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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION.......
ERIC'S FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL
Eric, the Wyenot Newshound is a very tired dog and is, as
I write, fast asleep on my lap after a good work out with
'Dog Whisperer' Matt Fouldes. Herefordshire
Council's Community Protection Team recently invited the
dog owners of Ross-on-Wye to take the the lead and learn
all about responsible dog ownership. Now Eric isn't a bad
dog but can be rather wilful, largely my fault, so we decided
to take up the invitation and go along to the class by the
Bandstand, along with six or seven other people and their
dogs to learn the basics of dog handling.
introductions were made, the first ask was for everybody
to walk their pets around the cones. Now, Eric has a tendency
to want to sniff at every single blade of grass he comes
across and water it, abundantly. However, after a few circuits
of keeping him close and telling him to 'Leave,' he soon
got the hang of it. Keeping a dog close using an extendable
lead is not easy, so a new 'ordinary' lead is in the pipeline
for training purposes.
also likes to make friends with every dog he meets, which
isn't always a good thing as not all dogs feel the same
way. After instructing us to stand at reasonable intervals
apart, Matt then got us each in turn to walk a slalom path
between the other dogs and their owners. Again, Eric did
rather well, but keeping a reign with the lead I had was
awkward and uncomfortable.
Eric to stay is very, very easy. Getting him to do it, however
is another thing but, after a few tries at saying 'Eric,
stay' and taking a couple of paces away from him, he understood
what was required of him and looked very happy when I rewarded
him with 'Good Boy!' Although I shall take some with me
next time, I am pleased to say that Eric managed all of
this without the aid of tit bits.
session lasted for an hour, which went by rather quickly
and Eric looked extremely pleased to see that Alan had come
along in the Wyenot Mobile so that he didn't have to walk
all the way home.
Eric for a short walk later in the afternoon and taking
one of the 'poop bags' we had been given on the course,
I practised the things we had been taught and he did brilliantly.
He even sat and stayed with a dropped lead whilst I opened
the front door instead of running through the hedge to say
'Hello' to Ralph. Who says you can't teach an old dog new
am really looking forward to next week's session.
further information on the course, please telephone
Craig Sandman on 01432 260164 or email email@example.com
and some of his new found friends by the Bandstand after school.
Matt Fouldes taking the class.
GAVIN AND STACEY STAR TO OPEN LLANGARRON FETE
Lamb is opening Llangarron Fête on Saturday 3rd July at
1.30pm. An actor since the 1970's, he is best known for
his roles as Gavin's dad in Gavin and Stacey and Walford
villain Archie Mitchell in East Enders. More recently, he
has played Frank Bryant in Educating Rita, a role made famous
by Michael Caine in the 80's film, at the Menier Chocolate
is a regular visitor to Herefordshire which he enjoys escaping
to with his partner Clare and their two daughters. He plans
to spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying the entertainment,
trying his hand at the various games and searching for bargains
on the many stalls. During the afternoon, he will be doing
a couple of photograph signing sessions.
venue is Bernithan Court, a distinguished 17th century house
built by William Hoskyns. This gives people the rare opportunity
to visit the gardens and enjoy the magnificent setting which
is less than 4 miles from Ross. This year's star other attractions
include the 10-strong Paws for Thought Dog Display Team
at 3pm and children's entertainer Jenny-Any-Dots. She will
be doing a Punch & Judy Show at 2.30pm and running balloon
modelling and magic sessions throughout the afternoon. Berry
Hill Band is providing the music and Whitchurch School Choir
is singing a medley of songs.
COUNTDOWN TO JAMSTAND 2010
is now in it's fourth year and this extremely popular annual
Music and Arts Festival has gone from strength to strength.
What began as an impromptu free gig performed in 2007 by
Jack Baldus and friends has become a two day festival expected
to attract well over 5,000 to Ross-on-Wye this year on Friday,
13th and Saturday, 14th August.
enters its fourth year as a newly registered charity of
which Jack Baldus is Director. In previous years, Jamstand
has suffered more than its fair share of local opposition
but the voices of the many have thus far overshadowed the
objections of the few. Strong and growing local passion
for the event has always won through irrepressibly snowballing
in success year on year.
artists play the same stages as the best unsigned local
acts; the primary ethos of Jamstand is to showcase the local
talent. This vision growing into a tangible reality is testament
to Jack Baldus and the rest of Jamstand's young volunteers'
passion and determination to create something the youth
of Ross can be proud of. More so, Jamstand is a fantastic
excuse for our dispersed rural community to come together
and enjoy a free, creative environment. Jamstand has already
enabled young local DJ's to share the decks with DJ Yoda
and the plan is to grow bigger and better whilst always
remaining true to itself, year on year. Jamstand has always
been a totally free event for visitors, solely down to kind
sponsorship and patronage of local businesses who welcome
the influx of trade that Jamstand brings to them and the
Melia, Head of Marketing said, 'Sponsors enjoy a variety
of on site benefits as well as being able to promote their
product or service on a site expected to attract one of
the largest and most concentrated projected footfalls in
Ross throughout the whole year. This is the perfect chance
for local businesses to actively support a fantastic community
event and give 'centre stage' to the best upcoming musicians
and artists in the region. It also provides the perfect
platform to significantly increase brand awareness and thus
potentially create multiple new business opportunities;
it is a win - win situation as Jamstand remains free for
everyone to enjoy, a fantastic event is able to be held
and there is a direct benefit for local trade and local
is not just about music, however. As well as the three stages
and 'secret disco', you will find Art displays from Hereford
Arts College and many more; A Crafts Fair; Stalls; Rides
and several Bouncy Castles entertain during the day and
keep the fun going well into the night. There are a variety
of gourmet food and drinks outlets anisette, including The
Posh Picnic Co. which is providing a bespoke picnic service
using an exquisite range of locally sourced gourmet products
from some of the finest award-winning artisan producers
in and around Herefordshire and are available for pre-order
from their website for collection from the festival site.
There will also be the delectable Chorizo Express, Wye Valley
Ale, Broome Farm Cider and many more available on the day.
offers all of this in its idyllic location on the crest
of the famous Wye horseshoe bend, and with all the shops,
pubs and restaurants of beautiful Ross on its doorstep.
Jamstand is an open site enabling people to come and go
as they please. The BBC will be hosting a stage streaming
live on radio and dedicated to showcasing Herefordshire
and Worcestershire talent.
this year include: World famous Hip-Hop trio Ugly Duckling,
the LEGENDARY Roots Manuva, UK Funk/Soul sensations The
Haggis Horns, Cantaloop, Bristol Reggae heavyweights, Laid
Blak, Dr. Meeker as well as African world music 5 piece
Baraka and 7-piece Ska band First Degree Burns, Ross-on-Wye's
very own Dandelion Killers, UK dance act Subsource and Jack's
very own Funk/Dance/Groove 7 piece Zang Tang, as well as
some other secret acts performing on the main stage.
n Woof DJ collective of Herefordshire are hosting the DJ
tent across the two days, with guest DJ's playing a wide
mix of Electro, House, Techno, Bassline and much more, as
well as The Secret Disco Stage with DJ's from Herefordshire
playing out Northern Soul, Acid Jazz, Funk, Soul, Roots
and 70's Grooves from the back of a VW Camper Van.
Jamstand has a very laid back Acoustic Tent where you can
hear some of the finest singer-songwriters from across the
UK performing Folk, Blues, Acapella, Country and Jazz music.
All served with fine cocktails from the bar!.
YOU CAN MAKE A SILK PURSE FROM A SOWS EAR
Pigs Alley in High Street had always been a bit of a problem
area in Ross-on-Wye, for being an alley, it was an ideal
place for rubbish to be dumped and graffiti to be sprayed
on the walls. All in all it was not a pleasant place to
All that has changed now, however, as the Ross in Bloom
committee busied themselves arranging a major facelift for
this one time eyesore in readiness for the Heart of England
in Bloom judges visit which will take place on Thursday,
there are attractive planters and pretty, pig themed murals
on the walls and Pig Alley is a much brighter and very attractive
thoroughfare to the town centre.
Alley after a major makeover organized by the Ross-in-Bloom committee.
pigs on the wall.
FREE SWIMMING SESSIONS COME TO AN END
Due to the pressures of public sector finance, the Government
has announced the withdrawal of funding for free swimming
for children aged 16 years and under and people aged 60
years and over. The previous government funded Herefordshire
Council to provide free swimming, which was delivered by
Halo, but this funding has now been withdrawn. Free swimming
will stop in Herefordshire from 31st July, in line with
the rest of the country.
Silver, Herefordshire Council's assistant director for economy
and culture said, 'It is disappointing that this opportunity
for local people is stopping, but it has been a great kick
start to get people of different ages swimming more, and
this is something we can build on with Halo.'
key element of the county's activities is to enable children
to learn to swim in the first place, and using swimming
to address health and fitness, specifically with young people.
This includes opportunities through the School Sport Partnerships
locally for those who have not reached the national curriculum
COUNTY PUPILS LIMBER UP FOR HEREFORDSHIRE YOUTH GAMES
More than 1300 school children are limbering up for this
year's Herefordshire Youth Games which will take place at
the Hereford Leisure Centre this coming Friday and the council
are pleased to learn that one of the Olympic and Paralympic
Games 2012 mascots will be making a special guest appearance
at the event.
games are run by Herefordshire Council with assistance from
sixth form leaders and supported by volunteers from local
clubs, schools and the community. Pupils from primary and
secondary schools will be competing in a range of sports
which include athletics, boccia, cricket, floor lacrosse,
girls' football, hockey, kurling, orienteering, rounders,
rugby, tennis and tri-golf. For the first time this year,
tchoukball is being introduced to the games.
a major international sport tchoukball is relatively new
to local schools and is perfect for the Youth Games as it
is suitable for all skill levels and ages. It combines elements
of handball (it is played with hands, and the balls used
are similar), volleyball (as the defending team must prevent
the ball from falling) and squash (since there is a bounce).
event will begin at 9.15am with a guest appearance from
one of the Olympic and Paralympic 2012 mascots, Wenlock
and Manderville, who will be taking a detour from their
busy schedule to visit Herefordshire's own big Games event.
The launch will be followed by a huge aerobic warm-up in
the leisure centre sports hall courtesy of Halo, followed
by a special cheer leading sessions lead by the Whitecross
Cheerleaders. As always, teachers, parents and volunteers
will be expected to put their best feet forward and join
the children in this fun workout.
Herefordshire Youth Games began nine years ago and has increased
in popularity every year as new sports have been added to
try and attract as wide a range of children and young people
as possible. This year children will be able to see how
blind football works as a couple of team members from England's
Blind Football team will be putting on a demonstration outside
on the playing fields. In addition, the Herefordshire Change4Life
team will be at the event promoting a new summer holiday
reward scheme which encourages children to get active, collect
stamps for activities in a passport, gain small rewards
and be given the chance to win a mountain bike.
Jenkins, sports development officer with Herefordshire Council
said, 'The number of children participating in these games
is growing every year as more and more schools are getting
involved and giving their pupils opportunities to try out
new sports. We're really excited to be getting a visit from
one of the mascots although we're not sure which one we'll
be getting yet. It promises to be a great day out with lots
of fun, laughter and, of course, medals on offer.'
JESSE ELECTED TO TREASURY SELECT COMMITTEE
Norman, the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, has
been elected by his fellow MPs to the Treasury Select Committee,
it was announced last week. The Treasury Committee is traditionally
regarded as one of the most influential Select Committees
in the House of Commons. Its mandate is to examine the expenditure,
administration and policy of HM Treasury, HM Revenue & Customs,
and associated public bodies, including the Bank of England
and the Financial Services Authority.
the recent financial and economic crisis, the new financial
regulatory system and the budget deficit, the committee's
role is expected to be especially important in the current
parliament. Commenting, Jesse said, 'It is an honour to
be chosen for the Treasury Select Committee, and all the
more so by my fellow backbench MPs in the first ever committee
elections. I consulted widely with local people before putting
my name forward. The feeling was that it was important for
the county to have a representative who is in a position
to scrutinize these important long term financial decisions.
I certainly hope to use it as a platform to address the
serious issue of under funding of rural areas such as our
has also welcomed several measures in the Emergency Budget
last week which should help Herefordians. These include
the repeal of the Cider Tax, the lowering of Corporation
Tax, the cut in Small Companies tax rate and specific measures
to support entrepreneurs. Jesse spoke on the first day of
the Budget debate in the House of Commons. Commenting afterwards
he said, 'The main goal of this Emergency Budget was to
start to take control of the government's finances, and
to reduce the budget deficit. But it is excellent news that
the Chancellor has also made good his pledge to cancel the
planned rise in Cider duty, and to support small businesses.
am also delighted that the planned closure of Magistrates
Courts do not include that in Hereford. Taken with the cancellation
of Regional Spatial Strategies, the decision to push more
powers over planning down to local communities, new moves
towards a more GP-led NHS, and the doubling of the Operational
Allowance for our armed forces, the new Government has made
a very encouraging start in office.'
COOKING MADE EASY PEASY AT THIS YEARS HEREFORDSHIRE FOOD FESTIVAL
The dates have now been set for the 2010 Herefordshire Food
Festival and this great annual event will be taking place
on October 23 and 24. Now widely recognized as one of the
biggest and best annual food festivals in the UK, the event
as a whole will feature the welcome return of popular TV
cooks The Hairy Bikers, as well as a talk on cheese production
by former Coronation Street star Sean Wilson, better known,
perhaps, as Martin Platt.
major element of this, the 5th annual Herefordshire Food
Festival however, will be about the family, with a strong
emphasis on introducing youngsters, as much as grown-ups,
to the benefits of using great quality produce with as few
food-miles on the clock as possible. There will be two food
demonstration areas where The Hairy Bikers will engage with
the public in lively cookery shows three times a day, a
'slow food' section with exhibitions and a busy schedule
of talks, and a pavilion packed with local food and drink
producers promise to turn Hereford Racecourse into a weekend
Mecca for 'foodies.'
of the factors that will make this year's food festival
one of the most inclusive in the UK is that there will be
a secure children's area where they can have fun with food,
and there will be an Easy Peasy Cookery Kitchen for them
to enjoy. As well as knowing that the younger members of
the family are having fun, the 'grown ups' will have plenty
of opportunities to try and buy some of the region's finest
local produce over one mouth-watering weekend. Wine, olives,
locally produced cheeses, fresh breads, local beer and cider,
and even that most famous of French liqueurs, cassis, are
just some of the tempting flavours which will be on offer
again this year.
highlights of the occasion will include a bustling Farmers
Market, cookery demonstrations by some of the brightest
young chefs in Herefordshire, and exhibitions by both the
Marcher Apple Network and the Herefordshire Beekeepers Association.
There will also be a show of images from this year's Herefordshire
Photography Festival, of Hereford cattle.
Food Festival will mark the conclusion of the 12th annual
'Flavours of Herefordshire' awards scheme, which recognizes
and rewards the use and promotion of local produce. The
scheme itself celebrates the close links which exist between
Herefordshire's rural landscape and the food and drink which
is on offer to its residents and visitors alike. The winners
will be presented with their awards on the night before
the Food Festival gets under way by The Hairy Bikers.
Further information can be found at www.visitherefordshire.co.uk
HEREFORDSHIRE SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE AWARDS
Herefordshire schools are once again coming together to
receive their annual awards for developing travel plans,
gaining healthy schools status and becoming an Eco School.
The ceremony, which is taking place today, will celebrate
the success of the county's schools in their efforts to
protect and improve the environment and promote a healthier,
safer and more sustainable lifestyle.
Travel Plans aim to reduce car traffic, cut congestion and
improve safety outside the school gate using government
grants of between £3,000 and £5,000 for primary schools
and between £9,000 and £11,000 for secondary schools who
develop travel plans. In Herefordshire 98 per cent of schools
now have a plan in place.
is an international award programme that guides schools
on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help
embed these principles into the heart of school life. To
date, 105 Herefordshire schools are now registered Eco Schools.
Schools is a government initiative in which schools have
to address the issues of personal, social and healthy education,
healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health and
well-being in order to gain Healthy schools status. Almost
all Herefordshire Schools are signed up to the Healthy Schools
process and 15 schools are embarking on the enhanced module.
Travel Achievement Awards are made to schools who have made
significant efforts to implement their travel plans. One
hundred and fifty children and adults from 30 schools will
gather in the Town Hall for this joint Award Ceremony and
presentations will be made by the following schools: Trinity
Primary - a short play about cutting car use; Weobley High
School on their work to gain a second Eco Schools Green
Flag Riverside on healthy schools status; Aconbury on their
third School Travel Achievement Award and Shobdon on their
work as a sustainable school.
guest speaker will be Howard Bentham from BBC Hereford and
Worcester. Other speakers will be Ray Hughes, the East and
West Midlands Regional School Travel Adviser, and Mary Burton,
the West Midlands Sustainable Schools Co-ordinator. The
ceremony will be hosted for the fourth year running by Jamie
Elliott, now a student at Durham University but formerly
of Weobley High School and Hereford Sixth Form College.
There will be displays from road safety, Eco Schools, healthy
schools, school travel plans, Change4Life and recycling.
Councillor Jenny Hyde will be on hand to open the proceedings
and Councillor Brian Wilcox will make the closing speech.
Another special guest will be Spike the Hedgehog who will
be handing out goody bags to the children.
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation said, 'It has been a pleasure
to be involved in this award ceremony over the past few
years. It is an inspiration to see how schools are making
a real contribution to protecting their environment and
to improving their health and their safety by their work
on all the aspects of sustainable schools.'
STAR PUPIL PRESENTED WITH AWARD BY PRINCE MICHAEL
Fifteen year old Herefordshire school pupil John Day has
been selected from nearly 70,000 students to be awarded
runner up in the IMI Student of the Year awards. John was
nominated for the award by Dave Finn and John Vickers from
Motov8 and Lydia Dyer, of Herefordshire Council. Following
an invitation to a big award ceremony in London earlier
this month, John was presented with his runner-up award
by Prince Michael of Kent.
a student at Aylestone Business and Enterprise College,
has been part of Herefordshire Council's Live and Learn
Programme which is now in its second year. The programme
is an applied vocational training scheme for students who
are struggling with school life and often end up dropping
out of traditional education. Reasons vary but can include
difficulties at home, problems with peers at school or challenges
about relating the school environment to future careers
year 250 pupils were involved in the programme which involves
pupils spending one day a week out of school working on
practical work-based activities to encourage them back into
learning. A number of organizations are involved in the
scheme including Keith St Peters hairdressers, the Wye Wood
project, Taste for Adventure and Herefordshire College of
September 2009, the Live and Learn team referred John to
Motov8, a motor vehicle training centre in Hereford, in
order to build his self esteem and confidence. Since joining
the scheme, he has spent a day a week at Motov8, his confidence
has grown and his attendance at school has improved dramatically.
Dyer, Live and Learn senior co-ordinator said, 'John really
is a pleasant young man and well mannered. I have visited
John on a regular basis and the change in him has been immense.
Every time I see him he has grown in confidence and he shows
great enthusiasm for what he is doing. He has shown a positive
and helpful attitude whilst working in a group and has a
real keen interest in motor vehicles. He'd eventually like
to enter the mechanical profession and he's well on the
way to achieving this already. In the practical suspension
systems test he gained 92% and he achieved 100% on the IMI
is set to complete all the units on the Fast Fit qualification
with several more weeks to go on the course and will therefore
achieve a full level one qualification while in Year 10.
This shows real commitment and enthusiasm.'
Day being presented with his award by Prince Michael of Kent.
NHS HEREFORDSHIRE AGM AND EXHIBITION
NHS Herefordshire, the Primary Care Trust (PCT), is inviting
all members of the public and local organization to its
annual general meeting and exhibition at the Three Counties
Hotel, Hereford on Thursday, 15th July. This year's exhibition,
which opens at 4.30pm, has a theme of 'partnership working'
and will showcase the work that NHS Herefordshire and its
partners are doing to improve outcomes for patients, and
information about planning for future services.
Newton, Chairman of NHS Herefordshire said, 'I would really
encourage people to visit the AGM to find more out about
health in Herefordshire, the work we are doing on patient
pathways and on health and social care services throughout
the year. While we know that there is still work to be done
to achieve our vision, strong progress is being made.'
annual general meeting will begin at 5.30pm and will include
an overview of the year's work and ongoing work to achieve
better outcomes, care experience and value for money. There
will be a brief talk from the Chief Executive who will present
the annual report, followed by an opportunity for the public
to put questions to members of the primary care trust board.
COUNCIL REWARDED FOR BEING A GOOD EGG
Herefordshire Council has been officially declared a 'good
egg' for its commitment to the welfare of egg-laying hens
and leadership in buying ethical products.
Good Egg Award 2010 has been awarded to the council by Compassion
in World Farming in recognition of its catering policy which
means free range or organic eggs are used at all council
events catered by Amey Herefordshire. Councillor
Roger Phillips, Leader of Herefordshire Council, will be
collecting the award at the Local Government Conference
on Tuesday, 6th July, when the guest speaker will be celebrated
poet Pam Ayres.
Phillips said, 'I am delighted that we have received this
award which shows our commitment to using cage free eggs
and allowing hens to live more natural lives in barns or
free range systems. In Herefordshire, we pride ourselves
on the quality of our local produce and by buying free range
or organic eggs, we can offer support to many of the county's
wonderful producers who put great emphasis on improving
the welfare of hens.'