place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
YOUNG POET LAUREATES PERFORM AT LEDBURY
The Young Poet Laureates for Herefordshire Hal Husbands
and Ben Ray, had their biggest audience yet when they supported
the Poet Laureate Carol Anne Duffy at the opening event
of the Ledbury poetry festival. The community centre was
packed out, all the £10 tickets had sold out completely
and the poets performed for five minutes each before the
headline act came on.
Ray, aged 16, said, 'Meeting Carol Ann Duffy and being a
part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2011 is an experience
I shall remember and treasure forever. It was wonderful
to meet the people who made it all happen and to be able
to perform alongside the British Poet Laureate, and I thoroughly
look forward to exploring the rest of the festival.'
young poets won a competition organized by Herefordshire
Libraries and supported by The Arts Council England. Herefordshire
Council's library service works hard to promote contemporary
poetry and give young people the opportunities to write
and perform their own work. Anne-Marie Dossett, Reader Development
Librarian said, 'We are so lucky in Herefordshire to have
such a fine poetry festival at Ledbury. We could not have
had a more prestigious event for our young poets to perform
and Harriet will be performing later this summer at Ross
Market House at a Pavement Poetry event on Wednesday, 24th
August from 10am to 3.30pm.
Young poet laureates Hal Husbands and Ben Ray with Poet Laureate
Carol Anne Duffy at Ledbury Poetry Festival.
WARNING TO PARENTS ON AVOIDING E. COLI INFECTION.
With the summer holidays approaching, Herefordshire Council
Environmental Health Team wishes to remind parents and carers
how best to avoid infection when children have contact with
animals in settings such as farm parks, zoos or even in
the home. The bacterial infection E. coli O157 is a particular
health risk, especially for children under five, as they
are more vulnerable to this infection and more likely to
develop serious illness once infected.
animals can carry E. coli O157 infection, even when they
appear clean and healthy. Cattle, sheep and goats are the
main recognised carriers of E. coli O157, and it should
be assumed that all of these animals will be carrying the
infection. When an animal is infected with E. coli O157
the bacteria will be in the animal's droppings and may be
on the animal's body, fences and surfaces around them. Catherine
Healy of Herefordshire Council said 'Touching animals, fences
and other surfaces can lead to infection, as you may pick
up these bacteria and accidentally pass them to your mouth.
It only takes a small number of the bacteria to cause infection.
Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately
after you have had contact with animals will reduce the
risk of infection. Hand gels or wipes are not a substitute
for washing your hands with running water.'
the simple rules listed below will keep adults and children
safe from E. coli O157 and other infections that may be
found on animals and their surroundings. Pregnant women
need to take particular care.
put hands on faces or fingers in mouths while petting animals
or walking round the premises.
kiss animals nor allow children to put their faces close
eat or drink while touching animals. This includes not eating
sweets, crisps or chewing gum.
eat anything that has fallen on the floor.
use gels or wipes instead of washing hands with soap and
water. Gels and wipes do not remove E. coli O157 in dirt.
wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you
have touched animals, fences or other surfaces in animal
wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating
remove and clean boots or shoes that might have become soiled
and clean pushchair wheels, then wash your hands thoroughly
with soap and water.
supervise children closely to ensure that they wash their
eat and drink in allocated areas only e.g. picnic areas
who is sick or has diarrhoea within two weeks of having
contact with animals should contact their GP or call NHS
Direct on 0845 4647 as soon as possible. Children under
five should not attend school/nursery/group childcare until
they have been free of sickness or diarrhoea for two days.
Further information on E. coli O157 is available on the
Health Protection Agency website at www.hpa.org.uk or from
Herefordshire Council's commercial team duty officer by
phone on 01432 261667.
A BUSY TIME FOR ROSS YOUTH LIONS
It has been a busy time for local Leo Group, Ross Youth
Lions. On Friday, 1st July they held their annual strawberries
and cream event at the John Kyrle High School Sports Day.
By selling strawberries from E.C. Drummund and cream generously
donated by Cotswold Dairies the group was able to raise
over £80 which will be put towards supporting the local
this event, in the evening the Leos held their first ever
quiz evening which was not as well attended as they hoped
but never the less raised a good sum of money.
this the Leos held a Charter and Presentation evening in
celebration of their third anniversary. The evening consisted
of a presentation of activities that the Leos had taken
part in throughout the year by Leo Sophie Goulding, a presentation
by Ryan Green, the Club’s very own Young Ambassador and
the presentation of certificates to the winners and runners
up of the primary school model competition.
Congratulations to Ella Jones who won first place, Imogen
Gilbert-Walker who came second, Luke Griffiths who came
third and to Tommy Randall, Sasha Ives, Luke Osborne-Ford
and Alexander Mason who won ‘Highly Commended’. The formal
part of the evening was rounded off by speeches by the District
Governor, Lion Colin Duncan, President (at the time) of
Ross Lions, Lion Trevor Smith and District Youth Officer
and Leo Advisor, Lion Keith Wilding. This was followed by
a most sumptuous buffet. All these events were organised
by the Leos themselves with little ‘adult’ input.
Clubs sponsor more than 5,700 Leo clubs in 140 countries.
While helping others in their community, Leos develop leadership
skills and experience teamwork in action.
Youth Lions will be at various events happening in Ross
throughout the summer including Cake Sales at the Market
House (2nd August) and Skittles at the Carnival on 6th August,
once again, raising money to help support the local community.
find out more about what Ross Youth Lions do, please visit
the website, www.rossyouthlions.co.uk or visit the Facebook
The Leos' strawberries and cream went down very well with students.
Pitting their wits against each other at the quiz.
WEST MERCIA POLICE AUTHORITY APPOINTS ITS MEMBERS TO THE HEREFORDSHIRE
At the recent West Mercia Police Authority meeting the Police
Authority appointed Paul Deneen OBE DL as the Chair of the
Herefordshire Policing Board and he is also joined by new
member of the Authority, Councillor Sebastian Bowen and
current member Peter Dunford. The
Board meets regularly with the Herefordshire Territorial
Policing Unit Commander Superintendent Charlie Hill to discuss
key issues relating to the delivery of the West Mercia Policing
Plan, which has been approved by the full Police Authority,
and the Board also ensures that local views are taken into
account regarding the delivery of the Plan.
its first Board meeting, Paul Deneen took the opportunity
to pay tribute to and to thank the former Chair of the Policing
Board, Bernard Hunt and former member Richard Smith for
their excellent support and dedication which was much appreciated.
Deneen also took the opportunity to comment on the work
of the Territorial Policing Team in Herefordshire. He said
'The Board congratulates Superintendent Charlie Hill, his
senior team and all of the Police Officers, Police Staff
and volunteers for maintaining the level of outstanding
work undertaken in extremely challenging financial times.'
also commented on the excellent partnership working in relation
to the Herefordshire Council and other key stakeholders.
overall performance he said 'It is most encouraging to note
that crime levels have remained stable in many categories
of crime and detection rates are improving within Herefordshire.
It is also very pleasing to note that the Police continue
to use a problem-solving approach on any issues affecting
local communities as part of the Partners and Communities
Together - PACT. Above all Herefordshire remains a safe
place to live, study, work and visit - and long may this
contact Paul Deneen email firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone 01743 264690. For further information about
the Police Authority visit its website: www.westmerciapoliceauthority.gov.uk
YEAR 9 STUDENTS CELEBRATE THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS
Year 9 students at John Kyrle High School commemorated the
completion of their Key Stage 3 studies with a Celebration
of Success ceremony, this week. Speaking
to a main hall, packed with students, parents, tutors and
governors, Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths welcomed everyone
and described how the students had already made a great
journey in their lives and how there was much more to come.
students were presented with their Key Stage 3 results by
their tutors and senior members of staff or school governors.
Additionally, many students received certificates of commendation
for outstanding attendance and contribution in subjects
as well as drama achievements. A separate presentation was
also made by Herefordshire magistrates, Paul Deneen and
Helen Barker, to students who successfully took part in
the Young Magistrates' Competition earlier in the year.
The competition had seen the students compete against other
schools in a mock criminal trial competition at Hereford
Magistrates Court, taking on the roles of court staff, lawyers,
defendant and witnesses. The team had won a shield for 'Most
Improved Team Performance'.
the proceedings, the audience also enjoyed Year 9 student
performances, including performances by the student bands,
'Discord', 'Stratospheric Heights' and 'Shopping With My
Mum'. Closing the ceremony, Assistant Head of Year, James
Morgan, spoke about how impressed he was with the current
Year 9, praising their behaviour and work ethic. He went
onto add that if the students fantastic attitude continued
over the next two years, that they could look forwards to
celebrating excellent GCSE results.
The Young Magistrates Award winners.
JESSE DELIGHTED AT DECISION TO KEEP CHEQUES
South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman has expressed his delight
at the decision to keep personal cheques for the indefinite
future. The decision was announced today by the Payments
Council, which acknowledged huge public concern about the
issue, and the specific importance of the inquiry into cheques
by the Treasury Select Committee.
sits on the Treasury Committee and took part in the inquiry.
Speaking afterwards, he said 'I am absolutely delighted
that the Payments Council has decided to keep cheques. Cheques
have been used in this country for almost three hundred
years, and they are a vital means of payment for the most
vulnerable groups in our society, including the elderly,
the disabled, and the least well-off. We have been extremely
concerned about this issue and I am delighted that the Payments
Council has now changed its mind.'
Details of the Treasury Committee inquiry can be found at
BID TO CREATE 6,500 JOBS MOVES A STEP CLOSER
Enterprise Zone status for a major new development site
at Rotherwas moved a step closer last week when the Herefordshire
Business Board and Herefordshire Council, working with the
Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), submitted a
proposal to government that could create more than 6,500
on a 164 acre site ready for the development of private-sector
employment, the Marches Enterprise Zone in Rotherwas, Hereford,
would concentrate on supporting key local sectors including
defence and security, environmental technologies, and advanced
Enterprise Zone status for Rotherwas would generate significant
private sector investment in the estate - more than £90m
over the life of the project - building on the recent site
infrastructure improvements constructed to open up new land
for development. The
bid for Enterprise Zone status is led by the Herefordshire
Business Board, a private sector led group responsible for
the delivery of Marches LEP projects within the county,
with support from Herefordshire Council.
Kerr, Chairman of the Business Board, said 'We believe our
submission for an Enterprise Zone in Rotherwas has every
chance of success. The majority of the site is cleared for
development and ready to be occupied, we have a great plan
for future business growth and will be providing additional
support and assistance to businesses locating in the zone.
Our goal is to bring new business from the rest of the UK
and overseas, to help build our vision for a regeneration
of Herefordshire's business base.'
John Jarvis, Leader of bidding partner Herefordshire Council,
echoed Mr Kerr's thoughts: 'Our proposal addresses the over-reliance
of the Hereford employment base on a small number of large
companies and the large level of public sector employment
in the area. It will further enable the transition of the
local economy from one of traditional industries, such as
agriculture, to a modern, high technology based economy,
building on strong existing foundations.
Herefordshire Business Board is a new organisation, that
has taken over from the old development agency and we have
high ambitions and exciting projects in the pipeline, all
designed to create new employment and business growth. All
board members are volunteers who give their time and expertise
free of charge, and we've had fantastic support from the
Council using existing resources, so the value to the taxpayer
Jarvis added a note of caution when he added 'Be under no
illusions that obtaining this status will be an easy task.
There is extensive national competition for Enterprise Zone
status with 28 other LEPs bidding for only ten new zones.'
Enterprise Zone, which will benefit businesses through business
rate relief and simplified planning regulations, compliments
further regeneration work in Hereford including the new
livestock market, the Yazor Brook flood alleviation scheme,
a major upgrade to the Buttermarket and the regeneration
of the old cattle market site for new retail and leisure
facilities. The government will provide additional financial
support to LEPs with zone status, allowing the Marches LEP
to assist businesses throughout Herefordshire, Shropshire
and Telford - not only those in Hereford.
Neil Kerr, left, with Councillor John Jarvis, at Rotherwas where
the proposed enterprise zone will be created.
DAYS FOR NEW MUM AND DAD GROUP
New mums and dads are being invited to join a postnatal
group which will help them get to grips with being a parent.
Early Days, due to be launched on 6th September, will take
place every Tuesday morning from 10.30am until 12 noon at
Widemarsh Children's Centre, Widemarsh Common in Hereford.
It is for parents with babies up to crawling age, usually
around 6-8 months old and is specifically to help parents
to socialise, meet other mums and dads, chat and have access
to some helpful support and information too.
group will be run by a community nursery nurse from a health
visiting team and there will be regular input from a health
visitor on those all important things like teething, sleep
patterns, feeding, health and nutrition. The plan is to
include different activities every week and sessions booked
so far include speech and language development, getting
your baby into books through Bookstart, home safety and
post-birth exercises from a fitness instructor.
Sleeman, NHS Herefordshire, said 'Becoming a parent for
the first time can be quite an isolating experience. It's
good to get out of the house, meet other parents, swap ideas
and share worries - all new parents worry about something,
whether it's sleep patterns, feeding problems or baby development.
the group starts, we hope to get lots of ideas from parents
about the sorts of activities they would like us to provide.
In the meantime, we have a varied menu of activities planned
to help get things started. We look forward to meeting lots
of new parents and their babies.'
interested in joining the group can contact Natasha Greasley
on 01432 342310 or simply turn up at the launch of the group
on Tuesday, 6th September.
COUNCIL TAKES LEAD ON RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP
Herefordshire Council's community protection team has just
completed a successful course in Leominster about responsible
than 20 dog owners attended the weekly sessions at The Grange
in Leominster run by dog warden Matt Faulds and they learnt
the basics of dog handling and the importance of keeping
their dogs under control as well as clearing up after them.
of the people attending the course received free poop bags
and Leominster Pet Supplies sponsored treats which were
given as rewards to the dogs for improved behaviour.
Hancock, Acting Regulatory Services Manager for Herefordshire
Council, said 'These sessions proved extremely popular and
everyone was amazed by how much their dog's behaviour had
improved and they also better understood their responsibilities
as an owner. The problem of dog fouling has often been raised
by residents and we feel education is one of the best ways
to tackle this so, as part of the six-week course, we also
urged people to clear up after their dogs and reminding
them of their responsibilities.
are now holding courses in Hereford and Ross which are already
fully booked and hope to run more in the future.'
Dog warden Matt Faulds with some of the owners and dogs that took
part in the sessions at The Grange in Leominster.
MILLION SECURED TO IMPROVE TRANSPORT
Herefordshire Council has successfully bid for £4.97 million
to fund transport improvements which include a major upgrade
for Hereford's Broad Street.
the 'Destination Hereford' banner, the council will use
the money over the next four years to fund transport improvements
in Hereford, which will bring in more visitors, and also
to support rural access improvements through a more responsive
community transport service and the new 'park and share'
project which will help longer distance travellers to car
of the money will also be used to help tackle obesity and
improve health by working in partnership with GPs and the
council's health partners to target support for active travel
(walking and cycling) to people and communities where there
is greater incidence of obesity and other health related
bid was submitted in April and was considered as part of
the government's new local sustainable transport fund programme.
It was one of a minority of bids which secured full funding
and is among the ten biggest awards in the country.
means funding is now in place to pay for improvements to
the environment in Broad Street which will connect the recently
refurbished Widemarsh Street, High Town and Eign Gate with
the upgraded Cathedral Close area, supporting the council's
overall programme to regenerate the city and attract more
visitors and shoppers.
Adrian Blackshaw, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation,
said 'This is thrilling news and demonstrates the commitment
Herefordshire Council has to sustainable transport and regenerating
the city. Destination Hereford is an exciting package of
measures which will enable us to extend the city centre
improvements into Broad Street, one of the city's most important
streets in terms of townscape and public realm.
project will also provide resource for us to ramp up our
support for sustainable travel and help ease congestion
in the city. I'm particularly happy that the project includes
measures to provide support for better access in the rural
areas including helping to develop integrated bus and community
details on the funding will be released by government over
the coming months and the Council will be establishing a
coordinated publicity campaign to help promote the measures
included in the Destination Hereford package.
EAT AND DRINK YOUR WAY AROUND HEREFORDSHIRE
Blackshaw and Andy Dawson.
Twenty five food producers are opening their doors to visitors
this August in the first county food tour set in the rolling
hills of deepest Herefordshire.
vodka, wine, chocolates, ice cream and organic produce will
all be available to sample while getting a behind the scenes
look during the first ever Herefordshire Food Week organised
by Herefordshire Council. Many
producers are opening for the first time during Food Week,
which will run from Saturday, 13th August until Sunday,
21st and some are putting on special events to attract visitors.
for the event include a map so people can plan their visits
in advance and many of the producers are also putting on
events for the whole family. British Cassis will be hosting
a visit from the Great British Food Cyclist, Tim Keates.
Tim is cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats on a butcher's
bike, delivering food as he goes, and plans to stop by at
the award winning cassis producer.
is a chance for foodies and families to visit some of the
best food makers in the UK, at home,' said organiser Andy
Dawson, creative industries co-ordinator for Herefordshire
Council. 'You get to see how they grow and make food and
drink, sample the delicious results and all set in one of
the most unspoilt rural havens in the UK.'
will use a free brochure to plan their own itinerary around
as many food locations as they like. Big yellow Food Week
signs in hedgerows and on farm gates will help them find
their way to some of the remote producers.
further details and to download the brochure, log onto www.herefordshire.gov.uk/foodweek
YOUR HOME SECURE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
With local schools breaking up for the summer holidays and
thousands of Herefordshire residents looking forward to
going away, West Mercia Police is passing on security tips
that will help them travel with peace of mind that their
homes are safe and secure.
agents in the county are helping the police put across security
tips to holidaymakers while they are away from home. Along
with the Post Office in St Peter's Street, Hereford, the
agents are giving out eye-catching 'Beach' leaflets produced
by West Mercia Police as part of their Safe & Secure summer
campaign to further reduce domestic burglaries.
advice flyers point the way to the beach one side and on
a more serious note, give a series of security tips on the
other on how to protect your home while away on holiday.
customers call at local travel agents to book their summer
breaks, they will be given a 'Beach' flyer as reminder that
home security is a top priority. The leaflets are also available
from police station front counters and from Local Policing
Constable Charles Weaver, Herefordshire's Crime Risk Manager,
said 'No-one wants to come home from their summer holidays
to find they've been broken into and their possessions stolen.
Fortunately, the number of domestic burglaries in Herefordshire
is relatively low, but they are still extremely distressing
crimes for those who fall victim. We want to remind people
to take whatever security measures possible before going
away - even remembering some simple, basic precautions -
and it will greatly reduce the risk of a burglary. A house
which is obviously unoccupied can be a tempting target for
would-be burglars but there are simple steps that people
can take to protect their property.'
'Beach' leaflets contain six simple tips for helping keeping
the home safe and secure while giving reassurance that burglary
figures remain low. Top tips for holidaymakers are:
- Let a neighbour or friend know you're going away.
- Arrange for them to check on your house - collect mail,
to cancel milk and newspapers.
- Encourage a neighbour to park on your drive.
- Use timer switches to turn lights on during the evenings.
- Don't forget your garden! Effective garden security will
help keep your home secure.
Mercia Police runs its Safe & Secure crime prevention campaign
all year round, offering advice to the public on how to
keep themselves, their homes, gardens and vehicles protected.
More information is available on the Force website, www.westmercia.police.uk
JESSE HONOURED TO OPEN BEER ON THE WYE 2011
Jesse Norman MP was honoured to open the Beer on the Wye
Festival 2011 on Friday, 8th July, organised by Herefordshire
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. The
Festival, now in its seventh year, was held at the Hereford
Rowing Club, and featured 140 beers, plus a further 99 ciders
and perries. It also saw the launch of the latest edition
of Herefordshire CAMRA's authoritative Guide to the Pubs
of Herefordshire. Seven bands kept visitors entertained
throughout the weekend.
was also on the judging team for the best beer award. Seen
here with Mark Haslam of CAMRA, Jesse said 'What a great
honour and a great joy this has been - one of the nicest
parts of being an MP. Many congratulations to CAMRA and
all their volunteers for another superb festival.'
Mark Haslam of CAMRA with Jesse Norman at the opening of 'Beer on
the Wye' 2011.
CHILDREN HAVE THEIR SAY ON NATIONWIDE CHILD PROTECTION REVIEW
Children looked after by Herefordshire Council have had
their views published in a nationwide independent review
which is set to change the way child protection works across
the UK. The review concludes that local areas should have
more freedom to develop their own effective child protection
services rather than focusing on meeting central government
Eileen Munro was commissioned by the government to conduct
a wide ranging independent review into frontline child protection
practice. The views of seven children and young people in
Hereford who are looked after by Herefordshire Council,
were submitted to Professor Munro following a consultation
session in March at Centre 18 organised by Herefordshire
Council's participation team. Their views have been included
in Munro's final report which was published last month.
Herefordshire youngsters felt quite strongly that all agencies
should work together to try and prevent children from coming
into care in the first place. The children and young people
said that social workers should do this by giving them skills
to keep themselves safe and that teachers should keep a
close eye on children and help them to catch up if they
fall behind at school because they are stressed.
major part of their contribution was about things that people
can do to help keep children safe. They had suggestions
for parents, police, doctors, nursery staff, teachers, health
visitors, friends and family and social workers. They felt
that all parents should have to do a parenting course and
there should be parenting lessons in school for everyone.
They also suggested that social workers need to do more
home visits to see children are okay and keep an eye out
for dangers but don't 'namby pamby' kids. They
also thought school counsellor could give children advice
on how to deal with things, including leaflets and phone
numbers of helplines. They think teachers should check children
are eating at school and look for children who are withdrawn
or who start bullying others. Friends and other family members
were also listed as key people who can help keep children
safe by calling in 'out of the blue' and looking around
the house and being there for the child.
Patricia Morgan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing,
said 'Safeguarding children is everyone's concern and, following
a number of high profile cases nationally, reforms to make
agencies more accountable have lead to a time consuming
tick-box culture where the focus can be on process rather
than children. The Munro review concludes that a one-size-fits-all
approach to child protection is preventing local areas from
focusing on the child - a view echoed in the Herefordshire
children's report. We are proud of the way our youngsters
got involved in this very important piece of work and expressed
their opinions with maturity and consideration for each
other. Their report has contributed significantly to this
review which will have a huge impact on the way the government
directs child protection in the future.'
STUDENTS HELP TO EXCAVATE HILLTOP SITES
Herefordshire Council's archaeology team has been working
with students and staff of Manchester University and Kyushu
University, Japan to explore 5,000-year-old hilltop sites
in Dorstone and Bredwardine parishes. The excavations have
focused upon three sites, at two of which worked flints
and pottery from the Early Neolithic period indicate activity
in the centuries either side of 5500 BC.
county archaeologist, Dr Keith Ray, said 'There is a truly
international flavour to the team carrying out test excavations
at these sites, with student participants from Spain, Germany
and Sweden also taking part. This was the time that the
great chambered tombs like Arthur's Stone were also built
- the period witnessed a remarkable first flourishing of
farming groups who herded cattle in clearings and open country
hereabouts, and who gathered at specially adapted hilltops
to exchange goods and hold tribal meetings.'
open day on Sunday, 24th July will feature visits to one
or more of the sites under investigation. Meet at the Red
Lion, Bredwardine, for site tours at noon, 2pm and 4pm.
There will also be a talk on Monday, 25th July by Keith
Ray and Professor Julian Thomas who are co-directing this
season's work, and this will summarise the results. The
talk is at Bredwardine village hall at 7.30pm and enquiries
should be made to Moira Cassidy on 01432 260470.
A photograph of Arthur's Stone, Dorstone, taken by Alan Wood in
INSPECTION PRAISES SERVICE FOR PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST
Herefordshire Council's adoption service has been rated
by Ofsted as good in all areas, with some outstanding features.
inspectors undertook an announced inspection of the council's
adoption service last month. The report praised the work
that had been done to improve the service since it was last
inspected in 2008, describing it as a well managed agency
that strives to improve and develop practice. The inspectors
reported a real strength of the service is that young people's
needs dictate the adoption process and their views are taken
into account in planning for their care, and in the development
inspectors also noted that careful matching and placement
processes ensure that children settle very well and thrive
in their adoptive placements. This is achieved by robust
family finding and strong matching and placement processes
that ensure adopters are able to meet the needs of their
child. Prospective adopters are well prepared with the focus
on parenting a child who may have additional needs relating
to adverse early experiences.
elements identified by the inspectors include ensuring children's
views are sought and used in practice and that staff work
with children to help them understand what adoption will
mean for them. This links into the matching and placement
processes that foster carers are involved in - the inspectors
highlighted the good practice of inviting the child's foster
carers to attend the adoption panel - this helps gain a
first hand view about what the child is like to care for
and puts the focus of the proceedings firmly on the child.
families are supported to take an active part in the care
planning for their child and are encouraged to provide information
for the child. Adult adoptees are assisted to find out about
their adoption in a sensitive way.
was also praise for the way the service is run. Comments
about the social workers and administrative staff on the
adoption team show that the calibre of staff is excellent.
The inspectors reported that the adoption team is well managed
by a qualified, experienced and skilled manager who is fully
committed to ensuring safe, stable and secure placements
for children are made and maintained.
Patricia Morgan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing,
said 'Meeting the needs of vulnerable children remains a
priority for the council, so I was delighted to receive
this report from Ofsted which shows we are achieving this
well and continuing to improve. Putting children's needs
at the core of what we do and supporting adopters throughout
the matching process and beyond has resulted in children
finding permanent homes with loving families who are able
to meet their individual needs. Well done to all the staff
who have worked so hard to implement the recommendations
from the previous inspection and remain committed to providing
the best service they can for the county's children.'
LOTTERY FUNDING SECURES HERITAGE OF GRANGE COURT
and its knot garden.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has confirmed that Herefordshire
Council and the LARC Development Trust have been awarded
a development grant of £25,300 to further develop their
project to secure the history of grade II listed Grange
Court in Leominster for current and future generations.
undergoing a programme of restoration, Grange Court was
originally built by John Abel, the King's Carpenter in 1633.
The building was located in the centre of Leominster, as
the Market House for the town.
the life of the building it has been used as a market house,
a town hall, a court house, a guild headquarters, a school
and community meeting place, with market stalls set out
1859 the structure was dismantled and re-erected on its
present site in the Priory Grange, converted into a gentleman's
residence and renamed Grange Court. Since 1935 it has been
used as Council offices.
restoration work will convert Grange Court into a multi-use
community and heritage centre that will be owned and operated
by the LARC Development Trust. The HLF grant means that
Herefordshire Council and the LARC Development Trust can
now work up their plans to progress the second stage of
the HLF application process for a full grant of £287,400
to create heritage displays, audio visual equipment, publications,
employ a heritage officer as well as provide community learning
and volunteering opportunities at the site.
Jenkins, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the West
Midlands said 'We're extremely pleased to give initial support
to the project, which aims to complement the restoration
taking place at Grange Court with an exciting education
programme so that its fascinating history can enjoyed by
future generations. We shall watch the developing plans
Jackson, Chair of LARC said 'This is great news for Grange
Court and the people of Leominster, as not only will it
enable the history of this amazing building to be recorded
and accessed by the local community, it will also help us
to put Grange Court on the map as a valuable and accessible
BODIES JOIN UP FOR ANNUAL PUBLIC MEETING
Following a milestone year in health and adult social care
in Herefordshire, NHS Herefordshire, and the newly created
Wye Valley NHS Trust, will be holding a joint annual public
meeting on Tuesday, 26th July 2011. This
is the first time the two organisations have come together
to hold a public meeting to offer local people and organisations
the opportunity to find out about the changes and achievements
during the last year. There will be exhibition stands setting
out priorities for health, adult social care, and public
NHS Herefordshire Chair, Joanna Newton, says 'There have
been major changes to how we deliver health and social care
services during the last year as part of our drive to create
a more sustainable healthcare community for local people.'
of Wye Valley NHS Trust, Mark Curtis added 'This year has
seen us create Wye Valley NHS Trust - one of the first organisations
in England to bring together health and adult social care
services. Herefordshire is at the forefront of national
NHS reforms and this is a real chance for local people to
find out about the work behind the scenes and what it means
for services locally.'
meeting will be held at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts,
Edgar Street, Hereford, on Tuesday, 26th July 2011. It will
open at 6pm with the opportunity for people to visit the
display stands, meet with local health and adult social
care staff, and board members from both organisations. If
you would like to find out more and attend the Annual Public
Meeting please contact Fiona Gurney, Communications Assistant,
Wye Valley NHS Trust - by phone on 01432 355444 ext 5105,
email email@example.com or write to Trust Headquarters,
The County Hospital, Hereford. HR1 2ER by Tuesday, 19th