place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
LOCAL RESIDENTS URGED TO ATTEND IMPORTANT MEETING TO HELP SAVE
TUDORVILLE YOUTH CENTRE
campaign to save the Tudorville Youth Centre from closure
is being launched by the local community association and
a public meeting is to be held at the Centre on Saturday,
13th February, starting at 2 p.m. and local residents will
be invited to give their views on proposals to save the
Centre and put it on a secure footing for the future.
Gray, chairman of the Tudorville Community Association,
warned that if nothing was done the Centre would face closure
in March and probably be knocked down. To avoid this happening
it is proposed to approach the Herefordshire Council to
hand over ownership of the Centre to the Community Association
for a nominal sum. In return the association would provide
a commitment to use the Centre in a responsible manner for
the benefit of the local community. That would require more
volunteers to strengthen the Community Association and the
adoption of a business plan aimed at running the Centre
as a viable business like other community centres and village
halls in neighbouring districts.
Lowther, and Councillor John Edwards, of the Ross Sports
& Leisure Federation, have volunteered their support for
the plan, which they believe will work well provided there
is sufficient backing from the local residents. Councillor
Edwards said the Federation was worried that there was already
a shortfall in the provision of adequate sports and leisure
activities in Ross, especially for the younger generation.
It would be a disaster if the Tudorville Centre ceased to
Lowther said his experience with the Whitchurch Village
Hall provided a model for what could be achieved with hard
work from volunteers, committed to helping the local community.
Although the Tudorville Centre needed some maintenance and
repair work there was already some grant money available
and a stable future could be achieved by matching expenditures
with income generated by users of the Centre.
Council's Youth Service has decided that the Tudorville
Centre is no longer suitable for its purposes and the Council
estimates that it would cost over £220,000 in repairs and
modernization, which is it not prepared to spend. However,
it is believed the Council would not like to see the Centre
closed down and would welcome the running costs being taken
over by someone else on behalf of the local community.
Gray noted that in order to agree to hand over ownership
of the Centre, Herefordshire Council had to be convinced
that there was sufficient support from the local community
to run it properly. Local
residents joining the Association, would be responsible
for day to day control of running the Centre for the benefit
of the local community. It was vital, therefore, that local
residents came to the meeting on 13th February in large
numbers to demonstrate their support, strengthen the Association
and give their views on the proposed rescue plan. It was
a real case of 'use it or lose it' he declared.
further information, contact Colin Gray on 01989 567995.
MISSING PERSON: HAVE YOU SEEN ROS RUSSELL?
Russell, who has been missing since last Friday.
Police have expressed their concern for the welfare of a
62-year old Hereford woman who has been missing since Friday,
Russell, is from Tupsley in Hereford and was last seen by
a taxi driver around 12.30pm on Friday, when he dropped
her on the A438 Ledbury Road, Lugwardine near the Crown
and Anchor pub (close to the junction of Cotts Lane) She
told the taxi driver that she was going for a walk.
Russell is described as white, 5'1" tall, of slim build
with short brown, wavy hair with grey flecks. She was last
seen wearing a blue anorak with pink lining, navy trousers
and black boots. Both family and police have been unable
to contact her on her mobile phone and concern has been
expressed for her safety.
who may know the whereabouts of Mrs Russell is urged to
contact the police immediately. Similarly, anyone with other
information that might assist in the search for her should
ring West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000.
VOICE YOUR CONCERNS AT MONTHLY PACT EVENTS IN HIGH TOWN
of Hereford and visitors to the city will now have an even
better opportunity of meeting their local police teams (LPTs)
and representatives from local council departments to express
views and concerns with the advent of a monthly surgery.
On the last Wednesday of each month, police and council
staff will be on hand between 10am and 4pm in a marquee
in High Town. Members of one of the seven Hereford 'City
and Rural area' local policing teams as well as partner
agencies within the council would like to hear about the
things that you want addressed within your community.
High Town surgeries, which are fully supported by West Mercia
Police Authority, are a further extension of the PACT (Partners
And Communities Together) process which aims to allow residents
and workers in the county to express their concerns about
neighbourhood issues that police, council and other partners
can resolve together. The regular events are the brainchild
of Sergeant Dave Evans from Hereford Police Station.
Evans said, 'When we ran a PACT event in High Town recently,
we had a high rate of callers to the marquee, including
a large number from Leominster and the other market towns
in the county. Whichever team staffs the monthly events
in High Town from now, they will be pleased to give you
details of any or all of the twenty local policing teams
in the county and pass on your concerns to the relevant
team so that they may take the appropriate action. Many
of our partner agencies will join us on various days to
maximize the information available and learn of your concerns.
We have chosen to go for the last Wednesday in each month
as it is easy to remember and the footfall in High Town
will be higher, given that it will also be a market day.'
first High Town surgery will be on Wednesday, 24th February
from 10am until 4pm and there will be details of the force's
campaign for February which will be focussing on Internet
you would like to know more or would wish to discuss a local
problem in your neighbourhood that the police or council
departments could assist in resolving, please go along to
the High Town surgery and see what they can do for you.
ENTER THE GREAT ROSS PANCAKE RACE
Ross-on-Wye Association of Ross Traders along with Ross
in Bloom have been busy organizing the Great Pancake Race,
which will take place at Ross Market Place on Tuesday, 16th
February from 10:00am until 12.00 Noon.
race, which is open to members of the public, the local
business community, Charities, Schools, Pubs and all other
local organizations, is a simple 50m or 100m sprint. Each
team is to provide their own frying pan and each person
must wear non-slip shoes suitable for running and an apron.
Pancakes will be provided and each participant will be required
to toss pancakes at the beginning middle and end of the
entrants must be under the canopy of the Market House by
10am for a full briefing of rules and race times. Entry
fee is £1 per person. Any extra funds raised will be donated
to the Mayors charity. There will be prizes for winners
and special achievements and a separate prize for the best
decorated pinnie. Prizes will be donated by Ross Retailers
for the winner of each race.
Race, Ladies Race, Team Race (4x4 relay), Partners Race
(2x2 relay), Traders Individual Race, Traders Team Race
(4x4 relay), Age 11-16 Children’s race, Age 5-10 Children’s
race (with adult assistance if necessary).
forms are available from Essential Sewing Services, 31,
Gloucester Road, Ross on Wye. 01989 566606. The entrance
fee is £1 per entrant. Please make cheques payable to 'The
Association of Ross Traders.’
REAP IN THE REWARDS OF HAVING SOLAR PANELS INSTALLED
Council is encouraging residents to consider installing
solar panels which can reduce the cost of their electricity
bills and reduce the impact they have on the environment.
have a double incentive to consider solar energy now, with
grants available from Herefordshire Council to help towards
installing the panels as well as a government announcement
this week that people with solar panels will be able to
sell the electricity generated. Solar electric panels or
photovoltaics have been in the light this week as the government
announced the clean energy cash back or feed in tariff scheme
for small-scale electricity generation.
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's energy champion said,
'Feed In Tariffs are to be introduced on 1st April and will
provide financial incentives for households to install solar
electricity panels. A guaranteed minimum payment for the
electricity generated will be offered from your energy supplier.
The added incentive is the solar generated electricity,
used in the home for lighting and electrical appliances
will help reduce electricity bills.
a council, we can also help people with the cost of installing
solar panels. Our SEES Renewables scheme still has funding
for 10 grants of £500 available to private homeowners in
Herefordshire, regardless of income, subject to funding,
to help towards the cost of utilizing renewable energy in
the home. The deadline for receiving SEES Renewable applications
is the end of February, so I would urge people to get in
included in the scheme are: solar thermal, solar electric,
biomass boilers, wind turbines, ground source heat pumps
and air source heat pumps. For further information on how
to apply for the SEES Renewables scheme, please contact
FIRST FRIDAY AT BROOME FARM
to get out to the 'First Friday' gathering of friends at
Broome Farm and on Friday for the first meet up this year.
January is usually the big first meet-up of the year at
Ross Cider, for the Wassail but the 2010 event unfortunately
had to be cancelled due to the snow. It was great to see
everybody again and both Tina and I are looking forward
to the musical events due to take place later in the year,
and particularly, the Cider Festival in September.
gathering of friends at Broome Farm in the Cider Cellar on Friday.
ROD MASON'S HOT FIVE TO PERFORM AT COLLEGE FOR BLIND
of traditional jazz will be delighted to hear that Europe's
No.1 cornet player, Rod Mason will be back in Hereford this
spring celebrating 50 years professional playing and 25
years with The Hot Five.
band are playing just a handful of venues on their brief
UK tour including two nights at the Royal National College
for the Blind; Monday, 15th and Tuesday, 16th March.
formed The Hot Five after moving to Germany from the UK
in 1985 and during their 25 years together they have been
hugely successful, making regular TV and radio appearances
and touring throughout Europe and as far afield as South
Africa and the USA.
band's broad repertoire is firmly rooted in classic jazz,
featuring Mason's 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. Their
live performances are an unforgettable blend of first-class
jazz, musicianship, entertainment, professional presentation
and exciting solos… all mixed with sheer good humour in
the finest British tradition.
says the band is looking forward to returning to the college
for a seventh year and celebrating their 25th anniversary
in Hereford. He said, 'We are especially thrilled to be
able to help raise funds to improve facilities and opportunities
for students at the college.'
cost £15 and are available by calling 01432 376372 or from
RNC's Charity Shop, 26 Commercial Street and at The Outback,
Church Street, Hereford.
SECOND PUBLIC EVENT TO HELP SHAPE FUTURE OF ROSS
to popular demand, Herefordshire Council has organized a
second public event to give Ross-on-Wye residents the chance
to take part in the important Shaping Our Place consultation,
which will set the blueprint for the future development
of the market town.
its road show in Ross on Tuesday, 2nd February, when planning
officers spoke to hundreds of local people, the council
has arranged an evening public meeting, which will take
place at the Larruperz Centre, Ross on Tuesday, 2nd March
at 7pm. Residents will be able to see displays of a series
of possible options for building communities and enterprises
over the next 15 years. The
aim is to create better paid jobs, more affordable homes
and stronger public services. Around 1000 new homes could
be provided in Ross over the next 15 years and two options
are suggested, in the north east and / or south of the town,
next to the A40.
new model farm business park at Ross is also set to attract
high quality, knowledge based and creative industries and
high-tech businesses, bringing exciting new employment prospects.
'The Shaping Our Place consultation is attracting responses
from thousands of people across the county,' said Councillor
John Jarvis, cabinet member for the environment and strategic
housing. 'We hope people in Ross will make their views known.
The market town is important to Herefordshire as the only
significant settlement with direct links to the motorway
network, and presents a key gateway for inward investment
and tourism. Ross
is bristling with enterprise and good ideas. We need to
work together to ensure that we offer the best possible
future for our bright young people, so that they do not
move away for better prospects elsewhere, and for our older
people too, so that we have the public services and resources
in place to meet their needs.'
Shaping Our Place 2026 consultation documents can be picked
up at any time from the info centre in Ross, or downloaded
from the council's website: www.herefordshire.gov.uk. Several
villages in the area could see development designed to increase
affordable housing and sustain essential services, including
schools and new shops, along with rural transport improvements.
The options are also to promote extended employment land
and more enterprise centres to encourage the creation of
new jobs, particularly creative industries and environmental
technologies to boost the economic viability of villages.
really is up to local people to tell us what they think
and help grow the right future for the county and the market
towns,' said Councillor Jarvis.
council is holding several exhibitions and road shows across
the county in the coming weeks, as well as workshops in
schools and colleges. People's views will be analysed and
proposed policies developed and presented back to cabinet
later in 2010 and publicized, before being submitted to
the Secretary of State, who will arrange for a public examination
and inspector's report with final adoption anticipated in
2011. It provides a chance for everyone to help finalize
the Local Development Framework, which will be the blueprint
for planning and developing Herefordshire for the future.
parallel, the council is also running a consultation on
the Local Transport Plan, which will be adopted by April
2011 and will drive the county's transport strategy for
the next 15 years. The review of the transport strategy
is intended to align transport policy with the wider needs
of the county and will help co-ordinate support for growth.
The Local Transport Plan consultation enables local people
to let the council know what their priorities for transport
are for the county, whether it is greater public transport
investment, more cycle routes, better highway maintenance
or further road safety improvements.
BIG BREAKFAST AT LLANGROVE RAISES FUNDS FOR LITTLE PRINCESS TRUST
breakfasts served at Llangrove.
C of E Primary School raised £1,000 last Sunday by preparing
and serving 200 cooked breakfasts for villagers from the
surrounding area at their 3rd annual Big Breakfast. The
majority of the money raised will be donated to Hereford
based charity The Little Princess Trust which provides real
hair wigs for children suffering from hair loss.
Llangrove Big Breakfast on 7th February provided around
200 local people with a hearty Herefordshire breakfast in
the school hall between 10am and 2pm and the event was a
real community affair with children, staff, parents, Governors
and others from local villages helping to prepare and serve
food and wash up.
event continues Llangrove C of E Primary School's impressive
record of support for its local community. The school's
links with the surrounding villages was rated 'outstanding'
in their most recent Ofsted report. Headteacher, Catherine
Beeks, who joined the large team of helpers said she was
extremely proud that the event created such a positive link
between the school and the local community. 'It
was lovely to see everyone working so hard for such a worthwhile
cause. Support from local people and businesses has been
superb and has enabled us to raise a fantastic amount of
money,' she said.
Powell butchers provided 400 sausages, Bartonsham Farm Dairy
donated 40 pints of milk and Waitrose in Monmouth gave bread,
coffee and tea. Sainsburys and several pubs and restaurants
including The Royal Arms, Llangrove and The Chase Hotel
in Ross provided free meals and gifts as raffle prizes.
PARISH COUNCILS COULD WIN £5,000 TO INCREASE ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Council is running a village hall energy challenge and four
parish councils will win £5,000 each to spend on energy
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing said, 'The aim of
the challenge is to raise awareness of the impact individuals
have on climate change and the positive impact we can all
make towards tackling it. The challenge involves parishes
encouraging as many residents as possible to calculate their
own carbon footprint, using the community carbon calculator
on www.myherefordshire.com. After people have calculated
their carbon footprint, they will then be given a number
of recommendations which, as well as being beneficial to
the environment, may help households make financial savings.
want to encourage as many households as possible to be aware
of what they can do to reduce the impact their activities
have on the environment and I would urge as many parishes
as possible to join in. Winners will be the parishes who
get the highest number of individual carbon footprints and
they are divided into four categories based on the size
of the parish. Each of the winners gets £5,000 which must
be spent on improving the energy efficiency of their village
hall, installing a renewable energy technology or for communal
cycle parking facilities or pool bicycles. I
would urge as many parishes as possible to take up this
challenge, because if everyone does their own bit to reduce
their carbon emissions, then we can make a huge impact across
challenge, which starts on Friday, 5th March, is open to
all Herefordshire parish councils with the exception of
Hereford City, Leominster Town, Ross-on-Wye Town, Ledbury
Town, Bromyard Town and Kington Town. Any residents who
would like their community to enter the challenge are urged
to contact their parish council.
JESSE RAISES £3,000 FOR NEW COUNTY DEBT COUNSELLING SERVICE
Norman, the local Conservative party candidate, has raised
£3,000 towards a new Herefordshire debt counselling service.
The new CAP Centre is a joint venture between the Challenge
Community Church, the Christian Life Centre and St Peter's
and St James's in the city, and will be located at the Challenge
Community Church on Belmont Road in South Wye.
service is being run by local financial adviser, Bella Rowe
and will focus on advising people who are having problems
dealing with debt and personal insolvency, helping them
to budget and deal with bills and creditors. The service
is free and open to all.
Jesse said, 'With very low wages, high house prices and
rising inflation, many people in Herefordshire face serious
debt problems. And nationally, a new study shows that average
household debt is more than one and a half times annual
disposable income. The new CAP Centre adds a new resource
to help local people who may be struggling with debt, and
I am thrilled to be able to help with it.'
Erwin, who has worked to set up the Centre at the newly
refurbished Challenge Community Church said, 'I am delighted
at this very kind contribution, which comes from John Lewis
PLC, and we are all extremely grateful to Jesse for organizing
it. The CAP Centre is now funded for two days per week over
a first year of operations, and we are looking to expand
the service further to meet the huge local needs.'
Norman with Bella Rowe and Martin Erwin.
YOUNG PEOPLE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN D OF E AWARD SCHEME
Council is inviting young people between the ages of 14
and 25 years to get involved in a number of expedition training
days which can help them achieve a Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
The council is the licensing authority for the Duke of Edinburgh's
Award in the county. Awards
at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels require the completion
of a programme to help young people improve existing skills
and develop new talents. One of the activities is an expedition
that must be planned and carried out by the participants.
its Open Award Group the council is offering the opportunity
to register with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and take
part in an expedition. The expedition training days are
aimed at those who are trying to complete awards, although
they are open to others interested in learning some new
skills, meeting other young people and having fun.
walks have been arranged in Bodenham on Sunday, 28th February,
the Forest of Dean on Sunday, 28th March and the Black Mountains
on Sunday, 25th April. There is also a camp craft and first
aid training day at the Dinedor Centre in Hereford on 30th
Mason of Herefordshire Council said, 'The Duke of Edinburgh's
Award is all about setting yourself a target and working
towards it. In the expedition section you have to work as
a group to achieve your aims. As well as learning teamwork
and problem solving, it develops initiative and leadership
skills, but it is also a really enjoyable and unforgettable
experience. Safety is paramount in all Duke of Edinburgh
Award activities, so everyone receives full training and
takes part in a guided practice expedition to prepare them
for taking part in the final qualifying expedition.'
in sessions have been organized at the Castle Green Training
Centre, Hereford for young people interested in learning
more about the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. These take place
on Tuesday, 9th and Wednesday, 24th February from 3pm until
7pm. Alternatively contact the council's Duke of Edinburgh's
Award team on 01432 383027 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
MAKING A DRAMA OUT OF A SACRAMENT
new benefice of Ariconium to the east of Ross-on-Wye takes
its name from a Roman mile station and its parishioners
have written and are now producing a mystery play that takes
another bit of Roman history and imagines it into the local
if John the Baptist were busy using the waters of The Rudhall
instead of the Jordan, and preaching repentance to characters
like Sir Aston Ingham MP and the local drunk, Hope Mansell?
We all have a chance to find out more when the finished
mystery play, 'John and the Baptism of Christ' is performed
at The Alma Tavern in Linton over the first May bank holiday
churches in the benefice are dedicated to John the Baptist,
so when we chose to create the second mystery play in the
diocesan cycle it was a natural theme,' explained the Rector
of Ariconium, the Reverend Neil Patterson. 'The process
of mounting the play is as important as the finished product;
bringing together folk from the six different congregations
to share their faith, their creativity and lots of fun!'
are being held at Weston-Under-Penyard Primary School, HR9
7PA on: Wednesday, 24th February between 6.30pm and 9pm
and Saturday, 27th February between 10am and 12.30pm. Under
18s are welcome to attend the auditions accompanied by a
parent or guardian.
Craigan and John Frith are the Snowball Mystery Cycle team
responsible for helping local folk realize their dream.
'Writing the script releases an enormous amount of energy
and ideas, far more than we can ever hope to harness in
a single 45 minute show,' commented Ian. 'We're delighted
that the local schools are so involved and the net has spread
to include members of drama groups, dance groups and music
well as actors, singers and dancers, the producers are seeking
help with costume, scenery, front of house and technical
support. If you would like to help, please contact Reverend
Neil Patterson on 01989 567229.
request a copy of the script, (email free, paper £2 + P&P)
call 01905 429151 or email email@example.com. Parishes
in other parts of the diocese interested in using drama
to create new opportunities for mission should contact Ian
CELEBRATE WORLD BOOK DAY WITH HEREFORDSHIRE LIBRARIES
library service is celebrating World Book Day in March with
a variety of events and promotions. The events, which will
take place in libraries across the county, include the popular
bounce and rhyme sessions, story times and even a special
appearance by the Bookstart Bear. Youngsters will be encouraged
to dress up as storybook characters for a story time session
at the council's newest library which opened in Peterchurch
Nesaratnam, Herefordshire Council's senior reader services
librarian said, 'World Book Day is an opportunity for us
to promote the wealth of books we have available at county
libraries and get more youngsters to enjoy reading. Books
are great fun and by holding these storytelling events and
encouraging youngsters to dress up, we hope they will develop
a lifelong love for reading.'
events taking place are as follows:
Monday, 1st March, a Bounce & Rhyme session for the under
fives will be taking place at The Kington Centre from 10:30am
Tuesday, 2nd March, there will be Three story time sessions
at The Kington Centre for Reception and Year 1 children
from the local primary school.
On Wednesday, 3rd March, Staff from Ross Library will be
doing an Ugly Bug Story time at the afternoon Stay and Play
session at the local Children's Centre and Hereford Library
will be hosting a Bounce & Rhyme session for 0 to 3 year
olds from 11.15am to 11.45am.
Book Day Thursday, 4th March, local primary school children
will be dressing up as storybook characters and going along
to Peterchurch library. Meanwhile, Ledbury Library are holding
a story time session for the under fives from 10am until
11am and a Bounce & Rhyme session will be held at Leominster
Library from 10.30 until 11am. From 10:15 until 10:45am
Hereford Library are hosting a Story time for those aged
two years and over, then a Bounce & Rhyme for 0 to 3 year
olds from 2.15pm to 2.45pm.
book exhibition is to be held at The Bromyard Centre from
4pm until 5:30pm and at Belmont Library, Bookstart Bear
will be welcoming under fives to the library for short Bounce
& Rhyme sessions at 11am, noon and 2pm. He will also be
gifting bookstart packs on production of your child's red
health record book.
Herefordshire Council's Cultural Roadshow will be at Belmont
Tesco from 10am until 3pm, promoting libraries and books
to all ages and highlighting the service at Belmont Library.
Friday, 5th March, staff from Leominster Library will be
out doing story times for three reception classes at Leominster
will be an under fives story time at Ross Library on Saturday,
6th March, from 2.15pm to 2.45pm and Leominster Library
Chatterbooks group (age 7-12yrs) will be dressing up as
book characters from 2pm until 3pm.
Bookstart pack gifting at Belmont Library will take place
on Thursday, 4th March, between 11am and 3pm and children
are invited to go along and collect any Bookstart packs
that they may have not already received. The first Bookstart
pack is usually gifted at 9 to 12 month reviews by health
visitors. The second pack is usually gifted at the 24 to
30 month check, also by health visitors. If you have missed
either of these checks, bring your red child health record
along to Belmont Library on World Book Day to collect your
packs. Alternatively, contact our Early Years Officer, Julie
Goodwin for more information on 01432 261644.
you would like further information about any of these events,
please contact Jan Nesaratnam, Senior Reader Services Librarian
on 01432 383285.
NEW WALK-IN HEALTH CENTRE TO BE BUILT AT COUNTY HOSPITAL
Herefordshire has reached agreement with the Hereford Hospitals
NHS trust to build a new, permanent £1.5million walk-in
health centre next to the Accident and Emergency department.
This is the preferred location of the new service because
it will reduce the high workload of A&E and is easy to find
for the majority of Herefordshire residents.
not requiring A & E treatment will be able to use the new
services whilst remaining registered with their own GP.
They will be able to walk into the centre, without an appointment,
to see a GP or nurse, seven days a week between 8am and
8pm. The new centre will open to the public in 2011 and
will supersede the current temporary walk-in centre at the
ASDA Health Centre, which opened in December and has proven
popular with local people. The phone number for the service
is the current number to call a GP out of hours - 0330 1239309.
is strong public support for a new, walk in health centre,
which will supplement the excellent service already provided
by our GPs in the county,' said Chris Bull, chief executive
of NHS Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council. The walk
in health centre is likely to be used by the 20,000 people
who commute to Hereford to work each day, or people who
would normally go to accident and emergency for ailments
that can be treated at the new centre. The extended opening
hours increases access to a GP for everyone and supports
NHS Herefordshire's aim to provide more choice, greater
convenience and better and more responsive services that
fit in with people's busy lifestyles and needs.
preferred plans for the new hospital site supersedes a planning
application to place the centre within the grounds of Hereford's
Stonebow Unit, which is situated close to the Hereford Hospitals
WHAT'S THAT SNAKE? LEARN ABOUT HERERFORDSHIRE REPTILES
wildlife project for Herefordshire 'What's That Snake?'
is again offering free training days to learn about and
identify the snakes and lizards found in our county, and
how to do surveys. The training will include illustrated
talks about the animals, and then a visit to a special area
local to the training venue to practice the skills learned.
project is being run jointly by the Herefordshire Amphibian
and Reptile Team (HART) and Herefordshire Nature Trust,
and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Wye Valley
AONB and the Malvern Hills AONB. Reptiles are very much
indicators of the health of our countryside and What's That
Snake? will hopefully give us an idea of how these indicators
is free and tea and coffee is provided. Those taking part
are advised that they need to bring their own picnic lunch,
to dress warmly for outdoor conditions, and have their own
further information or to book a place, contact the Herefordshire
Nature Trust 01432 356872. There is a maximum of 25 people
per course, so please book early to make sure of a place.
training events will be taking place at Richard's Castle
Village Hall on Thursday, 25th March and Wednesday 31st
March from 10am until 3pm.
REOPENING OF ST PETERS A HUGE ACHIEVEMENT SAYS JESSE
parliamentary candidate Jesse Norman has congratulated all
involved on the reopening of St Peter's in Peterchurch after
a yearlong redevelopment. Jesse attended a packed service
of celebration at St Peter's led by the Bishop of Hereford
and local clergy on Sunday, in the presence of the Lord
Lieutenant of Herefordshire and the Mayor of Hereford.
Peter's is a Norman church, whose first origins date back
to the 8th Century and the time of King Offa. The redevelopment
of the church has involved the removal of pews and installation
of a new wooden floor and a gallery and kitchen block at
the west end, enabling access to a new community library
on the upper storey.
Jesse said, 'The redevelopment of St Peter's into both a
church and a community centre is a huge achievement, which
has taken a great deal of planning and hard work over the
past few years. Congratulations to Reverend Barbara Chillington,
Reverend Simon Lockett, the architect,s Communion Design,
the builders, William Powell and Sons, and all the other
colleagues, helpers, donors and other supporters who made
Norman with the Reverend Barbara Chillington at St. Peter's Church,
LANDLORD TOLD HE MUST PAY £17,000 IN FINES
judge sitting at Worcester Crown Court has told a Hereford
landlord that he must pay fines totalling £17,000 which
were imposed after he was found guilty of failing to comply
with housing and fire safety laws.
Mohan, aged 47, of Church Way, Holmer, was appealing against
the sentence which was imposed after he pleaded guilty to
a series of offences at a court case heard by a district
judge at Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday, 20th March
2009. On Thursday, 4th February, His Honour, Judge McCreath,
ordered Mohan to pay the £17,000 in fines by 1st September
said, 'It is plain the premises posed considerable risk
to tenants should fire break out and a responsible landlord
would have put in fire protection measures. I am satisfied
the motive was pure profit without any regard for the safety
of his tenants.' The judge also said the costs awarded for
the original case, jointly prosecuted by Herefordshire Council
and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, should
remain at the original figure imposed of £13,463, and he
awarded an additional £2,350 in costs to cover the appeal
was fined £7,000 for not licensing his House in Multiple
Occupation (HMO), £3,000 for failing to comply with a housing
emergency prohibition order for fire, both under the Housing
Act 2004, and £3,000 for failing to do a fire risk assessment
and a further £4,000 for four other fire safety offences
under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Friday, 20th March 2009, the court heard how housing and
fire officers, after an anonymous complaint from a member
of the public, found no fire safety measures installed when
they inspected the four-storey, unlicensed HMO in Aylestone
Hill, Hereford. The landlord, Marc Mohan, knowingly did
not licence his property with the council, and then permitted
tenants (most of them students from the local colleges)
to sleep there in defiance of an emergency prohibition order
for fire - issued by Herefordshire Council in cases of imminent
risk to the health and safety of occupants.