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10th November 2010 A CELEBRATORY RACE NIGHT......................

Steve '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. Several 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.

Last 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.

Well done to all of you. It has been a pleasure covering your events and we look forward to covering your future events next year.


The team with the crew of St. John Ambulance.

Ozzy presents Derek Phillips with his Acorns certificate.

Jeanette and Phil Compton are rewarded for their work, running the raffles.

John Kyrle High School dinner ladies, Lisa Robertshaw and Debbie Bond.

10th November 2010 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 community.

As 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.

Mr 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.

Chair 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.

The 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 decision making.'


10th November 2010 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.

Due 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.

Ross-on-Wye 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.

To qualify for entry into the draw a specified sum has to be spent in the participating shop. The amount varies from store to store.


10th November 2010 ROSS 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.

As 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.

This 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.

For further information about his; other Lions projects and the Ross Lions Club visit www.rossonwyelions.org

Before and after...

10th November 2010 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 Schemes.

To 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.

When 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.


10th November 2010 TWO 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.

Eighteen 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.

'I 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.'

Herefordshire 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.

'The 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.


The young Poet Laureates, Harriet Husbands and Ben Hay of Ross-on-Wye.

10th November 2010 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.

Herefordshire 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.

The 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 pharmacies.

Alison 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.

For 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

The 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.'

The 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.


10th November 2010 LOTS 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.

From 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.

During the period there will be a series of special events. Please see the 'What's On?' page of Wyenot News.


The Old Black and White House in High Town, Hereford.

10th November 2010 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).

Local 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.

The 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.

Packed 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. A 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 a whole.'

An earlier book by Jesse Norman, 'Compassionate Conservatism' (2006) was very well received and provoked the following comments:

'The 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').


13th October 2010

THEFT OF MP3 PLAYERS FROM HMV

Police 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.

At approximately 4pm on Tuesday, 26th October, the couple entered the Commercial Street branch of HMV and stole two MP3 players.

The 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.

PC 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.'

PC McCarthy can be contacted on 0300 333 3000 or information can be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.


10th November 2010 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.

Mike 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.

In 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!

Once the fraudsters have access to your account details they can do just about anything they want to including cleaning out your related bank accounts.'


10th November 2010 WORLD 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.

Cycle 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 their bike.

Councillor 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.'

Free cycling training is available to primary and secondary schools. Please contact Herefordshire Council on 01432 260514 for further information.


Tracy Moseley, World Champion Downhill Mountain Biker 2010.

10th November 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.

The 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.'

As 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.

For full details of the winter arrangements please visit http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport/road_path_maintenance/3231.asp

The 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.'

For further details on the national review log onto http://transportwinterresilience.independent.gov.uk

Herefordshire 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.

All 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.

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