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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
RACE NIGHT FOR ACORNS CHILDRENS HOSPICE
may have read in a recent issue of Wyenot News that two
local men, Steve (Ozzy) Bond and Gary Davies organized a
sponsored walk to raise money for Acorns Childrens' Hospice.
The event was very successful and, in the light of this
the duo organized a Race Night which took place at the Man
of Ross on Saturday evening.
races were sponsored by many local businesses and what with
people buying horses and betting on them a total of £600
was raised at the event.
done guys. We look forward to seeing what you are up to
and Gary with Landlord Powie, Chad Harris, Ian Phillips and Adie
HEREFORDSHIRES YOUNG MUSICIANS TO SHOW OFF THEIR TALENT
Fifty young musicians from across the county are preparing
for this year's Herefordshire Youth Orchestra's spring concert
which will take place at The Shirehall, Hereford on Thursday,
29th April. The
orchestra, conducted by Hazel Davis and Sir Richard Mynors,
is composed of the most talented musicians from the county,
aged between 15 and 19.
by Herefordshire Council's music service, the musicians
meet once a week to rehearse and have been getting ready
for the spring special since January. It will feature movements
from two concertos - the clarinet concerto from Eb major
by Krommer with 18 year old Eva Howard from Hereford Sixth
Form College as soloist and a little heard work for double
bass by Capuzzi from 18 year old Felix Morris, also from
Hereford Sixth Form College as soloist. Also
in the programme will be the last movement of Brahms' 4th
Symphony, the exciting and colourful piece 'Espana' by Chabrier
and ballet music from Le Cid by Massenet.
Woollard of Herefordshire Council said, 'It takes a great
deal of dedication, commitment and hard work to achieve
the standards some of our young musicians have achieved,
so we welcome the opportunity to share their talent with
cost are available on the door ( £4, £3 concessions) those
aged 18 and under enter free.
YOUNG PEOPLE TO AGREE PRIORITIES FOR NEXT FIVE YEARS
Herefordshire's young people plan to make a difference this
week as they discuss and vote on priorities for children's
services from 2011 to 2014.
Shadow Board is a group of young people from across the
county, supported by Herefordshire Council, who provide
a youth voice to the county's strategic partnership, the
Children's Trust. On Friday, 30th April they will be meeting
at ThePoint4 in Hereford to vote on their choice of priorities
which they'd like the Children's Trust to focus on over
the next year. The Shadow Board will also be consulted later
this year on the priorities for Children and Young People's
Plan due to be published in April 2011.
a modern, electronic voting system, the young people will
be exposed to the harsh reality of delivering priorities
on a fixed budget, then gain instant feedback on the choices
they make. The Shadow Board has recently signed up to Facebook,
so that as well as feeding back to their colleagues at school
or college, there is the potential to open up the consultation
process, to thousands of young people across the county.
the event, which begins at 9.30am and ends at 1.30pm, the
Shadow Board will learn about the Trust, work on priorities
for this year, and learn about consensus decision making.
As children's trusts became statutory in this month, the
young people on the Shadow Board have been involved in selecting
a logo for Herefordshire's Children's Trust to give it its
own identity. Design students from Hereford College of Technology
were commissioned to develop a professional logo and, after
discussion with Herefordshire Council's design team, the
winning design will be revealed at the Making a Difference
event on 30th April, and the winner will be presented with
£200 prize money by Philippa Granthier, head of children's
Barbee, Herefordshire Council's youth involvement officer
said, 'It's really important that Herefordshire's young
people are given the chance to discuss ideas and influence
the priorities that the Children's Trust makes. After all,
it's their future we're all planning to make better. The
Children's Trust works hard to make sure young people have
a voice and that their views have a direct impact on local
had some great submissions to the logo competition. The
young judges had to take advice from professional designers
in making their decisions so that the winning logo can work
professionally, be easy to duplicate and carry a meaningful
NEW CCTV CAMERAS INSTALLED IN ROSS
cameras have been operating in Ross-on-Wye for some time
now and are proving to be very effective in helping to assist
the police to keep the town the lovely, low
crime area it has always been. Not everybody likes the thought
of CCTV in the town and immediately think 'Big Brother!',
but it is rather reassuring to know that somebody is keeping
a watchful eye, just in case.
of the existing cameras were on Tuesday replaced with Hi-tech
mini domes and were funded through the Safer Herefordshire
Partnership. These new cameras have advantages over the
old ones in that they have more mobility, slightly longer
visual range and auto focus, thereby producing better picture
the last quarter 15 arrests were witnessed by a CCTV operator
and out of 293 incidents of CCTV usage 114 'events' were
recorded, please note that these figures have been released
by the CCTV operators and not the police.
the information below the photograph is a summary of how
CCTV has benefited the town of Ross-on-Wye.
installing one of the new CCTV camera in Ross-on-Wye.
summary of incidents where CCTV has benefited the town of Ross-on-Wye.
Heart-stopping rides, side-shows, food stalls and ancient
ceremonies are all part of the street extravaganza which
is Hereford's May Fair. The streets come alive during the
three day festival each year as thousands flock into the
city centre, some from other counties, to enjoy the festival
atmosphere and myriad of entertainment. Up
to 200 showmen and women from around the country will make
their way to Hereford to prepare for the grand opening on
Tuesday, 4th May.
Abie Danter, chairman of the South Wales and Northern Ireland
section of The Showman's Guild said, 'It's come round again
- Hereford's annual May Fair arriving Bank Holiday Monday,
3rd May, when we start setting up at 6pm. A warm welcome
waits when you join us at this historic and impressive traditional
fun fair. Showmen from all over the UK will bring excitement,
fun and laughter from riding the heart stopping white knuckles
machines to bumper to bumper fun, not forgetting the thrills
of the children and traditional rides. From rides to stalls
we have it all!'
official opening of the May Fair is at 3.45pm on Tuesday,
4th May, outside All Saints Church. A ceremonial offering
of 12 and a half bushels of wheat is made by the Mayor to
the Lord Bishop as payment for allowing the fair to proceed.
To ensure the smooth running of the festival, some of the
city streets will be closed from Monday, 3rd May until the
early hours of Friday, 7th May. The roads that will be closed
to traffic are: Commercial Street, High Town, St. Peters
Street, St. Owen Street, Broad Street (below junction of
West Street and East Street), King Street and Bridge Street.
parking / loading / unloading areas will also be closed
in Union Street and in the streets mentioned above. All
of these streets will be accessible to emergency vehicles.
While advance warning signs will be on all routes leading
towards the city centre advising of the closures, diversion
routes will not be signposted as, with so many possible
permutations, such signage could confuse motorists. All
of the other city centre roads will operate as near normal
the southern end of Berrington Street will be two way between
St. Nicholas Street and Little Berrington Street and all
of Gwynne Street will be two way. While there will be a
pinch point at the St Nicholas Street end of Berrington
Street, the benefits of traffic using the Broad Street hinterland
should outweigh any difficulties that may be experienced.
There will also be congestion for traffic using St Martins
Street for access onto the A49.
Council urges drivers to be patient and considerate on the
roads during the week of the fair.
ALL CHANGE AT LEDBURY POLICE STATION
It is true what they say, that things happen in threes,
for there will be not just one but three changes to the
Local Policing Teams at Ledbury Police Station.
Ledbury Rural, PC Dan Pilkington has already taken over
from PC Debbie Huggins. Dan is moving up from one of the
response teams at Ross and already has experience of local
policing as he was a Community Support Officer before he
became a regular police officer. Debbie Huggins now moves
to Ross as a response officer.
the Ledbury Town team, the long term absence of PC Pete
Askwith is to be filled for the next six months by PC Paul
Hunter who, like Dan, is moving from Ross and was a CSO
before joining as a police officer.
up the ladder, Sergeant Sarah Hughes, who has been in charge
of Ledbury Police Station for the past two years, is moving
back to Ross as a response supervisor on Saturday, 1st May,
swapping roles with Sergeant Emma Freer. Emma has many years
experience, both in response and community safety roles,
and is relishing the chance to shape the future of local
policing in Ledbury.
Inspector Jim McLaughlin, Head of Local Policing in Herefordshire
said, 'All these moves have been brought about to allow
officers a chance at career development and engage in fresh
challenges to ensure that they are aware of the many facets
of policing in our communities. The appointment of PC Pilkington
and Sergeant Freer to local policing in the Ledbury area
also saw a new selection procedure introduced. A local councillor
was involved in each selection process to represent the
community that the officers will serve and proved very effective.
The process is now to be adopted across the county when
we make further appointments to local policing teams.'
SHOBDON PRIMARY SCHOOL FLYING THE GREEN FLAG
the Green flagl.
at Shobdon Primary School are flying the Green Flag after
becoming one of just 17 schools in Herefordshire to have
achieved this top environmental accolade.
has 86 eco-schools and each one of them works towards gaining
one of three awards; Bronze, Silver and the prestigious
Green Flag which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental
are the driving force behind Eco-Schools. they lead the
eco-committee and help carry out an audit to assess the
environmental performance of their school. Through consultation
with the rest of the school and the wider community, it
is the pupils that decide which environmental themes they
want to address and how they are going to do it.
Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools
programme, providing schools with all the evidence they
need to really shout about their environmental success.
To gain a Green Flag, the school is externally assessed
by Keep Britain Tidy.
Hancock, Shobdon School headteacher said, 'We are all very
proud to have received this accolade and I must thank all
the pupils and staff for their hard work and commitment
and in particular, science co-ordinator, Sally Clarke for
her enthusiasm and drive.
take a keen interest in all environmental issues and encourage
the children to do all they can to combat the issues of
climate change and sustainability which will affect generations
POLICE WARN CASH POINT USERS TO KEEP THEIR PIN SAFE
West Mercia Police are warning the public to be on their
guard for tricksters who appear to be targeting members
of the public using cash points and chip and pin machines
in supermarkets and shops. Three people were remanded in
custody after they were arrested in Hereford on Tuesday
in relation to thefts committed in Hereford and Leominster.
There have been 10 offences this month mainly in South Worcestershire
and North Herefordshire. Further offences have also occurred
in Worcester and Evesham.
The offenders were dropping money near to a cash point and
then engaging, particularly with the elderly who had just
used the cash point. When the person opens their purse to
check a distraction occurs and their card stolen. The victim
will have been observed using the cash point and watched
for their pin.
Detective Sergeant Neil Lippitt from the West Mercia Police
Force Intelligence Bureau said, 'Offenders have been known
to watch people using ATM machines and memorizing the PIN
number used. They then engage them in conversation, distracting
them by a variety of methods whilst an accomplice then steals
their bank cards or purse. These methods have included producing
a map and asking for directions to another town and informing
people they have dropped some money when they have not.
would remind anyone using cash point machines to cover the
pin number pad so offenders cannot see. If anyone appears
to be acting suspiciously please let the police know. Always
keep your bags and personal belongings with you and be on
your guard for anyone who may try to distract you with the
motive of stealing from you.'
who has information for officers about these type of offences
can call 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on
RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN LUNG CANCER STUDY
NHS Herefordshire is encouraging people in the county to
take part in a new study which they hope will help prevent
people dying of lung cancer.
Herefordshire is participating in the research, along with
NHS Worcestershire and NHS Gloucestershire, who together
make up the Three Counties Cancer Network. The Network received
funding to conduct a one year project to raise awareness
of the symptoms of lung cancer. The research will explore
how knowledgeable people are about the early signs and symptoms
of lung cancer, why they might not go to a doctor sooner,
and will examine how well they understand the impact that
their lifestyle choices and behaviour may have in putting
them at greater risk of developing the disease.
research will include interviews with people who have had
lung cancer to understand their experiences of the disease,
as well as group discussions with members of the public
to explore general levels of knowledge about the condition.
All responses will be treated confidentially. The views
of health care professionals and community organizations
are also being sought. An appropriate sample of men and
women aged between 35-65 years from the local community
will be approached to take part in the research.
Sarah Aitken, Assistant Director of Public Health at NHS
Herefordshire said, 'We need to know why people are not
seeking help at the earliest stages and how we can change
this. It's important to talk to a broad sample of the local
community in order to build up a complete picture. I would
strongly encourage anyone who is approached to take part
in the research. Their views are important to us, and may
help save lives in the future.'
Herefordshire Council is asking parents to try out real
nappies during Real Nappy Week and realize the benefits
both to their wallet and the environment.
support of Real Nappy Week, which runs from 26th April until
2nd May, the council wants to reduce the amount of nappies
that go to landfill by highlighting to parents the benefits
of using real nappies. Real
nappies don't contain any of the chemical gels that disposable
nappies contain but they still offer the convenience that
disposal nappies offer. Real nappies come in different shapes
and styles. They are designed to be comfortable and secure
and they can help parents save hundreds of pounds.
Tector, assistant director at Herefordshire Council said,
'The promotion of real cloth nappies has both environmental
and money saving benefits to the residents of Herefordshire.
Within a child's lifetime they will use on average 5,020*
disposable nappies and these will all end up in local landfill
sites. Promoting the use of cloth nappies can help prevent
all this waste and has the financial benefits for parents
and Ellen Hogan from Hereford said, 'We used real nappies
from when our daughter was born. We were encouraged by the
council, who offered a cash back incentive to get us to
use real nappies and we're grateful for that. The real nappy
incentive scheme is a really good idea and encouraged us
in using real nappies. Our preconception was of the old
fashion square cloth nappy, but things have really moved
on and the modern real nappies are brilliant and easy to
use. We'd recommend the Pop-in.
are lots of different types of real nappy out there and
we tried several before settling on a preferred one. We've
always used real nappies. We went on holiday and used disposable
nappies for a week. I couldn't believe the cost of them,
even with special offers. People say that cost benefit of
using real nappies is negated by the need to keep the washing
machine on. Well, most real nappies these days can be washed
at 40 degrees, making it cheaper to run the washing machine
than you might think. Using real nappies, with a flushable
liner, means no waste is going to landfill, and everyone
knows that disposable nappies take years to decompose in
landfill. The only downside to real nappies is that many
baby clothes are not designed for padded real nappy bottoms.
That said, we've found a couple of online shops who cater
for real nappy users.'
wanting further information about using real nappies can
visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/waste or call 01903 766883.
Women's Environmental Network.