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Issue No. 133 - 7th February 2007
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One Way Plan For St. Joseph's

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School are currently in the process of putting together a School Travel Plan, the aim of which is to improve safety, to ease traffic congestion around the school, to promote healthy lifestyles and sustainable methods of travel. As part of this process, the school have introduced a one way system for cars transporting children to and from school, beginning on Monday, 5th January 2007.

All drivers have been asked to enter The Avenue from Walford Road and to park below the school entrance and only on the school side of The Avenue. After dropping off or picking up their children, drivers are asked to continue down The Avenue, turning into Eastfield Road rather than turn around and drive back up The Avenue and on to Walford Road. The school have even provided a map for clarification.

Staff at St. Joseph's hope that people will be patient, supportive and understanding during the initial period of change as the motivation behind this plan is the welfare of the children and care for the environment.

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Something for the over 16s of Ross-on-Wye

At Ross Lions Bonfire Night last November and during a 'Taster Day' at Y-Zone in January, the Courtyard Community Arts officers Benjamin Peer and Amy Forbes showcased a variety of creative performances and free sessions to give the over 16s of Ross-on-Wye an idea of what new artistic courses could become available to them.

A project, funded by The EU Regional Development Fund and the Arts Council through the Creative Learning Centre working in partnership with Herefordshire Council Youth Services and The Courtyard is finally ready to run some of the courses requested at the two events.

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Firework Night Last November. Ref: DSC_8124

Based on all of the feedback and information collected on bonfire night and at the 'taster' day, The Courtyard now know what you want and are ready to deliver it. Starting this week, there will be three free sets of creative sessions for those over 16 years old from Ross-on-Wye.

There will be weekly Breakdancing with 'Urban Edge', on Wednesdays at 6 pm, between 7th February and 4th April. Weekly Hip Hop, scratching, mixing and rapping with 'Dubmerge' will take place on Thursday nights at 7 PM between 1st February and 22nd March. And an open studio music production facility (do your own thing or get tutorials) will take place weekly on Saturdays and Sundays, 12.30 PM to 9.30 PM between 10th February and 4th March, at 'Y Zone' in Hill Street.

This is a great opportunity, specifically aimed at young people in Ross so that they can benefit from funding specifically aimed at them. Over 16s will be able to learn a new skill, better an existing interest, train up in an artistic skill they actually care about and fill some of their spare time. And if these workshops aren't quite what you would like to see in Ross, all you need do is get in touch with Amy or Ben, The Courtyard's Community Arts Officers and let them know what you really would like.

For further details, please feel free to contact Amy Forbes on 07866 557 735 or Ben Peer on 07841 501 723.

Rapping at Y-Zone in January. Ref: DSC_2559

Literacy Event at Ashfield Park

As part of National Storytelling Week, Ashfield Park Primary School held a literacy event on Tuesday 30th January, giving parents the opportunity to look at the school's new reading scheme, The Oxford Tree. The school is constantly adding to this resource and the scheme has been very popular with both staff and pupils.

Guided reading materials used in class in both key stages were on display for parents to view as were examples of children's writing (by anonymous or past pupils) giving parents a clearer picture of what the levels given in SATs mean.

During the day, storyteller Austin Keenan entertained the children whilst parents were given demonstrations of the type of resources used via interactive whiteboards which showed what and how the children are learning. There were also two after school sessions for parents to participate in storytelling sessions with their children.

Parents being given an interactive whiteboard demonstration. Ref: DSC_3160

Storyteller Austin Keenan Keeps the children occupied. Ref: DSC_3165

Parents looking at some of the 'Shared' reading books. Ref: DSC_3171

Jazz at the Royal National College for the Blind

Considered by many to be the greatest jazz trumpeter in Europe, Rod Mason and his band, the Hot Five, will be taking a break from touring the international jazz scene to perform in support of the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) in Hereford, on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th March, 2007.

'Rod and his band come over from Germany each March to play at a handful of selected UK venues including RNC. Tickets always sell out, so this year we're delighted that he'll be performing an extra evening', said RNC's Marion Lyons. 'Fans can sit back, relax in comfortable café-style seating and enjoy an evening of live classic jazz from Europe's finest.'

The event is being organized by the Friends of RNC to raise funds for a variety of projects involved in the teaching of students who are blind or partially sighted.

Rod Mason's musical career began with his father's band in Plymouth in the 1950s. Since then his cornet and trumpet have featured with Monty Sunshine's Band, Mr Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band and the Dutch Swing College Band, as well as a band co-led in the seventies with Ian Wheeler.

The Hot Five, formed 20 years ago and are today critically acclaimed as Europe's No 1 hot band. Their broad repertoire is firmly rooted in classic jazz, featuring original arrangements from Louis Armstrong's Hot Five and Seven, King Oliver's Creole Band and Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers, plus a wide selection of material from other (sometimes unexpected) sources. These are not merely slavish copies - Mason's unmistakable style and undeniable virtuosity create a fresh yet remarkably accurate performance of living classic jazz.

The concert is taking place at 7.30pm, RNC, College Road, Hereford. Tickets are priced £9, concessions £8 and are on sale now from RNC Fund-raising on 01432 265725, e-mail

Help Create a Wildlife Walk with Ross Wild Connections

Are you looking for fresh air and fun? Why not team up with 'Ross Wild Connections', Herefordshire Nature Trusts' latest project to create wildlife areas in and around the town.

If you enjoy practical outdoor work like cutting back overgrown plants, managing ponds for frogs and newts and creating new wildlife havens, the Ross Wild Connections team will be getting out and about once a month and are inviting you to join them. You could either join in occasionally or on a regular basis.

The fruits of your labours will form the highlights of a new circular wildlife walk due to be launched in 2008. There will be something for everybody, from the strongest to the keenest and for those with experience to share or those who would like to learn about nature.

The 'Ross Wild Connections' project has been has been made possible through funding by Biffaward, a multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. It is also supported by Defra's Sustainable Development Fund administered by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit.

If you would like to join in, the first work party will be taking place on Tuesday, 27th February. Please book ahead by telephoning and leaving a message for Jessica Blake on 01432 356872.

Family tribute to Joanne Purdy

The family of a young woman who was killed in a road collision in North Herefordshire have described her as a 'larger than life character who would light up a room as soon as she walked in'.

Joanne Purdy - who was known to friends and family simply as Jo - died on Thursday, 1st February after her car was involved in a collision on the B4362 near to the village of Bircher. Her Peugeot 106 was in collision with a silver Peugeot 307 at around 5.50 PM, leaving both cars with extensive damage. The male driver of the other vehicle sustained shock but was otherwise uninjured.

In a statement, JO’s family said they would remember the 19 year old’s love of life, adding that she would be sorely missed as a beautiful daughter, sister and granddaughter, as well as someone who touched the lives of all she met.

Born in Northampton, Joanne moved with her family to Worcestershire at an early age and was brought up in Upper Rochford, near Tenbury Wells. She attended Tenbury Primary and High Schools and had stayed in contact with many of her friends from the Tenbury and Ludlow areas. She moved to Bromsgrove in February 2006 but returned to live with her parents in Kingsland, Herefordshire, in October last year and began work as a dental receptionist in Leominster.

As a ‘people person’ she had settled in well to her new job and was well-liked by staff and patients. She was proud to have achieved one of her ambitions when she became a nursery nurse after she left school, where she was adored by the children who knew her as ‘JO-JO’. She was also a Godparent to two of her best friends’ children.

JO enjoyed a busy social life with a large group of friends and particularly enjoyed going to organized raves and dancing the night away in her pink fluffy boots,' said the family statement. 'She and her friends had travelled as far afield as Milton Keynes and the Birmingham NEC for special nights out. She also loved spending time with her family, Godchildren and her two cats Daisy and Mischief but was very much a free spirit who loved life to the full.'

The funeral will take place at Kingsland Church on Friday, 9th February at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend and further details are available from funeral directors RW Mann on 01568 612358. Spring flowers or donations to Cats Protection are welcome.

An inquest into JO’s death will be opened today (Tuesday) by the Herefordshire Coroner.

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The Plough is a real local pub with a large regular, friendly customer base who welcome newcomers and visitors. The locals enjoy the friendly banter as they enjoy some of the excellent range of beers available. There is a large car park next to The Plough, which is in a convenient position for both the pub and the town centre.....

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