place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
ROSS REMEMBERS THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES....
people of Ross gathered at the War Memorial on the Prospect
on Sunday Morning to remember those who gave their lives
for their country. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend
this year's Service of Remembrance but we have been told
that it was a memorable occasion with many turning up to
remember family members and friends lost in battle. The
photograph below of the memorial was taken later in the
day on Sunday.
war Memorial on Sunday.
ROSS LIONS WELCOME SUE TO THE CLUB....
Lions have recently welcomed a new addition to their club.
The new Lion is Mrs. Sue Wilding who was presented with
her badge by Lions' President, Trevor Smith. After her induction
Sue said, 'I will do my best to uphold the long tradition
of Lions service to the community and will wear my badge
is the wife of former President, Keith Wilding and so is
very well acquainted with the work that the Lions do. For
a number of years Sue has been supporting Ross Lions at
many of their charity activities, from Carnival Day to Christmas
Day meals, Bonfire Night to the Ross Round Walk. We wish
Sue well in her new role as a Lion.
Lions Club has been a mixed club for a few years now and
although the club has been successful in attracting new
members they say that there is still room for one or two
more good Lions.
you would like to learn more about Ross Lions Club or would
like to become a Lion yourself, please visit their web site
at www.rossonwyelions.org for further information.
Lions welcome Sue to the club.
ROSS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ONY.....
Ross-on-Wye's Christmas lights will be officially switched
on on Friday, 19th November and there will be lots of entertainment
going on before Ross Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Lane performs
the ceremony at 5:30pm.
Scout and Guide movement will be entertaining the crowds
from 4:30pm, then from 4:45pm, Y-Zone based '2Faced' will
be show casing some great street dancing. Ross Town Band
will be adding to the entertainment from 5:00pm.
and Worcester Fire Service will be there, providing a display
on fire safety and Christmas decorations will be on sale
from 'Granny's Attic' in aid of Mayor Lane's chosen charity,
The Macular Society. The scouts will also be selling refreshments
to help raise funds to go to the World Scout Jamboree, which
will be taking place in Sweden next year.
Heritage Centre will be open throughout the event, where
'Cards for Good Causes' will be open along with a lovely
photographic exhibition by Mr. Dennis Morgan.
Christmas lights, which are energy efficient were highly
praised last year and were considered by many to be the
best lights the town had ever seen. The Mayor looks forward
to seeing you all there.
HEREFORD CHRISTMAS PARK AND RIDEY.....
Hereford's popular Christmas Park and Ride will operate
on four Saturdays this year, beginning on Saturday, 27th
November and running through to 18th December. Herefordshire
Council chose the start date to allow shoppers the opportunity
to take part in a range of Christmas activities which are
to be held in Hereford City centre.
27th November there will be an ice rink in High Town which
will be open for a whole month, excluding Christmas Day
and Boxing Day. Online bookings can be made by logging onto
special Butter Market Grotto, sponsored by The Entertainer,
will also be opening on 27th November, where youngsters
will be entertained by Santa and his elves who will be raising
money for local charities.
Park and Ride buses will run from Hereford's racecourse
in the north and the Grafton car park on the A49 to the
south. Buses are available every 15 minutes and will drop
people right in the heart of Hereford. Car parking is free
and the fare is £1.50 per adult up to a maximum of 3 per
vehicle. There will be no charge for accompanied children.
Brian Wilcox of Herefordshire Council said, 'This year Hereford
city centre has a wealth of attractions to add to the Christmas
shopping experience. As well as the ice rink and grotto,
there will also be two traditional fairground rides in the
new look Widemarsh Street. The park and ride service will
ensure people wishing to come to the city and support traders
at this important time of year do not have to worry about
finding somewhere to park but can instead let the buses
take the strain.'
LIONS INVITE ELDERLY TO CHRISTMAS DINNER...
Christmas will soon be upon us and as usual at this time
of year, Ross-on-Wye Lions are inviting any elderly people
who will be on their own, or will not have a hot meal planned
for Christmas Day, to come along and enjoy a hearty turkey
dinner with all the trimmings; plus drinks and entertainment.
lovely annual event is organized by Dennis Humble of EnviroAbility
and Debbie Griffiths of the WRVS and paid for by Ross Lions.
The meal prepared by Gaye Goodwin of the Rumbling Tum with
members of Age Concern and others helping, making this a
wonderful event to attend. Those who take up the invitation
will have the chance to meet old friends with whom they
can chat, enjoy the entertainment and have a few drinks.
you can't get to the Ryefield Centre under your own steam,
transport can be arranged both to bring you to the Centre
and to take you home afterwards. If you are housebound,
don't worry, a meal can be delivered to your address with
a cheery word and best wishes.
you meet the criteria of being elderly and not looking forward
to a Christmas Dinner then please make contact as soon as
possible as the organizers need to know how many to provide
meals for. They will also need addresses to arrange transport.
There are several ways that you can do this. Either call
into Gordon Lucas Motorcycles, the WRVS or Age Concern offices
and give them your details, give Debbie Griffiths of the
WRVS a ring on Ross 765595 or contact Ross Lions on 08458335786.
be shy. Give them a ring and go along on Christmas Day to
enjoy yourself. It's all free.
PARENTS TAKE TALKING TO ANOTHER LEVELY.....
The Ryefield Children's Centre in Ross-on-Wye is celebrating
after learning that ten parents have successfully completed
a course which will help them understand and enhance their
toddlers' language development. 'Elklan, Let's Talk with
Under 5s', was a seven week course which involved teaching
interaction between adult and child, the link between play
and language and how to help children with unclear speech.
In addition, parents were required to make observations
and reflect on their own interaction with their child throughout
is another great success for the Ryefield Children's Centre,'
said Carole Amos, Centre Manager. 'We're really proud of
the parents and the centre's tutors who ran the course.
All the work produced by the parents had to be moderated
by the National Open College Network who were very positive
about the standard of work submitted. What
makes it particularly noteworthy for us is that three of
our parents do not have English as their first language,
yet they have been able to successfully complete this course.
The skills they have acquired on the course will help them
to give a boost to their own children's language development.'
ten parents will gain a level one accreditation, but six
of them have no intention of stopping and are keen to go
on to further training. Three of them are doing the Elklan
level two and three course.
are to be presented with their certificates by early language
consultant, Heather Price on Monday, 29th November at the
Ryefield Children's Centre.
WAR MEMORIAL FOUND IN ROSS CELLAR
World War 1 memorial has recently been found while sorting
out a cellar in Ross.
memorial commemorates the life of Lieutenant Wilfred John
Massey-Lynch, 3rd Dragoon Guards, age 25 who was killed
in action near Villers Bretonneux, at the battle of the
Avre, fifth of the first battles of the Somme on 4th April
existence of this memorial has been known for many years
as it was originally in an old church in Ross-on-Wye, which
closed down in 1930. It should have been transferred to
the new church of St. Frances of Rome in 1931, but for various
reasons it never happened.
is another memorial to Wilfred coupled with his brother-in-law,
Lieutenant F.T.Harris at All Saints Church in the Trees
at Bishopswood. Wilfred is also remembered on the Pozieres
Memorial, Somme, France.
information about this soldier can be found at the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission web site.
left: Wilfred John Massey-Lynch (1893 - 1918). Married Gwendoline
Harris in 1914 at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Ross-on-Wye.
WW1 memorial recently found while sorting out a cellar in Ross.
FINED FOR NON PAYMENT OF FIXED PENALTY NOTICEY.....
A Hereford woman who failed to pay a fixed penalty ticket
issued for littering was fined £80 and ordered to pay £50
costs after admitting the offence at Hereford Magistrates
Court on Friday, 12th November. Abigail
Baynham, aged 20, of Amyard Drive, Hereford, was also ordered
to pay the mandatory £15 victim surcharge.
Mike Jones, prosecuting for Herefordshire Council, told
the court a fixed £80 penalty ticket was issued to the defendant
in July after she was seen dropping a cigarette butt in
Union Street but she had made no attempt to pay the amount
due. The offence was committed under section 87 of the Environmental
Protection Act 1990. She has 28 days to pay the fine and
Hancock, Herefordshire Council's regulatory services manager
said after the court hearing, 'Dropping this cigarette on
the ground has proved to be a very costly mistake for this
woman, and I hope it will serve as a deterrent to others.
The problem is many smokers do not think of dropping their
cigarette end as littering, but cigarette butts are one
of the most common items we have to clear up, especially
in the city centre and market towns.
need to be aware, no butts about it, that if they discard
finished cigarettes on the ground, they are guilty of littering
and face a fixed £80 penalty. I know that many people may
think this harsh for such a small item, but I would challenge
them to consider the cumulative effect of thousands of cigarette
ends dropped on the streets every day.
is not the chosen route of the council; it would much prefer
people to put out their cigarette when finished and dispose
of it in one of the many litter bins available.'
MAN STEALS TELEVISIONS FROM SAINSBURYS
have releases CCTV images of a man they would like to speak
to in connection with the theft of three televisions from
a supermarket in Hereford last month.
man, pictured left was spotted stealing a television worth
£150 from Sainsbury's in Barton Yard on Friday, 15th October.
A review of CCTV found he had also stolen similar TVs on
both the previous days, Wednesday, 13th and Thursday, 14th
October, as well as a wireless router worth £50.
man is described as being white, approximately 6ft tall,
of slender build, with dark, cropped hair and appears to
be in his mid to late twenties. On each occasion he arrived
and left the store on a dark coloured mountain bike heading
towards The Lines and South Wye.
Anna Clarke of Hereford Police Station, who is investigating
the incident said, 'The man appears smartly dressed and
unassuming; he wanders into the store and quite openly walks
straight out again with the goods under his arm.
anyone recognizes the man in the CCTV image, then I would
urge them to contact me via the West Mercia Police non-emergency
number, 0300 333 3000. You can also pass on information
anonymously via the Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.'
ASSAULT OUTSIDE HEREFORD SUPERMARKETY.....
Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault that occurred
last week outside a supermarket in Hereford to come forward.
4.45pm on Sunday, 7th November, a man was driving into the
car park of the Asda Store on Belmont Road when a pedestrian
waved his arms at him and banged the roof of the car as
he drove past. When the driver got out of the car, the man
started an argument with him, swearing at him and insulting
him. A scuffle ensued that ended with both men on the ground.
When Asda staff intervened and said they had called the
police, the man ran off leaving the driver with bruises
to his face.
Leatte Clarke of Hereford Police Station, who is investigating
the incident said, 'We would like to trace the man responsible
for this seemingly unprovoked attack as well as get to the
bottom of his motives. If you were in the car park at Asda
on that Sunday afternoon and saw this assault or anything
suspicious in the lead up to it, then please contact me
via the West Mercia Police non-emergency number, 0300 333
3000. You can also pass on information anonymously via the
Crimestoppers number, 0800 555 111.'
PETERS CENTRE WINS NATIONAL DESIGN AWARD...
A unique building project that brings Herefordshire Council
services, the local community and the church together, has
won an award at this year's prestigious Wood Awards in London.
The St Peter's Centre in Peterchurch scooped the best Private/Best
Small Project Award at a ceremony held at the Carpenters'
Council and St Peter's Church commissioned Communion Design
to transform the 12th Century Grade 1 listed church into
a sustainable multi-use community building. Using oak as
the primary medium, Communion Design had to take on board
the sensitive nature of the site in heritage and religious
terms, and create a facility where a community library,
children's centre, community events space and a worship
space for Anglican services could all be accommodated. The
result is outstanding.
facilities were designed to be contained within free-standing
timber boxes which when opened, allow the existing spaces
to be transformed from 12th century patterns of worship
to more contemporary uses almost instantly. Once the activities
have finished, the boxes are closed, and the space returns
to sacred silence.
Reverend Simon Lockett, Rector of St Peter's said, 'This
project has built deeper relationships amongst and between
the church community and the wider community and both are
flourishing as a result.'
are all very proud of this project,' said Carole Amos of
Herefordshire Council. 'It took a lot to get if off the
ground: trying to take on board all partner requirements,
and turn it into a community facility without compromising
its historic background and religious foundations. Since
the refurbished centre opened in January, the children's
centre has flourished, with a full timetable of events for
families every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, such as
parent and toddler sessions, adult learning courses and
a postnatal clinic to name a few.'
Coppock, director of Communion Architects said, 'We are
delighted with this endorsement of St Peter's Centre and
are thrilled for our client and all the team involved. To
see the centre recognized in this way, scooping a prestigious
national award for both the design and the quality of the
workmanship, is deeply gratifying. Delivering St Peter's
was a team effort. It was a pleasure to work alongside other
local companies including William Powell, Darby & Carr and
Wood Awards were launched more than thirty years ago as
the Carpenters' Award and is now Britain's premier award
for wood in buildings and furniture. The aim of The Wood
Awards is to recognize, encourage and promote outstanding
design, craftsmanship and installation in wood, the world's
most naturally sustainable material.
Peter's Centre, Peterchurch.
WOMAN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ON BRIDLEWAYY.....
Herefordshire Police are appealing for help in tracing a
man wanted in connection with a sexual assault on a woman
in rural Herefordshire.
approximately 6.30pm on Friday, 1st October, a woman in
her 20s was walking along the bridleway that runs from the
village of Felton towards Marden when she came across a
man walking his dog who she had spoken to on previous occasions.
After a conversation, the man attempted to sexually assault
her, but she managed to escape. The man is described as
white, approximately 5ft 6ins tall and thin, with dark brown
Steve James of Leominster CID said, 'This sexual assault
took place in a remote area and there were no witnesses,
but we are hoping that someone may recognize the description
of this man. Despite an extensive investigation, we have
not been able to trace him, but we believe local residents
may be able help us.
was walking a yellow Labrador Retriever and on a previous
occasion told the victim his name was Adam. He also told
her he had only recently moved to the area and was recently
anyone recognizes this description then I appeal to them
to contact me or Leominster CID straight away via the West
Mercia Police non-emergency number, 0300 333 3000. Alternatively,
information can be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers
on 0800 555111.'
THREE YOUTHS CHARGED WITH GBHY.....
Police have charged three people in relation with a serious
assault that occurred in Hereford over the weekend.
approximately 10.25pm on Saturday, 13th November a fight
broke out in the car park of Morrisons supermarket and a
man in his 20s sustained head injuries as a result of the
attack. After being treated at Hereford County Hospital,
he was transferred to Cheltenham General Hospital where
he is currently in a stable condition.
local enquiries, three 16-year-old youths were arrested
on Sunday and were charged with grievous bodily harm later
the same day. All three appeared at the Youth Court at Hereford
Magistrates' Court on 15th November, one of which has been
remanded into custody and the other two released on conditional
bail. They are due to reappear at Hereford Magistrates'
on Wednesday, 23rd November.
Constable Nigel Cleeton of Hereford CID, who is investigating
the incident said, 'We have made good progress in this investigation
and have been able to charge three youths early on in the
case. However, we are still in the early stages of the investigation
and if anyone has information that would help us, then I
urge them to come forward. We are particularly interested
in anyone who saw this incident in the car park of Morrisons
or the moments leading up to it.'
Cleeton can be contacted at Hereford CID via the west Mercia
Police non emergency number, 0300 333 3000. Information
can also be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers
number 0800 555 111.