Stories from the Hop Yards brims with archive photos and films, alongside newly-recorded interviews. An essential ingredient of British beer, hops, with their evocative aroma, have been an integral part of Herefordshire life for centuries. During the hand-picking heyday, families arrived for a working holiday by train, cattle lorry or charabanc. Dinners were cooked over open fires and children picked hops into old upturned umbrellas, while their mothers worked at the cribs. Pickers, farmers, traders and brewers come together in this first film in the Herefordshire Life Through a Lens project to recount tales of hop-picking days, past and present, and with an eye to the future.
Our volunteer, Holly on the joy of watching the film with an audience "I am really glad that I saw the film in the cinema because I enjoyed seeing the emotional response of the audience, who either recognised or related to the people sharing their stories on screen. You could really see how much they missed some aspects of the old way of life: laughing at the simple stories of cider, salivating over the talk of rabbit stew and reminiscing over the sense of community. As a young person the atmosphere is something that I had never experienced and would not have felt the same way if I’d watch it at home."
Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm Flicks in the Sticks, Lady Emily Community Hall, 16 School Rd, Tarrington, Hereford HR1 4EX
Will be supported by refreshments featuring local produce and cider
Monday 26 November, 8pm The Barrells, St Owen Street, Hereford. £3 on the door.
Monday 21 January, 7pm Colwall Village Society, Colwall Village Hall
If you are interested in screening the film, contact us at [email protected]
This series of exhibitions comes from the hop-yards of the county, featuring both archive and contemporary images created by students and staff from Hereford College of Arts and migrant workers*. It accompanies the newly-released Herefordshire Life Through a Lens film, “Stories from the Hop Yards”.
*Due to the size differece of the various gallery spaces, each exhibition is edited accordingly; meaning each venue will display a slightly different selection of photographs.
This tour has now finished.
Saturday 3 March, 5pm Borderlines Film Festival, The Courtyard, Hereford SOLD OUT
Tuesday 6 March, 8pm Borderlines Film Festival, Malvern Theatres.
Friday 30 March 2018, 2pm Dementia-friendly screening, The Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9YJ
Sunday 8 April, 5pm Cawley Hall, Eye, Luston, Leominster HR6 0DS
Wednesday 11 April, 7pm Leintwardine Community Centre, Leintwardine, SY7 0LB
Friday 27 April, 2.30pm and Monday 30 April, 7.45pm The Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9YJ SOLD OUT
Sunday 29 April, 7pm Leominster Playhouse, Leominster HR6 8NJ
Thursday 3 May, 11am breakfast screening The Courtyard, Hereford, HR4 9YJ SOLD OUT
Friday 4 May, 8pm The Market Theatre, Ledbury HR8 2AQ SOLD OUT
Tuesday 8 May, 7.30pm Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1AZ
Saturday 19 May, 4.30pm Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1AZ
Friday 25 May, 7.30pm Conquest Theatre, Tenbury Rd, Bromyard HR7 4LL SOLD OUT
Tuesday 26 June, 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Hall, Church St, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN
Wednesday 27 June, 8pm Wellington Social Club HR4 8AX. SOLD OUT
Tuesday 3 July, 5.15-8pm Ledbury Poetry Festival, The Market Theatre, Ledbury HR8 2AQ
This special screening also features poetry readings with two of the film’s interviewees, Raine Geoghegan and Margaret Dallow; a tasting of local beers and a chance to share stories. .
Friday 20 July at 4pm and Saturday 21 July at 3pm (with introduction from the film-makers) at Nozstock festival courtesy of The Wrong Directions Cinetent
Tuesday 4 September, 7.30pm Conquest Theatre, Tenbury Rd, Bromyard HR7 4LL SOLD OUT
Monday 10, 7.30pm and Tuesday 11 September, 1pm Regal Theatre & Cinema, Tenbury Wells
Thursday 20 September, 7.15pm Lady Emily Community Hall, 16 School Rd, Tarrington, Hereford HR1 4EX Hosted by the Hereford Photographic Society.
Sunday 23rd September, 2.00pm The Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Thursday Oct 4th, 7pm Food 8.30pm Film The Green Beer Festival, The Talbot, Knightwick
Friday 5 October, 8pm The Market Theatre, Ledbury HR8 2AQ SOLD OUT
Saturday 6, 7.30pm Regal Theatre & Cinema, Tenbury Wells
Friday 12 October, 7.30pm Much Marcle Village Hall, Much Marcle, Nr Ledbury, HR8 2LY SOLD OUT
Tuesday 2th February to Monday 2nd April The Courtyard, Hereford
Monday 23 April to Monday 14 May Leominster Library, 8 The Buttercross, Leominster HR6 8BN
Tuesday 15 May to Tuesday 5 June Kington Library, 64 Bridge St, Kington HR5 3DJ
Tuesday 15 May to Tuesday 5 June Conquest Theatre, Bromyard
Wednesday 7 June – Monday 30 June Ross On Wye Library
Monday 20 August to Tuesday 25 September Ledbury Masters House, Ledbury HR8 1EA