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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION.......
'I'M NOTHING SPECIAL' SAYS RHIANNE
Parkes, looking radiant on her wedding day.
there are any quiz lovers who live in or happen to be visiting
the town of Ross-on-Wye on Sunday, 13th June, why not head
to the White Lion Inn at Wilton ready to pit your wits against
other quiz lovers at 7pm?
quiz and raffle are being held as Landlady, Jacqui's daughter
Rhianne is taking part in the Adidas 5K Women's Challenge
on 5th September, to raise money for the Spinal Injuries
Association because . . .
the age of 12, after enjoying a September evening with friends,
Rhianne woke up the next morning with a pins and needles
kind of feeling in both feet. Before long that feeling spread
to just under her chest, leaving her tetraplaegic.
visiting doctor sent her immediately to the hospital in
Swindon, where it was thought she may have a brain tumour
and that she might die. Now MRI scans were not readily available
at that time, but the Radcliffe Hospital had a scanner so
Rhianne was sent there, where it was discovered she had
a four inch blood clot on her spine. She was operated on
that night and Jacqui was told that Rhianne might not walk
Rhianne never entertained that thought for a second, however,
and when it was put to her that she might spend the rest
of her life in a wheelchair, her response was, 'No I'm not!'
Mandeville Hospital, who specialize in spinal injuries heard
of Rhianne's case and found a bed for her there, giving
her six weeks for movement to start before fearing the worst.
Everyday, visiting family and friends would talk to Rhianne,
constantly telling her to wiggle her toe. She even enjoyed
a visit from Sir Jimmy Saville whilst she was there. Three
weeks later, she managed to wiggle a toe on her left foot
and she gradually regained movement on her left side, but
nothing was happening on her right side.
day, Rhianne's aunt and uncle visited and when Jacqui and
Aunty went off for a short break, her uncle, who wasn't
a very 'touchy' person, patted her on the right foot and
Rhianne managed to move her toe on that side. Her uncle
was so pleased, the family story goes that he thought it
might be a good idea to sell his urine down at the local
Con Club as Holy water! Slowly,
Rhianne's right leg came back to life and by December, she
was allowed home at weekends.
school offered to adapt their building to accommodate Rhianne,
but this proved unnecessary. After Christmas, Rhianne practised
walking, beginning with standing in a frame as her long
time in bed made her legs feel weak and heavy. After lots
of physio and practice, Rhianne was discharged the following
With lots of care and physio from the hospital, love and
help from her family and her refusal to believe she would
never walk again, Rhianne has led a normal life and she
says she just wants to give something back. The 5K challenge
is apparently just a warm up for, awe inspired by the London
Marathon, eventually, Rhianne would like to take part herself
one day. Now I think that's rather special, don't you?
you would like to help Rhianne with her fund raising, the
quiz at the White Lion is open to everybody. (Teams of no
more than six persons though, please.) There is no entrance
fee, however, donations to the cause are very welcome. We
look forward to seeing you there.
FATAL ROAD ACCIDENT AT OLD GORE
Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward after
a woman died in a road traffic collision that occurred near
Saturday, 29th May, at approximately 12:20pm, officers attended
a collision on the A449 at Old Gore, Ross-on-Wye, which
involved two cars, a Peugeot 206 and a Ford Focus. A woman,
who was driving the Peugeot 206, was seriously injured and
taken by air ambulance to Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham,
with life threatening injuries of which she later died.
three occupants of the Focus, a man, woman and child, were
taken to Hereford A& E with minor injuries and later discharged.
West Mercia Police spokesperson said, 'Officers are investigating
the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing
for any witnesses travelling on or in the vicinity of the
A449 at that time to come forward.'
who has any information about this incident should contact
West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously,
on 0800 555111.
YOUR NEW ROSS TOWN COUNCILLOR IS . . . .
Further to Thursday's poll to elect a new Town Councillor
for Ross West Ward, the results are as follows:.
Utting - liberal Democrats - 345 votes
Mrs. Margaret Lucas - Conservatives 303 votes
- Independent - 122 votes.
to Caroline Utting and our commiseration to the other two
JOIN IN THE BIOBLITZ AT THE PERRYSTONE ESTATE
is International Biodiversity Year and the Wye Valley Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit is celebrating by providing
a once in the lifetime opportunity at a unique BioBlitz
event in Herefordshire on Saturday, 19th June.
wildlife recorders will be racing against time to collect
as many records of plants and animals in 24 hours at the
previously unrecorded Perrystone Estate near Ross on Wye.
The private estate is thought to be rich in species and
the public can join the experts in a series of guided walks
to discover hidden secrets of the natural world. You can
join the free family event by turning up and booking in
on a variety of hour long walks from 10am which will be
led by specialists from across the county. Naturalists,
ecologists and archaeologists will be leading the series
of walks which will include topics on amphibians, spiders,
beetles, woodland plants and the archaeology of the landscape.
There will be plenty of activities for the kids including
mini beast events..
Adrian Hanks, Head Keeper at Perrystone Estate, has been
extremely supportive of the event. 'We are keen to show
people how shooting and conservation can go hand in hand
and welcome the opportunity to give people a chance to see
how a working estate runs,' he said.
can download the programme of events, directions and a poster
by going online to www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk and clicking
event has been organized by the Wye Valley AONB Unit and
Herefordshire Biodiversity Partnership. For more information
please contact Sarah Sawyer at the Wye Valley AONB Office
on 01600 710844.
A MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF ROSS TRADERS
Association of Ross Traders (A.R.T) hold
regular meetings to discuss ways in which they can help
to make Ross-on-Wye a more vibrant place for both residents
and visitors to the town. Three very successful events which
were organized by the association have already taken place
and there will be more.
do not simply put on events, however. They are trying to
find ways of resolving the coach parking problem, improving
signage in the town centre and drawing passing traffic on
the A40 to the town itself.
have been raising money towards the cost of repairing the
chimes on the Ross Market House clock. Collection boxes
have been placed in a number of shops in the town and David
Bruce of Pots and Pieces Tea Shop was pleased to announce
that over £2,000 has so far been raised, largely due
to the generosity of a local person who gave a cheque for
£1,500. With 'only' £700 left to raise, Herefordshire
Council have been informed that A.R.T.'s half of the money
needed is almost there, so hopefully, when the half promised
by the council comes forward the repairs can get under way
and the chimes should be ringing out by Carnival Day. If
anybody would like to make a donation towards the outstanding
£700, please pay David a visit at Pots and Pieces.
He will be more than happy to see you.
town centre is looking quite summery now as 110 hanging
flower baskets are adorning some of the local independent
shops and A.R.T. are actively publicizing the forthcoming,
genuine Italian Market which will be visiting Ross-on-Wye
on Friday, 11th June. The association are also getting actively
involved with Ross Town Carnival this year and hope to repeat
last year's very successful Christmas Shopping Extravaganza.
this space to find out more of what the Association of Ross
Traders are doing for you.
of A.R.T. at Tuesday evening's meeting.
MOVING FORWARD TO IMPROVE HEREFORDSHIRE
Despite the tough times ahead, Herefordshire Council is
committed to the creation of jobs, improving the county's
roads, caring for those who can't care for themselves and
becoming more efficient. The comments came in an upbeat
but sobering annual speech by Councillor Roger Phillips,
following his re-election as Leader of the council at their
Annual Council meeting held in Hereford's Shire Hall on
Phillips highlighted a number of key achievements during
the last 12 months, including the response of the council
and NHS Herefordshire to the swine flu threat, the £18 million
offensive launched to repair roads damaged by the worst
winter for decades and the fact that 16 per cent more vulnerable
people were now helped to live independently at home by
social care. His report spotlighted the successful introduction
of 60,000 wheelie bins which has sent recycling rates soaring
and the construction of the £11 million Ross flood alleviation
the challenge is now to achieve more with fewer resources,'
he warned and referred to the 'very telling' statistics
which showed that county wages were below the regional and
national average, and that the difference was widening.
'In 2006, the average Herefordshire wage was six per cent
lower than the West Midlands average, and 14 per cent below
the UK average wage. In 2009, the difference was nine per
cent compared to the West Midlands and 23 per cent lower
than the national average. This is an issue which needs
to be addressed.'
added that the council's key priorities included creating
affordable housing, improved infrastructure and ensuring
businesses and homes have access to broadband. Councillor
Phillips also said that there was a key role, which everyone
could play to ensure Herefordshire received a better deal
from central government.
been a concern for a long time that we're not receiving
our fair share of funding - during 2010/11 we received £317
per head of population, which is 17 per cent below the average
for other councils like this one. Government bases its calculations
on the figures collected from the census which takes place
every ten years. The next census takes place in spring next
year so it's essential we get the county's returns back
to Government so they've got accurate figures on which to
base their calculations.'
POLICE APPEAL FOR WITNESSES AFTER SEXUAL ASSAULT
are appealing for anybody to come forward who may have witnessed
a sexual assault which took place in the early hours of
Monday, 24th May.
the hours of 1:00am and 1:35am a woman, who was walking
alone entered the grave yard from Canal Road heading in
the direction of Commercial Road, Hereford, when a man tried
to grab her from behind twice. The man is described to be
between 5' 4" and 5' 5" tall, in his early 30's
to early 40's, of medium build, with light ginger or blonde
hair, which is described to be in a messy, collar length
bob style. The man was wearing a white T-shirt with yellow
and red colours across the top and front and was also wearing
light denim baggy jeans.
Thomas, Chief Inspector for Operations said, 'We are keen
to get any information about this incident and we would
urge anyone with any information to come forward.'
who has any information about this incident should contact
West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously,
on 0800 555111.
ENTER YOUR FARM INTO AONB COMPETITION AND YOU COULD REAP IN £500
is running out for farming enterprises to enter the AONB
Farming Awards competition 2010. A valuable cash prize of
£500 is on offer for the winning farm together with the
prestigious AONB Farming Awards Trophy. Generous runners
up prizes of £200 for 2nd place and £100 for 3rd place are
also up for grabs with winners being presented at the Monmouthshire
Show on 26th August.
be eligible, farms must be over 100 hectares and situated
within or adjoining the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (AONB), The competition, organized by the AONB, will
be seeking a farm that operates as a successful business,
providing a full or part-time income for the farmer. An
important factor will be management of the land, with reference
to the AONB purposes of conserving and enhancing the natural
landscape. Each entry will be visited by Andrew Nixon, Wye
Valley AONB Development Officer, prior to initial selection.
short-listed farms will be judged in July by a team of farming
and wildlife experts including the Winner of the 2008 Farm
Awards, a National Farmers Union (NFU) representative, a
representative from the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group
(FWAG) and Andrew Blake AONB Officer.
Nixon said, 'We are delighted to be running our prestigious
Farming Awards again in 2010. This year we will focus on
the large farms and look forward to rewarding some of the
excellent farming practice that we know is operating in
the AONB area.'
the competition could not be simpler. To register your farm's
interest send your contact details to Andrew Nixon, AONB
Development Officer, telephone 01600 710841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
details including name, address, telephone and email details
can also be sent by post to AONB Farming Awards, FREEPOST
SWC 4106, Monmouth NP25 3ZZ . Leaflets will also be circulated
through local farming organizations. The deadline for entries
is Friday, 25th June 2010.
LEDBURY ARE CELEBRATING NATIONAL FAMILY WEEK
Ledbury families are being offered a week of jam-packed
activity during this year's National Family Week which began
on Tuesday, 31st May and runs until Sunday, 6th June.
Children's Centre is preparing to promote positive family
life by joining in some big national events and enjoying
a few local ones too. Families with children aged 0-5 are
invited to join in the fun and bring their siblings with
them too. Ledbury children's centre will be gathering families
and friends for a special story time with Bookstart Bear
from 9.30 to 11am and then 1.30 to 3pm on Wednesday June
2. Nursery rhymes will be the theme and the centre hopes
to welcome a few more dads and grandparents to the sessions.
Sharing the magic of a story together is one of the most
rewarding ways to spend some quality family time. Capturing
imaginations, learning new words and seeing what you can
find in the pictures makes for great family fun.
Thursday, 3rd June, during an active afternoon session (1.30-3pm),
the Music Pool will be visiting the centre to help families
with toddlers tune into their creativity with dance and
music. A big family recycling day has been organized for
Saturday, 5th June from 11am until 3pm. With a focus on
minimizing waste and using up what we already have, there
will be cooking sessions, paper mushing, parachute games,
art, shoe box theatres, composting, planting and a recycled
music machine. NHS staff are also offering families the
chance to experience a green gym (exercising using natural
resources), a treasure trail and buggy workouts. The
week will end with a huge family picnic. Hundreds of picnics
are being organized throughout the country and Ledbury will
be joining in at the children's centre from 11am until -
3pm during the family recycling day.
to a poll commissioned by National Family Week last year,
the average family spends just 45 minutes a day together.
The council's children's centre in Ledbury and other partners
would like to see families spending more time together and
are providing a range of events to encourage them to do
Gristy, children's centre manager said, 'As always, the
emphasis will be on fun. We're particularly looking forward
to our family recycling day. We need families to bring their
own shoe box, large cardboard box and plastic bottle to
get creative with. Picnics are most welcome: we have a great
outdoor area to enjoy.'
HEREFORD GETTING READY TO CELEBRATE IN INTERNATIONAL STYLE
An event with an international flavour is being planned
for Hereford's High Town on Saturday, 6th June to bring
together people from other countries who are living and
working in the county. The
Welcome to Herefordshire event will take place from 10am
until 4pm and will feature live entertainment, market stalls,
international food, drink and much more.
entertainment kicks off at 12 noon when local dance company
Feat Beat will be performing tap and jazz routines. Local
and cultural artists will be performing traditional, classical
and modern chart topping songs, and to remind us of our
past, local street entertainers will perform traditional
puppet shows to keep us all entertained.
event has been organized by Herefordshire Council and partners,
and is part of the MIRA (Migration & Integration in Rural
Areas) project which is funded from levies paid nationally
by migrant workers. Its aim is to help migrant workers in
rural areas integrate with the local community and ensure
they are able to access services for their families and
Lipska of Herefordshire Council said, 'This will be a big
fun event for everyone. It gives residents and visitors
the chance to learn about the way different cultures live,
work and enjoy family life together. We hope people from
a broad range of backgrounds and cultures will come along,
enjoy some of the entertainment and find out about the support
and services available for migrant workers from organizations
across the county.
is a partnership event with representatives from the police,
Herefordshire Housing, the fire and rescue service, NHS
Herefordshire, voluntary agencies, safer Herefordshire and
POLICE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS AWARDED £5,000
West Mercia Police and their Community Support Volunteers
in Herefordshire are together celebrating the recent announcement
that they have been awarded £5,000 from the Access to Volunteering
money from the Fund will be used towards the purchasing
of special equipment for disabled volunteers. The equipment
will include: laptops, Dictaphones, special telephones,
Braille signs and customized keypads.
Wright, Police Strategic Partnership Manager said, 'We intend
to involve the volunteers in their local policing teams
so they can help the teams with tasks such as carrying out
surveys, assisting at events and making those all important
contacts with the community that help maintain satisfaction
and confidence in the police service.'
O' Neil, a volunteer for two months, said about his role:
'I am thoroughly enjoying it. I was given the chance to
volunteer for West Mercia, on a work placement for my business
NVQ course. I am enhancing numerous skills, working with
the police, so I am likely to be a slightly stronger candidate
for employment. This
will hold me in good stead for hopefully gaining employment
who is interested in becoming a volunteer should call 01432
GETTING THE CHILDREN OF HEREFORDSHIRE TALKING
Young children across the county are being encouraged to
be good early communicators as Herefordshire Council is
working with a specialist consultant to help them to develop
their speech and language development skills. Heather
Price, speech and language therapist, has been appointed
to work alongside the council's early years team to train
up around 20 local professionals who will then work with
pre-schools, childminders and children's centres to help
make sure children whose skills need a boost are given the
support they need.
into children's development has shown that children who
start school as confident speakers with good language skills
go on to become successful learners and achieve well throughout
life, yet in Herefordshire, up to fifty percent of children
in some parts of the county come into early years settings
with delays in their communication skills.
Child a Talker (ECaT) is a national strategy designed to
improve the skills of children and parents and works towards
raising awareness and attainment for children's early language
development for 0-5 year olds. In Herefordshire, training
to help families has already begun and early years settings
are already beginning to see benefits.
of the county's childminders, Alison Jackson works with
small numbers of children in her home. She says, 'As a childminder
I've found the ECaT principles can be used to support the
communications skills of all children, as well as those
who have identified speech and language difficulties. The
programme particularly stresses the value of parental involvement.
By helping parents understand their child's language development
and encouraging their involvement, the children's communications
skills are steadily improving.'
the ECaT training, a range of events have been organized
across the county inviting parents, carers and their children
to join in some exciting activities which can help boost
communication skills and offer support to those who are
struggling. Look out for events at local primary schools,
children's centres and pre-schools and a national Communication
conference to be held in Hereford in 2011.
Jackson, early years advisory teacher said, 'We have over
600 professionals who are trained in Elklan which is an
accredited training course for those supporting children's
speech, language and communication development. The ECaT
training will complement this and the events we are organizing
over the next 12 months will help professionals identify
and support any children whose communications skills need
child's ability to develop language depends on being immersed
in a rich environment of words, sounds, rhythm and verbal
and non-verbal expression from birth. However there are
still many children starting school without the extended
vocabulary and communication abilities which are so important
for learning and for making friends. We
want Herefordshire children to have the best possible start
who is concerned about their child's speech and language
can contact their health visitor, local children's centre
or NHS Herefordshire's speech and language therapy department
(01432) 344344 for details of help available.
APPEAL FOR THE RETURN OF TACK STOLEN FROM RESCUED PONIES
in Tenbury, Worcestershire are appealing for witnesses to
come forward after riding tack donated to rescued horses
and ponies was stolen.
heartless theft took place between 18:30 on Monday, 24th
and 07:30 on Tuesday, 25th May at stables off a lane leading
from Hanley Childe to Broadheath, near the B4204. Tack
worth around £2,500 was taken, including saddles, bridles
and bits. Some of the items had been donated to the owner
because she rescues horses being sold at markets.
Nick Ferguson said, 'We would like to hear from anyone who
saw anything unusual in the area between the times given,
such as a suspicious vehicle. The crime is particularly
cruel as one of the victims works hard to rescue animals
in need and find them new, loving homes.'
of the bridles is marked with the postcode WR3 7PP. Anyone
with information is asked to call police on 0300 333 3000,
quoting 89/S/250510. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555 111.