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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 184 - Wednesday, 6th February 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE
Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - Cutting the tunnel under Ross begins - Ross Lions Club launch new web site - Stolen dog]
Page 2 [Andi McBurnie and Toby Lovell at the Red Lion - The King Arthur's cave Bats - Carnival News - Readers' Letters]
Page 3 [Health Care Through the Ages Exhibition - New Jersey at the Prince - Public Notices]

Page 4

[Buffet for St. Mary's - Whitchurch School - Ross Sports and leisure Council - Rugby - Weather Station]
Page 5 [News from around Herefordshire]
WNTV TELEVISION NEWS
Presented by Tina Jones

This programme has been removed to conserve space on the web server but can still be obtained from WNTV NEWS on DVD.

The White House Guest House, Ross-on-Wye. Anchor Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Ross-on-Wye.
Cutting the tunnel under Ross begins

A 53-tonne tunnel boring machine has been safely lowered into place ready to start burrowing out a 400 metre long tunnel as part of the 7.1million Ross Flood Alleviation Scheme. Tunnel engineers Morgan Est, led by project manager Ken Henderson, carefully steered the machine as it was lowered into place over the underground shaft by a 50 tonne crane on Thursday.

Now that the machine is underground, another nine gantries will need to be lowered into the shaft and this will be done as work on the tunnel progresses. The gantries will be attached to the tunnelling machine, creating a kind of underground 'train', which will have a conveyer belt to remove the earth which is being tunnelled out. The earth will then be used to build a bund on the A40.

Ken Henderson said, 'This is probably one of the smallest tunnel boring machines that are used and it will only be able to progress at 10m to 12m a day because the mixture of sandstone and mudstone in this area is very hard to break through. The tunnel will have three curves in it which is why we need to use this machine. We will be lining with segments of concrete as we go along and hope to have completed the tunnel by the end of May'.

Councillor Brian Wilcox said, 'The tunnel is one of the most exciting engineering aspects of this project and it is amazing to think this machine will be tunnelling underground for four months before resurfacing again. 'Work is going well on the scheme and we are on target to finish by July this year'.

The Ross Flood Alleviation Scheme, funded by DEFRA, came out of discussions in December 2000 when the town centre was hit by serious flooding and has been developed in close consultation with local businesses and interests. It has been designed to national standards and will protect areas around Greytree Road, Brook End Street, Millpond Street and the Broadmeadows Industrial Estate from flooding from the Rudhall and Chatterley Brooks. (Although, it will not stop Brookend Street flash flooding during heavy rain. This problem is being dealt with under a separate scheme.)

WNTV News went along to watch the boring machine being lowered into position on Thursday. Far from being boring, we actually found it quite interesting and coverage can be seen in this week's WNTV News programme. Video coverage of the 2000 flood can be seen here.


Councillor Phil Cutter and Councillor Gordon Lucas - ward members for Ross watched the machine being lowered into position on Thursday. Ref: DSC_4579


The 'earth pressure-balancing tunnelling machine', which has an outside diameter of 2.5 metres. Ref: DSC_4583

The machine is a small version of that used to cut the Channel Tunnel. Ref: DSC_4594

Seen f ace on - the red earth cutters are visible as the machine is manoeuvred into position. Ref: DSC_4599

Looking like a scene from 'Thunderbirds', the machine is lowered into position. Ref: DSC_4610

Ref: DSC_4612

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Broome Farm B & B and Restaurant, Peterstow.
Rose Cottage Tea Garden, Symonds Yat.
Ross Lions Club Launch New Web Site

The Ross Lions Club is making every effort to change itself and move into the 21st century. They have just launched a new website to keep residents of Ross informed on how they spend the money raised on good local causes, details of future fund raising activities plus details of how to join for those interested in becoming a Lion. Lions IT Officer, Lion Nick Dale, said the new site is a vast improvement on the previous one and it can be updated online by members with a secure login area.

The Lions are very grateful for the support of Geoff Jones of Logiplex for donating the programme. The site can be viewed at www.rossonwyelions.org.

On Tuesday, 26th February the Club is holding a social evening at the Conservative Club in Ross, starting at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Please note the Lions are a non political organization and use the Conservative Club for its convenience and availability.

The Lions' Club needs new members to bring fresh ideas and greater energy into helping the needy, the elderly and young. Why not come along with your partner or friend and enjoy yourselves whilst finding more out about what the Lions do. You can take participate in a game of skittles or just have a drink and something to eat. The food will be provided free.

For further information contact Lions' Public Relations Officer, Bernard Fowkes on 01989 563337.


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Reward for the return of stolen dog

The Patterdale/Jack Russell pictured below was seen to be stolen from Bailey Enclosure (on the main road between Ross-on-Wye and Drybrook) on Friday, 18th January.

The dog was seen by its owner being taken by the occupant of a dark green 7 1/2 tonne Lorry with yellow/gold lettering at a time between 10:30 and 11:30.

The owner is offering a reward for the dog's return. For further info, please call 01594 543378.


The Patterdale/jack Russell stolen from Bailey Enclosure on Friday, 18th January..


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