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6th October 2010 THE CROWN & SCEPTRE PUB IN ROSS ....................................
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HAS ITS LICENSE SUSPENDED
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Herefordshire 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.

Following 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.

Jim 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 House.

In 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.

We 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.'.


6th October 2010 MARKET HOUSE CLOCK REPAIRED . . . . . .......................
............................................... . . . . . NOW FOR THE ROOF....

The 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.

Just 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.

In the meantime, all markets will operate as normal and Ross Heritage Centre opening hours will remain unchanged.


The scaffolding goes up in preparation for the repairs to Ross Market House roof to be made.

The scaffolding goes up in preparation for the repairs to Ross Market House roof to be made.

6th October 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.


6th October 2010 COUNCIL TO HAND OVER YOUTH CENTRE TO TUDORVILLE....

There 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.

The 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.

Colin 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.

It 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.'

Councillor 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.

'TDCC 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 transfer' scheme.

The 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.'


At last the work can begin on Tudorville & District Community Centre.

6th October 2010 FRENCH MARKET VISITS ROSS ON WYE....

The 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 both worlds.


The French market which visited Ross-on-Wye on Saturday.

6th October 2010 COUNCIL TO TARGET ILLEGAL TOBACCO.....

Herefordshire 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.

Far 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.'

Cigarette 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.

Leah 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 Herefordshire.

We 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 lwilson@herefordshire.gov.uk.'

Always 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 caron.cooke@herefordpct.nhs.uk


29th September 2010 SEE HOW GOODRICH VILLAGE HALL IS SAVING ENERGY.....

Members 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.

Councillor 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.'

Bredwardine 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 the grid.


Goodrich Village Hall should really save some money on their energy bills now.

6th October 2010 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 Herefordshire food.

Councillor 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.'

As 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.

Tickets for the How to Eat talk are on sale now for £3 from Leominster Library. Please telephone 01432 383290 or email amdossett@herefordshire.gov.uk

For further information about h.Energy week, log onto http://www.herefordshirenewleaf.org.uk/h-energy


6th October 2010

A TRIBUTE TO EMMA YOUNG

The 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.

Emma's 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.

She had found true love and happiness and achieved her true vocation in life, looking after children and young adults with special needs.

The void she has left in our lives and hearts will never ever be filled.'


6th October 2010 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.

The 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 Peru.

On 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.

Peru 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 Register indefinitely.

Detective 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.

After 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.'

Mary 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.

We 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.'


6th October 2010 SIYAYA WOW THE CROWD AT GOODRICH VILLAGE HALL.....

African 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.

'It 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 like it.'

During 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.

Siyaya 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 Africa.

'We 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.'

'This 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.'


Siyaya keep their audience captivated.

Siyaya at Goodrich.

6th October 2010 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.

Acting 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 the centre.

We 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.

The 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.'


6th October 2010 HEREFORDSHIRE WALKING FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS.....

Herefordshire 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.

New 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 previous year.

Jane 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.'

Next 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.


Walkers rest on Hanter Hill.

6th October 2010 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.

Councillor 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.

Our 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.'

The 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.


6th October 2010

CHILDREN REWARDED WITH BIKES BY CHANGE4LIFE

Two 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.

Eleven 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.

A 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.

The 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.

Caroline 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.

As 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.'

At 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.


6th October 2010 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.

'Their 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.'

Following 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.'

Councillor Blackshaw added, 'It's good to know that popular tourist destinations like Stratford-upon-Avon can be influenced by Hereford.'


6th October 2010 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.

Councillor 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.'

No booking is required for the event and the venue has access for disabled people.


6th October 2010 ZOE REACHES HEIGHT OF SUCCESS.....

Zoe 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. On Monday, 13th September, Zoe reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro after four days of strenuous climbing.

Zoe 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.'

Zoe 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 so much!'

Euan 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.'


Zoe on Kilimanjaro.

6th October 2010 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 and oranges.

Once 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.

Queenswood needs you!

Residents 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.

From 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.

Residents 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 further information.

Things 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 01432 356872.

Queenswood 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.

Queenswood 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.

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