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FROM ROSS-ON-WYE AND AROUND THE REGION.......
JOSHUA GETS NEW TRIKE FROM ROSS LIONS
Joshua Freeman is an adorable little six year old boy with
Cerebral Palsy who attends Walford Primary School. Apart
from his wheelchair his only other mode of 'ambulation'
is his Tricycle, which allows him to join in with his friends
during playtime in the playground at school.
Ross Lions were approached to help fund a new trike for
Joshua, they were keen to help as he had outgrown his current
one. As a result the Lions were able to fund the new tomcat
trike, which cost £1300.00. The Tomcat Trike is specially
designed for children and young adults with special needs
and comes with a unique range of options to suit individual
requirements. The custom-built Tomcat is available from
approximately age 4 to adult, depending on size.
mother, Lyuda Freeman said, 'In addition to allowing him
his independence, the tricycle also helps to strengthen
the muscles of his lower limbs and improve his sense of
position.' She and her husband Jim would like to express
their sincere appreciation to Ross-on-Wye Lions Club, for
funding the new tricycle.
Middlecote, President of Ross Lions said, 'It was a pleasure
to provide Joshua with his new trike. His smile said it
contact Ross-on-Wye Lions Club phone 0845-833-5786 or view
the web site at http://www.rossonwyelions.org
Freeman is presented with his new trcycle by Ross Lions President,
WORK ON CLOCK CHIMES GETS UNDERWAY
The final stage of repair for Ross Market House clock which
broke down at the end of last year has now begun as Specialist
engineers from J.B. Joyce and Co. arrived to remove the
broken elements from Ross-on-Wye yesterday, Tuesday, 13th
work is expected to take between three and five weeks as
many of the very old parts need attention.
thousand pounds was raised by the Association of Ross Traders
thanks to many generous donations by individuals and organizations
with the remaining balance being given by the Herefordshire
the clock and the chime will be back working once again
after this work is completed.
the broken chimes. Photos by David Bruce.
Special Happy Birthday greetings go to John Draper, who
celebrates his 60th birthday today, Wednesday 14th July.
and his wife, Hilary own the lovely Broome Farm B &
B and Restaurant in Peterstow, but I doubt either of them
will be doing any cooking this evening.
hope you enjoy your special day John, with many more to
John and sister-in-law
Kate waiting to greet guests with some fine food in the Broome Farm
FORTHCOMING MEETING ON FUTURE OF ROSS AT JOHN KYRLE HIGH SCHOOL
from Ross-on-Wye and the surrounding area are being invited
to attend an event to inform them of preferred plans for
more homes in the town.
of Herefordshire Council's planning policy team will give
a presentation in Ross-on-Wye on Monday, 26th July at John
Kyrle High School, Ross-on-Wye starting at 7.30pm. The presentation
will be a chance for people to find out more about the Council's
preferred option for future growth in Ross-on-Wye. This
consultation is part of the preparation of a new plan for
Herefordshire, called the Core Strategy.
event follows the recent 'Place Shaping Paper' consultation
which was held earlier this year. Anyone wishing to attend
this event should contact Emma Lawrence on 01432 383357
or e-mail her at email@example.com. Consultation
documents will be available via the council's website (www.herefordshire.gov.uk)
during the consultation time. Relevant literature can also
be picked up from council info shops and libraries.
is a chance for people to help finalize part of the Core
Strategy, which will be the blueprint for planning and developing
in Ross-on-Wye for the future. People's views will be analysed
and a final document prepared and submitted to the Secretary
of State, who will arrange for a public examination. Final
adoption of the Core Strategy is anticipated in 2011.
ROSS WALKING GROUP ENJOY THE SUMMER WEATHER
The Ross-on-Wye Walking Group has taken advantage of the
fine weather to enjoy a variety of walks over the past two
months in five counties. From gentle strolls to energetic
mountain walks, splendid views and a variety of flora and
fauna have been enjoyed. One walk took in the famous Arthur's
Stone and on Midsummer day the group enjoyed a short
stroll, culminating in a cream tea at Broome
have been delighted to find splendid displays of bluebells,
orchids and other wild flowers as well as fields covered
with a spectacular display of fluttering butterflies and
Linton Rainbow, a guest leader, took the walkers on a historical
and archaeological walk around Merthyr Tydfil, which was
a delightful walk along the River Tach Fechan using local
paths and part of the Taff Trail. They climbed up on to
Pantsam Viaduct then along fields and lanes to Vaynor Church
and walked on the tramway where 'Pennydarren', the first
actual working steam engine, ran. It was the brainchild
of Richard Trevithick and predated Stephenson's 'Rocket'
by 20 years. The group then made a gentle climb up to Morlais
quarry, and a short steep climb up to Morlais Castle where
they were very surprised to see a vaulted crypt on top of
the hill. A picnic was then enjoyed overlooking the golf
course, with far 360° views of the Brecon Mountains. They
were lucky enough to see the Brecon Mountain Railway steam
train pull out of Pant Station, before continuing their
walk back to the cars. Linton has kindly agreed to lead
another walk in the Forest of Dean in September.
and Andrew Chalmers led Ross Walking Group's contribution
to the Herefordshire Walking Festival on the last weekend
in June when they introduced people to the Ross Round. The
two days were extremely hot which meant that two walkers
felt unable to complete the whole 'Round', and were met
at a convenient point to take them back to their car. However,
those who did finish the 18 miles found it an interesting
and enjoyable experience.
The walking group
enjoy tea at Broome Farm.
ARMSTRONG SIDDELEY RALLY HELD IN ROSS
The Armstrong Siddeley Owners Club held their National Rally
and Family event in Ross-on-Wye at the weekend and some
of the visitors arrived several days earlier
to drive around and take in the beauty of Ross and the surrounding
Sunday, the riverbank was adorned with many of these vintage
vehicles, attracting the interest of many people who were
very welcome to take a closer look at the owners' prized
are reliably informed that the owners club thoroughly enjoyed
their time spent in Ross and that they intend to return.
riverside display of Armstrong Siddeley cars.
riverside display of Armstrong Siddeley cars.
SHOP FRONTS GRANTS STILL AVAILABLE
Independent county shopkeepers are being reminded that they
have until the end of August to apply for a grant to restore
or reinstate their traditional shop front. The deadline
for the shop front scheme is Monday, 23rd August the grant
is open to all independent retail traders across the county
who have not received a shop front grant within the last
five years. The maximum grant is £2,000, or 50 per cent
of the costs, which ever is the lesser.
works include restoration and repair of an existing acceptable
shop front and reinstatement of historical, original or
traditional architectural features. The scheme excludes
banks, building societies, private residences, franchises,
guest houses, public houses and charity shops. To obtain
an application form contact the Herefordshire Council's
delegated grants team on 01432 260753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
advice on your project proposal with regard to permissions,
acceptable design and colours, please contact the conservation
teams who are available by calling: Neil Robertson 01432
261950 for Hereford city and immediately surrounding wards;
Marianna Gilbert on 01432 260171 for Ross-on-Wye and South
Herefordshire; Chris Partrick on 01432 261951 for Bromyard,
Ledbury and East Herefordshire or Robert Walker 01432 383694
for Leominster and North West Herefordshire.
NEW ORIENTEERING CLUB COACHES PASS LEVEL ONE TRAINING
by Gill James
Congratulations are due to our 3 new Club Coaches, Greg
Best, Ellen Starling and Gary Wakerley who passed their
Level 1 training and assessment in May. Congratulations
are also due to Kyla da Cunha who has passed her Level 2
Newcomers to Orienteering in the Cheltenham area Greg
Best, North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club Captain has
run a series of successful 'Come and Try It' evenings for
newcomers to the sport and others just wanting to enjoy
a 'training' session for the last four weeks in the Cheltenham
area. Three courses were offered on each evening in safe
areas and offered simple orienteering to allow newcomers
to try the sport, and then hopefully to attend some of our
regular events. With the aid of a grant from British Orienteering
to support the series, the Club was able to offer free participation
a slow start, it was very encouraging that the number of
participants each evening grew steadily. The first event
was held at Bournside School and attracted just 15 people.
20 came to each of the next two events at Pittville Park
and Cox's Meadow. The fourth event was again at Pittville,
where the numbers jumped to 40, with the final evening in
the series being at Crickley Hill Country Park. There has
been a good mixture of families with children and adults
all taking part. While some people have come to all the
events, many have at least come back to try it a second
spent a lot of time making new maps and updating existing
ones for the series. The Pittville Park and Bournside School
maps both needed some updating. Cox's Meadow is a new area
for us, but is a nice small area for simple low-key events
of this nature. Crickley Hill Country Park is also a new
area for us. The intention is to be able to hold mini-league
events there in the Autumn and Winter. Greg has put in a
huge amount of time and effort to ensure that this venture
would be successful and intends to keep in touch with those
who came along to let them know of future events. He is
also grateful to the Club members who came along to help
have now started our Summer Series of Wednesday evening
weekly events during July at Oxstalls Campus, Longlevens,
Gloucester, part of Gloucester University. These comprise
short training events and our first evening saw members
with a choice of three competitions. An easy short course
for beginners, a slightly longer course demanding keen attention
to detail as none of the controls on the competitors' maps
had a number! The third course was for pairs, with one having
a map and walkie-talkie and the other having to follow the
instructions to find the controls. With occasional loss
of signal this made it great fun and more of a challenge.
next three Wednesdays will also have three courses on offer
with the 28th being more like a treasure hunt with competitors
looking for clues on a map with no street names! The start
times for the courses are between 6 and 7 pm and equipment
can be hired at a nominal cost. ALL ARE WELCOME! Further
details can be found at the North Gloucestershire Club Website:
The main car park entrance is in Oxstalls Lane. For full
travel directions visit: http://www.glos.ac.uk/travel/Pages/oxstalls.aspx
Best at the British Championships.