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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
Town Carnival Committee are pleased to announce that the
2010 is Miss Adele Brooke. Adele will have a range of duties
to fulfil during her reign, the first of which will be to
help to present prizes on Carnival Day, Saturday, 7th August.
Adele is also the Merton Rose Queen, so she can look forward
to a busy year. Adele's
two attendants are Nicole Atkins and Lydia Ellis.
Princess Adele with attendants Nicole Atkins and Lydia Ellis. In
the back row are contenders Chloe Rowberry and Zoe Price
with last year's Carnival Princess, Phoebe Sleeman.
RESULT FOR HEREFORD AND SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE CONSTITUENCY
Norman has been elected
as the new MP to represent the Hereford and South Herefordshire
full result was:
CARR, Sarah Jane Liberal Democrats 19,885
NORMAN, Alexander Jesse (known as Jesse Norman) The Conservative
Party candidate 22,366
OLIVER, John British National Party 986
ROBERTS, Philippa Louise Labour Party candidate 3,506
SMITH, Valentine James UK Independence 1,638
turnout was: 67.35 per cent and there were 72 spoilt
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR PRIDE OF HEREFORDSHIRE AWARDS 2010
Nominations are now open for the 2010 Pride of Herefordshire
awards which aim to celebrate the achievements of unsung
heroes throughout the county.
awards, being run by Herefordshire Partnership, of which
Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire are members,
have nine categories. Winners in each category will take
home £100 in cash as well as a specially designed trophy
which they can keep for a year. This year supermarket Asda
has agreed to be a headline sponsor and will be supporting
the event in a variety of ways, including having nomination
forms available in the Hereford store. The
awards ceremony will be held in October and the top three
in every category, together with the people who nominated
them, will be invited to a gala dinner where the winners
will be announced.
Roger Phillips, chairman of Herefordshire Partnership said,
' "We constantly hear stories of county people who do remarkable
acts in both fund-raising for community schemes and helping
friends and neighbours in need. Many of these acts go unrewarded
but the Pride of Herefordshire awards seek to redress this
by highlighting the achievements of both individuals and
community groups who make the county such a great place
to live in. We are all fortunate to have such wonderful
neighbourhoods and I hope people will nominate anyone they
feel is worthy of recognition.'
Entrepreneur Award: Someone who is successful in business,
with an innovative approach. They may have diversified into
new areas of work or use new technologies. Their business
makes a contribution to the local economy and ideally has
raised the profile of Herefordshire regionally or nationally.
Herefordshire Learner Award: Someone who has learnt
new skills or knowledge and uses them in their day-to-day
life. An achiever who may have overcome obstacles to progress.
They may have gained a recognized qualification that has
helped them to gain a new job, or use newly learnt skills
to help others in their community.
Herefordshire Courage Award: Someone who in a personal
or community capacity has overcome adversity. Someone who
has had the courage to face their fears or do something
new. They may have made their community a safer place by
their actions, have done something courageous for someone
else or made a selfless act, putting other people first.
Herefordshire Environmental Champion: Someone who
has made a difference to the environment in his or her local
community. They may have introduced a recycling scheme,
cleaned up a messy area or cleared footpaths. They may be
a champion for climate change, bio-diversity, preservation
of key species or conservation or locally historic buildings.
Herefordshire Young Carer Award: Someone up to 18
years old who looks after or helps others, whether family
at home, or in their community. They may care for animals
that need help. They may check on someone, do their shopping
for them, clean around the house or garden, or just keep
them company. Herefordshire Adult Carer Award: Someone
who looks after or helps others, whether family at home,
or in their community. They may care for animals that need
help. They may check on someone, do their shopping for them,
clean around the house or garden, or just keep them company.
Herefordshire Health Champion: Someone who has improved
people's health and quality of life. They may organize sport
and recreational activities in their community, support
a club, organize a walking group, dance class or healthy
eating club. They may be a champion for health and well-being
issues, healthy lifestyles and exercise.
Herefordshire Community Group Award (for less than 10
members): A community group or organization of less
than 10 members which has made a real difference to the
quality of people's everyday lives in their local area.
They may raise money for charity, run a community shop or
club or provide support to vulnerable people.
Herefordshire Community Group Award (for more than 10
members): A community group or organization of more
than 10 members which has made a real difference to the
quality of people's everyday lives in their local area.
They may raise money for charity, run a community shop or
club or provide support to vulnerable people.
is also an overall winner award which is given to one of
the individual award winners who judges feel has made the
most significant contribution to raising pride within the
county. The awards are run by Herefordshire Partnership,
of which Herefordshire Council, is a member and the Hereford
Journal. For a nomination form, contact Philippa Lydford
on 01432 261788 or log onto the website at www.prideofherefordshire.com
FIRST FRIDAY AT BROOME FARM
first Friday of the month at Broome Farm is always an enjoyable
event, where friends gather at the Cider Cellar to catch
up, share food, enjoy a talk on anything from coffee to
salad leaves (and you'd be surprised at just how many of
those there are) and to probably enjoy some spontanious
live acoustic music.
Friday evening, Proprietor of Ross Cider & Perry Company,
Mike Johnson took a group from Gloucester on a guided tour
of Broome Farm, after which they were taken to the Cider
Cellar where they were invited to try some of the produce
available there. A visitor from Canada, who is currently
staying with another local cider producer also went along
to sample some of the wonderful Broome Farm Cider.
series of events at the farm is planned in order to raise
money for their chosen charity, which this year is Herefordshire
Headway, a charity which supports those who have suffered
brain injury and their carers. Details of the events can
be found on the 'What's On?' page of Wyenot.com.
group of visitors enjoy a cider tasting at Ross Cider.
Johnson and Phil Long talk about the various ciders made at the
in the cider cellar.
HEREFORDSHIRE BEEF WEEK AT THE OLD COURT HOTEL
Victoria and Jono of the Old Court Hotel at Whitchurch pride
themselves on producing excellent, locally produced food
and this week, they are celebrating that good old county
favourite, Herefordshire Beef.
of the Hotel's Pedigree Herefordshire Beef will be showcased
in eight different specials on the board throughout the
week. All of the beef at the Old Court comes from Risbury
Farm in Herefordshire and is butchered at the premises for
that good old fashioned taste.
£1MILLION WORTH OF MEDICINES GO UP IN SMOKE EACH YEAR
prescription medicines cost Herefordshire a shocking £1
million each year and the Primary Care Trust is calling
on patients to support its campaign to reduce waste medicines.
They are asking people to:
· Only order what medicines that are needed on repeat prescription
· If you don't need all the medicines that are listed on
your repeat prescription, please ask your GP to amend the
· Always take your medicines to hospital with you - they
will be kept safe
· Ask a pharmacist for a free medicines use review to talk
about your medicines
· Dispose of unwanted medicines safely through a pharmacy
a bid to try and reduce waste and make every penny of tight,
health care budgets count, NHS Herefordshire is appealing
to patients to only order what they need. Unused prescription
medicines cannot be used by another patient and the primary
care trust has to pay to incinerate the medicine, on top
of paying for the prescription medicines in the first instance.
The money could be spent instead on vital health care and
£1 million could pay for:
· 200 more hip replacements
· 140 more heart by-pass operations
· 1,400 more cataract operations
· 30 more community nurses
· 180 more knee replacements
Hickman, NHS Herefordshire pharmacist said, 'We must, as
a community, try to reduce unnecessary waste of medicine.
It can be easy to reorder medicines that are not needed
- particularly if different drugs in differing amounts have
been prescribed on the same prescription. However, if patients
and carers can look at their prescriptions and what they
have in their cupboards before ordering, we can begin to
tackle this enormous waste mountain and use the money saved
in other health care services.'
across the county are backing the campaign. 'You may not
have to pay for your medicines, but someone else does -
the tax payer. If you have any questions about your medicines
talk to your pharmacist. This can help to reduce waste,'
said Peter Lawrence, a locum pharmacist in Hereford. Julie
Cross, a pharmacist at Chandos Pharmacy, Hereford added,
'Only order medicines that you need. Just recently, more
than £500 of unwanted medicines were returned to the pharmacy
by one patient. If you are struggling to manage your medicines,
talk to your pharmacist and they will help you.'
you would like to know more about how you can help reduce
medicine waste, visit one of the road shows, where an experienced
pharmacist will be on hand to talk to you.
18th May - St, Katherine's car park, Ledbury.
Wednesday, 19th May - Hereford High Town.
Friday, 21st May - Tenbury Road car park, Bromyard.
Monday, 24th May - Ross Market House, Ross-on-Wye.
Tuesday, 25th May - car park opposite Kington Primary School.
Thursday, 27th May - Corn Square, Leominster.
some of the prescription medicines which will go up in smoke.
Herefordshire pharmacist Sue Hickman.
HEREFORDSHIRE PARTNERSHIP OFFER GRANTS TO LOCAL ENTERPRISES
Enterprises in Herefordshire will have the chance to boost
their business with a new package of grants on offer from
the Herefordshire Partnership. To build on the success and
popularity of last year's business booster and training
voucher schemes, an increased package of grants is being
offered to help with a range of business opportunities.
schemes are being launched at a time when many businesses
are looking to pick up from the downturn. The grants aim
to help develop a diverse and dynamic business base in Herefordshire.
Those on offer include a business booster grant, training
voucher and redundant building grant and are all available
across the county.
the package there are grants of a minimum of £500 right
up to a maximum of £25,000 depending on which grant businesses
apply for. Each grant aspires to encourage growth in different
areas of the economy from creating new employment, to having
a better trained workforce, to bringing empty commercial
property back into productive use. All of the grants require
an amount of match funding from the applicant and have each
has a slightly different, simple, application process.
Silver of Herefordshire Council said, 'The programme of
grants aims to reflect the needs of local businesses to
enter a new market or help develop skills to enable enterprise.
Local businesses will support the county's recovery of the
economy and therefore the investment will help stimulate
new employment and safeguard existing jobs.'
programme has been devised by the Economic Development Partnership
as part of the Herefordshire Partnership and are mainly
aimed at small to medium size enterprises. Businesses wanting
more information about the grants or an application form
should visit Herefordshire Council's website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/Business/grants,
or email email@example.com where the
relevant forms and information will be sent by email to
be completed and returned online.
you would like further information about the grants and
would like to request a hard copy application form please
contact the economic development team on 01432 261758.
PARK AND STRIDE DURING WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK
Fifty Herefordshire primary schools and nearly 10,000 children
are joining in national Walk to School Week this year and
from Monday, 17th until Friday, 21st May children will be
encouraged to walk to school or to park away from the school
and walk if they have to come by car.
year, the theme is 'Walk Your Way' which aims to encourage
parents and children to get to know their local neighbourhood
better by exploring it on foot. In addition to learning
more about their local environment, children will be able
to learn to orientate themselves on the journey to and from
school, as well as learning vital road safety skills and
keeping active. Over
the past two decades the number of children who walk to
school has dropped dramatically. In Herefordshire only 38
per cent walk to school and 38 per cent come by car, 23
per cent arrive by bus and one per cent cycle. Many pupils
are driven to school even though they only live within a
20 minute walk to their school.
Council is supporting the event by providing diaries, stickers
and leaflets for children and parents. Each class will have
a wall chart and a selection of stickers so that children
can keep a record of how they travelled on each day. Councillor
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation said, 'Everyone knows the difference
in traffic congestion in term times as opposed to school
holidays so the more children we can encourage to walk,
cycle or use a bus to get to school, the better.
children are often bundled from front door to car door without
the opportunity to get out on foot, to learn about road
safety and to get to know their local neighbourhood. Often
parents say they don't have the time to walk, but during
Walk to School Week this year, our message is to give walking
a go. Many people underestimate the time it takes to travel
by car or public transport and overestimate how long it
takes to walk. By walking, children can be taught important
road safety messages, feel part of their community and gain
the confidence they deserve.
if you feel you live too far to commute the whole way on
foot, why not try to 'park and stride?' You can find somewhere
to park away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
Not only will you miss the rush to find a parking space,
but you will also help ease congestion around the school
and fit in some exercise for you and your children.'
HEREFORD TO CELEBRATE DIVERSITY ON CASTLE GREEN
Hereford will be celebrating its rich diversity of communities
and cultures in an eleven hour family event this weekend.
Organized by the Rainbow Forum which includes Herefordshire
Council, Herefordshire Housing and West Mercia Police, Shades
of Grey will take place in Castle Green from 12 noon to
11pm on Saturday, 15th May. The
event will feature live entertainment, circus skills, face
painting, speakers, market stalls, food, drink and much
will demonstrate circus skills and show residents how it's
done. Herefordshire Malayalee Association will be performing
Indian dancing throughout the day. There will be a wide
range of stalls offering goods and information and Miss
Wonky will be face painting. Former MP Peter Tatchell will
be speaking during the afternoon about Human Rights and
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues.
About Face Theatre Company will be performing a special
piece of theatre about bullying and the evening will feature
singer Kelly Pepper with her dancers and local musician
Ady Marshall. Local performers covering a wide range of
musical genres will keep people entertained. Rainbow Operations
will be bringing the Rainbow Bus and providing a DJ. Catering
and a fully licensed bar will be provided.
COUNCIL IN TOP THREE IN COUNTRY FOR ECO-SCHOOLS PERFORFORMANCE
Officer, Philip Tamuno wtih Jane Denny, Eco-Schools Champion.
Council is currently in the top three in the country for
its Eco-School performance and has a new sustainability
officer to further build on this success.
county currently has 108 or 95 per cent of schools registered
in the Eco-School programme and are also in the top three
for the number of registered schools (14 per cent) with
the prestigious Green Flag Award. Nineteen schools have
moved up an award level this year and more than 80 per cent
of of registered schools now have awards.
Tamuno has just joined the Council's Sustainability Unit
and will be supporting the Eco-Schools programme, along
with Jane Denny, winner of the Pride of Herefordshire Environmental
Champion award for 2009.
has a wide range of teaching experience at primary, secondary
and university levels. In addition, he has worked for Médecin
Sans Frontières (MSF), a waste management company and the
Environment Agency. Philip will be working with colleagues,
partners and other stake holders to improve the outstanding
performance of the Herefordshire Council's Schools in the
Eco-School league. Philip is presently developing an Energy
Challenge project for secondary and primary schools in the
County that will start at the beginning of the 2010/2011
are urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions
on how we can best work with schools to save money on energy
bills, increase pupil's awareness of energy use and energy
saving and reduce our carbon footprint as a county.
SARAH CARR SAYS THANK YOU TO HER SUPPORTERS
Sarah Carr, the Liberal Democrat candidate has thanked the
many supporters who backed her in Thursday’s general election.
19885 people (41.1%) voted Liberal Democrat in Hereford
and South Herefordshire, in a hard-fought campaign that
saw the Conservatives take the seat on the national swing.
after the election count Sarah said, 'Thank you to the thousands
of people who voted Liberal Democrat in Herefordshire. Thank
you to my family and friends who have been so incredibly
supportive. Thank you to my amazing campaign team who worked
so hard. I will never regret being part of this campaign,
I will never regret being a Liberal Democrat in this election;
my only regret is that I did not deliver the result your
efforts deserved. Now
I ask the newly elected Conservative MP, as one of your
constituents, to do the best job you can. This constituency
remains a marginal seat.
love Herefordshire and I will continue to serve our community
in whatever way I can.'
SPACE HOP - ONE GIANT LEAP INTO HEREFORDSHIRE LIBRARIES
Herefordshire libraries are challenging all children to
read six books during the summer holidays and the theme
of this year's challenge, fuelled by the huge wave of interest
in the 40th anniversary lunar landing in 2009, is Space
Hop, which will highlight books and reading via cosmic travel.
is the 12th annual summer reading challenge and youngsters
will be helping the young crew of the Ex Libris to set up
the first library on the moon.
Adrian Blackshaw of Herefordshire Council said, 'The challenge
is aimed at all children aged between four and eleven and
our libraries will be supporting the event with themed activities.
The scheme aims to encourage reading, literacy and visits
to public libraries by making it fun to read books. It is
free to take part in the challenge itself, where children
receive prizes and stickers as rewards for reading books,
and get a medal and certificate on completion of the challenge.'
challenge starts on 12th July and will run until the beginning
of September. If you would like to know more about the challenge,
or would like someone to come in to school to discuss the
challenge with pupils, please do not hesitate to contact
either Emma Stevens on 01432 383280 or their local library.
People in Herefordshire are being urged to think, 'Am I
number 12?' as part of World Hepatitis Awareness Day 2010.
Herefordshire and Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust have joined
together to mark World Hepatitis Awareness Day on Wednesday
May 19th, with an information and advice event at Asda,
Hereford between 10am and 2pm.
in twelve people world-wide are chronically infected with
viral Hepatitis, but remain unaware as they display no symptoms.
Hepatitis can affect anybody and is an infection caused
by viruses which attack your liver. The main risk factors
for catching Hepatitis include medical, dental or vaccination
treatment abroad, if you received a blood transfusion before
September 1991 and anyone who shares toothbrushes, razors,
or drug using paraphernalia.
you feel you could be at risk and would like to be tested,
pop along to your Doctor, Sexual Health Clinic or local
Drug Service Provider. The test is very quick and simple
and involves giving a blood sample, with the results being
available shortly afterwards. If you would like further
information on Hepatitis, please pop along to the Asda event
and speak to one of our friendly team. Alternatively, you
can also contact Jo Spicer, Hereford County Hospital's Hepatitis
Nurse Specialist on 01432 364167.
HEREFORDSHIRE SHOPMOBILITY SCHEMES
Co-ordinator Roger Lane with some of the scooters available.
and visitors who find it difficult to get around on foot
will be able to find out how a scooter, power chair or wheelchair
could help them get around the county as part of a national
Shopmobility awareness event. Herefordshire's
Shopmobility scheme has bases at Ross-on-Wye, Hereford,
Leominster and Ledbury and are opening the doors to new
and existing members on Friday, 14th and Saturday, 15th
with a temporary or permanent mobility impairment, their
friends, families or carers will be able to see for themselves
how the Shopmobility scheme can help to improve access to
shopping and other local facilities. The scheme allows members
to loan a scooter or power chair for free to take out for
the day to go round the shops, run errands or visit leisure
Glenda Powell, chairman of Shopmobility liaison group said,
'This year marks the 20th year of Shopmobility in Hereford
city centre. This is an impressive milestone for Shopmobility
and shows how valued the service is to the community and
visitors to Hereford. I feel this is due to the professionalism
and friendliness of our staff who go out of their way to
give visitors to Shopmobility a warm welcome.'
Brian Wilcox said, 'I would like to thank all of the volunteers
and people involved with this service which, while supported
by the council, relies on the support of willing helpers.'
is not necessary for visitors on the open days, just turn
up during the normal opening hours. The open days are part
of a national awareness event organized by the National
Federation of Shopmobility which brings together a network
of around 350 Shopmobility schemes. It is estimated that
nationally 1.5 million people benefit from Shopmobility
schemes on about 3.5 million trips when they spend around
£260 million boosting local economies.
hours for the Shopmobility schemes are: Hereford Shopmobility,
Blueschool Street, Maylord Orchards Car Park - Monday to
Saturday 9am to 4.45pm. For details call 01432 342166 or
Shopmobility at Ross, Shop 4, Cantilupe Road - Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For
details call 01989 763388 or email email@example.com
Leominster Shopmobility, 6 Morris Mews - Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm, Saturday, 10am to 1pm. For details call 01568
Individual Living Mobility Scheme, St. Katherine's Car Park,
Ledbury - Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm. For details
call 01531 636001.
SCRUTINY COMMITEE TO REVIEW IMPACT OF WORST WINTER IN 30 YEARS
Herefordshire Council's overview and scrutiny committee
is to hold a full review on the impact of the severe winter
weather on communities within the county and residents are
invited to attend the meeting, which will take place at
Brockington, at 10am on Friday, 21st May. Committee
members will be looking at how the council, schools, NSH
Herefordshire, police and the voluntary sector were affected
by the winter weather, whilst councillors will look at what
lessons can be learnt, what was done right and what can
Phil Edwards, chairman of the committee said, 'I was asked
by the leader of the council to conduct this review of the
impact of the worst winter weather in 30 years and I would
urge any interested members of the public to come along
and find out how the council dealt with the many issues
raised. Members of the public can submit questions for consideration
at the meeting and will also be able to contribute to the
general discussion and I'm sure councillors would be interested
in hearing about their personal experiences as well.
of the committee will be looking at issues such as the approach
to school closures, gritting of roads and pavements, emergency
planning arrangements and communication with the public.
The committee will then be putting together a report which
will go to Cabinet before the end of July so any recommendations
made can be taken into account for future winter planning.'
members of the public who would like specific questions
raised at the meeting should contact democratic services
on 01432 260239 at least two days before the meeting so
a response can be prepared.
MAN ASSAULTED ON PLAYING FIELDS IN HEREFORD
Hereford Police are asking the public to help them find
a group of men who assaulted a man as he crossed a playing
incident happened at 8pm on Sunday, 18th April, at the rear
of the swimming pool on St. Martins Street, Hereford. The
man was walking across King George playing fields at the
time of the assault. A group of five to six men ganged up
on the man and punched and kicked him to the ground and
then stole his mobile phone.
anyone has any idea who these men are or if anyone witnessed
this incident, please contact Hereford Police on 0300 333
3000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
SPIRAL STAIRCASE STOLEN FROM LEDBURY
Police are asking the public for help in locating a wrought
iron, spiral staircase, which was reported to the police
as stolen on 21st April at 12:30pm. The staircase was stolen
from a Ledbury farm.
owner had stored the staircase at a friend's farm in sections.
Each step was separate and was not attached to the central
pole as it was being painted. The Victorian staircase had
been stored at the friends for 12 years whilst the owner
waited to put an extension on his home. Just as he was about
to use the staircase, it was stolen. Part of the stairway
had green paint on it but some of it had been stripped so
a section of it would have been white. The value of the
piece is £5,000. The
Police said that the pieces would have easily fitted into
a transit van or something similar.
owner of the staircase said, 'The staircase was quite intricately
engraved in a scrolled pattern. I had taken it apart to
spray it. I hope that whoever stole it has not weighed it
for scrap or taken it to a reclamation yard. It is very
anyone has any information about this incident could you
please contact Hereford Police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on 0800 555111.