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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 159 - Wednesday, 8th August 2007
This week's 'Tina Dancing' photo was taken as she danced
to the sound of the Zebras at the Yew Tree, Longhope. The
Yew Tree is a nice, friendly place - first time in many,
many years I have been there. The acoustics in the building
are really good and the Zebras sounded great!
did not get there until late but we both enjoyed the evening.
Carnival Prize Bingo at The Prince of Wales
There were lots of events taking place in Ross leading up
to Carnival Day. One of them was a fun prize bingo might
which was held at The Prince of Wales on Wednesday, 1st
August. Lots of prizes were played for, raising funds for
the carnival and a good time was had by all.
Couple assaulted in Gloucester Road
Police are appealing for information about an assault on
a man and woman in Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye. The incident
took place at around 1:00 am on Monday, 30th July as the
man and woman walked through the town centre.
man is thought to have been set upon by another unknown
male and when the woman went to intervene she was pushed
to the floor. The attacker then got into what is believed
to have been a silver-coloured Mercedes with three other
males and drove away.
incident was reported to police, who took both victims to
hospital for treatment for their injuries. The male victim
was detained overnight for treatment to a head injury. Neither
victim has any further recollection of the incident, although
it is believed there may have been a number of people in
the general area at the time.
with information about the assault is asked to contact PC
Dee Flowers at Ross-on-Wye Police Station.
No need to rush to the opticians to get your eyes tested.
These are the Willis twins. The 80 years young twins enjoy
confusing people and on Sunday, once again, they tricked
me into thinking I was acknowledging regular customer Harry
as my next customer when in fact, I was addressing his visiting
brother, Eddie. 'You really are naughty, you two!' I playfully
scolded them. 'You're always doing this to me'. They eagerly
took their beers into the garden, giggling between themselves
like a couple of schoolboys.
and Eddie had got together at the weekend before embarking
on a mission - to attend a couple of RAF reunion parties.
I just hope that they behave themselves.
Eddie, right and twin Harry enjoy a beer at the White Lion. Ref:
Bream Silver band (pictured below) took the stage for Sunday
afternoon's 'Bands in the Park' this week. With the weather
being nice and sunny, quite a few people went along to watch
Affordable warmth strategy aims to end fuel poverty
Olwyn Barnett, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for social
care adults and health, and Peter Massey from National Energy
Action at the launch of the Affordable Warmth Strategy.
Council celebrated the completion of the Affordable Warmth
Strategy on Tuesday, 31st July,with its launch at the Shire
Hall in Hereford. The strategy has been developed over the
last year with expert guidance from the national fuel poverty
charity, National Energy Action and after considerable consultation
from a wide range of partners, many of whom were able to
attend the launch event.
involved have included Herefordshire Council's private sector
housing, welfare rights, social services, sustainability
unit and enabling team. There has also been vital involvement
from numerous external organizations including energy suppliers,
Warm Front, the local Energy Efficiency Advice Centre, the
Pension Service, the Primary Care Trust, Age Concern, Citizens
Advice Bureau, housing associations and installers.
Olwyn Barnett, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
social care adults and health, said, 'We are committed to
improving access to affordable warmth for all county residents
and this strategy will take us in the right direction. As
the county's population gets older and more people are relying
on pensions as their only income, we need to make sure everyone
can afford to keep their homes warm and stay healthier.
a council, we can encourage, help and assist people to receive
the benefits they are entitled to'.
Peter Massey of National Energy Action, said, 'In Herefordshire
alone, 100 people die of the cold every year and our main
role is to raise awareness of fuel poverty and act as a
catalyst for action among our partner agencies.'
aim of the strategy is to reduce the level of fuel poverty
in Herefordshire. A fuel poor household is one that cannot
afford to keep adequately warm at reasonable cost. Many
of these households often face the difficult choice of either
paying for sufficient fuel to keep warm or paying for other
basic necessities. It is estimated there are 8,450 homes
(10.7 per cent) in fuel poverty in Herefordshire.
highest rate of fuel poverty is found in the privately rented
sector where 17.3 per cent of homes are in fuel poverty.
In Herefordshire, fuel poverty is found in 4,290 households
(16.9 per cent) where some form of benefit is received.
The affordable warmth strategy and action plan it contains
will help by bringing agencies together to promote energy
efficiency grants, to give advice on cutting fuel bills
and saving energy and to help residents gain access to benefits.
Affordable warmth strategy aims to end fuel poverty.
is intended that this strategy, when linked to other local
initiatives, will play an important role in reducing health
and debt problems associated with living in cold, energy
inefficient homes, and at the same time achieving comfort
and energy savings for low-income households throughout
the county. From an environmental perspective, more efficient
use of fuel, from improved energy efficiency, reduces the
emissions produced from burning fossil fuels. This, in turn,
helps to mitigate the impact of climate change. The
main aim is to end fuel poverty for vulnerable households
by 2010 and by, 2016, it is hoped no person should have
to live in fuel poverty.
Council, working with partner agencies, can help those in
fuel poverty make their homes more energy efficient by offering
grants to provide insulation and towards installing better
heating systems, both of which will cut fuel bills. These
Energy Efficiency Scheme (SEES) providing a grant of up
to £500 for insulation measures and heating controls to
be installed in the home.
Council promotes the government's Warm Front grant scheme,
telephone 0800 3162814.
Council, is also a member of the West Midlands Fuel Poverty
forum, where ideas are shared and developed to promote
addition to grant schemes affordable warmth is promoted
through the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (EEAC) service.
Herefordshire Council has a service level agreement with
the local EEAC where households can telephone 0800 512012
for free impartial energy and grant advice.
who would like to know more about these initiatives should
contact Herefordshire Council's Home Energy Conservation
Officer Harry Fitch on 01432 261887 or the Energy Efficiency
Administrator, on 01432 260398.
Sought for Bishopswood Motorcycle Accident
are appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a pick-up
truck and a motorcycle which left the bike rider with serious
collision happened at around 1.48pm on Sunday, 5th August
on the B4234 at Bishopswood, near Ross-on-Wye.
silver Aprilia 250cc motorcycle and a yellow Vauxhall Brava
pickup collided close to the Post Office in the village.
The 17 year old male rider of the motorcycle struck a wall
as a result of the collision and was left with serious head
and hand injuries. The male pickup driver was uninjured.
The motorcycle rider was taken by ambulance to Hereford
County Hospital for treatment to his injuries which are
understood to be non life-threatening.
Constabulary Officers and the Gloucestershire Ambulance
Service both assisted West Mercia officers at the scene.
Both vehicles were travelling north at the time of the collision
and were left with extensive damage.
want to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision or
saw either vehicle on the B4234 beforehand. They are asked
to contact PC Rich Davis at the Hereford Roads Policing
Unit on 08457 444888.
Weather Station Readings
Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts
and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important
stations around the country which regularly sends data to
the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes
mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still
a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice
per day by husband and wife team, June
and Rex Swallow.
for week commencing Monday, 30th July 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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