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No trains - just buses
Written by A. Cyclist   
Monday, 06 April 2020 09:06

As from today (Monday 6th April), West Midlands Railway has suspended all rail services between Hereford and Worcester.  They have been replaced with buses 'for the use of key workers only', which leave near Ledbury station at approximately 6 minutes past the hour towards Hereford and 16 minutes past the hour towards Worcester.  Hard luck if you have a bike - they won't take it - unless it's a Brompton or other folding bike.

GWR has also suspended services through Ledbury: London trains are terminating at Worcester Shrub Hill.

Live bus departures are listed here.

Other information is available on WMR's own website.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2020 09:30
Ledbury Essential Business Directory during the Coronavirus emergency
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 27 March 2020 22:05

A list of businesses that are open in the Ledbury area was compiled by the Ledbury Civic Society week beginning 23rd March.  Since things are changing so rapidly during these extraordinary and very uncertain times, we suggest you contact the business to make sure they are still open before visiting.

Note that, although the Little Marcle Road waste disposal site is closed until further notice, the bottle banks outside the Co-op supermarket are open - but the clothes bank nearby is closed.

Please email the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to tell us of any errors, changes, omissions or additions to this list.  We will try to keep the list as up to date as possible.  Please note: we are not making any charge to do this - however it may take a while for any notified changes to be made.  Please bear with us!

Don’t forget that if we don’t use these businesses they may very well close permanently, especially as Government help for the self-employed is unlikely to be available before June.

Above all - keep well and keep safe.


Last Updated on Friday, 03 April 2020 10:54
Ledbury coronavirus death
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Thursday, 02 April 2020 09:42

Of the two further deaths in Hereford County hospital from coronavirus announced yesterday, one was a Ledbury resident.  No further details are available, nor would it be appropriate to publish them.  The Portal sends its deep condolences to all their families.

As at 1st April, this brings the total number of Covid-related deaths in Herefordshire to 3, with 40 confirmed cases.  Having remained at 25 for a few days, it went up to 35 (announced on 31st March), with another 5 announced yesterday (1st April).  Update evening 2nd April: A further 7 cases have been reported overnight in Herefordshire, bringing the total for the county to 47.

So definitely no time for complacency - this disease is now in Ledbury.  Regrettably, there have been reports of youths flouting new social distancing rules in the Walled Garden, which has prompted the Town Council to seriously consider closing it at a time when it will be looking at its best.  However, owing to its amenity value, particularly for the elderly, there is opposition within the council to do this.

Wassail (in the original Old English meaning of the word - wæs hæil ‘be in good health’).

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 April 2020 19:32
Repair Café suspended until further notice
Written by Repair Café Ledbury   
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 12:57

Following the government advice yesterday to avoid all non-essential contact, especially for people in vulnerable groups, which many of our volunteers and clients fall into, we are suspending Repair Café Ledbury for the time being.

The information and advice is changing very quickly at the moment so we will update you on further developments as and when the situation becomes clear.

We will also post information on our website at

Please take extra care with your health and we look forward to a time when normal service can be resumed and we can start repairing again.

Best wishes from
Repair Café Ledbury

Theatre closed
Written by The Market Theatre   
Monday, 16 March 2020 22:23


In view of advice from government given on Monday 16th March
regarding public gatherings during the Coronavirus pandemic,
we have reluctantly decided to CANCEL or POSTPONE ALL SHOWS
until at least the end of June

Any change to this will be notified on our website as and when
we have further information.

We will be contacting all patrons who have booked tickets during this period
to offer full refunds.


Ed: Update 17th March 12:30.  The Courtyard in Hereford, the Conquest in Bromyard and Malvern Theatres have now all announced they have closed.  As have all Odeons, including Hereford.

The Prince of Wales intends to remain open until any directive to close is given.  Such a directive can only take place from the following midnight, so it will definitely open tonight and, unless the (now) daily announcement from Boris this evening includes such a directive, it will be open tomorrow for the 26th anniversary of its Wednesday music session, starting 8:30ish.  The music sessions will be suspended thereafter anyhow until this horror is over.


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