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9 Months Since Accident On Notorious Hereford Junction

01 Jan 2016

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

On April 15th last year there was this accident on the Asda (A465) junction Belmont Road Hereford in which a cattle trailer carrying sheep overturned, killing all 20 sheep onboard. 


I took this photograph this morning and as you can see, we are 9 months on and NOTHING appears to have been done with regard to replacing the broken lights?? How long does it take to put things back as they were?


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Re-development of 5-7 Kyrle Street - more of John Venn...

12 Dec 2016

Posted by twowheelsgood in Planning

Here we have yet another attempt to destroy part of John Venn's legacy - this time the Masonic Housing Trust are applying to demolish No's 5 and 7 Kyrle Street and erect 9 residential apartments with associated car parking, cycles and refuse stores.  The scale of the Model Garden street will be destroyed. The Masonic Hall is next door.

This is a very mediocre scheme by local architects Hook Mason. The Heritage Statement is unreadable - badly printed - and I have asked for a better version to be put online.
Kyrle Street was built by Rev John Venn in the 1880's and was known as Venn Road at that time. It was an extension of his work at the Steam Mill (now Berrows House) and the adjacent public baths (now the Masonic Hall). Rev John Venn was the vicar of St Peter's Church in Hereford and was the City's greatest benefactor, devoting his life to dispelling poverty, constructing a welfare system for the poor of Hereford through numerous projects, some of which continue to give to this day.
Ten semi-detached houses were laid out along the new Venn Road, designed by architect Thomas Nicholson, (who had worked on many of Venn's projects, including the adjacent public baths as well as the original St James' Church and St Peter's Vicarage in Ledbury Road). This was to be the first model garden estate in Hereford and preceded the Garden City houses in Barr's Court Road (which have their own Conservation Area) by 30 years. The application site was one of those model cottages. Tenants were expected to use their gardens to be self sufficient and to recycle all of their waste.
The two cottages at the eastern end were demolished some years ago to make way for the present car park, but all of the others remain and contribute to an open and pleasant street scene, albeit subject to too much traffic.
This site is in the Central Conservation Area and demands conservation.
If you would like to comment the application number is P163699/F.
Direct link to the application on the Council website http://tinyurl.com/z3ubk7

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Hereford FC and swearing

05 Jan 2017

Posted by Bilbobobby in Open Forum
These weeks Hereford Times has a full page article about Hereford FC the minor problems they have had with some supporters and the great support they are getting from fans. The new chairman - Ken Kinnersley - has made a quite ridiculous comment 'We never want to stop swearing because that's part of football....'. I bet Hereford Times were rubbing their hands with glee when he said this
So to use the f word or even the c word to Edgar Street in front of children, women or any other person who has a modicum of decency is okay by him. No I'm taking the moral high ground and can/do swear on occasions.
Every youth football club and schools have a strict zero tolerance on abuse and have and will continue to challenge behaviour to ensure correct standards are set for our young people.
Players at all levels are given yellow cards or sent off for swearing, people are arrested for using foul language in the street, parents chastise their children and customers are banned from pubs for acting in a similar manner.
So perhaps Mr Kinnersley should actually reflect on what he has been quoted of saying and realise the damage this can cause for the reputation of the club as a supposed community asset for all to enjoy.

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Another one to reminisce about - Goldings

16 Jan 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

A PA has been submitted HERE for conversion of the first and second floors of what used to be Goldings into 7 apartments/flats. Although Golding Stores Ltd are named as the applicants they have now changed their name to Charwill (UK) Ltd

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Freedom At Last!

17 Jan 2017

Posted by bobby47 in Open Forum
Today, at Lancaster House, our Premier Theresa May made what was a remarkable and historic speech outlining how we are to extricate ourselves from the European Union. For me it was a pleasure to sit there and watch this great day unfold and I feel proud once again to be British and to now know beyond any doubt that we are most definitely leaving the madness of the Union.
The speech was strong on detail, very optimistically aspirational, open and friendly, extremely pragmatic and in very clear terms she outlined the folly in Brussels attempting to punish us and subsequently destroying themselves.
Happily, in a very honourable British way, she took the time to reach out to the millions of EU migrants resident in our Country who, through no fault of their own are now caught up and snared in this political event and I hope her words of comfort to them, very unlike those from Brussels, bring them some confidence that they will not have to leave Britain.
We are to leave the single market, we will no longer have to tolerate the folly of The Free Movement Of People, we will regain control of our borders, our Country will no longer be tied and bound to the judiciary of European Law, our Country will be back in our hands, the funding to the EU will cease, we can trade with the outside world and it looks very much like we will leave the Customs Union that's so damaging to economic growth right across the Continent.
The tide has certainly shifted in our favour. The Euro currency continues to destroy the Southern Medditeranean nations, Italy is on the brink, Greece destroyed, owned and run by Germany, many citizens across the Geographic EU area are beginning to reject the ideology of Federal Europe, Jean Claude Juncker and his deciples are falling apart, TTIP is gone and ain't coming back, and finally, if that ain't sweet enough for me, the President Elect Trump has made it perfectly clear he despises the EU and Britain will be at the front of the queue in any future trade deal. Indeed, like the USA, so many nations, sympathetic to our position have stepped forward and assured Britain that they will trade with us which has certainly helped us and strengthened the negotiating position of Britain.
The only unknown in this political equation is whether or not the EU will still be standing by the time Britain has negotiated it's exit from the madness of a Union which has become the greatest man made mistake since Hitler decided that the German people required more living space.

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WVT Hereford County Hospital

12 Jan 2017

Posted by DILLIGAF in Open Forum
With the national NHS crisis ongoing, please share your experiences whilst at/in the County Hospital; whether a patient yourself or friend/relative accompanying someone; awaiting operations or short/long term care. I am looking for honest answers and experiences NOT opinions or assumptions.
Leave out the extortion that is CP+ car park- nothing to do with NHS - even staff have to pay!!
I can't share too much information myself due to confidentiality reasons; but from the inside the situation is far worse than "you" see.
Please do watch 'Hospital' on bbc2 for a insight into real life- not drama like holby or casualty.

If you wish to remain anonymous please PM your post to me or Colin to repost on your behalf anonymously.
Thank you for your cooperation.

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Twinning Hereford with Jaworzno in Poland

10 Jan 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Our Mayor Jim Kenyon and Cllr's Laura Hall and Kath Hey and the rest of the team have travelled to Poland this week representing Hereford wit the view to to exploring the possibly of twinning Jaworzno in Poland with Hereford. 


We have a thriving Polish community in Hereford and personally I think this is a great idea and we should embrace it.


Good luck with the trip guys and I apologise that I was unable to join you this time.


Poland Trip.jpg

Jim wrote:


Just embarking with a team on a "self funded" trip to jaworzno in Poland which I hope will be the first of many we are looking at the potential of Hereford twinning with that city we have a fantastic polish community in our city time to build stronger links culturally and socially I'll keep you guys posted over the next few days!


I will have a full update from Jim when they return.

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3 New Benches to Honour Local Soldiers

16 Jan 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

Mayor Jim Kenyon has come up with this lovely idea to honour our fallen soldiers.


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Photo courtesy of BBC Hereford & Worcester


3 benches are now in Hereford to honour the local men who fought in the Falklands War. 18 members of the SAS and one member of the Royal Signals died in a Sea King helicopter on May 19th in 1982. The mayor of Hereford, Jimmy Kenyon, came up with the idea of the benches which are in St Martin's Church's remembrance garden, St Peter's Square and at the city's army base at Credenhill

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The Matabeau Hereford

13 Jan 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

They are saying over on Facebook that The Matabeau Hereford has today shut up shop.  Speculation is that they have gone bankrupt.  This I find incredibly sad it was the one cafe that I would have a cup of coffee in(they served coffee in a cup and saucer!) and their food was always pretty good.  Great shame.

The Chadds staff used to congregate there in the morning prior to going to work - sad old times

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King George V Playground.

22 Jul 2015

Posted by Slim in Castle Green

Would anybody know who maintains the equipment there. I ask, because I took my daughter there last weekend and the little trampoline had gone and had been replaced by Tarmac! There were also some loose wire strands poking out from one of the climbing frames and nettles around one of the slides. Many thanks in advance.


King George Playing Fields.jpg


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Theresa May v Jeremy Corbyn

11 Jan 2017

Posted by Denise Lloyd in Open Forum

Is Theresa May losing ground and Jeremy Corbyn gaining ground?

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Old House Hereford Refurbishment

03 Jan 2017

Posted by Colin James in Historic Hereford Buildings

The Old House Hereford is having a refurbishment.


The beautiful 400-year-old Old House in Hereford will be undergoing a short period of refurbishment in 2017. It will temporarily close from 31 January before re-opening on 1 April as the Black and White House museum.


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Situated in the heart of Hereford, the museum is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building, surrounded by the commercial centre of the city. Since 1929 the museum has given visitors to the county a fascinating insight into daily life in Jacobean times.

Councillor David Harlow, Cabinet member for economy and corporate services, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for both the Old House and the county’s tourism economy.
“Herefordshire Council wants the county to remain a great place to visit. The refurbished Black and White House museum will continue to be an exciting attraction for the local population and will entice even more visitors to Herefordshire.”
Once the building re-opens as the Black and White House museum, visitors will be treated to new exciting displays, activities and a new shop with attractive merchandising.

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The Oval Regeneraton Update

03 Feb 2014

Posted by Bethell in The Oval

Update from the Oval Regeneration:- Planning Application :Thumbs-Up:

Herefordshire Planning Committe approved this today and also the Community Hub in outlying permission.

One issue is OPEN SPACE and we are going to work with Herefordshire Housing to secure some public space, this maybe another plot of land close by. More to follow as this is developed.

I will post an update when the work is to start on site.


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Oval Toilets Demolished! * Video Added *

07 Jan 2017

Posted by Colin James in The Oval

The Oval toilets were finally demolished early this morning, I managed to take a few photographs and video


Oval Toilets.jpg

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Queen Elizabeth I’s long-lost skirt found in Herefordshire

08 Jan 2017

Posted by Colin James in Open Forum

A piece of fabric described as the Holy Grail of fashion history will become one of the star attractions at Hampton Court Palace after it was identified as the only surviving piece of clothing worn by Elizabeth I.


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The country’s leading experts on royal garments have spent the past year piecing together clues about the provenance of the beautifully embroidered textile, which had been cut up and used for hundreds of years as an altar cloth in a Herefordshire parish church.
They say all the evidence points to  it having once been a skirt worn by  the Tudor queen, making it the only known survivor of her famously lavish wardrobe.
Eleri Lynn, curator of historic dress at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), first discovered the cloth hanging on a wall in the 13th-century church of St Faith, Bacton, last year.
Dress historian Eleri Lynn, left, with the Bacton altar cloth. The pattern is strikingly similar to a bodice worn by the Tudor queen in a portrait, right CREDIT:  DAVID ROSE
She said: “When I saw it for the first time I knew immediately that it was something special. As I examined it, I felt as though I had found the Holy Grail, the Mona Lisa of fashion. None of Elizabeth I’s dresses are known to have survived, but everything we have learnt since then points to it being worn by Elizabeth.” 
The botanical pattern on the cloth bears a striking resemblance to that on a bodice worn by Elizabeth in the so-called Rainbow Portrait of 1602 and Ms Lynn believes it is “not inconceivable” that the skirt, which cannot be seen in the painting, is part of the same outfit.

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Madness returns to Widemarsh Street

04 Jan 2017

Posted by ragwert in Open Forum

Why do companies like Griffiths get things so wrong?
Widemarsh Street is one way again today with some new signage..But its still not right
They seem to have got the message that it would be a good idea to have the road open up to the roadworks so

they have had a sign made stating Widemarsh Street closed after Wicks which is brilliant but its 30ft  down from signs

saying ahead closed diversion.
All it needed was a sign saying Access only road closed after Wicks.


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