Oakchurch delivery service for food provisions

Oakchurch is offering a delivery service within a 5 mile radius of its shop, enabling anyone who is self-isolating to get fresh supplies delivered.  If you live beyond this 5 mile distance and are social distancing, you can still order – give your car reg and colour, and a member of staff will bring supplies out to the car so you don’t have to go in the shop.

For our parish, deliveries will be made on Fridays. Email enquiries@oakchurch.net with a list of basic items required (a shopping / price list hasn’t been created), your name, address and telephone number. Oakchurch will ring before delivery to take payment over the phone.

Here are the delivery days for other areas if you’d like to forward to friends and families living nearby.

Monday – Letton, Winforton, Norton Canon, Kinnersley, Eardisley, Sarnesfield

Wednesday – Snodhill, Bredwardine, Dostone, Peterchurch, Shenmore, Madley, Eaton Bishop Canon, Bridge

Friday – Bishopstone, Yazor – Weobley, Tillington Common, Staunton

Talk Community – Covid19 response

Herefordshire County Council has sent every household in Herefordshire (88k) a letter focussed on the most vulnerable people and the support they will need outside their existing network, as part of its Talk Community Covid19 Response.

The areas of support  are:

  • Shopping
  • Urgent supplies
  • Picking up meds (DBS check needed)
  • Pet walking
  • Calling vulnerable people during this difficult time

For local help in Bishopstone, call two people living in the village – Anne Moore on 590616/07729 933039 and Sarah Keefe on 590352 (leave a message if no reply).

People needing support can also call the dedicated Talk Community telephone number on 01432 260027 and email address talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk.

Amy Pitt, Assistant Director for the Talk Community Programme, has been coordinating the development of a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people and volunteers to contact us and we will then link them back into the community organisations. There have already been some fantastic community responses happening and the council can support the infrastructure through this response and provide community resilience.

Many of the wards and parishes have provided us with information of the community work being undertaken however there are some areas where we have little information. Please do forward to Amy and the TC team any community information to this email address talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk.


Telephone support as all church services cancelled

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have cancelled all public worship until further notice. This means that all regular services are cancelled.

However, most of our churches will remain open for private prayer and in some there are prayer leaflets available to take away. We have also set up a confidential telephone support system, operated by volunteers from the churches, for anyone in the parishes who needs someone to talk about any issues they are going through. Please ring Revd Rana Davies-James on 01432 760443 to access this.

The Church continues to pray for all who are affected by coronavirus COVID19 in any way

Road Safety Strategy – Have your say

Message from John Campion, Police and Crime Commissioner, West Mercia

As you may know road safety is a high priority of mine and as the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner I am launching my draft Road Safety Strategy for consultation. This strategy has three key themes:

  • Reducing Casualties through Prevention;
    Effective Enforcement; and
    Offender Rehabilitation and Victim Support.

Whilst our roads are comparatively safer than others, too many people are still being killed and seriously injured in West Mercia. We must work together to see this number consistently reduce.

Your views are important to me and the feedback I receive will help inform the development of my finalised Road Safety Strategy. I see this as a real opportunity for the strategy to truly reflect the concerns and priorities of all of West Mercia’s communities.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete so please help me to make West Mercia’s roads safer. A copy of the draft strategy is attached and the survey can be found through this link https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90214147/Road-Safety-Strategy-Consultation

The consultation will close on Friday 20th March, information can be found at www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk

Local History Evening – Stories from the Hopyards

At our Local History meeting on Thursday February 27th we will be celebrating an important part of Herefordshire’s farming history with a showing of “Stories from the Hopyards”.

Hops have been an integral part of our county’s life for centuries and this documentary uses archive film and photographs to capture the lives of the pickers, farmers, hauliers and brewers who were involved with this essential component of our national drink.

Whether you shared in those days yourself or simply enjoy a good pint you will find something to enjoy in this film.

We meet at the New Bridge Community Centre at 7.30pm, admission £3 to include coffee and biscuits. Visitors welcome

New Bridge Talk Community Hub – 4th March

NEW BRIDGE TALK COMMUNITY HUB at the New Bridge Community Centre, Bridge Sollars will next be open on Wednesday 4th March 2020 from 10-30 – 12 noon. Drop in for a coffee and chat or visit the lending library. Volunteers can help you connect to groups, activities and support in the local community to help you stay independent, happy and healthy.

Lesley Handscomb
(Community Hub Volunteer)

Help for those badly affected by flooding in Herefordshire

Here is information about local organisations that are co-ordinating help to those badly affected by flooding in Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Community Foundation
One of the main points of contact for financial donations is the Herefordshire Community Foundation www.herefordshirecf.org (who have now teamed up with the Hereford Times I think).

Hereford Diocese
The Hereford Diocese has just set up a Giving Fund to help those most in need too. www.hereford.anglican.org

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army (Canonmoor St, Hereford – near Courtyard – 01432 264543) will take warm clothing, bedding, shoes, food & small household items etc and will liaise with other charities on the ground.

Herefordshire Council
A grant and other support is available for those homes and businesses affected by the latest floods. Wider support is through this link Recovery under way in parts of Herefordshire as response continues and this link takes you straight to the application.

History Evening, 30th January – Iran Unveiled

We begin the year on an unexpectedly topical note with Iran Unveiled, an illustrated talk by popular speaker Penny Platts.

In her talk Penny will tell us about her travels in Iran and give us an insight into its people and their history, often forgotten in the heat and noise of current political problems.

We meet at the New Bridge Community Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday January 30th, admission £3 to include coffee and biscuits. Visitors welcome.

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.