- Allotment associations – protect your site, register as a community asset. Allotment Federations -keep allotments in the public eye, make sure they are mentioned in the Local Plan and lobby your councillors and MPs.
- Councils preserve and value your allotment service – it has the potential to deliver some of your public health targets.
- Plot-holders -join the National Allotment Society and support your regional allotment network to promote the allotment movement.
- Aspiring plot-holders – do not be put off by the thought of a long wait – sign up for a plot now; without waiting lists allotment authorities cannot assess demand.
- Prince Charles has his Welsh residence at the western edge of the park near Myddfai
- There really are sheep everywhere-with around 1250 farms within the park
- Britain’s largest breeding population of lesser horseshoe bats can be found in the Usk Valley.
- Abseiling & Rock climbing
- Go Underground
- Cycling & Mountain Biking
- Horse Riding & Trekking
I was very excited to start my apprenticeship as it is a structured programme which gives you a chance to work towards a qualification. My apprenticeship was arranged through Riverside Training and I have been assigned an assessor. For the first eight weeks, I have regular meetings with Andrea to check on how I am doing. After this stage, I will have work assigned to me which I must complete in the time frame Andrea sets.
My role here at the guest house is a trainee receptionist. I interact a lot with the customers and my main priority is to ensure that the customers are satisfied and happy. I am gradually gaining the skills and knowledge I need to succeed in the customer service environment.
The reason I chose to do an apprenticeship was because I am learning as I work, which suits me better than if I had gone to College. I am really enjoying my training, it is like one big family here. I have been made to feel very welcome and I feel I have really settled in. It can be challenging at times but very rewarding.
Personally, I feel doing an apprenticeship has changed me. It has made me a lot more confident. I recommend people doing an apprenticeship as it is a good learning experience for life in the working world.
by Livvy Wright
After an early start to set up the Kidwells House stand. The exhibition opened at 10 o’clock and consisted of local businesses coming together to give advice, share experiences and promote a wide variety of different services.
There was a great buzz in the room and lots of people visited our stand and were given goody bags to take away. We were also able to promote and inform potential clients about what the guest house can offer and the facilities available. In doing so, we invited them for a tour of the guest house which includes a breakfast as well.
It proved to be a very productive day and we are looking forward to exhibiting at the next one in April 2017
We arrived at Lyde Court and were greeted with a warm welcome from Zoe. She showed us around the stunning barn where wedding ceremonies and other functions are held. The barn was all set up for a meeting when we arrived.It had a beautiful set of flowers and candles spread out among the tables. To complement the room the fairy lights were on as well. The venue is designed so that prospective clients can put their own personal touches in place.
The scenery outside is outstanding overlooking the peaceful countryside and the garden is also licenced for weddings. Lyde Court is a phenomenal venue and takes great pride to give guests the very best experience. Lyde Court is also able to provide accommodation with bunk beds and camping in the grounds.
If you are looking for the perfect venue then please visit their website Lyde Court and if you find that you have guests that need somewhere to stay we will endeavour to accommodate them at Kidwells House
The theme this year is “growing together” which hopefully will encourage individuals the opportunity to manage a plot of their own and grow their own food.
Allotment gardening is available to all sectors of the community from the unemployed to the professional and of course all races, religions and all levels of ability.
Karen Kenny, the National Allotment Society President, would like to invite you to visit an event during National Allotment Week and experience the joy of allotments for yourselves.
“We are proud of the Allotment Movement in Britain and its continued success in offering opportunities for families to provide for themselves, whilst also being a valuable resource to diverse groups of people. Social inclusion is an important part of allotment life and there are many projects for those with both physical and mental disabilities, as well as projects which target the socially disadvantaged. We also see whole families from toddlers right up to and including Granny and Granddad enjoying working together on their plots.”
The NAS aims to protect, promote and preserve allotments and we call on all those who value allotments to support us in this endeavour, we can all do our part-
To help celebrate this event we have visited some of Herefordshire’s allotments and community plots which include Community Gardens – Villa Street Saxon Hall and Hereford Council Council allotments by Asda.
It’s National Parks Week which is an annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain’s breathing spaces. It runs from Monday 25 to Sunday 31 July 2016.
The theme for National Parks Week 2016 is adventure. With diverse landscapes, activities and events there’s an adventure waiting at whatever scale suits you! And aren’t we lucky to have the wonderful Brecon Beacons National Park on our doorstep.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is the youngest of the three national parks in Wales. Established in 1957 it covers 520 square miles and offers a host of events and activities for you and your family to partake in and enjoy, with an added bonus of beautiful views and scenery.
Here are just a couple of facts below of many from the park:
We have included a list of what’s on offer below which you may find useful:
Brecon Beacons National park is just over an hour’s drive from Kidwells Guest House
We were very pleased to have the opportunity of visiting Hergest Croft Gardens last Thursday. The house was built over 120 years ago, and has been lived in by four generations of the Banks family who designed the gardens.
It was a beautiful afternoon and we were greeted by stunning views towards the Black Mountains. We explored the gardens and were amazed by all the beautiful trees and shrubs, however, we had missed the azaleas and rhododendrons due to the time of year. Maybe we will have to have another visit.
After enjoying our walk around the gardens we went to the house for a well deserved cream tea and a sit down to admire the views.
A guided walk is available, however you would need to book for this. Please take a look at their website for more information.
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us last Friday afternoon for our Big Tea in aid of St Michael’s Hospice.
The day started with a strong wind and quite cloudy which made things difficult putting up the bunting but by the time the strawberries arrived, kindly donated by S&A Produce (UK) Ltd , things were looking up. To add to the enjoyment of the strawberries the Co-op on Holme Lacey Road provided the cream. We also had a very impressive array of home-made cakes, including some lovely home-made buns from The Better Bun Company.
We chose to host this ‘big tea’ event as a good old fashioned tea party with a selection of china tea cups and saucers and ornate teapots. As our guests started arriving the sun appeared, as if by magic, and we were able to sit outside and have an enjoyable afternoon.
Hereford Mayor, Jim Kenyon, also came along to join us in support of this wonderful charity and spent time chatting and enjoying tea and cake.
Once the raffle had been drawn we were able to tally the total sum raised which was a fantastic £200.00.
Many thanks again to everyone who joined us and supported this charity event.
The day consisted of local businesses coming together to give advice, share experiences and promote different services. There was a great buzz in the room and lots of people visited the guest house stand.
My first experience of a business expo was truly amazing and I am looking forward to attending another one in the near future.
I visited Holyhead with my colleagues from Kidwells Solicitors as a team building exercise. We had an early start, leaving Hereford at 6.00am. We met Michael at 10.00am to enjoy a lovely full English breakfast in the local café to prepare us for our day out on the Kidwells boat.
When on the boat, Michael offered us the chance to get involved, even steering! We went just out of the marina and into the Irish Sea for about 2 hours battling the waves that seemed big to us but Michael was very much used to it!
Holyhead is a great attraction not only for the boat trips, but there are a lot of beautiful walking places, unique shops and wonderful views. I had a fantastic day out and would definitely recommend the sport if you get the chance to try it.
Written by Alice Charles
We were very pleased to be invited along to to the Newton Court Cider Open Day on Saturday. The weather was damp and dreary to start with, however when we got to the farm the sun came out.
On arrival we were greeted by Moira Davidson who, in her words, is the ‘Chief Hunter Gatherer and Girl Friday’. We were shown round the main part where the barrels were situated and of course we were given a sampler of the cider to try, most enjoyable. Paul Stephens, the owner, explained that the Cidery started back in 2000, he then gave us a quick overview of the cider making process. All very technical.
Paul took us over the road into the main big barn where we were greeted with the smell of a barbecue and more ciders to sample, plus the Sixth Form College three piece band were playing. Another local brewery Swan Brewery were exhibiting too, so a bit more sampling had to be undertaken of beer this time!
Once we had finished our cider and beer sampling we went back over to the shop and purchased twelve bottles of cider to take home
On our way back to the car we couldn’t resist a quick look at the cattle whereupon we were greeted by a very young calf who had been born that morning. So a fantastic time had by all and we would certainly highly recommend our guests to go out and visit Newton Court Cider