place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
GCSE PERFORMANCES AT JOHN KYRLE
record 73% of students gaining 5+ A*- C grades at GCSE,
with an overall pass rate of 99%, followed last week's excellent
A Level results at John Kyrle High School and Sixth Form
Centre. Just under 60% of the cohort gained the all-important
5 or more A*-C grades, including English and Maths. The
school was also very pleased with the results of its high
ability students with over a third of the year group attaining
at least 3+A*/A grades and over 25% of all entries being
graded at A*- A. These results need to be seen within the
context of the year group containing an exceptionally high
number of boys.
Nigel Griffiths, said he was delighted for students, parents,
staff and governors, all of whom had worked very hard to
achieve this standard. He pointed out that the strong performance
across all subject areas reflected very well upon the school's
multi specialist status. Also worthy of note is the fact
that when many other schools are allowing students to drop
Modern Foreign Languages, John Kyrle has compulsory languages
with Spanish, for example, having almost 90% of students
gaining a higher grade at GCSE.
Griffiths noted, 'The school's excellent performance is
based upon students achieving in traditional subjects which
are considered more difficult but which we see as essential
for their all-round education and future Higher Education
and employment opportunities.' Over
the next few months, Value Added figures will be published
and internal estimates show that John Kyrle should expect
to once again be amongst the top performing schools in the
country on this measure.
Griffiths praised his students and added, 'Very well qualified
and hugely committed staff, support from governors and my
relentless pursuit of high performance has allowed us to
once again produce a very pleasing set of examination results.
I am sure that parents of Year 11 students would confirm
our view that close partnership with home is a key driver
in our continued success.'
Vinall, Deputy Head, said, 'This is a year group which has
taken every opportunity to participate in the wider life
of the school. Areas such as music, drama and sport have
benefited greatly from their participation and students
have been ambassadors for the school on many overseas trips.
Members of the year group have played a key role in the
School Council and were amongst the first group of students
to participate in interviewing new staff. They have been
a credit to the school and these excellent results are fully
justified and deserved.'
number of John Kyrle students are worthy of individual praise.
These include Rosie Lindley with 8A*s and 6 As; Alix Baldwin
with 7A*s and 6 As; Tagan Coyle with 7A*s and 4 As; Ed Cindery
with 7A*s and 3 As; Ali Raine with 7A*s and 4 As; Nathan
Shipton with 7A*s and 4 As; Jasmine Jones with 6A*s and
6 As; Julia Ormerod with 5A*s and 5 As; and Josceline Presdee
with 5A*s and 4 As.
Headteacher, Rob Wallace, said that the results augured
very well for the large number of students returning to
John Kyrle's Sixth Form.
With Headteacher, Nigel Griffiths, Chris Elias and Karen Frost are
successful students, Alix Baldwin, Tagan Coyle, Ali Raine, Julia
Ed Cindery, Josceline Presdee and Rosie Lindley.
BANNING ORDER FOR ROSS-ON-WYE MAN
Magistrates have issued a drink banning order against a
local man William Carr, 39, of Henry Street, Ross-on-Wye.
The order was issued on Monday 23rd August. If William Carr
breaches the order he can be arrested by the police and
be fined up to £1,000.
Carr has a full order that prohibits him from entering any
licensed premises with an on licence, this means virtually
all of the pubs and clubs, in Ross-on-Wye and the local
policing team are informing those premises. The order for
him means he is not to be drunk and disorderly in a public
place that covers the whole of England and Wales. The
total order is in place until 22 August 2011. He
can go into off licences such as corner shops or supermarkets.
Licensing Officer Jim Mooney said, 'This is the first application
made by the police in Herefordshire for a drinking banning
order. West Mercia Police and its partners in Herefordshire
are committed to dealing with all aspects of drink-related
anti-social behaviour and disorder that directly impacts
on the lives of our communities and businesses throughout
The Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006, allows the police
to deal with those members of our communities who fail to
curb their drinking behaviour and change their ways. The
use of this act is seen as a last resort when challenging
behaviour through other methods such as direct involvement
with the PCT Community Alcohol Service and the civil Herefordshire
Against Night Time Disorder group.
Mooney stated 'Certain people, in particular a minority
among the younger members of our community, must learn to
curb their behaviour and act in a responsible way that allows
others to enjoy pubs, clubs and open spaces in the county.
The man who is subject to this order has had the opportunity
to change and has failed. His behaviour has been unacceptable
for a long time. Others who act in a similar way are put
on notice that West Mercia Police will use this and other
legislation to make our communities safer for all.'
TO CAR CRASH ON THE A40 SOUGHT.....
are appealing for witnesses to come forward who may have
seen a collision which occurred on at 10:30pm the East bound
side of the A40, Ross-on-Wye on Friday 20th August. The
accident involved three vehicles; a Mercedes Sprinter van,
an Audi A6 and a Scania Heavy Artic vehicle.
is believed that the driver of the Mercedes van had just
pulled back onto the East bound (M50 bound) carriageway
from a lay-by that is situated approximately 400 metres
from the Ross Labels roundabout. Whilst doing so, the vehicle
collided with the Audi A6 which was already travelling in
the main carriageway. The Mercedes overturned on impact
and collided with the Scania Heavy Artic which was parked
further up the same lay-by. The Audi left the carriageway
and collided with the central barrier.
driver of the Mercedes Sprinter van suffered a fractured
pelvis, a fracture to his upper leg and bruising and has
been detained in hospital. His passenger escaped with cuts
and bruises, whilst the occupants of the other vehicles
police spokesperson said, 'Police are asking for anyone
who saw this accident to please come forward.'
with any information in relation to this incident is urged
to contact police on 0300 333 3000, quoting the incident
GOING ON THIS COMING BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND.....
should be something going on to please everyone in Ross-on-Wye
this coming Bank Holiday weekend. The great annual Ross
Regatta at the rowing club will be taking place and for
those who prefer a more sedate pastime, St. Mary's Church
will be holding a flower festival. The Association of Ross
Traders, (A.R.T) are organizing a food and crafts market
for Sunday, 29th August and a charities market is to be
held on Monday, 30th. If you would like a stall at either
of the markets, please contact Richard on 01989 762336 to
book your place.
association is encouraging as many of the local traders
as possible to open their shops throughout the weekend and
so far those that will be open are:
Delicatessen and Sandwich Bar, which will be open Saturday,
Sunday and Monday as will Tudor
Sweets, with a special offer on Ross-on-Wye Rock and
and Pieces Tea Room, Ross
old Books, Rossiter Books, Ross
Garden Store, Natures
Mays Dolls House Shop, The Cookshop, Pye Powder
Gift Shop. The Golden Crust Bakery will be open on Saturday
and Monday, as will Field Fayre, The Priory Coffee Shop,
Madam Butterfly and Susannah's Gift Shop.
of the shops will be running special offers throughout the
more details of the many events taking place over the Bank
Holiday weekend locally, please visit the 'What's
On?' page of Wyenot News. Have a great weekend, whatever
you decide to do!
ROSS TOWN BAND CELEBRATE 25 YEARS..........................
Ross Town Band celebrated their 25th anniversary on Sunday
with a fete down by the Bandstand. There were several stalls
for the large number of people who attended to enjoy and
there were plenty of activities to keep the children occupied,
whilst the band kept everybody entertained. Ross Town Mayor,
Councillor Jo Lane was present and she appeared to be thoroughly
enjoying the whole event.
Town Band celebrate their 25th aniversary with a concert on the
Bandstand on Sunday afternoon.
of people ventured down to the Caroline Symonds Gardens to enjoy
the band's performance.
Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane with stall holder Sue Beard.
delicious cakes were going like, er... hot cakes.
WORKSHOP AT ROSS HERITAGE CENTRE.....
heritage services team is holding a treasure workshop at
Ross Heritage Centre on Thursday, 26th August and youngsters
will have the chance to handle some 'treasure' from Hereford
museum's handling collection. They will also have the opportunity
to make some jewelled flagons, crowns and other treasures
during the workshop, which will run from 10.30am until 12.30pm.
workshop is suitable for accompanied children aged five
to 11 years and costs £3 per child. To book a place, please
call 01432 260675.
FUN AND GAMES TO RAISE MONEY FOR ACORNS.....
whilst going around the town on Sunday morning you see a
lot of strange people on bicycles, please, don't worry.
The cyclists will only be Steve 'Ozzy' Bond, Gary Davies
and friends pedalling their way through the lanes of Herefordshire
in fancy dress to raise money for Acorns Childrens Hospice.
intrepid team will be leaving the Man of Ross Inn at 10:30am,
stopping for lunch at the Harp at Hoarwithy before returning
to the Man of Ross, completing a circuit of 15 miles. The
guys would really appreciate some more sponsorship in their
endeavour to raise funds for this worthy cause, so if you
can help them at all, please contact Ozzy on 07920 819387
or Gary on 07738 999278. They will be extremely pleased
to hear from you.
the cycle ride is over, at 2pm, another local man, Steve
'Scotty' Ellis will also be doing his bit for Acorns by
undergoing a head and beard shave. Scotty's hair and beard
have grown rather long now since being volunteered for this
exciting role and, again, if you wish to sponsor, please
contact Ozzy and Gary or simply turn up to the barbecue
and make a donation there.
and Ozzy have also organized a charity football match between
a local team and the Aston Villa Veterans which is due to
take place at the John Kyrle High School on 10th October,
for as well as raising much needed funds for Acorns, they
are also keen to promote football in the town in particular
for young people. . Admission will be by programme, which
will be available by contacting Ozzy on 07920 819387 or
Gary on 07738 999278.
far, the team have raised approximately £5,000 but
are hoping to raise this total to £10,000 by the end
of their campaign. Please help them to achieve their goal.
SPECIAL MEDAL BONANZA FOR ROSS AND HEREFORD
The Bob Cook Memorial Games were once again held at Swindon's
athletic ground on Sunday, 8th August. The event is managed
and organized by the Lions 105W organization and this year
Ross Lions helped a group of 39 athletes from local homes,
clubs and organizations to compete.
games are now in their 22nd year and are designed for those
adults, both young and old, who have disabilities or special
needs. Four buses and coaches made their way from Ross and
Hereford. The teams which went were those from Ross, (Weir
End, Woodpecker Lodge, Mill House, Ryefield Centre, Treann,
Chepstow House and Ross Special Crew) and First Key from
day was again blessed with superb weather and ideal conditions
for all the athletes, who took part in several track and
field events including 60m Walk/Run, 100m Walk/Run, 200
and 400m run, Relays, 4 x 100m, Wheelchair Relays, Javelin/Shot/Discus/Welly
Throwing and Crown Green Bowls.
some intense limbering up, buckets of sweat, guts and immense
effort, the athletes from Herefordshire pushed themselves
to a staggering total of 43 Golds, 34 Silver and 32 Bronze
medals, an awesome achievement. The effort put in by all
those who participated was incredible and a joy to be seen.
The overriding observation from Ross Lions and the carers
involved was how much enjoyment everyone had. Well done
to everyone who took part- you did yourselves and all of
thanks must go to Chippenham and Highworth Lions for once
again running the games. Particular thanks must also go
to Ross Lions and especially Jim Swinson, Jim Hamilton,
Mel Middlecote and Danny Lister. Those who also supported
the day included PGL, Flying Colours, H&H Coaches, WRVS,
Ryefield Centre and Ross Action Committee, (Rosemary & Tim).
Ross Lions would also like to thank all the management and
carers of the homes and organizations who made the day such
a success. Most thanks though go to the athletes, brilliant
and well done. See
you next year!!!
anyone else is interested in competing in next years games
on Sunday, 7th August 2011, please contact Lion Martin on
from the Ryefield Centre, storms home to victory.
receives one of her medals from the District Governor.
team which Ross Lions took to the games in Swindon.
LIEUTENANT WANTS YOUR NOMINATIONS............
.........FOR 2011 QUEENS AWARD FOR
Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, The Countess of Darnley
today called on the county to nominate outstanding local
voluntary groups for next year's The Queen's Award for Voluntary
Service, the MBE for volunteer groups.
for the 2011 Award should be received by 30th September
2010, therefore those who know of the great work or indeed
have benefited from a voluntary group's hard work should
nominate now. Successful groups will be announced on 2nd
June 2011. Further information can be gained and forms can
be downloaded by visiting www.direct.gov.uk/thequeensawardforvoluntaryservice
or by calling 020 7781 2397 to request a hard copy.
Countess of Darnley said, 'Voluntary groups in Herefordshire
continue to play a pivotal role in the community, and many
individuals' lives. Recognizing their influence is vital
and I want Herefordshire to express their gratitude to these
groups by nominating as many as possible for The Queen's
Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups
and highest honour in the voluntary sector.
volunteers carry out tremendous work across a number of
areas such as youth projects, BME and rural community based
initiatives and these are the types of groups for which
we would like to encourage more nominations. We have a plethora
of groups who could be nominated so please visit the website
or call 020 7781 2397 to find out more and nominate.'
June this year, two outstanding groups in Herefordshire
received the 2010 Award from the hundreds of nominations
made from across the UK. These groups were nominated by
friends, family or members of the public. Eight hundred
and fifty groups from across the UK, including 5 from Herefordshire,
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.
from different backgrounds providing extremely diverse activities
have all felt the Award's benefits, which include attracting
more volunteers, increased awareness of the group to potential
funders and of course helping to raise morale amongst existing
volunteers. This year's winners from across the UK can be
found by visiting the website of by clicking the List of
2010 Winners, while case studies can be found in the Case
details of all The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service winners
or to download a nomination form in pdf, visit www.direct.gov.uk/thequeensawardforvoluntaryservice.
SILVAS PERFORMANCE SHONE AT THE WHITE LION
Local band, SILVA put on an excellent performance at the
Lion Inn on Saturday evening and had everybody up on
their feet and dancing pretty much from the start of their
performance right up to the very last number. Silva's set
includes a fantastic range of music, covering songs by Rod
Stewart, Snow Patrol, Blondie, Bryan Adams, the Rolling
Stones and many more. Their varied set has something to
suit most musical tastes so they are ideal for family parties,
coming Sunday, 29th August, popular local trio, the Double
Barrel band will be performing at the White Lion, so put
on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance the night away,
from 8:30pm onwards.
at the White Lion Inn on Saturday evening.
had people up and dancing in next to no time with their brilliant
FAIR TO HELP JOBSEEKERS BACK TO WORK.....
Council and Job Centre Plus have organized a jobs fair to
help job seekers find employment and learn about training
opportunities. The fair will take place on Thursday, 16th
September at the Shire Hall, St Peter's Square, Hereford
from 10am to 3pm.
will be more than thirty different local employers recruiting
on the day, including Argos, Cargill (Sun Valley), Amey,
Sainsbury and Morrisons. Jobs on offer cover retail, customer
services, clerical, manufacturing and care professions.
In addition, local training groups will be at the fair offering
courses and training programmes to help people get back
into work or make career changes.
five minute workshops will be held throughout the day, offering
advice on how to improve people's chances of getting a job
and managing lifestyles through these difficult times. Top
tips on improving curriculum vitae, completing an application
today's way, becoming self employed, training for a new
career and improving interview skills, are all available.
Workshops need to be booked by emailing email@example.com
or by calling 01432 260028.
Councillor June French, deputy leader of Herefordshire Council
said, 'This event is for anyone seeking work, whatever their
age, background or current position. Although the country
is still in recession, there are still opportunities available
and we want to make sure all our job seekers are given a
head start by equipping them with the skills they need to
gain employment. Technology
has changed the way people apply for jobs over the last
few years. It may be some time since job seekers have had
to complete an application form, so we are putting on workshops
to help them get up to speed.
young people receive their exam results, they need to consider
their futures. Some will want to embark on an apprenticeship
or gain immediate employment; others may decide to continue
their education. Connexions professionals will be at the
fair to offer advice and support and help them decide how
to plan for the future.'
is the second year that Herefordshire Council and Job Centre
Plus have organized a jobs fair. Last year 670 people attended
the event from a diverse range of backgrounds with ages
varying from 16 to over 50.