The Babington Centre, Trellech Village Hall

BABINGTON BITES: Interesting talks for interested minds

Starting on Thursday 29th June 2017 at 7pm for 7.30pm, the Babington Educational Trust is pleased to begin a new programme of informal talks with light refreshments provided. The evening will finish by 8.45pm.

We hope to see you there!

The cost is only £4 per person and you can pay at the door.

Any profit made will be put towards holding further talks at the Babington.

29th June:

‘Emeralds and Beryl: A brief overview of mining geology – Dr Lucy Roberts

Lucy Roberts (PhD, MAusIMM(CP)) is a Principal Consultant (Resource Geology) with over fifteen years of international experience in resource geology, applied geostatistics, and due diligence.  She has worked in precious and base metals, gemstone and bulk commodity projects globally.  Lucy has provided key input into the generation of due diligence reports for various international exchanges and for debt funding reviews.

6th July:

‘It shouldn’t happen to a vet!’– Rees Rogers

Rees Rogers (B.V.Sc., M.R.C.V.S.) Is now retired but his career, spanning 41 years, was spent entirely as a general veterinary practitioner in mixed animal practices, which in the latter years as large animal work declined, expanded its small animal side.

13th July:

‘The effects of work and health and what are we doing about it?’ – Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is an Occupational Health Nurse consultant with over 25 years experience. She started her own company 10 years ago and works with private and public organisations throughout South Wales and the West Country. She and her family have lived in and around Trellech for more than 50 years, her interests include travel, reading, driving and keeping rare breed sheep.

20th July:

‘How to help your child/grandchild feel secure and build confidence’ – Rosemary Decker-Thomas

Rosemary Decker-Thomas (BA. PG (Dip) PG (Cert) is a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor and is Senior Accredited and Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy . She now works in Private Practice but has over 20 years experience in working with individuals and couples, running a counselling agency and setting up charities.

The Babington Centre, Trellech Village Hall


Saturday, 18th February 2017, 10am to 1pm (limited places available)

£12 per ticket which includes the course and refreshments/soup lunch afterwards.


Robert Boyle will be running the pruning course.

Robert was trained at Pershore Horticultural College before going into commercial nursery work for a number of years. A period in private estate garden management followed. More recently, he has run his own organic fruit growing enterprise and plant nursery near Monmouth with his wife.

Robert will bring some trees and soft fruit bushes for sale on the day. All he requires of you is to bring as many sharp pruning tools as you can. Also, a few additional steps or pruning ladders could be helpful but he will be encouraging everyone to carry out as much pruning as possible from the ground.

Topics covered:-

  • rootstocks
  • formative pruning of young trees
  • renovating older mature trees
  • common pests and diseases
  • soil fertility
  • fruit varieties for domestic growing

For tickets, please contact Rosemary Decker-Thomas, telephone 01600 860085

Run by The Babington Educational Trust – all proceeds will go to fund further events.

The Babington Centre, Trellech Village Hall

A Night with the Stars

A Night with the Stars

Saturday April 9th 7:30pm


Enjoy a night with the stars with men from MARS (Monmouth Astronomical Research Society).  Dr Keith Moseley will give a presentation on the Night Sky including the latest on Tim Peake and the ISS.  After light refreshments Keith and Colin Harris will set up their telescopes for star gazing – weather permitting of course.

This event is part of the Chepstow Walking Festival.  For more information on this, and all the other great events (including a walk in the village on April 6th), please visit their website

Click HERE for the event flyer.