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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 168 - Wednesday, 10th October 2007
Anniversary of Meals on Wheels
a week the WRVS host a lunch club at the Ryefield Centre,
providing a hot meal for the elderly citizens of Ross-on-Wye.
On Friday, 5th October a special lunch was held in order
to celebrate the 60th anniversary of 'Meals on Wheels',
from which the lunch club originated. Nationally, the WRVS
is responsible for delivering approximately 6 million meals
to more than 31,000 people each year. But the service is
not just about the hot food, it's about the regular human
contact with the most vulnerable older people in the community,
making sure that they are safe and well.
Joyce Thomas, MBE-DL went along to the celebratory lunch
and was invited to cut the special birthday cake. Mrs. Thomas
praised the WRVS for all the work they do and their commitment
to their work, making a real difference to people's lives.
thanking every member of staff for their service, Mrs Thomas
went on to chat with each of the lunchers that were present
at Friday's celebration.
Mrs. Thomas cuts the 60th Anniversary cake with Debbie Griffiths,
Angela Powell, Clare Price, Maureen James, Catherine Townsend, Betty
Mander, Mary Drabble and Margaret Ward. Ref: DSC_1343
Mrs. Thomas thanking everybody for their work with the WRVS. Ref:
to house enquiries follow Doward sexual assault allegation
enquiries are beginning today as police investigate an allegation
of sexual assault, following a report of a child being sexually
assaulted in the Great Doward area of Ross-on-Wye, near
to Symonds Yat.
It is believed this incident occurred during January or
February of this year but has only been brought to police
attention recently. The victimís exact age is not being
revealed, although she is described as an older female child.
offender is thought to have been a male, aged between 16
and 40. House-to-house enquiries are taking place in the
area and police are keen to speak to anyone who may have
information which could assist.
'This incident has only recently come to light and we are
now conducting a full investigation. It is important to
stress that there have been no other similar reports in
this area in the intervening period, but we are keen to
hear from anybody who may have information that could assist
us to trace the offender,' said Detective Sergeant Martyn
Barnes from Hereford CID. 'We are asking people to cast
their minds back to earlier this year and ask themselves
whether they were aware of any people in the local community
that may have given them concerns, perhaps by using inappropriate
behaviour or language towards younger people. It may have
seemed insignificant or not worth reporting at the time
but could well now be important information for our investigation.
We would urge them to come forward but anyone who does not
feel able to contact police directly can call Crimestoppers
anonymously to pass on information. We
are following a number of lines of investigation, including
house-to-house enquiries, and are continuing to offer all
the appropriate support to the victim and her family'.
with information which could assist the investigation is
asked to contact Detective Sergeant Martyn Barnes on 08457
444888 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
Lions Support the Blind in Bangalore
Lions President, Keith Wilding presenting the Braille machine to
Reg Ansell, supported by Alan Napthine.
is regarded as an up and coming world power economically
and could be looked upon as being a rich country. However,
in the South of India there are large areas which are extremely
poor, with its people living in abject poverty. The caste
system is very much alive, and whichever area you live in,
if you are afflicted in any way you put shame on your family
and are kept away from the rest of society. This article
is about a number of blind people who suffer every day because
they cannot get an education therefore, no jobs and they
live a terrible life.
Ansell, a retired headmaster, is part of an organization
called The Bartimaeus Association which is totally voluntary
and depends on raising its own funds. He approached the
Ross Lions Club and asked them if they would help these
blind people by providing a Braille machine. His talk to
the Lions was heartrending. Reg goes to Bangalore, South
India for six months at a time to help teach these blind
people to read and speak English. The Braille machines only
work in English. They are so keen to learn that they pick
up enough English to use the Braille machines within eighteen
months, where it would take us years. You have to remember
they are blind which makes it more difficult.
At a cost of £300, bought through the RNIB saving VAT and
getting a huge discount, the Ross Lions presented Mr Ansell,
who is already in Bangalore with a machine this week. Think
of him as he lives in primitive conditions, eating what
they eat and helping outcasts.
of his friends asked, 'Why do you do it Reg?' His reply
was that he and his colleagues, who come from various countries,
had to do something otherwise these blind people would remain
forgotten people and have no life whatsoever.
present the Ross Lions are contacting Lions Clubs in the
Bangalore District with the intention of asking them if
they would support The Bartimaeus Association by purchasing
more of these Braille machines.
Hotel Could be the Answer to Coach Parking Crisis
The long awaited flood alleviation scheme is now under way
and is greatly welcomed. However, due to the work enforcing
the closure of the coach park in Homs Road, discussions
have been taking place to find a suitable alternative. There
have been several suggestions, but the most practical so
far seems to be the area leading up to the Royal Hotel.
This site, although not without possible problems would
appear to be the most appropriate.
location is within the town and close to all amenities.
Disembarking and boarding coaches here would not cause any
inconvenience to passers by and the scheme could be implemented
without the loss of any existing parking facilities.
Gordon Lucas said at the Town Council Meeting on Monday
that it is imperative that coach parties are made to feel
welcome in the town. Drivers pass information onto other
drivers and if they cannot find a place to park they will
end up going elsewhere. They are a vital source of income
to the town and it's trades people and we cannot afford
to lose them.
French Market came to Ross again on Friday, bringing a wide
variety of stalls selling products ranging from bedding
to garlic, bread and cheeses. The top end of Broad Street
was closed to traffic for the event and plenty of local
people took the opportunity to visit, on what turned out
to be a beautifully sunny day.
the market house, the British contingent were represented
by stalls selling jams, cakes, bread, Welsh cider and pot
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