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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 212 - Wednesday, 20th August 2008
Format News - Wormelow Death - Record A Level results - Rock and
Roots - Cider Festival - Phone Boxes - Macmillan Market - NASA gets
the better view - Lions' Competition Winners]
Memory of Cyril - Planning refusal overturned - Music - Bus Passes
- Lions help student - Letters Nature - Wx]
should be UK's next cycling city and the rest of the news from around
Memory of Cyril Sheppard
Cyril Sheppard was a well respected member of the community
and worked with Ross Lions Club for over thirty years. It
was Cyril who designed and planted the beautiful Caroline
Symonds Gardens for the enjoyment of the residents of Ross
and it's visitors.
honour of his memory and the work he did, Ross Lions have
provided a seat and held a special commemoration service
by the Bandstand on Saturday, which was attended by members
of Ross Lions Club, Mr. Sheppard's niece, Moira and her
husband Michael Dyson, from Leatherhead, Surrey and many
of his friends and neighbours.
service was conducted by the Reverend Derek Bedford, who
in his prayers said, 'May those who enjoy its comfort give
thanks for him when they read his name, this seat, here
to mark the life of Cyril Sheppard, we dedicate to his memory
and honour'. Reverand Bedford also said, 'May this countryside,
that he loved, be preserved, protected and enjoyed by all
who visit this river bank'.
memory of Cyril's work on the gardens, Ross Lions have planted
a Silver Beech tree on the riverbank near to the tunnels.
loved to visit the riverside on a Sunday afternoon to sit
and listen to the Brass Bands playing on the Lions Bandstand.
He could also consider all the work he had put in on the
Caroline Symonds Gardens which, later he was no longer able
raising funds for the poor and needy and serving the local
community, the Lions decided that providing a lasting memorial
in his name would have been appreciated by Cyril. They do
hope that residents and visitors enjoy using the seat and
think of Cyril when looking at the view of Caroline Symonds
The Reverend Derek Bedford dedicating the seat to Cyril Sheppard.
Guests at the Dedication Service, some sitting on the memorial
Refusal for Garden Room Overturned
Rick and Debbie of the Hope
& Anchor are delighted at the news that Herefordshire
Council have overturned their original decision to refuse
planning permission for a garden room at the riverside pub.
proposed Garden Room, which will provide extra seating for
customers of the Hope & Anchor will be sited where the
current tea shed stands and will be built using reclaimed
wood. The Garden Room will also provide a lovely riverside
venue for a private function.
spoke to WNTV about their plans. You can hear what she has
to say in this week's WNTV News programme.
Debbie and Rick are pleased that their plans have now been accepted.
Great local band Funkosphere were giving their all during
their performance at the Hope & Anchor Conservatory
on Saturday evening.
band play a great set of R & B, funk and soul which
soon has people up on their feet. The bands line up on Saturday
were brilliant keyboardist, Jack Baldus, guitarist / lead
vocalist Clive Hoare, guitarist Tom Lee-Hynes, drummer,
Jodie Hoare, gifted bass player, Liam Lee-Hynes and Geoff
Hoare on trombone. Sorry we couldn't stay for long guys,
but what we did see was great! Look forward to seeing you
watching Funkosphere, we went up to the Prince of Wales,
where young band, Absynthe were performing some great rock
covers. I've watched them grow over the last three years
and they are well worth going to see.
That Your Bus Pass is Valid
Bus passengers throughout Herefordshire who travel under
the Herefordshire Council concessionary bus travel scheme
are being asked to check that they have an up-to-date pass.
April, 2008, local bus passes were replaced with the new
English National Concessionary Bus Pass that allows holders
free off-peak bus travel throughout England as well as local
travel in Herefordshire at all times of day.
25,000 local people, aged 60 or over or with a disability,
are already using the new passes, but Herefordshire Council's
public transport manager, Jim Davies, feels that there are
still some who are yet to apply. He said, 'Old Style Herefordshire
passes and temporary English National passes can only be
used until the end of September. Because the new English
National bus pass is an electronic smartcard, it has to
be ordered separately for each applicant and this can take
some time. I would therefore urge anyone who is still using
an old-style pass to apply for a replacement as soon as
old passes can be recognized by the fact that they are in
laminated paper form with the holders name hand-written.
These were originally supplied in a green plastic wallet.
As these passes were issued before the new national scheme
was announced, many of them carry an expiry date several
years into the future but, despite this, they cannot be
used for travel after September.
national bus passes are available to anyone over the age
of 60 and to many disabled people. Applications can be made
at any of Herefordshire Council's Info Centres at Bromyard,
Hereford (Garrick House), Kington, Ledbury, Leominster and
information on the scheme is available from the council
on 01432 260500.
Help Student with his BA Degree
Local man Robin Shepherd, whose family live close to the
John Kyrle High School had difficulty in finding the money
to purchase materials for his final piece when completing
a show towards his BA degree at Chelsea School of Art. Not
knowing where else to turn, he approached Ross Lions Club
who were happy to help.
Robin wrote to the Ross Lions to thank them for the generous
offer of £200 which helped him buy the best materials to
create a high quality piece of sculpture. It also helped
him learn how to use these most suitable materials. He said
he would not have been able to invest in these materials
without the assistance of the Ross Lions.
has now finished at Chelsea and ended up having a very successful
degree show. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree
and was also awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award for
the piece of work he showed, two things that he really feels
show Robin put on of his art work is the first real point
of contact with the art world and the best thing that came
out of his degree show is that he is now working closely
with a gallery called the Hannah Barry Gallery situated
in South London. He is currently working on a group show
for the gallery and has also been offered a solo show next
year. It is quite unusual to be working with a gallery so
soon after graduation and this makes his gratefulness towards
the Ross Lions even greater.
Ross Lions President, Keith Wilding, said it was one of
the aims of Lions to help young people reach their potential
and on behalf of members of the Ross club he wishes Robin
all the best for the future and perhaps one day he can put
on a show at Ross.
Shepherd and his mother by the sculpture
Dear Alan and Tina,
been out in Iraq for the past four and a half years, 'Wyenot
News' is about the only thing, that keeps me sane these
days. It is to my great delight, that I can show my Iraqi
colleagues where I come from (avec beautiful pictures no
is with anticipation that I open my computer, on a Wednesday
morning, to catch up with the latest news of home.
Alex grows out of his/her nappies, and, is allowed further
than the end of the garden lawn, he/she will soon realize
that no matter how far you roam, no where is quite like
home, and, to which end, having such a spectacular organ
to report the goings on of a special place like Ross, is
not a given, but reliant on people that have the selflessness
and stickability (to quote Baden-Powell) of your good yourselves.
Alex would like to contest my opinion of the wonderful service
you perform, for the benefit of Ross-on-Wye, I would be
more than happy to make my case in person during my next
you for your letter Nick. I was not going to run any more
'Alex' letters but I thought your comments were so nice
I just had to publish them.
is really great to hear from you and I am so glad to be
of service whilst you're out there in Iraq. It is people
like yourself who make it all worthwhile!
forward to seeing you again on your next return to the UK.
I wonder if you can tell us anything about the building
in Over Ross Street called Cobbold House. We can’t decide
if it was formerly a church or chapel, or a school. Internet
searches turn up nothing related to Cobbold House and Ross-on-Wye.
and thank you for a most informative site.
Mrs P M Eccles
am afraid that I know nothing about Cobbold House. Maybe
one of our readers does and would like to contact Mrs Eccles.
noticed your wind turbine article, 'Plans
for a residential wind turbine at The Granary, Mansell Lacy,
viewed from that local web-cam, what next? lol.
This wind farm bears a striking resemblance to one possible
futuristic view from the White Lion web cam.
enough, I was chatting seriously to Landlord, Dave about
becoming self sufficient in the electricity department only
the other day. Wasn't expecting this much, quite so fast
Watch: The Swallows Are Growing
The swallows which were born in the pergola at the White
Lion Inn returned from Africa this year and had chicks of
their own. A few weeks ago, I filmed the new chicks fledging
their nest and ran the film on WNTV. Well they have grown
a lot over the past month and on Thursday, I filmed a very
vocal, and almost tame swallow chick for this week's programme.
very vocal sparrows at the White Lion are almost tame. They are
certainly not frightened by human visitors.
Weather Station Readings
for week commencing Monday, 11th August 2008
Temperature at 10cm Depth (°F)
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