place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
ROSS LIONS CHARITY SHOP A ROARING SUCCESS.
Local charities champion Iris Price has been very busy lately,
running charity shops to raise money for many local causes.
Some of the charities which have benefited so far are X-Entricity,
Ross Pre-school Playgroup, Ross Rowing Club and Help for
Heroes amongst many more. The latest shop, on Gloucester
Road raised money for Ross Lions Club who do an enormous
amount of charitable work both locally and internationally
and in just one week, their funds were boosted by £1,300.
Lions are extremely grateful to Iris for running the shop
for them and also extend their thanks the owner of the shop
for allowing them the use of it, all of the people who donated
stock, the volunteers who gave up their time to run the
shop for them and of course, the many customers who bought
their goods. The venture was so successful that Ross Lions
are hoping to have another shop later in the year.
Lion Bernard Fowkes, Iris Price, Lions President, Trevor Smith and
Jo Fowkes outside the Gloucester Road shop.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON SUBSIDISED BUS NETWORK.
Herefordshire Council is facing significant budget pressures
due to Central Government funding cuts and it is having
to consider how best to support bus services in the future.
The council also wants to explore the role of community
transport to see if it can provide greater support for the
areas and people that conventional bus services can't reach.
help inform how these services may change, a consultation
with the public began on Friday, 17th June.
majority of contracts for supported bus services are due
for renewal this year and the council has already been working
hard to negotiate better deals with bus operators to drive
down costs. However, if further savings are required, the
council needs to understand the priorities for bus users
so that it can minimize the impact of any service changes.
consultation leaflet is now available for bus users and
other interested groups to submit their views. Leaflets
are being supplied to bus operators to hand out on buses
and to parish councils. Copies are also available from libraries
and public buildings.
council is aiming to co-ordinate the review of the bus services
with a review of community transport services. It is keen
to explore opportunities to improve these services and investigate
opportunities for them to provide greater support for people
throughout the county and to integrate more closely with
bus services. This consultation will run in parallel to
that for bus services. The
consultation will run until 15th July; further information
is available online and people can complete the consultation
by visiting www.herefordbus.info
Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member
for highways and transportation, said, 'In view of the unprecedented
reduction in funding from Central Government, we have to
consider how best to prioritize bus services going forward.
The council has already moved swiftly to dip into reserves
to help support services and we are also trying to get a
better deal from operators.
can assure bus users that we are committed to limiting the
impact of service changes. We are very keen to learn the
priorities of users and communities which rely on their
local bus service. We also want to explore the role of community
transport to see if it can integrate better with buses and
provide more transport particularly in rural areas.
would urge people to respond to the consultation so that
we can take their priorities into account when we need to
determine any service changes.'
ACORNS GANG HAWAIIAN EVENING. . . . . . .
The Ross Acorns support group are always looking for innovative
and fun ideas to raise money for Acorns Childrens Hospice
and on Saturday, 11th June they held a Hawaiian evening
at the Mighty 8 Pool Club. Everybody was dressed for a Hawaiian
Summer's evening with colourful clothes and leis and a disco
was provided to the group free of charge. Money
was raised for Acorns through ticket sales and a raffle
and a great evening was had by all.
timing of the Hawaiian evening was rather interesting as
the following day, many of those present were taking part
in their 10k run the following morning. Details of how they
fared will be published as soon as I have them but well
done to you all for yet another successful event.
Three beautiful young ladies all set to enjoy the Acorns Hawaiian
Night at the Mighty 8 Pool Club.
The young DJ pictured with his assistant provided his services free
Lots of fun was had by all.
FULL HOUSE APPEAL FOR MORE CHILDRENS BIKES.
Herefordshire Council is supporting an appeal by the charity,
Full House, for more children's bikes so they can go to
needy homes. The charity, which repairs old bikes and then
sells them on to people at reasonable prices, is short of
suitable bicycles for children.
Blackwell, Herefordshire Council's recycling officer said,
'Children grow up very quickly and need to replace their
bikes quite often. I would urge anyone who is replacing
their child's bike not to throw the old one away as it could
find a good home with someone else through donating it to
Full House. Even if the bike has seen better days, Full
House can repair it and then it will be sold on at a reasonable
price to someone on a lower income who cannot afford to
buy a brand new one.
not only prevents the old bikes from going to landfill but
also means children whose parents are less well off can
still enjoy the health and well-being benefits of cycling.
It also has the added benefit of providing employment and
work experience to longer term unemployed people.'
donate bikes to Full House, contact the service on 01432
342042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
further details about reuse organizations and the items
that can be donated, log onto www.letswasteless.com
DANNY THOMPSON & MARTIN SIMPSON CONCERT
World renowned artistes, Danny Thompson and Martin Simpson
gave a fantastic concert at Broome
Farm on Sunday, 12th June. The barn was packed with
people all eager to see their performance and they were
not disappointed as Danny played his bass in his own inimitable
style, accompanying great guitarist / vocalist Martin on
some wonderful songs.
introducing the brilliant duo, MC, Gabe Cook announced that
all at the farm had recently lost a very great friend, Alan
Wood of Wyenot.com! He made a very touching tribute to Alan,
concluding with 'Later, we shall raise a glass of cider
in his honour; or a cup of tea,' (as that is what Alan normally
drank due to having to drive). Then the musicians were introduced
and a great concert was enjoyed by all.
the concert was over, the great Chicken Shed Zeppelin performed
a set. I asked them if they would play 'Three Drunken Maidens'
one of Alan's favourite songs, which they happily did, giving
a respectful bow when they had finished. Thank you for that,
guys. Alan would have appreciated it. Later in the afternoon
a kind of 'open mic' session began with various people sharing
their talents including the lovely Clementine Lovell and
friends and Toby Lovell who gave a great demonstration of
his Blues harp and vocal skills.
whole event was absolutely fantastic as with any event at
Broome Farm, which seems to have metamorphosized into the
best venue for any occasion; Blues Nights, Folk Nights,
Ceilidh's, Operas, (Pop up Opera will be there on Sunday,
3rd July), Weddings and other wonderful parties.
Danny Thompson on bass and Martin Simpson on guitar and vocals gave
a brilliant performance.
The concert was extremely well attended and was enjoyed by all.
The fantastic Chicken Shed Zeppelin.
Clementine Lovell watches brother Toby give a graet demonstration
of his blues harp and vocal skills.
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE FOR CHILDREN.
This summer the county's libraries are challenging all children
to read six books in the school holidays. Aimed to include
all children aged between four and eleven, local libraries
are running the Circus Stars reading challenge with themed
activities to support the Reading Agency scheme. This aims
to encourage reading, literacy and visits to public libraries.
is free to participate in the challenge and children will
receive prizes and stickers as rewards for reading books,
and get a medal and certificate on completion of the challenge.
Roger Phillips, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
enterprise and culture said, 'We hope that this will encourage
children to use their local library in the summer holidays
in order to develop their reading skills and encourage a
love of books. The challenge starts on Saturday, 9th July,
running until the beginning of September, so there will
be plenty of time to read those six books.'
you would like to know more about the challenge, ask at
your local library for further information.
GERMAN 'TWINS' GIVEN WARM WELCOME TO ROSS
The Ross / Betzdorf Twinning Associations met up again earlier
this month and on Friday 10th June around fifty German visitors
were greeted by their English hosts. The group arrived at
approximately 9:30pm and there were many enthusiastic reunions.
I went along to meet the coach for two reasons. I wanted
to photograph the arrivals for Wyenot News and although
Alan and I were not members of the Association, I wanted
to greet journalist, Marc Rosenkranz who has stayed with
us on two previous occasions. Due
to our circumstances, it was decided that Marc stay with
another host and Councillor Jo Lane kindly offered to have
Marc stay with her.
official reception, courtesy of Ross Town Council was held
on the Saturday morning at the Royal Hotel, where Ross Town
Mayor, Councillor David Ravenscroft greeted Burgermeister
Berndt Brato with two gifts. One was a shove ha'penny board
and the other a selection of cider from Ross
Cider & Perry Co. These gifts were enthusiastically
received. Herr Brato then presented Mayor Ravenscroft with
a picture which was almost immediately taken and hung up
in the Twinning Room at the Corn Exchange.
the reception was over, everybody was invited to visit the
lovely John Kyrle Summer House gardens which are tucked
away in a quiet corner of the town. Just as the tour was
about to finish, it began to rain so Councillor Lane, Marc
and I hot footed it into the Café Eleganza, where
we were treated to a delicious and beautifully presented
twinning visits, Sunday is family day and visitors were
taken to various places by their respective hosts. Phil
and Di Long's visitors went with their hosts to the Danny
Thompson and Martin Simpson concert at Broome Farm and seemed
to thoroughly enjoy the experience. On Monday a trip to
the Avonscroft Museum in Bromsgrove was the order of the
day, then all too quickly it was Tuesday and time to board
the coach for home.
years ago, the Ross contingent of the association presented
the people of Betzdorf with a red telephone box. As a parting
gift a presentation of a tea towel with a red phone box
printed on it along with some red paint as the real telephone
box is apparently in need of a fresh coat. Before boarding
the coach, the guests and their hosts formed a circle and
sang 'Auld Lang Syne' before saying some emotional Auf Wiedersehens.
All agreed that the visit had been a wonderful success.
Councillor Jo Lane meets our German friend Marc Rosenkranz off the
Official greetings (ably translated by Dominik) and an exchange
of gifts took place at the reception on the Saturday morning.
The visitors were given a guided tour of the lovely John Kyrle Summer
This was not only a delicious coffee served at Café Eleganza;
it was beautifully presented too.
Everybody enjoyed the deliciuos buffet followed by a disco on the
On 'Family Day' two German guests enjoyed the hospitality of Broome
Farm with hosts, Di, left and Phil Long, right at the Broome Farm
Sad to say 'Goodbye' the friends sang Auld Lang Syne before the
visitors boarded the coach for home.
THE QUEEN HONOURS COUNTY VOLUNTEER GROUPS.
The Bromyard Light Brigade and Yarpole Community Shop Association
from Herefordshire have been announced as two of 130 winners
of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for
groups of volunteers who work in their local community for
the benefit of others. This prestigious UK National Honour
recognizes outstanding voluntary contributions and sets
the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with
the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest
Bromyard Light Brigade has received the Award for the difference
they make to the lives of people living in and around Bromyard,
an area of severe rural deprivation. Not only do they give
joy and civic pride in the very high standard of the Christmas
lights but they also bring in much needed trade by attracting
visitors. The volunteers who range in age from 14 to 70
also raise funds and through their efforts give pleasure
to many people.
Community Shop Association has received the Award for their
determination and hard work in setting up and manning this
community asset. The shop, which includes a Post Office
and a coffee shop has created a focus for community life
in the village and provides some 30 people with opportunities
to volunteer their time, energy and expertise to support
this facility. Yarpole Village shop is working hard for
the local community and is an excellent example of how determined
voluntary action can succeed.
receiving this year's Award were selected from 413 groups
nominated by members of the public who have been helped
personally or witnessed the benefits of a group's work in
their community. The Bromyard Light Brigade and Yarpole
Community Shop Association have received a certificate signed
by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented
by Her Majesty's representative in Herefordshire, The Countess
of Darnley at a special ceremony arranged by the Lieutenancy
office on Wednesday, 15th June. The group has also received
an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden
Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.
Lord-Lieutenant, The Countess of Darnley said, 'Herefordshire
put forward eight excellent, very strong nominations for
the Award, recognizing the marvellous efforts of voluntary
groups in the County. I am delighted at the success of the
Bromyard Light Brigade and the Yarpole Village Shop - well
done to both of them.'
groups from Herefordshire have now received this annual
Award since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion
of her Golden Jubilee in 2002. For details of all this year's
Award winners and information on how to nominate a group,
visit www.direct.gov.uk/qavs, where a nomination form can
2012, The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service will be celebrating
its 10th anniversary in Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee year.
There will be further announcements on activities to mark
the anniversary of the Award in the autumn.
LLANGROVE PTFA WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARD. . .
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Llangrove CE Primary School PTFA has been named as the central
England winner in the PTA Fund-raising Achievement category
of the NCPTA's Gold Star Awards 2011, for their annual Big
Gold Star Awards recognize and reward the everyday achievements
of PTAs throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland,'
said Lynne Maguire, NCPTA Adviser. 'The standard of entries
was very high this year and NCPTA commends all the applications
received and to make it through to the finals as the winner
for central England is a truly amazing feat.'
in 2008, when the PTFA heard that their school was to close,
they worked closely with the Heads and embarked on an awareness
campaign to raise much needed money and to firmly establish
the school as part of the local community. The PTFA's Big
Breakfast idea was born, which would not only bring local
people into the school, it would also involve working with
other key groups such as pupils, teachers, governors, the
nearby pre-school, community members, local businesses and
its inaugural event, three further Big Breakfasts have been
held raising over £4,000 which has supported the school
and other local charities such as the Midlands Air Ambulance
Service. The PTFA has built up fantastic links with the
local business community which now provides the majority
of the foods along with local WI members who supply all
the jams! The judges were particularly impressed that the
Big Breakfast initiative was a key feature of the campaign
to save the school and that during such a difficult time
for parents, they rallied round to literally save the day.
Hitchen, Keri Price and pupils Matthew Hitchen and Niamh
Price attended the awards ceremony held on board HMS Belfast
in central London on Wednesday, 8th June. They were presented
with a special trophy and a cheque for £500 in recognition
of the PTFA's achievement.
Rachel Hitchen, Keri Price and pupils Matthew Hitchen and Niamh
Price being presented with the school's award.
YOUNG POET LAUREATES TO PERFORM AT LEDBURY
Young Poet Laureates Ben Ray and Hal Husbands are to perform
at this year's Ledbury Poetry Festival, supporting Poet
Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. This will be the festival's launch
event on Friday, 1st July at the community Hall in Ledbury.
Ann Duffy is an extraordinary poet and a mesmerising performer
who brings a real urgency and importance to 21st century
poetry. She will be joined by the talented musician John
Young poets will give a short performance of their own work
as an overture to this prestigious event.
Roger Phillips said, 'I am delighted the young poet laureates
are again being given an opportunity to be part of this
major festival in Ledbury. They are both very excited to
have this opportunity to perform for a large audience.'
young poet laureates jointly won the Young Poet Laureate
for Herefordshire back in October 2010 and they will be
in post until National Poetry Day in October 2011. Ben Ray
has performed alongside the poet Brian Moses at the Schools
Library Festival and Hal has performed at a Poetry Society
event in London as well as at an event in the Applestore
Gallery in Hereford.
I am not worthy,' was Hal's initial response to the news
of the Ledbury gig. Ben is in the midst of his GCSEs at
the moment and recently he had to write a poem and perform
it at The John Kyrle High School prom. He claimed that that
was the most nerve racking performance he has had to do
for the Ledbury Poetry Festival cost are £10 from the Festival
Box Office by calling 0845 458 1743. For the full programme
go to www.poetry-festival.com
The Young Poet Laureates Harriet Husbands and Ben Ray who will be
performing some of their poetry at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in
CABINET MEMBER AGREES TO INVEST IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS
Children with special needs are to benefit from a government
grant to improve their school buildings, following a cabinet
member decision to allocate more than £7m to capital projects.
cabinet member for corporate and education has approved
plans to fund an extension and the remodelling of Blackmarston
Special School in Hereford and to replaced the temporary
Language and Communication Centre at Hampton Dene Primary
School with a permanent building.
the Building Schools for the Future programme being aborted
by the government, local authorities were given a capital
grant to spend on improving buildings for 14 to 19 year
olds and for children with special educational needs. In
Herefordshire, this amounted to £7.34m. Following consultation
with schools and colleges, it was agreed that schemes at
Blackmarston Special School and Hampton Dene Primary School
were a priority and should go ahead as soon as possible.
investment at Blackmarston School will extend the school's
accommodation so that it can meet a growing increase in
demand for specialist provision for children with complex
needs, largely in the South Wye area. It is anticipated
that the extended facilities will increase the number of
pupil places available from 60 to 80.
county's Language and Communication Centre, based at Hampton
Dene Primary School in Tupsley caters for around 20 children
with very specific needs that can't be met well elsewhere.
The current accommodation is a demountable building which
is in very poor condition and needs to be replaced.
Philip Price, of Herefordshire Council said, 'The number
of children with special educational needs is growing and
we need to make sure we are able to meet this demand. In
Herefordshire our mainstream schools are fully inclusive,
but some children need specialist support only available
at dedicated schools or centres. Blackmarston Special School
and the Language and Communication Centre at Hampton Dene
Primary school both provide high quality of care and education
and, when compared to out-of-county specialist schools,
offer very good value for money, so it makes sense to invest
in them while we can.'
The two capital schemes will commit funding of £4.75m. In
addition a sum of £1m has been earmarked for new facilities
at Leominster Primary School and a sum of £1.25m allocated
to Barrs Court Sixth Form / Adult Social Care hub.
JESSE VISITS THE ROSE GARDEN IN HEREFORD.
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Residents at Herefordís Rose Garden Retirement Village,
on Ledbury Road, met with local MP, Jesse Norman recently
to discuss the work of the Residentís Association and the
Governmentís plans for welfare reform.
Rose Garden is a joint venture between the Extra Care Charitable
Trust, Elgar Housing and Herefordshire Council. The Village,
which has 91 apartments, provides supported living services
to 120 individuals aged 55 years and over. The services
available within the Village are also open to the wider
community and include a hairdressing salon, a beautician,
a gym, a jacuzzi, a fully licensed bar and a function room.
met with the members of the Residents Association, together
with Tina Morgan, the Manager of the care village, and Louise
Cromar of Elgar Housing. He confirmed his enthusiastic support
for the Rose Garden independent living scheme and listened
to residentís concerns over benefits such as Disability
Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance which enable people
to maintain social independence in later life. He explained
that the Government has no intention of removing benefits
from anyone who is genuinely entitled to claim.
expressed concern that errors might occur when patients
are assessed. Jesse made clear his commitment to take up
any such cases personally, to ensure that people receive
the benefits they are entitled to. His Hereford office can
be contacted on 01432 276 422 or in writing at Suite 3,
Penn House, Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 9AP.
who wishes to volunteer to help at the Rose Garden, apply
to live there, gain access to any of the facilities, or
join the team of dedicated staff should visit www.extracare.org.uk
or call 01432 363 000.
Jesse Norman, MP with some of the residents of the Rose Garden.
McDONALDS GRANTED EXTENDED OPENING HOURS.
The McDonalds restaurant in the Belmont area of Hereford
has had their application to provide late night refreshment
approved by Herefordshire Council's regulatory subcommittee.
The restaurant will now be able to serve hot food and drink
every day of the week until midnight.
City Council and two local ward members, Councillor Glenda
Powell and Councillor Phil Edwards, objected to the extension
of opening hours. They expressed concerns about increased
litter and public nuisance. Anthony Gill, for McDonalds,
told the subcommittee on Friday, 17th June that the Belmont
store carried out three litter picks a day and wanted the
extended hours to promote the wider economy of Hereford.
subcommittee agreed that the premises licence holder or
their nominated representative should meet with the local
ward councillors and Hereford City Council, no less that
four times a year so issues such as litter picking and the
prevention of public nuisance can be discussed. Other conditions
added to the licence included:
An incident log must be kept on the premises
∑ CCTV to be provided
∑ Signs should remind people to leave quietly
∑ No open alcohol containers to be carried into store
∑ Self closing doors must be present at entrance to premises.
WORK OF FAMOUS ARTIST ON DISPLAY IN HEREFORD
This summer Hereford Art Gallery is offering a rare opportunity
to see a diverse selection of the work of one of Britain's
most famous 20th century artists, John Piper (1903- 1992).
Piper: Creative Partnerships' began at the Broad Street
gallery on Saturday, 25th June and will run until Wednesday,
is best known for his landscape paintings and prints, often
depicting churches or historic sites. He is also remembered
for his depictions of bomb damage, in particular at Coventry
Cathedral during the Second World War, when he was a war
artist. Less well known is the fact that he often collaborated
with, and drew inspiration from artists, craftspeople and
friends working in many different media; as diverse as stained
glass and fireworks, ceramics and textiles.
exhibition will include more than 130 pieces exploring his
'delegated arts' as he called these creative collaborations.
It will represent the wide variety of his output including:
printed work in books, posters and magazines, wallpapers,
photographs, drawings, paintings, ceramics, mosaics, stage
design, stained glass cartoons, firework plans, tapestries
and printed textiles.
of his creative partners were very well known, such as John
Betjeman, with whom he collaborated on the creation of the
Shell Guides; or Benjamin Britten, with whom Piper designed
sets for operas and founded the English Opera Group. Other
well-known patrons were people such as Sir Osbert Sitwell
whose patronage led to more than 100 works, or the late
Queen Mother who commissioned 26 views of Windsor Castle.
enterprises represented in the exhibition include those
with his wife Myfanwy, who was an editor, critic and librettist,
the stained glass artist Patrick Reyntiens, whose work is
installed at Liverpool Metropolitan and Coventry Cathedrals,
and the potter Geoffrey Eastop. The exhibition will also
include a panel about the tapestries which John Piper designed
for Hereford Cathedral in 1976 (installed in 1979). This
creative collaboration involved weavers in Namibia, South
West Africa, where the pieces were made. The tapestries
have recently undergone conservation work and will return
to their place in the Cathedral in time for the exhibition.
Visitors will be encouraged to make the short walk to the
Cathedral to view these stunning Piper textiles in situ.
Roger Phillips, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
enterprise and culture said, 'The majority of the works
on show are in private ownership, so the exhibition will
be a unique opportunity to view an exciting selection of
work which is not normally seen in public.'
Museum greatly appreciates the generosity of The Piper Estate
and of the private lenders who have made this show possible,
in particular Hugh Fowler-Wright who has curated the exhibition.
In addition the Museum would like to thank the Friends of
Herefordshire Museums and Arts for the support they have
shown in bringing this exhibition to the gallery.
exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue,
postcards and books for sale. These will include Frances
Spalding's joint biography - 'John Piper, Myfanwy Piper:
Lives in Art', and Geoffrey Eastop's - 'The Piper Years:
A Memoir'. Also for sale are some of Piper's screen printed
textiles and wallpaper. Two other major John Piper exhibitions
are scheduled for the next twelve months. The first will
be at The Towner in Eastbourne (John Piper in Kent & Sussex
from 2nd July until 25th September 2011 curated by Nathaniel
Hepburn) and at Dorchester Abbey (John Piper and the Church,
from 20th April until 10th June 2012 curated by Pat Jordan
Art Gallery and Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am
until 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am until 4pm.
'Rowlestone' - one of the many works by John Piper being dislayed
at the Exhibition.
MOVE DECISION IS MAJOR STEP TO IMPROVE CITY CENTRE.
Herefordshire Council is to move staff out of Garrick House
and into the Franklin Barnes building in order to free up
a key location in the major regeneration of the city's old
livestock market. Garrick House occupies what will become
the gateway to the major new development; which will include
retail and leisure facilities, including a six screen ODEON
cinema and restaurants. On
Wednesday, 15th June, the council's planning committee gave
permission for the Franklin Barnes building to be used to
house staff from Garrick House to form a new one-stop information
hub for public services in the city centre.
the information centre from Garrick House to the Franklin
Barnes building also has its benefits as it will draw many
more people every day into Commercial Street which should
boost local trade in that area of the city as well,' said
Richard Beavan-Pearson, Herefordshire Council's assistant
director, customer services and communications.
John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council said, 'However,
it's important to note that the cost of moving staff from
Garrick House to the Franklin Barnes buildings will be met
by private money through the development.'
previous refurbishment of Garrick House, carried out in
2007, included works to ensure the building met the requirements
of the Disability Discrimination Act, provide a secure cash
desk, interview rooms and new public toilets. Other options
were considered at the time but as the council owned Garrick
House, this was the most economically advantageous of the
options available. On top of this, the time scale for the
redevelopment of the old livestock market had not been established
at the time.
planning committee passed the application to convert the
building into an info centre and its members raised the
issue of residents smoking outside the building. As a result
the council will have to consider making facilities available
for smokers where they won't impact on people and traffic
passing by. Herefordshire Council aims to have the new info
centre in the Franklin Barnes building up and running by
the end of August.
the developers of the old livestock market, plan to begin
demolition of buildings on the site by late summer and construction
is due to begin next year.
COUNCILLOR HENRY ASHBY PRESENTS PRIZES TO CYCLISTS
During the last 6 weeks with the support of Parents, Friends
and Teachers of Pembroke Primary School, Chepstow, Jane
Worrell has been running an After School Bike club which
she initiated a pilot study to assess the interest. Over
35 children applied to join the bike club bringing siblings
and parents, some of whom wanted to cycle too. A new series
will start in September and a waiting list is already being
week the children have engaged in different activities,
including Bike skills training, Dr Bike sessions (care and
repair for your bikes) and a Virtual Reality Race. It has
been a very exciting few weeks. Everyone appeared to have
got so much out of it and had fun whilst doing so but the
most significant outcome was seeing the children enjoying
the freedom to ride their bikes in a safe environment.
last Bike Club was on Monday, 20th June and the children
celebrated by cycling their last virtual rides on their
'Bling'd Bikes' bringing the total distance ridden (calculated
over the course of six weeks) to be 170 miles.
Henry Ashby gave out prizes, kindly donated by 559 Bikes,
for the most creatively decorated bicycles. The event was
registered with Team Green Britain Bike Week and Transition
Chepstow have organized follow up bike rides where the children
can take part with the support of their parents.
The children enjoying one of their cycling sessions at Pembroke
Primary Scool, Chepstow.