place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
ACORNS FUND RAISERS SAY THANKS FOR SUPPORT....
fund raisers, Steve 'Ozzy' Bond, Garry Davies, friends and
family have, over the last 11 months raised a staggering
of money for Acorns Children's Hospice by staging a whole
host of events to boost the charities funds. This
group of people deserve everybody's congratulations for
their hard work. However, they say that they couldn't have
done all of this without the help of a few people who lent
their support to their endeavours and on Tuesday, 16th November
the group made a few presentations at the Man of Ross Inn
to say, 'Thank you.'
Ross-on-Wye unit of the St. John Ambulance were presented
with a cheque for £180 for being in attendance at
the recent charity football match between Ross All Stars
and Aston Villa Veterans, amongst others events and the
team are grateful for their support.
Wood (whoever that is ;) ) was presented by Ross Town Mayor,
Councillor Jo Lane with a cheque for £77 to thank
him for publicizing and covering all of the events. We really
enjoyed covering these fun events guys. There really was
no need for you to do that but we appreciate it very much
and are looking forward to your next event, a quiz at the
Man of Ross on Sunday, 12th December.
Jones was presented with a certificate for producing the
programme for the football match and for publicity and,
Mark Hazelwood, aka Powie received a certificate for allowing
the group to hold most of their events at the Man of Ross.
team have enjoyed their fund raising for Acorns so much
that they already have a whole range of fun ideas to raise
even more money next year. Keep reading Wyenot News for
details of what is happening and when.
Phillips presents a representative from the St. John Ambulance with
Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane presents Alan with a cheque.
Edney presents a certificate to Geof Jones for his help with printing
Crowe presents the groups favourite host, Powie, with a certificate
for allowing many of their fund raising activities to take place
at the Man of Ross.
WYENOT GET TOGETHERY...............
Plans to put on an event showcasing Ross-on-Wye's businesses
and talented people are now well underway and there has
been a lot of interest from people wanting to take part.
provisional date has been set as Saturday, 25th June 2011,
although this has yet to be confirmed.
food and drink producers, shop keepers, dance groups, charities,
crafts people, bands etc. are all invited to contact me
if interested in having a stall, performing, assisting with
the smooth running or sponsoring this event which is being
organized to show the world what Ross-on-Wye and the surrounding
area has to offer. Pitches will be available at very reasonable
mentioned in a previous issue of Wyenot News, this event
is not designed to replace JAMSTAND. The work Jack Baldus
and his team did was fantastic and nothing could replace
the brilliant events they put on for the town for three
great years. What we are hoping to do is to provide a great
day out for everybody, with lots of entertainment going,
including live music from the very best of local bands.
you are interested in taking part in or helping with this
event, please email me as soon as possible at email@example.com
JESSE HIGHLIGHTS SHELTERED HOUSING PROBLEMY.....
Jesse Norman, MP highlighted the 'serious and growing problem'
of lack of sheltered housing in Herefordshire in a debate
in the House of Commons last week.
said, 'We have a large elderly population that is increasing
as a share of the population, and it includes an increasing
number of frail people. The removal of the warden service
from sheltered accommodation is a serious local issue, on
which I have campaigned for three years. The warden service
is vital, not only for its early warning service, but for
the human touch that it provides for those in sheltered
accommodation. There has been more than one case in which
a resident has been discovered several days after they have
passed away because of the lack of a regular on-site warden.
too often, sheltered accommodation is used for families
who do not require it and to accommodate people with mental
illness, who would be better accommodated in specialist
dwellings designed for their needs.'
also praised the work of the Sheltered Housing Tenants Umbrella
Group in campaigning on this issue. He told the House that
with his assistance, SHTUG had brought a legal suit to force
Herefordshire Housing to restore the Warden service that
had been removed, which failed on a technicality of law.
He paid particular tribute to Shirley Baldwin, who ran SHTUG
at the time, and to Lil Jones and Nancy Evans, in whose
names the group received legal aid to pursue the case. Finally,
he called for more vigorous enforcement of tenants' rights
by statutory agencies, better treatment for those with mental
illness, and for more sheltered accommodation to be constructed
as part of a wider national renewal in housing.
debate can be found online at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101117/halltext/101117h0001.htm
CHRISTMAS IS COMING.........................
suddenly realized that Christmas is almost upon us when
there was knock at the door, followed by a polite request
of 'Alan, could we borrow your ladder, please?
request came from Kieran Evans-Baldwin who lives next door.
Every year Kieran, aged 15, along with his brothers John,
18 and Ben, 16, put Christmas lights up on the outside of
their house, contributing to the bright spectacle that Three
Crosses Road makes from early December each year. The
boys have always done the work themselves, with no other
help and they do such a brilliant job, we thought that they
deserved a special mention.
for brightening up the street every year boys and thank
you for reminding us that Christmas is nearly here. We'd
better get our skates on.
Evans-Baldwin holds the ladder steady whilst his brother, Kieran
fixes up the lights.
in the dark.
BATTERY THEFTS DELAYED REFUSE COLLECTIONSY.......
Refuse collectors have been working longer hours today to
make up for lost time due to a number of batteries being
stolen from refuse collection lorries over the weekend.
thefts, which occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning,
delayed crews leaving the depot in Hereford on Monday while
new batteries and wiring were secured for 22 vehicles during
the morning. Returning crews were dispatched to cover other
rounds and Focsa, the council's refuse collection contractor,
believes virtually all the collections due to take place
today will have been collected by later this evening. However,
if anyone has missed their collection, they are being asked
to either telephone 01432 260051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
and the council will arrange collection as soon as possible.
are now investigating the thefts and anyone with information
should contact West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000.
GOODRICH CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF SCHOOL DINNERS....
council's healthy schools adviser checked out the standard
of school dinners at Goodrich CE School during National
School Meals week as the Goodrich School Meals Association
celebrated 30 years of providing hot lunches.
governors and friends of the school were all invited to
join the children for lunch on Tuesday, 9th November and
given the opportunity to sample a delicious roast turkey
dinner and fruit pudding. The empty plates were a testament
to the good quality of the food, although guests had been
warned from the outset that dirty plates would be unacceptable!
of the county's schools offer their pupils a two course
hot meal. At an average cost of £2 per day, the meals represent
good value for money and are packed with healthy nutritious
food to aid physical development, enhance learning and boost
concentration levels in the classroom. The council works
with kitchen staff and catering companies to make sure that
food standards are complied with. All meals have to be 75
per cent freshly prepared, 50 per cent local produce and
30 per cent organic in line with the national Food for Life
CE School, just outside Ross-on-Wye has always provided
hot lunches for its pupils and, thanks to parent power thirty
years ago, refused to relinquish its kitchen when many schools
were converting kitchen space into classrooms. The school's
children are served fresh food from Kate's kitchen every
Winter is a previous pupil at the school and now manages
the daily task of providing around 80 hot lunches and healthy
puddings a day.
have always enjoyed hot meals at Goodrich,' said Rose Buchanan
of the Goodrich School Meals Association. 'When many schools
closed their kitchens to provide extra classroom space,
parents fought to hang on to our kitchen because they realized
the benefits of providing a hot lunch and the boost it could
give to children's concentration levels, health and well
down and enjoying food together also provides other benefits.
Friends can sometimes be far more persuasive when it comes
to trying new flavours than parents. We're also very much
aware that not all children get the opportunity to sit down
at a table to eat, but enjoying food collectively allows
this to happen.'
Doody of Herefordshire Council said, 'The days of lumpy
mash and stewed cabbage are long gone and turkey twizzlers
are banned following a nation-wide campaign to make school
dinner healthier. Food in schools now includes breakfast
clubs, healthy tuck shops, packed lunches, after school
clubs and school fund-raising events as well as hot lunches.
The council works with schools and catering companies to
make sure menus are exciting and varied, and promotes the
healthy eating message to pupils across the county.'
thirty years children have enjoyed a cooked lunch at Goodrich School.
YOUNG PEOPLE LAUNCH DRINK AWARENESS CAMPAIGNY.....
Herefordshire's young people are taking a campaign on the
road to tackle the challenge of alcohol abuse amongst teenagers
during the build up to Christmas. Alcohol
abuse is one of the biggest teenage problems in the eyes
of young people locally and nationally. Together with underage
and binge drinking, alcohol abuse can cause a whole range
of health and social problems, often leading to loss of
control and antisocial behaviour.
people from the Herefordshire Children's Trust Shadow Board,
and Herefordshire Youth Council's Stay Safe at Christmas
group, have joined forces to run an intense pre-Christmas
campaign. The young campaigners have put together an alcohol
awareness pack containing information and lots of free goodies
which will be distributed from a campaign trailer which
is being taken around the county. Young people can visit
the trailer, pick up their packs, try out beer goggles,
take part in a quiz and explore some hard-hitting facts
about the affects of alcohol. Funding for the campaign has
come from the Herefordshire Children's Trust, a partnership
of organizations including Herefordshire Council, NHS Herefordshire,
the police and voluntary groups: the topic was chosen by
the young people themselves.
year nationally, almost 5000 young people were hospitalised
from drinking and 9000 young people received treatment for
alcohol abuse at the roadside. In Herefordshire, the number
of people admitted to hospital as a result of alcohol or
alcohol related injuries was 638 and 18 of these were under
18. The young people spearheading Herefordshire's campaign
are also concerned about the effects of alcohol and how
it can lead to altered decision making, particularly in
relation to sexual behaviour.
Alexandra Lennon-Mills from the Shadow Board explains, 'We
aren't trying to tell teenagers to stop drinking all together.
We are giving them the facts about what drinking does to
you and what the dangers are, and leaving them to decide
what to do. We have worked hard to come up with fun activities
rather than a boring lecture where you can find out facts
and have fun at the same time.'
Sanders, Chair of Herefordshire Children's Trust said, 'This
project demonstrates the maturity of many of our young people
in Herefordshire. They see an issue around irresponsible
or uninformed behaviour by people of their own age and want
to do something about it. Their approach is different as
they believe that messages are likely to have a greater
impact if they come from people of their own age range.
They have talked to professionals from Safer Herefordshire
and are determined to help other young people by tackling
the issues head on.'
campaign trailer will be visiting the following venues:
on Wye, Market Hall on Saturday, 27th November from 10am
Hereford, High Town on Saturday, 4th December from 11am
Kington, Lady Hawkins High School on Thursday, 9th December
from 1.20 until 2.15pm
Leominster, Corn Square on Saturday, 11th December from
11am until 3pm
Bromyard, Queen Elizabeth High School Thursday, 16th December
from 12 Noon until 1.30pm and Ledbury, Market Place on Saturday,
18th December from 11am until 3pm.
LOCAL AUTHOR EVENT AT HERITAGE CENTREY........
To complement the Christmas events that are being held in
Ross-on-Wye in December, a Local Author event will be taking
place at Ross Heritage Centre from Friday, 3rd until Sunday,
5th December and local authors and publishers have been
invited to display their local books to sell. In fact, if
you have published a book and you would like to take part
in the event, why not telephone Ross Heritage Centre for
further information and an application form? You may well
sell a few copies.
Hurley's new book, 'Green Lanes of Herefordshire' will also
be launched that weekend and there will be opportunities
to get your own signed copy hot off the press.' There will
also be the opportunity to purchase the new Civic Society
'Aspects of Ross' book and 'The History of Lea School' both
of which have been launched in the past few weeks.
to the Heritage Centre will also have the opportunity to
buy some new novels and biographies written by local people,
amongst lots of other titles and topics, all of which will
make ideal Christmas gifts, especially if, as hoped, some
of the authors will be available to sign copies during the
Christmas Card shop, 'Cards for good causes' will also be
open and there will be plenty of local crafts and cards,
which are very reasonably priced with unique designs. June
Barker, a local artist, will also be holding her annual
exhibition and sale of art at the same time.
in all there will be the opportunity to support local people
with your gift buying this year, all under one roof. The
weekend will provide an opportunity for visitors to buy
stocking fillers and other bargains before the Heritage
Centre closes for a refit in the New Year.
you would like to attend the event, the Heritage Centre
will be open from 10:30am until 4:30pm daily, Tuesdays to
Sundays. The Heritage Centre can be contacted on 01432 260675
or just call in during opening hours.
LLANGROVE SCHOOL CHILDREN HAVE FUN IN THE WOODS....
at Llangrove CE Primary School really enjoy their lessons
in the woods as the school embraces its new Forest School
learning. Class teacher Isobel Parkinson explains: 'The
philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire
individuals through positive outdoor experiences. The children
love getting dressed up in their wellies and waterproofs;
they have so much fun learning in the woodland setting,
which helps them to become more confident.'
are often joined by pre-school children from Leapfrogs nursery,
also based at the school, and enjoy a variety of activities
including: cooking, story time in the log circle, climbing
trees, den making, learning to tie different knots and digging
in a muddy discovery area.
Local Authority Review in September was very complimentary
about the Early Years Foundation Stage (4 - 7 years) provision
at Llangrove. It reported that: 'Children have settled into
school routines quickly due to the welcoming atmosphere
and calm manner of the staff . Positive relationships with
parents / carers are encouraged by staff.
Years Foundation Stage provides an interesting and stimulating
environment both indoors and outdoors. Children seem happy
and relaxed and were confident and motivated.'
CE Primary School children enjoying story-time and the soup they
prepared and cooked outside in their forest area.
PLEASE ONLY USE A & E IN AN EMERGENCYY.....
NHS Herefordshire and Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust are urging
people to seek medical help from the most appropriate source
as there is mounting pressure for beds at the County Hospital
and the county's community hospitals.
the annually expected winter increase in the number of hospital
beds needed has arrived, with 42 emergency admissions on
Sunday and a further 54 on Monday, there is growing pressure
on hospital beds across Herefordshire. The
organizations have advised county GPs that they should consider
other options rather than a hospital admission for patients
where appropriate and county residents are being urged to
consider whether a trip to the County Hospital Emergency
Department is the most appropriate option.
Tomlinson, interim director of nursing and operations at
Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust, said that many minor symptoms
and ailments presented at hospital could be treated quickly
and easily by accessing other NHS services. 'People can
get advice on their condition from a variety of sources,
including their local pharmacist, GP or the GP Walk in Centre
at Asda in Hereford and other Minor Injury Units across
the county,' he said. 'Many illnesses and injuries can be
treated at home by using medicines from your local pharmacy,
shop or supermarket. Your local pharmacist can give advice
and help you choose what medicines you need. It's important
to look out for elderly neighbours and relatives as winter
approaches as it is important to maintain a high fluid intake
and stay warm.'
with toothache or gum problems are being advised to visit
their local dentist or one of the county's dental access
centres - details of the centre's can be obtained by telephoning
is the time of year when many people catch a cold or suffer
from the flu,' said Sue Doheny, director of clinical leadership
and quality at NHS Herefordshire. Our advice under these
circumstances is to use NHS Direct which can offer health
advice over the telephone 24 hours a day. Contact NHS Direct
if you feel ill, are injured or have any questions about
your health. NHS Direct can be contacted by telephoning
0330 123 9303 or by visiting www.nhs.uk.'
Herefordshire, Herefordshire Council and the Hereford Hospitals
Trust have plans to cope with pressures on beds and they
are currently working together. These plans include transferring
patients to nursing homes where appropriate.
THIS WYE BOOK LAUNCHED.....................
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
recently launched a new edition of the 'Walk this Wye' book
at Brockweir Village Shop.
book contains twelve new walks to enjoy in the Forest of
Dean, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, from a gentle stroll
to a healthy ten mile stride through some of the most beautiful
landscapes in the Wye Valley. This edition is different
to many walk books in that it provides walks which can all
be sourced by public transport.
Moore, Wye Valley AONB Information Officer was positive
about the emphasis on the use of local buses and trains
to access the countryside and said, 'We need to promote
and encourage the use of public transport as the ever increasing
number of cars on our small, narrow roads impacts on our
environment and on the landscape. Transport officers from
both England and Wales have always been very supportive
in the production of the book and we hope to encourage more
walkers to use these services.'
this Wye is also unique in that many of the walks have been
researched and produced by volunteer walkers who have committed
their ideas and a huge amount of time and energy to the
project. Bridget Vine, a volunteer contributor commented,
'It's really rewarding to see all our walks in print and
surely is a good way to promote the Wye Valley area.'
Thomas, Wye Valley AONB Joint Advisory Chairman spoke at
length about the importance of recognizing a superb landscape
and the encouragement of getting people out to enjoy the
views. It was also great news that at the launch of this
book the news broke that the River Wye had been voted best
UK river by the Our Rivers campaign to celebrate the nations'
rivers and highlight threats to wildlife. The Wye beat the
Thames, Dart and Great Ouse to first position. The awards,
backed by WWF Cymru, RSPB, Angling Trust and the Salmon
and Trout Association, were launched in August and thousands
of people cast their votes online for the rivers they love,
and for those which need urgent attention.
Wye was described as 'magical and timeless. It is a stunning
river which captures the imagination of everyone who visits
it.' Those who live and work in the Wye Valley have always
known it has a special quality and books like Walk this
Wye will promote the enjoyment and knowledge of the river
valley to all. Together with comprehensive tourism and travel
information this is a real gem of information for visitors
and local walkers and will be available from local Tourist
Information Centres, bookshops and retailers as well as
online from the Wye Valley AONB office at Hadnock Road,
retailers who wish to sell copies, please contact the Wye
Valley AONB. Beautifully illustrated, with detailed walk
maps, tourism and transport information and retailing at
£2.60 per copy including postage and packaging it provides
really good value and would make a great Christmas stocking
order your copy please contact Nikki Moore on 01600 710846
or email email@example.com
the launch of 'Walk This Wye.'
POSTER COMPETITION FOR COUNTYS YOUNG PEOPLEY.....
A special poster competition has been launched by Herefordshire
Council for the county's youngsters and the winning design
will be seen on refuse and recycling collection lorries
as the travel throughout the county. To
take part in the competition, youngsters must design a poster
to encourage Herefordshire residents to think about the
3 Rs; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
competition has two categories; one for primary schools
and one for high schools. The winner in each category will
receive a £100 prize for their school, whilst runners-up
will get prizes such as compost bins, reusable bags and
pencils made from recycled products.
John Jarvis, of Herefordshire Council said, 'There are 2,044
miles of roads in the county so the winning designs will
certainly be seen far and wide and I'm sure pupils will
have great fun in coming up with creative ideas. Recycling
rates continue to rise in the county but we can all do more
and I am hoping pupils will come up with some eye-catching
designs to help us get the message across.
part of our commitment to reducing the amount of waste sent
to landfill, we encourage residents to reduce the amount
of waste they produce by only buying the food they need,
reusing items where possible or donating them to charity
shops, and recycle using their wheeled bins or sack collection.
If we all work together to promote the 3 Rs, this will reduce
the impact our activities have on the environment and help
to reduce global warming.'
for posters need to be in A3 landscape format, two dimensional
and full colour. Text should be bold and simple and include
the 3 Rs. Only one entry is allowed per child and the artist's
name, age and school need to be written on the back of each
deadline for entries is Friday, 21st January. Please send
them to Laura Blackwell, Waste Management, PO Box 167, Plough
Lane, Hereford, HR4 OWY.
FREE PARKING FOR LATE NIGHT SHOPPERSY.....
Shoppers across Herefordshire are being reminded that they
can take advantage of free parking on council-owned car
parks in Hereford city during late night shopping in the
run up to Christmas.
car parking will again be allowed in Hereford
on car parks Herefordshire Council runs after 4pm on Wednesdays.
A number of city centre shops will stay open late next Wednesday,
24th November, with more shops joining in the following
week and running until Wednesday, 22nd December.
concessions do not apply to any of the private car parks
YOUR SAY ON BUTTER MARKET DESIGN......
The final stage of an ideas competition managed by the Royal
Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will be going on
public display in Hereford
Butter Market from Monday, 29th November until Friday, 10th
to the exhibition will have an opportunity to examine the
finalists' ideas and give their comments. The exhibition
will also be available to view on the internet by visiting
www.herefordfutures.co.uk. Len Tawn, chairman of the Hereford
Butter Market Independent Traders Association, encouraged
as many people as possible to get along and have their say.
'This is an ideal opportunity for everyone to express their
views on the future theme of the Butter Market,' he said.
Jonathan Bretherton, Hereford Futures chief executive said,
'This much loved market stands at the heart of the Hereford
retail and tourism experience. Judging by the imaginative
and inventive ideas which have been short listed, we envisage
very exciting times ahead. These are proposals which would
put the market firmly at the centre of the planned enhanced
retail and tourism offer in Hereford.'
Adrian Blackshaw said getting the design right is crucial
in order to create a market which benefits existing retailers,
producers and businesses and this competition will help
to inform that process. 'The concept is for a high quality
landmark facility for our established market retailers which
is devoted to the best that Herefordshire has to offer,
' he said. 'The Butter Market will become a must see destination
for tourists or anyone visiting the county or the city.'
deliver the refurbishment of the Butter Market, Hereford
Futures is seeking a preferred developer which will work
in partnership with Herefordshire Council on this important
project. Both the winner of the RIBA competition and the
preferred developer will be announced in March next year
when a design, reflecting elements of the winning idea,
will be produced.
impression of how the Butter Market might look.
CHILDREN TO LIGHT THE WAY TO WIDEMARSH STREETY.....
After a major revamp, one of Hereford's premier shopping
streets is to be officially reopened, right on schedule
for Christmas. Widemarsh
has been dramatically refurbished as part of the council's
promotion of the city centre as a shopping and tourist destination.
Work has been completed on schedule after improvements started
at the beginning of the year.
official reopening will take place on Saturday, 4th December
at 4pm by Councillor John Stone, chairman of the council,
as part of a festive celebration, which includes a dusk
parade of lanterns by local children. On the same day, workshops
run by the council's heritage services will involve youngsters
in making lanterns at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery from
1pm. They will also listen to stories at the historic Old
House and create a timeline of Hereford at the Butter Market
in High Town.
will then be taking their lanterns and meeting outside the
Old House at 3.45pm to join a lantern-lit procession through
High Town and down Widemarsh Street. The procession will
include the chairman of Herefordshire Council, the Mayor
of Hereford, Councillor Anna Toon and a town crier, to meet
Councillor Brian Wilcox ready for the official opening ceremony
at 4pm. There will be refreshments in Widemarsh Street,
brief speeches, then a ribbon cutting and an unveiling of
a plaque to celebrate the refurbishment. The formal event
ends at 4.30pm after 15 minutes of communal Christmas singing
led by the choir - the Golden Valley Singers.
Sunday, 5th December until Monday, 3rd January the festivities
continue with two traditional fairground rides; a reconditioned
wooden horse carousel and a helter skelter ride, surrounded
by real Christmas trees in Widemarsh Street. This means
that Widemarsh Street, while remaining open for deliveries
and taxis, will reopen for general traffic on Tuesday, 4th
Wilcox said, 'The reaction to the new look Widemarsh Street
has been extremely positive from local people and the businesses
operating in the city centre. The investment in this important
gateway to High Town is all part of our vision to promote
Hereford as the destination of choice for shoppers within
the county and from other parts of the West Midlands and
Wales, which in turn benefits our local economy.
am grateful for the patience and support of local retailers
and pedestrians while the necessary construction work was
undertaken and I am delighted that we now have a very attractive
landmark street, with an innovative streetscape design that
was finished on time and within budget.'
DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION SHOWCASE EVENTY.....
Herefordshire Council has been asked by the Department for
Education to host an event to showcase the council's groundbreaking
approach to helping families across the county.
government is interested in the work that the council, health
professionals and other agencies are doing to support families
who have multiple problems, particularly those who have
children on the edge of care and who are difficult to connect
with. Around 140,000 families in the UK experience multiple
disadvantages (five or more selected disadvantages). Analysis
suggests they contribute almost two thirds of permanent
school exclusion, one in five youth offences, over a third
have children subject to child protection proceedings whilst
their parents are 34 times more likely to need drug treatment
and eight times more likely to need alcohol treatment.
these families experience, and contribute to, such a wide
range of social problems they can be can be targeted by
anything up to 20 overlapping, programmes, funding streams
and agencies. This has been shown to be both ineffective
and cost local services up to £250,000 to £330,000 per family
per year, compared to an average cost of family intervention
at around £8,000 to 14,000 per family.
intervention quite literally places the family first, with
a dedicated worker engaging directly with family members
and helping them cope with the sometimes bewildering challenges
they face. A recent evaluation of projects across the country
A halving of offending and antisocial behaviour, a reduction
in family violence by 70 per cent, an improvement in financial
stability from 23 per cent to 51 per cent, attendance issues
halved, and the group considered to be high risk, i.e. attending
less than 50 per cent of the time, reduced two thirds. Young
carers in families have been reduced by more than a third.
As the coalition government is keen to encourage local authorities
and partner organizations to share good practice and experiences,
the Department for Education asked the council to host this
exciting event and showcase some of the work done to date.
Senior managers, cabinet members and professionals from
other local authorities in the West Midlands and from other
neighbouring authorities are being invited to the event
which will take place at the Freedom Centre, Hereford on
Friday, 26th November. Funded and promoted by the Department
for Education, families expert, Wendy Weal will be representing
the Department for Education.
event will begin with some creative performances from a
group of young people who have written and produced their
own music and dance presentations to impress the audience.
Following introductions a number of workshops are being
organized for delegates to choose from. The day is also
about networking and sharing ideas, so a market place environment
will be created where people can enjoy refreshments, talk
about case studies and exchange contact details.
event is open to anyone who has an interest in providing
support for children and families, and although it is free,
bookings need to be made on the Department for Education's
web site: https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/showcaseevents/Default.aspx
approach to providing families with help has already produced
excellent results in Bromyard,' said David Sanders, interim
director of children's services for Herefordshire Council.
'Families spend less time telling their story to different
professionals, and don't have to travel to different venues
in the county to get help. In addition, holding one regular
meeting of professionals to discuss a number of families
at a time reduces costs, and makes information sharing and
planning for support much easier and effective. We have
also developed this model in Ledbury, Mortimer and Leominster,
Woebley and Kingon, Hereford, Golden Valley and Kingstone
and Ross-on-Wye areas.
are delighted that the Department for Education has asked
us to host this event as it gives us an opportunity to establish
links with colleagues in other local authorities and raise
the profile of some of the innovative work we are doing
in Herefordshire locally and regionally.'
Rehearsals are in full swing as Herefordshire Council and
NHS Herefordshire prepare to celebrate the achievements
of the county's looked after children. The
county currently has 206 children who are looked after by
the council, around 60 more than last year, and the number
continues to increase. Last year more than 200 people attended
the SHINE awards, and this year's event scheduled for later
this month, promises to be even bigger.
event has been aptly named the HAFTAs (Herefordshire's Awards
for Top Achievers) by the young people themselves and 17
year old Mark Jones has also produced a logo which features
in all the invitations and programmes to be issued on the
night. As always, the evening promises to be a veritable
feast of entertainment.
Music Pool, with funding from the national charity Sing
Up, has been working with children in care, providing workshops
for all ages: the youngest participant is just one year
old and the oldest is fourteen. To showcase what they have
learned, the children have just recorded their own album
and will give a premiere performance of some of the tracks
from their album at the HAFTAS. In addition, Voices2Bheard,
a group of 14-17 year olds who have got together specially
for the annual event, will be performing their own unique
version of Sweet Child of Mine, I'll Be There for You and
Soul Sister, amongst others. There will also be lots of
movement, excitement and energy as some of the young people
show off their dancing skills.
main part of the evening will be the award ceremony attended
by Herefordshire Council Cabinet members Jenny Hyde and
Philip Price. Nominations for awards are invited from teachers,
social workers and foster carers and can be for a wide range
of achievements including academic performance, personal
development, or for acts of kindness.
Jenny Hyde said, 'We are incredibly proud of all our children
and young people. Herefordshire Council takes its corporate
parenting role very seriously and like all parents and carers,
wants to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of
its children and young people. They all make significant
achievements throughout the year and the HAFTAs is a fantastic
opportunity to come together and celebrate these achievements.
am really looking forward to this event. Our children and
young people have been through so much in their lives and
it is very important that we take time to reward them and
celebrate when we can.'
Jones who designed the logo for the HAFTAs.
PLANS TO SHARE SERVICES SAVING MONEY APPROVEDY.....
Plans to share corporate functions with the Primary Care
Trust and the County Hospital, thereby save millions of
pounds were approved at the council's Full Council meeting
which took place on Friday, 19th November.
The move, which was earlier agreed by Hereford Hospitals
NHS Trust and NHS Herefordshire, will save the county £33
million over the next ten years. It means a new joint venture
company could be set up in Herefordshire by April 2011.
This will be the first of its kind in the UK and an innovative
response to the government's spending review.
savings secured by sharing information technology, finance,
human resources, procurement, expenses and payroll, revenues
and benefits will be reinvested in protecting essential
public services in Herefordshire. The move is prompted by
the need to protect services for the most vulnerable members
of the community, including Herefordshire's ageing population
and children looked after by the local authority.
shadow board will be set up with senior representatives
from each of the organizations to oversee the development
of the new operation. Local government and health will also
focus on how together they can manage contracts, purchase
goods and services and achieve further economies of scale
across the three organizations.
COUNCIL AGREES POLL ON HEREFORD RELIEF ROADY.....
Herefordshire Council has agreed in principle to carry out
a poll on a relief road for Hereford, and officers will
be asked to advise on the practicalities, legal issues,
possible date and costs. Councillors
supported a motion by leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor
Roger Phillips, to poll people in Herefordshire with a question
on the construction of a road around the city. All group
leaders will be consulted on the proposals for a poll.
consultations have shown that nearly 80 per cent of residents
would support a relief road, together with a range of other
transport improvements. Earlier this year over 5,000 people
participated in the Shaping Our Place consultation and generally
supported a blueprint package to create more communities,
affordable housing, better paid jobs, enterprise and an
improved transport infrastructure for the city. Public meetings
and exhibitions have been undertaken since then with parish
councils and local groups. The deadline for views on these
plans for Hereford had been extended to the date of the
full council meeting, Friday, 19th November.
to the council, a relief road is just part of a wide range
of measures designed to support economic growth, prosperity
and quality of life. But the road has long been regarded
as a priority by residents if Hereford is to avoid a future
of gridlock misery. In September 2009, a study jointly commissioned
by the Highways Agency and Herefordshire Council concluded
that many key road junctions would grind to a halt without
a relief road, which would work successfully whether it
ran to the east or the west of the city.
relief road will enable the re-routing of commercial and
longer distance traffic, which does not need to access the
centre of the city, and enable a step change in sustainable
transport journeys, which can be provided within the existing
highway network. Other benefits include a reduction of problems
with air quality and afford the council more control in
managing the existing transport network.
BELMONT GOLF COURSE BURGLEDY.........
Herefordshire Police are appealing for witnesses to come
forward after a Herefordshire golf club was burgled in the
early hours of Sunday, 14th November.
approximately 3am a vehicle, possibly a 4x4, was seen driving
onto the site of the Belmont Golf Course near Belmont, Hereford,
and leaving soon after. In the intervening minutes, an equipment
shed was broken into and two leaf blowers stolen. Both were
marked with the letters 'BGC'.
Dean Wall, who is investigating the burglary said, 'These
two items were expensive and useful pieces of equipment
and we are doing our best to retrieve them for the Belmont
Golf Course. Both are easily recognisable because they are
marked with the initials of the club, so if anyone has seen
these blowers, or been offered them for sale, then please
contact me. I would also like to speak to anyone who may
have seen a 4x4 acting suspiciously in the Belmont area.'
Wall can be contacted at Hereford Police Station via the
West Mercia Police non-emergency line, 0300 333 3000. Information
can also be passed on anonymously via the 0800 555 111 Crimestoppers