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Mortimer’s Cross 1461 Battlefield Project

Talks by Leading Battlefield and Landscape Archaeologists

Battlefield experts and enthusiasts are working together to investigate the Wars of the Roses Battlefield Site at Mortimer’s Cross Near Kingsland, North Herefordshire

The highly regarded investigating archaeologists, Dr Glenn Foard (battlefield) and Dr Tracey Partida (landscape) will explain what their roles will be and they will outline the activities planned to share their findings with the community. At this meeting we will be asking for two main things:

  • Information from the community about the battle: so reported or actual finds; place names; folklore and stories as to where the bodies might be buried. Much of this information may have become badly distorted over the centuries but perhaps one or two snippets may be very valuable and they will all be followed up. Please contact Patricia Pothecary 01568 708597 patricia@pothecary.net if you have information or ideas you would like to share.
  • We will be seeking volunteers and the call for these will go out in stages as the project proceeds. Volunteers will be needed for specific tasks such as local document research or chasing local information and also some for fieldwork. 

Come along to find out more about this exciting project

If you would like to take part in events, find out more about the local historic landscape or  help search for evidence then join us at the meeting or contact the Project Director Gary Ball on MX1461cbap@gmail.com  

A Battlefield Walk

April 28th 09.30 for a 10.00 start: A Battlefield Walk in aid of the project begins at the Mortimer’s Cross Inn. For just £20 this all-day event includes morning coffee, an expert narrated guided walk across the possible sites, lunch at the Corners Inn Kingsland and then an arms/armour presentation. This is followed by a tour of battle related medieval Kingsland, returning to the Mortimer’s Cross Inn for tea and cakes at around 4.30. It is always fun. Booking is essential as places are limited: details from Martin at hackett765@btinternet.com  07926 903020

Notice of Election for Wigmore Parish

Please click to download the Notice of Election to fill the vacancy in Wigmore Parish. The poll will take place on Thursday 12 April 2018 if the election is contested.

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Nomination packs can be downloaded from Herefordshire Council at


For all details please contact Electoral Services, email: elections@herefordshire.gov.uk

Wigmore and District Gardening Club – forthcoming events

The Wigmore and District Gardening Club has two forthcoming events.

Thursday February 15th 2018 – Guest Speaker

Imogen Sambrook will talk about the renovation of Fishpool Valley on the Croft Castle estate. Imogen is the project manager of this challenging project which aims to restore the valley to its 18th century beauty. It was created at a time when a more naturalistic approach was becoming popular but has been neglected over the years. The project will reinstate pools, clear vegetation and so on. This will be a very informative and entertaining talk.
Venue: Wigmore Village Hall, HR6 9UW
Cost: £2 for non-members, with membership being £5 per annum.
Contact Cathy Jones (07813)733240  or via email at wigmoregarden@outlook.com for more details.

Monday February 19th 2018  – Car trip to Coddington Vineyard, HR8 1JJ

We will travel by car to Coddington Vineyard in Coddington, Herefordshire which is 7 miles west of Malvern Wells. The vineyard has three varieties of grapes largely planted in 1985 and the 6 acre garden, full of snowdrops, open for us to explore. This will be a very enjoyable afternoon out.
Cost of entry is £4.50, tea and cake £3.50

Meet at the Wigmore Village Hall, HR6 9UW at 1pm to share cars.
Please contact Cathy Jones (07813)733240 or via email at wigmoregarden@outlook.com before committing as numbers are limited for this trip.

All welcome.

Mortimer Villages Article – January 2018 – County Councillor Carole Gandy

Firstly may I wish you all a Happy New Year. From a weather point of view it has been quite depressing with snow, gales and heavy rain and unfortunately the frosts we have experienced prior to and since Christmas has only caused more degradation to our local road network. However part of the ongoing dispute with Amey, the contractor prior to Balfour Beatty has now been resolved and Herefordshire Council has received £5.5 million with more to follow which I have been assured will be spent on road resurfacing and repairs during 2018/19. I will do everything I can to ensure that Mortimer ward gets its fair share of this money.

I and my husband Barry attended the Wigmore Christmas Concert which was very enjoyable and I thank all those staff and parents involved in getting the show on the road.

I have also attended the two open meetings organised by the parish council to consider the draft proposals for the Wigmore Group Neighbourhood Development Plan. If you still have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Myself and a parish councillor will shortly be visiting Wigmore School to chat to Wigmore children about the sort of leisure facilities they might like to see in the Wigmore area. We do not wish to raise expectations but we do believe that more could be provided for young people in the area.

You will by now have read that Herefordshire Council has taken the decision to raise their portion of the Council Tax by 4.9% of which 2% will be ring fenced for Adult Social Care. We recognise that for some this increase may cause some hardship as overall as a County many of our residents are on low incomes. If you are such a person or family, please check with Herefordshire Council as to whether you are entitled to a reduction under Herefordshire Council’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme. I believe that a council’s first responsibility must be to look after its most vulnerable residents and therefore, with an increasing elderly population and the need to increase the Childrens Services budget by £2 million whilst maintaining other essential services, difficult decisions had to be taken which I support.

Our hospitals, GP practices and Adult Social Care have been under great pressure this winter, in fact it is now becoming the norm throughout the year. If you have any suggestions on how such services can be improved or you require information about how to access local health and social care services do not hesitate to contact Healthwatch Herefordshire on 01432 277044 or email them at info@healthwatchherefordshire.co.uk who are there to help you. They may also use your views to make recommendations to influence and improve services in the future.

Leintwardine Library is a vital service for many people in parts of Mortimer ward and very well used but for some who are less mobile it may seem that their library service is no longer accessible to them. Herefordshire Library Service offers a home delivery service which provides books and talking books for those who due to age, frailty, mobility or disability cannot access a library. The service is also available to carers of people within the above categories. You may borrow a maximum of 20 books and 12 CDs at any one time and the service is free. You will be visited every 6 weeks on the same day of the week. If you are interested please contact the Delivered Library Services staff on 01432 260645.

As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a problem, or just want a chat. I am also always happy to visit you if that would be easier. Just telephone 01568 780583 or email carole.gandy@herefordshire.gov.uk

Notice of Vacancy on Wigmore Group Parish Council



Wigmore Parish


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy is deemed to have occurred in the office of Councillor for the Wigmore Parish following the resignation of Kevan Frederick Perkins.

Rule 5 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) Rules 2006, provides that on a casual vacancy occurring in the office of Parish councillor, an election to fill the vacancy shall be held if within fourteen days* after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than Tuesday, 13th February 2018) has been given in accordance with section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, notice in writing of a request for such an election has been given to the proper officer of the council of the district within which the Parish is situate by TEN electors for the Parish.

If a request for an election is not received by the above deadline then Wigmore Group Parish Council will co-opt a person to fill the vacancy as soon as practicable in accordance with the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986.

If there is an election, it will take place not later than Thursday, 19th April 2018.

The proper officer is Alistair Neill Chief Executive Herefordshire Council, Electoral Services, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ

Clerk to Wigmore Group Parish Council

Dated: Wednesday, 24th January 2018

*In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, or bank or public holidays or any day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.



Wigmore Group Draft Neighbourhood Plan – Open Sessions

The Wigmore Group Parishes Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan consultation runs until 29th January. We’re holding 2 Open Sessions for residents of the 4 parishes on Monday 8th  January, from 6.30pm to 7.45pm and another on Saturday 27th January from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. Both sessions will be held at Wigmore Village Hall. Come and find out what is being proposed for our villages. You’ll be able to talk to members of the NDP Steering Group and make comments on the draft plan. We want to hear your views.

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