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    17th Century coaching inn to re-open imminently after being closed for over 8 years

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,



    “Next to agriculture, tourism is one of the biggest revenue generators for the county.” Says local businessman Luke Conod. “Hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, bars, pubs, restaurants, shops and attractions all rely on visitors to the area spending money with their businesses.”

    Luke and business partner Byron Campbell are doing their bit to encourage visitors back to the county having invested heavily in a major refurbishment of the Swan Inn at Letton.

    The doors of the 17th Century coaching inn are to re-open imminently after being closed for over 8 years.

    “Five sumptuous furnished and decorated letting bedrooms at the Swan Inn all have their own high-end en-suite bathrooms.” Said Luke.  “Our guests will enjoy luxurious comfortable beds, crisp bed linen, sumptuous fabrics & furnishings and state-of-the-art lighting.”

    To take advantage of the enviable views over the rolling Herefordshire countryside a large heated outdoor terrace with covered seating area for up to 100 people has been constructed, in addition to the relaxing bar area in the main building. 

    Very much wanting to take it one step at a time, the Swan’s 40-seater restaurant will open in the spring next year.

    From Easter, several pitches will be available for guests preferring to stay in their own touring caravans, motorhomes, or tents and for these a block of luxurious facilities has been added.

    “We’ll be sourcing as much of the food and drinks that we serve as we possibly can from the local Herefordshire farmers, growers and suppliers right here on our doorstep and by the summer we’ll be employing up to 30 local staff, so we’ll be making a sizeable contribution to the economy of the community that we’ll be serving.”

    “Plans are to re-opens on Thursday 3rd December at 6pm and we’re aiming to make the Swan Inn the favourite living room for the people living and working in the surrounding area.”

    The Swan Inn is at Letton on the A438 Brecon Road between Hereford and Kington. 
    Keep up to date on social media at Swan Inn Letton on Facebook 

    📷 Bland Photography

    Moving House Hereford

    By ragwert,

    Fantastic archive video from the BBC archives site, 'on this day' in May 1965.

    Moving the old black & White building in High Town to make way for the new Marks & Spencer building.
    Looks like good old health & safety pretty much never existed :Happy_32:


    Attenuation pools being created in Aconbury Wood above Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Flood prevention should slow the flow of runoff helping to reduce flood risk down the hill and into Bullingham area of the City.

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    Thanks to Dave Throup from the Environment Agency for this information and all the valuable work Dave and his colleagues do for us throughout the year.

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    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #herefordshire

    Appeal for information following attempted robbery - Bromyard, Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Police have released CCTV images following an attempted robbery at a shop in Bromyard.

    At 7.40pm last night (Monday 23 November) at Premier on the High Street. A man entered and threatened the cashier with a knife demanding money from the till. 


    The offender left immediately, and no money was stolen during the incident. 

    Police are appealing to anyone who might recognise this man, who we hope can help us with our investigation. 

    DC Leah Lowe of Hereford CID said: "This is believed to be an isolated incident and thankfully, no one was injured. The investigation is on-going and we are appealing for any witnesses and anyone who recognises this individual to come forward.

    “If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please call us on 01432 347399, quoting incident number 553i 23Nov."

    Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website.

    Ghost of little boy captured at the Pavilion building on the Castle Green Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    On Monday evening paranormal investigator Jayne Harris was filming a live Facebook stream at the Pavilion and send us the photograph of the little boy below 👇


    She wrote: 


    "Viewers all took screenshots as they saw the ghost of a little boy peering at me from behind a toilet door. The door incidently later opened on it's own! Before I visited I'd been told by the staff there that a little boy haunts the staircase. I also caught a video of a large shadow figure downstairs"


    Pavillion is built on the 13th century foundations of the former Hereford Castle and the gaol building is still attached forming part of the structure. Staff say there is the ghost of a WW1 soldier in the cellar. 

    Check out all the details on her Facebook page 👉 HD Paranormal


    Appeal following serious collision in Bromyard

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    At around 3.30pm yesterday (Sunday 22 November) we received reports of a serious collision on Church Street, Bromyard involving a car and a pedestrian.


    A 10-year-old girl was injured in the collision and transported to hospital. She remains in hospital with potentially life changing injuries. 

    The collision resulted in the closure of Church Street, which then remained closed for several hours.

    If you witnessed the incident, have dashcam footage or have any information that can help officers with their enquiries, please contact the officer in the case, PC Lee Palmer on 07970864697 quoting incident number 355i of 22 November, or by using our online reporting function on West Mercia Police website under the section tell us about.

    A whistleblower’s story @ WMP

    By Cambo,

    I came across this blog by chance it was a very interesting read

    Fox cub cruelty.exposing corruption by police & CPS

    I believe the author is a serving officer with WMP?



    A man from Hereford has been charged with rape.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The incident is believed to have occurred at around 2pm on Thursday 19 November in the St James’ Road area of the city.

    Andrew Cooke-Edwards, aged 32, of Aylestone Hill, Hereford, was arrested on Thursday afternoon.


    He was charged with rape, sexual assault, threats to kill and robbery earlier this morning (Saturday 21 November) and has been remanded to appear at Kidderminster Magistrates Court today.

    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #hereford

    Charity: The Buchanan Trust ~ The Bosbury Estate.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A National Facility Supporting Britains's Vetrerans.

    To help those who have served in the armed forces, enabling them to transition into civilian life by offering short term accommodation, accredited training, skills, work experience and employment opportunities in the rural and construction sectors.

    Right now they are halfway through a 22 week aggressive build for much needed veteran's accommodation.

    This first stage will provide 4 families new temporary accommodation whilst making the transition into civilian life.

    2 are full DDA compliant, 2 more are planned to follow on quickly if they can secure funding to create a 6 unit veteran community in a quiet corner of the Herefordshire countryside.


    The Buchanan Trust secured funding from Herefordshire Council and Homes England as they are a registered Almshouse provider, offering subsidised housing to our veteran community, the Trust will use it own limited funds to complete this ambitious 1st stage of the build ready for occupation in early spring 2021 and will be supported by another Herefordshire almshouse charity, whilst this community becomes established, looking forward the Trust will need around £400k to undertake the final two units, to complete this much needed and exciting project.

    Any donations would be gratefully received and Hereford Voice will do all we can to help promote this fabulous project and organisation.


    #HerefordVoice #HerefordNews #Herefordshire

    Man arrested on suspicion of rape

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A full and thorough investigation has been launched and a Hereford man arrested on suspicion of rape after an incident in the city yesterday afternoon (Thursday 19 November).


    Shortly after 2pm West Mercia Police received a report that a woman in her 20s had been approached by a man in the St James’ Road area and that she had been attacked and sexually assaulted. Officers were quickly in the area, searches were carried out and as part of our enquiries a 32-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of rape. He currently remains in police custody.

    Detective Chief Inspector Emma Whitworth said:


    “An investigation has been launched into this incident and we’re appealing for help from members of the public as our enquiries continue. Additional officers are in the area to both carry out enquiries and offer reassurance. We understand this incident will be concerning to the wider community and we would like to reassure people that our detectives are carrying out a detailed investigation and we have put additional resources in the local area.

    “The arrest was made quickly after the reports were made to officers. We’d like to thank the members of the public who stopped to help the victim. She is currently being supported.”

    Anyone with information should ring West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 340i of 19 November or report online under the Tell Us About section. Alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

    What's going to happen after Coronavirus?

    By megilleland,

    What's going to happen after Coronavirus

    Where are we going when Coronavirus fades away and the government has run its course in keeping us at home.The sheer economic disaster coming and affecting everyone is already being discussed by some MPs. One remedy is to impose a one off wealth tax. The idea is that everyone – households and businesses, rich and poor – has to pay a sum equivalent to a chunk of their net assets. This would reverse taxation regimes across the world which tax income far more than the taxation of wealth.

    Ed Conway, the economics editor at Sky News, writing in the Times, roughly calculates that a one-off 10 percent levy on all household net wealth in the UK would generate over £1 trillion ($1.24 trillion) of revenues. That would be enough to pay off all the costs of Covid-19. It would provide for the NHS for generations and reduce the national debt from wartime levels to something more like normality. 

    The government reduction plans for local authority council funding on the basis that the shortfall can be made up with councils keeping the collection of business rates now looks a dead duck.

    The desire to give us all an identity card accompanied with a vaccination certificate looks pretty certain. Get ready for all citizens to be given a free smartphone and be fined if not carried on one's person at all times to enable tracking at all times.

    This quote says it all:

    “The telephone was not his favorite object, and more than once he had considered getting rid of his. What he disliked most of all was its tyranny. Not only did it have the power to interrupt him against his will, but inevitably he would give in to its command.”
    ― Paul Auster, City of Glass

    Mouthwash 'can kill virus in lab in 30 seconds'

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The preliminary findings, which are yet to be peer reviewed, come ahead of a clinical trial investigating whether over-the-counter mouthwash can reduce the levels of coronavirus in a patient's saliva.


    The Cardiff University report said that mouthwashes containing at least 0.07 per cent cetypyridinium chloride (CPC) showed “promising signs” of being able to combat the virus.

    “Although this in-vitro study is very encouraging and is a positive step, more clinical research is now clearly needed,” Dr Thomas told the PA news agency, as quoted by the Independent newspaper.

    “We need to understand if the effect of over-the-counter mouthwashes on the COVID-19 virus achieved in the laboratory can be reproduced in patients, and we look forward to completing our clinical trial in early 2021.”

    Dr Nick Claydon, a specialist periodontologist, said he believed mouthwash can become an important addition to fighting coronavirus along with “handwashing, physical distancing and wearing masks, both now and in the future”.


    The Victorian Society urging Herefordshire Council to reject plans to demolish this historic rectory

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    In an article written on their website The Victorian Society strongly objects to the Diocese of Hereford’s plans to demolish a historic rectory in Hereford.




    Not only would this see Hereford’s architectural heritage diminished but reuse of existing buildings, rather than demolition, is vital to meeting the environmental commitments of both the council and the Church of England.

    The striking Arts and Crafts style rectory of St Nicholas’ Church was built between 1909–10 by the local firm of Nicholson and Hartree. Historic England has noted the high quality of the materials used to build the rectory and the remarkable intactness of its original and detailed interiors. Destruction of this Edwardian building would see further erosion of Hereford’s heritage.

    In March 2019 Herefordshire Council declared a climate emergency and, in September 2019, claimed that they would minimise their impact on the environment. Similarly, the Church of England has pledged to take climate change seriously, stating that ‘responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God's creation’. The decision to apply for demolition does not appear to take that pledge on board. Given the climate emergency, the sensitive reuse and retrofit of historic buildings is preferable to demolition and erection of new buildings, almost no matter how energy efficient they are. Demolishing this characterful and structurally sound building is wasteful. The diocese should rethink its approach and take the green and energy-efficient option and find a way to reuse the historic rectory or sell it to a buyer who would appreciate its charms. If not, Hereford Council must reject the application for its demolition if it is serious about meet its climate targets.

    Historic England research has highlighted the importance of reuse of existing buildings finding that ‘sympathetically upgrading and reusing existing buildings, rather than demolishing and building new, could dramatically improve a building’s energy efficiency and would make substantial energy savings because the CO₂ emissions already embodied within existing buildings would not be lost through demolition.’

    Tom Taylor, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society, said: ‘This former rectory is the kind of solid, well-designed and well-executed historic building that forms the fundamental texture of our surviving Victorian and Edwardian suburban built heritage. It has survived essentially intact, both inside and out. There is no suggestion that it is necessary for structural reasons to demolish it, or that it is beyond repair. There is also no suggestion that marketing the building as a single dwelling has been attempted or reasonably discounted. To replace this structurally sound, high-quality historic building and large garden with a row of 9 new dwellings and a car park will result in the loss of a non-designated heritage asset and harm the historic and architectural character of Hereford.’ 


    Photographs courtesy of the Victorian Society 

    Holmer Road Filling Station to be Demolished and Replaced with New Modern Facility

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Co-operative Store and Petrol Filling Station, Holmer Road Hereford

    Plans have been approved with conditions for the proposed demolition of existing retail store/kiosk and car wash facility.

    Erection of replacement retail store/kiosk.

    South view illustration by archer architects

    East view illustration by archer architects

    Removal and replacement of existing petrol pumps and canopy, replacement of fuel tanks, re-configuration of car parking layout and installation of plant within an enclosure.


    Decision Notice.pdf

    House fire at Broad Oak, Hereford.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Crews from Ewyas Harold Fire Station were called today to a house fire at Broad Oak, Hereford.

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    Six appliances from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Serviceand two from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were at the seen along with supporting officers and the water carrier.

    The fire damaged the ground floor, first floor and roof area of the property. 9mtr ladders were used at the back and front of the property to gain access to the roof crews had to remove a proportion of the roofing materials.

    Relief crews remain at the scene this evening.

    Thankfully no persons were injured.

    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #herefordshire

    New Fruit & Veg Retail Store to Open at Alban House Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A planning application has been submitted to Herefordshire Council for consent of an advertisement sign at 16 High Town, Alban House Hereford.

    'Cherries & Berries of Herefordshire' a new retail store at Alban House will sell fruit and vegetables.


    Birmingham-based property developer Elevate Property Group redeveloped the Grade II listed buildings destroyed by a devastating fire in October 2010. This unit before the fire was previously occupied by the Card Factory and prior to that, was The Link phone shop.

    Cars and other junk removed by Herefordshire Council teams

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Below are photographs taken from Friday’s clearance of the Criftins at Leintwardine Herefordshire after the Herefordshire CouncilCommunity Protection Team, BBLP and Police moved 6 cars, parts and junk from a business spilling into the street, which after prosecution has now been cleared and a fence erected to stop any repeat.

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    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #herefordshire

    Covid-19 test centre opens in Leominster

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Better access to covid testing in north Herefordshire


    A mobile Covid-19 testing centre for north Herefordshire is now operating on the Broad Street Car Park in Leominster.

    This is the second mobile testing centre to be set up in county within the past three weeks – taking the total number of sites countywide to three. The other two sites are in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye.

    This latest unit makes it more convenient for residents from north Herefordshire to get a covid test close to home. The unit opened today (Nov 13) and will offer tests from 10.30am until 3.30pm each day and will be in place for the foreseeable future. It is being provided for Herefordshire Council by the regional NHS test and trace team.

    Herefordshire Council’s Director of Public Health Karen Wright said: “It has always been our aim to set up more testing sites in Herefordshire to make it easier for our residents to get tested close to home.


    “We are delighted to see this plan becoming a reality and are confident it will help us to carry out local testing, tracking and tracing to help control the spread of the virus.

    “We cannot do this alone. The successful control of Covid-19 here depends on the actions of everyone in Herefordshire. Cases of Covid-19 in the county are rising significantly and could overwhelm our community, including local health and care services.

    “Nobody in Herefordshire can afford to relax. It is essential people get tested if they have symptoms and also that they self-isolate immediately.”

    Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 – a high temperature, persistent cough, loss or change in sense of taste or smell – should immediately book a test by ringing NHS 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. They should self-isolate (not leave their home) while waiting for their test and until they have the result. Anyone who cannot get to a test centre can order a home test kit.

    Hands, Face, Space. We would like to remind people to wash their hands regularly, use a face covering (when visiting enclosed spaces like shops and businesses) and keep their distance (at least 2 metres) to help protect themselves and others.


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