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Neighbouring High Sheriff visit to Herefordshire – 28th February 2019

Our neighbouring High Sheriffs from Gloucestershire, Powys, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire (a broad definition of neighbours but sadly missing Gwent) spent much of the day in Herefordshire. The  morning and lunch (very good) was spent at a military camp.  In the afternoon we went into Hereford to the Cathedral where we were shown […]

Hereford Amateur Pantomime Society – Jack & The Beanstalk – 23rd February 2019

All the ingredients of a traditional pantomime were on the stage at this great fun show. The dialogue had been suitably updated to include references to the current political situation not to mention the rugby (when we arrived, England were winning and when we left, they had lost, all communicated on stage as part of […]

The Annual Worcester Lecture given by Baroness Hale – 21st February 2019

Baroness Hale of Richmond is the most senior judge in the United Kingdom, being the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. This includes acting as an ultimate appeal court for Scotland in certain circumstances. Since there has been no visiting High Court to Herefordshire during this shrieval year, it seems right to […]

Hereford Magistrates Bench AGM – 20th February 2019

With a little help from the High Sheriff, the Bench AGM was held at College Hall and addressed by the Chief Magistrate, Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot. Rather confusingly, in spite of the title, The Chief Magistrate does not have jurisdiction over lay Magistrates but has responsibilities as follows (to quote from the Official web-site) […]

West Mercia Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel – 20th February 2019

Scrutiny panels were established in 2013 to review independently cases where an out of Court disposal, such as a caution, conditional caution or community resolution has been the method of disposal (dealing with an incident). The aim is to “enhance consistency, transparency and public confidence in out-of-court disposals. In short, the Panel reviews whether the […]

Herefordshire Showcase Exhibition )European Parliament – 19th February 2019

Anthea McIntyre, one of the West Midlands members of the European Parliament, who lives in Herefordshire, persuaded the European Parliament, as part of their outreach programme, to sponsor a group of people from Herefordshire to go over to Brussels and set up an exhibition in the European Parliament to showcase Herefordshire. The Exhibition was put […]

Mayor of Hereford’s Parlour tea – 17th February 2019

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Cllr. Sue Boulter, entertained her fellow Mayors from the market towns of Herefordshire – Bromyard, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye – to an excellent tea in her parlour at the Town Hall in Hereford. The current Mayor is the 637th to hold the role which was created by […]

Lord Lisvane Lecture in aid of St. Mary’s Church, Kington – 15th February 2019

Lord Lisvane, previously Robert Rogers, Clerk to the House of Commons, and elevated to the Lords by David Cameron, gave a very interesting talk on the current excitements in Parliament as a result of Brexit. The lecture was in aid of the organ restoration fund at St. Mary’s, Kington.

Briefing on Progress of the New University, NMITE – 13th February 2019

We met Karen Usher, who, with David Shepherd, has taken the New University Project from its inception some years ago to the point where, in the current academic year, there is a design cohort of 25 young people and they are welcoming their first 50 students this September. Karen brought us up to date on […]

Inclusive Growth for Herefordshire – 12th February 2019

This forum was organised by the Diocese of Hereford and chaired by the Bishop of Hereford. The theme of “Inclusive Growth was defined thus: “Inclusive growth is a bout a more deliberate and socially purposeful model of economic growth – measured not only by how fats and aggressive it is; but also by how well […]