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Roman Park Fitness Zone – Supplier Selection

Since obtaining funds in December for an outdoor fitness zone we have contacted 9 suppliers to prepare initial proposals for the project. All were given the same brief and budget and we have now received proposals from 4 suppliers; 3 suppliers were unable to meet the timescales proposed, 1 declined not to take part as they are primarily focused on schools and we are waiting to hear from the final company.

All suppliers provide equipment with similar warranties and have a proven track records providing services to the Local Authority market. Some suppliers have provided a couple of options to consider. All equipment is robust and satisfies the necessary british standards required to endure a hard life of service in a public open space.

At the next Parish Council meeting we are hoping to make a decision on which supplier to use based on the designs provided and a number of other determining factors. The exact equipment, location within the park and layout with then be finalised by working with the selected provider

Please see below proposals and supplier details; please let us know which supplier you would choose?

Supplier 1 – Fresh Air Fitness –

Supplier 2 – Play Fitness –

Supplier 3 – Sovereign –

Supplier 4 – Sunshine Gym –

Avian Influenza Outbreak in Shobdon Area

Herefordshire Council are currently supporting Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in the control of an outbreak of Avian Influenza (H5N1 strain) affecting poultry in an intensive rearing unit in the Shobdon area near Leominster. This follows the Government’s confirmation of such a case, yesterday evening (Thursday 2nd December).

I would personally like to reassure you that our officers are working closely with the APHA and other agencies in a coordinated response. These agencies are working together to contain the infection and our enforcement officers will therefore be visiting residents in the 3km radius surrounding the site to monitor, engage and inform those keeping birds and to assess or report any risks that might exist.

Latest updates on Avian Flu and related restrictions and protective measures can be found on the Government website . You can also see the location of the protection zone on the DEFRA website

You are probably aware that since the 3rd November, the UK has been covered by a national Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) which means that it is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures.

The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone means that bird keepers all across the country must:

  • House or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds;
  • Cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing;
  • Reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control;
  • Thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis;
  • Keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points and
  • Minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.

Bird keepers can be guided to the website for full details of the AIPZ and updated biosecurity guidance.

Your residents should be reminded not touch or pick up any dead or sick birds that they may find. If they do find dead wild birds these are likely to be swans, geese or ducks although it can affect any other wild bird, such as gulls or birds of prey. They should report this to the Defra helpline on: 03459 33 55 77.

Bird keepers can also report any suspicion of disease to the Animal and Plant Health Agency on 03000 200301.

Talk Community Update

Can you help vulnerable residents during the heatwave?

As the current heatwave continues this week, we’re asking everyone across the county, to help us look after those residents within our local communities, who may be more vulnerable during the hot weather.

This is the perfect time to give a little something back to your local community, by volunteering to give an hour to help everyone stay safe and well.

If you have a website or social media accounts and would like to share our heatwave messaging, please visit our Facebook or Twitter pages.  Alternatively, you can also use any of the attached images from Public Health England.

For advice to stay cool, comfortable and safe in the summer sun, visit

Rapid Antigen Tests

Free COVID Test Kits Available Locally

You can now collect COVID test kits from the following locations in Credenhill:

  • Credenhill Community Hall
  • Credenhill Social & Sports Club
  • Credenhill Nursery (for Service Users and their families only)
  • St Mary’s Church

Depending on local requirements we will vary this service as required and welcome any feedback.

In addition you can collect free tests from the following locations:

Pharmacy Address  Town Postcode

Herefordshire Talk Community COVID update 5 Feb 2021

Talk Community HelplineIn order to support people to remain at home the 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 and Iceland and for CEV’s through the national system. Please contact us or forward our contact details onto those requiring support to 01432 260027 or email or go to Coronavirus – Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form. The WISH website provides information on food and local suppliers. Contact NHS 111 for any urgent medication supplies.


Volunteer register and support – Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service (HVOSS) continues working as part of the ‘Talk Community Herefordshire COVID-19 Response’ to help ensure all members of the community are supported, for as long as is needed. Volunteers can Register here and roles include -Vaccination Programme Support (non-medical), Shopping for food and essentials, Collecting prescriptions, Leaflet Distribution, Check in and chat. Local Community groups offering support to residents through the pandemic that need extra volunteer help can e-mail or call 01432 343932. 


Latest local Covid dataHerefordshire Council Coronavirus information is updated regularly. The weekly summaries about the impact of Covid-19 in Herefordshire are published, each week and latest version is attached.

An easy read coronavirus information page, which links to two Government booklets (national lockdown and Covid-19 vaccination) is available on the Herefordshire WISH website

Students from Hereford College of Arts, Herefordshire and Ludlow College and Hereford Sixth Form College have come together in this video to show their commitment to keeping Herefordshire safe from #Covid_19.

Healthwatch live Webinar, Covid Q & A, Tuesday February 23rd 7-8pm

No registration required, follow Healthwatch on facebook and you will be notified when they go live Poster attached, for sharing.


National Covid guidance is available on the Government website.


The vaccination programme is being led by our NHS colleagues in partnership with colleagues across the health and social care system.  Colleagues directly involved with administering and coordinating the vaccination are working extremely hard to ensure that the priority list advised by the government is followed and Herefordshire are currently the leading area in the country on rolling out the vaccine, it has vaccinated a higher percentage of people than any other county so far. The following links provide some information on the vaccinations and programme:

Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG website

Hereford Times website

Understanding Herefordshire website

Healthwatch Facebook page has the recording of their recent Covid19 vaccine Question and Answer webinar


Community wellbeing telephone survey We are currently carrying out a survey to understand the current mental and physical wellbeing of our communities and assess the impact of the coronavirus (COIVD-19) on resident’s lives. The results of the survey will be published on the Understanding Herefordshire website later this year and will be used by the council to identify trends and areas for attention in local communities. For more information please visit our wellbeing survey webpage The survey will end on 28 February.


Lockdown activities

The Big Skill are posting out FREE Crafts@Home stoneware Clay Mosaic Memory Tile kits to local residents. To order your free Clay Mosaic Memory Tiles kit (HR postcodes only) drop by the Big Skill Crafts Stall


Talk Community Hub in a Nutshell

A Talk Community Hub is a place or scheme, which helps connect people to their local area. Trained volunteers or staff can support people in accessing information and activities to enhance their wellbeing and independence. Although at the moment, government restrictions are not allowing people to meet physically, virtual platforms are being offered by communities as an alternative. For example, WellLINK operate Wellington Talk Community Hub and offer residents a wide range of information using their website and Facebook page.

Find contact details for your local Talk Community Hub on the WISH website hubs section and Wellington hub section


Roman Park – Lockdown Information

The Roman Park will remain open during the second lockdown on the condition that everyone follows the government guidance. This will be closely monitored and if it is not working then the Parish Council will have no choice but to close it.

Parents are responsible to ensure that all users of the play equipment use hand sanitiser before and after use of the equipment. The Parish Council is unable to resource any additional cleaning of the equipment it is therefore your responsibility.

New National Restrictions from 5th November 2020

See below extract from the regulations in relation to use of the roman park:

Meeting with family and friends

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).

  • Outdoor public places include:
  • parks, beaches, countryside,
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
  • playgrounds

You cannot meet in a private garden.

See below poster with outline of the restrictions

The CLIMB Project

CLIMB is a commissioned service, run by The Children’s Society, which seeks to deliver an early intervention and prevention service for those at risk of being criminally exploited.
Mark Roberts, CLIMB Project Lead, will be holding a briefing on the 21 September 2020 commencing at 2.00pm to let you know about the project, how to make referrals and what benefits / services are provided for the young people who are referred.
To book your free place please email
Service for 10-17 years olds at risk of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)
The service will work with 10-17 year olds and is a pan-West Mercia service. Climb offers a ‘trusted adult’ to engage with the young person in order to provide support and education on the Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) risks. In addition, with both existing provision and through seeking to develop new opportunities within your local areas, that trusted adult will seek to divert the young person into an activity with both positive peers and adult role models. These activities will include sport, but will also cater for those young persons who are not sport orientated such as dance, arts and vocational training.
Who can refer?
This service enables anyone to make a referral: police, partner agencies, third sector agencies, peer and self referral.
How to refer into the service?
The link at will take you directly to the landing page of Climb. From this page you can access the referral form. You can then forward your completed referral form to
What is the criteria for referral?

  1. Those missing education, excluded, not in training or employment (NEET)
  2. Those going missing with indications they are being ‘pulled’ into an environment where they would be susceptible to CCE – as early as the first missing episode
  3. Intel/arrest for possession of class A drugs
  4. Intel/arrest for possession of weapons/knives
  5. Those engaging in ASB
  6. Those at risk of entering the Criminal Justice System.

For any further information, I would encourage you initially to view the website, which is a good informative source. Please also contact me for any clarity required.
Author: Mark Roberts, Climb Project Lead, OPCC, 07772 896312

Healthwatch Herefordshire

As part of a national scheme, every local council in England have their own Healthwatch. Through our focus groups, forums, online surveys and feedback centre, Healthwatch Herefordshire listens to local people and then speaks up on their behalf in order to influence the delivery and design of health and social care services in the county. 

Our current projects are adult mental health, men’s health, falls prevention and social isolation and reasonable adjustments. Surveys for these can be found on our website along with a whole host of other information.  We’re aware that many people aren’t online so if you’d like a hard copy version posted out to you, call us on Tel: 01432 277044. We really would value your opinion.

We know that the coronavirus pandemic is a difficult time and it is important that you seek help if you are struggling. We have created a list of free national helpline numbers along with some local ones in case you need them.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline0808 2000 247
CALM ( Campaign Against Living Miserably – for men aged 15-35)0800 58 58 58
Childline0800 11 11
Marie Curie Support Line0800 090 2309
Samaritans116 123
Cruse Bereavement Care0808 808 1677
Rape Crisis0808 802 9999
Victim Support0808 168 9111
NSPCC (for children)0800 1111
NSPCC (for adults concerned about a child)0808 800 5000
Alcoholics Anonymous0800 917 7650
National Gambling Helpline0808 8020 133
PAPYRUS (young suicide prevention society)0800 068 4141
Young Minds (for parents)0808 820 5544
The Silver Line (information, friendship & advice to older people)0800 470 80 90
The Mix (help with mental health issues for under 25s)0808 808 4994
National Debt Line0808 808 4000
National Stalking Helpline0808 802 0300
FRANK (advice, support & counselling for anyone effected by drug misuse)0800 77 66 00
Blue Cross for Pets – Pet Bereavement Support Service0800 096 66606
West Mercia Women’s Aid0800 783 1359
Adult Social Care (if you are concerned about the abuse/neglect of an adult)01432 260715
Herefordshire’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub  (if you are concerned about the abuse/neglect of a child)01432 260800
Sexual Health Services01432 483693
Herefordshire MIND (Safe Haven Service)01432 372407
Herefordshire Mental Health Support (24 hours)01905 681915
Citizen’s Advice Herefordshire0344 826 9685

Credenhill Open Spaces Restrictions Update

Roman Park

The open space will remain open so that you can have your daily exercise, alone or with members of your household. Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult member of your household. No playing ball games or contact sports No using the play equipment, it is impossible to fully cordon it all off so we are trusting you all to act responsibly. The gate is fixed open so that nobody needs to come into contact with the gate. Try not to come into contact with any hard surfaces. We will monitor how this goes and if the rules are broken then sadly we will have to enforce a full closure. The parish council will monitor this on a daily basis.

Dovecote Lane Play Park

This is the responsibility of Herefordshire Council, a sign has been put up and the small play area is now closed. The green open space will remain open for your one form of exercise a day – alone or with members of your household. Under 16’s are to be supervised by an adult from their household at all times. No ball games or contact sports. Please pick up after your dog.

Credenhill Park Woods

Will remain open and all gates have been left/tied open. Please do not touch any hard surfaces. Please observe the 2 meters social distancing measure and only use the woods for your one form of exercise a day – alone or with members of your household. Update (25/03/2020 14:00) – The side access next to the church/care home has been closed to reduce the risk of care home staff coming into contact with the general public.

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