place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
PANCAKE RACES BOOST MAYORS CHARITY BY £150
recent revival of the Ross
Pancake Races was a tremendous success. Not only did
this event which was put on by the Association of Ross Traders
provide a great morning of entertainment for participants
and spectators, it also helped to raise money for Ross Town
Mayor's chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. After
covering the costs of putting on the event, the entrance
fees for the races went to the charity along with a further
£100 which was donated by the many people watching
Association held it's latest meeting at Pots
and Pieces Tea shop, where Helen Kiddy from Essential
Sewing Services presented a cheque for £150 to Mayor,
Councillor John Edwards on behalf of the Association.
three hundred people attended the revived event and people
of all ages raced with their pancakes up Broad Street. A.R.T.
would like to thank all those who took part and helped to
make this day such a great success.
The event is to be repeated next year on Shrove Tuesday,
8th March 2011.
Kiddy of Essential Sewing Services presents Mayor Edwards with a
cheque on behalf of the Association of Ross Traders.
CAR SET ALIGHT IN WALFORD ROAD
Ross-on-Wye Police are appealing for information following
the arson of a car in the town during the early hours of
last Saturday morning.
5am on Saturday, 6th March, residents in the Walford Road
area of Ross were awoken by the sound of loud bangs. Shortly
before, an unknown person had set alight a red Volkswagen
Golf which was parked in the street. The vehicle was completely
gutted by fire and required the Fire and Rescue Service
to extinguish it.
the owner awoke to investigate the noises, he looked out
of his window and saw a man in a black hoodie with a torch,
crouching down in his rear garden. When he went to challenge
him, the suspect immediately jumped over a garden fence
and ran off.
are keen to speak with anyone who saw any suspicious activity,
persons or vehicles in the Tudorville area at approximately
5am last Saturday morning. Anyone with information is urged
to contact PC Matt Bishop at Ross Police Station on 0300
333 3000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 without delay.
NEW PART TIME SPEED LIMIT AT WALFORD SCHOOL
Wilcox and Jarvis, Walford Head Teacher Louise George and pupils.
new, part time 20mph hour speed limit is now in place and
fully operational at Walford Primary School, Ross-on-Wye,
which will enable pupils to travel to school more safely.
new limit is a bid by Herefordshire Council to build on
a successful pilot scheme, endorsed by the Department of
Transport, at Sutton St. Nicholas Primary School by putting
in place two further part-time 20mph speed limits; one being
at Walford and the other at Madley Primary School.
part-time limits are indicated by signs with flashing lights
and will be in place for an experimental 18-month period,
during which people can comment on how successful they are.
Herefordshire Council will monitor the effectiveness of
the speed limits before seeking to make them permanent.
Brian Wilcox said, 'These part-time signs will only operate
at school opening and closing times. Flashing lights will
warn motorists they need to slow down but, outside of school
times, the limit will rise to the existing speed limits
which will help to ensure traffic can keep flowing and prevent
motorists from getting frustrated.
also want to encourage as many pupils as possible to walk
and cycle to school and this 20mph limit will allow them
to do this more safely as it will slow traffic when pupils
are travelling to and from school.'
for scheme were chosen following consultation with the schools
through the council's Safer Routes to Schools Initiative.
NEW CENTRES WILL BRING FAMILY SERVICES CLOSER TO COMMUNITIES
Children and families across the county will soon find it
easier and quicker to access services as seven new hubs
are to be built over the next 12 months which will help
different organizations and services work together better.
year, Herefordshire Council successfully bid for £2.4 million
to develop new multi agency centres across the county. The
centres, known as hubs, will be a welcome addition to existing
community facilities such as schools, children's centres
and youth centres. They will help teams who work with children
and parents to have a local base within the area they support.
the new scheme, a school improvement officer working with
schools in the north of the county could share a desk and
office space with a social worker, community police officer
or student counsellor from a location in Leominster, possibly
also a with a youth worker, special needs co-ordinator and
health visitor too. Sharing office space helps people work
together better, which will make things easier for families
needing extra support. The location of the hubs has been
agreed after detailed research into where families prefer
to access services.
project undertaken by Herefordshire's Children's Trust,
known as No Wrong Door, has been going on since last summer
to design the detail of how the hubs will work. Some council
and primary care trust staff are likely to be redeployed
so that each centre has a core team of people based there.
Each hub will provide some flexible office space, as well
as private interview rooms and a space for group activities
or meetings that could be made available for use by the
local community. Using
a combination of refurbishments and extensions, it is planned
to develop a hub in Ross-on-Wye, Bromyard, Leominster, Kington
and Ledbury, as well as two further hubs in Hereford.
from different agencies will be able to 'hot desk' from
the new hubs, which will mean that they have to spend less
time and money travelling. The new hubs will also make a
big contribution to the council's accommodation strategy
and mean a reduction in the use of more expensive and less
flexible offices elsewhere.
all other authorities in the country, we are having to change
the way we work with children and families in Herefordshire,'
said Sharon Menghini, Chair of the Herefordshire Children's
Trust and Director of Herefordshire Council's children's
services. She continued, 'Children's Trusts are strategic
partnerships consisting of representatives from agencies
and organizations who work with children and families. We
think it is important to provide as many services as we
can locally for children and families to be able to access
them more readily.
and families should only have to tell their story once.
That story should be shared and appropriate support and
resources provided, regardless of which organization is
providing it. Herefordshire Council is leading on the building
of the hubs, but the way they will operate is very much
down to the Children's Trust. This is why the trust has
been consulting with agencies, children and young people
over the last 12 months.
that the location of the hubs has been agreed, we can begin
the building programme, plan the way each hub will work
and begin delivering excellent services to improve the lives
of children and young people now and in the future.'
BOOK SWAP SHOP TO CLOSE FOR STAFF TRAINING
Ross Recycling book shop is moving the training of its volunteers
up a gear. The Recycling book shop opened in Cantilupe road
12 years ago and started as a result of the recycling initiatives
that were facilitated by the volunteers and staff working
from the Ryefield Centre.
mixed group of parents and carers looked for activities
that would help people be seen as contributing members of
the community and when the paper recycling took off, people
welcomed the involvement of the people from the Ryefield
Centre. To capitalize on this success, the parents and carers
contacted and involved members of the local business community
to help the scheme grow to a town owned initiative and EnviroAbility
was born, and has since grown and gone from strength to
Humble directed the initiative whilst working for the County
Council and now works for EnviroAbility. He is proud to
point out that whilst the directors have done a good job
in developing a sound business model, all the projects that
have been developed are from ideas from local people.
concern coming from the people of Ross was that whilst it
was good to recycle paper they noticed that perfectly good
books were being thrown away, that concern turned out to
be the birth of the Recycling book shop. The venture has
enabled lots of people to take big steps towards developing
their skills to be part of a team running a business. One
of the team at EnviroAbility used their involvement with
the shop to help them obtain both a level 2 and 3 in business
administration. Another member of the team has actually
been awarded an NVQ in customer care, with another team
member about to start the same course. We are hoping that
yet another team member is about to start an NVQ qualification
book shop is usually open six days a week. However, on the
morning of Thursday, 11th March, the shop will close for
a couple of hours for staff training. The shop has recently
had lots of new people wanting to get involved. You may
have noticed lots of new faces in the shop if you have visited
recently. This training is to bring all the new volunteer
staff up-to-date with using the new systems that are now
in place. EnviroAbility will have an ongoing training programme
for volunteers going into the future and if anyone would
like to get involved please give them a call on 01989 763388.
you pay a visit to the second hand book shop, you will see
well categorized titles in abundance, ranging from murder
mysteries to love and romance stories, well known biographies,
medical advancement literature, memorabilia books on many
subjects and, importantly, there is a good selection of
books for toddlers, and pre-school infants; in fact, all
types of books that would be of interest throughout school
years and beyond.
volunteer group are looking forward to this project being
a successful venture and are always very grateful for the
general public's help. The new and the seasoned shop volunteers
express their thanks, especially to those who so regularly
and kindly donate books that they have finished with. The
volunteers are hoping, that the public at large will continue
the valued support of the venture, taking books from the
second hand book shop and monetary donations in the box
provided is all that it takes.
is also run from the Book Swap Shop premises, so for those
who find walking around the shops too difficult, there are
battery operated scooters available.
be a member of the Ross Shopmobility scheme, just call into
the book swap shop in Cantilupe Road, where help and information
can be obtained.
at the Book Swap Shop.
HEREFORDSHIRE COUNCIL TAX RISE IS LOWEST EVER
Herefordshire Council approved the lowest council tax rise
ever in its history on Friday, 5th March. The rise of 2.54
per cent represents £29.85 a year, or 57.4 pence a week,
on a Band D property, which will rise to £1,205.09 in the
next financial year but is still below the average council
tax level for the country. In a challenging budget setting,
the council balanced its books last year for the seventh
year running and achieved £5.6 million in savings for the
next financial year.
Friday, the Council announced it had allocated an extra
£1.5 million in capital and extra reserves for road maintenance,
following the worst cold spell in the county for 30 years.
The council, with its contractor Amey, is filling in 200
potholes a day, dealing with the most urgent first, but
allocating £3.7 million over the next twelve months to bring
roads up to repair and resurface the road network.
Roger Phillips, leader of the council, said the council
recognized the impact of any rise on local communities but
Herefordshire was facing huge pressures in providing more
social care for vulnerable and older people, a section of
the population that is growing rapidly, as well as facing
more expensive safeguarding for children. The numbers of
people receiving intensive home care has risen by 25 per
cent in two years, and the number of children under child
protection has rocketed by 100 per cent in the same period.
The council today announced an extra £500,000 in contingency
for increased pressure on social care next year.
Phillips announced that he expected soon to hear details
of the new dedicated schools grant funding formula from
the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Herefordshire
Council has been lobbying for a fairer deal for schools,
as Herefordshire gets just over £4,000 funding per pupil
from government, compared with the national average of nearly
£4,400. The county is fighting for government recognition
of the higher overheads involved in providing education
in sparsely populated areas.
people get £317 each from the central government formula
grant, which is 17 per cent less funding per head of population
than the average for similar authorities, despite the fact
that public services are more expensive to provide in rural
PHILIP HAMMOND MP ADDRESSES BUSINESS LUNCH IN ROSS
than forty local business people were given a recent insight
by a senior Conservative politician into the economic challenges
facing the next government. Philip Hammond, MP, the Shadow
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, spoke at a very well attended
business lunch at the Royal Hotel in Ross-on-Wye, which
was organized by prospective local MP Jesse Norman.
his remarks, Mr Hammond described the 'triple challenge'
facing government after the General Election. The huge present
level of debt had to be reduced, he said, the country's
stagnant economy had to be revived, and international confidence
renewed in the UK. Under normal circumstances any one of
these would be daunting. But to face all three was a huge
task. Too many difficult decisions had been ducked by the
present government, helping to create the present crisis.
Separately, Jesse was able to brief Mr Hammond on the size
of the under funding gap endured by Herefordshire. The effects
of this were everywhere apparent, he said, especially of
late with all the potholes and the recent state of the roads.
after the event, Jesse said, 'I am delighted to be able
to invite another Conservative Shadow Cabinet minister to
visit Herefordshire and be quizzed by a local audience.
Herefordshire needs a far higher level of public investment
than we have seen in recent years. My goal is to get our
message heard loud and clear in Westminster. This is one
more step towards that.'
Norman with Philip Hammond, MP at the Royal Hotel in Ross-on-Wye.
POLICE WARN OF CAR DISTRACTION THIEVES
Hereford Police are warning shoppers using the city's supermarket
and council car parks to be on their guard following incidents
of a couple using distraction techniques to steal bank cards
and use them afterwards.
12.40pm on Wednesday, 17th February, a woman was sitting
in her car in the car park at Tesco's in Belmont with her
handbag on the front passenger seat. She was about to start
the ignition when another woman approached the car and,
in broken English, requested assistance with directions.
The woman got out of the car and they were joined by a male
who produced a road atlas to ask the way to Chesterfield.
It is believed that during this encounter, the female suspect,
who was now standing back from the others, entered the car
and removed a bank card from the victim's handbag. The card
was later used to obtain around £1,000 worth of goods from
a number of outlets in the city.
female suspect is described as white, mid 40's, 5'8" tall,
of stock build with long dark hair and a fair to medium
complexion. The male suspect was described as of Asian appearance
in his mid 30's, 5'6" tall, medium build with short dark
hair and spoke broken English in an unknown dialect. Police
are linking this incident with a similar one in the Sainsbury's
car park in Hereford in September where a couple similarly
asked another shopper for directions and removed a purse
containing a credit card from the bag the woman had over
her shoulder at the time. The card was later fraudulently
used at three outlets.
advise all shoppers to be on their guard for persons asking
for directions in car parks and to keep a close eye on bags.
They also advise that drivers ensure that if they step out
of a vehicle to give directions, they lock the car as soon
as they get out.
COUNCIL ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES BETTER BROADBAND FOR COUNTY
of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Roger Phillips with the document
'Broadband in Herefordshire - Developing a County Approach'.
and communities in Herefordshire are missing out because
of the limited broadband coverage. However, a new document
produced by Herefordshire Council sets out an ambitious
way forward to address the challenges.
like all rural areas, is not able to achieve the broadband
coverage and bandwidth of more urban areas because the network
coverage is not in place. The document entitled 'Broadband
in Herefordshire - Developing a County Approach' sets out
a vision for the future, as well as outlining how solutions
can be met. This document makes clear that waiting for market
forces to solve the problem is unlikely, with Herefordshire
not having the population density to make the laying of
optic fibre financially viable for commercial operators.
Roger Phillips, leader of Herefordshire Council said, 'People
of the county are losing out, including businesses who are
not able to compete on a level playing field with companies
in the more urban areas who have faster connectivity. Within
Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire we are keen
to have more services available electronically to aid access
to services specifically in the rural areas but this will
prove difficult without a broadband solution.'
document will be launched at a Community Broadband Conference
on Thursday, 18th March, from 4.30pm until 7pm at The Three
Counties Hotel, Hereford. The conference is open to anyone
with an interest in improving broadband and will include
national and local speakers.
Silver of Herefordshire Council said, 'The conference and
document produced aims to stimulate debate about a way forward
for the county working with local businesses and communities
to create solutions for different parts of the county.'
book a place at the conference please contact Kate Amos
on 01432 260638 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org For
anyone unable to make the conference the document can be
sent (electronically or in paper form) after the event.
NOT TOO LATE TO HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF HEREFORDSHIRE
Herefordshire Council has confirmed that residents who may
just miss Friday's deadline for completed questionnaires
on the important Shaping Our Place consultation, will still
have their views taken into account. Although thousands
of residents have already responded in what is likely to
be Herefordshire Council's most successful consultation
ever, many will have left it to the last minute to submit
their views. The
deadline for the end of the eight week consultation on the
future of Herefordshire is Friday, 12th March, however,
any completed questionnaires that arrive after the weekend
or during next week will still be valid.
council has presented a series of options for creating a
new land of opportunity, with more and better paid jobs,
more affordable homes, more vibrant communities, more enterprises,
better transport links and improved public services. Around
40 public meetings, events or workshops have taken place
in the city, the market towns, villages, parishes, schools
and businesses across the county.
issue will affect everyone who lives and works in the county,
in what will become the planning blueprint for Herefordshire
over the next 15 years,' said Councillor John Jarvis, cabinet
member for environment and strategic housing. 'It is important
that everyone takes the opportunity to influence the outcome,
whether you are interested in where new communities might
go, the route of the Hereford or Leominster relief roads,
the site of new employment land or the type of jobs, homes,
transport links or public services we create for the future.
We don't want to deny anyone their contribution if it arrives
just after the deadline, so any questionnaires arriving
after the weekend, or until the end of next week, will still
are three ways that people can still get involved:
Pick up a consultation paper and questionnaire from your
local council info centre - there is one in Hereford and
in every market town.
2. Log onto the council's website www.herefordshire.gov.uk
and complete a questionnaire online.
3. Fill in a simplified version of the questionnaire in
the current issue of Herefordshire Matters, which is distributed
to every household in the county, and pop it in the post
with the freepost address.
views will be analysed and proposed policies developed and
presented back to the council's 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.
parallel, the council is also running a consultation on
the Local Transport Plan, which is also due to finish on
Friday, 12th March. The plan 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.
JESSE QUIZZED ON CITIZENSHIP BY BISHOPS SCHOOL PUPILS
Conservative candidate, Jesse Norman visited Bishop's School
last week and found himself being quizzed about citizenship
for nearly two hours by enthusiastic pupils.
was speaking at the Year 11 class at the Kielder Special
Education Centre at Bishop's, at the invitation of class
teacher Dorothy Kennedy, as part of the pupils' citizenship
programme. He answered questions from every member of the
class, discussing local issues like traffic in the City
and the Edgar Street Grid, and wider ones as well; such
as why the House of Commons is arranged the way it is, the
changing roles of the monarchy and parliament, and his own
personal heroes such as William Wilberforce and George Washington.
afterwards, Jesse said, 'Many people are rightly cynical
about much of modern politics. So it is very thrilling to
be able to talk about important public issues with such
an engaged and interested group of young people, the Herefordshire
citizens of tomorrow.'
Norman with Dorothy Kennedy and her Year 11 pupils.
GIVE COUNCIL YOUR VIEWS ON HEREFORD'S OPEN RETAIL MARKET
Herefordshire Council is gauging the public's views on the
Hereford Open Retail Market, which was introduced into Commercial
Street in July last year. The market is currently in the
middle of a 12-month trial period, designed to give members
of the public sufficient time to gauge the impact it has
had on their shopping habits and also the vibrancy of the
city centre every Wednesday and Saturday.
well as the public consultation, the council has already
consulted with retailers in the area and is in the process
of consulting with other key city centre individuals and
organizations, so that a balanced picture of the relocated
market effects can be assessed. These opinions will then
form part of a retail impact study and report to the council's
cabinet, which is due to be presented in May.
of the public can register their comments regarding the
market until Friday, 9th April, through the Herefordshire
Council website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk , by clicking
the 'Have your say' button. Alternatively, you might like
to give your views in person by visiting a manned display
trailer which will be in High Town on Wednesdays, 17th and
24th March, and Saturdays, 27th March and 3rd April.
trailer will also be present in High Town on non-market
days, Thursday 18th and Friday, 19th March.
COMPETITION FOR ARCHITECTS TO REDESIGN ICONIC BUTTER MARKET
national competition has been launched by Herefordshire
Council to design a Victorian-style interior to improve
the much loved Butter Market in Hereford. A regeneration
grant of £35,000 has been awarded by the regional development
agency Advantage West Midlands (AWM) to fund the design
competition as part of the council's plans to boost the
city's retail economy.
Butter Market Steering Group, comprising Butter Market traders
and Herefordshire Council, agreed to seek ideas that reflect
a traditional Victorian style for the market, which started
trading in 1860 and today, still has popular appeal for
local people. The grant allows for prizes of £5,000 to be
awarded to the best five ideas presented by architects in
an open design competition, which will be managed for the
council by the respected Royal Institute of British Architects
(RIBA). The Institute's Competition Office in Leeds offers
a national profile and service, which follows a professional
process. Herefordshire Council will put together a judging
panel - including representation for the Butter Market traders
- to assess the ideas.
competition was launched on Monday, 8th March and the council
will announce the winning design in the summer of this year.
A public consultation was undertaken in 2009 and almost
1000 people took part. Two thirds favoured a traditional
Victorian interior, while just one in six people preferred
a 'more modern style'. Almost all the responses (95 per
cent) were from people who live in Herefordshire, half of
which visit the market about once a week.
people love the Butter Market and they strongly support
the proposal for the covered market to be restored in classic
Victorian style,' said Councillor Blackshaw, cabinet member
for economic development. 'An architectural competition
is a tried and tested approach, and we look forward to some
of the best design practices presenting ideas that will
do justice to the Butter Market It is important too that
local people will continue to have the opportunity to view
and comment on the ideas.'
Tawn, chairman of the Butter Market Traders Association
said, 'We welcome this stage of the proposal to restore
our working environment. We would like to thank all of our
customers who took part in the consultation and our own
survey. We look forward to having some influence regarding
the final design.'
Roberts, partnerships director of Advantage West Midlands
said, 'Our support for this project demonstrates that even
in a period of financial constraint, we are able to support
measures that kick-start improvements to the established
retail centre of Hereford, as well as our continuing support
for Edgar Street Grid. The Butter Market provides an opportunity
to improve the quality and variety of the retail experience,
which will strengthen the appeal of the city centre for
local people and visitors alike.'
Council believes the landmark building needs to be safeguarded,
promoted and polished as 'the jewel in the crown' for the
city. This would help underpin its future as well as other
markets and independent shops in the city centre. The new
market should encourage more shoppers to come and spend
more in the historic core of Hereford.
council has also started work on the refurbishment of Widemarsh
Street in the city centre, which is a key gateway to the
Butter Market The pedestrian friendly route will encourage
visitors to the city to move between the historic core and
the new retail and leisure development. The specification
for the architectural design competition will also be placed
on the Herefordshire Business Portal, set up by the council
to promote opportunities for local businesses. To access
the portal visit the council's website on www.herefordshire.gov.uk
and select the Business section.
example of how a Victorian themes Butter Market might look.
SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES FOR 2010 AND STUDENTS TO INTERVIEW STAFF
Over 90 per cent of parents in Herefordshire have been offered
their first choice of secondary school to which their child
will go in September and 6 per cent have been offered their
parents apply for a secondary school place with Herefordshire
Council, they get the opportunity to list their three preferred
choices of school. Out of a total of 1654 applications,
only 40 children have not been offered one of their first
three choices, and this figure is likely to improve further
as places are accepted or rejected and the appeals process
Price, cabinet member for ICT, education and achievement
said, 'We have been working with schools to make sure admission
places are available to meet local demand and are delighted
to be able to offer so many of the county's parents their
of primary school places are due to be made later this month.
people across the county will also be able to play a part
in recruiting new employees for essential public services
provided by Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire.
The council's youth services are offering young people the
chance to be part of a young person's recruitment panel.
They will be provided with accredited training in a variety
of skills, which will involve them in interviewing prospective
new employees, most of which will be involved in health
and social care.
Preedy of Herefordshire Council said, 'This is a wonderful
opportunity for young people to learn about the interview
process. The skills they will develop will hold them in
good stead when applying for work or for places at university.'
young person, aged 13 to 19, from across the county who
is interested in getting involved can attend a meeting on
Thursday, 11th March at the Castle Green Training Centre,
Hereford from 4.30pm until 8pm. Alternatively they can contact
Hag Sugg on (01432) 383008 or email@example.com
THE UNSEEN DANGERS OF BINGE DRINKING
people in Herefordshire are being warned of the dangers
of alcohol consumption through an exciting new project being
delivered in the county's colleges. NHS
Herefordshire has successfully bid for £12,000 to pilot
a new innovative programme which will help young people
understand all the risks involved with alcohol consumption.
primary care trust is working in partnership with 2XL, a
voluntary run group that uses the creative arts to raise
awareness and stimulate discussion on a wide range of issues
affecting young people. Aimed at colleges and sixth forms,
2XL is developing an exciting, vibrant, dramatic performance
called Blind Delusion which will take their student audience
on a journey challenging perceptions and myths so that they
have a clear understanding of the risks involved with alcohol.
Safe and sensible drinking is the key message. The
project is a pilot project and will consist of ten performances
being delivered around Herefordshire's colleges between
March and April this year. Each performance is followed
by an interactive workshop where students can ask questions,
exchange information and, if they wish, talk to health professionals.
about presenting issues in a social context,' said Sue Carter
from 2XL. She continued, 'We have put the performance together
after detailed discussion with a group of young people who
we work with on a regular basis, so we can make sure the
issues addressed are from a young person's perspective.
Hanson of NHS Herefordshire said, 'The antisocial effects
of binge drinking are well documented, with national hospital
admissions at an all time high, but we also want students
to be aware of the other effects of alcohol misuse such
as links to cancers, heart attacks and strokes. There is
also a whole range of issues around control and responsibility,
which has an impact on sexual health and relationships.
sensibly isn't a problem, but many don't understand what
the NHS recommended limits are, and that the impact of abusing
these limits goes beyond liver damage. Using drama is a
great way of getting messages across to students in an accessible
way and encouraging them to consider changes in their own
Herefordshire hopes to develop the programme further and
bids are in for additional funding to facilitate this.
photograph taken from a performacne of Blind Delusion.