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    Hereford City Council Support Free Electric Buses To Link City.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford City Council have successfully bid for a project for free electric buses to link significant locations around the City, together with the Herefordshire Bus Users Forum.


    The Railway Station, Hospital, the new Primary Health Centre at Station Approach and the city centre shops and tourist attractions will be linked as part of the Stronger Towns Fund bid to Government. The service will cross over the Old Bridge and stop in the car park by the swimming pool to support the ongoing development of the river as a tourist attraction and link with buses from the south of the city.

    This is a long-term project, one of many being put forward as groups within the city push for up to £25m of funding to help support economic recovery and levelling up.

    The independent Towns Fund board (called the #StrongerHereford board) is a blend of people from private, public and community sectors who all have Herefordshire in their heart. They are a mix of parents, students, educators, business owners, employers and employees, creatives and politicians, and Mayor Kath Hey is also among the board, representing the City.

    The City Council hopes that the project will allow Hereford to continue to recover from the ongoing pandemic, and in the coming months and years ensure the City is better linked for residents and visitors alike.

    For more information on the Towns Fund Board, visit: www.strongerhereford.co.uk

    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #hereford

    World Cancer Day 2021

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Today is 'World Cancer Day', please spare a thought for all those people that are suffering with cancer and let us also celebrate the fantastic work done to help help millions of people around the World who also survive this horrible disease. 

    Locally we are supporting St Michaels Hospice and their '3 Day Music Fest' so while we're not allowed to go to any live music events, Hospice supporters Julian Morris and Glenn Parry are lifting our spirits by staging a virtual, online, 3 day dance music festival, with donations going to St Michael's Hospice.


    3 Days, 12 DJ's, 25 hours of music.

    Friday 5th/Saturday 6th/Sunday 7th February, 2021.

    Featuring DJ sets from Glenn Parry, Simon Jones, Brian Griffiths, Tristan Bartholomew, DJ Kaos, Stinger, Neil Preedy, mRB & Julian Morris, Gary McCaw, Keel Gardner and Talia K.

    All streamed live on mixcloud.com

    For more information and to donate visit the JustGiving page: https://bit.ly/3pCb7Qi



    Hello all, 

    A few colleagues and I are organising a private outdoor weekend event at the end of June (hopefully) for our hospital department staff to let off some steam and relax after the terrible year we've all experienced. 

    We are looking for unsigned and upcoming musicians, singers and bands that would be able to perform on stage and showcase their talent, close-up magicians would be a bonus too; either Friday 7pm-11pm or Saturday noon-night to accommodate. We are looking for around 15 different acts. 

    If you would like to be involved please could you send me some details, or even a promo and enter into discussion with us.

    On behalf of the team, 


    Fire crews rescue cat from fast flowing river in Leominster

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A cat had got himself into a tricky situation yesterday morning...stuck in a precarious position by the fast flowing river right outside the fire station in Leominster.


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    Together with additional assistance with their colleagues from Tenbury and Hereford fire stations attempts were made to rescue him and after a brief dip in the river, the cat managed to self rescue further down stream.

    A wonderful rescue story from professional and dedicated firefighters who do a lot more work besides tackling fires.


    📷 HW Fire & Rescue Service Leominster 

    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #herefordshire 

    Ross-on-Wye COVID-19 testing unit reassigned to national campaign.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    COVID-19 testing units remain in Hereford and Leominster


    One of Herefordshire’s COVID-19 mobile testing units has today (Friday  5 February from 3.30pm) been redeployed to the help the government’s “surge testing” campaign in targeted areas to better understand the spread, and supress, the South African variant.

    The least-used mobile testing units, which includes the one at Ross-on-Wye, across the country are being reassigned by NHS Test and Trace to work in those areas where cases of the South African variant, which do not appear to have travel links, have been found.  The areas affected are Ealing, Haringey and Mitcham in London; Walsall in the West Midlands; Broxbourne in Hertfordshire; Maidstone in Kent; Woking in Surry and Southport in Lancashire. As many people as possible within those targeted areas are being asked to take a test.

    Herefordshire residents who develop COVID-19 symptoms of a high temperature, a new persistent cough and/or loss of taste or smell, should immediately self-isolate and book a test by going online or ring NHS 119.   There are testing sites at Leominster and Merton Meadow, Hereford; as well as Hempstead Meadow, Gloucester; and Como Road, Malvern; or residents can order a postal test kit if they cannot get to one of the sites.Herefordshire’s Acting Director of Public Health Dr Rebecca Howell-Jones said:


    “It is very important different parts of the country work together to tackle COVID-19 and while we want to provide comprehensive testing for our own residents, it is crucial resources are focused on the areas that need them most.

    “Suppressing the transmission of this new COVID-19 variant is not just for the benefit of the people living in those areas where it has been discovered, but for us all.

    “Everyone in Herefordshire can still play their part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 - keeping themselves and their loved ones safe - by following the three simple steps of washing their hands regularly and thoroughly, keeping 2 metres apart from others outside their home and wearing face coverings in indoor public settings like shops and businesses

    “It is also important, where possible, for people to work from home as this will help to suppress the transmission.”


    Regional adoption agency celebrates three year partnership with Herefordshire Council

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Adoption Central England – celebrating three years of supporting children and families in Herefordshire


    Adoption Central England (ACE) is celebrating three years as a regional adoption agency supporting families in Solihull, Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire to provide children with a loving permanent adoptive home.

    In the past year ACE has launched its independent and confidential support service for birth relatives called Family Connexions. The service is available to any birth family member where children in the family have been adopted and supports birth parents through the legal processes involved in adoption and in making necessary life changes.

    ACE provides continued support for adoptive families and children. This has recently been further enhanced through their DDP (Dyadic Development Psychotherapy practice) certification. This practice is an approach to preparing and working with adoptive families that is underpinned by an understanding of childhood trauma. This in turn helps adoptive parents to parent their adopted children in such a way that recognises this trauma but also allows for secure and loving attachments can be formed.

    Throughout 2020, ACE has faced the challenges of COVID-19 and adapted to new ways of working ensuring adoptive families and children continue to have access to the support they need. Training is now delivered virtually and with an increase in enquiries, ACE has continued to place children with adoptive parents making sure the necessary coronavirus precautions are in place and keeping in close contact with families through telephone calls and online meetings.

    To find out more about what it’s like to adopt through ACE, adopter case studies are featured on the ACE Facebook page, providing an insight into the adoption process and what people can expect from the adoption process. Visit the ACE Facebook page @aceadoption.

    Councillor Felicity Norman, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, added: “ACE has gone from strength to strength during the three years since it became established. ACE has continually developed its practice to ensure it can provide a quality service for children across the five authorities that make up ACE and has stepped up to the challenges everyone across the sector has faced in the last year due to COVID-19, to ensure services have continued to be provided.”

    In order to find the best possible families for children ACE does not set a bar on who can adopt. The service welcomes enquiries from all sections of the community and is particularly looking to recruit more families for sibling groups of 2 or 3 children. Also, older single children usually up to the age of 8 years are waiting for families. There can be many advantages of adopting a sibling group apart from the obvious reward of being able to keep brothers and sisters together. The needs of older children are invariable better known and understood which means that support services may already be in place or can be more readily accessed to help adoptive parents as they start to share their lives with the child.

    If you would like to know more adoption please go to the ACE website enquiries@aceadoption.com or contact ACE on 0300 369 0556.

    The Family Connexions service can be contacted at: familyconnexions@aceadoption.com



    Captain Sir Tom Moore has sadly passed away.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Sad news today as we learn about the passing of a true hero, Captain Sir Tom Moore, our thoughts go out to his family and friends.



    Failure to finish job off

    By megilleland,

    Somebody has cut the hedge on the highway verge in Muir Close and failed to clean up after them. This is the second time that the verge has been left untidy this year and will most probably result in me again having to tidy it all up and taking the waste to the local tip. The state of the kerbs with weeds growing out of them are a disgrace throughout the estate, but no one is really interested in keeping the environment clean. No doubt coronavirus will be the excuse for doing nothing this year, but its about time the council, Balfour Beatty and the Housing Associations sorted this matter out. I have been here 20 years and it is a perennial problem. The same goes for the trees in the area - getting too big and blocking light from people's gardens and houses.

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    Census 2021

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The census happens every 10 years with the next one taking place 21 March 2021.


    Each household will be asked to take part and the information it collects helps Herefordshire Council plan services across Herefordshire. Find out more about the census, here 👉 http://orlo.uk/cQhLd

    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #Census2021

    Work on bypass ceases

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council has taken the decision to cease work on a western bypass for Hereford at Full Council today (Tuesday 2 February 2021). 


    Council has determined to stop the progress of the southern link road and western bypass schemes, which are included in the adopted policy. A suggested amendment was debated but not approved.

    The decision follows a detailed review of the transport strategy for Hereford which set out to better understand existing and future transport conditions in the city, and to assess alternative options particularly in light of the declared climate and ecological emergency and changes to national transport policy.

    The votes cast were 27 for, 19 against and 6 abstentions. All 52 councillors were present and voted.

    The decision means that the Hereford Transport Package will be removed from the council’s capital programme.

    The council meeting can be viewed again on the council’s Youtube channel

    Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Pembridge

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    At around 12.20pm on Friday 29 January officers received a call notifying them that a woman was in cardiac arrest at her home, in Pembridge, and was believed to be the victim of an assault.


    Upon arrival, officers found the woman to have suffered a serious injury to the head and had sadly died at the scene.

    A man aged 57 has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been detained under the mental health act.

    Detective Chief Inspector Dean Jones said:


    “We believe this is an isolated incident and our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time."


    Anthony Hannay Wanted by Police

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Mercia Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Worcester man wanted on recall to prison. He has links to Worcester, Malvern and Hereford areas.


    Anthony Russell Hannay, aged 33, had previously been convicted for a burglary offence and is now wanted for breaching the conditions of this licence.

    He is described as a white man, approximately 5ft 11 inches tall, medium build with short brown hair and has a tribal tattoo on the right side of his neck.

    If anyone sees Hannay or knows of his whereabouts they should call 101 and not approach him directly. Alternatively, if you have information but don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers. It is 100% anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call or I.P address. You can contact them online or by calling 0800 555 111.

    NMITE announces Hereford based Oakwrights winner of design competition

    Denise Lloyd
    By Denise Lloyd,

    'NMITE which is working towards transforming engineering higher education, announces Hereford-based, oak-framed building specialists, Oakwrights, as the winner of its competition to help create the designs for three new buildings on the Skylon site.'


    Full Story


    Captain Sir Tom Moore admitted into hospital with Coronavirus

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100-year-old war veteran who raised £33m for the NHS, has Coronavirus and is in hospital.


    Sir Tom, who had not been vaccinated yet because he was being treated for pneumonia.

    In a tweet from his official account, his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said he tested positive last week and was taken to hospital today for help with his breathing.He is not in intensive care.

    We are sending Sir Tom our get well wishes and hope that he makes a full and speedy recovery.

    Leominster Police officer has lucky escape from crash

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Even experienced drivers get caught out on icy roads sometimes, a lucky escape for one of Leominster's Police officers this morning on the A49 just outside Leominster.

    Thankfully no injuries....


    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #herefordshire

    Hereford City Centre Shrinking!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Over the past few years, we have noticed more and more planning applications to change use from shops to flats. Again today plans have been submitted here for 145 Eign Street



    Proposed variation of condition 2 of planning permission 163094 (Proposed change of use of shop to two flats and new dormer window to south elevation) minor changes to layout and change from Dormer to roof extension.

    Hereford shops are slowly disappearing and Herefordshire Council are often granting these plans. We will attempt to start highlighting each of these applications to show the scale of this trend from the Council.


    How plans were passed in Eign Street for this lot previously is beyond comprehension, how is this in keeping with the surrounding area? These buildings bricked up look horrendous! 

    A digital goodbye to the Dean of Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Cathedral has bid a digital farewell to The Very Revd Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford, after 19 years of leadership and ministry.


    The Dean had originally planned to lead a series of farewell services on Sunday 31 January but, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, those plans were thwarted. Instead, the cathedral community and many around the county came together online on Sunday morning with a pre-recorded video service sharing memories of Michael’s time in Hereford. As well as messages of thanks from members of the cathedral community, the Archbishop of Canterbury sent his best wishes to the Dean via a special video message.
    The Very Revd Michael Tavinor said: 


    “It’s difficult for us all, parting at this really challenging time, but I think it’s important to look back together at all the good things of the last nineteen years. When we do so, we’ll recall events, projects, sadnesses and joys, and the cathedral community has been second to none in its faithfulness, encouragement, support and loving care throughout all of them. 

    “I shall never cease to be thankful for the friendship I have received from so many who have contributed to cathedral life, and have made my ministry as Dean so enjoyable and rewarding. I thank you all for your kindness and generosity. The cathedral and the city of Hereford will always have a special place in my heart and I shall be thinking of you and remembering you all in my prayers as you prepare for the next stage of your journey.  God bless you all.”

    The Rt Revd Richard Jackson, Bishop of Hereford said: 


    “After nearly two decades as the Dean of Hereford, it is with a heavy heart that Michael is retiring in the midst of another lockdown. It is of course very far from the ideal send-off that we had all hoped and prayed for - we hope to bid a more personal farewell in due course. Despite our short time together, I am very grateful for Michael’s wisdom, insight and the warm welcome he offered me on my arrival nearly 12 months ago. 

    “He has been a great influence on so many. I am deeply aware of the significant impact of his ministry on the lives of individuals and worshipping communities across the Diocese of Hereford. I wish him every blessing for a long and happy retirement.”

    Michael’s gentle leadership has played an instrumental role overseeing many developments to the cathedral buildings during his time in Hereford, including the installation of the Thomas Traherne and Ascension stained glass windows, celebrating St Thomas Cantilupe and St Ethelbert with the restoration of two striking shrines, and the recent completion of the restored Eastern Cloisters, with their new attractions for visitors. As well as his own musical skill and love for the cathedral’s choral and organ music, Michael’s passion for pilgrimage has been shared widely throughout the community, and the warm welcome and hospitality that he has provided for all those who visit the cathedral will be sorely missed.


    The celebration of the Dean’s farewell service is available to watch on the cathedral’s website (www.herefordcathedral.org/sunday-morning-worship-deans-final-service) or YouTube Channel. 

    RTC on the A4111 between Eardisley and Kington

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Accident on the A4111 this morning, the roads across parts of the county are treacherous due to ice.


    Emergency services are at the scene with crews from Kington and Eardisley Fire Stations and West Midlands Ambulance Service

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