Parish Council

The Parish Council meets at 7pm in the Millennium Hall on the first Tuesday of every month.

The purpose of the Parish Council is to use the precept raised via Council Tax to try to ensure that everyday problems encountered in the village are looked into and hopefully resolved. It also undertakes projects in the village that will improve facilities and enhance the local community.

There are 8 Councillors and a Clerk.

Parishioners are welcome to attend meetings either to listen to what is being discussed or to bring matters to the attention of the Council.

The Clerk is Richard Abolins and he can be contacted by email at

Please contact the clerk if you wish to raise an issue with the Parish Council.

The Herefordshire County Councillor is Barry Durkin who represents Old Gore Ward. Barry can be contacted by or by phone: 07900 554 083

Our local MP is Bill Wiggin.  Bill lives in Upton Bishop and can be contacted at or via his website



Volunteers Needed

The Parish Council is looking for volunteers to help our village. If anyone is interested in helping clear footpaths, picking up litter, joining the new speedwatch group, monitoring the effect of lights on our dark skies or just generally getting involved in village life please contact

This is the full List of areas volunteers might be interested in.

Annual Parish Meeting – Tuesday, May 28th

The Annual Parish Meeting took place on Tuesday, May 28th.  This was a chance for residents to meet their parish councillors, find out what has been going on the in the village over the last year and get an update on the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

This the the 2019 Annual Parish Meeting Presentation.

Who can stand as a Parish Councillor?

Elections to the Parish Council are held every four years and the last election was in May 2019.  The next election will be in May 2023.

To stand for election to become a parish councillor you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and
  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards, or
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election, or
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area, or
  • You have lived in the parish area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.



Parish Council Elections – Thursday, May 2nd 2019

All eight Parish Councillors were up for election on Thursday, May 2nd.

This is the Notice of election 2019

There were also elections for all the Herefordshire County Councillors on Thursday, May 2nd.  This is the official notice of the candidates who stood in our ward, Old Gore. This formal Notice of Poll – Old Gore 2019 final also includes the list of Polling Stations.

More information is also available on the Herefordshire Council website 

This is the formal Statement of Persons Nominated

This is the formal UNCONTESTED ELECTION – Upton Bishop notice.

The councillors took up their positions on May 2nd.