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New Amateur Investor Blog Launched

A new website has been launched to record the trials and tribulations of an Amateur Investor.

www.amateurinvestor.co.uk is written by a real-life amateur investor who invests their own money in FTSE stocks and shares, unit trusts, fixed rate savings accounts, PIBS, corporate bonds and ETFs.

The blog is aimed at other amateur investors would like to compare their own investing experiences with amateur investors across the country.


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Five candidates nominated to stand in Hereford and South Herefordshire parliamentary election

Five people have been nominated to stand in the Hereford and South Herefordshire parliamentary constituency for the general election which takes place on Thursday, May 6.

The candidates are:
  • Sarah Jane Carr – Liberal Democrats
  • Jesse Norman – The Conservative Party Candidate
  • John Oliver – British National Party
  • Philippa Louise Roberts – The Labour Party Candidate
  • Valentine James Smith – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Residents who have chosen to vote by post should receive their ballot papers in the next week or so as the council is aiming to send out postal votes by Monday, April 26 at the latest.

Residents who have chosen to vote by proxy - this means they have appointed someone to vote on their behalf – have until 5pm on Tuesday, April 27, to return their completed application form to the electoral registration team based at Hereford Town Hall.

The application form can be found on the council’s website and is available from Info shops and libraries. Applicants may need to have their application vouched for, depending on the reasons.

If someone is unable to get to the polling station due to a medical emergency that has arisen after the normal deadline, they can apply to vote by proxy up to 5pm on the day of the election.

Six candidates nominated to stand in North Herefordshire parliamentary election

Six people have been nominated to stand in the North Herefordshire parliamentary constituency for the general election which takes place on Thursday, May 6.

The candidates are:
  • Lucy Ann Hurds – Liberal Democrats
  • John King - Independent
  • Felicity Mary Norman – Green Party
  • Jonathan Paul Oakton – United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Neil Sabharwal – The Labour Party Candidate
  • Bill Wiggin – The Conservative Party Candidate
Residents who have chosen to vote by post should receive their ballot papers in the next week or so as the council is aiming to send out postal votes by Monday, April 26 at the latest.

Residents who have chosen to vote by proxy - this means they have appointed someone to vote on their behalf – have until 5pm on Tuesday, April 27, to return their completed application form to the electoral registration team based at Hereford Town Hall.

The application form can be found on the council’s website and is available from Info shops and libraries. Applicants may need to have their application vouched for, depending on the reasons.

If someone is unable to get to the polling station due to a medical emergency that has arisen after the normal deadline, they can apply to vote by proxy up to 5pm on the day of the election.

South Wye Girls help grant magical wishes

Girls in South Wye Hereford have raised nearly £200 to help grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.

The girls’ group was set up by Herefordshire Council’s youth service and meets on a weekly basis at Hinton Community Centre.  Every term the group gather together with the council’s youth workers to agree a programme of activities. Cooking, drama, arts and crafts, volunteering, outdoor education, days out and fundraising are all on offer amongst other things and on this occasion, the girls decided to hold a bag packing fundraising event at the Tesco Store in Belmont.  In just two hours they raised nearly £200 from members of the public for the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.  The young people decided on this particular charity as they wanted to help children and young people who may be a similar age to themselves.

Sarah Melia, Herefordshire Council youth worker, said:  “The girls worked really hard to plan the event, and make sure all went smoothly on the night.  Many thanks to all the generous shoppers who supported them and a big thank you to Tescos for letting them hold the fundraising activity in their store.

Raising funds for other young people is a great way to bring young people together and put something back into society.  They learn a whole range of skills in organising such events, totting up the cash and arranging donations to the charity of their choice.”

“We have a great group of young women aged 11-19, who are great fun and are always coming up with new and exciting ideas.”

The Girls’ Group meets on a weekly basis from 6:30-9:00pm at Hinton Community Centre and new members are most welcome.  Just turn up or ring Sarah Melia for details on 01432 383376 or 07792 880199.

Creative cooking with local food in Herefordshire

The twelfth annual Flavours of Herefordshire awards scheme has been launched - giving the county's best chefs, restaurateurs, publicans, accommodation providers and food producers another chance to “get creative with local food”.

Flavours of Herefordshire is one of the longest-running schemes in the UK, recognising and rewarding the use-and-promotion of local produce.

And the full list of categories for the 2010 Flavours of Herefordshire competition is now featured at www.visitherefordshire.co.uk.

As well as being one of the longest-running, the scheme is also one of the very best examples of how an area of Britain can celebrate its regional flavours.

"The award scheme recognises quality and excellence in the marketing and use of the local food and drink that is served here in the county, and how that distinctiveness is promoted to the wider public," said Jane Lewis, of VisitHerefordshire.

"The annual highlight is the Food Festival, in October, where – as well as creating an incredible showcase for the very best food and drink in the county – we also celebrate our Flavours of Herefordshire award winners at a gala presentation evening on the eve of the Festival.”

As such, the 12th annual Flavours of Herefordshire competition will this year reach its conclusion on Friday, October 23, when popular TV chefs “The Hairy Bikers” will be the guests of honour at the prize-giving dinner.

Awards in ten separate categories are up-for-grabs in this year’s Flavours of Herefordshire competition which sees the appearance of a prize for the county’s best cider and perry producer for the first time.

Also new for 2010 will be an award for best co-operative venture (aimed at showing the benefits to be derived from individual small businesses working together); and the naming of a “Herefordshire food champion”, with nominations being invited from the residents and visitors to Herefordshire.

Copies the current Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival leaflet can be obtained free of charge by telephoning 01432 260621.

For full details, visit www.visitherefordshire.co.uk
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