Welcome to Lyonshall


06-07-2020 at 8:37 AM

Summer activities in Herefordshire

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 info@wisherefordshire.org.

To see what’s available across Herefordshire this summer, visit www.wisherefordshire.org/summeractivities.

06-07-2020 at 8:31 AM

Kington Recycling Centre Opens 10th July

Kington Recycling Centre  - Open from Friday 10 July for pre-booked vehicles only

Open hours: 8am to 6pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday

Use the web address below to book on line or Call Herefordshiere Council customer service teams to book you in on 01432 260000. 


  • You will not be allowed access to the site without a pre-booked pass
  • Bookings can only be made online
  • Booking is available for residents of Herefordshire only
  • You will need to provide your address and vehicle registration
  • A pass will be provided that you can show on your mobile device or print out
  • Residents may book up to 2 slots every 14 days
  • Anyone wishing to use a commercial type vehicle or a trailer larger than 1.3m in length will still require a (CVT) permit, through separate application
  • Bicycles and pedestrians are NOT currently permitted

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.

29-06-2020 at 10:14 AM

Licence application at Behind Barz, Holme Marsh - Live music, Late night refreshment and sale/supply of alcohol

Behind Barz at Holme Marsh has applied for a Grant of a Premises Licence 

it includes:

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 licensing@herefordshire.gov.uk by 17th July 2020

22-06-2020 at 2:10 PM

Latest Nature Notes

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.


16-06-2020 at 2:00 PM

New grants available for small and micro business

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

15-06-2020 at 8:50 AM

Police Commissioners Newsletter June 2020

05-06-2020 at 10:10 AM

Warmer Homes Funding

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 khw@severnwye.org.uk and take a look at: https://keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk/

05-06-2020 at 10:08 AM

Wish Local Resource

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.

10-05-2020 at 2:37 PM


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.

30-04-2020 at 10:31 PM

Lyonshall Lockdown Scrapbook

Lyonshall Lockdown Scrapbook

28-04-2020 at 12:31 PM

Leominster Food Bank Information

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. 

Contact Details: Food bank mobile is 07715410575 and email address is leominsterfoodbank@gmail.com

14-04-2020 at 8:59 AM

Walking Parish Footpaths - Map

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.

14-04-2020 at 8:50 AM

Herefordshire Council Letter Apr20

Link to letter from Herefordshire Council Chief executive Alistair Neill - HERE

08-04-2020 at 1:24 PM

Stop Loan Sharks Helpline Information

Stop Loan Sharks Helpline Information

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







06-04-2020 at 8:41 AM

Arrowvale news available online

Arrowvale news available online Click Here

02-04-2020 at 10:46 AM

Herefordshire Council Impact Statement

Click Here for Link for link to Page 1

Click Here for Link to Page 2

01-04-2020 at 9:48 AM

Herefordshire Council Information video

Here is a link to short informative video from the efforts Herefordshire Council are making.

Watch HERE

01-04-2020 at 8:52 AM

April/May Parish Newsletter

Unfortunately, We were unable to delivery the parish newsletter this month.

Click here to view 

31-03-2020 at 9:13 AM

Kington & Presteigne Local Shops Information.

Click HERE for a link  to local shops open and offering service in Kington

Click HERE for a link to local shops open and offering services in Presteigne.

31-03-2020 at 9:02 AM

Here to Help Lyonshall Parishioners

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 lyonshallparishclerk@gmail.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 talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk

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 rodneyjbevan@gmail.com or Tel 01544340347 between 9am and 5pm.

There is also a Facebook page and Whats app Next end/Rhyse lane/Whittern group and a Village Whats App group contact Daniel Sutton 0798 4946 933 to join.

If you are able to volunteer you please let us know lyonshallparishclerk@gmail.com or help in the wider county please contact www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help

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

Helpful Links

NHS – Information on Symptoms

Herefordshire Council – Information

Gov.uk – Masses of information for all areas

Please remember there are scam operating on all platforms.

  •          Do not give your bank details to anyone claiming to help you. Never give your PIN number to anyone either.
  •          Do not click through on emails or other message links  - visit their webpage instead
  •          Do not sign contracts with third parties who claim to be acting on behalf of the Council.

30-03-2020 at 9:36 AM

Important message from Herefordshire Council

Coronavirus update from Herefordshire Council

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: 

Council Tax 

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 counciltax@herefordshire.gov.uk including their Council Tax account reference number (8 digits long, beginning with 1) and proof of their self-employed status.

Business grants 

Businesses eligible for grants will be contacted directly by smallbusinessgrants@herefordshire.gov.uk.

Online services 

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.

Visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/myaccount.

General updates

Residents can also subscribe to receive the latest updates on COVID-19 in Herefordshire here.

26-03-2020 at 2:58 PM


Link to information from Herefordshire Council for Businesses

26-03-2020 at 2:45 PM

WISH - Services in the county

WISH is a Herefordshire based resource where you can find help and support in the County.


26-03-2020 at 2:41 PM

Police Commissioner Newsletter

Link to newsletter from Police Commissioner, John Champion.

26-03-2020 at 11:11 AM

Council tax Information

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

24-03-2020 at 1:17 AM

Coronavirus COVID 19 Update

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.


23-03-2020 at 2:30 PM

Herefordshire Council COVID19 Update

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 talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk.

Link to Poster

23-03-2020 at 2:24 PM

Playground CLOSED

Please note Lyonshall Playground is CLOSED until further notice.

22-03-2020 at 12:35 AM

'Lyonshall Herefordshire' Facebook Group

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.

20-03-2020 at 5:24 PM

Join What App group for Whittern/Next end/Rhyse lane etc

WhatsApp group for residents at Whittern/Next End/Rhyse Lane/Sherrifs Lane  extended to invite wider community if wish.

the link 


20-03-2020 at 8:56 AM


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 business@herefordshire.gov.uk 

19-03-2020 at 7:55 PM

Join local Whats App group for support

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: danielsutton2000@hotmail.com

Other Parishioners have also offered help and support to those isolated, so please just ask if you are struggling. keep safe and well.


13-03-2020 at 9:21 AM

Message from Kington Surgery

Kington Medical Practice are asking everyone to consider the impacts on their service during the conovirus outbreak.


Please read their Facebook Post asking people to keep footfall to a minimum to protect the elderly and vulnerable patients as well as their staff from any risk.




For all the latest guidance on Coronavirus please visit the sites below, please share this with your friends and neighbours who may not have internet access.

If you think you have symptoms please use the NHS 111 online service which can be accessed via the advice links below.

Please DO NOT attend the surgery.

www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/ or gov.uk/coronavirus

11-03-2020 at 2:49 PM

Update on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.

  • Encourage people to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially before cooking and eating; after using the toilet and using public transport. Please display the enclosed posters within your communities.
  • Remind people to ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’: If you sneeze or cough remember to catch it with a tissue; bin it and kill it by washing your hands or using a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water isn’t available.
  • Advise people to follow PHE’s returning traveller advice: There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. If you have returned from travelling outside of the UK within the last 14 days please check and follow the PHE specificadvice for returning travellers.
  • Add the ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’ to your email signature (copy in my signature below): remind people to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene by adding theenclosed logo to the bottom of your email signature.  
  • Signpost people to reputable sources of information: stay up to date and avoidmisinformation by visiting and signposting people to the below web pages.  


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/

02-03-2020 at 11:01 PM

Kington Community Shop

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.

18-02-2020 at 2:32 PM

Flooding - Latest updates & Grants available for those affected

For all the latest on Flooding issues in the county please click HERE

If you have been affected by flooding, Herefordshire Council has an information page with grants available. Click HERE

18-02-2020 at 2:23 PM

Coronavirus Information

09-01-2020 at 6:45 PM

Drop in session for those affected by recent Floods

20-11-2019 at 4:36 PM

Police Scam Info Poster

07-11-2019 at 4:04 PM

Latest Country Diary Information

The Country Diary page has all the latest updates including a paper on Lyonshall wetlands. Check it out here.

30-09-2019 at 1:17 PM

August Country Diary

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.

17-06-2019 at 12:17 PM

Country Diary May 2019

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.

15-05-2019 at 8:33 PM

Latest Lyonshall Nature Notes

The April update on Lyonshall Country Diary is now available on this link.

07-04-2019 at 9:04 PM

March 2019 Country Diary

All the latest news from the Lyonshall wildlife watchers are available on this link. Thanks to you all.

21-03-2019 at 9:37 PM

Latest Wildlife News

Sorry the February Country Diary is late. I'm afraid life sometimes intervenes to delay. Follow this link to get the update.

20-11-2019 at 4:32 PM

Scam Alert - Be aware!

13-02-2019 at 6:49 PM

First Country Diary of 2019

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.

10-01-2019 at 11:33 AM

Last Country Diary of 2018

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.

12-12-2018 at 11:50 AM

Lyonshall November Wildlife Update

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.

Many thanks to all contributors and a good 2019 to all our readers.

06-04-2018 at 10:48 AM

Look out for local news here

Look out for local news here

If you have a news item you would like advertised on Lyonshall Website please use the contact form below



Appreciation to all key workers

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.Protect the NHS

In and around Lyonshall.

30-04-2020 at 8:00 PM

Every Thursday at 8.00pm until further notice.

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