Kilpeck Church

The beautiful little church of St Mary and St David at Kilpeck is one of the glories of Herefordshire. Head west from Ledbury towards Wales, between the Dye and Dore valleys, to the tiny hamlet of Kilpeck (pop 211) and there you will find an architectural gem; a...

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Things to do and see in Ledburyshire 2018

We are so lucky to be based in Herefordshire, which we maintain is the most beautiful and interesting county in the UK. So to start the year we began listing on our website what happens in this area on an annual basis. Then, because this year we are having a break...

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Tinsmiths Ukranian Visit

In a bid to make my lifestyle business provide me a lifestyle that takes me beyond the office I booked a ‘Textiles Tour’ of the Trans Carpathian region of Ukraine. I have long been fascinated by the culture and folk art of the people of the Carpathian Mountain region...

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Top of the Tree – Chair-maker Lawrence Neal

A sweet, hay-like smell hits you as chair-maker, Lawrence Neal, answers his door. The door opens in to what appears once to have been Victorian Schoolroom, but was in fact the village co-op store. Neville Neal, Lawrence’s father moved his furniture workshop to this...

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Settin’ Off Again – Chairmaker Mike Abbott

Above: an ash settin' chair, right, Mike Abbott settin' “I tried retiring in September 2015 - that lasted about six weeks” laughs Mike who has spent a lot of his working life teaching hundreds of people via his courses and thousands via his books about how to make...

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The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

During the delicious, and as retailers frankly frivolous break between Christmas and New Year, I had a belated birthday treat of an outing to the potteries museum in Stoke-on-Trent. The collection of ceramics that it houses is a revelation; whilst describing...

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