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3rd November 2010 ORLES BARN CELEBRATE BY CANDLELIGHT....

Richard and Kelly Bailey of Orles Barn Restaurant with Rooms were so delighted to be voted Restaurant of the Year in the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards that they held a celebratory champagne reception for invited guests on Monday evening. Unfortunately, just before the event, a power cut covering Wilton, the Lea, Upton Bishop and other areas plunged Orles Barn into darkness.

Undaunted by this set back, torches were lit outside, lighting the way for guests and the reception went ahead by candlelight, which actually created a lovely, intimate atmosphere to the proceedings.


Celebrating at Orles Barn by candlelight.

3rd November 2010 CROWN & SCEPTRE UPDATEY.....

Herefordshire Council's regulatory subcommittee has decided to allow the Crown and Sceptre Inn in Ross to stay open but the Designated Premises Supervisor must be removed. The decision was made on Wednesday, 27th October, when the subcommittee heard Miss Dean had been unable to comply with her duties as DPS and it had not proved possible for suitable arrangements of qualified management staff to cover these issues in the intervening period.

The decision reads, 'We consider it of paramount importance that the premises be seen to be properly run in accordance with its agreed licensing objectives.'

The conditions below were imposed on the licence:
∑ Two SIA registered door staff to be employed between the hours of 9pm and 12.30am on Friday and Saturday night.
∑ A risk assessment to be carried out to extend these hours or to employ additional staff as required.
∑ Ensure that either the Premises Licence Holder or Bar Manager are within the licensed premises at all times of licensable activity.
∑ The outside area of the premises to be closed from 11pm on any evening
∑ Live and recorded music and sale of alcohol: 10am to 11pm (Sunday to Thursday), 10am to midnight (Friday and Saturday).

This full review hearing follows an expedited review hearing on 14th October when an application was made by the Chief Constable of West Mercia Police who was concerned about disorder in and near the premises. He told the hearing there had been in the region of 20 crime and disorder incidents in or near the premises in 2010, with 11 of these having taken place since June this year.

At the time of the expedited review, Nicholas Cousens and Angela Cousens from Hampshire, were the licence holders but they did not attend the expedited review hearing which decided to suspend the pub's licence with immediate effect. On 13th October, Sarah Dean applied for transfer of the premises licence and change of designated premise supervisor both into her name.

An application was then heard on 18th October after representation was received against the interim steps and the pub was allowed to reopen with new conditions added to the licence.

The removal of the DPS is subject to Section 52 (11) which does not take effect until the end of the 21 day period in which an appeal can be made against the decision at a magistrates court.


3rd November 2010 A GIANT JUMBLE SALE AT MAY HILL VILLAGE HALL....

The Royal Forest of Dean branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign held their most successful Giant Jumble Sale to date last Saturday at May Hill village hall.

The weather is always a worry on the day as a great deal of the enormous amount of jumble on sale has to be displayed outside the hall. The clouds held off, however and the event drew a large crowd of keen shoppers. Branch Chairman, Lifa Oakley, was delighted to report that the event once again exceeded the amount raised at the previous jumble sale held in May and raised £1600. She would like to say a huge thank you to all the helpers who made this a spectacular fund-raising day.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only UK charity focusing on all muscular dystrophies and related muscle diseases. More than 60,000 people in the UK have muscle disease and 300,000 people are indirectly affected as relatives and carers. The charity continues to provide practical, medical and emotional support to people affected by the conditions. Treatments remain limited and there is, as yet, no cure, but increased knowledge has improved the quality of people's lives and, in many cases, length of life.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has pioneered the search for treatments and cures for nearly 50 years, and are dedicated to improving the lives of all those people affected. They rely almost entirely on voluntary donations to fund their ground breaking and vital work. All their work is underpinned by the dedication of it's supporters. Up and down the country, thousands of people give their time and energy to help them continue their vital work. They are always ready to welcome anyone who wants to help join the fight against muscle disease.

For further information please visit the website www.muscular-dystrophy.org


The mountain of bargains at the Giant Jumble Sale at May Hill Village Hall.

3rd November 2010 ART APPEAL FOR HELP TO LIGHT UP GLOUCESTER ROAD...

As you may be aware, Ross Town Council invested in some beautiful new lights for the town last year that, in addition to being an aesthetic improvement on what had gone before, consisted of low energy LED bulbs that were much less costly to run. The Association of Ross Tradersí (ART), inspired by this, encouraged shop keepers to themselves invest in similar lights for their own properties and there was general agreement that Ross looked spectacular. There were, however, some noticeable gaps in the scheme and this year the group are working to plug them.

Gloucester Road poses a particular problem as the buildings are not suitable to string lights across from one side of the road to the other. It does, however, have three very attractive trees along it that could be beautifully lit and would make the approach to the town centre as appealing and welcoming as the other streets. If enough money can be raised, there are other trees around the town which would also look fantastic decorated.

ART has decided to fund the lights for one of these trees and is now seeking contributions from any other business or groups in the town to furnish the others. To supply and install lights to one tree, which can remain in place for up to three years, costs a total of £663.25 + VAT. If you are willing, or know a business or company that would be interested in sponsoring a tree or making a contribution towards the cost ART would ensure that the group or business name featured prominently in any literature that they produce over the Christmas period to promote ARTís activities and any editorial that they submit to the press. For example, another Christmas Shopping Extravaganza is being planned for Sunday, 5th December which will be heavily promoted. You would, of course, be free to mention it in any of your own promotional material.

The existing scheme is being installed at the end of this month so ART need to promptly inform the company supplying the lights what they would like them to put up in addition. They would be very grateful if you could, therefore, let them know as soon as possible if you are interested in sponsoring Christmas lights this year.

The lights will be switched on, on Friday, 19th November by Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane.

If you would like t help, please contact Chairman of ART Richard Mayo of Truffles Delicatessen.


Ross Christmas lights in Broad Street.

3rd November 2010 LLANGROVE PUPILS WORKED HARD DURING HOLIDAYY.....

Llangrove CE Primary School underwent a major clean up during the half term holiday and the sun shone on 40 governors, friends, parents and children as they spent last Wednesday tidying up the school grounds.

A huge amount of work was undertaken which included cleaning shelter roofs, marking poles and posts with high visibility tape, pruning trees and shrubs, washing the playground and play equipment, clearing leaves and tidying the wildlife pond area. It was hard work but Governors, Jenny Bibby and Moira Cox kept everyone going with snacks and lunch and the school is now all set for the new half term.

Several members of Llangrove village helped with the tidy up, which reinforced the strong links which the school has with its wider communities and its place at the heart of the village. In the school's most recent Ofsted inspection Llangrove CE Primary School was judged to make an outstanding contribution to the community.


Llangrove children with some of the 60 bags of rubbish and leaves collected during the clean up.

3rd November 2010 NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKY.....

As this year's National Adoption Week gets underway with the theme 'Every child deserves a family,' the demand for adopters for Herefordshire children is as great as ever. There is a particular need for adopters for children whose mothers used alcohol or drugs in pregnancy, for children of school age, for young brothers and sisters and for children who have a disability. Herefordshire Council's adoption team is keen to hear from potential adopters from all sectors of the community both within the county and in surrounding areas such as Malvern, The Forest of Dean, Ludlow, Monmouth, Cheltenham and Hay-on-Wye.

Hilary Hale, adoption team manager for Herefordshire Council said, 'As long as you are over 21 and in good health emotionally and physically, there are no age constraints. Single applicants are welcome too. You do need to have the space to care for a child, but you don't need to own your home. What we need are people who can offer a child or sibling group a loving and supportive family for life and have a determination to positively transform a child's life.

The preparation process to become an adopter is rigorous. 'You'll need to be emotionally strong, but also sensitive to the traumas many of these children will have experienced. Having said that, adopting a child is incredibly rewarding and is one of the best ways we know of giving these children a new family for life. We would like anyone who might be interested in adopting to come forward and find out more. So if you think you might have what it takes, please pick up the 'phone today.'

For further information, please call 01432 383240.

National Adoption Week, (1st to 7th November 2010) is organized by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) and aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential parents to come forward. There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year, many of whom will have suffered trauma in their short lives.


3rd November 2010 CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSESY.....

Cards for Good Causes is now open at Ross Heritage Centre. Immediately after the official opening on Tuesday by Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane, customers came in through the door to choose from the fantastic range of quality cards, gifts, wrapping, napkins and gift bags.

This popular shop opens from November until mid December each year and their customers take great satisfaction in the fact that around 75p in every pound they spend goes to their favourite charity. The remainder of the money pays for the art work, printing and distribution of the goods. Many charities benefit from Cards for Good Causes, including Action for Children, Macmillan Cancer Support, Save the Children, the R.N.L.I, MIND, Diabetes UK and many more. Why not go along and see what Cards for Good Causes has to offer you and help your favourite charity at the same time?

Whilst visiting Ross Heritage Centre, why not take a look at Dennis Morgan's exhibition of photographs of old Ross and surrounding villages? There are some wonderful photographs of how Ross-on-Wye used to look, some dating back to the 1800s. One in particular caught my eye, which is that of Mrs. Rourke, wife of one time licensee of the Hope & Anchor holding up what had been until then an elusive, three feet long eel weighing in at 13lb and 14oz.

Dennis has been collecting old photographs for many years and acquired quite a large collection. Some of the photographs in the exhibition have been kindly loaned by other collectors to whom Dennis extends his thanks.


Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane opens Cards for Good Causes with Mary Sinclair Powell, Anne Jones, June Bilby, Pauline Jenkins and Dennis Morgan.

Dennis Morgan with some of the interesting old photographs at his exhibtion in Ross Heritage Centre.

3rd November 2010 WHAT WILL WE NEED WHEN WE GET OLDER?YIN.....

With the percentage of Herefordshire's population aged 85 and over due to double in around 16 years time, the council is carrying out a survey to establish which services for older people need bolstering. Amid the cuts in budgets from central government, the council has vowed to protect services to vulnerable people and the survey will collect information to help it tailor these services to ensure residents are looked after in their old age.

The surveys are to be sent out to 13,000 households later this month, to provide a robust assessment of needs for housing and associated services. It is essential people send back completed surveys so the council has accurate information on which to base its decisions. The results of the survey will be used to help develop services to allow older people to live in suitable accommodation and enjoy a good quality of life.

'The survey will help identify the measures required to meet the challenges of an ageing population and will help form the basis for future planning of effective housing provision and services,' said Councillor John Jarvis of Herefordshire Council. 'We want to maximize the independence of vulnerable and disabled people and improve how services are delivered through more effective partnership working through links to housing, health and social care. We can't look at any one of these areas in isolation.'

The surveys are being targeted towards residents aged 50+. 'If you get one, please fill it in and send it back. It's a case of you helping us to help you,' he added.


3rd November 2010 ROSS CIVIC SOCIETY LAUNCH NEW BOOK....

Ross-on-Wye and District Civic Society launched their new book on Thursday evening at Ross Heritage Centre. Senior Archivist at the Herefordshire Records Office, Rhys Griffith gave a short talk to those present before performing the official launch.

The book, 'Historical Aspects of Ross-on-Wye - Volume 2' costs £25 and is available from Ross Heritage Centre, Ross Old Books or the society's website at www.rosscivic.org.uk.


The launch of Ross Civic Society's new book at Ross Heritage Centre on Thursday.

3rd November 2010 FOOTBALL KIT STOLEN FROM GARAGE IN HEREFORD...

Hereford Police are appealing for information that can help them with their enquiries into a burglary which was reported on Thursday, 28th October.

A garage was broken into on Hafod Road, Hereford and a complete set of school football kit was stolen. The victim thinks the offence happened sometime between 9.30pm on Wednesday, 20th and 9.30pm on Thursday, 21st October. The kit comprises of 14 strips for a team of under 15s. The shorts are white and the tops are red with a fine white stripe. The tops also have the words 'Football Foundation' written across the front. The kit belongs to a local high school in Hereford and is quite distinctive.

Anybody who knows where the sports kit is or has other information for police about the burglary should contact Lisa Hewitt at Hereford police station public service desk on 0300 333 3000. Alternatively please call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.


3rd November 2010 HEREFORD BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL....

Shoppers in Hereford will be pleased to learn that the popular, twice weekly open retail markets have now resumed.

The markets were temporarily unable to operate due to the recent fire in the city centre, which resulted in a large area of High Town and St. Peter's Street being cordoned off. The size of the cordon has now been reduced and apart from the few businesses directly affected by the fire, the city is back to business as usual.

The cordon which will remain to protect the scaffolding which is currently being put up to make safe the frontages of the shops affected by the fire. The council's contractors, Amey will then install protective hoarding around the scaffolding. This cordoned off area will be kept to a minimum and it is hoped that there will be enough space to allow delivery vehicles to pass between the hoarding and the Black and White house. However, the precise location of the hoarding can only be decided once the scaffolding is in place.

Once the smaller cordon is place, the Black and White house will reopen to the public.

Herefordshire Council is continuing to inform city centre traders of the situation and has also liaised with the city's Royal National College for the Blind to ensure that students returning from half term will be made aware of the hoarding outside the damaged shops.


Hereford after the fire.

3rd November 2010 LAND WANTED FOR GYPSY AND TRAVELLER PITCHES.....

In order to meet identified need, a call for sites is being undertaken by Herefordshire Council for parcels of land with the potential for accommodating Gypsy and Traveller pitches. Within Herefordshire there are seven sites owned and managed by the Council, with a total of 64 pitches. However, across the county there are in excess of 30 private sites with varying numbers of pitches.

A Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment was published in 2008 highlighting a need, at the time, for additional pitches in Herefordshire. This need was obtained through reviewing Herefordshire Council's adopted and emerging strategies and twice yearly caravan counts. This was further supplemented through interviewing members of the Gypsy and Traveller community. Herefordshire Council has been working towards meeting this need through granting planning permissions and identifying tolerated, long term unauthorized sites that are exempt from planning enforcement. This has helped to provide more than 30 pitches and in order to meet the outstanding need Herefordshire Council is inviting landowners to promote sites for Gypsy and Traveller pitches.

Sites suitable for such uses should be reasonably accessible to facilities and services but may be located further outside villages than other developments. Where sites are well designed, evidence shows a high level of integration between members of the Gypsy and Traveller and settled communities. Each site will be assessed for potential inclusion in emerging planning policy.

Councillor John Jarvis of Herefordshire Council said, 'We are fully aware of the needs of the Gypsy and Travelling community in the county and we realize we will need to work hard to find the additional pitches. I would urge any landowners who feel they have a suitable site to get in touch with our forward planning team. Each identified site will be assessed for possible inclusion in future planning policy.'

For further information, please contact either Gemma Dyke, senior planning officer on 01432 260139 or Philip Deeley, planning policy officer on 01432 261948.

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