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No. 174 - Wednesday, 21st November 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Tarts and Semolina at Clifford Primary School
Primary School, near Hay-on-Wye is enjoying a week of special
activities dedicated to the school's past, present and future.
Monday, 12th November the children explored old log books
and school plans to see how the building used to look. They
undertook a historical who's who of past and present staff
and investigated school dinners through the ages, cooking
up and tasting some of the old favourites such as jam tarts,
semolina and home made biscuits.
children learned about how their school fitted into the
universe when they were treated to a session on Victorian
astronomy. Later in the day children worked on their very
own school tapestry to depict the history of the school,
replicating the style and colours of the Bayeux Tapestry.
research into the links between the school also took place,
when the children were taken on a church walk.
pupils, parents and staff, including two past head teachers,
were invited to come and talk to the children in the afternoon
about what it was like at Clifford School in their day.
whole school dressed up on Thursday as the children experience
being either a Victorian, a Second World War evacuee or
a child of the future for the day.
. . .
school experienced a Victorian Drill, an air raid drill
and receive messages from the future. The week finished
with each class completing their part of the school's tapestry
so that it can be put together for the first time in a special
whole school assembly on Friday afternoon.
Piper, head teacher, said: 'The school is in the process
of a great amount of redevelopment and refurbishment which
has enabled us to become, for the first time in the school's
history, a four-class school with a separate Reception class.
As we celebrate this expansion, we are also commemorating
our 170th birthday by actively researching and experiencing
Clifford School's history from its beginnings to the present
day, with a little look at what the future may hold.
staff organized a wonderful week of activities and the children
have had a fantastic time finding out about how the school
has grown, identifying the original parts of the school,
and finding out about how the school, and school-life has
changed throughout its history. The staff and children are
absolutely buzzing about what they are finding out'.
Bloom for Local Charity
Since her return to her native Herefordshire, Grace Anderson
has been inspired by Hereford and its surroundings to pick
up her pen and produce her first book of poetry.
living in Newbury for many years, Grace found that Hereford
gave her the peace an time to make her first attempt at
writing a collection of poems. She said, 'The people of
Hereford are fortunate with their environment. I couldn’t
have imagined writing such poems in the south east.'
poems range from topics such as the Cathedral and Elgar
to flood defences and love and are on sale from £4 at the
Tourist Information Centre and Hereford Cathedral Shop.
Any profits will be shared between Herefordshire Growing
Point, a charity that helps vulnerable people through Horticultural
Therapy and Newbury District Crossroads.
will be on sale at this Saturday’s Charities Market, otherwise
please contact the author on 01432 341406.
Up to Tackle Domestic Abuse in Herefordshire
Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs Partnership and
Hereford United Football Club have teamed up to help bring
an end to domestic abuse in Herefordshire. Activities will
be taking place at Hereford's home match against Accrington
on Saturday, 24th November to highlight International White
Ribbon Day which is Sunday, 25th November.
of Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs Partnership,
staff from West Mercia Women's Aid and football club staff
will be supporting the campaign by wearing white ribbons
for the fixture. Ribbons will also be sold around the Edgar
Street ground to Hereford and Accrington supporters before,
during and after the match. There will be an item placed
in the match day programme explaining what the campaign
is about, as well as messages going out over the tannoy
and on the club's scoreboard during half time.
Ribbon Day is an international event that aims to stop domestic
abuse towards women. Anyone is able to buy and wear a white
ribbon, however men are particularly encouraged to do so.
By wearing the ribbon, men are pledging to never commit
or remain silent about abuse against women.
abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence
or abuse, including psychological, physical, sexual, financial
or emotional abuse. Sadly, domestic abuse is common and
statistics from the national charity Women's Aid indicate
that 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime,
and between 1 in 8 to 1 in 10 women experience it annually.
Hughes, Chair of Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs
Partnership, said, 'Working with Hereford United has given
us a valuable opportunity to get this crucial message out
to a large number of people. Domestic abuse is an unacceptable
and cowardly crime that cuts across all sections of society,
often behind closed doors. Those affected by domestic abuse
may find it difficult to approach others for help. However,
everyone has the right to live in a safe and secure environment,
and if you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone
who is, there is help available.'
affected can contact West Mercia Women's Aid on 0800 783
1359 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
further information, please contact Susanne Graham, 01432
260324, or Alison Grange, 01432 260658.
Encouraged to Compost Autumn Leaves
Herefordshire Council is encouraging residents to compost
their fallen leaves this autumn. The leaves that fall at
this time of year can often cause havoc for gardeners across
the county And in certain places, leaves can also be a danger
don't need to dispose of any dead leaves that litter their
gardens, they can also make great use of them. The council's
waste management team recommend collecting them up and either
keeping a few back to put in the compost bin, or making
leafmould. Dead leaves can help to make excellent compost
when mixed with grass cuttings. Leafmould is beneficial
for the garden and increases the potential for water retention
within the soil, therefore reducing the need for watering.
leafmould is easy to do and eliminates the need to light
smoky bonfires. Viktoria Salisbury, project development
officer for composting, said, 'In our recent composting
clinics, residents asked what they should do with the massive
quantities of dead leaves in their gardens. Either making
leafmould or composting some of the dead leaves will not
only save residents a trip to the household recycling centre,
it will also be beneficial to the garden. We are constantly
striving to help residents with their composting and we
urge people to contact us if they require any advice.'
bins are available from £8. Those wanting further information
about composting or leafmould should call the Mission Impossible
hotline on 01905 766883 or visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk.
Day Today at Museum Learning and Resources Centre
Today, Herefordshire residents will get the chance to see
the newly completed Museum Learning and Resource Centre
in Friar Street, Hereford. The event will run between 11am
and 3pm and will include guided tours of the new hi-tech
facility together with refreshments.
Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund have jointly funded
the £1.8 million project which provides one of the best
museum collection facilities in the West Midlands. The extension
offers a learning centre able to seat 60 people in a lecture
format or 35 seated at tables and can also be divided into
two smaller rooms.
objects will be housed at the resource centre, including
a Turner painting, a collection of water-colours and other
work by 18th century Leominster artist, John Scarlet-Davies
and a collection from 19th century county painter Brian
Hatton. The extensive learning collection and the natural
history collections are also transferring to the centre.
The objects will be kept under state of the art storage
will also be a range of learning programmes for school groups
and adult learners, public open days, a public display in
the entrance area and facilities for the fine art collection.
Staff transferred to the centre at the beginning of November
and are now preparing to move collections in.
exhibition and learning programmes will be fully operational
in January 2008, so today's event and another to be held
on Friday, 21st December are a great chance for a preview.
building has access and parking for visitors with disabilities.
Entrance is free.
Archives to be Made Available at County's Records Office
Recently discovered documents showing the supply of water
to houses in Victorian Hereford will soon be made available
to researchers at Herefordshire Council's Record Office.
from the 1870s, these registers show the households that
were increasingly being connected to the city's supply of
clean drinking water. This was during a period when epidemics
caused by poor sanitation were still rife. Cataloguing the
registers will be one of the tasks undertaken by the staff
of the Record Office during its annual stocktaking closure
which runs from Monday, 26th November until Friday, 14th
December inclusive. Other
projects will include the indexing of a major local history
collection of archives that was formerly held at the Library.
the stocktaking closure there will still be a full service
for enquirers by telephone, email and letter. Rhys Griffith,
senior archivist said, 'We aim to take advantage of this
year's closure to make some really exciting archives available
to our researchers. It will be yet another window opened
on the county's history.'
Vandalism Competition Launched
Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs Partnership is
inviting young people from the county's youth groups to
enter a competition to design an anti vandalism poster.
Partnership wants to encourage young people to think about
the damage vandals cause and how this could affect them,
their friends, family or people in their local communities.
is another word used for criminal damage. Vandalism can
happen to all types of property such as cars, buildings,
items in the community such as play areas, phone boxes and
bus shelters. According to Home Office statistics, it is
an increasing problem and two thirds of offenders are aged
21 and under.
young people are caught causing vandalism, they can receive
a criminal record, which could reduce their chances of being
accepted onto a course or into university, discourage companies
from employing them or make it difficult to travel to some
countries, such as America. Offenders may also be fined
or given an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).
Hughes, Chair of Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs
Partnership, said, 'Vandalism can have a negative impact
on local communities. It can make an area feel uncared for,
make people feel worried or unsafe and limit the availability
or development of community facilities. This is just one
of the ways we are working to reduce the problem in Herefordshire
and hope this competition will make young people stop and
consider the effects that their actions may have.'
competition is open to all 13 to 18 year olds in Herefordshire
who belong to a local youth club or group. Posters must
be A4 and include a picture and slogan that discourages
other young people from vandalizing property. They can be
designed in any style, either on paper or using a computer.
They can come either from individuals, from a small groups
or from the club / group as a whole. Entries will be judged
by members of Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs Partnership
and the winner will be announced in January.
The winner's youth club / group will be awarded £300 to
spend on equipment for the group and the winning design
will also be featured on posters used around Herefordshire,
on the internet and in the local press. The closing date
for entries is Monday, 18th December 2007.
Entries should be sent to Sophie Young, Herefordshire Community
Safety and Drugs Partnership, PO Box 4, Plough Lane, Hereford
HR4 0XH or email email@example.com. Please also
use these contact details if you would like further information.
Approved for 17 Homes at Bishops Frome
Planning permission for the erection of 17 homes at Frome
Valley Haulage Depot, Bishops Frome, was approved by members
of the northern area planning subcommittee at their meeting
on Wednesday, 14th November.
17 homes will comprise four two bedroomed units, five three
bedroomed units and eight four bedroomed units. Five of
the homes will be affordable and 34 car parking spaces will
residents objected to the proposed development, concerned
at over development of the site, overlooking and road safety
concerns. Bishops Frome Parish Council felt 17 units was
too many for the site which is allocated for 15 units in
the local plan. They were also concerned about road safety
and the lack of a play area for children.
were imposed and a section 106 agreement will have to be
signed by the developer.
to Erect Fruit Juice Silos Approved
Planning permission for the erection of 10 stainless steel
storage silos for fruit juice at Orchard Business Park,
Bromyard Road, Ledbury, has been approved by members of
the northern area planning subcommittee at their meeting
on Wednesday, 14th November.
silos, each with a height of 18 metres, are needed to help
meet increasing demand for the product made by Thomas Services
Company Limited. The site, part of an employment allocation,
lies outside but next to the Malvern Hills area of outstanding
report to the committee said the scheme had no significant
detrimental impact on the landscape of the area. Conditions
attached to planning permission included submitting a landscaping
for Children at Masters House Consultation
Children's activities have been arranged for the drop in
session over the future of the Masters House on Wednesday,
21st November. The session is to be held at the Burgage
Hall, Ledbury and will start at 4pm.
drop in session is for people who might find it difficult
to attend the public presentation and meeting on the same
day, which begins at 5.30pm.
Children's activities will be run by the Cultural Services
team at Herefordshire Council and will relate to the history
of the Masters House, while parents and guardians can discuss
with officers and councillors the preferred option for the
future of the Masters House.
Silver, Herefordshire Council's head of economic and community
services, said, 'We want as many people as possible to know
the council's approach in terms of the future of the Masters
House. Hopefully, the timing and arrangement of the children's
activities will enable people with child care responsibility
Tupsley's Dark Past
Murder most foul was afoot during a recent open day at Tupsley
Community Hall which was organized by Herefordshire Council's
archive service. However, the event, was a friendly affair
as the murder took place 120 years ago.
notorious murder in Tupsley of Philip Ballard, the elderly
and wealthy resident of the Knoll, hit the headlines in
October 1887 and attracted huge interest throughout the
West Midlands at the time. Mr Ballard was brutally murdered
in his bed during a burglary and his death shocked and stunned
the people of Hereford.
story of how Mr Ballard's killers were brought to justice
is a prime example of Victorian law and order at work,'
said Elizabeth Semper-O'Keefe, the archive service's information
services manager. 'We were really pleased with the enthusiastic
response to our open day. Looking at one dreadful episode
in our city's history helps us to understand so much about
the macabre theme of the open day, there was plenty of fun
for visitors, with children's activities and competitions
for the best reward posters and funniest captions. Guest
of honour was a "real" Victorian policeman who described
his working life and how the culprits were brought to justice.
Plan to Produce Vodka and Bio Fuels
Members of Herefordshire Council's northern area planning
subcommittee meeting have agreed to hold a site visit over
plans by Tyrells crisp company to create a potato vodka
distillery at Rosemaund Farm, Preston Wynne.
based at Stretford Bridge, Leominster, are seeking planning
permission for the change of use from warehousing to a distillery
and biofuels plant at Rosemaund Farm, Rosemaund Drive, Preston
Wynne. They also want to create a new vehicular access.
Councillors met on Wednesday, 14th November and agreed to
have a site visit.
Farm is currently used by ADAS as a research and development
centre. The plan is for Tyrells to change the use of a hop
kiln within the farmyard into a distillery to produce potato
vodka. This would be the first commercial distillery in
Herefordshire for many years. A by product of the distillation
process would create methanol and the scheme also includes
a facility for the production of bio-diesel. A 15.5 metre
high distillation tower would be erected.
Council's principal tourism officer supported the plans
as an excellent diversification scheme. Felton Parish Council
objected to the scheme, concerned about the number of vehicles
accessing the site and about the change of use from agricultural
to commercial. Withington Parish Council also expressed
concerns about traffic and highway safety. Twenty one letters
of objection were received from local residents concerned
about highway safety and emissions from the distillation
tower. A petition signed by 29 people has also been received,
concerned about increased traffic movements.
support of the application, councillors were told around
80 people are currently employed on the site by ADAS. The
distillery would have a capacity of 3,600 bottles per week.
It would be planned to deliver waste sunflower oil from
Tyrells Potato Chips to the site once a week for conversion
into bio-diesel which will be used to run a generator for
the distillery and to run farm vehicles.
The Romany Road
Visitors to Hereford's Record Office are promised a fascinating
insight into the Romany Way of life in the county, courtesy
of specialist chronicler, Mary Homer who has dedicated her
life to studying Romanies from Herefordshire and beyond..
will be at the special exhibition which will take place
on Wednesday, 21st November between 7 and 9pm and will be
happy to talk to visitors. She will have some of the thousands
of photographs she has collected over the years on view.
will also have examples of memorabilia, from beautifully
crafted model wagons to colourful and intricate paper flowers,
on display. Throughout the evening she will be on hand to
share some of the tales she has gathered over many years
and hopes to attract new contributions of memories. Light
refreshments will be available.
Griffith, senior archivist, said, 'Mary's collections offer
a fascinating insight into a changing world. Her work has
ensured that endangered Romany traditions will be remembered
in the future.'
further information please contact Rhys Griffith 01432 260750.
Consulted over Minster College Rebuild Plans
Students, parents, local organizations and residents are
being urged to voice their opinions on plans to replace
Minster College in Leominster.
Herefordshire Council gave approval to replace the existing
college with a new modern building for 1020 students, work
has continued at the college to prepare plans for the rebuild.
A great deal of research and consultation has been going
on behind the scenes in order to make sure that the new
building will provide the best possible facilities for a
21st century school and college in Leominster.
Council Cabinet met in September and agreed that the plans
should be for a school for children aged 11 to 18 with space
for 900 students in the 11 to 16 section and 120 students
in the sixth form. There are also plans for further community
facilities on site to complement the Leominster Leisure
Centre, swimming pool and the Children's Centre. For example,
the plans have capacity to include a youth centre, the Marches
Consortium teacher training centre and a Learning and Skills
Council employer business centre.
a new building provides us with a fantastic opportunity
to bring services together and make sure our children can
access top quality facilities at school, college and after
school too,' said Richard North, College Principal. 'We
are eager to ensure that we consult as widely as possible
with all our partners in the local Leominster community.
We need to make sure our plans meet as many needs as possible,
now and for future years and look forward to a high attendance
at this very important community meeting.'
Council has arranged a consultation meeting in the Minster
College Main Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, 6th December, in
order that members of the community can express their views
at an open forum.
for Wetherspoons in Leominster Approved
A plan for change of use of the former post office in Leominster
into a public house was approved by members of the northern
area planning subcommittee at their meeting on Wednesday,
Wetherspoon plc applied for the permission for change of
use of the building in Corn Square, which is currently vacant.
Plans also involved refurbishment of a single storey extension
at the rear, the demolition of an outbuilding and a new
scheme, which was refused in June this year, has been amended
and now retains the basic form of the former post office
letter of support was received, saying the scheme would
attract customers to the town centre. Five letters of objection
were received, concerned at highway safety and increased
risk of night-time rowdiness and vandalism. Conditions were
imposed and members requested officers contact the applicant
to seek voluntary agreement on servicing.
Egg Laying Unit Approved for Hatfield
Plans for the erection of a 12,000 bird free range, organic
egg laying unit on land South of The Lodge, Hatfield, near
Leominster, were approved by members of the northern area
planning subcommittee at their meeting on Wednesday, 14th
plan seeks outline planning permission for the erection
of a 12,000 bird egg laying unit and a new access. The building
will be of timber framed construction. Five letters of objection
were received concerned at extra traffic, smell and noise
and standards of animal welfare.
Council's public rights of way officer objected to the location
because it would have a detrimental effect on the adjoining
bridleway. Conditional outline permission was granted and
officers were given delegated powers to approve the application
subject to amended plans increasing the distance of the
building from the bridle path.
for a Better Life
A special conference focussing on people with learning disabilities
who live in Herefordshire is to be held at The Kindle Centre,
Hereford on Thursday, 13th December.
conference, entitled 'A Better Life' will be hosted by the
Herefordshire Valuing People Partnership Board, a group
which brings together all those who have an interest in
ensuring good life chances and positive outcomes for people
who have a learning disability in Herefordshire. The conference
will feature three national speakers, as well as presenters
who are service users, and their carers.
Better Life will provide an opportunity for people with
a learning disability, and those involved in supporting
them, to hear the latest national and local news and contribute
to local developments. The three national speakers are,
Rob Grieg, National Director for Learning Disabilities;
Chris Davies, ex-chairman of the Learning Disability Task
Force and Caroline Tomlinson, Associate Director, In Control.
welcome speech will be given by Councillor Olwyn Barnett,
Herefordshire's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and
Housing. The event is open to invited guests. For further
information contact Sara Siloko, Directorate Services Officer
(health), on 01432 261804.
Transport Projects to Feature at LGA Conference
A video showcasing the work of Herefordshire Council's transport
planning is to be shown at the Local Government Association
general assembly, which is being held in London on Wednesday,
finished footage will also be aired on The Community Channel,
a free to air digital channel which is wholly owned by the
Media Trust and supported by major broadcasters. The channel
is dedicated to raising awareness of issues which affect
Council's highways and transportation department is working
on the video which aims to showcase some of its major schemes
and projects in the county. These will include road safety
schemes, Rotherwas access road, Colwall Bridge, community
transport and road safety education.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Highways and Transportation, said, 'It will be wonderful
to showcase the work we do to fellow professionals at the
conference and for the general public to get a chance to
see the final film on television. We are a centre of excellence
for transport planning and being invited to create a permanent
record of our achievements will further help to put us on
the national map.'
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