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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 177 - Wednesday, 12th December 2007
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
for Missing Kington Man
are appealing for the publicís help to trace a missing man
from Kington. Alun Michael Price left his home in Llewellin
Road on Monday afternoon, leaving no word of where he was
going. He was last seen at 6pm last night, Monday, 10th
December, walking along Hergest Road in Kington, heading
towards the industrial estate. He has not been seen since
nor has he been in contact with family and friends.
Priceís family say his behaviour is out of character and
they are extremely concerned for his welfare. He aged 55
and 6ft 1ins tall with shoulder length grey hair and a beard.
He is slim and is thought to have been wearing a boiler
suit, possibly black and green in colour. He is currently
suffering from a bad chest infection.
Nick Semper from Herefordshire Police said that he is keen
to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Price or has information
as to where he may be. He said, 'Alunís disappearance is
out of character and his family and friends are obviously
very worried and keen to hear from him to ensure he is safe
and well. I would urge anyone who has information about
Alunís whereabouts to contact the police so that we can
put his family at ease.'
began a search of the local area last night, using the police
helicopter and further searches are being undertaken today.
with information should contact Herefordshire Police on
08457 444888 quoting incident number 395s of December 10th.
Crafts at Hereford High Town
you are looking for original one-off handcrafted gifts this
Christmas, look no further than Hereford High Town on Saturday,
15th December, when Herefordshire Council's Cultural Services
present the fourth Craft Market in the heart of the city.
stalls of traditional and contemporary craft will be on
sale. Not only can people discover original and beautiful
work, but - with the chance to meet the maker - they can
find out how it's made and who made it! For jewellery, pictures,
tableware and more, don't miss this opportunity to buy a
handmade item from a county artist. Whether it's a delicately
wall-mounted wire sculpture from Joanna Hardman, a vibrant
and dazzling piece of glass jewellery from Amanda Bunclark,
or an intricately patterned natural wooden bowl or breadboard
from Frances Harvey - there will be something for all tastes
and budgets at this pre-Christmas market. So why not get
in the Christmas spirit this Saturday, with a visit to Hereford
High Town, and find original gifts to delight your friends
your taste, you can browse, chat, commission or purchase
handmade craft in the heart of the city all day, from 9am
until 5pm. Don't miss this next market on Saturday at Hereford
High Town (between The Old House and Butter Market) between
9am and 5pm.
Afternoon at Herefordshire Libraries
The first Readers' Afternoon organized by Herefordshire
Libraries in Partnership with the West Midlands Readers
network took place on Saturday, 1st December 2007.
afternoon featured Clare Brown author of The Creation Myths
and Dream Laboratory, both published by Bloomsbury, and
Paul McDonald author of Kiss me Softly Amy Turtle and Surviving
Sting, both published by Tindal Street Press. Jonathan Davidson
of the West Midlands Readers Network was the very entertaining
compere and kept the quite ambitious programme of discussions
and readings almost to the timetable.
the fact the it was a very busy weekend in Herefordshire,
with lots of Christmas school and village fetes happening
and the Hay Festival Winter Weekend, 42 people attended
the event. The afternoon included discussion groups on topics
such as Should we take comedy more seriously and Escapism
V Reality. Paul McDonald had everyone laughing when he read
the opening chapter of one of his novels which was set in
a Walsall hospital.
were four very different presentations called Our Reading
Lives, in which people talked about the different stages
of their life and what they had been reading. From the tattered
childhood picture book to the much loaned reference book,
these short talks really conveyed in their individual ways
a passion for books and the wonder of reading. They certainly
inspired many in the audience to add yet more titles to
their own personal reading lists.
were cast for the best and worst readers' group book. The
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was the clear winner of the
best book, whilst Toast by Nigel Slater was voted the worst
book. There was a literary quiz with a £10 book voucher
prize kindly donated by Waterstones.
majority of people who came to the event were in readers
groups already but there were a few people looking to join
a group. They will now be put in touch with a suitable local
readers group. The final act came from the Harold Street
Readers, when they performed their very own light-hearted
poem about readers groups, which they had written especially
for the day.
are some of the comments from those attending.
was enjoyable, informative and fun but I thought it was
a shame about the paucity of male readers!! Well done for
organizing it all; the two authors were great and I found
Lara's reading life talk completely mesmerizing'
was great to get in some thought provoking discussion on
a weekend, and both authors were interesting and guided
the debates well.'
hadn't really known what to expect, so it was lovely to
be part of a nice, friendly crowd of like minded people
and to get to talk and hear about books for a couple of
hours!! When you're organizing one in the future I'll make
sure to keep my diary free for it!''
When are you organizing the next one? I will definitely
is National Year of Reading
Council has backed a call by the secretary of state for
schools and parents to get their children to read more at
home as they grow up.
Ed Balls made the call as he announced £5 million for libraries
to give free books to nurseries to kick off next year's
National Year of Reading. His announcement coincided with
the publication of findings of an international study of
children's reading which showed that England's ten year
olds are reading fewer novels and stories outside of school
than in 2001.
study shows that our highest achieving children are reading
less, with children's busy days leaving less time for books
at home. Reading needs to be as much a part of kids' routines
as brushing their teeth and having a bath. Parents are worried
about striking the right balance between play, reading,
TV and computer games. As a society we have to send the
right messages about the value of reading to our children,'
said Mr Balls.
announcement of £5 million to provide free books to pre-school
settings was welcomed by Jan Nesaratnam, from the council's
library service. Herefordshire Libraries already provide
packs to all babies, toddlers and three year olds throughout
the county as part of the Bookstart programme, and the service
runs an annual Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 12 year
National Year of Reading is a great way to remind kids that
reading is fun, and highlight some of the services our libraries
already offer which encourage parents to read with their
children,' said Jan. 'We've lots of brilliant free books
to choose from, regular story times and rhyme times, Parents
and Carers collections and no fines for under fives. But
the pleasure of reading isn't just for children. Our libraries
have a great range of free books for all ages, with adult
book promotions, author events and Readers' Groups.'
will be a special programme of library events locally for
the National Year of Reading, which officially begins in
April 2008, starting with an exciting launch at Ross-on-Wye
Library with local children's author Shoo Rayner on Wednesday,
Urged to Take Extra Care
are being urged by The Safer Roads Partnership to take extra
care when driving along the county's roads. The call comes
after a number of deaths that have occurred on the county
roads during the last few months.
Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia, which includes representatives
from Herefordshire Council's highways and transportation
department, West Mercia Police, the courts and NHS Primary
Care Trust, aims to deliver highly visible targeted speed
enforcement as well as to co-ordinate, support and develop
broader road safety activity.
McAvoy, Safer Roads Partnership Manager said, 'The number
of deaths on the county's roads was discussed at some length
at our last meeting and we are now looking at a number of
options for increasing the level of our work along the county's
roads in conjunction with the police and Herefordshire Council.'
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation said, 'We are committed to making
roads in the county as safe as possible and, during the
busy run up to Christmas, I would urge all motorists to
take extra care, especially with their speed, adjusting
their driving to suit the weather conditions and not drinking
and driving. The number of deaths on the county's roads
in the past month has been tragic and we don't want any
more families to lose their loved ones.'
Collections for the Christmas Period
in Herefordshire will have no refuse collections on Christmas
Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day. Collections
due on Monday, 24th December move to Monday, 31st December
and those due to be collected on Christmas Day will instead
be collected on Saturday, 29th December.
Day collections will move to Wednesday, 2nd January while
New Year's Day collections will switch to Tuesday, 8th January.
All other refuse collections will be as normal. There will
be a double collection on Monday, 31st December and Wednesday,
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing said, 'Christmas is
a time of year when a lot of waste is created. Even though
we are committed to providing as many collections as possible
over the festive period, we would also urge people to recycle
as much as they can. Throughout the country, it is estimated
enough rubbish to fill 400,000 double decker buses will
be produced by the festive season. The county's rate for
recycling has now surpassed the 30 per cent figure and I
would urge all householders to continue their good work
with both recycling and composting to reduce the amount
of rubbish that is being sent to landfill.'
hints on recycling, log onto the website www.herefordshire.gov.uk
and search for recycling.
Festive Taste of Yesteryear Coming to Hereford
festive flavours of yesteryear will be coming to Hereford
on Thursday, 20th December, when the city's first Victorian
Market will take place. The event is happening as a result
of the year-on-year success of the Leominster Victorian
Market, which left people asking when Hereford would have
Victorian Market will be held in the shadow of the Old House
in High Town, in Commercial Street and St Peter's Street,
not far from the regular farmers' market, which takes place
on the same day outside the Buttermarket.
have had a great response and are expecting more than 20
stalls in the Victorian Market, alongside more than 30 in
the farmers' market,' said Elaine Hawkins, from the council's
markets and fairs team. 'It should have a lovely Christmas
feel to it and we're inviting all traders already in town
to join in and dress up in Victorian costume, including
those supplying jacket potatoes, the soup wagon, a coffee
stall and a doughnut stand as well as the carousel and other
entertainment in town for Christmas. The
farmers' market traders will also be dressing up.
should be a special Christmas market, full of wonderful
food and excellent Christmas gift ideas. As well as all
the gorgeous food the farmers market has to offer, the Victorian
market will add stalls selling lots of handcrafted gifts
including soap and other toiletries, candles, cards, handbags
and children's gifts and books, scarves and fudge. It will
also include stalls selling beadwork, Celtic and gemstone
jewellery, cotton and woollen textiles and lots more craft
markets will run between 9am and 5pm.
Opening of New Ross Children's Centre
new Ryefield Children's Centre is holding a fun packed open
day today, Wednesday, 12th December and all Ross families
and their young children are invited to attend. Between
10.30am and 2.30pm, visitors will be shown around the newly
refurbished facilities and given the chance to join in lots
of festive activities.
will be able to enjoy making Christmas gifts and decorations,
decorating biscuits and playing games with their parents
and carers. There will also be an opportunity to enjoy light
refreshments served by parents, and the chance to not only
catch up with old friends, but to make some new ones. Courtesy
of Ross Lions, Father Christmas will be making a guest appearance.
Look out for him in the morning riding through the streets
of Ross on Wye before stopping to meet children and their
families at the Ryefield Centre around 11am.
well as all this, Whitchurch school choir and Ross pre school
playgroup will be entertaining guests with Christmas songs
prior to the official opening at 2pm. Pedro will be there
in the afternoon with his musical instruments offering music
and dance activities, and during the morning the library
service will be offering two story sessions for parents/carers
and children to enjoy.
those attending will receive a warm and sincere welcome
from children's centre staff, health visitors, childminders
and other agencies. Other service providers and parent helpers
will also be there to meet families and talk to them about
the services and information available at Ryefield Children's
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people
said, 'All the staff and agencies have worked very hard
to put together what I'm sure will be a non stop day of
creative activity for children and parents to enjoy. I fully
intend joining in all the fun and am looking forward to
seeing the new centre fully equipped and ready for action.
I would encourage all families to come and enjoy a fun day
out with their children and learn about some of the new
services which are going to become available over the next
Needed to Promote Home Composting
Council and Worcestershire County Council are giving residents
the chance to give something back to their community by
championing the benefits of home composting.
councils, in association with the Waste and Resources Action
Programme (WRAP) and the national charity for organic growing,
Garden Organic, are appealing for volunteers to sign up
to its Master Composters Programme. They are looking to
recruit 20 more volunteers to be trained in February 2008.
A total of 47 people have been trained since the scheme
Master Composter scheme is aimed at promoting the benefits
of home composting, encouraging more people to participate
and enabling those who already home compost, to do so more
effectively. Volunteers will take part in a number of promotional
activities, which could include attending events such as
shows and doing school visits and demonstrations, where
they will provide the home composting advisers with a helping
May 2006, volunteers have collectively given more than 1,500
hours of their time to promoting home composting across
the two counties.
Viktoria Salisbury, Worcestershire County Council's project
development officer for composting said, 'The Master Composters
Programme is making a massive contribution towards home
composting throughout Herefordshire and Worcestershire and
we are now looking for more people to join the team so that
we can spread the word even further. Our existing volunteers
are an enthusiastic and motivated team, who are doing a
fantastic job in promoting home composting. Becoming a Master
Composter is a great way to meet new people, learn valuable
skills and benefit from being part of a team that makes
will be provided with full training in home composting and
other related environmental issues. They will be expected
to contribute a minimum of 30 hours over 12 months. Travel
expenses will be paid. Anybody requiring further information
should call Viktoria on 01905 768260.
Banqueting Hall to Replace Old Cinema
medieval banqueting hall is to replace the old plaza cinema
in Bromyard thanks to grants of nearly £43,000 allocated
by Herefordshire Council towards the conversion of existing
help from the Redundant Buildings Grant Scheme, John and
Sylvia Silver, the owners of Bromyard's Falcon Hotel, have
converted a former stable block to a multipurpose function
room and meeting room for visitors and residents to enjoy.
the building's life it has been a garage, cinema, night
club and snooker hall but has been unused for several years,
becoming an eyesore in the centre of Bromyard. It has been
brought back to life as The Falcon Mews and John and Sylvia
will be using their experience to offer medieval banquets,
cabarets, film shows, and a youth theatre facility, as well
as providing a venue for parties, weddings and conferences.
Silver said, 'The old plaza cinema has undergone a complete
transformation and has emerged as a magnificent medieval
banqueting hall with minstrel's gallery, and a conference
centre with two meeting rooms. Our daughter is a brilliant
cook of medieval food and we are looking forward to welcoming
guests to experience this new facility.'
Dovey of the Live and Let Live pub on Bringsty Common was
also awarded a grant, for the refurbishment of the old cider
house, which had been unused for over 11 years. Work is
now complete and the pub, the only thatched public house
in Herefordshire, will again become a focal point for commoners
and visitors alike. The two projects will create over ten
new jobs for the Bromyard area.
Coleman, programme manager said, 'It's a great shame when
buildings fall into disrepair and stand idle when they could
be put to good use. When redundant buildings are turned
around and used to their full potential they can provide
a much needed boost to the local economy. These two projects
have not been without their difficulties, but a good deal
of tenacity and hard work has paid off, and the end results
are a credit to the owners.'
Redundant Building Grant Scheme is administered by Herefordshire
Council and funded by Advantage West Midlands through the
Rural Regeneration Zone. It has now allocated over £2,000,000
to projects across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.
For further information on the scheme, contact Dorothy Coleman,
programme manager, on 01432 383616, or e-mail email@example.com.
evening, Wednesday, 12th December, MONEW, (Monmouth Enterprising
Women) are holding a Christmas sale at The Bridges Centre
in Monmouth, giving everybody a chance to shop for some
sale, which begins at 7:30pm in The Gallery will feature
member Elin Ross Pedersen's Nothing Nasty cosmetic range,
Susie Nagle's lovely glowing glass jewellery and much much
more. This is a great opportunity to have a relaxed evening
and buy that elusive Christmas present for the one you love,
ranging from natural skin care products, Life Coaching sessions,
gift tokens for massage and other lovely presents.
you wish to showcase your own products, tables at the sale
are free to MONEW members (www.monew.org) and just £10 to
non-member who are very welcome.
book your table contact Sharon on 0870 0345917, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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