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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
ROSS LIONS WALK RAISES £700 FOR ACORNS
The Ross Lions 'Ross Round Walk', which took place earlier
this year, raised sufficient money for the grand sum of
£700 to be donated to Acorns, the charity that cares for
terminally ill children. The demand for Acorns' specialist
services continues to grow daily. Their care ranges from
looking after the children to give their families respite,
to providing terminal care and support during the emotional
and difficult final days of a child's life.
Keith Wilding, the organizer of the Ross Round Walk, on
handing over the cheque for £700, said it gave him great
satisfaction to donate this money to Acorns. This was the
third year the walk had taken place and each year a worthy
sum was given to Acorns.
accepting the cheque, Beryl Knapper, Manager of the Ross
Acorn's charity shop thanked the Lions for their generous
donation which would come in very useful.
of Ross Lions, Keith Wilding presents a cheque for Acorns to Manager,
ROSS TOWN COUNCIL SUGGEST CORN EXCHANGE AS NEW TIC HOME
Ross Town Council were most concerned to learn of Herefordshire
Council's proposal to move Ross Tourist Information Centre
from Swan House into Ross Heritage Centre when the council
finally vacate the property totally. The fear is that housing
the two facilities under one roof would result in one of
them eventually disappearing.
Mayo, Chair of the newly formed Association of Ross Traders
voiced his concerns at the Town Council's monthly meeting
on Monday that the town could potentially lose its only
museum. The Heritage Centre is an important resource not
only in its role as a museum, but also as a venue for many
exhibitions and activities for children during the holidays.
There was also the issue of available space for both operations
to be considered.
much discussion, Ross Town Councillors agreed to approach
Herefordshire Council with an offer to house Ross Tourist
Information Centre in the lobby at the Corn Exchange on
the days that it isn't being used by the CAB. There would
be much more space than would be available at Ross Heritage
Centre and during the summer months, the covered walkway
immediately outside the building would also be available
to them. This solution would also probably be less costly
for Herefordshire Council.
of these facilities are vital to the town and both should
be able to continue to operate.
ASSOCIATION OF ROSS TRADERS
The newly formed Association of Ross Traders, (ART) will
be holding a meeting at Caffe Eleganza, Broad Street on
Wednesday, 21st October. The meeting, which begins at 6.30pm
will include matters such as this year's exciting Town Council
Christmas light display, to which the traders are hoping
to make their own contribution, a special Christmas shopping
event on the 6th December which will include stalls, choirs,
special offers, a prize draw and much, much more and preparations
for next years Ryder Cup. Working groups for both have been
set up and have already got to work.
moving of the Tourist Information Centre will also be high
on the agenda as this has a knock on effect for all traders
in the town. Other items will include the possible establishment
of a Breakfast Club for business people in the town and
new recycling opportunities. Chairman, Richard Mayo, said,
'We have been overwhelmed by the response from businesses
in the town to this new initiative which was launched by
Mayor John Edwards. We now have over fifty members and this
number is increasing week by week. Anyone who is in business
in Ross or simply wishes to get involved with this dynamic
group is welcome to come along.'
of ART will also be working alongside Ross In Bloom in Pigs
Alley on 17th October, helping to bring back to life a very
unsightly part of town.
MAYOR GIVES WALSALLS RUNNING AMBASSADOR A WARM WELCOME
Walsall's Running Ambassador, Mark Dabbs (see www.markdabbsrunningambassador.co.uk)
dropped in on the Mayor of Ross-on-Wye on Friday, 9th October
carrying gifts and messages of goodwill during his Mayoral
marathon of Hope around the country. Mark is hoping to set
a record for the most Mayors met by an individual and as
Mayor Edwards is the 96th visited Mark is heading rapidly
to the century mark.
presenting the Mayor with some Walsall gifts, notably a
book on the town's history, a picture for the Parlour and
also a copy of his own book of cartoons called 'It's A Loff,'
Mark had a quick drink before heading off for further meetings
in Hereford, including one with Jo Brand who was launching
her autobiography there during the lunchtime.
was great to be in Ross-On-Wye and I got to look around
the Corn Exchange, as well as learning some of the history
of Ross on Wye,' said a delighted Mark, who was pleased
to add yet another Mayor and picture to his burgeoning project.
Any other Mayors in the area who wish to help Mark are welcome
to contact him at email@example.com to further increase
presentation of gifts in the Mayor's Parlour.
SKETCH A SKELETON FOR THE BIG DRAW AT ROSS HERITAGE CENTRE
A special event 'The Big Body Draw' will be taking place
at Ross Heritage Centre on Tuesday, 27th October, giving
local children the opportunity to take part in the national
Big Draw. Between 10am and 1:30pm, children of all ages,
along with their parents are welcome to attend the fun day
where they will have a chance to meet a bone expert, see
some ancient bones and sketch a skeleton. Another Big Draw
event will be held on Thursday, 29th October at the Museum
Resource and Learning Centre, from 11am until 3pm.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'Our museums have a wealth of expertise
and artefacts and this event offers a fun way for people
to try their hand at drawing. The Big Draw aims to show
that everyone can draw and, by providing a fun topic, hopefully
many local residents will come along and join the two events.'
further information, please telephone 01432 260675, email
Herefordmuseum@herefordshire.gov.uk or log onto the website
We were delighted to see that our friends, the excellent
rock band Random were back in town at the weekend. After
building up a bit of a following, the band took a break
during the summer, but are now back on top form with an
extended set of classic rock numbers. Keep an eye out for
this band. They will be performing at a pub near you very
soon and are definitely worth going to see.
back on top rocking form.
THREE MULTI-PLEX CINEMA GROUPS VIE FOR ESG SITE IN HEREFORD
Three multiplex cinema groups have expressed an interest
in coming to Hereford as part of the new ESG leisure and
retail complex in the city. Discussions between cinema group
representatives, the council, ESG Herefordshire and development
partner Stanhope, show that a new cinema, perhaps containing
up to eight screens and housed on the dilapidated old livestock
market site, would have a considerable effect on the city's
prosperity and social life, with thousands more people visiting
the city each week as a result.
of the patrons will also frequent local shops, restaurants,
bars, cafes, pubs and clubs - helping to generate an improved
evening economy. Discussions
with cinema groups accelerated since the council announced
a firm timetable for the relocation of the livestock market.
Construction on the new market will start early next year
and will be completed by the end of 2010 - providing room
on the old livestock market for work on a multiplex to begin
of the council Roger Phillips, who has been viewing the
type of multiplex that could be on offer said, 'Wide consultation
with young people and families has consistently shown that
they want a new cinema for Herefordshire. Herefordshire
Council is keen that the cinema enhances the cultural life
of the city, as well as our local economy, linking to the
Courtyard Theatre and the heritage attractions of the medieval
core of Hereford. Apart from mainstream blockbusters, the
multiplex will be using the latest technology to show 3D
films like Avatar - and with up to eight screens will bring
unprecedented entertainment choice to people in Herefordshire.'
Jonathan Bretherton, chief executive of ESG Herefordshire
added, 'From the very beginning, we have been clear that
the redeveloped livestock market must offer something special
for local people. While more leisure facilities may be top
of the list for those in their teenage years and early 20s,
all age ranges appreciate the tremendous cultural events
in the county - such as the Three Choirs and Borderlines
Film Festival. It would be fantastic if the audiences for
events like these, and others from around the world, could
be widened by using the modern technology offered by the
latest state-of-the-art cinema.'
of the council, Roger Phillips sees the multiplex adding to the
cultural life of the county, as well as its economy.
FORMER LAND ARMY GIRL IS OFF TO SEE THE QUEEN
When war broke out, 17-year-old Pamela Portman, who lived
in London at the time, seized the opportunity to come to
Hereford and work as part of the legions of women who turned
their hand to agriculture and formed the Land Army. Some
of her memories were read out a special service held in
Hereford Cathedral earlier this year in honour of the Land
Army and Timber Corps. In these she recalls regularly getting
up at 6am to milk the cows and muck spreading.
Pamela, from Sudbury Avenue, has been invited to represent
her colleagues who worked on the land during the war at
a lunch at London's Royal Opera House on Wednesday, 21st
October followed by tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
The lunch, which will be hosted by the Department for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs, (DEFRA) and tea at Buckingham Palace
are being held to honour and offer thanks and gratitude
for the efforts of members of the Women's Land Army and
Women's Timber Corps during the war.
TAXI FARES TO REMAIN THE SAME
Herefordshire Council's regulatory committee has in principle
decided to keep taxi fares in the county at the same level
as they currently are, although this is still to be openly
consulted upon. Members of the committee were told at their
meeting on Tuesday, 6th October, that last year an early
review of fares took place on August 12th, 2008 due to a
sharp price increase in fuel costs at that time. The present
fees were agreed at that meeting.
John Jones, chairman of the Taxi Association, contacted
Herefordshire Council on 16th September this year calling
for the fares to be frozen and the committee agreed to this.
Under Section 65 (2)(a) of the Local Government (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act of 1976 states the committee's decision
must now be advertised for a minimum 14-day period and,
if no objections are received, then the fares will stay
the same. If objections are made, the committee will meet
again to consider these. The proposed fares will therefore
be advertised in the local press and on the council's website
before being brought back to the committee.
CYCLE TRAINING NOW OFFERED TO HIGH SCHOOLS
Herefordshire Council is expanding its network of child
cycle trainers and will, for the first time, be offering
the service to high schools. The council has recently organized
a four-day course for eight people who are now qualified
to deliver child cycle training in Herefordshire primary
and high schools. Funding for the course came from central
government funding. Five of the people who have completed
the course are community support officers with West Mercia
Superintendent Kevin Purcell of West Mercia Police said,
'This is an excellent initiative in two ways. Firstly it
should help to keep youngsters safe, and secondly it introduces
the children to our local policing teams in a non-confrontational
way. It supports our 'I know my Local Policing Team Initiative'
and builds lasting relationships with our youngsters.'
Brian Wilcox added, 'We are really keen as a council to
encourage more children to cycle to school safely and need
a good network of trainers to achieve this so I am delighted
we have got nine new people on board now. Cycling to school
is not only good for a child's health and well being but
also helps to reduce the amount of cars on the road during
the school run. Any primary schools interested in arranging
child cycle training should contact David Holmes on 01432
383396 and anyone from a high school should contact Linda
Sinker on 01432 260262.'
Some of the county's PCSOs with members of the council's Cycle Training
Ledbury Community Choir held their annual general meeting
on Tuesday, 6th October and a new committee was elected.
John Depledge was re-elected as choir chairman and other
committee members elected included, Barbara Onions (Secretary),
Heather Pritchard (Treasurer), Sue Hughes (Librarian), Alasdair
Gibson (Membership), Lynne Bennett (Minutes Secretary),
and Edd Hogan (Publicity).
his annual review, Music Director Malcolm Hughes commented
on how the choir had developed and improved over the past
year. 2008/9 saw the choir celebrate a significant milestone
in reaching its 10th anniversary. The AGM took place after
a weekend that saw the choir record a number of Christmas
carols and songs at Ledbury Methodist Church. The CD should
be ready in time for Christmas and will be sold at a number
of outlets in Ledbury.
choir's next performance will be an Autumn Concert on Saturday,
24th October at the Market Theatre in Ledbury. Tickets for
this concert are priced at £7 and are available now by calling
Ledbury Community Choir is a non-auditioned mixed voice
choir of all ages with almost one hundred members. The choir's
repertoire includes musicals, folk songs, and arrangements
of well known songs spanning the generations. They meet
weekly during term time at John Masefield High School on
Tuesday's at 7.30pm and new members are always welcome.
COUNCIL TO HELP TRAINEES AFTER BIZMATCH CEASES TRADING
Herefordshire Council have been working with Workmatch,
which provides work preparation and training to disadvantaged
and vulnerable adults, since news broke that Bizmatch, its
trading arm, has ceased trading. Both the Council and NHS
Herefordshire purchased services from the charitable company
on behalf of local people. Around 70 local people were receiving
the services, and 30 of these are eligible for support from
the council's adult social care service.
are contacting people who attended the service and we are
reassuring everyone who is eligible for support that we
will be finding an alternative means of continuing a service
for them,' said Sara Keetley, head of adult social care
for both the council and the primary care trust. 'We would
like to reassure people that ABLE, a welfare advice and
information service, continues to offer a service to the
council says anyone affected by the Bizmatch closure and
needs help can ring 01432 261732 between 9am and 1pm and
speak to Julia Bestall. Anyone who needs emergency assistance
can get it from the duty social work team on 01432 373200.
HEREFORD EVENT IS PART OF WORLDWIDE CLIMATE CHANGE DAY
Hereford will be one of thousands of venues across the world
to hold a ‘350’ climate change event on Saturday, 24th October.
More than 2,200 simultaneous events are set to take place
in 152 countries to mark the International Day of Climate
Action. Photos of all the events, including Hereford, will
be displayed on giant screens in Times Square, New York.
Hereford we have a debate with local environmentalist Richard
Priestley putting the case for rapid and radical carbon
reductions, and local MP Bill Wiggin, candidates Jesse Norman,
Sarah Carr, Felicity Norman, Philippa Roberts and also Herefordshire
Councillors Roger Phillips and John Jarvis responding. The
debate will take place in the Town Hall and the doors will
open at 10.00am; come early to get a seat.
afternoon will continue the theme with Peter Harper (from
the Centre of Alternative Technology) and a number of local
renewable energy experts debating possible sources of low
carbon energy. There will also be lots going-on, including
stalls, fun activities, films and information. The day will
end with a band and choir of 350 people singing a song about
350ppm at 3.50pm on the steps of the Shirehall. Come and
number 350 holds special significance in terms of climate
change as many climate scientists and campaigners believe
that 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
is the safe upper limit for sustaining life on earth. The
current figure is 387.
information can be found at 350.org or hereford350.wordpress
or phone Richard Priestley 01432 358104 Participants are
asked to walk, cycle, take public transport or car share
to the event wherever possible.