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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 177 - Wednesday, 12th December 2007
makes a pre-Christmas visit to Ross
the disgusting windy, wet weather on Saturday morning, Santa
flew into Ross to meet children who visited the Macmillan
shop in the Gloucester Road Victorian Market. I went along
with my camera and caught him talking to Bethany Sherwood.
If you missed Santa at the market on Saturday, you will
have another chance to meet him because he will be calling
at the Macmillan shop again this coming Saturday. Let's
hope the weather is kinder to him!
well as his visit to the Macmillan shop, Santa went to the
Maltings on Saturday to raise some money so that he can
give every child in town a present at the Christmas Carnival.
There, he and his helper can be seen (bottom photo) with
Matthew and Eleanor. Due to the nasty weather, there were
not too many people around to make contributions, but Santa
has another helper who has agreed to accept donations on
his behalf. If you would like to help Ross Christmas Carnival
to continue to be able to give the children of Ross a present
each year, please contact Mrs. Badger of 11 Goodrich Court,
Gloucester Road, Ross-on-Wye.
Christmas Carnival will be taking place on Saturday, 22nd
December and Father Christmas will be making his way to
the market house by torchlight parade. Ask mum and dad to
take you to the Market House just as it gets dark on that
day and you will be able to meet him in person, and he will
give you a small pre-Christmas present. He will also have
a special secret guest with him.
Good Year for Cards for Good Causes
you haven't yet managed to get to Ross Heritage Centre to
buy some of the Cards for Good Causes this year, I'm afraid
you've missed the boat. The shop closed on Sunday, until
next year. Cards for Good Causes opens a shop every year
to sell beautiful Christmas cards in support of a wide variety
is rather good to know that eighty per cent of the money
raised through the card sales goes directly to the charities
concerned. On Saturday, we went along to the Heritage Centre
to see how well this year's sales had gone. Judging by the
near emptiness of most of the boxes, it appears that many
of the charities have done very well. I interviewed Cards
for Good Causes volunteer, Eleanor for this week's WNTV
of Cards for Good Causes with Tina. Ref: DSC_3234
Ross committee for Macmillan Cancer Support held a quiz
night on Wednesday, 21st November at The Royal Hotel. Soosie
Pinnell, with the help of her magic Christmas wand, asked
the questions and the evening had a very seasonal theme.
Royal Hotel was a very generous host and the committee would
like to thank them, other local businesses and the teams
who took part, for their great contribution to the fund
raising. During the evening, three more of Brian Wozencroft's
paintings were sold and the entire event raised £467 towards
the new Renton unit.
you so much for taking the time to keep the Wyenot News
going. My mother and I enjoy hearing and seeing news about
Ross-on-Wye and the surrounding communities.
older sister lived near Ross for many years, but sadly,
passed away last year. Your news and now your video remains
a bridge between mother and her memories of life in England.
Over the past 35 years, I, or members of my family, have
been fortunate enough to escort mother on her fairly frequent
younger sister and I even attended Walford School for a
short time during the summer of 1952 while visiting our
grandparents on Howle Hill. Now, mother is getting too old
to travel easily, which makes your video casts all the more
important to us.
you, Robert It's nice to hear that our news and video
is appreciated in your part of the United States and that
it is keeping your mother in touch with events here in Ross.
have been to Walford School several times for 'Wyenot News',
as you are probably aware and next time I go, I shall point
out your letter to the staff.
you for taking the time to write and I hope you enjoy this
week's flood edition of WNTV.
at Ross Heritage Centre
Heritage Centre will be holding an Activity for Children
of all ages on Saturday December 22. This will take place
between 1pm and 4.30pm. Participants will be able to make
a 'Christmas Rubbish Catcher' to collect all of those bits
of rubbish that accumulates over the Christmas Festivities.
usual this activity is free and anyone can drop in. However,
children must be accompanied throughout their visit.
Christmas will be arriving at the Ross Market House on his
float at 5pm and participants in the activity will have
plenty of time to make their catcher and see him arrive
afterwards. He stays in the Market House for approximately
thirty minutes and will be on hand to talk to children and
ask them what they would like for Christmas.
year opening for Christmas and New Year will be as follows:
Christmas Eve - 10.30am to 1pm. Christmas Day and Boxing
Day - Closed. Open as usual - 10.30am to 4pm - every day
through to the New Year, including Sunday, New Years Eve
and New Years Day.
staff at the Heritage Centre would like to wish everyone
the compliments of the season, and look forward to seeing
you in 2008, with the usual variety of exhibitions and events
being planned for the coming year.
more details on any activities at Ross Market House Heritage
Centre telephone (01432) 260675 between the opening hours
10.30am and 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday. The centre is closed
for lunch between 1pm and 1.30pm daily, if there are no
relief staff members available.
arriving at Ross Market last Christmas. Ref: DSC_1372
for Flats at Kings Head Refused
permission to convert and extend a disused garage building
at the rear of the Kings Head Hotel, High Street, Ross-on-Wye,
into nine flats has been refused by members of the southern
area planning subcommittee at their meeting on Wednesday,
5th December. Reasons
for refusal were concerns with regard to traffic and access,
concern over the design of the development and over development.
application had been deferred at a meeting of the same committee
on Wednesday, 7th November so a site inspection could be
held. The scheme was for a one bedroom flat on the ground
floor, with four one bedroom flats on the first and second
floors. Six parking spaces would have been formed in the
garage and three additional spaces within the Kings Head
Water recommended conditions regarding foul and surface
Council's transport manager recommended refusal because
insufficient details of the parking layout and cycle parking
Town Council objected, saying the scheme was over development
of the site and expressing concerns about congestion.
letters were received from members of the public, one objecting
and the other expressing concern.
were that the scheme was too high density and it was felt
that the accommodation should be of a higher standard.
is The Word
by Tom Richardson
Goodrich Village Hall was transformed into a High School
Prom on Saturday, 8th December, with everyone dancing the
night away to the most superb live performance of hits from
Grease, and many other rock and roll classics.
stunning vocal performance was given by Charlotte Hill,
from the well known group 'Back to Broadway', that led to
a standing ovation for her rendition of 'There are worse
things I could do'. Brian Fisher provided the most superb
male lead vocals and the combined performance was truly
musical accompaniment from Twisted Blues surely establishes
them as one of the top bands in the region with a sound
of the highest quality and outstanding performances from
Simon Tolley (saxophone and synthesizer), Andy Herbert (bass),
Ray Whittaker (keyboards), Tom Richardson (guitar) and Jamie
Farr (drums). Ross Dance Club gave expert tuition in rock
and roll steps to start the evening off and this provided
the crowd with the motivation to keep on dancing throughout
the whole evening. Ian Godsave made sure that the lighting
was just right at all times, and the bar was expertly run
by Lucie and Katie George.
master of ceremonies, and co-organizer of the event was
Matthew Constance, who was assisted by Claire Herbert and
Sally Richardson as 'pink lady' stewards. The combined efforts
of the team and musicians led to encore after encore, especially
for well known hits such as 'Greased Lightning' and 'You're
the one that I want', and the evening reluctantly ended
with everyone wanting yet more.
event is, once again, another triumph for Goodrich Music
and follows on from the highly successful 'Wok'n'Roll' and
'Blues Brothers' shows. In addition, Goodrich Music also
successfully staged Paul Jones and Dave Kelly in 2005 and
the internationally renowned Georgie Fame and Sons in 2006.
Look out for further high quality events organized by Goodrich
Music in 2008. Meanwhile, Twisted Blues are the featured
band at the Old
Court Hotel in Whitchurch for their New Year's Eve celebrations
and, after this performance in Goodrich, are definitely
not to be missed.
TO EAT OUT THIS CHRISTMAS: CHRISTMAS MENUS
Are you looking for somewhere to enjoy a Christmas Meal
with your family or for somewhere to hold your annual company
the coming weeks, Wyenot News will be making menus from
local restaurants available to view on-line or print.
the links below to view menus available so far in a separate
window (close window when finished). Links are placed in
order of when received. This article will be repeated with
a different 'Winter' photo weekly until Christmas:
Lion Christmas Menu] ***
Barn Christmas Menu] ***
Lodge Symonds Yat East]
Royal Hotel, Ross-on-Wye] *** [Nature's
Choice] *** [The
Hope & Anchor]
Prince of Wales]
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but . . . )
Flowers in the snow - Gloucester Road. Ref: DSC_3922
Operation Nucleus Successful
week, Police mounted a large scale operation to disrupt
the supply of drugs into Herefordshire from across the Gloucestershire
from Hereford CID and West Mercia Roads Policing Teams joined
forces with colleagues from Gloucestershire Constabulary
and British Transport Police to mount stop searches on vehicles
travelling on the main border routes between the two counties.
Operation Nucleus, as the initiative was called, began its
run on Monday, 3rd December, with in excess of 40 officers
Friday, the operation saw officers boarding buses and trains
to mount further high profile patrols and to continue to
disrupt the drugs supply chain. Intelligence gathered by
police suggests that, while only a small fraction of the
population on Herefordshire are drug dependent, controlled
drugs are available in the communities in which they live.
Analysis over recent years has shown that the availability
of such drugs is a precursor to the commission of acquisitive
intelligence suggests that controlled drugs are being trafficked
across into the county from Gloucestershire, using both
private vehicles and public transport,' said Detective Inspector
Andy Hughes from Hereford CID. 'The intention of the operation
was to disrupt the flow of controlled drugs into Herefordshire
from Gloucestershire and to send a clear message to those
who seek to traffic drugs in this way that their behaviour
will not be tolerated.
is a detailed breakdown of the arrests made during Operation
Monday,3rd December: a 45-year-old Hereford man was
arrested as he got off a bus from Gloucester on suspicion
of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply. He
was released on bail until January 16, 2008.
On Wednesday, 5th December: a 31-year-old man from
Ledbury was arrested after his vehicle was stopped on Ledbury
bypass. He was charged with possession of cannabis and possession
of an offensive weapon and is due to appear before Hereford
Magistrates; Court on December 19.
A 28 year old man from Hereford was also arrested on suspicion
of possession of crack cocaine after a vehicle was stopped
on the A438 at Tarrington. A subsequent search of a house
in Hereford found 50 cannabis plants and cultivation equipment.
The man was bailed until February 1, 2008. While conducting
the search of the premises, a 50 year-old Leominster man
was arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin and cannabis.
He was also bailed until February 1, 2008.
A car was identified by ANPR (automatic number plate recognition)
technology as being stolen and was subsequently stopped
by police on the A417 close to the M50. A 33-year-old Worcester
man was arrested on suspicion of stealing a motor vehicle
and subsequently handed over to another police force.
An informal warning was also given to another man arrested
at the roadside for possession of a small amount of cannabis.
Thursday, 6th December: a car was followed by a police
vehicle and stopped on the A44 at Bromyard and the 45 year
old driver from Bromyard was arrested for possession of
heroin with intent to supply and driving without insurance.
Also arrested on suspicion of intent to supply heroin were
three other occupants of the car, a 33 year old from Kington,
a 28 year old from Eardisland and a 25 year old from Leominster.
All four men from the car have been released on bail until
February 7, 2008.
Friday, 7th December: a 17 year old from Church Stretton,
Shropshire, was arrested by officers from British Transport
Police at Hereford Railway Station on suspicion of possession
of cannabis and possession of an as yet unknown controlled
drug, plus a public order offence. He was bailed until February
Also on Friday, a car was stopped by West Mercia officers
on the A417 at Staunton, Gloucestershire and a 33 year old
Cradley man arrested on suspicion of possession cannabis.
He was charged to appear before Hereford Magistrates’ Court
on December 19. A second occupant of the car, a 31 year
old Ledbury man, received a caution for possession of non-prescribed
Another a car was stopped on the A417 at Newent, where two
people arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A
drug with intent to supply. A 26 year old man and a 30 year
old woman, both from Hereford, were released on bail until
February 13, 2008.
addition to these arrests, on the afternoon of Wednesday,
5th December, three people were arrested by Gloucestershire
Constabulary on suspicion of possessing class A drugs. A
23 year old Lydney man, a 22 year old Lydney man and a 29
year old Coleford man were arrested after being stopped
on the A40 and the A48 at Churcham. Two are now on police
bail until January 14 and the other is on bail until December
variety of drugs, amounts of cash and a stolen vehicle were
seized during the course of the operation.
Nucleus was a large scale initiative, involving more than
40 officers and using resources such as roads policing teams
and dog handlers from the West Mercia, Gloucestershire and
British Transport Police forces, alongside CID colleagues.
As well as identifying those who bring Class A drugs into
Herefordshire, Operation Nucleus also dealt with offences
of possession of controlled drugs as well as driving and
motoring offences relating to the road worthiness of vehicles.
The final stage of the operation saw officers boarding buses
and trains in high profile patrols to provide both reassurance
to passengers and as a final disruptive tactic to those
continuing to attempt to traffic drugs.'
Nappies gives out 250th cheque
Nappies, in partnership with Worcestershire and Herefordshire
Councils, gave out its 250th cheque for £30 to Ross-on-Wye
mum, Jayne Frankland. This new Real Nappy Incentive Scheme
gives families the chance to either receive £30 cash back
when they buy at least £50 worth of real nappies, or families
can claim a free pack of 'pre fold' nappies, worth approximately
£15 from Green Nappies.
scheme has run for 8 months and has been a great success
with families living in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Jayne, said, "The £30 cashback really gives people an incentive
to give real nappies a try, they are easy to use and there
is no need for boiling or soaking. This is my 5th child
and I used the nappies on my previous child. I am still
very happy to use them." Jayne also said "When I found out
it may take sup to 500 years for a disposable nappy to decompose
I was shocked, this also encouraged me to use real nappies."
was anticipated that up the end of the first year 250 £30
cashbacks would be given out, but this has actually been
achieved in less than 8 months! Jayne Orme, Waste Challenge
Manager, from Worcestershire County Council, said, "Nappies
have moved on leaps and bounds since the days of terry squares
and pins. Today, with the help of automatic washing machines,
they are quick, convenient and straightforward to use. No
pins, no complicated folding, and no hassle." She added,
"I'm really pleased that the scheme has kicked off so well!"
throws away nearly 8 million nappies a day. That's about
3 billion nappies, or about half a million tonnes of nappies
a year (source WRAP). Council taxpayers and local authorities
foot the bill for this. A parent could use as many as 3,800
disposable nappies on their baby (source WRAP) or they could
use just a fraction of this number with modern cotton nappies.
Nappies is a project run by the multi-Award winning charity
and not-for-profit company, EnviroAbility. Martin Neicho,
Manager of EnviroAbility said "Most parents don't realise
just how much waste is created by using disposable nappies
on their babies but it all mounts up. Parents need to know
that real nappies provide a real alternative," Green Nappies,
the Ross-on-Wye based project, is part of the real nappy
campaign and administers the nappy incentive scheme that
is funded by Worcestershire County Council, and Herefordshire
a list of stockists of real nappies visit: www.wastemissionimpossible.org.uk
or telephone: 01905 766883 For more information on the free
packs from Green Nappies and for general guidance 5 days
a week, contact Green Nappies: Tel: 01989760919 and ask
for Martin or Robyn Or download an application form from
Fletcher Administration Assistant gives Jayne Frankland
mum of baby Scarlett Frankland her cashback cheque for £30.
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, 3rd December 2007
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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