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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 130 - 17th January 2007
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Specialisms For JKHS
Kyrle High School has been invited to take on Modern Foreign
Language and Vocational specialisms to complement its role
as a Technology College.
decision by the DfES has arisen because of John Kyrle's
performance over the past four years which has led to its
designation as a High Performing Specialist School.
. . .
Nigel Griffiths, said he was delighted with the news and
felt the exciting opportunities the specialisms would bring
would launch the school into the next phase of its development.
new status will lead to a substantial cash injection into
the school and will allow the school to further develop
its close relationships with feeder primary schools, partner
secondary schools and colleges, local businesses and universities.
Griffiths said that the school will, in effect, be offering
a GCSE Baccalaureate qualification to the majority of its
students, all of whom will have an entitlement to study
up to three modern languages as well as having input from
and visits to business, industry and Higher Education Institutions.
These will complement additional areas of study, including
artistic, technological, mathematical, scientific, social,
ethical and sporting, all of which will be delivered using
high-quality ICT facilities as part of the school's Technology
Kyrle is the only school in Herefordshire and one of only
a small number in the country to obtain this new status
of multi-specialisms. The letter from the DfES informing
the school of the new status said, '….. on behalf of the
Specialist Schools Designation Team, we would like to congratulate
you and the school on this significant achievement and send
our good wishes for success in the years ahead'.
and Sceptre - Winners of the Coin Mountain Challenge
the Christmas period a 'Coin Mountain' challenge was set
between the pubs in Ross-on-Wye to see which pub could raise
the most money for Child Line. A total of £848.62
was raised locally. The Challenge winners were Sarah Dean
and her team from the Crown and Sceptre, who managed an
amazing £332.50, producing a coin mountain over 54.7
metres tall, equivalent to the height of 12 double decker
two runners up were Mike Winter and his team at the Hostelry,
Goodrich, who raised £196.87 and Andy Gooding and
his team at Charlie's Bar, who raised £103.98.
teams taking part in the contest were from the Millrace,
Inn on the Wye, Kerne Bridge, the Red Lion, Peterstow,
the Travellers Rest, the Eagle, the Drop Inn, Connolly's,
Head, the Hope & Anchor, the Riverside
Inn and the Man of Ross.
below are the winning team from the Crown and Sceptre, Mark
and Abigail Frankland, Sharon Sparrow, Frances McClure and
Cold Calling in Gorsley
near Ross-on-Wye has just become the first No Cold Calling
Zone in Herefordshire and one of the first in the West Midlands
in a joint campaign by trading standards and the police
to protect residents from rogue traders and distraction
campaign was officially launched on Thursday, 11th January
and in the photograph below at the launch are: Mike Pigrem,
Ralph Hale - Nation Wide Co-ordinator, Richard Smith of
Gorsley Neighbourhood watch, Councillor Phil Edwards, cabinet
member for the Environment, which includes Trading Standards,
PC Wendy Powell, Tereza Atyeo from Trading Standards and
Councillor Harry Bramer who is the Local Member for Weston-under-Penyard
which covers Gorsley.
. . .
burglaries involve criminals, often called bogus callers,
distracting or tricking individuals into letting them access
their property. Rogue traders call unsolicited and carry
out shoddy work for which they charge extortionate amounts
of money. On occasions they are known to take their victims
to the bank for cash payment which may amount to several
thousands of pounds.
Trading Standards Institute launched the 'No Cold Calling'
initiative in 2005 after research showed that cold callers
were a major concern to people. No Cold Calling zones have
increasingly been set up in the country with encouraging
feedback from these areas reporting reductions in cold callers,
doorstep crime and the fear of crime.
up such a zone is a warning to cold callers to stay away.
Notices to this effect are displayed in the area and they
have proved to be effective in deterring potential cold
callers. To help local residents deal with persistent callers
the trading standards service is providing them with information
packs as well as Notice to Callers display cards with the
telephone numbers of the police and trading standards on
village of Gorsley consists of some 360 households and consultation
through Neighbourhood Watch has indicated strong support
for the 'No Cold Calling Zone' scheme. Councillor Phil Edwards,
cabinet member for the environment, said: 'Rogue trading
and distraction burglary can affect all members of society
but particularly those who are vulnerable. The people who
undertake such activities are totally heartless in the methods
they employ and have no regard for the suffering or distress
that they may cause. I see this initiative as an effective
means of working in partnership to protect our community
and enhance their quality of life.'
The No Cold Calling Zone has the backing of West Mercia
Constabulary as part of its 'Knock, Knock' campaign, which
aims to make it much harder for distraction burglars to
Charles Naylor, Crime Risk Manager for Herefordshire said,
''No Cold Calling Zones have proved effective elsewhere
in the country and it is hoped that the Gorsley scheme will
prove an equally effective deterrent to criminals. Residents
across the county should always be cautious when they receive
unexpected callers and must never invite someone into their
home until they are satisfied they are who they say they
are. Keep the door on the chain and ask to see an identification
card.' PC Naylor added, 'Check the identification card carefully
and call the company the caller claims to be from to ensure
they are genuine. Reputable callers will always be happy
to make an appointment for another time when a friend or
relative can be with you.
a tradesman turns up on the doorstep offering to do work,
don't hand over payment until you are satisfied it has been
done properly. Always get several quotations from reputable
companies and ask your friends and family for recommendations.
Do not take the caller's word for it that the work needs
doing without checking first.
you are at all in doubt, keep the cold-caller out and call
the police to report the incident.'
Gorsley No Cold Calling Zone was set up by the trading standards
service in partnership with the police, Consumer Direct,
Neighbourhood Watch and BT, whose grant covered all costs
involved. Anyone wishing to set up a 'No Cold Calling Zone'
should contact Tereza Atyeo on 01432 383229. Information
about the 'Knock, Knock' campaign and advice on how you
can make yourself less vulnerable to criminals is available
on the West Mercia Constabulary website at www.westmercia.police.uk
people of Upton Bishop have put together a series of quality
and fun music events, under the heading "John-the-Baptist
Appeal Music" (JAM), in order to raise money to save Upton
Bishop's church tower.
formats have been designed to appeal to the widest possible
range of tastes and include a "Midsummer Music Madness"
of recitals, music making and talent shows; a Messiah Workshop
and formal concerts.
first event is a major launch concert in Hereford Cathedral,
with the proceeds to be shared with Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Oxford New Orchestra will be conducted by rising star
Hugh Brunt and famous English tenor Adrian Thompson will
concert programme includes works by Vaughan Williams and
Elgar and the Finzi Clarinet Concerto, which was first performed
at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in 1949.
concert begins at 7:30 pm and tickets are available from
the Cathedral Shop, through Macmillan or they may be ordered
on 01989 780321. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I found it amusing the first two dozen or so times but the
next person who asks me if I would like to buy a Sat Nav
might find themselves having to have one surgically removed!
did replace the device which was taken as I use it a lot
when finding photo locations. I managed to pick a replacement
up in the January Sales whilst in Cheltenham on Tuesday
but it's not as good as the original. If you are thinking
of getting one in the future, my advice from experience
is, go for Garmin. The talking directions on my original
seemed somehow, more polite and the device itself was much
more accurate and easier to programme than its replacement
- which I have already nearly thrown through the car window
a couple of times in frustration. (I shall not mention what
make the new one is, in case somebody bought you that particular
model for Christmas.)
Black and White Stripes - Just Good Music!
case it has escaped your attention in the past, I thought
I would just mention that the Zebras are my favourite local
rock band and point out some future events at which they
will be the main attraction. Actually, you could probably
read the poster below in two ways. One: as their gig list
and two: as the Wyenot News Beer Drinking Schedule for the
first quarter of 2007.
Ross Rowing Club event is billed as a 'Valentine's Dance'
but it is free to get in and all are welcome. It would be
great to see you there.
Zebras will be performing elsewhere as well on different
dates and information about these events will be published
on the What's
On page of Wyenot News. The band have just been
confirmed as the headline act on the Sunday of the White
Lion Real Ale and Cider Festival, which is due to take place
between Friday, 22nd and Sunday 24th June. Otters in the
river, Zebras in the garden. What a great way to spend the
midsummer weekend! More info to follow later - keep an eye
on the What's
click the poster below to print and send or to email it
to a friend. Click
here for a full size printable version.
Lions Support Marches Family Network
Lions, Gordon Lucas and Bernard Fowkes were recently delighted
to meet up with four young ladies from the Marches Family
Network. Claire Bufton, Carol Holloway, Debbie Morgan and
Emma Bufton were in town for a specific purpose. They visit
Ross-on-Wye once every month, coming from Ludlow and Leominster
to look after up to twelve young people with special needs.
Claire Bufton from Leominster, told Bernard that not only
do they look after the children with special needs but also
their siblings, where necessary. This gives their carers
the chance of days respite. They
meet at the Ryefield Centre and the team provide craft activities
and toys for the children to play with on the second Saturday
of each month between 10.00 am and 3:00 pm
Lions were there to make a presentation of £240 to the Marches
Family Network for the purchase of equipment. Gordon told
these dedicated young women, on handing over the cheque,
that it gave him and the Lions club great pleasure to support
such a worthy cause. It was also a delight to meet all the
young children, who were lovely and such a happy lot. Claire
responded with heartfelt thanks saying the group depended
on supporters like the Lions in order to carry out their
Marches Family Network are looking for a few volunteers
in the Ross area. If you are interested in doing something
for your community and ready to give up one Saturday a month,
why not give Alison Lamb the project manager a ring on 01568
614908 and have a chat with her?
Smoking begins at the New Inn
less than one week to go, Nigel Maud and his team at The
New Inn are preparing to make the pub a no smoking
establishment from 16th January 2007. 'This is something
that we felt should be done early as the food business here
is good,' said Nigel. 'We in fact asked all the locals to
choose a date for Charity. The date pulled out of the hat
was 16th January and we raised £180, so we have had good
support in making this decision.'
a thank you to customers the New Inn held a Final Night
Smoking Party on Monday, 15th with a free buffet, free beer
for locals and the odd cigar being given out to smokers.
the next couple of months, The Mauds will be spending £20,000
to improve facilities in the garden. This will include a
shelter for diners and smokers. The couple hope that they
have planned for the ban well enough to maintain the current
trade. The New Inn is open all day for food and drink.
is a lot of speculation in the trade press and emotions
are running very high with publicans believing that a smoking
ban will decimate the industry.' Said Nigel. 'I believe
that there will be an impact but as long as it is planned
for now and not the day before, most pubs with even the
smallest piece of land should survive. I would not however
want to operate a pub with no land such as in the town centres,
and the council is going to have to work very closely with
these business to ensure they have a fighting chance when
the ban comes in.'
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