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New prepaid card launched to help county Shop Local and recover economically from Covid

Every household in Herefordshire is now able to apply for a prepaid card loaded with £15 to spend, as part of a major campaign to help the county’s local and independent traders.

The Council is urging every household to apply for its card as quickly as possible, with a 31 January 2022 deadline for applications.

For more information and how to apply, go to

Cobhall Common surface water pipeline appeal

Parts of Cobhall Common are particularly badly affected by surface water flooding, with a number of households being flooded several times in the recent past.

Those whose families have lived on the Common for several generations report that the problem of surface water flooding is getting worse e.g. one of the properties flooded last winter had not done so in the previous 30 years.

We have a short window of opportunity to add an additional 12″ pipeline to alleviate the build up of surface water. The proposed underground pipeline would run between Murrayfield and Yew Tree Cottage and through the new building plots to the drainage ditch behind.

Cost of the new pipeline would be around £10,000. On their meeting on 8th November, the Parish Council agreed to contribute £3,000 to the scheme; residents are now determined to raise the remaining £7,000 in quick time!

For the latest update and to see how you can help, please see

TEA, COFFEE AFTERNOON, Saturday, 13th Nov


Saturday, 13th November 2021, 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Come along and have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and browse the books that will be on sale

Donations of cakes and books will be gratefully received and can be left in the porch at Springfields (HR2 9BJ)

All funds raised will be in aid of flood alleviation measures on Cobhall Common

NDP Referendum result – a resounding YES!

The referendum on Thursday 6th May 2021 showed strong support for the Neighbourhood Development Plan with 85% (157 people) voting “Yes” and 15% (28 people) voting “No”.

So a large majority of the almost 40% of residents who voted were in favour of the plan.

This means that Herefordshire Council will now be using the NDP to help when deciding on planning applications.

It provides important additional criteria for a development to be accepted by Herefordshire Council Planners, better reflecting the wishes of residents.

The official declaration notice of the result can be downloaded from the Herefordshire council website here: Declaration of result of poll Allensmore neighbourhood planning referendum ( and the final NDP plan can be downloaded from here: Allensmore Neighbourhood Plan April 2020.

The NDP Steering group and the Parish Council are very grateful for the help the residents have provided during the development of the plan and for the support shown at the referendum.

Nick Chapman – NDP Steering group chair
Tony Cramp – Parish Council chair


Herefordshire Council’s notice of the Referendum on the adoption of the Allensmore Neighbouthood plan

Allensmore Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum on the adoption of the Allensmore Neighbourhood plan.

  1. A referendum will be held on Thursday, 6th May 2021 to decide on the question below:
‘Do you want Herefordshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Allensmore to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
  1. Applications to be included on the register of electors for this referendum must be received no later than Monday 19th April 2021.
  2. New applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations for existing proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ by 5pm on Tuesday, 20th April 2021.
  3. New applications to vote by proxy at this regerendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ by 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021.
  4. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this referendum on the grounds of physical incapacity, or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ by 5pm on Tuesday, 6th May 2021. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2021.

Dated: Monday 29th March 2021

Claire Ward

Counting Officer

Further information about the referendum can be found on the Herefordshire Council website

Pateshall Hall reopening

Pateshall Hall is opening for business in September. The hall has been decorated, storage cupboards cleared and social distances marked out.

Numbers are presentlt limited to 14 people in the hall, but restrictions will change as and when the government releases new updates.

Further information and how to book the hall is here.

Possible improvements to our church building

On Wednesday 12th August, members of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (D.A.C.) met representatives from St Andrew’s Church to talk about refurbishment of the parish church. Conservation of the porch, installing a toilet, creating a kitchen area, introducing a sustainable heating system and returning the monuments to their former glory were all discussed.

There are many more steps to take before any work can go ahead, but it is good to know that the D.A.C. is happy for plans to be taken forward.

An update on the Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum

Following the formal examination of the NDP completed in March 2020, the modifications recommended by the independent Examiner and accepted by Herefordshire Council have been applied to the Allensmore Neighbourhood Development Plan; the latest version of the plan is here.

Herefordshire Council published their Delegated Decision Statement on 31st March 2020 recommending the Neighbourhood Development Plan progresses to referendum.

However, regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6th May 2021. Herefordshire Council have confirmed that our referendum will take place on 6th May 2021 “unless otherwise specified by UK Government in further legislation”. Click here for Herefordshire Council’s notice. This is frustrating for communities like ours that have dedicated significant time and effort to the neighbourhood planning process and want their plans to come into force as soon as possible. With this in mind, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have updated current planning guidance to set out that neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.

St Andrews -the latest news

From next weekend (4th July) churches are on the list of premises that can open again, subject to careful assessment of the risks and with appropriate precautions in place. That would mean a limit on numbers with all present observing social distancing, and using sanitising facilities etc.
Even with all necessary precautions in place services will be seriously restricted. For instance, singing will not be possible and the taking of communion will be severely restricted. Given these restrictions and the fact that there is still the very real risk of a surge in cases that might prompt a return of shutdown, the Church Wardens have decided, in consultation with the Vicar, not to re-open St Andrews on Sunday 5th. Instead we will spend the weekend doing further work in the churchyard . This will also give the cleaning team an opportunity to organise what extra cleaning is needed inside the church.

The Church, though locked, is dry and quite warm and the Churchyard has been well looked after by our regular band of helpers on the mowing rota. A good start on clearing unwanted vegetation was also made by volunteers last Saturday.
There is still plenty to do so if you would like to come down and help please do but as we cannot share equipment, please bring your own tools, your own refreshments and wear gloves. Saturday next 4th July from 10.00am.

We will review the position week by week taking account of the latest advice and the level of virus in the community and hopefully we will be in a position to open the church later in the month.
(For those wishing to attend a service locally, there is a Benefice Service being conducted by Hillary, the vicar, at Kingstone Church next Sunday 5th at 10.30am.)

Steve and Tim
The Wardens

NDP passes Examination stage

The Allensmore Neighbourhood Development Plan has successfully passed through the examination stage – the last stage before it’s put to a referendum.

The final examiner’s report was received on 23rd March 2020. The report is very positive and she generally suggests changes that either clarify and/or strengthen our policies. The modifications recommended by the Examiner and accepted by Herefordshire Council have been applied to the Allensmore Neighbourhood Development Plan; the latest version of the plan is here.

However, plans for the referendum are on hold during the current Coronavirus situation. Read more here.