Hereford Bypass?

For those of you following the Hereford Bypass campaign, here is the latest update from WyeRuinIt:

Hereford urgently needs better buses, better support for cycling and walking, 20mph speed limits, and safe routes to school. The council intend to delay these much-needed improvements until the Hereford Bypass is built in 2025.

Traffic congestion and air pollution in Hereford is a problem NOW. It will get worse as more houses are built. A £200m bypass, which you acknowledge will ‘not on its own reduce congestion,’ is not the answer. We need lower cost, proven solutions now, not in 7 years time.

Please scrap plans to develop the Hereford Bypass before any sustainable measures have been tried.

A campaign is now available on 38degrees:


There are protests this week at Drover Wood, and coloured signs are going up to show where the road will go….

And on Wednesday 28th February at Left Bank Village, the bypass will be the topic of the Big Green Conversation hosted by Herefordshire Green Party, 7.30 – 9pm.

Work with HGN

We have had some fabulously exciting applications for the HGN Event Coordinator role, who we will be shortlisting and interviewing over the coming fortnight.

If you are intending to apply, please remember that the deadline for applications is Monday 19th February at

To see the job description again, click on the HGN Events Coordiantor document via this link.

Work with HGN

HGN are very happy to announce that we have some money to spend on events, activities and outreach over the coming year, and we are looking for someone who would like to join the team & help coordinate this work.

If you have energy, a broad & enthusiastic desire to support communities through event management, activism & social media, a passion for sustainable living & carbon reduction, a yearning to work in a self directed way, and are looking for a Herefordshire based opportunity to develop your own skills and capacity, click below to read the job description and find details of how to apply:

 HGN Events Coordinator

With huge thanks to Awards for All for their support.

Tell us what you want …

We have a small amount of money set aside to put together some HGN workshops and activities over the coming year – what shall we do with it! How would you like us to ‘get active’?

Does your group need support with fundraising and social media?

Or do you need something more soul supporting… many of us have been actively working on environmental issues for decades now. How do we manage to keep going in the face of such monumental changes all around us… do we need a workshop on grief … or emotional stamina?

Or shall we just do something? Plant trees, set up a community fridge, have a big community celebration?

This survey will take you 2 minutes: Please fill it in with your ideas. Or if you would rather, just email:

The final date for all of those wonderful ideas you have about how to spend some money here now with our HGN groups is midnight on Monday 5th February.

Your groups… your thoughts?

We are collecting ideas about the type of support your local groups & organisations might benefit from over the coming year.

Would a workshop on fundraising be helpful, or some advice on social media, or support with local volunteer recruitment – or volunteer burnout…

Let us know by filling in this 2 minute online questionnaire.

We have funding from Awards for All to enable HGN to respond to our local groups needs… Let’s use it!


(the deadline for your form filling is Monday 5th February… ) …

Food Rescue…

OUR FIRST HGN GATHERING OF THE NEW SEASON! Wednesday 17th January 7.30pm at De Koffie Pot, Left Bank, Hereford, all welcome.


Global news in January is often difficult to stomach. 2017 is now officially the hottest year on record and forecasters are predicting increasingly arid landscapes around the world. Here in the Herefordshire in the winter grey, mud and rain that seems hard to imagine – but what we are confronted with is record levels of use at UK food banks, and 19% of households in Herefordshire now officially defined as living in poverty.

In a food-producing county no one should go hungry, and at our first Herefordshire Green Network Gathering of the New Year we invite you all to join a discussion about local food waste and food poverty.

Speakers include Tony Kennall from Worcester Food Rescue, an innovative local project that is dedicated to diverting end of shelf-life food from landfill to charitable organisations, plus Peter Norton of the Herefordshire’s Brightspace Foundation who is currently working with local organisations to develop a new food poverty alliance and strategy for the county, and he will share details of that project with us. We will also be joined by Jacquie Alsop, coordinator of Hereford Food Bank.

Bring along your questions and your ideas. Our aim is to gain some understanding of this issue, and explore our options for making a positive local change.

Hope to see you there.



Data Protection Law Changes … Wake Up!

Charitable organisations can’t treat privacy as an afterthought any longer. Data protection changes affect you and the clock is ticking.

HVOSS is running a free workshop for members in partnership with Kidwelly Solicitors on

Tuesday, 23rd January 10a.m -1pm
(at Kidwells House, Rotherwas, Hereford)

From May 2018, new data protection laws (GDPR) will completely change how you deal with individual’s information. All charities providing goods and services to EU residents will be required to conform to the requirements it lays down, or face serious penalties.

This session will look at what GDPR actually is, how you deal with the implementation of it practically, how it might affect your organisation and what you need to do to become compliant before May 25th. The format of this workshop: –

  1. Introduction to GDPR
  2. GDPR The Organisational and Technical Challenge
  3. GDPR context, principles, definitions & penalties
  4. Rights of the data subject, and vulnerable clients
  5. Controllers and Processors
  6. 360 degree view of the Legal Implications of GDPR
  7. Roadmap to Compliance
  8. Q&A
  9. GDPR Questionnaire & Feedback

Briefing session 10a.m – 12.30p.m followed by light lunch and consultation about future training needs, including professional services Kidwells may be able to provide in partnership with hvoss.

To book your place email or call 01432 343932 after 3rd January 2018.


Thanks to all of you who joined an excellent gathering of HGN for our AGM on Monday. The meeting got through a record amount of business with great good humour.

Last year at this time HGN was on very unstable footing, however the past 12 months have seen the organisation grow into a much stronger position, and we are now happily developing a strategy for the year ahead. The full Chair’s Report for 2017 is available here in our documents library.

The meeting re-elected Gareth Williams (Chair), Kate Gathercole (Secretary), David Gillam (Treasurer), and elected Gordon Coppock as Vice Chair. There were also some changes in our Steering Group which is now Sarah Blenkinsop, Richard Urbanski, Liz Hughes and Temi Odurinde plus the officers named above. Huge thanks to all for either not stepping down or choosing to step up!

We agreed that our key network themes for 2018 will be:

  • Low Carbon – an issue that is always central to our work
  • Get Active! – a package of support for local groups funded by Awards for All
  • Local Food

The local food theme will be featured in our first HGN Gathering of 2018 on Wednesday 17th January. Transition Worcester will be joining us to inspire us with their successful ‘Food Rescue’ project, and Peter Norton of the Brightspace Foundation will update us on his work to develop a Food Poverty Alliance for the county.

Full minutes of the AGM will follow soon, along with a couple of survey documents inviting your opinions on activities such as themes for our Awards for All funded workshops for local groups.

… Watch this space! more to follow soon…




Big Green Drinks!

There is no HGN Gathering this month, but on the third Wednesday Herefordshire Green party are hosting a Big Green Drinks for everyone interested in the green agenda, whatever their political hue…

Join them on the 20th December at 7.30pm at De Koffie Pot for some festive conversations after a turbulent politics year…

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