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1st December 2010 SANTA VISITS TUDORVILLE COMMUNITY CENTRE........

Things are really looking up at Tudorville and District Community Centre. We visited on Saturday to cover a Christmas Fayre and what a difference has been made to the once very sorry state of the building that was Tudorville Youth Centre. Thanks to the local community who managed to persuade Herefordshire Council that they would get the centre up and running if an asset transfer to them could be made, the floor of the building is now on one level, dramatically increasing the useable floor space. Heating has been installed and although there is still much work to do, one can clearly envisage a busy, well used and prosperous Community Hall.

Of course, all of this work takes a lot of money to complete. Grants were applied for and the committee have held many fund raising events including bingo on the first Friday of each month, a local football derby, producing a 'naked' calendar featuring some of the locals and their latest event, Saturday's Christmas Fayre. The hall was very busy with people browsing the stalls and buying lots of Christmas gifts. The tombola and home made cakes stalls were soon emptied and the children got to visit Santa in his lovely Grotto. Some of the children gave Santa a letter, telling him what they would like for Christmas and each child who visited him received a small present.

Committee members from the County Air Ambulance and Ross Pre-school play group were also invited to go along to raise money for their causes, reiterating the fact that Tudorville and District Community Centre is there for use by all in the district.

If you would like to help contribute to the fund raising for the Community Centre, a Christmas Bingo Night is being held there this coming Friday. The doors will open at 7pm for 'eyes down' at 7:30.


Visiting Santa at Tudorville and District Community Centre on Saturday.

Face painting at Saturday's Christmas Fayre.

1st December 2010 ROSS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA....

The Association of Ross Traders are organizing a 'Fun Day' for Christmas shoppers on Sunday, 5th December and Santa will be on hand to welcome visitors. As well as lots of local shops being open there will be market and crafts stalls and lots of entertainment going on. Both Ross Town Band and the Drybrook Band will be performing during the day and The Penyard Singers will be singing some of their best Christmas repertoire.

Many of the shops will have special offers on the day. Ross Old Books are offering 10% off new and second hand books and selected maps and prints. Customers will get 10% off all gift ware (cash sales only) at Pots and Pieces Tea Shop and Truffles Delicatessen are offering 10% off everything in store, free mulled cider and a cheese tasting event at 2pm. Tudor Sweets are also offering 10% off as well as giving customers the opportunity of trying some winter herbal sweets. You will find bargains at these and many of the other shops open on the day. Santa will be in his Grotto at the old pet shop in High Street and at £1.50 per child will be handing out presents.

You still have time to be in with a chance of winning £1,000. Simply make a purchase at one of the shops displaying the ART poster, including Ross Garden Store, spend the amount as specified for that particular shop and you will be given free entry into the draw.

More shopkeepers have been putting up Christmas lights and trees this year and ART would like to thank Peter Hickman Hair, Essential Sewing Services, Crows Feet and many other local businesses for their support.


Drawing the 2009 winner of £1000 at last year's ART Christmas Shopping Extravaganza.

1st December 2010 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. A provisional date has been set as Saturday, 25th June 2011, although this has yet to be confirmed.

Local 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 rates.

As 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 on, including live music from the very best of local bands.

If you are interested in taking part in or helping with this event, please email me as soon as possible at tina@wyenot.com

Thank you.


1st December 2010 CUBS MAKE A SPLASH AND BUILD TOTEM POLES....

Sixteen Ross-on-Wye [Aztec] Cub Scouts visited the Hereford Halo Leisure pool recently and slide down the flume for an hour non stop. Collectively they totalled 160 slides, a total of about 4000m which is about 2/3rds of the average distance walked by women in Africa in search of water per day.

The Cubs were sponsored per slide and so far have collected over 130 with more to come in. The money they have raised will be sent to Wateraid, a charity which uses practical solutions to provide clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.

The event was partly organized by the Cubs themselves, but thanks must go to the staff at the swimming pool for their help and co-operation.

Last Saturday, the Cub Scouts around Ross-on-Wye gathered together for a crafty challenge. Their brief was to build a totem pole from lengths of cardboard tube. There were approximately forty boys and girls present from the packs at Ross, Walford and Aston Ingham and they split into teams to build 5 totem poles. The results were judged by Deputy County Commissioner Ann Clark who looked not just at the finished results but at how the Cubs worked together as a team and with 'Scouting spirit.'

The winning team was deemed to be Walford, meaning that they took the District challenge trophy for the first time from Aston Ingham.


The winning Walford Cubs with their totem pole and the trophy.

Ross Aztec Cub Scouts being crafty.

1st December 2010 PARENTS AND CHILDREN COOK AT RYEFIELD CENTREY.....

Parents and carers at the Ryefield Centre, Ross-on-Wye have been learning to cook on a new course designed for busy parents. 'Let's cook together,' a six week course has been designed for parents who need to cook healthy meals on a budget and in a hurry. The centre's family support worker, Jane Marshall and experienced tutor, Alison Davies (supported by Family Learning), delivered a cookery programme to six parents who took part with occasional assistance from their toddlers.

'We understand that it can be quite a challenge to juggle home, work, children's eating habits, and still provide a meal for all to enjoy within the family,' said Carole Amos, the Children's Centre Manager. 'However, with a few top tips and a bit of know how, we now have six families who are enjoying their own freshly cooked healthy meals that don't cost a fortune, on a regular basis.

All the parents who completed the course said they feel more confident about tasting new foods now and that it has helped them to find healthy foods that their children (and in some cases, partners) will eat without realizing it's healthy. Yes, the courgette muffins really did taste good!'

To celebrate their new found skills, the parents who took part in this course will be cooking a Christmas meal together for themselves and their own children at the Ryefield Children's Centre on Monday, 20th December between 10am and 12 Noon, and later certificates will be presented to the parents by Sue Cobourne from Family Learning.

Herefordshire council is planning to run the same course at the children's centre in Peterchurch in the New Year.


1st December 2010 NHS CONCERNED AS UPTAKE OF FLU JAB FALLSY.....

NHS Herefordshire is backing a national drive to urge people at risk of complications from seasonal flu to get themselves protected and take advantage of the annual free flu jabs. Flu experts across the country are seeing that the rates of people taking advantage of the seasonal flu vaccine are slightly lower than at the same point in previous years.

In Herefordshire, the aim is to achieve uptake of more than 70 per cent, in line with the national target. At the end of October, 40.8 per cent of over 65s had so far accepted the jab, against 58.3 per cent at the same point last year. Whereas 26.9 per cent of under 65s in at risk groups had accepted it against 37.2 per cent last year. The blip in uptake could be explained by a period of milder than usual weather for this time of year or it could be due to people being unnecessarily concerned about the jab containing swine flu vaccine.

Professor David Salisbury, Director of Immunization at the Department of Health said, 'We don't know how serious flu will be this winter. But we do know that improving seasonal flu vaccine uptake will ensure that more vulnerable people are protected. This year's vaccine is the ordinary seasonal flu jab and protects against the dominant strains - this year it protects against three types of flu, including the type known as swine flu.

It is vital we don't underestimate the effects of this virus. It is not the same as getting a cold and it can seriously affect your health. My advice is to visit your local GP surgery and get the vaccination as soon as possible. This is the best form of protection for you and others.'

Dr Arif Mahmood of NHS Herefordshire said, 'We're concerned about the low uptake of this vaccine in Herefordshire and want to reassure people that the vaccine doesn't have any actual live virus in it. This vaccine is inactivated and can't cause flu. In fact, it makes your body create antibodies to make you immune to flu virus. We are urging people to take up the offer of a free flu jab by contacting their local GP surgery and getting the vaccination as soon as possible. This is the best form of protection for everyone.'

People particularly at risk are those aged 65 years and over, people aged under 65 in the clinical risk groups, which includes pregnant women, and front-line health care professionals. Last year 650 people were admitted to hospital in Herefordshire as a result of flu related health problems.


1st December 2010 SERVICES TO VULNERABLE WILL BE PROTECTEDY.....

Despite facing the deepest government funding cuts for a long time, Herefordshire Council is working with agencies who provide support to the most vulnerable members of the community to ensure that those services continue. The council, like every other local authority in the country, is facing a 28 per cent cut in funding from central government during the next four years. As a rural authority, the county has always received less money per person, even though it is recognized that it is more expensive to deliver services to rural communities.

The council has already been informed that government funding for housing renewal, which has traditionally helped fund repair grants and loans to vulnerable households supported by its in-house Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson Service, have been withdrawn for 2011/12. Further government cuts to welfare services will increase the pressure on social care. As a result of these cuts, the council is discussing options and ideas with organizations that provide housing-related services and is reviewing the way they are paid for and delivered. A working group has been set up to lead this review.

'This review will include an assessment of existing contracts and the impact any proposed changes might have on services and local people and this will include the Home Improvement Agency and Handyperson Scheme operated by an in house team of staff,' said Jana Burton, acting director of adult social care. 'We acknowledge the value of the Home Improvement Agency Service and Handyperson Service in supporting vulnerable households to remain living independently and no decision has been made, at this stage, regarding future funding. However, the service is included in the review being conducted on a range of housing-related support contracts and we're consulting with staff on the possible implications of any funding decisions.'

New ways of planning, providing and paying for these services from April 2011 will be drawn up and taken to the council's cabinet in the New Year for approval.


1st December 2010 SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES ON DOWNS SYNDROME....

A special photographic exhibition called 'Shifting Perspectives' will be opening at Hereford's Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, 4th December, for the sixth year running. The Shifting Perspectives team continues to break down preconceived ideas about, as well as highlight the individuality of every person with Down's syndrome.

Their work explores the photographic representation of people with Down's syndrome, challenging attitudes and prejudices and examining alternative representations of both adults and children. Shifting Perspectives questions general views of what living with Down's syndrome means to individuals, families and friends. One of the main themes that runs through the Shifting Perspectives work is that of individuality.

This year, the Down's Syndrome Association celebrates its 40th anniversary. Forty years of helping individuals with Down's syndrome fight for their basic rights; their right to life, medical treatment, education and to be an accepted member of society. GlaxoSmithKline have recently renewed their support of Shifting Perspectives until 2013. It is through the support of GSK that Shifting Perspectives will continue to travel throughout the United Kingdom and will also now travel globally, giving more people the opportunity to see the individual, not just Down's syndrome.

Twenty years ago images such as these would neither have been seen nor made and outside of the areas of medical and charity based imagery, there has been little serious photographic enquiry into this subject area. The Shifting Perspectives photographers are redressing that imbalance.

Xanthe Breen, spokesman for the Down's Syndrome Association said, 'We've seen attitudes towards people with Down's syndrome change, and Shifting Perspectives forms a part of that. These photographs reveal a tender and very personal view of Down's syndrome, and truly have the power to shift perspectives. This is something that we at the Down's Syndrome Association constantly work to achieve.'

The exhibition in Hereford, which runs until 2nd February 2011, will be displaying the work of Richard Bailey (curator), Fiona Field, Aviv Yaron, Kayte Brimacombe, Emer Gillespie, Raffaello Raimondi, Nadia Bettega, Vinay Kapoor, Rodrigo Raimondi and Shira Avni.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am until 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am until 4pm. It will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Monday, 27th and Tuesday, 28th December and New Years Day, reopening on Tuesday, 4th January 2011.


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1st December 2010 FOOTBALL BANNING ORDER STATS WELCOMEYSTA.....

The Home Office released statistics on football related arrests and banning orders for all league clubs for the 2009-10 season on Monday, 29th November and West Mercia Police are pleased that the trends in disorder and subsequent arrest and prosecutions connected with Hereford United are falling in line with national trends.

Currently there are a total of 12 men subject of football banning orders with connections to Hereford United; most of these are long-standing and there was only one new order put in place last season. Five people connected with the club were arrested in the same period, again a decrease on previous years; in 2009 there were 15 arrests.

Jim Mooney, Football Liaison Officer for Herefordshire said, 'Despite problems at the recent Shrewsbury Town match, we are pleased with how the overall trend is developing with Hereford United supporters. Compared to other teams of a similar support and size, Hereford United has a below average number of arrests and banning orders. Only one person was given an order last season and the majority of orders date back some three years.

Working in partnership with Hereford United, West Mercia Police will continue to deal with the minority of those supporters who are intent on causing disruption at football matches in a robust and positive manner to ensure that attending games is safe for all.'


1st December 2010 SHOP FRONTS GRANTS ENDING SOONY.....

Independent retailers in the county are being given a final chance to make improvements to their shop fronts with the final round of grants from Herefordshire Council. The popular shop front grant scheme aims to support local businesses whilst conserving the county's heritage in restoring traditional shop fronts which adds to the distinctiveness of the city, the towns and streets.

Natalia Silver, assistant director for economy and culture said, 'Independent shops are an important part of the Herefordshire appeal for local people and visitors. This scheme gives a little bit of support to businesses at a time when they need it, which in turn adds to the county shopping experience.'

The countywide shop front grant scheme is open to independent county shopkeepers to restore or reinstate their traditional shop front who have not received a shop front grant within the last five years. The maximum grant is 2,000, or 50 per cent of the costs, which ever is the lesser. The deadline for the scheme is Monday, 7th February 2011. The scheme excludes banks, building societies, private residences, franchises, guest houses, public houses and charity shops.

To obtain an application form contact the Herefordshire Council's delegated grants team on 01432 260753 or email delegatedgrants@herefordshire.gov.uk.

For advice on your project proposal with regard to permissions, acceptable design, and colours please contact your conservation team as follows:

For Hereford City and the immediately surrounding wards, contact Neil Robertson on 01432 261950.
The contact for the Ross-on-Wye, Bromyard, Ledbury and east Herefordshire areas is Chris Partrick, who can be contacted on 01432 261951.
For the Golden Valley, Leominster and North West Herefordshire, please call Robert Walker on 01432 383694
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1st December 2010 LEOMINSTER RURAL PACT MEETINGSY.....

PC Claire Doughty of the Leominster Rural local policing team has organized a series of PACT meetings, which will begin with a coffee morning at the Village Hall, Lingen on Thursday, 2nd from 11am until 12 Noon.

On Monday, 6th December, a PACT coffee morning will be held between 10:30am and 12 Noon at the village shop at Yarpole. At Wigmore shop, a PACT meeting will be held from 3pm on Tuesday, 14th December and on Monday, 20th December, a meeting will be held at Kingsland village shop, also at 3pm.

On Thursday, 23rd December the PACT team will be at a coffee morning at the Brimfield Village Hall from 11am until 12 Noon.

If anybody has any concerns that they would like to discuss with PC Doughty, she can be contacted on 0300 333 3000.


1st December 2010 METAL THEFT FROM KINGTON SCRAPYARDY.....

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after scrap metal worth thousands of pounds was stolen from a business near Kington.

Sometime overnight between 5pm on Monday 22nd and 7am on Tuesday, 23rd November thieves broke into the coal and scrap yard on Hergest Road near Bredward, driving across a field next to the yard. From an outbuilding they stole about three and a half tonnes of copper and lead worth 3,500 as well as an aluminium single axle trailer, registration number 288 SNY.

PC Sara Miles from Leominster Police Station said, 'There are clear tyre marks across the field and through the yard which would indicate how this large amount of metal was stolen. It is possible that the stolen trailer was used to steal the metal. We would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area of Hergest Road and Bredward or who may have seen the stolen trailer.'

Anybody with information can contact PC Miles at Leominster Police Station via the West Mercia Police non-emergency number, 0300 333 3000. You can also pass on information anonymously via the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.

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