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Issue No. 11 [Back Issues]
21st September 2004

Ross-on-Wye International Festival is Over

Late news, 21 September . . . Despite sellout performances by The Stranglers, Amy Winehouse and the Committments, the company behind Ross-on-Wye International Festival has gone into liquidation. It is expected that the company will be finally wound up on 6th October.

Local Artist to Hold Inspiring Exhibition

David Swinnerton with some of his paintings currently on exhibition in the Dennis Potter Room at Ross-on-Wye Library. Ref: DSC_4157

David Swinnerton, from Tudorville, Ross-on-Wye, will be holding an exhibition of his work in Ross Library, from Tuesday, 21st September, for two weeks.

His work includes dynamic huge canvases in acrylic and delicate charcoal and pastel drawings. Although David loves painting skyscapes, he also enjoys fantasy, wildlife and portraits.

David has already sold several paintings and drawings, including commissions. Some of his paintings can currently be seen in ŒVirtueš, Copse Cross Street, and on this web site, as well as his own web site:

David hopes to be at the exhibition on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as both Saturdays to meet and chat with visitors.

Heart of England judges very pleased with Ross in Bloom

Jacky Bedford and Mary Sinclair-Powell
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The Heart of England Judges visited Ross in July, on a day bathed in brilliant sunshine. They were very pleased with what they saw and awarded the town with a Silver Gilt Award in the Town category.
Ross-in-Bloom Chairman is delighted with the result, one equal to last year. She is even more pleased to gain it during her first year in the chair."We had a few ups and downs in the few days prior to the visit" Jacky Bedford reported. "However, despite the early start, the weather was excellent and the judges seemed to enjoy their visit. They must have liked what they found in the town to award this high accolade. I would like to express my grateful thanks to everyone who took part in the preparations for the visit, as well as those who took part in the events of the day.

Special thanks go to the hard work of the committee, without whose help I would not have been able to end my first year on such a high note. There are plans already afoot to make sure next year is also a memorable one in more ways than one, and I hope everyone will be able to contribute to this in due course. Anyone who is interested in helping out next year will be cordially invited through the local press to the AGM. This will take place on Wednesday 3rd November in the Market House Heritage Centre. We are looking for people to join in with special projects giving anything from one hour upwards of their time during the year, as well as extra members of the committee. I look forward to meeting people then and discussing how they can help. On a final note we must all, as a community, take note of their remarks, to make sure Ross is a town to be proud of to work in and welcome visitors to. After all we are a major part of the tourist county of Herefordshire and the Heart of England Tourist Board who run this competition promote those towns worthy of visiting to all who wish to take holidays in the area".

Judges Comments on Ross-on-Wye Town for the 2004 Heart of England in Bloom Awards:

The town presented a very clean and cared for feel. This was epitomized by "The Nurseries" housing complex where the colourful, well-planted gardens are a delight for the residents, and for the community as well. It was good to meet such a diverse cross section of your town. You are heading in the right direction for a Gold Award. Well done.

The judges were particularly impressed by:

  • The excellent colourful single colour beds in Crossfields.
  • The Nurseries complex of flats with their many colourful containers was a delight, together with their "Flora Summer Bonnets.
  • The vibrant beds outside John Kyrle High School
  • Linden House and Goodrich Court
  • The ongoing improvement of the Garden of Remembrance.
  • The permanent planting along the A40 to hide the mobile home complex.
  • The new benches on Riverside.
  • The clean and very tidy Recycling site.
  • Ashfield Park School Pond Project as displayed in the portfolio.
  • The conservation areas at ABT Products, and One Mill.
  • The overall cleanliness and litter free town.
  • The initiatives taking place to eliminate fly posting from the town.
  • The Welcome by the Girls Brigade at the Heritage Centre.
  • The overall sponsorship and benefit in kind.
  • The excellent coverage from local press and photographers.

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