place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
TAKE THE KIDS TO HILLTOP BOP THIS HALF TERM HOLIDAY
you are wondering what to do with the children this coming
half term holiday, why not take them along to Hilltop
Bop, the birds of prey centre at Llangarron? The kids
are bound to be fascinated by these magnificent birds, owned
and flown by Mike and Lorna Hill. Visitors not only get
to see the birds in flight, however. There is also the opportunity
to learn all about them and maybe even handle some of the
not give Mike and Lorna a call to arrange a visit? Click
the link to find out more about Hilltop Bop!
This beautiful bird is 'Polo' the Barn Owl.
NEW WEB SITE FOR SYMONDS YAT EAST
Symonds Yat East is a beautiful village and is one of my
favourite locations in the Wye Valley. The Symonds Yat page
on Wyenot.com is one of the most visited pages on the web
site giving potential visitors a brief insight into this
lovely place. Now you can learn even more about the East
side as Nick Stephens of Rose
Cottage has launched a brilliant web site called www.yateast.com.
East.com is a non commercial web site full of information
about the evolution of the village, from the history of
its buildings and industry and the birth of tourism to this
beautiful area, to how Symonds Yat East is today. The website
also features businesses on this side of the River Wye and
is well worth taking a long look at.
created Yat East.com as tribute to Alan, saying that, like
Alan, he wanted to put something back into the community
he lives in and loves. The work he has done is fantastic
and Alan would feel honoured and very proud of our friend.
Well done Nick!
of Symonds Yat East, The Royal
Lodge have launched their 2011 Sunday Carvery season.
Alan and I went along last year to find out for ourselves
how good the food was. It was fantastic and I will be paying
a return visit. The carvery is served from 12 Noon until
3pm. If you fancy going somewhere different for Sunday lunch,
why not try it for yourselves? I would strongly advise booking,
however as these lunches are very popular.
JKHS STUDENTS REWARDED FOR THEIR WORK
250 students, parents, supporters of the school and special
guest, Rob Noble, Chief Executive of Leadership Trust, attended
John Kyrle’s Annual Prize giving Ceremony on Thursday, 15th
September. It was called The Academy Awards!
Frost, Chair of Governors, welcomed everybody to the event.
She spoke of her and other governors continued pride in
the school and how the new Academy Status would be a launch
pad for future success and developments. Nigel Griffiths,
in praising his students, paid tribute to the support the
school received from parents, the local community and governors.
He felt this, the hard work of his students and his committed
staff underpinned the school’s continued success.
Griffiths said it was interesting to reflect on how the
school had changed over the past ten years in terms of increasing
numbers, building work, Ofsted grading of 'Outstanding'
and the recent New Academy Status. Despite these developments,
Mr Griffiths said that what never changed was the school’s
commitment to high quality teaching and learning, providing
the best opportunities for students and traditional standards
of respect and hard work.
Griffiths paid tribute to Alan Wood who, through his website
Wyenot.com, had been such a supporter of both the school
received awards for academic success, artistic and sporting
excellence and their work in the community. Ryan Green was
given an award from Ross Lions for his fantastic work in
the school and locality. Ryan will shortly represent the
Lions on the European stage when, as the winner of the British
and Irish Lions Award, he takes part in the European final
winner was Luke Stafford in Year 8. He received the Diana
Princess of Wales Award for Inspirational Young People.
Luke’s family and the school community are impressed by
his hard work and commitment despite having lost his mum
over a year ago. He is a commendable young man. Many of
the students winning awards had been ambassadors for the
school across different countries and continents. Mr Griffiths
was able to explain about trips to France, Germany, Austria,
Belgium, Spain, the USA, South Africa, Uganda and Canada.
a number of last year’s Year 13 students, who had gained
John Kyrle’s best A Level results to date, this was their
last formal contact with the school before setting off to
universities across the country including both Oxford and
Cambridge. Mr Griffiths wished them, and those entering
employment and training, all the very best for the future
and thanked them for their huge contribution to John Kyrle.
Noble’s speech was very well received indeed. He was able
to draw upon his military and business background in encouraging
students to use the analogy of a Business Plan in making
their way beyond school. Mr Noble related his experiences
in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and the City. Students were
encouraged to base their future plans upon strong core values,
ambitious targets and to shape their 'unique selling point'
in developing their talents. Mr Noble said he was most impressed
by the range of awards given by the school and the undoubted
talents of the students at John Kyrle.
Girl, Ali Raine and Head Boy, Sam Matchette, concluded the
evening by thanking Mr Noble for his excellent speech and
recounted their own journey from Year 7 to current university
applicants in Year 13.
Rob Noble of The Leadership Trust was pleased to present prizes
to the JKHS students.
Prior to the ceremony, Lucas Abbott performs 'Unfold' by Jason Mraz.
Ross Lions' President, Sam Phillips tells a little of what the Lions
do before presenting Ryan Green with his award.
Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, Rob Noble and Chair of Governors,
Karen Frost with some of the prize winning students.
ROSS AWARDED GOOD IN HEART OF ENGLAND IN BLOOM
to the Ross-in-Bloom team for again winning Gold for Ross
in the Heart of England in Bloom campaign. Chairman of Ross-in-Bloom,
Mrs. Margaret Lucas was particularly thrilled as it was
thought that the town may not have looked quite as good
as in previous years and the team were looking towards a
week, Mary Sinclair-Powell and Caroline Utting went to Solihull
to receive the 'Thriving' award for the Thomas Blake Garden
Jubilee project. At the same time, representatives from
Ross Court received an 'Outstanding' award whilst Tudorville
Allotments received a 'Thriving' award. These projects were
entered into the 'It's Your Neighborhood' campaign, complementing
the main Heart of England in Bloom judging for the town
as a whole.
the judges visited Ross, they were very impressed; not only
with the look of the town but also the way in which the
community pulled together. They were particularly delighted
with the work at the Thomas Blake Garden Jubilee project
and highly amused by the 'resident' pigs in Pigs Alley.
They were also pleased to see the British Legion event being
well supported at Ross Market House.
of the excellent examples which showed the judges how well
people of all ages worked together was seen at Solihull
when Jack, Archie and Dylan Morgan of the Radcliffe
Guest House were presented with certificates of merit
by judge Angela Pendleton, who was very impressed with the
work the three young boys had put into the Jubilee project.
Lucas said, 'Everyone has worked very hard on all of the
projects and in the town this year. Our Gold award justly
proves how much effort people put in. We are very grateful
for all the hard work and hope that there will be lots of
enthusiasm to make next year a jubilee year to remember.
There are plans afoot to make judging day and the summer
a time to never forget in the town's history. Based on the
very successful Historic Day a few years ago, we hope to
get some order into this soon and will be calling on everyone
to help. We would also be pleased for any suggestions on
what people would like to see as well as volunteers for
projects. Nothing is too onerous, just come along and talk
to me at my shop.'
done to all involved in Ross-in-Bloom. Once again you have
done Ross-on-Wye proud!
Delighted with their results, the Ross-in-Bloom team with representatives
of the various groups which took part.
URGED TO THINK TWICE BEFORE VISITING A&E
NHS Herefordshire and Wye Valley NHS Trust are launching
a countywide campaign to reduce the number of people using
A&E who can be treated more appropriately elsewhere. A recent
survey undertaken at the county hospital's A&E department
identified that around 20 percent of those visiting had
either minor cuts, colds, sprains or stomach upsets. A few
even visited A&E with hangovers or to find emergency contraception
- all ailments that could be treated much more quickly elsewhere.
try and encourage people to think twice before choosing
A&E when they are injured or unwell, a campaign has just
been launched involving a series of bus back adverts travelling
around bus routes throughout Herefordshire urging people
to only use A&E when they need to. In addition, a radio
campaign has begun on Wyvern FM and over the next few weeks,
pharmacies, GP surgeries and public buildings will be issuing
visitors with credit card sized contact cards promoting
other places where people can be treated such as minor injuries
units, pharmacies and the walk in centre, ASDA.
many patients are turning up at A&E who could be treated
more appropriately elsewhere,' said Andy Watts, GP and chair
of Herefordshire Health Care Commissioners. 'In Herefordshire
we have a range of alternatives to A&E including GPs, pharmacies,
minor injuries units and the walk in centre at ASDA, where
people can have their minor injuries and ailments cared
for just as effectively but more quickly. We are trying
to encourage people to use these alternatives so that A&E
can be more available to those who really need the emergency
Tomlinson, director of service delivery, Wye Valley NHS
Trust added, 'The A&E department provides care for seriously
ill and injured patients 24 hours a day and the growing
numbers of patients presenting with minor ailments and injuries
puts unnecessary pressure on the department. I would urge
patients to consider all the options available before attending
the A&E department. A
local media campaign is planned for the build up to Christmas
when A&E traditionally becomes busier.'
of where to get help are available at www.herefordshire.nhs.uk/choosewell
JESSE CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW KINDLE THEATRE
and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman joined local residents
in a celebration last week to mark the opening of the new
Kindle Theatre in South Wye. The audience was treated to
a short revue of skits by the Wye Theatre Company and the
Kindle Youth Theatre Company, as well as magic and dance,
capped off by an excerpt from 2Faced Dance’s new work, 'In
theatre project was launched by Jesse at a Winter Supper
in 2009, which raised over £8,000. Further substantial contributions
were made by foundations including the Beaumont Trust and
the JP Getty Trust, taking the total raised to over £40,000.
These have enabled the new theatre to be equipped with an
acoustic ceiling, curtaining, sound and lights.
after the event, Jesse said, 'After two years of fund-raising,
it is a complete thrill that the new Kindle Theatre has
opened. It is a new piece of community arts infrastructure
in the county, and it has been entirely funded by private
contributions, the vast majority of them from within Herefordshire.
It will I know be widely used, especially by young people.
just shows what we can do to renew the city and the county,
even at a time of economic hardship, if we work together.'
Jesse Norman and Lara Latcham at the Kindle Theatre launch.
YOU BORN ON ACCESSION DAY - 06.02.52?
The Ross Jubilee Committee are asking anybody who was born
on Accession Day, 6th February 1952 to get in touch with
them as they are looking for people who are as old as HM
Queen's reign to be involved in the Jubilee celebrations
which are being planned for June 2012.
Jubilee Weekend will run from Saturday, 2nd to Tuesday,
5th June and the Jubilee Committee is already making plans
to give Ross something to look forward to. On Sunday 3rd,
The Big Jubilee Lunch, a national campaign to encourage
neighbours to get together for Sunday lunch will be taking
place. Ross Town Council has organised music at the Bandstand
in Caroline Symonds' Garden from 12.30pm onwards and would
like to invite you to bring a picnic down to share with
your neighbours, friends and family.
member, Councillor Ian Henderson said, 'With street parties
being a bit tricky to organize these days it makes sense
to relocate them somewhere safe with plenty of room and
The Caroline Symonds' Garden by the river is the perfect
Lions are getting involved and will be organizing an afternoon
of fun games with a retro feel looking back to the 1950's.
A competition for school children to design a Diamond Jubilee
logo for Ross has been launched and it is planned to sell
unique Ross-on-Wye merchandise as part of the commemorations.
John Kyrle High School is planning a concert and there will
be a sing-a-long event at St Mary's Church.
Monday, 4th June, beacons across the country will be lit
in succession. Ross has registered its beacon at The Prospect
which will be lit between 10pm and 10.30. It is planned
to have a torch lit parade to the beacon and a fireworks
display to follow.
is the time to start planning what you would like to do
to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. If you would like
to organize something yourself let The Jubilee Committee
know as it will be putting together a programme of events
so that everyone can see what is going on where and when.
If you would like to get involved or register an event please
contact Rachel Lewis at The Town Council Offices on 01989