place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
BARN IS FLAVOURS RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR....
congratulations go to Richard and Kelly Bailey of Orles
Barn whose restaurant won the title of Restaurant of
the Year in the Flavours of Herefordshire 2010 Awards last
Friday. Their restaurant was also highly commended for the
delicious breakfasts that their guests regularly enjoy.
telephoned Orles Barn to congratulate Richard and Kelly
on their success. Richard said, 'We are absolutely delighted
to win Restaurant of the Year. As 'New kids on the block'
we thought that to be selected as finalists alongside some
of the long established restaurants in the area was great
but to be voted winners was absolutely fantastic!'
in Ross-on-Wye are renowned for their success in this annual
competition. Last year, the winner was Wilton
Court Restaurant with Rooms, who were very highly commended
this year and went on to win Silver in the Heart of England
Awards in 2009. The
Bridge at Wilton also boasts many successes in the Flavours
competition, both in the Herefordshire Awards and the regional
Flavours of Herefordshire is organized to recognize the
best use and promotion of local produce, and continues to
be one of the most popular competitions of its kind in the
Heart of England. Flavours of Herefordshire has also been
recognize for raising the standards of quality and service
throughout the county since its inception eleven years ago.
The guests of honour, presenting the Flavours of Herefordshire
awards on Friday evening were TV chefs, The Hairy Bikers.
Hairy Bikers with the winners of the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards.
winner in the Breakfast category was: The Old Rectory, Cradley,
Nr. Malvern and Orles Barn were Highly Commended. Commended
were: Little Treaddow Farmhouse, St Owen's Cross and the
Crown Inn Woolhope, and Ross-on-Wye's Wilton Court and Glewstone
Court along with Somerville House in Hereford were finalists.
of the Cider & Perry category was Oliver's Cider & Perry
The Old Hop Kilns, Moorhouse Farm, Ocle Pychard. Highly
Commended was Once Upon A Tree and Lyne Down Cider And Perry
Valley Brewery of Stoke Lacy won the Drinks Producer award
with Jus' Single Variety Apple Juice being Highly Commended
and Monkhide Wines, Commended.
Tea Room award went to Warren Farms, Bringsty. Highly Commended
was Mrs Muffins of Ledbury and Walford Court Tea Room of
Leintwardine was Commended.
in and around Ross-on-Wye did very well in the Restaurant
Awards with Orles Barn voted Restaurant of the Year, Wilton
Court being Highly Commended and The Mill Race, Commended
along with The Riverside Inn at Leominster. Glewstone Court
and The Wellington were finalists.
Ross-on-Wye business had success at the awards on Friday,
as Pengethley Farm Shop was voted Retailer of the Year.
Court Farm of Tillington were Highly Commended and Glyn
Slade Jones of Kington and Neil Powell, Master Butchers
of Hereford were commended.
best Pubs were The Three Horse Shoes of Bromyard, The Sun
Inn, Winforton, (Highly Commended), the Red Lion Inn, Stiffords
Bridge (Highly Commended) and the Crown Inn Woolhope, (Commended).
award for best Co-operative Venture went to Herefordshire
Farmers Market Group whilst the best Food Producer award
went to court Farm Tillington. Just Rachel's Quality Desserts
were Highly Commended and Country Flavours of Preston-on-Wye
Outstanding Achievement Award went to Walford Court of Leintwardine
and the Outstanding Newcomer Award went to Monkhide Wines
of Canon Pyon.
Food Champion was Rachel Hicks and the Young Chef in Industry
award went to Rachel Williams of Wilton Court Hotel. The
Young Chef in College award went to Katie Lewis.
to you all.
HEREFORD FRAUD CASE FEATURED ON CRIMEWATCHY.....
A fraud case which is being investigated by Herefordshire
Police featured on Crimewatch last night, Tuesday, 26th
October in the hope of gleaning further information to help
in their endeavour to solve the crime, the details of which
are published below.
approximately 3.20pm on 20th May, a smartly dressed man
entered the JD Sports store in Hereford. He chose a selection
of clothes which he paid for with a stolen bank card. Twenty
minutes later the man returned to the store and bought three
pairs of shoes using the same card. In total he spent more
than £400 there.
believe the card was stolen earlier in the day from an office
in the town. The offender fraudulently obtained the victim’s
PIN number by calling her office, claiming to be from her
bank. He made several cash withdrawals and purchases around
the town before the victim alerted he bank. In total he
obtained cash and goods worth more than £2,000.
you can help the police with their enquiries, please contact
PC Wayne White on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously
on 0800 555 111.
WARM WELCOME AT THE Y-ZONE....
The Y-Zone, Ross-on-Wye appears to stand quietly on the
corner of Hill Street and Crofts Lane, with not much going
on. However, appearances can be very deceptive, as we discovered
after being invited to an Open Day which took place on Tuesday.
through the doors there is an impressive range of facilities
for the young people of Ross aged 11 years and over to enjoy.
There is an IT suite, A music suite, a pool table, a fitted
kitchen, meeting space and, the latest addition to the YZone,
cinema seating. Ross Youth Forum, who meet regularly at
the YZone worked hard, not only applying for funding but
holding many of their own fund raising activities to provide
a cinema facility for the young people of Ross-on-Wye. They
managed to obtain a projector and screen and it is hoped
that they will be showing two films per month for the younger
generation of Ross. Their hard work deserves our congratulations.
YZone works in partnership with the Basement Youth Trust
who provide a range of activities for the youths of the
town. From rapping, dancing and band practice to IT courses,
drama, circus skills and Tai Kwon Do. The young people can
also learn a variety of life skills such as cookery and
money management and can also do their homework there.
to the Open Day saw some fine examples of what goes on behind
those doors and went away very impressed with the things
they had witnessed.
YZone is not just open during term time. Young people can
also use the drop in facility during the school holidays.
They don't have to 'join' just simply turn up. On Mondays,
the YZone is a girls only zone and on Monday evening the
girls busied themselves making some delicious refreshments
for their next day guests to enjoy. And we did enjoy them.
looking round and learning of some of the work going on
at the YZone, visitors were entertained by 15 years old
Dan who performed a 6 minute rap, easily getting his audience
to join in.
you for inviting us to the open day. The work that you and
the young people you work with do deserves to be applauded.
of the Basement Youth Trust, Bernard Fowkes with Jon Ralph, Community
Youth Service Manager,
Sue Wilden, Basement Youth Trust co-ordinator and Councillor Chris
Bartrum at the Y-Zone Open Day on Tuesday.
keeps the audience very entertained with his 6 minute rap.
LIONS HELP TO FLOAT S.A.R.As NEW BOAT....
SARA is the Lifeboat and Mountain Rescue Organization which
covers the areas of the rivers Severn, Usk, Wye and Avon
plus the land surrounding the rivers including the Forest
of Dean. In emergencies this can be extended to Barry and
consists of 4 rescue stations based at Beachley (Chepstow),
Sharpness, Wyre Forest and Tewkesbury and the crews, all
voluntary, respond to calls at all times of day and in a
wide range of weather conditions to come to the aid of the
community in our region.
Lifeboats obviously have a vital role to play and their
upkeep is essential. One of the oldest Lifeboats (SARA3)
is now 15 years old and requires replacing. Extensive fund
raising by the team over many, many months has enabled the
crew to get extremely close to their target. They are now
in a position to place an order to replace SARA3 the cost
of which is approximately £25,000. This boat will be called
'Swift n Bold' and hopefully will be in action in the next
new boat will come fully fitted with Land Search & Rescue
Radio, First Aid equipment, Echo Sounder, position location
and navigation aids, navigation lights and EPIB (Emergency
Position Indicator Beacons). The new engine is being sponsored
by the First Battalion Rifles, based at Beachley. Ross Lion,
Martin King presented a cheque of £500 to Mervyn Fleming
(Chairman of Beachley Lifeboat & Rescue Station) and some
of the crew.
SARA and the Ross Lions would like to thank the generosity
of the general public who, despite the current difficult
financial climate, continue to contribute to the causes
supported by Ross Lions and thus support those most in need.
can contact Ross Lions on 0845 833 5786 or via the web site:
Lion, Martin King presents a cheque to the SARA crew.
GIRL RECEIVES PRIDE OF HEREFORDSHIRE AWARD....
go to Amber Pottie who last week won the 'Young Carer' award
at the Pide of Herefordshire Awards which too place last
week. Amber, aged thirteen, is described as having a caring
nature and is a 'ray of sunshine' for her mother Paula Wade.
She helped nurse Paula after a major operation and gives
her constant support, encouragement and help. Amber also
looks out for her brother, friends and rescue animals.
overall winner of the Pride of Herefordshire Awards which
took place on Wednesday, 20th October is the Royal National
College for the Blind. The college was rewarded for hosting
the 2010 World Blind Football Championships in August, an
event which attracted thousands of spectators both at the
stadium and on the website as well as receiving national
and international television coverage. This coverage included
BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5's popular Fighting Talk, BBC World
Service, GMTV, Chanel 4, Futbol Mondial, Fuji TV (Japan),
TYCSport (Argentina), CNN and the Canadian Broadcasting
Roger Phillips, leader of Herefordshire Council said 'The
overall winner goes to a person or organizations responsible
for raising pride in the county and I don't think anyone
could fail to be proud of this event and how it raised the
county's profile. I attended some of the matches and, even
though the England team didn't lift the cup, the team did
us proud. The whole event was a superb showcase for the
best of the county.'
Larkin, head of events at RNCB, accepted the award on behalf
of the college. The overall award winner was sponsored by
year's winner Josie Pearce, Tony Larkin from the RNCB and Jonathan
Bretherton, Chief Executive of Hereford Futures who sponsored the
FRANKIE TOURING 365 PUBS IN 365 DAYS TO HELP HEROES - - CATCH HIM
AT THE HOPE AND ANCHOR ON THURSDAYY.....
Frankie Martin is
on a mission - to tour 265 pubs in 365 days. This is not
a drink as much beer as you can mission, however, for Frankie
is a singer and he is well on track to have performed at
365 pubs in as many days.
set out with the hope of raising £50 per day from
his tour to raise £18,500 for Help for Heroes. A third
of the way into his tour however, the sum raised was already
approaching £33,000, so a new target was set at £100,000.
Frankie passed the £50,000 mark just before reaching
the half way stage of his tour, so the target looks well
within his reach.
is due to appear at the Hope
& Anchor on Thursday evening (28th October) and
his performance will begin at approximately 8:30pm. Why
not go along and contribute to his goal of £100,000
for Help for Heroes?
you fancy a bit of Hallowe'en fun on Friday evening, why
not pay the Hope & Anchor another visit as they are
holding their monthly Karaoke night and most of the regulars
will be in fancy dress.
LIAM PRESENTED WITH SIGNED MATCH BALLY.....
Robertshaw presents Liam Parry with the signed match ball for his
hat trick at the recent charity football match.
COUNCIL SELLING OFF SURPLUS ARCHIVESY.....
Herefordshire Council's archive service is holding one of
its regular sales to give history buffs a rare chance to
acquire a part of the county's past.
original Ordnance Survey maps dating from 1904 to 1925 will
be offered for sale at the Record Office in Harold Street,
from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, 6th November. The maps are
on the old scale 25-inch-to- the- mile, each locality having
its own sheet. Prices will be up to £10 per sheet, depending
on condition. A wide range of second hand books on local
and general history will also be for sale.
Griffith, senior archivist said, 'Maps are such an evocative
way of showing how a place has changed over time. We are
fortunate to have so many spare to make available for sale.
Having an original map showing where you live is a great
thrill; it also makes a great Christmas gift.'
REJOICES AT NEWS OF SUPERFAST BROADBAND....
Norman MP has expressed his delight at the announcement
that the county has been awarded one of the three Superfast
Broadband Pilots. The pilot promises to give a massive boost
to digital connectivity in rural areas of South Herefordshire.
announcement, by George Osborne in Monday's Comprehensive
Spending Review, comes after a sustained three year campaign
to promote broadband by Jesse, in collaboration with Herefordshire
Council. An early milestone in the campaign was the publication
in May 2008 of 'Wireless Herefordshire,' a policy document
laying out the potential and funding options for wireless
broadband across the county.
recently, in August of this year, Jesse hosted a Broadband
Summit which brought together local businesses and community
leaders with the Council, and national as well as specialist
telecoms companies. Communications Minister Ed Vaizey was
the keynote speaker. After the summit Jesse worked closely
with Herefordshire Council and fellow MP Bill Wiggin to
put forward a bid for the pilot programme, and to persuade
government of the social and economic importance of broadband
in rural areas.
after the Chancellor’s announcement Jesse said, 'I am absolutely
thrilled at the news. This could be the greatest thing for
Herefordshire since the invention of cider! This has long
been the Forgotten County. I said at the General Election
that my goal was to try to get a fair deal for Herefordshire,
and this is one small early step towards that goal. It really
shows that the Coalition government takes rural areas seriously.
win is the result of a lot of hard work by Councillors,
Council Officers, AWM and my own team, and I would particularly
like to pay tribute to the bid team, including Alan Ronald,
Natalia Silver, Andrew Abraham, Clem Attwood and Phil Wells.
They have done a terrific job.'
with Ed Vaizey at the Broadband Summit.
HELP TO GAIN ACCESS TO NEW CANCER DRUGS.....
Herefordshire patients who wish to access new cancer drugs
are being given a boost as a new fund has become available
this month which will help provide access to new treatments.
fund, which is being managed by the Strategic Health Authority
(NHS West Midlands), is intended to act as a stop gap until
the government's planned national Cancer Drugs Fund for
England is up and running by April 2011. The fund is cash-limited:
the West Midlands has been allocated £5.4 million, and is
to pay for additional treatments which the NHS does not
all other avenues for accessing cancer drug funding at a
local level have been tried, funding requests can be made
by NHS cancer specialists on behalf of patients, to NHS
Herefordshire. This means that a doctor will make an application
on the patient's behalf. The main reason for this is that
treatments need to be clinically appropriate and supported.
NHS Herefordshire will then ask a clinical panel of cancer
specialists representing all 17 Primary Care Trusts in the
West Midlands, to consider the application and make decisions
on funding within three working days of receiving the application.
Edwards of NHS Herefordshire said, 'We have been working
closely with local hospitals and cancer specialists to set
up systems to deal with the new fund to ensure that Herefordshire
patients are given the opportunity to access the cancer
fund as quickly as possible.'
of the new fund are available at www.westmidlands.nhs.uk
HEREFORDSHIRE DIG TO FEATURE ON TIME TEAM....
county archaeology team linked up with Channel 4's Time
Team last summer to get to grips with a hill top enigma.
Banks and ditches of the right scale for an Iron Age hill
fort were rediscovered during survey of woodland on the
Hampton Court estate near Leominster and were found to define
a massive 43 acre enclosure.
excavations involving Tony Robinson, Phil Harding, Francis
Pryor and the Time Team regulars were carried out to better
understand the site, supported by archaeologists from Herefordshire
Council. The findings of the mini-project are now to be
broadcast on Channel 4 on Sunday, 7th November at 5.25pm.
County Archaeologist, Dr Keith Ray said, 'On the second
day, the joint team had to cope with one of the worst July
deluges we've seen in recent years, but the picture that
emerges in the programme is of a site with a number of surprises
in store for the excavators. There are a number of remaining
puzzles leading us to question yet again exactly what these
massive hill top enclosures were all about.'
Stevens, the social history collections officer for Herefordshire
Council's heritage services team, also helped Time Team
with their exploration of the county by taking artefacts
from the county's collection out to the dig site. These
artefacts included finds from Sutton Walls and Croft Ambrey,
both Iron Age hill forts in Herefordshire, as well as a
Roman sword found near the River Lugg, all designed to illustrate
what life might have been like in the county when the hill
top structure at Dinmore was built.
Bapty, County Archaeologist), Time Team presenter, Tony Robinson
and Neil Rimmington, the council's countryside adviser at the site
of the dig.
HEREFORD ROUND TABLE FIREWORKS DISPLAY.....
Visitors to Hereford racecourse on Saturday, 30th October
can expect another spectacular firework display from Hereford
Round Table in partnership this year with the housing and
care provider Sanctuary Group.
ensure children young and old are wowed by the very best
display possible, Hereford Round Table are once again working
with Kimbolton Fireworks, an international award winning
company who provide firework displays for many prestigious
events including the Hogmanay celebrations in the City of
Edinburgh. They will also be illuminating the London Eye
later this year.
keep the whole family entertained for what promises to an
evening not to be missed, there will be fairground rides
and refreshments before the fireworks, so beat the queues
and arrive early . All proceeds from the event are used
by Hereford Round Table for the benefit of good causes locally,
so by buying a ticket you'll not only enjoy a wonderful
evening, you'll also know that you're supporting individuals
and groups within your own community.
on the gate cost £10 per person and children under
the age of 16 accompanied by a paying adult can enter for
free. The gates will open at 5:30pm and the bonfire will
be lit at 6:30pm.
are available on the gate, or in advance. For further information,
please telephone 07792-032921 or email - hfdroundtable@gmailcom
WELL LANE WORKS MAKING PROGRESS....
repair work to Meeks Well Lane, Symonds Yat West is making
good progress, which is very good news for residents and
visitors to the area.
Well Lane had been eroded over a period of time and required
a significant repair to return to an acceptable state. However,
the initial design could not take into account the large
outcrop of rock later found to be next to the repair works.
The amended design included large gabion baskets (structures
filled with stones used to fill gaps and weighing approximately
4.5 tonnes each) which were used to fill the eroded areas.
They are secured to the rock face by stainless steel pins
inserted into pre-drilled holes at 500mm spacings. Works
are expected to take a further six or seven weeks to complete
and local residents are eagerly look forward to completion.
Howell, Network Engineering Manager for Amey said, 'This
particular scheme has been on our to do list for some time,
but because of land negotiations and planning permissions
for parking bays and storage sheds we have had to wait before
we could actually start the works on site. The highways
team at Amey has a wealth of experience in gabion basket
type land stabilization works but this scheme differs from
the norm in that access to the site is restricted to small
vehicles and only small volumes of material can be stored
on site at any one time.
this into account, good progress is being made and indications
are that the works will be completed in line with programme.
ongoing works at Meeks Well Lane.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON FUTURE OF COUNTY'S TRANSPORTY..
For those of you who would like to have a say in the development
of the county's transport strategy over the next 15 years,
Herefordshire Council's consultation on its draft Local
Transport Plan runs until Friday, 19th November. Views
on top priorities for transport were sought in January this
year and the results, which included the need for a relief
road for Hereford, investment in public transport, walking
and cycling, and tackling school travel, have been put into
the latest local transport plan.
council wants to ensure that the long term strategy reflects
local needs. The strategy areas include: Hereford, the market
towns and rural communities, road safety and managing the
highways. Copies of the draft plan can be obtained in local
libraries and customer service centres. People can also
access the document at the council's website - www.herefordshire.go.uk
(refer to the 'Spotlight' section on the home page and click
the link to the 'Local Transport Plan 3 Strategy Consultation',
which will provide more information on how to take part).
further information contact the council's transportation
planning team on 01432 261817.
GP WINS NHS LEADERSHIP AWARD....
local GP has scooped an award for his outstanding partnership
work to improve efficiency in the NHS at the inaugural West
Midlands Leadership Awards.
Andy Watts, GP at Sarum House surgery has been driving forward
significant changes in Herefordshire so that more patients
can be treated by their own GP or community based staff,
making it easier for them to access services and reducing
the number of hospital admissions every year. NHS Herefordshire
works in partnership with local GPs and maximizes their
clinical expertise to develop new services and to trial
schemes that after evaluation, are rolled out to the wider
Watts has been a driving force in this approach, taking
all other GPs from across the county with him. He has led
a GP Practices executive forum to harness a range of clinicians'
views and interests, whilst influencing and helping to develop
a range of services so that patients can be provided with
the care they need closer to home. For example, several
initiatives have resulted in patient care in care homes
being improved so that there is less need for frail elderly
patients to have to visit hospital. Dr. Watts has also managed
the treatment of deep vein thrombosis so that care can be
started and finished at a patient's local surgery and has
been involved in a range of pilot schemes to redesign services
for people with diabetes, musculoskeletal problems and those
in need of physiotherapy.
Newton, chair of NHS Herefordshire said, 'The Partnership
Award recognizes individuals who make an outstanding contribution
to enhancing partnership working across different agencies
or parts of the service. Andy has delivered this, pulling
together resources, inciting support and bringing GPs and
service providers together to make life easier for patients
and save the local health and social care services much
Herefordshire would like to extend its congratulations to
Andy for his positive contribution to improving health services
in Herefordshire. Given the direction of travel in the forthcoming
NHS White Paper, this should give confidence in our evolving
partnership working with GPs.'
left to right are: Ian Cumming OBE, Dr. Andy Watts and Elisabeth
Buggins CBE DL.
POLICE PUT THE SQUEEZE ON BURGLARS
A West Mercia Police operation designed to keep up the pressure
on house burglars and reassure the public took place in
Herefordshire last week. As the nights draw in and the clocks
are soon to go back, the operation involved action to disrupt
the activities of burglars while offering advice to people
in the county on how to keep their homes secure.
Protect coincided with the launch of the force’s ‘Lighten
Up, Mark it Up!’ campaign, combining reassurance about low
crime levels with the provision of home security advice
for the darker autumn and winter months. Local Policing
Teams distributed hundreds of ‘Lighten Up!’ leaflets over
the week to residents in all the county’s towns and villages.
campaign was backed up by an advertising van which toured
the county last Tuesday, 19th October, advising people to
Lighten Up their homes to make them more safe and secure.
officers arrested three people on Tuesday in relation to
three separate burglaries, two in Hereford and one in Ross-on-Wye.
One man was charged and has appeared in court, while one
man and one teenage boy have been released on bail pending
Detective Inspector Ross Jones, who is leading the campaign
in Herefordshire said, 'Historically, there is a rise in
the number of burglaries across Britain at this time of
year because when it is dark, unlit houses can be a target
for thieves. Herefordshire has a very low rate of burglary,
with less than one a day taking place on average across
the county. We are determined to keep it that way and have
been taking action against burglary suspects in the county.
well as the three arrests last week, we have also made 12
further arrests for burglary and six for handling stolen
goods so far this month. We are urging local people to help
us and help themselves at this time of year by making their
homes more secure and using timer switches to turn lights
on while they are out; a well lit house gives the impression
that someone is home and will deter a burglar.'
‘Mark it Up!’ part of the campaign is about promoting the
security marking of valuable possessions to act as a deterrent
to house burglars and other thieves. West Mercia Police
is advising residents that their property can be registered
online for free at www.immobilise.com. Acting DI Jones added,
'Using the website is very easy and if an item is stolen
and later recovered, not only will it help us return it
to its owner, it will also help us to detect burglary and
handling stolen goods offences and bring prosecutions against
thieves. If residents can lighten up their homes, mark up
their valuables and of course keep their home secure at
all times, then it will be huge help in our battle with
Up, Mark it Up!’ advice includes simple precautions that
can significantly reduce the chance of homes being burgled.
This includes: Using timer switches to turn lights on while
you are out. Low-energy or dusk to dawn sensor bulbs can
be used to save energy and costs. A low-energy light bulb
costs less than 2p per day to run, if left on for four hours.
Invest in external lighting. Property mark your valuables
and then make the details viewable to the police by registering
them on Immobilize – www.immobilise.com – a national website
where you can register valuables for free.
can register property such as mobile phones, iPods, bicycles,
cameras and laptops. Registering your property will improve
your chances of getting it back if it is lost or stolen.
Further home security advice is available on the force website
COUNCIL LEADER SLAMS CLOSURE OF MALVERN WATER...
The decision to end production of Her Majesty the Queen's
favourite bottled water in Colwall has been 'sudden and
brutal', according to the leader of Herefordshire Council.
Coca Cola, which owns the Malvern Water brand, has announced
that it will close the site in November and sell it to property
developers. The move ends 150 years of history and 17 local
jobs are under threat.
don't think Malvern's American owners have really understood
the power of smaller, niche brands and they have failed
to capitalize on the opportunities of an established and
well-regarded product,' said Councillor Roger Phillips.
'Perhaps it would have been better if Coca Cola had been
less acquisitive and more perceptive. Certainly the decision
to close down production has been sudden and brutal.'
weekend the council supported local food and drink producers
with the Flavours of Herefordshire awards, which celebrated
successful local brands. 'Herefordshire has a reputation
for producing high quality food and drink and its success
has been achieved by local people who care about how they
source and market their product,' continued Councillor Phillips.
'The council has been approached by entrepreneurs who have
ideas on how bottled water at Malvern could continue and
the council would be pleased to work with them to see if
their ideas can be realized.'
TOGETHER TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT....
Council has been working with EnviroAbility and Alupro to
set up special recycling bins for aluminium foil in supermarkets
and at household waste sites. The foil will be collected
by people with learning difficulties that are being supported
by staff from the St. Owen's Centre, part of the council's
adult social care team. EnviroAbility will collect and transport
the foil to reprocessors and receive the income which will
help keep the scheme running at supermarkets in Hereford
and at all the household waste sites in Herefordshire.
John Jarvis of Herefordshire Council said, 'I am delighted
we have been able to work together and offer this new service
for the county. Aluminium foil cannot be collected through
our existing recycling scheme but I am aware residents do
want this service. By working with EnviroAbility, we are
not only filling a gap in our recycling provision but are
also supporting adults with learning difficulties so they
can gain meaningful work as well as saving more items from
going to landfill. I am also very pleased to have fulfilled
a promise we made to EnviroAbility to keep working with
them after the Blue Box scheme in Ross ended.'
Anthony Lowther of EnviroAbility said, 'This scheme will
be a real boost and enrich the lives of people with learning
disabilities as they are able to provide a much-needed service
for the community as well as helping the environment.'
Meeks from Alupro, who are donating the collection bins
said, 'Residents in Herefordshire will not only be able
to recycle their clean foil in these distinctive yellow
and black foil banks, they will be saving energy. Recycling
aluminium takes only five per cent of the energy needed
to make it from its raw material, bauxite and more than
75 per cent of aluminium ever produced is still in use.
I would urge recyclers to use the new foil banks in and
which needs to be clean, can be recycled at the new banks
at supermarkets in Hereford and at household waste sites
throughout the county.
Owen Centre worker Jane Edwards, Matthew Buckley, St Owen Centre
worker Karen Baynham, Mark Davies and Isobel Clark and
St Owen Centre development worker Kate Evans with the new foil bin
at Sainsbury's in Hereford.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT SAY CITY RETAILERS.....
Shopkeepers vow that the Hereford fire will not stop the
resurgence in the city's fortunes, which have been underlined
by a series of market studies. Hereford
is now off the critical list for empty shops and according
to the latest Shop Vacancy Report by Local Data Company
(LDC), Hereford no longer features in the list of towns
and cities that have to worry about retail vacancy rates.
from the shops most affected by the fire in High Town last
week, several new shops are opening up across the city,
with Hereford showing real growth despite the uncertain
economic conditions. Other research by market research specialists
Experian, says that the city is in the top 10 most economically
resilient areas in the UK and according to another study
by leading market research company CACI, the city has the
potential to leap into the top 10 shopping destinations
in the region.
September, The Entertainer, a national chain of toy shops,
took over 6,000 square feet of trading and storage space
at the old Chadds department store, in Commercial Street.
Manager, Daisy Allam confirmed, 'There's a really good feeling
in Hereford, with empty shops filling up with new traders,
which helps bring more people into the city centre. We are
really looking forward to Christmas this year in Hereford.'
clothes retailer Peacocks also opened up in the old Woolworths
store in Eign Gate. Many new shops like ladies fashion store
East, the Wedding Shop, Evangeline's Emporium and 4 Your
Convenience have recently started trading.
no longer has enough empty shops to register in the 20 towns
and cities on the LDC league table in the West Midlands,
where numbers in other towns and cities are increasing.
At its worst, Hereford was reporting several months ago
that 8.4 per cent of shops were empty - or 1 in 12. But
even then, this was still far healthier that many other
centres in the region - including Wolverhampton at 23.8
per cent, Birmingham at 17.9 per cent, Kidderminster 13.8
per cent or Shrewsbury at 13.3 per cent.
Council is continuing with its plans to revitalize the historic
city core of Hereford, with its £1.2 million refurbishment
of premier shopping street Widemarsh Street almost complete,
a development competition launched for the landmark Butter
Market and the creation of the successful Shop Hereford
reward scheme, which now has 70 independent retailers using
the scheme. Now, with developer Stanhope announcing the
coming of a multiplex cinema to the city, and expectations
of a high quality food retailer, a department store and
20 further shops following afterwards, the fortunes of Hereford
has the potential to move into the top 10 West Midlands
shopping destinations,' explained cabinet member for economic
development, Councillor Adrian Blackshaw. 'As Hereford's
regeneration continues, more of our county residents will
see the city as their shopping destination of choice, instead
of going to Worcester, Cheltenham, Gloucester or Cardiff.
we are classed as an 'average regional town' in terms of
our retail economy but this is changing and our ambition
is to lift the city to be a 'quality major centre' in the
next few years. Anything and everything is possible, as
long as we all continue to have faith in our city's future,
use its terrific range of independent shops and vibrant
markets, and talk its prospects up across the region.'
PLEASE SHOW RESPECT WHEN TRICK OR TREATINGY.....
Hallowe'en is almost upon us and for those worried about
people 'trick or treating' at their door, help is at hand
with the West Mercia Police 'No Trick or Treat' campaign.
Herefordshire Council and Safer Herefordshire are proud
to be working together with West Mercia Police to ensure
that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Hallowe'en across
Charles Hill of West Mercia Police said, 'Although Herefordshire
is one of the safest counties to live in, communities may
be worried about possible antisocial behaviour at this time
of year and we are particularly concerned with elderly or
vulnerable residents feeling intimidated by unwanted trick
Mercia would like to remind residents of a few simple steps
for staying safe:
You have the right to say no to trick or treaters.
engage your safety chain before opening the door.
Always ask for identification from official callers.
Do not let anyone in your house until you are happy with
Do not deal with doorstep sales people unless you are sure
they are genuine.
If you need goods or services, only buy from reputable suppliers
or by recommendation.
taking their children out trick or treating are asked to
show respect and consideration to residents and to move
on if they see the yellow Hallowe'en poster displayed in
for those who prefer not to be disturbed this Hallowe'en,
simply pick up a specially designed 'No Trick or Treat'
poster from a Police Station or Local Policing Team or download
the poster below and clearly display it in a window or on
feel free to download this poster to print out and stick in your
window this Hallowe'en.