place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
JESSE DELIGHTED TO OPEN NEW ROSS SHOP
Jesse Norman MP was delighted to be invited to open a new
shop in Ross-on-Wye on Monday. However, he found that this
shop is a little bit different to the other retail outlets
in the town in that it is a joint venture between Martin
and Jules King and Mary Sinclair-Powell. It was good to
see the opening very well supported by many local traders
of A.R.T, and local councillors who are all delighted to
see another retail outlet opening in the town.
and Jules' shop, 'Senior Moments' is selling stylish, high
quality, easy care clothing for more mature ladies and gentlemen
There is a good range to choose from, all at affordable
prices. On the upper floor of the building, Jules is also
running a small shop, 'Angels' where all thins angelic,
from books, cards, cherubs and jewellery etc. are available.
Ross Information Service is Mary's department, where maps
and leaflets as well as souvenirs and locally crafted goods
will be available. Mary will also be available to take bookings
for her popular historic guided walks and talks.
is welcomed, so why not go along and see what this shop
has to offer? The doors are open from 10am until 5pm seven
days a week.
Jesse Norman MP with Jules, Martin, Mary and many other local traders
at the opening of the new shop.
A sample of some of the ladies' wear available at Senior Moments.
There is a good selection for the gentleman to choose from too.
. . .
. . . as well as a beautiful range of semi precious stones, gem
trees and figurines etc.
Mary with a selection of information available to visitors of the
Why not take Mary up on one of her popular historic walks and talks?
|3rd August 2011
GOOD NEWS FOR COMMUNITY AFFECTED BY FLOODING
A Herefordshire Council bid for cash to help homeowners
better protect their homes against flooding has been successful
with £144,500 allocated to help 34 properties in Bodenham,
Herefordshire. It means homeowners in the area can look
forward to measures such as the installation of flood resistant
gates, outside wall renders, barriers, door boards and air
brick covers to prevent their homes from flooding.
money for the work comes from a total of £2.3 million Defra
had set aside and which the Environment Agency has ring
fenced to be used for flood protection scheme for individual
homes across the UK. The success in gaining funds from this
heavily oversubscribed scheme was largely due to the high
levels of community engagement being undertaken locally
by the Bodenham Flood Protection Group. The funding was
approved in a bid submitted by Herefordshire Council, supported
by the Environment Agency, and homeowners are now being
provided with independent professional surveys which assess
the risk of flooding, recommend ways of reducing that risk
and subsidize appropriate mitigation measures for these
Brian Wilcox, Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing and
Planning, said 'There's a great strength of community spirit
in Bodenham as householders have been proactive and have
formed a flood protection group. Working together, we will
ensure the money is spent in the most effective way to minimize
the possibility of flood damage to those properties in the
Agency Area Flood Risk Manager, Anthony Perry said 'We're
pleased to have assisted Herefordshire Council in obtaining
this money for property level flood protection which is
very good news for those affected by serious flash flooding
in the Bodenham area.'
ROSS LIONS WALK HELPS WINSTON'S WISH
Earlier this year the Ross Lions organized the Annual Ross
Round Walk and, although Lion Bernard Fowkes, one of its
members, was in hospital at the time, his family, eight
of them, namely the Jones's and the Collyer's from Gloucester
all took part in the walk. The family had had bereavement
and some of them were being supported by Winstons Wish,
an organization who supported those who had suffered such
bereavement. They therefore decided to donate their sponsorship
money to Winstons Wish.
money they collected totalled over £200. The Ross Lions
decided to add their own donation and made it up to £350.
One of the Jones family is still receiving counselling;
so on one of her visits Lion Bernard and his wife went along
to hand over the £350 on behalf of the Ross Lions and his
family. The cheque was received by Senior Practitioner,
Brett Riches, who thanked all those who took part in raising
the money and said it was very welcome.
aim of Winstons Wish, similar to that of Noah's Ark in Hereford,
is to give hope to young people following the death of a
parent or sibling. They know that this is one of the most
fundamental losses a child will ever face.
Lion Bernard Fowkes, his daughter Linda Jones, granddaughter Hannah
and Winstons Wish Senior Practitioner Brett Riches receiving the
|3rd August 2011
CONSULTION ON REVISED DEVELOPMENT BLUEPRINT
Herefordshire Council's Cabinet agreed on Friday, 28th July
to start a new round of consultation on the county's development
blueprint. Dialogue will first be held with local MPs, party
group leaders and key business leaders before agreeing the
draft plan is put to county residents in a series of presentations
throughout the county regarding the Local Development Framework
John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council, told Cabinet
that the Local Development Framework is essential to ensure
the future vitality of the county.
said 'We have listened to many responses on the LDF that
have already been made and have revised the number of homes
to be built in the county down from 18,000 to 16,500 homes
and also rolling forward the plan period to 2031. This means
that the new proposed build rate is reduced from 900 homes
per year to 825 and, over the 20-year plan period, this
will give us more time to plan the infrastructure and co-ordinate
investment. These new homes are essential to ensure the
county thrives. If we do not have enough homes for young
people and families, this will put the county into economic
decline and also affect the viability of some schools.
major feature of the consultation will be the relief road
and we agreed in November last year that we would hold a
community poll over this issue. We are now in a position
to run the poll as part of the new consultation and will
be preparing a further report in September so Cabinet can
agree the final wording of this question.'
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for
Environment, Housing and Waste, said 'A major feature of
the LDF is the relief road but this is only part of the
solution and we have already gained a £4.9million Government
grant to implement sustainable transport measures in the
county as well as funding a major revamp of Broad Street
so it is more pedestrian friendly. I want everyone to have
their say on the revised LDF and we will be holding seminars
for members as well as sessions with interested parties
in the city and market towns. We will then take on board
all of the views before finalizing the strategy.' Cabinet
also agreed to prepare a Community Infrastructure Levy charging
schedule to support the delivery of required infrastructure.
ROSS TOWN BAND SUMMER FETE
Ross Town Band held their Summer Fete at the Bandstand recently
people turned out to sit and enjoy the sunshine whilst listening
to the band's brilliant performance. Many local charities
and organizations were there with stalls, trying to boost
their funds and a great range of side shows were available
for the whole family to enjoy. All in all it was a very
successful day for all involved.
regular Sunday Bands in the Park performances are provided
free of charge by Ross Town Council and will run each Sunday
afternoon from 2pm until 4pm until the end of August.
Ross Town Band put on a fine performance at the Bandstand at their
recent Summer Fete.
This young man was thrilled to be invited to handle one of the birds
Ross MS Support Group enjoyed a good day with their popular stall.
Monmouth Horse Hospital also seemed to do well with their Tombola
Some beautiful jewellery, hand made by Tina Hogg.
Sue Beard had almost sold out of her delicious cakes by the time
I got down to the fete.
Many people turned up to enjoy the afternoon in the sunshine.
|3rd August 2011
CENTRE TO RUN ACTIVITY SESSIONS
Herefordshire Council's Ledbury Children's Centre is to
run three craft and activity sessions during the summer
holidays. The sessions, aimed at children aged five to eleven
years, will take place at the Children's Centre on three
Thursdays - 4th August, 18th August and 1st September and
will run from 1.30 to 3pm. It is also a great opportunity
for parents and carers to come together and join in the
Town Council has given a grant for the sessions to be held
and activities on offer will include tee-shirt painting,
collages using outdoor materials and jewellery making. In
conjunction with the NHS Herefordshire 'Change For Life'
scheme, the sessions will include games and play equipment
in order to encourage the children to be active. Games of
rounders and badminton will be played as well as a chance
to take part in obstacle races or ball play.
Gristy, Ledbury Children's Centre Manager, said 'I would
like to very much thank Ledbury Town Council for their financial
support to allow these sessions to take place which will
not only ensure youngsters have a fun time but will also
encourage them to take part in sport which is a key legacy
aim of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sessions will be free,
offering a boost to parents during the long summer holiday,
but all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
at all times. Children will also be provided with a healthy
snack. If you would like more information, please contact
the Children's Centre on 01432 383840.'
PARENTS GIVE TOP MARKS TO MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
and Ian Warren.
The Hereford Museum and Art Gallery has just received recognition
for being voted as one of the top three places to visit
in Herefordshire from a poll by the Herefordshire NetMums
is an online web site providing forums for discussion and
advice for mums and dads. It provides details of things
to do, places to go, nutritional information and also has
some influential lobbying power, having had high profile
meetings with the Prime Minister etc. about issues affecting
was founded in 2000 and currently has over one million members
with four million visits to its web site every month. Each
area has its own part of the site and it is the Herefordshire
Netmums who have given this award. In the same poll the
Old House in Hereford also placed in the top ten.
Clark, Herefordshire Council's visitor services officer,
said, 'This is a fantastic recognition of the high quality
and diverse programme of exhibitions, displays and activities
provided by our heritage team. I would like to thank everyone
involved in organizing a wide variety of events at the museum
and Old House. They are obviously much appreciated and enjoyed
by Herefordshire families.'