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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 171 - Wednesday, 31st October 2007
Bridge at Wilton Voted Top Restaurant in the West Midlands
to Mike and Jane Pritchard and all of their staff at The
Bridge at Wilton, for being voted Top Restaurant of
the West Midlands. The Bridge scooped the gold award in
the Taste of England category of the Tourism Awards 2007.
Bridge at Wilton's restaurant had been assessed during the
judging period by a series of 'Mystery Guests' and MIke
and Jane realized that they were in the top three finalists
when they were invited to attend the glittering awards ceremony
for the West Midlands finals of the Excellence in Tourism
Awards, which were held in the sumptuous surroundings of
Birmingham Town Hall on Tuesday, 23rd October.
asked how they felt about their award, Mike said, 'It was
a real honour to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award.
To win is huge recognition for our whole team. Everyone
at the Bridge is working for the same goal and I truly believe
that our restaurant¹s success is what this area needs.'
. . .
Ellson presents Jane Pritchard with their presigious award
proud proprietors, Mike and Jane behind the bar at The Bridge at
Wilton. Ref: DSC_2072
judges were very enthusiastic and said, 'We were bowled
over by your restaurant and the food. The attention to detail
was very good, you even went as far as cutting flowers from
the garden that evening to put on the dining tables.'
the ceremony, ITV's Sarah-Jane Mee emphasized the local
focus of The
Bridge, highlighting the judges tributes. 'The restaurant
provides a Herefordshire menu with innovative and challenging
recipes. The ethos is based on local. The Bridge has also
won Flavours of Hereford for the last two years. Staff have
a good knowledge of the area and local produce.'
Lewis, Cultural Services Manager for Herefordshire Council,
said, 'We are delighted for The Bridge. This is fantastic
for them and the growing importance of Herefordshire produce,
helping to put our area, and Ross-on-Wye in particular,
on the map.'
Excellence in Tourism Awards 2007 were organized by Tourism
West Midlands. There are Gold, Silver and Highly Commended,
winners. As the Gold winner, The Bridge automatically goes
forward to represent the West Midlands region in the national
Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, which are being held
in Liverpool, in April 2008. We wish them every success.
top of all this excitement, The
Bridge has also won an award for Outstanding Achievement
in the Flavours of Herefordshire' awards.
and Jane with proud staff, Michael Jones, Deniol Pritchard, (no
relation) and Head Chef James Arbourne Ref: DSC_2060
the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards: Jane Lewis - Cultural Services
Manager, Herefordshire Council, Jane & Mike Pritchard of The Bridge
at Wilton - Outstanding Achievement Award, Sophie Grigson Stuart
& Pauline Diplock of Hidelow House Cottages, Acton Beauchamp - Outstanding
Achievement Award, Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, Cabinet Member for
Economic & Community Services.
Davies - A Big Man with a Big Heart
11th August 1960 - 28th October 2007
News is very sad to announce the untimely death of Mike
Davies, a well known and much loved local triker who lived
at Bridstow. Mike was very recently diagnosed as having
lung cancer after visiting the doctor with a persistent
headache, but otherwise displaying no symptoms. Just over
four weeks later, Mike passed away peacefully at St. Michael's
Hospice on Sunday, 28th October, aged 47.
Mike's wife, Theresa telephoned us on Tuesday to break the
sad news. We could not believe it. Just a few weeks ago
the couple had waved to us as they rode down Broad Street
on their trike as they often did, rain or shine. The couple
had been married for 25 years. Mike had many passions in
his life, including car rallies and gardening but especially
his trike, which is the mode of transport he has chosen
to take him on his final journey.
was a big man, with a big heart to match. He and Theresa
and other members of the South West Trikers and Bikers organized
rallies to help raise money to help small charities, in
particular this year a boy they met called Jordan, who suffers
from Proteus Syndrome. Jordan, who lives in Bexhill-on-Sea
made a huge impact on Mike with his courage in dealing with
his illness. I went to their rally at Symonds Yat in 2005
and Tina came with me to the 2006 event. We had a great
time and were made to feel very welcome.
had been known as being a 'bit of a rogue' in his time,
but would always help people out when he could. For instance,
Theresa told us of a time when Mike came across a family
whose vehicle had broken down due to having too much oil
in it and no petrol. The Mother-in-Law was giving the man
some grief about this as they were on their way to a wedding
in Leeds. Mike felt sorry for him and sorted out the oil
problem, then drove to a garage to fetch petrol. The family
tried to offer him some kind of reward, but Mike simply
said, 'Nah. Just F--- off and enjoy your wedding.' Then
continued on his way.
. . .
Davies on his trike with his wife Theresa (left) and friend, also
Theresa at the 2005 Bikers and Trikers Rally.
met Mike a few times and liked him a lot. He was a larger
than life character with a big heart. Upon learning that
he had only a short time left, Mike made all of his funeral
arrangements, down to the last detail. He asked a friend
to make him a coffin to be transported on his trike. There
will be a procession of bikes and trikes to escort him on
his journey this coming Friday, 2nd November to the Yew
Tree at Cinderford where his funeral will take place at
3pm. All who knew Mike are welcome to attend. Please don't
bring flowers. Mike wishes for donations to be made to their
appeal for Jordan who one day wants to have a trike just
will be missed very much by all of his family and friends
but in particular his wife, Kay, Darren, Jenny, Tricia,
'Pud' Ashley, and Mexi and his seven grandchildren..
who would like to attend Mike's funeral or would like to
be part of the procession through to Cinderford is welcome
to contact Theresa on 01989 564829.
GREAT WEEKEND AHEAD IN ROSS!
coming Saturday evening in Ross should definitely be a good
one! The annual Ross Lions' Firework Display will be taking
place at the Chase Hotel with the bonfire being lit at 7:00
pm and the firework display beginning at 7:30 PM All of
the usual attractions will be there, including a pig roast
and barbecue and light sticks will be available so why not
bring the family along for a great night out whilst supporting
Ross Lions? (Please do not bring any sparklers.)
like me, you like Pink Floyd, after the fireworks, local
band, 'Totem Pole' will be performing in the function room
at the Prince of Wales immediately afterwards and their
set will include the whole of Floyd's, 'Dark Side of the
Floyd have been my all time favourite band since their first
single in the late '60s with the late Syd Barrett, 'Arnold
Layne' and I'm really looking forward to seeing Totem Pole's
version of 'Dark Side' for the second time. Their performance
at the bandstand last August was nothing short of brilliant!
If you would like a preview of what is in store on Saturday
at the Prince, I filmed the whole bandstand performance.
Although my sound was picked up from on stage through the
band's monitors, so it is not the best sound recording,
it is worth watching and can be found on the 'WNTV
Video' page of 'Wyenot News'.
That film shows Liam Lee Hynes on bass. Following
Liam's successful audition to play professionally with Nicole
Russo, which begins with a premier performance at the Camden
Town Roundhouse soon, Ben Johnson will be taking his place
on Saturday evening, joining Jack Baldus on Keyboards, Tony
Johnson on drums, Crack Downs on sax and Tom Lee Hynes on
guitar and lead vocals. Ben is also a brilliant bassist
and will fit in with the rest of the band nicely.
and I look forward to seeing you at one or both of these
Lions Firework Display 2006. Ref: DSC_8427.
Tribute to Dora Gwilliam
by Sue Kirby
Ladies Skittle league in Ross was stunned by the sudden
death of Dora Gwilliam, Captain of the Larks Skittles Team.
has been Captain of our skittle team for well over 30 years,
she actually started playing 47 years ago with her friend
Ann Davies at the tender age of 17 (old enough to go into
a pub, but not to drink!) at the Barrel in Ross with the
myself have been playing skittles with Dora for over 40
years. She had a wonderful sense of fun and was always laughing
and joking, she always sat ‘on the line’, and chivvied her
team on with the words ‘now make it count’.
Gwilliams were a skittles family and her husband Gordon
played for Tudor United for many years until forced to give
it up by illness, her daughter Suzanne played in our team
The Larks until she had a family, and Dora’s son Steven
plays for the Bowling Club.
moved to Ross with her parents Mr & Mrs Brannan, her sister
Val, and brother John. Her parents ran the Saracen’s Head
Pub in High Street for many years - which is now the Chinese
Herbal shop next to Pig’s Alley.
will be remembered by many for the way she looked after
and nursed her husband Gordon through Multiple Sclerosis
and from her various jobs from working in Bryan & Sprakes,
running Springfield stores for some years, working in the
Maltings Bakery and recently as a Cook at Ross Court, a
job I know she really enjoyed.
is survived by her son Steven, daughter Suzanne, and her
adored grandchildren, 'her boys', Louis, Ryan and Ben Dora
was a well loved, liked and respected lady, and will be
sadly missed by family, friends and all who knew her.
AND STEVE RANDELL
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