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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 225 - Wednesday, 26th November 2008
NEWS - Prospect - Coughton Wall - SEES - Chocolate Party - Post
Office - Craft Market - Equine Industry]
Bar friends - Herefordshire Shines at Tourism Awards - HPV Clinics
set up in County]
Cupboard Blues - Autumn concert - Advertising signs - Have your
say - A postcard from Burnham-on-Sea]
Award Ceremony - Christmas Menus - Astronomy - Internet in Space
- Rugby - Rowing - Weather]
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Roman and Medieval Remains Open to the Public
of The Prospect Gardens in Ross-on-Wye have become a mine
of historical finds this year. Not only were Roman remains
discovered during work being carried out to repair the Prospect
wall, it now appears that remains of the foundations of
the 800 year old Bishops' Palace has been unearthed.
has always been known that there used to be a medieval Bishops'
Palace around the area, but nobody was quite sure where
it was exactly. It now looks as if the answer to the mystery
has been solved. The
Prospect now has the remains of a 1,900 year old Roman site
and the medieval palace to place alongside its already recognized
historic importance as one of the region's earliest public
News went along to the Prospect on Tuesday to view the new
find. Whilst there we spoke to Councillor John Jarvis about
the opportunities that the discoveries will provide both
in education and tourism. You can hear what Councillor Jarvis
had to say in this week's WNTV News programme.
sets of remains have been protected by temporary covering
structures with raised viewing platforms and will be open
to the public between 10am and 4pm from Friday, 5th until
Saturday, 20th December.
Keith Ray and Councillor Jarvis on the site Ref: DSC_8238
medieval remains. Ref: DSC_8246
The medieval remains. Ref: DSC_8229
The medieval remains. Ref: DSC_8244
A different view of the medieval remains. Ref: DSC_8245
Plans for Retaining Wall at Coughton Approved
permission to construct a retaining wall at Thorny Orchard,
Coughton,near Ross-on-Wye was approved by members of the
southern area planning subcommittee at their meeting on
Wednesday, 12th November.
at the site has been terraced after planning permission
was granted in 2004 for the erection of a building for the
storage and repair of vehicles. The
present wall is not considered to provide adequate support
to a public footpath running alongside it and it is now
proposed to erect a "timber crib" wall which will be filled
with planting bags so that, over time, plants can become
established across the wall face.
Council's traffic manager expressed concern regarding the
stability of the existing wall and wanted full details of
the proposed wall to be provided and approved by the council's
construction team. Herefordshire Council's public rights
of way manager expressed concern about the safety of pedestrians
using the public footpath and wanted the work overseen by
a chartered engineer. Walford
Parish Council had no objection.
letters of objection were received concerned that the wall
will be much longer than originally envisaged and the fact
that footpath WA50 has been closed as a result of being
SEES Now Open to All Private Home Owners Over 60
Council is extending its Special Energy Efficiency Scheme
(SEES) to all private homeowners and private tenants aged
60 plus. The scheme, which provides funding for energy efficiency
improvements such as insulation and draught proofing and
heating controls, is available to anyone over 60, regardless
Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's energy champion, said,
'With fuel prices at their highest level for some years
together with the credit crunch adding further pressure
on people's incomes, we have decided to extend this scheme
to all over 60s. I would urge anyone who is struggling with
their bills to take advantage of this scheme. There is only
limited funding so as always it will operate on a first
come, first served basis.'
interested in applying for one of the £500 grants should
contact Domestic and General Insulation, who this year operate
as partner with the council should telephone 0844 543 0043.
further information on reducing your energy bills, contact
Herefordshire Council Energy Efficiency Department on 01432
260398 or the local Energy Efficiency Advice Centre on 0800
Join The World's Largest Chocolate Fondue Party - Saturday
from Ross on Wye Baptist Church are joining thousands of
people world-wide in hosting the World's Largest Chocolate
Fondue Party 2008 in order to raise awareness and funds
for STOP THE TRAFFIK's Chocolate Campaign - a deeper look
at the darker side of cocoa.
from around the UK, and countries as far flung as Bangladesh,
Mozambique and Australia, will be dipping their strawberries
and dunking their donuts throughout the course of the last
week in November with the same aim in mind; to put an end
to the trafficking of children within the cocoa industry.
International Labour Organization wrote in 2005 that an
estimated 12,000 children have been trafficked to work on
cocoa plantations in Cote D'Ivoire, West Africa; a country
which produces over 40% of the world's cocoa crop. Many
children trafficked into the industry are from nearby Mali.
2000 US State Department Human Rights report said, 'It is
estimated that some 15,000 Malian children work on Ivorian
cocoa and coffee plantations. Many are under 12 years of
age, sold into indentured servitude for $140 and work 12
hour days for $135 to $189 per year.'
initiatives such as The World's Largest Fondue Party, STOP
THE TRAFFIK aims to put an end to the exploitation and abuse
of these children by raising awareness in our communities
and encouraging individuals and groups to take action.
chocolate used at the fondue party has to be TRAFFIK FREE
which, at the moment, means fair or ethically traded.
The wrappers will be collected and creatively used by STOP
THE TRAFFIK as a protest against the manufacturers who aren't
meeting their promises to put an end to child trafficking.
Baptist Church are one such group doing this. By combining
a fun (and delicious chocolatey goodness) with an all important
message, Ross Baptist Church will raise the awareness and
vital funds necessary for STOP THE TRAFFIK to finish what
chocolate lovers world-wide have started.
you would love to help this cause as much as you love chocolate,
go along to Ross Baptist Church on Saturday, 29th November
from 7pm and join them for fun, games, music and lots of
chocolate!. A ticket to the World's Largest Fondue Party
costs £5 (£3 concessions) per person. This covers both the
hosts' expenses and raises money to take Stop The Traffik's
chocolate campaign to the next level.
available from the Church Office, 18 The Crofts 01989 566966
or Beth Underwood 07815 461141.
Post Office Card Account Contract is Good News
Post Office campaigner Jesse Norman has welcomed the Government's
decision to keep the Post Office Card Account, which is
used to provide pensions and benefits to 4.3 million nationwide--and
some 10,000 people in Herefordshire. Ministers scrapped
plans to hand the these payments over to another company
last week, and said the Post Office would retain the business
under a new contract running for five years from 2010, with
the possibility of a further extension.
government's current Post Office closures plan will close
2,500 branches by the end of 2008, and it had been feared
that as many as 3,000 more branches would go if the Card
Account was axed. 'This a complete U-turn, but a very welcome
one,' said Jesse, who has run the Save Our Post Offices
campaign in Herefordshire since May 2007. 'We have long
campaigned for the Post Office to be allowed to keep the
Card Account, and I warned in August of the threat to branches
if the contract was not renewed. I said then that they should
use the Card Account to help people pay their utility bills.
Many people do not have bank accounts and pay extra because
they cannot use direct debit. The Post Office Card would
help to solve this problem.
government has taken many sources of income away from the
Post Office, and then used that as an excuse to cut branches!
This shows it should be doing the exact opposite: using
the network better to offer new services that help people.
This is more important than ever as the country goes into
Carr, Parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats
said, 'This announcement comes as a huge relief to the thousands
of Post Office Card Account holders, many Sub Post Masters
and communities in Herefordshire that may have lost even
more post offices across the county if the decision had
been different. The Post Office Card Account should never
have been put out to tender in the first place. Three thousand
more post offices would have been under threat across the
UK if the POCA had been given to a different organization.
welcome the news that the POCA has been awarded to the Post
Office but the government has wasted time and money and
caused immeasurable heartache by dragging this process out
for so long.'
Crafts Market and Local Authors Day at Ross Market House
special events are being held at Ross Market House this
coming weekend. The first, which will take place on Friday
is a Local Authors Day and Craft Market. Local authors will
be on hand to sell their books and sign them as excellent
Christmas gifts. There will also be local craft traders
for those special purchases.
second event will take place on Sunday, 30th November. This
will be the Annual Advent Market when local crafts people
and charities will be selling goods, with plenty of gift
ideas. Both events, which have been organized by Ross-in-Bloom
will be taking place between 10am and 3pm and will complement
the switching on of the Christmas lights on Saturday and
the Christmas Tree Festival which also starts on Saturday.
space under the Market House is full but if there is anyone
who would like to have a stall and is prepared to go outside
they are very welcome to join in. Please contact Mary Sinclair
Powell at the Heritage Centre for information.
Jesse Welcomes New Move to Support
Riding and Equine Industry
campaigner and Conservative parliamentary candidate Jesse
Norman has welcomed a new move to support riding and the
UK equine industry. The Conservative front bench has proposed
Early Day Motion 14, calling for the government to address
the whole issue of insurance for horses and riders. North
Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin in particular has been leading
the fight in Westminster.
House of Lords' legal judgement in Mirvahedy v Henley in
2003 has meant that keepers of animals, such as horses and
cows, can be liable for accidents involving their animals
even when they have taken all reasonable steps to prevent
the accident. The result has been to make it much more expensive,
and sometimes even impossible, for keepers of horses and
other animals to get insurance. Campaigners have argued
that such a strict, non fault-based liability regime should
be restricted to animals that are fundamentally dangerous
and which should be kept away from people, rather than being
applied to normal animals behaving in a normal way.
on the new Motion, Jesse said, 'It is now five years after
the key legal judgement and the government has still not
addressed this issue. The result of this inaction has been
to push up insurance costs to riding schools and keepers
of animals, and to undermine the commercial viability of
the equine industry as a whole. Of course riding can be
dangerous, as we have seen from two recent dreadful accidents.
But it is also fantastically rewarding. It gives huge joy
to thousands of people, young and old, in Herefordshire
and the Marches. And specialist riding schools do incredible
things for those with disabilities. The government should
not continue to put these things at risk.'
Local campaigner, Jesse supporting the Riding and Equine Industry.
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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