place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
LOCAL SCHOOLS GIVE HUGE BOOST TO AIR AMBULANCE....
The children of Llangrove CE Primary School and Kings Caple
Primary School are celebrating the huge success of their
first joint initiative which raised over £1,200 for The
Midlands Air Ambulance last week. The
two schools form part of the Herefordshire Marches Federation
of Schools which is a partnership of four local primary
schools and also includes Lord Scudamore Primary School
in Hereford and Sutton St Nicholas Primary School.
year, The Midlands Air Ambulance celebrate their 20th anniversary
so the children collected 20 pence pieces for the charity.
Llangrove and Kings Caple children raised almost £600 from
the 20p's and a further £600 from Big Breakfasts they held
at their schools. The Llangrove Big Breakfast has become
a popular annual event in the community. Two hundred delicious
cooked breakfasts were served on Sunday, 6th February, with
most of the food generously donated by local companies including
Bartonsham Farm Dairies, Neil Powell Butchers and Spar at
Daff-y-Nant Services in Whitchurch.
Midlands Air Ambulance is a vital emergency service that
has helped to save many lives across the Midlands and Welsh
border regions. Over 3,500 flying missions are completed
every year. The Charity has 3 aircraft and 12 full time
operational crew and requires £6 million per year to run
the service. They receive no State funding, NHS or lottery
money and yet it costs £25 a minute to fly each helicopter
and every return flight to hospital costs £2,000.
children of both schools enjoyed a visit by The Midlands
Air Ambulance helicopter pod and had the chance to learn
about the operations that the helicopters fly and to try
on the crew's expensive uniforms and helmets and sit in
the pilot's seat.
Kelly Steele, Assistant Headteacher at Llangrove CE Primary
School said, 'Having the helicopter pod at school was a
fantastic experience for the children who learned about
the valuable work that the Midlands Air Ambulance do, and
we were able to welcome our friends from Kings Caple for
the first of many collaborative projects. The visit from
the pod and the possibility of winning a trip to RAF Cosford
provided a great incentive for the children to do their
best with their fund-raising and the £1,200 they raised
of the children from Llangrove and Kings Caple who contributed
most to the fund-raising are now eagerly anticipating a
trip to RAF Cosford to visit the Air Ambulance base and
meet the crew to see how their money is used.
and Kings Caple Primary School children with The Midlands Air Ambulance
ROSS YOUTH FORUM PRESENT A BANKSY FILMY.....
The Ross Youth Forum will be holding their first monthly
film evening, using equipment purchased through funds raised
by young people who live in Ross-on-Wye. The Forum hope
to bring high quality, but meaningful films to people of
Ross in a cinematic style venue, with the aim of sparking
discussion and conversation on current issues that affect
Film is 'Exit Through the Gift Shop, a Banksy Film. The
award winning film is the inside story of Street Art; a
brutal and revealing account of what happens when fame,
money and vandalism collide. 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'
follows an eccentric shopkeeper turned amateur film maker
as he attempts to capture many of the world's most infamous
vandals on camera, only to have a British stencil artist
named Banksy turn the camcorder back on its owner with wildly
film is not only a must for all Art / Banksy fans, but also
anyone who wishes to learn more about street art or to understand
more about graffiti culture in general.
Through the Gift Shop will be shown at Y-Zone, Hill Street,
Ross on Wye, on Tuesday, 22nd February. The doors will open
at 6.30pm for a 7pm start with an approximate 9.30pm finish.
Admission is free, however donations would be appreciated
so that the Youth Forum can continue in their work and host
future events. If you donate just £1, you will receive
a free drink.
you are worried about where to leave your car, you might
like to know that parking is free after 6pm in the car park
by Sainsbury's, adjacent to the Y-zone.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICK....
We would like to take this opportunity to publicly wish
our good friend, Nick Stephens of Rose
Cottage, Symonds Yat East, a belated Happy Birthday.
Nick celebrated his ??th birthday on Friday, 11th February
having drinks with friends and family at the Kings
Head Hotel. Alan was able to join them for a short while
before the group headed down to the White
House for a game of 'Risk.'
being soundly beaten at the game by his niece, Rachel and
her partner Jay, we believe Nick thoroughly enjoyed his
helps Nick to celebrate his birthday with a drink at the Kings Head.
with brother Greg, Sister-in-law, Pat, Sister Judy and friends on
OPENING OF ROSS MARKET HOUSE VISITOR CENTRE...
Market House Heritage Centre close just before Christmas
2010 to undergo some major changes in order to combine Heritage
Services with Tourist Information. Lots of work went into
turning the upper floor of this lovely old building into
a light, airy room with space to accommodate both services
to reopen on 31st January. Supervisor, Clare O'Reilly would
like to thank the whole team, her boss, her husband and
Amey who all strived to get the Market House Visitor Centre
open on time.
Clare hopes that the new service will retain the best of
both services and says that they will continue to provide
local and visitor information, National Express coach tickets,
box office facilities, local crafts, exhibitions, children's
activities, souvenirs and gifts, walking information and
books and much, much more.
official opening of the Visitor Centre will take place at
12 Noon on Thursday, 17th February where John Kyrle, (aka
Brian Jackson), will be cutting the ribbon on the steps.
Clare would like to see the local community, community groups,
tourism operators, local traders etc. take the opportunity
to go along and take a look around and enjoy a cup of tea
or coffee with the team.
Market House Visitor Centre will be open six days per week
and the opening times are Monday to Sunday, 10.30am until
4.30pm (closed on Tuesdays), and will close at 4pm on Sundays
from October until the end of March.
GETTING INTO THE RHYTHM FOR WORLD BOOK DAY...
Book Day falls on thursday, 3rd March and the staff of Herefordshire
Council's children's centres are helping babies and children
get off to a flying start by encouraging them to enjoy sharing
stories and rhymes in the build up to the day. Bookstart
Bear is visiting Hereford's children's centres during half
term week, 21st to 25th February, and is inviting children
and parents to join in lots of literary fun and helping
toddlers develop a love of books.
centres provide activities for families with children aged
five and under. The focus on books during half term week
begins on Monday, 21st February with a presentation of 'The
Selfish Giant' by Sea Legs Puppet Theatre at Withington
Village Hall. Organised by the Broadlands Children's Centre,
the performance will take place from 11am until 12 Noon.
There will be a bear on the loose in South Wye on Tuesday,
22nd February as South Meadow Children's Centre invites
families to go on their very own bear hunt, exploring the
gardens, joining a music session and lots of other activities,
including a picnic, all with a bear theme. Families are
invited to join in the fun from 11am until 2pm and are advised
to bring wellies, coats and a picnic lunch.
bear theme will continue at Green Croft Children's Centre
on Wednesday, 23rd from 10am until 1pm. Craft activities,
story telling and a teddy bears picnic are just some of
the activities on offer - and pyjamas are compulsory!
can visit the home of The Three Bears at Springfield Children's
Centre on Thursday from 10am until 2pm. In addition there
will be crafts in the castle, face painting and clay play
with John the Potter. Children are invited to dress up as
fairy tale characters and enjoy their packed lunch with
Alice at the Mad Hatters Tea Party.
the week's celebration of books through song, rhythm and
rhyme, Widemarsh Children's Centre has organised a special
story telling session of 'Little Red Riding Hood' for Friday,
25th from 10am until 12 Noon. Dressing up and mask making
will also be on the cards.
Gristy, children's centre manager said, 'We know that babies
and children who enjoy books and have the chance to share
stories with others are ahead of the game when it comes
to learning to read by themselves. Sharing stories can be
a magical time and we are hoping that families enjoy coming
together and sharing their story telling with others. There
are lots of exciting, fun activities organised during half
term across the city's children's centres and we hope all
children will get to meet Bookstart Bear too.
are delighted that the council's library service is launching
a new junior library card to coincide with half term and
World Book Day. The card features Bookstart Bear and will
be available from the South Meadow Children's Centre on
Tuesday, 22nd February.'
NEW LIBRARY CARD FOR UNDER FIVES
and Julie Goodwin.
Library service has launched a new library card which has
been specially designed to encourage more under 5s to enjoy
the benefits of free library membership.
card, which features the Bookstart bear, was officially
launched at Hereford Library on Wednesday, 2nd February
by Cut and Paste nursery from Hereford, together with a
special appearance by the much loved children's book character,
Stevens, the council's library learning officer said, 'We
have launched this card as part of our campaign to get every
baby, toddler and young child to enjoy the benefits of free
Child a Talker is a national strategy which highlights how
talking to your child can help to develop their speech and
communication skills, as well as helping their imagination
grow too. Sharing books can play a big part in this and
our libraries not only offer a wide range of picture and
board books to borrow for free but there are no fines or
charges for damaged or lost books for under fives.'
further information on how to join the library, contact
your local library or log onto the website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/libraries
from the Cut and Paste nursery with the Gruffalo.
LIFE SENTENCE FOR HEREFORD STABBINGY.....
man was given a life sentence on Thursday, 10th February
at Worcester Crown Court, for the stabbing of a man in Hereford
3:50am on Saturday, 28th August, 22-year-old Jack Hewitt
was stabbed in Offa Street and received wounds to the neck
that were so serious they left him blind and with reduced
mobility for life.
Preece, aged 21 and from the Hereford area but of no fixed
abode, was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence for causing
grievous bodily harm with intent. He will need to serve
at least four years and eight months before being considered
for parole. Anthony Dallow, aged 23 of Ledbury Road, Hereford,
was sentenced at the same hearing to a nine month suspended
sentence for perverting the course of justice by assisting
an offender. At a previous hearing on 1st December, Preece
and Dallow both pleaded guilty to their charges.
Sergeant Frank Real of Hereford CID said, 'Jack Hewitt suffered
a terrible attack at the hands of Ashley Preece. A bottle
was smashed over his head and the sharp edge used to stab
him in the neck. He lost so much blood, that he almost died
and has suffered life changing injuries. Preece had gone
into Hereford drunk and with the intention of having a fight.
CCTV evidence shows he had numerous altercations with a
number of people that night and unfortunately for Jack Hewitt
he crossed Preece's path. If it wasn't him it could easily
have been someone else.
had both been in Manhattan's nightclub together and they
left the club at the same time along with two other men.
Jack was led around the corner into Offa Street where he
was attacked by Preece. Preece stayed at Anthony Dallow's
house later that night. When Dallow found out what had happened,
he tried to dispose of Preece's shoes and a plaster cast
that he was he was wearing at the time he stabbed Jack.
He also lent him money to help Preece leave Hereford.
is clearly a risk to the public and there was no doubt in
my mind that he was bent on assaulting someone. The judge
has recognized that he is a danger by imposing an indeterminate
sentence where he will have to prove he is no longer a danger
before he can be released from prison.
family would like to thank those people who administered
first aid to him that night. West Mercia Police would also
like to thank those witnesses who came forward and helped
our investigation. Their evidence was instrumental in getting
a guilty plea in this case.'
EXPECT DELAYS ON ROMAN ROADY.....
Council has started work to upgrade the junction of the
A4103 Roman Road, in Hereford with the A4110 Canon Pyon
road and motorists are being urged to find alternative routes
or avoid rush hour travel while the works are taking place.
signals are controlling traffic flows but there will be
delays during busy commuter times. Amey, working on behalf
of Herefordshire Council, are upgrading the traffic signals
and dropped crossing areas. Motorists are encouraged to
be patient while the works are in progress and Amey apologizes
in advance for any inconvenience caused.
WOMAN WINS ECO KETTLE IN LESS WASTE COMPETITION
Richard Wood and Councillor Jarvis.
A Hereford woman has won an Eco Kettle in a competition
celebrating the launch of Herefordshire Council's and Worcestershire
County Council's new Lets Waste Less website. Residents
of both counties were able to enter an online competition
to answer five simple questions to be in with a chance of
lucky winners have been selected from all of the correct
entries and they were Gaye Wiggins from Hereford, who won
an Eco Kettle and Rod Harris from Worcester, who won a DAB
radio. Five runners-up each received a Love Food Hate Waste
jute bag containing a recycled mug, a spaghetti measurer,
food bag clips and recipe cards.
John Jarvis, of Herefordshire Council said, 'I would like
to congratulate the winners and thank all of the other residents
who took part. The website is a great resource for discovering
how to reduce your household waste and save time and money.
It's full of information such as how to buy a cheap compost
bin, where to take your unwanted items or even where to
find your nearest household recycling centre, their opening
times and what materials they accept.'
from the Putson area of Hereford said, 'The new recycling
scheme in the county is absolutely brilliant as it is so
easy to use and I am always looking for ways to save money
and help the environment, and found there were loads of
excellent tips on the Lets Waste Less website. I am also
delighted to have won this kettle which will ensure I only
use the amount of water needed when I am brewing up.'
new website allows people to learn more about how they can
make their own household waste work for them and covers
all aspects of waste prevention, offering easy to follow
tips along with simple, and often quirky, ideas like how
to organize a Swap Shop, where communities can come together
to trade unwanted items.
further information on waste prevention visit www.letswasteless.com
or call 01905 766883.
EIGHT PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO GET CASH BOOSTY.....
of the county's primary schools have been awarded grants
totalling £447,000 by Herefordshire Council. The cash,
which is being match funded by the schools will help them
to improve their buildings.
council succeeded in bidding for £8.3m in 2009 under the
government's Primary Strategy for Change programme. The
programme was designed to rebuild, remodel or refurbish
primary schools across the country. In Herefordshire most
of the funding will be used to create a new primary school
building in Leominster by merging the existing infant and
junior schools. Draft plans are currently under discussion
with the school community and governing body. A small fund
was also made available to support small schemes which all
primary schools were invited to submit bids for.
successful bids are as follows: St. Mary's CE school at
Credenhill was awarded £50,000 to extend a classroom. Walford
will receive £69,700 for work to the school entrance and
reception; Almeley, £130,000 to replace a temporary classroom,
secure the entrance and relocate the head's office and Ashperton
will get £100,000 to replace a temporary classroom and secure
Clifford Primary can expect £20,000 to create a sheltered
outdoor learning classroom, whilst St. Michael's CE at Bodenham
will be able to create access ramps with the help of £11,000.
£31,000 will go to Lugwardine for a classroom extension
and Goodrich will receive £35,000 to create a teaching space
for small group work and free up space in the school hall
Phillip Price, cabinet member for ICT, education and achievement
said, 'The council's children's services directorate worked
hard to draw this funding down from the previous administration,
so it is gratifying to see that it will be spent well. Offering
grants as match funding to schools has meant that we can
maximize this investment to help our children have access
to buildings that are fit for purpose.'
CARERS PREFER TO FOSTER THROUGH COUNCILY.....
has seen a steady growth in the number of people making
enquiries about becoming foster carers in the county since
Herefordshire Council launched a campaign last year, to
increase the number of foster carers in a bid to meet growing
demand. The response has been good; two training programmes
are about to start for new carers, and both are full. In
Herefordshire, a number of private fostering agencies are
involved in recruiting foster carers, but as the responsibility
for finding a child a placement lies with the council, many
prefer to apply to be carers with the council's own fostering
foster carers recruited by the council receive comprehensive
training, including opportunities to undertake a level three
a child is placed with them, they receive a fostering fee
together with a allowances for clothing, holidays and reimbursements
for travel expenses. Support and help is available through
direct contact with a supervising social worker and carers
have access to a range of supporting events through a network
of around 120 other Herefordshire carers.
Walwin, foster care team manager for Herefordshire Council
said, 'Fostering has changed significantly over the years
with many carers boosting their professional development,
embarking on training and receiving higher rates of pay
as a result. The training Herefordshire Council provides
means there's a much better opportunity for personal development,
so our carers can develop their skills and grow.
are always happy to talk to people who are interested in
fostering, particularly those who think they might be able
to work with older children, many of whom have experienced
trauma in their lives and need more help, understanding
and patience. Anyone interested in fostering can ring the
team on 01432 383240 for further information.'
SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS SIGN UP FOR REAL WORK....
Youngsters at Westfield Special School in Leominster are
looking forward to the world of work, thanks to a multi
agency project spearheaded by Herefordshire Council. The
project has been listed in a good practice guide issued
by the Department of Health Valuing People Now: Summary
Report, March 2009-September 2010.
about seven per cent of people with disabilities in the
UK go into full employment, yet 65 per cent say they would
like to work. The Getting a Life Project is a national scheme
that aims to raise the expectations and aspirations of young
people with special needs so that they can make meaningful
choices about their future and work towards a career of
children with special needs have had their futures mapped
out for them. A typical route would be college, then voluntary
work or a series of work experience placements. In
Herefordshire, the Getting a Life Project brings together
support and help from adult and children's services locally
and nationally to help students choose for themselves.
range of work experience opportunities are provided for
students in year six so that they can try out different
types of jobs, determine what they enjoy and decide what
sort of work they'd like to embark on when they leave formal
education. School staff then help the students prepare for
their chosen career by making sure they have the skills
they need to perform the tasks required of the job with
as much independence as possible. Mencap Pathway provides
support to students throughout the first weeks of employment
as well as helping prepare them for interviews and learn
Roberts used to be a student at Westfield Special School
and after a couple of work experiences, decided to apply
for the job of cleaner at the school. He succeeded and has
been working there now for nine months.
Gilbert, head teacher at Westfield School said, 'Emrys is
doing a great job. It's a real job with a real wage and
the expectations are the same as they would be for any other
employee. We have other students who have gone on to full
time employment and some who aspire to work in the building
industry, or grounds maintenance sector.
whole school ethos is around easing students into proper
paid work, helping with budgeting, curriculum helps to achieve
this. Working closely with local employers and providing
work experience opportunities gives our students the opportunities
to try things out so that they can decide what sort of things
they want to do in the future. The scheme helps us work
with them to translate this in to reality for them.
was no work pathway before but this has now changed. Young
people with special needs can make real meaningful choices.'
Roberts getting ready for another days work.
AUSTRALIANS TO MAKE DVD OF PARENTING PROGRAMME.
film crew from Australia flew into the county this week
to make a DVD about a dynamic parenting programme run by
Herefordshire Council that has made big differences to the
lives of local families. The DVD will be shared with parents
around the world.
Council bought into Triple P, (Positive Parenting Programme),
after the government gave funding to local authorities to
help struggling parents manage their children's behaviour.
Temper tantrums, poor school attendance, antisocial behaviour
and challenging behaviour at home are just some of the typical
issues parents can have difficulty managing and the aim
of Triple P was to provide them with tools to understand
and manage their children's behaviour.
by clinical psychologist, Professor Matt Sanders and his
colleagues at Australia's University of Queensland, the
programme has been tested on thousands of families over
the past 30 years and international trials and studies show
it works across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many
different family structures.
P is a programme of support consisting of eight to ten sessions
which are designed to give parents the skills they need
to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers and to
build stronger family relationships. It doesn't tell people
how to parent, but gives parents and carers simple and practical
strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs
benefits have proved to be dramatic. Since the Herefordshire
programme began in January 2010, 141 families have signed
up to Triple P and have seen significant changes in their
children as a result. Here's what some of the parents have
to say about the programme:
hated being a parent before. There was nothing nice about
it. I hated going to bed at night as I did not want to wake
up. I could not cope with another day. Now I wake up, feeling
good. Occasionally I will have to give myself a kick up
the backside, but I feel good. I know that if I am not performing
then it affects all.'
feel so much calmer in myself and less stressed. I now have
the strategies to help me to cope in tricky situations and
have confidence in myself to deal with them. I feel that
my son is also a lot calmer and happier in himself. He always
apologizes for his behaviour now and he calms down so much
quicker. We are able to enjoy ourselves as a family more
than we used to do.'
P International has been very impressed with the excellent
results achieved in Herefordshire which have been captured
in numerous case studies. As a result, the organization
asked if they could send a film crew half way around the
world to capture the county's success in a DVD to share
with other families globally.
Haas of Triple P International in Queensland said, 'Parents
are always inspired when they hear other mums and dads tell
how they've struggled with their kids, but still been able
to solve their problems. For many, it's also a relief to
see they're not alone. So when we heard about the great
success Herefordshire Council is having helping local parents
with Triple P, we knew it would be a shame not to share
those stories with other parents around the world.
also taking the opportunity to film some of the practitioners
who are working with the families. They're doing a great
job and are so committed and will definitely inspire other
practitioners around the world. And we're talking to community
members too; people like teachers and police support officers,
who are seeing real, positive changes in some of the children's
film crew arrived in Herefordshire on Monday, 14th February
and will spend three days filming families, schools and
staff who have participated in the scheme.'
NEW SHOW CASE OF WORK OF COUNTY ARTISTS....
A series of new artists' images will be on display at Franklin
House (on the corner of Commercial Road / Blueschool Street),
from this month as part of Herefordshire Council's arts
team's 'Windows on Art' scheme supported by the Communities
& Local Government Fund.
images will create a vibrant, colourful, visual impact,
enhancing this busy junction and will showcase the work
of Herefordshire artists. The aim of the scheme is to ensure
that the retail experience continues to be positive for
customers during the economic downturn, and that residents
and visitors are encouraged to support business in Herefordshire's
those who haven't already seen them, there is a final opportunity
to take a look at the photographs currently on show at Franklin
House. These are by the 'Herefordshire Through a Lens' photography
exhibition winners, with images reflecting the beauty and
interest present throughout the county.
projects in the scheme are running in partnership with art360,
including an empty shop space at 38, Bridge Street, which
will be featuring exhibitions and interactive workshops.
The current exhibition features the thought-provoking work
of young people which explores the human cost of war and
conflict, showcasing the creativity and talent of students
from local schools and colleges, commissioned by The British
further information on activities at 38, Bridge Street and
exhibits in shop windows, visit www.art360hereford.com
'Herefordshire Through a Lens' exhibition at Franklin House.
CONCERT AT CREMATORIUM RAISES OVER £1,000Y.....
in December, a concert featuring Hereford Police Male Voice
Choir was held in the Chapel at Hereford Crematorium and
a fantastic £1,444 was raised for charity. The money
raised will be going to Action Duchenne, a charity fighting
for a cure for Muscular Dystrophy.
Gibbon, Herefordshire Council's bereavement services manager
said, 'This Christmas concert again proved a memorable occasion
for everyone who attended with the added bonus of raising
a wonderful sum for charity. We will be planning to use
the chapel for another concert later this year, again with
all proceeds going to charity, and it is really uplifting
to see the chapel used for such a joyous occasion.
would also like to thank Tesco, who provided refreshments
on the evening and funeral directors for donating the draw
TWO TRACTORS STOLEN FROM CLEHONGERY.....
are appealing for witnesses to come forward after two tractors
were stolen in Clehonger on the same night last week. Overnight
on Thursday, 10th to Friday, 11th February a 40 year old
red Massey Ferguson 135 tractor was stolen from the barn
of a smallholding off the B4349 in the village and driven
to the road cross two fields. A small sit-on Kubota tractor
was also stolen from another property off the B4349, just
to the west of Clehonger.
Steven Blake, who is investigating the thefts said, 'We
are keeping an open mind as to whether these crimes are
linked, but they occurred 500 metres apart and on the same
night. We would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious
activity or vehicles around Clehonger on Thursday night
or Friday morning.
have been told of a sighting at 6:10am of two white vans,
one with a car transporter trailer, driving with a red tractor
through Clehonger at speed. A dark green car, possibly a
Peugeot was also seen parked up near to where the burglaries
took place. If anyone saw these vehicles or anything else
they thought was out of the ordinary, then please contact
me on the West Mercia Police non-emergency line, 0300 333
3000. Alternatively, please remember that Crimestoppers
can also be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you'd
prefer to pass on information without identifying yourself.'