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DOG DIALS 999

Staff 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 caller.

At 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. An 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!

It 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

Health 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.

NHS 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.

Cycling 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

Henry Rudge of Ballingham Farm will be giving guided tours.

On 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.

Last 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.

Caroline 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.'

This 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 community@wyevalleyaonb.org.uk

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

All 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, 13th July.

The 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.

Chief 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.'

Entry 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

Everybody 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 four years.
· You could learn a language for a fraction of the price you might pay, if you borrow a selection of courses in audio format.
· 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.

Councillor 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.

Recent 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 web.'


JESSE WELCOMES TOUGH LINE ON MPs EXPENSES

Jesse Norman.

Jesse Norman, the local Conservative parliamentary candidate, has welcomed David Cameron's tough line on MPs' expenses.

Cameron 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.

Commenting 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 the better.

Speaking 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.

So 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.

In 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

A 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.

The 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 interest.

The 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.

Louise 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.'

For 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

Sarah Carr conducting a Herefordshire Bus Users Survey.

The 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:

Bus 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

Commenting 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.

Last 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

Monday, 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.

'I 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 rare.

'Here 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

Young 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.

The 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.

Laura 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.'

Anybody who is interested should contact Laura Bentley on 01432 260419.


ACADEMY CHOIR TO BRING GOSPEL MESSAGE TO MONMOUTH

The Gospel Express Academy Choir.

On 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.

Since 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.

The 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 info@monmouthfestival.co.uk.


NEW LIVESTOCK MARKET CRUCIAL TO HEREFORDSHIRE WAY OF LIFE

Herefordshire 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.

The 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 each Wednesday.

Despite 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.'

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.

The 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.

The 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 consultants.

In 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.

The 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

NHS 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.

The 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.

Another 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 safe disposal.

Alison 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.'

Jethro 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 more effectively.'

Information 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 campaign materials.

PUT SEXUAL HEALTH ON YOUR ASDA SHOPPING LIST

NHS 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.

Chlamydia 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.

Rob 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

Herefordshire 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.

A 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.'

All 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.

If 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 diversity@herefordshire.gov.uk.


POPULAR SWAP SHOP SCHEME RETURNING TO HEREFORD

The 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 treasure.

Councillor 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.'


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