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4th May 2011 STRONG MEDIA INTEREST IN NEW ROSS CINEMA.

Local print and broadcast media have been quick to take up the news that Ross is soon to have a fully fledged cinema. Nicola Goodwin of BBC Hereford & Worcester interviewed Former Ross Mayor, Councillor John Edwards and Phil Preston, the driving forces behind the project, last Thursday morning.

Screen at the Phoenix, as the new venture has been called, has been approved by members of the theatre, and paid for with a £7,500 grant from Ross Town Council's enhancement fund allocated in recognition of widespread local demand for a cinema in Ross. State-of-the art equipment for the venture, which will launch with a week long film festival in July, is currently being installed at the town's 64 seat Phoenix Theatre. 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.

If the venture is successful, its backers hope it will provide an argument in favour of establishing a Ross cinema with even larger capacity.


Nicola Goodwin of BBC Hereford & Worcester talks to Councillor John Edwards and Phil Preston about the new cinema.

4th May 2011 ROSS ROADIES RAISE £1000 FOR AIR AMBULANCE.

Easter Monday saw the 2nd Vintage & Classic Vehicle Road Run organized by ROSS ROADies, (Riders, Owners And Drivers) take place in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance. Meeting at The Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow the group enjoyed a lovely drive through beautiful Herefordshire countryside in gorgeous weather.

ROSS ROADies are very pleased to announce that the two runs have raised a wonderful £1,000 for the charity, which will be presented in the near future. Ross Roadies would like to thank all who took part for their generosity, to those who gave raffle prizes, those who made donations and the many local businesses who allowed the group to display their posters.

Well done to you all. We shall be very pleased to attend the presentation of this fantastic amount you have raised for the Midlands Air Ambulance.

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 of Colin's Tyrecare on 07510-772250, Eric Lilwall on 07732-555403 or Alan Williams on 07773-619969.


Some of the beautiful vehicles which were on display after the road run.

4th May 2011 WILTON COURT CELEBRATE THE ROYAL WEDDING.

Helen and Roger Wynn of Wilton Court Restaurant with Rooms hosted a wonderful luncheon last Friday to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Mulberry Restaurant was filled to capacity with guests dressed in their finest attire as they watched the Royal Wedding take place.

Prior to the broadcast of the ceremony, guests were treated to coffee and deliciously crisp pastries and afterwards enjoyed a sumptuous lunch in a beautifully laid out room befitting a wedding party.

Thank you for inviting us to join your celebrations. We enjoyed our short time with you and Helen, your outfit was stunning!.


Roger and Helen Wynn who hosted a luncheon at Wilton Court to celebrate the royal wedding.

The guests watched the broadcast on two large screens.

The restaurant was beautifully laid out for this special occasion.

A few of the guests thoroughly enjoying the proceedings.

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Champagne awaits the guests to toast the happy royal couple.

4th May 2011 JESSE HAILS HUGE SUCCESS OF ST MARYS CELEBRATIONS.

Jesse Norman MP has hailed the Royal Wedding celebration at St Mary's, Ross-on-Wye as a huge success, raising over £3,500 for the restoration of the church. Well over 100 people attended the wedding ceremony, which was shown live at St Mary’s on a large screen.

Those present were dressed up to the nines, and joined in the order of service along along with the 1900 guests in Westminster Abbey. There was a reception in the church after the service, with a glass of fizz and excellent wedding cake. In lieu of wedding presents, the guests were asked to contribute towards the continued restoration of the church. In total, over £3,500 was raised.

Afterwards Jesse, who is a Patron of the Friends of St Mary's, said, 'What a terrific occasion. The whole thing was superbly organized. It was just like being in Westminster Abbey, except that we got to see absolutely everything going on, both inside and out.

Huge congratulations to everyone involved, but especially to Rachel Lewis, Jo Lane, Rachel Bushell, Mark Sanderson, Julian Hallett and Reverend Sarah Jones. Terry's Digital and Flicks in the Sticks also deserve special thanks for lending their equipment.'


4th May 2011 FREE RIDES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE AT MAY FAIR.

The Showman's Guild is offering free rides for disabled people and their carers on Wednesday, 4th May, from 10am until Noon. Free rides will be available on the Waltzer, Sizzler and Dodgems, and people should meet at the Waltzer in High Town at 10am in order to take part. Help will be available from Herefordshire Council volunteers should anyone need it.

Apart from helping people to get onto the fairground rides, volunteers will also be available from 10am until 8pm on 4th May at the library on Broad Street to help those who simply want to go about their shopping but who would find it difficult getting around because of the fair. All the volunteers are CRB checked and keen just to help people who need a little extra support. You do not have to be disabled to take advantage of this free service.

Harriet Yellin, Herefordshire Council's diversity officer said, 'Navigating through the city centre to carry out daily activities like shopping can be a major challenge for disabled or older people when the May Fair takes over the centre of Hereford. In addition, getting access to the rides and attractions can be difficult unless you are fortunate enough to be accompanied by someone who understands your needs and is happy to help you.

We have been able to get a willing band of volunteers together to try to help everyone to enjoy the fair's attractions or just get on with their daily activities such as shopping and I would like to thank these people for giving their time.'

If you are in High Town on 4th May and would like a volunteer to spend some time with you, simply drop in and see them in Hereford Library on Broad Street, or call 07792 880238 or 07792 881010, and they will come to you!

For further information, please contact Lynsey Radmore on 01432 260244 or email diversity@herefordshire.gov.uk


4th May 2011 ROSS CIDER & PERRY CO ARE BIG APPLE CHAMPIONS.

Our congratulations go to Mike Johnson and all at Ross Cider & Perry Co. for their successes at the Putley Big Apple 2011 competition. The renowned cider producers not only won first in the Dry Perry category, first in the Medium Cider and first in the Sweet Cider class, they were also judged to be overall champion cider makers 2011!

Mike first won the title in 2001 and the company has been judged 'Champion Cider Makers' four times since then. Well done to you all. Your hard work is certainly paying off and we are looking forward to trying some of your award winning produce in the very near future.


The certificates and the trophy won by Ross Cider & Perry Co. at the Putley Big Apple 2011 competition.

4th May 2011 NOMINATIONS WANTED FOR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR.

Herefordshire Voluntary Action is once again inviting nominations for all those wonderful people who regularly volunteer in Herefordshire. People who not just give their time freely, but also their energy, skills and talents to make a positive difference to the lives of others and their communities. This year sees the return of the biennial Herefordshire Volunteers of the Year Awards which recognizes and celebrates the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to our County.

Apparently there has been just one nomination for Ross-on-Wye! Now we know that there are many people in this lovely town who give their time freely to both promote Ross-on-Wye and help it's community. If you can think of anybody who deserves to be rewarded for their efforts, please nominate them now.

These ‘Oscars’ of volunteering will be presented by the Lord Lieutenant at a gala dinner to be held at Hereford Race Course on Thursday, 9th June 2011. This event would not be possible without the extremely generous support of allpay, one of Herefordshire’s most prestigious companies. Not only is this the fourth time the company has been the main sponsor of the event but allpay will once again make a special award to an individual who has made a lifetime contribution to volunteering.

Biddle Properties will be providing the prizes for the Volunteer of the Year while Cargill will be showing its commitment to the community with the Team Awards. The vinvolved project will sponsor the Young Volunteer Category, whilst BOSS (Border Office Supplies and Systems Ltd) will support the Fundraiser category. Tesco is giving the award to the Sports Volunteer of the Year while the Community Hero Award will be acknowledging all those unsung heroes - people who informally volunteer in their local area.

Nominations are open until 6th May and nomination booklets are available from Herefordshire Voluntary Action (01432 343932). They are also downloadable from www.herefordshireva.org and can also be completed online.


4th May 2011

WYENOT BUSINESS FEATURE - RADCLIFFE GUEST HOUSE


Radcliffe Guest House in Wye Street

Andy and Beth Morgan took over the Radcliffe Guest House in Wye Street a little over a year ago, during which time their life has changed considerably. Beth was a child minder at the time and Andy was a BT phone engineer.

When Radcliffe Guest House went on the market, the couple went to take a look, although not initially with the intention of becoming owners of a well established B&B. Apparently Andy's mother grew up in Radcliffe House when his grandparents ran it as tea rooms during the 1950s.

Andy and Beth did buy Radcliffe, however and have worked hard very during their first year, transforming the guest house from a once delightfully olde worlde B&B into an equally delightful B&B with modern influences. Each of the five guest rooms has en suite facilities, Freeview television and all are very tastefully and comfortably furnished. Radcliffe Guest House is family friendly and travel cots and highchairs are available for young guests.

Radcliffe Guest House is ideally situated, being a stones throw from the riverside and literally a couple of minutes walk to Ross-on-Wye town centre, so beautiful riverside walks, shops, pubs and restaurants are all just moments away. The house is also ideal to use as a base when exploring the Wye Valley, visiting relatives or on a cycling or walking holiday. Andy himself is a keen cyclist and both he and Beth will be happy to advise on popular local cycle routes and walks.

If you are interested thinking of visiting Ross-on-Wye, why not give Andy or Beth of the Radcliffe Guest House a call? You are always assured of a warm welcome.



4th May 2011 MAN HIT BY MOTORBIKE - POLICE APPEAL FOR WITNESSES.

Herefordshire Police are appealing for information following a serious road traffic collision on Wednesday, 27th April on the A438 at Bridge Sollers. It appears that a green Ford Focus driven by a woman from Dyfed, Wales, swerved to avoid a male pedestrian but a Honda motorbike following the car was in collision with the man.

The rider of the Honda was a man from Ledbury who was treated at the scene for shock. The pedestrian suffered head injuries and was flown by air ambulance to the QE Hospital in Birmingham where his condition was described as 'critical but stable.'

Road closures were in place for a time following the collision which occurred shortly before Noon. Anybody who witnessed the incident and hasn't yet spoken to police is urged to contact officers at Herefordshire on 0300 333 3000.


4th May 2011 HEREFORD v SHREWSBURY GAME PASSES PEACEFULLY

West Mercia Police would like to thank supporters of both Hereford United and Shrewsbury Town football clubs for their good behaviour at the local derby match which took place on Saturday, 23rd April.

The teams played at Edgar Street in Hereford and intelligence suggested a possibility of disorder following disturbances at the reverse fixture in Shrewsbury in November. More than 100 police officers and staff were on duty in Hereford as one of the biggest crowds of the season was seen at the Edgar Street stadium. There were no significant offences or incidents of disorder reported and only one person was arrested; he has been charged with being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Chief Inspector Mark Travis said, 'We put in place a substantial policing operation to ensure genuine supporters from both sides could enjoy the game safely. I would like to thank fans from both clubs for their patience and understanding as we managed the game robustly. Their good attitude, combined with a strong policing presence, meant the day passed off without any trouble.

There was some disorder the last time the two sides met and we needed to put in place precautions to deal with anyone who tried to cause problems inside and outside the ground. We worked closely with British Transport Police and our West Mercia Police colleagues in Shrewsbury. A number of police officers from Shrewsbury who are aware of known troublemakers attended the match to act as spotters. Troublesome elements associated with each club were quickly identified on the day and early interventions were made.'

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