The Helping Hands (Food Bank) thanked the Town Council for its support over the last 2 years. It was now based at the HOPE Centre. Demand was increasing and it was helping any more local families in need. A letter was received in response to the one sent by the Town Council expressing concerns over the cuts in funding to the HOPE Centre saying that the Council was working with the HOPE Centre to protect core services while making financial savings. grant of £200 was made to Helping Hands – it was reported that all the local churches were now supporting this work. A grant of £500 was made to the Town Criers Festival. Both grants to come from the 2013/2014 budget.
Reporting on the Market Towns Forum Cllr Burt said he was encouraged by the progress being made. He noted the differing attitudes to Herefordshire council. Ross found them supportive and most helpful. Ledbury was at the other end of the scale. Asset transfer was taking place with Ross most active. It was worth noting that Bromyard had the lowest precept increase – with some of the others more than double.