Local school children, residents and businesses turned out on a beautiful summer’s day to welcome HRH the Earl of Wessex to South Wye in Hereford on Friday 12 July 2013.
The Royal visit was to celebrate the South Wye regeneration programme and the positive work organisations and volunteers are performing on a daily basis for the benefit of the local community.
During the two hour visit, HRH the Earl of Wessex visited The Oval in Newton Farm, Hinton Community Centre and The Kindle Centre. Whilst at The Oval, HRH met with representatives from the Newton Farm Community Association and Herefordshire Housing, before taking the time to talk to local residents and businesses.
Paula Kennedy, executive director for Herefordshire Housing, said: “This is an important visit for the area, as it will help to raise the profile of the regeneration work we’re planning for The Oval, which will deliver transformational change for the local community.”
Richard Johnson, chairman of the Newton Farm Community Association, said: “It means the world to us to be recognised as a worthwhile place to visit and showcases what we do in the local community. A visit from a member of the Royal family really helps to put us on the map and we were highly honoured.”
HRH then moved onto Hinton Community Centre, where he was warmly greeted by pupils from St Martin’s Primary School. HRH took time to meet with community interest groups who use the centre before enjoying a visit to the Wye Police Amateur Boxing Club.
The visit ended with a celebration lunch at The Kindle Centre, where HRH was informed of the positive work the centre does for the local community and the uniqueness of its location within the Asda supermarket site.
Will Lindesay, chief executive of Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service, said: “Today’s visit has provided tremendous recognition for what the local community in South Wye has achieved together. I would also like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped during the day and for all the hard work they do throughout the year for the benefit of the community.”
Geoff Hughes, director for places and communities at Herefordshire Council, said: “It has been a fantastic day and HRH the Earl of Wessex experienced the real community spirit of South Wye.”
Earlier in the day, HRH the Earl of Wessex visited The Hereford Academy before concluding his visit to South Wye with a trip to KGD on the Rotherwas Industrial Estate.