place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
BARN CELEBRATE BY CANDLELIGHT....
and Kelly Bailey of Orles
Barn Restaurant with Rooms were so delighted to be voted
Restaurant of the Year in the Flavours of Herefordshire
Awards that they held a celebratory champagne reception
for invited guests on Monday evening. Unfortunately, just
before the event, a power cut covering Wilton, the Lea,
Upton Bishop and other areas plunged Orles Barn into darkness.
by this set back, torches were lit outside, lighting the
way for guests and the reception went ahead by candlelight,
which actually created a lovely, intimate atmosphere to
at Orles Barn by candlelight.
CROWN & SCEPTRE UPDATEY.....
Herefordshire Council's regulatory subcommittee has decided
to allow the Crown and Sceptre Inn in Ross to stay open
but the Designated Premises Supervisor must be removed.
The decision was made on Wednesday, 27th October, when the
subcommittee heard Miss Dean had been unable to comply with
her duties as DPS and it had not proved possible for suitable
arrangements of qualified management staff to cover these
issues in the intervening period.
decision reads, 'We consider it of paramount importance
that the premises be seen to be properly run in accordance
with its agreed licensing objectives.'
conditions below were imposed on the licence:
∑ Two SIA registered door staff to be employed between the
hours of 9pm and 12.30am on Friday and Saturday night.
∑ A risk assessment to be carried out to extend these hours
or to employ additional staff as required.
∑ Ensure that either the Premises Licence Holder or Bar
Manager are within the licensed premises at all times of
∑ The outside area of the premises to be closed from 11pm
on any evening
∑ Live and recorded music and sale of alcohol: 10am to 11pm
(Sunday to Thursday), 10am to midnight (Friday and Saturday).
full review hearing follows an expedited review hearing
on 14th October when an application was made by the Chief
Constable of West Mercia Police who was concerned about
disorder in and near the premises. He told the hearing there
had been in the region of 20 crime and disorder incidents
in or near the premises in 2010, with 11 of these having
taken place since June this year.
the time of the expedited review, Nicholas Cousens and Angela
Cousens from Hampshire, were the licence holders but they
did not attend the expedited review hearing which decided
to suspend the pub's licence with immediate effect. On 13th
October, Sarah Dean applied for transfer of the premises
licence and change of designated premise supervisor both
into her name.
application was then heard on 18th October after representation
was received against the interim steps and the pub was allowed
to reopen with new conditions added to the licence.
The removal of the DPS is subject to Section 52 (11) which
does not take effect until the end of the 21 day period
in which an appeal can be made against the decision at a
GIANT JUMBLE SALE AT MAY HILL VILLAGE HALL....
The Royal Forest of Dean branch of the Muscular Dystrophy
Campaign held their most successful Giant Jumble Sale to
date last Saturday at May Hill village hall.
weather is always a worry on the day as a great deal of
the enormous amount of jumble on sale has to be displayed
outside the hall. The clouds held off, however and the event
drew a large crowd of keen shoppers. Branch
Chairman, Lifa Oakley, was delighted to report that the
event once again exceeded the amount raised at the previous
jumble sale held in May and raised £1600. She would like
to say a huge thank you to all the helpers who made this
a spectacular fund-raising day.
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only UK charity focusing
on all muscular dystrophies and related muscle diseases.
More than 60,000 people in the UK have muscle disease and
300,000 people are indirectly affected as relatives and
carers. The charity continues to provide practical, medical
and emotional support to people affected by the conditions.
Treatments remain limited and there is, as yet, no cure,
but increased knowledge has improved the quality of people's
lives and, in many cases, length of life.
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has pioneered the search for
treatments and cures for nearly 50 years, and are dedicated
to improving the lives of all those people affected. They
rely almost entirely on voluntary donations to fund their
ground breaking and vital work. All their work is underpinned
by the dedication of it's supporters. Up and down the country,
thousands of people give their time and energy to help them
continue their vital work. They are always ready to welcome
anyone who wants to help join the fight against muscle disease.
further information please visit the website www.muscular-dystrophy.org
mountain of bargains at the Giant Jumble Sale at May Hill Village
APPEAL FOR HELP TO LIGHT UP GLOUCESTER ROAD...
As you may be aware, Ross Town Council invested in some
beautiful new lights for the town last year that, in addition
to being an aesthetic improvement on what had gone before,
consisted of low energy LED bulbs that were much less costly
to run. The Association of Ross Tradersí (ART), inspired
by this, encouraged shop keepers to themselves invest in
similar lights for their own properties and there was general
agreement that Ross looked spectacular. There were, however,
some noticeable gaps in the scheme and this year the group
are working to plug them.
Road poses a particular problem as the buildings are not
suitable to string lights across from one side of the road
to the other. It does, however, have three very attractive
trees along it that could be beautifully lit and would make
the approach to the town centre as appealing and welcoming
as the other streets. If enough money can be raised, there
are other trees around the town which would also look fantastic
has decided to fund the lights for one of these trees and
is now seeking contributions from any other business or
groups in the town to furnish the others. To supply and
install lights to one tree, which can remain in place for
up to three years, costs a total of £663.25 + VAT. If you
are willing, or know a business or company that would be
interested in sponsoring a tree or making a contribution
towards the cost ART would ensure that the group or business
name featured prominently in any literature that they produce
over the Christmas period to promote ARTís activities and
any editorial that they submit to the press. For example,
another Christmas Shopping Extravaganza is being planned
for Sunday, 5th December which will be heavily promoted.
would, of course, be free to mention it in any of your own
existing scheme is being installed at the end of this month
so ART need to promptly inform the company supplying the
lights what they would like them to put up in addition.
They would be very grateful if you could, therefore, let
them know as soon as possible if you are interested in sponsoring
Christmas lights this year.
lights will be switched on, on Friday, 19th November by
Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane.
you would like t help, please contact Chairman of ART Richard
Mayo of Truffles
Christmas lights in Broad Street.
LLANGROVE PUPILS WORKED HARD DURING HOLIDAYY.....
Llangrove CE Primary School underwent a major clean up during
the half term holiday and the sun shone on 40 governors,
friends, parents and children as they spent last Wednesday
tidying up the school grounds.
huge amount of work was undertaken which included cleaning
shelter roofs, marking poles and posts with high visibility
tape, pruning trees and shrubs, washing the playground and
play equipment, clearing leaves and tidying the wildlife
pond area. It was hard work but Governors, Jenny Bibby and
Moira Cox kept everyone going with snacks and lunch and
the school is now all set for the new half term.
members of Llangrove village helped with the tidy up, which
reinforced the strong links which the school has with its
wider communities and its place at the heart of the village.
In the school's most recent Ofsted inspection Llangrove
CE Primary School was judged to make an outstanding contribution
to the community.
children with some of the 60 bags of rubbish and leaves collected
during the clean up.
NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKY.....
As this year's National Adoption Week gets underway with
the theme 'Every child deserves a family,' the demand for
adopters for Herefordshire children is as great as ever.
There is a particular need for adopters for children whose
mothers used alcohol or drugs in pregnancy, for children
of school age, for young brothers and sisters and for children
who have a disability. Herefordshire Council's adoption
team is keen to hear from potential adopters from all sectors
of the community both within the county and in surrounding
areas such as Malvern, The Forest of Dean, Ludlow, Monmouth,
Cheltenham and Hay-on-Wye.
Hale, adoption team manager for Herefordshire Council said,
'As long as you are over 21 and in good health emotionally
and physically, there are no age constraints. Single applicants
are welcome too. You do need to have the space to care for
a child, but you don't need to own your home. What we need
are people who can offer a child or sibling group a loving
and supportive family for life and have a determination
to positively transform a child's life.
preparation process to become an adopter is rigorous. 'You'll
need to be emotionally strong, but also sensitive to the
traumas many of these children will have experienced. Having
said that, adopting a child is incredibly rewarding and
is one of the best ways we know of giving these children
a new family for life. We would like anyone who might be
interested in adopting to come forward and find out more.
So if you think you might have what it takes, please pick
up the 'phone today.'
further information, please call 01432 383240.
National Adoption Week, (1st to 7th November 2010) is organized
by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF)
and aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential
parents to come forward. There are an estimated 4,000 children
across the UK needing adoption every year, many of whom
will have suffered trauma in their short lives.
CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSESY.....
Cards for Good Causes is now open at Ross Heritage Centre.
Immediately after the official opening on Tuesday by Ross
Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane, customers came in through
the door to choose from the fantastic range of quality cards,
gifts, wrapping, napkins and gift bags.
popular shop opens from November until mid December each
year and their customers take great satisfaction in the
fact that around 75p in every pound they spend goes to their
favourite charity. The remainder of the money pays for the
art work, printing and distribution of the goods. Many charities
benefit from Cards for Good Causes, including Action for
Children, Macmillan Cancer Support, Save the Children, the
R.N.L.I, MIND, Diabetes UK and many more. Why not go along
and see what Cards for Good Causes has to offer you and
help your favourite charity at the same time?
visiting Ross Heritage Centre, why not take a look at Dennis
Morgan's exhibition of photographs of old Ross and surrounding
villages? There are some wonderful photographs of how Ross-on-Wye
used to look, some dating back to the 1800s. One in particular
caught my eye, which is that of Mrs. Rourke, wife of one
time licensee of the Hope & Anchor holding up what had
been until then an elusive, three feet long eel weighing
in at 13lb and 14oz.
has been collecting old photographs for many years and acquired
quite a large collection. Some of the photographs in the
exhibition have been kindly loaned by other collectors to
whom Dennis extends his thanks.
Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane opens Cards for Good Causes with
Mary Sinclair Powell, Anne Jones, June Bilby, Pauline Jenkins and
Morgan with some of the interesting old photographs at his exhibtion
in Ross Heritage Centre.
WHAT WILL WE NEED WHEN WE GET OLDER?YIN.....
With the percentage of Herefordshire's population aged 85
and over due to double in around 16 years time, the council
is carrying out a survey to establish which services for
older people need bolstering. Amid
the cuts in budgets from central government, the council
has vowed to protect services to vulnerable people and the
survey will collect information to help it tailor these
services to ensure residents are looked after in their old
surveys are to be sent out to 13,000 households later this
month, to provide a robust assessment of needs for housing
and associated services. It is essential people send back
completed surveys so the council has accurate information
on which to base its decisions. The results of the survey
will be used to help develop services to allow older people
to live in suitable accommodation and enjoy a good quality
survey will help identify the measures required to meet
the challenges of an ageing population and will help form
the basis for future planning of effective housing provision
and services,' said Councillor John Jarvis of Herefordshire
Council. 'We want to maximize the independence of vulnerable
and disabled people and improve how services are delivered
through more effective partnership working through links
to housing, health and social care. We can't look at any
one of these areas in isolation.'
surveys are being targeted towards residents aged 50+. 'If
you get one, please fill it in and send it back. It's a
case of you helping us to help you,' he added.
CIVIC SOCIETY LAUNCH NEW BOOK....
and District Civic Society launched their new book on Thursday
evening at Ross Heritage Centre. Senior Archivist at the
Herefordshire Records Office, Rhys Griffith gave a short
talk to those present before performing the official launch.
book, 'Historical Aspects of Ross-on-Wye - Volume 2' costs
£25 and is available from Ross Heritage Centre, Ross
Old Books or the society's website at www.rosscivic.org.uk.
launch of Ross Civic Society's new book at Ross Heritage Centre
FOOTBALL KIT STOLEN FROM GARAGE IN HEREFORD...
Hereford Police are appealing for information that can help
them with their enquiries into a burglary which was reported
on Thursday, 28th October.
garage was broken into on Hafod Road, Hereford and a complete
set of school football kit was stolen. The victim thinks
the offence happened sometime between 9.30pm on Wednesday,
20th and 9.30pm on Thursday, 21st October. The kit comprises
of 14 strips for a team of under 15s. The shorts are white
and the tops are red with a fine white stripe. The tops
also have the words 'Football Foundation' written across
the front. The kit belongs to a local high school in Hereford
and is quite distinctive.
who knows where the sports kit is or has other information
for police about the burglary should contact Lisa Hewitt
at Hereford police station public service desk on 0300 333
3000. Alternatively please call Crimestoppers, anonymously
on 0800 555111.
BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL....
will be pleased to learn that the popular, twice weekly
open retail markets have now resumed.
markets were temporarily unable to operate due to the recent
fire in the city centre, which resulted in a large area
of High Town and St. Peter's Street being cordoned off.
The size of the cordon has now been reduced and apart from
the few businesses directly affected by the fire, the city
is back to business as usual.
cordon which will remain to protect the scaffolding which
is currently being put up to make safe the frontages of
the shops affected by the fire. The council's contractors,
Amey will then install protective hoarding around the scaffolding.
This cordoned off area will be kept to a minimum and it
is hoped that there will be enough space to allow delivery
vehicles to pass between the hoarding and the Black and
White house. However, the precise location of the hoarding
can only be decided once the scaffolding is in place.
Once the smaller cordon is place, the Black and White house
will reopen to the public.
Council is continuing to inform city centre traders of the
situation and has also liaised with the city's Royal National
College for the Blind to ensure that students returning
from half term will be made aware of the hoarding outside
the damaged shops.
after the fire.
LAND WANTED FOR GYPSY AND TRAVELLER PITCHES.....
In order to meet identified need, a call for sites is being
undertaken by Herefordshire Council for parcels of land
with the potential for accommodating Gypsy and Traveller
Herefordshire there are seven sites owned and managed by
the Council, with a total of 64 pitches. However, across
the county there are in excess of 30 private sites with
varying numbers of pitches.
Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment was published
in 2008 highlighting a need, at the time, for additional
pitches in Herefordshire. This need was obtained through
reviewing Herefordshire Council's adopted and emerging strategies
and twice yearly caravan counts. This was further supplemented
through interviewing members of the Gypsy and Traveller
community. Herefordshire Council has been working towards
meeting this need through granting planning permissions
and identifying tolerated, long term unauthorized sites
that are exempt from planning enforcement. This has helped
to provide more than 30 pitches and in order to meet the
outstanding need Herefordshire Council is inviting landowners
to promote sites for Gypsy and Traveller pitches.
suitable for such uses should be reasonably accessible to
facilities and services but may be located further outside
villages than other developments. Where sites are well designed,
evidence shows a high level of integration between members
of the Gypsy and Traveller and settled communities. Each
site will be assessed for potential inclusion in emerging
John Jarvis of Herefordshire Council said, 'We are fully
aware of the needs of the Gypsy and Travelling community
in the county and we realize we will need to work hard to
find the additional pitches. I would urge any landowners
who feel they have a suitable site to get in touch with
our forward planning team. Each identified site will be
assessed for possible inclusion in future planning policy.'
further information, please contact either Gemma Dyke, senior
planning officer on 01432 260139 or Philip Deeley, planning
policy officer on 01432 261948.