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Bulls to hold bucket collection to help Sarah buy a specially adapted car

Tomorrow Hereford FC will welcome Sarah Davies to Edgar Street to hold a bucket collection as she looks to raise £40,000 for a specially adapted car.

Sarah Davies is 35 and a talented and warm-hearted sister, friend and daughter. As a Girl Guide Leader, she has taken Guiding Groups all around the world – including Mexico and the Falkland Islands.

Sarah also proudly carried the Olympic torch through her home county in 2012.

Born with no arms, Sarah has faced obstacles throughout her life, but has met each one with extraordinary courage and determination. However, to enable real freedom of movement and independence, Sarah needs a specially adapted car – and due to her not qualifying for ‘motability’ aid, her family are fundraising to achieve this.

Our target is £40,000, and we are thrilled to have raised £10,000 already through fundraising events. Clearly though, we still have a long way to go before Sarah is able to secure the autonomy that she deserves and that will transform her life.

Your donation – however small – will help enable Sarah to reach her dream and remove the barrier to independence that most of us take for granted.

Bucket collectors will be positioned around the ground ahead of tomorrow’s game, please dig as deep as you can.

Bulls bring in experienced left sided player

Hereford FC have this morning confirmed the signing of left-sided defender, Joel Dielna.

The Frenchman, can play as a left-sided centre-back, left back and left midfielder. His previous clubs include Blackpool, Solihull Moors, AFC Telford and Nuneaton, and the 28-year-old has also featured for several French division sides; Caen, Guingamp and Vannes as well as Spanish side Gerena.

Joel has trained with the players over the past few sessions and will be available for Saturday’s Vanarama National League North game vs Alfreton at Edgar Street.

Mike McGrath to train with Gloucester following Bulls departure

Hereford FC have this afternoon  confirmed that Mike McGrath has been allowed to leave Edgar Street by mutual consent with the midfielder now free to find a new club.

Your Herefordshire understands that McGrath is now set to train with Gloucester City in the hope of securing a contract with the National League South Club.

Photo Credit: Bulls News

Adam Stansfield Foundation to visit Herefordshire to hand out football packs

The Adam Stansfield Foundation is set to visit Herefordshire next week to hand out over 30 ‘Football Packs’ to local Primary Schools, ensuring that Adams’ legacy continues to live on in the County.

Stansfield became a firm Hereford United fans favourite after arriving at Edgar Street in 2004. He was a key member of the Play-Off winning side that saw The Bulls promoted into the Football League in 2006.

The Foundation was set up in Adam’s name after he lost his battle against bowel cancer in August 2010. The Foundation aims to support youngsters at grassroots level and in schools to enjoy a healthy lifestyle through football.

“We are a small family charity supporting individuals, schools and teams in Somerset, Herefordshire and Devon. We support disability teams, including Powerchair, Deaf, Downs Syndrome and Ability Counts teams. We also support Under 16’s in completing their FA Football Leaders Award (the first coaching award you can achieve).

Last year the foundation started their ‘Primary Schools Initiative’. “We realised that school finances were being cut year on year and receiving many grant requests from them, we decided to become pro-active to ensure that teachers had the resources to do their jobs properly.

“We will be delivering our ‘Football Packs’ to Primary Schools in and around Hereford next week (3rd/4th December). The packs have been put together with PE in mind and we hope the schools will be able to make good use of them. Maybe producing the next generation of Hereford FC players!

The £300 pack consists of:- 2 x pop up goals/ 5 x size 3 footballs/ 5 x size 4 footballs/ 10 bibs/10 x hurdles/1 x parachute/ 1x resistance belt/50 x cones/ 5 x hoops/2 x agility ladders/ ball pump and whistle.

Individuals, schools and football teams can apply for grants from the Foundation on our website:- www.adamstansfieldfoundation.com

Adam signed for Hereford United in the 2004-05 season scoring 22 goals. Adam was a popular player, recognised not just for his goals but his phenomenal work rate and never say die attitude. Adam played a big part in helping to get Hereford into the play-offs. The season was to end in disappointment though as the club lost to Stevenage Borough in the play-off semi-finals.

The heartache of missing out on promotion seemed to spur the club on and the next season saw another exciting promotion push. In what was a stop start season and after sustaining a fractured cheekbone in a horrid aerial clash at Canvey Island in February, Adam recovered in time for another play-off in May. After beating Morecambe in the semi-final Hereford went on to face Halifax Town in the final at The Walkers Stadium. Adam again had a big say in the outcome of the match by sending over the most sublime of crosses for strike partner Andy Williams to equalise in the promotion showdown. A 3-2 win after extra time saw Hereford United and Adam promoted back to the football league.

Adam left Hereford in 2006 moving home to Devon and Exeter City. He had a similar journey at Exeter helping them in promotion to the Football League.

In April 2010, aged just 31, Adam found out he was suffering from Bowel Cancer. After an operation and chemotherapy, Adam attended his first pre-season training session in July. A routine blood test showed that the cancer had spread and Adam lost his battle on August 10th 2010.

Storm Diana causes difficult driving conditions across Herefordshire

Storm Diana hit Herefordshire overnight and this morning causing several trees to come down and heavy rain which has resulted in difficult driving conditions across the county.

Gusts of wind of up to 60mph have been recorded at Shobdon and Credenhill.

Several trees have come down with Sutton St Nicholas and Hampton Bishop two of the areas that have seen delays due to fallen trees.

The worst of the storm has now passed and this afternoon should see sunny spells and blustery showers but the wind will remain strong.

Increase in vehicle crime prompts police to issue warning

There has been a recent spate of vehicle crime in Hereford, particularly in the north of the city. Tools have been stolen from a number of works vans and damage has been caused to some of the vehicles affected.

If you see anything suspicious in your area then please call 101 or 999 if the theft is in progress. Please give as much detail as possible vehicle targeted details including VRM, location, description of any offenders if seen including if with a vehicle and anything else of relevance.

Please ensure your vehicle is securely locked after use and where possible remove any valuable tools into the house or locked garage overnight.

Security measures to consider for vehicle secondary locks ( dead locks ), dash cam, signage on outside of vehicle to indicate tools have been removed and park in a way that denies access to side and rear doors.

Research property marking systems such as smartwater and cremark and be sure to advise this by placing signage on your vehicle.

Six arrested as police crackdown on drugs in Leominster and Kington

Police have arrested six people in the last week as they crackdown on the supply of drugs in rural Herefordshire.

During the arrests, West Mercia Police seized thousands of pounds worth of drugs, significant amounts of cash and weapons from both of the market towns and surrounding areas.

H&W Fire Service issue advice on preventing heating appliance fires

In the last three years 15% of house fires in Herefordshire and Worcestershire were caused by heating appliances, resulting in two deaths and 18 injuries.

Now the weather is cooler, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue (HWFRS) is encouraging people to check their electrical heating appliances, get their chimneys swept, and get their boilers serviced to avoid winter warming becoming a seasonal tragedy.

Group Commander Mick Cadman of HWFRS said: “Portable heating equipment that hasn’t been used since earlier in the year should be checked for broken cabling or exposed wires, and no portable heating appliance should ever be covered or left unattended.

“Ensure that older or more vulnerable people in your family are not using faulty appliances by visually checking any heaters and electric blankets that they may rely on during the winter.”

In addition, HWFRS has highlighted some simple visual checks that relatives and neighbours can carry out and help to keep their friends and family safe:

– Watch out for overloaded plug sockets – many people use four-way bar adaptors to allow them to plug more appliances in, particularly in older properties that do not have as many sockets. However, just because there is space to plug in four appliances, it does not mean that it is safe to do so. Visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/overloadingsockets to check
do not store flammable ‘clutter’ near the electrical intake or on top of microwaves.

– Make sure that any portable heaters are being used safely. They should not be used to dry or heat clothes and should not be left switched on and unattended. Also watch out for trailing cables that can cause a trip hazard.

– Check that electric blankets are in good condition and that manufacturers’ instructions are followed. If a blanket is more than ten years old, consider buying a new one from a retailer that you trust.

– Make sure that electrical products have not been subject to a recall or safety notice. You can carry out a product checker simple search at www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/recall

To arrange a Home Fire Safety Check, contact the HWFRS Community Risk team on 0800 032 1155.

For more advice on electrical safety for older people, visit: https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/for-older-people/

Your Herefordshire teams up with The Venue Nightclub to raise funds for Hereford Street Pastors

Your Herefordshire is proud to team up with The Venue Nightclub in Hereford this December to raise money for the wonderful Street Pastors who commit their time to patrol the streets of Hereford during the night to support Hereford’s night time ecpnomy.

When visiting The Venue on any Sunday in December, mention ‘The Venue Loves Your Herefordshire’ or ‘I Love the Venue’ or ‘I love Hereford Street Pastors’ and The Venue will give YOU a free shot and make a £1 donation to the Street Pastors on your behalf.

*Once per person, per Sunday night.

The Crimes of Grindelwald is all set-up, no execution says Lewis Pearce

Over the course of 8 movies, the Harry Potter franchise grossed a whopping $7.7 Billion at the box office. To say the series was a success is an understatement, but that wasn’t to be the last we’d see from the Wizarding World on the big screen. Back in 2016, Warner Bro’s released Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them, the first film in a now announced 5 movie series. The franchise will be a spin-off and prequel to the Harry Potter films, produced and written by J.K. Rowling in her screenwriting debut. Where to Find Them was a solid opener, nothing overly special but certainly a strong first chapter which was beautifully done and charming in places.

Whilst the pinnacle of the franchise is still the sublime third entry The Prisoner of Azkaban, there has never really been a truly bad film within the series… until The Crimes of Grindelwald. Here we have a bloated, boring and uneventful sequel, a real mess of a movie and by far the worst to date within the Harry Potter universe. What is so infuriating is that the film has literally been made to simply introduce characters and plotlines for further instalments, meaning there is nothing here except mountains of exposition and minimal character development.

Following the events of the first movie, Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) must enlist the help of former star pupil Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to take down Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) a dark, powerful and manipulative wizard who has recently escaped incarceration.

Despite his name being featured in the film’s title, Grindelwald (Depp) is not only barely in the picture but also rather dull. Depp is bland and uninteresting, lacking charisma or any sort of memorability. Although he’s saved from total disaster by a strong reveal late on, one in which he explains his motives for his actions against muggles (Non-Wizards). It’s a surprising development that shows another side to Grindelwald’s character.

Redmayne continues to be a likeable presence in the lead whilst Katherine Waterston is terribly underused. The star of the show is actually new recruit Jude Law. He may not have an overly big part to play (he’s non-existent in the second act) but he is a delight and steals every scene he is in, living up to the hype of playing the renowned character of Dumbledore.

However, it is the script that ultimately lets the film down, with Rowling trying to establish and progress far too many characters. Worst of all is that barely any of them are interesting, meaning you just won’t care enough about any of their stories. After being my favourite part of the first movie, Dan Fogler’s Jacob and his relationship with Alison Sudol’s pure-blood Queenie is wasted and depressing, lacking the heart which made them so special in the first place. It is one of numerous sub-plots which simply don’t work.

There is so little excitement throughout, with only a handful of action set-pieces and they’re basically all over before they’ve even began. Big moments lack the emotion and energy required, falling totally flat in the process. Emotion and energy are two traits which previous instalments have never suffered from. Thankfully, the production design is once again magnificent and the visual effects are as spellbinding as you expect from a film of this magnitude. The magic certainly hasn’t completely disappeared, with Newt’s one underwater beast and the adorable Niffler having particular stand out moments.

The first movie had some references to the Potter movies but overall was mostly its own thing. Here, the film is filled to the rim with Easter Eggs, references and characters for the Potter admirers and I felt they overdo it a little and most of them felt unnecessary. If you’re a big Potter fan, you’ll probably find the movie more tolerable than others simply because it’s so aggressively jam-packed with fan-service.

For the most part the film is too busy thinking ahead to actually think about the audiences’ needs now. I may look back on The Crimes of Grindelwald in years to come and see it as a solid entry in the franchise, one which does set up some key storylines going forward. But for now, it’s easily my most disappointing movie of the year.

Verdict: A sequel far more interested in introducing storylines and characters than providing thrills and excitement, the only crime Grindelwald commits here is taking your well-earned time and money.

Best Moment: The finale builds the only tension of the entire picture

Rating: 5/10

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