place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
SANTA VISITS TUDORVILLE COMMUNITY CENTRE........
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.
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.
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
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.
Santa at Tudorville and District Community Centre on Saturday.
painting at Saturday's Christmas Fayre.
ROSS CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA....
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.
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.
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
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.
the 2009 winner of £1000 at last year's ART Christmas Shopping
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
on, 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
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.
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.
event was partly organized by the Cubs themselves, but thanks
must go to the staff at the swimming pool for their help
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
winning team was deemed to be Walford, meaning that they
took the District challenge trophy for the first time from
winning Walford Cubs with their totem pole and the trophy.
Aztec Cub Scouts being crafty.
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
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.
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!'
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.
council is planning to run the same course at the children's
centre in Peterchurch in the New Year.
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.
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.
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
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
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.'
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.
SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES ON DOWNS SYNDROME....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.'
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.
obtain an application form contact the Herefordshire Council's
delegated grants team on 01432 260753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
advice on your project proposal with regard to permissions,
acceptable design, and colours please contact your conservation
team as follows:
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 23rd December the PACT team will be at a coffee
morning at the Brimfield Village Hall from 11am until 12
anybody has any concerns that they would like to discuss
with PC Doughty, she can be contacted on 0300 333 3000.
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.
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
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.'
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.