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No. 111 - 6th September 2006
Week - [Tudorville
Fun Day - A Walford Septemberfest]
[Llangrove Flower Show - Letters - Yippee! It's Christmas!]
Cider Festival - Tim Ward Exhibition - Newent Onion Fayre]
[Heritage Open Day in Kempley - Heart of England in Bloom - Rugby
- Weather Station]
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Open Day at Kempley Church
The Church of St Edward the Confessor, Kempley is one of
a few local buildings which will be taking part in a series
of English Heritage Properties Open Days, due to take place
this coming Saturday, 9th September. Both Goodrich and Wilton
Castles will also be open free of charge to visitors.
went along to Kempley today, where local contractor, Roger
Page has undertaken the task of cleaning the 'Jam Tart'
at the church was local parishioner, Mrs. Dolly Jones, who
was baptized in the font at St. Edward's, Kempley in 1918.
are photographs of the Church of Edward the Confessor and
the preparation work taking place and of Dolly, standing
by the font in which she was baptized - 88 years ago! Below
the photographs is a brief history of Kempley Church.
Church of St. Edward, the Confessor, Kempley - front view. DSC_5662
east stone shrine. DSC_5591
Lectern and alter. DSC _5650
Church of St. Edward, the Confessor, Kempley - south east view.
Page cleans the 'Jam Tart' window. DSC_5605
Dolly Jones by the font in which she was baptized in 1918. DSC_5625
Rood Beam. DSC_5648
Outside view of the window. DSC _5654
The Jam Tart window. DSC _5599
The church of St. Edward the Confessor is one of two churches
in the small parish of Kempley. Built 800 years apart. St
Mary's, a Norman church, is one mile away and houses nationally
important wall paintings and medieval artefacts. The
story of the Church of St. Edward the Confessor in Kempley
however begins much more recently:
1860, the 6th Earl Beauchamp, who owned the whole of the
village of Kempley, built the vicarage to house the vicar
from St Mary's, which was flooded so often that the peasants
had moved. Also however, the Earl wanted to take on the
nonconformists in the chapels of Kempley Green. In 1866
a village school was built in Kempley, followed by a temporary
church, the Mission Hall. Constructed in 1876 opposite
the blacksmiths shop, this has since become the Village
Earl then identified a field which was already known as
'Hollyness' as the site for a more permanent church. Unfortunately,
he did not survive to see it started.
1902 the 7th Earl Beauchamp laid out the foundations for
a new 'Chapel of Ease' but having started, he somewhat lost
the developer's drive and engaged 25 year old project manager,
Randall Wells. Wells was in the area working for the famous
Arts & Crafts architect, W.R.Lethaby. Before he started
work at Kempley, Wells was clerk-of-works for WR Lethaby's
at All Saints, Brockhampton-by-Ross church and
was greatly influenced by the teachings of William Morris
and his attempt to recreate the craft traditions of the
Lethaby used modern materials such as concrete at Brockhampton,
architectural writer, Sir Nicholas Pevsner pointed out that
Lethaby 'gave the church a medieval character without anywhere
imitating the past.' So the young Randall Wells, who was
also the brother of HG Wells, true to the Arts and Crafts
ethos worked with local people and their skills. Lord Beauchamp
gave Randall Wells a free hand and work on the church began
in 1902 under the supervision of a local foreman carpenter
Mr R. James, using stone
from the Forest of Dean quarry near Blakeney, oak
from Kempley, ironwork,
nails, hinges etc. produced by the blacksmith, Geo Smallman.
from the surrounding area were used and the church was built
with the restrictions of a modest budget. The
7th Earl also imposed certain limitations. It is very unusual
for example to have no east window. The Earl wanted the
external stone relief, which is there in its place to be
a kind of roadside shrine. He donated the two massive barley
sugar wood columns, which can be seen by the altar. The
church is in fact a little eccentric, which is part of it's
terracotta tiles on the 'saddleback' roof at the front of
the church now house a healthy population of crows. The
stone figure over the entrance was chiselled in situ by
the carpenter, acting as a complete novice stone worker,
to the design of Wells and depicts Christ with bunches of
grapes with the words 'Blessed are the peacemakers'
massive roof beams were cut and shaped in the Cockshoot
Wood at Stonehouse and the 'rood beam' figures were sculpted
by David Gibb, who was the last figurehead carver at London
docks. Feet were not his forte.
is an unusual portrayal of the crucified Christ inside the
church depicting 'Christ triumphant' with no pain, St Mary
and St John. The 'rood beam' was gouged out by Wells, his
brother Linley and friends, who used the brightest paint
possible. They stated their artistic intention as 'not for
the townsman but of rural rustic charm'. The figures were
disliked by the Bishop and even today are not to everyone's
The oak and mother of pearl lectern was made by Edward Barnsley
and the candle
holders by Ernest Gimson. The pews were made at Daneway
studio joinery and show basic functional joints.
big west window 'Jam Tart Window' with its diagonal stone
grid is an idea taken from Brockhampton - the south transept
window at Brockhampton having a lattice of concrete bars.
The window displays extraordinary construction and is very
In 1919 the
entire village was sold to help with death duties after
the Great War but the the Church
was retained by the Beauchamp family
was given to
the diocese of Gloucester. The building was finally consecrated
by the bishop in 1934. The church was consecrated for weddings
in 1942 and
the graveyard was opened in 1981.
of England in Bloom
Ross-in-Bloom may not have entered Heart of England in Bloom
this summer but three communities kept the flag flying for
Ross by entering the Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood Awards
Friday saw representatives from the Nursery Road Community
Gardens and Ross Court travelling to Birmingham with other
members of Herefordshire in Bloom to see how they had got
on. Ross Court and Rita Haggett's Nursery Road Gardens each
gained a Merit Award, whilst the Garden of Remembrance gained
an Improvement Award.
awards are excellent and show that communities within Ross
can follow the prestige for the town the Gold Award gave
last year. The presentation ceremony took place in St Phillips
Cathedral in Birmingham and was followed by a lovely lunch
in the Council House. Mary
Powell of Ross-in-Bloom, who accompanied the entrants, told
us everyone had a wonderful but very tiring day, arriving
back in Ross with all three entrants having gained an award.
'I went along with the entrants to show that Ross-in-Bloom
may not have been able to enter this year but we give the
utmost support to our communities in their efforts. I was
delighted for all three entrants that they achieved such
excellent results. They are a great asset to the town and
are great ambassadors for the in Bloom Campaign. Well done
all of you'.
Margaret Lucas, the Chairman of Ross-in-Bloom, can find
the three volunteers needed to work on the Heart of England
in Bloom entry, Ross will once again be entering the campaign
in 2007. Work towards this begins now, so anyone who wishes
to help needs to contact Margaret in her shop in Brookend
Street as soon as possible.
a whole, Herefordshire gained twelve awards in this years
campaign, despite Ross, Ledbury and Eardisland not entering.
These include: Gold for Bromyard, Leominster and Hereford;
two personal awards for individuals in Bromyard and Leominster;
a neighbourhood award for a community in Hereford; two other
special awards for Herefordshire Jarvis and St Mary's Catholic
presentation evening for Ross-in-Bloom will be taking place
at the end of September, with awards being given to many
that know they have one, but also some who do not.
usual, the full list of all local awards will be published
in the local press later, but a reference copy list of the
awards given so far can be seen in the Heritage Centre.
- Ross bury Ledbury
Ross had set themselves a tough pre-season schedule with
Drybrook, Pontrilas and last Saturday, Ledbury, who sit
some three leagues above Ross.
the first league match in Bristol looming next week, Ross
were looking for a strong team performance. Not content
with taking on a side three leagues above them, Ross made
their task doubly difficult by conceding two early soft
tries that gave Ledbury a 12-0 lead after 10 minutes,faced
with on paper superior opposition many teams would have
this Ross team is made of sterner stuff and began slowly
to get themselves back in the game with some strong forward
play and Matt Jones,Matt Redman and Wayne Williams figuring
the lineout functioning well, Ross were able to build some
momentum up the right hand touchline. Tara Barnett peeled
off and drove hard into the Ledbury defence and after Richard
Russell and Craig Creed had secured the ball Dave Mince
crashed over to score, giving a first quarter score of 12-5.
the wind at their backs Ross dominated territory in the
second quarter. However a combination of strong Ledbury
defence and the pilling of two try scoring passes, Ross
were not able to add to their score until late into the
quarter. Once again the lineout worked well. The ball was
secured by Joe Gittins, the maul was quickly formed and
before the Ledbury defence could organize Tara Barnett had
scored, giving a score of 12-12. The strong wind was now
with Ledbury and Ross had to work hard in defence. The Ledbury
three-quarter line looked dangerous but were well contained
by Chay Brine, Adam Clements and Hugh Bellamy in midfield.
However, the conditions started to take their toll and after
a sustained period of territory and possession Ledbury scored
giving them a 19-12 lead.
As the game progressed and tired defences spaces began to
appear in the Ledbury side. After defending well throughout
the game, the Ross three quarters began to look the more
dangerous outfit with the ball in hand. With Alistair Rees
and Chris Gage running hard and Dan Weston being as elusive
as ever, Ross were sniffing a victory. With the Ross pack
continuing to deliver possession Ross hit a purple patch
with Alistair Rees, Baz Parker and finally Andy Hunt scoring
three excellent tries to put the game beyond Ledbury. A
consolation try went to Ledbury but by then the game was
won with a final score of Ledbury 24 Ross 29.
start their league campaign on Saturday 9th September in
Bristol. There will be a bus leaving The Drop inn at 12.30
pm Please make the effort to come and support your local
Weather Station Readings
Ross-on-Wye Weather Station is located by the tennis courts
and bowling green at 'Crossfields' and is one of the important
stations around the country which regularly sends data to
the Meteorological Office. This is why Ross-on-Wye is sometimes
mentioned on the BBC weather reports. It is currently still
a manually monitored station and readings are taken twice
per day by husband and wife team, June
and Rex Swallow.
for week commencing Monday, 28th August 2006
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
Temperature at 30cm Depth (°F)
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