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12th May 2010 NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
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CARNIVAL PRINCESS 2010

Ross Town Carnival Committee are pleased to announce that the Carnival Princess 2010 is Miss Adele Brooke. Adele will have a range of duties to fulfil during her reign, the first of which will be to help to present prizes on Carnival Day, Saturday, 7th August. Adele is also the Merton Rose Queen, so she can look forward to a busy year. Adele's two attendants are Nicole Atkins and Lydia Ellis.


Carnival Princess Adele with attendants Nicole Atkins and Lydia Ellis. In the back row are contenders Chloe Rowberry and Zoe Price
with last year's Carnival Princess, Phoebe Sleeman.

ELECTION RESULT FOR HEREFORD AND SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE CONSTITUENCY

Jesse Norman has been elected as the new MP to represent the Hereford and South Herefordshire constituency.

The full result was:
CARR, Sarah Jane Liberal Democrats 19,885
NORMAN, Alexander Jesse (known as Jesse Norman) The Conservative Party candidate 22,366
OLIVER, John British National Party 986
ROBERTS, Philippa Louise Labour Party candidate 3,506
SMITH, Valentine James UK Independence 1,638

The turnout was: 67.35 per cent and there were 72 spoilt ballot papers.


NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR PRIDE OF HEREFORDSHIRE AWARDS 2010

Nominations are now open for the 2010 Pride of Herefordshire awards which aim to celebrate the achievements of unsung heroes throughout the county.

The awards, being run by Herefordshire Partnership, of which Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire are members, have nine categories. Winners in each category will take home £100 in cash as well as a specially designed trophy which they can keep for a year. This year supermarket Asda has agreed to be a headline sponsor and will be supporting the event in a variety of ways, including having nomination forms available in the Hereford store. The awards ceremony will be held in October and the top three in every category, together with the people who nominated them, will be invited to a gala dinner where the winners will be announced.

Councillor Roger Phillips, chairman of Herefordshire Partnership said, ' "We constantly hear stories of county people who do remarkable acts in both fund-raising for community schemes and helping friends and neighbours in need. Many of these acts go unrewarded but the Pride of Herefordshire awards seek to redress this by highlighting the achievements of both individuals and community groups who make the county such a great place to live in. We are all fortunate to have such wonderful neighbourhoods and I hope people will nominate anyone they feel is worthy of recognition.'

Award categories are:

Herefordshire Entrepreneur Award: Someone who is successful in business, with an innovative approach. They may have diversified into new areas of work or use new technologies. Their business makes a contribution to the local economy and ideally has raised the profile of Herefordshire regionally or nationally. Herefordshire Learner Award: Someone who has learnt new skills or knowledge and uses them in their day-to-day life. An achiever who may have overcome obstacles to progress. They may have gained a recognized qualification that has helped them to gain a new job, or use newly learnt skills to help others in their community.
Herefordshire Courage Award: Someone who in a personal or community capacity has overcome adversity. Someone who has had the courage to face their fears or do something new. They may have made their community a safer place by their actions, have done something courageous for someone else or made a selfless act, putting other people first.
Herefordshire Environmental Champion: Someone who has made a difference to the environment in his or her local community. They may have introduced a recycling scheme, cleaned up a messy area or cleared footpaths. They may be a champion for climate change, bio-diversity, preservation of key species or conservation or locally historic buildings.
Herefordshire Young Carer Award: Someone up to 18 years old who looks after or helps others, whether family at home, or in their community. They may care for animals that need help. They may check on someone, do their shopping for them, clean around the house or garden, or just keep them company. Herefordshire Adult Carer Award: Someone who looks after or helps others, whether family at home, or in their community. They may care for animals that need help. They may check on someone, do their shopping for them, clean around the house or garden, or just keep them company.
Herefordshire Health Champion: Someone who has improved people's health and quality of life. They may organize sport and recreational activities in their community, support a club, organize a walking group, dance class or healthy eating club. They may be a champion for health and well-being issues, healthy lifestyles and exercise.
Herefordshire Community Group Award (for less than 10 members): A community group or organization of less than 10 members which has made a real difference to the quality of people's everyday lives in their local area. They may raise money for charity, run a community shop or club or provide support to vulnerable people.
Herefordshire Community Group Award (for more than 10 members): A community group or organization of more than 10 members which has made a real difference to the quality of people's everyday lives in their local area. They may raise money for charity, run a community shop or club or provide support to vulnerable people.

There is also an overall winner award which is given to one of the individual award winners who judges feel has made the most significant contribution to raising pride within the county. The awards are run by Herefordshire Partnership, of which Herefordshire Council, is a member and the Hereford Journal. For a nomination form, contact Philippa Lydford on 01432 261788 or log onto the website at www.prideofherefordshire.com or www.herefordshire.gov.uk


FIRST FRIDAY AT BROOME FARM

The first Friday of the month at Broome Farm is always an enjoyable event, where friends gather at the Cider Cellar to catch up, share food, enjoy a talk on anything from coffee to salad leaves (and you'd be surprised at just how many of those there are) and to probably enjoy some spontanious live acoustic music.

Last Friday evening, Proprietor of Ross Cider & Perry Company, Mike Johnson took a group from Gloucester on a guided tour of Broome Farm, after which they were taken to the Cider Cellar where they were invited to try some of the produce available there. A visitor from Canada, who is currently staying with another local cider producer also went along to sample some of the wonderful Broome Farm Cider.

A series of events at the farm is planned in order to raise money for their chosen charity, which this year is Herefordshire Headway, a charity which supports those who have suffered brain injury and their carers. Details of the events can be found on the 'What's On?' page of Wyenot.com.


A group of visitors enjoy a cider tasting at Ross Cider.

Mike Johnson and Phil Long talk about the various ciders made at the farm.

Later in the cider cellar.

HEREFORDSHIRE BEEF WEEK AT THE OLD COURT HOTEL

Victoria and Jono of the Old Court Hotel at Whitchurch pride themselves on producing excellent, locally produced food and this week, they are celebrating that good old county favourite, Herefordshire Beef.

All of the Hotel's Pedigree Herefordshire Beef will be showcased in eight different specials on the board throughout the week. All of the beef at the Old Court comes from Risbury Farm in Herefordshire and is butchered at the premises for that good old fashioned taste.


£1MILLION WORTH OF MEDICINES GO UP IN SMOKE EACH YEAR

Wasted prescription medicines cost Herefordshire a shocking £1 million each year and the Primary Care Trust is calling on patients to support its campaign to reduce waste medicines. They are asking people to:
· Only order what medicines that are needed on repeat prescription
· If you don't need all the medicines that are listed on your repeat prescription, please ask your GP to amend the list
· Always take your medicines to hospital with you - they will be kept safe
· Ask a pharmacist for a free medicines use review to talk about your medicines
· Dispose of unwanted medicines safely through a pharmacy or dispensary

In a bid to try and reduce waste and make every penny of tight, health care budgets count, NHS Herefordshire is appealing to patients to only order what they need. Unused prescription medicines cannot be used by another patient and the primary care trust has to pay to incinerate the medicine, on top of paying for the prescription medicines in the first instance. The money could be spent instead on vital health care and £1 million could pay for:
· 200 more hip replacements
· 140 more heart by-pass operations
· 1,400 more cataract operations
· 30 more community nurses
· 180 more knee replacements

Sue Hickman, NHS Herefordshire pharmacist said, 'We must, as a community, try to reduce unnecessary waste of medicine. It can be easy to reorder medicines that are not needed - particularly if different drugs in differing amounts have been prescribed on the same prescription. However, if patients and carers can look at their prescriptions and what they have in their cupboards before ordering, we can begin to tackle this enormous waste mountain and use the money saved in other health care services.'

Pharmacists across the county are backing the campaign. 'You may not have to pay for your medicines, but someone else does - the tax payer. If you have any questions about your medicines talk to your pharmacist. This can help to reduce waste,' said Peter Lawrence, a locum pharmacist in Hereford. Julie Cross, a pharmacist at Chandos Pharmacy, Hereford added, 'Only order medicines that you need. Just recently, more than £500 of unwanted medicines were returned to the pharmacy by one patient. If you are struggling to manage your medicines, talk to your pharmacist and they will help you.'

If you would like to know more about how you can help reduce medicine waste, visit one of the road shows, where an experienced pharmacist will be on hand to talk to you.

Tuesday, 18th May - St, Katherine's car park, Ledbury.
Wednesday, 19th May - Hereford High Town.
Friday, 21st May - Tenbury Road car park, Bromyard.
Monday, 24th May - Ross Market House, Ross-on-Wye.
Tuesday, 25th May - car park opposite Kington Primary School.
Thursday, 27th May - Corn Square, Leominster.


Just some of the prescription medicines which will go up in smoke.

NHS Herefordshire pharmacist Sue Hickman.

HEREFORDSHIRE PARTNERSHIP OFFER GRANTS TO LOCAL ENTERPRISES

Enterprises in Herefordshire will have the chance to boost their business with a new package of grants on offer from the Herefordshire Partnership. To build on the success and popularity of last year's business booster and training voucher schemes, an increased package of grants is being offered to help with a range of business opportunities.

These schemes are being launched at a time when many businesses are looking to pick up from the downturn. The grants aim to help develop a diverse and dynamic business base in Herefordshire. Those on offer include a business booster grant, training voucher and redundant building grant and are all available across the county.

Within the package there are grants of a minimum of £500 right up to a maximum of £25,000 depending on which grant businesses apply for. Each grant aspires to encourage growth in different areas of the economy from creating new employment, to having a better trained workforce, to bringing empty commercial property back into productive use. All of the grants require an amount of match funding from the applicant and have each has a slightly different, simple, application process.

Natalia Silver of Herefordshire Council said, 'The programme of grants aims to reflect the needs of local businesses to enter a new market or help develop skills to enable enterprise. Local businesses will support the county's recovery of the economy and therefore the investment will help stimulate new employment and safeguard existing jobs.'

The programme has been devised by the Economic Development Partnership as part of the Herefordshire Partnership and are mainly aimed at small to medium size enterprises. Businesses wanting more information about the grants or an application form should visit Herefordshire Council's website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/Business/grants, or email economicinvestment@herefordshire.gov.uk where the relevant forms and information will be sent by email to be completed and returned online.

If you would like further information about the grants and would like to request a hard copy application form please contact the economic development team on 01432 261758.


PARK AND STRIDE DURING WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK

Fifty Herefordshire primary schools and nearly 10,000 children are joining in national Walk to School Week this year and from Monday, 17th until Friday, 21st May children will be encouraged to walk to school or to park away from the school and walk if they have to come by car.

This year, the theme is 'Walk Your Way' which aims to encourage parents and children to get to know their local neighbourhood better by exploring it on foot. In addition to learning more about their local environment, children will be able to learn to orientate themselves on the journey to and from school, as well as learning vital road safety skills and keeping active. Over the past two decades the number of children who walk to school has dropped dramatically. In Herefordshire only 38 per cent walk to school and 38 per cent come by car, 23 per cent arrive by bus and one per cent cycle. Many pupils are driven to school even though they only live within a 20 minute walk to their school.

Herefordshire Council is supporting the event by providing diaries, stickers and leaflets for children and parents. Each class will have a wall chart and a selection of stickers so that children can keep a record of how they travelled on each day. Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for highways and transportation said, 'Everyone knows the difference in traffic congestion in term times as opposed to school holidays so the more children we can encourage to walk, cycle or use a bus to get to school, the better.

Young children are often bundled from front door to car door without the opportunity to get out on foot, to learn about road safety and to get to know their local neighbourhood. Often parents say they don't have the time to walk, but during Walk to School Week this year, our message is to give walking a go. Many people underestimate the time it takes to travel by car or public transport and overestimate how long it takes to walk. By walking, children can be taught important road safety messages, feel part of their community and gain the confidence they deserve.

Even if you feel you live too far to commute the whole way on foot, why not try to 'park and stride?' You can find somewhere to park away from the school and walk the rest of the way. Not only will you miss the rush to find a parking space, but you will also help ease congestion around the school and fit in some exercise for you and your children.'


HEREFORD TO CELEBRATE DIVERSITY ON CASTLE GREEN

Hereford will be celebrating its rich diversity of communities and cultures in an eleven hour family event this weekend. Organized by the Rainbow Forum which includes Herefordshire Council, Herefordshire Housing and West Mercia Police, Shades of Grey will take place in Castle Green from 12 noon to 11pm on Saturday, 15th May. The event will feature live entertainment, circus skills, face painting, speakers, market stalls, food, drink and much more.

Splats will demonstrate circus skills and show residents how it's done. Herefordshire Malayalee Association will be performing Indian dancing throughout the day. There will be a wide range of stalls offering goods and information and Miss Wonky will be face painting. Former MP Peter Tatchell will be speaking during the afternoon about Human Rights and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues.

The About Face Theatre Company will be performing a special piece of theatre about bullying and the evening will feature singer Kelly Pepper with her dancers and local musician Ady Marshall. Local performers covering a wide range of musical genres will keep people entertained. Rainbow Operations will be bringing the Rainbow Bus and providing a DJ. Catering and a fully licensed bar will be provided.


COUNCIL IN TOP THREE IN COUNTRY FOR ECO-SCHOOLS PERFORFORMANCE

Sustainability Officer, Philip Tamuno wtih Jane Denny, Eco-Schools Champion.

Herefordshire Council is currently in the top three in the country for its Eco-School performance and has a new sustainability officer to further build on this success.

The county currently has 108 or 95 per cent of schools registered in the Eco-School programme and are also in the top three for the number of registered schools (14 per cent) with the prestigious Green Flag Award. Nineteen schools have moved up an award level this year and more than 80 per cent of of registered schools now have awards.

Philip Tamuno has just joined the Council's Sustainability Unit and will be supporting the Eco-Schools programme, along with Jane Denny, winner of the Pride of Herefordshire Environmental Champion award for 2009.

Philip has a wide range of teaching experience at primary, secondary and university levels. In addition, he has worked for Médecin Sans Frontières (MSF), a waste management company and the Environment Agency. Philip will be working with colleagues, partners and other stake holders to improve the outstanding performance of the Herefordshire Council's Schools in the Eco-School league. Philip is presently developing an Energy Challenge project for secondary and primary schools in the County that will start at the beginning of the 2010/2011 school year.

People are urged to email gem@herefordshire.gov.uk with any suggestions on how we can best work with schools to save money on energy bills, increase pupil's awareness of energy use and energy saving and reduce our carbon footprint as a county.


SARAH CARR SAYS THANK YOU TO HER SUPPORTERS

Sarah Carr, the Liberal Democrat candidate has thanked the many supporters who backed her in Thursday’s general election. 19885 people (41.1%) voted Liberal Democrat in Hereford and South Herefordshire, in a hard-fought campaign that saw the Conservatives take the seat on the national swing.

Speaking after the election count Sarah said, 'Thank you to the thousands of people who voted Liberal Democrat in Herefordshire. Thank you to my family and friends who have been so incredibly supportive. Thank you to my amazing campaign team who worked so hard. I will never regret being part of this campaign, I will never regret being a Liberal Democrat in this election; my only regret is that I did not deliver the result your efforts deserved. Now I ask the newly elected Conservative MP, as one of your constituents, to do the best job you can. This constituency remains a marginal seat.

I love Herefordshire and I will continue to serve our community in whatever way I can.'


SPACE HOP - ONE GIANT LEAP INTO HEREFORDSHIRE LIBRARIES

Herefordshire libraries are challenging all children to read six books during the summer holidays and the theme of this year's challenge, fuelled by the huge wave of interest in the 40th anniversary lunar landing in 2009, is Space Hop, which will highlight books and reading via cosmic travel. This is the 12th annual summer reading challenge and youngsters will be helping the young crew of the Ex Libris to set up the first library on the moon.

Councillor Adrian Blackshaw of Herefordshire Council said, 'The challenge is aimed at all children aged between four and eleven and our libraries will be supporting the event with themed activities. The scheme aims to encourage reading, literacy and visits to public libraries by making it fun to read books. It is free to take part in the challenge itself, where children receive prizes and stickers as rewards for reading books, and get a medal and certificate on completion of the challenge.'

The challenge starts on 12th July and will run until the beginning of September. If you would like to know more about the challenge, or would like someone to come in to school to discuss the challenge with pupils, please do not hesitate to contact either Emma Stevens on 01432 383280 or their local library.


HEPATITIS AWARENESS DAY

People in Herefordshire are being urged to think, 'Am I number 12?' as part of World Hepatitis Awareness Day 2010. Safer Herefordshire and Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust have joined together to mark World Hepatitis Awareness Day on Wednesday May 19th, with an information and advice event at Asda, Hereford between 10am and 2pm.

One in twelve people world-wide are chronically infected with viral Hepatitis, but remain unaware as they display no symptoms. Hepatitis can affect anybody and is an infection caused by viruses which attack your liver. The main risk factors for catching Hepatitis include medical, dental or vaccination treatment abroad, if you received a blood transfusion before September 1991 and anyone who shares toothbrushes, razors, or drug using paraphernalia.

If you feel you could be at risk and would like to be tested, pop along to your Doctor, Sexual Health Clinic or local Drug Service Provider. The test is very quick and simple and involves giving a blood sample, with the results being available shortly afterwards. If you would like further information on Hepatitis, please pop along to the Asda event and speak to one of our friendly team. Alternatively, you can also contact Jo Spicer, Hereford County Hospital's Hepatitis Nurse Specialist on 01432 364167.


HEREFORDSHIRE SHOPMOBILITY SCHEMES

Shopmobility Co-ordinator Roger Lane with some of the scooters available.

Residents and visitors who find it difficult to get around on foot will be able to find out how a scooter, power chair or wheelchair could help them get around the county as part of a national Shopmobility awareness event. Herefordshire's Shopmobility scheme has bases at Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Leominster and Ledbury and are opening the doors to new and existing members on Friday, 14th and Saturday, 15th May.

People with a temporary or permanent mobility impairment, their friends, families or carers will be able to see for themselves how the Shopmobility scheme can help to improve access to shopping and other local facilities. The scheme allows members to loan a scooter or power chair for free to take out for the day to go round the shops, run errands or visit leisure facilities.

Councillor Glenda Powell, chairman of Shopmobility liaison group said, 'This year marks the 20th year of Shopmobility in Hereford city centre. This is an impressive milestone for Shopmobility and shows how valued the service is to the community and visitors to Hereford. I feel this is due to the professionalism and friendliness of our staff who go out of their way to give visitors to Shopmobility a warm welcome.'

Councillor Brian Wilcox said, 'I would like to thank all of the volunteers and people involved with this service which, while supported by the council, relies on the support of willing helpers.'

Booking is not necessary for visitors on the open days, just turn up during the normal opening hours. The open days are part of a national awareness event organized by the National Federation of Shopmobility which brings together a network of around 350 Shopmobility schemes. It is estimated that nationally 1.5 million people benefit from Shopmobility schemes on about 3.5 million trips when they spend around £260 million boosting local economies.

Opening hours for the Shopmobility schemes are: Hereford Shopmobility, Blueschool Street, Maylord Orchards Car Park - Monday to Saturday 9am to 4.45pm. For details call 01432 342166 or email hfdshopmobility@herefordshire.gov.uk
Shopmobility at Ross, Shop 4, Cantilupe Road - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For details call 01989 763388 or email shopmo@btconnect.com
Leominster Shopmobility, 6 Morris Mews - Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday, 10am to 1pm. For details call 01568 616755.
Individual Living Mobility Scheme, St. Katherine's Car Park, Ledbury - Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm. For details call 01531 636001.


SCRUTINY COMMITEE TO REVIEW IMPACT OF WORST WINTER IN 30 YEARS

Herefordshire Council's overview and scrutiny committee is to hold a full review on the impact of the severe winter weather on communities within the county and residents are invited to attend the meeting, which will take place at Brockington, at 10am on Friday, 21st May. Committee members will be looking at how the council, schools, NSH Herefordshire, police and the voluntary sector were affected by the winter weather, whilst councillors will look at what lessons can be learnt, what was done right and what can be improved.

Councillor Phil Edwards, chairman of the committee said, 'I was asked by the leader of the council to conduct this review of the impact of the worst winter weather in 30 years and I would urge any interested members of the public to come along and find out how the council dealt with the many issues raised. Members of the public can submit questions for consideration at the meeting and will also be able to contribute to the general discussion and I'm sure councillors would be interested in hearing about their personal experiences as well.

Members of the committee will be looking at issues such as the approach to school closures, gritting of roads and pavements, emergency planning arrangements and communication with the public. The committee will then be putting together a report which will go to Cabinet before the end of July so any recommendations made can be taken into account for future winter planning.'

Any members of the public who would like specific questions raised at the meeting should contact democratic services on 01432 260239 at least two days before the meeting so a response can be prepared.


MAN ASSAULTED ON PLAYING FIELDS IN HEREFORD

Hereford Police are asking the public to help them find a group of men who assaulted a man as he crossed a playing field.

The incident happened at 8pm on Sunday, 18th April, at the rear of the swimming pool on St. Martins Street, Hereford. The man was walking across King George playing fields at the time of the assault. A group of five to six men ganged up on the man and punched and kicked him to the ground and then stole his mobile phone.

If anyone has any idea who these men are or if anyone witnessed this incident, please contact Hereford Police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


SPIRAL STAIRCASE STOLEN FROM LEDBURY

Police are asking the public for help in locating a wrought iron, spiral staircase, which was reported to the police as stolen on 21st April at 12:30pm. The staircase was stolen from a Ledbury farm.

The owner had stored the staircase at a friend's farm in sections. Each step was separate and was not attached to the central pole as it was being painted. The Victorian staircase had been stored at the friends for 12 years whilst the owner waited to put an extension on his home. Just as he was about to use the staircase, it was stolen. Part of the stairway had green paint on it but some of it had been stripped so a section of it would have been white. The value of the piece is £5,000. The Police said that the pieces would have easily fitted into a transit van or something similar.

The owner of the staircase said, 'The staircase was quite intricately engraved in a scrolled pattern. I had taken it apart to spray it. I hope that whoever stole it has not weighed it for scrap or taken it to a reclamation yard. It is very upsetting.'

If anyone has any information about this incident could you please contact Hereford Police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


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