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Issue No. 40 [Back Issues]
11th April 2005

This Week - [Iron Age - Heritage - Council - Cricket] [Bandstand - Help - Topical Photography] [Rugby - Nature Watch - Archive]

National Award for Ross Motor Sports

Ross Motor Sports Club have been awarded the 'Best Off-road' event of the year national trophy for the 'Classic Kyrle Trial,' a motor trial event of approximately 70 miles

With their Headquarters in Kyrle Street, Ross Motor Sports Club has existed since 1950. The club made its name and money through motorcycle scrambling, purchasing and renovating the premises in Kyrle Street with the proceeds. Motorcycle scrambling gradually turned into more car oriented sports over the years, and this is the type of event the club is now known for. The club run four National Championship events, which include the 'Kyrle Trial' and these attract entries from all over the country.

For further information on the club, you are welcome to contact Adrian Marfell on 01600 890218.

Pictured below, Ross Motor Sports Club - a 'photograph for posterity' taken at the Kyrle Street HQ on Thursday, 7th April 2005.

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Cinderbury Iron Age Experience

Make history, literally! Enlist and enrol now. . .
The latest appeal has just been announced for craftspeople and enthusiastic volunteers to step back in time for this year's major new living history tourist attraction in The Royal Forest of Dean.

It might be the last chance for enthusiasts and the craft world to get involved in this pioneering and magical attraction before it opens to the public this spring. Offering educational, archaeological, geological and horticultural activities, Cinderbury Iron Age Experience is tipped to be an unforgettable day visitor attraction and unusual residential visitor holiday destination. As well as requesting physically able adults and Iron Age enthusiasts to assist with the main project build, the directors of Cinderbury are manning the phones awaiting calls from craftspeople nation-wide that want to play a part in this fascinating project from the beginning.

They want to hear from metalworkers that can do ironwork and bronze casting. They are also eager to talk to potters, textile workers, leather workers and people that make Celtic jewellery. Volunteering and demonstrating would be on a self-employed basis for around 3 days per week, both weekend and weekday availability is specifically requested. Their work would be showcased and sold in person on the Cinderbury site and also on the web site.

A selection of hands-on 'live' courses on the Cinderbury site relating to traditional Iron Age practices and methods on thatching, building smelting furnaces, kilns and clay ovens are to be announced within a few days.

To get involved call the Cinderbury Action Desk on 0870 609 3219 or email

On Saturday last, I visited the Cinderbury site to see how things are progressing. It looks an exciting and interesting project and I can't wait for it to open. Pictured below are Jasper Blake, Dave Lines, Andrew Marchant, Phil Riches and Pete Long working on developing the site as well as a general view of the back to the future encampment.

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Record visitors to Ross Heritage Centre


Mary Sinclair Powell, Senior Heritage Centre Assistant and her staff are celebrating two lots of record visitor figures to the Ross Heritage Centre for April 2004 to March 2005.

St Patrick's day proved to be very special for Irish couple Mr and Mrs Hunt who became the 26,000th visitors to walk into the centre. And staff at the centre in Ross-on-Wye, were particularly excited when, on the last day of the financial year, 31st March, they realized they could reach their 27,000th visitor.

Katherine Cox and Katey Fletcher, from Stourbridge, were the lucky couple who were presented with a hedgehog photo frame from the staff to help them remember their visit to the town.

'The previous highest total of visitors for a year was 25,216,' said Mary Sinclair Powell, Senior Heritage Assistant. 'We topped this with a whopping 27,124 visitors during the 2004/05 season.

A third of these visitors were local people. It will be a hard act to follow for next year but we're looking forward to the challenge. We have a fully booked programme for the coming year, with plenty of variety for all ages and interests.'

Herefordshire Council Forums

Local Area Forums form part of Herefordshire Council's consultation process, reaching out to the community across the county. They provide an opportunity for local people to learn at first hand about Council policies and services, and how these affect the local community, and they enable local people to put forward their views. This helps the Council to serve better the needs of the local area.

Members of the public may put forward issues of concern in their local area for possible discussion at the Forums. If you know of issues that would be of interest to people in your area, please contact the Forum Co-ordinator at the address below. The next Forum for Ross-on-Wye will be on Tuesday 21 June at John Kyrle High School. However, you may attend any Forum. All meetings start at 7:30 pm The dates and venues for all Forums are:

  • Central Herefordshire - Tuesday 7 June Withington Village Hall
  • Golden Valley Thursday 9 June Peterchurch Village Hall
  • East Herefordshire Monday 13 June St Katherine's Hall, Ledbury
  • North Herefordshire Wednesday 15 June Lady Hawkins Leisure Centre Kington
  • Ross-on-Wye Tuesday 21 June John Kyrle High School, Ross-on-Wye
  • Hereford City Thursday 23 June Committee Room 1, Shire Hall

More Herefordshire Cricket

Pictured below is David Mokler, who has just completed and passed his level III ECB Coaching Certificate. David plays for Brockhampton Cricket Club and volunteers his time to coach Herefordshire Under 10s Boys Cricket Team

In the top of the two photographs, David (right) is pictured with Chris Dirkin, Cricket Development Officer for Herefordshire. In the bottom of the two, David is pictured with Vikram Solanki, Captain of Worcester and member of the England Cricket Team.

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