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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 228 - Wednesday, 17th December 2008
NEWS - Alan Weston - Letter - Have you seen Holly? - Your opinion
- Oops - Tree - Carols - Car crash]
retires - Youth Forum - Xmas presence - Vanessa Brann - Ross Lions
- WyeTots - Jiveoholics - The End]
- Mike Arnison's photos - Bransford EOC - Wildlife - Stay safe and
healthy - River levels - Astronomy]
Crew - Lights - Netball team - Planning - EnviroAbility - Plan for
real - Flu Advice - Weather station]
Hill now even safer and the rest of the news from around the region]
Ozzie Retires From Fire & Rescue Service
News was delighted to be invited to Steve (Ozzie) Bond's
retirement party, which took place at the Plough
Inn, Overross on Saturday. Ozzie had been a fire fighter
for 23 years and has enjoyed his time as part of the Fire
& Rescue Service.
everybody was waiting for the guest of honour to arrive,
a loud beeper went off, signalling to six of the fire fighters
there that a fire was in progress and off they went. Fortunately,
the emergency was a chip pan fire that had been doused before
the group's arrival at the premises. After ensuring that
the house in question was safe, they still managed to get
back to their soft drinks at The Plough before Ozzie arrived!
great entertainment had been arranged for those attending
the party, by way of popular local trio, Kevin, Martin and
Roger of The Double Barrel Band. The band performed 'Nowhere
Man' especially for Alan before Kev spoke to us for WNTV
Crew Manager Steve James and Watch Manager Neil Rhodes present Ozzie
with an axe. Ref: DSC_8471
The gang's all here to wish Ozzie a happy retirement on Saturday.
Kevin of the Double Barrel Band talks to WNTV. Ref: DSC_1098
Meet Ricky and Troy of Ross Youth Forum
News would like to introduce you to Ricky Barlow, (pictured
right) and Troy Hill, Chair and Vice Chair of Ross Youth
Forum. Ricky got in contact with us when he was elected
Chair of the Forum, telling us of their plans and hopes
for the future of Ross-on-Wye.
by the professionalism of their approach and their commitment
to helping to improve the town, we invited Ricky and Troy
along to Wyenot HQ to tell us all about the Forum and their
plans to reintroduce a cinema facility in Ross. You can
hear what they had to say in this week's WNTV News programme.
Eric, the Wyenot Newshound joins in the interview with Troy Hill
and Ricky Barlow. Ref: DSC_8490
Operation Christmas Presence 2008
Christmas Presence 2008 is firmly under way in Herefordshire
and intends to make the festive period a safe and enjoyable
time for everyone in the county.
operation is a high profile police initiative run by West
Mercia Constabulary each Christmas, aimed at reducing the
effects of alcohol-related crime on communities. It aims
to crack down on drink driving, drink-fuelled violence and
Inspector Shane Hancock, leading the initiative in Herefordshire,
said, 'There will be a visibily higher presence of officers
on the streets on key dates - Friday 19th, Saturday 20th,
Wednesday 24th, Saturday 27th and Wednesday 31st December
- to reassure revellers and prevent problems. We will also
be working with colleagues from Herefordshire Council and
the Fire Service on these days to ensure that fire and licensing
regulations are being adhered to.'
Mercia Constabulary offer five top tips for a safe and Happy
Christmas this year:
· Don't drink too much
· Be aware of drink spiking
· Look after your friends
· Don't drink and drive
· Walk away from trouble.
are also encouraging people to think about their actions
when they are out, using the 'If you could turn back the
clock' theme on three different posters being displayed
around the towns.
Inspector Hancock added, 'We will also be sending Christmas
Cards to all those who fell foul of the law last Christmas,
reminding them to behave this year or risk a fine and /
or imprisonment. We hope they will accept the message in
the cards in the spirit in which they were intended and
modify their behaviour this festive season. We want everyone
in Herefordshire to have a cracking Christmas!'
complement the Operation Christmas Presence 2008 initiative,
other groups have come forward to help play their part to
make Herefordshire a safe and fun place to enjoy Christmas.
their magnificent success in BBC1's Last Choir Standing,
the Hereford Police Male Choir will make their Presence
felt at Sainsbury's supermarket, Barton Yard, Hereford from
7.30pm on Friday, 19th December 2008. They will be serenading
shoppers with a variety of tunes to get everyone in the
Christmas spirit. The Choir's recent 'Still Standing' CD
launch has been a runaway success. The initial 1,000 CDs
have already been sold and a further 1,000 have been ordered
and will be on sale at the Sainsbury's event for just £8.
Alternatively, they can be ordered via www.herefordpolicechoir.org
at £9 (which includes p&p). The proceeds from the sales
of the CDs are being used to swell the coffers of the Police
Community Fund, which assists those in need as a result
Baptist Church are also helping to make the festive period
safer for revellers. They already run a tea and coffee facility
from the church in Commercial Road for late night clubbers
on a Saturday night. This Friday, 19th, they will be offering
the same facilities from a trailer in High Town.
Reverend Anthony Wareham, Minister at the Baptist Church,
said, 'We welcome this opportunity to extend our interaction
with late night revellers celebrating at Christmas. Anything
we can do to help make the streets safer and enhance the
enjoyment of people on a night out has to be beneficial.'
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Vanessa A Winner in Brussels
to Vanessa Brann who won the 5km Road Race which was held
in conjunction with the European Cross Country Championships
in Brussels on Sunday, 14th December. Vanessa, a 16 year
old student of John Kyrle High School has constantly improved
throughout this season and has recently moved to train with
Bristol & West Athletics Club to help further her career.
came 4th in the BMC Cross Country championships at Bristol
on the 24th November and took part in the McCain UK Cross
Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool, incorporating the European
Championship trials and ran against all the countries top
class Cross Country runners, including Emily Pidgeon who
came 4th in the European Championships in Brussels on Sunday.
Tired but happy, Vanessa holds her trophy for winning the 5km Road
Race in Brussels.
Vanessa giving it her all in Brussels
Basement Youth Trust Benefits From Lions' Generosity
Lions President, Keith Wilding, handing a cheque
to the treasurer of the Basement Youth Trust, Alex Orr.
The Basement Youth Trust, working out of the YZone in Hill
Street, Ross, runs a weekly football session for its young
people. Because there is nowhere suitable to run the sessions
in Ross they have to use the Astro Turf arena at the Leisure
Centre, Monmouth. To get the youngsters to Monmouth they
have to hire a minibus.
of this costs money so the Basement Trust contacted the
Ross Lions Club and asked if they could help. The Lions
Club have given financial help to the Basement Youth Trust
for many things over the past few years and this time they
did not hesitate to give a grant of £250 as they felt it
was such a worthy cause, helping the young of the town and
know the Trust needs more funds but they have to spread
their grants out fairly and the Lions Club wished them all
the best in raising the rest of the money required. If any
other organization in the area has any charitable funds
available then the Basement Youth Trust would be glad if
you could contact them.
football, they have an open door helping to get young people
off the street, provide singing lessons, break dancing,
circus skills, graphic design etc. All of these sessions
are very well attended and every four months they put on
a concert to show what they have learned.
you want to help please contact Keith Wilding on 01989 562145
or Bernard Fowkes on 01989 563337.
WyeTots Have Fun Raising Money
The children at WyeTots have been having a lot of fun lately,
taking part in their first Wallace and Gromit fund raising
tea party, which took place on Friday, 5th December.
all worked very hard towards the event, making money boxes,
fridge magnets, cards and cakes to sell and their parents
enjoyed going to see and buy their wares.
five pounds was raised on the day for childrens hospitals
and hospices across the UK.
of WyeTots, Jo Gilmour also hosted a coffee morning for
the same cause and she would like to thank everyone who
went along and supported the event.
WyeTots getting everything ready for the Wallace and Gromit Tea
Jump to The Jiveoholics at The White Lion on Sunday
extremely talented, most energetic and the very best Jump
'n' Jive outfit, The Jiveoholics will be getting people
up on their feet this coming Sunday when they pay a return
visit to The
White Lion Inn, Wilton.
band have recently returned from a tour of North Wales and
it is getting more difficult to book them locally these
days, so grab your chance while you still have it! The beat,
the humour and drive of Johnny Cool and the guys are hard
to resist. Don't fight it. Go along to the White Lion on
Sunday and dance the night away to the sound of The Jiveoholics.
be so impressed, you'll probably want to take home a copy
of their brilliant CD 'Jiveolution.' We look forward to
seeing you there from 8pm onwards.
The Jiveoholics guarantee a great evening's entertainment
road safety campaign has been launched by the Safer Roads
Partnership in West Mercia and highlights the potential
consequences of drink or drug driving to young motorists
across Herefordshire over the Christmas period.
campaign, called 'The End', uses a story board approach
to show how choosing to drive after having consumed alcohol
or drugs could bring 'The End' to much of what young people
take for granted in their lives. The campaign aims to show
that alcohol and drugs impair an individual's ability to
drive safely, increasing the risk of them causing a collision
and injuring or killing themselves or someone close to them.
while unfit due to drugs is against the law. This applies
to prescribed drugs as well as illegal ones. Many people
are probably unaware of the effects of drugs on their driving
ability. Worryingly the use of illegal drugs by the younger
generation has been found to be increasing. Nearly half
of 16 to 24 year olds in England and Wales are reported
as using cannabis at least once and 39% reported to having
taken hallucinogens (British Medical Association). According
to recent research by Auto Trader, 30% of 17 to 24 year
old motorists drink and drive and one in five drive while
under the influence of drugs.
campaign will feature on bus backs, billboards, within pubs
and clubs throughout Herefordshire and on local radio. The
campaign also highlights the impact of being caught drink
or drug driving; up to 6 months in prison, a minimum 12
month driving ban, a fine of up to £5,000 and a criminal
record which could lead to job loss and difficulty finding
another job. An endorsement for a drink driving offence
remains on a driving licence for 11 years. Causing death
by careless driving when under the influence of drink or
drugs carries a maximum 14 year prison sentence, a minimum
2 year driving ban and a requirement to pass an extended
of the campaign adverts shows a young woman being breathalysed
driving home the morning after a night out to highlight
that people can still find themselves over the legal drink
drive limit the following day. Research indicates young
people are confused by how much they can legally drink before
driving. The legal limit in the UK is 80 milligrammes of
alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, but there is no fail-safe
guide as to how this equates to the amount you can safely
drink. The amount and type of alcoholic drink, and your
weight, sex, age and metabolism will all play their part.
The only way to be really sure you are not impairing your
driving ability is to not drink any alcohol if you are going
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Highways and Transportation said, 'If you are going out
over Christmas and the New Year why not leave your car at
home and use public transport? Alternatively, designate
a non drinking driver; someone who you know will get you
home safely. It is OK to say 'No' if you think someone is
under the influence of drugs or alcohol and wants to drive.
Don't turn a happy, festive occasion into a nightmare.'
John Roberts, from West Mercia Constabulary said, 'Cracking
down on those who take drink or drugs and then drive is
a year round commitment for West Mercia Constabulary. The
Christmas and New Year period can present an opportunity
where people may be tempted to drive whilst impaired, this
is an irresponsible and antisocial practice which leads
to devastating consequences for them, their family, friends
and other road users. The message is very simple - if you
are drinking at an event or with friends this Christmas
don't drive and if you are driving then don't drink. Taking
illicit drugs is against the law in any case but if you
combine it with driving you become a crash waiting for somewhere
to happen. It is simply not worth the risk.'
Haley, Group Manager, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue
Service said, 'Fire-fighters know from first hand experience
the trauma involved when a needless road traffic collision
occurs. The Fire and Rescue Service now attend around twice
as many road incidents as domestic house fires. Unfortunately
individuals who are rescued from vehicles alive can suffer
long-term scars and/or disabilities for life. We support
this campaign and hope people take on board the message
in the run up to Christmas.'
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