Africa was a programme of events put together by the Cultural
Learning Services Team which were held in February and designed
to celebrate some of the many cultural traditions of Africa.
events in Ross-on-Wye included a textile workshop and t-shirt
painting in Ross Heritage Centre and the Library,where children
made their own wall-hanging and t-shirts with African inspired
designs. The workshops were run by Kenyan artist, Gakonga,
who made the sessions great fun. He also went to Ross Youth
club to demonstrate some African dance with local young
grand finale was a drumming workshop and performance at
Ross Library on Saturday, 28th February. Aaron Meli from
Slapping Skins worked in partnership with Brampton Abbotts
School, where Year 5 and 6 pupils learnt lots during a one-day
workshop at school, which led to a performance in Ross Library
on Saturday afternoon.
Meli from Slapping Skins with drummers in African dress in Ross
Library on Saturday.
from Brampton Abbotts Primary School drumming on Saturday.
LOCAL AZTECS STRIKE SILVER
Ross Aztec Cub group, based at the Ross Scout & Guide HQ
near Ross swimming pool, were the first group of youngsters
to respond to an aluminium foil-gathering initiative in
Ross. The group collected an impressive 2.1 kilograms of
food cartons, pie casings and Indian takeaway dishes as
well as many other types of foil packaging.
Neicho, one of the managers at EnviroAbility said, 'The
cubs were great fun, they were full of energy and are obviously
keen recyclers. Showing such an interest in recycling and
the environment at such an early age, they had a lot of
questions for me. During the evening the cubs learned how
recycling and renewal is part of the natural world and how
many of the things we make should be no different. They
learned that more than 75% of all the aluminium ever produced
is still in use, and how recycling a tonne of aluminium
(about the weight of 1 mini) saves 95% of the greenhouse
gases emitted during mining it. Finally, we talked about
how the aluminium we can all recycle can be drawn into thin
wire, rolled into sheets to make airliners, or coils to
make drinks cans, also foil and engine components and much
praised Ross as a recycling centre. He said, 'Ross people
have been great supporters of all things recycling in the
past which has helped us support disadvantaged people. Aluminium
foil recycling is one of the range of new initiatives being
rolled out by EnviroAbility that will help to find new recycling
alternatives and new work opportunities for local disadvantaged
people. We need your support for this to be a success so
if you or your organization would like to join our foil
collecting project, please contact Dennis Humble at EnviroAbility
on 01989 763388. This support would be very much appreciated.
We can collect larger amounts of foil from your premises,
if you are local. Alternatively, smaller amounts can be
dropped off at our Book Shop in Cantilupe Road or our premises
at Units 9-10, Cropper Row, Haigh Industrial Estate, Alton
would like to take this opportunity to mention that you
cannot put foil in the new green recycling bins issued across
the county by the Council recently. This is because the
foil wraps itself around other recyclables making it very
difficult to separate items later on during the sorting
process. EnviroAbility would also like to take this opportunity
to thank Alupro for the loan of an aluminium foil compressing
machine that has enabled this project to step up to a higher
gear, processing ever greater volumes of foil. The primary
aims and objectives of EnviroAbility are to provide and
promote projects which benefit disadvantaged groups of people,
the community and the environment.
local Aztecs with their collection of silver.
LAPTOPS STOLEN FROM PROPERTY IN WHITCHURCH
Ross-on-Wye Police are appealing for information after two
laptops and a golf club were stolen from an office of a
property in Whitchurch. The offence happened between 1.30pm
and 5.45pm on Sunday, 21st February, when thieves entered
the office of a private residence in the village and removed
the items whilst the occupier was elsewhere on the property.
A grey-coloured Dell and a silver Sony Vaio computer were
taken, together with a Calloway square-headed driver golf
are keen to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity
in the village that afternoon or from anyone who may know
the current whereabouts of the property. Detective Chief
Inspector Sean Paley, Crime Manager for Herefordshire Division
said, 'This is perhaps an opportune time to remind householders
that, whilst burglaries are not commonplace in the county,
they can and do occur.
criminals are always on the lookout for a quick theft and,
whilst it may be tempting not to lock the house when outside,
you should always consider so doing if you cannot directly
supervise unlocked doors and windows. Don't, for example,
cut the trees at the bottom of the rear garden and leave
the front windows open. Common sense should be your guide
before a bad experience teaches you the hard way.'
with information should contact PC Ben Pearson in the Burglary
Investigation Unit at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333
3000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.
ROSS BARN DANCE CLUB CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
by Gill James
Barn Dance Club is 20 years old and on Saturday, 20th February,
fifty dancers celebrated the Club's anniversary with a dance
at Bridstow Village Hall. Club callers, Ann Gay, Brian Edgson,
Chris James and David Mills led dancers to the music of
the Falconers Country Dance Band from Bromyard, and those
attending soon warmed up on what was a very cold evening.
club was formed by a chance discussion at a local pub during
lunch after a New Year walk, when Barbara Wardle said she
wished a caller could be found to start a local club. Chris
James overheard and said, 'I can call' the rest is history.
Of the six founder members, Barbara and David Wardle and
Chris James still dance regularly; sadly Mansel David is
no longer able to dance and was not well enough to attend
the evening to watch. We wish him well. Jean James was able
to attend and dance.
club first met at St. Mary's Church Hall in Ross, then moved
to the Larruperz Centre, then Brampton Abbots School before
settling in Bridstow. We meet every Friday from 8pm until
10pm, with a 6 week break in the summer time. We welcome
newcomers and are always happy to see visitors, having one
couple who regularly join us from Kent. Indeed, regular
members of the club come from the Forest of Dean, South
Wales and Worcestershire as well as Herefordshire. You do
not need a partner as we all mix so that no-one is left
out. We also walk through every dance as well as calling
it as it is danced. Do come along and join in.
well as our own club callers, we have guest callers and
other groups who play for us. When we do not have 'live'
music we dance to CDs and a vote of thanks goes to our callers
and to Dave Mills who transports our equipment and sets
it up each time. They all make our club such a success.
During the interval a celebratory cake was shared by all,
and the remainder eaten by the dancers at the next club
photograph of the founders also includes Peggy Babbs, who
recently celebrated her 90th birthday and has danced with
the club from its early days.
LAST CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON HEREFORDSHIRE'S FUTURE
Residents of Herefordshire are responding in their thousands
to one of the most important consultations ever to be undertaken
in the county. But the deadline for completed questionnaires
for the Shaping Our Place consultation is looming fast.
It ends on Friday, 12th March but the level of participation
so far in Herefordshire has already eclipsed that of similar
strategic planning consultations in other parts of the country.
Our Place 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 links. It was
launched by Herefordshire Council on 18th January and since
then, scores of public meetings, events and workshops have
taken place in the city, the market towns, parishes, schools
and businesses across the county. The
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.
can still pick up a consultation and questionnaire from
their local council info centre or can log onto the council's
website www.herefordshire.gov.uk and complete a questionnaire
online. Or, if they do not have time to complete the full
questionnaire they can fill in a simplified version, with
a freepost address, in the Herefordshire Council and NHS
Herefordshire publication, Herefordshire Matters, which
is distributed to every household in the county. Herefordshire's
press and radio have given the consultation unprecedented
coverage, which is ensuring it is the most successful consultation
every undertaken by the council.
Councillor John Jarvis, cabinet member for environment and
strategic housing said, 'Every individual who lives or works
in the county will be affected by what will become the planning
blueprint for Herefordshire over the next 15 years, and
every hamlet, village, town and the city has an issue they
want to influence, whether it is about jobs, employment
land, affordable homes, transport or local services. Thankfully,
people are getting involved but if you haven't yet completed
a questionnaire I would ask you please to do so now by looking
on the council's website, popping into a council info shop,
or looking out for the simple questionnaires in the local
press or Herefordshire Matters.'
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
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.
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. 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
YOUNG PEOPLE TO GET A LITTLE EXTRA HELP WHEN THEY NEED IT MOST
A successful bid was put in by Herefordshire Council for
more than £2 million to invest in centres to support young
people in their own schools and, where necessary, help them
get back on track. The
grant is being used to fund centres within all fourteen
of the county's maintained secondary schools.
a young person may need extra time, effort and emotional
support during a crucial time in their life. Schools want
to help their pupils through such times, particularly when
changes in behaviour may interrupt learning. The new centres
are designed to provide targeted support and help these
relatively small numbers of young people get back on track
so that they can continue their education.
to each school, the centres will consist of learning spaces,
meeting rooms and reception areas located in the heart of
the school where possible. The overriding premise will be
that providing support early on will meet young people's
needs within their own school in a targeted way. A mixture
of refurbishment projects and extensions will help the cash
spread across all 14 secondary schools. The council began
working with schools in June, to explore the type of help
and support for students that schools have identified and
the building or refurbishment work needed to make this happen.
Herefordshire Council has appointed contractors to undertake
this work over the next few months.
need to make sure all our young people get the best possible
start in life and this includes providing support during
times when it is most needed,' said Councillor Phillip Price,
cabinet member for ICT, education and achievement. He continued,
'Once a young person starts missing out on learning, they
can get so far behind that it becomes incredibly difficult
for them to catch up and they can become demotivated. The
new centres will provide support to help young people through
difficult times so that they can re-enter mainstream education
when they are emotionally and educationally ready to do
far centres have been completed at John Masefield High School
and John Kyrle High School and the results are already proving
successful. Andy Evans, head teacher of John Masefield High
School said, 'As a result of the programme more than 60
students have been supported and over 60 percent of the
young people in the school with the most challenging behaviour
have made marked improvements this year. Fixed term exclusions
at John Masefield are very low for a medium size comprehensive
and have fallen again this year.'
fourteen centres are scheduled to be completed by 2011.
TRAVEL THROUGH TIME IN THE KEMPLEY TARDIS
users will soon be able to explore the heritage of the village
of Kempley in the Forest of Dean, thanks to a grant from
the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The award of £30,700 was
announced on Saturday, 27th February at The Friends of Kempley
Churches' AGM. The funding will allow the Friends to create
an innovative website featuring interactive maps, both archival
and newly created, through which users can explore a virtual
model of the 20th century village and navigate backwards
and forwards in time.
central theme of the project is the written and spoken heritage
of the two landmark churches within the parish. The 12th
Century Church of St Mary's, an English Heritage site managed
in partnership with The Friends, contains nationally important
and unique medieval frescoes and wall paintings. It also
has many interesting and unusual architectural features,
some of which are hidden from view in the roof space and
will be revealed by this project. The
second church, St Edward's (1903) was commissioned by Earl
Beauchamp and is of importance as a 'mini-cathedral' of
the Arts and Crafts movement.
community led project is supported by several regional heritage
agencies, as well as Gloucestershire Archives and local
MP Mark Harper. English Heritage's Interpretation Officer,
Dr Sarah Tatham said, 'We feel that this project will produce
a co-ordinated body of work that will be of great interest
both within the Kempley community and beyond. A church without
a community context is culturally meaningless so we welcome
the opportunity to contribute both staff resources and funding.'
manager, Mr. Chris Bligh said, 'By navigating backwards
and forwards in time on the website and exploring its many
features, people will be able to gain information on a specific
enquiry, or explore the wider background or historical context
by clicking on one of our team's commentaries. The experience
will be just like browsing a map, so while looking for features
of initial interest, I'm sure people will end up linking
to other parts of the website. The longer-term objective
is to motivate web-users to visit our area, so that they
arrive with an informed appreciation of the village, its
environment and its heritage.'
project is being supported by Gloucestershire Archives,
who are providing specialist advice. Collections Team Leader
at the Archives, Julie Courtenay said, 'It's great that
Kempley's history is coming alive in this way. We are looking
forward to working with the volunteers and also helping
them to preserve any unique records about Kempley that the
on the award, HLF's Head of Region for the South West, Nerys
Watts said, 'The heritage of the parish of Kempley is nationally
important and this project clearly comes from an active
community with a keen interest in exploring their history
and making it available to as wide an audience as possible.
We are delighted to be able to support their work, which
will use 21st century technology to make the past accessible
wild Daffodils in St Mary's, Kempley and in Dymock Wood, filmed
last March during Kempley Daffodil Weekend.
COUNCIL CLARIFIES BBC REPORT ON SPENDING CUTS
Herefordshire Council is not cutting, or planning to cut,
services by 25 per cent as reported by BBC Herefordshire
and Worcestershire on Monday, 1st March. The council's finance
department was asked, as part of a national survey by the
BBC, what it expected to be the overall reduction in spending
in public services in real terms, over the next five years,
as a result of government budgetary plans.
council was also asked what it thought were the most vulnerable
areas to a squeeze on public spending. This does not mean
the council has discussed or agreed cuts of this nature.
Although the council is, like every other local authority,
facing severe financial pressures, it is placing an emphasis
on sharing corporate functions with the Primary Care Trust
and the county hospital in order to make central efficiencies
in order to stave off cuts to essential public services.
SCHOOL MEALS ROCK
in some of Herefordshire's primary schools have been enjoying
a theatrical performance which promotes the uptake of school
meals, healthy packed lunch boxes and a balanced diet.
halls across the county rocked this month as Charlie and
the Kitchen Cook performed by Pawprint Theatrical Productions
sang and danced their way through a great interactive show
which had the children shouting, laughing and joining in
actions in true pantomime style. Herefordshire Council's
healthy schools team arranged for the 30 minute show to
be performed in ten local primary schools.
show is about Cook Crumble who needs to recruit some new
assistants (the school children). Charlie is keen to work
for Cook Crumble but needs to be trained first, alongside
the other new assistants so that together they understand
some of the rules involved in providing school meals. The
key messages are about eating well, having a balanced diet,
eating five portions of fruit or vegetables a day as a minim
and reducing consumption of unhealthy foods like crisps
Goddard, Herefordshire healthy schools manager said, 'We
want our children to enjoy good health and benefit from
well balanced diets. What they eat at school plays a major
part in their health and well being. Nearly all Herefordshire's
schools have healthy school status now and have access to
healthy, freshly prepared school meals. School meals are
a good way for children to receive the nutrition they need.
and the Kitchen Cook tour has been incredibly well received
by the children who have enjoyed the performances and taken
home lessons about eating healthy food to help them grow.'
from St Martin's Primary School, Hereford pictured from left to
right: Alistaire Hill, Cory Tyler, Lewis Jenkins, Billie-Jo Harrison-Binley,
50" TV STOLEN DURING HINTON BURGLARY
Police are appealing for information after a large plasma
TV and other electrical items were stolen during a burglary
in the South Wye area of Hereford.
burglary occurred between 10am on Saturday, 27th February
and 9.30am on Monday, 1st March at a semi-detached property
in the Hinton area, whilst the occupants were away. Thieves
removed a 3' x 1' rear window in order to climb into the
property and stole a Samsung, 50" plasma colour TV, a remote
control for a Samsung DVD player, a Playstation 3 and leads,
along with a Matsui 22" flat screen TV/DVD combi and remote,
all of which was removed through the rear window.
Laurence James from the Burglary Investigation Unit at Hereford
Police Station, who is investigating the crime said 'The
plasma TV that was stolen was very large, a 50" screen.
It is not the sort of thing you could easily slip under
your jacket as you walk away. I'm sure that someone must
have seen the burglars walking away with all these electrical
items from the property or someone will know where the stolen
goods currently are. I would urge those people to contact
me as soon as possible, using the anonymous Crimestoppers
line if they prefer.'
with information can contact DC James on 0300 333 3000.
The Crimestoppers line can be contacted in absolute confidence
on 0800 555111.
JESSE WELCOMES NICK HURD MP TO HEREFORD
and Nick Hurd, MP in front of All Saints.
campaigner and Conservative candidate Jesse Norman welcomed
one of the pioneers of 'People Power', Nick Hurd, MP to
Hereford last week. Mr. Hurd, who created the pioneering
Sustainable Communities Act, spoke at a coffee morning organized
by Jesse at All Saints Church in Hereford.
Sustainable Communities Act gives local communities the
chance for the first time to get their own ideas for change
put into practice. These ideas can include protection of
villages, pubs and post offices, the promotion of local
food, support for local businesses through variable rate
relief, and the protection of green spaces, among other
things. The Act also requires Whitehall to make clear how
much public money is being spent overall by central government
in each local authority area, highlighting local and regional
the event, Nick said that the Act had already thrown up
dozens of great new ideas. The next stage, which he was
already working on, would be to push more power down to
local community organizations. As Shadow Minister for Charities,
Social Enterprise and Volunteering, he was determined to
make sure third sector organizations. were able to benefit
from this new legislation.
Commenting afterwards, Jesse said, 'One of my goals has
been to get as many senior politicians to Herefordshire
as possible, so it is great to have Nick in Hereford to
talk about an Act of Parliament which could have huge effects
in this county.
very badly need to get less top-down interference and fairer
funding from Whitehall. Nick has led the way in showing
how we can achieve this.'
STUB BUDDIES TO HELP SMOKERS TO QUIT ON NON SMOKING DAY
Smokers across Herefordshire are taking the opportunity
of No Smoking Day, Wednesday, 10th March, to quit smoking.
NHS Herefordshire's Stop Smoking Service is preparing to
help smokers through their new 'Stub Buddies' scheme, as
they join millions of UK smokers who chose No Smoking Day
to quit. This
year's theme for No Smoking Day is 'Break free, we can help'
and the national initiative falls in the middle of NHS Herefordshire's
'Stub Buddies' campaign.
local campaign provides quitters with a 'buddy' who can
provide practical help and support, along with tips, tricks
and encouragement to ensure they quit smoking for good.
This builds on research which shows that scare tactics do
not work as well as support and reward, and that having
a buddy to give up with means you are twice as likely to
stay quit. Smokers who set a 'quit date' with Herefordshire
Stub Buddies by 31st March 2010 and manage to stay off cigarettes
will qualify for a £15 feel-good reward such as a food hamper,
a spa treatment or an activity voucher. PLUS they will be
entered into an exciting prize draw!
Aitken, Herefordshire's assistant director for public health
said, 'More than one in every five of adults in Herefordshire
smoke, and research has shown that over two thirds of them
would like to stop. No Smoking Day and Stub Buddies provide
an excellent opportunity for them to do that.'
find out more about national No Smoking Day or Herefordshire
'Stub Buddies', pop along to High Town in Hereford from
9am to 3pm on Wednesday, 10th March. Smokers can come along
to have their carbon monoxide levels monitored and receive
free information on how we can help them stop smoking. Alternatively,
log onto www.HerefordshireStubBuddies.co.uk.
Tickle, chief executive of the charity No Smoking Day, which
organizes the annual campaign said, 'Good luck to all the
smokers in Herefordshire who are breaking free on March
10th. Remember you're not alone. Take advantage of the support
available; you'll get friendly and expert advice to help
you to stop smoking for good.'
SEND THOSE UNWANTED ITEMS FOR REUSE
Spring is the ideal time of year for people to have a good
old clear out and maybe even decorate their homes and Herefordshire
Council is encouraging people to see if any of their unwanted
items can be reused, rather than thrown away.
people discover unwanted items when spring cleaning which
are too good to throw away and they need somewhere to take
them. People may also be replacing furniture, but their
existing furniture could still be useful to other people.
across Herefordshire there are many voluntary or community
organizations that will gladly take unwanted items, still
in good condition, such as furniture, electrical appliances,
bicycles and paint. They are then made available to other
people in the area.
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
the environment and strategic housing said, 'The reuse and
voluntary sector is a vital means by which unwanted items
don't end up in landfill. Around the county many such organizations
exist to help and even collect those unwanted household
items that people simply have no need for anymore. Most
are perfectly good and suitable for re-homing. The
Reuse guide lists all the organizations and the items that
they accept, and is a great guide for finding out where
to donate your unwanted possessions. Reusing valuable resources
in this way can help reduce the amount of waste we send
to landfill and help support good causes.'
leaflet containing details of the county's local reuse organizations
is available from Info in Herefordshire centres throughout
the county. Alternatively, residents can try offering their
unwanted items on the internet by using the Freecycle website
and a local Freecycle group can be found at www.freecycle.org
interested in finding out more about reuse initiatives should
call 01905 766883 or visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk
RESURFACING WORK ON BEWELL STREET NOW COMPLETED
of Amey shows Councillor Wilcox the completed works.
Council, through its contractors Amey, has now completed
major resurfacing works on Bewell Street in Hereford's city
in Hereford will now be enjoying a new look street which
has been repaved as part of a scheme aimed at revitalizing
the city centre as well as dealing with poor drainage that
caused large puddles to form on the street's surface.
comprised excavating existing carriageway and footway areas,
installing new drainage, relaying improved block paving
sets and putting in improved signing in place of existing
road markings, and were completed before major refurbishment
works started on Widemarsh Street.
Brian Wilcox said, 'Shoppers will notice a significant improvement
in surface levels outside shops in Bewell Street and the
major problem of puddles gathering on the paving has also
disappeared. I would like to thank everyone for bearing
with us during these works which complement the works already
being carried out in Widemarsh Street.
would also urge shoppers to keep using their favourite retailers
in the city centre and benefit from the council's major
investment in improving the experience for all visitors
to the city. Access to the shops will be kept open at all
times and high quality materials will be used in Widemarsh
Street to befit its role as the major entrance to new Edgar
Street Grid retail quarter and these works will be complete
before the busy Christmas shopping period starts.
would like to thank the workers who have completed this
scheme to a high standard, especially as they were working
during some of the worst winter weather we have had for
many years. They also maintained good relationships with
the shops in Bewell Street and traders are delighted now
the works are completed.'
CHANGE4LIFE INVITE HEREFORDSHIRE FAMILIES TO BOOGIE ON DOWN
As the nation gets dancing with the Change4Life Let's Dance
campaign, NHS Herefordshire and Halo Leisure are teaming
up to get local families strutting their stuff on the dance
floor by offering free dance mat taster sessions. Halo Leisure
has purchased two sets of eight, state of the art dance
mats to help Herefordshire's families get active.
games console technology, the mats are used in small classes
with an instructor on hand to help participants learn a
range of steps. Each class member has their own mat to dance
on with the dance image being projected onto the wall at
the front of the class. The class can choose which tracks
they want to dance to, which vary from 1970s glam rock to
hip hop, dance and R&B. Once the tracks are chosen, the
dancing begins! You follow the moves on the screen and your
efforts are recorded and scored for accuracy, effort and
skill, so there's a competitive element too.
mat sessions have been introduced into Halo's group exercise
programme at Hereford Leisure Pool and Leominster Leisure
Centre. Although these are targeted at young people aged
6 to 16 years, Halo is working in partnership with NHS Herefordshire
to provide some free sessions as part of the local Change4Life
programme that people of any age can participate in. The
free sessions, which take place on Saturday, 6th March,
are open to all people regardless of age, ability and style.
sessions will be run from Hereford Leisure Pool and run
from 10am until 10.45am, 11am until 11.45am, 1pm until 1.45pm
and 2pm until 2.45pm. Booking is advisable for the Hereford
sessions by ringing 0845 241 2562.
Leominster Leisure Centre are inviting people to come and
have a go any time between 11.45am and 3.45pm.
is great for all ages and abilities and it doesn't really
matter if you don't have a musical bone in your body - you'll
still be having fun whilst getting involved in healthy activity,'
said Tamara Bailey, health and fitness manager at Halo Leisure.
'All people need to bring with them is a willingness to
have a go, and some comfy shoes.'
NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FOR LEDBURY ROAD HEREFORD
Work on establishing a signalised pedestrian crossing in
Ledbury Road, Hereford is to begin on Wednesday, 3rd March
and is expected to be comleted by 13th April. The requirement
for the crossing was part of planning conditions for the
independent living Rose Garden development on Ledbury Road
and the developer will fund the works.
have been held with residents at the Rose Garden and adjoining
properties and their views have been taken on board in deciding
the position of the crossing which will be sited between
the Express petrol station and the entrance to Highgrove
Bank to best meet the needs of pedestrians.
Brian Wilcox said, 'When planning permission was agreed
for the Rose Garden scheme, it was felt a pedestrian crossing
was essential to allow residents to safely cross the busy
A438. I am pleased work is now due to start on the crossing
and I'm sure all residents in the area will benefit greatly.'
Thomas, service director for Amey said, 'I would urge all
motorists who use this road to bear with us while these
essential works are carried out and can assure them that
disruption will be kept to a minimum.'