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    Positive Hereford | Resurfacing Works Completed at Stretton Sugwas Herefordshire

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    Herefordshire Council teams have recently completed a programme of resurfacing and drainage works on Church Road, Stretton Sugwas Herefordshire.



    Call for witnesses following criminal damage in Hereford

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    West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses following criminal damage in Hereford.


    At around 4.45am on Thursday 20 May five young people are believed to have attempted to break into in a building on the Holme Lacy Road industrial estate.

    The offenders were all described as being aged between 15 and 17-years-old.

    Three of the offenders are described as;

    A white boy around 5ft 5ins of a stocky build, with short brown curly hair with shaved sides, wearing grey joggers and a hoody.

    A second white boy with short brown hair, black padded jacket, black backpack, black skinny jeans and white trainers.

    A girl was described as white with long dark brown or purple hair, of a slim build and wore a black coat with a fur trim and black trainers.

    There were a further two offenders but there are no descriptions at this time and we are keen to speak to anyone who has more information or may have witnessed the incident taking place.

    Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident 00249 of 20 May. If you have information you want to report anonymously you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via their website. 

    Positive Hereford | Resurfacing Works Completed at Richards Castle Herefordshire

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    Herefordshire Council teams have recently completed a programme of resurfacing and drainage works on Castle Road, Richards Castle, Herefordshire.



    Update Missing Person Found in River

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Update | Police officers searching for a missing 47-year-old man can confirm that a body was recovered from the River Wye in Hereford on Tues. Formal identification confirms that it is sadly Steven Tattum from Hereford. The death is not being treated as suspicious, the Coroner has been informed.

    Our thoughts go out to Steven's family and friends at this difficult time.


    Officers are growing increasingly concerned for Steven Tattum who is missing from Hereford.

    He was last seen at around 2.40am Wednesday morning (19 May) near to Greyfriars Bridge Hereford but has not been seen since.

    Steven, aged 47, is described as white, with brown and grey hair. He is around 5ft 8in tall and was believed to be wearing a grey tracksuit and a blue coat.

    Anyone who believes they may have seen Steven is asked to please call 101 immediately quoting incident 40i of 19 May.

    Man Charged with Assault After Incident in Hereford Pub

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    West Mercia Police Update

    Following an incident on Sunday 2nd May at The Spread Eagle pub n Hereford a man has been charged with assault and threatening behaviour. He will appear before Herefordshire Magistrates Court in June


    Wide Load Stuck on A49 Northbound in Hereford

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    There is a wide load stuck on the traffic lights on the A49 Ross Road (northbound) Hereford.


    New Eco-Friendly Electric Vehicle for Hereford Police

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    Hereford Police have a new toy in the form of an eco-friendly electric vehicle 

    Photograph courtesy of West Mercia police 


    Here it is. Our all new 100% Electric vehicle. You'll see us out and about in the City from today!!


    30th Anniversary of First Mission for Midlands Air ambulance

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    Today marks the 30th anniversary of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity first mission.

    "A woman suffered a fall on the mountainside in Hay on Wye and needed emergency pre-hospital care. The flight crew rushed to the scene, and stabilised the patient before airlifting her to hospital in just six minutes!"

    Photograph courtesy of Midlands Air ambulance Charity  

    Congratulations on the 30th anniversary of your first of many life saving flights! Such a brilliant charity!

    Donate Here 

    Hereford Police Seize Vehicle from Motorist for the Second Time in a Month!

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    Another vehicle seized by Hereford Cops (Hereford Rural North SNT), this time in Withington, Herefordshire

    Photograph courtesy of West Mercia Police

    Driver had no insurance and was a provisional licence holder.

    This is the Second time police have seized a vehicle from same driver in a month!

    News | Gigabit broadband set to transform Ross-on-Wye

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    Homes and businesses in Ross-on-Wye will soon benefit from gigabit capable broadband.


    Wholesale broadband provider, Full Fibre Limited, will build new Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) network across the town, providing access to some of the fastest broadband in the country. 

    Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) known as ‘full fibre’ is the newest form of fibre broadband and is considered more future proof as it can deliver gigabit download speeds (1,000Mbps). 

    The rollout is thanks to a small grant project to connect businesses in the Alton Road area that still require a superfast connection. Fastershire’s Marches & Gloucestershire business broadband grant is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and has enabled Full Fibre Limited to establish a foothold in Ross-on-Wye from which they will expand their network into the rest of the town using their own investment.

    Full Fibre Limited CEO, Oliver Helm, said


    “Full Fibre’s investment in Ross-on-Wye, enabled by Fastershire, will deliver world class, gigabit broadband across the town.  Ensuring that everyone in the town has access to fast, reliable broadband will fuel economic recovery, boost homeworking productivity, and level up communities.”

    Market towns have previously been left behind, but within the next few months our teams will start to build this new infrastructure across Ross-on-Wye.  We’ll deliver connectivity to homes, business, community groups and schools, and provide the infrastructure to support better mobile networks.  Our ISPs will offer excellent, competitive services, that will ensure people never have to think about or be limited by their broadband connectivity again.”

    Councillor Paul Symonds, said,


    “It is wonderful news, both for the businesses I’ve spoken to on the Alton Road that will soon have the broadband they need but also for the rest of Ross-On-Wye.

    As our demand for the internet grows beyond superfast speeds, Full Fibre Limited’s rollout of gigabit capable broadband across the town will help ensure the long term viability for our local businesses and community.”

    Over 93% of Herefordshire properties can access a superfast connection of 30mbps or greater, according to ThinkBroadband’s figures, with over 35% mainly in rural areas able to access a gigabit capable full fibre connection, well above the national average of only 21%. 

    Councillor Ellie Chowns, the Cabinet member for environment, economy and skills at Herefordshire Council said,


    “Ross-On-Wye is a perfect example of how a council project can be used to stimulate commercial investment. 

    Fastershire has been working to increase superfast access, but has been quick to promote new gigabit capable full fibre connections.  Supporting providers like Full Fibre Limited and others to provide gigabit capable access in our market towns and rural areas, Fastershire is helping to ensure that Herefordshire has the broadband infrastructure that can support our communities for years to come.”

    To find out if your property can access faster broadband, visit www.fastershire.com.


    Embrace Hereford !

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    Embrace Hereford | Fabulous news that Hayley at CULT Vintage opened her new store in Maylord Orchards yesterday!!


    Most pubs, wine bars, hotels, and restaurants reopen to welcome customers back inside from tomorrow.

    Saxtys Bar & Club is opening this month and they are taking bookings NOW!! www.saxtys.co.uk

    If you're looking for some brilliant entertainment a visit to Matrix Hereford is an absolute must! Check out 'Mad Dogs' Axe Throwing 🪓

    The Children's Bookshelf - Specialists in Children's Books have a new store also in Maylord Orchards and they have a provisional opening day of 29th May

    Let us celebrate Hereford and all the good things that our wonderful city has to offer.

    Hereford Voice will also be announcing some exciting news soon!

    Please share our positivity it's become 'contagious'

    Shop local and visit some of our fabulous local independent retailers including all those lovely shops, cafes and boutiques in The Independent Quarter and Hereford Butter Market

    We have a new a nail salon, mobile phone shop and the new tasty Yorkshire wrap! A new pizza restaurant, as well as some fabulous coffee bars, take-aways, bistros, wine bars and pubs and the all new outside seating!

    Outdoor markets and events in the city centre are very popular and bring vibrancy, together with some unique products and produce from many independent traders.

    New eateries offering Korean BBQ at your table and Amazing Asia all coming soon to the Hereford Old Market Shopping Centre and we have some superb hotels too and let's not forget Saxtys Bar & Club which is reopening in this month!!

    June brings Knife Angel Hereford to the Hereford Cathedral and Hereford Voice is proud to be a 'working partner' with this fabulous charity.

    We also have some wonderful new planters with seats and trees in the city centre which will look beautiful once they fully blossom.

    Take a walk along the River Wye and maybe enjoy a coffee by the Victoria Jubilee Bridge or just relax on the Castle Green.

    We love our city and county and we like to shout about it and promote everything POSITIVE. It's all too easy to moan but we are truly privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the World.

    Hereford Voice will continue to promote local business and encourage people to visit Hereford and Herefordshire.

    Look out for our continuous and 'contagious' headlines


    The lockdown has been a very challenging time for people and businesses alike but there is light at the end of the tunnel..

    Join us in our campaign and 'BE POSITIVE' about this fabulous city of ours. 'Positive Hereford' ❤️ 'Embrace Hereford'

    Follow our latest hashtags #embracehereford #positivehereford 

    Enjoy a Coffee in Hereford Seated on These Fabulous Piaggio Scooter Seats

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    Here is a great photograph from our Instagram page showing the new novelty Piaggio seats at The Coffee Cart Company, in the Old Market Shopping Centre Hereford.


    How cool are these! 😎

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    New Online Local Marketplace Wins Sustainability Award

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    An online marketplace that provides an environmentally friendly, one-stop-shopping experience with independent businesses has won an award for its commitment to sustainability at the Small Awards.


    Herefordshire e-commerce start-up Local e Sourced enables shoppers to choose from over 90 local suppliers with single local or national delivery. It won the inaugural national 'Net Hero Award' for its unique, environmentally friendly approach of storing stock from independent suppliers in its own warehouse, to reduce packaging waste and transportation emissions.


    "Our business was built with the intention to limit our carbon footprint and environmental impact as far as possible, so I am absolutely thrilled to have won this fantastic new award,"

    said owner Hamish Light, who brought forward the planned launch of his business at the start of the pandemic to support local businesses and consumers.

    Hamish Light

    Hamish was surprised at his home with a trophy during the virtual Small Awards ceremony that increasingly stunned guests, as eleven businesses across the UK were crowned winners on their doorsteps.

    Local e Sourced  impressed the Small Awards' panel of expert enterprise judges for its dedication to sustainable logistics. It utilises compostable WoolCool thermal insulation and recyclable packaging, as well as two courier services - one to reach areas outside of Herefordshire, and a bicycle courier within the county.

    In its fifth year, the Small Awards is a nationwide search for the smallest and greatest firms in the UK, across all sectors. It is organised annually by Small Business Britain, which champions, inspires and accelerates small businesses in the UK.

    The new 'Net Hero' award also follows the launch of its Small Business Planet campaign to engage and encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses to commit to reducing their carbon emissions to Net Zero before 2050, supporting the broader call to action and efforts in this area by the UK Government. 

    "Congratulations to Hamish and the team at Local e Sourced – they really impressed our judges with their inspiring creativity and dedication to sustainability," said Michelle Ovens CBE, Founder of Small Business Britain, and the Small Awards.

    "It has been a difficult year for the whole small business community, but it is so positive to celebrate the amazing contribution of small firms, especially when they are taking action on such crucial issues like protecting the environment. So many small businesses are hugely passionate about sustainability, and it's important to recognise and encourage this as they can play a vital role in tackling climate change and reducing the UK's carbon emissions." 


    The Small Business Planet campaign will kick off with a series of special weekly events in the run up to COP26 on Small Business Britain's digital channels, including webinars, Facebook Lives, Power Hours, Drop-Ins and live streamed sessions on Instagram and LinkedIn.

    AFC Hornchurch Win Buildbase FA Trophy

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    AFC win the Buildbase FA Trophy with a 3-1 win Hereford FC today at Wembley.


    Fantastic effort from our team! 

    Eight men sentenced for Courier Fraud offences

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Eight men have received prison sentences for Courier Fraud offences they committed in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Sutton Coldfield in 2019.


    The group of offenders based in London targeted elderly and vulnerable members of the public pretending to be police officers, encouraging them to help an investigation by withdrawing money from the bank.

    Couriers would then be arranged, also pretending to be police officers, to attend the victims’ addresses and collect the money.

    Two were arrested following a high speed pursuit in Hereford in which they rammed police cars and other vehicles before they were detained.

    More than 200 victims were identified by police, with many more targeted by the and with over 1,000 unique and known landline numbers contacted.

    The benefit amount of the conspiracy, for money stolen or attempted to have been stolen was just under £200,000.

    Full details 👉 https://bit.ly/3442FQQ

    Herefordshire military veteran housing officially opened by celebrity Ross Kemp

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    We originally ran an article highlighting the fabulous Trust back last year 👉 https://hfd.news/8gw

    Actor Ross Kemp officially opens new housing for military veterans

    A military veteran housing scheme has been officially opened today by the well-known actor, author, presenter and investigative journalist, Ross Kemp, on behalf of The Buchanan Trust.

    During the opening ceremony, Ross, a long-term supporter of the Armed Forces community, assisted in cutting the ribbon for the four new Almshouse cottages that have been built specifically to help ex-service personnel make a successful return to civilian life.  
    Ross Kemp said:


    “It’s a great achievement for The Buchanan Trust to have built these stunning cottages during lockdown and it’s a pleasure to be here today to officially open these new homes for our veterans.”

    “Robert Buchanan formed the Trust over 100 years ago and I wonder if he was looking down today would he wonder why there is still a need to provide housing for our veterans and what he would think about the fact that organisations still need to come together to offer this support to our ex service personnel.”


    Funding from both Herefordshire Council and Homes England through the Almshouse Consortium has enabled The Buchanan Trust housing scheme to go ahead and has seen the construction of four properties on the rural 700 acre Bosbury Estate in Herefordshire. 

    The Buchanan Trust is a not-for-profit charity set up to support ex-military personnel in 1918 in memory of Alan Buchanan who fell in the First World War.  Run by a board of voluntary trustees, the Trust still continues to this day with its vital work in supporting veterans with their transition from military to civilian life.

    The Trust provides temporary residential accommodation for up to 40 former service men and women and their families, to help them readjust after their time in the forces has come to an end.  In addition to housing, the veterans are also provided with access to work experience, accredited training skills and employment opportunities in the rural and construction sectors.  

    Councillor Barry Durkin, Herefordshire Council’s representative for the Armed Forces, said:


    “We are delighted to provide funding for these four new properties and also providing assistance and support for the important work of The Buchanan Trust in supporting military veterans and their families as they re-integrate into the local community.” 

    Robert Buchanan, trustee and direct descendant of the original benefactor, added:


    “It’s remarkable that the trust today, supports our Armed Forces community as it was first intended back in 1918 when it first started.  The military has evolved over that time but the need to help those who have served our country still remains, so it is important we continue to raise awareness.” 


    General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE, Patron of The Buchanan Trust, said:


    "Since the end of the First World War a century ago The Buchanan Trust has been supporting former soldiers, sailors and airmen with homes, training and work experience to enable them to start new lives, mainly in agriculture and rural jobs, after leaving the Armed Services.  These four new cottages will provide fitting homes to add to our community of military veterans at Bosbury who are being helped by the Trust, and who support each other, in their transition to civilian life.  Should you wish to help the Trust, or simply wish to know more about us, look us up at www.buchanan-trust.org.uk or contact us on 07342 874385."

    Sue Missin, Housing Development Manager, Saffer Cooper Consultancy, said:


    “The delivery of the latest development from The Buchanan Trust is very welcome. The Trustees have worked hard over a number of years with Herefordshire Council, Homes England and others to ensure that these crucial additional residential properties are delivered.”


    Hereford Pegasus Ladies Win HFA Cup

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    By Hereford Voice,

    Congratulations to Hereford Pegasus Ladies winning the Herefordshire FA Ladies County Cup with a dominating 4-1 win over Bartestree LFC at Edgar Street last night.

    Photograph courtesy of Hereford Pegasus Football Club

    Contained outbreak of COVID-19 ‘Indian variant’ confirmed in Herefordshire.

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    By Hereford Voice,

    7 cases of variant identified but contained within small work bubble

    Herefordshire Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support a farm in the county following an outbreak of COVID-19 among a small number of their seasonal workforce.


    The small number of workers affected had all been routinely tested during their period of isolation when arriving on the farm. Fourteen workers have been found to be COVID-19 positive, seven of which have been confirmed with the variant B.1.617.2 (Indian variant).

    The farm involved has strict control measures in place to limit transmission, including a period of isolation for all workers on arrival who then live and work in small groups (bubbles).

    Herefordshire’s Acting Director of Public Health, Dr Rebecca Howell Jones, said: 



    “We are working closely with a farm who have taken all the right steps when welcoming their valued seasonal workforce, including routine testing and a period of isolation. This has helped to limit transmission in their workforce and there is no evidence of onward spread outside of the household groups in which the workers were isolating.

    “Because of the strict measures taken and very limited transmission to date we do not currently have plans to introduce surge testing locally, however we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

    “I would like to reassure people that we are working closely with businesses in Herefordshire to prevent outbreaks and limit transmission when positive COVID-19 cases are identified. 

    “As restrictions are lifted and people socialise more, it is vitally important for people to stay vigilant for signs and symptoms of COVID-19; self-isolate and request a test if they develop symptoms.”


    If you have COVID symptoms, no matter how mild, you and your household should isolate and book a COVID test online or dial 119 from any phone to book.

    Everyone should also take twice-weekly rapid lateral flow device (LFD) testing when symptom-free. There are a number of testing sites available for residents who live or work in Herefordshire, alternatively you can pick up a test from participating pharmacies or you can order tests for home delivery. More information can be found on the council website. 

    To protect yourself and others, you must remember: Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.

    Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home - use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

    Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

    Space – stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.

    Fresh Air – it is safest to meet outdoors. If you do meet friends or family indoors stick to guideline limits, keep the visit short and ensure good ventilation.

    Vaccination – take up COVID-19 vaccination when you are invited to do so.


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