles, starting from HBC and along the Wye to Breinton, where we were fortunate to find the church open for viewing. In August, we travelled ... Read More

Wednesday Club July Programme

Well into the June heatwave, some ‘cooling-off’ relief was offered by Janet and Juergen when they shared their recent travel experiences entitled “Switzerland by Train”.
July’s programme features a series of talks and demonstrations about English coinage by Ian Haines, before Revd Ruth Hulse will send us in to our ... Read More

Men on Bikes

Eight HBC men of diverse ages gathered with their bikes on the morning of Saturday, 22nd June 2019 for a ride in perfect cycling weather, not too warm or too breezy ... Read More

Llanthony Priory to Offa’s Dyke

The weather forecast for Saturday, 15th June was not great but the slight drizzle stopped just as we arrived at Llanthony Priory (founded in the 12th Century) and ten hikers and three dogs enjoyed what turned out to be a lovely morning ... Read More

HBC May Hike

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 ... Read More

Wednesday Club May Programme

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 ... Read More

Wednesday Club April Programme

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, ... Read More

Spring is Sprung – HBC Hikers

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 ... Read More

Wednesday Club March Programme

The beauty of the changing seasons was brought to us by Gordon Taylor as he once again delighted us with a most spectacular slide show; 40 minutes – not a word spoken, but accompanied by classical music underlining each of their characters – kept us all very close to God’s ... Read More

Wednesday Club February Programme

One of last month’s highlights was unquestionably a very lively and varied presentation of poetry by Bethan Kain and Marie Hill, all helped by appropriate props and costumes. They held us spellbound throughout ... Read More

Murky Marcle Ridge

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 ... Read More

Wednesday Club January Programme

Aidrian Shakeshaft made a very welcome return visit during December when he delighted us with a wide range of festive Christmas songs and carols – from “White Christmas” to “Hark, the Herald Angels” – who could resist not joining in?! ... Read More

Undulating Autumn Ambles

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 ... Read More

Wednesday Club December Programme

Last month’s highlight was a fascinating presentation by Susanna Grunsell of the large variety of garden birds, with a challenging quiz on recorded bird songs ... Read More

Treat or Treat 2018

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! ... Read More

Wednesday Club November Programme

To keep memories of the past summer alive, Janet and Juergen shared with us their memories of their cruise on the Blue Danube ... Read More

Hergest Ridge Hike

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 ... Read More

Wednesday Club September Programme

After the summer break we are looking forward to a new session with a varied programme arranged by our programme secretary, Ian Haines ... Read More

Garden Party for the Stonebow Unit

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 ... Read More

Brecon Beacons Beckoning

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 ... Read More

Wednesday Club July Programme

Don Balkwill took us back to our younger years with the help of a fascinating display and quiz of gadgets that in some cases had been long forgotten. Perhaps you may be able to identify one or the other. Sorry, no prizes ... Read More

Wednesday Club June Programme

Nigel Warwick (Thanks for the photo, Nigel!) provided a definite highlight during May with his fascinating and most interesting talk on the life-saving service that Blood Bikes provide to help the NHS in times of a medical crisis. During the night and over weekends motorcycle dispatch riders deliver all sorts ... Read More

Kilpeck and Cole’s Tump

The HBC Hiking Group, having given prior permission for the Royal Wedding and the Cup Final to take place on the same day, set off from Kilpeck in warm sunshine on the morning of 19th May, 2018. We started from the lovely little Norman church in Kilpeck and inspected a ... Read More

Wednesday Club May Programme

The beauty of our county was brought to us last month in Gordon Taylor’s superb presentation A-Z Villages in Herefordshire. 40 minutes of stunning photographs accompanied by well-chosen music – and not a single word spoken. We were truly spell-bound ... Read More

Central Story Easter Hunt

The weather meant that things didn’t quite go to plan and with the park a washout, Central Story relocated to the HBC buildings, the rain certainly wasn’t going to stop the fun and intrigue of the Easter Hunt! With the building bursting with activities and people, families were encouraged to ... Read More

Malvern Sunshine

HBC hikers met on Saturday 21st April and walked and chatted in lovely sunshine around the south-eastern edge of the Malvern hills from Hollybush to the A449 just below British Camp. There, we lingered at the cafe for ice cream before a short steep climb up to the Herefordshire Beacon ... Read More

Wednesday Club April Programme

Musical presentations are always very popular with our members, so it was no surprise that The Hop Pickers Feast had little trouble in getting our feet tapping and us joining in with a number of their folk songs ... Read More

Brisk Breinton

Brisk in the windchill sense that is, for a well-insulated HBC Hiking group maintained a fairly relaxed pace on a chilly but dry Saturday, 17th March.
We followed a figure of eight course of about 5.5 miles, starting and finishing at Breinton Church. The undulating farmland was varied and interesting ... Read More

Wednesday Club March Programme

Over the months and years members have enjoyed the visits of many exceptional people – and animals. So, our introduction to the rare breed of the Maine Coon Cat brought its own excitement ... Read More

HBC Hike Saturday, 17th February 2018

A lovely clear February morning saw 11 of us set off from Priors Frome, between Dormington and Mordiford, for a walk of about 6 miles on good tracks around Haugh Wood, set in rolling farmland. The weather was good and the chatter was constant so we barely noticed the miles ... Read More

Wednesday Club February Programme

Recently we much enjoyed a busy hands-on morning when we made our own Mors Bags, and a time when The Border Reelers folk group set our feet tapping with well-known country tunes ... Read More

Wednesday Club January Programme

Wednesdays, 10.15am – 12noon Forthcoming Programme: 10th January: Rev. Lynne Davis – “Opening a New Year”
17th January: Open Morning
24th January: John Platts – “A Policeman’s Lot”
31st January: Diane Bridges – “Little Daniel Community School, Luanshya, Zambia” We would like to wish everyone a
a Prosperous New Year ... Read More

HBC Hike 18th November 2017

It was a slightly drizzly morning but seven of us set off from the beautiful Italianate church at Hoarwithy on a circular 6 mile route on both sides of the Wye. The terrain was varied and fairly level and the chatter more than compensated for the weather and a few ... Read More

Wednesday Club December Programme

This month at Wednesday Club we held a very successful Coffee Morning with Bring & Buy in support of St. Michael’s Hospice. We were also treated to a culinary feast (samples from their wide range of prepared foods) by Wiltshire Farm Foods. And finally we did not go to the races, but ... Read More

Bonfire Night

As the winter was approaching and the nights drew in on 2017, the Price family invited the HBC youth band to light up their lovely country home with a BBQ, bonfire and some acoustic worship. We played a few of our favourite songs in the cold Autumn air, which was ... Read More

“From Hair to There”

For about 6 months now I have been considering the idea of shaving my hair for charity, I have always been interested in fundraising, and charity work is one of my career aspirations. Recently one of my best friends was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer (Hodgkin Lymphoma), and ... Read More

Royal Recognition for “Night Shift” Founders

TWO Hereford residents were honoured by the Queen on Tuesday, 10th May 2016 by receiving an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party, for their services to local revellers and partygoers. Brian and Mair Granthier, of Hill Farm, Dinedor, were prompted 13 years ago to create a safe and peaceful ... Read More

The L-Factor

During the 2013 Autumn half term some 30 – 40 children aged 5 to 11 filled the building of Hereford Baptist Church with healthy fun, laughter… and noise! The L-Factor took place on three afternoons with plenty of activities on offer. The close resemblance to a certain national competition of ... Read More

Wednesday Club Celebrates 40 Years

October 2015 marked a very important milestone for Hereford Baptist Church’s Wednesday Club for the over 50s, when members celebrated its 40th anniversary. It was October 1, 1975 that the late Mr Fred Porter welcomed some 50 members of the church’s congregation and their friends to its first meeting. The ... Read More

River Baptisms

Pentecost Sunday marked a special occasion in the history of Hereford Baptist Church when two members of the Young People’s group went through the act of Baptism in the River Wye. Senior Minister Antony Wareham and Youth Pastor Jason Borlase conducted the church’s first baptism in the river near the ... Read More