• 19/9/03 - Swan sees off Bosbury

    SWAN, Alfrick won this 35-over friendly fixture against a Bosbury on Sunday by 20 runs. SWAN, ALFRICK v BOSBURY Winning the toss, Alfrick batted on a lovely sunny afternoon, on a good batting wicket. They raced along at over six an over in the first ten

  • 19/9/03 - Eastnor youth enjoy successful season

    A VERY successful season for the Eastnor Cricket Club youth section ended on Sunday when a retired U15 Colts IX, including some younger members, played against an XI comprising of parents, relatives and coaches in a 30 over per side game. The result was

  • Beckham shirt for auction

    Newent Chamber of Commerce is organising two fundraising events for the town's Christmas lights display. The first event is a charity skittles evening, on Saturday, September 27, from 7.30pm at the Traveller's Rest in Malswick. The second event, on November

  • Recycling for charity

    OLD mobile phone and inkjet cartridges are being collected for recycling in a box at St Mary's Church Office, Newent, on behalf of the Traidcraft charity. Recycled phones will be sent to developing countries.

  • Care centre expansion work to start in spring

    The planned expansion of Sheppard House could start as early as the spring and the total cost will be £450,000. The final costings, revealed for the first time, mean that the new additions may have to be built in stages, beginning with two bathrooms for

  • Record day for volunteers

    A record day's takings were counted by volunteers at the Charity Shop in Church Street during the Onion Fayre. Manager Jan Chave said: "It was very busy. We made £565 for the Newent Association for the Disabled, which was £16 up on last year. We had some

  • Onions draw a big crowd

    The sun shone and a record-breaking crowd filled town centre streets on Saturday, for the now famous and increasingly popular Newent Onion Fayre. Organisers estimate the crowd to have been at least 12,000 strong, the target figure that was hoped for in

  • 19/9/03 - Old boy Wright looks for upset

    FORMER Bulls favourite Ian Wright predicts his new club Burton Albion can cause an upset against the Conference leaders at Eton Park tonight. Hereford United's ex-captain and veteran of more than 130 league games is plotting to end the Edgar Street club's

  • 19/9/03 - Bridge results ...

    LEDBURY DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB THIRTY-ONE pairs competed in the first round of the Winter Pairs Championship at the Club on September 10. In the N/S direction, the winners were Sue & Derrick Munday with a score of 57.41. The other leading pairs were

  • Date for switch-on

    CHRISTMAS lights in Bromyard will this year be switched on by Leominster MP Bill Wiggin. Mr Wiggin will flick the switch at 5.30pm, half an hour later than the usual time, on Saturday, November 22.

  • Lucy's gift is named

    A FIELD in Bromyard is being named after its original donor, whose family went on to theatrical fame. Lucy Kempson gave the playing fields at the end of The Knapp to the town in 1943. Now the fields will be named the Lucy Kempson Playing Fields. Lucy's

  • Salsa starts

    DANCE fans will be hot-footing it to Bromyard Cricket Club for beginners salsa classes. Chris and Joy Simmonds, who have been dancing together for the last four years, will run the session every Friday starting tonight at 8pm. Each class costs £3 with

  • Booze ban is in sight

    A SCHEME to ban drinking on Bromyard's streets is being considered. A ban on consumption of alcohol in public areas in much of the town centre is being asked for by Bromyard and Winslow Town Council. The request has gone to Herefordshire Council, which

  • Camera considered

    A PLAN to hire Bromyard's very own police officer has been abandoned in favour of a 24-hour CCTV camera. Bromyard and Winslow Town Council had looked at the possibility of hiring a parish officer to tackle a rise in anti-social behaviour. But it was told

  • Pair recreate wedding day

    A COUPLE marked their ruby anniversary by recreating their original wedding day. Keith and Josephine Lane, from Bromyard, worked on every detail, including arranging the same venue and service - and even the bride being late at the altar! Josephine was

  • 19/9/03 - Bromyard spirit not enough

    BROMYARD lost their first North Midlands One league game of the season to a physically bigger Castle side. BROMYARD 0, BISHOPS CASTLE 17pts From the outset Bromyard were going to struggle as the Castle forwards kept the ball for long periods. This style

  • 19/9/03 - Juniors back in training

    LEDBURY Junior Hockey Club resumes training from tomorrow (Saturday), 9.30am to 11am at the John Masefield Astro for ages 8-16 yrs. The club will be pleased to see old and existing members from last season, and welcome anyone interested in learning to

  • 19/9/03 - Ledbury prised apart during opening period

    LEDBURY suffered their second Midlands Three West (South) loss of the season with a disappointing performance against a strong Stratford side. STRATFORD 46PTS, LEDBURY 15PTS The first 20 minutes were all Stratford with Ledbury forced into desperate defence

  • 19/9/03 - Town hit six to bury poor show

    LEDBURY Town cruised into the second round of the HFA Charity Bowl with a 6-2 demolition of Westfields at New Street on Tuesday evening. LEDBURY TOWN 6, WESTFIELDS 2 Ledbury were determined to make up for their poor performance at Bustleholme on Saturday

  • Young performers keep up folk tradition

    BROMYARD'S annual folk festival saw thousands of music fans rocking the town last weekend. Folk aficionados travelled from across the country to watch gigs, start impromptu jamming sessions and soak up the thrilling atmosphere of the three-day event.

  • 19/9/03 - Junior Soccer Scene ...

    LEDBURY travelled to last season's champions for this U16s match and quickly found themselves up against it. LEOMINSTER MINORS 7, LEDBURY SWIFTS 1 After 12 minutes goalie Tom Smith was injured in a collision with a defender, allowing Leominster to open

  • 19/9/03 - Bell boys fleece Hotel

    THE game started at a furious pace as the villagers rained shot after shot onto the Malvern goal. BELL INN 98 11, GREAT MALVERN HOTEL 0 It wasn't long before Nicky Welch opened the scoring after a run and cross by Paul Wilband. Welch doubled his tally

  • Council faces grave decision

    LEDBURY Town Council risks appearing "very unsympathetic" if cemetery regulations lead to a request for a double headstone over two graves being turned down. That is the warning from mayor Keith Francis, who said of the request from a local family: "I

  • New plans to get folk into cafe

    Customers at Ledbury Community Hospital's new caf will be able to move straight on to the theatre, having been well-fed and watered in time for an evening of drama. The family running Thackwray's Market Caf, which opened earlier this month, are planning

  • Hospital to clamp cars

    Ledbury Community Hospital plans to clamp cars not belonging to staff, patients or visitors to the Market Street facility. Owner Shaw Healthcare, which also owns the unadopted road, has installed a gate at the New Street end to stop drivers using it as

  • Not another talking shop

    Representatives from voluntary organisations are being invited to a special presentation called "Get on Board". The event is at Harling Court, Ledbury, on Wednesday, October 1, from 6pm. It has been organised by Community First, in association with Ledbury

  • Skate park is a great success

    THE new £60,000 skate park on the Recreation Ground is proving to be very popular with old and young alike, according to Ledbury town councillors who have been monitoring its use. Mayor Coun Keith Francis noted that it was "not being dominated by the

  • Play slide to be replaced

    Ledbury Town Council is planning to spend around £6,500 on new equipment for younger children at the town's recreation ground. Wear and tear on the spiral slide and concerns about its condition raised by a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

  • Group needs a new home

    THE Urchins Tots to Teens group is looking for a new base Expansion plans mean the group will outgrow its present home at Ledbury Community Hospital after just one year. The group wants to provide a nursery for babies, following requests from parents.

  • Firm wants water views

    Welsh Water will hold a fact-finding public meeting to discover if Ledbury people are happy with their supply. The Watervoice session will take place two years after the town suffered earthy water due to an "algal bloom", caused by a hot summer. Since

  • Car park rise likely

    A Possible rise in parking fees for Ledbury and other market towns were discussed by Herefordshire councillors at a think-tank seminar on Wednesday. Coun Mike Wilson, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said that all the proposals were "not

  • Plans laid for carnival

    An open meeting to discuss Ledbury Carnival and to come up with ideas for next year will take place at the Market House on Monday, September 29, at 8pm. Committee chairman Steve Clegg said: "Next year will be the 30th in the current series and will be

  • Hunts vow to keep up fight

    HUNTSMEN say they will fight for their right to continue with the sport in the face of Government plans to ban it. On Tuesday, the Government announced that it would back plans to override an attempted block on banning the sport by the Lords. At the opening

  • Honour for firefighter who saved choking woman

    A LEDBURY firefighter is being honoured for saving the life of a choking woman. Andy Phillips will be one of 19 Hereford and Worcester firefighters presented with awards tomorrow (Saturday) at the Training and Development Centre, Droitwich. The news has

  • Relaunch goal for youth centre

    A MOVE to relaunch Ledbury Youth Centre is under way after problems recruiting staff left it largely unused for a year. The town council, Herefordshire Council and youth provision bodies, such as Ledbury Youth First, will meet on October 1 at Hinton Youth

  • IVF pair tell of joy after heartbreak

    THE proud parents of a baby girl are encouraging others to consider fertility treatment in their quest for a family - even if it brings tragedy and heartbreak along the way. Jill and Gwyn Anthony-Ackery, of Ledbury, are mum and dad to 13-month-old Constance

  • Teenager charged with murder

    A teenager has been charged with murder, rape and arson, after the body of an elderly woman was discovered at a farm in Upleadon following a serious fire. The 17-year-old appeared before Gloucester magistrates on Wednesday, where he was also charged with

  • Man Utd set to play town side

    Manchester United will take the field against Ledbury Town FC in a friendly charity match in memory of three members of the same family killed in a road accident. The date of the game, at Ledbury's home ground, has still to be decided but the United board

  • First lunch meeting

    The first meeting of the autumn for the Oasis lunch club is at the Glebe Chapel on Wednesday, October 8, from noon to 2pm. Club spokesman Theo Cracknell said: "It is open for anyone over 50 years of age, and we don't ask for birth certificates!" Anyone

  • Broadband is coming

    a wireless broadband internet service could be coming to Newent. Anyone interested is invited to register on the Newent Online web-site. The service could benefit small to medium-sized businesses and also people seeking a faster home use service.

  • Visit to cathedral

    MEMBERS of the Newent Mothers Union will visit Gloucester Cathedral on Wednesday, where they will have lunch. On October 22, the group will gather in St Mary's Church Rooms from 2pm and Ann Coleman will give a talk on Life as an expatriate. On November

  • 19/9/03 - Fixtures ...

    SATURDAY FOOTBALL FA VASE Second Qualifying Round: Barrow Town v Malvern Town, Nettleham v Ledbury Town, Bromyard Town v Elmore. WEST MIDLANDS LEAGUE Division One South: Blackheath Town v Ledbury Town Reserves, Hinton v Malvern Rangers, Tenbury United

  • Drug charges sentence

    POLICE seized cannabis and an ecstasy tablet from the home of a Bromyard woman. Lucy Campbell, aged 30, of Old Road, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of ecstasy, at Worcester Crown Court on Friday. She was sentenced

  • Nature reserve talk

    A TALK on Stanner Rock nature reserve, near Kington, will be given at Bromyard's Methodist Hall on Friday, September 26, at 7.30pm. The talk, by Andrew Ferguson, takes place at the first autumn/winter meeting of the Herefordshire Nature Trust's Bromyard

  • Footpaths to be cleared up

    FOOTPATHS around Stoke Lacy are to be cleared. Parish council footpaths officer Henry Hodges is to lead a walk for villagers in an effort to open paths for access. Residents had expressed concern to Stoke Lacy Parish Council about obstructions, including

  • Parking fee to be dropped

    HOPES are high that a plan to abolish free parking in Bromyard has been abandoned. Nearly 1,000 angry Bromyard residents signed a petition protesting against the possible removal of free town car parking. County councillor Peter Dauncey organised the

  • Founder of factory put fizz in drinks

    THE man who put the bubbles in Malvern Water and other soft drinks will be the focus of a talk at Colwall Village Hall on Monday. John Tyson, quality manager at the Coca-Cola Schweppes factory in the village, will provide an insight into the history of

  • Video aims for change

    YOUNG people from Cradley will present a video they have made to suggest improvements for the village. The group began filming this summer and is now putting the finishing touches to the video, which will be shown on Wednesday, September 24. Ideas such

  • Haircuts raise cash for tots

    TWO women went bald in aid of a Colwall pre-school on Monday. Mums Tina Lloyd and Tracey Sturge decided to lose their locks to raise funds for the village's Bright Sparks pre-school. Staff from A2 Hairdress-ing, Malvern, got the clippers out to remove

  • 19/9/03 - Three in a row for Minardi driver

    THREE Grand Prix finishes from three starts was the impressive result for European Minardi Cosworth driver Nicolas Kiesa when he finished 12th in the Italian Grand Prix. The young Dane has enjoyed an excellent start to his Formula One career, and his

  • 19/9/03 - Gareth Diggins is Dymock club champion

    DYMOCK Grange Golf Club held its eighth annual men's club championship last weekend. Played in glorious sunshine with a light breeze, the pin positions and hard fairways made it very tricky, the Old Course had never been this tough to shoot low scores

  • 19/9/03 - Town slip to second defeat

    LEDBURY Town slipped to their second West Midlands Premier Division Defeat on Saturday with a lacklustre display at Bustleholme. BUSTLEHOLME 4, LEDBURY TOWN 2 Home striker Gareth Davies tormented the Ledbury defence bursting through time after time to

  • 19/9/03 - Ledbury Chase now part of the racing calendar

    THE fourth annual Ledbury Chase attracted nearly 90 competitors on Sunday and has now earned its place on the racing calender. Sunday's race, jointly hosted by Ledbury and District Harriers and Ledbury Rugby Club, was run in warm conditions. The course

  • 19/9/03 - Brewery Blues face AC 30

    BREWERY Blues, formerly Brewery FC, have made a good start in the Worcester & District Sunday League winning their opening two games in Division Four. Last week they progressed in the Bernard Finnegan Cup when they defeated visiting Barbourne Celtic

  • Anger at priority for toilets

    IMPROVEMENTS to public toilets in Church Lane, Ledbury, have been given a low priority in a Herefordshire Council report. The study of the county's public conveniences recognises that "this facility will require refurbishment works", a move that has been

  • Boost for mobility

    Ledbury Shopmobility has boosted its electric scooter fleet to four with the purchase of a £1,500 four-wheel Voyager. Martin Watkins, of the centre, based at St Katherine's , said the new scooter was part of a drive to bring equipment up to date. He said

  • U3A meeting attracts 100

    Twice the number of people expected attended the inaugural meeting of the Ledbury branch of the University of the Third Age. Spokesman John King said around 100 people filled Wellington Heath Memorial Hall. "Overall, it was an extremely successful evening

  • Police pool resources to deal with peak-time calls

    POLICE say they will be able to draw on more officers at key times under a new pooling system linking Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye. Inspector Sue Thomas said the creation of the single team makes up to 12 officers available at peak times, such as pub closing

  • Firm presses on with expansion

    THE expansion of Ledbury's biggest employer, Amcor Flexibles, continues with the announcement of more jobs to come and the arrival of a massive new printing press. The main printing drum, weighing 30 tonnes, arrived under police escort last Friday, having

  • MP attacks electricity giant over handling of power cut claims

    LEDBURY MP Bill Wiggin has attacked electricity giant Aquila over compensation claims following last October's storms. Mr Wiggin said statements by the firm in the aftermath of the crisis may have put people off claiming. Aquila said the "exceptional