place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
ROSS ROCKS - SO LETS CELEBRATEY.....
A brand new festival called 'Ross Rocks' is to be staged
in Ross-on-Wye this summer. “Ross Rocks” is to feature the
very best in local musical and other creative talent and
will take place around the bandstand from 11am to 11pm on
Saturday, 25th June. An organizing committee of volunteers
has been set up and it is hoped all kinds of local groups
will step forward to take part.
from Ross will form the backbone of the day’s entertainment,
but Ross Rocks aims to showcase all the many other creative
activities in the town, hopefully providing a platform to
theatre groups, youth organizations, dancers, comedians
and also cooks, flower-arrangers, crafters and businesses
– indeed, anybody from the area who wants to take part and
show people what they can do.
is such a lot going on in Ross this summer,' said Tina Jones,
Ross Rocks publicity officer, 'and we want to involve as
much local talent as possible so everyone can see what a
vibrant and lively place this is and that Ross-on-Wye really
Rocks will be a free event suitable for all the family,
staged by and for the people of Ross. If you or your group
would like to take part please contact Melvin at email@example.com
or drop into Ross Old Books in the High Street.
committee would like to thank Dave and Jacqui Newman of
Lion for allowing them to hold their meeting in their
lovely riverside inn.
reading Wyenot News for all the up to date information.
JOHN KYRLE OFFICIALLY OPENS VISITOR CENTRE....
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The new Ross Market House Visitor Centre was officially
opened by the 'Man of Ross', John Kyrle, in the guise of
Brian Jackson on Thursday, 17th April. Brian was joined
by wife Judy, dressed as Kyrle's housekeeper Miss Jude,
for the official opening and his opening speech gave people
an insight into the historical uses this prominent building
has had. The building is now the Market House Visitor Centre
and will offer residents and visitors a combination of heritage
services, exhibitions and tourist information.
said the 13th century Market House, where the new Visitor
Centre is based, is the heart of Ross and a source of pride
for the town. 'This centre will give the building a new
lease of life as a focal point for visitors to the town,'
Councillors, Anne Gray, Phil Cutter and Gordon Lucas also
attended the opening and thanked officers at Herefordshire
Council for their work in setting up the new centre which
will provide a one-stop shop for visitors.
Cutter said that many towns have lost some of their facilities
and despite some services being moved and merged with others,
the people of Ross are very fortuante to have retained theirs.
'Ross still has tourist information, a visitor centre, library
and an information centre, which will help ensure the town
gets as many visitors as possible.'
Gray added, 'I would like to thank councillors and officers
for working together to ensure we keep these services in
O'Reilly and her team are pleased to welcome all to sample
what is a new and exciting venture for the town, its local
history and local businesses.
John Kyrle aka Brian Jackson gives an informative speech before
officially opening Ross Market House Visitor Centre.
Miss Jude, John Kyrle's Housekeeper joins the Man of Ross at the
Ward Councillors Lucas, Cutter and Gray, Miss Jude (Judy Jackson),
John Kyrle (Brian Jackson) and Clare O'Reilly (Visitor Centre supervisor).
TUDORVILLE DCC DISCO FOR YOUNG PEOPLEY.. .
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The Tudorville and District Community Centre committee have
recently opened their doors to the public and already are
getting lots of bookings in. This coming Friday, 25th February
a disco for young people is being held at the centre.
disco will be split into two sessions. The first, from 6pm
until 7pm will be for those aged six years and under, who
must be accompanied by an adult. From 7:15pm until 8:15pm
the disco will cater for those aged from 7 to 11 years,
no adults needed.
is £1 per person.
AONB TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN ROSSY..
The Wye Valley AONB are celebrating their 40th anniversary
this year and as part of their celebration, a fantastic
event with a Georgian theme has been arranged to take place
in Ross-on-Wye on Saturday, 18th June.
1971 Edward Heath was PM, decimalisation came in and free
school milk went out. We wore hot pants, platform shoes
and T shirts and bounced on space hoppers. Britain launched
its first and only satellite Prospero, Greenpeace was born
and the video recorder was launched. In the midst of these
iconic events the Wye Valley was designated as an Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and forty years on, the
Wye Valley AONB unit is planning four events to mark this
special year. It will also be celebrating the finish of
the Heritage Lottery Funded partnership project, Overlooking
the Wye, which will mark the successful culmination of work
on forty sites throughout the Wye Valley and will reflect
its four themes of hidden industry, viewpoints, river connections
and hill forts.
Ross-on-Wye event will feature an historical progression
through the town with notable Georgian celebrities such
as John Kyrle, Coleridge and Nelson, led by local historian
and author, Heather Hurley. They will progress down to the
River Wye where Nelson's trip down the Wye in 1802 will
be reconstructed. A Georgian jamboree will be held on Ross
Riverside with re enactors demonstrating various aspects
of Georgian life and will feature musket and sword demonstrations
by the Worcester Yeomanry and Cavalry, 18th century life
highwaymen, vagabonds and thief takers from The Rose and
Thistle, Georgian rope making and boat building plus a look
at Georgian costume, food, wine and music. Children will
be entertained by Punch and Judy, face painting and a variety
of games. There are also plans to a charity sedan race with
teams from local organizations taking part.
first of these special events, however, is a Hands on History
event which will take place at the Old Station, Tintern,
on Sunday, 17th April, where there will be exhibitions and
demonstrations about the industry of the area. Also featuring
will be Sir William Pennyman's Regiment of Foote from the
Civil War Society, who will demonstrate 17th century life
including weaponry, food and metalworking. This will be
followed by an event on Sunday, 22nd May looking at the
Iron Age and Roman occupation with an Iron Age Rampage at
the Yat Rock Hill Fort, Symonds Yat.
The final event will be a Medieval Mayhem event at Chepstow
Castle on Sunday, 18th September. In partnership in with
the European Heritage Open Doors Project, this event will
feature medieval re re-enactments
events are free and will be a great family day out. For
further information, please log onto the website www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk
or contact Information Officer Nikki Moore by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephoning 01600710846.
CAFE 13 OPENS AT THE RYEFIELD CENTRE.... .
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Ross-on-Wye's Ryefield Centre can now offer users and visitors
a refreshing break after a new café opened for business
recently. Cafe 13 is no ordinary cafe though; it has a dual
role of helping people with learning disability gain vital
skills to help them find future work and provides users
and visitors at the centre a venue to meet for a coffee
or something to eat.
Ryefield Centre is well known in Ross-on-Wye as it offers
community rooms which local groups and charities can hire
as well as housing the town's children's centre.
Manager, Carl Rees said, 'This is a very exciting time for
the Ryefield Centre and the people who come here. We are
now able to support people with a learning disability in
the fundamentals of work ethics and practices that they
will find as and when they enter the work place. Cafe 13
has to be profitable for it to continue into the future
so the responsibility for providing a positive customer
experience sits with the café's staff.
centre is bursting at the seams with groups, children's
centre users and various teams based at the centre. It seemed
logical to me that a cafe would fit nicely and would provide
a complete package to all users of the centre. Having it
run by people with a learning disability, supported by our
staff, again seemed logical.'
centre worked closely with Herefordshire Council and sought
funds from the learning disability development fund to cover
the costs of setting up the café.
Ryefield Centre has looked to diversify its service provision
for people with a learning disability and offer unique projects
based on people's wishes and needs,' added Carl.
13 opened it doors for the first time last month. The opening
times are 9.30am until 2.30pm, Monday to Friday and it is
open to the public as well as users of the centre.
Harris, Michala Davis, Mel Farr, Chris Barnard, Hannah Carpenter
and Michelle Foldvary.
GREEN LIGHT FOR COUNTYS FIRST SOLAR FARM...
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Council has granted planning permission for the county's
first solar panel 'farm' to harness the power of the sun
and save more than 60,000 tonnes of carbon emissions during
the next 25 years.
free-standing solar panels at Prothither Farm, near Hoarwithy,
will generate up to 5MW of renewable electricity for export
to the grid while allowing sheep to graze the land beneath
them. This is the first application of its kind in the county.
Only a handful of representations were received, and of
those the majority expressed support for the project. The
local and neighbouring councillors were engaged as part
of the application and are both were content with the proposal
subject to a satisfactory traffic management plan.
panels, which will be located in a 10ha field, will be non-reflective
matt black and any ancillary buildings will have to be painted
to blend in with the local area. Last year the applicant,
Mr Andrew Bower, held a public meeting at Little Dewchurch
village hall to ensure local people were aware of his proposals
and given the chance to air their views. This is in line
with policy to encourage community involvement at an early
Dewchurch parish council supports the proposal in principle
and would like to explore possibilities with the applicant
for future community involvement in the project if it is
successful. The solar farm will be sited near an Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty but the AONB Officer confirmed
it will have 'negligible impact' on the AONB as views of
the site are limited to the south and east. Cables to transfer
the electricity to the national grid will be hidden underground.
site has been chosen both to take advantage of a south facing
aspect and to sit within an inconspicuous part of the wider
landscape. Planning permission has been granted subject
to a satisfactory transportation plan being provided; this
will ensure deliveries and disruption are kept to a minimum
during construction. The use of the field for a solar farm
is temporary and reversible as the application is to run
it for 25 years; the
field would continue to produce food, through grazing sheep
throughout the period.
there have been a number of applications for solar farms
in the south of the UK, Herefordshire is almost on the northern
edge of viability due to level of sunlight experienced in
the county. Due to this factor, and changes in Government
subsidies, it is not anticipated that many other suitable
sites will come forward. Requirements to achieve viability
mean that site selection is critical.
SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS WELCOMED TO HEREFORDSHIRE.
Herefordshire Policing Board has welcomed the appointment
of three Chief Inspectors to Herefordshire Territorial Policing
Chair of the Policing Board, Councillor Bernard Hunt said,
'We welcome the three Chief Inspectors to Herefordshire
and trust they will enjoy their new challenging roles in
making people in Herefordshire safe and feel safe.'
from February 1st 2011, Chief Inspector Mark Travis has
responsibility for all policing activity, both local and
response policing within Hereford, including Hereford Urban,
Hereford Rural and Hereford High Town. Chief Inspector Adam
Thomas, who has returned to Herefordshire, has responsibility
for all policing activity in the remaining areas of the
county. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hughes is responsible
for criminal investigations.
appointments are part of the West Mercia Police 'Making
the Difference' programme; a programme that will deliver
£9.8 million of efficiency savings over the next three years
and result in a streamlined organization that will operate
with greater flexibility, allowing West Mercia Police to
cope better with future funding challenges.
Herefordshire Policing Board, which is made up of West Mercia
Police Authority Members Councillor Bernard Hunt, Councillor
Richard Smith and Peter Dunford, meets regularly with the
Territorial Commander to monitor delivery of the West Mercia
Policing Plan in Herefordshire.
CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE LUNG CANCER SURVIVAL RATE....
Herefordshire and the Three Counties Cancer Network have
launched a campaign to encourage residents to know the symptoms
and signs of lung cancer with the aim of improving the survival
rate of sufferers. Approximately
110 people are affected by lung cancer in Herefordshire
every year and not all sufferers are smokers.
alongside a national campaign, the message to Herefordshire's
residents is to go and see your GP if you've had a cough
that doesn't go away after three weeks. Other signs and
symptoms that need to be checked out by a doctor include:
cough that has got worse or changes (after three weeks)
Constant chest infections
Unexplained persistent breathlessness
Unexplained persistent tiredness or lack of energy
Unexplained persistent weight loss
Persistent pain in your chest and / or shoulder.
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in England
and Wales' and the most common cause of cancer related death
in both men and women. The risk of lung cancer increases
with age, but being diagnosed with it doesn't mean there's
no hope. Survival rates can be significantly increased,
if detected early.
Heal from Sarum House Surgery, Hereford said, 'Early detection
increases the chances of being offered curative treatment,
so making people aware of the symptoms and signs and encouraging
them to see their doctor quickly could save lives.'
the next few weeks, members of the public will begin to
see adverts in the local press, posters in public buildings
and health promotions teams out and about with leaflets
and 'for life bags' promoting this message.
CHILDRENS CENTRE WITH MULTI SENSORY PERCEPTION....
South Meadow Children's Centre is helping parents and toddlers
get in touch with their senses with a programme of activities
that have a multi sensory approach underpinning them. Users
of the South Wye centre have been enjoying their first 12
months in a newly decorated and refurbished venue.
established in the local community with around 200 regular
visitors, the centre aims to use multi sensory techniques
to help children aged five and under to develop expression,
interaction, play and social skills. Starting with the youngest
visitors, baby massage sessions are on offer in five week
blocks. Lead by children's centre staff, parents and carers
learn lots of helpful techniques which can help bonding,
relieve infant pain and discomfort from colic and have a
calming effect on restless babies. The hour long sessions
are usually followed by an informal parent and carer get
together for a cuppa and a chat. There are spaces available
on the next session which begins on March 8th.
new centre also has a fantastic sensory room where children
can experience a range of sounds, bubble tubes, bright colours,
vision tunnels and lots of other stimulating and calming
influences. A few minutes in the room helps stimulate physical
and mental development. The sensory room is used mainly
by those under the age of five years, but is also great
for children with special needs. Pre and post operative
children can really benefit from the experiences of the
sensory room too. The
centre has a soft play room where toddlers can get physical
learning to get fit and active at a very early age. Wiggles
and giggles is a group run every Thursday morning with a
professional health trainer. It kicks off with dancing and
music, then after a healthy snack, free play is on offer
in the soft play area.
Gristy, children's centre manager said, 'Sensory environments
help young children learn to interact, discover and communicate.
They can stimulate a child's mental and physical development
and provide calm and relaxation for others. We do everything
we can to encourage our children and families to enjoy the
multi sensory facilities we have at South Meadow. Our families
have told us how much they enjoy using the sensory room
at the centre and how much their children are benefiting
as a result.'
the multi sensory sessions run at the centre are free to
families with children aged under five. Further information
is available by calling 01432) 260540.
enjoy some time in the sensory room with toddlers Alexander, Harriet
MASTERS HOUSE TO BECOME HUB FOR PUBLIC SERVICES....
on the Ledbury Localities Working Group were understanding
of Herefordshire Council's decision to no longer proceed
with a new build library due to the changes in public sector
finances. The working group supported the principle of using
the historic Master's House as a hub for council services,
including a library and work will continue with local charities
to see if a joint venture can be achieved.
Roger Phillips, leader of Herefordshire Council said, 'Repairs
will now begin on the Master's House under the clear understanding
it will be the centre of public services. We are committed
to protecting public services in the county and it was agreed
at the annual budget meeting to put £2.4 million aside for
Ledbury as part of our plan for localities working.'
Phillips has agreed to attend the next Ledbury Town Council
meeting on 10th March to explain the latest position.
FAIRTRADE EVENT IN HEREFORD CITY CENTRE..
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celebrate Fairtrade fortnight, Hereford
City is hosting a Busy Bees Honey Day in High Town on Friday
4th March between 10am and 3pm. There will be lots of fun
for adults and children to enjoy, whether it’s making your
very own mini bee, or taking part in The Big Quiz.
not go along to the Herefordshire Fairtrade stall and sample
some mouth-watering Fairtrade Chilean honey and other scrumptious
Fairtrade goodies, discover how Fairtrade are working with
Chilean honey bee farmers and take part in The Big Quiz
to be in with a chance of winning a Fairtrade Gift Basket
full of delicious treats?
Nature Trust will be supporting Fairtrade and their art
workers will be on hand to help little fingers make a mini
bee using recycled material or a bee home for the garden!
The Trust will offer advice on how to help support the English
Honey Bee and give tips on how to make bee nest boxes at
home as well as other Wild Play ideas to keep children entertained.
Children will also have the chance to take home a picture
to colour in and enter a Busy Bee colouring competition,
the winner of which will receive a bumper bag of Fairtrade
Trading will also have a stall at the event, selling a range
of ethical Fairtrade goods and natural products, perfect
as gifts or as a little treat to yourself!
Young, from Herefordshire Fairtrade said, 'We are really
looking forward to working with the Herefordshire Nature
Trust on the 4th. We all share the same passion for protecting
bees and this is a good way of introducing children to the
importance of making their environment welcoming to the
further information about the Busy Bee Honey Day, contact
Shelagh Callaghan, Hereford City’s Events Officer on 07837
641857 or by email at email@example.com
CELEBRATING WHAT YOUTH HAVE DONE FOR COUNTYY.....
Council is supporting an event organized by young people
to celebrate a scheme which has brought £700,000 into the
county for youth projects.
The Youth Opportunity and Youth Capital funds were set up
five years ago to encourage young people to get involved
in making a difference to the lives of other young people.
Youngsters were encouraged to work together, create ideas
and bid for funds to turn their ideas into reality. During
the lifetime of the fund, a panel of 12 young people has
approved 320 applications to fund positive activities for
young people across the county. The projects funded range
from the large and well known skate park on Holmer Road,
Hereford to many smaller projects such as first aid training
for young parents and young carers.
celebrate this success, a showcase event has been organized,
which will take place on Wednesday, 23rd February from 4pm
until 7pm in the Main Hall at the Royal National College
for The Blind in Hereford. The organizers expect to see
young people enjoying performances from 2faced Dance, DJ
Lofty and the Hereford Youth Theatre, to name a few. Herefordshire's
very own Bush Tucker Trials will be there to tempt adventurous
appetites and a whole range of activities, projects and
other beneficiaries will be there with photos, displays
and presentations to show the audience where the money has
been spent and how young people have benefited as a result.
There even promises to be a Tug of War battle before awards
and speeches at the end of the show.
am looking forward to meeting representatives from all the
projects,' said Councillor Jenny Hyde, Cabinet Members for
Children's Services. 'The young people have worked tirelessly
to organize activities for other young people and we've
seen some incredible benefits as a result. We are sad to
see the fund come to an end but want to celebrate all that
has been achieved. Not only has it brought much needed cash
to youth projects in Herefordshire, but it has empowered
our young people to have a say in activities they want to
see in Herefordshire, and to get involved in providing them
£500 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO CONVICTION
image of suspected thief.
A Herefordshire store is offering a reward of £500 to anyone
who can help find the person who stole £5,000 worth of jewellery
Sunday, 5th December, five gold rings were stolen from the
Oakchurch Farm Shop at Staunton-on-Wye. They were designed
by the well known Welsh jewellery maker, Clogau and were
worth approximately £1,000 each. The managers of the shop
are offering the reward to anyone who provides information
that leads to the conviction of the thief or the recovery
of the stolen rings.
month, West Mercia Police released CCTV images of a man
they want to question in connection with the theft, but
so far he has not been traced. He is 6ft tall, in his late
20s, is well built and at the time was wearing a quilted
jacket and a deer stalker type hat.
Bryan, General Manager of Oakchurch Farm Shop said, 'We
are determined that we will not be targeted again in this
way by thieves. We are working with the police and have
introduced security measures, including CCTV. We are offering
a £500 reward because we want to send out the message that
people can't steal from here and we are doing all we can
to stop this happening. I would ask anyone who knows who
is responsible to get in touch with the police.'
Sara Miles, who is investigating the incident said, 'If
anyone can help Oakchurch Farm Shop in their appeal, then
we would very much like to hear from them. I would also
ask that if you recognize the man in the CCTV images, please
contact me because I would very much like to know who he
is. I would also be interested if anyone has been offered
the stolen rings for sale. They are quite distinctive and
bear the word 'Cariad' on the inside of each one. They were
all stolen in their boxes.'
with information is asked to contact PC Miles via the West
Mercia Police non emergency number, 0300 333 3000. You can
also pass on information anonymously via the Crimestoppers
number, 0800 555 111.
Bryan at Oakchurch, outside the store.
HERITAGE SERVICE NEEDS YOUR CINE AND VIDEO FILM
you have old reels of film gathering dust in your attic?
If so, Herefordshire Council's heritage services team is
interested in films of Herefordshire on any topic. These
could include family picnics, farm footage, carnivals -
anything which shows life over the last century up to recent
Pimblett, Herefordshire Council's community heritage officer
said, 'We are collecting films on behalf of the West Midlands
film archive MACE, who will discuss making copies with the
owner, with the future potential of showing them to the
community. I would urge people, don't throw away those old
cine camera films or videos. Even footage of you as a child
in your parents' back garden could be important to say something
about how children played in the past.'
Full Circle project will run for three years. If you would
like further information or wish to offer film for MACE,
please contact the Community Heritage Officers Elizabeth
Pimblett and Sarah Skelton on 01432 383599.
GP LED COMMISSIONING CONSORTIUM ELECTIONS BEGINY
GP practices are this month nominating and electing four
GPs and a practice manager to the new GP-led commissioning
consortium (GPCC). All
twenty four GP practices, along with the walk in centre
at ASDA, have been asked to nominate representatives to
the consortium that they feel are best placed to serve the
county. The vote will take place over the next fortnight
and the results will be announced in March.
Ian Williams, director of integrated commissioning at NHS
Herefordshire said, 'As Herefordshire's GP-led commissioning
group has been awarded pathfinder status, we are keen to
build momentum and create the consortium so that we can
begin implementing this new way of working. The consortium
will continue to work closely with NHS Herefordshire this
year, building on the work of the primary care trust to
commission excellent services for our patients, before taking
up full commissioning responsibilities in 2012/13.'
further information on GP led commissioning, including frequently
asked questions that answer some of the myths around the
scheme, please visit www.herefordshire.nhs.uk and follow
the link on the home page.
YOUNG PEOPLE WARNED ABOUT MISUSE OF ID .
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with just some of the false IDs confiscated from young people
West Mercia Police are concerned about the continual misuse
of identity cards by underage drinkers attempting to gain
entry into pubs and clubs in Herefordshire.
October 2010, new mandatory licensing conditions were introduced
regarding age verification to purchase alcohol. The only
acceptable type of identity item is a hologram photograph,
ideally a driving licence or passport. Shops
and other licensed premises are expected to ask for proof
of identity and will refuse sales where there is doubt over
someone's age or ID is not produced. They are held to account
if they fail to make the checks and sell alcohol to underage
Mooney, Police Licensing Officer for Herefordshire said,
'I have seen an increase in the number of young people attempting
to gain entry into licensed premises using false ID. It
is a problem both locally and nationally. It has become
a trend that young people will 'borrow' someone else's ID,
using other people's driving licences and passports.
another person's ID with or without their knowledge is illegal.
Both the owner and the person using the item are committing
offences under the Identity Act of 2006. Other young people
are altering their own cards to say they are over 18 or
creating fake ID using resources from the web to try and
con bar staff into serving them. Again, this is a crime.
in Herefordshire regularly receive large amounts of driving
licences, passports and other cards that have been confiscated
from young people by licensees and bar staff. In most cases
the items are returned to the owner with a warning letter,
however passports are the property of the UK government
and will not be returned. They are sent back to the UK Passport
Office, which results in a big expense to the owner as they
have to reapply for a new passport.
Mercia Police is working with both the licensing trade and
the council's Licensing Authority to raise awareness about
the need for appropriate ID and we will deal with those
who misuse it in a robust manner. We are also working hard
to make sure licensed premises do the necessary checks and
to ensure that their staff are trained to make checks and
test purchase operations in the county revealed that checks
are not being made in all premises and inadequate training
is provided to staff. Those licensed premises who fall foul
of test purchasing failures or fail to comply with age verification
requirements may find themselves subject to licence reviews
NOISE BUSTERS HIT LEOMINSTER CLOCK HOUSEY..
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Leominster man has been fined £250 for breach of a noise
abatement notice which was served by Herefordshire Council.
Mark Crichton of Clock House flat, Churchill Avenue, Leominster
was found guilty of breaking the terms of the notice and
as well as being fined, he was also ordered to pay £240
towards court costs. As a consequence of Mr Crichton's continual
non compliance, the officers then seized the noisy equipment
from his flat.
Willimont, Herefordshire Council's regulatory services manager
said, 'This person has caused severe nuisance to many neighbours
and we are pleased that we have been able to put a stop
to the noise. We will be keeping a close eye on the situation
to ensure that the problems at Clock House Flats do not
health officers have powers to abate noise nuisance by serving
a notice on those who continue to cause excessive noise.
A breach of such a notice will normally lead to a fine at
the local magistrates court and can often result in the
seizure of the offending equipment. Environmental health
and trading standards can be contacted on 01432 261761 or
YOUNG POEPLE FROM BROMYARD TO REVAMP PARKY.....
from Queen Elizabeth's High School in Bromyard have organized
a big revamp of their local park thanks to a joint venture
between the school, Herefordshire Council, Amey and the
Kempson Players Committee. With
help and support from the council's youth workers, a group
of seven year nine students from the school decided on a
project to improve their local community. The revamp is
one of a number of projects organized by the youth service
which aim to help a targeted group of young people develop
personal and social skills.
local playground is an area used by a wide range of age
groups. Last year it benefited from some fantastic new play
equipment funded by the Playbuilder project, but the play
equipment that was already there is in desperate need of
a facelift. The young people wanted to make sure that the
old equipment doesn't go to waste by getting it repaired
and sprucing it up with a lick of paint. As a result, they
contacted the council's contractors, Amey as well as the
Kempson Players Committee who have volunteered to help them
give the park a make over.
worker, Sabrina Howley said, 'The young people felt strongly
that something needed to be done to the playground at the
Kempton Players and by working together, the school and
youth service have helped them to bring this big clean up
project together. It's a great way to encourage young people
to become actively involved in the local community. As well
as improving facilities locally, getting involved helps
young people build their self esteem and teaches them lots
of skills around project planning too.'
young people will be getting out their overalls on Wednesday,
2nd March and working with Amey to make the area more inviting.
They will be joined by the park's committee, the Mayor of
Bromyard and Herefordshire Council youth workers to embark
on a huge litter pick too.
of the local community are more than welcome to join in
the big clean up which starts at 9am.
CARS STOLEN IN LEOMINSTER CRIME SERIES . .
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are appealing for witnesses to come forward and are reminding
residents in Herefordshire of the importance of keeping
their home secure after two cars were stolen in a burglary
which took place North of Leominster. The
burglary was one of three vehicle related crimes that occurred
in the same area of the county overnight on Monday, 21st
and Tuesday, 22nd February.
gained entry to a house in Moreton Eye via an unlocked backdoor,
stole car keys and drove off with a dark blue Ford Focus,
registration S145CPP, and a blue VW Golf, registration N984
VPD. A wallet with £250 cash and some bank cards were also
5.30am on Tuesday, there was an attempt to steal a convertible
BMW 120 in neighbouring Luston by cutting through the soft
top roof. They stole a purse from inside but were scared
off when the car's alarm went off. Also some time overnight,
at a house in the nearby village of Bircher, there was another
failed attempt to steal a Vauxhall Monterey 4x4.
Sergeant Gareth Mussell of the Herefordshire Burglary Investigation
Team said, 'We believe these three crimes were committed
by the same offenders, who were seemingly travelling around
the countryside north of Leominster. We would like to hear
from anyone who saw any suspicious activity along the A49-B4361
corridor or who saw the stolen Ford Focus and VW Golf, perhaps
being driven erratically.
want to take this opportunity to remind local residents
that they need to keep their properties secure. The cars
were stolen because the backdoor of the house was left unlocked
overnight and the car keys were on display in the kitchen.
It is important to remember to keep your doors and windows
locked, especially over night. It's sometimes the small
steps that are the most effective.'
witnesses, or those with information about the incidents,
are asked to contact DS Mussell on the West Mercia Police
non-emergency number, 0300 333 3000. You can also pass on
information anonymously via the Crimestoppers number, 0800
RESIDENTS INVITED TO HAVE SAY ON SAFER JUNCTION....
Herefordshire Council is inviting residents to make their
views known about plans to provide a safer junction and
for places for pedestrians to cross at Venns Lane, Old School
Lane and College Road. Two options are being considered
as a means of reducing speed within the area near the Royal
National College for the Blind and both would be supported
by the introduction of a 20mph speed limit to reduce traffic
speeds along the busy route which also includes a primary
school and children's play area.
A would provide a double traffic controlled junction, while
Option B provides a double mini roundabout. Plans for both
options will be on display in the conference room at Point4,
Royal National College for the Blind, Venns Lane, Hereford
on Tuesday, 1st and Wednesday, 2nd March. The displays will
be manned between 10am and 6pm on the Tuesday and 2pm and
8pm on the Wednesday, when members of the public can come
along and discuss the options with staff from the council's
managing agents Amey and comment on which they prefer. Outside
of these times, people will be able to make comments through
a leaflet which will be made available at the college.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Highways and Transportation said, 'We have been working
closely with the college to provide a safer environment
for pedestrians and particularly their vulnerable students.
This is a busy road with an awkward junction, where the
flow of traffic often makes it difficult for people to cross
the road safely. Both of these schemes will provide safer
crossing points for pedestrians as well as reducing traffic
speeds and minimizing the risk of traffic accidents. I hope
residents will take the opportunity to see the options for
themselves because their views are important to us and will
help inform the way forward.'
can also have their say by filling in the questionnaire
and returning it to Amey Watchman Team, Unit 3, Thorn Business
Park, Rotherwas, Hereford, HR2 6JT. Anybody requiring a
form should telephone Streetscene on 01432 261800 or email
to the consultation need to be returned by Wednesday, 23rd
A provides a double traffic controlled junction.
B provides a double mini roundabout.
YOUNG PEOPLE WANTED FOR NEW WRITING GROUPSY.....
Library service is calling on all young writers between
ages 8 and 12 years to become part of a new, creative writing
group for the county.
Libraries and Writing West Midlands are looking for up to
20 children to join a new 'Write On! Writing Squad.' The
group will meet once a month at Hereford Library and will
be led by professional writer Brenda Read-Brown. The first
session will be on the morning of Saturday, 26th March from
11am until 1pm, with further sessions being held on 30th
April, 28th May and 11th June. The fee to participate is
£20 and it is hoped the group will continue throughout 2011
further information or to reserve a place, please contact
Joanne Penn on 0121 246 2774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also speak to Anne-Marie Dossett at Herefordshire
Libraries on 01432 260646.
'Write On! Writing Squad' for Herefordshire is one of ten
new writing groups for young people being organized by Writing
West Midlands and is partly funded by Arts Council England.
For more information log onto www.writingwestmidlands.org
COUNCIL TO CONSULT PUBLIC ABOUT CITY WALLSY.
Council is to consult with the public over a new Hereford
City Walls conservation management plan between Monday,
28th February and Sunday, 22nd May 2011.
the last two years, an archaeologist from Herefordshire
Council, with funding from English Heritage, has been studying
the city walls and preparing a plan for their future. The
plan addresses the issues on the physical condition of the
walls and their maintenance, the need for improved public
access and the use of the walls as an historic asset for
enhancing civic pride and sustaining the economic development
of the city as a whole.
Council welcomes your views upon the plan, prior to making
its recommendations which will include setting in motion
urgent repairs to some sections of the walls, providing
better public access and the creation of a signage scheme
for interpreting the walls as well as a self guided city
walls walk. The
city walls are a Scheduled Ancient Monument and have appeared
on the English Heritage 'at risk' register for a number
Yates, Planning Policy Manager for Herefordshire Council
said, 'The walls formed part of the city's defences and
are generally regarded as being of national significance
because they incorporate rare and extremely well preserved
defences dating back to before the Norman Conquest. These
walls are one of Hereford's key heritage assets and, together
with the Cathedral, make a great contribution to the city's
identity, so it is only right that local people have a say
over their future. The walls also have a role to play in
increasing annual visitor numbers which will, in turn, boost
the city's economy.'
plan can be found on Herefordshire Council's website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/conservation
or www.herefordshire.gov.uk/htt and any comments people
wish to make should be sent to the following address or
email before 22nd May 2011. City
Walls consultation Planning Policy Herefordshire Council
PO Box 4 Plough Lane Hereford HR4 0XH Email: email@example.com
SECURITY GUARD THREATENED WITH USED SYRINGEY.....
are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a suspected
shoplifter threatened a security guard with a syringe at
a Leominster supermarket on Saturday, 19th February.
approximately 12.35pm at the Morrisons store on Baron's
Cross Road, a man was stopped by a security guard after
leaving the store when it was believed he had stolen goods,
two bottles of whisky and a joint of beef on his person.
The man pulled out a used syringe with hypodermic needle
and threatened to stab the guard. He removed the whisky
and beef from his clothing and made off.
offender is described as white, in his 50s, about 5ft 11ins
tall and slim. He is bald with short, light ginger coloured
hair on the sides. He had a large bruise covering much of
the right side of his face, including his eye. He was wearing
a long-sleeved, hooded fleece jacket with a large picture
of a wolf on the back. He was also wearing light blue jeans
and green Wellingtons.
Adele Loney from Leominster Police Station said, 'For this
man to carry a used syringe on him and threaten a security
guard with it is quite disturbing and we would like to trace
him. I believe there is a possibility he is from the Ludlow
area. I am hoping people will recognize the description,
which is distinctive, especially the wolf print jacket and
the large facial bruise. If you do, please get in touch.
I would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed this
incident outside the Barons Cross Morrisons.'
Loney can be contacted via the West Mercia Police non-emergency
number, 0300 333 3000. You can also pass on information
anonymously via the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.