Julia and our wildlife watchers have excelled themselves this month with a super 11 page February Country Diary.
In addition, there is a fascinating insight into our significant trees and woodlands. Click her to access them.
We all love our dogs and they are helping to keep us fit and healthy by taking us for walks. However, there have been several complaints about the amount of dog mess on our footpaths and lanes. There is a simple rule for dog owners.
Never leave dog mess where people walk.
People walk on footpaths, tracks, lanes, pavements and verges so please remember the rule.
Never leave dog mess where people walk.
Our local wildlife spotters have been busy throughout the various lockdowns. Isobel's project for this year is the perry pear trees above the Memorial Hall. Julia has collected sightings that people have provided of wildlife that has been observed in Lyonshall. Both these documents are available on the Country Diary page, click here.
Many thanks to Julia and John for their production of the monthly newsletter and to all contributors.
23 Feb – 5 Mar – A480 from A44 junction to Burnt Orchard – Gigaclear works
(No Sergeants bus service for duration of this closure)
25 Feb – 12 Mar – Rhyse Lane From A44 to Cabal Lane – Gigaclear works
25 Feb - 1 Mar – A44 – between Rhyse Lane and Weston turning – Gigaclear works - Traffic lights
23 Feb – 25 Feb – A4111 from Apostles Lane – Welsh Water Traffic lights
Field To Fork Pizzas will be back at the Memorial Hall ready to serve fresh Pizza on Saturday 27th February 5-8pm
Believe it or not Julia Evan's has completed 4 years of these monthly updates on our local wildlife. She is helped by many contributions from you all. Thanks to all of you wildlife watchers and especially Julia. Keep up the good work. You will find the January 2021 edition here.
The Arrowvale Magazine can be viewed from the Arrowvale Churches website home page this time
Please click HERE to view
Ahead of the Police & Crime Commissioners Elections this year on Thursday 6th May.
Message to the public that polling stations will be a safe place to vote as part of a national campaign.
A number of homes and businesses across Herefordshire have been affected by flooding recently. If you or anyone you know have suffered from flooding in the county, please let Herefordshire Council know where and what happened as this may help to minimise flooding problems in the future. In order to report flooding, as well as access other useful resources, please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/flooding.
Please be aware that Talk Community support is available for all emergencies, including those affected by flooding. Please encourage those requiring support to contact us on 01432 260027 or at email@example.com.
A number of areas regularly impacted by flooding have set up their own flood groups – please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are things people can do to limit the impact of flooding, including preparing a personal flood plan, sourcing sandbags/flood barriers from local parish councils or builders merchants. More specialised flood prevention advice can be obtained from the National Flood Forum. It may also be useful to check the actual water levels at different locations in the county, as well as sign up to get Flood Warnings from gov.uk by phone, email or text message.
This can be a very anxious and stressful time compounded by the difficult position with Covid-19 therefore if you know of someone affected that could do with support Herefordshire and Worcestershire Healthy Minds service is available to help. This is an NHS service and care is both free at the point of contact and confidential. Herefordshire Healthy Minds, Previously known as Let's Talk, supports people who are experiencing difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low mood and depression. In order to access the service, people must be 18 or over and registered with a GP in Herefordshire. People can self-refer by contacting 01432347606 or completing the online self-referral form.
In addition please visit the flooding section on the WISH website
Lyonshall Bridge Club has had a difficult year due to the Covid-19 lockdown, like everyone else. They have managed to play online and attracted 16 tables with 64 players , recently, playing on a Tuesday. Following the successful switch to online play they launched a Christmas Appeal for the 2 charities that they support, this year, and raised £1,065. This together with the result from the 46th Annual Round the Houses Knockout competition (played online) enabled them to donate £2,200 between the Haven Breast Cancer Hereford and The Cart Shed charities. Players have joined in from Powys to Suffolk and all places in between. For more information visit www.lyonshallbridge.org. Well done to all participants.
The decennial census is almost upon us.
Households across Herefordshire will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.
Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online.
Paper questionnaires will be available on request.
Census day is March 21.
For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk
Keep Herefordshire Warm is Herefordshire Council’s home energy advice service. By providing a freephone advice line, dedicated home energy advisors and grant funding for eligible homes, Keep Herefordshire Warm supports households to use less energy, lower their bills and make energy-saving improvements to their properties.
Homes relying on electric heating may be eligible for free first-time central heating, grants are available for insulation and support for when your boiler needs repairing or replacing. Warm, affordable homes are vital to health and quality of life – and Keep Herefordshire Warm is here to help make the winter months more comfortable.
Call friendly advisors for free on 0800 677 1432, or visit keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk
The last Country Diary of 2020 is now available here. There is lots of interesting nature news so now would be a good time to take a look to see what is happening in our parish. Many thanks to all contributors over the last year. More sightings are always welcome. Particular thanks go to Julia Evans for all the work collating information and to John Quinton-Adams for his technical skills.
Happy New Year to all.
Thank you to all who gave so generously to support our church - we have raised £980 so far.
Also the marvellous sum of £309.10 was given to the collection at the Carol Service which will be shared between The Church of England’s Children Society and Save The Children.
Most of all, thank you for joining in and making it a walk to remember - something to smile about in these difficult times.
Thanks very much
A record amount of steps this week - 3,395,589, bringing the total to 8,220,007! This means that we are in Bethlehem and have lots of spare steps to do some sightseeing this week!!
Congratulations to all who have taken part and thank you very much for walking so well and keeping going. We haven’t had the best of weather for it!
Hoping to see you all on Christmas Eve for the walk and Carol Service. Let’s make it a great celebration for our efforts.
Please remember to bring a torch.
If you would like to give a donation to the church for taking part in the ‘Walk to Bethlehem’ or to support those of us who have, these are ways to do it.
Send a cheque with or with out the sponsorship form to Malcolm Thompson at Whistlewood, Lyonshall, HR5 3HT or any donations and forms can be put through the letter box at Burgoynes Office FAO Malcolm Thompson or give by BACS to HSBC 40-28-13 Acc: 11121170, ref WALK.
Alternatively please bring any donations to the Carol Service on Christmas Eve in an envelope marked ‘WALK’ to put in the buckets available. The collection taken otherwise will be divided between our usual Christmas charities – Save The Children and The Church of England’s Children’s Society.
Thank you all in advance for supporting our church and we very much look forward to seeing you on our final walk from the village on Christmas Eve at 4.00 pm and at the Carol Service at the church afterwards where we can all sing about ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’!!
This week we recorded 2,654,629 steps which means we have walked 4,756,418 altogether - more than two thirds of the way and we are in Turkey near Ankara!! Look on the church page of this website for the latest photos
Thank you all for your wonderful efforts and please keep walking this week so that we get to Bethlehem in plenty of time for Christmas.
We are able to sing outside as long as we socially distance in family groups. It will be lovely to celebrate Christmas in the way we usually do!
The service will be preceded by a torchlit walk from White Lion Meadow to mark the end of ‘the 6,000,000 steps walk to Bethlehem’ that so many of us are taking part in during December.
Please come and join us in both the walk and the service or either, whether or not you have been walking to Bethlehem. Everyone will be very welcome. Well behaved dogs are welcome on the walk but should be kept outside the Church grounds.
Please note that the Carol Service is replacing the Midnight Mass at Lyonshall.
We have walked 2,101,781 steps this week on our way to Bethlehem! We are one third of the way there which is really amazing! Thank you very much to all of our 56 walkers for taking part and doing so well!
If anyone has forgotten to send their steps in don't worry. We need them and will add them on to next week's total. Please keep walking so that we can get there in time for Christmas Day. Look on the church page of this website for photos. Also the map in the porch will be updated to show which country we're in now!
All the latest news from our avid local watchers. Click here.
The Parish Council will provide 25 Christmas trees with lights in the Village and Holmes Marsh to bring some good cheer into Lyonshall this Christmas.
Pembridge has done this for years and it has been very popular.
We are trying this as an experiment to see how it works and looks. If it is a success and popular we would hope to provide more next year. We will be approaching houses to see if they are willing to 'host' a tree and will try to get a good spread of trees throughout the area. We will set up the tree and provide the lights with an appropriate length wiring for the householder to put the lights on and then provide electricity to power the lights. They are LED lights and use very little electricity. We will collect the lights from the houses after 12th Night and keep them safe for next year. We will start contacting people and erecting trees on Friday of this week and then on Sunday. Hopefully by this time next week they should all be deployed and lighting up Lyonshall.
The Walk to Bethlehem starts today. Please record all the steps you can and send them to Jane Burgoyne (details on church page of this website) at the end of each week i.e. first week ends next Monday night. Malcolm’s Map in the porch will then show how far we’ve walked!
Please join in - remember we need 6,000,000 steps....
Everyone in Lyonshall parish is invited to take part in this virtual walk through December. The amount of steps you walk each week should be recorded and sent to Jane Burgoyne at email@example.com or phone: 340272 or sent to the WhatsApp group 'Lyonshall 6,000,000 Steps'. We are hoping that you will join this group and tell us where you have walked and send photos. You can register with Marie Hussey on 07757 813891. Jane will keep a regular update in the Church porch which will be a focal point for the end of the walk and where there will also be a map showing where in the world we are!
Please join in and make it a real community effort. If you walk as a family, everyone's steps can be counted and thus the distance will really mount up! We can't do much together at the present time and we hope that this will get us all talking together and create some Lyonshall 'camaraderie' even if we can't walk together as a group.
For more information please follow this link to a new page dedicated to this venture where you can also download a copy of the sponsor form.
Lyonshall Parish Council invites
Tenders for Mowing 2021
Amenity grass areas in Lyonshall Parish
to undertake specific mowing duties within the parish from 1st March—31st October
Applicants should be self-employed, able to provide their own transport and qualified to use any relevant tools and equipment. In addition, they should carry public liability insurance with minimum limit of indemnity of £5 million.
Job specifications and information from the clerk.
Written tenders should be sent to the parish clerk, Rebecca Bissell, firstname.lastname@example.org or
Firbanks, Lyonshall, Kington, HR5 3LN, by noon on 31st January 2021.
Pop Up Pizza this Saturday - Cancelled
Flooding affected much of Herefordshire in October 2019 and February 2020, causing damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. Herefordshire Council is gathering information from everyone affected to help inform future flood risk management activities in the county. To support this, the Council is asking anyone affected by the flooding to complete our survey. We would be grateful for any comments by 10 December 2020. A consolidated summary of the findings of the survey will be published on our flooding web pages next year.
For more information on flooding, see Herefordshire Council webpages
A mobile Covid-19 testing centre for north Herefordshire is now operating on the Broad Street Car Park in Leominster. The unit opened will offer tests from 10.30am until 3.30pm each day and will be in place for the foreseeable future. It is being provided by the regional NHS test and trace team.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 – a high temperature, persistent cough, loss or change in sense of taste or smell – should immediately book a test by ringing NHS 119 or visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. They should self-isolate (not leave their home) while waiting for their test and until they have the result. Anyone who cannot get to a test centre can order a home test kit.
Who can get a free test
You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:
You can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms.
All the latest observations from our dedicated spotters are now available on the October Newsletter here.
A thank you to Herefordshire residents for following the Covid-19 rules is available through this link
Keep Herefordshire Warm
As winter’s cold weather starts to bite, we all need to stay warm and healthy in our homes. For many families, higher energy bills and keeping warm is going to be a struggle in the coming months. Keep Herefordshire Warm are pleased to offer a series of short webinars aimed at helping you to support struggling families this winter.
The webinars are free and last 20 minutes with a Q&A session at the end. You can register for each session by simply clicking through to the Eventbrite link below each topic.
They cover a range of relevant topics;
Herefordshire Council’s Early Help Hub offers a confidential support service to Herefordshire families with children aged 0 to 19 years.
The Early Help team can provide families and professionals (working with families) with advice and guidance to support them through the difficult times and help them to get back on track.
Difficulties could include:
• Family relationships
• Challenging behaviours
• Domestic abuse
• Housing issues
• Struggling with finances
• Emotional and mental health
• Safety in the community
• Substance abuse
The Early Help Hub team are available on 01432 260261 (9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, closed on bank holidays) or email email@example.com
To find out more about the Early Help service visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/earlyhelp
For information about local support services for families, visit the WISH website www.wisherefordshire.org
There will be a short Act of Remembrance held outside Lyonshall Church at 11.00 am on Sunday, November 8th. Two minutes silence will be observed and the roll of honour read out.
Please come and join us. Social distancing must be observed.
Helpful links to Herefordshire Council information websites
A new grant scheme been launched to help small businesses who have suffered from the pandemic across Herefordshire.
Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available through the Marches Small Business Recovery Grant, which will help both tourism businesses and those in the wider economy.
Only small businesses with up to ten full-time employees and who can demonstrate a negative impact due to the coronavirus crisis are able to apply.
The grants will be available for projects running between November and January. Costs can cover specialist advice – including HR, accountancy, legal, financial, health and safety, IT/digital and sector-related consultancy – and/or equipment to address immediate needs in response to Covid-19.
The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership region has been allocated £215,000 to support tourism businesses and £415,000 for businesses in other sectors through the European Regional Development Fund.
Applications will open on Wednesday 14 October at 9am so please take the opportunity to review the information provided on the dedicated website www.marches-sbrg.co.uk around eligibility and what’s needed in order to prepare and make a successful application.
Wow! Thanks Julia and contributors for a 10 page bumper issue for the September Country Diary. Access it here and enjoy.
Lyonshall Parish Council has REOPENED the playground after considering its responsibilities for safety and the current risks involved.
For this to happen all users will take full responsibility for themselves whilst using the playground— Please read and stick to these rules and guidelines as advertised in the playground.
Whilst all possible practical measures have been put in place to ensure safety, scientific advice suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces. The risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain.
If you or anyone you know with a local connection to Lyonshall would be interested renting the property please note it is now available on Homepoint for bids until Wednesday 23rd September - So quick action is required!
Any queries please contact Connexus Customer Service - 03332 31 32 33
All the latest sightings for August are here. Thanks to the many contributors.
There is a recent emergence in scams targeting the elderly with several incidents reported to the police in the last few days.
Julia and our local spotters have been busy producing the July edition of the Lyonshall Country Diary. Click here.
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
If you are feeling unwell, call 111, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
Herefordshire Council website offers local information and support available https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200250/coronavirus
Government announces easing of lockdown measures to be postponed
The Government has today announced that further easing of coronavirus restrictions in England - due to come in this weekend - has been postponed for at least two weeks.
That means venues such as casinos, bowling alleys, and skating rinks must remain closed until 15 August.Indoor performances will also not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted.
Face coverings will be also be mandatory in more indoor settings, such as cinemas, and people attending places of worship will also be among those required to wear face coverings. Rules for face coverings will become enforceable in law from 8 August.
The guidance for ‘shielding’ patients will change from tomorrow, Saturday 1 August.
The key changes are:
For all the latest guidance on the changes and help available, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
The UK Chief Medical Officers as of 30 July made a statement confirming that the self-isolation period has been extended from 7 to 10 days for those who have coronavirus symptoms or a positive test result.
NHS Test and Trace have this week launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to get a free test as soon as they develop symptoms, alongside a new business plan to expand testing capacity and prepare the nation for winter.
The campaign will encourage people to get a free test as soon as they develop mild symptoms and will make them aware of the need to respond to the service if contacted.
The number of tests given to people without symptoms will increase to 150,000 per day by September, with testing capacity to double to 500,000 with more than 500 testing sites by October.
More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-test-and-trace-launches-campaign-to-encourage-everyone-with-symptoms-to-get-a-free-test
Another month with lots of information and sightings from our wildlife spotters. Thanks to all of you who contribute. This time there is an information sheet on Lyonshall bogs and marshes. Click here
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.
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
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.
Link to information from Herefordshire Council for Businesses
WISH is a Herefordshire based resource where you can find help and support in the County.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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