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CROWN & SCEPTRE PUB IN ROSS ....................................
............................................... HAS ITS LICENSE
Regulatory Licensing Committee has today (Wednesday, 6th
October) suspended the licence of the Crown and Sceptre
Public House in Market Place, Ross-on-Wye, following an
application by West Mercia Police.
disorder centred on the pub over the weekend, which is now
subject to a police investigation, and a history of disorder
over the last 12 months, Superintendent Charles Hill, police
commander for Herefordshire, applied for a suspension of
the premises licence through an expedited review.
Mooney, Police Licensing Officer, said: 'For a number of
months, police in Herefordshire have been concerned about
the level of crime and disorder that has been occurring
in and around the town centre of Ross-on-Wye, which is typically
a safe and secure place. A significant amount of the problems
have taken place in or near the Crown and Sceptre Public
order to address this, the police have been working alongside
Herefordshire Council's licensing authority and the management
of the premises in order to tackle this problem. This suspension
will allow West Mercia Police and the licensing authority
to review the management, licence structures and conditions
for the premises in order to address their concerns and
the wider concerns of the community of Ross-on-Wye.
hope this proactive and positive approach, working in partnership
with the licensing authority will ensure that the concerns
of the communities of Herefordshire are addressed effectively.
We are committed to ensuring all our communities remain
safe places to live and work.'.
HOUSE CLOCK REPAIRED . . . . . .......................
. . . . . NOW FOR THE ROOF....
clock on Ross Market House is now ticking away merrily after
repairs were carried out earlier this year, so, readers
may be wondering what on earth is going on at Ross Market
House at the moment, as scaffolding was quickly erected
on Sunday and boarding has been put up at the front of the
historic building. The
reason for this is that the Market House roof has been leaking
for several years and English Heritage have now arranged
for the necessary repairs to be made. The boarding is there
in the interest of public safety.
how long this work will take to carry out depends on what
the contractors find when they have removed the old render
and flashing. It is hoped that the works will be complete
in time for the switching on of Ross-on-Wye's Christmas
Lights on Friday, 19th November or, failing this, it will
be ready for A.R.T's Christmas Shopping Extravaganza on
Sunday, 5th December.
the meantime, all markets will operate as normal and Ross
Heritage Centre opening hours will remain unchanged.
scaffolding goes up in preparation for the repairs to Ross Market
House roof to be made.
scaffolding goes up in preparation for the repairs to Ross Market
House roof to be made.
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.
TO HAND OVER YOUTH CENTRE TO TUDORVILLE....
is fantastic news for the residents of Tudorville. The committee
of Tudorville & District Community Centre have been
given the keys and permission to begin the necessary repair
work to the former Tudorville Youth Centre.
The Tudorville Youth Centre, near Ross-on-Wye, has been
grossly under used for several years, had fallen into disrepair
worth around £200,000 and was declared as 'no longer
fit for purpose' by Herefordshire Council last year. The
strength of feeling on the subject by Tudorville residents
made the council aware that the facility could still meet
the needs of the local community and worked with members
of the recently formed Tudorville and District Community
Centre (TDCC) to bring the building back to life.
association has rallied tremendous support from the community
and is to begin work this month to refurbish the empty venue
and bring it back into use as a fully fledged community
centre. Phase one of the planned refurbishment, which includes
raising the gym floor so it is all on one level and installing
a new heating system, will be completed this year thanks
to funding by the European Union (EAFRD) and Defra through
the VITAL Herefordshire LEADER programme. A Community Pride
grant has also been secured from Herefordshire Council as
part funding of some new tables and more comfortable chairs
for the community centre.
Gray, Chairman of the TDCC committee, said they hope to
open the doors for business on 1st January 2011 to provide
a community centre that will be available to hire by all.
'There were three original members of a group that plodded
along hoping to somehow take over the old youth club,' said
Colin. 'Then came the announcement of impending closure
and from that this young and dynamic group of young people
came forward to boost the aims of the group.
was like a dream come true with the help of dedicated officers
both working for Herefordshire Council, local Herefordshire
councillors, Ross Town Council and the voluntary sector,
including Herefordshire Voluntary Action and Community First,
and a great deal of work was accomplished in six months.
The ongoing tasks will be tackled by the designated groups
to refurbish the centre to create a building that will be
able to cater for the provision of all ages, including the
young and the more mature. Our thanks must go to all that
have supported us both with time and sponsorship, we owe
you for the help given and the faith you have in us to deliver.'
Harry Bramer said the project was 'a great example of what
can happen when a local council works with its local communities.
The former youth centre had become an eyesore and was becoming
a risk to public safety. It was costing the council money
to keep empty.' It would have cost the council in excess
of £200,000 to refurbish the building which is due to be
handed over to the association this week.
held a public meeting in February this year which showed
considerable local support for the project and in June the
TDCC was formed as a company limited by guarantee and it
is now also a registered charity,' added Councillor Bramer.
The aims of the association are to refurbish and then operate
the building as a community centre as a not for profit,
community owned asset. Herefordshire Council will transfer
the building to the association under the 'community asset
association, which presented a robust business plan, was
supported by the council and its voluntary sector partners
who provided both development and funding advice to the
organization. We have also consulted far and wide and there
has been overwhelming support for the project. This is a
real example of the big community principle in action.'
last the work can begin on Tudorville & District Community Centre.
MARKET VISITS ROSS ON WYE....
French market revisited Ross-on-Wye on Saturday with its
usual range of traditionally French breads, meats, cheeses,
perfumes and other goods, giving Ross residents and visitors
to the town a market with a different flavour. The French
market worked in conjunction with the traditional Ross Town
Saturday market, giving visitors choice from the best of
French market which visited Ross-on-Wye on Saturday.
TO TARGET ILLEGAL TOBACCO.....
Council and NHS Herefordshire are urging all county residents
to join the fight against illicit tobacco sales. Councillor
John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
environment and strategic housing said, 'Illegal tobacco
might not sound like such a big deal, but for many people
living in Herefordshire it is a big issue.
from being a victimless crime, the illegal tobacco trade
makes it easier for children to start smoking, takes advantage
of cash strapped families, and helps fund organized crime.
Illegal tobacco products are cigarettes, hand-rolling tobacco
(HRT) or niche products (such as beedis / bidis and sheesha
/ shisha) that have been smuggled, bootlegged or are counterfeit
(fake). It's a fact that illegal tobacco brings low level
and large scale organized crime into our community, it can
aid drug and alcohol smuggling, money laundering and even
terrorism. As these cigarettes are half the price of legal
ones, it is easier for children to take up the habit, encourage
people to smoke more, and make it harder for people who
want to quit. All
tobacco products are harmful but fake tobacco has been known
to contain unusual substances such as plastic bags, sawdust,
sand, tobacco beetles and rat faeces. They also contain
much higher levels of chemicals than genuine ones so you
can never be sure of what you are smoking.'
use has been falling steadily for the last decade as a result
of changing social attitudes and tough government action,
such as hefty price rises, an advertising ban, graphic picture
warnings on packets, the switch to smoke free enclosed public
buildings in 2007, and improved NHS services for those wanting
to quit. The health and welfare of the community who purchase
these less expensive tobacco products is a major concern.
It is reported that illegal tobacco is responsible for four
times as many deaths as drugs.
Wilson, Herefordshire Council's trading standards officer
added, 'If tobacco smuggling was eradicated then up to 4,000
fewer people would die each year from smoking related deaths.
Not only this, but selling illegal tobacco products in the
community takes away genuine sales from local retailers,
who have been hit hard by the current economic climate.
We need your help to let us know where this illegal tobacco
is being sold from. We can then concentrate our efforts
with help from partners to stamp this out for good within
know that the following areas are potential sources so do
keep an eye out for illegal tobacco sales being undertaken
at: 'Tab' houses (houses that sell smuggled / fake tobacco),
pubs and clubs, car boot sales, tanning salons, ice cream
vans, workplaces and on the street. If you'd like to share
some information and help us drive it out for good, you
can contact me anonymously on 01432 261987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.'
remember that it is not only illegal cigarettes that can
cause harm and kill, the contents of all cigarettes are
harmful, with one half of long term smokers dying of smoking
related illnesses. If you need support and advice to help
you quit then call 01432 383567 or email email@example.com
HOW GOODRICH VILLAGE HALL IS SAVING ENERGY.....
of the public are being given the opportunity to see what
one of Herefordshire Council's Village Hall Energy Challenge
winners have been doing with their £6,500 prize money.
h.Energy Week runs from Sunday, 10th until Saturday, 16th
October and as part of this event, Godric Hall will be open
on Sunday, 10th from 11am until 2pm, and visitors will be
able to see how a variety of renewable energies have been
used to drastically cut the hall's fuel bills and carbon
emissions. Goodrich Village Hall also received £50,000 from
the Low Carbon Building Programme and the Community Sustainable
Development programme, which has paid for the installation
of solar thermal, solar photovoltaics and air source heat
pumps. A further £20,000 of funding has been used to install
an insulated suspended ceiling with energy saving lighting,
double glazing, an insulated wooden floor and cavity wall
and loft insulation.
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's Energy Champion said,
'I would urge anyone who wants to find out more about the
practical benefits of investing in renewable energies, to
come along and visit Goodrich Village Hall which was a most
worthy winner in our energy challenge. The measures installed
are making a marked difference in reducing the hall's energy
usage and also helping the environment by making the most
of renewable sources such as solar panels. If
every village hall was to follow Goodrich's lead, this would
have a huge impact in reducing the county's carbon footprint
so I hope people will take this chance to visit and hopefully
be inspired to do the same.'
and Brobury Village Hall, which has 18 solar photovoltaic
panels installed, is also open to the public on Friday,
15th October, from 10am until 1pm, as part of h.Energy Week.
Visitors will not only be able to see the solar panels,
but can also visit several local energy projects, including
one couple who produce enough energy to be completely off
Village Hall should really save some money on their energy bills
A SPECIAL FOOD EVENT AT LEOMINSTER LIBRARYY.....
As part of h.Energy week, a special event is being held
at Leominster Library on Friday, 15th October. The event
will take place from 7pm until 8pm, when Rob Elliott and
Sally Dean, authors of How to Eat and The Food Maze, will
be talking about their passion for cooking and eating local
John Jarvis said, 'The food choices we make as individuals
can make a huge difference on carbon emissions and the effect
we have on climate change. This talk will show that making
the right food choices is fun, pleasurable, money saving,
good for our health and good for the planet, which is a
win, win situation for us all. This event is part of h -Energy
week which starts on Sunday, 10th October, when lots of
events will be taking place all week all around the county
offering a chance to learn more about how we can reduce
our energy use, and how we can use local sustainable resources
to create a healthier, brighter, more energy efficient future
for our county.'
part of h.Energy week, libraries in Ross-on-Wye, Hereford
and Leominster will have new collections of books labelled
'Green Life' which will include books about growing your
own food, how to make your home more energy efficient and
how to live a greener healthy lifestyle.
for the How to Eat talk are on sale now for £3 from Leominster
Library. Please telephone 01432 383290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
further information about h.Energy week, log onto http://www.herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk/h-energy
A TRIBUTE TO EMMA YOUNG
family of Emma Louise Young have paid tribute to their 23
year old daughter. Emma, from Hereford, was killed in a
road traffic collision on the A438 close to the Trumpet
cross-roads at just after 10pm on Thursday, 30th September.
mother, Mrs. Angela Tyler, on behalf of her whole family
said, 'My beautiful, precious daughter was tragically taken
from us at the height of her happiness. She was an unassuming,
gentle, loving, caring individual who had always strived
to do the right thing so that we would be proud of her.
had found true love and happiness and achieved her true
vocation in life, looking after children and young adults
with special needs.
void she has left in our lives and hearts will never ever
EXTRADITED SEX OFFENDER FINALLY FACES JUSTICEY.....
A sex offender who fled the UK to Peru and had to be extradited
back to face justice was been given an indeterminate sentence
in prison on Tuesday 5th October. It is believed that the
extradition is the first ever successful order granted by
Peru to the UK.
man, who previously lived in Madley, Herefordshire, was
arrested on 22nd May 2008 about historic accusations of
abusing a girl under the age of 13 years. He was charged
soon after and presented at Hereford Crown Court where he
was bailed to appear at a later date. He absconded in February
2009 and flew to Holland, subsequently making his way to
1st March 2010 at Worcester Crown Court, the man, in his
40s, was found guilty in his absence of rape of a female
under 13, three counts of sexually assaulting a female under
thirteen and eight counts of cruelty to a person under the
age of 16. West Mercia Police contacted the Peruvian authorities
and applied for an extradition order. The offender was arrested
by police in Peru and was in custody there for 14 months.
granted the extradition order on 10th August 2009 under
the provisions of the United Kingdom-Peru Treaty of 1907,
the first ever successful extradition order granted by Peru
to the UK. Officers from West Mercia Police flew out to
South America and collected the offender last month and
he was returned to the UK and remanded into custody on 9th
September. He finally appeared for sentencing on Tuesday
at Hereford Crown Court where he was handed an indeterminate
sentence of seven and a half years, which is the minimum
amount of time he will serve. He will not be released until
it is believed that he no longer poses a risk to the public.
He will also be required to remain on the Sex Offenders
Inspector Jon Roberts of Hereford Family Protection Unit
said, 'This man sexually assaulted and abused a young girl
over a number of years and I am very pleased to see him
finally face justice for his cruel and repulsive crimes.
I hope, in some small way, it helps his victim come to terms
with what he did to her as well as reassurance to the community
that there is no place to hide when you are convicted of
such serious charges.
the hard work of my officers and the CPS to charge this
offender and put him before a court, it has taken a lot
of additional effort from a number of organizations to bring
him back to Hereford. I would like to thank the Home Office,
the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Metropolitan Police
Extradition Unit and of course our colleagues in Peru for
not allowing this man to start a new life in their country
where he may have posed a similar risk.'
Wallace, Crown Advocate for West Mercia Crown Prosecution
Service (CPS) added, 'This offender fled the country before
his case went to trial in an attempt to evade his prosecution,
however he was found guilty in his absence and sentenced.
The criminal justice system has worked tirelessly to bring
him to justice for the crimes he committed and I would like
to thank all of the agencies involved.
will continue to work with authorities around the world
and I hope this is a strong deterrent for anyone who may
think that leaving the country will help them escape justice.'
WOW THE CROWD AT GOODRICH VILLAGE HALL.....
Dance group Siyaya wowed the crowds at the newly refurbished
Goodrich Village Hall on the evening of Saturday, 2nd October.
The event was a sell out success ten days before Siyaya
arrived to play to a packed Village Hall. The audience were
treated to a superb evenings entertainment of African songs,
music and dance performed with great energy and skill.
was wonderful!' said John Bloxham ,Committee Member. 'The
whole audience joined in and there were smiles on everyone's
faces - it was a great night! Goodrich has never seen anything
the afternoon, the group of musicians also held a workshop
at Goodrich School and the sound of drumming could be heard
down the lanes of leafy Goodrich. Truly, something different
on the doorstep.
are one of Zimbabwe's leading dance theatres. Having performed
across the world in Africa, Italy and Germany, and also
played at the Edinburgh Fringe, WOMAD and Glastonbury, they
have now put Goodrich Village Hall on the map of their venues.
The nine musicians and dancers took the audience on a joyous
and spectacular celebration of music, dance and life in
are really excited by the prospect of bringing such exciting
new events to Goodrich,' said organizer Andrew Herbert.
'We hope that everyone will appreciate these amazing opportunities
for acclaimed acts on their doorstep. The evening was a
great credit to the dedicated team who worked tirelessly
to achieve such a success.'
was a great way to test out the newly revamped Village Hall,'
said Len Morgan, Chairman. 'Thanks to everyone who worked
so hard behind the scenes to help put on the event and to
provide refreshments. Come and check out the village hall's
new technologies next weekend at our open day on the 10th
October, from 11am until 2pm.'
keep their audience captivated.
HEARTLESS THIEVES STEAL FROM DIALYSIS CENTREY.....
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after
the Hereford Dialysis Centre was targeted by thieves some
time last week. The centre, on Tillington Road, had an air
conditioning unit and copper piping stolen from its roof,
but it was not spotted immediately and the thieves could
have taken the items any time between 8am on Saturday, 25th
and 8am on Thursday, 30th September.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Rees of Hereford CID said,
'The centre's air conditioning was not working for several
days and it was only when an engineer visited that the theft
was discovered. It is pretty disgusting that a medical facility
should be targeted in this way as this theft could easily
have had serious repercussions for patients that rely on
would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious
around the Tillington Road area last week. For example,
did you see activity that you may have assumed were legitimate
workmen? Due to the size of the heating system, there would
probably have to be at least two or three persons involved
and a vehicle nearby.
smallest details can help, so please contact West Mercia
Police on 0300 333 3000 and ask to speak to the officer
in the case, PC Kevin Jones. Alternatively, you can pass
on information anonymously via the Crimestoppers number
0800 555 111.'
WALKING FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS.....
Council's ninth walking festival has been hailed another
great success this year, with more than 900 people enjoying
53 walks throughout the county. This year's festival, which
ran from 19th to 27th June, saw 901 adults and 23 children
take part in a variety of walks ranging from a three-day
'In The Steps of the Mortimers' walk to specialist geology
and photography walks.
walks, Southward and Beyond, Hills and Churches around Colwall,
Sunny Delight with ice cream tastings, St Peter Connection,
the Delights of Nature to Upper Welson Marsh and a Geology
Trail of Kington and Hergest landscapes proved particularly
popular, with several of them completely selling out. The
three-day In The Steps of the Mortimers walk was also a
sell-out and overall the festival sold 75 per cent of tickets
for the 53 walks, an increase on the 67 per cent sold the
Lewis, Herefordshire Council's tourism, food and marketing
manager said, 'This year's festival was blessed with magnificent
weather. In fact it was even a bit too hot at times for
some of the more strenuous walks but we did have some welcome
breezes as well. I am delighted with the number of walkers
who came to the county just for this particular festival
and that we attracted 75 new people this year. We also know
that 35 per cent of walkers were from outside the county
from places such as Cheshire, London, Sheffield, Edinburgh,
Dorset, Holland and France and this is excellent news for
boosting tourism in the county and putting Herefordshire
on the map.'
year will be the tenth anniversary of the walking festival
and it is hoped to provide more walks by extending the chance
to lead walks to parish councils, interest groups and local
tourist associations across the county.
rest on Hanter Hill.
COUNCIL LEADER PULLS PLUG ON COUNCIL REALITY TVY.....
Proposals to launch 'Council TV' into every living room
in the county have been quickly stamped on by the leader
of Herefordshire Council. An idea to pilot web casting,
to enable residents to watch council debates on the internet,
was raised by a review panel of elected members reporting
to overview and scrutiny committee. The proposal was mis-reported
today as 'a test broadcast of reality TV' on the front page
of a local newspaper.
Roger Phillips, leader of the council, immediately pulled
the plug on the idea. He said, 'I have never heard such
squit. There is no way the cabinet will even contemplate
spending money on such a suggestion. We've only just seen
the back of Big Brother; we won't be starting another reality
TV show. Public services are facing up to severe financial
pressures and massive cuts in government funding.
commitment is to reduce any possible increase in council
tax and make sure we do all we can to safeguard social care
for the vulnerable and our growing older population. We
have already cut back on what we spend on communications
and will be cutting back more in the next few months. Every
area of activity is making a contribution, with more central
control of communications expenditure.'
council recently announced it would be cutting at least
30 management posts over the next one to two years and has
already rationalized the number of directorates as it drives
through savings as a result of close partnership working
with NHS Herefordshire, the Primary Care Trust.
CHILDREN REWARDED WITH BIKES BY CHANGE4LIFE
Herefordshire school children have been presented with custom
made new bikes by NHS Herefordshire after notching up over
30 stamps in a Change4Life activity reward scheme this summer.
year old Jessica White from Hereford
and nine year old Calista Musto from Leominster were prize
winners in a new innovative project which aimed to get the
county's children moving more and eating more healthily
over the summer holidays.
joint venture with NHS Herefordshire's Change4Life team,
Halo Leisure and Herefordshire Council's sports development
unit saw nearly a thousand children joining in a raft of
sporting activities across the county. Each activity or
healthy food choice won them a stamp in a passport and a
small prize if they managed to get over 30 stamps in a week.
On average 50 prizes were issued every week over the six
week holiday period.
sporting activities were funded by the national Sport Unlimited
initiative and managed by Herefordshire Council. The scheme
aims to get more young people involved in sport by providing
them with a taster experience, then directing them to a
club in order for them to continue to participate.
Forster, NHS Herefordshire said, 'The summer reward scheme
was a new idea and we are delighted with the results. By
offering incentives to the children, we were able to encourage
them to think about the choices they made and to try new
things too. The children had great fun joining in all the
different activities put on by Halo. We were particularly
pleased with the number of children who made healthy choices
when it came to snacks and lunch times.
a result, more children than ever before joined the summer
activities programme which ran at Halo centres in Ross-on-Wye,
Hereford, Leominster, Ledbury and Bromyard. Hopefully we
will be able to run the scheme again next year and possibly
extend it to include other activity providers as well.'
the end of the summer holidays, all those with completed
passports were entered into a big prize draw. The winners
were presented with their new bikes at Climb On Bikes, Hereford,
this week. Pool party prizes also went to 10 year old Tre
Seaborne and eight year old Ellie Stansbury.
HEREFORDSHIRE GIVES SHAKESPEARE'S TOWN IDEASY.....
A delegation from Stratford-upon-Avon visited Hereford last
week and went away impressed, after seeing first hand how
Herefordshire Council's shop front grant scheme works. The
delegation, which included the deputy leader of Stratford-upon-Avon
District Council, the council's planning portfolio holder,
the Mayor, a former Mayor and 18 of the town's most influential
opinion leaders, including planners, developers and retailers,
were treated to a whistle-stop tour of the county.
visit included a walk around Hereford city centre and Leominster.
They had heard about our shop front scheme and described
seeing it in action as 'a revelation',' said Councillor
Adrian Blackshaw, who hosted last week's visit. 'In Hereford
they were particularly impressed with the way the scheme
fits in with the ongoing regeneration of the area. They
were particularly impressed with the way we're blending
the traditional and historic with the new. During a question
and answer session, they asked about development in Hereford
city centre and they said what they had seen would help
them as they shape Stratford's future.'
the visit, Ian Heggie, vice president of the Stratford Society
said, 'Well done Herefordshire. You should be proud of what
you have managed to achieve and also proud that you have
inspired Shakespeare's town to follow your lead.'
Blackshaw added, 'It's good to know that popular tourist
destinations like Stratford-upon-Avon can be influenced
STUDY INTO RENEWABLE ENERGY AT GREEN DRAGONY.....
As part of its work in developing the county's planning
blueprint up to 2026, Herefordshire Council has commissioned
environmental experts to carry out an in-depth study into
renewable energies. Wardell Armstrong, an engineering and
environmental consultancy, is carrying out the study to
support the Local Development Framework and they will be
presenting their early findings at a special event being
held as part of h.Energy Week. The event is being held at
The Green Dragon Hotel, Hereford,
on Wednesday, 13th October from 1.30pm until 3.30pm.
John Jarvis said, 'This study, due to be completed by the
end of October, will review all options for renewable energies
including solar, thermal, ground and air source heat pumps,
wind, biomass and hydro. The evidence in the study will
help us develop planning policies and renewable energy targets
for the period up to 2026 as we aim to reduce our reliance
on fossil fuels. I would urge anyone interested in finding
out more about how renewable energies can work in the county
to come along to this free event.'
booking is required for the event and the venue has access
for disabled people.
REACHES HEIGHT OF SUCCESS.....
Morrison, an administrator in NHS Herefordshire's public
experience team, has successfully completed a gruelling
challenge to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity.
Monday, 13th September, Zoe reached the summit of Mount
Kilimanjaro after four days of strenuous climbing.
said, 'This was the single most difficult thing I have ever
done or will ever do, but also the most exhilarating. Despite
the exhaustion and battling altitude sickness which affected
me badly, I still enjoyed the challenge and the views along
the way were spectacular. Arriving at the summit made all
the effort worthwhile, I can't really put it into words.'
was part of a group of 14 undertaking the challenge together
and between them they have raised just over £50,000 for
the charity. She said, 'I wanted to do something for Help
for Heroes, whose amazing work helps our injured soldiers.
Given that my husband is a soldier and has recently completed
a 6 month tour of Afghanistan, it's a cause that is very
close to my heart; but I never thought we'd raise quite
McPherson, head of the public experience team at NHS Herefordshire
said, 'I am so proud of Zoe. Everyone at NHS Herefordshire
was right behind her and we never doubted she'd make it.'
AUTUMN FUN AT QUEENSWOOD COUNTRY PARKY.....
As the leaves on the trees start to turn and autumn descends
upon us, where better to see some amazing autumn colour
than by visiting Queenswood Country Park? With it looking
like an early autumn this year now is the best time to visit
to see the trees ablaze with colour and at the arboretum,
especially in the Autumn Garden, where there are some really
spectacular sights. Here the foliage of the Japanese Maples
(Acer palmatum) display brilliant vermilions, purples, yellows
again, during October there are lots of activities planned
to help people make the most of this fantastic season. From
23rd October and throughout the half term holidays people
can discover how seeds find a new place to grow by following
Bertie Buzzard's Autumn Trail, which is great fun for children
aged around 5 to 12 years. Adults are welcome to follow
an 'Autumn Tree' Trail, which leads them around the Arboretum
to find some spectacular examples of autumn colour. Entry
forms and leaflets for both trails cost 50p and are available
from Queenswood Tourist Information Centre.
can give something back to the Country Park on Sunday, 24th
October by joining Countryside Ranger, Paul Ratcliffe for
a volunteer work morning. From 9.30am until 1pm why not
get some valuable countryside management experience by helping
to clear seasonal vegetation from around the trees. This
event is not suitable for children and will involve using
sharp hand tools to clear nettles, brambles and long grass.
Please contact Queenswood Tourist Information Centre to
let them know you are going by telephoning 01568 797842.
Monday, 25th until Friday, 29th October local chain saw
sculptor, Steve Elsby will be at Queenswood creating a new
crocodile carving, which will eventually be moved to Old
School Lane play area in Hereford
to replace the previous crocodile. People are invited to
go along and watch Steve at work as he transforms a piece
of redwood into a fantastic reptile.
can also help people to make their own 'Environmental Art
Masterpiece' on Thursday, 28th October 2010 from 10.30am
until Noon, by joining a fun family walk with Ranger, Jim
Key and local artist Lisa Pendlebury. Help collect fallen
materials to create a giant scale piece of autumn art. This
event costs £2 per child and booking is essential. Contact
Queenswood Tourist Information Centre on 01568 797842 for
will be getting spooky on Friday, 29th October when Wildplay
will be back at Queenswood for a Halloween Night walk. The
walk, which is suitable for children over five years accompanied
by an adult, will start at 4.30pm and will finish by 5.45pm.
People will need to book a place on this by contacting Wildplay
directly at Herefordshire Nature Trust. Please telephone
is Herefordshire's only country park and has free car parking,
toilets and a licensed café. There are three way-marked
trails and easy access paths so that everyone can enjoy
the park as well as a picnic and barbecue area, a popular
adventure play area and a free 'seaside style' telescope
at the viewpoint.
Country Park is on the A49 between Hereford and Leominster.
Just follow the brown signs at the top of Dinmore Hill.
Alternatively the 492 bus service departs Hereford and Leominster
at regular intervals throughout the day.