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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
COUNTDOWN TO CARNIVAL FUN
Saturday is Carnival Day 2009 and after a whole year of
hard work by the Carnival Committee, a great day of fun
for all the family has been planned. There was a great turnout
of floats for the procession last year and there are even
more entries this year. It isn't too late for you to get
together with friends and neighbours to put in an entry
of your own. You never know, you may turn out to be one
of the lucky prize winners.
Carnival Committee are asking for your help this year to
ensure the smooth running of the procession. They need volunteers
to stand at a junction until the procession has gone past,
then open the road to traffic again by removing the 'Road
Closed' sign once the floats have finished passing through.
If you can help, please contact Carnival Chairman, Mel Hodges
on 078896562403 for further information. The procession
is a wonderful sight as it makes its colourful way around
the town and down to the Carnival Field where a whole range
of stalls, side-shows and activities await you.
healing for dogs is a new attraction this year, so if your
little companion is feeling under the weather, why not take
it along, or visit the stall for advice on your pet's well-being?
The Cats Protection League will also be on hand for those
who prefer our feline friends. There will be go karts and
motorbikes, bouncy castles, food stalls, gift stalls, demonstrations
and a whole host of other activities, so go along and have
some fun on what will hopefully be the best Carnival Day
Jawahir Belly Dancers in a previous Carnival procession.
A DAY TO REMEMBER
By Lion Bernard Fowkes
A long time ago, when Ross resident Bernard Fowkes was still
working, he was used to meeting Royalty and celebrities
because that was part of his job. However, he got a completely
different feeling when he received a letter from The Countess
of Darnley, JP, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, asking
if he would like to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham
Palace in recognition of the voluntary service he was giving
to his community.
accepting he then waited for his formal invitation from
the Palace which took around another six weeks to arrive.
Given the option he decided to go on the 14th July and was
he glad he chose that date. On the other date offered there
was a deluge which put the Palace lawns under three inches
of water. As it was, on the day of the party, Bernard and
his wife Jo travelled to London on the Green Line Coach
Service and it was raining all the way until they actually
got into London. Here it looked as if they had had no rain
at Victoria they strolled along to Buckingham Palace and
joined the queues waiting to attend the Garden Party. Everyone
was smartly dressed with the ladies looking as if they were
going to Ascot Races. There were about five thousand guests
including a large number of military personnel. The people
they met in the queue were very friendly and most were there
for the same reason, what they had or were doing for their
were large marquees on the lawn where the food was served
from. For saying there were 5,000 guests the service was
excellent with hardly any waiting and they were soon sitting
eating a wonderful buffet, again meeting up and talking
to other guests. After the buffet most of the guests were
asked to line up into two huge U shaped formations into
which the Royals would walk and talk to selected guests
who had been chosen by Aides. Jo managed to get on the front
of the crowd and luckily both the Queen and Prince Phillip
stopped to speak directly in front of her. Bernard was further
back and had to look over the shoulders of people in front
other Royals attending were; Princess Alexandra, Prince
and Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Edward and his wife
the Countess of Wessex. Walking over to where the minor
Royals were meeting guests, Bernard and Jo were approached
by a Royal Aide who asked if they would like to meet Princess
Alexandra. After taking their details and explaining the
protocol when spoken to by Royalty he asked them to wait
in a certain spot. Just as their turn was coming up the
Royal Aide asked them if they would rather see Prince Edward
and they said they would.
being asked what they did by the Prince, Bernard said he
was a member of the Ross Lions Club and that he ran a youth
organization in Ross. Prince Edward said he knew all about
the Lions because his wife was Patron of the Lions Clubs
of Great Britain. He also spoke to Bernard's wife Jo asking
her what she did. She told him she helps fund raise for
Macmillan Nurses which he said was a worthy cause. During
the conversation Prince Edward said to Jo 'Bernard must
be one of those who always says yes' and Jo replied he doesn't
understand the word no. After the short conversation he
moved on to other guests.
the time the sun shone and it was very warm. Bernard and
Jo then listened in turn to two military bands which were
playing at both ends of the garden after which they toured
the gardens which were very extensive and well kept. They
talked to several Royal Aides who said they knew Ross and
what a wonderful area it was in. In the meantime the Queen
was entertaining her family and other VIPS while hundreds
of guests watched from a distance. Diplomats and their guests
were being entertained in another marquee. The Queen left
soon after this and the bands played the National Anthem.
The guests then dispersed.
was a super day, the weather couldn't have been kinder and
the Garden Party with all those wonderful people there was
excellent. When asked about his previous meetings with royalty
Bernard said he was British Telecoms Liaison Officer for
the Royal Family in Gloucestershire, dealing with their
telecommunications needs and regularly visiting the royal
Bernard Fowkes and his wife, Jo enjoyed a wonderful day at the Buckingham
Palace Garden Party.
THIEF SNATCHED PURSE FROM ELDERLY WOMAN
in Ross-on-Wye are appealing for information after a woman
in her 80's who was returning home up Church Street had
her purse snatched by a man who then ran off. The incident
happened in Church Street, Ross at around 4pm on Sunday
26th July, when the victim became aware of a hand reaching
around her left side. Her purse was then snatched from her
woman turned around to see a white male, wearing a black
hip length jacket and a black baseball cap, running back
down Church Street, across the road and into the churchyard
of St Mary's. His direction of travel from there is unknown.
The black purse contained a Nectar card and a small amount
are keen to speak to anyone who saw the suspect either before
the theft or running away afterwards. Anybody who knows
the identity of the thief or who has any information that
can help should contact PC Chris Smith at Ross Police Station
on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
ROSS ROWING CLUB SQUADS SUCCESS AT BEWDLEY
Another weekend of success was enjoyed by Ross Rowing Club
when they attended Bewdley regatta on the river Severn.
The club amassed an impressive 13 wins over the two days
with the mens squad notching up an impressive 5 and the
junior academy continuing its excellent form with 8 victories.
winners on Saturday were the men's Immediate 1st crew of
Paul Carpenter, Phil Davies, Steve Randell, Rolland Robinson
and cox, Morgan Baynham-Williams. Elle Blackwood, rowing
in Wj15 singles also notched up an impressive victory over
the 800m course. On Sunday the Junior Academy were upstaged
by the men's Veteran crew of Jeremy Picton Turbervill, Graham
Watling, Dave Sykes, Paul Brodholt and cox Geene Watling.
Competing in open immediate coxed fours they proceeded to
race against usually much younger crews and emerged victorious
working through 3 rounds to beat a strong Stourport crew
in the final. They added to this victory by beating a Bewdley
crew in the final of their Veteran event.
from the men's squad, Chris Jones and Borris Darcy were
successful in immediate 3 double sculls and Steve Randell
and Phil Davies won in their open coxless pairs event. For
the Juniors, Johan Lai continued his excellent form, winning
in J12 single sculls and teamed up with Joel Bullock to
win J13 double sculls.
Crossman was successful in Wj12 singles and teamed up with
Olivia Baynham-Williams, Megan Jephcote and Alice Reynolds
to win Wj12 coxed Quads, with George Probert Coxing. In
j12 double sculls Nick Burden and George were successful
as were Alice and Jess Boon in Wj11 double sculls. Ross
then capped the success by winning the wj12 double sculls
the crew being Livi and Megan Jephcote.
Captain, Ian Howell commented, 'This was an impressive club
performance. The Veteran crew especially deserve their success
having worked exceptionally hard in the build up to the
national events. The Junior Academy continues its excellent
form and now returns to training in preparation for Stourport
regatta in August.'
Rowing Club Veteran Squad: Jeremy Picton-Turberville, Graham Watling,
Dave Sykes, Paul Brodholt with cox Geene Watling.
OPENING OF NEW RETAIL MARKET A GREAT SUCCESS
Hereford's first open retail market in the city centre since
medieval times was a huge success this weekend - despite
another last-minute spoiler attempt by traders in the Buttermarket
to stop it.
Council convinced the High Court of Justice in London to
refuse an application on Thursday, 23rd July by trader Mr
Len Tawn to reinstate a previous injunction to stop the
relocation of the popular traditional open retail market
moving from the livestock market to the High Town area.
The council successfully argued that the last-minute attempt
to gain another injunction was 'an abuse of court process'.
Last Thursday the High Court of Justice's Lady Justice Dobbs
ruled in favour of the council and found 'no merit' in the
application to restore the injunction.
grand opening of the open retail market took place as planned
on Saturday, 25th July 2009 with Councillors John Stone
and Adrian Blackshaw in full medieval garb. The event, which
included street entertainment, brought in the crowds. Traders
reported good takings and there was positive public comment.
The council had previously consulted on the relocation of
the market, as part of its plans to attract more visitors
and shoppers to the city centre, and received overwhelming
public support for the idea. The open retail market will
now be found every Saturday and Wednesday at the High Town
end of Commercial Street and St Peter's Street and will
comprise 25 new gazebo-style stalls.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'I am delighted that traders experienced
good trading results and that visitors to the city had a
good day out. Rather than traders fighting each other, I
would urge everyone to get together and work to market themselves
more effectively and positively, based on an offering of
enhanced choice and quality for shoppers in an outstanding
and vibrant street environment. There is truth in the old
adage: united we stand and divided we fall. The council
will do everything in its power to support efforts to bring
in more shoppers, tourists and visitors.'
Council has also reaffirmed its commitment to supporting
the Buttermarket and has allocated money in its capital
budget to get an innovative refurbishment and improvement
programme underway. The council also recently consulted
traders on the revamping of Widemarsh Street, a key gateway
to the Buttermarket and received a positive response.
Rowing Club's victorious Junior Academy after a very successfulo
day at Mosely.
Paul Cowmeadow and Dave Rhodes of The Electric Shop with the radios.
Ross on Wye retail watch scheme is entering a new era and
is looking for additional members to join the existing group.
The 25-strong Shop Watch has recently been rejuvenated by
CSO Paul Cowmeadow from the town's local policing team and
is encouraging new members to join to make it even more
The scheme works through a radio system, supplied by Mercia
Radios and controlled by staff in the Heritage Centre at
the Market House. The radio system allows the members to
pass on and receive information about shoplifting suspects
working in the town so that shop staff can be on their guard.
The system also allows the circulation of information on
missing persons, scams, counterfeit money and the like.
scheme has a direct link to staff in the CCTV control centre,
based in Hereford, who can monitor the broadcasts and follow
events on their cameras. Each of the three members of the
town's local policing team have a Shop Watch radio in addition
to their police radio, which means they can be tipped off
more quickly than going through the normal telephone system
and it allows shop staff to have instant access to the police.
Rhodes from The Electric Shop in Broad Street said, 'We've
been in the scheme for a long while now and wouldn't want
to be without it. It gives us instant access to the police
in the town and helps reduce levels of crime. We've found
it invaluable.' CSO Paul Cowmeadow added, 'The scheme recently
helped to track two men and a woman across town, who were
using counterfeit £20 notes to obtain goods or large amounts
of change. Because the scheme is linked with the CCTV centre,
we could track the suspects and let everyone know where
they were. All three were arrested.'
interested in joining the scheme, which costs £52 per quarter
and gives you your own radio unit to use, should contact
the Ross Town Local Policing Team on 0300 333 3000 or call
Mary Sinclair-Powell at the Heritage Centre on 01432 260675.
THEFT OF BASKET AND BIKES IN ROSS
hanging basket that was stolen from Goodrich Court.
in Ross-on-Wye are appealing for information after one of
two monster-size hanging baskets were stolen from an address
in the town centre.
10pm on Saturday, 25th and 9.45am on Sunday, 26th July 2009,
thieves removed a profusely-flowering hanging basket, 3'
in diameter, containing red, orange and peach coloured trailing
begonias and small orange petunias, from outside a property
at Goodrich Court, Cantilupe Road, Ross.
owners followed a trail of broken flowers up Cantilupe Road,
over Gloucester Road and to an area beyond the Chase Hotel
where the trail goes cold. They say the basket was very
heavy to carry and would have required a very strong person
or more than one to lift it.
anyone knows the current whereabouts of the property or
has other information to offer, they should contact Lisa
Hewitt in the Public Service Desk at Hereford Police Station
on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
mountain bikes have also been stolen from Cantilupe Road.
This particular theft occurred between 3pm on Sunday, 12th
and 8:30am on Monday, 13th July when thieves entered the
curtilage of the owner's property and cut the bikes free
from the chains that the owner had used to secure them to
of the bikes is a black Hardrock Specialized mountain bike,
whose rear wheel is larger than the front. The other is
a black Crosser Hardtail 24-gear mountain bike.
are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the theft or
who knows the current whereabouts of the machines. Anyone
with information should contact PC Lee Hull at Ross Police
Station on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111.
JESSE CHOSEN AS PATRON OF HEREFORDSHIRE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED
Baker with his prizes.
campaigner and Conservative parliamentary candidate, Jesse
Norman has been chosen as the new Patron of Herefordshire
Riding for the Disabled (RDA) and the appointment was formally
made at the RDA's recent Annual General Meeting in Holme
Lacy village hall.
first act as Patron was to present cups and certificates
to the RDA's winning riders this year, including Louis Baker.
Louis qualified for the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) National
Championships in Hartpury, Gloucestershire this year, competing
with other riders from across the UK. He came first in his
class in the Countryside Challenge, and he also scored higher
than the seniors in the same class, winning a trophy.
started riding at the age of three when he attended hippotherapy
(physiotherapy on horseback) classes, and has progressed
to riding Splash at RDA in Holme Lacy. His parents believe
that riding has helped with his co-ordination, balance and
concentration, and has built his confidence.
after the meeting, Jesse said, 'Many congratulations to
Louis and to all the RDA prizewinners this year, and to
the fantastic RDA staff and volunteers who make it all happen.
am absolutely thrilled to be working with RDA. Riding is
extremely therapeutic for disabled people of all ages, and
Herefordshire RDA do a terrific job of making it available
and accessible to as many people as possible across the
the photograph are Jesse Norman with Marcelle Lloyd-Hayes
(Chairman), Jackie Childs (Instructor) and Louis Baker.
SWINE FLU HELP LINE NOW OPEN
new national swine flu help line is now open and anybody
needing help or information should telephone 08001 513 100.
The staff of this service should soon be able to ascertain
whether or not you have swine flu and will be able to give
the appropriate advice. The service is expected to relieve
some of the pressure felt by GP practices across the country,
including those in Herefordshire.
launch, which took place on Thursday, 23rd July was promoted
by a major public information campaign, with radio and newspaper
advertising giving out the telephone number for the national
call centre and the address for the new national website.
People diagnosed by the national flu line will be given
an authorization number that a 'flu friend' - a friend or
relative who does not have swine flu - can use to pick up
anti viral medicine from one of the local pharmacies stocking
national flu line means that people will not need to consult
a doctor and it will help take away some of the pressure
from GP practices. NHS Herefordshire has stressed that people
should not go to the accident and emergency unit or their
GP surgery if they suspect they have swine flu, unless they
are advised to do so by a health care professional. If people
think they have swine flu they should stay at home, go online
and check symptoms on www.nhs.uk or call the swine flu information
line on 0800 1513513. If still concerned, people should
then call the national flu service on 0800 1 513 100, or
text phone 0800 1 513 200, which will make an assessment
and may issue a unique anti viral authorization number for
the patient's flu friend to collect a course of anti viral
COUNCIL TO SET UP NEW SYSTEM FOR PLANNING
Herefordshire Council is to set up a single 'super planning
committee' to make decisions more open, transparent and
democratic, enabling councillors to better represent their
constituents on more controversial applications. At a meeting
of the full council on Friday, 24th July, councillors voted
after a two-hour debate to bring Herefordshire in line with
national best practice.
new system, to be reflected in the council's new constitution,
will delegate more planning decisions to professional council
planning officers - from 89 to 95 per cent of applications
- and create a single planning committee of 19 councillors
reflecting the political make up of the council and the
geography of the county. The new committee would replace
the current three committees and allow more members to speak
up on planning issues of interest to their ward constituents.
new system will ensure councillors sitting on the new committee
will get the training and development they need in line
with best practice to ensure there are few legal challenges
and legal bills associated with planning decisions. The
committee will be better able to deliver the county's big
strategic planning and regeneration ambitions and local
ward councillors will have more say and involvement in planning
decisions. An Audit Commission report in April concluded
that the council's committee structure was cumbersome and
a council scrutiny committee also made the case for a single
county planning committee.
John Jarvis, cabinet member for environment and strategic
housing said, 'The council has demonstrated that it wants
to ensure that all decision-making processes are more readily
understood by local people, and that the council is seen
as strategic, consistent, fair, efficient, accountable and
transparent in how planning applications are dealt with.'