place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
ALAN'S DEATH A HUGE LOSS TO ROSS SAYS JESSE.
Norman, MP has called the death of Alan Wood last week a
'huge loss to Ross-on-Wye.'
a statement, he said, 'Alan Wood was a wonderful man, who
captured Ross-on-Wye in pictures in a way that has never
been surpassed. His web site Wyenot.com has long been the
indispensable first port of call for any visitors to Ross,
and stands as a great archive of local life over more than
a decade. It was completely local and completely independent
in its vision.
was delighted that the Association of Ross Traders awarded
Alan its John Kyrle Shield in recognition of his work. We
all owe Alan and his partner Tina a huge debt of gratitude,
and we greatly mourn his passing.'
A FUN DAY WITH THE BRITISH LEGION.
year, 2011 is the 90th Anniversary of the founding of The
Royal British Legion and as part of the celebrations, the
Ross Branch held a family fun day at the Caroline Symonds
Gardens last Saturday.
Fun Day started at 12.00 and there were cheer leading displays,
historical re-enactments and a childrens' pet dog show all
taking place in a central arena. There were also bouncy
castles and roundabouts alongside vintage Norton motorbikes,
the motorbikes of the Royal British Legion Riders' Branch,
a pig roast, a cider tent from Broome
Farm together with a burger van, teas and soft drinks.
was lots of activities to keep the family entertained.
well as performances, the historical re-enactment group
also had their own camp where visitors were able to talk
to them about the weapons they use and how battles were
fought in times gone by. Right next door, showing how battles
are fought today, were members of The Rifles who were on
hand to talk about Army life in 2011.
good friend Amy King entered her dog Poppy into the Childrens'
Pet Dog Show and Poppy did her young owner proud as she
took first prize for Best behaved dog. The winners of each
class were rewarded with pet care prizes and Burns dog food
as well as certificates and medals.
Ross Branch of the Royal British Legion will also be celebrating
their anniversary year with a tea party at Wilton Castle
on Saturday, 23rd July and will be riding a float in this
year's Ross Town Carnival on Saturday, 6th August.
The entrants to the chidrens' Pet Dog show. The Best Behaved class
was won by Amy King and her dog Poppy.
Richard Ceci, Amy King and Dad, Martin manning the Splat thr Rat
The historic battle re-enactors enjoying their lunch.
The children had lots of fun on the bouncy castles and small fairground
The Royal British Legion information stand and stall.
DANNY THOMPSON & MARTIN SIMPSON AT BROOME FARM.
World renowned artistes, Danny Thompson and Martin Simpson
will be appearing at Broome
Farm in Peterstow near Ross-on-Wye for an afternoon
concert on Sunday, 12th June.
his 40-plus years as a professional musician, acoustic bass
player Danny Thompson has worked with the cream of the music
industry, from Roy Orbison and Rod Stewart to Pentangle,
Richard Thompson and John Martyn. Widely regarded as a genius
by musicians and fans alike, his improvisatory style is
utterly distinctive and 'Victoria', his beloved bass, has
accompanied him on dozens of albums including four solo
recordings. For further information and a photograph, please
is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician,
Martin Simpson is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged
as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in
the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are
masterpieces of storytelling. Whether playing American old-time
music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson
is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense
subtlety. For further information and a photograph, please
concert will being at 3pm. The bar will be open and food
will be available for two hours before and after the event.
Tickets cost £15 each and are available from the Cider Cellar
at Broome Farm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
details are available from Mike Johnson on 01989 567232
or 07841 839991.
ROSS ACORNS SUPPORT GROUP FUN RUN.
Ross-on-Wye Acorns Support Group
(Ross-on-Wye4Acorns) are always looking for different ways
to raise lots of money for the childrens' hospice and many
fun events have been held, raising a tremendous amount of
cash. The next event to take place is a family run day.
(Yes, I did say Run day!)
Saturday, 12th June there will be two runs taking place.
One is a 10k run for those aged 17 years and over and the
other is a fun run for all ages. The fun run will start
at 10:30am while the 10k run will begin at 11:15. Both races
begin at Ross Rowing Club by kind permission of the committee.
Entertainments and refreshments will be available throughout
Acorns gang are looking for more people to take part in
this event, so if you are up for the challenge, get your
entry forms now from GB Sports, Ross Library, Trivett Hicks,
The Mighty 8 or online www.acorns.org.uk/rossonwyeSG.
THE JOHN KYRLE HIGH SCHOOL YEAR 11 PROM.
Almost 200 students and staff met at The Chase Hotel on
Friday, 27th May for the annual John Kyrle High School Year
11 Leavers' Prom. It has become traditional over the years
for students to arrive in novel ways and this year was no
the limousines and sports cars were a tractor, a lorry and
motorbikes. A number of students arrived on an old Routemaster
London bus and one student, dressed in a kilt, arrived to
the sound of bagpipes. A large crowd of parents, friends
and staff watched the procession before students and invited
guests began an enjoyable evening.
a three course meal, Head Teacher, Nigel Griffiths congratulated
Year 11 on their contributions to John Kyrle since they
began in 2006. He noted their academic progress, successful
participation in Sport, the Arts and fund-raising activities.
Mark Croad, Head of Year 11, echoed Mr. Griffiths' comments
on how fantastic the students looked. He thanked the tutors
and all staff at school who had supported the year group
since 2006 and went on to offer students advice for the
and students also listened to a poem, written and read by
a Year 11 student, Ben Ray, about their time at school.
The applause that followed was deafening. Assistant Head
of Year, Sally Ferguson then thanked the school on behalf
of Year 11 before presenting a range of alternative awards.
evening was rounded off with a disco.
Ricky Barlow and friends wait to go in.
One handsome young man surrounded by beautiful ladies.
young man being piped in to the event l
Three Belles of the ball
JUNIOR RUGBY CLUB OPEN DAY THIS SUNDAY.
Ross Junior Rugby Club’s Open Day will be taking place at
Ross Sports Centre on Sunday, 12th June from 10am where
there will be lots of fun and games for all the family and
refreshments and stalls will be available. This is a great
opportunity for children and their parents to learn about
rugby, and discover how much fun it can be for everyone.
Juniors has teams from under 7s through to under 14s so
anybody under the age of 16, boys and girls are welcome
to go along. The event will be attended by Hereford and
South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman who, the organizers
hope will play in a game of tag rugby, and Ross Town Mayor,
Councillor David Ravenscroft will also be there.
schedule will run as follows:
10:00 - set up, 11:30 - start kids warm ups, 12:00 - individual
challenges, 12:30 - team challenges, 13:00 tag demos, 13:30
- individual skill stands, 14:15 - tag game, 14:00 - adult
/ juniors tag game, 14:30 - kicking challenge, 15:00 – finish.
furher information please visit http://www.rossrugby.co.uk/the-juniors.html
POLICE RUN LARGE ANTI DRUGS OPERATION. . .
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Over 100 officers have recently taken part in what is thought
to be one of the largest anti drugs operations ever in Herefordshire.
Police visited 25 properties on Wednesday, 25th and the
early hours of Thursday, 26th May in Hereford, Leominster,
Ross-on-Wye and Bromyard in an attempt to disrupt the Class
A drugs trade in the county. The
properties were targeted because of intelligence to suggest
that drug dealers from the West Midlands are travelling
to the county to target local dealers and addicts. West
Mercia Police has been liaising with and supported by colleagues
at West Midlands Police and British Transport Police.
people, including four females, were arrested. Most of those
arrested (including the women) were detained for drugs offences.
One man was arrested for burglary and another man was arrested
for a failing to appear warrant. One man was arrested for
a firearms offence. Drugs including crack cocaine, cannabis
and heroin, with an approximate street value of £5,000,
were seized, along with several thousand pounds in cash.
A firearm, believed to be deactivated, was also seized by
police, along with other offensive weapons. Nine people
have been released on police bail pending further enquiries
following the operation and nine have been charged with
drugs offences. Those charged are due to appear before Hereford
Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 8th June.
'strike day' was the culmination of Operation Wingspan,
a three week operation that has already seen 28 searches
take place in the county. Fifteen people were arrested in
the earlier phase of the operation and nine of those men
have already been charged with drug dealing offences and
appeared at court. Five of those charged are presently remanded
in custody. Eight of the nine men have Birmingham addresses,
one is local to Herefordshire.
Inspector Martyn Barnes of Herefordshire CID led the operation.
He said, 'Herefordshire does not have a particular problem
with drug dealing, but like many other areas close to the
West Midlands, we have a long-standing issue of organized
crime groups sending drug runners to deal in our area. They
are feeding the habits of local addicts who are very often
responsible for lower level crime in Herefordshire. So,
if you have had someone burgle your house, or smash the
window of your car to steal your Satnav or break into your
shed or garage, then this drugs trade is probably responsible.
want to send out two messages: we are telling these dealers
that they are not welcome here and we will do all we can
to disrupt their activities and we are also telling local
addicts who commit crime that we will target them for as
long as they target the property of Herefordshire residents.
You cannot commit crime with impunity.
also want to reassure victims of this kind of offending
that we do care about crimes and will target the tiny minority
involved in any way we can.'
JESSE PITCHES IN AT WYE'S BUYS. . . . . .
. . . . . . . .
South Herefordshire MP, Jesse Norman has been a volunteer
all his life so he needed no persuading to help out at Wye's
Buys last week, sorting clothes with shop manager Vanessa
Allwright, assistant manager Maggie Czyz and assistant Zoe
Buys, based at the Oval in Hereford, is a local community
shop specializing in high quality, recycled clothes at inexpensive
prices. The linkup was made in support of National Volunteering
Week, which has been energetically promoted locally by Herefordshire
afterwards, Jesse said, 'Wye's Buys is a terrific shop,
with great clothes and extremely professional merchandising.
Vanessa, Maggie and Zoe run a great operation, and it was
a privilege to be able to help out. They are always on the
look out for new stock. Anyone locally with high quality
clothes to recycle should pay them a visit.'
Jesse sorts the clothes with Vanessa, Maggie and Zoe at Wye's Buys.
BETTER BROADBAND FOR COUNTY A BIG STEP CLOSER.
The search is on to find the most effective and sustainable
way to bring faster broadband to Herefordshire. An area
including large parts of south Herefordshire and the Forest
of Dean in Gloucestershire is one of just four pilot areas
in the UK to receive Government funding to bring enhanced
broadband access in rural areas that would otherwise not
be considered by the private sector for investment.
A complex and demanding multi million pound contract has
been put out to tender by the project partners in Herefordshire
and Gloucestershire to find the most viable technological
solutions to the area's broadband needs. The procurement
process will engage eligible companies in a 'competitive
dialogue' process over several months to seek the best delivery,
in the shortest time scale for the best value. The procurement
process will address the immediate demands of business and
communities in order that everyone has the opportunity to
access broadband. In tandem the network will be 'future
proofed' so that users can access the Superfast Broadband
speeds they need to be competitive and to take advantage
of future services that require improved speed and reliability.
implementation time scales for both the Universal Service
Commitment (2Mbps) and superfast broadband will exceed the
government and European targets.
Graham Powell, Broadband Champion of Herefordshire Council
said, 'A tremendous amount of work has been going on behind
the scenes to prepare this contract, culminating in this
exciting stage where we can begin the search for the right
broadband solution for Herefordshire in earnest. With telecoms
technology changing all the time, we will be looking for
a contractor who will offer the fastest, most effective,
and most sustainable ways for local communities and businesses
to access the internet for years to come.
aims to offer fast broadband that creates a competitive
advantage for business, communities and individuals, with
households being able to access a range of online services
at their convenience.'
EXTRA CONDITIONS IMPOSED ON BELL AT LEOMINSTER.
Herefordshire Council's regulatory subcommittee has added
extra conditions to the premise licence for the Bell Inn,
Leominster, after sales were made to persons under the age
of 18. Jim Mooney, Hereford Police's licensing officer,
told members of the subcommittee that the Bell Inn in Etnam
Street was subject to two visits during a test purchase
operation by Herefordshire Council's trading standards team
and police. On both occasions, sales of alcohol were made
to a person under the age of 18.
Willimont, Herefordshire Council's regulatory services manager
said, 'One of our main licensing objectives is to protect
children and we cannot allow pubs to sell alcohol to them.
The new licence conditions, which include a Challenge 25
Policy, will ensure pub staff ask anyone who appears to
be under 25 years of age for identification, making it much
harder for under 18s to get served.'
pub served alcohol to under 18s in December 2010 and February
2011 and, under the council's licensing policy, this triggers
a review hearing. Two customers of the Bell Inn made representations
to the subcommittee, saying it was a thriving business and
the licensee would not knowingly serve a customer who was
extra conditions added to the licence were:
· The premise must operate a Challenge 25 policy which means
staff should ask anyone who appears to be under 25 for identification
to prove their age.
· A personal licence holder shall be on the premises at
all times on a Friday and Saturday evening from 6pm until
· All bar staff to be trained in responsible alcohol training
· An incident log must be kept at the premises recording
any crimes, ejection of patrons, complaints and refusal
of sale of alcohol.
HEREFORD MAN REWARDED FOR HIS BRAVERY .
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and Elizabeth Banks open the exhibition.
A new, first ever exhibition on Herefordshire born horticultural
pioneer, Thomas Andrew Knight was opened recently by both
of the Year in the Orchard patrons, Lady Darnley (Lord Lieutenant
of Herefordshire) and Elizabeth Banks (president of the
Royal Horticultural Society). They opened the new exhibition
at Hereford Cider Museum and were joined by Councillor Chris
Chappell (vice-chairman of Herefordshire Council), Councillor
Julie Woodward (Mayor of Hereford) and John Jarvis (leader
of Herefordshire Council) at the official opening.
exhibition has been compiled by Herefordshire Council's
principal heritage officer, Kate Andrew, and includes many
items from private and public collections which have never
been seen before as well as items loaned by the Royal Horticultural
Society. Although some of the most precious exhibits will
only be on display until Saturday, 11th June, the exhibition
will continue until the end of October.
Andrew Knight is probably the least known but most influential
horticulturalist in the world and this exhibition explores
his close connections with Herefordshire as well as the
advances he made in science which led to him being awarded
an RHS gold medal. Knight was himself a president of the
Royal Horticultural Society and the Year in the Orchard
marks the 200th anniversary of his seminal work, the Pomona
Herefordiensis, copies of which are on display as part of
Bisset, Herefordshire Council's principal countryside officer,
had the original idea of celebrating the county's orchard
heritage and staging an exhibition about Thomas Andrew Knight.
He said, 'Knight's influence went world-wide and helped
set up the apple industry in North America, Australia and
New Zealand. The Pomona is his seminal work and tells people
about the science of the thirty apple and pear varieties
described as well as being beautifully illustrated.'
Banks, RHS president, said at the launch, 'This amazing
exhibition will allow visitors to learn much more about
this astonishing man. The RHS are in association with the
'Year in the Orchard' by supporting the final judging of
the first ever Pomona awards, for both traditional (standard)
and commercial bush apple or pear orchards and I would urge
anyone with an orchard to enter.'
event was organized by Hereford Cider Museum Trust with
support from Herefordshire Council's heritage services and
archives and the Royal Horticultural Society. Hereford Cider
Museum trustee David Marshall said, 'This has been a wonderful
partnership between Herefordshire Council, Cider Museum,
Third Sector and the private sector. The council's heritage
services, in particular Kate Andrew, have been brilliant
in setting up the exhibition which is a perfect way for
the Cider Museum to celebrate its own 30th anniversary.'
THE SEARCH IS ON FOR OLYMPIC TORCH BEARERS
Herefordshire residents are being urged to nominate truly
incredible individuals worthy of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to be a torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Cheltenham,
Cardiff and Worcester have been announced as overnight stops
on the torch relay route, therefore it is highly likely
that it will be passing through Herefordshire.
are being sought who have made a real difference to their
community and the lives of people they know and also uphold
the Olympic values of respect for others and the importance
of fair play. Lit in Greece, the Olympic Flame arrives in
the UK on May 18 2012 and will be carried by 8,000 inspirational
torchbearers during a 70-day relay which aims to allow as
many people as possible to share in the excitement of the
Ashton, Olympics 2012 officer for Herefordshire said, 'This
really will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be involved
in the world's biggest sporting event. We are very hopeful
the torch will be coming through Herefordshire and this
offers people a chance to ensure deserving people get their
own piece of the limelight and can be part of the whole
details on how to nominate log onto http://www.london2012.com/olympic-torch-relay
or contact Stephen Ashton, Olympics 2012 officer on 01432
383623 for further advice or to discuss your nomination
further. It is best to let people know you are nominating
them and get their correct name, address, email address
and contact phone number. All you then need to do is write
around 150 words explaining why the person you are nominating
is so inspirational.
closing time for nominations is 11.59pm on Wednesday, 29th
June 2011 and then a short list of potential Torchbearers
will be created through a ballot process. The stories of
the short listed nominees will be put forward to one of
12 judging panels around the UK. The stories will remain
anonymous as the judges decide which stories they think
have the power to inspire the world. Chosen torchbearers
will be notified in December 2011.
are welcome to nominate themselves if they think they have
the right qualities and can't find someone to nominate them.
They just need to fill in the Self-Nomination form PDF(190
KB) and post it to Self Nomination, London 2012 Olympic
Torch Relay, LOCOG, One Churchill Place, E14 5LN. These
nominations will only be accepted if postmark is no later
than Monday, 27th June.
NEW LOOK LEISURE POOL ON THE WAY FOR HEREFORD.
Herefordshire Council has appointed national building contractor
Speller Metcalfe to carry out a £1.6million renovation at
Hereford Leisure Pool. The leisure pool was built more than
35 years ago and the works will transform the facilities
by providing an all new changing village which will make
it easier for families to use the centre, a complete refurbishment
of the popular spa area and a general upgrade.
Argent, chief executive of Halo Leisure said, 'This work
will result in a transformation in the facilities and improve
the experience of visiting the leisure pool, creating a
modern and customer friendly environment. The investment
in the facilities will also make the centre cheaper to operate
with new energy efficient boilers being installed. The work
will be completed by the summer so the main teaching, diving
and leisure pools will be ready to welcome back families
and keen swimmers onto our extensive programme of swimming
lessons or just to enjoy a fun swim.'
Metcalfe will work closely with Halo Leisure, who operate
the leisure pool, to co-ordinate the works and ensure minimum
disruption to customers. Main pools will be closed until
Monday, 20th June but the leisure pool will remain open
with an amended timetable. Alternatively customers can use
similar halo facilities in Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Bromyard
and Ledbury during this period.
Speller, Speller Metcalfe joint managing director said,
'Speller Metcalfe are delighted to have been contracted
to undertake further projects on behalf of Herefordshire
Council. The works will enable us to continue to illustrate
ground breaking design and build projects with minimal interruptions
to normal service.'
Roger Phillips, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
enterprise and culture said, 'This major investment in facilities
at the leisure pool will be a real boost for the city and
provide not only a much better experience for users but
it will also make the building more efficient to run which
will help to reduce the county's carbon footprint.'
two of the works is planned for later in the year and this
will see the fitness facilities and catering area improved.
CELEBRATE CYCLING IN COUNTY'S BIG BIKE MONTH
Herefordshire Council is encouraging everyone to rediscover
their bicycles this summer and join the growing number of
people across the county who are getting on their bikes
for Herefordshire's Big Bike month this June. It will be
worth dusting off the winter cobwebs, pumping up the tyres
and getting the wheels spinning again as there is an opportunity
to win a beautiful new bike and lots of other bike goodies.
join in the fun and enter the prize draw, simply take your
bike for a ten minute ride during June and register your
journey by joining the Herefordshire Big Bike Month online
community group by clicking onto the Herefordshire council
cycling page (www.herefordshire.gov.uk/cycling).
Burgess, Herefordshire Council's transportation manager
said, 'Cycling is great fun and we are fortunate in Herefordshire
to have some wonderful countryside and cycle paths to explore.
It's also very good for the environment and we want as many
people as possible to join in the fun. It makes lots of
sense and it's the quickest way to get around the city.'
are lots of local bike rides to try out and people taking
part in the Car Diet Challenge can count their bike ride
as one of their planned journeys. Alternatively people can
register their regular ride to work or college by following
the link on the council's web site www.herefordshire.gov.uk/cycling).
The site also has lots of top tips for people a bit out
of touch with cycling and in need of some help to get started.
Taking a ride on the National Cycle Network Route 46 Hereford to
CRUCIAL CREW - A FUN WAY TO STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE
Year six pupils from the county's primary schools are converging
on Hereford Racecourse to get stuck into a jam packed programme
of workshops, games and interactive lessons all with the
overarching themes of health, well-being and safety. The
Crucial Crew event, which has been running for more than
15 years, is organized this year by Herefordshire Council's
environmental health and trading standards service in partnership
with the police, the Red Cross, Hereford and Worcester Fire
and Rescue Service, NHS Herefordshire, Herefordshire Housing,
Safer Herefordshire as well as the council's road safety
and quality and diversity teams.
children prepare to embark on their secondary education,
this event prepares them for some of the issues they may
face over the next few years as they grow from being children
to young people. The sessions that will be available, will
cover themes such as healthy lifestyles including alcohol
and drug awareness, road safety, personal safety, valuing
difference and diversity and danger in the home. Lunchtime
activities such as workouts using HALO dance mats will also
year's Crucial Crew began on Monday and will run until Wednesday,
15th June with sessions take place from 9.30am until 2.30pm
every day. Over 70 schools are likely to attend and it is
anticipated that somewhere in the region of 1600 pupils
will be visiting over the 8 days.