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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 167 - Wednesday, 3rd October 2007
year's Civic Service took place on Sunday at St. Mary's
Parish Church. The Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Derek
and Meryl Bedford were joined by Ross Town Council and visiting
dignitaries at Council Chambers for
a glass of wine before forming a procession and walking
to the church.
the photograph below, just prior to the service, the Mayor
of Ross, Councillor Derek Bedford can be seen with Councillors
Mike Shellie, Mayor of Kidderminster, Brettina Meadows,
Mayor of Leominster, Terry Christopher, Mayor of Monmouth
and Kevin Wargen, Deputy Mayor of Hereford.
bottom photo shows all of the Ross Town Councillors and
visiting dignitories in Council Chambers, prior to the service.
students visit Ross Shopmobility
Shopmobility were pleased to host a visit from a group of
pupils attending the John Kyrle High School during September.
JKHS teacher, Veronica Bunting explained that, 'the lower
sixth students are following the Oxford Cambridge and RSA
Examinations ( OCR ) Nationals course in Health and Social
Care this year.'
vocational course aims to help students towards achieving
their ambitions in obtaining employment or going into further
education. The aim of this visit was to gain knowledge towards
completing the 'Caring for service users in a care setting'
element of their course. The visit to Shopmobility gave
students a better understanding of some of the mobility
aids available. They were able to learn about the administration,
and safeguards involved in providing this service, and were
given the opportunity to test drive a scooter for themselves.
The visit gave a better insight to how schemes like this
help to maintain and improve people's mobility around the
Neicho, manager of EnviroAbility, the local charity who
manage the Shopmobility scheme said, 'The visit was a great
opportunity for members of the local community, especially
students, to see first hand what kind of support the project
can provide to both local residents and visitors to the
town. We are pleased that the scheme is becoming an asset
which the community can make use of in a variety of ways'.
contact Ross Shopmobility telephone Victoria or Ivan on
01989 763388. The service operates Tuesday to Saturday from
10.00am until 4.00pm.
Pictured with Mrs Veronica Bunting are, Lucy Bonehill, Abbey White,
Katie Jenkins, Peter Donaldson,
Lorraine Gardiner and Tessa Whittle.
Give Graeme a call to discuss all your business and home
telephone and networking requirements.
no obligation quotes call 07876 683238
Universal at the Leadership Trust
Harvey, former Group Chief Executive of Aviva plc, one of
the UK's largest companies, joined an impressive line up
of business and charity speakers at a special event hosted
by Concern Universal at the Leadership Trust, Weston-under-Penyard
this year, Richard Harvey announced that he and his wife,
Kay, would be joining the international development charity
on a voluntary basis for one year, following his retirement
on 11th July 2007. Richard and Kay Harvey were joined on
the platform by Sara Howe of Tetley; Dr Mfon Akpaso of Cares
Initiative - a partner to Concern Universal in Nigeria;
Angus Davison and John Berry of Haygrove in Ledbury; Rupert
Cadbury, Trustee of the William Cadbury Trust in Birmingham;
Margaret Thomas of the Leadership Trust in Ross-on-Wye and
Ian Williams and Nicola Mushet of Concern Universal in Hereford.
These remarkable speakers spoke to an invited audience of
individuals from the private, public and charitable sectors
about their own partnership with Concern Universal and put
forward the business case for close co-operation between
the commercial and charitable sectors.
Howe also spoke about Tetley's support for the 3 year Icon
Project, delivering 146 new and improved village water supplies
and sanitary facilities for over 7,000 schoolchildren in
Malawi and the implications for the company's Corporate
Social Responsibility Programme. Angus Davison and John
Berry of Haygrove will speak about the inspiring steps that
were taken to create the 'Gambia is Good' project - a highly
innovative pro-poor marketing initiative, selling local
produce to the tourist market in The Gambia, West Africa.
Cadbury explained about the William Cadbury Trust's vital
support for Concern Universal's work in 5 countries in West
Africa. Margaret Thomas, about the international exchange
programme with Concern Universal as well as the charity's
participation in the Leadership Trust's courses.
Harvey, as he embarks on his gap year, said: 'There is great
potential for businesses to get involved in international
development with a benefit to both parties. Not only does
it fulfil their Corporate Social Responsibility policies,
it can also lead to other benefits - including attracting
and retaining high quality staff.'
Dr Ian Williams, Executive Director of Concern Universal,
said: 'This event will celebrate the unique and exciting
opportunity for businesses to reach their full potential
by engaging with the needs of the wider world.'
Gloucester Division 1 - Southmead 29, Ross 0
After a very promising start to their Division 1 campaign,
Ross came tumbling down to earth on Saturday, finding themselves
on the end of a 29 - 0 defeat to early pacesetters, Southmead.
were expecting a stern examination from last seasons top
three side and Southmead did not let them down; ,working
hard as a unit up front and never letting Ross settle into
had set their stall from the first whistle. Driving tight
to the rucks, they were able to get over the advantage line
and dominate territory and possession. From an early Ross
infringement came the opening score. Southmead set up a
5 metre lineout, their hooker found his jumper and from
the ensuing maul the forwards drove over to score. This
opening score set the scene for the rest of the match.
competed effectively in most areas of the game. However,
when the Southmead forwards worked their way into the Ross
twenty two, they were able to up the tempo, placing a huge
amount of pressure on the Ross defence. For the most part,
Ross held firm with Gavin Oates, Tim Hanks and TC Leech
working tirelessly. However, by half time Southmead added
another score to take a 12 - 0 lead at the break.
upped their work rate in the second half, getting good territory
and possession. A score early on and a conversion could
have put a different perspective on the proceedings. However,
they were never able to inflict that killer blow, and after
absorbing early pressure Southmead broke out of defence
and scored giving them a 19 - 0 lead.
continued to work hard but with the game now lost, the Southmead
forwards came again, adding two further scores, giving a
final score of 29-0.
Walford Timber man of the match was TC Leech for his tireless
efforts in defence.
Saturday, 6th October, Ross take on Bream at Ross Sports
Centre. Kick off is at 3pm.
- Ross 2nds 46, Bromyard 2nds 3
Ross Rugby 2nds played hosts to Bromyard 2nds at the Sports
Centre on Saturday, 29th September, coming away with a thrilling
46 points to 3 victory. There were 4 tries from Diepey,
2 each from Gareth Holdsworth, Craig Creed and Richard Russell,
with Gareth Holdsworth converting 3 times.
again there was an all round solid performance from Chris
Conlon, Paul Hayward, Richard Russell, Matt Winstanley and
Jake Christopher, with pivotal roles from Craig Powell and
Gareth Holdsworth. The Field Fayre man of the match went
to Diepey for his four tries.
2nds would like to thank Field Fayre for sponsoring the
match and for supplying the food after the game.
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, 24th September 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
Dies Following Collision on A438 at Ledbury
Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision
on the A438 near Ledbury in which a 46 year old woman died.
collision happened at around 4pm on Monday, 1st October,
approximately a mile from Ledbury and involved three vehicles,
a white Ford Fiesta, a blue Vauxhall Zafira and a silver
Peugeot Expert. The Fiesta had been travelling towards Hereford
at the time, with the other two vehicles headed in the opposite
direction. Both the Fiesta and the Peugeot suffered major
impact damage in the collision and the road was completely
three emergency services attended and the female driver
and sole occupant of the Fiesta was treated at the scene
by paramedics. She was taken by Air Ambulance to Hereford
County Hospital but had sustained serious head injuries
and died later in the evening. The male driver of the Peugeot
was also taken to hospital for treatment to non life threatening
injuries. The road was closed until approximately 9.20pm
whilst the vehicles were removed and collision investigators
conducted an examination.
Herefordshire Coroner has been informed of the woman’s death
and a post mortem is due to be carried out on Monday, with
an inquest expected to be opened and adjourned later the
identity of the woman cannot be released until next of kin
have been informed.
are appealing for witnesses to the collision or anyone who
saw the vehicles travelling along the A438 beforehand. Anyone
with information is asked to contact PC Tim Hargraves of
the Hereford Roads Policing Team on 08457 444888.
Ledbury road death victim named
A woman who died in a collision on the A438 near to Ledbury
on Monday afternoon, 1st October has been named. Mrs Gail
Deem, who was 46 and from Hereford, died at Hereford County
Hospital on Monday evening, having earlier been airlifted
from the scene.
post mortem to establish the cause of death is due to be
carried out on Monday, 8th October, with an inquest expected
to be opened and adjourned later the same day by the Herefordshire
are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision,
which happened at 4pm on Monday, around a mile from Ledbury.
It involved three vehicles - a white Ford Fiesta being driven
by Mrs Deem, a blue Vauxhall Zafira and a silver Peugeot
Fiesta had been travelling towards Hereford at the time,
with the other two vehicles headed in the opposite direction.
Both the Fiesta and the Peugeot suffered major impact damage
in the collision and the road was completely blocked. All
three emergency services, including the Air Ambulance, were
in attendance. The male driver of the Peugeot was also taken
to hospital for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.
The road was closed until around 9.20pm while the vehicles
were removed and collision investigators conducted an examination.
walking route in Ledbury
Council has responded to the wishes of residents and helped
to set up a safer walking route from Wellington Heath to
Ledbury Town Centre. Under the council's Rights of Way Improvement
Plan, various path users and local residents are able to
have their say on how they think the rights of way network
in Herefordshire can be improved.
Across the county, the council often replaces stiles with
gates as part of access improvements and generally improving
the path network for all users, and under the Rights of
Way Improvement Plan more specific concerns can also be
raised. Wellington Heath Parish Council was asked by a number
of residents to suggest a safer walking route to Ledbury
because the existing one on a busy road was hazardous, especially
to people with pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Thompson, Herefordshire Council's Area Warden worked with
Wellington Heath parish councillors Richard Wilcox, Patrick
Adams, Fanny Underhill and Alan Woods to create a safer
walking route by upgrading an existing right of way.
Local landowners Mr and Mrs Bickham, Mr Mackie, Mr Wills
and Mr Clegg gave permission for the upgrading works to
be carried out. This work involved widening a bridge and
replacing seven stiles with gates and now the 3km route
is safe for all users.
Patrick Adams, chairman of Wellington Heath Parish Council,
said, 'We are very happy with what has been done which is
definitely a step in the right direction. The gates are
marvellous and the bridge has made it far easier to use
the footpath which offers a far more pleasant and less dangerous
route into town than having to walk alongside the main road'.
By one of the newly-installed gates are, from left, Hugh Ransome-Williams
(Parish Councillor), Patrick Adams (Chairman of the Parish Council),
Phil Martin (member of the Wellington Heath Village Walking Group),
John Harrisson (Parish Councillor), Richard Willcox (Parish Footpath
Officer), Tim Thompson (Herefordshire Council's Area Warden) and
Richard Hurley (Vice-chairman of the Parish Council).
Shop Owners to Discuss Survival Tactics
The owners of village shops and post offices across Herefordshire
are to be given a master class in how to boost business
and help guarantee their survival.
Council is working with the Rural Shops Alliance, a national
trade association representing over 7,000 independent village
shops across England, to put on an information evening and
buffet on Tuesday, 16th October. The event will take place
between 6:30pm and 9pm at the council's headquarters at
Brockington, Hafod Road, Hereford.
evening is designed to provide an opportunity for village
shop owners to meet with other rural retailers. There will
be presentations on how to boost sales, including a talk
from Marcus Williams of Canon Pyon Post Office and Stores
on the cost benefits of using the latest electronic point
of sale devices.
Parsons, Chief Executive of the Rural Shops Alliance will
be on hand to offer examples of what his members have done
to improve business and Anthony Bush of the council will
identify possible funding streams for village enterprises.
prosperous village shop means a healthy and vibrant community,'
said Councillor Roger Phillips, leader of the council. 'They
are usually at the centre of village social life and while
many of them are very successful and provide an excellent
service, others inevitably struggle in isolation. This is
why the council, working with its partners, feels that by
getting together and sharing ideas and knowledge, owners
of our village shops can inspire each other to build on
business opportunities and thrive.'
of village shops wishing to this event attend should contact
Anthony Bush, parish and rural services officer at Herefordshire
Council, on 01432 260611.
Monster Attracts New Child Carers
In a bid to boost careers in childcare, Herefordshire Council
has invited Purple Monster to perform their innovative theatre
production this month at the Courtyard, Hereford.
years ago, the council teamed up with Birmingham based Purple
Monster Training Company to stage its own light-hearted
production, illustrating the different types of careers
available in childcare. Using drama as a medium for communicating
has proved to be incredibly popular, with over 70 people
attending the last performance in 2006. The formula has
proved to be so successful, that the company is about to
embark on their ninth performance in the county.
The performers take on the roles of carers in action and
the audience is able to follow George (the play worker),
Mrs Sampson (the lunchtime supervisor), Jan (the holiday
club worker) and Susie (the nursery manager) in a number
of entertaining and informative sketches. The event, which
is free, takes place on Tuesday, 30th October and is aimed
at attracting more people into the childcare profession.
There will be two 45 minute performances a day, plus time
for the audience to ask questions and find out more about
the council's support services and training opportunities.
morning session which begins at 9.30am, is aimed at adults
interested in working with children and the afternoon session,
which begins at 2.30pm is especially for school based students.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'Although schools are struggling with falling rolls,
the need for childcare and extended school workers continues
to grow. It is really important therefore that we are able
to attract the right sort of people to the childcare sector.
The Purple Monster performances are a great way to help
those interested in childcare understand the different types
of roles they may choose to develop their skills in.'
interested, whether they are a school leaver, full time
parent or someone who wants to find a more fulfilling career,
can contact Fiona Condie on 01432 261681 for further information.
Half Term is Family Learning Week at Local Libraries
Herefordshire Libraries are running a series of activities
during October half term as part of Family Learning Week.
The activities are family friendly, encouraging parents
and children to work together on projects linked to nature.
include making wigwams out of recycled materials in Leominster
and Hereford Libraries, encountering a variety of friendly
animals in Bromyard Library, making a wonderful collage
from natural materials based on the children's story Pumpkin
Soup in Ross Library and also making Bouncing Bats in our
full list of events is as follows:
Kington Library - Bouncing bats from 2.30pm until 3.30pm,
Ross Library - Pumpkin Soup collage 2pm until 3pm.
Wednesday, 24th October:
Leominster Library - Green-eyed Monster company creating
wigwams from recycled materials 2.30pm until 4.30pm.
Bromyard centre - Animal encounters (back by popular demand)
two sessions, 1pm until 2pm and 2.15pm until 3.15pm. Weobley
Library - Bouncing bats from 1pm until 2pm,
Ledbury Library - Bouncing bats 10.30am until 11.30am,
Belmont Library - Bouncing bats 2.30pm until 3.30pm.
Friday, 26th October:
Hereford Library - Green-eyed monster company creating wigwams
from recycled materials 10am until noon,
Leintwardine Library - Bouncing bats 12.30pm until 1.30pm,
Colwall Library - Bouncing bats 10.30am until 11.30am.
Stevens, library learning officer, said, 'These activities
are very popular so purchasing a ticket in advance is highly
recommended. As it is Family Learning Week, we would also
hope parents will stay with their children to join in the
book tickets, contact the libraries direct as follows: Belmont
library - 01432 342648, Bromyard - 01432 260280, Colwall
- 01684 540642, Hereford - 01432 383600, Kington- 01432
260600, Ledbury - 01531 632133, Leintwardine - 01547 540459,
Leominster - 01432 383290, Ross - 01432 383282 and Weobley
- 01544 318956.
Injured in Collision on Canon Pyon Road
Police are appealing for witnesses to a two car collision
on the A4110 Canon Pyon road, in which three people were
injured. The collision happened at 4.14pm on Monday, 1st
October, just over a mile from Hereford and involved a red
VW Golf headed towards Hereford and a red Renault Clio travelling
in the opposite direction. Both vehicles suffered extensive
damage in the collision and the road was completely blocked.
three emergency services were in attendance and the fire
brigade had to remove the roof of the Clio to free the elderly
male driver. He was taken to Hereford County Hospital, where
he currently remains with serious chest injuries.
male driver of the VW Golf was also treated at hospital
and later discharged with minor injuries. A male front seat
passenger was also taken to hospital and detained overnight
for treatment to a back injury.
road was closed with diversions in place until just before
11pm, whilst the vehicles were recovered and collision examiners
began their investigation.
are keen to speak to any witnesses to the collision or anyone
who saw the vehicles travelling along the road beforehand.
They are asked to contact PC Paul Turner at the Hereford
Roads Policing Team on 08457 444888.
Lake Closed due to Blue-Green Algae
The miserable summer weather is being blamed for the arrival
of the toxic blue-green algae at Herefordshire's Bodenham
Lake Nature Reserve. Samples of water taken from the lake
by the Environment Agency have confirmed the presence of
blue-green algae which tends to occur after warm and wet
periods of weather in late summer or autumn. The algae usually
disappears in cold weather, but council wardens have already
put up signs warning people to keep out of the water and
keep dogs on leads.
are urging people to co-operate and stay away from the water
for the time being. Contact with the algae should be avoided
and the council's youth service is unfortunately having
to cancel forthcoming water based activities at this site.'
said James Bissett, the council's principal countryside
officer. 'The Environment Agency will continue to test samples
until the algae levels are considered safe. The levels of
toxicity can fluctuate as the 'blooms' of algae can appear
one day, be dispersed by the wind the next, and then re-accumulate
at any time. Blue-green
algae in these concentrations is potentially harmful to
livestock, pets and humans if ingested. Swallowing the water
or algae scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health
effects and contact with the water or with algae scum can
cause skin problems. We are advising all visitors to the
lake to keep their dogs on a lead and avoid all contact
with the scum and the water close to it.'
orchard and bird hide are both still fully accessible and
the car park will remain open as normal from dawn to dusk
Style Development Plan for Herefordshire
Herefordshire Council is consulting on the planning issues
affecting the county as a place to live, work, move, improve,
grow and enjoy as part of the first stage of developing
a new style development plan which will cover the period
to 2026. The 'Shaping our Place' consultation is running
from Monday, 15th September until Friday, 26th October 2007.
Issues Paper and questionnaire is available to download
or fill in online on the council's website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/ldf.
The Issues paper and questionnaire has also been placed
at various Info points and public libraries throughout the
county. This consultation is part of the preparation of
a core strategy document for the new development plan for
Herefordshire called the Local Development Framework.
the consultation period, members of the council's forward
planning team will be running a series of planning road
shows at venues in Bromyard, Hereford, Kington, Ledbury,
Leominster, Peterchurch and Ross on Wye. The roadshows will
involve interactive displays and comments boards where members
of the public can find out more and contribute their ideas.
The first road show is to be held at the Courtyard Theatre,
Hereford on Monday, 8th October from 9.30am until 1.30pm.
details of all the dates and venues, look out for the 'Are
you interested?' posters, check the website address above
or telephone Emma Lawrence on 01432 383357.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing, said, 'This is a
great opportunity for the people of Herefordshire to get
involved in planning their county's future and to shape
their place. I would urge those that are interested, to
fill in the core strategy Issues paper questionnaire and
/ or come along to the one of the planning road shows, to
tell us what their vision for the future of the county is
and what they consider the main issues in Herefordshire
the consultation, the council will consider all the issues
and visions for Herefordshire to develop the next stage
in the core strategy process, which is to develop different
options for the future development of the county. This stage
will take place in the spring of 2008.
Childrens Centre for Ledbury
Families with young children in Ledbury are to benefit from
a new children's centre which will provide a wide range
of family support services. The centre, which is next to
Ledbury Primary School, Longacres, is being built by Herefordshire
Council and will act as a focal point for families with
children aged between 0 and 5 years.
and children will have access to health and parent support
services, including advice and information on high quality
childcare and early years education in the area. There will
be drop in sessions for parents and children, ante natal
classes and baby clinics, together with a range of special
activities around child development, play and healthy eating.
With links to local schools and play schemes Ledbury Children's
Centre will form a base from which lots of agencies and
organizations working with parents and families can operate.
centre, which has been funded by SureStart is scheduled
to be completed this autumn. Facilities will include a large
community space for meetings and events, a consultation
room, crèche area and children's play area.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'This is a very exciting development for the community
of Ledbury. The council's investment in this children's
centre will lay the foundations for the health and well
being of all children living in the area. The children's
centre will complement the services provided by the area's
schools, making it easier for parents to get help and information
about their children's development and to learn how to access
childcare for babies, pre-school and school aged children.'
Ledbury Children's Centre has come together after months
of consultation with local schools, playgroups, and community
Academy Project Agreed in Principle
Herefordshire Council has agreed in principle for South
Wye's Wyebridge Sports College to become a 900 place academy
with an additional 200 places for post 16 education. The
decision was made by Cabinet on Thursday, 6th September
and 'called in' by the Children's Services Scrutiny Committee
which met last week.
a debate lasting nearly three hours, council members heard
of the need for the existing Wyebridge Sports College building
to be replaced. With no council funding available to pay
for this, and changes to the way PFI funding works preventing
further applications of this type, the government's academy
scheme was an alternative way of achieving major capital
investment into the county.
order to receive academy status and funding of ££20.1
million, a sponsor was needed who would be prepared to invest
££1.5 million into the project. Thanks to an anonymous
donation, the Diocese of Hereford became a local sponsor
for the Wyebridge Academy project which is due to be completed
heard how the local and school community had been invited
to a public meeting at the school in July and how a stakeholder
reference group was meeting on a regular basis to discuss
progress and make sure local groups continued to be consulted.
The way the school curriculum works nationally is changing,
with an increasing focus on individual learning programmes
for pupils, and Wyebridge Academy will have to comply with
academy will be governed by the same admissions procedure
of every other school in the county. It was made clear that
there will be no church places and that children will be
admitted in the same way as at other local authority maintained
schools. In response to concerns about falling rolls, it
was explained that due to housing developments, there were
no falling rolls in the South Wye area. With
the government's current drive to encourage more pupils
to stay in some kind of formal education or training and
a new diploma system on the horizon, there is a need to
provide a range of post 16 educational experiences in the
Sally Robertson, chair of children's services scrutiny committee,
said, 'We had a very robust meeting with concerns regarding
community involvement, financial implications and impact
on existing providers being the main topics of discussion.
Whilst this is a marvellous opportunity for the college,
it is important that close working relationships continue
and develop with other establishments including the new
learning village, to avoid problems in the future.'
council's Children's Services Scrutiny Committee accepted
the proposals which depend on the satisfactory outcome of
a feasibility study scheduled for completion in December.
The study will be submitted to the Department for Children,
Schools and Families for a decision on whether or not to
proceed next year.
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