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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 153 - Wednesday, 27th June 2007
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Page 1 [The Brookend Street Cleanup - Wyenot News and the current nation-wide flood situation]
Page 2 [Brookend Street and how the media coverage escalated]
Page 3 [The White Lion Real Ale and Cider Festival is a roaring success - WNTV Coverage of the Festival]

Page 4

[White Lion Festival - The Performers]
Page 5 [The current water level situation - History Project - Bands in the Park but no audience]
Page 6 [Amazing prizes at Bridstow Fair - Joe and Sherell - What's happening in Ross - Prince - Marstow - Crime]
Page 7 [Garden on a Tray Competition - Goodrich Summer Folly - Business of the week - Weather Station]
Amazing Prizes at this weekend's Bridstow Fair

The PTFA at Bridstow Primary School will be holding their Annual Summer Fair this coming Saturday, beginning at midday. This year the theme takes the form of a 'Strawberry Fair', with locally grown strawberries on sale, courtesy of Mr & Mrs Wheeler.

The event will be opened by Paul Ellery, 'Drivetime' presenter from Wyevern FM, who will be bringing one of the radio station's publicity vehicles with him. It will be an action- packed fun day with stalls and displays from Herefordshire Army Cadets, Ross Sea Cadets, Herefordshire Bat and Badger Groups and the Furze Pig Hedgehog rescue centre. There will also be stalls by the Wye Valley Beekeepers Association, Forever Living aloe vera stockists and Sonaroma Health, where visitors will be able to have a free health analysis.

As well as the usual bouncy castles, skittles, tombola and other side-shows, the fair will also feature Paul Bradley, an artist from Cheshire, who will be working with the children from the school to create an original work of art to hang in the new Library. There will also be a Treasure Map Game, to win a guided tour for up to ten people, of the rural regeneration of the Harewood End estate, generously donated by the Duchy of Cornwall.

Visitors will be able to try and identify the twelve wild birds on the Wild Bird Trail and try and win the bird feeder starter kit, donated by Ross Feeds. Winners of the welly wanging and skittles competition will each receive prizes purchased using some of the 500 of vouchers donated by Murphy Pipelines.

The winning male and female from each competition will win a DAB digital radio. The winner of the child's competition will win a tennis racket and tennis balls. Refreshments will be on sale and, in addition to the strawberries, there will be a BBQ, teas and coffees and a beer tent, featuring cider and perry from Broome Farm.

Entrance will be by programme, which cost 1, and includes entry into a Lucky Programme Number competition to win a trolley BBQ, kindly donated to the school by Mrs. Archer.

Continued . . .

Showing the amazing prizes on offer this weekend are head teacher, Paul Sockett and teachers, Katherine Holley and Ruth Cousins with Jordon, Bridie, Kate, David, Becky, Robert, Christopher, Sofia, Bo, Henry, Charlotte, Luke, Toby, Libby and Ryan. Ref: DSC_7984

The PTFA has been fund-raising for two academic years to buy books, shelves and equipment for the newly-completed Library within the school. The draw of the school's annual raffle will take place at the Strawberry Fair. The raffle has been generously supported this year by businesses both local and not so local.

Amazing Raffle prizes:

  • 1st A 3 night multi-activity holiday for one child donated by PGL .
  • 2nd Champagne hot-air balloon flight for one person donated by Wye Valley Aviation.
  • 3rd Choice of dining vouchers for Wilton Court, Royal Hotel and Bengal Lounge.
  • 4th 100 Tesco Vouchers donated by Murphy Pipelines.
  • 5th 50 Tesco Vouchers donated by Murphy Pipelines.
  • 6th 2 admission tickets to the West Midlands Safari Park.
  • 7th Teatime Hamper donated by Pengethley Farm Shop.
  • 8th Organic vegbox donated by Flights Orchard Organics.
  • 9th Fruit Basket donated by Spa Stores, High St, Ross-on-Wye.
  • 10th Hand-embroidered picture donated by Mrs. Williams.
  • 11th 30 voucher donated by The Red Lion, Peterstow.
  • 12th Bottle of wine donated by The White Lion at Wilton.
  • 13th 10 shopping voucher donated by Ross Labels.
  • 14th Box of chocolate-scented candles donated by Sirius, Broad St.

Ross-on-Wye PTFA members will be in Ross Town Centre during the week beginning 25 June to sell raffle tickets, which are selling out so fast that another 1000 books have had to be ordered! and the draw for the raffle will take place at the close of the fair on 30 June.

Congratulations to Joe and Sherell!

Congratulations to Joseph Wood and Sherell Williams on the birth of their 6lb 1oz baby girl, Chanelle Jasmine PK Wood on Sunday, 17th June 2007!

Joe is my nephew, who lives in Gloucester, so I guess that makes me a great uncle for the second time. More importantly, my father a great grandfather for the second time!

Best wishes to both and good luck with the sleepless nights!

What's happening in Ross this week?

There is an open acoustic music session at The White Lion this evening, beginning at approximately 8:30 PM These sessions are led by John Edwards of the Supreme, Awesome Dudes. John is hoping that most of the band will be attending this 'jam' and we welcome anybody who would like to come along and join in or just sit and listen.

The Phoenix Theatre began their run of the famous comedy by Frank Marcus on Friday 22nd June. The play, 'The Killing of Sister George' runs until Saturday 30th June, so you still have a chance to see it. Performances begin at 7:30 PM Tickets cost 6 and can be obtained by telephoning the Phoenix Theatre on 01989 564570 (10:30 - 12:30) or Ross Heritage Centre on 01432 260675 (10:30 - 16:30)

The Bare Bones Theatre are putting on 'Faith Healer' by Brian Friel at the Upton Bishop Millennium Hall on Friday and Saturday evenings. Performances begin at 7:30 PM

There is lots of fun to be had on Saturday from 12:00 noon at Bridstow School Strawberry Fair. As well as many stalls and games, there are some fantastic raffle prizes to be won, including a PGL holiday and a champagne balloon flight, amongst many others. We will be going definitely. Hope to see you there.

On Saturday evening 'Banshee' will be performing at the Prince of Wales. Banshee are a great ceilidh band and will begin playing at 9 PM

Saturday evening at The Plough, Overross also promises to be a great evening with entertainer, 'Just Colin' performing. This event will start around 8:30 PM

For those of you who enjoy lovely gardens, Drybrook School is holding its seventh annual 'Open Gardens' weekend from Saturday to Sunday between the hours of 11 am until 5 PM, both days. Why not go along and raise money for Drybrook School at the same time?.

On Sunday afternoon the A.W. Parker (Drybrook) Band will be performing on the bandstand in the Caroline Symonds Gardens by the river side. The performance will run from 2 PM until 4 PM It would be nice to see some of you there.

Internationally renowned blues artist Kent Duchaine will be performing at Broome Farm on Wednesday, 4th July and will be supported by an excellent local band featuring Toby Lovell, St. John Millinczuk and Adam Daffurn. Tickets cost £5 and can be reserved by telephoning 01989 567232 or emailing This event begins at 6 PM and will run until 11 PM A licensed bar and great food will be available. Further details of this event will appear in next week's issue of Wyenot News.

Kent Duchaine, who will be appearing at Broome Farm on Wednesday, 4th July.

The Zebras at the Prince of Wales

The Zebras had a busy weekend, playing a last minute booking at the Prince of Wales on Saturday - the evening before their performance at the White Lion Beer Festival.

I have to confess here to using a photo taken at a previous event below. Having also had a very busy weekend, and knowing there was more photography the following day, I was sick of the sight of cameras and wanted to relax. Tina and I left the festival in the capable hands of 'Little Sister' and we slipped off with Glynis and Jerry to the Prince of Wales for a beer. I deliberately left the cameras behind.

'Twas a great evening! Tina, Glynis and Jerry danced and I relaxed for a couple of hours with a beer, managing to only dance one song. What Tina does not know is that, when we got home, while she was sleeping it off in the chair, I cooked and ate a beef and chicken Madras, whilst editing some video at the same time. Who was it said that man cannot multitask? Well, it had been a very long day and I had survived the rest of it on one burger (a very nice one, courtesy of Jacqui at the White Lion).

This coming Saturday at the Prince you can see Banshee, who are a Ceilidh band. There is a film of Banshee somewhere in the back issues of Wyenot News, (around May 2006) taken at Broome Farm last year. We are looking forward to seeing them again.

For those who would like the curry recipe: Take one tin of Asda Chicken Madras out of the cupboard. Think, 'That's not going to be anywhere near enough to cure this level of hunger,' then accidentally mix it with a can of Asda Beef Madras from the same place and heat them both up in the same pan. Tastes good! Honest!

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A successful Music in Marstow

Over three hundred people partied in style at 'Music in Marstow' on Saturday 23rd June 2007. Gazebos and party tents were home to groups of families and friends who brought everything from rugs and garden chairs to full dining suites complete with floral centrepieces and silver candlesticks, from sausage rolls and chicken legs to whole salmon and champagne.

Picnics were eaten whilst the fantastic band 'Intrigue' performed music covering everything from Tamla Mowtown to the Scissor Sisters. Their rendition of Queens Bohemian Rhapsody was exceptional and their glamorous and slick performance was enjoyed by all.

After a short break the field filled up with partygoers dancing until the stage lights shone out in the darkness, ably led by a troop of under 10's well practised in all the latest moves.

Visitors from New Zealand and Hertfordshire joined locals in celebrating wedding anniversaries and birthdays and all expressed a desire to return next year.

Profits will be divided between St Michael's Hospice and Marstow Parish Church and the committee would like to thank everyone who attended and all the sponsors who helped to make the evening such a resounding success.

Organizers of Music in Marstow. Back left to front right: Evan Watson, Richard Webb, John Rolfe, Cathy Tindell,
Anne-Marie and David Woodnam, Alice Shepherd, Rose Buchanan, Sian Watson, Sue Rolfe and Jonathan Russell.
Ref: DSC_8043

The band, 'Intrigue are: John Peters on bass, Peter Smith, drums, Ray Ennis, guitar, Jules McNichholas, keyboard,
Carran Robling and Becky Hinds vocals. Ref: DSC_1150

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Walford scout hut windows broken

Spiteful vandals have broken no less than five windows at the scout hut recently. The first window was broken during the night of Thursday 14th June and the other four were smashed overnight on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June. No attempts were made to enter the building, it appears but approximately £100 worth of damage has been caused.

Police are keen to receive any information you may have about suspicious activity going on in the area during that time. If you can help then please contact the Hereford Public Service Desk on 08457 444888, quoting ref: 288-s-170607.

Car stolen from Overross Street

Sometime during the night of Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June a blue Peugeot 206 was stolen from a driveway in Overross Street, Ross-on-Wye. The vehicle, which has not yet been recovered has a distinctive green 'Hospital League of Friends' sticker on the front and its registration number is KU55 HNX

Anybody who believes they have seen the vehicle since the theft or has any information that may help, please contact the Hereford Public Service Desk on 08457 444888, quoting ref: 112-s-150607.

Motorcycles at risk

A Two motorcycles have been stolen from the Tudorville area of Ross-on-Wye during the last two months. The most recent incident is the theft of a grey Honda from the front garden of an address in Woodedge, which took place overnight on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th June. The motorcycle's registration number is N837 MDD.

The police would like to hear from anybody who lives on the estate who may have seen suspicious activity around motorcycles recently. They are also keen to advise the owners of such machines that it is advisable to park them out of view and where they cannot easily be wheeled away.

Please contact PC Andrea Morris at Ross-on-Wye Police Station on 08457 444888, quoting ref: 122-s-120607 if you can help.


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