place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
THE RIVERSIDE HAS BECOME A CAR PARK EYESORE
When the Daimler and Lanchester Field Day took place recently,
a dropped kerb was installed in Wye Street so that the display
vehicles could be driven onto the riverside field without
getting damaged. This was a good idea - for the purpose
of making it easier for all official events to access the
happened to be in Wye Street on Sunday afternoon and noticed
that, since the installation of the drop kerb access, not
only do we have ugly metal swans on a stick to make the
once beautiful river front look tacky, it has now also become
a car park. I have kind of got used to the tacky swans on
a stick and can mentally block them out but a field full
of cars is somewhat more difficult to ignore.
took a couple of photos whilst there, which can be seen
below and when I arrived home, I was quite pleased to find
that others feel the same. Chris Constable had also noticed
the eyesore and had taken his own photos. Chris also went
to the Free Wilton Road car park - a couple of minutes walk
away to find it virtually empty.
is only a personal opinion but I think that a barrier should
be put across the access, which can be unlocked for official
access only. Unlike the swans, money spent on this would
be money well spent.
cars making the riverside area look ugly on Sunday.
cars making the riverside area look ugly on Sunday.
Constable's photo of the virtually empty, free Wilton Road car park.
THE WONDER OF WOOLWORTHS EXHIBITION
the closure of Woolworths at the beginning of the year,
Mary Sinclair-Powell of Ross Heritage Centre decided it
would be a great idea to hold an exhibition and put out
a request to loan Woolworth related memorabilia. Mary
received a good response to her request and is now ready
to take delivery of the offered material.
you have any photographs, articles or written down memories
of good old Woollies, Mary will be only to happy to include
them in the exhibition. All items will be well looked after
and photographs will be photocopied so that the originals
won't get damaged in any way. All items will be returned
to their respective owners once the exhibition has closed.
take any memorabilia along to Ross Heritage Centre during
opening hours or, if you cannot deliver them yourself, contact
Mary on 01432 260675 to arrange for collection.
exhibition will run from the end of August until well into
SERIOUS SEXUAL ASSAULT AT HOWLE HILL MUSIC EVENT
Police have set up an incident room following a serious
sexual assault at a music event in the south of the county.
The incident happened at around 2am on the morning of Sunday,
16th August 2009 at the Essence event being held in a field
on Great Howle Farm, near Ross on Wye. Police have not released
any details of the assault, other than the victim was a
19-year old woman.
1,000 people attended the event and detectives have set
about the task of identifying and interviewing as many as
possible. Detectives are keen to speak with anyone who has
information about the offence and urge them to come forward
to help progress the enquiry speedily.
with any information should contact Detective Sergeant Frank
Real from Hereford CID on 0300 333 3000 or call Crimestoppers
anonymously as soon as possible.
The regular Sunday series of Bands in the Park concerts
for the summer months continues and visitors to the Caroline
Symonds Gardens were entertained by Bream Silver Band this
week. Ross Town Band will be providing next Sunday's entertainment,
Silver Band on Sunday.
Silver Band on Sunday.
ROWING - PRESIDENT LEADS THE WAY AT STOURPORT
President of Ross Rowing Club Jonathan Preece lead the winning
ways at Stourport regatta this weekend. Jon was rowing with
the Veteran D Crew of Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Peter Kellsal,
and Paul Brodholt with Lucy Jones coxing, who raced against
a crew from Holland and won convincingly over the 500 meters
course. Jon then joined up with club mates Mike Jones and
Phil Palmer with other oarsmen from Ironbridge rowing club
to win Veteran eights.
Jon's example, the mens IM3 eight with Club Captain Ian
Howell, Jeremy Picton-Turbervill, Matt Taylor, Paul Brodholt,
Joe Bunting, Peter Kellsal, Lenny Colling, Dave Morris with
Morgan Baynham-Williams coxing, came against a strong Warwick
crew, followed by a row against a highly competitive crew
from Worcester, whom they beat by just 6 feet in the final.
This mens performance was capped by Adam Robinson, Lenny
Colling, Matt Taylor and Dave Morris also winning in Im3
coxed fours with Morgan coxing again.
the Ladies, their Im3 eight with Ladies Captain Sheron Dean
Lucas, Holly Dick, Geraldine Calcraft, Annie Williams, Nikky
Wild, Emily Preece, Dawn Evans and Karen Blackwood, beat
Stourport in the final of their event. For the Junior Academy
it was another successful weekend.
Surman lead the way by winning her WJ13 singles sculls on
both days of the event and also winning J14 2x when she
teamed up with Rosie Brandram-Jones. Morgan Baynham-Williams
capped a highly successful day for herself when she teamed
up with Ellie Blackwood in J15 double sculls, beating Stourport
and then Worcester in the final.
President Jonathan Preece said 'This was tremendous for
the club to see so many of the senior crews winning in such
tight races. The Juniors as always continue to deliver great
Veterans at Stourport.
of Ross Rowing Club after a successful weekend at Stourport.
HUGE HELP FOR HEROES EVENT TO BE HOSTED AT POLICE HQ
line up for this year's West Mercia Police Help for Heroes
event has been announced and it is expected that it will
be even bigger and better than 2008. West Mercia Police
is the only force in the country to organize a major event
to back Help for Heroes and proceeds from 2009 will go towards
helping injured soldiers get their lives back on track.
Some of the money raised will go specifically to 'rehabilitation
houses' where soldiers recover from their injuries and learn
to live with any disabilities they may have received.
event will take place at Police HQ, Hindlip Hall, near Worcester
on Sunday, 6th September between 12pm and 4.30pm. There
will be an amazing variety of aircraft and vehicles for
visitors to see at close hand, including around a dozen
helicopters, classic police cars, tanks and the Le Mans
winning Aston Martin. A Subaru Impreza used by World Rally
Champion Richard Burns will also be on display. There will
also be aerial displays from a Spitfire and a freefall parachute
team, and demonstrations from Hereford & Worcester Fire
& Rescue Service and the West Mercia Police dog team. There
will be some familiar faces joining the crowds with Worcester
Warriors players attending along with some surprise guests
from television. It is hoped that Falklands conflict veteran
and burns campaigner Simon Weston will attend. A number
of recovering injured military personnel will also be present.
Al Short, from the West Mercia Police Dog Section who is
organizing the event, said, 'We are very excited about this
year's event: we are expecting more people - 12,000 rather
than the 8,000 last year - and more fantastic things for
the public to enjoy, some of which will be a surprise on
the day. But the event isn't just about having a fun day
out. The public will have the opportunity to meet injured
service personnel and hear their stories and the reasons
why the force supports Help for Heroes.
the example of Tom Neathway, a Worcester Parachute Regiment
soldier who lost both legs and an arm in an explosion in
Afghanistan last year. We first met Tom when he had just
returned from Afghanistan very seriously injured. Seeing
him now recovering so well makes all this worthwhile and
is an excellent reminder of why these fund-raising events
are so important.'
for he Help for Heroes event cost £20 per car and £5 per
person on foot. Children aged eight and under get in free
of charge. Tickets can be obtained in advance by sending
a cheque payable to Help for Heroes and a stamped addressed
envelope to: Michelle Devey-Carvill, West Mercia Police
Dog Section West Mercia Police, Hindlip Hall, Hindlip, Worcester,
WR3 8SP. Telephone 01905 332321 or email email@example.com
Tickets are also available on the day and car parking will
be clearly signposted.
military aircraft attending will be training craft that
cannot be used in combat. All police officers and service
personnel are volunteers and are giving their time free
THE LORD-LIEUTENANT MAKES FINAL CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS
Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, The Countess of Darnley
has made a final call for people across the county to nominate
outstanding volunteer groups in their area for the 2010
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, before this year's
30th September deadline.
prestigious UK National Honour, which has an equivalent
status to the MBE, recognizes the exceptional contributions
made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting
their time for the benefit of others. Although nominations
can be made at any time during the year by visiting www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk,
for those wishing to be considered for the 2010 Award, forms
must be received by 30th September 2009.
Darnley said, 'Volunteering groups in Herefordshire make
a huge contribution to people's lives, often without praise
for the incredible job they do. A prestigious National Honour
such as The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service can prove
invaluable in so many ways to their ongoing success. The
importance of volunteer groups is all the more apparent
in the current climate, and I urge people across Herefordshire
to help recognize those doing outstanding work in their
local communities. If you know a group that fits the bill,
get a form and nominate!'
hundred and fifty groups around the UK have now received
the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service since it was created
by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee
in 2002. For details of all Queen's Award for Voluntary
Service recipients, or to download a nomination form in
pdf or word format, visit www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk
POLICE HAPPY WITH PERFORMANCE AT THE BIG CHILL
police are extremely pleased that the Big Chill Festival
held in the grounds of Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury between
Thursday 6th and Sunday 9th August this year went off without
any major problems. Some 40,000 festival-goers poured into
South Herefordshire to attend the event over the four days.
West Mercia Police supplied both a covert and overt presence
to ensure that there was no disorder and that everyone who
attended was safe and had a great time - which they did!
the festival, police made 28 arrests - 14 for possession
of drugs with intent to supply, 8 for just possession of
drugs, 1 for possession and deception, 2 for assault, 1
for theft, 1 for robbery and one person was detained under
the provisions of the Mental Health Act. As at 5pm on Monday
10th August, police had recorded 97 thefts (mainly from
tents), 1 robbery (suspect arrested), 24 drug offences and
7 miscellaneous offences.
Superintendent Sue Thomas, who oversaw the entire police
operation said, 'We are delighted with the policing outcome
of this year's event. This was a major undertaking for the
police in Herefordshire, which required meticulous planning
beforehand and very close liaison with the organising management
team and security staff on site for the event. It was clear
that everyone really enjoyed the event and had a great time
in the Herefordshire outdoors. I would congratulate our
staff who worked round the clock at the event, many of whom
had their days off cancelled to help police the festival.'
of the thefts involved goods being stolen from tents. Such
theft is difficult to prevent at an event like the Big Chill
due to the insecure nature of the tents and the fact that
they are often either left unattended or the occupants are
asleep or in a state of intoxification.
was really pleasing to see that Ross-on-Wye's two day JAMSTAND
festival took place with very little incident.
VANDALS WRECK FLOWER BEDS IN HEREFORD
Around £1,000 is the price put on damage caused by vandals
who decimated three flower beds in the lawns near the Duck
Pond in Mill Street, Hereford. The
vandalism occurred between Wednesday, 5th and Wednesday,
12th August, probably nearer the 12th, when vandals ripped
up over 1,000 plants, throwing many of them into the Duck
Pond and leaving the others strewn around on the ground.
Sue Lowley, who is investigating the crime said, 'The people
who have done this have made a right mess and clearly have
no respect for community property whatsoever. It's so senseless
and destructive. I want to hear from anyone who knows who
has caused the incredible amount of damage.'
photograph showing some of the damage can be seen below.
If anybody has any information that will help with the investigation,
please call PC Lowley at Hereford Police Station on 0300
333 3000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
of flowers ripped from their beds by vandals.
SHOPPERS TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF THE BUTTER MARKET
shoppers are being urged by Herefordshire Council to have
their say on the refurbishment of the iconic Butter Market
at a special consultation event this week. The council has
set up a stand in High Town, which will be open from Wednesday,
19th until Saturday, 22nd August, and is asking people to
drop by and give their views. The
council would like to know what residents would like to
see in the refurbished market and how people feel the building
could be redesigned to secure its place as landmark destination
within the city centre.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'The consultation aims to discover
what improvements residents and visitors to Herefordshire
would like to see undertaken at the Butter Market. The Butter
Market is a key location within the city and the refurbishment
offers an opportunity to review what is sold within the
market to promote the wonderful produce and products made
suggestions gathered over the four days in the city centre
will be considered as part of the wider consultation which
has been taking place and is due to close at the end of
August. Plans for refurbishment are being worked on by the
council with partner organizations. Questionnaires are also
available online, so if you'd like to make your views known,
please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk and click on 'your
views on the Hereford Buttermarket' under the 'Spotlight'
section on the homepage.
THE PENYARD SINGERS TO PERFORM AT CONINGSBY HERITAGE OPEN DAY
a hectic year of concerts performed for audiences in places
as divergent as Ross-on-Wye and Conde-sur-Noireaux in France,
the Penyard Singers have now been invited by the Coningsby
Trustees to present an end of summer event in the St John
Medieval Museum site in Hereford, to coincide with other
Heritage Open Day activities. The choir will present a rolling
matinee programme of madrigals, part-songs and modern ballads
on Saturday, 12th September in the quadrangle of the Coningsby
Hospital, at various times between 2pm and 5pm.
are invited, not only to hear The Penyard Singers, but also
to visit the museum, view the ruined priory, picnic in the
Rose Garden and enjoy free guided tours of this historic
site. There will be no charges for entrance and free cold
refreshments will be given out. Even if you are not a music
buff, why not visit the museum and relish the unique atmosphere.
Visitors will be welcomed by the custodian Bill Raymond
dressed in his Coningsby uniform. The curator John Wallin
will wear the cassock of a medieval knight when conducting
tours. A recent visitor from Minneapolis USA, Laurie Stewart
said, 'You are so fortunate to have such a wonderful historical
place right on your own doorstep.'
Penyard Singers are based in Ross-on-Wye. They rehearse
on Wednesday evenings at the Methodist Church and are committed
to performing for charity. If you wish to hear them in their
presentation of a range of choral music, from classical
to modern, come along to the Coningsby Museum on Saturday,
further information please telephone John Wallin on 01432
274903 or Gill Smith on 01989 565338.
NEW SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICE LAUNCHED
NHS Herefordshire is expanding its services to offer sexual
health check-up clinics in the market towns of Ross-on-Wye
and Leominster. Currently the sexual health service at Gaol
Street in Hereford is the place to go for confidential,
friendly and helpful advice on sexual health issues, but
this is to change to help people in the north and south
of the county access services.
the hub of clinical expertise is predominately at Gaol Street
Health Centre in Hereford, the primary care trust understands
that many patients may prefer to attend a clinic nearer
to home or place of work. New clinics times are:
Community Hospital, Mondays from 9-11.30am
Leominster Community Hospital, Mondays from 2-4.30pm. At
the Gaol Street clinic, people can receive contraception,
assistance living with HIV, advice and support for people
who are gay, lesbian and bi-transgender and screening for
sexually transmitted infections. The new clinics in Ross
on Wye and Leominster will focus on providing check ups
for people who are worried about their sexual health and
who may require screening or testing for sexually transmitted
Colwell, operational manager, sexual health services for
NHS Herefordshire, said, 'We know that sometimes people
are worried they may have a sexually transmitted infection
but are anxious about possible painful procedures, feel
embarrassed or have fears about privacy and confidentiality.
We also know that some people find it difficult to get into
the centre of Hereford and would prefer to go somewhere
locally for confidential advice and support which is why
we've decided to extend the services to Ross on Wye and
of the tests used involve a simple urine or a blood test
and the results are sent via a text messaging service using
brief anonymous messages. There's lots of help and support
for people who do have an infection and need treatment.
All age groups are welcome to the new clinics, male and
female but bookings are advisable. For an appointment, ring
EIGHTY APPRENTICESHIPS SOON TO BE AVAILABLE
There is good news for people looking for a job in Herefordshire
following the announcement that around 80 apprenticeships
are to be created in the public sector. NHS Herefordshire
and Herefordshire Council have secured funding to take on
the apprentices, which will give local people vital experience
and training and help them to gain work based qualifications.
deal was signed by Chris Bull, chief executive of the council
and the PCT, and signals a huge opportunity for local school
leavers and job seekers to get a taste of life working in
the public sector.
is very exciting news for local people as apprenticeships
offer not only valuable work experience but also the opportunity
to gain qualifications,' said Helen Mapp, PCT training centre
manager. 'We're not only offering apprenticeships and advanced
apprenticeships which are aimed at people under 24 years
of age. We are also offering adult apprenticeships which
are aimed at people with more workplace experience.
from the council and PCT are attending school career events
to talk to year 11 pupils and school careers and Connexions
advisors will have information about the apprenticeships.
The scheme covers a range of occupational areas including
health and social care, business administration, customer
service, IT, finance and dental nursing. The apprenticeship
covers a range of qualifications including NVQs at levels
2 & 3, key skills at levels 1 & 2 plus a related technical
Bull, NHS Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council chief
executive said, 'Apprenticeships offer a broad based programme
which allows us to build a skilled and flexible workforce
equipped to work across boundaries to improve the quality
of service we provide for the county's communities. These
are real career opportunities that guarantee training and
progression after leaving school, college, or at work. I'm
delighted that we've secured the funding which allows us
to take on the apprenticeships. This is going to have a
major impact on many lives and will give those taking up
the posts a great opportunity to kick-start their career
in the public sector.'
wanting further information about apprenticeship opportunities
with the NHS should contact the PCT training centre on 01432
377770. Applicants can also find details of all council
apprenticeships by visiting www.herefordshire.gov.uk/jobs
or by contacting the recruitment team on 01432 260028.