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NEWS | Lotto winner to travel the world after winning £71 million fortune

Ade Goodchild, a factory worker, aged 58 from Hereford struck the jackpot when his numbers were drawn in Friday’s Euromillions draw.

Ade plans to spend his £71 million fortune by travelling the world and attending live sport events.

Despite the win, Mr Goodchild is yet to hand in his notice at Special Metals Wiggin, however he has also said that he has no plans to return to the factory.

NEWS | Litter pickers across Herefordshire are gearing up for the Great Herefordshire Spring Clean.

Over £1million is spent on cleaning up litter in Herefordshire each year, and a network of 150 litter picking groups and individuals contribute to the effort to keep our county clean. Over 500 local businesses have also signed the Stop the Drop Litter Pledge, committing to keeping their premises and surrounding areas free of litter.

Herefordshire’s Stop the Drop Campaign Steering Group, comprising representatives from a number of litter picking groups and Herefordshire Council is now calling on local people to come together in the fight against litter by playing their part in the Great Herefordshire Spring Clean, which runs from 22 March – 23 April, as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

In addition to year-round support, the council has a range of free coloured bags for litter pickers taking part in the Spring Clean, and a network of special collection points for convenient disposal of litter.

They supply litter picking equipment, including new coloured bags, and comprehensive information and support for volunteers can be found at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/stopthedrop

You can also use their website to find your nearest litter pick from the 25 community litter picking groups across the county.

Marc Willimont, Herefordshire Council Acting Assistant Director for Regulatory Environment and Waste, said:

“There is a wonderful network of hardworking groups and individuals committed to tackling litter across Herefordshire, and the Great Herefordshire Spring Clean is a great opportunity for us all to work together. We would love to hear from local people who care about keeping our public spaces litter-free and there is a range of support and resources available to help, including our special new violet coloured bags, which are available free of charge to anybody taking part in the Great Herefordshire Spring Clean.

“I would encourage people to get involved, or to contact us to find out more about how everybody can play their part in keeping Herefordshire clean.”

Jill Scamell, Ross Community Clean Up Crew and member of the Stop the Drop campaign, added:

“Ross community litter clean up crew would love to see you at either one of their organised events or going solo during The Great Herefordshire Spring Clean. We are excited that in partnership with community groups across Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council, the Great Herefordshire Spring Clean will see the launch of new purple bags especially for community litter groups. We hope the bags will raise awareness of just how many of us are taking pride in our communities.

“Volunteering helps you connect with others, it improves lives and strengthens communities but most important is the intangible benefits of pride, satisfaction and accomplishment.”

Please let Herefordshire Council know if you’ll be taking part in the Great British Spring Clean by emailing stopthedrop@herefordshire.gov.uk or telephoning 01432 383150

NEWS | Hereford man scoops £71 million Euromillions jackpot

A man from Hereford has scooped an incredible £71 million Euromillions jackpot.

The winner will go public in a press conference tomorrow, when they will announce how they plan to spend this life changing amount of money.

NEWS | Leominster Library set undergo a £50k refurbishment

Leominster Library will undergo a £50k refurbishment from Monday 25 March.

The four-week refurbishment is the first major works since the building was opened in 1993. There will be a refresh to the general decoration, including new shelving and an improved children’s area. Space will be created for more public access PCs, a new gallery space and a section with local publications available for sale.

Library staff have endeavoured to keep a reservation collection and item return service available to customers while the main building is closed to the public for safety reasons.

From Monday 25 March – Saturday 6 April, customers can return books or collect reserved books from the library foyer. From Monday 8 April, the whole site will be closed to the public, but a drop off box will be available to return items. Issued items, such as books and DVDs, will have an extended return date until the building reopens.

Public wifi and computer access will be unavailable for the duration of the works, but will be available at all other Herefordshire Library sites.

Leominster Library will fully reopen to the public on Thursday 25 April.

Customers can reserve items for collection and manage their library account online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/libraries

FOOD | Morgans Food & Drink Bar opens on Abergavenny Road

Morgans Hot Food & Drink will serve road users with a wide range of refreshments with many of them homemade.

Situated on the A465 (Hereford to Abergavenny Road) – In the lay-by just before Locks Garage (If travelling from Hereford)

Serving bacon baps, sausage baps, homemade cakes and more.

Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 7.30am – 3pm.

☎️ – 07388459100

FEATURED | Jesse Norman celebrates new Herefordshire university’s move into its first campus buildings at Blackfriars

Local MP Jesse Norman joined a large gathering of local people last Friday to celebrate the move of NMITE, the New Model in Technology and Engineering, Herefordshire’s new university, into its first campus buildings at Blackfriars in the city.

Jesse has led on this project from its very inception, including a fundraising effort from central government that has so far raised £23 million from the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Speaking at the launch event, Jesse said “This is one of the proudest days of my life. Even ten years ago, before the university had got going at all, I looked forward to the moment when it would have its own campus buildings right by the city centre.

“Now this is a reality. I take my hat off to Elena, Karen and the brilliant NMITE team that have made it possible.

“From its new base in Blackfriars, NMITE can grow out across the mediaeval city of Hereford to support the whole county. If we can make it a success, it has the potential to transform our county, our businesses, our economy, and the educational possibilities for generations of Herefordians and Marchers.

“There is a huge amount of work still to do. But we must double and redouble our efforts to make it happen.”

Picture: Jesse with co-founder Karen Usher and NMITE CEO Elena Rodriguez-Falcon at the new site.

FOOTBALL | Bulls women’s team beat Bartestree to return to winning ways

Hereford FC Women’s team narrowly beat Bartestree Ladies 1-0 in the Midwest Counties Female Football League match at Old School Lane.

After a morning pitch inspection cleared the match to go ahead, coach Ben Archer restored the fit-again Katie Barr and Ana Moreira to the starting XI.

The visitors opted to man-mark top scorer Roxana Dinescu who, after an even opening 20 minutes, broke free of her marker briefly midway through the first half, chipping a loose ball first time goalwards but wide of the post.

A few minutes later Megan Holman was denied a certain goal by a last-ditch tackle after Elcox-Bond and Evie Jones had combined down the right to set up the chance. The visitors had a late chance after the wind caused a defensive mix-up, but the snatched effort went wide.

In the second half, the visitors tired as their lack of numbers on the bench showed. A Bulls goal seemed inevitable with Lauren Brown pushed further up field, helping Dinescu and Holman to come close before a heavy rain shower made conditions even worse in the final 15 minutes.

Dinescu again saw a great chance blazed over before a neat turning volley from Ana Varela went just wide. It was Elcox-Bond who finally opened the scoring with just four minutes left, rifling the ball goalwards with the visiting keeper unable to stop the effort from finding the net.

Rhian James then had a quick chance to extend the lead straight after but her shot, with the visitors deflated after the late goal, went narrowly wide.

It was a hard earned three points in tough conditions against an opposition that didn’t stop battling despite their limited personnel.

They now face Albrighton next Sunday in the League’s Cup competition at Old School Lane.

HEREFORD | Reed, Francis, Lewis, Barr, Parfitt, Sullivan, E.Jones, Moreira, Dinescu, Elcox-Bond, Holman.

SUBS | Varela, Brown, James, T.Jones, Layton

Article from https://www.herefordfc.co.uk/academy-womens-team-return-to-winning-ways/

NEWS | Two men sentenced for drugs and weapon offences in Leominster

Two men have been jailed for a total of six years and two months after being found guilty of drugs supply and weapons offences.

Richard Broadhurst, 42, of Waterworks Lane, Leominster, and Thomas Tibbs, 23, of Clinic Drive, Lye, Stourbridge, appeared at Worcester Crown Court in relation to an incident in Leominster last year.

On 12 August 2018, Broadhurst and Tibbs were involved in an altercation with a member of the public on Cranes Lane after taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

During the altercation, Broadhurst produced a machete and attacked the victim – causing injury and damage to his car.

Tibbs was seen to be in possession of a meat cleaver, which he dropped when police arrived before fleeing the scene.

Broadhurst was found at a nearby address where he was arrested and charged.

The investigation continued and Tibbs was found to be involved in a county lines drug supply operation – supplying heroin and crack cocaine into the local area. He was subsequently located and arrested following a short pursuit.

Broadhurst pleaded guilty to a number of offences including possessing a bladed article in a public place, criminal damage and being carried in a motor vehicle taken without the owner’s consent (TWOC). He was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

Tibbs admitted offences including affray, possession of an offensive weapon and TWOC, however he denied being involved in the drug offences.

Following a four day trial, he was found guilty by jury of being concerned in the supply of class A heroin and crack cocaine and possession of criminal property. He was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison.

Detective Constable James Moore said: “Thankfully, incidents of this nature are rare but as a result of the quick response and good detective work, both Broadhurst and Tibbs are now off the streets and behind bars.

“West Mercia Police does not tolerate knife crime and will robustly investigate all violent crime involving knives.

“The misery drugs can cause is also well known not just to those who take them but to those in the local community as well.

“We will proactively target people we believe to be involved in drugs and use the powers we have to make sure their activity is disrupted.

“I hope the pair’s sentences not only act as a deterrent to others but also go some way to reassuring the public we will always prioritise bring offenders to justice where possible and protecting our communities from harm.”

The investigation is part of West Mercia Police’s commitment to tackling serious and organised crime as part of the force’s Protect campaign. The broad-ranging operation covers four key areas of activity:

• Pursue – prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC
• Prevent – stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC
• Protect – increased levels of protection against SOC
• Prepare – reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs

For more information, visit: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/protect

NEWS | Secretary of State for Transport confirms compulsory purchase orders for Southern Link Road

The Secretary of State for Transport has confirmed the compulsory purchase and side road orders for the southern link road in Hereford.

The southern link road, which will be constructed from the A49 to the A465 and linking to the B4349 Clehonger Road, will provide easier access to the Hereford Enterprise Zone, and looks to reduce congestion on current routes and increase capacity at key junctions, bringing significant improvement especially to the Belmont and Lower Bullingham areas.

The construction of the new road will commence later this year when the necessary statutory process are completed and will be complemented by improved walking and cycling routes so that residents can make healthier choices about how they travel.

The confirmation of the orders has been received following the outcome of a public inquiry held in late October / early November 2018.

Copies of the confirmed orders and associated plans will be available to view from Thursday 21 March 2019 at Blueschool House in Hereford, HR1 2LX. There is the opportunity to appeal the validity of the orders or the decision-making process (not the decision). Any appeal must be submitted by 16 May 2019.

FLOODS | Levels on the Wye & Lugg continue to cause issues

River levels across Herefordshire remain very high after a deluge of rain hit the hills of Wales.

Levels on the Lugg remain high at Lugwardine with many fields flooded along with some low lying roads.

The River Wye in Hereford is set to peak this lunchtime at around 4.6 metres. Riverside paths are flooded and the public are advised to avoid attempting to use them.

Levels on the Wye could rise further overnight into Sunday as further heavy rain is set to hit Wales through Saturday afternoon. The A438 at Letton could be affected by flooding if levels rise further.

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