Councillors were encouraged to see a number of members of the public attending the Town Council meeting on March 17th. This is unusual. One member of the public expressed anger at the decision to support the plan for housing on the Porthouse site. She called this a disgraceful decision which would deny job opportunities to local young people.. Other members of the public asked about plans for the Youth Club. A number of suggestions were made including the possibility of of using the Q.E. College in the evenings. Tony Burt who is a school governor was able to explain why this was not possible. Another idea was to place a youth centre on the Kempson Players area. This was thought interesting and noted.. Later in the meeting arrangements for the Council to take over the running of the Tenbury Road car park were agreed.
Herefordshire Council's trading standards service is warning local pensioners over a spate of recent cold calling incidents in the county by a firm misleading residents into believing they are buying a bargain priced burglar and fire alarm system. The scam starts with a cold call on the telephone falsely offering the customer an all-singing-all-dancing alarm system for £299, alleging a massive discount from a bogus starting price of £1500.
From the Hereford Times
A COUNTY pub has been named CAMRA's pub of the season for spring 2014. The Green Dragon Inn in Bishops Frome received the award from Campaign for Real Ale because of the range of real ales they have on tap. Landlady Zoe Dickinson and landlord Adam Durrant have been at the pub for 11 months said they are 'so pleased' about the recognition.
A lecture by Dr Boddington Saturday 29 March 2014, from 12pm This lecture Click Here will take place in the Brockhampton Chapel and focus on Emily Lutley and the two window designers. A fascinating talk by Dr. Boddington on Emily Lutley (1843—1846) and the two window designers Mary Lowndes and Ada Currey. Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen and St Cecilia, and the four figures of Emily showing clever body language imagery in the south windows.
Meeting of Town Council on March 17th. Nominations were sought for the vacancy for the Vice Chairman of the Council. Jan Pearce-Higgins asked councillors to give careful consideration as the Vice-Chair would be likely to be the next Mayor. Alan Seldon was nominated, agreed to stand and was elected unopposed. Later in the meeting Fred Clark was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Planning Committee. One of the main agenda items concerned the Youth Club having the use of the Heritage Centre for the next 12 months. This was agreed after considerable debate (see below) at a rent of £4000. (The Councill had an offer from a retailer of £6,000 on a full repairing lease)
Next Sunday the 23rd March sees the Bromyard Sport Relief Mile! Turn up at the Leisure Centre for around 10:15, warm up at 10:40, starts at 11:00!! Do the one mile or do more laps depending on how fit you are and how good a Saturday night you had the night before! It’s got something in for all levels of fitness, last year some even walked around with their families. Many do it to raise money for charity Full details, including entry forms at http://my.sportrelief.com/search/event/result?id=2012&location=bromyard
The medieval manor house at Lower Brockhampton nestles within 25 acres of Shropshire Prune damson orchards. Banish the winter blues with a day out amidst this picturesque scene. Once a year, for approximately two weeks, the house becomes an island in a sea of white blossom. (Pictures: Brockhampton Blossom from across the moat. Les Rogers: Beautiful Brockhampton, gatehouse and manor house. Nick Birkin: Beautiful blossom surrounding the manor house. Nick Birkin: Fresh, seasonal and local produce in the Granary Farm shop. Kate Oakley
From Alfred Mann
Join us at our next exhibition at the Conquest Theatre on the 22nd March, 10.30am. Some live readings, book signings, children's poetry book on sale. Art prints and free nibbles. Thanks to the theatre for their kind support and to the town Mayor, Jan Pearce Higgins for agreeing to perform the opening
From the Hereford Times
PLANS to move to fortnightly bin collections will be offset by black wheelie bins. In a letter to the Hereford Times, councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets, confirms the authority is looking at alternate weekly collection because it will "reduce costs and increase the rate of recycling across the county". But he says the council is also looking to supply "the majority" of households with free black wheelie bins for general waste.
Herefordshire is one of sixty local authorities in line to receive more money for schools with effect from April 2015. The announcement came from the Department for Education yesterday, and was shared with colleagues at a meeting of the council’s Cabinet yesterday afternoon (13 March). Herefordshire Council has long argued that the funding it receives per pupil is unfair and one of the lowest in the country.
From Worcester News
FREEMASONS in Bromyard have raised £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support's Not Alone campaign which was launched just over a year ago. Paul Beaumont, Worshipful Master of Saint Peter’s Lodge, and lodge charity steward Richard James, recently presented a cheque to Jenny Goddard, fundraising manager of the Herefordshire and Forest of Dean branch in the Patient Garden Area of the Macmillan Renton Cancer Unit, in Hereford.
There was a lot to catch up with at our March meeting: our first meeting of 2014. January is our rest month and the February meeting had to be abandoned due to atrocious weather. So, once the business part of our gathering had been efficiently handled, we drew our chairs closer to our speaker, Gwen Winterton, and to the table where she had spread her treasures.