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									          King's Thorn &
     The Birches Newsletter
                   A Newsletter for the Villages of King's Thorn, Little Birch & Much Birch – October 2009

New Rector                                                    DIARY DATES FOR OCTOBER 2009
The Church Wardens are pleased             24TH SEPTEMBER – Bingo LBVH
to be able to announce the                 25TH SEPTEMBER – MB Village Market
appointment of the new Rector of           27TH SEPTEMBER – Harvest Thanksgiving at Methodist Chapel
the Wormelow Hundred Group of              30TH SEPTEMBER – Gardening Club Outing
Parishes. He is Rev. Mark                  1ST OCTOBER – MBPC Meeting
Johnson, at present Team Vicar             2ND OCTOBER – Village Quiz
                                            9TH OCTOBER – Pantomime Initial Meeting
in the Hereford South Wye Team
                                           10TH OCTOBER – Harvest Supper at Little Birch Village Hall
                                           11TH OCTOBER – Harvest Thanksgiving at Little Birch Church
The Institution and Induction of           13TH OCTOBER – Evergreen Club Outing
the new Rector will take place on          13TH OCTOBER - PACT Meeting
MONDAY 16TH NOVEMBER at                    13TH OCTOBER – Whist Drive LBVH
Kings Caple Church at 7.30pm.              17TH OCTOBER – Flicks in the Sticks
Everyone will be welcome at this           20TH OCTOBER – W.I.
Service.                                   28TH OCTOBER – Gardening Club
 Mark and his wife, Lyn, and their
three children, Ruth, Esther and           ADVANCE NOTICES
Luke, will be living at The                4TH NOVEMBER – LBPC Meeting
Rectory, Much Birch which is               6TH & 7TH NOVEMBER – Halfway Community Theatre
                                           16TH NOVEMBER – Induction of new Rector, Kings Caple
situated     just   behind     the
                                           17TH NOVEMBER – W.I.
Community Hall. We all join                20TH NOVEMBER – Pampered Chef
together in wishing them                   21ST NOVEMBER – Flicks in the Sticks
happiness in their new life with           27TH NOVEMBER – Village Market with a Christmas flavour
the seven churches in the                  15TH DECEMBER – W.I Christmas Evening
Benefice, the Methodist Church
in Little Birch and with all their                                                    Stainers, to see this year’s apple
                                         Harvest Thanksgiving
Parishioners.                                                                         crops and to learn about the
                                         Harvest Thanksgiving Services
 ______________________________                                                       different types of apples grown
                                         will be held at 3.00pm. on
                                                                                      The arrangement is to meet at
Bingo                                    SUNDAY, 27TH SEPTEMBER in
                                                                                      the      Kings        Thorn        bus
The next Bingo will be held be on        the Methodist Chapel and at
                                                                                      stop/carpark at 6.15pm. Visitors
THURSDAY, 24TH SEPTEMBER                 3.00pm. in Little Birch Church on
                                                                                      are advised to wear flat shoes.
at 8.00pm. in LBVH. There are            SUNDAY,       11TH       OCTOBER
                                                                                      For further information contact
special prizes and refreshments          Everyone will be most warmly
                                                                                      Helen Fox – 541004 or John
will be available.                       welcomed.      Sandwiched        in
                                                                                      Bryant 540316.
______________________________________   between these two services will
                                         be the Harvest Supper at Little
M.B. Village Market                      Birch Village Hall, see next page.           Village Quiz
Please support the Village               _______________________________________      Much Birch W.I. will be holding their
Market in MB Community Hall on                                                        Annual Village Quiz on FRIDAY, 2ND
FRIDAY, 25TH SEPTEMBER                   Gardening Club                               OCTOBER at 7.30pm. in MB
between 2.30pm. and 4.30pm.              WEDNESDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER                     Community Centre. If your Club or
______________________________________   is the day the Club will be visiting         Organisation have not been notified,
                                         the Dragon Orchard, home of the              and you would like to participate
with a team of four, please phone            LBVH Harvest Supper                      Whist Drive
Mrs. Jennifer Jones on 01981                 The Harvest Supper is on                 Our next Whist Drive is on
540698.                                      SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER at                 TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER. in
______________________________________       7.00pm. for 7.30pm.                      Little Birch Village Hall           at
Pantomime                                    The Committee of LBVH extend a           7.30pm. Entry: £1.50. Excellent
The initial meeting will be on               warm invitation to all members           prizes and refreshments will be
FRIDAY, 9TH OCTOBER at 7.30pm.               of the community to share a meal         available.       New players are
in LBVH.      Hilary Gould will be           together       at     this     annual    always welcome.
pleased to meet both adults and              celebration of harvest.                  _____________________________________
children interested in taking part in        Entrance:           Adults      £6.50
this year’s pantomime. Hilary would                                                   Flicks in the Sticks
                                             Children under 12, £3.00.
also like to hear from people who                                                     New Season:
are willing to assist with all the                                                    SATURDAY, 17TH OCTOBER at
necessary back stage jobs.                   The Evergreen Club                       7.30pm. — Morris: A Life With
______________________________________       Our last outing this year will be        Bells On – 12.
                                             on TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER,                 Starring Derek Jacobi and many
Annual Flu Jab Invitation                                                             other talented British actors, this is
From 8:30am. – 11:30am. on                   when we are going to Westonbirt
                                                                                      a heartwarming feature length
SATURDAY, 10TH OCTOBER and                   Arboretum, hoping to catch the           comedy that follows the fortunes of
again the following week on                  autumn colours at their peak.            one of the leading Morris teams in
SATURDAY, 17TH OCTOBER Much                  The cost will be £10 for members         the        country.        Go       to
Birch Surgery will be giving Anti Flu        and £12 for non-members. This   for more
Jabs at Much Birch Community hall .          includes    entrance     to   the        details and to see a trailer.
These clinics are for all Much Birch         arboretum.                               Advance notice
Surgery patients who are over 65                01981 540932 (or 540683)              Is Anybody There? 12A will be the
years of age or are at risk from             The pick-ups are:                        film shown next month on
influenza (including patients with           Brandon Coach Depot             8.45     SATURDAY, 21ST NOVEMBER at
asthma and chronic breathing                 Tump Lane (bungalows)           8.55     7.30pm.
problems, diabetes, heart or kidney          The Park, Wormelow              9.00     Set in 1980s seaside England, this is
disease or impaired immune                   Tump Lane (middle)              9.05     the story of Edward, an unusual ten
systems, and those who are carers            Poor Clares Convent             9.10     year old boy growing up in an old
or who have previously had a flu             Kings Thorn bus shelter         9.15     people's home run by his parents.
jab).                                        M. B. Church bus stop           9.20     Edward's is a rather lonely
Please arrive at Much Birch Surgery          Axe & Cleaver bus stop          9.25     existence until he meets Clarence
Reception to register for the                Merton Hotel                    9.40     (Michael Caine), a retired magician
vaccination and receive your ticket          Fonteine Court                  9.45     with a liberating        streak     of
which you should present to the                                                       anarchy.
nurse or doctor in the Community                                                      ______________________________________
Hall. When you get to the Hall, it           PACT Meetings
would be helpful if you could                Herefordshire Council and its            W.I.
remove your coat and wear a short            partners     are    committed    to      The subject of the meeting on
sleeved top, so that the jab can be          improving the way they engage with       TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER will be
administered without the need to             local residents and respond to the       ‘Decorative boxes for Christmas’
remove further clothing. IF YOU              priorities and needs of local            and the speaker will be Hilary
ARE NOT FEELING WELL ON THE                  communities. To do this PACT             Gamble.
DAY, please mention this BEFORE              meetings         (Partners      and      TUESDAY, 17TH NOVEMBER is the
having your jab.                             Communities Together) take place         AGM and 15TH DECEMBER is the
It is important to understand that           at least four times a year and the       Member’s Christmas Evening.
this vaccination is your annual              next one is at MB Village Hall. on       Meetings take place in Much Birch
seasonal flu jab and any                     TUESDAY, 13TH OCTOBER at                 Community Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors
information on the swine flu                 7:00pm. If you want to know what         and potential new members are
vaccination programme will be                is really going on in your area and      always welcome.              For more
separately advertised.                       have your say, please don’t moan         information please contact Kath
Drs. Davies, Johnson, England and            and whine at home, attend these          Watts, 01981 540382, or Jennifer
Seftel                                       meetings and voice your opinions.        Jones, 01981 540698.
__________________________________________   It is up to residents to make these      ______________________________________
                                             meetings a success!
Gardening Club                            Local News                               President at the age of 80. In recent
Little Birch and King’s Thorn             Congratulations are extended to          years, his mobility was impaired
Gardening Club will meet on               FRANK SHORT on the occasion of           and he gave up driving some 12
WEDNESDAY, 28TH. OCTOBER                  his 97th birthday which he               months ago. Moving to Cornwall
when a Panel of Members will give a       celebrated with family and friends       means that Betty and Dennis are
‘Review of the Season’ and try to         and we wish him many more                now very close to their son and his
answer any questions. Everyone            birthdays to come. He says “ I am        family. We send our best wishes and
welcome!                                  doing my best with the help of           hope they will be very happy in
______________________________________    friends and taking the right             their new home.
                                          medicine(?).                             Mayhill Lodge is now occupied by
M.B. Village Market                       There have been some excellent           TESSA and KEVIN BOKOLE and their
The October market takes place in         results for our young people this        sons, JO JO (JOSEPH) and PHENYO
Much Birch Community Hall on              year. Here are a few of them.            and we give them all a very warm
FRIDAY, 23RD of the month between         JAMES FOX has already gone to            welcome. Tessa (nee Sklan and
2.30pm. and 4.30pm.                       Plymouth University to study             erstwhile of Parish Lane) went to
There are a few new stalls so please      marine biology and JARRED                Botswana as a volunteer to work for
come along to support local               MITTELHOLTZER          is    off    to   six months with disabled children
producers and makers.                     Aberystwyth        to   study     law.   and then spent another four years
On FRIDAY, 27TH NOVEMBER we               MATTHEW & REBECCA FOX gained             setting up a new orphanage for
are hoping there will be various          four and three ‘A’ levels respectively   children whose parents had died
stalls selling Christmas gifts, as well   and are going to University next         from Aids. We also welcome SUSAN
as the usual food producers.              year. KATIE BAYNHAM gained five          HOGG to Waterloo Cottage and we
For further information please            A levels and has qualified to go to      hope she will be very happy in her
contact Kath Watts, 01981 540382          Swansea University to study              new home.
______________________________________    criminology       and     psychology.    It is good to report that WIN PIPE is
                                          HANNAH DYER and DARCEY                   now back at home following an
Halfway Community Theatre                                                          operation and we send our best
                                          BAYNHAM both did particularly
We are pleased to announce that                                                    wishes and prayers for a full and
                                          well in their GCSE’s. Darcey has
our next show 'My Favourite                                                        speedy recovery.
                                          already started at the 6th form
Things' will take place in Much                                                    ______________________________________
                                          college in Hereford.
Birch Community Hall on FRIDAY
                                          In September, DENNIS and BETTY
and SATURDAY, 6TH            & 7TH
                                          HANDS of Kings Thorn moved to
                                                                                   Horticultural Show Report
NOVEMBER at 7.30pm. Come and                                                       The morning of Saturday 5th
                                          Cornwall, leaving their house,
enjoy a few old favourites and a lot                                               September was cool and clear when
                                          Mayhill Lodge, which Dennis
of new surprises!!! Tickets are                                                    we arrived at Little Birch Village
                                          designed and which was built in the
available from Audrey Crowte on                                                    Hall at 8.30am. Busy helpers had set
                                          1960’s. Dennis was the architect
01981 540432 from the beginning                                                    out the many white paper covered
                                          with Hereford County Council for
of September and, as usual, the cost,                                              tables the previous afternoon while
                                          many years and his pencil drawings
to include a hot supper, is £10 a                                                  Janet Gwinnett was busy with the
                                          of over 150 churches in the County
head (£5 for under 14's). Don't                                                    Children’s Workshop. The bright
                                          were compiled over a decade of
forget to bring your own drink and a                                               emptiness would not last, as by 11
                                          visiting and sketching them with
glass. We look forward to seeing                                                   o’clock 58 people had displayed 452
                                          painstaking attention to detail.
you there.                                                                         exhibits, 82 more than last year,
                                          Members of the erstwhile FORUM
                                                                                   filling the tables to over-flowing.
Pampered Chef Evening                     will vividly remember Dennis’ talk
                                                                                   The largest increase was in the
This is an invitation to all keen         on Rowlestone Barn and New Mills
                                                                                   Domestic Section where last year’s
cooks and budding chefs to attend a       Farm with slides illustrating the
                                                                                   58 entries rose to 96. Floral Art
demonstration of high quality             external and internal features,
                                                                                   almost doubled and with the
kitchen accessories on FRIDAY,            which again, he had drawn in
                                                                                   abundant displays of produce
20TH NOVEMBER in LBVH - a pre             immaculate detail. Some of these
                                                                                   presented a colourful scene.
Christmas treat for those in charge       are published in ‘Little Birch on
                                                                                   A note on the Entry Form this year
of the festive menu and lots of ideas     Aconbury Hill’, copies of which are
                                                                                   drew people’s attention to the fact
for gifts.                                still available from members of the
                                                                                   that the Llywellyn Sutton Cup is
Entrance free. Nibbles and drinks         History Group.
                                                                                   open to families and this produced a
will be served!                           Dennis loved cricket and for many
                                                                                   lot of interest giving the whole
_____________________________________     years was a hard working
                                                                                   proceedings a good family feeling.
                                          committee member of Wormelow
                                                                                   Many, like three generations of the
                                          Cricket Club and was voted
Humby family, put in a great team            The Pied Piper Summer Panto                  The rest of the woods will continue
effort, including Peter Humby                 Mr. Paul Bishop would like to               to be managed by selective felling of
winning the coveted 1st prize for the        thank all those involved with the            hardwoods and softwoods, each
King’s Thorn Fruit Cake. They                Junior Pantomime, especially the             tree being assessed for the best time
were only 1 point behind the joint           parents and to Geoff, Adrienne,              to fell. Healthy trees are being left
effort of Derek Scrivens and his             Richard and Mike for their                   longer than the usual age of 150
granddaughter Poppy, but they                backstage work. "I told you those            years.     The assumption is that
were all eclipsed by the Father and          kids were good, didn't I !. "                healthy trees will produce healthy
Daughter team of Vic Townsend                __________________________________________   acorns and these can be harvested,
and Sue Waldron.                                                                          grown on in the nursery then
Vic Townsend also won the                    Walk round Aconbury Woods                    planted in the gaps created when
Horticultural Shield impressing us,          At the beginning of July over 30             tall enough to out-compete the
once again, with his wonderful               people were led on a very                    bracken.
vegetables.                                  informative walk around Aconbury             The time for felling is very
Last     year’s      winner,      Martin     woods by Geraint Richards, Head              restricted, usually March/April, in
Gallagher, decided this year to have         Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall,          the hope that least damage will be
a go at the Domestic Section and             and Graham Taylor from Pryor                 caused to the environment. Horses
came very close to our Winner of             Ricketts, who manages the forestry           have been and will be used for
the Domestic Cup, Patricia Kelly.            for     the    Duchy       estates   in      hauling timber but they are not
The David Enoch Cup for the Best             Herefordshire. We were informed              always available.
Exhibit in the Show was won by               of their plans for the wood in the           When re-planting takes place, seed
Selby Lloyd for a wonderful vase of          immediate and long-term future and           from the woods is often used but a
Chrysanthemums but Des Wathen                shown particular areas which                 mixture of species is planted as this
won the Rose Bowl for the Flower             illustrated their points.                    discourages the spread of species-
Section.                                     They told us that their plans for the        specific diseases.
The Floral Art Shield was returned           next five years involve a variety of         In order to encourage healthy
to Mary Hill for another year and            activities. These include the process        growth it has been necessary to cull
the Children’s Shield was awarded            of clearing conifers from the sweet          the huge number of squirrels which
to 3 year old Poppy Scrivens who             chestnut/conifer stands planted in           do untold damage, particularly
also won the Cup for Children                the 1980s and cutting down the               noticeable on the sweet chestnuts
under 8 years. The winner of the             sweet chestnuts for the stumps to            (we were shown several examples)
Cup for Children over 8 years was            re-grow as coppice.             A few        where bark is stripped killing the
Iona Collinson.                              undamaged trees will be left as              tree above that level. Squirrels are
There were no entry fees and no              standards. We were shown the area            either shot or trapped, not poisoned.
charge to come and see the Show,             behind the chapel which has been             A concerted effort had removed a
but the Raffle, run by Derek and             cleared over the past 2 years and            large proportion of the squirrels but
Margaret           Scrivens,           the   the shoots from the stumps were              young males have been moving in
refreshments, organised by Mike              clearly visible. The remains of the          from surrounding areas so the
Leigh and Jennifer Jones, and the            conifers are to be left to decompose         culling will be ongoing. It is also
Auction of Produce at the end, ably          slowly,      being        the      most      necessary to cull the deer
conducted by our Chairman, John              environmentally friendly method              population as they too strip bark but
Bryant, should go some way to fund           for disposing of them. Two other             the idea is to keep their numbers at
this community event.                        stands of conifer and sweet chestnut         a sustainable size.
This was another very successful             are to be dealt with in the same way         It was made very clear that we are
Show and thanks must go to the               over the next four years or so. The          most welcome in the woods – it is a
King’s Thorn & Little Birch                  ultimate aim is to have a proportion         facility for which we are most
Gardening Club Committee and their           of the woodland down to coppice              grateful. We may be able to benefit
helpers for the time and effort              which will be harvested every 20             in the not-too-distant future from
involved to stage this popular Show.         years or so mainly producing                 wood blocks and charcoal from the
We also thank all the exhibitors and         fencing – the benefit of chestnut is         Duchy who hope to arrange sale of
visitors for making it so worthwhile         that it does not rot so does not need        these locally.
and look forward to doing it all             treating.     Hazel will also be             ______________________________________
again next year!                             coppiced, but on a 10 year cycle, to
______________________________________       produce such items as wattle                 LBPC
                                             fencing. Some of this is being               Report on LBPC Meeting 2nd Sept.
                                             carried out by the Wye Woods                 No interests were declared.
 Minutes of the meeting held on 1st     Application - Bromley Court,                2026 will be lost for ever. One path
July were read and signed as a true     Hoarwithy -          New porch and          has already been identified.        If
record.                                 verandah to south east elevation            anyone knows of others please let
Matters Arising from previous           and removal of existing porch               us know. Also, it would be most
minutes: Little Birch Parish Council    required – DCSW0009/1602/F.                 appreciated if all walkers who
Chairman informally spoke to Much       Paperwork to be returned with no            encounter problems on their walks
Birch Parish Council Chairman           objections.                                 would report them to the Footpaths
concerning the Communications           Any Other Business                          Officer.
Group      and     the   outstanding    CSO Fiona Witcher reported no               See full report on website        The
newsletter payments. At the same        crime for the parish.                       Footpaths officer is Cllr. Glen Sims
time he expressed LBPC’s full           Clerk      to     contact      residents        01981 540052 in the evenings.
support for the newsletter. The         concerning highway obstructions.            Planning Applications
Parish Freighter was deemed a           Date      of     Next      Meeting      –   Application for comment:
success with many residents making      WEDNESDAY, 4TH              NOVEMBER        DCSW0009/1249/F - Lynwood,
use of this facility. Future costs of   Parish Clerk                                Wrigglebrook, Kings Thorn -
this service are expected to rise       Please contact the Parish Clerk, Liz        Proposed new house - revised
considerably during the next            Callwood              540081           or   scheme to planning permission
financial year and must be budgeted with any          DCSW/2006/3042/F - repositioning
for within the next precept.            issues concerning Little Birch              of    some     external     openings.
Village Hall – To comply with the       Parish.                                     Application Type: Full.
Charities     Commission,      LBVH     ______________________________________       Application Supported.
Committee members were declared                                                      DCSW2009/1313/F-            Owaissa
trustees of the Village Hall with       MBPC                                        Kings Thorn - Two Story extension
LBPC as custodial trustees. It was      Report on MBPC Meeting 2nd July             and conservatory with veranda.
agreed that LBPC must keep copies       Lengthsman’s work                           Application Type – Full.
of all legal paperwork concerning       Grass cutting will continue in              Application Supported.
the Village Hall. Current fund          identified areas of the parish.             Planning Applications commented
raising events were discussed.          Grit Bins                                   on at Extraordinary meeting on
Parish Lengthsman – Invoice             MBPC has arranged a visit with              13/08/09
received for work completed.            HFDC Highways to look at providing           DCSW0009/1617/F - Removal of
Parish       Initiative      -    An    more grit bins in the parish. It was        condition 13 of approved planning
unsatisfactory      response     was    stated by the PC that the Grit bins         application DCSW2009/0091/F
received from Herefordshire Council     are provided by HFDC and are                The seven existing poultry units as
concerning a recently inspected         topped up at intervals throughout           identified on the approved plan and
wall. Clerk to contact Herefordshire    the year. They are for the purpose          associated equipment including
Council and inform resident.            of gritting minor roads and NOT for         silos shall be demolished together
Parish Field – Tree works to start      parishioners own use to grit their          with the removal of all concrete
mid September.                          driveways.                                  bases.
HALC - Report on Southern Area          Footpaths Report                             Application unsupported. Clerk to
meeting - It was agreed that Mr.        A good start has been made on               send a letter to Herefordshire
Morley would continue representing      inspecting     the     condition  of        Council Planning outlining the
the Parish Council at these meetings    footpaths. This is an ongoing               reasons why it is unsupported.
and give feedback.                      process that will take many more            DCSW0009/1611/F - Minster Farm
Financial Report – Two cheques          months to complete. An accurate             Much Birch - Steel framed
were written                            survey is the aim.                          agricultural building clad with green
Correspondence - A detailed list of      The PC has applied to join the             sheeting and new access track.
all correspondence was given to the     Parish Path Partnership Scheme              Application Type: Full. Application
Parish Council and noted with any       which offers an opportunity for             Supported
responses detailed under ‘Any Other     community         involvement     in        Parish Freighter
Business’.                              safeguarding the future of our              The Parish Freighter has been
Planning                                footpaths. The role of volunteers is        booked for SATURDAY 31ST
Permission - Lynwood - proposed         important and there is a small group        OCTOBER at two sites.
new house (revised scheme to            of parishioners who are helping. It         Car Park area at Kings Thorn Bus
planning                  permission    is important to bear in mind that           Stop between 11.00am. & 1.00pm.
DCSW2006/3042F repositioning of         any footpaths and bridleways                Tump Lane between 2.00pm. &
some      external     openings     –   created before 1949 which are not           4.00pm.
DCSW0009/1249F.                         recorded on the Definitive Map by
Kings Thorn Telephone Kiosk            At this time of year Fly tipping is a    and the vehicle, a Ford Maverick,
BT has written to the Parish Council   problem. If anybody see’s anybody        was set alight at aprox. 7.00am. the
offering adoption of this kiosk for    possibly fly tipping or acting           following day.       The digger was
£1.00. The PC is keen to find out      suspiciously please report it to us. A   unloaded from the back of the
how MB parishioners feel about         registration number from vehicles is     trailer at the side of the road near
adopting this kiosk. Please write to   always very helpful.                     Little Birch - just down from the
the Parish Clerk or contact a Parish   A member of the public came across       Caldicott Crossroads, and later put
Councillor to give your views.         2 people breaking into their garage      back on the trailer in the same place.
Correspondence.                        in the Garway Hill area. After the       The digger had a tracking device
Parish councillors had previously      offenders were disturbed they ran        attached, and we have now just
been given the correspondence list     off across fields to a vehicle similar   found the vehicle in woodland
which was noted.                       to YX51**F. If you ever find yourself    nearby, still with the trailer,
Date of Next Meeting                   in a similar position please call 999    possibly waiting to be collected! It
THURSDAY, 1ST OCTOBER at               straight away and again vehicle          shows that it is worth fitting
7.30pm. in MB Community Centre.        registrations are very helpful.          tracking devices to farm and plant
Local residents are very welcome to    Enquiries are ongoing.                   machinery, as well as marking them
attend and air their views in the      A hay turner worth £3,000 was            with SmartWater. We are hoping
Open Discussion.                       stolen     from a     field    between   that someone saw this digger at
Parish Clerk                           Dinedor and Holme Lacy overnight         some point during the journey - if
If you have any queries on Parish      on Fri 21st/Sat 22nd August. It was      so, please get in touch asap.
Council matters please telephone       a Vicon HS360 model, mostly red in       Throughout the county we are
the Clerk on 01432 870874 or write     colour but with some black.              experiencing a number of thefts of
to: Mrs Kath Greenow, Hackford          Over the weekend the Village Hall       farm machinery and equipment -
House, Dinedor, Hereford HR2 6PD.      at Orcop was broken into. The            please ensure that these items are
The full minutes of the July meeting   suspects gained entry by forcing a       secured, preferably locked away,
on 2/7/2009 are on our website,        window, and then broke into the          and also marked in some way or             electricity meter, which was empty       another - SmartWater is an excellent
_______________________________        at the time. Nothing appears to          product which can be used.
                                       have been stolen from the premises.      Another reminder that if you call
Neighbourhood Watch                    September                                one of our mobiles and there is no
Crime Trends in August                 Overnight on 10th/11th September,        answer/no signal please call the
A bike that was against a hedge on     a crate of woodworking tools valued      03003333000 number to report the
Lowe Lane, Much Dewchurch was          at over £1000 were stolen from a         incident as it could then be passed
taken on Monday 17th between           workshop at a house in Kings             to us via our control system.
10:00 and 12:00. It is a sporty        Thorn. Also a green John Deere           Thieves are using large vehicles,
looking bike black and yellow in       Quad bike and a 14ft Ifor Williams       probably with hiab lifts on the back,
colour. It is possible that someone    trailer were stolen from a farm in       to steal these items, and often the
may have picked it up for safe         Pontrilas. The items were not            thefts are occurring during daylight
keeping. Does anyone remember          secured in any way, which made it        hours. These people are brazen, and
seeing this bike or seeing anyone in   an easy night’s work for the             will go into fields and steal trailers,
possession of it?                      suspects. The following night a          equipment etc in broad daylight - it
A property in Dinedor was burgled      Ford Transit van was stolen from a       is because they are so brazen about
around the 18th or 19th . The owners   garage premises in Much Birch, and       it that they get away with it - any
of the property were away on           was found burnt out in Gwent the         witnesses      assume      they    are
holiday. If anyone is going away or    same day. Again at night a vehicle       legitimate! Please be suspicious of
knows of anyone going away feel        was entered in Much Dewchurch,           any vehicles like this seen in our
free to let us know so we can help     and a flashing beacon was stolen, as     rural lanes, and take registration
keep an eye on the property.           well as five litres of diesel.           numbers if possible and pass them
Some scrap metal was stolen in          A white/orange 110 mini digger          to us so that we can make some
Little Birch on the 19th between       was stolen from a farm in                enquiries. We can soon establish
12:30-18:00. This is just a reminder   Clehonger, believed on the back of a     whether or not they are genuine.
to keep any scrap out of sight or      trailer that was also stolen from the     Herefordshire Crime Prevention
locked away. Please try to keep        farm, and was used sometime              Panel is looking for new members -
gates shut/locked if possible it all   during the night to attempt to           can you help?
helps as a deterrent.                  remove a vehicle from woodland           The Panel is an independent body
 Large amounts of fly tipping have     between Little Birch and Little          which was formed 21 years ago with
been reported in the last few days!    Dewchurch. The attempt failed,
over 20 members from many               information.                             01432 346756
sectors of the community.               Please note the new number for           Non-Emergency phone
It aims to encourage greater public     contacting West Mercia Police (if        08457 444 888
participation in the prevention and     you can't get hold of us on our          Emergency phone 999
solution of crime, and the panel        mobile phones) is
works closely with the police to this   0300 333 3000
end. The panel have provided            ______________________________________   Your Local Representatives
funding over the years for literature                                            East –
on bogus callers, personal safety       Officers based at Peterchurch
                                                                                 JOHN BULBECK             540178
and security of belongings in motor     Local Police Officer                     Central –
vehicles, as well as crime prevention   PC Andrew Bundy.                         BOB PETERS              540670
devices such as shed bars and panic     Mobile No: 07855 385 844                 West –
alarms.                                 Email:                                   BETTY PHILPOTT 540614
They played a large part for many       andrew.bundy@westmercia.p                ______________________________________
years in 'Crucial Crew' which is an
annual event run for all primary                                                 Items/Copy
                                        Community Support Officers
school pupils in the county, teaching                                               PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF
                                        CSO 6173 Fiona Witcher.
youngsters many aspects of                                                                    DATE.
                                        Mobile No: 07779 141 232
personal safety.                                                                 Please may I have items for the
More recently, the panel have
                                                                                 NOVEMBER issue via email
worked with us and Smartwater,          fiona.witcher@westmercia.pnn.p
                                                                                 attachment in Word format to:
and those of you who have     
purchased this product will recall      CSO 6993 Kevin Powell.
                                                                                 by hand or post to Mrs. S.E.
writing your cheques to the panel!      Mobile No: 07779 141 232
                                                                                 Mathews, Folly Cottage, Little
Now, sadly, there are only six          Email:
members left on the panel, and in
                                                                                 Birch, HR2 8BD by no later than
order for it to continue its valuable
work, they are looking for 'fresh       Response Policing                               16TH OCTOBER
blood', which is why I am including     PC Roger Bradley
this item in our bulletin in the hope                                            ______________________________________
that some of you out there can spare
a few hours for this worthy cause.
If you'd like to know more, please      roger.bradley@westmercia.pnn.p
get in touch.                 
 Internet Safety Talks                  Hereford Rural South Email
Were given last week.          If any   herefordruralsouth.lpt@westmer
parents have concerns about   
internet safety and their children,     Hereford Rural South Answer
please contact the police for           phone

                                 LOCAL BUS 411 - Wednesdays only
The 411 bus to Hereford operates on Wednesday mornings, returning at lunchtime. From Wormelow it runs via
Much Birch, Kings Thorn Road, Little Birch Road, New Road, Pendant Pitch, Barrack Hill, The Thorn and
Kings Thorn bus shelter. It can be hailed at any suitable point along its route through the area.

10.06   Wormelow, Tump Inn                                     13.20   Hereford, Country Bus Station
10.07   Wormelow, Tump Lane                                    13.28   Hereford, Broad Street
10.12   Little Birch, Castle Inn                               13.41   Kings Thorn, Bus shelter
10.18   Kings Thorn, Bus shelter                               13.46   Little Birch, Castle Inn
10.31   Hereford, Bridge Street                                13.51   Wormelow, Tump Lane
10.38   Hereford, Country Bus Station                          13.52   Wormelow, Tump Inn

These are the officially published times, but the bus can run up to 15 minutes early. Note that on its return
journey the bus stops by request only – tell the driver where you want to alight. The service is subsidised by
Herefordshire Council.

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