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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 216 - Wednesday, 17th September 2008
Bloomers win Gold - Post Office Closures - Fun at the Castle - Festival
raises over £4000 - Letters - Party]
- Africans - Interested in Astronomy? - Public Notice - Weather
- Tarrington Road victim named and more]
THIS WEEK'S NEWS IS LIMITED . . .
I am afraid that, due to an unforeseen event, we have had
to spend a lot of time in Hereford this week when we should
have been prepping news and so we are limiting this week's
news to just the important stuff, on as few pages as possible.
(I made most of the astronomy article up before the event
I filmed some good stuff for the WNTV News programme, we
have not had time to put a programme together this week,
so we will include the footage in next week's programme.
This includes some great medieval music, played specially
for WNTV at Goodrich Castle, Tim, the coracle maker and
his 'hang drum', a Ross winning Gold interview and the Trikers
and Bikers raising money for the Air Ambulance.
reason for such a limited edition and no TV is that Tina's
son, Russell broke his leg on Saturday whilst playing rugby,
and had to have an operation on Tuesday. We have been back
and forth to the hospital and so have kind of 'taken a sicky'
ourselves because we are worn out.
will be back to normal next week. Sorry if your story has
been left out - we will run it next week.
Congratulations to Ross-in-Bloom whose efforts this year
were rewarded with the Gold award in the Heart of England
in Bloom competition. The committee, along with representatives
of the entering neighbourhoods travelled to Burton-upon-
Trent last Thursday where they were given the good news.
Not only did Ross-in-Bloom achieve Gold, they were also
awarded a Certificate of Merit for the promotion of Neighbourhoods
into the Royal Horticultural Society Neighbourhood Awards
local neighbourhoods themselves also did well and were awarded
of Remembrance - Merit Award and a Certificate of merit.
Goodrich Court - Merit Award.
John Kyrle High School - Improvement Award.
Ross Court - Outstanding Award.
Tudorville Allotments - Merit Award.
Lucas, Chairman of Ross-in-Bloom is absolutely delighted
with the results and would like to thank everybody who helped
to achieve this excellent accolade for the town.
is self-supporting and without sponsorship they would be
unable to enter the Heart of England Campaign every year.
The judges remarked on the high quality of planting in the
private as well as the public areas of the town they were
taken to see. Lyn Tomlinson (Vice Chair/PR), who escorted
the judges on their visit to Ross, had been delighted to
be able to tell them the majority of plants in the private
sectors of the town had come from Ross Nurseries and Garden
Centres. A special remark was made in the judge's Comments
book of the sponsorship being excellent this year. Many
local businesses supported the event this year, including
Hotel and in particular Ross
Garden Store, who not only gave help and advice to people,
but also offered special deals to anybody entering the local
help has also been in many other ways including supplying
prizes for the children's and other competitions. 'We are
always grateful for all the help we can get towards the
Heart of England in Bloom Campaigns', Margaret Lucas told
us. 'However Ross Garden Store this year have excelled themselves
with all the help and support they have given. We are extremely
grateful to them, especially with their sponsorship for
advertising and other articles in the local press. I have
met a lot of local prize winners this year who have told
me they got their plants from the Garden Store. We would
not have achieved our award without them and I would like
to publicly thank them for all of their hard work and generosity.'
Council are another group that need the thanks of the town
for helping to gain the award. Not only did they plant up
all the beds they were on hand at all times to make sure
everything was in tip top condition for the Heart of England
in Bloom judges visits. The Royal Hotel is not to be forgotten
either. They supplied publicity banners for the town for
judging day as well as a very delicious lunch for the judges.
Again the banners are something that Ross-in-Bloom is unable
to afford without help and chef's luncheon menu went down
very well. The judges especially mentioned the banners and
by providing all of these the whole town, including visitors,
were made fully aware of the special day for the town that
entry into the Heart of England in Bloom brings. They were
also able to promote all the in bloom organizations associated
with this type of event.
of the above go greatly towards the Community Section of
the award and, as in the past, Ross has done really well
in this area. Designer Flowers in High Street were very
generous in providing buttonholes for the judges for their
visit. The Market Stalls, the dressing up, the people in
the streets wishing them good morning all help towards showing
that Ross is a super place to live and work as well as visit.
also like to think that the friendliness of all working
together is the main backbone of such a prestigious event
- and indeed this is what the judges remarked upon in their
comments. They were delighted that the whole town knew about
the visit on the day. The public and press meeting at the
riverside with the Mayor and Mayoress, with the talks by
Jessica Blake (Wildlife Trust) on the progress on the riverside
project and Dr Keith Ray (County Archaeologist) on the Roman
Dig also went down very well as part of Community Involvement
and got a very special mention. In one way or another everyone
who helped on the day got commented on and helped towards
this very special achievement.
Of course, there would not have been a portfolio of the
year's events and work without the help of BBC Hereford
and Worcester, Xytron Data Retrieval and Peter Bell - all
of Hereford - who came to the rescue at the eleventh hour.
This portfolio shows the judges everything that has been
going on for the past twelve months, as they cannot possibly
see everything in the town in just two and a half hours.
Thanks go to all of them.
judges visited the town on two separate occasions - once
at the beginning of July to visit the neighbourhoods and
in the middle of July the whole town. On each visit the
weather was kind and this obviously helped towards all of
these excellent accolades. All of the Neighbourhoods did
exceptionally well - particularly those that had entered
for the first time. Nerves at Burton were very much to the
fore but they soon turned to excitement as each individual
award was announced. All in all it was an excellent day
in which all the delegates could share, which is also good
for the town. Those that could, met on the day after the
presentation to celebrate together at the Market House.
like to think that we are all working together for the town,
regardless of whether it is a small area or the whole of
the town. I would like to once again congratulate all my
fellow in bloomers in the neighbourhoods and I do hope we
will be able to all work together for the coming year to
succeed with such high standards once again in 2009,' Margaret
added. "We will shortly be having our annual meeting with
the Council regarding next years colours and we hope to
announce what they will be at our Annual General Meeting
in October. Thank
you again to everyone who helped this year - no matter how
large or small their contribution.'
for In Bloom Awards is as follows: Gold is 85% and above
for villages, towns etc. - Outstanding 85% and above, Merit
50% to 84% and Improvement up to 50% for Neighbourhoods.
All winners receive a certificate to show their achievements
each year. All of the above awards contributed to the 26
achieved in Herefordshire in Bloom - the best results for
the county ever.
Public Prepare to Fight Post Office Closures
Public meetings are taking place across Herefordshire in
a bid to fight off plans to close 20 post offices in the
county. Herefordshire Council arranged the meetings after
a seminar at council headquarters in Hereford on Wednesday,
3rd September, when representatives from Post Office Limited
heard a barrage of criticism from local people over their
well attended meeting at Pembridge Village Hall in the north
of the county on Friday, 12th September agreed that the
loss of their post office would hit the most vulnerable
in the community and there are further meetings taking place
this week. They
are: Lower Eggleton, at Yarkhill Parish Hall, on Wednesday,
17th September; Lyonshall's Royal George Hotel on Thursday,
18th September; Tudorville Youth Centre on Friday, 19th
September and another at Cradley next week is yet to
Council says the local rural way of life is under attack
after learning that the county faces the closure of 20 post
offices, which were confirmed in an announcement by Post
Office Limited last month. Of these, nine will be replaced
by a limited 'outreach' service. Herefordshire is the most
sparsely populated county in the West Midlands and has been
hit harder than any other part of the region by the closure
programme, particularly in the north of the county.
The 20 post offices earmarked for closure are: Almeley,
Bishops Frome, Bishops Wood at Ross on Wye, Brampton Bryan,
Brampton Road at Hereford, Brockhampton near Fownhope, Cradley,
Dorstone, Edwin Ralph, Llangrove at Ross on Wye, Lower Eggleton,
Lyonshall, Pembridge, Redhill at Hereford, Rushall, Sutton
St Nicholas, Tudorville at Ross on Wye, Upper Sapey, Whitney
on Wye and Wigmore. Post Office Limited are intending to
partly replace 9 of these post offices with 'outreach' facilities,
meaning they will be closed and replaced by a very limited
mobile service in car parks, petrol stations, village halls
or local pubs. These are: Almeley, Bishops Frome, Cradley,
Dorstone, Lower Eggleton, Pembridge, Upper Sapey, Whitney
on Wye and Wigmore.
a detailed submission to the Department of Trade and Industry,
Herefordshire Council has previously argued that closure
plans would see the marginalization and exclusion of thousands
of vulnerable people, such as older people, low-income families
or those without a car, who rely on their local post office.
'Post offices are very often village stores too, and are
at the heart of village life, especially in the more remote
areas of the county,' said Councillor Blackshaw, cabinet
member for economic regeneration. 'Herefordshire has a rapidly
growing population of frail, older people who depend on
their local shop and post office and their quality of life
and ability to be independent will be compromised severely
if these closures go ahead.' The post office consultation
ends on Tuesday, 7th October.
Council is fighting on two fronts to safeguard the rural
way of life. It is also battling to save around 100 telephone
kiosks threatened with the axe by telecommunications giant
BT. The council is asking parish councils and local people
to write in and voice their concerns and ideas on how the
council can work with them and their local MPs to protect
village post office services and telephone boxes. They can
write to: Anthony Bush, parish liaison and rural services
officer, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4
0XH, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Fun Weekend at Goodrich Castle
A great weekend of entertainment took place at Goodrich
castle to draw people's attention to the AONB (Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty) 'Overlooking the Wye' scheme.
went along to the Castle for several hours on Saturday and
enjoyed filming the event for WNTV. A band of medieval musicians
specially performed 'The Horses' Brawl' for the WNTV News,
and Tim, the coracle maker played a haunting melody for
us on his 'hang', a drum from Switzerland, which sounds
just 'out of this world'.
on another field, somewhere in Ross-on-Wye, Tina's son Russell
was playing rugby and broke his leg, resulting in trips
to Hereford when we should have been prepping news, so showing
the footage has had to be delayed until next week's TV programme.
are a few photos with captions below, for now though.
band of medieval musicians entertain. Ref: DSC_7349
knights battle it out in the castle . . . Ref: DSC_7363
. . turning towards my camera for a 'friendly' snap shot . . . Ref:
. . before this happened. Ref: DSC_7368
11 year old boy jumps on the knight's chest to make sure he is going
to yield. Ref: DSC_7371
the coracle maker plays some haunting music on his 'hang' . . .
. . before talking to Tina for WNTV. (To be shown next week.) Ref:
Blake of the AONB also talks to us about the event. Ref: DSC_0965
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Country Festival Raises Over £4,000 for St. Michael's Hospice
The Ross Country Music Festival is always a great event
and this year was no exception. Attendance was higher than
ever, with many people travelling to Ross-on-Wye to enjoy
a brilliant weekend of live country music.
festival, organized by Colin Gray, raises money to help
St. Michael's Hospice, a vital local charity that provides
care for life limited adults. After the 2008 festival was
over, Colin was delighted to be able to present St. Michael's
with a cheque for a staggering £4,060. Well done to
everybody who helped to raise this fantastic sum.
Country Music Festival 2009 will take place as usual at
Ross Rowing Club from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July and
confirmed artistes to date are as follows: Dave Sheriff,
Kalibre, (my cousins will be pleased), Rough Diamond, Terry
Maher, Dean Austin and C and B Country Road Show. Further
acts will be published as soon as details are confirmed.
camping will be available as will Western stalls, hot and
cold food, bar marquee and as ever a great atmosphere. For
further information please contact Colin Gray on 07790341703
or 01989 567995.
Brain and Colin Gray present Nicky West with a cheque for £4,060
for St. Michael's Hospice.
Ross Cider Festival
Tina and Alan,
we'd like to thank you for making our last evening at Broome
Farm a hugely enjoyable and memorable one. For us it was
the perfect ending to a wonderful holiday. The main reason
we've fallen in love with the place is the people, and that
includes the both of you. There aren't many places I can
think of that feel so comfortable and welcoming as this
little farm on the outskirts of Ross. I do hope you enjoyed
the rest of the festival, by the looks of it you did (I
caught with all the action as usual on the ever reliable
left the farmhouse around midday after purchasing large
amounts of Mike's cider and having a last little drink with
some of the festival-goers to say goodbye. We also managed
to track down all the people attached to Mike (quite a few)
and said our goodbyes. Every single one of them was genuinely
sad we had to leave. It was a nice touch. Arrived home around
midnight still smiling...
am very impressed by today's Wyenot News Alan, you've taken
some great pictures of the area. It's a bit weird seeing
all these familiar beauty spots flooded, places Annika and
I has visited not too long ago - White Lion embankment,
Symonds Yat East, Kerne Bridge. At least your place is safely
out of the water's reach.
also had to giggle when I read last weeks news with all
the pictures of the festival, the memories came flooding
(excuse the pun) back. I was actually surprised I was standing
up straight during the interview with Tina after all the
cider I'd had! But you captured the atmosphere very well
indeed and I'm glad you took some time off to have a well
deserved break and a few drinks.
It would be lovely to meet up again next time we're over.
It's been a pleasure getting to know the both of you and
we're grateful for the special mention on Wyenot. The work
the both of you must put in this site must be immense`,
just like your personalities. Take care and I'll be in touch
you very much Annika and Chris.
was very nice to meet you for a second time at the event
and we have sent a personal reply, but have published your
letter to show just how much the people at Broome Farm and
Ross Cider are liked by everybody who meets them at their
fantastic events. It is nice people like you who make these
events, and make publishing 'Wyenot News' and 'WNTV' worthwhile.
have discovered by chance an article in Issue 181 about
a restored tram that had been used on the Kington Tramway.
It was discovered on a tip in 1963 by Mr Cyril Wright Meredith
- a descendant of the firm of ironmasters who built the
I have been researching the history of early British military
aviation and a Cyril Wright Meredith gained a pilots licence
in 1912 whilst serving with the Territorial Army. He came
from Kington and his father was an iron founder. He was
born in 1890 and by 1963 would have been 73.
is possible that he discovered the derelict tram but is
more likely to have been a younger relative. Can you tell
me anything about the gentleman who discovered the tram,
and if you have any information about the early aviator
in whom I am particularly interested?
many thanks for any information you can provide.
best regards from Michael Dunn
would like to be able to help but I am afraid that in this
case, all I did was edit a news item which had been sent
in. I know nothing about this tramway or the people involved
personally. Maybe a reader will be able to help? If so,
please write in and I will put you in touch with Michael
your excellent website by chance! I am researching the family
of one Michael Martyn Williams who resided at Bridstow briefly
C1860. I have the birth cert for a son b. 31st March 1860
who would presumably have been baptised at St Bridgets.
would like to see a copy of the parish register and am wondering
if you may have any idea where it is currently located?
forward to hearing from you and keep up the good work.
if anybody is able to help Mike, please write in and I will
put you in touch.
need a section on walks around Ross-on-Wye with strategically
I do not actually as I already know exactly where the pubs
are and how to walk between them. I suspect in reality that
it is you who requires this information to be published.
Most of this is in fact already on 'Wyenot', if you take
a glance around the massive amount of information I have
gathered together in one place, for those interested in
Ross and the local area. All you have to do is read it and
use a little brain power to work out a route between the
establishments. The pubs are here,
the maps are here and there
is lots more information on just about everything Ross related
if you follow the links from the home
THE WYENOT NEWS
POTTERS BAR REUNION PARTY 2008!
It has been 3 years since the last Potters Bar Reunion
so we have decided to hold another.
who remember the Potters Bar
and those who would just like an evening of great '70s
Invited to come along on
22nd November at 8.00pm
the The Original Potters Bar
(Now the Hope & Anchor Conservotary)
Juke Box Records! - Football Table! - Meet Old Friends!
Bring all your old photographs!
invite your friends!
scene from the 2004 Wyenot News Potters Bar party. Ref: DSC_6679
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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