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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
THE MARKET HOUSE CLOCK IS TICKING - ITS TIME TO GET BACK THE CHIME
is great to see that Ross Market House clock is back in
working order after the mechanism broke last year. What
would be even better is being able to hear the familiar
chimes ringing out again. Despite the building belonging
to Herefordshire Council, when they were approached on the
subject, they said that they would pay half of the rather
large sum of money required to repair the chimes.
by this offer, the Association of Ross Traders have begun
raising the necessary funds and have put collection boxes
in various establishment in Ross-on-Wye. So far, collections
appear to be going well. Let us hope that we will be hearing
the chimes ring out through the town in the very near future.
you see a collection box for the appeal, please, give generously.
Market House clock on Monday, in working order again.
and Sarah Bruce of Pots and Pieces with one of the collection boxes.
ELECTION FOR NEW ROSS TOWN COUNCILLOR ON THURSDAY 27TH MAY
Following the resignation of former Mayor, John Davies from
Ross Town Council an election is to be held on Thursday,
27th May to fill the vacancy.
following candidates are standing:
(Phyllis) Margaret Lucas, Conservative
Mr. John Stuart Gasston, Independent
Caroline Utting, Liberal Democrat.
vacancy is for Ross West Ward and the polling stations will
be at Brampton Abbotts C of E Primary School and Ross-on-Wye
Bowling Club. The stations will be open for voting from
7am until 10pm.
order to save the town some money it was decided not to
issue new polling cards.
ROSS LIONS CLUB CELEBRATE 39TH BIRTHDAY
Lions Club held a celebratory Dinner Dance at the Old Court
Hotel recently to mark the 39th anniversary of their Charter.
Fifty five guests attended the event including Lions and
their wives and friends. Lions from other clubs helped in
the celebrations too, from Leominster, Hereford, Chepstow,
Monmouth, Forest of Dean and Severn Dean. Also amongst the
guests were The Lions District Governor Lion Martin Ruddle,
the President of Ross Rotary George Pendlebury, President
of Ross Leo Club Matthew Petrie and Leo Bronwen Evans.
Old Court did the Lions proud with the table layouts and
decorations. The atmosphere was fantastic with everyone
out to enjoy themselves. After an excellent meal there followed
the toast to the Queen after which the Ross Lions club President,
Andrew Middlecote, gave his speech. The
District 105W District Governor, Lion Martin Ruddle from
Calne, Wiltshire, spoke on behalf of Lions International.
He said that the Ross Club was a very busy and successful
club and had done extremely well by organizing a Leo Club
in the area. He passed on the greetings of the Lions International
the speeches were over the dance floor was crowded by guests
dancing to the rhythmic music of the Blue Herring Band.
Everybody agreed it was a fantastic evening with all enjoying
the food, company, atmosphere and music and apparently the
end of the evening came all too soon.
row District Governor Lion Martin Ruddle, Lion President Andrew
Middlecote, Vice President Lion Trevor Smith, Rotary President George
Front row : Mrs Jenny Ruddle, Mrs Sandra Middlecote, Mrs Barabara
Smith, Mrs. Jane Pendlebury.
DISPOSE OF YOUR RUBBISH PROPERLY OR YOU COULD PAY DEARLY
Two people from Ross-on-Wye found themselves in court on
Friday for flytipping offences. Mr. Paul Simon Lawrence
of 64, Waterside, admitted depositing six black bags of
household waste in woodland near Weston-under-Penyard. The
offence came to light after the council's Community Protection
Team received a report of flytipping. They investigated
the complaint and among the bags found items identifying
the defendant, who at a later interview admitted the offence.
Lawrence, aged 45 years represented himself at the hearing
and told the court he was sorry he had done it. He was fined
£150, ordered to pay £100 costs and told to
pay a £15 victim surcharge .
Hancock, Herefordshire Council's acting regulatory services
manager said, 'We are fortunate to live in a beautiful county
and actions such as flytipping cause a huge blight on the
environment. The community protection team has been set
up to tackle all aspects of environmental crime and we will
not hesitate to prosecute where we find the culprits. I
hope this serves as a warning to other people who may be
tempted to dump their rubbish in the countryside rather
than leaving it for collection by the council's household
waste operatives or else taking it to a household waste
Victoria Gunn also fell foul of the law when she failed
to ensure that her household rubbish was properly collected.
Miss Gunn, aged 21 of Liskeard Cottages admitted the offence
and was given a six month conditional discharge along with
an order to pay £50 costs.
Jones, prosecuting for Herefordshire Council, told Hereford
Magistrates Court that Miss Gunn had vacated her old address
and left household waste in black bags outside the property
even though she knew it would be several days before it
would be collected. Reports of flytipping were then received
with six black bags containing documents relating to Miss
Gunn found in Brampton Abbots and Bridstow. Miss Gunn, representing
herself, said she should have asked someone to take the
bags to the tip for her.
Hancock said, 'Many people do not realize it is an offence
to leave household waste outside their homes unless it is
due to be collected on the same day. In this case, we do
not know how the bags got from Ross to Brampton Abbots and
Bridstow but I hope people will realize that they are responsible
for ensuring their own household waste does not end up being
CUBS ENJOY A WEEKEND UNDER CANVASS
Ingham, Ross and Walford Cub Scouts enjoyed a somewhat damp
and chilly weekend camp at the Gwent Area Scout Camp site
at Botany Bay, near Tintern. During the weekend of 7th to
9th May, 35 Cubs from the three Groups spent two nights
‘under-canvas,’ although the amount of sleep for some of
the excited Cubs (particularly on Friday night) may have
been rather limited!
the weekend the Cubs enjoyed a wide range of events and
activities, including ‘Camp Olympics’ (which involved a
range of rather unusual and challenging team games), shelter
building (from natural materials found in the wood), fire
lighting, ‘back-woods cooking’ (cooking on a camp fire without
any cooking utensils) and a scavenger hunt. The Cubs worked
in teams which comprised members of all three Cub packs,
and so made some new friends along the way. As usual, Saturday
night was rounded off with a ‘camp-fire’ and songs.
Cubs were ably led by hard working Akelas, Anthea Hamilton
(Aston Ingham), Robin Shaw (Ross) and David Wadge (Walford)
with support from other members of the Scouting Community
and parents. If you have a child who would like to join
one of the local packs, or are interested in lending a hand
as a future Leader or adult helper, please contact David
Bennett (District Commissioner) on 01989 768062. Alternatively,
log in to www.scouts.org.uk, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cubs enjoying their weekend.
Cubs learned many new skills.
BARGAIN BOOKS FOR SALE AT ROSS LIBRARY
Local residents are being given the opportunity to buy a
bargain book from next week. From Tuesday, 25th May until
Saturday, 5th June, Ross Library will be holding a sale
of withdrawn stock.
will be a large quantity of books for adults and juniors
available, fiction and non fiction, along with range of
DVDs and CDs for sale. There will be something to please
all ages and tastes, so why not go along and find yourself
further information contact Ross Library on 01432 383280.
RAGLAN FESTIVAL 11TH TO 13TH JUNE
Raglan Music Festival runs through the weekend of 11th to
13th June and this year the headliners are rock bands Dr
Feelgood and Nine Below Zero who will perform at the Castle
festival has something to suit all ages and tastes, from
jazz, soul, folk and country and western to classical. The
line-up includes Geoff Downes and 'special guests, Big Mac's
Wholly Soul Band, award-winning Welsh singer Amy Wadge,
top tribute band The Beatles Experience, WNO's The Three
Other Tenors and tenor horn virtuoso Owen Farr. Also
performing at the Raglan Festival are the fantastic Jump
'n' Jive outfit the Jiveoholics.
entertainment includes a spectacular community carnival
at Raglan Castle on Saturday afternoon and a lively mix
of storytelling and music from The Devil's Violin Company
(Baptist Chapel, Friday evening).
further information and to book tickets online please visit:
castle at Raglan.
HAVE FUN AND GET HEALTHY ON FAMILY PLAY DAY
Herefordshire Council is inviting families to a big, fun-packed,
free event this weekend to celebrate childhood and encourage
children to play outside more. On Saturday, 22nd May King
George V Playing Fields in Hereford will become a playground
for people of all ages as the council, Halo Leisure and
lots of other organizations put on a host of activities
to get families boosting their health by moving more and
playing outside together.
activities available will include a climbing wall, ice skating,
dance mats, sports activities, canoeing, ultimate frisbee,
Jumpstart indoor soft play, swimming and the Outbase - an
education and activity centre. The local Change4Life team
will also be there with information on eating well, together
with details of a new summer reward card campaign which
encourages children to participate in healthy activities.
top of all this, youngsters aged between from 8 to 13 years
will be able to test out a new play project which has just
been installed next to the Halo leisure pool. After consultation
with children and young people, equipment was chosen to
reflect their desire to climb, swing, spin and be thrilled
and the challenging equipment funded by the Playbuilder
programme includes a basket swing, a zip wire, climbing
frames and an unusual roundabout.
Godfrey, the Council's play co-ordinator said, 'We're hoping
to see people of all ages at this great family event. You're
never too old to play; it's a great way of spending time
with your family and keeping fit and healthy. Play is a
really important part of every child's development. I'm
sure many of us have very fond memories of playing outside
when we were little, taking a few risks and getting one
or two scraped knees on the way. It stimulates imagination
and creativity, keeps children fit and healthy and gives
them freedom to have fun in their own environment.'
Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all
the organizations involved in the event and for supporting
and advocating the importance of play for every child and
young person. The event starts at 12 noon and will continue
WEST MERCIA POLICE HELP LEDBURY SWIMMING CLUB
and District swimmers warmly welcomed Superintendent Kevin
Purcell, the Senior Police Officer for Herefordshire and
Councillor Bernard Hunt to their Club Championship gala
held at Ledbury pool on Saturday. The Club were delighted
to receive a donation from West Mercia Police and West Mercia
Police Authority through their Community Initiative Fund
which will help alleviate the costs of Teacher Training
in addition to providing the pool hire and medals for this
of the LADASC, Simon Quigley said, 'As a non-profit making
organization, run by volunteers, the Club are constantly
seeking sponsorship to enable them to keep the cost to parents
as low as possible. In the current economic climate securing
financial assistance locally has become extremely difficult
and we are very grateful for this help from the Police Authority.'
of the youngest members, many competing for the first time,
were eager to show their worth in the first race, one length
freestyle. Overcoming nerves there were some exciting heats
with Charlotte Ainsworth and James Casewell emerging the
gold medallists in the 7/under age group and Charlotte Hall
and Matthew Thomas the winners of the 8 year age group.
Charlotte Hall won the trophy for the fastest overall swim
in a time of 17.91 seconds.
team captains, Lucy and Tom Stokes continued to inspire
with record breaking swims in the 100m Individual Medley
event and also a new record for Lucy in the 200m Butterfly.
Twenty one swimmers tackled the toughest event, 8 lengths
of butterfly and gold medals were awarded to, Lydia Freeman,
Silas Gill, Calypso Harvey, Alexander Middleton, Danielle
Fitzgerald, Bradley Wilson, Lucy Stokes and Tom Stokes.
Junior (11/u) winners were, Millie Park and Mitchell Wilson.
Individual Medley race consisting of a length each of butterfly,
backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle proved more popular
attracting 50 entrants. Gold medals went to, Sam Hall, Lydia
Freeman, Jamie Hiley, Mollie May Parsons, Alexander Middleton,
Calypso Harvey, Peter Crocombe, Dani Fitzgerald, Tom Stokes
and Lucy Stokes.
highlight of the gala for the swimmers was the annual Handicap
Race, swum over two lengths of the pool. The handicap is
calculated from the personal best times with the youngest
swimmers often having a length start on the older ones.
The final consists of the fastest in age groups. The 2010
winners were, Poppy Park and Charles Toby. Councillor Hunt
presented trophies and medals at the conclusion of the gala
and commented how gratifying it is to see young children
enjoying their sport and interacting with each other.
Bernard Hunt with the 7/under winners of the 25m Challenge Race,
James Casewell and Charlotte Ainsworthy.
HEREFORDSHIRE SCHOOLS READY TO LAUNCH NEW COOKING CLUBS
Ten of the county's schools are planning to join a network
of 5,000 cooking clubs across England to get their children,
families and local communities cooking together. Herefordshire
Council's healthy schools team have helped bring the Big
Lottery funded 'Let's Get Cooking' programme to Herefordshire,
by encouraging schools to sign up to the scheme and get
their school communities cooking great fresh food.
five year programme aims to encourage more than a million
children, family members and members of the local community
to improve their food preparation and cooking skills, then
take their new skills into their home. At the same time
it is hoped that at least half of children, young people
and families who join in the programme will increase their
intake of nutritionally healthy food.
council's healthy schools team have been organizing training
sessions in the participating schools to help them get their
cooking clubs off the ground. A two-day cookery training
course has provided cooking presentation skills and safety
knowledge. Participants have also been given the confidence
to show club members how to make a range of recipes either
at school or at home. For example, one of the groups used
a basic scone recipe which was then adapted to make a variety
of tempting goodies including pizza, cherry scones, apple
and sultana cobbler and scone bread - all much healthier
when home-made rather than bought in the shops. Schools
will work with their local communities to get the clubs
going and will receive Big Lottery funding to help them
Goddard, healthy schools co-ordinator said, 'This programme
is about getting whole communities involved in cooking so
there is lots of potential to be creative when up-skilling
the nation, developing the clubs and helping them grow.
They might choose to hold the clubs in schools or village
halls or even local restaurants if there are willing businesses
keen to get involved.
well as being great fun, it's very much about bringing back
some basic skills and getting whole generations cooking
good, creative and nutritional food. Now that the training
has been completed, we're looking forward to hearing about
the activities that our Herefordshire 'Let's Get Cooking'
clubs have planned.'
BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP WITH STORIES OF TEENAGE YEARS
Library Service has been working on an intergenerational
project to bring together two generations to share stories
about their teenage years. Based at Ledbury Library, the
project has seen today's teens learning about teenage lives
in the 1940s and 50s, as well as telling older people what
it is like being a young person in Ledbury today. This
formed the basis of a project to get young people working
with different areas of the community, including the library,
John Masefield High School and Age Concern.
of the older generation taking part, Pauline, aged 70 said,
' "I was surprised at how interested the young people were
in our history, it was nice to have that from younger people.
Youngster Josh, aged 16 added, 'I hope we can get together
again soon.' Matt
Durham, teacher at John Masefield High School said, 'I believe
this project has been an incredibly valuable and worthwhile
experience for our students. They have learnt that they
have more in common with the elder generation than they
realised - and vice versa! To see the generations mix so
freely and enjoyably made the whole project thoroughly worthwhile.'
project was chosen from over 75 entries to receive the services
of a documentary photographer to record the project. Pieces
of Sky are a not for profit company working with people
and communities and brought a wealth of experience to the
project and the wonderful images they took captured the
project from start to finish. Chris Smith of Piece of Sky
Photography added, 'The project was a great way to bring
libraries alive for young and old alike. Pieces of Sky chose
to get involved because the project was imaginative and
promised to really bring people who were strangers together.
The reality of the project was no different to that early
promise and it's testament to its success that the participants
want to remain in touch with each other now that the project
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'The project began with the groups
of young and older people being brought together for sessions
where they get to know each other, involving games and plenty
of cups of tea. As the project moved on people were freely
sharing stories, often using resources from the library
as stimulus. The library also has a wide selection of photographs
and newspapers relating to the town which everyone enjoyed
penultimate session of the project was a guided tour of
the Morgan sports car factory in Malvern followed by a traditional
buffet lunch in Ledbury's historic Burgage Hall for all
involved. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour, which took
in all stages of the car building process, showroom and
museum. In the coming weeks, those taking part will get
together to look through the images from Pieces of Sky in
order to decide which ones will be put on permanent display
in the library. At the moment there is a temporary display
along with more information about the project.
people will soon receive their nationally recognised certificates
to reward their input from Vinvolved, who reward young people
and their time spent volunteering.'
group looking at items in the Morgan factory museum at Malvern.