News

[A collection of useful timely information and announcements gathered from around the Parish]

Saturday 13 July 2019 – Annual Canvass 2019

The Herefordshire Annual Canvass starts on 15th July. The purpose of the Canvass is to compile an accurate Electoral Register, which will be published on 1st December 2019.

This means that every residential property in the county will be sent a Household Enquiry Form (HEF). This form will show all members of the household currently registered to vote.

It is a legal requirement that the HEF is completed and returned. Any resident aged 18 or over can complete the HEF on behalf of the whole household. Residents have a choice of four different methods to complete their HEFs: online, phone, text or post. Each of these is free of charge to the resident, however we are encouraging the use of phone, text or web, as paper returns cost the Council much more.

We are confident that our Electoral Register is already very accurate but the canvass is a legal requirement for Local Authorities, and it is a good opportunity for us to check accuracy and increase the number of registered electors in Herefordshire.

IMPORTANT NOTE: completing the HEF does NOT register new electors to vote – they must still do this individually themselves via one of the approved methods (e.g. online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote)

If you have any questions, here are our contact details:

Herefordshire Council Electoral Services:

  • phone – 01432 260107
  • email – canvass@herefordshire.gov.uk

Monday 8 July 2019 – It was the El Dorado Festival last weekend (5th to 7th July) at Eastnor

A big thank you to the organisers and to the Eastnor Estate for managing the sound so well this year and being considerate to locals in the surrounding Parishes!

From all accounts it was a truly great weekend festival for people of all ages to enjoy, and we are all glad that lessons had been learned from last year’s extraordinary issues.

Thanks to Herefordshire Council for their part too in monitoring sound levels this year.

We wish the festival all the future success it deserves, and that it continues to monitor sound levels for the enjoyment of everyone concerned.


Tuesday 2 July 2019 – It’s the El Dorado Festival this weekend (5th to 7th July) at Eastnor

It’s a truly great weekend festival for people of all ages to enjoy, but for some of those that don’t attend, they hope lessons have been learned from last year’s issue which led to sound travelling across many of the surrounding villages – well into the early hours of the morning.

There is a Herefordshire Council website with details of the telephone number to call – should you feel the music is still too loud this year : https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200145/business/133/environment_and_pollution/4

They say on this page that :

“If you find loud music, parties and barking dogs keeping you awake at night, call the out of hours noise team on Tel: 01432 261761. We will be on call over the summer from 9pm to 2am every Friday and Saturday evening, and August bank holiday Sunday.”

Herefrodshire Council have said they will monitor sound levels this year……so hopefully the sound will be a lot more bearable this year – after all its just on for three days; after which everything will return to normal!


Monday 24 June 2019 –Did you miss out taking part in the live event on rural policing earlier tonight? 

If so then why not view the video on the West Mercia PCC FaceBook page?

Click on the image below to view the video.

John Campion (our Police & Crime Commissioner) held a live session on Monday evening (24th June 2019) on the West Mercia PCC Facebook page here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/WestMerciaPCC/

John put various questions on your behalf to West Mercia Police Chief Constable, Anthony Bangham and Assistant Chief Constable Martin Evans.


Monday 17 June 2019 – Some Road works affecting our area.

1] JUNE: Road surface repairs  – Burtons Lane  – Burtons Farm to The Withers, Wellington Heath [B4214 to Church Lane]

Works planned for the week commencing Monday, 17 June to (and including) Sunday, 23 June is detailed below.  This of course is subject to weather conditions.

2] JULY: Pot Hole Repairing of Raycomb Lane between Wednesday, 17 July 2019 and Thursday, 18 July 2019.

Where the road will be closed between 09.00 hours to 17.00 hours each day.

There is a Herefordshire Council interactive map here : https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200196/roads/234/roadworks   – where you can locate areas on an inter-active map and see where traffic works are scheduled (including info relating to them).


Friday 7 June 2019 – Take part and have your say on rural policing.

Do you have questions about Policing in our community?

Would you like to see more police in rural areas? What crime issues are important to you? What would make your community safer?

Have your say on rural crime!

John Campion (our Police & Crime Commissioner  https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/about-your-pcc/ ) will be holding a live session on Monday 24th June 2019, 7pm online on his Facebook page here: https://en-gb.facebook.com/WestMerciaPCC/

If you can’t be around to take part, then make your voice heard by emailing the Commissioner in advance at this email address here : getinvolved@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

John will put these questions on your behalf  to West Mercia Police Chief Constable, Anthony Bangham on the night.

More info about this event can be found here: https://www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/in-your-community/questions/

There will be a live recording made of the evening’s event…….so you can revisit their website or YouTube channel to view the evening’s session in a few weeks’ time.


Monday 6 May 2019 – Liz Harvey has been re-elected as the county councillor for Ledbury North.

Congratulations to Cllr. Liz Harvey!   Liz (It’s Our County -Independent) stood against Karl Bufton (Conservative).

The turnout 32. 6% and Karl Bufton received 376 votes against Liz Harvey’s 451 votes.


Thursday 2 May 2019 – Polling Day in Local Government Elections

Stand for what you believe in……Briefing sessions for those interested in
becoming a councillor, or supporting a candidate.
The Elections Process briefing sessions – Assembly Hall, Hereford Town
Hall (6pm – 8pm)
Monday 4 March – Political party agents briefing
Wednesday 6 March – Parish Clerks briefing
Thursday 7 March – Prospective candidates
briefing (open to all)

Key dates for candidates
12 March 2019 – Notice of election
3 April 2019 (4pm) – Deadline for delivery of nomination papers
2 May 2019Polling Day
3 May 2019 – Count

www.herefordshire.gov.uk/beacouncillor
01432 260107
elections@herefordshire.gov.uk


Thursday 25 April 2019 – WH Parish Council Annual Parish meeting   UPDATE

The Parish Council would like to thank all who turned up to our Annual Meeting at the Memorial Hall last Tuesday (23rd April); it was just a shame more people did not attend as they really missed out on some very useful information and constructive discussions.

Paul Crumpton [Our guest speaker from West Mercia Police] treated us all to a very enlightening, and at times entertaining, talk on Crime Prevention.  We certainly learnt a lot about the criminal mind and the tactics they use when trying to exploit individuals in the community.

We also learnt that cybercrime is on the rise and that we now have two distinct areas to guard:

  1. Our Physical Property (House/land/Vehicles/Tools/personal property when travelling etc)… and…
  2. Our Cyber Presence when online (email/shopping and banking website passwords/social media information etc.)

Paul’s overarching message was that prevention is always the best policy……and to eliminate any opportunities for the criminal to exploit…..whoever, or wherever they may be.

For the benefit of those who couldn’t attend, Peter Constantine, our roving reporter has kindly written an excellent round-up of ALL the evening’s events on the village website here.

You can also download the slides from the presentation (in pdf format) here.  This is jammed-packed with info and links to useful resources and worth printing out as reference at home.


Tuesday 23 April 2019 -WH Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting

Please come along and listen to recommendations and advice given by our Guest Speaker PC Paul Crumpton and also hear what the Parish Council has achieved on your behalf during the year and what your money has been spent on.

The Agenda appears on this link here.


Monday 18 March 2019 -Bin Collections

There may be some changes to bin collections in some areas around Herefordshire.

To find out if you are affected, just enter your postcode and select your address here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/bincollection

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Thursday 14 March 2019 -Defibrillator Demonstration

Defibrillators save lives and we are fortunate to have one in Wellington Heath.  But would YOU feel confident to use it?   On the evening of  14th March 2019, you can come to take part in demonstrations to show how it works.  It’s easy really, but it’s always better to know in advance than wait for a real-life emergency, when minutes can make all the difference.

So, join us at The Farmers Arms [Cowshed] between 7.30pm and  9pm on Thursday 14th March 2019.

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Monday 4 March  – Herefordshire Now – The online e-magazine

Please follow this link to the latest issue of Herefordshire Now:

www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/herefordshirenow

The latest & current version will be available – plus all previous editions.


Saturday 2 Feb 2019 -Newcomers’ Event

The annual Newcomers’ Event will be on Saturday 2nd February 2019 between 10am and 12pm. Newcomers to the Parish, as well as all other residents, are invited to the Memorial Village Hall to network and learn about the various activities and clubs in the community. Wellington Heath may seem sleepy, but it is a very active place. There will be lots to see and people to meet.


Thursday 17 Jan 2019 – David Fletcher Talk

David Fletcher is giving a talk at the Wellington Heath Memorial Hall on Thursday 17 January starting at 8pm in the Memorial Hall ( Entry, £5 on the door and children free, includes tea/coffee and biscuits during the intermission). David has been visiting and living in Polar Regions for 46 years, fifteen of which were with the British Antarctic Survey (B.A.S.) as a dog driver, Base Commander and Field Operations Manager.  His talk on South Georgia is entitled “Glittering Gem of the South Atlantic”  – don’t miss this interesting event!

17/12/18 – Herefordshire Now – The online e-magazine

Please find below a link to the latest issue of Herefordshire Now, Herefordshire Council’s quarterly publication to share news and information about council services with residents.

This Winer 2018 issue features articles on getting our roads ready for winter, wheelie bin collections, buying safe online this Christmas, the launch of the Community Champions Awards and asking people to consider becoming a councillor.

The centre pages this issue throw a spotlight on Herefordshire Council’s adult and children services.

To view Herefordshire Now just click her: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/herefordshirenow

The latest & current version will be available – plus all previous editions.


22/11/18 – Wellington Heath PC Budget

2019 to 2020

The Parish Council met on the 20th November to plan next year’s PC budget.   We confirm that there will be no increase in the Precept for the next financial year (2019/20) so will therefore remain at £9,500.

The budget announcement & breakdown, (which appears on all Parish Noticeboards), can be downloaded here: Wellington Heath Budget 2019 to 2020.