ECHO is an independent, Herefordshire-based charity, driven by the needs of our participants.
They are at the centre of our services and included in the running of ECHO.
We are proud to offer 26 Project opportunities to adults with learning disabilities, from work-based day opportunities to club nights out!
We have also recently opened a Talk Community Hereford Hub on Mondays, 9am-4pm, located in our shop on West Street, Leominster, where you can drop in to be connected to services, groups and activities across Herefordshire.
At the heart of ECHO is the belief that everyone can achieve when given the right support, meaningful choices, and meaningful opportunities. You can find our website at www.echoherefordshire.org.uk
Would you like to learn new skills? Have fun and make new friends?
Most of our activities are suitable for people with moderate or severe learning difficulties.
For more information, call the ECHO office on 01568 620307, or email email@example.com
Volunteer with us…
Would you like to make a positive difference to your local community? Use your skills and life experience to help others? Meet new people
Our volunteers support participants to access activities, enjoy themselves and learn new skills and are supported by Volunteer Coordinators. We have volunteer vacancies and would love to hear from you. Please contact the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“With ECHO you get back more than you give”
Volunteer Support us…
There are many ways you can help us. You can donate to us through regular giving or a single donation, be involved in events and sponsorship, set up legacy or in memoriam giving, or simply shop with us.
For more information, please phone the office or email email@example.com
I am an artist, writer, poet and maker.
I make bespoke hand-made bags and cushions using vintage fabrics and jewellery from found objects.
My contact details are on the flyer above and in the "Businesses - Arts" listings.
Finally, if anyone locally has a redundant or unneeded baby buggy, I would be grateful for it, preferably reasonably priced or even better free
I’m sitting at my kitchen table thinking about May, my very best month, the garden looks lovely with the grass cut and the horse chestnut candles flowering.
The red apple has gone over but the Whitsun Boss is beautiful.
Yesterday there were two house martins and three swifts overhead which is a relief as it’s already 9th May. Sadly over the last three years our house martins have lessened from about 15 nests to none last year. We did, however, have two sets of swifts that hatched and fledged chicks. It’s worrying about the house martins nothing has changed around the house or the fields around us so not Modern Farming Practices, as the media is so fond of saying. Good to have a sighting, if only fleeting, yesterday and we will keep a puddle in the yard just in case they want to nest again.
We have our annual pigs in, which is always a joy. Nothing makes the paddock feel happier than to have the pigs grunting and routing about, let’s trust the electric fencer keeps ticking and keep them off the broad beans, autumn sown and flowering well, and the rows of carrot, beetroot, parsnips and potatoes.
Exciting news is that we have another beautiful grandson who is totally gorgeous. Putting in a rather speedy, and early, arrival but is perfect….!
Dragonswood Forge has been ultra-busy taking a stand at Malvern Garden Show for four days. The customers were very supportive and so happy to be out and about. There was much admiration for the new stand of Fritillaria and tulips not to mention all the other lovely flowers and sculptures that he makes.
Parish Council has been taking up time and so have the preparations for the Platinum Jubilee in the hall, which I am looking forward to. It’s good to have a reason to bake, and use up some eggs!
John’s hand is improving daily and he has been signed off from the very excellent QE. We are still have an on-going collection for Tools for Self Reliance, news of that to come.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a yogi / yogini, you can enjoy and benefit from yoga classes from the convenience and comfort of you own home by joining my Zoom yoga classes on a Wednesday.
I am a fully qualified yoga teacher and have been running my popular Zoom sessions since the pandemic lockdowns began.
Yoga benefits body and mind. It increases flexibility and strength, improves sleep, reduces stress, enhances clarity of mind and much more.
I run two classes every Wednesday. A "gentle yoga" session, from 2.00pm to 3.15pm, and a "yin yoga" session, from 6.00pm to 7.15pm.
Prices are £6.50 per session, or for a 6 class pass it is just £30 (equivalent to £5 per session).
Everyone is welcome!
The suspension and subsequent dismissal of the The Revd Clive Evans from his post has caused much upset and sadness within our community.
The unacceptable length of time taken by the Church of England to reach a conclusion has been frustrating for our parish and devastating for the parties directly involved.
The PCC’s thoughts and prayers are with them all.
Looking to the future, the process of finding a replacement for Clive has begun and the PCC hopes to have further news on this sooner rather than later.
I have invested in a new tractor and a ProTech tracked fence post bumper. I also still have my mini digger. So, I am better equipped than ever to handle jobs both for agriculture and for domestic land and gardens.
Happily, I remain as busy as ever, but equally keen for enquiries and to take on work. I will be responsive and helpful.
See my business listing under "Gardens" - "EGF Agricultural Fencing & Farm Services" or just phone me on 07896 178482.
We needed to put new gravel down on our drive. Over 500m2, which turned out to require at least 20 tons just for 20mm depth, so 40 to 50 tons for a deeper finish.
We called the local branch of a national builders merchants, who directed us to a national supplier of "decorative aggregates".
Happily, we also called Hereford Quarries, just down the road.
Hereford Quarries' price was 70% cheaper!
Llewellyn Layton and Nicola Lawrence could not have been more helpful. Great advice about which gravel to use and how much (we got away with 20 tons) and, after a mix-up on delivery for a Friday, at 5pm on Friday afternoon they managed to arrange the delivery for us at 8.30am the next morning, Saturday, which meant they had to to reschedule a truck and driver.
Our recommendation...look no further than down the road!
Riitta & Robin Henshall
Dear Friends and Neighbours of Stoke Lacy Church (St. Peter & St. Pauls’)
For 850 years, from 1279 at least and possibly in Saxon times too, the Church in Stoke Lacy has served the people of the parish. Whether or not we attend Church services, most of us still live by Christian values and turn to the Church for major events in our lives such as weddings, christenings or funerals, or to celebrate festivals or seek comfort and support at challenging times. Having an open churchyard, a haven for wildlife, where we can remember those we have loved, is also very important to many people.
Additional to all of this our church is a fascinating repository for a remarkable history, the bedrock of our community:
• The church building is largely a Victorian restoration but with an arch from Norman times. Artefacts from the Medieval period include a font, Grade II listed stone cross base (1400) and 6 well-tuned church bells dating back to 1350 plus highly regarded stained glass windows.
• Amongst the many interesting connections of our Rectors the church has, in particular, a very strong association with members of the Morgan family who became famous for the creation of the Morgan Motor Car Company and its 3-wheeler car.
• There are also fascinating connections with the Kempson family (rector, church architect and predecessor of the acting Redgrave family) and Fabian Stedman one of the forefathers of bell ringing (1677) as we know it today.
Why are we writing this letter to you?
A prevailing myth is that Stoke Lacy Church receives financial support from the Diocese of Hereford or the national Church of England.
This is completely wrong!
The church has to pay its own way including paying towards the salary and housing of the priest we share with other parishes as well as the repair, maintenance, insurance and utilities for our church building.
We are teetering on the edge of a gap between expenses and income.
This is not sustainable.
Please will you help us to bridge this gap?
Household budgets are tight at present, but we would be most grateful if you would join the many households in our community which already support the church with any contribution you could make, by giving monthly or annually.
It is now possible to support the church through Direct Debit, as for any other charity, through the Parish Giving Scheme(PGS), a national scheme to make giving to church simpler.
You can do it one of three ways:
ONLINE (secure connection): https://www.parishgiving.org.uk/donors/
TELEPHONE: 0333 002 1271, Monday to Friday between 9am - 5pm.
BY POST: In this case you will need the Direct Debit form, Parish Name: Stoke Lacy St Peter & St Paul, Diocese: Hereford PGS Parish Code: 180618062. Address: Parish Giving Scheme, 76 Kingsholm Road, Gloucester GL1 3BD
All new donors will receive a letter of confirmation and the opportunity to amend/cancel.
Thank you in advance for your support for our community’s much-treasured church and the service it gives.
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St. Peter & St. Paul, Stoke Lacy.
For more information, please contact Stoke Lacy PCC Treasurer: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01432 820154