place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
ASHFIELD CARE WELCOMES JUDE TURNER
Care Agency have been providing nursing homes with excellent
relief care staff for over twenty years and now offer a
care in the home service, which enables those who need care
to stay in their own home, rather than go into a care home.
To help this already well established service to continue
to operate smoothly, Proprietor, Rosemary Hemingway has
enlisted the services of Jude Turner, RGN.
Care has a reputation for employing only caring, capable
and friendly staff who are well trained in their field.
They will not only provide clients with a personal care
service, they also operate home help domestic services within
Ross-on-Wye, the Forest of Dean and Monmouth.
Turner enjoys helping the elderly to stay in their own homes
and we wish her well for her future with Ashfield Care.
Hemingway welcomes Jude Turner to Ashfield Care.
ARCHITECTURAL IRONMONGERY, KYRLE STREET IS HAVING A
20% SALE THROUGHOUT JANUARY!
PLEASE MAKE ESSENTIAL JOURNIES ONLY DURING THE COLD SPELL
With temperatures due to plummet well below freezing later
today, the message to motorists in Herefordshire is 'Don't
make the journey unless you have to.' The
county's emergency services, along with Herefordshire Council
and NHS Herefordshire, are meeting regularly to review the
situation and make plans to ensure key services are maintained
and communities supported throughout the spell of wintery
key message today is that people should seriously consider
whether they have to venture out on the county's roads,'
said Superintendent Kevin Purcell, of West Mercia Police.
'Temperatures have been hovering around zero this morning
and are due to fall well below freezing this afternoon.
Road conditions will become treacherous and we don't want
people putting themselves at risk of having an accident
when it's avoidable. Our message is to stay at home if possible
and only go out if it's an urgent journey. Don't get caught
out even on short journeys. If you have to travel, then
make sure you take plenty of warm clothing, food and hot
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust has backed this
call, warning that iced-up, untreated roads and pavements
will be very slippery so people should take care to avoid
the risk of slips, trips and falls if they have to venture
out on foot. The Trust is also urging people to only use
999 if a situation is life-threatening. Anybody requiring
medical treatment should consider using parts of the NHS
other than A&E and the 999 service. People can get advice
on their condition from their local pharmacist or GP and
should also consider calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or
visiting it on-line at www.nhs.uk.
and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is advising homeowners
to take care when using portable electric heaters. 'The
prolonged cold spell is forcing many people, who wouldn't
ordinarily use an electric heater, to dig them out and plug
them in. Care should be taken and we're also advising that
people check their smoke alarms. It only takes a few seconds,
but can save lives,' said a spokesman.
are also being advised to check up on friends, relatives
and neighbours who may be more vulnerable to cold weather,
which is especially dangerous for older people or people
with serious illnesses. People with heart or respiratory
(breathing) problems may have worse symptoms during a cold
spell and for several days after temperatures return to
normal. To keep warm and well during the current snowy weather:
Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block out draughts.
· Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day
if possible. Eating regularly helps keep energy levels up
· Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than
one chunky layer).
· Keep as active as possible.
· Wrap up warm if you need to go outside on cold days.
your home at the recommended temperature of 18-21°C (64-70°F).
If you can't heat all the rooms you use, heat the living
room during the day and the bedroom just before you go to
the freezing weather predicted to continue, Herefordshire
Council has asked county schools to consider whether they
will open tomorrow, Thursday, 7th January and to make a
decision at the earliest opportunity. The assumption is
that schools will be closed tomorrow, however, each school
has responsibility for informing local radio stations and
the council, updating their school's website and implementing
their processes for contacting parents / carers. As the
weather forecast remains uncertain, schools are considering
their local circumstances on a daily basis and will inform
the council and local media when they are due to reopen.
Council's emergency information line for residents to use
is up and running. For the latest updates, please telephone
0844 939 6101.
SANTA HELPS ROSS LIONS WITH THEIR FUND RAISING
December is an extremely busy time for Santa Claus but,
despite his commitments, he still had time to visit the
Pengethley Garden Centre's Grotto and Restaurant to maintain
his pledge to help the Ross Lions raise funds for local
charitable causes. The
number of young children visiting the Grotto is increasing
year on year. Over 500 visited in 2009 raising a grand total
of £1,500 for the Lions Charity Funds which will be spent
on local causes.
184 people had breakfast with Santa in the Restaurant; a
good number of them being young children. All the children
not only had a chat with Santa in his Grotto, but received
a present which went down very well. It was a delight to
see the look of wonder on the faces of the children when
they were ushered into the presence of Father Christmas,
but mums, dads and grandparents seemed to enjoy it even
more, knowing that their offspring were really excited and
parent said they had taken their children to a Grotto in
the Forest but it turned out to be a lady Santa and the
children wanted to see a real Santa. To placate the children
they continued on to Pengethley, where their wish came true.
'Breakfast with Santa' is proving very popular as Santa
visits all the tables, talking to the children and handing
them presents. At one of the breakfasts there were three
little Japanese girls, visiting their grandparents, who
had never seen Santa before, and the look of sheer delight
and wonder on their faces had to be seen to be believed.
The youngest guest was not a visitor, but Honor, the daughter
of Becky Watts, the Restaurant owner. Honor is about a year
old, and was dressed up as a Reindeer. She went to three
breakfasts and captivated everyone who saw her.
Ross Lions Club is very grateful to Santa for including
them in his very busy schedule and also Chris Taylor of
the Pengethley Garden Centre who, with his staff, organized
and provided the Grotto.
happy family standing in front of the Santa's Band after visiting
POLICE ISSUE WARNING OVER STOLEN HORSE DRUGS
Police have issued a warning following the theft of a quantity
of drugs used on horses which could prove very dangerous,
possibly fatal, if ingested by a human. The theft happened
between 6pm on Thursday, 24th and 4pm on Saturday, 26th
December 2009 when a shed in the village of Brinsop was
thieves rifled through cupboards and shelves, ignoring expensive
tack and other equipment in the shed and found a tin from
which they stole 10 x 1g sachets of Equipalazone, which
contains the anti-inflammatory drug Phenylbutazone (also
know as Bute) and is used on horses for the treatment of
musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis. The 1g
sachets are normally given to a 500kg horse twice a day
so one sachet given to a human weighing 70-80kgs could have
serious consequences. An overdose of Phenylbutazone can
cause haemorrhaging, liver damage, kidney failure and death.
urge anybody who comes across the stolen sachets to hand
them in to a police station or contact 0300 333 3000 without
delay. Anybody with any information on the burglary should
contact Matt Clayton in the Public Service Desk at Hereford
Police Station on the same number or call Crimestoppers
on 0800 555111.
SNOW WIPES OUT COUNTY REFUSE COLLECTIONS
Refuse collections across Herefordshire have been suspended
today, Wednesday, 6th January due to the snow. Collections
were called off late yesterday morning due to the weather.
Residents are being asked to keep hold of their refuse which
was due for collection today and put it out next Wednesday
for collection. The recycling will be collected in a fortnight's
time, if conditions allow.
Council and its partners will assess the conditions tomorrow
morning prior to deciding on whether we can safely carry
out Thursday's collections. Look out for further updates
on the council's website and by tuning in to your local
radio station. All Herefordshire household waste sites are
BRONZE DEER STOLEN FROM HEREFORDSHIRE ESTATE
Herefordshire Police are appealing for information after
thieves stole two bronze deer, valued at £3,000, from the
gardens of a country estate near Hereford.
two bronze statues, one of a buck, the other of a doe, were
taken between Saturday, 19th and Saturday, 26th December
2009 from the large gardens of a country estate on the outskirts
of Hereford. The buck is around 1.25 metres (4') in height
and the doe around 1 metre tall (3' 4"). Each bronze can
be lifted by one person but a vehicle would have been necessary
to remove the items from the gardens.
are looking at two possibilities in the enquiry - firstly,
that the deer have been stolen for their scrap value, as
the price of copper (a constituent of bronze) has increased
greatly in price recently and secondly that they will be
put into the specialized antique / collectibles market and
sold for their artistic value.
would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles
or persons around the perimeters of any country estates
in their area recently. Similarly, they would also wish
to speak to anyone who has seen the bronzes or may know
of their current whereabouts. Anybody with any information
should contact Shirley Knox in the Public Service Desk at
Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555111 as soon as possible.
deer - buck.
deer - doe.
CALLS FOR FUNDING GAP BETWEEN URBAN AND RURAL SCHOOLS TO CLOSE
Herefordshire Council is adding its voice to calls to close
the funding gap between rural and urban schools. At present,
pupils in urban areas get double the funding of those who
live in the countryside. On Monday, 4th January, the Rural
Services Network (RSN) - which comprises over 250 public
and private sector service providers - has launched a call
to action for all political parties to give a fair deal
to those living in rural areas like Herefordshire.
RSN has published the Rural Services Manifesto to influence
the debate over the future of rural areas and acknowledge
the difficulty rural people face accessing vital services.
The Manifesto focuses on key themes, including safeguarding
rural schools, affordable housing, rural transport, flood
defences, health and social care, rural economies and overcoming
fuel poverty in rural areas.
of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Roger Phillips is supporting
the manifesto. He said, 'For too long, metropolitan policy
makers have failed to understand that the needs of the countryside
are often very different to those of the city. Particularly
in a time of public spending restraint, policy makers need
to be reminded that, due to the failure of the funding formulae
to recognize the costs of providing services across rural
areas, many services survive on a shoestring, which means
that even small cuts can seriously undermine them.
countryside is not just a retreat for well off or retired
people. Herefordshire is a living, working and integral
part of the country, where a diverse range of people go
to live, work, and raise a family. The value which rural
communities bring to the British economy, society, and culture
should not be underestimated by anyone.'
POLICE INVESTIGATE ARSON AT PUB OPPOSITE FIRE STATION
Hereford Police are appealing for information after an arsonist
set fire to property at the rear of a Hereford city pub,
endangering the lives of those living there. The incident
occurred in the rear compound of the Victory public house
in St. Owen Street, Hereford, between 3am and 4am on Saturday,
rear compound is enclosed by 8' walls and a 6' high side
gate which was secured. The offender climbed into the compound,
which contained a number of gas cylinders and other flammable
objects, including a highly varnished wooden bar unit, stored
some two feet from the property. The offender then set fire
to the bar, which resulted in fire damage to items at the
rear of the pub, with smoke spreading to the main building
causing internal and external damage to the rear wall and
roof. The fire proved extremely fierce and had not the alarm
been quickly raised and the fire station quite literally
across the road, the fire could have quickly engulfed the
whole building with possible loss of life to those living
in the flats above the pub / brewery premises.
are anxious to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious activity,
persons or vehicles in the vicinity of the Victory in the
early hours of Saturday morning. Anyone with information
should contact PC Becky Colcombe at Hereford Police Station
on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 as
soon as possible.
BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR HEREFORDS NEW STREETSCAPE
Almost one thousand years ago the builders of Hereford Cathedral
took their ideas from Charlemagne's Imperial Cathedral in
Aachen, Germany and today architects are revisiting that
inspiration in remodelling Hereford's new streetscape.
Council has appointed a local contractor - Alun Griffiths
Ltd of Abergavenny - after competitive tender, to refurbish
one of the city's premier shopping streets. Widemarsh Street
is to be refurbished to a high quality, reflecting the special
role of this elegant street as a key entrance and link to
the city centre. Drawing on the best examples from cities
like Aachen and others in the UK, the scheme will create
a lively, civilized street that encourages pedestrian activity,
whilst accommodating low-speed traffic movement, helping
to link the new and historic elements of the town.
pedestrian friendly principles for the scheme have been
inspired by the traffic and urban design specialist, Ben
Hamilton-Baillie, who is advising the council on the design
of Widemarsh Street, as well as the city's new streetscape
strategy, which will help repair Blueschool and Newmarket
Street. Similar schemes have been introduced in Kensington
High Street and Oxford Circus in London, as well as in Aachen.
The plans for Widesmarsh Street have been consulted on and
well received by local businesses and residents. Construction
will start in late January and is likely to take around
40 weeks and cost £1.3 million. The contractors are appointing
a community liaison specialist to ensure that traders and
shoppers are kept informed during the works and disruption
is minimized. Herefordshire Council will manage the work
with its service delivery partner, Amey Herefordshire, and
is also including Maylord Street, in the refurbishment programme.
Brian Wilcox said, 'Our aim is to support the local economy
by making this important shopping street as welcoming as
possible and encouraging shoppers and tourists to move easily
between the historic core of the city and the new leisure
and retail offerings to be provided by the ESG development.
Hereford is going through one of its most important regeneration
phases since the building of its cathedral and we are ensuring
we put into practice an approach that is not only innovative
but works for people as well as our streets.'
Evans, regional management with Alun Griffiths (Contractors)
Ltd. said, 'We are pleased to have been awarded this prestigious
contract and continue our association with Herefordshire
Council, and to work in partnership with Amey Herefordshire
to deliver this key milestone in the regeneration of Hereford
Hamilton-Baillie added, 'Widemarsh Street represents an
important step in restoring quality and civility to the
historic streets of Hereford. The scheme reflects the vital
significance of public space to Hereford's economic vitality,
and the need to cope with the practical realities of access
and movement. For a town so pressurized by traffic volumes,
a strong vision is emerging of a low-speed, shared environment,
free from barriers and clutter.'
initial plans for Blueschool / Newmarket Street include
the removal of 'physical and psychological barriers' to
entice visitors, tourists and shoppers to and from the historic
core of the city and the exciting new attractions proposed
for the old livestock market site, which is subject to a
£650-million redevelopment. The solution for the inner ring
road involves providing safe access to pedestrians as traffic
is reduced with the building of a new link road from Edgar
Street to Commercial Street.
City of Aachen has overcome the barrier formed by a busy
inner ring road by creating a low speed civic space that
highlights the clear pedestrian and bicycle routes into
the town centre, demonstrating the potential for shared
space principles. Other programmes being worked on by Herefordshire
Council, such as a city wide transport strategy, more park
and ride and a proposed bypass and second river crossing,
all aim to contribute to making Hereford more attractive
and accessible for shoppers, tourists and residents.