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27th April 2011 THE HOSTELRIE SAUSAGE AND CIDER FESTIVAL.

Alun and Lisa of The Hostelrie at Goodrich held at Sausage and Cider Festival over the Easter weekend and the event was a great sucess. The weather was gorgeous and many people turned up to try the tastiest locally produced sausages and the most delicious of locally produced ciders whilst enjoying performances from the best local bands.

The Easter event began on Friday evening with a barbecue and live music which was performed by New Jersey. We visited the festival on Saturday afternoon where The Deadbeats were keeping everybody entertained in the garden. What a great performance they gave. The garden was a lovely place to watch the band whilst sampling some of the cider supplied by Mays, Gillows and Ross Cider & Perry Co. amongst others.Unfortunately we could not stay for very long but apprently the fabulous Jiveoholics gave their usual brilliant performance during the evening, whislt visitors took advantage of the opportunity to tate the delicious sausages supplied by the Popular Pig Company and other local producers.

Local band OCD rounded off the event with their range of classic rock and ballads and apprently a great time was had by all.

Alun and Lisa have been at the Hostelrie for more than a year now and they and their team have worked hard to restore the tired looking building back to its former glory as a lovely, country inn where visitors are assured of a very warm welcome. Why not go along to The Hostelrie and see for yourself? Alun and Lisa will be very pleased to meet you.


The Deadbeats keep everybody entertained at The Hostelrie at Goodrich on Saturday afternoon.

Visitors enjoy some great local cider and sausages in the sunshine, whilst listening to the band.

Front man Haydn Dix belts out the blues.

This young man enjoyed himself playing skittles.

You are always assured of a great performance by The Deadbeats.

27th April 2011 NEW CINEMA OPENING IN ROSS ON WYE SOON.

Work to set up a new cinema facility in Ross-on-Wye is nearly complete, with the backing of a local theatre and the town council. Although films are shown at a handful of community centres in the town, Ross hasn't had a dedicated cinema since the Roxy closed in the early 1980s. But a group of film fans has been given the green light to install cutting edge screening equipment at the 60-seat Phoenix Theatre and hopes that it will pave the way for something even bigger.

The project has been approved by members of the theatre, and paid for with a £7,500 grant from Ross Town Council's enhancement fund. The grant was allocated in recognition of widespread local demand for a cinema in Ross. The new facility will have an authentic cinema feel, thanks to the theatre's raked seating and a giant retractable screen. First class picture quality will be delivered by a digital projector, and the auditorium itself, now being revamped as part of the theatre's own enhancement programme, will look smarter than ever.

Screen at the Phoenix, as the new venture has been called, will launch with a week long film festival in July, complete with 'Rosscars' for the most deserving movies. Thereafter, films will be screened as often as the theatre's busy drama schedule allows, and local filmgoers will be given a say in the choice of line-up. They will also be able to take advantage of the venue's bar. If the venture is successful, its backers hope it will provide an argument in favour of establishing a Ross cinema with even larger capacity.

Town councillor John Edwards, chairman of Screen at the Phoenix said, 'Ross having its own cinema fulfils a promise I made as Mayor last year. Hopefully the launching film festival in July will help meet another pledge to bring an annual arts festival back to the town and Ross residents should enjoy being able to help choose films to be shown at their own cinema.'

Barbara Isle, President of the Phoenix Theatre, said, 'We hope that Screen at the Phoenix will bring a whole new audience to the theatre. There are many small cinemas in Britain where film lovers can view a variety of films that would not necessarily get shown at big venues, and I look forward to Screen at the Phoenix becoming a popular venue for the people of Ross and visitors alike.'


27th April 2011 A LOVELY RIDE OUT IN THE HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE.

Easter Monday saw the 2nd Vintage & Classic Vehicle Road Run organized by ROSS ROADies, take place in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance, meeting at The Yew Tree Inn, Peterstow before leaving on a leisurely drive through the Herefordshire countryside.

The cars ranged in age from 1926 up to the 1980's, and in size from a tiny 1960 Messerschmitt KR200 3 wheeler to a huge 1927 Humber 9/20 Saloon. Among the many tractors taking part from the 1940's through to the 1980's, was a guest exhibit of a new Fendt 828 tractor on loan from Ross Farm Machinery and driven by Luke Morgan. Although the event was primarily a road run for Vintage & Classic Vehicles, it was good for people to compare the amazing engineering progress made in just a few years, between the different types of tractors.

Also taking part, after a total recent restoration was a 1946 ERF CI5 lorry belonging to landlord of the Yew Tree Inn, Phil Ballinger. The lorry has been restored back to its original livery from when supplied new to C B Yates of the Isle of Wight. If you are passing The Yew Tree Inn, why not call by and see this amazing vehicle?

Another exhibit that attracted much attention was the ongoing restoration of a 1950's Trojan Personel Wagon belonging to George Vaughan of Peterstow. All in all a great day was had by all, with fantastic weather. When the proceeds are added to the ROSS Roadies total from their December Road Run, it is hoped a very sizeable sum will be donated to MIDLANDS AIR AMBULANCE.

When the total is known it will be published on Wyenot News, so keep looking out for the latest updates.

ROSS Roadies are a non-profit making group of Vintage & Classic Vehicle enthusiasts, set up to enjoy Nostalgic Motoring, whilst raising money for charity. For further information, please contact Colin Davies on 07510-772250, Eric Lilwall on 07732-555403 or Alan Williams on 07773-619969.


The 1946 ERF C15 belonging to Phil Ballinger, lovongly restored to its former glory.

A good old favourite, the Morris Minor belonging to Colin Davies

What a beauty!

There was a good range of vintage motorcycles on display...

....as well as tractors old and very new.

There was so much to see and lots of money has been raised for the Midlands Air Ambulance.

27th April 2011 CELEBRATE THE ROYAL WEDDING AT WILTON COURT.

Many people are organizing many different ways to celebrate the marriage of HRH Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton next Friday, 29th April. Helen and Roger Wynn of Wilton Court Restaurant with Rooms are inviting you to join them in celebrating the royal wedding.

The event will begin at 10:30 am when coffees and pastries will be served, then from 11am, full TV coverage of this very special occasion can be viewed on the large screen. A glass of Bellini and canapés will then be served, followed by a sumptuous lunch in the Mulberry Restaurant.

The Wilton Court Royal Wedding Celebration is open to residents and non residents alike. Places have been filling up quickly so if you would like to take part in this special celebration, make your room and / or lunch selection now.

For further information on this special event, please contact Wilton Court Restaurant with Rooms directly or visit
http://www.wiltoncourthotel.com/events-a-activities/the-royal-wedding.html


27th April 2011 TUDORVILLE DCC INVITE YOU TO CELEBRATE WEDDING.

As everybody should be aware, the marriage between HRH Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton will take place on Friday and many people will be holding their own special celebration of this very special event.

On Sunday, 1st May, the Tudorville and District Community Centre Committee will be holding a street party from 2p unti it i sdark. The committee are inviting everybody to take along their own picnic and enjoy live music, a disco and the barbecue. There will be lots of activities going on for the children with face painting and bouncy castles and mums and dads will be pleased to know that there will be a bar from 4pm.

You don't have to live in Tudorville to be invited and admission is free, so why not go along and enjoy the party?


27th April 2011 WALK OFF THAT WEDDING BREAKFAST WITH MARY.

If you feel in need of some exercise after sitting around watching the Royal Wedding on Friday, why not join Mary Sinclair-Powell on a guided historic walk around Ross-on-Wye? The walk will begin at Ross Market House and will take you around the South of the town, finishing at St. Mary's Church.

If you over indulged at a street party celebrating the royal occasion and want to shake off the effects, Mary will be leading another walk on Saturday, again, beginning from Ross Market House. This walk will take you around the riverside and the North side of town.

There is a charge of £3 per person. The walk is free to children under the age of 12 but they must be accompanied by an adult. There is no need to book, simply turn up at the Market House to begin the walk at 3pm.


27th April 2011

ROSS MAN ISSUED WITH ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ORDER


Simon Stephens.

West Mercia Police have been successful in obtaining an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo) against a man in Ross-on-Wye.

Simon Jon Stephens, aged 38, of The Crofts, was issued with an Asbo at Hereford Magistrates' Court on 14th April. The order will last for two years, ending on 13th April, 2013.

Mr. Stephens is prohibited from:

· Screaming, shouting or making excessive noise, including but not limited to playing music, from within his home address or, encouraging screaming, shouting or excessive noise from within his home to the annoyance of any neighbour.
· Being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
· Using foul or abusive language or fighting within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress.

PC Paul Challenger of the Ross-on-Wye Local Policing Team said, 'Mr Stephens' behaviour has been very disturbing for his neighbours in The Crofts. Not only that, because his address is right in the centre of Ross his antisocial behaviour has been affecting many other people who visit the town centre, in particular a community centre nearby.

We are releasing his photograph to the public so that if they experience Mr Stephens behaving in any way that is prohibited by his Asbo, they can contact the Ross Local Policing Team and we can take action.'

To contact PC Paul Challenger or the Ross-on-Wye Local Policing Team, please call the West Mercia Police non-emergency number, 0300 333 3000.


27th April 2011 A COMMUNITY ORCHARD FOR ROSS ON WYE.

2011 is the first 'Herefordshire Year in the Orchard' and marks 200 years since the publication of the Pomona Herefordiensis, the first scientific based, colour illustrated Pomona or book of apples. Herefordshire Year in the Orchard (HYO) aims to help celebrate Herefordshire's orchard heritage; the landscape they create, the biodiversity they support, the cultural influence they develop, the food they produce and their economic impact on the county.

Steve Parrett of Ross-on-Wye is a student with the Bulmer Foundation, a sustainable development charity in Hereford and is interested in creating ways to make our communities more sustainable. Steve said, 'In order to tie in with the HYO, I'm currently looking into the possibility of planting a Community Orchard in Ross-on-Wye.' (Herefordshire Council is all set to give away sets of apple trees to communities, subject to certain conditions).

'Community Orchards can be a great way to bring communities together, a place to hold events such as apple day, to provide healthy locally grown fruit and encourage people to get out and enjoy the outdoors,' continued Steve. 'I'm therefore asking the residents of Ross-on-Wye to help me out and give me their opinions on what they think about the idea of a Community Orchard in the town. Of crucial importance is their opinions on whether they think it would benefit the town and where, if anywhere, would be a good place to plant it. I have developed a short questionnaire which I would really appreciate people filling in. The information will be used to help decide whether the idea of planting a Community Orchard in Ross would be possible. You can access the questionnaire via http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q3FC82T Please forward the link onto your friends!'

To help residents obtain their own community orchard, Herefordshire Council is calling on communities who would like to celebrate Herefordshire's Year in the Orchard by planting locally distinctive apple varieties on public land and village greens as part of the new 'Pommunity Herefordiensis' project. Herefordshire Council's countryside service has worked with Frank P Matthews' Trees for Life to make more than 200 local variety apple trees available free to the county's communities. These will be supplied as seventy special Pommunity Herefordiensis tree packs.

Each pack of three 'one year maiden' trees will include one of each local variety apple, specially grown for the project on MM111 (semi standard) rootstock - Downton Pippin, Stoke Edith Pippin and Herefordshire Russet. The trees must be planted on publicly accessible land. The communities will be expected to provide evidence of this access along with the written permission of the landowner and give details of the wider community support and benefits for the planting along with how their community will manage the trees in the future.

The closing date for applications is 14th September 2011, The trees will be supplied bare root and will need to be collected from Queenswood Country Park on Friday, 25th or Saturday, 26th November 2011, the perfect time of year for planting and part of National Tree Week. For further information and to download an application form visit www.yearintheorchard.org and click on 'Orchard initiatives for 2011.


27th April 2011 ACTIVE OVER 60s AT TUDORVILLE DCC.

Tudorville & District Community Centre (TDCC) have recently been awarded an Active 60 grant from the Herefordshire Community Foundation. The grant aims to help those people who are moving into retirement stay active, independent and positively engaged with society, particularly those most at risk of loneliness and social isolation in later life.

TDCC, via Community Agent Anne Gray, will be working in partnership with Alison Fletcher of Age UK and Ruth Terry, a qualified EXTEND teacher, to deliver new services for over 60s in Tudorville on a Friday afternoon. There will be a weekly EXTEND session from 2pm to 3pm starting on Friday, 13th May, with a 2 hour Age Concern session afterwards from 3pm to 5pm.

EXTEND provides gentle exercise to music for older people and for anyone of any age with a disability. Their mission is to promote health, increase mobility and independence, improve strength, co-ordination and balance and to counteract loneliness and isolation. The first 2 sessions will be free. The Age UK sessions will include foot care sessions and other ideas include information and advice sessions, massage, computer taster sessions or a book club. The first 5 people to sign up to the foot care sessions will receive their first session half price and a half price cutting kit.

In order to assess what sessions the local residents want to see in the Community Centre, A coffee morning will be held on Friday 6th, May at 2pm at the Tudorville Community Centre where there will be free tea, coffee and cakes. The sessions will be open to anyone over the age of 60, they do not have to be from Tudorville.

For further information please contact Anne Gray on 01989 567995.


27th April 2011 THE BOYS RISE TO TWO TOUGH CHALLENGES.

Ross-on-Wye boys Max, Alex and Felix Lerego and their mate Phil Lineker have set themselves not one but two extremely difficult challenges. Challenge ONE is the tough physical and mental Oxfam 2011 Trailtrekker event. A 100km trek over 30 hours (day and night) equal to 2 ½ marathons and up and down Ben Nevis, across the stunning but demanding Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Trailtrekker is part of the Trailwalker Group of Events organized world-wide by Oxfam. Trailwalker started in 1981 in Hong Kong as a military training exercise for the Queen's Ghurkha Signals Regiment and the same Regiment still provides all logistics for Trailwalker UK today.

Oxfam, an organization we have all grown up with, is a global movement of passionate dedicated people who concentrate their efforts on three main interlinked areas of work. Emergency response, development work and campaigning for change. Recent disasters and events benefiting from their resources and expertise are the Pakistan floods, Japan's earthquake and tsunami and the protests in Libya. This invaluable work of course needs funding and to date the Trailtrekker and Trailwalker Challenges have raised an incredible £50 million.

Challenge TWO for 'the boys' will be the fund raising. This will be just as demanding and challenging as the walk itself in our present economic climate. They are committed to raising £1,600 but would like to exceed this amount and are looking not only to the generosity of their families and friends but seeking sponsorship from local businesses too.

If you would like to sponsor the boys, it can be done on line at www.virginmoneygiving.com/MRmaxwell This website has been set up specifically for this charity event. Alternatively, contact either of the following Team Supporters: Margaret Lerego, Sunrise Cottage, Eden Lane, Little Birch, HR2 8AY, Tel: 01981 540823 or Jill Wardle, 7, Piers Close, Malvern, WR14 3JH, Tel: 07810 680714.

The boys would like to thank you in anticipation of your generosity.


Max, Alex and Felix Lerego with friend, Phil Lineker.

27th April 2011 THE BIG CHILL GRANTED PERMANENT PREMISES LICENCE.

Herefordshire Council's Regulatory Subcommittee has granted an application by Festival Republic Limited for a permanent premises licence for The Big Chill Festival at Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury.

The application requested that the festival take place over the first or second weekend in August each year, subject to unforeseen circumstances (force majeure). In the case of 'force majeure', the date of the festival could be held between 1st June and 1st September, although this must first be agreed with the Safety Advisory Group (a panel comprising the council and the emergency services) beforehand.

Among other licensable activities, last year's licence granted the applicant, Mr Melvin John Benn of Festival Republic Ltd, a temporary, one year licence permitting live music and dancing until 5am from the Thursday night through to the Sunday night. This year the same applicant applied for a permanent licence. This application differed because it proposed an 'early bird' opportunity for the public to arrive on the Wednesday to miss the traffic although the applicant did not apply for music on this day. Festival Republic also proposed to bring forward the finish time for music on the Thursday and Sunday night.

Two representations, or objections, to this application were received from parish councils and five from members of the public. Colwall Parish Council made a representation on behalf of 10 residents saying they objected to increasing the length of the event to six days as well as granting a permanent licence. They wanted the transmission of music at the festival to cease at 00:30 on August 5, 6, 7 and 8 in line with what they believed other festivals did, such as Glastonbury. Their letter added, 'Many residents find the noise so offensive they move out over the weekend out of total despair.'

Castlemorton Parish Council felt the application should be dealt with on an annual basis or given a limited term and noise levels should be monitored. Letters from members of the public expressed concern at the event being held for six days, unacceptable noise levels and the fact that a permanent licence was being applied for. However, another resident wrote in to say that The Big Chill benefited the village of Colwall with festival goers using the local shops, residents getting tickets at a discounted rates and some of last year's ticket profits being donated to the village school.

The public hearing was held in Hereford on the evening of 20th April when Melvin Benn, the applicant on behalf of Festival Republic, told members of the regulatory subcommittee that he was willing to work closely with the community and local authority so the Big Chill event can get better and benefit the economy of the local area more. He said that he also held licences for other festivals including Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and Latitude in East Anglia. He said that the Big Chill was a unique festival and wanted it to succeed without upsetting the neighbours.

Both parish councils presented their case as did four of the five residents who made representations. The subcommittee heard the case for several hours, listening to the representations and evidence from all parties, including the council's noise expert. After retiring to consider their decision, they granted a licence which added new conditions.

They required that the applicant sets up a liaison group after every festival so that residents can air any concerns they may have with the applicant, the council and other interested parties such as the police. A new condition also required that the music from the main stage ceases on the Sunday at midnight. The licence also confirmed that all music from the event would cease at 03.00 rather than 05.00 on the first and last night.

Herefordshire Council's environmental health department said a noise hotline will be installed and would be publicized so that local residents could report any issues and these will be forwarded to a representative from the council. They said that a team of council officers would be out monitoring the event from the Thursday through to the Sunday night. A number of specific and detailed conditions relating to noise levels were also imposed and a detailed Event Management Plan and Noise Plan will also need to be submitted and agreed three months before the start of the festival every year.


27th April 2011

NUMBER OF UNDER FIVES USING LIBRARIES RISES


Bookstart Bear.

More children under the age of five than ever before are visiting Herefordshire Council's libraries thanks to a campaign aimed at promoting speech and language development.

The Every Child a Talker project, which has been supported by the library service, has seen an increase in under five membership from 22 per cent in June 2010 to 35 per cent in February 2011.

As part of the drive to get more under fives into libraries, a Gruffalo competition was held which attracted more than 400 entrants who drew characters such as Denis the Menace, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, The Gruffalo and Cinderella. Winners will be contacted soon over how they can collect their prizes which included a range of Gruffalo goodies.

Emma Stevens, Herefordshire Council's library learning officer said, 'Promoting the love of books and under fives membership doesn't just happen in libraries but also through partnership working with health visitors, speech and language therapists, pre-school groups, childminders and children centres who all work together to make books more accessible to families.

We can also provide Library Role Play boxes for use by pre-school and community family groups. These include library play resources which give an introduction to the experience of visiting the library and borrowing books and helps to foster a love of books.'

From 9th May, every child under five joining the library will receive a free Bookstart bear.

Other events to look out for are a Bookstart bear trail at Queenswood Country Park which starts on Saturday, 28th May and a Bookstart bear hunt at Hereford's High Town from Saturday, 28th May until Saturday, 11th June.

For further information on the Library Role Play boxes or the benefits of joining the library, contact Julie Goodwin on 01432 261644.


27th April 2011 TWITTER TO BE USED TO ANNOUNCE ELECTION RESULTS...

Herefordshire Council is using Twitter for the first time to alert those wanting to know the results of the 5th May local and parish elections as they come in. Once the polling stations close at 10pm, the ballot boxes will be taken to Hereford Leisure Centre where the local election votes will be counted.

Throughout the night the results of those winning the 56 contested seats on Herefordshire Council will be declared, with the first announcement due at around 2am, and the last expected sometime around 6am. The results will be posted on Herefordshire Council's website as they are announced - www.herefordshire.gov.uk.

For the first time, the council will be using Twitter to send out messages announcing which ward's result has just been confirmed. Anyone wanting to follow the tweets can by visiting www.twitter.com/myherefordshire. The council is offering the same service to those wanting to know the results of the parish council elections and the result of the referendum on the parliamentary voting system.

The parish council count will begin at 10am on Friday, 6th May and alerts will be sent out via Twitter as the results are announced during the day. At 4pm the count begins for the referendum on the parliamentary voting system. An alert will be issued via Twitter once the result has been announced.


27th April 2011 DIY SOS PUTS AN END TO ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

A Hereford couple have paid tribute to a local community support officer (CSO) who has helped tackle antisocial behaviour in their street while simultaneously helping them to turn their lives around. CSO Sam Knox, who looks after the Redhill area of the city, used an unconventional and innovative way of getting to the heart of the couple's problems: not just by using the law to deal with the problem, but by drafting in the local community to transform their home life with a DIY SOS mission.

Last summer, Mike Holloway, aged 25, and his partner Nikkie Price, aged 28, were dragged into a neighbourhood dispute that was causing antisocial behaviour and was affecting many of the residents in their road. CSO Knox said, 'The dispute was causing problems with other neighbours, becoming more serious and beginning to affect the whole street. We were having increasing numbers police officers being called to problems and it quickly became one of the biggest issues on my patch. It was the last thing the couple needed as Nikkie was pregnant, with the baby due in November.

Mike explained, 'We were always on edge and you could cut the tension round here with a knife. We didn't want to be here. Without Sam and her sergeant's help, we'd both be nervous wrecks by now.' CSO Knox added, 'Mike and Nikkie were focussing completely on their problems and not their home life and that they were to have a baby together in a matter of months. They felt isolated and trapped and their one bedroom flat had become a real problem. It was full of furniture and there were no proper carpets and concrete floors. There was even a hole in the bedroom wall. Friends and family had given them furniture for the flat, but they had so much the flat was rammed. You could hardly open the front door. I had to get them thinking about sorting out their home and take their minds of the neighbourhood dispute.'

Antagonists in the dispute were sent warning letters to deter them from displaying further antisocial behaviour while Mike and Nikkie and other neighbours were asked to make logs of any antisocial behaviour that would provide evidence if further legal action was needed. Meanwhile, CSO Knox used funding set aside for community projects to transform Mike and Nikkie's house in one weekend in November.

Newton Farm Information Centre gave a van and driver to help take away all the old, unwanted furniture and to bring in new items, which had been supplied by the Full House recycling charity. Mike and Nikkie saved up and bought some new furniture, their families bought them some and even Sam Knox gave them some ornaments. Meanwhile, local contractors agreed to give their time for free, laying carpets and plastering. Mike said, 'We worked really hard that weekend to get the flat ready for the baby coming. People we had never met were helping; it was brilliant.' Their baby, Kasey was born on 23rd November.

CSO Knox's efforts have brought peace back to the street. Nikkie says, 'It's been a big change: we don't worry anymore. Life's a lot better. We look forward to coming home instead of dreading it. Doing the flat has helped us focus on the important stuff in life and we're getting on a lot better with our neighbours. If it wasn't for Sam, none of this would have happened. She was the only one who took an interest and she's made the difference.'

Mike added, 'If the flat was still bad when Kaysey was born, it would have caused serious problems. But now life is a lot better for all three of us. We are looking forward and planning our future as a family.'


Looking forward to the future, Mike Holloway with baby, Kaysey and CSO Sam Knox.

27th April 2011 JOIN THE FUN AT THE MAY FAIR IN HEREFORD...

Heart-stopping rides, side-shows, food stalls and ancient ceremonies are all part of the street extravaganza which is Hereford's May Fair. The streets come alive during the three day festival each year as thousands flock into the city centre, some from other counties, to enjoy the festival atmosphere and myriad of entertainment. Up to 200 showmen and women from around the country will make their way to Hereford to prepare for the grand opening on Tuesday, 3rd May.

Abie Danter, Chairman of the South Wales and Northern Ireland Section of The Showman's Guild said, 'Once again we are proud to present Hereford's annual May Fair, arriving Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May, when we start setting up at 6pm. A warm welcome waits when you join us at this historic and impressive traditional fun fair. Showmen from all over the UK will give excitement, fun and laughter from riding the heart-stopping white knuckles machines to bumper to bumper fun, not forgetting the thrills of the children and traditional rides. From rides to stalls, we have it all!'

The official opening of the May Fair is at 3.45pm on Tuesday, 3rd May, outside All Saints Church. A ceremonial offering of 12-and-a-half bushels of wheat is made by the Mayor to the Lord Bishop as payment for allowing the fair to proceed.

To ensure the smooth running of the festival, some of the city streets will be closed from Monday, 2nd May, until the early hours of Friday, 6th May. On Police advice, Widemarsh Street (from its junction with Maylord Street) and Bewell Street will be closed to traffic from 4.30 pm to 11pm on the evenings of May 3rd, 4th and 5th. This will make High Street a safer pedestrian area for fair goers.

Additionally, the normal roads to be closed to traffic will be: Commercial Street, High Town, St. Peter's Street, St. Owen Street, Broad Street (below junction of West Street and East Street), King Street and Bridge Street. Some parking/loading/unloading areas will also be closed in Union Street and in the streets mentioned above. All of these streets will be accessible to emergency vehicles.

Advance warning signs will be on all routes leading towards the city centre advising of the closures. As in previous years, diversion routes will not be signposted as, with so many possible permutations, such signing would be too confusing for motorists. All of the other city centre roads will operate as near normal as possible.

Meanwhile, the southern end of Berrington Street will be two way between St Nicholas Street and Little Berrington Street. All of Gwynne Street will be two way. While there will be a pinch point at the St Nicholas Street end of Berrington Street, the benefits of traffic using the Broad Street 'hinterland' should outweigh any difficulties that may be experienced. Motorists are advised that there is likely to be congestion for traffic using St Martins Street for access onto the A49.

Herefordshire Council urges drivers to be patient and considerate on the roads during the week of the fair.


27th April 2011 AONB HANDS ON HISTORY EVENT A ROARING SUCCESS.

The first of the 40th anniversary celebration events, organized by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Overlooking the Wye at Old Station Tintern, thrilled the crowds at a Hands on History event. Over 2000 people attended and were thrilled by the ear splintering resound of cannon and musket fire demonstrations, ably performed by Sir William Pennyman's Regiment.

Alongside living history demonstrations of civil war cooking and a rather barbarous barber surgeon, displaying the gruesome surgical techniques of the time, visitors enjoyed demonstrations of paper making, 17th century portrait painting and the art of the blacksmith. Families found lots to amuse from face painting to local history information with the Destination Wye Valley exhibition in the newly refurbished railway carriages. Walks were organized along the River Wye to Tintern and there was also a chance to relax in the glorious sunshine and sample the superb food from the award winning Station Café.

The event gave the Wye Valley AONB an opportunity to demonstrate their work over the last forty years and for the Overlooking the Wye Heritage Partnership Scheme, a chance to show the public their work on over forty projects throughout the area. The second event, Iron Age Rampage will take place at Symonds Yat Rock on Sunday, 22nd May when the Yat Rock Iron Age hill fort will echo to the sounds of Iron Age and Roman Britain. Living history demonstrations will be showing us what life was like in that turbulent period. There will also be a chance for anyone interested in archaeology to come along and bring their own artefacts for identification as well as an opportunity to take a tour of an iron age site.

After the Iron Age come the gorgeous Georgians. 'On the Way to the Wye' is the third event in the series and will be held in Ross on Wye on Saturday, 18th June. Fun, fiddle faddle, frippery and foppery will be found at the Caroline Symonds Gardens at Ross riverside. This jamboree will be demonstrating various aspects of Georgian life and will also feature an historical progression through the town with notable Georgian celebrities such as John Kyrle, Coleridge and Nelson, led by local historian and author Heather Hurley.

The final event will be a Medieval Mayhem event at Chepstow Castle on Sunday, 18th September, in partnership with the European Heritage Open Doors Project. This event will feature medieval re-enactments.

All of the events are free and will be a great family day out. For further information please log onto the website www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk or contact information officer Nikki Moore by emailing information@wyevalleyaonb.org.uk or phoning 01600710846.


Sir Pennyman's Order of Foot Soldiers.

A musket firing display.

Lighting the fuse on the cannon.

27th April 2011 STONE THROWN AT CAR

West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses after it appears cones were placed on a Hereford road with the intention of throwing stones at passing vehicles.

At around 11pm on Monday, 25th April, a blue Peugeot 206 was being driven by a woman in her teens along Hampton Park Road towards Hereford town. As she passed Holywell Gutter Lane, the vehicle in front slowed down to avoid some traffic cones that had been placed in the road. As she did the same, her front passenger window was smashed by a stone that was thrown from behind a roadside hedge. She carried on and stopped further along Hampton Park Road contacting family and police, but when officers arrived at the scene any offenders had made off.

PC Ian Langford of Hereford Police Station said, 'It appears the cones were placed in the road with the sole intention of deliberately slowing down vehicles so stones could be thrown at them. This was an extremely stupid and dangerous thing to do. There was not only a great danger of injury being caused to the driver but also potential to cause a serious collision. The young woman was fortunately not harmed on this occasion but was left extremely shaken. I want to find those responsible. If anyone saw suspicious activity on Hampton Park Road, particularly around the Holywell Gutter Lane junction, please contact me.'

Anybody with information that could help, is asked to call PC Langford on 0300 333 3000. Alternatively, please remember that Crimestoppers can also be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you'd prefer to pass on information without identifying yourself.

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