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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 198 - Wednesday, 14th May 2008
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Page 1 [WNTV NEWS - Councillor John Davies is the new Mayor - June Swallow is Citizen of the Year - Free Parking]
Page 2 [Bat walk around Wilton - Flint knapping - Detective Craig finds his scooter - For sale - Improving Wyenot]
Page 3 [Prospect wall - Tunnelling - School reunion - Lions honoured - 150 years at Whitchurch - Summer programme]

Page 4

[The Vine Tree - Letters - Guided walk - Goodrich music - Cash prizes - Llangarron gardens - Weather Station]
Page 4 [Family tribute to Kieran Powell and the rest of the news from around Herefordshire]
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.

Councillor John Davies is the New Mayor

Councillor John Davies was invested as Mayor of Ross-on-Wye at the Mayor Making Ceremony on Monday, 12th May. Out going Mayor, Councillor Derek Bedford with assistance from the Town Clerk, Mrs. Denise Mason dressed the new Mayor in his robes and Chain of Office before they took their seats at the front of the hall in the Larruperz Centre.

This will be John's second term as Mayor of Ross. He told those attending that the last time he was the Mayor, he met the Queen. 'Let's see what happens this year' he said. Mayor Davies then thanked out going Mayor, Councillor Derek Bedford for his hard work during the last 12 months and then announced Councillor John Edwards as his deputy. Mayor Davies then announced Matthew Hammett as this year's Mayor's Cadet and Ross MS Support Group as his chosen charity.

Councillor Bedford then gave a short summary of his term as Mayor. At his own Mayor Making last year, Councillor Bedford announced that he would not be raising any money and that there would not be a Mayor's Ball. We all know, however, that Councillor Bedford was busy raising money throughout the year for Ross Educational Foundation and held not one, but two charity balls, both of which were great successes. With still a little money to come in, Mayor Bedford presented a cheque to Margaret Bickerton of the foundation for the sum of £6,530, which was well in excess of his target.

Out going Mayor's Cadet, Ryan Green was thanked for all his hard work throughout the year, which, Ryan told us, he had thoroughly enjoyed. Ryan very proudly carried out his duties despite personally having a very difficult time, due to the recent loss of his mother. Councillor Bedford hen presented a Citizen of the Year award to June Swallow, who along with her husband, Rex has been recording the weather every single day for the past 23 years.

Unfortunately, the Ross / Betzdorf visit to Germany coincided with the Mayor Making this year, so Councillors Phil Cutter and David Ravenscroft were absent, as was Councillor Jo Lane, who is currently in the USA. After the ceremony was over, everybody was invited to enjoy some light refreshments.

Wyenot News has rather enjoyed following Councillor Bedford around during his term as Mayor and we look forward to keeping you in touch with Mayor Davies during his term of office.

Councillor John Davies is installed as Mayor by out going Mayor, Derek Bedford. Ref: DSC_5128

Councillor John Edwards is announced as Deputy Mayor to Mayor Davies. Ref: DSC_0679

Councillor Bedford presents a cheque for £6,530 to Ross Educational Foundation. Ref: DSC_5051

Mayor Davies meets with Gaye Cheeseman and Peter Cowdary of Ross MS Support Group. Ref: DSC_5160

Meryl Bedford, Councillor Bedford, Mayoress Davies, Mayor Davies, Councillor John Edwards and wife, Sue Ref: DSC_5148

Councillors Jane Roberts, Chris Bartrum, Derek Bedford, Mayor Davies, Councillors John Edwards, Gordon Lucas,
Harry Bramer, Jenny Hyde and Pete Coleman. Ref: DSC_5151

Mayor's Cadet, Matthew Hammett, Mayoress Davies, Mayor Davies, Denise Mason and Cadet Ryan Green. Ref: DSC_5156
Old Court Hotel,  Symonds Yat.
Old Court Cottage  - Self Catering at Symonds Yat.
June Swallow is Mayor's Citizen of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. June Swallow who was honoured to be presented with the Mayor's Citizen of the Year Award at the Mayor Making Ceremony on Monday evening.

Every week during the past 23 years, June and her husband, Rex have been religiously and accurately collecting, collating and recording the weather data for the Met. Office. They then distribute the data to the media.

We at Wyenot News have been pleased to publish the data on a weekly basis - where it is very popular. We found that out when we missed a week at Christmas!

June told us that she would have liked to have completed 25 years service but finds that now, at the age of 79, the physical activity involved is becoming increasingly difficult and so has decided to retire.

Reflecting this feeling, before returning to her seat, June recited a very amusing poem, called, 'My Get Up And Go Has Got Up And Went!'

We wish the Swallows all the best for their retirement.

Free Parking in Ross on Sundays and Bank Holidays

It has long been felt by Ross Town Council that the town has been treated unfairly over parking fees and lack of free parking on Sundays and Bank Holidays. After receiving notification that parking fees were to be increase, the town council wrote to Herefordshire Council voicing their concerns and complained about the fact that all other Herefordshire market towns had more free parking facilities.

From Monday, 2nd June all that is set to change. Parking in Ross will be free on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The increases in parking rates generally will still go ahead, although Wilton Road car park will remain totally free.

Charges for the long stay Homs Road car park will be 70p all day while charges at the long stay Kings Acre car parks will be 80p all day. At the long stay Kyrle Street car park, fees will be 1 all day.

At the medium stay Corn Exchange, Crossfields and Edde Cross Street car parks, the cost for one hour's parking will be 40p. Season tickets for Edde Cross Street remain unchanged at 45 per quarter.

Prices for the medium stay Red Meadow and The Maltings car parks will be 40p for one hour while all day parking will be 2.80.

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Dave and Jacqui Newman would like to welcome you to the White Lion 16th Century Riverside Inn. Situated right on the banks of the River Wye at Ross, the White Lion is a picturesque local inn with an interesting history and is noted for its spectacular river views. The White Lion has long been a favourite place to relax by both local people and tourists alike.

The White Lion's extensive and picturesque gardens reach right down to the river's edge and are a wonderful place to enjoy views of the river. It is a great spot to watch the local otters, nesting swans and other wildlife.

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Old Gaol Restaurant

Meals served every lunch time
and evening in the bar and restaurant

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