place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE WYENOT BOAT, WHICH WAS STOLEN
boat I use for photographing and filming the River Wye was
stolen from my garden over night on Tuesday/Wednesday 22/23
March 2011. If you find yourself by the river or see a boat
(pictured below) in the area, would you please report it
to the local police. The boat will be identifiable to the
police as I marked it using 'Smartwater'.
you for your help.
The stolen boat.
SOUTH WALES CLASSIC CAR CLUB AT WILTON COURT.
South Wales Classic Car Club visited Ross-on-Wye on Sunday
and members enjoyed a lovely drive through beautiful Herefordshire
countryside before stopping at Wilton
Court for a delicious lunch.
twenty beautiful classic cars carrying 42 members took part
in the rally and an enjoyable afternoon was had by all.
Members of the South Wales Vintage Car Club begin to meet at Wilton
Court for Lunch
of the beautiful vintage cars which took part in teh rally.
AN INVITATION TO TRY HOSPITAL FOOD...
NHS Herefordshire are inviting people to go along to the
county's hospitals to try the food for themselves at a week
long event which aims to reassure residents and patients
that the quality of food and drink provided in the county's
hospitals continues to be a top priority for the primary
the last 12 months NHS Herefordshire has put the spotlight
on hospital food and in order to provide more food choices
for patients in hospital, has worked with its partner Sodexho,
to bring in a new system of delivering meals. The system,
called Cook-freeze, provides meals in two or four portion
sizes (rather than eight) which makes it easier to give
patients their first choice and means there is less waste.
In addition, dieticians and nutrition experts have been
working on menus to ensure that meals for people with swallowing
difficulties are nutritious and appetizing. During
the week long event, residents will also be able to learn
how cleaning standards are monitored and look at recent
improvements made to minimize infection and maintain high
standards of cleanliness.
have already been held at Hillside Intermediate Care Centre
and at Hereford's Stonebow Unit and further events are to
be held as follows:
Community Hospital on Wednesday, 23rd March and Bromyard
Community Hospital on Thursday, 24th March. Leominster Community
Hospital will be holding their event on 16th October.
Staff from both the primary care trust and Sodexho will
be on hand in the afternoons from 2pm until 4pm to answer
questions about food which is modified for people with swallowing
difficulties and how they ensure meals are nutritional.
They will also explain how feedback is used to keep cleaning
standards high and control infection.
Jay, NHS Herefordshire said, 'This is a very hands on event
with an opportunity to sample hospital food for yourself
and test how clean your hands are. It's very important to
us that the hospital environment helps patients get well
as quickly as possible, so good quality appetizing meals,
together with clean, comfortable surroundings are an essential
part of the care that we provide. This
week long event is a wonderful opportunity to reassure the
people of Herefordshire of the high standards we are achieving.
I hope as many people as possible are able to visit, ask
questions and taste for themselves, the quality of food
and visitors visiting the information stands will also be
asked to comment on the food, the standard of cleaning and
the general environment so that improvements can continue
to be made.
LOCAL MEN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT ACORNS...
Ross-on-Wye supporters of Acorns Childrens' Hospice had
a very successful year in 2010, raising money for this very
important charity who help children suffering from cancer
and supporting their families. The team raised a staggering
£11,465 last year by holding a great number of fun
events such as Race Nights, an auction, barbecues,a fancy
dress bike ride, a sponsored walk and a charity head shave
amongst other things, including a charity football match
between Ross Old Boys and the Aston Villa Veterans side.
by Steve 'Ozzy' Bond and Garry Davies, the group of local
men, their wives, families and friends are continuing their
support for Acorns and already have a full programme of
fun events lined up for 2011. The group are ready to welcome
new members to help them in their endeavour and any sponsorship
will be gratefully received.
John Kyrle High School Dinner Ladies are currently running
a sponsored slim which will run until 18th July and Race
Night has already been held at their HQ, the Man of Ross
Inn. This coming Sunday, 27th March a sponsored walk has
been organized and participants will leave HQ at 10:30am.
Why not go along and give them your support?
of future events being arranged will shortly appear on the
On? page of Wyenot.com. We wish the team every success.
BUTTER MARKET COMPETITION WINNER ANNOUNCED
Austin-Smith:Lord (ASL) Architects (Cardiff) have been announced
as the winners of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
open ideas competition which will inform the redevelopment
of Hereford's Butter Market
by Hereford Futures Ltd, the competition invited architects
to come up with innovative suggestions for how the market
could be used in a more flexible and multifunctional way
that would enhance the retail environment, and provide a
long-term sustainable future. On the competition short list
were local practice RRA Architects, Ryder Architects from
Liverpool, and Troy Kidsley Architecture, Bromsgrove. Chaired
by former CABE and English Heritage Commissioner Les Sparks
OBE, the Jury Panel included two RIBA architectural advisors
including Hook Mason from Hereford, the Chairman of the
Butter Market Independent Traders Association Len Tawn,
and representatives from Herefordshire Council and Hereford
Adrian Blackshaw, of Herefordshire Council said, 'The Butter
Market has enormous potential and we're delighted with the
quality of vision and the range of ideas which have come
forward. The winning entry has brought together many ideas,
which some of the others suggested individually, and produced
a wonderfully creative vision with innovative and thrilling
use of the space available. This is an exciting time for
the city centre and we hope the Butter Market will be central
to this. It has a key role to play in drawing in visitors
and shoppers and will, I'm sure, provide the space to become
a showcase for locally produced goods.'
Blackshaw added that a process to establish a preferred
developer is progressing and that an announcement on this
is due later this Spring. It will be the developer's responsibility
to see the Butter Market transformed to benefit existing
market retailers, local producers and businesses, and also
become a 'must see' tourist and shopper location in the
Tawn, chairman of the Hereford Butter Market Independent
Traders Association said he was pleased that the competition
had been successful and that progress towards refurbishing
the Butter Market was continuing. 'The Butter Market has
a special place in Hereford city centre so I'm delighted
that this phase is now complete and we look forward to hearing
who the developer is so the real work can get underway to
create a market hall the city can truly be proud of.'
scheme impressed the judges on many levels; externally through
its expression of the roof form and easily identifiable
entrances, and internally through the creation of a light
and airy welcoming market hall, a new multi functional events
space to host a range of anchor events and opportunities
for trade and exposition, and the introduction of creative
arts opportunities for culturally based industries. ASL's
team included DCA Consultants, Lee Wakemans and WSP.
Roe, Partner at Austin-Smith:Lord commented 'Austin-Smith:Lord
has a long history of working with existing and historic
buildings and of finding ways to breathe new life into them
through innovative reuse and adaptation so we were very
excited by the challenges set by the Butter Market brief.
Regeneration projects like this represent the future life
blood of our UK towns and cities and are of crucial importance
as we seek to preserve our environmental and economic assets.
The client has already demonstrated an enlightened approach
to design and regeneration and we now look forward to working
with them towards the realization of this key project.'
Councillor Adrian Blackshaw with Len Tawn, chairman of the Buttermarket
Independent Traders Association, with an image from the winning
GET TOGETHER FOR THE BIG LUNCH...
The Big Lunch is being held on Sunday, 5th June and both
Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire are supporting
the nation-wide event and urging communities to get involved.
Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project with
the aim of getting as many of the 61 million people in the
UK as possible to have lunch with their neighbours for a
few hours of community, friendship and fun. A record number
of people are expected to take part this year.
starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place
in all kinds of communities and the best part of a million
people have taken part each year. A Big Lunch can be anything
from a few neighbours getting together in a garden or on
the street, to a full blown party with food, music and decoration
that quite literally stops the traffic.
street parties involve having a bar, band or dancing, they
may require a Temporary Event Notice which covers up to
500 people attending and must be applied for 12 working
days in advance. A TEN will cost £21. Applications for a
TEN can be made online by logging onto www.herefordshire.gov.uk/onlinelicences
or by calling 01432 260105.
of street parties which will involve road closures are advised
to consider obtaining public liability insurance. In many
circumstances this can be arranged through Herefordshire
Council at nil cost and may also be available through your
parish council. Road closures also need to be notified to
the council by telephoning 01432 261800 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
you're planning a big event with more than 50 people attending
you might be able to get some funding to help you. The Awards
for All scheme gives small grants out throughout the year
to help people make a difference to their community. You
must be a community or not-for-profit group, a parish or
town council, health body or a school to apply and to get
funding in time for your Big Lunch, you need to get your
application in soon. For further details call 0845 4 10
To get your free Big Lunch Organizer's Pack register your
event at www.thebiglunch.com. The pack includes leaflets,
posters, balloons and all that you need to start planning
an event this summer. You can have a chat with The Big Lunch
team by calling 0845 850 8181 or sending an email to email@example.com
NO BUTTS - IT' S LITTER...
Smokers in Herefordshire will be warned 'No Butts - It's
Litter' this spring, as part of a countywide campaign which
will be launched at the end of the month. Herefordshire
Council's community protection team is launching the campaign
in High Town, Hereford,
next Wednesday, 30th March with the aim of reminding smokers
that cigarette butts are classed as litter and that they
could face a fine of up to £80 if they discard them on the
team will also be visiting Kington
Market Hall on Tuesday, 5th April, Market Square in Bromyard
on Thursday, 7th April, Ross Market Hall on Thursday, 14th
April, Ledbury Market Hall on Tuesday, 26th April and Leominster
Corn Square on Friday, 6th May, to reinforce the message
across the market towns.
Hancock, regulatory services manager for Herefordshire Council
said, 'Smokers can easily dispose of their butts in ashtrays
or appropriate bins rather than dropping them on the floor
or throwing them out of car windows, both of which could
land them with an £80 fixed penalty notice. The problem
is that most smokers don't even consider this littering,
but cigarette butts are one of the most common items we
remove across the county.
the UK, approximately 200 million cigarette butts are thrown
away every day, a figure that rose dramatically after the
introduction of the 2007 smoking ban. Not only does it take
a staggering 12 years for one cigarette to biodegrade, but
irresponsibly discarded cigarettes also cause fires and
health complications. We want to remind smokers to be responsible
and dispose of their cigarettes properly, because otherwise
it could prove to be an expensive mistake. Herefordshire
Council will not tolerate people needlessly dropping cigarette
butts, which we proved last year by issuing 88 fixed penalty
tickets for this exact offence. We've even taken legal action
against those offenders who refused to pay their fine.'
part of the campaign, smokers will be offered free portable
ashtrays as an incentive to correctly dispose of their butts
and these have been sponsored by the council's managing
agent Amey. Mark Thomas, Amey service director said, 'We
are responsible for removing litter throughout the county
and cigarette butts are a major concern. They're not only
unsightly but also prove particularly difficult to remove
as they fall into grates and small cracks in the pavement,
which means normal cleaning processes often fail to detect
sincerely hope people will take advantage of the free portable
ashtrays and use them when they're unable to access a normal
litter bin. This will also save on cleaning costs and ultimately
tax payer's money.'
those wishing to stop smoking, help and support is available
by calling 01432 383568 or visiting www.herefordshire-nhs-stop-smoking-service.co.uk
LEOMINSTER PUBLICANS HAVE RADIOS ON HAND
Businesses in Leominster have been given a new radio system
that will keep them in touch with the police and each other
to help combat alcohol related disorder in the town.
Mercia Police and the licensing trade are already working
together as part of a Pub Watch project called HAND (Herefordshire
Against Night Time Disorder), which aims to enhance the
safety of customers, staff and visitors to the area. Now,
more than 20 pubs, bars and off licences in the town can
be in constant contact through the handheld radios, which
have been funded by the West Mercia Police Authority and
Leominster Town Council.
a premise suffers from an incident of disorder, antisocial
behaviour, crimes such as theft, banned troublemakers or
underage drinkers, the staff can now quickly warn other
businesses or request support. It also helps them contact
officers patrolling the town as well as Herefordshire Council's
live CCTV control room, which can monitor situations and
has immediate contact with the police control room.
Martin Taylor said, 'Since December, police in Leominster
have been actively engaged in an operation focused on policing
the night time economy in the town on Friday and Saturday
nights. The aim is to make sure people visiting the town
feel safe and discourage inappropriate drinking which leads
to antisocial behaviour and disorder. During this period
we have conducted 193 visits to licensed premises, as well
as high profile patrols, and we are seeing the benefits.
The introduction of the radio system will enhance our operation,
ensuring we can work closely with the licensees to make
people feel safe when they are out in Leominster in the
Witherstone, landlady of the Blue Note Café Bar and chair
of Leominster HAND, welcomed the project. She said, 'The
customers know all about HAND and it's already a good deterrent.
We don't have a lot of trouble, but if we do have some bother
it's nice to be able to keep in touch with the radio. If
we have problems we can contact each other, or the CCTV
office, who are really on the ball.'
Roger Hunt, Mayor of Leominster said, 'We are very keen
to keep the town as safe as possible and anything that makes
Leominster a safer place can only be a good thing. We are
very pleased to be able to support our licensed traders
in this way.'
Bernard Hunt, (no relation), of the West Mercia Police Authority
and chairman of Herefordshire's Policing Board added, 'In
other parts of Herefordshire, the radios have proved to
be an invaluable tool for publicans to be able to pass on
information to each other. It's also a deterrent to the
tiny number of drinkers who can spoil an evening out for
the sensible majority. The message is that publicans in
Leominster are definitely 'HANDs on!'
Leominster HAND - Inspector Martin Taylor, Sue Witherstone, Councillor
Roger Hunt, PC Angie Hull, Councillor Bernard Hunt and Debbie Stringer,
of CCTV control.
ANGIOPLASTY TO BE AVAILABLE CLOSER TO HOME...
Herefordshire heart patients are to benefit from a life
saving procedure that up until now would only have been
available in larger hospitals like Birmingham or Wolverhampton.
angioplasty is regarded as the best intervention for patients
having a heart attack; it is used to treat the narrowed
or blocked blood vessels around the heart a short time after
a heart attack. The process involves inserting a very narrow
tube directly into a blood vessel in the groin that can
then be directed up to the heart. The balloon expands the
artery and a stent is inserted. As the procedure has only
been available at larger centres up to now, patients suffering
from a heart attack have received what is known as the 'clot-buster
drug' (thrombolysis) either before or after being transferred
to Hereford County Hospital.
to an agreement between NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire
Primary Care Trust, primary angioplasty is now available
from Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 4.30pm at Worcestershire
Royal Hospital with plans to expand the service later this
year to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of these
hours, patients needing emergency services who are diagnosed
with a heart attack will continue to receive thrombolysis
through Hereford County Hospital in line with local policy.
They may then be transferred to Worcester or other specialist
centres in the West Midlands if angioplasty is required
later in their care as part of their ongoing management.
is great news for heart patients and their relatives who
would previously have had to travel to Birmingham or Wolverhampton
for intervention,' said Paul Edwards, associate director
of integrated commissioning for NHS Herefordshire and Herefordshire
Council. 'NHS Herefordshire is striving to improve access
to treatment for Herefordshire patients and their families
and as around 60 people suffer from a heart attack requiring
emergency treatment in the county every year, accessing
this procedure in Worcester will make a big difference to
addition, we have arranged for two of the county's consultants
to spend time at Worcester Royal Hospital as well Birmingham
to work specifically with people who have angina and need
to have a stent implanted in less urgent situations. This
means that for more routine cases the interventional treatment
will be available more locally. People will not have to
travel so far and will also be cared for by their own consultant.'
MAN IN FANCY DRESS ASSAULTED ON WAY HOME...
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after
a man in fancy dress was assaulted in Hereford city centre
in the early hours of Sunday, 13th March.
The assault occurred outside the O2 phone shop in High Town
between 2am and 2:15am, when a man in his 20s, who was dressed
in a fairy outfit at the time, was walking home after a
night out with friends. He was approached by another man
and punched in the face, which left him unconscious and
his jaw broken in two places. The assailant is described
as a white man in his early 20s, with short dark hair. He
was wearing a white T-shirt with a large black printed logo
on the front.
Nick Everall of Hereford Police Station said, 'This was
a nasty and seemingly unprovoked attack that has put a man
in hospital and needing surgery. We need to find the attacker
and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the assault.
The victim was in fancy dress and would have been very distinctive.
Evidence shows that his attacker had walked into High Town
from the direction of Commercial Square, along Commercial
Road before the assault.'
who saw anything or has any information about this assault
is urged to contact PC Everall on 0300 333 3000. You can
also pass on information anonymously via the Crimestoppers
number, 0800 555 111.
CROCODILE ON THE LOOSE IN OLD SCHOOL LANE
Go along to Old School Lane play area (if you dare) on Thursday,
24th March to see the unveiling of the fantastic new crocodile
carving which will be taking up residence there.
carving will be unveiled by Councillor Brian Wilcox at 3.45pm
so local children will be able to get their first glimpse
of their new playmate once they have finished school for
the day. The crocodile, which was created by local chainsaw
sculptor Steve Elsby at Queenswood Country Park last October
using a large piece of Redwood, replaces the previous very
popular crocodile at the play area, which had naturally
degraded and had to be removed from site for safety reasons.
White, Herefordshire Council's parks development manager
said, 'This exciting project has been funded by Hereford
City Council and will hopefully inspire lots of imaginative
play at the site. The crocodile is large enough for children
to climb on and have lots of fun, it is a stunning sculpture,
and rest assured he does have rather a friendly smile!'
large piece of Redwood was donated to the project by Herefordshire
Council's parks, countryside and leisure development service
and is from a tree that was removed from Cantilupe Gardens,
Hereford about two years ago so it is appropriate that it
will once again be able to be appreciated in a city park
in its new form.
crocodile will be installed on site by workmen from Amey
Herefordshire who manage all of the county's play areas
and parks on behalf of Herefordshire Council.
The crocodile, who will be taking up residence at the Old School
Lane play area on Thursday.
MUSEUM DISPLAY CELEBRATES COUNTY ORCHARD
As part of 'Herefordshire Year in the Orchard 2011', a special
community case display has been created at Hereford Museum
and Art Gallery. The display has a range of orchard related
items and a calendar of key relative events that occur throughout
Bisset, Herefordshire Council's principal countryside officer,
set up the display to highlight what goes on in orchards
at different times of the year. The year 2011 has been chosen
to celebrate the county's orchards because it marks the
200th anniversary of the production of the first Book of
Apples (Pomona) in the world by Herefordshire born horticulturist,
Thomas Andrew Knight. Postcards from Knight's Pomona Herefordiensis
are available to buy at the museum shop.
Andrew, Herefordshire Council's principal heritage officer,
is now working with partners at Hereford's Cider Museum
to develop an exhibition which will focus on the work and
career of Thomas Andrew Knight. She said, 'Knight's belongings
have been widely dispersed over the last two centuries so
we would very much like to hear from anyone who might have
papers, pictures or artefacts relating to Thomas Andrew
Knight and who is prepared to share them to help make this
exhibition as special as we can. The Cider Museum and Hereford
Library both hold copies of the Pomona, each one slightly
different to the other, and the exhibition will highlight
each one and allow visitors to explore the artworks up close.'
The second exhibition at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
from the autumn onwards will expand on the theme of Thomas
Andrew Knight to place him in the context of the wider Georgian
world and to explore how his pioneering work helped to save
Herefordshire's apple heritage to this day. Apart from the
exhibitions there will be all sorts of work going on around
the county, from a special RHS award for a Herefordshire
orchard, orchard visits and walks and an exploration of
how anyone can lend a hand to save a piece of our orchard
further information on 'Year in the Orchard' log onto www.herefordshire.gov.uk
and follow the link in the Spotlights box.
JESSE SAYS HM REVENUE UNFAIR TO SMALL BUSINESSES
Local MP Jesse Norman has severely criticized the heads
of HM Revenue and Customs over their unfair treatment of
small business, describing their performance as a 'lamentable
criticism came at a hearing last week of the Treasury Committee,
on which Mr Norman sits. The Revenue levies penalties on
businesses which do not declare the full amount of tax owed.
But under questioning the senior civil servant Dave Hartnett
conceded that the penalties imposed on small business were
some 200 times heavier than those on big business, as a
percentage of the tax under-declared. At one point Mr Hartnett
even said, 'I cannot remember seeing a case of evasion in
a very big company.'
Jesse said, 'In 2008 HM Revenue only imposed 19 penalties
totalling £15m through the Large Business Service, which
covers thousands of the largest UK companies. When this
was pointed out, they promised to do better but in fact,
the position has got much worse since then. By 2009/10 they
imposed just 6 penalties totalling £442,000, or less than
0.01% of the tax under-declared.
is not 'doing better.' On the contrary it is a lamentable
failure. This is bad enough but the Revenue charge smaller
businesses penalties at about two hundred times this rate.
At a time when so many small businesses in Herefordshire
are struggling to survive, the Revenue should not be allowing
their bigger competitors off the hook.'
COUNTY ARTISTS NEEDED FOR CRAFTS MARKET
If you have ever dreamed of selling your arts and crafts
to an admiring public, Herefordshire Arts Market is on the
look out for new talent from amongst the county's burgeoning
running markets just about every month through the summer,'
said co-ordinator, Andy Dawson, 'and we are looking for
artists and crafts people to come along and sell.'
30-strong market is situated right in the city centre on
Saturdays and features some of the most talented and successful
artists and makers in Herefordshire. For further information
go to www.creativeherefordshire.co.uk/market or call 01432
One of the busy Art Markets.
POLICE ISSUE TWO SPECIFIC WITNESS APPEALS
Police are appealing for a woman and an elderly couple who
may have witnessed a man being assaulted in Hereford on
Monday, 14th March.
4.15pm an 18-year-old man was walking home across Victoria
Bridge, which leads from Nelson Street onto the St George
V playing fields. As he passed a group of males fishing
on the river, one of them shouted at him and them chased
after him. As the man turned round, he was punched in the
face then pushed to the floor. At this point he was approached
by a female who pretended to know him, helped him from the
floor and walked him in the direction of the Bishop's Meadows,
away from the offender. Once they got to the other side
of the bridge, she left him.
Sarah Celozzi, who is investigating the incident said, 'I
am very keen to try and trace this good Samaritan as she
may have important information about the attacker. All the
victim can remember is that she was wearing a red coat,
but I am sure this person will remember the incident. Please
come forward. There
was also an elderly couple who walked past the young man
as he was being assaulted and understandably didn't get
involved. I would urge them to also get in touch as they
may have vital evidence.'
or anyone else who saw this incident, can contact PC Celozzi
on 0300 333 3000. You can also pass on information anonymously
via the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.
Police are also appealing for a dog walker in Leominster
to come forward who may have vital information about a burglary
in the town last week. Shortly after 3am on Thursday, 17th
March, Roundabout Stationers in Church Street was broken
into. Damage was caused and four charity boxes were stolen.
Jennifer Richards, who is investigating this incident said,
'I have viewed the shop's CCTV and it shows a man walking
his dog at this time, along Broad Street and up Drapers
Lane. I believe this person may have witnessed something
and I would urge him to come forward as soon as possible.
Also, if anyone else saw any suspicious activity around
Roundabout Stationers last week, I would like to hear from
who saw anything or has information about this burglary
is urged to contact PC Richards on the Police non emergency
line o pass on any information via the Crimestoppers line.
WORK TO START ON STABILISING MASTERS HOUSE
Herefordshire Council are pleased to announce that work
on stabilising the Master's House in Ledbury is to begin
next month. This news has been welcomed by the Ledbury Localities
Working Group because, once completed, it will open up the
site and allow the reopening of the footpath which will
improve the visual appearance of the area ahead of the tourist
season. Stabilisation work will also help to inform the
way forward for using the Master's House as a central hub
for a new library and public services.
Localities Working Group were pleased that the proposals
were supported at the Town Council's meeting on Thursday,
10th March, when it was agreed that, 'in the absence of
any other viable option, Ledbury Town Council supported
the refurbishment of the Master's House to include a central
services hub and library.'
Localities Working Group will now be looking at plans for
the interior of the Master's House in more detail.