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    Cafe Opportunity At The Pavilion, Castle Green

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    By Hereford Voice,

    The refurbished Castle Green Pavilion will have a beautiful riverside cafe and Friends of Castle Green has put a call-out to anyone who might be interested in getting involved.


    Due to open in summer 2024, the cafe is intended to be a local enterprise with opportunities for people who are community-minded.

    There are a wide range of people who may be interested, from a caterer looking to take the first step in having their own premises through to investor looking to back a new business or someone with experience of the hospitality sector who would like to help guide the process.

    If you are a fabulous cook & live locally then they definitely want to hear from you! There is no obligation at this stage, they just want to know who might be interested.

    If this sounds like something you want to be part of then please drop a message to operations@friendsofcastlegreen.org.uk with a bit of background info on why you’re interested and your experience.

    𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱!

    We are so excited about this positive StrongerHereford project!

    POSITIVE HEREFORD | 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐝

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Our friends at Vision Building and Development have sent us this fantastic Reel! Showing the progress onRegeneration Project!



    We are so excited about this project and plans for the regeneration of the historic Pavilion building. One of many StrongerHereford projects.

    We would like to thank our Friends of Castle Green and Katie Bott

    Our webcam is temporarily offline but we will have more exclusive images on the progress and some exciting news on the webcam as the project develops!

    𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐓𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐓𝐨 𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐕𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞

    Hereford man died of natural causes

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Mercia Police confirm that the 63-year-old man who died in the incident on Thursday 8 June has been identified as Paul Dabin, a resident from Putson in Hereford. Paul’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by a family liaison officer.


    Police were called to Brook Retail Park in Hereford in the early hours of Thursday morning after a man suffered cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital where he sadly died.

    The death was initially treated as suspicious while officers continued their work to establish the circumstances around Paul’s death.

    On Friday 9 June a post-mortem examination was carried with the preliminary results established that he died of natural causes with no evidence of assault.

    Paul’s death is not now being treated as suspicious and is now being dealt with by the coroner.

    Detective Chief Inspector Leighton Harding said: “My thoughts are very much with Paul’s family at this sad time.

    “I would like to also thank the public and local businesses for their patience and understanding whilst we conducted our investigation.”

    Original article here

    📣𝗣𝗢𝗟𝗜𝗖𝗘 𝗔𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗔𝗟 | Sheep Killed By Dangerous Dog

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Police are appealing for witnesses after a dangerous dog incident happened on the 30/05/2023 and 01/06/2023 in the DINEDOR area where sheep have been killed/injured by a dog.


    The dog is pictured below. If you have any information please contact the Police, reference 22/51560/23.

    𝐇𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐝 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐫 𝐍𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    “Whether I was in uniform or not, I would have done the same,” says West Mercia Police Federation member Chris Rogers, who has been nominated for a Police Bravery Award after risking his life to save a man from drowning.


    Police constable Chris has told how he ‘went into auto-pilot mode’ when he saw a man fall from a 30-foot tall bridge.

    The man, who was believed to be intoxicated, landed face down in the river and was unconscious, resulting in Chris running hundreds of metres before jumping into the water and swimming out to save him.

    “If I’m honest, I didn’t even think about what I was doing. I went into complete auto-pilot mode,” said 35-year-old Chris.

    “I’m actually a little bit embarrassed that I’ve even been nominated for an award. For me, I was just doing my job - and whether I was in uniform or not, I would have done the same.”

    Chris, who joined the Force in 2008, described how the incident occurred after ‘two intoxicated men’ tried to enter a scene he was guarding.

    “We prevented them from entering the scene after which they climbed up onto a bridge. Then, all of a sudden, one of them just fell,” father-of-three Chris continued.

    “I immediately ran to towards the water and chucked off my stab vest. I jumped in to find the man face down, unconscious and floating. I couldn’t see his chest going up and down. He wasn’t breathing.”

    At this point, Chris turned the man over and began CPR on his chest in an attempt to get him breathing. Chris pulled the male to the river bank where he continued CPR.

    Eventually, the male coughed up blood and water, but he was still unconscious.

    Chris’s police colleagues came to support him until the paramedics got there. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance and remarkably only suffered facial injuries as a result of the fall.

    Chris added: “I didn’t speak to the man directly afterwards but I was told he wanted to say ‘thank you’ to me.

    The bravery awards are organised each year by the Police Federation of England and Wales.

    Along with nominees from police forces across England and Wales, Chris will be attending this year’s awards ceremony, which will be taking place on Thursday 13 July in London.

    📣 𝗟𝗢𝗖𝗔𝗟 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 | Herefordshire Council Responds To Families Commission Report.

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Council responds to the findings of an independent report


    Today a report has been published by an independent ‘Families Commission’ following meetings with families that have previous and current experience of Herefordshire Children’s Services.

    The panel was commissioned jointly by the Children’s Commissioner, Eleanor Brazil; the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership; and Herefordshire Council, and comprised of three appropriately qualified and experienced professionals, independent of Herefordshire. 

    The Families Commission report can be viewed on the Herefordshire Safeguarding Partnership website.

    Darryl Freeman, Director of Children’s Services:

    I want to thank all the families for coming forward and sharing their experiences with the panel. I know that this must have been a very difficult and emotional experience and want them to know how deeply grateful I am.

    I also want to thank the panel for the sensitive, professional way they have gone about their work and for their detailed and thorough report.

    This report is a hard read. I am truly sorry for the failings it details and apologise to all the families for what they have been through. Our mission now, as part of our improvement journey, is to continue to learn from the mistakes of the past.

    We are building a new culture and different way of working in the service. We will now look at each of the seven questions raised by the report carefully and honestly and explore with families how we can better work with them and meet their needs.

    We share a common goal with all the families who have come forward – and with the whole of Herefordshire. We want to build a children’s service of which the whole county can be proud. Our families deserve nothing less.

    Councillor Ivan Powell, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People:

    This is a challenging and difficult report for everyone connected with Herefordshire Council. For too long our children’s services have failed the very people who need them most. Some of those failings are laid out in stark detail in this report.

    I am grateful to all the families for coming forward and hope that the work of the commission has helped them to feel heard and to start to recover from their experiences. Their stories must not – and will not – go unheard.

    As the newly-appointed cabinet member for children’s services I am committed to ensuring that every aspect of children’s services learns from what each of the families has told the panel.

    We must use this report and the families’ lived experience to ensure that the voice of children and families is central to our improvement plan and the future of the service in the long term.


    A man has been arrested on suspicion or Murder.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A man has been arrested on suspicion or Murder.


    A serious incident In Hereford this morning as Police cordon off Commercial Road.

    A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said;

    Commercial Road is closed between the junctions of Blueschool Street and Barrs Court Road.

    The road is expected to remain closed for sometime, motorists will need to use an alternative route.

    📸 James McLelland

    Campaign to introduce traffic calming measures on A49 Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Campaign: Yet another RTC on the A49 near Moreton on Lugg today.

    This is the third accident in less than a week! 


    This follows another RTC on the A49 near Leominster on Boxing Day after a collision between car and fuel tanker. 

    A man was taken to hospital only last Tuesday (22nd) following another RTC. There was also an accident on the 14th of December north bound at Dinmore and and accident where a vehicle ended upside down in a ditch at the end of November.

    There have been many more accidents over the years in the accident hotspot.

    Hereford Voice

    is calling for changes to be made on this notorious section of the A49 to improve safety for motorists.

    Your thoughts?

    #herefordvoice #herefordnews

    Herefordshire Council Publish Decision To Award £130k Contract For Governor's House Repairs To Local Builders

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    By Hereford Voice,


    The decision was made in March 2022 and was published by Herefordshire Council yesterday. 

    The £130,000 contract was awarded to local builders S C Joseph Ltd.

    Decision Title

    Award a contract to carry out building improvements including window frame repairs, localised rainwater good repairs and works to the external canopy at Governor’s House, Hereford, up to a value of £130,000

    Decision Made

    This decision is to award the contract to S C Joseph to carry out these works to the Governor’s House, Hereford, following the completion of a successful tender, evaluation and moderation process.

    Works to include carrying out building improvements including window frame repairs, localised rainwater good repairs and works to the external canopy

    To approve the works expenditure of up to £130,000 which includes £9,400.75 contingency and £14,101.13 for professional fees.

    Responsibility for delivering works to be carried out by the Capital Senior Project Manager within the spend budget of the Capital Building Improvement Programme

    Reason For Decision

    These works are part of the Capital Building Improvement Programme 2022/25.

    The required improvement works have been assessed and prioritised based upon select criteria which covers health & safely, operational need/impact and lifecycle/value

    Full details HERE

    Plans Submitted For New Take-Away With Seating In Hereford City Centre

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    By Hereford Voice,

    A planning application has been submitted to create a take-away with seating inside and on the pavement Commercial Street in Hereford City centre.


    𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙥 (𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨 𝙀) 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙖𝙠𝙚𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 (𝙨𝙪𝙞 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙨) 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙢𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙖 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙜𝙚 (1𝙢 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙗𝙪𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜) 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙛𝙡𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙛𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙡.

    There will also be accommodation above the unit which was formally occupied by tReds.


    House Fire In Belmont Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,



    Hereford Fire Station have provided the following update following the house fire in Belmont;

    29.05.2023 14:40

    461 and 462 mobilised this afternoon to reports of a garden fence on fire affecting a property in Belmont, Hereford.

    On arrival it was apparent the fire had spread to two houses and the roof spaces were well alight. Immediately assistance was requested “make pumps 6”.

    Firefighters were deployed in Breathing Apparatus (BA) using hose reel jets to attack the fire internally while crews set up covering jets externally to also suppress the fire.

    Further crews arrived from Ewyas Harold, Leominster, Ross and Whitchurch, Aerial Ladder Platform from Worcester as well as the Incident Command Unit from Ledbury.

    Once the fire was extinguished crews then pitched 9m ladders and used the ALP to remove roof tiles to expose and deal with the remaining embers. Unfortunately both properties suffered severe fire damage.

    Thankfully no serious injuries were sustained. A fire investigation is currently underway to fully determine the cause of the fire.

    Relief crews from Peterchurch and Fownhope were brought in this evening to damp down and maintain a watching brief.

    Police Concerns About Shops In South Hereford Selling Vapes To Children.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    A spokesperson West Mercia Police said;

    "South Wye SNT, have been informed about concerns relating to the sales of 'vapes' to children (under 18) by shops in the area of south Hereford.

    Due to this information all shops have been visited to check they are checking for ID on sale. We were impressed by how some of the shops challenge age, however there is still room for improvement with others.

    Police will be informing Trading Standards of the information and our findings to challenge the illegal sales to children within our community"

    Image credit: pavel_shishkin

    More Than 200 knives Surrendered To Police

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    More than 200 knives have been surrendered and 15 people arrested as part of a national campaign to tackle knife crime.

    Last week, West Mercia Police took part in Op Sceptre – a national dedicated week of action to tackle knife crime. During the week:-

    • 231 knives were deposited in our knife surrender bins
    • 15 people arrested
    • 87 stop searches carried out
    • 178 visits to local schools were made where officers talked to pupils about the dangers of carrying a knife
    • 37 community events were held
    • 50 diversionary visits
    • 10 test purchases carried out to ensure retailers were complying with the law and not selling knives to children and young people under 18
    • 207 retailer visited and advised around their responsibility in selling knives.

    Superintendent Edward Hancox said: “We were pleased to once again be involved in operation sceptre, the dedicated week of action gives us an opportunity to highlight the work we do all year round to tackle knife crime.

    “While our level of knife crime is relatively low across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcester, we are not complacent and we know that incidents do happen, often with devastating consequences. One incident is one too many which is why we will not stop in our work to bring down the level of knife crime even further.”

    During the week police also joined up with the NHS to highlight vital first aid people can give to someone who has been stabbed.

    Supt Hancox added: “Police alone cannot tackle knife crime and the support we have from our partner agencies, such as expert advice from the NHS, is absolutely crucial in helping prevent the number of people killed or seriously injured by a knife.

    “While much of our work focusses on prevention and early intervention to stop a knife incident in the first place, if someone is stabbed first aid in the initial aftermath could potentially be the difference between life and death.”


    Four simple steps to help someone who’s been stabbed:

    1. Is it safe to approach? Consider your own safety

    2. Put pressure on the wound.

    3. Call 999.

    4. Keep pressure on the wound until and ambulance arrives.

    Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “It is brilliant to see the impact West Mercia Police has made across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcester to tackle a crime that tears communities apart.

    “As PCC, I am committed to delivering my Safer West Mercia Plan by ensuring your police force has the resources and tools it needs to combat knife crime.

    “By working closely with local partners, society can turn the tide on knife crime by educating young people about the dangers of carrying a weapon and offering them the support they need to enjoy their childhood free from harm.”

    Leominster man jailed for 92 months for child sex offences

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    Damien Lucas, 36, of New Street in Leominster was sentenced to 92 months in prison at Hereford Crown Court on Tuesday 23 May when he pleaded guilty to eight charges of:

    1: Attempt to arrange / facilitate the commission of child sex offence - rape / assault by penetration of child under 13 (26/10/2022)

    2: Make indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child (23/06/2021) Particulars: 114 Cat A images

    3: Make indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child (23/06/2021) Particulars: 58 Cat B images

    4: Make indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child (23/06/2021) Particulars: 270 Cat C images

    5: Make indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child (28/02/2023) Particulars: 85 Cat A images

    6: Make indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child (28/02/2023) Particulars: 101 Cat B images

    7: Distribute an indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child (26/10/2022) Particulars: 1 Cat B image

    8: Make indecent photograph / pseudo-photograph of a child (28/02/2023) Particulars: 279 Cat C images

    Detective Inspector Matt McNelis said: “The strength of this 7 year sentence sends a strident message to online child sex offenders across the country. The possession, making and distribution of indecent images of children and the grooming of children to provide opportunities to commit contact offences are abhorrent crimes that we are fighting hard to prevent every day. Damien LUCAS pleaded guilty to having hundreds of images including 199 Category A images. Each of these depicts the rape and / or torture of a child. The possession and sharing of these images and videos re-victimises each child in perpetuity and we continue to work with partners, including Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Family Matters, to stamp out this vile trade in human misery.”

    If you have been affected by child sexual abuse, you can contact police on 101 and speak to a police officer in confidence.

    We recognise that not everyone has the confidence to speak to police, but there are support services available that can help you if you are a victim of abuse.

    Anyone who has experienced abuse in childhood or is concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline confidentially on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk. Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111.

    📣 POSITIVE HEREFORD | JJs Diner & Bar Now Open On Bridge Street Hereford. 

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    Karen and Alex wrote to us today;

    "Hi Colin,

    We are the newest bar on bridge street situated between the Left Bank Village and The Tipsy Kat, lovely out door seating area with garden bar that opens over summer period, we offer free event hire (subject to conditions).

    Perfect for hen, stags , parties , weddings , christening , wakes .

    We have a small indoor play area to keep little ones entertain and offer a meal deals to keep the cost down. 

    Open Monday to Sunday and later nights on a Friday and Saturday 

    Thank you" 


    Great to see the former unit previously occupied by The Den to be open again with this new and exciting business. 

    Call in and say hi and on a gorgeous day like today try the ICE CREAM!! 🍧🍨🍦

    Hereford Voice wish Karen and Alex all the very best and look forward to sampling that ice cream for ourselves! 

    Hereford has some superb restaurants, pubs, bars and venues and this is another welcome addition to our fantastic city! 

    Herefordshire Council’s Leader, Chairperson's and Vice-Chairperson's Elected

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Full Council yesterday announced how Herefordshire Council will be governed in the 2023/24 municipal year.


    Councillor Jonathan Lester has been elected Leader of Herefordshire Council,

    Councillor Roger Phillips is Chairperson of the Council and Councillor Stef Simmons is Vice-Chairperson of the Council.

    Full Council also appointed Herefordshire Council’s committee chairpersons, confirmed as:

    Audit and governance committee
    Chairperson: Councillor David Hitchiner
    Vice-Chairperson: Councillor Aubrey Oliver

    Children and young people scrutiny committee
    Chairperson: Councillor Toni Fagan
    Vice-Chairperson: Councillor Liz Harvey

    Connected communities scrutiny committee
    Chairperson: Councillor Ellie Chowns
    Vice-Chairperson: Councillor Ed O’Driscoll

    Employment panel committee
    Chairperson: Councillor Jonathan Lester
    Vice-Chairperson: Councillor Ellie Chowns

    Environment and sustainability scrutiny committee
    Chairperson: Councillor Louis Stark
    Vice-Chairperson: Councillor Helen Heathfield

    Health, care and wellbeing scrutiny committee
    Chairperson: Councillor Pauline Crockett
    Vice-Chairperson: Councillor Kevin Tillett

    Planning and regulatory committee
    Chairperson: Councillor Terry James
    Vice-Chairperson: Councillor Clare Davies

    Scrutiny management board
    Chairperson: Councillor Liz Harvey
    Vice-Chairperson: Councillor Jenny Bartlett

    Licensing sub-committee
    Chairperson: Councillor Polly Andrews

    Introducing Bus Stop QR Codes Across Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council have recently introduced QR codes displayed at over 500 bus stops across the county, providing instant information on the next bus due at your stop.


    Much of this will be in 'real time' so you can see exactly when your bus is on its way!

    Hereford Cathedral Memorial Service For David Morris and John Davies

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    There was not an empty seat anywhere! 


    The Cathedral was packed full of people for the memorial service of David Morris and John Davies who died in a factory fire in the city almost 30 years ago. 

    Jon Pryce Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive for Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said following the service;

    "An incredible privilege to speak tonight at Hereford Cathedral to commemorate the installation of a permanent memorial to David Morris and John Davies who lost their lives fighting a fire in Hereford city 30 years ago. Thanks to all who worked so hard to arrange this service"



    Chief Fire Officer Jon Pryce with the plaque in the Lady Arbour.


    Mark, Stuart and Paul representing Leominster Fire Station at the presentation of a memorial plaque to John Davies and David Morris at Hereford Cathedral. A heart felt address given by CFO John Pryce remembering the sacrifice given at Sun Valley on 6th September 1993.

    Photographs courtesy of Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

    'Thank You For Your Service'

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