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NEWS | Madley family receive community order for fly tipping

Two family members have been fined for illegally disposing of waste in a case taken to Hereford Magistrates’ Court by Herefordshire Council’s Community Protection Team.

Mr Taylor George Skidmore (36) of The Willows, Madley was sentenced on Wednesday 17 April 2019 after pleading guilty to three charges of fly tipping, for not being a licenced waste carrier and for failing in his duty of care to transfer waste legally to an authorised person. He was sentenced to a 12 month community order, five rehabilitation days, 80 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £561.64 plus a £15 victim surcharge.

Mr Skidmore’s mother, Mrs Lita Susan Skidmore (64), also of The Willows, Madley pleaded guilty to two charges of fly tipping and failing in her duty of care to transfer waste legally to an authorised person. She was sentenced to a 12 month community order, five rehabilitation days, 40 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £561.64 in costs plus a £15 victim surcharge.At the hearing on Tuesday 2 April, the court heard that Mr Skidmore was paid £80 to remove a van full of waste from a Hereford home in September 2018. A Clehonger landowner subsequently found the waste fly tipped in a field three days later.

Further investigations revealed that Taylor Skidmore had transported the waste without a waste carriers licence, that he did not have any duty of care records to show where the waste was collected from and taken to for the previous two years, and that he had taken collected waste home where his mother Lita Skidmore would dispose of the waste by burning on her land.

The maximum penalty for fly tipping is a £50,000 fine and/ or 5 years imprisonment.

The Community Protection Team will investigate fly tipping cases that are reported via the Herefordshire Council website or by calling 01432 261761.

Report fly tipping online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/flytipping

NEWS | Police recover historic ordnance device from property in Hereford

UPDATED: West Mercia Police – The cordon and road closures on Belmont Avenue, #Hereford, have been lifted following the discovery of a suspected historic ordnance device inside a property, which has now been safely removed by #EOD. Thank you all for your patience while this was dealt with.

Officers were called to Belmont Avenue, Hereford, following the discovery of a suspected historic ordnance device inside a property yesterday afternoon.

A cordon was put in place affecting Belmont Avenue and surrounding areas, including part of the car park at Asda.

Police later confirmed that a suspected historic ordnance device was discovered inside a property, which was then safely removed by #EOD.

PHOTO – Lewis Hughes

JOBS | Hereford BID are looking for a street cleaner

Are you someone who takes pride in their work? Hereford Business Improvement District are seeking an individual who is happy to weed, wash, clean, de-litter, de-gum and paint throughout the streets of Hereford so that it looks highly presentable and welcoming to shoppers each day – in all weathers throughout the year.

Working 16 hours per week between Monday to Thursday (or Friday if you wish) you will be a strong self-starter, able to work alone, and disciplined to ensure your work makes an impact and is to a very high standard.

The list below is not exhaustive but provides an overview of the core elements of the role. Please read the job description and person specification for more detail.

  • The post is for a fixed term and ends 31st March 2020 with the possibility of extension subject to a re-ballot and needs of the business.
  • Good work ethic with ability to work alone, manage own time and make decisions.
  • Work will take place in all weathers and seasons throughout the year.
  • You will regularly be weeding, vacuuming, washing signs, painting and picking up litter amongst other tasks as required.
  • Possess an awareness of health and safety and a logical approach to outdoor work in keeping yourself and public safe.
  • You will be operating equipment from time to time such as electric trailers and large cleaning machinery.
  • Ability to talk and interact with the public and businesses, representing Hereford BID and the businesses who fund us.
  • From time to time you will work different hours such as evenings and weekends as needed by the business so flexibility is required.

The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd May, 10pm. Interviews will be Tuesday 7th and 8th May.

Please state your experience, abilities and suitability to the post in a covering letter.

For further details and to apply for this vacancy, please visit 👉 https://www.indeedjobs.com/hereford-business-improvement-district-ltd/jobs/ed1ae48aebf93a68b723

ACTIVITIES | Martial Arts Centre continues to grow

Matt Hudd Martial Arts CIC have recently opened a new dedicated centre for the practice of Chinese Martial Arts in Hereford.

Matt started his first class in 2006 teaching once a week in Ledbury as a sole trader. Since then he has gone on to grow his business and to form a Community Interest Company.

Community Interest Companies are non-profit Social Enterprises organisations where all surplus profits made go back into the community.

The team at Matt Hudd Martial Arts aim to help individuals and groups within the community build self-confidence, self-respect, compassion, focusing on mental wellbeing through the practice and enjoyment of Chinese Martial Arts and Mindfulness Meditation. They have a dedicated team of coaches trained through the Matt Hudd Martial Arts Instructor Development Team all trained with recognised qualifications.

They provide classes in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chinese Kickboxing for children as young as 3 years old through to adults of all ages. You will also find classes in self-defence, coaching, team leadership workshops and ladies only.

The aim of the school is to benefit the community through promoting health and wellbeing, educating them to take responsibility for themselves through empowering individuals to make better lifestyle choices. Students are encouraged to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually and by starting at an early age, it is Matt’s vision that the community of Hereford can have the resources and tools to cope with the more challenging aspects of life as they grow older.

Contact them to discover the full range of classes and find a time to suit your lifestyle.

📧 info@matthuddmartialarts.com
📱 07915450663
💻 www.matthuddmartialarts.com

Find them at Unit 3, 16 Coningsby Street, Hereford, HR1 2DY.

NEWS | Police appeal for witnesses following attempted rape

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted rape in Ross-on-Wye.

The incident happened some time between 1.30am and 2.25am on Monday morning (22 April) on the pathway near to the Ross-on-Wye tennis courts on Walford Road.

The victim, a woman in her 30s, sustained minor injuries and was left shaken following the incident.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape.

Detective Inspector Mark Peters from West Mercia Police said: “We take reports of this nature very seriously and a thorough investigation is underway while the victim is being supported by specially-trained officers.

“I would urge anyone who may have witnessed this incident or saw anything suspicious in the Walford Road area in the early hours of Monday morning to please come forward.”

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information that could help police with their enquiries is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 85s of 22 April.

Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Anyone who is a victim of any sexual assault who feels they may need support, or may not want to contact the police can contact West Mercia Police’s Victim Advice Line which is a free, independent and confidential support service. People can call 0800 952 3000 or visit www.victimadviceline.org.uk

COMMUNITY | Community Catalysts help make a difference

Have you heard of Community Catalysts? The UK wide organisation helps those who need care and support to live the life they want through different community initiatives, and has been successfully making a difference across Herefordshire for over 12 months.

Herefordshire’s dedicated Community Catalyst, Tess Brooks, is working on a two year Enterprising Communities project, to help reduce social isolation and loneliness across the county, through the creation of local community enterprises, businesses and groups.

We asked Tess about her role and the positive results it’s achieved so far in Herefordshire, she told us:

“One of the best things about working at Community Catalysts is its focus on people, and not the stereotypes of ‘vulnerable’, ‘lonely’ or ‘disempowered’ people, waiting to be saved by some sort of intervention. It’s the real people that I work with every day, all kinds of them, helping to establish and grow local community enterprises and businesses to further strengthen our communities.

“I’m delighted with what we’ve been able to achieve in just over a year in Herefordshire. We’ve helped to create or sustain 57 local jobs through 50 different local enterprises, which support 116 local volunteers, all of whom make a significant difference in our communities. There’s now 1,160 more options for local people with 488 people in Herefordshire now doing things they weren’t or couldn’t do before (this doesn’t even take into consideration the positive impact this will have also had on family and friends!).

“There’s so many great stories and inspiring local people behind this success and it’s been a pleasure to have worked with all of them. It’s real people like…

Bonnie: Who established a local meals on wheels service to help older adults stay independent.

Mike: Who decided to set up a mobility aid shop instead of retiring.

Emma: Who set up a counselling service to help local people find happiness.

“If you’re looking to make a difference in your local area by setting up a community enterprise, business or group, which can help to reduce isolation and loneliness, then I’d love to hear from you!”

If you’d like to get in touch with Tess, please e-mail tess.brooks@communitycatalysts.co.uk or to find out more about the Community Catalysts, visit www.communitycatalysts.co.uk.

LIFESTYLE | Herefordshire residents are more active thanks to the ActiveHERE project

The ActiveHERE project team are celebrating their success in encouraging thousands of residents to become more physically active.

The service has engaged over 17,000 residents and over 100 different physical activity providers across Herefordshire, enabling people to sample a wide variety of holistic and sporting activities. 1,284 of these participants were physically inactive before using the service and as a result of getting in touch with the ActiveHERE team have become active.

The 3 year initiative led by Herefordshire Council, was one of 33 independently-evaluated pilot projects to receive a share of £13.8m government funding through the Sport England ‘Get Healthy Get Active’ campaigns.

The project was designed to reduce the risk of preventable health conditions by supporting adults who are physically inactive to become active by sampling suitable local activities.

Herefordshire’s Director of Public Health, Karen Wright said: “We would like to thank everyone involved in the ActiveHERE project, including the project team and the participants who have helped to make the programme a fantastic success.

“Well done to those people who have successfully made changes to become more physically active, which will help them stay well for longer.

“Our team has been able to see first-hand the difference that activity can make to someone’s life, in particular to people that may not have exercised before or for a number of years.

“If you would like help to become more physically active, the ActiveHERE team are on hand to provide personalised support. They can help you to find suitable activities near to where you live and offer professional advice and support along the way to help you achieve your goals. To find out more about the activities available in your area or to book a free appointment call the team on 01432 383567 or visit www.wisherefordshire.org and search for Active HERE.”

More information about the ActiveHERE project

An estimated 34,600 adults in Herefordshire were physically inactive in 2014. Evidence shows physical inactivity greatly increases the risk of developing health conditions including diabetes, coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and cancer, and is also linked to reduced mental health and well-being.

Herefordshire Council received £174,640 from Sport England as one of their ‘Get Healthy, Get Active projects’, with an additional £80,000 from Herefordshire Council, plus support from Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire and Herefordshire Council’s Healthy Lifestyle Service to implement the ActiveHERE project.

ActiveHERE was designed to reduce the risk of preventable health conditions by enabling inactive adults living in Herefordshire to engage with physical activity, including entry-level sporting activities.

The project was led by Herefordshire Council, and delivered by ignite CIC with support from the council’s healthy lifestyle trainer service.

The ActiveHERE service is open to all adults living in Herefordshire who are not currently taking part in physical activity. Contact with the service is completely free of charge, the only cost to the individual is the cost of the activity they select. However, some providers offer free taster sessions / reduced rates to ActiveHERE clients.

Since the launch of the ActiveHERE project in January 2016, 1,284 residents have taken part in physical activity as a result of using the signposting and support service and many have continued to be active.

The project was evaluated by Tiller Research Ltd.

FOOD & DRINK | Salt Beef Burger at A Rule of Tum

Did you over indulge over the bank holiday weekend? Well we think you deserve one more treat!

The Salt beef burger at A Rule of Tum is a delight that can’t be missed.

Farmer Tom’s beef patty / Salt beef / Smoked mustard mayo / Dill pickles / Cheddar / Sauerkraut / Ketchup / Baby gem / Challah Bun

It’s available on the specials board for a limited time only. They even butcher and make their own salt beef for this delicious burger!

https://aruleoftum.com/

WHAT’S ON? | 2Faced Dance Company return home with a stunning dance theatre circus show

2Faced Dance Company have toured internationally with their show: What The Moon Saw and now the show comes to The Courtyard in Hereford for 5 very special performances.

“We can’t wait to bring What The Moon Saw home!” says Company Manager Lisa Sullivan. “It’s such a beautiful and magical show. It really shows the versatility of the company. This is our first children’s work and it has been received so well wherever it has been. The gentle narrative teamed with the stunning set and incredible movement on stage makes for the perfect introduction to theatre and dance for little ones that perhaps haven’t seen anything like this before.”

What The Moon Saw is inspired by the story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen. The main character, a boy called Jack, makes friends with The Moon and together they go on an adventure through the night meeting wonderful and magical characters along the way.

“What The Moon Saw may have toured the world but we are most excited about bringing the show home” Sullivan continues. “It’s wonderful for children and their families to see what it is we do on and off the stage. Our weekly classes and holiday schools are a big hit in Hereford and this is a wonderful opportunity for people to see the professional company doing what they do best on The Courtyard’s stage. We hope to see as many people there as possible!”

Audiences are invited to come early to The Courtyard to enjoy FREE craft activities before the show and they might even get a glimpse of a character or two. Whatsmore, after the show, audiences are invited onto stage to leave their mark on the chalkboard set and take selfies with The Moon!

What The Moon Saw plays at The Courtyard from Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 June. Tickets are £10 (concessions £9) with £7.50 tickets available at the Family Saturdays performance at 11am. To book, call the Box Office on 01432 340555 or visit www.courtyard.org.uk

FOOTBALL | Matt Healey catches up with former Bull Leroy May

Former Hereford United striker Leroy May was a special guest at Edgar Street for Saturday’s match against AFC Telford United.

As well as playing centre forward at Edgar Street. Leroy also enjoyed a career as a male stripper.

Matt Healey spoke to him before kick off.

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