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Ledbury scheduled to lose its Lloyds Bank
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 21:34

According to the BBC, Ledbury will be one of the 49 branches of Lloyds Bank that is scheduled to close, in an announcement made earlier today by the bank.  Update: According to Lloyds, the High Street bank will close on 1st October 2018.  More details (for which read excuses) are now available direct from the Black Horse's mouth (as a PDF).

Of the banks earmarked for closure, eight belong to the Halifax network and the other 41 are Lloyds branches.  After these cuts, about 1750 branches will remain.  Like other banks, Lloyds has been reducing the size of its network as customers have switched to online and telephone banking.

Lloyds says the banks affected in the latest round of closures all have a Post Office "within short walking distance, where banking services will be available".  The bank says it is creating 925 jobs and existing staff will be redeployed "wherever possible".  The staff in the Ledbury branch have been told their jobs are safe - elsewhere.  For most, this will mean an unwanted commute to Hereford.

Whilst some affected branches, for example Brierley Hill, are quite close to another branch, the closest Lloyds after the Ledbury branch closes will be Belle Vue Terrace, Malvern.  With planning applications for up to 2000 more houses in the pipeline, this is a very short-sighted decision that will seriously inconvenience a lot of people.  Even those who primarily use internet banking still need to pay in cheques at times.  Not to mention the large number of shops and small businesses that that are primarily paid in cash.

Upton-on-Severn is also scheduled to lose its branch, yet the Malvern Link branch on Worcester Road is not affected.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 April 2018 19:42
The Shop at Bromsberrow - Newsletter April 2018
Written by Jan Long   
Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:30

Monica Butler writes: Easter Extras. A pretty Easter themed display has been created showing a range of small gifts, chocolates and sweets!  There are also large chocolate eggs, boxed chocolates, Drapers Hot Cross Buns, and Fabrice has baked his special large French hot cross buns!  Three Choirs local wine is also filling the shelves.  Our best selling items including freshly cut ham, large eggs, and bacon are always on sale.  With thoughts of Spring Cleaning we also stock a range of cleaning materials at very reasonable prices.  The Shop will be open every morning over the Easter weekend thanks to the willing volunteers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2018 21:42
Roman Road...
Written by A. Cyclist   
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 21:35

This reluctant spring
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Monday, 02 April 2018 13:56

Despite being delayed by a fortnight, the Dymock Daffodil Weekend over the Easter weekend was unseasonally cold.  However, the daffodils had spent too long in hiding and were determined to emerge regardless.

The Daffodil weekend normally takes place mid-March: it is held in rotation by Dymock, Kempley and Oxenhall.  The following two pix were taken on Easter Sunday in St. Mary's Kempley churchyard:

Ledbury Walkers' Club
Written by Brian Hudson   
Thursday, 01 February 2018 10:49

The club is now in its 23rd year of operation and has over 100 members from Ledbury, Malvern, Ross-on-Wye and other parts of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

We walk most Thursday mornings starting at 10:00am.  The walks are usually around 5 miles in length and generally start within a 15 mile radius of Ledbury town.  In the summer months we sometimes have short evening walks, and a few at weekends.  Walks sometimes start from a pub in the area that will provide food, drink and relaxation after the walk is over.  Occasionally, we have 8-11 mile 'all day' walks at venues further afield, where participants bring along their own picnic lunch.  These walks are usually planned for a Saturday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 21:18

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