Flooding information – January 2021
We are aware that 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 do let us know where and what happened as this may help us to minimise flooding problems there 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A number of areas regularly impacted by flooding have set up their own flood groups – please get in touch with us at email@example.com 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 01432 347606 or completing the online self-referral form.
In addition please visit the flooding section on the WISH website
COVID- 19 INFORMATION:
To see local Councillor details for those who may be able to offer assistance during this epidemic, please click on the link below.
A message from Rev Mark Godson – January 2020
The current restrictions mean that we won’t be able to deliver a print copy of he Good News magazine for February. Instead, there’ll be a digital only version winging its way to you in the next few weeks. With that in mind, here are a few bits of information, and a request or two.
All church services have now moved online so if you’d like to join EH Baptist Church on Sunday mornings, take part in the Abbeydore Deanery Sunday video, or join one of the selection of Zoom or Facebook events please follow the links at the end. It is very unlikely that services in church will resume before Easter (April 4th). For example, here is our deanery video for Epiphany: Sunday video 3rd Jan
Dore Abbey are Kilpeck Church are now closed to visitors as the marked increase in cases across SW Herefordshire continues we do not wish to put our team at risk, nor attract people to travel to the villages. As soon as it’s wise to re-visit this decision we will do so. Bacton, Ewyas Harold (Weds & Sun only), Rowlestone and Walterstone remain open for prayerful visits by individuals.
Food Bank : we’re hoping to add one or two more local drop-off points meanwhile please continue to leave items in the basket outside EH Shop. Tinned meat and fish, tinned soups and stews, tinned beans and vegetables, toiletries and hygiene products. If you’re in the shop, they have all of the above for sale. Please avoid out of date or perishable items.
In order to support people to remain at home the Herefordshire Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those more vulnerable residents who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending. The Talk Community helpline can also support registration for online shopping slots that have been allocated to Herefordshire with Tesco.
Please contact them or forward their contact details onto those requiring support to
- 01432 260027
- or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- or go to Coronavirus – Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form.
Local Facebook pages are a great place for connecting with others, asking questions and getting support. Here are a couple to get you going:
Talk Community information – November 2020
Following the announcement that a second lockdown will be commencing today we have been planning the Talk Community covid response. Working in partnership with local community groups, parishes and ward members, Talk Community will again be providing support to our communities including those residents considered most vulnerable as a result of the lockdown.
As you may be aware the Talk Community helpline continued into business as usual following the first lockdown and from next week this will be available 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturday where vulnerable people or those who are isolating can contact to seek support with online supermarket delivery slots, available with Tesco and Iceland facilitated by the Talk Community team or by registering with the National Shielding Service System (NSSS), food and medication supplies and befriending. Where possible the Talk Community team will connect those requiring support into local communities or with volunteers by working in partnership with hvoss and the community networks. In addition the online form will also be available to register a request for support, please see the link for all contact details – https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help.
Covid 19 grant information from Herefordshire Council:-
Other information on the government schemes can be found via the Marches Growth Hub website https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/.
For information regarding local support available from the council, including the roll out of business grants and advice, please visit the council website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus. Both these sites are updated regularly and should provide the latest national and local information.
We know that the ongoing situation is placing a considerable level of stress on many impacted businesses and their employees and we recognise that there may be a need to access mental health and wellbeing advice. Please visit https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth for details of the local advice and services.
Additionally there is still a need to adhere to the latest government public health advice, and we would encourage every employer currently still operational to make themselves familiar with this. Here is a link to the public heath guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
We are aware that the nature of the situation and the balance between reopening your business and protecting both you and your employees is an additional stress and complication. We also recognise that there is still considerable uncertainty for many businesses in terms of when you may be allowed to reopen and what measures you will have to put in place.
The council are doing our best to help preserve good businesses and assist hard working families. Wherever possible we will attempt to give you information and guidance that can assist your business. Our collective future economic success may well depend on how we all react over the next few months. I continue to wish that you and your families remain in good health and your business remains resilient.
Cllr Dr Ellie Chowns
Cabinet Member- Environment, Economy & Skills
Help, advice and support is available through the Let’s Talk website, details below. This includes a section on maintaining wellbeing through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental Health Crisis Line
A crisis line has been established for people with more urgent/complex needs. The details will be on the link below.
Public Health queries
Public Health have an inbox for queries relating to public health matters. If you are contacting them, please let us know first or cc the talkcommunitylinkworkers so that we can share the information.
healthprotection – email@example.com
Post Office Cash schemes – Payout Now & Fast PACE
There are now new options for people who are isolating to access cash through the post office (as an alternative to our Halo reimbursement scheme). See information in press release –
The Council is also running a Volunteer reimbursement scheme. This is intended to help those isolating who are running out of cash and have no means to pay volunteers for shopping etc. The idea is the Council reimburses the volunteer asap and the resident pays the Council when they are able to access funds when lockdown is over. If this is an issue for some please get in touch with us.
Just a reminder that Age UK can help with Information and Advice for older residents. For e.g. they can check to see what benefits people may be entitled to and then help claiming them, blue badge applications, and online application for a free TV licence’s for those over 70 on pension credit.
Talk Community Link Worker
More information at www.herefordshirecf.org
On-line Interactive Maps of Herefordshire
This is an interesting interactive map – You can turn on and off different view modes by using the left column, which contains numerous subjects such as gritting routes, polling stations, planning applications, public rights of way and areas of outstanding natural beauty to name but a few. There are search, zoom and move tools
Parish councils and wards map
This map shows parishes, parish councils, county wards and county wards from 2015
On this webpage you can check live traffic jams in Herefordshire – if you select the ‘live traffic congestion’ box it shows you where all the traffic jams are. You can also sign up for email alerts.
Hereford Hospital Wye Valley NHS Trust
For general Wye Valley NHS Trust enquiries, call 01432 355444 for switchboard.
Hereford Leisure Centre
Holmer Road, Hereford HR4 9UD
0845 241 0978
Halo is a community based not for profit organisation that manages leisure centres and swimming pools on behalf of Herefordshire Council.
Fitness Network Herefordshire
The Herefordshire Junior Football League
Pegasus Juniors Football club
Pegasus Juniors F.C
Old School Lane
Hereford United FC
The Planning Portal
UK Government’s online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.