place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
ROSS MARKET HOUSE TO BE VISITOR CENTRE ....
linking of tourism and heritage facilities in Ross-on-Wye
will see the reopening of the Market House as the Market
House Visitor Centre on Monday, 31st January.
is currently underway to bring the best that the heritage
and tourism services offer together in order to make the
Market House a one stop destination for visitors to the
town and county as well as for those with an interest in
the history and heritage of the area. Two new counters will
be put into the building and the present displays will be
altered so they can accommodate both heritage and tourism
displays. The building is also being decorated throughout.
Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member
for economic development and community services said, 'This
is an exciting opportunity for the town to combine the key
elements of tourism and local history in a way that enables
visitors and local people to experience the rich heritage
of the area. I am sure it will also be good for local business
supervisor of the new venture will be Claire O'Reilly who
will be assisted by a team using the experience and knowledge
of both the heritage and tourism teams. Claire is well known
in Ross, having been a supervisor at Ross TIC over a period
Market House where both visitor and heritage services will soon
THE MIRACLE WORKERY.........................
Helen Keller was just a normal, healthy baby until, at eighteen
months, she was struck by an 'acute congestion of the stomach.'
At least, that's what they called it in 1880's Alabama,
and it left the infant not only blind, but deaf and dumb
as well. Unable to penetrate their daughter's world of dark
silence, Helen's parents combined indulgence with despair
as the uncontrollable child raged and stormed in frustration;
until, having exhausted all other avenues, and as chaos
reigned around them, her parents finally succumbed to the
only alternative - to commit Helen to the horrors of a 19th
century children's institution. But not until their final
forlorn attempt to help Helen had been tried, and a teacher
had been sent for.
Annie Sullivan. A teacher? Helen's parents are aghast, for
Annie is only 20 years old and is herself the half blind
product of a children's institution. Helen can't stand to
have Annie near her, and Annie is wilful to the point of
arrogance but as a result of Annie Sullivan's intervention,
Helen Keller became world famous for her work on behalf
of the disabled and disadvantaged, met presidents and kings,
and was the author of over a dozen books, until her death
you would like to watch the story of The Miracle Worker
unfold, the young, local and very talented theatre group
X-Entricity will be performing the play at the Phoenix Theatre,
Ross on Wye, from Saturday, 15th until Saturday, 22nd January.
Tickets for this inspirational and moving drama are available
online; visit www.phoenix-theatre.org.uk - or you may obtain
them from Rossiter Books, 7 High Street , Ross on Wye (01989
further information, contact Jane Hewson, on 01989 770777.
THE BENHALL FARM BIG CHARITY BREAKFASTY.....
For those of you who enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast
on a Sunday morning, why not go along to Benhall
Farm on Sunday, 23rd January, where you will not only
be served up a fantastic, traditional Full English breakfast,
you will be helping two local charities at the same time.
pounds will buy you a full cooked breakfast, including cereal,
toast and tea or coffee and the proceeds will be split between
the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute and Ross First
Responders 4x4 appeal.
big breakfasts which will be served from 9:00am until 1:30pm
will be cooked using local produce as far as possible. If
your mouth is watering already and you would like to take
part in this event then please contact Carol Brewer on 01989
563900, Phil on 01989 730642 or Sue on 01989 730687. Booking
is strongly advised.
ROSS MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIREARM INCIDENTY.....
A Police spokesman confirmed yesterday that a local man
had been arrested and later released on bail after an incident
involving a replica firearm took place in Hill Street, Ross-on-Wye.
man is thought to be a Mr. Andrew Davies, known locally
as 'Flash' however, Police did not confirm this, but did
state that the man in question is known to them.
were called to Hill Street at 7pm on Monday, 10th January
when it had been reported to them that a man was in possession
of a gun and had threatened to kill somebody.
PLAYING WITH SCRAP IMPROVES KIDS BEHAVIOUR ....
Council is encouraging local primary schools to bid to be
part of a successful play project which encourages children
to play with scrap, boosting positive behaviour, raising
attainment and improving the school environment. Bristol
Scrapstore has developed the concept of a PlayPod which
is a container or 'pod' full of loose materials and equipment
that can stimulate creative children's play.
pod is a large metal container accommodating a wealth of
goodies that can be used to stimulate imaginations and encourage
creative play. Materials are clean and safe and include
scraps of material, netting, containers, bobbins, tyres,
plastic and cardboard components, mostly from local manufacturing
industries. They are regularly restocked every six weeks
with new and interesting items of scrap.
don't need much encouragement to build or create interesting
structures, games or fantasies; this is something that comes
naturally to them. However, lunch time staff are fully trained
to facilitate free, open and safe play during these breaks.
Already successfully established across the South West and
used to enhance lunch time activities, participating schools
have reported noticeable changes in children's behaviour,
their enjoyment of school and their willingness to learn.
There is also evidence that suggests incidents and accidents
within the lunch time period decrease almost immediately.
Peter's Primary School in Bromyard was the first school
in Herefordshire to get a PlayPod. Head Teacher, Kevin Wright
has nothing but praise for the PlayPod. He said, 'We can
already confidently state that the PlayPod concept has revolutionized
lunch times at St Peter's. Our children's imaginations have
been massively stimulated with their playtime instantly
becoming more creative and collaborative.'
the council has managed to gain government funding for a
further four schools, who are able to match fund the project,
to acquire a PlayPod of their own. The deadline for applications
is Friday, 21st January. Further information is available
from Tobin Godfrey, play project co-ordinator on 01432 260636.
Peter's School pupils having fun playing with some of the contents
of their new PlayPod.
JESSE GUEST SPEAKER AT SIXTH FORM COLLEGE....
Norman, MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire was honoured
to be the guest speaker at the Hereford Sixth Form College's
2010/11 Certificate Presentation Event, held at the Shire
Hall in Hereford on 5th January. Some
400 people attended, including 200 students out of a graduating
year of 700 students. They were addressed by Dr Ken Hopkins
(Chair of Governors) and Dr Jonathan Godfrey (Principal).
his speech, Jesse congratulated the College on its outstanding
track record, and the students on their achievements, before
exploring the idea and value of a liberal education more
generally. Commenting afterwards, Jesse said, 'We are extremely
lucky with our educational institutions in Herefordshire,
and the Sixth Form College is no exception. I have visited
it many times, and two things always strike me when I am
is the energy and independence of mind of the students.
The other is the core belief of the staff and governors
that education is not just about getting excellent exam
grades, important though those may be, but about bringing
out all that is best in those who study there, and giving
them a sense of themselves and of their direction in life.
That is at the core of a great education.'
PREGNANT WOMEN URGED TO TAKE UP FLU JAB....
out of four pregnant women in Herefordshire have not taken
up the offer of a flu jab this season and with swine flu
back on the increase, local health chiefs are concerned
that mums-to-be could be putting their health at risk.
flu is back but NHS Herefordshire is well prepared and has
robust plans to cope, with sufficient flu vaccines in stock.
With the county hospital treating five confirmed cases overall,
the primary care trust is urging people in the community
who are 'at risk' to contact their GP and get their free
seasonal flu vaccine, which includes protection against
swine flu (H1N1).
there are no confirmed H1N1 cases among pregnant women in
Herefordshire the primary care trust is concerned that only
26 per cent of pregnant women have taken up the vaccine
offer to date, despite previous information campaigns. In
pregnancy the immune system is naturally suppressed, which
means they are more likely to catch flu and develop complications.
Aitkin, director for public health said, 'Swine flu is different
from the seasonal flu we're used to. All pregnant women
are vulnerable to it irrespective of how healthy they are
or which stage of pregnancy they are in. The majority of
pregnant women who get flu are likely to have mild symptoms
and recover within a week. However there is evidence from
previous flu pandemics that pregnant women are more likely
to develop complications which can include pneumonia, difficulty
breathing and dehydration.
seasonal flu vaccine will not cause any harm to pregnant
women or their unborn baby. Yet there is some evidence to
suggest that if a pregnant woman develops a complication
of H1N1 flu, there is a small chance this will lead to premature
labour or miscarriage. It
is therefore important to be well prepared and to take precautions
as soon as possible. GP's have extended their vaccination
programme so I would urge anyone who is pregnant to ring
their GP now and make an appointment to get their jab.'
people who get the virus have mild flu symptoms and recover
by drinking plenty of fluid, taking fever reducing remedies
and getting plenty of rest. People aged over six months
and under 65 years in current seasonal flu vaccine clinical
at-risk groups are urged to contact their GP now, as well
as household contacts of people with compromised immune
systems or with patients on treatment for cancer, and people
aged 65 and over in the current seasonal flu vaccine clinical
Herefordshire advises all residents to minimize the risk
of catching or spreading H1N1 flu by:
Always covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing
· Throwing away dirty tissues promptly and carefully
· Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands
frequently with soap and warm water to reduce the spread
of the virus from your hands to your face or to other people
· Cleaning hard surfaces such as door handles, frequently
using a normal cleaning product.
DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?
have released CCTV images of a man they want to question
in connection with the theft of jewellery worth thousands
of pounds from a shop in Herefordshire.
Sunday, 5th December, five rings were stolen from the Oakchurch
Farm Shop at Staunton on Wye. They were designed by the
well known Welsh jewellery maker, Clogau and were worth
approximately £1,000 each.
man was caught on the shop's CCTV at the time of the theft
whom police would like to speak to about the incident. He
is 6ft tall, in his late 20s, is well built and at the time
was wearing a quilted jacket and a deer stalker type hat.
Sara Miles, who is investigating the incident said, 'If
anyone recognizes this man, I would very much like to know
who he is, so please contact me. I would also be interested
if anyone has been offered these rings for sale. They
are quite distinctive and bear the word 'Cariad' on the
inside of each one. They were all stolen in their boxes.'
with information is asked to contact PC Miles via the West
Mercia Police non-emergency number, 0300 333 3000. Alternatively,
please call the Crimestoppers number, anonymously on 0800
PM IMPRESSED BY COUNTY SERVICES PARTNERSHIP....
unique partnership between Herefordshire Council and NHS
Herefordshire has been discussed and welcomed by 10 Downing
Roger Phillips, leader of the council, shared the good news
when he met Prime Minister David Cameron and Secretary of
State Eric Pickles on Monday.
reception was held to discuss the government's proposals
to give more power to councillors and local residents in
Herefordshire. The partnership between the council and the
primary care trust has been established for three years
and Herefordshire was the first place where two organizations
worked as one, sharing a chief executive, joint management
team, and one vision to achieve efficient, excellent and
value for money services to improve the life chances, quality
of life, health and well-being of people in Herefordshire.
The county will also be setting up a ground breaking joint
venture in April to share key corporate functions and save
£33 million over the next ten years in order to support
essential public services for vulnerable members of the
government's Localism Bill will lay the foundations for
the Big Society by transforming the relationships between
Central Government, Local Government, communities and individuals.
Local councils will be freed from bureaucratic constraints
with new freedoms and flexibilities to work in partnership
and act in the best interests of their area. The bill aims
to strengthen local democracy by handing new powers down
to councils, establishing powerful new rights for local
the meeting, Councillor Phillips said, 'It was an honour
to promote the interests of Herefordshire during my visit
to Downing Street and to meet with the Prime Minister and
Eric Pickles to discuss the positive changes the government
are making to the way local councils are run. They were
particularly interested in what we have achieved here in
Herefordshire and welcomed the partnership working between
the council and the health service in the county.'
LIBRARY SERVICE LAUNCHES GRUFFALO COMPETITION....
Library service is celebrating the joy of children's books
this spring by launching a special competition with lots
of lovely Gruffalo goodies to be won. As part of celebrations
for World Book Day, the competition is to draw a picture
of something from your favourite children's book.
Stevens, Herefordshire Council's library learning officer
said, 'The competition is open to all ages so we're hoping
this will capture the imaginations of the young and old,
and everyone in between. Herefordshire libraries are trying
to get every baby and young child to enjoy the benefits
of free library membership this spring as part of a nation-wide
Child a Talker' (ECAT) is a national strategy which highlights
how by talking to your child you're helping to develop their
speech and communication skills, as well as helping their
imagination grow too. Sharing books can play a big part
in this, so Herefordshire Libraries are reminding parents
of what they offer.
addition to our regular Bounce and Rhyme and Story Time
sessions each week, we are also launching a new library
card designed for young children, and you are never too
young to enjoy the benefits of being a library member. There
are no fines or charges for damaged or lost books for under
5s, and we have a huge choice of picture and board books
to borrow for free.'
of the competition, further events and how to join the library
are available from any local library or on the website www.herefordshire.gov.uk/libraries
closing date for the competition is 11th March.