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    Hereford in Bloom Present New Flowers Beds in City

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    New flower beds have been planted opposite Hereford Railway Station, in an effort by volunteers from Hereford in Bloom to give onlookers a colourful welcome to the City.


    Mayor of Hereford Kath Hey was in attendance with the volunteers yesterday, celebrating the fantastic work which comes as a result of a Grant of £5000 from Hereford City Council, the Parish Council for the City of Hereford.


    Comprised of dedicated Volunteers, Hereford in Bloom have been responsible for much of the City’s aesthetic appeal in recent years, enacting innovative projects to ensure our City stays clean, green and a better place for everyone. Their work focuses on protecting and enhancing the natural environment of the City, and Hereford City Council are proud to back their hard efforts.

    The Hereford Community Clean-Up Group, who have been helping maintain the City’s parks and streets, also lent a hand, clearing the way for the flower beds.

    Mayor of Hereford, Kath Hey said;


    “The City Council are very happy to support the exceptional work of Hereford in Bloom, and it’s amazing to see the final result of the funding in person. Those who have worked on the project have showed an inspiring commitment towards keeping the City looking in its prime.”

    Grants are available for community groups helping to make our City a better place; for more information, see here. For more information on Hereford in Bloom, or to help the volunteers, visit the Hereford in Bloom website here.



    Posters losing interest due to Coronavirus?

    By megilleland,

    Notice a huge drop in people posting with their comments on Hereford Voice - any reason - are we all fed up? What are you doing to get you through these current times.

    Due to sleepless nights listen to some interesting programs on BBC 5 Live (broadcasts on Hereford & Worcester local radio) between 1am to 6pm where I find the presenters raise current topics with the public and invite them to phone in with their diverse views - mainly older, mature persons - well worth a listen.

    Dotun Adebayo with BBC Radio 5 live has a pleasant approach/manner which encourages people to get involved.

    Ambulance fire Dinmore Hill

    By ragwert,

    An ambulance has caught fire on Dinmore Hill this afternoon badly damaging the front cab.
    There were no patients on board at the time and two crew members managed to remove vital equipment from the back of the ambulance before fire crews arrived.


    Photos courtesy of Angel Carpenter


    Erica Manley has sadly passed away after a short illness.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    📷 Erica at the Nave Dinner 2019 taken by Richard Weaver.

    In a moving tribute Hereford Cathedral wrote;


    "It is with great sadness that we share the news that our beloved friend and colleague, Erica Manley has passed away after a short illness.

    Erica worked for the Perpetual Trust for almost 20 years and in that time organised a countless number of spectacular events raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to support the cathedral and its life and ministry. The most significant among these were her remarkable Strictly Hereford galas, nave dinners, the Clay Shoot and the annual visit by the choir to sing in the Guards’ Chapel in London. 

    As well as being a dedicated and passionate colleague, she was an incredible friend to so many people within the cathedral community and further afield. Her sensitive and beautiful soul enabled her to offer the most loving support to her team and her kindness and compassion filled every room she walked into.

    Erica will be in our prayers over these coming days and weeks as will her family, husband David, sons Jake and Ivor and her mother Lorna, along with her wider family and countless friends.

    She enriched the lives of so many and it was a privilege to have worked with her and to have had her as a dear friend. She will truly be missed.

    May light perpetual shine on her. May she rest in peace and rise in glory".



    Hereford Medical Group (HMG) Opens New Super Surgery Tomorrow

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Medical Group open their doors to patients from Thursday 29th October 2020


    The new Station Medical Centre with its highly sustainable and energy efficient building will provide a modern and inviting healthcare environment for patients who previously accessed their GP services through five other city practices. Now those patients will be able to access a full range of community primary care services all from under one roof.

    All five surgeries merged back in July 2018 to form the new Hereford Medical Group (HMG):

    • Bobblestock and King St Surgeries
    • Greyfriars Surgery
    • Moorfield House Surgery
    • Quay House Medical Centre 
    • Sarum House Surgery

    The new medical centre has 49 clinical rooms that include several treatment rooms, consultation rooms and a minor operations room.

    Hereford's new super surgery is huge and has a total floor area of over 30,000 sq ft.

    Contact: Hereford Medical Group  01432 272175

    Email: hmg.pharmacists@nhs.net or call the prescription line - Tel 01432 272175 between 10:00-13:00

    Online Consult: https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/hereford-medical-group

    farmfoods is about to become almost almost 3 times its current size in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Work has already started on to expand the existing Belmont Road store into the former Bath Store unit next door. Once complete, farmfoods will dominate the small retail park. 


    Herefordshire Covid Tier 2 Restrictions Warning

    By ragwert,

    Herefordshire Council are to send a letter to every houshold in Herefordshire warning that a move to tier two restrictions is imminent after the latest figures show that the infection level over the past seven days has risen to 84.5 infections per 100,000.

    Image courtesy of SkyNews

    When levels pass 100 infections tier two restrictions will be bought in and are as follows ..

    All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues

    Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru

    Schools, universities and places of worship remain open

    Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees

    Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. They will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport

    The “Rule of Six” will continue to apply outdoors and in private gardens

    People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

    People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport


    Happy Halloween Herefordshire!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Happy Halloween! 


    Covid-19 test centre opens in Ross-on-Wye

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Mobile test site opens following rise in local cases


    A new mobile Covid-19 testing centre for Herefordshire is now at the Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close in Ross-on-Wye.

    Following an increase in local cases, the centre opens today (Wednesday October 28) and will mean residents in the south of the county needing a test don’t have to travel to Hereford or outside the county to get it.

    Herefordshire Council’s Director of Public Health Karen Wright said:



    “This is a critical time in this pandemic and, although the number of cases in Herefordshire has been low compared to other parts of the country, the figures here are now rising significantly. One of the areas seeing an increase is Ross on Wye and people in the Ross area can get an appointment for a test near to home. We will also be inviting selected residents individually for asymptomatic testing, to help us understand the wider community transmission.

    “The unit is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm each day for a week in the first instance and is being provided for Herefordshire Council by the regional NHS test and trace team.

    “We hope to be able to offer mobile testing facilities in the other market towns in Herefordshire in the coming weeks to make it more convenient for residents to get a test.

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


    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 https://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.

    Emergency services attended this accident at Bush Bank during the early hours

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Crews from Leominster Fire Station attended this RTC involving a single small vehicle, near Bush Bank. On arrival, passers by had already assisted casualty from vehicle, initial casualty care was provided by the crew and then casualty left with West Midlands Ambulance Service.


    The vehicle was made safe by the fire crews.

    Emergency services called to overturned car at Vowchurch early this morning

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Police and other emergency services including crews from Peterchurch Fire Station attended an RTC at Vowchurch early this morning. A vehicle was on its side and casualty had removed from the vehicle with assistance from passers by prior to the arrival of West Midlands Ambulance Service.


    Herefordshire pub reopens after a 5-year renovation

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Historic pub in Herefordshire opened its doors again this week for the first time in five years and in spite of the current pandemic. The New Inn at St Owen's Cross, a sixteenth-century coaching inn,  has been a labour of love for three local businessmen, investor Mark Green and family, developer Mark Freeman and chef Michael Fowler. The team is delighted to be opening the doors this week creating new jobs, supporting local producers and offering a stand-out community-hub for those living locally. 

    L - R: Front row - Mark and Julie Green, middle row - Michael Fowler and Lizzy Condrad, back row - Danielle Lavender and Stephen Robbins. 

    Set to be another exciting destination pub in the Herefordshire food scene. The New Inn under the direction of Michael Fowler will be offering a British-modern menu centring on local and seasonal produce. And for those that want to make the most of their stay, there are also three sympathetically renovated rooms to enjoy all the luxuries of a night away on your doorstep.   

    Mark Green says


    "I am passionate about keeping our pubs open, they are the heart of our local communities and giving The New Inn a new lease of life is more important now than ever. We hope people will enjoy a fantastic Herefordshire welcome when visiting, we have focused on sourcing local, using local services and of course, our menu will be locally focused too."

    The pub will, of course, be serving Mark's well-known Two Farmers crisps at the bar as well as for the first-time a Two Farmers draught cider, alongside a daily changing lunch and dinner menu focused on locally sourced produce. Currently open Wed-Sunday

    To book a table visit www.thenewinnherefordshire.co.uk or call 01989 55 33 87

    2Faced Dance Company receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    2Faced Dance Company has been awarded £148,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today. 


    2Faced Dance Company is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks. 

    2Faced Dance Company have worked locally, regionally, nationally and internationally over the past 21 years, to not only produce fearless contemporary dance works for audiences of all ages but also as advocates for the industry they work in. This vital funding will enable the organisation to continue their ambitious programme of work, support the vital work of the artists that surround them and continue to lead the local arts ecology.   

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:



    “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. 

    “These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”


    Chair, Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said:


    “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

    Tamsin Fitzgerald, Artistic Director of 2Faced Dance, said:


    "This crucial investment in our company and community will enable us to protect jobs, forge plans to fully reopen and support the wider local arts ecology in Herefordshire and further afield. 2Faced Dance are just one part of an extraordinary collection of local theatre and arts makers in Herefordshire who have all been affected by this crisis.  We will continue to work alongside our community to ensure that it can thrive now and in the future.  We will soon announce our ambitious plans for a programme of work that will nurture new talent, nourish established artists and engage audiences from many walks of life”.

    Registered Charity Number 1178796

    2Faced Dance Company is based in the stunning rural city of Hereford. Under the helm of artistic director and choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald and executive director Ian Abbott, the award winning, international dance company produces innovative, accomplished and aspirational artistic performances alongside an ambitious participation programme and captivating community dance initiatives that truly reflect the landscape in which they are based. This allows the company to tell new and original stories, generating distinctive new work, whilst striving to stay relevant to their audiences. 2Faced Dance tours extensively across the UK and internationally and aims to work with cutting edge and culturally diverse collaborators, venues, organisations and individuals. The company supports and mentors local artists whilst advocating on behalf of the wider dance industry by challenging and inspiring different sectors of society. 2Faced Dance is a registered charity and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 


    Police took 3 vehicles off the road at the start of operation tutelage

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The start of #OpTutelage, a week of added activity around uninsured vehicles saw Hereford Cops (OPU) take 3 vehicles off the road today. 

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    Tickets were also issued for driving without a licence and for cords exposed on a tyre.

    One driver was arrested for suspected drug driving.

    (#operationtutelage is a vehicle whereby the registered keeper has driven it without insurance multiple times. They have been sent a reminder letter by us to get it insured and have ignored it).

    Witness Appeal Following Serious Attack on 21 Year Old Man by Gang of Youths in High Town Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A man is in hospital with multiple fractures a suspected stab wound and a bleed on the brain following an unprovoked attack by a gang of youths in High Town Hereford on Saturday night. 

    3 people have been arrested so far and remain in custody.


    ‼️Please contact the police if you witnessed this attack or if you have any information that may help‼️ 

    Please see his mothers appeal below 👇


    "Looking for witnesses!

    My son was badly assaulted last night ( Saturday 17th) outside Santander bank in high town. He was walking home with his girlfriend and some friends when about 12-15 boys aged between 16-18 ( you know the ones who hang around town because they can’t get into pubs) confronted my son and his friends, started pushing him and then beat him. 
    They smashed his head into the window of the bank then as he fell to the floor kicked him repeatedly in the head. He is currently in hospital with a bleed on the brain, broken bones, broken jaw and a suspected stab wound to the back of the head. He is a hard working 21 year old who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Because of covid we could not travel in the ambulance or go into the hospital with him. This assault took place about 21:30. There was a group of boys hanging around by the Hereford Bull. We have got some witnesses and a few names ( a couple being repeated more than once) The police arrested 2 at the scene and are looking at cctv. If you witnessed the assault or in fact were with this group but didn’t participate in the assault then please do the right thing. My son is alone in hospital with horrific injuries because he didn’t fight back! That’s just not what he does."

    This was an unprovoked vicious attack, please contact West Mercia Police if you can provide any information by calling 101 or contact CrimeStoppers 0800 555 111.

    #herefordvoice #hereford

    Planning Approved for Sport England 'Centre of Excellence' Facility at Former Gelpack Unit

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Planning permission has been granted for a 'Centre of Excellence' in Hereford.


    React-Club are an Award Winning, all inclusive club that welcomes everyone to come and enjoy the amazing sport of Gymnastics, Trampolining, Double Mini Trampolining (DMT), and Tumble.


    Change of use from a vacant B2 industrial building to a D2 Sports/Leisure facility to provide a "Centre of Excellence" for multi-disciplined Gymnastics, Tumbling, Trampolining, Acro Gymnastics DMT, Dance and Cheerleading facility built on an ethos of "Equality" and "Inclusion for all", in a fun and safe environment structured to develop skills from fundamentals to elite performance.
    A passionate team of coaches that will guide the development of the next generation, while supporting and mentoring young aspiring leaders through the development of their sports coaching qualifications, social and life skills helping to build opportunities in Herefordshire.

    This new facility will allow dedicated resources unprecedented in Hereford where "full inclusion" of all social groups can be achieved.
    We have taken into account the site needs in terms of its location and design and have worked with the landlord to provide a safe environment for the members to arrive, attend their classes and exit the site with a minimum of risk. Primary site alterations are; moving the main entrance location to the rear of the unit through the car park access where designated walkways and allocated parking are being provided and clearly marked, re-location of existing yellow metal barriers to provide a safe walk zone and pedestrian safety zones at the entrance/exit point away from the main access road, thus removing the risk of any pedestrian access via the front of the building. New clear signage at the front and rear of the building clearly showing directions for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Additionally, bright lighting at all major safety zones will be installed for use with access needs in the evening.
    As the club is NOT open to the public as a "drop in" facility but private membership only, we have full control of the timetable of sessions and therefore know in advance who will be attending at any given time. Additionally, the majority of the members will remain for longer durations so parking needs are kept to a minimum as parents generally "drop and go".
    We feel by segmenting/allocating the available car park space utilising designated areas and physical barriers and moving the main entrance away from the main road we have minimised any associated risks for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.

    Full details https://www.react-club.com

    Planning number P201890/F

    The A4103 (Hereford - Worcester Road) is Closed at Leigh Sinton all week.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    The closure is from 7.30am to midnight every day between Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, November 1st.


    Motorists driving from Hereford to Worcester will need to leave the A4103 at Newtown Crossroads and follow the A417 to Burley Gate, then the A465 to Bromyard and then the A44 to Worcester.

    Hereford 24 Hour McDonalds Planning Refused

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Planning for 24 hours service at McDonalds Belmont Road Hereford has been refused with objections from both West Mercia Police and local residents


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