Shobdon shown within Herefordshire
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Shobdon is a small village in Herefordshire, England, situated north of Hereford and west of Leominster. It is also only 2 miles north of the Mortimer's Cross. According to the 2001 Census, the population of the parish of Shobdon was 769, consisting of 386 males and 383 females.
The village has a primary school with approximately 67 children attending. When the children leave Shobdon Primary they mostly progress to Wigmore High School, although some go to either Weobley or Kington. Co-located with the Primary School is Shobdon Village Hall which consists of a community room and kitchen, as well as shared access to the school hall. Occasional fundraising activities are undertaken by the village hall committee, the most significant of which is the Village Fete and Produce Show held in mid September.
Shobdon is probably most famous for its church (St John the Evangelist) which is located in the grounds of Shobdon Court to the north of the village. Nearby is the visitor centre/cafe together with the Shobdon Arches folly and the grounds of Shobdon Cricket Club.
At the western end of the village is Pearl Lake caravan park, which has a number of permanent caravans as well as access for tourers. This is situated adjacent to Pearl Lake, the largest natural body of water in Herefordshire.
To the south is situated Shobdon Aerodrome, formerly a WWII RAF glider training facility, now used for commercial and recreational flying.
Shobdon's football team, Shobdon F.C, plays immediately to the east of Shobdon Aerodrome. The football team are currently in the Hereford Times League 1 and recently[when?] got to the Herefordshire Junior cup final but lost to Pegusus Juniors F.C. The club have recently opened a new kitchen area and referee's room at the ground, which is due to be opened by members of the Herefordshire FA. For the 2012-13 season the club colours have changed from Navy and Light blue to Green and Black Stripes, Black Shorts and Socks, returning to the original colours which Shobdon played in 30 Years ago when formed. The current squad is made up from a mixture of older players, who have experience of playing a higher standard, and the young up and coming players, mostly from Leominster who are keen to progress into senior football. Crowds of around 20 regularly attend home games.
Shobdon Cricket Club
Shobdon CC Is situated on the east access road to Shobdon Church, the ground, known as 'The Haize', was originally played on in the 1920s. The club disbanded but reformed in 1984 and initially played home games on the Torvale Works Sports Ground, south-west of Shobdon Airfield. In the early 90's, the club lost the use of this ground and for 3 seasons played at The Grange in Leominster. In 1995, thanks to the genorosity of the Corbett Family, the club moved back to The Haize. A grant was received from The National Lottery which enabled a Pavilion to be built opposite Shobdon Church. In the past few seasons 2010&2012[when?] the club has won The Marches Cricket League Division 2 title on 2 occasions and yearly receives praise on the standard of the pitch and outfield.
The Bateman Arms is located in the centre of the village and offers a warm welcome to locals and visitors to the Marches area alike. Built in the 18th century The "Bateman" is a traditional village pub that offers public and lounge bars, a restaurant,6 en-suite letting rooms in the adjacent coaching house and a large garden area. Shobdon also has an Aero Club by the air field. The Aero Club has a bar and restaurant and is located on Shobdon Airfield in a Nissen hut which was formerly a pilots rest room.
In the 17th century the village of Shobdon was run by the Bateman family (hence the Bateman Arms). They were living in Shobdon Court.
Shobdon Airfield was constructed in 1942. Possibly originally conceived as a bomber base out of range of German attackers, in operation it was only used as a glider training base. Pilots who trained here took part in both the Normandy landings and Operation Market Garden at Arnhem in the Netherlands.
Every third year Shobdon church hosts a flower festival. This has been expanded into an annual food, drink & flower festival which is held on the last weekend in June. The 2010 festival was held on the 25–27 June.
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