Old Market Marathon


On the 15th October Close House supporter Chris will be running the Birmingham Marathon for Close House. We thought he better do a test run first!

So on the 23rd September Close House and Chris set up a treadmill at The Old Market Hereford! Chris was on the treadmill for most of the miles, although he had help from Close House staff and young people!

We raised £170 on the day and would like to thank all that donated. Special thanks to The Coffee Corner for the free smoothies and The Old Market for being a great host!

If you would like to donate then please get in touch with us via:admin@closehouse.org.uk.  But watch out for our MyDonate page which will be going live very soon!

Purple Flag Award

P1060778.jpgOn Thursday July 27th, EPICs were present at the Mayors parlour for the presentation of the Purple flag, a mark of excellence awarded to towns with a clean and safe night life. Close House EPICs were on hand to do a last minute clean before judges visited Hereford and their hard work was formally congratulated on this evening. Chloe’s t-shirt couldn’t have been more fitting!!


Securing WiFi for Close House Young People


Primark security guard Chris, generous man as he is, is running a marathon on October 15th and has chosen to raise money for Close House.

Chris wanted the money to be put to use on something our young people really wanted so the staff team consulted the Housemates (frequent visitors to drop-in sessions) and the EPICs (our team of community volunteers.) Lack of WiFi in Close House was a top concern for young people so Chris set himself the goal of raising enough money to supply WiFi to them for a year.

He is well on the way to this target, thanks in part to his willingness to run the marathon dressed as a pink fairy. Yes, i am dying to see the finished article and i’m sure lots of other people are too.

Chris will be running with a GPS tracker on the day so minute by minute tracking of his progress will be available. A link will be provided closer to the race.

However, if you would like a preview of this spectacle of endurance and style then Close House and Chris will have a spot at the Old Market on Saturday, September 23rd to publicise the event. Not wanting to miss out on his training, Chris will also have a treadmill on site to get the miles in.

We would love to see you on the day so come along and lend your support to this great guy in his final weeks before the marathon.

Enthusiastic, Punctual, Independent and Constant (EPIC weekender!)

Anyone who saw these two EPICs at Hereford’s Indie Food Festival will understand why these are the only 2 photos that we have of them from the weekend. For everyone wondering who the sunburnt guy on the left is, BBC Comedy ‘Gavin and Stacy’ starred him, Matt Horne, in the title role as Essex boy Gavin. Matt was at the indie food fest on Saturday evening for his DJ set.

This set of photos is the only time that these 2 volunteers stopped all weekend, all 3 full days of their volunteering and they were absolute champions. Checking admissions, guiding members of the public, assisting parents with prams, changing bins, keeping fellow volunteers hydrated,clearing tables; they were a credit to themselves, Close House and all young people in Hereford.

And they weren’t the only EPICs grafting this weekend. In total, 12 volunteers came from Close House to assist with the Food Fest.

Being tireless, (and having tireless Coordinators to assist them) 4 EPICs also went up to Westfailing Street to help out with Sunday’s Summer Fun Day.


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These volunteers sourced air for a quickly deflating bouncy castle,image2 (1).JPG

reset hundreds of skittles,


and i’ve been told they actually enjoyed it. Weird right?

I’ll blame it on the sun.

And them being EPIC.




3 Counties, 3 days, 30 degrees, 4 EPIC young people

Over 3 days at the end of June, Close House EPICs volunteered at Malvern’s Three Counties show. We had been invited to help with a very busy Church Tea tent to assist with both the Arts and crafts area and the Cafe. 3 days of blistering sun were endured under the canvas marque, but as these pictures go to show, all of the EPICs loved it!

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EPIC tea please!


EPIC’s help out at community lunch, 14 July 17

9 of our brilliant EPIC volunteers provided help to Friday’s Kindle Centre community summer lunch . 40-50 elderly residents of South Wye came along to enjoy lunch together, lunch provided at a reasonable price by the team at the Kindle Centre. The young volunteers were the waiters and waitresses of the day, serving food and drinks and even washing up after (because washing up can be fun with musical motivation!). Awesome job by all involved!

EPICS on fire sorting the ‘shire

EPIC’s spruce up city centre, 17th July 2017

Herefordbid asked us to join their community clean up. Our EPICs managed to clear up the private car park near Sainsbury’s. We picked 4 large black bags just from that area, with only three of us doing the job. I’d say we smashed it!IMG_0548

Mary and Joe at Ledbury, 12th July 2015

Our alternative nativity, the Story of Mary and Joe, is being shown at the Ledbury Poetry Festival on Sunday, 12th July at 3pm.  Pick up your FREE ticket here as soon as  you can as there is limited capacity: first come, first served!

Book tickets here:  https://poetry-festival.cloudvenue.co.uk/maryandjoe

Mary & Joe, Ledbury, 12th July
Mary & Joe, Ledbury, 12th July