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.
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.