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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 221 - Wednesday, 22nd October 2008
NEWS - Magistrates - This Week - Ross Spur - Prospect Tree - Planning
for Real - Assault - Trelleborg - The Bridge at Wilton - Lenny Alsop
- HAND Coming to Ross - YMCA Fashion Show]
- Pumpkin - Big Gig - Quiz - Wallpaper - Fuel Poverty - Puzzle Wood
- Charlie's Bar - Cosmetics]
Special Crew - Games Workshop - Panoramas - Sally Robertson Favourite
Councillor - Electric Blankets Check - Public Notice - Christmas
Menus - Potters Bar Reunion - Rugby - Weather Station]
in running to be Enterprise Capital of Europe and the rest of the
news from around the region.]
Language Awareness at John Kyrle
John Kyrle High school was a very lively place, recently,
as pupils took part in a variety of activities to celebrate
the European Day of languages. Staff dressed up in an effort
to raise the profile of languages while younger pupils were
able to try a taster session in Mandarin Chinese taught
by John Kyrle High School Adult Centre's Chinese teacher,
Yu Ziming. In addition, pupils were encouraged to learn
a song in the target language and sample a selection of
11 GCSE students watched a DVD on the value of languages
in the world of work and produced posters to be displayed
in the Language Laboratory, which was in the afternoon session.
Year 7 pupils provided an entertaining afternoon of song
and dance. Although
new to the school, each tutor group was given just over
a week to learn a song in French which they had to perform
in an Eisteddfod competition on Friday afternoon.
pupils also dressed up in European colours. The noise and
excitement reached fever pitch as the votes were counted
and the winning tutor group announced.
Specialism Manager, Tracey Tumelty said, 'It was a pleasure
to watch our new pupls excel in confidence and enthusiasm
as they all performed so well. It was a truly memorable
occasion for pupils and staff alike'.
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A Pumpkin is for Life Not Just for Hallowe'en
Herefordshire Council is urging county residents not to
be spooked by recycling and give their well carved pumpkins
a new lease of 'life' this Halloween.
every one of the pumpkins sold each year in Herefordshire
is used to create spooky jack-o'-lanterns for Halloween
celebrations. Scarier than all those lanterns, however,
is the fact that once 31st October is over, most of the
pumpkins are thrown in the bin and sent to landfill.
Preece, Herefordshire Council's recycling officer, is asking
people to think twice before putting their pumpkins in with
their household rubbish. She suggests that residents use
the inside to make a delicious soup and asks that the carved
lanterns be put in a home compost bin, along with other
vegetable peelings etc. where it will be recycled into a
valuable resource for the garden.
residents haven't got room for a compost bin, they should
consider having a kitchen waste disposer instead,' said
Laura. Herefordshire Council working in partnership with
Worcestershire County Council offers an £80 cash back offer
on kitchen sink waste disposers as part of the Sink Your
find out more or to make a claim, log onto the website at
http://www.sinkyourwaste.com/ or call 01905 766883.
The Big Gig a Big Hit with 2nd Ross Guides
Words and pictures by Julieanne King
Eight Guides and Senior Section from the 2nd Ross Guides
were lucky enough to get hold of tickets for this year's
Big Gig, which is an annual pop concert held by Girl Guiding
UK. Tickets for the gig are harder to come by than a parking
space in Ross town centre, so we were really lucky to get
them this year.
travelled with the WRVS in their minibus with driver Roger
at the wheel and arrived at the NEC Arena in Birmingham
in plenty of time to buy illuminated bunny ears, wands,
Big Gig teddies and badges before going in for the performance.
Over 11,000 Guides, Senior Section and Guiders packed the
Arena for two performances, which included the Sugar Babes,
The Script, The Saturdays, Leon Jackson, The Avenue, DJ
Ironic, The Alphabeats, Hoosiers and Scouting for Girls.
the lights went down, the Arena was lit by several thousand
pairs of illuminated bunny ears which one artist said was
like playing to a crowd of Martians!! Many units had put
together their own outfits and 2nd Ross Guides had their
own T-shirts printed by JB Sports in Broad Street.
off their Big Gig T-shirts
proudly wears a pair of Big Gig bunny ears
It's White Lion Quiz Time
The Autumn nights are drawing in and what better way to
spend a Sunday evening at this time of year than joining
in the weekly White Lion quiz? Teams of up to six people
are welcome to come along and pit their general knowledge
skills against each other, whilst enjoying a drink in the
Jacqui will, as always, be reading the questions and keeping
the quizzers under control. (Well you don't want to have
too much fun, do you?:))
to the quiz is £2 per person and half of the proceeds
will go to the winning team. The other half will go to Macmillan
not come along and join in the fun. We will be very pleased
to see you. (You never know, for a small consideration (for
Macmillan, of course) Dave might even operate table service
quiz begins at 8pm. See you there? ?
A visitor to this office on Monday evening saw the background
photo I have on the main 'Wyenot News' computer and liked
it. 'Will you be making that one available for download
this week?' He asked. I
have to admit that, on our wide screen, it does look pretty
impressive as a background - almost as if you are actually
approaching the moon.
here you are, Mel, and anybody else who would like to use
it. I have only had time to make two sizes available and
from what you tell me about your computer Mel, I think you
need to go for the 1440x900 version, which should fit wide
screen. Click the appropriate link, the right click the
downloaded picture and 'set as background'.
the astrophotographers out there, I took the photo on 11th
October 2008 using a CCD astronomical imager at the prime
focus of an Celestron, Schmidt Cassigrain type, 8 inch mirror,
2000mm focal length, f10 telescope.
telescope is pictured below but at the time the photo was
taken, rather than the astronomical CCD imager, a Nikon
D100 SLR was attached at the prime focus. I will just
mention here that I do not keep it, or any other equipment
in the van.
Get Advice at Ross Library on Fighting Fuel Poverty
With fuel prices rising at an unprecedented rate and forecast
to rise even further, Councillor Phil Cutter, Herefordshire
Council's Energy Champion and the council's team of energy
efficiency experts will be on hand to give advice and help
at Ross Library on Friday, 24th October, between 10am and
The event is being organized as part of National Energy
Saving Week and is designed to help people in the town better
understand how they can save money on their fuel bills.
Councillor Cutter said, 'Ross West is one of the areas we
are targeting this year with our Special Energy Efficiency
Scheme (SEES) and, also being a ward member for the town,
I wanted to get out and meet as many people as possible
who could be helped by our grants.
householders in the market town are eligible for a £500
grant which can be spent on a variety of measures aimed
at reducing their fuel bills. In my role as Energy Champion,
I am keen to get out and about and help the people most
in need, so I would urge anyone who is struggling to pay
their fuel bills to come to Ross Library where we will be
able to offer advice and possible cash support.'
saving measures covered under the SEES scheme are: Loft
insulation, Cavity wall insulation, Draught proofing, Thermostatic
radiator valves, Room thermostats, Programmers, Hot water
cylinder thermostats, Tank jackets.
2005, figures showed 8,540 (10.7 per cent) of homes were
in fuel poverty in Herefordshire. A household is considered
to be fuel poor when it needs to spend 10 per cent or more
of its income on fuel to heat the home to an adequate temperature.
SEES scheme will also be available to clients who live in
Kington and the western part of Aylestone ward and is also
open to clients living throughout Herefordshire who heat
their homes with: Electric storage heaters, Electric central
heating, Solid fuel central heating, LPG central heating,
Room heaters with no central heating
is also available to Herefordshire residents who pay for
their fuel use with prepayment meters and residents throughout
Herefordshire claiming state benefits.
Since the Affordable Warmth Strategy launch, SEES has provided
grant assistance for insulation to more than 600 households
and 50 grants for replacement boilers and central heating
Thank you to regular reader, John Faulkner for sending in
these two beautiful beginning of autumn photos which he
took in 'Puzzle Wood' near Coleford at the weekend.
permitting, the coming weeks are likely to be great for
taking autumn photos locally and I received an email this
week from somebody who is travelling from Nottinghamshire,
specially to take photos from Symonds Yat East. If you would
like to photograph autumn - the Wye
Valley and Forest
of Dean are great places to visit.
No, I am not pretending to be young again, telling Tina
that I'm working and then going out to Charlie's Bar on
Saturday nights! I went there 'mid-computer' rather than
'mid-life' crisis last Saturday evening to take photos for
advertising purposes (the ad page will be appearing soon)
but when I arrived inside, people thought I was photographing
for the news and acted accordingly.
can't show all of the photos but here are a few. Sorry,
I didn't take names as I was not expecting to be running
this on the weekly news - though I do know Christo and Ave
as they are friends. Looks like everybody was enjoying their
and Ave. Ref: DSC_7817
Beware of Cheap Imported Cosmetics
Herefordshire Council's trading standards department is
warning county consumers to be careful when purchasing imported
cosmetic products. The warning comes after a project carried
out by the Central England Trading Standards Authorities
Partnership (CEnTSA) found that half of the 24 imported
cosmetic products tested failed the Cosmetic Products Safety
results of the tests are that:
Five items failed to display a list of ingredients found
Eight items did not list all the ingredients found in them,
therefore consumers would be prevented from making an informed
decision about the product and would be at risk if they
had a sensitivity or allergy.
Seven of the cosmetic products did not declare a shelf life,
and some cosmetics deteriorate with age.
Eight of the items did not identify the importer or manufacturer,
so it would be difficult to trace them in the event of a
safety issue or product recall.
Six items did not have a batch number or code. This would
prevent retailers doing stock rotation or identifying when
stock is out of date, so increasing wastage and losing them
profit. In the event of a product recall all the stock may
need to be destroyed, as any fault with a particular batch
run could not be identified.
Five samples had inaccurate claims.
Two products were found to be unsafe. One of which was a
nail varnish that contained benzyl butyl phthalate. This
is a substance known to be toxic for reproduction and may
cause harm to the developing foetus and may impair fertility.
The other product, a skin lightening body lotion, contained
Hydroquinone which is a category 3 mutagen, a category 3
carcinogen and a potential skin sensitizer.
objective of the project was to ensure the safety of cosmetic
products found in the cheaper end of the market and items
sampled included children's toy makeup, free cosmetic gifts
attached to children's comics, skin lightening creams, face
soaps, hair gel, glitter powder, lipsticks, body lotions,
lip-gloss, nail polish and removers, skin whiteners, deodorant
products containing some form of sun protection and men's
face creams. All were purchased from the cheaper retail
outlets and market stalls. Many were cheap foreign imports.
authorities took part in the project, including Herefordshire
Council. Each authority purchased two items, which were
examined by Worcestershire Scientific Services. A spokesperson
from CEnTSA said, 'The information about the cosmetic product
was not always present, and when it was, it was hard to
read, incomplete or worse, false or inaccurate. Buying cheap
imported cosmetics carries a risk; they can be untraceable,
uncontrolled, out of date, and incapable of doing what the
product claims or even be unsafe.
of those tested have ingredients which can cause injuries,
ranging from sensitivity, burns, blisters, scarring or even
damage an unborn human foetus or cancer. Some that claimed
to offer some form of protection as a sunscreen did not
protect from harmful UVA radiation.'
Standards are currently pursuing enforcement action. For
example, 508 bottles of nail varnish have been seized from
one market trader who had been supplied by wholesalers in
the Midlands area. Additionally importers are being visited
and educated regarding the supply of cheap foreign imports,
and their responsibilities to consumers, including their
product liability implications.
Pigrem, Herefordshire Council's regulatory services manager,
said, 'Research has shown that the average consumer uses
around 10 cosmetics or personal care products each day.
On any given day a consumer might rub, spray, pour or dab
some combination of sunscreen, shampoo, body lotion, deodorant,
perfume, toothpaste, hair gel or moisturizer onto their
bodies. Consumers assume that every cosmetic product is
safe to buy and use or it would not be able to be supplied
into the UK. They are exposed to every means of advertising
to promote what a cosmetic can do for them. They think every
cosmetic they buy does what it says, and that they are continuously
improved and tested so that they only use the best and safest
ingredients in cosmetic products.
research carried out, however, shows this is not always
the case and we are now advising smaller retailers to ensure
they only buy from reputable wholesalers and importers and
to check the dates and origin of the products. We would
always advise consumers to buy from reputable outlets and
to make sure they have sufficient information about the
product to be able to use it safely.'
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