• Lurching from crisis to crisis

    AFTER the debacle of the last month with huge traffic blockages all through Hereford, we have it again last week with a major road works taking place during the busy period of town traffic. Were lessons not learned from last month? We seem to lurch forward

  • Transfusion is urgently needed

    Herefordshire Council is advertising the post of Senior Technician Integrated Projects, whatever that means, to 'improve Herefordshire's transport system'. Let us hope that the transfusion of some new blood will rejuvenate the system, cure the traffic

  • Walking not an option for some

    IN response to the writer last week about the bus protest, almost all were senior citizens, and their parents or a responsible guardian accompanied any children present. The route adopted by the bus company was made with full knowledge of the speed bump

  • Left to jar backs among the litter

    I WRITE to agree with the letter 'Bump and Humps' last week. On the day of the protest hundreds from Grandstand Road, Westfields and Bobblestock had no buses because the service had been blocked. As yet no apology has been issued by the Redhill community

  • Tasteless choice for unsuspecting

    STAYING in Ledbury recently, we got tickets to Carry on Down the River. It was such a good idea, combining an evening river cruise with drama and I was looking forward to it. But now, I have to say it was a most tasteless choice of production, especially

  • Answers to so many questions

    I HAVE a child with speech, language and communication difficulties (SLCD), which makes everyday life at home and school a real struggle. As a parent, it is heartbreaking to see your child frustrated and isolated, not able to convey their thoughts and

  • Thanks - and then no thanks

    I WISH to say thank you to all the kind people who came to my aid on August 27, in Commercial Street, Hereford. Also to the paramedics and staff in accident and emergency and the X-ray department at Hereford County Hospital for their care and immediate

  • Come to coffee

    THE World's Biggest Coffee Morning comes to Edwyn Ralph on Friday September 26 when one of the village's oldest houses opens its doors to the public. The event at The Pound runs from 9am onwards and will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Relief. NH Sept

  • Owner change at city Races

    HORSE racing in Hereford is likely to remain unaffected by the proposed acquisition of Northern Racing Limited by The Chepstow Race-course PLC. The Northern Group, which includes Here-ford Racecourse, will become a major subsidiary of Chepstow Racecourse

  • Chris on world stage

    HEREFORDIAN Chris Rhodes has qualified to represent Great Britain at the next two annual ITU Triathlon World Cham-pionships in New Zealand and Madeira. The 23-year-old will be competing at Queenstown, New Zealand, in December and then at the championships

  • Wright plots Bulls to go for a Burton

    UNBEATEN table-toppers Hereford United will lock horns with former captain Ian Wright tomorrow night in a Nationwide Conference clash with Burton Albion at Eton Park. The powerful central defender, who was a firm favourite at Edgar Street, expects to

  • Family represent England

    THREE talented players from Sellack Wanderers Short Mat Bowls Club have been picked to represent the England Under-18 Select against the Essex County Senior team at Coryton on Sunday.Family bowlers (left to right) Martin Barnfield, David Skyrme and Nigel

  • New venue for Flavours event

    WITH The Hellens 'off' Flavours of Herefordshire has had to find a new venue for its awards ceremony next Tuesday (September 23). The event was switched to Whitney Court, Whitney-on-Wye, last week. Kay Alexander of BBC Midlands Today will present the

  • Ross family's gift to caring hospital

    THE outstanding care and support offered to a patient at the colorectal nursing department at Hereford County Hospital has been recognised by his family. Roger Bevan a well-known undertaker from Ross-on-Wye died last year. Following his death his widow

  • Used too much water for crops

    POTATO farmer John Chinn has been fined £6,000 for using so much water to irrigate crops the River Avon dropped by six inches. An alarmed ferry operator complained to the Environment Agency about dramatically falling water level because he was worried

  • Garage burgled

    A QUAD bike and a trailer with a combined value of £6,000 were stolen from a locked garage in Howle Hill, Ross-on-Wye last Saturday. The goods stolen between 9am and 9.30pm on September 13 were described as a Honda quad bike with a buckled front right

  • Wellington slip to first defeat

    Wednesfield 4 Wellington 2 WELLINGTON surrendered their unbeaten West Midlands League Premier Division record with a below-par performance at bottom club Wednesfield. The visitors made a lethargic start and were punished in the 19th minute when slack

  • Pegasus miss chances and pay the price

    Pegasus Juniors 0 Bicester Town 3 LOWLY Pegasus paid the price for missing a series of goal-scoring opportunities in the first quarter of this Cherry Red Records Hellenic League Premier Division clash. The Hereford club made a strong start and almost

  • Sub hits United equaliser

    HEREFORD United collected their first point in the Premier Division of the Midland Floodlit Under-18 Youth League with a 1-1 away draw with Nuneaton Borough. United had the lion's share of possession in the first half, including an effort disallowed for

  • Ross drop first points of season

    Ross Town 0 Quarry Nomads 0 HIGH-flying Ross dropp-ed their first points of the season in a hard-fought match against new opponents in Division 1 West of the Cherry Red Records Hellenic League. Nomads won the Division 1 East by seven points last term

  • Leominster beat new local rivals

    Leominster Town 1 Tenbury United 0 LEOMINSTER grabbed their second West Midlands League Division 1 South success when a battling performance and a late goal saw them get the better of local rivals and league newcomers Tenbury. Former Town player Ashley

  • Coach driver had no licence

    A BANNED driver landed a job with a coach firm after showing a bogus licence at an interview, Worcester Crown Court heard. Alan Savage was taken on to drive a 53-seater coach and turned up at the Hereford company to transport a party to Dartmoor. He was

  • Airfield seeks out war history

    HISTORY of bygone days will be unearthed when the part Madley Airfield played in the Second World War is revealed on Sunday. Madley Environmental Study Centre (MESC), which is now based on the site, is inviting visitors to take a step back in time and

  • Constituencies face a revamp

    HEREFORDSHIRE will have two new seats at the next general election. The Boundary Commission has backed changing the names of the county's two present parliamentary constituencies to better reflect their make-up. The Hereford seat becomes Hereford and

  • Youngsters face dramatic scenes

    A DRAMATIC collision between a car and a cyclist designed to encourage children to make a vital 999 call will take centre stage at this year's Crucial Crew extravaganza. The scenario, created by police officers from West Mercia Constabulary's Herefordshire

  • Onyx award is a boost for Nature Trust

    HEREFORDSHIRE Nature Trust has received more than £17,000 to help improve and sustain wildlife habitats at a number of their nature reserves. The Onyx Environmental Trust awarded three separate grants to HNT through the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme, with

  • No more wet feet as car park completed

    WINTER evenings of muddy, wet feet are over for Eardisland residents following the completion of the village hall's new all-weather car park. The new car park has been constructed in an environmentally friendly manner with the help of The Severn Waste

  • Children go wild for wildlife

    CHILDREN all over Herefordshire are going wild for wildlife thanks to the network of Wildlife Watch clubs that meet across the county. The clubs encourage children to investigate their natural surroundings and Watch organisers are overjoyed that two new

  • Did you serve in Far East?

    An appeal has gone out to Herefordshire ex-service personnel who served in Korea and Japan back in the 1950s. If that was you, then the British Korean Veterans Association would like to hear from you. The association is trying to contact anyone who served

  • Russian coin identified

    COIN collector Keith Young from Bromyard has been able to shed some light on the mysterious Russian coin, belonging to Alec Haines, that we featured a few weeks back. Keith tells us that it's a five kopek piece, minted at Ekaterinburg, now Sverdlovsk,

  • Trainee pilot crashed 'copter

    A FLYING instructor expressed concerns about a student's progress before a helicopter was wrecked and two men were injured in an accident at Shobdon Airfield. The Robinson helicopter hit the ground and turned over during a training exercise when the student

  • Council 'sells off' 521 jobs

    JARVIS and Herefordshire Council have signed contracts - beginning a pioneering £270m environmental services partnership that could save money. 'Cash-strapped' Herefordshire Council should be able to reduce overheads as part of the new arrangement with

  • Purrfect ending

    IT WAS a purrfect end to national cats week as nearly every homeless feline was promised a home during the opening of Hereford Cats Protection new shelter. The open day raised £2,700 for the charity and there was more than £100 in donations of cat food

  • Bridging a gap

    FROM Bridges Childcare, Wormbridge to the London Bridges Walk - two Herefordshire women put their best foot forward to help unfortunate children on Saturday. Nursery manager, Lianne Piggott, and her cousin, Kate Parsons, raised about £150 for the Children's

  • Don't miss the big gardening awards

    THE big winners in the county's big front gardens competition are being announced on Monday. The competition, sponsored by the Hereford Times and Wyevale Garden Centre, has attracted a huge number of entries. Now the judges have done their hard work and

  • Honour for Sir Roy Strong

    FORMER director of the Victoria and Albert Museum has received the Royal Photographic Society's President's Award at the 150th anniversary awards at BAFTA. Sir Roy Strong, who has lived in Much Birch for many years, was presented with the accolade for

  • Homes overhauled

    A HUNDRED county houses have had an overhaul under Herefordshire Council's private sector home improvement schemes. Landlords and tenants celebrated the renovation of privately-owned properties comprising of bedsits, shared houses and buildings converted

  • Honoured for moral courage

    FRANCES Jones had nothing to draw on when joining Herefordshire College of Art and Design. With no formal education - and any attempts at learning hampered by dyslexia - her new environment could easily have overcome her. Not that Frances thought of herself

  • Running for her grandfather

    ANNELISA Foster from Hereford will spend her 31st birthday taking part in The Great North Run on Sunday to raise funds for the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS). Annelisa aims to raise more than £500 in sponsorship, helping the charity to continue the

  • Man Utd's pledge for tragic brothers

    MANCHESTER United has promised to send a star-studded team to Ledbury to honour three members of a family killed in a road accident. The club's directors were touched by the deaths of Martin and Denise McCoig-Lees and their nine-year-old son Ryan. The

  • Nomads are the only unbeaten team

    DIVISION 2 champions Wellington Nomads were the only team in the Flint & Cook Marches League to remain undefeated throughout the campaign. The Herefordshire villagers won 13 of their 18 league matches in an outstanding season, which included five

  • Superb stand leads to cup triumph

    HEREFORD Cathedral School Old Boys captured the Brewers' Company Cricket Cup for the first time with a six-wicket win over St John's Leatherhead at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. Replying to Old Johnians 211 all out, an unbroken 161-run fifth-wicket stand

  • Bishopstone

    VILLAGE LOTTERY -- On Saturday the winning number was 12. Our lucky £25 winner is Anthony Smith. SPONSORED CYCLE RIDE -- A group of Bishopstone cyclists joined the 13th Historic Churches Trust bike ride on Saturday. Leaving Bishopstone bright and early

  • Burghill

    CRAFT FAYRE -- A unique day out for all the family will take place at St Mary's Church, Burghill, on Saturday, September 20, at 10.30am until 6pm. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a day of crafts and a tug-o-war competition for local teams. Are the

  • Byton

    HISTORY GROUP -- Byton, Combe, Kinsham and Stapleton History Group met on September 10 at the Arkwright Hall, Kinsham, to hear Jane Milde read extracts from the diaries of the Rev Francis Kilvert (1840- 79), combined with many views of places visited

  • Dinedor

    GARDENERS QUESTION TIME -- With Reg Moule and Mike George from BBC Hereford and Worcester, will be in Dinedor Village Hall on Thursday, October 9, at 7.30pm. Tickets will be £6 and will include refreshments. Please contact Jan Savage on 01432 870322 or

  • Dolau

    ANOTHER SUCCESS -- Dolau station, an unstaffed halt on the Centre Wales Line between Knighton and Llandrindod Wells, has chalked up yet another success: this time in the 2003 Station of the Year Competition. This competition is organized by "Rail" magazine

  • Dorstone

    CINEMA -- Flicks in the Sticks begins a season of Oscar winners this week in Dorstone Village Hall. On Friday at 8pm there's a chance to see Chicago and there's more to come: The Pianist in October, The Quiet American in November and one for the family

  • Edwyn Ralph

    COFFEE MORNING -- Come to The Pound at Edwyn Ralph to take part in The World's Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Relief - open house 9am till 1pm on September 26. See one of the oldest houses in the district and enjoy a coffee. All around Britain

  • Knighton

    JUMBLE SALE -- Knighton Friends of the Samaritans will hold a Jumble Sale in Knighton Church Hall on Saturday at 3pm. BATTLE OF BRITAIN SERVICE --Knighton's Battle of Britain Service will be on Sunday at 11am in St Edward's Church, and will be led by

  • Knucklas

    SCOUT GROUP -- The first Knucklas Scout Group recently held its annual meeting in Knucklas Community Centre. George Linaker reported on the group's activities over the year. He said that Cub Scouts continued to flourish though, since last September, there

  • Presteigne

    CIVIC SERVICE -- The Mayor, Councillor Peggy Fraser-Scott, had invited everyone to join her, and the Presteigne and Norton Town Councillors, in a celebration of the community last Wednesday, September 10, in St Andrew's Church. The service was conducted

  • Skenfrith

    TABLE SALE SUCCESS -- The table sale held in Skenfrith Parish Hall, to raise funds for St Michael's Hospice in Hereford, was a great success. Several people had tables, some for one day but most for two days and a variety of goods were on sale. Plants

  • Staunton-on-Wye

    AFFORDABLE HOUSING -- Members of the Herefordshire Council housing research team attended the meeting of Staunton-on-Wye Group Parish Council to discuss the possibility of carrying out a housing needs survey. The parish council decided to proceed with

  • Lorry 'flies' into pub and garage

    ENJOYING a quiet cuppa, village garage owners couldn't believe it as a lorry crashed into the forecourt wall, careered sideways in the air and smashed through vehicles before shuddering to a halt in a shower of flying bricks. It sounded like an aircraft

  • Two men and a Dyke

    DILWYN character Tony Hobbs is famous for his escapades on foot and bicycle - all for good causes - in which he gained a certain local notoriety for being accident-prone. He fell off his bike and broke his arm in two places during a charity cycle ride

  • Autumn

    Piercing sweet song of the robin In the early morning. Trees rising on a hill-top Ringed in mist Pungent scent o burning stubble Drifting hazy smoke By Mary A Baillie Dark, tired hedgerows, laced with pearl strewn hammocks O wispy spider-silk Tentative

  • Stephens retains trophy on society's first tour to Scotland

    DAVID Stephens became the first player to retain the John Elmes Touring Trophy when he won Leominster Rankin Club Society's tour to Ayr. But whereas Stephens was a comfortable winner by eight points in the Isle of Man last year, he was taken to the very

  • Extreme photography

    The intrepid photographer David Ward has certainly had to suffer for his art. He has travelled to remote parts of the world, up at all hours to catch every conceivable bit of light from 3am to midnight, and dealt with extreme conditions and landscapes

  • Rugby Results

    Powergen Midlands 1: Bedford Athletic 25, Kettering 13; Broadstreet 20, Dunstablians 24; Luton 22, Luctonians 25; Old Laurentians 7, Leicester Lions 42; Scunthorpe 57, Whitchurch 10; Spalding 0, Walsall 36. Powergen Midlands 2 West: Aston Old Edwardians

  • Chairman's point brought home by manner of defeat

    Hereford 22 pts Malvern 31 A PIECE of indiscipline contributed towards Hereford's second successive defeat in the Powergen Midlands 2 West at Wyeside. Hereford paid the price for hooker Wayne Davies being yellow-carded towards the end of the first half

  • Moran wins at Shelsley

    ROGER Moran won the 15th round of the Avon/BMTR Top Ten Challenge when he competed at Shelsley Walsh last Sunday. The Orleton based motor-home dealer raced his Pilbeam MP88 up the 1000-yard Worcestershire track to record a time of 24.89 seconds. Deryk

  • Busy County experience mixed results

    HEREFORDSHIRE CBA had a busy week with matches against City and County of Bristol at Ardagh, Bristol, and Wiltshire Tourists at Castle Green, Hereford. In the match at Bristol, Herefordshire were well beaten by 148 shots to 95, and won on one rink only

  • Going up - and up - and up

    A GRUELLING sponsored climb up Hereford Cathedral's 218-step tower has been completed 13 muscle-crunching times. Tower staff Sian Hughes and Lorraine Standen achieved the heroic feat in three hours last Wednesday, raising hundreds of pounds for Cancer

  • City-wide travel will cost £1

    MOTORISTS in Hereford could be tempted from their vehicles for a day with an assortment of activities to promote environmentally friendly travel during the city's 'Car Free Day' next Monday. The event, co-ordinated by Herefordshire Council's Green Transport

  • And fun runners get set...

    AYLESTONE High School will be holding its 19th Fun Run over a three-and-a-half-mile course next Wednesday. Always one of the most popular events of the school calendar - the race begins at 5.30pm and will be started by school governor, Mark Ellis, who

  • Rotherwas puts environment first

    EMPLOYEES at Hereford's Rotherwas Industrial Estate are putting the environment first when travelling to work as part of an innovative Travel Plan launched this week. Workers are being encouraged to use pedal power, pound the pavement, car share or simply

  • David lands top new job

    THE oldest newspaper in Wales is getting a new Hereford-educated editor. Former Whitecross School pupil David Hardy, currently assistant editor of the Gloucestershire Echo, Cheltenham, has been appointed editor of the Carmarthen Journal. He will replace

  • The women ready to die for their country

    NEARLY 6,000 Herefordshire women were prepared to die for their country working in one of the country's most dangerous wartime jobs. Several did. The women were making shells, bombs, landmines and torpedoes at The Royal Ordnance Factory, Rotherwas, Hereford

  • Sneak thief walks off with cash and cards

    A SNEAK thief stole a purse containing cash and bankcards after walking into a Newton Farm kitchen. The raider entered the rear garden of the property in Brampton Road between 8pm and 9.30pm last Sunday before breaking into the kitchen through an unlocked

  • Assisting the blind to reach their full potential

    The Royal National College for the Blind was established in 1872 in Crystal Palace and, after time in the capital and 37 years at a base in Shrewsbury, it moved to the former teacher training college site in Hereford in 1978. Over the last 25 years the

  • Tea, cakes and a loan of thousands

    A FINANCIAL advisor accused of fleecing two elderly sisters of their savings told a jury he became "very close" to them. Mary and Violet Pugh sold the family farm and moved to a bungalow in Burley Gate, where they ran a smallholding. David Weston visited

  • Groper seen off by hand-bagging

    A WOMAN hit back when a man groped her in a Hereford subway, she turned around to strike him with her shopping bag, but he fled. The assault happened as she was walking through the under-pass at Eign Gate at about 5pm on September 10. The man is described

  • 10-year-old boy beat duck to death

    A 10-YEAR-OLD boy battered a duck to death after friends caught it on a fishing line. Hereford Youth Court heard how one of the youngest defendants to come before county magistrates seized the duck by its legs and beat it with a stick. The creature's

  • Six illegal workers are deported

    SIX illegal immigrants working at Hereford's Sun Valley factory have been deported after a Home Office investigation. Immigration enforcement officers were called in after company bosses grew suspicious about the authenticity of documents belonging to

  • Sleeper wakes to disturb thief

    A WOULD-BE thief was rumbled when he disturbed a sleeping homeowner in Hereford. A man aged about 20 with a prominent Scottish accent, possibly faked, and short dark hair was discovered inside a home in Pilley Road between 2pm and 4pm on September 9.

  • Man rescued from bridge parapet

    AN unconscious man was rescued from the parapet of Hereford's old Wye bridge on Monday afternoon. The man, aged about 30, was rescued by boat from the St Martin's Street bridge by city fire fighters. Ambulance staff say he was breathing when he was taken

  • Supermarket fined £12,500 over petrol

    SUPERMARKET giant Sainsburys has been fined £12,500 over an illegal renovation of its Hereford petrol station. Hereford Magistrates also ordered the company to pay £865.76 in costs. Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd admitted three offences under the 1928 Petroleum

  • Music makes the world go round...

    The Lullaby of Broadway and music from Harry Potter will sound out to help bring fresh water supplies to disabled children in Uganda. The Music from the Shows will be playing at Hereford's Shirehall on September 26, presented by Herefordshire Symphonic

  • Round-the-clock hunt for city sex attacker

    A SEX attacker who carried out a vicious assault on a vulnerable young woman is at large in Hereford. He struck as the woman walked along a River Wye towpath on the night of Monday, September 1. Threatening to harm her if she didn't co-operate, she was

  • It's the three degrees

    MEET the three degrees ... Alan, Margy and Jack Hughes make academic qualification a family affair with each graduating at the same time. Jack, aged 22, takes honours in English and drama away from Queen Mary, University of London. He is now after a career

  • Where spirits are refreshed

    IT stands off the main thoroughfare through Hereford County Hospital. Almost every person passing through the entrance to the new building will pass its open doors. Its position is prominent and public but it is one of the most tranquil rooms in the whole

  • 'Diggers' are aiming for victory

    WOULD-BE 'diggers' are being urged to band together to campaign for allotments in Leominster. Peter Reece, 52, who lives above a shoe shop in the town centre and doesn't have a garden, is gathering names to form an allotment society. His aim is to put

  • Sprightly at 100 - that's Kathleen

    KATHLEEN Davies came late to country life, being a sprightly 76 on shifting to Herefordshire from her native Birmingham. And at West Eaton House, Leominster, they say she is still as sprightly at 100. From the office girl that started work with Cadbury's

  • Work proceeding on A49 at Hope

    THE Highways Agency is undertaking routine site investigation work on the A49 near Hope-under-Dinmore. The work, which started on Monday, is expected to last until September 27. The agency will be working between 9.30am and 4.30pm each day along a 700

  • Record numbers

    NATIONAL Trust staff at Croft Castle are celebrating record visitor numbers. More than 40,000 people have visited the property so far this year, beating the previous record of 22,000 visitors in one year. Croft Castle puts the achievement down to its

  • Badgers needed to move first

    BAGS of peanuts were used as lure for 'residents' faced with eviction on the site of the multi-million pound industrial road project in Leominster. A family of badgers was found to be living in a sett on the route of the new road which is to link the

  • New road the route to jobs

    PROSPECTS of a Leominster jobs bonanza looked bright this week as work started on a major new road to open up a £20 million new enterprise park to incoming industries. The link, from the A49 Leominster bypass to the industrial zone via a planned new bridge

  • It's the limit ...

    MADAM, The attached photograph was taken approaching Shobdon Village from Milton Cross. The 30mph and restriction signs have been there for years, who gave instructions to put this marking on the road? All the other markings in the village appear to be

  • Woman followed on walk

    A MAN with his trousers around his ankles confronted a woman in a Herefordshire park after pursuing her around woods. Her ordeal at Queenswood Country Park, Dinmore, began at 10.30am on September 9, when the woman drove into the woodland car park followed

  • Town's VIPs get a soaking

    THREE bound men lined up against a wall at Leominster Fire Station to face a 'firing squad.' Mayor Janet Atkinson turned a hose reel on her deputy, Brigadier Peter Jones, the town's Anglican rector Peter Swain and teacher Peter Greenham. The trio volunteered

  • Law-breakers make choice

    WE have all exceeded the speed limit from time to time and been happy no police officer has seen our misdeed, or recorded our excesses. But to say the police are 'turning normal law-abiding people into law breakers', by applying the law rigorously to

  • Minster 'sails' into new future

    LEOMINSTER'S Minster College begins a new era today, (Thursday), at its launch as a Government-designated sports college. And two girls are on the crest of a wave. Though other students were disappointed a balloon race had to be postponed - because of

  • Vandalism at car parks is 'not council's fault'

    HEREFORDSHIRE Council says it cannot be held responsible for 'random acts of vandalism' in Leominster. There was an outcry from Leominster Leisure Centre users and staff after 13 vehicles at the adjacent Coningsby Road car park were damaged. Responding

  • Powers-that-be just take no notice

    MADAM, I am pleased your vigorous campaign to tidy up our city continues, but it is being ignored by business operators and the councils. Monkmoor Street has obscene graffiti written on the side-walls of The Palace restaurant, and also the Nell Gwynne

  • If we cared for people as much

    I CONFESS to have been wildly excited by the TV programme Restoration on BBC2 this evening, so well presented by Griff Rhys Jones and associates, and I voted, (though I'm afraid I didn't vote for the winner). It was wonderful to realise how much people

  • Pulling plug on flood defences

    IT'S A disgrace that the Environment Agency has raided the funds raised for the long-promised Hereford flood defence scheme to pay to prevent the imminent collapse of the Stank. Why wasn't there a contingency reserve to cover emergencies like this? And

  • Young and old get in the festival swing

    ONE HUNDRED and seventy hours of traditional song, music and dance performed by young and old saw thousands flocking to Bromyard last weekend. One of the final festivals of the summer saw fresh-faced young bands such as 422 performing alongside music

  • Bromyard history centre's own day

    BROMYARD'S history centre will be officially opening its doors to bygone days on October 8. Sir Thomas Dunne will perform the opening ceremony at 4pm for Bromyard and District Local History Society's new centre. The research room is already open and an

  • Kingsland club help swimmers

    KINGSLAND Bowling Club have played another part in helping community projects by raising £673 for the Leominster Swimming Pool Fund. The club staged a friendly tournament among their own members, together with various other attractions, to help the promote

  • Time to dance

    GOODRICH School Parent Teacher and Friends Association is staging a barn dance on Saturday.

  • Hunt for ex-pupils

    GOODRICH School, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, is seeking help in contacting anyone with a connection especially former pupils with a view to staging a grand reunion party and concert. For more information ring 01600 890422.

  • Veronica's wing-walk is celebration for charity

    A NEW charity started in Herefordshire to help victims of multiple sclerosis and their families has now been officially registered. To mark the occasion Veronica James who set up the new venture from her home in Ross-on-Wye celebrated by doing a wing

  • Store plan gains time

    TIME is nearly up for planning permission to build a new super store in Ross-on-Wye. Herefordshire Council approved the scheme on 1.15 hectares of town centre land in January 1999 on condition it started by January 2004. With only three months to go and

  • Info shop plan

    HEREFORDSHIRE Voluntary Action is seeking planning permission to turn 44 High Street, Ross-on-Wye, into an office and information shop.

  • CD player theft

    A CD player has been stolen from a yellow Fiat Seicento parked in Ross-on-Wye's Greytree Rise. The vehicle was at the junction between Fourth Avenue and Greytree when it was broken into overnight between last Saturday, and Sunday. Anyone with information

  • Under-18s impress

    Herefordshire FA 3 Surrey FA 1 HEREFORDSHIRE Under-18 came from behind to record an impressive 3-1 win at Ledbury in their second warm-up match. Both teams struggled in the early stages on a hard pitch but Surrey took the lead in the 15th minute with

  • County concede two late goals

    Erdington & Saltley Schools 3 Herefordshire Schools 1 HEREFORDSHIRE Schools Under-14 conceded two late goals as they slipped to a defeat in their inaugural match in the established West Midlands Schools League. The county made a superb start in their

  • Town maintain early challenge

    Kington Town 2 Market Drayton 1 DESPITE suspensions and injuries to eight first-team players, Kington kept up their West Midlands League Premier Division challenge with a win which took them up to a share of second place. Kington opened strongly and dominated

  • Ledbury below par at Bustleholme

    Bustleholme 4 Ledbury Town 2 THE loss of defenders Steve Powell and Adrian Thomas before the break - and a generally below-par performance - saw Ledbury crash to their second West Midlands League Premier Division defeat of the season. Striker Robbie Colwell

  • Pegasus contribute to downfall

    Pegasus Juniors 0 Redditch United 4 PEGASUS' inability to take advantage of several opportunities contributed to their downfall in the West Midlands Women's Regional League. The home side were punished by their Worcestershire opponents after making elementary

  • Hinton missing key players

    Hinton 0 Ludlow Town Res 1 WITHOUT four key players, Hinton missed an opportunity to move three points clear at the top of the West Midlands League Division 1 South when they lost a closely-contested home game. The game was always tight with defences

  • Villagers overcome sluggish start to secure home win

    EWYAS Harold started sluggishly but eventually ran out 3-1 winners against visiting Ross United Services in the Premier Division of the Hereford Times Here-fordshire League. The visitors were often first to the ball in the opening exchanges and Luke Gray

  • What's on in city and county this week

    At the cinema from Friday Coliseum Cinema Brecon The Italian Job (12a). American Pie: The Wedding (15). v 01874 622501. The Courtyard Pirates of the Caribbean (12a). v 01432 359252. Flicks in the Sticks Chicago (15), 19 only, Dorstone Village Hall, 8pm

  • Music in flowers likely to be easy on the eye

    PEOPLE visiting Much Birch Church tomorrow (Friday), Saturday and Sunday will see an explosive floral interpretation of Handel's 'fireworks' music. It will be the first of many displays to be seen at this year's flower festival. From 10am to 6pm the floral

  • TV chef's top secrets on menu at Eastnor

    TELEVISION chef Sophie Grigson will use local award-winning produce to create mouth-watering meal ideas at the annual Heart of England Fine Foods (HEFF) Festival of Food and Drink at Eastnor Castle on October 4 and 5. A great fan of regional food and

  • Guided walks prove a hit

    GUIDED walks along the Wye Valley Walk have been a great success, organisers have announced. The recreation and countryside services section of Powys County Council, together with Forestry Commission Wales, have co-ordinated a series of guided walks over

  • New faces for the new term

    IT'S all change at the top of two Herefordshire primary schools. Colin Mutton is the new head teacher of Kingstone and Thruxton Primary School after five years at St Mary's School, Fownhope. And stepping into his shoes at St Mary's is Allyson Middleton

  • Thousands gather for onion invasion

    A MARKET town banned traffic from its centre on Saturday to receive an 'invasion' of visitors - and onions! Newent Onion Fayre gets bigger by the year and the latest extravaganza attracted thousands to the town. Onions were, of course, the stars of the

  • County turns out in Getty tribute

    HEREFORDSHIRE - a county his generosity had touched on a number of occasions - was well represented at the memorial mass for Sir John Paul Getty held in Westminster Cathedral. Sir Paul, who was an Honorary Freeman of the City of Hereford, had given £1

  • Bishy Boys beat the Bullit to snatch Soap Box derby prize

    IT was a nervous moment for the Bishy Boys as the Bullit closed in seconds behind them. The Bishy Boys made it over the finish line at the bottom of Little Dewchurch's Soap Box Derby 'speedy hill course' just 15 seconds in front of Neil Williams. The

  • Women's Institutes do battle for honours

    EIGHT Herefordshire Women's Institutes crossed knitting needles during a battle for honours at the Kingsland group show. There was a huge turn out as women from the surrounding villages gathered to compete for seven cups in floral art, handicraft and

  • Justine's got a good reason to tackle the Great North Run

    LEDBURY'S Justine Lee will race to save lives when she takes part in the Great North Run on behalf of the Meningitis Research Foundation - a cause close to her heart. It will be the third time Justine has joined the athletes in the Newcastle half marathon

  • Naked encounter

    A MAN wearing nothing but green Wellington boots exposed himself to a woman horse rider. The woman was riding along Tow Tree Lane in Burghill at around 7.15pm on August 27, when she was confronted by the man who is described as white, around 24 years

  • Assaulted

    A WOMAN needed hospital treatment after a gang entered her Herefordshire home and assaulted her. The woman was at her house in Withies Close, Withington, when she was visited by about six people, sometime between 8pm and 11pm, on Tuesday, September 2.

  • Baby Jack's four-week life is inspiration

    IT is every new parent's worst nightmare - watching their baby losing its battle to cling on to life - feeling so helpless, unable to carry their sick child's awful burden for them. Fate, believes Lisa Davis, is the reason why she and her partner Keith's

  • Hereford in form

    HEREFORD continued their early good form with a 2-2 home draw with Worcester. They played well in both attack and defence, although Worcester had the better of the second half. Claire Butler gave Hereford an early lead and later a well-worked move led

  • County veterans finish campaign in fifth place

    HEREFORDSHIRE won two of their seven matches to finish fifth in Group 4 of the ECB 50 Plus County Championship. Herefordshire beat Oxfordshire and Shrop-shire but lost five matches and failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, which

  • Allensmore

    SMARTIE PARTY -- A few months ago Smartie tubes were distributed around Allensmore. The intention was for people to eat the Smarties and then fill the tubes with loose change. This Saturday there will be a Smartie Party at Pateshall Hall at 6pm for the

  • Breinton

    STEERING GROUP -- The Breinton parish plan steering group met in the village hall on September 8 to receive the initial results of the questionnaire analysis. A more detailed presentation will be made available within the next few weeks that will allow

  • Colwall

    SCOUT JUMBLE -- Don't forget the Annual Scout Jumble Sale on Saturday, September 20, at 2pm, in the village hall. CONFIRMATION SERVICE -- On Sunday, September 14, a service of Confirmation was held at St James Church, Colwall. Ten teenagers and five adults

  • Eardisland

    CRICKET CLUB -- The season has now been completed and the overall results for the season showed that the club played eight matches, won three and lost five. Two matches were cancelled as a result of bad weather. In the final matches, the game against

  • Fownhope

    CUBS -- First Fownhope Cubs are back! After an enforced break since last Christmas due to a lack of leaders, cubs are restarting today (Thursday) with an open evening in the Tesco room at the village hall, starting at 5.30pm. Anyone interested in joining

  • Kingstone

    CONCERT -- There will be a concert by the Golden Valley Singers in Kingstone Church at 7-30 p.m. on Saturday. The admission charge of £3-50 will include light refreshments. Profits will be in aid of church funds. FAMILY SERVICE -- The Kingstone family

  • Much Birch

    FLOWER FESTIVAL -- The Flower Festival's theme is 'Music in Flowers' and floral representations of music from Handel, Beethoven, Elgar, and more will be on show over this coming weekend at Much Birch Church. There will be an exhibition of arts, crafts

  • Pyons and Westhope

    BARN BREAK-IN -- Another theft in Westhope this week, and it's all too easy to view the past through rose tinted spectacles when every door was left ajar; now the jar would be gone as with the door. Anyway removing the coloured shades it seems pretty

  • Hereford United Conference Fixtures 2003-4

    Aug 9 3pm Tamworth (A) 3-1 (Smith 2, Guinan) Aug 12 7.45pm Forest Green H) 5-1 (Purdie 2, Guinan 2, Carey-Bertram) Aug 16 3pm Morecambe (H) 3-0 (Smith 2, Guinan) Aug 23 3pm Barnet (A) 1-1 (James pen) Aug 25 7.45pm Aldershot (H) 4-3 (Williams, Rose, James

  • Vans Trophy tie needs to be put back a week

    SINCE Sky Sports decided to screen live coverage of our home match with Dagenham on Monday, October 13, we have been concerned at the prospect of having to play in the LDV Vans Trophy the following night and then at Chester on the Saturday. Prior to the

  • Third at St Andrews

    HEREFORD Municipal junior Mark Keddie fulfilled a dream when he played in the UK Public Courses Men's Championship over the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland. He performed above his expectations and finished third in Division 3 with 37 stableford points

  • County team give captain winning send-off in the sun

    HEREFORDSHIRE county team gave their retiring captain John McQuillan a winning send-off when they beat Brecon and Radnor 8.5-6.5 in a very competitive final match of the season at Kington. Both teams produced excellent golf to share the morning foursomes

  • Herefordshire Art Week gets under way

    DOWN by the River Wye in Hereford, an Edwardian lady in a long dress and fancy hat is taking tea in an ornate gazebo. Peculiar enough already in the 21st Century, but as you approach her you also realise that she is eerily faceless, a ghostly figure that

  • The challenge

    h.Art, Hereford's annual art week, made a confident start to its second year at the Left Bank last Friday. Twenty one of the artists whose work is being shown round the county, or whose studios are open to the public, had selected work on show. Paintings

  • Could you be the next Rageh Omaar?

    What is it like to be a journalist? More importantly, what does it take to be a journalist? Young people in the county aged between 13-22 now have a real opportunity to find out. Code named Youth Times, the project - which will be a launched officially

  • Poets go live in Leominster for library

    Two West Midlands poets, Roz Goddard and Parm Kaur, will be reading their work at Leominster library tomorrow at 7.30pm in a free event as part the library's tenth anniversary celebrations. Roz Goddard has written two collections of poetry for adults.

  • Fitting swansong for Peter

    A RECORD Kington Show on Saturday was a fitting swansong for 80-year-old general secretary Peter Collishaw. Peter, who has been secretary for 16 years, has decided not to seek re-election at the next annual meeting of the show in March. "It has been a

  • Bromyard unable to topple Castle

    Bromyard 0 pts Bishops Castle 17 Bromyard lost their first North Midlands 1 game of the season to a much larger Castle side. From the outset Bromyard were going to struggle as Castle forwards kept the ball for long periods and were 7-0 up after 25 minutes

  • Luctonians survive late scare at Luton

    Luton 22 pts Luctonians 25 LUCTONIANS travelled to Luton for the first time and came away satisfied with the two points in Powergen Midlands 1 but disappointed somewhat by the manner of their victory. Going in to the final quarter with a comfortable 22

  • Another finish

    EUROPEAN Minardi driver Nicolas Kiesa continued an excellent start to his Formula 1 career with 12th place at the Italian GP at Monza. It was the young Dane's third finish in three Grand Prix. His partner in the part-Ledbury based racing team, Jos Verstappen

  • Frieze triumphs in Allensmore sunshine

    A HUGE crowd enjoyed a golden sunshine day at the Allensmore circuit for the Boughrood fixture under BHRC rules, and witnessed some exultant victories for the supporters who are the inner heartbeat of the sport. Brett Strickland, who travels up with his

  • Promotion takes Simon away from Hereford

    SIMON Kershaw has been appointed general manager of Bath Racecourse. Formerly commercial sales manager of Bath and Hereford Racecourses, Kershaw has taken up the promotion following the departure of Drew Brown, who left the company recently. Kershaw,

  • Designer Label is just the ticket for Pitman

    LAMBOURN trainer Mark Pitman was quoted at his recent open day as saying he felt he had turned the corner after a disapointing last season which saw a meagre total of only seven winners and 30 seconds. But at Hereford races he saw his first jumping winner

  • Tactical victory

    Once again Geoff Franks from Sennybridge demonstrated his prowess as a fisherman, when he won the annual Hereford Fly Fishing Club boat competition at Draycote Water near Rugby. However, his success was due to a change of tactics in the last half an hour

  • Taylor takes command

    HEREFORD Tri Club's Andy Taylor won the Herefordshire Athletic Association 10,000-metre County Championships at Hereford Leisure Centre. Taylor took the lead on the 20th lap of the 25-lap race and steadily opened up a 24-seconds advantage over the next

  • Jocelyn makes mark for Wales

    HEREFORD & County Athletic Club member Jocelyn Davies was selected to represent her country after an impressive display at the Welsh Schools' Champion-ships. The 15-year-old finished second in the triple jump, just three centimetres behind the winner

  • High achievers make their mark at Aylestone School

    AS the detailed analysis of August's GCSE and A-level results gets underway, two extraordinary successes by Aylestone High School pupils are being highlighted. Emma Fenn, aged 16, took her first pure maths A-level module a year early and scored 100%.

  • Chance to learn about First Aid

    PLACES are available on the popular First Aid for Families course at the South Wye Learning Centre in Hereford. The course, which starts on October 1, is suitable for any family member who wants to learn some basic first aid techniques and tips for dealing

  • Team work and spaghetti

    A TOWER of spaghetti and sellotape with a golf ball perched on top showed real team work between staff and pupils at a Hereford school. The one-metre high creation was produced at Hereford Cathedral School during the fifth year's Skills for Business activity

  • Sustained by the courage of his convictions

    For 40 years Anthony Weston has brought the courage of his Christian convictions to the county's courts. As Anthony considers calling time on the bar, he tells the Hereford Times how his faith has kept pace with his profession - and where it will take

  • Man assaulted, robbed

    A MAN was robbed of his mobile phone after being hit several times in the face during a violent assault in the early hours of September 7 as he was crossing Victoria Road and heading towards Eign Gate between 2am and 2.30am. Two men approached him and

  • Glamour all the way for Tina and Patsy

    TWO local singers head North this weekend, with a coachload of faithful fans following suit. Wendi Windsor of Leominster and Marc Drew of Hereford are performing at The Blackpool Opera House alongside stars of stage and small screen such as Cannon and

  • Fields fail to adjust against high-flyers

    Stratford Town 2 Westfields 1 WESTFIELDS are still chasing their second Midland Alliance win and, despite a spirited second-half performance, came away from their first ever visit to Stratford empty handed. Fields failed to adjust to the pace of the game

  • New live music night

    Club Imperial opened its doors to local musicians this week in a weekly Band Night. "We hope that by adding local live music to our weekly schedule, we'll really help to create a vibrant new music scene within the city," said manager John Neilly. Next

  • Autumn jewel in Malvern's musical crown

    AUTUMN in Malvern has been an exquisite jewel in the cultural calendar since 1989. Founder Peter Smith wanted to contrast English music and art with that of a different nation and has followed the theme for the mix of music and words, visual art and performance

  • Concert club ready for another successful year

    ANYONE interested in enjoying some good quality music, especially those who do not have a friend or partner who shares their love of the symphony, will be pleased to hear that, once again, Beryl Haughton has organised her schedule of concert trips for

  • Sounds of the Seventies revisited

    Singer and songwriter Keith James, highly successful in his own right in the 80s, visits The Courtyard, on Wednesday. The concert forms part of his third UK tour entitled Celebrating the songs of Nick Drake in which the entire performance is dedicated

  • Triple break-ins

    CITY businessman and deputy Herefordshire Council leader George Hyde has had three break-ins in two weekends at his city tool hire factories. After a double break-in at Hereford Fastenings and Tool Hire, Rotherwas, and Hereford Industrial Supply, Three

  • Diamond awards for Ford Abbey

    A HEREFORDSHIRE guesthouse has been voted the AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for England. Originally a monastery farm, Ford Abbey, near Pudleston which holds the AA's highest rating of five diamonds for accommodation, will be awarded with the accolade

  • Needlepoint art

    WITH 'rags' worth riches the auctioneers of Brightwells, Leominster, have a point to make about valuable needlework. The saleroom is incorporating textiles into its auctions from December, with the team weaving a new expert into its blend of experience

  • Wright plots Bulls to go for a Burton

    UNBEATEN table-toppers Hereford United will lock horns with former captain Ian Wright tomorrow night in a Nationwide Conference clash with Burton Albion at Eton Park. The powerful central defender, who was a firm favourite at Edgar Street, expects to

  • Church stalwart mourned

    MONKLAND is mourning the death of Richard Ebrey, 87, who served the parish church of All Saints as churchwarden for 50 years, writes PETE BLENCH. Mr Ebrey, a former civil servant, who played the violin, loved music and was an enthusiastic fan of Aston

  • Graphic images of speed's effect

    IN MY career with Kent Fire Brigade I remember an incident when a motorist on a straight stretch of 'A' road during good visibility decided to accelerate to nearly 72 mph (police calculations) to discover that a tractor had entered the highway from a

  • Website aims to link community

    HOPE-UNDER-DINMORE is leading the way for the rest of England by adopting The Local Channel, the country's first network of 10,000 local community web-sites. In a move aimed at bringing communities closer together, The Local Channel is offering every

  • Time to re-read Highway Code

    AFTER reading articles in the Hereford Times, concerning curbing speeders and so called 'rat runs', the question I have to ask the residents of Westfaling Street and Councillors David Short and Mary Bew, is, what came first the chicken or the egg? Keeping

  • Tearaways learn tricks from TV

    WHILE accepting speed is a killer, the average motorist is not a criminal. The answer is complex. I cannot see that to stand a policeman with a radar gun or to set up a camera is the only answer. Education is a better option. The car is here to stay,