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CRICKET | Colwall CC chairman honoured for cultivating inclusive environment for local community

The chairman of a Herefordshire cricket club has won a national grassroots cricket award for his efforts developing a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere at the club.

Colwall Cricket Club member Kim Berry has been named the latest winner of the Voneus Village Cup Club Legend award.

The award celebrates individuals who show dedication and passion to the sport and their communities.

As chairman of the club for the last five years, Kim has overseen an overlapping of the club into the local community, helping turn the side into the hub of the village after moving back to the area in the late 2000s.

Kim said: “My heart is at Colwall. I’m fortunate that my wife is very tolerant and accepting that for five or six months of the year, cricket clubs form most of my life.

“Sometimes cricket clubs can stand aside a little bit from the community, so I wanted it to become a part of the community and I think we’ve nearly reached that.

“I wanted the club to be like when I was a child: family oriented and children playing cricket on the sidelines. Saturday afternoon, the benches are full around the ground, and people are coming down and enjoying themselves socially – it brings joy to my heart.”

Kim, who grew up in a house next door to the club’s ground, is a second generation of the Berry family to serve the club.

His father George served as chairman and groundsman until his death in 1977, his uncles played in the side’s First XI and his mother made teas for the players for 56 years.

Kim and his two brothers, Adrian and Jonathan, have continued the Berry family’s legacy at Colwall, with all three having captained the first XI while Adrian is currently the club’s president and Jonathan is heavily involved in volunteering.

Since Kim took the role of chairman, the side has now expanded to feature four men’s Saturday competition sides, a women’s team with 45 members and more than 200 children from the village and surrounding areas playing junior cricket.

Kim added: “It seemed like a closed door before. People didn’t quite know how to become a member, didn’t know what was behind the cricket club, so it was about opening it up and making people informed, and telling them we’re a welcoming cricket club and we want to see you there.

“It’s about coming in and having some fun; there are too many worries and woes in life. We’ve done a lot of work and I think people recognise the effort that’s gone in, and we’re going in the right direction.”

Under Kim’s stewardship, Colwall have managed to add national silverware to their trophy cabinet, beating Redbourn by six runs at Lord’s to get their hands on the Village Cup trophy in 2020.

Colwall CC First XI captain James Wagstaff, who nominated Kim for the Voneus Village Cup Club Legend award, said: “Kim, without a shadow of a doubt, deserves this recognition due to his commitment and hard work to get Colwall to where it is today.

“This would be a tremendous accolade to someone who has put everything into making the cricket club the centre of the village and the community.”

Head of community engagement for Voneus, one of the UK’s largest rural broadband specialists, Zoe Day said: “Bringing rural communities together is one of our top priorities and Kim is a brilliant example of one of the many club members across the country who are passionate about making that happen through the lens of sport.

“Bringing together the village and surrounding areas by encouraging an open and inclusive atmosphere where anyone can feel welcome is just a testament to the wonderful work Kim has done promoting the sport in the region.

“He is truly deserving of the status of being a Voneus Village Cup Club Legend. Well done, Kim!”

For more information about Voneus, visit www.voneus.com.

NEWS | Roadworks set to take place on Belmont Road this weekend

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There could be significant delays heading into Hereford on Sunday evening, with roadworks on part of the A465 (Belmont Road).

NEWS | Teenage boy sentenced for terrorism offences

A teenage boy has been sentenced for terrorism offences after he downloaded instructional manuals on extreme violence and how to make explosives.

The 17-year-old boy, from Gloucestershire, appeared at Bristol Youth Court today (Thursday 29 July) where he was given a 12-month referral order for offences he committed under the Terrorism Act.

It means the boy will have to take part in a programme of rehabilitation and will be subject to a number of strict conditions, monitored by the Probation Service and youth offending services. If he breaches his conditions, he will return to court and could be given a prison sentence.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in person and was sentenced by Chief Magistrate – Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring – having previously pleaded guilty to 11 counts under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 for offences of collecting material of use to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The court previously heard how the boy was arrested by officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary and Counter Terrorism Policing South West in December 2019. The boy was 15 at the time of all the offences bar one when he had turned 16.

As part of the subsequent investigation, several digital media devices were seized by police and on review, officers identified a number of instructional manuals including detailed guides on how to make numerous explosives, improvised explosive devices, poisons and different methods of killing using hand held weapons.

In addition to the 11 documents forming the charges, there were numerous extreme right wing ideological documents recovered. These included information on a predicted race war and the collapse of society, Satanic Neo Nazi practices and some containing very graphic portrayals of sadistic violence. There were also a significant amount of extreme right wing images and videos recovered as well as evidence of participation in online chat platforms of a similar nature.

The devices contained numerous images of the boy performing Nazi salutes, making White Power signs, posing with imitation firearms and memes idolising mass killers such as Anders Breivik.

As part of the investigation, the address where he lived in Gloucestershire was searched and a number of items were found which included Nazi and Extreme right wing symbols scratched into his desk.

Head of Counter Terrorism Policing South West, Detective Superintendent Craig McWhinnie said: “Whilst there was no risk to the county, individuals such as this who promote dangerous extremist views and content have no place in our society. We will continue to seek them out and prosecute them.

“The entrenched views and hatred displayed by this young person combined with their consumption of violent and disturbing literature remain deeply concerning.

“This investigation is another stark reminder of the hateful and damaging material found online that for all of us, is only a few clicks away. This material creates a very real risk to the young and vulnerable in our communities, in our schools and indeed, in our own homes. This is especially true over the course of the pandemic where young people spend more time online, often alone and unsupervised.

“We would encourage those who care for young persons to have honest and frank conversations about online activity, to look out for the signs that indicate a potential shift in beliefs or attitude and to be intrusive on occasion to ensure they are safe online.

“The Act Early website has a wealth of information for anyone with concerns to help them understand what radicalisation looks like and provides advice on what to do in the first instance. The site – actearly.uk – also includes details of organisations outside of policing which can offer support.”

Every year thousands of reports from the public help police tackle the terrorist threat. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts and ACT by reporting to police in confidence at gov.uk/ACT.

Reporting won’t ruin lives, but it could save them. Action Counters Terrorism. Remember, in an emergency, always dial 999.

NEWS | New waste strategy announced by Herefordshire Council

Reduce, reuse, recycle, recover – a new way for managing waste

Reducing the amount of waste we produce, and reusing and recycling where possible, benefits the county and the environment, and is the aim of a new waste strategy for Herefordshire agreed at the council’s cabinet meeting today (29 July).

The new waste strategy sets out the changes that will be taking place to the way that household and business waste is collected and then treated, and schemes that support and encourage a reduction in the amount of waste being produced. These include:

  • Reduce – promoting schemes that reduce the amount we throw away such as community fridge schemes
  • Reuse – supporting organisations that repair and reuse items, community share schemes and encouraging donations to charity
  • Recycle – composting garden waste, supporting people to recycle more
  • Recover – introducing a new kerbside food waste collection and producing energy from food waste
Reduce reuce recycle recover

The small proportion of waste remaining will only then go to landfill.

The strategy also sets out changes to the black bin and recycling collections based on feedback from a resident consultation held earlier this year, when around 3,500 people told us what worked well for them and what could be improved about their kerbside collection service.

A number of pilot schemes will trial these changes to see what works best, so that they can be introduced across the county in the most effective way.

Cllr Gemma Davies, cabinet member commissioning, procurement and assets said: “We want to introduce and support more ways for people to reuse and recycle, reduce the amount of waste we all produce and ultimately reduce what goes to landfill, as this benefits residents and communities and is better for the environment. Our new waste strategy sets out clear measures to achieve this.

“The council’s waste collection and disposal contracts are due to end in 2024. It is important that we use this opportunity to align our waste strategy with our vision for a more sustainable county and our declared climate and ecological emergency, and to fully consider how to make changes to meet the requirements of the government’s 2018 Resources and Waste Strategy for England.

“I am particularly excited to see how we can work with our local communities to support and encourage people to reuse and recycle more. They do say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure – and we have set an ambitious target to increase the amount of recycling in the county. We also intend to make better use of our garden waste for composting and food waste to produce energy.”

The new waste strategy, as well as the outcome of the rubbish and recycling consultation, can be found on the council website.

NEWS | Police appeal after more than 30 sheep were stolen from farm

Powys Rural Crime Team are investigating the theft of 12 ewes (2-5yrs) and 23 lambs (born 2021), from enclosed farm fields, in the Llandewir’ Cwm area, near Builth Wells. The ewes are mostly white faced Welsh Brecknock Hill Cheviot, along with 1 x Balwen ewe and lamb. They are pitch marked with a black W upon rear of their sides just below spine and are double tagged. If you have any information please get in touch –

Tel: 101 @ Dyfed Powys Police
On-line: https://orlo.uk/ZqK0m
Crime Stoppers Rural Crime Hotline: 0800 7830137

PC 927 Charlie Jones, Powys Rural Crime Team
Crime Reference DPP/0951/24/07/2021/02/C

NEWS | Police would like to speak to this man after disorder at Hereford FC vs. Shrewsbury Town fixture

From West Mercia Police:

Following a previous appeal to identify men following football disorder following the conclusion of the Hereford FC and Shrewsbury FC match on 20 July, we are still keen to identify several men who are responsible for both disorder and racially aggravated public order offences.

In addition to the men shown in images in the appeal earlier this week, officers are also keen to identify the man shown in the image below.


Sergeant Mark Jones said: “We would very much like to identify and speak to the men in the images captured on body warn cameras who we believe can help further our investigation.

“Please call me on 07971 634328 or visit our website and our tell us more section quoting incident number 337i of 20 July 2021.”

NEWS | Heading to Barry or Weston-Super-Mare in the next 48 hours? Beware – You might get blown away by Storm Evert

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Heading to Barry Island or Weston-Super-Mare in the next 48 hours? Or the seaside anywhere else across South Wales or Southwest England? Be prepared for strong winds and rough seas.

From Met Office:

Storm Evert will bring a spell of windy weather with coastal gales into southern parts of England and Wales during Thursday evening onwards through the night into Friday morning. Gusts of 45 to 55 mph are expected quite widely with a chance of gusts of 60 to 65 mph in the most exposed coastal spots. Parts of Cornwall and Wales will see the highest gusts. Winds will then ease from the west during Friday morning. Showery rain will accompany these high winds at times, some of this rain heavy.

What to expect

  • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible
  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen. There may also be some fallen trees and damage to temporary outdoor structures is possible
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

MORE DETAILS – UK weather warnings – Met Office

NEWS | Police appeal after man is injured in racially aggravated attack in Hereford

Police in Hereford are appealing for information following a racially aggravated assault in the city.

The incident happened in the Church Street area of the city at around 4.00pm on Wednesday 7 July 2021. The victim sustained facial injuries as a result.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information and are particularly interested in identifying the man shown in the image below.


If you have any information please contact PC Karol Kujawa on 07971 395081 quoting incident number 369i of the 7th July 2021 or report anonymously using the Tell Us About section of the website.

BREAKING | Hereford man charged with attempted murder following incident in city

From West Mercia Police:

Andrew Thompson, aged 52, Hereford, has been charged with  attempt murder and will appear in Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court today (Thursday 29 July). 

He has been charged in relation to an incident that occurred in the early hours of Tuesday (27 July) in Dartmouth Court, Hereford.  

The cordons have now been released and we would like thank the community for their patience and help with our investigation. 

NEWS | Hereford Pride to take place in October with plenty of events planned

Hereford Pride is set to take place on 2nd October, with a number of events set to take place on the day.

A meeting took place yesterday (Wednesday 28th July) at Babar Café in Hereford, with a number of people meeting up to discuss plans for the event that will take place on Saturday 2nd October.

Local residents are invited to attend the events on the day, with various shows and acts performing and further details to be announced soon. There will also be market style stalls at various locations and anyone wishing to book one of these should contact Dean Goodwin-Evans via LGBT+ News & Events hereford | Facebook

One of the aims of Hereford Pride is to “help to spread the word to enable us to build a stronger community within the city.”

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