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  1. Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Crews Tackle Combine Harvester and Large Crop Fire in Herefordshire. Yesterday evening firefighters from Kingsland fire station and Leominster Fire Station were mobilised to a field fire near Dinmore Hill in Herefordshire. A spokesperson from Kingsland fire station said; “Busy day yesterday for Kingsland firefighters starting early with a call for relief crews to a scrap yard in Knighton then in the afternoon dealing with standing crop and a combine along with Leominster Fire Station.” 📷 HWFRS Kingsland #HerefordVoice | #HerefordNews | #HerefordshireNews | #YourHerefordshire | #HerefordCommunity | #Hereford | #Herefordshire | #HWFRS | #Leominster
  2. Following our 'Breaking News' at the weekend HERE Herefordshire Council confirm that the 'Viking Hoard' coming home to Herefordshire!! Successful campaign brings treasure back to the county The Herefordshire Hoard is coming home. Over 1,100 years since being buried in a field near Leominster, the precious Viking treasure will be looked after by Herefordshire museum service. Opening days are being agreed to give the public plenty of opportunities to see the hoard in its temporary home in Hereford’s Museum Resource and Learning Centre before it’s re-housed in Herefordshire’s prestigious new museum. The news follows the success of the campaign to raise the funds needed to purchase the hoard, valued at £776,250. That four-month endeavour ended on Saturday 6 August. A host of events and activities around the county were organised to help raise awareness and generate public donations. Herefordshire’s museum service is delighted so many residents engaged with those activities, with many donating cash towards the campaign. Behind-the-scenes, applications were being made to national funding bodies. The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) provided the lion’s share of the money needed. The large grant NHMF awarded was backed up by other significant grants from the Art Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Headley Trust. Simon Thurley, chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund says: “We are delighted to support the acquisition of the Hereford Hoard, which will not only be an exciting addition to Herefordshire museums but also to the story of the county and its history. The public support the campaign has received demonstrates just how important heritage treasures are to so many and it’s fitting that the hoard will ‘come home’ to the place where it was buried 1,100 years ago.” Jenny Waldman, director of Art Fund, says: “We are so excited to have played a part in bringing the Herefordshire Hoard home. The story of this extraordinary treasure, which lay undisturbed for over 1000 years only to fall into the wrong hands, cannot fail to fascinate. Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is the best possible place to share these evocative objects with as many people as possible, now and for future generations. It is thanks to our members that Art Fund can support such important acquisitions.” Karen Everett, chief executive of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, of which the Headley Trust is one of the largest trusts, says: "Our trustees are delighted to be able to help save the Herefordshire Hoard for the county and the nation. The Headley Trust has been helping regional museums acquire treasure and valuable archaeological finds of considerable local, and sometimes national significance, for nearly 20 years. During that time the trust has awarded grants to over 90 different regional museums, art galleries and heritage centres for over 350 items, and the trustees are very pleased to be able to help on this occasion." Councillor Gemma Davies, cabinet member for commissioning, procurement and assets, says: “I feel genuinely emotional about this. First, I want to say a massive thanks to the organisations that looked so favourably on our applications and awarded us funding to secure the hoard for the people of Herefordshire. Without the unbelievably generous support of the NHMF, the Art Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation and the Headley Trust, it’s highly unlikely we would be here celebrating the conclusion of our fundraising campaign. “It’s also impossible to know how to adequately thank members of the public for their generosity. In the midst of a cost of living crisis, it’s amazing that our residents had the presence of mind to grasp how important it is to house the hoard in its home county. Playing a starring role in a redeveloped museum means the treasure will turbocharge our tourist economy by attracting vastly more visitors to Herefordshire. As well as people coming in from outside the county, the exquisite artefacts that make up the hoard will also support education programmes run in Herefordshire schools and colleges, helping our young people better understand the county’s ancient history. Huge thanks must also go to HMSSG, our partners who, as a charity, were able to successfully secure grant funding for the campaign. “For me, this sensational success marks a new beginning for Herefordshire’s cultural offering. Thanks to absolutely everybody involved for making this happen.” Judy Stevenson, Hereford Museum team leader, adds: “We couldn’t be more thrilled about this. Everyone at the museum service is over the moon knowing the hoard is coming home, where it can be cherished by the people who deserve it most – the people of Herefordshire. Thanks to everyone involved.” For future updates, please visit the Herefordshire Hoard website. 'Remember Where You Heard It First'
  3. An investigation has been launched following a rape near Victoria Bridge in Hereford yesterday (Sunday 7 August). We were called by the ambulance service shortly after 11pm when the victim disclosed to paramedics that she had been raped. It’s believed the incident took place on the river path between the tennis courts and Victoria Bridge between 9pm and 10pm on Sunday 7 August. A cordon is currently in place on the river paths around Victoria Bridge while investigations take place. The cordon is likely to remain in place for most of today. Please avoid the area. Superintendent Edd Williams, local policing commander for Herefordshire, said: “I understand that this incident will cause significant concern within the local community, particularly as there have been a number of similar ones in recent weeks. “I’d like to reassure the public that we are taking these incidents incredibly seriously and thorough investigations are taking place. The victims are being supported by specially trained officers. “There is nothing evidentially to link the recent incidents, however we are keeping an open mind and pursuing all lines of enquiry. “There will be an increased police presence around the river paths over the coming weeks, particularly during the late evening and overnight.” Anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anything or have information or dash-cam footage which may help with the investigation is asked to please report it online under the Tell Us About section of the West Mercia Police website quoting reference 22/78581/22. If you are unable to report this online please ring 101. Alternatively, if you have information but don’t feel comfortable speaking to police, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers. It is 100% anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call or IP address. You can contact them online or by calling 0800 555 111.
  4. Police have cordoned off the riverside path and Victoria bridge following an incident which occured overnight. A spokesperson for West Mercia said; "Please avoid Victoria Bridge, Hereford - including the pathway going to and from - until further notice! Police crews are on scene and dealing with an incident!"
  5. A hosepipe ban could be in place across Herefordshire in the coming weeks if this prolonged dry weather continues, with another rise in temperatures forecast. Water companies across the UK are being "strongly urged" to enforce a hosepipe ban. Environment Secretary George Eustice said it was “right” that some firms had already taken action to address the driest period in England since 1976 - but other utility companies are yet to follow suit. Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Eustice warned the "very unusual" mix of record hot weather and low rainfall means suppliers must go further to ensure there's an adequate water supply. Further hosepipe bans could be introduced after the environment secretary called for water companies to implement restrictions, the first public intervention by a minister over the potential drought. Southern Water has enforced a hosepipe ban in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. South East Water will enforce a ban from next Friday, while Welsh Water will introduce one for Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire from 19 August barring households from using hosepipes to water their garden, wash their car or fill pools. George Eustice said: “I strongly urge other water companies to take responsible action to protect and preserve our water supplies during this exceptionally dry period.” Mr Eustice also urged companies to do more to reduce leaks and said the government would finalise plans to make it easier to gain planning permission for new reservoirs by the end of this year. He added: “Water companies have a duty to ensure adequate supply, and they have assured me that essential water supplies are safe. “In accordance with their drought plans, water companies across the country have rightly taken action to mitigate the effects of this prolonged dry weather as pressure has increased on water resources and environment.” It comes after the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology said most of the UK’s rivers were on “red alert” with campaigners calling for immediate nationwide hosepipe bans. Last month was the driest July in England for more than 100 years and some areas have had their driest summer on record. According to forecasts, rivers are set at the most severe drought warning level across the country, even in areas where there has been rain in recent weeks. The Rivers Trust has accused water companies of waiting until the last minute to implement bans so as to avoid negative reactions from customers.
  6. ilke Homes installs first factory-built homes for Stonewater in Hereford 120-home affordable-led development being delivered via £23 million partnership between ilke Homes and Stonewater New development will reinvigorate site that has laid derelict for the last six years – in line with Government’s ambition to build more homes on brownfield land Scheme set to deliver much-needed affordable housing as house prices continue to rise rapidly Modular housing pioneer ilke Homes has craned into place the first factory-built homes on a site in Hereford where the company is delivering an affordable housing scheme for leading housing provider Stonewater. The scheme, which sits on College Road, is being delivered through a £23 million partnership between ilke Homes and Stonewater. Supported by Homes England, the formerly derelict site on the Holmer Trading Estate is being transformed to tackle the local growing demand for affordable housing – with work on site set to complete by early 2024. The site, which was secured by ilke Homes from the landowners and subsequently bought by Stonewater last year, was the first project ilke Homes had secured under its full development “turnkey” offering. This approach involves the housebuilder leading the entire development programme, from site identification and gaining planning consent, through to developing the scheme and finally installing the factory-built homes. The planned development is set to deliver 74 affordable rent and 46 shared ownership homes, comprising a mix of one, two, three and four-bedrooms, underpinned with accreditations from NHBC, the leading home construction warranty and insurance provider. In addition, Stonewater will be providing a high-quality public realm for new and existing residents to enjoy. All the homes being delivered at the former Holmer Trading Estate will be manufactured along production lines at ilke Homes 250,000 sq. ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire – a facility that is backed by a £30 million investment from the Government’s national housing agency, Homes England. There were just 52,100 affordable homes completed in England in 2020-21, representing a 12 percent decrease. However, there is a national housing waiting list of more than 1.1m households, according to homelessness charity Shelter, underlining the need for more affordable homes. A slowing down in affordable housing completions is being compounded by rapidly rising house prices, which have hit record highs for over five consecutive months. According to Rightmove, prices hit £368,614 this month. Thanks to precision-engineering techniques, the homes being delivered will be some of the UK’s most energy-efficient. All homes will achieve at least a ‘B’ Energy Performance Certificate rating, making them more energy-efficient than 92 percent of the UK’s housing stock. The energy performance of each home also translates into huge cost savings for Stonewater’s customers, who could save hundreds of pounds on energy bills each year, as it is far cheaper to heat and power one of ilke’s homes compared to a traditionally built due to increased levels of air tightness. Tom Heathcote, Executive Director of development at ilke Homes, says: “Skyrocketing house prices, rising energy bills and near double-digit inflation means many households are faced with an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis. More now than ever, it is crucial we ramp up the delivery of energy-efficient affordable housing, so it’s great to reach the latest milestone on site. “Since launching our full development “turnkey” offering, we’ve been able to offer housing associations, councils, investors and developers a solution to housing delivery that provides certainty over construction programmes. We look forward to continuing to work with the forward-thinking housing provider Stonewater to deliver this 100% affordable scheme.” Matt Crucefix, director of development (South and West) at Stonewater, said: “The journey to net zero in conjunction with tackling the housing and cost-of-living crisis requires ambition and innovation. MMC has an integral role to play with overcoming these challenges – particularly with providing high-quality homes that are energy efficient and therefore more affordable for our customers to manage. “College Road is our first development with Ilke Homes, and it’s been an exciting project to get underway. We’re really proud to see the first eight homes delivered on site and look forward to seeing the rest of the scheme take shape.” Councillor Ange Tyler, Cabinet Member – Housing, Regulatory Services and Community, commented: “Delivering genuinely affordable homes for the County of Herefordshire is crucial to support families who would otherwise struggle to start on the housing ladder. It is a key priority of the County Plan to help deliver such homes. The fact that the whole site will be delivered at speed through modular house building by ilke homes is a leading example that such development can be achieved to tackle the housing shortage but also help families to live in sustainable homes for the future. The Council looks forward to working with ilke Homes and Stonewater as the site evolves over the next two years.” Full details - http://hfd.news/hgS
  7. Hereford's Greyfriars Bridge (also still known as The New Bridge) The bridge construction began in 1965 the bridge was finally opened in 19th January 1967 by The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Hereford, Alderman Edward Peter Carter. The Railings which run along both sides of the bridge have deteriorated dramatically over the years and are in desperate need of sandblasting and re-coating. We started a campaign back in 2019 here but since then 'no work has been done' although this topic has become more popular locally, so we're hoping that National Highways will begin some of the repairs sooner rather than later but we are informed that the planned works are still a few years away.. Below are a few photographs that we have taken today highlighting how the railings have deteriorated over the years. #HerefordVoice | #HerefordNews | #HerefordshireNews | #YourHerefordshire | #HerefordCommunity | #Hereford | #Herefordshire
  8. A topic on the Herefordshire Council Twitter feed said; "The Bingo Hall site in Berrington Street is looking for help. Now empty, the site is looking for help support the ground floor conversion into artist workshops & exhibition spaces" To help or find out more contact Andy Johnson andyjohnson@phonecoop.coop 01544 327344
  9. L📣CAL NEWS | Hereford Police have cordoned off a car following an incident in an area on Abbotsmead Road close to the entrance and garage of Tesco's in Belmont Hereford this morning. Hereford Voice have approached the Police for further information.
  10. West Mercia Police have arrested a man after a woman was allegedly raped on the riverside path in Hereford. A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said they were looking for a man described as tall and tanned after officers were called to a report that a 20-year-old woman had been raped by a man between midnight and 1.30am as she walked along a river path beside the river Wye in Hereford. A police cordon was in place on a riverside path all morning and into the afternoon after a rape was reported on Sunday, July 31. The attack happened on the opposite side of the rowing club between the Old Bridge and Great Western Way, close the the Hunderton bridge. On Wednesday afternoon, West Mercia Police confirmed that a man had been arrested. The investigation continues.
  11. Hereford Diocese (A registered Charity) which is the Church of England in Herefordshire and South Shropshire, is one of 16 organisations in England that has been awarded a share of the £1.3 million ‘New Deal’ fund to help support communities. The grant of £38,630 will be used to support several projects in Herefordshire which strengthen engagement and tackle social issues, including those arising from the impact of COVID-19. In many rural communities across the diocese, Churches provide a significant network of physical spaces, volunteers and community knowledge, reaching even small communities and providing many community-based support services. The new grant will seek to pilot the use of churches as bases for community-based mental well-being support, developing activities that build on the opportunities offered by churches for reflection and mindfulness and bring people together in a safe, hospitable space. The project plans to address local needs by welcoming people of all faiths and none into spaces of hospitality, sanctuary and reflection while providing community-based support on people’s doorsteps. In many rural areas there is often a lack public transport links and this had a significant impact during covid on people who need help. Many were unable or unwilling due to the risk of infection to travel. This social isolation often exacerbated demand for mental health services and increased the burden as life has returned to normal. Sam Pratley, Diocesan Secretary, explains: “We are thrilled to receive this grant, which will be used to support a number of schemes. “As a diocese, our focus is on intergenerational mission and community support. We have been instrumental in partnership social projects, including debt counselling, 6 food banks, increasing the number of Good Neighbour Schemes from 2 to 12, and 4 Compassionate Communities Schemes. The Diocese has also partnered with Citizen UK in supporting over 250 Ukrainian guests to find host families and with the local authority in supporting people being discharged from hospital. “We know that people of all ages (old and young) in rural communities want services on their doorstep, transport links are limited and the increasing cost of fuel places strain on household budgets which are already stretched to the limit. “This often means people choose not to seek the help they need in rural communities and remain isolated with deteriorating physical and mental health. “Piloting the use of churches to reach even small, rural communities is a potentially hugely cost-effective way of reaching tens of thousands of people who are otherwise hard to reach. This is what the Church does well and for the many volunteers, it is often an expression of their Christian faith.” The project seeks to build on the work churches began in lockdown by providing a wide range of opportunities for people to make and sustain social connections. Churches have been set up as Talk Community Hubs (These are the Council’s mechanisms for engaging communities) to ensure effective partnership-working with the local authority. In addition, the funding will support the ongoing work of other projects, including a foodshare, café and activities at St Martin’s Church, Hereford and Mental health GP support services run by LEAF Ledbury and well-being walks in Peterchurch nr Ross on Wye. This is excellent news for each and everyone of these wonderful projects, in particular, St Martin's FoodShare featured in the photograph, which Hereford Voice have supported since it began and long may it continue!
  12. Following on from our Facebook page topic last week titled 'Should Government Ban Disposable BBQ's?' here 👉 http://hfd.news/jfL London Fire Brigade, which has been calling for a ban on disposable barbecues, said it was "good news" and wants to work with retailers to "reduce the risk of dangerous grass fires". In the wake of multiple wildfires and weeks dry weather across the country we are seeing more and more fires, many are caused from disposable BBQ's not being disposed of safely and now the London Fire Chief is calling for a complete ban with growing support from other fire officers. London’s Fire Commissioner is calling for a total ban on disposable barbecues following one of the busiest weeks in our history. Back ban petition Disposable barbecues also pose a health risk and heat can be retained for many hours after a barbeque has been put out. The Brigade is backing a petition set up by Toby Tyler whose son Will was severely burned by a disposable barbecue. The petition can be found here https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/618664
  13. The mother of a woman who died in Hereford last month has paid tribute to her best friend and daughter. Charlotte Holland (Savage), 20, died at an address in Green Street on Sunday, July 17. Charlotte’s mother Gaynor has paid tribute to her "beautiful, funny, caring and loving daughter", her "precious baby girl Charlotte". “As a mother, I never ever expected to have to write something so tragic and heart-breaking as this – my heart is in pieces, and I know many of you who knew Charlotte loved her dearly," she said. “As most of you know by now my beautiful daughter Charlotte passed away in what I can only describe as completely devastating circumstances. “The heartache I am enduring at this awful time knows no boundaries. I still cannot and don’t think I ever will accept the loss of my baby girl and best friend. “We respectfully request that we are allowed to grieve in private as a family at this difficult time.” West Mercia Police Officers were called to Green Street in Hereford shortly after 5am on Sunday, July 17, following a report of a concern for safety. Upon arrival, it was found that Charlotte had sustained unexplained injuries and sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene. A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but has since been released on police bail as police investigations continue.
  14. Hereford Voice can now reveal that Tudors Kitchens and Bathrooms will be re-locating to the former Gibbs & Dandy unit on Widemarsh Street in Hereford. The company have outgrown their current unit at Sweetmans Yard just off Harrow Road and will be moving to the new bigger unit, (dates still to be confirmed) hopefully before Christmas. We originally broke the news that Tudors had been bought out by Robert Price Builders Merchants back in December 2021 in our article here 👉 http://hfd.news/Ds4 The acquisition of Tudors Building Supplies, and its two specialist branches (Roofing and Kitchens, Bathrooms & Landscaping), will see the Robert Price network expand to 27 branches across South East Wales, and now Hereford too. As the largest independent builders’ merchants in the South East Wales region, Robert Price run multiple traditional merchants branches, as well as a selection of specialist divisions for roofing, timber, insulation and agricultural supplies. Although Tudors are integrating into the Robert Price Group, the acquired building suppliers will continue to trade under the Tudors name. Customers will also experience some additional benefits, which include access to other branches in the Robert Price network, their additional specialisms, an increased range of stock availability, and the Robert Price group expertise. “We are delighted to welcome such a trusted and respected local merchant, and its team, into the group” Marketing Director at Robert Price, Molly Pike, explains. “Both businesses share many of the same service priorities: a commitment to our loyal customer base, reliability, and integrity within our communities. “Tudors have an excellent reputation for service, and Robert Price is looking forward to expanding our business on the other side of the border.” It will be good to see the empty unit re-opening with news kitchen and bathrooms displays. Remember where you heard it first..😉
  15. Police are appealing for witnesses following reports that a woman was raped in Hereford. Between 12am and 1.30am this morning (Sunday 31 July) a 20-year-old woman reported that she had been raped by a man as she walked along a river path in Hereford. The incident took place opposite the rowing club between The Old Bridge and Great Western Way. After the incident the suspect then fled from the scene along the pathway in the direction of Luard Walk or the Hunderton Estate. The suspect is described as male, with tanned skin, of a slim build and around 6ft tall. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Peters, said: "As part of the investigation we are now turning to the public for your help in identifying this man, by appealing to anyone who may have captured CCTV or dashcam footage in the areas of Bridge Street, King Street or the Hunderton Estate at around 12am and 1.30am. "We would also appeal to anyone who may have used the river path between those times to come forward, no matter how insignificant you feel your information could be. "We understand that this incident will be very worrying to the local community and I want to reassure the public that we have been, and continue to take it very seriously, and that there is likely to be an increased police presence in these areas whilst we continue with our investigations. "The victim is being supported by specially trained officers and is being kept updated as the investigation progresses." Anyone with information, dashcam or CCTV footage that may help with the investigation is asked to contact police by calling 101 or visiting https://www.westmercia.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/ quoting incident 58i of 31 July, 2022. Alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  16. Work began this afternoon and it is looking much better already with all the debris from the floods of storm Dennis back in February 2020 removed however, there is still a long way to go. (Saracens Head, Old Wye Bridge – Bridleway Closure Bridleway closed from Tuesday 23rd August 2022 to (and including) Thursday 25th August 2022. Bridleway closed between 8am and 4pm each day for 'Trial Pits') Remember where you heard it first..
  17. Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service crews from Hereford Fire Station were mobilised to a large fire at the rear of a property in Hunderton during the early hours of this morning. A shed was well alight when the crews arrived but the fire was swiftly extinguished. 📸 Sebastian Olzyk
  18. The marquee is up and ready for the start of the wonderful Three Choirs Festival in Hereford. The festival runs for a week from 23-30 July 2022 with world-class music-making, choral and orchestral concerts, services, recitals and talks. For all the details visit 👉 HERE
  19. Food waste to be collected by bike Following on from our breaking news article from yesterday http://hfd.news/GyP Herefordshire Council expects to become the first local authority in the country to have food waste collected by bike. Cabinet members yesterday (Thursday 21 July) agreed a new waste service specification, including that Herefordshire’s food waste will be collected weekly by bike. Cabinet gave pedal-powered collections the green light after debating the idea during today’s meeting. Cargo bikes pushing ahead A cargo bike food waste collection will begin in central Hereford. The zero-carbon approach will see kitchen scraps turned into compost. While this is a first for any UK council, similar approaches have already been adopted elsewhere. A BBC report shows food collection by bike is already underway in Paris. Meanwhile, online retailer Amazon is reported to be launching a fleet of e-cargo bikes to replace van deliveries in London. New waste collections mandatory This environmentally-friendly step is part of a new waste and recycling collection service for Herefordshire that will also include a fortnightly garden waste collection service, which councils must introduce as part of new government legislation. The new enhanced service will provide much more recycling capacity and will improve both the quantity and quality of recycling. Residents will keep the bins they already have for general waste and recycling. The council will meet the one-off cost of additional bins needed to separate different types of waste. This will be offset by savings made every subsequent year in reduced disposal costs. Losing sleep over climate emergency Gemma Davies, cabinet member for commissioning, procurement and assets, says: “I am absolutely thrilled with this. Not just that we’re introducing this environmentally-friendly collection service but also that we expect ours to be the very first council in the country to do so. How good it is to lead in the critical race to combat our climate emergency. Making these changes is a very useful way for us all to get involved in helping our environment. I’m grateful to all the members who supported this plan and I’m confident Herefordshire residents will also get behind it. The change will benefit us all.” Getting it right Residents are being encouraged and supported to make good choices to ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ through the councils ‘Getting it right’ campaign. This encourages people to put the right items into the right bins. Reducing contamination (putting the wrong things into the wrong bins) will improve recycling rates. Other waste reduction measures include the incredibly successful reusable nappy scheme, which is helping residents with young families reduce nappy waste. Its popularity meant the scheme had to end just 30 days after its April launch date. Herefordshire Council also recently announced funding grants for setting up or extending existing repair cafes to discourage people from throwing away repairable household items.
  20. An investigation has been launched following the death of a 20-year-old woman in Hereford. Shortly after 5am on Sunday morning (17 July) police were called to Green Street following a report of a concern for safety. Officers attended along with colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service. On arrival it was found that a 20-year-old woman had sustained unexplained injuries and sadly, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed. A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries. Detective Inspector Mark Walters, said: “This is an incredibly sad incident and our thoughts go out to the family of the young woman who has lost her life. “I understand that incidents of this nature can be alarming, but would like to reassure the local community that this is an isolated incident and there is no wider risk to the public. “You may see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days as our investigation continues.” The woman's family has asked for privacy at this time.
  21. Planning permission granted, paving the way for MandM Direct to move into former Debenhams unit in Hereford. Carney Sweeney planning consultants submitted a planning application on behalf of MandM Direct for a variation of use at the former Debenhams unit at the Old Market Shopping Centre in Hereford by changing the upper floor space into offices earlier this year. MandM Direct previously said that if the plans were approved that they would move from their current head office in Leominster to the shopping centre in a bid to attract staff. Herefordshire Council has now given the green light for these changes, which will also see new windows overlooking Newmarket Street and a new doorway. The featured escalator inside will be removed altogether. FREE Staff Parking: 119 parking spaces allocated to staff to park for free on weekdays. Planning application P221678/O
  22. A government minister has rejected the council's bid to gain special protection for the polluted River Wye. Herefordshire councillors voted to back bringing in a water protection zone (WPZ), which would place tighter restrictions on pollution sources. But Rebecca Pow said it would lead to extra regulatory burdens compared "to businesses in other areas". The river has had excessive algae growth often caused by high phosphate levels in the water. In January, a full meeting of councillors voted unanimously to back bringing in a WPZ for the Wye catchment, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said. It is a measure which would place tighter restrictions on farms and other pollution sources, but which only a government minister can implement. Council leader David Hitchiner then wrote to Ms Pow, minister for nature recovery and the domestic environment, urging her to bring in the measure, given that "existing regulatory arrangements are insufficient" to deal with the pollution problem. He said farmers in the county "on the leading edge of farming innovation… would have little to fear from a WPZ as they are doing the right thing anyway". Ms Pow met Mr Hitchiner and other senior figures at the river shortly afterwards, but she warned at the time that such a zone "would be another tier of regulation". Now in a letter, which has been published among papers for Wednesday's Wye Catchment Nutrient Management Board meeting, the minister has written back to say a WPZ "would impose new and distinct regulatory obligations on the farmers and businesses within the catchment". This "would lead to additional regulatory burdens in comparison to businesses in other areas of the country", she said. The council has been invited to comment by the BBC. Herefordshire Council has attempted to gain special protection for the River Wye, which is seen here (below) from Symonds Yat Rock. Source | BBC
  23. TV’s Time Team star Sir Tony Robinson has shown his support for our campaign to bring the hoard home to Herefordshire. As well as playing Baldrick in the television series Blackadder, and presenting Around the World by Train, Sir Tony is an amateur historian and archaeologist with a keen interest in Anglo Saxon England. Learning about our campaign to bring the hoard home to Herefordshire, Sir Tony says: “I’ve always been fascinated by Alfred the Great and his battles alongside his Mercian allies against the great Viking Army. The Herefordshire Hoard offers a fantastic insight into this world and even gives us solid evidence about a previously unrecognised alliance between Alfred and the King of Mercia. It’s a hoard of national importance and should certainly have pride of place in Hereford Museum.” Sir Tony’s support is backed up by Herefordshire’s Lord-Lieutenant’s. Edward Harley, OBE, says: "I am delighted to offer support to this very significant campaign to bring the Herefordshire Hoard back to the county. “The hoard is the single most important archaeological find from the county in half a century, and is of national significance, rewriting our understanding of history at a time when the English nation was forming from a number of separate kingdoms into a unified country. “The beauty and rarity of the objects alone are culturally valuable and the hoard tells us so much about society during the Anglo-Saxon and Viking period. The fundraising campaign to acquire this treasure, to give the people of the county and the whole country, the chance to see it publicly displayed in our beautiful city of Hereford, is an aspiration I wholeheartedly support." Upcoming events The Herefordshire Hoard roadshow storms into Leominster Community Centre on Saturday 2 July. Be there between 11-3pm to see costumed re-enactors who have some old tales to tell about life as a Viking. The next time to see items from the Herefordshire Hoard at the Museum Resource and Learning Centre is between 10.30-3.30pm on Wednesday 6 July. There is no need to book onto this free event – simply turn up at Hereford’s Friars Street venue to feast your eyes on the treasure. Meanwhile, an illustrated lecture by Herefordshire archaeologist, Peter Reavill, takes place at the same venue between 10-12pm, Thursday 21 July. For details of other events, and to keep up-to-date with all hoard-related news, visit the official website.
  24. To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Falklands War and to celebrate Armed Forces Week, the Mayor of Hereford Mark Dykes was invited by Rear Admiral Wilcox to host a lunch for forces veterans at Hereford Town Hall. The 40th Anniversary of Falklands was particularly special to the City of Hereford, as during the conflict the City adopted the HMS Antelope, a frigate of the Royal Navy that was sunk by Argentine aircraft. 255 men died during the Falklands War, with 28 of those having their roots in Herefordshire. On Sunday 19th June, Hereford was honoured to receive both the Captain and the crew of HMS Antelope, along with many other armed forces veterans, including members of the SAS. Of those in attendance was also General Sir Michael Rose KCB, CBE, DSO, QGM, and many other high-ranking personnel. The Mayor of Hereford Mark Dykes, also an armed forces veteran, was delighted to have been presented with a shield from the SAS 22 Regiment, which will be displayed in Hereford Town Hall. The HMS Antelope, adopted by the City of Hereford, was sunk by Argentine ordinance explosives. Attacked by aircraft, the Antelope was struck by bombs which failed to explode, and though attempts were made to disarm these devices, the bomb ultimately exploded and the order was given to abandon the vessel. Two servicemen perished due to the attack, while the remaining 41 survived. It was an honour to commemorate the brave efforts of those who have served our Country and celebrate those who still serve. We also remember the fallen, who fell in the line of duty and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Lest we forget. The Royal British Legion have created a message board for those wishing to pay a tribute and honour the lives and sacrifices made at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/poppy-press/your-falklands-messages If you need support or someone to talk to locally, please contact Herefordshire Veteran Support Centre (https://herefordshire-vsc.org) on 01432 260656 or the Herefordshire Mental Health 24 hour helpline on 0808 196 9127. Source | Hereford City Council
  25. Originally this was our 2022 April fools prank on our Facebook page, nut we had a huge response! So seriously would you like to see something like this come to Hereford? They had an event in Gloucester city centre a few years ago, see here 👉 https://bit.ly/3J0DMHB Let us know your thoughts..
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