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Belated Happy Birthday greetings go to local man, Richard Davies. Richard's family and friends had arranged a surprise 30th party for him in the Stable Suite at The Eagle Inn in Broad Street. The theme of the party was 'Black and White' and the room was beautifully decorated in keeping with this by Landlady, Maria Gooding. Even the gorgeous birthday cake was black and white.

As the arranged time for Richard's arrival drew near, everybody quietly waited in the courtyard until he approached the gate, when a resounding 'Happy Birthday' was sung to the stunned birthday boy. Once Richard had recovered from the shock, he and his guests enjoyed a fabulous evening, dancing the night away to some great music provided by Sunshine Radio's 'Big Dog' Mark Baker.

Birthday greetings also go to James Dean-Lucas who celebrated his 29th birthday having a drink with friends at The Eagle. He too was surprised when friends sang Happy Birthday as Andy Gooding presented him with a 'cake' of energy bars, complete with candle to mark James' last year in his twenties.

A very surprised Richard is met at the gate to the courtyard by his partner, Eve.

Richard and his parents, enjoying the party.

The Stable Suite is beautifully decorated by Maria.

Happy Birthday is sung to another birthday boy, James Dean-Lucas as he is presented with his 'birthday cake.'


Intrepid trio vegas2vegas recently completed stage one of their campaign to raise funds for the charity 'Keep a Child Alive' and this month are all set to tackle stage two. Jamie Hay, Joe Griffiths and Jack Todd will be riding their three-man tandem across Wales to Cardiff where they will join other people taking part in 'Movember's' 10K 'Running of the Mos.'

These three local boys aim to visit 193 countries in around 180 days and plan to film what happens along the way to turn it into an adventure documentary. This means that they will need sponsorship to help them on their way. After a bit of brainstorming, the vegas2vegas crew thought that this adventure might be right up Sir Richard Branson's street, so in September they launched a mini campaign entitled 'Searching for Branson' and walked from Ross-on-Wye to Stowe, Buckinghamshire which was the birthplace of Sir Richard Branson's first business venture. Along the way, they asked the people they met to help them send a special message to the Virgin owner.

The three man tandem event will be taking place between 11th and 13th November. If you would like to sponsor the lads to help them achieve their goal, please log onto

4th November 2011


Michelle gets her jab.

The NHS in Herefordshire is making sure all pregnant women, those aged over 65 years and people with clinical conditions which put them more at risk, are given the flu jab. At the same time, carers are being reminded that flu is a risk and that they are important too. If you are a carer for someone else, it can be easy to overlook your own health and well-being.

Dr Sarah Aitken, interim director of public health in Herefordshire said, 'As a carer, you want to do what you can to help and protect your loved ones. However, many carers last winter did not take the opportunity to have a free flu jab, despite making arrangements for their loved ones to have theirs. It's not just about protecting the carer from getting flu, but also preventing them from passing the virus onto the vulnerable person they are caring for.

Getting flu when you already have a long term condition can lead to serious complications and tragically in some cases death, but these can be prevented by having the free vaccine. Unlike other medication for long term conditions, the flu jab is an annual one off vaccine.

There is no live virus in the flu vaccine and it cannot give you the flu. It is a new vaccine each year to fight this year's flu virus. So please take the time to look after yourself as well as your loved one, get the free jab at your local GP surgery and help protect yourself.'

There are additional ways people can protect themselves and those around them. Good hand hygiene is very important and the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' technique reduces the spread of germs. This means carrying tissues, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, disposing of the tissue after one use, and cleaning hands as soon as possible with soap and water or an alcohol hand gel.


Ross Lion's biggest fund raiser of the year will be taking place this coming Saturday, 5th November when they will be holding their fantastic annual bonfire and fireworks event at The Chase Hotel. As well as a great fireworks display there will be lots of good food and drink available and glow sticks and wands etc. for the kids to enjoy.

Hopefully, the weather will be kinder to the event than of late, so that lots of money can be raised, enabling Ross Lions Club to continue to support local charities and causes.

The bonfire is due to be lit at 7pm with the fireworks display beginning at 7:30pm. I hope to see you there.


Local MP Jesse Norman has described as 'bonkers' new plans to remove the Golden Valley from the South Herefordshire constituency, and join it to a new constituency stretching as far as Ludlow in Shropshire. The proposals are part of a recent consultation by the Boundary Commission for England to meet the government’s commitment of reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600. The redrawn boundaries would mean Golden Valley residents could have to travel as far as Leominster or Ludlow to see their MP.

'Putting the Golden Valley in the same constituency as Leominster, and Church Stretton and Ludlow in Shropshire, makes no sense at all. It's bonkers,' said Jesse. 'Its effect will be that someone living in Ewyas Harold would likely have to drive for up to an hour and a half to see their MP. Journey times by public transport are even worse – more like two and a half hours! That is contrary to the basic principle of democratic accountability.

The good news is that it's not too late to change the proposals. Local residents can see the plans and have their say by post, by email, or in person. The details are available on the Boundary Commission’s website The Commission can also be reached by writing to 35 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ, or by telephone on 020 7276 1102.

I would strongly encourage everyone, especially those living in the Golden Valley, to write in to the consultation and let the Commission know how they feel. I am submitting alternative proposals myself, which can be found on my website'

4th November 2011 MUSEUM ON THE MOVE . . . . . . . . . . .

The award-winning Museum on the Move returned to Herefordshire on Wednesday, 2nd November, to begin its Winter tour. The exhibition on board has been hugely popular, enabling people to discover the story of survival from dinosaurs to dormice. This bright, interactive and highly absorbing museum experience is unique in that it travels out to various places across Herefordshire and people can see the Museum on the Move at the following venues:

On Saturday, 5th November, the museum will be at Leominster Library car park, all day, then from 5:30pm until 8:30pm will be at Hereford Racecourse fireworks celebration.

On Wednesday, 23rd and Wednesday, 30th November, the museum will be seen in High Town, where late night shopping, from 5pm to 8pm will be available. The museum will also be in High Town on Friday, 2nd from 5pm until 8pm, then all day on Monday, 19th and Friday, 23rd December. Even if the day is cold, the Museum on the Move bus will be warm!

For further information, or to book the Museum on the Move yourself, please contact or telephone 01432 383595.

The Museum on the Move, currently on its Winter tour in Herefordshire.


Herefordshire Council's Trading Standards Service is warning cold calling rogue traders to stay away from the county following three successful prosecutions during the national Rogue Trader Awareness Month of October. The three convictions were for Tony Small, aged 50, from Belmont, Hereford; James O'Donoghue, aged 52, from London and Joseph Carter, aged 25, of Leominster. All three, who engage in cold calling for property repairs, pleaded guilty to charges of failing to give consumers the seven days cancellation rights they were legally entitled to when a contract is made in the home. Small and Carter are to face future Crown Court trials next year for alleged fraud relating to the same incidents.

At Hereford Magistrates Court on 21st October, Small was fined £415. O'Donoghue appeared at the same court on 20th October and was given a three year conditional discharge, including for falsely implying he was a tree surgeon and was ordered to pay £400 costs. On 25th October, the same court gave Carter a two year conditional discharge and he was ordered to pay £250 costs.

Tim Thorne, Herefordshire Council's principal trading standards officer said, 'In Herefordshire we have a policy of 'Zero Tolerance' against traders who cold call the elderly and vulnerable and working in conjunction with our partners, we will bring these people to justice. The law requires a seven day cooling off period to be given so consumers can have time to discuss proposed repair work with relatives and friends and decide if they want to cancel. Rogues operate by doing the work immediately and running off with the cash. Invariably the work is unnecessary, poor quality and vastly overpriced.

Consumers should never deal with any cold callers, whether on the phone or at the door. If anyone needs property repairs we recommend they consult the council's trader register which has a list of legitimate and reliable businesses who will help.'


Local MP, Jesse Norman will welcome his colleague, the adventurer Rory Stewart MP to Hereford this weekend for a public event. Rory Stewart has been described as Parliament’s answer to Lawrence of Arabia.

Between 2000 and 2002 he walked some 6,000 miles across Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nepal. After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, he was appointed Deputy Governor of Province in Southern Iraq, having previously served in the Black Watch and the Diplomatic Service. He has been the MP for Penrith and the Border since May 2010.

'The Places in Between', his book about his journey across Afghanistan, is an international best-seller, and has been translated into ten languages. It has been rumoured that Orlando Bloom has been contracted to play Rory in a film based on his life. Rory Stewart will be speaking on Saturday, 5th November 5th at Hereford Cathedral School's Powell Theatre at 3.30 pm.

The event is by ticket only, but tickets are available free of charge through the School Office on 01432 363 522.

Jesse Norman, MP with adventurist colleague, Rory Stewart MP.
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