AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS OF NEWNHAM
lovely village of Newnham runs alongside the river Severn
in Gloucestershire. The village flanks the Forest of Dean
and is also ideally placed for visitors to the beautiful
Wye valley. Visitors flock to Newnham to watch the Severn
Bore with its surfers and to take walks in the wonderful
nearby forest, where they can see wild boar, deer and an
abundance of birds. This year Newnham has the added attraction
that many of its residents are opening their gardens to
the public on the 4th and 5th of July.
gardens that are opening are not just the hidden spaces
of the Regency or often earlier buildings fronting the High
Street, but also extend to the wider village where the mix
of scale and maturity of the gardens offer an eclectic mix.
If you have never visited Newnham then the view from the
bench at the rear of the church overlooking the Severn is
spectacular and the bird song and scenery are always a delight.
Why not stop for a bite to eat at a local pub like the White
Hart in Broadoak, a leisurely quarter mile walk from the
centre of Newnham along the riverbank and then enjoy what
will undoubtedly be an interesting open gardens event. Refreshments
and plants will be on sale and a children's trail will keep
is a delightful village and a wonderful staging point for
access to some other great places and activities in the
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. This event could just be
part of your visit, but we hope you'll join us to celebrate
the gardens of Newnham. Tickets are available in advance
of the event from the Post Offices in Newnham and Blakeney,
but will also be on sale on both days at the Old House in
the Lower High Street in Newnham. Tickets will cost £5 per
day for adults and children below fourteen will be admitted
free of charge. Gardens will be open from 11 a.m. until
5 p.m. and everybody is welcome.
Newnham-on-Severn lies midway between Gloucester and Chepstow
on the A48; the bus route is number 73 and nearest rail
links are Lydney and Gloucester.
One of the beautiful gardens of Newnham.
An inquisitive dog admireing the grounds.
DAYS ARE NUMBERED FOR ROSS IN BLOOM ENTRIES
Ross-in-Bloom committee would like to remind all those who
wish to enter their gardens into the competition that their
entry forms must be received by the judging co-ordinator
by Wednesday, 30th June. Any forms received after that date
will not be taken into account. If you would like to enter
your garden but you don't have a form you can obtain one
Garden Store, Lucas
Motorcycles or Ross Heritage Centre. Send an sae with
your form and you will receive a 10% discount voucher to
help with the cost of your plants, courtesy of Ross Garden
above deadline does not apply to the Childrens' Competition.
The closing date for their entries is Saturday, 11th July
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE AT THE SHIRE HALL
Elgar Award winning Tarrington Brass are preparing to hand
over the award in style at the Hereford Prom concert on
Saturday, 11th July. The concert, which will take place
at the Shire Hall at 7.30pm will open with a fanfare arrangement
from the Severn Suite by Elgar, which has been specially
commissioned for the evening and will also feature Sir Malcolm
Arnold Suite for Brass Opus 80 along with the delightful
Second suite in F by Holst.
band will be joined by The Hereford Police Choir who will
be singing in English, African, French, Latin and Maori
and the outstanding local Clarinet soloist, Becky Griffiths
will also be performing. Becky is well know as a peripatetic
teacher in the county and recognized nationally as an outstanding
exponent of the clarinet. Tarringtom
Brass are also delighted to welcome popular Baritone David
Coulson who will deliver items from his extensive repertoire
that always raise a smile. The evening will conclude in
true promenade style with the sea songs, pomp and circumstance
and the combined forces, singing 'Jerusalem.'
cost £8 and £5 and are available from The Outback,
Church St Hereford, Tarrington Brass, The Hereford Police
Choir or by calling 07764 921401. Children under the age
of 16 years will be admitted free.
JESSE LEADS VOLUNTEER TEAMS IN ATTACK ON LITTER IN HEREFORD CITY
Local campaigner Jesse Norman led two teams of volunteers
last week in a co-ordinated attack on litter in Hereford
City. Nearly 20 volunteers from HALTER, Hereford Against
Litter, joined up with the Police, Council enforcement officers
and with local contractors, Amey in litter picks in High
Town on Saturday and Thursday.
the volunteers cleaned up in the Cathedral Close, in Church
Street, Widemarsh Street, St Owens Street, Broad Street,
West Street, Bewell Street, Commercial Street and around
Maylords, as well as in High Town itself. This marks the
first time that volunteers have worked alongside local police,
litter enforcement and litter clearance in a collective
afterwards, Jesse said, 'Many people have said to me that
Hereford is starting to look cleaner over the past few months.
But there is a long way to go yet. We have been campaigning
for ages for a tougher and more co-ordinated approach to
litter and it is great to see these efforts start to come
to fruition. People need to understand that litter is not
just ugly and expensive to clean up. It deters tourists,
hurts our shops and is known to lead to higher levels of
antisocial behaviour. They cannot just drop litter with
impunity. This is a gorgeous city, in a gorgeous county,
and we need to take care of it.'
Jesse Norman with the rest of the volunteer clean up team.
CITY TO GET MULTI SCREEN CINEMA IF RETAIL QUARTER GETS GO AHEAD
will get its first multi screen cinema if Herefordshire
Council's cabinet gives the go ahead to a development agreement
for the city's new retail quarter. Cabinet will meet on
Thursday, 25th June to discuss the signing of the agreement
between the council, ESG Herefordshire and developers Stanhope
plc. The agreement will pave the way for the regeneration
of the old livestock market site into a new retail scheme
that will revitalize the whole city centre.
council set up the ESG joint venture company to breathe
new life into the economy of Hereford, whilst connecting
with and supporting its medieval core with its traditional
tourism and shopping attractions. The first phase of the
project will start in 2011. It is intended to herald a range
of substantial economic and social benefits for the county,
including a new multi screen cinema, new restaurants, household
name retailers, car parking and high quality pedestrianized
streets with connections to the city's High Town and Maylord
Centre, all helping to generate a thriving new evening economy.
retail development, just north of the inner ring road that
circles the city's historic core, will create 1500 new jobs
and will need 600 workers to build it. Almost entirely owned
by Herefordshire Council, the retail and leisure quarter
is the first slice in the regeneration of the entire 100-acre
ESG site. The 20-year project is Hereford's biggest development
since the building of its ancient cathedral in the twelfth
Stanhope's selection as preferred partner for the development
in February 2008, the company has been negotiating a final
development mix and designs for the site. Stanhope will
progress the planning process, negotiate with various agencies,
demolish existing buildings and construct the approved scheme,
letting to retailers, restaurants, and leisure providers,
and manage the completed scheme according to its agreement
with Herefordshire Council. A 250-year lease to be granted
to the developer once the scheme has been completed.
retail quarter is one of the key elements of the regeneration
of the city. The 12.5-acre site includes 9.9 acres of council-owned
area and, as a condition of the development agreement, Stanhope
will fund the acquisition of any further land and property
required to bring the retail quarter to fruition. The site
includes not only the livestock market area, which will
be freed up with the building of a new market to the north
west of the city, but also the associated business premises,
Garrick House and adjacent multi-storey and surface car
park and the New Market Tavern site.
wider framework consists of off-site flood alleviation work,
a new link road, a new urban village with a least one third
affordable housing and a new transport hub. Cabinet will
consider the development agreement in public session but
the detailed and commercially sensitive items will be discussed
in confidence to protect the council's negotiating position
on behalf of local taxpayers. The signature of the development
agreed will give greater certainty to the overall scheme
and the funding package required to finance the wider Edgar
Street Grid regeneration, as well as concluding the open
market selection of Stanhope as the preferred developer.
board of ESG Herefordshire is recommending to the council
that the development of the retail quarter is realized in
defined stages and will be under constant review to ensure
measured progress in line with the recovery of the economy.
A planning application for phase one is expected to be made
by Stanhope next summer, with work starting a year later.
The development will be funded by Stanhope plc. This development
of this first phase will coincide with the Herefordshire
Council's refurbishment of the Butter Market as part of
the whole city centre regeneration programme. The ESG team
is working closely with the council and the city centre
tenants group on plans to modernize the Butter Market and
create within it a centre of excellence to help promote
Herefordshire's high quality local produce.
MAN INJURED IN SHOOTING ACCIDENT
police have confirmed that a 20 year old man was injured
in a shooting accident in a field in Lower Lyde, just north
of Hereford at the weekend. The incident happened at 9pm
on Saturday 20th June 2009, as one man was passing a shotgun
to another through a hedge. Police launched an immediate
investigation and detectives are satisfied that the injury
caused was accidental and that there are no criminal offences
disclosed or suspicious circumstances. The unnamed man is
currently being treated at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham
for a non-life threatening shotgun wound.
ST DEINST CHURCH PREPARES FOR A FACELIFT
several years of planning and fundraising, Llangarron Church
which is a Grade l listed building dating back to 14th century
and the only church in England dedicated to St Deinst, is
counting down to the start of essential repairs on 27th
July. The repairs will be carried out by local building
firm, H T Kettle Ltd, in conjunction with Shrewsbury based
architects Donald Insall Associates. The
10 week programme includes repairs to the roof, valley gutter,
gable copings and exterior stonework plus the installation
of a drainage channel for and damp course in the North Aisle.
the works, the church will function as normal, including
coffee mornings in the Nave on the 2nd Saturday of every
date, £72,895 of the required £76,509 has been raised. This
is largely due to the generous support of English Heritage,
National Churches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Hereford
Historic Churches Trust, Allchurches Trust and the Listed
Places of Worship Scheme. It has also been supplemented
by PCC funds raised through various village events.
raise the balance, plans are in place for an extra special
Summer Fête at Langstone Court on Saturday, 4th July and
the action packed programme includes a display of gundogs
and hawks by Black Mountains Falconry and an afternoon of
children's entertainment by Jenny-Any-Dots. A mountain bike
skills circuit is also planned as well as a duck race and
a fire engine. Berry Hill Band will be providing the music.
is £1 for adults (children 16 years and under free). Please
go along and help to swell the funds.
St. Deinst Church in Llangarron.
POLICE WARN OF THEFTS FROM COUNTY CHURCHES
in Herefordshire are warning church staff and local residents
to be on their guard against thieves, following three theft
incidents across the county in the past few days. Between
6th and 20th June, a thief forced the collection box in
the entrance to the St. John The Evangelist Church in Shobdon,
near Leominster, removing the cash it held.
incident occurred between 14th and 21st June, when somebody
entered St Deinst's Church in Llangarron, near Ross. They
unsuccessfully tried to force the safe in the vestry and
left empty handed. The latest incident was at St Mary's
Church at Fownhope between 14th and 22nd June when somebody
attempted to break into the collection box, again without
the time frames for these individual incidents, it is possible
that all three offences were committed on the same day,
although at this stage Police have no firm evidence either
way. They are urging all those charged with the care of
rural churches to make sure that security is as tight as
possible, especially where many churches are left open during
the day for those wishing to visit or pray. Safes and collection
boxes should be checked as often as possible. Householders
living in the vicinity of rural parish churches can also
play their part by keeping a surreptitious eye on their
local church, noting registration numbers where appropriate
and reporting all suspicious activity to police as soon
with information on the recent spate of thefts should contact
the Public Service Desk at Hereford Police Station on 0300
333 3000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.
SPECIALISED PEDAL CYCLE STOLEN FROM SHED IN ROSS
in Ross on Wye are appealing for information following the
theft of a pedal cycle from a shed in the town. Between
12.30am and 10am on Thursday 18th June 2009, a garden shed
in Station Street, Ross was entered by thieves and a 'Big
Hit' model Specialised downhill pedal cycle, valued at £1,300,
was removed. The cycle is coloured white with black forks.
are anxious to speak to anyone who witnessed the theft or
may know the current whereabouts of this distinctive machine.
Anybody with any information should contact PC Andrea Morris
at Ross Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555111.
GOLD MEDAL FOR ROSS COX AT WORLD ADAPTIVE ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Jones who is currently studying at Reading University was
selected to cox the Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Coxed Four
(LTAMix4+) in Munich on Saturday. The
LTAMix4+ can have a mixture of rowers with disabilities
in the boat and often blind rowers dominate. The crews are
coxed by an able bodied coxswain who steers them to the
kept Great Britain honest in the final adaptive rowing race.
Victoria Hansford, James Roe and David Smith, with stroke
Naomi Riches and coxswain Rhiannon Jones, got out in front
at the start with Germany right on their tails. Rhiannon
began her rowing career with Ross returning regularly during
college breaks. Having starting her career at Ross, Rhiannon
pursued her rowing career whilst at college. Coxing the
Reading 1st eight at Henley and now being selected to representative
GB in the 2009 Adaptive world championship. Rhiannon is
a crowning example of what can be achieved through hard
work and dedication to her sport. The Club is suitably proud
of the role it has played in introducing and inspiring Rhiannon
with her passion for Rowing.
Rowers Strike 6 Gold at Stratford
Suitably inspired by the success of Rhiannon, the club's
newest group of competitive rowers were racing for the first
time at Stratford regatta. The new rowers were all highly
successful with each one distinguishing themselves with
great credit. All of the beginners learnt to row at the
'Discover Rower' during the Easter camp. The Wj11 doubles
was won by Tilly Lawson and Imogen Gray and in the quads,
Christina, Imogen Alice Reynolds and Jess Boon with Olivia
Baynham-Williams coxing, narrowly beat the other Ross Crew
of Jacoba Hale , Megan Jepcote , Jenny Reeves, and Tilly
Lawson with Jess Crossman Coxing.
the Wj12 open class the new starers were teamed up with
more experienced rowers. This event was won by Catrin Morris
and Jacobe Hale only narrowly beating Olivia Baynham-Williams
and Christina Stevenson. In the quads event Megan Jephcote,
Alice Reynolds Pippa England and Imogen Gray coxed by Jess
Crossman vanquished a plucky Evesham crew. Leading the charge
for the boys were the experienced J12 quad of Johan Lai,
George Probert, Dale Kernot, Nick Burden and coxed by Jess
Crossman. Having beaten Leicester in the semi final they
vanquished another plucky Ross crew Jess then Teamed up
with Johan Lai to win J12 double sculls.
travel to Reading Thames Valley Park Regatta
Thames Valley Park regatta is traditionally the last schools
regatta of the season and as such attracts very strong oppostion
from the London area. Ross squad members travelled down
to test themselves at this level. The boys J13 quad made
up of Johan Lai, Morgan Gray, George Probert and Sam Taylor
with Olivia Baynham-Williams coxing, having won their semi
final were only narrowly beaten in the final by 6 feet.
Rosie Brandram-Jones and Zoe Sarjant were also victorious
in their semi final only to come up against a strong Avon
County double in the final. Overall it was another excellent
weekend of rowing for the Ross Club.
thanks must go to the support teams at both regattas especially
the supporting parents at Stratford and TVP. Special thanks
go to the trailer drivers, Ian Howell, John Lewis and Jonathon
The winning crew at the World Adaptive Rowing Championship.
The successful Ross Junior crews.
PICNIC WITH THE BANNED AT CUCKOO'S CORNER
the success of last year's event, The Banned are all set
to repeat the experience of giving a great performance of
classic rock music at Cuckoo's Corner, Howle Hill this coming
Saturday. The Banned is a good JKHS teacher / student mix
of talented musicians who really enjoy performing and on
Saturday will be raising money to support the John Kyrle
High School's link with Kisiki College and Ross Town's link
Several talented guest artistes will be performing during
the event and are: new local boy band Caddy, great local
rappers, Controversial Minds, Vic Bailey, Bekki Steele,
acoustic duo The Ben and George Experience, Alex Knapman
of X-Factor fame, Ed Arnold, Vertical Dropout, Starlight
Through Storm and Alan and Tony. All of these acts are performing
for free and the event promises to be a great family day
out. Tickets are available from the John Kyrle High School
and cost £5, concessions £4 and a family ticket
£10. You will need to take your own food to the picnic
but there will be a bar open and free overnight camping
you are thinking of holding a fund-raising event, why not
book The Banned to play? Over a number of Years the Banned
have raised thousands of pounds for charities at home and
abroad including Megan Baker Trust, Childrens' Cancer Trust,
Red Nose Day Appeal, Acorn Hospice, Namutumba Sewing Machines,
St Mary’s Church Appeal, John Kyrle 25th Anniversary Celebration
as well as a annual contribution to the school’s Uganda
and South Africa appeals and on 12th September, they will
be fronting an indoor picnic in support of Zisize Ingwavuma
Orphage in South Africa.
JOIN IN THE FUN AT BRIDSTOW COMMUNITY FUN DAY
will be lots of fun for all the family at Bridstow Primary
School on Saturday, 4th July. The event is a joint venture
between the school, the Parish Council, the Parish Hall
Committee and a whole range of activities has been planned
to take place between 3pm and 5pm.
organizers have arranged face painting, a charity tug-o-war,
a rounders match, a bouncy castle, a summer hat competition,
traction engine rides, go karts, a toddlers corner, tombola
and cake stalls, cream teas, a barbecue and much more. Why
not go along and join in the fun?