place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
MAX NEEDS A NEW LOVING HOME
is a six years old Lurcher who urgently needs a new home
where he will be loved as much as he is now. Max
has a wonderful temperament, loves children, gets on well
with other dogs and his owners are reluctant to part with
him but their circumstances are such that it is necessary.
spends weeks at a time working away from home and his wife
suffers chronic back pain, preventing her from exercising
Max as much as he needs. The couple are also moving house
and pets are not permitted at their future home.
you can give this gorgeous dog a loving home, please email
me in the first instance and I will put you in touch with
Max, a lovely, six years old lurcher in need of a new, loving home.
HEADING FOR VENICE.
After their 'in Search of Branson' quest of last year, the
intrepid duo known as vegas2vegas (Jamie Hay and Joe Griffiths)
are now working on a very exciting new challenge called
vegas2venice. They are heading to Europe in aid of Arms
Around the Child in search of the passions of those affected
by HIV/AIDS. Jamie Hay said, 'We want to celebrate their
stories and hopefully, rather than highlighting what makes
us different, we will look at what makes us the same. The
result will be a madly inventive, professionally filmed,
documentary that takes the audience on a crazy ride that
uncovers a bit more about the people affected by this disease
in lots of different countries and cultures.'
project is fully supported by Arms Around the Child who
recently made vegas2vegas guardians for the charity and
Act V, an international AIDS focussed organisation set up
to protect the Global Fund. The vegas2vegas team need the
help of the local community to make this project a reality
and have recently launched their documentary project on
a platform called IndieGoGo (http://www.indiegogo.com/)
to fund the project. This website allows anyone to get involved
and help invest in the idea in return for lots of great
support the guys in their latest endeavour. We would really
appreciate any help you can give us in spreading the word
and have lots more details available for you. I'd also be
more than happy to have a chat with you about all the exciting
things going on - 07846897213. k
LOCAL GIRL VANESSA BRANN TO CARRY OLYMPIC TORCH
young local sportswoman, Vanessa Brann has recently received
confirmation that she will carry the Olympic torch in Ross-on-Wye
and is the only local person to be selected for this memorable
aged 19 is an ex pupil of the John Kyrle High School and
during her attendance there, she qualified and attended
the English Schools Cross Country Finals every year from
year 8. Vanessa still holds the John Kyrle records for the
1500 metres and 800 metres.
now attends Staffordshire University, studying a degree
course in BA Sports Development & Coaching. She is in the
University Athletics team and the Netball Squad but began
her running career whilst still at Ashfield Park Primary
School and joined Hereford Athletics Club.
running for Bristol & West Athletics Club, Vanessa was Herefordshire
Cross Country Champion in her age group from 2004 to 2009.
She was also Herefordshire Track & Field 1500 metres Champion
in her age group from 2004 to 2010, While she was studying
at Hartpury College, Vanessa was Gloucestershire Cross Country
Champion in 2011 and Gloucestershire Track & Field 1500m
Champion in the same year, also becoming South West Of England
Regional Track & Field 5000m Champion.
Vanessa was devastated when an injury she sustained whilst
playing netball at university earlier this year prevented
her from taking part in all her major Cross Country races.
This has been the first cross country season she has missed
since began cross country running in 2003.
is now on the road to recovery and is due to take part in
the British University Championships in early May which
will take place in London at the Olympic Stadium.
done Vanessa. We are all very proud of you and what you
Vanessa Brann who will be the only local person carrying the Olympic
torch through Ross-on-Wye.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT FLYING HIGH IN LLANGROVE
spirit is alive and well in Llangrove and has enabled the
village to come together to organize the annual Llangrove
Grand May Fayre. The inaugural event last year was a huge
success attracting over 300 visitors and raising a significant
amount of money for the village hall, school, church and
pre-school who pooled their skills and resources to organize
2012 May Fayre will take place on Saturday, 16th June between
1pm and 5pm at Llangrove CE Primary School and entrance
traditional May Day village fete, the event includes lots
of fun and games for everyone. Ross Town Band will be serenading
visitors as they shop and play games or visitors can simply
sit and enjoy delicious teas, a cool Ty Gwyn cider, Kingstone
Breweries beer, Pimms or fruit juice from the licensed bar
with something from the barbecue perhaps or an ice cream.
There will also be a Tug of War Challenge competition, vintage
tractors, maypole dances, two rounds of the infamous chicken
drop (each of which has a fantastic £100 cash prize), bouncy
slide, baby animals, and lots of shopping. Buy a raffle
ticket or two and you could be the very happy winner of
a whole wheelbarrow full of booze or a hamper of gorgeous
local produce. There will be plenty of supervised parking
and a dedicated disabled parking area close to the venue.
year the Fayre is very pleased to welcome local Llangarron
Birds of Prey, as the main attraction. Mike Hill recently
moved his business to the area and cares for a range of
hawks, falcons and owls. He offers demonstrations and experience
days so that people are able to learn about the birds and
fly them. Mike will be introducing May Fayre visitors to
a selection of his magnificent birds, chatting about them
and also providing a flying demonstration.
said, 'We are delighted to be invited to Llangrove Grand
May Fayre. We will enable visitors to experience close up
the sport of falconry and the beauty, grace and power of
these fascinating raptors, as well as being able to explain
the importance of wildlife and conservation.'
you're feeling inspired why not enter the Fayre's Birds
of Prey Creative competition and produce something creative
with a Birds of Prey theme? It could be a poem, drawing,
sculpture, collage, quilt, photo, story etc. The lucky winner
and one guest will be invited to Hilltop Birds of Prey in
Llangarron where they will spend an hour learning about
the birds and helping to fly them. If you would like to
take part just bring your entry along to the Fayre. There
is no charge!!
Mike Hill of Hilltop BoP with Harris Hawk, Rocky.
FOIL COLLECTING CUBS WIN HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT
time ago, a volunteer working with EnviroAbility, Hannah
Legigo, with the support of both Alupro and the County Council,
planned and organized a competition to encourage people
to collect foil. The main reason being that the then new
co mingled recycling approach could not recycle foil in
the system. The partnership concentrated on the younger
population and organised a year long competition for schools
or youth groups. The
young people had to collect and take in the foil, which
was then weighed and the group which collected the most
foil per young person won the prize of a hot air balloon
organised a four page coloured A 4 sized publicity pamphlet,
courtesy of Print Plus in Hereford, that went to all schools
and any youth group in the county who asked for one. The
balloon company kindly donated the flight. The competition
actually came to a end at the end of the last academic year
but for a mixture of reasons it was postponed until Spring.
The winning group was the Cub Pack at Aston Ingham. There
were three runners up who were Llangrove C of E Primary
School, Peterchurch Primary school and Gorsley Goffs Primary
School. Well done to them all.
ready to climb aboard.
Up, up and away!
CAN DO CREW EXCHANGE STILES FOR SMILES
Can Do Crew of EnviroAbility has been busy in recent weeks
installing six new gates on the Wye Valley Walk as part
of the ‘Smiles without Stiles’ project which is funded by
grants from The Severn Waste Environmental Fund and the
Wye Valley AONB and organised by the Walkers are Welcome
Group. Some of the new gates are galvanised steel and some
are wooden. All feature a self-closing mechanism which gives
assurance to landowners with livestock in adjacent fields.
Three more landowners have given their consent for stiles
to be replaced with gates and these will be installed shortly.
There were eighteen stiles in total on the Wye Valley Walk
south of Ross and it is hoped other landowners will also
take advantage of the scheme so that more gates can be installed.
The Can Do Crew replace a stile with a galvanized gate.