Dogs Die in Hot Cars

Herefordshire Council is working with The Dogs Trust and the British Parking Association (BPA) to back the ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’ campaign, which aims to highlight the dangers of leaving dogs in cars during hot weather and advises the public as to what action to take if they see a dog in distress.

The RSPCA reported 8,290 calls relating to animals and heat exhaustion in 2018 – 90 per cent of which were about dogs in hot cars – including 33 in Herefordshire.

Keeping an eye out for dogs in distress during hot weather and taking appropriate action could be the difference between life and death.

Many people believe it is okay to leave a dog if the windows are slightly open or they park in the shade, but this is still very dangerous. A car can quickly become extremely hot, even when it doesn’t feel that warm – if it’s 22℃ outside, the inside of a car can reach up to 47℃ within an hour.

If dogs are too hot and unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they risk developing potentially fatal heatstroke. The signs of heatstroke include:

  • Heavy panting
  • Excessive drooling
  • Appearing lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated
  • Collapse or vomiting

If you notice a dog exhibiting these symptoms, or if you are concerned about the welfare of a dog in a car for any other reason, please call 999 immediately.

Herefordshire Council’s Civil Enforcement Officers patrol and monitor to ensure dogs have not been left at risk. As well as intervening with the vehicle owners, they are also instructed to contact the police if they notice a dog in serious risk of harm.

Ward Councillor’s monthly report


Ward Councillor, Barry Durkin’s latest report now available:

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Brampton Abbotts Village Show 28th September – plan your prizes!

Whether you’re a green fingered gardener, a master baker, an enthusiastic crafter, a keen beginner, an aspiring writer, a passionate artist or photographer, an amateur brewer or someone that just wants to have fun or try something new we’d encourage you to enter and get involved in the first Brampton Abbotts Village Show for many years.

All ages welcome from school children to centenarians and everyone in between.

Take a look through the list of classes and see what you would like to participate in and then use the summer to get practicing, growing, making, collecting, producing.

There will be certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for each class and a Best in Show Trophy for adults and children.
Entrance fee just £5 to enter as many classes as you wish. CLICK HERE for schedule of classes and entry forms
Children Under 16 enter children’s classes for free.

INVITATION from Oak House to Visit our Field

Open Hour in the Field

Thursday 18th July 10.30 to 11.30am

It’s been suggested by some of our wonderfully supportive neighbours that we should invite villagers to come and see what the children have created in the Field including the lovely wild flowers, the fruits and vegetables they’ve grown and the chickens that they look after.

We invite you to come and enjoy a Glass of Pimms and some strawberries and cream with us and listen to The Kindergarten Class sing some of their special Leavers’ Songs at 11am.

We look forward to seeing you – perhaps you could call Alice on 01989 562304 if you’re able to come – for refreshment planning.

Thanks. Sue.




Oak House Nursery School

Brampton Abbotts




Tel: 01989 562304


Calling all would-be astronauts – Summer reading challenge

Herefordshire Libraries are calling all would-be astronauts to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Exclusive Space Chase kit bags are available to the first children who sign up to the challenge at all Herefordshire libraries on Saturday 13 July.

The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019 is an out-of-this-world adventure which encourages children up to the age of 12 to read six library books over the school summer holidays. Their mission will be to join the Rockets, a super space family, to track down books pinched by mischievous aliens! As children read their books, they will collect special stickers (including some stinky ones) to complete their mission folder and receive rewards. Any book from Herefordshire Libraries can be read for the challenge – from fiction to fact books, eBooks to poetry.

Annual Canvass 2019

The Herefordshire Annual Canvass starts on 15th July. 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 –