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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 196 - Wednesday, 30th April 2008
NEWS - Celebrating St. George's Day at Wilton Court Hotel - Sorcery
and Seduction in the Barn]
Door Cerebrate - RiB team with E & I Williams - Alison and Paul
- Golfer Helen - Who stole Simba? - Letters]
at Symonds Yat East - The ROscars]
at Bridstow - Twinning Thirtieth Anniversary - What's Happening
in Ross - Weather]
Head Teacher and other news from around Herefordshire]
Fridge Door Cabaret is an acoustic open mic night where
all are invited to go along and either share their talents
with others or to simply sit back and watch the fun. On
Thursday Fridge Door Cabaret took themselves to the White
Lion at Wilton and there was quite a range of performances,
including serious songs, funny songs, poetry, etc. and everybody
had a great time.
evening was so successful that a Fridge Door Cabaret will
be taking place at the White Lion on the last Thursday of
each month. You can watch some of the event in this week's
WNTV News programme.
Lovell gave some outstanding performances. Ref: DSC_0580
Fred Wedlock fan gave a great rendition of 'The Folk Singer.' Ref:
are an hilarious duo. Ref: DSC_0579
in Bloom Team Up with E & I Williams
of Ross-in-Bloom met up with John Williams of E
& I Williams this week, as for the past few years,
the family business has kindly donated one of their products
to deserving Ross-on-Wye gardeners, as designated by the
local judges of Ross-in-Bloom.
Court retirement home were winners of a bird bath for their
new woodland walk in 2006 and Rita Haggett won a planter
for her work in Nursery Road in 2007. Both presentations
were made on Wednesday of last week.
Margaret Lucas, Chairman of Ross-in-Bloom is very grateful
to E & I Williams for their help with this extra award.
You never know, you could be a lucky winner of one of E
& I Williams' quality garden products.
would like to remind everybody that local judging takes
place between mid June and mid August and the town's colours
are reds, yellows and oranges.
Court residents receive a bird bath for their woodland walk. Ref:
Haggett of Nursery Road receives a planter for her hard work. Ref:
and Paul to Walk the Walk in Edingurgh
and Paul Stather-Hooper from Fownhope are off to Edinburgh
on 14th June to 'Walk the Walk' - a 26 Mile MoonWalk in
decorated bras to raise money to help Breast Cancer sufferers.
'This will be a night to remember - 12,000 women (and men)
pounding the streets in decorated bras,' said Alison. 'In
2007 we raised over £2 million. With your help we can make
an even greater difference in 2008. This
year will be the 3rd MoonWalk in Scotland and with the iconic
pink tent to keep the elements at bay, more than 30,000
walkers will be taking the first step to a healthier lifestyle.
who go along will be feasting on pasta and rice to keep
them going, listening to great music and uniting in celebration
- all within the unique pink tent! There will be plenty
of toilets and water on the route, and a team of smiling
faces giving out medals to welcome walkers home!'
you would like to sponsor Alison and Paul 'Walking the Walk',
they would be very pleased to hear from you and donations
can be left at the White Lion Inn, Wilton, or you can donate
on-line by visiting www.justgiving.com/alisonstatherhooper.
quiz will also be taking place at the White Lion Inn on
Sunday, 7th June with all proceeds going towards the Breast
and Alison Stather-Hooper.
Helen from Ross joins Gloucestershire Ladies
Watkins and Helen Palmer.
new players will be given a chance to prove themselves when
the Gloucestershire Ladies' golf team takes on the five
other South West counties in the region's County Week to
be held at Dudsbury Golf Club, Dorset between 12th and 16th
them will be Helen Palmer from Ross-on-Wye GC, pictured
with County Captain Vicky Watkins of Broadway.
year the changed format of this round robin tournament,
with six counties instead of the usual four competing, means
that the squad needs to be considerably larger. Gloucestershire
will also be without three of their top players; Hannah
Barwood (Knowle), Charlotte Ellis (Minchinhampton New) and
Sian James (Bristol & Clifton) as County Week clashes with
the national English Women's Close Amateur Championship.
will be tough,' admits Captain Vicky Watkins, 'but all six
counties are in the same position. Our three practice matches
have produced some great individual performances and good
foursomes pairings. Now we are ready and all looking forward
to County Week.'
team consists of Linda Carruthers (Broadway), Jamie Lee
Casling (Brickhampton), Kelly Fowler (Shirehampton), Jo
Hodge (Knowle), Claire Jobbins (The Kendleshire),Leah Occleshaw
(The Players), Helen Palmer (Ross-on-Wye), Karen Rix (Bristol
& Clifton), Sue Reeve (Minchinhampton New) and Shelby Smart
winning team will go through to the national finals to be
played at Long Ashton Golf Club in September.
you know who stole Simba the Burmese cat?
Keen's son Jack with Simba.
in Ross are trying to trace a man who was seen stealing
a much-loved family pet from a lane in Brampton Abbotts.
owners of Simba, a light brown Burmese cat, had initially
thought that their family pet had gone missing around 10
days ago. When he failed to return, they put up posters
in the village to try and find him to no avail. However,
they were then contacted by a neighbour who reported seeing
a man picking up and carrying away a cat, matching Simba’s
description, several days beforehand. Simba’s
owners then contacted the police to report him as stolen.
Sgt Greg McFarlane from Ross Police said, 'Simba’s owners
describe him as a much loved family pet and it is clear
that his loss is causing them some distress. From
the description provided by the neighbour, it seems likely
that Simba was stolen rather then having gone missing, and
we hope the public will help us to find the person responsible.'
man, described as being white with dark hair, of stocky
build, and aged in his late teens or early 20s, was seen
to corner the cat against a thick hedgerow, pick him up
and carry him away. He was walking his two dogs – a black
Labrador and a terrier – at the time.
incident itself happened between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday,
17th April, so we are keen to hear from anyone who knows
of someone who has acquired a Burmese cat in the past few
days. Equally, should
recognize the description of the man with the two dogs,
we would like to hear from them. Our priority is to try
and locate Simba and return him to his rightful owners,
who are obviously distressed to lose him,' added Sgt McFarlane.
himself is described as being light brown in colour and
aged around 2 ½ years. Anyone with information about his
theft can contact Sgt McFarlane at Ross Police Station on
08457 444888. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously
to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Kay Hopkins of Abertillery sent in this letter, in the hope
of tracing some long lost relatives. Maybe you can help
am hoping that you and your readers can help me. I am trying
to trace my family tree and I have been on Wyenot News to
look for clues.
am looking for information regarding my Great Grandparents.
I know that my grandfather, Ethelbert Marshall was born
in Ross in 1892. He was married in Ross in 1919 to Lillian
Maud Clissett, who was born in Glamorganshire. They had
four children, who were all born in Ross as follows: William,
1920; Douglas, 1921; Pearl, 1924 and my father Kenneth,
1931. They lived in Edde Cross Street until their house
was pulled down and they were moved to Tudorville Crescent
(now renamed 'Purland'. Ed). I know that they also had family
living in the area who owned a shop.
dad lost contact with Bill for approximately 20 year. They
had planned to meet up in Ross so that Uncle Bill could
introduce Dad to his relatives, but due to ill health this
meeting never took place.
any of your readers can help in any way, I would be very
grateful. I enclose a photos of my dad and Bill (see below).
I would also be pleased if anybody has any idea of what
happened to Douglas Vernon, whom we do know was in the forces.
you for any help,
Hopkins (nee Marshall)
you can help Kay in any way at all, please email her at
the article about the new KFC in last week's issue of Wyenot
News, we received the following letter from Paul Meredith.
After reading your article on KFC coming to Ross and especially
after reading Councillor Harry Bramer's offering, I feel
that I must write to put my two-pennies worth in.
way that I see it, is it will not make any difference to
the pupils of John Kyrle, whether the KFC is eat in or take
away, they will still want their daily portion of chicken,
albeit, inside seated rather than outside in the rain. The
extra small cost of Added VAT will not make much difference
either. So they will still attempt to climb crash barriers
and play chicken with the highway to get it. This is something
that will not go away. It will not only happen at school
lunchtimes, it will happen outside of school hours, every
how does Councillor Bramer know that the message from (and
I quote) The residents of Ross, is 'that if you continue
to sell take aways, we do not want you here'. I personally
like a KFC now and again and I would definitely like to
see them stay. I pass the premises on my way home from work
every day and will definitely pop in sometime. The nearest
one to Ross at the moment is Hereford (and that is a long
and dangerous road to walk!).
solution to this could be the provision of a new footpath
and foot bridge from the bottom of Ledbury road, adjacent
to the roundabout, over the dual carriageway, to the other
side adjacent to the cattle market. This could also be used
by all the other people who cross over this busy road on
a Sunday morning to get to the weekly car boot sale that
is held there. I have personally seen adults, some who are
not too nimble on their feet, trying to negotiate this road
to get to the boot sale. Also, what about people that want
foot access to the other businesses that are situated on
this site, i.e. Labels, Focus DIY, and also, the many people
who have to walk to work at Edmos, Peter Nash Cars etc.
This could benefit everyone in the long run - even Labels
may be able to gain planning for their out of town mini
development that was turned down on the grounds of 'access
the cost of a foot bridge may be high, but what is that
compared to the cost of a child's, or even an adults life?
Come on Ross councillors, you do have to move with the times
and supply some of the modern conveniences that local people
crave sometime (after all we did vote you in!). These business
will not move into the centre of town because of the high
rates they will have to pay, so they have to be accommodated
somewhere - with some expenditure. Isn't this the best compromise.
you for your letter Paul.
course the majority of residents, in particular those with
children are pleased to have a KFC in Ross. I also
think that a KFC outlet is a good idea, in the right place.
KFC may find it easier to get the necessary planning permission
if they were to offer to finance a foot bridge. However,
that is up to KFC and the planning department at Herefordshire
Council to decide, not us. We only report the news. With
reference to the video of Tina having just purchased a takeaway
from KFC, this was purely an exercise to see if they are
operating predominantly as an eat in or takeaway. The evidence
suggests the latter.
News received the following letter from Tracey Leaning,
who asked for help with her school reunion.
a quickie to tell that we had our school reunion on Friday,
25th April with 'Mr Brice'! It really was a storming success
and a wonderful time was had by all.
was there with Di, and this really was the icing on the
cake for us 'old pupils', to see them both after 36 years.
I say thank-you to you, Alan, as none of this would have
been possible, if you hadn't have been the go-between for
us. We are all hoping to go to one of Dick's gigs, so maybe
we will meet you there hopefully.
you all the best, and thanks again.
was a pleasure Tracey.
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