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In the last issue of Wyenot News we were pleased to publish the great success of Ross Cider & Perry Co. Ltd who won four awards with their wonderful produce at the Putley Big Apple Cider Trials.

Ross Cider, based at Broome Farm in Peterstow came up against some stiff competition as there were 67 different producers and over 180 entries, which were judged by all of the other cider makers taking part. Ross-on-Wye Cider was awarded first prize for both Medium Cider and Sweet Cider and gained enough points in the other classes to be awarded the overall 'Champion Cidermaker' award. This is the fifth time in ten years that the team at Broome Farm has won this award reflecting the consistent quality of their products. The company also won first prize in the class for Dry Perry.

Mike Johnson, Managing Director of the Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Co said, 'To win a prize at these trials is particularly rewarding as the judging is carried out by your fellow cider makers with each entrant able to vote for their three favourites in a 'blind' tasting where all the entries are identified only by a number.'

The Cider Cellar at Broome Farm is open every day for sales of cider and perry. Visitors are welcome to take a walk through the orchards, enjoy a cream tea and say hello to the lovely alpacas. This award winning local cider and perry is also available online at - a great way to send a true taste of Herefordshire to family and friends.

Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry is also available at The Kings Head Hotel and The Hope & Anchor in Ross, The White Lion Inn at Wilton, The Ferrie Inn at Symonds Yat, The Hostelrie at Goodrich, The Inn on the Wye at Kerne Bridge and The Cottage of Content at Carey as well as Truffles Delicatessen, Peterstow Stores and Pengethley Farm Shop.

For further information contact Mike Johnson on 01989 567232.

Phil Long and Mike Johnson of Ross Cider & Perry Co. Ltd with their certificates and Overall Champion Cider Maker's trophy.


Ross Rocks is due to take place on Saturday, 25th June and a whole day of family entertainment is planned for local residents to enjoy. However, although a full line up of local musicians, dancers and poets are taking part, no local artists or crafts people have applied to take part.

Chris Lowndes, one of the volunteer organizers of the event said, 'We would really love to have amateurs who paint or make things such as jewellery, pottery and greetings cards to take stalls at the event. We want to show what a wealth of talent there is in Ross and this would be a great opportunity for artists to show and sell their creations.'

Ross Rocks is free to attend and will will go on all day, from 11am until 11pm. During the day the emphasis will be given to youth groups and voluntary organizations, with music dominating the evening schedule. Stall holders do not have to be there the whole time and can pack up whenever they like. The only qualification to perform or to have a display is that you must live in the town of Ross.

'We don't need any more musicians or caterers,' Mr Lowndes continued, but if you have a hobby or practical skill we'd love you to have a stand. You'll have to provide your own table and maybe a gazebo if you're worried about rain.'

If you are a local artist or crafts person and this sounds like a good opportunity for you, please contact Melvin Hodges on 07896 562 403 or Alternatively, call into Ross Old Books which is open seven days a week in the High Street (next to Lloyds Bank) and ask for Chris or Carol.

Please note that a small donation towards the costs of putting on the event will be requested.

11th May 2011


Mary and Dorian Osborne.

On the day of the Royal Wedding, Pots and Pieces customers entered a Right Royal Quiz and raised £70.00 for Ross Macmillan Cancer Support.

Whilst taking part in the fun, many treated themselves to a ‘Right Royal Tea’ of very English sandwiches, tea and a selection of cakes at the lovely High Street tea shop.

Proprietor, David Bruce said, 'It was a very happy day and locals and tourists enjoyed chatting about their favourite highlights of the royal wedding in the morning while they enjoyed their tea and completed their quiz.'

The joint winners of the quiz were Mrs Sharon Stones and Mary and Dorian Osborne who both won a cream tea for two.


The Ross supporters of Acorns Childrens Hospice and have raised a tremendous amount of money for the charity over during the last year, whilst also helping to support other local causes.

This coming Sunday, 15th May, Ozzy and the gang are at it again with a Race Afternoon at The White Lion Inn at Wilton, courtesy of landlords Dave and Jacqui Newman. If you enjoy a flutter, why not go along and enjoy the fun, possibly win yourself a few quid and help the boys with their fund raising efforts.

The event will begin at 3pm.

11th May 2011


Mr. Davies receives his Sheriff's Award.

A Hereford man who saved a girl from drowning has been given an award for his bravery.

At Hereford Police Station, Paul Davies was presented with a High Sheriff's Award by Superintendent Charles Hill, Commander for Herefordshire, and The High Sheriff of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Elizabeth Hunter.

Mr. Davies is a steward and bar manager at Hereford Rowing Club and used his local knowledge to save a woman who was drowning in the river Wye.

At 3am on 30th July, 2010, Mr Davies was walking along the river with a friend when he heard screaming coming from the river. They ran to the bank and could make someone out in the water and could see that they kept going under.

Mr Davies took a nearby ring and while his friend held the rope, he swam out to the person, who he discovered was a teenage girl. He placed the ring over her head and towed her back to the bank just as the emergency services arrived.

Mr. Davies stated he decided to go in as he knew the river well and the girl was obviously in need of help. He said he 'couldn't stand by and let someone drown.'


South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman has congratulated the new councillors on their election last Thursday, 5th May. The Council elections saw the Conservatives retain control with 30 seats, with It's Our County on 9, the Liberal Democrats 3, and Labour and the Greens both on 1 seat. A further fourteen councillors were elected as independents.

Commenting, Jesse said, 'Many congratulations to all the new Councillors on their election. It was a very good win for the Conservatives, given the extremely difficult economic situation. I am especially pleased at the many excellent new Councillors who have been elected, who I think could make a tremendous contribution to the new Council.

The immediate priorities are clear: intelligent, long term economic development of the city, a second river crossing over the Wye, more higher education, and superfast broadband across the county. However, we still face a very difficult next few years, as the country comes through the present economic crisis. Inevitably, elections often call forth strong feelings but I would call on all members of the new Council to engage with these major challenges in a positive spirit, and with dignity, courtesy and mutual respect.'


The family of a nurse who died following a traffic collision in Herefordshire last week have paid tribute to her as 'an incredibly caring person.' At 8.30am on Monday, 2nd May, Nicola Johnson, aged 47 of King's Thorn, was driving a Ford Fiesta on the A4137 near Marstow, when she collided with an oncoming flatbed lorry. She was taken by air ambulance to the Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with serious injuries, but she died the following day.

Her husband, Mark Johnson, speaking on behalf of the family said, 'Nikki was on her way home from work at the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff. Her father, Clifford Morgan; her son, Jamie Kidner and I were all by her side when she passed away at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. Nikki had been a nurse all her working life, spending many years as a senior staff nurse on the Surgical Ward in Cardiff. She was an incredibly caring person who dedicated her life to caring for others; she loved her job and never wanted to be anything other than a nurse.

Nikki loved travelling, skiing, food, the theatre and her cat Spooky. She has many friends from all around the country, having lived and worked in many parts of the UK. The loss of Nikki has left a huge hole in all her friends' and family's lives and she will be sorely missed by many. We are all very lucky to have known her and are all blessed with many very happy memories of the kindest person anyone could ever have met.'

Nicola Johnson with her family; from left to right, husband Mark Johnson, son Jamie Kidner and father Clifford Morgan.


The Ross Lions are seeking teams to take part in their Charity Sedan Chair Race to be held at the Georgian celebration event 'On the Way to the Wye' on Saturday, 18th June in Ross on Wye. The race will raise money for the Lions charitable causes and will be an added attraction at the Georgian themed day organized by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Overlooking the Wye Partnership Project.

Each team will construct a simple sedan chair and decorate it to their own theme, the wackier the better, and race a course on the Caroline Symonds Gardens at Ross. There will also be prizes awarded to Best Designed and Constructed Sedan Chair, Best Dressed Team and Funniest Sedan Chair. Entries are free for teams in four classes Adult/Over 18's,14-18 years, under 14s and nursery ( 5 years and under). Competitors will race for cash prizes and trophies for their association, organization, school, or group.

To enter a team, please apply for an information pack and entry form from Martin King, Ross Lions, email tel: 01989 568941 or from Nikki Moore, Wye Valley AONB Information Officer email Tel: 01600 710846.

The closing date for entries is Monday, 13th June.

11th May 2011 SMALL FARMS CAN WIN BIG PRIZES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Investigating pond life at last year's Open Farm Sunday on Gadr Farm.

Significant cash prizes are on offer in the popular annual Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Farming Awards 2011. This year's competition is directed at small farms under 100 hectares/ 247 acres and the winning farm will secure the £500 cash prize plus vouchers for Harold Johns Ltd and the Farming Awards Trophy with prizes awarded to second and third places.

Judges, Alan Morgan of Gadr Farm, the 2009 Farming Awards winner, David Price, of the National Farmers Union, Cymru, Mike Williams, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) Officer and Andrew Blake, Wye Valley AONB Officer will be out and about to look at each farm entry in July and the prizes will be awarded at the Monmouthshire Show on Thursday, 25th August.

To be eligible for the competition, the farm must be situated within or adjoining the Wye Valley AONB. The management of the land, with reference to the Wye Valley AONB purposes of conserving and enhancing the beauty of the natural landscape and the social and economic needs of local communities will be an important factor in the judging procedure.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 24th June so if you are a farmer with under 100 hectares and would like to enter for the award then please contact Nikki Moore on 01600 710846 or email for further information and an entry form or you can download the entry form from the website

There will also be an opportunity to visit last year's Farming Awards winner, Gareth Williams at Caplor Farm, Fownhope, Herefordshire at our family event in conjunction with the national scheme Open Farm Sunday which will take place from 12 Noon until 3pm on Sunday, 12th June. Take along a picnic and enjoy a free fun day which will give families the chance to get behind the scenes of an award-winning farm and enjoy seeing where our food comes from.

This is one of two Open Farm Sunday events being held in the Wye Valley AONB as John Childs will be opening Cowshill Farm, Hewelsfield to the public. Cowshill is well known for high quality meat produced from his rare breed. British Lop and Berkshire Pigs and Gloucester Cattle.

For further information please log onto

11th May 2011


Albert Ryall with his beloved cat Pongo.

The detective leading a review of the death of a Herefordshire man who was found dead in his home in 2000 has said he is pleased with developments in the case since the investigation was re-launched last week. They are also offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible.

On Sunday, 13th November, 2000, 75-year-old Albert Ryall was found dead at his home, the Hop Pole Inn in Risbury. Evidence indicated that intruders broke into the Hop Pole and stole his large safe, which was three feet high and weighed 16 stone.

A post mortem found that Mr. Ryall had died of a heart attack precipitated by the mental and physical stress of being burgled. There were also injuries to his face consistent with an assault. However, despite a lengthy investigation and seven people being arrested, no one has been charged in relation to his death. An inquest on 30th April, 2002, found that Mr Ryall was the victim of unlawful killing. Detectives will be reviewing the evidence so far gathered in the case. This will include a review of forensic evidence and some witnesses who were spoken to at the time may be revisited.

Detective Chief Inspector, Andy Hughes, who is leading the investigation said, 'Albert Ryall's family have spent more than 10 years in limbo and need to know what happened to him. I want to reassure them and the wider community that the investigation into incidents like this are never closed and we will always act on any new information.

New lines of inquiry have come to light and they have led to us undertaking a thorough review into Albert Ryall's death. Seven people were arrested at the time and although they were all later released without charge, they have never been eliminated from this investigation. Their status will be regularly reviewed.

We know there are people who know exactly what happened to Albert Ryall that night in November 2000 and others who have information that would be vital to our investigation. I would particularly like to appeal to someone who originally provided detailed information at the time to come forward again and contact the police. They know who they are.

To encourage people to come forward, West Mercia Police is offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of persons responsible for the death of Albert Ryall. It's been a long time since his death. People's situations and loyalties may have changed and I want to appeal to them to think again about coming forward and putting an end to his family's distress. I want them to feel confident that they can come forward and all information will be treated in the strictest of confidence. I am searching for the truth. While that search continues, this investigation will not go away.'

David Ryall, Albert's nephew, acted as a spokesman for his family at the time of the initial investigation. He added, 'I welcome and support this review by West Mercia Police. Bert was an extraordinary man and quite unique. He was as much as a father to me as my own father was. We were as close as an uncle and nephew could be.

He had a fascinating life. He never left Risbury except when he went to fight in World War II, which took him half way around the world. He didn't even drive a car. He never wanted much in life; just to be left in peace. Those responsible for his death haven't just killed a man; they killed a way of life, a local and simple way of life.

My feelings are exactly the same as when Bert died and they are as raw as the day it happened. Members of my family have died not knowing what happened to him. I'd like to appeal to those who know what took place that night to come forward, talk to the police and let us finally discover the truth. If you are protecting the ones who committed the crime, you are bad as those who did it. I'm determined that the people who are responsible for Bert's death are caught and punished, and I'll work with the police for as long as it takes.'

Anyone with information relating to this investigation can contact DCI Hughes directly on 0300 333 3000 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111


A Herefordshire man was convicted of nine counts of sexual offences at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday, 5th May. Kenneth Watton, aged 30, of Weobley, Herefordshire, was found guilty of two counts of rape, four of sexual assaults by penetration, one of GBH, one of wounding and one of incitement to cause sexual assault. All of these were against the same woman over a period of months in 2009 and 2010.

Following a three day trial presided over by His Honour, Judge John Cavell, the jury took two and a half hours to convict Watton on all counts and he was remanded into custody to await sentencing.

Detective Inspector Jon Roberts, who is head of Herefordshire's Public Protection Unit and who led the investigation said, 'I would like to thank the jury for their efforts, especially after hearing some very harrowing evidence from the victim and witnesses, the likes of which I have not experienced in my 16 years of policing. Watton's offending was extremely violent and his sustained attacks were so severe they almost led to the death of his victim.

I'm pleased to see that justice has been served and I hope his inevitable custodial sentence will protect other women from Watton in the future.'

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