News and views from the Green Team in Leominster. To contact us, email leominster@greenherefordshire.org.uk or send us a direct message on Twitter or Facebook.

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

‘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.

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.”

Jenny Bartlett invested as Leominster Mayor

Jenny at the mayor making ceremony, Leominster Community Centre, 12 May 2018

Green Party town & county councillor Jenny Bartlett, has been installed as the 464th Mayor of Leominster.

She is the second Green mayor of the town in four years (the term of office is one year).

In her acceptance speech, Jenny said she will treat the job as a much more than a ceremonial role and help nurture an ‘active citizenry.’

As her mayoral charity she has chosen SHYPP – Supported Housing for Young People Project, which provides accommodation, support and training for young people of 16 to 25.

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

Ellie’s campaign gears up

The first 10 days of the campaign have been busy!  I’ve been out campaigning in Ledbury and Leominster during the week, as well as at the Hereford River Carnival, the Spring Greens Fair, and the Big Apple Blossomtime festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Meanwhile we’ve designed, printed, and distributed our first leaflets and posters, and made dozens of signboards – which are already being put up by supporters all around the constituency.  Volunteers have phoned all of our local Green Party members, too, mobilising activists.

We’ve got an ever-expanding calendar of campaign events, which you can see here.  There are Campaign Action Days every Saturday all around the constituency:

  • Ledbury: 6 May
  • Leominster: 13 May
  • Kington: 20 May
  • Bromyard: 27 May
  • Ledbury, Leominster and Kington: 3 June

These are a great way to meet fellow Greens locally and help spread the word by working together.  Do get in touch if you can come along and help.

Herefordshire Greens will also be hosting two ‘Big Green Conversation’ events during the campaign:

  • Weds 24th May: ‘Why Equality is Better for Everyone’, with Martin Wilkinson from the Equality Trust. De Koffie Pot, Hereford, 7.30pm.
  • Friday 2nd June: ‘Europe and the Environment’, with Jill Hanna from the European Commission.  The Burgage Hall, Ledbury, 7.30pm.

All are welcome to come along and discuss these key political issues in an informal, conversational atmosphere.

There will be election hustings in Leominster on Friday 12 May at 7pm, and in Ledbury (date tbc) – a good opportunity to grill the candidates on the issues you care about.

I’ll post weekly updates here on the website, but for daily updates please follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter – and help spread the word!  Thanks for your support.

 

Leominster Apple Fair: Blossom Walk

You are invite to a walk of approximately 3.5 miles led by Pete Blench of Walkers are Welcome. It will include the lovely old orchard on Risbury Hill Fort, where we will have a bring-and-share picnic tea.

Meet 2.30pm at Humber Woodland of Remembrance on Sunday 7th May 2017. £3.00.

Transport can also be arranged from Broad Street car park, Leominster. Ring 01568 780886 to arrange this or to find out more.Our thanks to Diane and Robert Thomas of Risbury Court Farm for allowing us to walk on their land.

Greens win Leominster South with big majority

Trish Marsh has won the Leominster South seat on Herefordshire Council with a large majority over her nearest rival. Now holding three seats, the Greens are a bigger force than the Liberal Democrats in Herefordshire. With a reputation for hard work and positive ideas, the party is increasingly confident of further gains in Leominster, Hereford, and around the county.

Newly elected Trish Marsh said: ‘I am delighted to have gained the support of residents in Leominster South and pledge to do my best for them however they voted.’

‘I owe my victory to the good people of Leominster who wanted a local, hard working councillor. I would also like to thank my Green County Council colleagues Jenny Bartlett and Felicity Norman. Leominster voters recognise that when they elect Greens they elect people with a solid background in community action who make thorough and conscientious elected representatives.’

‘My campaign challenged Conservative-led Herefordshire Council’s wrong-headed priorities. Lots of voters told us they were fed up of crumbling roads and infrastructure and this is the clear message they have sent. I am determined to continue my campaign for a fair deal for Leominster as County Councillor.’

The by-election was caused by the death of long-serving Independent councillor Peter McCaull. The full results were: –

Trish Marsh (Green) 318 (41%)
John Stannard (IOC) 143 (18%)
Connor Egan (Con) 139 (18%)
Mark Latimer (Ind) 116 (15%)
Clive Thomas (LD) 54 (8%)

‘Thank you’ tea

We are having a tea party to thank all those who have helped in any way with the by-election, at The Folley, Luston Leominster HR6 0BX at 4pm on Sunday 2 April. There will also be a walk beforehand for anyone feeling energetic. Meet at the Highwood end of Bircher Common, just over the cattle grid at 2pm. (Instead of going left up the Croft Castle drive, continue up onto the common.) Contact Felicity on 01568 780886.

What Would Trish do?

Trish Marsh is campaigning to be elected County Councillor for Leominster South ward in the by-election on March 23rd caused by the recent death of Peter McCaull. What would she want to do as a Councillor?

Support a thriving town centre 

The Conservative council intends to sell part of Broad Street car park for retail. Green councillors have raised residents’ and traders’ concerns and insist Herefordshire Council must first evaluate impact. The council is forcing Leominster to expand massively in coming years, so adequate parking space and a vibrant town centre are crucial issues.

Provide infrastructure before the town expands 

The council gave Leominster no choice on planned town expansion of more than 2,300 houses yet it has so far failed to agree that  a new road should be built first. The Greens are no fans of new roads but say bluntly our town cannot cope with a ring of new estates without improved infrastructure.

Safeguard Leominster’s green spaces

Support a tougher stance on planning. Prioritise new development on Barons Cross Camp, long earmarked for housing, rather than allow piecemeal development on valued green spaces in residential areas (such as the land at Westcroft).

A fairer share of resources for Leominster

A spending spree goes on in Hereford (such as a £27 million new link road across the city) – while the council fails to fix pot-holes in Ryelands Road and Ivington Lane!  The council economic plan focuses only on Hereford – it should be replaced by a proper county plan.

Crackdown on dog fouling

Reverse the cuts to services which have resulted in more muck in the streets due to the lack of council enforcement.

Clean up our polluted river

The River Lugg is suffering high-risk levels of phosphates and other pollutants. Herefordshire Council has a statutory duty, with other agencies, to protect the river.

Meet Trish Marsh

Trish Marsh is married with two children. She is a former Local Government Officer with Herefordshire Council.  She is a member of Leominster Town Council and is the town’s representative on Herefordshire Cultural Partnership.

Trish is promoting Leominster so it can share in the benefits if the county is successful in its unique bid for ‘UK City of Culture’ status.

Over many years, Trish has worked hard for Leominster and has been a driving force behind several local initiatives.

Prior to council recycling collection she ran Leominster’s first volunteer-led recycling scheme in which money from the sale of ‘waste’ benefitted local good causes.

More recently, she played a major role in saving Leominster Festival from closure.

Trish organises the annual autumn festival of St. Edfrith (founder of The Priory) which helps play a part in bringing Leominster’s rich history alive.

Make your postal vote count!

Trish Marsh, Green Party candidate for the Leominster South by-election on March 23rd, has written to all postal voters to remind them to vote. The by-election is taking place due to the recent death of Peter McCaull.

Trish writes that she has a track record of working for Leominster. She is a member of Leominster Town Council and chair the Finance & General Purposes Committee. Over many years, she has put energy into local community initiatives and in organising town festivals and events.

She is experienced and knowledgeable, saying that as a former Local Government Officer with Herefordshire Council “I have a thorough knowledge of how the council works.”

Trish would be part of a winning team if elected, joining forces with Green county councillors Felicity Norman and Jenny Bartlett. This hard-working pair have won the respect of Leominster residents having been elected and re-elected.

Trish adds: I’m outspoken on issues affecting Leominster. Greens have provided the only real opposition to Conservative-led Herefordshire Council’s indifference to Leominster.  Hereford is getting a £27 million new link road across the city while Leominster’s deteriorating roads go unrepaired.

She ends the letter by pledging a positive approach to work together with all others of goodwill to fight for public services and to get the best deal for Leominster.

The election is likely to be very close between Trish and the Conservatives. Trish is urging voters not to waste their votes on other candidates who can’t win.

Spring Clean Leominster

Leominster Greens run regular volunteer litter picks in Leominster and have an extra big event coming up as part of THE GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN on Sunday 5 March, 10-12. Meet Corn Square, Leominster. Equipment and bags provided. Bring your own gloves. You can join us in the town or clean up a street in your own area. More info from 01568 611734 or 780886.

Trish Marsh (photo by Green Party member Chris Watson)

Five candidates in Leo South by-election

Green Party candidate Trish Marsh, a former local government officer, is competing against 4 other candidates – all men – in the Herefordshire Council by-election in Leominster.

The by-election on March 23 has been called following the death last December of Peter McCaull (Ind) the Herefordshire councillor for the Leominster South ward.

Trish Marsh (pictured here) is competing with a Tory, a Lib Dem, It’s Our County and another candidate who gives no affiliation or description.

Trish’s campaign manager, Green county councillor Jenny Bartlett:” We are working hard to get Trish elected as the third Green councillor on Herefordshire Council.

“Trish will be a fantastic addition to the Green team at county level – she is already a town councillor and chairs the town council finance committee.” (photo by Green Party member Chris Watson)

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