Folk Concert: Jim Ghedi, Toby Hay & David Ian Roberts’ ‘A Hymn for Ancient Land’

On Friday 23rd February, folk musicians Jim Ghedi, Toby Hay and David Ian Roberts will be performing at Hall Barn at the Bleddfa Centre. They will each perform a set as part of the launch tour of Jim Ghedi’s new album ‘A Hymn for Ancient Land’. These talented artists have all toured the UK, received radio play across the UK, America and Australia, and have been signed to record labels.

The concert starts at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 7:00pm. Drinks will be available from the Hall Barn bar. Tickets are £8.

Jim Ghedi is a 6 and 12 string guitarist and folk singer, whose music is deeply rooted to a sense of place. In his new album, ‘A Hymn For Ancient Land’, Ghedi has elevated his unique blend of folk music to involved a fuller band set-up making it a truly innovative contemporary style whilst still being rooted in great tradition.

Toby Hay is a guitarist and composer from Mid Wales, whose instrumental music is inspired by the landscape, people and history of the area. With influences from all over the world, he makes music to capture the atmosphere of the special and underrepresented part of Wales where he lives, adding to the long tradition of Welsh string music.

David Ian Roberts is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Herefordshire and is now based in Cardiff. With a unique voice and virtuosic fingerstyle guitar playing at the centre of his style, David combines the sounds of 60s and 70s folk acts, with Indian and classical music.

Venue: Hall Barn, Bleddfa Centre, Bleddfa, near Knighton, Powys, LD7 1PA

Event: Christmas Crafts and Gifts Fair

The Christmas Crafts and Gifts Fair is taking over the Bleddfa Centre from Sunday 3rd December, filling the Old School House Gallery with stalls brimming with high-quality, hand-crafted items that would make special Christmas gifts for your friends and family (or yourself, of course!).

There will be cards, decorations, lighting, ceramics, pottery, textiles, jewellery, garments, and much more on sale, all hand-crafted by local artists.

The Fair will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm, from Sunday 3rd December until Friday 22nd December. It’s FREE to visit.

The Reading Room cafe will also be open, serving hot drinks, soup, and festive treats – to help you to recover from the shopping!

Event: Talk by renowned gardener and author Charles Dowding

Renowned ‘No Dig’ specialist Charles Dowding will deliver an illustrated talk on healthy soil and easier harvests. Learn how to produce organic crops with fewer weeds – and no digging! Find out about different kinds of compost, clearing perennial weeds, and maintaining a no dig garden.

Author of nine gardening books (signed copies will be available) Charles will also host a question and answer session and an informal chat over refreshments.

To find out more about Charles, you can visit his website ( or his YouTube channel (

When: Wednesday 10th Jan 2018, 3:00pm until approx. 6:00pm

Cost: £10 if booked before Christmas Day, £12 thereafter. Places are limited, and must be booked in advance.

Contact us to book: 01547 550377 or, or download the booking form here. 

Publishing Day a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone that came to our inaugural ‘You’ve Written A Book: Now What?’ information day, a full-day, sold-out event where aspiring authors received expert publishing advice from a panel of distinguished authors and publishing professionals.

We received some excellent feedback following the event, including:

“An excellent, inspiring day – thank you!”

“Excellent! Speakers who really knew their trade. Extremely helpful and covered all aspects of publishing.”

“Packed with information, no time was wasted! Really useful.”

“Worth every penny!”

We hope to run similar events in the future – keep an eye on our website and newsletter!

Tomorrow: Publishing Information Day

The publishing information day ‘You’ve Written A Book: Now What?’ is upon us, and we can’t wait to welcome a group of aspiring authors and the panellists to Bleddfa tomorrow for this sold-out event.

A reminder to all attending: the start time is 10:00am, not 10:30am as originally advertised. Please arrive in plenty of time, and check your travel route beforehand as there have been recent roadworks nearby, and Storm Brian may affect your journey.

The Bleddfa Centre is still open to the public this weekend 11am – 5pm; seek shelter from the stormy weather and cosy-up with a hot drink and homemade food in our reading room, and don’t miss your last opportunity to see The Picturemakers’ exhibition in the gallery.