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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 181 - Wednesday, 16th January 2008
your say - Ross Town Plan
is currently an exciting project going on in Ross. Residents
are being asked to propose ideas to be included in the town
plan which will help to shape Ross in the coming years.
The consultation period is now drawing to a close, however,
residents are still welcome to come forward with proposals
and a report based on residents ideas will be compiled.
To date the responses have trickled in but the steering
committee are sure there are more great ideas out there.
They would love to hear from all, but particularly the younger
residents as they have been very quiet so far. Only ideas
that are proposed will have a chance of moving forward and
at the moment kids and young adults aren't being represented.
This is everyone's chance to have a say about how Ross should
you have any thoughts? Perhaps you'd like to see better
sports facilities, a change in public transport, pedestrianization
of the high street or something else? If so your voice needs
to be heard. There are a number of ways to make your views
known. You can either write to Jane Roberts, Rowtop, First
Floor, The Corn Exchange, 7 High Street, Ross-on-Wye, or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even discuss your
views on line at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6355952404.
The steering committee look forward to hearing from you,
and remember if you don't speak now, don't moan later.
Avard, who is the youngest member of the Ross Town Plan committee.
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- Calling Chris from Holland
I know that you are a regular 'Wyenot News' reader in Holland
as you introduced yourself last week at Broome Farm, however
I do not have your contact details. Would you please email
reason I am asking it that Sean, another regular reader
in Australia wrote to me this week. . .
Alan and Happy New Year to you.
just read the latest “Wyenot News” and see that Chris from
Holland is mentioned a couple of times. I'm a member of
the Price family (as well as the Prossers) and I met Chris
as a young feller back in the early 90’s and we spend a
summer getting up to no good and having a good time when
he visited from Holland.
over the years we haven’t managed to keep in touch although
when I was back in the UK last year I did get to meet up
with his mum and dad. Anyway, the reason to get in touch
with you was to say if he emails you at all would you mind
passing on my email address as I’d love to make contact
with him. Thanks Alan - Sean'
you contact me, Chris I shall reunite the pair of you via
the wonders of modern technology.
New Year to you also, Sean. Hope all is well with you and
your family down-under!
with Tina at Broome Farm last week. Ref: DSC_3906
Marcle body identified
body of a man which was discovered on Wednesday morning,
in a pond at Much Marcle has now been formally identified
as that of 81-year old Roland Ivor Williams.
Williams had previously been reported missing on Tuesday
by his family and an extensive police search was mounted.
The media are thanked for their assistance during the search
for Mr Williams.
with a Herefordshire trademark
churches will have had Christingle Services in aid of the
Children's Society. A Christingle usually consists of a
candle to represent the light of Christ and an orange to
represent the world. Christingle services are very popular
with children and families.
Kings Caple they introduced a Herefordshire innovation -
instead of an orange the Christingles were made using apples.
The PCC had decided that, living as we do in the middle
of a fruit growing area, it was more appropriate to use
local apples as the basis of the Christingles - and it was
much less messy to make them!
Greenough, Sophie Probert, Jessie Gwilliam and Nonny Probert.
lifeline for struggling village shops
Council is on the hunt for village shops that want to take
advantage of a grant to provide free business advice. The
£15,000 award from the Herefordshire Access to Services
Partnership (HASP) will provide practical support to village
shops, helping them to develop their businesses for the
21st Century and improve their service to the communities
that depend on them.
was established through a contract between Herefordshire
Council and the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West
Midlands. The council is working with the Rural Shops Alliance,
a national trade association representing over 7,000 independent
village shops across England, to help ensure Herefordshire's
village shops get access to the latest thinking on business
improvement and possible funding streams for village enterprises.
council is looking for 15 village shops within the county
borders to each take advantage of in-depth business advice
tailored to their individual needs.
village shop is often the hub of a vibrant village community,'
said Councillor, Roger Phillips, leader of Herefordshire
Council. 'When they prosper they provide an excellent and
valuable service, especially to members of the community
who do not have transport or cannot travel easily, but many
of these small shops face a day-to-day struggle for survival.
This is why the council is working with its partners to
encourage them to get together and learn from and inspire
each other to make the most of every business opportunity.
Thanks to a grant from HASP, and the expertise of the Rural
Shops Alliance, we are in a position to offer this valuable
business advice without charge to 15 village shops.'
Steve Burgess of HASP added, 'We are delighted to be able
to offer a grant, using funds provided by Advantage West
Midlands, to owners of village shops who, despite working
long hours and providing a valuable service, often find
themselves isolated. This money will help 15 village stores
and their communities to grow the businesses and thrive.'
Owners of village shops wishing to learn more about the
grant are asked to contact Anthony Bush, parish and rural
services officer at Herefordshire Council, on 01432 260611
(e-mail; email@example.com), as soon as possible.
is where I went on Wednesday - Don't tell Tina!
funding directory available
"must read" for organizations seeking funding for projects
across Herefordshire has just been published. The 20th edition
of the Herefordshire Funding Directory is hot off the press!
community regeneration team at Herefordshire Council has
produced the directory, which lists the main funding opportunities
that may be available to those living and working in Herefordshire.
are many organizations across Herefordshire which carry
out vital work in our communities. We're delighted to be
able to publish this directory which highlights opportunities
for funding,' said Councillor Adrian Blackshaw, Cabinet
Member for Economic Development and Community Services.
'We all know that money can very often dictate whether a
project goes ahead or not, so we'd encourage them all to
get in touch and get hold of a copy of the directory.'
directory helps locate appropriate funding for particular
projects and, where possible, gives details of local contacts.
As well as information on funding, it also has contacts
for advice and support from local organizations The types
of funds available have been categorized under different
headings for business, community and voluntary organizations
The Herefordshire council project development team is available
to help anyone planning a project and needing help to find
funding, or wanting help to fill in an application form.
The team will try to help people find suitable grants for
their project, and signpost other people who may also be
able to support work.
team received 575 enquiries from organizations which were
looking for funding for projects during 2007. The Funding
Directory is available on the council website under community,
people and living www.herefordshire.gov.uk. Alternatively,
to receive a paper copy of the directory, or if you have
any funding queries, please contact the project development
team by telephone on 01432 261793 or e-mail the team at
Roadshow hits Ross
Midlands Business Council Executive
Director, James Watkins FRSA.
Olympics roadshow will be in Ross on Wye to highlight how
Herefordshire firms can gain work from the London 2012 Games.
Midlands Business Council – in association with the Herefordshire
and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership
Trust will be holding a free workshop with free refreshments
at the Leadership Trust in Ross on Friday, 1 February from
Midlands Business Council Executive Director, James Watkins,
said, 'Herefordshire firms could be in the front line of
getting work from the 2012 Games and our roadshow in Ross-on-Wye
is designed to help local firms to see if they can get work
from the Games and so boost their bottom lines.'
There will be a range of experts at the event who will be
on hand to give practical advice about the business opportunities
for the county’s small and medium sized businesses. However,
places are limited for this free event so local business
people are asked to register their place by contacting Val
Day at the West Midlands Business Council on 0121 245 0142
or on firstname.lastname@example.org”
Council for Ross-on-Wye
meeting to discuss the proposed formation of an independent
Sports Council for Ross-on-Wye is to be held at the Larruperz
Centre on Friday, 1 February at 7.00pm. Representatives
from local sports clubs and organizations are being invited
to attend. However, it is an open meeting at which individuals
with an interest in sporting activities will be most welcome.
John Edwards, Chairman of the Town Council's Finance & Administration
Committee, plans to put forward a draft blueprint for the
establishment of an umbrella organization to co-ordinate
the development of sporting and communal activities in Ross-on-Wye
and surrounding districts. This would then be subject to
comment and discussion before deciding on the next stage.
Edwards emphasized that the proposed Sports Council would
not seek to interfere with existing individual sports clubs,
many of which are highly successful. Instead the Council
would aim to provide any support that might be needed especially
in identifying grant giving bodies to raise funds for expansion
and development. As an independent organization, with an
Executive comprised of local people with financial and management
expertise, it would be in a strong position to tap into
the many sources of grants and funds available.
immediate priority would be to deal with the present run-down
state of the Sports Centre at Wilton. A spokesman for Herefordshire
Council, which owns the Centre and surrounding grounds has
indicated that it would be prepared to hand over responsibility
for running the Centre to a properly constituted Ross-on-Wye
based organization. It is planned to seek both short and
long-term measures to exploit the full potential of this
important centre for local sporting activities.
the same time the new Sports Council would look at other
possibilities for expanding sports facilities elsewhere
in the town including the possibility of a purpose built
sports complex catering for a range of leisure activities
including perhaps a cinema.
Edwards said that Ross-on-Wye had fallen behind neighbouring
towns in the development of sporting facilities because
of a lack of direction and leadership, including the Town
Council. That is about to change. The Sports Council will
give the town the chance to control its own destiny in deciding
what is best for Ross-on-Wye. The provision of more sporting
and communal activities will not only benefit younger people,
with energy to burn, but also improve the whole status of
Ross-on-Wye as a place to live, visit and invest.
Ross 2nds - 11, Ledbury 2nds - 5
hard fought table top clash took place on Saturday between
Ross 2nds and Ledbury 2nds. The match was played at John
Kyrle High School as the usual pitch was flooded, so neither
team was on home ground. The game resulted in Ross 2nds
winning the match 11 points to 5. Well done guys.
of the match can be seen in this week's edition of WNTV
boys in action on Saturday. Ref: DSC_4513
sporting a colourful cheekbone. Ref: DSC_4521
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, 7th January 2008
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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