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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 168 - Wednesday, 10th October 2007
Band Raise Money for Flood Relief Fund
Forest of Dean band Banshee have raised a £100 for Gloucestershire
Flood Relief Fund by collecting money at local gigs.
bands fiddle player Daisy Smith said, 'We have had excellent
support from our audiences and this money has been raised
at a private party in Newnham, a Barn dance at Ross-on-Wye,
a Ceilidh at Ledbury and a wedding at Blakeney. We are really
pleased to be able to support the fund'.
are members of Gloucestershire's Folk Music Organization
GLOSFOLK and their secretary Peter Cripps said, 'We have
asked folk musicians from across the county to help support
this fund and Banshee's contribution will add to the money
already collected by other Glosfolk members'.
can be seen at Dean Heritage Centre's Appleday on Sunday
21st October and at the Tall Ships Festival in Gloucester
Docks on Sunday 28th October. Membership of Glosfolk is
free so people interested in Folk Music can find out more
on the Glosfolk Website www.glosfolk.org.uk.
Banshee performing at the Prince of Wales in June of this year.
is hereby given that a meeting of the
AMENITIES COMMITTEE will be
Wednesday, 17th October 2007 at 7.00pm in the Corn Exchange
items are detailed below and
members of the public are welcome to attend
receive and accept any apologies for absence
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
To receive any members' declarations of interests on agenda
OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
To receive and sign the minutes of the meeting held on
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
(Circulated with Full Council papers)
ARISING FROM THOSE MINUTES NOT FORMING
AN AGENDA ITEM
FOR FUTURE AGENDA
To consider a budget for the financial year ending
31 March 2009
of Ross Newspaper: John Webb Francis or John Augustine Joseph
you date this photo for Rob?
Counsell recently wrote to 'Wyenot News' asking,
'I have been researching a family ancestor named John Webb
Francis Counsell who lived and worked in Ross in the 1800s.
I have found that he was a clock and watch maker up to around
1850, and then he owned and printed a newspaper called 'The
Man Of Ross'.
Rob believes that the photograph, left, is from his era
either his three times great grandfather, John Webb Francis
Counsell, 1816-1896 or his son John Augustine Joseph Counsell
both lived and worked in the High Street Ross-on-Wye, where
they owned and printed a newspaper called 'The Man Of Ross',
which was founded in 1855 and ran until they died in the
the reverse of the photo card it says, 'Messrs Bustin Art
Photographers. Ross-On-Wye. Established 1858'.
wondered if a reader might be able to work out a rough date
for the photograph. If so, please contact 'Wyenot News'
and I will put you in touch with Rob.
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chairman to lead tourism in Herefordshire
Hands, the new Chairman of Visit Herefordshire.
Hands, a former Wales Tourist Board director, has been appointed
as the new Chairman of Visit Herefordshire, the tourism
organization for the county, tasked with making Herefordshire
a better place to work, live and visit.
Hands lives in Herefordshire but has a wide range of experience
in the tourism industry both in Herefordshire and over the
border in Wales. His 21 years of experience in the tourism
industry ranges from hotel and self catering ownership;
developing a tourist association in the South Wales valleys
and being appointed as a Director to the Wales Tourist Board
by the First Minister of Wales.
am looking forward to taking on this exciting challenge
and to establishing Visit Herefordshire as the voice for
the tourism industry in Herefordshire both in a local, regional
and national context. My experience within the tourism industry
in Herefordshire and latterly in Wales will enable me to
share some of that knowledge with the tourism operators
in Herefordshire. During the next three years there are
many exciting opportunities and challenges for the tourism
industry in the county including The Ryder Cup in Newport,
which businesses in Herefordshire should be capitalizing
on. 'Visitors do not understand boundaries and it's essential
that we work cross border not only with our neighbouring
counties in England but also in Wales'.
Herefordshire is a private/public partnership with more
than 350 members in its first year of operation. The partnership
was formed in April 2006 following a comprehensive consultation
period with the tourism operators in the county.
Lewis, the council's cultural services manager, said, 'The
position of chairman is key to the continuing success of
the partnership. The partnership has already developed many
exciting projects and is working on a plan for the next
three years to ensure that Herefordshire is high on the
agenda for visitors to the West Midlands'.
ShopMobility Help Council to Develop Rights of Way Improvement
Ross ShopMobility were pleased to be able to help Herefordshire
Council with their Rights of Way Improvement Plan Project,
to open a new 'buggy' trail around Ross.
Public Rights of Way Warden, Tim Thompson borrowed one of
ShopMobility's scooters to test the proposed trail which
is planned to be officially opened next year. The route,
which is based on one suggested by the Ross Ramblers Association
and Alison Fletcher, of Leisure Link at the Ryefield Centre,
is to make use of existing pavements as well as the old
railway track that passes Merrivale and ends at Gloucester
of the intended starting and finishing points are to be
at Red Meadow Car Park, where ShopMobility is situated.
will provide users of the trail with easy access to the
scooters and also public toilet facilities. The new route
will be fully signposted and provide access for all ramblers,
including those with mobility problems, who will be able
to use scooters or wheelchairs.
Neicho, Manager of the local charity EnviroAbility, who
manage Ross ShopMobility said, 'It was great to be involved
, even in a small way, with the creation of such an amenity,
as well as being able to provide the means for people with
limited mobility to enjoy it. I look forward to the trail
opening next year.'
Boat Stolen from Phocle Green
A speed boat has been stolen from a field in the Phocle
Green area of Ross-on-Wye. The 20ft long white Regal boat,
complete with outboard motor and a green cover, was removed
from the field on its trailer. The thest occurred sometime
between Thursday, 27th and Sunday, 30th September. The boat
would have been distinctive as it was driven away on the
Anyone with information about the boat’s current whereabouts
is asked to contact the Hereford Public Service Desk on
08457 444888, quoting ref: 246-s-300907.
Gloucester Division 1 - Ross 16, Bream 10
Stung by last week's defeat at Southmead, Ross returned
to winning ways on Saturday, delivering a passionate and
committed brand of rugby that was too much for a valiant
Bream side as Ross ran out 16-10 winners.
the kick off, it was quickly apparent that Ross were determined
to make amends for a below par performance the previous
week. Under pressure, the Bream scrum half managed to clear
the Ross kick off but still found themselves deep in their
twenty two. From the ensuing line out, Tony Clements found
his jumper and the Ross pack were in the ascendancy. For
the initial few minutes the Bream defence held firm. However
Ross controlled the ball and after some effective driving
from first Chris Conlon and then Tim Hanks, Gavin Oates
crashed over for the opening score of the game.
their tails up, Ross continued to dominate possession and
territory. Both their lineout and scrummage were working
well and Bream had to work hard in defence to deny further
scores. However, with half time looming, Ross added to their
try count. Again Tony Clements found his jumper. Ross set
up a driving maul and when No 8, Chris Conlon broke clear
from the base, he found himself clear of the Bream defence.
He surged into the Bream twenty two and drew the fullback,
before delivering a try scoring pass to Simon Gwynne. Ross
went into the break 10-3 to the good.
started the second half as they finished the first. Chris
Gage continued to peg Bream back in their own half and as
the Ross pack pressured, Bream infringed. Chris Gage converted
two penalties early in the second half as Ross moved 16-3
clear as the game entered the final quarter.
however could not capitalize on their advantage and after
they were penalized, Bream worked the penalty to within
10 yards of the Ross line. Bream secured the lineout, set
up a driving maul and their No 8 crashed over to score.
The try was converted, so with 10 minutes remaining, the
score was 16-10 to Ross.
only one score in the game, Bream were looking to snatch
an unlikely victory. However, the Ross pack reasserted itself
and the remainder of the game was played in the Bream twenty
two. Tim Hanks was unlucky not to get on the score sheet
when in the process of scoring, the Bream tackler dislodged
the ball. However that did not affect the result and Ross
in the end were comfortable winners 16-10.
Digital Men of the match were Chris Conlon and Wayne Bishop.
Saturday, Ross play away to Cheltenham Civil Service. Kick
off is at 3pm.
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, 1st October 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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