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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 217 - Wednesday, 24th September 2008
NEWS - Anne Gray Award - Tudorville Post Office - Civic Service
- Silverfish - Good Citizen - Potters Bar Party - Do you know the
story behind the giant football?]
lovely day with Sir Patrick Moore - Plans for the future, have your
in Bloom Awards - Letters]
in Bloom Awards continued - Llangrove houses refused - Ross Traders
development Framework - Weather]
very special duo and the rest of the news from around the region]
Anne Gray Presented With Special Award
Congratulations to Anne Gray who was presented with the
Jo Ashman Community Spirit Award at the Ross-in-Bloom presentations
evening on Sunday. This award is presented each year to
somebody who has made an impact on the community whilst
also working with Ross-in-Bloom..
presenting Anne with her award, Ross-in-Bloom Chairman,
Margaret Lucas said, 'Anne might not have been born here,
but she has certainly made her mark on the town. She and
her husband Colin work in many aspects of Ross life, with
all ages of the community. Anne does so much for the town
that is unrecognized and it is nice to be able to show our
appreciation to her in this way.'
so say all of us! Congratulations Anne, you deserve it.
More photographs from the Ross-in-Bloom Presentation Evening
can be seen on pages four and five of this week's Wyenot
Gray, Alison Stephenson of Ross Garden Store and Ross-in-Bloom Chairman,
Margaret Lucas. Ref: DSC_7514
wonderful display of trophies to be awarded at the R-I-B Presentations
Evening on Sunday. Ref: DSC_7464
Tudorville Community Association called an emergency meeting
on Friday, 19th September to discuss Post Office Ltd.'s
proposal to close Tudorville Post Office
meeting chaired by Ross Town Mayor, Councillor John Davies,
was very well attended by local councillors, Anthony Bush
of Herefordshire Council, the prospective parliamentary
candidates and over seventy members of the public, who came
from as far as Walford and Arbour Hill. Many people will
suffer if the closure goes ahead as there are several issues
in Ross that make it difficult for people use the Post Office
are only two disability bays in the car park to serve users
of both the supermarket and the Post Office and there is
a steep incline for pensioners to manage on their way back
to the bus stops. They will have to wait in longer queues,
particularly on road fund days and at times are queuing
in the Maltings with no rest area.
closed, Tudorville will be offered a 12 month pilot scheme
to operate services alongside the present till for grocery
transactions so there will be a lack of privacy for financial
and other transactions. It will also prove very inconvenient
for the business person wanting to post their parcels, but
who will have to wait in a long queue of general shoppers.
Anne Gray told us, 'People must send their concerns to Jenny
Hepworth, Freepost, Post Watch, and to Mark Partington,
Network Development Officer, Freepost Consultation Team.
is another blow to community services in a rural area, where
there has been a cut back in bus services due to withdrawal
of subsides from both Gloucestershire and Herefordshire
Jesse Gives His Support to Tudorville Post Office
Local campaigner Jesse Norman joined residents of Tudorville
in Ross-on-Wye last week in their fight against the closure
of the Tudorville Post Office. A packed meeting at the Tudorville
Youth Centre was addressed by representatives of the Post
Office, and of the regulator PostWatch -- and gave them
a real cross-examination.
pointed out that the Tudorville Post Office was a thriving
and successful business, which served both Tudorville and
the wider local area. Many older and disabled people lived
there. Public transport into town was not frequent enough,
while it was a long and rather dangerous walk there and
back uphill. Many small businesses relied on the Post Office
to handle their parcels, and closure would overload the
Post Office at the Maltings. In short, closure of Tudorville
Post Office would be a serious blow to the community.
reply the Post Office personnel emphasized the need for
residents to write in to the Consultation and describe their
specific situation and the effects of closure on them. Letters
should go to Mark Partington, National Consultation Team,
FREEPOST Consultation Team, with a copy to Jenny Hepworth
at FREEPOST POSTWATCH. But many residents said that it was
clear that the Post Office team were not fully briefed as
to why the Post Office had been closed, as to the nature
of the new pilot service, or as to what overall services
would be lost.
co-ordinator of the campaign to Save Herefordshire's Post
Offices, Jesse Norman has led the fight against the closures
for nearly 18 months. He said afterwards, 'It was a very
good meeting, and shows the huge strength of local feeling
against the closure. On some issues, I am afraid the Post
Office people did not really know what they were talking
about. But this closure is not a done deal and everyone
must write in if they possibly can.'
event was kindly organized by the Residents' Association,
led by Colin and Anne Gray, and was very well chaired by
John Davies, the Mayor of Ross.'
Organizations working for the community were represented
at St. Mary's Parish Church for the Civic Service, which
took place on Sunday. The Mayor, Councillor John Davies
was present and dignitaries from other towns also attended
to the service, councillors and the visiting dignitaries
formed a procession to St. Mary's Church. A buffet lunch
was held at Ross Bowling Club after the service.
Dignitaries to Sunday's Civic Service at St. Mary's. Councillors
Beris Williams (Vice Chairman of Herefordshire Council), Keith Francis
(Mayor of Ledbury), Max Coborn (Mayor of Cinderford), Kevin Wargen
(Mayor of Hereford), Caroline Bovey (Chairman of Malvern Town Council),
John Davies (Mayor of Ross-on-Wye), Terry Christopher (Mayor of
Monmouth), Allan Lloyd (Mayor of Kington), Peter McCaull (Mayor
of Leominster), Sue Merrikin (Mayor of Coleford), Chris Holbourn
(Deputy Mayor of Ledbury) and Mr Keith Wilding (President of Ross
Silverfish! This Coming Saturday Night at the Prince of Wales
The disbanding of The Zebras left a bit of a hole in the
local musical talent when the popular band split last year,
however, all that is set to change. Paul Randell has teamed
up with Richard 'Tigger' umbers, and Jen and Terry from
the all female rock band 'Underwired' to form 'Silverfish.'
will cover some of the old favourites that you would expect
to hear from Paul, along with some newer material which
the band will be performing at The Prince of Wales on Saturday
for one am really looking forward to it!
Young Ross-on-Wye Girl Nominated for Good Citizen Award
Ten years old Amy Cross from Ross-on-Wye and seventeen years
old Ben Sainsbury from Wormbridge are two very special local
young people who will be joining many other youngsters at
West Mercia Constabulary's annual Good Citizen of the Year
Awards in Worcester next Thursday.
The Good Citizen Awards, which celebrate their 21st birthday
this year, are open to all young people aged 18 or under,
across the West Mercia region. During the event, West Mercia
Constabulary Chief Constable, Paul West will present the
Award for the overall Good Citizen of the Year 2008.
has been nominated for her fund-raising activity, charity
work and overall good citizenship. Her independent fund-raising
has paid for the sponsorship of children in India, enabling
them to go to school and receive an education. Amy also
makes gift tags to sell and provides a gift wrapping service.
Comments on the nomination form included: 'For the past
two years she has been thinking of others she hasn't even
met. Amy is a very caring individual who constantly looks
for ways to help people around her and bring a smile to
their faces. She is kind and thoughtful and always considerate
of others. She has raised over £100, made a difference to
others' lives and is a really good citizen.'
was nominated for his actions when his friend suffered a
serious accident. Ben's quick and decisive first aid helped
to get him through until the ambulance arrived. He later
helped with his friend's recovery, travelling to Birmingham
to visit him in hospital in the evenings and coming back
for school each day. Ben continues to help him with his
support and friendship. His nominator said: 'He is extremely
modest and would never claim any acknowledgement for himself,
but his courage and intervention may well have saved a life.'
Mark Smith, who has helped organize this year's Awards scheme,
said, 'The perception of young people today can sometimes
be negative. The annual Good Citizen Award scheme highlights
the exceptional contribution many young people make to local
communities across West Mercia. The Awards show how generous,
brave and community minded many of our young people are.
We are very proud of all our good citizens and they are
all winners in our eyes.'
To have been eligible for nomination this year, acts of
good citizenship must have taken place between 26 May 2007
and 25 May 2008.
prestigious Good Citizen Awards are an annual scheme run
by West Mercia Constabulary to recognize young people, aged
18 and under, who have made an outstanding contribution
to their local community. Nominations for the award scheme
are made at a local level and then a total of ten entries
are short listed from the nominations received from across
the region. The short listed nominees then attend an award
ceremony where the overall Good Citizen of the Year is named.
All those short listed receive a prize and £50. The young
person judged to have made the most significant contribution
to their community will be named Good Citizen of the Year,
and will receive £50 plus a £50 donation to charity, as
well as the Good Citizen of the Year Award trophy.
FORGET THE POTTERS BAR REUNION PARTY 2008!
PLEASE TELL YOUR POTTERS BAR FRIENDS
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
Do you know story behind giant football?
This photograph of a giant football has left staff at Herefordshire
Council's museum perplexed. Mr Capstick, a dealer in old
photographs, acquired the photograph and noticed it was
printed in Commercial Road, Hereford, even though it may
not have been taken in the city. Althea McKenzie, the museum's
costume and textile curator, suggests the uniforms and clothing
date the scene to around 1900-1910.
Stevens, Hereford Museum's collections officer for social
history, said, 'We would like to know whether anyone can
shed any light on this true leather working curio and whether
it was a Hereford team or a major event that needed such
a giant football to be made. We have drawn a blank in the
museum, apart from being able to give some idea of the date
of the photograph, and would be grateful for any information'.
you are able to help, please contact David Stevens on 01432
were these people doing with this giant football?
Quality Childcare from birth to 11 years
Gilmour Ofsted registered Childminder
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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