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NEWS | Herefordshire Council approves funding for essential school roofing repairs

Council approves funding for essential school roofing repairs

Herefordshire Council has given the go-ahead for repairs to be carried out at Ashfield Park Primary School, Ross-on-Wye, to replace the deteriorated roofing materials on two school halls.

The planned works, costing just over £185k are part of an overall local authority school buildings maintenance works (2021-23) programme, approved by cabinet on 17 December 2020. The programme will see DfE funding used to improve the facilities at a number of Herefordshire schools, including Ashfield Park, following in depth condition surveys on local authority owned school buildings.  

Following a tender process the contract for the work has been awarded to a local company, Central Roofing & Building Services Ltd.

The essential maintenance will be carried out before the winter with as little disruption as possible.

Councillor Gemma Davies, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Commissioning, Procurement and Assets, said:

“I’m pleased that these essential works at Ashfield Park Primary School will now go ahead and will be carried out by a local contractor. This investment demonstrates our commitment to education and providing high quality facilities for learning for Herefordshire children.”

Steven Kendrick, Headteacher at Ashfield Park Primary School, added:

“I’m really pleased that this final phase of our roof repairs will take place before winter time. Ashfield Park is an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ school and provides a high level of education, so it’s only fitting that the school facilities are also of a high standard for our pupils.

“We will keep parents fully informed about the timescale of the works and disruption to an absolute minimum for our pupils and staff.”

BREAKING | Swift action by police officer saved a man after he fell into the River Wye in Hereford

Swift action by a police officer saved a man after he fell into the River Wye last Tuesday night (21 June).

The officer was on duty when he saw the man fall from Greyfriars Bridge into the water below.

PC Chris Rogers waded into the water and pulled the man out and immediately gave him CPR.

The 48-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment. 

Inspector Peter Frankish said: “This was an excellent response by PC Rogers and his colleagues which could have saved this man’s life,

“The height of the fall and the fact that he was briefly unconscious, face down in the water, could have made this a tragically fatal incident.

“Thankfully PC Rogers’ instinct and training kicked in and tragedy was averted.”

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NEWS | 82-year-old man dies after being struck by a motorbike in Worcestershire

Officers investigating a collision in which an elderly pedestrian died are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The collision happened shortly before 1.30pm yesterday, Sunday 26 June, on Pershore Road, Evesham.

An 82-year-old man was walking along the road when he was struck from behind by a green Kawasaki motorbike.

He was treated by medical crews but died at the scene.

The rider of the motorbike, a 48-year-old man, suffered facial injuries and was also treated at the scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution.

The roads were closed for several hours but re-opened at about 7pm.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage of it or the pedestrian and motorcycle before it happened, is asked to report online quoting incident 337 of 26 June.

NEWS | Police issue closure order on residential property in Herefordshire following anti-social behaviour

A Closure Order under section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act was sought by officers for a residential property in Longmeadow, Hereford.

A Closure Order under section 80 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act was sought by officers for a residential property in Longmeadow, Hereford.

The order was granted by Worcester Magistrates’ Court at a hearing on Friday 24 June.

Various incidents at the property have been a cause of distress and upset for many years, both for immediate neighbours and the wider community.

Access to the whole of the premises by anybody, including the legal owner, is prohibited from now until 23 September 2022.

NEWS | Gwent Police praise teenager for heroic actions after concern for welfare of young boy

Gwent Police received a report of the concern for welfare of a young boy on Thursday 23 June in the Duffryn area of Newport.

A Newport teen has been labelled as a ‘hero’ after he helped a young boy in need while he was walking home from school.

Kyron Powell, 14, came across a vulnerable and distressed child on Thursday afternoon.

He contacted his mum to let her know that he would be home later than planned and asked her to call the police.

Kyron stayed with the boy to keep him calm and safe until officers arrived.

Inspector Hannah Welti said:

“Kyron is an absolute hero. His actions allowed police to get there quickly and ensure the child’s immediate safety and get him the support he needed at that time.

“To say thank you, I visited Kyron and took him some chocolates and a Just Eat voucher after I heard that his amazing actions meant that he had missed his dinner.

“We were all extremely impressed by Kyron’s mature and sensible response to this situation and wanted to thank him.”

Outstanding work from a young member of the community – thank you, Kyron.

NEWS | Herefordshire Wildlife Trust opens a new nature reserve which is home to rare wetland wildflowers

Ail Meadow nature reserve is just over 14 acres and lies within the wonderful, wildlife-rich landscape of the Woolhope Dome. It is home to a number of rare county species including bog pimpernel, southern marsh orchid, flixweed and fen bedstraw.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust ran a successful fundraising campaign to purchase the meadow with almost £65,000 donated by supporters and £75,000 donated by Severn Waste Services, long-term supporters and funders of the Trust, as well as several other smaller grants contributing to the purchase. Contributions were also made in memory of David Hailes who loved to walk in the area and who sadly passed away in 2021. A bench in his memory has been installed at the reserve.

This month the reserve was officially opened to the public with a celebratory event on 22nd June when donors, staff and volunteers met together at the site.

Ail Meadow will be now managed as a traditional hay meadow, with seasonal grazing, to further enhance the diversity of grasses and wildflowers and attract a wealth of wildlife. The meadow is perfectly placed to provide a wonderful habitat for wildlife: close to a number of other nature reserves and sympathetically managed meadows, woodlands and orchards. This helps to create a network for nature in the Woolhope Dome where species can move through the landscape easily to find food, shelter and mates.

Attendees to the opening of Ail Meadow exploring the reserve (c) Trevor Hulme

Visitors can access the reserve by walking from the village of Woolhope, following a public footpath. Dogs are prohibited from the majority of the site due to the sensitivity of the wildlife but are permitted on the public rights of way that run through the reserve. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust volunteer and local walking champion Nic Howes has created a new circular walk which takes in all five of the Trust’s nature reserves in the area which is free to download from their website.

Esther Clarke Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves Team Manager said:

“It’s fantastic to now have five wonderful nature reserves within the Woolhope Dome landscape, each with their own character and highlights. Ail Meadow is particularly special as this type of wet grassland, and its associated wildlife, is becoming increasingly rare as land is drained for agriculture or development.”

Jim Haywood Financial Director of Severn Waste Services said:

“It gives us great pleasure to be able to support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, once again, in their endeavours to ensure that the County continues to be the truly special place that it is.

“Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is a small Trust that works hard to have a big impact and Severn Waste are pleased to be able to stand with it in some small way to help it achieve its goals.”

Ail Meadow is Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s 60thnature reserve – very fitting as the Trust celebrates its 60th anniversary this year as well!

NEWS | Reports of a significant police presence in a Herefordshire village this morning

There are reports of a significant police presence in a Herefordshire village this morning.

Local residents in the Credenhill area of Herefordshire have said they’ve seen a significant police presence at a property in the Dovecote Lane area of the village.

Your Herefordshire has approached West Mercia Police for further details.

More soon.

BREAKING | Woman found dead following explosion at a house in Birmingham overnight

A woman has been found dead following an explosion at a house in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service confirmed this morning that the body of a woman had been found at the scene of the incident.

West Midlands Police, West Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Fire and Rescue and a number of other organisations remain at the scene.

Surrounding businesses and schools are closed.

Further updates are expected from West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service throughout the day today.

The incident, believed to be a gas explosion, has completely destroyed one property and significantly damaged 3 adjoining properties.

One man was rescued prior to the arrival of the fire service and was taken into the care of West Midlands Ambulance, and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

UK NEWS | Latest update following an explosion at a house in Birmingham overnight

Emergency services have been working hard throughout the night following an explosion at a house in Birmingham.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said:

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an explosion at about 8.40pm on Sunday evening to Dulwich Road.

Three ambulances, five paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, West Midlands CARE team, and an emergency planner were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One property has been completely destroyed with three others badly damaged. Cars have also been damaged.

“A man was helped from the property by people at the scene but had suffered very serious injuries.  After assessment and treatment at the scene, he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT team travelling with the ambulance.  His condition on arrival at hospital was described as life threatening.

“Four further men have been assessed by ambulance crews for minor conditions but have been discharged at the scene.

“Members of the Hazardous Area Response Team continue to work with specialist firefighters at the scene.”

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service issued the following statement:

At 20:38 fire crews responded to multiple reports of an explosion on Dulwich Lane, Kingstanding.

The explosion, the cause of which is unknown at this time, has destroyed one property and caused damage to other properties and vehicles nearby.

The number of casualties or injuries is not confirmed at this time. We are working hard with colleagues from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Ambulance, Cadent Gas and National Grid to manage this incident.

Dulwich Road is closed and is expected to be for some time. People are urged to avoid the area to allow the emergency services to do their work.

West Midlands Police are managing evacuations in the area and we urge those local to the incident to follow the instructions of emergency service officers at the scene.

West Midlands Police have issued the following statement in response to the incident:

All emergency services and utility companies are at the scene of a house explosion on Dulwich Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham. 

One house is destroyed with others significantly damaged. Cars have also been damaged.

There are reports of casualties but the number and severity of their injuries in unknown at this time.  

Evacuations are taking place. Those evacuated will be told where to meet. People in the area must immediately follow the instructions of first responders. 

Dulwich Road and surround roads are closed and will be for a very long time. Please help us by avoiding the area. 

The cause of the explosion is not yet known. 

Please think of those involved and their loved ones and do not post images online. 

We will keep you updated regularly as soon as we have hard facts. 

We were called at 8.38pm on Sunday 26 June.

Your Herefordshire expects to hear further updates this morning.

NEWS | A Herefordshire primary school has been rated as good in a recent Ofsted inspection

A primary school in Herefordshire has been rated as good, following a recent inspection by Ofsted.

Weston-under-Penyard C of E Primary School was described as ‘good’ by inspectors following the inspection on the 4th and 5th May 2022.

The report said:

“Pupils enjoy attending school. They feel safe and know that teachers care for them. Parents who spoke with inspectors said that the school ‘feels like a family’. Pupils enjoy their lessons. They attend and are enthusiastic about the range of clubs and visits on offer.

“For example, pupils visit the nearby Wye Valley and can join in clubs from French to construction. Caring, respectful relationships are evident across the school. Pupils say that bullying does not happen often, but staff deal with it well if it does. Pupils say that teachers listen to them.

“Leaders are determined that every pupil achieves the very best. Many pupils rise to this challenge. This starts in nursery. Leaders swiftly address any barriers to children’s learning and development. Pupils say that lessons can be ‘hard in a good way’.

“They talk confidently about how they move new learning into their long-term memories by ‘interrupting the forgetting curve’.

“Pupils behave well. They are polite and courteous. They hold doors open for visitors, staff and peers. They talk passionately about their own and others’ rights and responsibilities. They can describe how Meg, the school dog, has rights, too.

“Inclusion is a high priority. Leaders are keen to ensure that all pupils are fully involved in school life.”

You can view the full report by visiting – https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/21/116918

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