'The Assassination of the Archbishop: The Story of St. Thomas à Becket' by William Moyle

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Saturday May 12th 2018 at 7.30 - 9.00 pm
St. Thomas à Becket Church

Since the twelfth century, the Church of St. Thomas à Becket has stood in a remote field in the tiny village of Huntington, high up in the hills above Kington.  For nine long centuries, it has witnessed generation after generation of people come and go through its ancient door.  The church must have witnessed everything, from the time it was filled with corn for the tithe, to countless weddings, baptisms and burials.  Yet, it is only one of about nine churches left in the country to be named after the illustrious Archbishop Thomas Becket, who rose from middle-class stock to become the friend and later enemy of one of the most powerful kings in Britain – Henry II. 

So why was this remote outpost church named after the archbishop?  Rumour has it that it was built by Richard le Breton, one of the knights who slaughtered Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. It is said that Breton had local connections, so he built the church in penance for what he and other knights did to Becket.  Was this true? 

William Moyle from Huntington, has just written a book on the subject and tonight he will launch it by telling the whole story of the life of the church’s patron saint, Thomas Becket.  It is a story of ambition, power, excitement, disasters, corruption, betrayals, exile, battles with his king, Henry II and his beautiful wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. The stories make a riveting thriller of medieval times.  The final legendary night on December 29th 1170, when as Archbishop of Canterbury, Becket bravely walks into Canterbury Cathedral, only to be slain by the four knights of Henry II, will be told in great detail. 

The surprising aftermath will also be explained and above all, the reason why the little church in Huntington should bear his name, will be revealed.  This is an evening which should not be missed.

There will be a party after the talk with free drinks and canapés.

The Ethelbert Consort

Saturday 23rd June, 2018 at 7pm
Huntington Church

 Jon Weller, Musical Director

Jon Weller, Musical Director

The Ethelbert Consort was formed in 2013 and has expanded ever since from a quartet in its earliest performances to a pool of semi-professional and professional singers from Herefordshire and the surrounding area. 

Founded by its current Musical Director, Jon Weller, the group has performed in Hereford Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral and St Mary's Priory in Abergavenny as well as at private functions and parties. 

Specialising in everything from Byrd to The Beatles, the group's musical education is generally through singing in church and Cathedral choirs, but as well as featuring sacred music in their repertoire, they also include folk songs and pop arrangements to provide as wide a range of music as possible - hoping to satisfy everyone's needs!

The programme this evening will include some of the finest choral music by English composers across several centuries, a handful of madrigals and then an entertaining finish of well-known and popular song arrangements. 

There will be a party after the concert with free drinks and canapés.

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"What Am I Bid?" The Life and Times of an Agricultural Auctioneer in Herefordshire by Julian Gallimore

SATURDAY 15th September, 2018 AT 7.30PM
HUNTINGTON CHURCH

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In this talk, Julian Gallimore will recall a compendium of anecdotes, observations and revelations from a career spanning 46 years as an agricultural auctioneer across England, Scotland and Wales, much of which was at the Old Cattle Market in Hereford. In tandem, Julian will talk about the love of his work, Hereford Cattle, and their unique virtues which have stood the test of time for over 200 years.

The talk is for anyone who has experienced the thrill of the auction, in agriculture or otherwise, for those intrigued by the inner workings of an auction house or curious about the techniques used in bid calling. Why do auctioneers talk so fast and why the rhythmic monotone? What do they actually say?  Julian elucidates this vital link in food journey from farm to fork and gives a first-hand account the drama leading up to the final bid.

Julian was born and bred in Herefordshire. In his formative years, he accompanied his father, also an auctioneer specialising in Herefords.  In 1960, having decided to follow suit at Russell, Baldwin and Bright, Julian set out with his father and together they travelled across the country to sell at markets and on-farm. In 1963 he qualified as an Auctioneer and Estate Agent and later became a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Throughout, Hereford market was a regular haunt for him where he sold sheep or cattle at the weekly auctions.

He rose through the ranks of Russell Baldwin and Bright Markets to become Chairman and with the decreasing popularity of the breed from the 1980s until a resurgence following the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001, worked for insolvency practitioners, was an arbitrator appointed by the Lord Chancellor for agricultural disputes, and carried out estate management and other professional work. He retired in 2006, when, as luck would have it, the demand for Hereford Cattle was picking up and a new Market in Hereford was becoming more than a pipe dream. On his retirement, Julian became chairman of Herefordshire Country Fair, a post which he relinquished in 2017.

There will be a party after the talk with free drinks and canapés.

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