• Inspector orders buses off the county's roads

    HEREFORDSHIRE'S best-known bus operator has been ordered to take 20 per cent of its fleet off the road after several 'school-run' vehicles were found to be unsafe. Family firm Yeomans Canyon Travel, who carry thousands of children across the county every

  • New hospital building can stretch for future

    HEREFORD'S new hospital can be made bigger if it fails to meet requirements, writes LIZ WATKINS. It has been designed so that it can be extended onto land now covered by two hutted wards on the county hospital site. And all the services needed for the

  • Morale boost on eve of Ofsted inspection

    HEREFORDSHIRE'S education chiefs have chalked up a morale boost on the eve of an all-important Ofsted inspection, writes BILL TANNER. A lukewarm response to the concept of county schools opting out of council control comes with praise for existing operations

  • Bromyard sculpture trail to greet visitors

    FORGET the 'Angel of the North' - it's the Angel of north Herefordshire that could soon have people talking, writes RICHARD WILSON. Three sites in the town have been chosen to house public art sculptures that will help form a 'trail' for visitors to follow

  • 'Amazing' response to diabetes testing

    MORE than 250 people turned up for a diabetes screening test in Leominster. Of these, 17 were found to have a blood sugar content above the level of eight and were referred to their own GP for further investigation, writes LIZ WATKINS. The free tests

  • Blooming first for Leominster

    LEOMINSTER has entered the Heart of England tourist board's Britain in Bloom contest for the first time. Town centre manager Elaine Griffin has worked with many agencies to improve the general appearance of the town in time for the judging. "Everyone

  • Burglar dupes woman, 93

    A 93-YEAR-OLD woman was duped into letting a burglar posing as a water board official into her Ledbury home. The man called at the Queens Court property between 4.30 and 4.45pm on Friday carrying an ID-type photograph card. He asked the householder to

  • Star opening for Szabo museum this Saturday

    THE museum dedicated to the memory of wartime heroine Violette Szabo will be officially opened by the actress Virginia McKenna at Wormelow on Saturday, writes Jon Land. Hundreds of ex-servicemen, well-wishers and supporters of the project, which has taken

  • Supplied cannabis to help feed own habit

    A FORMER golf club worker supplied eight pals with drugs for a year, a court heard. Police raided 24-year-old Lee Ruck's home and were shown cannabis buried in the garden. They also found more of the drug in a shoe-box and an anorak besides two ecstasy

  • Wool Board is more optimistic about prices

    DESPITE the continuing strength of sterling and the difficult world market, the Wool Board says it feels considerably more optimistic. The final offering of the 1999/2000 selling season last week saw strong competition for both spot and forward wools,

  • Dragon off the market

    AFTER a year of speculation over its future, Hereford's historic Green Dragon hotel has been taken off the market. Sales experts Christie's confirmed this week that owner Forte was no longer looking for buyers for the Broad Street property. A package

  • Late night NO for city pub

    A POPULAR Hereford public house is all out of fighting spirit after authorities called time on its late show ambitions. Darren Lord, manager of O'Neills, Commercial Road, says he accepts a county council decision that keeps his Irish theme bar from staying

  • City seeks royal ruling on status

    THE Queen will be asked to rule on Hereford's centuries old city status and solve a constitutional conundrum, writes BILL TANNER. Royal assent is required before Hereford Town Council can assume the civic standing of its predecessors. Home Secretary Jack

  • Getting hospital was a close run thing, reveals MP

    HEREFORD has only got its new hospital by the skin of its teeth, revealed MP Paul Keetch.But now that it is going up it is one of which everyone should be very proud. Mr Keeth says there had been considerable pressure on the Government to give the go-ahead

  • Rare glimpse of hoard from '1,000' years

    A HOARD of historic artefacts that seldom see the light of day has gone on show at the Mappa Mundi museum in Hereford. The objects, intended to depict cathedral life over the last 1,000 years, include silver communion vessels from the grave of medieval

  • Water history celebration

    A DAY of celebration is in store at Hereford's Waterworks Museum this Sunday. A host of local dignitaries will be travelling to the Broomy Hill site in a fleet of vintage cars before unveiling a brand new waterwheel exhibit. The overshot wheel was previously

  • South Wye Partnership seeking new company

    HEREFORD'S highly successful South Wye Partnership could soon become a company. The partnership, which works to improve community opportunities, is now into its second year of funding through the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) scheme. To mark this milestone

  • Bypass could go to vote

    A REFERENDUM could decide whether the battle for a Hereford bypass goes on or gives way, writes BILL TANNER. Plans to poll the city over the future of any Rotherwas relief road have been proposed this week. The result will dictate whether or not Herefordshire

  • Drivers ignored accident victim as she lay injured

    A WOMAN thrown from her motorcycle on Dinmore Hill lay in agony as passing motorists ignored her desperate pleas for aid. Wendy Newson, aged 33, from Pudleston, was left to wave down traffic on the busy A49 for at least quarter of an hour before anyone

  • Last-ditch bid to find Offa's palace

    A HEREFORDSHIRE field is the scene of a 'last-ditch' bid to pinpoint King Offa's palace, writes CATHERINE SHOVLIN. And anyone wanting to take a look, can visit the excavations tomorrow or Saturday as part of West Midlands Archaeology Week. The project

  • Korean veterans to remember fallen comrades

    THE county's Korean War veterans are commemorating the outbreak of hostilities with living memorials to fallen comrades. The year 2000 is of special significance to those 100,000 British servicemen who fought for 'humanity and freedom' under the United

  • Bike safety scheme gets kick started

    A HEREFORD motorcycle instructor has kick-started a training scheme to help reduce the county's grim accident figures. Three motorcyclists have already been killed on Herefordshire's roads this year and four have been seriously injured. From April 1 1998

  • County's newest club asks: Anyone for polo?

    A HEREFORDSHIRE Polo Club has been set up in the county. It comes from the popular demand of young riders to try and put Herefordshire on the 'polo map'. Its headquarters are at Hereford Riding Centre at Newhouse Farm, Grafton Lane where secretary Fiona

  • Property sales could fund a council HQ

    PROPERTY worth 'many millions' of pounds is up for grabs when Herefordshire holds its biggest-ever real estate sale, writes BILL TANNER The Hereford Times has learned of long-term plans to sell off or let surplus county council sites, and not even the

  • Leominster celebrates fireman Roger's MBE

    HOUSE fires, factory fires, road accidents, plane crashes, animal rescues - Leominster firefighter Roger Hall has been to them all and more. And now, after attending more than 4,500 incidents during his 29 years in the retained fire service, there can

  • Disqualified from future directorships

    A PEMBRIDGE man has been disqualified from being a company director because of the way he ran a Bromyard company. At the hearing at Worcester County Court, Malcolm Davies, of Byletts, Pembridge, was disqualified for five years. The disqualification order

  • Looping the loop to celebrate Leominster's Millennium

    THERE'S a chance to be part of a once-in-a-1,000-years event in Leominster on Saturday. As the town's special contribution to the Millennium celebrations, thousands of people are expected to join hands round the town at midday to form the Leominster Loop

  • Turns on the radio

    STAFF at a Bromyard firm enjoyed a sunny afternoon of freedom this week thanks to ginger superstar DJ Chris Evans. Boss Paul Wrighton gave everybody at King Edward Catering Equipment an early start to their weekend after 'winning' a competition on the

  • Good Ofsted report for Larches School

    GENERALLY satisfactory progress is being made at Leominster's Larches School, say Ofsted inspectors, writes RICHARD PRIME. The 32-pupil school provides part-time education for pupils placed by social services departments from all over the country in residential

  • Centre stage for About Face

    A NORTH Herefordshire theatre company has been taking centre stage at the Sheffield Arena, writes RICHARD PRIME About Face, one of just a handful of UK theatre companies to employ only actors with learning disabilities, has premiered its brand new theatre

  • Leominster mourns as respected retired doctor dies, aged 80

    A MAN whose skills and compassion earned him friends and respect in the county has died aged 80, writes CATHERINE SHOVLIN. Dr Robert Lewis Armitstead had practised in Leominster for 25 years before retiring in March 1984. During that time, he was also

  • Brasses harnessed to raise funds

    A MADLEY pensioner is offering his collection of lovingly restored horse brasses and harnesses to raise funds for a monastery in north Peru. Dick Hayes, aged 86, is responding to a plea from Father Joseph at Belmont Abbey who desperately needs funds for

  • Horror tales of Civil War

    PAINFUL and unhygienic methods used to treat wounds and life-threatening ailments in the 17th century are revealed in a fascinating account of the life and work of a Civil War surgeon at Goodrich Castle on July 1 and 2. Period-costumed practitioner Obadiah

  • Tourism strategy put to Ledbury residents

    THERE is an opportunity for people living in the Ledbury and Colwall area to shape its future by commenting on the draft plan for a sustainable tourism strategy, writes CATHERINE SHOVLIN. The publication, which can be read at Ledbury Tourist Information

  • Poetry and Latin beat for Ledbury

    SOUTH American exuberance will be bringing Ledbury alive as the town's internationally renowned poetry festival gets underway, writes CATHERINE SHOVLIN. The streets will be filled with dancers moving to the sounds of Cuban band 'Raices Cubanas' on Saturday

  • Up side of the Downs School is highlighted

    AN Ofsted inspector used the word 'excellent' more than 10 times in the summary of a school's performance. Every aspect of educational provision for the under-fives at the Downs School, in Colwall, received glowing praise, in a recent report. During his

  • Putley villagers go Millennium mad

    FUN, friends, feasts and faith form Putley's Millennium celebrations. The rural community, near Ledbury, has lined up a host of events to mark the year 2000, kicking off with a Gymkhana and Show on Sunday June 25. Things heat up the following weekend

  • Fears over deer culling halts farm access plans

    RESIDENTS' fears over the risks of culling of deer close to public property have halted a Bromyard planning proposal - for the time being, writes CATHERINE SHOVLIN. Opposition has been strong against plans for a mobile home and new access to serve Hope

  • Early sell-out for several traders

    HEREFORD'S first Farmers' Market brought extra vitality and variety to shoppers in High Town. There were 17 stalls selling produce and such was the demand that some of the traders sold out by early afternoon. On offer was meat, fruit and vegetables, cheese

  • Symbol that says British is best

    A SYMBOL that says British is best was unveiled at the Three Counties Show. Baroness Hayman and Richard Watson-Jones, vice-president of the National Farmers' Union, launched the British Farm Standard mark to the West Midlands, following its nationwide

  • Herefords are having to fight for their place

    A HERFORD commercial holding, where cattle have to compete with potatoes and cereals for productivity, carried off the supreme championship in the well-supported Hereford cattle section at the Three Counties Show, writes Roy Lewis. Stan Quan of Benarth

  • Show format will be repeated next year

    ALTHOUGH the Three Counties Show at Malvern drew fewer visitors than last year, plans are already underway for next year's extravaganza on the same days - Thursday to Saturday. Chief executive Chris Milne said that after much research, the Thursday to

  • Blaze at cattle market arson

    A FIRE at Hereford Cattle Market last week is being treated as arson. The foyer of the Edgar Street building was badly smoke-damaged during the blaze, which two fire crews attended shortly before 2.50am on Tuesday, June 13. "Someone had put a wooden pallet

  • Christians onward for aid projects

    CHRISTIAN Aid in Hereford will receive a boost during July when hundreds of people explore the city's religious heritage and raise money for community development projects in the Developing World. A Millennium Walk on July 8 will give the public a chance