Following on from his success at the Town Criers competition in Warwick on the 24th May our Town Crier, Peder Nielsen, the following week went down to deepest Wiltshire to try his luck at Peter Dauncey's competition in Melksham. It was a blessing that the weather was absolutely ideal for this event which was run in conjunction with the local branch of the Lions 40th anniversary. There were 17 Criers from various counties of the UK and one from Belgium, along with their colourful Escorts, vying for the honours. (See also report from the local paper - click here)
Back to the 40s as Bromyard Gala moves into town!There's a fresh feel in the air in Bromyard as locals talk excitedly about new initiatives for the town's famous annual Gala. Gala weekend is 5th and 6th July, and the huge, level new site is already being laid out and access improved - but with a brand-new organising Committee at the helm, the fun begins early, and there's a lively programme of events right through the previous week.
Steve Mattthews and Joy Muir attended the June meeting of the Chamber of Commerce at the Falcon Hotel and gave an update on the Gala arrangements. The focus was on the pre Gala events planned for Sunday 29th June. As well as the Round the Downs Race and the Car Boot there is to be a “1940s Street Fair” (see posters) The aim is to connect with and involve the people of Bromyard. The plans for the Fair were described involving free transport between the Gala Field car parking and events and the town.
New data for your area has been published on Police.uk. All crime 41 comprising Anti-social behaviour 24. Burglary 2. Criminal damage and arson 4. Drugs 0. Other crime 0. Other theft 3.. Vehicle crime 3. Violence and sexual offences 4. Possession of weapons 0. Public Order 0 Robbery 0. Shoplifting 1.
Please visit http://www.police.uk/shape/OF93N8/ for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.
NOVEMBER 26TH TO THE 29TH Recruitment is going well. The parts of Oliver and the Artful Dodger have been filled. The focus now is on recruiting the adult chorus. All that is really required is a willingness to work hard and commit to rehearsals. Obviously it is useful to be able sing . Please contact Sylvia at the Falcon Hotel if you are interested in taking part. Phone 01885 483034
We will see a change to our general rubbish collection service from November 2014. The service will move to alternative weekly collections, meaning that recycling will be collected one week and general rubbish will be collected on the other week. The decision has been taken in order to reduce costs as council budgets reduce and to increase recycling rates to come into line with Government targets. Householders will be allocated a black bin which can be used to safely and hygienically store general rubbish between collections. Bins will be delivered from August 2014 and residents will receive instructions and a collection calendar ahead of the go-live date of November 2014.
From Tewkesbury ADMAG
TIMBER firm Say it with Wood (click here) is opening a new yard to the public at Leighton Court, Much Cowarne, near Bromyard, as well as expanding its range of products and introducing new items for the garden. Aly May, a partner at SIWW, said: "Many more people are realising the benefits of using sweet chestnut, as it is a naturally durable hardwood, unaffected by the problems facing the treated softwood industry.
From the Hereford Times
PAKISTAN'S 'King of Speed' Ahmed Jamal says that he is loving life at Bromyard Cricket Club following a decent start to his debut season in Worcestershire County League Division One.Jamal has so far taken 11 wickets for the Flaggoners Green side, including a five-wicket haul against Worcester Nomads. He also recently got the better of South African star Wehan Joubert in the battle of the overseas players in Bromyard's derby game against Colwall.
POPPY'S PLACE in the Square IS OPEN . With Manager Carol Luff. It will sell a wide variety of articles and utensils too extensive to list (see attached notice) Open from 8am to 6pm. But that is not all. The same team (Paula Mills and Helen Johnson) have taken over the Café on the Corner. as a local café serving traditional food and drinks. We wish Paula and Helen and Carol every success.
CON Philip Bradbourn
CON Anthea McIntyre
LAB Neena Gill
LAB Siôn Simon
UKIP Jim Carver
UKIP Bill Etheridge
UKIP Jill Seymour
For results in detail go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/eu-regions/E15000005
From the Coventry Telegraph
Town criers from up and down the country made sure that their voices were heard as they took part in the Warwick Town Criers Competition. They arrived in their colourful cloaks and bells in hand to see who would stand out from the crowd and take home the coveted title on Saturday afternoon. A total of 17 town criers came from all over the country to help Warwick mark its 1,100th year and they took to the rain-soaked streets for a procession through the town.
The leader of Herefordshire Council has announced a new Cabinet appointment.
We have received the last report (see below) from Jan Pearce-Higgins who preceded Alan Seldon as Mayor of Bromyard. Jan was totally committed to representing and promoting Bromyard during her two years as Mayor and was always ready to help where possible. She provided calm, sensible leadership through some very difficult times. Bromyard is fortunate to have people like Jan who are prepared to give up so much for the benefit of the community.
From the Hereford Times