THE WYE VALLEY AND SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE
CARNIVAL PRINCESS CONTEST THIS COMING SUNDAY
The heat is on and the competition hot for the title of
Carnival Princess 2009. If your little princess would like
to try for the title, get her to dress in her finest and
take her to the Larruperz Centre to register at 2pm on Sunday.
competition is always well supported and the girls all encourage
each other as they wait to be seen and interviewed by the
order to enter, your child must live in the HR9 area and
be aged between 6 and 13 years by 1st August 2009. Carnival
Princess 2008, Darcie had a lovely year of reign, helping
Mayor Davies open Ross Country Music Festival, welcoming
the Ross-in-Bloom judges and visiting Merton House Hotel's
annual fete amongst other duties. Why not let it be your
little girl's turn this time?.
Day falls on Saturday, 1st August this year and there will
be lots to see and do on the day. The committee are pleased
to announce that there will be an unusual addition to the
attractions this year by way of Reiki healing for pets!
Reiki has become a recognized and popular form of holistic
therapy for people and apparently is just as good for animals.
not join in the Carnival procession with your pet? After
which you could take it along to the Reiki healer to see
how much healthier it could be.
DEAN HILL PARK TO GET SHARE OF £1.1 MILLION FOR OUTDOOR
Dean Hill Park is one of twenty two Herefordshire parks
that will get a share of £1.1 million to improve outdoor
play facilities. The council successfully put in a bid to
the Department for Children, Families and Schools under
the Playbuilder scheme, to improve play areas for 8 to 13
year olds in local communities over the next two years.
than swings, slides and more traditional equipment, the
fund will be used to create exciting innovative play areas
that will facilitate play in the natural environment. The
emphasis is on making the most of the county's green spaces
by creating play opportunities for children which are challenging
and allow them to take risks. A range of exciting play equipment
will be installed in response to local children's requests
and more natural features such as logs, mounds and boulders
might also be used.
projects have been identified for this year and the parks
included are, Dean Hill Park, Ross-on-Wye, Roman Park, Credenhill,
Bromyard Recreation Ground, Peterchurch Recreation Ground,
Bye Street Recreation Ground, Ledbury, Crooked Well Meadow,
Kington, The Grange, Leominster, Sydonia, Leominster, King
George V Playing Fields, Herefordshire, Northolme, Belmont
and Prospect Walk, Hereford. Local communities will be consulted
to find out what children want in these particular areas
before ideas are presented to them for further consideration.
Parish and Town councils are being contacted, together with
local councillors to encourage their involvement.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services, said,
'This is great news for Herefordshire and provides us with
an opportunity to create some exciting places for children
to play in. Children in Herefordshire have told us that
they want to play more adventurously and be free to enjoy
themselves in the natural environment, which is why we welcome
the focus of this funding to allow greater access to 'natural'
play. This will encourage children to get outside and enjoy
themselves freely with their friends, use their imaginations
and be physically challenged - all important aspects of
a child's development.'
Council will shortly be inviting expressions of interest
from community groups for eleven more projects to run from
2010 to 2011, so anyone with any ideas needs to start working
on them now. Each project has to focus on 8-13 year olds,
provide a wide range of play experiences and be committed
to providing open-ended adventurous play in a stimulating
environment for all children, regardless of their background
first eleven projects have to be up and running by April
2010 so preliminary meetings with local communities will
begin taking place within the next few weeks.
YOU REALLY CAN HAVE YOUR SAY ABOUT ROSS!
In a recent issue of Wyenot News, PACT meetings were described
as an opportunity to voice your concerns to your Local Policing
Team. This is indeed true. However, there is much more to
these meetings than policing issues I discovered. The rare
occurrence of not working when a PACT meeting was being
held presented itself, so I went along to the Larruperz
Centre on Tuesday to find out what these meetings are all
meeting began with a presentation by Councillor John Jarvis
and Andy Tector who gave a very informative talk about the
forthcoming changes in the collection of refuse and recyclable
materials. All residents will soon receive a fully comprehensive
leaflet on how the changes will affect them. There was some
concern about the future of the present recycling skips
in the Swimming Pool car park and other venues, as well
as the impact that this scheme will have on the people who
currently work on the Blue Box scheme. These issues are
all to be addressed as are other issues that were raised.
Middlecote of Herefordshire Council's Highways and Transportation
department was quizzed on a variety of issues, including
the pot holes in the rural roads after flooding and the
implementation of 20 mph speed limits near local schools.
Until a speed limited is imposed, the Police are unable
to intervene, however, Local Police Officer, PC Mark Murphy
informed the meeting that tests using a speed gun in specific
areas have been carried out to monitor the situation. This
shows how the different bodies work as a partnership to
resolve traffic issues amongst other things.
were some concerns about people, in particular under aged
persons drinking in designated Alcohol Free Zones. PC Mark
Murphy assured those present that regular patrols of these
areas are made, but would be stepped up.
meeting was attended by County Councillors, Town Councillors,
Parish Councillors and of course, members of our Local Policing
Team but sadly, very few members of the public.
Partnership And Community Together means just that. They
work together to make the town of Ross-on-Wye better for
you. If you don't take your issues to them, they won't be
able to resolve them.
personally am looking forward to the next PACT meeting in
three months time. Hopefully I'll see you there.
BEDTIME STORY SESSION AT ROSS LIBRARY
Ross Library are hosting a special Bedtime Story event for
children on Friday, 29th May as part of the celebrations
of National Family Week and the Booktrust Bedtime Reading
Week which run from Monday, 25th to Sunday 31st May. The
session will run from 2:15pm until 2:45pm. Children are
welcome to take along their teddy bears and each child attending
will receive a free Busy bear Story book to take home to
share with their family.
Storytime events are being held throughout the county between
Wednesday, 27th May and Tuesday, 2nd June. Julia Radburn,
principal officer young people and learning, said, 'The
events aim to encourage all of the family to get involved
in the sheer joy and pleasure of reading aloud. Sessions
are free and may include stories, rhymes and other fun activities.'
contact Julie Goodwin, Herefordshire Council's early years
officer, on 01432 261644 or your local library or children's
centre for further information.
ROSS - CONDE TWINNERS CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY IN NORMANDY
The Ross members of Ross - Conde Twinning Association visited
their counterparts in France over the weekend of 1st to
4th May to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Associations
partnership. The Ross contingent left by coach at 3.00am
on Friday, 1st to catch the Ferry at Portsmouth and the
twinners were looking forward to seeing their hosts and
friends again. On
the Friday evening the two groups were treated to a reception
at the Conde Town Hall provided by the Mayor of Conde. The
meeting was very emotional as friends met again for the
first time in a year. Those taking part for the first time
were feeling rather apprehensive, but still looking forward
to making new friends.
On Saturday, 2nd visitors were free to spend time with their
hosts and do as they liked. Much of the time was taken up
with eating as the French tend to do well. However, many
places were visited, including museums, châteaux,
other towns, sites of interest plus much more. After dinner
with their hosts, all went to bed to build up energy for
the coming day.
were so many activities set up for the Sunday that it was
impossible to enjoy them all. However, there was no pressure
on anybody as they could do as much or as little as they
wished. Lion, Bernard Fowkes began his day by having a ride
in a vintage car, in convoy with 17 other vintage vehicles
around the town of Conde. These excursions were followed
by a visit to an Art Exhibition. Lunch then followed at
the Conde Sports Centre which was a wonderful experience.
hundred and fifty six sat down to dine and as usual the
eating and drinking took several hours to get through. 'This
was wonderful in itself,' said Bernard, 'but during the
meal there was a singer entertaining the diners and there
was a group dressed in national dress which performed dances
similar to our Morris Dancers. To top it all diners could
have a dance between courses. What an event!'
this time the younger members of the association were playing
under 14 years of age football between the English and French
and a Jazz band was playing on the bandstand. 'Whoever did
the organizing did a good job. Later in the evening there
was another reception in the 'Marie,' when the Chairman
of the Ross Association, Sharon Clayton, presented the Conde
Mayor with a bench, a gift from Ross Town to mark the special
milestone of 30 years of twinning. This was followed by
the speeches provided by Sharon Clayton for the Ross Twinners,
John Edwards on behalf of the town of Ross, the Mayor of
Conde and Sylviane Paris for the Conde Twinners. As if this
wasn't enough, everyone then marched off to the local cinema
where the Penyard Singers were putting on a concert, giving
the performance of their life, singing mainly in French.
They did a wonderful job and received a standing ovation
at the end.'
parting on the Monday morning was a very emotional event
with everyone vowing 'see you soon.' There was one thought
going through the Ross Association Committee's minds though,
which was how could they match that weekend when the French
visit Ross. Luckily for the organizers this will not be
necessary until the next milestone of 35 years which will
give them time to think. Bernard Fowkes.
THIEVES GET AWAY WITH ENERGY DRINKS HAUL AT WHITCHURCH
Whilst a lorry driver slept in his cab, thieves cut a 10'
hole in the near side curtain of the trailer and removed
eight pallets of the Lucozade Sport drink, which has been
valued at £11,500. The
theft occurred sometime between 10:30pm on Tuesday, 5th
and 5:30am on Wednesday, 6th May on the East bound carriageway
of the A40 trunk road at Whitchurch, near Ross-on-Wye, where
the lorry driver had pulled up for the night.
are anxious to hear from anyone who was travelling on the
A40 during the stated time period who may have seen any
suspicious activity at the side of the road in the Whitchurch
area. Anyone with information is urged to call PC Lee Hull
at Ross Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call the free
Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111.
NATIONAL COMPETITION FROM LOCAL INITIATIVE
Ross-based Junkk.com, the free reuse ideas website, has
been asked to create and host a national plastics reuse
ideas competition which is free to enter, with some nifty
prizes on offer for the brightest and best.
were very flattered to be asked to take part’, said web
site founder, Pete Martin aka Junkk Male/Big ‘Ed Peter,
‘as it’s not just a recognition of the value of reuse as
part of the waste-sparing mix, but also a perfect example
of our main philosophy of encouraging the public through
reward rather than nanny, nag, fine or guilt’.
is keen to get the word out wherever possible to encourage
participation, from anyone with a 'nifty' idea which might
just spare some plastic waste ending up in the bin or landfill.
There are some great prizes - the grand prize a recycled
park bench, possibly being the perfect incentive for schools,
scouts or other community groups to get their thinking caps
on and try and win the BIG one.
how well the recent Voucher Tree initiative worked out for
everyone? The competition can be entered directly from the
Junkk.com front page, with a link to all anyone needs to
know. But you don’t have to worry if you don’t have an idea
as it’s totally free to roam and enjoy all the site ideas
already up there! For those who do get inspired, as the
latest gets entered it is automatically boosted to pride
of place on the home page in rotation with blog entries,
so you could see your idea in front of everyone.
will be after the competition closes at the end of the month
and Dennis Humble of EnviroAbility has already signed up
to be on the jury to help cast an expert eye on the submissions
that will be assessed for prizes.
is getting even more interest now,’ said Peter. ‘Perhaps
now even more monetary savings can be enjoyed at a individual
level on top of less tangible, but still very valuable personal
commitments to making the future of the planet more secure
for our kids. We’d like to think this little competition
can not only be fun, but make a very real point that green
need not only be good, but rewarding to the pocket too’.