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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 223 - Wednesday, 5th November 2008
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A Family Tribute to Ken Boyd
Boyd with grandson Archie
Police have confirmed that the motor cyclist who died in
a road traffic collision on the A49 near Much Birch, on
Saturday 25th October 2008, was 36-year old Kevin Pearson,
a soldier from 1 Battalion, The Green Howards. They
have also named the car driver, who died in the collision
as Kenneth (Ken) Boyd.
was 90 years old and lived near Ross on Wye. His 87-year
old wife was also injured in the crash and taken to Selly
Oak Hospital in Birmingham, where she was treated for fractures,
cuts and bruises. Her condition continues to improve and
she is likely to be transferred to a local hospital shortly.
family of Ken Boyd have paid tribute to a man described
Boyd was born in 1918 near the Indian city of Madras, the
son of a Plymouth Brethren Minister. In 1932, after the
death of his father, the family moved back to the UK and
settled in Ayr, Scotland. Ken studied mechanical engineering
and, just before the war, landed a job, in aero dynamics,
with Fairey Aviation, in Middlesex, working on aircraft
such as the Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber, the most important
biplane of WWII.
the war, Ken later joined the RAF and was eventually posted,
in 1944, to 29 Squadron, West Malling, Kent, flying Mosquitos.
His role at that time
air reconnaissance, but also included chasing and shooting
down V1 rockets before they hit the UK.
the war, and a series of jobs around London, he moved to
Ross in the 1960's to work with Rank Xerox in Mitcheldean.
He worked for Rank until he retired, ending up as an engineering
projects manager, and spending some of his career working
in the USA and Canada, where he picked up a slight Canadian
accent, which he never really lost.
the 70's and 80's, he also helped his wife, Ann, run a holiday
riding school near Ross, designed to help overseas riders
brush up on their equine and English-speaking skills. In
the 80's, they also ran the Humble Pie café in the Maltings
man of large stature (in every sense of the word, according
to one of his daughters, Jane), he was a jolly giant of
a man. Jane said, 'He had an indomitable nature and was
always up for a challenge. He not only looked young for
his age but was always young at heart, always happy and
generous to a fault. He was irrepressible, being able to
turn his hand to anything, like many of his generation,
and had incredible strength for a man of his age. Even at
90 he had many interests, particularly sport, science and
the Big Bang theory.'
April 2008, the family held a party in honour of his 90th
birthday. Family and friends all dressed up in Indian clothing
and ate Indian food as a nod to his upbringing. Ken asked
all his guests not to give him any gifts but instead to
make donations to Drybrook Surgery in Gloucestershire. Such
was the esteem in which he was held, the amount raised was
just short of £500.
had a remarkable, varied and rich life,' said Jane, 'and
we will miss him so very much. He was so much part of all
our lives - a wonderful man!'
private cremation is still to be arranged.
Wilton Court Awarded Gold by Visit Wales
to Roger and Helen Wynn of Wilton
Court, Ross-on-Wye on receiving a Gold Award from Visit
Wales. Wilton Court is one of only seven hotels to have
been acknowledged with this prestigious accolade, which
is awarded for outstanding quality, exceptional comfort
and hospitality in the serviced accommodation sector in
The lovely part of this award is that there is no form of
self entry. All businesses in the sector graded by Visit
Wales are considered for inclusion and those who achieve
a high score in their grading assessment are selected for
'Mystery Shopper' testing. They are also asked to demonstrate
their commitment to training and accessibility.
Wilton Court is not in Wales, the hotel is approximately
five miles away from the Welsh Border, therefore it made
sense to be listed with Visit Wales.
Roger Wynn was absolutely delighted with the award and said,
'To be judged amongst the best in Wales is an incredible
honour. Our whole team works incredibly hard and I am thrilled
for them that their dedication is recognized by a much coveted
award. My wife, Helen and I would like to thank all our
members of staff for their wonderful attention to the smallest
of details and their enthusiasm for ensuring that we consistently
exceed the expectations of our guests.'
News went along to Wilton Court to talk to Helen and Roger
about their award and you can see coverga eof this in this
week's WNTV News programme.
Helen and Roger Wynn are thrilled with their Gold Award from Visit
Wales. Ref: DSC_7995
The Bridge at Wilton - Flavours Restaurant of the Year
last week's issue of Wyenot News, we were pleased to publish
the winners of the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards, in
which The Bridge at Wilton was judged Restaurant of the
Year, along with the 'Stewing Pot' Restaurant of Hereford.
Due to timing of the awards, we were unable to take a photograph
in time for last week's publication, but have made amends
Bridge is going from strength to strength. This is the fourth
time the restaurant has won in Flavours of Herefordshire
and last year they were judged Top Restaurant in the West
Midlands in the Heart of England Excellence in Tourism Awards.
The hotel is now becoming widely known as the establishment
for fine dining.
Jane and Mike Pritchard put the hotel's success down to
the hard work of all of their staff, all of which make them
very proud. Wyenot News went along to The Bridge to take
the photographs below and to talk to Jane and Head Chef,
James Arbourne about their success.
the following photograph are: Robert Watts, Jane Pritchard,
(Proprietor) Deiniol Pritchard, Ashley Kibble, Chris Poulter,
Jody Edmonds, Samantha Lee, Chris Kear, Jude Harrington,
Sam North and Head Chef, James Arbourne.
The happy team at the Bridge at Wilton. Ref: DSC_7921
A beautiful view of the River Wye and Ross from the lovely gardens
at The Bridge. Ref: DSC_1018
NEW LAYOUT FOR WNTV HOME PAGE
have had to change the layout of the WNTV
HOME PAGE this week. Back WNTV news programmes and other
special one-off programmes and video clips will now open
in a small second window. It is still possible to save programmes
you might like to keep to your computer, and if you do wish
to keep a programme, I would advise doing this at the earliest
opportunity. Through storage space necessity on the web
server, I have started keeping only 6 back issues of WNTV
NEWS available for watching on-line.
programmes are still available to watch at the Heritage
Centre, although, due to network problems caused by my main
computer here, I have not had chance to make the past six
available. I am working on getting this sorted this week.
reason for making the change is the new Microsoft operating
system, Windows Vista. I hate it with a passion! It has
caused me nothing but problems and the original WNTV page
layout did not work properly under that operating system.
Will somebody please tell Microsoft, 'If it ain't broke,
don't fix it'!
I hope the new page works for everybody. I still have to
add lots of the old video clips to the page - the redesign
takes a lot more setting up than the old one, and so I just
have not had time to add all archive material to the new
page yet. I will get around to doing so as soon as possible.
Canon Paul Chidgey Retires as Parish Priest in Ross
Paul, parish priest of St. Frances of Rome has now retired
after 22 years of priestly service to the Catholic community
Saturday October 25th - the Feast day of the English and
Welsh Martyrs, a celebration Mass was offered at St. Frances
of Rome church in the presence of a large congregation to
mark the Canon's retirement. The Archbishop of Cardiff,
Peter Smith was the chief celebrant, during which he gave
a moving homily and thanked Canon Paul for the devoted service
he had given to the church in Herefordshire and South Wales
throughout his 62 years as an active priest. Other priests
at the service were Fr. Cenydd from Our Lady's at Hereford,
Fr. Slater from Leominster and Fr. Richard Simons from Ledbury
the service everyone went to the Millennium Hall at Upton
Bishop and enjoyed a delicious hot meal organized by the
parishioners in memory of this special occasion. Mrs Therese
Warwick, secretary of the parish council gave a vote of
thanks and made a presentation on behalf of the parish.
new parish priest at St. Frances of Rome is Fr. Richard
Simons - a Benedictine monk from Belmont Abbey near Hereford.
Fr. Richard is also the parish priest of the Most Holy Trinity
church in Ledbury.
Canon Paul Chidgey retires after a celebratory Mass on Saturday
Did You Witness Fatal Bewdley Accident?
investigating a fatal road traffic collision near Bewdley
last month are continuing to search for a vital witness.
Pedestrian Harold Neale, aged 68, from Oldbury, West Midlands,
died in hospital following a collision with a silver Ford
Fiesta. The collision happened near the Royal Foresters
pub on the A456 at Rock at about 7.30pm on Friday, 10th
October, however despite extensive appeals and anniversary
checks at the scene a fortnight later, when 200 motorists
were spoken to by officers, police have been unable to trace
a woman who was driving directly behind the Fiesta in the
direction of Kidderminster when the collision occurred.
The woman pulled over in a bus stop and got out of her vehicle,
but seeing that other people were assisting Mr Neale she
then continued on her journey.
Paul Bosley of the North Worcestershire Road Policing Unit
said, 'We very much would like to speak to this woman as
we believe she has vital information about the collision.
As she has not come forward, we believe she probably does
not live in the Wyre Forest but instead may possibly come
from Leominster, Tenbury Wells, Cleobury Mortimer, Ludlow
or any of the surrounding areas.'
Bosley added that a reconstruction was carried out at the
scene on the evening of Monday, 3rd November, by officers
from the Collision Investigation Unit at West Mercia Constabulary's
woman or anybody else with information that can help are
asked to contact PC Bosley on 0300 333 3000.
Remember, Remember the 8th of November
is Lions' Bonfire Night
Lions are holding their biggest fund raising event of the
year this coming Saturday, 8th November. The Lions' annual
bonfire and fireworks night is being held, as usual in the
grounds of the Chase Hotel and the gates will open at 6pm.
event will begin with Ross Cubs Torchlight Parade and lighting
of the bonfire at 7:00pm and the fireworks display will
start at 7:30pm.
and drinks, including a bar will be available all evening
and a bouncy castle will be on site for those young children
who may not be so interested in the fireworks.
Lions support many local charities and individuals with
monies raised from this fantastic event, so why not go along
and join in the fun? Tickets are £4 per adult and
£2 per child.
is not unknown for the staff at EDMO to raise money for
a good cause and last Friday, they all dressed in pink to
raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Some simply donned
a pink t shirt or sweater whilst others went that little
bit further by dressing as pink fairies or stunning super
fund raising staff in this photograph are: Linda Schofield,
Ben Sayce, Toby Bourne, Marilyn Howells, Laura Huffer, Kate
Handley, Ray Marchant, Nicky Knight, Paul Greenhill, Steve
Lance and John Parsons. £68 was raised for the charity
during the course of the morning. Well done guys!
The staff at EDMO enjoy raising money for charity. Ref: DSC_7932
It was quite chilly out there, but Paul Greenhill bared all (well
most of it!) in a good cause! Ref: DSC_7933
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
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