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Ledbury playwright dies
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:41

Playwright and author Eric Pringle, who retired to Ledbury in 1999, passed away last Thursday (13th April) at the age of 81.

Eric wrote a number of TV scripts, including The Pretenders (1972) and The Carnforth Practice (1974).  He was also commissioned, in 1975, to write a two-part serial entitled The Angurth for the popular Doctor Who's thirteenth season.  However, that script was never broadcast - instead it was heavily modified and renamed The Awakening, eventually being released as a book instead, in 1992.

His play Meeting Bea, about the life of Beatrix Potter, was originally broadcast on Radio 4 in 1993. Eric had lived in Kendal for about 30 years before moving to Ledbury. Meeting Bea was performed by Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society (LADS) in 2002.

Another of Eric's plays, Hymus Paradisi, about the life of composer Herbert Howells, won a Sony Award.

In 2005, Eric wrote It's a Mystery - a brand new script for a modern version of the centuries-old Mystery Plays, which was performed in the Parish Church at Easter that year.  The music for this was written by local composer John Frith.  A number of LADS members were involved, and it was my honour to be in charge of lighting and sound - some of the most demanding technical theatre I have ever undertaken.

Black Meet on St. George's Day
Written by Silurian Border Morris   
Friday, 14 April 2017 21:21

Silurian Border Morrismen of Ledbury will be hosting the Black Meet - a gathering of black-faced Morris sides - in Ledbury on St. George's Day, Sunday 23rd April.  The last time such a gathering took place in Ledbury was in April 2015:

The Welsh Border tradition is generally considered to be the oldest form of English Morris - some of the earliest records come from the border counties of Hereford, Worcester and Shropshire.  Ten Morris 'sides' from as far away as Preston have been invited to take part: dancing will take place mainly by the Market House, by the Master's House behind St. Katherines, outside the Talbot and the Brewery Inn.

Sunday's proceedings will start at 11:00 at the Market House when Silurian presents a cheque for £1665 to St Michael's Hospice - Silurian raised over £800 at the Much Marcle Wassail last January, which has been matched by Westons Cider.

LADS through to the All England Drama Festival semifinals
Written by The Market Theatre   
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 21:24

Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society's entry The Last Bread Pudding, directed by Ben Mowbray, has won a place to perform in the Central Area semifinals of the All-England Theatre Festival of One Act Plays - to take place on 27th May in the Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton. This is the first time ever that LADS has advanced beyond the Quarter-Finals.

The Quarter-Finals were held last Saturday 8th April at the Highbury Theatre, Sutton Coldfield, with the LADS cast receiving high praise for their performance from the adjudicator.

There will be a chance to see the award-winning play when it is performed in The Market Theatre on Saturday May 13th at 8pm, and also in Hereford at a charity event in the Courtyard Theatre on Tuesday 25th April at 7:30pm, in aid of Breast Cancer Haven.

Herefordshire Council's new website
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:48

Herefordshire Council has recently revamped its website.  Unfortunately, the graphic artists have got hold of it, so although it might look prettier, it has lost some functionality.  Also, readability has suffered through use of a 'weedy' font that gets lost in the background.
In particular:

  • The feedback form doesn't work!
  • Links to many older documents have changed, meaning those to (eg.) planning applications on the Portal no longer work.  We have been through all the latest (ie. those that appear on the Portal front page) to update them, but obviously it would take far too much effort to go back any further.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our readers though something that is outside our control.

We have contacted the Council via another on-line form to notify it of these problems.

Yet another coffee shop for Ledbury?
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Friday, 17 March 2017 12:06

Herefordshire Council has received a planning application (P170834F) for change of use of nos. 3 & 4 Sear House, Bye Street from 'Class A1 (retail) to a mixed Class A1/A3 (coffee shop) together with shopfront alterations'.  This is from agents acting the Bristol-based chain Coffee#1, who (the agent states) has similar shops in Monmouth, Hereford and Tewkesbury.

These are the former premises of Clubsport (now relocated to the Homend) and the now defunct Advantage Business Supplies.

Although a commercial consideration rather than a planning one, we do wonder if Ledbury needs (or can support) yet another coffee shop!

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 March 2017 22:22

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