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19th May 2010 NEWS FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION
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THE MARKET HOUSE CLOCK IS TICKING - ITS TIME TO GET BACK THE CHIME

It is great to see that Ross Market House clock is back in working order after the mechanism broke last year. What would be even better is being able to hear the familiar chimes ringing out again. Despite the building belonging to Herefordshire Council, when they were approached on the subject, they said that they would pay half of the rather large sum of money required to repair the chimes.

Undaunted by this offer, the Association of Ross Traders have begun raising the necessary funds and have put collection boxes in various establishment in Ross-on-Wye. So far, collections appear to be going well. Let us hope that we will be hearing the chimes ring out through the town in the very near future.

If you see a collection box for the appeal, please, give generously.


Ross Market House clock on Monday, in working order again.

David and Sarah Bruce of Pots and Pieces with one of the collection boxes.

ELECTION FOR NEW ROSS TOWN COUNCILLOR ON THURSDAY 27TH MAY

Following the resignation of former Mayor, John Davies from Ross Town Council an election is to be held on Thursday, 27th May to fill the vacancy.

The following candidates are standing:

Mrs. (Phyllis) Margaret Lucas, Conservative
Mr. John Stuart Gasston, Independent
Caroline Utting, Liberal Democrat.

The vacancy is for Ross West Ward and the polling stations will be at Brampton Abbotts C of E Primary School and Ross-on-Wye Bowling Club. The stations will be open for voting from 7am until 10pm.

In order to save the town some money it was decided not to issue new polling cards.


ROSS LIONS CLUB CELEBRATE 39TH BIRTHDAY

Ross Lions Club held a celebratory Dinner Dance at the Old Court Hotel recently to mark the 39th anniversary of their Charter. Fifty five guests attended the event including Lions and their wives and friends. Lions from other clubs helped in the celebrations too, from Leominster, Hereford, Chepstow, Monmouth, Forest of Dean and Severn Dean. Also amongst the guests were The Lions District Governor Lion Martin Ruddle, the President of Ross Rotary George Pendlebury, President of Ross Leo Club Matthew Petrie and Leo Bronwen Evans.

The Old Court did the Lions proud with the table layouts and decorations. The atmosphere was fantastic with everyone out to enjoy themselves. After an excellent meal there followed the toast to the Queen after which the Ross Lions club President, Andrew Middlecote, gave his speech. The District 105W District Governor, Lion Martin Ruddle from Calne, Wiltshire, spoke on behalf of Lions International. He said that the Ross Club was a very busy and successful club and had done extremely well by organizing a Leo Club in the area. He passed on the greetings of the Lions International Director.

After the speeches were over the dance floor was crowded by guests dancing to the rhythmic music of the Blue Herring Band. Everybody agreed it was a fantastic evening with all enjoying the food, company, atmosphere and music and apparently the end of the evening came all too soon.


Back row District Governor Lion Martin Ruddle, Lion President Andrew Middlecote, Vice President Lion Trevor Smith, Rotary President George Pendlebury
Front row : Mrs Jenny Ruddle, Mrs Sandra Middlecote, Mrs Barabara Smith, Mrs. Jane Pendlebury.

DISPOSE OF YOUR RUBBISH PROPERLY OR YOU COULD PAY DEARLY

Two people from Ross-on-Wye found themselves in court on Friday for flytipping offences. Mr. Paul Simon Lawrence of 64, Waterside, admitted depositing six black bags of household waste in woodland near Weston-under-Penyard. The offence came to light after the council's Community Protection Team received a report of flytipping. They investigated the complaint and among the bags found items identifying the defendant, who at a later interview admitted the offence.

Mr. Lawrence, aged 45 years represented himself at the hearing and told the court he was sorry he had done it. He was fined £150, ordered to pay £100 costs and told to pay a £15 victim surcharge .

Shane Hancock, Herefordshire Council's acting regulatory services manager said, 'We are fortunate to live in a beautiful county and actions such as flytipping cause a huge blight on the environment. The community protection team has been set up to tackle all aspects of environmental crime and we will not hesitate to prosecute where we find the culprits. I hope this serves as a warning to other people who may be tempted to dump their rubbish in the countryside rather than leaving it for collection by the council's household waste operatives or else taking it to a household waste site.'

Kizzie Victoria Gunn also fell foul of the law when she failed to ensure that her household rubbish was properly collected. Miss Gunn, aged 21 of Liskeard Cottages admitted the offence and was given a six month conditional discharge along with an order to pay £50 costs.

Mike Jones, prosecuting for Herefordshire Council, told Hereford Magistrates Court that Miss Gunn had vacated her old address and left household waste in black bags outside the property even though she knew it would be several days before it would be collected. Reports of flytipping were then received with six black bags containing documents relating to Miss Gunn found in Brampton Abbots and Bridstow. Miss Gunn, representing herself, said she should have asked someone to take the bags to the tip for her.

Shane Hancock said, 'Many people do not realize it is an offence to leave household waste outside their homes unless it is due to be collected on the same day. In this case, we do not know how the bags got from Ross to Brampton Abbots and Bridstow but I hope people will realize that they are responsible for ensuring their own household waste does not end up being flytipped.'


CUBS ENJOY A WEEKEND UNDER CANVASS

Aston Ingham, Ross and Walford Cub Scouts enjoyed a somewhat damp and chilly weekend camp at the Gwent Area Scout Camp site at Botany Bay, near Tintern. During the weekend of 7th to 9th May, 35 Cubs from the three Groups spent two nights ‘under-canvas,’ although the amount of sleep for some of the excited Cubs (particularly on Friday night) may have been rather limited!

Throughout the weekend the Cubs enjoyed a wide range of events and activities, including ‘Camp Olympics’ (which involved a range of rather unusual and challenging team games), shelter building (from natural materials found in the wood), fire lighting, ‘back-woods cooking’ (cooking on a camp fire without any cooking utensils) and a scavenger hunt. The Cubs worked in teams which comprised members of all three Cub packs, and so made some new friends along the way. As usual, Saturday night was rounded off with a ‘camp-fire’ and songs.

The Cubs were ably led by hard working Akelas, Anthea Hamilton (Aston Ingham), Robin Shaw (Ross) and David Wadge (Walford) with support from other members of the Scouting Community and parents. If you have a child who would like to join one of the local packs, or are interested in lending a hand as a future Leader or adult helper, please contact David Bennett (District Commissioner) on 01989 768062. Alternatively, log in to www.scouts.org.uk, or email infocentre@scout.org.uk.


Local Cubs enjoying their weekend.

The Cubs learned many new skills.

BARGAIN BOOKS FOR SALE AT ROSS LIBRARY

Local residents are being given the opportunity to buy a bargain book from next week. From Tuesday, 25th May until Saturday, 5th June, Ross Library will be holding a sale of withdrawn stock.

There will be a large quantity of books for adults and juniors available, fiction and non fiction, along with range of DVDs and CDs for sale. There will be something to please all ages and tastes, so why not go along and find yourself a bargain?.

For further information contact Ross Library on 01432 383280.


RAGLAN FESTIVAL 11TH TO 13TH JUNE

The Raglan Music Festival runs through the weekend of 11th to 13th June and this year the headliners are rock bands Dr Feelgood and Nine Below Zero who will perform at the Castle Courtyard.

The festival has something to suit all ages and tastes, from jazz, soul, folk and country and western to classical. The line-up includes Geoff Downes and 'special guests, Big Mac's Wholly Soul Band, award-winning Welsh singer Amy Wadge, top tribute band The Beatles Experience, WNO's The Three Other Tenors and tenor horn virtuoso Owen Farr. Also performing at the Raglan Festival are the fantastic Jump 'n' Jive outfit the Jiveoholics.

Family entertainment includes a spectacular community carnival at Raglan Castle on Saturday afternoon and a lively mix of storytelling and music from The Devil's Violin Company (Baptist Chapel, Friday evening).

For further information and to book tickets online please visit: www.raglan-festival.org


The castle at Raglan.

HAVE FUN AND GET HEALTHY ON FAMILY PLAY DAY

Herefordshire Council is inviting families to a big, fun-packed, free event this weekend to celebrate childhood and encourage children to play outside more. On Saturday, 22nd May King George V Playing Fields in Hereford will become a playground for people of all ages as the council, Halo Leisure and lots of other organizations put on a host of activities to get families boosting their health by moving more and playing outside together.

The activities available will include a climbing wall, ice skating, dance mats, sports activities, canoeing, ultimate frisbee, Jumpstart indoor soft play, swimming and the Outbase - an education and activity centre. The local Change4Life team will also be there with information on eating well, together with details of a new summer reward card campaign which encourages children to participate in healthy activities.

On top of all this, youngsters aged between from 8 to 13 years will be able to test out a new play project which has just been installed next to the Halo leisure pool. After consultation with children and young people, equipment was chosen to reflect their desire to climb, swing, spin and be thrilled and the challenging equipment funded by the Playbuilder programme includes a basket swing, a zip wire, climbing frames and an unusual roundabout.

Tobin Godfrey, the Council's play co-ordinator said, 'We're hoping to see people of all ages at this great family event. You're never too old to play; it's a great way of spending time with your family and keeping fit and healthy. Play is a really important part of every child's development. I'm sure many of us have very fond memories of playing outside when we were little, taking a few risks and getting one or two scraped knees on the way. It stimulates imagination and creativity, keeps children fit and healthy and gives them freedom to have fun in their own environment.'

Herefordshire Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all the organizations involved in the event and for supporting and advocating the importance of play for every child and young person. The event starts at 12 noon and will continue until 5pm.


WEST MERCIA POLICE HELP LEDBURY SWIMMING CLUB

Ledbury and District swimmers warmly welcomed Superintendent Kevin Purcell, the Senior Police Officer for Herefordshire and Councillor Bernard Hunt to their Club Championship gala held at Ledbury pool on Saturday. The Club were delighted to receive a donation from West Mercia Police and West Mercia Police Authority through their Community Initiative Fund which will help alleviate the costs of Teacher Training in addition to providing the pool hire and medals for this gala.

Chairman of the LADASC, Simon Quigley said, 'As a non-profit making organization, run by volunteers, the Club are constantly seeking sponsorship to enable them to keep the cost to parents as low as possible. In the current economic climate securing financial assistance locally has become extremely difficult and we are very grateful for this help from the Police Authority.'

Twenty of the youngest members, many competing for the first time, were eager to show their worth in the first race, one length freestyle. Overcoming nerves there were some exciting heats with Charlotte Ainsworth and James Casewell emerging the gold medallists in the 7/under age group and Charlotte Hall and Matthew Thomas the winners of the 8 year age group. Charlotte Hall won the trophy for the fastest overall swim in a time of 17.91 seconds.

The team captains, Lucy and Tom Stokes continued to inspire with record breaking swims in the 100m Individual Medley event and also a new record for Lucy in the 200m Butterfly. Twenty one swimmers tackled the toughest event, 8 lengths of butterfly and gold medals were awarded to, Lydia Freeman, Silas Gill, Calypso Harvey, Alexander Middleton, Danielle Fitzgerald, Bradley Wilson, Lucy Stokes and Tom Stokes. The Junior (11/u) winners were, Millie Park and Mitchell Wilson.

The Individual Medley race consisting of a length each of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle proved more popular attracting 50 entrants. Gold medals went to, Sam Hall, Lydia Freeman, Jamie Hiley, Mollie May Parsons, Alexander Middleton, Calypso Harvey, Peter Crocombe, Dani Fitzgerald, Tom Stokes and Lucy Stokes.

A highlight of the gala for the swimmers was the annual Handicap Race, swum over two lengths of the pool. The handicap is calculated from the personal best times with the youngest swimmers often having a length start on the older ones. The final consists of the fastest in age groups. The 2010 winners were, Poppy Park and Charles Toby. Councillor Hunt presented trophies and medals at the conclusion of the gala and commented how gratifying it is to see young children enjoying their sport and interacting with each other.


Councillor Bernard Hunt with the 7/under winners of the 25m Challenge Race, James Casewell and Charlotte Ainsworthy.

HEREFORDSHIRE SCHOOLS READY TO LAUNCH NEW COOKING CLUBS

Ten of the county's schools are planning to join a network of 5,000 cooking clubs across England to get their children, families and local communities cooking together. Herefordshire Council's healthy schools team have helped bring the Big Lottery funded 'Let's Get Cooking' programme to Herefordshire, by encouraging schools to sign up to the scheme and get their school communities cooking great fresh food.

The five year programme aims to encourage more than a million children, family members and members of the local community to improve their food preparation and cooking skills, then take their new skills into their home. At the same time it is hoped that at least half of children, young people and families who join in the programme will increase their intake of nutritionally healthy food.

The council's healthy schools team have been organizing training sessions in the participating schools to help them get their cooking clubs off the ground. A two-day cookery training course has provided cooking presentation skills and safety knowledge. Participants have also been given the confidence to show club members how to make a range of recipes either at school or at home. For example, one of the groups used a basic scone recipe which was then adapted to make a variety of tempting goodies including pizza, cherry scones, apple and sultana cobbler and scone bread - all much healthier when home-made rather than bought in the shops. Schools will work with their local communities to get the clubs going and will receive Big Lottery funding to help them do this.

Kim Goddard, healthy schools co-ordinator said, 'This programme is about getting whole communities involved in cooking so there is lots of potential to be creative when up-skilling the nation, developing the clubs and helping them grow. They might choose to hold the clubs in schools or village halls or even local restaurants if there are willing businesses keen to get involved.

As well as being great fun, it's very much about bringing back some basic skills and getting whole generations cooking good, creative and nutritional food. Now that the training has been completed, we're looking forward to hearing about the activities that our Herefordshire 'Let's Get Cooking' clubs have planned.'


BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP WITH STORIES OF TEENAGE YEARS

Herefordshire's Library Service has been working on an intergenerational project to bring together two generations to share stories about their teenage years. Based at Ledbury Library, the project has seen today's teens learning about teenage lives in the 1940s and 50s, as well as telling older people what it is like being a young person in Ledbury today. This formed the basis of a project to get young people working with different areas of the community, including the library, John Masefield High School and Age Concern.

One of the older generation taking part, Pauline, aged 70 said, ' "I was surprised at how interested the young people were in our history, it was nice to have that from younger people. Youngster Josh, aged 16 added, 'I hope we can get together again soon.' Matt Durham, teacher at John Masefield High School said, 'I believe this project has been an incredibly valuable and worthwhile experience for our students. They have learnt that they have more in common with the elder generation than they realised - and vice versa! To see the generations mix so freely and enjoyably made the whole project thoroughly worthwhile.'

The project was chosen from over 75 entries to receive the services of a documentary photographer to record the project. Pieces of Sky are a not for profit company working with people and communities and brought a wealth of experience to the project and the wonderful images they took captured the project from start to finish. Chris Smith of Piece of Sky Photography added, 'The project was a great way to bring libraries alive for young and old alike. Pieces of Sky chose to get involved because the project was imaginative and promised to really bring people who were strangers together. The reality of the project was no different to that early promise and it's testament to its success that the participants want to remain in touch with each other now that the project has concluded.'

Councillor Adrian Blackshaw said, 'The project began with the groups of young and older people being brought together for sessions where they get to know each other, involving games and plenty of cups of tea. As the project moved on people were freely sharing stories, often using resources from the library as stimulus. The library also has a wide selection of photographs and newspapers relating to the town which everyone enjoyed talking about.

The penultimate session of the project was a guided tour of the Morgan sports car factory in Malvern followed by a traditional buffet lunch in Ledbury's historic Burgage Hall for all involved. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour, which took in all stages of the car building process, showroom and museum. In the coming weeks, those taking part will get together to look through the images from Pieces of Sky in order to decide which ones will be put on permanent display in the library. At the moment there is a temporary display along with more information about the project.

Young people will soon receive their nationally recognised certificates to reward their input from Vinvolved, who reward young people and their time spent volunteering.'


The group looking at items in the Morgan factory museum at Malvern.

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