• Conviction quashed

    A MECHANIC jailed for four years after fingerprints were said to have linked him to a £30,000 robbery in Herefordshire has been freed after top judges ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict him. Neil Bateman, a 60-year-old organiser of classic

  • Watch Out Those Mad Ladies About!!

    The Mad Fairy and her two sidekicks the Indian Squaw and the Hula Girl are on the loose again this Friday. FRIDAY 29TH JUNE - ODEON CINEMA, HEREFORD - ALL DAY It is the opening day of Shrek 3 and we will be there with the staff celebrating this. We

  • Internet suicide search

    A HEREFORDSHIRE man took his own life after searching for ways to commit "painless suicide" on the internet, an inquest heard. Michael Andrew Evans, from Colwall, who had been suffering from depression for two years, was struck by a train after lying

  • The final frontier

    A CELEBRATION of space exploration has taken place at a special Hereford exhibition. More than 60 families enjoyed the four-day exhibition at The Kindle Centre, which celebrated more than 50 years of space exploration. Visitors to the Space Watch expedition

  • Balloons mark 50 days since Maddy was taken

    FIFTY green and yellow balloons were released in Herefordshire as part of an international event to help find missing Madeleine McCann. The four year-old was taken from her family's hotel room in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz in May,

  • Puddle jumps charm the men from Ofsted

    THE welly walkers and puddle jumpers of Leominster Infant School have won praise from education inspectors. Children and staff at the 284-pupil school love to be outdoors and confess to being a bit obsessed with wellies. All the youngsters have a pair


    Events/talks til September 20, Guided historic walks, weekdays 11am, Sundays 2.30pm. Tourist Information Centre, opp Hereford Cathedral. June 28 Illustrated Talk on two artists, John Scarlett Davis and Joseph Murray Ince, Leominster Community Centre

  • Captivating Summer Show

    THE Summer Show at Hereford College of Art and Design featured a wide range of work in every medium imaginable. Among students with work exhibited in the show were Amy Pegler, who has completed a National Diploma in art and design, specialising in surface

  • A clever collaboration

    THE well-deserved winners of Best Duo in the BBC Folk Awards 2004 and 2006, Spiers and Boden have been continually wowing audiences with their special blend of traditional English folk song with a contemporary twist and high-octane dance tunes, and they

  • Comedy with conviction

    IF one of the marks of a successful production is to send a reviewer back to the play with renewed respect and insight, then Glen Walford's The Comedy of Errors at Ludlow Festival is a triumphant vindication of her choice. Probably Shakespeare's first

  • Event’s third anniversary

    THE Midsummer Fayre and Music Festival on the Castle Green is is expected to bring out an even bigger crowd than last year's event at the riverside park. The theme for this year is County Customs, with dancing by Leominster Morris Men and displays by

  • Graffiti to make their mark in Hereford

    FOR one night only, the fabulous Graffiti Classics, the stand-up string quartet who earned rave reviews after their sell-out shows at last year's Edinburgh Festival, will be at The Courtyard - and the Hereford Times has four tickets to give away. Defying

  • Electrifying and exhilarating

    Matthew Bourne's The Car Man won the Evening Standard Award for musical event of the year and it's easy to see why. A re-imagining of Bizet's Carmen, The Car Man is edgy and dangerous, exhilarating and dark, retaining the essence of the original, its

  • Reusable bags are Sophie’s choice

    THIRTEEN-year-old Sophie Wyness hopes to sell Hereford on giving plastic bags the sack. Sophie, who sits on the county's youth council, believes the city can go plastic bag-free and has won the backing of Sarah Carr, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate

  • BAFTA-winning Bernard drops in

    A WRITER who is not known for his poetry, having never published any, and who had never directed a film but took a BAFTA at his first attempt, will be appearing next week at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Booker-prize nominated novelist and short-story

  • New blow to eco academy project

    PLANNERS have again rejected an eco academy in Herefordshire over fears it will outgrow its own surrounds. Refusing the plan for a second time is a big blow to Whitehall, which wants the academy on the Steiner (Waldorf) School site in Much Dewchurch.

  • Lorry overturns

    A LORRY overturned after the grass verge on which it was lodged collapsed, causing it to slide down onto the riverbank below. The articulated lorry, which was carrying potatoes, was travelling down the Hoarwithy to Carey road on Monday morning when a

  • Pupils raise funds to say thank you

    A PUPIL who was helped by the County Air Ambulance has inspired her school to raise money for the service. A few weeks ago, Maddy Barber, who attends Ashperton Primary School, suffered a suspected neck injury and had to be helped by the air ambulance

  • Roger joins a select group including Winston

    ONE of the saddest moments of Roger Nichols' musical life was when an aunt sat on his old 78 rpm recording of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Deanna Durbin. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is my earliest memory of music," says Roger who, earlier this month was awarded

  • Bournemouth duo could start the ball rolling

    HEREFORD United fans are gearing themselves up for a wave of signings when the transfer window re-opens on Sunday. With contracts running to June 30, there has been little incentive for players to make known their commitment to an existing, or new, club

  • Protest against PO closure

    MORE concerned residents have been campaigning against the closure of a post office. Almost 50 residents in the Newton Farm area held a petition outside the Brampton Road Post Office which is due to close tomorrow (Friday). The post office has recently

  • Warning after farm worker died in roof fall

    LANDOWNERS in Herefordshire are being warned of the dangers of fragile roofs after a farm worker died falling through a skylight. Austin Watkins, aged 42, was thought to have been surveying the roof of a barn he was due to paint when he accidentally

  • Bennetts top of the list at cahrity tournament

    READY Steady Win's 13th annual charity golf day attracted a good entry for the team stableford tournament for the Peter Bunker Memorial Trophy at Ross-on-Wye. Bennetts of Ross, a team consisting of Lin Bennett, Colin Bennett, Mark Gooch and Adrian Bennett

  • Watson claims fourth title with four-shot victory

    FORMER club captain Ken Watson claimed his fourth title when 200 Leominster members competed in the club championship over the weekend. Watson won by four shots from another former captain, Brendan O'Brien, who beat Nigel Morris into third place on countback

  • A49 diversion route afected by flooding

    MONDAY'S record June downpour combined with the first day of a two-month diversion on the A49 near Leominster brought traffic chaos to some parts of north Herefordshire. Well-publicised plans by the Highways Agency to close 2.3 km of the northbound carriageway

  • Welsh visitors carry off triples trophy

    MORE than 60 triples from as far afield as Devon, Derbyshire and Nottingham, as well as the Marches area, shrugged off worries about the weather to gather at Hereford Leisure Centre last Sunday for the annual Hereford Open petanque competition. There

  • Competition fierce for district titles

    THE heavy rain held off as pupils battled for victory at the Hereford and District Schools' Minor Championships. Competition was fierce, especially in the girls' distance races as the Aylestone duo of Jade Williams (2min 42) and Clara Evans (5min 19

  • Misery and chaos

    ROADS, schools, shops and restaurants fell victim to the weather as the county was hit by freak summer storms. The heavy rainfall caused Herefordshire Council to issue several flood warnings on Monday and take the unprecedented step of setting up a phone

  • Prayer power

    THE sun shone on Shobdon last weekend as the village's two major festivals combined for the first time. The tri-annual Shobdon Flower Festival, in its 25th year, and the Shobdon Food and Drink Festival, in only its third, had never been held simultaneously

  • Kittens need new home

    FOUR kittens have been rescued from a recycling skip in Ross-on-Wye. The animals are now being looked after by the Cats Protection Shelter at Allensmore and are said to be making good progress. Claire Worlock, from the cat welfare charity, said: "They

  • Council Slammed

    PEOPLE with learning disabilities in Herefordshire are getting one of the worst deals in England, according to the findings of a recent report. Herefordshire Council and its partners are poorly serving people with learning disabilities and offer little

  • Mayhem in the rain at Eastnor Deer Park

    WITH more than 2,000 riders taking part and in excess of 15,000 spectators attending during the weekend's events, Mountain Mayhem is now well-established as the biggest mountain-biking event in the UK. But, in the 10 years that the event has been held

  • Brilliant Bikers Back in City

    SOME of the world's top bikers are coming to Hereford to show off their skills. Expect to see gravity defying jumps, tricks and somersaults tomorrow (Friday) as clothing company Animal presents its annual bike tour. High Town will be transformed into

  • Boundford is triple winner as Presteigne celebrate

    LUKE Boundford's excellent season as Presteigne won the Spar Mid Wales League for the first time was recognised when more than 120 members and guests attended their annual presentation dinner at Luctonians Rugby Club. Boundford walked away with all of

  • Brockhampton go second as Malik shines on return

    BROCKHAMPTON are eyeing the Crusader Worcester-shire League Division 1 title after Chris Boroughs and Mahmood Malik struck with bat and ball respectively to see off table-topping Redditch. The village side are now second in the table and only two points

  • Village School Plans on Hold

    PLANS for a long-awaited village school have been put on hold as the number of primary pupils in the county drops dramatically. Staunton-on-Wye school is all set to move as land nearby has been bought and the building plans are ready. However, falling

  • Batting collapses but Monmouth win

    MONMOUTH overcame a major batting collapse to record a crucial three-wicket home win over Lye in a low-scoring Crusader Worcestershire County League Division 2 clash. The Welshmen have moved up to ninth following their win over Lye, who struggled to

  • Cricket Scorecards in Brief

    COUNTY schools will be competing at Wyeside tomorrow (Friday) for the right to represent Herefordshire in the West Midlands Under-11 Hardball tournament at Solihull School next Wednesday. Organiser Bob Hall of the Herefordshire Schools Cricket Association

  • Vicar admits child porn charges

    A HEREFORDSHIRE vicar had hundreds of images of children involved in sexual acts stored on his two computers. The Rev James Morrish, of Kingstone, admitted 13 child pornography charges when he appeared before Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday. Tariq

  • Medals for Medics

    TWO Herefordshire medics have been recognised for their bravery in attempting to rescue casualties after a bull went on the rampage. Paramedic Jonathan Murray, of Wigmore, and ambulance technician Tom Pennington, of Weobley, will receive bronze medals

  • Leominster hammered by Burghill’s in-form openers

    LEOMINSTER will not relish another journey to Brick House Farm for a while after suffering a 10-wicket defeat to Burghill & Tillingtonin the Flint & Cook Marches League. The defeat was not abject - Leominster's Andy White (30), Nick Palmer (28) and Joel

  • Edgar St Grid Wins Backing

    PLANS for the regeneration of Hereford city centre have won the approval of the Urban Review Panel, a group of national experts in the field of urban design, who regularly scrutinise similar projects across the UK. After a two-day visit to the city earlier

  • Hinton make changes after chairman Bob stands down

    HINTON are looking forward to a successful season in 2007-8 after re-shuffles at the head of the club and in various management teams. Bob Semple, after many years as club chairman, has stepped down to concentrate on managing the club under-12 side and

  • Marden celebrate campaign of double success

    DOUBLE-winners Marden celebrated an excellent Jewson Herefordshire Sunday League season at their presentation evening at the Golden Cross in Sutton St Nicholas, the club's sponsors. Player-boss Adey Morgan and his team were congratulated by chairman

  • Purdie moves to rivals Darlington

    HEREFORD United have lost another of the king-pins of their promotion-winning side with club captain Rob Purdie moving to League 2 rivals Darlington on a two-year deal. Twenty-four-year-old Purdie was Hereford's longest serving player and had spent five

  • Sunday league get tough on clubs’ postponements

    THE Jewson Herefordshire Sunday League are taking steps to stamp out unnecessary postponements. Delegates voted unanimously at the annual meeting for a new rule whereby any team failing to fulfil a fixture would not only be fined but would also lose

  • Ross boost trophy haul at tidal river regatta

    ROSS Rowing Club junior and senior squads continued their winning ways on a highly successful weekend at the tidal river regatta at Totnes. On Saturday, the Ross women's junior 14 coxed quad of Louise Hudd, Kelly Morris, Rosie Lindley and Katie Hudd

  • County squad lose on all rinks

    HEREFORDSHIRE visited Carterton BC for a match against Oxfordshire and were beaten on every rink in a 136 shots to 78 defeat after trailing 59-38 at the half-way stage. Gerald Jones' rink played very well and were level at 12-12 after 16 ends before

  • Weale tests the world matchplay champion

    ROB Weale came close to dethroning the eventual champion in a close-run semi-final at the Co-operative Funeralcare World Matchplay championship in Sheffield, writes Richard Prime. After winning his quarter-final tie against Scotland's Paul Foster 10-

  • Tracey plays winning role in england's clean sweep

    HEREFORDSHIRE international bowler Tracey Powell helped England to victory in the Home International Champion-ships at Landrindod Wells. England made a clean sweep in the competition with victories over four opponents in the six-rink team competition

  • Cathedral cash boost

    A £5.6 million project to restore Hereford's Cathedral Close has been confirmed this week. The signal to proceed with the scheme, which has been in the making for six years, came with the news of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £4.2 million towards

  • Advert for "revolutionary"

    HEREFORDSHIRE needs someone to lead a revolution. Adverts go out this week for a chief executive to head the proposed Public Service Trust (PST) that combines Herefordshire Council with the county's Primary Care Trust. Pitched as a revolutionary chance

  • Revving up for motor show

    A TREAT is in store for car lovers as Hereford hosts its third motor show. The event will showcase many of the city's dealerships and provide an opportunity for some wonderful old classics to show off their bodywork. The show, which is organised by

  • Police will start to dig for body on Monday

    A NEW bid to solve one of Herefordshire's greatest mysteries is revealed this week. After fresh information about the case, from a man offering evidence against his own father, detectives are to dig for the body of Derek Saville, who vanished without

  • Chip shop scare

    A BLOCK of concrete was thrown through a window of a Hereford fish and chip shop while customers and staff were inside. A youth is suspected of throwing a lump of concrete at the Friar Tuck shop in Belmont Road at around 12.15am on Saturday June 16.