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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 209 - Wednesday, 30th July 2008
NEWS - Fun at Rowing Club - Little Sister - Garden Party - Shopmobility
- On Patrol - In Bloom - Letters]
people enjoy Jamstand 2008!]
2008 Special Part 2 - ATM Cloning Warning]
2008 Special Part 3 - County Waste Collections - Flood Damage Funding]
2008 Special Part 4 - Wireless Herefordshire - Woman Injured - Assault
- ROSS-ON-WYE TELEVISION NEWS
More Jamstand coverage on pages 2, 3, 4 and 5!
I HAVE A COPY OF MY BAND'S FOOTAGE ON DVD?
question has been asked of me four times already - and I
have not even had time to view all of the footage myself
answer is: Yes - it is possible. HOWEVER there are
some matters which must be understood first. I
am afraid that you cannot have it for free:
filmed the gig for two reasons:
I needed proof that the event took place. In order for
Jamstand to receive a grant from Herefordshire Council,
they needed a main sponsor. 'Wyenot News' was that main
sponsor and I have to prove that the event took place
successfully or there will be no chance of money from
Herefordshire Council for future Jamstand events.
To take out the short extracts from the day for this week's
WNTV NEWS programme.
order to support Jamstand and get that footage I spent
13 hours, standing in one place, on a scorching hot day,
with my head pounding. (Great as the gig was, I
am 40 years older than most of the people there and my
body is therefore 40 years more worn out. It nearly killed
me - no kidding!) It was my longest filming, working day
of the year so far - for no pay.
means that I have 12 hours worth (approximately) of film,
divided by however many bands there were playing.
each band out for an individual DVD will take at least
twice the amount of the real time again that it took me
to actually film it. (Approximately a further 24 solid
hours of time, if I do everybody I filmed, during which
neither I, nor my computers can do anything else.)
schedule for running 'Wyenot News' and 'WNTV NEWS' already
uses most of my life for very little fiscal reward and
I am not intending to add another 24 hours of solid work
to that schedule, free of charge.
answer to the question is: Yes, but it will cost your band
£20 for each DVD I make and the 'WNTV NEWS' credit
must remain intact if rebroadcast on another web site or
I have not run this article because I want to make money
selling DVDs. Quite the reverse, in fact. I am totally worn
out, and would much rather just use extracts from the footage
for their intended purpose and then archive it for some
other bugger to find when I am long dead. I am just pointing
out that I am willing to supply if absolutely necessary
but I cannot supply free of charge. I feel that I have already
played my part.
are very welcome to extract your band's performance
from the above film, as long as you leave the 'WNTV NEWS'
credit in tact and you upload the footage to your own server,
rather than pull my expensive bandwidth.
RIVERSIDE FUN EVENTS IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS
Fun at Ross Rowing Club
Lots of young people had lots of fun at Ross Rowing Club
this week during a Summer Camp that was held there. There
were many fun activities for the kids to enjoy. You can
hear about some of what went on in this week's WNTV News
John Price with some of the 'Summer Campers' at Ross Rowing Club.
John talks to Tina about some of the fun that was had. Ref: DSC_0820
Sister at The White Lion
Popular local duo, Little Sister provided a great evening
of entertainment at The White
Lion Inn on Friday. Husband and wife team, John and
Chrissie play a brilliant range of popular covers music
and they soon had everybody up and dancing.
Saturday, 9th August, the fabulous Jiveoholics will be performing
at the White Lion. This Monmouth based band play some great
Jump 'n' Jive music, so put on your dancing shoes and join
in the fun.
Chrissie has a lovely voice. . . Ref: DSC_0822
. . .and John is a gret guitarist. Ref: DSC_5381
Little Sister always give a great performance. Ref: DSC_5383
Court Summer Garden Party
The third annual Summer Garden Party took place at The
Old Court Hotel at Whitchurch on Sunday. It was another
hot sunny day and the event attracted a large audience.
of the Old Court, Victoria and Jonno put this event on each
year to raise money for Whitchurch Primary School, where
in a few years time their son Teddy will be attending school.
to the enormous task of editing the Jamstand event we are
unable to include the garden party in this week's WNTV News
programme but will try to include it next week - the week
after if the Carnival footage is too long.
Some great entertainment was organized for the garden party. Ref:
This event always raises a lot of money for Whitchurch Primary School.
The Ross Shop Mobility Service has recently moved location.
It is now easier to find and more accessible! The new location
is the Ross Book Swap Shop near to Ross library where both
the Book Shop and Shop mobility will be running together.
mobility was previously operating from the Scout and Guide
HQ, alongside Ross Swimming Pool. Martin Neicho, a Manager
of EnviroAbility said, 'The feedback we got from people
using the service told us that the Scout Hut was a bit out
of the way and people from out of town found it especially
hard to locate. Having a more central location will make
the service easier to access for everybody.' It is hoped
that access to the service will now be easier and as the
bus station is situated opposite, people who do not drive
will also find it easier to access a scooter or wheelchair.
volunteers who run the Book Swap Shop were happy to invite
the Shop Mobility service into the Shop and make use of
a brilliant location in order to make the service more accessible.
Jim Baker (pictured to the left) has been a volunteer at
the shop for many years and is excited to see the new changes.
Everyone has been very accommodating and have worked really
hard to integrate shop mobility.
changes are welcomed by manager of the shop Alison Fletcher
who said, 'The changes will encourage more independence
in the running of The Book Swap Shop by volunteers. The
new drop off point for processing of books is now in Henry
Street and this gives more capacity for the service, for
example storage of books and new opportunities for volunteers.'
For people in and around Ross, the WRVS offer to either
bring people into town to access the equipment or take the
equipment out to them. If you or someone you know wants
to get into Ross to access Shop Mobility Scooters please
call 567175 and Debbie will pleased to organize for you
to be collected and dropped off. Alternatively, if you would
like the use of a scooter in your own village Debbie will
organize for one to be dropped off at your house and collected
Shopmobility can be contacted by telephone on 01989 763388
or by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Victoria, Robyn
or Dennis will pleased to answer your call. The new address
is The Book Swap Shop, 4 Cantilupe Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire,
Shopmobility is much more accessible at its new location
Herefordshire's would-be next MP Jesse Norman had an opportunity
to go behind the scenes and join the Police for an evening
on duty last Friday night
a stab-proof vest and police jacket, Jesse joined Inspector
Bob Barnett of the West Mercia Police on patrol in Hereford,
Ross-on-Wye and in the county on a very busy and incident
packed evening. Amongst other things, they investigated
reports of threatening behaviour and assault, trailed a
truck suspected of theft all the way from Hereford to Ledbury,
and were called to help break up a disturbance at a local
Afterwards, Jesse commented, 'What an eye opener! I've visited
our local Police several times, but this was a fascinating
insight into how they actually work. It's not until you
go out on patrol that you really see both the careful routine
and the blue-light excitement of the job. It's hard enough
just to stay back and watch!
We are very lucky in Herefordshire to have such an effective
police force. The police are not always well served by politicians,
and I am extremely grateful to Inspector Barnett and his
colleagues for giving me the chance to understand better
what they do.'
Jesse ready to go out on patrol.
of England in Bloom
by Mary SInclair-Powell
It was a beautiful day and everyone in Ross seemed in a
buoyant mood when the Heart of England in Bloom Judges,
Les Goodman and David Wassall MBE paid their annual visit
to Ross-on-Wye last week and they were far from disappointed
in welcome they received.
being met at the Royal
Hotel by Lyn Tomlinson and Mary Sinclair Powell, the
judges and the rest of the group set off in the WRVS minibus
to the riverside where they were greeted by many of the
people of Ross including the Mayor, the Mayoress, the Deputy
Mayor, Joyce Thomas MBE DL, District Councillors, members
of Herefordshire Council Departments who have helped to
get the town ready, Girl Guides and major sponsors to name
but a few.
charming young Carnival Princess, Darcie Victor-Trott joined
other townsfolk and was able to present the judges with
a portfolio outlining a years work by Ross-in-Bloom in preparation
of their visit and the press were out in full force. The
judges commented on how well Ross always does in getting
the press to attend this event as well as the magnificent
number of other people that were waiting next to the boat.
Wood of Wyenot.com was the official photographer for Ross-in-Bloom
this year, and he was able to record the visit every step
of the way, from start to finish. This will be seen on his
website over the next few weeks.
their visit the judges were able to talk to Jessica Blake
of the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust on the plans afoot for
the regeneration of the riverside walk and turning it eventually
into a circuit of the town.
being met at St. Mary's church gates by two Roman Centurion
Soldiers, the judges were escorted to the site of the Roman
Dig at the Prospect, where Dr. Keith Ray, the County archaeologist
was on hand to give them a full history of what has been
uncovered so far, and how the team hope to be able to leave
the dig open for years to come. This will be a most popular
tourist attraction in the town if this can be achieved.
they were driven around the town, many people waved the
minibus on, and there were plenty of people who greeted
the judges in the streets during their walkabout. The charities
market had attracted at least fourteen stall holders, and
the judges regretted they were unable to visit every stall.
visit to the Heritage Centre to see displays from all age
ranges of young people in the town was also one of the highlights.
They marvelled at the young talent we have in this town
including the art work by the students of John Kyrle School
and the planted gardens from children up to the age of eleven
years of age.
year the Royal Hotel had sponsored banners advertising the
in bloom organizations of the county, including Herefordshire
in Bloom and these were displayed throughout the streets
and in strategic points along the route. The judges remarked
on the sculpture near the swimming pool, where Shopmobility
had their scooters out for the day. David decided he wanted
to have a go on one much to the delight of everyone there.
Road had a wonderful splash of colour once again on one
of the main entrances to the town, and the judges were able
to renew their friendship with Rita who was on hand to welcome
them to the street. They congratulated Rita on her success
at winning First Prize in Herefordshire Housings Competition
this year. The
townspeople of Ross had made a huge effort in making sure
the visit went well. Where there was a lack of floral colour
there were plenty of balloons and bunting in the town colours
- even the refuse bags were orange for the visit!
refreshment very kindly laid on by the Royal Hotel, Les
and David left Ross to go home and work out the marks for
the campaign. Margaret Lucas and her team will have to wait
until 11th September in Burton on Trent to find out how
they got on, but it is hoped the major community spirit
that was abounding in Ross on that day will have gone a
long way to get an excellent result for the town and local
Sinclair Powell of Ross-in-Bloom is also Joint Chairman
of Herefordshire in Bloom. She said, 'The visit to Ross
is very important to both the town and the county. All of
Herefordshire has worked very hard this year towards in
Blooming, and I hope that we all, that is towns, villages
and neighbourhoods across Herefordshire, have done well
towards boosting the local economy as well as showing that
we can all work together and show pride in our local environment.
As well as the town, Ross has five neighbourhoods being
judged this year, and with luck we will all have succeeded
well with the other Herefordshire entries to ensure that
the county comes out top on awards as it has done in the
past few years.'
results of the judging will be released to the press as
soon as possible after the presentation day. Local judging
is still taking place and all of these results will be released
to the local press during August.
Bus Stop Lane in Cantilupe Road
are writing to protest at the council's decision to lengthen
the bus stop lane in Cantilupe Road. This decision has been
made without any consultation with the residents, Mike Prince's
men's hairdressers or the Cantilupe Cafe and has been put
through at amazing speed. We received letters last Thursday
and the work will be done by Wednesday of this week.
Mike Prince has a lot of elderly male clients who value
having a place where they can be dropped off and picked
up from without having to walk a long way.
of the Cantilupe Cafe's trade is takeaway and as they can't
provide a delivery service, they rely on customers picking
up their orders, which are timed as the customers have only
a short break in which to eat their purchases. A bus stop
outside of the cafe would block the daylight to the cafe
and would prevent visitors from seeing that the cafe is
there. The door would also have to be kept shut on hot days
because of diesel fumes.
residents of Cantilupe Road pay the council £25 per
year to be able to park in the street. This doesn't guarantee
them a space, but four spaces will be lost to buses or left
empty. It would be difficult for them to sell a property
with no parking facility.
existing bus lanes are only full once an hour, as most services
leave at the same times. The Express is in and out, as is
the Ross Runabout.
the bottom of the letter informing us of the plans it says,'Putting
people first, providing for our heritage.' Sorry but it's
more like 'Putting another nail in the coffin for people
who live and work in the town.'
Hatherall, Mike Prince and the residents of Cantilupe Road.
of England in Bloom Judging Day
am writing to thank everyone who supported Ross last week,
for the all-important Heart of England in Bloom Judging
Day. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the visit at the
last minute, however, I understand the day went extremely
well and this would not have been possible without a lot
of help and support from town and county members.
judges thoroughly enjoyed their visit, as always. In particular
they were delighted to see so many press and supporters
on the Riverside and were fascinated by the talks about
the plans for the Roman Dig and the new Riverside improvements.
were delighted that the Mayor was able to greet the judges
on the riverside, with his Mayoress and the Deputy Mayor.
The Carnival Princess, Darcie Victor-Trott also did sterling
work and is a great ambassador for the town. There are too
many people to mention and I do apologize if I have missed
anyone, but I am very grateful for the support of everyone
for this prestigious event in the town. In
particular I would like to mention the Royal
Hotel, the Garden
Store and Alan Wood for all their hard work both towards
and on the day.
Council as always have excelled themselves. The WRVS minibus
was a great help with moving the judges from site to site
- thanks go to Debbie and Jeff who arranged all of this.
The two plucky gentlemen who played the part of Roman Soldiers
in costumes supplied by Iris Price were a great hit at the
Roman Dig. Again I apologize for omissions. Everyone I hope
will accept my thanks through the press, although I will
be getting around to thanking them all personally as soon
as I am fit.
at this stage I would like to make very special mention
of my trusty team who worked so hard, especially when I
was taken ill so suddenly on the judging morning. They are
Lyn Tomlinson, Mary Sinclair Powell, Sue Parker, Sue Holland
and Peggy Luker. Jessica Blake of Herefordshire Nature Trust
and Dr Keith Ray the County Archaeologist also deserve my
special thanks. What wonderful support they all gave to
the town of Ross and to put it high on the map for tourism.
They all worked their socks off, especially on the day,
and I hope everyone in the town who supported Ross-in-Bloom
had a wonderful time.
local judging continues into August and Mary hopes to be
able to start putting results together during the next couple
of weeks. There is a lot of work involved with this and
I understand she and her teams are on the third leg of five
with the judging.
they were in Ross, the judges mentioned that there is a
nasty disease going around which is affecting Busy Lizzies.
It is Heart of England wide - not just in Ross - and is
affecting the root system. They advise all those who have
these plants to keep an eye on them. If they die off dig
them up and burn them or dispose of them elsewhere. Do not
put them in the compost. Do not replant the same bed with
or use the same compost etc. for Busy Lizzies again for
the coming year, as there could still be residual parasites
in the soil. It is a fungal disease, which does not seem
to be affecting other plants. Mary is taking all of this
into consideration with her judges. Thanks to everyone again.
Lucas, Chairman, Ross-in-Bloom
AND WAYNE WILLIAMS
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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.
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Larruperz Centre, Ross-on-Wye
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Further details from Jane Tel: 01989 565983 Mob: 7980 740 964
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