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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 189 - Wednesday, 12th March 2008
News - Wild Art Trail - Celebrating 20 Years - Wilton Road works
- JD to be Mayor - Potters Bar Party]
Bank Robber on CCTV - Kempley Daffodil Weekend - Fantastic Fundraiser
Gig - Messiah helps Macmillan - Letters - Public Notice - Brookend
Street - Ross in Bloom]
opens Pots and Pieces - School Reunion - Easter Events - Shopmobility
home delivery - Cubs - Sport - Wx]
dies in car at Yazor and the rest of the news from around Herefordshire]
images of an attempted bank robbery in Ledbury
realize that this article should be placed on the 'News
from around Herefordshire' page but I have put it up front
because, although I don't know who he is, I feel this man
is very familiar looking. This is possibly because I see
thousands of local people in my news reporting role - most
of whom I have a hard job placing if met the next day out
of context. He is probably just one of those people with
many look-alikes but you never know . . . maybe one
of the Ross 'Wyenot News' readers might recognize
images of the attempted robbery. Were you the female customer in
have released images of a man involved with an attempted
robbery of a bank in Ledbury on Tuesday, 4th March. The
images, taken from CCTV cameras were captured following
the attempted robbery at the HSBC bank in Ledbury High Street.
around 3.10pm a man walked into the branch and demanded
money from the cashier. He was carrying what appeared to
be a handgun, although this was not discharged and no-one
was hurt. No money was handed over and the man left after
a short time empty-handed.
images were captured as the man left the bank and police
are appealing for anyone who saw the offender leaving the
area, or has information about his identity to come forward.
Inspector Rich Rees, who is leading the investigation, said,
'We know that the town centre was relatively busy at the
time of the attempted robbery and that the offender must
have passed by people as he left the area. He would have
made quite a distinctive sight as he made his way through
the town and we would like to speak to anyone who saw this
man that day or recognizes him from the images and description.'
man is described white, aged in his mid to late 20s and
of slim build. He was average height and had distinctive
dark blonde or brown hair which may have been a wig as well
as a black goatee-type beard which also may have been false
or drawn on. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark coloured
sports type jacket and Nike trainers.
is known to have walked down Church Lane on his way to the
bank and used the same route as he left the area. It is
not known where he was headed after he reached the top of
Church Lane however.
in South Worcestershire are investigating a similar robbery
at a branch of Barclay's Bank in Worcester on Wednesday,
5th March. In that instance a similarly described man produced
a small handgun at the Malvern Road branch in St John's
and demanded money, leaving after a few minutes with a quantity
of cash. A female cashier was treated at hospital for shock
but there were no serious injuries.
there are similarities in the two incidents and we are working
closely with our colleagues on South Worcestershire Division
on a number of lines of enquiry. However, we still retain
an open mind as to whether the two offences are linked,'
added Det Insp Rees.
with information about the man should contact Hereford CID
on 08457 444888 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
you the customer in the bank at the time of an attempted
investigating the robbery are trying to trace a female customer
who was in the branch at the time. Detective Inspector Rich
Rees, who is leading the investigation, said, 'We have so
far been unable to trace this customer but it is clear she
was in the bank for at least part of the time that the offender
was there. The woman may not have even been aware that the
robbery attempt was happening at the time, but we are keen
to talk to her as she may have additional information which
could help identify the offender.'
you know this man?
weekend is Daffodil Weekend in Kempley
The village of Kempley and its surrounding countryside is
beautiful to visit at this time of year, and particularly
this weekend, when the wild daffodils - which are much prettier
than the cultivated variety - will be at their best.
guided walks will be taking place to show how local people
and countryside Agencies are protecting these important
British habitats, the woodland, road verges and meadow including
30 minute, easy, family Forestry Commission Trail. There
will be 'Daff'n'Ride' disabled access bus tours of the area,
an exhibition in St. Edward's Church and the English Heritage
12 century Church of St Mary's - and all with a nice cup
of tea, home-made cake and plant and produce stall.
also get to see this kind of spectacle on the walk . . .
the fibreglass ewe.
Bligh and the fibreglass ewe.
Fundraising Event a Huge Success
A fantastic fund-raising event took place at the Prince
of Wales on Saturday evening to raise money for
M.E. The event was organized by Alan Meek whose daughter
suffered from M.E from the age of twelve. She is now 16.
For years the GMC refused to recognize M.E as a bone fide
illness, however, it is now more widely recognized and lots
of expensive research needs to be carried out to help sufferers
of this condition.
help raise money towards this cause, Alan is busy trying
to raise the necessary funds to take part in this year's
London Marathon and Saturday's event went a long way to
helping him in his endeavour.
a mere £10 entrance fee, those who attended were treated
to a great performance by Controversial Minds, a young local
band with loads of talent. They went down extremely well
with the crowds. There was some great food laid on, followed
by a fantastic performance by Johnny Cool and the Jiveoholics.
was having a brilliant time You can see some of the event
in this week's WNTV
Minds - Dale, Mischa, Lee and Phil. Ref: DSC_4435
fabulous Jiveoholics. Ref: DSC_4444
Jagged Hands at the Prince
Jagged hands provided the entertainment at the Prince
of Wales on Saturday. Kev and Mike play a great
range of covers and include a good electric Irish folk selection
in their set. I'm sorry we couldn't hang around on Saturday
guys, we were up to our eyes in work, but we look forward
to seeing you at the Prince of Wales again very soon.
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Messiah helps to raise money for Macmillan
Kyrle music teacher, Deb Blake presented a check for £800
to Macmillan Patron, Joyce Thomas MBE on Friday. The money,
which will go towards the new Charles Renton unit for Herefordshire
cancer sufferers was raised during the school's production
of Handel's Messiah, which took place in December.
the picture Jess Baily, Hannah Bird, Mark Alston, Olivia
Bell, Georgia Gooch, Daniel Mace and Josh Bengough-Smith
from the Messiah production can be seen with Deb Blake and
Joyce Thomas during the presentation.
December's production of The Messiah. Ref: DSC_3490
House in Ross-on-Wye
my appeal about information on December House in Copse Cross
Street, I would like to thank everyone who gave information
which I could pass on to my researcher. The information
received was very informative and your readers may like
to read some of it for themselves (in no particular date
order). More often than not research information that comes
through pleas such as this gets forgotten and it is nice
to share it with so many people who have shown an interest.
was Somerville Nursing Home in 1946/1947. A maternity
nursing home, many people called in to say they had relatives
who had been confined there or they themselves had been
born there. Dr Jones Roberts seems to have been the main
doctor for confinements at this time.
was called Ivy House at one time. During World War II
the army billeted different regiments there - including
the Americans. It seems one person was shot and killed
there but this was kept very quiet - but there may be
some information in past Ross Gazettes.
or after the war it was used as a children's home. Run
by the County Council.
last use before it became December House it was a Magistrates
Court. Many people remember it as that whether as a police
official or as someone who was sent there before the bench.
The board for the court with the Magistrates Crest is
now in the Heritage Centre itself. Local artist Mr Milligan
of the Man of Ross Inn painted it.
is quite a good account of it as the Magistrates Court
in the book 'Herefordshire Magistrates' available at Ross
one time it was called Copse House and there is allegedly
a tunnel running from there to the churchyard from this
time - this however cannot now be proved unless anyone
can come forward as having seen the tunnel.
Ivy House in the 1930's it is believed to have been empty.
No information goes back further than this.
the war it was used in turn as a registrars office, temporary
police station after what had been known as the old rectory
was demolished before the new station was built in Old
Maid's Walk, and some people remember going there to collect
their National Insurance papers when they started working.
it was used by the American soldiers, one person remembers
as a small boy going to what he recalls as Copse House
and getting extra sweets - quite a coup in the days of
1968 and 1970 one floor was occupied by the headmaster
and secretary of Ross Primary School when it was evacuated
during the Easter holidays when the building in Cantilupe
Road was found to be unsafe. The school later became Ashfield
Park, with the main school being demolished and the library
being built on the site. If anyone does have other memories
they are more than welcome to drop them in to add to the
file - particularly those for pre-war. Someone called
in to say they thought it was originally Chepstow House.
This was in fact where the Rosswyn is now and when the
dispensary and clinic moved to Old Maid's Walk, the name
of the house was taken with it.
state of the police force in Ross On Wye.
any wonder the police are so ineffectual in this town when
they are to busy chasing parking issues? Hereís my point
the summer holidays my sons being 9 and 10 at that time
were threatened and chased by a large group of much older
boys wielding knifes. They only managed to escape them by
running into the Hope and Anchor pub and asking the landlord
for help, which I am most happy to say he did.
the fact that these youths are known to the police, have
they been questioned? No, indeed it took the police 5 months
for them to arrange an interview for my boys in their dedicated
child video unit and building with their dedicated staff
has happened since?Well, not much from the police but more
from the same bunch of youths. This time fortunately there
were no knifes involved, but still my boys and two others
got battered and bruised with sticks and stones.
time, after recounting the experience we had last time and
the time it took with the parents of the other two boys,
we managed to get an interview scheduled in 3 weeks time
only to have it cancelled one hour before, just as we are
picking the kids up from school to take them there. They
were eventually interviewed the old fashion way at the local
police station but nothing has been done about it and never
police have admitted knowing who these boys are. Itís basically
too much work for them. They would rather fill their quotas
elsewhere, which brings me to the second part of the example.
evening I was given a fine by the police for calling the
traffic warden a bastard last Thursday, (mighty quick when
itís easy, arenít they?) as this is supposed to be an offence
on the grounds that bastard is a swear word. Now the last
time I looked in the English Dictionary, the word bastard
was in it with a given meaning of A bastard is an illegitimate
child, and the word is also used as a derogatory term for
an unpleasant person. Which I believe he is, as I had been
painting the doors to my house which were still wet and
obviously couldnít be closed with a paint brush in one hand
and a pot of paint in the other and the inevitable splashes
of paint all over my clothes and this warden unless I moved
it immediately was going ticket my car, meaning another
60 quid ticket or move the car and leave all the doors to
the house open. I chose the latter. Iíve had so many whilst
re-building the house after the fire 2 years ago. Incidently,
after having been dragged to the police station for my statement
I learnt an interesting fact. The parking in Wye Street,
being on a 4 hour limit is supposed to be checked at the
2 hour mark. It isnít. I can categorically state this as
I have spent the best part of the last 4 years building
and then rebuilding this house and Iíve seen them go up
the road in the morning and 4 and Ĺ hours later come back
not sure if this is illegal or corrupt and whether or not
the police are supporting these practices but it sure seems
that way to me at the moment. So, what's another 80 quid?
Thatís nothing to what this place has cost me. Perhaps Iíll
buy the local police station a dictionary as well. They
obviously need one.
is hereby given that a meeting of the
AMENITIES COMMITTEE will be held on
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 at 7.00pm in the Corn Exchange.
Discussion items are detailed below and
members of the public are welcome to attend
receive and accept any apologies for absence
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
To receive any members' declarations of interests on agenda
OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING
To receive and sign the minutes of the meeting held on
Thursday, 4 January 2008
(Circulated with Full Council papers)
ARISING FROM THOSE MINUTES NOT FORMING
AN AGENDA ITEM
FOR FUTURE AGENDA
Visit Before Decision on Proposed Brookend Development
of the Southern Area Planning Subcommittee are to have a
site visit before making a decision on plans for alterations
and refurbishment to a retail unit at 27 Brookend Street,
Ross-on-Wye and the erection of nine apartments. The site
visit was agreed at their meeting on Wednesday, 5th March.
site is located in the Ross-on-Wye conservation area, the
Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the central
shopping area as shown in the Herefordshire Unitary Development
scheme proposes the demolition of the nursery and shop units
and replacing them with a terrace of nine apartments. The
cafť shop front is to be replaced by a Victorian style shop
front. It will be a car free development with storage provided
for 13 bicycles.
Town Council was concerned over the lack of provision for
parking and wanted affordable housing included.
petition with 12 signatures from the residents of Wallace
Court, Station Street, Ross-on-Wye was received objecting
to the application. They felt the scheme was over development
of the site and were concerned over the access and exit
from the site.
site is located in a flood risk area but the application
came with a flood risk assessment which the Environment
Agency considers acceptable subject to conditions.
Ross in Bloom colours for 2008
would like to remind gardeners that the colours for 2008
are all the flame colours - reds, yellows and oranges.
Lucas, Chairman, said, 'These colours will give the town
a real boost and a splash of colour throughout the whole
of the summer. We are hoping to have one basket or bed -
one colour again this year. Not only do they give a huge
impact, the Heart of England in Bloom judges love to see
this. I would like to encourage everybody to join in this
year, after the doom and gloom of last years very wet summer.
The town needs to have a boost and this is the one way we
can achieve it. A colour scheme such as this also gives
the town a uniqueness for visitors to remember where they
have been for their holidays and day trips - away from the
sameness of all other towns'.
is hoped the judges will be able to return to the town in
July as usual - not just to visit. The local judging will
be taking place as usual this year during June, July and
August. All roads, streets and cul-de-sacs will be visited
as usual with three visits being made to determine winners
for the season.
are looking for people with cars who will be able to help
with these visits. Please contact Mary or Margaret (Lucas
Motorcycles) if you would like to offer your services and
to get full details. This takes up a tremendous amount of
time for one person and Mary finds now that the competitions
are getting bigger and better, she needs more help if she
is to be able to continue for the years to come. Volunteers
will be trained this year to work for next.
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