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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
Cards for Good Causes will begin its 14th season in Ross-on-Wye
when the popular charity Christmas card shop opens in Ross
Heritage Centre on Tuesday, 3rd November. Deputy Mayor of
Ross, Councillor Jo Lane will be officially opening the
shop which sells a fantastic range of Christmas cards from
over 25 national and local charities at 10:30am and all
are welcome to attend.
Ross-on-Wye charity Christmas card shop is one of a national
network of shops and over the last five years the charities
have received £20 million from Cards for Good Causes for
their Christmas card sales. Because Cards for Good Causes
keeps its operating costs to an absolute minimum, charities
receive at least 75p in every £1 from their card sales out
of which they have to pay for the production and distribution
of their cards and any VAT.
shop will be staffed by volunteers from Herefordshire Voluntary
Action group from Ross and district and will be open from
Tuesday, 3rd November to 13th December inclusive from 10:30am
to 1pm then 1:30pm until 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday each week.
not go along and see what Cards for Good Causes has to offer?
They always have a lovely range of cards, gifts, tags and
wrapping to tempt you and you will be helping your favourite
charity at the same time.
cards for good causes.
RINGMASTER COMES TO HEREFORDSHIRE
A new community messaging service known as Ringmaster will
go live in Herefordshire on Friday 9th, October, which will
allow police to pass information quickly, cheaply and efficiently
to members of the Neighbourhood Watch schemes, businesses
and individual households around the county.
Ringmaster system is used extensively throughout the UK
to circulate local policing team messages to communities
as well as to broadcast more urgent witness appeals and
safety messages such as flooding or missing persons. By
visiting the system website at www.herefordshire-community-messaging.org
you can see how the system works and a linked database will
allow the visitor to self-register, thus saving police staff
much time in administration. The delivery system will send
messages by email (with attachments if required), text (SMS)
messages, and voice messages to nominated mobile and land
line phones. There is no cost to the recipient and the scheme
is funded by Herefordshire Neighbourhood Watch Association
with grants from the National Lottery.
Chief Inspector Bob Barnett from Hereford Police Station,
who is now in charge of local policing issues, says there
are many benefits to be had from the system and said, 'This
system allows us to reach a large number of people across
the county in a very short period of time and, using email,
at a very low cost. We can not only circulate regular bulletins
and the like, but can get important messages to communities
quickly if need be, say in the case of a flood or a serious
incident. The system becomes more beneficial as more people
sign up to it. Thames Valley Police have over 25,000 signed
up on their system. With around 76,000 households in Herefordshire,
not to mention businesses, agencies and other groups, we
could easily match that target.
complements our recently-introduced Bluetooth messaging
service, which sends relevant appeals and campaign messages
to those with Bluetooth-enabled phones within 100 metres
of the transmitter. It also enforces our commitment to use
modern communications technology to best effect for the
good of our communities.'
if you would like to sign up to Herefordshire Police's community
messaging service, please visit the website and follow the
links to self-register.
HEREFORD TO GET IMPROVED GP SERVICES BY CHRISTMAS
Herefordshire is now set to provide walk-in GP services
in Hereford before Christmas. The primary care trust is
to open an interim service at the ASDA Health Centre in
Hereford, which will enable local people to walk in without
an appointment, or pre-book an appointment at any time between
8am and 8pm, seven days a week, including over the Christmas
holiday. A permanent, modern new GP-led, walk in health
centre, which is likely to be incorporated with the county
hospital's accident and emergency department, will replace
the temporary service at ASDA when the new facility is completed
in the summer next year.
Negotiations between NHS Herefordshire and Herefordshire
Hospitals NHS Trust to site the new facility at the hospital
have been progressing strongly. Patients will be able to
use the new services whilst remaining registered with their
own GP and it is anticipated that it will reduce the high
workload of Hereford County Hospital's accident and emergency
department. 'Our consultation found that there was strong
public support for a new walk in health centre, so we are
pleased to be able to offer the service from December this
year,' said Dr. Ian Williams, director of integrated commissioning
for Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire. 'We are
committed to ensuring that local people have more choice,
greater convenience and flexible, responsive and accessible
services that fit in with their busy lifestyles and specific
with the hospital were restarted after NHS Herefordshire
secured £1.5 million in Government money to build a state
of the art, fully equipped health centre. If successful,
the new hospital site will supersede a planning application
to place the centre within the grounds of the Stonebow Unit,
which is situated very close to the county hospital.
LOCAL PEOPLE WANT BUTTER MARKET REVAMPED IN VICTORIAN STYLE
Hereford's iconic Buttermarket should be refurbished in
traditional Victorian style and promote more of the food
and drink produced in the county. This is the view of the
majority of local people who took part in the council survey
on the future of the landmark building.
1000 people made their views known by completing questionnaires
distributed to shops and businesses, libraries and information
centres, and taking part in an online survey. Nearly two
thirds favoured a traditional Victorian interior, while
17 per cent preferred a more modern style. Almost all the
responses, 95 per cent, were from people who live in Herefordshire,
half of which visit the market about once a week. Most people
spend £5 or less each visit. Herefordshire Council wants
to increase the numbers of visitors, the frequency of visits
and the amount they spend in the Butter Market and surrounding
businesses in High Town and the City centre.
council sees the improvement of the interior of the Butter
Market as key to its plans to support the historic core
of the city as a destination for shoppers, visitors and
tourists. An upgrading of the interior market, which started
trading in the city in 1860 in butter, cheese and other
dairy products, would help underpin the future of independent
shops in the city centre, along with other markets. The
survey found that shoppers are more likely to buy fruit
and vegetables, meat, fish and game, bread, cakes and dairy
products in a refurbished Butter Market.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'People love the Butter Market but
feel it could be improved and made more attractive, particularly
as a focal point for the sale of locally produced products
and services in a traditional Victorian setting. The council
agrees strongly that this landmark building needs to be
safeguarded, promoted and polished as 'the jewel in the
crown' for High Town. This is an integral part of the council's
overall vision for enhancing Hereford as a shopping experience
and we are looking forward to discussing with traders and
other groups how we might move forward to act on the results
of the consultation.'
council is also developing a new look to adjacent Widemarsh
Street in the city centre, which is a key gateway to the
Butter Market. The pedestrian friendly route will encourage
visitors to the city to move between the historic core and
the new retail and leisure development.
artist's impression of how the Butter Market would have looked in
PART TIME 20MPH SPEED LIMIT COMING TO WALFORD
the success of a part time 20mph speed limit outside Sutton
St. Nicholas Primary School, the Department of Transport
have endorsed Herefordshire Council's plans to adopt a scheme
for Walford and Madley primary schools. The
part-time limits, which will be indicated by signs with
flashing lights will be in place for an experimental 18-month
period, during which people are asked to comment on how
successful they are. Herefordshire Council monitors the
effectiveness of speed limits before seeking to make them
Brian Wilcox said, 'These part time signs will only operate
at school opening and closing times. Flashing lights will
warn motorists they need to slow down but, outside of school
times, the limit will rise to the existing speed limits,
helping to ensure traffic can keep flowing and prevent motorists
from getting frustrated. We also want to encourage as many
pupils as possible to walk and cycle to school. This 20mph
limit will allow them to do this more safely as it will
slow traffic when pupils are travelling to and from school.
and Madley were chosen for the scheme following consultation
with the schools through the council's Safer Routes to Schools'
Initiative. It is planned to make the schemes operational
by 6th November.
PARENTS INVITED TO APPLY FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES
The county's high schools are busy organizing open evenings
and events as Herefordshire Council invites parents of year
six children to apply for secondary school places for September
2010. Those due to start at secondary school, amounting
to approximately 1900 children, will be looking around schools,
meeting some of the staff and finding out what sort of facilities
are available, before listing their three top schools in
order of preference.
parents put as their preference the school that serves their
catchment area, then they usually get offered this school,
but sometimes parents wish to send their children to a school
outside this area. This academic year (2009-10) nearly 95
percent were allocated their first choice of school, with
a further 4.3 percent getting a place at their second or
third choice. These are some of the highest percentages
in the country and are indicative of the current reduction
in pupil numbers. Parents
have received a pack through their child's primary school,
which contains an information booklet telling them about
admissions and transfers to schools in Herefordshire. The
pack also contains an application form and dates for school
open evenings, although applications may be made online
via the council's web site.
Philip Price, cabinet member for ICT, education and performance,
said, 'We understand that choosing the right high school
is a major event in a child's life. Herefordshire is fortunate
to have some of the best schools in the country - all our
schools are good and an increasing amount of children are
being allocated their first choice of school. It is important
that parents and carers take time to visit schools, preferably
with their child to find out whether the school and its
ethos is right for them. They also need to consider other
factors such as transporting their children to and from
school and dealing with after school clubs and facilities,
particularly if they choose a school out of catchment.'
closing date for Herefordshire secondary school applications
is Friday, 6th November. Herefordshire Council employs a
choice adviser who can help families discuss options and
go through the procedures for applying for places. They
can be contacted on 01432 260999.
JESSE HIGHLIGHTS DECADE OF NEGLECT OF FARMING
Local campaigner and prospective MP Jesse Norman has highlighted
a 'decade of neglect' of farming at the first full hustings
for the next General Election. The hustings, which were
hosted by the National Farmers Union at the Harewood End
Inn, featured Jesse alongside Labour, Liberal Democrat and
UKIP candidates and a speaker for the Greens. All
five candidates discussed issues such as the spread of bovine
TB, the economic recession, GM foods, rural housing and
the impact of supermarkets. The event was deftly chaired
by former county NFU Chairman David Morgan.
afterwards, Jesse said, 'This excellent event really highlighted
what a decade of neglect our farmers have been through.
We have had the rural payments fiasco, the release of foot
and mouth disease from the government's own labs, and a
huge failure to drive through reform of the Common Agricultural
Policy, to name just three things. Bovine TB has gone through
the roof, the major supermarkets have ever more control
over the food chain, and rural incomes and housing remain
government has been chasing votes in the cities, not governing
the country as a whole. All in all, Labour has been a terrible
blight on the agricultural economy, and on Herefordshire.'
candidate, Jesse with Felicity Norman, (Greens) Valentine Smith,
(UKIP) Sarah Carr, (Lib-Dem) David Morgan, (NFU) and Philippa Roberts,
SEE GINO D'ACAMPO AT HEREFORDSHIRE FOOD FESTIVAL 2009
Herefordshire Food Festival is now widely recognized as
one of the biggest and best food festivals in the UK and
this year will take place at Hereford Racecourse from Saturday
24th to Sunday, 25th October. The two-day programme of events
is aimed at everyone, from 'gastro tourists' through to
family groups, and will feature popular TV chef Gino D'Acampo.
will be two food demonstration areas, a slow food section,
a secure children's area where they can have fun with food,
and plenty of opportunities for grown-ups to 'try and buy'
some of the region's finest local produce over one mouth-watering
weekend. To reduce food miles, free transport is being offered
from Hereford Railway station to the racecourse.
in Napoli, D'Acampo inherited his grandfather's love of
cooking and entered the Luigi de Medici Catering College
at the age of thirteen. He graduated with masters and continued
to develop his skills through the kitchens of restaurants
in Europe, including Perignon in Nice and as Head Chef at
Sylvester Stallone's Mambo King in Marbella. He arrived
in England in 1995 where he worked at The Orchard Restaurant
in Hampstead and the Cambio Restaurant in Guildford. Gino
is now the owner of a leading supplier of Italian ingredients
to the UK food industry (Bontà Italia Ltd); and has appeared
on UK TV Food, as a guest on Great Food Live, Saturday Kitchen,
and Ready Steady Cook. Visitors
to the Herefordshire Food Festival will be able to see Gino
in action in The Celebrity Food Theatre, preparing some
exquisite dishes using local produce. Tickets for this can
be booked in advance, on-line.
chefs and 'Young Chef' competition winners will be demonstrating
their culinary skills in The Food Theatre, whilst more than
100 local producers will be on hand to talk to people who
are passionate about food in the nearby Food Pavilion. Other
highlights for 'foodies' will include Passionate About Fish
- aimed at tempting the crowds with everything from fish
filleting to preparing mouth-watering dishes. There will
also be a bustling farmers' market and displays by both
the Marcher Apple Network and Beekeepers Association, which
are local groups of enthusiasts who are keen to share their
knowledge of the history of the old variety of apple and
pear orchards in the county as well as the role of the bees
in pollinating the orchards.
Family groups meanwhile, will be kept busy by numerous food
craft activities for children and by a food adventure trail.
The organizers have also booked The Panic Circus to entertain
the younger visitors to this year's Food Festival. Offering
entertainment for all ages in The Big Top, The Panic Circus
will let youngsters try their hands at circus skills, without
Food Festival will also mark the conclusion of the 11th
annual Flavours of Herefordshire awards scheme, which recognizes
and rewards the use and promotion of local produce. Further
details can be found at www.visitherefordshire.co.uk.
GET FREE ADVICE ON CUTTING YOUR HOUSEHOLD FUEL BILLS
Council is holding a special event in Hereford's High Town
on Wednesday, 21st October, to offer county residents advice
on how to reduce their fuel bills. Members of the council's
sustainability unit and private sector housing team will
be working with local lighting distributor, City Electrics,
to offer advice on reducing bills as well as giving out
free low energy light bulbs and selling them at discounted
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's Energy Champion said,
'With fuel prices forecast to keep on rising, changing over
to low energy light bulbs before the clocks go back makes
perfect sense. These bulbs last up to 15,000 hours or 15
times longer than standard incandescent bulbs and also use
80 per cent less energy than traditional bulbs with savings
of up to £60 over the lifetime of an energy saving bulb.
are holding this event as part of Energy Efficiency Week,
which starts on 19th October and will also provide advice
to residents on other areas of energy efficiency in the
home and a range of grants that are available to carry out
measures such as loft insulation. Our libraries also have
energy display monitors available which can be loaned for
free and these really help people see where energy is being
wasted in their homes through leaving appliances on standby
or lights on in empty rooms.
would urge everyone who struggles to pay their fuel bills
to come along to this event and get tips on simple measures
which will not only save them money but also help to reduce
their impact on the environment and tackle climate change.'
BENEFITS CHEAT GIVEN 12 MONTH COMMUNITY ORDER
Hereford woman who admitted falsely claiming £14,500 in
benefits was given a 12-month community order when she appeared
at Hereford Crown Court. His
Honour, Judge Richard Rundell told Selina Forsyth, 26, of
9 Oak Road, Credenhill, 'Your children need you more than
the system requires you to serve a short prison sentence.'
Greenwood, prosecuting on behalf of Herefordshire Council
said that Forsyth failed to mention that a Neil Aspey lived
with her at two separate addresses, one in Burghill and
one in Almeley, with a view to obtaining benefit under the
Social Security legislation. Four other matters, relating
to a further £37,500 claimed while at an address in Hereford
were left to lie on the file.
SARAH CONSULTS YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE FUTURE OF HEREFORDSHIRE
Sarah Carr, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for
Hereford and South Herefordshire has published the results
of a ballot of what facilities young people want in Herefordshire.
hundred and eighty two students from Hereford Sixth Form,
Herefordshire College of Technology and Hereford College
of Arts took part in the vote at the 'Stuff for Students
Freshers Fair' held in September at Hereford Sixth Form
College. Two thirds of those asked highlighted the need
for improved leisure facilities; such as a live music venue,
multiplex cinema or an ice rink.
said, 'Young people are our future and they must also be
consulted on plans for the future of Herefordshire. It is
interesting that whilst talking to the students at the Freshers
Fair, all preferred better leisure facilities rather than
a shopping centre on the Edgar Street Grid Area in Hereford.
Many people are concerned that so many young people choose
to move away from Herefordshire after education. The Edgar
Street Grid space could offer facilities that young people
want for them to choose to live in Herefordshire. On
Thursday, 8th October the Edgar Street Grid will be the
subject of Hereford Sixth Form's Debate Society and I am
delighted to be one of the panellists, taking questions
and listening to the views of young people.'
is also currently conducting a survey of the thousands of
young people aged 18-25 who currently live in Herefordshire.
If you have not received a survey and would like a copy
please email Sarah on email@example.com.
with some of Hereford's sixth form students.
COUNCIL INVITES NEW MARKET TRADERS
Council is calling on local entrepreneurs to trade on the
county's outdoor retail markets that operate in Hereford,
Leominster and Ross-on-Wye and indoor venues at Hereford
Butter Market and Kington Market Hall.
are opportunities for local people to become market traders
and be an integral part of this exciting retail experience,'
said Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, cabinet member for markets,
fairs and street trading. The Council will provide the venue,
the entrepreneur the stock. The council's market team can
provide the stall where applicable and can give advice on
how to become a market trader, but it will be up to the
entrepreneur to ascertain the type of stock they want to
sell, in agreement with the council, and the personal commitment
to trade on a regular basis. Many local market traders have
gone on to create a successful thriving business from such
grass roots beginnings.
council is committed to promoting this initiative to Herefordshire
people as it will give an opportunity for the county to
benefit from increased local economic and local employment
opportunities,' added Councillor Blackshaw. 'There must
be local people out there who have innovative ideas, can
commit to long hours and be their own boss.'
further information about this opportunity, please contact
Richard Ross on 01432 261934.
LOCAL SERVICES BOOSTED BY SUCCESSFUL FUNDING BID
Herefordshire's migrant and seasonal workers are to benefit
from a boost in local support services thanks to a successful
bid made by Herefordshire Council. Working with colleagues
in neighbouring Worcestershire, the council has been awarded
£258,600 from the Migration Impact Fund, with promises of
further funding next year.
government introduced the Migration Impact Fund earlier
this year alongside an announcement about the significant
long term benefits migration brought to the UK economy which
will be vital to ensuring the UK's economic recovery. The
fund was developed in recognition that migration can place
short term pressures on local public services including
councils, schools, NHS and the police. As a result, economic
migrants and students coming to the UK from outside the
EU are now charged a levy in addition to their normal visa
application fee which forms the Migration Impact Fund. The
fund will mean that migrants are being asked to pay an additional
contribution to that which they already make through taxes,
to support the communities in which they live.
access to services has proved difficult for many people
who are new to the county. Research indicates that many
migrant workers do not know how to register with a GP or
who to contact with housing concerns. Access to English
language courses can be difficult and with more than 500
children in the county not having English as their first
language, some schools struggle to provide the support needed.
help migrant workers integrate into the local community,
sources of help and support need to be accessible: some
need assistance with form filling, getting their child a
place at school or nursery, accessing medical services or
understanding their rights and how to assert them in relation
to housing and other issues. The local funding will pay
for projects which will focus on helping schools support
the needs of children who need language assistance, providing
emergency support for those who become unemployed and need
to return home, and exploring alternative ways of delivering
basic education in order to address gaps. Translators are
becoming increasingly essential to newcomers who are trying
to access services and settle in to new communities. To
improve local translation and interpreting services in Herefordshire,
the fund will also pay for a number of bespoke courses to
allow local people to train as interpreters. More follows
In addition, there will be some money to spend on a project
worker to pull all the projects together and monitor effectiveness,
and some money earmarked for groups in the voluntary sector
working on community integration projects.
Trachonitis, equality and diversity manager said, 'We are
delighted to have been awarded this money. It came in recognition
of the work Herefordshire Council has already done in managing
the transitional impacts of migration. The grant has come
from a migrant worker levy collected nationally and is not
funded by local or national taxation. It is imperative that
people working in our county have access to key services
such as health, education and housing. We also want to make
sure that they become part of the local communities they
live in and enjoy rich social and cultural experiences.
Thanks to the success of our bid, we will be able to deliver
some significant projects which will build the county's
capacity to provide help and support for migrant workers
both now and in the future.'