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No. 184 - Wednesday, 6th February 2008
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY NEWS
is in the air in High Town
scarf - Keep and Share (wool/cotton).
you're a Romeo from Rotherwas, or a cupid from Cusop, you
won't want to miss a special valentines craft market in
Hereford later this month. Love-struck romantics from across
the county will be hot-footing it to Hereford's High Town
on Saturday, 9th February to add a touch of sparkle to this
year's Valentine's day celebrations.
A special craft market has been organized in the heart of
the city to celebrate the feast day of Saint Valentine,
and to promote the rich and diverse crafts alive in the
20 stalls of traditional and contemporary craft on show,
High Town will be the place to find something truly original
and unique for your special person this Valentine's day,'
said Rachel Pritchard, the Council's Crafts Officer. 'So,
if you're struggling to say it in a new and inspiring way,
or simply want to indulge in unique and original gifts,
come to the valentine craft market.
the luxurious alternative designer knitwear of the acclaimed
'Keep & Share' company, to the deliciously delicate wire
and enamel jewellery of well known and collectable local
artist Rozie Keogh, the market will feature some of the
finest artists working in Herefordshire today, and something
for all tastes and budgets. I
can guarantee that you'll find that something special which
is worthy of the one you love this year. The good news is
that you'll have to look no further than Hereford's High
The craft fair runs from 9am to 5pm and visitors will have
the opportunity to chat with the craftsmen and women and
commission individual pieces.
and pearl bracelet - Rozie Keogh.
safety to cyclists
Boswell, Herefordshire Council integrated transport assistant (right)
urges a cyclist on the Great Western Way to be seen and be safe.
Council has been busy promoting cycle safety with a special
event held at various locations throughout Hereford city.
Officers from the council's integrated transport and road
safety team were on hand at various locations along Great
Western Way, one of the busiest routes for cyclists commuting
to work, to promote safety to both cyclists and pedestrians.
seen, be safe was the major message of the Cycle Safety
Awareness Day and cyclists were encouraged to improve their
visibility to other road users by wearing high-visibility
vests and fluorescent slap-its which can be worn around
the wrist or ankle. LED light sets were also provided to
cyclists who had inadequate lighting.
Brian Wilcox said, 'The event reached a good mixture of
people who were cycling to and from work and college as
well as people shopping or making leisure journeys. It is
vital cyclists can be seen by other road users and this
event showed how simple measures such as high-visibility
vests and proper lighting can make all the difference and
prevent accidents from happening'.
the success of this event, the integrated transport team
will be planning further events during Bike Week, which
runs from June 14th to 22nd and in October. Anyone wanting
further advice on cycle safety should contact the council's
integrated transport team on 01432 260514.
Metal Theft Suspects Arrested in West Mercia
arrests have been made as part of Project Livewire, West
Mercia Constabulary's initiative to tackle metal theft across
teenagers were arrested on suspicion of stealing metal drain
covers in Telford. Police were called on Saturday, 26th
January, after a member of the public reported seeing a
group of men loading drain covers into a Ford Transit van.
Police stopped the vehicle after it had left Tweedle Industrial
Estate. The male suspects aged 19, 18 and 17 are currently
on police bail.
a separate incident in Hereford, five men aged between 20
and 44, were arrested at a scrap yard on suspicion of stealing
metal the previous day from residential properties in the
town. The five were arrested on Wednesday, 30th January.
have been released on police bail while police enquiries
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Roberts, from the Force Intelligence
Bureau at West Mercia Constabulary, said, 'These latest
arrests show that West Mercia Constabulary is committed
to catching people who are suspected of stealing metal.
Project Livewire was launched last summer by the force to
tackle the growing trend for theft of metal. More than 50
people have been arrested since the start of the campaign
in July 2007.'
significant increase in global demand for non-ferrous metals
has been reflected in significant increases in price and
scrap values. This has led to an increase in the number
of thefts and criminals are targeting building sites, farms,
churches, schools, HGVs and a variety of other sources to
steal metal such as copper, aluminium and steel. Items such
as pipes, road drain covers and even road signs are being
taken. West Mercia officers are working with neighbouring
police forces and other partners to catch the thieves. .
in Evesham are investigating the theft of lead flashing
from the roof of the Catholic Church in Evesham High St.
It is believed the theft occurred at 2.40pm on Thursday,
24th Jan. The two male offenders involved were using a trolley
and ran off when approached by a member of the public. They
are described as white males. The first offender was aged
about 17years old, 5ft 7' tall and was wearing a light coloured
tracksuit with a baseball cap. His accomplice was aged about
20, was taller than the first male and was wearing dark
clothing with a baseball cap.
with information for police about this incident should call
08457 444888 and ask for officers at Evesham or call Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on 0800 555111.
on Orchard Planting
Council, while keen to encourage the planting of more orchards
in the county, is warning people not to allow trees to cause
an obstruction to walkers or riders.
Hemblade, Herefordshire Council's public rights of way manager,
said, 'We are keen to encourage planting orchards as they
form part of the historic landscape but many visitors come
to the county to walk and it is important any orchard planting
does not obstruct rights of way as this could lead to enforcement
action being taken.
you are planting trees on land through which there is a
public right of way, please ensure the footpath or bridleway
is kept clear of trees along its legal route according to
the definitive map.'
planting orchards should be aware the legal route of a right
of way may be different from the actual route walked and,
if in doubt, they are encouraged to contact Herefordshire
Council's rights of way team before starting any work.
gap must be left along the legal route of the footpath to
allow at least two metres (three metres along bridleways)
clear width at the height of the season when the trees are
waymarking may be needed to make up for losing sight of
distant landmarks such as stiles and gates.
should also be taken when spraying trees as members of the
public are likely to be close to them.
Council's Public Rights of Way team can be contacted for
further advice on planting orchards on 01432 260572.
Festival Caters for Disabled
part of its commitment to making sure the county is accessible
to disabled people, this year's Herefordshire Walking Festival
features walks for both wheelchair users and visually impaired
year the festival, which runs from 14th until 22nd June,
features the launch of the Ross Buggy Walk, a circular four-mile
route taking in some of the town's historic sights and is
suitable for wheelchairs, mobility vehicles, pushchairs
Council's public rights of way team, the Ross Group of the
Ramblers Association and Shopmobility have set up this route,
which will be launched at 10am on Saturday, 14th June and
free scooters can be hired by calling 01989 763388.
people with visual impairments, a special sensory walk has
been included in this year's programme. Art and A Sensory
Garden is a walk from 10am until 4pm in the Golden Valley
which includes a visit to the Monnow Valley Arts Centre
and a chance to explore its formal gardens with sculptures
among scented plants. Priority will be given to the visually
impaired and sighted guides will be available.
Sunday, June 15, Flora and Fauna on the Hill is a tour around
Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum and is suitable for
electric mobility vehicles. People should either bring along
their own vehicles or reserve one from Queenswood.
and Horrors of Hereford on Monday, June 16 from 7.15pm until
8.45pm, is suitable for electric mobility and wheelchairs.
This ghost walk offers a very different look at the city
details about the walking festival, sponsored by M & M of
Leominster, are available by logging onto the website www.walkingfestival.com
from early February. For a copy of the programme, telephone
Traffic Lights on A49 Near Hereford
are being advised that temporary traffic lights are being
used on the A49 just north of the Grafton Inn, near Hereford.
The work began on Monday, 4th February.
lights are in place on the southbound lane (the lane heading
away from Hereford city) and will remain there until Friday,
8th February, although they will only be used during off-peak
hours (9.30am - 3.30pm) to avoid adding to congestion during
the rush hour.
temporary lights are needed to allow the movement of Welsh
Water equipment in the A49 and to allow workmen to begin
the process of 'tying in' or joining up, the existing A49
and the new route of the road at this point.
traffic will be maintained during this time.
this short period of roadworks, further temporary lights
will be required to finish the roadworks in this location;
this is scheduled to take place in early March.
details of these arrangements will be published closer to
up Food in the Cupboard on Pancake Day
Council is encouraging people to enjoy Pancake Day, as the
event can have an environmental benefit to add to its religious
Day takes place next Tuesday, February 5 and marks Shrove
Tuesday, the day before the Christian festival of Lent.
Its traditions stem from households fattening themselves
up before the 40 days or so of fasting before Easter.
council's waste prevention team is encouraging residents
to get creative and see what they can add to their pancakes
from the food already in their cupboards. As well as creating
sweet or savoury sensations, residents might also help to
save on food waste.
Wood, Herefordshire Council's waste services manager, said,
'Pancake day is a great time to get out the mixing bowls,
frying pans and to whisk up some delicious snacks. It's
great for using up items from your cupboards, like eggs,
flour, milk and bananas, saving you money and waste.
the UK we throw away a staggering third of the food we buy
- most of which could be eaten. This means that for every
three bags of food shopping brought home, one of them is
effectively put straight in the bin.
Pancake Day, have a look in your cupboards and get creative,
pancakes can be enjoyed sweet or savoury. And if you find
you can't eat all your pancakes, don't throw them away,
store them in the fridge for two days or freeze them for
up to a month.'
can log on to www.lovefoodhatewaste.com to discover more
simple steps that can be taken that will help to reduce
your food waste and great recipe ideas. Alternatively they
can check out the ideas of the Mission Impossible scheme
at www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk or call 01905 766883
to request a free copy of the LOVE FOOD hate waste leaflet.
leaflet is bursting with ideas on how to keep food fresh,
perfect portion sizes, time and money saving ideas and a
few fantastic recipes to help residents make the most of
Appeals for Potential Foster Carers
Council is again seeking to recruit a wide range of carers
to offer placements for children who need temporary and
longer term foster homes.
foster carers can earn up to £28,800 a year if they look
after two teenagers. Fostering is much more than a job and
requires special people who can deal with many of the emotional
issues that children in care can bring with them.
children need local foster families who can provide a safe
and secure home where all the needs of a foster child will
be met. The council also needs carers who are flexible,
patient and understanding, who can work with teenagers through
difficult times and offer respite placements on a regular
are invited from potential carers who are single, married,
gay or in a partnership, white or from an ethnic background,
able bodied or living with a disability.
encourage people to find out if fostering is for them, an
open day and evening has been organized for Thursday, 7th
February between 1pm and 8pm in central Hereford. There
will be an opportunity to talk to other foster carers, social
workers and managers about working with children. Those
interested need to book a session by ringing 01432 262830.
Plato, fostering manager, said, 'We can never get enough
foster carers. It takes quite a special person to do this
amazing job so we offer each foster carer their own support
worker and ongoing training, including the opportunity to
gain an NVQ three qualification. Support
from a whole range of services is available, including out
of hours help and a buddying system where someone will always
be available to provide advice and guidance.
can be challenging, but can also be extremely rewarding.
Not everyone wants to make a full time long term commitment
to it, but we do also need people in loving homes who are
able to offer a few days here and there for children who
need some space for a while.'
for Hi-tech Classroom Resources
advisers from Herefordshire Council's school improvement
service have scooped an award for their groundbreaking work
with new technology in primary classrooms.
was one of the first counties in England to install electronic
interactive whiteboards in every primary school, now almost
every classroom has one. The days of blackboards and chalk
have been replaced with computerized whiteboards that can
be used to display written text, access the internet, play
sound, record data and share videos with the children..
primary school ICT advisers Claire Crump and Mark Sanderson
have worked closely with Promethean, the leading UK manufacturer
of interactive whiteboards for more than eight years, helping
install whiteboards in the county's primary schools and
training teachers to use them.
and Mark have also been working closely with schools to
help them make the most of this powerful technology which
has the capacity to revolutionise the classroom environment.
For example the whiteboards can help a lesson about Egypt
come to life: the teacher can use the whiteboard to show
the children how their name would look in hieroglyphics,
let them have a go at writing it themselves, then take a
tour around Egypt today via the internet or capture their
imagination by showing a film about the opening of Tutankhamen's
the national curriculum stipulates that teachers have to
teach literacy in three or four week blocks within the themes
of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. To help do this and
maximize the potential of the whiteboard, Mark and Claire,
with a small team of dedicated teachers around Herefordshire,
have produced around 30 electronic flip charts for teachers
all over the country to use free of charge.
flip charts contain all that is needed for a teacher to
deliver each three or four week unit of work to their children.
Comprehensive notes are included in each flip chart explaining
the learning and teaching activities and also providing
guidance on how to use slightly more advanced features of
the software using a mixture of written texts, pictures,
sound files and video.
recognition of the work they have done, Promethean issued
them with an award at the prestigious BETT show in London.
To help them with their training, Claire and Mark have been
given a set of 32 voting devices which can be used by teachers
to ask children multiple-choice questions. At the touch
of a button the children's scores can be counted and interpreted
into spreadsheets for the teacher. In addition, every primary
school will receive a Promethean wand (worth around £40
each), which helps younger children to reach and control
all parts of the whiteboard.
Jenny Hyde, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People
said, 'I would like to thank Claire, Mark and their colleagues
who have been part of a working party to push this project
forward. They have helped teachers take on board new, innovative,
interactive ways of teaching our children. The resources
they have designed will help teachers across the country
as well as Herefordshire, make the most of new technology,
save on planning time and help our children understand the
world we live in today.
School Receives Specialist Status
Brookfield School in Hereford is the only school in the
county to be awarded specialist status in behaviour management.
news that the school has been successful in its application
for this specialist status comes just four months after
an Ofsted inspection team judged the school to be outstanding,
the highest accolade the inspection team could give.
Brookfield School caters for 75 children aged five to sixteen
who have emotional, behavioural and social difficulties.
Each pupil has their own individually developed education
and behaviour plan. The school has to work closely with
its community partners to make sure the programme of behaviour
management works well both in and out of the school environment.
new specialist status award recognizes the school's expertise
in managing students with challenging behaviour and associated
of the school's success, Mrs Oremi Evans, head teacher,
said, 'This status is the result of dedicated, hardworking,
enthusiastic, experienced staff who provide an environment
where students are valued, respected and challenged to improve
am inordinately proud of my school, its staff and all the
active participants who have travelled with us on this successful
journey since our establishment in 2001.'
school's specialist status will help it extend the curriculum,
and improve opportunities for the children and students
who will be able to experience success in even more areas.
It will also mean the school's staff will be able to continue
and expand the sharing of good practice locally, regionally
TIC to be Based in Historic Masters House
Tourist Information Centre is to move from its current location
on the High Street to the Master's House a few minutes away
to make use of the historic property owned by Herefordshire
lease on the current site expires at the end of February
and this is an opportunity to relocate to premises without
the high rents and rates which the council has to subsidise.
has been local concern regarding the move, however moving
the TIC aims to make best use of the Masters House in Ledbury
which is an historic site but is currently under used.
2007 the Ledbury and Area Development Trust was commissioned
to consult local people on their preferred use of the Masters
House. There was overwhelming support from people wanting
the library to be based at the Masters House and Herefordshire
Council is pursuing funding to build an extension on the
site to cater for the library and also other services to
create a Ledbury Centre.
of the research came a business plan, again produced by
the Ledbury and Area Development Trust, which recommended
the TIC moving to the Masters House when the lease expires,
as the first step in developing the site as a centre for
Council considered that this proposal, when considered alongside
other options, was the best available.
Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member
for Economic Development and Community Services said, 'I'm
aware there are local concerns over moving the TIC from
the High Street and it no longer being able to promote businesses
in the centre's windows. However, the nature of tourism
has changed and information centres no longer need to be
on the High Street.
the work by the Ledbury and Area Trust highlighted, this
is an opportunity to make the most of the Masters House
and start the longer term process of creating a great resource
for the Town that combines the modern and the historic,
for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. We also
intend to have much more signage to the TIC as I'm aware
that this is a concern for local people and tourism operators.'
the beginning of March the TIC will move into the Masters
House in a temporary position, until later in the month
when refurbishment is complete. There will then be a grand
opening with special events and activities to mark the reopening.
to get New Bridge
Rail intends to bring forward its bridge rebuilding programme
in respect of Colwall and proposes to build a proper new
bridge next year.
had been planned to provide a narrow bailey bridge to take
vehicle traffic with pedestrians on the footway of the existing
bridge as an interim measure pending the construction of
a new bridge.
the assessed capacity of the main girders (the large edge
girders) of Colwall Bridge does not allow this to happen
because the report has calculated the girders can only take
their own weight.
would be possible to redesign the scheme but this will take
a significant time due primarily to the need to find an
alternative pedestrian route, a pedestrian bridge or a walkway
attached to the proposed Bailey bridge.
Council and Network Rail officers have therefore concluded,
using the results of the assessment report, that the best
solution is to proceed directly to the construction of a
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said, 'The decision to go straight
to building a new bridge is taken in the light of the final
assessment which finds that the proposed bailey bridge would
not be satisfactory.
will also be very much better for a new permanent bridge
to be built as soon as possible and I welcome the agreement
of Network Rail to bring forward the programme and give
this new bridge the priority it deserves.'
Rail's route director Dave Ward said, 'Going for a permanent
solution is the best way forward for all concerned. If we
were able to install a bailey bridge as a temporary measure,
it could have been in position for five years or more before
the bridge was completely rebuilt. Building a completely
new bridge next year will mean there will only be one lot
of disruption for the villagers and they won't have to wait
for several years for their new bridge.'
to this proposal is the need for Network Rail to obtain
the agreement of train operators to close the line to allow
construction work to take place.
Herefordshire Council and Network Rail will now be working
out a programme for work once an agreement has been reached
with the train operating companies.
is proposed that representatives from both Herefordshire
Council and Network Rail will attend a parish council meeting
to explain the proposals, the rationale behind the proposals
and the timetable.
substantial amount of work needs to be undertaken and regular
meetings have been set up between Herefordshire Council
and Network Rail in order to progress the work as quickly
is National Scams Awareness Month
part of SCAM awareness month, Herefordshire Trading Standards
Service is taking part in a national campaign led by the
Office of Fair Trading ( OFT) called 'SCAMNESTRY' to highlight
the growing problem of SCAMS and to help prevent local residents,
especially the elderly and vulnerable, from being conned
- potentially out of £000's of pounds!!
year an estimated three million UK consumers fall victim
to scams sent by post, email, text, the phone and internet.
One of the main themes of this year's campaign is to highlight
the hidden misery of thousands of elderly and vulnerable
consumers who repeatedly fall victim to scams such as bogus
lotteries, deceptive prize draw and sweepstakes, fake psychics
and 'miracle' health cures..
can fall for a scam but the elderly are often hit hardest.
OFT research shows that older victims are likely to lose
nearly twice as much per scam as others. Victims are often
socially isolated, over-trusting or afflicted by illnesses
such as dementia and can be repeatedly targeted by the scammers.
Many lose their life savings and suffer depression and ill
health as a result.
tragic example of this locally, relates to an elderly gentlemen
living alone in Herefordshire who lost in excess of £50,000
over a two year period to repeated mail shots. He frequently
received two full mail sacks of such post each week..
the month of February, Herefordshire Trading Standards Service
is providing a number of mail boxes at libraries and info
shops throughout the county for people to deposit any such
unsolicited mail shots, leaflets or flyers. Details of such
scams are to be collated to ascertain the top ten that are
operating both locally and nationally.
Pigrem Herefordshire Council's trading standards manager,
said, 'Scams can come in many different guises and once
you have responded, you're more likely to get targeted again
who get caught by these scammers are often the most vulnerable
within our society and may be unable to protect themselves
or unaware of their rights.. I would urge you that If you
know of someone who may be vulnerable, please check that
they are not being targeted. The aim of this 'Scamnestry'
is make people think twice before they respond to such schemes
and hopefully to prevent them from being conned.'
Courses are a Big Hit with Young People
people in the north of the county are signing up to baby-sitting
courses thanks to Coningsby Children's Centre in Leominster.
Eleven young people from the Minster College aged 13-15
have successfully completed a ten-week programme designed
to provide all the basic skills and confidence needed to
become a baby-sitter.
course was put together by children's centre staff and contained
a wide range of topics including basic child development,
health and safety in the home, introduction to first aid
and personal safety and assertiveness. Child protection
was covered together with drugs and alcohol awareness, the
rights and responsibilities of a baby-sitter. and baby care.
They also had fun learning how to make toys and games.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children and young people,
said, 'Ten weeks is a big commitment for young people to
make, but they all did it and made new friends as well as
developing their childcare skills.
is a great deal of regulation involved in childcare at the
moment. Parents need to know their babies and children are
safe in the hands of carers and this includes baby-sitters.
The skills these young people have learned will not only
help them become better baby-sitters. and develop early
parenting skills, but will help them develop their self
confidence as well.'
young people were presented with certificates and personal
alarms at a presentation evening which their parents and
carers were invited to. The course has been so successful
that further courses have begun in Wigmore and Kington,
and there are plans to run another in Weobley after Easter.
details about how to get involved are available from Lorna
Williamson on 01432 383340 or 07792 880 738.
Rally Organized for Hereford City Centre
Council is working closely with the organizers of a planned
rally against schools closures to ensure the event can take
place safely, with minimal disruption for the travelling
Herefordshire Against Closing Schools (HACS) rally is scheduled
to take place on Wednesday, 13th February 2008, the same
day as the livestock market, in Hereford city centre. The
council's highways and transportation department and the
police have agreed a route with the organizers, after a
very productive meeting this week.
marchers are expected to meet at Merton Meadow car park
at 10.00am, where the organizers will have arranged lavatories
and refreshments. The rally will start around 11.00am and
will proceed through Blackfriars Street and along Widemarsh
Street, crossing at Blueschool Street, which will be closed
to traffic at this time with diversions organized by the
marchers will turn left into High Town, through St Peter's
Street and into St Owens Street, which will have only limited
parking available during the event. The procession will
then turn right along St Ethelbert Street, into Castle Street
and proceed through Cathedral Close, turning right along
Broad Street (which means West Street will be closed to
traffic). The rally then turns back into High Town, where
it will finish. The rally is expected to disperse at around
council will post details of the rally on its web site www.herefordshire.gov.uk.
wish everyone a peaceful and safe rally,' said Michael Hainge,
Director of Environment for the council.
ask that those who were planning to visit the city or travel
through it from 10.30 to 12.30 that day, make allowances
for any disruption, which the council and the police will
keep to a minimum, working closely with the organizers of
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