place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
JOIN IN THE GREAT PANCAKE RACES 2010
has been fantastic to see the reinstatement of the annual
Ross Pancake Day Races over the last two years thanks to
ART and I am really looking forward to covering this year's
event. Ross Town Mayor, Councillor David Ravenscroft will
be supporting this year's event, which will be taking place
on Shrove Tuesday, 21st February, starting the racers who
will run up the town, tossing their pancakes until they
reach Ross Market House.
has a long history of organising an annual pancake race,'
said ART member Helen Kiddy of Essential
Sewing Services. 'It costs just £1 per person to take
part and all you have to do is bring your own frying pan.
Races will take place throughout the afternoon in several
categories with lots of races for children of all ages,
organised after the local schools close for the day.'
shop keepers, businesses and individuals who would like
to take part should get in touch with Helen Kiddy at Essential
Sewing Services in Gloucester Road on 01989 566406. Entry
forms are also available from: Essential Sewing Services,
Sweets and Field Fair.
A scene from the 2011 Pancake Day Races.
Are you concerned about your own or somebody else's memory?
If so, why not go along to the friendly Ross-on-Wye Memory
Café? The café meeting has been opened for
people with memory problems, their carers, family and friends
and take place at the Larruperz Centre on the last Tuesday
of each month from 12 Noon until 2pm. Why
not go along and enjoy meeting other people in a similar
situation over a tasty light lunch, costing just £2.50?
will be different speakers each month, who will provide
a variety of information and advice on living with memory
problems and related illnesses. If you would like to join
the group or you would like further information, please
contact Diana, the café coordinator, by telephoning 01432
371137 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
WAY TO YOUR VALENTINES HEART
Valentine's Day! A
day when traditionally, secret admirers would declare their
undying love for the blushing maiden of their dreams, or,
indeed handsome young knight. (All anonymously, of course
via an unsigned token or these days, a card, leaving the
subject of their desire to work out who had sent it. How
days things are apparently much simpler, with most people
knowing exactly who their Valentine is and most also knowing
what is likely (or unlikely) to happen should they forget
this very important date. Chocolatiers,
florists, jewellers and card manufacturers all do their
very best to ensure that you do not forget, however. BUT!
Should this date somehow manage to escape your attention,
my advice to you is . . . . quickly don some protective
head gear and try the following.
a table for two at one of the many lovely local restaurants
/ pubs and wine and dine your beloved to their heart's content.
Actually, don't wait until the day itself or you may find
yourself unable to redeem yourself at all as Valentine's
Day is a popular date for dining out. Do it now! The King's
Head Hotel is offering a lovely Valentine's Day menu
and the Eagle
Inn are offering a two course meal, (two mains, two
desserts) and a bottle of wine between you for just £19.95
might like to take the person of your dreams to somewhere
a little different, such as perhaps, Orles
Barn. You may like the intimacy of the lovely Old Gaol
Restaurant at the White
Lion. Flavours of Herefordshire 2011 winners Wilton
Court is also a lovely venue as are Wilton's Castle
Lodge, the Saracen's
Head or the Royal
Lodge at Symonds Yat East, the lovely Old
Court Hotel or the Wye
Knot Inn at Symonds Yat West. On the evening of Saturday,
11th February, The Hostelrie
at Goodrich are hosting a Valentine's Dinner and Dance.
There! Lots of helpful suggestions for you to keep your
you celebrate St. Valentine's Day with your loved one, I
hope it will be a day / evening to remember.
of traditions, 2012 is a Leap Year and ever since I can
remember, 29th February is the day when it was deemed acceptable
for a young lady to propose marriage. You have been warned!
(ermm reminded, I mean.)
A WIGGLY SQUIGGLY STORY BOOK.
Herefordshire Council's libraries are encouraging families
to pick up their pencils and create their very own wiggly
squiggly storybooks based on the drawings of Edward Ardizzone.
An exhibition of Edward Ardizzone's drawings used to illustrate
children's books from 1900 to 1979 is on view at Hereford
Museum and Art Gallery until Wednesday, 14th March.
exhibition is being used to inspire families to create their
own storybook to take away and keep. Workshops are suitable
for children aged five years old and above with supervision
by a parent or carer. The sessions will take place from
10.30am to 12 noon in Ross-on-Wye Library on Monday, 13th
February, Hereford Library in the Woolhope Room on Tuesday,
14th February and Leominster Library on Wednesday, 15th
are available from these libraries and cost just £1 per
book a place please telephone Ross Library, 01432 383280,
Hereford Library, 01432 383600 or Leominster Library, 01432
THE BIG LLANGROVE BREAKFAST
children of Llangrove CE Primary School are celebrating
another fantastic fund raising success. The 5th Llangrove
Big Breakfast, which took place on Sunday, 5th February
raised £1,100 for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at The
County Hospital, Hereford and school funds.
Llangrove Big Breakfast has become a popular annual event
in the community. Despite the snow and ice at the weekend,
local people turned out in force to raise valuable funds
for both the SCBU and the School. Two hundred delicious
cooked breakfasts were served, with most of the food generously
donated by local companies and individuals including Sam
Madeley of Glewstone, Bartonsham Farm Dairies, Neil Powell
Butchers, Sheila and Vernon Jones and Spar Services at Daf-y-nant,
Amanda Colledge, Assistant Headteacher at Llangrove CE Primary
School said, "The charity breakfast enables the children
to get very involved with our local community here which
is very supportive of our school. Everyone helps; children,
staff, governors, parents and local people. The children
have enjoyed raising money and learning about the work of
SBCU and the babies that are cared for there.'
Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the hospital cares for
sick newborn and premature babies requiring intensive care
through to special care. The funds raised will be used to
provide mattresses and supportive baby nests as part of
specialised baby care.
Lamputt, Ward Manager of Special Care Baby Unit at Wye Valley
NHS Trust said, 'We are very grateful and overwhelmed by
the ongoing interest and support from the children and families
at the Llangrove Primary School.'
Children at Llangrove CE Primary School with the £1,100 they collected
at their charity Big Breakfast.
COMPETITION TO CELEBRATE BEST OF THE COUNTY.
Residents across the county are being given the opportunity
to take part in an arts competition aimed at celebrating
the best of Herefordshire and Great Britain in 2012. The
competition is being run as part of the county's celebrations
around the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London and the
Queen's Diamond Jubilee and winners could see their work
displayed in prominent places and at significant events
across the county.
by the Raising Our Game Partnership, the competition is
open to all residents of Herefordshire and those studying
within the county. Individuals can choose to enter one or
both themes. For the Olympic and Paralympic theme entries
should be based on a visual interpretation of one or more
of the Olympic and Paralympic values which are excellence,
friendship, respect, courage, determination, quality and
inspiration and how they relate to Herefordshire and / or
Great Britain. They can reflect any number of topics such
as community spirit, culture, sport, Herefordshire icons
or the Olympic Torch as it passes through Herefordshire.
theme of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - 1952 to 2012, is
seeking to celebrate the Jubilee across Herefordshire and
Great Britain. All entries must be graphic works such as
paintings, drawings, photography or computer generated and
should be flat to the surface and on A3 or A4 sized paper
or canvas, and should not include excessive text or replication
of a recognize logo, including the London 2012 one.
Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council said, 'This
year is going to be one of big celebrations this year with
first the Olympic Torch Relay crossing the county; followed
by the Diamond Jubilee, which will be marked in Herefordshire
on Wednesday, 11th July at Kings George V Playing Fields,
Hereford, and then the Olympic and Paralympic Games themselves
in London. I hope as many residents as possible will enter
this competition so their creativity can be showcased and
the rest of the country can see what talented people we
have here. I
would particularly like to encourage schools to get involved
as celebrating 60 years of the Queen's reign and exploring
the Olympic and Paralympic values can teach pupils a lot
about our own society as well as all the other nations who
will be taking part.'
competition will close at 4pm on Thursday, 12th April 2012
to allow for judging, printing and hanging of the material
prior to the summer of celebrations. For further information,
or to request an entry form, contact Steve Ashton on 01432
383623, or email email@example.com.
full terms and conditions and entry form are available at
END LANDLORDS PLEA TO LOCALS.
A landlord who says road closures nearly forced him to call
time on his pub is appealing to locals for support when
workmen close the road again later this month. Laurie Cork,
landlord of the Harewood End Inn, was left thousands of
pounds out of pocket after the Highways Agency put signs
up to close the busy A49 to allow workmen to carry out resurfacing
happened during January when I lost thousands of pounds
in trade - they practically closed me down,' he said. 'What
people didn't realize is that while the road was closed,
there was still access to businesses and my pub was open
as normal - it's just that people saw the signs and turned
round and went elsewhere.' Laurie fears that when the agency
is back carrying out further works later this month, the
signs will reappear and once again leave him out of pocket.
the signs, there is access beyond the road closure signs
and I'm open for business as normal,' he added.
Council's ward councillor, Russell B. Hamilton, said he's
hoping a plea to the public through the local media could
help local businesses. 'We understand and appreciate the
valuable work the Highways Agency is doing and we commend
the workers for the way they're getting on with it while
trying to cause the minimum of disruption. However, the
signs have caused a massive drop in trade and I fear for
the livelihood of Mr. Cork and others along the route of
the work who have already suffered greatly because of the
signs which do not make any mention of access to local amenities.
spoken to the Highways Agency myself, I am aware that the
workman marshalling the road blocks will allow anyone wishing
access to private residences or businesses along the route
to reach their destination. They will, however, need to
take great care when passing through the road blocks given
that there will be workers in the road. I would urge everyone
to continue to support pubs and local businesses affected
by these road works through these challenging times because
they are there for our benefit and enjoyment.'
Highways Agency has advised that the next work is due to
start on Monday, 13th February and will be on the stretch
of A49 between Redhill and Rotherwas and work north of Much
Birch. This will be followed by resurfacing work from Much
Birch to Pengethley, which is scheduled to take place during
the second week of March. The work is weather dependent
so the timings could change, the Highways Authority has
WARN OF CENSUS SCAM.
Herefordshire Council has been asked to alert residents
to a scam which is circulating relating to the census which
took place last year. An email entitled 'Population Census:
a message to everyone - act now' is being circulated, allegedly
in the name of National Statistician, Jil Matheson. The
email demands individuals provide further personal information,
supposedly for the Census and threatens fines for non-compliance.
Watson, 2011 Census Director for the Office for National
Statistics, said, 'This email is a scam and a hoax. It has
no connection whatsoever with the National Statistician,
the 2011 Census or the Office for National Statistics. We
believe the links in the email could download malware to
any computer where the user clicks on the links. This could
put your personal data, including financial information,
at risk. Anyone receiving this, or similar emails, should
delete them, not open any links and certainly not provide
receiving these emails or any other scam emails, can report
them to www.actionfraud.org.uk . ONS takes the protection
of personal census information extremely seriously. Collection
of census data was completed last year and no further requests
will be forthcoming from the Office for National Statistics
relating to the 2011 Census.
JESSE CALLS FOR OLYMPIC SCREEN FOR HEREFORDSHIRE
by the Olympic Clock.
Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman has called on the 2012 Olympics
organisers to install a large public screen in Hereford
city to show the Olympic and Paralympic Games, forming a
focal point for local celebrations.
London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games is working
with the BBC to erect 'Live Sites' across the UK to show
the latest action and news from the London Games this Summer.
There are already plans to erect the screens in public areas
of 22 cities outside London including Bristol, Norwich and
Plymouth. The screens are free to watch and allow communities
to gather together to watch major events.
a letter to the Organising Committee, which was also sent
to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media
and Sport, Mr Norman asked that a 'Live Site' screen be
built in Hereford to help local people to be part of the
Herefordians feel that the Olympics are a long way from
Hereford,' said Jesse, 'but I am determined that Herefordshire
should have its fair share of the celebrations. The Games
will be a great moment of national pride, but they can also
be part of a great celebration for Herefordshire, and they’re
a fantastic opportunity to encourage local young people
why I campaigned successfully last year for the Olympic
Torch to visit Hereford and that’s why I am lobbying LOCOG
to erect a big screen here this summer. Our county is home
to the UK Blind Football team: we’re doing our bit to support
the Olympics, and it’s important that LOCOG does its bit
to support Herefordshire.'
TO BUDGET FOR 2ND FREEZE IN COUNCIL TAX
A budget which includes extra cash to pay for services for
older people and means council tax levels will remain frozen
for the second year has been approved by Herefordshire Council.
At the meeting of council on Friday, 3rd February, councillors
agreed that the authority should take advantage of a one-off
£2.16 million government grant offered to councils willing
to freeze council tax in 2012/13.
is good news for local people,' said Councillor John Jarvis,
leader of the council. 'We know that many families in the
county are struggling to make ends meet and, just like them,
we're having to reduce our spending and work better to continue
to provide the quality services people in the county expect
members heard that, by using the government grant wisely,
the authority will be able to secure savings year on year.
The agreed budged includes an extra £1.4 million from central
government be put into the adult service budget for the
next financial year, which will be in addition to £2.2 million
from the NHS to support care activity. However the scale
of the challenge arising from the government's deficit reduction
programme means that all parts of the council will make
a contribution to meeting the savings requirement.
of the council heard that during the last two years Herefordshire
Council has made in excess of £20m of savings to stay within
the government's funding requirements and ensured that council
tax levels stay at 2009/10 levels for the second consecutive
year. The budget also reflects the role economic regeneration
can play in supporting Herefordshire's economy through a
capital programme that includes funding for key infrastructure
projects. This includes the commitment to explore funding
options for the £27 million Hereford link road which will
help bring 1,400 gross new jobs and around 800 much needed
homes to the city. The
link road, which will run from the bottom of Aylestone Hill
and across to Edgar Street, is a key element of the major
regeneration of the city centre which includes bringing
a Debenhams store a multi-screen cinema to the old cattle
market site. In partnership with Sanctuary Group, it will
also include the creation of new city centre housing which
will include an element of affordable housing. The overall
cost of the scheme will be established in 2012.
decision provides funding certainty and also allows us to
go out and find alternative funding for the link road -
including seeking appropriate contributions from developers.
The road will provide access to this massively important
project which will bring jobs, homes and retail facilities
to the city centre. It's key to unlocking economic vitality
in Hereford - and we all know that a healthy economy in
the city will boost a healthy county economy. This is what
the council is committed to,' added Councillor Jarvis.
Garrick House multi-storey car park has been repaired and
maintained since it was built 27 years ago, £1 million has
been earmarked for major improvements, including new lifts
and lighting, to ensure it remains fit for purpose in the
coming years. The ambitious Borders Broadband project -
a partnership between Herefordshire and Gloucestershire
to improve the broadband network in the counties to create
opportunities for businesses, households and communities
- is also to receive £6 million which will match government
money allocated to the county.
final decision to freeze council tax at the current level
will be taken when council meets in early March.
DELIGHTED AT PLANS FOR 4G MOBILE COVERAGE.
South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman has expressed his delight
that OFCOM, the telecoms regulator, have agreed to increase
the legal coverage requirement for next generation (4G)
mobile phone services, from 95% to 98% of the UK population.
launched his Wireless Herefordshire campaign in 2008, and
has long pushed for better mobile coverage across the county.
He said, 'This is fantastic news for Herefordshire. I’m
delighted that OFCOM now recognizes the vital importance
that mobile phone coverage has for rural communities like
ours in Herefordshire, and that they’re taking a tougher
stand with the mobile phone operators.
winning superfast broadband and the Enterprise Zone, 4G
coverage will be another important step towards a more prosperous
and successful Herefordshire. But the battle is not over
yet. I will continue to push OFCOM to put the 98% requirement
in other licences so that we can have more competition and
better service across our county.'
CREW NEEDED FOR HEREFORDSHIRES DIAMOND DAY TROW
Wye Trow being built to represent Herefordshire in a pageant
on the Thames to mark HM Queen's Diamond Jubilee is taking
shape. For the first time in around 200 years, skills used
to construct the trows which hauled goods along the River
Wye are being rediscovered in Nielsen's boatyard at Gloucester
Docks. On Sunday, 3rd June, The Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire,
Lady Darnley, will be on board the trow when it joins 1,000
other water craft for what will be the biggest pageant of
boats and ships the River Thames has seen for many centuries.
The spectacular pageant will be one of the highlights of
an extended Bank Holiday weekend in June during which beacons
will be lit and thousands of Big Lunches will take place
up and down the country.
see how the trow is progressing, Lady Darnley visited the
boatyard in Gloucester and heard that the unique construction
of the vessel meant skills not seen for two centuries were
being called on. The trow has a clinker bow, stern and sides
(the timber panels overlap) with a carvel bottom (the timber
panels butt up to each other) - ideally suited to the Wye
with stretches of deep water, but gentle banks on which
the trows would be gently grounded to load and unload. The
skeleton of the craft is now complete and work has begun
to add the planking for the sides which involves steaming
the timber - sourced in Herefordshire - to fit its unique
shape. To ensure the trow is an accurate reconstruction
of an original Wye Trow, the plans being followed were drawn
up after careful measurements were taken of the remains
of a Wye Trow which had been uncovered at Lydney.
is very exciting, in particular being able to see the shape
and scale of the trow for the first time is very special,'
said Lady Darnley after visiting Gloucester Docks. 'June
3rd is going to be a unique day and I'll be proud to represent
Herefordshire aboard a watercraft which genuinely represents
course, any vessel of this size needs a crew, so the search
is on to find eight oarsmen and women for the occasion.
The Wye Trow will carry a complement of 14 people, including
the oarsmen/women, who will row the craft from fixed seat
positions using 15ft oars. It is expected that they will
be dressed in period costume and the distance rowed is likely
to be between 11-15 kilometres (which will take between
1½ and 2 hours). The Wye Trow project team is looking for
athletes from Herefordshire to put their names forward for
selection into a team of rowers to train for and take part
in this historic event.
squad of 16 oarsmen and women will be selected from the
volunteers to attend trials and crew training on the Sharpness
Canal in Gloucester in April and May. From this squad, eight
will be chosen to row the Wye Trow at the Pageant. However,
all 16 members of the squad will be invited to be in attendance
with the Wye Trow on Diamond Day, Wednesday, 11th July in
Hereford on the King George V playing fields. The basic
requirements for the crew are that they must
be aged 16 or over and must be an experienced rower. (Fixed
seat rowing experience is an advantage but not essential..
They must have a good reach and flexibility and be at an
excellent level of fitness. Applicants must be available
for crew training (likely to be in the first two weeks of
April and the second week in May) and the Pageant weekend
of 31st May to 4th June.
are invited to write to the Wye Trow rowing director summarising
how they meet each of the basic requirements and adding
briefly any other information they wish. The address to
write to is: Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Coughton House, Coughton,
Ross-on-Wye HR9 5SF or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date for applications is Monday, 27th February.
Lady Darnley inspects the Trow with Tommi Neilsen.
The Wye Trow under construction at Neilsen's boatyard in Gloucester
YOUTH SERVICES COME UNDER SPOTLIGHT
The way youth services are provided comes under the spotlight
this month as Herefordshire Council launches a consultation
on the future of the county's youth services. At the moment,
the council works from eight youth centres across the county,
an outdoor education centre based in Hereford and also provides
targeted youth support to young vulnerable people. About
a quarter of the county's 13-19 year olds use one of these
services or clubs. The majority of young people access clubs
and groups delivered by other organizations including young
farmers, voluntary youth groups, schools and churches. Some
simply do not access youth services at all.
to budget pressures, the council needs to explore a range
of options for the future. This involves doing things differently
by considering a package of changes in line with recommendations
approved by the council's cabinet earlier this year. These
recommendations were to prioritise services for the most
vulnerable young people in the county, encourage positive
activities for young people through promoting more community
involvement and consider transforming outdoor education
services into a self-financing business. As a result, the
council has published a consultative document explaining
the challenge being faced and asking for the views of young
people, and other interested parties including adults and
carers, providers and agencies working with young people.
Patricia Morgan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing
said, 'We are consulting on the principles presented in
the Youth Review and need to keep our options open until
we have gathered the views of young people. To keep things
as they are is not feasible. Like our neighbouring authorities
in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire we need to explore
how we can do things differently to make sure that the cash
we have available is being spent well and targeted in the
right places. We
are very keen to hear what young people would like their
services to look like and are particularly interesting in
receiving feedback from those who don't use council youth
services at the moment.'
deadline for responses is 20 April 2012. Findings will be
published on the council's web site and recommendations
made to the council's cabinet when it meets in June.
IS NOT TO LATE TO VACCINATE.
NHS Herefordshire is warning that as the cold weather arrives
the level of flu like illness could increase, those at risk
of getting serious complications from flu may be more vulnerable
if they haven't yet had the flu jab. The recent mild weather
has meant that flu cases this year have been relatively
low to date. However, there are warnings that there could
be a surge in cases, similar to last winter, leaving those
who should have been vaccinated at greater risk.
winter the free flu jab is offered to people in 'at risk'
groups. These include everyone aged 65 and over, children
and adults under 65 with certain medical conditions and
all pregnant women. But, whilst the majority of older people
in Herefordshire have now received their flu vaccine, there
are still some under 65s with long term conditions, such
as heart or breathing problems, and pregnant women who have
yet to have theirs. The vaccine takes around 10 days to
start working, so the sooner people have it, the quicker
they'll be protected.
Mahmood, consultant in public health medicine said, 'Flu
is much more serious than getting a cold, and the effects
of seasonal flu are often underestimated. Some people are
more at risk from flu and need the vaccine because they
are not able to fight off flu as easily as others. Only
around 30 percent of pregnant women and 55 percent of under
65 year olds at risk have had the vaccine to date. Yet for
these people, flu can often result in more serious complications
which require hospital treatment. It can even be fatal in
some cases. Flu can be prevented by having the vaccine,
which is provided free at GP surgeries across the county
for those people most at risk.'
you think you may be eligible for the free flu jab, call
your GP surgery now to check and to book an appointment.
For more information on the flu vaccine, go to http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/winterhealth/pages/fluandthefluvaccine.aspx
JESSE HONOURED TO OPEN ARTS SPACE AT COLLEGE
MP Jesse Norman was 'honoured' to open the new Arts Space
last week at Hereford College of Arts. The new building
was host to a throng of students, supporters and other local
people as it celebrated its formal opening. Jesse paid tribute
to the architects, to the College's staff, governors and
students, and to its principal, Richard Heatly.
afterwards, Jesse said, 'This is a stunning addition to
the College of Arts, and to Herefordshire's public spaces.
It perfectly illustrates that great design does not require
huge external funding or grand committees, and it really
sets the standard for future building in the city and around
Jesse Norman at the opening of the new arts space at Hereford Colege