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A decision to allow the Crown & Sceptre Inn to reopen was made on Monday, 18th October after Sarah Dean applied for transfer of the Premises Licence and a change of Designated Premises Supervisor into her name.

Sarah's application was made on 13th October and Herefordshire Council's regulatory subcommittee decided to allow the pub to reopen with revised conditions to the pub's licence, which are :
· 2 SIA registered door staff to be employed between the hours of 9pm and 12.30am on Friday and Saturday night.
· A risk assessment to be carried out to extend these hours or to employ additional staff as required.
· Ensure that either the Premises Licence Holder or Bar Manager are within the licensed premises at all times of licensable activity.
· The outside area of the premises to be closed from 11pm on any evening.

The hearing was called after new premise holder, Sarah Dean, made a representation against the interim step of suspension of the pub's licence which was agreed by the regulatory subcommittee at an expedited review hearing. This expedited review hearing was held after an application was made by the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police who was concerned about disorder in and near the premises. He told the hearing there had been in the region of 20 crime and disorder incidents in or near the premises in 2010, with 11 of these having taken place since June this year.

Legislation allows the licence holder to make representations against the interim steps at any time up until the full review hearing which will be taking place on Wednesday, 27th October at 10am. At the time of the expedited review, Nicholas Cousens and Angela Cousens from Hampshire, were the licence holders but they did not attend the expedited review hearing.

At the meeting on Monday, Sarah told councillors she was willing to employ two SIA door staff for Friday and Saturday between 9pm and 12.30am and would reduce the licensed hours to 10am to 11pm (Sunday to Thursday) and 10am to midnight (Friday and Saturday). The suspended licence allowed alcohol to be sold between 10am to midnight (Sunday to Thursday) and 10am until 2am (Friday and Saturday). Sarah Dean said either she or the bar manager would be on the premises at all times and the outside area would be closed and locked by 11pm every evening.

Jim Mooney, West Mercia Police licensing officer, told the hearing the police had met Ms Dean last week and welcomed the conditions because they did not want to see a premises in one of the market towns closed but had a responsibility to ensure public safety.

The Crown & Sceptre Inn which will reopen under new terms and conditions.


Tony Griffiths, Head Teacher of Goodrich Primary School is delighted to learn that he has been short listed to the top three nominees for a Toast Award. The awards are a promotion being run by Wyevern FM, who have been encouraging their listeners to vote for their favourite businesses and people in the area.

One of the categories is Best Teacher and somebody had nominated Mr. Griffiths to win. Wyevern were so impressed with the story sent in about this popular local teacher that they just had to put him in the top three. It is now up to listeners to vote for their favourite before 11:30pm on Sunday, 31st October. If you would like to vote for Tony, please visit

The two other nominees for Best Teacher are Mrs. Anne Cooper of Mordiford C of E Primary School and Mr. Harrison of Gorse Hill Primary School.


Ross Gunners All Stars, led by Steve 'Ozzy' Bond and Garry Davies have had a very busy time of it during the past 11 months in their endeavour to raise money for Acorns Children's Hospice.

Based at the Man of Ross Inn, the group have met weekly to plan and organize some very entertaining fund raising events and so far have exceeded their original target of £10,000. To date they have managed to raise £10,400 with as much as £1,000 still to collect from sponsors for Acorns Children’s Hospice. A further £789 was raised for Aston Villa Former Players association, which was raised at the charity football match held on Sunday, 10th October when the Ross team competed against the Aston Villa Veterans, between whom and Acorns the proceeds were split.

Ross Gunners All Stars would like to express their thanks to everyone who supported, sponsored and helped with their fund raising events, as 98% of the money raised has come from the people and businesses in Ross-on-Wye.

The Aston Villa Old Stars comprised: Manager Chris Nicholl, 1 Derek Dudley, 2 Charlie Singh, 3 Bryan Small, 4 John Capaldi, 5 Ken McNaught, 6 Neil Rioch, 7 Pat Heard, 8 Colin Gibson, 9 Dale Belford, 10 Gordon Cowans, 11 Tony Morley, 12 Karl Court, 14 Mark Henson.

The Ross Gunners All Stars, pictured below are: Manager Gary Davies, Assistant Manager Steve Bond, Player Coach Chad Harris, Fitness Coach Jerry Whitehouse, 1 Ray Lewis and Peter Lea, 2 Mark Ward, 3 Mark Ravenhill, 4 Ian Phillips, 5 Robin Fletcher, 6 Robert Payne, 7 Roger Powell, 8 Adrian Robertshaw , 9 Mick Conroy, 10 Liam Parry, 11 Lee Hall, 12 Kevin Rose, 13 Martin Payne, 14 Phillip Miles, 15 Jack Lewis, 16 Jimmy Moreton, 17 Dewi Stuart, 18 Billy Carr.

Ross Gunners All Stars.


Ross Lions have been strong supporters of the Acorns Children's Hospice for many years, raising and donating thousands of pounds to this important charity. Acorns do a fantastic job for sick and terminally ill children and their families. The Worcester Hospice is a joy to see and visit, so cheerful is the atmosphere, howver, this and other Acorns hospices cost a fortune just to keep open.

Ross Lions is proud to be among the many supporters of this great charity that does so much for our local sick children. Ross Lions President, Trevor Smith was delighted to hand over a cheque for £500 to Mike Tague of Accorns at the recent Ross Gunners All Stars v Aston Villa Old Stars football match.

Ross Lions President, Trevor Smith hands over £500 to Acorns representative, Mike Tague at the recent charity football match.

20th October 2010 WYENOT GET TOGETHER?Y.....

After the bitter disappointment Ross residents felt at the cancellation of JAMSTAND, the dust appears to be finally settling and many people have been asking the question, 'Will there be anything like it going on next year?' Well the answer to that, of course is 'No!' Nothing could replace what the JAMSTAND team provided for Ross and its visitors for three years running and it would be pointless to try. However....

Several local people have come up with an idea for next year; not to replace JAMSTAND and not to compete with the brilliant Ross Town Carnival, but something in between the two. Why not get together and show people from all over just what Ross-on-Wye has to offer its residents and visitors by holding a full day of activity and entertainment for everybody. From fun activities and demonstrations during the early part of the day from around 11am to live music by the best local bands performing later in the afternoon until around 11pm.

The idea is to get as many traders, dance groups, side shows, food and drink outlets, charity stalls and performers, musical and otherwise together, with the emphasis on local. If you are a local person who can sing, dance, sell, cook, sponsor, help form a committee or generally assist in putting on a big Ross event next year, possibly for the last Saturday in June, then please contact me as soon as possible at


Jordan Simpkins is a pupil at Lea Primary School in Ross-on-Wye and is described as a 'dream pupil' with a 'thoughtful, considerate and sunny natured personality.' He is a strong role model for younger children, hardworking, a passionate sportsman, kind and determined to do the right thing in all he does. As a Young Leader he has planned and presented a variety of fun playtime activities for much younger children within the school and is Chairman of the School Action Group. He is also one of the School's Road Safety Officers.

Jordan, aged 11, long with 16 year old Ayla Clingo of Hereford are the two youngsters from Herefordshire who have been nominated for West Mercia Police's prestigious Young Good Citizen Award 2010, which hails outstanding acts of citizenship by young people. The award will be presented at a gala event on Thursday 21st October in partnership with local education authorities to recognize young people aged 18 and under who have made an outstanding contribution to their community in the last year.

They are nominated for their acts of generosity and displays of community spirit that have made a difference to other people's lives. Ten nominees have been selected from across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire, with two coming from each policing area (which includes North and South Worcestershire).

Ayla has been nominated for her work at the Symmonds Street drop-in centre in Hereford, which caters for children in care. Ayla has worked in the group since 2005 with the aim of making literature easier to use and understand. She has also been an important link between adults and young people, always making herself available and going out of her way to help others. She has also helped young people to realize some of their ambitions; for example she secured dance lessons for one girl who was scared of discussing her interest with adults. Ayla and Jordan will be among the 10 from whom one young person will be selected by Chief Constable Paul West as Young Good Citizen of the Year 2010 at the event, which will take place at Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester.

Mr West said, 'The Good Citizen Award is important to West Mercia Police and very close to my heart, because for a number of years now the award has highlighted the exceptional contribution many young people make to local communities across West Mercia. Holding the awards ceremony is one way of trying to redress the sometimes negative view of young people held by some and reported in certain sections of the media. In fact, these young Good Citizen nominees are just the tip of the iceberg of the many thousands of young people who make a positive difference to other people's lives and their communities on a daily basis. We should be proud of them all and welcome the opportunity to celebrate their success.'

To mark this year's ceremony 'Wanted' posters have been designed to celebrate the fact that Ayla and Jordan are the sort of young people Herefordshire can be proud of. Instead of being wanted for crimes, Jordan is wanted 'for doing so much for his school and friends' while Ayla is wanted 'for offering help and support for children in care.'

Mr West added: 'We've had these posters made to invert some of those negative stereotypes that can be held of young people as well as give each of our finalists a fun memento of the night. I'm so impressed by this year's nominees; more people of their calibre are 'wanted' in all of our communities.'

Ayla Clingo.

Jordan Simpkins.


The popular Cards for Good Causes shop will once again be taking up residence at Ross Market House Heritage Centre from the beginning of November offering residents and visitors a whole range of Christmas cards, gifts and wrapping to choose from whilst supporting their favourite local or national charity.

Cards for Good Causes will be officially opened by Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane at 10:30 am on Tuesday, 2nd November and all are welcome to attend and grab first choice of what is available.

Mary Sinclair Powell said, 'We're delighted to have the Cards for Good Causes back in the Heritage Centre. Everyone is so generous and really helps us raise more for our charities. Charity cards are a great way to buy once and give twice - once to the person you send the card to and again to your favourite charity.'

The Heritage Centre Charity Christmas card shop is one of a countrywide network of shops. Over the last five years charities have received £20 million from Cards for Good Causes for their Christmas card sales. Cards for Good Causes keeps its operating costs to an absolute minimum, so charities receive at least 75p in every £1 from their card sales out of which they have to pay for the production and distribution of their cards and any applicable VAT.

The shop, staffed by local volunteers, will be open during normal Heritage Centre opening hours which are: 10am until 1pm then 1:30pm until 4pm Tuesday to Sunday, from 2nd November until 12th December. The centre is closed on Mondays. Why not go along and see what is available and help your favourite charity at the same time?

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Sarah, Bernice, Matt, Chris, Tina & Alan


Jesse Norman, MP, has backed a local campaign to save Pontrilas Post Office and support its sub-postmaster Nigel Corner, after his dismissal by Post Office Counters Ltd. The case has now gone to appeal.

Jesse ran the countywide Save Our Post Offices campaign at the time of the closures in 2008-9. He met last week in Pontrilas with Kentchurch Parish Council Chairman, John Pring and Councillor Chris Cheyney to discuss the situation. Having written to the Chief Executive of the Post Office when the problem first arose, he will now be taking the fight forward in Parliament.

Jesse said, 'It very much appears as though the Post Office may be using this unfortunate incident to close a very important village Post Office by stealth. Mr Corner was dismissed for a quite understandable first time mistake, having worked long and hard to build up the Post Office in the service of the local community. He deserves a second chance. Yet he has not been paid for six weeks now, and the appeal may go on for another six weeks or more as well.

"Pontrilas Post Office is a crucial community resource, with excellent parking and disabled access. If it disappears, the effect will be to harm local people, especially the elderly, and to push even more traffic into Ewyas Harold. Moreover, the Pontrilas sorting office would almost certainly go too, and with that the sorting office in Longtown, which it supplies. So the well-being of two post offices and two villages is at stake.

It is vital to do everything we can to stop this from happening.'

Jesse Norman, MP with Chris Cheyney and John Pring.


If you see fairies, witches and creepy crawlies arriving in Hereford, then it must be nearly Hallowe'en, and Hereford City has a range of fun events throughout half-term to entertain children and adults alike! Whether it's a pumpkin-hunt for the children, or daring the challenge of plunging your hand into a box of creepy crawlies, there are prizes to be won. The fun starts on Saturday, 23rd October when the Mayor is awarding prizes to the biggest Herefordshire pumpkins and there will be free pumpkin soup for all.

Fairies will make a fleeting visit on Monday, 25th October, when Museum on the Move will be in High Town all day, offering children young and old the chance to dress up and take part in lots of activities exploring the fables and stories about these curious little creatures. If you aren't quick enough to catch them on Monday, they will be back again for the day on Friday, 29th.

On Saturday, 30th October, older children will have the opportunity to take part in a Pumpkin Hunt throughout the Butter Market, whilst the under 5's can win one of the prizes donated by Thornton's chocolates, in a special Hallowe'en colouring competition. Adults can join in the fun too by taking a 'Get me out of Here' challenge to see if they can win some very special prizes hidden amongst the creepy crawlies

The week will end with a Saints Alive, Hallowe'en Special on Sunday, 31st starting in St Peter's Church with craft workshops, followed by tea and cakes in All Saints and a procession on Broad Street with the Cider City Jazzmen.

For further information about any of these events, contact Shelagh Callaghan, Hereford City's Events Officer by email at:


The finals of the of The Young Poet Laureate for Herefordshire will take place on Saturday, 23rd October at The Courtyard Studio Theatre from 6:30pm - 7.45pm when five young hopefuls aged between 11 to 18 years will perform their work in front of an audience and a panel of judges. The competition is being organized by Herefordshire Council's library service.

Former Young Poet Laureate of Birmingham, Matt Windle will be there to introduce the budding poets and to inspire the young contenders. Matt was the first male Young Poet Laureate of Birmingham 2007 /2008. He has since gone on to become a very successful professional performance poet and recently went on tour to perform in schools in Indonesia.

Matt, who does lots of work in libraries and schools around the West Midlands said, 'I have had some great responses from young people that I have worked with in the past. Many of them have thought poetry was boring before my session and fun and exciting a few hours later. I like my workshops to be fun for young people and break the stereotypes of how poetry is normally perceived.'

Herefordshire Council's reader development librarian, Anne-Marie Dossett said, 'We have had some excellent entries this year. It will be an exciting final, there are some very talented poets in our county.'

The winner of this competition will be the next Young Poet Laureate for Herefordshire for one year and get the chance to perform at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and other events. The current laureate is 13-year-old Sapphire de Sousa Stayton from Ross-on-Wye and she will be one of the judges in this year's competition.

Tickets are only £2 available from The Courtyard box office.

Matt Windle, former Young Poet Laureate from Birmingham.


Work has started on Hereford's first 'Pay on Foot' parking facility at the Maylord Orchards car park. The work is being carried out during the night to minimize disruption.

Pay on Foot Systems require motorists to take a ticket on entering the car park and then pay for the amount of time they have used when they return to the car park. Entry and exit to the car park is controlled by barriers.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for highways and transportation said, 'The vibrancy of Hereford relies on its ability to attract shoppers and visitors and this scheme is one way to ensure people who come to the city spend more time here. The new scheme has three main benefits being that shoppers can spend as long as they like in the city without worrying about getting a Penalty Charge Notice, motorists will only pay for the time they are in the car park and they don't have to overpay in advance.

The payment machines themselves will also be more convenient to use as they will be able to take coins, notes, debit and credit cards as well as giving change. Blue badge holders and Concessionary disc holders will still get their parking concession by going into the Shopmobility Centre which is located in the car park. The facility is expected to be operational towards the end of November.'

This pay on foot facility is phase one of a pilot scheme and its operation will be fully assessed before deciding on whether or not to role it out to other suitable car parks in the city.


Police are appealing to the public for their help in identifying two men wanted for stealing expensive items from a store in Ledbury last month.

On Tuesday, 21st and Wednesday, 22nd September, the thieves, pictured below entered the Ledbury branch of Boots on two occasions and stole cosmetics totalling around £3000.

PC Paul Hunter of the Ledbury Town Local Policing Team said, 'This pair was brazen: they helped themselves to cosmetics and perfume off the shelves, filled up a large carrier bag and quickly walked out. We are hoping that someone will recognize the men from these CCTV images. If you do, please contact me via the West Mercia Police non-emergency line, 0300 333 3000 or the anonymous Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.'


Local people who do not have internet access but want to apply for one of the jobs being advertised to help make sure next year's census goes without a hitch, can log on for free at a local library or one of Herefordshire Council's customer service centres. Across the west midlands, the Office for National Statistics is recruiting around 3,000 people to fill a range of full and part time temporary positions to make sure the census, which takes place on 27th March 2011, goes smoothly.

The census is carried out once every ten years and gives Central Government and other agencies the information they need to decide how best to provide services which meet the needs of local people. It also provides local community groups with the evidence they need to access funding. To find out more and apply for the jobs, people should go online and visit . Those without Internet access can log on at their local library or their local Herefordshire Council customer service centre. Most of the jobs themselves don't involve the use of computers, but all require some simple online training. If you're aren't confident using computers and don't have anyone who could help you with the training, contact the Community Learning & Employability team for advice on 01432 260637.

'This is a fantastic job opportunity to help play a key role in an event which will impact the whole of Herefordshire and at the same time earn some additional income,' said Natalia Silver of Herefordshire Council. 'Without local people involved in the process, the census will not be completed effectively. It's essential we all complete the forms to make sure that everyone is counted. The data is very important in informing where we are as a county and help in future planning.'

Jobs available include census co-ordinators, who will help to manage local teams, census collectors, who will provide help and support on the doorstep and special enumerators, who will be responsible for communal establishments including care homes, hotels and student halls of residence.

ONS Census Director, Glen Watson said, 'I am pleased to announce the start of our campaign to recruit 35,000 people across England and Wales for the 2011 Census. The census is not just about counting people. The information it provides is needed to plan vital services like schools, hospitals, housing, roads and emergency services. The 2011 Census is less than six months away. We need to give people help and support to complete and return the census questionnaire and this means recruiting the right people for this important nation-wide project.'

20th October 2010


.Sir Ben Gill CBE has been appointed Chairman of the new Visit Herefordshire, which aims to use private enterprise to boost the county's important tourism economy.

Sir Ben is a former President of the National Farmers Union and President of the Confederation of European Agriculture, and is currently a Director of Hawkhills Consultancy Ltd, which advises business in the agrifood industry, and is Managing Director of The Hawk Creative Business Park, based in North Yorkshire.

Sir Ben, who lives in Herefordshire, is also Chairman of English Apples and Pears, which represents the interests and co-ordinates the marketing of England's top fruit growers; Chairman of Eden Research, which develops the use of natural pesticides, Chairman of Grants Veterinary Services, a major supplier to the Meat Hygiene Service and a non executive director of Countrywide Farmers plc. Sir Ben is also Chairman of the judging panel for the annual Flavours of Herefordshire event.

Visit Herefordshire is being enhanced as a result of a review of tourism in Herefordshire, which was approved by Herefordshire Council's cabinet in September. The partnership will work with Shropshire and Telford under the new Local Enterprise Partnership. It will be private sector led and will undertake a strategic role in growing the visitor economy and marketing a distinctive new brand for Herefordshire to a range of regional, national and international audiences.

While Herefordshire's tourism industry is currently worth around £415 million a year, a recent study has suggested there is the potential to grow the annual tourism spend. A modest increase of £100 million a year, which would bring the county up to the average performance for England, would support up to 2,000 extra local jobs, bringing the total to over 10,000 jobs in tourism. The move could also increase the equivalent value of tourism to around £2,800 a year for every single resident in the county. But the new Visit Herefordshire body will be looking to beat the average figure.

The original Visit Herefordshire was formed in 2006 to promote the county, to run online bookings and arrange events such as the Herefordshire Food Festival. Discussions on the resourcing and staffing of the new Visit Herefordshire have begun and a new county brand will be created to capitalize on its attractions for tourism, enterprise and investment.

William Lyons, Interim Chairman of Visit Herefordshire, welcomed the appointment and said, 'This is an exciting time to promote a new approach to marketing our county as a destination, and we are fortunate to secure the appointment of Sir Ben to this key role in creating a new partnership to inspire a broad range of enterprises to help drive and support this essential part of our rural economy.'

Sir Ben Gill said, 'I am enormously excited by the opportunity that I have been given to develop and build a new base to promote and develop the untapped beauty and resources of the county. The way Herefordshire brands and promotes itself needs to come into the modern age, and the challenge and opportunity has never been greater, as have the potential rewards. I look forward to working across the private and public sector to create and deliver a vision that will make the most of our unique, unspoilt environment, historical heritage and distinctive culture and qualities.'

Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, cabinet member for economic development added, 'I am delighted that Sir Ben, whose clear track record and proven talent in tourism, agriculture, food marketing and enterprise on the world stage, will be taking the key strategic role in promoting Herefordshire as the destination of choice for business, investment and tourism.

Now is the time to create a tourism offering which is fit for the future, making the most of new technology and up-to-date marketing techniques for the ultimate benefit and prosperity of everyone in Herefordshire.'


Take care to park legally when visiting the popular car auction at Kingsland or you could end up with a £70 fixed penalty charge notice. Herefordshire Council has received many reports of people parking on the grass verges where there are double yellow lines on the road and they are now taking enforcement action against offenders in the interest of public safety.

Councillor Brian Wilcox of Herefordshire Council said, 'Motorists attending these car auctions should use the car park provided instead of parking on the grass verges. The road here is a busy route and cars parked on verges pose a real danger to other motorists. Motorists think they can park on the grass verges but if there are yellow lines on the road these also mean people cannot park on the verge.

Our parking enforcement officers can issue tickets for vehicles parked illegally and will not hesitate to do so because they pose a real risk to road safety.'


Hereford Police Male Voice Choir is holding a charitable Christmas concert in Hereford on Tuesday, 7th December. The concert is being held at Hereford's crematorium chapel at 7.15pm and all proceeds will go to Action Duchenne, a charity fighting for a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.

John Gibbon, Herefordshire Council's bereavement services manager said, 'Last year's concert was a wonderful occasion and we are delighted to be repeating the event this year, with again all proceeds going to charity. We have again received support from Tesco to provide refreshment and draw prizes have been kindly donated by Funeral Directors and I am delighted to see this wonderful chapel used for such a joyous occasion.'

Tickets cost £6 for adults, £3 for children and include refreshments. If you would like to book tickets, please call 01432 383200.

Hereford Police Male Voice Choir.


A Credenhill man was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and ordered to forfeit thousand of fake DVDs and computer equipment by Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday, 15th October. The man admitted four charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994 of producing fake DVDs at home in Credenhill. His computer and external hard drives were found to contain more than 6,500 films illegally downloaded, including ones which had not even been released yet onto the UK market.

Tim Thorne, Herefordshire Council's principal trading standards officer said, 'People who produce and sell counterfeit games and films cause severe damage to genuine high street retailers as well as depriving a huge number of people of the royalties they deserve for their contribution to the making of these copyrighted products. In addition, the quality of these fake items is often very poor and consumers should report anyone who is involved in their production or sale.'

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