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MARAGRET ANN HARDWICK - 31st March 1942 - 20th March 2010

In 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.

Margaret 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.

Margaret 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.

When 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.

For 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.

Our thoughts are with Margaret's family at this time.

Margaret loved a party and can be seen here celebrating her grandaughter Laura's 18th birthday..


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.

At 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.

On 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 are available.

On 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.

For further information or to book a place please telephone 01432 260692.


Despite 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.

Beginning 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!

These 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:
The Plough, The Man of Ross, The Hope and Anchor, The White Lion, Connollys, The Drop Inn, the Pool Club and other local businesses.

Any donations towards this cause will be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to the challenge are Pete Lea, Graeme and Clive Parkes, Kevin Pannell, Chris Constable, Kerry Phelps, Mike Cagill and Andy Gibbs.


Our 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.

WIlton 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 years.

Wilton 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 guests.

For locals and regular visitors, Wilton Court now operates a Loyalty Dining Club Card scheme. Please telephone Wilton Court for further details.

Congratulations on your achievements and long may your success continue.

Helen and Roger Wynn with Head Chef, Michael, Chef Marcus and managers Jason and Kerri.


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 partners. Today, Wednesday, 31st March the event is to have a Special flavour.

To 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.

People 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 others.

If 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.


Development 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.

The 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.

'This 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.'

The 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 local businesses.

Harry Bramer by the new sign at the Model Farm development.


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.

The 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.

The 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.'

Lady 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 honour.'

The 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 2002.

Those 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

For further information on the Award, or to download a nomination form, visit


Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John Edwards hosted the annual Mayor's Charity Ball 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.

After 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.

After 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.

The Mayor and Mayoress on Saturday.


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.

The 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 officers.

The 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.

The 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.

There 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.

Although 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 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.

Rose 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'.

Both 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.

Every 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 begins…

After 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.

At 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 their family.


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.

Young 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.

There 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.

'The 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 still further.'

Two 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.


Once 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 charity fund.

The 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.

The Lions would like to say 'Thank you' to you all.

Lion Keith Wilding and Lion Cyril Powell, running the book.


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.

Jesse 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 recession.'

Shadow 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 we oppose.'

The Leader of Herefordshire Council has also hit out at the tax hike on cider, saying it is a slap in the face for rural communities.

Councillor 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 Chancellor's announcement.

Herefordshire 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 ciders alone.'


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.

Nearly £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 kept safe.

Councillor 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.'

The 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.


Local campaigner and Conservative candidate Jesse Norman has highlighted a huge £9 million gap in central government funding for services in Ross-on-Wye.

A 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 alone.

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. 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.

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.'

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

Jesse Norman with Councillor Phil Cutter and Colin Gray.


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.

The 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.

HM 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.

Police 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 the lorry.


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.

The 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.

Police 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, 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.

With 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.

Sarah 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 events.'

In 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 been shelved.

Sarah Carr meets General Manager of Hereford Racecourse, Richard Holland.


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.

Additional 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.

There 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.

In 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 service.

Once 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.

Councillor 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.'

To find out what you can recycle in your area visit 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


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 and Credenhill.

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.

Family membership of Herefordshire Horsewatch is only £5 per year. You can join via the group's website at For further information, contact Tara Heinemann on 01544 318038 or email


The stained glass window at Hereford Crematorium.

Hereford's 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.

Richard Claridge of Hampton Grange and Lynhales Nursing Homes donated the bespoke window which was designed, painted and made by Williams & Byrne of Ludlow.

David 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.'

Councillor 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 interior decoration.

For 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.'


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.

Detective 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.'

DC 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.'

DS 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.'

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