place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
MR AND MRS FULFORD
congratulations go to Andy and Wendy Fulford who celebrated
their wedding day on Friday, 27th August.
The happy couple were married at Ross Registry Office and
despite fears that the weather man's forecast of rain would
come true, the sun shone for them.
best man was his son Robert, who appeared to be more nervous
than the groom whilst waiting the arrival of the bride,
Wendy, who looked absolutely stunning in her deep red wedding
dress and was attended by her daughter Leia. After
the ceremony guests made their way down to the Hope &
Anchor Conservatory where they were greeted with Bucks Fizz
and a lovely reception, followed later by a great karaoke
Conservatory was nicely decorated with balloons and wedding
banners on three sides with 'Happy Birthday' banners on
one side. This was not due to error. Friday 27th August
would have been Andy's eldest son, Dean's 20th birthday.
Dean was tragically killed one week before his birthday
in 2007. Andy and Wendy deliberately chose that date for
their wedding. After the wedding speeches were made, Andy
made a moving speech about his son and everybody toasted
him 'Happy Birthday, Dean.'
wish you every happiness for your future, Mr. and Mrs. Fulford
and we are sure that Dean is very happy for you both.
Andy and Wendy Fulford on their wedding day.
CAN NOW GET YOUR LICENCE ONLINE.....
you need to update a licence to run your business premises?
Do you want to hold a street collection for your charity/
or do you need a licence to have a party to celebrate a
special occasion? If so, Herefordshire Council is making
it easier for businesses, charities and residents to make
their licence applications by offering an online service.
online service will allow people to apply for and pay for
their licences without having to fill in printed forms and
then post them. These include animal boarding establishment
licences, temporary event notices, food premises registrations,
club premises certificates, street collection licences,
caravan and camping site licences, sports ground safety
certificates and premises approval for marriage and civil
Beavan-Pearson, Herefordshire Council's head of customer
services said, 'As a council, we are committed to making
it easier for people to access our services. The new online
system means that people can apply for licences at any time
of day but they also don't need to print off any forms and
then post them. Payment will be taken online and a confirmation
email will be sent to say what is now happening with the
a council, we are committed to reducing our impact on the
environment and would really encourage people to make use
of this new online service as it not only saves paper and
printer ink but will also save applicants the cost of postage.'
full list of licences and further guidance on the regulations
and how to make applications can be found by logging onto
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/onlinelicences For further information
on how to access the online licences, telephone 01432 261761.
BANDS IN THE PARK..........................
Sunday afternoon saw the last of the Bands in the Park performances
for 2010 and the A. W Parker Band from Drybrook put on a
brilliant concert to mark the end of the season of events
which were arranged by Ross Town Council for the town and
its visitors to enjoy.
people turned up to sit and picnic in the Caroline Symonds
Gardens, whilst enjoying the sound of the band in the sunshine
and it is hoped that another summer series will be taking
place again in 2011.
A.W Parker Band perform the last concert in the Bands in the Park
series for 2010.
BANK HOLIDAY CHARITY MARKET.....................
A special market was held in Ross-on-Wye on Bank Holiday
Monday, giving local causes and local branches of national
charities the opportunity to raise further funds. The
NSPCC were there raising money for their very important
work as were Ross MS Support Group who try to give support
and provide equipment to sufferers of this disease as well
as being able to give MS sufferers and their carers the
occasional day trip out.
years old Ebony Hodges, along with her mum, Emma were also
there. Ebony has been working very hard to raise the £3,000
she needs to be able to take part in a World Challenge in
Tanzania next July. Part of this challenge is to raise all
of the money herself and so far Ebony, although not particularly
sporty, has taken part in a 5k fun run in Reading, has bag
packed in the local supermarket and many other activities.
The aim of the trip to Tanzania for Ebony and her school
friends is to meet and work with some of the pupils at the
school in Tanzania that their school is linked with.
wish her well.
charities market on Monday.
DOUBLE BARREL AT THE WHITE LION.....................
It was yet another busy night at the White
Lion Inn on Sunday as people made their way to this
lovely riverside inn to not only enjoy the great food and
real ales available but also to enjoy the fabulous sound
of popular local trio, the Double Barrel Band.
band are well known for their great range of popular covers
music, which has their audience up and dancing in no time.
The band have been together a long time and not only are
they great instrumentalists, they also have strong vocal
talent. Listening to their unaccompanied version of 'Nowhere
Man' proves this beyond any shadow of doubt.
your eyes open for when the Double Barrel Band are performing
locally again. You won't be disappointed.
Double Barrel Band at the White Lion Inn on Sunday evening.
FOWNHOPE FARMER WINS AT MONMOUTH.....................
Farming in the Wye Valley (AONB) has always been an important
influence on the landscape and for the last three years
the Wye Valley AONB Farming Awards have celebrated good
year's competition for large farms over 100 hectares was
strongly contested and Herefordshire farmer Gareth Williams
from Caplor Farm, Fownhope was awarded the first prize at
the Monmouthshire Show on Thursday, 26th August. Judges
Mike Williams, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG),
Henry Rudge, Ballingham Court Farm, winner of the award
in 2008 and Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Officer were impressed
by the diverse initiatives at Caplor Farm.
Williams summed up the winning qualities, saying, 'Gareth
has developed a forward thinking approach to farming that
reduces carbon emissions and maintains high quality landscape
supporting wildlife. The cash award of £500 and the Farming
Awards trophy, sculpted by Forest of Dean metalworker Steve
Bluett, is a recognition of the quality of our farming community.'
Farm has built strong local and international community
links here and in Gambia. Caplor Energy, the renewable energy
enterprise on the farm, is a leader in providing energy
systems to households, communities and small business, specializing
in solar hot water systems, solar electric systems, air
source and ground source heat pumps and wind turbines.
is quite an old hand at winning awards. This year alone
Caplor Farm was named as one of the top 50 Green Leaders
in the West Midlands in a competition run by Sustainability
West Midlands and was also awarded first place in the category
for small business in the Carbon Reduction Cost Saving Award
as part of the West Midlands Low Carbon Economy Awards.
The farm seems to be a force for the future of farming in
the Herefordshire area and the Wye Valley AONB congratulates
them on receiving this prestigious award.
other two finalists were Pencoyd Court Farm, Windmill Hill,
Harewood End, Herefordshire and Brookes Dairy, Panta Farm
Devauden, Monmouthshire. Pencoyd Court Farm is adjacent
to the AONB and produces strawberries and raspberries under
polytunnels as well as organic blackcurrants. Judges were
impressed by the landscape, wildlife and hedgerow management
alongside their generous community work.
Wye Valley Dairy produces high quality ice cream from a
herd of Jersey cows maintaining a beautiful pastoral landscape
in the heart of the AONB.
Next year the awards will concentrate on small farms under
100 hectares, so keep your eyes open for the entry forms
Judge Mike Williams, FWAG, Mrs Christine Snell from Pencoyd Court
Farm, winner Gareth Williams from Caplor Farm, Robert Brooke, Brookes
Judge Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Officer and Judge Henry Rudge,
Ballingham Court Farm.