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No. 157 - Wednesday, 25th July 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Cheers for 100th archaeology historic landscape walk
Council's archaeology service celebrated its 100th historic
landscape walk at Much Marcle, with guests enjoying a glass
of cider or apple juice thanks to hosts Weston's Cider.
The walks, which take place all over the county, have been
held continuously on a monthly basis for the past nine years,
even during the foot and mouth crisis.
primarily by Tim Hoverd, Herefordshire Council's archaeological
projects officer, the walks have taken place at weekends,
evenings and their more usual weekday afternoon slots, and
most of them have been blessed with good weather.
first for the 100th event was a choice for walkers of two
different walks, one around the village of Much Marcle and
the other around an old mill in the area. Around 40 walkers,
all of whom have taken part in the monthly historic landscape
walks before, turned up for the special celebration.
Frank Cook, speaking on their behalf, said: 'We are proud
of what Herefordshire's archaeology service does and these
walks are an excellent way for us all to learn more about
the county's heritage.'
Keith Ray MBE, county archaeologist, paid tribute to Tim
Hoverd for leading and organizing the majority of the popular
walks. He said: 'The purpose of the walks is for them to
be a direct window on our current view of the landscape
and how it has evolved. We deliberately chose not to go
to areas because they have particular features, but instead
to explore places we do not know so much about.'
Hainge, Herefordshire Council's director for the environment,
said the 100th walk was a considerable milestone and one
for the service to be proud of. He added: 'Archaeology has
been very much in the news in Herefordshire over recent
weeks and, wherever people stand over the pros and cons,
I feel it is important we are debating the subject as it
is so important to the county's appeal.'
to the future, Tim Hoverd said he was looking forward to
the next milestone of 150 walks. 'If we can deal with foot
and mouth, we can deal with anything,' he added.
more details about future historic landscape walks contact
Jacky Denovan on 01432 260470.
Don't let your compost go slimy this summer
Herefordshire Council wants to remind residents that help
is at hand to ensure they can make excellent compost and
that they don't give up if things go wrong.
common complaint is that compost bins have become a slimy
smelly mess. During the summer months extra grass cuttings
go into the compost bin which can be problematic when added
in one go. If people add too many grass cuttings to the
bin it will become a slimy smelly mess because there is
no air available. This is a common mistake and can be easily
order to solve this problem people need to add more browns
(carbon rich, tougher materials) such as scrunched up cardboard,
some leaves reserved from the autumn months, shredded woody
waste, egg boxes, toilet roll tubes and tea bags. These
will add structure to your compost bin and thus add air
to the mixture, enabling the composting process to work
Preece, Herefordshire Council's recycling officer, said:
'Sometimes people experience problems with their composting,
especially when they are new to it. I'd like to remind people
that help and advice is available if required and often
there is a simple solution available to solve common composting
bins are available from as little as £8, if ordered online
from www.recyclenow.org.uk/compost. To order over the phone
call 0845 077 0757. For more advice on home composting visit
the website www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk or call the
Mission Impossible hotline on 01905 766883.
Harriet receives her prize from Jeremy Howell-Thomas of Worcestershire
year old Harriet Williams from Kington knew her parents
were planning to have a new kitchen installed, so when she
saw a competition to win a food waste disposer at Herefordshire
Council's stand at the Three Counties Show, she couldn't
resist the chance to enter. Luckily for Harriet, hers was
a winning entry, and now her family has one of the biggest
names in food waste disposers, an InSinkErator, ready to
install in their new kitchen.
win the prize, Harriet correctly answered the quiz on what
items of kitchen waste can be put into a food waste disposer.
She correctly ticked potato peelings, egg shells, fish scraps,
cooked food leftovers and chicken bones, which won her the
a food waste disposer in the kitchen means Harriet's family
won't need to empty their kitchen bin so frequently, thanks
to the food waste they'll be able to put down the sink.
mum, Sally, said: 'We compost as much of our waste as we
can but there are things like fish bones and cooked food
leftovers which we don't put in the compost. This is why
I think Harriet's food waste disposer will be so convenient.
We didn't really know much about food waste disposers before
but now I know that once the bits and pieces have been ground
into small particles, they go into the waste water system
and into our septic tank.
am told that for people on mains drainage, the wastewater
treatment works use it to make bio-gas which they use to
generate to electricity. Waste disposers are a fantastic
way of recycling waste food that can't be used for compost,'
residents can claim up to £80 cashback from the council
towards the cost of a food waste disposer under the 'Sink
Your Waste' scheme. At the moment Herefordshire Council
and Worcestershire County Council are the only two councils
in the UK promoting this waste reduction measure and they
are encouraging other councils to do the same, in order
to minimize the amount of food waste sent to landfill sites.
make a claim, people can ring 01905 766 883 or download
a claim form at www.sinkyourwaste.com Caption: Harriet Williams
from Kington being presented with her prize by Jeremy Howell-Thomas
of Worcestershire County Council who encourages residents
to install food waste disposers in their kitchens.
Dogs reunited - New Internet service launched
Herefordshire Council's dog warden service has launched
a new internet based service to help reunite lost dogs they
have collected with their owners. The council's dog wardens
will now be taking photographs of all the stray dogs they
find and these will then be posted on the council's website
together with some basic details about where the animals
who has lost a dog can log onto the website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk
to see if their dog has been found. Even out of normal council
working hours, they can see their dog's photograph and be
reassured that the dog is being well cared for.
link to the photographs of current stray dogs can be found
in the Spotlights box on the front page of the website www.herefordshire.gov.uk
The web page also contains contact details for people to
get in touch with the dog wardens and be reunited with their
Council charges fees for any stray dogs it keeps in kennels
and the cost of these is also explained on the website.
Councillor John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet
member for the environment and strategic housing, said:
'As more and more people log onto the Internet on a daily
basis, it seemed a good idea for us to embrace the technology
for the benefit of the public and to help reunite lost dogs
with their owners. If this service can give peace of mind
to just one dog owner, then it is well worth setting up
the service and it may prove particularly helpful where
dogs have been lost while their owners were on holiday in
Higgins, Herefordshire Council's animal health and welfare
manager, said: 'It is a legal requirement for owners to
ensure their dog is identified with a disc or engraved tag
on the collar but many of the stray dogs we find do not
have this. It would be even better if every owner had their
dog microchipped as this is a permanent form of marking
which will help us to reunite the dogs with their owners
more quickly. The quicker we reunite the dog with its owner,
the better, not just for the dog but also the owner's pocket
as the fees charged for kennels are calculated on a daily
Stray Dogs web page also includes a link to the Hereford
and Worcester Animal Rescue website where anyone interested
in offering a good home to an abandoned dog can find out
Master composters celebrate 1,000 hours of advice
Herefordshire Master Composter, Sarah Blenkinsop mans a stand at
a local event.
Master Composters have notched up 1,000 hours in promoting
home composting throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Council and Worcestershire County Council, in association
with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and
the national charity for organic growing, Garden Organic,
set up the voluntary scheme to promote home composting.
take part in a number of promotional activities, some of
which include attending events, making school visits, giving
composting demonstrations and generally spreading the composting
message in their local communities.
Herefordshire Master Composter, Sarah Blenkinsop said: 'I
have spoken to lots of people at the Three Counties Show
and National Trust events and told them about the wonders
of compost. I've also helped my local primary school so
that all of the children know what they can compost, how
to compost and what to do once they have made compost and
this week we have harvested the vegetables which we have
grown with the compost made at school. She
added: 'It's surprising how interested most people are about
composting and what a good conversation starter it is. Everyone
always has comments and tips to give you.'
top tip is to compost your till receipts and bank statements
to prevent identity fraud.
Rotherwas Ribbon Visits Postponed
The recent adverse weather conditions resulted in Herefordshire
Council having to cancel yesterday afternoon's planned visits
to the Rotherwas Ribbon.
1,000 people have so far visited the site of the Bronze
Age pathway of cracked stones that were discovered during
an archaeological investigation prior to the construction
of the Rotherwas access road.
is not possible to go onto the site at the moment for fear
of causing damage to the archaeological find. The council
is contacting as many people as possible who had booked
for a visit for yesterday afternoon, with a view to offering
them a chance to see the Rotherwas Ribbon at a later date
when the site has fully dried out.
success for Nappaccino
launch of Hereford's Nappaccino Mornings at the new venue
of The Courtyard Café proved a great success with lots of
parents-to-be, mums, dads and even a granddad popping in
to see all the new styles of real nappies.
Gundy of Herefordshire Council's Early Years Development
and Childcare Partnership also supported the scheme and
is hoping to attend future Nappaccino Mornings and spread
the word about modern funky real nappies and the new Real
Nappy Incentive Scheme.
mornings will take place on the third Monday of the month
except during the month of August, when The Courtyard is
closed. The next Nappaccino Morning is being held on 17th
September from 10am until noon and anyone interested is
welcome to attend.
Council in conjunction with Worcestershire County Council
is giving parents and guardians even more of a reason to
use real nappies by offering a new Real Nappy Incentive
Scheme that tackles the bottom line. Cathy Hines, project
assistant, said: 'It was wonderful to see so many people
at our new venue which is more centrally placed and has
better car parking facilities. The mornings aim to encourage
parents to use real nappies and are generally cheaper than
disposables and reduce the amount of waste being sent to
landfill. Disposable nappies can take 500 years to decompose.
average spend on disposables can be as much as £922.74 per
child over two and a half years whereas real nappies can
be used again and again'.
Real Nappy Incentive Scheme gives parents the chance to
either receive £30 cash back when they buy £50 worth, or
more, of real nappies, excluding accessories. Alternatively,
they can claim a free pack of 'pre fold' nappies, worth
around £15 from Green Nappies, a social enterprise based
take advantage of the scheme parents must be a resident
of Herefordshire or Worcestershire and can only take advantage
of one scheme per baby. Application forms to take part in
the incentive scheme can be obtained from Nappaccino Mornings,
nappy events or the Mission Impossible team.
more information on real cloth nappies, Nappaccino dates
and the Real Nappy Incentive Scheme visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk
or call 01905 766883.
Herefordshire Council's GEM Status Ratified
Herefordshire Council continues to improve its environmental
performance and last week a team of independent environmental
auditors carried out a surveillance visit on the council's
GEM system. They were happy to ratify the council's certification
under the international environmental standard ISO 14001.
intention of ISO 14001, the most well known environmental
standard in the world, is to provide a framework for organizations
to improve their environmental performance and then test
them on their commitments. The council manages its environmental
impacts through GEM (Good Environmental Management) which
makes sure all of the council's activities are assessed
for their impact on the environment and then managed and
improved wherever possible.
GEM has been operating across the council's administration
departments since 2002 and has now been extended so that
all council services and directorates are included. This
makes Herefordshire the first shire county in the country
with ISO14001 certification for all its services.
under the GEM scheme have already seen offices use recycled
paper and then recycle waste to reduce the amount sent to
landfill. A car sharing scheme, 'twoshare' has also been
implemented as well as schemes to encourage workers to use
public transport and cycling.
council has also launched an energy saving scheme called
MY Energy that encourages staff to switch off lights, computers
and other office appliances when they are not in use, aiming
to reduce the council's energy bills by 10 per cent over
a 12 month period. By
carrying out these measures, Herefordshire Council aims
to protect the environment by saving resources and reducing
pollution, to save money by becoming more efficient and
to provide a lead to others over environmental matters.
John Jarvis, cabinet member for environment and strategic
housing, said: 'Herefordshire Council takes the environment
very seriously and this award shows we are very much leading
by example and carrying out measures to save money as well
as helping to save the planet. I would encourage all of
the county's residents to keep on recycling and take on
board other energy saving tips such as switching off lights
when they are not needed and not leaving appliances on standby,
because if we all work together then we can really make
part of ratifying ISO 4001, independent auditors spent three
days at Herefordshire Council and they visited several sites,
including highways and transportation, Aylestone Country
Park and the relief road, complete with Rotherwas Ribbon.
The auditors also paid considerable attention to the council's
carbon reduction programme with visits to property services,
a look at MY Energy, integrated transport and the LTP and
were given an update on climate change awareness raising.
Auditors were complimentary about the many areas of good
practice they saw and the commitment of Herefordshire Council's
Public Service Trust Consultation Ends 31st July 2007.
The consultation on radical proposals to bring together
how the primary care trust and the council plan and purchase
public services in Herefordshire is drawing to a close.
Tuesday, 31st July 2007 the consultation will end, so people
are being urged to make their views known. Seven public
meetings have taken place across the county to discuss how
the move might improve local services, provide better value
for money for taxpayers and safeguard services in Herefordshire
for people in Herefordshire.
the best way for people to take part is to visit a special
consultation web site, with extra information on the public
service trust proposal, to post your views online.
address is: www.publicservicetrust.info. People can also
obtain a summary or full consultation document by calling
documents have been placed in libraries and info centres
and information forwarded to general practitioners, pharmacists,
dentists and other community health facilities.
Riverside children take healthy living to heart
Children at Riverside Primary School were getting their
hearts into shape last week and learning how to save lives.
Eighty ten and eleven year olds plus three members of staff
learned how to give emergency life support under the national
training involved learning about recovery and resuscitation
techniques including mouth to mouth, calling the emergency
services, dealing with an unconscious patient and helping
resuscitate a patient who has stopped breathing. Everybody
managed to pass their training and will join the 1.4 million
people nation-wide to receive a Heartstart Award.
Heartstart UK is an initiative co-ordinated by the British
Heart Foundation to teach members of the public what to
do in a life threatening emergency: simple skills that can
school was invited to participate and the scheme was so
successful that the school plans to role this training out
to the rest of the school's 7-11 year olds pupils. They
have received a number of adult and baby mannequins from
the British heart Foundation to help the children practice.
a bid to prevent heart problems occurring in the first place
and to extend the theme of looking after our hearts, more
than 120 six and seven year olds took part in a huge hour
long skipping event, while the older children were receiving
their emergency life support training. They skipped and
jumped around a number of different exercise stations for
sixty minutes, exercising their heart muscles and raising
more than £400 for charity at the same time.
Preston, Head teacher, said: 'We're very proud of our children
for taking this training so seriously and managing to achieve
so many awards. The health of our children and their families
is very important to the whole school community so we are
keen to promote healthier lifestyles and make sure children
understand the importance of good diet and physical activity.
only did our key stage one children managed to raise money
for the British Heart Foundation, but they learned about
exercise and looking after their hearts. Thank you to all
of the children and to everyone who sponsored them.'
Floods damage county's schools
Herefordshire schools are embarking on a huge clean up campaign
after this weekend's floods caused some of the worst damage
experienced since 1947.
Council has brought in contractors to repair damage to Almeley,
Bosbury CE, Colwall CE, Ivington CE , Ledbury and Holmer
CE primary schools. The cost of the clean up will be met
by insurers but is expected to reach over £1million.
school in Hereford is one of the worst hit, with damage
to ten classrooms, stores, offices, the main hall, library
and resource areas. Bosbury school has also been badly hit
with damage throughout the whole school to flooring, electrics,
boilers, fixtures and fittings.
Colwall school, classrooms, offices, toilets and stores
have been damaged in the main school building and the mobile
classroom. Ledbury Primary School has ceilings, floors and
fittings damaged in three classrooms and a reception area.
Almeley has a classroom, office and store area to repair
and they have lost some furniture and IT equipment in the
Ivington school, offices, store areas and reception will
need to be repaired, although it could have been much worse
if the school caretaker hadn't moved resources to higher
ground on Friday evening.
the water began to rise on Friday afternoon, the staff at
Holmer school began moving books, equipment, classroom materials
and anything else they could carry to higher ground. At
Ivington, the school didn't begin to flood until the evening
when all the children and staff had gone home, but the school
caretaker worked into the night moving as much as she could
to protect equipment from the rising water.
member for children and young people, Councillor Jenny Hyde,
said: 'The council is working with school staff to clear
out and dry the affected schools so that new flooring can
be laid, equipment replaced and buildings redecorated for
the children's return in September. We are extremely grateful
to all the staff who have worked long and hard over the
last few days to protect school resources and help clear
some of the destruction caused by the flooding. Without
their help, the damage could have been much worse. Their
dedication is admirable, particularly as this has happened
at the beginning of the school holidays.'
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