November 2018 Leominster News

Environmental Update

Leominster War Memorial receives a funding boost from War Memorials Trust Grants Scheme.

Leominster War Memorial will benefit from a grant of £5000 from War Memorials Trust Grants Scheme

The money will enable essential maintenance and repairs to be carried out such as stone and bronze cleaning, re-enameling and re-gilding of the letters and the re-pointing of joints using lime mortar.

Those involved in the project are Leominster Town Council, Contractor – IMI and the War Memorial Trust. Julie Debbage, Environmental Services Supervisor said “The War Memorial at The Grange is greatly valued by the Leominster Community as both a reminder of the town’s heritage and an often visited space for quiet reflection. The restoration grant from War Memorials Trust has ensured that it continues to inspire future residents and visitors alike.”

Frances Moreton, Director, War Memorials Trust said “War Memorials are a tangible connection to our shared past creating a link between the fallen and today. It is vital we ensure all our war memorials are in the best condition for their age and the charity is delighted to support this project. The centenary of World War 1 is a wonderful opportunity for local communities across the country to protect and conserve their war memorials. If anyone knows of any other war memorials in need of help please contact us.”

Sydonia Update

Great News! Sydonia has been awarded a Silver It’s Your Neighbourhood Award by Heart of England in Bloom and the RHS.

The areas of achievement included the acquisition of Sydonia by Leominster Town Council from Herefordshire Council, work carried out by volunteer gardeners The Grangers, the planting of the Nut Grove, the community Tea Party consultation, removal of the skate park fencing and the planning and fundraising by the Town Council. Areas for development were to work on a plan with the community and hedge/shrub maintenance. They are looking forward to coming again next year. 

Although there are still a few areas of snagging for the installers to complete on the new play area, this should be complete by the end of October and the small climbing frame is benefitting from a lick of paint before a new safer surface is installed. Funding is currently being sourced to improve lighting and CCTV but we have acquired some benches and picnic tables, which will be installed as a project over the Winter months. The Environmental Team are currently working through the maintenance of the hedges and shrubs and we hope to plant more trees later in the Autumn for National Tree Week. We will also install a new noticeboard so that we can keep you up to date with all of the developments in the park and proudly display our Silver Award.

If anyone would be interested in either starting or being part of a “Friends of Sydonia Group” to get involved, even if it is in a small way, please don’t hesitate to contact me on or 07587969691.

Christmas Light Switch On & Through the Wardrobe – Saturday 24th November

Leominster Town Council are hosting this year’s Christmas Light Switch On in Corn Square. Festivities begin at 12pm with a range of fairground rides and entertainment, including The Three Tenders, Keri Hoffman and Insteps Dance. 

Once the lights have been switched on, Through the Wardrobe will take place from 5.45pm until 8pm in the Secret Garden at 11 Corn Square. 

A “calm” session will run from 5.45pm until 6pm for children with learning disabilities.

This year’s event will be strictly ticketed. Tickets will only be available from Leominster TIC in person. As this event is funded by Leominster Town Council for the residents of those who live within the HR6 postcode, please bring proof of residency within this area to be eligible for free tickets. 

Victorian Street Market – Saturday 8th Dec
Leominster’s popular Christmas Market will be back on Saturday 8th December. A wide variety of stalls will fill Corn Square and Broad Street. Free car parking will be available also.

Leominster Town Council Awarded Bronze Award 
Leominster Town Council have been awarded a Bronze Award as a result of signing the Armed Forces Covenant, which took place during Herefordshire Armed Forces Week in June. The Bronze Award is given as recognition of our commitment and support, as an employer, of UK defence personnel who serve, have served in the Armed Forces and their families. The Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition (ERS) Award Scheme is ongoing and Leominster Town Council is working towards Silver Award within the organisation. 

Leominster Tourist Information Centre Update
We are gearing up for the festive season here at the TIC. We are stocking a great range of gift ideas for all budgets, including toys for children and a wide range of locally produced food and drink. 
We are proud to stock ZaraMama Gourmet Popping Corn, produced at nearby Bush Bank. Our range includes the unique Pop-A-Cobs and great gift boxes. These will make great stocking fillers so “pop” in and take a look!
Many of you will be pleased to hear that we will be shortly stocking Leominster Country branded jute bags. Great for gifting, making up hampers, carrying your shopping and much, much more. 

Coming up in The Old Stable Gallery
Until 8th November – Leominster Art Group will be displaying an Autumn Exhibition of member’s work.
9th – 30th November – Jan Latusek & Paul Thomas oils, sculptures and textiles exhibition.
1st – 31st December – Ivan Jones Pastel Artist. 

Council and Committee Meetings
Meetings take place at 7pm at the Town Council Offices at 11 Corn Square, Leominster, unless otherwise indicated. The Council Chamber is located on the second floor – lift access is available for those who need it.
November 2018 Meetings
Monday 5th – Planning & Highways Committee
Monday 19th – Environment & Services Committee 
Weds 21st 11.30am - Communications & Events Committee
Monday 26th – Full Council



October 2018

Vennture "Leominster Ambassadors"

Vennture, the Herefordshire charity, whose volunteers this year received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service, are launching an exciting volunteering opportunity in Leominster. They have been working with Leominster Town Council and have secured Police and Crime Commissioner funding to develop a daytime ‘Ambassador Presence’ in Leominster.  
The Leominster Ambassadors will be a ‘calm, reassuring presence’ in the Town - enhancing perceptions of Leominster as a ‘Safe, Welcoming and Caring Place’. Ambassadors – young and old will work in small teams providing support to lone working shop keepers, shoppers, visitors and tourists. 
The volunteer Ambassadors will have a distinct red uniform, friendly positive demeanor and be confident in helping anyone who is vulnerable safely. The teams will be connected to CCTV via the retail radio system and will be able to respond to anyone requiring help. They will be catalysts in bringing people together – retailers and shoppers, local people and tourists, churched and unchurches, capable and vulnerable, old and young.
Volunteers - including local sixth formers, will learn how to help specific groups of vulnerable people: children, the elderly, dementia sufferers, and those with learning difficulties. They will learn the history of the Town and be trained to share their knowledge and insights with visitors and tourists and in warmer weather they will deliver pop-up history events. They will be trained in Street Craft, Street Triage, and Working with CCTV and Emergency Services.
Sue Jones, from Vennture says: ‘This is a great opportunity for people to learn how to help people practically and safely.  All our volunteers enjoy working together in a team and getting to know local people in the shops and on the streets. The training is high quality and good fun. There is a real buzz in knowing you have made a difference in someone’s day.’ 
Initially, Vennture are looking to train a core of 36 volunteers – though there is no limit on the numbers. Volunteers will all be recruited through a ‘Safer Recruitment’ process – including completing an enhanced DBS check. If you are interested in volunteering please visit or call in at The Town Hall to obtain an application form.


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