Hereford launches "City of Culture" bid

Ledbury Reporter: Hereford launches "City of Culture" bid Hereford launches "City of Culture" bid

HEREFORD will bid to be the UK “City of Culture” in 2021.                                              
                                                                          
The Courtyard and Herefordshire Council have today (Friday) confirmed a partnership to create a local consortium to make the bid.

Over the next few weeks  key local cultural organisations will be invited to join that consortium.

The UK City of Culture programme encourages the use of culture and creativity as a catalyst for change.

To prove its worth, the Hereford bid has to demonstrate the delivery of a high quality cultural programme that not only builds and expands on local strengths and assets  but reaches a “wide variety” of audiences over the course of the year.

The programme also has to show how  culture and creativity can lead to “lasting social regeneration” in contributing to related local agendas,  supporting cultural diversity and cohesion, and creating demonstrable economic impact through investment and innovation.

Courtyard chief executive Ian Archer will advise the consortium. He played a key part in the initial stages of the successful Hull 2017 application.

Roger Morgan, Chairman of The Courtyard Board, said that the bid built on the centre’s nationally acclaimed cross-generational work as to how the arts can enhance lives and lifestyles.

“We believe that by bringing together all the major cultural organisations in the county we can extend this to bring an improved quality of life to the county as a whole,” he said.

Cllr Harry Bramer, Herefordshire Council cabinet member for cultural services, said the county brought “ an amazing cultural history and a vibrant and diverse contemporary cultural scene” to the bid.

" We have visual artists, craftspeople, musicians, performers, storytellers, historians, broadcasters, blacksmiths, photographers, designers, film-makers, writers, poets, dancers, developers, actors and directors. The council is committed to working with individuals, communities and organisations to do more for themselves and their local area,” said Cllr Bramer.

“I am really excited by the prospect of working with The Courtyard and the widest range of other organisations to take this forward. I am absolutely convinced that we have the skills locally to pull together a winning bid,” he said

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2:16pm Fri 30 May 14

leftofmoorfarm says...

hahahaha stop it! hahahahahah haha no really, stop it..... you're killing me hahahaha
hahahaha stop it! hahahahahah haha no really, stop it..... you're killing me hahahaha leftofmoorfarm
  • Score: 26

2:41pm Fri 30 May 14

AylestoneVoice says...

Poor old Council - they just cannot see the wood for the trees.
Poor old Council - they just cannot see the wood for the trees. AylestoneVoice
  • Score: 14

3:03pm Fri 30 May 14

Hugh-G-Rection says...

What a load of old cobblers
What a load of old cobblers Hugh-G-Rection
  • Score: 14

3:14pm Fri 30 May 14

Ubique1 says...

Unbelievable - when it appears that this Council do not give a rats rear end about the appearance of this City . They are in conjunction with the Fire and zres ue in the prccess of proposing to knock down a building which is over 100 years old to build a modern Fire Station which must have been designed by a group of people who were on Skype .
They have also allowed 3 buildings with fire damage located in the heart of the City to be surrounded by boarding and scaffolding for the last 4 years.
I say again - UNBELIEVABLE THAT THEY HAVE THE GALL TO EVEN CONSIDER IT.
I am fully aware that there will be comments stating that I and others who think that it's a laugh are being negative or worse - I just ask them to really think about it before they add their comment - thank you.
Unbelievable - when it appears that this Council do not give a rats rear end about the appearance of this City . They are in conjunction with the Fire and zres ue in the prccess of proposing to knock down a building which is over 100 years old to build a modern Fire Station which must have been designed by a group of people who were on Skype . They have also allowed 3 buildings with fire damage located in the heart of the City to be surrounded by boarding and scaffolding for the last 4 years. I say again - UNBELIEVABLE THAT THEY HAVE THE GALL TO EVEN CONSIDER IT. I am fully aware that there will be comments stating that I and others who think that it's a laugh are being negative or worse - I just ask them to really think about it before they add their comment - thank you. Ubique1
  • Score: 24

3:34pm Fri 30 May 14

BrownBull says...

What planet are these people on, you wont be able to even find Hereford in 2021 because of overgrown verges and traffic .
What planet are these people on, you wont be able to even find Hereford in 2021 because of overgrown verges and traffic . BrownBull
  • Score: 18

4:26pm Fri 30 May 14

oldergit says...

They are having a laugh aren't they? I never laughed so much since Liverpool got it!
They are having a laugh aren't they? I never laughed so much since Liverpool got it! oldergit
  • Score: 8

5:59pm Fri 30 May 14

jarvis 2 says...

AylestoneVoice wrote:
Poor old Council - they just cannot see the wood for the trees.
or the road for the grass
[quote][p][bold]AylestoneVoice[/bold] wrote: Poor old Council - they just cannot see the wood for the trees.[/p][/quote]or the road for the grass jarvis 2
  • Score: 6

6:01pm Fri 30 May 14

jarvis 2 says...

culture what cultre the only cultre is cutred grass weeds and pot holes
culture what cultre the only cultre is cutred grass weeds and pot holes jarvis 2
  • Score: 5

6:14pm Fri 30 May 14

A.Non01 says...

What a load of old tosh. I hope none of OUR grass cutting, toilet cleaning, road fixing (etc etc) money is going to be spent on this fantasy.
What a load of old tosh. I hope none of OUR grass cutting, toilet cleaning, road fixing (etc etc) money is going to be spent on this fantasy. A.Non01
  • Score: 7

7:41pm Fri 30 May 14

Hereford person says...

The ruling group on the council are mostly invaders who move here after selling their houses in the south then find something to do like getting on the council as most of my fellow Herefordians can't be bothered to do. So these people then enhance their pensions and bank balances while not having much interest in our county.
So come on locals pull your fingers out and get elected, it costs nothing and with many of those who have run down the county over the last years standing down and being voted out the time is perfect for major changes.
The ruling group on the council are mostly invaders who move here after selling their houses in the south then find something to do like getting on the council as most of my fellow Herefordians can't be bothered to do. So these people then enhance their pensions and bank balances while not having much interest in our county. So come on locals pull your fingers out and get elected, it costs nothing and with many of those who have run down the county over the last years standing down and being voted out the time is perfect for major changes. Hereford person
  • Score: 7

12:10am Sat 31 May 14

saidflo says...

best laugh in months

“I am really excited by the prospect of working with The Courtyard and the widest range of other organisations to take this forward. I am absolutely convinced that we have the skills locally to pull together a winning bid,” Bramer said.

What is at the bottom of this?
Is there a clue in the phrase "widest range of other organisations" ?
Maybe new "companies" to set up and do some rural "fleecing".
best laugh in months “I am really excited by the prospect of working with The Courtyard and the widest range of other organisations to take this forward. I am absolutely convinced that we have the skills locally to pull together a winning bid,” Bramer said. What is at the bottom of this? Is there a clue in the phrase "widest range of other organisations" ? Maybe new "companies" to set up and do some rural "fleecing". saidflo
  • Score: 7

11:10am Sat 31 May 14

Ivor P says...

When I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver-Herman Goering..
When I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver-Herman Goering.. Ivor P
  • Score: 0

9:28pm Sat 31 May 14

jotters says...

From the City can't organise a Ring Road. The children can't afford to live here and its population is dying.
From the City can't organise a Ring Road. The children can't afford to live here and its population is dying. jotters
  • Score: 6

3:06pm Mon 2 Jun 14

littlewhitebull says...

At Christmas 2021
Just imagine that the report in the HT read:
“Who could have imagined over seven years ago, that Hereford’s imaginative and successful bid to be this year’s ‘City of Culture’ could have resulted in such a colossal change in the city’s fortunes?
The grass always looks better than Centre Court at Wimbledon, the flowers festooning the city continue to win awards, every road provides a smooth ride, the new bypass with its interconnecting roundabouts and road system has been hailed as the most efficient in Europe, the university is now attracting students from home and abroad, the free parking for short-term use has quadrupled spending in local shops, the waiting list for businesses keen to lease premises in the town centre in still increasing and the new arts centre attracts artistes/exhibitions from every genre.
After almost going out of business seven years ago, Hereford United’s new football stadium is to host the Europa League cup final next May. The Bulls rise to Premiership champions and their amazing run in this season’s Europa competition means that there is every chance they could play in the final at their own ground! One must hope that the new manager, Mizza, doesn’t make as many changes to the side as he did in the second leg against Real Madrid that allowed the Spaniards to come back into the game after United beat them 7-1 at the Bernabeu.
The council’s decision earlier in the year to reduce tax council for the fourth year running was met with incredulity. Council workers were delighted with their wage increase, again the highest in the UK. The county now employs more refuse and recycling staff than any other county since the introduction of twice weekly collections. The council is justly proud of its record as the best authority for recycling.
Who could believe that such innovative ideas to utilise the River Wye to its full capacity would be so successful? Pleasure boating, world recognised rowing regattas including world cup events, and the amazing fresh water swimming pools have brought the city to the world’s attention. The newly constructed white water canoeing centre using the Wye’s own water to produce remarkable rates of flow is to be opened by our new king in May.”
What a dream that was!!
Anybody who feels that such events are actually possible might like to pop along to a local bookie to check on the odds. Are there are any betting shops around?
At Christmas 2021 Just imagine that the report in the HT read: “Who could have imagined over seven years ago, that Hereford’s imaginative and successful bid to be this year’s ‘City of Culture’ could have resulted in such a colossal change in the city’s fortunes? The grass always looks better than Centre Court at Wimbledon, the flowers festooning the city continue to win awards, every road provides a smooth ride, the new bypass with its interconnecting roundabouts and road system has been hailed as the most efficient in Europe, the university is now attracting students from home and abroad, the free parking for short-term use has quadrupled spending in local shops, the waiting list for businesses keen to lease premises in the town centre in still increasing and the new arts centre attracts artistes/exhibitions from every genre. After almost going out of business seven years ago, Hereford United’s new football stadium is to host the Europa League cup final next May. The Bulls rise to Premiership champions and their amazing run in this season’s Europa competition means that there is every chance they could play in the final at their own ground! One must hope that the new manager, Mizza, doesn’t make as many changes to the side as he did in the second leg against Real Madrid that allowed the Spaniards to come back into the game after United beat them 7-1 at the Bernabeu. The council’s decision earlier in the year to reduce tax council for the fourth year running was met with incredulity. Council workers were delighted with their wage increase, again the highest in the UK. The county now employs more refuse and recycling staff than any other county since the introduction of twice weekly collections. The council is justly proud of its record as the best authority for recycling. Who could believe that such innovative ideas to utilise the River Wye to its full capacity would be so successful? Pleasure boating, world recognised rowing regattas including world cup events, and the amazing fresh water swimming pools have brought the city to the world’s attention. The newly constructed white water canoeing centre using the Wye’s own water to produce remarkable rates of flow is to be opened by our new king in May.” What a dream that was!! Anybody who feels that such events are actually possible might like to pop along to a local bookie to check on the odds. Are there are any betting shops around? littlewhitebull
  • Score: 11

3:53pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Ubique1 says...

Littlewhitebull -your comments has just reminded me that the law of averages suggest that I will be pushing up daisys in 2021 so why am I worried - I am worried because I love this City and do not like what is happening at the moment
Littlewhitebull -your comments has just reminded me that the law of averages suggest that I will be pushing up daisys in 2021 so why am I worried - I am worried because I love this City and do not like what is happening at the moment Ubique1
  • Score: 5

7:12pm Mon 2 Jun 14

tracyatlarge says...

What?! We've got pot holes like pit heads, elderly & disabled people suffering because the Council is "trimming" their care, criticism of Social Services child safeguarding, shut public lavatories etc etc etc - all in the name of saving money. Is it April 1st?
What?! We've got pot holes like pit heads, elderly & disabled people suffering because the Council is "trimming" their care, criticism of Social Services child safeguarding, shut public lavatories etc etc etc - all in the name of saving money. Is it April 1st? tracyatlarge
  • Score: 14

10:35pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Wattsy.no1 says...

The cattle market is out of towh now so the pigs will have to fly a bit further !!!
The cattle market is out of towh now so the pigs will have to fly a bit further !!! Wattsy.no1
  • Score: 2

1:49pm Thu 5 Jun 14

@inthesticks says...

Absurd - can spend money on this but can't cut the grass; roads in a terrible state; desperate for a ring road ; all sorts of services being cut; library services cut; waste collections being reduced - this is another Councillors' vanity project at the council tax payers expense. (not a hope of winning either!)
Absurd - can spend money on this but can't cut the grass; roads in a terrible state; desperate for a ring road ; all sorts of services being cut; library services cut; waste collections being reduced - this is another Councillors' vanity project at the council tax payers expense. (not a hope of winning either!) @inthesticks
  • Score: 3

5:55pm Thu 5 Jun 14

ianperkins69 says...

Come to Hereford where we is cultured. We have no public toilets, but, we have countered this problem by allowing public grass to grow to astronomical proportions. Please poo there. No one will see you.
Come to Hereford where we is cultured. We have no public toilets, but, we have countered this problem by allowing public grass to grow to astronomical proportions. Please poo there. No one will see you. ianperkins69
  • Score: 1

10:54am Fri 6 Jun 14

fordshire77 says...

I do hope it only costs the price of a stamp to submit our bid!
I do hope it only costs the price of a stamp to submit our bid! fordshire77
  • Score: 3

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