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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 221 - Wednesday, 22nd October 2008
NEWS - Magistrates - This Week - Ross Spur - Prospect Tree - Planning
for Real - Assault - Trelleborg - The Bridge at Wilton - Lenny Alsop
- HAND Coming to Ross - YMCA Fashion Show]
- Pumpkin - Big Gig - Quiz - Wallpaper - Fuel Poverty - Puzzle Wood
- Charlie's Bar - Cosmetics]
Special Crew - Games Workshop - Panoramas - Sally Robertson Favourite
Councillor - Electric Blankets Check - Public Notice - Christmas
Menus - Potters Bar Reunion - Rugby - Weather Station]
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Five New Magistrates for Herefordshire
Five Herefordshire residents, including one from Ross-on-Wye,
have been appointed as Magistrates to the Herefordshire
Bench and on Friday, 17th October they were sworn in at
the Shire Hall, Hereford.
five new Magistrates are: Mrs. Margaretta Ann Bigley, JP
of Peterchurch, Mr. Nigel Adrian Coles JP of Kington, Mrs.
Julieanne King, JP of Ross-on-Wye, Mrs. Wendy Juliette Preston,
JP of Ledbury and Mrs. Katherine Louise Neville-Smith, JP
five newly appointed Herefordshire Magistrates at the Shire Hall
on Friday. Ref: DSC_7784
As traditional for this time of year, this week has been
a relatively low photographic news week - the lull before
the storm. (Though there is plenty of the more newsy type
news - one item of which I personally think will sound the
final death knell for Ross Town Centre.) I had intended
to get some wildlife and possibly astro photography and
film in, to fill in, however the weekend turned out far
from the type of weekend I had envisaged.
main network computer passed away at the weekend, having
sustained a mixture of both hardware and software internal
injuries. A post mortum examination revealed that loading
'iTunes' had finally despatched the machine. So beware
if you are thinking about installing that particular piece
of software on your own computer! It caused mine to 'blue
screen' every 10 minutes and was the Devil's own job to
remove. I spent the whole of Saturday fighting to resuscitate
the machine but finally gave up, switching off life support
at about 1.00am on Sunday morning.
about keeping 'Wyenot' working, later on that same Sunday
morning I went to Hereford and purchased a replacement computer.
That in itself took just over an hour, but collecting it
from the shop is only the beginning! Buying an 'XP' based
machine, or indeed a disc containing the 'XP' operating
system is not possible if you need one in a hurry, and so
I had to buy a computer with 'Vista' installed. In my humble
opinion, 'Vista' is the worst operating system Microsoft
have launched since the 'Millennium' edition of Windows
2000! (Although I have to say that, along with its mostly
bad points, it does have just an occasional good point thrown
in for good measure.)
using 'msconfig' and 'add remove programmes' to disable
all of the poop software, built in desktop links to eBay
and free 30 day Microsoft trials which come with a new computer,
seemingly designed to make it run slowly and make you angry
from the outset, I then spent hours adjusting settings within
'Vista' so that I could get it to run properly on our network.
that job about four hours later, I then had to load on all
the necessary software to keep 'Wyenot' afloat. I ended
up getting to bed at 3.00am on Monday morning, but at least
everything is functional again. Remembering to reinstall
all software is always a hit-and-miss process. Days go by
and just when you think everything is fine, you find something
you have forgotten to reinstall. There has, so far, been
only one of my programmes which I could not finally get
going on Vista and have had to 'upgrade'.
with £639.98 less in my bank account and lots of lost
sleep to catch up on, lots of bad language to apologize
for, the 'Wyenot News' office is back to near normal ready
for the November / December run of events. The hardware
problems on the old machine are not anything which will
effect it running as a 'standalone' computer, away from
the network, so when I find time, I intend to wipe it and
then reinstall just enough software for us to be able to
use it to watch DVDs in bed.
definitely do not want the 'Wyenot News' network to extend
to our bedroom or I really will never be able to get away
from work! I made the mistake once of falling asleep, leaving
the network connected laptop running, after having watched
a DVD on it in bed. At 4.00am on a Sunday morning, it woke
me from a deep sleep. 'Hello from Texas!', exclaimed the
instant message. Suitibly unimpressed at the fact that the
disturbance had come all the way from cowboy and 70s TV
soap country, I responded with a question mark. Without
asking if it was a convenient time, immediately the person
started firing questions at me about her family name, expecting
me to look up possible relatives in the local telephone
directory. I had left the hammer downstairs, so instead,
I just shut the laptop down and it is still in good health
- for the moment!
Plans for Retail Warehousing at Ross Spur Approved
Planning permission for the erection of retail warehousing
at BP on the Ross Spur northbound at Ross was approved by
members of the southern area planning subcommittee at their
meeting on Wednesday, 15th October. The site is located
within the identified settlement boundary of Ross-on-Wye
and within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
and comprises land formerly occupied by a petrol filling
station and restaurant.
retails units are proposed, each with a floor area of 480
square metres, situated between Ross Labels, KFC and an
approved office building. The units will be for Carpetright,
Pets at Home and Halfords. 70 spaces for customer parking
will be provided at the front of the buildings, including
5 spaces for the disabled and cycle parking.
proposals included a contribution towards the upgrade of
footpath ZK1 or ZK2 which runs from Brampton Road to the
application site and a contribution towards a bus service
to access the site.
application received a mixed response from consultees, but
had support from Ross Town Council, Ross Rural Council,
Advantage West Midlands and the Chamber of Commerce. Members
debated the impact of the proposal on the vitality and viability
of the town centre, the impact on the Wye Valley Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty and the impact on the road network.
was agreed to advertise the application as a departure from
the development plan and, depending on the responses received,
consider whether the Secretary of State needs to be notified.
the scheme gains the final go ahead, it will be on condition
that the following items are not sold:
Food and drink to be consumed off the premises,
Clothing and footwear,
Cutlery, crockery and glassware,
Toys, camping and travel goods,
Books, audio and visual recordings and stationery except
for office supplies,
Medical goods, cosmetics and toiletries,
Sports goods, equipment and clothing.
The Wellingtonia Tree in the Prospect has been giving some
cause for concern recently as many people wanted it to remain
where it was, instead of being felled in favour of keeping
the newly found Roman sites that was discovered during repairs
to the Prospect wall.
it would appear that the tree would have needed felling
in any case and so, on Friday morning Acer Tree Services
did their necessary work. It's sad, but it really was necessary.
We didn't witness the felling as Alan was in Hereford when
we got the call, but You can see some of the clean up operation
in this week's WNTV News programme.
felled Wellingtonia on Friday. Ref: DSC_7793
Successful Planning for Real Event
Ross Town Plan steering group, RoWToP have been holding
a series of Planning for Real road shows around the town,
with the aim of finding out how Ross-on-Wye's residents
would like to see the town develop. One such event was held
at Ross Market House on Friday and was extremely successful.
people had places their suggestions on the map and there
are still a couple of sessions left to run. You can see
how the road show went in this week's WNTV News programme.
of the RoWToP team, Caroline Utting, Steven Earl, Councillor Bartrum,
Peter Axon and Dai Harries. Ref: DSC_7805
Man Assaulted by Youths in Trenchard Street
Police are appealing for witnesses or anybody with information
that can help them with their enquiry into an assault which
occurred just after 11.30pm on Sunday, 12th October 2008
in Trenchard Street, Ross on Wye.
is believed that a man was assaulted by a group of youths
aged between 16 and 17 years and was punched, sustaining
an injured nose, bruising and abrasions. Police would also
like to trace two witnesses, a man and woman who checked
on the injured man's welfare after the incident had occurred.
They are described as middle aged and drove away in a 4x4
you have any information that can help, please contact PC
1624 Campbell at Ross on Wye Police Station or call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800555111.
Outline Plans to Develop Trelleborg Site Approved
Outline planning permission for the redevelopment of Trelleborg
site, Alton Road Industrial Estate, Ross-on-Wye for a mixed
use development was approved by members of the southern
area planning subcommittee at their meeting last Wednesday.
site lies within the settlement boundary of Ross-on-Wye
and Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is
allocated as employment land in the Herefordshire Unitary
was sought for a mixed use development on the site, including
four light / general industrial units with 69 car parking
spaces and five retail warehouses totalling 1,646 square
metres with 68 car parking spaces. The application was in
outline form and the detailed approval of access, appearance
and landscaping will need to be the subject of a further
application received a mixed response from consultees but
members unanimously supported the comprehensive redevelopment
of the site, the increase in jobs and the economic benefits
that the proposal will bring to Ross-on-Wye.
Excitement for The Bridge at Wilton
There is an air of excitement at the Bridge
at Wilton, as proprietors Mike and Jane Pritchard have
received a letter inviting them to the regional Excellence
in Tourism Awards event to be held in Birmingham on 11th
November. At the 2007 event, The Bridge was voted Top Restaurant
in the West Midlands, an outstanding achievement.
Bridge has won many awards for their establishment which
focuses on fine dining and those who have dined at the Bridge
describe it as a 'unique dining experience.'
recently read an article in the Telegraph, which began with
a description of the best view of Ross as viewed through
the window of the Bridge.
The journalist went on to say that little did they know
that they were about to be served with the best meal of
their lives. That just about says it all.
and Mike put the hotel's successes down to their staff,
who have all worked hard as a team to make the Bridge at
Wilton what it is today. Well done to all of you and we
wish you all the best for 11th November.
and Jane Pritchard at the Bridge at Wilton.Ref: DSC_7830
Lenny Alsop to Tell Stories at Ross Library
Alsop, ready to tell stories.
Children in Ross are in for a real treat during the half
term holiday if they go to the story telling sessions at
Ross Library next Wednesday, 29th October.
known musician and story teller Lenny Alsop will be running
two sessions during the afternoon with the first starting
at 2:15 and ending at 3:00pm. The second will run from 3:30
who takes his craft to many countries and has appeared on
television is well known for his ability to entertain children,
so it is well worth booking a place now. Tickets cost £2
and are available in advance from Ross Library by telephoning
Thursday, 30th October from 5pm until 7pm, a Games Workshop
is planned for those aged between 7 and 16 years. Beginners
or practised gamers are invited to play the games, paint
miniatures and meet fellow gamers. The workshop is FREE,
but places are limited and tickets must be booked in advance
from the library.
Friday, 31st October the library's weekly pre-school story
time will take a Spooky turn for Halloween. The story time
is free to attend, however, those aged under five years
of age must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Older brothers
and sisters are welcome to join in.
A Helping Hand in Ross and Ledbury
One of the aims of the Home Office's Not In My Neighbourhood
Week is to focus on the work carried out by police and partner
groups to tackle disorder and antisocial behaviour. One
such scheme operating in this county is called Herefordshire
Against Night Time Disorder or HAND.
HAND scheme was formed in 2005 and has gone from strength
to strength since. A logical continuation of the original
Pub Watch initiative, HAND is made up solely of licensees
and landlords of pubs and clubs across the county, though
there is a strong link with West Mercia Constabulary. The
aim of the scheme is to prevent and reduce disorder, violence
and antisocial behaviour in and immediately outside the
county's pubs and clubs.
are three areas in the HAND scheme at present, Hereford
City Centre, Leominster and Kington and moves are afoot
to introduce Ross and Ledbury to the fold.
of the scheme and licensee of the Hop Pole in Commercial
Road, Hereford is Daryl Norrish. Daryl said, 'The scheme
is run by those in the licensing trade and the police assist
in our administration of it. We aim to develop best practice
within the scheme, ensuring that our staff are well-trained
and able to deal with potentially volatile situations to
stop them escalating.'
One of the methods used to reduce the chances of disorder
is through the HAND Ban. Every month, the group meets and
nominates customers whose behaviour has been unacceptable.
The group can then impose a ban on that person, prohibiting
them from entering any of the licensed premises in the scheme
for between 3 and 12 months. The police licensing officer
also supplies details of anyone charged with serious offences
such as drugs, disorder, assault or damage in or near to
the pubs and clubs. Again, the circumstances are discussed
and they can impose an interim ban on that person. If convicted,
the ban becomes a full one and the person can be barred
for 3-12 months.
feel the scheme works very well,' said Daryl, 'and we have
developed a very good working relationship with the police.'
Steve Thomas, Licensing Officer at Hereford, said, 'The
benefit of the scheme is that the group can bar troublemakers
not just from one pub or club but from all those in the
scheme. There are 47 pubs and clubs in the Hereford group,
12 in the Leominster group and everyone in the Kington scheme.
Having such a good relationship with those outlets in the
scheme means we can both keep on top of problems and deal
with them robustly and quickly if they do develop. Compared
with other places I can think of, Herefordshire is a great
place to have an enjoyable evening out.'
Being banned from the local pubs and clubs can have a sharp
effect on those banned as it prevents them from socializing
with their friends, family and/or colleagues. Their social
life is immediately curtailed. A ban can have a large deterrent
effect. One local Hereford man has been recently banned
by Hereford Crown Court on conviction for an assault charge
from entering any pub or club in the whole of the UK for
12 months. He told the Hereford Times newspaper that being
banned was 'like a punch in the guts. They may as well have
locked me up.'
final word must go to Superintendent Kevin Purcell, responsible
for policing operations in Herefordshire. He said, 'We are
determined not to let drunkenness, antisocial and violent
behaviour ruin a good night out for the people of Herefordshire.
In the last month alone, levels of antisocial behaviour
have dropped by a further 11%. We are pleased to work with
productive partners like HAND, as it has enabled us to significantly
reduce incidents of disorder across the county and ensure
that people feel safe when they walk our streets and visit
our pubs and clubs.'
A Fashion Show at the YMCA Shop
A fashion show with a difference is being held on Friday
evening. The show, which is being organized by shop manager,
Natalie Morgan and her team, is different because the models
will be wearing clothes donated to the YMCA charity shop
in The Maltings, Ross-on-Wye.
show begins at 6pm and will end at 9pm. The models will
be parading to the sound of a live band and Natalie's twin,
Natasha will be bringing her dance troupe along to put on
a display as well as model some of the clothing.
show is being staged to make people aware that it is there
and that they will make some money for the charity in the
I can't be there myself, but Alan will be taking some photographs
of the event.
wish you all the best of luck Natalie.
and Jacqui Newman would like to welcome you to the White
Lion 16th Century Riverside Inn. Situated
right on the banks of the River Wye at Ross, the White Lion
is a picturesque local inn with an interesting history and
is noted for its spectacular river views. The White Lion
has long been a favourite place to relax by both local people
and tourists alike.
White Lion's extensive and picturesque gardens reach right
down to the river's edge and are a wonderful place to enjoy
views of the river. It is a great spot to watch the local
otters, nesting swans and other wildlife.
served every lunch time
and evening in the bar and restaurant
Good Beer Guide 2008
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