place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY X-ENTRICITY....
youth theatre group X-entricity are currently appearing
at the Larruperz centre with their production of musical
comedy, 'The Wedding Singer.' We were invited to the show
on Saturday evening and the group's performance was nothing
less than outstanding. The laughs were many and the turntable
sets were fantastic but the talent and professionalism of
these young people was just amazing.
starring role in this production was played by Lucas Abbot,
who sang his heart out, made you want to cry your eyes out
and carried the role of the jilted Wedding Singer perfectly.
Lots of laughs too came courtesy of his supportive 'band'
Sammy, (Charlie Rodgers-Davies) and George (Ryan Clack)
as they tried to mend Robbie's broken heart before he destroyed
too many more wedding ceremonies. Tabby Porter, (leading
lady, Julia) has a wonderful voice. Watching her come to
terms with the fact that she loved Robbie and not her intended,
Glen Guglia (Rory Trevethan) who played his part brilliantly
was a joy to see.
main characters were very well supported by a strong cast
and we can certainly recommend the show. The Wedding Singer
is running again this coming Friday and Saturday evening.
Last weekend was a sell out but if you want to go and see
this fabulous show, it will definitely be well worth seeing
if there are any tickets left.
at the close of their Saturday night performance.
CINEMA IN ROSS ON THE CARDSY.....
A community cinema in Ross-on-Wye could be on the cards
as part of a package to improve the town's community facilities
at the Y-Zone. The
YZone, which provides access for local groups to work with
young people from the town and surrounding areas, has already
enjoyed extensive modernization including the development
of a music suite and recording facilities.
help from Herefordshire Council, the Basement Youth Trust
and grants from a variety of external funders, the young
people and local community are to benefit from a second
phase in the development, which includes a new IT suite,
a full catering kitchen, a new TV lounge with all mod cons
and a full size cinema screen. The
centre has the potential to be used as a community cinema
with films being projected from the balcony; a much needed
resource in Ross-on-Wye as the nearest cinemas are in Hereford
or Gloucester. Licensing regulations are already being explored.
celebrate the opening of these new facilities and give members
of the public and centre users the chance to see them, an
open morning is being organized for Tuesday, 26th October.
During the morning, the young people from the centre's youth
club will be putting on a host of entertainment, showcasing
some of the activities they have been participating in over
the last 12 months.
promises to be a spectacular event with local bands playing,
lots of rapping and singing, displays of young people's
art and design work and a tour of the music suite which
is now fully operational with a music technician in post
to help budding artists play and record their work. The
morning will begin at 10.30am and finish at around 1pm with
buffet style refreshments, all prepared by the young people
in the new kitchen.
Y-zone provides a much needed base for many user groups
to work with young people and the local community, and now
this extended facility opens up yet more possibilities,'
said Councillor Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's
services. 'The council's youth workers already do some outstanding
video and music project work with young people which they
will now be able to share with their friends and families
on the big silver screen.
potential for Ross-on-Wye to have its own community cinema
is fantastic and would provide a much needed boost to the
town, encouraging people to stay local and support their
ROSS LIONS RAISE £1000 FOR PAKISTAN APPEALY.....
Ross Lions Club would like to thank the people of Ross-on-Wye
for their generosity during our recent street collection
for Pakistan Flood Relief.
the day, the street collection raised £450.93 which exceeded
their expectations and they were delighted by everyone's'
generosity. There were several £10 and £20 donations which
shows just how much people have been affected by this great
tragedy. We have all seen the effects of Wye floods. Just
imagine that this flood covers not only the whole of Herefordshire,
but extends across the whole of Wales. That is what happened
Lions Club agreed to round up the collection from their
own funds to a total of £1000. This money will be added
to moneys collected into the Lions Clubs International Pakistan
Appeal from Lions Clubs all over the world. So far, This
fund has reached $230,000 (not counting their £1000) but
it will get much bigger if the Haiti appeal is anything
to go by. This raised $6,000,000.
money you donate does not go to governments or Quangos.
It always remains under the control of Lions Clubs and every
penny is spent locally by the Lions Clubs of Pakistan, who
have already provided help on a heroic scale. You can see
just what the Pakistan Lions are doing by visiting http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/news-and-events/newsroom/release-200.php
can find out more about Ross Lions, or how to donate, from
our web site www.rossonwyelions.org
CHARITIES DID WELL FROM CROFTS SHOP....
will be pleased to know that local charities have had their
funds boosted considerably by proceeds from the charity
shop in Crofts Court. The shop opened for seven weeks and
proceeds from the first two weeks, £2655.20, went
to Help for Heroes. The following two weeks raised £1575
for Ross Pre School Playgroup and £1550 was raised
for Ross Rowing Club during the third fortnight. The final
week was in aid of Tudorville & District Community Centre
when the shop raised £890.
Price said that she and Joyce Thomas were extremely pleased
with the results and would like to thank everybody who had
supported the venture.
shop at Crofts Court has now been taken over by Ross Sea
Cadets and there are plenty of bargains to be had. (I myself
purchased a nearly new pair of jeans for 50p there alst
week!) This particular venture will be running until Saturday,
16th October, so why not go along yourself and help to support
the young people from Ross Sea Cadets at the same time?
The volunteers there will be very pleased to see you.
Lampert of Ross Sea Cadets hands Tina her bargain £0.50 jeans
from the Sea Cadets' shop.
TASTY COMPETITION FOR HALF TERM HOLIDAYY.....
The Library service is calling on county youngsters to get
creative this half term holiday) by entering a tasty competition
which is running from Monday, 25th until Friday, 29th October.
The children will have the chance to win Halo vouchers for
use in their local leisure centre or pool. To
enter all youngsters need to do is collect a paper plate
from any of the county's libraries and decorate it with
a foody face. Inspiration for the competition can be found
in Daniel Modern's book, 'So Hungry,' where edible collages
stimulate the appetite with balanced, healthy combinations
of tasty food.
Stevens, the county's library learning officer said, 'This
competition is aimed at encouraging youngsters to recognize
the importance of healthy food but to also realize food
can be fun. They could draw their dad with herby hair, their
sister with a sausage mouth or even their best friend with
a beetroot nose.
part of NHS Herefordshire's Change4Life campaign, youngsters
are encouraged to eat their five a day. By turning the five
a day into a fun plate of food, I'm sure more will eat them.
The event also links in with October's Big Draw, a national
campaign aimed at raising the profile of drawing as a tool
for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.'
your chance to win, return your food plates with your name
and telephone on the reverse to any of the county libraries
by Tuesday, 2nd November.
TRAILER AND BIKES STOLEN FROM HILDERSLEYY.....
West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward
after a business in Ross-on-Wye was burgled overnight on
Monday, 4th / Tuesday, 5th October.
a time between 9pm and 8.30am, the premises of CMF Engineering
& Trailers at Hildersley was broken into and a blue Yamaha
WR 250 motor cross motorbike (registration CN06 KNR) and
a green Yamaha 400cc quad bike, which had a large tool box
on the front, were stolen. Also taken were two portable
generators (one Honda, the other a Yamaha) as well as 13
rear lighting boards, which are used to fit rear lights
to a trailer.
John Patterson from Ross-on-Wye Police Station said, 'It
appears that whoever stole these items loaded them onto
a trailer that was also stolen and towed everything away
using the stolen quad bike. The trailer taken is very distinctive
as it was built by the company and is unique. It is an aluminium
single axle skeleton type, designed to carry two motorcycles
and is marked with a CMF Trailers logo.
anyone has seen this trailer or any of the items, or has
been offered them for sale, then I would urge them to get
in touch. Likewise, if you saw any suspicious activity in
the Hildersley area last Monday night, then please contact
me at Ross-on-Wye Police Station on 0300 333 3000. You can
also pass on any information you have anonymously via the
Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.'
MEET HEREFORDSHIRES NEW POLICING COMMANDER
Charles Hill has taken over responsibility for operational
policing in the county of Herefordshire. The 43-year-old
has 22 years of policing service and has worked in every
area of West Mercia Police except Herefordshire until now.
Hill said of his appointment, 'I was honoured and thrilled
when the Chief Constable invited me to lead policing in
Herefordshire. I am new to the county but very much looking
forward to getting to know its people and communities.
pride myself on my operational policing background and relish
the opportunity of becoming involved in the policing challenges
in Herefordshire in the months and years to come. I will
be working hard to make sure it remains one of the safest
places in the country to live and work.'
Hill began his police career in 1988 when he joined the
Metropolitan Police. He worked in London for seven years,
based mostly in East London. His roles included time in
response policing, on crime squads, tutoring new officers
and a short spell as a traffic patrol officer on a motorcycle.
He transferred to West Mercia Police in 1995, initially
on response policing in Telford and then at Market Drayton
in Shropshire. He again tutored a number of new officers
during this period.
In 1998 Superintendent Hill was promoted to Sergeant at
Shrewsbury and over the next three years performed roles
on response, local policing and in custody. Promoted to
inspector in 2001, he ran a response shift covering the
whole of Shropshire. A variety of other roles followed,
including time as the geographic inspector for North Shropshire
and a spell in CID.
this period Superintendent Hill qualified as a public order
and firearms commander. A move to North Worcestershire followed
his promotion to chief inspector in 2005, where he became
District Commander at Bromsgrove and was chair of the Bromsgrove
Community Safety Partnership.
2007, Supt Hill was promoted to temporary superintendent
as Staff Officer to the Lead of the Association of Chief
Police Officers (ACPO) Working Group on Armed Policing.
In 2008 he was promoted substantively and until late 2009
he was responsible for facilitating work around armed policing
throughout the UK, in liaison with the likes of the Home
Office and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. Recently,
he has been working on the Peer Review of Cumbria Constabulary's
response to the murder of 12 people by Derek Bird in June
Hill was posted to the Force Operations Department at police
headquarters in Hindlip near Worcester in November 2009.
He implemented the Force Operations Support Team, a new
dedicated force-wide unit responsible for armed and roads
Hill is married with two daughters and in his spare time
enjoys keeping fit, gardening and fly fishing.
HEREFORDSHIRES YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE THEIR SAY.....
Nearly 100 children and young people from Herefordshire
schools have been talking about the changes they would like
to see over the next three years to make life better for
them, for their schools and for all the children and young
people in Herefordshire. They were part of a Have Your Say
consultation event at the Freedom Centre in Hereford at
the end of September.
day was organized by Herefordshire Children's Trust and
included a programme of entertaining activities to help
the children think about their needs. In the morning, primary
school children were treated to a mixture of dance, circus
skills and percussion playing that led into discussions
around staying safe and healthy, enjoying life and learning
and getting ready to be part of the adult world. In the
afternoon, the secondary school students had a more open
debate about issues important to them, ending with an interactive
electronic voting system to prioritise their issues.
officers from the Children's Trust and the council's cabinet
member for children's services joined in, talking to the
children and young people and hearing their views on the
issues that concern them. Some of the points raised on the
day hinted at the need for more play areas, wanting to feel
safe on the roads and having access to more sporting activities.
people particularly want to feel valued, respected and listened
to. Further Have Your Say sessions are being held in schools
and youth groups over the next month alongside a poster
and flyer campaign encouraging all children and young people
from pre-school upwards, to say what's important to them.
Hyde, cabinet member for Herefordshire Council's children's
services said, 'It was a wonderful event and the children
were truly absorbed in their tasks. We need to listen very
carefully to what they tell us so that we plan services
to help them now and in the future. It's early days yet
and there is still lots of data to gather and assess, but
it is obvious from all the discussion and debating that
went on that young people are aware of issues important
to them and do want to make a difference in the future.'
the responses will be analysed and used to help develop
the county's Children and Young People's Plan for 2011-2014.
TRIP HELPS GET PUPILS BACK ON TRACK....
from The Brookfield School in Hereford
have renewed enthusiasm for school and learning and have
more positive attitudes thanks to a canoe scheme run in
partnership with Herefordshire Council. The council's Youth
Service and The Brookfield School came together to provide
students with a residential experience abroad; canoeing
and kayaking on the Ardeche in France earlier this term.
trip was made possible by contributions from parents, the
Make it Happen Fund and school sponsorship and involved
six pupils who were selected because of their excellent
behaviour, attitude and effort in school. These pupils enjoyed
a six-day cultural and outdoor experience living together
in France, visiting local areas of interest, practising
language skills and tackling outdoor challenges with tutors
from the council's outdoor education team.
been rained off a local trip earlier this year, the group
arrived in France amidst a 48 hour thunder storm and heavy
rain. Undaunted, the group tackled day one on the river
in torrential rain. Day two was greeted by the news that
the river had risen between five and ten metres overnight
and was no longer navigable by canoe. The local area had
endured the worst summer storms ever and was on red alert,
as roads were washed away, trees uprooted and substantial
damage encountered. Days
three and four saw the group tackle the river and its rapids
with skill, courage and tenacity to achieve successful paddles.
Day six saw a happy group of paddlers head for home via
an afternoon on the beach in Beziers.
Abell, deputy head at The Bookfield School said, 'Working
with the youth service, we were able to provide our pupils
with some incredible experiences that will stay with them
for the rest of their lives. The bad weather conditions
forced the individual group members to work as a team, face
their fears and tackle the challenges they faced head on.
The results have been a tremendous boost to their self esteem
and attitude towards education and learning. We have seen
positive changes in all the pupils who attended.'
McEneaney of Herefordshire Council said, 'Although the conditions
were very difficult for the students, they remained undaunted
and as a result, deserve to be extremely proud of their
achievements. This approach to helping some of the county's
more behaviourally challenged students has proved to be
Powell summed up his experience. 'I thoroughly enjoyed the
kayaking down the river,' he said, 'especially as Aidan
and I did not capsize through the rapids; the only boat
further information on canoeing in and around Ross-on-Wye
Poole and Jordan Powell.
SEARCH ON FOR EX MEMBERS OF YOUTH ORCHESTRA.....
The search is on for ex members of Herefordshire's Youth
Orchestra as the council's music service prepares to celebrate
50 years of bringing music to the county's ears. Herefordshire's
Youth Orchestra takes the best musicians from schools and
colleges and provides them with a full orchestra experience.
up fifty years ago, young musicians aged between 13 and
18 audition to join the orchestra which meets on a weekly
basis. Each year they put on a big concert in order to celebrate
and showcase some of the most talented musicians in the
county. At the moment there are around 40 members of the
Youth Orchestra but over the past 50 years, there may have
been more than 1,000 in total. The challenge is now on to
span musical generations and find ex members to join in
a big reunion concert scheduled for April next year.
Woollard of Herefordshire Council said, 'We have some publicity
from 40 years ago featuring two Youth Orchestra members
who now work for the music service. We'd love to be able
to talk to other ex members and find out what they're doing
now: whether they've continued with their musical career,
or whether they can no longer remember a note, we'd like
to hear from them. The reunion will be a great opportunity
for many to meet up with old friends, and for those who
can still play, to strike up a chord again for old times'
members of the Youth Orchestra will receive an invitation
in the post but to make sure no one is missed, the music
service is urging any musicians who have ever played in
the Youth Orchestra to contact them on 01432 260840 or to
POLICE REPEAT APPEAL FOR MISSING MAN
Mercia Police are re-appealing to the public for their help
in tracing a man from Herefordshire who has been missing
for more than two weeks.
Williams, aged 57, was last seen leaving his home address
in Bishop's Frome at 7.30am on Monday, 27th September. He
went for a ride on his red Giant mountain bike but never
returned and has not been seen since.
Williams is 5 ft 10ins tall, of medium build, with very
short grey hair, blue eyes and has a pitted complexion.
When he was last seen he was wearing green combat trousers,
a burgundy sweatshirt, a black coat and black boots with
Sean Smith of Hereford Police said, 'We are growing increasingly
concerned for Mr Williams' welfare, as he has been missing
for more than a fortnight. I would like to appeal to Greg
directly and ask him to contact police or his family, who
are extremely worried about him.
anyone has any information, no matter how small, then please
contact us as soon as possible.'
Smith can be contacted at Hereford Police Station via 0300
3333 000, or Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on
0800 555 111.
COUNCILS NEW POWERS TO DEAL WITH DOG FOULING.....
Dog owners are being advised that as from Monday, 25th October
Herefordshire Council will have new powers to deal with
dog fouling, which means that anyone failing to remove dog
faeces can be given an on-the-spot fine of £80.
other orders also come into effect that day which mean that;
Dogs must be kept on a lead in council cemeteries and other
named burial grounds; There is a requirement to put dog
on a lead when required to do so by an Authorized Officer
and dogs will be excluded from certain areas such as enclosed
children's play areas and other specific games / sports
John Jarvis said, 'Over the past month we have been actively
supporting a Keep Britain Tidy dog fouling campaign with
the aim of reducing the overall number of incidents of dog
fouling and encouraging the responsible removal and disposal
of dog waste. Officers from our community protection visited
hotshots around the county and increased the number of enforcement
patrols during the four week campaign which ends on Wednesday,
focus during this campaign was on education and served as
a final reminder before we brought in these new orders.
Having spent a whole month educating dog owners about their
responsibilities, we aim to be robust in enforcing these
new orders as we feel there can be no excuses now. As a
dog owner myself, I fully understand the responsibility
this entails and hope other dog owners will now realize
how important it is to clean up after their animals.
fouling is an extreme case of antisocial behaviour and an
issue which comes up time and time again and which the vast
majority of people want us to do something about. Although
we have seen a reduction in dog fouling over recent years,
we now have the associated problem of increasing amounts
of bagged dog faeces being left behind as people fail to
dispose of bags correctly after cleaning up after their
pets. There really is no excuse for this as bagged faeces
do not have to be deposited in special bins. In the absence
of a specific 'dog bin' any normal litter bin will do.'
SEE ENERGY SAVING TECHNOLOGY AT SHIRE HALL....
Ed Leddy Owen,
Kate Gathercole and Jason Fuller.
residents are being invited to a special event at Hereford
Shire Hall which will showcase the latest energy saving
measures and technologies. The event will take place on
Saturday, 16th October and is being run by the Energy Saving
Trust, supported by Herefordshire Council and will mark
the end of h.Energy week.
Gathercole, New Leaf coordinator said, 'This is a groundbreaking
event for the county and will give residents a chance to
find out how they can save money on their energy bills.
The event will include looking at renewable energy options
together with advice on saving gas and electricity, home
insulation and sustainable transport. There will be electric
bikes to trial, River Simple's hydrogen cars to view and
Master Composters will also be on hand to offer handy tips
on reducing food waste.
Leddy Owen, specialist microgeneration co-ordinator for
the impartial Energy Saving Trust West Midlands advice centre
agreed. 'The Energy Saving Trust will be offering expert,
free, impartial advice on the financial and environmental
benefits of the government's new feed in tariff to businesses,
local authorities, community groups, housing developers
and householders,' he said 'We'll also be on hand to explain
to installers how to become Microgeneration Certification
Scheme certified - an essential requirement for those installing
equipment for consumers who want to benefit from both the
new feed in tariff and the renewable heat incentive.''
event will run from 10am until 4pm and places can be booked
by calling the freephone number 0800 512012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All people attending who book a free no obligation quote
for loft or cavity wall insulation will be entered into
a prize draw to win a Sat-Nav. Ed Leddy Owen of the Energy
Saving Trust, Kate Gathercole of Herefordshire New Leaf
and Jason Fuller of Southern Solar.
TRADING STANDARDS WARN OVER CHRISTMAS DEBTY.....
The Trading Standards team at Herefordshire Councl is warning
low income families not to take out loans which will lead
them into a spiral of debt.
Thorne, principal trading standards officer said, 'As we
enter the run up to Christmas, many low income families
who cannot get loans from high street banks are tempted
to borrow money to pay for presents. Everyone wants their
children to have a wonderful Christmas, but these families
need to be aware that some types of loans could leave them
with debts which they may never be able to clear.
people are tempted to take out loans from sellers who come
to their home but these can really spiral out of control.
What may start off as a £300 cash loan with £550 to repay
over 12 months can soon turn into a debt of more than £1,000
which may continue to increase as people often keep refinancing
the debt as they struggle to keep up the repayments.
from the vile, illegal loan sharks, the worst loans you
can get are those secured on your car where you hand over
your log book to the lender. Typically these loans may be
for around £600 with a massive £2,000 to repay at 400 per
cent APR. If you miss a payment you will not only lose your
car but still be left with virtually the whole amount to
repay. Low income families should also avoid buying appliances
on hire purchase as interest rates may be quite high and
they may also be forced to take out expensive warranties.
have heard from a customer who bought £1,600 worth of goods
- TV, DVD player, washing machine, cooker, TV/DVD combi
and needless warranties on each appliance and over 5 years
at 40 per cent APR, the person was paying back a total of
would instead urge low income families who need money to
pay for Christmas presents or buy appliances to contact
the Money Box Credit Union. They will have to save a small
amount with them on a regular basis but after a while they
will then be eligible for a very low interest loan. If people
do decide to take out a loan from a lender other than a
credit union, then before even considering options such
as doorstep lenders, they should contact My Home Finance
which has a branch at 19 West Street, Hereford and is a
not for profit social enterprise.
Home Finance was set up by the National Housing Federation
and is supported by government. It offers unsecured loans
at an affordable rate and will prove much cheaper than doorstep