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29th September 2010 IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT JAMSTAND!.....

Herefordshire Council have issued a statement which says that the organizers of Ross-on-Wye's Jamstand Festival have failed to comply with licensing requirements, which means the event cannot go ahead as planned on the town's Caroline Symonds Gardens this weekend. The statement continues, 'The event, which was originally intended to take place in August, had been rescheduled to go ahead this Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd October, under its new name "Jamstand present Octoberfest."

Since the problems in August, Herefordshire Council has worked with those behind the event to ensure they had every opportunity to meet the licensing requirements - this included numerous reminders about the process. However, they failed to advertise the event as required under the Licensing Act 2003, which means the council's licensing committee, which meets tomorrow, Wednesday, 29th September, cannot now consider the application. If it did so, the committee would be acting illegally.'

Festival Director, Jack Baldus has confirmed that JAMSTAND will not be taking place on the Caroline Symonds Gardens. However, he informed Wyenot News that it is hoped to find another venue so that the event can still take place on the dates planned. Details of any new venue will be published once we receive confirmation from the organizers.

Paul Nicholas of Herefordshire Council had this to say. 'This is very sad news for all those who had planned to attend the event and also for those who had committed to perform, but the organizers are responsible for their own actions and despite our best efforts to help them, they failed to comply with the law. We are particularly disappointed as we had worked hard to ensure that they were aware of what's required at each stage.'


29th September 2010 I WOULD RATHER GO NAKED . . . .....

When it was announced that Herefordshire Council had deemed Tudorville Youth Centre no longer fit for purpose and that the building would probably be demolished, the residents of Tudorville sprang into action. A committee was immediately formed and they came up with a plan to persuade the council to allow an asset transfer, so that the building would then belong to the community and be used as a community centre.

First of all the committee had to prove that they could work together with the community to raise the funds for the necessary repairs to the centre etc. and many very successful fund-raising activities have been held and it is looking very likely that the committee will get their wish. One of the money making ideas came about as Toni was watching 'Calendar Girls.' She thought, 'I would rather go naked than lose my community centre,' and plans got under way to produce a calendar for 2011. So many people were keen to be part of the calendar that in the end it was decided to produce two; one of the ladies and one of the men.

Well known photographer, Phil Price volunteered his services free of charge and he has been busy setting up and taking the photographs for the calendar which will feature local's dressed in their birthday suits, hiding their modesty with one of the tools of which ever trade they happen to be in. The calendar is near completion and orders are now being taken.

The cost of the calendars is £10 for one or £15 for two. A real his and hers present. If you would like to order any please telephone 01989 568911.


Tudorville Calendar Girl, Toni Bradley-Hall with the proof of her page.

29th September 2010 HELP ROSS PLAYGROUP CELEBRATE 40TH BIRTHDAY.....

Ross Pre-school Playgroup will be holding a 40th birthday celebration next Saturday, 9th October and everybody who has or will be having any connection with the group are invited to go along and join in the fun. Joyce Thomas, MBE-DL started the playgroup in 1970 and not only is she very proud of what the group does, she has remained involved for the whole 40 years.

The celebration will be 'Open House' at the playgroup and Joyce is inviting all past, present and in fact future parents, children, staff members, supporters and friends to join her to celebrate this amazing achievement. Everybody is welcome to go along to the Larruperz Centre, to see how the playgroup has changed over the years and check out the new outdoor play area and kitchen, built recently with grants from Herefordshire Council.

There will be a prize for the person who goes along to the celebration who attended the playgroup the longest time ago. There will also be refreshments available as well as the chance to reminisce with old friends.


29th September 2010 JKHS GETS GLOWING REPORT FROM CHIEF EXECUTIVE....

Steve Munby, who leads the National College for School Leadership visited John Kyrle recently to discuss future planning developments with Nigel Griffiths and to look around the school. Mr Munby said he was very impressed both with the vision for the school as outlined by the Headteacher and with the excellent working atmosphere he witnessed on an extensive tour.

Mr Munby met a number of students to discuss their experiences at school and said, 'I have visited a number of schools across the UK and John Kyrle students are amongst the friendliest and most positive I have met. The school is performing very well as evidenced by all I have read and seen first hand today and its future is secure and exciting.'


Steve Munby with Headteacher Nigel Griffiths and some of the pupils at the John Kyrle High School.

29th September 2010 POTS AND PIECES DO THEIR BIT FOR MACMILLAN.....

Sara and David Bruce of Pots and Pieces Tea Shop and Gallery would like to thank all their customers who generously donated money to Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning which was held on Friday, 24th September. The event was part of a national event designed to raise funds for the very worthy cause, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Pots and Pieces customers raised a total of £162.41, which is twice the amount collected last year. Three winners names were drawn out in the raffle and these are listed in the tea shop.

Sara and David said, 'We are grateful to our customers who turned out in great numbers to support the event and were very generous, as always.'


29th September 2010 X-ENTRICITY PRESENT THE WEDDING SINGER....

Young and dynamic local theatre group X-entricity are well-known for the professionalism, diversity and quality of their shows, ranging from Les Miserables to 'Allo 'Allo, from Fame to A Midsummer Night's Dream. Their next production sees them storm back to the stage with a production which promises to be an absolute blast of feel good fun! Based on the film of the same name, The Wedding Singer has fabulous music, brilliant dancing and hilarious comedy - and a little bit of romance, for good measure!

The hugely talented cast of over thirty young people drawn from across the three counties, together with guest artistes, promise to transport you back to the 80s, for an awesome night out.

Producer, Jane Hewson spoke to Wyenot News about X-entricity and about the forthcoming show. You can see what she had to say by watching this week's 'The Week in Moving Pictures', on the front page of Wyenot News.

The Wedding Singer is being performed at the Larruperz Centre, Ross on Wye, on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th October. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £7 for concessions, with discount for Groups and are available from the Centre by telephoning 01989 565465.

For further information, please contact Jane Hewson 01989 770777 janehewson@hotmail.com.'


X-entricity rehearsing on Sunday for 'The Wedding Singer'.

Steve Liddle providing the music.

29th September 2010 YOUNGSTERS TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON LIBRARY SERVICE.....

Herefordshire's children and young people are being invited to have their say on the service that Herefordshire Council's Library Service provides for them. From Monday, 11th to Saturday, 17th October, youngsters attending any of the county's libraries will be asked complete a survey that asks them what they think of the service. If children are unable to complete a questionnaire themselves, then their parents, carers or library staff can help them.

Councillor Adrian Blackshaw said, 'We hope as many youngsters as possible will take this opportunity to let us know what they think about our libraries. We hope the survey will help us to find out how children currently use libraries and their satisfaction with the library overall. The questions are wide ranging and will help inform our teams on where we need to improve services, especially against the backdrop of challenging economic times that all services face. The results of the survey will be used to enable the library service to plan how to improve its provision for young people.'

The survey is being conducted in libraries throughout England during September and October 2010.


29th September 2010 SHOP OPENS IN CROFTS FOR TUDORVILLE CENTRE....

The shop at 8 Croft Court has housed a charity shop for various causes during the past few weeks and has raised money for Help for Heroes, Ross Pre School Playgroup and Ross Rowing Club. The shop is now raising money for the Tudorville & District Community Centre.

The shop was officially opened by Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane who said she was very pleased to be asked to open the charity shop as the Tudorville Community Centre project was a well worth project and she wished the committee every success. Mrs. Joyce Thomas MBE-DL commented that she and Iris Price were delighted to help raise funds for the Community Centre at Tudorville as this a very warm community with many willing helpers and Colin and Anne Gray have always been the backbone of every aspect of it. She also wished the committee every success in this venture.

Iris tells us that he shop will be open until Saturday, 2nd October and is well worth a visit as there are lots of great bargains to be had. Why not go along and support the Tudorville Community Centre and find yourself a bargain? The photograph shows Colin and Anne Gray, Pauline Forsyth and Michelle Kings of the Tudorville Community Centre Committee with JO Lane, Joyce Thomas and Iris Price outside the Charity shop at 8 Croft Court.


Colin and Anne Gray, Pauline Forsyth and Michelle Kings of the Tudorville & District Community Centre Committee with Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane, Joyce Thomas, MBE-DL and Iris Price outside the Charity shop at 8 Croft Court.

29th September 2010 KIDS TO WALK TO SCHOOL AS PART OF h.ENERGY WEEK.....

Pupils from a number of Herefordshire schools will be donning their walking boots and walking to school as part of h.Energy, which runs from Monday 10th until Friday, 15th October. The schools taking part in the Walk to School Week include Ewyas Harold Primary School, St Michael's School in Bodenham, Garway Primary School, Brampton Abbotts Primary School in Ross-on-Wye, Sutton Primary School, Peterchurch Primary School and Wellington Primary School.

Peterchurch Primary School has recently invested in a new safe walkway to help encourage more walking to school and will be using it to full effect during h.Energy week. The school has achieved its third Eco-School green flag for improving diversity on site and saving energy and water.

Wellington Primary School is running a 'Keen to be Green' topic during the autumn half term, including activities such as a Woodland Trust Day at Credenhill, Bikeability training and using recycled materials in artwork.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for highways and transportation said, 'I am pleased so many schools have decided to take the chance to join in with h.Energy week by walking to school. This is not only a great opportunity for the pupils to get some exercise but it also helps schools to get across important messages about road safety as well as reducing congestion around schools.'

For further information or to find out how to join Walk to School Week, please contact info@herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk


29th September 2010 SCHOOL CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT IMMUNE SYSTEM.....

School children are being encouraged to learn about how their immune system works and how infections can spread, thanks to an NHS Herefordshire pharmacist. Children are some of the biggest infection spreaders, because they don't always pay attention to some of the simple rules of keeping healthy such as hand washing properly and covering their mouths when coughing and sneezing. Yet children gather together in large groups every day when they go to school, so the potential to spread infections is great.

Sue Hickman, qualified pharmacist and teacher has been working with school children in primary schools to try and help them understand how their bodies work, particularly in relation to how infections are fought off by their immune system. The aim is to help them understand what antibiotics are, but also why they have to be used prudently as inappropriate use can cause an increase in antibiotic resistance in the community. The children are always keen to learn and share what they've learned with their families.

Sue said, 'We had great fun exploring the immune system at Fownhope and Colwall primary schools last year. The children really got behind the campaign to persuade people to use antibiotics less and to finish the course of antibiotics when they were prescribed. Pupils designed some fantastic posters which were used to help get the message out to the community.

This year, I'm hoping to continue to work with schools in Herefordshire and look forward to having some more colourful and informative posters to promote the antibiotic awareness message. Increasing antibiotic resistance is a real and growing problem, so let's hope Herefordshire can lead the way in reducing the inappropriate use of antibiotics.'

The schools who have signed up to the scheme for this year include St Joseph's RC in Ross on Wye, Broadlands, Ewyas Harold, Longtown, Madley and Withington primary schools.


29th September 2010 JESSE REOPENS WHITCHURCH CLOCK TOWER....

Local MP, Jesse Norman was honoured to be asked to reopen the Clock Tower in Whitchurch last week after refurbishment of the clock was completed. Over one hundred people attended the event and were able to enjoy a jazz band and juggler on stilts, with tea afterwards in the village hall.

The Clock Tower was built in 1867 owing to the generosity of Amelia Panter, and many living members of the Panter family were on hand at the ceremony. The clock was restored, and a new winding mechanism added, by the Cumbria Clock Company, a specialist firm which also maintains the clocks at Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals. The work was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and organized by local residents Malcolm Littlewood and Penny Walshe, supported by the Parish Council.

Speaking after the event, Jesse said, 'Conserving our traditions is not merely a duty we owe to the future, but one we owe to the past. It is vital not to lose our heritage through neglect. This is a superb community-led initiative. Without it this lovely Clock Tower might in the course of time have become little more than a derelict reference to a long forgotten past.'


Jesse Norman MP reopens the Whitchurch Clock Tower.

29th September 2010 NOISY NEIGHBOUR HAS STEREO SEIZED.....

Herefordshire Council's Environmental Health Officers have successfully seized noise equipment from a tenant at a flat in the Clock House, off Churchill Avenue in Leominster.

The council had served a noise abatement notice on the tenant in November last year but the amplified noisy music continued. The environmental health officers investigated further, leading to the eventual witnessing of the noise which gave the council the green light to take the equipment away. This was considered the only effective way of permanently silencing the noise. The equipment was seized last week in the presence of police officers and included a television, play station and DVD player, all hooked up to loud speakers. The council has securely stored the equipment and is now considering taking legal action against the tenant for the breach of the noise abatement notice.

Councillor John Jarvis said, 'This just goes to show that the council will not tolerate persistent noise offenders and will use every power available to it to protect neighbours suffering from such inconsiderate and selfish behaviour. Any other members of the public who choose to ignore council environmental health officers should take note.'


29th September 2010 SPORTS DAY FOR THE OVER 45s.....

Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire are staging a special event this coming Friday, aimed at inspiring the over 45s to become fitter and get back into sport. The Inspired Games 2010 is being held at The Kindle Centre, Hereford from 10am until 2pm, and will offer those aged over 45 years the chance to take part in a variety of sports and inspire them to carrying on playing. Those attending will be able to try out badminton, archery, table tennis, dance mats, bowls, led walks, orienteering and many more sports. Qualified coaches will be at hand to guide people through their paces and refreshments will be available to keep people going.

Councillor Adrian Blackshaw of Herefordshire Council said, 'Both the council and NHS Herefordshire are fully committed to helping residents lead as healthy a life as possible and sport is a great way to become fitter. There are plenty of sports suitable for all ages and abilities and this event offers a chance for people to either try something completely new or take up a sport they last played as a child. This will help county people become part of the legacy from London 2012 which aims to get more people involved in sports.

Sport is one of the most fun ways to exercise both the body and mind and I hope people will take the opportunity to come along and try some out for free.'


29th September 2010 GOODRICH GOES GREEN - SEE HOW AT OPEN DAY.....

During the summer a transformation has been taking place at Goodrich Village Hall. With the aim of securing a low cost energy future for the hall and community, the committee of Goodrich Village Hall has recently secured £50,000 to install alternative technologies from the Low Carbon Building Program and the Community Sustainable Development Programme.

The technologies include: Solar Thermal, Solar PV and Air Source Heat Pumps. Further energy saving measures have been taken with the financial help of Awards For All, Herefordshire Grass Roots and the Severn Waste Environmental Fund. This £20,000 of funding has been used to install an insulated suspended ceiling with energy saving lighting, Argon Double Glazing, an Insulated wooden floor and cavity wall and loft Insulation.

An 'Open Day' will be taking place at Goodrich Village Hall on Sunday, 10th October so that visitors to the hall can see for themselves the improvements made as well as find out some useful tips on energy saving. The event will begin at 11am and at 12 Noon, Edward Leddy-Owen, the local 'Energy Saving Trust' representative, who is the Regional Microgeneration Co-ordinator for the West Midlands will be a guest speaker, giving a basic overview of the renewable technologies. The contractors will also be on hand, ready to answer any questions and to give advice.

Why not go along to the Goodrich Village Hall Open Day to go and see and touch the technologies whilst finding out how carbon reducing measures can enhance your life and your wallet. All are welcome and entrance is free.

For further information contact Andrew Bartle on 01594 810610.


Andy Herbert (right) with Andrew Bartle admiring the new argon double glazed windows.

29th September 2010 ROLL UP TO HEREFORDSHIRE FUNDING FAIR 2010Y.....

Herefordshire Council is organizing a free event to point anybody who is looking for funding for projects that will benefit the community in the right direction. Aimed largely at voluntary organizations and social enterprises, the event will take place at Hereford's Whitecross High School and Specialist Sports College on Wednesday, 27th October from 9.30am until 3.45pm.

The fair will consist of six workshops which people can book onto and funding under discussion includes the Heritage Lottery Fund, Lloyds TSB Foundation, the Big Lottery Fund and the VITAL Herefordshire LEADER Programme. Other workshops include 'Bidding for Success' which focuses on putting together a good application and how to get further help, support and information for existing or aspiring social entrepreneurs about how to start up a social enterprise.

Councillor Roger Phillips, leader of Herefordshire Council said, 'The council puts on these funding fairs every year in order to help local community projects. Despite the current recession, there are a number of grants available for a range of projects, including village renewal and development projects, training programmes and cash for small charities who are tackling disadvantage across England and Wales.

Last year more than 600 groups took advice from the project team on how to gain additional funding and organizations across Herefordshire received more than £1.6m worth of National Lottery grants in 2009. Anyone wishing to find out more and get some top tips on putting together successful applications for cash should come along and talk to those in the know.'

The event is free, although places need to be booked. Please contact Herefordshire Council project development team on 01432 383061 or email projectdevelopment@herefordshire.gov.uk for further information.


29th September 2010 LEARN ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY AT CAPLOR FARMY.....

As part of the Herefordshire 'New Leaf' h.Energy Festival, Caplor Farm in Fownhope is hosting an energy themed Open Day. Caplor is a family business whose activities span agriculture, renewable energy installation and property, and its environmental best practice was recently recognized when it was named Winner of the 2010 West Midlands Carbon Reduction Cost Saving Award.

The event will include displays and tours of Caplor's renewable technologies, as well as information about the services that are available. Caplor Farm is a small, sustainable business deeply embedded in its local community and this Open Day will embrace the energy needs of the local community whilst providing an informative and fun day out. In addition, Caplor will be open before the CRAG event on Saturday, 16th October for anybody who wants to look round but were not able to attend the main open day, (or people who liked it so much that they want to come again).

The farm will be open from 2pm until 5pm on Sunday, 10th October. Caplor farm is located about a mile outside Fownhope on the B4224, (look out for a sign advertising Eggs and Veg.) There is also a map on the Caplor Farm web site at www.caplor.co.uk and the event will be well sign posted. Free parking will be available at the farm.

Advanced booking is not required as the farm has the capacity to accommodate 500. For further information, please contact Chris Knapton by email on chris@caplor.co.uk or by telephoning 01432 860644.


29th September 2010 NEW ROAD SAFETY MEASURES AT OLD GORE.....

Measures to help reduce the number of accidents at a busy road junction in the south of the county have been welcomed by local county and parish councillors. Councillor Barry Durkin, in whose Old Gore ward the junction of the A449 with the B4224 lies, inspected new signage and road markings introduced after his call for action following the death of a young woman at the junction in May this year.

'A number of measures had already been put in place which raised the junction's visibility and has helped cut the number of accidents at this busy junction, but we hope the new measures, along with a common sense approach by drivers, will help reduce the number further,' said Councillor Durkin, as he surveyed new 'Give Way' markings on a red surface. The associated give way triangles on the road are set back and on a red surface to increase their visibility along the B4224 from both directions.

'This aspect of the additional work carried out here is innovative. We haven't done it anywhere else in Herefordshire and we believe this is the first time it's been done this way in the UK,' added Councillor Durkin, who sits on Herefordshire Council. Direction signs have also been repositioned and motorists approaching the junction will be reminded of previous accidents at the location thanks to a new accident notification sign.

Councillor Durkin continued, 'Ultimately we can only do so much to make junctions safe. Motorists must heed the warning signs and drive within their capability and vision and the conditions of the road. This has been a real partnership success with my colleagues on the Upton Bishop and How Caple parish councils backing a call for action at the site.'

Herefordshire Council's highways engineers designed the concept and the work was carried out through Amey's road marking subcontractors.


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29th September 2010 HEREFORD BUTTER MARKETS 200TH BIRTHDAYY.....

Saturday, 9th October is a very special day for the Buttermarket in Hereford, as it celebrates 200 years of trading! Herefordís indoor Market started out, as its name suggests, selling butter, cheeses and milk, and whilst dairy maids and diary churns may no longer be a common sight, there will be the opportunity to see dairy maids a' plenty, along with other assorted characters, at a special series of events being staged in the Buttermarket during the day.

The current Market has moved on a bit since it opened on the 10th October 1810 and a huge range of products are now on sale, many of which are locally sourced, supporting the countyís economy. The original Buttermarket was open to the elements, but the enterprising Victorians added the roof in 1860 and gave the building the look we are familiar with today.

Stall holders are looking forward to their special birthday and extend a warm invitation to for all to go along and join in the dayís events, which will include Punch and Judy, live music, Art 360, stilt walkers, competitions, balloons and lollipops for children and a free draw for adults. The Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Anna Toon, will open the event at 10am and the festivities will be supported by Sunshine Radio, complete with Ray, the Sunshine Cat, broadcasting from High Town.

But beware! Anyone thinking of misbehaving on the day might find themselves in trouble as there will be a Victorian policeman on duty, patrolling the area on his Penny Farthing!


29th September 2010 BUTTER MARKET PLANS WILL BOOST CITY ECONOMYY.....

New regeneration company Hereford Futures is to tender for a developer to restore the Butter Market as a magnet to attract more tourists and shoppers to the historic city centre of Hereford. As part of its plans to boost the Hereford economy, Hereford Futures will seek a developer to refurbish the interior of the Victorian market hall, exploring options for creating a centre of excellence for local produce and services as well as housing all of the current stall holders.

Proposals will safeguard the structure of the building which is in need of repairs and will provide an important new visitor attraction which would be funded by the private sector rather than the public purse. The value of the scheme means it needs to go out to OJEU (Official Journal of the European Community) and this is planned for next month, with a preferred developer and designer announced in the spring of 2011.

A national competition, launched in March this year to design a new interior for Hereford's Butter Market has resulted in several high quality and thought provoking ideas, according to Hereford Futures' Chief Executive, Jonathan Bretherton. The ideas will be short listed and exhibited to the public later in the year to link more closely with the 200th anniversary of the Butter Market The views of residents and visitors will be sought to help drive the development proposals.

The competition, managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has inspired an extension of the options beyond the refurbishment of the Butter Market to restore the role of the covered market as a central and powerful attraction for shoppers, visitors and tourists.

'We envisage a much more exciting prospect for developing this much loved market as part of the enhanced retail and tourism offering for Hereford.' said Jonathan Bretherton.

Len Tawn, chairman of the Hereford Butter Market Independent Traders Association said, 'We are currently planning our celebrations day for our 200th anniversary on Saturday, 9th October and are pleased that we and our customers will be involved in the evolution of the Butter Market into the next Century.'

The proposal has been welcomed by Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, who said, 'The concept is for a high quality landmark facility for our established market retailers, devoted to the best that Herefordshire has to offer. It will be a must see for shoppers, tourists or anyone visiting the county or the city. Herefordshire is recognized for its economic resilience and spirit of enterprise, and part of this is making the best of our natural resources, unique character and heritage. By enhancing the city's ancient role as a market centre we will guarantee a bustling and vibrant city for the benefit of our existing retailers, producers and businesses.'

A working group, which includes Butter Market traders, has met to discuss the results of the competition, the public exhibition and the tender proposals to enhance the building, the area of High Town to the front of the market and link in with the soon to be completed refurbishment of adjacent Widemarsh Street, which is a premier shopping street and a key gateway to the Butter Market.

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