place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
A CELEBRATORY RACE NIGHT......................
'Ozzy' Bond, Garry Davies and their friends have for the
past ten months been working hard to raise much needed funds
for Acorns Childrens' Hospice and the team have managed
to raise over £10,000 for this important charity.
Race Nights have been held along with a skittles tournament,
a triathlon, a head and beard shave, a fancy dress bike
ride and a charity football match between themselves and
the Aston Villa veterans team.
Saturday evening the fun fundraisers wanted to thank all
who had helped them along the way and held a Race Night
at the Mighty 8 Pool Club where certificates were presented
to the people who had continually supported their cause.
Although many presentations were made we do not have the
room to publish all of the photographs taken. However you
can see some of the photographs below.
done to all of you. It has been a pleasure covering your
events and we look forward to covering your future events
team with the crew of St. John Ambulance.
presents Derek Phillips with his Acorns certificate.
and Phil Compton are rewarded for their work, running the raffles.
Kyrle High School dinner ladies, Lisa Robertshaw and Debbie Bond.
HEAD TEACHER TO MEET PM AT DOWNING STREETY.....
Mr. Nigel Griffiths, Headteacher at the John Kyrle High
School, has been invited to Downing Street to meet with
the Prime Minister to discuss the school’s possible conversion
to New Academy Status. Michael Gove, Secretary of State
for Education, has written to the school and the Local Authority
to say he is very happy for the school to take on this new
role and Mr Griffiths and the school Governors are currently
continuing consultation with parents, carers and the wider
an academy, John Kyrle will be independent of the Local
Authority, allowed to operate its own curriculum and free
to spend its own budget. The school welcomes these freedoms
and feels they are a natural progression as part of its
multi specialist status and will allow even further improved
outreach work with local primary partner schools especially.
Griffiths has met with the School Council who asked him
whether the school name, school day or uniform would change.
He informed them there were no plans to do any of these.
The staff of the school have been consulted and, following
any feedback from parents/carers and information Mr Griffiths
may gain in Downing Street, a final decision will be made
by Governors at the end of the Autumn Term.
of Governors at John Kyrle, Karen Frost said, 'The governors
of the school regard the invitation to Downing Street a
great honour for our Headteacher. The school is already
progressive and as an outstanding school we continue to
aim for high standards of education for all our students;
this invitation further raises our national profile.
governors and the senior leadership team are working hard
to convert the school to Academy Status because we believe
this offers real opportunities to improve student centred
SHOP LOCALLY FOR CHRISTMAS - YOU COULD WIN £1000Y.....
If you are wondering what to buy somebody for Christmas
or you are looking for the best locally produced food for
the table, why not shop locally and be in with a chance
of winning £1,000.
to the success of last year's Christmas Shopping Extravaganza,
the Association of Ross Traders, (A.R.T) have decided to
repeat the event and forty shop keepers in Ross-on-Wye have
agreed to take part in the scheme. Between now and mid December,
if you patronize any of the shops displaying the A.R.T poster,
your name will be entered into the free draw and you could
be the lucky winner of £1,000.
has a wealth of shops offering a great range of quality
goods so whether you are looking for fashion or flowers,
jewellery, boots, locally produced food and drink, car accessories,
televisions or even beds, you don't need to travel very
far to find what you need.
qualify for entry into the draw a specified sum has to be
spent in the participating shop. The amount varies from
store to store.
LIONS HELP TO CLEAN UP NAMUTUMBA...
Ross Lions have teamed up with many other Ross organizations
including schools, farmers and voluntary organizations in
a major twinning project with the town of Namutumba in Uganda.
the first instalment of a three year commitment, Ross Lions
paid for ten rubbish bins to be bought, along with equipment
for clearing rubbish to a designated waste site in the town.
A typical rural village has only organic waste so traditionally
waste is not a problem. However, in towns such as Namutumba
this is not so and waste piles up everywhere as there is
no tradition of waste disposal.
Lions initiative is vital for the health and welfare of
people in Namutumba as well as getting rid of unsightly,
ad hoc rubbish heaps that were close to people's dwellings
and businesses. Namutumba Town Council is thrilled by the
Lions' intervention in what was becoming a real problem
for them and the people of the township.
further information about his; other Lions projects and
the Ross Lions Club visit www.rossonwyelions.org
ROSS AIR TRAINING CADETS ARE THE BEST IN COUNTYY.....
Ross-on-Wye ATC Squadron has been awarded the Hereford and
Marches Aircrew Association Plaque, 2010 for being the best
ATC Squadron in the county.
Herefordshire has four ATC squadrons across the county,
with around one hundred and thirty 14-19 year old members
who meet on a regular basis to participate in a range of
activities such as flying, gliding, climbing, camping, and
participating in action and adventure excursions and sports.
Open to both young men and women, the squadron also enjoys
plenty of social events and many also participate in the
Duke of Edinburgh's Award and National Navigation Award
receive the Hereford and Marches Aircrew Association Plaque
for 2010, the 30-strong 1002 squadron gained the most points
in the West Mercian Wing Training Day. Representatives of
the Aircrew Association together with instructors, 20 cadets
and their families were presented with the much coveted
award at the Alton Lane Headquarters in Ross-on-Wye, when
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, the Countess of Darnley,
congratulated the squadron on its success in achieving the
top score at the West Mercian Wing Training Day.
presenting the plaque, the Lord-Lieutenant said that the
link between the Aircrew Association and the ATC reflected
the proud histories of the RAF and the ATC. Wing
Commander Peppe D'Anna the Officer Commanding the West Mercian
Wing said he was very impressed with all the cadets and
the high standards they have achieved.
ROSS POETS WIN YOUNG POET LAUREATE 2010....
After an excellent event to judge the best young poets in
the county at The Courtyard in Hereford, judges found it
very hard to choose a winner, so they decided that this
year there will be two Young Poet Laureates for Herefordshire.
The chosen poets are Harriet Husbands, aged 18, and Ben
Ray, aged 15, both from Ross-on-Wye.
young people entered the competition and were asked to write
four original poems including one on the theme of home.
Five young finalists made it through to the short list,
the others being Siobhan Tutt,18, Rachel Snelling, 11 and
Lucy James, 12. The
winning poets will get the chance to perform at the Ledbury
Poetry Festival next summer and they will have opportunities
to meet and perform with other professional poets. Their
poems will be featured on the library website and on posters
in the library through out the year.
am really looking forward to the year ahead,' said Ben,
who is a pupil at John Kyrle High School. Harriet Husbands
is currently on a gap year and doing voluntary work for
the Archive service. She said, 'I am so happy to win, it
has been amazing taking part in the finals.'
Council's library service organized the competition which
started last year. The first young poet laureate Sapphire
de Sousa Stayton, also from Ross-on-Wye, has now handed
over her crown to the two newcomers. Sapphire was a judge
this time round and she was really impressed by the quality
of the poems from all the finalists.
competition aims to encourage young people to write and
perform poetry. The Young Laureates will champion poetry
for one year and hopefully inspire other young people to
read and write more poetry themselves,' said Anne-Marie
Dossett, reader development librarian and organizer.
young Poet Laureates, Harriet Husbands and Ben Hay of Ross-on-Wye.
YOUR VIEWS NEEDED ON PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICESY.....
NHS Herefordshire has launched a consultation to find out
what patients think of the services pharmacists and dispensing
doctors provide across the county.
has 26 community pharmacies and ten dispensing practices
that provide pharmaceutical services. More than 2.5 million
prescriptions were dispensed by NHS Herefordshire pharmacies
and dispensing doctors last year and prescription numbers
continue to rise. Many community pharmacies provide extended
services via long opening hours over seven days a week with
no appointment needed.
government requires NHS Herefordshire to complete a Pharmaceutical
Needs Assessment by February 2011. The aim of the assessment
is to determine whether the current pharmaceutical services
available throughout the county meet patient needs and are
in the right place for the people who need them. A public
consultation which is available on the NHS Herefordshire
web site, invites comments on the pharmaceutical needs of
those who live and work in Herefordshire and in order to
identify any perceived gaps. The findings will be published
and provide an important reference for NHS Herefordshire
in determining future service requirements from community
Rogers of NHS Herefordshire said, 'It is a requirement to
consult the public on the draft document to find out what
patients think of the services pharmacists and dispensing
doctors provide across the county. Community pharmacies
are constantly extending the services they provide to meet
patients' health needs.
example, as well as dispensing medicines and managing repeat
prescriptions, they provide advice and medicines for minor
ailments, advise on staying healthy, support patients to
stop smoking, advise on sexual health matters, support palliative
care patients and, in incidents like the recent swine flu
pandemic, act as collection points for anti virals
primary care trust has a responsibility to make sure that
all residents have access to pharmaceutical services, wherever
they live, and this consultation will help us see if what
we have at the moment is sufficient. It will also help us
identify any gaps that can be addressed and give residents
the opportunity to comment on potential future needs.'
consultation is available to download from NHS Herefordshire's
Have your Say section of the web site, www.herefordshire.nhs.uk
The deadline for responses is 10th December 2010.
GOING ON AT THE OLD BLACK AND WHITE HOUSE....
The Old Black and White House in High Town, Hereford
is to play host to a huge range of exciting events during
the run up to Christmas. The events are designed to open
the house up to a new range of visitors and provide a Christmas
treat for regular guests and visitors will have the opportunity
to see how a home would have been decorated for Christmas
in years gone by.
Tuesday, 23rd November until Friday, 3rd December, this
lovely historic building will be dressed for the late Tudor
and Early Stuart era. From Saturday, 4th until Saturday,
11th December there will be a Victorian theme and from Tuesday,
14th until Saturday, 18th there will be a representation
of a World War Two Christmas.
the period there will be a series of special events. Please
see the 'What's
On?' page of Wyenot News.
Old Black and White House in High Town, Hereford.
JESSE TO LAUNCH NEW BOOK ON THE BIG SOCIETYY.....
'You can call it liberalism. You can call it empowerment.
You can call it freedom. You can call it responsibility.
I call it the Big Society.' (David Cameron).
MP Jesse Norman will launch his new book on the Big Society
in Hereford this Friday, 12th November. He will be signing
copies of the book at the Map Centre on Church Street at
11 am and then at Waterstones in High Town at 4.30 pm. All
are welcome to attend.
Big Society: the Anatomy of the New Politics argues that
the Big Society will redefine British politics for a generation.
Ranging widely over economics, philosophy, history, business,
civil liberties, education and culture, it reveals how the
Big Society is rooted in neglected British intellectual
and social traditions—but also embodies some of the most
unexpected and cutting edge new policy ideas.
with deep insights and new perspectives, the book tells
you everything you need to know about the most exciting
new idea in British politics. It is essential reading for
politicians, economists, social commentators, those in the
public services — and the voting public. The
Big Society is published by the University of Buckingham
Press, and is available both online and in all good bookshops.
sample chapter can be found on www.jesse4hereford.com.
Commenting on the new book, Jesse said, 'In so many ways
Herefordshire is the Big Society in action, with its great
local institutions and tremendous tradition of community
action. My new book looks at how we can use these ideas
to better effect, for the county and for the country as
earlier book by Jesse Norman, 'Compassionate Conservatism'
(2006) was very well received and provoked the following
intellectual guidebook to Cameronism,' (Sunday Times), 'The
book everyone in Westminster is talking about,' (The Observer),
'Superb... What the Conservatives need now is not re-branding
but an actual philosophical and policy basis for action.
This book brilliantly provides that basis,' (Andrew Sullivan,
political commentator and journalist), 'Politicians should
encourage the emergence of voluntary co-operation, exchange
and virtue in society. This delightful and important book
explains why and how, from political first principles to
policy nuts and bolts. Conservatives and non-conservatives
alike should read it.' (Matt Ridley, author of The Rational
Optimist), 'A glimpse of the future of British Conservatism.'
(Adrian Wooldridge, Co-author of 'The Right Nation').
THEFT OF MP3 PLAYERS FROM HMV
have released a CCTV image of a man and a woman wanted in
connection with the theft of electrical items from a store
in Hereford last month.
approximately 4pm on Tuesday, 26th October, the couple entered
the Commercial Street branch of HMV and stole two MP3 players.
woman is white, in her 20s, has medium length blond hair
and was wearing a black jacket over a white hooded top,
black bottoms and black boots. The man is also white and
in his 20s, and was wearing a navy blue baseball cap, a
black leather jacket with a hood and dark jeans.
Leah McCarthy of Hereford Police Station said, 'I am appealing
to the public for their help in identifying these two. If
anyone recognizes them, then can they please either contact
me directly or Hereford Police Station.'
McCarthy can be contacted on 0300 333 3000 or information
can be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number,
0800 555 111.
PAYPAL SCAM WARNINGY.....
Herefordshire Council's trading standards service is warning
the public to take care after receiving reports of a recent
spate of 'phishing' emails from fraudsters attempting to
access peoples' Paypal accounts. The
emails are of a similar nature to the usual online banking
'phishing' emails requiring you to click on a link and then
enter your user name and password.
Pigrem, regulatory services manager said, 'With around half
the UK adult population having Paypal accounts there is
likely to be a significant number of consumers who could
fall for this scam. You should never use a link in an email
to take you to an online banking site and by examining the
address of both the sender and the link it is in fact fairly
simple to spot such emails as being fraudulent.
this case the email address is paypals and not paypal.co.uk,
the link is not the paypal.co.uk website and the '.ru' in
the link shows it is actually registered in Russia!
the fraudsters have access to your account details they
can do just about anything they want to including cleaning
out your related bank accounts.'
CHAMPION TO HELP TRAIN COUNTY KIDS....
World champion Downhill Mountain Biker, Tracy Moseley has
just signed up to join Herefordshire Council's team of cycle
trainers to deliver Bikeability cycle training to primary
and secondary schools in the county. Tracy
won the 2010 World Championships in downhill mountain biking
at Mount Sainte Anne, Canada and last week, joined the council's
road safety assistant Justin Goult, to deliver cycle training
to Year 6 pupils at Cradley primary school.
training includes advice on how to control your bike, being
able to assess traffic and where to position yourself on
the road. Instructors can also advise youngsters on safety
equipment and how to check and do simple maintenance on
Brian Wilcox of Herefordshire Council said, 'I am delighted
we have such a skilled cyclist like Tracy joining our team
of cycle trainers. It is not often youngsters will get the
chance to be trained by a world champion and I am sure her
knowledge and expertise will prove infectious for the children.
Cycling to school is an excellent way for them to exercise
and be healthier but it is also important that they take
advantage of these free cycle lessons so they are aware
of how to control their bikes and how to cycle in traffic.'
cycling training is available to primary and secondary schools.
Please contact Herefordshire Council on 01432 260514 for
Moseley, World Champion Downhill Mountain Biker 2010.
COUNCIL PRAISED FOR WINTER WEATHER RESPONSEY.....
An independent review commissioned by the Department for
Transport has praised Herefordshire Council's response to
the worst winter in more than 30 years and confirmed that
the council has sufficient salt levels to cope with the
coming gritting season.
national review says, 'Herefordshire established alternative
salt supply options, building on the experience of February
2009, which were utilized in 2010 to ensure that they had
sufficient product to continue to treat all priority routes
throughout the winter season.'
part of the review, published in October, a key recommendation
is for councils to ensure they have enough salt stocks to
last 12 days or carry out 48 gritter runs. Councillor Brian
Wilcox of Herefordshire Council said, 'Our salt warehouse
is now full with more than 6,500 tonnes of salt which will
allow us to carry out treatments for 15 nights which is
20 per cent more salt than the national review recommended.
Our own review of the winter service arrangements has concluded
that the salt levels we hold are set at the right level
and it is good to have this validated by the findings of
the national review. This
review also encourages local authorities to consider the
extent of treatment of footpaths, especially in relation
to bus stops and railway stations as well as town centres,
business premises, schools and health facilities. This is
what we have done in our own review of our Winter Service
plan for 2010-2011.
full details of the winter arrangements please visit http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport/road_path_maintenance/3231.asp
national review specifically highlights Herefordshire Council's
proactive approach to communications pre-season, during
the severe weather and post-winter in relation to damage
to road surfaces. It says, 'This approach has helped manage
customer expectations as to the extent of gritting operations,
the availability of salt supplies and remedial actions.
This has led to regular local, regional and even national
media coverage, most of which has displayed Herefordshire
in a positive light. During
the severe weather, communication was co-ordinated between
all Herefordshire agencies, resulting in generally clear,
timely, consistent and comprehensive messages being issued
to the media.'
further details on the national review log onto http://transportwinterresilience.independent.gov.uk
Council is fully prepared for the onset of this year's winter
weather and has a depot full of 6,500 tonnes of salt and
three new gritting vehicles ready to take to the county's
roads. The council will be using Safecote salt, the use
of which began in 2008 / 2009. Safecote is less corrosive
than the untreated rock salt previously used, which means
that the useful life of a gritter will increase from eight
years to ten.
three new gritters have Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
capabilities which records vehicle movements and times,
vehicle speeds, whether the vehicle is spreading or not
and the rate of salt application. This information can then
be used to confirm each night's actions, which is of particular
benefit when treatment moves to secondary and other routes,
which may be less familiar to gritter drivers.