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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 183 - Wednesday, 30th January 2008
and the Dinner of the Decade
known, local chef James Arbourne is honoured to have been
selected as one of ten chefs chosen to prepare 'The Dinner
of the Decade.' This ten course taster dinner is being arranged
by 'Heart of England Foods' who promote the use of locally
produced foods. The dinner itself will be held at Simpsons
in the Midlands. Around 200 to 300 celebrity guests will
be enjoying the food prepared by the ten top chefs.
is Head Chef at the Bridge
at Wilton who have two 'Flavours of Herefordshire' Gold
Awards, a Young Chef of the Year Gold award and in 2007,
an award was received for outstanding achievement. The bridge
was also awarded gold in the Heart of England awards, bringing
them to the next stage, the Heart of Great Britain.
told us that it is fantastic to be recognized for your work,
but getting awards isn't what it's really all about. It's
about doing what you love doing and doing it well. We went
along to the Bridge to talk to James, who happily filled
us in with the situation so far. We wish you every success
James and we know that Mike and Jane are immensely proud
of you and all your staff. You can see our interview with
James in this week's edition of WNTV
Arbourne at the Bridge at Wilton. Ref DSC_4089.
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on the doors scheme launched
wanting to eat out in Herefordshire now have an opportunity
to know what happens behind the kitchen door and can have
extra confidence in what they eat thanks to a new initiative
launched by Herefordshire Council. The Scores on the Doors
scheme rates all food manufacturing businesses on their
standards of hygiene, five star being excellent and no stars
being very poor.
for those food-related businesses so far rated in Herefordshire
will be posted on the website at www.herefordshire.gov.uk
where there is a link on the front page or by logging straight
on to www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk. All people need to do
is type in the name of the establishment and the location
and the scores will be revealed. Scores are also available
by SMS on mobile phones and people have to text sotd followed
by the name of the business and the town to 60060.
Tector, Herefordshire Council's head of environmental health
and trading standards, said, 'This scheme means consumers
will now have confidence in the hygiene standards of premises
they visit and we hope all businesses will aspire to gain
four or five stars. This will have the added benefit of
reducing the possibility of food poisoning and encouraging
more people to eat out in the county'.
on the Doors in Herefordshire is being operated in partnership
with district councils in Worcestershire and Worcestershire
Barlow of Goodrich Castle receives her four-star certificate from
Environmental Health Manager, Paul Nicholas.
Tales at the Borderline Film Festival
Tales', is a film which paints a fascinating picture of
the rivers of Herefordshire through the eyes of people living
in the county.
oldest contributor first paddled in the Wye in the early
years of the last century and many well-known local faces
recount their memories with charm,passion and humour. Amazing
archive film and photography enrich stories covering: farming,
fishing, boating, milling, flooding, swimming, skating,
wildlife, drownings, rescues, river-based crafts, folklore
and local history and bring to life the many aspects of
our beautiful rivers.
Tales was directed by Katya Coupland and produced by Field
of Vision. The Age Concern Herefordshire & Worcestershire
project finished in 2007 and was generously funded by the
Heritage Lottery Fund and the Herefordshire Rivers European
and DEFRA funded LEADER+ programme.
Tales has recently been selected for a screening at the
Borderlines Film festival and can be seen at 2.15pm on Wednesday,
9 April at The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford. Anybody who
has an interest in this beautiful county or in local history
will find the film fascination. The Courtyard Box Office:
0870 11 22 330
Tales' is divided into six parts and, as a taster, you can
watch part one, 'Fishing' in this week's WNTV
36 interviewees: Anthea Brian, Pete Blench, Tony Norman, Alan Stoyel,
Dr Paul Olver, Jerry Whitehouse, Peter Judge, Leslie Evans, John
Price, Leonard Chase, Peter Faulkner, Peter Heaton, Ann Dolan, Peter
Daines, Olwen Helme, Arthur Davis, Tony Gardiner, Howard Copping,
Frank Smith, Mike Prosser, Gladys Saer, Keith Pratley, Malcolm Startin,
Lawrence Banks, Betty Macklin, George Woodward, Sheila Davis, Richard
Hall, Eric Badham, Alec Haines, Graham Hughes, George Smith, Danny
Baines, Colin Eckley, Philip Price and Janet Preedy.
Auction & History Exhibition for Ross Community Hospital
A joint history exhibition, art sale and auction will open
at the Ross Heritage Centre Saturday, 2nd of February.
event, organized by a local artist and the Ross Community
Hospital League of Friends, is being held to raise funds
and awareness of the League and its work. The joint exhibition
will run for two weeks through Sunday the 17th.
the final day there will also be a wine reception and live
auction of donated artwork which people can bid on in person
or in advance by visiting the Heritage Centre.
paintings by Rodney Beecher Roberts as well as work by Doug
Eaton, Patrick Cox, Bronte Woodruff, Katrina Stephens and
Sue Locke, will all be on display and available to bid on
during the two week period. There will also be prints, original
paintings, cards and calendars by the same artists on sale
to take home immediately.
historian Heather Hurley has worked with the Heritage Centre's
director Mary Sinclair-Powell to highlight the history of
health care and the League of Friends in Ross over the past
two centuries. Donations of photographs, news and medical
instruments from the community at large will also enhance
the history exhibition.
receive an invitation to the live auction and reception
on Sunday, 17th February, or for further information about
the exhibition and art sale please call the Heritage Centre
at 01432 260675.
hours for the event which runs from Saturday, 2nd February
until Sunday, 17th are 10:00am - 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday.
The Centre is closed on Mondays and for lunch between 1:00
dumped in the River Wye?
took the photographs below on Sunday. It appears that somebody
has dumped an unwanted freezer in the river, which has ended
up on the bank close to Wilton Castle. I suppose it could
have been picked up from somewhere when the river was flooded
but I doubt this as it did not appear in Ross until the
river had returned to normal levels - long after the usual
floating debris had finished making its way downstream.
Has anybody any ideas how it came to be there?
than the fact that the sun sat low in the sky on Sunday,
the day could have easily been taken for an April rather
than a January day here in Ross. The sun felt warm and for
the first time this year, along with others, I sat out in
the garden of the White Lion in a tee shirt. I would have
worn shorts but I forgot to pack them when moving in to
the pub just over two weeks ago.
world's weather has definitely gone weird, although my personal
belief is that 'Global Warming' is nought but a political
issue. It is happening, but it would still happen
if not a human being were left on Earth as it is a natural
cycle. A bit like the word 'Organic', the term 'Global Warming'
is defined in the 'Wyenot News Concise English Dictionary
as, '1) A natural phenomenon which adds 50p to the price
of onions. 2) A soap box for politicians and earner of grants
for scientific researchers'.
back to rain tonight as you will hear during Tina's presentation
of this week's WNTV programme. It is our first night back
home tonight and, much as I have really enjoyed staying
at the White Lion Inn - there is nothing like your own bed
Mothers' Day Gifts at Ross Heritage Centre
Ross Heritage Centre has a programme for February and March,
which has something for everyone.
Community Hospital League of Friends, local historians and
other members of the community, have put together a very
interesting exhibition, marking out the history of Health
Care in the Community from the 14th century until the present
day. This exhibition gives an interesting insight into how
health care has changed over the centuries.
league will also be holding an art exhibition and auction
at the same time to raise funds for the hospital. This is
a silent auction so visitors will be able to leave their
sealed bids with the League of Friends Stewards on duty.
The exhibitions will run from Saturday, 2nd February through
to the auction itself on Sunday, 17th February. Once the
art has been sold, the history will remain in the Heritage
Centre until the end of February.
Tuesday, 26th February until Monday, 31st March, there will
be a welcome return of 'School Days - The Best of your Life.'
This exhibition is back by popular demand and will contain
new material collected since previous exhibitions.
will give an insight into school life in the town and surrounding
area since the 19th century. Anyone who has any new material
they would like to loan for this exhibition is very welcome
to drop it into the Heritage Centre during opening hours.
people are not forgotten. During half term there will be
two activity days for all ages. On Tuesday, 12th February,
the Hereford Craft Team will be holding an activity 'Willow
Hearts' to coincide with Saint Valentine's Day.
Friday, 15th February there will be a chance with the Ross
Craft Team to make a gift in time for Mothers Day. Don't
forget to keep this a secret from Mummy, Grandma or your
childminder and bring along someone else to help.
of these activities will take place between 10.30am and
1pm and are free - just drop in. Children must be accompanied
author Fred Druce will be displaying some of his photographs
are five Finds Workshops taking place in the Heritage Centre
during April and May. They are free to attend but must be
pre-booked, as places are limited. Further details on these
can be found at the Market House but bookings must be made
by calling Rebecca on 01432 343262.
Arnison's Photography: Standing Stones
you to Mike Arnison, who sent in the following photos, some
taken whilst he was on holiday on the Isle of Lewis last
April and one locally, while trying his 400mm lens.
said, 'The stones is a "work in progress" from my visit
to the Isle of Lewis last April, just trying some experimental
techniques. I thought the stone circle that is older than
Stonehenge may be of some interest, printing is going to
be a challenge, to say the least.
second is from the Forest on Thursday, taken through my
400mm lens, just shows what colour is about, even if it
is on an island a 100 metres away.'
you Mike - the stones are great and good luck with the printing!
Years ago, before 'Wyenot', when I had time to make music,
a Scottish musician / novelist called 'Zenche' used to contact
me regularly. He used to do some terrific arty stuff with
photos of the local standing stones. If you're out there
'Zenche', I have lost your address. Please give me a call
as it would be nice to hear from you again and I would like
a replacement of your CD, which now no longer plays, for
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crematorium to be built in Hereford
John Jarvis has cut the first turf at the site of the new
state-of-the-art, £3.1million crematorium in Hereford city.
The new crematorium, being built behind the existing one
in Westfaling Street, will replace the present facility
which was built in 1956 as a committal chapel with its seating
capacity of 60. The old crematorium will be demolished once
building works are complete.
built by Thomas Vale Construction, the new crematorium will
have a life span in excess of 50 years, a suitable traffic
flow for the public and funeral corteges, a chapel to accommodate
120 people seated and 120 people standing, cremators (one
able to take large coffins), mercury filtration, office
facilities and car parking. There will also be a viewing
area for people whose religion requires they witness cremations.
John Jarvis said, 'We are very excited about the opportunity
to build a crematorium of this design and quality. We set
out from the start to created a place where families could
attend a service and feel comforted by their surroundings
and able to reflect in peace and quietness. The chapel has
been designed to help people though this process.
large feature window and a walled garden visible only inside
the chapel is key in our desire to create an atmosphere
of tranquillity. The road layout should ensure that two
funerals will never mix and families can feel that their
service is at is should be, individual and unique.'
Harry Bramer said, 'Before deciding on a new-build, we looked
at various options including extending the present facility
but this was found to be too expensive and it was also felt
this would cause major disruption to the bereavement service
on offer to the county's residents. Once complete it has
always been the board's brief to enter the crematorium for
a national award and we strongly believe that this new crematorium
will enable us to achieve success.'
Some 50,000 cremations have now been carried out at the
present crematorium which will stay open until the new building
is completed. The new building should be complete by November
John Jarvis cuts the first turf to mark the start of work on the
new crematorium. Looking on is Councillor Harry Bramer with David
Robins, Design Manager for construction company Thomas Vale, and
the council's Project Manager,
Weather Station Readings
Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts
and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important
stations around the country which regularly sends data to
the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes
mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still
a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice
per day by husband and wife team, June
and Rex Swallow.
for week commencing Monday, 21st January 2008
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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