Bumper ‘harvest time’ for local pubs

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‘It was a tremendous atmosphere. Every public house in the county was abuzz with hop pickers. All of a sudden for one month a year, there was an absolute buzz, it was incredible.’… Continue reading

An audience favourite

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Sometimes a story captures the public imagination for all the right reasons. ‘Stories from the Hop Yard’, the film from Catcher Media, seems to have done just that, that is if the sell-out… Continue reading

Stories from the Hop Yards film on tour

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So as they say on the football world it was a game of two halves. After the snow severely impacted our sold out premiere event on Saturday 3rd March the weather on 6th… Continue reading

Stories from the Hop Yards film screenings and exhibitions

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We are delighted to announce a whole new list of dates where you can see the first film from this project and the accompanying exhibition of archive and contemporary images from the Hop… Continue reading

No Irish, no blacks & no gypsys

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My parents moved over from Southern Ireland in the early 1960s. Like many migrants before them, and after, they were in search of work and a decent living. My dad went onto become… Continue reading

Love stories from the hop yard

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Fresh air, sunshine (some of the time), food cooked in the open, singing and dancing around the camp fire, surely a recipe for the odd romance in the hop yard? But, in the… Continue reading

‘England’s last remaining barrel maker insists he’s not on his last kegs’

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‘England’s last remaining barrel maker insists he’s not on his last kegs’ Great headline, but, frustratingly, not one I can claim as my own. But we are grateful to the esteemed journal, the… Continue reading

Countdown

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With Christmas and New Year behind us, and Borderlines Film Festival in front of us, we are on countdown to the first film in the Herefordshire Life Through a Len’s series. First up… Continue reading

Sailor Thomas and the 14 inch pipe

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As a journalist, I think what draws me to Derek Evans is his nose for a good news story. I am reminded of this by the discovery of another gem from his delicious… Continue reading

Gypsy caravan craftsman stands the test of time

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The Derek Evans’ archive continues to spring surprises. Most delicious among them are his scrap books, page after page of newspaper cuttings, documenting news from the ‘front line’ of rural life. Dive in… Continue reading