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May 2022 Parish magazine published

The May 2022 issue of the Parish Magazine has been published, copies should be dropping through your letterboxes this week.

For those that can't wait and would like a early look, you can download a full copy from the Eardisland Parish Magazine section of this website.

Trees and Hedgerows Talk: Tuesday 7th June at 7pm

The Environment and Sustainability Group are hosting a talk in the Village Hall by Sarah King from The Herefordshire Wildlife Trust. She will be talking about the importance of understanding and maintaining trees and hedgerows in the county, as well as where best to plant new trees. She will also be giving us advice on how to survey the trees and hedgerows in the parish. The group is aiming to start surveying during June, July and August as part of our tree audit project (for which we received funding from Herefordshire Council).
Anyone is welcome to come along to the talk which should be about 45 minutes long. There will be refreshments.

Village Hall Renovation Update

VERY GOOD NEWS - the brand new, bigger and very lovely village hall kitchen is now complete, and the Main Hall and kitchen are available for hire to individuals and groups. The small committee room will also be available after the Official Opening Day on 23 April.

This work has been a huge step towards ensuring we have a community centre fit for the future. There are of course still (always) jobs to do elsewhere inside and outside the Hall, which we and the Parish Council are working towards completing as time, funds and volunteers are available.

Hirers please note: from 4 April an additional charge of 5% is being applied to the hire charges listed on the website to offset the expected rise in energy costs; a full review of running costs will be carried out later in the year.

The Village Hall Management Committee are really looking forward to welcoming both new and existing users back to the Hall – keep your eyes open for upcoming events – these will be advertised on noticeboards, on the website and Facebook page and in the Parish Magazine.

Eardisland Community Shop - New Hours

From 1st May 2022 the shop will be open from 8.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

From 1st June 2022 the shop will be open from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

To make it a simpler or a more appealing task, from 1st June it is intended that the morning papers will be marked up with the shop closed. This is in the hope that more volunteers will be able to assist first thing in the morning, there are currently only two volunteers who do this regularly and we simply need more. We currently have sufficient numbers who are able to close the shop (although more are welcome) but the current closing time has not been popular with the volunteers. We have to remember the shop is run entirely by volunteers from the ordering, cleaning, paying in, liaising with other organisations, managing stock as well as the hour we all do working in the shop and everyone does this so that we can provide a vital village amenity.

David Wallis who has been opening up the shop on a regular basis for the last 10 years is reducing his hours in the shop from June, but he is not giving it up completely, a big thank you to David for all the years of service, we would not have the functioning shop we have today without him.

Eardisland Craft & Produce Fair

This year's fair will take place a little earlier this year, on Saturday 1st October, thus avoiding a clash with the Leominster Apple Fair and hopefully the annual flu jabs!
The event will run on similar lines to last year, incorporating the gazebos which proved so popular last time round. A brand new kitchen in the village hall means the whole space can once again be used for the sale of delicious home made produce, plus hot drinks and cakes. A barbecue will again operate from early morning and throughout the day, with plenty of free parking on the nearby recreation ground.
The popularity of the show means the demand for stalls far outweighs supply and with no scope to expand we have decided to open the booking period in three stages, giving priority to local parishioners first, followed by those who were unable to secure a place in 2021. We believe this to be the fairest way whilst also keeping the show fresh.

Availability and prices;
25 stalls inside the church @ £20.
11 stalls in the marquee @ £15.
10 gazebo spaces @ £15.
No cover @ £10.

How to book;
Complete the booking form which you can download here and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . As an alternative contact Phil on 07767781073.
Once a space has been confirmed your payment will be required within 7 days, either online or by post to the address on the form.

When to book;
Bookings open to Eardisland parishioners from 0900 on Monday 21st March.
Bookings open to those who were not stall holders at this event in 2021, from 0900 on Wednesday 23rd March.
Bookings open to all others from 0900 on Saturday 26th March.
Please adhere to these booking times and do not try to book in advance.

Phil Milchard
Co event organiser.

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