ROSS CONSERVATIVE CLUB CELEBRATES 150 YEARS
Ross Conservative Club celebrated 125 years of existence
on Saturday, 13th June in the afternoon. At least 60 members
of the Club were in attendance, along with Jesse Norman,
the Official Conservative Candidate for Hereford. A buffet
tea was served and visitors were entertained by Drybrook
were also graced with a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress
of Ross, Councillor John Edwards and Mrs Susan Edwards'.
Said club member, Liz Childs. 'Local campaigner, Jesse Norman
cut the cake and the general consensus of opinion was that
everyone enjoyed the function, and the fact that we were
blessed with good weather helped enormously.'
Mayor and Mayoress, Mr. and Mrs John Edwards attended the event.
Local campainer, Jesse Norman cut the cake.
THE RYEFIELD CENTRE TO RECEIVE A ROYAL VISITOR
and users of Ross-on-Wye's Ryefield Centre are getting out
the bunting in readiness for a Royal visitor next week.
Everybody from babies and toddlers to representatives from
Age Concern, college students and the Stroke Club will have
the opportunity to meet The Princess Royal when she visits
on Tuesday, 23rd June.
her whistle-stop tour of the centre, Princess Anne will
drop in on some of the sessions taking place in the children's
centre. The Royal visitor will also have the opportunity
to catch a glimpse of the wide variety of activities taking
place at the centre, hosted by adult social care, when she
passes through the main hall which will be lined with exhibitions
representing around 15 groups which meet at the centre regularly.
As if that wasn't enough, the princess will be able to get
a real taste of the centre as refreshments will be served
by a social enterprise, Catering Worx, and supported by
the learning disability team.
is great news for the town,' said Councillor Jenny Hyde,
cabinet member for children's services. 'It's going to put
the town on the royal map for all the right reasons! There's
so much going on here it's been really difficult trying
to cram everything in as there are so many people who make
the centre special.'
from Ross-on-Wye is invited to preview the royal tour of
the centre prior to Princess Anne's arrival. Councillor
Olwyn Barnett said, 'The centre will be open from 10am until
1pm and we'd love to see as many local people as possible.
It means they'll all be able to see exactly the same stalls
and exhibitions that the princess will see. It promises
to be a fantastic day with opportunities to chat to those
who provide the services and those who use them. We want
to make this a real red letter day in the centre's calendar
and we can't wait to let local people, as well as the princess,
see some of the amazing work which takes place at the centre.'
open morning for visitors takes place from 10am until 1pm.
Princess Anne is due to arrive at 2pm and will leave by
3pm. Visitors to the centre are asked not to park cars near
ROSS TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORTS LOCAL FESTIVALS
Mayor, Councillor John Edwards presents a cheque for £4000
Robin Symonds of Ross Live.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane presents a cheque for £1000
to Jack Baldus, organizer of Jamstand.
WOODSIDE DAY CENTRE WIN E I WILLIAMS GARDEN AWARD
& I Williams, a family run company which produces and sells
concrete products for gardens at the Doward are annual donors
for the Ross-in-Bloom competitions each summer. The judging
committee decide who has made an outstanding effort with
their floral or conservation displays and arrange a presentation
for the garden they have deemed to have an outstanding display
or something similar.
2008 Woodside Day Centre in Hildersley were awarded the
prize and last week John Williams of E & I Williams delivered
a birdbath to put in their conservation area. The attendees
had produced a rock garden with a difference showing the
roots of their childhood or working lives. Between the flowers
there had been old boots (farmers), eggs in trays (smallholders),
sewing machines (dressmakers) - the list goes on and on.
A very imaginative display which deserved something special.
Woodside will be judged for the Britain in Bloom Neighbourhood
Campaign on 21st July this seemed a fitting time to deliver
their prize to show off to the judges when they come to
Ross. Peggy Luker, the retired co-ordinator and local judge,
who had been very impressed with their Know Your Roots Display
joined Margaret Lucas, the chairman of Ross-in-Bloom for
present with John and the Ross-in-Bloom representatives
was Caroline Merrick House Manager, Jane Harris of Shaw
Health Care and members of the centre who had previously
enjoyed a lunch date with students from Fownhope School
earlier in the day. The students have built them a raised
garden and filled it with plants kindly sponsored by Ross
wished Woodside the very best of luck for their Blooming
visit. They have certainly worked very hard. The results
will be known in September.
The bird bath presentation at Woodside.
Students from Fownhope School built a raised garden at Woodside,
ready for the visit by Britain in Bloom judges.
ABBEY MILL WATER WHEEL RESTORED AT TINTERN
shell of a 150 year old waterwheel that once powered the
Abbey Mill was craned out and taken away last November for
restoration, by the Overlooking the Wye, part of the Wye
Valley AONB funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Many
hours of careful work by Penybryn engineering was spent
on the wheel and at the end of March, over 5 tonnes of beautifully
restored waterwheel and a new launder was brought back to
the Abbey Mill and returned to its rightful place.
this waterwheel was first running, Tintern was very different.
The Angiddy River that turns the waterwheel once powered
a busy and important industrial centre all the way down
the Angiddy Valley. Mill ponds, furnaces and forges gave
rise to a noisy and smoky environment that employed many
people. Abbey Mill was part of that industrial past and
the Quay, now filled in was crucial for transporting material
out of Tintern along the Wye.
Abbey Mill is now preserved as part of a craft shop and
cafe complex owner and run by Chris and Shelly Rastall who
contributed to the work and are delighted with the newly
restored wheel. On Monday, 15th June at 11:00 the wheel
will be reopened and the water allowed to flow over launder
of the people glad to see the restored wheel in action again,
after 50 years of lying dormant, is Brian Jones. Mr Jones
remembers his father working in the Abbey Mill, when the
waterwheel powered a saw mill. Ashley Thomas, Chair of the
Wye Valley AONB JAC will also be there to see the progress
of the Overlooking the Wye scheme. .
The restored water wheel.
SO DELIGHTED THEY FORGOT TO FIND OUT WHEN AND WHERE
The bird bath presentation at Woodside.
HEREFORDSHIRE WINS £2.4 MILLION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
has successfully bid for £2.4 million to help bring together
a wide range of services for children, young people and
their families in a number of single sites across the county.
The bid was led by Herefordshire Council and the money,
awarded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families,
will be used to expand sites and facilities in Kington,
Leominster, Bromyard, Hereford, Ross on Wye and Ledbury.
new sites will enable social workers, educational psychologists,
education welfare officers, specialist teachers of visual
or hearing impaired children, community police officers,
youth workers, family support workers and others to share
facilities and work alongside each other. The aim is to
make it easier for people to access services by using existing
public service sites that are well used and valued in local
communities. Children and families, and the staff working
with them will spend less time travelling as a result. Staff
will be able to provide a much better service by being able
to work together in buildings around the county. The
bid was made on behalf of Herefordshire Children's Trust,
a strategic partnership of agencies responsible for services
for children and young people. A consultation on the project,
called No Wrong Door has been undertaken and views gathered
to inform plans being prepared to carry the project forward.
Jenny Hyde, cabinet member for children's services, said,
'This is excellent news for Herefordshire as it means we
can move forward with plans to revolutionize the way children's
services are delivered. Now we have some cash to spend over
the next two years on developing existing sites, which will
help us deliver what promises to be an ambitious programme.
The No Wrong Door initiative is going to bring many positive
changes to our children and their families. Many thanks
to Chris Baird, assistant director of children's services,
who put this bid together so successfully.'
money will be alongside other funding initiatives. These
include the Primary Strategy for Change, which is a national
government programme of investment for primary schools,
and Building Schools for the Future, the scheme that aims
to rebuild or renew every secondary school in England.
JESSE WELCOMES NEWS OF COUNCILS OFFER IN COUNTY UNIVERSITY BID
campaigner Jesse Norman has given a warm welcome to the
decision by Herefordshire Council to contribute its Blackfriars
office site to a possible new university centre. The announcement
was made at a recent seminar to discuss the county's imminent
bid for funding under the 'New University Challenge' programme.
has been leading a public campaign for a new university
since November 2007, when he and former Shadow Chancellor,
Oliver Letwin MP spoke at a Bulmer Foundation event on a
possible 'multiversity' in Herefordshire. Commenting on
the news, Jesse said, 'This is a great start, and the Council
should be congratulated for taking a lead on this important
issue. As the seminar last week made clear, what matters
now is that we have a genuinely ambitious vision for higher
education in Herefordshire over the next 15 or 20 years.
In my book that means aiming at a small, focused new university
doing what the county does best.
can think of the process in three stages. Stage One is about
getting more students into higher education in our existing
colleges. Stage Two is about establishing a university centre
itself, with research and teaching facilities and student
accommodation. Stage Three is about gaining our own independent
accreditation for courses to be offered by a new Herefordshire
University or University College. I myself taught for six
years at university level, and I know from personal experience
how valuable it would be to have a new university in our
county. It will help to reverse the flow of young people
out of Herefordshire. It will unlock local talent and it
could make a major difference to the local economy by bringing
in new companies, new skills and new private investment.'
UNIQUE RING STOLEN FROM HEREFORDSHIRE NURSING HOME
Police are asking everyone, particularly those in the antique
and jewellery worlds, to keep an eye out for an unusual
ring that was stolen recently.
Sunday, 31st May and Monday, 1st June 2009, a heart cluster
ring was stolen from a room in a nursing home on the outskirts
of Hereford. Valued at around £7,000, the platinum band,
which was made to a bespoke design some 70 years ago, features
a large, raised central diamond cut into the shape of a
heart, surrounded by several other diamonds.
are keen to hear immediately from anyone who may be offered
the ring or from anyone who may know of it's current whereabouts.
Anyone with information should contact PC Wayne White at
Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555111.
TRY A NEW SPORT AT THE THREE COUNTIES SHOW
Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire (SPHW)
will be giving visitors to the Three Counties Show from
Friday, 19th to Sunday, 21st June, the chance to try and
to watch a huge range of sports and activities at their
Sports Village - for free. The whole family will be able
to take part in a fun-packed multiskills session, or take
the opportunity to have a go and watch demonstrations of
sports including Golf Xtreme, Ultimate Frisbee, rugby, squash,
basketball, triathlon, skittles, fencing and martial arts.
Throughout the Show there will be a number of dazzling performances
from local sports clubs.
programme includes a chance to take part in a mini Triathlon
competition, and then try your form at Golf Xtreme. Malvern
Gymnastics will be performing on Saturday, 20th June along
with Malvern Eskrima, a local martial arts group. Sunday
will see Ultimate Frisbee take flight followed by an impressive
display of fencing from Team Melia of Birmingham. As well
as the chance to take part and learn more about new and
familiar sports, there will be plenty of give-aways and
information on local sports clubs, facilities, walking and
cycling maps and information on improving your health and
lifestyle. With over 1300 sports clubs in Herefordshire
and Worcestershire, there genuinely is something to attract
are delighted that the Three Counties Agricultural Society
have given us this opportunity to provide sports sessions
at the Three Counties Show, as well as showcase our local
clubs' sports,' said Steve Brewster, Director of the Sports
Partnership. 'The event was a huge success last year, with
nearly 1,000 people taking part. Thank you to our sports
clubs, volunteers and coaches who are helping to make it