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No. 132 - 31st January 2007
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and the Really Ugly Sisters!
Primary School's Parents Teachers and Friends Association
and staff put on three fine performances of Cinderella at
the Godric Hall Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
This was the Association's third annual pantomime performance.
Headteacher, Tony Griffiths played the part of 'Buttons'
and Cinderella herself was played by Goodrich School Special
Support Assistant, Emma.
played all other parts in the humorous version of the Cinderella
story, having made their own costumes and made / painted
Goodrich School PTFA would like to thank everyone for their
invaluable help and support. In particular, the members
of the Goodrich Arts Society, who gave so generously of
their time, effort expertise and costumes. To Iris Price
of The Larruperz Centre Costume Department, Richard and
Fiona Swithenbank of Jollys of Goodrich and to everyone
else who helped in hundreds of ways to bring the pantomime
to the stage.
full cast of the pantomime. Ref: DSC_2949
Sisters, Listeria and Salmonella. Ref: DSC_2931
and Buttons. Ref: DSC_2936
and her Fairy Godmother. Ref: DSC_2946
Darts Team Takes Flight to Burnham-on-Sea
to the darts team at Connolly's who have qualified to play
in the South West of England Regional Finals. The finals
are to be played at Home Farm Holiday Park at Burnham-on-Sea
on Saturday 3rd February and the team have a coach load
of supporters going along to cheer them on.
hundred and ninety eight teams initially entered into the
contest, which has now come down to the last fifty teams,
of which Connolly's team is one. They hope to do well enough
to qualify for the National Finals due to take place in
the near future. We wish them every success.
of Connolly's, Jack Leahy is delighted with this result
and has kindly sponsored the team and provided them with
new shirts bearing the players' names.
the photograph below, taken on Monday evening at Connolly's
are: Alec McCreedy, John Meek, Owen James (Captain), Graham
Hall, Phil Harris. Ian McCulloch, Rena Russell, Jack Leahy,
Billy Carn, Andy Darker.
Damage Incident in Broad Street
police have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying
to identify in connection with an incident in December,
in which a car was damaged.
men were seen jumping on the roof of a Vauxhall Corsa in
Broad Street, Ross at around 2.13 am on December 9, 2006.
enquiries have revealed this CCTV image of a man who was
in Broad Street at around the same time and may be connected
with the incident.
are keen to hear from anyone who may recognize the man concerned
- anyone with information should call PC Mike Evans at Ross
Police Station on 08457 444888.
call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Around £1,500
of damage was caused to the roof of the car.
injured on B4222 near Aston Crews
are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with serious
injuries when he came off his bicycle while travelling along
the B4222 between Aston Crews and Aston Ingham in south
64-year-old was injured as he negotiated a downhill bend
while making his way towards Aston Ingham, at approximately
7.27 am on Tuesday, 30th January. He suffered a head injury
and a broken hip and was treated at the scene by an ambulance
crew, before being taken to hospital where he is described
as being in a comfortable condition.
Police also attended and have begun an investigation into
why the cyclist came off his bicycle, which had only minor
damage from the incident.
are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the cyclist
as he made his way along the road that morning. They are
asked to contact PC Chris Fry at the Hereford Roads Policing
Team on 08457 444888.
gives Go-ahead for Recreational Area in Goodrich
Council Main Planning Committee have given the go ahead
for a 2 ½ acre site of rough ground behind Goodrich School,
in the middle of Goodrich Village, to be used as a recreational
scheme had been delayed for 6 months due to concerns about
the power lines that run above the site but these fears
were removed when Central Networks agreed to put the lines
underground as part of their "Going Underground" initiative
in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
project to do this work is set up as the charity "Goodrich
Greenspace". This is being funded by voluntary contributions
and grants, with funds of £12,500 already pledged. The Parish
Council will pay the legal fees for leasing the site and
take on long term running costs.
Plans are for an open green space in the middle of the village,
bringing benefits for all sections of the community. Landscaping
of the sloping site will allow easy access paths, with seating
giving views over the school to Coppett Hill, play areas
for children, the planting of trees around the edges of
the site and a wildflower meadow.
is hoped to start work in the Spring with most of the works
being finished by the end of the year.
original plan for the Council owned site was for 2 luxury
houses overlooking the school - this was in early 2005 The
Village strongly opposed this and supported by our late
County Councillor Ruth Lincoln, was able to overturn this
and get the County Council to agree that the Parish Council
should take over and manage the site for the benefit of
all the Village.
village then got organized. The Parish Council delegated
the action to a representative Committee drawn from across
the village with members from all ages and sections of the
community to run a consultation process, to find out what
the community wanted and get some preliminary plans together.
grant from the Valley AONB Sustainable Development Funding
(SDF) allowed the village to employ a landscape architect
to draw up plans and to help with the consultation process.
Invested £1250 - more than matched by the village input.
involved questionnaires sent to all houses, a window display
in the local shop showing possible plans and an open morning
at the village school which adjoins the site - assisted
throughout by a Herefordshire Voluntary Action specialist
in the consultation process (Amelia Hughes).
the open morning the project team presented different ideas
on boards round the school hall and asked people to put
stickers on the options that they liked and add their views
(positive or negative) on post-it notes.
from the open morning were analysed and a final costed plan
was drawn up. With this final plan drawn up and approval
given by the parish Council and at a public meeting. The
application for planning permission and the Project hit
its first major hurdle. Two days before the Planning hearing
in June 2006- an objection from Central Networks because
of the risk that kite flyers might electrocute themselves
on the power lines running across the site. This issue had
been raised with Central Networks 9 months previously and
they appeared to have no problem - however it was now back
to the drawing board.
it all came good in the end - Central Networks are going
to fund the undergrounding of the line - which was gong
to have cost the Village £25,000. This was a cost that the
Village could not realistically have hoped to raise.
Networks are putting money into a scheme for undergrounding
power lines in the AONBs within their area from 2008. This
site is to be used as a pilot later this year.
case went to Herefordshire Main Planning Committee last
week and got the go ahead.
whole development is being funded by grants and charitable
contributions with the Parish Council funding the legal
costs associated with the drawing up of the lease for the
site. Once the site has been developed, the Parish Council
will take on responsibility for managing it and will underwrite
the running costs which will be less than £5 per household
original organizers are now set up as a charity, 'Goodrich
Greenspace', with all residents and those interested in
the site being able to be members.
is planned to take place over this year - some planting
can't be done till the autumn and it also depends on getting
funding in place - the Project has again received help from
the AONB (a grant of £7400) and have already got pledges
of over £5000 from local people. A local business man has
offered to do the landscaping, which is a major cost on
this sloping site.
achieve the full plans that we have for the site, there
will be need further grants- where there have already been
firm indications that the Project is likely to get support
- but it has been necessary to wait for planning permission
before applying. In addition there will be the need for
further local contributions and to run fund raising events.
Project aims to get the landscaping done by late Spring
, the play area finished by the Summer holidays and finish
most of the planting next winter.
of the development of the site
paths across the site, helping to link up different parts
of the Village, A new bridge will allow a gentler gradient
for those walking across the site. Provision of seating
to take advantage of the views over Coppett Hill
and shrub planting
flat area for kicking a ball about or future village events
of the stream area and a bridge
children's' play area
will be at gradients to allow disabled access
EnviroAbility by selling on eBay
online auction site 'eBay' has now started to enable private
donors to support the Ross based organization, EnviroAbility,
to support people from disadvantaged groups, the local community
and the environment.
has received their first donation from a private online
seller using eBay to sell an item. The seller pledged a
percentage of the sale price of the item to promote the
organizations work further. The anonymous donor, based in
Lancashire, said on eBay, 'I am donating 10% of the final
sale price to a great charity called EnviroAbility...'
Neicho of EnviroAbility said, 'We only recently set the
account up with eBay and Missionfish. We think that this
is a great idea. Anyone can shop 'til they drop and help
a deserving cause. More importantly, people can guarantee
that their hard-spent money will go to the right place.'
He added, 'A big thank you to Linda Bruce, our IT volunteer,
who is helping us by updating our website with new news
articles and pictures. This work enables eBay sellers who
wish to support us, see up-to-date the sort of work EnviroAbility
and the local community in Ross do.'
using eBay to sell their goods can give between 10% and
100% of the final sale price from whatever they sell to
good causes. In addition, if the item sells, eBay will match
this generosity and donate the same percentage of the final
value fee as the seller donates. Please call Martin at EnviroAbility
on 01989 760919 if you would like further details or visit
our website at www.enviroability.org.uk
Bruce updating the EnviroAbility web site. Ref: DSC_3119
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