place for information on Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley
THE HAIRY BIKERS VISIT BROOME FARM
favourites, The Hairy Bikers visited Broome
Farm in Peterstow on Friday, 2nd September as part of
their new series. Si and Dave are a very friendly pair and
happily posed for a few photographs before having a delicious
lunch prepared for them by Hilary Draper. Apparently, they
were also very impressed with the meat supplied by Toby
Lovell's 'Popular Pig Company.'
Bikers' visit coincided with the first day of the Broome
Farm Cider Festival and they expressed disappointment
at being unable to stay for a while due to their busy work
schedule. You missed a great evening but never mind guys,
there is always next year. Full coverage of the Broome Farm
festival will follow in a day or two but for now, here are
Si and Dave arriving at the farm and signing one of their
books for Caz Holbrook who very kindly gave me a lift. Thank
The Hairy Bikers arrive at Broome Farm.
Si and Dave were more than happy to sign their book for Caz.
OFFER COMMUNITY GRANT
Are you a community group or local charity looking for some
extra financial support? Does your team need new kit? If
so, Sainsbury's Ross-On-Wye would be interested to hear
from you. They are hoping to find organisations who promote
healthy eating or active lifestyles, to which they would
be able to consider awarding a community grant.
have previously given grants to Ross Pre School playgroup,
Ross Cricket Club and the Tudorville and District Community
Centre, and new store manager Lee Wesley said, 'I am really
looking forward to getting involved with the local community
and would like to hear not just from registered charities,
but also from any group making a positive contribution to
the local community.'
applications should be sent to Mr. Wesley in store.
MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY CAMPAIGN
Royal Forest of Dean branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
recently ran a very successful Charity Shop for a week in
Gloucester Road, Ross on Wye. Branch Chairman, Lifa Oakley,
is delighted to report that £1570.00 was raised and would
like to say a huge thank you to all who supported the shop.
She thanks the helpers and those who donated goods, with
a very special thank you going to Iris Price for inviting
the charity to take the shop.
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is the only UK charity focusing
on all muscular dystrophies and related muscle diseases.
More than 60,000 people in the UK have muscle disease and
300,000 people are indirectly affected as relatives and
careers. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has pioneered the
search for treatments and cures for nearly 50 years, and
is dedicated to improving the lives of all those people
affected. They rely almost entirely on voluntary donations
to fund their groundbreaking and vital work.
their work is underpinned by the dedication of its supporters.
Up and down the country, thousands of people give their
time and energy to help them continue their vital work.
They are always ready to welcome anyone who wants to help
join the fight against muscle disease. Please visit the
Iris Price and Andrew Middlecote presenting a cheque to Forest of
Dean branch chairman, Lifa Oakely,
VEGAS2VEGAS GOES IN SEARCH OF SIR RICHARD BRANSON
happens when you throw three mates from Ross-on-Wye, a handful
of camcorders, and a giant world road map in a customised
van called Dougie? Then ask them to drive to every country
in the world in aid of Keep a Child Alive? Welcome to vegas2vegas!
Whilst trying to decide where to go on a road trip the vegas2vegas
crew came up with the idea that why not go everywhere, all
at once! So they are doing just that. They aim to visit
193 countries in around 180 days and plan to film what happens
along the way to turn it into an adventure documentary.
present the vegas2vegas team are seeking sponsorship and
after a bit of brainstorming they thought that this adventure
might be right up Sir Richard Branson's street. So starting
on September 2nd they will be launching a mini campaign
entitled 'Searching for Branson.' The three man crew, Joe
Griffiths, Jamie Hay and Jack Todd will be walking from
Ross-on-Wye to Stowe, Buckingham which was the birthplace
of Sir Richard Branson's first business venture. Along the
way they will be asking the people they meet to help them
send a special message to the Virgin owner.
out the boys Facebook page for details of their route and
pay them a visit to be part of the message. The crew will
also be posting videos, photos and updates on their social
media accounts. Vegas2vegas crew member Jamie Hay commented,
'Sir Richard Branson is not an easy man to get hold of and
since none of us have his mobile number we thought, let's
go out there and do our best to get his attention.'
the vegas2vegas crew at Facebook.com/vegas2vegas and Twitter.com/vegas2vegas
for live updates of their Searching for Branson walk. If
you are interested in supporting this incredible fundraising
adventure then please email email@example.com or visit
http://vegas2vegas.co.uk/sponsorship.html for further information.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ANDY AND WENDY
belated 1st anniversary greetings to to Andy and Wendy Fulford
who celebrated their first wedding anniversary on Saturday,
27th August. The happy couple chose their wedding day in
2010 to coincide with Andy's son Dean's birthday. Dean was
tragically killed in an accident on the A40 on 20th August
2007, just one week before his 17th birthday.
and Wendy wrote a letter to Dean for publication on Wyenot
News. At the time the PC was out of action so I am publishing
their moving letter below.
you today, but I do every day. Always thinking of you, wondering
what you would be doing if you were still with us. On 20th
August 2007 you were tragically killed, needlessly taken
from us by someone's stupidity, not looking where they were
going, racing with his mate. We
still wonder why it had to be you who had all of his life
in front of him and everything to live for.
sort of man would you have been? We will never know, because
in my heart you are still that 16 year old lad; kind, sensitive
and with the biggest heart ever. That's all I can write
you son. We miss you always,
and step mum, Wendy.
joined Andy and Wendy for a drink at the Hope & Anchor
on their anniversary and lots of Dean's friends went along
to share memories, catch up and help the happy couple to
Andy and Wendy Fulford, celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary
at the Hope & Anchor.
SHOPMOBILITY SERVICE TO RELOCATE DURING WORKS
Shopmobility service will be temporarily relocating into
the old Index/New Look store in the Maylord Orchard shopping
centre while building work is carried out on the car park
beneath the centre. Owners of the Maylord Orchard shopping
centre have allowed the charity to use this temporary accommodation
for free during the works.
will close at 2pm on Friday, September 9 at 2pm so staff
can move equipment to the new store on the ground floor
level of the centre ready for re-opening on Saturday, 10th
September. People with parking concessions can still go
to the Shopmobility Centre in the car park to get their
ticket discounted. Work
on the car park, which will see an emergency refuge to meet
Fire Regulations, is expected to take around six weeks and
then Shopmobility will return to its present location.
ROSS TOWN COUNCIL AND CIVIC SUNDAY
annual Civic Service took place at St. Mary's Church, Ross-on-Wye
last Sunday and Mayor's from other towns, local dignitaries
and leaders of local organizations turned up to witness
Mayor Ravenscroft and Ross Councillors make their pledge
to do their best for the town of Ross and its people. After
a welcoming cup of coffee at the Corn Exchange, Mayor Ravenscroft,
councillors and guests were led in procession by Standard
Bearer, Sea Cadet James Lilwall up to the church where Ross
Sea Cadets had formed a Guard of Honour. After the service
a reception was held at Ross Bowling Club.
was good to see on Monday evening that more members of the
public are taking up the council's invitation to attend
meetings of the full council to put questions forward. Mrs.
Joyce Thomas, MBE-DL was away at the time of The Chestnuts
crisis and wanted to know why no public meeting had been
held. Mrs. Thomas once was a trustee of the home. The council
answered that a meeting had been suggested but at the time,
the Trustees were still in negotiation with Herefordshire
Council and also did not want to jeopardise the possibility
of a new care company taking on the much loved home, which
has since closed. Councillors went on to say that nothing
more had been heard about the case recently but are going
to make enquiries.
McGregor of Field Fayre put his concerns forward about the
parking restrictions in the town, saying that this could
potentially give Ross a poor reputation. Councillors agree
that parking has become a big issue in the town and are
expressing their concerns to Herefordshire Council.
Inspector, Peter Gebbie then addressed the meeting. Inspector
Gebbie was a PC in Ross-on-Wye 19 years ago and is pleased
to be back. He reported that, due to the HAND scheme, night
time disorder is on the decline and behaviour in the town
is, in general improving. The subject of CCTV arose and
all agreed that this facility had proved very useful.
would like to take this opportunity to wish a speedy recovery
to Councillor Andrew Atkinson who, after an operation following
a fall whilst on holiday, fell again on his way to the meeting
on Monday, severely aggravating his injury. He was taken
to hospital from there.
photographs below are scenes taken from Civic Sunday.
Welcome coffee and biscuits at the Corn Exchange prior to the service.
Mayor and Mayoress Ravenscroft with visiting Mayors at the Bowling
Standard Bearer, Sea Cadet James Lilwall who admirably led the procession
to the church, then to the reception.
JESSE LAUNCHES MARVELLOUS MATHS COURSE
Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman launched a new Marvellous
Maths course last week at St James's School in Hereford.
Developed by local teacher Maggie Steel, the one-week course
is a fun way for children to boost their confidence and
performance in maths. Those attending last week came from
three local primary schools: St James's, St Paul's, and
Riverside. Joining Maggie to teach on the course were Juliet
Blamey and her daughter Grace.
Norman MP set up and arranged the funding for the course.
Speaking afterwards, he said 'We have fantastic schools
in Herefordshire. But even here too many young people leave
school without feeling confident about maths, and this lack
of confidence can affect their lives and hopes for the future.
That's why this course is so important. Maggie and her team
have done a superb job of developing and teaching the course.
Next year I want to run it within ten schools across the
county. If that's successful we can try it more widely still.'
Weston, head of St James's Primary School, said 'We are
delighted to host the course here at St James's. It seems
to have gone really well.' Maggie Steel said 'All the children
made significant progress in the week. But most importantly
they found that maths can be fun. This is because either
the activities were practical activities such as cooking,
sewing or shopping, or they were playing games us9ing numbers.
There's no doubt that they had fun!'
were invited in every afternoon to see their child at play
and to get ideas on how to make maths more fun at home.
Vicki Black, the mother of one of the girls attending said,
'You've taught me how to teach her and it will make it a
lot easier at home.' All the parents seemed pleased with
their child's response to the course. One parent said about
her son, 'He's had really good fun. It's nothing like school
so he enjoys it. He's doing well here.' Many parents felt
their child had made significant progress on the course
and some even reported that their children were still doing
maths in the evenings at home, by choice!
Jesse Norman MP with the children of St. James School enjoying Marvellous
FEES TO RISE FOR FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS
Herefordshire Council is to raise car parking charges in
Ross-on-Wye for the first time in three years but there
will still be free parking available at Wilton Road. All
day parking is also to be available at Homs Road for £1
all day and at £1.50 in Kings Acre (Lower), Kings Acre (Upper)
and Kyrle Street. Parking will continue to be free after
6pm and on Bank Holidays but charges will be introduced
for Sundays, in line with neighbouring authorities. Parking
on Sunday will still be free at Wilton Road and will be
capped at £2 in all other council owned car parks.
Adrian Blackshaw said, 'People using car parks in Ross have
paid the same prices for the past three years despite rising
inflation and the increase in VAT from 17.5 per cent to
20 per cent. We need to raise charges so we can continue
to maintain the car parks to a high standard as well as
ensuring we can cope with budgetary pressures following
the Government's reduction in funding.
fact people can still park all day in Ross for £1 is incredible
value for money and the same as is charged in neighbouring
Monmouth and Abergavenny. We realize car parks are vital
to the vitality of the town and have kept the increases
to a reasonable level while offering plenty of choice for
shoppers. We have also changed the designation of The Maltings
car park from medium to short stay so this will ensure there
is a higher turnover of cars here and thus more places available
new charges will be advertised prior to coming into effect
on 1st November, 2011.
JESSE HONOURED TO OPEN WOODS OF WHITCHURCH
Norman MP was honoured to be asked to open Herefordshire's
newest shop, Woods of Whitchurch, over the bank holiday
weekend. A huge crowd of local people turned out to celebrate
the opening of the new shop, which will also very shortly
include Whitchurch Post Office. Woods of Whitchurch is the
creation of Lucy and Neville Wood, who have given the premises
a complete transformation inside and out, and there was
a presentation of welcoming gifts from local people by Councillor
John Jarvis, leader of Herefordshire Council.
led a countywide campaign three years ago to save local
Post Offices, and has also published a Directory to Small
Shops of Herefordshire. Speaking after the launch, he said
'Woods of Whitchurch is a gem of a shop, and a superb new
addition to the county. Herefordshire's small shops are
the lifeblood of its village communities. We owe Lucy and
Neville a huge debt of gratitude for the love and care they
have taken with the shop, and for their investment in the
Jesse Norman MP at the opening of 'Woods of Whitchurch.'
ARCHAEOLOGY WALKS NOTCH UP 150TH OUTING
Council is encouraging residents to get out into the countryside
and learn more about the history of the county by joining
in an exciting walking event organised by the council's
archaeology team. Organised to coincide with the 150th of
their monthly series of public historic landscape walks
in different parts of the county, the walking event will
take place at Hopelands Hall, Weobley, on Wednesday 14th
September at 10am.
Hoverd, the council's archaeological projects officer who
has organised and led most of the walks since they began
in April 1999 observed: 'These guided walks along public
rights of way introduce people to the history of the landscape
observed in its fields, hedgerows, woodlands and earthworks.
Since the walks began, more than 2500 people have benefitted
from the exercise.'
Weobley event will feature three alternative walks to choose
from, starting from the Hall, and returning there for an
illustrated talk by Tim about the range of different features
that we can see as we walk along the public footpaths of
the county. Places on the walk are free, but should be booked
in advance by phoning Moira Cassidy on 01432 260470.
JESSE LAUNCHES EXHIBITION AT CIDER MUSEUM
David Marshall of the Bulmer Foundation.
Local MP Jesse Norman launched a really innovative new exhibition
of local art last week at the Cider Museum in Hereford.
Orchard Art captures the beauty of an orchard through quirky
creativity and inspirational ideas.
natural and recycled materials, local artists including
thegreenyedmonsterco, Celia Kibblewhite and Kate Raggett,
together with young people from SHYPP, have worked closely
with groups of adults with learning disabilities to produce
an exhibition including sculpture, photography and film,
displayed throughout the museum.
at the launch with David Marshall of the Bulmer Foundation,
Jesse highlighted the importance of Herefordshire's natural
landscape, and the creativity of the Orchard Art project.
he said, 'This is a really beautiful exhibition, and a huge
credit to all those who have worked on it. It fills the
whole Cider Museum with life and spirit. Everyone should
try to see it if they can!'
project was managed by the Bulmer Foundation, in association
with Echo, SHYPP and Tidnor Wood Orchards. The
project and exhibition were funded by E.F.Bulmer Benevolent
Fund, Bulmers Friends of Herefordshire Museums and Arts,
and the Bulmer Foundation.
MABELY FARM HITS AWARDS JACKPOT
Mark O'Brien and Liz Vice faced the glare of the limelight
when BBC Country File descended upon Monmouthshire Show
to record their win in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty (AONB) Farming Awards. This year's competition
was directed at small farms under 100 hectares/ 247 acres
and Mabley Farm, Woolhope secured the winning £500 cash
prize plus vouchers donated by Harold Johns Ltd, Catbrook
Monmouthshire and the Farming Awards Trophy. Country File's
crew filmed the Award presentation whilst presenters Matt
Baker, Clare Balding and James Wong interviewed the winning
farmers and looked at other events throughout the show.
Alan Morgan, Gadr Farm 2009 Farming Awards winner, David
Price National Farmers Union Cymru, Mike Williams Farming
and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) Officer and Andrew Blake
Wye Valley AONB Officer judged a strong entry throughout
the area and were impressed by Mabley's unique approach
to farming. Liz and Mark had established and extensive organic
system supporting a huge range of wildlife whilst enhancing
the landscape which included two substantial wooded areas,
traditional parkland and haymeadows. Second prize went to
Mike Johnson from Broome
Farm, the well respected cider makers, near Ross on
Wye and third to Philip and Daphne Gwilliam from Dryslade
Farm, English Bicknor, Gloucestershire.
year's awards will concentrate on large farms over 100 hectares
so if you own or manage a farm that fits in with the criteria
then start preparing because your farm could be a 2012 winner.
From late spring log onto the website www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk
to download the Farming Awards entry form or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The country File show was screened on 11th September.
The Farming Award Winners being captured on camera by the Country
BID FOR FASTER BROADBAND - MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
to bring high-speed broadband to rural Herefordshire move
up a gear this week (week beginning 12th September) as a
major survey begins in the county's parishes and market
towns. An area covering large parts of south Herefordshire
and the Forest of Dean was among the first in the UK to
receive Government funding to bring improved broadband services
to remote rural areas. Companies are already involved in
a complex tendering process to provide broadband infrastructure,
seeking the best delivery in the shortest timescale and
for the best value. Improved broadband services will be
introduced initially in south Herefordshire and the Forest
of Dean, and will then be extended throughout Herefordshire
Borders Broadband project is managed by a partnership of
Herefordshire Council, GFirst (Gloucestershire's Local Enterprise
Partnership), Gloucestershire County Council, and Government
agency, Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK). Local Broadband Champion
volunteers are being recruited throughout south Herefordshire
to work within their local community, passing on information
on the project's progress, highlighting the benefits of
high-speed broadband and demonstrating demand for the new
the next few weeks information leaflets and questionnaires
will be delivered to 24,000 homes and businesses in south
Herefordshire, to gather evidence on demand for high-speed
broadband. An online version of the survey is also available
- visit www.fastbroadband4herefordshire.org.uk Herefordshire
Council's broadband champion Cllr Graham Powell said: 'These
questionnaires are crucial to the process of bringing superfast
broadband to Herefordshire. We urge every household and
business to complete and return them. This will provide
the hard evidence that there is real demand for superfast
broadband in Herefordshire - this is vital if we are to
persuade suppliers to invest in our most rural, hard-to-reach
we would really like to hear from anybody interested in
becoming a Local Broadband Champion for their community.
This is a real chance to stand up and make a difference.'
If you would like to become a broadband champion, please
contact Graham Powell at email@example.com
or Fast Broadband4Herefordshire organiser David Sheppard