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28th April 2010 NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
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RACE NIGHT FOR ACORNS CHILDRENS HOSPICE

You may have read in a recent issue of Wyenot News that two local men, Steve (Ozzy) Bond and Gary Davies organized a sponsored walk to raise money for Acorns Childrens' Hospice. The event was very successful and, in the light of this the duo organized a Race Night which took place at the Man of Ross on Saturday evening.

The races were sponsored by many local businesses and what with people buying horses and betting on them a total of £600 was raised at the event.

Well done guys. We look forward to seeing what you are up to next.


Ozzy and Gary with Landlord Powie, Chad Harris, Ian Phillips and Adie Garbett.

HEREFORDSHIRES YOUNG MUSICIANS TO SHOW OFF THEIR TALENT

Fifty young musicians from across the county are preparing for this year's Herefordshire Youth Orchestra's spring concert which will take place at The Shirehall, Hereford on Thursday, 29th April. The orchestra, conducted by Hazel Davis and Sir Richard Mynors, is composed of the most talented musicians from the county, aged between 15 and 19.

Run by Herefordshire Council's music service, the musicians meet once a week to rehearse and have been getting ready for the spring special since January. It will feature movements from two concertos - the clarinet concerto from Eb major by Krommer with 18 year old Eva Howard from Hereford Sixth Form College as soloist and a little heard work for double bass by Capuzzi from 18 year old Felix Morris, also from Hereford Sixth Form College as soloist. Also in the programme will be the last movement of Brahms' 4th Symphony, the exciting and colourful piece 'Espana' by Chabrier and ballet music from Le Cid by Massenet.

Clifford Woollard of Herefordshire Council said, 'It takes a great deal of dedication, commitment and hard work to achieve the standards some of our young musicians have achieved, so we welcome the opportunity to share their talent with others.'

Tickets cost are available on the door ( 4, 3 concessions) those aged 18 and under enter free.


YOUNG PEOPLE TO AGREE PRIORITIES FOR NEXT FIVE YEARS

Herefordshire's young people plan to make a difference this week as they discuss and vote on priorities for children's services from 2011 to 2014.

The Shadow Board is a group of young people from across the county, supported by Herefordshire Council, who provide a youth voice to the county's strategic partnership, the Children's Trust. On Friday, 30th April they will be meeting at ThePoint4 in Hereford to vote on their choice of priorities which they'd like the Children's Trust to focus on over the next year. The Shadow Board will also be consulted later this year on the priorities for Children and Young People's Plan due to be published in April 2011.

Using a modern, electronic voting system, the young people will be exposed to the harsh reality of delivering priorities on a fixed budget, then gain instant feedback on the choices they make. The Shadow Board has recently signed up to Facebook, so that as well as feeding back to their colleagues at school or college, there is the potential to open up the consultation process, to thousands of young people across the county.

At the event, which begins at 9.30am and ends at 1.30pm, the Shadow Board will learn about the Trust, work on priorities for this year, and learn about consensus decision making. As children's trusts became statutory in this month, the young people on the Shadow Board have been involved in selecting a logo for Herefordshire's Children's Trust to give it its own identity. Design students from Hereford College of Technology were commissioned to develop a professional logo and, after discussion with Herefordshire Council's design team, the winning design will be revealed at the Making a Difference event on 30th April, and the winner will be presented with 200 prize money by Philippa Granthier, head of children's trust development.

Rachel Barbee, Herefordshire Council's youth involvement officer said, 'It's really important that Herefordshire's young people are given the chance to discuss ideas and influence the priorities that the Children's Trust makes. After all, it's their future we're all planning to make better. The Children's Trust works hard to make sure young people have a voice and that their views have a direct impact on local decision making.

We've had some great submissions to the logo competition. The young judges had to take advice from professional designers in making their decisions so that the winning logo can work professionally, be easy to duplicate and carry a meaningful message.'


NEW CCTV CAMERAS INSTALLED IN ROSS

CCTV cameras have been operating in Ross-on-Wye for some time now and are proving to be very effective in helping to assist the police to keep the town the lovely, low crime area it has always been. Not everybody likes the thought of CCTV in the town and immediately think 'Big Brother!', but it is rather reassuring to know that somebody is keeping a watchful eye, just in case.

Three of the existing cameras were on Tuesday replaced with Hi-tech mini domes and were funded through the Safer Herefordshire Partnership. These new cameras have advantages over the old ones in that they have more mobility, slightly longer visual range and auto focus, thereby producing better picture quality.

During the last quarter 15 arrests were witnessed by a CCTV operator and out of 293 incidents of CCTV usage 114 'events' were recorded, please note that these figures have been released by the CCTV operators and not the police.

In the information below the photograph is a summary of how CCTV has benefited the town of Ross-on-Wye.


Mark installing one of the new CCTV camera in Ross-on-Wye.

A summary of incidents where CCTV has benefited the town of Ross-on-Wye.

HEREFORD MAY FAIR 2010

Heart-stopping rides, side-shows, food stalls and ancient ceremonies are all part of the street extravaganza which is Hereford's May Fair. The streets come alive during the three day festival each year as thousands flock into the city centre, some from other counties, to enjoy the festival atmosphere and myriad of entertainment. Up to 200 showmen and women from around the country will make their way to Hereford to prepare for the grand opening on Tuesday, 4th May.

Abie Danter, chairman of the South Wales and Northern Ireland section of The Showman's Guild said, 'It's come round again - Hereford's annual May Fair arriving Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd May, when we start setting up at 6pm. A warm welcome waits when you join us at this historic and impressive traditional fun fair. Showmen from all over the UK will bring excitement, fun and laughter from riding the heart stopping white knuckles machines to bumper to bumper fun, not forgetting the thrills of the children and traditional rides. From rides to stalls we have it all!'

The official opening of the May Fair is at 3.45pm on Tuesday, 4th May, outside All Saints Church. A ceremonial offering of 12 and a half bushels of wheat is made by the Mayor to the Lord Bishop as payment for allowing the fair to proceed. To ensure the smooth running of the festival, some of the city streets will be closed from Monday, 3rd May until the early hours of Friday, 7th May. The roads that will be closed to traffic are: Commercial Street, High Town, St. Peters Street, St. Owen Street, Broad Street (below junction of West Street and East Street), King Street and Bridge Street.

Some parking / loading / unloading areas will also be closed in Union Street and in the streets mentioned above. All of these streets will be accessible to emergency vehicles. While advance warning signs will be on all routes leading towards the city centre advising of the closures, diversion routes will not be signposted as, with so many possible permutations, such signage could confuse motorists. All of the other city centre roads will operate as near normal as possible.

Meanwhile, the southern end of Berrington Street will be two way between St. Nicholas Street and Little Berrington Street and all of Gwynne Street will be two way. While there will be a pinch point at the St Nicholas Street end of Berrington Street, the benefits of traffic using the Broad Street hinterland should outweigh any difficulties that may be experienced. There will also be congestion for traffic using St Martins Street for access onto the A49.

Herefordshire Council urges drivers to be patient and considerate on the roads during the week of the fair.


ALL CHANGE AT LEDBURY POLICE STATION

It is true what they say, that things happen in threes, for there will be not just one but three changes to the Local Policing Teams at Ledbury Police Station.

For Ledbury Rural, PC Dan Pilkington has already taken over from PC Debbie Huggins. Dan is moving up from one of the response teams at Ross and already has experience of local policing as he was a Community Support Officer before he became a regular police officer. Debbie Huggins now moves to Ross as a response officer.

In the Ledbury Town team, the long term absence of PC Pete Askwith is to be filled for the next six months by PC Paul Hunter who, like Dan, is moving from Ross and was a CSO before joining as a police officer.

Higher up the ladder, Sergeant Sarah Hughes, who has been in charge of Ledbury Police Station for the past two years, is moving back to Ross as a response supervisor on Saturday, 1st May, swapping roles with Sergeant Emma Freer. Emma has many years experience, both in response and community safety roles, and is relishing the chance to shape the future of local policing in Ledbury.

Chief Inspector Jim McLaughlin, Head of Local Policing in Herefordshire said, 'All these moves have been brought about to allow officers a chance at career development and engage in fresh challenges to ensure that they are aware of the many facets of policing in our communities. The appointment of PC Pilkington and Sergeant Freer to local policing in the Ledbury area also saw a new selection procedure introduced. A local councillor was involved in each selection process to represent the community that the officers will serve and proved very effective. The process is now to be adopted across the county when we make further appointments to local policing teams.'


SHOBDON PRIMARY SCHOOL FLYING THE GREEN FLAG

Flying the Green flagl.

Pupils at Shobdon Primary School are flying the Green Flag after becoming one of just 17 schools in Herefordshire to have achieved this top environmental accolade.

Herefordshire has 86 eco-schools and each one of them works towards gaining one of three awards; Bronze, Silver and the prestigious Green Flag which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity.

Children are the driving force behind Eco-Schools. they lead the eco-committee and help carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of their school. Through consultation with the rest of the school and the wider community, it is the pupils that decide which environmental themes they want to address and how they are going to do it.

Measuring and monitoring is an integral part of the Eco-Schools programme, providing schools with all the evidence they need to really shout about their environmental success. To gain a Green Flag, the school is externally assessed by Keep Britain Tidy.

Vicky Hancock, Shobdon School headteacher said, 'We are all very proud to have received this accolade and I must thank all the pupils and staff for their hard work and commitment and in particular, science co-ordinator, Sally Clarke for her enthusiasm and drive.

We take a keen interest in all environmental issues and encourage the children to do all they can to combat the issues of climate change and sustainability which will affect generations to come.'


POLICE WARN CASH POINT USERS TO KEEP THEIR PIN SAFE

West Mercia Police are warning the public to be on their guard for tricksters who appear to be targeting members of the public using cash points and chip and pin machines in supermarkets and shops. Three people were remanded in custody after they were arrested in Hereford on Tuesday in relation to thefts committed in Hereford and Leominster. There have been 10 offences this month mainly in South Worcestershire and North Herefordshire. Further offences have also occurred in Worcester and Evesham.

The offenders were dropping money near to a cash point and then engaging, particularly with the elderly who had just used the cash point. When the person opens their purse to check a distraction occurs and their card stolen. The victim will have been observed using the cash point and watched for their pin.

Acting Detective Sergeant Neil Lippitt from the West Mercia Police Force Intelligence Bureau said, 'Offenders have been known to watch people using ATM machines and memorizing the PIN number used. They then engage them in conversation, distracting them by a variety of methods whilst an accomplice then steals their bank cards or purse. These methods have included producing a map and asking for directions to another town and informing people they have dropped some money when they have not.

We would remind anyone using cash point machines to cover the pin number pad so offenders cannot see. If anyone appears to be acting suspiciously please let the police know. Always keep your bags and personal belongings with you and be on your guard for anyone who may try to distract you with the motive of stealing from you.'

Anyone who has information for officers about these type of offences can call 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN LUNG CANCER STUDY

NHS Herefordshire is encouraging people in the county to take part in a new study which they hope will help prevent people dying of lung cancer.

NHS Herefordshire is participating in the research, along with NHS Worcestershire and NHS Gloucestershire, who together make up the Three Counties Cancer Network. The Network received funding to conduct a one year project to raise awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer. The research will explore how knowledgeable people are about the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer, why they might not go to a doctor sooner, and will examine how well they understand the impact that their lifestyle choices and behaviour may have in putting them at greater risk of developing the disease.

The research will include interviews with people who have had lung cancer to understand their experiences of the disease, as well as group discussions with members of the public to explore general levels of knowledge about the condition. All responses will be treated confidentially. The views of health care professionals and community organizations are also being sought. An appropriate sample of men and women aged between 35-65 years from the local community will be approached to take part in the research.

Dr Sarah Aitken, Assistant Director of Public Health at NHS Herefordshire said, 'We need to know why people are not seeking help at the earliest stages and how we can change this. It's important to talk to a broad sample of the local community in order to build up a complete picture. I would strongly encourage anyone who is approached to take part in the research. Their views are important to us, and may help save lives in the future.'


ITS REAL NAPPY WEEK

Herefordshire Council is asking parents to try out real nappies during Real Nappy Week and realize the benefits both to their wallet and the environment.

In support of Real Nappy Week, which runs from 26th April until 2nd May, the council wants to reduce the amount of nappies that go to landfill by highlighting to parents the benefits of using real nappies. Real nappies don't contain any of the chemical gels that disposable nappies contain but they still offer the convenience that disposal nappies offer. Real nappies come in different shapes and styles. They are designed to be comfortable and secure and they can help parents save hundreds of pounds.

Andrew Tector, assistant director at Herefordshire Council said, 'The promotion of real cloth nappies has both environmental and money saving benefits to the residents of Herefordshire. Within a child's lifetime they will use on average 5,020* disposable nappies and these will all end up in local landfill sites. Promoting the use of cloth nappies can help prevent all this waste and has the financial benefits for parents too.'

Edd and Ellen Hogan from Hereford said, 'We used real nappies from when our daughter was born. We were encouraged by the council, who offered a cash back incentive to get us to use real nappies and we're grateful for that. The real nappy incentive scheme is a really good idea and encouraged us in using real nappies. Our preconception was of the old fashion square cloth nappy, but things have really moved on and the modern real nappies are brilliant and easy to use. We'd recommend the Pop-in.

There are lots of different types of real nappy out there and we tried several before settling on a preferred one. We've always used real nappies. We went on holiday and used disposable nappies for a week. I couldn't believe the cost of them, even with special offers. People say that cost benefit of using real nappies is negated by the need to keep the washing machine on. Well, most real nappies these days can be washed at 40 degrees, making it cheaper to run the washing machine than you might think. Using real nappies, with a flushable liner, means no waste is going to landfill, and everyone knows that disposable nappies take years to decompose in landfill. The only downside to real nappies is that many baby clothes are not designed for padded real nappy bottoms. That said, we've found a couple of online shops who cater for real nappy users.'

Anyone wanting further information about using real nappies can visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/waste or call 01903 766883.

*SOURCE Women's Environmental Network.


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