1 October. STOP BREXIT NATIONAL MARCH, MANCHESTER

A coach has been organised to take campigners from Hereford and Leominster. Joining the march in Manchester timed to co-incide with Theresa May’s speech to Conservative Party Conference.

Leaves Hereford Merton Meadow Car Park at 7.30am, Leominster Broad Street Car Park, outside Fire Station at 7.50am

For more details email patgordon@growinglocal.org.uk

The price for the seats is £20 adult; £15 concessions. To book your seat, please email Pat in the first instance.

18 October. Talk by Nick Baker: ‘Building a Naturalist’ , Kindle Centre, Hereford

Doors open at 5.30pm for those members attending the Trust’s AGM which will run from 6pm to 7pm.  Orchard Origins will be running a bar throughout the evening from 6.30pm onwards.  The talk will start at 7.45pm.

Venue:  The Kindle Centre, ASDA Supermarket, Belmont Road, Hereford HR2 7JE

Cost: £12 (plus £1.50 online booking fee).  Booking is essential:  Book online or call 01432 356872.

All funds raised will support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s work across its 55 nature reserves and Herefordshire’s landscapes.

Following Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s AGM, naturalist, author and TV presenter Nick Baker will give a talk which will be part autobiography and part a hard hitting call to action.  Building a Naturalist is a journey through the development of a life-long biophile.  Expect a journey that spans the last 44 years and zings all over the planet – connecting via experiences – familiar UK habitats to stories from more exotic shores.  Nick will touch on subjects as broad as how keeping caterpillars in a jam jar lead to working with Britain’s rarest butterfly, how playing with grass snakes helped Nick tackle a cobra, the similarities between badgers and black rhinos and how the most endangered species in the world is a child playing free in nature.  This talk explores why this is and suggests how we might go about rewinding a young generation and in doing so – save the world.

 

30 Sept. Walk for Wildlife – Lugg Meadow, Hereford to Queenswood Country Park

The walk will run through the heart of Herefordshire from the historic Lugg Meadow on the outskirts of Hereford city following the picturesque River Lugg north through riverside pastures to finish at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum.

This event is being organised by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust – registration is required. Full details and online registration here. Starts at 9am

All funds raised will support Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s work across its 55 nature reserves and Herefordshire’s landscapes.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust is holding an ambitious Walk for Wildlife Saturday 30th September raising money to look after and enhance the 55 nature reserves in its care.  The 12.5-mile walk follows the course of the River Lugg through the heart of Herefordshire’s beautiful countryside.  The walk will depart from the historic Lugg Meadow on the outskirts of Hereford City by the Trust’s offices at Lower House Farm, off Ledbury Road. Heading north, meandering through riverside pastures, the route will finish up at Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum.  Much of the route runs through public footpaths as well as across private land which have been opened exclusively for this event.

The route will be waymarked and there will be stops with water along the way manned by the Trust’s staff and volunteers. We will be setting off at 9am together then participants can take the walk as fast or slow as they wish (though it’s hoped that everyone makes it to Queenswood by dusk!).  The route will include some rough ground, some steep climbs and no doubt mud!  The route will not be suitable for push chairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters.  We suggest the walk is only suitable for older children (or very young children in slings or baby carriers) and all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Dogs on leads are also most welcome.

The Lower Lugg Valley is rich in wildlife with kingfishers often spotted along the river while otters are known to breed here too.

Registration for the event costs £12 per adult, under 14s are free.  Additional sponsorship is welcome, and the entrant who raises the most money will win a prize.

The event is a fundraiser for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserves Appeal, raising funds to support the regular management tasks undertaken on their 55 reserves and improve access for visitors. These reserves are important havens for wildlife and include some of the most special examples of meadows, woodlands, orchards and wetlands in the county. The Trust hopes the walk will raise around £1,000 towards their £40,000 target.

 

18 Oct.Transition Cycle Ride, Leominster

Wed 18th – Transition cycle ride, meet in Corn Square,Leominster at 10am. A leisurely ride taking in some local orchards, stopping for coffee and back around 1pm. All welcome, including novices.

 

All walks, bike rides, teas etc. are fundraisers for the Green Party, as well as being pleasant social occasions, and we suggest a minimum contribution of £3.00. Children free.  If coming by car please try to share transport where possible. Non-members are very welcome. We are very grateful to those who kindly host these events, many thanks.  Could you host a walk and tea or other social/fundraising event? If so, please ring 01568 780886 or emailfolley.farm@btinternet.com

17 Oct. Apple Week walk

From Bodenham Lakes Nature Reserve led by Pete Blench of Walkers are Welcome Leominster: woodland, orchard and lakeside, 3.5 miles including hill climb. Meet 10am at Bodenham Lakes car park. Wear strong boots/shoes and bring waterproofs. Please book: for booking/car sharing call Pete 01568 780886

 

All walks, bike rides, teas etc. are fundraisers for the Green Party, as well as being pleasant social occasions, and we suggest a minimum contribution of £3.00. Children free.  If coming by car please try to share transport where possible. Non-members are very welcome. We are very grateful to those who kindly host these events, many thanks.  Could you host a walk and tea or other social/fundraising event? If so, please ring 01568 780886 or emailfolley.farm@btinternet.com

24 Sept. Annual bike ride: Leominster-Weobley-Pembridge-Eardisland-Leominster.

Sunday 24th September: Meet 10.45 for 11am start at Broad Street car park. Leisurely wander round the lanes of North Herefordshire. Bring picnic lunch, drink, waterproofs etc. More info from Robert Barton on 01568 611640

All walks, bike rides, teas etc. are fundraisers for the Green Party, as well as being pleasant social occasions, and we suggest a minimum contribution of £3.00. Children free.  If coming by car please try to share transport where possible. Non-members are very welcome. We are very grateful to those who kindly host these events, many thanks.  Could you host a walk and tea or other social/fundraising event? If so, please ring 01568 780886 or emailfolley.farm@btinternet.com

Greens progress in Golden Valley by-election

Jeremy Milln polled 10% of the vote in the 7th September by-election and came fourth, beating Labour. Conservatives slumped from 1364 votes in 2015 (66% of the vote) to 254 (24%).

Jeremy said,

“To everyone who voted (or considered voting) Green at the Golden Valley South by-election on the 7th September thank you. We did well, more than doubling the Green Party vote share since the June General Election (this constituency) beating Labour, whose share fell to less than half.

It’s a huge ward and slow going by foot and bicycle, so apologies to those whom I failed to meet. Cheers to everyone who I did, for my reception was always gracious and patient. The Green Party stands for fairness, neighbourliness and community; the ingredients of social justice. And also for intelligent stewardship of our environmental capital so that livelihoods may be sustained and the special qualities of this beautiful area are understood and cared for.

In Peter Jinman, an able representative on Hereford Council has been elected and am happy to congratulate him on the achievement. As an adviser to the present government Jinman apparently declined an approach to stand for the Conservatives, leaving us to wonder where, as an ‘Independent’, his leanings may lie. I urge him therefore to support the Green group on the Council and to allow its principles to guide his oversight of the Neighbourhood Plans produced recently by the four parish groups of the Ward.”

Full results:

Sept 2017

Peter Charles Jinman, Independent 462 votes

Cole, Simeon Wood Cole, Conservative 254 votes

Richard Baker Independent 152 votes

Jeremy James Milln, Green 109 votes

Anna-Maria Coda, Labour 104 votes

TOTAL VOTES CAST 1081, TURNOUT 40.5%

May 2015

Graham John Powell, Conservative 1364

Jessica Louise Smith, Green 357

Ellen Louise Pawley, Independent 351

TOTAL VOTES CAST 2072, TURNOUT 79% (coincided with General Election)