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No. 162 - Wednesday, 29th August 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Herefordshire Celebrates Best Ever GCSE Results
Herefordshire Council reports that GCSE results across the
county's schools show dramatic improvements in performance,
particularly in English and Mathematics. The
figures still need to be validated, but early indications
show nearly a two per cent improvement on last year's results.
2006 the percentage of those achieving five grade A*-C GCSEs
was 61.8 per cent, which has increased to 63.1 per cent
this year. Those achieving five grade A*-C GCSEs including
English and Maths has increased from 48.2 per cent to 52.5
per cent this year, an increase of almost 5 per cent.
particular, Wyebridge Sports College has seen incredible
results showing a 19 per cent improvement on last year's
figures. All the pupils who took a GCSE achieved a qualification,
45 pupils managed to achieve 10 GCSEs or more, five achieved
14 GCSEs or more, and 99 pupils achieved five or more GCSEs
Roger Phillips, leader of the Herefordshire Council, said,
'This is excellent news. Not only have our children done
well but also the results show that our schools are getting
better and better every year. This is particularly important
as we want our young people to have the best start in life
and be able to make positive career choices. Congratulations
to all the pupils, staff and parents for illustrating once
again that Herefordshire has some of the best schools in
Flavours of Herefordshire Awards on the Menu
Organisers of the annual Flavours of Herefordshire awards
are claiming that the competition for top honours has been
tougher and judging decisions much harder than in any of
the scheme's previous six years. However, the search is
now over and on Friday, 26th October at Hereford Racecourse,
restaurants, inns, tearooms and food producers throughout
the county will be rewarded for their efforts as all of
the prize winners are named from the short-list of candidates
that was published on Wednesday, 22nd August 2007.
event will be the start of the celebration of food and drink
in the county, the annual Flavours of Herefordshire Food
Festival which will take place at Hereford Racecourse during
the weekend of 27th and 28th October.
Flavours of Herefordshire scheme, which recognises the best
use and promotion of local produce, continues to be one
of the most popular competitions of its kind in the Heart
of England and has been recognised for raising the standards
of quality and service throughout the county since its inception
seven years ago.
awards ceremony is now one of the highlights of the county's
calendar, said Herefordshire Council's Cultural Services
Manager, Jane Lewis. 'What we are finding is that year on
year, the entrants are setting higher and higher standards,
therefore making the job of the judges that little bit harder.
As a result of all that, of course, the awards themselves
have genuine meaning and value.
are very grateful to the sponsors of the scheme, who have
supported us for a number of years. These include: Vin Sullivan
foods, Bulmers, Tyrrell's, Quality at Heart, Wye Valley
Life, Heart of England Fine Foods, British Pig Executive,
Herefordshire & Worcester Chamber of Commerce and The Hereford
competition is split into ten separate categories and shortlists
have been drawn up to discover Herefordshire's 2007 'Restaurant
of the Year', 'Tea Room of the Year', 'Pub of the Year',
'Gastro Pub of the Year', 'Flavours of Herefordshire Breakfast
of the Year', 'Shop / Retailer of the Year', 'Producer of
the Year' (large), 'Producer of the Year', (small) and 'Self-Catering
accommodation of the Year'.
an innovative move, two 'Young Chef' categories have also
been introduced during the last two years: 'Young Chefs
Training' and 'Young Chefs in Industry'. Each of the ten
entrants has been asked to come up with a recipe for two
dishes; one main course using Herefordshire pork and two
other seasonal ingredients and a dessert using a minimum
of one local ingredient.
the years, the scheme has also helped to highlight Herefordshire's
reputation for its food and locally sourced menus, both
domestically and overseas. One of the end products of the
awards scheme is the publication of a Flavours of Herefordshire
booklet each October, which lists all of the prize winners
and includes other information for visitors wanting to follow
a food trail around the county.
further details, visit www.visitherefordshire.co.uk.
Council Celebrates 'Sink Your Waste' Milestone
Herefordshire Council is marking a special milestone this
week in its successful 'Sink Your Waste' scheme, which encourages
residents to invest in a food waste disposer.
county, together with Worcestershire County Council, has
now given out more than 1,000 cash back payments to residents
in both of the counties. Both councils are leading the way
in helping residents to deal with the enormous amount of
food waste that ends up in Worcestershire's landfill sites
by offering them up to £80 towards the cost of buying and
installing a food waste disposer.
Howell-Thomas, project development officer for Worcestershire
County Council, said, 'I am delighted so many people have
already chosen to take up this great offer. Food waste disposers
are such a convenient way of dealing with messy food waste
in the kitchen. 1,000 cash back payments means that there
are 1,000 food waste disposers out there chomping away,
diverting tonnes of food waste away from landfill.'
Council is keen for residents to get into the habit of composting
as much of their food waste as possible. However, for things
that can't be easily composted like cooked food, residents
are encouraged to invest in a food waste disposer. Food
waste equivalent to the weight of more than 150 fully loaded
jumbo jet aeroplanes is collected from homes in Herefordshire
and Worcestershire each year. If this waste, which includes
used tea bags and stale sandwiches, gets sent to landfill,
it rots and gives off methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
find out about the Sink Your Waste cash back scheme, call
01905 766883 or download a claim form from www.sinkyourwaste.com.
Residents can make a claim for cash back by buying a waste
disposer, getting it fitted and then sending in a claim
form together with relevant receipts.
average home creates around 180 kg of food waste a year,
the equivalent weight of a cooker, a three piece suite and
a dishwasher. More food waste is thrown away than packaging.
h.Art Week - Discover Art on Your Doorstep
A highlight of the cultural calendar, h.Art, Herefordshire
Art Week, gives visitors exclusive access to artists' studios,
workshops and exhibitions. There will be opportunities to
meet the makers and view a wide range of art and craft,
from early pieces through to new work in progress, as well
as preliminary studies, sketches and models.
2007 features 115 venues showing the work of 250 Herefordshire
artists. Many h.Art venues open two days earlier than usual,
on Thursday, 6th September, to coincide with the Festival
of Flowers at Hereford Cathedral. Bright pink roadside signs
again guide visitors to this year's studios and exhibitions
around the county, from the back lanes of Hereford to the
hilltops of the Welsh border and the banks of the River
details, including pictures, maps and directions, can be
found in the colourful, 44 page h.Art Guide, available free
from libraries, tourist information centres and other outlets
across the region. Further information can be found on the
website at www.h-art.org.uk.
are dozens of opportunities for those wanting to explore
their own talents, with workshops in a wide range of techniques
on offer, including stone carving, printmaking, felt jewellery,
silver jewellery, sculpture and basket making.
families, Diversity are holding 'Super Saturday' drop in
children's art workshops at Eaton Bishop Village Hall, and
students from Herefordshire College of Art are once again
running Art in the Woods, a free jamboree of creativity
at Queenswood Country Park on Saturday, 15th and Sunday,
The 'must see' 2007 h.Art Open Exhibition at Hereford Museum
& Art Gallery, Broad Street, Hereford, features beautiful
new work by 22 established and emerging fine artists, selected
from artists' submissions in June. This year's show promises
to be one of the most varied yet, with works in paint, print,
pen, collage, textiles, glass, wire, metal, ceramic, wood
and photography. The selected artists are: Rodney Beecher
Roberts, Steve Brooks, Ambrose Burne, Shellie Byatt, John
Jake Clark, Doug Eaton, Polly Halliday, Joanna Hardman,
Clare Hearne, Stella Hidden, Jason Hodges, Lois Hopwood,
Alison MacGregor-Grimley, Julian Meredith, Kathleen Packwood,
Penny Rees, Victoria Reynolds, Anne Shoring, Nancy Sutcliffe,
Darren Williams, Pierre Williams and Inge Wright.
Hereford Museum & Art Gallery exhibition will run from Thursday,
6th September until Sunday, 23rd September, during the following
hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 5pm and Sunday 10am
until 4pm. Admission is free and there is access for visitors
up a copy of the free h.Art Guide at a library or tourist
information centre. Alternatively, call 01568 797842 or
go to the website: www.h-art.org.uk.
Transport Review Brings More Buses and Lower Fares
Bus passengers throughout the county are set to benefit
from changes to services and, in some cases, lower bus fares,
which will be introduced when Herefordshire Council publishes
new timetables on Sunday, 2nd September. Two
brand new services will be introduced and others will see
extra journeys or extended routes following retendering
of subsidy contracts by the council.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
Highways and Transportation said, 'These changes follow
a review of bus service provision throughout the county.
We have listened to what passengers have been telling us
and where possible, we have given them the improvements
they have been asking for. In a small number of cases the
fares being charged were found to be excessive and action
has been taken to reduce them so as to make the services
more attractive to existing and, hopefully, new users. I
hope the county's residents will take full advantage of
the new bus services which will help to reduce congestion
on the county's roads.
Ledbury, a new town service, numbered 600, will link the
New Mills and Lower Road areas with the town centre and
railway station four times each weekday. The service between
Ledbury and British Camp, number 675, is being revised to
operate between Ledbury and Great Malvern with additional
journeys. The service will be operated by Malvernian Tours.
from a large area of South Herefordshire, including Goodrich,
Whitchurch, Llangrove and Llangarron will have a new service,
411 to Hereford every Wednesday. This bus will serve Little
Birch and then run directly to Hereford, bypassing Kilpeck,
which will be served by the Abbeydore service instead.
Ross-on-Wye the 'Ross Runaround' town service, operated
by H&H Coaches will have some journeys extended to the Court
Road area, although the Ross Labels site will no longer
and Ewyas Harold will gain a new through bus to and from
Hereford on Wednesdays, supplementing the connecting service
to Pontrilas that will continue at other times of the week.
mid morning journey from Michaelchurch Escley to Pontrilas
will, however, be discontinued.
Owen's Cross will regain a daily service to Hereford when
the 09.35 Ross to Hereford and 13.30 Hereford to Ross buses
on Stagecoach service 38 will be diverted via the village.
early morning commuter journey on service 412 from Broad
Oak to Hereford will be retimed to run 13 minutes later,
following requests from passengers. Service 423, between
Bromyard and Worcester via Alfrick will have a new operator,
DRM and will run to a new timetable.
service 469 between Bromyard, Bishop's Frome and Hereford,
there will be extra journeys on Mondays to Fridays timetable.
463 between Brilley and Kington will be revised to run between
Arrow View and Kington only due to lack of use.
North Herefordshire, there will be changes to three major
the 492, which links Hereford, Leominster and Ludlow, all
journeys north of Ludlow and some late afternoon trips to
and from Hereford will be run by Whittle Coach & Bus. Passengers
travelling across Leominster will have to change buses,
but connections will be provided and through fares will
will be some extra journeys operating between Ludlow and
Leominster, although the late evening journey on Friday
and Saturday nights from Ludlow to Hereford is withdrawn.
Leominster and Hereford, Whittle and Lugg Valley will accept
each others tickets following an agreement brokered by the
council. Passengers travelling between Ludlow and Leominster
will find that their fares have been reduced following a
review by Herefordshire Council.
service 493 between Leominster and Presteigne one morning
journey to Leominster is withdrawn and the remaining journeys
have new times. Most journeys will run via Pembridge, leaving
the Mortimer's Cross area to be served by service 489. On
Saturdays the late afternoon bus from Leominster to Shobdon
will be extended to Presteigne after requests by passengers.
between Kington, Shobdon, Pembridge, Eardisland and Leominster
on services 495 and 496 will find that their fares have
been reduced following a review by Herefordshire Council.
Bus times have also altered and on Tuesdays, one journey
in each direction is being renumbered 497 and diverted via
Shobdon, Staunton-on-Arrow and Titley to take shoppers to
and from the market at Kington. This replaces a separate
service operated by Sargeants Bros. and reinstates a link
between Shobdon and Kington on market days.
details of all these changes and a number of minor alterations
to other services are contained in new editions of the Area
Bus and Train Timetables produced by Herefordshire Council
and available from libraries, tourist information centres
and many post offices and village shops throughout the county,
costing fifty pence.
Asbestos Discovered on South Wye Housing Development
Herefordshire Council is urging South Wye residents on the
old Stirling Lines Estate to stay away from the public open
space at Staddlestone Circle.
council was called on Thursday, 23rd August by one of the
residents who reported concerns about materials that had
been left on the public open space at the centre of a new
Wimpey housing development. The council cordoned off the
area immediately and environmental health officers collected
samples for analysis.
council has just established that there is white asbestos
present in debris on the land surface. The site is currently
being cleared and residents are being warned to stay away
until the full extent of the contamination is known. At
present it is not known where the asbestos has come from.
council will be working with site developers, Wimpey, to
investigate the cause.
the meantime, environmental health officials and contamination
land officers are working to ascertain the level of risk
to those who may have already been exposed to the substance.
It is anticipated the risk is very low.
Council Working to Provide a Footbridge for Colwall
Herefordshire Council is to provide a temporary footbridge
for pedestrians needing to get from Colwall Green to Colwall
Stone, following the closure of a railway bridge on Wednesday,
footbridge cannot be designed, supplied and installed by
the 5th September for the start of the school term, but
every effort will be taken to have it installed soon after.
Meanwhile, the school transport service will be providing
a bus service from Colwall to the school and back until
the bridge can be put into place. This may mean that school
children will have to start school later and finish slightly
later but this is still being looked into.
Hall, Herefordshire Council's Highways Network Manager said,
' "Safety must be our first priority for schoolchildren
and we are encouraging all parents to make ensure that their
children use either the alternative footbridge or the free
buses. There is a public right of way very close to the
bridge that is being used by residents but as it is so close
to a live railway line people need to take extra care. Somebody
will be employed to man this right of way during the day
from 5th, to advise people of the train times and to take
are also urged to take extra care when using the diversion
routes, as there will be more traffic on these roads, including
bridge on the B4218 has been closed since an assessment
by the council's Highways and Transportation Department
revealed doubts about its safety.
Access to Colwall can still be gained via the B4218 Wyche
Cutting or via the signed diversion route, which uses the
A449, the C1167 at Ledbury and the C1165, Mill Lane, Colwall.
Heritage Open Days - A Chance to see State of the Art Museum Resource
Herefordshire residents will get their first opportunity
to see the state of the art Museum Resource and Learning
Centre in Hereford's Friar Street at an open day on Thursday,
6th September. The £1.83 million building, converted from
the old telephone exchange with the help of a Heritage Lottery
Fund grant, will be open to the public as part of the national
Heritage Open Days which aim to allow free access to interesting
and historic buildings.
'Building Our Museum' event which will run between 11am
and 3pm will include tours of the new spaces in the Museum
Resource and Learning Centre, including the behind the scenes
areas of the new facility which have specialist climate
controlled spaces to keep all of the county's museum collections
together for the first time. The building also has an atrium
area of public displays, extra space for volunteers and
researchers, offices for staff and even a walk-in freezer
to allow staff to keep potentially disastrous insect infestations
service will be running eight special events a year, the
next two of which are on Tuesday, 23rd October, when a family
learning event linked to the Big Draw will be held and Thursday,
20th December, when an event called 'A Box of Delights'
will take place.
Staff will be busy moving offices and collections into the
centre during the autumn, so the official opening for the
Museum Resource and Learning Centre is planned for a later
date. The permanent exhibition will be open from 10am until
4pm Monday to Friday and will be in place by early 2008.
Heritage Open Day events planned in Herefordshire include:
6th September: guided tours of the Georgian Eastnor Castle,
Ledbury, built in 1812 in the style of a Welsh border fortress.
Guided tours will take place at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm
and must be pre-booked by telephoning 01531 633160.
6th until Sunday, 9th September: St Edward's Church, Kempley,
Ledbury,. a 1904 'Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement,'
open from 10am until 4pm. St Mary's Church, Kempley, Ledbury,
a 12th century church with medieval wall paintings of national
importance, open 11am until 4.30pm.
6th, Friday, 7th and Sunday, 9th September: The 16th century
painted room, Town Council Offices, Church Street, Ledbury,
a building featuring Elizabethan wall paintings discovered
in 1989, open between 11am and 1pm, then 2pm to 4pm on the
Thursday and Friday, and 2pm until 5pm on the Sunday. Market
House, High Street, Ledbury, dating from the 17th century,
is open at the same times.
September 7: Plas Gwyn, Hampton Park Road, Hereford, the
home where Edward Elgar composed some of his most famous
works, 10am until 5pm.
7th and Saturday, 8th September: upper floor of Ledbury
Heritage Centre open, showcasing the work of the Victoria
County History project in Ledbury, 10am until 4.30pm.
8th September: open day at the Herefordshire Light Infantry
Museum with experts on hand to identify people's military
items, 10.30am until 3pm.
8th September: family fun day at Coningsby Museum, Hereford,
noon until 6pm.
9th September: Tregate Castle, Welsh Newton, a fortified
farmhouse, 2pm until 5.30pm.
9th September: a chance to see inside one of Hereford's
oldest buildings, Castle Cliffe, Castle Green, Hereford.
further information about Heritage Open Days log onto the
website http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk or look out for
the Herefordshire leaflet and local posters.
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