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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 177 - Wednesday, 12th December 2007
by Tina Jones
programme has been removed to conserve space on the web
server but can still be obtained from WNTV NEWS on DVD.
Christmas Edition of Wyenot News
Day falls on a Tuesday this year, which is our main
news prep day and I have been given strict orders from 'er
on the business end of the television camera, 'You will
not be spending Christmas Day prepping the weekly news!'
I quite agree. We have not had a holiday, or even a weekend
away this year need to spend at least some time drinking
mulled wine/cider together, stuffing our faces and blowing
smoke rings with exotic pipe weed (cherry flavoured 'Borkum
Riff' from the Butter Market, Hereford).
year, we shall be taking the unprecedented step of not publishing
an issue of 'Wyenot News' between Christmas and the New
Year. I shall still cover events photographically, including
those which take place on on Christmas day but shall not
run them until the 2nd January 2008 edition.
News will be published as usual next week, on 19th December
but the following issue will not be published until Wednesday,
January 2nd 2008.
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the heavy rainfall last week, river levels rose again over
the weekend. Some minor roads were closed as a result of
flooding and some were 'passable with care'.
the water level reaching 15' 7'' in Hereford on Friday,
which I believe was higher than during the July flood, I
expected Ross to be hit quite badly. The water levels made
for scenic views rather than troublesome floods in the end
though. The rise and fall is covered more fully in this
Lane. Ref: DSC_0074
Loving Memory of Verna Stephens
By Greg Stephens
Stephens sadly passed away on Thursday, 6th December following
complications after surgery at the Wye Valley Nuffield Hospital
was born in Nottingham on 31st January 1922. A single child,
she went to the local grammar school and then art college.
When the war came she joined the RAF and spent the war as
a plotter in the operations rooms. This could be a hazardous
occupation, having one night swapped her shift with a colleague
who was then killed when the ops room was bombed. On another
occasion, although she didn't realise at the time, she plotted
the fateful last flight of Glenn Miller.
the end of the war she was introduced to the aircrew of
a mosquito night fighter. She thought the navigator who
had just been awarded the DFC was much too old for her but
relented when his paybook showed that he was actually nearly
a year younger than her! Derek Stephens or 'Steve' proposed
on VE night and they were married three months later. They
had three children Greg, Judy and Nick and spent their early
married life in London.
and Steve moved to Ross in 1971 having bought Alton Court
to serve as both home and offices and workshops for the
family business. Verna immediately made friends in the town.
Steve was President of the Rotary Club and the next year
Verna was President of Inner Wheel. She was a great party
organiser and loved to meet new people. She could start
a conversation and become penpals with complete strangers
on a bus!
really enjoyed travelling and she and Steve went all over
the world . She always said her favourite place that she
had visited was Tonga where all the amply proportioned ladies
made her feel really slim!
Steve retired they bought an apartment in Cocoa Beach Florida.
Even after Steve's death in 1993 Verna continued to overwinter
there until her 80th birthday. She hated the winters and
loved the summer lifestyle in Florida where she could usually
be found chatting to friends by the side of the pool.
loved her independence and was frustrated when she was unable
to drive for a time when she developed heart problems. She
wasn't keen on old age or anything that prevented her from
enjoying her Scrabble, Creative Writing, Inner Wheel or
Poetry Classes. Although during this last year she had suffered
ill- health her zest for life was unquenchable.
Verna will be greatly missed by all her family and large
circle of friends but she will be fondly remembered for
Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, 18th December
at 12.45pm at Christ Church, Edde Cross Street to celebrate
her life. Donations to 'Westlea Animal Rescue' in lieu of
flowers please to William Bevan, 16 Old Gloucester Road.
Rotary Club Christmas Party for the elderly
of Ross Rotary Club held their annual Christmas party for
the elderly of Ross on Saturday. This is an extremely popular
event among the elderly of Ross, where those who went along
enjoyed bagpipe music, played by Alan Harrison, to which
they sang along and a concert given by Ross Town Band.
event is covered more fully in this week's WNTV
programme and I have to admit that I deliberately selected
the extract taken from Ross Town Band's performance. The
whole piece was actually a medley of Christmas carols but
it finished with a verse of the Coventry Carol, which is
in fact my personal favourite of all the Christmas music.
of Ross Rotary Club organize the annual event. Ref: DSC_3239
Alan Harrison. Ref: DSC_3294
Town Band. Ref: DSC_0070
elderly of Ross enjoy the annual event. Ref: DSC_3236
Council Anger over Parking Issues
was announced at the final meeting of 2007 of Ross Town
Council that Herefordshire Council plan to increase parking
charges in Ross-on-Wye in 2008. If the plan goes ahead,
the minimum charge will rise from 30 pence to 40 pence,
with the maximum charge for over four hours parking rising
from £2.50 to £2.80. This will apply to all
Herefordshire Council car parks with the exception of Wilton
Road car park, where parking is free.
this is the first increase in charges since 2003, Ross Town
Council as a whole feel that Ross is unfairly treated where
parking issues are concerned and whilst the consultation
period is still open, they intend to make their feelings
known to Herefordshire Council.
Councillor Derek Bedford told the meeting that most market
towns in Herefordshire have at least two car parks where
parking is free and there is also free parking on Sundays
and Bank Holidays in these towns. 'If they can have it,
why can't Ross ?'
News' wholeheartedly agrees with you, Mr. Mayor!
the meeting began, two representatives from Welsh Water
addressed the council on the matter of necessary work that
they need to carry out in and around Ross-on-Wye. They informed
the council that although some disruption may be caused
by their work on the drinking water supply, they will be
doing their best to keep this to a minimum and will be working
on one street at a time.
most disruption during the work which is due to begin mid
February 2008, will occur around the Morrison's roundabout.
There will be traffic lights in place and the work in that
area is not expected to last for more than two weeks. When
asked what state the roads would be in after the work was
completed, the representatives answered that generally,
they put the roads back in a better state than before they
started. Having seen their examples of their work in Llangarron
and Llangrove, Councillor Jenny Hyde said that she had been
impressed and had every faith in them.
will be very pleased to know that Ross Town Council agreed
without hesitation to donate £250 towards his annual
visit to Ross-on-Wye, when he gives each child a Christmas
would like to congratulate the Mayor, the Reverend Derek
Bedford on the results of his recent sponsored preach. To
date over £2,500 has been raised for his chosen charity,
the Ross Education Trust and there is still more money coming
Town council care deeply about how the town looks to its
visitors and on Monday it was brought to the council's attention
Shop Fronts Grants are still available, but there is a limited
time left to apply. So, if your town premises needs a bit
of a tidy up or some work doing which would enhance the
look of the town, contact the Town Clerk, Mrs. Denise Mason
as soon as possible. She will tell you how and where to
apply for a grant.
new Deputy Town Clerk has been appointed by Ross Town Council.
Rachel Lewis will take up her new post on 14th January 2008.
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