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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION.......
ITALIAN MARKET TO VISIT ROSS ON FRIDAY
Ross-on-Wye is to host an Italian Food Market in its historic
market square for the first time on Friday, 11th June. During
the week leading up to the visit, there are a number of
Italian themed events going on.
will be two pasta making demonstrations by Lindy Wildsmith
at the Ross Cookshop on Thursday, 10th June, one at 11am
and the second at 2pm. Lindy Wildsmith is a well known local
food writer and cookery demonstrator and she will perform
two further cookery demonstrations at the market place at
11am and 1pm on Friday 11th June. Lindy will also be signing
copies of her books at Rossiter Books, High Street at midday.
Italian Market itself will comprise sixteen market stalls
selling a variety of real Italian products including cheeses,
cured meats, herbs, pasta, olives, artichokes, biscuits,
olive oil, vinegars, a range of speciality breads and Torrone
e Cioccolata, a famous nougat cake first made in 1441. There
will also be hot food and snacks including pizza, Italian
sausages and rice balls.
the week, many Ross retailers will be taking on the Italian
theme. There will be Italian wine tasting and other goodies
and Italian blend coffee and specials in Pots
and Pieces Teashop.
out for the flags and bunting in the shops this week and
you are bound to be on the trail of something Italian!
KRUNCH PERFORM FOR KARENS 50TH BIRTHDAY
50th birthday greetings go to Karen Phelps, who celebrated
her big day at a surprise party with lots of family and
friends at the White
Lion Inn on Saturday evening.
band KRUNCH provided the music and as usual, performed brilliantly,
keeping everybody entertained with their great range of
covers music. This great band kept most of their audience
up on their feet all night, playing songs from Thin Lizzie,
The Beatles, Greenday, the Rolling Stones . . . well they
pretty much cover everything from Sandy Shaw to the Sex
Pistols and more. They are well worth going to see if you
enjoy live music.
hope you enjoyed your birthday, Karen. We most certainly
did and hope that you are over the shock by now.
those of you who enjoy a good quiz, the White Lion Inn are
holding a special quiz in aid of the Spinal Injuries Association
this coming Sunday, 13th June. Entrance is free but donations
are more than welcome. Please click
here to view the background to the event.
giving an excellent performance at the White Lion on Saturday evening.
FROM BUILDING SOCIETY MANAGER TO DOG GROOMER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Barrett, retired Branch Manager of Nationwide, Ross-on-Wye
is startling local residents with her dog grooming skills.
Described by highly respected, nationally recognised dog
groomers as having 'a natural eye for this,' Ann, who once
organized our mortgages and met our financial needs has
brought her loving sparkle to the world of pet care.
is nearing the completion of her City and Guilds qualification
and we would like to congratulate her on her achievements
so far. When asked why she named her new project 'Eden Grooming,'
Ann replied, Because Eden was where the animals were made
people of Ross are already appreciating her services as
the only dog groomer in the local area, vastly reducing
travel time for local dog owners. We wish her every success
in our town with all the work she does with the 'best friends'
of many Ross residents.
ROSS DOG OWNERS URGED TO TAKE LEAD WITH RESPONSIBLE OWNERSHIP
Herefordshire Council's Community Protection Team is calling
on all dog owners in Ross to take the lead and learn all
about responsible dog ownership. The planned Ross scheme
aims to teach people the basics of dog handling and will
build on a successful pilot already bring operated in Belmont,
Hancock, acting regulatory services manager for Herefordshire
Council said, We have decided to bring these sessions to
Ross as they have proved so popular in Hereford with more
than 20 people regularly attending. The problem of dog fouling
has often been raised by residents at PACT meetings and
we feel education is one of the best ways to tackle this
so, as part of the programme, we will also be urging people
to clear up after their dogs and reminding them of their
would like any dog owners in Ross-on-Wye to contact us who
are interested in attending a six-week course to be run
on Tuesdays from 1.30pm until 2.30pm. Anyone who then signs
up for the course will receive a certificate after they
have attended the six sessions.'
further information contact Craig Sandman on 01432 260164
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ELIZABETH IS BRITAINS 2ND FRIENDLIEST B&B LANDLADY
Bloxham from Granton
House is flying the flag for Ross-on-Wye as she has
just been selected as runner up in the AA's Friendliest
Landlady of the Year 2010. The winner came from Ulster.
is a great achievement for Elizabeth and her husband John
who were short listed from over 3,500 bed & breakfasts in
the UK inspected by the AA. All the finalists were nominated
by the AA's Hotel inspectors and the Awards ceremony was
held on 25th May at the Royal Horse Guards Hotel in London
where they were presented with a crystal engraved decanter
and a framed certificate following a champagne reception
House in Goodrich, near to Ross on Wye is an unusual and
attractive 17th century house within walled gardens in a
peaceful village setting with stunning views of Coppet Hill.
The river Wye is less than half a mile away, and there are
many walks from the door and a fantastic castle in the village.
The small market towns of Ross on Wye, Monmouth and Ledbury
are just a short drive away and it is conveniently within
reach of many places of interest.
will always find a friendly, warm welcome from Elizabeth
and John, together with a home from home feel with very
comfortable beds made up with Egyptian cotton linen and
fresh flowers in the en-suite rooms. Local produce is used
for delicious cooked breakfasts and their guests enjoy a
wealth of home-made produce including bread, cakes, muesli
the visitors that have stayed at Granton House in the five
years since opening their doors was a lady from Covent Garden
opera. Liz said, 'She was a larger than life character and
as she was about to settle her bill, asked if we would like
her to sing something. She sang in our hallway, a beautiful
aria. The other guests were waiting to settle their bills
but were equally thrilled to hear her sing. I commented
that it wasn't everyday that guests were treated to such
an experience in a B&B!
event took place when a young couple, both musicians, stayed
one weekend. John chatted to them after breakfast and discovered
that they had cut several CD's. He told them that our nephew
worked with EMI and was always on the lookout for new talent
and that we could put them in touch. They were gracious
in their reply but it was only later when John asked if
they had managed to sell any albums that they said 'about
70 million,' we then discovered he was part of the internationally
successful reggae band.'
house has been named by the AA as one of Britain's top B&B's
and together with a successful self-catering holiday let,
this award is the icing on the cake.
(left) and John Bloxham receiving their award.
COUNCIL RECEIVES CASH SUBSIDY TO HELP CHILDREN ENJOY ACTIVITIES
Herefordshire Council has received half a million pounds
to help children and young people join in activities outside
school hours. The funding, which comes from the government,
is to ensure that activities are accessible to all children
and young people, including those who are less well off
financially and children who are in local authority care.
is a requirement for all schools to provide extended services
to their children and families. The services they are expected
to provide include childcare (in primary and special schools),
study support, sport and music clubs, access to specialist
services, parenting support, family learning, community
access to facilities including adult and family learning,
ICT and sports facilities. Schools are not expected to provide
these services alone, or to deliver them on site necessarily.
Instead, they are encouraged to work in partnership with
other schools and agencies, including voluntary and community
organizations. They are also expected to consult widely
with pupils, families, their own staff and the wider community
to identify priorities and needs.
schools work in clusters to run lots of additional out of
school activities across the county. Some of these activities
are free but many of them have to be paid for. For example,
some clusters have used funding to put on extra sports or
fitness clubs after school, for which a small charge is
made. Others organize trips, events and outings or provide
training opportunities. The cash boost will help make sure
all children and young people can enjoy some of these activities
and help families with care and activities during school
schools have agreed criteria for pupils to access the funding
and the council has distributed the grant to secondary schools
who manage cluster arrangements.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
'It is very important that all our children and young people
are able to participate in positive activities, especially
over the holiday period. Extended schools co-ordinators
have been working with local school communities to put on
a range of activities, but budgets are limited and some
charges have to be made to cover costs. This very welcome
fund is there to help make sure that no one is excluded
because of economic hardship.'
YOUNG LIFEGUARDS NEEDED TO KEEP THE COUNTYS WATERS SAFE
Council is looking for budding young canoe lifeguards to
join adult volunteers and keep the county's waters safe.
Canoe Lifeguards is a youth project supported by the council's
youth service. The club is made up of 13-19 year olds and
adult volunteers who want to provide a service to the local
community in water safety and supervision. Members of the
club, which meets once a week on a Friday evening at Hereford
Canoe Centre, take part in regular kayaking, lifesaving,
first aid, rescue management and radio communication training
sessions. In addition, the lifeguard team belongs to a national
network which provides lifeguard cover for national events
such as international triathlons and raft races.
team's skills were tested to the full last month as they
provided safety cover for a play event on the King George
V Playing fields in Hereford. More than 4,000 people attended
the riverside event and the lifeguards were on patrol to
make sure the River Wye and its river banks were kept safe.
The team was involved in three missing people searches during
the day, but thankfully all were found safe and sound. The
young people involved also did a foot patrol around Victoria
Bridge providing safety information to water users.
Bethell, one of the young volunteers, was the patrol leader
during the day. 'We worked hard all day but it was really
rewarding to see everyone enjoying the day safely,' said
Mike. 'We had some serious moments when we had to do river
searches for missing young people, but all were found so
that was okay.'
James of Herefordshire Council said, 'It was great to see
the young people doing their first independent lifeguard
patrol. They've worked hard doing lots of training and making
sure they were ready for the job. I'm very proud to work
with such dedicated young people providing such a valuable
service to their local community.
interested in joining the project should contact Nick on
Bethel, Patrol Leader.
VOLUNTEER GROUPS RECEIVE QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE
The county boxing club and a disability centre which have
received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service will be
among a host of organizations being honoured at a special
week it was announced that the Wye Amateur Boxing Club and
the FC Phoenix Disability Development Centre have been selected
to receive the award. They will join community transport
providers, an athletics club and a county Shopmobility scheme,
which were among eight voluntary groups nominated for the
award, at a tea party to be held on Tuesday next week, 15th
June, which will be jointly hosted by HM Lord-Lieutenant
of Herefordshire, The Countess of Darnley, and Herefordshire
Council's Chairman, Councillor John Stone.
organizations nominated for the award are: Dore Community
Transport, Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall, Hereford Samaritans,
Wye Valley Boxing Club, FC Phoenix Disability, Hereford
County Athletic Club, Leominster Shopmobility and Leominster
award is the highest given to volunteer groups across the
UK for outstanding work in local communities. It was created
in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation
and is managed by the Office of the third Sector, based
in the Cabinet Office. Nationally, 341 groups were nominated
by members of the public and 103 of these have been awarded
the "MBE for voluntary groups" for their outstanding contributions
to local communities.
details about the award can be found at: www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk.
PHASE ONE OF WIDEMARSH STREET REFURBISHMENT NEARS COMPLETION
Council's major scheme to refurbish Widemarsh Street is
progressing well with Phase One virtually complete. The
works, being carried out by Alun Griffiths Ltd, are on schedule
and the area has now been opened to the public so they can
fully appreciate the quality of the natural stone materials
being used during this major refurbishment scheme.
council's contractors are now continuing work on Phase 2
in Widemarsh Street and Phase 3A in Maylord Street. Works
in Widemarsh Street were scaled down during the annual May
Fair but continued in Maylord Street to keep the overall
programme on schedule for completion before the Christmas
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation said, 'The works completed so
far look fantastic and give a real flavour of how the completed
street will look. We are making excellent progress with
the works and I would like to again extend my thanks to
traders for bearing with us. I would also like to remind
shoppers and visitors that access to the shops in Widemarsh
Street is being fully maintained during the works and would
encourage people to continue to visit their favourite outlets.
would also like to draw attention to the fact that we are
using low kerbs in this scheme and pedestrians need to take
care. Internationally renowned street designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie,
has reiterated that these low kerbs are widely used elsewhere
in new street schemes and people just need time to adapt
and get familiar with the new environment. This is especially
the case during construction works and I'm sure when the
work is complete, people will soon get used to the low kerbs
which are intended to combat the problems partially sighted
and blind people encounter when there is no kerb face.'
completed Phase One section of Widemarsh Street.
laying the natural stones in Widemarsh Street.
GIANT JUMBLE SALE AT MAY HILL RAISES FUNDS FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
Royal Forest of Dean branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
held their most successful Giant Jumble Sale recently at
Hill village hall. Despite the poor weather, the event
drew a large crowd of keen shoppers. Branch Chairman, Lifa
Oakley, was delighted to report that the event raised £1285.00
and would like to say a huge thank you to all the helpers
who made this a wonderful day. The next Giant Jumble Sale
is on the 23rd October at May Hill commencing at 2pm and
Lifa looks forward to your support.
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only UK charity focusing
on all muscle disease. It has pioneered the search for treatments
and cures for nearly 50 years and continues to provide practical,
medical and emotional support to people affected by the
conditions. The charity relies entirely on voluntary donations.
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only UK charity focusing
on all muscular dystrophies and related muscle diseases.
than 60,000 people in the UK have muscle disease and 300,000
people are indirectly affected as relatives and carers.
Treatments remain limited and there is, as yet, no cure,
but increased knowledge has improved the quality of people's
lives and, in many cases, length of life.
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has pioneered the search for
treatments and cures for nearly 50 years, and are dedicated
to improving the lives of all those people affected. They
rely almost entirely on voluntary donations to fund their
groundbreaking and vital work. All their work is underpinned
by the dedication of it's supporters. Up and down the country,
thousands of people give their time and energy to help them
continue their vital work. They are always ready to welcome
anyone who wants to help join the fight against muscle disease.
visit the website www.muscular-dystrophy.org
giant jumble sale was a great success.
CRIME IN HEREFORDSHIRE AT AN ALL TIME LOW
Residents of Herefordshire will be pleased to know that
the county has recorded fewer than 10,000 crimes for the
first time since National Crime Recording Standards were
introduced across West Mercia in 2002/03. This is a reduction
of over 4,230 crimes over seven years.
of Herefordshire Policing Board, Bernard Hunt said, 'This
astonishing figure mean many fewer victims of crime and
a better quality of life for people in the county. We very
much appreciate and would like to thank Herefordshire Division
of West Mercia Police. Superintendent Kevin Purcell and
his whole team of officers and staff have risen to the challenge
we set to make a real difference to local people.
particular the Police response to the concerns we raised
on behalf of a local community regarding the possible closure
of their front counter was excellent, re-enforcing a spirit
of co-operation and understanding. I am sure that community
is grateful that their concerns were listened to and that
their front counter remains open. I would also like to thank
local communities and partner agencies who have worked along
side the Police and contributed to these impressive results.
The Police could not have achieved these results on their
the year ending 31st March 2010 there were 9,883 recorded
crimes in Herefordshire. In comparison with the previous
year there was a reduction of 542 total crimes, which included:
51 fewer serious violence against the person crimes, 47
fewer domestic burglaries, 44 fewer motor vehicle thefts
and 10 fewer robberies.
Herefordshire Policing Board is made up of West Mercia Police
Authority Members: Councillor Bernard Hunt, Councillor Richard
Smith, Paul Deneen JP-DL and Peter Dunford. They meet regularly
with Superintendent Kevin Purcell, who is responsible for
operational policing in Herefordshire, to monitor delivery
of the West Mercia Policing Plan at divisional level. Their
focus is on performance, community engagement and partnership
SOULS OF THE FIRE DRAGON AUTHOR SIGNS BOOKS
may have read in an earlier issue of Wyenot News that local
author, John Wriedon had published a book and, it turns
out that on the strength of that article he sold a copy.
On Thursday evening he gave a talk on 'Souls of the Fire
Dragon' after which a book signing was held at Rossiters
Souls of the Fire Dragon introduces you to lovers, Fate
and Chance, twins, Life and Death, dragons and magicians,
tyrants and heroes, characters who are cleverly woven into
a web of dark fantasy coupled with a good deal of humour.
The story is set in an Orwellian society which is controlled
by the Patrician and the Watchmen via CCTV and where freedom
of speech and magic are forbidden. One word out of place
was punishable by death, not only for the offender, but
his entire family too.
Hero of the story is Akea, who, with the help of dragons,
magic and friends endeavours to fight the tyranny of the
state, discovering many things along the way, including
powerful magic, love and his true self. John's idea for
this story came from a dream he had, the details of which
he wrote down, later adding scenes from his imagination.
novel, Souls of the Fire Dragon, is currently available
on Amazon, Tesco.com and Book 24, priced at £8.99 and will
soon be available online from Waterstones and W.H. Smith.
author John Wriedon gives a talk on 'Souls of the Fire Dragon' on
COUNCIL TO ENCOURAGE WILD FLOWER GROWTH IN HEREFORD CEMETERY
part of its commitment to the 2010 International Year of
Biodiversity, Herefordshire Council has decided to manage
selected areas within Hereford Cemetery differently to encourage
wild flower growth and biodiversity. John
Gibbon, the council's bereavement services manager, has
agreed to change the maintenance programme carried out by
the council's service delivery partner Amey.
said, 'Amey are responsible for maintaining the cemetery
grounds to its current high standard. This change will allow
some of the much older areas to be cut every six months
in preparation for sowing wild flowers in a few years, when
the ground has been suitably prepared, which in turn will
encourage bees and insects to flourish in the undisturbed
grass areas. Meandering paths will be cut within these areas
to encourage visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the
Davies, grounds supervisor for Amey added, 'These changes
mean we will be able to concentrate on the maintenance of
the newer areas of the cemetery and assist with other works
as needed on site while allowing the natural beauty of the
older areas to be enjoyed by all.'
COUNCIL RELAUNCHES SCHEME GIVING GRANTS TO HELP CUT FUEL BILLS
Herefordshire Council has just relaunched its Special Energy
Efficiency Scheme (SEES) for 2010/11 offering up to £500
to help county residents install energy saving measures
and help to reduce their fuel bills. Conserving
energy in the home also makes a vital contribution towards
the Government's climate change commitments to reduce carbon
dioxide emissions by 34 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent
insulation, cavity wall insulation, draught proofing for
doors and windows, thermostatic radiator valves, room thermostats,
programmers, hot water cylinder thermostats and jackets
are all measures covered by the SEES grants. Councillor
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's energy champion said,
'As fuel costs continue to increase, more and more people
are seeking ways to reduce their energy bills. Last year
we issued a record 1,130 SEES grants and a further 1,300
people received grants for loft and cavity wall insulation.
It is wonderful to be able to help so many households and
I hope people will take advantage of this new round of grants
which will not only reduce their fuel bills but will also
reduce the impact their activities have on the environment.'
homeowners or private tenants living in Herefordshire may
apply if they are aged 60 or over; or if they heat their
home as a main source of heat by electric storage heaters,
electric central heating, solid fuel central heating, LPG
central heating, oil fired central heating, room heaters
with no central heating, or if they pay for their fuel use
with prepayment meters.
private home owner or tenant with less than 4 inches of
loft insulation can also apply for a grant to pay for the
insulation to be topped up to the recommended depth of 10
inches. They are also eligible for cavity wall insulation
regardless of income. Aside from the SEES scheme, there
are other heavily discounted schemes which residents can
apply for to have their home insulated funded by energy
find out more, contact Domestic and General Insulation on
0844 5430043 or the Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre on
help people know how electricity is used in their homes,
energy display meters are also available to loan from the
county libraries. These devices really show where energy
is being wasted in homes and can help encourage people to
switch off lights when leaving rooms as well as turning
off all appliances at the plug rather than having them use
electricity when they are on standby.
COUNTY NURSERIES TAKE PART IN NATIONAL TODDLER FOOD SURVEY
lack of clear guidance about a healthy diet for the under
fives means that even the best intentioned nursery schools
are failing to provide the right proportions of food and
nutrients to children, a study supported by Herefordshire
Council's trading standards team has discovered.
extensive two-year study co-ordinated by LACORS, part of
the Local Government Association Group, found that none
of the nurseries which volunteered to be involved were managing
to meet all of the current guidelines on food for this age
group, despite many putting a lot of effort into providing
healthy menus. The twenty nine councils which took part
in the project, working with more than 100 nurseries, showed
that food standards were improved when childcare providers
were given better information by dieticians about how to
give very young children the right diet. Herefordshire was
one of the counties taking part and food standards officers
from the council took samples of food provided at the nurseries
which were then analysed and compared with nutritional guidelines.
varied across all the nurseries involved but included, excessively
high levels of salt, inappropriate portion sizes, both too
large and too small, and shortages of carbohydrates to give
children energy because some were being given too much fruit.
A common problem was applying healthy eating principles
which work for adults and older children to the under fives,
despite their very different needs. Some nurseries also
encountered pressure from parents to offer low-fat options
such as skimmed milk, even though this could be bad for
very young children.
is now urging Government to establish a single source of
practical guidance for nurseries in association with councils
and health professionals. One of the participating nurseries
was Bridges Childcare who are based at Wormbridge. Acting
on the dietician's advice following the survey, Bridges
childcare have found innovative ways to improve the nutrient
intake of the children in their care. New foods on the menu
include a 'pink potato pie' using pilchards and white fish,
and weekly helpings of a cleverly disguised 'liver casserole'.
requiring further information should contact Kathryn Simpson,
trading standards enforcement officer on 01432 261683 or
into spaghetti bolognaise are Joshua Hanson, Alice Lloyd, Colette
Powell and William Smith, watched by nursery assistant Christopher
SCHOOLS URGED TO JOIN CHALLENGE TO CUT ENERGY USE
Herefordshire Council is urging all schools in the county
to get involved in an energy challenge aimed at not only
reducing their running costs but also saving the planet.
The Schools Energy Challenge 2010 is being run by the council's
Eco-School team who will help schools taking part and co-ordinate
Tamuno, the council's sustainability officer said, 'Schools
in Herefordshire account for about 50 per cent of carbon
emissions from council properties. As part of the Herefordshire
Local Area Agreement (LAA), we have a target to reduce carbon
emissions by 13.1 per cent by March 2011 so schools can
really help us to meet this challenging target.
know most school energy costs come from lighting and other
electrical appliances and what we are aiming to do is make
our schools more energy efficient so they not only save
money but also reduce the impact they have on the environment.
The challenge will involve working with pupils and teachers
to reduce the amount of energy they use and then share best
practice among those taking part so everyone benefits from
more efficient schools.'
are being invited to sign up for the energy challenge and
need to complete an application form before Monday, 14th
June. Application forms are being delivered to all schools
in the county and anyone who needs any extra information
should contact Philip Tamuno on 01432 260132.
is planned to start the challenge in September this year
when schools return after the summer holidays.
GRAHAM BOWS OUT AFTER MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS SERVICE
Herefordshire bade farewell to one of its longest serving
employees at the end of May. Graham Price has been looking
after the maintenance and development of NHS buildings in
Herefordshire for more than 30 years.
started work on 1st September 1979 as Senior Buildings Officer
in the Works Department for the Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Area Health Authority, as it was called then. He was responsible
for the maintenance of properties across the county, including
Holme Lacy hospital, St Mary's hospital at Burghill, all
the community hospitals and the old county and general hospitals.
the years Graham has survived many organizational changes
in the local NHS, working for the Herefordshire Health Authority,
Herefordshire Community Health Trust and finally the Primary
Care Trust. After seeing the Stonebow Unit built during
1985, Graham says he has been pleased to see the recent
modernization and refurbishment works completed there before
he retired. Other highlights of his thirty years have included
the building of the new community hospital in Ross on Wye
and the Leominster dental access centre.
his long service, Graham said, 'It's always been about trying
to make a difference; to provide the best possible environment
both for our staff who provide the services, and for the
patients they serve.'
says he is planning a holiday and then intends to get the
garden tidy and enjoy spending time with his family.
Price, Associate Director of Facilities, NHS Herefordshire retires
after more than 30 years' service.
WHEELCHAIR USERS HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE USING THE BUS
Herefordshire Council and First Group bus company have teamed
up to give wheelchair users the chance to practise getting
on and off a bus without the pressure of other passengers
and a timetable to keep to.
to get on and off a bus in a wheelchair can be quite a daunting
task if you've never done it before. Buses are usually busy
and have to stick to timetables so there is very little
opportunity to practice getting it right, yet lots of pressure
to do so quickly. Being able to use the bus gives wheelchair
users freedom to get about more and live more active independent
help users practise manoeuvring their chair into the allocated
space on a bus, a bus will be available from 10.30am until
2.30pm at Maylords Orchard Bus Stops on Tuesday, 15th June.
Lynsey Radmore, of Herefordshire Council said, 'We know
that the thought of using a bus for the first time without
a carer can be a worry to many wheelchair users, yet once
the technique is mastered, it's easy and provides users
with lots of opportunities to travel around the county,
meet new people and live independent lives. We're
delighted to be able to offer users this practise session.
Council staff will be on hand to give guidance, along with
a driver from First Group, although no manual assistance
can be given. Users are welcome to bring a carer if someone
usually pushes their chair for them.'
note this opportunity is only suitable for manual or electric
wheelchairs and not for users of mobility scooters. Further
information is available from the council's corporate diversity
team on 01432 260244 or by emailing email@example.com
AMEY WORKER SHORTLISTED FOR NATIONAL AWARD
Council and Amey Herefordshire are delighted to congratulate
Alan Clarke, Gang Leader, on reaching the shortlist for
the National Transport Awards 2010 for Frontline Employee
of the Year.
Thomas, Amey service director said, 'In the 35 years since
he first started working on the roads, Alan has worked in
many roles, showing dedication in each and every one. Alan
has, on numerous occasions gone above and beyond what might
reasonably be expected of him, most recently during the
heavy snow and sub zero temperatures of the worst winter
weather we have had for almost 30 years. During the winter,
Alan demonstrated his dedication to service and safety by
not only completing his gritting routes during the night
when the weather was at its worst but also helping less
experienced drivers in a combined effort to help keep the
roads open and safe. We wish Alan all the best for the award
finals in July.'
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation said, 'It is only due to the
dedication and commitment of people like Alan that we were
able to keep the roads open in the county during the worst
of the worst winter weather we have seen for many years.
Alan's experience and knowledge will also have been invaluable
in guiding gritting operations on the ground and I would
also like to wish him all the best for the finals.'
National Transport Awards 2010 are run in association with
Transport Times and with the support of the Department for
Transport, GMPTE, Passenger Focus and the Local Transport
Planning Network. Winners will be announced on Thursday,
15th July at the Palace Hotel, Manchester.
judging panel, chaired by David Begg comprised Andy Southern,
Managing Director of Transport Planning, Atkins Highways
& Transportation; Nick Bisson, Director of Regional and
Local Transport Policy, Department for Transport; and Anthony
Smith, Chief Executive, Passenger Focus.
Clarke receiving the letter informing him he is in the final with
John Maddy, Amey divisional contracting manager.