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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 207 - Wednesday, 16th July 2008
NEWS - Countdown to Jamstand - Prospect Archaeology - JKHS Celebrate
- A49 Road Deaths - Police Commended - No Spoon in Wetherspoons
- Iris and John Price - Kev's CD - Going for Gold - Brain Family
6th Country Music Festival - Lots to look forward to - No Smoking
outside the Horse & Jockey]
Birthday Jill - Circus Skills - Hereford University - Crimestoppers
- Save money when driving]
Road Run - Ross in Bloom Welcome the Judges - Take a tour of the
House - Fall in ASB - Big Event - Scouts Gala - Stolen Clocks -
Yes, its the Cider Barn - Weather]
Police Choir in top 15 and the rest of the news from around the
- ROSS-ON-WYE TELEVISION NEWS
by Tina Jones
week's programme is rather different from the usual as,
by the programme prep time we were running seriously behind
schedule after a busy weekend. Instead of Tina's presentation,
you are stuck with me I'm afraid, making just one unrehearsed
or even prepared and definitely very unprofessional announcement
at the beginning. Hopefully things will be a little easier
next week and we will have time to record a proper presentation.
programme covers an update on the Roman archaeology discovered
at the Prospect. We visit the 6th Ross Country Music Festival,
SOFA perform at the White Lion. Kevin Sale launches a new
CD and we finish with the Jiveoholics performing at Weston-under-Penyard
(plus an out-take).
you enjoy the programme despite my intro, which you will
soon get over. Enjoy the rest of the news and we look forward
to seeing you again next week.
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
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if necessary. Email
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to 'JAMSTAND 2008'
Jamstand 2008 promises to be even bigger and better than
last year's event with a fantastic line up of bands providing
some first class entertainment throughout.
year's event will start at 12 Noon on Saturday, 26th July
at the Bandstand and is free for all to enjoy. Apart from
great musical entertainment from The Anomalies, Funkosphere,
The Dandelion Killers and many more, there will be stalls,
a bouncy castle, a beer tent, a barbecue and fireworks.
just a week and a half to go, after almost a year of hard
work, Jack Baldus and his team are getting rather excited
about giving a great show to the people of Ross and its
visitors. They have asked us to thank the following sponsors
for their support: Andy Callwood and sons Butcher, Balthazar
Language Services, Brandon Tool Hire, County Collections,
Ermin Plant Tool Hire, Herefordshire Capital Fund, Herefordshire
Youth Opportunities, Ideal Carpets, Kemps, The Kings Head,
The Lions Club, Mike at Broome
Farm Cider, Morris
Bricknell, Morrisons (£5 donation) Oates of Ross, The
Rotary Club, The
Riverside Inn, The Ross Gazette, Ross Music Box, Shawcross
Solicitors, Ross Town Council, Wyenet and Wyenot News.
at Wyenot News are really looking forward to it.
Some of the musicians performing at last year's 'Jamstand'.
Prospect Investigations Continue. . .
Archaeological investigations at The Prospect Gardens are
still underway as the team from Border Archaeology try to
determine exactly what type of building was found whilst
repairs to the Prospect wall were in the process of being
carried out in April. The
latest phase of work involves targeted excavation and aims
to recover sufficient evidence to provide a conclusive construction
date for the building and some indication of its former
the initial investigation a large quantity of pottery was
recovered from a series of gullies and ditches, indicating
that there was a substantial Roman presence in this part
of Ross-on-Wye. This in itself is a significant finding
as there has previously been no evidence of Roman occupation
within the town. Further investigation may reveal that the
building is post-Roman. However if that is the case the
remains cannot be from any later than 13th / 14th century
as they are sealed by material containing pottery of that
evidence gives a rather broad range of possibilities in
terms of dates and several interpretations have thus been
proposed. The building's unusual plan consists of a square
with a circular inner chamber and a large post hole feature
in the centre of the chamber. This, coupled with its location
on an elevated site overlooking the river suggests that
the building may have been a temple, possibly originating
as a native shrine in the late Iron Age. Alternatively,
it may have been a Roman watchtower or even a 'pharos' or
third suggestion, based on the thickness of the outer wall,
the apparent absence of a doorway at ground level, the circular
interior and the central posthole suitable to support a
rotating ladder or 'potence' is that the structure is not
Roman at all, but a medieval dovecote which bears some resemblance
to an example at Garway, built in 1362. If this proves to
be the case, the structure may have belonged to the Bishops
of Hereford whose palace was located nearby during the medieval
possibility is that the structure is indeed post-Roman,
but that it represents the base of a watchtower or similar
structure forming part of a defensive circuit associated
with the Bishops Palace, suggesting a date of between 1100
and 1356. The results of the investigation will be published
in due course.
News went along to the site to talk to Neal Surety of Border
Archaeology to find ou thow the investigations were going.
You can hear what he ahd to say in this week's WNTV News
work being carried out to determine the structure's origins. Ref:
of Border Archaeology took time out to talk to us for WNTV News.
Kyrle High School Year 9 Students
Celebrate their Achievements
Year 9 students at John Kyrle High School commemorated the
completion of their Key Stage 3 studies with a Celebration
of Success ceremony this week. Speaking to a main hall,
packed with students, parents, tutors and governors, head
teacher, Nigel Griffiths described how the students had
already made a great journey in their lives and how there
was much more to come.
students were presented with their Key Stage 3 results by
their tutors. Additionally, many students also received
language qualifications and certificates of commendation
for outstanding attendance and contribution in subjects.
Throughout the proceedings, the audience also enjoyed Year
9 student performances, including a duet by Kelly Morris
and Bethany Gwilliam, words of thanks from Oliver Bartle
and a rousing song from the band, 'Flapjack' with Danny
Simmons, Ben Bushell, Jack Weyman, Anthony Humble and John
Roberts on lead vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass
guitar and drums respectively.
the ceremony, head of Year 9, Chris Elias, spoke about success.
He explained how success was not just measured by how many
certificates each student had received but also by how they
dealt with all the challenges they have to face in the many
other aspects of their lives.
More Deaths on the Hereford Road
Police are appealing for witnesses to a five-vehicle collision
on the three-lane stretch of the A49 Callow, south of Hereford,
which resulted in the death of two motorcyclists.
incident occurred at 5.10pm on Saturday, 14th July when
two motorcycles travelling uphill were in collision with
a Toyota Corolla travelling south. Two other vehicles were
struck after the initial collisions, a large articulated
vehicle travelling up hill and a Ford Ka travelling down.
A third rider travelling in convoy with the other two motorcyclists
avoided collision and injury.
two motorcyclists were pronounced dead at the scene. They
have since been named as Mr Mark Price, 40 years of Wormelow
and Mr Stephen Waring, 39 years of Gwynne Street, Hereford.
The Coroner has been informed and an inquest is expected
to be opened and adjourned in the next few days.
driver and passenger of the Toyota Corolla were treated
at Hereford County Hospital. The elderly male driver has
serious but non-life threatening injuries and the elderly
female passenger was treated for minor injuries. The busy
A49 was closed for several hours whilst emergency services
were at the scene and police collision investigators examined
the site to determine the cause of the crash.
are anxious to speak with anyone who witnessed the accident
or, more particularly, who may have seen the motorcyclists
or the silver Toyota Corolla driving along the A49 immediately
prior to the incident. Anyone with information should contact
PC Simon Prater of the Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police
Station on 08457 444888.
Police Sergeant Commended at Awards Ceremony
Police Sergeant, Alex Warner has been awarded a Divisional
Commendation for meritorious and outstanding service in
preventing a disturbed and violent man from committing suicide.
On 18th February 2008, police received a call expressing
concern that a man was standing by Huntsham Bridge on the
River Wye (near Symonds Yat) with weights tied around his
legs. Intelligence suggested the man might have serious
domestic, emotional and mental health issues. Despite this,
Sergeant Warner attended the incident, commencing a search
alone and on foot. He located the man who ran off along
the bank carrying the weights as he ran. The man appeared
intent on jumping into the river. Sergeant Warner rugby
tackled the man but struggled to restrain him due to the
man's size and strength. With the fortunate assistance of
two passers by, they were able to eventually apply an Emergency
Restraint belt carried in the police car, despite the man
struggling violently. The
two passers by each received High Sheriff's Awards for their
part in the incident.
a commendation ceremony at Hereford Town Hall on Tuesday,
the Chief Constable, Mr Paul West, paid tribute to many
Herefordshire police officers, support staff and members
of the public who came to their assistance. Officers, support
staff and others received a range of awards to mark the
excellent, outstanding or courageous service that they have
said, 'Police officers often have to do dangerous things
in the service of the public and have to show a huge range
of attributes. These include bravery, compassion, leadership,
sensitivity, investigative skills, outstanding professionalism
and tenacity. Many officers may just tell you "It's all
in a day's work" but I know that when they go home each
day, they've done something special.'
Supt. Mark Turner, Divisional Commander for Herefordshire,
echoed these feelings, adding, 'These commendations celebrate
the commitment that our staff have in doing their job. Much
of what we do is measurable. But tonight allows us to pay
tribute to the immeasurable - the contributions of many
to justice, to others and to a better quality of life for
those around them.'
Bernard Hunt, Police Authority member and Chair of the County's
Policing Board, commented, 'I am struck by the modesty of
those who receive these awards, but behind the modesty is
courage and bravery. I sometimes wonder if I could have
done some of these things but it's so good to know that
there are people who will do them.'
Warner is presented with his award by CS Turner.
others who were commended at the ceremony were PC Polly
Price and PC Sue Beament (Hereford) were awarded a Divisional
Commendation for their swift response to the scene of an
armed robbery and for their decisive and brave action in
challenging and arresting one of the suspects when he was
visibly in possession of a firearm.
10pm on Monday 28th January 2008, two males entered a shop
in Bellebank Avenue, Hereford. One of them pointed a gun
at the pregnant shop assistant, demanding cigarettes, whiskey
and money. They then left the store and the police were
immediately called. PC Price and PC Beament responded by
searching the area for the offenders, whose descriptions
had been circulated over the radio. Shortly after, two other
officers found the suspects who ran off. The officers called
for urgent assistance and gave chase. As PC's Price and
Beament arrived, they found their male colleague wrestling
with one suspect on the floor, the other had his hands in
the surrender position, with the gun still in his hand.
PC Price shouted to him to drop the weapon, which he did,
allowing them to detain him as well. One offender was later
jailed for 7 years at Worcester Crown Court, his accomplice
receiving 5 years in a Young Offenders Institution.
Both officers knew the suspects were armed (albeit it was
later found to be an unloaded air weapon) but did not hesitate
to respond to the call or challenge the armed suspect when
they found him. Their two colleagues, who first confronted
the offenders, received Chief Constable's Commendations
for their actions. Their awards were presented by the Chief
Paul O'Reilly (Leominster) was awarded a Divisional Commendation
for his dedication and commitment to Local Policing in Leominster
and for service to the local community in reducing antisocial
behaviour in the town. In Dec 2006, Leominster Town Centre
was suffering from antisocial disorder caused by a number
of local youths. PC O'Reilly gathered intelligence on those
responsible and, through the use of a Dispersal Order and
warning letters with parental involvement, the problem started
to ease. He followed this up with Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
for a number who continued and brought four persistent offenders
to court, where they had ASBO's awarded against them in
July 2007 and Feb 2008. Instrumental in introducing an alcohol-free
zone in public within parts of the town centre, Paul has
help to achieve a large decrease in levels of antisocial
behaviour and calls to police in the town. His work is highly
regarded by the local community, and he has made a major
contribution both to enhancing community safety and increasing
satisfaction and confidence in the police.
Steve Perkins and DC Sue Prosser (Hereford CID) were awarded
a Divisional Commendation for their tenacity and detective
ability during the investigation into the criminal activities
of a teacher at Wessington Court School In April 2006. Police
began an investigation into allegations of sexual and physical
abuse of pupils at the aforementioned school by a member
of staff, Frank Joynson. The complaints spanned a period
of three decades and it was soon realized this would be
a large, lengthy and complex investigation. DC Perkins and
DC Prosser travelled throughout the UK to meet and build
up relationships with the many victims and witnesses in
the case. The accounts taken were almost always harrowing,
embarrassing and traumatic. Their diligence, professionalism,
together with their detective and interpersonal skills enabled
them to gather vital evidence that was critical to the outcome
of the case. In November 2007, Joynson was found guilty
at Hereford Crown Court on 14 counts of sexual abuse including
rape, which resulted in a total of 39 years imprisonment,
though many were concurrent. This ensured he would spend
the next 13 years in prison.
further members of the Constabulary staff received Chief
Constable's or Divisional Commendations for their part in
Martyn Barnes (Hereford CID) was awarded a Divisional Commendation
for commitment, perseverance and leadership during the investigation
into the criminal activities of a teacher at Wessington
Court School DS Barnes became involved in the Wessington
Court School enquiry in summer 2007. He quickly assimilated
the case, ensured the pre-trial stage was correctly managed,
handling the support care and production of witnesses at
the trial, the latter leading to the co-operation and attendance
of all victims at court. He worked tirelessly to meet the
victims' needs and counter the arguments created by a professional
and dedicated defence team. DS Barnes also held a victims
conference at the end of the trial, allowing them to ask
questions, understand the whole police investigation and
give closure. All members of the investigation team in this
case were also commended by the judge at Hereford Crown
Stephen Davies (Crown Prosecution Service) was given a High
Sheriff's Award in recognition of his great and valuable
services to the community. Stephen Davies is a Senior Crown
Prosecutor with the CPS based at Droitwich, with responsibility
for cases from Herefordshire, advising and prosecuting on
many of the more serious crime investigations.. Over the
past four years, the service he has provided to the police
in Herefordshire has been exceptional. He makes himself
available for advice and support around the clock, dealing
with such complex issues as further detention, special measures,
extradition and evidential development. His enthusiasm,
good advice and early interventions in cases have resulted
in best use of resources, presentation of first class evidence
and speedy and effective justice. He recently worked on
a serious investigation until 10pm on Christmas Eve and
all day on Boxing Day in order to resolve issues such as
anonymity of witnesses and conspiracy, clearly going beyond
what could reasonably be expected of a CPS lawyer. He will
take calls from officers at any time and his impact on the
quality of investigations in Herefordshire in considerable.
Steve's award was presented to him by the High Sheriff for
Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Lt. Col. Michael Leigh.
DC Perkins and CS-Turner.
DC Prosser and CS Turner.
High-Sheriff and Stephen Davi.
DC Beament, CS Turner and PC Polly Price.
Sgt. Warner and CS Turner.
PC O'Reilly and CS-Turner.
no spoon in Wetherspoons
Having visited a few Wetherspoons pubs, I quite like the
place in general. The one in Burnham-on-Sea is brilliant
and I quite like the one in Hereford. The one in Ross-on-Wye
is a different 'kettle of fish' entirely though...
go to Wetherspoons in Ross virtually every day as it's a
cheap way to eat without having to cook - probably cheaper
than cooking at home. Working on 'Wyenot News', Tina and
I have very little time left for everyday things such as
cooking and anyway, I am addicted to the 'Fish and Chip
the photographic printed advertisement for the afternoon
deal', which is clearly displayed on the (overcrowded with
advertising) tables, the 'deal' quite clearly should come
with a slice of lemon.
may sound silly but, I don't actually like fish without
lemon. On the other hand, I love it with. However, every
single time I go in there, I have to ask exactly the same
staff the same question, 'Can I have a slice of lemon please?'.
Often after having brought my meal to me, I ask and they
then inform me, 'Sorry we haven't got any'. Occasionally
they offer lime instead, when I repeatedly tell them that
I don't like fish without lemon. That is better than nothing,
I guess but surely they must have twigged by now that I
am going to ask and let me know they haven't got any at
the time of ordering. I would then order something different
that I do like without lemon.
might also add that Tina likes the cottage pie. Most times
this is nice but twice, she has had to send it back because
it was, not just a little cool but almost that 'straight
from the fridge' temperature.
fish and chip deal also comes with bread and butter, tartare
sauce and peas. More times than I care to remember, they
have also forgotten to bring the bread and butter and tartare
sauce. They even forgot the peas on one occasion but the
really amusing one came last Friday...
my meal, I always have a cup of tea. On Friday, after serving
my tea, the lady behind the bar said, 'I'm sorry, we have
run out of spoons, so I have given you a straw instead.
I didn't think at the time to say, 'That's OK - I've got
a biro in my pocket'. Instead, I sat down quietly, drank
the liquid 'brewed' with not quite boiled water and gave
up - resigning myself to writing an article instead.
guess Wetherspoons is cheap, the food fills a hole and sitting
inside allows a short break, where I can mostly forget
work for an hour (sometimes I get pestered by work related
questions from other customers,) often bumping into friends
I like to see who are also trying to forget work.
wrote this article just before lunch on Tuesday and decided
to think after lunch whether or not I would publish. I had
my lunch in Wetherspoons and guess what? I had to ask for
my slice of lemon, so here you go - one Wetherspoons article.
and John invited to the Palace
Iris Price was recently invited to Buckingham Palace as
a commendation for her 25 years of community service in
Ross. She went to London with her husband, John on Tuesday,
8th July and both enjoyed their time at the Queen's garden
Iris and John Price outside Buckingham palace.
Up?' New CD by Kevin Sale
Wyenot News were pleased to be invited along with a few
friends to the launch of a new CD, 'coming Up?' by our friend
Kevin Sale. The launch was held at the Larruperz Centre
on Saturday evening and although we could only stay for
a short while due to other commitments we enjoyed the event.
but one of the songs on the album were written, recorded
and produced by Kev with some great vocals on some of the
tracks by Hannah Bengough. I asked Kev about his CD and
he had this to say: 'Coming Up?' I guess it's a kind of
loose record of my life since 1980 when everything changed
for me with the discovery of sex, drugs and sausage rolls,
(although I don't actually like sausage rolls.) This explains
why none of my songs are about sausage rolls.
album tells a story of self-discovery. We are born into
this life without so much as a user's manual and told to
get on with it. I find this unacceptable. This work is my
own user's manual: a way of looking at the world to try
and make sense of all the bullshit I have encountered. I
don't intend it to be anybody else's user's manual, but;
if any of it makes sense to you; if it gets you thinking
about how expletive deleted) up everything is and how easy
it is to make the world a happier, healthier lace, then
my work here is done.
if you think you are entirely happy with our government
(or any government come to think of it);; think that multinational
companies are doing a splendid job: that the war against
terror is anything but a smoke screen; that arms dealer
is an acceptable profession; are more concerned with acquiring
more stuff than the fact that we are going to Hell in a
hand basket, then this album may not be for you And that's
cool. There is plenty of music out there for you. Try Boyzone
or Take That. Mmmmmm, unthreatening AND soporific. You just
can't beat that stuff.
has been my life since I first heard 'Positively 4th Street'
by Bob Dylan at the age of 9. I thought 'Wow, that guy really
knows how to rip into someone he doesn't like.@ At that
moment I realized what a powerful tool music could be. It
also takes me to places I like to be; places where turning
on, tuning in and dropping out constitute a good day's work.
I want to produce a stage version of the album when I find
enough good musicians who want to work for peanuts. And
yes, monkeys would be welcome. I'm off to smoke industrial
quantities of sausage rolls. Thanks for listening.
you would like to listen to a track from Kevin Sale's new
here to listen to the title track, 'Coming Up?'. Kevin
can be contacted at: email@example.com.
right, with friends at his launch party on Saturday. Ref: DSC_5945
Kyrle High School Students Go For Gold
Six students from the John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form
Centre completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award expedition
over 4 days last week. The expedition crossed Wales from
Presteigne to Aberystwyth, covering a required distance
of at least 60 miles on foot with the remainder of the journey
being undertaken on the Vale of Rheidol railway from Devil's
of the walk was through the trackless wilderness of the
Elan Valley Estate, and the students had to contend with
hill fog and persistent rain which presented a serious navigational
challenge to which they rose admirably. Assessor Dick Hughes
noted that there were several points at which other walkers
would have given up because of the hostile weather conditions
and he was extremely impressed by the group's achievement.
expedition was overseen and supervised by Derek Pawling
and Nic Howes, teachers at John Kyrle. Derek and Nic believe
that this is the School's first ever Gold Award expedition;
they are delighted with the students' success and are pleased
to be able to offer the exceptional opportunity for students
to complete the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards during their
secondary education at John Kyrle.
Howes said, 'The benefits of Outdoor Education are absolutely
clear when watching these young people rise to the challenges
before them. Experiences like Duke of Edinburgh success
are life-changing for individuals - they gain skills and
confidence that will help them, their communities and the
country to build a positive future'.
The group at the Claerwen Dam: Liz Nicholls, Nin McCauley, George
Sullivan, Emma Crawford, Jess Seal and Tim Alston.
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.
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
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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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