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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION.......
MEL RECEIVES FIRST JOHN KYRLE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
out enjoying the John Kyrle birthday celebrations on Saturday,
we heard an announcement that two presentations were about
to be made.
first presentation was a donation to the Hope Trust, a local
charity that was set up to give help and support to the
children and families of those suffering from a life threatening
illness. On behalf of the Ross Gazette, Editor Jo Scriven
presented a cheque to young Hope volunteer, Rory Trevethan.
many of you will be aware, John Kyrle, the 'Man of Ross'
was a kind and generous man who gave much to the town of
Ross-on-Wye, from money and bread to the poor and needy,
to legal advice and a beautiful place to enjoy, the Prospect
Gardens. In memory of John Kyrle's community spirit, the
Association of Ross Traders decided that they would like
to present an award to a person who worked voluntarily for
the good of the town and selected Ross Town Carnival Chairman,
Mel Hodges to be the first recipient of the John Kyrle Community
have known Mel for many years and we are quite well aware
of the amount of work he does for the community. He has
been Chairman of the Carnival Committee for many years and
along with the rest of the committee works hard to ensure
that the town enjoys a fantastic carnival on the first Saturday
of each August.
and Iris Price ran the first ever discos for the kids at
the Larruperz Centre. Mel also works with the Christmas
Carnival Committee who arrange for Santa to visit Ross Market
House every year to give all of the children in Ross-on-Wye
a pre Christmas present. Mel also coaches the local girls
we at Wyenot News congratulated Mel on his award, he said,
'I would like to thank the person or persons who nominated
me for this award. I would also like to thank each and every
one of the people who have accompanied me along the way.'
He went on to say that there are many people who work tirelessly
for the town, from the lady who makes costumes for the carnivals,
the tea ladies and cake makers who help event organizers
get through the day and many others who quietly do their
bit for Ross-on-Wye and he would gladly share this award
know you're not in it for awards, Mel, or any kind of recognition
but we have to say that this is well deserved.
Hodges receives the first John Kyrle Award for Community Spirit.
Scriven presents a cheque to Rory Trevethan of the Hope Trust.
VOTE FOR YOUR NEW ROSS TOWN COUNCILLOR ON THURSDAY
Following the resignation of former Mayor, John Davies from
Ross Town Council an election is to be held on Thursday,
27th May to fill the vacancy.
following candidates are standing:
(Phyllis) Margaret Lucas, Conservative
Mr. John Stuart Gasston, Independent
Caroline Utting, Liberal Democrat.
vacancy is for Ross West Ward and the polling stations will
be at Brampton Abbotts C of E Primary School and Ross-on-Wye
Bowling Club. The stations will be open for voting from
7am until 10pm.
order to save the town some money it was decided not to
issue new polling cards.
WEST MERCIA POLICE LAUNCH COP CARDS
The hugely successful Cop Cards are back, bigger and better
than ever. The final five in the set were released on Monday,
24th May so if you haven't started to collect them, get
your roller skates on before they all disappear.
Cards is a set of 25 limited edition collectable cards aimed
at youngsters aged 7 to 14 years and each card features
information about a different role within your local police
service. They also feature important messages on everything
from internet and road safety to bullying and stranger danger
advice. In addition to this, one of the cards will even
carry a special web address which, when entered, will allow
access to a unique web page and content especially for our
Cop Cards collectors.
from local community support officers and your nearest police
station, the cards are a fun way for children to get to
know their local policing teams while learning more about
the force and how to stay safe. Herefordshire's children
can pick up these cards at Bath Street Hereford, Leominster,
Ross-on-Wye, Kington, Peterchurch, Ledbury, South-Wye, Bromyard
are half a million of West Mercia Police's collectable cards
to be collected. The cards were officially launched on April
26th, with the second batch being released across Herefordshire,
Worcestershire and Shropshire on Monday, 10th May.
collecting these new, fun cards today!
you would like further information please contact Herefordshire
Police on 0300 333 3000 or your local Police Station. Alternatively,
visit the West Mercia Police web site at www.westmercia.police.uk.
lovers will be delighted to learn that local author Anne
O'Brien will be talking about her writing and signing copies
of her latest novel 'Virgin Widow' at Ross Library on Friday,
story is about Anne Neville, whose name does not, even for
lovers of historical fiction, spring readily to mind apart
from her fleeting appearance in Shakespeare's Richard III
where Richard, complete with Shakespearean hump and limp,
woos her over the corpse of King Henry VI. Not the most
promising start to a marriage.
author Anne O'Brien draws on the fascinating relationship
between Anne and Richard as the basis for her new novel
Virgin Widow and her evening talk at Ross and Leominster
libraries, as she explores this exciting period of British
history, the War of the Roses.
daughter of Warwick the King Maker, Anne Neville was betrothed
twice as a child to Richard of Gloucester, the future Richard
III. When her father rebelled against Richard's brother,
the Yorkist King Edward IV, she was married off to the rival
claimant Prince Edward of Lancaster; but his mother Margaret
of Anjou declared that the marriage was never to be consummated.
Edward's death (at Richard's hands?), Anne found herself
a prisoner on the 'wrong side' in the war; her father dead,
her mother trapped in a convent and betrayed by her elder
sister. Her only hope: rescue by Richard.
O'Brien is a former history teacher who lives with her husband
in an 18th century cottage in the depths of the Welsh Marches.
Virgin Widow was published by MIRA as a Paperback Original
on May 21 2010. Anne
O'Brien will also be appearing at Leominster Library on
Friday, 18th June. Ticket cost £3.
COUNTY POLICE OFFICERS AND STAFF COMMENDED FOR THEIR WORK
Mercia's Chief Constable, Paul West paid tribute to Herefordshire
officers and staff at the Divisional Awards Ceremony which
was held on Tuesday, 18th May. During the ceremony, a range
of awards were presented to regular police officers, support
staff and Community Support Officers to mark the excellent,
outstanding or courageous service that they have provided.
Chief Constable West said, 'The stories that you hear at
this event never cease to be uplifting and it shows the
quality of policing in West Mercia. Not only do we hear
wonderful things about the Police Officers but also about
the Police staff such as Norman Jones. It is good to recognize
the breadth of things. The Awards show the dangers that
Police face every day. The reality is that all sorts of
crime, including violent crime have dropped and Hereford
remains one of the safest places in the country.'
Kevin Purcell said, 'These people were recognized by their
colleagues that they should receive the commendations. You
will hear this evening of such things as courage, bravery,
compassion, resilience, use of communication skills, tenacity,
professionalism and dedication to duty. The awards have
all stemmed from a colleagues recognition that these people
should be awarded with their commendations. Crimes have
dropped to 10,000 a year and there has been a fall in house
burglaries to 61 per cent. We are working hard to further
engage the community.'
Bernard Hunt, Chair of the Police Authority for Herefordshire
agreed with Superintendent Purcell, saying, 'We all came
here tonight so we can express our thanks to those being
following were among those who were commended at the ceremony.
Commendations were awarded to: PC Michael Edwards who has
been commended for two specific events on two dates, for
his prompt decisive action. The first date was on January
28th 2009 when he was on patrol in Ledbury by himself. He
was called to attend a house with two bodies in it. He found
two young girls had hanged themselves. He immediately lifted
them down and commenced CPR on one of the girls who had
lost consciousness. On the second occasion, February 12th
2009, he was involved with the same address when he went
to assist colleagues after one of the girls went missing.
Unfortunately the girl was dead and he arranged for supervisors
and specialist staff to come and tend to the scene. PC Edwards
has served with West Mercia Police for 29 years.
John Meek has been commended for his courage in tackling
a known violent offender whilst on foot patrol. He has also
been commended for his resilience in restraining the man
for 25 minutes during a struggle until sufficient help arrived.
He has also been commended for the manner in which he achieved
this. The man was remanded in custody for 4 weeks.
Tonya Barnett has been commended for her communication in
negotiation and personal resilience. The incident that took
place involved a disturbed male who was trying to commit
suicide by jumping into the river Wye. Even though PC Barnett
was not a trained negotiator she managed to develop a rapport
and continue to talk to the man so he did not jump. The
man was very distraught and repeatedly climbed over the
railings of the bridge to the extent that the members of
the Fire Service and Police believed he was a genuine and
immediate threat to himself. PC Barnett's ability to talk
to the man was so good that she managed to talk him closer
to a Police vehicle where he was detained safely.
Keith Davies has been commended for bravery and resilience
whilst arresting a known and violent offender. The incident
happened on November 15th 2009. The offender was spotted
by PC Davies committing a theft at a local supermarket and
was assaulted by the offender when he tried to evade capture.
The offender was later charged with theft, assaulting a
police officer and in breach of a CRASBO and was subsequently
remanded in custody before being put before the court.
James Bullock has been commended for tenacity, dedication
and excellent detective ability, for securing the prosecution,
conviction and sentencing of a dangerous drugs supplier.
The supplier got a sentence of nine years.
Inspector David Boote has been commended for his courage
and selfless devotion to duty in saving a man intent on
committing suicide on August 27th 2009. He managed to hold
the man by one arm as dead-weight for a lengthy period until
passing taxi drivers stopped to help him pull the man to
Norman Jones has been commended for his dedication and professionalism
in ensuring a quality service delivery to the people of
Ross on Wye. Mr Jones has a very clerical role which is
integral with helping the police with their duties. His
efforts really do 'make the difference.
Victoria Turner has been commended for her outstanding work
on her youth engagement, school liaison and community projects
with partners agencies throughout Herefordshire.
Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor, Anna
Toon said after her first official duty, 'I am so impressed
with the contributions by the Police Officers, Specials
and members of the public and their contributions. It would
be so nice for more of the public to hear these stories
of what the police are doing just because so many people
do not see the officers and their work. It is rather like
the principle of an iceberg, behind the police on the street
there is a massive team behind them helping to close the
loop and get convictions.'
Michael Edwards, Mr. Norman Jones, PC John Meek, Acting Inspector
Anthony Boote, PC Tonya Barnett and PC Vicky Turner.
WANT TO BE SPECIAL? - YOUR APPLICATION IS INVITED
Special Constables are special people and if you would like
to join them, why not pop along to High Town today, Wednesday,
26th May where the Local Policing Team are holding a surgery?
Constables are volunteers who carry out a variety of roles
alongside regular officers and have the same powers as the
police. The role is a part-time one with a minimum of four
hours a week, normally at weekends or evenings. It is not
an easy job to be a Special but you would be an essential
part of the local policing team carrying out a whole range
of policing duties, including foot patrol, road safety initiatives,
and house to house enquiries. By
becoming a Special Constable you can learn more about policing,
show your community that you care, meet new people and enjoy
must be at least 18 years old to apply and you must be a
member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or, if not have
leave to enter the UK free of restrictions, or you must
have been a resident in the UK for at least three years.
Specials are unpaid volunteers who are entitled to certain
allowances including travel to and from your place of duty
and boot allowance. Your uniform will be provided free of
charge and you will be given all the training you require
to handle even the most difficult situations.
Constable Martin Stephenson said about being a Special,
'I get a lot out of being a Special because I try to get
involved as much as possible and that is clearly appreciated.
Some situations are very demanding and require every bit
of tact and confidence that you have. Other officers are
always willing to help and their guidance is invaluable.'
Trueman, the Special Constables Recruitment Officer said,
'We are actively recruiting Specials across Herefordshire.
We would welcome applications from members of the community.'
you would like further information on becoming a Special
Constable, please call the recruitment hotline on 01905
747174. Alternatively visit the West Mercia Police web site
at www.westmercia.police.uk or go to High Town to meet the
TAAG PRIZE WINNERS REVEALED
Primary School pupils have been awarded prizes as part of
a recent graffiti campaign by Amey, Herefordshire Council's
Community Protection Team, Safer Herefordshire and West
TAAG Graffiti Campaign (Targeted Action Against Graffiti)
which ran in February and March, removed areas of graffiti
throughout Herefordshire. The campaign also raised awareness
of how to report graffiti along with removal costs and legal
implications. A colouring competition was also held for
Primary School pupils, which resulted in an overwhelming
response from across the county. After
a difficult judging session, five lucky winners were chosen
from the numerous wonderful entries. The four runners-up
each received a £30 Odeon cinema voucher whilst the overall
winner was awarded a £100 family Go Ape voucher at a special
ceremony held at Luston Primary School on Monday, 17th May.
McLaughlin, Chief Inspector for West Mercia Police said,
'It was a pleasure to present these five outstanding pupils
with their well deserved prizes. The standard of entries
was incredibly high and as such they should feel enormously
proud of their achievements. It was also an important aim
of the TAAG Graffiti Campaign to educate children around
graffiti in a fun and informal way.'
continued, 'Herefordshire is already a safe county in which
to live, work and visit and by working in partnership, West
Mercia Police and Herefordshire Council are striving to
reduce antisocial behaviour even further.'
Inspector, Jim McLaughlin with the five lucky winners who are, (L-R)
Charlotte Crowe (Stoke Prior Primary School), Holly Porter (Longtown
Primary School), Olivia Kerr (Luston Primary School), Ronnie Adams
Cooper (Leominster Junior School) and Tea Biddle (Luston Primary
DR ANDREW WAKEFIELD STRUCK OFF MEDICAL REGISTER
Dr Andrew Wakefield, whose 1998 study linking the MMR vaccine
to autism and bowel disease was discredited, has been struck
off the medical register by the General Medical Council.
The medical council found him guilty of serious professional
misconduct over the way he carried out his research for
the MMR study.
the light of this news, NHS Herefordshire is urging parents
to make sure their children are up to date with MMR, the
vaccination which protects against measles, mumps and rubella
as following the Wakefield study, the uptake of MMR vaccinations
plummeted and the number of measles cases rose dramatically,
while numerous studies were carried out on MMR to test its
safety. None of the research found any links between the
vaccination and autism or bowel disease.
The uptake rate in Herefordshire is around 80 per cent and
NHS Herefordshire hopes that it can raise this to 95 per
cent which will break the cycle of the transmission of measles,
mumps and rubella. A good example of this is smallpox where
the vaccination programme has been successful and the disease
no longer exists. There are very few children who are unable
to have the MMR vaccination. Only those with immunosuppressed
diseases such as cancer should not have the vaccination.
Akeem Ali, Director Public Health NHS Herefordshire said,
'Uptake of the MMR vaccination in Herefordshire and across
the UK was reduced by the Wakefield study. Since the study
was discredited, uptake has risen, but we do need to increase
it further. Choosing to give your child MMR will protect
you, yourself and your community and will help protect those
few people and children who cannot have the vaccination.'
first dose of MMR vaccine is administered to children at
13 months and second dose at three years four months through
GP surgeries. It is important to note that two doses are
needed to fully protect your child against measles, mumps
and rubella. It is never too late to have MMR and young
people and adults are also welcome to have the vaccination.
Please contact your GP to find out if you or your child
are up to date with the MMR vaccination.
has been surrounded by myths such as the vaccination cannot
be administered to anyone with an egg allergy. This is completely
untrue. Visit the myth buster and find out more about MMR
by visiting http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/MMR/Pages/FAQs.aspx
JESSE SWORN IN AS NEW MP FOR HEREFORD AND SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE
Norman was sworn in as the new MP for Hereford and South
Herefordshire last week, and took his seat for the first
time in the House of Commons.
traditional ceremony was presided over by the Speaker, the
Right Honourable John Bercow MP, and carried out by the
clerks of the House. The original Oath of Allegiance dates
back at least to Magna Carta 1215, and in its modern form
to the Promissory Oaths Act 1868.
reads 'I swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and
bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her
heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.'
afterwards, Jesse said, 'It is an awe-inspiring moment to
enter the Chamber of the House of Commons, the Mother of
Parliaments, and to be sworn in as the new Member for Hereford
and South Herefordshire. I only hope I can be worthy of
Norman being sworn in as the new MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire.
CRUCIAL CREW HELPING CHILDREN STAY SAFE
Over 1800 ten and eleven year olds from 74 primary schools
will converge on Hereford's Racecourse next month during
a fortnight of workshops, games and lessons with a safety
theme. The event, which has been running for more than 14
years, is organized this year by Herefordshire Council's
healthy schools team in partnership with the police, red
cross, fire service, HeartStart, school nursing service,
trading standards and Herefordshire Housing, amongst others.
children prepare to embark on their secondary education,
the event prepares them for some of the issues they may
face over the next few years as they grow from being children
to young people. For example, alcohol and drug awareness,
road safety, personal safety, valuing difference and diversity
and danger in the home, are just some of the sessions they
will attend. The sessions will take place every day from
Tuesday, 8th to Friday, 18th June from 9.30am until 2.30pm
with an hour for lunch.
year's event will include lots of lunchtime activities in
the spirit of Change4Life, the national programme which
aims to get people eating better, moving more and living
longer. Hereford United will be there with their football
in the community squad, Halo Leisure is bringing dance mats
and the Whitecross gym bus will be available for children
and staff to work out on. For those who fancy something
a bit different, cheering leading sessions are being organized
Partner organizations will have exhibitions up providing
information and lots of freebies for children and staff
to collect. To
prepare for the event, the council's healthy schools team
will be getting curriculum packs out to schools with suggested
activities and discussion topics leading up the event.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
'This is a big partnership activity bringing organizations
together to provide an exciting fortnight for the county's
year six children. The Crucial Crew event is a great way
of getting across some key messages in a fun way - children
are encouraged to participate in discussions and debates,
ask questions and understand some of the pressures they
may face over the next few years. We want all our children
to grow into self confident individuals who will be able
to make well informed decisions for themselves, but know
where to go to if they need help.'
event takes place over a fortnight in order to accommodate
all those wishing to attend, although each pupil will spend
one day there.
BROMYARD PUPILS WIN ENERGY CHALLENGE
Two pupils from St Peter's Primary School, Bromyard, have
shown they really know how to reduce the impact they have
on the environment by winning top prizes in a school energy
challenge supported by Herefordshire Council.
schools in the county took part in the My Energy Saving
Passport challenge aimed at making pupils more aware of
how much energy they use at home and how it can be reduced.
Energy consultants Hestia provided the passports for pupils
to fill in and also provided the winners with prizes of
science kits and torches. At St Peter's Primary School,
Year 4 pupil Ethan Potter and Year 6 pupil Caitlin McLoughlin
received the top prizes.
Fitch, Herefordshire Council's energy efficiency officer
said, 'We have been working with a number of schools to
raise awareness and help them better understand about saving
energy at home and in schools and are delighted these two
pupils have done so well. The challenge involved them taking
the passports home to see if any lights were left on or
appliances were left on standby and also to take electricity
meter readings. The idea is also to encourage children to
influence their parents by reducing energy usage.'
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's energy champion said,
'By getting people to reduce their energy usage, this will
help the environment and contribute towards lessening the
impact of climate change, help to reduce bills for heating
and lighting homes and also ensure youngsters understand
how precious resources such as oil and gas are and that
they need to be used carefully.'
scheme is now to be run in a further 10 schools in 2010
/ 2011. Mark Hamilton, from energy consultants Hestia said,
'We have been delighted with the response from pupils towards
the initiative and really feel that pupil power is an excellent
way to get parents to change their habits as well.'
Fitch, Councillor Phil Cutter and Philip Tamuro of Herefordshire
Council with Mark Hamilton of Hestia, Caitlin McLoughlin (Year 6)
and Ethan Potter (Year 4).
Phil Cutter presents the top prize of a torch and science kit to
Caitlin McLoughlin. Mark Hamilton of Hestia presents the other top
prize to Ethan Potter.
SCHOOL PUPILS TO BE CHALLENGED ON DIVERSITY
Herefordshire's school pupils are being challenged to think
about diversity and stereotyping in a new play called 'Different'
which will be touring the county's high schools in June
and July. Funded by Herefordshire Council's healthy schools
team, 2xl youth projects have put together a one hour piece
that explores the diversity of school culture and immigration.
The show will tour years seven and eight (11-13 year olds)
across the county and in the autumn term, the pupils will
receive follow up workshops to explore and discuss some
of the themes addressed in the performance.
is a creative mix of washing lines, birthday cards and knickers
and is billed as an innovative piece of theatre exploring
the beautiful diversity in the world around us. The show
consists of a montage of tales and experiences: the audience
will hear true accounts of those who have moved to the UK
and watch as prejudice is tackled by a rugby player! Two
actors multi-role all kind of diverse people in different
situations, only to discover we are all the same underneath.
about other cultures and accepting difference is an important
part of every child's development,' said Kim Goddard, healthy
schools co-ordinator. 'We want all our children to be aware
of the world around them and learn to embrace and celebrate
difference. It's not just about culture, but a whole range
of other differences and stereotypes which can mislead young
people and give them a flawed view of the world which can
limit their own learning and behaviour.
is a great way of challenging pupils' stereotypes and 2xl
have a track record of delivering successful projects that
change views and broaden perceptions. Their thought provoking
performances encourage pupils to think beyond their own
experiences and put themselves in the shoes of other people
who have different experiences of life.'
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE YOUR FINDS INDENTIFIED
Herefordshire Council's heritage services team is offering
residents a chance to get their 'treasures' identified at
a special Finds Identification Session which is to be held
at Ledbury Heritage Centre on Wednesday, 2nd June. The session
will run from 1pm until 3pm and Herefordshire Council's
Finds Liaison Officer, Peter Reavill will be identifying
any 'treasures' people have found, ranging from porcelain
to coins to jewellery. If the item is not archaeological,
residents can 'ask the geologist' who can help identify
fossils, rocks and pebbles.
Adrian Blackshaw of Herefordshire Council said, 'Many people
find items in their gardens or when out metal detecting
and want to find out what they are, how old they are and
how to care for them. This session not only offers people
the chance to get their items identified but they will also
be recorded so we can continue to build on our knowledge
of the geology and history of the county and the people
who have lived here.'
note that the team will not be able to provide valuations
and people are urged to telephone 01432 260692 for further