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Police to use more funds from their 'healthy reserves'

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, John Campion has confirmed additional funding of over 4 million pounds in West Mercia’s policing budget over the next year.

It's hoped the investment will ensure there is continued funds to address the issues that matter most to the communities and ensure better value and use of public money.

The investment will come from West Mercia’s 'healthy reserves,' which currently stand at over 50 million pounds.

John Campion said:

“This budget shows how I am delivering on my election promises, to make sure that policing budgets are spent as wisely and efficiently as possible, and that the money gets spent on what matters most to communities. This includes improving police visibility, ensuring there is better customer service and that our most vulnerable people are protected. I also promised I would reform and modernise our police force, including new fit-for-purpose technology, bringing it up to date and in-line with other forces in the UK, and giving our officers the tools they need to do their difficult jobs better."

– PCC John Campion.

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Weekend Picks: The Bromyard Downs Project Party

Bromyard Downs, Herefordshire: Saturday February 4th, 10:00-16:30

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This weekend there's a party with a difference and it's taking place in Herefordshire.

The Bromyard Downs 'work party' is a project of practical habitat management work and includes scrub clearance and woodland maintenance of 'common land.'

A common is a term traditionally given to a piece of land which is of use to local 'commoners,' it dates from Medieval times and still to this day, allows many to graze livestock and create recreational spaces.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and the Bromyard Downs Association are working together to help ensure the wildlife of the common continues to flourish, through volunteering to help at one of the Bromyard parties you too can make a difference.

Take a packed lunch and get stuck in, after all, it's free.

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Weekend Picks: The Herefordshire Weir Garden

Kenchester, Hereforshire: Friday & Saturday 28th & 29th January 10:30-16:00

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"Escape to this spectacular riverside garden and be absorbed by natural beauty"

It's time to brush off the winter blues and dust down your walking boots at the Weir Garden in Herefordshire.

With the change in temperatures during January the colour of the gardens change to reveal a dramatic landscape but it doesn't last for long.

You can learn about the four families behind the 10 acre walled garden’s transformation and discover the good old days of the 1920s, seeing the gardens through the eyes of the original gardeners and curators.

The ruins of a Roman temple associated with a high-status Roman villa, lie inside the Weir Garden by the River Wye as an octagonal cistern filled by a spring, and a ruined buttress by the river, make up the highest standing Roman ruins in the area.

It provides both an exciting and educational day out for all so why not join the snowdrops and make an early appearance at the Weir Garden this weekend.

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Weekend Picks: 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾

Herefordshire Welly-Wanging: Brockhampton Park, Sat & Sun 11:00-15:30

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Dig out your wellington boots and enjoy the fresh air of the Herefordshire countryside at the National Trust Brockhampton Estate this weekend.

There are six walking routes on the estate suitable for all ages and abilities and during the winter months when the trees are bare, wildlife is more visible than at any other time of the year.
There will also be a Welly-Wanging competition.

Welly Wanging is a British folk sport requiring competitors to throw their Wellington boots as far as possible and is now a world-wide competitive phenomenon with a set of regulated rules from the World Welly Wanging Association.

You can also pick up a free copy of the '50 things to do before you are 11 ¾' booklet and see what adventures can be had at Brockhampton Estate.

'Careless' drivers obstruct exit to fire station

The drivers were parking close to the exit to the station. Credit: HWFire Leominster

Drivers have been photographed parked on double yellow lines outside of a fire station in Leominster in Herefordshire.

The team at the station posted this tweet earlier this afternoon, to make motorists aware that anyone blocking the road can make it hard for their engines to manoeuvre, especially if they have to leave in an emergency.

Fire crews hope other drivers will be more considerate. Credit: HWFire Leominster
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