King St Hereford on a wet February afternoon
Sunrise over Widemarsh Common Hereford.
Asda Walk-In Centre under threat of closure yet again! Please sign our petition to try and keep it open.
River Wye in Hereford this evening.
A local rogue trader has been sentenced to four years imprisonment, in a case taken by Herefordshire Council’s environmental health and trading standards service.
Robert Christopher Hughes aged 25, was sentenced yesterday (2 February) at Worcester Crown Court on nine counts of rogue trading in the course of his roofing business, including fraud against five victims.
Mr Hughes, trading under a false address in Pershore as R Hughes Roofing, placed large advertisements in local publications offering fake 50% discounts for roofing work, whilst falsely claiming to have a ‘TrustMark accreditation’.
The court heard that his advertisements attracted numerous requests for him to fix simple problems, such as leaking gutters. However, once at a property he would falsely claim there were other serious problems which needed urgent attention, such as deteriorated roofing felt which needed to be replaced when it rarely, if ever, needs replacing. He would then charge up to four times the going rate for this unnecessary work.
The court heard that Mr Hughes would always start the proposed urgent repairs immediately, failing to give homeowners the legal 14 day cooling off period or time to obtain a second opinion and quote. The majority of his victims were vulnerable and elderly and the court held this as an aggravating factor in the offences. One 78 year old victim, for example, paid £36,000 for wholly unnecessary roof repairs, which left their roof in a far worse state than before.
Herefordshire Council’s trading standards team requested that Mr Hughes compensated his victims accordingly, but he claimed to have little or no money, so chose not to. The court heard that over a two year period, every time a customer paid him, usually via a money transfer, he would immediately withdraw the money in cash. Trading standards alleged that within this period, Mr Hughes withdrew £300,000 in cash, which is still unaccounted for.
Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council’s head of development management and regulation, said: “The council has a zero tolerance policy on rogue trading and our trading standards team will work with police colleagues to crack down on anyone preying on vulnerable residents. This case clearly demonstrates that the courts also take rogue trading very seriously and this sentence should act as a significant deterrent to others who exploit vulnerable residents”.
The council’s trading standards team advise never to deal with cold callers on the telephone, via e-mail or at the door. Rogue trading involves charging excessive prices for unnecessary and often poor quality work and, as this case demonstrates, is not always restricted to cold calling. A number of rogue traders will use flyers and conventional advertising, so members of the public need to be aware when looking for work to be completed. It is also often the case that a rogue trader will attempt to propose extra work, once a small job has been agreed or completed, particularly for roofing.
Herefordshire Council operates a trader register of local businesses, which can help identify reliable trade companies at http://www.traderregister.org.uk/herefordshire. Residents can also request a ‘no cold caller’ poster for windows and doors, by contacting the council’s environmental health and trading standards service on 01432 261671 or email@example.com.
Hereford Housing have submitted a planning application to build 77 apartments on the site of the former council offices in Bath Street Hereford.
Re-development of former council offices at Bath Street, Hereford including change of use from B1 - Business to C3 - Dwellinghouses to provide a total of 77No. apartments (comprising 1 & 2 bed apartments). Re-development includes partial demolition of existing buildings (as indicated on submitted drawings), conversion of remaining elements, extensions to existing and also new build to provide residential accommodation and associated landscaping, drainage, parking and ancillary buildings.
Herefordshire Housing wants to build the one and two bed apartments- 49 would be available for private rent and 28 would be social rent.
Personally, I think this is a great idea and I hope the bods at the planning office see sense and approve this development.
Full details and application can be found here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/development-control/planning-applications/details?id=164024&search=bath%20street%20hereford
We ran an article on the demise of the Moorfields back in 2015.
Plans have now been submitted to convert the Moorfields into 2 semi detached houses.
This is a lovely idea from Jim Kenyon
Hereford Cathedral from the riverbank
Our Mayor Jim Kenyon and Cllr Laura Jayne Hall have travelled to Poland this week with several other people to explore possibly twinning Jaworzno in Poland with Hereford.
We have a thriving Polish community in Hereford and personally I think this is a great idea and we should embrace it.
Jim Kenyon Quote
Just embarking with a team on a "self funded" trip to jaworzno in Poland which I hope will be the first of many we are looking at the potential of Hereford twinning with that city we have a fantastic polish community in our city time to build stronger links culturally and socially I'll keep you guys posted over the next few days!
I will have a full update from Jim when they return to the UK
A piece of fabric described as the Holy Grail of fashion history will become one of the star attractions at Hampton Court Palace after it was identified as the only surviving piece of clothing worn by Elizabeth I.
The country’s leading experts on royal garments have spent the past year piecing together clues about the provenance of the beautifully embroidered textile, which had been cut up and used for hundreds of years as an altar cloth in a Herefordshire parish church.
They say all the evidence points to it having once been a skirt worn by the Tudor queen, making it the only known survivor of her famously lavish wardrobe.
Eleri Lynn, curator of historic dress at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP), first discovered the cloth hanging on a wall in the 13th-century church of St Faith, Bacton, last year.
She said: “When I saw it for the first time I knew immediately that it was something special. As I examined it, I felt as though I had found the Holy Grail, the Mona Lisa of fashion. None of Elizabeth I’s dresses are known to have survived, but everything we have learnt since then points to it being worn by Elizabeth.”
The botanical pattern on the cloth bears a striking resemblance to that on a bodice worn by Elizabeth in the so-called Rainbow Portrait of 1602 and Ms Lynn believes it is “not inconceivable” that the skirt, which cannot be seen in the painting, is part of the same outfit.
Full story http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/07/queen-elizabeth-long-lost-skirt-found-church-altar-herefordshire/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw
The Oval toilets were finally demolished early this morning, I managed to take a few photographs.
Hereford Library will reopen on Tuesday 31 January 2017 following the phase one completion of building work at Broad Street. Further work on the development of the building will follow.
Customers can look forward to a refreshed ground floor interior, including new meeting rooms and accessible public toilets. The county library will also welcome WISH (Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire) which will operate from the main library when it reopens.
The temporary library at Hereford Town Hall will close on Saturday 21 January to enable the move back to Broad Street. Customers can use the Town Hall drop box to return library items during the period of closure.
The Old House is having a refurbishment.
The beautiful 400-year-old Old House in Hereford will be undergoing a short period of refurbishment in 2017. It will temporarily close from 31 January before re-opening on 1 April as the Black and White House museum.
Situated in the heart of Hereford, the museum is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building, surrounded by the commercial centre of the city. Since 1929 the museum has given visitors to the county a fascinating insight into daily life in Jacobean times.
Councillor David Harlow, Cabinet member for economy and corporate services, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for both the Old House and the county’s tourism economy.
“Herefordshire Council wants the county to remain a great place to visit. The refurbished Black and White House museum will continue to be an exciting attraction for the local population and will entice even more visitors to Herefordshire.”
Once the building re-opens as the Black and White House museum, visitors will be treated to new exciting displays, activities and a new shop with attractive merchandising.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members for their continued support and wish you all a safe and
Happy New Year 2017.
High Town Hereford this evening
Body found in search for missing Hereford woman
A body has been found as part of a search for missing Hereford woman Terri Webb.
The body was discovered in the river near Hampton Park Road, Herefordshire at approximately 12pm yesterday (Tuesday 27 December).
Terri Webb, aged 39, was last seen on 19 November near to the Aldi store on the edge of Hereford city centre.
Formal identification has not yet taken place but the body is believed to be that of 39 year-old Terri Webb. Her family have been informed.
A file is being prepared for the coroner.
We would like to thank the media and the public for their help in sharing an earlier appeal.
High town Hereford. Photograph by @just.jon.simpson
Herefordshire Council and Hereford Football Club have negotiated an extended lease term which will assure Hereford FC’s tenancy for a minimum of 10 years from the commencement date.
The club’s stadium and surrounding area continue to improve following the opening of the new shopping development and the construction of the new City Link Road. There is also an opportunity for the redevelopment of the Blackfriars Terrace end, as part of the proposed ‘Urban Village’ project. This would mean a new spectator stand and facilities, alongside other retail outlets, and would see the stadium being returned to four sides.
Speaking today, Hereford FC’s CEO Ken Kinnersley said: “It is quite apparent that the council recognises the work of many local people who volunteer at the club and also the financial investment in stadium renovation since April 2015. A longer lease time will justify further investment to fund improvements, allow time for a return on the investment and ensure we are eligible to apply for grant funding that may be available for future projects.”
Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets said: “Hereford FC continue to make a great contribution to the city and its supporters. Many local traders benefit from increased trade on match days and the football club is an employer and a contributor to the local economy. The stadium is within the area designated for regeneration as part of the Urban Village redevelopment project. Herefordshire Council are seeking a development partner and it is to be hoped this will include some improved facilities for Hereford FC.” #herefordvoice
Look who I bumped into this evening at Coffee No 1.
Colin Addison, who kindly invited me to join them in the Barrels, unfortunately I couldn't but it was good to see him.#herefordvoice
'Snap Fitness' 24 Hour Gym for Hereford.
No Contracts - Open 24/7
Plans have been submitted for change of use of the ground floor below the Travelodge, from a public house (Class A4) to gym (Class D2) use. (formally restaurant adjacent to Sainsbury's)
Remember where you heard it first!
http://www.herefordvoice.co.uk/topic/2420-snap-fitness-24-hour-gym-to-open-in-hereford/ #herefordvoice #hereford
Hereford police Inspector Nick Semper who has been awarded for his work to help keep the city's night-time economy safe is to retire today.
I would like to personally thank Nick for his massive contribution to Hereford and for all of the hard work he has put in over the years, enjoy your well deserved retirement, you will be missed my friend.
Hereford's Green Dragon Hotel has gone on the market for £3.5million it is the largest hotel in the city centre.
Some interesting history:
On 2nd February 1461, during the Wars of the Roses, a Lancastrian force, including Bretons and Frenchmen, was intercepted and defeated by the Yorkist Edward, Earl of March at the Battle of Mortimer's Cross, 25 kilometres north-west of Hereford. One of the Lancastrian leaders, Owen Tudor, was captured and taken into Hereford. Owen was a high-ranking nobleman - he had married Catherine of France, the widow of Henry V.
Legend tells that it was at the forerunner of the Green Dragon Hotel in Broad Street that Edward stayed with his prisoner after the battle. The next day Owen was taken out to be beheaded in the market place (High Town). At first Owen was unable to believe that he would be executed - but when the collar of his red velvet doublet was ripped off he accepted his fate saying "that head shall lie on the block that was wont to lie on Queen Catherine's lap". Owen was called ‘the handsomest man in England’, which might have inspired what followed. His head was placed on the market cross where a madwoman combed his hair and washed the blood from his face. She lit more than a hundred candles, which she placed around the cross. Owen's body was afterwards buried in a chapel of the Greyfriars priory just outside the town.
Owen Tudor was the great-grandfather of Henry VIII. Edward (later King Edward IV) was himself Henry's grandfather. Edward was back in Hereford that September, by now the battle of Towton had been fought and he was King of England.
Red carpet opening for new designer store Flannels.
Designer store Flannels rolled out the red carpet and celebrated in style with a VIP launch party in Hereford on Commercial Street last night.
The glittering guest list included Paralympian gold medal winner Sascha Kindred, Hereford’s local Mayor Jim Kenyon and Mike Truelove from the city’s Business Improvement District, along with a wealth of other guests from the local business community.
Each guest was given an envelope on arrival, with one lucky attendee finding enclosed a gift card and personal shopping experience worth £1,000.
Local customer Heather Hodgetts was the lucky £1000 winner and didn’t take long to buy her festive treats.
The luxury retailer treated guests to a night of music, food and drinks showcasing brands such as Versus Versace, Stone Island, Kenzo, Giuseppe Zanotti, Michael Michael Kors and many more!
Jenna Triscott Flannels Marketing Manager said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people here supporting our opening night.”
“We’re really excited and proud to be part of the Hereford retail landscape offering the area the best shopping and luxury fashion experience.”
Guests enjoyed a champagne reception and tasty canapés were served up by Cellar Door. Entertainment came in the form of a fashion showcase with models from Gingersnap and music from local DJ’s Street Sellers.
Flannels is one of the UK’s leading luxury fashion retailers. The new 14,600 square foot store spans two floors and stocks both men’s and women’s luxury clothing, footwear and accessories, in addition to a dedicated space for children’s wear.
The first Flannels store opened in Knutsford, Cheshire in 1976 and since then the company has successfully introduced designer fashion largely to the North West and Midlands regions.
The opening will bring Flannels to Hereford and is a landmark moment for the company which already has a chain of successful stores in Manchester, Liverpool, Plymouth, Leeds, Birmingham, Sunderland, Swindon, Cardiff, Newcastle, Nottingham and Southport.
Photographer: Phil Oldham @ Rex Photography
***** IRAQI and KURDISH owned shops raided again! *****
All of these shops hide behind names such as: Polski Sklep, Zabka, Kubus and Super Sams to name just a few and to be totally honest NONE of the shops that have been raided over the past few years including those in Eign Gate Hereford mentioned have ever been Polish owned!
This topic has been created to highlight these issues and show where in the past the Polish community have been unfairly tarnished and labelled causing divide within the community unnecessarily.
Read about ANY of the past police and trading standards raids listed below and you will clearly see that all of the shops and businesses mentioned are not owned by Polish people and the only connection is the produce that they sell, alongside produce from many other nations. Sometimes the staff employed maybe Polish or European but this is to help sell these products.
Some of these shops even have the cheek to steal their names and the logo's from big corporate legit Polish companies and appear to get away with that too! Names like Zabka, Kubus and Biedronka are all large Polish companies and brands.
*** The Polish community have been unfairly tarnished ***
The ONLY Polish owned shop in Hereford, as far as we are aware, is Edysia at the very bottom of Eign Gate (more or less opposite Peacocks).
Here is a list of previous raids in Hereford along with the names of the people prosecuted.
International Food - Mr Rekan Gafoor
Zabka - Mr Ali Omar Shukir
Zabka - Mr Zardashit Karem Salh
European Food - Mr Mohammed Bakhtyer
Mila & Supersams
Herefordshire Council’s trading standards service, in partnership with West Mercia Police, uncovered a record haul of illegal tobacco on Tuesday 22 November.
The team acted on intelligence that the shops Supersam on Eign Street and Mila on Belmont Road, both in Hereford, were selling fake and smuggled cigarettes in their stores, leading to trading standards seizing two shipping containers worth of illegal tobacco. The haul found 240,000 concealed cigarettes inside boxes of disposable barbecues.
At the request of West Mercia Police, an expedited licence review was considered by the council’s regulatory sub-committee on 29 November, where both alcohol licences were suspended, pending a full hearing on 15 December 2016.
David Hough, trading standards service manager, said ‘’All tobacco is harmful but illegal tobacco makes it easier for children to start smoking and get hooked. Sellers rarely care who they sell to. Fewer people are buying illegal tobacco and fewer people are now prepared to turn a blind eye to it. People can make a real difference to help keep more illegal tobacco off the streets by reporting it. We need to keep the pressure up on those who continue to sell it.”
Trading standards are making further enquiries regarding the illegal tobacco as the investigation continues.
If anyone has any information regarding the sale of illegal tobacco within Herefordshire, please contact Trading Standards on 01432 261761.
Further information about Herefordshire trading standards, and how to report a trading standards issue, can be found online: http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/trading-standards
Is this anyone's kitten? I think he's got the wrong house he/she keeps trying to get into Tracy Spencer house and has been there most the morning trying back and front windows wearing a pink collar.
Hereford Express in Foley Lane are having their licence reviewed due to selling cigarettes and alcohol to underage people.
During the course of an operation run by trading standards on 25th October 2016, Mr Selven Nathan DOB 25.10.1988 did sell age restricted products to two underage volunteers who were in fact sixteen years old. Namely one pouch of Cutter’s Choice hand rolled tobacco, a can of Scrumpy Jacks and a bottle of Blossom Hill Wine. This contravenes the Licensing Act 2003 and also the The Nicotine Inhaling Products (Age of Sale and Proxy Purchasing) Regulations 2015.
The seller mentioned above was interviewed at the time of sale and evidence gathered showed that Mr Nathan had no regard to the challenge 25 policy that he was aware of. He hadn’t received adequate training from the DPS nor was he aware of the condition regarding a refusals register.
We had received complaints regarding this premises that they were selling age restricted products to children. When interviewed under caution, Mr Nathan told me that he had been visited (that same week) by a college lecturer and advised that college student were being sold tobacco and alcohol products. But Mr Nathan did not ID either of the volunteers.
Giving the location of the premises being in close proximity to the college, it is the opinion of the service area that the licence to sell alcohol be revoked to prevent further sales in order to protect children from harm.
The sales show the DPS does not have control of the premises.
Herefordshire Council Licensing Policy states that any premises failing a test purchase will be reviewed.
Full details can be found here:https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/media/5089916/consultation_ends_221216.pdf
Just to let you know there is a table top sale taking place at Belmont Community Centre TODAY (Sunday 4th December 2016) from 1.30 pm.
Sellers should reserve tables in advance with a full payment of £5 and arrive at 1 pm.
Before and After restoration photos of Supermarine Swift WK275
Charity Christmas Fete Saturday 3rd December
Free Christmas parking across Herefordshire
Hereford Christmas markets 2016
Shoppers and visitors will be able to park for free in town and city centre car parks this Christmas as part of an ongoing campaign to promote Herefordshire as a Christmas shopping destination.
Herefordshire Council car parks in Hereford city centre, including the Old Market, will be free for shoppers after 4pm for late night Christmas shopping on Wednesday 23 and 30 November and 7, 14 and 21 December. There will be a range of shops open late, including those in Maylord Orchards, the Old Market and High Town and the surrounding area.
These concessions do not apply to any of the private car parks in the city centre, except the Old Market.
Free Christmas parking will also be available in council car parks in the market towns, to coincide with the following festive events:
Ross-on-Wye: Sunday 20 November (Christmas lights switch on)
Ledbury: Saturday 26 November (Christmas lights switch on)
Kington: Saturday 3 December (Festive food from the borders)
Leominster: Saturday 10 December (Victorian market)
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