Garway Community Centre Appeal

Garway Community Centre has been shortlisted for the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund! The groundbreaking new Community Centre is in the running to receive a £12,500 grant from the nationally recognised M&S Energy Community Energy Fund. Having made it this far – Garway community now need your help to get the campaign over the finish line.


What makes the Garway Community Centre special?

The Garway Community Centre is a unique eco build, and the first of its kind in the UK. It’s a cutting-edge ‘Passivhaus’ design that’s clean and very cheap to run due to its highly energy efficient mechanical ventilation with heat recovery system (MVHR) which helps to dramatically reduce energy use compared to a traditional build. It really is something special – you can read more about the technology on the Garway campaign page.


How can you help?

  • Cast your vote – voting is open! And they we need as many votes as possible to be awarded the grant. Here’s the link to the the campaign and voting page – You’ll find lots more information about the MVHR system and the project itself on there.
  • Spread the word! and tell as many people as possible about this important local project. It’s the first of its kind in the UK and we want the whole country to know about it – it’s a game changer. Please share this with your friends, family and colleagues.
  • Make a donation – as well as the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund grant, there’s a crowdfunded campaign to help raise even more money to really get the Community Centre off to a flying start in December. Any and all donations are very welcome – plus, there will be some tasty rewards for early backers!


What is the money going towards?

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund grant will be put towards funding the MVHR system.

Any additional money raised through the crowdfunding will also go towards essential equipment for the Centre, and the large range of facilities and activities it will offer. Discover the many ways the Centre will be used by watching the latest video:


Thank you for your help and support – let’s win this together.


Visit the campaign page to vote:


City of Angels (of the night…)

Hereford City Branch of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will be setting out on an urban catwalk: ‘City of Angels (of the night!)’ led by James Bisset on Friday 25th August at 7.30pm.

There will also be a get-together following this for all those interested in joining the group’s planning committee.

Please note, booking is essential for this event. Click here for details

Heating for Park Home Residents

New funding is available for heating upgrades exclusively for park home residents in Herefordshire. 

Keep Herefordshire Warm are looking for people living in a Park Home with old, inefficient or broken heating system or boiler who will be able to take advantage of the government’s new funding to help keep their homes warm.

You may be eligible if:

Your household is on a low income and has limited savings


Someone in your household is ONE of the following:

  •  over 60
  •  new born to school age, or a pregnant woman
  •  suffering with poor health or a disability (mental or physical health)
  •  in receipt of benefits
  •  in debt

If you think you or someone locally to you might qualify, or you have questions about the scheme, contact Keep Herefordshire Warm for free on: 0800 677 1432 or email 

Apply NOW while funds are available! 

Those qualifying may be able to receive a grant for all or most of the cost of replacement heating, depending on the results of an initial survey.

Keep Herefordshire Warm can provide free & impartial advice on any energy issue and are working with carefully chosen and accredited installers who will complete works on our behalf.



Keep Herefordshire Warm is a partnership between Herefordshire Council and Marches Energy Agency. Marches Energy Agency Ltd is a Registered Charity, number: 1070942 and Company Limited by Guarantee, number 3443349, registered in England and Wales at The Pump House, 1 Coton Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 2DP.

Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Village Halls

Community First’s Village Hall Network is developing proposals for a small conference and some building surveys to show how village halls can improve their energy efficiency ­making their halls more comfortable and cutting energy bills.

Community First’s village hall advisor, Richard Timney: “In recent years many halls have taken action to insulate their buildings, cut out draughts and install solar panels ­ but some have much further to go than others. This is an area of village hall spending that can attract grants ­ we want to show the value of making halls more energy efficient and help halls develop a suitable funding strategy.”

To sign up contact

LEADER funding for community building projects

Herefordshire currently has a great opportunity to access European funding for cultural and heritage capital projects: Whilst stocks lastŠ!
Applications for LEADER funding can be made by private businesses or community groups based in Herefordshire but excluding those in Hereford City.   Funding of up to £35,000 is available to landowners and community groups for building projects, for the restoration of heritage and natural sites, and for capital investments that support cultural and community activities. Marketing that promotes rural tourism might also be funded.
Generally, an element of match funding from elsewhere would be expected.
The investment would need to demonstrate that it benefits the local economy (ideally with jobs created), promotes tourism and can demonstrate that it either creates a sense of place or helps to protect a cultural asset.
One cultural site has so far successfully applied for funding: Ledbury Market Theatre is making capital improvements to its theatre space with help from LEADER.
For information about eligibility and how to apply for funding, visit or email the LEADER team at

Home Energy Checks

Keep Herefordshire Warm and Age UK Hereford & Localities are happy to announce another round of Home Energy Checks, which will be available to residents across Herefordshire.

Funding has been secured for delivery of an additional 110 checks.  These will be available to any residents over the age of 65. Homeowners and tenants (both private and social) are eligible.

During the home visits, a trained energy advisor can provide free and impartial advice on a range of topics including;

  • Energy bills, tariffs & suppliers
  • Problems with heating systems (inc help to access grant support for replacements)
  • Heating control issues
  • How to staying warm at home
  • Financial grants and support (including the Warm Homes Discount and Priority Services Register).

In addition, a range of low cost energy measures can be installed, including LED lightbulbs, radiator panels and draught proofing measures.


To register their interest for a home energy check, residents (or anyone on their behalf) should call Keep Herefordshire Warm on 0800 677 1432 or email


INVITATION: Hereford CLT General Meeting

Dear HCLT Members and prospective members

Apologies for not having held a members’ meeting in the last couple of months – this is only because a great deal has been happening! Notably, we have been busy engaging with the council over use of the Community Housing Fund £500k grant to Herefordshire, aimed at promoting Community-Led Housing; and we have also been finalising details of our legal status as a Community Benefit Society. We would like to update you about these and other developments, and we need your approval to adopt Rules and Legal Status for the society.

These are exciting times so we hope you can attend our forthcoming members’ meeting! This will be on Thursday 29th June 5pm – 7pm at The Koffie Pot, Left Bank Village, Bridge St, Hereford HR4 9DG.

So that we can plan seating etc please let us know if you can come by clicking on this link :

Before the meeting we will circulate a copy of the proposed Rules, and also an update on our proposal to the council for establishing a Herefordshire Centre for Community-Led Housing. If you would like to propose items for the agenda, or raise queries, please get in touch.

The Koffie Pot provides quality food and drink, so you may like to come early and purchase a drink to bring into the meeting, or stay on afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you. Please don’t forget to RSVP using the link above.

Best wishes,


Meeting: Thursday 29th June 5pmat The Koffie Pot, Left Bank Village, Hereford HR4 9DG


Please diarise and RSVP here


Highways & Byways

Join Hereford Civic Society’s for their next event on the 15th June with Civil Engineer, Richard Perkins of Balfour Beatty in Herefordshire. Richard manages and maintains the county’s huge highways network, and will be giving an illustrated insight into this subject of endless public concern and debate.


Hereford Civic Society is an independent local charity representing people who care about the City – we are the City’s built environment forum who:- 

  • Encourage high standards of architecture and town planning in Hereford

  • Stimulate public interest in, and care for the beauty, history and character of the area of the city and its surrounding

  • Encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest

HCS pursues these ends by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, a quarterly magazine and promotion of schemes of benefit to the Hereford community.

For more information click here.

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