A new directory of summer activities has been developed on the WISH website, to help keep children and families active and entertained during the summer holidays, particularly in light of coronavirus
If you have any activities or events taking place during the holidays, we’d love to add them to the WISH events calendar, so we can help more people find what’s on across the county. It’s quick, easy and free to do, simply visit the WISH website.
Alternatively, please contact the WISH Team directly with the relevant details, so they can add them on your behalf. You can contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see what’s available across Herefordshire this summer, visit www.wisherefordshire.org/summeractivities.
Open hours: 8am to 6pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday
The following household recycling centres are also open, with no need to book:
Please do not visit unless it is necessary for you to do so and read the full guidelines before you visit to see how the site will operate.
Behind Barz at Holme Marsh has applied for a Grant of a Premises Licence
Live and recorded music indoor and outdoor Fri -Sat 12;00 -01:00 and Sun 12:00 -22.30
Late night Refreshments indoor and outdoor Fri-Sat 23:00 - 01:00
Sale/supply of alcohol on and off the premises Mon - Sun 11;00 01:00
Full details can be found on the Herefordshire Council website current applications follow this Link
If you would like to comment please contact email@example.com by 17th July 2020
You will find the May Country Diary with Bonus documents of the answers to the Tree Flower and Blossom Quiz and a Bird Lifespan Chart on this link.
Hundreds of businesses across Herefordshire that did not meet the criteria for previous government Covid-19 grants could now benefit from a discretionary grant fund.
To date, around £55.2m has been paid out to more than 4,700 businesses in the county in government grant funding support in response to the impact of Covid-19, however not all businesses have been eligible for these grants.
The government has now introduced an additional discretionary grants fund which will help provide assistance to some of the businesses that have not had access to other support schemes. The discretionary grants fund managed by Herefordshire Council will award grants reflecting the size of business, level of fixed property costs and scale of impact experienced.
The amount of funding the council has received is limited at £3.2m, so there is a set of eligibility criteria which each applicant will need to meet.
Businesses eligible to receive this new funding must be a small or micro business, charity, or social enterprises with a turnover of not more than £10.2m and fewer than 50 staff.
Applicants must be either a small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces; market traders with fixed building costs who do not have their own business rates assessment; bed & breakfasts which pay council tax instead of business rates or charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief.
Further details, the full eligibility criteria for businesses and how to apply can be found on the Herefordshire Council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/discretionarygrant
Applications must be received by 28th June
Warmer homes Herefordshire Council is working with E.ON to help people across the county improve the heating of their homes by installing free first-time gas central heating systems in around 300 eligible residents’ homes.
The project follows a successful funding bid by the Council to the £150 million Warm Homes Fund, established by National Grid, and administered by community interest company Affordable Warmth Solutions.
Eligible households not connected to mains gas and currently relying on inefficient ways of heating their homes, for example electric storage or panel heaters, could be eligible for the measures, which are part of the Warmer Homes Herefordshire scheme. Subject to eligibility, where there is no existing gas supply to the property, a new gas network connection will also be provided by Affordable Warmth Solutions, usually at no cost. Still funded by Affordable Warmth Solutions, eligible properties (must be without existing central heating, unless the existing system uses solid fuel). Under this rural programme they would be able to support the installation of heating systems– e.g. LPG Gas, or Renewable heating (e.g. heat pumps or biomass systems).
For the full eligibility criteria and to apply, they would encourage any residents to call Keep Herefordshire Warm on 0800 677 1432 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and take a look at: https://keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk/
WISH Herefordshire is a useful source of information, including local food stores / deliveries and virtual exercises and activities to do at home. Work is undertaken to keep this information up to date and relevant. If you know of any changes or additional services please could you ask they register them with WISH. A lot has been added to this site in light of Covid 19 and any help you can give to promote WISH locally, as a community resource, would be greatly appreciated.
Julia Evans and all the contributors have done us proud with an abundance of wildlife sitings and information for the April Country Diary which can be accessed here.
In addition, there is a quiz of tree blossoms and flowers seen in Lyonshall to keep you amused. Click here.
Hope you enjoy this lockdown entertainment. Thanks to Julia and all the spotters, please keep your sitings coming in. The diary appears each month on the Country Diary page.
Leominster Food bank offer support to those who meet the criteria for food parcels.
A short briefing note is attached which explains how someone gets referred and how it works.
Please read the attached document HERE to see how to find out if you qualify.
If you walk the Parish Footpaths for your daily exercise please stick the the public footpaths.
Keep your dog on a lead and pick up it's poop and take it home with you please!!
Please click for the Definitive Footpath Map and just enter your postcode.
Link to letter from Herefordshire Council Chief executive Alistair Neill - HERE
In these difficult times its important to ensure you know who you are lending money from.
The Stop Loan Sharks helpline is available to all and full details can be found by following this LINK
Arrowvale news available online Click Here
Here is a link to short informative video from the efforts Herefordshire Council are making.
Unfortunately, We were unable to delivery the parish newsletter this month.
Message for all Parishioners in Lyonshall Parish.
Here to Help!
Thank you to all those who have registered on the website and returned your information slips over the last week, this information is helping to identify possible volunteers and vulnerable people, so if you haven’t sent yours in yet please do to email@example.com or post to the address on the letter.
You should have by now received a letter from Herefordshire Council in response to the Covid 19 outbreak providing simple steps to take and support contact details.
You can call the support line on 01432 260027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the coming weeks it is important our community looks out of each other, please think about your neighbours or elderly people nearby, give them a quick phone call to check all is well and please offer help if you can.
If you are or know someone in need of help, Cllr Rod Bevan is organising coordinators and volunteers to call on for essential supplies, prescriptions and wellbeing contact.
Contact Rod Bevan email@example.com or Tel 01544340347 between 9am and 5pm.
There are some local business offering home delivery. Here are some but by all means not all. If you know of any others please let us know and we will update the list.
Lyonshall Garden Centre – For your gardening needs – 01544340214
Townsend Farm Shop – https://www.thewhatmeatcompany.co.uk or Call 01544388527
The Steppes – deliveries from the shop - 01544388506
Red Lion for Takeaway - 01544388007
Bells in Almeley – 01544327216 – email – thebellsinnalmeley.com
NHS – Information on Symptoms
Herefordshire Council – Information
Gov.uk – Masses of information for all areas
Please remember there are scam operating on all platforms.
Herefordshire Council are currently experiencing a very high demand at the moment with the daily announcements from the government. As we’re sure you can appreciate, we are putting all of the necessary measures in place to ensure we have business continuity for our service in these uncertain times.
Here is an update:
Residents left struggling to pay their Council Tax can apply for Council Tax Reduction, which is a form of reduction from a Council Tax bill based on the household composition and income. More information on Council Tax Reduction and how to claim can be found here.
Self-employed residents can put in a request for their Council Tax installments to be deferred until June, where needed. In such circumstances, requests must be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org including their Council Tax account reference number (8 digits long, beginning with 1) and proof of their self-employed status.
Businesses eligible for grants will be contacted directly by email@example.com.
Given the high demand currently, Herefordshire Council are urging all of our customers to register on our online portal to view their accounts for Council Tax, Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction, Business Rates and Landlord services online to help speed up the response time to customers’ queries.
Doing so will also allow customers to sign up for electronic billing for Council Tax and electronic notifications for Housing Benefits and/or Council Tax Reduction.
Residents can also subscribe to receive the latest updates on COVID-19 in Herefordshire here.
Link to information from Herefordshire Council for Businesses
WISH is a Herefordshire based resource where you can find help and support in the County.
Link to newsletter from Police Commissioner, John Champion.
Herefordshire Council has stated, residents that pay council tax over ten months can switch their ‘free’ months from Feb & Mar 2021 to earlier this year if needed. The council will be releasing full details very soon on how you can request this and further help and support around payments.
Other helpful links 👇
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/eclaim for new applications for Council Tax Reduction
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/DHP for info on Discretionary hardship applications and the
form to download (this is only available for people who need help with their rent and who are
in receipt of Housing Benefit or Universal Credit)
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/counciltaxhardship for help with Council Tax regardless of already being in
receipt of Council Tax Reduction
A new section has been added to this website 'Coronavirus Update' which will contain general information relating to the epidemic and more specifically details of the support and help available locally. It has details of the most recent, more strict, restrictions which will have an impact on the lives of everyone and underlines the need to communicate as much as possible and seek help when it is needed.
Herefordshire Council have been developing a Talk Community Covid Response and are sending every household in Herefordshire (88k) a letter focused on the vulnerable people and the support they will need outside of their existing network. They have a central coordination centre with a dedicated telephone line for vulnerable people and volunteers to contact them and they will then link them back into the community organisations. There is already some fantastic community responses happening and the council can support the infrastructure through this response and provide community resilience.
People wishing to volunteer can register and vulnerable people needing support can register on the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help, the dedicated telephone number will be fully live from Tuesday 24th March which is 01432 260027 and email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note Lyonshall Playground is CLOSED until further notice.
An open Facebook group 'Lyonshall Herefordshire' has been formed in response to the current need for social distancing and limits on many activities. The intention is to offer support our local community with practical assistance with dog walking, shopping etc. Facebook users just have to search for 'Lyonshall Herefordshire' and apply to join the group.
WhatsApp group for residents at Whittern/Next End/Rhyse Lane/Sherrifs Lane extended to invite wider community if wish.
Herefordshire council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire. This online service offers FREE support services for all local businesses. There are a number of government supported initiatives that can potentially help businesses through this unprecedented time of uncertainty.
If you are a business wishing to have further information on Covid-19 then the details of the local support are available on the Marches Growth Hub Website - https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/ Alternatively if you wish to discuss with a member of the Economic Development team please contact01432 261758 or 01432 383633 or email@example.com
Over the coming weeks Parishioners will have to look to each for help and support and hopefully offers will be popping up to meet local needs. Please remember to be kind - look out for your neighbours, old and young, keep in touch and everyone will get through this difficult time!
Daniel Sutton who lives at Grove House, opposite White Lions Meadow (the house with the green gates) has taken first steps and set up a WhatsApp group for Lyonshall Village today to communicate and support each other over the coming months.
It can be used any way, simply from giving people the comfort of day to day contact with the outside world, through to sharing knowledge/reassurance to those looking for guidance.
If you are comfortable with this and would like to be added, either text or WhatsApp Daniel on his mobile number 0798 4946 933, with the following information : - Full Name - Address - Mobile Number and he will add you to the group.
He can also add people from surrounding villages if they wish to be added. The more the merrier! The road ahead is going to be a long one but we'll get through it together by sharing the load and keeping an eye out for each other.
Daniel Sutton Mob:0798 494 6933 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Parishioners have also offered help and support to those isolated, so please just ask if you are struggling. keep safe and well.
Update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19):
Herefordshire Council and its partners are well prepared to deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There are tried and tested procedures to prevent further spread and the NHS is very well prepared and used to managing infections.
You may receive or already had questions and queries from your community about the coronavirus. To help assist and support you signpost people to the most suitable sources of information please visit the Herefordshire Council website https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus. The website has links to a variety of guidance documents which you may find useful for people. We advise that you do not print or download guidance but use the links provided, which will be updated as required based on new information.
How you can help:
There are a number of message your Parish Council can do to help promote awareness.
Additional sources of general information:
For the latest, reputable sources of information about this coronavirus please visit and signpost the general public to the following websites:
Frequently asked Questions: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
The Memorial Committee will be fundraising in Kington Community Shop for one week commencing Wednesday 4th March. If you would like to help by donating any items for sale, we would be very grateful.
Good quality clothing, bric-a-brac, small items of furniture, toys, plants, and raffle prizes required.
Drop off at the shop in Kington High Street from 2pm Wednesday or contact Angie 340543 or Kathy 340386 for further details.
The Country Diary page has all the latest updates including a paper on Lyonshall wetlands. Check it out here.
Many apologies for the lateness of this bulletin. Where does the time go? All the August news available here. The next one will be along soon.
All the latest news on Lyonshall wildlife now available. There is an additional item about the danger to our native oaks in the information section. Click here.
The April update on Lyonshall Country Diary is now available on this link.
All the latest news from the Lyonshall wildlife watchers are available on this link. Thanks to you all.
Sorry the February Country Diary is late. I'm afraid life sometimes intervenes to delay. Follow this link to get the update.
Here is the first Lyonshall Country Diary of 2019. You will see that Julia has been making some interesting comparisons with previous years. Contributions and sightings come in from lots of local watchers. Many thanks to them all and please keep information flowing in. You will find January news and information about Isobel's Oak on this link.
We are already well into 2019 and I hope our many wildlife spotters will continue to send in sightings to Julia. Check out the news for December last year on this link.
If you were wondering what was happening in the great outdoors in Lyonshall, wonder no more. Thanks to our wildlife watchers overseen by Julia Evans there is a month by month update of sightings on our Country Diary page, click here.
Look out for local news here
There will be no more organised events in and around Lyonshall until the lockdown is relaxed but don't forget the display of support for all our key workers by making as much noise as possible every Thursday evening at 8.00pm.
In and around Lyonshall.
30-04-2020 at 8:00 PM
Every Thursday at 8.00pm until further notice.