place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
A COAL-ITION BETWEEN AGE CONCERN AND CAN DO CREW HELPS MARGARET
Margaret Ashby of Lea Villa Park in Lea just outside Ross-on-Wye
had been unable to obtain coal to keep her mobile home warm
because of the recent icy conditions. Margaret called Age
Concern Ross-on-Wye to ask for help they referred her to
the Can Do Crew, a not-for-profit business run by the charity
EnviroAbility. The two organizations have been co-operating
with each other for many years and when Crew members, David
Andrews and James Murphy heard of Margaret's plight, they
immediately went to her rescue. David,
who is Herefordshire Young Volunteer of the Year 2009 and
James collected coal from a local supplier and delivered
it to Margaret that day.
Humble of EnviroAbility said, 'We are really proud of our
colleagues who are willing to undertake work that is above
and beyond their remit.' Upon their return to HQ, both David
and James commented that Margaret was so nice and her quality
of thank you made them feel really good. In the office the
pair are being ribbed and referred to as 'The Can Do rescue
Can Do Crew are still available to do jobs around the house
and garden. If you would like further information, please
visit www.candocrew.org.uk or call and leave a message for
Mike 'Estimate,' their volunteer who pops out to discuss
jobs with people on 01989 763388.
Do Crew worker, David Andrews hands one of the bags of coal to Margaret.
WASTE COLLECTIONS RESUMED IN HEREFORDSHIRE
Herefordshire residents will be pleased to learn that waste
collections across the county have now been resumed. The
council apologizes for the disruption and crews will be
making every effort to collect all refuse and recycling,
however, they are still hampered by difficult icy conditions
on many minor roads. Residents
are asked that if they do not have their refuse or recycling
collected to take it back in and put it out on their next
the face of the worst cold spell for 30 years, the council
is making the decision whether to send out the crews on
a day-by-day basis. Rotherwas, Leominster and Bromyard household
waste sites have now reopened. The council's contractors
will collect recycling material, over and above that in
the authorized bins and sacks, for the next round of collections,
which will take place when refuse collection vehicles are
out again. This means that residents can put out excess
recycling in their old purple and clear sacks or in any
other sacks, so long as they are clearly labelled up as
are advised to tune in to their local radio stations or
visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk to find out the latest information.
POLICE SEEK ASSAULTED DRIVER OF 4 X 4
Hereford Police are appealing for the driver of a 4x4 who
was assaulted in Whitecross Road recently to come forward
to help them with their enquiries.
incident happened at approximately 8pm on Friday, 8th January,
when two men were seen by an off-duty police officer from
Worcester in Whitecross Road, Hereford at the junction of
Ryeland Street, arguing with the driver of a dark-coloured
4x4 vehicle, possibly a BMW. The driver was grabbed by the
throat and punched a couple of times. The officer went to
intervene and was assaulted by the two men before they made
men were later arrested in a nearby pub and have since been
charged with offences of disorder and assault on the officer.
Police are anxious to trace the driver who was assaulted
by the two men and ask him to contact PC Jennifer Richards
at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000 as soon as possible.
JESSE RUNS WINTER WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK FOR YOUNG VOLUNTEERS
Last week's weather conditions did not stop a week of work
experience for young local people that was organized by
Jesse Norman, the local Conservative parliamentary candidate.
In all, eight young people, many of them studying politics
or economics, were involved in the pilot programme. They
came from across Herefordshire, including the town of Ross-on-Wye,
Longtown, Orcop, Leominster and Hereford City. The programme
involved learning about social action, political debates,
policy creation, the role of the media, and campaigning
on the ground. It ended with a fascinating tour of the BBC
Hereford and Worcester studios in Hereford.
of the students, Aidan-Leigh Smout of Hereford 6th Form
College said, 'I really enjoyed the various activities we
took part in, which provided a fantastic insight into campaigning.
This work experience was an opportunity which allowed myself
and the other guys who took part to become involved in local
politics and get to know the Conservative candidate for
Hereford and South Hereford. After an exciting week, I would
recommend anyone passionate about politics or the issues
in their area to get involved!'
afterwards, Jesse said, 'There is so much distrust and lack
of engagement with politics these days that I thought it
was important to try to get out there and involve more young
people, of whatever political affiliation. The only casualty
of the weather was a litter pick we had planned, where the
snow was so thick it covered everything, including the litter!
With luck we will be able to run a larger programme next
time, but maybe in the summer!'
SARAH CALLS FOR 'FREELOADING MILLIONAIRES' TO PAY THEIR FULL SHARE
The Liberal Democrats led a debate in the House of Commons
on Tuesday, 5th January in which they called for tax rules
to be changed so that UK-based millionaires, who claim to
live elsewhere, pay their full share. Lib
Dem MP, Norman Baker led the debate attacking the government's
record and called for toughness on all party donors and
candidates who fail to pay taxes in this country.
law still allows many individuals to avoid tax by claiming
they are based elsewhere. Commenting on the parliamentary
debate Sarah said, 'My Liberal Democrat colleagues in Parliament
have raised the topical issue of non-doms, which is important
in terms of both income to the Government and an ethical
approach to politics. Why should hardworking people in Hereford,
Ross and across South Herefordshire who do an honest day's
work and pay their taxes in full, have to put up with a
regime that sees freeloading millionaires swan around avoiding
tax apparently with the help of Her Majesty's Revenue and
Customs and the Treasury?
discussion must be given to this matter, and not simply
for reasons of income, fairness and equity but because of
the integrity of the political process.'
HEREFORDSHIRE'S SCANDALS TO BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE
John Challis, of Only Fools and Horses and Green Green Grass
fame is to play a leading part in bringing back some of
the most scandalous and surprising stories from Herefordshire's
past. Herefordshire Council is holding a special evening
next month when Mr Challis and other actors will perform
dramatic readings of selected historic documents.
from the Archives' will be held in the Great Hall, Bishop's
Palace, Hereford at 7pm on Saturday, 27th February and will
feature crimes, miracles, tokens of love, drunkenness and
witchcraft, all taken from the county's written heritage
held in the council's archives service.
Archivist, Elizabeth Semper O'Keefe said, 'We are delighted
that Mr Challis and the other actors will be helping us
celebrate the people of Herefordshire who are represented
in our archives. It will be very exciting to hear them being
given a voice and I'm sure it will make for a special evening.'
cost £8 and will include light refreshments. For further
information and bookings, call Herefordshire Council's archive
service on 01432 260750.