Notice of Vacancy – Byford Parish councillor

Notice is hereby given that a casual vacancy is deemed to have occurred in the office of Councillor for the Byford Parish following the resignation of Penelope Ann Redshaw.

Rule 5 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006, provides that on a casual vacancy occurring in the office of Parish councillor, an election to fill the vacancy shall be held if within fourteen days* after the date of this notice (ie no later than Thursday 12th October 2017) has been given in accordance with section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, notice in writing of a request for such an election has been given to the proper officer of the council of the district within which the Parish is situate by TEN electors for the Parish.

If a request for an election is not received by the above deadline then Bishopstone Group Parish Council will co-opt a person to fill the vacancy as soon as practicable in accordance with the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986.

If there is an election, it will take place not later than Thursday 14th December 2017.

The proper officer is Alistair Neil, Chief Executive, Herefordshire Council, Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford  HR1 2PJ.

Clerk to Bishopstone Group Parish Council
Dated: Friday, 22nd September 2017

  • In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or bank or public holidays or any day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disgarded.

Film Nights this autumn – Lion, I Daniel Blake & Going in Style

Film Nights at the New Bridge Community Centre, doors open at 7.00pm and film starts 7.15pm. £5 to include draw and light refreshments.

Saturday 7th October LION rated PG
Saturday 4th November I, DANIEL BLAKE rated 15
Saturday 2nd December GOING IN STYLE rated 12


A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

I, Daniel Blake

In Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, the titular Daniel is a carpenter out of work after a heart attack, attempting to claim benefits through a welfare system that’s designed to trip him at every turn. I, Daniel Blake, which won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes film festival.

Going in Style

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

Healthwatch Herefordshire – 5th September: Focus on Community Health Services

Your local Healthwatch E Bulletin 17/08/17
Public Event in Ross-on-Wye
5th September 6-8.30pm
Focus on Community Health Services
Healthwatch and The Clinical Commissioning Group are hosting a public event at The Larruperz Centre, Ross-on-WyeTuesday 5th September 2017 6-8.30pm. ‘Focus on Community Health Services’

Our plans for the event will be:

  • Guest speakers Dr Mike Hearne – Medical Director of Taurus Healthcare and Jade Brooks – Deputy Director of Operations will be presenting a new model of working for community health services called ‘Primary Care Home’. Come and hear what this means for patients.
  • Workshop with the public, gathering feeback on Community Health Services
  • Q&A session with Healthwatch
  • Healthwatch Board in Public

Come and share your views on how you would like community health & care services to look in the future. We need your views in order to influence how services are planned and delivered in Herefordshire.

Book a free ticket here 
Feedback your experience of GP Services
The public have told Healthwatch that one of the six topics they would like us to focus on this year is access to GP services. To make a difference we need your views.

Healthwatch will be visiting various community groups across the county until early October, asking for the public’s views on this important topic. If you would like us to come to your community group to hear your views about GP services, please call Mary on 01432 277 044 or email

We are also running an online survey to gather views on GP access, Healthwatch urge people to take the survey, share it with their family, friends and community to spread the word. We can only make a difference with your voice!

Take the Survey here
New Healthwatch Telephone Number

Our number has changed… please call

01432 277 044

Other News

Would you like Healthwatch to come along to your community group to listen to your views on health and social care matters important to you? Email us with your request HERE  

Make sure to include some details about the group and when / where you meet 🙂

Byford Vintage Tea, 20th August 3pm onwards

This coming Saturday, 20th August, there’s a Vintage Tea with live music from The Hereford Big Band at Common Farm, Byford Common (Postcode – HR4 7JZ) – 3.00pm – 5.30pm

The afternoon is in aid of The Macmillan Renton Unit and Byford Church and there’ll be:

Woodland Walk, Peter Rabbit Trail, Traditional Family Games, Pony Rides, Raffle, Prosecco Bar, Cake & Plant Stall.

Tickets £12 per person (£10 if pre-booked), children under 10 – £2
To book: 01981 590895 or 01981 590333 or email:

Work by Welsh Water to affect Hereford traffic in Sept/Oct

Welsh Water is planning to carry out some work in Hereford, which may have an effect on traffic around Hereford city.

The work, which is due to start in September / October this year, will involve construction of a new, large diameter water main between Bewdley Bank Reservoir and Hereford City. The work should take around 18 months in total to complete.

The work will help to ensure security of supply to the area as well as alleviate issues that some customers are experiencing with low water pressure. The work will also help to ensure we can continue to meet the growing demand for water in the area.

Welsh Water are holding drop-in events where a member of the team will be available to answer any queries you may have….

  • 15th August
    Hereford Football Club, HR4 9JU
  • 24th August
    Hereford Whitecross Club, HR4 0LX
  • 31st August
    Trinity Primary School, HR4 0NU

Read the Welsh Water newsletter for more information.

Improved access to Brockhall Quarry, Stretton Sugwas

For those of you who already enjoy the delights of Brockhall Quarry at Stretton Sugwas, access has often involved clambering over gates or a very awkward stile, which may have prevented some people from even attempting it. However, this has all changed and the Duchy has very kindly installed a kissing gate at the main entrance (see below).

This will certainly be a vast improvement, especially to the Walking for Health group from Wyevale, who explore the Quarry every second Thursday of the month and support the coffee morning afterwards.

We are extremely fortunate to have such a beautiful spot right on our doorstep and its popularity has gradually been increasing, especially over the last year or two. However,  some people are not as responsible or caring about the countryside as others, resulting in more litter and dog waste.  If you are accessing the Quarry from the main entrance, there’s a bin (plus dog bin) opposite the church.

Local history talks from Dorstone History Society

If anyone is suffering withdrawal symptoms from the break in our Local History Evenings over the summer then here are a few from the Dorstone History Society.

To be held in conjunction with the new 2017 summer excavations on Dorstone Hill.

Wednesday 28th June -– ‘Previous discoveries on Dorstone Hill & an introduction to Causewayed Enclosures’ – Professor Julian Thomas

Wednesday 5th July – ‘Hilltop Enclosures from the Cotswold Scarp to Radnorshire’ – Dr. Keith Ray

Wednesday 12th July – Dr. Nick Overton (subject to be confirmed)­­­­

Wednesday 19th July – ‘Results of the latest excavations on Dorstone Hill’ – Professor Julian Thomas

Dorstone Village Hall – 7.30p.m.
Admission £1 for everyone – to cover costs of Hall hire.


Application for defibrillator is successful

The application to the British Heart Foundation for a free defibrillator has been successful.

As part of the package we will initially be running 3 free training courses on CPR with instruction on how to use the defibrillator. These will be held at the New Bridge Community Centre, Bridge Sollars on the following dates.

3rd May 2:30pm
8th May 7:30pm
9th May 7:30pm

Anyone who would like to attend a course, please ring John on 01981590620 we are limited to ten persons per course.

The defibrillator will be fitd into the Parish Councils Kiosk, located in the centre of Bishopstone during the week commencing 15th May where it will be accessible 24/7.

Florence Foster Jenkins

At the New Bridge Community Centre, doors open 7pm, film starts 7.15pm, admission £5 to include coffee and biscuits.

Starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant

Our film on Saturday (1st) is Florence Foster Jenkins, a biography comedy drama.

Meryl Streep plays the New York society heiress who became a (very bad) opera singer with Hugh Grant as her husband and manager.