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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 157 - Wednesday, 25th July 2007
Tina Dancing returns (by popular demand)
not run any photos of Tina dancing over the past two weeks,
'Wyenot News' readers have written in telling me
that they have missed seeing her. The reason I have not
run any has simply been that there has been nothing for
her to dance to of late but we did go to an event for a
short while on Saturday, in between photographing the flood.
photos were taken at the Plough, Overross Street while the
popular rock band, 'Double Barrel' provided the music. Tina
danced with WN groupie, Jeanette and our neighbour,
like Tina dancing - as long as she does it with somebody
else. Dancing is something I have never enjoyed myself.
I much prefer to watch. The psychologist within me makes
me think that this stems back to my primary school days,
when we used to be forced to do 'Country Dancing' with 'girls'
- of all of God's creatures. You know how it is when you're
a nine year old boy, with worms and slugs, a catapult, several
pieces of chewed chewing gum and a bag of congealed pineapple
chunks in your pocket.
few boys who did like it were called sissies. The funny
thing was, the teacher used to think we enjoyed it and I
remember one lesson, being threatened with 'no country dancing!'
if we continued to misbehave. I have never seen so many
paper aeroplanes and other missiles suddenly start flying
around a classroom.
Mock Weddings at St. Weonard's School
pre-school aged children from St. Weonard's Primary School
held a wedding week and local residents displayed their
wedding dresses in the church. On Friday 18th June, the
pre-school children held mock weddings. These involved a
service at St Weonard's church, Officiated by Rev Elaine
Goddard and attended by the school children, parents and
the ceremony everybody went back to the school for wedding
cake and champagne (fizzy pop.)
The bridegrooms; Dylan, Beau, Jamie, Max, Zach, Josh and Jake.
The blushing brides: Anna, Erin, Isobel, Emily and Becky.
Don't they all look simply gorgeous?
Permit scheme relaxed for domestic flood victims
If homeowners in Herefordshire and Worcestershire need to
urgently get rid of flood damaged furniture and carpets
from their homes, they will be allowed to do so at household
waste sites without a commercial vehicle and trailer permit.
April this year, anybody disposing of household waste in
a commercial type vehicle or large trailer has been required
to have a permit to use the sites. The aim of this is to
reduce the use of sites by businesses and commercial operators
who have to make their own arrangements for the disposal
of waste. Normally,
anyone taking waste to the sites in a trailer or commercial
vehicle needs to first obtain a Commercial Vehicle and Trailer
Richard Wood, Herefordshire Council's waste services manager,
said: 'The severe weather means many householders in the
counties have suffered flood damage to their homes and will
need to get rid of ruined furniture and carpets. Residents
may need to use vans or trailers to take their damaged items
to the household waste sites and we have decided to temporarily
relax the permit scheme to help these householders. People
wishing to dispose of normal non flood damaged household
rubbish in a commercial type vehicle or trailer will still
be required to hand over a permit and we would ask that
anyone not needing to use the site urgently waits until
the current situation has eased. They will then need to
apply for a permit in the usual way.'
waste sites are currently open as usual. If residents take
their flood damaged items to the facilities and they do
not have a permit, they will be asked to confirm its origins
and allowed to drop off their damaged property. This service
is for householders only and is open to all residents in
Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Businesses are advised
to contact their insurance companies in the first instance
who may be able to advise on getting rid of damaged property.
Alternatively, local waste companies can be found in the
'Drop In' for Eastern Europeans
are underway for a weekly drop in for Eastern Europeans
who are working and living in the Ross area. Ross Baptist
Church has recently employed a Ukranian Baptist Minister,
who will be working in Herefordshire along with two other
Makyeyev will be visiting some of the farms around Ross
and working with welfare officers. He will be starting a
weekly drop in centre on Wednesday, 1st August from 4.30pm
at the Baptist Church in Broad Street. There will be a coffee
bar, table tennis and pool as well as free internet access,
play station, English classes and films shown in Russian
on a big screen.
Shelley, Team Leader at the church said, 'we are delighted
to have Vladimir join the staff team. He speaks a number
of languages and has made an excellent start on building
relationships in the area. Vladimir's work is part of our
wider vision to reach all parts of our local community in
and around Ross'.
was recently welcomed to the town by Ross Mayor, Councillor
Derek Bedford. For more information on the drop in, please
contact Vladimir at Ross Baptist Church on 01989 566966.
Tim Shelley, Vladmir Makyeyev and Mayor, Councillor Derek Bedford.
Cyclists Urged to use Recycled Cycles
With this year's Tour de France now under way, Herefordshire
Council is encouraging cycling enthusiasts to try cycling
with a bike from Spokes.
based at Ashburton Trading Estate in Ross-on-Wye and 16
- 20 Coningsby Street, Hereford, has a wide range of bicycles
available from racers to BMXs at very low prices to get
customers on the road. They are also always on the look
out for people to donate unwanted bicycles to them.
salvaged their stock from the scrap heap, Spokes gives unwanted
bicycles a new lease of life by fully repairing and refurbishing
Preece, Herefordshire Council's recycling officer, said:
'Reusing bicycles not only saves resources, but also provides
affordable bicycles for people to use for health, leisure
or travel purposes.'
can be contacted on 01989 568138 or 01432 265545. People
interested in finding out more about reuse initiatives should
call 01905 766883 or visit www.wastemissionimpossible.org.
Council supports reuse initiatives as part of its Waste
Cash to help schools to cut down on traffic congestion
Children from the various award winning schools.
grants totalling £107,970 have been awarded to 22 Herefordshire
schools to help them implement plans to cut down traffic
schools have received between £4000 and £7000 each, depending
on whether they are a high school or primary school and
on the numbers of pupils.
money is in the form of a capital grant and is to be spent
on improvements to the school which will promote safer and
more sustainable travel to school. The government has a
target for all schools to develop travel plans by 2010 and
has just announced it will continue its programme of funding
capital grants and local authority based school travel advisers
until that date.
plans are aimed at reducing the use of cars on the school
run and encouraging children and parents to walk, cycle,
catch the bus or car share to get to school. So far over
80% of state schools in Herefordshire have developed these
plans and latest figures show that the initiative is working
as there is an increase in the numbers of children walking
schools awarded the grant are as follows:
Park Primary, St Paul's Primary Hereford, Bodenham St Michael's
Primary, St Joseph's Primary, Ross, Bridstow Primary, Stretton
Sugwas Primary, Goodrich Primary, Sutton Primary, Hampton
Dene Primary, Wellington Primary, Kingsland Primary, Weston
under Penyard Primary, Kington Primary, Lady Hawkins High
School, Lea Primary, Queen Elizabeth High, Bromyard, Leominster
Infants, St David's PRU, Luston Primary, Westfields Special
School, Pembridge Primary and Pencombe Primary.
schools were presented with their awards at a ceremony in
Hereford Town Hall earlier this month where a number of
children gave inspiring presentations on how their travel
plans had led to great improvements in safety, reduced congestion
and increased the number of children walking to school.
EnviroAbility attracts further funding
EnviroAbility have attracted more funding to enhance participation
of the Re-Box Scheme that started on Tuesday, 24th July.
very well done to the team at EnviroAbility for obtaining
this grant as the competition was fierce and only one in
six applicants were successful. Martin Neicho said, 'I am
sure this success was largely due to fact that the local
involvement and support for the scheme is so high.
we have come to expect, where we see the name EnviroAbility,
they have in built some opportunities for other groups within
the community. The
staff from the project have been recruited from students
that are on their summer break from either college or university.
WRAP, Waste Resources Action Programme has enabled us to
recruit 5 people to work on a 5 week campaign that will
help to identify the best ways to increase recycling in
the area. We think that will be best achieved if the workers
are committed to the principles of 'Rethink Rubbish!'.'
explained that the grant was given to EnviroAbility and
Re-Box to visit and talk to Ross people on their door step
about recycling. He went on to say that he hoped the success
of the campaign will result in bringing new opportunities
to the town. The funding and the project will help to increase
recycling levels around Ross even more. Watch out for your
(very wet!) recycling visitor over the summer period from
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, 16th July 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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