Design a Flag for Herefordshire Flag Competition 2019

The Competition is in the Public Vote stage. Deadline end of September 2019.

This competition has the backing of the Chairman, Leader and Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council, and also Herefordshire Cultural Partnership who were responsible for the efforts behind Herefordshire’s City of Culture 2021 bid.

What’s it to be, then? A bull? Apples? Both? And something else as well, maybe?
The short list for the Herefordshire flag competition is revealed today. A grand total of 692 entries – the most ever received for any UK community – has been whittled down to five. And the time has come for the people of Herefordshire to make the final decision.

You can vote online or use the form on this page and post it. The polls will be open until the end of September and the voters’ verdict will be announced – and the winning flag hoisted – at a ceremony in Hereford on November 2. It will then be available for purchase and can be flown anywhere.

The flags that have reached the final five emphasise the county’s most distinctive symbols. Four of the five show apples; three have a bull’s head; two include the River Wye. Two depict the county’s red soil. One has a design based on the county’s black- and-white houses. Another has hops. Yet another has rolling hills and a background that recalls ripening hay.

“Had we been making the choice alone, I’m sure every member of the judging panel would have come up with a different short list,” said David Marshall, chairman of the Herefordshire Flag Committee. “There were many terrific designs that didn’t make it. But I think this selection gives people an excellent choice. Whichever wins, it will be a fine ambassador for the county.”

Of England’s 39 historic counties, only Herefordshire and Leicestershire do not now have a registered flag. Many other regions, cities and communities also have flags, including the Herefordshire village of Marden which made its own selection this summer.

The Flag Institute, the UK’s registration body, has given provisional approval to all Herefordshire’s proposed designs and is expected to ratify the decision rapidly after the choice is announced.

Unlike any other ballots that may or may not take place this autumn, everyone aged five and upwards is allowed to take part – though under-16s’ votes must be countersigned by a parent, guardian or teacher.

To vote online please go to The process should be very quick and simple. If you have any problems please email or call 07983 495892.

Heartstart October 21st

The next Heartstart course will be held in the Staunton-on-Wye village hall on October 21st.   Contact Heartstart for more information.

Minutes from PC Meeting May 2019


Agenda September 2019

Planning Application: New House, Staunton-on-Wye

A planning application, 192319, has been submitted. Details can be found HERE. The application is for the installation of a package sewage treatment plant at New House, Staunton-on-Wye.

The application requests that the discharge from the treatment plant goes to a road gully (contrary to Hereford Council’s general policy for new build according to the application) to avoid a lengthy pipe run to a watercourse.

Comments are due by 22 August 2019.

Annual Canvass for Electoral Register starts 15 July 2019

The purpose of the Canvass is to compile an accurate Electoral Register, which will be published on 1st December 2019.

The Canvass will happen in a similar way to previous years. This means that every residential property in the county will be sent a Household Enquiry Form (HEF). This form will show all members of the household currently registered to vote.

It is a legal requirement that the HEF is completed and returned. Any resident aged 18 or over can complete the HEF on behalf of the whole household. Residents have a choice of four different methods to complete their HEFs: online, phone, text or post. Each of these is free of charge to the resident, however we are encouraging the use of phone, text or web, as paper returns cost the Council much more.

We are confident that our Electoral Register is already very accurate but the canvass is a legal requirement for Local Authorities, and it is a good opportunity for us to check accuracy and increase the number of registered electors in Herefordshire.

IMPORTANT NOTE: completing the HEF does NOT register new electors to vote – they must still do this individually themselves via one of the approved methods (e.g. online at

If you have any questions, here are our contact details:

Herefordshire Council Electoral Services:

  • phone – 01432 260107
  • email –

Comments open for 28 days from posting.

Planning Application – 191728 – Land Adjacent to New House Farm, Staunton on Wye, Herefordshire

New Planning Application – July 2019

This is a retrospective application for site as a small scale log business to store logs and on occasions a site to cut logs.

If you wish to comment on this planning application, you can use Herefordshire County Council online planning application search. Alternatively, you can email or post to: Planning Services, PO Box 230, Hereford HR1 2ZB. Comments Deadline: 29 July 2019.

Parish Council AGM 2019

STAUNTON ON WYE GROUP PARISH COUNCIL PARISH COUNCILLORS are summoned to attend an Annual General Meeting of the Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council on Monday 20 May 2019 commencing at 7.30 pm in the Staunton on Wye Village Hall.


Minutes February 2019

STAUNTON-ON-WYE GROUP PARISH COUNCIL Minutes of the Group Parish Council Meeting meeting held on Monday 11 FEBRUARY 2019.

District and Parish Councillors

Statements of Persons Nominated