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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
MARAGRET ANN HARDWICK - 31st March 1942 - 20th March 2010
the last issue of Wyenot News we announced the death of
Margaret Ann Hardwick, who passed away at her home on Saturday,
20th March 2010.
was born on 31st March 1942 and grew up with her two brothers,
Leonard and George and three sisters, June, May and Elizabeth.
She later met and fell in love with David (Bambi) Hardwick,
whom she married at St. Mary's Church, Ross on 2nd March
1963. The happy couple had a double wedding, shared with
David's sister, Heather and her husband Will.
and David had three children, Adrian, Lyndon (also known
as Bambi) and Rosina. In 1976, when Rosina was 6 months
old the family moved into Three Crosses Road. Margaret loved
her neighbours and enjoyed great friendship with Trevor
and Richard Brown and Mrs. Joan Tuckwell. Margaret was a
very friendly, neighbourly person, who loved life and people.
David become seriously ill with diabetes, Margaret nursed
him, caring for him until he passed away. They were a devoted
couple and Margaret struggled to come to terms with her
loss, but coped with the love of her children, their spouses
Sandra, Kate and Richard and her seven grandchildren, Laura,
Ben, Shai, Chloe, Liam, Luke and Thomas who are all going
to miss her dreadfully.
those who knew Margaret and would like to pay their last
respects, her funeral is to take place on Wednesday, 7th
April at 12 Noon. The service will be followed by her burial
at Tudorville Cemetery, after which there will be an opportunity
to share memories of Margaret at the Vine Tree Inn.
thoughts are with Margaret's family at this time.
loved a party and can be seen here celebrating her grandaughter
Laura's 18th birthday..
EGGSPLOSIVE EASTER FUN AT HEREFORDSHIRE MUSEUMS
Herefordshire Council's Heritage Service is working in partnership
with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust
to put on a series of explosive family friendly events this
Easter, enabling families to get in touch with local geology
in a fun and hands on way.
Ledbury Heritage Centre on Friday, 9th April, families can
explore 'Silurian Seas' from 11am until 1pm. Participants
will be able to make an underwater fossil scene and decorate
their own trilobite mask.
Thursday, 15th April from 11am until 3pm, families are invited
to go along to Hereford's Museum Resource & Learning Centre
where they will be able to make their own volcano and recreate
an ancient Devonian delta filled with prehistoric fish and
plants. Participants can also make their very own fossils
to take home and bring in any weird and wonderful rock and
fossils to be identified by the council's own geology experts.
Those attending will be able to see geology from the museum
collections and find out more about rocks and fossils in
Herefordshire. Admission is free and there will also be
quizzes and tours. Charges (£3) apply for craft activities.
Refreshments, baby changing facilities and disabled access
Friday, 16th April, Ross Heritage Centre is getting geological
with activities for families from 10:30am until 12:30pm.
People can make their own 400 million year old Devonian
delta and a Devonian fossil fish mask to take away.
further information or to book a place please telephone
SIX PEAKS CHALLENGE TO HELP OUR HEROES
how they appear though, these are no ordinary men. These
are men who are rising to the challenge of conquering not
three, or four, nor five, but six mountain peaks in just
three days. Yes, this daring group comprising Pete Lea,
Graeme and Clive Parkes, Kerry Phelps, Kev Pannell, Chris
Constable, Andy Gibbs and Mike Cagill intend to complete
a six peaks challenge in the three days over the Summer
Solstice to raise money for Help For Heroes.
with the challenge of Ben Nevis at 4,409 feet, the group
will then tackle Scafell Pike (3,209ft) then Scafell (3,163ft).
Moving on down country the guys will then go up Carnedd
Llewelyn (3,485ft), Crib-y-Ddysgl (3494ft) and end with
Snowdon at 3560ft!
charitable men have already been busy raising money for
Help For Heroes. Over £1,500 has been collected due
to the help of the following pubs:
Plough, The Man of
Ross, The Hope and Anchor, The White Lion, Connollys, The
Drop Inn, the Pool Club and other local businesses.
donations towards this cause will be greatly appreciated.
forward to the challenge are Pete Lea, Graeme and Clive Parkes,
Kevin Pannell, Chris Constable, Kerry Phelps, Mike Cagill and Andy
CONGRATULATIONS TO WILTON COURT - NOW AA FIVE STAR
congratulations go to Helen and Roger Wynn and the staff
at Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms on their latest achievement,
being given an AA Five Star rating. The award was presented
last week and is for quality and consistent standards of
hospitality, service, food and comfort.
Court has two Rosettes and has done incredibly well in the
award stakes. They were voted Restaurant of the Year 2009
in the Flavours of Herefordshire competition, going on to
win two silver awards at the Heart of England presentations;
one being for Best Small Hotel and the other for their food
in the 'Taste of the Heart' category. Visit Wales have also
awarded Wilton Court with a Gold award for three consecutive
Court is also becoming very popular as a wedding venue and
various packages are available complete with the personal
touches that will make your special day just perfect, from
the ceremony itself to the reception, to accommodating your
locals and regular visitors, Wilton Court now operates a
Loyalty Dining Club Card scheme. Please telephone Wilton
Court for further details.
on your achievements and long may your success continue.
and Roger Wynn with Head Chef, Michael, Chef Marcus and managers
Jason and Kerri.
VISIT HIGHTOWN TODAY FOR THAT SPECIAL FLAVOUR
On the last Wednesday of each month, there is a PACT (Partners
And Communities Together) surgery in High Town where people
can raise local issues of concern with the local policing
team, representatives from Herefordshire Council and other
Wednesday, 31st March the event is to have a Special flavour.
complement the staff already in the marquee, there will
be police staff on hand to talk about joining the Special
Constabulary. One of the ways that you can contribute to
your community and help solve local problems is by joining
the Special Constabulary. Officers need to give just four
hours of their week to help out and will receive full training
and a uniform.
join the Specials for a number of reasons; to see what it's
like to be a police officer, to give something back to their
community or perhaps to feel a sense of purpose in helping
you are concerned about something in your neighbourhood
and would like to have a say in how it is resolved or if
you are interested in joining the Special Constabulary,
please go along to the PACT surgery in High Town today between
10am and 4pm.
PUTTING MODEL FARM ON THE MAP
of Herefordshire's newest enterprise park has moved a step
closer and a colourful hoarding is now attracting attention
at the site of the Model Farm development at Ross-on-Wye.
ten hectare enterprise park is set to attract investment
from high value, knowledge based companies which will create
quality employment for local people, putting Ross-on-Wye
on the map through its innovative design. The top quality
office and workshop space will be built to meet very high
energy efficiency standards and various forms of renewable
energy generation are being investigated to power and heat
the offices, meeting rooms and workshops.
new business park is an exciting prospect which will set
the benchmark for employment developments in the future,'
said Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for resources.
'The site will be developed as an innovative, environmentally
friendly and sustainable employment area to act as a catalyst
helping to revitalize the local economy.'
development may also incorporate a Rural Enterprise Hub
to act as an incubator for new businesses and provide a
centre for the delivery of business support services to
Bramer by the new sign at the Model Farm development.
THE SEARCH IS ON TO HONOUR VOLUNTARY GROUPS IN HEREFORDSHIRE
The search is on to honour voluntary groups in Herefordshire
with the equivalent of an MBE for their dedication and hard
work in the county's communities. The Office of the Third
Sector in the Cabinet Office is to host an event in Hereford,
to encourage nominations for The Queen's Award for Voluntary
Service, the MBE for voluntary groups.
event, to be held at Hereford Shire Hall on Tuesday, 29th
June at 10.30am, will be hosted by the Lord-Lieutenant of
Herefordshire, The Countess of Darnley JP, the Queen's representative
in the county, and forms part of a series of 14 events across
the UK this summer. Each event will offer eligible groups,
and all those from their communities able to make a nomination,
the chance to learn more about the prestigious award and
the benefits it can provide. A previous winner from Herefordshire
will also be present to talk about their experiences and
what winning the award has meant in terms of the work that
the group does and those who benefit from it.
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Award Committee Chair,
former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said, 'Volunteers
play a vital role in community life and it's important to
recognize their outstanding efforts. Through these events,
we want to show how The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
celebrates the work of exceptional voluntary groups, and
encourage attendees to nominate those outstanding volunteer
organizations in their local area.'
Darnley added, 'The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and reward the excellent
work of voluntary groups in our community. I would encourage
anyone involved in, or associated with, the world of volunteering
to come along and find out more about this prestigious national
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was created by Her Majesty
to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002, and
is the highest national honour that can be bestowed upon
groups of individuals who give their time freely for the
benefit of others in the local community. Seven hundred
and fifty groups around the UK have won the Award since
interested in attending the event in Herefordshire should
contact Vicky Harris at Herefordshire's Lieutenancy Office
on 01432 260494 or to learn more about the Award call 020
7781 2397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
further information on the Award, or to download a nomination
form, visit www.direct.gov.uk/thequeensawardforvoluntaryservice
ROSS TOWN MAYOR'S CHARITY BALL 2010
Town Mayor, Councillor John Edwards hosted the annual Mayor's
at the Chase Hotel on Saturday evening and was very well
attended. Mayors from Kidderminster and Monmouth were in
attendance as was the Deputy Mayor of Ledbury and his wife,
representing their town along with Ross Town Councillors,
family, friends and local residents. All were dressed in
their finest to enjoy a delicious meal, whilst raising money
for the Mayor's chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
dinner an auction was held and a beautiful painting of Ross-on-Wye
by talented local artist Bekki Steele raised £400.
A further £400 was raised by the draw and on top of
pre ball donations of £600 around £800 was raised
at the event for Macmillan.
the fund raising was over, guests enjoyed dancing to the
music of local band Silva.
With Mayor and Mayoress Edwards are Mayor and Mayoress Martin of
Kidderminster, Mayor Were and Martin Were of Monmouth, Phill and
Sue Bettington, Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Ledbury and Councillor
Jo Lane, Deputy Mayor of Ross-on-Wye.
Mayor and Mayoress on Saturday.
NEW CITY LINK ROAD WILL UNLOCK HEREFORD'S FUTURE
Herefordshire Council today provided the key to unlock the
revitalization of Hereford with the approval of a new 850-metre
link road to ease traffic congestion and provide access
to a planned new urban village, retail and leisure attractions.
planning committee strongly supported the application for
the new road, which, along with the relocation of the livestock
market and the construction of a new flood alleviation scheme,
is an important piece of the jigsaw for the £650-million
ESG development in the city centre and the creation of over
a thousand new jobs. At the end of a two and a half hour
debate, members of the committee heard an emphatic plea
to accept the application from councillors representing
Hereford city, as well as detailed presentations from planning
road, which will carry two lanes of traffic but up to four
lanes in parts, will link Edgar Street to Commercial Road
at the Morrisons junction. Several junction improvements
will be put in place, together with an upgraded roundabout
at Newtown Road, native tree planting and a cycleway running
the full length of the road, high quality stone paving and
a new junction to serve the railway station and improve
the 'sense of arrival' to the city. Road safety will also
be improved along the route, which will also deliver improved
access to the county hospital. To be built in three phases,
work is expected to start at the Edgar Street or western
end next year, and completed in 2013.
road will provide access to a new urban village comprising
800 new homes, many of which will be affordable, to be created
on the existing brownfield site and a redeveloped canal
basin, which will have moorings for boats and towpaths.
The new communities, together with a department store, new
quality shops, restaurants and a multi-screen cinema, form
part of an extended city centre incorporating the old livestock
market. The link road will over time take much of the traffic
away from the inner ring road, which will be redesigned
as a tree-lined boulevard along Newmarket Street and Blueschool
Street, bringing together the existing and planned retail
and leisure attractions.
are seventeen businesses directly affected by the new link
road and these are being assisted to relocate to other sites,
including the new Three Elms business park. The committee
heard that discussions were continuing with do-it-yourself
retailer Rockfield, who are considering plans for a new
site within the ESG area.
two members of the planning committee voted against the
application, the vast majority stressed that the new link
road, the first major road investment in the city for decades,
was essential if Hereford was to ease traffic congestion,
reclaim its role as a thriving economic centre for the county
and provide affordable housing to people on Herefordshire's
housing waiting list, which now totals 5000.
BARBARA AND ROY CELEBRATE DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY
and Roy Cook, a couple who have very strong links with Wilton,
Bridstow and Wilton castle for many reasons, celebrated
their Diamond wedding anniversary over the weekend with
a big family party on Saturday and on Sunday morning their
daughter, Rose Griffith arranged a private tour of Wilton
Castle for the family.
said: 'Nana and Grandad, Ada and Ted Gillett lived in the
village and both spent many happy hours in the White Lion,
as did all the family when we were growing up. My mum, her
twin sister Phyllis, both my uncles, Stuart and John (all
Gillett) were born and lived in the village. All four were
married in Bridstow church. Both Aunty Phyllis and Uncle
John moved away to London after they were married and sadly
Uncle John died a couple of years ago. Mum and Phyllis were
always know in Wilton as 'The twins'.
my brother, Rob Cook and I were also born in Wilton - in
Nana's house - and we lived there until I was about 9 years
old. We then went to live in Bridstow where my sister Louise
was born, before Mum and Dad finally moved into Ross. My
cousins Rob and Geoff Gillett were also born in the village
but moved to Bridstow. All four generations of the family
either went to, or still attend Bridstow School, where I
have also worked for nearly 10 years.
summer my cousins, Angela and Sue, Andrew and David would
visit from London and we would spend long hot summer days
playing in Nana's garden, or the fields, taking my Uncle
Stuart's boat on the river and fishing. We were brought
up on fresh Wye salmon! We also loved playing in the ruins
of Wilton Castle and this is where the link to Wilton really
researching our family tree, my cousin's daughter discovered
that we could actually trace our ancestors all the way back
to Hugh de Longchamp, who founded Wilton Castle. His son
Henry had a daughter Maud who married Reynold de Grey, who
was the 1st Lord Grey of Wilton. His grandson, Roger built
the stone castle at Wilton. This is why I felt that a tour
around the castle seemed to be the perfect end to a lovely
weekend. The weather was just like those sunny days (if
a little cold) that we remembered from our childhood. Mr
and Mrs Parslow, the current owners of the castle were absolutely
great but maybe a little worried that, as there are so many
of us we might return to storm the castle.
lunchtime, we rounded the celebrations with a drink, and
a toast to my Nana and Grandad - Ada and Ted Gillett, without
whom, none of us would have been there.'
Barbara and Roy celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary with
A series of free fun events for young people and their families
has been organized across the county this Easter, thanks
to funding from the Home Office. The 'Come And Have A Go'
events are part of a wider package of measures which the
Home Office has paid for and are designed to provide positive
activities for young people who can also meet the local
police and find out what's going on in their area.
people and their families can 'come and have a go' at a
range of exciting and challenging activities at three venues
in the county:
· The Knapp in Bromyard (off York Road) on Tuesday, 6th
April between noon and 4pm
· Bridge Street Sport Centre, Leominster on Wednesday, 7th
April between noon and 4pm
· The Rec, Bye Street, Ledbury on Thursday, 8th April between
noon and 4pm.
will be ice skating, a climbing wall, bush craft, sports
activities, music workshops and much more available each
day. The events have been organized through the co-ordination
of PC Vicky Turner, Youth Inclusion Officer. Some of the
Home Office funding will be used by Herefordshire CVYS (Council
for Voluntary Youth Services) to provide a mobile resource
unit of two youth workers for six months. The unit's trailer
and equipment is being financed by Herefordshire Council.
Further monies will also be given to the YSS charity's mentoring
scheme, which works with young offenders to enable them
to access services and provide diversionary activities and
break the cycle of crime.
three Come And Have A Go events are not just one-offs,'
said Superintendent Kevin Purcell from Herefordshire Division,
who is wholeheartedly behind the projects. 'Some of the
activities at the events such as the Music Pool workshops
will be followed up by further session over the following
weeks. The whole package is designed to give youngsters
something to do on a long term basis and encourage them
to do something productive and fun in their spare time.
That is why there will be a number of youth groups and Herefordshire
Play Partnership representatives at the events too. In the
longer term, this should have the effect of increasing respect
and reducing the levels of antisocial behaviour in our communities
of the events, those at Bromyard and Ledbury, coincide with
the opening of two new play areas for 8 to 13 year olds
which are funded by the government's Playbuilder project
and managed by Herefordshire Council. If you are looking
for a new hobby or pastime, want somewhere fun to take the
children over the Easter holidays or fancy trying a new
and exciting activity, then come along to one or more of
the Come And Have A Go events and join in.
ROSS LIONS CHARITY RACE NIGHT A WINNER
again the Chase Hotel was the venue for a wonderful evening
of scintillating horse racing which brought out the really
generous side of the punters. Just over a hundred people
attended the event, including the horse racing lovers who
were staying at the hotel. Thanks to the generosity of all
those who attended and the sponsors who supported the Race
Night, around £2,000 was raised for the Ross Lions local
evening was an exciting event with everyone quickly getting
into the mood and most of the Ross Lions' Club attended,
adding to the atmosphere by wearing their DJ's and bow ties.
At the end of the evening, the Ross Lions President, Lion
Andrew Middlecote, thanked everyone for making the event
such a great success, including the Chase Hotel for the
free use of their rooms and facilities, businesses in the
Ross area who sponsored the Race Card and individual races,
race goers staying at the hotel who were so generous as
usual, members of Ross Lions Club who organized the event
and helped to run it and, of course, the guests without
whom it would not have been possible.
Lions would like to say 'Thank you' to you all.
Keith Wilding and Lion Cyril Powell, running the book.
JESSE TAKES PLIGHT OF COUNTY CIDER PRODUCERS TO TOP OF PARTY
Conservative candidate and local campaigner Jesse Norman
has taken the government's new cider tax to the top of the
Conservative party and received immediate backing from the
Shadow Chancellor. Jesse
slammed the government proposals contained in the 2010 Budget
for a 10p tax hike in cider duty and Shadow Chancellor,
George Osborne has given his support.
said, 'Whilst we need to do everything we can to reduce
the number of teenagers drinking high alcohol drinks to
excess, this measure will do nothing to remedy these problems.
If anything, this will badly hit our local cider producers
and penalize the many who consume alcohol in moderation.
This is a bad day for the Herefordshire economy which is
desperately trying to climb its way out of the economic
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne said, 'Alastair
Darling said yesterday he was taxing the drinks that cause
the binge drinking problems. Announced by us at our Conference
last year, denounced by them – and it seemed, adopted by
them. 'Except, it turns out, they haven’t actually copied
our idea. They’ve used it as a cloak for a huge duty rise
on all cider drinkers – instead of just the super strength
white ciders that are linked to problem drinking – and that
is something that will hit the industry hard and it is something
Leader of Herefordshire Council has also hit out at the
tax hike on cider, saying it is a slap in the face for rural
Roger Phillips told a regional meeting of economic advisers
in Birmingham, chaired by the Minister for the West Midlands
Ian Austin MP, that the 10 per cent rise in cider duty was
disproportionate and would hit the Herefordshire economy
hard. He said 'I am angry about the increase in tax because
it appears uniformed and under-researched. The revival of
the cider market is a Herefordshire success story but it
is a fragile one. Jobs have already been lost and any fruit
orchard or producer, or business engaged in making or selling
cider, is suddenly even more vulnerable as a result of the
Council works closely together with NHS Herefordshire so
I could understand the targeting of stronger alcoholic drinks
on health grounds, but the government could have left other
NEW PLAY AREAS TO BE OPENED IN TIME FOR EASTER HOLIDAYS
Children across the county will be able to enjoy eleven
new, creative outdoor play areas this Easter thanks to Herefordshire
Council. Over the last few months, plans have been drawn
up, ramps and boulders have been installed and nature friendly
play equipment has been delivered to create fantastic new
play areas with a focus on challenge for children aged eight
to 13 in Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Bromyard, Hereford, Kington,
Peterchurch and Credenhill.
£300,000 has been spent on the new equipment with funding
from Playbuilder, a two year government project which aims
to improve or develop play areas. The focus of Playbuilder
is to encourage outdoor play in the natural environment.
As fund manager, Herefordshire Council has worked closely
with local groups and organizations to develop sites that
include mounds, boulders, wood and logs as well as exciting
new types of swings, slides and zip wires. Now, as the project
reaches its half way point, eleven new sites will be opened
just in time for the Easter holidays. Developed
hand in hand with the local community, Herefordshire Council
will continue to maintain the sites and ensure they are
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
'This project has brought together council departments and
local community groups to make sure we make the best use
of people's broad skills and experiences and get it right
for our children and their families. We're lucky in Herefordshire
to have so many open spaces and such a beautiful environment
in which to live. However, much of it isn't free for children
to play in and there are many local community groups who
have been working hard to make things better for their children
and young people. Herefordshire
Council has been delighted to work with them to make sure
that our children get the play spaces they need and deserve.
A lot of thought and discussion has gone into the design
of these areas to make sure that the equipment provided
enhances imaginative play and allows children to challenge
themselves and take risks in a safe environment.'
new play areas are at Roman Way in Ross, Bye Street in Ledbury,
The Knapp in Bromyard, Barons Cross and Sydonia Park in
Leominster, King George V Playfield Fields and Northolme
Road in Hereford, Crooked Well in Kington and recreation
grounds in Peterchurch and Credenhill. A further fourteen
play projects, one of which will be in Ross-on-Wye are due
to begin this year taking the total to 22 across the county.
These are due to be completed by April 2011.
JESSE HIGHLIGHTS £9 MILLION FUNDING GAP FOR ROSS-ON-WYE
Local campaigner and Conservative candidate Jesse Norman
has highlighted a huge £9 million gap in central government
funding for services in Ross-on-Wye.
new analysis published last week by Jesse pulls together
for the first time an overall 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 overall deficit is £175 million in under funding for
the county since 2005, equivalent to £9 million for Ross-on-Wye
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. What is shocking
is to see that this equates to a funding gap of £9 million
for Ross-on-Wye alone. That sum would make a huge contribution
to facilities for young people in Ross or to the Community
Hospital, to take only two examples.
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.'
Anyone 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.
Norman with Councillor Phil Cutter and Colin Gray.
PEDESTRIAN DIES AFTER COLLISION IN EIGN STREET
Hereford Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward
following a road traffic collision in the city which claimed
the life of a pedestrian. The
collision occurred at 1.24pm on Friday, 26th March in Eign
Street, Hereford when a Daf curtained-side goods vehicle
travelling slowly in the outside lane towards the traffic
lights at the junction with Victoria Street was in collision
with a pedestrian crossing the road. The pedestrian suffered
fatal injuries as a result.
deceased has been named as John Keith Hughes,aged 72 years,
of Whitecross in Hereford. Mr Hughes was pronounced dead
at the scene by paramedics. As a result of the collision,
Eign Street was closed to traffic for several hours, which
caused considerable congestion to many roads throughout
the city during the afternoon. All the emergency services
attended the scene, including police collision investigators
who examined the site to establish the exact cause.
Coroner has been informed and a post-mortem is to be carried
out. An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned later
this week to allow police to continue with enquiries.
are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision
and, in particular, to speak to the driver of a light-coloured
hatchback vehicle which was in the near side lane alongside
BURGLARY AT COMMUNITY VILLAGE SHOP
Herefordshire Police are appealing for information after
a community village shop was burgled with stock and cash
being stolen. The offence took place between 6.30pm on Thursday,
25th and 7.30am on Friday, 26th March at the Bishops Frome
community village shop.
front door was forced open and a cash register containing
cash and stamps was stolen along with a large quantity of
cigarettes of assorted brands, confectionery, soft drinks,
toiletries and headache tablets.
would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity,
vehicles or persons in the Bishops Frome area last Thursday
night. Anyone with information that can help should contact
PC Adele Loney based at Leominster Police Station on 0300
333 3000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
SARAH CARR DISCUSSES FUTURE OF HEREFORD RACECOURSE
Carr, the prospective Liberal Democrat MP for Hereford and
South Herefordshire visited Hereford Racecourse on Wednesday,
24th March to meet General Manager Richard Holland to discuss
the future of racing in Hereford.
fourteen exciting National Hunt, as well as two Arab race
days and one Harness race fixture race meetings a year,
Sarah was keen to question Mr Holland on Northern Racing’s
plans for the future of Hereford racecourse and the wider
issues of the horse racing sector. Sarah was also briefed
about ‘Racing For Change’, the industry wide body which
is seeking to modernize racing and widen its appeal.
commented, 'Hereford Racecourse is a very important attraction
in our city. There are only 60 racecourses in the UK, which
places Hereford in an exclusive group. It was great to hear
Northern Racings commitment to Hereford and ideas for the
future including the possibility of more race days The Racecourse
does need support to thrive and attract more visitors to
our city and county whilst ensuring it maintains excellent
relations with neighbouring houses. I am very eager to support
Hereford Racecourse for racing and as a venue for appropriate
2009, Sarah hosted an event at Hereford Racecourse at which
Liberal Democrats Shadow Chancellor, Vince Cable was guest
speaker. Sarah is delighted to hear that the controversial
plans by Herefordshire Council to site a Park & Ride
scheme on a field at the edge of the racecourse have now
Carr meets General Manager of Hereford Racecourse, Richard Holland.
RECYCLING RATES MORE THAN TRIPLE IN TEN YEARS
Statistics released by Recycle Now reveal that recycling
rates have increased by 26 percentage points in the West
Midlands since 1999 with more than one million tonnes of
waste diverted from landfill in 2008-2009.
new research released reveals that in the West Midlands
only three per cent of people now feel recycling is a waste
of time and nearly all people (96 per cent) are recycling
at least one item. Reusing unwanted items is also popular
with 22 per cent taking unwanted goods to charity shops
and nearly one in ten (eight per cent) selling their items
online. However, there is still progress to be made with
regard to the range of materials recycled. Although
the majority of people say that common items such as paper
(86 per cent) and glass bottles and jars (83 per cent) are
being recycled, only 31 per cent say they are recycling
electronic equipment, which contains precious materials.
are lots of opportunities for residents to recycle more
now as most households have a kerbside recycling collection
and there are household recycling centres where people can
recycle a range of things from electrical items to green
garden waste. Items which are suitable for reuse such as
clothes and furniture can be donated to one of the many
local reuse organizations or charities.
Herefordshire recycling rates have seen an improvement from
approximately 15 per cent in 2004/5 to more than 33 per
cent in 2008/9. With the latest changes to collections and
the new sorting facility at Norton, these figures are expected
to increase even more in the coming years. Most residents
of Herefordshire can now easily recycle glass bottles and
jars, food tins and drink cans, plastic bottles and containers,
cardboard, cartons and paper, in their kerbside recycling
collected and sorted, recycled materials can become valuable
new items. For example, waste textiles can be used to create
mattresses, glass bottles can be turned into sand for golf
courses and just one unwanted toaster can create 25 steel
cans. Due to the nature of the material, glass can be recycled
indefinitely and a recycled newspaper can be back on the
shelf in just seven days.
John Jarvis said, 'We are getting better at recycling. The
amount of waste we send to landfill is reducing, and nearly
everyone is recycling at least one material. But if everyone
recycled the full range of materials accepted in their kerbside
recycling collection, like glass, cardboard, and the wider
range of plastics now accepted for recycling, we could really
improve upon this.'
find out what you can recycle in your area visit www.herefordshireshire.gov.uk/
waste To find out more about recycling in England including
what you can recycle and where to recycle, please visit
the Recycle Now website on www.recyclenow.com.
FORTHCOMING AGM OF HEREFORDSHIRE HORSEWATCH
Herefordshire Horsewatch is to hold its Annual General Meeting
at Norton Canon Village Hall next month and all are welcome
to attend. The meeting will start at 7.30pm on Thursday,
15th April at the Village Hall which is situated in Kitty's
Lane, Norton Canon, just off the A480 between Sarnesfield
Herefordshire Horsewatch offers advice and guidance to all
those involved with horses on safeguarding their animals
and property i.e. tack, equipment, trailers and lorries
against theft. It is an independent organization, run by
volunteers, and works closely with the Herefordshire Division
of West Mercia Police. The members liaise with other Horsewatch
groups throughout the country, notifying each other of recent
thefts or suspicious activity. This network of shared information
is an excellent weapon in the fight against equine crime.
membership of Herefordshire Horsewatch is only £5 per year.
You can join via the group's website at www.herefordshirehorsewatch.webs.com.
For further information, contact Tara Heinemann on 01544
318038 or email Hfdshorsewatch@aol.com
STAINED GLASS WINDOW UNVEILED AT NEW CREMATORIUM
stained glass window at Hereford Crematorium.
new crematorium now has a new stained glass window which
was kindly donated by a Hereford man to commemorate the
life of his late partner John Sperry.
Claridge of Hampton Grange and Lynhales Nursing Homes donated
the bespoke window which was designed, painted and made
by Williams & Byrne of Ludlow.
Williams, of Williams & Byrne said, 'Richard wanted to make
this gift to the people of Herefordshire because stained
glass can be peaceful and uplifting. It cannot change the
sorrow, but it can give comfort and strength.'
John Jarvis said, 'When we designed the new crematorium,
we wanted the chapel to become part of the city's heritage
and we were delighted when Mr Claridge asked if he could
pay for a stained glass window to be installed there. The
window is not only a fitting celebration of his late partner's
life but is also a sensitive addition to the crematorium's
people attending the crematorium it can be a distressing
and upsetting time, so it is important that the surroundings
are as sympathetic and pleasant as possible and this window
certainly makes the chapel a more uplifting place to be.'
POLICE SEEK WITNESSES TO NEWTON FARM ROBBERY
Hereford Police are investigating an offence where a male
had a quantity of cash stolen from him on Wednesday, 17th
March. At approximately 8:25am when the man got out of his
car in Croft Close, Newton Farm, he was threatened with
a screwdriver and forced to hand over money.
Police are looking for two suspects for this offence. They
are both described as white males in their early twenties.
One was wearing all white sports clothing and a white baseball
hat. The second was wearing dark clothing with a white baseball
cap and was the taller of the two. After threatening the
male, both men ran off along the alleyways at the back of
Croft Close. They were carrying the cash in a plastic bag.
Sergeant Powell of Hereford Police stated, 'Robbery is a
very serious offence and we are investigating this incident
thoroughly. Fortunately it is an unusual offence in Herefordshire
and we aim to keep it that way. If you were in the area
and saw these people around 08.00 to 09.00 we would like
to know. The victim of this offence is a mature man who
was left very shaken by the experience. I would appeal to
anyone who has any knowledge of the offenders or the incident
to contact the Police.'
Shutt who is the investigating officer said, 'This may have
been a planned robbery and the suspects may have been waiting
around the area before it happened. If there is anyone that
appears to have unexpectedly come into a large amount of
cash and fits the description we would like to know.'
Powell states that all information will be treated in the
utmost confidence. He said, 'If anyone has any information
please call us at Hereford Police on 0300 333 3000 or call
Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.'