Your vote for Herefordshire’s Flag


What’s it to be, then? A bull? Apples? Both? And something else as well, maybe?

The short list for the Herefordshire flag competition is revealed.  A grand total of 692 entries – the most ever received for any UK community – has been whittled down to five. And the time has come for the people of Herefordshire to make the final decision.

You can vote online  The polls will be open until the 30th of September and the voters’ verdict will be announced – and the winning flag hoisted – at a ceremony in Hereford on November 2. It will then be available for purchase and can be flown anywhere.

The flags that have reached the final five emphasise the county’s most distinctive symbols. Four of the five show apples; three have a bull’s head; two include the River Wye.

Two depict the county’s red soil. One has a design based on the county’s black-and-white houses. Another has hops. Yet another has rolling hills and a background that recalls ripening hay.

“Had we been making the choice alone, I’m sure every member of the judging panel would have come up with a different short list,” said David Marshall, chairman of the Herefordshire Flag Committee. “There were many terrific designs that didn’t make it. But I think this selection gives people an excellent choice. Whichever wins, it will be a fine ambassador for the county.”

Of England’s 39 historic counties, only Herefordshire and Leicestershire do not now have a registered flag. Many other regions, cities and communities also have flags, including the Herefordshire village of Marden which made its own selection this summer.

The Flag Institute, the UK’s registration body, has given provisional approval to all Herefordshire’s proposed designs and is expected to ratify the decision rapidly after the choice is announced.

Unlike any other ballots that may or may not take place this autumn, everyone aged five and upwards is allowed to take part – though under-16s’ votes must be countersigned by a parent, guardian or teacher.

To vote online please go to The process should be very quick and simple. If you have any problems please email or call 07983 495892.

The same email and number can also be used by anyone willing to help the Flag Committee in its final push. The committee works with Herefordshire Council but is independent of it and depends on private help.

“We had a bumper turnout for the competition,” said Marshall. “Now we want as many people as possible to vote. If any businesses or individuals can support us by printing or displaying posters, we would love to hear from them.”

Keeping children and young people safe and giving them a great start in life

Keeping children and young people safe and giving them a great start in life

You may be aware that a new 5 year plan has recently been approved by the council and its key partners, which aims to give Herefordshire’s children and young people a great start in life and to grow up healthy, happy and safe. Further detail is available on the News section of the Council website.

The partnership is led by Herefordshire Council, chaired by Cllr Felicity Norman, and includes NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), West Mercia Police and other agencies that work closely with children, young people and their families.

The plan has been put together by the Children and Young People’s Partnership, with the help of children and young people from across the county, who told the partnership what was important to them, which included being part of the community, being healthy, being safe and being amazing!

The plan and a short summary video is available here.

As part of the work to launch the new plan, the Partnership is holding a Showcase event on 7 October at 3pm-6pm at the Shire Hall in Hereford to celebrate the support that is available locally and the difference that it makes for children, young people and families. Anyone can come along to learn more about what is happening in Herefordshire, it will be a fantastic networking opportunity for anyone involved in supporting children, young people and families.

Your work is an important part of how Herefordshire supports its children, young people and families, which makes you an important part of the Partnership, so it would be great to see you there! You can book tickets here, just click on the green register button.


Survey for Armed Forces veterans – to help improve support.

Herefordshire’s Armed Forces Covenant Partnership is committed to improve the support available for Armed Forces veterans in Herefordshire. By completing this survey, you’ll be helping to make sure that they work more effectively to ensure the right support and services are available, in the right places at the right time.  They are keen to hear from Herefordshire Armed Forces veterans who have served one day or more at any time in the past and in any occupation in the Royal Navy, Army, or Royal Air Force (including Reservists and National Service personnel).

  • The survey will take no more than 20 minutes to complete
  • It will ask about your time in the Armed Forces and civilian life after leaving
  • They are interested in any challenges you may have faced or are currently facing
  • They need to hear from as many people as possible so please spread the word – your voice matters
  • If you are unable to complete the survey yourself, you are welcome to ask a relative, friend, or colleague to complete it on your behalf
  • The closing date for replies is 7 October 2019
  • Please follow the link below which will take you to the online survey –

Kate La Barre
Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Officer
Corporate Support Division
Herefordshire Council | Plough Lane | Hereford | HR4 0LE
Mobile: 07792 882022
Supporting Herefordshire’s Armed Forces Covenant


Join Local Access Forum if you care about Footpaths

Did you know that there are more miles of Public Rights of Way (2,113m) across Herefordshire than there are miles of road (2,020m)?

This includes long distance promoted routes, loop walks and self-guided trails.

The Herefordshire Local Access Forum (HLAF) is a statutory advisory body that helps Herefordshire Council in this task. The Forum provides views and advice to the council and other organisations, such as Government departments, Natural England, Forestry Commission, English Heritage and Sport England.

The Forum is currently looking for Herefordshire residents or others with a strong interest in using rights of way or views on how access to the countryside should be managed, to become new members.


Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas

The Bright Ideas Fund is now open!

Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality? Then this is the fund for you.

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000. If you’re planning to apply, don’t forget that you need to

  • fill in the eligibility checker by 29 September by 5pm
  • getting your application together by 30 September 2019 by 11.59pm.

Full details available here

Princes Countryside Fund – The Village Survival Guide

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has published The Village Survival Guide, a vibrant, entertaining manual featuring case histories, checklists and practical advice. The guide is intended to help those living in the countryside to utilise the talents available in their own communities to tackle some of the social and economic challenges they face.

Read it online or order a hard copy here: