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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 170 - Wednesday, 24th October 2007
to Boost Employment in Ross-on-Wye
Herefordshire Council is planning to boost employment and
encourage inward investment in the south of the county by
developing Model Farm in Ross on Wye for commercial use.
ten hectare site on the A40 just outside Ross on Wye is
agricultural land owned by the council and has been identified
as employment land in the county's unitary development plan.
Following a number of consultations with members of the
public at the local library and briefings at a community
forum, an application for outline planning permission has
been submitted this month.
is too early to say what type of businesses may be interested
in moving to the site, although the council is particularly
keen to encourage investment in the knowledge based high
technology sector. The outline plan divides the site into
zones with identified uses that could include office space,
research and development, general industry, storage or distribution
Adrian Blackshaw, Cabinet Member for Economic Development
and Community Services, said, 'We want to maximize Ross-on-Wye's
excellent transport links and encourage inward investment.
It's a great place in which to live and work, with relatively
low house prices and good amenities in the town and surrounding
here is good, but traditional agricultural industries are
changing, and we want to encourage new modern hi-tech businesses
to the area. This development gives us the opportunity to
increase entrepreneurship and help regenerate the town and
Harry Bramer, Cabinet Member for Resources and Councillor
for Penyard Ward, said, 'I believe that the key to the regeneration
of Ross-on-Wye is through providing well paid employment
in the area. As owners of Model Farm, Herefordshire Council
can manage and control developments there and promote and
encourage high paying employers into Herefordshire. This
is a unique opportunity for the town of Ross and will play
its part in the revitalization that the town so desperately
outline plans will be considered early in the new year.
If approved, further consultations will take place with
the local community prior to more detailed plans being developed.
birthday wishes go to Paul Meredith who celebrated his birthday
on Tuesday, 16th October. As Tuesday is not generally a
good day for celebrating too heavily, Paul decided to have
a drink with a few friends at the White Lion on Friday evening
to Paul, his partner, Sue had arranged a few surprise guests,
a delicious curry courtesy of the White Lion kitchen and
some great music performed by 'Little Sister,' a husband
and wife duo who perform all your favourite covers.
Paul had not been feeling well throughout the week, but
soon cheered up on Friday and had a really good time, as
we all did.
singer, Chrissy, Paul, Sue and guitarist, John on Friday. Ref: DSC_1785
and John in action. Little Sister provide some great entertainment.
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60th Birthday Greg!
special birthday greetings go to Greg Stephens, who celebrated
being 60 years of age with a party at the White Lion on
Saturday. Greg's family, mainly his sister Judy and brother
Nick, chose a dinosaur theme for the party. You can see
a couple of them in the following photographs.
posing happily with his siblings and his mother, Verna,
Greg was serenaded with a resounding chorus of 'Happy Birthday'
then was presented with a walking stick complete with warning
bell by Nick.
thoroughly enjoyed his birthday party and is now looking
forward to taking advantage of the bus pass he qualifies
for, making not only Herefordshire, but most of England
from April 2008, his oyster.
you for inviting us to your party, Greg. We had a lovely
to right are Greg's mother, Verna, Greg, Gregosaurus the dinosaur
and Greg's wife, Pat. Ref: DSC_1901
nice family photo of Verna, Greg. Judy and Nick. Ref: DSC_1897
appreciating his walking stick, medallion and birthday cake. Ref:
great night at the Barrel Inn with the Zebras
rock band, The Zebras rocked the Barrel
Inn in Ross on Saturday night, generating the
first 'Tina Dancing' photos in weeks. As usual, the band
performed brilliantly. The large audience, especially considering
that it was the night of the rugby world cup final, included
many who had not seen the Zebras before. One group of lads
insisted on buying the band members drinks between virtually
every song of the final set, which loosened the vocal chords
well and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the evening. There
were plenty of shouts for 'more' at the end.
coming weekend, I am not quite sure which public venues
we will be heading for at the time of writing. With it being
Hallowe'en next Wednesday, I expect there will be a lot
going on everywhere about town on Saturday, so we will try
to cover as much as possible
before heading to a private party to which we have been
invited. Get your ghoulish gear on and you may well end
up on Wyenot News next week.
Farmer in court for breaking foot and mouth restrictions
Herefordshire farmer is to appear at Hereford Magistrates
Court on Friday, 26th October, charged with moving cattle
and sheep when there was a total ban on livestock movements
due to foot and mouth restrictions.
Bevan of Coldbrook Farm, St Weonards, is charged with moving
the livestock on Friday, 14th September.
girls, I was not ignoring you . . . As always, it was a pleasure
do you think you're going? You haven't taken a photograph
of the Wyenot Groupies yet!'
was just leaving the White Lion on Saturday evening to head
for the Barrel to watch the Zebras when Donna, Sue and Sarah
called me back. They had been at the White Lion to watch
England lose to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final.
(The important thing is that we beat the French last week!)
girls, I was not deliberately trying to sneak out without
taking a photo. It is always a pleasure, photographing three
of my favouritest weekly news followers. Sometimes, when
I am busy, thinking about the next thing on the agenda,
I am in a world of my own and can look straight at even
my bestest friends but not actually see them. I hope the
picture below makes up for my doziness.
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