Staffordshire and West Mercia Advisory Committee is seeking applications from those interested in becoming a magistrate on the Herefordshire Bench where new magistrates are needed in the Adult Criminal Court.
These are voluntary positions; you do not need legal training or formal qualifications to become a magistrate and we are looking for applications from across the county and from all sections of the community.
Magistrates are not paid (although some allowances can be claimed), and those who are successful in being appointed must be able to attend training and sit in court for at least 13 days a year – this is a minimum requirement.
Anyone between the ages of 18 and 65 may apply. Applications are particularly welcome from members of Black and Minority Ethnic communities, people under the age of 50, people in paid employment, and people with a disability who are able, either unassisted or with the benefit of reasonable adjustments, to carry out the full range of a magistrate’s duties.
If you are interested in being considered for appointment and want to find out more about the work of a magistrate and how to apply, see: www.gov.uk/become-magistrate or email email@example.com
Applications for the Adult criminal court open on 1st August 2021 and close on September 10th with interviews being held later in the year. Prior to submitting an application at least one observation visit must be made to a magistrate’s court where magistrates [rather than a District Judge] are sitting; each visit should be for a minimum of half a day.
Magistrates will tell you what a worthwhile and rewarding position this is – as well as doing something vital within the community, friendships are formed and magistrates enjoy each other’s company.
Annual Canvass This year’s Annual Canvass has started. Details and FAQ’s can be seen here www.herefordshire.gov.uk/annualcanvass
Message from Police & Crime Commissioner – West Mercia
COVID-19: Working together to beat the virus
The Coronavirus is a concern for us all across West Mercia and during these uncertain times we must work together to ease the situation. We all have our part to play and there are many ways to offer support to our communities’ most vulnerable whilst ensuring personal safety. I have seen communities come together throughout Herefordshire to provide services such as collecting prescriptions, shopping or even offering phone calls to ensure those most vulnerable are still cared for and not lonely. As Commissioner I would encourage you all to keep safe and listen to guidelines issued by the Government and local authorities but keep community spirit going and look out for each other.
More information about offering support across Herefordshire can be found here: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion
Parish Roads members of the public are encouraged to report any problems with local roads by one of two methods Via the internet: To report a local road network defect or access information on current roadworks please go to the Herefordshire Council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk.From the home page find and click on the section `Travel and Transport` and from there select the sub section `Roads’.By phone: Alternatively ring the Operations Control Centre on 01432 261800. Reporting via one of these methods ensures that issues are formally computer logged; assigned a unique reference number; assessed; and allocated to team members in accordance with the Highways Management Plan.For any matters concerning Public Rights of Way please click on the sub section ‘Highways and public rights of way’ available from the ‘Travel and Transport’ section of the Herefordshire website as above.
Fly Tipping Fly tipping is an illegal activity. The removal and disposal of waste is the responsibility of the land owner. If you see someone fly tipping or if you see a fly tip please report it to Herefordshire Council on https://myaccount.herefordshire.gov.uk/report-fly-tipping
Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service Sky Lanterns. The HWFR discourages the use of floating paper lanterns. These lanterns not only constitute a fire hazard but also pose a risk to livestock, agriculture, thatched properties and hazardous material sites. Whilst undoubtedly a popular sight, the potential damage they can cause is significant.
Herefordshire Rural Hub Herefordshire Rural Hub CIC is a business support organisation for farming and rural businesses across Herefordshire. Established in 2005, the Hub has grown from strength to strength and now has a reach to over 1,500 rural businesses. The Hub can give access to business development opportunities and keeps businesses and individuals up to date with information on events, funding opportunities, and rules & regulations. Go to www.ruralhubspartnership.co.uk/Herefordshire
West Mercia Police
Power Cut Call 105 the new three digit that people can call to report or get information about power cuts. The service is free of charge and can also be used to report concerns about overhead cables and substations.
Middleton on the Hill Parish Charity The above charity is managed by a small group of local trustees. It is their duty to manage the charity’s assets and to distribute the income from those assets annually. In accordance with the original aims of the charity the income is to be used for three purposes:
- the Church,
- Advancement of Education and
- Relief in Need.
It has been the practice of recent years for the trustees to issue grants to Middleton Church, St James School, students in secondary education, senior citizens and occasional individual cases of need. It has been decided, going forward, to raise the qualifying age for senior citizens to seventy. If you live in the Middleton on the Hill parish and feel you might qualify please contact Mrs C Halls at Highlands. The charity owns three small parcels of land, two of which are occasionally available to rent by tender. If anyone is interested please contact the secretary.