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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 190 - Wednesday, 19th March 2008
NEWS - Photos Lost - Greytree War Memorial - Paul Deneen Appointed
Deputy Lieutenant - Lorry Fire]
Kyrle High School X Factor Finals - Grounded at the Phoenix Theatre]
Rickman at Ross Library - Joseph and Inter Schools Tournament -
Strange Bird - Rabbits - Parking]
Daffodil - Wyetots visit Kempley -Walford footpath closed - Greenspace
Bridge opens at Goodrich]
egg draw for Mayor's charity - World Book Day - Acoustic Nights
- Child safety rail - Essex model]
citizens shape up - Skittlesat the Plough - River levels rise -
Ross Rowing Club - Rugby - Weather Station]
news from around Herefordshire]
Rickman Helps Ross Library to Celebrate 20 Years
at Ross Library are celebrating the 20th anniversary of
the library being on its current site and to help them to
celebrate, best selling novelist, Phil Rickman agreed to
go along on Friday evening to give a talk about his work.
spoke to Mr. Rickman about his books. He has written eighteen
of them so far, many of the stories being based in this
can hear what he had to say in this week's WNTV
News programme. Unfortunately, the photograph that was
intended to go with this article, of Phil Rickman and Ross
Library staff was accidentally deleted and we apologize
Rickman gives a short interview before his talk. Ref: DSC_0429
and the Inter Schools Sports Tournament
Kyrle High School sixth former, Alex Naylor returned to
his former primary school at Goodrich on Friday to give
a performance of 'Any Dream Will Do,' at Goodrich School's
song is from the musical, Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat,
which was recently staged at the John Kyrle High School.
Alex was accompanied on clarinet by Jessica Saxon Macrostie.
in the assembly, Goodrich School's netball team were presented
with medals for winning the netball section of the local
Inter-Schools Sports Tournament, which took place at Ashfield
Park Primary School.
beat Ashfield in the semi finals and Gorsley Goffs in the
the photograph below are the Goodrich School netball champions.
Roper, Ellie Lancaster, Effie Seal, Becky Swithenbank, Kayah
Worrall, Jack Whittaker (absent) and Rhys Owen.
the subsequent photographs are Brampton Abbotts School football
team, who came first in the sports tournament and their
hockey team who came second.
done to you all.
School netball team. Ref: DSC_4487
Abbotts School football team.
Abbotts School hockey team.
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you identify this bird?
you to Dennis Morgan for sending in this photograph asking
for identification. Dennis wrote: 'Hi Alan, This photograph
was taken at Hope & Anchor car park on 17th March 2008.
As I am unable to find in my bird book, perhaps someone
might be able to identify the species.'
am glad you sent this one in, Dennis. I have two really
good bird books but have not yet had chance to look it up
as your picture arrived during the really busy news prep
time. As you can see, there is a lot of news in this issue
and we are currently seriously struggling to meet the deadline.
reason I am glad is that I saw this bird myself, close up
from my boat, late last year but, as usually happens, it
hid as soon as I tried to point the camera at it. When I
saw it, it was a little down stream from the Hope and on
the opposite bank. Close up, it is nothing short of huge
and I struggled when looking in the book to identify it.
Although filming wildlife is my hobby - birds in particular,
as with dogs - I am no expert on makes and models - I still
have to look 'em up myself in most cases.
hope that somebody can identify the bird so I can go straight
to the right page in the book.
Fun? A Life of Misery for Hutch Bound Rabbits
Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) raised concerns
last week over the unsatisfactory hutches being sold by
many high street pet retailers, alongside smaller pet stores,
leading to pet rabbits living in cramped conditions. According
to a recent RSPCA survey carried out in the South and South
West, inspectors found that well over half of the rabbits
they visited did not have adequate hutches, and 70% did
not have access to a run. RWAF Welfare Executive, Jo Edgar
said, 'We are appalled at these figures, especially in light
of the Animal Welfare Act which came into being last year.
The act states that all pet owners have a duty of care for
their animals and yet these statistics clearly show that
it is simply being ignored.'
RWAF is calling for all manufacturers to build bigger hutches
and recommend that hutches should be constructed no less
than 6ft x 2ft x 2ft and should either be supplied with
a run or regular access to an exercise area should be available.
this year, supermarket giant, Tesco, withdrew their starter
hutches from sale from all branches due to pressure from
RWAF members. RWAF Veterinary Executive, Judith Brown said,
'We simply couldn’t believe how tiny these hutches were.
They were totally unsuitable for rabbits. Rabbits need exercise
and lots of it. If you think of how they live in the wild,
you will understand that they need plenty of space in which
to run around. It is unacceptable to house a rabbit in a
tiny hutch. We were delighted that Tesco acknowledged our
of the RWAF members, including Patron, Ingrid Tarrant, have
rabbits that live indoors with their owners just like dogs
and cats. They can be housetrained and can make superb indoor
companions. If you would like to know more, please visit
the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund website: www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk.
For further information about the Animal Welfare Bill, contact
the RWAF: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0870
Herefordshire Parking Fine System
motorists will face new parking systems as new regulations
come into force on 31st March 2008. One of the major changes
is the ability to issue lower penalties for less serious
parking offences. As an example, a car parked in a goods
vehicle only loading bay, which might mean an HGV having
to double park to unload, will pay a higher penalty (£70)
than someone who parks for longer than the permitted time
is no change to the existing discount period of 14 days
during which the charge payable is reduced by 50 per cent.
Traffic Management Act 2004 also makes it clear that councils
should not set targets for the number of tickets issued
and that wheel clamping is only used against persistent
Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's cabinet member for
highways and transportation, said, 'As we do not set targets
for tickets issued or use wheel clamping, then we are already
delivering what is seen as good practice. Under the new
regulations, councils also have to make it clearer as to
how a motorist can appeal but as we already include an information
sheet with every Penalty Charge Notice issued so, again,
we are already doing this'.
31st March, Herefordshire Council is also to publish its
protocols which make up the authority's Parking Policy.
These relate to enforcement on the streets and in car parks
and how the council deals with appeals and representations.
It will make it easier for the motorist to find out how
to avoid getting a parking ticket and, if they do, then
the way appeals are dealt with is clearly explained. These
protocols will be on the website and available to read in
all the INFO shops.
major change that Herefordshire will be adopting is the
ability to issue a Penalty Charge Notice by post if a motorist
prevents it being issued at the scene by driving away. However,
strict controls are in place as to the evidence that has
to be provided by the Civil Enforcement Officers (previously
known as Parking Attendants) before this can happen.
Wyenot News experience Herefordshire Council's protocol
to deal with appeals against parking tickets is that the
customer is always wrong. They will still have to pay the
fine - whatever the circumstances were at the time of the
'offence' being committed. This does not only apply to Herefordshire
Council, it applies to most local councils as parking fines
earn billions of pounds in revenue.
Wyenot News observation is that in every Herefordshire
town except for Ross-on-Wye, parking is free on Sundays
and on Bank Holidays. In Ross one has to pay the normal
weekday rate. I do realize that the wardens are not usually
about on Sundays but they do occasionally make a call. One
Sunday morning a few years ago they made such a Sunday visit
and booked all cars belonging to the people in the Somerfield
car park on Sunday morning - most of whom were in Henry
Street Church at the time.
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