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News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 180 - Wednesday, 9th January 2008
for missing Much Marcle man
are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of an
81-year old man from Much Marcle who has been missing since
yesterday (Tuesday, 8th January ).
Roland Ivor Williams left his home in Glebe Orchard at around
11.20am to go for his daily walk to Hellens Manor House,
but failed to return. His family reported him missing in
the afternoon and police began a search of the local area
yesterday evening. The search is continuing today, with
the use of the police helicopter and police dog handlers.
Williams is described as white, around 5ft 6ins tall and
of stocky build. He has short grey hair and was wearing
a flat cap, a green cord jacket, brown cord trousers, brown
boots and a walking stick. He has a support bandage on his
left wrist. Police are keen to hear of any sightings of
Mr Williams, who is described as being in poor health. It
is not believed he has any of his medication with him.
with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact
West Mercia Police on 08457 444888 quoting incident number
388-s of 8th January.
press: Body discovered at Much Marcle
can confirm that the body of a man has been discovered in
a pond at Much Marcle. The discovery was made at around
10.30am this morning by officers involved in the search
for missing 81-year-old local man, Roland Ivor Williams.
The body was subsequently recovered from a pond in the grounds
of a house by fire brigade officers.
Williams’ family has been notified of the discovery, although
at this stage it cannot be confirmed that the body is that
of the missing 81-year-old until formal identification has
taken place. Officers will continue to conduct enquiries
at the scene and prepare a report on the death for the Herefordshire
last week's issue of Wyenot News we announced the death
of former Mayor of Ross, Mike Jennings.
Jennings had been ill for some time and retired from Ross
Town Council early last year on health grounds.
appears that Mr. Jennings was a private person, but as a
councillor he endeavoured to have play facilities provided
for the children of Ross-on-Wye to enjoy.
Jennings was also a keen member of the Betzdorf Twinning
Association, visiting Germany often and playing host to
German guests. It has been said that he contributed much
to the growth of the association
Jennings funeral will take place at St. Mary's Church, Ross
at 12 noon on Thursday, 10th January. Ross-on-Wye Mayor,
the Reverend Derek Bedford will officiate at the service
and Councillor Phil Cutter will talk of Mr. Jenning's work
as a town councillor.
thoughts are with his family at this time.
deterrent to beat the burglars!
residents in the Tudorville area of Ross-on-Wye are among
the first to benefit from a hi-tech system to beat the burglars.
They are being issued with special SmartWater kits - a liquid
forensic coding system which, when applied to an item of
value, provides both a deterrent to criminals and a valuable
aid to police officers.
to its unique numbering system, property marked with SmartWater
has its own 'forensic fingerprint', which is even more individual
and robust than DNA and can be analysed and identified down
to a billionth part. SmartWater can be simply dabbed into
the nooks and crannies of valuable items, marking the object
with its unique forensic code. Warning labels are then displayed
in the resident's windows and doors to let the criminals
know their houses are protected.
Herefordshire Community Policing Board and Herefordshire
Housing have provided funding to enable SmartWater kits
to be distributed residents in Churchill Place, Tudor Rise
and Woodedge in Ross-on-Wye. It follows a number of the
houses in the area being targeted by burglars in recent
months - now the residents have an additional layer of security.
. . .
Brown, Chief Executive of Herefordshire Housing with Mr. and Mrs.
Fricker being presented with their SmartWater kit by Cheif Superintendent,
Mark Turner. Ref: DSC_3921
is the power of SmartWater's technology, a criminal would
have to remove every speck of the solution from a stolen
item before they would be safe from prosecution - a virtually
risk of being caught and convicted if found with 'SmartWatered'
property, often long after the incident, is in itself a
very powerful deterrent. Many commercial premises are also
now employing SmartWater as part of their security measures,
with special systems to spray intruders with the colourless
solution should a break-in occur. Allied to this, Herefordshire
Division's brand new custody suite at Leominster Police
Station is fitted with SmartWater detection equipment and
everyone entering is automatically scanned for traces. Should
a positive 'hit' be made, the place where the SmartWater
originated from can quickly be traced - leaving criminals
having to answer some tough questions.
Division's Commander, Chief Superintendent Mark Turner and
Herefordshire Housing Chief Executive Peter Brown joined
members of the Local Policing Team in distributing SmartWater
kits to residents today, meeting them face to face to explain
the benefits. 'We are delighted to be able to join forces
with Herefordshire Housing to offer the residents in the
Woodedge area with SmartWater kits today,' said Chief Supt.
Turner. 'We know that SmartWater is an extremely effective
deterrent to crime. While the overall levels of burglaries
do remain low in Herefordshire, our aim has always been
to reduce the numbers even further as any burglary is one
too many. The
increasing use of SmartWater is a key component in this
countywide campaign and I would urge all householders to
get their property securely marked.'
A total of 250 kits were distributed as part of the campaign
in the Tudorville area, both to private houses and tenants
in Herefordshire Housing accommodation. Police and Herefordshire
Housing's Antisocial behaviour Officers and Housing Officers
went door-to-door to offer advice on application techniques
as well as providing demonstrations of how the system works.
Herefordshire Housing Chief Executive Peter Brown said,
'We are keen to work with the Police to reduce crime and
make homes safer for residents. Last year a number of our
tenants' properties in Churchill Place, Ross, were burgled
within the space of a week. We wanted to take preventative
action and have been working closely with the Police to
help provide our tenants with the peace of mind that comes
with the knowledge that their properties are protected.
SmartWater kits provides an extra security measure for the
home, and in view of the experiences at Churchill Place,
we have today issued 99 kits to our tenants in the surrounding
Further details of how to obtain SmartWater property marking
kits are available from Local Policing Teams across Herefordshire.
To find details of the Local Policing Team which covers
your area, visit the Local Policing site at www.westmercia.police.uk.
Simply input your postcode and full details, including contact
telephone numbers and email addresses for your local officers
will be displayed. SmartWater is supported across the whole
West Mercia area and is being rolled across all divisions
in the Force.
Reynolds shows Mr. Fricker how the SmartWater system works. Ref:
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- with a little help from his friends at the Prince
spent most of the evening enjoying the wassail at Broome
Farm, we were quite late arriving at the Prince
of Wales on Saturday to watch brilliant local
guitarist, Andy Margrett entertain. My camera was also cold
after the wassail - hence the steamy top photograph.
Andy had been suffering with the locally spreading lurgy
on the evening, so it was a good job his friends were around
to help. The evening turned into a kind of 'live karaoke'
as Paul Randell, Jay and Tina helped him out with the vocals.
performance for us proved to be a great end to what had
been a fantastic Saturday evening and parts of both Jay's
performance of 'Comfortably Numb' and Tina's performance
of 'Summer of '69' can be seen in this week's WNTV
coming Saturday the entertainment at the Prince of Wales
will be provided by 'Silva'.
is a brilliant guitarist and great entertainer. Ref: DSC_4491
invites Tina to sing 'Summer of '69.' Ref: DSC_4499
Tree Inn to become residential development?
by Mark Haslam of CAMRA
planning application has been submitted to Herefordshire
Council to convert the Vine Tree Inn on Walford Road into
a private dwelling. If this is approved it will result in
the permanent closure of the pub.
residents are being offered support by pub-campaigners CAMRA
(Campaign for Real Ale), who are urgently investigating
the circumstances, and have already stated that they have
very grave misgivings about this proposal.
Haslam of Herefordshire CAMRA states: 'It is clear that
the Vine Tree plays an important role in the local community.
The nearby Noah’s Ark doesn’t have the facilities nor the
same atmosphere as the Vine Tree for many local people -
it doesn’t do real ale or cider for a start. The next nearest
viable pub for a lot of local people in Tudorville would
be the Prince of Wales - almost a mile distant from the
Vine Tree has traded successfully under numerous landlords
and landladies for around 170 years. It was previously run
successfully by the Atherton family for 16 years, before
they retired. It is the view of CAMRA that the pub should
not be redeveloped due to one unsuccessful landlord and
landlady. It deserves another chance to serve its community.
CAMRA further believes that it is the potential that is
important here – what the pub can do, as much as
what it is doing currently. We are aware of the problematic
business situation the current owners are in, and it is
obvious that the Vine Tree is crying out for some TLC and
a little investment. Unfortunately, the current owners appear
are not be in a position to do this, so we suggest that
it should be sold to others who can.
pub has only been on the market since August, 2007 and only
with a small Derbyshire-based selling agent. More effort
needs to be made to sell it as a pub before it becomes just
another residential development opportunity.
has no wish to make the current owners operate a business
they have no wish to, but equally we have no wish to see
a good pub lost – one that serves a growing community –
for the sake of proper marketing.'
If you want to save the Vine Tree Inn as a pub, then you
now need to express your views to the planning office in
Hereford. Either write to: Planning Services, Herefordshire
Council, PO Box 230, HEREFORD HR1 2ZB or alternatively e-mail
your views to: email@example.com no later than
the 18th January, 2008. Please quote planning reference
number DCSE2007/3862 in any correspondence. The decision
is likely to be made by the end of January.
Vine Tree Inn in the summer of 2005. Ref: DSC_3461
bar at the Vine Tree Inn in 2005. Ref: DSC_3457
Life Church Provides Lunch for the Elderly.
of the elderly citizens of Ross have been treated to quite
a few meals over the Christmas period, courtesy of Ross
Rotary Club, the WRVS, and Ross Lions Club. The aim of these
meals at this time of year is to give the people a chance
to socialize with others, whilst enjoying a really good,
hot dinner. The New Life Church in Ross hold a similar dinner
each year, but decided that this time they would hold it
after the season's celebrations had died down.
people turned up to enjoy the lunch, including Mrs. Mabel
Blackwell who is 103 years old. Able Mabel, as she is affectionately
known, will be 104 next month and leads a very full life.
Tina asked what Mabel thought her secret of longevity is.
'Moderation in everything,' came the reply. After a brief
chat with Mabel, 5 year old Ruth and one of the church's
leaders, John Gasston, we were invited to stay and enjoy
some lunch too. Thank you all for that. It was very good
of you and we enjoyed it. Mabel can be seen in this week's
Monk, Annette Gargon, Monica Badham, Mark Bradford, Sue Gasston,
Dawn Bradford, Pam McKie, John Gasston, Al Wilson and Tony Archer
cooked up a lovely lunch on Sunday. Ref: DSC_3911
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