place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
GRAFFITI SPRAYED ON CAR AND HOUSE IN ROSS ON WYE
in Ross-on-Wye are appealing for information after a car
and a house were sprayed with red paint by a vandal.
Sunday, 17th January the length of a car in River View was
sprayed with what appears to be a graffiti 'tag'. An identical
tag was also sprayed on the side of a house nearby in Nursery
would like to hear from anybody who saw the damage being
done or who may recognize the tag of the offender.
with any information that can help should contact PC Andrea
Morris at Ross Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555111.
MEETING PLANNED TO SAVE TUDORVILLE YOUTH CENTRE
campaign to save the Tudorville Youth Centre from closure
is being launched by the local community association and
a public meeting is to be held at the Centre on Saturday,
13th February, starting at 2 p.m. and local residents will
be invited to give their views on proposals to save the
Centre and put it on a secure footing for the future.
Gray, chairman of the Tudorville Community Association,
warned that if nothing was done the Centre would face closure
in March and probably be knocked down. To avoid this happening
it is proposed to approach the Herefordshire Council to
hand over ownership of the Centre to the Community Association
for a nominal sum. In return the association would provide
a commitment to use the Centre in a responsible manner for
the benefit of the local community. That would require more
volunteers to strengthen the Community Association and the
adoption of a business plan aimed at running the Centre
as a viable business like other community centres and village
halls in neighbouring districts.
Lowther, and Councillor John Edwards, of the Ross Sports
& Leisure Federation, have volunteered their support for
the plan, which they believe will work well provided there
is sufficient backing from the local residents. Councillor
Edwards said the Federation was worried that there was already
a shortfall in the provision of adequate sports and leisure
activities in Ross, especially for the younger generation.
It would be a disaster if the Tudorville Centre ceased to
Lowther said his experience with the Whitchurch Village
Hall provided a model for what could be achieved with hard
work from volunteers, committed to helping the local community.
Although the Tudorville Centre needed some maintenance and
repair work there was already some grant money available
and a stable future could be achieved by matching expenditures
with income generated by users of the Centre.
Council's Youth Service has decided that the Tudorville
Centre is no longer suitable for its purposes and the Council
estimates that it would cost over £220,000 in repairs and
modernization, which is it not prepared to spend. However,
it is believed the Council would not like to see the Centre
closed down and would welcome the running costs being taken
over by someone else on behalf of the local community.
Gray noted that in order to agree to hand over ownership
of the Centre, Herefordshire Council had to be convinced
that there was sufficient support from the local community
to run it properly. Local
residents joining the Association, would be responsible
for day to day control of running the Centre for the benefit
of the local community. It was vital, therefore, that local
residents came to the meeting on 13th February in large
numbers to demonstrate their support, strengthen the Association
and give their views on the proposed rescue plan. It was
a real case of 'use it or lose it' he declared.
further information, contact Colin Gray on 01989 567995.
WARTIME CHRISTMAS MEMORIES WIN MARGARET FIRST PRIZE
Concern Ross-on-Wye and District are pleased to announce
the winners of their second 'Seasonal Scribbles' Christmas
Writing competition for which competitors were asked to
submit a poem or short story on the subject of A Taste of
prize went to Margaret Wilce for her piece, 'Wartime Christmas
Memories.' Barbara Burden took second prize for 'A Christmas
Poem,' and Stephanie Presee received the third prize for
'Mulled Love.' Colemans stationers, Ross Books, and Field
Fayre kindly donated the prizes. All
entrants were invited to Ross Heritage Centre on 28th January,
where Mayor, Councillor John Edwards presented the winners
with their prizes. All entries will be on public display
until the end of February.
Age Concern projects, the Rural Enabling and Accessing Programme
(REAP), funded by Age Concern England, and the Step Across
Project, funded by The Big Lottery, worked together to launch
the competition. The projects aim to strengthen community
links in Ross and the surrounding rural area through a variety
of activities. These currently include five exercise groups
in the Ross area and the Visage social club.
information about Age Concern and the services they offer,
please call 01989 567165.
is presented with her prize by Ross Mayor, Councillor John Edwards.
is presented with her prize by Ross Mayor, Councillor John Edwards.
of Age Concern with the Mayor.
RESIDENTS WARNED OF COUNCIL TAX REBATE SCAM
Council are warning residents to be on their guard after
receiving reports fraudsters telephoning local residents,
informing them they are due for a rebate on their council
tax - if they would just let them have their bank details.
warning comes after a local woman received a bogus call
saying that her council tax banding was being reduced.
resident received a call from someone who gave her name
as Margaret and told her that there was a one off fee of
£39.99 for her council tax to be reduced. She then put the
lady through to a man who took her bank details. She did
not catch the man's name. When the call was finished she
dialed1471 and got the 'caller withheld their number' message.
resident called Herefordshire Council to check and was advised
to contact her bank urgently to explain what had happened,
and to inform the police. Similar warnings have already
been issued from Newcastle to Portsmouth, as variations
on the scam are growing across the country.
council would ever contact a resident in this manner on
such issues,' said Mike Toney, head of the council's benefits
and exchequers service, 'and we would never ask for your
bank details over the phone to make refunds. Homeowners
are asked to please remain alert to scams designed to find
out your bank details and if possible, keep a close eye
on vulnerable older family members or neighbours.'
MORE TIME SPENT ON CARING FOR PATIENTS
nurses and assistants in the county's community hospitals
are now able to spend more time directly caring for patients.
The Releasing More Time to Care programme is all part of
an initiative led by NHS Herefordshire, which is being rolled
out to wards at Leominster, Bromyard and Ross Community
Hospitals, Hillside Intermediate Care Centre and Cantilupe
Ward at the Stonebow Unit.
first stage of the programme, which was devised by the NHS
Institute for Innovation and Improvement, has seen staff
observing and recording the work of ward nurses and assistants
minute-by-minute over an entire shift of either eight or
twelve hours. This information is then analysed to identify
where time can be saved through rearranging or changing
systems, processes and the working environment.
Bromyard Community Hospital, more than an hour and 22 minutes
has been saved each day by reorganizing filing systems,
workstations and store cupboards to make essential, daily
processes more efficient. The team believes that it can
save more time by making other changes to their environment,
which can then be spent with patients. Patient feedback
at all five sites included in the programme has been positive
about the improvements that have been made. Forty six staff
and visitors recently held an event to share their experiences
of the programme so far at which matrons, ward staff, programme
support team and managers showcased the good work being
undertaken around the county to colleagues and NHS West
programme is funded by NHS West Midlands and Herefordshire's
good practice is being shared with other primary care trusts
in the region. Future work will focus on patient involvement,
medicines, meals, admission and discharge processes, hand
over and multidisciplinary team working. The new ways of
working will become part of everyday business.
Carroll, interim managing director of provider services
said, 'This is an innovative and exciting programme that
the staff have put a lot of effort into, resulting in real
benefits for our patient care. I am delighted that even
at a relatively early stage the benefits are already being
demonstrated. Such is the success of this programme we are
actively looking to see if we can roll it out to our community
services. The staff are to be congratulated on the results
they have already achieved and I am sure more benefits will
follow as the programme continues.'
Harris, programme manager, added, 'The success of the programme
so far is down to the enthusiasm and hard work of the staff.
They want to be able to spend more time on patient care
and one way to do this is by making our essential processes
and systems even more efficient. We are already saving hours
and minutes and that is just the beginning.'
JESSE BACKS PLANS TO ROLL OUT FAST BROADBAND IN RURAL AREAS
reviews local broadband trial.
parliamentary candidate Jesse Norman has strongly backed
a Conservative policy commitment to roll out super-fast
broadband services, with a special focus on rural areas,
over the next few years. The Conservatives have unveiled
plans to help make the UK the first major European country
that has super-fast broadband in the majority of homes by
Hunt, the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and
Sport said the UK is 'currently one of the slowest countries
in the developed world for broadband,' but with the Conservatives
it would become one of the fastest. He said Britain's digital
and creative industries must have a proper communications
infrastructure if they are to become world beaters. Under
the new plans 'high speeds will be available not just in
our cities but across the rural areas that have been left
behind for too long.'
Conservatives plan to create a regulatory framework to ensure
the roll-out of super-fast broadband at speeds of up to
100mbps to the majority of homes across the UK by 2017.
This could involve either mobile or fixed line solutions
and will be significantly faster than the Government’s proposed
target. It will open up BT's ducts and poles to competition,
an approach which Jesse Norman has vigorously led the campaign
for better local broadband services in Herefordshire over
said, 'This policy announcement is terrific news for Herefordshire,
because it includes a specific mechanism to ensure that
new broadband services reach rural areas. If the market
does not deliver access in rural areas, the proposal is
to use the proportion of the BBC licence fee dedicated to
digital switch over to help finance super-fast broadband
roll out after 2012.
is vital to the long-term development of Herefordshire,
but at present coverage is often terrible or non-existent.
The current government's plans all but ignore rural areas
such as ours. But now we have a real and far more credible
WIN FREE TICKETS FOR EVENING OF SCANDALOUS LOCAL STORIES
evening of some of Herefordshire's most scandalous and surprising
stories from the past is being held later this month and
those interested in hearing them have the opportunity to
win free tickets to this special event.
Council is holding an evening of dramatic readings from
its historic documents that will feature John Challis of
Only Fools and Horses fame, as well as other actors. 'Tales
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 archive 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. To enter the
competition for two free tickets, all you need to do is
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Tales
from the Archives Competition in the subject line. Entrants
may also take part by sending a postcard marked Tales from
the Archives Competition, together with their contact details
to Herefordshire Record office, Harold Street, Hereford
closing date for the competition is Friday 19th February.
The draw will take place on Monday, 22nd February and the
competition winner will be informed on that day.
further information and bookings, call Herefordshire Council's
archive service on 01432 260750.
YOUNG COMPETITION WINNERS DONATE THEIR PRIZE TO THE COMMUNITY
town of Ross-on-Wye is now the proud recipient of a new
bench. Not a wooden bench, nor a metal one. This bench is
made up entirely of recycled plastic. Six thousand bottles
worth of recycled plastic to be precise.
bench was donated by British Recycled Products as prize
in a competition organized by Junkk.com and The Guardian
- 'Here's One I Re-made Earlier.' All entries were judged
by Dennis Humble of EnivroAbility and artist Neil Carroll
who awarded marks out of 10 for creativity, consumer appeal
to the competition included a slug deterrent collar, earrings
and a bathroom rubbish bin, but the winning item was a cup
stack holder, which will not only hold your tea cups in
place, it will create much more storage space in your cupboards.
designers of the cup stack holder was a group of youths,
who decided that they would like to donate the bench to
Martin of Junkk.com invited Ross Town Mayor, Councillor
John Edwards, Councillor Phil Cutter and Dennis Humble of
EnviroAbility to the Market Place, where Steve Morris and
Ian Fillingham of British Recycled Products presented the
bench, which, it is believed will be sited on Walford Road.
Councillor John Edwards,
Steve Morris, Ian Fillingham, Councillor Phil Cutter and Peter Martin
RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO WASTE LESS FOOD TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
Council is encouraging residents to make a late resolution
this year and make 2010 the year they start saving money
and playing their part in helping the environment by wasting
has shown that the average family in the UK throws away
around £50 worth of perfectly edible food every month, but
by following the simple advice on offer people can keep
more money in their pockets. Some of the top tips include:
not start writing a shopping list? - Did you know that half
of us make a shopping list all or some of the time, but
half don't stick to it in the store? Try making 2010 the
year of the shopping list and sticking to it.
planning weekly menus - Take the effort out of thinking
what you are going to cook each night, and wondering if
you have the ingredients to make it, by planning weekly
menus. By buying ingredients for the delicious meals we've
planned at the supermarket, we will be less likely to buy
foods we won't get round to using up.
really is such a thing as a free lunch - Simply by using
what's already in the fridge, or last night's leftovers
for a packed lunch at work, we can save between £3.00 and
£5.00 a day.
friendly with your freezer - There's not much that can't
be frozen for later. Double up on family favourites - When
you're cooking dishes such as Bolognese, chilli, soups and
casseroles, cook one for now and freeze one for later. That
way you will have a ready-made meal when you get in on these
cold winter nights.
Store cupboard essentials - Keeping essentials such as oils,
sauces, beans, pasta and rice means that there will always
be something to add to odds and ends in the fridge to create
a quick meal
Portions - One of the reasons we throw away food is because
we cook too much! Its easy to cook too much of foods such
as pasta, rice and potatoes, so use the Love Food Hate Waste
portion calculator to help you buy and cook just the right
amount of food for yourself, your family and your friends.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing said, 'This is the
time of year when we all look forward and make promises
to ourselves about a number of things that can make things
better. I'd like to encourage people to make 2010 the year
where we all try to reduce the amount of food waste that
ends up in our bins. By following these handy hints, residents
can really reduce food waste and save money, protecting
those pennies, as well as preventing waste ending up in
the landfill site.'
host of information and advice on reducing food waste is
available at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com and www.wastemissionimpossible.com.
Residents can also call the County Council's Waste Prevention
team on 01905 766883.
HEALTH AND WELL BEING DAY A GREAT SUCCESS
year's health and well-being day for people with learning
disabilities has been heralded a big success as more than
160 people braved the weather to find out how to keep healthy
and well earlier this month. Herefordshire Council and NHS
Herefordshire organized the event at the Kindle Centre with
contributions and support from Tesco and many other local
organizations and businesses.
attending were undaunted by the snow and ice and thoroughly
enjoyed the interactive sessions such as making smoothies
on the smoothie bike and getting their fitness levels tested.
They enjoyed tasting a wide range of foods and fruits, including
freshly made bread with healthy home made soup and were
treated to a bag of free fresh fruit to take away with them,
courtesy of Tesco Keeping happy and managing stress is as
important as eating well and the Yam Jams music provided
the delegates with a wonderful interactive music session
which rocked the Kindle Centre.
Davies of the learning disabilities team said, 'The evaluations
completed at the end of the day show that those who attended
increased their knowledge around health issues as a result
which is good news. The atmosphere during the day was fantastic.
By providing clear information and encouraging people to
talk and learn, we felt many barriers that people with learning
disabilities face were challenged and broken down. We want
people with learning disabilities to enjoy as much independence
as possible, and this means understanding basic health issues
and knowing how to access services.
of the key messages of the day were about keeping active,
eating well and enjoying safe, positive relationships. Stand
holders and carers also enjoyed the event, finding the information
available helpful and the networking an added bonus. Being
someone's carer can be a challenging and sometimes isolating
has around 700 adults registered across the county who have
learning disabilities. Following the success of this event,
the learning disability service is planning to hold future,
similar events to continue to improve the access for people
with learning disabilities to local health services.
Davies of NHS Herefordshire with Crystal Macangus of Tesco.
SARAH SLAMS GOVERNMENT PLANS TO MAKE FARMERS PAY FOR
Carr, the Liberal Democrat prospective MP for Hereford and
South Herefordshire has hit out against Government plans
to make livestock farmers pay half the cost of preparing
for animal disease outbreaks.
the moment it costs the Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs, (Defra), £44 million every year to prevent
animal disease and prepare for outbreaks. However, a new
consultation suggests farmers pay half through a new tax
on livestock. The £22m would be raised by putting a levy
on different animals, including £4.80 for a dairy cow.
Carr has condemned the Government's decision to 'pass the
buck' on to farmers as reckless and has warned that further
attempts to increase industry contributions for disease
prevention will only cause further damage to the industry.
Commenting, Sarah said, 'Farmers have been hit as hard by
the recession as anyone. It is simply unfair to expect them
to pay for disease outbreaks, when the 2007 Foot and Mouth
outbreak started on Government-licensed premises.
all accept that in the current climate cuts need to be made,
but to punish those who are already struggling to get by
PETERCHURCH FAMILIES ENJOY NEW CHILDRENS CENTRE ACTIVITIES
with young children in Peterchurch and surrounding areas
can now enjoy a range of children's centre activities and
events in their local church following the completion of
a unique building project.
funding from a number of sources, including Herefordshire
Council and Advantage West Midlands, St Peter's Church in
Peterchurch has been lovingly renovated and adapted so that
community services can be delivered from the building which
lies at the heart of the community. Working with the St
Peter's Church committee, Herefordshire Council's children's
services contributed £315,000 towards the building project
which brings 12th and 21st Century architecture together.
wooden pod has been installed at the end of the nave which
opens up to become a fantastic modern kitchen on one side
with storage, disabled toilet, shelving and a lift on the
other side. Special cupboards have been built along the
wall of the nave which operate on a push and pull system
preventing little fingers from getting unauthorized access
or getting trapped. Stairs to the side of the pod lead to
a mezzanine floor from which access can be gained to a public
library, which is stocked and managed by the council and
run by volunteers.
Golden Valley is one of the county's most rural areas, making
it difficult for families with very young children to access
support services and activities. As a result, the Golden
Valley Children's Centre needs to run services and events
from a number of locations. St Peter's Church makes a great
base for families from the Golden Valley and neighbouring
villages and children's centre services are available at
this new facility on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
from 9am until 4pm.
range of activities is set to grow, but there are already
a number of regular sessions organized, including: 'Time
for Play' where parents and children meet and play, regular
visits by the healthy visiting team, Sign and Rhyme events,
cakes at the community café and free family music making
sessions. There will also be plenty of opportunities to
learn something new, such as first aid for parents with
young children, basic childcare courses, or learning how
babies communicate with their carers before they begin to
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
'This is a fantastic facility in the heart of the Golden
Valley, providing much needed support to many of our rural
families. As Herefordshire is so rural in nature, we have
had to think creatively about how we deliver services for
young families. We don't have enough money to build centres
everywhere and this unique partnership with the church shows
what can be done when organizations come together and think
of regular weekly events are available on the church notice
board and via the council's web site: www.herefordshire.gov.uk.
library - one of the new facilities at St. Peter's Church, Peterchurch.
WITNESSES TO DISORDER INCIDENT AT ST. MARTINS STREET SOUGHT
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward following
a disorder incident in the city which occurred at approximately
10.45pm on Saturday, 23rd January. Between a point outside
Majestic Wines in Ross Road, Hereford and the lower end
of St. Martins Street, an altercation occurred between two
men and a woman who were walking into town. As a result,
one man received a 3cm stab wound to his left shoulder blade.
He was treated at Hereford County Hospital and later released.
23 year old Hereford woman has been arrested in connection
with the incident and charged with causing grievous bodily
harm. She appeared before Herefordshire Magistrates Court
on Monday, 25th January and was remanded in custody by the
Court to appear before Crown Court at a later date.
are anxious to trace further witnesses to the incident as
the area was busy with pedestrians and passing vehicles
at the time. Officers also need to locate the weapon used
in the incident, believed to be a knife of about 7" in length
with a 4" blade.
search by police in the area has failed to locate any discarded