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No. 166 - Wednesday, 26th September 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Team film documentary at Credenhill hill fort
Team presenter Phil Harding spent a day filming at Credenhill
hill fort in Herefordshire as part of a planned documentary
which will be screened on Channel 4 next spring. Herefordshire
Council's county archaeologist, Dr Keith Ray MBE, showed
the Time Team presenter and his team of researchers around
the hill fort, which is the largest one in the Welsh Marches.
from Credenhill will be part of a special Time Team documentary
about hill forts throughout the United Kingdom. Phil, wearing
his trademark hat, said, 'There are more hill forts in Herefordshire
than any other county in the country. The fact the one at
Credenhill is being excavated provided a perfect opportunity
to explore hill forts further as part of our documentary'.
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Time Team presenter Phil Harding with his production team at Credenhill
Christopher Atkinson, Herefordshire Council's project archaeologist,
some volunteers from Cardiff University at one of the trenches.
work, carried out throughout September under the direction
of Peter Dorling of Herefordshire Archaeology and with the
help of students from Cardiff University, is part of a longer-term
project being carried out in partnership with the Woodland
Trust. The Trust has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund
grant to conserve and study Credenhill Park Wood which the
fort stands within.
the first being carried out on a hill fort in Herefordshire
for 40 years, are being carried out to establish if there
was an earlier enclosure on the hill. Dr Niall Sharples,
senior lecturer in Prehistory at Cardiff University, said,
'The six trenches we have unearthed have already raised
some interesting issues which will need to be answered in
future digs. Interestingly, one trench at the top of the
hill was found to be empty, suggesting the site was used
as an open area for some form of gatherings.'
The Woodland Trust project will involve the removal of conifer
trees (planted in the 1960s) from much of the fort, and
restoration of the surrounding woodland to mixed deciduous
cover. As part of the filming, Time Team members also visited
the new Museum Store and Resource Centre in Hereford's Friar
Street and were shown around the collection of Iron Age
items which have been unearthed from the hill fort at Credenhill.
further information about Credenhill hill fort contact Dr
Keith Ray on 01432 383351 or Peter Dorling on 01432 383238.
Niall Sharples, academic consultant for the excavation project,
and Time Team presenter
Phil Harding at one of the trenches, discussing what has been found.
The Time Team vehicle at Credenhill hill fort.
Invited to Apply for Secondary School of Their Choice
and guardians of the county's 2000 year six children are
being asked to apply for secondary school places for September
2008. The council has invited all parents who live in the
county to name up to three schools in order of preference
by Friday, 2nd November 2007.
preferences are treated as equal initially. However, if
more than one school place can potentially be offered to
an individual applicant, the single offer is for the school
the parent ranked highest. All parents should have received
a pack through their child's primary school which contains
an information booklet telling them about admissions and
transfers to schools in Herefordshire. The pack also contains
an application form and dates for school open evenings.
year nearly 92 percent of applicants were allocated their
first preference school. If parents put the school that
serves their catchment are as their first preference, they
usually get offered this school. However, occasionally parents
wish to send their children to a school outside this area.
school for the first time, and transferring to secondary
school are two of the most important events in any child's
life. The council aims to make it as easy as possible for
parents to understand the procedures involved in applying
for a school place and a Choice Advisor is available to
offer help and guidance on the process.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'There are lots of factors that parents need to take
into consideration when stating their preference for a school,
such as whether it is the nearest school, how good the standards
of teaching and learning are, what facilities are available,
whether their child will be happy there and how their child
will travel to school. Parents also need to consider whether
after school club facilities are available, which school
their child's friends are likely to go to and, in some cases,
religious preference. The council is working hard to make
the system as simple as possible, so that parents and children
can make real meaningful choices.'
deadline for high school applications is Friday, 2nd November.
Late applications may result in parents not being offered
the school of their preference. Places will be allocated
and offers made on 1st March 2008.
Incident at Sainsbury's in Hereford
racial incident occurred at the petrol station of Sainsbury’s
in Hereford at 8.40pm on Friday, 15th June 2007, when a
female in the waiting queue made racist remarks about another
customer which were clearly offensive.
wish to trace the female customer, pictured left on Sainsbury's
CCTV, in connection with this incident.
Anybody with information concerning the woman's identity
is asked to contact PC Sean Lashley at Hereford on 08457
444888 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Taster Course in Sports Coaching
part of its commitment to promote lifelong learning, Herefordshire
Council is staging a free taster workshop in sports coaching
with applied Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
free, one day workshop is being held at the Bromyard Centre
on Thursday, 18th October, between 10am and 3pm and Eric
Antony Moore will be the teacher for the day.
trained in the United States with some of the leading pioneers
of NLP such as Richard Bandler. NLP is not a scientific
theorem but instead is a set of guiding principles, attitudes
and techniques about behaviour in real life. It aims to
give individuals a choice on their behaviours, emotional
states and physical state of well being by understanding
how the mind works.
Alker, one of Herefordshire Council's learning champions,
said, 'This one day workshop will provide sportsmen and
women with the experience that makes the difference in sporting
performance. My aim is to promote lifelong learning and
to help people find a higher education route so they can
train for as a career as a coach.
book a place on the free workshop or for further details
contact Jo Alker, Herefordshire North learning champion,
on 07792 881073 or log onto the website at www.learningchamps.co.uk.
woman found safe and well
missing 22-year-old woman from Hereford, Miss Sandra Herring
has been found safe and well.
had appealed for the public to help find Sandra Herring
after she had failed to return home or make contact with
family or friends since Wednesday, 12th September. However,
Miss Herring, returned home on Tuesday morning of this week
and police have since confirmed she is safe and well.
police would like to thank the media for their assistance
with the appeal for Sandra's whereabouts.
Inspection for Colwall Bridge
Herefordshire Council's contractors, Owen Williams and Network
Rail's appointed engineers are to undertake a new, more
detailed inspection of the condition of Colwall Bridge before
a decision is made on whether a bailey bridge needs to be
constructed or not.
railway bridge in Colwall Green on the B4218 was closed
on Wednesday, 15th August due to public safety concerns
after a routine inspection revealed signs of corrosion.
Martin Jackson, Herefordshire Council's construction projects
team leader, said, 'We have already been able to open the
bridge to pedestrian traffic and are now carrying out a
new inspection of the bridge to help us decide on the next
step. This second report will be more detailed than the
initial one and will help us to decide whether we can open
up the present bridge to light traffic or whether we will
have to install a bailey bridge instead.
second inspection will enable us to assess with confidence
the capacity of the bridge and Herefordshire Council will
only remove or amend the restrictions on the bridge when
it is safe to do so.'
replacement bridge will be provided but, because this work
will involve closure of the railway line, a starting date
will first have to be agreed with Network Rail. In the meantime,
Herefordshire Council is working on designs for a bailey
bridge with a 20-metre span which would be able to carry
heavy goods vehicles.
Jackson said, 'Network Rail usually plan these major projects
two to three years in advance, so we will be negotiating
with them to get this work done as soon as possible. In
Herefordshire, we have 700 bridges to maintain and repair
as part of our transport plan and we already spend £700,000
a year on routine maintenance costs. The government allocates
money for a wide range of highways works, but there are
limits on what we can spend and the last major bridge project
we were able to complete was a £1.5 million scheme in Bridge
Sollars in 2003.'
mornings tackle the bottom line
nappy adviser Ruth Fennessey with
some of the real nappies available.
Nappaccino mornings, held on the third Monday of the month
have been moved to a new venue at The Courtyard. The morning
held on Monday, 17th September attracted a good number of
mums-to-be, dads-to-be and grandparents-to-be, all wanting
to learn more about the benefits of using real nappies.
One of the mums-to-be said, 'My baby is due in January and
I am very keen to use real nappies because of the benefits
to the environment rather than sending disposable ones to
Nappaccino mornings allow parents and parents-to-be the
chance to see the benefits of real nappies while enjoying
a free cup of tea or coffee. Waste Management officers from
the council and a nappy consultant were also present to
answer questions and offer advice. Lucy Fennesey, real nappy
adviser, showed those attending a range of real nappies,
in many shapes, sizes and colours, and answered questions
about which ones were best for different needs. She said,
'Real nappies are reusable and washable. They come in many
shapes, sizes and colours, are easy to use and easy to wash
Hines, project assistant for Worcestershire County Council,
said, 'I was delighted to see so many people attending the
Nappaccino morning and want to remind any parents-to-be
thinking of using real nappies that the council, in conjunction
with Herefordshire Council, runs an incentive scheme.'
The 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.
next Nappaccino morning will be held on Monday, 15th October
at the Courtyard from 10am. Nappaccino mornings tackle the
more information on real cloth nappies, Nappaccino dates
and the Real Nappy Incentive Scheme visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk
or call 01905 766883.
were previously held at St. Peters Church House but the
venue has changed to offer a convenient well known central
location with car parking near to Hereford's town centre.
to the Women's Environmental Network: · Each child can use
up to 6,000 disposable nappies in their lifetime and eight
million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in
the UK. The average spend on disposables can be as much
as £922.74 per child over two and-a-half-years. Real nappies
can be used again and again, saving more money. More than
90 per cent of disposable nappies are disposed of in landfill
and may take up to 500 years to decompose.
September Community Forum Meetings
The September round of Community Forum meetings is coming
to a close, with the final meetings taking place in Hereford
today, Wednesday, 25th September and tomorrow.
Policing Teams and Herefordshire Council are continuing
to encourage local people to attend the meetings and raise
issues for the partners to deal with in the coming months.
Community Forum meetings are held regularly across Herefordshire
as part of the PACT (Partners and Communities Together)
process, which seeks to give local people the opportunity
to get involved in how the authorities manage the places
in which they live, work and visit.
current round of Community Forums has been running throughout
September and this week’s remaining meetings cater for parts
of the North Wye area of Hereford. Each meeting will have
a representative of the Local Policing Team and Herefordshire
Council on hand to discuss issues and meet members of the
public. They will be happy to discuss any crime related
and antisocial behaviour issues and other ways in which
the area can be improved.
from the St Nicholas and Three Elms areas can attend the
meeting at Whitecross School on Three Elms Road in Hereford
this evening whilst those from the Aylestone and Tupsley
areas have their own meeting at Aylestone School in Broadlands
Lane, Hereford tomorrow. Both meetings begin at 7pm.
meetings will bring the round of forums to a close as all
other parts of Hereford City and the county held their Community
Forum meetings earlier in the month.
meetings provide the public with a great opportunity to
find out what West Mercia Police, Herefordshire Council
and other partners have been doing to reduce crime, disorder
and antisocial behaviour in their neighbourhood,' said Chief
Inspector Sue Thomas, who is charge of Local Policing in
Herefordshire. 'Updates on actions taken since previous
meetings will also be available and there will be an opportunity
for the public to let us know if their problems have been
resolved and to tell us of any issues which need some new
Council Leader, Councillor Roger Phillips said, 'The council
and its partners are committed to making Herefordshire a
safer and better place in which to live and work. We are
continually striving to improve our communities, but we
can only do so with the help of the people who live here.
Please get along to your local Community Forum and let us
know the issues which concern you.'
worry if you are unsure which Community Forum or Local Policing
Team covers your area. Simply visit www.westmercia.police.uk
and click on the Local Policing link, enter a postcode into
the postcode locator and the policing team for that area
will be displayed. Information about each of the Community
Forum / PACT meetings is also displayed alongside. A full
listing of Community Forum meeting dates and venues is also
available by visiting the Herefordshire Council website
at www.herefordshire.gov.uk and, as a handy reminder, the
myherefordshire.com website is also displaying information
about forthcoming meetings.
Brookfield School goes from good to outstanding in 2 years
staff, governors and parents are celebrating following the
publication of an Ofsted inspection report which judges
the Brookfield school to be outstanding, the highest accolade
the inspection team could give. The
Brookfield School caters for seventy children aged between
five and sixteen, who have emotional, behavioural and social
difficulties, with each having an individual education and
the Ofsted report, the inspectors judged the school to be
outstanding across the board. The school's philosophy is
built around mutual respect and understanding with a focus
on building self-esteem. This was praised along with the
school's warm and welcoming ethos which was attributed to
the pupils' excellent behaviour and personal development.
The report said the school has a very caring atmosphere
and pupils thrive because they are highly valued. As a result,
the advances pupils make in learning to manage their behaviour
are outstanding. The report said that on entry to the school
many of the pupils have significant difficulties with learning
and struggle with attendance, but during their time there,
almost all pupils achieve well with many making excellent
achievement of all pupils in their personal development,
particularly their behaviour, is outstanding. Pupils' achievements
were attributed to the excellent quality of teaching and
learning and the report stressed that relationships are
very strong with teaching assistants playing a valuable
part in helping the pupils' learning.
school's leadership and management were also praised as
outstanding. 'I am so proud of our children,' said Mrs Oremi
Evans, Head Teacher. 'They always give their best and never
let the school down which is a sign of the respect they
have for the school'.
why the school had been so successful, Mrs Evans said, 'If
children respect themselves and others and they are in a
caring environment, the learning falls into place because
they are happy to learn.'
Councillor Jenny Hyde, cabinet for children and young people,
said, 'Congratulations to Brookfield School for such an
amazing achievement. The staff and governing body have worked
hard to make sure some of our most vulnerable children are
given the best possible start in life. Many achieve qualifications
and most will go on to continue their education. The Ofsted
inspectors have clearly identified that Brookfield School
is making an incredible impact on its children's education
and personal and social development. It is heartening to
hear that such dedication is making a real difference to
school is now in the process of submitting its bid to become
a specialist school for behaviour management. If successful,
they hope to invest in additional sporting facilities for
the children and to support other schools around the county
who have children with similar difficulties.
Chance to Learn About Fairtrade
If you would like to find out about Fairtrade products and
why it is so important to support them, you are invited
to attend a special event at The Courtyard Theatre at 6:30pm
on Saturday, 20th October.
event will include Fairtrade refreshments, coffee and exhibitions
as well as an opportunity to see the film Black Gold (U)
at 7.45pm. This film is a must for all coffee drinkers,
being a fascinating documentary about the inequalities of
the global coffee trade and the way faults may be fixed.
M. Thoorsen, associate producer on Black Gold, who is currently
working as an economic justice campaigner for Oxfam GB,
will be introducing the film and answering questions from
members of the public. To find out more about the film log
onto the website at www.blackgoldmovie.com
Marsh, Herefordshire Council's sustainability manager, said,
'This event aims to celebrate Herefordshire's Fairtrade
county status and offers interested people a chance to meet
those who supply Fairtrade products in an informal setting
and find out more about what is going on. Hopefully, they
will then be inspired to get more involved in the Fairtrade
movement, which can help both local and overseas communities
to become more sustainable.'
wishing to attend should email Trish Marsh at email@example.com,
but they should also feel free to turn up on the night.
for the screening of Black Gold need to be booked separately
with the Courtyard Theatre on 0870 1122330 and cost £6 for
adults and £4.50 for concessions.
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