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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
MAYOR OF ROSS HOLDS GOLF DAY IN AID OF MACMILLAN
Mayor of Ross, Councillor John Edwards organized a day of
golf on Thursday to raise money towards his chosen charity
for the year, Macmillan Cancer Support. The event attracted
130 golfers and raised approximately £2500 for the charity
- and there is more to come from a 'Just Giving' website,
set up by Graham Stonadge, a member of Ross Golf Club.
his successful day, the Mayor said that he would like to
thank the 28 local businesses and individuals who sponsored
holes or gave raffle prizes. Also the club for staging the
event, Greenkeepers, Karen and Ian Neednam the caterers
for delicious two course buffet, Norman Davis and George
Cason for acting as starters, Jennie Thornton and Sian Picton-Turbervill
for helping Sue Edwards, the Mayoress, on the day.
winners, Dawn and Ken Trowbridge, Shaneen and Peter Smith
of Tall Pines and Long Ashton near Bristol won the Macmillan
Cancer Support Shield for a year, four trophies to keep
and four bottles of champagne. In
second place, winning four bottles of Whisky were Julian
Church, Jeremy Knight, David Elliott and Peter Berry of
Henbury in Bristol. Third,
winning two bottles of wine each were Nigel Price, Gareth
Hopes, Tommy Price and David Brown of Raglan Park.
Wooldridge of Sapey won 'Nearest the Pin Ladies' - winning
a Pink Handbag and for the men, winning Lunch for two at
Glewstone Court Hotel was Mike Talty of Ross. Straightest
Drive Ladies, winning a Royal Worcester Salad Bowl was Sue
Gwynn of Sapey. Straightest Drive Men, winning 2 bottles
of wine was John Robinson of Horsley Lodge, Derby.
future events to raise money for the Mayor's chosen charity:
Mayor's Charity Dinner/Dance takes place this Saturday,
28th March at the Chase Hotel and costs £30 a ticket. There
are still some places available.
in the Park at Wilton Castle will take place on Sunday,
2nd May from noon at £5 per head.
Tony Dudfield and Jeremy Picton-Turbervill with the Mayor on Thursday.
Councillor John Edwards tees off early on Thursday morning.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF MARGARET
is with sadness that we announce the death of Margaret Hardwick,
who passed away at her home on Friday, 19th March 2010.
and I have lived opposite each other for 23 years and I
always found her friendly and neighbourly. When Russell
was a little boy, she often had a chat with him over the
garden gate and was one of the first to welcome me when
I brought Russell's baby brother, Michael home. Margaret
was always very kind to my children and on one of their
birthdays she sent over two special presents for 'pass the
daughter Rosina baby-sat for the boys for several years
and on one occasion that Rosina couldn't sit, Margaret invited
the boys to stay with her. We were often invited to celebrate
family celebrations. Margaret loved a party and she and
her husband David used to enjoy dancing to my band when
we performed at the Drop Inn, which was then Ross Rugby
& Social Club.
never really got over the loss of her beloved David and
she leaves behind three lovely grown up children, Adrian
and his wife Sandra, Lyndon and his wife Kate and Rosina,
who is due to marry Richard later this year. Margaret also
adored each of her seven grandchildren, Laura, Ben, Shai,
Chloe, Liam, Luke and Thomas.
of the things I remember about Margaret is her hearty, infectious
laugh, which made you want to laugh too. I shall miss that
laugh, Margaret and I shall miss you too.
enjoying her grandaughter's 18th birthday party with her family
BODY OF MISSING HEREFORD WOMAN FOUND IN RIVER LUGG
Police in Herefordshire have confirmed that they have recovered
a body from the River Lugg at Lugwardine yesterday. The
body has now been formally identified as that of missing
62-year old Ros Russell from Hereford.
was reported missing after she was last seen by a taxi driver
after he dropped her near the A438 bridge at Lugwardine
on Friday, 5th February 2010. Police in Herefordshire along
with family and friends mounted a large search for her over
the following weeks. Her body was spotted in the river by
a farmer some 100 metres from the Lugwardine bridge at around
9.30am on Tuesday, 23rd March. Police
required the assistance of the Fire & Rescue Service and
their Swift Water Rescue Unit to recover Mrs Russell's body
from the water.
post-mortem is being carried out and the Coroner has been
informed. An inquest is due to be opened and adjourned shortly.
Detective Chief Inspector Sean Paley, Head of Herefordshire
CID, who was co-ordinating the search for Mrs Russell, said,
'We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this.
This is a very sad event and our thoughts are with Ros's
family and friends.'
SETTING OUT AMBITIONS FOR BROADBAND IN HEREFORDSHIRE
Herefordshire could be missing out because of the limited
broadband coverage, yet an event held on Thursday, 18th
March showed there is potential in businesses, communities
and Herefordshire Council coming together to improve Broadband
coverage in the county.
Community Broadband Conference was open to anyone with an
interest in improving broadband and included national and
local speakers. David Thame, gave an inspiring talk on how
local people have set up Lingen Community Broadband showing
that local solutions are possible though not without challenges
along the way.
at the event was the document entitled Broadband in Herefordshire
- Developing a County Approach which sets out a vision for
the future, as well as outlining how solutions can be met.
This document makes clear that waiting for market forces
to solve the problem is unlikely, with Herefordshire not
having the population density to make the laying of fibre
optic cable financially viable for commercial operators.
Roger Phillips, leader of Herefordshire Council said, 'People
of the county are losing out, including businesses who are
not able to compete on a level playing field with companies
in the more urban areas who have faster connectivity. Within
Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire we are keen
to have more services available electronically to aid access
to services specifically in the rural areas but this will
prove difficult without a broadband solution.'
Silver, Herefordshire Council's head of economic and community
services said, 'The conference and document produced aims
to stimulate debate about a way forward for the county working
with local businesses and communities to create solutions
for different parts of the county.'
document is available via email firstname.lastname@example.org
or can be sent to you if you contact 01432 260609.
Sarah Carr has committed to the campaign being run by CAMRA,
The Campaign for Real Ale, speaking up for Beer Drinkers
and Pub goers. CAMRA's new Beer Drinkers and Pub Goers Charter
sets out a series of options for supporting well run community
pubs, local brewers and consumer rights.
after signing up to CAMRA's Beer Drinkers and Pub Goers
Charter, Sarah said, 'I am proud to be speaking up for Herefordshire's
pubs, brewers and consumers. Well run pubs are the bedrock
of community life. They are part of the solution to the
problem of alcohol misuse and not part of the problem. They
deserve our support.
I have been working with the residents of Little Birch,
near Hereford, to reopen their local pub The Castle Inn.
The spirit of these local villagers has been overwhelming;
they have even organized pub nights and dances at the local
village hall as part of their campaign! It just goes to
show how important local pubs are to the people of Herefordshire.'
Benner, CAMRA's Chief Executive welcomed Sarah Carr's support
for the Charter, saying, 'We are delighted that Sarah Carr
has promised to work to promote the interests of beer drinkers
and pub goers. Well run pubs make a huge contribution to
community life, each of which injects £80,000 into their
local economy every year.
growing concern over the loss of more than 5 pubs a day,
it is now more important than ever to support well-run community
pubs, to promote local brewers and to protect the interests
A HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY TO DAVE AND JACQUI NEWMAN
wishes go to Dave and Jacqui Newman who became landlords
of the White
Lion Inn at Wilton five years ago on Saturday 20th March.
This lovely riverside pub has seen some changes since Dave
and Jacqui arrived, all of which have done nothing but enhance
the premises and meet the firm approval of their regular
customers. As well Dave keeping excellent beer, a pergola
with heating has been added along with a decking area for
non smokers and the pubs reputation for great food means
that it really is becoming necessary to book in advance.
and Jacqui not only make the White Lion the perfect place
in which to relax from the cares of the day, they also raise
a lot of money for charity, in particular, Ross Macmillan
Cancer Support. Each year between October and March a regular
Sunday night quiz has been held and on the last Sunday of
each month the conies raised were donated to Macmillan.
As almost without exception the teams donated their winnings
to the charity, the format changed for the 2009 / 2010 season.
Each Sunday, the money was split between Macmillan and each
team's chosen charity, apart from on the last Sunday of
Sunday, 21st March marked the end of the White Lion Quiz
season and the results of the regulars paying to pit their
wits against each other achieved the following results:
will go to Ross Macmillan Cancer Support, £178 to
the Air Ambulance, £130 to the Friends of Ross Community
Hospital and £15 to help for Heroes.
wishing Dave and Jacqui another successful five years (at
least) at the White Lion.
and Jacqui Newman, landlord and landlady of the White Lion Inn.
NEW STUDY REVEALS £175MILLION FUNDING GAP FOR HEREFORDSHIRE
A new study has revealed a gap of £175 million in central
government funding for Herefordshire. The huge shortfall
has been uncovered by Jesse Norman, the Conservative parliamentary
candidate, who commissioned The Thin End of the Wedge, a
detailed analysis from researcher Fiona Galliers-Pratt.
new analysis draws on a wide range of public information,
to assemble for the first time a comprehensive picture of
central government funding for Herefordshire's public services.
It compares the relative funding for local schools, the
NHS, police, fire and rescue service and Herefordshire Council
services as against the averages for similar services nation-wide.
The total deficit is broken down as follows:
Council: £85 million deficit 2005-10
Herefordshire NHS: £44 million deficit 2005-10
Herefordshire Schools: £30 million deficit 2005-10
Herefordshire Police: £11 million deficit 2005-10
Herefordshire Fire and Rescue: £4 million deficit 2005-10.
on population totals, the total equates to a shortfall over
the last five years of roughly £54 million for Hereford
City and £9 million for Ross-on-Wye. Commenting on the news,
Jesse said, 'We have always known Herefordshire is the Forgotten
County when it comes to funding. Our schools are the third
worst funded in the country and this is just a small part
of the shocking total deficit of £175 million. My job, if
elected as MP, is to follow the money trail to Westminster
and to fight for a better deal for Herefordshire to make
sure it gets the public services it deserves and to place
this county on the political map. That
£175 million total would be enough to pay for a second river
crossing, and it would make a huge difference to funding
for our schools, hospitals and transport links, as well
as some of the broadband services we so desperately need.'
wishing to obtain a copy of the report should write to Jesse
Norman at Conservative Campaign Office, Grove Mill, Wormelow,
Hereford HR2 8EG, or email him via email@example.com.
NEW LINK AGREED FOR HEREFORD CONNECT2
Herefordshire Council is to build a new link across the
River Wye as part of its new Greenway scheme linking Hampton
Park with Rotherwas and beyond for people on foot or bike.
Funding for the new bridge will come from Sustrans, money
that the council has already allocated and additional funds
received after being selected by the government as a New
Brian Wilcox said, 'As a New Growth Point, we have received
Government funding to promote sustainable travel and this
new link will be a great route for cyclists and pedestrians
to go between Rotherwas and Hampton Park without having
to go through the city centre. The route will be perfect
for both commuters and leisure users, reducing city centre
congestion, supporting further development at Rotherwas
as well as helping to further promote health and well being.'
Harbord, Sustrans area manager for the West Midlands said,
'This route will give many people the opportunity to quickly
walk or cycle to work. Sustrans wants to help people to
make more local everyday journeys by foot or by bike and
this bridge will be a great way for people in Hereford to
do just that.'
Herefordshire Council will receive a contribution of £350,000
from Sustrans towards this scheme from the Big Lottery Fund
after Connect2 won a public vote for 79 new greenways across
the United Kingdom.
INNOVATIVE FIT KIT LAUNCHED IN ROSS-ON-WYE
innovative Fit Kit, designed to encourage people with learning
disabilities to get fit and active in their own homes has
been officially launched in Ross-on-Wye. The Fit Kit, a
CD and dance fitness regime has been created by members
of SCORE, the Affinity Trust's opportunities programme in
Hereford. More than 300 people in Herefordshire with disabilities
will receive the Fit Kit free during March, giving them
the chance to increase their fitness levels at their own
Members of Affinity Trust's SCORE project, all who have
learning disabilities teamed up with a local charitable
organization The Music Pool to provide a DJ, studio and
editing suites to create the 15-minute CD. A Fit Kit road
show is being rolled out across the county throughout March,
providing free Fit Kits and live demonstrations to scores
of disabled people.
Trust SCORE members worked closely with Herefordshire Hip
Hop musician Mark 'Lofty' Loughman and DJ Dave 'Cutlavis'
Lavis. The musicians helped create and produce the track
which samples the SCORE members' voices as well as their
live percussion, resulting in a high-energy, original piece
of music. Earlier this year, Affinity Trust SCORE members
worked with local fitness instructors from Herefordshire's
HALO Leisure Centre to create a dance fitness regime to
complement the music.
Harvey, Affinity Trust SCORE member said, 'We are looking
forward to teaching people the dance moves and hope that
people will get fit with the beat.' Rosie Wooderson, Opportunities
Manager, Affinity Trust SCORE said, 'It's really important
that people with learning disabilities are helped to understand
how to keep fit and active. We hope that the Fit Kit routine
will inspire people to get active, and that after seeing
the demonstrations they will want us to come back again
and help them learn the moves.'
Pool DJ, Mark 'Lofty' Loughman with SCORE members Carl Fletcher
and Johnathan Ley.
Fit Kit launch at the Ryefield Centre, Ross-on-Wye.
£10 MILLION TO FIX HEREFORDSHIRE HIGHWAYS
After the worst winter weather for 30 years, Herefordshire
Council is to invest over £10million during the next year
(an increase of over £3million compared to last year) to
deliver the biggest programme of highway maintenance the
county has ever seen.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation said, 'Our highway network has
suffered considerably during this winter weather and we
have already filled 17,000 potholes since the beginning
of the year. This compares to just 3000 in the same period
last year and the numbers of potholes reported and being
found are still continuing to rise.
pothole repairs are providing a quick fix, a wider programme
of planned resurfacing work will be done over the coming
year to restore the county's roads to an acceptable standard
for the longer term. The condition of the county's roads
is one of my priorities and I am pleased to be able to announce
this major highway maintenance programme for the county.
I believe Herefordshire is leading the way amongst local
authorities in targeting resources to this important issue.'
surveys have highlighted a rise in defects of more than
30 per cent on the county's road network of more than 2,000
miles. Amey normally use four hot boxes manned by two operatives
to deal with the potholes but are currently using the four
hot boxes together with an additional Jet patcher and two
further hot boxes. All
parish gangs have also been redeployed on pothole works
(eight gangs of two men countywide) which is over and above
the normal labour attached to this activity.
ROSS PRE-SCHOOL PLAGROUP EASTER FAYRE
Pre-school Playgroup held an Easter Fayre on Saturday and
apart from the stalls there funds were raised for the group
by holding competitions for the children's best colouring
and Easter bonnets. The group leaders also used the event
to officially open their new playground.
2009, Vicki Paige and other members of staff went on a workshop
on Outdoor Play and afterwards applied for a grant to improve
the outside space. They were lucky enough to get a Sure
Start Early Years Grant of £3300 from the Early Years and
Extended Services Department of Herefordshire Council to
allow them to do just that. Sainsbury's also donated £250
when they opened the Ross store and the money was used to
buy new picnic benches for the children.
Saturday, Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John Edwards and Sainsbury's
Manager, Denver Martin cut the ribbon to open the playground.
Denver also judged the Easter Colouring Competition, donating
six large Easter eggs for 1st prizes of both competitions.
June Pearce, Manager of the Larruperz Centre judged the
Easter Bonnet competition.
year the playgroup celebrate 40 years in business and to
mark the occasion, Vicki is organizing an 'It's a Knockout'
opening of the playground on Saturday morning.
for Easter Bonnets.
AYLESTONE OPENS NEW STUDENT SUPPORT CENTRE
Aylestone Business and Enterprise College is to officially
open the doors to a new centre for student services this
week. The centre has been funded by Herefordshire Council
following a successful bid for more than £2 million to the
Department for Children, Schools and Families.
bid was for cash to invest in centres to support young people
in their own schools and all of the county's maintained
secondary schools are to have a student centre. The centres
differ according to the needs of each school, but all are
designed to provide targeted support to pupils when they
need it most and help them get back on track to meet and
exceed their potential.
new centre is self contained within the heart of the school.
It consists of a major refurbishment to existing classrooms
which has resulted in the creation of light, bright spaces
for study, plenty of space for one-to-one tuition, group
work for literacy support, course work, exam support for
year eleven students and meeting rooms.
Woodrow, head teacher at the school said, 'Our new centre
is already supporting a large number of students, all with
different needs. The focus is on supporting achievement
and progress for all. The most important thing is that help
is provided quickly and effectively. The new arrangements
began a couple of weeks ago and are already being well received
by our students who have given the centre the official thumbs
new centre will be officially opened by Councillor Philip
Price, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for ICT, education
and achievement, on Wednesday, 24th March at 1.45pm. Following
a ribbon cutting event, there will be tours around the new
centre, where visitors can meet some of the pupils using
the new facility.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN UP FOR STUB BUDDIES
Smokers across Herefordshire are reminded that if they set
a quit date with NHS Herefordshire's Stub Buddies campaign
by 31st March, there is an extra incentive to succeed.
Primary Care Trust says that everyone who signs up with
Stub Buddies and manages to stay off cigarettes for 28 days
or more, will qualify for a feel good reward valued at £15,
such as a food hamper, a spa treatment or an activity voucher.
The names of all successful quitters will also be entered
into an extra prize draw.
Sarah Aitken, Herefordshire's assistant director for public
health said, 'Your Stub Buddy will be there to support you
every step of the way through the tough process of quitting.
We hope that by rewarding success we can motivate more people
to give it a try. Everyone who quits will receive a £15
reward voucher of their choice and will also be entered
into our prize draw. There are some really great prizes
up for grabs, including a year's family membership for the
National Trust, and six months HALO Leisure membership worth
Stub Buddies scheme aims to encourage smokers to make use
of free and effective NHS services by providing a 'buddy'
who can provide practical help and support, along with tips,
tricks and encouragement to ensure they quit smoking for
good. Research shows smokers are four times more likely
to give up if they have the support of their local health
service and are twice as likely to maintain cessation if
they have a 'buddy' to give up with. More than one in every
five of adults in Herefordshire smoke, and research has
shown that over two thirds of them would like to stop.
director of public health, Dr Akeem Ali said, 'New research
shows that people are more likely to give up smoking if
they feel good, not guilty. Scare tactics do not work as
well as support and reward, and rewarding quitters works
out much cheaper than treating chronic health problems.
This is absolutely in tune with the national policy and
we hope local smokers will find innovative approach a breath
of fresh air.'
quitters can find their ideal Stub Buddy by logging onto
www.HerefordshireStubBuddies.co.uk, talking to their doctor
or pharmacist, popping into their local Halo leisure centre
or by calling the local stop smoking service on 01432 383567.
OZZY, GARY AND FRIENDS WALK FOR ACORNS HOSPICE
man Steve Bond, aka Ozzy and his long time friend Gary Davies
rounded up many friends on Sunday to take part in a walk
to raise money for Acorns Children's Hospice. Setting
off from the Man of Ross in small groups, the walkers strolled
down to Hom Green, then to the monument at Walford before
heading back along the main road to the Man of Ross where
all enjoyed a delicious lunch.
is a retired fire fighter who does a lot of work with Acorns.
He and Gary, who has recently undergone a hip replacement
decided that, since they were now in their fifties, they
would like to help the charity more and are busy planning
a programme of fund raising events for the charity, including
a race night. Details of this event will be published as
soon as we have the details.
it is planned to play in a football match against the Aston
Villa 'Old Boys' and it is expected that the game will take
place in either June or July, after a lot more fund raising,
with the aim of encouraging the growth of football in Ross-on-Wye.
on your successful walk and we wish you both well with your
efforts on behalf of Acorns.
Gary and friends before the walk on Sunday morning.
SARAH PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR NSPCC
Sarah Carr, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for
Hereford and South Herefordshire, has pledged to support
the NSPCC’s ‘I stand for children’ campaign which aims to
make child protection a priority for the next Parliament.
said, 'As a candidate in Hereford and South Herefordshire,
I’m supporting the NSPCC’s new campaign to ensure protecting
children is a political priority: I Stand for Children.'
NSPCC’s campaign is calling on candidates to commit to a
range of child protection measures including:
the internet safer for children
Continued funding of help line services for children and
for adults concerned about the safety or welfare of a child
Tackling domestic violence from a child's point of view
Ensuring that vital child protection reforms are fully implemented
and resourced, following the death of Baby Peter and other
child deaths since
Provision of resources for vital therapeutic services for
children who have experienced abuse
Strengthening the role of the children's commissioner in
England to act as a genuinely independent voice for children.
Diana Sutton, head of the public affairs and campaigns unit
at the NSPCC said, 'We need to make sure that the next elected
Government keeps child protection high on its list of priorities.
By signing up to our campaign, candidates in this next general
election can help. The public can play their role by letting
the politicians know what they want done.'
ROSS COLLECTORS FOR POPPY APPEAL RECEIVE LONG SERVICE AWARDS
for long-service were presented to Ross Poppy Appeal Collectors
at a celebratory meeting of the Ross-on-Wye Branch of The
Royal British Legion. Attended by Ross-on-Wye’s Mayor and
Mayoress, the ceremony was opened by the Branch President
Air Commodore Viv Warrington, who spoke of the hard work
and dedication of the Appeal Collectors, some of whom had
achieved 30 years of collecting on behalf of the Poppy Appeal.
Attention was also drawn to the outstanding achievement
of the town of Ross where, in the year 2009-2010, over £11860
had been raised by those who had given so generously to
the Appeal, despite being in a time of recession.
raised from the Poppy Appeal is used by the Legion to offer
practical help, support and advice to the Armed Service
Family including those still serving, ex-service personnel
of any age together with their dependants. The need for
this assistance will only increase in the coming years with
service personnel returning injured from current and recent
further information on the Legion in Ross, or becoming a
Poppy Appeal Collector, please contact the Branch Hon. Secretary
Mrs. King on 01989 568941.
of the long service award winners with the Mayor and Mayoress and
members of the British Legion on Wednesday.
YOUNG MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COMMERCIAL ROAD
Hereford Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward
after a collision took place in Commercial Road, Hereford,
leaving a 17 year old male with serious head injuries.
incident happened at 10.40pm on Friday, 19th March when
the male pedestrian collided with a white Nissan Micra which
was travelling northwards along Commercial Road near the
Commercial public house. As a result of the collision, the
pedestrian sustained serious head injuries and was taken
to Hereford County Hospital. His condition is described
as improving. Commercial Road was closed for around three
hours after the incident to allow police collision investigators
to examine the scene to determine the cause.
are keen to speak to anyone who was in Commercial Road at
the time and who witnessed the collision or saw the youth
and / or the white Nissan Micra immediately before the collision.
Anyone with information is urged to contact PC Colin Kerfoot
of the Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police Station on
0300 333 3000 as soon as possible.
HANDS UP FOR HEREFORDSHIRE
the government review of education provision continuing,
Herefordshire’s campaign for fairer school funding held
a Countywide day of action. On
Saturday, 20th March, campaigners, volunteers, children
and communities came together to show the importance of
our schools. Campaign organizer Lucy Hurds and her teams
of volunteers were joined by local politicians including
the MP for Hereford, Paul Keetch.
Up for Herefordshire’ Day saw displays set up in Hereford,
Ross-on-Wye, Bromyard and Kington. Hands decorated by children
of the County were brought together and assembled by volunteers
drawn from community groups such as Hereford’s Sea Cadets,
residents of Bromyard, Youth Action Team and V-involved
volunteers. Whilst not every school could provide hands
(due to OFSTED reports and other commitments), hands to
represent every pupil in the county were created by the
volunteers and included in the final displays. These consisted
of thousands of individual hand prints and represented over
23,000 children who are currently being short-changed by
the grant given by Central Government to the County’s education
day’s events were captured on video which includes interviews
with members of the campaign, volunteers and local residents
and this, along with a petition containing thousands of
local residents' signatures will be presented to the Minister
for Schools, Vernon Coaker MP on Monday, 29th March.
from Vinvolved youth volunteering with local campaigners Sarah Carr,
Lucy Hurds and Paul Keetch MP.
SARAH CARR WELCOMES HEREFORDSHIRE BROADBAND VISION
Sarah Carr has welcomed action by Herefordshire Council
to help enable fast and affordable broadband services across
the County. Prior to being the Liberal Democrat’s prospective
MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, Mrs Carr worked
at senior levels in the telecoms industry and was an active
business member of the ‘Broadband Stakeholder Group’ the
leading advisory group to UK government on broadband. Mrs
Carr was also a regional CBI board member.
said, 'In my business career I worked in the very fast paced
telecoms industry. I have spent many years convincing BT
to invest in next generation telecoms infrastructure to
deliver fast and affordable broadband to peoples’ homes
and businesses. I plan to use this invaluable experience
here in Herefordshire for the very best for our County.
was very pleased to attend the Broadband Conference hosted
by Herefordshire Council on Thursday, 18th March to hear
the very latest national, regional and local perspectives
on delivering fast, affordable broadband across the county
for social, environmental and economic benefits.'
HEREFORD WOMAN ADMITS BENEFIT FRAUD OF ALMOST £23,000
A Hereford woman who admitted benefit fraud amounting to
more than £22,000 has received a 24 month community order
with supervision. Sarah
Delahay, aged 37, of 16 Riddimore Avenue, pleaded guilty
to six charges under the Social Security Administration
Act 1992 on 12th February 2010 and was bailed to return
to Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday, 12th March to receive
was told by magistrates that she would have received 36
months if it was not for her timely guilty plea. She was
told this case was very serious and she was very close to
receiving a custodial sentence since she had deliberately
defrauded the state but her mitigating factors such as the
fact she has 20-month-old twins and a 13-year-old autistic
child, had prevented her receiving a custody sentence.
charges were brought under Section 111 for the making of
false statement, two charges brought under Section 112 for
the failure to give prompt notification of changes in her
circumstances, namely that she had got married, and one
charge again under Section 111, for producing a falsified
document. The amount of overpayment was £18,484.38 in Income
Support, £4,001.14 in Housing Benefit and £433.72 in Council
Tax Benefit, a total of £22,919.24.
Toney, Herefordshire Council's head of benefit and exchequer
services said, 'This was a very serious case of fraud and
I am pleased with the sentence that has been handed down.
As with all benefits cheats, she will have to pay back all
the money she claimed fraudulently. County taxpayers can
be assured that we will not hesitate to prosecute in such
instances and if anyone suspects someone is making false
claims they should contact either the council or the Department
of Work and Pensions. Benefits cheats cost innocent taxpayers
a lot of money and we will keep on investigating cases where
we suspect this to be the case.'
Evans represented Herefordshire Council and the Department
of Work and Pensions. Roger Dallimore represented Sarah