You may receive a phone call supposedly from the NHS saying that you have been contacted through the track and trace system, as being in close contact with someone who has developed Coronavirus. They will ask you for your address to send the testing kit to you, BUT then ask you for your credit/debit card number for the cost of the test - an amount possibly up to, or over £50- they will insist that the test must be paid for when you question this.
These tests are FREE. If you get one of these calls asking for money, please just hang up - it is a scam!

Linton & District History Society

We hope to be able to commence our 2020-21 Season on the 7th October, 2020 when John Handby will deliver his talk entitled “The baby boomer generation (where it fits in a historical perspective and its impact on society)” at Linton Village Hall, HR9 7RX. We have a full programme of interesting, informative and varied talks, with a different subject each week.” The Society is probably the only Herefordshire History Society to look beyond the immediate locality and approximately two thirds of our talks concern National and/or International events. For more information see our web site or contact Dorian Osborne click here to contact or see our posters from September.


Dorian Osborne

Chairman, Linton & District History Society.                                                            29th May, 2020.


This year’s Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) Marsh Awards for Support Group Volunteer was recently awarded to our very own Chimes Editor, Francine Burn.
A long standing member of RBST, Francine was a founder member of the Three Counties Support Group and continues to be one of its mainstays. She arranges the attendance of the Group at many shows, with a small but enthusiastic team.

Francine’s involvement with native breeds began with a joint wedding anniversary present.  Faced with an overgrown garden, she and her husband Stephen decided to get a couple of Jacob sheep - the joint present - and although they had no prior experience, before too long they found themselves involved in showing.

In 2001 the couple were showing at Builth Wells where they attended an auction.  There were two eye-catching Whitefaced Woodlands in the ring and, when they sold, Francine turned to Stephen and said: “We should have bought those.”  Stephen’s response was: “I did!”.  

While Stephen showed their Jacobs, Francine showed the “Woodies” and enjoyed having the RBST founder chairman Joe Henson describe one of them as the finest example he had seen of the breed.  

Graduallly, through shows, Francine became more and more involved in RBST Support Group activities and, when her local group reformed as Three Counties, she became Secretary.

Francine and Stephen also have a rare Eriskay pony (pictured with Francine on the front cover), although she will be going to stud soon, hopefully helping to boost the Eriskay numbers.

Francine has been an RBST member for 20 years,  11 of those she describes as “very active” attending six or seven events a year.

On receiving the Marsh Award for Support Group Volunteer, Francine says: “I am thrilled and honoured - but a bit sad that this year (due to Covid) we won’t be able to celebrate it at the Royal Three Counties.  As a Support Group volunteer, I don’t do it for the glory, its for the animals and for fun.”

Although there has been some degree of 'opening up' in the past few weeks, it is still not yet possible for us to recommence Flicks in both a safe and economically viable manner. As many of you will be aware, the film industry itself went into a form of lockdown and it is only recently that new films have started to be released. If any of you are brave enough to venture out to a cinema and see something that you think might make a good Flicks film please let me know (01989 720358 or As well as adding it to my rather short list of candidates I will publicise these films through Chimes so that others can perhaps see, purchase or download.  Take care and stay safe.  Tony Beckwith

Copy deadline for October edition - Saturday 5th September