place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
JAMSTAND 2010 CANNOT GO AHEAD, ORGANIZER WARNED
Herefordshire Council and West Mercia Police have warned
the organiser of the Jamstand event in Ross-on-Wye due to
take place between the 13th and 15th August to cancel it
or face a large fine and/or imprisonment if it goes ahead.
events like Jamstand to be lawful there must be either a
Premises Licence or Temporary Event Notice (TEN) in place
and, despite efforts on the part of the council to ensure
that an application was made, neither of these have been
Nicholas, assistant director public health, said: "Licences
are essential for events such as this as they ensure the
right measures have been taken by the organiser to keep
the public safe and also prevent any public nuisance.
the event were to go ahead it would be an unlicensed event
which is a criminal offence. The organiser would face a
fine of up to £20,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Not
only does the event not have a licence, but the organiser
has not obtained permission from the owners of Caroline
Symonds Gardens (Herefordshire Council) and the bandstand
(Ross-on-Wye Town Council) to use those areas. In addition,
if the event was to go ahead, it would not have the benefit
of any public liability insurance. We have, together with
the police, advised the organiser that he should cancel
the event with immediate effect and advertise the fact it
has been cancelled. We will be taking every action possible
to prevent the event taking place. While we encourage musical
and other events, the safety and protection of the public
is a concern to us and we therefore have no alternative
but to take this course of action. The organiser has failed
to apply for a licence. He has had plenty of time and encouragement
to apply. He knows that without a licence the event is unlawful.
We urge him to cancel it straight away.'
scene from the brilliant JAMSTAND 2009.
AND DISTRICT MOTORSPORTS CLUB TO.....................
................... CELEBRATE 60th BIRTHDAY AT BROOME FARM
and District Motor Sports Club is celebrating itís 60th
birthday this year and to celebrate, the club are holding
a party at Broome Farm, Peterstow.
party will be a 'non-motorsport' event, although it will
have a motor sport theme, and will take place on Saturday,
7th August and everybody is welcome to go along and enjoy
a great social evening, where celebrated singer/songwriter
Amy Wadge will be providing the entertainment.
to the event cost £15.00, which includes a delicious,
two course meal. Ross
Cider Company world famous Cider will of course be available
at the bar together with local guest beers, wines and soft
drinks. Camping is available on site so that everybody can
enjoy themselves to the full without the worry of having
to drive home.
to the party are limited, so book yours now to avoid disappointment.
For further information, please contact Gary Bollands on
07905 440655 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
barn at Broome Farm.
YOUR KIDS HAPPY DURING THE SUMMER.....
you are wondering how to keep the children occupied during
the summer holidays, you will be pleased to know that a
range of activities are being held both at Ross Library
and Ross Heritage Centre.
Thursday, 5th August, Starlab, an amazing inflatable observatory
will be visiting Ross Library. There are two sessions, both
of which are aimed at the 7 to 12 year age range. Starlab
will be running from 2pm until 2.45pm, then 3.15pm until
4pm. Tickets cost £3.50. Please contact Ross Library on
01432 383280 for further information.
out for the Alien Invasion, also taking place at Ross Library.
From 2:15pm until 3:15pm on Friday, 13th August there will
be a story time and mask making session for young children.
Tickets cost £1 and all children and aliens must be accompanied
by a parent or carer during this event.
Warhammer 40,000 fans aged 10 to 16 years, on Thursday,
12th August there will be a special session for both new
and experienced gamers. Armies are provided or you can take
your own. The workshop will run from 10am until 12 Noon.
Places are free, but must be booked in advance.
Ross Heritage Centre on Thursday, 19th August youngsters
will be given the chance to find out about the adventures
of Percival the Pirate Donkey. Percival has travelled the
world collecting unusual, mysterious and magical things
and youngsters are invited to go along to the workshop and
create their own picture books of his adventures.
workshop will run from 10.30am until 12.30pm and is suitable
for accompanied children aged five to 11 years old. Places
on the workshop are £3 each and bookings should be made
by calling 01432 260675.
Wednesday, 25th August, Ross Library are inviting children
aged 7 to 12 years to make their own wearable work of art
in a special Cosmic T-shirt session. The workshops will
be run from 10am until 11am, then 11.30am until 12.30pm.
Tickets cost £3.50. Please note that children should wear
clothes suitable for painting in.
HOUSE CLOCK CHIME TO RING OUT AGAIN....
For those of you who have missed the familiar ring of Ross
Market House clock chiming, there is good news, for after
J. B. Joyce and Company carried out extensive repairs, the
town clock will start to ring out the hours once again this
clock was originally bought and put in place by public subscription
on the Market House in 1852. The clock has seen 157 years
tick past but the town has been strangely silent since October
last year when the clock collapsed, breaking the winding
mechanism and the hourly chimes. The Ross Civic Society
paid for the operational clock repairs but a bigger budget
was required to mend the chime. Half of the £6,000 required
to foot the bill was raised by the local residents and retailers
of Ross and Herefordshire District Council paid the balance.
Association of Ross Traders (ART) organised the public collection
and the money was raised in five weeks thanks to many independent
personal gifts and local initiatives. Thanks to everyone
as the clock engineer was considering how to lift the mechanism
from his van, Mary Sinclair-Powell from Ross Heritage Centre
was asked by a scrap metal collector if she had 'any old
iron?' Knowing it would take at least four people to lift
the clock mechanism, she joked, 'if you can lift that on
your own you can have it!'
BEE FOUND IN HEREFORDSHIRE.....
brown-banded carder bee bombus humilis
Picture by Ted Benton.
of Britain's most endangered bees has been discovered in
an urban site in Herefordshire. The
Brown-banded Carder Bee Bombus humilis was discovered by
Wye Valley AONB Officer and local enthusiast Andrew Nixon
whilst he was looking at specimens for a bumblebee training
ginger coloured bee is restricted to southern linear coastal
habitats or inland in rough grassland sites that have long
flowering seasons to accommodate the early queens emergence
right through till late summers when the workers are most
active. The bee nests in rough and tussocky marginal grassland
areas and requires targeted management which Herefordshire
Council aims to provide, along with suitable site interpretation
and, most importantly, appropriate sustainable management
Davies, Herefordshire Biodiversity Partnership Co-ordinator
said, 'Over recent decades, this bee has suffered a drastic
national decline. Agricultural intensification and the associated
loss of flower-rich grasslands has resulted in the disappearance
of Bombus humilis from more than 95 per cent of its known
localities nationally over the past 100 years, leaving them
vulnerable to national extinction. It
is now one of the most endangered of Britain's 24 species
there is no legal protection associated with this bee although
under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act
2006, local authorities now have a duty to conserve and
protect local biodiversity which is being taken very seriously
in light of this discovery. We are delighted to have found
this rare bee in Herefordshire and we shall continue with
our efforts to manage sites appropriately so they encourage
this species to thrive.'
SAFE - BE WATER WISE SAY POLICE....
West Mercia Police and Safer Herefordshire are urging the
county's residents to 'Be Safe - Be Water Wise' this summer,
as the run of hot weather continues and the school holidays
have now started.
enjoyable as a swim in one of our many rivers may seem,
people often don't think about the high risks attached to
swimming in unattended rivers and areas of open water. Herefordshire
has a number of established swimming pools throughout the
county, where swimming can be enjoyed in a safe and life
guard controlled environment. Police in Herefordshire will
be increasing their patrols in areas with water access and
are more than happy to offer guidance and advice where necessary.
Inspector, Jim McLaughlin said, 'There is not just the risk
of drowning involved. Children have been known to jump off
bridges into rivers and this can be very dangerous as water
levels can be shallow and the children can risk being maimed
or killed. We ask that parents take responsibility for their
children during the summer holidays in relation to water
John Jarvis, Chair of Safer Herefordshire said, 'Understandably,
when the weather is hot it's nice to get out and about and
enjoy our beautiful countryside and waterways. There can
often be hidden dangers beneath the surface, including hidden
currents, reeds and abandoned bikes or shopping trolleys.
Even when the weather is at its hottest, the water can still
be extremely cold and deeper than you think.
ask the public to take care around Herefordshire's waterways
for a safe and enjoyable summer. However, please remember
if you do spot someone in trouble dial 999 immediately.
INVITES MINISTER TO SPEAK
AT BROADBAND SUMMIT.....
Minister, Ed Vaizey will be the key note speaker at a Broadband
Summit organized by local MP Jesse Norman this coming Friday.
The event will bring together experts in rural broadband
delivery from around the country, together with the head
of BT's Next Generation Access programme. Local wireless
provider Allpay will also outline their own exciting new
wireless broadband plans.
about the event, Jesse said, 'Good broadband access is vital
to the future of Herefordshire, both socially and economically.
We have pulled together this Broadband Summit to help the
county push for better access and better coverage, and to
understand what we ourselves can do to make better broadband
happen. I am delighted that Ed Vaizey is coming to Herefordshire
to see the problem for himself, and to hear first hand what
a difference proper broadband could make.'
event is being held at the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford,
from 10.30 am until 2 pm. The cost is £10 and includes a