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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 150 - Wednesday, 6th June 2007
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Saturday Music at the Prince (Jay - Because I'm worth it)

The all female rock band, 'Underwired' gave a great performance at the Prince of Wales on Saturday evening. Tina was working, so I went along by myself and have not got the usual photo of her dancing, I'm afraid. Got a good one of Jay though, the sun in Greece seems to do wonders for hair growth. He was folically challenged like me when he left, two weeks ago.


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Top Scouting Award for George

Ross-on-Wye Scout, George Swattridge was presented with his Chief Scouts Silver Award on Monday evening. George had been in Cubs for two years, in which time he had taken part in many different activities ranging from rafting and climbing to Craftwork and music.

This award is the top award in the Cubs and is earned by completing many challenges which included outdoor activities such as Orienteering and Camping, indoor challenges such as music making and a Personal Challenge which George chose to be improving his artwork.

The badge was presented by Akela, Robin Shaw, in front of George's new friends in the Ross Scout troop. Scout Leader Anna Jones commented that George has already taken part in a camp with the Scouts and is a proficient knot tier as can be seen from the three woggles he is wearing on his scarf.


Music in Marstow

The idea for ‘Music in Marstow’ came from the successful, fund-raising campaign in 2002 to renovate the Parish Church, St Matthew’s. Since then a tremendous camaraderie has developed amongst the residents of Marstow and they have continued to organize charity events, their annual, free bonfire party attracts hundreds of people and the event raised donations of over £600 last year towards running costs of the church.

This year the residents have decided to broaden their horizons and organize a live, outdoor music event on Saturday, 23rd June. Their aim is to raise money for St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford and St Matthew's Church, which is at Brelston Green, in Marstow. Brelston Green is in the middle of Marstow, a rural parish between Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, tucked in alongside Goodrich by the A40.

'Music in Marstow' features the band 'Intrigue' who have played at venues from the Cafe Royal to the Birmingham NEC. They will be playing sparkling versions of ballads old and new, riotous rock and roll and soul medleys. The event is being held in a beautiful field next to St Matthew's Church and everyone is invited to bring their own picnic, rugs, and deck chairs or erect a gazebo and party in style.

There will be a bar and a Grand Draw with prizes to include a cookery day with the Eckington Manor Cookery School, near Evesham.

‘Music in Marstow’ picnic event promises to be a wonderful evening for all the family and also an opportunity to make a contribution to local charities. It is being sponsored by local businesses. Tickets are £15 for adults and £7.50 for children 14 years and under.

There is more information about the event and buying tickets on our website www.music-in-marstow.org or you could call 01600 890 329.


The Music in Marstow organizers.

'Intrigue', who will be performing at the event.

ROSS-ON-WYE TOWN COUNCIL

NOTICE is hereby given that a meeting of the Town Council will be held on
Monday, 11th June 2007 at 7:00pm in the Corn Exchange

Discussion items are detailed below and members of the public are
welcome to attend the meeting.

Prior to the meeting members will be addressed by: Mr John Passmore, Market Town Officer, Herefordshire Council Followed by Mr Gareth Hughes and Mr James Mugenyi who will speak about twinning with Namutumba

AGENDA

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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive and approve any apologies for absence.
 
07/06 64
DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

To receive Councillors' declarations of personal and/or prejudicial interests in respect of items on this agenda* .
 
07/06 65 MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

To receive the Mayor's announcements.
 
07/06 66 TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE FULL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON
THURSDAY 12TH APRIL 2007

To approve and the Mayor to sign the Minutes of meeting held on Thursday, 12 April 2007..
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07/06 67

TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE TOWN COUNCIL
HELD ON MONDAY, 14 MAY 2007.

To approve and the Mayor to sign the Minutes of meeting held on Monday, 14 May 2007.

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ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - THURSDAY, 19 APRIL 2007

To consider the issues raised by residents at the Annual Town Meeting -

The future of jobs in Ross
Flood alleviation
Free parking in Ross on Sundays and Bank Holidays
International Festival.

 
07/06
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To receive the attached report.
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TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ENC 4 COMMITTEE MEETINGS HELD ON TUESDAY, 10 APRIL AND 15 MAY 2007

To receive, consider and take any action on a report from the Chairman of the meetings held on Tuesday, 10 April and 15 May 2007.
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TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE AMENITIES COMMITTEE MEETINGS HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 2 MAY AND WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY 2007.

To receive, consider and take any action on a report from the Chairman of the meetings held on Wednesday, 2 May and Wednesday, 23 May 2007.

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*Members are reminded that they have a duty to declare personal and prejudicial interests

 
07/06
72 TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF A FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE MEETINGS HELD ON TUESDAY, 24 APRIL AND 22 MAY 2007.

To receive, consider and take any action on a report from the Chairman of the meetings held on Wednesday, 24 April and Wednesday 22 May 2007.
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CORRESPONDENCE

(i) Mr Hywel Jenkins, 3, Cherrington Villas, Greytree Road. Ross-on-Wye: What a mess
(ii) Mr Mark Robinson, Assistant Solicitor, Herefordshire Council Ross Flood Alleviation Scheme.
(iii) Mrs Lynda Wilcox, Chair, Local Compact Working Group for Herefordshire. Local Compact consultation.
(iv) Mr Paul Hoey, Head of Policy and Guidance, Standards Board of England. Code of Conduct.
(v) Mrs Sue Williams - Removal of finger sign post.
(vi) Mr Iain G Main, Cheltenham - Local Footpath.

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PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED

The following publications have been and are available in the office:

RSA UPDATE, Special Issue - May 2006.

 
07/06 75
INVOICES TO BE PAID

To approve payment of the attached list of invoices.
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07/06 76
BUDGET REPORT AND ACCOUNTS BALANCES

To receive the budget report and account balances.
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07/06 77

REPORTS FROM OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TOWN COUNCIL ON OUTSIDE BODIES

To receive reports from Councillors appointed to represent the Town Council on the Committees of the following organizations:

(i) Betzdorf Twinning Association; (ii) Board of the Community Association; (iii) Conde Twinning Association; (iv) Chamber of Commerce; (v) HALC Exec Committee; (vi) HALC Southern Area Committee; (vii) Market Towns Forum; (viii) MTF Core Committee; (ix) Police Consultative Group; (x) St Joseph's School Governors; (xi) Parochial Church Council; (xii) Ross Partnership; (xiii) Shop Fronts Grants Panel; (xiv) Educational Grants Committee; (xv) Ross Charity Trustees; (xvi) Flood Alleviation .

 
07/06 78

NOTICES OF MOTION

The following notice has been submitted by Cllr Dr Roberts:

This Council recognizes and commends the close links between Ross on Wye and Namutumba, Uganda which have been fostered through school, church and community group twinning. The Council recognizes the many benefits which have arisen in both towns as a result of these links and would wholeheartedly support efforts to put the Namutumba link on the same basis as the Condé and Betzdorf partnerships.

 

Signed

Town Clerk



It's a bit gory but . . .

Thank you to all of those who wrote with good wishes following last week's rather poorly put together news. The poison got into my blood stream and I felt so ill that night that I just could not carry on but, although still feeling under the weather, I am much better now. Just slight sickness remains - a side-effect of the antibiotics, which will I have to take for another another two days. I heard from lots of people who have had a similar experience.

It's a bit gory but below is a photo I took of my leg the following morning. The thing that seems to like attacking me is a tiny black fly that lives in grass. I have lots of the bites and they are all taking ages to heal but only the one went septic. I got attacked by the flies about a month ago while photographing the Ross / Twickenham rugby and the same thing happened the year before, when I went with Chris and Ingrid Tarrant to the cider orchard. The year before that I was attacked at a farm and was very sick afterwards. I have been advised by the surgery to carry antihistamine with me.

One email came from Anthea Green, who wrote suggesting, 'I'm sure there is a new insect which arrived 3 years ago and seems to bother us in April and May. They have been worse this year and many people in Herefordshire have complained of nasty reactions to the bites. Having looked on the Internet, I think they are Buffalo gnats or some type of insect that, instead of 'stab and suck' like mozzies, they 'slash and lap', and produce many toxins, hence the allergic reactions. Apparently livestock and pets have died in USA from reactions of several bites.'

I don't know. All I know is whatever kind of insect it was made me feel really bad but I am getting better now.

Thanks for the rest of your mail also, Anthea - I'm glad you enjoy reading Wyenot News! On with this week's news prep... (Although I wrote this article in the early stages of this week's prep, I shall put it near the end of the issue in case the picture puts readers off).


Ross-on-Wye 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.

Figures for week commencing Monday, 28th May 2007
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n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 1.4 13.3 5.0 4.9 7.6 12.6 0.9
Rainfall (mm) Trace 1.4 0.8 7.7 0 0 0
Rainfall (inches) Trace .05 .03 .30 0 0 0
Maximum Temperature (°C) 13 16 16 16 22 23 20
Maximum Temperature (°F) 55 61 61 61 72 73 68
Minimum Temperature (°C) 7 3 4 9 9 9 13
Minimum Temperature (°F) 45 37 39 48 48 48 55
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F) 53 52 55 58 58 59 63


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