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NOTICE BOARD - LATEST NOTICES

Herefordshire Council Notice
THE KNIFE ANGEL IS VISITING HEREFORD


Knife Angel


The Knife Angel will be situated outside the West End of Hereford Cathedral from 14 June to 12 July.

The sculpture is 27ft tall, it weighs 3.5 ton and is made out of 100,000 confiscated knives received from 43 Police Forces across the UK. It originated from The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry and took sculptor Alfie Bradley over two years to construct.

It has been on tour round the UK and has become a national monument against violence and aggression in all its forms. Not only does the Angel act as a catalyst for turning the tide on violent and aggressive behaviour, but it also acts as a beautiful memorial designed to celebrate those lives which have been lost through these violent and thoughtless actions.

The team responsible for bringing the Knife Angel to Hereford is headed by Alison Davies and Meryl Cain. Alison lost her son Mark to knife crime in 2018. The team want to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact violent crime has on individuals, families and communities.

Inside both the Cathedral and Hereford Library, there will be boards displaying work carried out in response to the Knife Angel by children and young people. The project team will also share work via social media. Hereford City Youth Council have also arranged a series of workshop events throughout the month, including creative arts and self-defence coaching.

The Knife Angel’s creators would like as many young people as possible to become anti-violence champions and have created an anti-violence certificate as a thank you to all young people who stand up to violence. There will be printed copies of the certificate available at the Knife Angel for those who visit.

For more information please visit the Knife Angel Hereford website: www.knifeangelhereford.co.uk.


Date posted: 13/05/2021

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Herefordshire Council Notice
HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT HOUSING IN HEREFORDSHIRE


The need for a safe, warm and affordable home is central to all of our lives, which is why Herefordshire Council is asking people to share their views and help to shape the future of housing in Herefordshire.

The Council’s Local Housing Strategy is a key document that the Council is developing that will allow it to plan strategically for meeting current and future need and demand, and the effective delivery of housing-related services.

The Strategy is based on up-to-date information about the overall housing market in Herefordshire, and the Council is looking for people’s individual experiences and the wider community's views to help shape the Strategy. The consultation is now live and closes on Friday 11 June. The draft Strategy will then be updated and presented to Cabinet.

To see the press release and to take part in the consultation please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


Date posted: 13/05/2021
Link: Click here for more details

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Herefordshire Council Notice
TALK COMMUNITY COVID UPDATE (AS AT 7 MAY)


Please find below our latest update.

Data and guidance
The latest data slides can found on the Understanding Herefordshire COVID-19 weekly summary page, which are now produced every fortnight. (You can see the summary dated 5th May here).

Herefordshire Council coronavirus information section is updated daily and National guidance is available on the Government website.


Vaccinations
Coronavirus immunisations continue in Herefordshire, targeting the priority groups determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group have regular updates on the local roll-out of vaccines on their webpage.


Partnership statement in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Herefordshire
Herefordshire Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support S and A Produce at their site in Marden, Hereford, following an outbreak of COVID-19 among their workforce.

Dr Rebecca Howell Jones the Acting Director of Public Health is reassuring people that we are continuously working together with businesses in Herefordshire to prevent outbreaks and limit transmission when positive COVID-19 cases are identified.

We are continuing to work closely with S&A Produce, whose prompt and thorough testing and introduction of enhanced measures is helping to limit transmission in their workforce and the wider community.

Across Herefordshire there is very good engagement from a range of workplace settings to contain and manage outbreaks, including participation in repeat asymptomatic testing and active case finding. There are specific measures in place for seasonal workers, including testing and isolation on arrival as well as living and working in small ‘work bubble’ groups.

When outbreaks are identified, we work closely with organisations to ensure they have appropriate measures in place, such as social distancing, cleaning, work practices and ventilation. We monitor these measures to ensure they continue to be followed to manage and greatly reduce the risk of transmission.

Inevitably when the community case rate is low, this will produce a local spike in confirmed cases as has been seen in the past, and test, trace and isolate measures remain core to good outbreak management.


Free rapid flow tests
It is known that about 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms but can still infect others. Therefore getting tested regularly is the only way to know if anyone has the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Herefordshire Council are working with the Talk Community Hubs to identify new ways for people to access testing, since not everyone is able to visit a test site/centre. Rapid lateral flow testing for people without symptoms and is now available to everyone free of charge, with people encouraged to take regular tests to help prevent outbreaks. We will keep you updated once we have agreed dates and times so you can pick up a rapid flow test locally.

In the meantime you can collect a free home test from a variety of locations like a test centre or pharmacy, alternatively you can order one online. Please refer to the Herefordshire Council’s website for details.


Talk Community Helpline
The Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending, including those that need to self-isolate. Please contact us or forward our contact details onto those requiring support to 01432 260027 or email talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk or go to Coronavirus - Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form. Contact NHS 111 for any urgent medication supplies.



Mental Health Awareness Week


Mental Health Awareness Week
10 - 16 May 2021


Next week, as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week, everyone is invited to #ConnectWithNature. Evidence shows that nature is good for our mental health and connecting with nature can help prevent mental health issues. The benefits of nature have never been more evident than during the pandemic, when 45% of us reported that being in green space has been vital for our mental health.

For anyone looking to get more active and explore across Herefordshire, the Talk Community Directory has some great information and signposting to local support organisations and different countywide walking routes. To find out more, take a look at www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/walks

If you need any additional support for your mental health and wellbeing or would like to try the five winning ways to wellbeing, which are 1) take notice, 2) connect, 3) be active, 4) give and 5) keep learning, visit www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/mentalhealth.


Urgent support
If you know anyone who is struggling with mental health problems, whether for the first time or they’ve experienced a sudden deterioration of an existing problem, and they need urgent assistance, they can contact the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Mental Health 24 Hour Helpline. The service is available for all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 0808 196 9127.


Funding and project news
Up to date information on all funding opportunities is listed in the Herefordshire Council funding update.


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
If you know any 'outstanding group of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional, then you can nominate them for a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent an MBE for volunteer groups. Nominations opened a couple of weeks ago and remain open until September. Nominate here.

With best wishes.


Amy Pitt

Assistant Director – Talk Community Programme
Adults and Communities Directorate
Mobile: 07792-881896
Email: amy.pitt@herefordshire.gov.uk


Date posted: 07/05/2021

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Herefordshire Council Notice
INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES IN HEREFORDSHIRE


Herefordshire Council has announced that is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support S and A Produce at their site in Marden, Hereford, following an outbreak of COVID-19 among their workforce.

Workers employed in the soft fruit packhouse are known to be affected. S&A Produce has enhanced control measures in place to limit transmission, and repeat testing is being carried out to identify cases. Cases and their contacts are isolating, and being supported to do so by S&A Produce.

To see the full press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


Date posted: 07/05/2021
Link: Click here for more details

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
DATA PROTECTION POLICIES FOR THE NEW ANPR SID


The Parish Council is in the process of purchasing a new Speed Indicator Device (SID) to deploy around the Village as part of its continuing campaign to reduce the speed of traffic through Bodenham. Unlike the old SID, the new one will be equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), which will allow vehicles exceeding the speed limit to be identified. To be compliant with the Data Protection Act, the Parish Council has agreed a Code of Practice on the use of the ANPR capability, a Policy on Operating the ANPR Camera and a Policy on Reporting and Sharing ANPR Data. Copies of each of these documents can be found on this Website with the Parish Council’s other Data Protection Policies. In addition, the Document Retention Policy has been updated to accommodate electronic data, with new Consent Forms issued accordingly.

Date posted: 05/05/2021

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Herefordshire Council Notice
NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL


Herefordshire Council has welcomed Paul Walker, who joins the Council as Chief Executive today (Tuesday 4 May 2021).

Paul has a wealth of experience working in local authorities, including experience as an Assistant Director, Director and 5 years as a very effective Chief Executive. He joins the Council at an important time following a recent high court judgement which led to an urgent and thorough external review of Herefordshire Children’s Social Care Services.

Paul’s most recent role was Corporate Director at Harrow Council, where he led the development of the Harrow Strategic Development Partnership. This is Harrow’s largest investment and development project which will see the development of 1500 new homes, a new school and open space, and bring apprenticeships, training and investment in the local economy to the Borough. Paul also led Harrow's Climate Emergency strategy and the Green Recovery programme of the West London Economic Recovery Plan and was instrumental in the development of Harrow’s Homelessness Reduction Partnership.

Prior to his time at Harrow, Paul held the positions of Executive Consultant at Rossendale Council, Chief Executive at Copeland Borough Council, and Executive Director at Blackpool Council.

To see the full press release, including a photograph, please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


Date posted: 04/05/2021
Link: Click here for more details

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Herefordshire Council Notice
HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE MINERALS AND WASTE PLAN


Minerals and Waste Local Plan Pre-Submission Consultation
ends on 24 May 2021


Herefordshire Council is preparing a Minerals and Waste Development Plan Document, which when adopted will form part of the Herefordshire Local Plan, and there is still time for you to comment.

The Minerals and Waste Local Plan (MWLP) has been published along with accompanying evidence base reports. The consultation is open until midnight on Monday, 24 May 2021.

During this period comments are invited on the ‘soundness’ of the plan and whether the correct legal processes have been followed. To be sound policies should be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy.

Comments are also sought on the Sustainability Appraisal and the Habitats Regulations Assessment reports, which have been published alongside the MWLP and its evidence-base documents.

The consultation documents and evidence used to support the development of the MWLP, together with details of how to take part, will be available on the Minerals and Waste Local Plan webpage.

A video presentation providing an overview of the policies and proposals of the MWLP, and how to get involved in the consultation, can also be viewed on the website, along with the presentation slides. After watching this, should you have any questions on the MWLP or its evidence base, please email ldf@herefordshire.gov.uk.

After the consultation, the Council will consider all the representations prior to submitting the final draft of the document to the Secretary of State for examination, together with the representations received.

If you have any questions, please email ldf@herefordshire.gov.uk text or call 01432-260146.


Date posted: 04/05/2021

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH NEWSLETTER (MAY 2021)


The May 2021 edition of the Parish Newsletter is now available on the Website. To see and/or download it please click on the 'more details' link below.

Many back copies of all Newsletters from July 2010 onwards are available as well. You can find them here or by clicking on the 'Parish Newsletters' link in the 'Parish Information' section on the left hand side of this page.


Date posted: 02/05/2021
Link: Click here for more details

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES (12 APRIL 2021)


The unconfirmed Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 12 April 2021 are now available. They will be considered for approval at the next Parish Council Meeting on 10 May 2021. To see them please click on the link below.

Date posted: 01/05/2021
Link: Click here for more details

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
CURRENT PLANNING APPLICATIONS (AS AT 19 APRIL)



PLANNING APPLICATIONS CURRENT IN 2021

AS AT 19 APRIL 2021


Number
(Date Submitted)
Proposal
[Parish Council Response]
Status
(Target Date)
Decision
(Date)
P192272/F
(26 Jun 2019)
Rear of Mendip: Proposed erection of three bedroom dwelling to the rear of existing property
[The Parish Council strongly objected (5 Aug 2019)]
Valid - Awaiting determination
(21 Aug 2019)
 
P201414/F
(5 May 2020)
Workshop 1 Hamwyn Joinery Bodenham Herefordshire HR1 3HT: Proposed extension to workshop to provide living accommodation.
[The Parish Council did not object, but submitted comments (18 Jun 2020)]
Valid - Awaiting determination
(1 Aug 2021)
 
P202245/FH
(14 Jul 2020)
Broom Cottage Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3HR: Proposed replacement windows to existing cottage, demolish and replace front porch, new roof to existing conservatory, two storey rear extension and associated works.
[The Parish Council had no objection (1 Feb 2021)]
Valid - Re-consultation
(12 Mar 2021)
 
P202246/L
(14 Jul 2020)
Broom Cottage Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3HR : Proposed replacement windows to existing cottage, demolish and replace front porch, new roof to existing conservatory, two storey rear extension and associated works.
[The Parish Council had no objection (1 Feb 2021)]
Valid - Re-consultation
(12 Mar 2021)
 
P203412/K
(6 Oct 2020)
Bodenham Hall Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3JT: Proposed works to G1- Several Hawthorn(Crataegus monogyna) trees that were part of a hedge, have been heavily ensconced in Ivy, we wish to fell them and reinstate the entire hedge line. T1- A Magnolia – minor formative pruning. G2- Several Hazel (Corylus avellana) that form a screen between the neighbouring property require a minor height reduction. T2- A self-set Plum (Prunus domestica) wish to remove this tree. T3 - A large Wild Cherry (Prunus avium) to reduce the protruding canopy by thinning. T4 and T5 Lime (Tilia cordata) and a Beech (Fagus sylvatica) carry out some reduction of the tips in order to separate the crowns.
[The Parish Council had no objection (7 Dec 2020)]
Determined Works Can Proceed
(1 Jan 21)
P203833/K
(6 Nov 2020)
St Michaels Church Of England Primary School Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3JU: T1 - Beech. Crown raise to approx 5m to clear carriageway and maintain a balanced crown line. T2 - Lime. Crown raise to approx 5m removing epicormic growth on main trunk and clearing carriageway. T3 -Beech. Crown raise to approx 5m to clear carriageway and maintain a balanced crown line.
[The Parish Council had no objection (7 Dec 2020)]
Valid - Awaiting determination
(25 Dec 2020)
 
P204003/FH
(17 Nov 2020)
Bower Cottage Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3HS: Proposed removal of dilapidated extension, removal of porch, new two storey extension and minor internal alterations.
[The Parish Council had no objection (6 Jan 2021)]
Determined Approved with Conditions
(17 Feb 2021)
P204004/L
(17 Nov 2020)
Bower Cottage Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3HS: Proposed removal of dilapidated extension, removal of porch, new two storey extension and minor internal alterations.
[The Parish Council had no objection (6 Jan 2021)]
DeterminedApproved with Conditions
(17 Feb 2021)
P210156/FH
(18 Jan 2021)
Pigeon House Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3JX: Proposed replacement boundary wall (stone) and installation of pair of gates.
[The Parish Council had no objection (1 Mar 2021)]
DeterminedApproved with conditions
(15 Mar 2021
P210483/PA4
(4 Feb 2021)
Barns at Bowley Lane Bodenham Herefordshire: Notification for prior approval for a proposed change of use of agricultural building to 1 no. (larger) dwelling house. [The Parish Council did not object, but had previously submitted comments to a similar application (2 Mar 2020)]
DeterminedPrior Approval Refused
(29 Mar 2021)
P210453/PA7
(4 Feb 2021)
New House Farm Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3JD: Application for prior notification of a new agricultural building for storing straw to litter livestock, and to store dry manure produced by the livestock.
[The Parish Council's comments were not required]
DeterminedPrior Approval Not Required
(25 Feb 2021)
P210472/F
(5 Feb 21)
Bleak House Bowley Lane Bodenham Herefordshire: 2 no. proposed holiday lodges with associated parking and drainage.
[The Parish Council objected to this application (12 Apr 2021)]
Valid - Awaiting determination
(2 Apr 2021)
P210518/FH
(9 Feb 21)
Verncroft Bodenham Hereford HerefordshireHR1 3HS : Proposed rear extension and demolition of existing conservatory.
[The Parish Council made no objection to this application (12 Apr 2021)]
Valid - Awaiting determination
(20 Apr 2021)
P210723/PA7
(19 Feb 21)
Gritt Farm Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3HY: Application for prior notification of a proposed new agricultural building for use as a straw barn.
[The Parish Council's comments were not required]
DeterminedPrior Approval Not Required
(12 Mar 2021)
P210830/XA2
(1 Mar 2021)
Bower Cottage Bodenham Hereford Herefordshire HR1 3HS: Application for approval of details reserved by conditions 3b and 7 attached to Listed Building Consent 204004.DeterminedApproved
(23 Mar 2021)


Date posted: 19/04/2021

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS (MAY 2021)


The Next Parish Council Meetings are scheduled to take place on Mondays 10th May and 7th June (3rd May is a bank holiday). The May Meeting will also include the annual Meetings of the Parish and the Parish Council. Under current circumstances at the time of writing the Meetings will be held via Zoom. The Meeting ID and Password will be published on all forums as soon as they are known, but, if you require details or further information or wish to raise any matter in advance of the meeting, please contact Chris Smith, Parish Clerk, on 01568 797132 or by email at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. The Minutes of past Parish Council Meetings are available on this website here.

Cllr Pamela James-Moore - the Chairman of the Parish Council - announced her resignation at the Parish Council Meeting on 12th April. The Parish Council wishes to record its appreciation to Mrs James-Moore for her decades of service on the Parish Council, including two spells as Chairman.

Vacancies on the Parish Council
Related to the above, there are now two vacancies on the Parish Council. Neither vacancy can be filled immediately, because the Parish Council has decided that Zoom is not a conducive medium for allowing the usual procedures for making a co-option to the Parish Council to be followed. Accordingly, the vacancies will be filled at the next face-to-face meeting.

Invitations to Apply
The Parish Council wishes to appoint someone who is qualified to spray vegetation. The Parish Council also wishes to appoint someone who is qualified to use a mini-digger. Anyone interested should contact the Parish Clerk at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com for further information.

Annual Meetings: Call for Societies’ Reports
The May Meeting of the Parish Council includes the Annual Parish Council Meeting (the Parish Council’s AGM) and the Annual Parish Meeting, at which local societies and organisations are invited to present a report on their activities.

The SID (Speed Indicator Device)…….
…… should have been delivered by the time you read this. It is an ANPR (Automatic Numberplate Recognition) device, which should make it more effective than the old SID. The SID will be deployed in the usual places on the C1125, Millcroft Road and near the War Memorial in rotation on a schedule agreed by Herefordshire Council.

Reporting Potholes and Other Defects
Please note that, although the Parish Clerk is frequently asked to report defects (especially potholes and blocked drains), the Locality Steward for Bodenham has asked that residents report defects themselves, because they know exactly where the defect is and what it is.

It is easy to do. The Herefordshire Council website has a reporting tool at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/report-problem which is very easy to use. www.fixmystreet.com is a national site and is even easier to use: it uses the Ordnance Survey map, which is more accurate and detailed than the Herefordshire Council map. FixMyStreet will forward a report to Herefordshire Council about any problem reported within a Herefordshire postcode.

Planning Applications
At the April Meeting of the Parish Council the following planning matters were considered:

  • P210472/F: Bleak House, Bowley Lane: Proposed 2 No. Holiday Lodges with associated parking and drainage. The Parish Council objected to this application.

  • P210518/FH: Verncroft: Proposed rear extension and demolition of existing conservatory. The Parish Council made no objection to this application.

  • Other Applications

  • Grant of Premises Licence: Shires Park, Ullingswick. The Parish Council objected to this application.

  • Applications Determined by Herefordshire Council since Last Parish Council Meeting

  • P210156/FH: Pigeon House: Proposed replacement boundary wall (stone) and installation of pair of gates. Planning Permission was granted on 15th March

  • P210830/X AZ: Bower Cottage: Approval of details reserved by condition. This application was approved on 23rd March.

  • P210453/PA7: New House Farm: Application for prior notification of a new agricultural building for storing straw to litter livestock, and to store dry manure produced by the livestock. Determination that prior approval was not required was made on 25th February.

  • P210483/PA4: Barns at Bowley Lane: (Part 3) Class Q Notification for prior approval for a proposed change of use. Prior Approval of agricultural building to 1 no. (larger) dwelling house. Prior Approval was refused on 29th March.

  • Parish Council Facebook Page. The Parish Council now has a Facebook page to complement the website. Click ‘bodenham parish council’ and press ‘LIKE’. The website address is www.bodenhamparish.org.uk.

    Keep up to date with Local Issues - Sign up for the Mailing List
    An increasing number of residents are joining the mailing list, through which the Parish Council sends important updates to local residents by email with information about such things as roadworks, weather warnings and local events.

    During the pandemic occasional light relief has been sent, too, which has been appreciated by some of the subscribers. If you would like to join the list, email Chris Smith at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. You won’t be deluged with email, your personal details will not be passed on to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time.


    BODENHAM PARISH COUNCIL 2020-21

    Cllr Helen Batchelor helenbatchelor@yahoo.com07821-411236
    Cllr Sharon Collinsharon@saffronscross.co.uk01568-797366
    Cllr Jim Crane (Vice-Chairman)jimcrane1@gmail.com01568-797095
    Cllr Richard Laytondewdales@btconnect.com01568-797251
    Cllr Sue MaxwellSMaxwellSAM@aol.com 01568-797946
    Cllr Tracy Morristracymorris9@btinternet.com 01568-797892
    Cllr Linda Nicholaslin.nicholas@aol.com 01568-797052
    Cllr Kathy Tremainktremain3@gmail.com 01568-797751
    Two vacancies
        
    Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com 01568-797132


    Cllr John Harrington – John.Harrington@herefordshire.gov.uk - is the Herefordshire Councillor for the Hampton Ward.

    Mike Darley (Footpath Officer) mike.darley@hotmail.co.uk.
    Richard Morgan (Lengthsman) amorgan700@btinternet.com.


    Date posted: 19/04/2021

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FREE RAPID TESTING FOR COVID-19 NOW AVAILABLE


    Rapid lateral flow testing for people without symptoms has so far been available only to selected groups. However, Herefordshire Council have announced that it will now be offered to everyone, with people encouraged to take regular tests to help prevent outbreaks.

    For further information about booking a test, collecting a home test kit, or ordering one on-line please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 10/04/2021
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    PARKING CHARGES REVAMPED IN HEREFORDSHIRE


    The car parking charge structure in Herefordshire is to be simplified, making it easier than ever for you to make an informed decision about where best to park your car.

    The new structure, which will see the price of parking divided into bands relative to proximity to the City or town centre, will incentivise people looking for longer-term parking to park further from the centre – giving you the option to balance spending less on parking with a short walk, and ensuring there are plenty of spaces available in the centre for short term users.

    Parking will also be free in all market towns on Sundays and after 6pm every day, while in Hereford the charged parking period has been reduced down by two hours and will now be free after 8pm every day.

    The new charges, which will be easy to understand, will take effect in May and more details of charges at each location can be found on the Herefordshire Council website.

    To see the full press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 26/03/2021
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH COUNCIL NEWS (APRIL 2021)


    The next Parish Council meetings are scheduled to take place on Mondays 12th April and10th May (5th April and 3rd May are a bank holidays). The May Meeting will also include the Annual Meetings of the Parish and the Parish Council. Under current circumstances at the time of writing the Meetings will be held via Zoom. The Meeting ID and Password will be published on all forums as soon as they are known, but, if you require details, or further information, or wish to raise any matter in advance of the meeting, please contact Chris Smith, Parish Clerk, on 01568-797132 or by email at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. Minutes of Parish Council Meetings are available on the website - www.bodenhamparish.org.uk.

    Vacancy on the Parish Council
    Related to the above, the Parish Council has decided that Zoom is not a conducive medium for allowing the usual procedures for making a co-option to the Parish Council to be followed. Accordingly, the vacancy will be filled at the Annual Meeting in May, if that is a face-to-face meeting, or at the next face-to-face meeting thereafter. At the time of writing, two names have been put forward, but the opportunity to put yourself forward or to nominate someone is still open.

    The New Parish Council Website is www.bodenhamparish.gov.uk. At the moment the new website contains only basic information about the Parish Council., but will be gradually enhanced to contain all the information on the existing website - www.bodenhamparish.org.uk, which will remain operative until the end of the year. Updates will follow. The Parish Clerk wishes to thank all who submitted photographs for the Home Page of the new website, having hoped that a scrolling display could include most of the photographs. Unfortunately, only three could be used, but a dedicated photos page will appear on the website at a later date.

    The SID (Speed Indicator Device)…….
    …… should be delivered soon. It is an ANPR (Automatic Numberplate Recognition) device, which should make it more effective than the old SID. Watch this space.

    Reporting Potholes and Other Defects
    Please note that, although the Parish Clerk is frequently asked to report defects (especially potholes and blocked drains), the Locality Steward for Bodenham has asked that residents report defects themselves, because they know exactly where the defect is and what it is.

    It is easy to do. The Herefordshire Council website has a reporting tool at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/report-problem which is very easy to use. www.fixmystreet.com is a national site and is even easier to use: it uses the Ordnance Survey map, which is more accurate and detailed than the Herefordshire Council map. FixMyStreet will forward a report to Herefordshire Council about any problem reported within a Herefordshire postcode.

    Planning Applications
    At the March Meeting of the Parish Council the following planning matters were considered:

  • P210156: Pigeon House: Proposed replacement boundary wall (stone) and installation of pair of gates.

  • P210723/PA7: Gritt Farm: Application for prior notification of a proposed new agricultural building for use as a straw barn.

  • The Parish Council made no objection to the first of these applications, while the second one, as a prior notification, required no response.

    The following applications are still to be determined:

  • P192272/F: Rear of Mendip, New Dwelling.

  • P201414/F: Workshop 1, Hamwyn Joinery, Extension for Living Accommodation.

  • The new website should eventually include a list of all planning applications in Bodenham from the start of this year and links to the applications on the Herefordshire Council website.

    Parish Council Facebook Page. The Parish Council now has a Facebook page to complement the website. Click ‘bodenham parish council’ and press ‘LIKE’. The website address is www.bodenhamparish.org.uk.

    Keep up to date with Local Issues - Sign up for the Mailing List
    An increasing number of residents are joining the mailing list, through which the Parish Council sends important updates to local residents by email with information about such things as roadworks, weather warnings and local events.

    During the pandemic occasional light relief has been sent, too, which has been appreciated by some of the subscribers.If you would like to join the list, email Chris Smith at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. You won’t be deluged with email, your personal details will not be passed on to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time.


    BODENHAM PARISH COUNCIL 2020-21

    Cllr Helen Batchelor helenjbatchelor1@live.com07821-411236
    Cllr Sharon Collinsharon@saffronscross.co.uk01568-797366
    Cllr Jim Crane (Vice-Chairman)jimcrane1@gmail.com01568-797095
    Cllr Pam James-Moore (Chairman)pamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com 01568-797330
    Cllr Richard Laytondewdales@btconnect.com01568-797251
    Cllr Sue MaxwellSMaxwellSAM@aol.com 01568-797946
    Cllr Tracy Morristracymorris9@btinternet.com 01568-797892
    Cllr Linda Nicholaslin.nicholas@aol.com 01568-797052
    Cllr Kathy Tremainktremain3@gmail.com 01568-797751
    1 vacancy
        
    Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com 01568-797132


    Cllr John Harrington – John.Harrington@herefordshire.gov.uk - is the Herefordshire Councillor for the Hampton Ward.

    Mike Darley (Footpath Officer) mike.darley@hotmail.co.uk.


    Date posted: 22/03/2021

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    INDOOR VISITS TO RESUME AT CARE HOMES


    Care home residents in Herefordshire will be allowed to have a named regular visitor indoors from Monday, 8 March when national lockdown measures begin to lift.

    Although the vast majority of care home residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, they could still contract the virus and it is important that visitors do everything in their power to reduce the risk of that happening.

    Anyone planning to visit their loved ones living in Herefordshire care homes is therefore urged to ensure they follow the hands, face, space guidance meticulously prior to their visit.

    For full information please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 06/03/2021
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    OVERALL COUNCIL TAX RATE FOR 2021/22 CONFIRMED


    Herefordshire Council has adopted the total Council Tax precepts for all Herefordshire residents. As the billing authority, the Council has a statutory duty to collect charges set by each parish council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia and Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority. However, Herefordshire Council has no control over the level of increase or how these organisations choose to spend their budget.

    Herefordshire residents will be provided with individual bills based on their parish location. The raised precepts are needed to support the delivery of vital services across the County, with the average Council Tax bill for a band D dwelling set at £2,051.61.

    To see the full press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 06/03/2021
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH COUNCIL FUNDING


    In the second of our occasional articles on all things Parish Council we look at how the work of the Parish Council is funded and how you can influence it.

    Each year, a group of Parish Councillors meet to discuss the previous year’s spend and to forecast the coming year’s budget. Adjustments are made according to any information available on projects affecting the Parish (for example, provision of sandbags for flood protection) and our final requirements are given to Herefordshire Council to add to their budgetary considerations of the Council Tax for the coming year. That final Bodenham requirement figure will be given to the Parish Council in two instalments and is called “the precept”.

    Council Tax, which is payable by the majority of residents, contributes to funding for many areas, including adult social care, waste collection and disposal, children and young people's services, highways and transportation and cultural and community services. The final amount of Council Tax that we all pay is set by Herefordshire Council. (This year they are proposing a 4.99% increase on last year’s amount). Only a small part of the Council Tax is allocated to village precepts: however, through careful budgetary control, we have not had to increase the Bodenham Parish Council precept for several years and are still maintaining and performing according to our responsibilities to the Parish.

    The Parish Council actively encourages input from residents on what the community needs, so that we can budget for that activity. Bearing in mind that we have a limited range of powers and duties in relation to the community, we will still do our best to provide what is required. If you would like to make your views known about what the village and its residents need and have any thoughts on areas of community funding, please contact any of the parish councillors listed in the Newsletter or contact the Clerk on bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com.


    Cllr. Sue Maxwell,
    On behalf of Bodenham Parish Council

    Date posted: 04/03/2021

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET & COUNCIL TAX FOR 2020-21


    On 12 February 2021 Full Council approved the 2021/22 budget. This includes the setting of Herefordshire Council tax rates which will come into effect from April 2021 and will rise by 4.99% as the Council faces long-term Covid-19 cost pressures.

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 13/02/2021
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FLOODING AND RECOVERY SUPPORT


    A message from Talk Community about flooding and recovery from it:

    We are aware that a number of homes and businesses across Herefordshire have been affected by flooding recently. If you or anyone you know have suffered from flooding in the County, please do let us know where and what happened as this may help us to minimise flooding problems there in the future. In order to report flooding, as well as access other useful resources, please visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/flooding

    Please be aware that Talk Community support is available for all emergencies, including those affected by flooding. Please encourage those requiring support to contact us on 01432-260027 or at talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk.

    A number of areas regularly impacted by flooding have set up their own flood groups – please get in touch with us at talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk for more information.

    There are things people can do to limit the impact of flooding, including preparing a personal flood plan, sourcing sandbags/flood barriers from local parish councils or builders merchants. More specialised flood prevention advice can be obtained from the National Flood Forum. It may also be useful to check the actual water levels at different locations in the County, as well as sign up to get Flood Warnings from gov.uk by phone, email or text message.

    This can be a very anxious and stressful time compounded by the difficult position with Covid-19. Therefore if you know of someone affected that could do with support Herefordshire and Worcestershire Healthy Minds service is available to help. This is an NHS service and care is both free at the point of contact and confidential. Herefordshire Healthy Minds - previously known as Let's Talk - supports people who are experiencing difficulties, such as stress, anxiety, low mood and depression. In order to access the service, people must be 18 or over and registered with a GP in Herefordshire. People can self-refer by contacting 01432-347606 or completing the online self-referral form.

    In addition please visit the flooding section on the WISH website.


    Best regards,


    Amy Pitt Mairead Lane
    Assistant Director Acting Assistant Director
    Talk Community Programme Highways & Transport / Head of Infrastructure Delivery
    Adults and Communities Economy and Place



    Date posted: 28/01/2021

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COUNCIL EXTENDS FREE SCHOOL MEALS SUPPORT


    Over 3,200 Herefordshire children will benefit from free school meals support during the February and Easter half term holidays, through a council-funded scheme.

    The scheme was originally introduced at Christmas to provide support to vulnerable individuals and households with children, particularly affected by the pandemic during the winter months.

    The Council’s decision to continue to support the free school meals provision throughout the holidays will help to ensure that vulnerable Herefordshire families don’t go hungry.

    For more information please click on the ‘more details’ link below

    Date posted: 20/01/2021
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    COVID-19 - ASSISTANCE FOR BODENHAM RESIDENTS


    To see a notice issued by the Parish Council outlining some of the help available to Bodenham residents during the present pandemic please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 19/01/2021
    Link: Click here for more details

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    hvoss Talk Community Notice
    HVOSS TALK COMMUNITY FUNDING NETWORK EVENT


    Funding Network Event Series 2021 - January



    Hvoss Funding Network.jpg

    We are delighted to announce final details of the first

    hvoss Talk Community Funding Network of 2021

    a not to be missed FREE event for anyone looking at future sustainability within the local community.

    Thursday 28th January - 2pm – Online

    Book your place HERE

    This FREE event will help to illustrate the importance of funding for projects as part of a wider menu of opportunities for not-for-profit organisations .

  • hear from a range of prominent local and national funders.

  • be inspired by stories local community representatives that have succeeded in gaining significant funding and resources for local services and charitable activities.

  • learn helpful tips from funders and sharing of good practice from both funders and local organisations .

  • network and make contacts with other colleagues and services in the community.

  • The event is for staff, volunteers, and trustees of Herefordshire community sector organisations including voluntary and community groups, registered charities, CICs, Social Enterprises and other third sector organisations.

    Funding is just one aspect of a sustainable success. hvoss Talk Community will be launching a series of events exploring this in 2021.

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    We will be joined by –

    Jeannie Cohen-Brand Census Engagement Manager at Office for National Statistics who will share some top tips in preparing a bid and around use of data and case study evidence in support of a bid.

    Paddy Nugent Chief Operating Officer at E F Bulmer Trust will talk to us about the importance of bringing your funding application to life with real case studies.

    Anthony Bush Funding Officer at The National Lottery Community Fund will share some insight into the application process for TNL Community Fund, with some examples of local Herefordshire projects.

    Katie Eastaugh CEO at The Cart Shed who had funding success in 2020, despite pandemic restrictions. A good news story to inspire us to keep going!
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    In addition to these speakers, on the panel to answer your questions will be –

    Elaine Edwards - Funding and Enterprise Officer (SFEDI) MIoEE – Herefordshire Council

    Dave Tristram - Funding and Enterprise Officer – Herefordshire Council

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    Please submit your questions to the panel in advance
    talkcommunity@hvoss.org.uk

    Book your place HERE


    Talk Community is a joint project between Herefordshire Council and hvoss to provide local voluntary and community support to the people of Herefordshire



    Date posted: 19/01/2021

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FREE ADVICE & GRANTS FROM KEEP HEREFORDSHIRE WARM


    Keep Herefordshire Warm is Herefordshire Council’s home energy advice service. By providing a freephone advice line, dedicated home energy advisors and grant funding for eligible homes, Keep Herefordshire Warm supports households to use less energy, lower their bills and make energy-saving improvements to their properties.

    Homes relying on electric heating may be eligible for free first-time central heating, grants are available for insulation and support for when your boiler needs repairing or replacing. Warm, affordable homes are vital to health and quality of life – and Keep Herefordshire Warm is here to help make the winter months more comfortable.

    Call our friendly advisors for free on 0800-677 1432, or visit keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk.


    Date posted: 15/01/2021

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FREE FOOD VOUCHERS FOR VULNERABLE FAMILIES


    Herefordshire Council has been awarded more than £537,000 under the Government’s COVID Winter Grant scheme to ensure vulnerable individuals and families don’t go hungry this winter.

    The scheme has been set up to provide support to vulnerable individuals and households with children, particularly affected by the pandemic throughout the winter months.

    For more information please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 12/12/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    SPEEDING THROUGH BODENHAM!


    Speeding through the Village and along our part of the A417 has been a problem for many years, with drivers choosing to ignore the speed limits even along tricky sections of road. Roads approaching our School, entry to the built-up areas where the roads narrow and where no footpaths exist are a real worry for us all. Residents have asked drivers to slow down, but certain drivers don’t seem to care.

    For many years the Parish Council have owned and used a Speed Indicator Device and have recently reinvigorated our push for a Community Speed Watch Scheme and more permanent traffic-calming measures. Unfortunately, this takes a long time to achieve simply because of the huge legal processes we have to go through.

    In an effort to use new technology to address an old problem, the Parish Council have approached West Mercia Police. They currently run OPERATION SNAP. This is supported nationally as a way of reporting and, where appropriate, advising or prosecuting for bad driving. Road users across West Mercia can report careless/ dangerous driving and road traffic incidents using digital footage from dashcams, mobile phones or other devices. Information can be found on the Police Website and is explained in full here:

    https://www.westmercia.police.uk/police-forces/west-mercia-police/areas/west-mercia/campaigns/campaigns/2019/operation-snap/

    The Parish Council is awaiting posters that will be placed throughout the Parish to encourage everyone to do whatever they can to record and submit photos/ videos of people who drive badly.

    In addition to Operation SNAP, a new Speed Indicator Device is being considered, as a new device would be far more technologically advanced than the old one and may incorporate a photographic record of speeding. Strong efforts are continuing to overcome the hurdles we face with Community Speed Watch, and we’re still applying pressure for long-term, permanent traffic-calming.

    With this multi-angled approach, the Parish Council are doing everything they can and we will keep you informed about our progress.
    Please, use OPERATION SNAP and follow the clear guidelines from West Mercia Police. Help us to keep everyone safe.

    Date posted: 06/12/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    LOCAL POST-LOCKDOWN MEASURES ANNOUNCED


    Herefordshire Council is urging residents to continue to follow public health advice and stay safe after the government announced the return of three-tier regional measures in December.
    From 00.01am on Wednesday 2 December 2020, lockdown restrictions in England will be replaced with a three-tier system and Herefordshire has been placed into Tier 2: High Alert as it has been identified as an area with a higher or rapidly rising level of infection.

    For full information about what restrictions will be in place please click on the ‘more details’ link below


    Date posted: 26/11/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Coiuncil Notice
    WERE YOU FLOODED IN OCTOBER 2019 OR FEBRUARY 2020?


    Herefordshire Council wants to hear from anyone whose property was affected by flooding in October 2019 or February 2020.

    Flooding affected much of Herefordshire in October 2019 and February 2020, causing damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. Herefordshire Council is gathering information from everyone affected to help inform future flood risk management activities in the County.

    To support this, the Council is asking anyone affected by the flooding to complete our survey. We would be grateful for any comments by 10 December 2020. A consolidated summary of the findings of the survey will be published on our flooding web pages next year.
    Complete the flood survey

    For more information from Herefordshire Council on flooding see the Council’s webpages at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/roads-1/flooding .


    Date posted: 20/11/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    AVIAN FLU PREVENTION ZONE IN PLACE


    Herefordshire Council is advising bird keepers to follow the latest government advice, in light of the recent outbreak of avian flu.

    An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been put in place across the whole of England following a number of confirmed cases among wild and commercial birds. The AIPZ was announced on Wednesday 11 November and means it is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.

    For further information please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 19/11/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    LOCKDOWN - FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES


    A grant has been made available to eligible businesses forced to close until 2 December due to the new national restrictions.

    Herefordshire Council is delivering the government funding to eligible local businesses instructed to close through national lockdown. This includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, entertainment and hospitality.

    For further information please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 16/11/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    DON’T BE THE LINK TO MORE CASES!


    There has been a significant increase in the number of positive cases of Covid-19 across Herefordshire over the past week.

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 14/11/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Notice
    NEW COVID-19 TEST CENTRE OPENS IN LEOMINSTER


    A mobile Covid-19 testing centre for north Herefordshire is now operating on the Broad Street Car Park in Leominster.

    This latest unit makes it more convenient for residents from north Herefordshire to get a COVID-19 test close to home. The unit opened today (13 November) and will offer tests from 10.30am until 3.30pm each day and will be in place for the foreseeable future. It is being provided for Herefordshire Council by the regional NHS test and trace team.

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 13/11/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    EARLY HELP HUB - SUPPORT TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN


    Herefordshire Council’s Early Help Hub offers a confidential support service to Herefordshire families with children aged 0 to 19 years.

    The Early Help team can provide families and professionals (working with families) with advice and guidance to support them through the difficult times and help them to get back on track.

    Difficulties could include:

  • Family relationships
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Domestic abuse
  • Housing issues
  • Struggling with finances
  • Emotional and mental health
  • Safety in the community
  • Substance abuse

  • The Early Help Hub team are available on 01432-260261 (9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, closed on bank holidays) or email earlyhelpcontacts@herefordshire.gov.uk

    To find out more about the Early Help service visit: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/family-support/parent/6
    For information about local support services for families, visit the WISH website https://www.wisherefordshire.org/


    Date posted: 11/11/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESPONSE SERVICE


    You may or may not be aware that Talk Community Covid 19 response service is back in operation during this current lockdown to support residents who may need support with the following:

  • Shopping
  • Urgent supplies
  • Picking up meds
  • Pet walking
  • Calling vulnerable people for a chat and check

  • I would like to introduce myself as Lead Link Worker for the North and West wards in Herefordshire and I would be very grateful if you could let me know if you are in a position to be able offer, or know of any volunteer support available in your community, as you did previously.

    Lorna Williamson
    Early Years, Family & Community Connector
    North Herefordshire, City and Rural

    Children & Families


    Mobile: 07792-880016
    Email: lwilliamson@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 11/11/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    OPEN LETTER OF THANKS TO HEREFORDSHIRE RESIDENTS


    Herefordshire Council have joined with their local health partners to issue an open letter of thanks to Herefordshire residents for following the Covid-19 rules.

    To see the letter please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 11/11/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    DESPITE LOCKDOWN PLAYGROUNDS CAN REMAIN OPEN


    Advice from Herefordshire Council is that playgrounds can remain open during lockdown. This is in line with Government guidance that:

  • You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or one person from another household. (Children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside); and

  • Outdoor public places include: parks, beaches, countryside, public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments, and playgrounds; but

  • You cannot meet in a private garden.

  • To see the full government guidance on national lockdown restrictions please click on the ‘more details’ link below.



    Date posted: 05/11/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FOUNDATION TRAINING FOR POTENTIAL INTERPRETERS


    Herefordshire Council’s language service, Herefordshire Language Network, is offering training for potential interpreters and the application process is now open.

    Anyone interested in applying will need a very high level of fluency in English and any other language. All languages are welcomed, but at the moment the network is particularly keen to hear from speakers of Kurdish, Pashto, Vietnamese, Turkish and Lithuanian. British Sign Language (BSL) is also welcome.

    For more information please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 27/10/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HEREFORD TRANSPORT STRATEGY REVIEW - UPDATE


    Cllr J Harrington, Cabinet Member Infrastructure & Transport, has provided an update on the Review of the Hereford Transport Strategy. To see it please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 27/10/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HOW TO HELP KEEP COVID-19 IN CHECK


    Cllr David Hitchiner, Leader of Herefordshire Council, has issued a statement on how everyone can play their part in keeping Herefordshire safe from Covid-19.

    To see the statement please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 23/10/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THOSE TOLD TO SELF-ISOLATE


    The government has announced financial support for workers asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

    A £500 payment may be paid if you test positive for Coronavirus and have to self-isolate, or if you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive and have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You must be employed or self-employed, unable to work from home and you will lose your income. You must also be in receipt of certain benefits.

    To see the full press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 12/10/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    NEW WINTER OPENING HOURS FOR RECYCLING CENTRES


    Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Herefordshire will operate new hours this winter.

    From Thursday, 1 October 2020
    , all sites will close at 4p.m. on the days they are open, except for Ledbury which remains unchanged.

    To see the full press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 23/09/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 AT MARCHES SURGERY (UPDATE)


    Public Health England, Herefordshire Council and the CCG have issued an updated joint statement about the outbreak of Covid-19 in The Marches GP Surgery.

    Although one additional member of staff has tested positive, bringing the number of cases to six, all these have been focused in a non-clinical area. The staff affected are currently self-isolating and contacts have been notified. No patients have been identified as having contact with the staff affected and the Surgeries at both Leominster and Bodenham have now re-opened.

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 21/09/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    NEW BOOKING SYSTEM AT RECYCLING CENTRES


    The pre-booked system will be introduced for Hereford and Leominster household recycling centres on Monday 14 September, with residents able to book their slots online at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/HRCbooking from Friday 4 September. Residents who are unable to access the booking system online can call the customer services team at the Council on 01432-260000 who will be able to book a slot for them.

    The household recycling centres are only open to Herefordshire residents, and appointments must be booked online in advance. Residents will be able to book up to four slots every two weeks and will receive a pass before visiting. An address and vehicle registration number will be needed to secure the booking.

    To see the full press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 05/09/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    WISH UPDATE


    Have you seen the fantastic new WISH website? It contains a lot of local information, especially the helpful coronavirus – local community information section.

    Launched at the end of July, the Website not only has a fresh new look, but also incorporates a great range of new features and benefits, which will enable residents to continue finding the health and wellbeing information and support they need.

    The new features, include…

    My Information Booklet: This enables you to create a personalised booklet of information, services and activities, which can be e-mailed or downloaded.

    Services directory: An improved and easier to use directory, including dedicated home care and care homes categories, to help you quickly find the information you need.

    What’s on calendar: Event listings can now feature posters, to make it even easier to promote / find all the information you need in one place.

    Google Translate: You’ll be able to automatically translate WISH into over 100 different languages, including Chinese, Lithuanian, Polish and Portuguese.

    Feedback service: This handy new online form will enable you to easily provide feedback about WISH, which will help them to continue improving the service.

    Volunteering opportunities: You’ll be able to see the different organisations and charities, across the county, where you can volunteer.

    Did you know…

    WISH has recently added some great new sections, including

    Coronavirus: Local community information;
    Coronavirus: Stay at home exercises and activities;
    Cooking at home;
    Summer activities in Herefordshire
    and a
    Speech and language toolkit for parents and carers. This means it now features over 325 wellbeing information pages, 950 registered services and groups and 350 activities and events every month!

    To find what you need for you and your family, follow WISH on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (WishHereford) or visit www.wisherefordshire.org.

    Date posted: 20/08/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    LATEST NEWS OF HEREFORDSHIRE (UPDATED REGULARLY)


    For the latest news from Herefordshire Council please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 13/08/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COUNCIL WELCOMES NEW FUNDING


    The Leader of Herefordshire Council has welcomed a multi-million pound investment into the county, announced by Government and allocated by the Marches LEP.

    More than 700 new jobs and 300 homes are to be created across the Marches region as part of the Government’s Getting Building Fund (GBF), and three of the six projects that will benefit are in Herefordshire.

    Planning applications for housing and employment sites in the north of Herefordshire are being delayed because of the elevated level of phosphates in the River Lugg catchment area. As part of the Integrated Constructed Wetlands project, up to 8 wetland sites can be built adjacent to sewage treatment works in the River Lugg catchment area to lower the phosphate levels, creating up to 500 jobs by unlocking development potential for 1,385 homes whilst also delivering strong environmental benefits through these rich bio diversity habitats. The money from the Marches LEP will add a further £1m to this project to add to the funds already earmarked by the Council.

    To see the press release, which contains further information, please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 11/08/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HEREFORD TRANSPORT STRATEGY REVIEW – UPDATE


    Cllr John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, has provided an update on the Hereford Transport Strategy Review. To see his letter please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 30/07/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    MAKING MORE SPACE TO MOVE AROUND SAFELY


    As shops re-open, people return to work and more people visit Hereford and the market towns, the government has asked local authorities to introduce temporary measures that give pedestrians and cyclists the space they need to maintain social distancing and travel safely.

    To find out what measures are being implemented in Hereford, Leominster and elsewhere in the County please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 14/07/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AT HEREFORDSHIRE FARM


    Herefordshire Council is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support vegetable producers AS Green and Co, based in Mathon near Malvern, following an outbreak of COVID-19 among their workforce. To see the joint statement on their response to this please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 12/07/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN HEREFORDSHIRE


    A new directory of summer activities has been developed on the WISH website, to help keep children and families active and entertained during the summer holidays, particularly in light of coronavirus.

    If you have any activities or events taking place during the holidays, we’d love to add them to the WISH events calendar, so we can help more people find what’s on across the county. It’s quick, easy and free to do, simply visit the WISH Website.

    Alternatively, please contact the WISH Team directly with the relevant details, so they can add them on your behalf. You can contact the team at info@wisherefordshire.org.

    To see what’s available across Herefordshire this summer, visit https://www.wisherefordshire.org/summeractivities.

    Date posted: 05/07/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    RE-OPENING PLAYGROUNDS AND OTHER LOCAL FACILITIES


    The Government have issued guidance on the re-opening of:

  • Playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use from 4 July while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-playgrounds-and-outdoor-gyms.


  • Multi-purpose buildings, such as community centres, village halls and other community facilities.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities.

  • These indicate the difficult issues to be addressed before our own parish facilities can be brought back into use.


    Date posted: 01/07/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    DISCRETIONARY GRANT SCHEME FOR BUSINESSES


    Herefordshire Council have announced the launch of an additional discretionary grants fund that will help provide assistance to some of the businesses that have not had access to other support schemes. To see a copy of the letter providing information about the new scheme please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 17/06/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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      Notice
    LETTER FROM HM LORD-LIEUTENANT OF HEREFORDSHIRE


    The Lord-Lieutenant has published a letter of thanks to the community, which you can see here.

    You can find information about the Lieutenancy by clicking on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 12/06/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    VOLUNTEERS SUPPORTING AT RISK VETERANS


    Herefordshire’s Veteran Support Centre (VSC) might be closed due to the Covid-19 emergency, but at-risk veterans are still receiving the support they need.

    The Centre provides access and coordinated support in Herefordshire as a one-stop shop for veterans, serving personnel, family members and carers. By working closely with military charities and a range of local service providers, the armed forces community have access to the right kind of support to meet their needs.

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 02/06/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 10


    A message from Lorna Williamson:

    I would like to say hello and introduce myself as the Talk Community Link Worker for Hampton Ward. Bethany Lewis and I had a brief handover last week in preparation for today and so hopefully I can continue to work alongside your community just as successfully. I am also the link worker for Leominster wards and have built a good relationship with Leominster Town Council during this period.

    I believe that it has been fairly quiet of recent weeks in Hampton Ward but if there is anything that you feel is of relevance for me to know then please do get in touch. We get daily updates of any new support requests across the county and so as before, if anything is bought to my attention then I will respond with your support.

    In the meantime, best wishes

    Lorna

    Lorna Williamson
    Direct line: 01432-383189
    Mobile: 07792-880016
    Email: lwilliamson@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 01/06/2020

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    'CONCLUSION OF AUDIT' NOTICE


    You can see/ download the 'Notice of Conclusion of Audit' for the Parish Council's Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 by clicking on the 'more details' link below.

    Any questions or requests to inspect the relevant documents should be addressed to the Parish Clerk, whose details are below.

    Date posted: 29/05/2020
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Christopher Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 9


    Beth Lewis, who is the Talk Community Link Worker for Hampton Ward, has provided another update:


    I hope that you are all keeping well and that you are managing to enjoy the beautiful weather.

    I just wanted to let you all know that Friday, 29th May 2020 will be my last day as the Link Worker for the Hampton Ward as I have been called back to my normal role as the Natural Flood Management Project Officer (www.herefordshire.gov.uk/nfm). Please be reassured that the Talk Community Covid-19 response support will still remain available for the Hampton ward, although it will be overseen by a different link worker. The new link worker for Hampton will be Lorna Williamson (contact details below), who has to date been covering the Leominster ward and has helped action many support requests. I’ve already spoken with Lorna and briefed her on how things have been working in the Hampton ward.

    Lorna Williamson
    Direct line: 01432-383189
    Mobile: 07792-880016
    Email: lwilliamson@herefordshire.gov.uk

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all of your amazing work during this crisis in supporting the most vulnerable within your communities. Your time and dedication to helping others has been remarkable and I’m very grateful for everything you have done/ are doing. It is down to your dedication and compassion that we have been able to help those in the Hampton Ward. It has been a pleasure getting to know you all. Thank you!!

    Please could you also pass on my gratitude to the volunteers within your networks, which at my last count equated to just over 100 volunteers within the Hampton ward!

    Thanks again and keep safe,

    Beth

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk



    Date posted: 27/05/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 8


    Beth Lewis and Amanda Eastman, who have been forming the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, have provided another update:

    Hope you’re all keeping well and have been enjoying some of the lovely weather we have had recently. Here’s a few more updates for you:

    Amanda’s last day as a link worker

    Sadly today (Friday 15th May) will be Amanda’s last day as a link worker as she is now needed back full time in her normal role as a Virtual School Education Officer. Huge thanks go to Amanda who has been a link worker for the Hampton Ward since this all started back in March; her help has been very much appreciated.

    Amanda would like to thank everyone in the Hampton Ward for all of their hard work; she says she has “really valued the volunteers’ absolutely amazing response and tireless efforts to keep others in their communities safe and well.”

    Beth Lewis will remain the link worker and point of contact for the Hampton Ward.



    Latest Government Guidelines

    If any of you are in any doubt about the latest Government guidelines on preventing the spread of Coronavirus, I personally have found this webpage quite useful as it goes through what you can and can’t do and how this differs from previous rules:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_content=Corona


    Talk Community Covid-19 Response – changes to phone line service

    The Talk Community Covid-19 response has received over 3000 telephone calls since the commencement of the service 7 weeks ago. We have deployed over 40 council staff to support the telephony service and vulnerable people of Herefordshire and at its peak were receiving 180 calls a day. The infrastructure has enabled over 1500 requests for support for our most vulnerable residents with the main areas of support continuing to be for supplies and medication collection.

    The number of calls has significantly reduced to an average of 50 per day over the past few weeks, which indicates that the needs of the vulnerable are being met either in the community, through the Talk Community response or within their own networks. Over the past few weeks we have been planning for the next phase of the Talk Community Covid response and considering the future and sustainable model during this next stage. The telephony service has been available 7 days a week 8am-8pm during the weekdays and 10am-4pm on the weekend, however the numbers of call have significantly reduced over the weekend and out of hours (after 5pm,) therefore to provide a permanent offer for the vulnerable residents of Herefordshire we will be looking to reduce the hours over the next week.

    The weekend of the 16th/17th will be the last weekend that the telephony support will be open and from the week commencing the 25th May, the bank holiday will be open 10am-4pm and from 26th May the telephony service will be available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday with the Blueschool House staff providing the telephony support. This enables a permanent infrastructure at a time when staff are being redeployed to substantive posts and to continue to meet the demand albeit at a reduced number.

    Out of hours support through the Adult Social Care service remains available as well as the NHS 111 service, however the nature of the small amount of calls out of hours has not, in the majority of cases, required an urgent response.

    Talk Community Covid-19 Response Telephone Number: 01432-260027.



    Information on financial issues and information on mental health

    We have been asked to re-share the following links to Herefordshire Council’s webpages on financial assistance and information relating to mental health:

  • Financial assistance: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19financialsupport

  • Information on mental health:
    https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200250/coronavirus/900/stay_home_stay_safe/5


  • Leominster Eastern Parishes website

    In light of the Coronavirus pandemic the Leominster Eastern Parishes website has been created by Kimbolton Parish Magazine. The website is designed to be a central point of communication for the eastern parishes including useful information on the Covid-19 response. As some of the parishes covered by the website are within the Hampton ward, we therefore thought it might be of interest to some of you: https://www.easternparishes.org/


    Thanks again for all of your hard work and please do get in touch if you have any questions or need any help,

    All the best,

    Beth & Amanda

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 15/05/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 TELEPHONE SERVICE CHANGES


    Since it started seven weeks ago the Talk Community Covid-19 Response service has received more than 3,000 telephone calls. Over 40 council staff were deployed to support the telephony service (Telephone Number: 01432-260027) and it has been available 7 days a week from 8.00am-8.00pm on weekdays and from 10.00am-4.00pm over weekends. At its peak it was receiving 180 calls a day and this allowed it to respond to over 1,500 requests for support for the most vulnerable people in the County, with the main areas being for supplies and medication collection.

    Over the past few weeks the number of calls has significantly reduced and now averages 50 per day, which indicates that the needs of the vulnerable are being met, either in their communities, through the Talk Community Service, or within their own networks. Plans are therefore being made to provide a more long term and sustainable service.

    The weekend of 16/17 May will be the last weekend that the telephony support will be open. On Bank Holiday Monday, 25 May it will be open from 10.00am-4.00pm and from 26 May it will be available from 9.00am-5.00pm Monday to Friday, with the Blueschool House staff providing the support. This will allow a permanent service to continue to meet a reduced demand when council staff are redeployed back to their normal posts.

    Out of hours support through the Adult Social Care service remains available, as does as the NHS 111 service.

    Date posted: 15/05/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COVID-19 SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION


    Herefordshire Safeguarding Board and Partnerships meet throughout the year, bringing together representatives from various agencies and organisations in Herefordshire to work in partnership to protect children, young people and adults in the County. By sharing best practice and expertise they can ensure that anyone living in Herefordshire has access to the right support and services they may need.

    The Herefordshire Safeguarding Board and Partnerships website contains a wealth of information on the support and services available and is regularly updated. To go to it please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 07/05/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS BY VENTURE


    Beth Lewis and Amanda Eastman, who form the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, have forwarded the following request:

    We have been asked by Venture to see if anyone would be interested in volunteering with them. They are currently looking for volunteers for the following roles:

  • Safe and well phone buddy – involves “being part of a paired buddy team who make at least one phone call per day to a housed homeless person”

  • Covid-19 Street Ambassador – involves “walking as a socially distanced, uniformed pair and being a calm reassuring presence to those you meet. It is a chance to interact with people safely, especially those coming out on the streets that are vulnerable or lonely or those struggling with the crisis.”

  • More details about the roles, including how to apply are contained within the documents below. We would be very grateful if you could share this information through your networks.

  • Safe and well phone buddy. http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/pdf/noticeboard/Safe and Well Phone Buddy Volunteer Description__.docx.pdf

  • Covid-19 Street Ambassador : http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/pdf/noticeboard/Covid-19 Volunteer Description Street Ambassador.pdf


  • Any questions, please ask.

    Many thanks,


    Beth & Amanda

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Amanda Eastman
    Tel: 07792-881899
    Email: aeastman@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 05/05/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 7


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided another update:


    Hope you’ve had a good week. Here’s a few more updates that we have been sent from the central team:

    Volunteer/ Talk Community helpline poster

    The Central team have produced this poster which contains a simple message about the Talk Community Covid response and how to contact the helpline. Please feel free to share this with others.


    Trading standards and scams

    Sadly there are many scams circulating at the moment which are designed to obtain people’s bank details. The Trading Standards team and the Police are monitoring and reacting to scams. They are also making interventions with those that have been scammed. If you become aware of a scam, or suspect a scam, please let myself or Amanda know and we can then escalate these concerns on your behalf to Trading Standards and if required the Police. Please keep vigilant and keep safe.


    Herefordshire Mental Health Helpline

    “Telephone based support, guidance and advice for people of all ages experiencing emotional distress or anxiety as a result of coronavirus crisis” is available via the 24 hour mental health support hotline: 01905-681 915. Please find this poster and image which can be shared to advertise this service.


    Financial advice and signposting

    The Welfare and Financial Assessments team have suggested that some people could be signposted to Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Age UK (over 65), MacMillan, and Tenancy Sustainment Officers with their social housing providers, to see advice about financial matters and benefits.

    Individuals can also be referred to the Welfare and Financial Assessments team by completing the form (link below), for a telephone triage. Complete the form below with as much information as possible and the team will get back in touch with the individual by phone. This is eligible for “If you need extra support because you have a disability or have difficulty coping with the demands of the benefit claims processes at the time when you need access to a service, our welfare benefits advisors can help.” https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200207/family_support/811/support_with_claiming_and_managing_benefits/2

    In addition, this briefing from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may be of interest as a highlight of financial support available from the government. Further information from DWP on employment and benefits support can be found at: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/employment-and-benefits-support/



    Co-op gift voucher scheme

    The Co-op launched a Gift voucher scheme on Monday to help all of us who are doing shopping for others to pay for it without having to handle cash. Basically the elderly / vulnerable person calls this number: 0800-029 4592 and prepays an amount of their choosing on to the card. The card gets sent out to them (takes 2 - 3 days). They then give this card to the person doing the shopping who uses it in the Coop. They can put the receipt in the bag and the elderly / vulnerable person can check the receipt against their gift card balance. Whenever they want to top it up, they just have to call the number and it will be topped up automatically (takes about 24 hours to update).


    Expansion of coronavirus testing

    An announcement have been made to expand access to coronavirus testing to help protect the most vulnerable (more info here). Key points:

  • Everyone in England aged 65 and over with coronavirus symptoms can now get tested, along with symptomatic members of their household

  • Symptomatic workers who are unable to work from home also eligible for testing

  • Testing of all asymptomatic NHS and social care staff and care home residents also being rolled out

  • New expansion of testing made possible due to rapidly increasing testing capacity


  • Any need for minibuses and drivers?

    Community Action Ledbury have said they have 3 mini buses (16 seats) & around 10 drivers able to drive them. They can take around 3 passengers to keep 2m apart and/or are able to deliver food parcels/goods etc. They have asked if anyone could make use of them. If you would like to be put in touch with this group, please let me know.


    Herefordshire CarerLinks

    Please see three documents from CarerLinks, which we have been asked to share with you. There is a statement from Herefordshire CarerLinks regarding the current support offer to unpaid family Carers during the COVID 19 pandemic, a copy of their Spring 2020 newsletter and their rebranded leaflet. You are welcome to share this information through your networks. Also note the names of Carer Advisors for different areas:

    Carer Advisors

  • Leah Blake: Hereford City 07843-372153 leah.blake@crossroadstogether.org.uk

  • Michelle Baillon: Ross and Ledbury 07843 372188 michelle.baillon@crossroadstogether.org.uk

  • Chrissy Dunlop: Golden Valley, Kington and Weobley 07843-372143 Chrissy.dunlop@crossroadstogether.org.uk

  • Melonie Hardwick: Leominster and Bromyard 07843-372152 Meloney.hardwick@crossroadstogether.org.uk


  • Many thanks for all the work you’re doing and if you need anything please do get in touch.

    All the best,

    Beth


    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 02/05/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 6


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided another update:

    “I hope you’re all keeping well. Here’s a few updates:

    Hand sanitiser update
    We have been told that the volunteer hand sanitiser bottles are being distributed today to the north of the County, so hopefully the hand sanitiser will be with those that ordered it very soon.

    Information about financial support for individuals and families
    The Welfare and Financial Assessments team have been working on sharing information about various types of financial support people can get during the Covid19 emergency. This information is being shared on the Council website here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200207/family_support/900/stay_home_stay_safe/10

    Garden/ Green waste
    The WISH website has now added a section on garden/ green waste which may be of interest: https://www.wisherefordshire.org/communitysupport

    The “Super Green Clinic” – Sarum House and house calls
    The Super Green service offers a safe environment for shielded patients to receive non-Covid related interventions, such as medication, blood tests and essential injections and forms part of a carefully planned strategy coordinated by all 20 Herefordshire GP surgeries and Taurus Healthcare. As well as at Sarum House surgery, a Super Green service will also be made available in their homes for housebound shielded patients, in collaboration with the district nursing team. More information about the service: https://www.herefordmedicalgroup.co.uk/media/content/files/Shielded%20patient%20service%20LEAFLET%20to%20be%20sent%20or%20given%20to%20patients%20NEW.pdf

    Morrison’s food boxes with next day delivery option
    Morrison’s are now offering food boxes ranging from £35 to £45, which are available for next day delivery if they are ordered before 3pm. More details on their website: https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/how-it-works

    Guidance from public health on transporting a vulnerable person to a hospital appointment:
    Public health have issued the following advice for instances where volunteers may be asked to transport a vulnerable person to a hospital appointment:

    We are working under the assumption that if a person’s clinician has suggested that they continue to have an appointment during this time then the benefits of going to the appointment outweigh the risk of travelling to and attending the appointment.

    Unless the person is extremely vulnerable (shielded) or requires someone to attend the appointment with them, I would arrange transport in the following order (starting from the top) –

    It is worth checking if patient transport from the hospital is a viable option first:

    1. Ideally somebody would travel to an appointment with a member of their household in a car.
    2. Arrange transport where they can remain 2m away from other people inc. driver (e.g. minibus or MPV) or travel in a taxi or vehicle that has a screen between the driver and the passenger
    3. Arrange transport with a volunteer or taxi, that person should not have symptoms of COVID (temperature and/or continuous cough), to reduce risk further they shouldn’t be sneezing or have a non-continuous cough. Sit passenger behind the driver if possible and keep windows open where possible to facilitate air flow.

    All other social distancing messages apply to this journey

  • Keep 2m distance wherever possible from people who you don’t live with

  • Wash hands just before leaving home, when you get to the appointment, leaving the appointment and when you get home again. Use alcohol gel if hand washing facilities are unavailable.

  • Notes: If skin is becoming damaged due to too frequent handwashing, use hand cream to take care of hands. Use normal soap not antibacterial. Frequency of handwashing may need to be reduced if this does not repair skin.

    Thanks again for all the amazing work you are all doing and please get in touch if you have any questions or require support.

    All the best,

    Beth

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Date posted: 29/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    A STATEMENT FROM CLLR DAVID HITCHINER


    "I am proud of our county. This has been an extraordinary year so far, but our sense of community has never felt stronger."

    To see a statement by the Leader of Herefordshire Council, Cllr David Hitchiner, please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 29/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    GUIDANCE ON VOLUNTEERING SAFELY AND USE OF PPE


    Government guidance on how to help safely is located at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely

    Government PPE guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-ppe.

    Registering with an existing local scheme such as Talk Community, and through our Hampton Ward Link worker (Beth Lewis on 07792-880030 or by email at bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk) will ensure volunteers are provided with appropriate support and verification, as required.


    Date posted: 23/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COUNCIL MEETINGS TO BE HELD 'VIRTUALLY'


    Herefordshire Council is set to conduct its public committees as virtual meetings that are able to be viewed live online, following a recent change in legislation due to COVID-19. To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 23/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 5


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided a fresh update:
    I hope you are keeping well. Some more information for you:

    Volunteers – How many do we have?

    The Talk Community Covid-19 response central team are trying to get an understanding of the volunteer workforce that has been mobilised during the Covid-19 pandemic. To help get a true picture of the numbers of volunteers across the County we would greatly appreciate it if you could share the number of volunteers you have within your community group. If you could send this information to me that would be brilliant!

    Shield buddies

    Operation Shield are starting to contact all 5000 individuals who are shielded over the next week to confirm if they need support from volunteers. They are also training volunteers to be shield “buddies”, who will be matched with shielded people. We will update you when we know that the shield buddies have been activated.

    Resources and Contacts

    Multi-Agency Enforcement Team
    Any resident who has a concern over the way residents, groups or employers observe social distancing, or who has a concern over social gatherings, can contact the Multi-Agency Enforcement Team: 01432-261761 or email ethelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk (all confidential).

    Let’s Talk website
    Help, advice and support is available through the Let’s Talk website, details below. This includes a section on maintaining wellbeing through the COVID-19 pandemic.https://www.talk2gether.nhs.uk/

    Mental Health Crisis Line
    A crisis line has been established for people with more urgent/ complex needs. The details are on this link -
    https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/urgent-help.


    Post Office Cash schemes – Payout Now & Fast PACE

    There are now new options for people who are isolating to access cash through the Post Office (as an alternative to our Halo reimbursement scheme). See information in press release -
    http://corporate.postoffice.co.uk/our-media-centre#/pressreleases/post-office-makes-access-to-cash-products-available-faster-to-help-self-isolating-individuals-during-coronavirus-pandemic-2990603


    Age UK

    We have been asked to remind everyone that Age UK can help with Information and Advice for older residents. For example, they can check to see what benefits people may be entitled to and then help claiming them, blue badge applications, and online application for a free TV licence's for those over 70 on pension credit.
    https://www.ageuk.org.uk/herefordshireandworcestershire/
    .

    WISH website – message from the WISH team

    Please be advised that there is a new section on WISH, which shows a detailed list of organisations offering groceries, food and ready-made / takeaway meals for delivery or collection across Herefordshire.

    The link to this page is https://www.wisherefordshire.org/communitysupport. However if you’re currently using https://www.wisherefordshire.org/covid19support, this still works and takes you to the correct page.

    These pages will be regularly updated with local information, including community / voluntary sector details, as and when they’re available.

    Thank you to everyone who has provided information, it’s much appreciated. If you require any further assistance or have some new or updated information for us, please don’t hesitate to contact the WISH Team at wish@herefordshire.gov.uk.


    Shielded people food parcels – cancelling your food parcel

    In response to this frequently asked question from shielded people who want to cancel their food package, please see instructions that Op Shield have shared with us:

    If your circumstances change and you no longer need your food parcel, please revisit
    https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable and re-register, selecting ‘no need for food deliveries’ otherwise you will continue to receive food parcels on a weekly basis.

    Please note, that the food parcels are government parcels, NOT council food parcels, and so we unable to stop them for the shielded person. If they have no access to the internet they can call 0800-0288327 which is an automated service.


    Talk Community Home Safe Service” (hospital discharge)

    Please see information here about a new ‘meet and greet’ home from hospital service for people who are being discharged from hospital with no package of care in place.

    Veterans Support

    A wide range of support is available to veterans. If you receive a support requests for someone who is a veteran, consider signposting them to Veteran Support to meet their needs. Further information about the support that is available can be found on the Council’s website:
    https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200139/community/282/supporting_our_armed_forces_community/3


    Giving World - support offer to councils and local hubs for essential supplies

    Giving World is a national charity offering help to local hubs and councils in the response to COVID-19. The charity supplies essentials including shampoo, bedding, nappies, washing powder and warm, clean clothing to the people in the medically shielded groups and other vulnerable people free of cost. They are also providing patients and front-line staff with changes of clothing and personal hygiene products. Please contact Rama Bhalla at rama@givingworld.org.uk for more information or visit their website.https://www.givingworld.org.uk/


    If you have any queries or need any support please do get in touch.

    Thanks again for all you are doing, you’re doing a great job!

    Beth


    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk



    Date posted: 23/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    USING PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY DURING LOCK DOWN


    To see the latest advice to landowners and the public about accessing public rights of way and open spaces please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 17/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    VARIOUS OTHER UPDATES & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES


    Council website updates on how Coronavirus is affecting our services, with sections on community and social care, council services and business support, transport and leisure plus links to national guidance.

    Herefordshire Council’s funding and enterprise officers are monitoring closely any funding and grant support which is becoming available to support the vital effort of local communities at this time. Current funding opportunities and business support for community, voluntary sector and statutory projects in Herefordshire. Of particular interest may be the Fastershire
    ’Keep Connected’ grant
    to help adapt and continue to deliver their services remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The grant, worth up to £500 for new software subscriptions, online platforms or technology, is available to any not-for-profit groups or organisations, including charities, community groups and Parish/town councils. Please note that applications for laptops are likely to be refused. If local organisations need advice on funding applications, Elaine Edwards and Dave Tristram can be contacted through projectdevelopment@herefordshire.gov.uk and are prioritising enquiries from those needing support and advice on funding linked to COVID-19.

    WISH Herefordshire is a useful source of information, including local food stores / deliveries and virtual exercises and activities to do at home.

    You can find a leaflet concerning domestic abuse here


    Date posted: 15/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY UPDATE 4 INCLUDING HAND SANITISER


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided another update:


    Hand Sanitiser For Volunteers

    Herefordshire Council will be receiving a stock of hand sanitiser and a limited supply will be made available to distribute to volunteers and community groups.

    If your volunteer group would like to receive some of this hand sanitiser, please can you
    let me know the following information by 10 am tomorrow (Thursday 16th April 2020):

  • Number of hand sanitisers requested
  • For whom, i.e. name of community group
  • Address the hand sanitiser could be delivered to
  • Contact details of a key contact in the community group

  • PLEASE NOTE STOCKS ARE LIMITED AND WE CANNOT GUARANTEE WE WILL BE ABLE TO MEET DEMAND.


    Advice for victims of domestic abuse

    We have been asked to share the attached leaflet which has some information to help those who are suffering from domestic abuse.


    Post Office cash scheme

    Please see information in the article below about another option, through Post Offices, for people to exchange cash without having to leave home.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52229698


    If you need anything else, please let me know.

    All the best,

    Beth


    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 15/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    RIVER WYE AND LUGG NFM PROJECT'S APRIL NEWSLETTER


    The River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project’s Newsletter for April 2020 is now available. To see it please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 15/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 3


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided a further update:

    ”I hope you had a good and hopefully restful Easter weekend.

    I just wanted to share the latest information with you, in case it is of use
    :

    Volunteer reimbursement scheme

    In response to the growing number of vulnerable people who are having difficulty accessing their money to pay for essential shopping, the Central Talk Community Covid-19 response team have created a volunteer reimbursement scheme. The scheme is being run through Halo Leisure and involves directly reimbursing the volunteer for the cost of the shopping using a PayPal account. In time, the vulnerable person who received the shopping would then receive an invoice from Halo Leisure to cover the cost of their shopping. We have been provided with this flow chart which explains how this scheme operates. We have also been told that at the moment, this scheme will only be available for volunteers registered with Talk Community. If you have any queries about this scheme please get in touch.

    To register as a Talk Community Covid-19 response volunteer and thus get access to this scheme, please go to the Council website:
    https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200207/family_support/883/coronavirus/3


    Covid-19 Fraud and scams

    Please see these leaflets containing information and advice about preventing scams about Covid-19.


    Help for farmers

    Herefordshire Rural Hub have sent me information about a Covid-19 volunteer scheme for farmers which is being ran by Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy. The scheme is designed to help provide additional support to farmers who find themselves unable to tend to their own farm because of self-isolation, or because all of their staff have been required to self-isolate. For more information about the scheme, please see this document.


    If you are a farmer requiring assistance during the current crisis you can contact one of the above organisations, or Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy by email at agchap@btinternet.com or phone 07973-361055.

    If you have any queries or need additional support or information please do get in touch.

    All the best,

    Beth

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 15/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    ONLINE LIBRARY SERVICE PROVING POPULAR


    Thousands of people are enjoying Herefordshire’s online library service, with over 150 new members joining in the past three weeks alone as they look to read and learn new skills during self-isolation and social distancing. To see the press release and to find out more about the resources available, and how to join if you are not already a member, please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 15/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 2


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided a further update:


    “I just wanted to thank you all for the amazing work you are all doing to help the vulnerable within your community! You are all doing an excellent job and I am very grateful for all your hard work!

    Just wanted to update you on a few things:

    Easter Weekend

    The Talk Community Covid-19 Response team will be continuing the service over the Easter weekend. For the Hampton Ward, I (Beth) will be covering Friday 10th April 2020 and Amanda will be covering Monday 13th April.

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030 Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Amanda Eastman
    Tel: 07792-881899 Email: aeastman@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Covid-19 guidance posters

    I have been made aware of the Public Health England Resource (Campaign) Centre which has useful posters on Covid-19 which are available for anyone to download:
    https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

    As these posters are not particularly printer friendly, the Council has put together this poster which can be circulated around your areas should you wish.


    Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire (WISH) website

    The Talk Community Covid-19 Response central team have informed us that they are trying to centralise information about the Covid-19 response and the support available to Herefordshire communities. This information is being collated on the WISH website:
    https://www.wisherefordshire.org/

    The website contains a lot of information, including information about meal preparation and food delivery services in Herefordshire:
    https://www.wisherefordshire.org/keeping-well-staying-healthy/keeping-yourself-well/coronavirus/coronavirus-additional-information-and-support/

    The team are asking us to feedback any local information about support options available. If you know of any support options that have been missed off the website, please do let me know and I’ll feed it back to the central team.


    Cash flow issues

    The Council are aware that people are beginning to struggle to pay for their shopping, e.g. due to a lack of access to their bank accounts or pensions etc. The Central Team are working on some support options for these people and I will share the details of these schemes as soon as they are finalised.


    Community Transport Resource

    Please see this leaflet about the support that can be provided by the Community Transport Schemes.


    I hope you all have a good Easter weekend and please do get in touch should you require any help,

    All the best,

    Beth

    Date posted: 10/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE


    Beth Lewis (Bethany.Lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk), who with Amanda Eastman (aeastman@herefordshire.gov.uk) forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided the following update:

    I hope you are all keeping well. I’ve recently been sent quite a lot of information from our central team regarding the Covid-19 response and the support available, so I thought I’d share it with you in one collective email.

    Payments for food

    The Council is still working on a system to help people who have run out of cash and can’t get to a cash point. I’ll share this information with you asap.

    Asda have set up a volunteer shopping card, which can be purchased online:
    https://cards.asda.com/volunteer?utm_source=asdacom&utm_medium=homepage&utm_term=volunteercard&utm_content=generic&utm_campaign=cards.

    Where possible, the advice is to avoid handling cash.



    Prescriptions

    Where possible try and arrange for the pharmacy to deliver the medication, even if that means asking the individual to contact their GP and ask for the medication to be sent to a different pharmacy that can deliver. Another option is to use the Pharmacy2u service: https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/.


    Volunteer and resident letters

    Two letters have been produced by the Talk Community Central Team.

  • Resident letter – can be sent to residents and contains information about their local support organisations.
  • Volunteer letter – can be given to volunteers to help demonstrate to others, including shops that they are volunteering and helping vulnerable people. If you know a volunteer who would benefit from receiving this letter please get in touch with me.



  • Funding for community organisations – Covid-19

    The two Funding and Enterprise officers in the Council are prioritising funding advice and business support for those voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations helping people and communities in Herefordshire affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

    They can be contacted via the shared email inbox projectdevelopment@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Or you can speak to them by phone
  • Dave Tristram: 01432-260636 or 07792-880573
  • Elaine Edwards: 01432-383030 or 07792-881755

  • They can both cover general enquiries, with Elaine specialising in support to social enterprises and business advice to VCSE organisations and Dave specialising in funding advice.

    There is also a link below to information and funding pages relevant to VCSE orgs at this time in relation to Covid-19 which are being regularly updated.
    https://herefordfundingupdate.wordpress.com/coronavirus-funding/.


    Government guidance on Covid-19 and helping others/ volunteers

    This information was published last week:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely


    NHS Letters

  • If individuals believe that they should have received an NHS letter to identify them as shielded, but didn’t, they should contact their GP.

  • Individuals who are shielded should register with https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable


    Incontinence Pad suppliers – Herefordshire

    Please see http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/pdf/noticeboard/Appendix 39 Incontinence Pad Suppliers Across Herefordshire.pdf which contains information about incontinence pad suppliers in Herefordshire.


    Food box and ready meal delivery list

    Please see http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/pdf/noticeboard/Food box and ready meal delivery list.pdf which contains information about food box and ready meal delivery services available. If you know of any other suppliers, please do let me know.


    THANK YOU all for all the hard work you have been putting in the past few weeks, you are all doing an amazing job and are making a real difference to the vulnerable people in your communities.

    If you have any questions, or need further guidance, please do get in touch.

    All the best,

    Beth


    Date posted: 08/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FUNDING FOR CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS ETC


    To see details of the current funding opportunities available for community, voluntary sector and statutory projects in Herefordshire please visit
    https://herefordfundingupdate.wordpress.com/coronavirus-funding/

    Information about the Rural Services Delivery Grant can be found by clicking on the ‘more details’ link below. The deadline for applications for the grant has been extended until the 30 June 2020.


    Date posted: 07/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR HEREFORDSHIRE BUSINESSES


    Herefordshire Council have announced that over £13million in grant funding has been paid to help support local businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak, and a further £2.7million is currently being processed – with a further 320 payments being made today (6 April).

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below


    Date posted: 07/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    RETURN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT NO LONGER NEEDED


    NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Wye Valley Trust and Herefordshire Council are calling on all residents to support their work at this unprecedented time by returning medical equipment that is no longer needed.

    For information on what to do if you have such equipment please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 04/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    BUS TRAVEL UPDATE (FROM 4 APRIL)


    Updated COVID-19 emergency bus timetables are being introduced from today (4 April). For full information please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 04/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (UPDATED 2)


    Herefordshire Council have been developing a Talk Community COVID Response where they are sending every household in Herefordshire a letter focussed on the vulnerable people and the support they will need outside of their existing network. You can see copy of the letter here.

    The Council have a central coordination centre with a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people, volunteers and community organisations/leaders to contact them and they will then link them back into the community organisations. There is already some fantastic community responses happening and the Council can support the infrastructure through this response and provide community resilience.

    The Council have now allocated council staff to be deployed in every ward to act as link workers to support communities and the parishes. The ward contacts for Hampton Court Ward, including Bodenham, are:

    Beth Lewis. bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk or 07792-880030.

    Amanda Eastman. aeastman@herefordshire.gov.uk or 07792-881899.

    There is also a useful information document which provides links to some key information which you can find here

    The central telephone coordination line and online forms are now live and Herefordshire Council will be forwarding the information that they gather about the vulnerable individuals and the volunteers to the link workers every day at 12pm, 4pm and 8pm. They will then work with the community leaders/vorganisations to review the support needed and link in the response.

    The areas of support that are being coordinated are:

  • Shopping
  • Urgent supplies
  • Picking up meds (DBS check needed)
  • Pet walking
  • Calling vulnerable people during this difficult time


  • Important information

    People wishing to volunteer can register and vulnerable people needing support can register on the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help.

    Talk Community Covid Response telephone number: 01432-260027

    Email address talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk

    To see the related Herefordshire Council poster please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 28/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    BUSINESS SUPPORT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19


    Herefordshire Council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire. This on-line service offers FREE support services for all local businesses. There are a number of government supported initiatives that can potentially help businesses through this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

    If you are a business wishing to have further information on Covid-19, details of the local support available are on the Marches Growth Hub Website -
    https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/

    Alternatively, if you wish to discuss matters with a member of the Economic Development Team, please contact them on 01432-261758 or 01432-383633 or at business@herefordshire.gov.uk.

    Date posted: 19/03/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    REPORTING DAMAGE TO THE COUNTY'S INFRASTRUCTURE


    Councillor John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, is keen that Herefordshire Council have as full an understanding as possible of the damage caused to the County’s infrastructure by last month’s significant flooding.

    In order to make use of all local knowledge, the Council have asked parish councils to help by letting Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) know of any drainage issues resulting from the flooding which have not already been reported. This is so that, alongside other additional infrastructure works and services required due to the flooding, these can potentially be included as part of the recovery works.

    Local residents are also encouraged to continue to use established reporting methods for any highways defects:

  • Online at https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/report-a-pothole; or

  • Telephone the Council’s customer services on 01432-261800 if it is an EMERGENCY


  • Date posted: 16/03/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    DITCH AND DRAINAGE RESPONSIBILITIES


    The owner of land or property through which a river, stream or watercourse passes is known as a riparian owner. Furthermore, where a watercourse forms a boundary with the owner’s property it is likely that, as the adjacent landowner, they have riparian responsibilities up to the centre line of the watercourse (unless compelling evidence, such as property deeds, suggests otherwise).

    Given that riparian owners have a really important part to play in Herefordshire, all residents, businesses and landowners are encouraged to consider the information leaflet on ditch and drainage responsibilities at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/ditches-and-drainage-guidance so that they can ensure they are aware of their responsibilities as riparian owners.

    Date posted: 16/03/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    MORE GUIDANCE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY FLOODING


    To see a copy of the letter which Herefordshire Council are sending to residents who have been affected by the recent floods and which the Council have said can be shared more widely please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 13/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    B4224 SEVERELY DAMAGED BY STORM DENNIS


    The B4224 road, from Fiddler’s Green to Fownhope, was severely damaged by Storm Dennis. It was dealt a double blow by the storm, which caused a 6.5 metre wide landslip and a separate partial collapse of a 100-metre long retaining wall.

    To see the press release which contains photographs, together with details of the repairs required and their likely timescale, please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 13/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    UPDATE ON THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)


    Herefordshire Council and its partners are well prepared to deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There are tried and tested procedures to prevent further spread and the NHS is very well prepared and used to managing infections.

    For the most suitable sources of information please visit the Herefordshire Council website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus. The website has links to a variety of guidance documents which you may find useful. You are advised not to print or download guidance, but to use the links provided, since these will be updated as required based on new information.

    Remember to:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially before cooking and eating; after using the toilet and using public transport. You can see and, if you wish, download and print three official posters here.
  • ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’: If you sneeze or cough remember to catch it with a tissue; bin it and kill it by washing your hands, or by using a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water isn’t available.
  • Follow Public Health England’s (PHE’s) returning traveller advice: There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. If you have returned from travelling outside of the UK within the last 14 days please check and follow the PHE specific advice for returning travellers.
  • Include the ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’ logo here to your email signature to remind people to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene.
  • Stay up to date and avoid misinformation by visiting the following web pages, which provide the latest, reputable sources of information about this coronavirus:

  • Health advice about coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
    Latest information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.
    Frequently asked Questions: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/.



    Date posted: 12/03/2020

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    Public Health England Notice
    ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)


    Public Health England (PHE) have released a poster about the coronavirus (COVID-19), which provides advice about how the general public can help protect themselves and others by practising good respiratory and hand hygiene and where they can find further information. To see this please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Please note that this is an evolving situation, so public advice and posters may change. If this happens, updated versions will be issued.

    Date posted: 19/02/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    INFORMATION ABOUT VE AND VJ DAY COMMEMORATIONS


    HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire and the Chairman of Herefordshire Council have issued a joint letter announcing the County’s programme of events to commemorate the end of the Second World War and listing events already being planned. To see this please click on the ‘more details’ below.

    You can also find information about how to share details of any street party or other local event you may want to organise by going to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/v75

    In addition, you might be interested in the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise by the nation that those who serve, or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, will be treated fairly at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200139/community/282/supporting_our_armed_forces_community.


    Date posted: 18/02/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    APPROVAL OF THE 'COUNTY PLAN 2020/21' AND BUDGET


    Herefordshire’s Full Council has approved the ‘County Plan 2020-2024’ and associated 2020/21 budget, Capital Programme, Medium Term Financial Strategy and Treasury Management Plan. An increase to Herefordshire Council Tax rates was also approved at 3.9% in order to achieve a balanced budget.

    To see the press release which contains further details please go to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/940/full_council_approves_budget_and_four-year_county_plan.


    Date posted: 18/02/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FINANCIAL AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR FLOOD VICTIMS


    Herefordshire Council have published details of the grants available for householders and business owners who have suffered from the recent flooding, as well as guidance on what to do after flooding where, for example, properties have to be cleaned, sandbags have to be disposed of, or health has been affected.

    For the details please go to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/345/flooding/3


    Date posted: 18/02/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    OFFICIAL UPDATE ON HEREFORDSHIRE FLOODING RESPONSE


    Herefordshire Council’s latest official update on its response to the present flooding was issued at 1.13pm on 17 February 2020 and is below.

    Public advised not to put themselves at unnecessary risk

    Herefordshire continues to experience significant and widespread flooding from rising river levels and deep surface flooding. There is currently a severe flood warning, meaning danger to life, for the River Wye at Blackmarston. Residents have been evacuated from the Hinton and Putson areas of Hereford city and we expect river levels to remain high over the next couple of days. We are closely monitoring the situation.

    There is potential risk of further and significant flooding over the next few days in Greyfriars and Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire. The River Wye at Ross-on-Wye is expected to peak tomorrow (Tuesday 18 February) with risk of further flooding at Ross and at Symonds Yat. Residents in these areas are advised to activate any property flood protection products they may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers and have a bag ready with vital items like medicines and insurance documents.

    All partners are working together to keep people safe and plans have been put in place for the coming days. Emergency response partners including Herefordshire Council, West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Environment Agency and health partners are working to support residents and protect the most vulnerable. We are concentrating our efforts to ensure vulnerable residents are evacuated where needed and rest centres are being set up for any residents that need to be evacuated at:

    • Holmer Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford
    • thePoint4, Venns Lane, Hereford
    • Leominster Leisure Centre, Coningsby Road, Leominster
    • Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye

    Further rest centres will be made available as required.

    The multi-agency lead, Superintendent Sue Thomas said:

    “The safety of residents is our priority. The river levels are unprecedented and we are doing everything we can to keep people safe- but we need the public to help the emergency services. Please do not put yourself at unnecessary risk - avoid any unnecessary travel and do not enter flood water. Also, please check on your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.”

    Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor David Hitchiner said:

    “We are grateful to our local community for stepping up at this time of need, offering help and support to residents and our emergency response teams, including council officers- who have been working day and night. Herefordshire has never seen flooding like it and together with partners, we are doing all we can to ensure residents are safe. Thanks also to the local community groups who are opening their doors to residents who need localised shelter and support. Please keep checking the Herefordshire Council website for the latest information.”

    Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Many roads are closed and impassable so please respect any road closures and diversions as they are in place to keep you safe. Please do not venture close to swollen rivers or floodwater and follow official flood advice.

    Herefordshire Council is co-ordinating all official information such as road closures, live updates and messages from partner agencies. Follow @HfdsCouncil on Facebook and Twitter or https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/.

    Please do not enter flood water or put yourself at unnecessary risk. If your home has been flooded and there is no threat to life, dial 01432 260000. If you are in danger, always call 999.

    Ends

    Herefordshire Council Communications Team

    communications@herefordshire.gov.uk 01432 383627


    Date posted: 17/02/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER FLOODING - A REMINDER


    Herefordshire Council appreciates what a difficult time this has been for people recently and has launched hardship schemes to residents and businesses whose homes or businesses have been flooded. This includes a Community Flood Recovery Grant worth £500 to each affected household. In order to qualify for the assistance, flood water must have entered the habitable areas of their property, or the residence has been considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding.

    Alongside this is a Business Flood Recovery Grant, which will provide up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized business. To qualify, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have directly impacted or have directly suffered a loss of trade as a result of the flooding that cannot be recovered from insurance.

    The application process has now opened and you can apply online at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.

    In addition, 100% Council Tax discount is available for 3 months for primary residence where, as a result of the relevant weather event:

  • Flood water entered into the habitable areas; OR
  • Flood water did not enter into the habitable areas, but the local authority regards that the residence was otherwise considered unliveable for any period of time, for example:

  • where access to the property is severely restricted (e.g. upper floor flats with no access);
  • key services such as sewerage, draining, and electricity are severely affected;
  • the adverse weather has resulted in other significant damage to the property such that it would be, or would have been, advisable for residents to vacate the premises for any period of time.

  • Furthermore, 100% business rate discount for 3 months (up to state aid de minimis levels) is available for primary residence in the following circumstances:

  • The hereditament was directly impacted by the relevant weather event - for instance flood damage to the property, equipment, and/or stock; or; the business could not function due to lack of access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of the relevant weather event, and no alternatives were available; AND
  • On that day business activity undertaken at the hereditament was adversely affected as a result; AND
  • On that day the rateable value of the hereditament was less than £10 million.


  • If the above criteria are satisfied, you can email counciltax@herefordshire.gov.uk or businessrates@herefordshire.gov.uk who will arrange for a visiting officer to attend the property to verify the situation.

    Herefordshire Council are aware that not everyone who suffered from flooding contacted the emergency services or the Council for help and so would like to encourage anybody who has been affected by flooding to get in touch and report any issues online at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.


    Date posted: 18/12/2019

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HAVE YOU BEEN AFFECTED BY FLOODING?


    Over recent weeks a number of communities have been affected after heavy rainfall resulted in high river levels and significant surface flooding across the County, causing road closures, flooded properties, stranded people and abandoned vehicles.

    Herefordshire Council are calling for people whose properties or businesses have been affected by flooding to be aware of the support that is available. For example, council tax reduction and Business rate reduction is available for properties affected by the recent floods and drop-in sessions are also being held where you can get in touch with the Council.

    To find out the details, please go to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/910/have_you_been_affected_by_flooding.


    Date posted: 04/12/2019

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    DEVELOPMENT IN THE RIVER LUGG CATCHMENT AREA



    Herefordshire Council have prepared a note setting out advice to developers about the issue of phosphate levels in the River Lugg Special Area of Conservation (SAC) catchment. It provides some background to the issue and how a recent Court of Justice of the European Union judgement, commonly known as the Dutch judgement, has impacted upon the Council’s ability to grant planning permission for development within the catchment.

    To see the note and a map of the catchment affected by this advice please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 26/11/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    BE AMAZING - BE A FOSTER CARER


    Do you want to make a difference? Be a foster carer and begin your incredible journey today.
    We need more Herefordshire foster carers so our children can be placed with families that best reflect their background and culture and, wherever possible, are near to their own families, schools and communities.

    Fostering can be for long or short periods of time, but sometimes just for a weekend or an overnight emergency. It can often be what gives children the start in life they deserve and a safe home where they are loved, can learn to be a child again and grow into the young person they want to be.

    You might want to:

  • Provide short breaks for children with disabilities
  • Support a young adult and teach them life skills such as cooking, laundry and budgeting
  • Be a therapeutic foster carer and work with children who have complex behaviours and challenges
  • Offer a home to an unaccompanied asylum seeking child
  • Provide a forever home that some children need

  • You can be a foster carer, if:

  • You must be over the age of 21 - there is no upper age limit, as long as you lead a healthy lifestyle you may apply
  • You don't need any qualifications to become a foster carer - your life experience with children and young people is equally as important
  • You can apply if you are single, married or living with a partner of either gender

  • We'll provide:

  • Full local training and support
  • An excellent financial package
  • Your own dedicated social worker
  • 24 hour support and respite breaks
  • A rewarding career!

  • For more information call us 01432 -383240 or visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/fostering.


    Date posted: 20/11/2019

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ROAD SAFETY IN BODENHAM MOOR


    Everyone who uses the C1125 through Bodenham Moor will be aware that there is a particularly hazardous section where the road narrows between the Post Office and Baches. Worryingly, with increased traffic using the road, a number of ‘near misses’ have been reported in the last few months.

    This is partly because the lack of a pavement places pedestrians at risk, partly because there is poor visibility for drivers in both directions along this stretch, partly because this is made worse by customers parking outside and opposite the Post Office and Hair Affair, and partly because too many drivers using the road are, quite simply, driving too fast.

    Over the past few years the Parish Council has tried to improve matters by pursuing various measures, such as the installation of a chicane to slow traffic and/ or a pavement to protect pedestrians However, visibility is too poor to allow the former and the road is too narrow to permit the latter. Additional road markings and ‘road narrows’ signs have also been proposed to Herefordshire Council without success. Nevertheless, an important contribution has been made by Baches to tackle the problem of inconsiderate parking; they have offered free and unrestricted parking in their car park and
    all Post Office and Hair Affair customers are asked to use this facility and NOT to park on either side of the roadway unless absolutely unavoidable.

    As already suggested, however, the basic problem here – as elsewhere in the Parish - is speeding and to tackle this the Parish Council has for the past nine years regularly deployed its speed indicator device (SID) opposite ‘Wynmoor’ (about 130 metres North of the Post Office). This monitors traffic either heading South from the Village Green into the road narrows, or leaving the narrows and going North towards the Green. The SID is designed simply to ‘educate’ passing drivers by showing them their speed and, when that is above the 30mph speed limit, encouraging them to slow down.

    The data recorded by the SID has always been reported to the Parish Council, but has never before been published more widely. It does, however, illustrate the extent of the speeding problem at the Post Office, as elsewhere in Bodenham, and the data from the two most recent deployments opposite ‘Wynmoor’ can serve as examples:

    a. 12 –21 July 2019 – Vehicles Travelling South from the Village Green towards the Post Office

      Exceeded the speed limit45.5%
      Exceeded 35mph16.4%
      50% were travelling at or above30 mph
      25% were travelling at or above33 mph
      15% were travelling at or above36 mph


    b. 5 – 15 September 2019– Vehicles Travelling North towards the Village Green after passing the Post Office

      Exceeded the speed limit49.4%
      Exceeded 35mph18.2%
      50% were travelling at or above30 mph
      25% were travelling at or above34 mph
      15% were travelling at or above36 mph


    These are absolutely typical figures for this SID location. For nearly 50% of drivers to be exceeding the speed limit is unacceptable in any circumstances, and especially so on such a dangerous stretch of road. Furthermore, although many may be using the C1125 to get between the A417, Sutton and beyond, it is obvious that an even higher proportion are likely to be local residents and that the problem cannot simply be blamed on ‘through traffic’.
    Whenever you drive on the C1125 within Bodenham Moor – or indeed anywhere on the Parish’s 30mph limited roads - please observe the speed restriction at all times and don’t wait for the SID to tell you to slow down.

    Date posted: 29/09/2019

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    THE HEREFORDSHIRE LOCAL ACCESS FORUM


    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.

    The Forum meets twice a year, with training and development sessions in between each meeting, and members volunteer to serve for a three-year term. While the post is unpaid, reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out duties are reimbursed.

    If you are interested in helping shape rights of way in the future, call 01432-261800 to arrange a chat with the Public Rights of Way Team Leader.


    To see the Herefordshire Council press release please click here.

    For further information visit the HLAF website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200242/public_rights_of_way/681/herefordshire_local_access_forum.


    Date posted: 30/08/2019

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    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice
    EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF BODENHAM FOOT BRIDGE


    Balfour Beatty have notified that, following an inspection by their Bridge Team, an emergency closure has been placed on the footpath bridge behind (i.e. South of) Bodenham Church and before the foot bridge over the River Lugg. This is because cracks in the base of the bridge and areas of concrete that have collapsed from its underside have made the bridge unsafe.

    Notices will also be placed on the adjoining footpaths (BM5, BM6, BM7 and BM14) to alert users and it has been tweeted on Hereford Highways Twitter feed.

    Balfour Beatty have not yet announced for how long the closure will be in effect.

    To see the images issued by Balfour Beatty please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 23/08/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Environment Agency Notice
    ABSTRACTION OF WATER - NEW LEGISLATION


    The Environment Agency have notified that the Law is changing for people who abstract water. Previously exempt water users may now have to apply for a licence.

    Changes to abstraction licensing means that if you abstract more than 20 metres3 per day, you now need a licence. If you are a collection of houses on one borehole supply, or a farm or business that takes water from watercourses (rivers, streams, springs) or pumps from the ground, you need a licence.

    The new rules will better protect the environment by helping to balance the needs of water users, whilst also protecting water supplies and the plants and animals that rely on them.

    To see an Environment Agency newsletter providing the latest update on new rules on water use and abstraction licensing, please click on the ‘more details’ link below. As mentioned in the newsletter the Environment Agency now have an online information page about this, which they will keep updated on a regular basis. The link to this page is https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/environment-and-business/removing-previously-exempt-abstraction-activities/.

    To help promote this information the Environment Agency have also published a poster, which you can find here.

    If you would like to discuss any aspect of this further, the Environment Agency ask you to please call 03708 506 506 and ask for the ‘New Authorisations hotline’, or email enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk stating ‘New Authorisations’ in the email subject to find out more.


    Date posted: 17/08/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HEREFORD BYPASS & SOUTHERN LINK ROAD DECISION


    The decision has been published today (subject to call-in)

    THAT:

    a) all work on the Southern Link Road be paused, a review of the project to determine next steps be undertaken, and work on the South Wye Transport Package active travel measures be continued;

    b) all work on the Hereford by-pass be paused, a review of the project to determine next steps be undertaken, and work on the Hereford Transport Package active travel measures be continued; and

    c) the acting director for economy and place be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to scope the review work for both road schemes within a budget of £50k (Southern Link Road) and £70k (Hereford By-pass) to inform a further decision in this calendar year.

    Details about the decision can be found on the council website at:
    http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/mgDelegatedDecisions.aspx?bcr=1

    To see a copy of the letter that has been posted/ emailed today to people who have shown an interest in the road schemes please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 09/08/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    WAR MEMORIAL AWARDED LISTED BUILDING STATUS


    Historic England have just notified the Parish Council that, following consultation with the Council and the relevant statutory bodies, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Bodenham War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

    The Memorial is now listed at Grade II and the listing can be found on the Historic England website at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1462186

    Herefordshire Council, as the local planning authority, will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

    In its response to the Consultation, the Parish Council provided Historic England with photographs of the War Memorial, of the Order of Service for the Dedication of the Memorial on 19 March 1921 and of the Service itself. In particular, they reported to Historic England the tradition that the famous Armistice hymn ‘O Valiant Hearts’, written by Sir John Stanhope Arkwright, was sung to its famous tune for only the second time at the Dedication Service. Historic England have noted this, but, because the tradition is not supported by any source evidence, could not include it in the List Entry. However, if the necessary evidence can be found, it may be submitted to be included in the List Entry at a later date.



    Date posted: 09/06/2019

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    TRAFFIC HAZARD IN BODENHAM MOOR


    Parking outside and opposite the Post Office and Hair Affair in Bodenham Moor is becoming a traffic hazard with increased traffic along the C1125 Hereford road. Worryingly, a number of ‘near misses’ have been reported in the last few months.

    Baches have offered free and unrestricted parking in their car park for Post Office and Hair Affair customers.
    Please use this facility and do not park on the roadway on either side of the road unless absolutely unavoidable.

    Date posted: 19/05/2019

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT NEWSLETTER


    The Herefordshire River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project is one of 26 catchment scale projects funded by the recent £15m DEFRA allocation for NFM projects in England

    Within Herefordshire the Project is working with landowners and communities in seven catchment areas, of which Bodenham is one. The aim is to design ways in which the community can work together to reduce flood risk, while also delivering wider benefits such as improvements to water quality and enhanced biodiversity.

    If you would like to see a copy of the first issue of a regular newsletter designed to keep communities up to date with the Project’s progress and to share opportunities to get involved, please click on the ‘more details’ link below

    Date posted: 08/04/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    THE NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT PROJECT


    The following description of the Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project is taken from Herefordshire Council’s recent letter to the Parish Council:

    The Herefordshire Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) project is one of 24 catchment scale projects funded by the recent £15m DEFRA allocation for NFM projects in England (funding secured until 31 March 2021). It is one of four catchment scale projects in the Environment Agency West Midlands area together with three community scale NFM projects. The project has four main objectives:

  • Reduce flood risk to local communities;

  • Gather evidence and develop our knowledge around NFM where there are currently gaps;

  • Engage communities around NFM and develop partnerships; and

  • Deliver wider benefits, e.g. water quality, enhanced biodiversity, socio economic benefits.


  • The Project’s initial focus will be around bringing NFM into key Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) schemes, as well as working in seven priority sub-catchments which experience both local flooding and water quality issues:

  • Cheaton / Cogwell / Ridgemoor Brook system (above Leominster and Frome);

  • Tedstone Brook (above Bromyard);

  • Dulas Brook (above Ewyas Harold);

  • Pentaloe Brook (above Mordiford);

  • The Red, Norton and Twyford Brook system (above Rotherwas, Hereford);

  • The Bodenham and Millcroft Brooks (above Bodenham); and

  • Brimfield Brook (above Brimfield and Orleton).


  • Herefordshire Council are the lead organisation for the Project, working in partnership with the Environment Agency and other key delivery partners, including but not limited to, Severn Rivers Trust and the Wye and Usk Foundation to ensure the Project is delivered successfully. Mrs Bethany Lewis has been employed by Herefordshire Council as the Project Officer and is therefore the main point of contact for this Project. To help local delivery, Severn Rivers Trust and the Wye and Usk Foundation will be employing Catchment Advisors who will be engaging with landowners and advising them as to how they can use natural processes.

    NFM is based around the principle of working with natural processes to help slow down the flow of water, aiming to hold the water back in the upper reaches of the catchment to help reduce the risk of flooding to downstream communities. NFM can involve a variety of things including; working with farmers to help improve their land management practices with the aim of increasing soil infiltration, installing attenuation features (e.g. ponds and wetlands), and building leaky woody structures which help slow the flow of water down the channel. The two videos below help demonstrate this idea.

    http://www.highwaterfilm.co.uk/

    http://www.highwaterfilm.co.uk/library/

    It is really important to get communities involved with the Project and it is therefore planned to set up NFM Community Groups within the catchments who will draw on their local knowledge to help guide the Project. The NFM Community Group would be made up of local resident and key delivery organisations, e.g. Herefordshire Council, Flood Action Group, Catchment Advisors, Environment Agency and key landowners.

    As part of the Defra funding requirement the Project must also gather evidence on the benefits and impacts of NFM. A monitoring plan is therefore being produced for the Project which includes things like river flow and level monitoring and soil monitoring. It is also hoped to set up some citizen science projects which will rely on volunteers, e.g. fixed point photography monitoring of watercourses responses to flooding or wildlife and habitat studies. The details of these monitoring plans are still being finalised, however it would be great to draw on local knowledge and interests to set up these citizen science projects.

    In order to inform the communities about the Project and encourage community engagement ‘project launch’ events will be organised in each of the catchments. The project launch event for the Bodenham & Millcroft brooks catchment was held on the evening of Wednesday, 23th January 2019 at the Siward James Centre Bodenham, HR1 3LS and was attended by about 35 local residents.

    To see the poster and a map of the twin catchment areas of the Millcroft and Moor Brooks, which are the focus for the Bodenham part of the overall NFM Project, please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    You can also see Herefordshire Council’s press release by going to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/717/natural_flood_management_project_heads_to_bodenham.


    Date posted: 12/01/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice
    INFORMATION ABOUT GRITTING AND ROADWORKS


    Balfour Beatty have published the following links should you require information about gritting or roadworks.

    For gritting route information, this can be found at
    https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/232/winter_gritting_routes/2

    For roadworks enquiries, a map of roadworks can be found at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/234/roadworks?utm_source=Newsquest_www.herefordtimes.com&utm_medium=MPU&utm_campaign=HH4106010.

    Date posted: 19/12/2018

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL'S ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT


    To see Herefordshire Council's Annual Performance Report for 2017-18 please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 17/10/2018
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    RESULT OF THE REFERENDUM ON THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN


    I attach a copy of the official ‘Declaration of Result of Poll’ giving the outcome of yesterday’s Referendum on the Bodenham Neighbourhood Development Plan. To see it please click on the 'more details' link below.

    I should like to express my most sincere thanks to all those of you who contributed so much, in so many ways and (in some cases) over such a long period of time to our achieving this excellent result.

    Tony Mitcheson


    Date posted: 13/07/2018
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    REVISED CODE OF CONDUCT


    Herefordshire Council recently revised its Code of Conduct for Councillors and in order to conform with this the Parish Council has revised its own Code accordingly. It adopted this at its Meeting on 3 July 2017.

    To see/ download the revised Code of Conduct please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 03/07/2017
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ANNUAL REPORTS BY CLUBS AND SOCIETIES (MAY 2017)


    The following Reports were received at the Annual Parish Meeting on 8 May 2017:

    Chairman, Bodenham Parish Council
    Bodenham Leisure Club
    Bodenham Christian Fellowship
    Bodenham Community Charity
    Bodenham Flood Protection Group
    Bodenham Women’s Group
    St Michael and All Angels’ Church
    Bodenham Ramblers
    Bodenham Bowling Club.

    To see them please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 28/05/2017
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    CONFIRMATION OF LADYWELL LANE AS A PROW


    Herefordshire Council have confirmed that Ladywell Lane is to be recorded as a public footpath. To see the details and map please click on the link below.

    The BM number is not yet known, but has been requested.

    Date posted: 28/10/2016
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ANNUAL REPORTS TO THE PARISH MEETING (9 MAY 2016)


    It is customary for the Chairman of the Parish Council to present a report on the Council’s work over the past year to the Annual Parish Meeting held on the second Monday of each May. At the same Meeting local clubs, societies and other groups in the Parish also present reports on their own activities over the same period.

    The Reports presented on Monday, 9 May 2016 can be read and/or downloaded by clicking on the link below. They were from:

  • Chairman, Bodenham Parish Council~~~~~~~Page 1

  • Bodenham Christian Fellowship~~~~~~~~~~ Page 2

  • The Bodenham Community Charity~~~~~~~~Page 5

  • Bodenham Flood Protection Group~~~~~~~~~ Page 6

  • Bodenham Leisure Club~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 13

  • Bodenham Ramblers~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 14

  • St Michael & All Angels' Church, Bodenham~~~~ Page 15

  • Bodenham Tennis Club~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 16

  • Bodenham Womens' Group~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 17



  • Date posted: 10/05/2016
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Notice
    CHECK YOUR HOME IS FIRE SAFE!


    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service provide advice to everyone and for the more vulnerable such as the elderly, people living alone and those with reduced mobility the Service offers a free of charge fire safety check in the home.

    As its name suggests, a Home Fire Safety Check involves representatives from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service calling by at your home to offer safety advice specific to your household and personal circumstances.

    During the visit, they will check your smoke alarms and install new ones if needed. They will ensure that you are doing all that you can to avoid the risk of a fire in your home and will also help you work out an escape plan in the event of fire.

    We would urge anyone who might be vulnerable themselves or knows an elderly family member, friend or neighbour who lives on their own or has reduced mobility who might benefit from a visit, to get in touch using the number below and request one on their behalf.

    To see if you qualify for a FREE Home Fire Safety Check contact the Community Risk team on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference PN14.

    Note that those doing the Homes Fire Safety Checks will always make an appointment in advance of their visit, and will always carry identification which they will be very happy to show you.

    Date posted: 05/12/2015

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    NEW PARISH COUNCIL STANDING ORDERS


    At its Meeting on Monday, 3rd December 2012 the Parish Council adopted new Standing Orders, a copy of which can be seen and/or downloaded by clicking on the link below.

    Date posted: 09/12/2012
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH COUNCIL CODE OF CONDUCT


    Chapter 7 of Part 1 of the Localism Act 2011 made provision for a new standards regime which came into force on 1 July 2012. This places on authorities, such as district and parish councils, a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by their members and co-opted members and requires them each to adopt a code of conduct and to put in place arrangements to deal with any allegations of failure to comply with that code.

    Herefordshire Council has revised its Code of Conduct to comply with the new legislation and has encouraged parish councils to base their own codes of conduct on this. This is because any complaint about an alleged infringement of a parish council code of conduct is dealt with by Herefordshire Council, and not by the parish council concerned, and so, by having similar codes in force across the County, the handling of complaints is made quicker and simpler.

    Accordingly, at its Meeting on 6 August 2012 Bodenham Parish Council adopted a new Code of Conduct, closely based on that of Herefordshire Council, which you can see by clicking on the link below.

    Details of the new complaints procedure can also be found at
    http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/council_gov_democracy/36346.asp

    Date posted: 25/08/2012
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: fork.lightning@gmail.com

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    REGISTER OF PARISH COUNCILLORS' INTERESTS


    Section 30 of the Localism Act 2011 provides that a member or co-opted member of a relevant authority, such as a Parish Council, must notify any disclosable pecuniary interests to the authority’s monitoring officer, in Bodenham’s case the Monitoring Officer of Herefordshire Council. This part of the new standards regime came into force on 1 July 2012.

    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests are defined in the Schedule to The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 as being pecuniary interests covering:

  • employment, office, trade, profession or vocation;

  • sponsorship;

  • contracts with the relevant authority;

  • land;

  • licences to occupy land;

  • corporate tenancies;

  • beneficial interests in securities.


  • In addition to their own interests, members are required to declare the interests of their spouse or civil partner, of any person with whom they are living as husband and wife, or of any person with whom they are living as if they were civil partners.

    Each member’s declaration of interests is available for public inspection and those for the members of Bodenham Parish Council are recorded in Herefordshire Council’s Register of Members’ Disclosable Interests. You can find this on the Council’s website at
    http://herefordshire2.moderngov.co.uk/mgParishCouncilDetails.aspx?ID=661&LS=3
    or by clicking on the link below.

    Date posted: 25/08/2012
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: fork.lightning@gmail.com

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