(18 June 2021)
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Parishioners, friends and families of Wellington Heath and the surrounding area will be organising several weeks of fun events as a wa
y of celebrating the gradual reduction in Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
These events will culminate on a special Phoenix Festival Day, and be centred around Pool Piece opposite the Farmers Arms.
A poster of the event and the main dates for your diary (including an entry form for the Car Treasure Hunt ) can be found by clicking on the image below.
Check the village noticeboards and the village website for more info.
Advance Warning of Road Closure/Disruption for the extension of rural fibre
Please note that from 7th July 2021 and for 2 weeks, there will be a road closure/restrictions on a small section of Church Lane and Hollow Lane. The section starts at the “Old Vicarage” and runs down past the Burtons Lane junction for a few yards down Hollow Lane to “Upper House” (before the sharp left bend).
There will be closures at most times so please follow any diversions during these times. All households will of course be granted access to and from their homes and workmen will liaise with homeowners regarding this. Access for pedestrians during these times will be granted if safe to do so, and vehicles at certain times if safe and wherever possible.
The Knife Angel will be situated outside the West End of Hereford Cathedral from 14 June to 12 July. The sculpture is 27ft tall, it weighs 3.5 ton and is made out of 100,000 confiscated knives received from 43 Police Forces across the UK. It originated from The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry and took sculptor Alfie Bradley over two years to construct. It has been on tour round the UK and has become a national monument against violence and aggression in all its forms. Not only does the Angel act as a catalyst for turning the tide on violent and aggressive behaviour, but it is also acts as a beautiful memorial designed to celebrate those lives who have been lost through these violent and thoughtless actions.
The team responsible for bringing the Knife Angel to Hereford is headed by Alison Davies and Meryl Cain. Alison lost her son Mark to knife crime in 2018. The team want to raise awareness of the catastrophic impact violent crime has on individuals, families and communities.
Inside both the cathedral and Hereford Library, there will be boards displaying work carried out in response to the Knife Angel by children and young people. The project team will also share work via social media. Hereford City Youth Council have also arranged a series of workshop events throughout the month including creative arts and self-defence coaching.
The knife angel creators would like as many young people as possible to become anti-violence champions and have created an anti-violence certificate as a thank you to all young people who stand up to violence. There will be printed copies of the certificate available at the Knife Angel for those who visit.
For more information please visit the Knife Angel Hereford website: www.knifeangelhereford.co.uk
Bloor Homes Viaduct Site Given the Go-ahead for development – despite huge local objection and the adverse impact this will cause
Both Wellington Heath Parish Council (WHPC) & Ledbury Town Council (LTC) are extremely disappointed that the Secretary of State has found in favour of Bloor Homes at the recent Appeal Hearing, and that the 625 new homes at the viaduct site development will now go ahead with just one vehicular access onto the Bromyard Road.
LTC have written a press release with a full account on this link here and we urge you to read this for more information.
The Ledbury Reporter also covered this in a recent article available online here.
This news is a great disappointment to the community and will no doubt be on the agenda at the next PC Meeting.
It is once again the season for potholes. Please do your bit to report any you find in your travels and Herefordshire Council will do their best to get these addressed ASAP.
Neil James our Locality Steward (Balfour Beatty Services) who is responsible for overseeing this has given us the following info:
To report via the phone, please call the team on 01432 261800
…or if you prefer just go to the following webpage where you can pinpoint where the pothole is on a map and add notes that might help the team locate the pothole : https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/report-a-pothole
Lockdown easing delayed and extended 4 weeks to 19 July 2021. Please continue to stay safe and to follow the Government Guidelines here
- For the latest Covid-19 information visit Herefordshire Council’s website –please click here
Informataion about Herefordshire Council’s support for vulnerable residents who remain in their homes during the Covid-19 lockdown can be found at this website
The Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those more vulnerable residents who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending. They can also support registration for online shopping slots that have been allocated to Herefordshire with Tesco and Iceland and for CEV’s through the national system.
Wellington Heath’s own volunteer-run COVID-19 local helpline for residents in the Parish: Pat Beaumont & Sue Barnes have asked us to remind everyone that the Wellington Heath Battle Group remains available to provide local support to the Parish if needed. Pat & Sue have the following message for everyone:
“Well, here we go again, lockdown for another 4 weeks. As the Government’s strategy to combat and delay the spread of the Coronavirus starts to take effect, we are aware that some in the village may require more support than others. But not to worry the Wellington Heath Coronavirus Battle Group is here to help once again, so if anyone finds it difficult to get their groceries or medicines, then please give us a call. We have also agreed to open the outside lending library once again outside the Memorial Hall so when you go for your walk you can pick up a book to read when you get back home.”
“Don’t forget hands, face, space and stay safe.”
Contact Details : Pat Beaumont (01531 579347) & Sue Barnes (01531 248472)
Vaccinations The NHS is well into its vaccination roll-out campaign with more vaccine centres now online.
- all adults (over 18)
- Workers in Care Homes
- Frontline Health Workers
- people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- people with a learning disability
- people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
You will also need to be registered with a GP surgery in England. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.
The vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Wait to be contacted
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
We must not relax our protective measures as we will need time to complete the vaccination programme to the extent that life can go back to normal.
The Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those more vulnerable residents who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community. Please contact us on 01432 260027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Coronavirus – Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form.
Reducing loneliness Living Letters is a project that connects people and develops intergenerational friendships to help prevent loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic. The Chickenshed charity has volunteers aged from 18-21 who want to connect with senior members of communities. If you have care homes or group settings that may benefit from this scheme to help prevent lockdown loneliness.
- Learning Together – National Academy for Social Prescribing funding is designed for voluntary organisations, community and faith groups and social enterprises in England, supporting communities through COVID19.
- The Local Connections Fund is for community groups to tackle loneliness i.e. book clubs, walking groups and other community projects, designed to help reduce loneliness in the coming months.
- Sport England Return to Play Fund has three parts which focus on supporting a safe return to play.
Up to date information on all funding opportunities is listed in the Herefordshire Council funding update.
Please note that guidance continues to change, so it is best to check on www.gov.uk regularly.
The Police & Crime Commissioners Election results for West Mercia and the West Midlands regions have been published.
John-Paul Campion (Conservative) was re-elected for the West Mercia region and will serve another 4 years.
Simon Foster (Labour) was also re-elected for the West Midlands region and will serve another 4 years.
A link to these results can be found here.
The latest minutes from the 4th September 2020 Wellington Heath NDPWG (Neigbourhood Development Plan Working Group) review meeting (and previous meetings) can be found on this page here
Please also note that a revised version of the NDP for 2020 (in DRAFT) can be downloaded by clicking here
- 20mph speed limits continue to be in force in most parts of Ledbury Town centre under the Herefordshire Council’s emergency covid walking/cycling measures………..so keep an eye out for the temporary 20MPH signs.
- The Ledbury Recycling Centre is open.
HOWEVER YOU MUST BOOK YOUR SLOT ONLINE IN ADVANCE here. You will need to enter your PostCode, find your address from the pull-down list of properties, select the centre from the centres available and also enter your car registration number. You will be given the available days/time-slots (that have not already been booked). Simply select one, and confirm reservation, and you will be emailed an appointment pass which is numbered and which will need to be printed and displayed on your car dash. (or shown on a mobile phone when asked at the gate). NB: The allocation of slots has increased to 1 visit per week per household. Please remember to turn up at the correct time.
Roadworks and Planned Closures
You can search for planned roadworks by visiting: https://one.network/ Then searching for “Ledbury (Wellington Heath)” in the search box. (select the time period such as “Next two weeks” from the pull-down box of time periods above).
For the latest village information, including regular weekly news updates and village newsletters, be sure to visit the Village Website by clicking here.
Wellington Heath Councillors are:
Jennifer Jones (Chair)
David Williams (Vice-Chair & Chair of Planning Committee)
Clerk: Mary Barnett
Tel: 01531 635103
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