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Malvern Big Band in the Market Theatre this Saturday
Written by The Market Theatre   
Monday, 18 November 2019 22:22
Saturday 23rd November at 8pm

in The Market Theatre
The Malvern Big Band presents a tribute to
The Rat Pack

The Malvern Big Band truly captures the sound of the Rat Pack era and more, performing the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and others, using many of the original charts to create an authentic swinging sound from the 50s and 60s with songs such as New York, New York; I Left My Heart In San Francisco; Come Fly With Me; Let There Be Love and many more.

The 18-piece Malvern Big Band has been together for almost 20 years, performing all around the Midlands, and featuring some of the finest jazz soloists from the region.  Vocalist Garry Rutter has sung with numerous Big Bands around the Midlands, guaranteeing a truly swinging evening.

Tickets: £10 (£8 Students) may be booked here

Gladman loses appeal
Written by Steve Glennie-Smith   
Saturday, 02 November 2019 22:09

The Gladman appeal against Herefordshire Council's failure to grant planning permission for P184032/O has been refused by the Government's Planning Inspector.

The application was for 420 dwellings on fields running alongside the Dymock Road, south of the site that Barratt Homes is now developing beyond the bypass (this was an earlier Gladman application that was allowed on appeal).

Throughout the Inspector's report, in addition to issues such as landscape impact and HC's planning policies, she focuses on sustainable transport issues.  She has determined that the site location is so far from Ledbury's schools, amenities, the train station and employment and is so poorly connected by desire-line, safe cycling and walking routes, that residents will be car dependent.  This is contrary to planning policies and with consequent danger to vulnerable road users.  The full report is available on Herefordshire Council's website.

Thanks to all who took the trouble to write to object to this planning application.  Every individual's contribution has an impact!

The third Gladman attack on Ledbury, for 210 houses opposite the UBL factory on Little Marcle Road seems to have gone quiet: Herefordshire Council's planners asked for more information in April 2019.  No reply had been received so the council wrote to Gladman on 1st October to say the application had been 'disposed of'.

West Midlands Railway Survey
Written by A_Cyclist   
Saturday, 02 November 2019 21:51

For what it's worth, West Midlands Railway (WMR) is conducting a survey to identify areas for improvement at Ledbury train station, including provision for cyclists and disabled users. This followed earlier consultation with Herefordshire Council about the service overall.

If you have the time and inclination, and use (or are disinclined to use) Ledbury railway station, WMR would really appreciate feedback via this quick survey.  Please pass it on to other Ledbury rail users.  WMR also intend to canvass responses from regular commuters, including students.

Suffice it to say that the short term (eg. 10 years) franchise system is unhelpful: viz, upon winning a franchise, the time lag between ordering new rolling stock and delivery is about 3 years.  Similarly, there are delays recruiting and training drivers etc.  Fragmentation of delivery of the national railway services doesn't help much, either!

[Nor does the threatened strike on Saturdays, commencing 16th November, leading up to Christmas.  Though one does sympathise with the reason - the removal of 'guards' from trains.  Quite apart from safety, having no guard/conductor/train manager will give fare dodgers a field day - the only ticket barriers in the area (at Hereford) are usually open...]

You can find the survey on

If you need further info on the woeful state of Ledbury Station, look here.

Ledbury Community Portal Registration
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 14 June 2013 10:29

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 March 2017 14:16
New User Registration
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:19

If you want to register as a new user on the Ledbury Portal please contact us by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it l

Supply us with your preferred Ledbury Portal user name and we will use this and your email address to set up your individual account.  You will be given a unique password, which we will prompt you to change immediately.

Unfortunately, we cannot use our previous front end system of registering new users due to a Joomla failure to block spam accounts.

"Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam...."

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