PAGE 28 • FESTIVE NEWS • DECEMBER 2017 SHOPPERS AT WORK ON ANVIL The memorial garden at St Michael’s Hospice at Bartestree will soon have an exclusively created garden Arbour – thanks to a little help from city centre shoppers. A weekend in October saw High Town taken over by blacksmith’s forges and the clanging of iron on anvils as members of the public, aided by artistic blacksmithing students from Hereford College of Arts set about shaping 1000 metal Ginkgo leafs which will form the canopy of the Arbour. The exercise was part of a unique exhibition highlighting the work of Artist Blacksmiths study- ing the craft here in Hereford, the only city in Britain to offer such a BA degree course which at- tracts students from around the world. Many of their highly creative metal sculptures were on dis- play in venues around the city centre. The event attracted large crowds and could be a forerunner for similar promotions to be staged by Hereford BID to attract more visitors into the city. On display was the Ginkgo Arbour designed and made by Ambrose Burne, himself a graduate of the College of Art where he is now a lecturer and also works from his blacksmith’s forge in Kington. He said: “Hereford is internationally renowned for its artist blacksmithing courses with 50 students currently studying on a three year R G MOSS Motor & Agricultural ENGINEER Littlehope, Mordiford Tel: 01432 870476 Ambrose Burne with his Arbour. course. Several from overseas” He designed the Arbour to be a contemplative retreat for hospice patients and visiting families in the peaceful surroundings of the memorial garden at Bartestree. Badder Fabrics of Hereford The One-Stop Shop for all your Dressmaking needs The Herefordshire Golf Club )%-, !! $ .,%)!,, +& %''%)#-*) * !+!"*+ !' 0 * %'! 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The original club was built at Broomy Hill on the edge of the city but when in 1932 Baird, by now a golfing legend was recruited to find a new site and create something extra special for the county’s fast growing golfing fraternity, he discovered Ravens Causeway at Wormsley, a 140 acre hilly spot, just eight miles from the city with magnificent views to The Malverns, Brecon Beacons and the Shropshire Hills. A perfect location for another of his golf masterpieces! And so it remains; a sporting gem and a great social venue. Stuart Rank, newly appointed Director of Golf has been set the task of moving the club forward into a new era building on the firm foundations of the past, especially the Braid connection which puts the challenging course into an elite group. A Yorkshireman, Stuart, 40 is a highly experienced professional golf coach and before moving to Hereford a year ago was in charge of the golf academy at Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire which featured in the James Bond film, ‘Gold Finger.’ He coached Sir Matthew Pinsent, four times Olympic rower gold medal winner, taking his handicap down from 16 to 1. He said: “My objective is to enhance the golfing experience for our members and I am delighted we have increased membership by 60 since I arrived.” “The prime purpose of the club is to provide the very best facilities to play golf and we achieve this at the highest levels. Social aspects of the club also need to be carefully considered and the club restaurant is winning great reviews since Martin Carter, formerly of the Crown and Anchor, Lugwardine took over as chef.” Club members have the benefit of discounts in the restaurant, but non-members are welcome to enjoy the facilities and the wonderful views of the course. It’s a popular venue for private parties and weddings. An onsite revamped shop stocks everything a golfer might need and a professional coaching service is readily available for beginners and regulars wanting to improve their game. Stuart and his team are making a big impact on their mission to rejuvenate a club that has served county golfers well for over a centenary. Great golf combined with stunning views Golf professional Stuart Rank takes on a new challenge at The Herefordshire Golf Club. Join The Herefordshire Golf Club in 2018 and be part of the premier member’s club in the region regularly on James Baird’s rural delight Thriving Senior’s Section Member’s discount in the restaurant and bar Attractive social calendar including themed dining and quiz nights Renowned tuition including group classes and individual lessons Top class Pro’s Shop with leading brands and 5-Star customer service Director of Golf galvanising all aspects of club life Play Winter Warmer Society Packages Coffee and bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes, followed by a one course chef’s special, Monday-Friday. from £25 per person. Weekends also available The Herefordshire Golf Club, Raven’s Causeway, Wormsley, Nr Hereford HR4 8LY Contact details: 01432 830219. Email: email@example.com Or google The Herefordshire Golf Club for full information.