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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
LOCAL DUO FORTE REACH REGIONAL OPEN MIC FINALS
Ross-on-Wye based vocal group 'Forte' have been given the
big thumbs up by judges at the Open Mic UK auditions. Along
with the other most impressive acts, Forte have made it
through to the Regional Finals and will now be performing
at the live stages of Open Mic UK 2009.
Mic UK 2009 is the exciting new national talent competition
which searches for the UK's best singers, singer / songwriters,
rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers
or original material. Over 10, 000 hopefuls entered nation-wide
and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day
for their turn to impress the judges. But it was Forte that
wowed the panel and have now been given an opportunity to
prove that they are the best on the Mic in the region. Those
who made it through the audition stage will now take part
in a live head to head battle in front of hundreds of audience
members and a professional judging panel to win a place
at the National Grand Final.
prize for the overall winning act of Open Mic UK 2009 will
be to record their own album in professional studios with
an industry vocal specialist, with the potential of large
investment for a single release as well as the aim to nationally
chart. The winners will additionally have the opportunity
to tour across the UK. The latter stages of the competition
will provide artists with the opportunity to impress judges
and many guests from record labels, agencies and the entertainment
industry. The winners will be thrust into the media spotlight
through television, radio and the press and all winners
will be invited on the Open Mic UK Tour, which boasts 100
gigs across the country.
consisting of Steve Liddle and James Wisker, have been performing
together for just over a year since leaving the touring
musical theatre group 'Back to Broadway', where they were
founder members. Now as a duo, and also together with Charlotte
Hill and Daisy Campey, they perform a wide range of music
with the emphasis on uniquely arranged vocal harmonies.
advance of the regional final, Forte are presenting 'Yours
for the Evening' at the Larruperz Centre in Ross on Saturday,
12th September starting at 7.30. This production is three
shows in one and showcases the groups' amazing vocal talents
with music from 'Together in Harmony' (easy listening songs
given the special 'Forte' treatment), 'Wonders of the West
End' (songs from the best musicals from the theatres of
the West End and Broadway) and 'Bringing on Back the Good
Times' (a musical journey through the 60s and 70s).
you would like to see Forte perform, tickets are available
from the Larruperz Centre box office by telephoning 01989
565465 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Mic regional final is on Saturday, 3rd October at The
Assembly, Leamington Spa, starting at 4.30pm. Details on
the website www.openmicuk.co.uk
Wisker and Steve Liddle.
GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL POLICING TEAM
Do you know your local policing team? Do you know the names
of the officers in it? Do you know what they actually do?
Do you know how to contact them? A new initiative by Hereford
Division aims to answer all these questions for you and
encourage you to find out more about what Local Policing
means to the community.
Inspector Jon Roberts, Head of Local Policing in Herefordshire
said, 'There is a distinct difference between the work that
our uniformed response teams carry out on a 24-hour basis
and that of the 20 local policing teams in the county. Response
officers do exactly what their name suggests - respond to
calls about crime, road collisions, domestics and disorder,
making arrests where appropriate and attending Court. Local
policing teams, however, deal with longer term issues, rather
than individual incidents, by addressing the root causes
of problems in an area with partner agencies and the community
itself. The overall aim of Local Policing is to achieve
confident and secure neighbourhoods by providing sustainable
solutions to issues.
local policing team is led by a sergeant and has a police
officer and generally two community support officers, whose
job it is to talk to their communities and find out if there
are any policing issues that need addressing. It's only
by talking regularly with our communities that we can find
out what's really going on and do something about it, so
it's important that you know who to contact in your area
for help when you have a problem.
aim of this initiative is to make members of the public
aware of who is in their local policing team and how best
to contact them. From the beginning of September, local
policing teams will be advertising themselves by stopping
to chat in the street or calling at the door if they are
in the area. They will be giving out business cards and
fridge magnets with contact details thereon to keep handy
in case you ever need them.
are a number of ways you can find out who's in your local
policing team. Firstly, you can look at the West Mercia
Police website at www.westmercia.police.uk under Local Policing.
You can contact the Public Service Desk at Hereford Police
Station on 0300 333 3000 and they will send you details
in the post. Alternatively you can speak to any officer
in your area and they will tell you who your local police
officer or community support officer is.
is so much easier discussing an issue with someone when
you know who to contact in the first place. So why not make
a point of finding out so that, when you want to sort a
problem, you can say, 'I Know My Local Policing Team!'
PHOTO - JESSE PRESENTS THE LEA SHOW PRIZES
with Lea Farmers' cup winner, Heather Evans on Monday.
Lea Show is now into its 65th year and at this year's event,
which was held on Bank Holiday Monday, Conservative candidate,
Jesse Norman had the honour of presenting the prizes.
This popular country show was held at Dean Common Farm,
by kind permission of Mr. and Mrs. Geoff Savidge. The event
was very well attended, with vigorous competition for the
many prizes on offer, and a separate section for children.
Lea Show is a superb local event,' said Jesse, pictured
with Heather Evans, winner of the Lea Farmers Cup for Best
Horticultural Exhibit at the show.
congratulations and thanks are due to John Whitehouse, the
President of the Show, and to all the many other organisers
and helpers for their hard work in putting it on.
show is exactly the kind of local event that makes Herefordshire
so special. It is fantastic that it is still going strong
after 65 years. I wish it 65 more years of success -- and
65 after that for good measure!'
BINS - READ ALL ABOUT IT ON THE BUS
As part of Herefordshire Council's campaign to promote their
new household recycling scheme, the waste management team
has arranged for county buses to advertise the fact that
most households will get a wheeled bin for all of their
recyclable materials to be used from November. Buses
branded with the new scheme can now be seen travelling throughout
the county advising residents that wheeled bins will be
delivered to their households in September and October in
readiness for the new service. Residents
should continue to use the current scheme until then.
have appeared in the local press and on the radio, and billboards
will also promote the scheme as well as posters in phone
boxes. Members of staff from the council's waste management
service have also been out and about at many sites throughout
the county to promote the new scheme and give people a chance
to ask questions about how the new scheme will work.
team has been to the Big Event at the King George V Playing
Fields in Hereford, Bromyard Gala, Ross town centre, Ledbury
town centre, Leominster town centre, Fownhope stores, Kington
Co-op, Allensmore Locks Garage, Bromyard town centre, Queenswood,
Sainsbury's at Ross, Oakchurch, Ledbury market place, Ross
market hall, the Hop Pocket in Bishop's Frome, Longtown
post office, Wyevale and Morrison's at Leominster. Future
events to be attended are Kington Show on 12th September
and the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival which runs
from 24th to 25th October.
information pack will be delivered with every bin detailing
how the new scheme works and advising people of their collection
days. Recyclable waste will be collected from the wheeled
bins once a fortnight and household refuse will be collected
weekly using plastic sacks. Recyclable materials can be
placed in the green wheeled bin. Items should be clean and
loose and not in bags. Bottles and tins no longer need to
be squashed and paper should be kept flat where possible.
Any households not suitable for wheeled bins will still
have a recycling service using plastic sacks and will have
been notified of this by letter. Glass can, for the first
time, be put in the wheeled bins for recycling but not in
the plastic sacks.
John Jarvis said, 'We, as a council, face sever financial
penalties if we do not increase the amount of recycling
carried out in the county. I would like to thank residents
for the recycling they already do but the new scheme will
not only make it easier for everyone to recycle, we will
also be able to collect a lot of new materials such as yoghurt
pots, egg boxes and fruit punnets.
materials that can be recycled should be placed loose into
the wheeled bin and it will be sorted using state-of-the-art
technology at a new facility near Worcester and turned into
LOCAL COPS ORGANIZE FUN AND FUNDS
A local policing team in Hereford organized a barbecue and
fun day for a sheltered housing scheme in the city and at
the same time raised cash for the residents to have day
trips and outings in the future. The event, which was held
on Saturday, 22nd August at Great Western Court was organized
by the Three Elms and St Nicholas Local Policing Team, comprising
PC John Westlake and CSOs Elena Ekanite, John Mackie and
Western Court, part of the Railway Housing Association,
is a sheltered housing scheme for over 55's, who live in
self contained one bedroom flats within a community setting.
The police team have worked closely with the residents before,
when they were subject to a spate of antisocial behaviour
incidents. The increased visits and patrols in the area
by the team had a positive impact, resolved the problem
and developed an excellent relationship between the residents
and police, to the point that the latter decided to stage
a Summer Barbecue event for them to raise funds for future
team enlisted the support of local businesses who donated
food, beverages and raffle prizes and thanks must go to
Heggies, Cargills, The Starting Gate, Bubbles Hairdressers,
The Courtyard Theatre, Sainsbury's and CSV for their generosity.
The event proved to be a big hit with the residents and
their families. Hilary Lewis, Scheme Manager at Great Western
Court said, 'We had a wonderful time at the barbecue organized
by our local police team. Residents, families and friends
from the local community all joined in to create a superb
atmosphere with good food and karaoke combined to provide
an afternoon of fun and laughter.
Elena, John and Kirsty have been a constant source of support
over the last nine months and their skills in providing
information and reassurance are testament to the benefits
that local policing brings to a neighbourhood. Their hard
work and fantastic sense of fun made it an afternoon to
remember. We'd also like to thank all the local businesses
who supported the event, enabling us to have a tasty BBQ
and raise funds for future social opportunities.'
and the local policing team enjoying the barbecue at Great Western
LOCAL BAND HELP WITH BUTTER MARKET CONSULTATION
Hereford based band, 'Hidden in the Dark' helped Herefordshire
Council carry out a special consultation into the refurbishment
of Hereford's iconic Butter Market at an event held last
week. The band, made up of songwriters Ken and Keith Hartland
and Gareth Smith wrote a special song which was relayed
to shoppers throughout the event in Hereford's High Town
from Wednesday, 19th until Saturday, 22nd August and on
the Saturday, the band made a special appearance to perform
their song live in front of shoppers.
said, 'The project 'Butter Market' is important to Hereford,
it's the start of revitalizing Hereford. The song mentions
a number of places in Hereford but primarily it's about
the Butter Market where a great many people go to meet up
with friends.' Councillor Adrian Blackshaw said, 'I am really
pleased the members of this band felt the future of the
Butter Market was worthy of being immortalized in a song.
We have had hundreds of responses from shoppers to our survey
about what people want at the Butter Market and residents
had until the end of August to have their say as well. I
am also keen to work with Mr Len Tawn, chairman of the Butter
Market Independent Traders' Association, to establish what
existing traders want to happen at this landmark site for
both shoppers and visitors alike.'
suggestions gathered from the consultation will be considered
and plans for refurbishment are being worked on by the council
with partner organizations.
in the Dark' performing at the Butter Market.