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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 189 - Wednesday, 12th March 2008
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IN THIS ISSUE
Page 1 [WNTV News - Wild Art Trail - Celebrating 20 Years - Wilton Road works - JD to be Mayor - Potters Bar Party]
Page 2 [Ledbury Bank Robber on CCTV - Kempley Daffodil Weekend - Fantastic Fundraiser Gig - Messiah helps Macmillan - Letters - Public Notice - Brookend Street - Ross in Bloom]
Page 3 [Mayor opens Pots and Pieces - School Reunion - Easter Events - Shopmobility home delivery - Cubs - Sport - Wx]

Page 4

[Man dies in car at Yazor and the rest of the 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.
Put a zing in your spring with a Wild Art Trail

Can you find the grizzled skipper? Oops did you just sit on a wood louse? Where Wild Things Play and artist Ian Berrill invite you and your family to look right up close at some marvellous metallic mini-beasts at White Rocks, one of the Doward Nature Reserves near Ross-on-Wye.

Perfect for an Easter outing or a springtime adventure White Rocks and it’s surrounding reserves combines ancient woodland and wonderful open glades which provide a perfect habitat for butterflies and woodpeckers and many plant species. Where Wild Things Play activities are always for adults and children to enjoy together and these trails are a great way to for all the family to find out more about who lives in these very special Herefordshire Nature Trust Reserves.

An activity trail sheet accompanies your trip to White Rocks. It is perfectly possible to explore this small reserve without one but to be sent a copy please contact Herefordshire Nature Trust (HNT) on 01432 356 872 or email wildplay@herefordshirewt.co.uk

Where Wild Things Play has always taken a creative approach to events and the arts are now widely recognized as an essential tool in encouraging people to explore and interpret their environment further.

If you enjoy this and fancy a trip to the other side of the county then visit Titley Pool where wings of imagination will rouse your curiosity and inspire your explorations as you wander through the wood. Artist, Anne Belgrave has created a collection of 3D proverbs associated with birds, nest & eggs, which are hidden in the wood at Titley Pool. Made of natural materials - wool, sticks and hay – these sculptures will biodegrade in time and provide extra nesting materials for the birds & field mice. Also available from HNT are nature trail sheets for you and your family to explore Ross-on-Wye ‘Town to River’ and several nature reserves around the county.

WNTV News went along to film the opening of the sculpture trail at the Doward on Saturday and Tina spoke to Artist, Ian about his work.


Opening the new sculpture trail on a wet and windy afternoon. Ref: DSC_4424

Metal wood lice can be seen through the magnifying glass. Ref: DSC_4428

Tina talks to artist, Ian Berrill during the opening. Ref: DSC_4433
Old Court Hotel,  Symonds Yat.
Old Court Cottage  - Self Catering at Symonds Yat.
Ross Library celebrates 20 years

Crime and mystery, murder and mayhem, tales of the riverbank, super heroes and Japanese Manga drawings are all on the cards for a fun-packed celebration to mark Ross-on-Wye Library's 20th birthday. The celebrations kicked off last Thursday with a special story time for under fives.

This Friday, 14th March, Herefordshire's best selling local author Phil Rickman will be at the library in Cantilupe Road to talk about his writing. The crime and mystery author will talk about murder, mayhem and exorcisms in (fictional) rural Herefordshire. He will also be signing copies of his books during the event which runs from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets costs £3 and are available from the library.

On Tuesday, 18th March at 7.30 pm the popular local historian Heather Hurley will give an illustrated presentation on 'Barges, Barley, and Bark: Navigation on The Wye from Hereford to Ross'. Visitors can expect to hear unknown facts of the River Wye as well as have the opportunity to buy books signed by Heather. Tickets costs £3 and are available from the library.

On Wednesday, 26th February at 10.00 am, visitors to the library will be able to create their own super-heroes with popular local author and illustrator Shoo Rayner. Shoo's 'Ginger Ninja' drawing workshop will be followed by a cake-cutting ceremony (11.30am - 12pm) to mark the library's 20th birthday. The drawing session is for youngsters aged from five to 12 - tickets cost £2 and are available from the library. A coffee morning will be run in the Dennis Potter room while the drawing workshop takes place so parents can catch up on the latest best-seller over a coffee and a slice of cake.

The final birthday event has an oriental feel - learn how to create, or improve, your Japanese Manga drawings. It takes place from 2pm on Thursday, 27th March and is aimed at 11 to 16-year-olds. Tickets cost £2 and are available form the library.


Story time for the under 5s at Ross Library on Thursday. Ref: DSC_4410

Historic Wilton Road wall given facelift

Overhanging ivy and small trees have been removed from the wall at the top of Wilton Road in Ross-on-Wye. Wilton Road was closed on Mother's Day whilst the work was carried out, because vegetation was falling down onto the pavement below and needed to be done in the interests of highway safety. Council engineers will also now be able to inspect the condition of the wall, which was hidden from view by the vegetation.


The wall before work started.

Clearing work being carried out on the wall.

The wall can now be seen in all of its glory after the removal of the vegetation.
Old Court Farm - Self Catering at Symonds Yat.

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Councillor John Davies to be New Mayor

Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Derek Bedford proposed Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Davies as the Mayor Elect at the meeting of Ross Town Council on Monday. The proposal was seconded, unanimously agreed and Councillor Davies gladly accepted. This will be Councillor Davies's second term of office as Mayor of Ross-on-Wye and we wish him another successful year.

The Mayor reminded all in attendance that his Charity Ball will take place at the Chase Hotel on Saturday, 29th March. Mayor Bedford's chosen charity is the Ross Education Trust which funds equipment or books to help local students in their education. Mayor Bedford performed a sponsored preach last year in aid of this cause and raised well in excess of £1,000. Hopefully even more will be raised at the ball. Tickets are available by contacting the Town Clerk. Mayor Bedford also announced that the Mayor's Alternative Ball, involving rock and roll music, is to be held at the Prince of Wales in May.

Two PCSOs were in attendance at Mondays meeting and Councillor Cutter asked that it be made known to the public that these officers attend the weekly Council Surgeries at Ross Library and are happy to be approached by members of the public who have concerns that they may wish to discuss.

It was also announced at the meeting that time is running out for people to apply for a Shop Fronts Grant. There is still money available to those who need help to tidy up or repair the front of their town premises. Anybody who feels they may benefit from this scheme should contact the Town Clerk, Mrs. Denise Mason, as soon as possible.


IT'S ABOUT TIME WE HAD ANOTHER
WYENOT NEWS POTTERS BAR PARTY!

It will be three years this year since the last 'Wyenot News Potters Bar Reunion'. As those held in 2004 and 2005 were so successful and we have had time off to get over the mass hangover, the time is now about right for another.

THE NEXT POTTERS BAR PARTY WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, 4TH OCTOBER, in the original 'Potters Bar' venue (now the Hope & Anchor Conservatory). All who enjoy the great music of the era are welcome to come along, so please put the date (and the day after - which you will probably need to recover) in your diary.

I still have the complete Potters Bar collection of music - complete with original Potters Bar scratches. Mixed with some original tracks from Hawkwind, Filthy McNasty and Gerry McAvoy Jam with Rory Gallagher, recorded live at Roundhouse and at the Bridge House (which used to be my two regular venues just prior to moving to Ross) the music will definitely provide a night to remember. I do also have some great more modern rock music as well, for those too young to remember Hawkwind, Rory Gallagher and Floyd, so there will be something there for everyone.

The photos from the 'Last Night' and previous reunions will be there - along with the Potters Bar 'Book of Remembrance', so bring your old photo albums along as well and enjoy a night out in 1970s style in the original venue.

Coincidentally, this year's event coincides with the weekend following both my birthday and my daughter, Sarah's 18th birthday - both fall on 1st October. I usually try to forget, rather than celebrate my birthday but I may well consume a bevvy or two on just this one occasion.


A scene from the 2004 Wyenot News Potters Bar party. Ref: DSC_6679

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