place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
Daffodil Weekend has been running successfully for over
thirty years and this year's event, which runs from Saturday,
20th to Sunday, 21st March it is expected that hundreds
of people will be paying a visit to the miniature daffodil
strewn village. On
each of the days there will be four guided walks for visitors
to enjoy, after which home-made teas will be available in
the village hall and the heritage churches.
students of Hartpury College have been walking along the
route, looking out for potential hazards and removing them
in the interests of public safety and all is now ready for
the public to enjoy.
Daffodil Weekend is always special, so if you're looking
for somewhere to take the family this weekend, why not go
along and enjoy the famous spectacle for yourself. As John
Fishpool, Chairman of the Kempley Daffodil Weekend says,
'A fabulous weekend is to be had by all.'
students rest after preparing the Waymarked walk on which they and
other members of Wild Daffodil Project have worked throughout the
CYCLE OFFENCES A PACT PRIORITY FOR ROSS
Cycle offences will now fall into the spotlight for attention
after a recent PACT (Partners And Communities Together)
meeting in Ross identified the issue as the top priority
for agencies in the town to tackle. Concerns were raised
at the meeting over the number of cyclists seen riding around
during the hours of darkness without lights, riding along
one way streets in contravention of the one way flow and
riding on pavements.
Mark Murphy, the Local Policing Officer for Ross Town said,
'Apart from the fact that these activities are illegal,
it does not set a very good image for a town which relies
on tourism to see cyclists openly flouting the law in such
an antisocial manner. I also regularly stop youngsters around
the town who are riding bikes that are in a very poor, sometimes
dangerous, condition. I would urge all parents whose children
have bikes to check the machines over and make sure they
are not used unless they are roadworthy. If anyone would
like advice regarding this, there are several specially-trained
police cyclists at Ross Police Station who would be happy
always, with initiatives in the town, we are going to attempt
to educate people first. If that process fails, we will
then resort to legislation and issue fixed penalty notices
for those found committing offences. At the end of the day,
what we are trying to do is maintain safety on the roads
and ensure that Ross-on-Wye remains a place that visitors
want to come to.'
in Ross-on-Wye, together with their partner agencies, are
committed to listening to the local community and working
with them to resolve any issues raised by them. If anyone
would like to have a say on what should be a priority to
be dealt with in Ross by the police and local agencies,
then contact the local policing team on 0300 333 3000 or
come to the next PACT surgeries at the Library in Cantilupe
Road at 11am on Wednesdays 18th and 25th March.
MAN ASSAULTED IN CROWN & SCEPTRE
Ross-on-Wye Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault
that took place in the Crown & Sceptre public house
to come forward. The incident happened at approximately
11pm on Saturday, 6th March when a verbal argument between
two male customers became a physical confrontation.
a result, one man received a cut to his head and a broken
arm, which required surgery at hospital. Another man has
been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently
on police bail whilst police make further enquiries into
the matter. Police are anxious to speak to everyone who
was in the Crown & Sceptre that night around 11pm in order
to establish exactly what happened.
with any information that can help should contact PC Mark
Robinson at Ross Police Station on 0300 333 3000. Alternatively,
call the Crimestoppers line, anonymously on 0800 555111.
BAROQUE SACRED MUSIC FOR HOLY WEEK
of Baroque sacred music can enjoy an unusual concert for
Holy Week in St Catherine’s Church Hoarwithy on Wednesday,
31st March. Promoted by Ross Live! and generously sponsored
by the Alan Cadbury Charitable Trust, the concert opens
with a Stabat Mater by the Sicilian composer Emanuele d’Astorga
(1680- 1757). This lovely work, which lasts 27 minutes,
has only recently been rediscovered and transcribed into
a performing edition by King’s Music. Soloists and chorus
are all from the Birmingham Conservatoire, with a period
instrument ensemble provided by The Musical and Amicable
Society directed by Martin Perkins.
in the programme is the more familiar choral piece, Crucifixus
by Antonio Lotti (1667-1740), with words from the Creed.
This is followed by the great Passacaglia for unaccompanied
violin by Heinrich Johan von Biber (1644-1704), when the
soloist will be the German Baroque specialist, Christiane
After the interval, when wine will be served, the house
lights will be turned off and the concert will be lit by
candles and stand lights to create the authentic setting
for Tenebrae, the ancient office sung during the afternoon
and evening of Wednesday to Friday of Holy Week. Lights
are extinguished one by one to commemorate the darkness
that fell over the earth ‘at the sixth hour’ during the
works to be performed were all composed for Tenebrae . There
are two Lamentations of Jeremiah, the first for bass soloist
with strings and chamber organ by the Czech composer Jan
Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) which will be followed by the
Ténèbres response Ecce quomodo for solo tenor by Marc-Antoine
Charpentier (1645-1704). The second Lamentation is by another
French composer Michel-Richard de Lalande (1657-1726) and
is for solo soprano and basso continuo.
concert ends with the famous Miserere mei Deus by Gregori
Allegri (1582-1652). This unaccompanied piece was jealously
guarded by the Vatican where Allegri sang in the choir,
until the young Mozart heard it once and wrote it down note
and word perfect from memory. This hauntingly beautiful
work is in the form of a choral plainchant with ad libitum
soprano solo ornamentation floating ethereally over the
enthusiasts could enjoy back-to-back Baroque if they attend
J S Bach’s St John Passion in Hereford Cathedral the night
before. The Italianate Grade I listed St Catherine’s Church
is one of Herefordshire’s lesser-known treasures. There
is a steep path with steps up to the church but muscular
portage is available for wheelchairs. Users should telephone
01989 730439 to arrange parking and assistance.
cost £12 and are now on sale at The County Collection, 1
Market Place, Ross-on-Wye. Telephone 01989 563883. Tickets
are also available from The Outback, 19a Church Street,
Hereford. Telephone 01432 275063. Cheques in favour of Ross
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Catherine's Church, Hoarwithy.
Catherine's Church, Hoarwithy.
PROMPT POLICE RESPONSE CAUSED MISSING CHILD HOAX TO BACKFIRE
Shoppers in High Town, Hereford will have seen a large number
of uniformed police staff flooding the area last Thursday
lunchtime, in a very prompt and effective response to a
report of a missing child in the city. The incident happened
at 1.14pm on Thursday, 4th March when a woman reported to
security staff at Marks and Spencer's that her young daughter
had gone missing from the store.
minutes several officers were on the scene to co-ordinate
a search and even more staff were deployed to the incident,
which police graded as high-priority. People in the vicinity
welcomed the impressive turnout to the incident, which turned
out to be a hoax by the woman in order to distract security
staff from approaching her male accomplice in crime.
Wright, Police Strategic Partnership Manager for Herefordshire
Division said, 'I think the duo got more than they bargained
for as the area was flooded with officers very quickly.
The response is indicative of the changes that we have made
to the response structure in the Division this February,
which allows us to deploy a larger pool of officers to anywhere
in the county with much greater effectiveness.
restructuring includes the provision of an extra team, working
alongside the late turn response shift and staffed by members
of the county's local policing teams, whose sole role each
evening is to deal with antisocial behaviour incidents as
they come in. These changes came about as a result of communities
wanting more officers in their areas to deal with antisocial
behaviour. After listening to what local communities wanted
us to do, we advised them of our proposed changes at the
time and our efforts two months on have seen a significant
drop in disorder and poor behaviour.
are very focussed on preventing harm, as in the case of
this missing child, and in tackling antisocial behaviour,
wherever it may occur. Calls involving the possibility of
harm or antisocial behaviour will attract the highest priority
and the strongest response. By offering an even faster and
even more effective response to incidents, we can prevent
them from escalating, thereby reducing repeat calls to a
minimum and maximizing the quality of life of our local
QUAD BIKE AND TACK STOLEN FROM UPTON BISHOP
in South Herefordshire are appealing for information in
an effort to locate property that was stolen during a burglary
that took place at Upton Bishop, near Ross-on-Wye.
burglary occurred between 7pm on Sunday, 14th and 7am on
Monday, 15th February, when thieves approached the stable
buildings of a property in Upton Bishop and removed an amount
of leather saddles, a mower and a quad bike.
The saddles, all black leather, comprised an Anky-make dressage
saddle, a Jaguar-make dressage saddle, a Jaguar jump saddle
and a Treless-make saddle. Also taken was a red Logic flail
mower and a Yamaha quad bike, bearing the registration number
would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity
in the Upton Bishop area at the time or who may know the
current whereabouts of the stolen property.
with information should contact PC Liz Bishop at Ross Police
Station on 0300 333 3000 or call the free Crimestoppers
line on 0800 555111.
POLICE WARN QUAD BIKE OWNERS TO BE ON THEIR GUARD
Herefordshire Police are warning farmers and owners of quad
bikes to be on their guard after a number of thefts of the
machines in recent weeks across the county. Since Monday,
22nd February some seven quad bikes have been stolen from
farms and isolated outbuildings, the thieves going to some
lengths to break in, cutting padlocks to barns and gates.
have stolen from rural locations in Pixley, Dormington,
Preston Wynne, Cradley, Knill, Bishops Frome and Wellington
Heath and on each occasion the quad bike was clearly the
Chief Inspector Sean Paley, Head of Herefordshire CID said,
'These offenders have shown some determination to get at
the property they want but there are still things that owners
can do to prevent theft or to make the goods un-sellable.
Consider the use of lighting and / or cameras in vulnerable
areas, paint your postcode in large letters on all the mudguards
of the vehicles or consider having the machine chipped with
an electronic tag which makes it easy to identify when found.
patrols are out actively looking for these offenders but
we need the help of the public to act as additional eyes
and ears. The key factor is vigilance. Please report any
suspicious activity or vehicles in the rural areas when
you see it. Write down the numbers of vehicles towing trailers
late at night, especially if they have a quad bike on board,
and contact the police immediately.'
Herefordshire's Tourist Information Centres are now celebrating
the fourth annual British Tourism Week which began on Monday,
15th March and will run until Sunday, 21st March. During
2008 visitors brought nearly £411 million into the county
and the council is keen to celebrate British Tourism Week
by putting on events to raise the profile of the tourist
information centres and encourage visitors and residents
to use them. Last
year's British Tourism Week saw 230 events take place across
the country and a list of the 2010 events is available at
Herefordshire the Leominster Tourist Information Centre
will be offering free samples of local food and drink from
local producers, throughout the week. Tyrrells potato chips,
cider from Dunkertons, jams and pickles from Sally's Pantry,
and Herefordshire cheeses from Monkland Cheese Dairy are
just some of the tasty samples donated for people to try.
TIC has some fabulous prizes to give away in a competition
which will run throughout the week. Prizes include tickets
to see Jools Holland at Eastnor Castle on Saturday, 10th
July, £50 worth of Theatre Tokens and National Express tickets.
To enter, simply call into the Tourist Information Centre.
Hereford Tourist Information Centre is running two competitions;
one for adults and the other for children. The prizes on
offer here are two return tickets to travel anywhere in
the United Kingdom by National Express and for the children,
a big cuddly teddy bear.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'Herefordshire is a beautiful county
to visit so it's no wonder we receive so many visitors each
year. Tourism is an important part of our local economy.
Our tourist information teams have a wealth of knowledge
about the county's culture and history, together with lots
of information about places to visit and things to do. During
National Tourism Week, we hope that local people as well
as visitors, will be encouraged to visit the centres more
often so that they can explore some of the county's hidden
PRIME MINISTER GIVES SEAL OF APPROVAL TO COUNTY CUSTOMER SERVICES
Local people receive excellent customer service from Herefordshire
Council and NHS Herefordshire, according to the Prime Minister,
Gordon Brown. The Customer Excellence Award has been developed
by the cabinet office and assesses the attitude, professionalism
and helpfulness of customer service staff, as well as the
timeliness and quality of information provided. There is
also emphasis on how well the council and the primary care
trust understand their customers, and their experience of,
and satisfaction with, nearly 1000 different services delivered
to over 170,000 people across the two organizations.
assessor spent two days with the customer service team,
scrutinizing evidence, visiting customer service centres
and checking experiences with customers, partners and staff.
The new award replaces the Charter Mark for excellence in
customer services, which Herefordshire Council has won for
the previous five years running.
June French said, 'Herefordshire Council has a strong track
record in excellent customer services and I am delighted
that the team have again met the highest standards to achieve
this new award. Public services are usually well ahead of
the private sector when it comes to providing a knowledgeable
and responsive customer service, either face to face or
by telephone or email. It is very important that residents
are able to access local services and be able to talk to
someone about the issues that concern them. Now that the
council and the primary care trust are working in their
unique partnership, staff have to know about nearly 1,000
different services that often affect the quality of life
of thousands of local people. This level of service is something
many other organizations. can only aspire to.'
employees working in the council's customer service centres
and contact centre have received extensive training and
are able to provide a wide range of information on public
services. There are customer service centres in Hereford,
Ross-on-Wye, Bromyard, Kington, Leominster and Ledbury.
Information can also be obtained by ringing the contact
centre on 01432 260500.
VALUABLE BIKE STOLEN FROM BOSBURY
Herefordshire Police are appealing for information following
the theft of a valuable bike from a garage in the village
theft occurred in the grounds of a cottage near the village
between 7pm on Tuesday, 9th and 7am on Wednesday, 10th March
2010 when thieves forced the padlocks from the garage door
and stole a Santa Cruz, Blur pedal cycle, valued at £4,000.
bike was a bespoke model, which was black in colour with
silver lettering. Police have released a picture of a very
similar machine and would like to hear from anyone who is
offered the bike or who may know its current whereabouts.
Anybody with any information that can help should contact
Shirley Knox in the Public Service Desk at Hereford Police
Station on 0300 333 3000 or, alternatively call Crimestoppers
on 0800 555111.
HEREFORDSHIRE WALKING FESTIVAL
Herefordshire Walking Festival is offering more than 50
walks this year over a nine-day period, so visitors and
residents alike can discover the nooks and crannies of the
county's rich, rural landscape. The featured walk at this
year's festival, which runs from 19th to 27th June is 'In
the Steps of the Mortimers,' a three day walk covering 30
miles from the north of Leominster through to Ludlow, uncovering
the secret past of its undulating scenery.
the south of the county, the Ross Round offers a chance
to hike all or part of an 18-mile circuit around the market
town, passing ancient sites and where steep climbs are rewarded
with magnificent views. Several of the walks offer a chance
to sample the county's wonderful locally grown produce over
a delicious breakfast, lunch, tea or evening meal while
other walks provide refreshment stops or free tasting of
local ice cream, apple juice or perry. There are also many
walks catering for special interests such as archaeology,
ornithology, nature, history and wildlife.
Lewis, Herefordshire Council's tourism, food and marketing
manager said, 'This festival really does offer something
for everyone, whatever their interests may be. This year
we have two morning walks to hear the bird chorus, a special
evening walk to search for bats and even a chance to go
walking with llamas.'
photographers have the chance to improve their skills under
the guidance of travel photographer Nick Meers, on a twilight
amble at Croft Castle and there is also a chance to find
out more about the hauntings and horrors of Hereford city
on a special ghost walk.
further information and to book tickets log onto www.walkingfestival.com,
contact the booking office on 01568 797842 or pick up one
of the Herefordshire Walking Festival programmes from one
of the county's libraries and tourist information centres.
YOU CAN NOW PAY YOUR COUNCIL BILLS AT LOCAL POST OFFICES
People in Herefordshire are now able to pay council tax
bills and other council payments at their local post office.
Herefordshire Council has teamed up with local company Allpay
to provide more choice and convenience for residents, in
a move that will promote greater use of village shops and
post offices in rural areas. From
now, local people can also pay any council bill with a Pay
Point outlet. All bills issued will be bar-coded to make
it easier to use this service. Allpay.net
Limited, the payment specialist company, will also be providing
a fully automated, round-the-clock telephone payment service
so that paying bills can be easy for everyone.
of Benefits and Exchequer services at Herefordshire Council,
Mike Toney said, 'The idea is to provide a much greater
choice of where and when residents can pay their bills.
Many outlets will be also be far more convenient for people,
with longer opening hours, and because rural shops and post
offices will benefit from greater patronage, it helps sustain
communities too. It
means residents do not have to go to a council info centre,
so those cash offices will from April, cease taking payments
where a bar-coded bill is issued.
well as cutting down on unnecessary travel, the provision
of a more local service helps the county to reduce its carbon
HRH COUNTESS OF WESSEX TO VISIT HEREFORDSHIRE
Toddlers, parents, and looked after children will be dusting
off the bunting, and putting on their glad rags in preparation
for a Royal visitor next week. Some of the county's youngest
and some of the oldest will have the opportunity to meet
HRH The Countess of Wessex when she visits Herefordshire
on Wednesday 17th March.
in the county at 12 Noon, The Countess's first engagement
will be at Growing Point, a registered charity based in
Holme Lacy that uses horticultural therapy to help children
and adults with disabilities. As well as meeting some of
the county's civic dignitaries HRH will learn about the
history of Herefordshire's Growing Point before touring
the site and meeting staff, users and volunteers. Groups
present will include Scope (individuals with learning difficulties),
Over 60s, Barrs Court School and Ledbury ABI Transitional
next visit will be Breast Haven, Hereford for lunch, before
arriving at Herefordshire Council's Centre 18, Symond Street,
Hereford at 2.20pm to meet some of the county's looked after
children. Developed specifically for young people in care,
Centre 18 provides a meeting place where young people in
care can get together on a regular basis. The centre also
provides them with support and new skills, helping them
make the transition to independence. During her visit, The
Countess will meet some of the young people who use the
centre including a group who will be painting a new mural
outside. Amongst a range of other activities, The Countess
will enjoy learning about the listening tree, a unique project
developed by young people, before planting an apple tree
in the grounds of the centre to commemorate her visit.
Centre 18 at 3pm, the Countess will visit the HOPE Family
Centre in Bromyard for 45 minutes where she will meet families
and be introduced to the trustees and council staff. The
Countess will be offered a cup of tea before beginning a
tour of the building and a chat with members of the computer
group, volunteers and supporters of HOPE. Thanks to more
than £1.3 million funding from Advantage West Midlands and
Europe through the Rural Development Programme for England,
the centre is about to embark on an exciting building project
and will become one of the county's first new co-location
centres. The Countess will get an exclusive peek at the
plans and meet some of the architects involving in developing
them. HRH will also meet some of the three and four year
olds in the butterfly room, some two year olds in the caterpillar
room and staff in the sensory room.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services said,
'We are very proud of our looked after children and are
delighted The Countess is going to spend some time getting
to meet them. I believe they are looking forward to talking
to her about all the things they enjoy doing at Centre 18
and showing off some of their cooking skills too.
are also very proud of our children's centres, and have
great plans to change the way we deliver services for children
and families over the next few years. HOPE Family Centre
was one of the first children's centres to open in Herefordshire
and will be one of the first new CO-location centres to
open as well, so it is fitting that The Countess should
meet some of our youngest customers there.'
POLICE WARN OF THEFTS FROM CAR PARKS
Hereford Police have issued a warning to motorists using
certain car parks to be on their guard against car crime
as some of the car parks in the area are being targeted
by thieves. Officers
are warning drivers not to leave valuables and other desirable
items in their vehicles if they are parking in the Merton
Meadow and Blackfriars Street/multi-storey car parks in
the city and the car park at Breinton Springs, used by people
out enjoying the Herefordshire countryside. In
recent weeks, police have noticed a slight increase in the
number of thefts at these locations, though they are sporadic
and not confined to particular days or times.
Superintendent Kevin Purcell, leading Herefordshire Division
said, 'Thefts of and from vehicles are not commonplace in
the county and we aim to keep it that way. That said, we
must not be complacent as thefts do occur from time to time,
as this slight increase evidences. I would simply urge motorists,
when leaving their vehicles in any car park, to take the
common-sense approach and to remove items that thieves might
want to steal such as satnavs, handbags, and clothing. If
you cannot remove it, put it all out of sight in the boot.
as the weather starts to improve make sure you don't leave
windows open, even a little bit. If you have to leave an
animal in the car, use a device that allows you to open
the window but prevents anyone from putting their hand through
the gap. I have also directed officers to pay regular visits
to not just these car parks but all car parks on their patrol
area to deter and disrupt the activities of any car thieves.'
who sees suspicious activity in any car park in Herefordshire
should report it immediately, using the 999 emergency number
or the non-emergency 0300 333 3000 number, depending on
the circumstances. If you'd like to know more about how
to prevent car crime, go to the West Mercia Police website
(www.westmercia.police.uk) and then click on the 'Advice
Centre' and 'Vehicle Security' buttons.