News from North Herefordshire constituency and council wards

19 October – Leominster Apple Fair

Leominster Apple Fair – Early Notice

Saturday 19th October, 10am-4pm at The Priory Church, Leominster

Please save the date and come and support this fun ( and fundraising) event – help needed with running the cafe, and setting up and clearing up afterwards. Also with making cakes and puddings and other refreshments, and we welcome suggestions for additional attractions.

Please contact Felicity with offers of help: 01568 610955 or folley.farm@btinternet.com

Leominster Green View Summer 2019

Below is the Summer 2019 edition of Leominster Green View

Can you spare a few hours this month to help the Leominster Green team deliver the newsletter to every home in the town?

The team is under pressure following recent electoral success. The political upheaval at Herefordshire Council has propelled two members of the team (Trish Marsh and Felicity Norman) into the new cross-party cabinet where they have accepted demanding briefs. Their Leominster Green colleague Jenny Bartlett has accepted an important role as vice-chair of Adults & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee. All three are also busy town councillors. A further three Leominster Green women activists are getting to grips with town council responsibilities following election success in May.

“Green activists who have the courage to put themselves forward for election and work so tirelessly in their roles deserve our support,” said the team’s media officer, Pete Blench. “Good ward newsletters are crucial to the work of our councillors. I am keen to hear from supporters who could help distribute the summer newsletter for the amazing Green women of Leominster. There is also scope for supporters to adopt a delivery round over the longer term.”

If you can help with deliveries please call Pete on 0493776662 or email leogreens@myphone.coop

May 2019 County Council Elections – RESULTS

Here are the results for Green Party candidates standing in the County Council election.

We stood in 12 wards (out of 52) and received a total of 6652 votes out of 50543 across the County = 13.2%. We had the third highest vote share behind Conservatives who stood in every ward and Independents who stood in 25 wards.

Our targetting of wards was very effective. Measured by votes per ward contested, we were the most successful party:

  • Greens 554 votes per ward
  • Independents 503
  • It’s Our County 438
  • Conservatives 331
  • Lib Dem 264
  • Other 247
  • Labour 192
  • UKIP 137

The full results for all 52 wards are available as a pdf on the Herefordshire Council website here

TONI FAGAN, Birch – ELECTED with 64% of the vote

Election addressBirch ward map

ELLIE CHOWNS, Bishops Frome & Cradley – ELECTED with 79% of the vote

Election addressBishops Frome & Cradley ward map.

JEREMY MILLN, Hereford Central – ELECTED with 54% of the vote

Election address Central ward map

DIANA TOYNBEE, Hereford Greyfriars – ELECTED with 53% of the vote

Election address Greyfriars ward map

JENNY BARTLETT, Leominster East – ELECTED with 72% of the vote

Election address Leominster East ward map

TESSA SMITH WINNARD, Leominster North & Rural – SECOND with 36% of the vote

Election addressLeominster North ward map

TRISH MARSH, Leominster South – ELECTED with 73% of the vote

Election addressLeominster South ward map

FELICITY NORMAN, Leominster West – ELECTED with 73% of the vote

Election addressLeominster West ward map

MAGGIE SETTERFIELD, Llangarron – SECOND with 46% of the vote

Election addressLlangarron ward map

ROB PALGRAVE, Old Gore – SECOND with 42% of the vote

Election addressOld Gore ward map

REBECCA TULLY, Three Crosses – SECOND with 38% of the vote

Election addressThree Crosses ward map

CAROLE PROTHEROUGH, Wormside – SECOND with 39% of the vote

Election address Wormside ward map.

‘Health Hub’ plan for Leominster town surgeries


Current congestion impacts on residents says Trish Marsh
Photo  – Chris Watson.

Green councillors are campaigning for substantial NHS investment in Leominster so the town’s cramped GP surgeries can relocate to a spacious new ‘Health Hub.’

A Project Board, which includes members from the two medical practices at Leominster’s Westfield Walk Health Centre, has identified a suitable site at Mill Street. The Green councillors – Jenny Bartlett, Trish Marsh and Felicity Norman – are working together with the fourth Leominster county councillor John Stone (Con), to drum up support and attract funding.

The existing Westfield health centre in the Leominster South Ward, where Trish Marsh is the local councillor, has outgrown its site resulting in problems. Said Trish: “Current facilities at both Westfield Walk surgeries are already 40 per cent below recommended space requirements for the town’s population. The surgeries’ location, lack of parking and traffic congestion has a negative effect on the town in general and local residents in particular.”

Pressures will greatly increase due to Herefordshire Council’s plans for major expansion of Leominster.  Your councillors are calling on NHS Property Services “to agree the outline business case and baseline calculations for Leominster’s requirements” –  and give the health hub the green light.

17 November – Leominster Big Day Out for May 2019 local election.

The next West Midlands Green Party Big Day Out is in Leominster to help three hard-working councillors Felicity NormanJenny Bartlett and Trish Marsh get re-elected in next May’s County Council elections.
Greens are getting some big wins on Herefordshire Council, such as passing a motion on fossil fuel divestment.
The Tories with their small majority on the Council will be trying to keep control of Herefordshire by unseating our councillors – putting Felicity, Jenny and Trish’s work at risk. We can’t let that happen.
They need your support to help them be re-elected in May. We know working now will keep us one step ahead of the Tories. Your help could be vital.
Please join the Big Day Out on 17 November to re-elect 3 hard-working Leominster councillors.

RSVP here

We’re meeting for lunch at 12.00 at Cwmyoy, Ryelands Road, Leominster, HR6 8PN, before going out for a couple of hours of campaigning.
Don’t worry if you’ve not done anything like this before. Full training will be provided.
After the campaigning we’ll head for some refreshment in a local pub.
Hope you can join us!

Green Mayor – and bagpipes! – welcome ‘Peace Train’ to Leominster

The sound of bagpipes played by kilted Scotsman Murdo White rang out at Leominster Station on 24 October as  Mayor Jenny Bartlett joined local well-wishers to welcome “the Peace Train.”

Members of Hereford Peace Council rode the train along the Welsh borders collecting letters and petitions at each station demanding the UK joins international moves to ban nuclear weapons.

Last year 122 countries called for nuclear weapons to be made illegal and for a diplomatic process to begin to universally eradicate them.

ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work in getting this overwhelming majority of United Nations countries to agree to The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

However, the UK did not and does not intend to sign this treaty.

On the train, as the carriage doors opened at Leominster, leading UK peace campaigner Rebecca Johnson (pictured) held up the Nobel peace medal she received. It was a perfect day – Wednesday, October 24 – United Nations Day, part of Disarmament Week. The clear message of the letters and petitions being taken on to London, to the House of Commons, was “It’s time to get peace back on track.”

Said Jenny Bartlett: “It was all too brief but Leominster gave the Peace Train a great welcome – thanks to Leominster’s own piper Murdo White and all those who turned out including rector Rev Mike Kneen and town crier Richard Brookman.”

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