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Which brings to mind one of my favourite interviewees, the retired haulier, John Griffiths. I think even John would admit to being a ‘hard nut to crack’ when it comes to interviewing. And, again, I admired that in him: he is a proud man, who has had to work very, very hard
It’s easy to see why Derek Evans returned to it again and again to create his photographic record. Before the merciful advent of the Welfare State, a ‘safety net’ offered by the Friendly Society was sorely needed
‘It was a tremendous atmosphere. Every public house in the county was abuzz with hop pickers. All of a sudden for one month a year, there was an absolute buzz, it was incredible.’
Sometimes a story captures the public imagination for all the right reasons. ‘Stories from the Hop Yard’, the film from Catcher Media, seems to have done just that, that is if the sell-out audiences are anything to go by.
After the snow severely impacted our sold out premiere event on Saturday 3rd March the weather on 6th March at Malvern Theatres was much more in our favour and packed audience of over 420 people came to watch the film as part of Borderlines Film Festival.
We are delighted to announce a whole new list of dates where you can see the first film from this project and the accompanying exhibition of archive and contemporary images from the Hop Yards.
A hop picker from Ross-on-Wye, now 83, recalls the annual hop pilgrimage with a smile and a far-away look behind his eyes.
We heard the story of one sprightly 93-year-old, whose beloved son was the result of a one night stand with a Canadian airman during the War...
The imminent screening of ‘Stories from the Hop yards’ has invited stories around English beer and the rapid growth of microbreweries. Could wooden casks be set for a revival? We can only hope so.
Our film, Stories from the Hop Yards has caught the public’s imagination. It seems everyone, of a certain age, has a memory connected to the hop yards of the county, and most of them want to share their memories.
‘He had all these old trestles, it was like a big old shed. And he used to drink cider and take snuff. He wore a brown smock and he used to tip his snuff in his top pocket, and he had a habit of dipping his finger in and snorting.’
The Derek Evans’ archive continues to spring surprises. Most delicious among them are his scrap books, page after page of newspaper cuttings, documenting news from the ‘front line’ of rural life.
Speaking to the BBC in the run up to his retirement he said: “The FA Cup as a tournament was very good to me. I’d like to think I can still have some association with that because it was the Ronnie Radford goal for Hereford against Newcastle which really put me on the map in 1972.”
Waiting with perhaps more anticipation than most, was the ex-Hereford Times photographer, and friend of Derek’s, Ray Lloyd, and his wife Elaine
The grand premiere screening of ten local school films at the Hereford Odeon saw Screen 4 packed with expectant school-children on Monday July 10th. The aspiring historians and film-makers were there to present and screen their films, which all used the Derek Evans archive as their inspiration.
This entertaining and warm-hearted film revisits the past in interviews with farmers, auctioneers, townspeople, breeders, traders and council workers, and contains lots of archive film footage and photographs.
She vividly recalls the peace of being away from the bombing, and paints a rich portrait of the sights and sounds that made those few weeks hop-picking the country so precious.
A family’s long-standing connection to this age-old Fownhope village tradition.
Eminent Herefordshire photographer Keith James who worked with Derek for many years, talks about how he had an easy-going charm that could lift the spirits of everyone in the room.
John, whose family have been in hops for many generations, talks about the bushellers, tallymen and bookers, and how the hop-pickers were paid in the farmer’s own coinage, which could be spent in the village.
Influential hop farmer Peter Davies talks about the hop picking - by hand - on his farm.
“The club took over the skittle alley of the pub and we had live music every week. It was very loud, very crowded and extremely smoky."
Ron Parrott, knowledgeable archivist and long-term fan of Hereford United, discusses how that epic match against Newcastle, in the FA Cup third round replay of 1972, changed things for the club.
In this short clip Leominster Councillor - Pauline Davies - talks about her experiences hop picking as a child. Pauline was just 4 years old when she first went picking with her mother.
John Bulmer, eminent photojournalist and film-maker, talks about what newspapers want and how Derek Evans helped him realise what that was.
Colin Addison, former manager of Hereford United, talks about the surprise draw between Hereford United and Newcastle United on 24th January 1972, held at St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Abie Danter, chairman of the South Wales and Northern Ireland section of The Showman's Guild at Hereford's May Fair, explains how the May Fair has changed over time.
We'd like to say a big thank you to Ross Town Council as last night they approved our grant for the Herefordshire Life Through A Lens project.
If you would like to visit the photography exhibition of Derek Evans images at the Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre, which is a great place to see them, it's open this Saturday 12th March 9.15am to 4.45pm.
Upcoming Exhibition dates 2016
Take a look at our other oral history media projects that we have completed in the county. Both of these projects have been so well received by Herefordshire people that we have been inspired to keep exploring and recording the rich heritage of the county.
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