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The people of Ross gathered at the War Memorial on the Prospect on Sunday Morning to remember those who gave their lives for their country. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend this year's Service of Remembrance but we have been told that it was a memorable occasion with many turning up to remember family members and friends lost in battle. The photograph below of the memorial was taken later in the day on Sunday.

Ross war Memorial on Sunday.


Ross Lions have recently welcomed a new addition to their club. The new Lion is Mrs. Sue Wilding who was presented with her badge by Lions' President, Trevor Smith. After her induction Sue said, 'I will do my best to uphold the long tradition of Lions service to the community and will wear my badge with pride.'

Sue is the wife of former President, Keith Wilding and so is very well acquainted with the work that the Lions do. For a number of years Sue has been supporting Ross Lions at many of their charity activities, from Carnival Day to Christmas Day meals, Bonfire Night to the Ross Round Walk. We wish Sue well in her new role as a Lion.

Ross Lions Club has been a mixed club for a few years now and although the club has been successful in attracting new members they say that there is still room for one or two more good Lions.

If you would like to learn more about Ross Lions Club or would like to become a Lion yourself, please visit their web site at for further information.

Ross Lions welcome Sue to the club.


Ross-on-Wye's Christmas lights will be officially switched on on Friday, 19th November and there will be lots of entertainment going on before Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane performs the ceremony at 5:30pm.

Ross Scout and Guide movement will be entertaining the crowds from 4:30pm, then from 4:45pm, Y-Zone based '2Faced' will be show casing some great street dancing. Ross Town Band will be adding to the entertainment from 5:00pm.

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service will be there, providing a display on fire safety and Christmas decorations will be on sale from 'Granny's Attic' in aid of Mayor Lane's chosen charity, The Macular Society. The scouts will also be selling refreshments to help raise funds to go to the World Scout Jamboree, which will be taking place in Sweden next year.

The Heritage Centre will be open throughout the event, where 'Cards for Good Causes' will be open along with a lovely photographic exhibition by Mr. Dennis Morgan.

Ross Christmas lights, which are energy efficient were highly praised last year and were considered by many to be the best lights the town had ever seen. The Mayor looks forward to seeing you all there.


Hereford's popular Christmas Park and Ride will operate on four Saturdays this year, beginning on Saturday, 27th November and running through to 18th December. Herefordshire Council chose the start date to allow shoppers the opportunity to take part in a range of Christmas activities which are to be held in Hereford City centre.

From 27th November there will be an ice rink in High Town which will be open for a whole month, excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Online bookings can be made by logging onto

A special Butter Market Grotto, sponsored by The Entertainer, will also be opening on 27th November, where youngsters will be entertained by Santa and his elves who will be raising money for local charities.

The Park and Ride buses will run from Hereford's racecourse in the north and the Grafton car park on the A49 to the south. Buses are available every 15 minutes and will drop people right in the heart of Hereford. Car parking is free and the fare is 1.50 per adult up to a maximum of 3 per vehicle. There will be no charge for accompanied children.

Councillor Brian Wilcox of Herefordshire Council said, 'This year Hereford city centre has a wealth of attractions to add to the Christmas shopping experience. As well as the ice rink and grotto, there will also be two traditional fairground rides in the new look Widemarsh Street. The park and ride service will ensure people wishing to come to the city and support traders at this important time of year do not have to worry about finding somewhere to park but can instead let the buses take the strain.'


Christmas will soon be upon us and as usual at this time of year, Ross-on-Wye Lions are inviting any elderly people who will be on their own, or will not have a hot meal planned for Christmas Day, to come along and enjoy a hearty turkey dinner with all the trimmings; plus drinks and entertainment.

This lovely annual event is organized by Dennis Humble of EnviroAbility and Debbie Griffiths of the WRVS and paid for by Ross Lions. The meal prepared by Gaye Goodwin of the Rumbling Tum with members of Age Concern and others helping, making this a wonderful event to attend. Those who take up the invitation will have the chance to meet old friends with whom they can chat, enjoy the entertainment and have a few drinks.

If you can't get to the Ryefield Centre under your own steam, transport can be arranged both to bring you to the Centre and to take you home afterwards. If you are housebound, don't worry, a meal can be delivered to your address with a cheery word and best wishes.

If you meet the criteria of being elderly and not looking forward to a Christmas Dinner then please make contact as soon as possible as the organizers need to know how many to provide meals for. They will also need addresses to arrange transport. There are several ways that you can do this. Either call into Gordon Lucas Motorcycles, the WRVS or Age Concern offices and give them your details, give Debbie Griffiths of the WRVS a ring on Ross 765595 or contact Ross Lions on 08458335786.

Don't be shy. Give them a ring and go along on Christmas Day to enjoy yourself. It's all free.

Lions Christmas Dinner.


The Ryefield Children's Centre in Ross-on-Wye is celebrating after learning that ten parents have successfully completed a course which will help them understand and enhance their toddlers' language development. 'Elklan, Let's Talk with Under 5s', was a seven week course which involved teaching interaction between adult and child, the link between play and language and how to help children with unclear speech. In addition, parents were required to make observations and reflect on their own interaction with their child throughout the course.

'This is another great success for the Ryefield Children's Centre,' said Carole Amos, Centre Manager. 'We're really proud of the parents and the centre's tutors who ran the course. All the work produced by the parents had to be moderated by the National Open College Network who were very positive about the standard of work submitted. What makes it particularly noteworthy for us is that three of our parents do not have English as their first language, yet they have been able to successfully complete this course. The skills they have acquired on the course will help them to give a boost to their own children's language development.'

All ten parents will gain a level one accreditation, but six of them have no intention of stopping and are keen to go on to further training. Three of them are doing the Elklan level two and three course.

Parents are to be presented with their certificates by early language consultant, Heather Price on Monday, 29th November at the Ryefield Children's Centre.

17th November 2010


A World War 1 memorial has recently been found while sorting out a cellar in Ross.

The memorial commemorates the life of Lieutenant Wilfred John Massey-Lynch, 3rd Dragoon Guards, age 25 who was killed in action near Villers Bretonneux, at the battle of the Avre, fifth of the first battles of the Somme on 4th April 1918.

The existence of this memorial has been known for many years as it was originally in an old church in Ross-on-Wye, which closed down in 1930. It should have been transferred to the new church of St. Frances of Rome in 1931, but for various reasons it never happened.

There is another memorial to Wilfred coupled with his brother-in-law, Lieutenant F.T.Harris at All Saints Church in the Trees at Bishopswood. Wilfred is also remembered on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

Further information about this soldier can be found at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site.

Pictured left: Wilfred John Massey-Lynch (1893 - 1918). Married Gwendoline Harris in 1914 at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Ross-on-Wye.

The WW1 memorial recently found while sorting out a cellar in Ross.


A Hereford woman who failed to pay a fixed penalty ticket issued for littering was fined 80 and ordered to pay 50 costs after admitting the offence at Hereford Magistrates Court on Friday, 12th November. Abigail Baynham, aged 20, of Amyard Drive, Hereford, was also ordered to pay the mandatory 15 victim surcharge.

Mr Mike Jones, prosecuting for Herefordshire Council, told the court a fixed 80 penalty ticket was issued to the defendant in July after she was seen dropping a cigarette butt in Union Street but she had made no attempt to pay the amount due. The offence was committed under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. She has 28 days to pay the fine and costs.

Shane Hancock, Herefordshire Council's regulatory services manager said after the court hearing, 'Dropping this cigarette on the ground has proved to be a very costly mistake for this woman, and I hope it will serve as a deterrent to others. The problem is many smokers do not think of dropping their cigarette end as littering, but cigarette butts are one of the most common items we have to clear up, especially in the city centre and market towns.

Smokers need to be aware, no butts about it, that if they discard finished cigarettes on the ground, they are guilty of littering and face a fixed 80 penalty. I know that many people may think this harsh for such a small item, but I would challenge them to consider the cumulative effect of thousands of cigarette ends dropped on the streets every day.

Enforcement is not the chosen route of the council; it would much prefer people to put out their cigarette when finished and dispose of it in one of the many litter bins available.'

17th November 2010


Police have releases CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of three televisions from a supermarket in Hereford last month.

The man, pictured left was spotted stealing a television worth 150 from Sainsbury's in Barton Yard on Friday, 15th October. A review of CCTV found he had also stolen similar TVs on both the previous days, Wednesday, 13th and Thursday, 14th October, as well as a wireless router worth 50.

The man is described as being white, approximately 6ft tall, of slender build, with dark, cropped hair and appears to be in his mid to late twenties. On each occasion he arrived and left the store on a dark coloured mountain bike heading towards The Lines and South Wye.

PC Anna Clarke of Hereford Police Station, who is investigating the incident said, 'The man appears smartly dressed and unassuming; he wanders into the store and quite openly walks straight out again with the goods under his arm.

If anyone recognizes the man in the CCTV image, then I would urge them to contact me via the West Mercia Police non-emergency number, 0300 333 3000. You can also pass on information anonymously via the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.'


Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault that occurred last week outside a supermarket in Hereford to come forward.

At 4.45pm on Sunday, 7th November, a man was driving into the car park of the Asda Store on Belmont Road when a pedestrian waved his arms at him and banged the roof of the car as he drove past. When the driver got out of the car, the man started an argument with him, swearing at him and insulting him. A scuffle ensued that ended with both men on the ground. When Asda staff intervened and said they had called the police, the man ran off leaving the driver with bruises to his face.

PC Leatte Clarke of Hereford Police Station, who is investigating the incident said, 'We would like to trace the man responsible for this seemingly unprovoked attack as well as get to the bottom of his motives. If you were in the car park at Asda on that Sunday afternoon and saw this assault or anything suspicious in the lead up to it, then please contact me via the West Mercia Police non-emergency number, 0300 333 3000. You can also pass on information anonymously via the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.'


A unique building project that brings Herefordshire Council services, the local community and the church together, has won an award at this year's prestigious Wood Awards in London. The St Peter's Centre in Peterchurch scooped the best Private/Best Small Project Award at a ceremony held at the Carpenters' Hall, London.

Herefordshire Council and St Peter's Church commissioned Communion Design to transform the 12th Century Grade 1 listed church into a sustainable multi-use community building. Using oak as the primary medium, Communion Design had to take on board the sensitive nature of the site in heritage and religious terms, and create a facility where a community library, children's centre, community events space and a worship space for Anglican services could all be accommodated. The result is outstanding.

All facilities were designed to be contained within free-standing timber boxes which when opened, allow the existing spaces to be transformed from 12th century patterns of worship to more contemporary uses almost instantly. Once the activities have finished, the boxes are closed, and the space returns to sacred silence.

The Reverend Simon Lockett, Rector of St Peter's said, 'This project has built deeper relationships amongst and between the church community and the wider community and both are flourishing as a result.'

'We are all very proud of this project,' said Carole Amos of Herefordshire Council. 'It took a lot to get if off the ground: trying to take on board all partner requirements, and turn it into a community facility without compromising its historic background and religious foundations. Since the refurbished centre opened in January, the children's centre has flourished, with a full timetable of events for families every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, such as parent and toddler sessions, adult learning courses and a postnatal clinic to name a few.'

Alex Coppock, director of Communion Architects said, 'We are delighted with this endorsement of St Peter's Centre and are thrilled for our client and all the team involved. To see the centre recognized in this way, scooping a prestigious national award for both the design and the quality of the workmanship, is deeply gratifying. Delivering St Peter's was a team effort. It was a pleasure to work alongside other local companies including William Powell, Darby & Carr and Border Archaeology.'

The Wood Awards were launched more than thirty years ago as the Carpenters' Award and is now Britain's premier award for wood in buildings and furniture. The aim of The Wood Awards is to recognize, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation in wood, the world's most naturally sustainable material.

St. Peter's Centre, Peterchurch.


Herefordshire Police are appealing for help in tracing a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in rural Herefordshire.

At approximately 6.30pm on Friday, 1st October, a woman in her 20s was walking along the bridleway that runs from the village of Felton towards Marden when she came across a man walking his dog who she had spoken to on previous occasions. After a conversation, the man attempted to sexually assault her, but she managed to escape. The man is described as white, approximately 5ft 6ins tall and thin, with dark brown hair.

DC Steve James of Leominster CID said, 'This sexual assault took place in a remote area and there were no witnesses, but we are hoping that someone may recognize the description of this man. Despite an extensive investigation, we have not been able to trace him, but we believe local residents may be able help us.

He was walking a yellow Labrador Retriever and on a previous occasion told the victim his name was Adam. He also told her he had only recently moved to the area and was recently divorced.

If anyone recognizes this description then I appeal to them to contact me or Leominster CID straight away via the West Mercia Police non-emergency number, 0300 333 3000. Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.'

17th November 2010 THREE YOUTHS CHARGED WITH GBHY.....

Police have charged three people in relation with a serious assault that occurred in Hereford over the weekend.

At approximately 10.25pm on Saturday, 13th November a fight broke out in the car park of Morrisons supermarket and a man in his 20s sustained head injuries as a result of the attack. After being treated at Hereford County Hospital, he was transferred to Cheltenham General Hospital where he is currently in a stable condition.

Following local enquiries, three 16-year-old youths were arrested on Sunday and were charged with grievous bodily harm later the same day. All three appeared at the Youth Court at Hereford Magistrates' Court on 15th November, one of which has been remanded into custody and the other two released on conditional bail. They are due to reappear at Hereford Magistrates' on Wednesday, 23rd November.

Detective Constable Nigel Cleeton of Hereford CID, who is investigating the incident said, 'We have made good progress in this investigation and have been able to charge three youths early on in the case. However, we are still in the early stages of the investigation and if anyone has information that would help us, then I urge them to come forward. We are particularly interested in anyone who saw this incident in the car park of Morrisons or the moments leading up to it.'

DC Cleeton can be contacted at Hereford CID via the west Mercia Police non emergency number, 0300 333 3000. Information can also be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.

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