Film Night, 4th January – Rocketman

Our first film to kick off 2020 is Rocketman on Saturday 4th January at the New Bridge Community Centre.

This 2019 musical drama is based on the troubled early life of Elton John with Taron Egerton in the lead role. The film starts at 7.15pm, admission £5 to include coffee and biscuits and draw. Visitors welcome.

“It’s going to be a long, long time before a rock biopic manages to capture the highs and lows of an artist’s life like Rocketman.”
Critics Consensus, Rotten Tomatoes
89% Audience Score

February’s film is The Keeper being shown on Saturday 1st February. The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon.

Help for those affected by recent flooding

Flooding in HerefordshireHerefordshire Council appreciates what a difficult time this has been for people recently and has launched hardship schemes to residents and businesses whose homes or businesses have been flooded. This includes a Community Flood Recovery Grant worth £500 to each affected household.

In order to qualify for the assistance, flood water must have entered the habitable areas of their property, or the residence has been considered unliveable for any period of time due to flooding. Alongside this is a Business Flood Recovery Grant, which will provide up to £2,500 per eligible small and medium-sized business.

To qualify, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they have directly impacted or have directly suffered a loss of trade as a result of the flooding that cannot be recovered from insurance.

The application process has now opened and those affected can  apply online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods.  Please tell anyone who would benefits from this assistance.

In addition, a 100% Council Tax discount is available for 3 months for primary residence where, as a result of the relevant weather event:

  • Flood water entered into the habitable areas; OR
  • Flood water did not enter into the habitable areas, but the local authority regards that the residence was otherwise considered unlivable for any period of time, for example:
    –  where access to the property is severely restricted (e.g. upper floor flats with no access);
    –  key services such as sewerage, draining, and electricity are severely affected;
    –  the adverse weather has resulted in other significant damage to the property such that it would be, or would have been, advisable for residents to vacate the premises for any period of time.

Furthermore, 100% business rate discount for 3 months (up to state aid de minimis levels) is available for primary residence in the following circumstances:

  • The hereditament was directly impacted by the relevant weather event – for instance flood damage to the property, equipment, and/or stock; or; the business could not function due to lack of access to premises, equipment and/or stock as a result of the relevant weather event, and no alternatives were available; AND
  • On that day business activity undertaken at the hereditament was adversely affected as a result; AND
  • On that day the rateable value of the hereditament was less than £10 million.

If the above criteria is satisfied, email counciltax@herefordshire.gov.uk or  businessrates@herefordshire.gov.uk to arrange for a visiting officer to attend the property to verify the situation.

We are aware that not everyone who suffered from flooding contacted the emergency services or the council for help and so would like to encourage anybody who has been affected by flooding to get in touch and report any issues online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/floods

Don’t miss the Christmas Craft Fair, Saturday 30th Nov

Looking for unusual handcrafted, homemade and home baked presents for Christmas?  The Christmas Craft Fair being held in the New Bridge Community Centre on Saturday 30th November is definitely an event not to be missed.

Admission is free so why not come along 10am – 4pm on the 30th November. A wide selection of craft stalls will be available including:

  • pottery
  • jewellery
  • wood turning
  • knitwear
  • candles
  • soap
  • honey
  • picture framing
  • weaving
  • pictures & cards

Refreshments including bacon rolls & home bakes and of course, there’ll be the ever popular Raffle on the day.

 

Talk Community Hub on Nov 6th – help with staying independent, happy and healthy

Come and meet our friendly volunteers at a Talk Community Hub on Wednesday 6th November where you can find help about services, groups and activities taking place locally to help you stay independent, happy and healthy.

The session runs from 10-30 a.m. – 12-00 noon; a coffee morning and a small lending library will also be open.

This is the first Talk Community Hub running at the New Bridge Community Centre, future sessions will be held  on the first Wednesday of every month.

Film nights this autumn, starting October 5th

Our Film nights this autumn feature the following:

Saturday 5th October showing “Green Book” rated 12

Saturday 2nd November showing “Can you ever forgive me?” rated 15

Saturday 7th December showing “Fisherman’s Friend” rated 12

Kicking off the film season, “Green Book” is a the crowd-pleasing comedy-drama where an interracial friendship is born while navigating the deep south at a time of racial division, highlighting discrimination that still exists in much of the US

Film Night takes place at the New Bridge Community Centre in St Andrew’s church at 7.15pm (doors open at 7), admission £5 to include coffee and biscuits. Visitors welcome.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Wet wipes block Bishopstone sewage system

People in Bishopstone are being urged not to flush wet wipes down the toilets as they are causing problems with the sewage system. There have been a number of incidences in recent years, the most recent being May this year, when the sewer between the village and the pumping station at the bottom of Bishon Lane has become blocked.

According to Welsh Water, the blockages are caused by wet wipes and although often sold as “flushable” are responsible for 93 per cent of blockages in UK sewers.

Lab testing of wipes made by three of the UK’s biggest wet wipe producers – Kimberly Clark, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Johnson & Johnson – showed they contained at least 30% plastics.  As we become more aware of the damage to the environment caused by plastic, let’s try to reduce our use of single-use plastic such as wet wipes  And if we have to use them, put them in the bin and not down the loo.