ROTHERWAS Together’s walk round the south side of the MOD site affected me more than I could have imagined.

Their campaigning has gained recognition for Canary Girls and the many unsung ‘ordinary’ men and women working to defend us through two world wars.

Angela William’s walk was short in distance but her knowledge brought the timeline to life. John Hersey is no longer alive to tell of surviving the bomb but standing on the spot where his home and family were destroyed brings his tale to life.

Two members of his family joined the nearly 50 of us seeing with fresh eyes and heart.


Wartime was made real. We felt privileged to be there and wanted more recognition of this heritage. I was taken back to the school trips I will always remember. There is so much here to engage the imagination and inform the present.

Remember the Rotherwas Ribbon, uncovered briefly during Southern Relief road excavations in 2007? Dinedor Heritage group was also forming. We can now celebrate the Canary Bridge, HARC, the Enterprise Zone and CATT. English Heritage are actively promoting the chapel.

But do we appreciate what we have?

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The Dinedor and Rotherwas Explored Heritage Trail and leaflet, funded by the Heritage Lottery, is now way outdated due to building development. I had recently shown the English Heritage area manager and a council officer how access has been affected.

The river divide has given us a complex history. Hereford Town Council is backing Herefordshire Lore’s History Day event in September. I trust we can join together to convince our county councillors of our priceless heritage. We have world-class assets and caring citizens.

Let’s make future generations proud of it, and the people who care for it.