Dr Ellie Chowns

for North Herefordshire

Dr Ellie Chowns

for North Herefordshire

Latest news

History on Broad Street!

History on Broad Street!

It was a real pleasure to visit the Bromyard History Society's shop and community hub History on Broad Street recently. Their lovely volunteers will be very happy to tell you about their work and help you find out more about the history of Bromyard and your own family...

NFU Annual Conference

NFU Annual Conference

The NFU's annual conference starts today. Outgoing president Minette Batters has been a passionate and impressive advocate for British food and farming. It's so important that the government provides more support for farmers to grow more food locally and sustainably.

Bromyard community cafe and warm space

Bromyard community cafe and warm space

Bromyard Methodist Church offers a brilliant community service every Wednesday - they are a Talk Community Herefordshire Hub, offering a warm safe, space and refreshments from 10am to 2pm. I popped in last week to learn more from the volunteers who make it happen, and...

Herefordshire Skills Show!

Herefordshire Skills Show!

Herefordshire Skills Show was a brilliant celebration of local opportunities! More than 40 organisations took part, with over 1,000 young people visiting from local schools to find out about post-16 training and employment. There was a fantastic buzz! Thanks...

Herefordshire MIND

Herefordshire MIND

Herefordshire Mind provides an amazing range of mental health support services to local people; including counselling, peer support groups, and the Safe Haven service every evening. I was privileged to visit their base at Heffernan House in Hereford, where David...

Wellington community library

Wellington community library

It was lovely to meet the brilliant volunteers and book enthusiasts at the Wellington Village Community Library. The library offers a wonderful service to the village: books, friendly chat and even coffee!

Engaging young people in politics

Engaging young people in politics

How can we support and encourage young people to get more engaged with politics? That was the theme of this workshop in Hereford last week facilitated by local arts project Rural Media. It was great to chat with colleagues from all sorts of organisations - and across...

Helping people to live independently

Helping people to live independently

It was a pleasure to sit down with Euan McPherson, chief executive of Services for Independent Living (SIL) to learn more about the organisation. SIL is a Leominster-based charity and company that supports many local people to live independently. With nearly 150...

Visit to Hereford Sixth Form College

Visit to Hereford Sixth Form College

I visited Hereford Sixth Form College last Friday where I spoke with the wonderful students of the debate society and had an interview with the student newspaper. It was brilliant to meet such engaged young people with a real interest in the things that matter most -...

Rural mental health awareness

Rural mental health awareness

It was great to spend yesterday morning at a mental health awareness training workshop run by the brilliant local charity We Are Farming Minds. They do fantastic work around mental health in the farming community here in Herefordshire. It’s impossible to overstate the...