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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 146 - 9th May 2007
Week - [Celebrating
Good News for Matt - A 'Gathering May' Concert at Broome Farm - Business
of the week]
fun at Goodrich Castle - Recording made in Broad Street flat]
[Saturday Live - Congratulations and Celebrations - Happy Birthday Stu!
- Car theft - Visitor figures for April]
[Shop Mobility - Dragon Boat Races - BikeSafe Scheme - Local Lib Dems]
Game - Visit from Hannah More - More Goodrich castle photos - Public
Notices - Rock and Ross Dance - Weather]
[Wyenot TV] [What's
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Mobility this summer
new Ross Shop Mobility scheme has recently been ratified
by the EnviroAbility Board of Directors and the local partner
organizations and all the money is now in place for the
scheme to open in the summer. This will mean a more productive
summer for some local people and visitors to Ross that have
provision of Motorized wheelchairs/scooters will support
people unable to use local shops and other amenities that
those with normal mobility take for granted. The service
will create two new part-time jobs and opportunities for
Neicho of EnviroAbility said, 'The project will employ 2
part-time workers for the first year on a temporary basis.
We are looking for people who can relate well to individuals'.
is hoped that the project will operate from the Red Meadow
Car Park in Ross, working in partnership with Herefordshire
Council and with local Scouts and Guides, who have a suitable
venue with space. Funds from the project would help to support
scouts and guides in the area.
new project aims to Improve access to services for older
people and those with limited mobility, reduce social exclusion/isolation
and enhance equality of opportunity for people with access
people can get involved: Do you have a few hours to spare
to help Shop-mobility to provide this valuable service?
We are a new service and need volunteers who would like
to get involved.
support for the project is being provided by Advantage West
Midlands, Market Towns Initiative, Eveson Charitable Trust
and Herefordshire Council. Partners in Ross Shop Mobility
include: Age Concern Ross & District Community First - Access
to Services Partnership; The Ross Lions; Herefordshire Council;
Ross Partnership; Herefordshire Voluntary Action; Ross Town
Council and WRVS Transport Links.
call Martin at EnviroAbility on 01989 760919 for more information.
Ross Rowing Club Dragon Boat Races
Rowing Club held a Dragon Boat contest on Bank Holiday Monday
and at the request of one of the more friendly organizers,
I went along to take photographs of the day, to run a three
page spread here, as I used to do with the annual 'Pub and
Club' races and with the Rowing Regatta.
did take a few photos early in the day but I was soon approached
by somebody who insisted, in an extremely unfriendly and
rude manner, 'If you are going to stand here, by the river,
you need to wear a life jacket'.
'You're kidding?' I replied.
'No, I'm not,' he affirmed.
can only assume that he was working for one of the sponsors
as everybody was wearing a company name on the back of their
life jacket. And the boats had the names of sponsors plastered
on the sides. Whoever he was, his actions lost both companies
sponsoring a huge amount of free world wide publicity! I
would have worn a life jacket had I been going on a boat
but to stand on the river bank? I think my exact reply,
in anger was, 'F--- it then, I'll go home instead'.
always find photographing rowing events quite a lonely task
anyway because hardly anybody talks to me there. Photographing
them with a life jacket on just to please some empty headed,
jobsworthy turd with an IQ equivalent to my shoe size would
have made for an uncomfortable, lonely and boring
day so, craving some excitement, I went home, 'ad a cup
of tea, calmed down and painted a picture instead.
suppose I had better get myself a life jacket now that we
are in the age where health and safety are paramount. Tina
works at the White Lion
which is the same distance from the river as the Rowing
Club. I'll be needing it for when I go to pick her up and
walk from the car to the back door of the pub. It's usually
dark when I get there. Do I need to carry parachute flares
the news space had already been reserved to cover the event
. . .
I took this photo before leaving for home.
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This would possibly have been a photo of a semi final. Ref: DSC_XXXX
This would possibly have been a photo of a the final. Ref: DSC_XXXX
might have been a photo of the crowd enjoying themselves. Ref: DSC_XXXX
might have been a photo of the semi finalists being presented with
their trophies. Ref: DSC_XXXX
might have been a photo of the the winners being presented with
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think you have probably got the gist by now so I'll delete the other
Scheme supports local motorcycle group
Mercia Constabularyís BikeSafe scheme has lent its support
to a newly-formed advanced motorcycling road safety group
- with the help of a local biking MP. The MP for Leominster,
Bill Wiggin, was among the first to have his riding skills
assessed by the Worcester and Hereford Advanced Motorcyclists
Institute of Advanced Motorists-affiliated group was formed
in January 2007 and since itís inception has already recruited
50 members. West Mercia Constabulary is supporting the WHAM
group as part of its ongoing drive to improve biker's skills
and reduce the number of motorcyclists and pillion passengers
injured in collisions on the Force's roads.
As part of their safer biking strategy, Herefordshire Councilís
road safety team have also given their support to WHAMís
team of expert riders, who will be visiting local motorcycle
gatherings biker to make sure the message of safer motorcycling
reaches the biking community.
promote this message further, Mr Bill Wiggin, Member of
Parliament for Leominster took his assessed ride today (Friday),
setting out from Herefordshire Councilís offices at Plough
under the expert eye of Derek McMullan, Chair of WHAM. They
were joined by Herefordshire Councilís Road Safety Officer
Ann Mann to promote a spring motorcycle safety campaign
in the county.
John Roberts, BikeSafe Co-ordinator for West Mercia Constabulary,
said, 'Encouraging people to ride safely is an important
part of the forceís Seven Deadly Sins road safety campaign
and we are delighted to be joining the Herefordshire road
safety team in supporting WHAM. Rural areas attract large
numbers of leisure motorcyclists using powerful sports bikes
and the majority of collisions occur on the fast A and B
roads across the force area. Many of these types of motorcycle
collisions are caused by the ridersí lack of skill combined
with riding at excessive and inappropriate speeds for the
road and conditions.
nation-wide BikeSafe assessment initiative seeks to improve
riderís skills and awareness and encourage them to take
further training with organizations like WHAM, in order
to reduce the risk of being involved in a collision.'
safety is one of West Mercia Constabularyís Seven Deadly
Sins. For more safety advice and information, please visit
the force website www.westmercia.police.uk.
aloft one of the Wham fluorescent jackets ahead of the assessed
ride are Ann Mann, Herefordshire Councilís Road Safety Officer and
Bill Wiggin, MP for Leominster. They are joined by Derek McMullan,
chairman of Wham (front left) and Sergeant John Roberts, BikeSafe
co-ordinator for West Mercia Constabulary.
motorcyclists were killed on the roads in Herefordshire
in 2006, while 22 motorcyclists and their passengers were
seriously injured and 41 were slightly injured through incidents.
2005, 5 people were killed in bike collisions.
worse routes for motorcycle casualties in Herefordshire
in 2006 were:
(Worcester - Kington)
(Ross-on-Wye - Hereford - Leominster)
(Ledbury - Hay-on-Wye)
(Pontrilas - Bromyard)
Wiggin MP begins his assessed ride.
your local Lib Dem Councillors
left are the newly elected Liberal Democrat Councillors
outside the Corn Exchange Council Chambers today ready to
be sworn in.
the gathering outside the Corn exchange, Councillor Derek
Bedford said, on all of their behalves, 'Our policy is Ross,
Ross Ross. We want to do everything we can for the town.'
left to right the councillors are: John Davies, John Edwards,
Derek Bedford, Pete Coleman, Chris Bartrum, Jane Roberts
and Jo Lane.
would like to note here that 'Wyenot News' does not
support any one political party and the only reason the
other elected town councillors are not here as well is that
I have not yet had the opportunity to photograph them.
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