Only a few ‘darks’ to go to the Festival

What to say……

The Bunting has been made; the banners are up; the exhibitors are frantically trying to complete their work.

Come along and join in.

Remember the Kemble Centre is the information point.




Its getting closer

Everyone is gearing up for the Festival of Arts in Ewyas Harold.
Posters and leaflets are around.
Brochures will be available next week.

Come and see the exhibitions, nip in to hear wonderful music.
There are things to do all weekend.
Not to be missed.

Photo of The Psychedelic Hearts Club Band playing at The Temple Bar Inn on Monday 2-3pm




Do you want to make a scarecrow to stand in your garden for all to see?  There is going to be a show of them around the village – the more the merrier……
Please complete a form to let us know you are taking part as we are running a competition of ‘count the scarecrows’ for the visitors to the village over the weekend.
Forms available until 15th May from the Doctors Surgery; The Post Office and Mailes the Butchers.

Scarecrows from the 2017 Festival…….

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Press Release


Press Release

It’s happening again – will you be coming?

From 25th – 27th May 2019, Ewyas Harold will hold its second Arts Festival, showcasing and selling the works of local artists, photographers and crafts people in Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall, St Michael’s Hall, St Michael’s Church, the Temple Bar Inn, the Baptist Hall, and the Methodist Hall.

There will be other events and activities too; craft demonstrations and videos, a display of old photos of the village, music by community choirs and The Psychedelic Heart’s Club Band, and opportunities to learn how to ring the church bells.  Villagers and local schoolchildren are already helping make bunting, as well as making plans for their scarecrows.

The Festival is very much a community event, and the Kemble Centre marquee will be the base for local groups and organisations that work for the benefit of the local community, and the local environment.

Old King Street Farm’s llamas will be putting in an appearance outside the Memorial Hall, and Sunanta’s Thai Kitchen will be selling homemade Thai cuisine outside the Kemble Centre.

The Festival Information tent will also be based outside the Kemble Centre and ‘park and ride’ transport between Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall and the village centre will be provided by Dore Community Transport.

There are no entrance fees to any of the exhibitions/events.

Look at our facebook page  for more details.

Exhibitor, Glass art

Crafty Bird Feeders

Philip Kennedy (Arts in the Marches exhibiting at St Michaels Hall)

A gardener by profession but has always been interested in crafting and making things.  He recently came up with the idea of turning glass bottles of any shape and size into exciting and colourful bird feeders which are both a great addition to the garden and kind to the environment by reusing bottles.

Artwork, Exhibitor, News, Uncategorized, Woodwork

Elsby wood carvings to be on show at Festival



Steve Elsby

With a background in Forestry Steve Elsby has been creating Sculptures for about 16 years and demonstrates Chainsaw carving to the Public. He takes commissions either where a tree stump needs carving or he provides the wood which is locally sourced from woodlands or from tree surgeons and other contacts.
For more information visit
Artwork, Exhibitor, News

‘Arts in the Marches’ exhibitors coming to the Festival

Artists work include:

Frances Warren  established Arts in the Marches in 2013; an arts company offering a range of support and activities for artists and people interested in art. Frances will  be exhibiting her own sculptures working in recycled materials, steel and glass; combining interests in ecology and architecture to create sculptures for the garden.

Alan Richardson who works in all mediums, mostly with materials and objects “found” along the way.  The materials used keep their original shape but enter into a new configuration.  The aim is to stimulate the viewer into considering the way these objects exist in time and then to accept the process of creation into a new form.

Sadrina Gay takes most of her inspiration from studying nature and frequently collects pieces of stone and gnarled wood to complete her copper sculptures. She also applies her love of working with fire by using an 18th century Japanese technique called Shou-sugi-ban. This technique blackens and scores the wood which helps preserve it and also helps repel insects. Working with copper, stone and wood she produces unique pieces of secret garden sculptures.

Stephen McRae‘s work is regularly exhibited at both national and international shows. His creations are inspired by what he terms “playing around” with the material; in reality a  complex and informed process of experimenting with the elasticity of heated metal. Stephen specialised in deceptively simple sculptures for the garden, working with the power of steel and stone to produce pieces with fluid movement. Some of Stephens smaller items will be exhibited at this event.

For more information on Arts in the Marches visit   



Talented Local Artist

Angela Thoo

Angela creates precious metal jewellery and mixed media inspired by the beautiful area she lives in.  Movement in and of water, birds, animals, insects, flowers – often just a fleeting glimpse captured, the essence of the subject to be developed into a piece of jewellery or metalwork.

Angela’s work is constantly evolving with new materials and techniques being explored to bring her ideas to life.  She takes great pride in producing completely handmade work.  Each piece is a ‘one off’ and has its own unique character.


Exhibitor, News, Textiles

Clickety Click!

Marions Scarves are back!


Marion is from a family of knitters.  Her mother taught Marion and her two sisters to knit at an early age and her grandmother was still knitting squares for blankets at 90 years of age.

‘Knit and Natter’ isn’t a new thing. Back in the 1970s we would all go down to the local wool shop and buy a pattern and wool and come home and sit knitting and chatting.

Now with the internet we can buy wool online and have a wealth of colours and textured luxurious yarns to choose from. You can also find interesting patterns for beginners to experienced knitters at our fingertips. Knitting has come back into fashion and is here to stay.

Knitting is very therapeutic and is an easy pastime for our stressful lives – they call knitting the new Yoga!

Marions Long-fringed scarves, Necklace cowls, Shawls and Shrugs are knitted in a lacy yarn that has a jewel-like glisten, just wait for the compliments from your friends and family.

Her Neck-warmer-snoods, Cable Neck-warmers, Hats, Fingerless Mittens, Woolly Shawls and Shrugs are made in an acrylic variegated yarn that is soft and non-irritating. The beautiful colours enhance any outfit and even more essential they will keep you warm as the weather changes.

From a hobby Marion now displays and exhibits at Craft Fairs and Exhibitions around Herefordshire and beyond meeting new and existing customers, chatting with fellow knitters and encouraging young girls and boys to get knitting in 2019.

If you can’t knit and have the time come and see Marion at our Ewyas Harold Festival Event she will help you start to learn a new craft in 2019. Clickity Click….  see you there.

Artwork, Exhibitor, News, Uncategorized

Willow from Herefordshire and Somerset

Sarah Adby

Once again we welcome Sarah Adby to join us at St Michaels Hall during the Festival. Sarah weaves with willow from Herefordshire and Somerset. All the colours are natural to the material.
Her work uses traditional basket making techniques, creating traditional and contemporary baskets, lampshades and garden products.
Sarah also sells directly to the public and runs willow weaving courses.