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Issue No. 171 - Wednesday, 31st October 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE
Page 1 [Top West Midlands Restaurant - A Big Man with a Big Heart - Great Weekend Ahead - Tribute to Dora Gwilliam]
Page 2 [Being crafty at the Chase Hotel - Special fashion show in aid of Macmillan]
Page 3 [Pumpkin Contest - Welsh Cider Makers at Broome Farm]

Page 4

[On and Off the Flight Deck - Cards for Good Causes - What's Happening in Ross - Happy Birthday, Jerry - Autumn]
Page 5 [Icelandic Party - Serious Injury on the A40 - Macmillan Quiz - Asda Ghouls - Letters]
Page 6 [Christmas Menus 2007 - Jumping Jive - Half Term Big Draw - Forest Fires - Glosfolk - Sport - Weather]
Page 7 [News from around Herefordshire]
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS

Exhibition dedicated to the work of Brian Hatton (1887-1916)

Brian Hatton in his studio at Mount Craig.

Hereford Art Gallery will host an exciting exhibition dedicated to the work of the talented Hereford artist Brian Hatton from Saturday, 10th November until Wednesday, 9th January.

Brian showed exceptional promise as a young artist and achieved some early recognition, but his life was tragically cut short when he was killed-in-action during the First World War. This show will focus on the influence of his family and his home county, both of which are frequently represented in his work.

The exhibition marks the beginning of a brand new project designed to preserve Brian's work and make it accessible to a wider audience. Herefordshire Council is delighted to announce that The Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to fund this venture known as The Hatton Collection Project, with a £50,000 grant. The Hatton Trust Fund, established by the Hatton family, will provide a further £26,000.

Herefordshire Heritage Services' staff, based at the Hereford Museum, will run the project. Its first aim is to raise awareness of the Hatton collection and provide access to it through the exhibition.

The exhibition panels will give information about Brian Hatton and the aims of the project. On display will be a selection of family portraits, local landscapes and figure studies, student life drawings, together with boyhood sketches and illustrative work inspired by literature.

There will also be some photographs and artist's equipment. The project will aim to enhance the care of the collection by doing conservation work and improving storage.

Research will be carried out to provide more information about the pictures and some associated themes. Each picture will be photographed to create an image bank of the collection. The information and images gathered will be used to produce an on-line catalogue of the collection, available through a new website. An on-line educational resource for secondary school teachers and pupils, based on the Hatton collection, will be created. It will be linked to the curriculum and designed for use in the classroom.

Catherine Willson, project co-ordinator said, 'It is gratifying to know that Brian Hatton's work can now become the focus of such a valuable project.'

Dr Vevers, a Hatton family member, said, 'Herefordshire Heritage Services are to be congratulated on gaining Lottery Funding for the Hatton Collection as a result of which the collection will become more accessible and the first event is an exhibition about Brian Hatton and the county he loved.'

HLF regional manager Anne Jenkins said, 'This is a great way of allowing more people to see and learn about Brian Hatton's work and life. The project will reach lots of young people who may not have heard about this local figure through the school packs and online facility.'

Access to the exhibition is free. The Museum and Art Gallery is open Tuesday until Saturday 10am until 5pm, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday 10am until 4pm. There is access for visitors with disabilities. For additional information please contact Catherine Willson on 01432 383591 or email: cwillson@herefordshire.gov.uk.


'Corn Stooks, Warham' by Brian Hatton, 1908.

'Lugg Meadows' by Brian Hatton, 1906.

Planning Permission for Homes and Country Park Deferred

A decision on planning permission for the erection of 69 homes and the delivery of Haywood Country Park at land to the rear of Mulberry Close, Belmont, Hereford, has been deferred by members of the Central Area Planning Subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, 24th October. The scheme will now be debated at the next meeting. Submitted plans showed a range of homes from two to four bedroomed and included six flats and 63 homes, 24 of which will be affordable homes.

Plans also included 7.8 hectares of land to be laid out as a country park. The park would have informal pathways, linkages into the local cycle network and public footpaths. Viewing points, public art, a play area and a village green will also be contained within the park together with the planting of many specimen trees.

Callow and Haywood Parish Council objected on the grounds of over density, flooding concerns and traffic concerns. Hereford City Council also felt this was an over development of the site. Westholme and Mulberry Action Group objected and sent in a petition signed by 183 people concerned at increased traffic. Twenty five letters of objection were also received concerned at congestion, lack of parking when visiting the park and over development of the site. Belmont Parish Council also objected to the proposal.



Warning follows two ‘water board’ distraction offences in Ledbury

An e -fit of the younger male distraction burglar.

Police in Herefordshire are appealing for information following two attempted distraction burglaries in Ledbury. The two incidents happened at neighbouring homes in Homend Crescent at around 2.15pm on Monday, 22nd October. Bogus callers arrived at the homes of elderly people and gained entry after posing as ‘water board’ officials.

Two men arrived at the houses wearing dark clothing and wearing caps. They way they were dressed suggested to the householders that they were employees of a water company. On both occasions they asked to come inside to either check the water or to fix a leak, requesting that kitchen taps were turned on. Fortunately, both offenders left and nothing was stolen, although there were signs of a search being made at one of the houses. The incidents were only brought to police attention on Wednesday.

The first man is described as being white, in his mid 50s, about 5ft 2ins tall, wearing glasses, a navy blue anorak and a baseball cap, the second as white, aged 40 years, 6ft tall, of large build with short black hair, sporting a black moustache and goatee beard. He wore navy blue clothing and cap.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen these men on Monday afternoon or who has had similar doorstep callers in recent days.

PC Charles Naylor, Herefordshire Division’s Crime Risk Manager, said, 'It is important that people remember that there is no such thing as the ‘water board’ and that all officials from utility companies carry proper identification. This should always be checked properly before letting any unannounced callers into your home. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, for example, issues its staff with identity cards bearing their Bogus Caller Helpline number. Anyone wishing to verify the identity of the caller claiming to be from Welsh Water should telephone 0800 281 141 to check with this helpline and make sure the caller is who they say they are. Welsh Water, in common with many utility companies, also operates a password system, whereby its customers can choose a special password which will be given to staff when they need to visit, offering an additional measure of protection.

For its part, West Mercia Police is doing all it can to raise awareness of the simple steps people can take to avoid becoming a victim of bogus callers through its ‘Knock Knock’ campaign. Tips to keep you safe are available from the force website, while a crime prevention leaflet has also been produced for distribution to vulnerable members of the community.'

PC Naylor added, 'People should not be afraid to ask callers for identification. If they are not convinced the caller is genuine they should call and check with the company concerned. A legitimate caller will not mind waiting outside while you check their identification out properly. If you are in any doubt do not let them into your home.'

Bear the following advice in mind, it could help to reduce the chance of a distraction burglary happening to you or others in your neighbourhood:

  • Don’t keep large sums of money in your home Keep an eye on people calling in the area or acting suspiciously.
  • Encourage vulnerable neighbours to keep their door on a chain and to check a caller’s identity card carefully.
  • Trust your instincts - if you have any doubt about a caller’s identity don’t let them in Call 08457 444888 to provide information to the police about suspicious people, activity or vehicles however insignificant it may seem.
  • If a distraction burglary has taken place or been attempted, encourage the victim to report it as quickly as possible.
  • Bogus callers and ‘rogue traders’ should also be reported to Herefordshire Council’s Trading Standards department on 01432 260761.

For further information about preventing distraction burglaries and West Mercia’ Knock Knock campaign please visit the force website www.westmercia.police.uk. Anyone interested in obtaining an ‘In doubt? - Keep them out!’ advice leaflet or requiring an Additional Services Pack to register for the password scheme can call the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water freephone publications helpline number on 0800 052 0138.

Information about either of the attempted distraction burglaries in Ledbury, or details of other similar incidents in the county, should be reported to PC Mark Herbert at the Volume Crime Unit in Hereford CID on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



Safe trick or treat reminder for Hallowe'en

Police in Herefordshire are reminding children to respect those who do not enjoy ‘Trick or Treat’ visits so that everyone can have a happy Hallowe'en. Parents should remind any youngsters who are going trick or treating unsupervised, not to call at houses where West Mercia’s ‘Sorry No Trick or Treat’ posters are displayed or to cold call on strangers. Not only does cold calling on strangers put young people at risk; it also intimidates and upsets some householders, especially those who are elderly, living alone or who are vulnerable.

The bright yellow ‘Sorry, No Trick or Treat’ signs are designed to be placed in windows and doors by anyone who does not wish to be visited on 31st October. They are available from police station front counters across Herefordshire and can also be downloaded and printed from the Force website at www.westmercia.police.uk. Officers have also been working with schools and local councils to ensure this year’s events pass off as peacefully as possible.

PC Taryn Green, a Crime Risk Manager for the force, said, 'We want everyone who wants to celebrate Halloween to have fun without putting themselves or others in danger. We also want them to have fun without causing fear, harassment, alarm and distress to people who don’t wish to join in the Halloween celebrations. The threat of antisocial behaviour traditionally increases around the October half-term holiday and when the darker nights draw in. In response to this Local Policing Teams are working closely with partner organizations such as local authorities to tackle crime and quality of life issues and to encourage good and safe behaviour.

All trick or treaters should be aware that disturbing other local residents or throwing objects at people or property are all criminal offences and what may start off as a bit of fun could end up with someone getting a criminal record. The offence of criminal damage can carry the punishment of up to three months in jail or a fine of £2,500 for minor offences or in serious cases up to 10 years in prison.

Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult when out trick or treating, and ideally should only call at the homes of family members and friends. For safety reasons children should never trick or treat alone or go into strangers’ homes. Parents may want to consider having a fancy-dress themed Halloween party at home as an alternative to trick or treating.'

West Mercia Constabulary would like residents to bear in mind the following safety advice: Don’t open the door to anyone you don’t know, always use your door chain when opening the door. You have the right to say no to trick or treaters.


CSO Roger Thomas hands out leaflets to Mrs Patricia Woodriffe (left) and Mrs Jenny Powell in High Town, Hereford.

CSO Dave Rowley with Sally Smith and her daughter,
six-year-old Jade Smith.

Plans for New Homes at Wellington Approved

Members of the Central Area Planning Subcommittee met on Wednesday, 24th October and approved plans for 12 homes on land next to Parsonage Farm, Auberrow Road, Wellington. Four of the homes will be affordable and the site is allocated as residential development within the Herefordshire Unitary Plan.

Strategic housing supported the application but had concerns over the exact layout and design of the four affordable units which will be rented. Wellington Parish Council gave qualified support to the scheme but expressed concern over traffic.

Eleven letters of objection were received, concerned at risk of flooding, extra traffic and the fact there is no play space for children. The scheme was delegated to officers to approve subject to amendments to plot 12 and a Section 106 agreement.



Free Taster Course in Life Coaching

Herefordshire Council's Lifelong Learning Development Unit is running a free taster course in life coaching at the WRVS Riverside Learning Centre on Friday, 9th November. The course, which runs between 10am and 3pm, offers people a chance to learn more about life coaching from professional life coach Clive Green, who will also be running a demonstration.

Herefordshire Council Learning Champion Karan McKelvie said, 'Life coaching is a way for people to fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives. Personal development is an important part of the work we do in encouraging lifelong learning. Life coaching is one way for people to focus on what they want to change about their lives and how this can be achieved, so if you feel your life is in a rut or if you would like to be a life coach, this taster course could help you to decide what to do.'

For further information or to book a place, contact Karan McKelvie on 07792 881071.



Have Your Say on Hereforshire's Licensing Policy

Herefordshire Council is consulting the public over its licensing policy for 2008 - 2011, including reviewing the special policy for premises in Commercial Road.

The council is reviewing and revising its statement of licensing policy as required by the Licensing Act 2003. This requires statutory consultation with the trade and public. The current licensing policy adopted in 2005 sets out how the authority handles licensing issues about the sale and supply of alcohol, matters relating to entertainment and the supply of hot food and drink late at night.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, the council has a duty to promote the four objectives:

· Prevention of crime and disorder
· Public safety
· Prevention of public nuisance
· Protecting children from harm

The special policy covering the Commercial Road area of Hereford City was created because there is a concentration of licensed premises here causing a cumulative and detrimental impact on the first three of these objectives.

Suzanne Laughland, Herefordshire Council's Licensing manager, said, 'As an authority, we must do all we reasonably can to allow the carrying on of retail sales of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment and of late -night refreshment in a way that ensures public safety. The purpose of the licensing policy is to make sure premises are well run and well managed, with licence holders being sensitive to the impact their activities may have on local residents, the community and the four licensing objectives. This consultation offers an opportunity for people, whether they are in the trade or members of the public, to have their say on how we make future decisions on applications for sales of alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment.'

Anyone who wishes to have a say on the licensing policy can find a copy of the full document and a feedback form on the council's website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk The consultation period ends on Friday, 7th December 2007 and comments must be sent on the feedback forms either by post to Licensing Section, Environmental Health and Trading Standards, County Offices, PO Box 233, Bath Street, Hereford, HR1 2ZF or by email to licensing @Herefordshire.gov.uk



Top Tips on Keeping Snug This Winter

Herefordshire Council is urging all of the county's residents to stay warm and snug in their homes this winter. With colder weather on its way and the nights starting to draw in after the clocks went back an hour at the weekend, people are likely to be spending far more time in their homes but, with the rising cost of electricity and gas, may not want to put their heating on because they are worried about affording to pay the bills.

Harry Fitch, Herefordshire Council's Home Energy Conservation Association officer, said, 'This year we have launched an affordable warmth strategy which seeks to ensure nobody in the county suffers fuel poverty and has to endure a cold home. A fuel poor household is one that cannot afford to keep adequately warm at reasonable cost and it is estimated there are 8,450 homes (10.7 per cent) in fuel poverty in Herefordshire. As a council, we can help people to access energy efficiency grants for measures such as insulation and heating but there are also many simple, no cost measures which householders can take themselves to make their homes more fuel efficient. These measures will not only lower their bills but will also have the added benefit of helping the environment by burning less fossil fuels.'

Top ten energy saving tips from the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre are:

· Turn your thermostat down by just one degree Celsius
This could cut heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save around £40 per year.
· Close your curtains at dusk to keep the heat in
This stops heat escaping through windows. If radiators are below windows, consider tucking curtains behind them to redirect the heat back into the room.
· Only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need
If you put into the kettle just the amount of water you need, it will boil faster, thus saving you money.
· Switch off lights when not in use
Lighting accounts for around 15 per cent of your electricity bill. Don't light rooms that aren't in use and change to low energy bulbs which only use one fifth of the electricity.
· Put lids on pans when cooking
This keep the heat where you need it, cooking times will be quicker and the amount of moisture released into the home will be reduced, thus cutting the risk of mould and dampness.
· Set your heating programmer and timer properly
Just using the on and off button may mean heating is running longer than is necessary. Setting the controls so you only get heat when needed, means no fuel is wasted unnecessarily.
· Pull furniture away from radiators
If furniture is hiding radiators, the central heating system will be working harder and it will take longer to heat rooms.
· Install reflective radiator panels
These can be bought from DIY stores or made using tin foil and they reflect heat back into the room, heat which normally would escape through the walls.
· Turn your appliance off completely
Some appliances on standby, such as television sets can use a quarter of the electricity they would be consuming whilst in use. If you switch it off at the power button or at the wall, you are not paying for electricity that is going to waste.
· Set your hot water tank to 65 degrees Celsius
If you have a cylinder thermostat, setting it at 60 to 65 degrees Celsius is enough to pasteurize the water, killing harmful bacteria, and should be more than enough for bathing and washing. A tank jacket will cost £10 to £15 but save you twice that per year.

For further energy saving hints, log onto Herefordshire Council's website at http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/environment/land/2154.asp .



Retailers Warned - Don't Sell Fireworks to Under 18s

Herefordshire Council's Environmental Health and Trading Standards service is warning retailers not to get burnt in the run up to Bonfire Night by selling fireworks to under age people. Any retailer caught selling fireworks to someone who is under 18 years of age could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000. The Fireworks Safety Regulations 1997 stipulate that fireworks must not be supplied to persons under 18.

Councillor John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Strategic Housing, said, 'People should remember that fireworks are not toys but powerful explosives. Each year there are numerous complaints from members of the public regarding antisocial behaviour involving fireworks and many of these problems involve children. Shopkeepers must act responsibly and ensure that they do not sell fireworks to children. If they do so they face the possibility of prosecution.'

Antisocial behaviour can include lighting fireworks in streets and parks. It is illegal for any person to let off or throw a firework in a public place, punishable with a fine of up to £5,000. In order to reduce accidents and unsocial behaviour, shop keepers are being urged to obey age restriction laws.

Trading Standards are also advising consumers to take care when buying fireworks and offer the following advice:

· Fireworks should always be bought from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the firework, a standard setting safety criteria for fireworks.
· Don't buy fireworks from anywhere you're not sure about, such as car boot sales or from the back of a van. The fireworks might not meet British Standards and might be unsafe, putting you and your family and friends in danger. In addition the sale of fireworks at such places is illegal.
· Always read the packet carefully and make sure that the fireworks you buy are suitable for the place where you are going to set them off. This is particularly important when buying category three display fireworks that require spectators to be 25 metres away.
· If members of the public have any information about the sale of fireworks from the back of vans or car boot sales or shops selling fireworks to under 18s, they can report the matter to Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.



Victoria Bridge Scoops Further Accolades

Restoration work carried out at Hereford's historic Victoria Bridge has been awarded an excellent rating as part of CEEQUAL, the Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme. CEEQUAL aims to encourage environmental excellence in civil engineering projects and awards are made to projects in which the client, designer and constructor have gone beyond the legal minimum to achieve distinctive environmental standards of performance.

The Victoria Bridge scheme received its excellent rating in the Whole Project Award category, recognizing the significant contribution of all parties to the successful completion of the project. To gain this rating, the scheme needed to demonstrate excellence in all aspects of the project from planning through to design and construction. This included project management, land use, impact on and mitigation towards the landscape, ecology and biodiversity, archaeological and cultural heritage, water, energy, material use, waste management, transport, nuisance to neighbours and community relations.

The Victoria Bridge restoration scheme has also been awarded a Green Apple award from the Green Organization. The Green Organization is an independent, non political, non profit making environment group dedicated to recognizing, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world and the awards scheme is now in its 13th year. Winners will be presented with Green Apple trophies at the Houses of Parliament in early November.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said, 'The Victoria Bridge scheme has been extremely popular with the city's residents and visitors but the CEEQUAL award also shows it is valued by industry professionals. As a council, we are always keen to promote good environmental practice and the excellent rating and Green Apple award both show we have achieved this in one of our major engineering projects.'

Martin Jackson, the Bridgeworks' Team Leader, managed the works, carried out between May and September 2006. Owen Williams, part of Amey plc, was designer and site supervisor and the principal contractor was Interserve.

The Victoria Bridge project was delivered within the budget and programme and to demanding design and construction constraints imposed by the Environment Agency, Natural England and the bridge's Grade II listing. In May this year, the Victoria Bridge scheme won the main project accolade at the annual awards of the Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands and was also named best civil engineering project in the West Midlands.

The project was also named Heritage Award winner at the same ceremony and the project team won an additional award for the best presentation and display at the ceremony.

Grade II listed, Victoria Bridge was built in 1898 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. When opened, it was described as 'artistic in design, elegant in form, light in construction and beautiful in effect.'

Restoration work included removal of rust and paint, steelwork repairs, strengthening, repainting, footway replacement and timber matching the original, as well as restoration of decorative features.



County Cycleway and Footpath in the Running for £50 Million TV vote

A major project to get millions of people walking and cycling in Hereford came a step closer today as Sustrans' Connect2 Lottery bid entered the ultimate stage of the Big Lottery Fund's 'The People's £50 Million contest.' The final shortlist was announced today and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and former minister Charles Clarke will lead the charity's bid to transform local travel opportunities in Hereford and across the UK.

Adam Hart Davies, Wayne Hemingway and Ken Livingstone are among other high profile supporters. Hereford's Connect2 scheme is a proposed footpath and cycleway which would link the east side of the city with Rotherwas and Holme Lacy, avoiding having to cycle through the city centre itself.

Four organizations, including 'Sustrans' Connect2 project, are competing for the £50 million grant to be decided by public vote on ITV1 in December. Each project will be the subject of a television programme on ITV1 in the week beginning Monday, 3rd December.

Sustrans' Connect2 will be featured on Tuesday, 4th December. Full programme details will be released in mid November. Voting will take place online and by phone vote following the TV shows.

Online voting for The People's £50 Million Lottery Giveaway will open at 9am on Monday, 26th November at www.thepeoples50million.org.uk Telephone voting will be over the weekend of 7th to 10th December.



Temporary Closure of Footpath and Cycleway

As part of the Hereford (Belmont) Flood Scheme, the Hinton Road end of the Bishop's Meadow footpath and cycle route is to be closed for two months. The closure, which took effect from Monday, 29th October, is necessary as contractors, Morrison Construction need to build a bund and install the historic Jubilee Gates at the their new location in Hinton Road.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said, 'Under the original plans for the scheme, it would have been possible to create a temporary path. However, the installation of the Jubilee Gates now needs a different form of construction involving steel sheet piles and reinforced concrete as well as the earth bunds originally envisaged. We did consider temporary, alternative paths but the difference in gradient meant it was impossible as the earthworks needed would have impacted on trees in the area.'

The alternative cycle route between Victoria Bridge and Hinton Road will, instead, be via St Martins Avenue, the path leading to the Leisure Pool and the link back to Hinton Road from the Leisure Pool which will both now have a route maintained through them throughout the works.

Morrison Construction are also looking at the possibility of signing a temporary route through the Leisure Pool car park to help those who would prefer to avoid using St Martins Street. The riverside path to Putson will also remain open to pedestrians during these works. Signs, but no barriers, will be posted at the Victoria Bridge end of the path, warning about the closure of the route. Morrison Construction said the footpath and cycle route will be reopened as soon as is possible before Christmas.



Keep Your Dogs Safe on Bonfire Night

All dog owners are being urged by Herefordshire Council to take extra care to ensure their dogs do not go missing during Bonfire Night celebrations.

Traditionally, the time around Bonfire Night is when the council's dog warden service is at its busiest, with dogs escaping from homes after being frightened by the noise of fireworks. Mike Higgins, Herefordshire Council's Animal Health and Welfare Manager, said, 'Last year, we had 14 dogs escape after being frightened during Bonfire Night celebrations. Luckily we were able to reunite them with their owners. To save distress to the dogs, however, it is better if they are kept indoors when fireworks are going off. Owners should also ensure all windows, doors and dog flaps are kept firmly shut.' The council is also reiterating its call for all dog owners to get their pets tagged or micro-chipped because then, if they do escape or get lost, they can be reunited more quickly with their owners.

Councillor John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet Member for the Environment and Strategic Housing, said, 'As a dog owner myself, I know how stressed dogs can become during Bonfire Night celebrations and would urge people to keep their pets indoors when fireworks are going off. Now is also a perfect time to get dogs either tagged or micro-chipped as this can help us to reunite any lost dogs with their owners much more quickly.'

The council has also set up an internet based service on its website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk, to help reunite owners with lost dogs. Just click on the Stray Dogs link in the Spotlights box. This service offers peace of mind to any owners who have lost dogs outside normal working hours, because any dogs featured on this site are being well cared for at the council's kennels.



Open Day at Treasure Island to Promote Recycling

Treasure Island, a charity shop in Hereford is holding an open day on Thursday, 8th November between 10am and 3pm, to promote their domestic appliance reuse project.

Electrical items that are donated to the charity are refurbished by a team of electrical engineers before being made available to the public from the Treasure Island shop in Berrington Street. Proceeds from sales support the work Herefordshire Lifestyles carry out with people suffering physical and sensory disabilities by providing services and support to enable them to live a life of their choice. Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County Council's waste management team will be supporting the event.

The public are invited along to learn about different ways of reducing, reusing and recycling their waste. The first 50 Treasure Island customers will receive a free, reusable jute shopping bag when they enter the waste management quiz. All entries will be then go into a free competition to win a fridge or washing machine that has been refurbished through the Treasure Island domestic appliance reuse project.

Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire County Council support Herefordshire Lifestyles and other reuse organizations as part of its waste reduction strategy. Anybody who would like further information about reuse organizations or a free reuse guide is welcome to call 01905 766883 or visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk.

To donate an unwanted electrical appliance call Treasure Island on 0845 450 7452.



Have a Green Hallowe'en

This Hallowe'en Herefordshire Council's Waste Prevention Team is encouraging people to recycle and avoid a horror story for the environment. The council is offering green fingered advise about how to reduce the amount of waste that is produced at Hallowe'en parties each year.

For example, it is a scary fact that up to 99 per cent of ghoulish pumpkin lanterns will end up in landfill sites. There are numerous ways to avoid this happening, including composting or making soup with the pumpkin.

Catherine Hines, Worcestershire County Council' s Waste Prevention Project Assistant, said, 'There are lots of ways people can make their parties greener, whether its using their own crockery and cutlery rather than paper plates and plastic knives and forks, buying loose fruit and vegetables with less packaging or remembering to recycle those empty bottles and cans. Careful planning can reduce the waste produced.'

There are a number of ways that Hallowe'en parties across the county can go green this year. Below are a few tricks 'witch' will help treat the environment.

Before the party
· Plan ahead before buying food and confirm numbers for the party. This avoids over spending and food waste.
· Residents can buy fruit and vegetables that are loose rather than pre-packed and purchase freezer packs of bread rolls to reuse at a later date.
· Partygoers can limit the number of items that are thrown away by buying Hallowe'en costumes and decorations that are reusable.

At the party
· Party revellers could use everyday cutlery and crockery rather than paper plates and plastic knives and forks
· The party host could use a glass hire service from a local off-licence or supermarket instead of plastic cups, and top up salad and bread baskets throughout the evening to reduce food wastage.

After the party
· Involve all the party guests with the washing up and keep reseal able food containers for next year
· Save Halloween costumes for next year or offer them for free to others on www.freecycle.org

· Remember to recycle all your plastic bottles, cans, paper, thin card, glass bottles and jars and put any vegetable waste into a compost bin
· Other food waste, such as bread, meat and dairy products can be put down a food waste disposer.

For further information on how you can claim cash back for fitting a food waste disposer visit www.sinkyourwaste.com For more information about composting at home, log on to www.recyclenow.com/compost or call 0845 077 0757 or for information about reducing, reusing and recycling waste, visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk or call 01905 766883.



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