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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 216 - Wednesday, 17th September 2008
Bloomers win Gold - Post Office Closures - Fun at the Castle - Festival
raises over £4000 - Letters - Party]
- Africans - Interested in Astronomy? - Public Notice - Weather
- Tarrington Road victim named and more]
South West Trikers and Bikers Help Air Ambulance
The South West Trikers and Bikers held their annual bash
at Symonds Yat West last weekend with the aim of raising
money for the County Air Ambulance. The club are a fantastic
group of people who enjoy a good time whilst trying to help
those less fortunate than themselves. (Hang on a minute.
. I saw at least one amputee and more than a couple of Blue
Badge holders trying to raise money for those less fortunate.
. . .)
back to the story. After meeting up with our friend Theresa
Davies over a nice cuppa, we were informed that Kevin and
Dave were going to have their chests waxed by their lovely
wives, Jackie and Sharon, so it was all down to the bar
to watch the fun. Kev had recently undergone a whole body
waxing for charity, so didn't squirm quite as much as Dave
who gazed up at Sharon after another strip was torn off
and said 'I used to love you, . . '
the guys' chests were as smooth as a baby's botty, two more
of the men had their heads shaved and a wet t shirt contest
for the ladies (the men!) went on. There was also a raffle
held with lots of great prizes and a disco and live entertainment
by First Offence was performed on Saturday evening. The
event raised £150 for the County Air Ambulance. Well
done guys. It was great to see you all again and we are
looking forward to the next time.
friend lends Sharon a helping hand to tear a strip off Dave. Ref:
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Africans Invade Herefordshire Garden
As part of hArt week, a South Herefordshire garden has been
transformed into a very unusual Sculpture Garden. African
heads peep out from the 'tropical' herbaceous border and
it takes little imagination to be transported to the wilds
display is the brainchild of Peterstow Artist, Nick Helme.
The idea grew out of a project during his final year at
Herefordshire College of Arts entitled 'Humanity arose from
Africa'. Since then, Nick has interpreted the concept in
various novel and fun ways resulting in what one visitor
described as 'a headhunter's paradise'.
reflect Nick's versatility in a range of media, the exhibition
also features an interesting selection of wood and metal
sculpture, varied and unusual pottery items and a collection
of framed limited edition photographs and cards. His portfolio
includes several images of Ross-on-Wye during winter and
the recent floods as well as some familiar views of South
exhibition is located just off the A49 on the B4521 Abergavenny
road and will be open from the 18th to 21st September between
10.30am and 5.30pm. Off-road parking is available plus a
'large gin and tonic' awaits visitors in the garden.
Public Welcome to Primary Care Trust Meeting at Ross
Herefordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) will be holding its
Annual Public Meeting at The Chase Hotel on the evening
of Thursday, 25th September 2008 and all patients,
members of the public, carers and all those interested in
local health services are invited to attend.
evening will begin at 6pm with an exhibition about the work
of the PCT, and another chance to see some of the NHS 60th
Anniversary memorabilia on display. The main meeting will
start at 7pm.
Newton, Chairman of the Primary Care Trust said, 'We see
the Annual Meeting as an important opportunity to let the
Herefordshire public know what has been going on across
their health services throughout the year. I would warmly
encourage anyone with an interest in our services to come
along. There will be lots of displays about our work, a
chance to meet members of the PCT Board, and an opportunity
to put questions to them during the public question time.'
year the meeting will also include two presentations. The
first from Mr Tom Galloway, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon,
on his trip to Westminster Abbey to celebrate 60 years of
the NHS, and the second from Dr Akeem Ali, Director of Public
Health for Herefordshire on how we can achieve better outcomes,
care experience and value for money through integrating
services. The PCT's Annual Report for 2007/08 will also
be presented at the meeting.
Annual Report and further information about the meeting
are available on the Pct's website www.herefordshire.nhs.uk.
Calling Any Local People Interested in Astronomy
As you may have picked up over the years, I am very keen
on things astronomical (excluding the 'astronomical charges
made by my bank of course, which are just plain theft, in
my opinion). Astronomy is my escape from local news and
I would like to share this interest in heavenly bodies,
nebulae and distant galaxies with any interested local people,
who are always welcome to come out on my local observing
sessions, or just turn up for a short while to look through
you are interested, please contact me. I have also
made a Ross-on-Wye Astronomy group on facebook, where I
intend to upload any decent images I manage to capture.
If you are a member of Facebook, you are welcome to join.
will also be aware that the weather has been shite for astronomy
just lately, but I did get a couple of glimpses of the planet,
Jupiter on Thursday and Saturday. The photos from these
glimpses can be seen below, along with one of the moon on
poked through a small gap in the cloud on Thursday evening.
so did the moon.
on a misty Saturday evening. The 'seeing' was not good and Jupiter
is low in the sky at the moment, so this shot is through a lot of
very moist atmosphere. The photo was taken at the prime focus of
an 8 inch Schmidt Cassigrain telescope, about 500 frames of AVI
video, stacked in Registax and finished using Photoshop. Through
the eyepiece, the 4 Gallilean moons were clearly visible in an almost
perfect straight line but are out of the field of view in the photo.
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Hurricane Ike from the Space Station
In this image from the NASA newsdesk, hurricane Ike covered
more than half of Cuba. The photo was taken by the Expedition
17 crew aboard the International Space Station from a vantage
point of 220 statute miles above Earth.
center of Ike was near 22.4 degrees north latitude and 82.4
degrees west longitude and moving 290 degrees at 11.7 miles
went ashore in Texas at 2:10 a.m. Central Daylight Time
on 13th September and brought a wall of water over 20 feet
high, sweeping through Galveston Island, and on the mainland.
storm made landfall with sustained winds near 110 mph, just
1 mph short of a Category 3 hurricane.
of the station's solar arrays is partially visible in the
upper right corner of the photo.
is hereby given that a meeting of the
AMENITIES COMMITTEE will be
Wednesday, 17th September 2008 at 7.00pm in the Corn Exchange
items are detailed below and
members of the public are welcome to attend
To receive and accept any apologies for absence
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
To receive any members' declarations of interests on agenda
OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
To receive and sign the minutes of the meeting held on
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
ARISING FROM THOSE MINUTES NOT FORMING AN AGENDA ITEM
REPORT - ATTACHED
consider the level of budget for 2009-10
from Full Council to discuss the Roman remains and the
Weather Station Readings
for week commencing Monday, 8th September 2008
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
HEREFORDSHIRE AND WYE VALLEY NEWS
Police Name Tarrington Road Victim
Police have named the man who died in the road traffic collision
on the A438 near Tarrington on the morning of Tuesday, 9th
Gibbons, 68 years, of Putley near Ledbury died when his
Land Rover Defender 4x4 was in a head-on collision with
a Portuguese-registered DAF articulated heavy goods vehicle.
The Portuguese driver of the lorry was arrested by police
after the crash.
was charged on Wednesday, 10th September with causing death
by dangerous driving. He appeared the same day before Herefordshire
Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody by the magistrates
to appear before Crown Court on Monday, 8th December 2008
to answer the charge.
a person has been charged in respect of this incident, police
would still renew their appeal for any outstanding witnesses
who may have seen the collision or the two vehicles on the
A438 immediately prior to the crash to come forward. Anyone
with information should contact PC Richard Pearce of the
Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police Station on 08457
A Tribute to Denis Gibbons
family of 68-year old Denis Gibbons, who lost his life in
a road traffic collision on the A438 near Tarrington on
the morning of Tuesday, 9th September 2008, have paid tribute
to a 'loving family man' who would always go out of his
way to help others.
was born in 1940 during the dark days of World War II and
spent his formative years living in a farming environment
in Bosbury. He developed a life-long passion for the equine
world and it was through going to gymkhanas and shows that
he met his wife, Jean.
married in Hallow in 1964 and went to live in Mathon. Ten
years later they moved to their current home in Putley.
have two daughters, Anita and Debbie. For many years, Denis
and Jean have bred horses and ponies, particularly Welsh
Section B ponies (which are slightly larger than the Welsh
Mountain (Section A) ponies).
Anita, herself a keen horsewoman, said of her father, 'Dad
had been in farming all his life and was quite at home with
animals. He loved all things equestrian and was a good horseman.
It was a very proud day for him when he was awarded a bronze
medal by the Welsh Pony and Cob Society for showing a home-bred
Welsh Section B pony.
A true country man, he loved his hunting and racing and
was a natural at breaking horses. It's been said that if
he couldn't break them no one could.'
wife, Jean, said, 'Denis had a great sense of humour which
ranged from leaving Wellington boots in the chimney at Christmas
to fool the children to turning a quick chat on the phone
into a 2½ hour marathon on a regular basis. He always insisted
on a roast for Sunday lunch followed by apple pie - he never
varied. He was such a generous and loving man, to me, the
girls, our family, in fact to anyone he came across. He
was very happy-go-lucky and would always help someone if
Debbie recalls, 'Dad was also a marvel with mechanics. In
the locality he was known as "Dr Denis" because there wasn't
a piece of equipment, vehicle, hop machine or similar he
couldn't fix. By profession Dad was an agricultural engineer
and could turn his hand, like many others of his generation,
to anything. He loved tinkering with lorries and tractors,
though his real passion was for Land Rovers, sadly the very
vehicle in which he died. Everyone who knew Dad knew what
a lovely man he was. He was held in high esteem and affection
by everyone and he will be so greatly missed.'
Jesse Calls for Comprehensive Review on Banking Regulation
Local parliamentary candidate Jesse Norman has called for
a comprehensive review of banking regulation in the UK.
Jesse, who used to be a Director at Barclays, was interviewed
on BBC Hereford and Worcester about the effects of the latest
stock market crash. Commenting further on the banking crisis,
he said, 'It's very clear that there needs to be a complete
overhaul of banking regulation in the UK. When the government
took away banking supervision from the Bank of England in
1997, it lost a huge pool of practical expertise in this
area, and its own actions have been completely inept, as
the Northern Rock fiasco showed.
latest news from the US has further undermined trust in
the banking sector. We cannot possibly afford another Northern
Rock. That's why we need a comprehensive rethink. But unfortunately
Gordon Brown and Alastair Darling are the last people you
would want to carry a review out.'
Help Police to Trace Bewell Street Assailants
Police are appealing for witnesses to assaults on four people
that occurred in Bewell Street, Hereford in the early hours
of last Sunday morning.
little before 1am on Sunday, 7th September 2008, three young
males approached a group of eight people, four men, four
women in Bewell Street. One of the males shouted verbal
abuse at the group, began assaulting them, then was joined
by his two companions. In total, four of the group were
assaulted, one of the men receiving a serious eye injury
(suspected fractured eye socket). The others victims received
three males then left along Bewell Street towards Eign Gate.
They are described as being white, aged between 18 and 24
years. One had taken his shirt off and at some point was
in a vest top. Another was wearing a distinctive top with
are keen to speak with anyone who was in the Widemarsh Street,
Bewell Street or Eign Gate area just before 1am and saw
what went on or saw the three males immediately before or
after the incident.
with information is urged to contact DC David Bentley at
Hereford CID on 08457 444888 or call the anonymous Crimestoppers
line on 0800 555111. All calls will be treated in the strictest
With only around one in eight people with learning disabilities
exercising their right to vote, Herefordshire Council is
holding a special event to help them understand how they
can take part in local politics.
Council is committed to engaging all communities in the
county and is holding the 'Taking part in politics' event
at Withington village hall on Thursday, 2nd October. People
with learning disabilities and their families and carers
are being invited to come along to the free event which
runs from 11am to 1.30pm. In small workshops, people will
be able to learn about democracy, why politics is important
and how to vote.
survey recently published by the learning disability charity
United Response revealed that while 80 per cent of people
with learning disabilities supported by the charity are
registered to vote, only one in six voted in their last
local election and one in eight in the last general election.
We suspect the figures are the same in Herefordshire,' said
diversity officer Harriet Yellin. The report stated a complex
voting system, a shortage of accessible information and
a lack of learning disability awareness training for councillors,
MPs and other political stakeholders as key reasons for
the low turnout.
event has been organized as a direct result of the public
disability consultation the council carried out in 2006
when people told us that they found it difficult to understand
the political process,' said Harriet. 'The United Response
survey confirms what we were told - that people with learning
disabilities need support to register to vote, and want
to get involved in the political decisions that affect their
October event will give people the opportunity to meet the
Mayor of Hereford, find out whether they are registered
to vote, and be the first to see new easy-read literature
on the electoral process. Anyone wanting to attend should
book their place by Thursday, 25th September, by e-mailing
their details to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling
01432 260216. The council can help people get to the event
if they have difficulty in arranging their own transport.
Please telephone 01432 260216 for further information.
Candidates standing in the forthcoming Belmont Rural parish
council election have been confirmed. The three candidates
who will be up for election on Thursday, 2nd October are:
· Neil David Barrington, Adrian Nevil Bridges and Stuart
you are away on polling day and need to apply for a proxy
vote, contact the council's electoral registration team
at Hereford Town Hall, St. Owen Street, Hereford or telephone
them on 01432 260107 before 5pm on Thursday, 24th September.
cards have been sent out but if you have not received yours,
or you have mislaid it, you can still go to the polling
station to vote.
polling station for the election will be open from 7am to
10pm and will be located at: The Belmont Community Centre
(Room 1) Eastholme Avenue Belmont Hereford HR2 7UQ.
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