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NEWS | The Courtyard Shop is set to open this November selling locally made, sustainable crafts

The Courtyard is delighted to announce that its brand-newshop will be opening to the public on Wednesday 3November. 

The Courtyard’s new retail space aims to provide Herefordshire based brands the opportunity to sell their unique gifts, handmade crafts and artisan creations. It will be a space to connect local makers to shoppers, creating a unique and more fulfilling shopping experience. 

“Herefordshire is home to a wealth of talented people.Says Courtyard Shop Retail Consultant, Beth Terzza, “I hope to create a space here at The Courtyard where we can really shout about local artists and makers. Championing our creative community, we have over 40 local suppliers creating everything from contemporary crafts to small handmade gifts and eco-friendly produce. We are very excited to open our doors on 3 November! Come and say hello, shop local and support The Courtyard Trust and your creative community.”

The shop furnishings have been devised by retail Interior company Forma Design, based in Malvern. Sustainability and flexibility were at the core of the design to enable the display of all manner of products. Forma have previously designed retail units for the likes of Selfridges, Lindt, Quicksilver and Harrods, as well as many independent commercial projects.  

The new Courtyard Shop has been created as part of The Courtyard’s Capital Expansion Project, Transform The Yard which saw the building undergo extensive renovations. 

Transform The Yard saw significant changes to the building, including a more accessible entrance and Box Office, a new multipurpose room, an extended Café Bar area and brand-new mezzanine restaurant, lounge bar and rooftop terrace.

The Courtyard’s Shop will be opening to the public on Wednesday 3 November. For more information visit courtyard.org.uk/shop.

The Courtyard’s new retail space is supported by Tudors.

NEWS | The Range opens its Christmas Shop in Hereford

The Range is well known for its wonderful Christmas section, with its store in Hereford providing wonderful Christmas lights, tree decorations and gifts for the festive period, but this year it’s bigger and better than ever!

With us all *hopefully* able to invite family and friends round this Christmas, The Range can certainly help you make your house a winter wonderland that will wow all your visitors, including Santa!

We popped along to grab a few photos earlier:

A few words from The Range, as posted on their website:

“Featuring all things festive, our selection of luxurious Christmas essentials are sure to help you celebrate the jolly season in style. No matter whether you’re after an artificial tree, countdown calendar, string of warm-glowing LED lights, or an array of desirable dining essentials to help you and your family tuck-into any culinary creation with ease, our Christmas Shop won’t leave you feeling snowed under.”

NEWS | An update on why an air ambulance landed in a field in Hereford earlier this afternoon

A man has died at a property in Hereford this afternoon, despite the best efforts of paramedics.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service told Your Herefordshire:

“We were called at 13.08pm to reports of a medical emergency at an address on Goodrich Grove, Hereford. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene. On arrival, we found one patient, a man, in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but unfortunately, despite their best efforts, nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

NEWS | Council submits plan to Government for investment in bus services

Investment in bus services is a key element of Herefordshire Council’s transport strategy.

Improving bus services across the county for residents and visitors is central to plans soon to be submitted to the Department for Transport (DfT).

The bus service improvement plan for Herefordshire sets out how the council plans to invest in bus services across the county for a coordinated, reliable and sustainable bus network with a simplified ticketing system and single point of information to make journey planning easier. It also outlines plans for trialling electric buses on the urban bus fleet.

Progressing these aspirations will be dependent on funding from DfT, which is backing the National Bus Strategy with £3bn of funding nationally.

Measures outlined in the plan for the next five years, subject to funding, include:

Bus Network Review: The current network will be reviewed and re-planned so that services are better coordinated with a simplified ticketing system

Develop the ‘core’ network: Levels of service in Hereford city and on main corridors linking market towns and Hereford will be enhanced including weekend services

Enhance the supporting network: A supporting network connecting market towns with surrounding areas will be developed, reflecting the needs of the local community

Demand Responsive Transport: The potential of responsive services to encourage new demand and replace infrequent rural services will be assessed

Driver training and retention: A county-wide project to promote and develop drivers for the Herefordshire bus network will be introduced.

Councillor John Harrington, Cabinet member infrastructure and transport said:

“Investment in bus services was identified as a key element of the council’s transport strategy following the Hereford Transport Strategy Review. Buses are a great way to reduce the number of vehicles on our roads and reduce our carbon footprint, but to do this successfully we need a service that is frequent, reliable and easy to use.

“As well as reviewing and re-planning bus services across the county, an important element of our submission to government are plans to trial electric buses in and around the City, which will help improve air quality and modernise the fleet.

“The recent introduction of free weekend bus travel in the county, with a number of additional routes on Sundays, has proved popular and we are certain that people will use buses if they are a reliable and affordable alternative to the car – they may not always be free but they need to be affordable.”

NEWS | Emergency services called to collision in Herefordshire

Emergency services have been called to a collision in Ledbury this afternoon.

Two vehicles were involved in the collision on Knapp Lane at 3pm this afternoon.

NEWS | Air ambulance lands in a field in Hereford

The air ambulance has landed in a field in Hereford this lunchtime.

The Midlands Air Ambulance is currently in a field near Muir Close, in the Newton Farm area of the city. We are working to establish more details at this stage. More soon.

ADVICE | Do you have a relative who struggles to put their bins out? Find out more about Assisted Collection – MORE DETAILS

Assisted collections

Herefordshire Council may be able to provide assisted collections for residents unable to put out their recycling or general rubbish bins and/or sacks when requested and where qualification criteria are met.

Assisted collections will only be granted where no one in the household is physically able to place the bins and/or sacks at the boundary of the property or collection point.

If you wish to apply for this service please contact Herefordshire Council on:

Privacy notice for assisted waste collection requests

NEWS | People to receive discounts at gyms and shops for walking more and eating fruit and veg more often in England as Government tackles obesity crisis

A new app to help people make positive changes to their diet and physical activity will launch next year, the government has announced today.

From January 2022, a pilot will see users wear wrist-worn devices that can generate personalised health recommendations, such as increasing their step count, eating more fruit and vegetables and decreasing portion size.

Users will collect points for these healthy behaviours which will unlock rewards, which could include gym passes, clothes or food vouchers and discounts for shops, cinema or theme park tickets.

Following a competitive tender process, HeadUp has been chosen to deliver the new scheme, with £3 million also coming from the Department of Health and Social Care to provide incentives.

Evidence suggests that financial incentives can improve rates of physical activity and inspire healthier eating so HeadUp will work with a range of organisations to provide rewards such as vouchers, merchandise, discounts and gift cards.

The government is committed to helping people lead healthier, happier lives by making it easier for people to make healthy choices.

Health and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid said:

I want to ensure we’re doing as much as we can to tackle health disparities across the country, and this new pilot will pave the way for developing innovate ways to improve the lives of individuals, and also help to reduce strain on the NHS.

The Office of Health Improvement and Disparities is driving forward our levelling up agenda for health and ensuring prevention is a vital part of everything we do.

This pilot is an excellent opportunity to find how best to inspire people to make small changes to their daily lives that will have a lasting positive impact on their health.

As part of our world-leading healthy weight strategy, the new scheme will be part of the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities’ (OHID) drive to use digital technology to improve physical health and prevent health conditions before they develop.

Obesity related illnesses cost the NHS £6 billion a year and the scale of the challenge has been highlighted by COVID-19 disproportionately affecting people who are overweight. With almost two-thirds of adults in England living with excess weight or obesity the programme will focus on incentives and rewards for healthy behaviours, including increasing physical activity and eating better to support people to live healthier lives.

Public Health Minister, Maggie Throup said:

We are committed to improving the health of people across the country.

The HeadUp app pilot will help us better understand how appropriate rewards can motivate people to make positive changes to their diet and physical activity, supporting them to lead healthier lives.

Internationally there are examples of innovative incentives programme showing promising results, such as Singapore’s National Steps Challenge, and the government will work closely with international partners to understand what makes these schemes successful to inform best practices in England.

Sir Keith Mills, who has pioneered reward programmes through Airmiles and Nectar points, is advising the Health Incentives Scheme and will support the government in taking advantage of the very best innovation in the public and private sector.

The new app will place user privacy and security at its core and will ensure all personal information is safe and secure at all times.

Sir Keith Mills, Health Incentives Advisor, said:

This scheme is a fantastic opportunity to explore how government, business and the third sector can work together to deliver a new and engaging way of supporting the public to make healthier choices.

Through the pilot we will have exciting and innovative partners on board will help motivate people to want to earn incentives, but also should help them overcome barriers to making healthy decisions in future. I’m looking forward to see how this scheme develops.

David Parfitt, Strategy Director at HeadUp said:

We’re thrilled to be working with OHID to design and deliver a truly innovative initiative to support the future of population health in England.

As an evidence-based, data science company focused on people’s health around the world, we are immensely proud to be working with the Government and key stakeholders, people in the community, and with the Behavioural Insights Team as our design and evaluation partner, to play a part in piloting an exciting new approach to the urgent and important challenge of helping people engage with their health and improve their health behaviours.

The Health Incentives Scheme was announced as part of a £100 million package of government support to help those living with obesity to move closer towards a healthier weight and give them the tools they need to maintain this.

The pilot will launch in January 2022 and will run for 6 months in a defined location in England to be announced in due course.

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NEWS | Police appeal for witnesses after suspicious activity in village near Hereford

From West Mercia Police:

Police have received a report of a group of young people entering a yard near the Lugg View Industrial Estate in Moreton-on-Lugg. Nothing is believed to have been stolen however they are believed to have started up a vehicle within the yard.

This incident is alleged to have taken place Wednesday 20th October 2021 around 10.30pm. 

Any information about this incident can be reported to us with the reference 00631 i 20102021 via https://www.westmercia.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/soh/seen-or-heard/ or by replying directly to this message.

Kind regards,

PC 21058 Josh Kitchen

Safer Neighbourhood Officer – Hereford Rural North SNT

NEWS | Police in Gloucester are searching for a vulnerable woman

From Gloucestershire Constabulary:

We’re appealing for help in finding a vulnerable woman who has gone missing from Gloucester.

Kim, aged 36, was last seen at an address in Great Western Road at around 1am today (Friday 22 October).

Kim is described as being a white female, 5ft in height and of a larger build. She has brown, shoulder-length hair and was wearing a red t-shirt, blue denim jeans, black belt, black coat and white trainers. Kim has a distinctive walk where her feet face outwards.

Anyone with information about Kim’s whereabouts is asked to contact 101, quoting incident 39 of 22 October. If you are with her at the time of calling, please contact 999.

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