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51 empty shops in Hereford

By Heather 11 years ago

Today Hereford City has 51 empty shops, our county towns are feeling the strain,
and more and more shops are closing in our villages.
Following on from his campaign to stop Post Office closures, Jesse Norman this week launches a new countywide drive to Save our Small Shops.
Jesse Norman - prospective MP is asking local people to take a moment to pick their own favourite small shop, and to say what makes them so special. Nominations can be sent in by letter to Jesse at 49 Broomy Hill Hereford HR4 0LJ, or online through jesse4hereford@gmail.com. The deadline is April 30th, 2009.
Once the nominations have been tallied, the winning shops will be celebrated at a reception to which all participants will be invited, so that they can pass on their good wishes and support to the winners in person.

Here's a few of my favourites
1 Hopes of Longtown. It is packed with local produce, it has friendly staff. It sells Earl Grey Tea and you can always find a gift that is impossible to get elsewhere - like a copy of Eskleyside Ploughing Society's History.
I even bought my chestnuts for roasting on an open fire from here at Christmas...

2: Montague's Cutting Room. I must declare an interest here as Di is my niece, but you can have a great haircut and pick up some corking jewelry too. Ryeland Street.

3: Number Two in Hay-on-Wye. The best clothes shop in the UK I reckon.

Farmer Phil says some of his favourites are Locks Garage Allensmore, Madley Shop and Kingstone Post Office and Stores. These are our three nearest in fact but I'm sure it's not that he doesn't get out much - they are great shops offering a good service.

Can we make a list of village stores who do homemade rolls and sandwiches?

What is your favourite - put it here or better still share it on your facebook page.

Wiggly Floristry on Tour

By Heather 11 years ago

Well DONE Laurie Flaurie and Rosie Posy, who went "over the hill" on Tuesday and participated in Peterchurch Primary School's Explore Day. Here's what Karen - the organiser said:

"Thanks a MILLION from Peterchurch Primary
To our fantastic flower friends from Wiggly - what a great contribution you made to our Explore Day - thank you SOOOOO much. The children all looked fantastic leaving with their bouquets and many brochures went out the door with them. We made a point of telling all the parents how much you contributed and I think there will be much good will and hopefully some new customers!"

By the way this weekend you can buy more Wiggly Flowers from Oakchurch Farm Shop and Hopes of Longtown. We use British Flowers and despatch to most
of the UK...and we are gearing up for
Mothering Sunday!