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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
FAMILY FUN DAY ARRANGED FOR THIS COMING SUNDAY
A fun day for the whole family will be taking place in the
Caroline Symonds Gardens, Ross-on-Wye this coming Sunday,
26th July with a whole range of fun activities for all the
family to enjoy. The event has been organized to raise funds
for Hereford United Junior Bulls and will take place between
12 Noon and 4pm. Some of the Hereford United players will
be in attendance, along with the management team and United
supporters (and non football fans) of all ages are welcome
to go along and join in the fun.
are lots of competitions to take part in including a penalty
shoot out, who has the hardest shot?, limbo and hoopla.
The less energetic might like to simply purchase a raffle
ticket to try to win some great prizes, including one of
the new Hereford United shirts. There will be lots of stalls
down on the field, including a cake stall and bottle stall.
A bouncy castle will be there for the kids as well as a
burger van and ice cream van.
you are a United fan, players will be more than happy to
pose for photographs with you and to sign autographs. There
is lots of fun to be had by all, so why not go along on
Sunday and join in?
ROSS LION KEITH WILDING ENDS TERM OF PRESIDENCY ON A HIGH NOTE
During the last few days of his term as president of the
Ross-on-Wye Lions Club, Lion Keith Wilding had the pleasure
of hearing his fellow Lions voting to hand donations to
several organizations in the Ross area. A little later he
was able to present a cheque for £250 to Jack Baldus who
is organizing the two day Jamstand event at the Lions Bandstand.
On the same day he visited the Ross Community Hospital to
hand over a cheque for £150 to Cicely Symonds and Heather
Jackson of the League of Friends. Most of this money had
been raised at the Hospital Fete.
Public Relations Officer, Lion Bernard Fowkes visited retired
teacher Gareth Hughes, who is greatly involved with the
John Kyrle High School project at Kisiki College in Ross's
twin town Namutumba, Uganda. He handed over a cheque for
£300 which in turn will be handed over to the Chairman of
Council in Namutumba. The money will be used to clean the
town of accumulated rubbish brought about by rubbish dumps
in close proximity of the town.
is part of a project started by an environmental group from
John Kyrle High School and forms part of the living community
link between the towns. This group is already in Uganda
organizing the work being carried out. At the same time
Lion Bernard offered Gareth around 100 Tee Shirts to take
to Kisiki College for the young people. These Tee Shirts
had been given to the Ross Lions to help raise funds for
the club. Gareth was sure the young people out in Uganda
would appreciate the gift. All
of these gifts were gratefully received and great use will
be made of the funds donated.
his last role as President, before handing over to Lion
Andrew Middlecote, Lion Keith, Lion Bernard and their wives
attended the premier of a short film made by a small group
of pupils at John Kyrle High School who call themselves
Minute by Minute Productions. The film was made with the
assistance of Prospero Productions and funded by PGL, Orles
Barn Hotel and the Ross Lions Club. The group hold training
sessions at the YZone in Hill Street, Ross. For a first
attempt at film making it was classed as excellent and the
young people were expected to go a long way in the film
world. All the people involved were presented with an Oscar.
Keith Wilding presents JAMSTAND organizer Jack Baldus with a cheque
RELAX AND ENJOY THE OLD COURT HOTEL GARDEN PARTY
beautifully renovated gardens of The
Old Court Hotel, Whitchurch will be open to the public
this coming Sunday as proprietors Victoria and Jono host
their fourth annual Garden Party. Previous events at this
lovely hotel have raised hundreds of pounds for local projects
and this year local charities are set to benefit from the
is free to the Garden Party which will run from 1pm until
8:30pm and some great live entertainment has been organized
for the event, including 'Banshee' the popular Irish Folk
band. The great Hickory Stick boys will also be there with
their country rock set and some brilliant blues, soul and
rock and roll will be performed by CJD. Tap your feet to
some Cajun blues by Whiskey River, Indie folk by John McConnachie,
then chill out to the Rat Pack style crooning of David Anthony.
said, 'There is always a brilliant atmosphere at the garden
party; a few beers and some great free music, what could
be better on a lazy Sunday afternoon? It doesn't matter
if it rains we will just hold the event indoors. We love
this community and have made our home here. We see investing
in the community as investing in our own family's future.'
further information on the Old Court Garden Party, contact
Victoria on 01600 890367 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is plenty of parking space available, so why not go
along and enjoy the show?
STOLEN X-TRAIL SET ALIGHT AT WELSH NEWTON
Herefordshire detectives are appealing for witnesses to
come forward who may have seen suspicious activity involving
the use of a stolen Nissan X-Trail 4x4, which was dumped
and burnt out in a remote spot in Welsh Newton.
silver X-Trail, which was stolen from Cwmbran in Gwent on
9th July, was found burnt out in a field near the village
of Welsh Newton on Tuesday, 14th July by the farmer who
rents out the land. Police believe that the vehicle had
been used in a burglary at the First Motorway Services on
the A40 at Whitchurch at around 2am on Monday 13th July.
are keen to speak to anyone who was in a South Herefordshire
triangle between Monmouth, Ross and Welsh Newton and who
may have seen a silver Nissan X-Trail, possibly containing
three men, acting suspiciously or unloading property from
one vehicle to another.
Anyone with information should contact DC Darren Ball at
Ross CID on 0300 333 3000 or call the free Crimestoppers
line anonymously on 0800 555111.
ROSS JUNIOR ACADEMY INSPIRED BY OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST
Ross Rowing Club's Junior Academy were inspired by a direct
invitation from Beijing Olympic gold medallist Andy Triggs
Hodge to visit the his Club' Mosley Junior regatta and achieved
incredible levels of performance to notch up 9 wins and
were crowned Victor Ludorum for the most successful club
at the event.
Andy had previously been comparing notes on developing juniors
with Ross Club Captain Ian Howell during the winter and
it was during this conversation the Olympic star offered
the invitation to attend Mosely's annual Junior Regatta,
which was held on the Thames just down from Hampton Court
Palace. The events that unfolded as a result of this chance
discussion are of truly fantastic proportions and really
would be more suited to a work of sports fiction rather
The winning performances started with the Wj15 single, Ellie
Blackwood, who worked through 2 rounds and won her final
in convincing fashion. Other victories in singles included,
Nick Burden in j11 singles, Alice Reynolds in Wj11 singles,
Johan Lai in J12 singles and Joel Bullock, who after capsizing,
went out and won his J13 singles.
the doubles events, George Probert and Sam Taylor won in
J12. In wj11, Alice Reynolds and Christina Stephenson were
capsized by a passing pleasure boat but returned to the
water to win their semi final and then the final. In the
Quads racing, Olivia Baynham Williams, Charlotte Westley,
Megan Jephcote, Jess Crossman, with George Probert coxing
won convincingly in the Wj12. Quads, Johan Lai, Scot Morris,
Sam Taylor and George Probert with Rhodri Morris still won
their heat even though Sam had snapped his blade in half,
then went on to win their final in the boys j12 event.
was the first time the Squad had attended in any great numbers
and the quality of performances by the Ross Academy scullers
was the talk of the river bank. John Lewis, junior captain
commented, 'This was a day when everyone delivered wonderful
performances. Despite kit failures and capsizes the squad
rose to the occasion, inspired by the quality of competition
to deliver the best team performance of the season.' The
icing on the cake was the surprise announcement that the
Ross squad was the most successful competing club who even
out pointed the hosts who had over 43 entries.
Captain Ian Howell added, 'It was a sublime day. Even those
who might not have won an event contributed to the success
of the day with their wonderful team spirit. It was indeed
a very proud day for our Club competing in such illustrious
Academy at National Championships Amy Surman and Ellie
Grindle, rowing a year above their age group in Wj14 double
sculls did very well to win through to the semi final, during
which they were beaten into third place and did not proceed
to the final. They rowed very well, gaining valuable experience
over the 2000-metre national championship course. This performance
ranked them 7th overall in the UK in J14 double sculls.
Coache wins Gold at National Championships Ross coach
Robin Fletcher who is currently head of the Welsh Junior
squad was also making waves at the National championships.
His welsh junior coxed four, which included Junior Academy
support coach Gareth Morgan won a gold. This is a tremendous
result for Robin and his crew and bodes well for the Home
International event which happens this weekend.
Rowing Club's victorious Junior Academy after a very successfulo
day at Mosely.
MAN PUSHED THROUGH SHOP WINDOW - WITNESSES SOUGHT
in Ross-on-Wye are appealing for witnesses to an incident
of disorder in which a young man was pushed through a shop
window in the town to come forward.
incident happened at 2.25am on Saturday, 18th July 2009
outside The County Collection in the Market Place, Ross-on-Wye.
A group of men and another 28 year old man, all of whom
were heavily under the influence of alcohol, became involved
in a physical altercation, which led to the sole male being
pushed through the window of County Collections. As a result
of this, the victim received superficial cuts to his face
and body and a lump on the forehead and was treated at Hereford
man has been arrested in connection with the incident and
is currently on police bail whilst further enquiries are
carried out. Police are anxious to speak to anyone who may
have been in the area at the time and witnessed the altercation.
Anybody with any information should contact PC Adam Hollings
at Ross Police Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers
on 0800 555111.
NEW CHAIR OF WEST MERCIA POLICE AUTHORITY ELECTED
Mrs Sheila Blagg from Worcestershire has been unanimously
elected as the new Chair of the West Mercia Police Authority.
Sheila Blagg, a Police Authority member since 2005, has
been Vice Chair since 2008 and prior to this was Chair of
the Audit Committee. Sheila is a member of the national
Police Negotiating Board and serves on the Council of the
Association of Police Authorities.
taking on the role of Chair of the Authority, Sheila thanked
members and officers for their unanimous support and looked
forward to working with the Chief Constable Paul West, his
team and local communities in order to continue to make
West Mercia a safe place to live, work and visit. After
paying a warm tribute to the outgoing Chair, Mr Paul Deneen
JP DL, and thanking him for his leadership, drive and passion,
Sheila said, 'Paul has made an outstanding contribution
to the work of the Authority. I am delighted that he will
be continuing to serve on the Authority and that he will
also be undertaking work at national level for the Association
of Police Authorities as Co-Leader of the Independent Group
and as a member of the Board of Governors of the National
College of Police Leadership at Bramshill.'
Mercia Police Authority is an independent body of 17 local
people (9 Councillors from Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford
& Wrekin and Worcestershire, and 8 independent people).
Authority is responsible for ensuring that West Mercia Police
provide an efficient and effective police service for the
people of the region.