place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
BELATED HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY GREETINGS RICHARD
Happy Birthday greetings go to local man, Richard Davies.
Richard's family and friends had arranged a surprise 30th
party for him
in the Stable Suite at The Eagle Inn in Broad Street. The
theme of the party was 'Black and White' and the room was
beautifully decorated in keeping with this by Landlady,
Maria Gooding. Even the gorgeous birthday cake was black
the arranged time for Richard's arrival drew near, everybody
quietly waited in the courtyard until he approached the
gate, when a resounding 'Happy Birthday' was sung to the
stunned birthday boy. Once Richard had recovered from the
shock, he and his guests enjoyed a fabulous evening, dancing
the night away to some great music provided by Sunshine
Radio's 'Big Dog' Mark Baker.
greetings also go to James Dean-Lucas who celebrated his
29th birthday having a drink with friends at The Eagle.
He too was surprised when friends sang Happy Birthday as
Andy Gooding presented him with a 'cake' of energy bars,
complete with candle to mark James' last year in his twenties.
A very surprised Richard is met at the gate to the courtyard by
his partner, Eve.
Richard and his parents, enjoying the party.
The Stable Suite is beautifully decorated by Maria.
Happy Birthday is sung to another birthday boy, James Dean-Lucas
as he is presented with his 'birthday cake.'
TRIO TO RIDE AGAIN IN MOVEMBER.
Intrepid trio vegas2vegas recently completed stage one of
their campaign to raise funds for the charity 'Keep a Child
and this month are all set to tackle stage two. Jamie Hay,
Joe Griffiths and Jack Todd will be riding their three-man
tandem across Wales to Cardiff where they will join other
people taking part in 'Movember's' 10K 'Running of the Mos.'
three local boys aim to visit 193 countries in around 180
days and plan to film what happens along the way to turn
it into an adventure documentary. This means that they will
need sponsorship to help them on their way. After a bit
of brainstorming, the vegas2vegas crew thought that this
adventure might be right up Sir Richard Branson's street,
so in September they launched a mini campaign entitled 'Searching
for Branson' and walked from Ross-on-Wye to Stowe, Buckinghamshire
which was the birthplace of Sir Richard Branson's first
business venture. Along the way, they asked the people they
met to help them send a special message to the Virgin owner.
three man tandem event will be taking place between 11th
and 13th November. If you would like to sponsor the lads
to help them achieve their goal, please log onto www.justgiving.com/vegas2vegas.
GET THE JAB THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE
The NHS in Herefordshire is making sure all pregnant women,
those aged over 65 years and people with clinical conditions
which put them more at risk, are given the flu jab. At the
same time, carers are being reminded that flu is a risk
and that they are important too. If you are a carer for
someone else, it can be easy to overlook your own health
Sarah Aitken, interim director of public health in Herefordshire
said, 'As a carer, you want to do what you can to help and
protect your loved ones. However, many carers last winter
did not take the opportunity to have a free flu jab, despite
making arrangements for their loved ones to have theirs.
It's not just about protecting the carer from getting flu,
but also preventing them from passing the virus onto the
vulnerable person they are caring for.
flu when you already have a long term condition can lead
to serious complications and tragically in some cases death,
but these can be prevented by having the free vaccine. Unlike
other medication for long term conditions, the flu jab is
an annual one off vaccine.
is no live virus in the flu vaccine and it cannot give you
the flu. It is a new vaccine each year to fight this year's
flu virus. So please take the time to look after yourself
as well as your loved one, get the free jab at your local
GP surgery and help protect yourself.'
are additional ways people can protect themselves and those
around them. Good hand hygiene is very important and the
'catch it, bin it, kill it' technique reduces the spread
of germs. This means carrying tissues, covering coughs and
sneezes with a tissue, disposing of the tissue after one
use, and cleaning hands as soon as possible with soap and
water or an alcohol hand gel.
HAPPENING IN ROSS-ON-WYE THIS WEEK?
Ross Lion's biggest fund raiser of the year will be taking
place this coming Saturday, 5th November when they will
be holding their fantastic annual bonfire and fireworks
at The Chase Hotel. As well as a great fireworks display
there will be lots of good food and drink available and
glow sticks and wands etc. for the kids to enjoy.
the weather will be kinder to the event than of late, so
that lots of money can be raised, enabling Ross Lions Club
to continue to support local charities and causes.
bonfire is due to be lit at 7pm with the fireworks display
beginning at 7:30pm. I hope to see you there.
BOUNDARY PROPOSALS ARE BONKERS SAYS JESSE.
MP Jesse Norman has described as 'bonkers' new plans to
remove the Golden Valley from the South Herefordshire constituency,
and join it to a new constituency stretching as far as Ludlow
in Shropshire. The proposals are part of a recent consultation
by the Boundary Commission for England to meet the government’s
commitment of reducing the number of MPs from 650 to 600.
The redrawn boundaries would mean Golden Valley residents
could have to travel as far as Leominster or Ludlow to see
the Golden Valley in the same constituency as Leominster,
and Church Stretton and Ludlow in Shropshire, makes no sense
at all. It's bonkers,' said Jesse. 'Its effect will be that
someone living in Ewyas Harold would likely have to drive
for up to an hour and a half to see their MP. Journey times
by public transport are even worse – more like two and a
half hours! That is contrary to the basic principle of democratic
good news is that it's not too late to change the proposals.
Local residents can see the plans and have their say by
post, by email, or in person. The details are available
on the Boundary Commission’s website www.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk.
The Commission can also be reached by writing to 35 Great
Smith Street, London SW1P 3BQ, or by telephone on 020 7276
would strongly encourage everyone, especially those living
in the Golden Valley, to write in to the consultation and
let the Commission know how they feel. I am submitting alternative
proposals myself, which can be found on my website www.jesse4hereford.com.'
MUSEUM ON THE MOVE . . . . . . . . . . .
award-winning Museum on the Move returned to Herefordshire
on Wednesday, 2nd November, to begin its Winter tour. The
exhibition on board has been hugely popular, enabling people
to discover the story of survival from dinosaurs to dormice.
This bright, interactive and highly absorbing museum experience
is unique in that it travels out to various places across
Herefordshire and people can see the Museum on the Move
at the following venues:
Saturday, 5th November, the museum will be at Leominster
Library car park, all day, then from 5:30pm until 8:30pm
will be at Hereford Racecourse fireworks celebration.
Wednesday, 23rd and Wednesday, 30th November, the museum
will be seen in High Town, where late night shopping, from
5pm to 8pm will be available. The museum will also be in
High Town on Friday, 2nd from 5pm until 8pm, then all day
on Monday, 19th and Friday, 23rd December. Even
if the day is cold, the Museum on the Move bus will be warm!
further information, or to book the Museum on the Move yourself,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone
The Museum on the Move, currently on its Winter tour in Herefordshire.
CALLERS WARNED TO KEEP OUT OF COUNTY
Herefordshire Council's Trading Standards Service is warning
cold calling rogue traders to stay away from the county
following three successful prosecutions during the national
Rogue Trader Awareness Month of October. The
three convictions were for Tony Small, aged 50, from Belmont,
Hereford; James O'Donoghue, aged 52, from London and Joseph
Carter, aged 25, of Leominster. All three, who engage in
cold calling for property repairs, pleaded guilty to charges
of failing to give consumers the seven days cancellation
rights they were legally entitled to when a contract is
made in the home. Small and Carter are to face future Crown
Court trials next year for alleged fraud relating to the
Hereford Magistrates Court on 21st October, Small was fined
£415. O'Donoghue appeared at the same court on 20th October
and was given a three year conditional discharge, including
for falsely implying he was a tree surgeon and was ordered
to pay £400 costs. On 25th October, the same court gave
Carter a two year conditional discharge and he was ordered
to pay £250 costs.
Thorne, Herefordshire Council's principal trading standards
officer said, 'In Herefordshire we have a policy of 'Zero
Tolerance' against traders who cold call the elderly and
vulnerable and working in conjunction with our partners,
we will bring these people to justice. The law requires
a seven day cooling off period to be given so consumers
can have time to discuss proposed repair work with relatives
and friends and decide if they want to cancel. Rogues operate
by doing the work immediately and running off with the cash.
Invariably the work is unnecessary, poor quality and vastly
should never deal with any cold callers, whether on the
phone or at the door. If anyone needs property repairs we
recommend they consult the council's trader register which
has a list of legitimate and reliable businesses who will
JESSE TO WELCOME RORY STEWART MP TO HEREFORD
Local MP, Jesse Norman will welcome his colleague, the adventurer
Rory Stewart MP to Hereford this weekend for a public event.
Rory Stewart has been described as Parliament’s answer to
Lawrence of Arabia.
2000 and 2002 he walked some 6,000 miles across Pakistan,
Iran, Afghanistan, India and Nepal. After the invasion of
Iraq in 2003, he was appointed Deputy Governor of Province
in Southern Iraq, having previously served in the Black
Watch and the Diplomatic Service. He has been the MP for
Penrith and the Border since May 2010.
Places in Between', his book about his journey across Afghanistan,
is an international best-seller, and has been translated
into ten languages. It has been rumoured that Orlando Bloom
has been contracted to play Rory in a film based on his
life. Rory Stewart will be speaking on Saturday, 5th November
5th at Hereford Cathedral School's Powell Theatre at 3.30
event is by ticket only, but tickets are available free
of charge through the School Office on 01432 363 522.
Jesse Norman, MP with adventurist colleague, Rory Stewart MP.