A FRUITFUL FIRST FRIDAY FOR WAWA AND THE SANTA ROSA FUND
Each year, regular visitors to Ross Cider & Perry Company
at Broome Farm, Peterstow raise money for charity. This
year is a little different however, as not one but two charities
will benefit from the events held at the farm: WAWA and
The Santa Rosa Fund. On Friday, 3rd July representatives
from both charities went along to the 'First Friday' to
talk about their work and where the money will go.
WAWA is a small charity founded in Powerstock, West Dorset,
which raises funds to provide educational opportunities
and improve medical care for children living in some of
the poorest communities in Peru. WAWA in the indigenous
language Quechua means “Child”. Since the charity was set
up in 2003, over 30,000 US dollars has been raised by UK
Santa Rosa fund was originally established in 1988 to provide
support for the Managua School in Nicaragua. Given its success
in fund raising, it has broadened its scope to support a
range of educational projects in other areas (especially
rural ones). The charity also provides funds to help defend
the ever increasing number of street children in Nicaragua
from the threats they face.
Long of Ross Cider told us, 'It was wonderful to hear and
see what two small charities can achieve. After their presentation,
Mike presented each charity with a cheque for £1,000. We
hope to raise more cash for them between now and the festival.'
at the farm would like to thank everybody who has put a
donation in 'The Old Tin.' Every penny does make a difference
to helping those less fortunate than ourselves.
of the Santa Rosa Fund explains the charity's projects and how the
funds raised are spent.
and Pete of the Santa Rosa Fund, Mike Johnson of Ross Cider and
Mary and Chris of WAWA.
LOOKING FOR THAT SPECIAL PIECE?
Bundy showing auctioneer Nigel Ward how the UV lamp works.
officers in Herefordshire are set to become a regular sight
at auctions and car boot sales in the future, thanks to
the purchase of a special high-powered ultra-violet (UV)
lamp that can detect marks on property, made by UV pens
or UV liquids such as SmartWater or RedWeb. The lamp, which
all officers in Herefordshire Division will have access
to, shows up UV markings on property as a yellow light,
indicating to the user that the property has been marked
in some way and may be stolen.
Inspector Sue Thomas, head of policing in the Hereford area,
said, 'Now that products like Smartwater are in common usage
for marking property and much in demand with Neighbourhood
Watch schemes, we needed a powerful and reliable device
that we could use away from police stations at events like
car boot sales and auctions to readily identify any property
that has been so marked. Unlike many collectors and browsers
who will be looking for that special unnoticed item that
turns out to be worth a fortune, police officers will be
scanning the lots looking for that special item that turns
out to be nicked.'
Ward of Nigel Ward & Co, auctioneers in Pontrilas, is pleased
to see the police presence. 'As a businessman, I have a
responsibility to protect the reputation and integrity of
my company and also ensure that my customers are not sold
stolen goods,' he said. 'Not only does the UV scanning by
officers detect possible UV-marked stolen property but the
customers can see at the same time that we take security
seriously and have their best interests at heart. If anything
is found that may be stolen, we can withdraw it from the
sale before it is sold and lost from public view.'
you would like to know more about property marking products
such as SmartWater, please contact your local policing team
or the Herefordshire Crime Risk Manager, PC Charles Naylor,
on 0300 333 3000.
NEW BINS WHEELING THEIR WAY TO ROSS-ON-WYE
Council's waste management team will be holding a special
road show in Ross-on-Wye on Monday, July 27, to promote
the new waste recycling service which will be launched in
team will be near the Market House from 9.30am until 3.30pm
and will be on hand to answer questions. The new wheeled
bins to be issued will also be on display.
idea behind the new scheme is to make it far easier for
people to recycle and the majority of households in the
county will be getting a wheeled bin which can be used to
store all of their recyclable materials. Plastic bottles
can be collected using the wheeled bins along with other
materials, including tins, cans, glass bottles and jars,
paper and card. Collection of the wheeled bin will be made
once a fortnight.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing said, 'This new scheme
will really help residents to increase the amount they can
recycle and I would urge them to come along and find out
more and get any of their questions answered. We want people
to have as much information as possible before the scheme
starts and this road show is one of many we have already
staged or have planned to spread the word around the county.'
wheeled bins will be delivered to households in September
and October so residents should be on the look out for them.
They will be accompanied by an information pack which will
explain the new system and advise when your collection days
will be. The new scheme starts on 2nd November. In the meantime,
residents are asked to continue using their current blue
box scheme. It is not intended to collect the blue boxes
so people are encouraged to use them as handy storage devices.
Even if you don't have a recycling service at the moment,
the council's intention is for all households to be included
under the new scheme so look out for further details.
will be keeping their weekly black sack refuse service but
should be aware that their collection day and time may change.
Any changes in collection days will be included in the information
pack delivered with the recycling bin.
POLICE REMINDER - OFF ROAD MEANS OFF ROAD
Mark Murphy wearing the body-worn video.
in Ross on Wye are pledging to clamp down hard on riders
of 'off-road' motorbikes who ride them on the roads in and
around the town. The robust approach is being taken following
complaints from local residents and visitors alike.
Mark Murphy, the Local Police Officer for Ross Town, has
called time on the riders' antics and says enough is enough.
'There appears to be a core of youngsters who think it is
cool to ride around parts of the town and countryside on
these unregistered machines, without insurance or an MOT.
I am concerned that someone is going to get seriously hurt
one day, especially when they are used on common land or
footpaths which are used by walkers of all ages,' he said.
law is quite simple regarding the riding of motor bikes
on a road. ALL riders must be at least 16, have a valid
driving licence, valid insurance and MUST wear a helmet.
The bike must be DVLA registered, taxed and MOT'd and fitted
with lights and a registration plate.
law is also quite simple regarding the riding of motor bikes
'off-road' in that off roaders may only ride on private
land AND have the express permission of the landowner. It
is not permissable to ride on common land, footpaths or
Murphy continued, 'We have increased patrols in those areas
where members of the public have identified continuing problems
and, as a result, have already seized four motorbikes with
their riders facing prosecution for various motoring offences.
in Ross are also now equipped with body-worn video equipment
(please note the photograph below) to help record offences
as they are being committed and present best evidence at
Court. Once we have seized a bike, it will cost you around
£150 for its recovery and you then face further fines and
endorsements for the associated riding offences.
message is simple - don't ride off-road bikes on the road,
and if you ride off-road do it with permission on private
land. Persistent offenders may end up having their machines
crushed and parents of young offenders could end up in Court
themselves and being fined. We urge everyone with access
to a motorbike to ride responsibly. Ross Police operate
the 'Educate, then Legislate' principle. This is the educate
part - let's hope everyone takes the hint!'
who wants any advice on safe or legal riding can contact
PC Mark Murphy at Ross Police Station on 0300 333 3000.
HIGH COURT OVERTURNS INJUNCTION AGAINST MARKET
last minute injunction which prevented Herefordshire Council
from relocating the retail market to the city centre was
overturned in the High Court of Justice on Monday, 13th
July. The grand opening which was originally planned for
27th June will now go ahead on Saturday, 25th July.
well as overturning the injumction, Justice Blake refused
Chairman of the Butter Market Independant Traders Association,
Mr, Len Tawn permission to seek a judicial review and also
refused to grant leave for appeal. The Court's ruling said
Mr Tawn 'has no arguable case that the market traders have
a right to object to the relocated market' and determined
that 'there was consultation on the relocation proposal
as required by statute, and there is no basis for impugning
the decision on the grounds of procedural impropriety.
Adrian Blackshaw, cabinet member for economic development
said, 'We are delighted that the retail market will now
go ahead in line with the wishes of local people. The judge's
emphatic dismissal of the original injunction, which was
made at the eleventh hour and gave the council no opportunity
to make its case in court, was ill conceived and based on
vested self-interest that had no hope of prevailing. It
is regrettable that those who tried to stop the market are
trying to restrict the choices that Hereford can offer,
when common sense indicates that we will bring in more shoppers
by providing more choice and more reasons to visit our beautiful
and vibrant city centre.'
Council reports that the High Court of Justice acknowledged
that it did consult fully on the proposed move of the market
and that 86 per cent of the public who responded to consultation
were in favour. The grand opening will now go ahead at 10.30am
on Saturday, 25th July, together with a programme of entertainment
and family events.
SUCCESSFUL FIRST FUNDRAISER FOR YOUNG ROSS LIONS
Keen to show that they could do as well as their Mother
Club, The Ross Lions Club, the Ross Young Lions decided
they would sell strawberries and cream at the John Kyrle
High School Sports Day to raise their first funds.
advertised the event in the school, found local suppliers
for the fruit and cream, worked out the costing and put
together a plan for who would do what on the day. On the
day itself, Ross Lions put up a gazebo for them and they
all pitched in, preparing the strawberries and the stall.
They had sold just five bowls when the rain came down really
heavily and the school had no alternative but to call in
all the spectators and cancel the event.
to be beaten, the Young Lions took their bowls of strawberries
and cream into the school. Starting with the Staff Room
and moving on to the class rooms, within three hours they
had sold all they had and raised over £100 profit for their
club funds. The Head Teacher, Nigel Griffiths had said at
the clubs inauguration that taking on this project would
improve the young pupils characters but for their first
event you can't beat this for initiative and being positive.
Not only do the teachers feel proud of them, but so do the
Ross Lions who's President, Keith Wilding, said this was
an excellent result. They worked hard and raised a good
sum of money. The future bodes well for them and they can
look forward to good things to come.
Young Lions at The John Kyrle High School are still looking
for new recruits so if you attend the school and are interested
in joining them why not contact either Matthew Petrie or
Ryan Green, they would love to see you.
Young Ross Lions had a very successful first fundraiser, selling
their strawberries and cream on Sports Day at the John Kyrle High
HEREFORDSHIRE ENJOYS SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS SUCCESS
Council has been celebrating the fact that many schools
in Herefordshire have achieved a Travel Plan, Eco-Schools,
and / or Healthy Schools awards and this year decided to
join all three schemes and have one big award ceremony with
the aim being to encourage all schools in Herefordshire
to work towards these award schemes in order to become more
awards were presented at a special ceremony at Hereford's
Town Hall when the county's Travel Plans, Eco Schools, Healthy
Schools and Junior Road Safety Officers were celebrated.
Travel Plans are intended to encourage pupils and staff
to travel to school in a more sustainable way, by walking,
cycling or using buses. Schools then gain rewards from the
government to further promote sustainable travel initiatives.
So far, 100 schools in the county have signed up to Travel
Plans. The council is now well on target to achieving its
aim of having all county schools signed up by 2010.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said, 'I am pleased so many
schools have now signed up to Travel Plans and encourage
pupils to cycle or walk to school, as long as it is safe.
We now have only four state schools and eight private schools
without Travel Plans and we will now be working to get these
signed up as well.' A special award also went to Lauren
Deem and Ella Latham of St Mary's Primary School, Fownhope,
for their work as junior road safety officers.
schools also received Eco School awards this academic year,
bringing the total of schools in the county to 102. Councillor
Philip Price, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member ICT,
Education and Achievement, said, 'The fact we have so many
Eco Schools in the county is a cause for celebration. We
face a constant battle to reduce the impact of climate change
and schools are crucial in not only reducing their own impact
on the environment but also getting the message across to
their parents and other family members.'
new schools received Travel Plan awards. These were Burley
Gate primary, Clifford primary, Holmer primary, Michaelchurch
Escley primary, St Peter's primary in Bromyard, the Steiner
Academy and Coddington Court. Bronze Eco School awards went
to Holmer primary, Our Lady's primary, Pembridge primary,
Ayelstone High School, St Mary's High School, The Brookfield
School and The Priory Centre, Leominster.
Eco School awards went to Clifford primary, Eardisley primary,
Gorsley Goffs primary, Kingsland primary, Pencombe primary,
Wellington primary, Weston under Penyard primary, Bishop
of Hereford High School and Whitecross High School. Four
eco schools also received Green Flag awards, being Garway
primary, Whitchurch primary, Kingstone and Thruxton primary
and Wigmore primary.
School awards went to Burley Gate primary, St. Paul's primary,
Ewyas Harold primary and St Peter's primary. School Travel
First Achievement awards went to Ashfield Park primary,
Brampton Abbotts primary, Longtown primary, Pencombe primary
and John Kyrle High School. School Travel Second Achievement
Awards went to Gorsley Goffs primary, Leominster Infants,
St Michaels primary in Bodenham, The Aconbury Centre and
the Brookfield School, while Whitchurch primary received
a School Travel Third Achievement Award.
ELDERLY CYCLIST DIES AFTER ACCIDENT ON HOLME LACY ROAD
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following
a road traffic collision between a bicycle and a car which
claimed the life of an elderly man. The incident happened
on the Holme Lacy Road, Hereford at the junction (roundabout)
with Hoarwithy Road at 2.50pm on Friday, 10th July 2009
when a black Honda Accord motor car was in collision with
a red Raleigh pedal cycle.
80-year old male pedal cyclist, who has been named as Mr.
Christopher Staunton, of Waggoners Way, Hereford suffered
serious head injuries and was taken to Hereford County Hospital,
where he later died. A woman was arrested on suspicion of
driving without due care and attention and has since been
released on police bail whilst further enquiries are carried
Lacy Road was closed for several hours whilst police crash
investigators examined the scene to determine the cause
of the collision. The closure caused considerable traffic
congestion in the area during the rush hour. HM Coroner
has been informed and both a post-mortem examination and
an opening inquest are expected to be arranged early this
are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision
or who saw either vehicle immediately before it. Anyone
with information should contact PC Kevin Carter of the Roads
Policing team at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000.
ANDREW MIDDLECOTE IS NEW PRESIDENT OF ROSS LIONS CLUB
The Ross Lions Club held their Handover Ceremony during
a Sunday lunch at the Conservative Club and forty members
with their wives and family members attended the event which
turned out to be exceptionally enjoyable. This was however,
not because of the changeover at the top of the club but
because of the excellent food, service, friendship and short
Andrew Middlecote received a great welcome as he was presented
with his Badge of Office for the second time as President
of the Ross Club by the outgoing President, Lion Keith Wilding.
Before handing over the responsibilities of Club President
to Andrew, Lion Keith told the guests how he had enjoyed
his term in office, in fact two terms, as he had been President
for two years running. This was the first year the club
had paid out more money to deserving causes than had actually
been raised during that year. His time in office had been
exciting and very eventful.
Ross Round Walk had become an annual event, the Lions part
in the Ross Carnival was becoming more established and the
clubs involvement with the John Kyrle High School was also
growing. These were just a few examples of the number of
events that took place over the year although the Annual
Bonfire Night was a bit of a washout. He was especially
pleased that during his term the club had gained a net increase
of six members including its first lady Lion, which was
a real change. However, the crowning glory was that after
months of talks a Young Lions Club had been established
at the John Kyrle High School. This was really special because
it was the first Leo Club to be formed in the District for
over 20 years.
Keith thanked members and wives for all the support they
had given him over the two years without which, his successful
term would not have been possible. He picked out three members
who he said had given exceptional service to the club. Lion
Bernard Fowkes, Secretary and Public Relations Officer and
Lion Don Wood, Treasurer, both of whom received Certificates
of Appreciation. He also thanked Lion Andrew Middlecote
for all the work he did for the club; way beyond what was
his acceptance speech Andrew said he would find it difficult
to follow in the footsteps of Lion Keith as he had been
an excellent President, but he would do his best and he
looked forward to the continued support of all members and
their wives. He then presented Lion Keith with his Past
interested in knowing more about the Ross Lions will find
the information on their website www.rossonwyelions.org
or ring 0845 8335786.
President of Ross Lions, Andrew Middlecote presents outgoing President,
Lion Keith Wilding with his Past Presidents badge.
MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY OF HEREFORD NEWSAGENTS
investigating the attempted robbery of a Hereford newsagents
last week, in which a couple were stabbed, have charged
a man with the incident. A
39-year old Hereford man was charged with robbery and two
counts of wounding and detained in custody to appear before
Herefordshire Magistrates Court today, Monday, 13th July.
Kevin Purcell, Head of Territorial Operations in Herefordshire,
said, 'Robberies like this are a rarity in Herefordshire
and we put considerable resources into investigating them
if they do occur. Local communities can be reassured that
since last Tuesday, we have taken some very positive action
which has resulted in the arrest of a man on Saturday 11th,
who was charged with offences in relation to the robbery
on Sunday 12th.'
PROTECT OUR LOCAL POST OFFICES SAYS SARAH CARR
Sarah Carr, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for
Hereford and South Herefordshire, launched a massive new
campaign on Monday, 13th July called 'Protect our local
Post Offices' and is requesting local people to write in
with suggestions as to additional services they would like
to see offered at their local Post Office.
campaign was launched after the recent publication of a
report into the future of the Post Office Network which
highlights a number of practical measures that could be
taken to help preserve this vital social service including
allowing it to offer a much greater range of services. Sarah
said, 'Today I am launching a massive new campaign to protect
our remaining Herefordshire Post Offices. A recent authoritative
report by a cross-party group of MPs identified the need
for Post Offices to offer additional services to combat
declines in its traditional delivery business as being key
to the Network's survival. As the ill-thought out closures
programme in Herefordshire showed last year, the Post Office
fulfils a highly valued community role that must be maintained.
It is vital that we proactively work to protect our remaining
Post Offices before they come under threat again.
this, I am requesting that local people contact me with
their suggestions as to which additional services they would
like their local Post Offices to offer. I will collate all
suggestions and present them to senior Post Office representatives
as evidence of the types of services they could add to support
and sustain our local branches. Examples of the sort of
additional services that could be added to our local Post
Central government services: e.g. payment of fines, leaflets
about government services, application forms and information
on energy saving schemes, and provision of popular government
· Local government services: providing internet access,
setting up community information points, information on
local and national consultations, able to pay council tax,
· Financial services: free cash machines, access to bank
accounts, offer loans, provide financial advice, wider range
of savings options
· Community Services: Double as a Tourist Information office,
offer services such as a prescription collection service,
take delivery of parcels/packages from mail orders for later
can pass on their suggestions or get involved in helping
the campaign by contacting me at: email@example.com,
Sarah Carr, Liberal Democrats, Hereford House, 20 East Street,
Hereford HR1 2LU or by telephone on 01432 265528.
will also continue to press for a review of the criteria
used to assess whether a Post Office should close or not
(the Post Office Assess Criteria). Under the current criteria,
a further 4,500 post offices could be allowed to close,
a third of the remaining network - this cannot be allowed
to happen. The criteria should be altered to take full account
of the social role these vital outlets play, not just the