• Hey hoe! It's off to work we go...

    WOULD-be allotment cultivators in Leominster have won a campaign for plots after "digging up" an old by-law. They unearthed a rule which states allotments must be provided by the town council if six people request them. Now members of the recently formed

  • Three cheers ... and more!

    NOVICE cheerleaders from Leominster's Minster College - The Minster Lions - won praise for their performance in the British National Cheerleading Championships, which attracted more than 3,200 entrants. Lions coach Tim Miller said the team was going from

  • Top marks for county students

    HEREFORDSHIRE schools are top of the class in national tests for 14 year olds, national figures have revealed. A total of 79% of youngsters sitting the Key Stage 3 tests in maths in 2004 achieved level five or above - placing the authority in top spot

  • Youngsters walk on the wild side

    CHILDREN on some North Herefordshire housing estates are going wild this summer. WildPlay Rangers Lily Horseman and Jo Polack are running play activities that help youngsters explore the wildlife and habitats in their area in a scheme backed by the Marches

  • Hospital takes action to fight new superbug

    HEREFORD County Hospital is keeping up a vigorous hygiene campaign to combat a new and potentially fatal superbug that has been linked to the deaths of four patients over the past month. Most at risk from the bug C.diff - Clostridium difficile - are patients

  • Pupils stress 20mph message

    TRAFFIC outside a Hereford school is to be restricted to 20mph. Vehicles using Friars Street, near Lord Scudamore Primary School, will have to put their brakes on as part of a package of measures by Herefordshire Council. The other steps to improve safety

  • They're hot footing it

    CHARITY fund-raisers hope no one gets cold feet when they stage a fire walk in Hereford. The charity Concern Universal is hoping at least 50 volunteers will hot foot it to support the event, to help the under-privileged in Africa, Asia and South America

  • 'Cowboys' are spurred on to charity trek

    HEREFORD said "howdy" to two cowboys and their steeds when they moseyed into town last Friday. And although Peter "Texas Red" Darwent and Bob "Pony Bob" Sanderson weren't here to hold up a bank or rustle any Hereford cattle, they were after a "fistful

  • Visitors sign peace petition

    MORE than 250 visitors to a Hereford exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb signed a petition calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The Hereford Peace Group staged the exhibition at the city's All Saint's

  • Visitors subjected to vile racist abuse

    A BLACK woman has vowed never to set foot in Hereford "by choice" again after she and her friends were subjected to vile racist abuse during a night out in the city centre. Annett Thaxter, from Birmingham, told the Hereford Times that some of her party

  • Where there's a will...

    SHE could dish out a good tongue-lashing but could also be caring and kind. NIGEL HEINS recalls the mistress of Gillow Manor and the will that got Herefordshire talking. THE lady of the manor could occasionally be a right tartar. Amy Simmons was a legendary

  • Divorce project funding boost

    THANKS to another year's grant from the Local Network Fund, the Children in Divorce project can offer counselling to more children and young people who are resident in the more rural areas of Herefordshire. This service is unique as it helps both children

  • Mum's plunge into danger

    TOMORROW is too late for Hereford mum Rebecca Millikin. Rebecca likes to live life on the principle that if you want to do something get on and do it because tomorrow may be too late. The 33-year-old mother of two learned that lesson the hard way seven

  • Welcome to the million pound bookshop

    ONE of the most famous bookshops in the world has been put up for sale for £1 million by the self-styled King of Hay-on-Wye. The eponymous Richard Booth Bookshop was placed on the open market for the seven-figure sum by its eccentric owner, who says he

  • Have a say on heritage future

    TOURISM chiefs are looking at plans for the future of an attraction in Bromyard that commemorates Herefordshire's historic links with hops. Money from the Bromyard Area Regeneration Partnership has already secured a bigger role for the town's heritage

  • Farewell to 'Mr Fixit'

    WHEN Alan Greer left school in 1955 and became a trainee motor mechanic, he began the job of a lifetime. Aged 15, he wanted to be a plumber but jobs were scarce. Instead, he joined the workshop crew at Leominster's Oldfields Garage and cut his teeth repairing

  • End of an era as store closes doors

    CUSTOMERS of a pioneering Leominster organic food shop have reacted with shock and dismay to news that the business is being wound up. Award-winning Organic Options was to have been the hub of a UK online foods business but the Broad Street shop, which

  • Bill will fight next General Election

    PARTY members have unanimously reselected Bill Wiggin MP as the Conservative candidate for Leominster (North Herefordshire) constituency for the next General Election. Boundary changes and and a renaming of the constituency - from Leominster to North

  • Red light for terrace plans

    A NEW terrace of five homes would enhance the Leominster town centre Conservation Area claimed county planning officials - but councillors did not agree. The northern area planning committee last week rejected a scheme for demolition of a single dwelling

  • A heavyweight battle over shed

    HEREFORDSHIRE'S strongest man is taking on the county council in a battle over a shed. The council has ordered Nick Hill to tear down the £3,000 storage building he put up without planning permission at his home at Corner Cottage, Newtown, near Leominster

  • Trust hopes for £3.5m

    IN the 10 years since it was set up, Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust has worked "to support the urgent restoration programme being undertaken on the fabric of the cathedral and its environs". It is for the latter that the trust has made its fourth

  • Hat's off to Emma's creation at racecourse

    HEREFORD designer Emma Lewis and her millinery company Ulifas are celebrating one of their creations winning the best hat award at Uttoxeter Racecourse ladies' day event. Glenda Taft bought the hat at the Spring Garden Show in Malvern earlier this year

  • Twins join up at the double!

    A PAIR of identical twins have signed up for a career with the British Army, enlisting at Hereford Army Careers Information Office. Dean and James Jackson, from Newton Farm, were the 23rd and 24th people to be enlisted at Hereford since April 2005. In

  • Mum's vow over breast feeding

    A YOUNG mum says she's been left distressed and embarrassed by negative reactions when she breast-feeds her baby in public. But, backed by a health specialist who says mothers should not have to scurry off to hide in toilets, she's determined to carry

  • Crawley Town 0 Hereford United 2

    Saturday, August 20,2005 HEREFORD United moved back to second place in the Nationwide Conference after success on one of their most potentially difficult trips of the season. Crawley lost only four times at their impressive Broadfield Stadium last season

  • 'More cash for county'

    THE man set the task of helping to try to bring the Herefordshire economy up to standard spent a year working in the city after leaving university. Dr Richard Hutchins, director for skills and sustainable development with Advantage West Midlands, spent

  • Woodlands wonder revealed

    THREE years ago, "a stunningly successful" public appeal raised more than £70,000 towards the Woodland Trust's purchase of Credenhill Wood and hill fort. Since acquiring the site in late 2002, the trust has been working hard to put together plans for

  • Play safe plea to youngsters

    QUARRY operators are asking parents and teachers across Herefordshire to be on the alert this summer to deter youngsters from putting their lives at risk in search of adventure. Unless tabs are kept on children, another summer-long headache is in store

  • A taste of the top tucker in county

    THE annual Flavours of Herefordshire competition has proved tougher than ever to judge, say the organisers, but they have now published their shortlisted candidates in each of seven categories. The featured restaurants, inns, tearooms and food producers

  • Elgar for beginners!

    A NEW Young Person's Guide to Elgar has been released at The Elgar Birthplace Museum. Published by Elgar Editions for Elgar Foundation Enterprises Ltd, the guide has been put together with contributions from Cathy Sloan, Chris Bennett and Elizabeth Pimblett

  • Witnessing life through a CCTV lens

    A RECRUITMENT drive has been launched by Herefordshire Council to sign up members of the public keen to see the county's crime-busting CCTV cameras continue to deter criminals. The council wants to appoint between six and eight volunteers to become independent

  • Traders are warned over licence laws

    THOUSANDS of licensees and owners of premises selling take away food face a real danger of having to shut up shop in November. Huge numbers of traders needing personal or premises licences missed the deadline - and now face a race against time if they

  • Conservationist's common concerns

    A LEADING conservationist has joined the row about plans for a new community hall for the village of Garway. Stephen Clarke has joined the debate in what has become known as "the Battle of Garway" by condemning plans to build a community hall on the village

  • Wyevale meeting

    THE date has been set for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of shareholders of Hereford-based Wyevale Garden Centres. The EGM has been demanded by Laxey Partners (UK), a major shareholding in the group, who are calling for the removal of chairman

  • Milestone event was big success

    THIS year's Ross-on-Wye Horticultural Show was a milestone in the horticultural society's history - a 70th birthday celebration. To mark the occasion, several divisions featured classes on the 70th birthday theme, with the Mrs E Radford Bowl going to

  • Forging friendships

    A FORMER Herefordshire vicar is to form part of a team hoping to strengthen the link between this area and a remote part of Southern Africa. Rev Preb Walter Gould, who retired from St Peter's Church in Bromyard five years ago after 28 years of service