The online version of JABA, our independent community newsletter

Faith Ford has updated and expanded her original 2006 'Not Forgotten' article - download a pdf here. NotForgotten2020-compressed.pdf

AGM 2021: Thursday January 28th, 2021, at 7.30pm will be the AGM of the Association (as a Zoom meeting).
Please contact if you would like the Zoom meeting link.
The speaker will be Cllr. John Harrington and it will be an opportunity to find out and discuss the various transport proposals and issues for this area particularly the talk of an eastern route and bridge.
Committee: We would very much like to expand the size of the Committee to be as representative of the community as possible and to be able to widen the scope of activities the Association can achieve. Do consider joining us on the Committee. Our current Committee is: Marcelle Lloyd - Hayes (acting Chair) David Straker (Treasurer) Susan Crawshaw (Publicity) Jane Straker, and Elaine Underwood (Secretary). Please contact if you would be interested in knowing more and perhaps joining the Committee.

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This site currently serves largely as an archive for Community Association news, articles and pdf's of JABA, our printed magazine, up to 2014, but it is added to occasionally.

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Sun - March 2, 2014

Not Forgotten and The Great Escape - The War Memorials Of St James’ Church, Hereford

We've reported before about Faith Ford's research into some of those whose names are on the memorials to both World Wars in St James’ Church. This was originally published in 2006 and has been updated and added to since then. The latest 2020 edition is now available as a pdf file above. If you have any information you would like included in the memorial project, please email

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Mon - September 16, 2013

Forthcoming events

These are now listed on our Facebook page click here

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Tue - February 12, 2013

February 2013 AGM

Minutes of the AGM, together with reports from the Chair, CTP and JABA, presented to the meeting.

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Mon - March 12, 2012

February 2012 AGM

Minutes of the AGM, together with the CTP and JABA reports presented to the meeting.
AGM 2012.pages.pdf

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Tue - January 11, 2011

January 2011 - Community Association - Notice of Annual General Meeting

St James and Bartonsham Community Association - Notice of Annual General Meeting on Monday 31 January 2011.

Venue: Riverside Centre (WRVS), Vicarage Road, Hereford. All very welcome. Wine and cakes from 7.15pm, AGM at 7.45pm.

The meeting will review the progress, aims and objectives of the Community Association and will re-elect the Executive Committee.
Nominations ahead of the meeting are welcomed (please contact

CSO Roger Thomas will also advise on Local Policing issues. To be followed by;

"Living Local History" - In Our Age editor and Herefordshire Lore founder, Bill Laws, with some memory-teasing slides of Herefordshire's recent past. All very welcome!

Click 'Read more' to read the Chairman's report and the JABA Editor's report and survey results.

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Wed - December 1, 2010

Pulling it out of the bag! - Hereford City Plan

The Hereford City Plan is still on target to be completed by the end of January 2011. All of the information gathered over the summer has now been put together into a questionnaire with a difference and will be dropping through your door in the next week or so.

So, why is this questionnaire different? Firstly and most important, many of the questions will be specific to the area you live in, so it is very relevant to you. Secondly the answers you give will not become just another wish list, rather your City Councillors will work hard to decide what can realistically be done, and while some hard decisions may have to be made, what can be done, will be done, however long it might take.

So, we invite you to take a few minutes to fill in the questionnaire, and then keep it somewhere safe, as City Councillors and local volunteers will be calling on you to collect – before Christmas. Many thanks.
For more information contact Pauline Striplin Project Co-ordinator, Hereford City Play, on 01432 262970, or

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Wed - December 30, 2009

Community Association - Notice of Annual General Meeting - 1 February 2010

The St James & Bartonsham Community Association will hold their Annual General Meeting on Monday 1 February 2010 at The Riverside Centre, Vicarage Road from 7.15pm onwards. The meeting will review the aims and objectives of the CA and will re-elect the Executive Committee. Nominations ahead of the meeting are welcomed.
Guest Speaker will be Elizabeth Semper O’Keefe, Information Services Manager of the The Archive Centre in Harold Street.
Come early for wine and cakes from 7.15pm, AGM at 7.45pm. All very welcome. Click on Read more ...

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Past Peak Oil Travelling towards Transition

Take a look at this new new environmental animation from local eco-animator Anita Sancha. From pre Hubbert's Peak Oil chart towards Transport and travel in a world where transition has taken place. A positive animation look at the future of traveling without oil fuel, in this climate changing world to where we will again be able to hear the sound of birds. and

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Wed - December 2, 2009

Download Reports & Constitution

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Mon - August 10, 2009

Urgent request for help - Sat 15 August - Castle Green

On Saturday 15 August Friends of Castle Green are are holding a joint event with the Three Choirs Festival "FESTIVAL FUN ON THE CASTLE GREEN". For the day to be a success, they need to be able to erect their small marquee. Normally they have a group of volunteers who do this for every event, but for this one, many of them are on holiday leaving them desperately short of willing hands. Please can any able bodied Friend who is free at 11am on Saturday 15th turn up and help?  The marquee is very well designed and is easily erected without any training and there will be a couple of experienced volunteers there to give direction as well as getting stuck in themselves. If you cannot make it at 11am please help take it down at 7pm that evening - or do both and stay for the fun inbetween!
They also need at least 6 people to steward the archery display at 3pm in the afternoon. Again, no experience necessary, this will simply be a crowd control role to ensure nobody gets hurt by flying arrows.
If you feel you can help please let Mark Hubbard know on 01432 272684 or by email

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Mon - January 12, 2009

Flicks in the Sticks present "Mama Mia"

In a change to the schedule, Flicks in the Sticks are very please to present some light hearted fun to liven up a dull January, showing the widely acclaimed 'Mama Mia'. At the usual venue of WRVS, tickets £3.50, doors 7pm, film 7.30pm, unreserved seating, films subject to availability.

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Tue - December 9, 2008

Flicks in the Sticks announce Spring Season

Flicks in the Sticks finish their Autumn Season with the widely acclaimed 'Son of Rambow' on 13 December and, not to rest on their laurels, the Spring Season is already planned for your viewing pleasure;
17 January - Mama Mia
14 February - The Baker - filmed locally in Grosmont
14 March - St Trinians
11 April - The Popes Toilet
All at the usual venue of WRVS, tickets £4, doors 7pm, film 7.30pm, unreserved seating, films subject to availability.

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The Future of the Community Association

The CA was founded in 2002, triggered by the proposed redevelopment of the General Hospital site and the desire for residents to have their say about the proposals. From this, the CA has grown and evolved and the Executive Committee now consider that its aims and objectives would benefit from a review at the forthcoming AGM. The current role of the CA is now more of an 'umbrella', overseeing and supporting a number of vibrant groups underneath it, including the JABA newsletter itself, the JABA web site, the Community Travel Plan, JABA in Bloom and Flicks in the Sticks.

As JABA is now established as a well supported and widely distributed newsletter (with its associated web site), information can be easily disseminated without the need for regular CA meetings. In the last couple of years, it has been harder to persuade residents to attend these meetings (themselves reduced in frequency), despite a number of excellent speakers giving freely of their time, and the Executive Committee consider that these have probably run their course and should be discontinued. Instead, 'Special Events' will be promoted, as and when the demand or need arises. The Executive Committee will ensure that the initial aims of the CA continue to be upheld. If you have any views on these proposals or indeed would like to contribute to the CA in some way, then do please come to the AGM, details above.

UPDATED: Chairmans report now available to download or click on 'Read more'.
FURTHER UPDATE: minutes now available to download.

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Tue - December 2, 2008

Guest Columns from Sarah Carr and Jesse Norman

We asked two of our local parliamentary candidates what they consider to be the three most important issues facing Hereford today. Click 'Read more' for their responses:

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Thu - November 20, 2008

Living Streets audit for St Owen's St - 27, 28 and 29 November

Herefordshire Council has commissioned national public spaces charity Living Streets to carry out a Community Street Audit of the walking environment in the St. Owen Street area of Hereford. This project is part of the Council’s ongoing work to improve walking and cycling routes to and from the city centre.

The aim of this audit is to provide the Council with an overview of the issues facing people using the St. Owen Street area on foot, and to draw up a list of possible ideas that would improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists in the area. The audit may identify opportunities to improve the street scene and change the way road space is used, or indicate a need for better street lighting, removal of obstructions, improvements to footway surfaces, or better crossing points, for example.

We need to know what you think about walking and cycling in the St. Owen Street area. Please come along to one of our informal Community Consultation Meetings being held discuss the audits and to brainstorm the key issues affecting walking and cycling in St. Owen Street – these meetings will take place in St. Peter’s Hall, St. Peter’s Square, Hereford at 2pm and again at 7pm on Thursday 27th November 2008. The meetings will let us explain the processes Living Streets adopts, and will give you an opportunity to raise your issues and ideas for the streets in your area. We also hope to recruit volunteers (of all ages and abilities) at these meetings to come on the audits.

The essential part of the audit process is a live assessment of the streets and public spaces through your eyes, to harness your local knowledge and experience. To achieve this, Living Streets will be conducting a series of short community walking audits with volunteers in the St. Owen Street area on Friday 28th November at 2pm and again at 7pm, and on Saturday 29th November at 10am and 1pm. We will walk the streets in small groups and listen to what you think of the routes, so please do put the dates in your diaries now! Read more ...

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Fri - May 9, 2008

Bike Week 2008 - 14 to 22 June

It's almost here. Running from 14-22 June, it's the biggest cycling event of the year with thousands of events allover the country. CycleHereford’s annual bike-fest around town invites individuals of all ages to 'Cycle Hereford'. Just bring yourselves and a roadworthy bike to the meeting points below and enjoy the freedom of the bicycle, good company and fresh air! All rides are FREE and led by experienced cyclists.

Sunday 15 June - ‘Breinton Springs Picnic Ride’ - 2.30pm start
Meet at West Door, Hereford Cathedral. A gentle ride to Breinton
Springs for a picnic by the river, using mostly minor roads with a chance to visit Breinton Church en-route, before returning to the Cathedral. This ride is suitable for children accompanied by an adult. Don’t forget to bring a picnic if you’d like to! We aim to leave Breinton at 4.20 to give us plenty of time to get back to the city. For details tel Mark on 01432 353275 or 07882410759

Tuesday 17 June -’Cross Town Rides’ - 6.30pm start
Meet in front of the Shirehall, St Peter’s Square. We will test the proposition that the bicycle is the best way to get around in Hereford. How many times can we cross Hereford in an hour (riding at a dignified pace and not jumping red lights)? For adults who would like to cycle more often. For details tel Paige on 01432 277857,

Wednesday 18 June - ‘CycleSeeing’ - 7pm start
Meet at Tourist Office, 1 King St, Hereford (by Cathedral). An evening’s jaunt around Hereford discovering unusual features and sites in the city. For details tel Martin 01432 353971,

Friday 20 June - ‘Hereford City Trail’ - 7pm start
Start from The Volunteer Pub, Harold Street, St James. Not suitable for children. This leisure ride for fairly confident cyclists will take people around the city, via main and side roads but also exploring quiet attractive routes, taking in lovely views and key destinations en route; approx 1.5 hours. For details tel Mark 01432 840848

All events have been registered with National Bike Week and are fully insured for public liability through them.

Download a poster of events from here. BikeWeek08rev1-compressed.pdf

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Fri - February 22, 2008

Community Association meeting - Monday 3 March

Talk by Liz Pitman: An introduction to the idea of Transactional Analysis or understanding ourselves and others just that bit better! This Won’t Change Your Life – but it might help. This talk, the second by Liz Pitman for the Community Association will introduce some of the basic ideas of T.A., a subject which Liz taught for many years and on which she has written two books.
To be followed by Community Asociation Meeting. Start 7-45 pm (doors open 7-15 pm), WRVS, Vicarage Road, Hereford. Enquiries tel Kate on 264146. Refreshments available • all very welcome!

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Tue - January 1, 2008

Community Association meeting - Monday 7 January

‘What John Venn did for Hereford' - an illustrated talk by Jean O'Donell

To be followed by

Community Association AGM

Hear reports on the past year (including Community Travel Plan, JABA, accounts etc).
Elect the Executive Committee, plan for the year ahead. Our constitution requires us to add new people to the Executive each year so please come ready to volunteer!
7-45 pm start (doors open 7-15 pm), WRVS, Vicarage Road, Hereford. Enquiries tel Kate on 264146. Refreshments available • all very welcome!

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Wed - December 12, 2007

Sustrans Connect2 wins £50 million - Hereford wins new pedestrian and cycle bridge!

This just in from Herefordshire Council: "The result will be formally announced on the ITV news this evening though some of you may have seen it on the lunchtime news. I'd like to echo the words below from Sustrans Chief Executive, John Grimshaw MBE and thank everyone involved - we've had a tremendous amount of support for our project and it was very encouraging when the emails came in from all quarters offering support and urging people to vote.
A process that has been echoed nationally 79 times and even locally, the Wye and Severn rivers between them boast five Connect2 schemes in all: Diglis Lock, Worcester; The Severnside Gap in Shrewsbury; our own Hereford -Rotherwas bridge; Wye and Monnow crossings in Monmouth; and a further Wye crossing at Tintern.
More thanks still are due to the very many people and organisations who got behind Hereford's Connect2 scheme and helped get the message out and about too. The whole process has been a testament to the power of community working and we look forward to the project getting under way soon. Thanks again for all your efforts - you were all magnificent! PLEASE PASS IT ON! Together we have won £50 million.  (£350k for Hereford's scheme).
From John Grimshaw, Sustrans CEO: “This is a fantastic Christmas present! We are delighted that Sustrans’ Connect2 has proved itself the peoples’ favourite in the public vote and won the £50million from the Big Lottery Fund. We are immensely grateful to Herefordshire supporters and everyone who got behind Hereford’s Connect2 scheme  to bridge the gap between Rotherwas and Hereford  to make their votes count.
As a massive public consultation exercise Connect2 has engendered a huge amount of goodwill from all sectors. It has confirmed our belief that people want to walk and cycle more when given the right surroundings.  But the hard work starts now and there will be a huge amount to be done to make sure we fulfil all our obligations to the Big Lottery Fund. Ultimately the real winners will be those thousands of people who will now be able to Connect2 their shops, schools, workplaces and each other every day!”

More details at

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Sun - October 28, 2007

Voting lines now open for Connect 2!

If you want a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Wye to Rotherwas, Sustrans need you to vote for Connect2, one of 4 projects competing in the Big Lottery Fund's: The People's £50 Million Contest on ITV this December. Only one project will win the £50 million - help make it Connect2. Register now to be advised on when and how to vote.

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Sat - October 6, 2007

Welcome to our Community Travel Plan Section

Before ... and after ... what could be ... discussion, prevarication, obfuscation, political point scoring, County/City Councils bickering ... we've had it all since 2001, when all we want to do is make our streets safer and our community a better place to live. We've achieved a little, but we're still fighting for a lot more.

Residents of the St James and Bartonsham area of Hereford are working with Herefordshire Council to reduce car dependency and improve conditions for walking and cycling and also to increase transport choice for residents and visitors. This can be achieved through a combination of street design improvements and safer cycling, walking and public transport routes within St James and to the rest of Hereford.

See the updates below for the latest.

Images courtesy of Hamilton-Baillie Associates

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Sun - September 23, 2007

Autumn Fete and Open Day - Saturday 6 October

Rainbow Nursery Playgroup will be holding their Autumn Fete and Open Day on Saturday 6 October from 2.00 to 4.00pm.. Join them for autumn fun; stalls, produce, children's activities and much more, as well as the official opening of theirr new Children's Garden. Everyone welcome at the Scout Hut, Scout's Corner, Eign Road, Hereford

Rainbow Nursery provide quality pre-school care and education for children aged 2 to 5. Telephone 07866 844668 or email

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Wed - September 12, 2007

Fresh local produce for sale

Appearing live (or at least freshly picked or dug) every Thursday at The Volunteer skittle alley, 6pm - 8pm.

Featuring tomatoes, cabbage, courgettes, onions, potatoes, aubergines, free range eggs, chard, spinach, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, runner beans, french beans, spring onions, rocket, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, chillies and squashes. Don’t be shy, come and buy!

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Thu - September 6, 2007

New opportunities to work, train and volunteer on County's Leading Youth Magazine

Youth Times - the youth-led media project that provides a voice for young people in Herefordshire is seeking volunteers and people interested in training or working on the project.

"If you already have some media skills and experience of working with young people we may be able to offer you work on the project", said Adrian Lambert, Director of Youth & Education at The Rural Media Company which runs the Youth Times project. He went on to say, "If you are under 25 and are interested in developing creative media skills and sharing them with young people, we may be able to offer a training placement to put you on the road to becoming a qualified youth media worker."

As well as gaining practical media and communications skills and literacy, young people say Youth Times also enhances their confidence and status because their views and opinions about local communities and wider society are taken more seriously. Young people produce Youth Times' e-magazine InSITE (, which explores topics from the very local to the global.

If you would like to become more involved with the running and development of Herefordshire's award winning media and publishing project by and for young people, contact Natalie on 01432 344039, email or visit

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Abergavenny Food Festival - Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September

The full Festival programme can be viewed on General Entry wristbands can be purchased on-line until Monday 10 September. All tickets can be purchased from The Borough Theatre on 01873 850805
SATURDAY - 12.30pm - Borough Theatre. Entrepreneurs and Artisans. Tickets: £5.00
 Is small always beautiful? Is bigger always worse?  Will tomorrow's 'artisan food hero' inevitably become tomorrow's corporate demon?  Three entrepreneurs who have ridden the wave from small beginnings, talk about the pressures and the challenges that come with growth.  Rufus Carter is Director of The Patchwork Traditional Food Company, the renowned pate-making company founded on his mother's kitchen stove.  William Chase is the potato farmer who invented brand-leader Tyrrells Potato Chips.  Mitch Tonks started the first FishWorks to create a 'fishmonger's with tables'.  There are now twelve.  Matthew Fort is The Guardian Food and Drink Editor.
SATURDAY -  2.00pm - Borough Theatre. Who Killed Healthy Eating? Tickets: £5.00
 Britain emerged from the war with its population better fed than ever before.  New technologies in agriculture and food science promised to banish the spectre of dietary disease for ever.  Today it is back on the agenda.  What happened to healthy eating?  James Fergusson is the author of The Vitamin Murders - an investigation into the post-war agro-chemical industry.  Andrew Whitley is an artisan baker and campaigner for real bread.  His book Bread Matters won this year's Andre Simon Award.  Jonathan Harrington is an agricultural biologist who has worked in Africa and as a crop consultant in the UK.  Joanna Blythman is Britain's leading investigative food journalist and author of several award-winning books.  Her most recent book is Bad Food Britain.

SUNDAY - 11.00am. People, Plants & Genes. Tickets: £5.00
Why is it that out of tens of thousands of edible plants in the world, humankind has only gone on to domesticate a few dozen?  Denis Murphy applies the latest advances in modern genetics to answer questions of how, when and where crops came to be domesticated and explores the symbiotic relationshsip between people and food plants over 50,000 years of evolution.  Denis Murphy is Professor of Biotechnology at Glamorgan University and author of Plants, People and Genes: The story of crops and humanity. Jonathan Harrington is a crop biologist who has worked in Africa and the UK.
"The most democratic of festivals, the most easygoing, the most celebratory" (Matthew Fort, The Guardian, Nov 2006)

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