place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
ROSS-ON-WYE MURDER INVESTIGATION - DEAD MAN NAMED
man who died after being found with stab wounds at a flat
in Copse Cross Street, Ross-on-Wye on Saturday night, has
been named as 30-year-old James Alan Ball.
Ball was found at the flat at just after 8.45pm on 26th
March and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at
Hereford County Hospital. Christopher Vivian, aged 22 and
from Ross-on-Wye has been charged with the murder of Mr
Ball and appeared at Hereford Magistrates Court on Monday,
about the investigation, Detective Inspector Martyn Barnes
said, 'Although a man has now been charged with Mr Ball's
murder, the investigation into the incident will continue
for sometime. With that in mind we are keen to hear from
anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in and around
Copse Cross Street between 8.15pm and 9pm on Saturday night.
would also like to take this opportunity to reassure local
people that this is an isolated, self contained incident
and remind them that nobody else is being sought in connection
with Mr Ball's death.
ROSS ROCKS - WYENOT CELEBRATE?.
is all systems go for the Ross Rocks team who are now moving
forward with their plans to hold a festival at the Bandstand
and Caroline Symonds Gardens on Saturday, 25th June after
their TEN application was approved by Herefordshire
Council's Licensing Department.
festival is being organized to show what Ross-on-Wye has
to offer by way of talented musicians, dance groups, local
food and drink producers, organizations and much more. The
event is not by any means going to be on the large scale
of the previous great festival JAMSTAND this year but the
team will be putting on a great day out from 11am until
11pm for the whole community. The Broome Cupboard Blues
Band, the Dandelion Killers and SWiTCH are confirmed and
there are plans to have a mass Zumba class take place during
the afternoon. If your local band would like to perform
at Ross Rocks, please contact Steve French at email@example.com
by Friday 15th April at the latest and arrange for him to
listen to your CD.
you run a local dance group or provide any other form of
entertainment and would like to take part, please contact
Mel at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. Please
also contact Mel if you would like to have a trade stall
or charity stall at the event.
you would like to sponsor Ross Rocks in any way, please
contact the Treasurer, Andrew Morgan of Radcliffe
Guest House at email@example.com All donations
will be gratefully received. Alternatively, call into see
Chris or Carol at Ross
Old Books in High Street.
2011 we want to show the world that Ross Rocks. In 2012
we want to be able to show them that Ross Rocks and Rolls!
Keep reading Wyenot News for further developments.
THE TALENT AT JOHN KYRLE HIGH SCHOOL.
John Kyrle High School Spring Concert is always a fantastic
event, and each year the audiences are amazed at the talent
of the students and staff at the school.
2011 event took place last Tuesday evening and there were
some fantastic performances by the young, up coming Training
Orchestra, an a capella vocal group, the choirs and senior
Jazz Band, with some entertaining compering courtesy of
Ben Abbott. Year 13 student, Ryan Green has written and
arranged an entire musical and Ryan conducted the band whilst
Julia Ormerod beautifully sang his composition 'By Myself
Once More,' a very moving song.
is not the only composer in the JKHS Hall of Fame however.
Lucas Abbott performed his own composition 'In Each Other's
Arms' and had recorded everything on the backing tracks
himself. Young rock band The City Won, comprising Connor
Bevan, Ben Bushell, Kieran Pitts-Caton, Kellan Fisher and
James Wood performed their own song 'Bank Robber Man' followed
by a cover of Bachman Turner Overdrive's 'You Ain't Seen
Nothin' Yet.' All of these performances were complemented
by some fantastic sound and light engineering.
due to having to return to Wyenot HQ to get the news up
online, I missed the second half, which included performances
by Vic Bailey and Sam Burford, Ryan Green and Charlie Rodgers-Davies
and the senior bands at the school but I believe that the
second half was as brilliant as the first. Well done to
all the staff and students involved.
Johnny Evans, Stephen Howie and Niles Weyman perform 'Knocking on
Green conducts the band and Julia Ormerod as they perform his own
composition 'By Myself Once More'.
Abbott performing his own composition 'In Each Others Arms'.
City Won performing their own number 'Bank Robber Man'.
TREAT MUM TO A SPECIAL LUNCH ON MOTHERS DAY...
Most of you should be aware by now that it is Mother's Day
this coming Sunday,
3rd April and what better way to thank your Mum for all
she does than by taking her out for a delicious Sunday lunch?
are lots of places to choose from but if you haven't booked
anywhere yet, I suggest that you do it now as word has it
that places are becoming limited. If you would like a meal
in a lovely riverside setting, you could try giving the
Lion Inn at Wilton a call. Landlords, Dave and Jacqui
Newman now have extra dining space having created a lovely
dining room in the old Pool Room. They are having two sittings;
one beginning at 12 Noon, the second is at 2pm. Alternatively,
you might like to try the Hope
& Anchor just off Wye Street or the Inn
on the Wye at Kern Bridge.
you enjoy Symonds Yat, then why not try the Royal
Lodge or Saracen's
Head on the East side or choose from the lovely menu
at the Old
Court Hotel or the Wye
Knot Inn on the West? In nearby Goodrich you might like
to take the Hostelrie up on their special 'Mother Eats for
Free' deal. (Please telephone 01600 890241 for further information.)
to town there is also a good choice of places to treat your
mother on Mothering Sunday including the Kings
Head Hotel or Nature's
Choice Café. When your lunch has gone down, maybe
you could also treat Mum to a lovely cream tea at Rose
you choose to take Mum out for a meal this Sunday, we hope
that she enjoys her special day.
HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY NEVILLE
Happy birthday greetings go to Neville Schofield, who was
60 years old on Tuesday, 22nd March. Unbeknown to Neville,
he was to celebrate his special day with family and firends
at the White
Lion Inn at Wilton, where his daughter Linda and a few
other cunning people had arranged a surprise party for him.
Neville really enjoyed his party, especially as he and his
wife Christine were also celebrating their wedding anniversary.
best wishes to you both.
Neville Schofield getting ready to cut his birthday cake watched
by wife Christine, daughter Linda and grandson Ryan.
LIVING IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS...
If you enjoy a good book of whatever kind, you might like
to go along to the Larruperz Centre at 7pm on Friday evening,
1st April, where Chris and Carol Lowndes of Ross
Old Books will be giving a talk to Ross Arts Appreciation
and Carol will be speaking about what it is like to run
a book shop such as their lovely shop, which has a fantastic
range of old books, prints and maps and will follow their
talk with an 'Antiques Roadshow' where you are welcome to
take along your treasured books and have them valued. You
may well be pleasantly surprised.
talk will be preceeded by the Ross Arts Appreciation Society's
AGM. There is no need to book and all are welcome to attend.
WORK ON THOMAS BLAKE GARDEN GOING WELL
Progress on rejuvenating The Thomas Blake Memorial Garden
in Ross in time for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012,
continued on Sunday when a number of volunteers turned out
again to help weed, prune and tidy this important and historic
Ross landmark. The extra attention the garden is now receiving
and the warmer weather, which has brought out leaves and
blossom, have already made the garden a more colourful and
attractive place to visit. The organizers are delighted
with the support that they have so far received and hope
that as the weather improves more people will be tempted
out to get involved.
an application for funding from the Herefordshire Community
Foundation is being put together. The Foundation administers
a government scheme called Active@60 which aims to encourage
local groups to create projects that will involve those
who are approaching retirement or have already retired.
Retirement can be a tricky time for some people who suddenly
find they miss the social interaction of the work place
or structure of the working day.
Blake Garden Jubilee Project is ideal as a means of bringing
people together as part of a community project that involves
creating something really positive for the town and working
outside in the fresh air. It is hoped that a group of enthusiasts
can be established that will go on caring in conjunction
with Amey Herefordshire for the garden for years to come.
of the organizers, Mary Sinclair-Powell commented that Amey
representatives have been very helpful by removing the garden
waste that the team are producing and by keeping the garden
the application is successful the grant will provide money
for tools and plants.
dates for the next two mornings working on the garden are
10th and 17th April starting at 10.30 am. If you would like
to get involved, please contact Margaret Lucas on 01989
563261, The Ross
Garden Store on 01989 568999 or Councillor Caroline
Utting on 01989 565685 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Morgan of the Radcliffe Guest House and two of his children
get to grips with the clearing.
JESSE WELCOMES FUEL DUTY CUT FOR HEREFORDSHIRE.
In a speech during the Budget debate, local MP Jesse Norman
has welcomed the many measures in the 2011 Budget which
will help Herefordians. These include:
- An immediate cut in fuel duty by 1 pence per litre, and
a decision to delay Aprilís inflation rise in duty (planned
by the last government) until next January. This means fuel
duty is now 6 pence lower than it would have been under
increase in the Personal Allowance by a further £630 from
April 2012. Together with this yearís rise, that means a
total of £326 extra each year for working people on moderate
incomes. So far, after just ten months into office, the
coalition Government has taken 1.1 million low paid people
out of income tax altogether.
for 50,000 more apprenticeships.
- A new package of support measures for small businesses
Jesse said, 'I am delighted that the Chancellor has listened
to our concerns about the cost of fuel, especially in rural
areas such as ours. The rise in the tax allowance, the increased
support for small businesses, and the new funding for potholes,
are also very welcome. Since the new government was formed
last May, thousands of Herefordians have been taken out
of income tax altogether.
are difficult economic times. But this is a good budget
for Herefordshire, and a strong, long term budget for the
budget speech can be read at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm110324/debtext/110324-0003.htm
MUSIC BOX OPENS IN LEOMINSTER
Music lovers in Leominster will be pleased to know that
a new shop selling high quality, second-hand CDs, DVDs,
records, books and computer games will be opening in West
Street on Monday, 4th April. The
Music Box is an exciting new venture which will be operated
by Marshfields, part of Herefordshire Council's day opportunities
services for adults with learning disabilities.
believe that passion for music creates common ground,' said
inclusion manager at Marshfields, Sean Ladd. 'The Music
Box will provide individuals involved with an opportunity
to engage with their community. In addition, Individuals
will be able to develop a range of skills that will prove
beneficial to their future independence and help them to
achieve, believe and belong.'
well as direct sales, the shop will be selling online, opening
up a world of personal development for those involved. The
shop has sofas and coffee available, so you can relax and
try before you buy.
new shop will be open for business from Monday, 4th April
and opening times will be Monday to Friday, 10am until 4.15pm
and on Saturdays, from 9.30am until 12.30pm.
donations of unwanted CD'S, DVD'S, books and computer games
will be gratefully received. Please contact the Music Box
on 01568 611869 or Marshfield's on 01568 614772 for further
Paul Fletcher, Sean Ladd and Sally Lewis get CDs ready for sale
in Leominster's new Music Box shop.
HEREFORD CITY TO HOST WEEKLY FARMERS MARKET...
As part of their commitment to promoting local produce,
Herefordshire Council are planning to extend the frequency
of the popular Farmers' Markets held in Hereford.
An agreement has been signed in principle to hold the Farmers'
Market in Hereford's High Town every Thursday rather than
the present once a month. The monthly Saturday market in
Hereford as well as those in Ross and Leominster will also
Owen, Herefordshire Council's markets, fairs and street
trading manager said, 'This new weekly farmers market will
ensure local produce has a real opportunity to be showcased
and residents and visitors alike can enjoy the best of what
Herefordshire has to offer. Through our sustainable food
strategy, we want to support local food enterprises because
they not only promote tourism but also support the health
and well being of residents by making healthier food options
more readily available.
launch day of the weekly Thursday Market is to be 21st April
2011 and I hope everyone will take this opportunity to support
county businesses and enjoy their delicious produce as well.'
JESSE CONGRATULATES MUDDY BOOTS ON NEW OFFICES
South Herefordshire MP, Jesse Norman has congratulated local
software company Muddy Boots on its magnificent new offices
in Phocle Green, Ross-on-Wye, which were formally opened
Boots produces quality assurance and traceability software
for the food industry, and has some of biggest names in
food production and retailing amongst its clients, including
Unilever, Marks & Spencer and Ben & Jerry's. The firm was
established in 1996 in Herefordshire by Jonathan Evans and
Jeremy Pile, and now has operations in Germany, Australia,
New Zealand and East Africa, as well as the UK.
said, 'Muddy Boots is a terrific local success story, which
has grown up out of the soil of Herefordshire and become
a highly innovative and effective international software
supplier in one of the most demanding industries in the
world. Its new offices are superb. Many congratulations
to the whole company, and best wishes for its continued
Jesse Norman MP with Jonathan Evans at the opening of Muddy Boots'
new offices in Phocle Green, Ross-on-Wye.
DID YOU SEE A WOMAN BEING CARRIED INTO A VEHICLE...
Police officers are investigating a suspicious incident
which was reported to them Friday, 25th March.
received reports of two vehicles acting suspiciously in
Ridgeway Road, which runs between the villages of Sutton
St Nicholas and Withington at around 9pm. The dark coloured
4x4, believed to be a BMW X5, and a dark coloured panel
van were seen in the area and officers are keen to identify
those people in the vehicles and are asking them to come
is reported that four men and a woman were seen in these
vehicles and concerns were expressed by a member of the
public that the woman was being carried and put into one
of the vehicles.
police spokesman said, 'There may well be a perfectly innocent
explanation for what was seen on Friday night but we would
like to speak to the people involved so that we can be reassured
that nothing untoward was happening. Until we are reassured
we will continue to treat this incident very seriously.
We would ask any of the individuals involved to make contact
with us, even if they feel there is no reason for them to
contact the police to explain what was happening. We have
increased our resources in the area to try to establish
what exactly did occur on Friday night and to reassure local
people about the reason for our activity, so it is important
that anyone with information about this strange incident
makes contact with us.'
with any information about this incident, or either of the
vehicles concerned, is asked to call the police as soon
as possible. Information can be given by calling police
on 0300 333 3000, quoting 280-N-250311, or call the independent
charity, Crimestoppers line anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
HOMEBASE THIEF MAKES CLEAN GETAWAY WITH SHOWERS
West Mercia Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they
would like to speak to in relation to a theft at a DIY store
in Hereford last month. Two Triton shower units and a security
alarm box, together worth £637, were stolen from Homebase
in Three Elms Road on Saturday, 26th February, between 2.05pm
Dave Thomas at Hereford Police Station said, 'This man was
seen on CCTV entering Homebase at the time of the thefts
and we would like to speak to him, at least to eliminate
him from our enquiries. If anyone recognises him, I would
urge them to contact me and I appeal to the man himself
to come forward. Also, I would like to ask anyone who has
information about the stolen showers and alarm system to
get in touch.'
Thomas can be contacted on the West Mercia Police non-emergency
number, 0300 333 3000. You can also pass on information
anonymously via the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.
THE COUNTDOWN TO ELECTIONS BEGINS...
The official countdown has begun to the local elections
and referendum, the day when county voters will choose Herefordshire
county councillors, town and parish councillors to represent
them and also have a say on proposed reforms to the Parliamentary
voting system. Chris
Bull, the returning officer, who is responsible for ensuring
the elections run smoothly, announced on Friday that the
elections will be taking place on Thursday, 5th May.
said, 'We're hoping for a good turnout this year as people
will not only be able to choose who represents them in their
parish, town or city, but also who will represent them on
Herefordshire Council. On top of this, people will have
the chance to have their say in the referendum to decide
if changes will be made to the national voting system.'
list of candidates standing in each ward will be published
on Friday, 8th April, when everybody will be able to find
out who is standing in their area. Applications for a new
postal vote must reach the electoral registration office
by 5pm on Thursday, 14th April.
wanting a proxy vote will need to apply for this by 5pm
on Thursday, 21st April. Residents can do this by telephoning
the council's electoral registration team on 01432 260107
or by e-mailing them at email@example.com..uk
referendum is the first nation-wide referendum to take place
for over 35 years and on 5th May, voters will be asked to
say 'yes' or 'no' to changing the system used to elect Members
of Parliament at our general elections. The overall responsibility
for the referendum lies with the Electoral Commission, although
your voting paper will be collected in when you hand in
your ballot paper for your local councillor. This could
be at your local polling station, or via a postal vote.
Commission is keen that everybody understands what they
are voting for in the referendum, so look out for an explanatory
booklet they are sending out to every household in the UK.
This booklet will be supported by an advertising campaign
run by the Electoral Commission and further details can
be found on the commission's website - www.electoralcommissiojn.org.uk
you are not registered to vote, you will not be able to
vote in either the local elections or the referendum.
COUNCIL TO GET OVER £2.4 MILLION TO REPAIR ROADS
Herefordshire Council is to get more than £2.4 million from
Government towards the repair of road damage caused by the
worst December weather ever recorded. The Department of
Transport has informed the council it will get £2,423,477
in extra funding; half of which will come from £100 million
of extra funding earmarked in February and a further £100
million which was announced in last week's Budget.
2009 / 2010 winter resulted in more than £5 million of damage
to county roads and the council has delivered an extensive
programme of maintenance to combat this deterioration and
continue to improve the overall condition of our roads.
The severe conditions experienced during this current winter
have led to further damage and it is estimated that this
will cost over £2 million to rectify.
Hall, Herefordshire Council's highway network manager said,
'We welcome this money which will help us to ensure the
county's roads can be restored to an acceptable standard,
after a second severe winter in a row. We will now be working
closely with our contracting partners, Amey Herefordshire,
to further improve the county's roads.
this last year the council has run a Better Roads campaign
and invested £11.7 million into road maintenance, focusing
on returning the roads to a high standard rather than just
carrying out spot repairs to potholes. Throughout this campaign,
we focused on A and B roads as a priority and have treated
more than 124 miles of the county's roads, amounting to
more than 6.5 per cent of the total network.
Better Roads campaign has proved to be extremely successful
and most of the A and B roads, which extend to 431 miles,
have been returned to a good standard. While still having
to ensure that the principal roads are properly maintained,
we can now use this Government money to shift the focus
towards the C and unclassified road network where the impact
of the winter weather has been more extreme.
C roads amount to 663 miles in the county while unclassified
roads account for 933 miles of the total network so we will
have to prioritize the routes and will be focusing on those
where this additional money will give us the greatest return
in terms of overall road condition and, as a result, our
customer's satisfaction with the state of Herefordshire's