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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
POLICE AIM TO REDUCE SPEEDING IN ROSS-ON-WYE
Ross-on-Wye Police are turning their attentions to the Ledbury
Road and Walford Road in the town in a bid to reduce levels
of speeding, following complaints from the local community.
The new priority was agreed at the recent Ross area PACT
meeting which was held on Thursday, 20th August, following
face to face surveys, direct contact with the police and
complaints sent to the local MP, Mr Paul Keetch.
Neil Welding, who supervises the Local Policing Teams in
Ross said, 'As you all know, the police in Ross follow the
'Educate, then Legislate' principle as being the fairest
way to solve a particular problem. We want drivers in Ross
to know that the 30mph limits along Ledbury Road and Walford
Road are there for a reason - to keep road safety high and
casualties low. If we allow people to drive above the limit,
safety will fall and collisions and injuries will increase.
police officers, together with our colleagues from the Roads
Policing Team in Hereford, will be paying close attention
to these roads over the next couple of months. So please
don't be surprised if you get a ticket when you exceed the
speed limit on these roads - we did warn you.'
ROSS CHARITY SHOP TO HELP HEROES
Customers were waiting on the doorstep on Monday morning
when the shop on the corner of Church Street was transformed
into a charity shop to raise funds for Help for Heroes.
Iris Price and Joyce Thomas are running the shop for one
week to raise funds for the charity which help soldiers
injured in current conflicts.
They were inspired to help after reading in the Ross Gazette
about the ball and auction which Charlotte Reynolds and
Jes Teague are organizing in October. Joyce said: 'The charity
Help for Heroes deserves all our support, Iris and I are
pleased to contribute. We have enormous respect for Charlotte
and Jess and everyone who has helped them, and wish them
Mayor of Ross, Councillor John Edwards said: 'It is very
appropriate that we do all we can to help our Heroes but
we must remember the backroom hereos like Iris and Joyce
who do so much to help others.'
you to Jo Scrivin of the Ross Gazette for the words and
photo and apologies to all concerned for my absence. I slipped
up with my diary and missed the opening.
Thomas, Charlotte Reynolds, Mayor Councillor John Edwards, Jessica
Teague and Iris Price at Monday morning's shop opening.
ROSS SPECIAL CREW FIND NEMO!
The Ross Special Crew set off on one of their Summer Trips
to the Sealife Centre in Birmingham on a mission to find
Nemo! The Crew searched high and low and on the way saw
a huge variety of fish and sea creatures including stingrays,
turtles, sharks and otters but caught barely a glimpse of
the little Clown Fish. They had a 'whale' of a time and,
as can be seen from the photographs, Nemo was 'behind you'
Ross Lions once again very kindly supported the Crew in
funding their daytrips this Summer and without their generosity
the children would not have enjoyed such a wonderful day.
The Ross Special Crew is a group for children who live in
and around Ross and who have disabilities and/or special
needs. It offers daytrips during school holidays, support
for their parents and, starting Autumn 2009, a Saturday
Club. For further information please contact Jules on 01989
Special Crew Members Mark, Joe, Bethany, Amy, Kerry, Savannah and
MEET THE MYSTERY AUTHORS AT ROSS LIBRARY
Everyone loves a mystery, and library readers are no exception,
so this autumn Herefordshire Libraries has teamed up with
a host of top authors to reveal the secrets behind crime
writing and give budding authors the chance to write their
own crime novel.
on from their sell-out evening with the Medieval Murderers
in May, Ross Library starts the library’s crime season on
11th September at 7pm when bestselling authors Caro Peacock
and Rebecca Tope reveal their secrets of successful crime
writing. Rebecca Tope is the author of three popular murder
mystery series, featuring Den Cooper, Devon police detective,
Drew Slocombe, Undertaker, and Thea Osborne, house sitter
in the Cotswolds. She’s also the "ghost writer" of the novels
based on the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme.
Peacock writes historical mysteries and is the author A
Foreign Affair, A Dangerous Affair, Death of a Dancer, and
Death at Dawn. She also writes as Gillian Linscott.
priced £3 are available from Ross Library: Tel. 01432 383280.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and buy signed
books on the night.
WYE VALLEY AONB WELCOMES SHARON TO THE TEAM
Seymour, looking forward to her new role.
Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has
recently gained a new Finance and Administration Officer.
Seymour, joined the AONB Unit in July from a Company Finance
role for a local Lydney firm. With a background in banking
and finance, Sharon is keen to use her considerable organisational
skills within the new job role .
am excited to be working for such a wonderful area', Sharon
said ' I am also looking forward to working with the range
of partners and local communities to further the aims of
is no newcomer to the area. As a Forester born and bred
she has worked within finance and administration roles in
the Forest of Dean, Monmouth, Cardiff and Hereford before
relocating to Monmouth nine years ago with her husband and
knowledge and love of landscape and countryside will certainly
stand her in good stead in her new job role and she relishes
the new opportunities of getting to know the Area of Oustanding
Natural Beauty and to pursue her hobbies of walking, cycling
further information about the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty contact 01600 710844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
POLICE GIVE ADVICE TO USERS OF FARM VEHICLES
With harvest time upon us and hay lorries and potato trailers
becoming a common sight, Police in South Herefordshire are
distributing vehicle and trailer advice to farms around
Ross-on-Wye in a bid to reduce any inappropriate and illegal
use of such equipment. The issue was raised at a PACT meeting
in Ross that took place on Tuesday, 18th August and will
be one of the main priorities for the Ross Rural Local Policing
Team for the next couple of months.
Wendy Powell and her CSO colleagues, Lisa Austin and Paul
Leighton, will be circulating to all farms in the area a
document drawn up by the Nation Farmers Union (NFU) and
police, giving sensible advice about driving agricultural
vehicles on roads and showing consideration to other road
users, particularly when driving a slow vehicle with a queue
of cars behind. There are nine areas detailing how to reduce
congestion and increase safety:
Do not hold up a long queue of traffic. If you are driving
a large or slow vehicle on a narrow or winding road, or
if there is a lot of traffic travelling in the other direction,
pull over where possible and safe to allow following vehicles
· Wherever possible, avoid using the roads at peak times
to reduce congestion.
· Where fitted, keep lights and mirrors clean and in proper
· Amber beacons are mandatory on agricultural vehicles on
dual carriageways. Please use them on all roads and ensure
when fitting them that they can be seen from all sides,
if possible. Otherwise, consider fitting extra beacons to
· Used dipped headlights, where fitted, to warn other road
users of a slow moving vehicle.
· Consider the use of netting or sheeting to secure a load,
where the construction of the vehicle / trailer does not
· Consider placing advanced warning signs at road crossing
points or where your vehicles are being used to warn other
motorists, especially at peak times. Remember that Highways
Agency or local authority permission may be required for
some signs to be placed.
· Please clear mud and any other material deposited by vehicles
from the road, especially at farm / field access points
where the deposits are heaviest.
Neil Welding, Local Policing Sergeant at Ross Police Station
said, 'As many of you will know, we operate an 'Educate,
then Legislate' policy in Ross now, which works well. We
are circulating the information advice to farms as part
of the education process. We hope that this will have the
desired effect and that those who drive farm vehicles on
the road will do so sensibly and safely. However having
had the warning, our patrols will deal robustly with those
who continue to deliberately flout the law.'
GETTING READY TO WHEEL OUT THOSE BINS
Herefordshire Council is starting to take delivery of wheeled
bins ready for the new recycling service which starts on
2nd November. Bins are being manufactured at the rate of
2,500 per day and being delivered to a Hereford depot from
where they will be sent out to county households. The bins,
either a 240-litre or 120-litre, will arrive at county properties
during September and October but residents are asked not
to use them until the new collection service starts in November.
Please continue with the current plastic sack or blue box
system in the meantime.
John Jarvis said, 'Seventy thousand bins are being delivered
to households throughout the county ready for the new recycling
service. Our contractors, Focsa want 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 neighbours, depending
on the type of bin requested.
information pack will 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. I would urge residents
to continue using the existing plastic sack system for recycling
in the meantime as these will continue to be collected as
normal until the new scheme starts. 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 sorting their
recyclables until November.
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 are hoping our recycling rates will continue to rise
and we can meet the government target of 40 per cent by
residents who have received a letter saying they are not
to have a wheeled bin should wait for their clear plastic
sacks to be delivered. An information pack will be delivered
with the sacks and people should check this as their collection
day and time may change. All residents will keep their weekly
plastic sack collection for any domestic refuse that cannot
be recycled and a six months supply of bags will be delivered
to every household in the county. A roll of black bags will
be provided free of charge and any further bags can be purchased
Paul Morris (Focsa) Councillor Jarvis and Waste Management Team.
Thousands of Wheeled bins waiting to be delivered to your doors.
CELEBRATING THE HISTORY OF ROSS-ON-WYE AT ROSS HERITAGE CENTRE
Ross-in-Bloom were fortunate to receive a grant from Ross
Area Partnership in 2007 for their 'History of Ross' project
and over 200 photographs and adverts were received by the
group for their campaign. All donated items were copied,
laminated and distributed around the shops where they were
put on display so that local people and visitors to the
town could learn of the history of each particular shop.
that initial success there have been many donations made
since, with new material being added to the collection on
a monthly basis. Copies of the pictures donated - plus many
more - are in folders loaned to the Heritage Centre for
family research as well as general interest.
Lucas, Chairman of Ross-in-Bloom is delighted with the response,
in particulart with the way the collection has grown since
the initial appeal. She said, 'When we thought up the idea
of showing off the history of the town in this way we didn't
know there was so much material available. The collection
has grown and grown and is ideal as part of the Heart of
England in Bloom entry theme, 'Know Your Roots.' This theme
will continue into next year and as the project is still
growing we are able to use this to show different things
to the judges when they come to Ross.'
are pleased to announce that the Heritage Centre have given
them some exhibition space to display some of the photographs.
'When we heard there was to be an exhibition celebrating
the life of Woolworths in Ross, I offered the Heritage Centre
some of the material to use to complement this' added Margaret.
'Some of the photographs etc. of Woolworths' neighbours
through the decades will be on display until the end of
September. If anyone goes along and has a look at the exhibition,
they will also be able to look through the large folders
we have. Who knows, there could be even more material to
donate to add to it. I would like to thank the Heritage
Centre staff for the opportunity to display this project
as an exhibition and hope we will be able to do so again
in the near future.'
exhibition will be running alongside the Woolworths exhibition
until Sunday, 27th September. If anyone does have any new
material for the collection they can contact Margaret at
her shop, Lucas
Motorcycles, in Brookend Street. Originals are not kept,
they are copied and returned to the owner as soon as possible
for safe keeping.
COUNTYS YOUNG PEOPLE LIVE AND LEARN
Some of Herefordshire's young people who were at risk of
leaving school with no qualifications or career prospects
will be continuing their education or taking up employment
thanks to the success of a scheme run by Herefordshire Council.
Live and Learn programme was launched last year to help
the five percent of Herefordshire's young people in years
10 and 11 who are at risk of dropping out of traditional
education every year. Reasons for this vary, but can include
difficulties at home, problems with peers at school or difficulty
relating the school environment to future careers and work.
The programme makes arrangements for pupils to spend some
time out of school working on practical, work based activities
in colleges and work places, to encourage them back into
eighty-four young people completed the programme in 2009.
Around fifty of these will start September in further education,
studying a variety of courses with the remainder taking
up employment or training opportunities in industry.
Courses on offer include construction, engineering, childcare,
land based studies, hairdressing, health and safety and
much more. Taste for Adventure, Keith St. Peters Hair Academy
and Motov8 (a motor vehicle training centre offering practical
experience with bicycles, cars and motorbikes) are some
of the partners involved. Lydia Dyer, Live and Learn co-ordinator
at Herefordshire Council said, 'We're delighted that this
scheme has been such a great success. By participating in
practical work-related activities in a real working environment,
pupils have been able to relate their school work to the
world of work which has boosted their confidence and motivation.Eighty-four
of the county's children, some who were at risk of exclusion,
have now settled back into education or training and are
doing really well. We've monitored the programme very carefully
and put in more support for students to try and reduce the
drop-out rate which was small, but of concern. Every
single young person matters to us and we want to make sure
each individual gets the best possible start in life.'
programme, which will continue again this year, is financed
by the European Social Fund.
Cooke, Seb Morris, David Went and Thom Stephens at A Taste For Adventure.
TEAM HAS THE POWER TO KEEP THIS AONB BEAUTIFUL
Herefordshire Council's community protection team has been
issued with new powers to help achieve its aim of maintaining
Herefordshire as a place of outstanding natural beauty.
The team, which was set up to deal with concerns from members
of the public about problems of littering and fly tipping
in the county has already achieved many successes through
prosecutions. However, some people are still ignoring the
friendly warnings and advice. So it has been decided to
give the team new powers to help get the message home.
new powers mean people can be issued with fixed penalty
notices for offences such as nuisance parking, abandoning
a vehicle, dropping litter, posting graffiti, fly posting
and failing to control dogs. Councillor John Jarvis, 'This
team is already making a big impact in the county by tackling
these offences which cause a significant blight to the county
and have a serious effect on the lives of many residents
who love the beauty of Herefordshire's countryside and do
not want it spoilt by litter or clutter.
team is out and about, tackling hot spots on a daily basis,
and has warned many people about their actions which damage
the whole county's reputation not just among residents but
can also deter visitors which are so crucial to the Herefordshire
economy. Members of the public have told us they want these
offences to be tackled and we are also committed to improve
the public's perception of levels of antisocial behaviour.
These new powers will enable us to act efficiently when
officers see offences committed by issuing fixed penalty
notices. These will not be issued on the spot, but posted
to them to ensure names and addresses are correct and check
for previous offences. We will still seek to prosecute where
more serious offences are committed or if we are aware of
persistent offenders and anyone issued with a fixed penalty
notice also has the right to be dealt with by a court instead.
If the fixed penalty notice is paid within 21 days, no further
action will be taken and it will not result in a record
of criminal conviction being made against the person concerned.'
twelve offences that can be dealt with by Fixed Penalty
Nuisance parking - £100 (£60 if paid within 10 days)
· Abandoning a vehicle - £200 (£120 if paid within 10 days)
· Littering - £80 (£50 if paid within 10 days)
· Unauthorized distribution of literature on designated
land - £80 (£50 if paid within 10 days)
· Failure to produce a waste transfer note - £300 (£180
if paid within 10 days)
· Failure to produce waste carrier registration documents
- £300 (£180 if paid within 10 days)
· Waste receptacles - £100 (£60 if paid within 10 days)
· Dog control orders - £80 (£50 if paid within 10 days)
· Graffiti and fly posting - £80 (£50 if paid within 10
· Noise from premises (domestic) - £80 (£50 if paid within
· Noise from premises (licensed) - £500
· Failure to nominate key-holder (within an alarm notification
area) - £80 (£50 if paid within 10 days)
· Dog fouling on designated land - £50
have been warned!
HAY TURNER STOLEN FROM DINEDOR FARM
Hereford Police are appealing for information following
the unusual theft of a hay turner from a farm in Dinedor,
to the south of the city. The theft occurred between 8.30pm
on Friday, 21st and 8am on Saturday, 22nd August, when thieves
stole the insecure red-coloured Vicon 360 hay turner from
outside farm buildings, some half a mile from the farmhouse.
hay turner, valued at £3,000 is about 5 years old
and non-motorised, hitching to the rear of a tractor in
operation. It is believed the machine was loaded on to a
trailer or craned onto a lorry using a hi-ab.
would like to hear from anyone who knows the current whereabouts
of the hay turner or has other information to offer about
the theft. Anyone with information should call Lisa Hewitt
in the Public Service Desk at Hereford Police Station on
0300 333 3000 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
JOBS FAIR EXTRA TO HELP PEOPLE BACK INTO WORK
Jobcentre Plus, in partnership with Herefordshire Council
and NHS Herefordshire are working together to co-ordinate
Jobs Fair Extra, which will take place at the Shire Hall
in Hereford on Thursday, 17th September between 10am and
fair has been organized to provide help, support and advice
for people who are unemployed by way of job search tips,
help with completing application forms and advice on improving
interview techniques. The event will also give job seekers
the chance to apply for current vacancies in the county.
Griffiths from Jobcentre Plus said, 'We are really pleased
to be working with the council and the primary care trust
to bring this important event to local job seekers Obviously,
when people lose their job it is a real worry. At Jobcentre
Plus we want to make it as easy as possible for people to
find a new job quickly and claim any benefits they may be
Fair Extra will be attended by local employers with job
opportunities in a range of sectors including retail, customer
service, clerical, manufacturing and care. Herefordshire
Council and NHS Herefordshire will also be providing informal
advice workshops throughout the day, where job seekers can
pick up essential tips on how to complete application forms
and improve interview techniques.
Thompson of Herefordshire Council said, 'This event is a
valuable opportunity for people to get help and advice,
all in one location, about job vacancies and support that
is available to them whilst they are looking for work. In
today's economic climate, identifying where there are vacancies
is only the first hurdle for job seekers There is significantly
more competition for jobs, which means that people are taking
longer to find work, so the council and the primary care
trust are committed to offering as much support as we can
to unemployed people during this time. Attendees at the
September event will not only be able to improve the quality
of their applications in the future, but they can also explore
routes that they may not have previously considered, such
as apprenticeships, updating their qualifications or becoming
addition, there will be information stands run by organizations
such as Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice Bureau, Connexions,
Tribal Resourcing and Riverside Training. Attendees will
be able to obtain guidance on training for a new career,
improving their CV and dealing with debt and benefits issues.
unable to attend the event can call the Jobcentre Plus hotline
0845 6060 234. To make a benefit claim, people should call
Jobcentre Plus on 0800 055 66 88.