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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 220 - Wednesday, 15th October 2008
NEWS - CAMRA Silver for Ross Perry - A Tribute to Brian Perks -
Supporters - Letters]
Day Out - Goodrich Bells - Supporters - Good Citizen Awards - Country
Evening - St Joseph's go ahead]
Offices - Supporters - Snake Oil - Misty Sunrise - Lions Awareness
Week - Have your say - Astronomy - Us]
funding bid - Energy - Council Tax - Take a Pew - Good Causes -
'Junkk' - AONB - Menus - Rugby - Wx]
Office campaigners march to Putson and the rest of the news from
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'Herefordshire Housing's Big Day Out was a BIG success
with colleagues and customers'
Herefordshire Housing's 'Big Day Out' proved to be a BIG
success with both customers and colleagues, when 134 colleagues
including the Chief Executive, Directors and Board Members,
went out to meet hundreds of our customers across the county.
out and about last Thursday gave us the chance to find out
more about who our customers are and to get a much better
understanding of what they need from Herefordshire Housing.
We used our Residents Census to gather information which
puts us in a much better position to shape our services
according to our customers' needs,' said a Herefordshire
Housing spokesperson. 'There was a fantastic approach to
the day from colleagues who were really enthusiastic to
get out and see more of our estates and neighbourhoods and
meet as many customers as possible. The
day was also a great learning experience, as we paired front
line colleagues with those who are office based and the
combination of skills made great partnerships and made the
day run smoothly'.
'The best part of the day was working as one big team and
meeting customers and improving services for them. I don't
usually get the chance to see customers face to face, so
this opportunity was invaluable. It is definitely something
I would like to do again,' said Kate Bateman of Human Resources.
'The day definitely had a positive impact on our customers
who got to see us face to face with immediate results'.
of the many examples of great customer service offered that
day was by Mandy Fincher, Business Support and Barry Coles,
Property Services. They visited a customer and learned that
she had some broken kitchen drawers which she didn't want
to bother Herefordshire Housing with. As Barry had his tools
with him he was able to fix the drawers while the customer
chatted to Mandy and filled in her form.
Big Day Out proved to be about much more than collecting
information from our customers, everyone involved thought
the day was a great success and every part of the day reinforced
that we are passionate about working together as a team
to be customer focussed and continuously improve services
to our diverse range of customer,' said Peter Brown, Chief
. . .
Executive, Peter Brown (pictured centre in red jacket) with Herefordshire
Housing colleagues and Board Members.
Cosway and Stephen Cosway called upon us during the 'Big
Day Out' and I filled in the long questionnaire, which seemed
mainly concerned with determining my ethnic origin, the
colour of my skin and my sexual preferences than anything
two men (I hope you do not mind being called 'men' as that
is what you actually are, regardless of any political correct
term that I should use when writing) did ask if we
had any problems though. They were very helpful when I made
my complaint about both my car and Kirsty's car being written
off within two weeks of Herefordshire Housing's Peter Grayer
insisting that I am no longer allowed to park in our garden.
Parking in the garden had been going on for 15 years, provable
with photographic evidence, and had of course been fine
when the house was owned by the Council.
was also asked whether we needed any repairs and did sense
a genuine concern for our welfare from the visitors, despite
the quality of questions on the questionnaire.
look forward to hearing the result of the car parking incident,
which still makes me fume because I lost out big time with
the value of the car and what the rip-off 'Direct Line'
insurance people paid me. That is, of course another story
but coincidentally my insurance renewal came up this week.
Needless to say, I have cancelled my 'Direct Line' motor
insurance and taken this year's insurance with a differnt
company, offering far better cover at a much cheaper premium.
This was arranged by Tina's son, Russell through Clarke
Roxburgh in Ross. Brokers can still do better than insurance
the 'Direct' way!
Cosway and Stephen Goodchild. Ref: DSC_7742.
The Bells Return to St Giles, Goodrich
After weeks away being refurbished by bellfounders Taylors,
Eayre and Smith of Loughborough, the six bells of St Giles
Church Goodrich are back where they belong in the tower
once more and here to stay for many years. They will now
be re-hung and tuned, ready for a service on the 19th October
at 10.30 am, where Bishop Michael of Ludlow will preside
over their rededication. All are welcome at the service.
lot of hard work from a dedicated group of volunteers moved
the bells back into the tower on a windswept day where the
rain miraculously held off until all six bells were back
safely in the base of the tower. Once in the tower work
began to hoist and re-hang the bells, fitting the ropes
down to a correct level and getting it all ready for the
bell ringers to get to work.
bells all have new headstocks, new bearings, new pulleys,
wheels and clappers, and some of the bells have been tuned
as well to improve the sound.
is all in a days work for Bellhanger Andrew Ogden of Taylors
who spent the first day setting up the pulleys needed to
hoist the bells 60 feet to raise them up to their usual
home. Each bell took between 15 to 30 minutes to hoist but
the Tenor bell, which weighs half a ton, took 45 minutes
since it needed slightly more persuasion to go through the
holes in the floorboards.
guys did a really great job helping to get the bells back
in the tower,' said Andrew. 'And they had made a lovely
job of cleaning up and painting the works in the tower ready
for me to put everything back.'
For Eileen Lyon, Secretary of the Parochial Church Council
this is the culmination of 4 years hard work applying for
grants and co-ordinating the whole process. 'I am so relieved
and excited to see them back where they belong,' she said.
'I can't wait for them to ring out again, the rededication
service will be, for me, quite a moving experience. Thank
you to all those who worked so hard on the day to move the
bells back to where they belong Ben Stephens, Martin Rowberry,
Alex Hough, and Norman Morris and of course Andrew Ogden
Tenor being hoisted into its rightful place Andrew Ogden underneath
and Alex Hough.
the Treble - Andrew Ogden, Martin Rowberry, Norman Morris with somewhat
hidden Alex Hough
and Ben Stephens and Eileen Lyon.
Lyon looking relieved that the precious cargo of bells are back.
the bell tower with the Tenor bell - Norman Morris, Martin Rowberry,
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Good Citizens receive awards at gala evening
Two young people from Herefordshire received awards on Thursday,
2nd October for outstanding contributions to their local
communities at West Mercia Constabulary's annual Good Citizen
Awards. Amy Cross from Ross and Ben Sainsbury from Wormbridge,
near Hereford, received their awards for being Good Citizens
from Chief Constable Paul West at the gala evening held
at force headquarters, Hindlip Hall near Worcester.
Constable Paul West commented: 'My congratulations go to
Amy Cross and Ben Sainsbury. They are both very special
young people. The Good Citizen Award Scheme is run annually
by the Force to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements
of young people, aged 18 and under, which might otherwise
go unrecognized. It celebrates those who have made an outstanding
contribution to their community through courageous acts,
outstanding fundraising activities or exemplary unselfishness
in their attitude towards others.'
Cross, aged 10, from Ross was nominated for her fundraising
activity, charity work and overall good citizenship. Her
independent fundraising has paid for the sponsorship of
children in India, enabling them to go to school and receive
an education. Amy also makes gift tags to sell and provides
a gift wrapping service. Comments on the nomination form
included: 'For the past two years she has been thinking
of others she hasn't even met. Amy is a very caring individual
who constantly looks for ways to help people around her
and bring a smile to their faces. She is kind and thoughtful
and always considerate of others. She has raised over £100,
made a difference to others' lives and is a really good
Sainsbury, age 17, from Wormbridge was nominated for his
actions when his friend suffered a serious accident. Ben's
quick and decisive first aid helped to get him through until
the ambulance arrived. He later helped with his friend's
recovery, travelling to Birmingham to visit him in hospital
in the evenings and coming back for school each day. Ben
continues to help him with his support and friendship. His
nominator said, 'He is extremely modest and would never
claim any acknowledgement for himself, but his courage and
intervention may well have saved a life.'
be eligible for nomination, acts of good citizenship must
have taken place between 26 May 2007 and 25 May 2008. Individuals
or small groups of no more than three young people can be
Cross and Ben Sainsbury are presented with their awards by Chief
Constable, Paul West.
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Country and Western Evening at the Conservative Club
Wyenot News were invited to a Country and Western Evening
at Ross Conservative Club on Saturday and when we arrived,
we found the function room packed out with people, either
dancing or simply sitting and listening to some great live
country music performed by solo artiste, Mike Shameless.
Conservative Club have arranged many evenings of entertainment
and they are well worth joining the club to be able to enjoy
them. There have been comedy nights, Italian nights, jazz
events, local duo, Holly and Paul, and lots more. There
was a lovely, relaxed atmosphere and the evening was most
room for Tina dancing at the Conservative Club on Saturday. Ref:
Shameless entertains everybody with some great Country music. Ref:
Haggett enjoys a dance. Ref: DSC_7772.
Plans for St. Joseph's Get the Go Ahead
Herefordshire Council has given the go ahead for a new school
hall to be built at St. Joseph's RC Primary School in Ross
on Wye. The school's children can look forward to enjoying
school concerts, assemblies, lunches and sporting activities
in the new 180 square metre hall from next September.
original school hall was sold off with St Joseph's Convent,
so alterations were made within the main school building
to provide a temporary hall. To minimize the impact for
local residents, the new hall will be built at a lower level
than the school and playgrounds, incorporating toilets,
storage areas, boiler room, kitchen and disabled toilet
and shower. It is being funded with help from the Department
for Children, Schools and Families under a programme which
allows local authorities to draw down funding for voluntary
Davies, head teacher, said, 'We're delighted that planning
permission has been granted. This will mean so much for
the children and families who use the school. We've been
struggling and have been prevented from providing many of
the activities we would like to provide such as indoor sports,
dance and gymnastics.'
that planning permission has been granted, detailed plans
will be developed and the building work put out to tender.
It is hoped to appoint a contractor in December and complete
the new building by September 2009.
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