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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 218 - Wednesday, 1st October 2008
NEWS - Potters Bar Party - RoWToP - Paranormal - Macmillan Coffee
Morning - Letters - I'm a Councillor - Silverfish - Birmingham Evacuee
- Ambulance Response Times]
Norman on National TV - Fuel Poverty - Wildlife - The Night Sky
- War Memorial - Rugby - Weather]
Access Road and the rest of the news from around the region]
POTTERS BAR PARTY
Due to other events taking place on the same evening, and
involving a lot of the same people - not the least of which
is my own daughter, Sarah's 18th Birthday Party we have
had to change the date of the event. The other events would
have made attending the Potters Bar difficult for us, as
well as many guests. Rather than the reunion fail, we decided
it best to change the date for the Potters Bar Reunion Party.
The event will now take place on Saturday, 22nd November
2008, starting at 8.00pm.
are sorry for the short notice and apologize if this has
caused any inconvenience. I have tried to let as many people
know as possible, prior to this notice. The clash was not
realized on my part right until the last minute. And I do
know that this is very silly of me - especially as Sarah
and I share the same birthday!
the new date for the Potters Bar party will coincide with
the 45th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy.
Perhaps that could be an added extra theme for the event.
We could build a grassy knoll in the car park - you could
come dressed as Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby. Those packing
heat though must sign the book on the way in!
you know of anybody planning on coming who may not see this
notice, please inform them of the new date. I
called into 'Clinton Cards' in Hereford on Monday
and left a note for Irene, Isobel etc. as I know for certain
the Hereford contingent were definitely coming on Saturday.
I do hope the information was received.
you and sorry for the inconvenience.
Following an initial consultation stage to identify the
issues that matter to the residents of Ross, which ran from
November 2007 to January 2008, and a period of time spent
analysing responses, The Ross Town Plan Steering Group hosted
the first of a series of Planning for Real Events at Ross
Larruperz Centre on Thursday.
A large map of Ross was laid out on a table at the Centre,
on which places which need action taken on various issues
were identified by visitors. Topic cards and pins were available
for sticking on the map at locations in the town or on the
raised included the one way system, shabby shop fronts,
policing and anti social behaviour, the need for a cinema,
parking, road signage and sporting facilities. About 100
people filled out Topic Cards on Thursday, resulting in
nearly 300 opinions on various aspects of Ross.
you missed your chance to have your say on Thursday, further
opportunities will be avaiable on Tuesday, 7th October at
Tudorville Youth Centre, Friday, 17th October under the
Market House and Saturday, 1st November at the Library.
All times are between 10am and 4pm. Dates for Brampton Abbotts
and John Kyrle High School are yet to be confirmed.
candidate, Sarah Carr attended Thursday's meeting. 'I was
so impressed by the hugely innovative yet simple Ross Town
Plan consultation,' she said. 'The Planning for Real event
is a huge map of Ross where residents can directly stick
on pictures of the facilities they want and their likes
and dislikes about Ross! It is an easy way for people of
all ages to get their views across about living in Ross
and what their elected representatives should focus on.
I hope lots of local people will attend the 'Planning for
Real' events and make their voices heard.'
For Real' representatives and visitors on Thursday. Ref: DSC_7523
Paranormal Investigator Natalie would like to
investigate haunted buildings in Ross
Natalie Lawrence was born and bred in Hereford and has been
interested in ghosts and hauntings for as long as she can
'I first saw a ghost at the age of 4, when I lived in a
severly haunted farmhouse in the Herefordshire countryside,'
said Natalie. 'The haunting was that bad that it drove my
family out'. Natalie saw another ghost at the age of 8,
and at this age, started to understand what it was that
she actually saw. She started to pick up and read her father's
ghost books and that was when her passion for the paranormal
then Natalie has been reading stories, visiting haunted
places and collecting Hereford ghost stories. 'I was always
on the look out for local haunted spots and regulary cut
out newspaper clippings of ghostly sightings in Hereford'.
She told Wyenot News. 'Over the past five years I have always
thought that one thing Hereford was seriously lacking was
a good informative website on all of the City's ghosts as
there is absolutely nothing in Hereford, not even a book,
which was a shame because Hereford is so damn haunted!'
After spending three years collecting, researching and writing
ghost stories , Natalie thought that the ghost stories should
be on a website for the public to read. She built her own
Hereford website and so far it has proven to be a big
hit, with over 3,000 visitors in eight weeks.
website includes a 'D.I.Y. Ghost Walk', which visitors to
the City can print and walk the 'Ghost Walk' for themselves.
The web site also includes a 'Your Stories' section, where
people can send Natalie their Hereford ghost stories for
aim is to really get the public involved. She does this
by allowing members of the public to join her during her
paranormal investigations. Nothing else in the City offers
the public that chance.
last succesful overnight ghost hunt was in JD's pub last
week,' said Natalie. 'I am now currently on the look out
for some locations in Ross-On-Wye to investigate. So if
you know of any haunted places that I could investigate,
or if you would like your property investigated please contact
find out more about the ghosts of Hereford or to contact
Natalie about a haunted house, building, pub or inn in Ross,
WNTV may even come along to film the investigation.
The Great Macmillan Coffee Morning
Every year Macmillan Cancer Support hold a 'Big Coffee Morning'
to raise further funds for the charity and the Ross-on-Wye
branch held theirs at Ross Baptist Church on Saturday. Armed
with pots of coffee and tea and a range of tasty goodies,
the Macmillan crew had a good day, raising lots of money
for the group.
man Ken Element commented: that he usually went to Wetherspoons
for his coffee, but thought buying from Macmillan was a
far better idea as it was all for a good cause. 'And you
get a proper teaspoon to stir your coffee here!' added Alan.
the photograph below are the Macmillan Ross Committee: Lois
Knowles, Jo Fowkes, Jenny Thornton, Vicky Drake, Sarah Grout
(Fund-raising Manager), Soosie Pinnell, Ruby Price, Thelma
Green, Mrs. Joyce Thomas MBE-DL, Anne Endear and Fay Lerego.
Ross Committee host the Big Coffee Morning at Ross Baptist Church
on Saturday. Ref: DSC_7561
News received the following letter from Jamstand organizer,
would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who
was involved in Jamstand 2008, on the 26th July. Whether
it was giving financial support, helping to run the event
as smoothly as possible, or even just coming down to the
day festival itself.
would like to thank all of the financial sponsors of the
event without whom the event would not have been possible:
Herefordshire Youth Opportunity Support Fund, Ross Gazette,
Shawcross Solicitors, Balthasar Limited, The Rotary Club,
The Lions Club, Kings Head Hotel, Riverside Inn, Ideal Carpets,
Wyenet Internet services, Morris Bricknell Estate Agents,
Ross Town Council. Brandon Tool Hire. Kemps of Ross and
I would especially like to thank Alan Wood and Tina Jones
of Wyenot.com for all of their spectacular help, right from
word go, documenting the very long road up to the event,
and helping me in the right direction, as well as my family
and close friends who co-ran the festival.
would like to add that Jamstand 2009 will be back on, over
the space of 2 days in early August, subject to finalising
of the correct licenses from Herefordshire Council. If there
are any objections to this event taking place, please feel
free to contact me on my email address supplied.
Tart, the (pastry) case continues. . .
recently published a letter from 'Brian' generally complaining
about his visit to this lovely area, and in particular a
tart he had purchased from the Country Market. The article
reached the attention of the County Controller of the Saturday
Country Markets who asked that the following letter be forwarded
Ross Country Market operates every Saturday morning between
8.30 and 11.15 from the Royal Hotel and our 60th Birthday
celebration was covered by Wyenot News in the 12th September
2007 issue, with a good report and photographs. We are no
relation to the Saturday market held in the Market place
and it was the Ross Country Market that supplied the offending
fruit tart sold to 'Brian'.
pride ourselves on very high standards and all our suppliers
who are truly 'home bakers' have up-to-date food hygiene
certificates. All our produce has to have proper packaging
and labelling, hence 'Brian' was able to identify the maker
of the fruit tart he purchased. Mrs Preece is a long established
producer and customers come to the market specifically for
her produce. We always appreciate comments on our market's
produce - normally good - but unfortunately, life being
life, very occasionally mishaps occur and we assume this
appears to have been one such occasion.
Country Market has taken the necessary steps to ensure this
problem will not happen again and if 'Brian' would supply
us with his address, his money will be refunded. Finally,
anyone is welcome to call in to our market any Saturday
morning to see the wide range of baked goods, wonderful
fresh, locally grown fruit, vegetables and plants, preserves
of all descriptions and craft products available. We are
sure that you will not be disappointed.
County Controller Herefordshire Country Markets.
you for your letter, Cicely. Hopefully Brian will read this
and respond to your offer.
'I'm a councillor, get me out of here'
Six Herefordshire councillors took democracy into the classroom
at John Kyrle High school on Friday and will be visiting
other Herefordshire schools during the next few weeks to
show how relevant and important democracy is…even to youngsters.
were taking part in 'I'm a councillor, get me out of here.
is a great opportunity to help youngsters understand what
their local councillors do, how they could get involved,
and make suggestions as to how their local communities could
be improved,' said Councillor John Stone, chairman of the
council who is leading the group. 'Many people feel that
politics is irrelevant - which is why so many don't bother
turning out to vote when we hold elections. But the council
provides more than 800 different services across all corners
of the county and to people of all ages. It's by getting
involved in local politics that you can really help to shape
our communities and have a say on the kind of services the
is the first time Herefordshire councillors have participated
in the local democracy event and the schools taking part
have been sent teaching materials for groups to use when
studying citizenship. Teachers at JKHS are encouraging their
young people to question councillors on various topics both
when they have them in the classroom, and also via a specially
created website www.bigvote.org.uk during the first week.
councillors taking part, Ursula Attfield, Patricia Morgan,
Sally Robertson, John Stone, Alan Taylor and Julie Woodward
- have already posted their manifestos on the website so
the youngsters know what they stand for.
a week of visits to schools and a week of on-line question
sessions, the pupils will then vote for the councillor who
they feel will best represent their views - with one councillor
being voted off each day until there's one councillor left
a bit nerve-wracking - none of us wants to be the first
councillor voted off, said Stone, 'but it's for a very good
cause, and if we help some of youngsters understand better
what councillors do, then we will have achieved our aim'.
keeping their fingers crossed hoping they're not the first voted
out are, left to right: Ursula Attfield,
Alan Taylor, Patricia Morgan, Julie Woodward, John Stone and Sally
councillors being questioned at JKHS on Friday. Ref: DSC_7539
A Great Evening with Silverfish and Random
It was a very busy night at The Prince of Wales on Saturday
as lots of people turned up to watch Silverfish perform
their first gig. They were not disappointed and danced away
to a great range of covers. As ever, front man, Paul Randell
Zebras' drummer John Brown kindly stepped in to play drums
for the evening as the band's regular drummer, Terry has
injured her back and was unable to play. Get well soon Terry.
Terry used to play with female rock band 'Underwired' with
bassist, Jen who did really well with the backing vocals
on Saturday and well done to rhythm guitarist Tigger who
now has his first gig under his belt.
Silverfish had finished their first set, 'Random' took to
the stage and were very well received. Ex Zebras, Steve
Randell and Dylan Stokes gave a great performance with their
new band, who are well worth going to see and will be available
for full gigs very shortly.
was a great night, thanks guys. We are looking forward to
seeing you again in the very near future.
dance floor was packed for most of the night. Ref: DSC_7577
Paul, John and Jen aka Silverfish gave a fantastic performance.
went down really well with the audience on Saturday. Ref: DSC_7567
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 WAYNE WILLIAMS
ALL YOUR PLUMBING NEEDS
Mobile: 07800 518353
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
Birmingham Evacuee Find Ross Wartime Home
A 78 year old Birmingham man has finally found the Ross
home where he was evacuated to during the Second World War,
thanks to Ross-on-Wye Tourist Information Centre.
Ferriday, who lives in Great Barr has tried three times
to find the home and the only things he could remember were
that it was near a church and a row of cottages. Mr Ferriday,
together with his wife and son, Jon, toured all possible
streets they could come across in their car but had no success.
to give up, Mr Ferriday made a last ditch attempt to find
the home he lived in for one year from 1939, aged just nine,
and visited Ross-on-Wye TIC. Staff at the TIC immediately
contacted local lady, Joan Crisp who then arranged to meet
the family at The Royal Hotel.
a few minutes of conversation, Joan was able to work out
exactly where John had been billeted, because she knew the
family he had stayed with. Joan then took the Ferriday family
to visit the home, where its current owner, in typical Herefordshire
fashion, showed them around.
Adrian Blackshaw, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member
for community services and economic development, said, 'There
were tears all round when Mr Ferriday finally found this
house which meant so much to him. It is wonderful that our
staff have such good local knowledge and can help people
in this sort of way.
was certainly an unusual request, but shows that our staff
are always pleased to help and everyone was overjoyed with
are pleased that Mr Ferriday finally managed to locate his
war time home. However, while such a request may be unusual
to Herefordshire Council and Ross TIC, Wyenot News receives
many requests of this nature every week and solves them.
Council to Review Ambulance Response Times
Herefordshire Council is to undertake a formal review of
the ambulance response service in the county, with particular
focus on the market towns of Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye. The
review will also ensure that there is no drift of the emergency
resource from Herefordshire to other parts of the region,
following the creation of the West Midlands Ambulance Service
Dr Kay Swinburne, chair of the health scrutiny committee,
praised the work of paramedics and the ambulance service
and said she anticipated that the review would highlight
improved levels of service overall as well as any potential
deficits in the county's service provision.
is important that the county's residents are confident that
when they dial 999, an appropriate response is delivered,'
she said. 'This review will look behind the target response
figures and seek assurance that our residents are receiving
the level of service that they need and deserve.'
committee will discuss the scope, aims and time scale for
the review with the ambulance service before it is launched.
In line with the role of the scrutiny committee, which is
to probe, investigate and ask difficult questions on behalf
of the people of Herefordshire, it drilled down into ambulance
response figures since April this year by postcode and focused
on HR8 (covering the Ledbury area) and HR9 (covering the
times for category A or life threatening incidents varied
for Ledbury. In May, June and July this year, 50.0, 57.1
and 57.9 per cent of calls respectively were responded to
within eight minutes, although in August it increased to
72.7 per cent. In
Ross, 73.1 per cent of calls were responded to within eight
minutes in June, but in August it was just 47.8 per cent.
scrutiny committee felt these performance levels merited
particular focus in the formal review, especially when response
times in Hereford city were between 80 and 90 per cent for
the same period. The committee also welcomed the news that
the projected response times for the county for the month
of September brought Herefordshire into line with those
experienced in Worcester and Shropshire.
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