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    Remembering the Sun Valley Fire 27 Years ago

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    On This Day: 27 years ago today, the fire at the Sun Valley factory in Hereford on 6/9/93 was one of the biggest the city has ever seen.

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    130 firefighters were at the scene, using 23 pumping appliances.

    Sadly two of those never made it out of the factory. 

    Work is now ongoing to remember Dave Morris and John Davies. RIP

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    A faulty defrosting machine caused a fire that quickly spread to other contents the structure of the building. The premises covered approximately 2 hectares and was evacuated in under 2 minutes. Fire spread through the combustible core sandwich panels leading too large volumes of smoke delamination and internal structural collapse of panels. 2 fire-fighters became trapped in the collapsing building and died.

    📷 Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service

    #HerefordVoice #HerefordNews #Herefordshire


    Lady Darnley Retires as Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Lieutenancy have reported that today marks the retirement of The Dowager Countess of Darnley from office after 12 years of representing Her Majesty The Queen as the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire. Due to the pandemic the planned farewell service was unable to take place so joined by immediate family and the Deputy Lieutenants that have served under Lady Darnley’s leadership, a small private farewell service took place at Hereford Cathedral.

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    Lady Darnley became Lord-Lieutenant on 24th October 2008 and during office has been pivotal in understanding the needs of the county residents, businesses and voluntary organisations. Her dedication and support to the county and most importantly the people who live and work in Herefordshire has been second to none.

    On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, Lady Darnley has presented over 25 British Empire Medals, 16 Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service and 7 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. She has ensured a strong relationship with the local military and cadets and has welcomed 38 Royal Visits, one of which was to welcome The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to Hereford as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour in 2012.

    I’m sure you will all join us in thanking Lady Darnley for her dedication and service to the county and wish her a wonderful and well deserved retirement.


    wo staff members along with one customer have tested positive for Coronavirus at a pub in Malvern.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    5 staff members at The Inn at Welland all worked together last weekend and are now self isolating for 14 days and also one customer. 

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    A statement on the pubs website reads: 👇

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    "5th September 2020

    Dear Friends of The Inn at Welland
    We are sad to report that 2 of our staff have tested positive for Covid.

    The staff work in a very small team of 5 and were on duty last weekend. They did not mix with other staff members. All of that team of 5 are now at home, self-isolating. We wish our staff members a speedy recovery.

    Our premises are deep cleaned every Monday and Tuesday and this was carried out as normal this week.

    We continuously work hard to ensure the highest standards of hygiene, with the most stringent of Covid measures in place, so it is hugely disappointing to us to have the 2 confirmed cases.

    We’ve quickly worked with Public Health teams in the County, who are supporting us and the staff and we are following their guidance at all times.

    It goes without saying, that the safety of our customers and our staff is of paramount importance to us, and we continue to operate with that at the centre of all we do.
    We remain open, with the support of Public Health and with all necessary safety measures in place, and we look forward to welcoming you.

    Thank you to all our customers for your continued support. 

    Kind Regards

    David & Gillian"

     

    #HerefordVoice


    Golden Valley Garage Nostalgia

    Colin James
    By Colin James,

    This is a really lovely story that I have just read in the HT and thought I would add it to our forums for discussion.

     

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    A UNIQUE filling station in the Golden Valley which is believed to be one of the oldest in the country is to sell fuel once again following a refurbishment.

     
    Robert Wilding has been running West End Garage, in Vowchurch, since the 1990s when he took over from his dad, Hedley.
     
    The garage has been refuelling motorists since 1923 when Mr Wilding's grandfather, James Charles, was granted a licence to sell petrol.
     
    Widely believe to be one of the oldest filling stations in Britain, Mr Wilding is now taking steps to upgrade the tank so that he can continue his family's legacy.
     
    He said: "My grandfather started selling fuel in 1923. He died in 1948 and my father and uncle took over the business then. I have grown up here.
     
    "I am only using one petrol pump now and trying to keep the tradition up of selling petrol in the Golden Valley.
     
    "I haven't been selling since last June but have been helping people out with petrol should they get stuck. But I am going to start again in the next fortnight."
     
    There are two petrol pumps in the front garden, one a Wayne and the other an Avery.
     
    Large enamelled advertisement plates for Raleigh bicycles and one for Castrol can be seen on the front facade of the house, which dates from the early to mid twentieth century.
     
    Sales take place in the front room of the cottage which has a sales counter for sweets, newspapers and small motoring supplies.
     
    But the traditional appearance of the filling station won't change with the refurb and works are taking place to change the tank to a fiberglass liner with new plastic pipes.
     
    "If the work hadn't been carried out I would have had to have had it filled with concrete or had the tank taken out," Mr Wilding, 67, said.
     
    "So it was one or the other and I decided to carry on. I'm not going to make much money out of it but it's a traditional way of life."
          
    The pump will supply motorists with petrol but Mr Wilding is also able to help anyone who needs diesel.
     
    Speaking about why his grandfather decided to start the business, he added: "He just went into everything. He was a coffin maker, he did building work, he did cycle repairs. He had the first radio in the district, he was just a pioneer, he was a marvellous man that I never met."

    New booking system for Hereford & Leominster household recycling centres

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Pre-booked access onto sites will be required from Monday 14 September

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    The pre-booked system will be introduced for Hereford and Leominster household recycling centres on Monday 14 September, with residents able to book their slots online from Friday 4 September. Residents who are unable to access the booking system online can call the customer services team at the council on 01432 260000 who will be able to book a slot for them.  

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a limited number of residents are allowed on site at any one time. This has caused traffic congestion around the Hereford site in Rotherwas and Bridge Street in Leominster. It is hoped that the booking system will prevent queues leading up to the sites.

    The household recycling centres are only open to Herefordshire residents, and appointments must be booked online in advance. Residents will be able to book up to four slots every two weeks and will receive a pass before visiting. An address and vehicle registration number will be needed to secure the booking.

    Anyone who is self-isolating or has Covid-19 symptoms must not visit a household recycling centre.Councillor Gemma Davies, Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Procurement and Assets, said:

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    “It is essential that everyone books a slot before visiting one of our household recycling centres. The booking system has worked well at our other sites. By introducing the system for Hereford and Leominster, we hope to avoid the queues which have been building up outside the sites.

    “We continue to advise residents to take measures to avoid creating waste and manage it at home where possible. If you do need to visit, we ask that you observe social distancing rules at all times, come to the recycling centres alone where possible and wear gloves and suitable footwear. Most importantly, please act responsibly and respectfully towards other visitors and staff.”

     

    Herefordshire Council also continues to offer a bulky item collection service. Please call 01432 260051 to arrange a collection.

    Book a visit on the Herefordshire Council website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/hrcbooking or call 01432 260000


    You must book to visit Hereford and Leominster tips

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    From The Hereford Times today:

    People told they must book to visit Hereford and Leominster tips

    By James Thomas  @JamesThomasHere
    Reporter

    HEREFORDSHIRE Council is set to stop people visiting tips in Hereford and Leominster if they haven't pre-booked a timeslot.

    Currently, the sites in Chapel Road, Hereford and Bridge Street, Leominster are open as they were before the coronavirus pandemic, but the council has told people they will need to pre-book in a bid to cut down on queues.

    From Monday, September 14, the two sites will follow a similar system to those in places at the centres in Bromyard, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye and Kington.


    The pre-booked system for the two household recycling centres will be open for bookings from today (September 4).

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a limited number of residents are allowed on site at any one time, a council spokesperson said.

    They added: "This has caused traffic congestion around the Hereford site in Rotherwas and Bridge Street in Leominster. It is hoped that the booking system will prevent queues leading up to the sites.

    "The household recycling centres are only open to Herefordshire residents, and appointments must be booked online in advance. Residents will be able to book up to four slots every two weeks and will receive a pass before visiting.

    "An address and vehicle registration number will be needed to secure the booking. Anyone who is self-isolating or has Covid-19 symptoms must not visit a household recycling centre."

    Councillor Gemma Davies, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for commissioning, procurement and assets, said: “It is essential that everyone books a slot before visiting one of our household recycling centres.

    "The booking system has worked well at our other sites. By introducing the system for Hereford and Leominster, we hope to avoid the queues which have been building up outside the sites.

    “We continue to advise residents to take measures to avoid creating waste and manage it at home where possible. If you do need to visit, we ask that you observe social distancing rules at all times, come to the recycling centres alone where possible and wear gloves and suitable footwear.


    "Most importantly, please act responsibly and respectfully towards other visitors and staff.”

    To book, visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/hrcbooking

    I suppose it will cut down on waiting time. Not sure what happens if you're in the queue and a few minutes late.

     


    Cycle and Bus Lanes in Commercial Road Hereford Being Removed

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford's Commercial Road cycle and bus lanes are currently being removed following feedback from the public as the scheme is not proving helpful.

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    Save the River Wye!

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    Save the River Wye! Demand moratorium on all new poultry units in Powys

    Kate Bull started this petition to Powys County Council

    Every summer now, the River Wye is turning a putrid green and its delicate ecology is being destroyed by algae blooms that are caused by effluent from poultry farms flowing into it. If this goes on, we will lose everything that we treasure about the Wye. It will turn a horrible, ugly green every time it gets sunny. The fish will go, and they will be followed by our kingfishers, our dippers and our herons. It is very, very worrying.

    There are now 116 intensive poultry units (IPUs) in Powys, each raising more than 40,000 birds. With an estimated 8.5 million chickens on permitted units in the county, that is 64 times more chickens than people.

    Powys County Council and Natural Resources Wales have a legal responsibility to protect Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) such as the Wye. They have, however, been apparently unwilling to use the existing laws to protect the river from the damage caused by a proliferation of poultry units in the county. When granting planning permission, the Council has consistently refused to consider the impact of new poultry developments individually and cumulatively on the local environment, including the county's rivers and water courses.

    Enough is enough. We call on Powys County Council to instate an immediate moratorium on planning permissions for new or extended poultry units in the county until the full environmental - and community - impacts of those we already have can be assessed and reduced.

    Sign petition here.


    Strange Markings Spotted Near Tarrington Possibly Related to Dog Thefts

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    *SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY*

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    Police have been made aware of markings found by residents on their walls and driveways in Tarirngton.

    At present the police do not know what these markings are but they could possibly be linked to thefts of dogs which has been happening with their border forces.

    Please stay vigilant and report any markings or suspicious activity to 101.

    If you see any of these markings we suggest you clean it off and check your security at your properties.

    #HerefordVoice #Herefordshire #BeVigilant

     


    Stolen mini digger recovered by Herefordshire Rural Officers in Clehonger

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Last night, Tuesday 1 September, West Mercia Police’s Herefordshire Rural Crime Team, recovered a stolen mini digger in Clehonger. The mini digger was believed to have been taken from farm land in Ewyas Harold in the early hours of Sunday 30 August.

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    Three arrests have been made relating to this incident and they remain in custody.

    Rural crime can have a huge impact on the communities, business and the individuals we serve and West Mercia Police is committed to tackling it.Herefordshire Rural and Business PC Sarah Smith said:

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    “We are so pleased for the owner that we have recovered the mini digger. This successful recovery of equipment would not have been possible without the help from our rural community.

     “Working closely with our rural communities is important to us and I’m really pleased that through projects such as We Don’t Buy Crime and work done by the whole rural and business team that we’re able to understand the issues that affect them and work with them to resolve these.

    Over the next few months we will be visiting farms throughout the county offering them the opportunity to get involved with our latest initiatives to help make their land even safer.”

     

     


    Competition to Name Hereford Bull Statue

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Competition: We think it's about time that we gave our Hereford Bull Statue a name! 🐃

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    So come on folks, start suggesting names for him and next weekend we will compile a short list of all the favourite names listed below. 👇

    So if you like one of the names suggested by someone please 'REPEAT' that name in your comment below. 👇

    Once we have a short list of names, we will run a poll on our website for a week and finally come up with a winning name! (all unofficially of course, but if it's good enough maybe we can persuade the Council to make it official! Who knows)

    We will start, as he is of the 'Border Rory' breed of Hereford's we will suggest 'Rory

    Good luck!


    Blue Light Aware Campaign

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Not sure what to do when you hear emergency vehicles appraoching? 

    Here is a great video explaining exactly what to do.. 

    🔹Please watch and share🔹

    #HerefordVoice #BlueLightAware


    Hereford City Youth Council need your help!

    megilleland
    By megilleland,

    The Hereford City Youth Council are making a map of Hereford showing some of the youth facilities in Hereford and we need your help.

    We have created a list of some of the youth facilities in Hereford but we know we have missed some. If you know of any more youth facilities we would like to know.

    Here is what we have so far:
    - Hereford SkatePark, Holmer Road
    - The Core Roller Skating, Foley Trading Estate
    - Close House Youth Centre, St Peters Close
    - Hereford Canoe Club, Castle Green
    - No Wrong Door, Commercial Rd
    - Green Spider Climbing, Rotherwas
    - Boulder Barn Climbing, Holmer trading est
    - BMX track, Westfaling St
    - The Loft Cinema, West Street
    - Newton Farm Skatepark, 
    - Halo Swimming Pool, Bishops Meadows
    - Halo Leisure Centre, Holmer Rod
    - MFA Bowl, Station Approach
    - Courtyard Theatre, Edgar Street
    - Bishops Meadow

    If you have any youth facilities that we could put on the map, please email TheYouthCouncil@herefordcitycouncil.gov.uk with the name of the youth facility/facilities and what street the youth facility is on by Tuesday 22nd September 2020.

    We look forward to seeing what facilities you can help us to add to the map
     
    The Hereford City Youth Council 


    West Midlands Railways Offers up to 50% for Students

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    As families gear up to send their kids back to school next week, West Midlands Railway is helping out with a selection of discounts on season tickets for this academic term.

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    Perfect for school, college or university students who regularly travel by train, the offers include 50% off season tickets for students aged 16 or over, and 25% off for students aged 15 or under. 

    As well as helping parents make considerable savings, purchasing a season ticket saves students having to buy a ticket each day and reduces their social contact at the station. 

    Helping passengers to travel safely and comfortably, West Midlands Railway has put a number of strict measures in place. 

    As well as cleaning trains with the latest antiviral equipment, the operator has implemented social distancing on platforms, stairs and escalators, and applied new signs and one-way systems at train stations. 

    The operator is reminding all passengers to maintain social distancing whenever possible and wear a face covering at all times, including children aged 11 and over. 

    West Midlands Railway will also be introducing a new timetable on Sunday 6 September, helping to increase service levels in time for the return of schools and workplaces. 

    The new timetable – which will generate thousands of extra seats on West Midlands Railway services – will return the network’s capacity to near pre-Covid levels. Jonny Wiseman, head of customer experience at West Midlands Railway, says:

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    “Coronavirus has had a significant impact on our lives and we understand that many parents will be anxious about sending their kids back to school. 

    “We also know that the pandemic has affected the finances of families across the region so we wanted to offer a helping hand with two generous discounts on our student season tickets. 

    “In addition to the special offers, we have also introduced extra measures to help suppor

     

    t social distancing and stepped up our cleaning, to help our customers adjust to the new way of travelling.”

    To find out more about student season tickets or to purchase, visit wmr.uk/students

     


    Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service Extinguish Crop Fire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service with crews from Kington, Eardisley, Peterchurch and Kingsland fire station dealing with a standing crop fire this morning.

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    #HerefordVoice #Herefordshire #HerefordNews


    Fatal RTC on the M50 near Ledbury.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Mercia Police have advised that they are at the scene of a fatal collision during the early hours on the M50 near Ledbury where two lanes Eastbound are currently closed.

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    Please avoid this area is possible.

    The lanes are expected to be reopened early this afternoon. Please check before you travel.

    #HerefordVoice #Herefordshire


    Illegal Tobacco Seller Banned from Hereford and Worcester

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A seller of illegal tobacco has been banned from Hereford and Worcester following a successful investigation by Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards Service.

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    Tarik Abdullah Dosky, 54, was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Friday 7 August 2020 following the investigation into the sale of illegal tobacco in the region. Dosky was arrested in November 2019 during a Multi-Agency Targeted Enforcement Strategy (MATES) Operation led by Trading Standards, with West Mercia Police and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service. 

    Dosky, who has a history of selling illegal tobacco, pleaded guilty to nine offences at a previous hearing, which included selling counterfeit tobacco products to undercover Trading Standards Officers. His Honour Judge James Burbidge QC handed Dosky a 10 month prison sentence (suspended for two years), an exclusion order banning him from entering any part of Hereford and Worcester for two years, a four month curfew and ordered him to pay £250 costs.

    Previously on 29 May 2020, a separate Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) case, also led by Herefordshire Trading Standards, saw investigators recover £14,376.00 from Dosky’s bank account which had been frozen following confiscation proceedings.

    Trading Standards Service Manager David Hough said:

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    “This case demonstrates the commitment by our enforcement officers in tackling illegal tobacco sellers in the county. Not only are the products sold often counterfeit and do not meet the safety standards required by law, but it is imperative that we help support local, legitimate businesses, in these uncertain times, by tackling the criminals.”

    To report a seller of illegal tobacco in Herefordshire, please contact Trading Standards on 01432 261761.

     


    McDonald's Belmont Road 24 Hour Planning Application

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    McDonald's outlet on Belmont Road Hereford could soon become Hereford's first 24 hour McDonalds if planning is granted following their application.

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      This is the profile of a new terrace of brick-built houses near Birmingham city centre (designed by the Courtyard's architect Glen Howells) which is due to be unveiled later this month by the developer Urban Splash. What a pity something as architecturally well-mannered as this couldn't have gone up on the ex-Rockfield DIY site alongside Hereford Station, which will shortly be playing host to a student accommodation block which looks more like a STASSI training centre!

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