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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
HAVE FUN DURING FAIR TRADE FORTNIGHT IN ROSS-ON-WYE
Trade Fortnight is running from Monday, 22nd February Sunday,
7th March this year and Ross Fair Trade Steering Group is
proud to announce an exciting series of events in the town
during this period.
Friday, 19th February the Ross-on-Wye Fair Trade Treasure
Hunt will be launched and the forms will be available from
local retailers. When completed these should be handed in
or posted to Ross Town Council offices at The Corn Exchange,
High Street by Friday, 5th March. The prize is a hamper
full of Fair Trade goodies.
Sunday, 21st February a Fair Trade service is to be held
at Christ Church, Edde Cross Street, from 10:45am. The church
is also hosting a coffee morning on Saturday, 27th February.
Monday, 1st March visitors to Court House, Archenfield Road
will have the opportunity to see some of the ETHOS range
of Fair Trade products during their coffee morning, which
will take place between 11am and 2pm. There will also be
a collection for the children of the Shakti Orphanage in
Nepal, which is supported by ETHOS.
Sinclair-Powell of Ross Heritage Centre will be entertaining
visitors to the Friends Meeting House, Brampton Street with
some 'Tales of Old Ross' on Wednesday, 3rd March from 7pm.
Entrance to the event costs £3.50 in advance or £4
on the door, which will go towards the Mayor's charity,
Macmillan Cancer Support and the Fair Trade group. Fair
Trade refreshments will be provided.
Saturday, 6th March a coffee morning will be held at the
Friends Meeting House from 10am until 12 Noon, then from
2pm until 4pm there will be a Strictly Fair Trade Tea Circle
Dance. All are welcome to try out Circle Dances from around
the world and enjoy some Fair Trade snacks and treats.
For further information on Fair Trade Fortnight, please
contact Jane Roberts on 01989 563299, 07931 561553 or by
email at email@example.com
of the children from the Shakti orphanage.
mother spinning at the Shakti orphanage in Nepal.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISING YEAR FOR MACMILLAN
Cancer Support held their AGM at Ross Conservative Club
on Monday evening and Chairman, Mrs. Pauline McRae reported
yet another successful year of raising funds towards the
much needed Macmillan Renton Unit at Hereford County Hospital.
The ward will make life much easier for cancer sufferers
and their families who live in Herefordshire as they will
no longer need to travel to Cheltenham for treatment. It
is expected that the ward will be open later this year.
The Ross branch of Macmillan Cancer Support work tremendously
hard, holding a variety of fund-raising activities throughout
the year, including quizzes, the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning,
their popular August Market, collections at local supermarkets
and other events. This year, the charity have had the unstinting
support of Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John Edwards and
his wife Sue, who selected Macmillan as their chosen charity.
During the meeting Mrs. McRae thanked all involved in the
success of the past year, including the committee, associate
members, friends and supporters, without whom none of the
fantastic results could have been achieved.
were extended to many local people, the press and local
businesses for putting on events and allowing collection
boxes to be left at their premises.
McRae went on to say, 'Thank you everyone on the committee,
your family and friends for all you do for Macmillan and
for all your support. We look forward to another successful
year of fund-raising.'
Mayor's sterling effort has not yet been published, but
it is believed that it will give quite a boost to the total
raised, for which Ross Macmillan are extremely grateful.
members and supporters at the Macmillan AGM.
the Macmillan AGM.
JESSE AND SARAH CONCERNED OVER POLICING CUTS
Parliamentary candidates for Hereford, Ross and South Herefordshire,
have voiced their concern over plans to close the front
counter service at two local police stations.
Jesse Norman and Sarah Carr have been approached by local
residents who are concerned at the impact the relocating
of the front desk service at Peterchurch and South Wye to
Bath Street will have on them.
has already taken up the issue and will be meeting personally
to discuss it with Superintendent Kevin Purcell, who has
recently been appointed to take over from Superintendent
Mark Turner in charge of Herefordshire policing. He said,
'Local residents are always concerned about cuts to front
line services, and these plans could restrict access to
the police for members of the public.
are serious problems of antisocial behaviour in South Wye.
And is it realistic to ask Peterchurch residents to go all
the way into Bath Street to speak to a police officer? But
the bigger issue is the huge funding gap affecting local
policing as a whole. A recent study which I have commissioned
shows that West Mercia Police ranks 24th out of 31 shire
police authorities and is relatively under-funded by some
10 per cent every year. That equates to a funding gap of
£2 million per year in policing for Herefordshire; enough
to pay for these counter services, and a good deal more
said, 'The police do fantastic work in our communities,
but they cannot do that if they are handcuffed by having
too few officers. In Herefordshire we are fortunate to live
in a low crime area but I remain concerned about any reductions
in police front line services such as this planned closure
of police station front desks and any news of less police
out on the beat reassuring local people.
want to make sure that our local Police service is not suffering
from national Government funding cuts. I want to help our
local police force in serving our communities and give them
support in lobbying national government to get the financial
support they need to keep our communities safe.'
LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON SHAPING HEREFORDSHIRE'S FUTURE
of Herefordshire have just a few public meetings left to
ask questions and have their say now on how the county,
the city and the market towns will be developed in the future.
The Shaping Our Place consultation aims to help turn Herefordshire
into a new land of opportunity, with more and better paid
jobs, more decent and affordable homes, and better transport
by Herefordshire Council in January, the consultation is
due to finish on Thursday, 12th March and will affect everybody
who lives and works in the county.
consultation sets out options for the locations of new communities
in the city and the county's towns and villages, as well
as where new employment land could go and how transport
might be improved, including whether the Hereford relief
road should go to the east or west of the city. The council
has undertaken road shows or events in Hereford and all
the market towns, as well as workshops in schools and colleges,
business briefings and several public and parish council
next two weeks see the last few big public events, which
are at St. Katherine Street Car Park, Ledbury from 10am
until 1pm on Tuesday, 23rd February, then at Aylestone School,
Hereford from 6pm until 8pm on the same day. Ewyas Harold
Memorial Hall Car Park is the venue on Wednesday, 24th February
from 10am until 1pm and on Tuesday, 2nd March a meeting
is to be held at the Larruperz Centre in Ross-on-Wye, starting
is the most important consultation ever to be undertaken
in the county, and I am pleased to see so many local people
getting involved in the issues,' said Councillor John Jarvis.
'However, it is so important that the silent majority finds
its voice and helps to shape the county they live in, so
I hope everyone will find the time to please look on the
council's website, pop into a council info shop, look out
for simple questionnaires in the local press or join in
the discussions at one of our public events.'
consultation is driven by the need to grow the county. Herefordshire
has below average wage levels for the region but above average
house prices. There are 5,000 people on the county's housing
waiting list and demand is high for homes that are decent
and affordable. Herefordshire is recognized as providing
a good education, but without a university, or sufficient
higher education to build skills and qualifications, or
good career prospects, the council knows young people are
more likely to find better prospects elsewhere. The
county also needs more enterprises, offering high quality
jobs. More space for employment land has to be found. Growth
in the county will provide stronger markets for local firms
to thrive and prosper - and safeguard local essential public
out Hereford's traffic problems is a major priority. Previous
consultation shows that most local people feel that a blend
of public transport improvements and a new relief road and
second river crossing is the preferred solution. However,
the route, either to the west or the east of the city, needs
careful consideration and the consultation details the implications
of either option. Leominster is also identified as requiring
a southern relief road.
strategy for the market towns is to further promote their
roles as service and economic centres for their rural hinterlands
but also improve links with Hereford. Several villages could
see development designed to increase affordable housing
and sustain essential services, including schools, and new
shops, along with rural transport improvements. People's
views will be analysed and proposed policies developed and
presented back to cabinet later in 2010 and publicized,
before being submitted to the Secretary of State, who will
arrange for a public examination and inspector's report
with final adoption anticipated in 2011.
consultation provides a chance for everyone to help finalize
the Local Development Framework, which will be the blueprint
for planning and developing Herefordshire for the future.
In parallel, the council is also running a consultation
on the Local Transport Plan, which will be adopted by April
2011 and will drive the county's transport strategy for
the next 15 years. The review of the transport strategy
is intended to align transport policy with the wider needs
of the county and will help co-ordinate support for growth.
The Local Transport Plan consultation enables local people
to let the council know what their priorities for transport
are for the county, whether it is greater public transport
investment, more cycle routes, better highway maintenance
or further road safety improvements.
has the room and freedom to grow, while retaining its special
heritage and environment,' added Councillor Jarvis. 'But
it is up to local people to help grow the right future for
the county, the city and the market towns. The local development
framework sets the planning blueprint for the next 16 years
and I hope everyone will look at the options and make their
of the public wishing to comment can access the consultation
documents and complete a questionnaire on the council's
website www.herefordshire.gov.uk. Literature can also be
picked up from council info shops.
COUNCIL TO HELP MEET CHALLENGES OF BROADBAND
Council is seeking to work with communities and businesses
to improve broadband coverage in the county. The council
recognizes broadband coverage and speed is a key issue for
the county, with communities and businesses potentially
losing out on the opportunities of electronic communication.
response to this need, a community broadband conference
has been organized for anyone interested in looking at solutions
for the county. The conference, which will have a mix of
presentations and workshops will take place at the Three
Counties Hotel on Thursday, 18th March from 4.30pm until
Roger Phillips, Leader of Herefordshire Council said, 'We
are using the conference to gauge a national and regional
perspective on what is possible in Herefordshire, but we
are also keen to create a forum for discussion and debate
involving communities and businesses.' One of the ways forward
is to work closely with local communities to look at localised
solutions to address broadband coverage, and the conference
will include a presentation by the Community Broadband Network
with examples of how local areas have worked together to
improve services. Additionally, businesses have challenges
not just on coverage but also bandwidth and this will also
be a topic for the conference.
Silver, Herefordshire Council's head of economic and community
services said, 'The concern is that as a county we could
just wait for market forces to improve coverage, however
the problem facing many rural areas is that there are not
enough customers for companies to justify the investment.
However, we need to make sure businesses and communities
do not lose out, and that companies do not decide not to
locate to the county because of its limited broadband coverage.'
conference is suitable for community representatives, local
businesses, internet service providers, providers of internet
content, community services, e.g. rural shops and community
centres, councillors and statutory and voluntary sector
organizations. The event is free, but early booking is recommended
to avoid disappointment.
register, please contact 01432 260638 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than Friday, 12th March 2010.
AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY GLYN GRIFFITHS, FORMER HEREFORD ART TUTOR
Heritage Service is putting on an exhibition of a selection
of works by the late Glyn Griffiths, an artist who taught
at Hereford's College of Art and Design. The exhibition
will open on Tuesday, 23rd February and the work will be
displayed on the stairs leading from the foyer of Hereford
Library up to the museum and gallery, housed in the same
building. The exhibition will run until Sunday, 11th April.
Griffiths, (1926-1999), was born in Treorchy in the Rhondda
Valley and studied at Cardiff School of Art under the inspirational
direction of Ceri Richards. After service in the Royal Navy
at the end of the Second World War he joined Birmingham
College of Art and Crafts as a tutor in illustration where
he is best remembered for his artistic integrity, his mastery
of media, and the dynamic vigour of his teaching.
Glyn taught at Bourneville School of Art, Shrewsbury College
of Art and from 1987 until 1993, Hereford College of Art
and Design. Glyn has exhibited in London, Cardiff, Birmingham
and many other galleries in the Midlands, and his work has
been purchased by the Contemporary Arts Society of Wales,
Birmingham University, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, The
National Library of Wales and numerous private collectors.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'Glyn was a Welshman with a passion
for Wales and Welsh culture and he was part of that generation
of artists emerging after the war teaching in art schools
throughout the country who gave post-war Britain a confidence
and expression in design and painting so essential to the
British style. It is also nice that work produced by an
artist who has inspired so many of the county's future artists
is on view again in the county.'
exhibition can be viewed during library opening times, which
are: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 5pm, Sundays (from
April) and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am until 4pm. The library
is closed on Good Friday, Sundays (until April) and Mondays,
(except Bank Holiday Mondays).
CHANGES IN COUNCIL STRAY DOGS PROCEDURE
Herefordshire Council is set to change the way it manages
its stray dog procedure with effect from Monday, 1st March,
to help responsible dog owners avoid unnecessary charges.
The changes will mean that responsibility for dogs collected
as strays will pass to the owners, allowing the council's
dog wardens to spend more time carrying out enforcement
or educational work around responsible ownership and dog
fouling rather than transporting dogs around the county.
Fees associated with administering this service will also
rise as a part of this change to more closely reflect the
actual costs incurred. Owners of dogs seized as strays will
be required to pay an administration charge of £50, a statutory
fee of £25, plus £8 per night for each night their dog is
boarded at kennels. The administration charge will be reduced
to £30 in cases where a dog can be returned directly to
an owner without being boarded at kennels.
Hancock, regulatory services manager with Herefordshire
Council said, 'In future, an owner whose dog has been collected
as a stray and taken to a kennels for safety will have to
collect their dog from the kennel and pay a fee for its
return. A big advantage of this is that it will release
time for the dog wardens to actively promote responsible
dog ownership and carry out enforcement where education
is not working. The vast majority of dog owners are very
responsible and do not incur any charges because they keep
their dogs under proper control.
that are not kept under control and are left to wander unsupervised
in public are a hazard. They can cause a danger to traffic,
they may attack people or other animals, they may foul in
public areas and they may also get injured or killed. It
is only right that responsible dog owners and non dog owners
do not disproportionately fund, through their taxes, a service
that has to be provided because of the actions of a minority.
is acknowledged, however, that on occasion, dogs can 'escape'
the control of even responsible owners. In such cases, charges
may be avoided if owners comply with the legal requirement
that dogs must wear a collar giving the name and address
of the owner when in a public place. A telephone number
is also useful. This allows a finder to contact the owner
direct without the council stray dog service being involved.'
wishing to report a stray dog or a lost dog should contact
Herefordshire Council's INFO in Herefordshire service on
CHANGE4LIFE HELP HEREFORD RESIDENTS TO DANCE THEIR WAY TO HEALTH
city centre will be the focus of Change4Life later this
month as residents are encouraged to walk, dance and eat
their way to a new, healthier way of living.
Herefordshire is organizing lots of exciting activities
to get people moving on Saturday, 20th February, as Hereford's
High Town gets set to be taken over by dance mats, Tai chi
taster sessions, healthy food ideas, and fats, sugars and
salt displays. The
event will start with a led walk from Hereford Cathedral
at 10.30am which will finish 30 to 45 minutes later in High
Town, where, from 11am onwards, families will be encouraged
to begin making small but meaningful changes to their lives
by eating well, moving more and as a result, living longer.
city centre will become a dance fest as shoppers and sightseers
will be encouraged to have a go on some state-of-the-art
dance mats. 'Lets Dance with Change4Life' is happening across
the country on Saturday, 6th and Sunday, 7th March and on
March 6th, Halo Leisure will be offering free dance mat
sessions to families at Leominster Leisure Centre and Hereford
Leisure Pool, courtesy of NHS Herefordshire. However, families
can have a free try out session on Saturday, 20th February.
Purslow, healthy lifestyle co-ordinator said, 'We know the
dangers of childhood obesity and want to help families with
young children get into good habits early on in life. There
are lots of activities available to help our children get
physically active and eat more healthily and we want to
introduce some of these to local families. Dance mats are
an excellent way of getting fit and moving more - they're
great fun too.
know that many people go on diets after Christmas or start
new fitness regimes but these can be hard to maintain in
the long term, so we want to show everyone that there are
small changes we can all make to help keep our family healthy
and fit. Being healthy does not have to be about completely
changing your life but introducing healthier eating and
moving about more.'
can turn up for the walk which is also suitable for wheelchairs
and buggies. The Change4Life team will be pleased to meet
and greet you at 10.30am outside the Cathedral. They'll
be hard to miss in their bright yellow t-shirts.
POLICE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH GROUPS
A local policing team in Hereford is inviting local residents
to an open evening at South Wye Police Station in an effort
to stimulate more Neighbourhood Watch groups in the area.
Local Policing Team are actively encouraging local residents
of Belmont, Newton Farm and Hunderton to take control of
the communities in which they live. One way of achieving
this is through the formation of Neighbourhood Watch groups.
There are several schemes already in existence throughout
Belmont ward but more are needed.
some while, Belmont Local Policing Team has been receiving
enquiries from residents in the area about how Neighbourhood
Watch actually works and how could they establish one in
their area or street. In response to this, a Neighbourhood
Watch evening has been arranged between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday,
24th February at South Wye Police Station in Goodrich Grove,
Hereford. Those interested in forming a Watch can come along
and hear from those who have set one up and learn more.
It is also an ideal opportunity for local residents to meet
their local policing team.
is hoped that the meeting will identify potential Neighbourhood
Watch co-ordinators as well as being an informal networking
event between police and residents. Local councillors will
also be on hand to discuss issues. Light refreshments will
be provided. If you live in the Belmont, Newton Farm or
Hunderton areas and are thinking of joining or forming a
Neighbourhood Watch, come along and hear of the benefits
to be had.
you would like to give something back to the community and
offer your services as a volunteer but would like to do
something other than be a Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator,
Rosie Nunnery from the Police Personnel Department will
also be present at the meeting to show attendees how they
could join the Police Volunteer Scheme in Herefordshire
and help local policing teams and Neighbourhood Watch with
DID YOU WITNESS BUS INCIDENTS?
Herefordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to two
separate incidents, both of which occurred on buses in the
first happened on a bus in the Commercial Road Bus Station
in Hereford at around 2.40pm on Wednesday, 3rd February.
A woman on a Number 10 bus was assaulted by another woman
following a heated argument. There were a number of people
on the bus at the time and at least one came to the assistance
of the victim, who suffered a cut under her eye, a nose
bleed and various grazes.
would like to speak to everyone who was on that Number 10
bus. Anyone with information should contact PC Lawrence
Smith from Leominster Police Station on 0300 333 3000.
second incident occurred on a Number 39 Stagecoach bus running
between Brecon and Hereford on Monday, 8th February. The
vehicle left Brecon at 11.10am to arrive at Hereford at
12.50pm. On the journey, an incident occurred between a
17-year old girl, dressed in a brown tartan short jacket
and black jeans and a 62-year old man wearing a grey suit
and carrying a distinctive walking stick. Again, police
would like to hear from anyone who was on that bus who may
have seen what took place between the girl and the elderly
man. Anyone with information should contact PC Tonya Barnett
at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000.
you would like to give any information on either case, anonymously,
please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.