place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
COUNCILLOR LANE HANDS OVER MAYORSHIP.
During her term as Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane has
had a very busy year, appearing at all kinds of occasions
for all kinds of causes, whilst also raising funds for her
chosen charity the Macular Society. In her speech at the
Mayor Making ceremony which was attended by many local dignitaries
and Mayors from other towns, Councillor Lane thanked members
of the public for electing her to the Town Council in the
recent elections and gave special thanks to five people
Lane works full time and said her role as Mayor would have
been difficult to fulfil without the patience of her two
colleagues, Amanda Wild and Mel Tilling. She also thanked
Ross Town Clerk, Mrs. Denise Mason and Deputy Town Clerk
Mrs. Rachel Lewis for keeping her diary full. Each of these
were presented with some beautiful flowers. Councillor
Lane then presented her mascot, Mayor's Guide, Chloe with
a special gift to say thank you for her service, before
wishing the new Mayor, Councillor David Ravenscroft good
luck for his term of office.
Mayor Ravenscroft congratulated Councillor Lane on her very
successful term as Mayor and presented her with her 'Former
Mayor's' badge and presented a 'Former Mayor's Consort'
badge to her husband, Rob. He then pronounced his wife Doreen
as his lady Mayoress and presented her with flowers. During
the proceedings, everybody became suddenly aware of the
ringing tone of a mobile phone. It turned out that Mayor
Ravenscroft was expecting a call informing him that his
daughter had given birth. We hope all went well with the
delivery of your grandchild, Mayor Ravenscroft and wish
you a very successful term as Ross Town Mayor.
Mayor Ravenscroft being dressed in his Mayoral robes by Councillor
Jo Lane watched closely by Town Clerk Denise Mason.
Outgoing Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane hands the Mayor's Chain of Office
over to new Mayor, Councillor David Ravenscroft.
Mayor Ravenscroft is now robed and ready to give his speech.
Ross Town Mayor, Councillor David Ravenscroft with his Lady Mayoress,
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Caroline Utting (centre) with Deputy Town
Cerk Rachel Lewis (left) and Town Clerk Denise Mason.
DANNY THOMPSON & MARTIN CONCERT AT BROOME FARM.
World renowned artistes, Danny Thompson and Martin Simpson
will be appearing at Broome
Farm in Peterstow near Ross-on-Wye for an afternoon
concert on Sunday, 12th June.
his 40-plus years as a professional musician, acoustic bass
player Danny Thompson has worked with the cream of the music
industry, from Roy Orbison and Rod Stewart to Pentangle,
Richard Thompson and John Martyn. Widely regarded as a genius
by musicians and fans alike, his improvisatory style is
utterly distinctive and 'Victoria', his beloved bass, has
accompanied him on dozens of albums including four solo
recordings. For further information and a photograph, please
is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician,
Martin Simpson is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged
as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in
the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are
masterpieces of storytelling. Whether playing American old-time
music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson
is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense
subtlety. For further information and a photograph, please
concert will being at 3pm. The bar will be open and food
will be available for two hours before and after the event.
Tickets cost £15 each and are available from the Cider Cellar
at Broome Farm or email email@example.com.
details are available from Mike Johnson on 01989 567232
or 07841 839991.
ROSS ROCKS UPDATE.
Ross Rocks is just a few weeks away now and the team are
pleased to see their plans for Saturday, 25th June coming
together. The line up of bands has been finalized and a
whole variety of locally produced entertainment as well
as food and drink has been organized for the day, which
will run from 11am until 11pm.
course, putting on events of this nature costs money and
the Ross Rocks team are extremely grateful for the sponsorship
received so far. However, a few more donations would be
very welcome. A raffle is being organized with some great
are offering a year's free advertising page to a local business
which is worth £120.
Andy and Beth Morgan of the Radcliffe
Guest House are offering one night's B&B for two.
Natasha Broadfield has offered 5 free Zumba sessions with
'Zumba with Natasha'
Cider & Perry Co of Broome
Farm, Peterstow have donated a Cider Talk, Tour and
Tasting for up to eight people
cost £5 each and are available from Ross
Old Books in High Street.
line up of bands is as follows: The Lost Gonzo's, The Dandelion
Killers, Saltstone, Broom Cupboard Blues, Switch, Dr Mojito,
The Deadbeats, The Dandy Spiders, The City Won, Red River
Blues and Splinter so there should be something to keep
everybody happy. All this, interspersed with demonstrations
by Ross Phoenix Majorettes, reading by poets and a mass
Zumba with Tasha session, amongst other attractions makes
for a fantastic day out for the whole family.
HURRY! JOIN THE ACORNS SUPPORT GROUP 10K & FUN RUN.
The Ross-on-Wye Acorns Support Group
(Ross-on-Wye4Acorns) are always looking for different ways
to raise lots of money for the childrens' hospice and many
fun events have been held, raising a tremendous amount of
cash. The next event to take place is a family run day.
(Yes, I did say Run day!)
Saturday, 12th June there will be two runs taking place.
One is a 10k run for those aged 17 years and over and the
other is a fun run for all ages. The fun run will start
at 10:30am while the 10k run will begin at 11:15. Both races
begin at Ross Rowing Club by kind permission of the committee.
Entertainments and refreshments will be available throughout
Acorns gang are looking for more people to take part in
this event, so if you are up for the challenge, get your
entry forms now from GB Sports, Ross Library, Trivett Hicks,
The Mighty 8 or online www.acorns.org.uk/rossonwyeSG.
Some of the Ross Acorns Support Group enjoying a Race night at the
Man of Ross Inn.
JOIN THE FUN AT ROSS BRITISH LEGION FUN DAY.
This year, 2011 is the 90th Anniversary of the founding
of The Royal British Legion and Branches all over the UK
have been asked to help celebrate by organizing an event
a request to which the Ross-on-Wye Branch has responded
by arranging no less than 3!! there will be a
Family Fun Day on 4th June, a Tea Party at Wilton Castle
on 23rd July and a stall and float in Ross Town Carnival
on Saturday, 6th August.
first of these events, the Family Fun Day, will take place
at the Caroline Symonds gardens and Bandstand at the river
side in Ross-on-Wye on Saturday, 4th June. Admission is
free but there will be Legion collecting buckets around
and the Branch hopes you will show your appreciation by
supporting them and the work of the Legion in and around
Fun Day will start at 12.00 and will be packed full of cheer
leading displays, historical re-enactments and a childrens'
pet dog show all taking place in a central arena. The surrounding
area will be just as busy with bouncy castles and roundabouts
alongside vintage Norton motorbikes, the motorbikes of the
Royal British Legion Riders' Branch, a pig roast from Cornwalls,
a cider tent from Broome
Farm together with a burger van, teas and soft drinks.
will be lots to keep the whole family entertained with the
old favourites such as Hoopla, Splat the rat and Hook the
Duck making a welcome return. Try your luck on the Bucking
Bronco - how long can you stay on board? You can also have
your face painted, including face camo!!
well as performances, the historical re-enactment group
will also have their own camp where you can talk to them
about the weapons they use and how battles were fought in
times gone by. Right next door, showing how battles are
fought today, you will have the chance to meet members of
The Rifles and learn about Army life in 2011.
will be super prizes for all winners on the side-shows and
winners in the Pet Dog Show will also be rewarded with pet
care prizes as well as a certificate from the Legion to
mark their success. All entries into the Show will receive
a medal! After all of the excitement, or whilst the children
are playing happily, Mums could slip off to the Therapy
Tent for a taster of relaxation such as reiki or reflexology
or why not try a reading from the therapists inside the
the Legion gazebo, you will be able to put in your bid to
win one of many fantastic prizes in the sealed envelope
draw. Simply put your money in the envelope, write your
name and phone number on the front and, if your envelope
is drawn, you will win one of the prizes which include a
Hereford United football and shirt, a stay in a Cotswold
Hotel, a tour and wine-tasting at Three Choirs vineyard
and a tour and cider-making at Broome Farm as well as many
items from beauty therapy to soft toys donated by Ross-on-Wye
to the auction will be a stall more closely associated with
the work of the Legion; you will be able to purchase a Floating
Lantern, to be launched on the river later that evening,
and dedicate it to a loved one lost in action or to the
lads and lasses being killed and injured in conflicts today.
At 8.30pm, after the Fun Day has closed, there will be a
quieter celebration when, with the names of those to whom
lanterns have been dedicated being read out by the Branch
Chairman, the lanterns will be lit and floated on the river
whilst 'Sunset' is played. An Act of Remembrance will follow
and bring the day to a very fitting end reminding all of
us why the Legion exists at all and of the work it still
has to do in supporting the Armed Forces.
FOSTER CARERS URGENTLY NEEDED.
Herefordshire Council is stepping up its recruitment campaign
to find more foster carers to look after Herefordshire children.
The beginning of Foster Care Fortnight, from 16th to 27th
May began with a hard hitting national campaign claiming
that teenagers are missing out due to the shortage of foster
the tragic death of baby Peter Connelly in August 2007,
more and more children have been coming into care across
the country. Nationally there are almost 6,000 more children
in care on any one day than in 2007 and in Herefordshire,
this figure has grown to over 200. Around two fifths of
children in care in the UK are aged 11 to 15. This has always
been one of the most difficult age groups to find homes
for as looking after teenagers can be challenging, particularly
if the teenager's experience of home life has not been a
happy or stable one. Herefordshire
Council has developed a comprehensive training programme
to help carers develop skills to manage the more complex
needs that some teenagers have. The council also pays higher
fees to carers who are able to look after these young people.
Walwin, foster care manager for Herefordshire Council says
that foster carers are needed for children and young people
of all ages in Herefordshire. 'We are constantly battling
to recruit more foster carers for all age groups. We have
had considerable success with our campaigns but demand continues
to grow and we need to step up our recruitment work to make
sure we continue to meet this demand. We are also looking
for caring people who have a spare room or annexe to offer
a young person aged 16 or over who needs some support to
make the transition from foster care to independence.
a foster carer is a life changing experience, not only for
the carer but for the vulnerable children and young people
who need a caring, loving home to live in.'
who thinks they've got what it takes to become a foster
carer is encouraged to contact the fostering team for an
informal chat on 01432 383240.
TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF WALKING FESTIVAL
Herefordshire Walking Festival is celebrating its tenth
anniversary this year from Saturday, 18th until Sunday,
26th June. The festival, which was first set up by Herefordshire
Council in 2001 as a way of boosting the county's tourism
after foot and mouth disease, offers more than 50 walks
over the nine days.
year is also Herefordshire Year in the Orchard celebrating
200 years since Thomas Andrew Knight published his ground
breaking Pomona Herefordiensis or Book of Apples. Knight
lived in Herefordshire and became the first president of
the Royal Horticultural Society. To mark the Year in the
Orchard, the Downton Discovery Walk connects the Knight
family's cast iron tombstones at Burrington with the hidden
picturesque landscape created in the 18th century at Downton
by their descendants.
One Hundred Gates & Stiles walk offers a special opportunity
to discover the west of Herefordshire from Hay-on-Wye to
across the Golden Valley. The journey is broken with a delicious
farmhouse dinner and breakfast during your overnight stay
and then set off the next morning with a country packed
lunch to sustain you. This walk costs £70 per person to
include two days walking, dinner, bed and breakfast sharing
a twin/double room and one packed lunch.
walks offer a chance to learn about the county's archaeology,
geology, butterflies, canals, churches and history. New
this year is a special chance to explore the relationship
of Hereford Cathedral to the city's evolution over four
walks and a series of half hour lunchtime walks looking
at hidden corners of Rotherwas.
view the full programme and book tickets visit www.visitherefordshire.co.uk
and click on the Walking Festival logo on the home page.
COUNCILLOR JARVIS NEW CONSERVATIVE GROUP LEADER.
The new leader of the Conservative group on Herefordshire
Council is the former cabinet member for the environment
and strategic housing, Councillor John Jarvis. Councillor
Jarvis brings a wealth of experience to the post having
spent 17 years involved in local politics - 12 years in
Braintree, Essex, and more recently five years at Herefordshire
the last eight years we've put down a solid foundation from
which to move forward,' said Councillor Jarvis. 'Although
a lot has been achieved, notably the Rotherwas access road,
the introduction of a new waste management system across
the county including the use of wheelie bins, the new livestock
market and ambitious plans for the regeneration of Hereford
city centre, I want to see words turned into action. We
will achieve this through a streamlined decision making
process which includes a reduced cabinet supported by a
team of portfolio holders responsible for defined areas
of work, so overall there will be more experience involved
in decision making.
will be accountable to the electorate of Herefordshire and
do not take for granted the faith they have shown by returning
us to power at the elections earlier this month. Herefordshire
Council will be open and transparent in the way it conducts
its business. We believe this is what local people want
and desire from the politicians who make important decisions
on their behalf. We hold this responsibility with great
added that senior councillors will be subject to annual
reviews of their performance, including himself, and that
he sees the role of scrutiny committees to help develop
policies. 'No one single political group has the monopoly
on good ideas. All 58 councillors have been voted in by
our electorate and they all have a role to play in the democratic
process of administering Herefordshire Council. We want
to be open in our decision making and open in our communication
with residents. There will be no secrets; what you see is
what you get.'
Jarvis says the council faces a number of big issues and
he's rolling up his sleeves to get stuck into the roll out
of high speed broadband across Herefordshire, reducing congestion
on the county's roads, bringing more affordable housing
on to the market, bringing more permanent jobs to the county
and creating an improved business environment which allows
local businesses, both big and small, to not just survive,
to build upon the county's groundbreaking approach to integrating
health and social care services, which has already attracted
national interest from policy makers, is high on his list
of priorities. He says that the council and its partners'
work to help people access quality and sustainable services
closer to their homes will play a vital part in making sure
that local health care needs can be met now and in the future.
NOT a case of business as usual,' added Councillor Jarvis.
'We will work to be different and we are prepared to be
judged on our performance.'
Councillor John Jarvis, Herefordshire Council's new Conservative
NOMINATE YOUR UNSUNG HEROES FOR PRIDE AWARDS.
Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire are urging county
residents to start support this year's Pride of Herefordshire
awards by nominating unsung heroes in their communities.
year's Overall Winner was The Royal National College for
the Blind who successfully hosted the 2010 World Blind Football
Championships in August, an event which attracted thousands
of spectators both at the stadium and on the website as
well as receiving national and international television
coverage. This coverage included BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio
5's popular Fighting Talk, BBC World Service, GMTV, Channel
4, Futbol Mondial, Fuji TV (Japan), TYCSport (Argentina),
CNN and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
year two new categories have been added to reward individuals
who make a difference to their communities in a variety
of ways. They are:
Herefordshire Adult Community Award: An individual
or group over 18 years old making a real difference to the
quality of people's everyday lives in their local area.
They do something positive in their community that has an
impact on others such as raising money for charity, running
a community shop or club or providing support to vulnerable
Youth Community Award: An individual or group of people
up to 18 years old making a real difference to the quality
of people's everyday lives in their local area. They do
something positive in their community that has an impact
on others such as raising money for charity, running a community
shop or club or providing support to vulnerable people.
Entrepreneur Award: Someone who is successful in business,
with an innovative approach. They may have diversified into
new areas of work or use new technologies. Their business
makes a contribution to the local economy and ideally has
raised the profile of Herefordshire regionally or nationally.
Herefordshire Learner Award: Someone who has learnt
new skills or knowledge and uses them in their day-to-day
life. An achiever who may have overcome obstacles to progress.
They may have gained a recognized qualification that has
helped them to gain a new job, or use newly learnt skills
to help others in their community.
Courage Award: Someone who in a personal or community
capacity has overcome adversity. Someone who has had the
courage to face their fears or do something new. They may
have made their community a safer place by their actions,
have done something courageous for someone else or made
a selfless act, putting other people first.
Health Champion: Someone who has improved people's health
and quality of life. They may organize sport and recreational
activities in their community, support a club, organize
a walking group, dance class or healthy eating club. They
may be a champion for health and well-being issues, healthy
lifestyles and exercise.
Environmental Champion: Someone who has made a difference
to the environment in his or her local community. They may
have introduced a recycling scheme, cleaned up a messy area
or cleared footpaths. They may be a champion for climate
change, bio-diversity, preservation of key species or conservation
of locally historic buildings.
Young Carer Award: Someone up to 18 years old who looks
after or helps others, whether family at home or in their
community. They may care for animals that need help. They
may check on someone, do their shopping for them, clean
around the house or garden, or just keep them company.
Adult Carer Award: Someone who looks after or helps
others, whether family at home or in their community. They
may care for animals that need help. They may check on someone,
do their shopping for them, clean around the house or garden,
or just keep them company.
winner: There is also an overall winner award which
is given to one of the individual award winners who judges
feel has made the most significant contribution to raising
pride within the county. The Pride of Herefordshire awards
are organized by Herefordshire Council, NHS Herefordshire
and the Hereford Journal and this year West Mercia Police
are also supporting the event.
closing date for nominations is Wednesday, 27th July and
winners will be announced at a special awards night at the
Three Counties Hotel, Hereford, on Wednesday, 12th October.
For further information and nomination forms, please log
JESSE PULLS PINT OF HEREFORD BEST IN STRANGERS BAR
South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman has been campaigning
to get more local brews into the House of Commons. Last
week he celebrated the success of Hereford Brewery by pulling
a pint of Best in the Strangers Bar there.
Brewery is owned and managed by its founder Jim Kenyon,
who was recently elected as a new city and county councillor.
The brewery produces 1,200 pints a week, mainly for local
afterwards, Jesse said, 'Herefordshire is the national home
of great food and drink. So it's really good to have Hereford
Best recognised as a guest ale in the House of Commons.
It's already had some very admiring reviews from my colleagues!'
THINK TWICE BEFORE TAKING UP PRIVATE SCREENING.
NHS Herefordshire has become aware that screening using
ultrasound technology for stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm
and other vascular diseases is currently being offered in
Herefordshire to members of the public on a private basis
and at a cost which may exceed £100.
screening tests have not been commissioned by NHS Herefordshire
and NHS Herefordshire cannot therefore provide any assurance
regarding their quality or accuracy. Anyone invited for
screening of this type is advised that ultrasound based
screening is not recommended by the UK National Screening
Committee for detecting these conditions and may produce
unreliable results. Unreliable screening may lead to unnecessary
worry or false reassurance.
year, NHS Herefordshire will be rolling out the national
NHS Health Checks programme to assess individuals' risks
of developing heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease or
experiencing a stroke and to provide tailored advice and
support to help people to reduce their risk of ill health.
The NHS Health Checks programme is targeted at people aged
40 to 74 years who have not already been diagnosed with
one of these conditions. NHS Health Checks meet national
guidelines and are free of charge.
Sarah Aitken, interim director of public health said, 'Screening
is an effective way of identifying individuals who are at
risk of certain medical conditions at an early stage before
they start to have symptoms. But it is important that screening
programmes follow national guidelines and are used for people
in the correct age group, otherwise, there is a risk of
inaccurate results which can lead to undue anxiety and suffering.
Furthermore, because of the importance of ensuring that
people can get prompt access to any support, advice and
treatment that they might need we don't recommend that health
screening tests are done in isolation.
Herefordshire provides effective screening programmes for
cervical, bowel and breast cancers, diabetic retinopathy
and abdominal aortic aneurysm. We have also been running
a pilot programme for NHS Health Checks which offers free
assessments to identify people who may be at risk of heart
disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. People who
are indentified as being at risk of these conditions are
followed up with further investigations and treatment by
highly skilled specialist staff in a safe environment. I
strongly urge people in the eligible age groups to take
up the screening which is available on the NHS.'
information on NHS screening programmes can obtained by
visiting www.screening.nhs.uk or from local GP surgeries.
A HAMPER OF GOODIES FOR WALK TO WORK WINNER.
Mrs Jean Rendall of Hereford was the lucky winner of a super
summer hamper full of luscious local goodies when she visited
Herefordshire Council's 'Step in the Right Direction' event
held in High Town on Wednesday, 11th May. The event was
part of the countywide walking promotion that takes place
in May with the aim of encouraging and helping people to
make travel choices that are good for their health and their
Local Transport Minister Norman Baker restated the Coalition
Government's commitment to supporting sustainable travel
initiatives. He noted that half of all car journeys are
under five miles and that there could be improvements to
health, air quality and traffic congestion if more of these
journeys were undertaken either on foot, bike, or by public
Rendall, who lives in the city said, 'I was so surprised
when I found out I had won this hamper. I usually get around
the city by bicycle so that's low carbon travel without
congestion which means I don't have to feel guilty eating
all this delicious local food.'
you'd like to find out more about walking and cycling in
the county please start by visiting http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/transport/index.asp
Jean Rendall with Paula McGivern (left) and Tess Vaughan (right)
of Herefordshire Council.
HOUSE CAR PARK CLOSING FOR ESSENTIAL WORK
Herefordshire Council is to close the Garrick House multi
storey car park in Hereford on three Sundays in June to
allow essential maintenance works to be carried out. The
car park will be closed on Sunday, 5th, Sunday, 12th and
Sunday, 19th June to minimize any inconvenience to the public.
Notices will be put up advising of the closure and people
are advised to find alternative car parks if they intend
to visit Hereford on any of these three Sundays.
Hepworth, Herefordshire Council's parking enforcement team
leader said, 'We have chosen to carry out these repairs
on Sundays because these are quieter days and the closure
will have less impact on shoppers and commuters.'
TO CELEBRATE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY.
A special event is being organized by Herefordshire Council
to mark World Environment Day. The event will take place
in High Town, Hereford
on Monday, 6th June from 9.30am until 4pm and will feature
a variety of stalls from Herefordshire Council and other
groups to show people how they can lessen the impact their
activities have on the environment.
will be available from council teams on biodiversity and
how to create good habitats for wildlife, while the integrated
transport team can offer hints on reducing fuel bills by
either car sharing or using public transport. The council's
waste reduction team will be able to offer advice on recycling
and how to compost your garden waste while the sustainability
team can offer tips on reducing energy consumption in homes
and community buildings. New
Leaf, the Bulmer Foundation and Ecohere are also supporting
Wood, Herefordshire Council's waste and sustainability manager
said, 'As fuel bills continue to rise both for our homes
and cars, this event offers a chance for people to find
out how they can not only reduce their energy costs but
also reduce the amount of harmful carbon emissions their
activities create. This event will also offer advice on
reducing the amount of waste they produce, tips on items
that can be recycled and how to compost to deal with their
and the Bulmer Foundation will also be offering advice on
how communities and individuals can live in a more sustainable
way and reduce their energy costs.'
SPEED LIMIT ENFORCEMENT ON A4110 CANON PYON
The 30mph speed limit on the A4110 through Canon Pyon in
Herefordshire is to be enforced by the Safer Roads Partnership
in West Mercia due to the high speeds of vehicles travelling
through the village.
new mobile speed enforcement site forms part of the 'Community
Concern' programme which responds to concerns from local
people about the speeds of vehicles travelling through their
communities. The Speed data collected shows that the two
thirds of all vehicles exceed the 30mph speed limit in Canon
Pyon and 15% of vehicles travel above 38mph. Enforcement
was due to commence during the week beginning 23rd May 2011.
will also be collected after the launch to assess the impact
of enforcement on speeds and driver behaviour. It is hoped
that the speed camera van will significantly reduce the
number of speeding drivers and improve the overall safety
of the road for all users.
Jenkins, of the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia said,
'Concern has been raised from the local community via West
Mercia Police. It is hoped that the new mobile speed enforcement
site will encourage drivers to comply with the 30mph speed
limit through the village.'
Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is made up of 13
partner agencies including Herefordshire Council and West
Mercia Police. The aim of the Partnership is to reduce the
number of casualties and make the roads safer for all users
in West Mercia through speed enforcement and by seeking
to change attitudes and behaviour.
FOREST FUN DURING HALF TERM AT HEREFORD LIBRARY
The Library service is offering children the chance to have
some half term fun at Hereford Library on Friday, 3rd June.
Youngsters will be able to make a woodland crown and listen
to some stories from Ian Johnstone from 11am to Noon. Ian
Johnstone is a Forest School leader at Charlotte's Wood,
a beautiful twenty acre woodland at Barton Hill, Kentchurch
in Herefordshire. The session is for 4 - 8 year olds and
their parents and is free although you will need to book.
Dossett, Herefordshire Council's reader development librarian
said, 'This will be a lovely activity to bring your children
to this half term. It is free to join the library and if
your child joins the library during half term they will
receive a free small Bookstart Bear.'
counties libraries also run regular free story and bounce
and rhyme sessions. For further information, please visit
book your ticket call 01432 383600.
CONSIDER YOUR NEIGHBOURS - ITS NOISE ACTION WEEK
Local residents are being reminded to consider their neighbours
this week, as Noise Action Week comes to Herefordshire.
Safer Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council are marking
Noise Action Week in the county from Monday, 23rd to Friday,
Council's Environmental Protection Team will be working
with partner agencies to raise awareness of the impacts
neighbour noise has on communities, along with promoting
simple measures which can be taken to prevent noise problems.
Noise can cause distress and disruption to anyone, whether
it's at home, work or leisure.
Noise Action Week, Herefordshire residents are asked to
consider their neighbours by thinking about the amount of
noise they may make and reduce it where possible. The most
frequent cases of neighbour noise complaints relate to barking
dogs, loud music, shouting, banging doors and DIY activities.
Herefordshire residents are urged to support Noise Action
· Considering the noise they make and the effect it may
have on others.
· Considering the noises which disturb them.
· Using practical solutions to limit everyday noises.
residents who are affected by a neighbour's noise the advice
is to politely approach them and ask if they can limit the
noise they're making. A large majority of the time, people
are simply unaware that they're making too much noise and
disturbing those around them. However, if the problem persists
or a personal approach is not possible, Herefordshire Council's
Environmental Protection Team is available on 01432 261761
or firstname.lastname@example.org. They are able to act in both
an advisory and enforcement role to reduce noise issues.