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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 166 - Wednesday, 26th September 2007
Katie wins 'Pride of Herefordshire' title
Gray, chair Herefordshire Partnership, overall Pride of Herefordshire
winner Katie Llewellin and special guest, former jockey, Peter Scudamore,
who lives in Herefordshire.
Llewellin, 15 was named overall winner at the inaugural
Pride of Herefordshire Awards, run by the Herefordshire
Partnership in conjunction with the Hereford Journal.
had earlier been named winner of the Herefordshire Courage
Award for her actions in calming down two traumatized horses
and a donkey on a dark night and prevented an accident from
happening. She was nominated by her mother, Adele, who said,
'Katie quickly recognized the seriousness of the situation
and rang the police on her phone.'
and other category winners received trophies specially designed
by artist blacksmith Ambrose Burne. The winners also received
a cheque for £100. Finalists received certificates to mark
finalists for the Courage Award were Esat Kurt, David Riley
and the Flooding Response Group. The awards ceremony was
held at the Three Counties, Hotel, Hereford, on Thursday,
20th September and other winners were.
Entrepreneur Award: Geoff Tunstall. Geoff runs Workmatch,
a charitable company which runs a number of social enterprises
in Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Leominster and Lugwardine, all
providing jobs for disabled or disadvantaged people. Other
finalists in this category were Clancy and Cathie Wilson,
Zara Bignall, Valerie Santillo and Stuart Anderson.
Herefordshire Learner Award: Rachel Haskew. Rachel,
26, from Hereford successfully completed the European Computer
Driving Licence at Herefordshire College of Technology despite
suffering from cerebral palsy. Other finalists were Anneka
Hulse, Gareth Powell and Debbie Payne.
Health Champion: Pauline Ovenden and Elizabeth Jones.
These two ME sufferers who founded the Hereford ME group
about 20 years ago and both support people to cope with
problems caused by the illness. The other finalist was Dr
Herefordshire Young Carer Award: Christopher Cole
and Alan Evans, both volunteers with the St John Ambulance
Cadets. The judges couldn't decide between these two young
carers so they were given a joint award. Christopher, 15,
helps to care for his sick mother and provide emotional
support for his father. Alan, 15, helped to save his father's
life and currently cares for three adults, including his
Environmental Champion: Maggie Eckley. Maggie started
taking a keen interest in recycling some 15 years ago and
has actively encouraged colleagues, friends and family to
do the same. The other finalist was Beryl Bayliss.
Adult Carer Award: Denise Hannagan. Denise works for
registered charity Open Door and even plays the role of
Santa by making sure Christmas really happens for the homeless.
Other finalists were Ted Vaughan, Thomas Gundy and John
Youth Community Award: Ryan Holland. Ryan is the founder
of the Leominster Flower Pot kids gardening club which involves
many other local youngsters and has recently received a
youth opportunity fund to help with their work. Other finalists
were Zoe Williams and the Herefordshire Youth Funding Panel.
Herefordshire Youth Community Award winner Ryan Holland (centre)
with award sponsors,
Asda Hereford Manager, David Copner and June Thurston, Asda Hereford
Herefordshire Adult Carer Award winner Denise Hannagan with award
Asda Hereford man, and special guest Peter Scudamore.
Herefordshire Environmental Champion award winner Maggie Eckley
with award sponsor
Alison Holmes, Managing Director of Reprodux, and special guest
Herefordshire Young Carer award sponsors Don and Sue MacAskill from
Beds and Mattresses
with joint winners Alan Evans and Christopher Cole.
Herefordshire Health Champion Award winner Elizabeth Jones with
award sponsor Jon Argent, Chief
Executive of Halo Leisure. The joint winner of this award, Pauline
Ovenden, was unable to attend.
Herefordshire Courage Award winner Katie Llewellin with award sponsor
Richard Maxfield, Managing Director and Business Unit Leader of
Herefordshire Learner Award winner Rachel Haskew with Philip Round,
of award sponsors, Herefordshire Group Training Association.
Herefordshire Entrepreneur winner Geoff Tunstall (right) with Dave
Preedy from award sponsors, Express Bathrooms.
Bus Travel Throughout England for Disabled and Over 60s
Holders of Herefordshire Council's concessionary bus passes
for the over 60s and disabled people are being invited to
apply for a new style bus pass that will allow free bus
travel over a much wider area.
1st April 2008, the council's bus pass scheme will be linked
with similar schemes to allow pass holders to travel on
local buses throughout England. Outside of Herefordshire,
the passes will be valid at off peak times and so will not
be usable before 9.30am or after 11pm on Mondays to Fridays.
However, free travel will continue to be available at all
times within Herefordshire and on cross boundary journeys
to and from all neighbouring counties.
enable the scheme to work smoothly, new bus passes will
be issued to a standard national design that can be recognized
by bus drivers anywhere in the country. The new passes will
be 'smartcards' and will be capable of being read automatically
by bus ticket machines in those parts of England where the
technology has been installed. This will ensure that the
passes are recognized and will guarantee that pass holders
receive the concessions to which they are entitled.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation said, 'The new style bus passes
will allow pass holders to travel much more widely and will
particularly benefit people who will now be able to use
their passes when visiting friends and relatives or whilst
on holiday in other parts of England. Similarly, Herefordshire
will now become a more attractive destination for visitors
from other parts of the country who will be able to use
their own area's bus passes to benefit from free travel
when visiting the county.'
Herefordshire Council concessionary bus passes will be phased
out once the new passes are in use and pass holders are
being invited to apply for the new National Passes as soon
as possible. People who already have a Herefordshire concessionary
bus pass should obtain an application form from one of the
council's Info Shops at Bromyard, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster,
Hereford or Ross-on-Wye.
Shop at St. Leonard's
Plans to change the use of the west part of the nave at
grade II listed St Leonard's Church, Green Lane, Yarpole,
into a village shop and post office were approved by members
of Herefordshire Council's northern area planning subcommittee
on Wednesday, 19th September. The
shop will replace the current temporary arrangement of a
portable building sited on land next to the Bell Inn car
park. Permission for this expires in April 2009.
Bloxsome, Herefordshire Council's conservation manager,
said, 'The introduction of new uses into churches is generally
to be welcomed and I consider the principle here to be very
positive in bringing greater use to a building at the heart
of the community.'
letters of objection were received and one in support. Yarpole
Community Group Project sent a questionnaire to all households
in the parish and 85 per cent of them were in favour. Any
physical alterations to the church building would require
separate planning permission and listed building consent.
Day of Events
A day of events celebrating the benefits of walking and
cycling is being held on Thursday, 27th September, as part
of the national Connect2 day. Hereford's Connect2 scheme
is a proposed footpath and cycleway which would link the
city centre with Rotherwas and Holme Lacy.
programme of events around the city is as follows:
Meet at Pikadish, Rotherwas, for a bike breakfast for companies
who will benefit from the Connect2 route.
9am: Wyebridge College students to take Connect2 banner
to Shaw's Path ready for the official opening.
10am to 10.30am: official opening of Shaw's Path by Councillor
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation.
11.15am: South Wye Walking for Health group to walk from
Goodrich Drive to the PCT at Belmont.
12.15pm to 1.15pm: PCT lunchtime walking group to walk from
Belmont to the Asda store.
1pm: ASDA entrance reception for walkers from Belmont and
Pedicab to take walkers back to St. Francis.
2pm: Dr Bike, Phil Prothero, at Hereford County Hospital
with Hereford Wheelers before they set off to Holme Lacy
3pm: Welcome reception for Hereford Wheelers and steering
group representatives at Holme Lacy primary school.
Hereford scheme is one of 79 community based projects around
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that make
up Connect2. The Connect2 programme is an ambitious bid
to the Big Lottery Fund who are offering a grant of up to
££50 million for the Living Landmarks: The People's
is being developed by sustainable transport charity Sustrans
and aims to transform local travel and quality of life by
making it easier to walk and cycle for local journeys. Nearly
two thirds of all car journeys are for less than five miles
and Connect2 will provide an alternative to those journeys
by creating new walking and cycling routes and building
bridges over rivers, railways and busy roads.
Down on Junk Mail by Using Electoral Registration Service
Council's electoral registration services can help people
to reduce the amount of junk mail they receive. Two versions
of the register of electors, which is compiled in December
each year, are now produced; the full register and the edited
are currently being sent to 80,000 households in the county
and people are required, by law, to fill them in.
the full register, everybody's name has to be included for
electoral purposes, prevention and detection of crime, fraud
and credit purposes. This register is not sold. It is supplied
only to certain people and they are prevented from using
the information for marketing purposes. The edited register,
however, is sold to marketing companies so people must opt
out of this if they do not wish to receive mail from companies
that decide to purchase the register.
Maund, Herefordshire Council's electoral registration services
manager, said, 'It is important people make sure they opt
out of the edited register if they do not want to receive
marketing mail from companies. People only need to tick
a box on their electoral register form to opt out.' This
can also be done online at www.registerbyinternet/herefordshire
or by calling 0800 1974915.'
information about the edited register scheme can be found
on the reverse of the electoral registration form.
Agreed for Country's First Public Service Trust
timetable for the development of the country's first public
service trust arrangements has been agreed in Herefordshire.
On Thursday, 20th September, the
council and the Primary Care Trust approved a 'road map'
and a new working framework, which includes the appointment
of a new single chief executive for both organizations.
concept of a Public Service Trust is designed to provide
high quality, seamless services, develop services that are
efficient and demonstrate value for money, retaining decision
making on public services within Herefordshire. The council's
cabinet and the Primary Care Trust board met separately
to consider a recommended timetable. They each endorsed
the appointment of a single chief executive to take the
Public Service Trust forward. This could take place over
the next few weeks.
was also agreed that an interim public service trust board
be set up by January, with public service trust arrangements
formalized by September 2008. The result of the public consultation
during the summer, in which 57 per cent of responses were
in favour of a public service trust, paved the way for the
public service trust proposal also takes into account the
recommendations of the council's health scrutiny committee
and the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority. The timetable
has also been influenced by workshops undertaken with elected
councillors from the council, non-executive directors of
the primary care trust and personnel from both organizations.
Roger Phillips, leader of the council, said, 'The Public
Service Trust will support and improve the health, well
being and prosperity of Herefordshire people, by bringing
together the council and the primary care trust to share
resources and integrate the way public services are planned
and purchased. It is all about making sure that people are
served by the two organizations in a seamless way in future,
making life easier for people who use our public services,
as well as improving efficiency and reinvesting savings
back into those services.
the new arrangements will ensure that people in Herefordshire
will be making decisions about how services are provided
within the county for the benefit of the people who live
in the county.'
Newton, chair of the primary care trust commented, 'Both
organizations recognize the cultural differences in arriving
at a shared and integrated way of working, and have a strong
track record of working together. The benefits of moving
forward to establish new public service trust arrangements
are evident. There is a real opportunity to make a material
difference to the quality of life for people living in Herefordshire.
Primary Care Trust and council, as equal partners, have
a strong common interest in achieving this.'
agreed framework will allow further comprehensive analysis
of the financial implications of the proposals and enable
focus in the first instance to be on the commissioning of
children's services, adult services and public health.'
Committee Backs Decision on Rotherwas Ribbon
Council's environment scrutiny committee, which called in
a cabinet decision on the Rotherwas Ribbon archaeological
find, debated and endorsed that decision on Monday, 24th
a four hour debate, scrutiny members agreed with the original
decision, made on Thursday, 6th September 2007 to protect
the Ribbon, to explore opportunities for tourism and to
safeguard jobs and businesses by allowing the new Rotherwas
access road to go ahead.
also congratulated the county archaeologist Dr Keith Ray
on the 'universally acknowledged standard and quality of
his work on the Ribbon' and expressed the wish that he would
be able to lead further research either side of the present
archaeological find. The committee urged the cabinet to
seek funding for further research into the Ribbon, including
a scoping report into possibilities for tourism.
committee heard that the council had made an application
for funding to English Heritage, to enable further archaeological
investigation of the presumed course of the Ribbon to North
and South of the original course of the road. This would
help define the extent and nature of the find and allow
the council to consider further options to develop opportunities
for tourism, heritage and education.
scrutiny committee noted, however, that information flow
within the council, during the 'purdah' period in the run
up to the election and immediately following it 'fell short
of that normally expected'. It recommended that work should
be set in place to address for the future the problems presented
by this period when cabinet and councillor roles were in
a state of flux. Accusations that the council had 'kept
the find secret from the public' were dismissed.
Bob Matthews, chair of the environment scrutiny committee,
thanked all contributors to the debate, explaining that
the committee had sought to achieve a balance in accommodating
many strongly held views. The recommendations of the committee
will now go back to the council's cabinet for further consideration.
council's approval of the completion of the Rotherwas access
road remains, which it says is essential for the completion
of the £20 million Rotherwas Futures project, which in turn
will transform the existing Rotherwas Industrial Estate,
the county's key employment site housing 125 companies.
by business, the project will include a flood alleviation
scheme, create new jobs and help Herefordshire's economy
to compete. The council stopped work on the Rotherwas access
road around the Ribbon site earlier this year when the significance
of the find was established. It announced the find to councillors
and citizens in May 2007 through the council newsletter.
Plans to protect the Ribbon were initially put on hold after
popular demand to see it. Around 1,000 people were given
escorted tours of the Ribbon during July. The council covered
the site in August to protect it after archaeologists conducted
a fingertip clean of the surface to carefully remove deposited
Primary Schools Improve National Test Results
in Herefordshire's primary schools are achieving higher
standards in their education according to provisional key
stage two results for 2007 which are the best the county
has ever seen.
the end of key stage two, when a child reaches the age of
11, they are assessed and awarded a level on the national
curriculum scale. The tests check out their learning in
English, maths and science and provide a baseline for their
transition to secondary school. The
target is for each child to achieve level four, although
children who do particularly well can achieve level five.
results show that this year, Herefordshire children performed
above the national average. In English, 81 per cent of the
children achieved level four or above and in line with the
national average in mathematics, 77 per cent achieved level
four or above. Performance at level five in all subjects
is outstanding, both in terms of actual attainment and improvements.
there is a four per cent improvement on last year's results,
with boys doing particularly well. Boys' performance in
level five in English has shown a dramatic seven per cent
improvement and a five per cent increase in mathematics,
putting Herefordshire into the top 25 of local authorities
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'The council's school improvement team have been providing
schools with lots of help and support with subject consultants
helping targeted schools to raise standards. Congratulations
to the staff, governors and pupils who have worked hard
together to make sure our children's education not only
meets, but exceeds national standards.'
is Cool Campaign
Council is launching an innovative campaign to reduce the
amount of pupil absences in the county's primary schools.
guidelines suggest that every child should have a minimum
attendance rate of 97 percent. A number of the county's
primary schools missed this target last year; two weeks
absence brings an attendance rate down to 95 percent.
pupils fall behind because of the time they miss from school
and some parents and carers don't realize how damaging even
a few days out of school can be. Ninety percent attendance
means a child is missing four weeks in the year, making
it harder for them to make progress and reducing their chance
of success. Eighty percent attendance means that over a
child's school career, they will miss two whole years of
education with a possibility that their parents will have
to face court action.
an attempt to make schools and parents aware of the problems
associated with absenteeism, Herefordshire Council is launching
a 'School is Cool' campaign. The campaign will be launched
at Leominster Junior School on Monday, 1st October by a
Cool Cat, whose name will be chosen by the children. Leominster
Junior School is the first school in the county to volunteer
to lead the scheme. The whole school will become involved
in a range of activities such as assemblies, competitions,
attendance monitoring and reward schemes, encouraging children
to understand the importance of attending school and provide
opportunities for them to talk about anything that prevents
them from attending.
the week long campaign, any children absent from school
will receive a home visit from the education welfare service
to identify the cause of absence and talk to children and
parents about issues that may be affecting a child's desire
to attend school, such as bullying or problems with transport.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'Education is an important part of every child's development,
both at primary and secondary school. Every school day counts
and failing to attend, for whatever reason, can have a detrimental
impact on a child's progress. The cool cats campaign is
a fun way of highlighting the importance of attending school
and the consequences of persistent lateness and absenteeism
on a child's future prospects.'
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