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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
The 74th Ross Horticultural Show took place at the Larruperz
Centre on Saturday and there were a staggering amount of
beautiful exhibits on display.
were unable to attend the event ourselves this year, but
our friend Paul Randell very kindly took some photographs
for us. Apparently, there was the usual high standard of
home-made cakes and preserves, floral displays, Bonsais
and miniature gardens and, we note some very interesting
looking potato men. We have not yet been informed of any
results but the exhibits in these photographs all look to
be potential winners to us.
beautiful floral arrangement.
gorgeous flowering Fuscia.
impressive Bonsai Oak bearing acorns.
Bonsai Sloe exhibited by Paul Randell.
wonderful potato people in the foreground, with some fine examples
of home-made jams at the top.
CHARITY CYCLIST PEDALS TO POLICE HQ
Super cyclist Dominic Chambers stopped off at West Mercia
Police HQ on Friday, 7th August as part of his gruelling
challenge to visit every police headquarters in England,
Scotland and Wales. Dominic, who is the charity manager
for Child Victims of Crime, was met by Assistant Chief Constable
Simon Chesterman at Hindlip Hall, Worcester.
cycle ride, dubbed Tour De Force, takes place between 1st
and 23rd August and Dominic is using pedal power to raise
awareness of the charity and its objectives and also highlight
the value of police officers working in this field. He said,
'I came up with this idea in a moment of madness which was,
unfortunately for me, overheard and approved by the trustees
very quickly due to its originality. The support we are
able to offer vulnerable and traumatized children is limited
only by the amount of funding we have available. We remain
deeply indebted to all police forces and volunteers from
around the country who continue to support our work through
fund-raising activities and donations of their time, expertise
has the benefit of being trained by Gary Foord, who's career
as a professional cyclist took him on the Mountain Bike
World Cup circuit and then to the Atlanta Olympics. ACC
Simon Chesterman said, 'We were happy to welcome Dominic
to West Mercia as part of his epic trip around the UK and
we wish him all the best for the rest of his journey. We
hope he raises plenty of money for Child Victims of Crime
as it is such a good cause.'
is hoping to raise £60,000 for the charity. If you would
like to donate to the cause, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/cvoctourdeforce/
further information about the cycle ride or to read the
Tour De Force blog please visit http://www.cvoc.org.uk/content/tour/
Victims of Crime is the only National Police Children's
Charity and was founded by the British Police Rugby Section
in 1993. Its purpose is to support children whose lives
have been affected by crime.
to ride to raise money for Child Victims of Crime.
H.ART WEEK 2009 - EVEN MORE ARTISTS DISPLAYING THEIR TALENTS
Herefordshire's festival of artists' studios will take place
from Saturday, 12th to Sunday, 20th September and this year
will feature the highest number of venues in the event's
eight year history. A total of 131 studios and exhibition
spaces will be located across this inspiring border county,
from the Cathedral lanes of Hereford to the orchards below
the Malvern Hills; the banks of the River Wye to the hilltops
of the Welsh border.
land art, banners, automata and paper cuts are just some
of the more unusual artworks on show during h.Art 09, alongside
a wealth of high quality painting, sculpture, photography,
textiles, ceramics, jewellery and more. Open Studio events
give visitors exclusive access to artists' studios and workshops,
offering a chance to meet the makers in relaxed, informal
surroundings, learn about their techniques, watch a demonstration
and possibly buy an original work of art or have a go at
creating your own.
year there are lots of artists taking part for the first
time as well as many favourite regulars. Their locations
include unusual houses, churches large and small, waterside
gardens, a field, woodland, the Bishops Palace, a castle,
a castle tump and a shepherd's hut, all marked by the unmistakable
bright pink h.Art roadside signs. New for this year, in
response to visitors' comments is that the majority of studios
and exhibitions will be open Every day of the festival,
from 11am to 5pm, making it much easier to plan a route
taking in several venues.
h.Art Open Exhibition will run for seven weeks from 12th
September to 31st October, at Hereford Museum & Art Gallery.
Selected from artists' submissions in June, this show will
offer a taste of the range and quality of fine art currently
made in Herefordshire. Further details will become available
h.Art information, including a fold out map plus pictures
and directions, can be found in the colourful h.Art Guide,
available free from libraries and tourist information centres.
To request a copy, telephone: 01568 797842 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For extra news, images and downloads, browse the website
JESSE TELLS OF NEW GOVERNMENT THREAT TO HIGH STREETS AND SHOPS
campaigner and local Conservative candidate, Jesse Norman
has strongly criticized the Government’s new proposed changes
to planning rules, which will reduce local planning powers
to control out-of-town retail development.
new report from the cross-party House of Commons Communities
Select Committee has warned that the Government’s proposed
changes to planning rules on retail development will result
in 'many more out-of-town superstores.' This comes as a
separate nation-wide survey by the British Retail Consortium
has found that 1 in 10 of all town centre shops are now
vacant -- three times as many as last autumn.
Government is proposing to scrap the ‘needs test’, which
requires developers to prove the ‘need’ for additional out-of-town
development. Herefordshire Council will then be forced to
observe the new rules when assessing planning applications.
The small print of the Government’s proposals shows the
changes would lead to an 'overall increase in [out-of-town]
development, which could have environmental implications',
'more [out-of-town] development proposals coming forward
through the planning process'", and 'additional unplanned
proposals outside town centres.' The
Government's own consultation exercise found that the changes
would 'undermine regeneration schemes by allowing development
outside town centres.' Now
the influential Communities Select Committee has warned
that the changes will create 'unnecessary risks to town
Norman has led the countywide Support our Small Shops campaign,
and last year published a book on How to Set up a Food Co-op.
Commenting on the news, he said, 'Given the number of shops
that have closed in Herefordshire over the past year, this
new legislation is the last thing we need. These proposals
threaten to undermine shops in Hereford City still further,
as well as our market town and village high streets. But
it is vital for local communities to retain the power to
curtail foolish out-of-town expansion and to promote town
of the Small Shops of Herefordshire directory can be obtained
from Jesse at 49 Broomy Hill, Hereford HR4 0LJ.
ROWING CLUB TO HOST DRAGON BOAT RACING FOR MAYORS CHARITY
set for the Dragon Boat Race.
Rowing Club have teamed up with the local Adventure Holiday
company, PGL, to host a Dragon boat event that will take
place at the Rowing Club on Saturday, 29th August between
12 Noon and 6pm. Some of the proceeds from each boat entered
will be donated to the Mayor, Councillor John Edwards' nominated
charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
Edwards commented, 'It is absolutely fabulous one of Ross's
finest businesses can team up to support one of Ross's strongest
sporting clubs and in addition to that they were willing
to support our fund raising efforts. This fun event will
kick of the Regatta weekend where the town will host again
1000's of rowers from all over the country and I am sure
they will get a warm welcome from all.'
are integral to the highly successful regatta this year,
being the prime sponsor which includes providing the dragon
boats for this preliminary event on Saturday, 29th August.
Entries are invited from any organisation, club or group
of people that want to muster a boat. Fees are £100
per boat ( Maximum of 10 persons per boat.)
forms are available from the rowing club website - Rossrowingclub.co.uk/regatta.
Get your entries in fast, as they are limited.
PERMISSION GRANTED FOR NEW LOOK LIBRARY IN ROSS
for alterations and an extension to Ross library was granted
by members of Herefordshire Council's planning committee
at their meeting on Friday, 7th August. The library in Cantilupe
Road is a late 20th century building within the conservation
area and permission was sought for a two-storey extension
to the rear and alterations to the existing building. The
council has set aside £1.2 million from capital funds and
work will start in early 2010. The library will temporarily
relocate while the work is being completed, which is estimated
to take around nine months.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'The plans are intended to give the
people of Ross an improved library and will also bring the
existing Info centre under the same roof so residents have
a one-stop place to access all council services. The first
floor of the library will become a public area to provide
extra space to improve the use of the building and there
will also be improved computer areas. The Dennis Potter
room will be housed in a much improved community room in
the new extension and a separate exhibition area will be
on the ground floor near the entrance.
have consulted widely with the public on these plans, including
holding discussions with existing library users, and I'm
sure everyone welcomes the fact permission has now been
given and work to improve the library and Info services
can now start.'
WHEELIE BINS TO BE DELIVERED SOON
Council is advising residents to start expecting delivery
of their wheeled bins as the start of the county's exciting
new recycling service gets ever closer. The bins, either
240-litre or 120-litre will arrive at properties in September
and October but residents are asked not to use them until
the new collection service starts on 2nd November. In the
meantime please continue with the current plastic sack system.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing said, 'More than 70,000
bins are being delivered to households throughout the county
ready for the new recycling service. The council wants to
ensure as many households as possible have a wheeled bin
before the scheme starts on 2nd November and they need this
two-month period so they can ensure every part of the county
is covered. We have also offered people a choice of bin
sizes and this means some people may get their bins before
others, depending on the type of bin requested.
bins are not suitable we will write to residents to inform
them of the recycling sack scheme that will be introduced
at the same time. I would urge residents to continue using
the existing plastic sack and blue box recycling service
until the new scheme starts in November. At the moment,
we have a recycling rate of 34 per cent and we want this
to continue rising so I would urge residents to carry on
using the existing recycling services until November. When
the wheeled bin system comes into operation, people will
be able to recycle glass for the first time from their kerbside
and they will also be able to place all of their recyclable
materials into one container. By making recycling easier,
we hope our recycling rates will continue to rise and we
can meet the government target of 40 per cent by 2010.'
information pack will also be delivered with each wheeled
bin which not only explains how the service works but also
includes the new collection calendar as well as a sticker
to place on your bin. People should check this pack carefully
as their collection day and time may change. Residents will
keep their weekly plastic sack collection for household
waste that cannot be recycled and a six-month supply of
bags will be delivered to every household in the county.
Green garden waste cannot be put into the wheeled bins but
instead people should compost at home, take it to household
waste sites or continue using the green bags which can be
bought from the council and should be placed outside with
the black sacks for collection.
TIME TEAM DIG IN HEREFORDSHIRE
Channel 4's popular Time Team, together with presenter Tony
Robinson, was in Herefordshire last week to record a programme
for their forthcoming series. Working with Herefordshire
Council's archaeological service, the Time Team have been
investigating a possible hillfort overlooking the River
Robinson said, 'I always enjoy coming to Herefordshire which
is a wonderful county to explore and have enjoyed working
with the county's archaeological team again. The programme
is likely to be screened in February or March 2010 and I'm
sure it will be of interest to everyone living in the county.'
Keith Ray, Herefordshire county archaeologist said, 'The
dig did reveal evidence of an Iron Age hilltop enclosure
on the site, but of an unusual and fascinating kind. We
are now waiting for the results from analyses of soil and
carbon samples taken on site to help further inform our
conclusions. "We will be revealing some interim thoughts
at our annual symposium being held at the Courtyard Centre
for Arts in Hereford on Saturday, 17th October. This event
should be of interest to people from across the county as
we will also be covering recent digs held at the Prospect
in Ross, St Katharine's in Ledbury and at Credenhill Iron
Team has worked with Herefordshire Archaeology in the past
when investigating Freen's Court, near Marden in the late
1990s and also The Weir (National Trust) as part of the
Big Roman Dig live broadcast in 2005.
Bapty archaeologist, Time Team presenter Tony Robinson and Neil
Rimmington, at the site of the dig.
SARAH'S STAND AGAINST SPYING
Carr, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hereford
and South Herefordshire today responded to the findings
of a national report by the Interception of Communications
Commissioner, Sir Paul Kennedy, that local authorities across
the United Kingdom have been abusing the Regulation of Investigative
Powers Act (Ripa) to spy on local residents.
is calling on Herefordshire Council to release information
about Herefordshire Council's use of Ripa to reassure the
people of the county that they have not been the victims
of unnecessary spying. Sarah said, 'The Regulation of Investigative
Powers Act, which was supposed to be used for anti terrorism
and matters of national security, has been used by councils
across the UK to spy on individuals with no regard for individual
privacy. I am therefore calling on Herefordshire Council
to release the data regarding their use of the act to local
residents and have submitted a Freedom of Information request
to get the facts.
Paul Kennedy's report found 595 'errors' where a wrong phone
number or email address was supplied, leading to the wrong
person being investigated. The report also showed that one
in every 78 adults in the UK had been spied on in 2008 alone.
This will reassure us that they have not been abusing Ripa.
Local people will want to know that their private communications
remain private and are not being spied on by the council.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party committed to individual
privacy and are campaigning for the immediate introduction
a Freedom Bill reversing New Labour's relentless attack
on civil liberties, as shown by their discredited policy
on Identity Cards. The findings of the report are shocking
and a further demonstration of the government's insistence
on constant surveillance of our lives.
can only hope that Herefordshire's Conservative led council
has avoided using Ripa for the same sinister purposes as
other councils across the country - spying on local residents.
The only way for them to do this is to release the information
regarding their use of Ripa to local residents without delay.'
MORE PEOPLE TAKE THE PLUNGE THANKS TO FREE SWIM SESSIONS
figures just released show the number of people taking the
plunge in Herefordshire rose by 50 per cent in June, thanks
to the Government's free swimming initiative. Under the
scheme, launched in April this year, children under 16 years
old and people over 60 can swim for free at Halo swimming
pools in Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury and Leominster.
The figures show that since April, nearly 40,000 people
have taken advantage of free swims in the county with nearly
28,000 of these being under 16.
huge numbers of people taking advantage of free swimming
in the county puts Herefordshire in the top 10 per cent
of local authorities nationally for 'take up' of the scheme.
The number of over 60s taking advantage of the scheme from
April to the end of June was 11,180 and the number of under
16s in the same period was 27,952.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'I am delighted our decision to take
part in this scheme has resulted in so many people taking
up swimming which is wonderful exercise for people of all
ages. This scheme allows people to hone their swimming skills,
get fit and have fun without having to worry about the cost.'
Argent from Halo Leisure said, 'We were keen to join this
scheme because we want as many people in the county as possible
to enjoy the benefits of regular swimming. We knew the scheme
would create a big splash in Herefordshire but it has been
an even bigger success than we could have imagined.'
further information about free swimming, visit www.freeswim.org.uk
or www.haloleisure.org.uk. To register, fill in a registration
form at your local Halo centre.
COUNCIL HELPS RESIDENTS TO BEAT RISING FUEL COSTS
Herefordshire Council has just printed a leaflet aimed at
helping county residents to cut their energy bills as well
as reducing carbon emissions into the bargain. The leaflet,
which is available at all county libraries and Info Centres,
explain a variety of grants that are available to help people
improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's energy champion said,
'Many people do not realize how poorly insulated homes and
inefficient heating systems can substantially increase fuel
bills. Simple measures such as ensuring there is enough
insulation in lofts, installing cavity wall insulation or
updating heating systems can make a huge difference and,
as a council, we are able to both directly provide grants
and help people access government funded schemes as well.
I I would urge anyone who knows someone who could benefit
from these grants to contact Domestic and General Insulation
on 0844 543 0043 for further details.'
Special Energy Efficiency Scheme (SEES) offers a £500 grant
to homeowners and private tenants who heat their homes by
storage heaters, electric central heating, LPG central heating,
oil-fired central heating or room heaters, people who pay
for their fuel use with prepayment meters, homeowners and
private tenants aged over 60 and people on benefits. Measures
covered under the SEES scheme are loft insulation, cavity
insulation, draught proofing, thermostatic radiator valves,
room thermostats, hot water cylinder thermostats and tank
homeowners and private tenants with less than 60mm of existing
loft insulation between the joists are also eligible for
a loft insulation top-up to 270mm depth. Any private household
who does not meet the SEES criteria is able to get discounted
rates for installing loft and / or cavity wall insulation
under the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) initiative.
For further details contact Domestic and General on 0844
funded Warm Front grants are also available, providing up
to £3,500 for homes with gas-fired heating systems and up
to £6,000 for off gas heating systems. Measures included
under this scheme are central heating systems, boiler replacements
and insulation measures. To qualify for a Warm Front grant,
applicants must be on benefits. Anyone not on benefits but
over the age of 60 may be able to claim a Warm Front £300
rebate towards the cost of repairing or installing a heating
system. Herefordshire Council also offers a Warm Front top-up
grant of up to £1,500 which is means tested and only available
to people who have confirmation of receiving Warm Front
further information, contact Warm Front on 0800 3166011.