place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULES
Special birthday greetings go to Jules King, who celebrated
her XXth birthday with a party for family and friends at
the Royal Hotel on Saturday, 23rd July. Lots of great food
was enjoyed by all and guests happily danced away to a disco,
playing songs by many great artistes
of the era!
the birthday cake candle was lit, daughters, Rachael and
Amy took the mic and sang 'Happy Birthday' to their mum.
has another reason to celebrate at the moment as she and
her husband, Martin opened their new shop 'Senior Moments'
in conjunction with a new tourism venture with Mary Sinclair-Powell
in Ross-on-Wye on Monday, 1st August. All good wishes to
you on both counts, Jules!
Rachael and Amy sing 'Happy Birthday' to their mum.....
....whilst Martin holds the birthday cake.
Jules and Martin cut the cake to share with their guests.
ANOTHER CHANCE TO BOOST BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
Local businesses are being invited to apply for grants which
could enable them to buy equipment, modernize the way the
way they work or diversify their product range. Herefordshire
Business Board has announced that the Business Booster and
Training Voucher Schemes will again be available to help
local businesses through the continuing tough and challenging
have allocated funds to support these schemes for another
year due to their effectiveness in providing businesses
with the financial support necessary to achieve a variety
of goals. These have included job creation, increase in
turnover and bringing new products to market,' said Neil
Kerr, chairman of the Herefordshire Business Board. 'The
aims of the two grant schemes have been tailored to deliver
the aspirations of the Herefordshire Business Board and
we are pleased to enable these schemes to be delivered during
a time when public sector grants and funds are limited.'
Business Booster Grant is a capital grant scheme. It can
be used to support the growth or diversification of existing
micro, small and medium sized businesses through a range
of initiatives including the purchase of capital equipment,
the modernization of facilities or the ability to create
or enhance a web site Successful applications will be offered
a grant of between £250 and £4,000, which will have to be
match-funded by the applicant paying up to 50 per cent.
scheme will be delivered in two tranches, with the first
deadline for applications of Friday, 23rd September at 4pm.
A decision will be made about the timing of the second tranche
once the interest in the first round has been established.
Training Voucher Scheme provides financial support for businesses
to send employees on training that will make a difference
to the viability or diversification of the business. This
can include support for new starters, personal development,
vocational/specialist training or enabling employees to
move to a new role, this is particularly suitable for training
a group of staff or for more innovative training approaches.
Successful businesses applying to the scheme will be offered
a training voucher up to a maximum of £750, which will have
to be match-funded by the applicant paying a minimum of
25 per cent.
finance behind these schemes has been provided by Herefordshire
Council as part of its ongoing support to assist the growth
of the local economy. 'We understand the importance to small
businesses of being able to access finance in what continues
to be a tough financial climate,' said Councillor Roger
Phillips, Cabinet Member for Economic Development. 'These
schemes award small amounts of money but are significant
in what they allow the businesses to achieve and the employment
generation they have created; they represent very good value
for taxpayer money.'
Forms can be found by visiting: http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/business/business_support/90.asp
Businesses looking for further information about these opportunities
should contact Herefordshire Council's economic development
team on 01432 383633.
John Jones of Phillip Morris & Son with Mark Jones and Luke Turner,
with their country clothing catalogue.
SUMMER HOLIDAY FUN AT ROSS
Herefordshire Council's heritage services team is running
a fun workshop during the summer holidays. On Monday, 8th
August from 11am until 1pm at the Market House Visitor Centre,
there will be an Historic Headgear and Heraldry event.
Clark, Herefordshire Council's Visitor Services Officer,
said 'This event will offer youngsters the chance to make
their own jester hat, helmet or crown as well as designing
their own coat of arms. All people have to do to reserve
a place is telephone 01432 260666 and the cost is just £1
WILTON CASTLE PLAYS HOST TO BRITISH LEGION TEA
by Simon Cropper.
On Saturday, 23rd July the Ross-On-Wye Branch of The Royal
British Legion hosted a 1940's/1950's themed afternoon tea
in aid of the 90th Anniversary Celebrations at Wilton Castle,
the two weeks leading up to the event Margaret (Membership
Secretary) who organised the event, together with her daughter
Fiona and members of the Committee distributed over five
hundred leaflets, by having a table in Morrison's and the
and Fiona organised the catering, baking all the old time
favourites, such as bread pudding, scones, boiled fruit
cake, treacle tarts etc., plus jelly and custard, fruit
and evaporated milk.
the day Margaret had a team of family and friends, volunteers
from the Sea Cadets and members of the Ross Branch of the
Legion, who all made the event such a success.
(Margaret's grandson - an RBLB Member) worked tirelessly
not only on the day but the whole weekend and Megan and
Misha (granddaughters) acted as waitresses. The
venue Wilton Castle, together with the beautiful weather
made the afternoon.
Alan Harrison played the pipes welcoming people, 1940's/1950's
music was played throughout the afternoon and a tour of
the castle was included. The Mayor of Ross-On-Wye, Councillor
David Ravenscroft and the County Co-ordinator attended and
everyone had a very enjoyable time, so much so that it was
asked if the event would be repeated next year.
secret wish was to raise £1,000 but it all depended on the
weather. In the end the final figure was £1,384 with which
she was delighted. The event was a great success in raising
the profile of The Royal British Legion, hopefully recruiting
at least three new members, two new committee members and
a transfer in member.
would like to stress that this was a complete team effort
and is most grateful to everybody who helped.
the photograph are: James Phillips and James Denny on the
balcony, Robert Hudson Jessica Oakley and James Lilwall,
Richard Ceci (Standard Bearer) Megan Cameron, Amisha Cormac,
Mayor David Ravenscroft, Viv Warrington (President), Margaret
Jones (Membership Secretary) and Ian Hedges (Branch Chairman.)
WYE VALLEY CANOE LAUNCHES GET A MAKEOVER
the Wye near Kerne Bridge.
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Unit is managing a project to refurbish the canoe launches
at Ross-on-Wye and Kerne Bridge which will commence in August.
The alterations will take 3 to 4 weeks to complete and the
project will create new modern facilities at the Herefordshire
Council owned sites. The
innovative designs will also provide enhanced access for
people with disabilities for the first time on the River
project has already produced a new Canoeists Guide Book
that is available free to those hiring canoes through local
hire companies. A Canoeists Code of Conduct leaflet has
also been produced which will be used by canoe hire operatives
and new information boards will be installed at the canoe
launch sites after construction.
project has been funded by the Advantage West Midlands Natural
Assets fund, the Environment Agency and through the Wye
Valley AONB Sustainable Development Fund and is being developed
in partnership with Herefordshire Council.
will begin at the Kerne Bridge launch in the week commencing
Monday, 1st August followed by Ross-on-Wye in the week starting
with the 15th August. There
will be a couple of small works compounds at both sites.
each of the canoe launches will be closed for 3 to 4 weeks.
The Public Open Space and Public Right of Way at Ross-on-Wye
and the car park and picnic site at Kerne Bridge will all
remain open for the duration of the works.
more information contact Andrew Nixon, Wye Valley Development
Officer on 01600 710841. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WORKSHOPS FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Herefordshire Council's heritage services team is running
two family workshops in Hereford during the summer holidays.
The events, Printing Paper, are being held at the Museum
Resource and Learning Centre, on Tuesday, 16th August. The
first starts at 10am and the second at 11am.
Clark, Herefordshire Council's Visitor Services Officer,
said 'This workshop is inspired by the exhibition of internationally
acclaimed artist John Piper which is currently on display
in Hereford's art gallery. Piper often collaborated with
other artists and craftspeople and used it to great success
in media as diverse as ceramics, tapestries, textiles, stage
design, mosaics, fireworks, print and stained glass. This
workshop will allow youngsters to use similar techniques
and make their own artworks inspired by Piper.'
further details telephone 01432 260692. The cost is £1 per
JESSE NAMED AS THE £1.5 BILLION BACKBENCHER
Hereford and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman has been
named as 'the £1.5 billion backbencher' by Conservative
Home, the influential political web site The accolade came
after publication last week of plans by the Government to
save £1.5 billion on the Private Finance Initiative, in
response to a year long campaign by Jesse. All of the proceeds
will flow back to the schools, hospitals and other public
the course of his campaign the Hereford MP:
- held an adjournment debate in the Commons last July to
put this issue on the parliamentary agenda
- built a cross-party group of 86 MPs from all three major
- wrote op-ed pieces in the Financial Times, Mail on Sunday,
Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian, with further
coverage in the trade press and on BBC, C4 and Radio 4
- launched a web site ww.pfi-rebate.org to feature key stories
and case studies, as well as a Twitter feed
organized meetings with senior management at contractors
covering 75% of PFI deals, to press them on the need for
- encouraged the Treasury Select Committee to launch an
inquiry into PFI, to be published shortly
- held first full three-hour Commons debate on PFI in June
- met with the Chancellor and Financial Secretary, and the
on the news, Jesse said 'This is a great honour. We are
making very good progress on savings within the PFI, and
I am pushing for a full Code of Conduct signed by the PFI
contractors by the end of 2011. This campaign started a
year ago with my anger at the very poor deal we were getting
on the PFI at Hereford Hospital. The goal now is to make
sure the Hospital gets its fair share of these savings.'
The £1.5 billion backbencher: Jesse Norman MP.
YOUR GARDEN WASTE THIS SUMMER
Herefordshire's residents are being urged this summer to
compost their garden waste and salad leftovers at home.
Lets Waste Less campaign is still offering compost bins
for a little as £13 (including delivery), but now there
is also the option of getting a second half price, which
can work out at as little as £17 (also including delivery)
for two 220-litre compost bins.
compost bins are now also available in green and black on
the scheme, with both being made out of recycled plastic.
So far having a choice had proved hugely popular with around
60 per cent of residents opting for the new colour green.
public can view the full range of products online at www.letswasteless.com,
which include wormeries, bokashi systems, much larger compost
bins and a wide range of accessories such as kitchen caddies
for example, aimed at helping keep food waste tidy in the
kitchen, before transferring to the compost bin in one trip.
cuttings, hedge clippings, nettles and soft prunings can
be added into a compost bin. More woody prunings such as
thin branches are good to mix, but have the consequence
of taking longer to break down so it is best to shred or
chop these up first.
Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member
for Highways and Transportation, said 'With gardens at their
most productive at this time of year, now is the perfect
time to start composting and ensure all those grass cuttings
and vegetable trimmings are added to compost bins. It is
still important for residents to balance piles of green
cuttings with "browns" such as scrunched up cardboard, newspaper
and toilet rolls. This will ensure that in around about
nine to twelve months time, nature will have turned the
mix into lovely crumbly compost which can be used to help
plants bloom ready for the spring planting season.'
further information visit www.letswasteless.com or alternatively
call 01905 766883.
COUNCIL TAKES LEAD ON RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP
Herefordshire Council's community protection team has just
completed a successful course in Ross about responsible
dog ownership. Seven dog owners completed six-week sessions
held on the grassed area at Wye Street which were run by
dog warden Matt Faulds. People attending learnt the basics
of dog handling and the importance of keeping their dogs
under control as well as clearing up after them. All of
the people attending the course received free poop bags
and treats which were given as rewards to the dogs for improved
Hancock, 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 now better understand 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.'
Peter Hobbs with Molly and Smudge, John Binkett and Biggy, Fe Longstaffe
and Tarquin, Lisa Wooding and Minnie, Frances Watkins and Micky,
Katie Barrington with Murphy and Guiness, and Hilary Ferdyce with
Fizz. in the Caroline Symonds Gardens in Wye Street.
KEYS CELEBRATES FOUR YEARS OF NO FLOODING
Cross Keys Flood Action Group celebrated four years without
internal flooding to local properties last weekend, Saturday,
23rd July. Following the nation-wide flooding of 20th July
2007 the group was formed to act on behalf of local people
to help them in their fight against local flooding. The
community-led plan for Withington, Westhide and Preston
Wynne, in which Cross Keys is represented, has listed flood
mitigation as one of 19 key strategic initiatives for the
parishes over the next five years.
to a Defra grant of £148,200 for property level flood protection,
a total of 22 properties in the Cross Keys vicinity have
had property surveys undertaken and equipment installed
and are now protected against future flood events. The various
measures to protect individual homes were implemented by
Amey on behalf of Herefordshire Council. During their day
of celebration, villagers who had work carried out to protect
their homes through the Defra grant were asked to make sure
they knew how to fit and operate the measures for their
own property and were also given a practical demonstration
of some of the equipment.
to a donation to the action group from the National Flood
Forum for paper-testing their flood action plan during Defra's
Exercise Watermark in March 2011, a celebratory Barbecue
was held at the local Cross Keys Pub on Saturday evening.
People from 16 homes came along to enjoy the evening and
the weather held good with not a drop of rain.
HEREFORDSHIRE HOSTS FIRST NATIONAL ORCHARD EVENT
of Herefordshire Year in the Orchard, the county hosted
the first national orchard event when more than 100 orchard
professionals. Owners and enthusiasts from across the UK
descended on the spectacular Homme House in Much Marcle
to talk apple, pears and fruit trees. 'The Orchards - past,
present & future' conference was the first national orchard
event recognizing traditional orchards as a UK-wide biodiversity
habitat with their own Habitat Action Plan.
conference didn't only celebrate traditional orchards but
also recognized the importance of commercial 'bush' orchards
and the part that community orchard projects can play in
conserving this country's orchard heritage. Speakers included
the Traditional Orchard Inventory project, Colwall Orchard
Group, London Orchard Project, Herefordshire Orchard Community
Evaluation, Scrapbook of an Orchard as well as Natural England
and the Bulmers Foundation orchard sustainability project.
also had the chance to sample the best of Herefordshire's
hospitality with locally sourced food and cider and perry
tasting hosted by Westons Cider.
Bisset, Herefordshire Council's principal countryside officer
and one of the organizers said 'All the hard work by the
organizers was greatly appreciated by the delegates who
had come from all parts of England as well as Wales and
Scotland for the conference. This day has really shown just
how innovative Herefordshire is being towards conserving
and celebrating its orchard heritage and I think several
other counties may want to follow our lead and have their
own Year in the Orchard type celebrations.'
presentation and other information is now available to download
from www.yearintheorchard.org - look for National Orchard
Habitat Conference page. This was just one of many and varied
events taking place during 2011, helping celebrate Herefordshire's
orchard heritage - Herefordshire Year in the Orchard. To
find out more about future events and orchard initiatives
please go to www.yearintheorchard.org
Delegates at Homme House in Much Marcle.
- ARE YOU NUMBER 12?
People in Herefordshire are being urged to think 'Am I number
12?' as part of World Hepatitis Awareness Day 2011. Safer
Herefordshire, Wye Valley NHS Trust and Drug Advisory Service
Herefordshire (DASH) have again joined together to mark
World Hepatitis Awareness Day on Thursday, 28th July, with
information and advice events at Asda and Sainsbury's in
Hereford between 10am and 2pm.
in twelve people world-wide are chronically infected with
viral Hepatitis, but remain unaware as they display no symptoms.
Hepatitis can affect anybody and is an infection caused
by viruses which attack your liver. The main risk factors
for catching Hepatitis include medical, dental or vaccination
treatment abroad, if you received a blood transfusion before
September 1991 and anyone who shares toothbrushes, razors
or drug using paraphernalia.
you feel you could be at risk and would like to be tested,
pop along to your Doctor, Goal Street Sexual Health Clinic
or local Drug Service Provider (DASH). The test is very
quick and simple and involves giving a blood sample, with
the results being available shortly afterwards. If you would
like further information on Hepatitis, please pop along
to one of the events and speak to our friendly teams. Alternatively,
you can also contact Jo Spicer, Hereford County Hospital's
Hepatitis Nurse Specialist on 01432 364167.
RECORD NUMBER OF PUPILS RECEIVE CYCLE TRAINING
Herefordshire Council's Bikeability cycle training scheme
has benefited a record number of 1,350 Year 6 and 7 pupils
from Herefordshire this academic year. Pupils have received
Bikeability Level 1 and 2 training from the council's team
of 10 cycle trainers which includes world downhill mountain
bike champion Tracy Moseley.
Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member
for Highways and Transportation, said 'It is really important
that our youngsters can cycle safely and this training helps
pupils learn how to control their bikes, assess traffic
and even do simple maintenance. We like to encourage as
many pupils as possible to cycle to school as it is not
only good for their health and well being but also reduces
traffic congestion at busy school times. It
is fantastic that we have been able to train 1,350 youngsters
this year and I hope this will see an increase in the number
cycling to school.
Council also offers free adult cycling for adults and this
may be of interest to mums and dads who want to join their
children on the ride to work. We are aware some adults haven't
cycled for a long time and may need their confidence boosted
before they take to the roads again and the courses can
be specifically designed to take into account their own
routes to work.'
Part of the council's cycle training team, Justin Goult, James Creaser,
Andy Palfreman, Roger Calow and John Lines.
FIRST NIGHT-TIME NOISE TEAM LAUNCHED
Herefordshire Council's environmental health and trading
standards service has got the go ahead to trial a night-time
Noise Response Team to operate throughout the county during
the summer. The team will comprise of two environmental
health officers working as a pair after 9pm on both Friday
and Saturday nights and will be financed by savings already
made elsewhere within this service.
Patricia Morgan, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member
for Health and Well-being, said 'I am really excited to
see what impact this team will have on the lives of so many
people who have to suffer sleep depriving noise at night
time and getting totally stressed from it all. For the first
time ever, Herefordshire Council will not only be able to
respond to these pleas for help from the public when the
night-time noise is actually happening, but will then be
able to send officers to the scene to witness the noise
and take the necessary steps to resolve the situation.
the environmental health officers will make every effort
to remedy the situation informally, I would like to make
the point that they will also be empowered to serve noise
abatement notices on the night as and when necessary. In
this way we hope that the team will not only offer a cost
effective and improved service focused at what our public
actually want and need, but that it will also help improve
their health and well-being too.'
the eight-week trial period, the service will be reviewed
to see whether the council can continue to run a similar
service next year. In the meantime, the Noise Response Team
can be contacted on 01432 261761 after 9pm on both Friday
and Saturday nights starting Friday, 29th July until the
end of September.