Saturday, 19 June 2021

Parachute Regiment Plaque

 I noticed something different about the picnic area the last time I went for a walk by the river - a plaque has been installed on the wall:

On closer inspection, it turned out not to be a new plaque at all.  It's been moved from the garden of the Council Chambers (which is up for sale), which is where the tree it mentions was planted.

Friday, 18 June 2021

First Day of the Replacement Post Office Service

 The Post Office are sending a van to the car park of the Cinema Bookshop, starting this morning at 9.30am to 11.30am.

It won't be there every day - the dates and times are as follows:

Friday 18th June 9.30 - 11.30

Tuesday 22nd June 3.45 - 5pm

Friday 25th June 9.30 - 11am

Then a temporary Post Office will be opening in a location to be announced on 28th June, and at some point after that a new permanent location will be announced.

In other Cinema Bookshop car park news, the Nat West van will also be returning.  It will be coming every other week, starting on Monday 21st June from noon to 12.45.

So the second visit will be on 5th July.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Last Day of the Post Office


Wishing Steve Like and his staff all the best for the future.

The cash machine will remain for the time being.
The nearest Post Offices are now at Glasbury and Talgarth.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Balsam Bashing Saturday

 Sean O'Donoghue is organising a day of pulling the invasive Himalayan Balsam from the banks of the Wye.  Left to itself, it swamps native plants.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Sean on

The group will be meeting at the entrance to the Warren at 10am on Saturday 10th July (that's the gate at the end of the lane).

Himalayan Balsam is pretty easy to pull - it doesn't have a strong root system.

So the Warren should be looking its best for another event on Wednesday 14th July, when the Walking With The Wye pilgrimage reaches Hay.  A day of celebration is planned, from 10am to 4pm, with the Shantymen singing, poetry and a picnic.

[Edited to add: The water should arrive at the Warren at about 5pm, with the celebrations going on until 6.45pm, when the event will move to the Globe for a screening of Rivercide and more music and poetry].

On Thursday 15th July the bottle of water, which is being carried from the source of the Wye to where the Wye meets the Severn estuary, will be handed over to the next group of walkers at Hay Market, from 10.30am.  There will also be a citizen science demonstration - volunteers are sampling the water to find out how polluted the river is.

It's a shame that this sort of thing has to be carried out by volunteers when the national bodies which are supposed to look after the rivers  don't seem to be doing this.  Whatever happened to the investigation into the pollution event at Glasbury, for instance?

Sunday, 13 June 2021

A New Choir in Town

 Hay has a lot of musical people, and several choirs already.

A new one will be meeting on Tuesdays in the Globe garden from 6.30 to 7.30pm.  They can accept a maximum of thirty people, and no experience is necessary.  The choir is being run by Jane Dodds, who can be contacted on

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Fully Vaccinated!

 I've spent a lovely morning in Bronllys, having my second Covid jab, so I'm now fully vaccinated.  I spent some time after the jab in the church porch, reading my book while the swallows swooped past me to their nests.  They didn't seem bothered by me at all.  

It was a great relief that the buses came on time in both directions!

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Walking with the Wye

 The group Save the Wye are organising a month long pilgrimage along the River Wye from the source to the Severn estuary, starting at Plynlimon on 3rd July and ending at Chepstow on 31st July.  Each day's walk will be about five miles, and the walkers will be carrying a bottle of pure water from the source of the river all the way along the walk.  Although it's described as a walk, it will also involve canoeists, cyclists, horse riders and swimmers.

Various events are being planned at points along the route, including Hay.

The point of the walk is to bring local communities together to celebrate their river, and to highlight the environmental problems the river is facing.  Once one of the cleanest rivers in the UK, the Wye is being polluted by chemicals, sewage, manure and invasive plants like himalayan balsam.  Last summer saw a lot of problems due to nitrate blooms and algae on the river, and key species of animals and plants are in decline.

The group are planning citizen science water sampling, music and performance, mass swims, artists at work, and a people's assembly.  They are keen to involve more people in the walking and the events, and can be contacted on

Meanwhile, the Rewilding, Biodiversity and Sustaining the Countryside group are planning a mass pulling of himalayan balsam.  For more details, contact Sean O'Donoghue on