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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 176 - Wednesday, 5th December 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE
Page 1 [WNTV NEWS presented by Tina - Christmas Light Switch-on - Last Apple Pressing - What's Happening in Ross]
Page 2 [Bridstow Christmas Fair - Visit Santa - A Tribute to Peter McCutcheon - Letters - Christmas Menus]
Page 3 [Local Heroes - SOFA at the Prince - Medieval in Peterstow - Art and History for Ross Community Hospital]

Page 4

[Filming Bats - John Kyrle Autumn Concert - Pussy needs a home - River Tales - Public Notices]
Page 5 [Long Service Awards - Tree of Remembrance - Advent Market - Psychic - Smoke free - Shopmobility - Weather]
Page 6 [News from around Herefordshire County]
Nature Watch - Filming Bats in King Arthur's Cave

With the aim of getting more footage for my forthcoming wildlife film my daughter, Sarah and I visited King Arthur's cave after dark on Wednesday to film bats.

On most previous visits to King Arthur's Cave, both Tina and I have experienced strange phenomena. This visit proved to be no different. Sarah and I did manage to film a bat, but in the total darkness, King Arthur's Cave can be a very spooky place to visit.

Our infra red camera not only captured a bat but also some strange ghostly lights, more reminiscent of the type of thing picked up by the 'Most Haunted' team's infra red cameras. If you watch this week's WNTV programme you will see what we mean. Spooky! But actually we think the light anomalies were possibly just insects, which is something the 'Most Haunted' team would never admit to..

Sarah was extremely brave while we were there. After our long walk down through the dark woods to the cave, I realized that I had left my glasses back in the car, making me as blind as the creature we had gone there to film. Not wanting to have to hump all of the heavy kit back up to the car and back, Sarah stayed in the cave alone, while I took the walk alone back through the same dark woods to the car to fetch them. I didn't tell Sarah at the time but I was nervous, imagining all kinds of Awks, Ents or Goblins that could easily have eaten either one of us!


Sarah with my TV camera in the unbelievably total darkness of King Arthur's Cave at night. Ref: DSC_2744

A bat clings to the top of one of the caverns. Ref: DSC_4262

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The White Lion Inn, Wilton.
Morris Bricknell, Chartered Surveyors, Stroud House, 30, Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. HR9 5LE.

STROUD HOUSE . 30 GLOUCESTER ROAD
ROSS-ON-WYE . HEREFORDSHIRE HR9 5LE

Tel: 01989 768320

John Kyrle Autumn Concert
by Sue Kirby

John Kyrle High School has a wonderful music department and the orchestra and choir seems to grow at every concert. A great deal of work by students and teachers had been put in to achieve a very professional concert, part of which can be watched in this week's WNTV News.

The compere for last Tuesday's event was Ewan Macintosh, a Canadian teacher who is on a year’s exchange programme. Ewan was certainly a very good stand-in for Ben Abbott, with the same ability to ad lib, and to have the audience in stitches between items while the students moved music stands or retuned for the next item on the programme.


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The programme started with the Training Orchestra playing Final Countdown, This was followed by the ‘Saxophone Quintet’ comprising of Oliver Bell, Emma Reith, Nicola Burton, Rebecca Howson and Edmund Evans who played ‘Cakewalk’ from the Children’s Corner Suite, after this came a lovely flute solo by Emma Hembry playing Handel’s ‘Allegro’ from Sonata No 3. This was followed by the Junior Choir accompanied by Edmund Evans they sang ‘Heavenly Aeroplane’ and this was followed with an absolutely beautiful performance of ‘From a Distance’. Considering this choir had only been rehearsing for 4 weeks they did very well. They show great promise and will be the ‘Joseph’ choir in the school’s forth coming production. This was followed by the Training Orchestra with a very good rendition of ‘Santa’s Classical Christmas - a medley of all sorts of seasonal music complete with some of the orchestra dressed for the occasion. After this was an exceptional Piano Solo by Katy Rogers-Davies playing ‘Allegro Con Spirito’. The final item in the first half was the Training Orchestra conducted by Henry Thorne, directed by Chris Kear playing ‘The Adams Family’. This was very good indeed. Some of the children in this orchestra are only in year 7, and this was their very first public orchestra performance. Well done to students and teachers for the standard they achieved.


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The second half started with the Senior Concert Band who played ‘The Blues Brothers’ and ‘As Time Goes By’. This was followed by a piano duet by Hannah Knight and Heather Watts, ‘Ballet Music’ from Rosamunde with was superbly played, followed by a delightful performance of the Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon Choir accompanied by Katy Rogers-Davies who played ‘Dance of the Reed Pipes & Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’. A brilliant Lower Sixth Ensemble with ‘Hallelujah’ followed - superb. Then came a Trumpet Solo by Oliver Bell accompanied by Helen Setchfield playing ‘First Movement’ from Trumpet Concerto. Oliver is a very talented musician and had just heard that he had been accepted for a 2nd year in the National Children’s Orchestra. Well done Oliver. Then came the Senior Choir first singing a ‘Medley from West Side Story’ followed by an absolutely stunning performance of ‘You Raise Me Up’. They did, raising the roof with this fantastic singing. The Senior Concert Band closed the concert with 2 numbers the first ‘Roller Coaster’ and then ‘Mission Impossible’. Brilliant! The current Senior Concert Band certainly show the younger members what they have to strive for and are so professional that some of the teachers are also members.

John Kyrle High School certainly has a music department to be proud of. Congratulations to Deb Blake and Hilary Petrie for such dedication to achieve this. The concert was enjoyed by all who went, and many parents attending their first concert were astounded at the standard of the performances.

I look forward to the School’s next productions of the Messiah on 17th December, and to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which runs from 28th February to 1st March.


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Pussy still needs to find home

Found in Bridstow, this cat was very much in need of food and cuddles.

He / she has distinctive markings on face.

If you believe he / she belongs to you, please contact Rich or Amy on 01989 770860.



River Tales on DVD

Magda Praill and Tim and Katya Coupland of Field of Vision, a company specializing in interactive heritage interpretation got together in 2002 to develop an ambitious intergenerational project to help reconnect a whole county to their rivers though the sharing of firsthand experiences. The plan was to hold 50 River Tales reminiscence workshops, interview thirty plus people on camera and involve schools in River Tales. The idea was that a DVD would be produced to be given out at the end of the project by Age Concern to groups, coffee mornings and care-homes, libraries, museums and heritage centres to spark more memories and to get people talking. The DVD was to be developed as an resource for the schools of Herefordshire fulfilling national curriculum requirements and developing an appreciation of aspects of their own local rivers and hopefully looking at older people in a new light.

Two years ago the generous support of the Heritage Lottery fund and European funded LEADER+ made the idea a reality and through sharing their memories nearly 600 people began to paint a picture of four of the rivers of their county through their lifetime. Thirty six interviewees were filmed for the River Tales DVD and wonderful archive film and pictures of wildlife were to add to the tales.

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The 36 interviewees: Anthea Brian, Pete Blench, Tony Norman, Alan Stoyel, Dr Paul Olver, Jerry Whitehouse, Peter Judge, Leslie Evans, John Price, Leonard Chase, Peter Faulkner, Peter Heaton, Ann Dolan, Peter Daines, Olwen Helme, Arthur Davis, Tony Gardiner, Howard Copping, Frank Smith, Mike Prosser, Gladys Saer, Keith Pratley, Malcolm Startin, Lawrence Banks, Betty Macklin, George Woodward, Sheila Davis, Richard Hall, Eric Badham, Alec Haines, Graham Hughes, George Smith, Danny Baines, Colin Eckley, Philip Price and Janet Preedy.

The oldest participant paddled in the Wye in the first decade of the last century and some stories span generations reaching back into the 1800s with a geologist's perspective rolling back millions of years though not through first hand experience in that instance!

The tales - some shocking and dramatic, some genuinely funny ones - are made up of clips taken from interviews with people who live in the county including many well-known local faces. The speakers bring with them a huge depth of knowledge but delivered with a fierce passion and dry sense of humour which makes for a hugely entertaining hour and a quarter.

'The film I really wanted to make was at least 36 hours long,' said the producer. 'Each interview was under an hour and I only just scraped the surface. That said, when it came to editing I found the clips from the interviews wove themselves together into satisfyingly complete conversations about the rivers, which are much more than a series of beautiful views of Herefordshire.

At the launch of 'River Tales' at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford one of the interviewees, Tony Norman commented. 'The stories just seemed to flow together naturally'. Two others had tears in their eyes as they said how marvellous they thought was and that they did not want to stop watching.

'I couldn't have wished for a better response.' said director, Katya Coupland. 'I think this is a fantastic resource which will prove to be of great value to students in Herefordshire. It will be useful to support many areas of the curriculum, not least in exploring environmental issues and citizenship. I think a particular strength is in one generation educating another in local issues and preserving a traditional heritage.'

A copy of the DVD will be going to the Ross Heritage Centre and Ross Rowing Club. Borderlines film festival may be showing it and Flicks in the sticks will be showing a tale before main feature films. The DVD isn't for sale but will be given to all the schools, libraries, and heritage centres in Herefordshire as well as a selection of other venues throughout the county, with individual interviews being lodged at the Hereford Record Office.

River Tales was directed by Katya Coupland and produced by Field of Vision multimedia, telephone: 01568 760 545, email: katya@fieldofvision.co.uk . For details of how groups in Herefordshire can obtain a free copy of the River Tales DVD please contact Nicola Hampton at Age Concern Herefordshire & Worcestershire: telephone: 01905 726652, nhampton@achw.org.uk.



ROSS-ON-WYE TOWN COUNCIL

NOTICE is hereby given that a meeting of the FULL COUNCIL will be held on MONDAY, 10 DECEMBER at 7.00pm in the Council Chamber, The Corn Exchange, High Street, Ross-on-Wye.

Items to be discussed are detailed below and members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting.
Prior to the meeting there will be a 15 minute session when members of the public will be able to ask questions of councillors

AGENDA

07/12
141
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive and approve any apologies for absence.
 
07/12 142

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

To receive Councillors' declarations of personal and/or prejudicial interests in respect of items on this agenda*

*Members are reminded that they have a duty to declare personal and prejudicial interests

 
07/12 143 MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

To receive the Mayor's announcements.
 
07/12 144

TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE FULL COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2007 .

To agree the Minutes of the meeting held on Monday, 12 November and the Mayor to sign the Minutes as a true record of the meeting

ENC 1
07/12 145

TOWN CLERK'S REPORT

To receive the attached report on the current state of play on issues raised at previous meetings of Committee and Full Council .

ENC 2
07/12
146

TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2007.

To receive, consider and take any action on a report from the Chairman of the meeting held on Tuesday, 13 November 2007.

ENC 3
07/12
147

TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF THE AMENITIES COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2007

To receive, consider and take any action on a report from the Chairman of the meeting held on Wednesday, 20 November 2007.

ENC 4
07/12 148

TO RECEIVE THE MINUTES OF A FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE MEETING

There will not be a meeting of the Finance & Administration Committee until the next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, 22 January 2008

 
07/12 149

CORRESPONDENCE

(i) Mrs C Keetch, CAB Service in Ross-on-Wye
(ii) Project Officer, Herefordshire Community Safety & Drugs Partnership - Forum.
(iii)Public Transport Manager, Herefordshire Council - Bus Services
(iv)Ms D Stringer, CCTV Revenue Funding 2008/09

 

ENC 5
ENC 6
ENC 7
ENC 8

07/12
150

PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED

The following publications have been received and are available in the office

· Herefordshire Council's monthly information
· SLCC Magazine
· Herefordshire Council's gritting programme
. Herefordshire Partnership - Quarterly Newsletter and Annual Report
. Clerks and Councils Direct
. NALC - Local Council Review

 
07/12
151

INVOICES TO BE PAID

To approve payment of the attached list of invoices

ENC 9

07/12
152

BALANCE SHEET, BUDGET REPORT AND ACCOUNTS BALANCES

To receive the balance sheet, budget report and account balances

ENC 10
07/12 153

REPORTS FROM OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
TOWN COUNCIL ON OUTSIDE BODIES

To receive reports from Councillors appointed to represent the Town Council on the Committees of the following organisations:

(i)Betzdorf Twinning Association;
(ii) Board of the Community Association;
(iii) Conde Twinning Association;
(iv) Chamber of Commerce;
(v) HALC Exec Committee;
(vi) HALC Southern Area Committee;
(vii) Market Towns Forum;
(viii) MTF Core Committee;
(ix) Police Consultative Group;
(x) St Joseph's School Governors;
(xi) Parochial Church Council;
(xii) Ross Partnership;
(xiii) Shop Fronts Grants Panel;
(xiv) Educational Grants Committee;
(xv) Ross Charity Trustees;

 
07/12 154

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

During the public session of the November meeting, the issue of affordable housing was raised and it was agreed that it would form an agenda item for discussion by councillors at this month's meeting.

 
07/12 155

APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTY TOWN CLERK

To confirm the appointment of a Deputy Town Clerk

 

Signed

Town Clerk



ROSS-ON-WYE TOWN COUNCIL

NOTICE is hereby given that a meeting of the PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE will be held on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 at 7.00pm in the Corn Exchange

AGENDA

1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To receive any declaration of Councillors' interests
3

MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

To sign the minutes of the previous meeting held on Tuesday, 13 November 2007.

4 APPLICATIONS TO BE CONSIDERED

DCSE2007/3618/C
Palma Court, 27 Brookend Street
Alterations and refurbishment and demolition of the separate detached rear commercial premises.
DCSE2007/3609/C
23 Gloucester Road.
Demolition of 4m length section of rear boundary wall to allow parking space for one car off road
DCSE2007/3608/F
16 The Gresleys.
External and internal alterations. New pitched roof to replace existing flat roofed areas.
DCSE2007/3573/F
Linfield House, Gloucester Road
Demolition of utility room and erection of new larger utility room and porch at main entrance
DCSE20073548/C
DCSE2007/3531/F
13 Market Place.
Demolition of 13 Market Place to allow for rebuilding of shop with flats above.

5 NOTIFICATION OF TREE WORKS
DCSE2007/3546/K 100 Chase Road
Fell one plum tree
DCSE2007/3533/K Trenchard House, Edde Cross Street
Fell 1 eucalyptus tree
DCSE2007/3606/K Brombourne, Chase Road
Tree work in Conservation Area

6 PLANNING PERMISSIONS AND REFUSALS

PLANNING CONSENT

 
DCSE2007/2790/F Newton Villa, Ashfield Crescent
Removal of Condition 4 of Planning Application to allow continued letting of building that was developed for ancillary accommodation.
DCSE2007/3083/F Vine Cottage, Church Street
Proposed carport
DCSE2007/2677/F 11 Croft Lane
Change of use to financial and professional services
DCSE20073131/F Hilston, Walford Road
Demolish existing conservatory proposed ground floor extension replacement conservatory and proposed first floor extension.
PLANNING REFUSAL  
DCSE2007/2952/F Ashdean, Kent Avenue
Conversion of existing garage to veterinary practice.

WITHDRAWN APPLICATION
DCSE2007/2523/F 13/14 Market Place
DCSE2007/2847/O Land adjoining 6 Old Gloucester Road

7 TO DEAL WITH LATE APPLICATIONS ARRIVING POST AGENDA

8 PARISH PLANS

9 SHOP FRONTS
Enclosed response

10 CORRESPONDENCE
DCSE2007/0299/O Land at Old Gloucester Road
Outline planning for the erection of 8 flats in two storey buildings with ancillary works
APPEAL AGAINST REFUSAL OF PLANNING PERMISSION IS DISMISSED



Signed

Town Clerk



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