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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 212 - Wednesday, 20th August 2008
Format News - Wormelow Death - Record A Level results - Rock and
Roots - Cider Festival - Phone Boxes - Macmillan Market - NASA gets
the better view - Lions' Competition Winners]
Memory of Cyril - Planning refusal overturned - Music - Bus Passes
- Lions help student - Letters Nature - Wx]
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using higher resolution (most people these days). With the
three 'boost' photos appearing in virtually the same place
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least popular programmes - those from low news weeks.)
the WNTV programme on the 'Wyenot News' home page with the
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Into Unexplained Wormelow Death Continues
people from Much Birch, who were arrested by police in connection
with the unexplained death of Mr. Langdon have been released
on police bail. Mr Langdon's body was found in the grounds
of the cottage in Wormelow, in which he lived and police
have released further details of the incident.
confirm that they were called to the premises on Thursday
evening, where they found Mr langdon's body lying on the
remains of a bonfire in the grounds.
teams have been carrying out an extensive examination of
the property while police teams have been carrying out house
to house enquiries in the area. Police are treating the
death as unexplained at present and were hoping that the
results of the post mortem, forensic tests and other available
evidence will enable them to focus the enquiry in a positive
people were arrested in connection with the investigation
and police also sealed off an address in Much Birch, where
they also conducted a forensic search.
from the Operation Facility team are today continuing with
their enquiries. Results of the post mortem examination
by a Home Office pathologist proved to be inconclusive and
the investigation has yet to determine the cause of Mr Langdon's
Chief Inspector Dave LLewellin, who is leading the investigation,
said, 'Mr Langdon has been officially missing since 4th
August and we believe that where he has been, what he has
been doing and who he has been with are of extreme importance
to our enquiries. By naming him now we hope that anyone
who knew him - or just recognized him - will be able to
help us fill in the gaps as to what happened to him during
the 10 days prior to his body being found.'
would like to hear from anyone who can shed light on the
movements of Mr Langdon in the days leading up to his death,
from around 4th August onwards. Anybody with information
should contact the Operation Facility Incident Room at Hereford
Police Station on 08457 444888, or call Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111.
A Level Results at John Kyrle High School
Record 'A' Level results have fully justified Ofsted's comments
that 'John Kyrle is an outstanding School and Sixth Form
again Year 13 had 50% of all entries scoring an A or B grade,
with A-C grades increasing from 70% to 82%. These results
coupled with an overall pass rate of 98% and a UCAS Average
Points Score of 286 per student, are all the more impressive
when it is noted that they do not include General Studies.
departments scored top grades with extremely high A-B grades
overall including Technology with 87%; Sociology with 80%;
Geography and Geology both with 66%; Philosophy and Ethics
with 62%; Maths and Biology both with 60% gaining the highest
Nigel Griffiths, praised his students and their parents,
staff and Governors, saying he was delighted with the continued
. . .
These students are absolutely delighted with their results. Ref:
successes have allowed them to access their first choice
university courses across the UK for this September.' These
include Head Boy and Head Girl, Connor Moriarty-Osborne
and Emma Crawford who will take places at Bristol to read
Mathematics and a scholarship to read International Politics
at University of Wales, respectively. Senior Prefects Tim
Alston will read PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics)
at York and Liz Nicholls will read for a Nursing Degree
notable offers include Alan Christopher who will study Physics
at Sheffield; Arthur Degen-Knifton, Theoretical Physics
at Birmingham; Rachel Hiley, English at Goldsmiths; Claire
Pritchard, Psychology at Cardiff; Ian Fenton, Civil Engineering
at Loughborough and Kirsty Priest who will study Medical
Biology at Bristol.
Griffiths added, 'In addition to our own students' successes,
I am especially pleased to see excellent achievements from
students who continue to join us from other schools across
Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire. The increased
investment in the school with its £1 million Sixth Form
and Adult Learning Centre, new MFL Learning suite and Astro-Turf
has been money well spent.
results are a good way to celebrate the first anniversary
of our being Herefordshire's first High Performing Multi-Specialist
School. Last year we were in the top 10-15% of schools and
colleges as judged by Value Added scores and this year should
see us move even higher up this particular table. I am,
as ever, ambitious for even more improvements in years to
Wallace, Head of Sixth Form identified the key drivers for
this continued success. He said, 'Outstanding teaching with
a relentless focus upon high standards, coupled with the
individual care given to students and the school's close
partnership with parents led to these excellent achievements.
Students have also been widely involved in sport, music,
drama and community service throughout their two years with
us. Taken together this further confirms the strength of
John Kyrle's Sixth Form experience.'
High achievers, Kirsty Priest, Liz Nichols, Harvey Powell, Alan
Christopher, Connor Moriarty-Osbourne,
Claire Stevens and Ellie Stowe. Ref: DSC_DSC_6816
and Roots Organizers Fail to Secure Licence
Herefordshire Council has announced that it 'bent over backwards'
to help the organizers of the proposed Rock n Roots Festival,
which was due to take place over August Bank Holiday at
Much Marcle, but the organizers failed to fulfil their obligations
to enable the necessary licence to be issued.
Council's regulatory subcommittee therefore, had no alternative
at their meeting last Wednesday but to decide that it could
not issue a licence due to a combination of errors in the
way the application was made. The
promoter failed to display sufficient notices on the site
to comply with the regulations. He also failed to place
the required public notice in a local newspaper as well
as failing to serve the application on the police.
John Jarvis, cabinet member for environment, said, 'The
promoter has tried to blame the council for this, saying
that the decision will harm the local music scene but this
is far from the truth. Herefordshire Council supports a
great number of diverse events each year, including the
enormously successful Big Chill near Ledbury as well as
smaller, more local music and food / drink festivals.
welcome the opportunity to host new events and actively
encourage people who wish to take advantage of our beautiful
countryside and wonderful facilities, to approach us with
ideas. However, these events have to be professionally managed
and licences applied for in the usual way in line with stringent
national legislation, which the council itself has to follow
and is monitored on.
this instance, the local community was up in arms because
the organizer of the festival had not communicated with
them via the necessary public notices and made them aware
of the implications for the community in holding this large
festival in Much Marcle. The council's regulatory subcommittee
had to consider all these issues and decided that the application
had not been properly made.
situation could have been avoided if the correct information
had been provided in the first place. The applicant was
helped extensively with making the application and the licensing
team bent over backwards to help the processing of the application.
Organizers of all events are strongly encouraged to make
contact with the licensing team at a very early stage in
the planning of an event. We are aware that people will
be disappointed if they have purchased tickets and we will
be monitoring the situation regarding refunds.'
Forward to a Great Cider Festival - But Book Soon!
The Broome Farm Three Day Cider Festival will be taking
place soon, beginning on Friday, 29th August and tickets
are selling fast. We mention this because last year, the
festival was extremely popular. Tickets sold out and many
local people who turned up on the Saturday night, expecting
to get in were disappointed. Maximum visitor numbers were
reached and the gates had to be closed.
you wish to attend this year's event, it is important that
you book or you may possibly not be able to get in. Bookings
can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
the festival coming up, last week I went to Ross Cider with
journalist, Matt Carroll from the Observer. Matt was trying
out some cider making for himself, I was taking the photographs
and the full page article was published in last Sunday's
'Escape' section of the Observer. The article mentioned
cider apple picking visits to the Farm and as a result,
a lot of enquiries have already been made. I have been asked
to point out here that these apple picking breaks cannot
take place until late September - when there are lots of
apples to pick. People have been trying to book for the
bank Holiday weekend, and this is too early for most of
you would like to see the article but did not get a copy
of Sunday's Observer, it can be read on the
Observer web site.
below are journalist, Matt Carroll and myself on the back
of the tractor. We rode to the orchard, sitting on the trailer,
which was an experience in itself. The other photos were
taken at last year's festival - during the Saturday night
music session and at the Sunday market. Why not book while
you still have the chance and come along? The festival is
always a great weekend event with plenty to eat, drink,
some great live music and a terrific Sunday Market - which
is free to attend - you can just turn up for the market!
Phone Boxes in Ross Area Under Threat
Seven out of the eighteen telephone boxes that remain under
threat of removal by BT are in Ross-on-Wye and the surrounding
areas. The kiosks in question are sited at The avenue, Ross,
Gloucester Road, Ross, Gorsley, St. Owens Cross, Perrystone
Hill, Bromsash and Pontshill.
announced that they wanted to scrap 110 phone boxes in the
county as they did not make enough profit from them. After
Herefordshire Council managed to secure an extension of
the public consultation period from Ofcom, they have received
evidence from the communities involved in support of retaining
92 of these. However, unless evidence is received by Friday
26th September, BT will have no hesitation in closing the
remaining 18 boxes.
rural communities are worried about the proposed closures,
as in some parts of the county the kiosks are deemed the
only emergency life line, as mobile phone coverage is limited.
telephone boxes under threat are two near Leominster, one
near Ledbury, one in Hereford's Westfaling Street, and the
rest in communities dotted around the county. A full list
is available on the council's website www.herefordshire.gov.uk.
council had previously identified 111 boxes at risk, but
BT whisked one away from the village of Monkland near Leominster
last month without any consultation.
concerned about losing their local pay phone can contact
Anthony Bush on 01432 260611; or email: email@example.com
or write to him at Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, PO
Box 4, Hereford, HR4 0XH.
the Street Organ for Macmillan
Ross Macmillan Cancer Support Group held their annual sale
at Ross Market on Friday, raising a staggering £1,420
towards the Renton Appeal.
were lots of stalls there, including the popular cakes stand,
who sold over three hundred of their delicious cakes on
the day. The Sunnyside Quilters had some lovely handmade
goods for sale, including some cute teddy's who were all
named. There was knitwear available and some beautifully
Turner was also there, keeping everybody entertained with
his street organ and encouraging them to join in with some
of the songs.
done to all concerned. You did a fantastic job and long
may your good work continue.
gets the better view but we get to meet Sir Patrick
Whilst I was standing in Three Crosses Road, Ross-on-Wye
on Friday, 1st August photographing and filming the partial
phase of what was a total solar eclipse, NASA's Terra satellite
was rounding the top of the globe. It was making its way
from the eastern tip of Siberia and across the Arctic Ocean
towards northern Norway and northwest Russia and, turning
its camera towards the earth, it captured this unique view
of the moon's shadow during the total phase of the same
the area shown in the image (left), the sun was completely
obscured for about two minutes. As Earth rotated, the shadow
moved southeast across the surface. At the same time, the
satellite crossed the Arctic with its path nearly perpendicular
to the eclipse.
me, a very nice thing has come out of filming this particular
eclipse. Some months, possibly even years ago, during a
low news week, I ran an article about a brief communication
I had with Patrick Moore as a 13 year old boy.
I mentioned in that article, Sir Patrick Moore is one of
the few well known television personalities I would actually
go out of my way to meet and when I filmed the eclipse last
week, I sent him a copy. I did this for two reasons. With
that particular Friday being a very cloudy day in general,
my film might have been the only film from England in existence.
(This has happened before when my 2003 eclipse photograph
was shown on Sky News.) I also wanted to write to Sir Patrick
to explain the influence he has personally had on my life.
Thanks to Sir Patrick, astronomy has stuck with me and has
been a life long passion, which I am still as passionate
about to this day as I was as a child.
my surprise, the following day, Tina was in the shower,
I was stressing over something not going right on my laptop
computer when the phone rang. I answered it, somewhat agitated
- that way one does when it rings at the most awkward of
Alan, Patrick Moore here,' the voice at the other end announced.
I thought it was my brother playing a practical joke. It
was not a joke however. It really was Sir Patrick Moore
and we had a very long conversation, during which we spoke
about just general personal stuff.
Patrick came across during the conversation as extremely
friendly - almost as though we had known one another personally
for years. Sir Patrick has invited Tina and I, along with
our friend, Roger Lovell to lunch, at his home in Selsea
and has agreed to be interviewed for WNTV. This is one September
lunch date to which we are all looking forward, very much.
shot of the moon's shadow in the area which experienced totality
during the 2008 solar eclipse.
shot of the sun during partial phase of the same eclipse, experienced
in Three Crosses Road, Ross-on-Wye.
Colouring Competition Winners.
One of the many competitions organized by Ross Lions Club
during Carnival Week was a free, childrens colouring competition
and over thirty children entered, all of whom were very
keen to show off their skills. There were some very good
pieces entered, but unlike most of the other winners in
the Lions' competitions who were presented with their prizes
on Carnival Day, the colouring competition was judged later.
judges consisted of Councillor John Davies the Mayor of
Ross, Keith Wilding the Ross Lions President and Lion Andrew
Middlecote, the organizer of the event. After due deliberation
the winners were; in the under five age group, Alfie Walters
of Ross, the 5 to 8 years was won by Alfie's sister, Charlie
Walters and in the over 8 age group Amy Jones of Gloucester
came out on top. It must be said here that the Jones family
attend practically every event the Ross Lions put on and
participate in all the contests, which is why they get a
mention regularly in these reports.
the winners received a certificate and a lovely pack of
artist's materials. The runners up in each category received
a certificate. Any of the entrants who wish to get their
work back can collect them from the Heritage Centre in the
Market House at the end of the summer holidays.
you would like to see some of the colourful entries, they
will be on display in Ross Heritage Centre until September.
The three lucky winners are Alfie Walters, Charlie Walters and Amy
Happening in Ross This Week?
Friday, 22nd August is Mischa Kopec's birthday! It's probably
a lot of other people's too, but Mischa is celebrating his
birthday in a very special way. Last year, Mischa, along
with many other young people lost a very dear friend, Dean
Fulford in a tragic accident on the A40. Dean's friends
want to make sure he is not forgotten and are raising money,
along with the youth service for a memorial bench at the
skate park in Dean's memory.
Mischa is raising money via a sponsored waxing which will
take place at The
Prince of Wales on Friday evening from 7:30pm. Bekki
and Shaun will be entertaining people for half an hour,
to warm things up a little, then Mischa's moment will come.
There will be live music performed during the rest of the
evening. Please come along and support Mischa at this event.
Saturday, Funkosphere will be performing in the function
room at the Prince of Wales. Go along and get down to their
really funky sound.
and Dave of the White
Lion Inn, Wilton have arranged for popular local band
Double Barrel to play at the pub on Sunday evening from
8pm. This band play all your favourite rock covers, so,
as most of you probably don't have to be up too early on
Monday, why not go along and enjoy an evening of great entertainment.
Bank Holiday Monday, the Border Counties Vintage Club are
holding their annual road run. The vehicles will leave the
Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow at approximately 10 am, making
their way through forty miles of beautiful Herefordshire
countryside and returning to the Yew Tree at around 3pm.
There will be lots of vehicles, stationary engines and stalls
etc. for you to enjoy and 50% of the profits are being donated
a great holiday weekend and we'll see you next week.
AND STEVE RANDELL
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Stonework - Floor Laying - Roofing
Paul on 01989 564112
Mobile 07812 564112
Steve on 07971 535064
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Please call 01989 564173 or email JO@wyetots.co.uk
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
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