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Trying to find a private carer for my Dad


Posted by Adam.s-d in Open Forum
Hello, I hope this is appropriate for the site I'm new here!

I'm looking for a private carer who could look after my Dad at home (near Pembridge). He's 85 and has Parkinsons, and he's a gracious polite quiet man. His current carer leaves this weekend and we're very keen to find someone asap.
Please contact me if you think you can help, or if you know of anyone.

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Highway Code Doesn't Apply To Some Cyclists Then?

23 Aug 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

While I am in total favour of promoting cycling where possible and encouraging motorists to use their bicycles for short trips, what I find very frustrating is when some cyclists think the law (highway code) does not apply to them, particularly when it comes to traffic lights, junctions, pedestrian crossings and footpaths. Also, see Frank Smith's topic on a cyclists using a footpath here


I see cyclists virtually everyday jumping red lights and riding on and off footpaths to avoid red traffic lights and junctions. I saw a chap again this evening, no lights and texting while he was riding along the footpath.


Over the next few weeks, I will try and photograph/video each time I witness this happening using my dash cam or asking my passengers to gather the evidence when they are with me. I just want to record and highlight how often this is happening, I think you may be surprised. Yes, I know motorists are often no better but I do hear the cyclist claiming to be the victim just a little too frequent.


if they expect to be treated like any other road user, then they also need to abide by the same rules, they can't have it both ways!


I came back from Fownhope this evening with my Mrs and I could see this cyclist all over the place, coming through High Town, one minute on the road, the next on the footpath anyway, we were eventually sat at the Old Bridge waiting for the traffic lights to change when I noticed the same cyclist coming along the road from behind us, you guessed it, he mounted the footpath to avoid waiting for the traffic lights to change.


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When we got down to the next junction (opposite Asda Garage) we had passed another cyclist in St Martins Street, so I asked my good lady to just film the traffic lights while we were sat there waiting because I just knew he wasn't going to stop either!


Guess what? 


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Seated Exercise for Elderly/Disabled

08 Sep 2017

Posted by rachelabbey in Open Forum

Hi Everyone, my name's Rachel and I'm a fitness instructor from Ledbury.  Apart from my evening classes I also visit care homes and assisted living facilities in and around Ledbury, Malvern and Ross teaching Seated Zumba Gold, which is immensely fun and has lots of benefits.  These classes are so popular that I'm looking to expand in to Hereford and I'm wondering if there are any facilities in and around the city that would benefit from this?


I offer a free 30 minute demo so you can decide if it's for you or not (but out of the 10 places I have given demonstrations, only 1 decided it wasn't for them - every other one booked regular sessions!)


Please contact me on 07759 461839 or email [email protected] if you are interested in booking a demo.


Looking forward to hearing from you!


Rachel x

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Extra Money Needed To Complete Blueschool House

27 Jul 2017

Posted by Colin James in Hereford City

The Council will seek approval for extra money to complete Blueschool House, they are only a £1million pound short! Yes a £1million pound, so where will they find this extra money? Because apparently we do not have any due to cut backs, not even enough money to kill the cities weeds. Cllr Chris Chappell advises us all to stop moaning and remove them ourselves!


See Aylestone Voice original topic here


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According to the Council website Herefordshire Council will achieve a saving of over £1million over the next ten years by investing in Blueschool House, receiving rental income from DWP and saving on property costs for Franklin House. They will spend this now on the overspend, great savings eh!


Quote from the Hereford Times - COUNCILLORS will be asked to approve an overspend of almost £1m on refurbishing a council building.

At today's meeting, Herefordshire Council's cabinet will be asked to approve an increase in capital expenditure to complete the building work at Blueschool House in Blueschool Street, Hereford.
The work is ongoing to complete the joint customer services hub, which will include the council's central customer services team, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Jobcentre Plus and housing services.
When councillors first approved the project they were told it would cost £950,000, with £250,000 being provided by the council, but the project estimate is now at £1.92m, an extra £970,000.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has contributed £400,000 to the project, while The Homes and Communities Agency has contributed £300,000.
Today, cabinet is being asked to approve £50,000 to be allocated from the ICT revenue reserve to provide sufficient ICT equipment at Blueschool House; £200,000 to be allocated from the earmarked economy, communities and corporate revenue reserve to support the increased costs; and having regard to the continued revenue benefits identified in the revised business case, a further £720,000 to be approved to deliver a joint customer services hub at Blueschool House, bringing the total estimated cost to £1.92m


It was published on the Council website at the end of July that Blueschool House will open on schedule in September 

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The Church of Freedom and Rough Sleepers…

07 Sep 2017

Posted by Clarkester in Hereford City

Recently I have noticed that most mornings there are two or more people sleeping rough in the doorway of the Freedom Church on Commercial Road.

It set me wondering…
Firstly, are those in the FC aware of this?  I cannot believe they are not…
Secondly, what are their feelings towards having people sleeping on their front step?
Thirdly, being all good Christians and all that, why, are they not opening their doors and welcoming them in for a warmer, more comfortable nights sleep?
It seems to me that the building is more than capable of giving a few, less fortunate people, that may have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own, a good nights sleep in nicer surroundings than an old nightclub doorway. 
Think of all the good publicity they could give themselves.

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Hereford Duck Pond Clean Up

14 Aug 2017

Posted by Colin James in Castle Green

A few months ago we were walking past the duck pond and noticed how dirty and full of algae it had become and I commented at the time on how it had deteriorated over the years. A few days later I noticed a new Facebook group that has only recently been set up by local chap Keith Marston called

'The Duck Pond Hereford clean up' and I thought what a great idea, I joined the group immediately and said that Hereford Voice would help out and publicise this idea as much as possible. Cllr Jim Kenyon is also doing what he can to raise awareness. 


I took this photograph today, the pond is absolutely covered in green algae, a lot of this is because people are feeding these ducks with bread, most of us think this is kind but in reality, bread can makes ducks ill and certainly does not contain the right calories and nutrition to keep ducks warm during the winter months. Rotting bread pollutes the water and encourages bad surface algae which kill the fish and causes diseases in ducks as well making the water smell. 


I also thought long term could we have a food vending machine like the one in the photo below installed and the proceeds from any profits made to go towards the maintenance of the duck pond...


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Another Attack In London

04 Jun 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

6 dead so far and 30 injured. 3 terrorists shot dead by police.


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Another attack! Do not let them tell you we stand united. Do not let them tell you we carry on as normal. Sorry but this is getting stupid, time to arm all our police, I cannot find an argument for not doing this to protect not only themselves but the British public.


How long will it be before the general public start arming themselves?


Full details here

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26 Oct 2015

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Herefordshire Council is considering selling off its' 5 thousand acres of farmland. It could raise 48 million pounds - as massive chunk of the 60 million pounds the authority needs to save in the next 3 years. The land is a huge asset though and has risen in value every year for the last decade. At a meeting this afternoon the council's Scrutiny Committee will recommended either a partial sale will some starter and progression farms kept on OR the sale of the entire estate. The sale will leave 51 families without their homes and businesses. Ian and Lorraine Salmon farm 66 acres near Leominster - they've just had their first child Isobel and face an uncertain future.....................

Does anybody know the outcome of this meeting?

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Hereford Traffic

17 May 2017

Posted by twowheelsgood in Open Forum

Traffic westbound today has been a total nightmare - Ledbury Road into town - I gave up this morning after moving 200 yards in 20 minutes and tried again this afternoon. For some reason the right turn into Widemarsh Street has been shut and this seemed to be the cause of it. Incredible that traffic continues to be balanced on such a knife edge. Obviously the traffic lights weren't re-sequenced to take into account the closure. The cost to business and the environmental pollution is mind boggling, but, as ever, the Plough Lane pen pushers were safely ensconced in meetings, happy that they will be paid handsomely no matter how badly they do their jobs.

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Hereford Housing Planning for 77 Apts at Former Council O...

22 Jan 2017

Posted by Colin James in Planning

Hereford Housing have submitted a planning application to build 77 apartments on the site of the former council offices in Bath Street Hereford.


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Re-development of former council offices at Bath Street, Hereford including change of use from B1 - Business to C3 - Dwellinghouses to provide a total of 77No. apartments (comprising 1 & 2 bed apartments). Re-development includes partial demolition of existing buildings (as indicated on submitted drawings), conversion of remaining elements, extensions to existing and also new build to provide residential accommodation and associated landscaping, drainage, parking and ancillary buildings.


Herefordshire Housing wants to build the one and two bed apartments- 49 would be available for private rent and 28 would be social rent. 


See complete application here


Personally, I think this is a great idea and I hope the bods at the planning office see sense and approve this development.

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A University for Hereford

16 Mar 2015

Posted by Harry Beynon in Hereford City
Unless I have missed something, there does not appear to have been much mention on Hereford Voice of the new University project.

This project is quite possibly the most positive news the city has had in decades. As Herefordshire is one of only three counties without a University, the initiative is government-backed and will happen! This opens up the prospect of thousands of new students and teaching staff coming to Hereford, boosting spending and stimulating the local economy.

More excitingly, the University plans to take up many of the redundant buildings in the city centre and use them as teaching spaces. So, we could see new life breathed into Maylords Orchards; Chadds; the old Odeon site etc etc.

Please back the new University project - it's great news for Hereford!

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Hereford Food Hygiene Standards

30 Jun 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, takeaways and food shops. 




Ratings and data taken on 01 July 2017 from both Scores On The Doors and the Food Standards Agency


Chinese | Indian | Kebab | Thai restaurants and take-aways with their hygiene ratings of 5 Very Good, 4 Good and 3 Generally Satisfactory:


Hereford's Top Rated Below:

  1. Jamals Kebab House Bridge Street, Hereford, Rated 5 - Last inspection 23 March 2016
  2. Spice Minister Widemarsh Street, Hereford, Rated 5 - Last inspection 15 May 2017
  3. Marygold Union Street Hereford Rated 5 - Last inspection 30 March 2017
  4. Thai Gallery Broad Street Hereford Rated 5 - Last inspection 08 February 2012
  5. Zulfi's Widemarsh Street, Hereford, Rated 5 - Last inspection 16 March 2016
  6. Hereford Charcoal Grill Commercial Road Hereford, Rated 5 - Last inspection 27 July 2016
  7. Hum-Ming Garden, Foley Street Hereford Rated 5 - Last inspection 30 March 2016
  8. City Gates Take-Away Chilton Square, Hereford, Rated 5 - Last inspected 20 June 2016
  9. Atlantic Fish & Kebab Bar Holme Lacy Road Hereford Rated 5 - Last inspection 26 November 2015
  10. Golden River Union Street, Hereford, Rated 4  - Last inspection 11 August 2016
  11. Golden Galleon Commercial Road Hereford Rated 4 - Last inspection 24 August 2016
  12. Summer Palace Widemarsh Street, Hereford, Rated 4 - Last inspection 30 March 2017
  13. Mr Wong & The Mermaid The Oval, Hereford, Rated 4 - Last inspection 01 December 2016
  14. Simply Thai Kitchen Widemarsh Street Hereford Rated 4 - Last inspection 07 March 2017
  15. New Jasmine House Commercial Road, Hereford, Rated 4 - Last inspection 29 September 2016
  16. New Mee Mei House St Martins Street, Hereford, Rated 4 - Last inspection 04 January 2017
  17. New Lucky House Holmer Street, Hereford, Rated 4 - Last inspection 08 May 2017
  18. Wing Sing Bartonsham Road, Hereford Rated 4 - Last inspection 14 December 2016
  19. Jalsagor St Owen Street Hereford Rated 4 - Last inspection 16 March 2017
  20. Marmaris Kebab Union Street Hereford Rated 4 - Last inspection 21 March 2017
  21. New Chop Suey Bar Eign Street, Hereford, Rated 3 - Last inspection 16 November 2016
  22. The Glass Tandoori Commercial Road Hereford Rated 3 Last inspection 29 November 2016
  23. New Silver Dragon Chilton Square, Hereford, Rated 3 - Last inspection 18 May 2016
  24. Razbari Eign Street Hereford Rated 3 - Last inspection 22 February 2016
  25. Nine & Nine Widemarsh Street Hereford Rated 3 - Last inspected 03 May 2016
  26. Manor Fish Bar and Chinese Peregrine Close Hereford Rated 3 - Last inspection 24 May 2017
  27. Perfect Fried Chicken & Pizza Commercial Road Hereford Rated 3 - Last inspected 24 March 2017

Chinese | Indian | Kebab | Thai restaurants and take-aways with their hygiene ratings of 2 Improvement Necessary or 1 Major Improvement Necessary 


Hereford's Worst Rated Below:

  1. The Taste Of Raj St Owen Street, Hereford, Rated 1 - Last inspection 01 June 2016
  2. 2J Takeaway Union Street, Hereford, Rated 1 - Last inspection 14 March 2017
  3. Ruby Chinese Takeaway Union Street, Hereford, Rated 1 - Last inspection 09 November 2016
  4. Mowchak Commercial Road, Hereford, Rated 1 - Last inspection 21 November 2016
  5. Munchies Commercial Road, Hereford, Rated 1 - Last inspection 21 November 2016
  6. The Lotus East Street, Hereford, Rated 1 - Last inspection 02 November 2016
  7. Sweet Chilli Bridge Street, Hereford, Rated 1 - Last inspection 15 May 2017
  8. New Canton House Bridge Street, Hereford, Rated 2 - Last inspection 21 September 2016
  9. Planet Buffet Commercial Road, Hereford, Rated 2  - Last inspection 01 December 2015
  10. Thai on Wye West Street Hereford Rated 2 - Last inspection 05 November 2015

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Graham Powell

04 Apr 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

I have known for several weeks about this and it may not be news to any of you guys but here goes.


Two points I will make at this stage.


 Firstly I truly believe it was a great shame that Graham P did not manage to knock Johnson off his throne.


Secondly Indies and IOC please this time do not try to compete talk and think carefully how you are go to play this. If you 2 compete we will end up with another Con in on the Ward.  Get the strategy right this time!! 

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Freedom Church Back In The News.

17 Jan 2015

Posted by dippyhippy in Open Forum

I meant to post this last night, but forgot!


I see that Freedom Church is making headlines once again, for all the wrong reasons. Over at Hereford Times an article states that they have been asked to leave Swansea University Campus, after blitzing it with leaflets, and holding religious services on site.


Not the first time their recruitment methods have been questioned. Anyone else remember the campaign which saw lollipops handed out to children outside the school gates? Tactics which at best could be described as showing a complete lack of judgement, at worst, rather sinister.


I also seem to recall being told that at one point in the not too distant past, a company whose staff consisted of  several leading lights within this church, had been given a contract to deliver sex education to pupils in some Herefordshire Schools. 


I have real concerns about this pay to pray organisation. 


How do others feel?

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Local Election

16 Aug 2017

Posted by Ken Baynham in Open Forum

I recently received a Herefordshire Council poll card enabling me to vote for a councillor to represent my parish on the 7th. September.


Can anyone tell me how I can find out which parish I live in, who are campaigning to be elected  and reasons I should vote for them?  


I have asked many of my neighbours but none seem any better advised than me. 

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WW2 Bomb closes Rotherwas straight mile

06 Sep 2017

Posted by ragwert in Open Forum

A ww2 bomb has been dug up by contractors on the industrial estate.
Road closed in both directions with bomb disposal unit on site

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