26/10/2011 Midlands Today


26/10/2011

The latest news, sport and weather for the Midlands.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 26/10/2011. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Mary Rhodes and Michael Collie.

:00:07.:00:12.

The headlines tonight: Concerns for our hospices - could

:00:12.:00:18.

they be the big loser in the new Health Lottery. Without them, a lot

:00:18.:00:21.

of families would not be able to cope.

:00:21.:00:24.

The epilepsy patient forced to move after being refused a vital

:00:24.:00:28.

operation in Staffordshire. I think is wrong what they are doing in

:00:28.:00:35.

Stoke-on-Trent. It shouldn't happen, not to a child, anyway.

:00:36.:00:39.

The latest move to find legal sites for gypsies but where should the

:00:39.:00:41.

travellers rest? And another charge from the Bulls.

:00:41.:00:51.
:00:51.:00:53.

Hereford United continue their Good evening and welcome to

:00:53.:00:57.

Wednesday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight, there are concerns

:00:57.:01:00.

that local hospices' fundraising could be hit by the new Health

:01:00.:01:04.

Lottery. The Chief Executives of two our region's hospices have

:01:04.:01:06.

admitted they're worried about local supermarkets giving the

:01:06.:01:11.

lottery a high profile. The National Lottery, which has been

:01:11.:01:15.

going for 17 years, gives 28 pence from every pound to good causes.

:01:15.:01:19.

The new Health Lottery will give just over 20p. But many hospices

:01:19.:01:22.

here in the Midlands also run their own lotteries, with tickets being

:01:22.:01:25.

sold alongside the other two in local shops, and now many are

:01:25.:01:35.
:01:35.:01:37.

worried their sales will fall. Caring for life limited children.

:01:37.:01:40.

It cost seven-and-a-half �1,000 a day to run this hospice in

:01:40.:01:44.

Worcester, the same again at each of their other two sites. Some of

:01:44.:01:49.

that comes from their own lottery but now there is this - the health

:01:49.:01:54.

lottery is a national draw which is feared could damage local campaigns.

:01:54.:02:00.

Our contention is we are genuinely a local not free. It is a source of

:02:00.:02:05.

income we need, �70,000 a year, and, thirdly, the amount of money that

:02:05.:02:09.

actually comes to us through our own lottery arrangements is usually

:02:09.:02:14.

greater than that offered by the Health Lottery. Families benefiting

:02:14.:02:19.

from acorns have expressed concern. This baby received and of life care

:02:19.:02:24.

until his death. His mother is worried at the hospice could lose

:02:24.:02:30.

income. It would be a terrible shame to everyone that use this

:02:30.:02:33.

ospreys because without them a lot of families would not be able to

:02:33.:02:39.

cope. It runs its local lottery in conjunction with St Richard's

:02:39.:02:44.

husband's -- Hospice. They also worried about it. They are only

:02:44.:02:51.

giving 20 p in the pound to charity. The National Lottery gives 28 p. We

:02:51.:02:58.

pay 50 p. It does pay money to good causes but the other lotteries give

:02:58.:03:08.
:03:08.:03:08.

more and I would urge in Worcester City Centre there was a mixture of

:03:08.:03:15.

concern and support. At it is a good thing, definitely. The health

:03:15.:03:18.

could be improved. I am not going to try it because I would rather

:03:18.:03:23.

help the hospices and the other charities, because I know where

:03:23.:03:27.

they are going, then. It is wrong, not generating as much for charity.

:03:27.:03:32.

In a statement, the People's Health Trust, distributing cash from the

:03:32.:03:34.

new lottery, said it believed the money would be a credible injection

:03:34.:03:38.

of funding for the charitable sector and it said it didn't

:03:38.:03:42.

believe it would be detrimental to existing hospice income. That

:03:42.:03:47.

remains to be seen as the likes of this hospice and other hospices wit

:03:47.:03:51.

to find out what the true impact of a lottery set up to support the

:03:51.:03:54.

health service actually turns out to be.

:03:54.:03:57.

Joining us now from London is Ralph Mitchell from the Association of

:03:57.:04:00.

Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations. Do you feel the

:04:00.:04:03.

Health Lottery will damage income for hospices, or do you recognise

:04:03.:04:06.

that some of the money being spent on tickets will be "new money",

:04:06.:04:12.

which could raise income for hospices?

:04:12.:04:17.

The fear is very much that it will deprive charities of money. You

:04:18.:04:22.

heard the maths. The advertising that the new Health Lottery is

:04:22.:04:27.

doing is very explicitly trying to attract people away from the

:04:27.:04:35.

National Lottery to what's this new Health Lottery, so it is highly

:04:35.:04:39.

likely that less money will go to good causes. We help -- we heard

:04:39.:04:44.

the statement from the Health Lottery, saying they are work -

:04:44.:04:46.

were working with hospices, and there are happy the lottery will

:04:46.:04:50.

not be detrimental to existing hospice income. They might be right,

:04:50.:04:56.

more people might play at. Well, they might be like -- they might be

:04:56.:05:00.

right, but it is highly unlikely because this lottery is marketing

:05:00.:05:04.

itself as a competitor to other lotteries that give more to charity.

:05:04.:05:09.

The simple fact, it seems to me, is highly likely that if you play this

:05:09.:05:14.

lottery, less money goes to charity, more money goes to Richard Desmond.

:05:14.:05:19.

In your view, we heard from two hospices, what are they don't have

:05:19.:05:23.

to do now? They are in a very difficult situation. There is not

:05:23.:05:28.

much they can do beyond telling the public that they have this choice.

:05:28.:05:33.

Either they play the existing hospice lotteries, which will

:05:33.:05:36.

support those hospices substantially, or they play the

:05:36.:05:39.

people's Health Lottery and the result is those hospices have

:05:39.:05:45.

difficulties. So those hospices are in a critical situation. People

:05:45.:05:50.

that can play either lottery have a very clear choice to make, and I

:05:50.:05:54.

actually think the government has a choice to make, too. One of the

:05:54.:06:01.

things we have asked them to do is to look at whether this new lottery

:06:01.:06:05.

is exploiting a loophole in the law, because it is highly unlikely that

:06:05.:06:09.

Parliament, when it legislated for these lotteries, intended for this

:06:09.:06:14.

kind of outcome. And for less money going to charities. Thank you very

:06:14.:06:17.

much indeed. So, do you think there's room for

:06:17.:06:20.

this extra lottery, and have you changed which one you play every

:06:20.:06:23.

week? Join the debate on our Facebook page and we'll read some

:06:23.:06:25.

of your comments out at the end of the programme.

:06:25.:06:34.

Still to come on tonight's programme... Happy Diwali. Happy --

:06:34.:06:40.

Habiba Seoul. We will be finding out why this year's Diwali has

:06:40.:06:45.

brought a much-needed economic boost.

:06:45.:06:49.

A postcode lottery for care. That's the claim after a teenager was

:06:49.:06:51.

refused an operation three times in North Staffordshire, but was

:06:51.:06:54.

offered it at the first attempt in Nottingham. Ryan Lomas suffers from

:06:54.:06:58.

a severe form of epilepsy which means he can have several fits a

:06:58.:07:04.

day. Here's our Health correspondent, Michele Paduano.

:07:04.:07:09.

14-year-old Ryan Lomas has a severe form of epilepsy. He takes a

:07:09.:07:11.

cocktail of drugs. Ryan's fits can be life-threatening and he has

:07:11.:07:15.

already broken an eye socket and lost a tooth. When he lived in

:07:15.:07:18.

Biddulph, he was refused an operation for a vagal nerve

:07:18.:07:20.

stimulator which might reduce his fitting, but the NHS in Nottingham

:07:20.:07:29.

has said yes. First time we got refused, and then the second time

:07:30.:07:33.

and then the third time. There was no chance he was going to have it

:07:33.:07:37.

done. It was something to do with where we were in Stoke-on-Trent. It

:07:37.:07:43.

was stupid, really. Ridiculous. used to leave -- used to live in

:07:43.:07:47.

Biddulph, but if he lived a couple of miles up the road, he would have

:07:47.:07:51.

been far more likely to have got the funding. In fact, in a year in

:07:51.:07:55.

North Staffordshire they thundered just 5% of all special requests,

:07:55.:08:00.

wears in Stoke-on-Trent -- Stoke in Trent they funded more than 50%.

:08:00.:08:03.

Just half a mile away in Biddulph lives seven-year-old William Merron.

:08:03.:08:09.

His moods change rapidly. He too was refused an operation by NHS

:08:09.:08:17.

North Staffordshire so his parents raised the money. Terrible. Why

:08:17.:08:23.

they don't funded here where they funded everywhere else, we struggle.

:08:23.:08:27.

We didn't have the money at hand, so the only way to do that was to

:08:27.:08:31.

raise the money. William's fits are beginning to return. The stimulator

:08:31.:08:34.

will take up to six months to start working. A vagal nerve stimulator

:08:34.:08:37.

is a type of pacemaker which sends mild electrical pulses to the vagus

:08:37.:08:41.

nerve. The signals travel into parts of the brain thought to cause

:08:41.:08:45.

the seizures. Trials show the vagal nerve stimulator can halve the

:08:45.:08:50.

number of fits in 40% of patients. We think this is not an isolated

:08:51.:08:56.

case but is happening to lots of families, and, therefore, epilepsy

:08:56.:08:59.

services, it is a postcode lottery as to whether or not you get the

:08:59.:09:09.
:09:09.:09:18.

treatment you need. In a statement, Ryan will have his operation next

:09:18.:09:23.

month. More patients may move in future to get the treatment they

:09:23.:09:29.

need. West Midlands Police Authority has

:09:29.:09:32.

received more than 300 claims against it for damage to property

:09:32.:09:36.

caused during the August riots. Under laws dating back more than

:09:37.:09:40.

100 years, the force is liable to pay compensation. The claims mount

:09:40.:09:44.

to more than �5 million. The issue is being discussed at tomorrow's

:09:44.:09:47.

Police Authority meeting and we'll have a full report on that on

:09:47.:09:50.

Midlands Today. The Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm

:09:50.:09:54.

Jesse Shirley has ceased trading, and made its staff redundant. The

:09:54.:09:56.

190-year-old firm went into administration in 2009 because one

:09:56.:10:01.

of its biggest customers was Wedgwood. But it was saved by a

:10:01.:10:03.

management buy-out. Now the company's confirmed it's ceased

:10:03.:10:06.

trading, but hasn't revealed why. Its 27 staff were made redundant

:10:06.:10:14.

last week, and administrators are due to be appointed.

:10:14.:10:17.

MPs have been debating the future of BBC Local Radio. The 40 English

:10:17.:10:20.

local radio stations are being asked to make cuts to their budgets

:10:20.:10:23.

that'll result in changes to programming and job losses. One

:10:23.:10:26.

Midlands MP suggested that local radio was vital to communities and

:10:26.:10:28.

should be treated sensitively by BBC bosses, but the Culture

:10:28.:10:33.

Minister said it wasn't for him to tell the BBC what to do.

:10:33.:10:38.

Most importantly, local radio is the part of the BBC which has was

:10:38.:10:42.

genuinely local and based in the communities it serves. More so than

:10:42.:10:47.

television and online, the 40 radio local stations are often the only

:10:47.:10:52.

representation of the BBC's service in our constituencies. It is not my

:10:52.:10:55.

job to tell the BBC what to do. I think that would be quite wrong for

:10:55.:11:01.

a minister to order the BBC to close down a particular service or

:11:01.:11:04.

saved another service. That is the job for BBC management.

:11:04.:11:07.

And you can have your say on the proposed BBC cuts by visiting the

:11:07.:11:10.

BBC Trust's website. Just 24 hours after the gypsy site

:11:10.:11:12.

in Meriden was deemed illegal, it seems plans for new legal

:11:13.:11:15.

travellers sites in North Worcestershire are proving just as

:11:15.:11:20.

controversial. Some residents in the Wyre Forest area of north

:11:20.:11:23.

Worcestershire say they're worried that proposals for small sites

:11:23.:11:26.

could attract more travellers than they're being built for. Tonight,

:11:26.:11:29.

the latest consultation meeting takes place in Cookley, near

:11:29.:11:32.

Kidderminster. Jackie Kabler has been looking at what's being

:11:32.:11:38.

proposed. This is the 250 acre old Lea Castle

:11:38.:11:42.

Hospital site in Cookley near Kidderminster. Derelict for years

:11:42.:11:45.

and earmarked as a possible site for 15 traveller pitches. But it's

:11:45.:11:48.

surrounded by residential areas, and locals had hoped there'd be a

:11:48.:11:56.

housing and leisure development here. We were very surprised when a

:11:56.:12:03.

few months later, this was suddenly identified as a site Ford gypsies,

:12:03.:12:06.

travellers and travelling show people. But the site would only

:12:06.:12:10.

take up a tiny corner of this huge plot, so what's the problem?

:12:10.:12:17.

could have an effect on selling the rest of the land and if they were...

:12:17.:12:21.

If there was a gypsy site nearby, that could put people off. Gypsies

:12:21.:12:26.

have to live somewhere. Is this a case of Not In My backyard? Mare.

:12:26.:12:31.

We think the site is unsuitable and we are few -- fearful that the

:12:31.:12:36.

gypsies could be affected by illegal set-up of camps on the rest

:12:36.:12:42.

of the site. Just a few minutes' drive away, the other site. An old

:12:42.:12:46.

score, right next to a residential area, and under the proposals,

:12:46.:12:49.

there would be 10 pitches here. But the Council says it's under

:12:50.:12:54.

pressure from the Government to find new sites.. The latest

:12:54.:12:58.

government -- the latest government guidance says we have to meet unmet

:12:58.:13:02.

demand which is what we're doing, but it is a consultation and we are

:13:02.:13:05.

listening to the public, and all of those fees will be taken into

:13:05.:13:09.

account. The eviction of illegal travellers at Dale Farm in Essex

:13:09.:13:11.

hit the headlines, while yesterday the site at Meriden in Warwickshire

:13:11.:13:14.

was also declared illegal. But gypsies say the public perception

:13:14.:13:22.

of their community is simply wrong. 90% of planning applications made

:13:22.:13:25.

by gypsies and travellers are turned down, which explains why so

:13:25.:13:31.

many people living legally. They are a nice bunch of people that a

:13:31.:13:35.

trust discriminated against. They are just an ethnic minority.

:13:35.:13:37.

public consultation in Worcestershire continues, as will

:13:37.:13:45.

the arguments. The consultation finishes in November and we will

:13:45.:13:49.

keep abreast of that one. Thousands of Hindus, Sikhs and

:13:49.:13:52.

Jains are celebrating Diwali today, the Festival of Lights. And for

:13:52.:13:55.

many of our shopping areas, that means business is booming. Our

:13:55.:13:57.

reporter Sarah Falkland has spent today in Birmingham's Soho Road,

:13:57.:14:02.

where most of the shops are independent, family-run businesses.

:14:02.:14:07.

Happy Diwali! Happy Diwali to everyone!

:14:07.:14:10.

There's a party atmosphere on the Soho Road. For many, Diwali is all

:14:10.:14:14.

about food. They've been queuing up for sweets, or jalebi, at this shop

:14:14.:14:17.

since 8 o'clock. So, with the recession and job losses, is anyone

:14:17.:14:26.

cutting back this year? What will they be spending this Diwali?

:14:26.:14:34.

-- Unlimited. More than several hundred? Maybe. Oh... It can come

:14:34.:14:41.

up to about �400. Years. And that's music to the ears of traders.

:14:41.:14:45.

been a difficult year with the recession and the riots and so we

:14:45.:14:50.

need Diwali to give us an upward, a bruised, psychologically and

:14:50.:14:56.

financially. -- a boost. This sweet shop suffered a 20% drop in trade

:14:56.:14:59.

this year so it's gone into overdrive for Diwali and produced

:14:59.:15:03.

35 more sweets in the hope it can claw back some profit. -- 35% more

:15:03.:15:08.

suites. It changed his moods. It is about giving and receiving, just

:15:08.:15:15.

like Christmas is. But it does change the mood, so hopefully it is

:15:15.:15:21.

a turning point. Because of the high price of silver, there aren't

:15:21.:15:26.

many silver foil sweets, because a kilo of those will set you back �70.

:15:26.:15:31.

But this festival isn't just about food and fireworks. Bringing the

:15:31.:15:37.

community together. Happiness. And we all feel good. And, you know,

:15:37.:15:40.

tonight is going to be lights. Diwali means literally "rows of

:15:40.:15:44.

lights". Candles will be lit tonight in thousands of homes.

:15:45.:15:47.

And Sarah's now at the Geeta Bhavan Mandir building in Handsworth,

:15:47.:15:50.

where festivities are getting in full swing, so what's happening now

:15:50.:15:59.

Sarah? Well, I'm at Europe's bigger Sikh

:15:59.:16:05.

temple. The hive of activity. Lots of people here for prayers. Out in

:16:05.:16:11.

the precinct, you can see everybody wants to light a candle. Diwali, in

:16:11.:16:15.

the Hindu religion, but in Sikh favour, it is something else, isn't

:16:15.:16:22.

it? It celebrates the 6th gurus liberating kings. What is the

:16:22.:16:26.

significance of the Campbells? candles represent the light in God

:16:26.:16:30.

that was in all of the kings and humanity and it is about spreading

:16:30.:16:33.

that light, recognising that in everyone and remembering that

:16:33.:16:37.

everyone, because they have that light, they are entitled to the

:16:37.:16:42.

same freedom and liberation. What does it mean to you as a young Sikh

:16:42.:16:45.

was made it reminds me of human rights and all of these sorts of

:16:45.:16:49.

things, and it is a reminder of the importance of being true to what

:16:49.:16:54.

people are entitled to and caring for them. There is a lovely warm

:16:55.:17:00.

atmosphere, not just from the candles. What will you do tonight?

:17:00.:17:03.

I will be praying, and spend it with my family and reflecting on

:17:03.:17:08.

what it means to be a Sikh, and to help humanity, in general. You can

:17:08.:17:13.

probably hear the bangs of the rockets and fireworks. There is

:17:13.:17:17.

more candles been lit. We will review with a message from the

:17:17.:17:27.

people at the temple. Everybody... Happy Diwali!

:17:27.:17:29.

Still to come in tonight's programme:

:17:29.:17:32.

The humble apple finally gets the recognition it deserves in the

:17:32.:17:42.
:17:42.:17:44.

Onto football, and Stoke City and Wolves are both hoping to make it

:17:44.:17:46.

through to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup tonight. Stoke

:17:46.:17:49.

start as favourites to beat Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium,

:17:49.:17:52.

but Wolves face a Manchester City team who won 6-1 at Manchester

:17:52.:17:57.

United on Sunday. However, manager Mick McCarthy is confident his side

:17:57.:18:07.
:18:07.:18:08.

We understand we haven't enjoyed the best five weeks, players

:18:08.:18:12.

understand it, and they are desperate to make it better. The

:18:12.:18:16.

good thing is we have got the quality and spirit to make it

:18:16.:18:20.

better. And we will. We will get better.

:18:20.:18:23.

There's full commentary on both those matches on your BBC local

:18:23.:18:26.

radio station from seven o'clock this evening and you can see all

:18:26.:18:29.

the goals in the League Cup Show on BBC One at 11:20pm.

:18:29.:18:31.

Three weeks ago, Hereford United fans must have feared their team

:18:31.:18:35.

was heading out of the Football League. Six games without a win had

:18:35.:18:38.

left them in the relegation zone. But last night's victory at

:18:38.:18:42.

Northampton was just the latest step in a thrilling revival. Nick

:18:42.:18:50.

were second bottom of the entire Football League and the fans were

:18:50.:18:55.

worried about the future. Four weeks on and it all looks so much

:18:55.:18:58.

healthier. Last night's victory at Northampton was their third in a

:18:58.:19:02.

row, untold riches for a club who'd only won once in the League

:19:02.:19:05.

previously this season. And the luck even seems to be going their

:19:05.:19:08.

way as Steven Leslie's heavily deflected free-kick doubled the

:19:08.:19:12.

lead given them by Nathan Elder. Even a goal back for Northampton

:19:12.:19:15.

didn't throw them out of their stride and Hereford's night was

:19:15.:19:18.

complete when Harry Pell headed home a third to move the Bulls well

:19:18.:19:25.

up the table and four points clear up the table and four points clear

:19:25.:19:30.

of the bottom two. Everyone is ecstatic with the winds we have got

:19:30.:19:35.

but we want to keep our feet on the grounds. We are still at the bottom

:19:35.:19:45.
:19:45.:19:47.

or near the bottom, so we want to suffered their own heartbreak in

:19:47.:19:49.

recent seasons. Twice in three years they've seen promotion slip

:19:49.:19:52.

away in the play-offs. So last night's 1-0 home victory over

:19:52.:19:54.

Accrington Stanley was all the sweeter as Tom Bradshaw's goals

:19:54.:19:57.

lifted them into the automatic promotion places. Cheltenham Town

:19:57.:20:00.

stay in the play-off positions despite losing 1-0 at home to Crewe,

:20:00.:20:03.

their first defeat in eight games. But Port Vale bounced back from

:20:03.:20:05.

Saturday's heavy home defeat by Morecambe with a swashbuckling

:20:05.:20:07.

victory at Bristol Rovers. Sean Rigg's thunderbolt the pick of

:20:07.:20:10.

their three goals. Walsall continue to struggle in League One. Alex

:20:10.:20:13.

Nicholls' goal unable to prevent them losing 2-1 at home to Exeter

:20:13.:20:23.
:20:23.:20:23.

and leave them just one point above Worrying times.

:20:23.:20:26.

Now, a reminder that you've got just four more days left to

:20:26.:20:29.

nominate your BBC Midlands' Sports Unsung Hero. The closing date is

:20:29.:20:32.

this Sunday. The Award is aimed at rewarding those who dedicate their

:20:32.:20:36.

lives to helping others take part in sport, and to help in the search

:20:36.:20:38.

for your nominations we've enlisted the help of a famous Warwickshire

:20:38.:20:45.

and England cricketer. I am Ian Bell and by unsung hero

:20:46.:20:49.

was the Warwickshire coach, Neil Abberley. It is time to nominate

:20:49.:20:59.
:20:59.:21:09.

Please, get your nomination form today and say thank you to your

:21:09.:21:13.

unsung hero. That his this Sunday.

:21:13.:21:16.

The Midlands has a long and glorious tradition of apple growing,

:21:16.:21:19.

especially this year when there have been rather a lot! So for

:21:19.:21:21.

Autumnwatch, our Environment Correspondent David Gregory has

:21:21.:21:24.

been investigating the history of this humble fruit. And he joins us

:21:24.:21:29.

now live from the centre of Birmingham. I have to say, David,

:21:29.:21:35.

that's not the most impressive apple tree I've ever seen. You mean

:21:35.:21:39.

my tiny Apple tree? Every day, I walk past it on the

:21:39.:21:43.

way to work and ask: is this the remains of some long forgotten

:21:43.:21:48.

orchard? Just one tree on a bit of wasteground in central Birmingham?

:21:49.:21:51.

So when the president of the Royal Horticultural Society, no less,

:21:51.:21:54.

invited Midlands Today to a special apple event, it presented a chance

:21:54.:21:57.

to learn more about the history of apples in the Midlands. And perhaps

:21:58.:22:07.
:22:08.:22:10.

Kington on the Herefordshire-Wales boarder. And at Hergest Croft

:22:10.:22:13.

Gardens, a celebration of the county's rich history or apples and

:22:13.:22:22.

orchards. What are you doing with them at this time of the years?

:22:22.:22:26.

collect them and to reduce them, and we are trying to do a great

:22:26.:22:31.

deal more with the apples. In fact, this festival here has made a huge

:22:31.:22:38.

difference to our attitude of the Apple. This festival is just one of

:22:39.:22:40.

many events celebrating Herefordshire's Year in the Orchard

:22:40.:22:43.

marking 200 years since this man, Thomas Andrew Knight, wrote the

:22:43.:22:48.

first book to try and record all the apples and pears of the county.

:22:48.:22:52.

And with so many apple experts on hand, it's also a chance to see if

:22:52.:22:58.

that tree in your garden is actually a long lost apple variety.

:22:59.:23:05.

So, I've brought one sad Apple from a sad and lonely Apple tree in

:23:05.:23:11.

central Birmingham. Is there something special? This is from

:23:11.:23:17.

central Birmingham. It's not the nicest Apple, but... It is hard to

:23:17.:23:23.

be certain. It has got some of the colours and appearance at Worcester,

:23:23.:23:26.

which is quite widely grown from the 19th century onwards. It has

:23:26.:23:33.

been around a long time. So not a rare variety? Unfortunately, I'm

:23:33.:23:36.

afraid not. Disappointment for me, but joy for others as the Royal

:23:37.:23:41.

Horticultural Society hands out its first ever awards for orchards. The

:23:42.:23:44.

awards were created for Herefordshire's Year in the Orchard

:23:44.:23:50.

and to honour Thomas Andrew Knight's great achievement. But

:23:50.:23:51.

there is one more coincidence here linking Herefordshire, the RHS,

:23:51.:24:01.
:24:01.:24:01.

apples and two people two centuries apart. Thomas Andrew Knight was the

:24:01.:24:11.

founder of the Horticultural Society in 1,800 for. -- 1804. I am

:24:11.:24:16.

the second career for Diame to be President, so that is why we are

:24:16.:24:26.
:24:26.:24:26.

here today and we are looking at all the apples of Thomas Antrim. --

:24:26.:24:31.

Thomas Andrew Knight. Perhaps today we take the humble apple a bit for

:24:32.:24:34.

granted. But this autumn has provided both a bumper harvest and

:24:34.:24:36.

a chance to reconsider and celebrate Herefordshire's crowning

:24:36.:24:40.

glory. So not a long lost variety. But if it grew from a seedling,

:24:40.:24:43.

then it is at least unique. Because any apple tree, just like you and

:24:43.:24:47.

me, that grows like that is a mix of both parents. So, not special,

:24:47.:24:49.

but unique. And it does make an excellent crumble.

:24:49.:24:52.

Tomorrow, meet the film maker who's been capturing the wildlife of

:24:52.:24:56.

Shropshire for decades. And, as far as we know, he's also the only

:24:56.:25:06.
:25:06.:25:10.

wildlife cameraman who's also a Well, beautiful celebrating the

:25:10.:25:18.

apples, but what about the weather? Maybe after tomorrow. We had a pure

:25:18.:25:21.

showers today. Not too many, but now we are on the brink of wetter

:25:21.:25:26.

weather. Rain is heading our way in the second half of tonight, coming

:25:26.:25:30.

up from the South, heading up to the South coast, but the amounts

:25:30.:25:35.

are adding up and by the time it reaches us, it is not going to be

:25:35.:25:44.

as heavy. If we do get a sizable amount tonight, it is due to the

:25:44.:25:47.

persistence the the rain and the length of time it is going to be

:25:47.:25:54.

with us. Temperatures down to 8-9. That rain is still with us,

:25:54.:25:58.

spreading further northwards. It looks as though the rain will be

:25:58.:26:02.

airing on the side of the West, and the darker colours indicate the

:26:03.:26:06.

heavier bursts, and then through the afternoon it eases away from

:26:06.:26:12.

the West, becoming patchy. It is going to be a grim, grey and wet

:26:12.:26:17.

day, and quite cold. The winds he's down, but the temperatures only up

:26:18.:26:24.

to 10-11, so it is quite chilly for this time of year. That rain moves

:26:24.:26:27.

away during tomorrow night, and as it clears, because it keeps

:26:27.:26:32.

dampness, we will see a widespread fog developing. It is a bit chilly

:26:32.:26:37.

with temperatures down to six. But fog clears through tomorrow or

:26:37.:26:42.

Friday morning, meaning it will be brighter and drier after that with

:26:42.:26:46.

the sunshine continuing through Saturday. The weekend will be

:26:46.:26:49.

largely dry. So, some good stuff to come?

:26:49.:26:52.

Years for. A look at tonight's main headlines:

:26:52.:26:55.

It's now or never. The warning to European leaders as they gather in

:26:55.:26:58.

Brussels for a crucial summit on the Eurozone debt crisis.

:26:58.:27:01.

And concerns for our hospices - could they be the big loser in the

:27:01.:27:05.

new Health Lottery? Before we go, we were talking

:27:05.:27:07.

earlier about concerns some local hospices have about the Health

:27:07.:27:10.

Lottery, worrying that it'll actually take money away from them.

:27:10.:27:12.

Thanks for your thoughts on Facebook. James Craib says, "I

:27:12.:27:15.

support our local Severn Hospice via their lottery then I know where

:27:15.:27:23.

the money goes." Glen Watson says health care should be fully funded

:27:23.:27:28.

through taxation. But Cheryl Aston says, "In the Healthy Lottery, 20p

:27:28.:27:31.

goes to a good cause and the rest to winners; it's helping us our

:27:32.:27:35.

help own country." Thank you for your thoughts.

:27:35.:27:37.

Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS