at West Mercia HQ Call Management Centre thought they had
a violent domestic or even a potential murder on their hands
recently when a BT operator put through a call from an unknown
4.30pm on Monday, 20th April 2009, police communications
operators heard muffled voices talking, and a man shouting,
'Come out or else, I'm warning you!', accompanied by the
sound of whining. Then the line went dead. For a few moments,
they wondered what sort of incident they were dealing with.
operator phone the number back hesitantly, only to be greeted
by a very apologetic woman in Withington, Herefordshire
who confirmed that all was well and that the culprit was
not her husband, but the dog!
transpired that the family dog, in a fit of devilment, had
grabbed the house phone in his mouth and had run off seeking
sanctuary in the quiet of the garden, where he could chew
the handset to his heart's content. But he was hotly pursued
by the owners and so sought further refuge behind the garden
shed, getting somewhat stuck. As the dog attempted to keep
his grip on the phone in his mouth, his teeth managed to
press the 9 button three times and so was put through to
the BT operator, just as 'Dad' was shouting at him to come
out from behind the shed.
HEALTH WORKERS GET ON THEIR BIKES
staff in Herefordshire are leading by example and boosting
their health and well-being by hanging up the car keys and
cycling to and from appointments.
Herefordshire began a pool bike scheme in January this year,
by purchasing a new Landrover folding bicycle for workers
based at Oak House, Hereford to use when visiting their
patients. The scheme has been so successful that three more
have been purchased with a discount from local bike shop
Coombes Cycles. The
bikes are based at the Primary Care Trust's head quarters
in Belmont, Monkmoor Court in Hereford and with the Leominster
Mental Health team: all three sites nominated themselves
as ideal candidates to make use of the bikes.
is a great way to boost the health and well-being of staff
as it contributes to the recommended five times thirty minutes
of physical activity a week. The Primary Care Trust pool
bike scheme will also help to cut the carbon footprint of
the NHS locally by reducing business miles and traffic congestion
in the county. Helen Morris, NHS Herefordshire said, 'The
great thing about the folding bikes is that they can be
stored easily and are fully adjustable for men and women
of different heights. You can even take them onto public
transport if necessary. We want the staff employed in the
health service to be fit and healthy too - it gives a good
message to others and helps to promote healthy lifestyles.'
JOIN IN THE FAMILY FUN ON WYE VALLEY FARM
Rudge of Ballingham Farm will be giving guided tours.
Sunday, 7th June 2009, farmers across the country are inviting
children and their families to discover at first hand, the
story behind their food! Organized by the Wye Valley Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and LEAF (Linking Environment
And Farming), this family fun day provides a great day out
for everyone who will get to meet the people who grow their
food and care for their countryside.
year's Wye Valley AONB Farming Awards winner, Henry Rudge
from Ballingham Farm, Herefordshire will host the event
and provide an expert tour around his farm which nestles
on the banks of the River Wye. There will be a range of
children's activities available and a chance to learn more
about how farmers care about the environment as well as
the production of wholesome, affordable food.
Drummond, Chief Executive of LEAF, organizers of Open Farm
Sunday said, 'This is a day out with a real difference!
The day June offers everyone a chance to truly connect with
their food and the land around us. Come and see for yourself
how farmers care for the countryside: Enjoy a guided farm
walk, wander through the meadows, or watch the birds; the
list of possible activities is endless. There will also
be opportunities to talk to those who are responsible for
producing the food on our plate. Come and meet the farmers
who really care about your food and your countryside.'
is the first family farming event for the Wye Valley in
conjunction with LEAF. The organization has enjoyed the
success of Open Farm Sunday 2008, where over 400 farmers
across the country opened their farm gates to 150,000 members
of the public. ' We hope this event will be first of many,'
said organizer Sarah Sawyer, Wye Valley AONB Community Links
Officer. 'We would like to encourage more farmers in the
area to become involved, particularly in educational visits,
and we want to raise the profile of farming in the area.'
To book a place at this event please contact Sarah Sawyer,
Wye Valley AONB Development Officer on 01600 710844 or email
LEAF Demonstration farms across the country are also available
for schools to visit throughout the year, and LEAF can provide
educational resources to support classroom activity including
the Virtual Farm Walk. For further information visit www.farmsunday.org.
LAST CHANCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO CAPTURE COPS
budding young photographers are being reminded that they
have just over a month left before the closing date of Tuesday,
30th June in which to capture what 'Policing in Herefordshire'
means to them. The photography competition has been organized
by Hereford Police to mark the opening of their refurbished
and extended police station which will take place on Monday,
competition is open to pupils of every Herefordshire school
and seeks to find out in pictures what young people think
of their local police and what they think of Herefordshire
too. There are £100 prizes for the winners of each category,
with £50 and £25 for 2nd and 3rd places. The school attended
by the winning student in each category will also receive
a prize of £500. The
winning photographs will be determined by a panel of judges
including Chief Superintendent, Mark Turner (Divisional
Commander), Councillor Bernard Hunt, (Chair of the Local
Policing Board and Police Authority member) and Mr Graham
Richards from Frame-Up in Widemarsh Street, Hereford.
Superintendent Turner said, 'This is an excellent opportunity
for our students to tell us in pictures how they see the
police in their locality, and they will need to approach
their Local Policing Teams or other officers in order to
get the right photographs. We're not looking for a photographic
work of art, just simple pictures of policing in Herefordshire.
The winners' work will not only be framed and put on display
in police stations across the county but will also be used
by our Press Office when preparing leaflets, posters and
other literature. I would encourage all our young people
to have a go and see if they can portray Herefordshire Police
and / or Herefordshire itself in just one photograph.'
forms for the competition are available from the school
secretaries of all the counties schools. Alternatively,
telephone the Press Office at Hereford Police Station on
0300 333 3000.
SAVE MONEY BY USING YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
is feeling the pinch at the moment so it is good to know
that you could save yourself a little money by using the
county's Library Services. Evidence shows that when the
economy is down, library use increases and there are many
good reasons to use it. For instance:
· It's estimated that borrowing instead of buying two books
and two DVDs each month could save somebody more than £30.
· If you are planning a holiday or a day trip, rather than
buy a map or travel guide, get one from the library.
· Instead of a magazine subscription visit the library
· The school holidays can prove to be expensive, but many
libraries offer inexpensive activities for children.
· Socializing isn't always cheap, but joining a reading
group is a cost free way of meeting people and broadening
your mind. There
are more than 1,000 people in library linked groups in the
county and the number of groups has doubled in the last
· You could learn a language for a fraction of the price
you might pay, if you borrow a selection of courses in audio
· Why not take up a hobby that doesn't cost you money? For
instance you can research your family history at the local
library with staff on hand to suggest useful sources?
· Try one of the free bounce and rhyme and story time sessions
for babies and toddlers. This is a fun way to spend time
with your child and to meet other people. · You might be
using the internet for price comparison web sites, but you
can browse for free at the library and the staff can suggest
some pages to look at.
· Anybody with a library card can now borrow a smart meter
to measure how much electricity you use at home. This is
really useful knowledge if you want to make economies.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'It would be an unusual person who
did not find something to stimulate the mind or interest
them at their local library. The recession is the perfect
time to use the library to pursue a hobby, or take up an
activity, that is either completely free or doesn't cost
very much money. There's something for everyone at our libraries.
Whether you go to read or borrow a book, to browse the internet,
to study and learn, to scan the newspapers or simply to
dream, your library is there for you.
research has also shown reading is a great way to reduce
stress levels, so I would encourage residents to join their
library as a free and easy way to improve their health.
Libraries are free and open to everybody, offering services
that enlighten, entertain, inform and save you money. They
are also great places to start if you want to find a new
job. Expert, friendly, helpful staff can direct you towards
useful information sources and offer advice and help with
your research, both from stocks on the shelves and on the
JESSE WELCOMES TOUGH LINE ON MPs EXPENSES
Norman, the local Conservative parliamentary candidate,
has welcomed David Cameron's tough line on MPs' expenses.
has made clear that all Tory MPs will publish all their
expenses online as they are incurred, and pay Capital Gains
Tax on the sale of any taxpayer-subsidised home. He has
also outlawed the so-called 'flipping' of houses, and restricted
claims to utility bills, service charges and rental charges.
on the issue Jesse said, 'The present situation is a hopeless
mess, in which it is clear that some people across the political
spectrum have behaved very badly. The very word 'expenses'
is misnamed. This is public money. Its purpose is to allow
MPs to represent the people of their communities in as effective,
wise and energetic a way as possible. If those MPs have
vision and can help to guide the country forward, so much
for myself, I am very fortunate to have had a successful
career in business before going into politics. I made clear
long before the current scandal that I will not be claiming
any public money in relation to my house in London. It would
be an inestimable privilege to me simply to be elected.
far I should guess 60 MPs have been criticised, or roughly
10 per cent out of a total of 646. In other words, it seems
there are still many good people in Parliament doing much
good work for their constituents. In my own view, politics
is not itself a career, but a vocation. But many of our
greatest leaders, such as Pitt and Churchill, have made
politics their career from a very young age. Many, such
as Ernie Bevin, have come to it later in life but from a
very humble background.
our haste to correct the current abuses, let us not forget
the need to keep politics as open to new ideas and to new
people as it can be.'
PUPILS TO GET HANDS ON EXPERIENCE AT THREE COUNTIES SHOW GROUND
careers fair with a difference is being organized by Herefordshire
Council, the Three Counties Agricultural Society and local
businesses to give young people the opportunity to gain
hands-on experience in a range of professions.
fair is called 'Me@Work' and will take place at the Three
Counties Show Ground on Tuesday, 30th June. The aim is to
open up the world of work for year nine students (aged 14
and 15) by encouraging them to talk to professionals and
try their hand at a number of skills. The hands-on style
careers fair ran for the first time last year and was a
great success. All 28 businesses which were involved last
year have signed up again and many others are showing an
Courtyard Theatre will bring people from their costume and
make-up department as well as people from the production
team and the company responsible for building the new Whitecross
High school and the Minster College, Stepnell, will be there
talking to young people about planning, designing and building
new innovative buildings. Hicks Associates, medical scanning
suppliers will also be there, bringing some of their kit
to the show so that participants can have a go at getting
under each other's skin! Hairdressers,
catering companies, farming agencies and colleges will all
be there encouraging pupils to have a go at different things
and talking to them about the types of qualifications and
training they should be signing up for now if they wish
to pursue a given profession.
Price, 14-19 co-ordinator with Herefordshire Council, said,
' "We already have over 300 pupils signed up to attend the
event so this is a great opportunity for businesses to help
recruit to their respective professions and to raise their
profile within the school communities.'
further information, or if you are interested in attending,
please contact Louise Price on 01432 260419.
CARR CONDEMNS REAL TERM COST RISES IN BUS AND TRAIN TRAVEL
Carr conducting a Herefordshire Bus Users Survey.
cost of bus and train travel has risen significantly in
real terms in recent years whilst surprisingly that of driving
and flying has become cheaper, information uncovered by
the Liberal Democrats has found. The figures, revealed in
a Parliamentary answer by the Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport
Secretary, Norman Baker MP, who recently visited Herefordshire
at the invitation of local campaigner Sarah Carr, show that:
and coach fares have increased by 17% in real terms since
1997 and by 55% since 1979 Train fares have risen 7% in
real terms since 1997 and by 49% since 1979 The real cost
of driving has fallen 13% since 1997 and by 17% since 1979
The average cost of a one-way air fare fell 49% between
1997 and 2006
on the figures, Sarah Carr the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate
for Hereford and South Herefordshire said, 'These figures
show just what a raw deal train and bus passengers are getting
from this Government. Whilst many people in a rural county
like Herefordshire need to use their cars, many others especially
the elderly are reliant on a sub-standard public transport
network and want a better, more reliable service.
year I went out and about on our local buses asking people
what they thought of the service and how it can be improved.
It is notable to hear the number of young people who are
put off from using public transport such as buses because
they are so expensive and inconvenient compared to using
a car. I will continue to campaign to ensure public transport
becomes more affordable and reliable for all.'
HEREFORDSHIRE POLICE SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL MISSING CHILDRENS DAY
25th May 2009 marks International Missing Children's Day,
and Herefordshire Police fully support that initiative.
Inspector Nick Semper, the Geographic Commander for the
City and Rural Section, is also the Missing Person Lead
for the county. He has several years experience in this
field and is a West Mercia Police representative on several
regional and national bodies. Most recently he has visited
the Houses of Parliament where he and colleagues briefed
the Police Minister on Missing Persons issues.
was given the job of reviewing and rewriting West Mercia
missing persons policies and procedures following the Soham
murders. There were some significant lessons to be learned
from the experiences of Cambridgeshire and Humberside Police
on that occasion. Of course, I don't think anyone will ever
forget the tragedy of young Madeleine McCann's disappearance
in Portugal, and it raised public awareness to new heights.
Thankfully, enquiries of that nature and magnitude are extremely
in Herefordshire we had the lowest number of missing reports,
compared with our neighbouring Divisions and Forces - about
450 per year. However, these reports only refer to 247 individuals,
some of whom have gone missing more than once. In the last
financial year (April 2008 to March 2009) I can confirm
that 124 youngsters under 18 years of age went missing in
the county. Although comparatively low, this is the 'missing'
challenge we face. Most of these kids go missing from private
Children's Homes or Foster Care, and we are working closely
with our partners in this field to improve on these statistics,
as the figures represent real kids exposed to some measure
of risk or harm when not safely at home. As a Police officer,
it's a rewarding though challenging area of work.'
West Mercia Police support the national missing person charity,
'Missing People', and anyone with a particular interest
should visit their website at www.missingpeople.org.uk.
YOUNG PEOPLE INVITED TO HELP BUILD NEW LEOMINSTER SCHOOL
people from across the county who are aged between 14 and
19 years are being invited by Herefordshire Council to get
involved with the building of a new state of the art school
in Leominster. The Minster College is currently in the process
of being rebuilt and Stepnell Limited has been appointed
to undertake the work. Working
with the council, Stepnell is offering young people from
all high schools and colleges a number of work experience
opportunities to give the pupils a unique opportunity to
get involved in the design and build of what promises to
be an outstanding school building for Leominster.
construction industry involves a vast number of professions,
and the work experience available can be in any of these
areas. For example, as well as the more traditional professions
associated with construction like brick laying, carpentry,
engineering, utilities installation, a project of this size
will need designers, both interior and exterior, project
managers, business support, IT experts and environmentalists.
The options available to the young people are one full week's
work experience or a work shadowing scheme where the students
spend one day a week on the project, over a specified period
of time. In addition to this, one day or half day site visits
can be arranged together with a talk from the contractor
on specific curriculum areas. Teaching staff can also spend
time at the project on placements which encourage them to
get up to speed with the construction industry.
Bentley, 14-19 co-ordinator at the council said, 'Stepnell
is providing this wonderful opportunity for our young people
as part of the company's plans to involve the local community
and encourage future construction workers. This is particularly
good for those preparing to go into the construction industry,
but can also provide lots of opportunities for others too.
It's a great chance for young people to try different jobs
out like project management, design and planning for environmental
sustainability. Students can learn first hand what their
chosen profession is really like in a proper business environment,
and decide whether it's really for them.'
who is interested should contact Laura Bentley on 01432
ACADEMY CHOIR TO BRING GOSPEL MESSAGE TO MONMOUTH
Gospel Express Academy Choir.
Saturday, 23rd May at 7pm, St. Mary's Parish Church will
be host to the Gospel Express Academy Choir from Birmingham.
The choir is actively engaged in singing at a range of different
events and has generously agreed to perform in Monmouth
as part of the Monmouth Festival 2009.
starting in March 2005 Gospel Express has sung at different
events locally and nationally such as the Hippodrome Theatre
and the Jamaica National Independence Service as well as
local churches, concerts and conventions. The choir also
perform at weddings and other special events and last year
performed at St Luke's Church in London to a host of celebrities
to help raise funds for charity.
choir members come from churches and community organizations
seeking to develop vocal skills to be more effective in
their delivery of gospel singing. The Academy offers accredited
courses in a range of subjects, including performing skills
through the medium of gospel music. Tickets for the event
will be on sale at DS Music in Monmouth for £5 for all adults
over the age of 15 and will also be available from St. Mary's
Parish Church before the performance. For
further information please contact Jo Hunt on 01600 715039
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW LIVESTOCK MARKET CRUCIAL TO HEREFORDSHIRE WAY OF LIFE
Council has issued a planning application for a new livestock
market designed to safeguard the future of farming in the
county and protect the rural way of life. Work on the modern,
environmentally friendly market is planned to start this
year. It will provide the most humane and efficient centre
for buying and selling the county's famously high-quality
cattle, sheep and pigs at a new site along the Roman Road
to the north west of Hereford, between the Bobblestock area
of the city and the village of Stretton Sugwas.
move will release prime development land where the current
cattle market is now situated, on a dilapidated 7.9 acre
site near the centre of the city. The council believes the
relocation will breathe new life into what is currently
an unattractive introduction to visitors to Hereford. Instead
there will be new retail and leisure facilities, including
a new department store and multi screen cinema, the building
of which will begin in 2012. The relocation will also alleviate
city traffic congestion when the livestock market is held
the economic slowdown, Hereford's livestock market is experiencing
its best trading for over ten years, with strong demand
for locally produced sheep, cattle and pigs, which buyers
say are among the best in the UK. 'The livestock market
is undergoing a boom period,' said cabinet member for resources,
Councillor Harry Bramer. 'This is a tribute to the tenacity
and hard work of our local farmers who have fought off the
devastating effects of foot and mouth and blue tongue to
recover their markets in what is currently a very difficult
economic environment. Herefordshire traditionally prides
itself on being a prime livestock area and our farming heritage,
which includes the world famous Hereford cattle breed, supports
25 per cent of our landscape of attractive pasture and rural
way of life, as well as our £400 million a year tourism
industry. With new challenges on climate change and rising
food prices, and with a growing market for locally sourced
food, the farming community has an even stronger case now
for the provision of a livestock market in Herefordshire.'
Council sees the new livestock market as a key element in
promoting the county's farming heritage alongside the local
economy. There are also proposals to restore and promote
Hereford's Butter Market as a centre for locally produced
food and drink; the moving of the traditional retail market
to the city centre; the promotion of farmers' markets and
a 'your county needs you' food campaign to put more local
produce on menus and dinner plates across Herefordshire.
new livestock market site will contain a 7,250-square-metre
covered market building with a sheep ring and cattle ring,
with loading docks, over 300 car or car and trailer parking
spaces, an additional 44 articulated or trailer lorry parking
spaces and nine lorry wash stations. There will be offices,
a café, welfare areas and toilets, with landscaped areas
of decorative native trees, a wildflower meadow and wildlife
conservation area. In addition, the site will have bio-security
measures, effluent treatment and odour reduction systems
with approximately 60 odour monitoring receptors will be
installed around the new site. Room
has been allocated for possible 'lairage' to keep animals
overnight in the future, including covered holding pens,
water points and feed bunkers.
site is open, level and although away from main settlements,
is easily accessed with good transport links for the delivery
of livestock from the most used directions. A new access
road junction will be constructed on the Roman Road and
a new road built onto the site. Lights will be to highway
standard with 'zero upward components' to cut down light
pollution to the night sky. The building, penning and livestock
provision has been agreed in consultation with Herefordshire
trading standards animal welfare and DEFRA animal health
representatives, as well as specialist livestock market
one of the most exhaustive consultations undertaken in Herefordshire,
the council investigated the need for a new market over
ten years and set up regular public meetings and discussions
with residents, farmers, businesses, parish councils and
county marketers in 2005 and 2006. Six possible sites were
put forward and there was detailed evaluation of location,
traffic impact, environmental factors and amenity, following
which the chosen site was announced in late 2006, and further
scrutinized by a cross party group of councillors in 2007.
community services scrutiny committee, after three meetings
of formal questioning and investigations deliberated that
the site for the new market was right and recommended the
relocation, releasing valuable development land for regeneration.
A parliamentary bill was passed in 2003 to move the historic
market out of the city centre, as a charter of 1597 decreed
it must be within the city boundary. Herefordshire Council
is arranging local public events for residents and businesses
to see the proposals, which will be considered by the council's
central planning committee next month.
REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS - PLEASE ONLY ORDER WHAT YOU NEED
Herefordshire are currently running a campaign to discourage
people from over ordering medicines on their repeat prescriptions.
Over £30 million a year is spent on medicines in the
county say local health chiefs, and teh wastage from over
ordering cost approximately £1 million per annum.
aim of the campaign, which runs from 11th May to 13th June
2009, is to encourage people only to order what is needed
on their repeat prescriptions, to discourage against stockpiling
medicines at home and advising to take all prescription
medicines with them if they are going to hospital. Patients
are also being encouraged to have regular reviews of their
medicines with their pharmacist or prescribing doctor and
to ask any questions they may have about their drugs. Once
medicines have been dispensed they cannot be recycled and
have to be thrown away, whether they've been used or not.
focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers
of having unused medicines lying around at home. This may
be a significant danger, particularly if there are young
children present. Anyone with unwanted medicines can return
them to their local pharmacy or dispensing practice for
Rogers of NHS Herefordshire says, 'We are constantly looking
at ways to deliver better and more effective patient care.
Unwanted medicines in the home may mean that patients are
not getting the intended benefits. It also represents a
large amount of wasted resources which we could reinvest
in other areas of healthcare to benefit the local community.'
Tull, chairman of Herefordshire Local Pharmaceutical Committee
said, 'There are a number of reasons why medicines are going
to waste, including no longer needing the drugs, but others
may also be put at risk if unwanted drugs are left in the
home. If anyone has any unused medicines at home we're encouraging
them to take them back to the pharmacy or dispensing practice
for safe disposal and have a chat with the pharmacist or
prescribing GP about their medication and how to use it
for the public has been distributed to GP surgeries, community
pharmacies, Herefordshire care homes and community hospitals.
In addition, posters will be displayed on bill boards and
telephone kiosks in Hereford city during the campaign.
Staff at Dudley Taylor Pharmacy in Hereford displaying some of the
PUT SEXUAL HEALTH ON YOUR ASDA SHOPPING LIST
Herefordshire and the city's Asda store are bringing sex
to the supermarket by teaming up to offer free chlamydia
screening to 16 to 25 year olds. The chlamydia screening
team will be holding a sexual health service information
event at the store on Friday, 22nd May from 2pm until 8pm.
As well as picking up free condoms and lube, young people
can be tested for chlamydia by simply peeing on a stick
in the supermarket's loo, leaving it with the team and choosing
how to receive their results (by text, mobile or letter)
within one week of taking the test.
is the most common form of sexually transmitted infection
and is the main widespread cause of treatable infertility.
It often has no symptoms which is why many young people
do not realize they are at risk, yet the consequences can
be devastating in later life. NHS Herefordshire ran a very
successful campaign over Christmas followed by a shopping
voucher scheme at the beginning of the year. This resulted
in the number of young people coming forward for screening
increasing from 29 a month to 61 in a week.
Cunningham of NHS Herefordshire said, 'We are always trying
to find ways that we can get out into public spaces and
make it as easy as possible for people to come and talk
to the experts and get tested. Just a few minutes time for
peace of mind has to be a good thing. Our team of experts
can offer help and advice on a whole range of sexual health
issues. Working with Asda's pharmacy service, we hope to
encourage people to come and get tested, or pick up a free
postal kit. Treatment for those who test positive is very
simple; they can pick up prescribed treatments from the
pharmacy at Asda too.'
CALL FOR CHANGE IN COUNTYS ATTITUDE TOWARDS DISABILITY
needs to change its attitude towards disability in order
to improve the lives of disabled people is the message coming
through from a consultation lead by Herefordshire Council
to find out what it's like being a disabled person living
in Herefordshire. The
council is working with health colleagues to proactively
support disabled people in the county by producing a joint
disability equality scheme for 2009-2012 which aims to improve
the lives of disabled people. To help achieve this, a public
disability consultation began at the beginning of this month
to find out what is already good and what needs to improve.
public meeting took place on Monday, 11th May at Hedley
Lodge, Hereford, where 35 people came to share their views
with council and health staff. 'The people attending the
meeting told us that the main thing that would improve their
lives is a change of attitude towards them,' said Harriet
Yellin from Herefordshire Council. 'People with invisible
impairments like mental health problems are particularly
likely to be discriminated against as people tend to make
assumptions and judge them unfairly. We need to encourage
people to be less judgemental and more understanding. Other
things that disabled people say is important is an improvement
in buses, taxis, public toilets and the state of pavements.'
of the practical suggestions raised through this consultation
will be included in the new Disability Equality Scheme if
possible. The deadline for responses is Monday, 1st June
2009, so it's not too late for people to have their say.
A questionnaire can be completed online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/disability,
or copies of the questionnaire can be picked up at Info
Shops, libraries and GP surgeries.
you would like any more information, or would like to talk
about a disability related issue which is important to you,
call Herefordshire Council on 01432 260216 or e-mail email@example.com.
POPULAR SWAP SHOP SCHEME RETURNING TO HEREFORD
residents of Herefordshire are being encouraged to take
their unwanted items along to a special swap shop event
being held at Belmont Community Centre on Wednesday, 27th
May 27. The Swap Shop will run from 11am until 1pm and offers
an ideal opportunity for people having a spring clear out
to donate their rubbish and turn it into somebody else's
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing, said, 'An array of
items get swapped at these events and people always walk
away with something that they really want, from computer
games and clothes to books and picture frames to small furniture.
The idea behind such events is to reduce the amount of waste
going to landfill and encourage people to reuse items. Just
because you have finished with a particular item, this doesn't
mean someone else won't find a use out of it.'