From the Malvern Gazette
MARTIN Stephens has been appointed as the new manager of Bromyard Town. He replaces Geoff Woodward after the Delahay Meadow outfit finished bottom of the West Midlands League Premier Division. They won just seven games throughout the 2013-14 campaign and ended with a goal difference of -101. Stephens, who has had spells in charge of Malvern Town and Archdales 73, has previously been Bromyard’s under 18s manager.
At the Annual Meeting of the Town Council Alan Seldon was elected as Chairman of the Council/Mayor of Bromyard. He spoke of the challenging year ahead which would be the last one to have the services of Mike Cresswell as Town Clerk. The Council would be taking over the running of the Tenbury Road Car park: a positive move. Bromyard would be the only market town with its own public toilets. Referring to the Churchyard Wall dispute Alan Seldon asked whether the Town Council would “roll over” or fight? He described the church authorities as “proxy tax collectors” If Bromyard did challenge the church it would be the first town to do so.
It was reported at the Town Council Meeting that Bromyard would have comparatively minor cuts to bus services. Only Sunday services to Hereford and evening services would suffer. Councillors, though, believed any cuts in services would have a very serious impact. Jamie Jacobsen said that for someone from Bromyard, who had just got a job perhaps in the new Hereford Shopping centre, working shifts, the lack of public transport would probably put them back into unemployment. Other councillors agreed. Roger Page pointed out some of the planning implications of a lack of available public transport. It was agreed to make Herefordshire Council aware of these concerns stressing the crucial importance of adequate public transport for Bromyard.
From the Hereford Times
PENCOMBE Football Club are in danger of folding unless someone comes in to take over the side. Manager and secretary Karl Hughes says that he cannot continue to run the Herefordshire League Division Two club by himself due to work commitments. "I am struggling to find someone to take it on, so there is a possibility that we will have to pull out of the league," said Hughes.
From Jean Spelman
On entering Saltmarshe Village Hall and finding it decked out in red, white and blue along with flags, bunting and matching flower displays it was clear we were in for a celebratory evening. And so it proved. Members of Saltmarshe & District W.I. ( who hosted the evening ), Bromyard W.I., Much Cowarne W.I. and Pencombe and Little Cowarne W.I. came together for their Annual Group Meeting. Apologies were received from Kathryn Bandfield, the Herefordshire Federation Chairman as she was otherwise engaged attending a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
One of Herefordshire’s top county attractions, the National Trust at Brockhampton Estate near Bromyard, is hosting a Medieval Festival as the countdown towards the full opening of the manor house continues. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the moated medieval manor house at Lower Brockhampton, the action packed festival will take place on Friday 23 to Monday 26 May and celebrate all things medieval.
The vacancy which currently exists on the Town Council due to the resignation of Cllr Christine Walters is to be filled by co option. The necessary 14 days notice to call for an election has been given and no such request received and so the vacancy can be advertised. Anyone who would like to be considered for this or to find out what becoming a Councillor entails should contact the Town Clerk on 01885 482825. The closing date for applications is Monday 9th June 2014.
Debbie (picture) has moved the HOUSE MISTRESS to nearby temporary quarters while waiting for new, permanent, business premises. House Mistress will share part of dress agency Too B'Frocked and will have a window in Beauty on Broad Street. The business will operate as normal. The same opening hours and phone number (01885 489494 The House Mistress is a “Household Agency” It stocks high quality pre-owned furniture and household articles sold on behalf of the owners on a 50/50 split of the selling price. An excellent outlet if you are down sizing. And a place to find something reasonably priced , interesting and different to enhance your home.
From Jean Spelman
Each year W.I. members throughout the whole country put forward issues known as "Resolutions " that they wish their National Federation of W.I.s to campaign on. This year the one issue ahead of all others is that of Organ Donation. This is where an individual makes plain that after their death their body organs may be used to help someone else. There is a shortage of organ donors and three people a day die whilst waiting for an organ to become available.
From Pcso Steph Annette 6440
Elderly residents are being warned about a phone fraud where victims are being duped out of cash by people posing as police.West Mercia and Warwickshire Police have recorded 70 of these offences across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shrophire and Warwickshire since March this year with unsuspecting victims falling for the scam. The offenders are targeting older people across both Forces, as part of a national scam which is commonly known as a ‘courier fraud’.
From Jean Spelman
Sadly the Saltmarshe W.I. meeting clashed with a meeting of The Bromyard & District Local History Society at the Conquest Theatre and as we could not be in two places at once, it was agreed one of our members would go and then report back next month. Why ? Well, the subject for May was an illustrated talk by Vince Williams and Jon Goodson "Women's Institute at War " and very enjoyable and informative it proved to be.
AUDITIONS for parts in Lionel Bart's musical. To be performed at the Conquest Theatre on November 26th to 29th. Parts for Oliver, The Artful Dodger and chorus of paupers and Fagin's gang. Girls and boys. Come along for auditions at the Conquest on Saturday 17th May and Saturday 24th 11am to 12. At the Conquest. For any queries contact Sylvia Silver at the Falcon Hotel. Phone 01885 483034
From the Hereford Times
A project that linked volunteers from Herefordshire Mind with others interested in local history and archaeology – has had its story recorded in a new book. Written by the Past in Mind historian Dr Kate Lack, the eponymous book details the work of the volunteers on an archaeological dig in the village of Studmarsh. (Pictured Dr Catherine Lack with Jenny McMillan who helped with the book.)
From Worcester News.
From Roger Page - Chairman Bromyard & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
It was announced on Friday (9th May) that one of the largest caravan parks in Herefordshire has been sold by the family owners to a National Leisure Company.The new owners are Park Leisure 2000 Ltd owners of Country and Leisure Parks based in York who own 9 other sites in Britain,mainly on the coast.The purchase of Boyce Caravan Park at Linley Green,Bromyard is their second inland purchase.