place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
SUCCESSFUL FUND RAISING..................................
........................... GARDEN PARTY AT THE OLD COURT
The fifth annual Summer Garden Party took place at The Old
Court Hotel at Whitchurch on Sunday. It was another hot
sunny day and the event attracted a large audience. Proprietors
of the Old Court, Victoria and Jonno put this event on each
year to raise money for Whitchurch Primary School, where
in a few years time their sons will be attending school,
as well as for St. Dubricius Church.
event was held in the beautifully kept grounds of the Old
Court and the audience were entertained with some brilliant
live music performed by Banshee, The Hickory Stick Boys
and many others.
band Banshee performing at the party.
of people helped make it a great event.
AND DISTRICT MOTORSPORTS CLUB TO.....................
................... CELEBRATE 60th BIRTHDAY AT BROOME FARM
and District Motor Sports Club is celebrating itís 60th
birthday this year and to celebrate, the club are holding
a party at Broome Farm, Peterstow.
party will be a 'non-motorsport' event, although it will
have a motor sport theme, and will take place on Saturday,
7th August and everybody is welcome to go along and enjoy
a great social evening, where celebrated singer/songwriter
Amy Wadge will be providing the entertainment.
to the event cost £15.00, which includes a delicious,
two course meal. Ross
Cider Company world famous Cider will of course be available
at the bar together with local guest beers, wines and soft
drinks. Camping is available on site so that everybody can
enjoy themselves to the full without the worry of having
to drive home.
to the party are limited, so book yours now to avoid disappointment.
For further information, please contact Gary Bollands on
07905 440655 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARDS BROUGHT TO LIFE FOR COUNTYS CHILDREN....
Five children from Herefordshire had a VIP visit to West
Mercia Police headquarters recently as their prize for being
the first children to collect all 25 of the force's Cop
their launch in April, the trading cards have proved to
be a huge hit with local children, many of whom have now
collected all 25 of the playing card-sized laminated cards.
Only the first five in each of the five policing divisions
however, were invited for a behind-the-scenes visit of Hindlip
Hall outside Worcester.
lucky five from Herefordshire were the first to present
their completed set for checking at a local police station
front counter or to a local community support officer. In
return, on Saturday, 17th July, they were able to see their
Cop Cards brought to life by visiting a number of operational
policing departments, including the Dog Section, Roads Policing,
Crime Scene Investigators and the Firearms School.
Mercia Police hopes the cards, which are aimed at children
aged seven to 14, are a fun way to for them get to know
their local officers and CSOs as well as learning essential
safety messages. Each card carries a picture and description
of a different policing role and a message to help children
stay safe, ranging from internet safety to stranger danger.
David Alexander from the Ledbury Rural team, who accompanied
the winners from Herefordshire said, 'The day went very
well and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The winners
loved the prize and learned a lot about how West Mercia
Police operates. They asked lots of questions of the many
police officers and staff they met and even got to try on
Cards have been brilliant. Some children are too shy to
come and talk to the police and the cards really broke down
a lot of barriers. When I visit schools I feel like the
Pied Piper because I'm surrounded by children keen to get
hold of the cards! The children have learned that we're
here to help, not just deal with them if they have been
naughty. They've also proved popular with the parents, who
are happy to see them build good relationships with their
mother said she had never been to a police station before
visiting with her children to get the cards and now they
see their local station in a new light.'
children from Herefordshire who attended were: Jason Jenkins,
aged 10 from Ledbury, who was joined by his brother, Antony,
aged 4; sisters Katie and Emma Robinson, from Ross-on-Wye;
Alicia Foxwell, from Ross-on-Wye; Helena Lima, from Ross-on-Wye;
and Fraser and Ellie MacLeod, from Bishop's Frome.
row - CSO Katie Middleton (Ross-on-Wye), CSO Carol Marsh (Ledbury),
Katie Robinson, and CSO David Alexander (Ledbury Rural)
Middle row - Jason Jenkins, Alicia Foxwell, Helena Lima, Emma Robinson,
and Fraser MacLeod. Front row - Anthony Jenkins and Ellie MacLeod.
PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ROSS YOUTH FORUM MEETINGS.....
recently, Ross Youth Forum featured regularly in Wyenot
News, but over the last few months, members have had a commitment
to their end of year exams. These exams are now behind the
young people who are back, giving 100% to their efforts
in improving the town for the people, in particular the
young people of Ross-on-Wye.
structure of the Forum's meetings has undergone a change
in that instead of a group of Youths meeting in a small
room at the Y-Zone, discussing what might benefit everybody
in Ross on Wye, the public are now welcome to come attend,
listen to and contribute to the meetings. There will be
regular guest speakers attending the meetings, such as MP'S,
Councillors and people in authority, such as head of policing
in the area etc. and so will give local poeple the opportunity
to directly ask their questions to the allotted person.
of the weekly meetings once held, Ross Youth Forum will
be meeting on the first Thursday of each month. Refreshments
will be provided and agendas will be distributed to the
back guys. We look forward to publishing your news.
LETTER OF THANKS FROM MRS MARGARET LUCAS....
On behalf of Ross-in-Bloom I am writing to thank everyone
who helped in any way, large and small, towards the very
successful visit last week of the Heart of England in Bloom
Judges. Despite the weather forecast we all had an excellent
afternoon. However this would not have been achieved if
there had not been so many people helping my committee out.
We would not have managed it without you. There
was a festive atmosphere during the afternoon, everyone
being happy and smiling. The sky looked overcast for most
of the day but this did not seem to dampen anyone's spirits.
hate to mention names as I do not like to miss any one out.
However, I do feel that special mentions should be given
to a few. Charmaine Danter came up trumps by allowing us
to use her mother Jacqui's car; the Lions, John Kyrle Club,
Giles Mason, Andy Callwood and Sons, the Police, the Town
Council, and the team of volunteers who made sure the Pigs
Alley Project was completed. (It was still be worked on
up to an hour or so before the judges arrived); ART, who
made sure the town was a blaze of colour with hanging baskets
made by Alison and Glyn at the Garden Store; Jules King
who organized the Guiding aspects for the day. The Ross
Gazette , Wyenot.com and Ross Journal also help by giving
us plenty of publicity throughout the year, which we are
always grateful for.
Herefordshire Amey always does good work around the town
but leading up to and on Tuesday they seem to have pulled
out all the stops. The town was looking very clean and tidy
and the planted beds and baskets were also immaculate. This
was especially remarked on by the judges when they were
overheard to say this was the cleanest town they had visited
this year so far.
Parcell and the staff at the Chase Hotel also deserves a
mention. Not only did they open up their grounds and the
Garden Room to us but they also laid on a super tea for
my guests. Unfortunately, on occasions such as this I am
unable to invite the whole town as I would like, but each
guest was invited to ensure that they were representatives
of all the groups and associations that work with us throughout
special mention should be made to all of those who work
on the committee and on special projects linked to Ross-in-Bloom.
Without their help and support I would not have been able
to achieve all that I had set out to do this year. Neither
would I have been able to manage without the help of my
family who have taken over jobs and organization for me
on many occasions during the past three months. As I said,
I cannot mention everyone so please accept my personal thanks
no matter how much or how little you have done this year.
You all know who you are.
will be travelling to Newcastle-under-Lyme on 16th September
with a member of the RiB team to collect our results. Unfortunately
we only get 2 tickets for this event but we will be going
with all the other county blooming representatives (Herefordshire
and Wye Valley in Bloom) and I will let everyone know as
soon after that what the results are. The neighbourhoods
will be collecting their own results the week before that
you all very much again. I am also very grateful for all
the help given whilst I have been out of action leading
up to the day. Ross would not be the same without you all
and everything that you do in your own ways.
Lucas Chairman, Ross-in-Bloom
The new judging co-ordinator has asked if there is anyone
who still has an award or cup from last year, could they
please drop it into the Heritage Centre so arrangements
can be made to present it again this year. Thank you.
Jo Lane, Margaret Lucas and Mary Sinclair-Powell with the Heart
of England in Bloom judges last Tuesday.
THE KIDS MONSTROUSLY CREATIVE
AT ROSS HERITAGE CENTRE.....
Heritage Services Team is offering youngsters in Ross-on-Wye
the opportunity to get monstrously creative at a special
workshop being held at Ross Heritage Centre on Thursday,
children will be able to make monsters inspired by the strange
creatures on the Mappa Mundi, an outstanding treasure of
the medieval world which records how 13th century scholars
interpreted the world, as well as animals from Hereford
Museum's natural history collection.
workshop will be held from 10.30am until 11.30am and is
suitable for accompanied children aged five to eleven years.
The workshops cost £3 per child and bookings should be made
by calling 01432 260675.
LIONS SUPPORT MOBILE CHEMOTHERAPY UNIT...
Ross Lions are again supporting the Mobile Chemotherapy
Unit which treats local Ross patients as well as patients
in the surrounding areas in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
treatment is carried out at the main hospitals in Herefordshire
and Gloucestershire but as Chemotherapy treatment generally
takes many months, the unit then provides treatment close
to patients' homes. This has obvious benefits to both patients
and their families and carers at what can be a difficult
and stressful time. Ross
Lion, Martin presented a cheque of £1,000 to Barbara Watkins,
Secretary and Joint Treasurer of Forest Dean Supporters
Group. Also in attendance from the Supporters' Group were
Rosina Turner, Dave and Joan Atherley and Lions Bernard,
Sam, Trevor, Mel, Tony and Keith.
access to a mobile chemotherapy unit is an invaluable service,
especially in rural areas, and, following the tremendous
success of the first unit, the fund raising continues to
ensure this service continues as well as raising funds for
a second unit in neighbouring Somerset. Both the Supporters
Group and the Ross Lions would like to thank the generosity
of the general public who, despite the current difficult
financial climate, continue to contribute to the causes
supported by Ross Lions and thus support those most in need.
contact Ross-on-Wye Lions Club please telephone 0845-833-5786
or view the web site at http://www.rossonwyelions.org/
Ross Lions present a cheque to Hope for Tomorow Mobile Chemotherapy
ARMS SPONSORS READING CHALLENGE...
The Royal Arms Book Group has sponsored the Reading Challenge
at Llangrove School since March this year and children have
been challenged to read five books, score them out of five
and then complete a task related to the reading they have
done. A book token prize is given for each completed challenge.
have designed fabulous leaflets, certificates and posters
to be used by staff and children during the challenge.
book sale to raise more funds will take place at The Royal
Arms, Llangrove over the August Bank Holiday weekend, 29th
to 31st August. Please go along and support them.
Royal Arms Book Group meets once a month on Tuesday at the
pub. Contact 01989 770267 for further information. New members
are very welcome.
Vicky Bleathman of The Royal Arms presenting pupils Leo Hollis and
Evan Marsh with book tokens for completing their reading challenge.
- ROSS SENIORS LEAD A WEEKEND OF VICTORY..
by Ian Howell
Last weekend the Ross club decamped to Bewdley Regatta in
order to compete against regional and national rivals on
the river Severn. It was another very successful weekend
with the Ross Club picking up 16 wins over the two days.
Saturday, the Masters B 4+ of Paul Carpenter, Steve Randell,
Philip Davies and Antony Dixon-Gough, coxed by Morgan Baynham-Williams
beat Stourport easily and went on to win their final against
the Ross Masters D4. The Ross Masters D4+ of Jeremy Picton-Turbervill,
Graham Watling, Paul Brodholt and Dave Sykes, coxed by Frazer
Blackwood made up for the defeat in the Masters B event
by beating Bewdley by 6 lengths in their final.
Sunday, Masters D4+ rowed impressively in a Masters C4+
event against Royal Chester and won by 2 Ĺ lengths and also
in a Masters D4+ event against City of Sheffield and also
won by 2 Ĺ lengths. The Ross Masters Novice 4+ of Tony Allen,
Andrew Morris, Richard Jennison and Mike Phillips coxed
by Molly Phillips were entered at Open Novice 4+ and only
just lost to a much younger crew from Burton Leander. There
was an impressive win for the Novice Double scull of Lenny
Colling and Mitch Browning, who beat Bewdley in their final.
This is a tremendous result for Lenny Colling who has worked
tirelessly with bringing on a new oarsman and a brilliant
result for Mitch who only took up the sport 8 weeks ago!
men's senior results were capped by a wonderful result in
Masters E single scull, Mike Jones, who beat Northwich in
his final. We are delighted for Mike who is a resilient
competitor and stoic supporter for the clubs progress.
senior tally was added finally by a brilliant win for the
ladies senior 2 crew of Holly Campbell, Geraldine Calcraft,
Emily Preeece and Geenee Watling, with Rhodri Morris coxing
who beat tough opposition from Stourport in their final.
The Junior section had another very impressive day on Sunday
and chalked an impressive 10 wins. In the girls singles
event wins were acheived by Scarlet Brodholt WJ11, Piipa
England Wj12 , Catrin Morris Wj13 and Roise Brandram Jones
Wj15. In the doubles events Livi Baynham Williams won Wj13
2x and Megan Jephcote and Jess Boon had another victory
in Wj12. All Showed great determination to win their races.
Johan Lai and Henry Jones having narrowly won their semi
final against another Ross crew by six inches, went on to
win their final versus Bristol convincingly.
Wj12 quads was a keenly contested Ross v Ross final. With
the Kingfisher crew leading coming up to the line, the Haigh
crew of Sky Jenkins, Alice Reynolds, Pippa England and Megan
Jephcote, coxed by Molly Phillips sneaked a win by a bow
ball ( 2 inches). Unfortunately the J13 quad had no opposition
in the age group and had to compete up a year. They came
up against the Ross J14 quad in the final who had already
beaten a big crew from Stourport in their semi final, The
young boys put in a good fight but were vanquished by the
older boys who were too strong for them. Nick Burden was
the star of the day, winning all 3 of his races by 3 to
4 lengths in his J12 single events.
Club regularly draws favourable comments on the quality
of the Juniors' rowing, but this weekend was the first time
we received praise from another club on the helpfulness
and the number of parent the club has. It was a busy day
with a tight race schedule and without the help of so many
parents, the junior success would not have been possible.
Junior coach, Jackie Baynham-Williams echoed this feedback,
adding that the Ross support from parents makes a huge difference
to the enjoyment of all the athletes through the day and
has a big impact on the results. We are very proud and very
thankful for all their support.
congratulations should be added to the Rowing Club team
that won the in the 'It's a Knockout' competition on Saturday,
in aid of Help for Heroes.
Rowing Club Masters D4 at Bewdley Regatta last weekend.