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ALAN PRESENTED WITH ART COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD.
The course of a true, cunning. conniving plan never runs
smoothly and it is a wonder that this event happened at
all. Some weeks ago now, Chairman of the Association of
Ross Traders, Richard Mayo of Truffles
Delicatessen asked me if it would be possible to get
Alan down to the Caroline Symonds Gardens on Saturday, 18th
June, the day when the AONB are holding their Georgian Fun
Day as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. 'No
problem,' I said and after thanking him, swiftly left the
shop as a tear was beginning to form.
idea was that Alan, whilst covering the event should be
totally surprised at an announcement that he was to be presented
with A.R.T's Community Spirit Award for his services to
the town of Ross-on-Wye. Later, unaware of this event, Alan
accepted an invitation from his father for us to go on a
photographic tour of some pretty Essex villages on Saturday,
18th June. I hastily reported this to ART member, Carol
Lowndes of Ross
Old Books and left the matter in her capable hands.
was then decided that, at a date to be determined, dependent
on Alan's well-being I would get him into town under false
pretences, so that he could be presented with the award
at Ross Market House. Sadly, Alan's condition had deteriorated
so much it would have been impossible to get him there.
that Alan should receive this recognition of his hard work
it was then decided that the presentation take place at
our home and at 12 Noon on Saturday, Ross Town Mayor, Councillor
Jo Lane arrived with Richard, David and Sarah Bruce of Pots
and Pieces Tea Room, Carol, Ginny Brain from the Ross
Gazette and Councillor Caroline Utting.
made Alan's family aware of the event and they came up to
the house, watching with pride as Alan was finally presented
with his well deserved award. Well done on your award, Alan
I am so proud of you and thank you to all ART members who
unanimously chose Alan to be the 2011 recipient of the award
and worked so hard to ensure that he received it.
would also like to thank Mayor Lane for the beautiful flowers
and ART for the gorgeous bouquet made up by Like's Florist.
Chairman of ART, Richard Mayo, Bernice Wood, Sarah Wood, Councillor
Caroline Utting, Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane, Alan Wood,
Sarah Bruce, Tina Jones, Chris Wood and Ginny Brain.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE ACORNS GANG.
It has to be said that the Ross-on-Wye Acorns Support Group
do an amazing job. They
are always thinking of new ways to raise money for Acorns
Childrens Hospice, a charity which gives care and support
to children with life limiting illness as well as supporting
Ross group raised a tremendous amount for Acorns during
their first year by organizing Race Nights, which are very
popular, fancy dress cycle rides, sponsored walks, a triathlon
and their biggest event, a charity football match between
Ross Old Boys and the Aston Villa Veterans, amongst many
more. This year the group are busy planning even more money
raising events to support this very important charity. On
12th June a 10k run will be taking place, a parachute jump
is being looked into and the gang are hoping to raise around
£20,000 this year.
Acorns Support Group are always grateful for any support
given to help them in their endeavour to raise these funds
and go out of their way to support those who have supported
them, including the Ross St. John Ambulance, those who have
offered venues for their events and Wyenot.com. On bonfire
Night 2010, we were invited to a Race Night at the Mighty
8 Pool Club. Alan had just begun to feel unwell at that
time and so could not attend. I went along for a short while
and photographed the presentation of certificates and donations
to various people who had helped the group out and we received
a donation towards the upkeep of Wyenot.com.
hearing of the seriousness of Alan's illness and in view
of all the work Alan had done to try to promote their efforts,
the Acorns gang approached Dave and Jacqui Newman of the
Lion Inn, where I worked until recently, to ask if they
could hold a Race Afternoon for Alan. Dave and Jacqui have
been extremely supportive throughout this difficult time
and had no hesitation in agreeing to the event going ahead
last Sunday, 15th May.
called into the White Lion later in the afternoon to thank
the guys for what they were trying to do and I was informed
that as well as great local support, a visiting rugby side
were 'actively encouraged' to take part, which they did,
Tuesday, Steve 'Ozzy' Bond and his wife, Debbie picked me
up from home to take me to the White Lion to be presented
with the money they had raised. I was overwhelmed to say
the least to be handed £400 'to spend as you and Alan
wish' said Gary Davies. The envelope they handed me has
this written on the front: 'A token of appreciation and
heartfelt thanks to you both for all that you have done.
Alan and Tina you are stars. From us all at Acorns Fund
would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you
to you all for your kindness. It has been a real pleasure
covering your events and I hope to cover as many of this
year's events as possible. You work hard and we wish you
well with your fund raising. I would also like to thank
Dave and Jacqui for their support and for allowing the Race
Afternoon to take place in their lovely pub and everybody
who took part or made a donation. I would also like to thank
Ian Phillips for his hard work and for foregoing the chance
to go on a rugby tour in Ibiza with Ross RFC. We are deeply
touched and truly grateful.
An amazing group of people presenting me with the proceeds of the
Race Afternoon: Debbie Bond, Christine Gardiner, Kevin Gardiner,
Jeanette Compton, Jackie Davies, Phil Compton, Dave Newman, Jacqui
newman and Steve 'Ozzy' Bond at the White Lion Inn on Tuesday evening.
JOIN A FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM AT ROSS BAPTIST CHURCH.
A special concert will be taking place on Saturday, 21st
May when campaigners from Ross Baptist Church will be playing
host to a Festival of Freedom to help Stop the Traffik,
to combat human trafficking and Hands Around the World,
who help needy, vulnerable children world wide.
Festival of Freedom is an opportunity to party in support
of human rights and an amazing display of local talent has
been organized with the aim of raising money to support
the organizations. The organizers have put this event together
unaided by professionals and would like to invite the whole
community along to celebrate the season and join the fight
one woman, man or child will be trafficked every minute.
They will be deceived, exploited and forced to work in places
like factories, houses, farms and brothels. STOP THE TRAFFIK
is a global campaign calling for change to prevent the trade
of people, prosecute traffickers and protect victims.
AROUND THE WORLD is a UK-registered charitable trust which
seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging
enthusiastic and well prepared short term volunteers to
offer practical help, skill sharing, support and friendship.
no mistake about it, trafficking is torture. It must not
be allowed to continue - join the fight,' says Emma Thompson,
ambassador for Stop the Traffik. Kate Adie, Patron of Hands
Around the World says, 'Working side by side with local
people to achieve something lasting and worthwhile [is]
something money alone can never do.'
event will begin at 7:30pm where you will be treated to
a display of Salsa dancing and performances by a choir,
a solo clarinettist and a guitarist / vocalist duo. For
further information, please contact Hannah Wrieden on mobile
07816120794 or email email@example.com
ROSS ROADies PRESENT CHEQUE TO AIR AMBULANCE.
Ross ROADies (Ross Owners And Drivers) are a local group
of classic and vintage vehicle enthusiasts and since their
formation have held two great road runs to raise money for
the Midlands Air Ambulance.
people took part in both events, making a spectacular sight
as they made their way from the Yew Tree Inn at Peterstow,
through beautiful Herefordshire countryside and back again,
enjoying a barbecue and raffle afterwards. Organizers of
the events, Colin Davies, of Colin's
Tyrecare, Eric Lilwall and Alan Williams are truly grateful
for the generosity of the participants who helped them to
raise a wonderful £1,000 for the Air Ambulance.
Saturday evening, Colin, Eric and Alan were delighted to
present the charity's representative, Zena Moore with their
cheque at the Yew Tree, watched by their wives and Friends.
Well done to you all. You've done a marvellous job and long
may your good work continue.
Ross ROADies present a cheque for £1,000 to Zena Moore of
the Midlands Air Ambulance.
of the vehicles which took part in the fund raising road runs.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS.
The New Grove Trust want to help organizations deliver small
scale projects that will help stimulate community activity,
e.g. a local music festival, staging a drama production,
buying a piece of equipment, trips and activities. The list
is endless, but they would like to make small one off grants
that will ensure that your project can happen.
Trust are happy to consider grants to help initiate your
project. They would also be happy to consider a grant to
provide matched funding on a larger project. In order to
maximize the help that the trust can give they will make
grants up to £2,000, but larger grants will be considered
in exceptional cases. You will need to be a properly constituted
group and operating in South Herefordshire, The Forest of
Dean or Monmouthshire.
Voluntary Action’s Funding Guru, Amelia Quinlan will be
on hand at the event to answer any questions that you may
have. The event is free but you will need to book a place
beforehand by telephoning 01432 343 932 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
ROSS LIONS CELEBRATE FORTY YEARS OF SERVICE.
Last Saturday, 14th May was the Fortieth Charter Anniversary
of the Ross-on-Wye Lions Club and to celebrate, a dinner
dance was held for around sixty guests at The
Old Court Hotel, Whitchurch. Everyone really enjoyed
the evening, with super food, great music and, short speeches.
local people, the guests came from several other Lions Clubs
such as, Hereford, Leominster, Chepstow, Forest of Dean
and Severn Dean. The visiting VIP was the Lions District
Governor Elect, Laurence Pearce, from Porthcawl. Local VIPs
were the Ross Mayoress, Councillor Jo Lane with her Consort
and the Editor of the Ross Gazette Jo Scrivin accompanied
by her father.
Laurence Pearce, the District Governor Elect, brought greetings
and best wishes from the International President in America
and his board of directors. He thanked the Ross Lions for
carrying out Lions work similar to 45,000 other Lions clubs
throughout the world; such as helping the elderly, handicapped,
young people and the needy in the area. The club also helps
by giving donations to the International Lions Foundation
for national disasters such as the tsunami and earthquakes.
There are always Lions Clubs in the areas devastated by
fire, flood and earthquake, and they are usually the first
to provide help.
Mayoress, Jo Lane, thanked the Ross Lions for all the help
they gave to the needy and especially the young in the HR9
area and the events they put on in the town. Although she
doesn't look old enough she said she was working at the
Chase Hotel where the Ross Lions held their inauguration
in 1971 and she remembers it well. At this point the Ross
Lions President presented Councillor Lane with a donation
towards her Mayors Charity of the Year.
VIP in attendance was Leo Ryan Green, who recently won the
Lions International Young Ambassador of the Year Award in
the UK. He will be going to Maastricht soon to take part
in the European contest. The Ross Lions President, Trevor,
thanked him for all he did for the people in the town and
presented him with a medal to show his personal appreciation
for Ryan's work.
evening was rounded off with most of the guests enjoying
a good old knees up until they went home tired but happy.
Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane, receives a cheque for her chosen
from Lions President, Trevor Smith.
JESSE NORMAN MP LAUNCHES NEW DROP IN SURGERIES.
Our local MP Jesse Norman has announced that he is launching
a regular new service of drop-in surgeries next week. This
new service comes on top of Jesse's normal weekly advice
surgeries. However, unlike advice surgeries, the new surgeries
do not need to be booked in advance. Constituents can simply
turn up on the day. The first drop-in surgery is on Saturday,
21st May at 10 am in Longtown Village Hall.
Jesse said, 'Our existing advice surgeries are helping a
lot of local people but there is a huge amount of need,
and many people have urgent problems which require immediate
attention. So I have taken the decision to launch this new
service. "We will be publishing the details of these surgeries
every month in the local press, and of course full details
will be on my website, jesse4hereford.com.'
A FINE ART WEEKEND AT WILTON CASTLE.
Wilton Castle hosted an open weekend art exhibition in its
grounds on Saturday and paintings by over 20 artists were
displayed. Many of the artists were present during the opening
hours of the exhibition. A
combination of pastel, oil and water-colour paintings of
wildlife, landscapes and life studies collectively made
a very impressive and enjoyable sight.
Garner, one of the artists is a wildlife artist based in
Gloucestershire. A keen birder, Jackie has featured in a
series of BBC radio nature broadcasts with Brian Bailey
on his ‘Country Matters’ programme.
to the Wilton Castle exhibition included: Freida Asvesta,
Andrea Bates, David Brindley, Richard Corbett, John Darlison,
Doug Eaton, Mary Edwards, Gaynor Funnell, Georgina Funnell,
Kay Leverton, Sue Maud, Vanessa Pomeroy, Colin Simmonds,
Janice Skeates, Katrina Stevens, Sharon Wyper, David J Williams,
Roger Norris-Adams and the Ross Botanical Art Group.
The wonderful art exhibition held at Wilton Castle at the weekend.
TRUST SET UP SHOP AT QUEENSWOOD PARK.
Herefordshire Council and the National Trust have entered
into a partnership to help continue an important service
at Queenswood Country Park. The National Trust is to take
over the Countryside Visitor Centre in early July on an
initial three -year lease and will assist the Council's
Parks, Countryside & Leisure Development Service with the
provision of important visitor support services. This includes
providing visitors with information about the site, along
with the provision of leaflets and trail guides and the
Electric Mobility Vehicle hire service, as well as a small
Tourist Information Point.
Trust will also use the centre as a gateway to National
Trust properties in the county, to highlight the charity's
important work, recruit new members, and sell a range of
quality goods through the retail outlet, including local
produce. Rob Hemblade, Parks, Countryside & Leisure Development
Manager for Herefordshire Council said, 'We're very excited
to be entering into this new partnership with the National
Trust and we believe that it will be very beneficial to
the Country Park and Arboretum and its 500,000 visitors
National Trust looks after a range of special places in
Herefordshire, including three historic properties; Berrington
Hall, Brockhampton Estate and Croft Castle; a riverside
garden at The Weir; and over 3,000 hectares of countryside.
Bailey, National Trust General Manager for Herefordshire
said, 'We're delighted to be working with Herefordshire
Council to provide these important services for visitors
to Queenswood, and to have the opportunity to raise the
profile of our work and encourage visitors to explore their
local National Trust properties. We know that many people
from Herefordshire enjoy visiting the special places that
we care for across the County, but we want to reach out
to even more local residents.'
is Herefordshire's only country park and has free car parking,
toilets and the Queenswood Café. There are three way marked
trails and easy access paths so that everyone can enjoy
the park as well as a picnic and barbecue area, a popular
adventure play area and a free 'seaside style' telescope
at the viewpoint.
Country Park is on the A49 between Hereford and Leominster.
Follow the brown signs at the top of Dinmore Hill. Alternatively
the 492 bus service departs Hereford and Leominster at regular
intervals throughout the day.
IRON AGE RAMPAGE AT SYMONDS YAT ROCK.
Yat Rock will once again be echoing to the sounds of
a Roman invasion on Sunday, 22nd May, when Roman soldiers
and iron age warriors meet again on the ancient hill fort
The Iron Age Rampage,will show how the area was in a period
of change and conflict in AD 49, six years after the Roman
invasion. Roman and Iron Age re-enactors Vicus and Legion
V111 Avgvista will be holding living history demonstrations
about the weaponry of Roman Britain in a time when the struggle
to subdue the neighbouring Silurian tribe and their leader,
the infamous British chieftain Caractacus, was at it's peak.
living history demonstrations will also feature Iron Age
and Roman food, clothing, weaving, dyeing and mosaics as
well as children's activities and stories. The event will
also feature an Archaeology Road Show, where you can bring
your own archaeological artefacts for the experts to identify
and discover how archaeological recording is carried out..
event is the second of those being held by the Wye Valley
AONB to celebrate 40 years since the area's designation
as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It will
also be marking the end of the Heritage Lottery Funded partnership
project, Overlooking the Wye, which will mark the successful
culmination of work on forty sites throughout the Wye Valley
and will reflect its four themes of hidden industry, viewpoints,
river connections and hill forts.
family event is free but there will be a car parking charge
in operation. For further information please log onto the
website www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk or contact information
officer Nikki Moore by emailing email@example.com
or phoning 01600710846.
Iron Age Rampage event has been organized by the Wye Valley
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit and Overlooking
the Wye Landscape Partnership Scheme, in partnership with
the Forestry Commission.
The Roman get army ready to do battle.
TRAINING AVAILABLE FOR INTERPRETERS
Herefordshire Council is planning to run a foundation course
for interpreters next month as the county faces more demand
for skilled people who are able to interpret in a range
the last two years, the council has successfully trained
around 70 people to interpret for the Herefordshire Language
Network. Languages in demand at the moment are Hungarian,
Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Korean, Japanese and Pashto
and British Sign Language. The
training on offer is a two day unaccredited introduction
to interpreting techniques, and will be run by an experienced
and qualified tutor from the Workers' Educational Association.
It is free of charge to learners as it is funded through
the MIRA project (Migration and Integration in Rural Areas).
Yellin of Herefordshire Council said, 'The course will help
us boost the number of local linguists on the Herefordshire
Language Network which currently provides language services
to organizations throughout the county and beyond. As our
population continues to change, it is important that we
are able to help families whose first language isn't English,
to be able to access essential services. Many of those who
have completed the course in the past have gone on to do
further training so that they can work as an interpreting
further information and an application form please visit
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/language. The closing date for
applications is 20th May.
JESSE CONGRATULATES ACTION FOR CHILDREN.
Local MP Jesse Norman has congratulated Action for Children
on its ten year anniversary. The national charity opened
its doors in Herefordshire in 2001, and has worked since
then with hundreds of local children and families suffering
from mental illness, poor health, drug and alcohol problems
and long term unemployment. To
mark the anniversary, the charity has just moved into new
offices on Blackfriars Street in Hereford, where Jesse cut
a celebration cake with Helen Phillips of Action for Children
and Kathy O'Mahony of Herefordshire Council.
Jesse said, 'I am delighted that Action for Children have
now been working in Herefordshire for ten years. We have
many young people and families in Herefordshire who need
their continued support.'
Jesse cuts the celebratory cake with Heln Phillips and Kathy O'Mahoney.
CELEBRATE HEREFORDSHIRE FOOD WEEK
Herefordshire Council is urging more local food suppliers
to open their doors and sell directly to the public in a
drive to boost the local economy. To raise the profile of
the local food industry and encourage more people to enjoy
some of the wonderful food grown and produced in our county,
the council is hosting a week long celebration of the best
to take place in August 2011, it is hoped to involve as
many local food businesses as possible in a range of events
and activities which will be open to the public. The council
is urging local businesses to get involved and help plan
the week. During the celebratory event, the council will
publish a guide book and map of all the participating farms
and food businesses which visitors and residents can use
to find their way to all the small producers and out-of-the-way
locations in the county.
are calling the week 'Herefordshire Food Week' and the aim
is to encourage the county's food producers to open their
doors to visitors and residents during the summer,' explained
co-ordinator, Andy Dawson. 'We want them to show off what
they are doing and get visitors interested in the best of
what Herefordshire has to offer.'
help get the scheme off the ground, the council is urging
local food suppliers to get involved by ringing 01432 383064.
ROSS ON WYE MAN SERVED WITH CRASBO
A man from Ross-on-Wye has been given a conviction related
antisocial behaviour order (CRASBO) following a series of
offences committed around the town.
Netley, aged 20 of Purland, Ross-on-Wye, was served with
his CRASBO at Hereford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday,
11th May. The order applies for two years and expires on
11th May 2013. The
conditions of the order are that Netley is:
Not to enter or loiter outside any licensed premise between
7pm and 7am on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays within Ross
· Not to be in possession of an open vessel of alcohol,
in a public place, within the county of Herefordshire.
· Not to be found drunk in a public place in Ross town centre.
Paul Challenger of the Ross-on-Wye Local Policing Team said,
'Daniel Netley has been a persistent nuisance in recent
months and he needs to realize his behaviour has consequences.
In the last six months he has been convicted of a string
of offences, which include a number of disorder related
convictions, criminal damage and using threatening words
or behaviour to cause harassment or alarm. Most seriously,
he also assaulted a member of staff at a local pub and then
a police officer.
of these were alcohol related and we have taken the action
of getting a CRASBO served on Netley that tackles his drinking
and antisocial behaviour. I would ask anyone who sees him
breaching his CRASBO by drinking or being drunk in public
in Ross, to contact us straight away so we can take action.'
Challenger and the Ross-on-Wye Local Policing Team can be
contacted via the police non-emergency number, 0300 333
WORK TO START ON LUGWARDINE BRIDGE
Herefordshire Council, through its contracting partner Amey,
is to start work on repairing a damaged retaining wall on
Lugwardine Bridge along the A438. The works, which will
involve taking down the damaged existing stone retaining
wall and rebuilding it, are to start on Monday, 23rd May
and should be completed in two to three weeks. Traffic lights
will be in operation during the duration of the works and
motorists are advised to take alternative routes at busy
wishes to apologize for any disruption that may be caused
by these essential works.