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Jesse Norman MP was delighted to be invited to open a new shop in Ross-on-Wye on Monday. However, he found that this shop is a little bit different to the other retail outlets in the town in that it is a joint venture between Martin and Jules King and Mary Sinclair-Powell. It was good to see the opening very well supported by many local traders of A.R.T, and local councillors who are all delighted to see another retail outlet opening in the town.

Martin and Jules' shop, 'Senior Moments' is selling stylish, high quality, easy care clothing for more mature ladies and gentlemen There is a good range to choose from, all at affordable prices. On the upper floor of the building, Jules is also running a small shop, 'Angels' where all thins angelic, from books, cards, cherubs and jewellery etc. are available.

The Ross Information Service is Mary's department, where maps and leaflets as well as souvenirs and locally crafted goods will be available. Mary will also be available to take bookings for her popular historic guided walks and talks.

Browsing is welcomed, so why not go along and see what this shop has to offer? The doors are open from 10am until 5pm seven days a week.

Jesse Norman MP with Jules, Martin, Mary and many other local traders at the opening of the new shop.

A sample of some of the ladies' wear available at Senior Moments.

There is a good selection for the gentleman to choose from too. . . .

. . . as well as a beautiful range of semi precious stones, gem trees and figurines etc.

Mary with a selection of information available to visitors of the town.

Why not take Mary up on one of her popular historic walks and talks?


A Herefordshire Council bid for cash to help homeowners better protect their homes against flooding has been successful with 144,500 allocated to help 34 properties in Bodenham, Herefordshire. It means homeowners in the area can look forward to measures such as the installation of flood resistant gates, outside wall renders, barriers, door boards and air brick covers to prevent their homes from flooding.

The money for the work comes from a total of 2.3 million Defra had set aside and which the Environment Agency has ring fenced to be used for flood protection scheme for individual homes across the UK. The success in gaining funds from this heavily oversubscribed scheme was largely due to the high levels of community engagement being undertaken locally by the Bodenham Flood Protection Group. The funding was approved in a bid submitted by Herefordshire Council, supported by the Environment Agency, and homeowners are now being provided with independent professional surveys which assess the risk of flooding, recommend ways of reducing that risk and subsidize appropriate mitigation measures for these properties.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing and Planning, said 'There's a great strength of community spirit in Bodenham as householders have been proactive and have formed a flood protection group. Working together, we will ensure the money is spent in the most effective way to minimize the possibility of flood damage to those properties in the future.'

Environment Agency Area Flood Risk Manager, Anthony Perry said 'We're pleased to have assisted Herefordshire Council in obtaining this money for property level flood protection which is very good news for those affected by serious flash flooding in the Bodenham area.'


Earlier this year the Ross Lions organized the Annual Ross Round Walk and, although Lion Bernard Fowkes, one of its members, was in hospital at the time, his family, eight of them, namely the Jones's and the Collyer's from Gloucester all took part in the walk. The family had had bereavement and some of them were being supported by Winstons Wish, an organization who supported those who had suffered such bereavement. They therefore decided to donate their sponsorship money to Winstons Wish.

The money they collected totalled over 200. The Ross Lions decided to add their own donation and made it up to 350. One of the Jones family is still receiving counselling; so on one of her visits Lion Bernard and his wife went along to hand over the 350 on behalf of the Ross Lions and his family. The cheque was received by Senior Practitioner, Brett Riches, who thanked all those who took part in raising the money and said it was very welcome.

The aim of Winstons Wish, similar to that of Noah's Ark in Hereford, is to give hope to young people following the death of a parent or sibling. They know that this is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face.

Lion Bernard Fowkes, his daughter Linda Jones, granddaughter Hannah and Winstons Wish Senior Practitioner Brett Riches receiving the cheque.


Herefordshire Council's Cabinet agreed on Friday, 28th July to start a new round of consultation on the county's development blueprint. Dialogue will first be held with local MPs, party group leaders and key business leaders before agreeing the draft plan is put to county residents in a series of presentations throughout the county regarding the Local Development Framework proposals. Councillor John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council, told Cabinet that the Local Development Framework is essential to ensure the future vitality of the county.

He said 'We have listened to many responses on the LDF that have already been made and have revised the number of homes to be built in the county down from 18,000 to 16,500 homes and also rolling forward the plan period to 2031. This means that the new proposed build rate is reduced from 900 homes per year to 825 and, over the 20-year plan period, this will give us more time to plan the infrastructure and co-ordinate investment. These new homes are essential to ensure the county thrives. If we do not have enough homes for young people and families, this will put the county into economic decline and also affect the viability of some schools.

A major feature of the consultation will be the relief road and we agreed in November last year that we would hold a community poll over this issue. We are now in a position to run the poll as part of the new consultation and will be preparing a further report in September so Cabinet can agree the final wording of this question.'

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Herefordshire Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Housing and Waste, said 'A major feature of the LDF is the relief road but this is only part of the solution and we have already gained a 4.9million Government grant to implement sustainable transport measures in the county as well as funding a major revamp of Broad Street so it is more pedestrian friendly. I want everyone to have their say on the revised LDF and we will be holding seminars for members as well as sessions with interested parties in the city and market towns. We will then take on board all of the views before finalizing the strategy.' Cabinet also agreed to prepare a Community Infrastructure Levy charging schedule to support the delivery of required infrastructure.


Ross Town Band held their Summer Fete at the Bandstand recently and many people turned out to sit and enjoy the sunshine whilst listening to the band's brilliant performance. Many local charities and organizations were there with stalls, trying to boost their funds and a great range of side shows were available for the whole family to enjoy. All in all it was a very successful day for all involved.

The regular Sunday Bands in the Park performances are provided free of charge by Ross Town Council and will run each Sunday afternoon from 2pm until 4pm until the end of August.

Ross Town Band put on a fine performance at the Bandstand at their recent Summer Fete.

This young man was thrilled to be invited to handle one of the birds of prey.

Ross MS Support Group enjoyed a good day with their popular stall.

Monmouth Horse Hospital also seemed to do well with their Tombola stall.

Some beautiful jewellery, hand made by Tina Hogg.

Sue Beard had almost sold out of her delicious cakes by the time I got down to the fete.

Many people turned up to enjoy the afternoon in the sunshine.


Herefordshire Council's Ledbury Children's Centre is to run three craft and activity sessions during the summer holidays. The sessions, aimed at children aged five to eleven years, will take place at the Children's Centre on three Thursdays - 4th August, 18th August and 1st September and will run from 1.30 to 3pm. It is also a great opportunity for parents and carers to come together and join in the fun too.

Ledbury Town Council has given a grant for the sessions to be held and activities on offer will include tee-shirt painting, collages using outdoor materials and jewellery making. In conjunction with the NHS Herefordshire 'Change For Life' scheme, the sessions will include games and play equipment in order to encourage the children to be active. Games of rounders and badminton will be played as well as a chance to take part in obstacle races or ball play.

Kim Gristy, Ledbury Children's Centre Manager, said 'I would like to very much thank Ledbury Town Council for their financial support to allow these sessions to take place which will not only ensure youngsters have a fun time but will also encourage them to take part in sport which is a key legacy aim of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Sessions will be free, offering a boost to parents during the long summer holiday, but all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Children will also be provided with a healthy snack. If you would like more information, please contact the Children's Centre on 01432 383840.'

3rd August 2011


Alexia Clarke and Ian Warren.

The Hereford Museum and Art Gallery has just received recognition for being voted as one of the top three places to visit in Herefordshire from a poll by the Herefordshire NetMums web site.

NetMums is an online web site providing forums for discussion and advice for mums and dads. It provides details of things to do, places to go, nutritional information and also has some influential lobbying power, having had high profile meetings with the Prime Minister etc. about issues affecting families.

Netmums was founded in 2000 and currently has over one million members with four million visits to its web site every month. Each area has its own part of the site and it is the Herefordshire Netmums who have given this award. In the same poll the Old House in Hereford also placed in the top ten.

Alexia Clark, Herefordshire Council's visitor services officer, said, 'This is a fantastic recognition of the high quality and diverse programme of exhibitions, displays and activities provided by our heritage team. I would like to thank everyone involved in organizing a wide variety of events at the museum and Old House. They are obviously much appreciated and enjoyed by Herefordshire families.'

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