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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 206 - Wednesday, 9th July 2008
NEWS - Fatal Accident at Peterstow - Prospect Update - Interview
& Future - Giant Peach - Greenspace - NHS - Playgroup - 1st
Prize for Rita - Lions' President - Carnival Week]
Funk and Rock at the Farm - Much Birch Accident - Phone Boxes -
Mordiford Bridge Closed - Exhibition - What's Happening in Ross
- Public Notice - Rowing - Weather]
Accident at Cholsstry and the rest of the news from around Herefordshire]
- ROSS-ON-WYE TELEVISION NEWS
by Tina Jones
this week's programme we meet Rita, the winner of the Herefordshire
Housing Gardens Competition and we speak to Mel about the
Carnival but this week's programme is mainly a Music Weekend
Special. I spent the weekend at The Farm and Tina came along
on Saturday. We covered some really excellent live music
at the event, ranging from blues to heavy rock via folk
those who are old enough to remember Mary Hopkin - 'Those
Were The Days' - Mary's daughter, Jessie Morgan was at the
farm for the weekend and performed two sets. On Friday,
she performed solo and on Saturday, she played her rock
set with the band 'Flick of the Wrist'.
Baldus' band 'Funkosphere' performed a fantastic set on
Saturday evening, which gives a great preview of what is
in store at the coming 'Jamstand' festival. I have made
this programme somewhat different from the usual by adding
some video effects to the music. I hope you like them.
interviewing Jessie Morgan, Tina and I were caught out by
a surprise interview ourselves on Saturday. Roger Lovell
and Sophie Wagstaff had secretly planned to interview us
for WNTV and we were certainly asks some questions we were
not expecting. What's a sex life, Roger? Running Wyenot,
we hardly ever even get to go to bed at the same time, let
alone any of the hanky panky stuff.
hope you enjoy the programme. If the rest of this week's
news appears very hurried. I have been out most of today
- our main news prep day - photographing the Heart of England
judges. Tempus has fugited a bit too rapidly for us to cover
everything in as much detail as we hoped.
is also available to watch in DVD quality at Ross Heritage
issues are also available there to be viewed and current
issues will be available from Friday lunchtimes (possibly
earlier - this depends on time available as I can only produce
the DVD quality versions once the main news is prepped and
any WNTV News programme on DVD
you would like a DVD quality version of any of the WNTV
News programmes produced so far, a DVD can be purchased
at a cost of £5.00 per issue plus postage and packing
if necessary. Email
or call for info.
Accident at Peterstow
Police are appealing for witnesses following an accident
on the A49 at Peterstow on Saturday in which a 67 year old
man died. William
Edward Lewis of Coleford, Gloucestershire, died after his
vehicle was in collision with a tractor on the A49, opposite
the Red Lion Inn Peterstow on Saturday morning. All of the
emergency services, including the Air Ambulance attended
the incident and Mr. Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three vehicles were involved in the accident: a double-decker
bus, a JCB tractor and a VW Golf car. The bus and tractor
were heading North on the A49 when the tractor collided
with the bus and then the VW Golf, which was heading in
the Ross direction.
driver of the tractor was arrested by police on suspicion
of causing death by dangerous driving but was later bailed
by police whilst further enquiries are completed. The
Coroner has been informed of the death and an inquest was
expected to be opened and adjourned today (Tuesday, 8th
A49 was closed for several hours on Saturday whilst police
crash investigators carried out an examination of the scene
and the site was cleared of debris. Police are anxious to
hear from any witnesses who have not yet contacted the police
who may have seen the collision or who may have seen the
vehicles involved immediately prior to the crash. Anyone
with information is urged to contact PC Bob Anning of the
Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police Station on 08457
partner of Bill Lewis, who died on Saturday has since spoken
of her 'loving partner', an avid Arsenal fan in a media
tribute. Bill was born in Woodcroft near Chepstow, Gwent,
where he lived for many years, before moving later in life
to the Forest of Dean, latterly in Berry Hill, Coleford.
He worked at Brico Metals and Duramin in Lydney, before
moving to Rank Xerox in Mitcheldean, where he spent 28 years
of his working life.
the death of his first wife, Bill met his partner Margaret
Price, who said of Bill, 'He was a loving partner, father
and grandfather, who enjoyed many hobbies including gardening,
crosswords and most of all sports. Football was his passion
and he was an avid Arsenal fan. This would prove interesting
on occasions as I am a Liverpool fan.'
update on the Prospect Discovery
The substantial and enigmatic masonry structure identified
during the course of repairs to the Prospect wall has become
the subject of ongoing detailed investigation and recording
by 'Border Archaeology', on behalf of Herefordshire Council.
The aim being to resolve questions about dating the foundation
and finding out about its former use.
as Roman due to the large amount of pottery of that date
recovered during the initial investigation, the building's
unusual plan, consisting of a square structure with a circular
inner chamber and a large posthole feature in the centre,
of the chamber, along with its elevated location overlooking
the river suggests either that it was a temple, possibly
originating as a native shrine in the late iron age - as
suggested by the circular plan of the inner chamber - a
'pharos' (or lighthouse, the only surviving examples in
Britain being the two located at Dover) or a watchtower.
conclusive dating evidence has yet been found however and
an alternative explanation has been proposed - that the
structure is a medieval dovecote, possibly belonging to
the Bishop of Hereford, due to its proximity to the former
Bishop's Palace, which fell into disuse after 1356.
Roman, the discovery would be of especial importance as
no structural evidence of Roman occupation has been found
within the town, although nearby settlements have been identified
ate Weston (Ariconium) and at Coughton. The specific plan
of the building is extremely unusual and further research
will be carried out to establish parallels with buildings
found on other archaeological sites.
excavations carried out along the south edge of the Prospect
have identified more widespread evidence of occupation,
which appeared to predate the masonry building. This consists
of the partial footings of a structure that was subsequently
truncated by a series of ditches and gullies associated
with a later phase of occupation, containing substantial
quantities of Roman pottery. Associated with these ditches
and gullies were a hearth feature and a series of postholes
which appeared to relate to a later structure, also of Roman
as a whole, the structural remains identified to date appear
to represent several phases of occupation on the site.
at work on the site on Tuesday. Ref: DSC_5846
posthole in the circular inner chamber. Ref: DSC_5850
TINA AND ALAN INTERVIEW
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE OF 'WYENOT'
I would like to say thank you to Roger and Sophie, and to
Mike, Phil and to everybody else at Broome Farm, including
those who work there and those who attend the events regularly.
was so nice of you to think to interview Tina and I for
WNTV on Saturday evening and your comments at the end of
the interview renewed my faith in what we are doing here.
tell you the truth, this past couple of weeks here have
been extremely hard, in terms of keeping up with the workload
(to put it mildly) that I have very seriously thought about
selling 'Wyenot' and getting out of it completely. I even
wrote the 'FOR SALE' notice last week but was persuaded
by Tina at the last minute not to run it.
Whilst preparing the last two issues of 'Wyenot News' and
'WNTV' I have begun work early in the morning and seen the
dawn rise before finishing four times during the 14 day
period - and that is on top of the running round filming,
taking photos and reporting.
week's filming of Tina's presentation for the TV programme
did not take place until 1:30 am because we just could not
prep it enough before that time. It has been totally exhausting!
Tina is suffering dreadfully with a bad back, which it would
seem nothing short of a skeleton transplant will cure and
I have wanted to scream at the phone calls asking me to
attend functions and 'events'. The
fact is - I have created a monster in 'Wyenot' which is
growing so fast that I am struggling to keep up with it.
is bringing aches and pains here and there with it for both
Tina and myself and we are both totally exhausted. I do
want to think about retiring, so I am seriously considering
the sale of 'Wyenot'. If I do sell though, I want to make
sure that it goes to the right type of business - a company
which can and would look after it, and keep it up and running
for the benefit of Ross.
is a rapidly growing concern with many advertisers and huge
potential for much more advertising revenue, which I just
do not have the time to fully explore. In the right hands
it could become a gold mine and it could be a saving grace
for say, one of the local newspapers, or a local tourism
organization, neither of which seem to have kept up with
I am not necessarily out to sell today as I definitely do
not wish to sell to a 'Mickey Mouse' type organization who
might let 'Wyenot' slip. I am planning my future
though! So if you would like to make me a serious offer,
you are welcome to send in a bid. Offers would have to take
into account the eight years of non-stop work I have put
into making 'Wyenot' the success that it has become. I do
have a reserve figure in mind (which I do not intend to
sale would include the domain names 'wyenot.com, wyenot.co.uk,
wyenotnews.com and wyenotnews.co.uk' plus the complete web
site (everything that is on the web server including the
web sized, already published images and the web sized video
but not the originals of either. I wish to retain the copyright
on those for future generations). I most definitely would
not wish to work for any company purchasing the package
- not even as a consultant. I would wish to switch off from
it completely and take the time to enjoy my other interests
before I die. To put out the 'GON FISHIN' sign for good.
importantly: I am not desperate to sell, so I will hang
in there until I am absolutely certain that whoever takes
over will look after 'Wyenot' and that the price is right.
Quality Childcare from birth to 11 years
Gilmour Ofsted registered Childminder
Please call 01989 564173 or email JO@wyetots.co.uk
and the Giant Peach
by Jo Gilmour
The Phoenix youth group performed an amazing three night
production of 'James and the Giant Peach' last week. The
show opened on Thursday to a full house and all of the cast
Netley and Polly Brown were hilarious as the evil aunts.
All of the insects were splendidly cast and Ben Morris Jones
played the centipede who remembered and recited many amusing
poems which were well received by the audience. Ladybird,
played by Ela Gilmour, was very glamorous with her feather
a cast of over 20 and a large production team, this was
a brilliant night out at the theatre. Congratulations to
everyone involved and to Emma Holloway who directed them
cast of James and the Giant Peach
KISS & SON
AND GENERAL BUILDERS
types of plastering work undertaken
and Tidy - Free Quotes
Mobile: 07810 174670
AND STEVE RANDELL
- Renovations - Brickwork
Stonework - Floor Laying - Roofing
Paul on 01989 564112
Mobile 07812 564112
Steve on 07971 535064
Greenspace Officially Open
Over 250 people turned out on a wet and windy day for the
official opening of the Goodrich Greenspace community recreation
space in Goodrich village on Saturday. The space was opened
by Jean Marshall long term resident of the parish and was
officially named the 'Moors Meadow' after the original title
on the 1838 tithe map.
on offer included Lydbrook Silver Band, songs by the pupils
of Goodrich Primary School, a pig roast, tea and cakes,
and a bar. Young and old alike looked to be thoroughly enjoying
themselves despite the inclement weather. Including marching
to the Silver Bands.
area includes a childrens playground, wild flower meadow,
trees, seats, paths and a magnificent bridge designed and
built by Dave Owens and the children of Goodrich School.
The space is designed to be used by all ages of the community
with conveniently placed seats to rest and enjoy wonderful
views of the Wye Valley. The project has taken two years
to come to fruition and has been funded by several different
Harbord, Chairman said, 'Thank you to all who worked so
hard on the project and who made such a success of the day
, we are proud to have opened the space and that everyone
has turned out with such a good community spirit to celebrate.
We hope everyone will enjoy using the space in the years
marching to the tune of Lydbrook Silver Band.
of Goodrich Primary School.
Marshall snipping the ribbon.
Years of the NHS Celebrated in Ross
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, Sarah Carr met
with hospital staff, local health practitioners and hospital
volunteers at The Chase Hotel in Ross on Monday, 30th June
to join in celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of
Hospitals NHS Trust and Hereford Primary Care Trust hosted
the event with a wide range of exhibition stands ranging
from The Stroke Team, Infection Prevention, Adult Protection
and Maternity. Mrs Carr was also able to see memorabilia,
photographs and anecdotes of the NHS in Herefordshire over
the past 60 years including from Ross Community Hospital
League of Friends.
the event Sarah Carr commented, 'I have been delighted to
join in the celebrations of our NHS as it turns 60 and to
meet so many Herefordshire NHS staff who work incredibly
hard to meet the growing needs and expectations of patients.
I am sure that with all our support our National Health
Service will continue to adapt, evolve and deepen the esteem
in which it is held by the British people over the next
at the Chase Hotel.
Invitation to All Members of the Brain Family (Ross)
A special reunion is being planned for Saturday, 19th July
to which all members of the Brain family from Ross-on-Wye
are invited, along with long time family friends.
and Ali Randell are organizing the event which will take
place at the Prince
of Wales and they are trying to ensure that everybody
in the clan knows that they are welcome to attend. If you
are a descendant of the same grandfather as Paul Randell,
Colin, Guy and Glyn etc. Brain then the invitation is extended
to you and all your children and friends of the family.
disco has been arranged for the evening and some great live
music will be performed by Eclipse.
the family have had a chance to catch up with each other,
probably from around 10pm, Ali says that everybody at the
Prince that evening will be welcome to join them in the
further information about the reunion, please contact Paul
or Ali on 01989 564112.
Ross Pre-school Playgroup held their annual fund raising
Fun Day at the Larruperz Centre on Saturday. The event was
opened by the Mayor, Councillor John Davies and the children
had a great time playing on the bouncy castle whilst parents
and friends enjoyed the attractions inside.
founder of the playgroup, I am delighted to welcome John
Davies as Mayor and his wife, Hannah on this our fun day,'
said Mrs Joyce Thomas MBE DL, who also attended the event.
The children enjoy the bouncy castle. Also in the picture are Vicki
Page, Pauline Williams, Maureen Cowdrey, Joyce Thomas MBE DL, Mayoress
Hannah Davies and Mayor, John Davies, Iris Price. Ref: DSC_5803
wins a 1st for her Community Garden
Rita Haggett was pleased to discover on Thursday that she
had been awarded first prize in the Herefordshire Housing
Community Gardens competition. Rita always works hard, maintaining
the communal garden at her home in Nursery Road, which is
plainly visible for visitors to Ross as they head for the
town centre. Rita was presented with a certificate and £100
worth of gardening vouchers by Helen Greenway of Herefordshire
Greenway presents Rita with her certificate and prize... Ref: DSC_5768
and is joined by Margaret Lucas, Chairman of Ross in Bloom by part
of her flower display. Ref: DSC_5773
Keith Wilding is President for Second Year
Ross lions Club held their annual Handover ceremony at Ross
Conservative club on Sunday and it was unanimously decided
that Lion Keith Wilding would remain as President for the
second year running.
Master of Ceremonies, Lion Trevor Smith, led the proceedings
and the after lunch speeches were kept to a minimum.
Lion David Ravenscroft spoke on behalf of all the members
when he thanked President Lion Keith Wilding for all the
good work he had done in the past year. He mentioned how
Keith had changed the format of meetings to make them more
interesting, introduced new fund raising events and increased
the number of members with a membership drive. This was
quite an achievement for someone who had only been in the
Lions for three years, during which he had enjoyed the full
support of the whole membership.
his speech, Lion Keith started by saying how sorry he was
that the club had lost Lion Cyril Sheppard who had gone
on to higher service and John Cornwall, who had retired
after losing his wife Jean. He was looking forward to the
provision of a memorial seat for Cyril down at the Bandstand,
where he spent many happy Sunday afternoons listening to
the brass bands. The Golden Beech tree had already been
planted in the Caroline Symonds Gardens in his memory.
Despite the sad loss of both of these long serving members,
it was very pleasing to mention that the numbers in the
club had risen from 21 to 26, with more in the pipeline.
It had been his pleasure to present two members, Lions Mel
Middlecote and Cyril Powell, with their 35 year long service
awards and arrangements were being made to give them both
Life Membership for all the good they had done for the community.
club has a new website, thanks to Nick Dale, which was proving
very popular and was being accessed hundreds of times each
month. He thanked his officers, Lion Don Wood for his work
as Treasurer, Bernard Fowkes for his untiring effort as
Secretary and Public Relations Officer and he also thanked
his Committee Chairman, Mel Middlecote, Andrew Middlecote,
Alan Napthine and Jim Hamilton for all the good work they
had put in for the club. He was very happy with the fact
that eight members had earned 100% attendance awards.
Keith was also pleased to announce that the club had raised
£11,700 in the last year and had paid out donations to the
tune of £12,800. The Ross Club had won the Zone Games Skittles
and Darts competition and some lovely social events had
in officer's posts included David Ravenscroft becoming the
Community Services Chairman, Roger Kinsey-Smith Membership
Chairman, Colin Parry Activities Chairman and Mel Middlecote
Zone Chairman. Others remained the same as last year. The
President then thanked all the wives and partners, and Lion
Friends who helped make the club such a success. The ceremony
finished with the promise that the club would continue to
do all it could for the residents of Ross and the surrounding
Keith Wilding, proud to be President for the second year running
of Fun Activities for Carnival Week
Ross Lions are pulling out all the stops to help raise funds
for this year's Carnival and are organizing an Activity
Day for Tuesday, 29th July to get youngsters youngsters
involved as much as possible before Carnival Day itself.
activities will take place Ross Market Place between 10.30am
and 2.30pm, with something to interest all the family.
the adults there will be all kinds of stalls and for the
children there will be a competition, face painting and
games; all free. There will even be a free bag of goodies
to take away. Please put the 29th July in your diary to
remind you to take the kids to the Ross Market Place.
fun doesn't stop there, however, for on the Wednesday, 30th
July the Lions are running a Prize Bingo event at the Prince
of Wales in Walford Road. There are lots of great prizes
to be won so go along and enjoy the evening whilst raising
money for Ross Carnival which provides a brilliant day for
the town and its visitors every year. Eyes down is at 7.30pm.
Thursday and Saturday throughout July the Lions will have
a stand outside Peacocks in Broad Street selling tickets
for their annual Duck Race which takes place on the river
Wye on Carnival Day. this event is proving more popular
each year. Please buy as many tickets as you can. You never
know, you may turn out to be the lucky winner of up to £150.
Carnival Day, Saturday, 2nd August, the Lions are arranging
a whole range of activities to entertain everybody. There
will be skittles, crazy golf, play your cards right, plus
many more as well as activities for children. Of course,
the day will draw to a close with the very popular Lions
Duck Race. See you there.
above information plus much more can be found on the Ross
Lions website and the town website at www.rossonwyelions.org
or the 'What's
On?' page of www.wyenot.com.
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.
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.
served every lunch time
and evening in the bar and restaurant
Good Beer Guide 2008
WYENOT NEWS DEADLINE
absolute deadline for Wyenot News stories and other items
is 12:00, midday on Tuesday, for inclusion in the following
This is an absolute deadline and not the time
I am asking for articles to be sent in. Mondays and Tuesdays
here at 'Wyenot News' are Hell with by far, the most events
I cover occurring at the weekend. The photography that the
public sees happening is only one tiny part of the whole
picture (please excuse the pun) of running this weekly news
publication and the bits of prep that people do not see,
are actually the most time consuming part of getting the
at all possible, please send your story in as early as you
can, rather than wait until the very last minute, so that
I can have at least a fighting chance of getting to bed
before 3:00 am every Tuesday and Wednesday morning after
what has lately become two 18 hour working days on the trot.
you very much for your understanding and help.
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call Alan or Tina on 01989 763217
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