place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
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
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.'
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.
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.'
WOULD RATHER GO NAKED . . . .....
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.
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.
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
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.
Calendar Girl, Toni Bradley-Hall with the proof of her page.
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.
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.
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.
GETS GLOWING REPORT FROM CHIEF EXECUTIVE....
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.
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.'
Munby with Headteacher Nigel Griffiths and some of the pupils at
the John Kyrle High School.
AND PIECES DO THEIR BIT FOR MACMILLAN.....
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
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
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.'
PRESENT THE WEDDING SINGER....
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
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.
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.
further information, please contact Jane Hewson 01989 770777
rehearsing on Sunday for 'The Wedding Singer'.
Liddle providing the music.
TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON LIBRARY SERVICE.....
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.
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.'
survey is being conducted in libraries throughout England
during September and October 2010.
OPENS IN CROFTS FOR TUDORVILLE CENTRE....
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.
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.
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.
TO WALK TO SCHOOL AS PART OF h.ENERGY WEEK.....
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.
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.
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.'
further information or to find out how to join Walk to School
Week, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT IMMUNE SYSTEM.....
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
REOPENS WHITCHURCH CLOCK TOWER....
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.
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
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
Norman MP reopens the Whitchurch Clock Tower.
NEIGHBOUR HAS STEREO SEIZED.....
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.
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
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.'
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.
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.
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.'
GOES GREEN - SEE HOW AT OPEN DAY.....
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.
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
'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.
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.
further information contact Andrew Bartle on 01594 810610.
Herbert (right) with Andrew Bartle admiring the new argon double
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.
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.
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.
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.'
event is free, although places need to be booked. Please
contact Herefordshire Council project development team on
01432 383061 or email email@example.com
for further information.
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
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).
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.
booking is not required as the farm has the capacity to
accommodate 500. For further information, please contact
Chris Knapton by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning
ROAD SAFETY MEASURES AT OLD GORE.....
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.
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.
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
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.'
Council's highways engineers designed the concept and the
work was carried out through Amey's road marking subcontractors.
HEREFORD BUTTER MARKETS 200TH BIRTHDAYY.....
Saturday, 9th October is a very special day for the Buttermarket
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.'
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.