NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION
THE WYE VALLEY AND SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE
FIND OUT HOW TO BUILD AN ABBEY AND EXPLORE NEW WEIR FORGE
If you have ever wondered how Tintern
Abbey church was built, or have an inclination to build
a church yourself then 'How to Build an Abbey Church' is
the event for you.
part of Cadw's 25th anniversary celebrations, Rick Turner,
Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Cadw, the Welsh Assembly's
Historic Environment Service, will be leading a walk around
Tintern Abbey on Thursday 7th May at 5:15pm. You will get
the chance to learn about the methods, materials and tools,
used by Cistercian monks in the 12th Century and over the
following 400 years to build Tintern Abbey. This is an easily
accessible site and is open to all who are interested.
you fancy seeing an archaeological dig close up, meeting
a working heavy horse or looking at some demonstrations
of iron working and charcoal making then come along to the
Open Day at New Weir Forge near Symonds Yat West on Monday,
4th May between 10am and 4pm. Peter Dorling from Herefordshire
Archaeology will be leading tours throughout the day to
guide visitors around the site and the fascinating archaeology.
You can also find out how to take part in the dig itself.
events are organized as part of the £2.8 million 'Overlooking
the Wye' scheme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The scheme is also supported by partner organizations, including
Cadw, Monmouthshire County Council , Herefordshire County
Council and the Forestry Commission.
you would like to reserve a place on the walk at Tintern
or the tours at New Weir Forge or find out about the other
events in the Wye Valley contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 01600 891 527.
JESSE PLEASED WITH HUGE SUPPORT FOR SMALL SHOPS CAMPAIGN
with nomination forms.
of people across Herefordshire have expressed their support
for the campaign to Save Our Small Shops, local campaigner
Jesse Norman said this week. As a result the deadline will
be extended for another month to May 31st.
than 750 people have written or emailed in to nominate dozens
of small shops, in Hereford City, in Ross-on-Wye and in
other market towns and villages. Clutching several sheaves
of nomination forms, Jesse said, 'We knew local people felt
very strongly about keeping and celebrating their local
shops But no one could have predicted such a phenomenal
response. The replies have been piling up in huge numbers.
Post Offices and local schools, small shops are vital to
our community. They give our county so much of its traditional
diversity, charm and local character. The hundreds of people
who have taken part in this campaign so far show how deeply
our small shops are valued. In these current tough economic
times, we need to stay positive. I hope as many more local
people as possible can take part, and help to generate more
of the publicity, recognition and local pride that our small
are welcome to send their nominations and citations to Jesse
Norman at 49 Broomy Hill, Hereford HR4 0LJ or by email at
email@example.com. The final deadline is May 31st.
WYE VALLEY MUSIC CONCERTS FEATURE LOCAL ARTISTS
Popular violinist Clara Biss will join forces with one of
Britains leading young composers, the pianist Huw Watkins
on Saturday, 9th May at St Briavels Church. They will play
Beethoven, Debussy, Britten and Brahms, as well as a Romance
for solo piano by Watkins himself.
of these artists were brought up locally, before leaving
to study and then launching international careers. Clara
has been giving concerts to Wye Valley audiences since she
was a child. She has recently returned from tours across
Europe with London's Philharmonia Orchestra and to China,
Macao and Singapore with the Royal Philharmonic. She also
plays chamber music in a variety of ensembles including
the Endymion, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and
The Warehouse Ensemble, performing recitals in The Wigmore
Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Kings Place.
compositions encompass orchestral and chamber music whch
has always been central to his output: in 2001 his String
Quartet No. 2 was premiered at the Cheltenham Festival by
the Petersen Quartet, and the Brahms Ensemble Hamburg gave
the first performance of his Variations on a Schubert Song
at the Gstaad Festival. He recorded his first cello sonata
with his brother, Paul Watkins for the Nimbus Label at Wyastone
Concert Hall, which will be the venue for four outstanding
concerts in June.
of the concerts will feature Britten Sinfonia with the oboist
Nicholas Daniels and violinist Alina Ibragimova who are
frequently Huw's collaborators. A third concert is by the
Dante Quartet with whom Clara will be playing over the next
two months. Clara's cellist sister Rosie will be bringing
her Cygnus Piano Trio to play in St Briavels Church on June14th.
of this musical activity, seven concerts in eight weeks,
is a wonderful opportunity to experience world class orchestral
and chamber music at the two best venues in the Wye Valley
and Forest area. Tickets for Clara and Huw are £15 or £2
for students and their teachers, available on-line at www.wvm.org.uk
or at the door. Full information on all the concerts is
available by 'phoning Wye Valley Music on 01291 330020.
violinist, Clara Biss.
ANNUAL MAY FAIR COMING TO HEREFORD NEXT WEEK
Heart-stopping rides, side-shows, food stalls and ancient
ceremonies are all part of the street extravaganza of Hereford's
May Fair which will take place next week. The streets come
alive during the three-day festival each year as thousands
flock into the city centre, some from other counties, to
enjoy the festival atmosphere and myriad of entertainment.
Up to 200 showmen and women from around the country will
make their way to Hereford to prepare for the grand opening
on Tuesday, 5th May.
Danter, Chairman of the South Wales and Northern Ireland
Section of The Showman's Guild, said, 'It's come round again!
Hereford's annual May Fair arriving Bank Holiday Monday,
4th May, when we start setting up at 6pm. A warm welcome
waits when you join us at this historic and impressive traditional
fun fair. Showmen from all over the UK will give excitement,
fun and laughter from riding the heart-stopping white knuckles
machines to bumper to bumper fun, not missing the thrills
of the children and traditional rides, from rides to stalls
we have it all.' The
official opening of the May Fair is at 3.45pm on Tuesday,
5th May on Cathedral Close. A ceremonial offering of 12-and-a-half
bushels of wheat is made by the Mayor to the Lord Bishop
as payment for allowing the fair to proceed.
To ensure the smooth running of the festival, some of the
city streets will be closed to traffic from Monday, 4th
May until the early hours of Friday, 8th May. The roads
that will be affected are: Commercial Street, High Town,
St. Peters Street, St. Owen Street, Broad Street (below
junction of West Street and East Street), King Street and
Bridge Street. Some parking / loading / unloading areas
will also be closed in Union Street and in the streets mentioned
above. All of these streets will be accessible to emergency
vehicles. Advance warning signs will be on all routes leading
towards the city centre advising of the closures.
in previous years, diversion routes will not be sign posted
as, with so many possible permutations, such signing would
be too confusing for motorists. All of the other city centre
roads will operate as near normal as possible. Meanwhile,
the southern end of Berrington Street will be two way between
St. Nicholas Street and Little Berrington Street and all
of Gwynne Street will be two-way. Whilst there will be a
pinch point at the St Nicholas Street end of Berrington
Street, the benefits of traffic using the Broad Street hinterland
should outweigh any difficulties that may be experienced.
There will also be congestion for traffic using St. Martins
Street for access onto the A49.
Council urges drivers to be patient and considerate on the
roads during the week of the fair.
NATIONAL POLICING AWARD GOES TO MATERNITY NETWORK
Two West Mercia members of staff have been recognized in
a national award scheme that marks the outstanding achievements
of women police officers and staff. At a ceremony on the
evening of Wednesday, 22nd April hosted by the British Association
for Women in Policing (BAWP), in association with Jane's
Police Review, Helen Danks and Inspector Melanie Crowther
were jointly presented with the Achievement in Staff Wellbeing
Award (sponsored by Benenden Healthcare).
fourth annual BAWP awards took place at the Stratford-upon-Avon
Holiday Inn and were attended by officers, police staff
and their families from forces across the country. Inspector
Crowther, of West Mercia's Operations Department, and Ms
Danks, who is a diversity officer, received the award for
their work creating and running the West Mercia Maternity
Support Network. The network was formed in January 2006
to offer help and support to women during pregnancy, maternity
leave and upon their return to work. Their award citation
stated, 'Helen and Melanie work tirelessly to keep the network
buzzing alongside their busy day jobs acting as key contacts
for the 56 trained buddies who are supporting more than
70 staff. Helen and Melanie have been described by colleagues
as 'true professionals' who care about staff and care about
West Mercia Constabulary.'
Danks said, 'Inspector Mel Crowther and I were both delighted
and overwhelmed with the nomination for this award; to go
on to win is wonderful recognition for the success of the
Maternity Support Network. The network was initially set
up with an aim of providing support to pregnant colleagues
and over time has developed to offer so much more to a wide
range of people: expectant and new parents - both male and
female - those undergoing fertility treatment, those attempting
to adopt, same sex parents and specialist areas such as
multiple births and dealing with stillbirth. We strongly
believe the success of the network is attributable to the
drive and commitment of our colleagues who provide support
to others in their role of 'Maternity Buddy'. These women
and men have volunteered to act as a Buddy in addition to
their permanent roles, many of whom have developed friendships
with those they are supporting and played a crucial role
in their successful return to work.'
Mercia's Chief Constable Paul West said: 'The Benenden Healthcare
Award is richly deserved recognition of the excellent work
that Helen and Mel have undertaken to establish and run
the Constabulary's Maternity Support Network. They have
been leading lights in developing the support offered to
new parents and women during pregnancy and maternity leave,
and they are continuing to build on the success of the network
by extending the support and advice offered to those who
are dealing with other parenthood matters. The Constabulary
greatly values its highly trained and well-motivated staff
and is keen to retain and develop its workforce. The network
is a further opportunity to reaffirm our support of staff
members and to promote equality of opportunity.'
Helen Danks and Melanie Crowther with their awards.
BUSINESS LEADERS BACK NEW BY PASS BID
Business leaders are backing Herefordshire Council's bid
to build an outer distributor road for Hereford. A second
river crossing and bypass is 'one of the highest priorities
for planners' said the West Midlands Business Council (WMBC).
West Midlands' local government leaders are also supporting
the council's £60-million bid for priority status for the
new road, which could signal an end to the city's current
level of traffic congestion.
transport improvements are needed across Herefordshire and
Worcestershire if tens of thousands of new homes are to
be built as part of the government-backed regional spatial
strategy. Up to 8,000 new houses could be built in Hereford
as the housing market recovers, providing more funding to
support the outer distributor road and a new river bridge.
The WMBC has called for 'a fundamental review of transport
requirements' and says that improving transport links in
and around the two counties should be one of the highest
priorities for planners if the house building scheme is
leaders stress that new river crossings are of key strategic
importance, both across the Severn in Worcestershire and
the Wye in Hereford. The WMBC also said rail investment
needs to improve, and that routes from Herefordshire via
Worcester to London are currently hampered by the lack of
dual tracking via Worcester and Evesham as well as at Oxford,
thus restricting the ability to expand rail services on
planning inquiry into the house-building plans for the whole
region is due to begin on Tuesday, 28th April, at the Molyneux
stadium in Wolverhampton. It will run until the end of June
and will consider whether 400,000 new homes should be built
across the West Midlands over the next 20 years. A government-appointed
planning inspector will listen to the submissions of all
interested parties, before compiling a report for the government
to make its final decision. The government is also considering
Herefordshire's initiative for a city outer distributor
road, and money could be available by 2013, allowing time
for planning applications and inquiries to run their course.
The direction of the new road is yet to be determined but
could be completed by 2018. Hereford's
place in the overall transport plan which is being prepared
jointly by regional development agency Advantage West Midlands
(AWM) and the West Midlands Regional Assembly (WMRA) as
a 'settlement of significant development' supports the case
for a new river crossing and an outer distributor road.
case for Hereford's new road and river crossing is a strong
one and a priority for the council, for residents of the
city and for local businesses,' said Councillor Roger Phillips,
leader of Herefordshire Council. 'Road congestion is a daily
bugbear for commuters and has cost implications for business.
The fact that the council has won strong support at regional
level is a great cause for optimism.'
government has awarded £2 million for Herefordshire to continue
its progress in meeting the growth required for the county.
The money will go towards the cost of developing park and
ride services and to prepare studies on the proposed outer
distributor road, as well as finalize the new local development
framework for Herefordshire. 'The council is committed to
ensuring new growth is sustainable,' added Councillor Phillips
'and as well as providing the right infrastructure for business
to thrive, we want to support and protect the historic core
and environment of Hereford.'
BUDGET GIVES LITTLE TO HEREFORDSHIRE RESIDENTS SAY LIB DEMS
The Budget will do nothing for ordinary residents of Herefordshire,
who have been clobbered by rising food, fuel and transport
prices, local Liberal Democrat campaigners have said.
Budget was criticised for failing to give much needed help
to those struggling in recession by refusing to back Liberal
Democrat calls to cut income tax by £700 for the vast majority
Sarah Carr, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate
for Hereford and South Herefordshire said, 'As the cost
of food, heating, water and transport continue to rise,
families in Herefordshire haven't been given any practical
help by the Government. People who aren't on huge salaries
are noticing more and more of their cash is going on the
basics. Gordon Brown should be putting money back into their
pockets by cutting income tax for the vast majority of taxpayers
by £700. Britain's taxes are too heavy on those who can
least afford it and too easy to avoid for those who know
how. Labour is out of ideas and out of steam. This Government
has condemned us to years of unemployment and a decade of
debt. The country deserves something different.'
CONSULTATION ON SUPPORT FOR THE DISABLED IN HEREFORDSHIRE
Herefordshire's public services are coming together to find
out what it's like being a disabled person living in Herefordshire.
Herefordshire Council, NHS Herefordshire and Hereford Hospitals
Trust are aiming to proactively support disabled people
in Herefordshire by producing a joint disability equality
scheme for 2009-2012. As part of that process, they are
carrying out a big consultation exercise with local disabled
people throughout the month of May.
need to gather information from local people to find out
what we are doing well and what needs to change,' said Harriet
Yellin from Herefordshire Council. 'The information we gather
will help us collectively to draw up a disability equality
scheme and bring about some lasting improvements to help
disabled people in Herefordshire.'
can get involved by completing an online survey at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/disability.
Copies of the questionnaire can also be picked up at Info
Shops, libraries and GP surgeries around the county. The
survey asks a range of questions about transport, accommodation,
accessibility of public services, employment, discrimination
and personal safety. Another way of getting involved is
to go along to a public meeting in Hereford on Monday, 11th
May to talk about what's important to you. Places need to
be reserved and there's help with transport for those who
further information, telephone Herefordshire Council on
HAVE YOU SEEN WINGLESS RED CORSA?
North Herefordshire Police are appealing for information
about a red Vauxhall Corsa which failed to stop after a
road traffic collision. The incident occurred at 2.05pm
on Wednesday 15th April 2009 as a silver Toyota RAV was
being driven along the B4361 between Bircher and Orleton.
it reached the junction with the B4362, an old style red
Vauxhall Corsa pulled out from the junction and was in collision
with the Toyota. The driver of the Corsa failed to stop
after the crash and drove off up the B4361 towards Orleton
/ Ludlow, leaving its near side wing at the scene. The Toyota
was badly damaged in the collision, but fortunately the
driver, his wife and their one-week old baby were uninjured.
are anxious to trace the Corsa and its occupants. The driver
of the Toyota did not get the opportunity to see the registration
number of the Corsa. However, he did recall that the driver
of the Corsa was male and wearing a baseball cap and that
his front seat passenger was also male.
would like to hear from anyone whose neighbour now has or
recently had a red Vauxhall Corsa without a front near side
wing. They would also like to speak with any car repair
outlets who have been asked to renew the wing of a red Corsa.
with information should contact PC Adele Loney at Bromyard
Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111.
SCHOOL CHILDREN HELP PROMOTE CHANGE4LIFE
School children in Herefordshire are to help promote the
national Change4Life programme across the county thanks
to a poster design competition. The council's healthy schools
team invited all primary schools to enter a big competition
last term, which involved designing a poster to portray
the key messages of Change4Life: eat well, move more, live
sixty entries were received and the difficult job of judging
them was undertaken by Teresa Owen, locum consultant in
public health and Kim Goddard and Sally Vaughan of Herefordshire
Council's healthy schools team. The winners were Molly Baker
and Harriet Hope from Pencombe Primary School, Eleanor Osborne-Ford,
Gorsley Goffs Primary School, Danielle Whitley, Brockhampton
Primary School, Isla Ramsey, Credenhill Primary School and
Ros Brown of Whitchurch CE Primary School, who presented
with Halo vouchers and healthy schools goody bags at Herefordshire's
first well-being conference which took place on Wednesday,
1st April at the Three Counties Hotel.
event was a very prestigious affair with some of the county's
top health officials and leaders in attendance. The children
were presented with their prizes by Councillor Jenny Hyde,
cabinet member for children's services, then given a healthy
lunch before returning back to their respective schools.
Councillor Hyde said, 'Keeping our children safe and healthy
is everyone's responsibility and launching a poster competition
has proved to be an excellent tool for promoting healthy
lifestyle choices and stimulating discussions in the classroom.
It was good for the children to see their winning posters
on display at the Herefordshire healthy schools stand -
I'm sure the children really enjoyed their outing and we
are very grateful to the schools for allowing them to attend
the prize giving.'
winning designs will be made into professional posters to
be displayed in schools across the county.
Councillor Jenny Hyde with prize winners Molly Baker, Harriet Hope,
Eleanor Osborne-Ford, Danielle Whitely, Isla Ramsey and Ros Brown.
HEARTLESS THIEVES STEAL YOUTH CLUB VAN
North Herefordshire Police, along with a Droitwich based
youth club are appealing to people to help find their motocross
van which was stolen overnight from a farm in Bringsty.
Between 5pm on the night of Wednesday, 22nd April and 8am
the following morning, the distinctive white Mercedes long-wheelbase
box van, which bears the registration number H784NON, was
taken from a field on Old House Farm, Malvern Road, Bringsty.
The farm hosts motocross events at weekends.
van belongs to the Cotswold Youth and AMX Club, based in
Farriers Square, Droitwich. The signage made the vehicle
very distinctive as it had 'Cotswold Youth AMX' in blue
and yellow letters almost 12" high on both sides of the
van. Apart from needing transportation, the youth club want
their van back because it contains a large number of trophies
that the group has won over time, along with amplifiers,
speakers and microphones and a handmade trophy cabinet,
made by one of the members' fathers. Please keep an eye
out for it as you drive around Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
who knows the current whereabouts of the vehicle or spots
it should contact Lisa Hewitt in the Public Service Desk
at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers
on 0800 555111.