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No. 113 - 20th September 2006
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Most organizations working for the community were represented
at St. Mary's Parish Church for the Civic Service, led by
Rev. John B. Hunnisett, which took place on Sunday, 17th
September. The Mayor, Councillor Phil Cutter was present,
accompanied by Mayoress, Chris Cutter and councillors from
other towns. Bible readings were read by Councillor Mike
Jennings and Town Clerk, Denise Mason. Councillor Jenny
Hyde read 'If' by Rudyard Kipling.
to the service, councillors and dignitaries from other towns
formed a procession, which was met at the church by representatives
of Ross Army and Sea Cadets. A
buffet lunch was held at Ross Bowling Club after the service.
Councillors from Ross-on-Wye and visiting dignitaries from neighbouring
towns at Ross Bowling Club. DSC_6395
Front row: Mr Robert Preece, Mayor of Hereford; Cllr
Mike Jennings, Deputy Mayor of Ross-on-Wye; Mr Craig Morgan, Sea
Cadet; Phil Cutter, Mayor of Ross-on-Wye; Mrs Sue Blakeley, Mayor
of Gloucester; Mrs Peggy Raven, past Mayoress; Mrs Barbara Clark,
past Mayoress; Mrs Eunice Roberts, past Mayor of Ross-on-Wye; Drewe
Lacey, past Mayor of Ross-on-Wye; Miss Rachel Garrett, Air Training
Back row: Cllr Ken Riches, Ross-on-Wye Town Council; Cllr John Davies,
Ross-on-Wye Town Council; Mr P Harrison, Mayor of Kidderminster;
Mr Clive Jupp, Mayor of Ledbury; Mr John Stone, Vice Chairman, Herefordshire
Council; Mr Christopher, Mayor of Monmouth; Cllr Gordon Lucas, Ross-on-Wye
Town Coucil; Mr Bill Offord, Mayor of Newent; Cllr
Jenny Hyde, Ross-on-Wye Town Council; Mr David Ravenscroft, Mayor’s
Week's News and Wetherspoon's
I am afraid that yet again, this week's edition of Wyenot
News has been rather rushed together and jammed onto two
pages when I should perhaps have used more. My apologies
for this. My regular days in Cheltenham General Hospital
with Matt fall on a Tuesday every other week and, as this
usually my main news prep layout day for the Wednesday publication
deadline, it makes preparing the news a little difficult.
Although I tried to get as much as possible done before
bed on Monday, there are certain things I cannot do until
the very last moment as the data is not available. Today
in Cheltenham was a particularly long day as the hospital
was very busy and we caught the rush hour when returning
to Ross, so I did not get back to my office until 8:00 pm.
has this got to do with Wetherspoon's? Here is a tale
of utter stupidity which took place at Wetherspoon's in
Cheltenham. This week, Matt had to be in hospital for a
pre-treatment blood test at 9:00 am and so he stayed with
his friend in Cheltenham and I drove in to meet him after
dropping Tina at work at 10.00.
will be 21 years old on 16th October and his friend is of
a similar age. On Monday evening they went to Wetherspoons.
His friend ordered a drink and a meal and paid his money.
Matt cannot drink alcohol at the moment due to his treatment
and so he tried to order a cola and a meal. The barmaid
served Matt's friend, no problem but refused to serve Matt,
insisting that he was under age - even though all he asked
for was a cola! Despite the fact that he was not attempting
to drink alcohol anyway, Matt produced his Herefordshire
Council issued photo ID card. He was told by the the barmaid
that Herefordshire ID does not count in Gloucestershire
and she still would not allow him to buy a cola because
he could not prove that he was over 18 years of age. The
barmaid then called over a second barmaid, who backed up
her colleague's ruling.
friend then asked why she had not asked for his ID as, if
anything, he looks younger than Matt. He was told that,
he is a regular customer and that she knew he was old enough,
having seen his ID in the past. Matt's frind explained that
he had never had to produce ID in Wetherspoon's before and
asked for his money back as he had gone in with Matt and
did not wish to dine alone. The two barmaids refused, saying
that he had already ordered his meal and so he had to either
walk out with no refund or stay and eat the meal. They said
that Matt was welcome to stay and watch his friend eat,
but that he was not allowed to buy anything himself - not
of a quiet disposition, the boys did as they were told,
Matt watched his friend eat and then they both left, never
to darken the doorstep of Wetherspoon's in Cheltenham again.
thought I would pass that little tale of stupidity on, just
in case any readers ever find themselves in a similar situation.
My own thoughts on the matter are that perhaps Moulder and
Scully ought to investigate this as an X File. Maybe there
is a wormhole on the Herefordshire / Gloucestershire border
which can make the age printed on an official photo ID card
invalid if crossing from one county to the other at 40 mph
on a number 38 bus. Or maybe the C6H12O6
(sugar) content in Wetherspoon's cola is just plain dangerous
to the health of those under the age of 21 and the barmaids
don't like Matt's friend.
Freemasons raise funds for Acorns
Ross-on-Wye Freemasons, Vitruvian Lodge organised a Midsummer
Charity Luncheon for over 100 members and guests to raise
money for the Acorns Trust, which included a Grand Draw
and auction. They raised £1,750 on the day. The
Luncheon was considered to be an outstanding success. Those
who attended were entertained following the meal by rousing
music from Lydbrook Brass Band.
McCloskey, Master of Vitruvian Lodge thanked everybody concerned
for their wonderful support for such a good cause.
the presentation of the cheque, Fran Winterbourn, Community
Fundraiser for Acorns said, 'A great big thank you for all
the tremendous ongoing support given to Acorns by members
of Vitruvian Lodge. £1750 will make such a difference to
the children we care for and families we support'.
below, left to right are Peter Farrington, Fundraising Organiser
for the lodge, Fran Winterbourn, and Cliff McCloskey.
up the Litter
Ross-in-Bloom are delighted one of their recent appeals
for help has been resolved by Andy Middlecote and Herefordshire
Council. During the early summer an appeal went out for
litter picking graspers for a group of ramblers, 'The Wombles'
who are led by Lesley Ward, to obtain pickers for them to
take out on their walks to collect litter around the footpaths
along the riverside and beyond. Andy recently delivered
six such pickers for them to use, with the compliments of
Herefordshire Council. Ross-in-Bloom
and Lesley are very grateful for this very generous gift
and the group will soon be setting out to help to keep the
area clean and tidy, whilst they are getting exercise and
enjoying the countryside.
Council have a group called "Street Scene" who is very keen
to help other such groups. Anybody can telephone their hotline
number on 01432 261800 to get information on this service.
They can provide litter pickers, collecting bags and jackets
for participants to use. They can also arrange for the collection
of the filled bags from locations where litter can be stored.
If you would like to take up this activity, please contact
"Street Scene" direct or contact Ross-in-Bloom for further
The new school year began just over a week ago and both
Llangrove and Whitchurch Primary schools welcomed new children
and new teachers.
Llangrove Primary, Mr. Andrew Best joined as the school's
new Head Teacher. Andrew, who was Deputy Head at a large
primary school in Northampton, has taken over from the late
Mrs. Price, who sadly passed away in July.
Mr. Best can be seen with the new 2006 reception class and
Assistant Headteachers, Lara Waller and Sarah Dean. The
children new to school are Anna Hitchin, Alastair Green,
Samuel Owen-Finnigan, Ellie Hickton, Ryan Meredith and Bayley
Whitchurch Primary School, two new teachers joined the staff.
In the bottom photo, Mrs. Wood (left) and Miss Bethune can
be seen with the new reception class, Michael Jode, Alex
McNamara, Elliot Gooch, Joseph Preddy, Zarith Croft, Sydnee
Cooke, Freya Biddlecombe, Roslyn Braun and Henrik Croft.
Funds for Whitchurch Primary School
'Jono and Victoria, the new owners of the Old
Court Hotel at Symonds Yat West were recently invited
to the Whitchurch Primary School Summer Concert and felt
they would like to help raise money towards the fabulous
school's projects. On a hot and sunny 30th July they held
a free Summer Garden Party at which four bands performed
in the hotel gardens. Hundreds of people attended the event
and helped to raise £448.00 for Whitchurch Primary School.
'We asked our customers to donate to the school instead
of charging for tickets,' said Victoria. 'We are thrilled
with the amount we raised on the day'.
new school council has been elected and will be asking the
children what they would like to buy with the money.
and Victoria will be holding another musical event for Harvest
Festival which will be held inside on Saturday October 7th
from 7:00 pm and will raise money for the local church.
They also intend to hold another concert in aid of Whitchurch
School next summer. Details of both of these events are
available on the What's
below are two groups of children with Victoria and Jono.
Above are Alex McNamara, Rhodri Evans, Emily Ward, Alex
Pickett, Emily Andrews and Sam Robins. Below: Martin Johnson,
Connor Slater, Deumonte Saniukaite, Alex McNamara, Emily
Andrews, Benjamin Lerigo, Sam Robins and Lowri Scrivens
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