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    40 years since Iranian Embassy Siege

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    On This Day: 40 years ago today saw the Iranian Embassy Siege brought to a dramatic end with 'Operation Nimrod' successfully executed by the Special Air Service (SAS). Also discussed HERE


    'The Back Door' depicted in this painting by John Tidewell

    "Who Dares Wins"

    Fire Crews Tackled a 25 Acre Bracken Fire on Bredwardine Hill

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    Fire crews from Eardisley Fire Station with support from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service tackled a 25 acre bracken fire Fire well alight on Bredwardine Hill last night. 


    Backpacks and beaters used to control and extinguish the blaze. 

    School improvement project takes a big step forward

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    Contractor agreed for major expansion to Herefordshire primary school

    Image credit: Quattro Design Architects

    A £6million expansion of a popular Herefordshire school has taken a major step forward after a contractor was appointed to carry out the work.

    Herefordshire Council has signed a contract with builder Morgan Sindall Construction for the work to provide six new classrooms, a new hall and a special hygiene and physio room at Marlbrook Primary School at Green Croft.

    The school – rated Outstanding by Ofsted and which has experienced a significant rise in numbers in recent years – will also benefit from new netball courts and improvements to the car parking area.

    Councillor Felicity Norman, Herefordshire Council Cabinet member for Children and Families, and Councillor Gemma Davies, Cabinet member for Commissioning, Procurement and Assets, said they were delighted that the scheme was progressing.



    “Marlbrook Primary School is a real success story and this significant investment will help the council and everyone concerned to build on that.

    “Once the work is complete pupils will benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment and the very latest facilities to help make sure they get the best possible start to their education.”


    Head teacher Tracey Kneale said the announcement was much-needed good news in the midst of the coronavirus situation.


    "The whole school community is delighted that the building work will soon begin. At such a difficult time for all our families, it is something for us to look forward to in the months ahead."

    Robert Williams, area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said:


    “We are delighted to be awarded the contract and look forward to delivering the project safely, efficiently and in line with current government guidance.”

    Work will start in compliance with all Government coronavirus regulations and the council has pledged to help keep disruption from construction traffic to a minimum for residents.

    Construction of the project – the capital funding for which was approved in November – is expected to take around a year.

    Herefordshire hotel to re-open to support the county’s Covid-19 response.

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    Herefordshire Council invests in additional care facility to assist former NHS patients with their recovery


    A Herefordshire hotel has reopened to support Herefordshire Council provide additional care and rehabilitation capacity for former NHS patients and members of the community, as part of the county’s response to the Covid-19 emergency.

    The council has leased the Three Counties Hotel at Belmont Road, Hereford, as a temporary accommodation to support the NHS and social care sector.

    Agincare UK Ltd are providing the care and support service on the site, which can offer accommodation for up to 46 people during the Covid-19 outbreak.

    The service will provide short term care and a rehabilitation service to help people to live independently when they return to their place of residence.

    Protective measures have been put in place, including the use of PPE, to ensure the safety of the residents and the staff.

    Councillor Pauline Crockett, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Wellbeing said:


    “Herefordshire Council has made a significant investment towards providing this additional social care facility for the county.  We would like to thank the management at The Three Counties Hotel for offering their premises and by working with us they have enabled the council to make up to 46 beds available for the more vulnerable members of the local community.  This initiative will assist residents with their recovery and rehabilitation before they return home and will also help to relieve the pressure on the NHS and the social care sector.”

    Luke Holmes, Agincare Operations Director, added:


    “Agincare is delighted to be able to support Herefordshire Council and the county’s residents during this difficult time. Our staff on site have all received bespoke training for their roles and with the help of the council we have plenty of PPE readily available for them to use.  This is an example of excellent partnership working between the council, a local hotel and Agincare as a local care provider. The hotel is an ideal environment for residents as it has comfortable, spacious facilities whilst being at a distance from the wider population, so everyone can remain safe within the government’s social distancing guidelines.”

    Michelle Standell, Manager of The Three Counties Hotel, said:


    “We are pleased to be able to offer our services.  Not only is it supporting the NHS and social care sector, it has also resulted in many of our staff being able to come off furlough which, of course, is a very positive outcome for any business in the hospitality sector at the moment.”


    Thank You to ALL NHS and Key-Workers

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Thank you to all Key-Workers and the NHS in the fight against the Coronavirus, we thought this illustration was just perfect for today.

    May the 4th be with you! 

    Illustration courtesy of mjhiblenart

    The Iranian Embassy Siege 40th Anniversary

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    The Iranian Embassy Siege 40th Anniversary


    The Iranian Embassy siege took place from 30 April to 5 May 1980, after a group of six armed men stormed the Iranian embassy on Prince's Gate in South Kensington, London. 

    Operation 'Nimrod' began. 

    The gunmen, members of Arabs of KSA group campaigning for Arab national sovereignty in the southern Iranian region of Khuzestan Province, took 26 people hostage, mostly embassy staff, but also several visitors, as well as a police officer who had been guarding the embassy. 

    On the sixth day the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ordered the Elite Special Air Service (SAS) to take over and they stormed the embassy and ended the siege by eliminating the terrorists and releasing the hostages. 

    Go Go Go - The operation took just 17 minutes


    International Firefighters Day

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    On International Firefighters Day Hereford Voice take this opportunity to salute Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and every other firefighter around the world, these are the brave, courageous and fearless heroes who save millions of lives every year.


    These people go head-on into situations that everyone else is running from.  

    Thank you for your service and 'May the 4th be with you' 

    Stopped Smoking Since Coronavirus Pandemic?

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Have you stopped smoking since the Coronavirus pandemic? 

    We are all aware that this dreadful virus killing thousands of people around the world attacks the human respiratory system and if you’re a smoker and worried about COVID-19 then now would be a good time to think about quitting for good.


    Research into previous coronaviruses show that smoking makes the impact of the virus worse.  Smokers are more likely to develop severe disease from the COVID-19 virus, than non-smokers.

    Britain's chief medical advisor, Professor Chris Whitty, urged smokers to ditch the habit immediately to lower their risk of Covid-19. He told MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee:


    "To be clear on smokers, my recommendation is that they stop smoking.

    "If you are going to give up smoking, this is a very good moment to do it."

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak also increased the tobacco tax in the recent Budget, with the cost of cigarettes to go up to £12.73 a pack.

    With this in mind, here are just a few websites to help advise you on how to quit smoking for good.

    Wish (Herefordshire Council)

    NHS Quit Smoking - NHS Smokefree

    Follow the hashtag #QuidforCovid campaign on Social Media for more advise and support

    The Hereford May Fair has taken Place for over 900 years

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    By Hereford Voice,

    The Hereford May Fair has taken place for over 900 years!

    The first weekend of May is when we usually see all the showman's vehicles pulling up into Hereford.

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    Hereford’s Mayfair has been with us since the 12th Century and it was originally known as St Ethelbert’s Fair and started back in 1121 and a street fair has been held in the city ever since. 

    Every year the streets are closed off in the city centre and the thrilling rides and stalls with all their lights, music, food and prizes open for this three day annual street extravaganza. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic both The Hereford and Leominster May Fair events for 2020 have been cancelled. 

    Will you miss this Hereford tradition?  

    Here are some fabulous historic photographs of our May Fair together with some Pathe film circa 1920-1929

    Billy Stevens Glamour Parade 1955 photograph courtesy of Derek Evans Studio Hereford

    King Street photograph courtesy of P Watts and Old Hereford Pics

    Photograph courtesy of Walter Pritcard and Old Hereford Pics


    Stunning Sunset in Herefordshire

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    By Hereford Voice,

    A stunning sunset across Herefordshire tonight, thank you Ella for capturing this so well.


    News! Old Hereford Pics and Hereford Voice Join Teams to Create a New Partnership

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    By Hereford Voice,

    We are absolutely thrilled and excited to announce today that we have joined teams and created a new partnership with our brilliant friends over at Old Hereford Pics.

    The original Old Hereford Pics was established by local Herefordian, Chris Adcocks way back in 2008. 

    The aim of their websites was to give a different look at Old Hereford with new and old pictures of its people, its buildings, its businesses and events from over the years and in Chris's words to offer 


    something a little different for people to take a look at and talk about

    After much deliberation Chris announced that due to family commitments and not having the hours to keep up with the continuous work involved in running Hereford's busiest old picture websites, he reluctantly said that they would have to close however, that was two years ago and after some discussions, we are delighted to have partnered both of our long established websites and we look forward to encouraging people to continue sending us their contributions, which will enable us to go from strength to strength.

    To help kick-start our new partnership, can we please kindly ask you to spread the word - LIKE and SHARE our new partners at Old Hereford Pics

    Do you think this will be the end of cash? 

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Do you think this will be the end of cash? 


    During this Coronavirus pandemic many businesses as part of their social distancing procedures no longer accept cash and will only take card and contactless payment methods.

    Nowadays, there are new digital ways to pay and there is a greater choice than ever.

    Then there are services allowing contactless payments to be made using a PC or smartphone (like Paypal and Apple Pay). Other services link your mobile phone number to your bank account so you can pay someone by sending a text. You can even pay using your watch or smart phone.

    Most of these innovations are about making it easier to pay for things. 

    We believe that cash will always be used but maybe less and less...

    What do you think? 

    Clap For Our Carers

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Once again it's Thursday and at 8pm tonight, we will express our solidarity and full support for our front line workers from our doorsteps.


    Please join us in a 'round of applause' and saucepan tapping for ALL our NHS heroes, carers and key workers
    #HerefordVoice #Herefordshire #ClapForOurCarers

     Happy 100th Birthday Colonel Tom Moore

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     Happy 100th Birthday Colonel Tom Moore.


    The veteran's big day will also be marked with a flypast by a Spitfire and a Hurricane over his Bedfordshire home. He has also received thousands of cards including that special one from Her Majesty The Queen.

    The war hero has been appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College Harrogate for his birthday.


    This incredible man has raised over £30m by walking laps of his garden and has also broken two Guinness World Records along the way. He is the oldest person ever to have a No.1 single in the UK charts and the veteran has raised the most money ever as an individual with his charity walk, which has captured the nations hearts. Well done Sir!

    UK Human Trials to Find Coronavirus Vaccine Begins

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    It's good to see that the UK government have started human clinical trials to find a vaccine for Coronavirus.


    NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) established

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    NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG established

    Today the four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Herefordshire and Worcestershire merged to become a single organisation.

    NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG replaces NHS Herefordshire CCG, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, NHS South Worcestershire CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG.

    The merger follows a period of engagement last year with the public, staff, providers and other key stakeholders. It has also been supported by GP practices in Herefordshire and Worcestershire as well as each former CCGs’ Governing Bodies.

    The merger does not affect any health or care services provided by NHS organisations or local councils across the area, but does reduce the duplication of roles and governance that previously existed behind the scenes within the four organisations.

    It is also consistent with the expectation set out in the NHS Long Term Plan that there should be more streamlined commissioning arrangements in place across the Herefordshire and Worcestershire footprint. 

    Simon Trickett, Chief Executive of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG said: “Clearly we are currently working in some unprecedented and challenging circumstances and our immediate focus remains on responding to the Covid-19 outbreak. Our main priority is, and always will be, our patients and the health and wellbeing of our local population.

    “Having already set up combined governance and decision-making arrangements across the four CCGs, this merger was the next logical step. We will not lose sight of the different needs of our local communities and we will continue to work with local organisations so that people’s needs, views and experiences remain at the heart of our decision making.”

    A public engagement exercise conducted across Herefordshire and Worcestershire earlier this year drew support for proposals to bring together the four CCGs, with over half of the respondents in favour of the creation of a single CCG.

    A subsequent ballot of GP member practices in each of the four CCG areas drew even stronger support, with 94% of practices across Herefordshire and Worcestershire in favour of a merger.

    Further information, why has this happened?
    The NHS Long Term Plan presents the opportunity for all NHS organisations to radically change the way in which they work both internally and in partnership with one another to help support the development of Integrated Care Systems.

    For CCGs, there is an expectation that by April 2021 every Integrated Care System will have more streamlined commissioning arrangements to enable a single set of commissioning decisions at the Integrated Care System level. For Herefordshire and Worcestershire this will involve moving from four CCGs to a leaner, more strategic single CCG for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

    In achieving this there will be a change to the role of the CCG itself, shifting from the traditional model of commissioning to one with a greater focus on strategic commissioning on a bigger geographical footprint and making shared decisions with providers on how to best use resources, design services and improve population health. The CCG will also have a role in supporting providers to partner with local government and other community organisations at county or ‘place’ level, and in ensuring that GPs and community services are supported to deliver at their local level.

    In Herefordshire and Worcestershire this will also include a shift of our valuable clinical leadership resources, realigning them into roles where they will be better able to influence service delivery through developing Primary Care Networks and the new investment being aligned to these groups.

    Information that was held previously by NHS Herefordshire CCG, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, NHS South Worcestershire CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG was transferred to NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG on 1 April 2020.

    The new CCG is the the new data controller. Any questions about the use of data (including patient data) by the new CCG should be directed to mlcsu.ig@nhs.net.


    Looks like more financial savings, planned before Coronavirus, will affect the care of everyone in both counties.

    A Stunning Photo of the Night Sky from Belmont Football Pitch

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    A stunning photo of the nights sky taken from Belmont football pitch over the weekend. 

    Photo courtesy of our moderator @DILLIGAF

    Covid-19 Testing Now Available for Key Workers and Their Families

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    Covid-19 Testing Now Available for Key Workers and Their Families


    Pre-booked drive-through testing is available at Merton Meadow car park in Hereford.

    If you're an essential worker who is self-isolating, you can now apply for you and your household to get tested in Herefordshire for Covid-19 coronavirus.

    The drive-through testing is available at Merton Meadow car park in Hereford and tests can be booked on the government website. The test is only for people who have symptoms of coronavirus – whether that’s you, or someone you live with. It involves taking a swab sample from your nose and throat. The test will tell whether you currently have coronavirus. After the test, while you wait for your results, you (and anyone you live with) must continue to self-isolate. Read NHS advice about how long to self-isolate.

    If your test result turns out to be negative, you can safely return to work, as long as:

    • you are well enough
    • you have not had a high temperature for 48 hours
    • anyone you live with also tests negative

    If you test positive, or someone you live with tests positive, you cannot return to work. You will need to continue to self-isolate.

    If your condition gets worse, or you do not get better after 7 days, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. For a medical emergency dial 999.

    Herefordshire emergency response lead, Superintendent Sue Thomas said:


    “It’s good to see that tests for Covid-19 are now available locally for key workers in Herefordshire, with military support. The tests will provide reassurance and guidance to those experiencing coronavirus symptoms. More widely, we are starting to see the effect of social distancing on the spread of coronavirus, and I would ask that residents continue to stay home to protect lives.”

    An Army spokesperson said:


    “The Armed Forces are helping to support the Government’s efforts to increase testing. This includes creating a network of Mobile Testing Units which will travel the country to reach essential workers at sites where there is a demand for testing. 

    These units, operated by personnel from all three services, are deploying across the UK with soldiers taking swabs from key workers, including NHS and care home staff. A mobile testing unit is currently in Hereford at Merton Meadow car park. 

    The units have been designed to clinical requirements by Army engineers and can be easily set up in under 20 minutes. The new mobile units will work alongside the drive-through test sites to rapidly increase the number of tests completed each day.”


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