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    Escape Room Launched at Hereford Cathedral

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Test your detective skills as the game opens at Hereford Cathedral starting 21 April 2022.


    Exciting challenge for all ages


    To celebrate National Lottery Open Week, Hereford Cathedral is excited to announce the launch of its new Escape Room; an immersive clue-cracking and decoding game, hosted in the Old Chapel in the Cloisters. Get a team together and book a session to test your skills this Easter!

    It is 1890. You have been accused of embezzling money from the funds of the Vicars Choral. The police have been called and are on their way. You have been shut in the Old Chapel until the police arrive, and you have just one hour to work out who has committed the crime. If you can successfully convince your guard that you are innocent, you will be released before the police arrest you...Can you prove that you are innocent?

    Jess Stallwood, Events Officer, is very pleased to launch the Escape Room and welcome visitors in to try out the game; “this is such an exciting thing to introduce to our current events programme! We believe this is a unique offering and one which the team here at Hereford Cathedral can be proud to own.”

    The experience lasts one hour and is suitable for groups of up to six people. Each session costs £45. Booking is available on selected days throughout the year, so please keep an eye on the cathedral website for future dates across the year.

    The first sessions are available to book on Thursday 21 & Saturday 23 April. For more information, please visit https://www.herefordcathedral.org/.../escape-room-april2022.

    The Escape Room was developed as part of the Eastern Cloisters Project which was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other donors. The Eastern Cloisters Project was a major project to renovate the buildings of the College of Vicars Choral, built in 1475, which are home to many of the cathedral staff as well as housing offices. The project was completed in 2021, and has enabled this beautiful and tranquil area to be opened up to the public for events and activities by creating a more accessible space, improving the facilities throughout, and offering new reception rooms for hire.

    Company fined for fly-tipping in Herefordshire

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hope Maintenance and its director, Garry Ridley, pleaded guilty to three charges at Hereford Magistrates court on 22 February 2022.


    The company and director were ordered to pay a total of £318.00 in fines and costs.

    The court heard that in June 2021, enforcement officers from Herefordshire Council investigated a report of fly-tipping on private land at Caplor Farm in Hereford, where Hope Maintenance is based. Officers found evidence of fly-tipping and carried out a full investigation. Garry Ridley was discovered to be promoting waste collection services on Hope Maintenance’s Facebook page. He admitted collecting waste from an address in Hereford for £25.00 in cash. He then dumped the waste in a field at Caplor Farm to save paying to dispose of the waste legally.

    Hope Maintenance received a fine of £100.00, was ordered to pay costs of £100 and received a victim surcharge of £34.00. Garry Ridley was fined £50.00 and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34.00.

    Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s head of public protection, says:

    “Although we are very disappointed with the low level of fines and costs awarded by the court, despite the evidence we provided, we are pleased this case was proven. We very much hope it will deter others from breaking the law by exploiting their own land to dispose of their waste.

    “Unlawful waste disposal and fly-tipping costs council tax payers tens of thousands of pounds every year. Businesses do this to avoid the cost of disposing of their waste lawfully. All businesses must ensure appropriate measures are in place so the waste they produce is disposed of correctly. Businesses must also have documentation to show who they have transferred the waste to and keep those records for at least two years. Anyone found fly-tipping waste will be prosecuted.”

    The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is a £50,000 fine and/or five years’ imprisonment.

    The council’s community protection team regularly carries out spot checks on waste carriers. The team investigates unlawful waste disposal and fly-tipping cases reported via Herefordshire Council’s website or by calling 01432 261761.

    Residents and businesses can visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling for information about responsible, legal waste disposal.


    Free ‘Biker Down’ courses across the two counties in April

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Bikers across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are invited to attend a free 3.5 hour ‘Biker Down’ course next month, offering potentially life-saving skills.


    The courses are available at:

    • Wyre Forest Fire Station – Friday 8 April (10:00 to 13:30)
    • Ross on Wye Fire Station – Friday 22 April (10:00 to 13:30)
    • Worcester Fire Station – Friday 29 April (10:00 to 13:30)

    The Biker Down course is 3.5 hours long, and each course is limited to 15-20 attendees.

    Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

    The first course will take place at Wyre Forest Fire Station and is being run by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

    🔸Places must be booked in advance.

    Full details will be provided to course attendees once their place is confirmed.

    The Biker Down course is being delivered in partnership with a number of organisations who all have a vested interest in reducing motorcycle-related casualties and reducing the severity of injuries sustained, including: Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, West Mercia Police, IAM RoadSmart and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

    Designed for motorcyclists of all ages and abilities, Biker Down is a free course which offers bikers the chance to benefit from essential first-aid training and advice on what to do should they find themselves first at the scene of a collision where a motorcyclist is injured, as well as learning practical skills to help avoid being involved in a collision.

    The course is made up of three modules: Collision scene management, basic first aid and casualty care (including CPR and helmet removal) and ‘The science of being seen’ – advice on visibility and positioning.

    Biker Down is a national course which originated in Kent, and has already been adopted by numerous other areas across the UK including Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Dyfed Powys and West Midlands.

    To book a place on one of these courses, please email dying2drive@hwfire.org.uk with your details (name, email address, contact telephone number, preferred course date / time) as soon as possible.

    Power Outage in Herefordshire this morning.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    At just after 07:00 this morning Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews from Leominster Fire Station were called to reports of a high voltage cable arcing and giving off flames. The firefighters ensured scene safety, liaised with Western Power Distribution and assisted with access.


    Power supply to surrounding properties affected.

    Western Power Distribution told Hereford Voice that 86 homes in the HR6 8PR, HR6 8PP, HR6 8HW, HR6 8HP, and HR6 8HL postcodes are without power this morning due to a high voltage incident.

    Power is expected to be restored by 12:00noon today.

    HWFRS Leominster

    A woman sustained potentially serious injuries following an RTC in Hereford City centre yesterday.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We reported on the incident that involved emergency services closing the roads while they dealt with the casualty, which happened on the junction of union Street and Gaol Street just after 17:00 in our article here 👉 https://hfd.news/gb8


    A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service told Hereford Voice

    "West Midlands Ambulance Service were called out at 17.07 to the junction of Union Street and Gaol Street, Hereford to reports of a low speed RTC involving a car and a pedestrian. Crews treated one woman on scene, the pedestrian, who had sustained a potentially serious injury before she was conveyed to Hereford County Hospital"

    📣 Positive Hereford | Wren Kitchens Hereford Grand Opening Friday 18th March 09:00

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Wren Kitchens have now moved into the unit formally occupied by Harveys on the Newtown Road Retail Park (next to Curry's) and Hereford Voice were today given a sneak preview.


    Wren staff are taking booking and leads ready for when the store opens next Friday morning at 09:00.


    New store opening hours;

    Monday - Friday 09:00-20:00

    Saturdays 09:00 - 18:00

    Sundays 10:30 - 17:00 (10:30 - 11:00 viewing only)

    Web | https://www.wrenkitchens.com

    Kington Car Parking Charges

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Councillor defers decision in light of public opinion 


    Following a public meeting last week, where Councillor John Harrington listened to the concerns of the community, a decision to introduce car parking charges in Kington has been deferred until a full transport study can be undertaken to understand the issues raised in detail.

    The introduction of charges for off-street parking in the town had been proposed as the council considers how it can best meet the needs of residents and promote other ways of travel. It is important that the limited number of parking spaces in any town centre is correctly managed to enable visitors to find a parking space easily and conveniently when they arrive.

    The transport study will align with the emerging scoping work set out in the Market Town Investment Plan for Kington, which is due to be considered by Cabinet on 24 March, and identify solutions to address the concerns raised around the parking.

    The town council has been invited to review the transport study brief to ensure that it addresses their concerns before it is progressed. The study, which will include further consultation with the town council and local stakeholders, is anticipated to be completed over the summer.

    Cllr John Harrington, cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, said:

    “I’m grateful to the town council for arranging a public meeting last week as it was important to fully understand the detail behind the concerns expressed by those who may be affected by the proposed decision.

    “I have reflected on the meeting and the issues raised and have agreed to defer the decision on the implementation of parking charges until the challenges and concerns raised by the community can be fully considered.

    “By working with the community to align the transport study with the Kington Market Town Investment Plan I’m optimistic we will reach a solution that will help deliver economic benefits.”


    Large Fire at Car and Coach Company in North Worcestershire Overnight

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews supported their colleagues from Northfield Fire Station at a very large fire at Kevs Cars and Coaches Ltd in Birmingham Road, Lydiate Ash in Bromsgrove North Worcestershire during the early hours.


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    📸 WMFS Northfield 

    Natural England and Environment Agency launch joint legal action in response to River Lugg damage.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Banks of the River Lugg were damaged in December 2020 causing suspected significant and long-term ecological harm.

    • Natural England and the Environment Agency are today launching legal action against the landowner
    • The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which means permissions need to be granted before work can take place

    Natural England and the Environment Agency have announced today they are beginning legal action against a landowner for damage to a protected area of the River Lugg in Herefordshire.

    This follows a joint Natural England and Environment Agency in-depth investigation into ecological harm to the 1.5 kilometre of the protected stretch of the River Lugg. This investigation followed reports of unauthorised activity including dredging and changing the shape (profiling) of the riverbank in Kingsland in Herefordshire in December 2020.

    This has been a serious and complex investigation which has taken a considerable length of time to complete.

    The charges being brought against the landowner relate to:

    • Unconsented operations and causing damage to a Site of Special Scientific Interest
    • Carrying out activities within 8 metres of the River Lugg which were likely to cause damage to or endanger the stability of the river
    • causing a water discharge activity, namely a discharge of silt into the River Lugg
    • Failing to take reasonable precaution to prevent agricultural pollution from land management and cultivation practices on agricultural land
    • Wilfully disturbing spawn or spawning fish, or any bed, bank or shallow on which any spawn or spawning fish may be
    • Breach of a stop notice

    The charges also relate to further works which are alleged to have been carried out by the landowner in December 2021.

    Court action will now follow at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court.

    Oliver Harmar, Chief Operating Officer at Natural England said:

    "The decimation of this section of the River Lugg has been devastating to the local environment and to local people, destroying the habitats of iconic wildlife such as otters, kingfisher and salmon. It was heart-breaking to see this beautiful riverside illegally damaged"


    The River Lugg in Herefordshire, pre December 2020

    The River Lugg, post 2020

    The River Lugg, post 2020

    Woman found in River Wye identified

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A body located in the River Wye in Netherton, and recovered by officers searching for a missing woman from Hereford, has been formally identified.

    Sadly, the body found yesterday morning (Thursday 10 March) has been confirmed to be Janet Edwards.


    Janet was reported missing late last year and her next of kin have been informed.

    Detective Chief Inspector Emma Whitworth said: "We know there has been a huge amount of hope in finding Janet safe and well, and we are deeply saddened by this outcome.

    "I would like to express my thanks to the community for all of their support with our search for Janet over the past three months.

    "Our thoughts go out to Janet's family and friends as this very difficult time."

    Janet’s family have asked that their privacy is respected at this time.

    Body Found in the river Wye near Ross on Wye

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Emergency services were called to the scene at Netherton in Herefordshire just after 10am this morning.

    Later West Midlands Ambuland Service confirmed the body of a person had been found in the River Wye today.


    A spokesperson for the West Midlands Ambulance Service told Hereford Voice

    “We were called by the fire service at 10.41am this morning following reports of a person in the River Wye near Backney Bridge, Ross on Wye. An ambulance, paramedic officer, community first responder and HART paramedics attended. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the person and they were confirmed deceased on scene.”

    Claire Davies elected to Bromyard West Ward

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Independent candidate Claire Davies has been elected District Councillor for the Bromyard West Ward in the election that took place on Thursday March 10.


    The verified and declared results of the Bromyard West election were :

    Claire Davies, Independent 315

    Nick Ferguson, Independent 152

    Mark Franklin, Local Conservatives 100

    Verified voter turnout for the election was 23.49%

    Full results can be found on the Herefordshire Council election results page HERE

    Ukraine Crisis | A statement from Cllr David Hitchiner, Leader of Herefordshire Council

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    By Hereford Voice,

    I was coming into the Council Offices this morning listening to the news from Ukraine, reflecting on the statements being made nationally and wondering what response was appropriate from us in the Council.

    We have real connections with Ukraine.


    For many years Herefordshire has relied upon workers from Eastern Europe, Ukraine included, to work here. Some have stayed and are bringing up their families here. Many of us travel internationally and might have visited Ukraine. We have a strong global presence in the security industry and there are workers from Herefordshire in Ukraine providing services.

    Given the seriousness of war breaking out in Europe today for the first time in over 80 years It is appropriate for me, on behalf of the Council, to send a message of solidarity and sympathy to all democratically elected representatives of the government and of councils across Ukraine and to the people of Ukraine whom they all serve and represent.

    The fabric and freedom of their society is under threat and our support, thoughts and prayers are with them all at this difficult and distressing time.

    On behalf of the Council I want to reach out to Ukrainians living in our County. Our thoughts are with you and our residents who have friends and family in the region. If we are able to support you, please let us know.

    #HerefordVoice | #HerefordNews | #Herefordshire

    Man Ordered To Repay £11,000 For Stealing Over 600 Sheep

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A man who stole over 600 sheep has been ordered to pay back the proceeds of his crime.

    Daniel Smith, aged 26, of Sutton St. Nicholas, Hereford pleaded guilty to four counts of theft at Hereford Magistrates’ Court on 7July 2021 and on 4th August 2021 he was sentenced to serve eight months imprisonment.

    The sheep were stolen from four locations in fields in the Marden, Sutton St Nicholas and Cross Keys areas of Herefordshire between 2 November 2020 and 26 January 2021.


    One of the victims identified sheep being sold as those stolen from his farm and subsequently 92% of the stolen sheep were recovered over the following two days in March 2021.

    On 8th March 2022 at Worcester Crown Court, a Confiscation Order, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, was made, whereby Smith’s benefit figure from the crime was agreed to be £11,000. The amount Smith was found to have available was also £11,000, which he has been ordered to pay within three months, otherwise he will be sentenced to a further period of imprisonment in default of payment.

    Detective Inspector Emma Wright, of the Economic Crime Unit, West Mercia Police, said, “Smith has been stripped of the trappings of his crime by powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act, as a result of a financial investigation by West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit. A Confiscation Order imposed, means he must pay back the full amount of £11,000, or face time in prison.”

    Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Josh Kitchen of West Mercia Police, said: “We are pleased with the result of this investigation and hope that it reassures the farming community that livestock theft will not be tolerated and that police will fully investigate these incidents.

    “Livestock thefts across the UK totalled £2.3million in 2020 and the act often causes suffering for the animals and additional financial pressures for farmers.

    “I would like to thank the farmers involved for their assistance in this investigation as well as the cooperation of Hereford Livestock Market. Without their assistance it is unlikely these sheep would have ever been recovered.”

    Police appeal after horse is euthanised following collision in Forest of Dean

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Officers are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a collision in Newent yesterday, Monday 7 March, which involved a vehicle and a horse.

    A vehicle struck the horse at around 4pm on Clifford's Mesne, near to The International Centre for Birds of Prey.

    The horse, pictured below, received veterinary treatment but due to the injuries sustained it was later euthanised.



    The rider, a 19-year-old woman, was thrown from the horse and went to hospital with injuries which are not believed to be serious.

    She was later discharged from hospital and is recovering at home. She is extremely upset by the ordeal.

    Inquiries are ongoing to identify the driver of the vehicle, which is reported to have been a silver or grey Vauxhall.

    It is believed the motorist, who did not stop at the scene, was a man aged in his 30s and was wearing a hi-vis at the time.

    At around 4.45pm, a short while after the collision, an abandoned vehicle was found alight nearby. Inquiries are ongoing to determine whether this was the vehicle involved.

    Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

    Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage of the vehicle or who saw the driver leaving the scene.

    Information can be provided to police online by completing the following form and quoting incident 298 of 7 March: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/.../tell-us-about.../ You can also call police on 101.

    You can also provide information to independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or online https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

    Villagers in Garway again fight to save their Victorian School House from demolition

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    This blow comes after Historic England refused to list the building because it no longer had its original doors and windows, despite the Old School’s significance in the history of education in Garway and the surrounding area into Wales and as a physical manifestation of the 1870 Education Act.

    Residents of Garway gather outside the Old School in protest of its demolition. 

    Toni Fagan, Hereford Councillor, says: “Garway villagers are up in arms over an application to demolish the old Victorian school in the centre of the village. It is a lovely example of a Victorian schoolhouse and an essential part of the history and fabric of Garway village which can never be replaced.”

    ‘The planning legislation around this is infuriating. Herefordshire has become such a coveted place to live since Covid and this is such a stunning Victorian building which is so intrinsic to Garway’s heritage, and is much loved by the community. Wanting to demolish it under permitted development is an unfathomable waste of heritage, resources and carbon emissions.’

    ‘It is clear from resident’s objections, currently 83 and numerous more last weekend, that this is a building ofenormous value to the community of Garway. I would appeal to the applicant, Gerard Davies, to reconsider his options and retest the market for a buyer who can save Garway Old School. This is a site which has had previous planning permission and is completely open for sympathetic development. It could easily be a win-win situation for all involved.’

    Located within the idyllic setting of rural Herefordshire, Garway Old School (as it is now known) was originally built as a ‘board school’, consisting of a schoolhouse with an adjoining residence for the headteacher. Designed in a decorative Gothic style by local architect E. H. Lingen Barker, the school was completed in 1877, and opened in 1878 with fifty schoolchildren in attendance.

    Most board schools built at the time were concentrated in large cities where education provisions were worse, so the construction of the Old School in Garway makes it a rare example for such a small, rural village.



    Prior to 1870, the local vicar educated the local children of Garway in the Chapel of St Michael’s Church. Following the Education Act of 1870, the Skenfrith School Board was established in 1874 and it was decided that a board school should be built in the village with a teachers residence provided nearby. The architect appointed was E. H. Linger Barker, who was Herefordshire born and had experience of designing schools in London. He also designed schools in Grosmont, New Inn (Cross Ash) and Norton, all across the Welsh border, for the Skenfrith School Board.

    His design for Garway’s new school consisted of a large schoolroom with tall windows, a smaller schoolroom, and an adjoining headmaster’s residence. There were two entrance lobbies, possibly to provide separate entrances for boys and girls. The building was multi-gabled and constructed of coursed rubble ashlar with a slate roof and crested roof tiles. The main schoolhouse displays external decoration which distinguishes it from the rest of the building such as a shield with the date 1877, Gothic brick hoodmoulds and recessed glazed quatrefoils.

    Planning Application P220401/PA7


    #HerefordVoice | #HerefordshireNews | #Garway

    Police Appeal Following Garage Fire in Hereford

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    By Hereford Voice,

    During the early hours of this morning, Monday 7th March 2022 at approximately 01:30am Police were called to a fire on Brampton Road, Hereford.


    A garage, located behind properties along Brampton Road was on fire. The fire was successfully put out by the Fire Service. Police and the fire service conducted inquiries in the nearby area and information suggests that youths were seen in the area before the fire began.

    The owners of the garage were later located and informed, which was very upsetting and distressing for the couple. All their belongings within the garage have been destroyed in the fire leaving nothing for them to recover.

    At this time the incident is being treated as suspicious and we urge any members of the public with information to come forward.

    You can provide information by contacting 101 quoting reference 00019_I_07032022. You can also report to the police anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers.

    Stabbing in Leominster 2 People Arrested

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    West Mercia Police responded to a report of a stabbing that occurred on Ridgemoor Road in Leominster at 8.10pm on Saturday night (5 March).


    The victim sustained stab wounds to their abdomen and was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham by ambulance.

    A man, aged 43, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a woman, aged 40, was also arrested for assisting an offender.

    There is a police presence in the area whilst investigations continue.

    Superintendent Edd Williams said: “We understand that incidents of this nature, and a large police presence, can be concerning for the public. I would like to reassure residents that we believe this to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to the wider community.”

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