place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
COACH BAYS FOR RED MEADOW CAR PARK.....
much correspondence between Ross Town Councillors, A.R.T
and various other bodies with Herefordshire Council, it
has at last been agreed for two coach parking bays to be
sited at the Red Meadow Car Park in Ross-on-Wye. The bays
have now been marked out and are ready for buses and coaches
Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet
member for highways and transportation said, 'In these difficult
economic times, we realize tourists and visitors are essential
to the vibrancy of our market towns. By providing specially
designated parking bays for coaches, we can get more bus
operators to bring people into Ross and spend more money
in local shops, cafes and restaurants. Many people love
to visit Ross and the surrounding Wye Valley Area of Outstanding
Beauty and hopefully, this will bring even more visitors
into the area.
have told us they prefer to park at Red Meadow because it
makes it easier for their customers to get to and from the
town centre, especially if they have shopping to carry,
and hopefully they will bring even more people into the
area in future.'
TEA SHOP FEATURES IN TRAVEL BOOK.....
and Pieces Tea Shop and Gallery has been selected by
Travel Publishing to be a key feature on the Ross-on-Wye
page of the Herefordshire section in the seventh edition
of 'The Hidden Places of England.
of Pots and Pieces, David and Sara Bruce were unaware that
a mystery shopper visited them back in April to check out
the nine independent recommendations that had been sent
to the publishers.
were honoured when they told us we had been chosen as the
only place in Ross to receive a feature,' said David. 'I
had seen the travel books in the shops but had never checked
them out. They are really interesting guides to Britain.'
The guide describes Pots and Pieces as 'a 5-star rated tea
shop with a gallery of eye-catching gifts at affordable
seventh edition of 'The Hidden Places of England' is being
published this month and will be available from Rossiter
Books, the new independent bookshop in Ross-on-Wye's High
A KNOCKOUT FOR HELP FOR HEROES.....
Pre-school Playgroup is supporting Help for Heroes by organizing
an It’s a Knockout contest which will take place on the
football fields at the rear of Ross Rowing Club this coming
Saturday, 24th July. The event promises to be a fun packed,
exciting afternoon of entertainment for all the family and
the proceeds will be shared between Help for Heroes and
Entrance is via the rowing club and costs £8 for a Family
(2 adults and 2 children), Adults £3 and children and concessions
£2. Parking is free. The field will open at 11 am with a
BBQ, stalls and bouncy castle etc. The “It’s a Knockout”
competition starts at 12 noon and teams from Ross Rugby
Club, Ross Pre-school, Tudorville Boxing Club, Hertel, Howdens,
Hockey Extras, Jackos, Mighty 8, Billies and Ross Rowing
Club will compete over a thrilling and very wet obstacle
you would like to have a stall on the field call Iris on
01989 564180 and if you would like to put in a team, there
is still time. Please call Vicki on 01989 763249 for further
CONCERN JOIN FORCES WITH SAINSBURYS....
Age Concern Ross-on-Wye held their first joint venture with
Sainsbury's on Thursday, 15th July, marking the start of
their year long partnership.
aim of the event was to encourage people to drink more fluids
during the warm weather, and of course it rained for most
of the day! However, as we know the British weather can
change in a flash and Age Concern are keen to raise awareness
of the dangers of dehydration, particularly in the elderly.
donated bottles of water to give out in the store and Age
Concern gave out tips on how to keep well in warm weather.
The morning was a great success with all the water given
out as well as over 70 information sheets.
next session of working together was on Monday, 19th July
when Alison Fletcher, Age Concern's Volunteer and Office
Co-ordinator, lead a short training session with some of
Sainsbury's colleagues. The session highlighted issues that
affect older people so that they could have a taste of the
sort of support Age Concern offers. On Saturday, 31st July
there will be a bag packing day in the store by Age Concern
you would like a copy of the Dehydration in Hot Weather
sheet or have any other enquiries, please contact Age Concern
on 01989 567165 or 01989 763887.
Fletcher of Age Concern hands out water at Sainsbury's.
GOOD DAY OF GOLF FOR ROSS LADIES...
Ross-on-Wye Golf Club ladies had a great day at the County
Fraser Foursomes competition held at Stinchcombe Hill Golf
Club recently. Not only were the winners of this 36 hole
nett event, Amanda Marshall and Helen Palmer, from Ross,
but four of their club colleagues battled for the afternoon
best nett prize with Kerry Welding and Jan Armstrong, who
just pipped Shan Powell and Anne McArthur on a countback.
To complete the picture, the prizes were presented by County
President, Di Honey, who just happens to be yet another
and wind swept the course, bringing new concerns for the
greens staff. A week ago they may have been worrying about
the heat and lack of rain, but before play yesterday, they
were out with the squeegies clearing the greens.
Gaye Pope of Cotswold Hills didn't need to worry about the
greens however, well, not on the par 3 11th hole anyway!
There she scored a hole-in-one, the third in her golfing
career, but, 'None of us saw the ball drop, which I suppose
was a bit sad,' she said.
Left to Right are Amanda Marshall, County President, DI Honey and
- SUCCESS IN THE NORTH AND SOUTH FOR............
ACADEMY by Ian Howell
Almost the entire Junior Academy squad was in action over
the weekend at diametrically opposite ends of the country.
For the first time the club had four junior crews attending
the National championships held this year at Strathclyde
Country Park, Glasgow, whilst the rest of the squad was
travelling to Molesey, South West London to take part in
their wonderful Junior regatta.
racing started on Friday in Glasgow and first off was Johan
Lai, competing in a year above his age group and for the
first time over the International standard 2km course. Johan
narrowly missed out on going straight to the final by ½
second and instead had to row again in the repacharge later
in the day. By building on his experience from round one,
he improved his race strategy to come second, which meant
that he had made the final on Saturday.
Wj16 2x Kelly Morris and Rosie Lindley rowed imperiously
in their elimination round to go straight through to the
final on Sunday against opposition from Christchurch, Glasgow
and Mediterranean Club, Gibraltar. Amy Surman and Ellie
Grindle were denied a qualification race due to scratching
which meant they had a straight final on Saturday.
the finals Johan Lai, building on his experience from the
previous rounds, came 5th in what was a very strong field.
This was a brilliant achievement for such a new and young
oarsman. Kelly and Rosie rowed their best race of the season,
completing the course in a record personal time only to
be beaten into 4th place. Amy and Ellie against tough opposition
from Eton Excelsior and Lady Eleanor Hollings (LEH) were
battling amongst the places all the way down the course,
with LEH setting a strong pace to the 1km mark. With a 100
metres to go, Amy and Ellie were still nearly a length down
and in second place when with a tremendous effort they pulled
through LEH only to be pipped by Eton by 2 feet, who also
has increased their pace. Still this an excellent result
for the young scullers. Meghan
Rigby and Elle Blackwood who had recently teamed up to race
in Wj1 double sculls rowed well only to be eliminated in
their semi final.
Molesey, the draw indicated that the squad would be up against
some stiff opposition, with strong representation from other
Junior Clubs such as Guildford and Marlow and Wallingford.
As it happened the Ross juniors truly excelled themselves
on and off the water, amassing 10 wins and retaining the
victor ludorum which they won last year.
first win was by the boys J13 quad scull of Johan Lai, who
had travelled from Scotland, Henry Jones, Geroge Probert,
Dale Kernot and Olivia Baynham- Williams, who beat opposition
from Molesey and Guildford. The next win was from the women's
J12 scull of Jess Boon and Megan Jephcote who battled through
their semi to meet opposition from another Ross crew. The
wins starting stacking up fast as the day wore on.
Wj13 quad of Morgan Baynham-Williams, Catrin Morris, Molly
Phillips, Olivia Baynham-Williams and Jess Crossman battled
through 3 rounds to then beat a strong crew from Staines
in the final. Wins were also recorded by Will England, J14
single scull, Johan Lai won the J13 single scull, George
Probert and Nick Burden in the J13 double Scull, Nick Burden
(again!) in the J12 single scull, Pippa England in the J12
single scull, Jess Boon, Skye Jenkins, Christina Stevenson,
and Pippa England, with Rhodri Morris coxing won the Wj12
quad scull. Finally Catrin Morris won the Wj13 single sculls
in a very close race against opposition from Guildford.
academy also took the opportunity to take part in some exhibition
Octople races against Molesey in which honours were even,
with each club winning one race. The plaudits the club gained
on the river bank were again very noticeable, with spectators
and coaches all commenting on the quality of the Junior
thanks must be expressed to Chris Jones and Richard Leach
for driving the trailer and the incredible support from
parents to make the day so enjoyable for all. The Academy
coaching team are very proud of the conduct and performance
of the squad.