• Disappointment at ME HQ delay

    THE Primary Care Trust's announcement (Hereford Times, January 15), that the proposed M E clinic will be two months late in opening, is a huge disappointment and a bitter blow. ME sufferers have been waiting for help since the first promise was made in

  • Our strict rules must apply to all

    WHEN is the media going to refrain from trying to increase their sales by scare-mongering headlines: Chicken Can Kill! We read there is a 'deadly' flu virus in Thailand which, as they say, is related to the growing of poultry. Britain is gripped by a

  • Where did the name originate

    QUITE APART from the debate about English and Welsh names, it is good to stimulate interest in the past. Henfford presumably meant Old Way and didn't even have to refer to a river crossing. Army ford always seems questionable as the Roman army would have

  • Man tried to strangle wife

    A PUB landlord tried to strangle his wife with a piece of rope as their marriage crumbled, Worcester Crown Court was told. Alan Clarke became emotionally distressed when he learned of her divorce plan. After drinking alcohol, he returned to the Live and

  • Infirmary blues for Bromyard

    DESPITE having the better of play, Bromyard Town were eliminated at the first round stage of the Worcester Infirmary Cup when they went down 1-0 away to Pershore Town. Bromyard had plenty chances but suffered from wayward finishing.

  • Fixtures called off as mark of respect

    HEREFORD Hockey Club have called off their four scheduled men's team fixtures this weekend following the death of club member Craig Stocker who was killed in a car accident near Bridge Sollars. Hereford Ladies will continue with their fixtures but will

  • Purdie's progress towards Game Xl

    HEREFORD United forward Rob Purdie could be in line for an international call-up after a string of impressive performances this season. Purdie has caught the eye of National Game Xl manager Paul Fairclough with his energetic displays in attack and midfield

  • United against Estech

    HEREFORD politicians have spoken out against a multi-million pound waste treatment plant being built in the Golden Valley. Liberal Democrat MP Paul Keetch and Tory hopeful Virginia Taylor both want Estech Europe Ltd to locate their pioneering recycling

  • Gang strikes at clothing store

    TWO men and a young boy are being sought by police after they stole a quantity of sweaters from a Ross-on-Wye shop on January 13. The two adults entered the Edinburgh Woollen Mill in George Place several times at around 5pm. While the pair distracted

  • Phoenix rising to adult level

    FC PHOENIX, who have championed the development of girls' football within the county, are all set to make the move into adult football next season. The club, which provides regular football for girls from the ages of eight to 16, now plans to enter a

  • Becky fires in treble

    Pegasus Ladies 4 Malvern Ladies 3 A HAT-TRICK by Becky Banes earned Pegasus a semi-final tie with county rivals Ross in the Hereford and Worcester County Cup. Banes scored twice in the first half and although Kate Boulton reduced arrears after the break

  • Nicholls' treble earns place in final

    A HAT-TRICK by Andy Nicholls earned Orcop a fine win over higher-graded Tudors and a place in the Shelton Cup final. Tudors raced into an early lead but Orcop drew level midway through the first half when Nicholls headed in a Ross Povey corner. Tudors

  • Colwell strikes twice in win

    Smethwick Sikh Temple 1 Ledbury Town 4 LEDBURY included new signings Steve Oldcheck and Russell Wilton, both formerly at Cinderford Town, in their squad for their West Midlands League Premier Division clash at Smethwick. After a closely-fought first quarter

  • Hinton on top in eight-goal derby

    Hinton 5 Leominster Town 3 BOTH teams deserve credit for the skill and commitment they showed in difficult conditions in this entertaining West Midlands League Division 1 South local derby which produced eight goals. Although the visitors had a couple

  • Champions Wigmore head for Bristol finals

    WIGMORE Primary School will represent Hereford United in the South Western Regional Final of the Predator Cup after carrying off the Herefordshire championship. Wigmore won the county title in a round-robin event at Ross-on-Wye against the other preliminary

  • Leaders no match for rampant Presteigne

    Presteigne 2 Aberystwyth Res 0 PRESTEIGNE turned in one of their best performances of the season to defeat the league leaders in the Spar Mid Wales League. Missing a number of first-team regulars through injury and suspension, Presteigne were nevertheless

  • Storm stirs among a village's treetops

    IT'S enough to make Tarzan and Jane jealous. A tree house with all mod-cons, including light and heating, dining table and a sweeping spiral staircase is set to be built in a Herefordshire back garden. Reading, writing and meals among the treetops could

  • The bear cheek of thieves

    A THIEF has stolen a family of three bears from a Herefordshire wood. The mystery began a month ago when a pine carving of a 2ft baby bear disappeared from the Childer Wood Heavy Horse Centre, near Canon Frome. Days later, the 3ft tall mother vanished

  • Welcome service for new bishop

    THE new Bishop of Hereford will be welcomed to the Diocese of Hereford on Saturday, June 26. The Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, the Bishop of Warwick, was named as the 104th bishop of Hereford by the Queen last month. The service of Inauguration and Welcome

  • £180,000 to pay for history

    THE 'forgotten' history of Herefordshire will be brought back to life thanks to a £180,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will help re-launch a comprehensive history of Herefordshire, which was abandoned after just one volume in 1908.

  • Lecture by war reporter

    THE renowned BBC war correspondent Jeremy Bowen will deliver a lecture at Hereford's Courtyard theatre to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The lecture, From the Holocaust to Rwanda, lessons learned, lessons still to learn, will be delivered on Thursday

  • Rescued buildings

    A £1.3m scheme which offers grants to help bring redundant buildings in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire back into productive use has been launched by Advantage West Midlands in partnership with local authorities. The redundant building grant

  • More cameras are on the way

    MORE fixed speed cameras are expected by the end of March 2004 targeting the most dangerous stretches blighting Herefordshire's roads. The Safety Camera Partnership announced the installation of fixed cameras on the eastbound carriageway of A44 Bromyard

  • £1.6 million to care for OAPs

    A CASH injection of almost £1.6 million will be needed over the next 12 months to meet the growing demands of Herefordshire's ageing population. One of the key problems facing Herefordshire Council is finding cash to help care for the elderly in their

  • Star man Wood nets winner

    HEREFORD continued their good form after the mid-season break with a 2-1 success against visiting Lansdown in the Gerrard West of England and South Wales League North Division 1. Third-placed Lansdown, however, punished Hereford's slow start by taking

  • Bishopstone

    VILLAGE LOTTERY - Ann and Andrew Culley were the £25 winners of last Saturday's draw with their number 42. WHACKY WALKERS - Last Saturday saw 21 adults plus 1 dog meet in the car park of the Boat Inn at Whitney-on-Wye. They set off just after 11am with

  • Bodenham

    SUPPERNITE - At the January suppernite held at the Chapel, Geoff Warren, former technical manager at Bulmers and cider maker at Westons, gave an illustrated talk entitled Cider making in transition. The talk was followed by a baked potato supper. A donation

  • Breinton

    PARISH COUNCIL - The Parish Plan Steering Group and the parish council met at the village hall on Thursday, January 22. David James, National Trust and three members of the public were in attendance. Apologies were received from ward councillor Bob Mathews

  • Dilwyn

    ST MARY'S CHURCH - Sunday, February 1, at 6.30pm, Evensong. Every Tuesday 10.30am, Holy Communion. THE POWER OF PRAYER - Dilwyn joins with the three churches in Weobley every year for The Women's World Day of Prayer service prepared by a different country

  • Lingen

    The computer clinic held in Lingen Village Hall on Monday welcomed David Gittins talking on the subject of fitting a new hard drive to your PC. With the aid of a projector and screen, practical demonstration on a PC and handouts, David clearly explained

  • Pembridge

    CHURCH 100 CLUB - The draw for January for the Allensmore Church 100 Club took place on January 25. Prizewinners were: First prize No.14 Hazel Jones, Second prize No.17 Pauline Pollock, Third prize No.30 Mary Williams, Fourth prize No.82 Stuart and Sarah

  • Skenfrith

    HALL MEETING - The committee of Skenfrith Parish Hall held its annual meeting recently and were delighted to welcome two new members onto the committee, Jo Martin and Hywel Jones. It was also good to see Ambrose Mason, the new Rector, present at the meeting

  • Welsh Newton

    SOUTH HEREFORD HUNT - On Tuesday January 20, the South Hereford Hunt met at Ruth and Brian Lee's farm on Welsh Newton Common for the first time in 30 years. The hunt was well supported by 25 mounted follower and about 40 foot followers including their

  • New lead in Hilder murder inquiry

    THE parachute belonging to murdered Herefordshire skydiver Stephen Hilder was packed by a female worker days before his fatal jump, it has emerged. Detectives investigating the death of the 20-year-old former army cadet from Stretton Sugwas made the discovery

  • Amcor re-shuffles pac

    AMCOR Flexibles is transferring one of its production lines from Ledbury to Bristol next year. The company plans to redeploy around 40 workers either within its flexible packaging conversion business in Ledbury or by moving them to a new production line

  • What's On in city and county

    Scary Movie 3 (15) Dir: David Zucker. Third in a strain of spoof thrillers that have not been a resounding favourite with the critics. If hits The Matrix, The Ring or 8 Mile have passed you by then so will so most of the jokes in this 84-minute movie.

  • 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

  • Park fires top-twenty Johannesburg finish

    HEREFORDSHIRE'S David Park got among the prize-winners when he finished in a tie for 20th place in the Dunhill Championship, played at near 6,000 feet over the Houghton Golf Club course, Johannes-burg. Park fired a 12-under par 276 (67, 72, 65, 72) in

  • Hot stuff

    THERE seems to be a bit of hiatus when it comes to men and salsa but - as teacher Joe Lantelli rightly says - what is more macho than holding a woman in your arms? Joe, who has been teaching salsa in Hereford for 18 months, met his championship partner

  • Support for disabled may bring European final

    ALTHOUGH we are in the middle of a period of more than two weeks without a match, life still goes on as normal at the football club. We get a lot of requests at the club, for example for players to go out and visit schools to make presentations, and we

  • Plays have edge

    TWO seldom performed one-act plays - from the same era and with a similar context - were given a capable airing by 4Play Theatre Company at The Courtyard last week. An uncomfortable night's entertainment had moments of humour to relieve the strain, as

  • Double Chekhov for the Mad Dogs

    TWO seldom performed one-act plays - from the same era and with a similar context - were given a capable airing by 4Play Theatre Company at The Courtyard last week. An uncomfortable night's entertainment had moments of humour to relieve the strain, as

  • Bishop's under-16 reach semi-finals

    BISHOP'S School booked a place in the semi-finals of the North Midlands Under-16 Cup with a 15-7 away win over King Edward's, Birmingham. The Hereford school went ahead after a scoreless first half with a try from Steve Bell, but KES hit back with a converted

  • Hereford clinch double

    Hereford 22 pts Bedworth 8 HEREFORD earned a welcome boost when they overcame stubborn resistance to complete a double over Powergen Midlands 2 West bottom club Bedworth and record their third win of the season. They Wyesiders had won 37-3 at Bedworth

  • Brothers in top 30

    HEREFORDSHIRE windsurfing brothers Guy and Harry Solven have been mixing with the sport's UK elite at the first indoor windsurfing championships at the Schroders International Boat Show in London. The event, which drew large crowds and attracted coverage

  • Weale's World bid ends in all three semis

    ROB Weale claimed an unusual and unwanted hat-trick when he lost in the semi-finals of all three competitions in the WBT World Indoor Bowls Championships at the Potters Leisure Resort, Norfolk. After losing to the eventual champion Alex Marshall in a

  • Cottage Garden Society

    Nearly 50 members attended the Bromsberrow Gardening and Social Club first meeting of 2004 at Bromsberrow Village Hall. The main speaker for the meeting was Paul Curtis who owns Ketford Nurseries, near Dymock. Paul talked for an hour on bedding and houseplants

  • Bromyard History Society

    Bromyard and District Local History Society organised a visit to Peppercorn in Cruxwell Street, Bromyard, the home of Pauline and Graham Perkins on January 25. Members assembled in the Public Hall where a light lunch was served before visiting "Peppercorn

  • RAFA

    JANUARY'S meeting took place in the Railway Club, this was a talk by Sqn Ldr Paul Scott from RAF Innsworth. Paul a member of the RAF Regiment had spent time in Afghanistan during the restoring of democracy to the country as a Force Protection Advisor.

  • Graffiti Gang success

    HEREFORD'S new graffiti busting gang is already making a difference to the city's public spaces. Since its launch two weeks ago, at least 24 sites have been identified thanks to calls made by members of the public to the Graffiti Gang hotline. Councillor

  • SAS challenge for guide dogs

    THE Herefordshire-based SAS is daring you to take on some of the best special forces troops in the world - and raise money for charity at the same time. The elite fighting force will test each individuals' emotional, mental and physical attributes over

  • Fiona wins in dad's old seat

    FIONA Short is following in her father's footsteps after winning a Herefordshire Council by-election for the Liberal Democrats. The 24-year-old filled the position her dad, David Short, had held for so many years, when she won the St Nicholas Ward unitary

  • Musicians in quest to help quake town

    ENJOY an evening of supreme jazz next Friday and do your bit to raise money for the British Red Cross - Iranian Earthquake Appeal at the same time. Sixteen musicians will present a lively evening of mainstream modern jazz, to appeal to as wide an audience

  • Po' Girl please bother me

    FANS of the Be Good Tanyas will know already that instrumentalist Trish Klein's life appears to have taken an upward spiral since starting her new band, Po' Girl. Somewhat in the shadow with the Be Goods, Klein's talents find the limelight in the new

  • £500,000 to balance books

    HEREFORD Hospitals Trust needs nearly £500,000 to balance its books by March. Chief executive David Rose said every effort would be made to find it. At one time the forecast deficit for March ranged from nothing to £1,347,000 but, at a board meeting this

  • Floss will make her ashes trip

    A HEREFORDSHIRE woman is thrilled this week after the promise of a free holiday to take her parents' ashes to 'see' the jewels of the Nile. Schoolteacher Floss Morgan has also been given a full refund by the holiday company, Thomas Cook, who grounded

  • Win Bear tickets and help pool

    CHILDREN in Leominster are being urged to enter a competition in aid of the town's swimming pool fund. The prize is a family ticket for four people to see The Bear In The Big Blue House, a popular TV programme aimed at children under six, at the NEC arena

  • New chief's pledge to listen

    STAFF at the County Hospital are being urged to take their complaints and concerns to their chief executive David Rose, rather than going to the Hereford Times. To help them do so he is holding two confidential clinics each week and, by appointment, staff

  • 100 days to act

    HEALTH chiefs at Hereford County Hospital have given themselves 100 days to identify and deliver key improvements in services. Chief executive David Rose said they were looking for rapid and significant progress and six areas of work had been agreed with

  • Visitors taken on audio tour

    CENTURIES ago the carpenters of Herefordshire went to the woods themselves to select oak trees for some of the finest timber-framed buildings in the country. Among them was John Abel, known as the King's Carpenter, (1577-1674) creator of splendours such

  • Natty has the answer

    THE real story of what happened to Leominster's former Sydonia Pool - it was cursed by Natty Nitch the Witch - has gone on sale to raise funds for the town's planned new swimming pool. Local author Karen Harris, who has penned a number of other children's

  • Losing out to the inner areas

    LIKE many ex-directors of the Hereford City Partnership, I was amazed to read in last week's Hereford Times the remarks of Nigel Hudson, the Rural Development Officer of Advantage West Midlands, regarding Hereford's plight. We, who are ex-directors, are

  • Rail links have worked well

    I AM glad to read of the writhing of Rotherwas based companies denied their much-vaunted 'access' road, but seemingly unable to look beyond their blinkered view of the solution. The destruction of unspoiled countryside, at a stated cost of £6million does

  • Silent majority will be the losers

    LIKE many ex-directors of the Hereford City Partnership, I was amazed to read in last week's Hereford Times the remarks of Nigel Hudson, the Rural Development Officer of Advantage West Midlands, regarding Hereford's plight. We, who are ex-directors, are

  • Weymouth: £1.9 billion Hereford: £0

    IN the Government's £1.9 billion local transport budget for 2004/2005 is a six kilometre, £54 million relief road for Weymouth, Dorset - a seaside resort with docks and a ferry terminal. It is a fair bet more traffic passes, or tries to pass through Hereford

  • It's time to root out this pernicious cancer

    LIKE many ex-directors of the Hereford City Partnership, I was amazed to read in last week's Hereford Times the remarks of Nigel Hudson, the Rural Development Officer of Advantage West Midlands, regarding Hereford's plight. We, who are ex-directors, are

  • Wrongs are right (most times)

    THE letter (Hereford Times, January 8), concerning the building of the new liner Queen Mary II by the French made interesting reading. But there were two errors! President Mitterrand spelled his name with a double r; and he would definitely be unavailable

  • Not just the young ones

    FURTHER to the effusion which appeared in your columns concerning the forthcoming television programme The Regency House Party, to be screened on February 7 and eight subsequent weeks, I must say all this talk of the young people is wearisome to we older

  • Objections over road changes

    I REFER to your news item in which you state there is a local depth of feeling against the proposed quarry at the former Moreton military campsite. As a likely neighbour to the scheme I am in accord with the Highways Agency and English Nature in having

  • Dogs help in soundless world

    A BROMYARD woman is hoping to spread the word to promote deaf awareness and the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Barbara Ward - who is severely deaf - has been giving talks about living in a practically silent world and the value of having a canine

  • Purdie's progress towards Game Xl

    HEREFORD United forward Rob Purdie could be in line for an international call-up after a string of impressive performances this season. Purdie has caught the eye of National Game Xl manager Paul Fairclough with his energetic displays in attack and midfield

  • Rugby World Cup comes to county

    RUGBY enthusiasts, young and old, will have the chance to again celebrate England's World Cup triumph when the Webb Ellis Trophy is on display at Luctonians RFC next week. It is part of the RFU's nationwide Sweet Chariot Tour to promote the game as a

  • Quest to keep buses on roads

    GOLDEN Valley residents who use the Dore Valley Community Transport Scheme are hoping that their fears about funding drying up are unfounded. Dore Valley Community Transport is one of several projects, paid for as part of the Government-funded Rural Bus

  • Banking on erosion plan

    A NEW measure to tackle erosion on the banks of the Dulas Brook at Ewyas Harold has been given the go-ahead by Herefordshire councillors. They granted permission for gabions to be built into the riverbank at four points along the boundary of Horsecroft

  • Dams to mark century

    PREPARATIONS are well under way to celebrate the centenary of the opening of the Elan Valley dams and reservoirs. The dam project was the largest engineering feat anywhere in the world at the time and was officially opened by King Edward VII and Queen

  • Meter box fires

    PETERCHURCH fire fighters were called to two house fires in the space of three hours in the Golden Valley. The retained officers put out flames in a ground floor room of a detached home in Lower Maes-coed after an electrical meter box started the fire

  • Mountain rescuers brush up skills

    MOUNTAIN rescue volunteers started the new year by brushing up on their life saving skills, courtesy of Herefordshire Heartstart. More than 30 volunteer rescuers were involved in the course, hosted by the Longtown Mountain Rescue Team. Members of the

  • Traffic measures on target

    CALLS for traffic-calming measures on the outskirts of Ross-on-Wye are likely to be met before the end of this year. Herefordshire Council's head of engineering and transportation Stephen Oates confirmed a traffic-calming scheme would be introduced along

  • 29/1/04 - Purdie wins call-up to take on Italy

    HEREFORD United's Rob Purdie has earned his first call-up into the England National Game XI squad. The forward's impressive displays this season have seen him win a place in the squad to face Italy at Telford on February 11. Full-back Michael Rose is

  • Aylestone eliminated in semi-final

    AYLESTONE SCHOOL suffered a disappointment when they were knocked out at the semi-final stage of the girls section of the Coca-Cola ESFA National Schools Cup on Saturday, suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Alvechurch Middle School. Aylestone's girls

  • Goalkeeper is penalty hero as Hay overcome Presteigne

    ROSS United Services' win over main rivals Ledbury Swifts means they need only four points from their remaining four games, including play-offs, to claim the Under-9 Division championship of the HGTA Hereford-shire Junior League. Despite the defeat, Ledbury

  • Ross slip to fifth after second loss

    Winterbourne United 2 Ross Town 0 ROSS slipped to fifth place in the Cherry Red Records Hellenic League Division 1 West after suffering their second league defeat of the year. This loss, against a well-organised Winterbourne side, leaves them 12 points

  • Pegasus earn important win

    Pegasus Juniors 2 Hook Norton 1 PEGASUS maintained their recent improvement under new manager Chris Hyde with their latest success at Hereford Leisure Centre taking their tally of points to 13 from the last 21. Hook Norton created the first opening when

  • Dismal second-half display

    Bromyard Town 1 Ettingshall 2 BROMYARD gave a dismal second-half performance as they surrendered an interval lead to crash to their ninth West Midlands League Premier Division defeat of the season. They opened up brightly and looked the better team in

  • Hat-trick spurs Bulls to success

    Hereford United 3 Burton Albion 1 LEADING scorer Andrew Williams fired in a hat-trick to earn Hereford United a comfortable win in the Midland Floodlit Youth League Premier Division. Williams has now netted 20 goals this season, 10 in the league and 10

  • Parsons double sparks fightback

    Wellington 4 Newport 1 THIS West Midlands League Premier Division clash opened at a furious pace, producing two goals and a lot of action at either end as both teams attacked at every opportunity. Newport opened the scoring in the fourth minute from the

  • Goode's effort seals points

    Kington Town 4 Dudley Town 3 KINGTON made hard work of beating battling Dudley Town, coming from behind at the break to bag their 14th West Midlands League Premier Division win of the season to stay in touch with the league leaders Malvern. Dudley opened

  • Dispute after boss leaves

    LEDBURY Town are embroiled in an internal dispute following the resignation of former manager Paul Wilband, with some players refusing to represent the club in the West Midlands League Premier Division side under the new management duo of Ian Ford and

  • Tough task for Hinton in semis

    HEREFORD Times Herefordshire League takes on West Midlands League in each of the semi-finals of the HFA Charity Bowl which are scheduled for February 14. Hinton, who are in mid-table in the West Midlands League Division 1 South, face a tough task when

  • Bulmers near divisional title

    BULMERS moved to within a point of being the first Hereford Times Hereford-shire League side to secure a title when their crushing 9-1 win over Holme Lacy Reserves gave them a virtually unassailable lead in the Division 3 title race. Only Bartestree Reserves

  • Westfields benefit from rivals' draw to move to top of table

    WITH second-place entertaining first place in the Hereford Times Hereford-shire League Premier Division, a tough battle was expected when Wellington Rangers visited Ewyas Harold on Saturday. And despite both sides having the chances to secure the three

  • Memorable first year for academy

    ALTHOUGH Leomin-ster Taekwondo Academy has been in existence for just 12 months, members have wasted little time in making an impact in the sport. The academy, under coach first degree black belt Karl Manuschka, has already won many medals and crowned

  • Left Bank Village boost to Acorns

    A FAMILY celebration at Hereford's Left Bank Village has given a boost to the Acorns Three Counties Appeal to build a new children's hospice. The open air event in Kate's Restaurant raised £2,170, with 400 people joining the Mayor of Hereford, Ursula

  • Anger mounts in crossroads row

    ANGER over possible safety measures for a busy crossroad have come to a head. A delegation of parish councillors stayed away from a site visit at Newtown Cross last Saturday to avoid interference from placard-waving demonstrators. Nearly 60 protestors

  • No trains for eight weekends

    THERE will be no trains operating between Hereford and Birmingham for the next eight weekends, starting from Saturday, January 31, due to essential maintenance work. However, a bus service will take customers along the routes passing through Worcester

  • What's On in city and county

    Films Scary Movie 3 (15) Dir: David Zucker. Third in a strain of spoof thrillers that have not been a resounding favourite with the critics. If hits The Matrix, The Ring or 8 Mile have passed you by then so will so most of the jokes in this 84-minute

  • Thanks for the memories

    THE sounds of long-forgotten memories were unearthed after a former radio engineer came across old audio reels of the Park Hall Ballroom in Wormelow. Philip Arkell discovered the reels, along with the old recorder, while he was clearing out his garage

  • Rachel police in Greece inquiries

    POLICE officers have travelled across Europe to interview one of the last people to see Herefordshire heroin addict Rachel Whitear alive. Wiltshire police officers, led by senior investigating officer Det Chief Supt Paul Howlett, head of Wiltshire Constabulary

  • Ross upset form book against county rivals

    ROSS-ON-WYE provided the shock result of the day in the West Clubs' Women's League Severn Division 1 with a 2-0 win against county rivals and high-fliers Hereford. Hereford had much of the play but Ross went in front with a superb solo effort from Kate

  • Allensmore

    CHURCH 100 CLUB - The draw for January for the Allensmore Church 100 Club took place on January 25. Prizewinners were: First prize No.14 Hazel Jones, Second prize No.17 Pauline Pollock, Third prize No.30 Mary Williams, Fourth prize No.82 Stuart and Sarah

  • Almeley

    WHIST DRIVE - The Almeley Whist Club met in the village hall on Tuesday, January 20, for the first of their new series of games. In the absence of the regular MC Rick Harris, Peter Mokler acted as MC and welcomed the regular players and the many newcomers

  • Presteigne

    RELIGIOUS SERVICES - This Sunday at St Andrew's, Presteigne: Holy Communion (BCP) at 8am and Family Service at 11 am with Rev. Stephen Hollinghurst. All Saint's, Kinsham: Holy Communion (BCP) at 9.30 am with Rev. Stephen Hollinghurst. Baptist Church,

  • Wellington

    PARISH PLAN - The residents of Wellington met on Saturday, January 24, to launch their Parish Plan. This marked the end of nearly two years work to find out from the people of the parish what they want changed and what they want to keep for future years

  • Expansion at Kingspan

    Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael was at county firm Kingspan Insulation last Thursday to officially open the new £10m production line. Mr Michael said: "Companies like Kingspan are immensely important to the rural economy as the balance of rural employment

  • Sports car maker takes chequered flag in style

    Hereford's only specialist sports car manufacturer is the latest business in the county to be awarded the Baker Tilly/Hereford Times Trailblazer Award for Business & Education The bi-monthly award that recognises the contribution made by local businesses

  • Insurance giant targets firms in the county

    One of the UK's largest independent commercial insurance brokers is setting its sights on acquiring Hereford firms to increase its foothold in the region. Opus Insurance, which has 12 regional HQs around the UK, has just appointed Keith Runciman as group

  • Double tragedy of head-on accident

    A TALENTED sportsman and a popular craftsman - both in their 20s - were killed when their cars were involved in an horrific head-on crash on Monday night. Craig Stocker, 21, of Staunton-on-Wye, and Andrew Fairclough, 28, of Bredwardine, both died on the

  • Paper boys are breaking the mould

    EIGHTEEN oriental boys left their birthplace at Upper Sapey, on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border, for London's glamorous nightlife last weekend. The boys - made of papier mache - were created by designer-maker Jane Tudge following a phone-call

  • 6 of the Best Electrical Goods

    From Safeway, Leominster, Hereford & Ross-on-Wye. Collect token 4 from this week's Hereford Times. Plus - Calling all Spring Brides. Win tickets to the UK Wedding Show at the NEC, Birmingham.

  • Poets rhyme... with reason

    LEGENDARY Welsh writer Dylan Thomas would be proud of the three poets reading in his memory at Hereford's Courtyard theatre next week. Glenn Storhaug, Amanda Attfield and Paul Christmas are delightfully vociferous. When we meet to discuss the paucity

  • SS Explorer drops in

    KINGTON'S mums and dads are invited to hop on the Sure Start bus on February 6 to get help and advice on a range of childcare issues available in the area. The bus, christened the SS Explorer, will be stopping off in the Burton Hotel car park between

  • Festival drama - all in one act

    THE Hereford one-act drama festival takes place at The Courtyard from March 17-20. An exciting range of plays from groups across the country will demonstrate the talents of youngsters and mature performers alike, with an increase in entries on 2003. Tickets

  • Drama week for young

    FORMER TV presenter Janine Sharp is leading a drama week for seven to 12-year-olds at Hereford Courtyard at half term. The theme is cats and - through song, dance, mime, improvisation and poems - feline attitudes will be well explored. Tickets for the

  • Much ado given school makeover

    SHAKESPEARE'S sparkling comedy Much Ado About Nothing has been given a '50s makeover in John Kyrle High School's next school production. Intermingling plots involve the bringing together of the anti-marriage Benedick and Beatrice and the near fatal attempt

  • Ledbury withstand relegation pressure

    Pershore 3 pts Ledbury 7 ALL the points came before the interval and Ledbury held out against relentless second-half pressure for a crucial victory in their battle against relegation from Midlands 3 West (South). Pershore snatched an early lead with a

  • Luctonians' turn for last-gasp victory

    Luctonians 35 pts Dunstablians 32 LUCTONIANS staged a tremendous second-half fight-back which was eventually rewarded with a narrow revenge win over Dunstablians in another cliff-hanger of a match at Mortimer Park. Luctonians, knocked out of the cup by

  • Leominster set stall for next campaign

    RICHARD Finney has returned to the first-team captaincy of Leominster Cricket Club for the next season in the Marches League Division 1. Finney, a former captain, takes over from Russell Palmer who was elected vice-chairman at the club's annual general

  • New moves to improve game at youth level

    HEREFORDSHIRE'S youth cricket leagues are set for a major revamp for the forthcoming season. And youth coaching within the county is also undergoing a substantial shake-up with a view to enhancing playing standards at junior level. Under the guidance

  • Rotary

    THE Rotary National President brought a different flavour to community work when he visited Hereford as part of his nationwide tour. Brian Stoyel, from the Saltash club, dropped in on Hereford Wye Valley Rotarians at their annual 'tin' collection at the

  • Retirement Club

    Bartonsham Retirement Club held its annual meeting on January 14 at the Shirehall, Hereford, at 2.15pm. Two members volunteered to join the committee. The annual subscription remains at £10. An interesting and informative talk was given by Mrs Pauline

  • Bromsberrow Gardening Society

    Nearly 50 members attended the Bromsberrow Gardening and Social Club first meeting of 2004 at Bromsberrow Village Hall. The main speaker for the meeting was Paul Curtis who owns Ketford Nurseries, near Dymock. Paul talked for an hour on bedding and houseplants

  • Canal Trust

    Nearly 50 members attended the Bromsberrow Gardening and Social Club first meeting of 2004 at Bromsberrow Village Hall. The main speaker for the meeting was Paul Curtis who owns Ketford Nurseries, near Dymock. Paul talked for an hour on bedding and houseplants

  • WI Forum

    THE New Year started off well with a good attendance at Much Birch for a talk and demonstration by Mrs Angela Thoo on jewellery design on silver and copper. A Christmas meeting with a difference was held at Stoke Prior when members were entertained by

  • Nature Trust

    The January meeting of the Bromyard Branch of the Hereford Nature Trust was, as usual, well attended and it was encouraging to see new faces present. The meeting opened with remarks by the branch chairman, Dr David Boddington, who said he had, by invitation

  • Hereford Computer Club

    MEMBERS at the January meeting had two interesting presentations, which were very well received. The first was by Brenda Allan on Computers in Tanzania. Brenda recently retired after 20 years of IT Teaching and became involved in the links between Bromyard

  • TA soldiers praised for service

    THE families and employers of Territorial Army soldiers from Hereford who have recently been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq were thanked at a special reception held in their honour. Lt Col Mark Claydon, commanding officer of the West Midlands Regiment

  • Rammed his wife's home

    A DISABLED husband caused £17,500 damage by ramming his estranged wife's Bartestree home with his car. Mitchell Powell, paralysed from the chest down, smashed through the garage door of the home in Wilcroft Park and knocked her Seat Toledo through the

  • Ofsted praise for St Mary's

    AN OFSTED report has praised Herefordshire's only Catholic secondary school for practising what it preaches. The report - and an accompanying assessment of religious education - cites St Mary's High School's stance on spiritual development as 'outstanding

  • Motorist racially abused in Hereford

    A BANGLADESHI man was racially abused while driving his car through Hereford city centre. The victim was in Canal Road at the junction with Commercial Road at 11.45pm last Saturday when a man stumbled in front of his burgundy coloured Toyota Carina car

  • Came home for treatment

    THE funeral took place in Hereford this week of a man who played a key role in building the city's new County Hospital. Many people were present at a service to celebrate the life of Robert (Bob) Tucker who died earlier this month, at the age of 54. Mr

  • Benches sitting pretty at wood

    VOLUNTARY workers have been checking out new wooden benches at a South Wye woodland project to promote healthier lifestyles. South Wye and Belmont Community Environmental Project (CEP) is helping to create a nicer place to live in one of the most deprived

  • History in making

    A CELEBRATION of the 'grand old man of Hereford' and his collection of local prints, drawings, paintings and photographs takes place in the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition from February 2. Henry Child Beddoe, three times Mayor of Hereford,

  • Award for rail station

    HEREFORD Railway Station has received a national award for safety and security. Dr Kim Howells, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, unveiled a plaque at the station, marking its 'Secure Station' accreditation. Award-winning stations must

  • £2.5m crematorium is planned for city

    A NEW £2.5 million Herefordshire crematorium will stop coffins having to go as far away as London for a final send-off. Provision for the new crematorium at Hereford's Westfaling Street cemetery is among Herefordshire Council's spending priorities for

  • Rossini's work is choice of Society

    ROSS-on-Wye Choral Society will perform Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle on Saturday evening in the town's St Mary's Parish Church. Much of the music in the Mass is reminiscent of Rossini's operatic style, reflected in the choice of soloist. The American

  • Carnival band's a wow

    'CARNIVAL' can be defined as 'merriment, revelry or indulgence' and no-one can dispute the fact that the Carnival band - aka Henry VIII's Rock 'n Roll band - created glorious chaos at the Courtyard, delighting a full house in the process. Each member

  • Elgar concerts at malvern to mark the great man's death

    TO commemorate the death of Edward Elgar, who died 70 years ago this February, BBC Radio 3 is recording a series of four lunchtime concerts featuring all of his major chamber works. Beginning next Tuesday with The Sorrel Quartet and Martin Roscoe performing

  • Passionate desire to make music

    A DAY of music making under the auspices of the Border Marches Early Music Forum takes place in Hereford on February 7. Cambridge-based music group Cord, directed by Francis Steele, will present a concert entitled Passion and Desire, exploring how composers

  • Broken arm leads to car clamping

    THE pressure on car parking spaces at Hereford County Hospital was expensively highlighted for three-year-old Shane Williams and his family last week, writes Philippa May. The drama began when Shane broke his arm in a fall at playgroup in Ross-on-Wye.

  • Pressure on beds

    THERE has been intense pressure on beds at Hereford County Hospital largely due to increased numbers of emergency admissions coupled with a general increase in the severity of patients' illness. At times it has meant the use of the surgical day case unit

  • Sunday crusaders move HQ to Leominster

    CHRISTIAN crusaders against Sunday trading are set to move their national HQ to Leominster. But the 170-year-old Lord's Day Observance Society insist townspeople have nothing to fear. "We are not a sect," said the society's general secretary John Roberts

  • Leominster racial abuse

    LEOMINSTER Police are keen to trace two men after an incident involving racial abuse at 3.30pm last Thursday. Their victim, a man of Asian appearance, was subjected to abuse as he neared Leominster Bus Station and the car park next to Somerfield. One

  • Boss tells of his fascination with health service

    NEW chief executive David Rose has come to the county from the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, where his portfolio was to encourage health service improvements. Before that he had been lead person in a team to improve heart care across England

  • Flame of hope

    WITH kind permission of the Dean of Hereford, the Very Rev Michael Tavinor, the symbol of Amnesty International has been placed in the Cathedral crypt. At a time of heightened international tension, Amnesty International works to alert our consciences

  • Great lengths for charity

    A NINE-year-old Leominster boy is the toast of the town's Cub Scouts after performing a fine swimming feat in aid of the Leominster swimming pool fund. Luke Gower, of Hereford Road, Leominster, a pupil at Ivington Primary School, took part in a Leominster

  • Terry's still fit for action at 80

    TERRY Treder, former chairman of Leominster Royal British Legion, has enjoyed an active life and now sticks to an exercise programme that would make many younger men flinch. Polish-born Terry, who escaped from a Nazi prison camp to fight with the French

  • Town stunned at death of a 'BFG'

    A ROADSIDE display of flowers, a white teddy bear and a poem to 'BFG - the Big Friendly Giant,' symbolised an outpouring of grief over the tragic death of a young man that has left Leominster in shock. Davey Stanik, aged 19, of Bargates, Leominster, died

  • After 60 years in the sleeping city ...

    RECENTLY, I had a dream concerning Hereford in about the year 2015. An extraordinary meeting of the council has been called to address the colossal crises the city has been experiencing: the traffic is effectively grid-locked for much of the day; there

  • Costs soar into superspace

    NEWS the Rotherwas Relief Road will cost £8.5million, an increase of over 30% in a few weeks, is unbelievable. We are informed the escalation is caused by inflation, taxes, traffic-calming measures, environmental work, and the need to acquire more land

  • What's the hidden logic

    LIKE many ex-directors of the Hereford City Partnership, I was amazed to read in last week's Hereford Times the remarks of Nigel Hudson, the Rural Development Officer of Advantage West Midlands, regarding Hereford's plight. We, who are ex-directors, are

  • Report points out the need

    Letters and articles in the Hereford Times, show clearly the exasperation felt by business owners, lorry drivers, car drivers and a vast majority of local people, concerning the lack of planning for a bypass, and a Rotherwas Relief road project. Present