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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 155 - Wednesday, 11th July 2007
to begin on Ross flood alleviation scheme
works are due to start on a £7 million flood alleviation
scheme for Ross-on-Wye in September. Major works needing
to be carried include the construction of a 350 metre long,
2.1 metre diameter tunnel running between Homs Road and
Kings Acre car parks. This tunnel, termed an inverted siphon,
will be 10 metres below ground and construction of it will
take place between September 2007 and April 2008.
works include general channel improvements to Rudhall Brook
at the Rope Walk Meadow. Here excavation will take place
to widen the brook to take the higher water flows caused
by flooding. A 3.5 metre by 1.5 metre by 150 metre long
culvert will be erected below the railway embankment at
Chatterley Brook and a culvert will be constructed at the
caravan park. A water storage area will be created to the
east of the A40 by the construction of a 1.7 metre high
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said: "I am delighted work
is now going ahead on this important scheme which will bring
great relief to residents who have been affected by floods
in the past. Some major construction works are involved
in the scheme and short-term management measures will be
required at certain periods so I would ask motorists to
be patient as the long-term benefits will certainly outweigh
any short-term inconvenience'.
. . .
Street seriously flooded on 8th December 2000. (Video
footage still available in last week's issue.)
Wilcox chaired a meeting in Ross-on-Wye last Thursday (5th
July) which was attended by the Mayor, Derek Bedford, members
of the Chamber of Commerce, businessmen, media and local
county councillor's. Those present heard from the council's
project manager and representatives from the consultant
engineers and contractors as to how the scheme was to be
progressed and then responded to questions about the proposals.
management measures during the works include the construction
of a temporary access of A40 east bound carriageway near
the caravan park. Long-term road closures are not planned.
Rights of way will be temporarily diverted at Homs Road
car park and at the A40 eastwards at the caravan park. Homs
Road car park will be closed and the number of spaces in
Kings Acre car park will be reduced from early September
to enable the construction of the tunnel.
has designed the scheme, consultant engineers Owen Williams
will be managing the project and Edmund Nuttall are the
contractors. Work will be undertaken to a high environmental
standard. Both the Environment Agency and English Nature
have been consulted and will be involved throughout the
construction period. Preparatory work for the scheme is
being undertaken at present with main works due to start
in September. It is aimed to complete the whole scheme by
Street in December 2000.
Safeway Store in 2000 with flood water flowing from the Rudhall
A Wedding, a Golden Wedding, a Coincidence and a
Country Festival in one weekend . . .
. . Plus a couple of others in between.
a busy weekend it has been! It began with our spending Friday
evening at a party in Bromsgrove to celebrate the Golden
Wedding Anniversary of Tina's parents. I was worn out before
leaving home that night.
Tina working during the day on Friday, having swapped shifts
to get the evening off, I was sent on the errand of buying
a 50th Anniversary card. Being male, I usually I get that
sort of thing completely wrong but I asked in the shop what
metal or mineral 50 years of marriage equated to and they
helped out with, 'Golden'. When the evening came and Tina
asked for the card, I went to the car, got it out of the
boot and on handing it to her prepared myself for the worst.
'That's lovely,' she said, to my utter amazement. 'The verse
That's when I spoiled it. 'What does it say?' I asked, without
Oops. I had just looked at the colour and size of the card,
neatly wrapped in plastic, as any normal male would. Didn't
think about reading it as well. Just sometimes, being a
complete idiot can pay off though.
. . .
Tina's mum and dad, Robin and Mary Collett. Ref: DSC_8507
slept through that precise moment in the history of the
Universe on Saturday, when the time was exactly 07/07/07
07:07:07. May catch its equivalent next year but 8 is not
a prime number, so it won't be anything like as exciting.
I didn't sleep through the sevens by much though and I don't
think I missed anything by doing so. I dragged myself out
of bed at 08:30, having only had six hours sleep, to prepare
for the busy weekend ahead.
you the truth, I was dreading the day ahead with a vengeance,
simply because I have been so very tired just lately. I
spent the day dodging between two main photographic jobs
plus a couple of small in between ones. The main ones were
the wedding of Sue and James Howard and the 5th Ross-on-Wye
Country Music Festival.
don't often photograph weddings as wedding photography is
not my thing and I get very nervous but it went well and
Sue and James, the 'happy couple' seemed to be just that
- very happy. Hopefully, getting married on 07/07/07 will
be a good omen for them. My lifelong friends, Glynn and
Kim, who met at my 21st birthday party and were married
on 07/07/77 are still very happy together - in Japan. Happy
Pearl Anniversary! (I Googled that one.)
. . .
The Collett family in Bromsgrove on Friday evening. Ref: DSC_8488
for the Country Music Festival: Tina loves 'Country' but
I'm more a Giant Redwood man myself. It was great though.
I am really not a country music fan and only play the records
backwards so that the dog recovers, the truck is returned
by the bailiffs and the wife comes home but the festival
atmosphere was brilliant!
many people in the audience told me they had come because
they found it on 'Wyenot News' and Tina even bumped into
two cousins and their husbands, whom she had not seen in
30 years. They had gone to the festival having seen it on
the news, having no idea of the family connection with the
publication. Coincidentally, they had also been at the huge
party in Bromsgrove the night before but none of us met
to this, that and the other - mainly people, I have felt
maniacally down of late. My morale was lower than a newt's
knackers on Wednesday, but the Broome Farm event of later
that same day, and the great atmosphere at the Festival
has renewed my faith in humanity as a whole.
is St. Swithen's Day on Sunday. Let's hope it doesn't rain
as I think we've seen enough water this year.
there's some good stuff throughout this week's 'Wyenot News'.
Whether you are a blues fan, country music fan or just interested
in what is going on locally, I hope you enjoy the issue.
with her cousins, Sandra and Kay and husbands, Gwillam and Rob at
Ross Country Festival on Saturday.
WNTV: Cloisters Blessed by Buddhist Monks
Buddhist monks visited Cloisters
Thai Restaurant and Wine Bar on Sunday to give their
blessing to the restaurant and to owners, Rung and Mark
Gardner on the first anniversary of their business venture.
by Rung, the monks travelled from Kings Bromley, near Lichfield
to perform the blessing ceremony, part of which can be seen
in the short film clip below. The Buddhist monks only eat
once per day, before twelve noon and performed the ceremony
for Rung and Mark in return for their daily meal.
blessing was sung in Pali, which is an ancient Indian language
still used for religious services and in their literature,
similar to the way in which we still use Latin.
and Rung later held a celebration wine tasting party for
invited guests, which was apparently a huge success (judging
by the time Tina's son, Russell arrived back home). Sorry
I did not make it to the wine tasting in the end, Mark and
Rung. I just could not keep up with everything over the
busy weekend but thank you for your very kind invitation.
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