From the Malvern Gazette
From Norfolk Daily Press
The long-running Sheringham town crier came out on top in an international competition celebrating the tradition. Tony Nelson (pictured), 75, from Alexandra Road, won the Sunday contest at the Bromyard International Town Criers Festival in Herefordshire. He was up against eight other competitors from Somerset, Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire and the two-day event was held last weekend. Mr Nelson, Sheringham Carnival president, has been town crier since 1987.
From Roger Page - Chairman Bromyard Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
At the latest meeting of the Bromyard & District of Commerce and Industry held at the Falcon Hotel, 7th May) the Chairman, Roger Page,presented the David James Trophy for the licensed premises collecting the most funds over the Christmas Lights `switch on` period to Sylvia Silver of the Falcon Hotel for 2013.
Grass cutting frequencies will be reduce from seven times per year to three as Herefordshire Council delivers £33milion pounds of savings while ensuring it can maintain its priority services. The Annual Plan delivered by Balfour Beatty Living Places, outlines how services will be delivered over the coming year and identifies how the council will make savings within the Public Realm revenue budget. Grass cutting and street cleansing will cost Herefordshire almost £2million this year. This is a significant element of the annual expenditure on highways services.
From the Hereford Times
A WEEKEND that is fun for people - but not for birds - is returning to Bromyard next month. The Bromyard Scarecrow Festival kicks off on Friday June 6 at 7pm and runs until June 8. People can buy a programme on the day containing clues which match up to one of 40 scarecrows scattered around the town. The first to match them all wins a cash prize of £50. The festival also includes a scarecrow parade, food stalls, a duck race and a quiz on June 10 at The Falcon Hotel. For more information call 01885 483964.
It is clear that the Town Council, that is the tax payers of Bromyard, will have to pay for the repair of the churchyard wall. Under legislation rooted in the 19th century Parish Councils are liable for the maintenance of churchyards which are not in use for burials. These are known as “closed churchyards” Bromyard town council spends around £5000 a year on the routine upkeep of St Peter's churchyard. It is suggested that the cost of repairing the wall will be over £10,000. There has been much comment on bromyard.info Facebook and some of the points made there by Bromyard Councillors are given below.
From the Sunday Times
NOZSTOCK. August 1-3. A gem of a family festival, held on a working farm. Nozstock enters its 16th year still still able to mix a DIY vibe with a slick schedule. Roots, Manuva, Craig Charles and Fun Lovin' Criminals are on the bill. There's also comedy, workshops, cinema and an area for the kids, with a cowboy dance off. Go to nozstock.com
At the Town Meeting Peder Nielsen asked what was being done about the appalling state of Highwell Lane the surface of which had been ruined by construction traffic. (see pictures) Alan Seldon said he had found that when planning consent had been given to the development at the end of Highwell Lane no weight restrictions had been imposed on lorries serving the site. Balfour Beatty were involved. There was a possibility that the Lane would be closed to heavy vehicles. Balfour Beatty would repair the surface. Unfortunately the cost would fall on the council tax payers – not those who had caused the damage. Note: Balfour Beatty have appointed a “Locality Steward” to look into such problems
The Annual Town Meeting took place on Monday 28th April. Very few members of the public (3) were present. Some of the issues raised are covered below:
Tributes were paid to the support provided by the Town Clerk and Deputy Town clerk (This is the last Town Meeting for Mike Cresswell before he retires.)
Swimming Pool. It was agreed that the Trustees of the Swimming Pool fund be invited to meet the Council in order to clarify the future for the nearly £70,000 in the fund. It was said there is no prospect of Bromyard getting a swimming pool. There are many good causes desperate for funding. It would be a pity if the fund remained unused for a further 12 months.
This evening, 28th April, At St. Peter's Church. The ringers are commemorating the Revd Walter Gould and his ministry in Bromyard by ringing a peal in the evening at 6.0. The peal will be a method called Grandsire Triples, and will consist of all 5,040 changes possible on seven bells (GOULD Rev. Preb. Douglas Walter Marden, Hereford. Died peacefully, April 13, 2014. Funeral, 2.30pm, Monday, April 28, 2014, Hereford Cathedral.)
The Hop Pole hotel is under new management. And needs Bar staff, Cleaners, Part time chef, Please contact Robert Richardson on 07500 036 280
This May, children across Herefordshire are invited to pick up their pencils and enter the National Trust’s wildlife drawing competition. The creator of the winning picture, inspired by the wildlife at a National Trust place in the Midlands, will receive a half-day’s drawing lesson from artist Shelly Perkins and have their picture printed onto canvas for them to hang in their home.
From the Hereford Times
From the Hereford Times