Stage One - A44 East Street, High Street and West Street
Works will be taking place under a full road closure, on Monday 5th June 2023. The roads will be closed between 9:30am and 3:30pm.
The signed diversion route will be via the A44 Lower Burton / A4112 Eardisley / A4111 Kington / A44 and vice versa.
Stage Two – Bridge Street and Bearwood Lane.
Works will be taking place under a full road closure, on Tuesday 6th June 2023. The roads will be closed between 9:30am and 3:30pm.
The signed diversion route for Bridge Street will be via the C1032 Staunton on Arrow / C1031 Lyonshall / A44 and vice versa.
The signed diversion route for Bearwood Lane will be via Bearwood Lane / C1082 Upper Hardwick / A44 and vice versa.
Notice of Poll for Arrow Ward Councillor
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Pembridge Parish elected councillors - uncontested for the May 2023 Election
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Herefordshire Council is creating a new library at Maylord Orchards shopping centre and a redeveloped museum and art gallery in Hereford’s Broad Street.
The redevelopments will offer a huge range of events, exhibitions and digital interactions that will be accessible to all ages and abilities (it’s sounding good).
There’s an opportunity to share all of your ideas around how to keep people interested in the fantastic resources, and encourage new visitors to explore what’s on offer.
You can book to join a lively workshop, focused on the branding and marketing for the new museum and library, to help ensure the new facilities can be promoted effectively to local people, businesses and organisations:
• Wednesday 3 May, 11am-12.30pm, Hereford Town Hall: Book through Eventbrite website.
• Wednesday 3 May, 5.30-6.30pm, Hereford Town Hall: Book through Eventbrite website.
The plans for the new museum and the new library are on the Herefordshire Council website.
Herefordshire Sustainable Growth Strategy Board (HSGSB) are delighted to launch Herefordshire's Big Economic Plan and recruitment process to the new Economy and Place Board. The Big Economic Plan is a partnership document, setting a collective vision for the future growth of the county.
Download the Big Economic Plan
In 2050 Herefordshire is a vibrant, healthy, zero carbon, and inclusive place to live, work, study and visit at all stages of life. Our rural communities, market towns and university city are thriving with high quality employment, housing and services. A high technology, higher value and creative economy has enabled living standards to rise. We have protected our rich natural environment.
Herefordshire faces some significant long term economic challenges:
However, the county also has fantastic opportunities, with excellent quality of life and environment, strengths in further and higher education including one of the first new universities to be established in the country in decades (New Model Institute in Technology and Engineering), a thriving Enterprise Zone, and strengths in areas such as food and drink, tourism, creative industries and cyber security.
We are also well placed to benefit from new opportunities in the green economy, and changing lifestyle choices as people choose to seek an enhanced quality of life while working remotely.
Aim of the plan
The Big Economic Plan will enable the county, through collaborative working to meet a shared vision, to address these challenges and rise to our opportunities.
Join the new Economy and Place Partnership board
One of the key recommendations of the plan is to create a place-focused partnership board consisting of public, private and voluntary sectors, working together to implement the plan and deliver our shared ambitions for the county.
The HSGSB are now recruiting for members of the new partnership in addition to seeking a new independent chair.
The deadline for applications is noon 18 May 2023.
Download Chair and Board Member job descriptions and application details
For any other enquiries, please email
Q9: What will prevent people parking beside the Verdun Oak Sculpture?
A: The area around the Verdun Oak Sculpture will incorporate a raised kerb (as exists today) with the addition of low bollards on the A44 side.
Q10: Who does the land belong to?
A: The land belongs to the village and will be administered by the Pembridge Amenity Trust.
Q11: Where is the old seat?
A: The seat which previously surrounded the Verdun Oak has been removed for repair, rust removal and repainting. It will be relocated to the Village Green.
Q12: Will there be a plaque?
A: There will be a plaque or plaques explaining the story of the Verdun Oak.
There may be regimental buttons incorporated, representing those who have fallen in the First World War and subsequent conflicts.
There may be some form of recognition for our sponsors and supporters.
Q13: Can we see the final design?
A: We will post the final design on our social media and on this website.
The final design will be closely based on the Maquette which will be produced by the Sculptor Ed Elliott
There will be opportunities to visit the work and talk to the sculptor
Q14: Who is doing the work?
A: Villagers and local people have rallied round! We have been offered support with:
clearing the site,
removing of material,
professional services and much more.
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As part of the Coronation celebrations an opportunity to celebrate local voluntary work has been announced. Please see details below and website contact to nominate.
The Coronation Champions Awards will recognise a diverse group of volunteers from different backgrounds and communities across the UK from a range of causes. Help us to celebrate the amazing contributions volunteers have made by nominating a volunteer for a Coronation Champions Award.
We are calling for you to nominate volunteers over the age of 14 who may have overcome adversity or discovered creative ways to support their local communities within the last five years in one of the following categories:
Nominations close at 23:59 on Sunday 2 April, 2023.
Q1: We already have a War Memorial in Pembridge- Why do we want another?
A: This sculpture is not a War Memorial. The acorns grown from the Verdun Oak are planted along the Straight Mile and represent the 40 men we lost in recent wars. The Verdun Oak Sculpture is a statement representing a country man, a soldier and a female (mother, sister, wife). The Sculptor’s representation could apply to any village in the country or anywhere there is a war i.e., Ukraine. The sculpture will show the hurt and loss within the community and its resilient spirit.
Q2: Why was the tree cut down?
A: It was considered a danger to the A44.
Q3: Why could it not be left as a pollard?
A: Unfortunately, the stump quickly died.
Q4: Why could it not just have been carved in situ?
A: The sapwood quickly started to rot and become heavily infected with woodworm. The rot extended underground and the trunk would have quickly become unstable
Q5: Is there a danger of rot?
A: The Sculpture will be treated against disease. There will be a budget for ongoing maintenance and protection of the Sculpture held by the Pembridge Amenity Trust.
Q6: What will the plinth be made out of?
A: The base for the Verdun Oak Sculpture and the plinth on which it stands will be constructed from a combination of reinforced concrete, internal steel supports and steel plates. The construction of the base will incorporate a seat surrounding the Sculpture.
Q7: How tall will the Sculpture be?
A: It will be taller than Tony! The art will stand 10ft high which was the height of the Verdun Oak trunk before it was felled. The height of the plinth will be approximately 3ft.
More questions and answers will be posted soon.
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After moving the Oak to a dry, secure location, it was assessed by local, award-winning sculptor Ed Elliott. Ed removed the bark and reported the heartwood was in good condition.
Ed has begun working on the sculpture.
In the near future, we are planning a presentation for villagers and interested people.
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In 2018, 31 small Oak trees were planted along the “Straight Mile”. These Oaks were grown from acorns gathered up from beneath the Pembridge Verdun Oak in memory of 31 local men who lost their lives in WW1.
Verdun acorns were sold to raise money for the troops during WW1. One such acorn was purchased at a fete by a local man, Colonel Benn. It was planted in the village and came to be known as the Pembridge Verdun Oak
Unfortunately, Pembridge Verdun Oak split and had to be felled, (The trunk has been taken away to form a sculpture that will be returned to the site). But importantly, more acorns were picked up, planted and have grown on.
We intend to continue the planting along the Straight Mile in memory of those lost since in WW2 and the Iraq War.
We are keen to trace any relatives of the names below and invite them to be involved with this project by planting a tree.
Robert Birt RAF
Patrick Bourdillon Capt Kings Shrops light Infantry (KSLI)
Oscar Bulmer Capt KSLI
William Chandler RM
Geoffrey Coxon RAF
Stanley Gladwin KSLI
Alfred Hyde Border Reg
William Owens Welsh Guards
Mark Powell SAS
Please contact email@example.com if you are a relative or you know of relatives of the above-named men.
Herefordshire Council would like to hear from you about how we can improve health and wellbeing in Herefordshire.
We are working with health services and other organisations to develop a strategy and actions to improve health and wellbeing in the county over the next 10 years, and we are asking residents for their views about the things that they think are most important.
From information already available we have identified a number of issues that are most affecting the health and wellbeing of residents in our county and from these we have suggested some potential priorities for action, or for additional action where there is already work being done.
But we really want to know what your views are and about the things that you think we should be doing.
Feedback from this consultation will be available to view early in 2023 and it will help decide the priorities and content of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy which is due to be published in the Spring of 2023.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and we would greatly appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to complete our survey which you will find by clicking the link below.
For more information and to share your views and ideas, see: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/hwbs
As you have probably noticed, Pembridge Verdun Oak tree was removed recently.
It’s hoped the wood can be used to create a landmark sculpture where the tree once stood.
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St Mary’s Church, Pembridge
42 pages packed with photos of the Jubilee celebrations
Proceeds to: a new defibrillator, St Mary’s Church and “Portrait of Pembridge” exhibition
Due to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September, some of Herefordshire Council services will be affected.
All Herefordshire’s waste and recycling centres will be open as usual on Monday 19 September. Our waste collection crews will start their rounds an hour earlier than usual on Monday so they can pause between 11am-12 noon to pay their respects.
Our highways partner, Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP), will remain on call for emergencies only. BBLP will provide a reduced cleansing service on Monday. This means it will sweep and empty bins in Hereford city in the morning before the crew does the same in our market towns. They’ll then return to Hereford for a final cleanse of the day.
Cultural hubs and customer services
Herefordshire’s libraries and museums as well as the archive and records centre will be closed on Monday. The council’s customer services teams will not be available.
Crematoria and registrars
Planned cremation services will go ahead on Monday. Operational staff will work as usual but the offices will be closed. Meanwhile, all appointments with the county’s registrars will be rearranged as the office will be closed on Monday.
Halo will re-open its centres as usual on Tuesday morning after keeping the doors locked all day on Monday. All planned sports and leisure events will be cancelled or postponed to a later date.
For urgent health needs over the bank holiday, visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111.
Education and transport
School and college transport will not operate and public transport will be very limited.
The practice has arranged three vaccination clinics this Autumn for 8th, 15th and 22nd October.
Patients of the practice will receive both their Flu and Covid vaccinations at the same time in different arms.
The surgery will text or write to you approximately three weeks in advance of your age group clinic and give you details of how to book – do not contact the surgery THEY will contact you . Doctors and nurses from the practice and volunteers will staff all three clinics.
The Kington Medical Team is delighted to welcome Dr Nathan Denial who is undergoing his post graduate GP Specialist Training and will be based at the surgery over the next 3 years.
This year’s Annual Canvass has started. Over the course of July we will be contacting all 89,000 households in Herefordshire to check their details for the Electoral Register, as required by law.
We will be sending over 50,000 communications via email and text message where possible, and posting out hardcopy forms as necessary.
Last year we received a number of queries as to the authenticity of the email domain. The email will arrive to electors from firstname.lastname@example.org will contain a link directing them to the online web response (https:www.elecreg.co.uk/hfds-e). This email is genuine and the link is safe to click.
There will be two separate letters going out:
As a response is not necessarily required, all we are asking the public to do is to please read their correspondence carefully and follow the instructions.
We are of course promoting responses (where required) by internet but are well aware this is not for everybody, so we have telephone and SMS options for them.
We are grateful for any assistance you can give to any of our residents that might need help, and also with any wider publicity. You can also view the annual canvass FAQs at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/annualcanvass
Electoral Services can be contacted on 01432 260107 or email@example.com with any issues.
This year, for the village hanging basket competition, it would be great to make the village colourful for the jubilee and everyone planted their hanging baskets and front of house in royal colours.
These will be judged in July.
1st prize £20,
2nd prize £15,
3rd prize £10
for hanging baskets and front of house.
Do you need advice on debt, benefits, energy, housing or anything else?
The Citizens Advice Bureau can help! Please contact them to have a chat with an advisor and book an appointment. Here's how:
1. Telephone - If you’d like to speak to someone, you can call us on 0344 826 9685.
The telephone advice service is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 10am – 3pm.
2. Text - on 0786 00 77 311
Stating (i) your name (ii) your postcode (iii) the type of advice needed (for example DEBT, HOUSING or BENEFITS). They will then call you back on your mobile phone.
3. Email - Online at firstname.lastname@example.org for initial contact by email. Please also give a contact phone number in case we need to contact you for more information.
Herefordshire Council would like to know of any property has been affected by recent flooding?
By letting them know where & what happened, especially if it hasn't been reported, Herefordshire Council & their partners can use the information which may help reduce the future impacts of flooding.
Report it here: https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/record-a-flooding-incident
Or contact TalkCommunityEnquiries@herefordshire.gov.uk
Qwell is available across Herefordshire and Worcestershire with free, safe and anonymous, online support and wellbeing advice for adults.
Below is a link to a free session which is taking place on Friday 18 February 2022 at 11:00. for you to discover more about the services available and gain resources to help signpost adults to Qwell.
Qwell Information Session for Adults in Herefordshire & Worcestershire Tickets, Fri 18 Feb 2022 at 11:00 | Eventbrite
Did you know that people living in a low income household that receives Universal Credit (at a level below the threshold for free school meals and/or free prescriptions), can now apply for a one-off payment of £60 to help with food, energy and other essential costs?
The one-off payment is available through Herefordshire Council, which has been allocated over £1million by the government as part of a new Household Support Fund to help vulnerable people and families this winter.
Applications close on Monday 28 February 2022. For information and to apply for the grant, visit the Herefordshire Council website.
Do you know anyone that has lost work or been made redundant due to Covid-19? Anyone that has struggled going back to work after being furloughed, or are feeling isolated working from home?
If so, The Cart Shed have a fantastic free programme to help people get back on their feet, to build their confidence and connections back. A fresh start for anyone that’s feeling anxious due to the impact of Covid-19 on their work.
The Post Covid Employment programme offers people a day a week (for 4 to 12 weeks), to take part in woodland activities in our beautiful Herefordshire countryside. Enriching, engaging, supporting wellbeing – all run by the amazing, experienced Cart Shed team.
Businesses can access the free support too, who have employees that have struggled during Covid. Sessions can also help employers who are having to make employees redundant due to Covid-19, to support a successful moving on for their staff.
For more information, contact The Cart Shed on email@example.com, call 01544 318231, or visit The Cart Shed website.
Herefordshire Healthy Minds are currently looking for feedback on their “Now We’re Talking for Healthy Minds” website, which they are looking to update.
Healthy Minds have a short survey on their website, which runs until Wednesday 9 February. They would appreciate it if people could take a few minutes to give some feedback through their survey. It’s a great chance to say what you do and don’t like about the website, how easy you find it to navigate around the website, and what suggestions you may have for improvements.
Complete the survey - thank you for your time.
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust's new wilder website and community maps is a nationwide initiative to encourage more people to get out and take action for nature, whether in their gardens, on local nature reserves or by joining online campaigns. They want to make it easier for people to take action for wildlife and also to connect those that already are. There are loads of wonderful activity happening right across the county and hope that they can provide a way to link groups and individuals together and provide support where it is needed. If you’d like to find out more about Team Wilder you can go to our website: https://www.herefordshirewt.org/Teamwilder
They see the target of 30% of land in recovery for nature by 2030 as key to helping solve the biodiversity and climate crises and so part of what they are doing is mapping out what is being done for nature across the county. This can help in a number of ways, it can show how much is already happening across the county, it will show where there are gaps and areas with little being done and it can help to motivate people to take action in their areas when they see others taking action. They have three different maps at the moment, an individual actions map for things people do at home or in their gardens, a wilder farms map for land owners and farmers and a community groups map.
Additionally, they want to help people to take action for themselves and so hope to provide support in a number of ways, a quarterly e-newsletter which will include possible funding sources and resources like template risk assessments, meetup sessions where to hear what is going on around the county and share knowledge and support and finally a network of knowledgeable people able to support others in their communities with conservation work.
If you are interested visit the Team Wilder website and register on the community maps to get involved!
If you have been thinking about fostering, the New Year is a great time to start your journey. By next Christmas, you could be giving the ultimate gift to a child by transforming their lives.
Fostering ranges from short emergency stays, weekends or holidays, to longer term placements, which means you can find an option which fits in with your work and family commitments.
You will be fully trained and supported, and receive an excellent financial package, plus full allowance to cover all the child’s costs.
Call the fostering team on 01432 383240, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/fostering
If you spot a problem on the roads or with drainage or a footpath there are a number of ways you can report it to Herefordshire Council
Your one-stop-shop for up to date information is the Herefordshire Council website.
For things to do with Public Rights of Way, including reporting defects, you can check out the dedicated section of the council website.
You can also find on Facebook – check out our Herefordshire Highways page.
Balfour Beatty has refreshed the Riparian Responsibilities information to further engage riparian owners to take responsibility for their ditches and drains through awareness, support and guidance.
Where there is a lack of cooperation and there is a safety risk to highway users, or significant damage to highway, they have now put in a place a process to enable a more formal approach.
Check out these information documents;
Riparian owner good maintenance guide
Ditches and drainage - your responsibilities
Balfour Beatty has also updated the Herefordshire Council website which includes a refresher and updates the information leaflets.
The Rural Crime Team is about to begin using the Neighbourhood Matters website to disseminate crime prevention information and broadcast good news stories. P
Please sign up to the bespoke West Mercia Police Neighbourhood Matters website at www.neighbourhoodmatters.co.uk.
This will enable you to receive crime prevention notices as soon as they are posted. In addition, you may wish to have a look at the West Mercia Police Rural Matters Facebook site which already highlights our activities and includes videos, visits and advice delivered by the team across the rural parts Herefordshire.
As part of the continued development of Talk Community and building on the great work to date, Herefordshire Council are delighted to announce the launch of the Talk Community website - www.talkcommunity.org
The website provides key information about Talk Community including videos, good news stories and launch the summer volunteering campaign – ‘give an hour this summer,’ and provides three areas that support in bringing Herefordshire together:
Herefordshire Council are also changing the name of WISH to become the Talk Community Directory, this will still provide the same great service and functionality but with some minor amendments and name change. WISH continues to be a highly-valued resource to our communities with its success growing and experiencing a record 59% increase in website visitors in 2020, compared to 2019. The new website address is - www.talkcommunitydirectory.org
Please take the time to visit the website and if you have any feedback email email@example.com
Due to the impact of Coronavirus over 5.5 million people are claiming Universal Credit.
Many of them are new to claiming Universal Credit having been negatively impacted by Coronavirus.
For a guide and help to claim please follow this link
Keep Herefordshire Warm is Herefordshire Council’s home energy advice service. By providing a freephone advice line, dedicated home energy advisors and grant funding for eligible homes, Keep Herefordshire Warm supports households to use less energy, lower their bills and make energy-saving improvements to their properties.
Homes relying on electric heating may be eligible for free first-time central heating, grants are available for insulation and support for when your boiler needs repairing or replacing. Warm, affordable homes are vital to health and quality of life – and Keep Herefordshire Warm is here to help make the winter months more comfortable.
Call friendly advisors for free on 0800 677 1432, or visit keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk
If you need someone to for example:
Just give them a call on 07779122499 from 9-5pm
Warmer homes Herefordshire Council is working with E.ON to help people across the county improve the heating of their homes by installing free first-time gas central heating systems in around 300 eligible residents’ homes.
The project follows a successful funding bid by the Council to the £150 million Warm Homes Fund, established by National Grid, and administered by community interest company Affordable Warmth Solutions.
Eligible households not connected to mains gas and currently relying on inefficient ways of heating their homes, for example electric storage or panel heaters, could be eligible for the measures, which are part of the Warmer Homes Herefordshire scheme. Subject to eligibility, where there is no existing gas supply to the property, a new gas network connection will also be provided by Affordable Warmth Solutions, usually at no cost. Still funded by Affordable Warmth Solutions, eligible properties (must be without existing central heating, unless the existing system uses solid fuel). Under this rural programme they would be able to support the installation of heating systems– e.g. LPG Gas, or Renewable heating (e.g. heat pumps or biomass systems).
For the full eligibility criteria and to apply, they would encourage any residents to call Keep Herefordshire Warm on 0800 677 1432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and take a look at: https://keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk/
Leominster Food bank offer support to those who meet the criteria for food parcels.
A short briefing note is attached which explains how someone gets referred and how it works.
Please read the attached document HERE to see how to find out if you qualify.
Contact Details: Food bank mobile is 07715410575 and email address is email@example.com
If anyone in the local area is interested in growing their own, there are two remaining plots still available, probably as 4 half-plots.
Note that advice given by the national allotments organisation is that you should either walk or drive a short distance to allotments, and that working on them can be your daily exercise. If interested get in touch with Richard Goddard on 01544 387571.
Pembridge Film Nights are obviously suspended for the foreseeable future, but we are planning "Film Nights At Home", when we will agree a specific film to watch at a particular time on iPlayer or on Curzon Home Cinema. The intention is that this gives a communal feel to film-viewing, and we could discuss our thoughts about the films afterwards in a WhatsApp group (or similar). If anyone is interested, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them to the mailing list.
If you walk the Parish Footpaths for your daily exercise please stick the the public footpaths.
Keep your dog on a lead and pick up it's mess and take it home with you please!!
Please click for the Definitive Footpath Map and just enter your postcode.
Message for all parishioners in Pembridge Parish.
Here to Help!
Thank you to all those who have registered on the website and returned your information slips over the last week, this information is helping to identify possible volunteers and vulnerable people, so if you haven’t sent yours in yet please do to email@example.com or post to the address on the letter.
You should have by now received a letter from Herefordshire Council in response to the Covid 19 outbreak providing simple steps to take and support contact details.
You can call the support line on 01432 260027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the coming weeks it is important our community looks out of each other, please think about your neighbours or elderly people nearby, give them a quick phone call to check all is well and please offer help if you can.
If you are or know someone in need of help, Pembridge Good Neighbour Scheme (PGNS) are organising volunteers to call on for essential supplies, prescriptions and well being contact.
PGNS - Please telephone 07779 122499 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
If you are able to volunteer you please let us know email@example.com or help in the wider county please contact www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help
There are some local business offering home delivery. Here are some but by all means not all, if you know of any others please let us know and we will update the list.
Townsend Farm Shop - https://www.thewhatmeatcompany.co.uk or Call 01544388527
The Steppes – deliveries from the shop - 01544388506
Red Lion for Takeaway - 01544388007
Bells in Almeley – 01544327216 – email – thebellsinnalmeley.com
Lyonshall Garden Centre - Delivery service for garden needs - 01544340214
NHS – Information on Symptoms
Herefordshire Council – Information
Gov.uk – Masses of information for all areas
Please remember there are scams operating on all platforms.
Please use these details if you are concerned about the wellbeing or safeguarding of children or vunerable adults
More information Here
Pembridge Parish News is a Parish Council publication, produced every two months. Some of the production cost is recouped through revenue from the advertising flyer which accompanies each newsletter. The editor is Judith Rogers, who can be reached via her email address here. Contributions from groups and individuals are very welcome.
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