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No. 181 - Wednesday, 16th January 2008
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
restored tram returns home
historic Kington Tram or Plateway Wagon, discovered in the
1960s at Burlingjobb Quarry, close to Kington, has now been
safely returned to its new home in Hereford. Dating from
between 1820 and 1830, the window of opportunity to conserve
the tram occurred just before work started on a £1.83m extension
to the new Museum Resource and Learning Centre. During the
building work, only internal access was possible to the
wheeled vehicle storage area, so the tram left the site
just before work started. The third and final stage of the
extension, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund,
is now complete and the newly restored tram has been moved
to its new home in the building's entrance where it will
be on show until Easter.
Andrew, Herefordshire Council's principal Heritage Officer,
said, 'A restoration had been planned many years ago, with
replica wheel cast, but for some reason, had not proceeded
and the tram was in a very poor state of repair. It really
is a relic of the county's industrial heritage and is one
of the oldest such trams in the country. It proved quite
difficult to get the tram back into the new museum resource
and learning centre but it is wonderful it has finally finished
and the restoration work looks fantastic.'.
Dave Potter of Bromstead Services, based in Newport, Shropshire,
has spent the past year restoring the tram, which was in
a very fragile state, consisting solely of the ribs, one
end and very rusted base plate. A new strengthened bottom,
side and door have been added to the tram to show how it
would have looked when it was in use. The other two sides
have been left in their original state to show how the tram
would have looked when it first was discovered.
by horses, the tram was originally used to transport coal
to Kington from the collieries of South Wales. The first
sections opened in 1811, reaching Kington in 1820. The Kington
tramway then exported finished iron goods and limestone
or agricultural lime. Engineer James Watt, who had a country
house near Kington, was a shareholder who helped to fund
the Kington tramway. Mr Cyril Wright Meredith of Kington,
a descendant of the firm of ironmasters who built the original
tramway, found the tram in 1963 in a waste tip at Burlingjobb
limestone quarry in Kington and recovered it and it has
been part of the museum collection since then. The restoration
work has been funded by the Prism Foundation, a fund for
conserving important scientific items, with help from Herefordshire
Council, the Friends of Hereford Museum and the Arts while
Tarmac plc provided the limestone blocks from Dolyhir Quarry,
one of the quarries originally served by the plate way.
proverbs at Hereford Museum & Art Gallery
(The exhibition which avoids clichés like
you ever 'taken a bull by the horns' or 'looked a gift horse
in the mouth'? The rich oral tradition of proverbs in every
culture gives a unique insight into commonly held values
in a refreshing, poetic and often humorous way. . .
Fish eat Little Fish by Marjan Wouda.
artists, Shellie Byatt, Adrienne Craddock and Marjan Wouda
have selected some of the most striking proverbs, celebrating
them through the mediums of collage, print and sculpture,
in a new exhibition Wagging Tongues: World Proverbs portrayed
through Sculpture, Prints and Collage. You will find elephants,
crows, fish and fanciful figures fabulously portrayed in
a collection of images that takes you round the world to
discover what granny would say in countries near and far
in the exhibition at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery from
Saturday, 19th January until Wednesday, 5th March.
Byatt's unique and intricate paper collages visualizes the
interaction of people and their relationships, often hinting
at our hidden emotions. Adrienne Craddock's dramatic images
display charismatic animals and figures. Sculptor Marjan
Wouda evokes and questions deep human emotions using a range
of materials and representations.
are invited to bring your own favourite proverb and enter
it into a collection of 'People's Proverbs' touring with
the exhibition. This exhibition, which has toured ten UK
galleries since 2006, was listed in The Saturday Times as
one of Rachel Campbell-Johnston's Top Five Gallery Exhibitions
and listed as a 'Must See' - Artists and Illustrators Magazine
(March 2006). It was also the inspiration for a production
entitled 'The Journeyman' - A Proverbial Tale at Wakefield
Theatre Royal in Spring 2007. Admission to Hereford Museum
& Art Gallery is free with access for visitors with disabilities.
museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm. For
more information please contact Peter Young, Museum Design
& Display Officer, (01432) 383 592 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
monkey smothers its young by hugging it too much by Marjan Wouda.
every crow there is another by Adrienne Craddock.
goes before a fall by Shellie Byatt.
Farming display in Hereford Museum Community Cases
Drew has just returned from an exciting twelve months in
Mozambique, on the East coast of Africa as part of the Voluntary
Service Overseas Youth scheme. Photographs and artefacts
from her time in Mozambique are on display in the community
cases at Hereford Museum until Saturday, 1st March.
in Mozambique, Elizabeth spent her time lending a hand to
local farmers, setting up training schemes and learning
all about the resources local people need to get the most
from the land they farm. The VSO scheme sets out to work
with the local farmers and their traditional knowledge rather
than imposing western ideas onto them. Elizabeth
feels her time in Mozambique was well spent and I am sure
the people she worked with are pleased with the results
Heritage Officer Sarah Skelton said, 'Elizabeth's time in
Mozambique can be an inspiration to us all. Over twelve
months she learnt to live in a different culture and discovered
how local people live off the land in a very different environment
to that of Herefordshire.'
find out more about Elizabeth's exciting adventure in Mozambique
or to find out more about VSO schemes visit Hereford Museum
and Art Gallery before 1st March.
mat campaign launched to tackle underage drinking
and Area Drugs and Alcohol Forum are launching a hard hitting
campaign to tackle underage drinking and anti social behaviour.
A series of beer mats, featuring images of young people
who are drunk, will be distributed through off licenses
and alcohol retailers. It
is hoped that not only will the beer mats have a practical
use, but that their message will encourage people to think
twice before supplying alcohol to under 18s.
forum, run through Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs
Partnership, has been concerned with the number of reports
about young people in the area acting antisocially whilst
under the influence of alcohol. It appears that the problem
is being caused not only by under age people buying alcohol
themselves, but also by adults who are buying alcohol for
campaign comes on the back of Herefordshire Community Safety
and Drugs Partnership's recent 'Drunky Monkey' initiative
and West Mercia Constabulary's Christmas Presence project,
both of which encourage people across Herefordshire to drink
sensibly both at Christmas and throughout the year.
to the NHS Hospital Episodes Survey, the number of young
people being treated for excessive drinking has increased
dramatically over the last five years, as well as the number
of alcohol related anti social behaviour issues reported
to West Mercia Constabulary.
Hughes, Chair of Herefordshire Community Safety and Drugs
Partnership, said, 'Underage drinking is a problem that
can have serious consequences for people in our communities.
Under age drinkers can face serious health issues, as well
as putting themselves and others at risk of accidents and
injuries. The associated antisocial behaviour can also lead
to noise and vandalism and can have a serious impact on
the quality of life for local people. We want adults to
realize that they have a crucial part to play in tackling
this problem and taking responsibility for the welfare of
young people and the community as a whole.'
get involved in the forum, please contact Herefordshire
Community Safety and Drugs Partnership on 01432 383625 or
any member of the Leominster area Local Policing Teams on
01432 346738 (Leominster Town North), 01432 346739 (Leominster
Town South) or 01432 346720 (Leominster Rural). For more
information, please contact Susanne Graham on 01432 260324,
or Neil Tipton on 01432 347340.
to learn bricklaying skills
Council's learning champions are running a workshop on Tuesday,
22nd January at Kingstone High School, teaching the basics
workshop will run from 10am to 3pm and learners will be
taught how to build a brick wall correctly. People can then
use these skills at home to build a garden wall or a brick
McKelvie, Herefordshire Council learning champion, said,
'Bricklaying is a very useful skill to have and hopefully
people will find the workshop very rewarding.'
Anyone wishing to attend should contact Karan McKelvie on
07792 881071 or email email@example.com.
your first step to sustainability
residents are being urged not to make 2008 a 'rubbish' year
but instead make a resolution, one step, that will really
make a difference to their own and other people's lives.
As part of Herefordshire Council's Steps to Sustainability
campaign, residents are being urged to cut down the amount
of waste they produce. Everyone can minimize their waste
very simply by refusing excess packaging, preventing junk
mail and of course reusing, recycling and composting.
also tend to 'overbuy', particularly food, where it has
been estimated that about one third of food purchased actually
ends up in the bin! There are many more specific ways people
can cut down waste and over the few months Herefordshire
Council will be encouraging people to do this, and look
at other issues that impact on the environment, the economy
and health and well being.
'Steps to Sustainability' simple guide, available from the
website www.herefordshire.gov.uk and in leaflet form from
Info Shops and council offices from the end of January,
illustrates what the council is committed to doing to promote
sustainability and tackle climate change.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
the Environment and Strategic Housing said, 'Sustainability
is at the heart of everything we do. It is embedded in the
way we conduct our business and in our efforts to encourage
others to adopt behaviours and actions that will also help.
We are hoping that by reading the 'steps' guide people will
identify what they can do to make a difference, and work
with us to tackle some of the dilemmas that face society
council is currently reviewing its household waste strategy
and will be consulting with householders over the next few
months. For more information contact: the Sustainability
Unit on 01432 261930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
step in the right direction
some Christmas presents you really didn't need, want or
like? Don't know what to do with that too small sweater,
too big slippers or that second copy of your favourite CD?
It's sometimes easy to just throw such items away but, as
we face an increasing problem of waste going to landfill,
everyone needs to rethink their habits and commit to reducing
the amount of waste produced by their households.
part of Herefordshire Council's Steps to Sustainability
campaign, county residents are being urged to take various
steps towards reducing their impact on the planet, one step
being cutting the amount of waste they produce. Unwanted
presents may be just what someone else wants or desperately
needs and people should consider giving them to charity
shops or one of the many national and international campaigns
which respond to crises in different parts of the world.
This form of recycling can include new or used items and
can be of immense benefit to individuals and organizations
-- local, national and international.
well as using these items directly, some are sold to raise
money for the charity to provide a more needed commodity
or fund research. The 'Steps to Sustainability' simple guide,
available from the website www.herefordshire.gov.uk and
in leaflet form from Info Shops and council offices from
the end of January, illustrates what the council is committed
to doing to promote sustainability (reducing waste is just
one issue) and tackle climate change. The website also has
detailed information on recycling - where and what, including
bring and household waste sites and kerbside collection.
more information on the 'Steps to sustainability' campaign
contact: the Sustainability Unit on 01432 261930 or email
works at Dinedor Camp
several days starting on Monday, 21st January, major tree
work will be taking place at Dinedor Camp to remove and
make safe some hazardous trees on the ramparts of the hill
work has been organized by Herefordshire Council's Parks,
Countryside & Leisure Development Service with approval
from the Parish Council and the Forestry Commission and
will involve the felling or reduction of 18 mature beech
trees, which are currently overhanging the Youth Camp and
neighbouring houses. The trees, one of which fell down last
summer, are rooted into the ramparts of the hill fort and
so advice has also been sought from English Heritage who
agree that this is the best way to ensure the safety of
the visitors to the hill fort and prevent further damage
to the important archaeology at the site.
Green, countryside ranger said, 'These trees have been allowed
to grow to maturity but have now become unstable due to
their position on the ramparts of the hill fort. It is important
that we remove these trees now to make the site as safe
as possible for visitors and local residents, they will
be replaced by natural regeneration of the woodland.'
The work is being undertaken by specialist local contractors
Adrian Hope Tree Services who have many years experience
of managing trees in difficult and sensitive locations.
It is hoped that the work will be completed within seven
days so as to cause the minimum amount of disruption to
local residents and visitors to this popular local historic
must pull together to face education challenge,
says council leader
Council is seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister of
State for Schools to press for fairer funding for education.
Herefordshire consistently achieves high standards in its
schools but receives one of the very worst levels of education
funding in the country. Added to that is the extra cost
of delivering services across a sparsely populated rural
area, and the fact that Herefordshire is under pressure
to reduce the number of schools if it wants to receive future
funds under the government's Building Schools for the Future
of Herefordshire Council Roger Phillips has written to the
county's two MPs - Bill Wiggin and Paul Keetch - to request
their help in setting up a joint meeting with the government
minister, including the council's cabinet member for children's
services Councillor Jennifer Hyde and the director of children's
services Sharon Menghini. The aim is that together they
will put the case to government for fairer funding for Herefordshire.
council is required to submit its schools review to the
Department for Children, Schools and Families by 16 June
2008 and has embarked on a countywide consultation programme
on proposals that could see 39 schools closed and 19 new
everyone else, councillors were very concerned when they
learned of the proposals in the schools review,' commented
Councillor Roger Phillips. 'Council officers calculate that
if the county does nothing then we will see 20 per cent
of school places empty by 2012, which will severely reduce
the grant we get from government for education. If Herefordshire
undertakes its schools review successfully, then potentially
many tens of millions of pounds will be made available from
the government for new schools, refurbishment of existing
schools and for improving the quality of education we can
provide for our children. However, if our schools received
the same level of funding per pupil as the average unitary
council, we would receive an additional £7.5 million a year
based on current pupil numbers. It would be easy but ultimately
fruitless for Herefordshire's politicians to blame each
other, but the truth is that due to falling school rolls
everywhere, many local education authorities are currently
going through the same process. The only way to arrive at
the best solution for our children is by working together
and acting together now to get a better deal from government.
In the meantime, the council's cabinet is tasking officers
to provide detailed information on finance and school journey
times. There is a period of consultation underway and no
political decision has been made, or indeed can be made
until the full facts are put before cabinet'.
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