place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
ROSS CIDER BEATS STIFF COMPETITION.
In the last issue of Wyenot News we were pleased to publish
the great success of Ross
Cider & Perry Co. Ltd who won four awards with their
wonderful produce at the Putley Big Apple Cider Trials.
Cider, based at Broome Farm in Peterstow came up against
some stiff competition as there were 67 different producers
and over 180 entries, which were judged by all of the other
cider makers taking part. Ross-on-Wye Cider was awarded
first prize for both Medium Cider and Sweet Cider and gained
enough points in the other classes to be awarded the overall
'Champion Cidermaker' award. This is the fifth time in ten
years that the team at Broome Farm has won this award reflecting
the consistent quality of their products. The company also
won first prize in the class for Dry Perry.
Johnson, Managing Director of the Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry
Co said, 'To win a prize at these trials is particularly
rewarding as the judging is carried out by your fellow cider
makers with each entrant able to vote for their three favourites
in a 'blind' tasting where all the entries are identified
only by a number.'
Cider Cellar at Broome Farm is open every day for sales
of cider and perry. Visitors are welcome to take a walk
through the orchards, enjoy a cream tea and say hello to
the lovely alpacas. This award winning local cider and perry
is also available online at www.CiderOnline.net - a great
way to send a true taste of Herefordshire to family and
Cider and Perry is also available at The
Kings Head Hotel and The
Hope & Anchor in Ross, The
White Lion Inn at Wilton, The Ferrie Inn at Symonds
Yat, The Hostelrie at Goodrich, The
Inn on the Wye at Kerne Bridge and The Cottage of Content
at Carey as well as Truffles
Delicatessen, Peterstow Stores and Pengethley Farm Shop.
further information contact Mike Johnson on 01989 567232.
Phil Long and Mike Johnson of Ross Cider & Perry Co. Ltd with
their certificates and Overall Champion Cider Maker's trophy.
ROSS ROCKS LOOKING FOR CRAFTY PEOPLE.
Ross Rocks is due to take place on Saturday, 25th June and
a whole day of family entertainment is planned for local
residents to enjoy. However, although a full line up of
local musicians, dancers and poets are taking part, no local
artists or crafts people have applied to take part.
Lowndes, one of the volunteer organizers of the event said,
'We would really love to have amateurs who paint or make
things such as jewellery, pottery and greetings cards to
take stalls at the event. We want to show what a wealth
of talent there is in Ross and this would be a great opportunity
for artists to show and sell their creations.'
Rocks is free to attend and will will go on all day, from
11am until 11pm. During the day the emphasis will be given
to youth groups and voluntary organizations, with music
dominating the evening schedule. Stall holders do not have
to be there the whole time and can pack up whenever they
like. The only qualification to perform or to have a display
is that you must live in the town of Ross.
don't need any more musicians or caterers,' Mr Lowndes continued,
but if you have a hobby or practical skill we'd love you
to have a stand. You'll have to provide your own table and
maybe a gazebo if you're worried about rain.'
If you are a local artist or crafts person and this sounds
like a good opportunity for you, please contact Melvin Hodges
on 07896 562 403 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively,
call into Ross
Old Books which is open seven days a week in the High
Street (next to Lloyds Bank) and ask for Chris or Carol.
note that a small donation towards the costs of putting
on the event will be requested.
A RIGHT ROYAL QUIZ AT POTS AND PIECES
Mary and Dorian
On the day of the Royal Wedding, Pots
and Pieces customers entered a Right Royal Quiz and
raised £70.00 for Ross Macmillan Cancer Support.
taking part in the fun, many treated themselves to a ‘Right
Royal Tea’ of very English sandwiches, tea and a selection
of cakes at the lovely High Street tea shop.
David Bruce said, 'It was a very happy day and locals and
tourists enjoyed chatting about their favourite highlights
of the royal wedding in the morning while they enjoyed their
tea and completed their quiz.'
joint winners of the quiz were Mrs Sharon Stones and Mary
and Dorian Osborne who both won a cream tea for two.
JOIN THE GREAT RACE AFTERNOON AT THE WHITE LION.
The Ross supporters of Acorns Childrens Hospice
and have raised a tremendous amount of money for the charity
over during the last year, whilst also helping to support
other local causes.
coming Sunday, 15th May, Ozzy and the gang are at it again
with a Race Afternoon at The
White Lion Inn at Wilton, courtesy of landlords Dave
and Jacqui Newman. If you enjoy a flutter, why not go along
and enjoy the fun, possibly win yourself a few quid and
help the boys with their fund raising efforts.
event will begin at 3pm.
HEREFORD MAN REWARDED FOR HIS BRAVERY .
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receives his Sheriff's Award.
A Hereford man who saved a girl from drowning has been given
an award for his bravery.
Hereford Police Station, Paul Davies was presented with
a High Sheriff's Award by Superintendent Charles Hill, Commander
for Herefordshire, and The High Sheriff of Herefordshire
and Worcestershire, Elizabeth Hunter.
Davies is a steward and bar manager at Hereford Rowing Club
and used his local knowledge to save a woman who was drowning
in the river Wye.
3am on 30th July, 2010, Mr Davies was walking along the
river with a friend when he heard screaming coming from
the river. They ran to the bank and could make someone out
in the water and could see that they kept going under.
Davies took a nearby ring and while his friend held the
rope, he swam out to the person, who he discovered was a
teenage girl. He placed the ring over her head and towed
her back to the bank just as the emergency services arrived.
Davies stated he decided to go in as he knew the river well
and the girl was obviously in need of help. He said he 'couldn't
stand by and let someone drown.'
CONGRATULATES COUNCILLORS ON ELECTION.
South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman has congratulated the
new councillors on their election last Thursday, 5th May.
The Council elections saw the Conservatives retain control
with 30 seats, with It's Our County on 9, the Liberal Democrats
3, and Labour and the Greens both on 1 seat. A further fourteen
councillors were elected as independents.
Jesse said, 'Many congratulations to all the new Councillors
on their election. It was a very good win for the Conservatives,
given the extremely difficult economic situation. I am especially
pleased at the many excellent new Councillors who have been
elected, who I think could make a tremendous contribution
to the new Council.
immediate priorities are clear: intelligent, long term economic
development of the city, a second river crossing over the
Wye, more higher education, and superfast broadband across
the county. However, we still face a very difficult next
few years, as the country comes through the present economic
crisis. Inevitably, elections often call forth strong feelings
but I would call on all members of the new Council to engage
with these major challenges in a positive spirit, and with
dignity, courtesy and mutual respect.'
TRIBUTE TO NURSE KILLED IN MARSTOW COLLISION.
The family of a nurse who died following a traffic collision
in Herefordshire last week have paid tribute to her as 'an
incredibly caring person.' At 8.30am on Monday, 2nd May,
Nicola Johnson, aged 47 of King's Thorn, was driving a Ford
Fiesta on the A4137 near Marstow, when she collided with
an oncoming flatbed lorry. She was taken by air ambulance
to the Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with serious injuries,
but she died the following day.
husband, Mark Johnson, speaking on behalf of the family
said, 'Nikki was on her way home from work at the University
Hospital Wales in Cardiff. Her father, Clifford Morgan;
her son, Jamie Kidner and I were all by her side when she
passed away at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. Nikki had been
a nurse all her working life, spending many years as a senior
staff nurse on the Surgical Ward in Cardiff. She was an
incredibly caring person who dedicated her life to caring
for others; she loved her job and never wanted to be anything
other than a nurse.
loved travelling, skiing, food, the theatre and her cat
Spooky. She has many friends from all around the country,
having lived and worked in many parts of the UK. The loss
of Nikki has left a huge hole in all her friends' and family's
lives and she will be sorely missed by many. We are all
very lucky to have known her and are all blessed with many
very happy memories of the kindest person anyone could ever
Nicola Johnson with her family; from left to right, husband Mark
Johnson, son Jamie Kidner and father Clifford Morgan.
JOIN THE LIONS SEDAN RACE AND WIN CASH PRIZES.
The Ross Lions are seeking teams to take part in their Charity
Sedan Chair Race to be held at the Georgian celebration
event 'On the Way to the Wye' on Saturday, 18th June in
Ross on Wye. The race will raise money for the Lions charitable
causes and will be an added attraction at the Georgian themed
day organized by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty (AONB) and the Overlooking the Wye Partnership Project.
team will construct a simple sedan chair and decorate it
to their own theme, the wackier the better, and race a course
on the Caroline Symonds Gardens at Ross. There will also
be prizes awarded to Best Designed and Constructed Sedan
Chair, Best Dressed Team and Funniest Sedan Chair. Entries
are free for teams in four classes Adult/Over 18's,14-18
years, under 14s and nursery ( 5 years and under). Competitors
will race for cash prizes and trophies for their association,
organization, school, or group.
enter a team, please apply for an information pack and entry
form from Martin King, Ross Lions, email email@example.com
tel: 01989 568941 or from Nikki Moore, Wye Valley AONB Information
Officer email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01600
closing date for entries is Monday, 13th June.
SMALL FARMS CAN WIN BIG PRIZES. . . . . .
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pond life at last year's Open Farm Sunday on Gadr Farm.
cash prizes are on offer in the popular annual Wye Valley
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Farming Awards
2011. This year's competition is directed at small farms
under 100 hectares/ 247 acres and the winning farm will
secure the £500 cash prize plus vouchers for Harold Johns
Ltd and the Farming Awards Trophy with prizes awarded to
second and third places.
Alan Morgan of Gadr Farm, the 2009 Farming Awards winner,
David Price, of the National Farmers Union, Cymru, Mike
Williams, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) Officer
and Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Officer will be out and
about to look at each farm entry in July and the prizes
will be awarded at the Monmouthshire Show on Thursday, 25th
be eligible for the competition, the farm must be situated
within or adjoining the Wye Valley AONB. The management
of the land, with reference to the Wye Valley AONB purposes
of conserving and enhancing the beauty of the natural landscape
and the social and economic needs of local communities will
be an important factor in the judging procedure.
deadline for applications is Friday, 24th June so if you
are a farmer with under 100 hectares and would like to enter
for the award then please contact Nikki Moore on 01600 710846
or email email@example.com for further information
and an entry form or you can download the entry form from
the website www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk.
will also be an opportunity to visit last year's Farming
Awards winner, Gareth Williams at Caplor Farm, Fownhope,
Herefordshire at our family event in conjunction with the
national scheme Open Farm Sunday which will take place from
12 Noon until 3pm on Sunday, 12th June. Take along a picnic
and enjoy a free fun day which will give families the chance
to get behind the scenes of an award-winning farm and enjoy
seeing where our food comes from.
is one of two Open Farm Sunday events being held in the
Wye Valley AONB as John Childs will be opening Cowshill
Farm, Hewelsfield to the public. Cowshill is well known
for high quality meat produced from his rare breed. British
Lop and Berkshire Pigs and Gloucester Cattle.
further information please log onto www.cowshillfarm.co.uk
DETECTIVES REVISIT INVESTIGATION INTO MANS DEATH
with his beloved cat Pongo.
The detective leading a review of the death of a Herefordshire
man who was found dead in his home in 2000 has said he is
pleased with developments in the case since the investigation
was re-launched last week. They are also offering a £10,000
reward for information that leads to the conviction of those
Sunday, 13th November, 2000, 75-year-old Albert Ryall was
found dead at his home, the Hop Pole Inn in Risbury. Evidence
indicated that intruders broke into the Hop Pole and stole
his large safe, which was three feet high and weighed 16
post mortem found that Mr. Ryall had died of a heart attack
precipitated by the mental and physical stress of being
burgled. There were also injuries to his face consistent
with an assault. However, despite a lengthy investigation
and seven people being arrested, no one has been charged
in relation to his death. An inquest on 30th April, 2002,
found that Mr Ryall was the victim of unlawful killing.
will be reviewing the evidence so far gathered in the case.
This will include a review of forensic evidence and some
witnesses who were spoken to at the time may be revisited.
Chief Inspector, Andy Hughes, who is leading the investigation
said, 'Albert Ryall's family have spent more than 10 years
in limbo and need to know what happened to him. I want to
reassure them and the wider community that the investigation
into incidents like this are never closed and we will always
act on any new information.
lines of inquiry have come to light and they have led to
us undertaking a thorough review into Albert Ryall's death.
Seven people were arrested at the time and although they
were all later released without charge, they have never
been eliminated from this investigation. Their status will
be regularly reviewed.
know there are people who know exactly what happened to
Albert Ryall that night in November 2000 and others who
have information that would be vital to our investigation.
I would particularly like to appeal to someone who originally
provided detailed information at the time to come forward
again and contact the police. They know who they are.
encourage people to come forward, West Mercia Police is
offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to
the conviction of persons responsible for the death of Albert
Ryall. It's been a long time since his death. People's situations
and loyalties may have changed and I want to appeal to them
to think again about coming forward and putting an end to
his family's distress. I want them to feel confident that
they can come forward and all information will be treated
in the strictest of confidence. I am searching for the truth.
While that search continues, this investigation will not
David Ryall, Albert's nephew, acted as a spokesman for his
family at the time of the initial investigation. He added,
'I welcome and support this review by West Mercia Police.
Bert was an extraordinary man and quite unique. He was as
much as a father to me as my own father was. We were as
close as an uncle and nephew could be.
had a fascinating life. He never left Risbury except when
he went to fight in World War II, which took him half way
around the world. He didn't even drive a car. He never wanted
much in life; just to be left in peace. Those responsible
for his death haven't just killed a man; they killed a way
of life, a local and simple way of life.
feelings are exactly the same as when Bert died and they
are as raw as the day it happened. Members of my family
have died not knowing what happened to him. I'd like to
appeal to those who know what took place that night to come
forward, talk to the police and let us finally discover
the truth. If you are protecting the ones who committed
the crime, you are bad as those who did it. I'm determined
that the people who are responsible for Bert's death are
caught and punished, and I'll work with the police for as
long as it takes.'
with information relating to this investigation can contact
DCI Hughes directly on 0300 333 3000 or they can call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111
HEREFORDSHIRE MAN CONVICTED OF SEX OFFENCES
A Herefordshire man was convicted of nine counts of sexual
offences at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday, 5th May.
Kenneth Watton, aged 30, of Weobley, Herefordshire, was
found guilty of two counts of rape, four of sexual assaults
by penetration, one of GBH, one of wounding and one of incitement
to cause sexual assault. All of these were against the same
woman over a period of months in 2009 and 2010.
a three day trial presided over by His Honour, Judge John
Cavell, the jury took two and a half hours to convict Watton
on all counts and he was remanded into custody to await
Inspector Jon Roberts, who is head of Herefordshire's Public
Protection Unit and who led the investigation said, 'I would
like to thank the jury for their efforts, especially after
hearing some very harrowing evidence from the victim and
witnesses, the likes of which I have not experienced in
my 16 years of policing. Watton's offending was extremely
violent and his sustained attacks were so severe they almost
led to the death of his victim.
pleased to see that justice has been served and I hope his
inevitable custodial sentence will protect other women from
Watton in the future.'