Seed Swap – 2nd February 2019

SEED SWAP – with potatoes
Saturday 2nd February 2019 10am – 2pm
Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

Come along and swap seeds, plants and tips. Even if you have nothing to swap, you can still join in and take home some seeds or plants. Newbies are always very welcome at this friendly event, and we look forward to seeing familiar faces.

For the first time there will be seed potatoes for sale – 18 varieties available, at a modest 15p per tuber. Great opportunity to buy all your Seed Potatoes!

· Tools for Self Reliance charity – they collect old tools (so bring yours along), and also sell a wide range of their refurbished tools;
· Tool sharpening service;
· Cottage Herbery;
· Composting advice;
· Bees/Honey/Jam and more…

Free Talk at 11.30 by Kevin Alviti on Unusual Vegetables. Kev is a knowledgeable and highly entertaining speaker. He is a seasoned, multi-skilled homesteader and blogger.

There’s lots of advice and opinion on offer too…
For more information:


Phone: 07880 730880

Facebook: Seed Swap Herefordshire

Rural Crime Day of Action – Thurs 8th November


Ross on Wye SNT will be holding a day of events to coincide with the National ‘Rural Crime Day of Action’ on

Thursday 8th November

We will be at the below locations on that day so please pop along and see us and get your tools security marked. Talk to us about issues that concern you and we can offer advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of crime.

We will also be carrying out speed enforcement throughout the day and proactive patrols relevant to our Policing area which include poaching, ASB hotspots, burglary/theft patrols.





Take your valuable objects and get them marked to help you find them again if they are ever missing.

Cabinet Update October 2018

October 2018

Parish Council Summit
Our thanks to the parish councillors who attended the inaugural Parish Council Summit on Wednesday 17 October. The event was an opportunity to share experiences and discuss how Herefordshire council and parish and town councils can better work together to provide the best services for residents. With around 100 attendees, it will come as no surprise that we collected a wealth of thoughts and ideas which we will be collating and sharing with ward members in the near future.

What clearly stood out is that councillors welcomed information on the demographics of their local population to assist them in making decisions. There is already some information available (, and we will be looking at how we can support this further.

We plan to hold the next summit in early 2019.

Cabinet decisions – meeting Thursday 18 October 2018

Cabinet approved the approach to recommissioning of a domestic abuse support service and the outline of a new domestic abuse strategy for Herefordshire.

Domestic abuse has a huge cost socially and financially, and to the children affected. In our county last year 1,294 referrals were made to the domestic abuse support service and 3,877 calls were made to the helpline.

It is essential that victims of domestic abuse and their children are safe and can access good quality advice and support, so Cabinet welcomed the focus on early intervention and education.

With around 4% of domestic abuse victims being male, Cabinet was also pleased to see a recognition of their specific support needs and an extension of support available to male victims.

Cabinet received the outcome report of the recent Ofsted inspection and approved the associated action plan.
The Ofsted inspection in June 2018 took place under the new Inspection of Local Authority Children’s services (ILACS) framework, with a much stronger focus on looking at practice and outcome (rather than processes), which has been largely welcomed by professionals.

The inspection report recognised a number of areas of good practice including early help, home education and MASH, and the £1.6m investment already made in making improvements in children’s services. Most importantly Ofsted found that no children were at risk of immediate harm

However, the report also highlighted poor management within some areas of the service, which is not acceptable and something which we are determined to change. We are already making progress, and the action plan provides a strong focus on ensuring further improvements are delivered, embedded and sustained. The action plan will be closely monitored and regularly refreshed and renewed. Updates will be provided to Cabinet as part of performance and budget reporting and the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee will regularly review progress against the plan.

Cabinet received the annual progress update on the corporate parenting strategy.

The term ‘corporate parent’ means the collective responsibility of the council, elected members, employees and partner agencies for providing the best possible care and safeguarding for every child in council care.

Progress has been made over the past year. The number of children in stable placements (over 2.5 years) has increased from 74 to 101, the number of children who move placement more than three times remains low, and six care leavers are studying at university.

There is more we can all do to offer opportunities to children in care and care leavers, and councillors are being asked to consider whether they could offer or facilitate work experience or apprenticeships.

Currently Herefordshire Council has 335 children in its care and provides support for 180 care leavers.

Cabinet approved the Herefordshire Autism Strategy 2019-2022

The council, in partnership with the CCG and the Herefordshire Partnership Board have co-produced the autism strategy, which spans all age groups from childhood into adulthood.

The strategy sets out a clear framework for improvements in a range of areas to ensure that people with autism have the same opportunities, and health and quality of life outcomes, as everyone else. The aspiration is that ‘reasonable adjustments’ in services start to become business as usual, as a reflection of the importance we place on supporting people with autism.


Leader’s update

There were no Cabinet meetings held during August, however there are a few items I would like to take the opportunity to update you on.

Visit to Herefordshire by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Rural Economy
Councillor David Harlow and I were invited to participate in a round table discussion with members of the House of Lords Rural Economy Select Committee on Wednesday 12 September. Organised by Community First, the visit was to highlight the challenges of a rural economy and so that committee members could hear first-hand from successful local businesses. We took the opportunity to share with them how we support local companies and our vision and plans for future business development in the county.

Article in Guardian newspaper – refugee resettlement
Some of you may have already seen the article in the Guardian newspaper regarding Syrian refugee families who have settled in our county.
When Cabinet took the decision in 2017 to voluntarily participate in the government’s refugee dispersal scheme and extend our pledge to support the resettlement of 95 individuals, it was not popular in all quarters. However, on reading this article it is clear the decision was the right one and it is heartening to read that the families feel welcome in our county.

New council publication
The council peer review in February highlighted that, “External communications should be more proactive and coordinated to better promote the council’s achievements and increase awareness of its vision”.

Building on the positive public response to the council tax brochure published in March 2018, a new quarterly publication is being launched at the end of September. ‘Herefordshire Now’ will provide the council with an outlet to explain its work and achievements to residents in its own words, and build a better understanding of the council’s strategic direction, vision and ambition. Articles will help explain to local people how their council tax is spent and how the council works, alongside information about the council working in partnership with other organisations and businesses.

The publication is available digitally via the council website. It is also planned to print 5,000 copies of each issue which will be distributed through established community outlets such as council offices, libraries and leisure centres. This has been at a cost of £499 for the first issue, however it is planned that advertising will cover the printing cost in future.

Parish Council summit
The first Parish Council summit is being held on Wednesday 17 October, 6.30pm in the Shire Hall, Hereford. The evening aims to improve the way we work with Parish Councils to share our collective knowledge and experience and identify practical ways to work together to address challenges and promote opportunities to provide the best for Herefordshire residents. A written report will be provided following the summit, for information.

Councillor Jonathan Lester – Leader of Herefordshire Council

Road Closures from Herefordshire Council planned for October & November 2018

Stop Press: See also details of road closure from Gloucestershire CC –Oxenhall Lane on 20th November .


Monthly list issued from Balfour Beatty follows – but for live interactive map of traffic work in the County go to The Parish and drop-down Useful Information.  Or click HERE

Should you have any queries or would like copies of plans/diversion routes, please contact
Julia Lawrence
Works Control Manager | Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places
M: 07791 926115 | E:


A480 – Credenhill Village (by pedestrian crossing)
Monday, 29 October 2018 to Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

A4112 – Between U94221 and Kimbolton Primary School, including Stockton Bend adjacent to the Pub, Kimbolton
Monday, 29 October 2018 to (and including) Friday, 2 November 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

A438 – Bartestree Village
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 to (and including) Friday, 2 November 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

B4352 – Blakemere
Monday, 5 November 2018 to (and including) Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

C1127 – Barrs Court Road, Hereford – DATE CHANGE
Friday, 16 November 2018
Installation of speed cushions, subject to materials arriving prior to commencement of works
Works being carried out under Stop and Go

B4348 – Bend before Vowchurch
Thursday, 8 November 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours

B4361/B4362 – Rosebank Farm, Orleton
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 to (and including) Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily
No weekend working

A449/B4204/C1294 – Much Marcle Crossroads
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 to (and including) Monday, 3 December 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily
No weekend working

A438/A417/A4172 – Trumpet Crossroads
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 to (and including) Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily
No weekend working

A438/C1148/U72212 – Stoke Edith Crossroads
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 to (and including) Friday, 30 November 2018
Road closed 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours daily

C1257 – Ferrie Lane, Symonds Yat West
Road closed to Friday, 14 December 2018


C1199 – Ruckhall Mill, Eaton Bishop
Thursday, 1 November 2018
Road closed 08.00 hours to 16.00 hours daily

C1121 – Bodenham Bridge, Bodenham
Friday, 2 November 2018
Road closed 08.00 hours to 16.00 hours daily

C1234 – Goughs Bridge, Wormbridge
Monday, 5 November 2018
Road closed 08.00 hours to 16.00 hours daily

C1262 – Hoarwithy Bridge, Kings CapleDATE CHANGE, MOVED BACK TO ORIGINAL DATE
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
Road closed 08.00 hours to 16.00 hours daily

B4214 – Storesbrook Bridge, Ledbury
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 to Thursday, 28 February 2019
Demolition and deck replacement of Storebrook Bridge
Road closure – Further details to follow shortly

C1226 – Haywood Lane, adjacent to Belmont Pools, Hereford
Timber walkway construction on the embankment of Belmont Pools (to improve the safety of pedestrians/cyclists across the causeway)
Monday, 14 January 2019 to (and including) Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Road closure – further details to follow in due course

A480 – Credenhill
Footway widening and retaining walls for making a safer route to local school and village (near pelican crossing)
Monday, 18 February 2019 to Friday, 12 April 2019
Road closure 09.30 hours to 14.30 hours, then 2-way traffic lights thereafter each day

Pothole Reporting App launched

A new ‘Reporting’ app has been launched by Herefordshire Council to make it quicker and easier to report pothole problems to the council from your smart device.

The first roll out of the app allows users to report potholes, with plans to extend this to other ‘reporting’ services such as fly tipping, public right of way issues and dog poo over the coming months.
To report a pothole – simply take a picture on your smart device (when it is safe to do so) and upload it directly to the app, the app can automatically pinpoint your location if you are reporting from the problem area.

Your picture and report will be sent directly to our highways management team and the local parish council of the area where the pothole is located. You will then be kept informed of the progress of the reported issue. The parish council will also automatically be kept informed, by regular RSS feed, on the progress of all reported potholes.
The app is available directly from our website, there is no need to visit a third party app store, and it always links to the most up to date version so no need to update it or have it taking up valuable space on your device, just open the link and add it to your device’s home screen.
The app will be launched in beta and we are keen to get your views on how the new app is working for you. Simply click on the feedback button in the app.

Remembrance Programe of events November 2018

November 2018 Remembrance Programme

The commemorations within our county to mark both normal remembrance events and the centenary of the end of the First World War should take the following format:

a. Normal Remembrance events take place around the county on Remembrance Sunday. It is important that we remember all those who have sacrificed their lives for peace and for our country throughout the many conflicts since August 1914.
b. As church bells were rung at 1200 on 11th November 1918, we encourage the ringing of bells at 1200 on Sunday 11th November 2018 to mark the celebration of peace after 4 years of terrible conflict.
c. The Garden of Remembrance will be opened at Hereford Cathedral at 3.45pm on Monday 5th

County Centenary Events

To mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, there will be a number of special events within the county. These will include:

a. Daily from 5th to 10th November at 4.30pm the names of the county’s First World War dead will be read in Hereford Cathedral followed by Evensong at 5.30pm. Readers will represent all generations including members of youth organisations. There will be a short break between the readings and the beginning of Evensong.

i. It is expected that around 500 names will be read each day.
ii. Names will be read alphabetically and will include the first names and surname to recognise their equality in death.
iii. During the Evensong services a standard from one of the county’s service organisations will be paraded.
iv. It is hoped that a number of dignitaries and organisations from across the county will be present on each day together with family representatives from those who died, were injured or who served during the First World War.

b. A County Service of Remembrance for the end of the First World War will be held in the Cathedral at 3.30pm on Sunday 11th November during which:

i. The names of 200 county war dead will be read out. The Lord Lieutenant, Chairman of Herefordshire Council and a Lord Lieutenant Cadet will read the last 33 names.
ii. The County Royal British Legion Union Flag and County Standard will be paraded.
iii. During the 2 minutes silence, over 3,200 poppies marking each of the county’s war dead will be dropped from the cathedral tower.

We hope that a very large number of people from across the county will be present both locally and at Hereford Cathedral to mark this very special day in the history of our country and take the opportunity to reflect on the service and sacrifice of all those who were affected by the First World War.