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    Astronomy: Check out Mars in October!!

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Mars is closer to Earth in October than it will be for another 15 years: How to see red planet.

    Photo credit: 123RF

    If you spied a fiery red star close to the full moon over the weekend, it was actually Mars shining its bright red light in the night sky.

    The planet will be visible at night throughout October, rising the highest in the sky around midnight each evening. It will shine in the east each evening and in the west before dawn.

    But Mars doesn't always make an appearance like this. So, why is Mars shining so brightly?

    The red planet makes its closest approach to Earth at 10:18 am ET on October 6. Mars will be 38,586,816 miles away from Earth --- yes, that's close for Mars -- and it won't be this close again until 2035. Mars in 2003 made its closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years, coming within a distance of 34.65 million miles. 

    Feel free to share your photographs of the planet Mars which is pretty dominant in the sky tonight.

    Source: CNN

    #herefordvoice #Mars

    Confirmed Case of Coronavirus at Hereford Nursery

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Lollipops on the common, based near Widemarsh Common in Hereford confirmed the case this afternoon. 


    A statement said:👇



    “It is with great sadness that we can confirm we have had a child in our setting test positive for Covid-19. 

    We would like to express that we have worked very hard to put stringent procedures in place regarding Covid-19 to keep all of our children, parents and staff safe.

    But unfortunately today a child has been dropped off for their normal session at nursery (having had a covid test on Saturday) the parents have sadly not shared this information with us until they rang mid morning to confirm the child had had a test and it had come back positive. 

    The implications of this are huge.

    We now have a high number of children and staff having to self isolate for 14 days, this has now forced us as a setting to close.

    We would like to ensure parents that we have been working with Public Health England today and they were very pleased with our Covid-19 Risk Assessment and our policies and procedures we have in place.

    As I am sure we are sharing the same frustrations this situation has put us all in, and we can only thank our parents for their understanding at this terrible time.

    Public Health England have confirmed we are able to re-open on Tuesday 20th October 

    Thankyou ...the Lollipops Team.”


    #herefordvoice #herefordnews #hereford

    Hereford has one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the UK

    By megilleland,

    Revealed: The least and most deprived neighbourhoods in Hereford

    By Carmelo Garcia, Local Democracy Reporter, Hereford Times - 4th October 2020

    HEREFORD has one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the UK, according to council statistics on deprivation.

    The latest figures show that there are 18,500 people living in deprived households across the county – this is about a tenth of the population.

    There are 11 places in Herefordshire that are within in the 25% most deprived nationally, which feature in The Indices of Deprivation 2019 report published by Herefordshire Council.

    The most deprived are south of Hereford and in Leominster, Ross-on-Wye and Bromyard.

    Golden Post-Newton Farm in Hereford is the most deprived area in the county and is the only one to be in the 10% most deprived nationally.

    Other deprived parts of the city include Hunderton, Redhill-Belmont Road, Newton Farm-Brampton Road and Hunderton-Bishop’s Meadow.

    In Leominster, 28% of people in Ridgemoor are living in income deprived households and the Grange and Gateway areas are also among the county’s most deprived places.

    The John Kyrle area in Ross also appears in the council’s report along with Bromyard Central.

    Newton Farm councillor Bernard Hunt says local people feel overlooked when it comes to crime and access to housing.

    “Police can be very slow to respond to complaints about the bad behaviour of a minority of young people,” he said.

    “They feel a bit overlooked. When it comes to drugs, they will report people who are selling drugs but isn’t followed up.

    “When it comes to access to housing, Herefordshire Council have been generally good, but they are restricted due to a lack of central government funding.”

    Coun Hunt said one of the benefits people have in Newton Farm is access to good transport links.

    This is something he says many other rural areas struggle with.

    Around 3,900 children are living in income deprivation across Herefordshire, that’s about 12% population aged under 16.

    And around 6,100 older people are living in income deprivation across Herefordshire.

    Of the 29 most deprived areas in the county, 15 are in Hereford city, eight are in the market towns and six are located in more rural areas including Fromes Hill, Greater Weobley, Kingsbridge, Greater Docklow, Greater Bosbury and Kington Doughnut.

    Hereford city also has some of the least deprived areas, particularly in the north of the river, as do rural areas surrounding the city.

    Other less deprived areas are found within Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye, as well as rural areas in the east of the county around Ledbury and Cradley and to the south of Bromyard.

    Herefordshire Lower Layer Super Output Areas that are amongst the most deprived nationally according to income domain of the index of deprivation 2019:


      1 Golden Post-Newton Farm: 29 % living in income deprived households

      2 Leominster-Ridgemoor: 28 % living in income deprived households

      3 Leominster Grange: 25% living in income deprived households

      4 Leominster-Gateway: 25% living in income deprived households

      5 Hunderton: 23% living in income deprived households

      6 Ross-John Kyrle: 22% living in income deprived households

      7 Bromyard Central: 20% living in income deprived households

      8 Newton Farm-Brampton Road: 20% living in income deprived households

      9 Redhill-Belmont Road: 20% living in income deprived households

    10 Hunderton-Bishop’s Meadow: 20% living in income deprived households

    Agree with Cllr Hunt concerning “Police can be very slow to respond to complaints about the bad behaviour of a minority of young people” I gave up calling 101 after 16 minutes on hold and 10 mins calling Herefordshire Housing to say that youths who regularly use the top of our garages as a meeting place are now climbing up scaffolding at Sherborne Close. Someone is going to injure themselves badly if they fall. I think the police did turn up eventually, but by this time they had moved on to somewhere else.


    Beryl Bikes New Bay Locations Across Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    Those new bay locations across the city are as follows. 👇

    Cock of Tupsley

    Westfailing Street

    Tower Road

    Holme Lacy Road/St Clares Court

    Blackmarston Road

    Cider Press Drive

    Hinton Road

    Glendower Close

    Grafton Park & Choose site

    thePoint4 Gym

    Dorchester Way

    Attwood Lane/Roman Road

    Harold Street

    Hereford County Hospital

    Asda Hereford

    Bath Street Car Park

    Halo Leisure Centre

    Ledbury Road/St Owen’s Street

    The Knoll

    Tesco Express Whitecross Road

    Eign Street

    Stretton Close

    Fayre Oaks Home Park

    Aylestone Park

    Hereford Racecourse

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    Britain's Best Loaf 2020 has been crowned:

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A Wild Hops & Barley Loaf from Peter Cooks Bread in Worcester has been crowned Britain’s Best Loaf 2020.


    You will find the wonderful Peter Cooks Bread in various shops across Herefordshire including Fodder in Church St Hereford.

    It was chosen as the standout winner from the competition’s six categories: Gluten Free, Innovation, Plain Sourdough, Sourdough with Other Ingredients, White and Wholegrain (see full list of the winners and highly commended loaves below).

    The winning loaf stood out to the judges thanks to its innovative use of ingredients. The process is kicked off by creating a tea from hops which is used to make a sourdough starter. Once it’s had a week to mature, the starter is mixed with strong white flour and water before toasted spent beer grains, which have been soaked in ale overnight, are added from the Hop Shed Brewery. The loaf is bulk fermented for four hours then shaped and retarded overnight before baking the next day.

    “The Wild Hops & Barley Loaf from Peter Cooks Bread is a deserving winner of Britain’s Best Loaf. It is a beautiful, and tasty, loaf with a great story behind it,” said Amy North, editor, British Baker.

    “It faced stiff competition – the judges were very impressed with the overall quality of entries this year, particularly in the innovation category where we were delighted with botanical loaves, cheesy concoctions and some truly outstanding bread.”

    The event was sponsored by ADM, American Pan UK and Scobie McIntosh/Revent, and took place at Meridian Hall in East Grinstead on 23 September 2020. 

    📷 British Baker

    Paying by Phone for Parking in Hereford Price Reduction

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Herefordshire Council advise of parking changes from today, Mon 5 Oct when using pay by phone parking, the bit extra you pay for the convenience has now reduced from 36p to 16p. You can still add-on the extra’s but you'll be charged separately- opting for a reminder 10p, extending your parking time 16p.


    KC Maintenance

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    KC Maintenance

    For all your gardening and landscaping requirements


    Hereford's Canary Bridge Officially Renamed

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Hereford Mayor Cllr Kath Hey attended the renaming of the Canary Bridge (formally the Greenway bridge). The bridge has been offially renamed in memory of The Canary Girls who worked in the Rotherwas Munitions Factory.  


    📷 Nicola Goodwin

    #HerefordVoice #Hereford #HerefordNews #CanaryGirls #VEDay75

    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.


    £2 billion package to create new era for cycling, walking and trails for e-scooters

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    £2 billion package to create new era for cycling, walking and trials for e-scooters

    Many countries throughout Europe already successfully use e-scooters but currently they are not legal here in the UK, (unless on private land) however, that may all be about to change...

    Lime is one of many company offering e-scooter rentals.


    Alternative ways to travel, such as walking and cycling, could relieve the pressure on public transport.

    • largest ever boost for cyclists and pedestrians
    • emergency bike lanes and streets will help support transport network
    • trials of rental e-scooters to be brought forward to increase green transport options
    • government working with leading tech developers to reduce crowding on public transport

    Far more people will be cycling and walking thanks to plans to boost greener, active transport, launched today (9 May 2020) by Transport Secretary Grant  Shapps .

    Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in England within weeks as part of a £250 million emergency active travel fund - the first stage of a £2 billion investment, as part of the £5 billion in new funding announced for cycling and buses in February.

    Following unprecedented levels of walking and cycling across the UK during the pandemic, the plans will help encourage more people to choose alternatives to public transport when they need to travel, making healthier habits easier and helping make sure the road, bus and rail networks are ready to respond to future increases in demand.

    The government will fund and work with local authorities across the country to help make it easier for people to use bikes to get around - including Greater Manchester, which wants to create 150 miles of protected cycle track, and Transport for London, which plans a “bike Tube” network above Underground lines.

    Fast-tracked statutory guidance, published today and effective immediately, will tell councils to reallocate roadspace for significantly-increased numbers of cyclists and pedestrians. In towns and cities, some streets could become bike and bus-only while others remain available for motorists. More side streets could be closed to through traffic, to create low-traffic neighbourhoods and reduce rat-running while maintaining access for vehicles.

    Vouchers will be issued for cycle repairs, to encourage people to get their old bikes out of the shed, and plans are being developed for greater provision of bike fixing facilities. Many more will take up the Cycle to Work scheme, which gives employees a discount on a new bike.


    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:



    During this crisis, millions of people have discovered cycling - whether for exercise or as a means of safe, socially-distanced transport. While there is no change to the ‘stay at home’ message today, when the country does get back to work we need those people to stay on their bikes and be joined by many more.

    Otherwise, with public transport’s capacity severely restricted at this time, our trains and buses could become overcrowded and our roads gridlocked – holding up emergency services, critical workers and vital supplies.

    We know cars will continue to remain vital for many, but as we look to the future we must build a better country with greener travel habits, cleaner air and healthier communities.


    An updated Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy will be launched by the Prime Minister in the summer, with further measures to transform cycling and walking to deliver the government’s aims to double cycling and increase walking by 2025 – including:

    • the creation of a national cycling and walking commissioner and inspectorate
    • higher standards for permanent infrastructure across England
    • getting GPs to prescribe cycling and exercise
    • creating a long-term budget for cycling and walking similar to what happens for roads

    The government will also be launching a campaign to encourage more people to look at alternative ways to travel, to walk or get on a bike for their commute instead of public transport. Today, riders from Team Ineos, including Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, will be telling people to #GetPedalling.

    Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Principal of Team INEOS, said:

    If ever there was a good time to get on your bike, it’s now. You will be helping take pressure off public transport. You will be looking after your health. You will be looking after the health of others and you will be helping the environment. Let’s all get pedalling and help Britain on the road to recovery.

    E-scooter trials will also be brought forward from next year to next month to help encourage more people off public transport and onto greener alternatives. Originally set to take place in 4 Future Transport Zones, the trials of rental e-scooters – which will now be offered to all local areas across the country – will allow government to assess the benefits of e-scooters as well as their impact on public space, with the potential to see rental vehicles on UK roads as early as June.


    Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands said:



    The West Midlands is proud to be leading the way on future transport development, and I am pleased the government has put its faith in us again with this new and innovative trial of e-scooters.

    This trial will help bring more flexibility, choice, and greener travel solutions for the region, at a time when we are facing a climate emergency and urging people to leave the car at home.

    We will also use the trial to look at the current transport challenges the coronavirus pandemic has presented us with and explore how e-scooters could be used to help tackle them.

    No region is better equipped than the West Midlands to test, review, and implement trials such as these at pace and scale, and that is testament to the hard work and innovation of those working in our future transport sector.


    As the government aims to encourage people to choose greener forms of travel when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted, a further push is being made to encourage drivers to purchase an electric vehicle. An extra £10 million - double the current funding amount - is being committed to the on street residential chargepoint scheme which will allow local authorities to install up to 7,200 devices, making it more convenient to charge and own an electric vehicle.

    New Independent Store Opening at Former Sports Direct in Maylord Orchards Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    An independent has bucked the trend and taken over the former Sports Direct in Maylords Orchards.


    The new store will be like an independent urban outfitters offering vintage clothing as well as unique pieces of furniture and homeware.

    Work has already began and the new store will be opening in the very near future. 

    It's fabulous news for our independent businesses in Hereford and we wish them every luck. 

    B4224 Fownhope Road Update

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    B4224 FOWNHOPE UPDATE | The grading of the bank is nearly complete and a cellular membrane has been applied to help stabilise erosion (see pictures). Top soil will be applied next before the work begins to reinstate the road.


    The estimated reopening of the road is still Autumn.


    BBLP Contract Review

    Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)
    By Edna Welthorpe (Mrs),

    http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/documents/s50082771/Major contract performance review.pdf

    It's only taken seven years to discover that the council's monitoring of the contract is rubbish.

    A man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for burglaries in Hereford

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Steven Tracy Lock, 53 of Moreton-on-Lugg, Herford appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Monday (28 September) for sentencing, after pleading guilty to four counts of burglary of a dwelling and one count of burglary of a non-dwelling.

    Steven Tracy Lock

    The offences took place across Herefordshire and Monmouthshire between September 2019 and April 2020.
    Detective Constable Laurence James, from Hereford proactive CID, said:



    “Lock targeted vulnerable, elderly women and men - aged in their 70s to 90s, breaking into their homes, in the middle of the night and taking cash, jewellery and/or power tools from them. He also broke into a shop and took cash out of the till.

    “We will not tolerate burglaries in our community and hope this sentence sends a message to offenders that we will take robust action against those found to be committing crimes of this nature.

    “I welcome today’s sentence and hope the victims in this case feel that justice has been served.”



    Lea flood management scheme to begin

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    Five people were arrested in connection with county lines drug supply in various operations across Hereford during a national County Lines Intensification Week that took place between Monday 14 September and Sunday 20 September.


    Considerable quantities of drugs and cash were seized by police during the week of intensification.

    Three men have been charged and remanded to custody and two men have been bailed.

    Detective Sergeant Nick Shutt, of Herefordshire Proactive CID, said:


    “Tackling serious and organised crime, such as county lines, is a priority for us and we will continue to do all we can to target those exploiting children, young people and vulnerable adults under our campaign protect.”

    Protect is West Mercia Police's response to tackling serious and organised crime and those who cause the most harm in our communities to protect people from harm.


    A man has been arrested on the suspicion of manslaughter in Hereford.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,


    A man in his fifties sadly died at an address in St John’s Court close to Hereford's Edgar Street football stadium on Friday evening just after 10pm

    A 43-year-old man from Hereford was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

    This is an ongoing onvestigation and the police urge anyone with information to call 101 quoting incident 724i of 25092020 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

    Woman charged with Herefordshire murder.

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    A woman has been charged with murder following an incident in Cradley Hereford.


    Laura Van Marle, aged 40, of no fixed address, was today (Sunday 27 September) charged with the murder of 69-year-old Susanna Van Marle. She was also charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a 73-year-old man.

    Both charges relate to an incident which occurred yesterday (Saturday 26 September) at approximately 2am at an address on Finchers Corner in Cradley.

    Detective Chief Inspector Leighton Harding said:


    “Our thoughts are with Susanna’s friends and loved ones following this sad incident. The family are being supported by specially trained officers and have asked for privacy during this difficult time.”


    Giveaway: Hamper Prize Worth Over £100

    Hereford Voice
    By Hereford Voice,

    We have teamed up with our good friends at Charcuterie who are offering fabulous prize worth over £100 to celebrate their 1st Anniversary on October 1st. 🥂🍾🎉


    Prize contains: One Party box, Two hampers, One Bottle of Kvass. 

    To be in with a chance of winning simply head over to our Facebook Page HERE

    1. LIKE Charcuterie & Hereford Voice
    2. TAG a Friend 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️
    3. COMMENT - Tell us who you would share this superb prize with?

    A winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries on Wednesday 30th September 2020.

    Prize to be collected from the Charcuterie shop in the Hereford Butter Market on Thursday October 1st. This is the 1st anniversary day and all meats will have 50% OFF together with FREE traditional Slavic 'Kvass' beer tasting. 

    Good luck and thank you for continuing to support us & our local business partners. (Entrants MUST be over 18 years old)
    T&C's 👉 http://bit.ly/2K37RuM

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