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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 186 - Wednesday, 20th February 2008
overnight temperature was minus four degrees centigrade
(according to my thermometer) and, although I did not get
out of bed particularly early on Sunday morning, I managed
to catch these photos of the frosty riverbank when I dropped
Tina at work. The daytime on Sunday, at 8 degrees, was beautiful
and sunny and the frost on the riverside bushes thawed within
10 minutes of my taking the photos. Sunny, frosty mornings
are my favourite kind.
is a very short sequence of film of the frost, and a kingfisher
I caught on this week's WNTV
week's photo from Mike is of a yellow wagtail. Mike said,
'So you think your cold! No wag left in its tail as it has
all gone to its foot. A Yellow wagtail on an icy Cannop
Bullying Conference to Take Place in Ross on Friday
new policy on tackling bullying amongst children and young
people is being launched by Herefordshire Council at an
anti bullying conference on Friday, 22nd February. The
conference takes place at the Chase Hotel, Ross on Wye from
9am to 3pm and is aimed at schools, police, social care
teams, health services and others who work with children
and young people
speaker is Michele Elliott, founder and executive director
of Kidscape, a national charity established to prevent bullying
and child abuse. Michele will address Herefordshire just
two weeks after receiving an OBE for her services to children.
from Wyebridge Sports College will perform a short piece
of drama they have developed and school representatives
from the primary and secondary sector will talk about how
they tackle bullying.
new policy being launched is aimed at professionals working
with children and young people in a number of settings including
schools, nurseries and youth clubs. It raises awareness
of different bullying issues, including cyber bullying,
and provides advice on how to deal with them.
local authority has been working with schools for some time
to help them tackle bullying. A Herefordshire youth survey
undertaken last year found that 24 percent of young people
say they have been bullied in the last 12 months, most of
them at school or college. Just over half of those bullied
asked for help, mostly from a teacher, with 39 percent saying
this resulted in the bulling stopping.
creates misery and attacks lifestyles, health and personal
development,' said Councillor Jenny Hyde, Cabinet Member
for Children and Young People. 'It is the responsibility
of all of us to make sure our children do not have to live
in fear of others. 'Bullying
is a problem nationally, but locally we need to understand
what bullying is from a young person's perspective, and
work together to tackle it.
was saddened to learn that 24 percent of young people surveyed
in the county said they had been bullied in the last 12
months, yet nearly half of them didn't ask for help. We
need to change this by making sure adults working with children
and young people understand how to tackle bullying and are
able to give our young people the trust and confidence they
need to approach adults for help.'
The new anti-bullying policy will be distributed to schools
and organizations working with young people. It will also
be available on the council's website www.herefordshire.gov.uk.
Tree planning thrown out
in the Tudorville area of ross are celebrating today after
Herefordshire planners announced that they had refused planning
permission to convert the Vine Tree Inn into a residential
development. The ground for refusal was that the pub continues
to fulfil an important community function.
CAMRA supported a locals' campaign to save the 165-year
old Walford Road pub, one of only two in Tudorville. Over
60 local people wrote objecting to the proposal, including
a number of publicans. One letter, from the previous owners,
explained that they had successfully traded at the Vine
Tree for over 15 years, and they did not believe that it
could not be viable again.
a detailed report to planners, CAMRA provided evidence to
suggest that it had not been marketed properly as a pub
on the licensed property market - it had neither been marketed
for anywhere near long enough nor at anything approaching
a realistic asking price.
Haslam of Herefordshire CAMRA states: 'It is great news
for the pub-goers of Ross that this development scheme has
been thwarted. However, it disturbs CAMRA that the truth
was an early victim in this case: on the 17th January the
owners went on record in the local press saying that they
had no intention of closing the pub despite their application
for conversion. This was totally at odds with what they
had informed Herefordshire planners in documents supporting
their application. Planners urgently sought clarification
from them, and they were forced to concede in writing that
their statement in the press was untrue. Perhaps this lie
was intended to put off locals from objecting to this scheme?
This is cynical stuff, but thankfully it has backfired on
believes the owners will shut the pub in the coming weeks.
However, the campaign is not over - and CAMRA will support
the locals in fighting any appeal that might be lodged.
Vine Tree Inn in the summer of 2005. Ref: DSC_3461
bar at the Vine Tree Inn in 2005. Ref: DSC_3457
outstanding year of fundraising for Macmillan
Ross Committee for Macmillan Cancer Support held its AGM
at the Conservative Club on Monday 18th February. The chairman
was delighted to report on an outstanding year of fund raising.
The money raised was due to the incredible generosity of
local residents together with donations from businesses
and institutions. A
total of £37,832.00 was sent to the Renton Appeal Fund.
committee wanted its thanks to go to Wyenot News and the
local press for their help in keeping the public informed
of the appeal's progress. And also to The Conservative Club
for providing a meeting room which means no charity money
is spent on a venue for committee meetings.
chairman hoped that local people would continue to give
their support and she reminded the meeting that all the
money raised locally remains in Herefordshire.
the photograph below are: Marcia Gwynne, Joyce Thomas MBE-DL,
Pauline McRae, Ron Davies, Peter Rowland, Gussie Stephens,
Fay Lerego, Sandra Harnwell, Vicky Drake and Brian McRae.
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