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NOTICE BOARD - LATEST NOTICES

Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH NEWSLETTER (JUNE 2020)


The June 2020 edition of the Parish Newsletter is now available on the Website. To see and/or download it please click on the 'more details' link below.

Many back copies of all Newsletters from July 2010 onwards are available as well. You can find them here or by clicking on the 'Parish Newsletters' link in the 'Parish Information' section on the left hand side of this page.


Date posted: 01/06/2020
Link: Click here for more details

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Herefordshire Council Notice
TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 10


A message from Lorna Williamson:

I would like to say hello and introduce myself as the Talk Community Link Worker for Hampton Ward. Bethany Lewis and I had a brief handover last week in preparation for today and so hopefully I can continue to work alongside your community just as successfully. I am also the link worker for Leominster wards and have built a good relationship with Leominster Town Council during this period.

I believe that it has been fairly quiet of recent weeks in Hampton Ward but if there is anything that you feel is of relevance for me to know then please do get in touch. We get daily updates of any new support requests across the county and so as before, if anything is bought to my attention then I will respond with your support.

In the meantime, best wishes

Lorna

Lorna Williamson
Direct line: 01432-383189
Mobile: 07792-880016
Email: lwilliamson@herefordshire.gov.uk


Date posted: 01/06/2020

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
'CONCLUSION OF AUDIT' NOTICE


You can see/ download the 'Notice of Conclusion of Audit' for the Parish Council's Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 by clicking on the 'more details' link below.

Any questions or requests to inspect the relevant documents should be addressed to the Parish Clerk, whose details are below.

Date posted: 29/05/2020
Link: Click here for more details
Contact Name: Dr Christopher Smith (Parish Clerk)
Contact Tel: 01568-797132
Email Address: bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com

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Herefordshire Council Notice
TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 9


Beth Lewis, who is the Talk Community Link Worker for Hampton Ward, has provided another update:


I hope that you are all keeping well and that you are managing to enjoy the beautiful weather.

I just wanted to let you all know that Friday, 29th May 2020 will be my last day as the Link Worker for the Hampton Ward as I have been called back to my normal role as the Natural Flood Management Project Officer (www.herefordshire.gov.uk/nfm). Please be reassured that the Talk Community Covid-19 response support will still remain available for the Hampton ward, although it will be overseen by a different link worker. The new link worker for Hampton will be Lorna Williamson (contact details below), who has to date been covering the Leominster ward and has helped action many support requests. I’ve already spoken with Lorna and briefed her on how things have been working in the Hampton ward.

Lorna Williamson
Direct line: 01432-383189
Mobile: 07792-880016
Email: lwilliamson@herefordshire.gov.uk

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for all of your amazing work during this crisis in supporting the most vulnerable within your communities. Your time and dedication to helping others has been remarkable and I’m very grateful for everything you have done/ are doing. It is down to your dedication and compassion that we have been able to help those in the Hampton Ward. It has been a pleasure getting to know you all. Thank you!!

Please could you also pass on my gratitude to the volunteers within your networks, which at my last count equated to just over 100 volunteers within the Hampton ward!

Thanks again and keep safe,

Beth

Beth Lewis
Tel: 07792-880030
Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk



Date posted: 27/05/2020

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Herefordshire Council Notice
SAFE PHASED RETURN TO SCHOOLS & COLLEGES (UPDATED)


Herefordshire Council have issued a press release regarding its work with schools, colleges and early years settings, following the Government’s recent announcement that schools could potentially begin a phased return for some pupils from 1 June. You can see it here.

The Council has also written a letter to parents and carers to inform them that it is supporting schools with their plans should they decide to re-open on 1 June. This letter has been sent to all Herefordshire schools, colleges and early years settings to share with their parents and carers and you can read it here.

Date posted: 21/05/2020

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Bodenham Parish Council Notice
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS (JUNE 2020)


Parish Council Meetings.
It is still not possible to set a date for the resumption of Parish Council meetings. Essential Parish Council business is conducted remotely. When meetings resume, there is likely to be a backlog of business, such that at this point it is not possible to say when or whether the annual meetings, which should have taken place at the May Meeting, will take place. Updates will be given, when available, via the Newsletter and, more immediately, via the Website, Facebook page and mailing list. See below for details of these.

Planning Applications -
Planning applications will be considered remotely by the Parish Council. No planning applications have been received since those reported in the March Newsletter, nor have any decisions on previously submitted planning applications been received.

The Annual Audit of the Parish Council……..
…….. has been completed and approved by the Internal Auditor. A notice will be posted on noticeboards in due course announcing the period for public inspection of the Parish Council’s audit figures. This period is likely to be for a month from early July. An update will be given in the next Newsletter.

Bodenham Lake……
…. car park remains closed to limit numbers. However, it is not physically possible to close the Lake as there are public rights-of-way on site.

The Concrete Bridge behind Bodenham Church….
….. between the churchyard and the metal bridge across the river has been closed for some time and remains closed. It is unsafe and will be replaced by Balfour Beatty, possibly later this summer. However, the tape preventing access has been untied on several occasions. If you find that the tape has been untied, could you please replace it, while not taking any risks, given that the bridge is unsafe.

Parish Council Facebook page. The Parish Council now has a Facebook page to complement the Website. Click ‘bodenham parish council’ and press ‘LIKE’. The Website address is http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/.

Keep up to date with local issues - sign up for the mailing list
An increasing number of residents are joining the mailing list, through which the Parish Council sends important updates to local residents by email with information about such things as roadworks, weather warnings and local events - and, currently, coronavirus updates from Herefordshire Council and elsewhere. If you would like to join the list, email Chris Smith at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. You won’t be deluged with email, your personal details will not be passed on to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The Parish Website……
…….. is continually updated. Find the latest coronavirus news there. The Home Page now shows a list of future events in chronological order, as well as the latest notices, addresses to go to, Parish Council Minutes, and much more. Find out there about Bodenham past, present and future, local news and crime prevention alerts. http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/ is the website address. You can also find the Bodenham Newsletter there.


BODENHAM PARISH COUNCIL 2019-20

Cllr Helen Batchelor helenjbatchelor1@live.com07821-411236
Cllr Sharon Collinsharon@saffronscross.co.uk01568-797366
Cllr Jim Crane (Vice-Chairman)jimcrane1@gmail.com01568-797095
Cllr Pam James-Moore (Chairman)pamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com 01568-797330
Cllr Richard Laytondewdales@btconnect.com01568-797251
Cllr Sue MaxwellSMaxwellSAM@aol.com 01568-797946
Cllr Tracy Morristracymorris9@btinternet.com 01568-797892
Cllr Linda Nicholaslin.nicholas@aol.com 01568-797052
Cllr Kathy Tremainktremain3@gmail.com 01568-797751
1 vacancy
    
Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com 01568-797132


Cllr John Harrington – John.Harrington@herefordshire.gov.uk - is the Herefordshire Councillor for the Hampton Ward.

Date posted: 20/05/2020

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Herefordshire Council Notice
TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 8


Beth Lewis and Amanda Eastman, who have been forming the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, have provided another update:

Hope you’re all keeping well and have been enjoying some of the lovely weather we have had recently. Here’s a few more updates for you:

Amanda’s last day as a link worker

Sadly today (Friday 15th May) will be Amanda’s last day as a link worker as she is now needed back full time in her normal role as a Virtual School Education Officer. Huge thanks go to Amanda who has been a link worker for the Hampton Ward since this all started back in March; her help has been very much appreciated.

Amanda would like to thank everyone in the Hampton Ward for all of their hard work; she says she has “really valued the volunteers’ absolutely amazing response and tireless efforts to keep others in their communities safe and well.”

Beth Lewis will remain the link worker and point of contact for the Hampton Ward.



Latest Government Guidelines

If any of you are in any doubt about the latest Government guidelines on preventing the spread of Coronavirus, I personally have found this webpage quite useful as it goes through what you can and can’t do and how this differs from previous rules:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_content=Corona


Talk Community Covid-19 Response – changes to phone line service

The Talk Community Covid-19 response has received over 3000 telephone calls since the commencement of the service 7 weeks ago. We have deployed over 40 council staff to support the telephony service and vulnerable people of Herefordshire and at its peak were receiving 180 calls a day. The infrastructure has enabled over 1500 requests for support for our most vulnerable residents with the main areas of support continuing to be for supplies and medication collection.

The number of calls has significantly reduced to an average of 50 per day over the past few weeks, which indicates that the needs of the vulnerable are being met either in the community, through the Talk Community response or within their own networks. Over the past few weeks we have been planning for the next phase of the Talk Community Covid response and considering the future and sustainable model during this next stage. The telephony service has been available 7 days a week 8am-8pm during the weekdays and 10am-4pm on the weekend, however the numbers of call have significantly reduced over the weekend and out of hours (after 5pm,) therefore to provide a permanent offer for the vulnerable residents of Herefordshire we will be looking to reduce the hours over the next week.

The weekend of the 16th/17th will be the last weekend that the telephony support will be open and from the week commencing the 25th May, the bank holiday will be open 10am-4pm and from 26th May the telephony service will be available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday with the Blueschool House staff providing the telephony support. This enables a permanent infrastructure at a time when staff are being redeployed to substantive posts and to continue to meet the demand albeit at a reduced number.

Out of hours support through the Adult Social Care service remains available as well as the NHS 111 service, however the nature of the small amount of calls out of hours has not, in the majority of cases, required an urgent response.

Talk Community Covid-19 Response Telephone Number: 01432-260027.



Information on financial issues and information on mental health

We have been asked to re-share the following links to Herefordshire Council’s webpages on financial assistance and information relating to mental health:

  • Financial assistance: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19financialsupport

  • Information on mental health:
    https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200250/coronavirus/900/stay_home_stay_safe/5


  • Leominster Eastern Parishes website

    In light of the Coronavirus pandemic the Leominster Eastern Parishes website has been created by Kimbolton Parish Magazine. The website is designed to be a central point of communication for the eastern parishes including useful information on the Covid-19 response. As some of the parishes covered by the website are within the Hampton ward, we therefore thought it might be of interest to some of you: https://www.easternparishes.org/


    Thanks again for all of your hard work and please do get in touch if you have any questions or need any help,

    All the best,

    Beth & Amanda

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 15/05/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 TELEPHONE SERVICE CHANGES


    Since it started seven weeks ago the Talk Community Covid-19 Response service has received more than 3,000 telephone calls. Over 40 council staff were deployed to support the telephony service (Telephone Number: 01432-260027) and it has been available 7 days a week from 8.00am-8.00pm on weekdays and from 10.00am-4.00pm over weekends. At its peak it was receiving 180 calls a day and this allowed it to respond to over 1,500 requests for support for the most vulnerable people in the County, with the main areas being for supplies and medication collection.

    Over the past few weeks the number of calls has significantly reduced and now averages 50 per day, which indicates that the needs of the vulnerable are being met, either in their communities, through the Talk Community Service, or within their own networks. Plans are therefore being made to provide a more long term and sustainable service.

    The weekend of 16/17 May will be the last weekend that the telephony support will be open. On Bank Holiday Monday, 25 May it will be open from 10.00am-4.00pm and from 26 May it will be available from 9.00am-5.00pm Monday to Friday, with the Blueschool House staff providing the support. This will allow a permanent service to continue to meet a reduced demand when council staff are redeployed back to their normal posts.

    Out of hours support through the Adult Social Care service remains available, as does as the NHS 111 service.

    Date posted: 15/05/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    SOME HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING CENTRES TO REOPEN



    Herefordshire Council will reopen Hereford and Leominster Household Recycling Centres for essential use only from Saturday, 9 May.

    They will be open from 8.00am to 6.00pm every day and restrictions will remain in place to ensure the safety of public and staff.

    The other Household Recycling Centres in Kington, Bromyard, Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye will remain closed for the time being, until available staffing resource will permit these sites to reopen as well.

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 07/05/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COVID-19 SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION


    Herefordshire Safeguarding Board and Partnerships meet throughout the year, bringing together representatives from various agencies and organisations in Herefordshire to work in partnership to protect children, young people and adults in the County. By sharing best practice and expertise they can ensure that anyone living in Herefordshire has access to the right support and services they may need.

    The Herefordshire Safeguarding Board and Partnerships website contains a wealth of information on the support and services available and is regularly updated. To go to it please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 07/05/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS BY VENTURE


    Beth Lewis and Amanda Eastman, who form the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, have forwarded the following request:

    We have been asked by Venture to see if anyone would be interested in volunteering with them. They are currently looking for volunteers for the following roles:

  • Safe and well phone buddy – involves “being part of a paired buddy team who make at least one phone call per day to a housed homeless person”

  • Covid-19 Street Ambassador – involves “walking as a socially distanced, uniformed pair and being a calm reassuring presence to those you meet. It is a chance to interact with people safely, especially those coming out on the streets that are vulnerable or lonely or those struggling with the crisis.”

  • More details about the roles, including how to apply are contained within the documents below. We would be very grateful if you could share this information through your networks.

  • Safe and well phone buddy. http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/pdf/noticeboard/Safe and Well Phone Buddy Volunteer Description__.docx.pdf

  • Covid-19 Street Ambassador : http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/pdf/noticeboard/Covid-19 Volunteer Description Street Ambassador.pdf


  • Any questions, please ask.

    Many thanks,


    Beth & Amanda

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Amanda Eastman
    Tel: 07792-881899
    Email: aeastman@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 05/05/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COVID-19 - HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL STAFF REDEPLOYED


    During the present Covid-19 pandemic some 200 Herefordshire Council staff have been redeployed to help with delivering emergency supplies and support to the most vulnerable residents.

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 04/05/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    CORONAVIRUS LATEST (UPDATED REGULARLY)


    For the latest information from Herefordshire Council about how coronavirus is affecting services across the County please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 04/05/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 7


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided another update:


    Hope you’ve had a good week. Here’s a few more updates that we have been sent from the central team:

    Volunteer/ Talk Community helpline poster

    The Central team have produced this poster which contains a simple message about the Talk Community Covid response and how to contact the helpline. Please feel free to share this with others.


    Trading standards and scams

    Sadly there are many scams circulating at the moment which are designed to obtain people’s bank details. The Trading Standards team and the Police are monitoring and reacting to scams. They are also making interventions with those that have been scammed. If you become aware of a scam, or suspect a scam, please let myself or Amanda know and we can then escalate these concerns on your behalf to Trading Standards and if required the Police. Please keep vigilant and keep safe.


    Herefordshire Mental Health Helpline

    “Telephone based support, guidance and advice for people of all ages experiencing emotional distress or anxiety as a result of coronavirus crisis” is available via the 24 hour mental health support hotline: 01905-681 915. Please find this poster and image which can be shared to advertise this service.


    Financial advice and signposting

    The Welfare and Financial Assessments team have suggested that some people could be signposted to Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Age UK (over 65), MacMillan, and Tenancy Sustainment Officers with their social housing providers, to see advice about financial matters and benefits.

    Individuals can also be referred to the Welfare and Financial Assessments team by completing the form (link below), for a telephone triage. Complete the form below with as much information as possible and the team will get back in touch with the individual by phone. This is eligible for “If you need extra support because you have a disability or have difficulty coping with the demands of the benefit claims processes at the time when you need access to a service, our welfare benefits advisors can help.” https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200207/family_support/811/support_with_claiming_and_managing_benefits/2

    In addition, this briefing from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) may be of interest as a highlight of financial support available from the government. Further information from DWP on employment and benefits support can be found at: https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/employment-and-benefits-support/



    Co-op gift voucher scheme

    The Co-op launched a Gift voucher scheme on Monday to help all of us who are doing shopping for others to pay for it without having to handle cash. Basically the elderly / vulnerable person calls this number: 0800-029 4592 and prepays an amount of their choosing on to the card. The card gets sent out to them (takes 2 - 3 days). They then give this card to the person doing the shopping who uses it in the Coop. They can put the receipt in the bag and the elderly / vulnerable person can check the receipt against their gift card balance. Whenever they want to top it up, they just have to call the number and it will be topped up automatically (takes about 24 hours to update).


    Expansion of coronavirus testing

    An announcement have been made to expand access to coronavirus testing to help protect the most vulnerable (more info here). Key points:

  • Everyone in England aged 65 and over with coronavirus symptoms can now get tested, along with symptomatic members of their household

  • Symptomatic workers who are unable to work from home also eligible for testing

  • Testing of all asymptomatic NHS and social care staff and care home residents also being rolled out

  • New expansion of testing made possible due to rapidly increasing testing capacity


  • Any need for minibuses and drivers?

    Community Action Ledbury have said they have 3 mini buses (16 seats) & around 10 drivers able to drive them. They can take around 3 passengers to keep 2m apart and/or are able to deliver food parcels/goods etc. They have asked if anyone could make use of them. If you would like to be put in touch with this group, please let me know.


    Herefordshire CarerLinks

    Please see three documents from CarerLinks, which we have been asked to share with you. There is a statement from Herefordshire CarerLinks regarding the current support offer to unpaid family Carers during the COVID 19 pandemic, a copy of their Spring 2020 newsletter and their rebranded leaflet. You are welcome to share this information through your networks. Also note the names of Carer Advisors for different areas:

    Carer Advisors

  • Leah Blake: Hereford City 07843-372153 leah.blake@crossroadstogether.org.uk

  • Michelle Baillon: Ross and Ledbury 07843 372188 michelle.baillon@crossroadstogether.org.uk

  • Chrissy Dunlop: Golden Valley, Kington and Weobley 07843-372143 Chrissy.dunlop@crossroadstogether.org.uk

  • Melonie Hardwick: Leominster and Bromyard 07843-372152 Meloney.hardwick@crossroadstogether.org.uk


  • Many thanks for all the work you’re doing and if you need anything please do get in touch.

    All the best,

    Beth


    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 02/05/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 6


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided another update:

    “I hope you’re all keeping well. Here’s a few updates:

    Hand sanitiser update
    We have been told that the volunteer hand sanitiser bottles are being distributed today to the north of the County, so hopefully the hand sanitiser will be with those that ordered it very soon.

    Information about financial support for individuals and families
    The Welfare and Financial Assessments team have been working on sharing information about various types of financial support people can get during the Covid19 emergency. This information is being shared on the Council website here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200207/family_support/900/stay_home_stay_safe/10

    Garden/ Green waste
    The WISH website has now added a section on garden/ green waste which may be of interest: https://www.wisherefordshire.org/communitysupport

    The “Super Green Clinic” – Sarum House and house calls
    The Super Green service offers a safe environment for shielded patients to receive non-Covid related interventions, such as medication, blood tests and essential injections and forms part of a carefully planned strategy coordinated by all 20 Herefordshire GP surgeries and Taurus Healthcare. As well as at Sarum House surgery, a Super Green service will also be made available in their homes for housebound shielded patients, in collaboration with the district nursing team. More information about the service: https://www.herefordmedicalgroup.co.uk/media/content/files/Shielded%20patient%20service%20LEAFLET%20to%20be%20sent%20or%20given%20to%20patients%20NEW.pdf

    Morrison’s food boxes with next day delivery option
    Morrison’s are now offering food boxes ranging from £35 to £45, which are available for next day delivery if they are ordered before 3pm. More details on their website: https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/how-it-works

    Guidance from public health on transporting a vulnerable person to a hospital appointment:
    Public health have issued the following advice for instances where volunteers may be asked to transport a vulnerable person to a hospital appointment:

    We are working under the assumption that if a person’s clinician has suggested that they continue to have an appointment during this time then the benefits of going to the appointment outweigh the risk of travelling to and attending the appointment.

    Unless the person is extremely vulnerable (shielded) or requires someone to attend the appointment with them, I would arrange transport in the following order (starting from the top) –

    It is worth checking if patient transport from the hospital is a viable option first:

    1. Ideally somebody would travel to an appointment with a member of their household in a car.
    2. Arrange transport where they can remain 2m away from other people inc. driver (e.g. minibus or MPV) or travel in a taxi or vehicle that has a screen between the driver and the passenger
    3. Arrange transport with a volunteer or taxi, that person should not have symptoms of COVID (temperature and/or continuous cough), to reduce risk further they shouldn’t be sneezing or have a non-continuous cough. Sit passenger behind the driver if possible and keep windows open where possible to facilitate air flow.

    All other social distancing messages apply to this journey

  • Keep 2m distance wherever possible from people who you don’t live with

  • Wash hands just before leaving home, when you get to the appointment, leaving the appointment and when you get home again. Use alcohol gel if hand washing facilities are unavailable.

  • Notes: If skin is becoming damaged due to too frequent handwashing, use hand cream to take care of hands. Use normal soap not antibacterial. Frequency of handwashing may need to be reduced if this does not repair skin.

    Thanks again for all the amazing work you are all doing and please get in touch if you have any questions or require support.

    All the best,

    Beth

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Date posted: 29/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    A STATEMENT FROM CLLR DAVID HITCHINER


    "I am proud of our county. This has been an extraordinary year so far, but our sense of community has never felt stronger."

    To see a statement by the Leader of Herefordshire Council, Cllr David Hitchiner, please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 29/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    PRE-BOOKED COVID-19 TESTING FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS


    If you're an essential worker in Herefordshire, who is self-isolating, you can now apply for you and your household to get tested for Covid-19 coronavirus. Pre-booked drive-through testing is available at Merton Meadow car park in Hereford.

    To see the press release, which provides further information, please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 28/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    GUIDANCE ON VOLUNTEERING SAFELY AND USE OF PPE


    Government guidance on how to help safely is located at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely

    Government PPE guidance is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-ppe.

    Registering with an existing local scheme such as Talk Community, and through our Hampton Ward Link worker (Beth Lewis on 07792-880030 or by email at bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk) will ensure volunteers are provided with appropriate support and verification, as required.


    Date posted: 23/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COUNCIL MEETINGS TO BE HELD 'VIRTUALLY'


    Herefordshire Council is set to conduct its public committees as virtual meetings that are able to be viewed live online, following a recent change in legislation due to COVID-19. To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 23/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 5


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided a fresh update:
    I hope you are keeping well. Some more information for you:

    Volunteers – How many do we have?

    The Talk Community Covid-19 response central team are trying to get an understanding of the volunteer workforce that has been mobilised during the Covid-19 pandemic. To help get a true picture of the numbers of volunteers across the County we would greatly appreciate it if you could share the number of volunteers you have within your community group. If you could send this information to me that would be brilliant!

    Shield buddies

    Operation Shield are starting to contact all 5000 individuals who are shielded over the next week to confirm if they need support from volunteers. They are also training volunteers to be shield “buddies”, who will be matched with shielded people. We will update you when we know that the shield buddies have been activated.

    Resources and Contacts

    Multi-Agency Enforcement Team
    Any resident who has a concern over the way residents, groups or employers observe social distancing, or who has a concern over social gatherings, can contact the Multi-Agency Enforcement Team: 01432-261761 or email ethelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk (all confidential).

    Let’s Talk website
    Help, advice and support is available through the Let’s Talk website, details below. This includes a section on maintaining wellbeing through the COVID-19 pandemic.https://www.talk2gether.nhs.uk/

    Mental Health Crisis Line
    A crisis line has been established for people with more urgent/ complex needs. The details are on this link -
    https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/urgent-help.


    Post Office Cash schemes – Payout Now & Fast PACE

    There are now new options for people who are isolating to access cash through the Post Office (as an alternative to our Halo reimbursement scheme). See information in press release -
    http://corporate.postoffice.co.uk/our-media-centre#/pressreleases/post-office-makes-access-to-cash-products-available-faster-to-help-self-isolating-individuals-during-coronavirus-pandemic-2990603


    Age UK

    We have been asked to remind everyone that Age UK can help with Information and Advice for older residents. For example, they can check to see what benefits people may be entitled to and then help claiming them, blue badge applications, and online application for a free TV licence's for those over 70 on pension credit.
    https://www.ageuk.org.uk/herefordshireandworcestershire/
    .

    WISH website – message from the WISH team

    Please be advised that there is a new section on WISH, which shows a detailed list of organisations offering groceries, food and ready-made / takeaway meals for delivery or collection across Herefordshire.

    The link to this page is https://www.wisherefordshire.org/communitysupport. However if you’re currently using https://www.wisherefordshire.org/covid19support, this still works and takes you to the correct page.

    These pages will be regularly updated with local information, including community / voluntary sector details, as and when they’re available.

    Thank you to everyone who has provided information, it’s much appreciated. If you require any further assistance or have some new or updated information for us, please don’t hesitate to contact the WISH Team at wish@herefordshire.gov.uk.


    Shielded people food parcels – cancelling your food parcel

    In response to this frequently asked question from shielded people who want to cancel their food package, please see instructions that Op Shield have shared with us:

    If your circumstances change and you no longer need your food parcel, please revisit
    https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable and re-register, selecting ‘no need for food deliveries’ otherwise you will continue to receive food parcels on a weekly basis.

    Please note, that the food parcels are government parcels, NOT council food parcels, and so we unable to stop them for the shielded person. If they have no access to the internet they can call 0800-0288327 which is an automated service.


    Talk Community Home Safe Service” (hospital discharge)

    Please see information here about a new ‘meet and greet’ home from hospital service for people who are being discharged from hospital with no package of care in place.

    Veterans Support

    A wide range of support is available to veterans. If you receive a support requests for someone who is a veteran, consider signposting them to Veteran Support to meet their needs. Further information about the support that is available can be found on the Council’s website:
    https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200139/community/282/supporting_our_armed_forces_community/3


    Giving World - support offer to councils and local hubs for essential supplies

    Giving World is a national charity offering help to local hubs and councils in the response to COVID-19. The charity supplies essentials including shampoo, bedding, nappies, washing powder and warm, clean clothing to the people in the medically shielded groups and other vulnerable people free of cost. They are also providing patients and front-line staff with changes of clothing and personal hygiene products. Please contact Rama Bhalla at rama@givingworld.org.uk for more information or visit their website.https://www.givingworld.org.uk/


    If you have any queries or need any support please do get in touch.

    Thanks again for all you are doing, you’re doing a great job!

    Beth


    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk



    Date posted: 23/04/2020

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH COUNCIL NEWS (MAY 2020)


    Parish Council Meetings.
    The Meeting of the Parish Council due to be held on 6th April was cancelled because of the lockdown restrictions. For the same reason, the 4th May Meeting, which would have included the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Parish Council Meeting, has been cancelled. No date can yet be set for the resumption of Parish Council meetings. Essential Parish Council business is conducted remotely. When meetings resume, there is likely to be a backlog of business, such that at this point it is not possible to say when or whether the annual meetings will take place. Updates will be given, when available, via the Newsletter and, more immediately, via the Parish Website, Facebook page and mailing list. See below for details of these.

    The Parish Precept…..
    ….. is the money a parish council requests annually from Herefordshire Council. Bodenham Parish Council has requested and been granted £15000 for 2020-21 - the same sum as in 2018-19 and 2019-20. This amounts to £30.35 for a Band D council tax payer, compared to £30.65 in 2019-20, when council tax was lower. By comparison, a Band D council tax payer in Marden will pay £92.84 in 2020-21. The average figure across all parish councils in 2019-20 was £67.16.

    Planning Applications -
    Planning applications will be considered remotely by the Parish Council. No planning applications have been received since those reported in the March Newsletter.

    Parish Council Facebook page. The Parish Council now has a Facebook page to complement the Website. Click ‘bodenham parish council’ and press ‘LIKE’. The Website address is http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/.

    Keep up to date with local issues - sign up for the mailing list
    An increasing number of residents are joining the mailing list, through which the Parish Council sends important updates to local residents by email with information about such things as roadworks, weather warnings and local events - and, currently, coronavirus updates from Herefordshire Council and elsewhere. If you would like to join the list, email Chris Smith at bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com. You won’t be deluged with email, your personal details will not be passed on to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time.

    The Parish Website……
    …….. is continually updated. Find the latest coronavirus news there. The Home Page now shows a list of future events in chronological order, as well as the latest notices, addresses to go to, Parish Council Minutes, and much more. Find out there about Bodenham past, present and future, local news and crime prevention alerts. http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/ is the website address. You can also find the Bodenham Newsletter there.


    BODENHAM PARISH COUNCIL 2019-20

    Cllr Helen Batchelor helenjbatchelor1@live.com07821-411236
    Cllr Sharon Collinsharon@saffronscross.co.uk01568-797366
    Cllr Jim Crane (Vice-Chairman)jimcrane1@gmail.com01568-797095
    Cllr Pam James-Moore (Chairman)pamelajamesmoore@btinternet.com 01568-797330
    Cllr Richard Laytondewdales@btconnect.com01568-797251
    Cllr Sue MaxwellSMaxwellSAM@aol.com 01568-797946
    Cllr Tracy Morristracymorris9@btinternet.com 01568-797892
    Cllr Linda Nicholaslin.nicholas@aol.com 01568-797052
    Cllr Kathy Tremainktremain3@gmail.com 01568-797751
    1 vacancy
        
    Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)bodenhampcclerk@gmail.com 01568-797132


    Cllr John Harrington – John.Harrington@herefordshire.gov.uk - is the Herefordshire Councillor for the Hampton Ward.


    Date posted: 19/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    USING PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY DURING LOCK DOWN


    To see the latest advice to landowners and the public about accessing public rights of way and open spaces please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 17/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    VARIOUS OTHER UPDATES & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES


    Council website updates on how Coronavirus is affecting our services, with sections on community and social care, council services and business support, transport and leisure plus links to national guidance.

    Herefordshire Council’s funding and enterprise officers are monitoring closely any funding and grant support which is becoming available to support the vital effort of local communities at this time. Current funding opportunities and business support for community, voluntary sector and statutory projects in Herefordshire. Of particular interest may be the Fastershire
    ’Keep Connected’ grant
    to help adapt and continue to deliver their services remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The grant, worth up to £500 for new software subscriptions, online platforms or technology, is available to any not-for-profit groups or organisations, including charities, community groups and Parish/town councils. Please note that applications for laptops are likely to be refused. If local organisations need advice on funding applications, Elaine Edwards and Dave Tristram can be contacted through projectdevelopment@herefordshire.gov.uk and are prioritising enquiries from those needing support and advice on funding linked to COVID-19.

    WISH Herefordshire is a useful source of information, including local food stores / deliveries and virtual exercises and activities to do at home.

    You can find a leaflet concerning domestic abuse here


    Date posted: 15/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY UPDATE 4 INCLUDING HAND SANITISER


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided another update:


    Hand Sanitiser For Volunteers

    Herefordshire Council will be receiving a stock of hand sanitiser and a limited supply will be made available to distribute to volunteers and community groups.

    If your volunteer group would like to receive some of this hand sanitiser, please can you
    let me know the following information by 10 am tomorrow (Thursday 16th April 2020):

  • Number of hand sanitisers requested
  • For whom, i.e. name of community group
  • Address the hand sanitiser could be delivered to
  • Contact details of a key contact in the community group

  • PLEASE NOTE STOCKS ARE LIMITED AND WE CANNOT GUARANTEE WE WILL BE ABLE TO MEET DEMAND.


    Advice for victims of domestic abuse

    We have been asked to share the attached leaflet which has some information to help those who are suffering from domestic abuse.


    Post Office cash scheme

    Please see information in the article below about another option, through Post Offices, for people to exchange cash without having to leave home.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52229698


    If you need anything else, please let me know.

    All the best,

    Beth


    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 15/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    RIVER WYE AND LUGG NFM PROJECT'S APRIL NEWSLETTER


    The River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project’s Newsletter for April 2020 is now available. To see it please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 15/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 3


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided a further update:

    ”I hope you had a good and hopefully restful Easter weekend.

    I just wanted to share the latest information with you, in case it is of use
    :

    Volunteer reimbursement scheme

    In response to the growing number of vulnerable people who are having difficulty accessing their money to pay for essential shopping, the Central Talk Community Covid-19 response team have created a volunteer reimbursement scheme. The scheme is being run through Halo Leisure and involves directly reimbursing the volunteer for the cost of the shopping using a PayPal account. In time, the vulnerable person who received the shopping would then receive an invoice from Halo Leisure to cover the cost of their shopping. We have been provided with this flow chart which explains how this scheme operates. We have also been told that at the moment, this scheme will only be available for volunteers registered with Talk Community. If you have any queries about this scheme please get in touch.

    To register as a Talk Community Covid-19 response volunteer and thus get access to this scheme, please go to the Council website:
    https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200207/family_support/883/coronavirus/3


    Covid-19 Fraud and scams

    Please see these leaflets containing information and advice about preventing scams about Covid-19.


    Help for farmers

    Herefordshire Rural Hub have sent me information about a Covid-19 volunteer scheme for farmers which is being ran by Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy. The scheme is designed to help provide additional support to farmers who find themselves unable to tend to their own farm because of self-isolation, or because all of their staff have been required to self-isolate. For more information about the scheme, please see this document.


    If you are a farmer requiring assistance during the current crisis you can contact one of the above organisations, or Borderlands Rural Chaplaincy by email at agchap@btinternet.com or phone 07973-361055.

    If you have any queries or need additional support or information please do get in touch.

    All the best,

    Beth

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030
    Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Date posted: 15/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    ONLINE LIBRARY SERVICE PROVING POPULAR


    Thousands of people are enjoying Herefordshire’s online library service, with over 150 new members joining in the past three weeks alone as they look to read and learn new skills during self-isolation and social distancing. To see the press release and to find out more about the resources available, and how to join if you are not already a member, please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 15/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE 2


    Beth Lewis, who with Amanda Eastman, forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided a further update:


    “I just wanted to thank you all for the amazing work you are all doing to help the vulnerable within your community! You are all doing an excellent job and I am very grateful for all your hard work!

    Just wanted to update you on a few things:

    Easter Weekend

    The Talk Community Covid-19 Response team will be continuing the service over the Easter weekend. For the Hampton Ward, I (Beth) will be covering Friday 10th April 2020 and Amanda will be covering Monday 13th April.

    Beth Lewis
    Tel: 07792-880030 Email: bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Amanda Eastman
    Tel: 07792-881899 Email: aeastman@herefordshire.gov.uk


    Covid-19 guidance posters

    I have been made aware of the Public Health England Resource (Campaign) Centre which has useful posters on Covid-19 which are available for anyone to download:
    https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

    As these posters are not particularly printer friendly, the Council has put together this poster which can be circulated around your areas should you wish.


    Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire (WISH) website

    The Talk Community Covid-19 Response central team have informed us that they are trying to centralise information about the Covid-19 response and the support available to Herefordshire communities. This information is being collated on the WISH website:
    https://www.wisherefordshire.org/

    The website contains a lot of information, including information about meal preparation and food delivery services in Herefordshire:
    https://www.wisherefordshire.org/keeping-well-staying-healthy/keeping-yourself-well/coronavirus/coronavirus-additional-information-and-support/

    The team are asking us to feedback any local information about support options available. If you know of any support options that have been missed off the website, please do let me know and I’ll feed it back to the central team.


    Cash flow issues

    The Council are aware that people are beginning to struggle to pay for their shopping, e.g. due to a lack of access to their bank accounts or pensions etc. The Central Team are working on some support options for these people and I will share the details of these schemes as soon as they are finalised.


    Community Transport Resource

    Please see this leaflet about the support that can be provided by the Community Transport Schemes.


    I hope you all have a good Easter weekend and please do get in touch should you require any help,

    All the best,

    Beth

    Date posted: 10/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY COVID-19 HAMPTON WARD UPDATE


    Beth Lewis (Bethany.Lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk), who with Amanda Eastman (aeastman@herefordshire.gov.uk) forms the Talk Community team for Hampton Ward, has provided the following update:

    I hope you are all keeping well. I’ve recently been sent quite a lot of information from our central team regarding the Covid-19 response and the support available, so I thought I’d share it with you in one collective email.

    Payments for food

    The Council is still working on a system to help people who have run out of cash and can’t get to a cash point. I’ll share this information with you asap.

    Asda have set up a volunteer shopping card, which can be purchased online:
    https://cards.asda.com/volunteer?utm_source=asdacom&utm_medium=homepage&utm_term=volunteercard&utm_content=generic&utm_campaign=cards.

    Where possible, the advice is to avoid handling cash.



    Prescriptions

    Where possible try and arrange for the pharmacy to deliver the medication, even if that means asking the individual to contact their GP and ask for the medication to be sent to a different pharmacy that can deliver. Another option is to use the Pharmacy2u service: https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/.


    Volunteer and resident letters

    Two letters have been produced by the Talk Community Central Team.

  • Resident letter – can be sent to residents and contains information about their local support organisations.
  • Volunteer letter – can be given to volunteers to help demonstrate to others, including shops that they are volunteering and helping vulnerable people. If you know a volunteer who would benefit from receiving this letter please get in touch with me.



  • Funding for community organisations – Covid-19

    The two Funding and Enterprise officers in the Council are prioritising funding advice and business support for those voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations helping people and communities in Herefordshire affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

    They can be contacted via the shared email inbox projectdevelopment@herefordshire.gov.uk

    Or you can speak to them by phone
  • Dave Tristram: 01432-260636 or 07792-880573
  • Elaine Edwards: 01432-383030 or 07792-881755

  • They can both cover general enquiries, with Elaine specialising in support to social enterprises and business advice to VCSE organisations and Dave specialising in funding advice.

    There is also a link below to information and funding pages relevant to VCSE orgs at this time in relation to Covid-19 which are being regularly updated.
    https://herefordfundingupdate.wordpress.com/coronavirus-funding/.


    Government guidance on Covid-19 and helping others/ volunteers

    This information was published last week:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely--2/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely


    NHS Letters

  • If individuals believe that they should have received an NHS letter to identify them as shielded, but didn’t, they should contact their GP.

  • Individuals who are shielded should register with https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable


    Incontinence Pad suppliers – Herefordshire

    Please see http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/pdf/noticeboard/Appendix 39 Incontinence Pad Suppliers Across Herefordshire.pdf which contains information about incontinence pad suppliers in Herefordshire.


    Food box and ready meal delivery list

    Please see http://www.bodenhamparish.org.uk/pdf/noticeboard/Food box and ready meal delivery list.pdf which contains information about food box and ready meal delivery services available. If you know of any other suppliers, please do let me know.


    THANK YOU all for all the hard work you have been putting in the past few weeks, you are all doing an amazing job and are making a real difference to the vulnerable people in your communities.

    If you have any questions, or need further guidance, please do get in touch.

    All the best,

    Beth


    Date posted: 08/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    COUNTY PREPARES FOR MORE COVID-19 CASES


    Herefordshire Council, like other local authorities across the country, is preparing for an increase in the number of deaths as a result of COVID-19. A temporary mortuary has been created and the facility will act as a secure, dignified holding point before a respectful cremation or burial can take place.

    To see the press release please visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/976/county_prepares_for_more_covid-19_cases.

    Date posted: 08/04/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FUNDING FOR CHARITIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS ETC


    To see details of the current funding opportunities available for community, voluntary sector and statutory projects in Herefordshire please visit
    https://herefordfundingupdate.wordpress.com/coronavirus-funding/

    Information about the Rural Services Delivery Grant can be found by clicking on the ‘more details’ link below. The deadline for applications for the grant has been extended until the 30 June 2020.


    Date posted: 07/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR HEREFORDSHIRE BUSINESSES


    Herefordshire Council have announced that over £13million in grant funding has been paid to help support local businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak, and a further £2.7million is currently being processed – with a further 320 payments being made today (6 April).

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below


    Date posted: 07/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    RETURN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT NO LONGER NEEDED


    NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Wye Valley Trust and Herefordshire Council are calling on all residents to support their work at this unprecedented time by returning medical equipment that is no longer needed.

    For information on what to do if you have such equipment please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 04/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    BUS TRAVEL UPDATE (FROM 4 APRIL)


    Updated COVID-19 emergency bus timetables are being introduced from today (4 April). For full information please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 04/04/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    TALK COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (UPDATED 2)


    Herefordshire Council have been developing a Talk Community COVID Response where they are sending every household in Herefordshire a letter focussed on the vulnerable people and the support they will need outside of their existing network. You can see copy of the letter here.

    The Council have a central coordination centre with a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people, volunteers and community organisations/leaders to contact them and they will then link them back into the community organisations. There is already some fantastic community responses happening and the Council can support the infrastructure through this response and provide community resilience.

    The Council have now allocated council staff to be deployed in every ward to act as link workers to support communities and the parishes. The ward contacts for Hampton Court Ward, including Bodenham, are:

    Beth Lewis. bethany.lewis@herefordshire.gov.uk or 07792-880030.

    Amanda Eastman. aeastman@herefordshire.gov.uk or 07792-881899.

    There is also a useful information document which provides links to some key information which you can find here

    The central telephone coordination line and online forms are now live and Herefordshire Council will be forwarding the information that they gather about the vulnerable individuals and the volunteers to the link workers every day at 12pm, 4pm and 8pm. They will then work with the community leaders/vorganisations to review the support needed and link in the response.

    The areas of support that are being coordinated are:

  • Shopping
  • Urgent supplies
  • Picking up meds (DBS check needed)
  • Pet walking
  • Calling vulnerable people during this difficult time


  • Important information

    People wishing to volunteer can register and vulnerable people needing support can register on the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help.

    Talk Community Covid Response telephone number: 01432-260027

    Email address talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk

    To see the related Herefordshire Council poster please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 28/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES (2 MARCH 2020)


    The unconfirmed Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on2 March 2020 are now available. They will be considered for approval at the next Parish Council Meeting. To see them please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 25/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    BUSINESS SUPPORT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19


    Herefordshire Council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire. This on-line service offers FREE support services for all local businesses. There are a number of government supported initiatives that can potentially help businesses through this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

    If you are a business wishing to have further information on Covid-19, details of the local support available are on the Marches Growth Hub Website -
    https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/

    Alternatively, if you wish to discuss matters with a member of the Economic Development Team, please contact them on 01432-261758 or 01432-383633 or at business@herefordshire.gov.uk.

    Date posted: 19/03/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    REPORTING DAMAGE TO THE COUNTY'S INFRASTRUCTURE


    Councillor John Harrington, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, is keen that Herefordshire Council have as full an understanding as possible of the damage caused to the County’s infrastructure by last month’s significant flooding.

    In order to make use of all local knowledge, the Council have asked parish councils to help by letting Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP) know of any drainage issues resulting from the flooding which have not already been reported. This is so that, alongside other additional infrastructure works and services required due to the flooding, these can potentially be included as part of the recovery works.

    Local residents are also encouraged to continue to use established reporting methods for any highways defects:

  • Online at https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/report-a-pothole; or

  • Telephone the Council’s customer services on 01432-261800 if it is an EMERGENCY


  • Date posted: 16/03/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    DITCH AND DRAINAGE RESPONSIBILITIES


    The owner of land or property through which a river, stream or watercourse passes is known as a riparian owner. Furthermore, where a watercourse forms a boundary with the owner’s property it is likely that, as the adjacent landowner, they have riparian responsibilities up to the centre line of the watercourse (unless compelling evidence, such as property deeds, suggests otherwise).

    Given that riparian owners have a really important part to play in Herefordshire, all residents, businesses and landowners are encouraged to consider the information leaflet on ditch and drainage responsibilities at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/ditches-and-drainage-guidance so that they can ensure they are aware of their responsibilities as riparian owners.

    Date posted: 16/03/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    MORE GUIDANCE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY FLOODING


    To see a copy of the letter which Herefordshire Council are sending to residents who have been affected by the recent floods and which the Council have said can be shared more widely please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Date posted: 13/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    B4224 SEVERELY DAMAGED BY STORM DENNIS


    The B4224 road, from Fiddler’s Green to Fownhope, was severely damaged by Storm Dennis. It was dealt a double blow by the storm, which caused a 6.5 metre wide landslip and a separate partial collapse of a 100-metre long retaining wall.

    To see the press release which contains photographs, together with details of the repairs required and their likely timescale, please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 13/03/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    UPDATE ON THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)


    Herefordshire Council and its partners are well prepared to deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There are tried and tested procedures to prevent further spread and the NHS is very well prepared and used to managing infections.

    For the most suitable sources of information please visit the Herefordshire Council website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus. The website has links to a variety of guidance documents which you may find useful. You are advised not to print or download guidance, but to use the links provided, since these will be updated as required based on new information.

    Remember to:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially before cooking and eating; after using the toilet and using public transport. You can see and, if you wish, download and print three official posters here.
  • ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’: If you sneeze or cough remember to catch it with a tissue; bin it and kill it by washing your hands, or by using a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water isn’t available.
  • Follow Public Health England’s (PHE’s) returning traveller advice: There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. If you have returned from travelling outside of the UK within the last 14 days please check and follow the PHE specific advice for returning travellers.
  • Include the ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’ logo here to your email signature to remind people to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene.
  • Stay up to date and avoid misinformation by visiting the following web pages, which provide the latest, reputable sources of information about this coronavirus:

  • Health advice about coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
    Latest information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.
    Frequently asked Questions: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/.



    Date posted: 12/03/2020

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    Public Health England Notice
    ADVICE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)


    Public Health England (PHE) have released a poster about the coronavirus (COVID-19), which provides advice about how the general public can help protect themselves and others by practising good respiratory and hand hygiene and where they can find further information. To see this please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    Please note that this is an evolving situation, so public advice and posters may change. If this happens, updated versions will be issued.

    Date posted: 19/02/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    INFORMATION ABOUT VE AND VJ DAY COMMEMORATIONS


    HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire and the Chairman of Herefordshire Council have issued a joint letter announcing the County’s programme of events to commemorate the end of the Second World War and listing events already being planned. To see this please click on the ‘more details’ below.

    You can also find information about how to share details of any street party or other local event you may want to organise by going to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/v75

    In addition, you might be interested in the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise by the nation that those who serve, or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, will be treated fairly at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200139/community/282/supporting_our_armed_forces_community.


    Date posted: 18/02/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    APPROVAL OF THE 'COUNTY PLAN 2020/21' AND BUDGET


    Herefordshire’s Full Council has approved the ‘County Plan 2020-2024’ and associated 2020/21 budget, Capital Programme, Medium Term Financial Strategy and Treasury Management Plan. An increase to Herefordshire Council Tax rates was also approved at 3.9% in order to achieve a balanced budget.

    To see the press release which contains further details please go to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/940/full_council_approves_budget_and_four-year_county_plan.


    Date posted: 18/02/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    FINANCIAL AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR FLOOD VICTIMS


    Herefordshire Council have published details of the grants available for householders and business owners who have suffered from the recent flooding, as well as guidance on what to do after flooding where, for example, properties have to be cleaned, sandbags have to be disposed of, or health has been affected.

    For the details please go to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/345/flooding/3


    Date posted: 18/02/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    OFFICIAL UPDATE ON HEREFORDSHIRE FLOODING RESPONSE


    Herefordshire Council’s latest official update on its response to the present flooding was issued at 1.13pm on 17 February 2020 and is below.

    Public advised not to put themselves at unnecessary risk

    Herefordshire continues to experience significant and widespread flooding from rising river levels and deep surface flooding. There is currently a severe flood warning, meaning danger to life, for the River Wye at Blackmarston. Residents have been evacuated from the Hinton and Putson areas of Hereford city and we expect river levels to remain high over the next couple of days. We are closely monitoring the situation.

    There is potential risk of further and significant flooding over the next few days in Greyfriars and Hampton Bishop in Herefordshire. The River Wye at Ross-on-Wye is expected to peak tomorrow (Tuesday 18 February) with risk of further flooding at Ross and at Symonds Yat. Residents in these areas are advised to activate any property flood protection products they may have, such as flood barriers and air brick covers and have a bag ready with vital items like medicines and insurance documents.

    All partners are working together to keep people safe and plans have been put in place for the coming days. Emergency response partners including Herefordshire Council, West Mercia Police, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Environment Agency and health partners are working to support residents and protect the most vulnerable. We are concentrating our efforts to ensure vulnerable residents are evacuated where needed and rest centres are being set up for any residents that need to be evacuated at:

    • Holmer Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford
    • thePoint4, Venns Lane, Hereford
    • Leominster Leisure Centre, Coningsby Road, Leominster
    • Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye

    Further rest centres will be made available as required.

    The multi-agency lead, Superintendent Sue Thomas said:

    “The safety of residents is our priority. The river levels are unprecedented and we are doing everything we can to keep people safe- but we need the public to help the emergency services. Please do not put yourself at unnecessary risk - avoid any unnecessary travel and do not enter flood water. Also, please check on your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.”

    Leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor David Hitchiner said:

    “We are grateful to our local community for stepping up at this time of need, offering help and support to residents and our emergency response teams, including council officers- who have been working day and night. Herefordshire has never seen flooding like it and together with partners, we are doing all we can to ensure residents are safe. Thanks also to the local community groups who are opening their doors to residents who need localised shelter and support. Please keep checking the Herefordshire Council website for the latest information.”

    Please do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Many roads are closed and impassable so please respect any road closures and diversions as they are in place to keep you safe. Please do not venture close to swollen rivers or floodwater and follow official flood advice.

    Herefordshire Council is co-ordinating all official information such as road closures, live updates and messages from partner agencies. Follow @HfdsCouncil on Facebook and Twitter or https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/.

    Please do not enter flood water or put yourself at unnecessary risk. If your home has been flooded and there is no threat to life, dial 01432 260000. If you are in danger, always call 999.

    Ends

    Herefordshire Council Communications Team

    communications@herefordshire.gov.uk 01432 383627


    Date posted: 17/02/2020

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    PROPOSED BUDGET AND COUNCIL TAX FOR 2020-21


    Herefordshire Council’s Cabinet has agreed the proposed 2020/21 budget which will now be put forward for recommendation to Full Council on 14 February 2020.

    To see the press release please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 31/01/2020
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER FLOODING - A REMINDER


    Herefordshire Council appreciates what a difficult time this has been for people recently and has launched hardship schemes to residents and businesses whose homes or businesses have been flooded. This includes a Community Flood Recovery Grant worth £500 to each affected household. In order to qualify for the assistance, flood water must have entered the habitable areas of their property, or the residence has been considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding.

    Alongside this is a Business Flood Recovery Grant, which will provide up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized business. To qualify, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have directly impacted or have directly suffered a loss of trade as a result of the flooding that cannot be recovered from insurance.

    The application process has now opened and you can apply online at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.

    In addition, 100% Council Tax discount is available for 3 months for primary residence where, as a result of the relevant weather event:

  • Flood water entered into the habitable areas; OR
  • Flood water did not enter into the habitable areas, but the local authority regards that the residence was otherwise considered unliveable for any period of time, for example:

  • where access to the property is severely restricted (e.g. upper floor flats with no access);
  • key services such as sewerage, draining, and electricity are severely affected;
  • the adverse weather has resulted in other significant damage to the property such that it would be, or would have been, advisable for residents to vacate the premises for any period of time.

  • Furthermore, 100% business rate discount for 3 months (up to state aid de minimis levels) is available for primary residence in the following circumstances:

  • The hereditament was directly impacted by the relevant weather event - for instance flood damage to the property, equipment, and/or stock; or; the business could not function due to lack of access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of the relevant weather event, and no alternatives were available; AND
  • On that day business activity undertaken at the hereditament was adversely affected as a result; AND
  • On that day the rateable value of the hereditament was less than £10 million.


  • If the above criteria are satisfied, you can email counciltax@herefordshire.gov.uk or businessrates@herefordshire.gov.uk who will arrange for a visiting officer to attend the property to verify the situation.

    Herefordshire Council are aware that not everyone who suffered from flooding contacted the emergency services or the Council for help and so would like to encourage anybody who has been affected by flooding to get in touch and report any issues online at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.


    Date posted: 18/12/2019

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HAVE YOU BEEN AFFECTED BY FLOODING?


    Over recent weeks a number of communities have been affected after heavy rainfall resulted in high river levels and significant surface flooding across the County, causing road closures, flooded properties, stranded people and abandoned vehicles.

    Herefordshire Council are calling for people whose properties or businesses have been affected by flooding to be aware of the support that is available. For example, council tax reduction and Business rate reduction is available for properties affected by the recent floods and drop-in sessions are also being held where you can get in touch with the Council.

    To find out the details, please go to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/910/have_you_been_affected_by_flooding.


    Date posted: 04/12/2019

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    DEVELOPMENT IN THE RIVER LUGG CATCHMENT AREA



    Herefordshire Council have prepared a note setting out advice to developers about the issue of phosphate levels in the River Lugg Special Area of Conservation (SAC) catchment. It provides some background to the issue and how a recent Court of Justice of the European Union judgement, commonly known as the Dutch judgement, has impacted upon the Council’s ability to grant planning permission for development within the catchment.

    To see the note and a map of the catchment affected by this advice please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 26/11/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    BE AMAZING - BE A FOSTER CARER


    Do you want to make a difference? Be a foster carer and begin your incredible journey today.
    We need more Herefordshire foster carers so our children can be placed with families that best reflect their background and culture and, wherever possible, are near to their own families, schools and communities.

    Fostering can be for long or short periods of time, but sometimes just for a weekend or an overnight emergency. It can often be what gives children the start in life they deserve and a safe home where they are loved, can learn to be a child again and grow into the young person they want to be.

    You might want to:

  • Provide short breaks for children with disabilities
  • Support a young adult and teach them life skills such as cooking, laundry and budgeting
  • Be a therapeutic foster carer and work with children who have complex behaviours and challenges
  • Offer a home to an unaccompanied asylum seeking child
  • Provide a forever home that some children need

  • You can be a foster carer, if:

  • You must be over the age of 21 - there is no upper age limit, as long as you lead a healthy lifestyle you may apply
  • You don't need any qualifications to become a foster carer - your life experience with children and young people is equally as important
  • You can apply if you are single, married or living with a partner of either gender

  • We'll provide:

  • Full local training and support
  • An excellent financial package
  • Your own dedicated social worker
  • 24 hour support and respite breaks
  • A rewarding career!

  • For more information call us 01432 -383240 or visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/fostering.


    Date posted: 20/11/2019

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ROAD SAFETY IN BODENHAM MOOR


    Everyone who uses the C1125 through Bodenham Moor will be aware that there is a particularly hazardous section where the road narrows between the Post Office and Baches. Worryingly, with increased traffic using the road, a number of ‘near misses’ have been reported in the last few months.

    This is partly because the lack of a pavement places pedestrians at risk, partly because there is poor visibility for drivers in both directions along this stretch, partly because this is made worse by customers parking outside and opposite the Post Office and Hair Affair, and partly because too many drivers using the road are, quite simply, driving too fast.

    Over the past few years the Parish Council has tried to improve matters by pursuing various measures, such as the installation of a chicane to slow traffic and/ or a pavement to protect pedestrians However, visibility is too poor to allow the former and the road is too narrow to permit the latter. Additional road markings and ‘road narrows’ signs have also been proposed to Herefordshire Council without success. Nevertheless, an important contribution has been made by Baches to tackle the problem of inconsiderate parking; they have offered free and unrestricted parking in their car park and
    all Post Office and Hair Affair customers are asked to use this facility and NOT to park on either side of the roadway unless absolutely unavoidable.

    As already suggested, however, the basic problem here – as elsewhere in the Parish - is speeding and to tackle this the Parish Council has for the past nine years regularly deployed its speed indicator device (SID) opposite ‘Wynmoor’ (about 130 metres North of the Post Office). This monitors traffic either heading South from the Village Green into the road narrows, or leaving the narrows and going North towards the Green. The SID is designed simply to ‘educate’ passing drivers by showing them their speed and, when that is above the 30mph speed limit, encouraging them to slow down.

    The data recorded by the SID has always been reported to the Parish Council, but has never before been published more widely. It does, however, illustrate the extent of the speeding problem at the Post Office, as elsewhere in Bodenham, and the data from the two most recent deployments opposite ‘Wynmoor’ can serve as examples:

    a. 12 –21 July 2019 – Vehicles Travelling South from the Village Green towards the Post Office

      Exceeded the speed limit45.5%
      Exceeded 35mph16.4%
      50% were travelling at or above30 mph
      25% were travelling at or above33 mph
      15% were travelling at or above36 mph


    b. 5 – 15 September 2019– Vehicles Travelling North towards the Village Green after passing the Post Office

      Exceeded the speed limit49.4%
      Exceeded 35mph18.2%
      50% were travelling at or above30 mph
      25% were travelling at or above34 mph
      15% were travelling at or above36 mph


    These are absolutely typical figures for this SID location. For nearly 50% of drivers to be exceeding the speed limit is unacceptable in any circumstances, and especially so on such a dangerous stretch of road. Furthermore, although many may be using the C1125 to get between the A417, Sutton and beyond, it is obvious that an even higher proportion are likely to be local residents and that the problem cannot simply be blamed on ‘through traffic’.
    Whenever you drive on the C1125 within Bodenham Moor – or indeed anywhere on the Parish’s 30mph limited roads - please observe the speed restriction at all times and don’t wait for the SID to tell you to slow down.

    Date posted: 29/09/2019

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    THE HEREFORDSHIRE LOCAL ACCESS FORUM


    Did you know that there are more miles of Public Rights of Way (2,113m) across Herefordshire than there are miles of road (2,020m)? This includes long distance promoted routes, loop walks and self-guided trails.

    The Herefordshire Local Access Forum (HLAF) is a statutory advisory body that helps Herefordshire Council in this task. The Forum provides views and advice to the Council and other organisations, such as Government departments, Natural England, Forestry Commission, English Heritage and Sport England.

    The Forum is currently looking for Herefordshire residents, or others with a strong interest in using rights of way or views on how access to the countryside should be managed, to become new members.

    The Forum meets twice a year, with training and development sessions in between each meeting, and members volunteer to serve for a three-year term. While the post is unpaid, reasonable expenses incurred while carrying out duties are reimbursed.

    If you are interested in helping shape rights of way in the future, call 01432-261800 to arrange a chat with the Public Rights of Way Team Leader.


    To see the Herefordshire Council press release please click here.

    For further information visit the HLAF website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200242/public_rights_of_way/681/herefordshire_local_access_forum.


    Date posted: 30/08/2019

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    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice
    EMERGENCY CLOSURE OF BODENHAM FOOT BRIDGE


    Balfour Beatty have notified that, following an inspection by their Bridge Team, an emergency closure has been placed on the footpath bridge behind (i.e. South of) Bodenham Church and before the foot bridge over the River Lugg. This is because cracks in the base of the bridge and areas of concrete that have collapsed from its underside have made the bridge unsafe.

    Notices will also be placed on the adjoining footpaths (BM5, BM6, BM7 and BM14) to alert users and it has been tweeted on Hereford Highways Twitter feed.

    Balfour Beatty have not yet announced for how long the closure will be in effect.

    To see the images issued by Balfour Beatty please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 23/08/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Environment Agency Notice
    ABSTRACTION OF WATER - NEW LEGISLATION


    The Environment Agency have notified that the Law is changing for people who abstract water. Previously exempt water users may now have to apply for a licence.

    Changes to abstraction licensing means that if you abstract more than 20 metres3 per day, you now need a licence. If you are a collection of houses on one borehole supply, or a farm or business that takes water from watercourses (rivers, streams, springs) or pumps from the ground, you need a licence.

    The new rules will better protect the environment by helping to balance the needs of water users, whilst also protecting water supplies and the plants and animals that rely on them.

    To see an Environment Agency newsletter providing the latest update on new rules on water use and abstraction licensing, please click on the ‘more details’ link below. As mentioned in the newsletter the Environment Agency now have an online information page about this, which they will keep updated on a regular basis. The link to this page is https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/environment-and-business/removing-previously-exempt-abstraction-activities/.

    To help promote this information the Environment Agency have also published a poster, which you can find here.

    If you would like to discuss any aspect of this further, the Environment Agency ask you to please call 03708 506 506 and ask for the ‘New Authorisations hotline’, or email enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk stating ‘New Authorisations’ in the email subject to find out more.


    Date posted: 17/08/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HEREFORD BYPASS & SOUTHERN LINK ROAD DECISION


    The decision has been published today (subject to call-in)

    THAT:

    a) all work on the Southern Link Road be paused, a review of the project to determine next steps be undertaken, and work on the South Wye Transport Package active travel measures be continued;

    b) all work on the Hereford by-pass be paused, a review of the project to determine next steps be undertaken, and work on the Hereford Transport Package active travel measures be continued; and

    c) the acting director for economy and place be authorised to take all operational decisions necessary to scope the review work for both road schemes within a budget of £50k (Southern Link Road) and £70k (Hereford By-pass) to inform a further decision in this calendar year.

    Details about the decision can be found on the council website at:
    http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/mgDelegatedDecisions.aspx?bcr=1

    To see a copy of the letter that has been posted/ emailed today to people who have shown an interest in the road schemes please click on the ‘more details’ link below.


    Date posted: 09/08/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    WAR MEMORIAL AWARDED LISTED BUILDING STATUS


    Historic England have just notified the Parish Council that, following consultation with the Council and the relevant statutory bodies, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has decided to add Bodenham War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

    The Memorial is now listed at Grade II and the listing can be found on the Historic England website at https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1462186

    Herefordshire Council, as the local planning authority, will now be preparing the statutory notices required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

    In its response to the Consultation, the Parish Council provided Historic England with photographs of the War Memorial, of the Order of Service for the Dedication of the Memorial on 19 March 1921 and of the Service itself. In particular, they reported to Historic England the tradition that the famous Armistice hymn ‘O Valiant Hearts’, written by Sir John Stanhope Arkwright, was sung to its famous tune for only the second time at the Dedication Service. Historic England have noted this, but, because the tradition is not supported by any source evidence, could not include it in the List Entry. However, if the necessary evidence can be found, it may be submitted to be included in the List Entry at a later date.



    Date posted: 09/06/2019

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    TRAFFIC HAZARD IN BODENHAM MOOR


    Parking outside and opposite the Post Office and Hair Affair in Bodenham Moor is becoming a traffic hazard with increased traffic along the C1125 Hereford road. Worryingly, a number of ‘near misses’ have been reported in the last few months.

    Baches have offered free and unrestricted parking in their car park for Post Office and Hair Affair customers.
    Please use this facility and do not park on the roadway on either side of the road unless absolutely unavoidable.

    Date posted: 19/05/2019

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT NEWSLETTER


    The Herefordshire River Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project is one of 26 catchment scale projects funded by the recent £15m DEFRA allocation for NFM projects in England

    Within Herefordshire the Project is working with landowners and communities in seven catchment areas, of which Bodenham is one. The aim is to design ways in which the community can work together to reduce flood risk, while also delivering wider benefits such as improvements to water quality and enhanced biodiversity.

    If you would like to see a copy of the first issue of a regular newsletter designed to keep communities up to date with the Project’s progress and to share opportunities to get involved, please click on the ‘more details’ link below

    Date posted: 08/04/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HEREFORDSHIRE NOW (MARCH EDITION)


    The March edition of Herefordshire Now, Herefordshire Council’s quarterly publication to share news and information about council services with residents, is now available.

    It features articles on the LEGO Brick History Exhibition at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, support for parents, developments to encourage economic growth, the Council's joint campaign with Wye Valley NHS Trust to encourage the return of medical equipment and the success of a recent council takeover day involving local young people. The centre pages of the issue provide a guide to Council Tax.

    To read and/or download a copy please go to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/herefordshirenow.


    Date posted: 03/03/2019

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    THE NATURAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT PROJECT


    The following description of the Natural Flood Management (NFM) Project is taken from Herefordshire Council’s recent letter to the Parish Council:

    The Herefordshire Wye and Lugg Natural Flood Management (NFM) project is one of 24 catchment scale projects funded by the recent £15m DEFRA allocation for NFM projects in England (funding secured until 31 March 2021). It is one of four catchment scale projects in the Environment Agency West Midlands area together with three community scale NFM projects. The project has four main objectives:

  • Reduce flood risk to local communities;

  • Gather evidence and develop our knowledge around NFM where there are currently gaps;

  • Engage communities around NFM and develop partnerships; and

  • Deliver wider benefits, e.g. water quality, enhanced biodiversity, socio economic benefits.


  • The Project’s initial focus will be around bringing NFM into key Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) schemes, as well as working in seven priority sub-catchments which experience both local flooding and water quality issues:

  • Cheaton / Cogwell / Ridgemoor Brook system (above Leominster and Frome);

  • Tedstone Brook (above Bromyard);

  • Dulas Brook (above Ewyas Harold);

  • Pentaloe Brook (above Mordiford);

  • The Red, Norton and Twyford Brook system (above Rotherwas, Hereford);

  • The Bodenham and Millcroft Brooks (above Bodenham); and

  • Brimfield Brook (above Brimfield and Orleton).


  • Herefordshire Council are the lead organisation for the Project, working in partnership with the Environment Agency and other key delivery partners, including but not limited to, Severn Rivers Trust and the Wye and Usk Foundation to ensure the Project is delivered successfully. Mrs Bethany Lewis has been employed by Herefordshire Council as the Project Officer and is therefore the main point of contact for this Project. To help local delivery, Severn Rivers Trust and the Wye and Usk Foundation will be employing Catchment Advisors who will be engaging with landowners and advising them as to how they can use natural processes.

    NFM is based around the principle of working with natural processes to help slow down the flow of water, aiming to hold the water back in the upper reaches of the catchment to help reduce the risk of flooding to downstream communities. NFM can involve a variety of things including; working with farmers to help improve their land management practices with the aim of increasing soil infiltration, installing attenuation features (e.g. ponds and wetlands), and building leaky woody structures which help slow the flow of water down the channel. The two videos below help demonstrate this idea.

    http://www.highwaterfilm.co.uk/

    http://www.highwaterfilm.co.uk/library/

    It is really important to get communities involved with the Project and it is therefore planned to set up NFM Community Groups within the catchments who will draw on their local knowledge to help guide the Project. The NFM Community Group would be made up of local resident and key delivery organisations, e.g. Herefordshire Council, Flood Action Group, Catchment Advisors, Environment Agency and key landowners.

    As part of the Defra funding requirement the Project must also gather evidence on the benefits and impacts of NFM. A monitoring plan is therefore being produced for the Project which includes things like river flow and level monitoring and soil monitoring. It is also hoped to set up some citizen science projects which will rely on volunteers, e.g. fixed point photography monitoring of watercourses responses to flooding or wildlife and habitat studies. The details of these monitoring plans are still being finalised, however it would be great to draw on local knowledge and interests to set up these citizen science projects.

    In order to inform the communities about the Project and encourage community engagement ‘project launch’ events will be organised in each of the catchments. The project launch event for the Bodenham & Millcroft brooks catchment was held on the evening of Wednesday, 23th January 2019 at the Siward James Centre Bodenham, HR1 3LS and was attended by about 35 local residents.

    To see the poster and a map of the twin catchment areas of the Millcroft and Moor Brooks, which are the focus for the Bodenham part of the overall NFM Project, please click on the ‘more details’ link below.

    You can also see Herefordshire Council’s press release by going to https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/717/natural_flood_management_project_heads_to_bodenham.


    Date posted: 12/01/2019
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice
    INFORMATION ABOUT GRITTING AND ROADWORKS


    Balfour Beatty have published the following links should you require information about gritting or roadworks.

    For gritting route information, this can be found at
    https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/232/winter_gritting_routes/2

    For roadworks enquiries, a map of roadworks can be found at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/234/roadworks?utm_source=Newsquest_www.herefordtimes.com&utm_medium=MPU&utm_campaign=HH4106010.

    Date posted: 19/12/2018

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL'S ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT


    To see Herefordshire Council's Annual Performance Report for 2017-18 please click on the 'more details' link below.

    Date posted: 17/10/2018
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    RESULT OF THE REFERENDUM ON THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN


    I attach a copy of the official ‘Declaration of Result of Poll’ giving the outcome of yesterday’s Referendum on the Bodenham Neighbourhood Development Plan. To see it please click on the 'more details' link below.

    I should like to express my most sincere thanks to all those of you who contributed so much, in so many ways and (in some cases) over such a long period of time to our achieving this excellent result.

    Tony Mitcheson


    Date posted: 13/07/2018
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Balfour Beatty Living Places Notice
    ROAD GRITTING IN BAD WEATHER


    Following the recent bad weather Balfour Beatty Living Places have circulated the following letter about the gritting of roads in the County:

    “Following the recent extreme weather it has come to our attention that there are several rumours circulating regarding gritting routes, responsibilities/ liabilities and use of grit from grit bins.

    Herefordshire Council has identified priority and secondary routes across the county covering almost 600 miles of our roads. These can be found at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/232/winter_gritting_routes/2.

    We monitor the weather forecast constantly and where road temperatures are forecast to be below freezing we grit to ensure maximum efficacy and prevent ice forming on the roads wherever possible, having to prioritise key routes before we are able to service secondary routes. Obviously we have to take into account the likelihood of rain and snow in assessing the frequency of gritting and the level of grit applied. In addition to this, we also use snow contractors around the County, usually local farmers with access to tractors with ploughs attached to clear the more rural roads during heavy snowfall.

    Given the extreme nature of the weather, we have had to use all available resource to concentrate on the A roads and other priority routes. We understand the frustrations that we are unable to grit all roads. but we work to ensure the safety of the general public and so we have to prioritise where our resources will be most effective.

    With regards to salt provided in grit bins, this can be spread by anyone who is able and does not have to be a Balfour Beatty employee. However, the grit provided in the grit bins is for use only on public roads and footways and not for use on private driveways. Spreading this grit does not mean that the person undertaking the spreading is liable if anyone then has an accident, neither does clearing the path outside your property.

    If you have any queries regarding the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

    Kind regards,

    Carys

    Carys Bate
    Locality Liaison Co-ordinator

    Balfour Beatty | Services | Living Places
    T: 01432 261800”

    Date posted: 14/12/2017

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    REVISED CODE OF CONDUCT


    Herefordshire Council recently revised its Code of Conduct for Councillors and in order to conform with this the Parish Council has revised its own Code accordingly. It adopted this at its Meeting on 3 July 2017.

    To see/ download the revised Code of Conduct please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 03/07/2017
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ANNUAL REPORTS BY CLUBS AND SOCIETIES (MAY 2017)


    The following Reports were received at the Annual Parish Meeting on 8 May 2017:

    Chairman, Bodenham Parish Council
    Bodenham Leisure Club
    Bodenham Christian Fellowship
    Bodenham Community Charity
    Bodenham Flood Protection Group
    Bodenham Women’s Group
    St Michael and All Angels’ Church
    Bodenham Ramblers
    Bodenham Bowling Club.

    To see them please click on the link below.

    Date posted: 28/05/2017
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Herefordshire Council Notice
    CONFIRMATION OF LADYWELL LANE AS A PROW


    Herefordshire Council have confirmed that Ladywell Lane is to be recorded as a public footpath. To see the details and map please click on the link below.

    The BM number is not yet known, but has been requested.

    Date posted: 28/10/2016
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    ANNUAL REPORTS TO THE PARISH MEETING (9 MAY 2016)


    It is customary for the Chairman of the Parish Council to present a report on the Council’s work over the past year to the Annual Parish Meeting held on the second Monday of each May. At the same Meeting local clubs, societies and other groups in the Parish also present reports on their own activities over the same period.

    The Reports presented on Monday, 9 May 2016 can be read and/or downloaded by clicking on the link below. They were from:

  • Chairman, Bodenham Parish Council~~~~~~~Page 1

  • Bodenham Christian Fellowship~~~~~~~~~~ Page 2

  • The Bodenham Community Charity~~~~~~~~Page 5

  • Bodenham Flood Protection Group~~~~~~~~~ Page 6

  • Bodenham Leisure Club~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 13

  • Bodenham Ramblers~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 14

  • St Michael & All Angels' Church, Bodenham~~~~ Page 15

  • Bodenham Tennis Club~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 16

  • Bodenham Womens' Group~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Page 17



  • Date posted: 10/05/2016
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Notice
    CHECK YOUR HOME IS FIRE SAFE!


    Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service provide advice to everyone and for the more vulnerable such as the elderly, people living alone and those with reduced mobility the Service offers a free of charge fire safety check in the home.

    As its name suggests, a Home Fire Safety Check involves representatives from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service calling by at your home to offer safety advice specific to your household and personal circumstances.

    During the visit, they will check your smoke alarms and install new ones if needed. They will ensure that you are doing all that you can to avoid the risk of a fire in your home and will also help you work out an escape plan in the event of fire.

    We would urge anyone who might be vulnerable themselves or knows an elderly family member, friend or neighbour who lives on their own or has reduced mobility who might benefit from a visit, to get in touch using the number below and request one on their behalf.

    To see if you qualify for a FREE Home Fire Safety Check contact the Community Risk team on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference PN14.

    Note that those doing the Homes Fire Safety Checks will always make an appointment in advance of their visit, and will always carry identification which they will be very happy to show you.

    Date posted: 05/12/2015

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    NEW PARISH COUNCIL STANDING ORDERS


    At its Meeting on Monday, 3rd December 2012 the Parish Council adopted new Standing Orders, a copy of which can be seen and/or downloaded by clicking on the link below.

    Date posted: 09/12/2012
    Link: Click here for more details

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    PARISH COUNCIL CODE OF CONDUCT


    Chapter 7 of Part 1 of the Localism Act 2011 made provision for a new standards regime which came into force on 1 July 2012. This places on authorities, such as district and parish councils, a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by their members and co-opted members and requires them each to adopt a code of conduct and to put in place arrangements to deal with any allegations of failure to comply with that code.

    Herefordshire Council has revised its Code of Conduct to comply with the new legislation and has encouraged parish councils to base their own codes of conduct on this. This is because any complaint about an alleged infringement of a parish council code of conduct is dealt with by Herefordshire Council, and not by the parish council concerned, and so, by having similar codes in force across the County, the handling of complaints is made quicker and simpler.

    Accordingly, at its Meeting on 6 August 2012 Bodenham Parish Council adopted a new Code of Conduct, closely based on that of Herefordshire Council, which you can see by clicking on the link below.

    Details of the new complaints procedure can also be found at
    http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/council_gov_democracy/36346.asp

    Date posted: 25/08/2012
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: fork.lightning@gmail.com

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    Bodenham Parish Council Notice
    REGISTER OF PARISH COUNCILLORS' INTERESTS


    Section 30 of the Localism Act 2011 provides that a member or co-opted member of a relevant authority, such as a Parish Council, must notify any disclosable pecuniary interests to the authority’s monitoring officer, in Bodenham’s case the Monitoring Officer of Herefordshire Council. This part of the new standards regime came into force on 1 July 2012.

    Disclosable Pecuniary Interests are defined in the Schedule to The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012 as being pecuniary interests covering:

  • employment, office, trade, profession or vocation;

  • sponsorship;

  • contracts with the relevant authority;

  • land;

  • licences to occupy land;

  • corporate tenancies;

  • beneficial interests in securities.


  • In addition to their own interests, members are required to declare the interests of their spouse or civil partner, of any person with whom they are living as husband and wife, or of any person with whom they are living as if they were civil partners.

    Each member’s declaration of interests is available for public inspection and those for the members of Bodenham Parish Council are recorded in Herefordshire Council’s Register of Members’ Disclosable Interests. You can find this on the Council’s website at
    http://herefordshire2.moderngov.co.uk/mgParishCouncilDetails.aspx?ID=661&LS=3
    or by clicking on the link below.

    Date posted: 25/08/2012
    Link: Click here for more details
    Contact Name: Dr Chris Smith (Parish Clerk)
    Contact Tel: 01568-797132
    Email Address: fork.lightning@gmail.com

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