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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 179 - Wednesday, 2nd January 2008
vandalized in swimming pool car park
are appealing for information after a car parked at Ross
swimming pool was badly damaged. The silver Vauxhall Corsa
was left in the car park at 9.30pm on Friday, 21st December
and was retrieved at 7.30am the next morning. Between those
times, around £700 damage was caused to doors, bonnet and
roof, apparently by someone jumping on the car. The wing
mirrors had also been ripped off and the vehicle 'keyed',
causing scratching to the paintwork on the driver's door.
who saw or hear suspicious activity in the Kyrle Street
car park is asked to contact PC Dave Hamilton at Ledbury
Police Station on 08457 444888, or to call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555111.
Dickinson's closes in Ledbury after 50 years of trading in the
50 years of trading in the town, the Ledbury based envelope
factory John Dickinson, closed on Friday, 21st December
2007 and Wyenot
News was given exclusive access to the factory in order
to photograph the plant and the people and to mark the end
of an era.
factory's General Manager, Martin King, has nothing but
praise for his staff, their loyalty and their dedication.
'The attitude of the workforce has been superb,' he said.
'They have done extremely well in terms of their work ethic
and have worked to their usual high standards right up to
the end. The way that they have conducted themselves in
the circumstances has been a credit to each and every one
closure of the factory was announced two months ago, with
owners, Groupe Hamelin, allowing the workforce double the
amount of notice legally required when redundancies are
announced. On Tuesday, 4th December 2007 Groupe Hamelin's
owner, Stephane Hamelin travelled to Ledbury from his base
in France in order to speak to the workforce in person.
He made himself available to workers who wished to talk
to him about his decision to close the factory which was,
as he explained, purely a business decision.
King says that the visit by Stephane Hamelin was greatly
appreciated by the staff. There is also the possibility
of starting a smaller scale business, manufacturing bespoke
envelopes, supported by Groupe Hamelin. The Groupe has agreed
to assist such a venture by way of support such as transfer
King will now head a small team of workers to decommission
the factory during January and February. He wishes to thank
each and every one of the people who have worked at the
factory in the four years that he has been Manager. 'They
have been a great bunch of people to work with and I wish
every one of them good luck for the future.'
Manager, Martin King at John Dickinson's on the last day of production
at the Ledbury plant. Ref: DSC_3574
view inside the John Dickinson factory. Ref: DSC_3520
Dickinson's Ref: DSC_3567
the finishing section: Marsha, Pam, Sally and Mandy. Ref: DSC_3527
In the finishing section: Sally, Angela, Martin, Mandy, Marsha and
Louise. Ref: DSC_3543
Martin, Dean, Terry and Mick by one of the WD machines. Ref: DSC_3552
Ruth, Maria, Martin, Diane, Jake and Chris. Ref: DSC_3556
Steve and setter, Charlie with General Manager, Martin. Ref: DSC_3560
Chuck with Martin. Ref: DSC_3561
Chris with Martin. Ref: DSC_3563
staff, Stephen, Brigitte and Allison with Warehouse Supervisor Jeff
(middle) and Martin. Ref: DSC_3571
warning: Check your car for snowy weather
weather forecasters predict snow showers for the West Mercia
region today (3rd Jan) the police force is reminding drivers
they run the risk of being involved in a serious collision
if they do not check their cars regularly and keep them
in good condition.
figures show that a quarter of all vehicles stopped and
checked by police officers have vehicle condition defects,
with worn tyres and broken lights topping the faults and
defects chart. Between January 2005 and September 2007,
369 people were injured in collisions caused by car defects.
Nine people were fatally injured, 55 were seriously injured
and 305 people were slightly injured. If a motorist is stopped
and police find their vehicle is not roadworthy they face
a £30 fixed penalty notice or prosecution.
Mercia's Casualty Reduction Manager, Sergeant John Roberts
said, 'Vehicle maintenance is an essential part of road
safety. It has been proved that drivers who fail to carry
out regular checks on their vehicles are at much greater
risk of being involved in a collision. Driving with worn
tyres is extremely dangerous and, in wet conditions, can
seriously increase your risk of being involved in a collision.
the wintry weather is upon us it is vital that motorists
take the time to check vehicles and ensure they are in a
roadworthy condition. Drivers should get into the habit
of checking their vehicles, regardless of how old their
vehicles are, and should pay special attention to their
tyres, lights, brakes, steering and seat belts. Any vehicle
of any age can have a chipped windscreen, an empty water
bottle or a spilt windscreen wiper blade, so people must
make regular checks. Not
only is it illegal to drive a poorly maintained vehicle,
but defects could contribute to a collision which could
kill or seriously injure other motorists and pedestrians.
part of its Seven Deadly Sins road safety campaign, West
Mercia Constabulary is urging motorists to help make the
roads across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin
and Worcestershire safer this winter by making vehicle maintenance
are advised to follow the advice below to ensure their vehicle
is safe and roadworthy:
indicators, reflectors and number plates must be kept clean
and clear · Take special care to ensure brakes are working
correctly. If your vehicle pulls to one side when braking,
it could be a brake fault and you should consult a mechanic
immediately · The legal minimum tread depth for car tyres
in the UK is 1.6mm across the centre three quarters of the
tyre. Most tyres have tread wear indicators, usually six
or more small ribs across the bottom of the main tread groves.
When the tread surface is level with these ribs the tyre
needs to be replaced · Check tyre pressure frequently with
an accurate tyre pressure gauge.
this before your journey when the tyres are cold:
the fluid levels in the vehicle weekly. Low brake fluid
may result in brake failure and a collision · Ensure the
battery is well maintained and there are appropriate antifreeze
agents in your radiator, as well as the correct freeze protection
solution in your windscreen bottle · Make sure you understand
the meaning of all warning displays on the vehicle instrument
panel. Do not ignore warning signs, they could indicate
a dangerous fault developing · Keep all windows clear at
all times, especially the windscreen During wintry weather
yourself - is your journey absolutely essential? · Check
the local and national weather forecasts. · Listen to local
and national radio for travel information. · Tell someone
at your destination what time you expect to arrive. · Make
sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots and
a torch. In snowy conditions, take a spade. · Clear your
windows and mirrors before you set out and carry a screen
scraper and de-icer. If you get into trouble · Do not use
a mobile phone while driving. Stop somewhere safe or ask
a passenger to make the call. · On a motorway, it is best
to use a roadside emergency telephone, because the breakdown/emergency
services will be able to locate you easily. If you have
to use a mobile phone, make sure you know your location
from the numbers on the marker posts on the side of the
hard shoulder. · Abandoned vehicles can hold up rescue vehicles
and snowploughs. To ensure the road is cleared as quickly
as possible, stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
· If you have to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure
other drivers can see you. Adjust your driving to the conditions
· Hail, heavy snow and rain reduce visibility. · Use dipped
headlights and reduce your speed. When roads are icy or
slushy · It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions
than on a dry road. Drive slowly, allowing extra room to
slow down and stop. · Use the highest gear possible to avoid
wheel spin. · Manoeuvre gently, avoiding harsh braking and
acceleration. · To brake on ice or snow without locking
your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow
your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently. · If
you start to skid, ease off the accelerator but do not brake
and snow ploughing · Salting vehicles travel at speeds of
up to 40 mph spreading salt across all lanes of the carriageway.
Drivers are advised to maintain a safe distance behind them.
Do not attempt to overtake. · Snow ploughing can throw up
irregular amounts of snow that may be a hazard to vehicles.
Drivers are advised to maintain a safe distance behind vehicles
and not to attempt to overtake.
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