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 let Herefordshire Council know where and what happened as this may help to minimise flooding problems in the future. In order to report flooding, as well as access other useful resources, please visit 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of areas regularly impacted by flooding have set up their own flood groups – please get in touch with us at email@example.com 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 01432347606 or completing the online self-referral form.
In addition please visit the flooding section on the WISH website
Ahead of the Police & Crime Commissioners Elections this year on Thursday 6th May.
Message to the public that polling stations will be a safe place to vote as part of a national campaign.
Services 494, 495, 496, Leominster, Kingsland, Shobdon and Pembridge
Journeys have been reinstated to provide opportunities for essential travel.
The following journeys will run on Monday to Friday effective 18th January 2021:
• 0730 494 from Shobdon (unchanged)
• 1305 496 from Leominster (circular service) (new)
• 1515 494 from Leominster (unchanged)
• 1745 495 from Leominster (reinstated)
The full timetable can be found Here
The decennial census is almost upon us.
Households across Herefordshire will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.
Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online.
Paper questionnaires will be available on request.
Census day is March 21.
For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk
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 friendly advisors for free on 0800 677 1432, or visit keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk
A mobile Covid-19 testing centre for north Herefordshire is now operating on the Broad Street Car Park in Leominster. The unit opened will offer tests from 10.30am until 3.30pm each day and will be in place for the foreseeable future. It is being provided by the regional NHS test and trace team.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 – a high temperature, persistent cough, loss or change in sense of taste or smell – should immediately book a test by ringing NHS 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. They should self-isolate (not leave their home) while waiting for their test and until they have the result. Anyone who cannot get to a test centre can order a home test kit.
Who can get a free test
You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:
You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms.
If you need someone to for example:
Just give them a call on 07779122499 from 9-5pm
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.
For more information on flooding, see Herefordshire Council webpages
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the Early Help service visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/earlyhelp
For information about local support services for families, visit the WISH website www.wisherefordshire.org
Keep Herefordshire Warm
As winter’s cold weather starts to bite, we all need to stay warm and healthy in our homes. For many families, higher energy bills and keeping warm is going to be a struggle in the coming months. Keep Herefordshire Warm are pleased to offer a series of short webinars aimed at helping you to support struggling families this winter.
The webinars are free and last 20 minutes with a Q&A session at the end. You can register for each session by simply clicking through to the Eventbrite link below each topic.
They cover a range of relevant topics;
A thank you to Herefordshire residents for following the Covid-19 rules is available through this link
Gigaclear will be working on pavement by Pembridge Café and in order to minimise impact on local businesses this is planned to be done in the evening on Monday from 5 pm to 10pm. There will be traffic lights to manage the bridge street element.
A new grant scheme been launched to help small businesses who have suffered from the pandemic across Herefordshire.
Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available through the Marches Small Business Recovery Grant, which will help both tourism businesses and those in the wider economy.
Only small businesses with up to ten full-time employees and who can demonstrate a negative impact due to the coronavirus crisis are able to apply.
The grants will be available for projects running between November and January. Costs can cover specialist advice – including HR, accountancy, legal, financial, health and safety, IT/digital and sector-related consultancy – and/or equipment to address immediate needs in response to Covid-19.
The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership region has been allocated £215,000 to support tourism businesses and £415,000 for businesses in other sectors through the European Regional Development Fund.
Applications will open on Wednesday 14 October at 9am so please take the opportunity to review the information provided on the dedicated website www.marches-sbrg.co.uk around eligibility and what’s needed in order to prepare and make a successful application.
There is a recent emergence in a scam targeting the elderly with several incidents reported to the police in the last few days.
Have you seen the fantastic new WISH website?
Launched at the end of July, it 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.
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
If you are feeling unwell, call 111, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
Herefordshire Council website offers local information and support available https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200250/coronavirus
LATEST INFORMATION ON COVID 19
Government announces easing of lockdown measures to be postponed
The Government has today announced that further easing of coronavirus restrictions in England - due to come in this weekend - has been postponed for at least two weeks.
That means venues such as casinos, bowling alleys, and skating rinks must remain closed until 15 August.Indoor performances will also not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted.
Face coverings will be also be mandatory in more indoor settings, such as cinemas, and people attending places of worship will also be among those required to wear face coverings. Rules for face coverings will become enforceable in law from 8 August.
Changes to shielding
The guidance for ‘shielding’ patients will change from tomorrow, Saturday 1 August.
The key changes are:
For all the latest guidance on the changes and help available, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
Extension of self-isolation period
The UK Chief Medical Officers as of 30 July made a statement confirming that the self-isolation period has been extended from 7 to 10 days for those who have coronavirus symptoms or a positive test result.
NHS Test and Trace launches campaign
NHS Test and Trace have this week launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to get a free test as soon as they develop symptoms, alongside a new business plan to expand testing capacity and prepare the nation for winter.
The campaign will encourage people to get a free test as soon as they develop mild symptoms and will make them aware of the need to respond to the service if contacted.
The number of tests given to people without symptoms will increase to 150,000 per day by September, with testing capacity to double to 500,000 with more than 500 testing sites by October.
More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-test-and-trace-launches-campaign-to-encourage-everyone-with-symptoms-to-get-a-free-test
Open hours: 8am to 6pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday
The following household recycling centres are also open, with no need to book:
Please do not visit unless it is necessary for you to do so and read the full guidelines before you visit to see how the site will operate.
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 email@example.com.
To see what’s available across Herefordshire this summer, visit www.wisherefordshire.org/summeractivities.
Herefordshire Council to reinstate Car park Charges from 15th June 2020.
For the full story follow this link - Herefordshire Parking Charges
From your local Herefordshire County councillor
Cllr Roger Phillips
Thankfully this beautiful weather has helped us all cope with these strange times. Who would have thought at the end of one of wettest winters ever that three month later we would be desperate for rain. I have been taking my daily exercises in the ward walking our footpaths and enjoying our countryside and the sunshine. I think we all realise how lucky we are to reside here, I was talking to one of my colleague councillors in a London Borough where over 90% of her ward live in flats with some huge social issues and problems.
Continued thanks to all lead co ordinators and helpers for their work; our lead link member with Herefordshire Council has changed with Jane stepping back to her substantive role in social care and she is succeeded by Janette Rowette and supported by Morag Clayton and Zoe Johns – contacts details later on in report.
This month, if the statistics allow, will see the phased return of some of our school pupils and reopening of some shops although we will have to wait to next month probably for a haircut. I pass on peoples request for further opening of our waste sites particularly Kington but the cabinet member is not supportive at this stage only agreeing to reopen Ross to add to Hereford and Leominster indicating staff shortage and costs as reasons to delay.
We are entering a different phase of this pandemic but we need to remain vigilant act with responsibility and respect social distancing. If you are moving around the area please also have respect for others and pick up your litter.
As public meetings are not allowed we are having to resort to virtual meeting via various internet suppliers- zoom, bluejeans, Microsoft teams etc. Wearing various hats I am involved in several meetings a week and have chaired some which is a very different experience. Last week I presented to a pension webinar and launched the Local Government Pension Scheme Annual report from my sitting room – very 21st century. Certainly I don’t miss the travel and I think more of such meetings will be one of the positive outcomes from this virus.
As you can see from my laptop screen picture ( Lyonshall PC ) the Parish Council meetings are also very different these days but responsibilities continue with discussions and decisions needing to be made. I appreciate that it may be difficult for some residents to observe the meetings but given the extraordinary times were are in this is the most practical option across the country. I have had a zoom meeting with all my parish clerks and joined PC meetings in Lyonshall, Shobdon, Pembridge and Eardisland in May with Titley group next week.
Getting the protocol right is important –everyone switching to mute except the speaker, getting the camera angle right, pressing the correct links and buttons, and of course you can always look at what’s on the wall behind everyone !
This month working with our MP I have been establishing maintenance works responsibilities on the river arrow with the Environment Agency. Any dredging or clearing has to be done by the riparian owner and they need a license from the EA. Hopefully this virus will leave us but the threat of flooding will remain so we need to work on local plans to reduce risk particularly in Eardisland and Lyonshall who were impacted in February.
I have also upon a request sought clarity via our MP with Natural England on their advice to the council on the phosphate issue. This is an extract from their letter
“Natural England provide statutory scientific advice, in this instance regarding whether the impacts of development on the integrity of the River Wye SAC can be ruled out with sufficient certainty. The planning authority will be mindful that its decision could be subject to Judicial Review.
As you are aware we are working with Herefordshire Council, Environment Agency and other partners, through the Nutrient Management Board to find an effective solution as soon as possible to enable developments to proceed.”
They confirmed the council would risk judicial review if they ignored their advice. As I said last month I suspect there will be no permissions for living extensions or new dwellings this year or indeed beyond. Such a restriction on the catchment area of the river Lugg which includes the rivers Arrow, Hindwell and Frome mean 40% of the county is affected. This will have an impact on our delivery of our Herefordshire housing targets. We are already failing our 5 year supply and if we fall below 3 year supply we are at risk in the rest of the county and ourselves when the ban is lifted to developers who will be able to ride over the county core strategy and Neighborhood plans.
In this month`s update I cover Covid-19 with some key messaging and information on Test and Tracing, Highway matters, new bus shelter in Titley and some visitors from America.
All interspersed with pictures I have been taking in the ward from my walks include the Titley loop and pool, the river Arrow at Staunton weir, old tramway at Lyonshall, Twyford in Eardisland and the woods above Belgate Shobdon – all taken while on public footpaths.
As ever if you think I can be of help please do not hesitate to contact me.
Stay safe and well everybody
Titley Bus Shelter
Great to see this new bus shelter in Titley commissioned by the Parish Council and built by local lifelong parish resident Mark Jones.
For generations the children and adults have had to stand in the open braving all the elements so it`s a much wanted and valued addition to the village. Sadly due to the virus we couldn’t give the shelter the official opening it deserves but as you can see it was decked out for the VE celebrations. Similar in design to the those also built locally in Lyonshall by their Parish Council these structures compliment our rural communities much better than the urban metal types.
TITLEY ROAD CLOSURE B4355
June 12th – 16th 9am to 5 pm for Surface dressing
VISTORS FROM AMERICA
Shobdon airfield has over the years played host to many different aircraft but this month saw one of the most modern and spectacular as the US special services flew in with their Tilt-Rota V-22 Osprey. They were here to train with their UK colleagues from the SAS and many residents will have seen and heard them during the day and at night.
According to the manufacturer this combat multiplier represents “a quantum improvement in strategic mobility and tactical flexibility for expeditionary forces”.
It has a wingspan of 46 ft, height of 22 ft, can transport 24 troops and travel up to 300 mph .
As the lockdown is eased the airfield will be gradually be re-opening to more normal activity initially three days a week Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays at the beginning of this month.
Please make positive and sensible choices and be responsible citizens, by doing this you will save lives, protect the NHS and keep yourself and your family safe.
The national programme for Test and Trace has been launched. This programme of work is now a very important part of the strategy to contain the spread of the virus.
As part of the whole system it will be necessary for local areas across the country to develop the intelligence system to identify localised, positive cases of Covid-19. This will enable us to identify outbreaks if they occur and to decide what action would be appropriate. The intention is to suppress outbreaks before they spread, and through early action taken across our system within the county, we can contain the virus.
Absolutely key to the success of this work which will last many months is engagement and support of communities. Herefordshire has a population of 192,000 people of which 56,000 are consider as a high risk due to age ( over 70) or underlying health issues. Amongst those some 8,000 are on the Shield and protect list who are the people our local network is particularly established to oversee.
Contact tracing is a well-established method of preventing and controlling outbreaks from measles and TB through to sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia. The principles are tried and tested.
If you are displaying symptoms you must order a test immediately ( website – NHS 111online ) and self isolated together with other members of the household. Following a confirmed diagnosis the authority and Public Health England will help you to remember everyone who you have had close contact with while you could have been infectious. They contact and warn everyone who might be at risk, as quickly as possible, offering advice on how they should act in order to help prevent further spread. This is the way we can limit an outbreak and if necessary prevent a special lockdown for part or whole of Herefordshire can be ordered.
As the unlock hopefully continues the activity of the local economy should increase. The Government has given Herefordshire £172,000 to support the reopening of the high street for this month. My understanding is that will be focused on Hereford and the market towns and should include some limited opening of public toilets.
The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership ( LEP ) which covers our area carried out a survey of businesses in the sub region. Its conclusions while not surprising starkly warn us about the tough economic recovery we face.
Of the business responding 98% had been affected by Covid -19 with 44% suffering a complete loss of sales, and similarly 44% also had taken advantage of the Coronavirus job retention scheme to furlough staff. The £10,000 cash grant for small schemes has been taken up by 35%, with only 12% taken up or applied for the business loans scheme. Just over half the survey replies confirmed they were not eligible for small business grants, small business rate relief or rural rate relief with 25% identifying cashflow as their greatest challenge and 15% falling sales.
The LEP has also allocated over 400,000 from Government to Herefordshire to support the restart of the visitor economy.
Many of our local business are supporting our community with supplying delivery of groceries, take away food and other items.
They are too many too list here in case I miss someone but they will be on your local websites. Please support them. If this crisis teaches us anything it is the importance of local community and a local economy.
As of the 27th May there had been 108 deaths with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in Herefordshire, of these, 53 of these were in hospital (acute or community); 50 in care homes; 2 in hospice; 3 at home address. There has been a reduction in cases in care homes and the council is working with all homes as it has been allocated 2.7 million from the National Care Home Fund. PPE continues to be distributed to care homes, homecare and to schools as they increase their opening. Over 70 previously homeless people in the county are currently being housed by the local authority.
More details for local businesses on firstname.lastname@example.org
Local information on services and advice www.Herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
National information www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
BE NICE NOSEY NEIGHBOURS
The latest news on the Lawton`s cross change of priority project is that it has been put back to the summer. Balfour Beatty are waiting for conformation from Highways England on their work programme on the A49 to ensure they do not clash with them.
The Lawtons cross project will take five weeks and they also need to be confident that the material supply chain will be secure and not affected by Covid 19.
My latest battle with Balfour is in Shobdon on the B4362 just west of the village in the Downwood dip where water has been crossing the highway all winter with poor road surface and potholes. It is now erupting in the middle of the highway as on the north side, as the picture shows it cannot escape . The other side of the wall has over half an acre of flooded land and this was mid May after over weeks of dry weather.
While acknowledging a problem, Balfour however do not believe (incredibly) that there is a blocked culvert under the highway ! They are ranking it as number 9 on the priority list which means it will not be dealt with untill spring 2021 at the earliest.
I consider the “Downwood dip” is likely to need several visits a year to repair potholes, the integrity of the wall and trees are being undermined with increased danger of falling into the highway. Given the acknowledged weakness of the integrity of the road surface it will be more liable to successful driver claims. But most importantly the presence of water on the carriageway will increase the risk of accidents and danger to persons at times of high rainfall and freezing.
The saga of the underground spring at Fishpools in Lyonshall continues ( picture below during winter ) which is difficult to identify but we now have a small sink hole appearing in the pavement ! I am also working with Shobdon PC on the provision of a new footbridge off the main road by the Bateman.
The lack of traffic and dry weather is helping highway repairs so please report any problems on highways or footpaths using the links below or phone 01432261800.
Report fly tipping it will be dealt with in a much quicker time frame. by either calling the Contact Cente on 01432 261800 or by logging the fly tipping via thecouncil website on the links below as your https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200226/report_a_problem/98/fly_tipping
If you wish to make a claim as a result of damage to your vehicle
Email:Talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk Telephone: 01432 260027
Our lead Officer is Janette Rowlett email@example.com
Eardisland website www.eardisland-pc.gov.uk
Lyonshall: Coordinator lead Rod Bevan 01544340347 Rodney Bevan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Pembridge :Coordinator lead Pembridge Good Neighbours Scheme : Pat Stokes email@example.com PGNS: Tel number 07779 122499
Shobdon Contacts for Shobdon community support are Adrienne Boxhall (01568 708643) and Emma Lewis (01568 708694).
Information can be found on Shobdon COVID 19 facebook page and also by visiting http://www.shobdonparishcouncil.co.uk/coronavirus-help-and-information.
Contact for Staunton Green and Stocklow - Andywestlake31@gmail.com
Contact for Staunton - Debbie weaver - firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for Stansbatch and Horseway head - Donald McIntyre email@example.com
Titley- Shaun Haydon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Titley & District Group website : https://titleygroup-pc.gov.uk
West Mercia Police have issued a warning to members of the public that criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam people out of money. The police are urging people not to click the online bait and become a victim. Also, the police, HMRC or banks will never ask anyone to transfer money or move it to a safe account, so please ignore these requests.
There have been reports in Herefordshire of doorsteps salemen claiming to be from the NHS !
You can read the latest news about the coronavirus scams in detail on the West Mercia Police website.
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Titley Group email@example.com
If you want to discuss a planning matter please contact
If you a planning enforcement concern
Dean Wall 07773053846
Emma Dunne 0797105147
Felix Rawlinson 07971051480
Report a crime Police 101 Ext 61216
DATA PROTECTION ACT
The Data Protection act places obligations and responsibilities on any company, organisation and individual who hold and process personnel information. The new General data protection regulations (GDPR) that supersede the Data Protection act came into force on the 25th May 2018. I hold a list of emails of local people that I have built up over the years which I retain and use on my council computer. In seeking legal compliance I am requesting that if anyone is unhappy with me holding your email contact please advise me and I will remove you from the list. Otherwise I will retain your email contact and continue to send you monthly updates and occasional key information in my capacity as an elected Herefordshire Councillor.
“Any opinion expressed in this e-mail or any attached files are those of the individual and not necessarily those of Herefordshire Council, Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (HCCG), Wye Valley NHS Trust or 2gether NHS Foundation Trust. You should be aware that Herefordshire Council, Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (HCCG), Wye Valley NHS Trust & 2gether NHS Foundation Trust monitors its email service. This e-mail and any attached files are confidential and intended solely for the use of the addressee. This communication may contain material protected by law from being passed on. If you are not the intended recipient and have received this e-mail in error, you are advised that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error please contact the sender immediately and destroy all copies of it.”
Warmer homes Herefordshire Council is working with E.ON to help people across the county improve the heating of their homes by installing free first-time gas central heating systems in around 300 eligible residents’ homes.
The project follows a successful funding bid by the Council to the £150 million Warm Homes Fund, established by National Grid, and administered by community interest company Affordable Warmth Solutions.
Eligible households not connected to mains gas and currently relying on inefficient ways of heating their homes, for example electric storage or panel heaters, could be eligible for the measures, which are part of the Warmer Homes Herefordshire scheme. Subject to eligibility, where there is no existing gas supply to the property, a new gas network connection will also be provided by Affordable Warmth Solutions, usually at no cost. Still funded by Affordable Warmth Solutions, eligible properties (must be without existing central heating, unless the existing system uses solid fuel). Under this rural programme they would be able to support the installation of heating systems– e.g. LPG Gas, or Renewable heating (e.g. heat pumps or biomass systems).
For the full eligibility criteria and to apply, they would encourage any residents to call Keep Herefordshire Warm on 0800 677 1432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and take a look at: https://keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk/
WISH Herefordshire is a useful source of information, including local food stores / deliveries and virtual exercises and activities to do at home. Work is undertaken to keep this information up to date and relevant. If you know of any changes or additional services please could you ask they register them with WISH. A lot has been added to this site in light of Covid 19 and any help you can give to promote WISH locally, as a community resource, would be greatly appreciated.
Leominster Food bank offer support to those who meet the criteria for food parcels.
A short briefing note is attached which explains how someone gets referred and how it works.
Please read the attached document HERE to see how to find out if you qualify.
If anyone in the local area is interested in growing their own, there are two remaining plots still available, probably as 4 half-plots.
Note that advice given by the national allotments organisation is that you should either walk or drive a short distance to allotments, and that working on them can be your daily exercise. If interested get in touch with Richard Goddard on 01544 387571.
Pembridge Film Nights are obviously suspended for the foreseeable future, but we are planning "Film Nights At Home", when we will agree a specific film to watch at a particular time on iPlayer or on Curzon Home Cinema. The intention is that this gives a communal feel to film-viewing, and we could discuss our thoughts about the films afterwards in a WhatsApp group (or similar). If anyone is interested, contact us at email@example.com and we'll add them to the mailing list.
If you walk the Parish Footpaths for your daily exercise please stick the the public footpaths.
Keep your dog on a lead and pick up it's mess and take it home with you please!!
Please click for the Definitive Footpath Map and just enter your postcode.
Link to letter from Herefordshire Council Chief executive Alistair Neill - HERE
Message for all parishioners in Pembridge Parish.
Here to Help!
Thank you to all those who have registered on the website and returned your information slips over the last week, this information is helping to identify possible volunteers and vulnerable people, so if you haven’t sent yours in yet please do to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to the address on the letter.
You should have by now received a letter from Herefordshire Council in response to the Covid 19 outbreak providing simple steps to take and support contact details.
You can call the support line on 01432 260027 or email email@example.com
Over the coming weeks it is important our community looks out of each other, please think about your neighbours or elderly people nearby, give them a quick phone call to check all is well and please offer help if you can.
If you are or know someone in need of help, Pembridge Good Neighbour Scheme (PGNS) are organising volunteers to call on for essential supplies, prescriptions and well being contact.
PGNS - Please telephone 07779 122499 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
There are some local business offering home delivery. Here are some but by all means not all, if you know of any others please let us know and we will update the list.
Townsend Farm Shop - https://www.thewhatmeatcompany.co.uk or Call 01544388527
The Steppes – deliveries from the shop - 01544388506
Red Lion for Takeaway - 01544388007
Bells in Almeley – 01544327216 – email – thebellsinnalmeley.com
Lyonshall Garden Centre - Delivery service for garden needs - 01544340214
NHS – Information on Symptoms
Herefordshire Council – Information
Gov.uk – Masses of information for all areas
Please remember there are scams operating on all platforms.
Herefordshire Council are currently experiencing a very high demand at the moment with the daily announcements from the government. As we’re sure you can appreciate, we are putting all of the necessary measures in place to ensure we have business continuity for our service in these uncertain times.
Here is an update:
Residents left struggling to pay their Council Tax can apply for Council Tax Reduction, which is a form of reduction from a Council Tax bill based on the household composition and income. More information on Council Tax Reduction and how to claim can be found here.
Self-employed residents can put in a request for their Council Tax installments to be deferred until June, where needed. In such circumstances, requests must be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org including their Council Tax account reference number (8 digits long, beginning with 1) and proof of their self-employed status.
Businesses eligible for grants will be contacted directly by email@example.com.
Given the high demand currently, Herefordshire Council are urging all of our customers to register on our online portal to view their accounts for Council Tax, Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction, Business Rates and Landlord services online to help speed up the response time to customers’ queries.
Doing so will also allow customers to sign up for electronic billing for Council Tax and electronic notifications for Housing Benefits and/or Council Tax Reduction.
Residents can also subscribe to receive the latest updates on COVID-19 in Herefordshire here.
WISH is a Herefordshire based resource where you can find help and support in the County.
Link to newsletter from Police Commissioner, John Champion.
Herefordshire Council has stated, residents that pay council tax over ten months can switch their ‘free’ months from Feb & Mar 2021 to earlier this year if needed. The council will be releasing full details very soon on how you can request this and further help and support around payments.
Other helpful links 👇
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/eclaim for new applications for Council Tax Reduction
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/DHP for info on Discretionary hardship applications and the
form to download (this is only available for people who need help with their rent and who are
in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit)
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/counciltaxhardship for help with Council Tax regardless of already being in
receipt of Council Tax Reduction
Link to information from Herefordshire Council for Businesses
Herefordshire Council have been developing a Talk Community Covid Response and are sending every household in Herefordshire (88k) a letter focused on the vulnerable people and the support they will need outside of their existing network. They have a central coordination centre with a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people and volunteers 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.
People wishing to volunteer can register and vulnerable people needing support can register on the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help, the dedicated telephone number will be fully live from Tuesday 24th March which is 01432 260027 and email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Playground will be closed until further notice
The council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire. This online 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 then the details of the local support are available on the Marches Growth Hub Website - https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/ Alternatively if you wish to discuss with a member of the Economic Development team please contact01432 261758 or 01432 383633 or email@example.com
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.
You may receive or already had questions and queries from your community about the coronavirus. To help assist and support you signpost people to 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 for people. We advise that you do not print or download guidance but use the links provided, which will be updated as required based on new information.
How you can help:
There are a number of message your Parish Council can do to help promote awareness.
Additional sources of general information:
For the latest, reputable sources of information about this coronavirus please visit and signpost the general public to the following websites:
A group of Herefordshire Tree Wardens led by Tony Norman have been working on a plan to make disease resistant elm trees available to the public for planting.
There are several different varieties available, all have very good resistance to Dutch Elm disease and will grow with a similar form to the trees of yesteryear. These are best planted in hedgerows or in positions where they can become features in our landscape.
Elm Tree Offer
European White Elm £10 (Plant anywhere esp. wet or waterlogged sites)
LUTECE £10 (plant in good or heavy soils –needs staking to start)
Wingham £12 (plant in good soils)
Fiorente £12 Available Dec (plant in good soils)
Ademuz £12 Available Dec (plant in good or heavy soils)
Please follow this LINK for full details or contact Tony Norman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Help to keep warm and well this winter. Keep Herefordshire Warm offers FREE home energy advice and support • l Would your home benefit from increased insulation and/or improved heating? • l Are you worried about how you are going to pay your gas and electricity bills this winter? • l Do you feel uncomfortable or ill because of cold or damp in your home? If you think you or someone you know would benefit from this service or intervention please contact Keep Herefordshire Warm on 0800 677 1432 or text 07583 940914 or email email@example.com
Please use these details if you are concerned about the wellbeing or safeguarding of children or vunerable adults
More information Here
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