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Issue No. 216 - Wednesday, 17th September 2008
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Page 1 [Ross Bloomers win Gold - Post Office Closures - Fun at the Castle - Festival raises over £4000 - Letters - Party]
Page 2 [Trikers - Africans - Interested in Astronomy? - Public Notice - Weather - Tarrington Road victim named and more]
South West Trikers and Bikers Help Air Ambulance

The South West Trikers and Bikers held their annual bash at Symonds Yat West last weekend with the aim of raising money for the County Air Ambulance. The club are a fantastic group of people who enjoy a good time whilst trying to help those less fortunate than themselves. (Hang on a minute. . I saw at least one amputee and more than a couple of Blue Badge holders trying to raise money for those less fortunate. . . .)

Anyway back to the story. After meeting up with our friend Theresa Davies over a nice cuppa, we were informed that Kevin and Dave were going to have their chests waxed by their lovely wives, Jackie and Sharon, so it was all down to the bar to watch the fun. Kev had recently undergone a whole body waxing for charity, so didn't squirm quite as much as Dave who gazed up at Sharon after another strip was torn off and said 'I used to love you, . . '

Once the guys' chests were as smooth as a baby's botty, two more of the men had their heads shaved and a wet t shirt contest for the ladies (the men!) went on. There was also a raffle held with lots of great prizes and a disco and live entertainment by First Offence was performed on Saturday evening. The event raised £150 for the County Air Ambulance. Well done guys. It was great to see you all again and we are looking forward to the next time.

A friend lends Sharon a helping hand to tear a strip off Dave. Ref: DSC_7394

Going . . .Ref: DSC_7406

Going . . .Ref: DSC_7411

Gone!! Ref: DSC_7413

Africans Invade Herefordshire Garden

As part of hArt week, a South Herefordshire garden has been transformed into a very unusual Sculpture Garden. African heads peep out from the 'tropical' herbaceous border and it takes little imagination to be transported to the wilds of Africa.

The display is the brainchild of Peterstow Artist, Nick Helme. The idea grew out of a project during his final year at Herefordshire College of Arts entitled 'Humanity arose from Africa'. Since then, Nick has interpreted the concept in various novel and fun ways resulting in what one visitor described as 'a headhunter's paradise'.

To reflect Nick's versatility in a range of media, the exhibition also features an interesting selection of wood and metal sculpture, varied and unusual pottery items and a collection of framed limited edition photographs and cards. His portfolio includes several images of Ross-on-Wye during winter and the recent floods as well as some familiar views of South Herefordshire.

The exhibition is located just off the A49 on the B4521 Abergavenny road and will be open from the 18th to 21st September between 10.30am and 5.30pm. Off-road parking is available plus a 'large gin and tonic' awaits visitors in the garden.



Public Welcome to Primary Care Trust Meeting at Ross

Herefordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) will be holding its Annual Public Meeting at The Chase Hotel on the evening of Thursday, 25th September 2008 and all patients, members of the public, carers and all those interested in local health services are invited to attend.

The evening will begin at 6pm with an exhibition about the work of the PCT, and another chance to see some of the NHS 60th Anniversary memorabilia on display. The main meeting will start at 7pm.

Joanna Newton, Chairman of the Primary Care Trust said, 'We see the Annual Meeting as an important opportunity to let the Herefordshire public know what has been going on across their health services throughout the year. I would warmly encourage anyone with an interest in our services to come along. There will be lots of displays about our work, a chance to meet members of the PCT Board, and an opportunity to put questions to them during the public question time.'

This year the meeting will also include two presentations. The first from Mr Tom Galloway, Consultant Podiatric Surgeon, on his trip to Westminster Abbey to celebrate 60 years of the NHS, and the second from Dr Akeem Ali, Director of Public Health for Herefordshire on how we can achieve better outcomes, care experience and value for money through integrating services. The PCT's Annual Report for 2007/08 will also be presented at the meeting.

The Annual Report and further information about the meeting are available on the Pct's website

Calling Any Local People Interested in Astronomy

As you may have picked up over the years, I am very keen on things astronomical (excluding the 'astronomical charges made by my bank of course, which are just plain theft, in my opinion). Astronomy is my escape from local news and I would like to share this interest in heavenly bodies, nebulae and distant galaxies with any interested local people, who are always welcome to come out on my local observing sessions, or just turn up for a short while to look through the telescope.

If you are interested, please contact me. I have also made a Ross-on-Wye Astronomy group on facebook, where I intend to upload any decent images I manage to capture. If you are a member of Facebook, you are welcome to join.

You will also be aware that the weather has been shite for astronomy just lately, but I did get a couple of glimpses of the planet, Jupiter on Thursday and Saturday. The photos from these glimpses can be seen below, along with one of the moon on Thursday.

Jupiter poked through a small gap in the cloud on Thursday evening.

And so did the moon.

Jupiter on a misty Saturday evening. The 'seeing' was not good and Jupiter is low in the sky at the moment, so this shot is through a lot of very moist atmosphere. The photo was taken at the prime focus of an 8 inch Schmidt Cassigrain telescope, about 500 frames of AVI video, stacked in Registax and finished using Photoshop. Through the eyepiece, the 4 Gallilean moons were clearly visible in an almost perfect straight line but are out of the field of view in the photo.


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Hurricane Ike from the Space Station

In this image from the NASA newsdesk, hurricane Ike covered more than half of Cuba. The photo was taken by the Expedition 17 crew aboard the International Space Station from a vantage point of 220 statute miles above Earth.

The center of Ike was near 22.4 degrees north latitude and 82.4 degrees west longitude and moving 290 degrees at 11.7 miles per hour.

Ike went ashore in Texas at 2:10 a.m. Central Daylight Time on 13th September and brought a wall of water over 20 feet high, sweeping through Galveston Island, and on the mainland. The storm made landfall with sustained winds near 110 mph, just 1 mph short of a Category 3 hurricane.

One of the station's solar arrays is partially visible in the upper right corner of the photo.



NOTICE is hereby given that a meeting of the
Wednesday, 17th September 2008 at 7.00pm in the Corn Exchange

Discussion items are detailed below and
members of the public are welcome to attend



    To receive and accept any apologies for absence
    To receive any members' declarations of interests on agenda items
    To receive and sign the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 16 July 2008
    To consider the level of budget for 2009-10
    Referred from Full Council to discuss the Roman remains and the tree


Town Clerk

Ross-on-Wye Weather Station Readings
Figures for week commencing Monday, 8th September 2008
n Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
Sunshine (hours) 0.2 2.3 5.2 3.5 0.1 8.8 0.5
Rainfall (mm) 13.7 1.9 2.1 0 2.0 0 0
Rainfall (inches) .54 .07 .08 0 .08 0 0
Maximum Temperature (C) 17 19 19 19 17 20 17
Maximum Temperature (F) 63 66 66 66 63 68 63
Minimum Temperature (C) 12 12 13 13 9 12 8
Minimum Temperature (F) 54 54 55 55 48 54 46
Soil Temperature at 10cm Depth (F) 59 59 59 61 59 59 57


Police Name Tarrington Road Victim

Police have named the man who died in the road traffic collision on the A438 near Tarrington on the morning of Tuesday, 9th September 2008.

Denis Gibbons, 68 years, of Putley near Ledbury died when his Land Rover Defender 4x4 was in a head-on collision with a Portuguese-registered DAF articulated heavy goods vehicle. The Portuguese driver of the lorry was arrested by police after the crash.

He was charged on Wednesday, 10th September with causing death by dangerous driving. He appeared the same day before Herefordshire Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody by the magistrates to appear before Crown Court on Monday, 8th December 2008 to answer the charge.

Though a person has been charged in respect of this incident, police would still renew their appeal for any outstanding witnesses who may have seen the collision or the two vehicles on the A438 immediately prior to the crash to come forward. Anyone with information should contact PC Richard Pearce of the Roads Policing Team at Hereford Police Station on 08457 444888.

A Tribute to Denis Gibbons

Dennis Gibbons.

The family of 68-year old Denis Gibbons, who lost his life in a road traffic collision on the A438 near Tarrington on the morning of Tuesday, 9th September 2008, have paid tribute to a 'loving family man' who would always go out of his way to help others.

Denis was born in 1940 during the dark days of World War II and spent his formative years living in a farming environment in Bosbury. He developed a life-long passion for the equine world and it was through going to gymkhanas and shows that he met his wife, Jean.

They married in Hallow in 1964 and went to live in Mathon. Ten years later they moved to their current home in Putley. They have two daughters, Anita and Debbie. For many years, Denis and Jean have bred horses and ponies, particularly Welsh Section B ponies (which are slightly larger than the Welsh Mountain (Section A) ponies).

Daughter Anita, herself a keen horsewoman, said of her father, 'Dad had been in farming all his life and was quite at home with animals. He loved all things equestrian and was a good horseman. It was a very proud day for him when he was awarded a bronze medal by the Welsh Pony and Cob Society for showing a home-bred Welsh Section B pony.

A true country man, he loved his hunting and racing and was a natural at breaking horses. It's been said that if he couldn't break them no one could.'

His wife, Jean, said, 'Denis had a great sense of humour which ranged from leaving Wellington boots in the chimney at Christmas to fool the children to turning a quick chat on the phone into a 2 hour marathon on a regular basis. He always insisted on a roast for Sunday lunch followed by apple pie - he never varied. He was such a generous and loving man, to me, the girls, our family, in fact to anyone he came across. He was very happy-go-lucky and would always help someone if he could.'

Daughter Debbie recalls, 'Dad was also a marvel with mechanics. In the locality he was known as "Dr Denis" because there wasn't a piece of equipment, vehicle, hop machine or similar he couldn't fix. By profession Dad was an agricultural engineer and could turn his hand, like many others of his generation, to anything. He loved tinkering with lorries and tractors, though his real passion was for Land Rovers, sadly the very vehicle in which he died. Everyone who knew Dad knew what a lovely man he was. He was held in high esteem and affection by everyone and he will be so greatly missed.'

Jesse Calls for Comprehensive Review on Banking Regulation

Local parliamentary candidate Jesse Norman has called for a comprehensive review of banking regulation in the UK.

Jesse, who used to be a Director at Barclays, was interviewed on BBC Hereford and Worcester about the effects of the latest stock market crash. Commenting further on the banking crisis, he said, 'It's very clear that there needs to be a complete overhaul of banking regulation in the UK. When the government took away banking supervision from the Bank of England in 1997, it lost a huge pool of practical expertise in this area, and its own actions have been completely inept, as the Northern Rock fiasco showed.

The latest news from the US has further undermined trust in the banking sector. We cannot possibly afford another Northern Rock. That's why we need a comprehensive rethink. But unfortunately Gordon Brown and Alastair Darling are the last people you would want to carry a review out.'

Help Police to Trace Bewell Street Assailants

Police are appealing for witnesses to assaults on four people that occurred in Bewell Street, Hereford in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

A little before 1am on Sunday, 7th September 2008, three young males approached a group of eight people, four men, four women in Bewell Street. One of the males shouted verbal abuse at the group, began assaulting them, then was joined by his two companions. In total, four of the group were assaulted, one of the men receiving a serious eye injury (suspected fractured eye socket). The others victims received facial bruising.

The three males then left along Bewell Street towards Eign Gate. They are described as being white, aged between 18 and 24 years. One had taken his shirt off and at some point was in a vest top. Another was wearing a distinctive top with large hoops.

Police are keen to speak with anyone who was in the Widemarsh Street, Bewell Street or Eign Gate area just before 1am and saw what went on or saw the three males immediately before or after the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact DC David Bentley at Hereford CID on 08457 444888 or call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555111. All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Taking Part in Politics

With only around one in eight people with learning disabilities exercising their right to vote, Herefordshire Council is holding a special event to help them understand how they can take part in local politics.

Herefordshire Council is committed to engaging all communities in the county and is holding the 'Taking part in politics' event at Withington village hall on Thursday, 2nd October. People with learning disabilities and their families and carers are being invited to come along to the free event which runs from 11am to 1.30pm. In small workshops, people will be able to learn about democracy, why politics is important and how to vote.

'A survey recently published by the learning disability charity United Response revealed that while 80 per cent of people with learning disabilities supported by the charity are registered to vote, only one in six voted in their last local election and one in eight in the last general election. We suspect the figures are the same in Herefordshire,' said diversity officer Harriet Yellin. The report stated a complex voting system, a shortage of accessible information and a lack of learning disability awareness training for councillors, MPs and other political stakeholders as key reasons for the low turnout.

'This event has been organized as a direct result of the public disability consultation the council carried out in 2006 when people told us that they found it difficult to understand the political process,' said Harriet. 'The United Response survey confirms what we were told - that people with learning disabilities need support to register to vote, and want to get involved in the political decisions that affect their lives.'

The October event will give people the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Hereford, find out whether they are registered to vote, and be the first to see new easy-read literature on the electoral process. Anyone wanting to attend should book their place by Thursday, 25th September, by e-mailing their details to or calling 01432 260216. The council can help people get to the event if they have difficulty in arranging their own transport. Please telephone 01432 260216 for further information.

Belmont Election

Candidates standing in the forthcoming Belmont Rural parish council election have been confirmed. The three candidates who will be up for election on Thursday, 2nd October are: Neil David Barrington, Adrian Nevil Bridges and Stuart Taylor.

If you are away on polling day and need to apply for a proxy vote, contact the council's electoral registration team at Hereford Town Hall, St. Owen Street, Hereford or telephone them on 01432 260107 before 5pm on Thursday, 24th September.

Polling cards have been sent out but if you have not received yours, or you have mislaid it, you can still go to the polling station to vote.

The polling station for the election will be open from 7am to 10pm and will be located at: The Belmont Community Centre (Room 1) Eastholme Avenue Belmont Hereford HR2 7UQ.


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