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THE CHRISTENING OF LIAM DOUGLAS EMERTON
was absolutely delighted when I was invited to the recent
christening of Liam, Douglas Emerton. Liam was born on 21st
October, just a couple of week's after his parents, Shell
and Stef knew they were expecting a baby. Shell shocked
but very happy, the couple threw themselves into a whirl
of activity, getting everything ready for the baby's imminent
arrival and . . they just made it!.
was born on 21st October 2010 and is a gorgeous, happy boy.
His christening took place on Sunday, 25th March at St.
Bridget's Church, Bridstow, after which family and friends
gathered at the Royal Hotel for a lovely celebration.
Liam with his grandmother, 'Nana' Chris Kiss.
Liam having a cuddle with his cousin.
Liam, totally unperturbed by the day's event.
Liam's cake tasted as wonderful as it looked.
HEREFORSHIRES DIAMOND DAY TROW IN WATER TRIALS
Wye Trow being built to represent Herefordshire in a pageant
on the Thames to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee has been
completed. For the first time in around 200 years, skills
used to construct the trows which hauled goods along the
River Wye have been in use again at Nielsen's boatyard at
trow has a clinker bow, stern and sides (the timber panels
overlap) with a carvel bottom (the timber panels butt up
to each other) - ideally suited to the Wye with stretches
of deep water, but gentle banks on which the trows would
be gently grounded to load and unload. To ensure the trow
is an accurate reconstruction of an original Wye Trow, plans
were drawn up after careful measurements were taken of the
remains of a Wye Trow which had been uncovered at Lydney.
Sunday, 3rd June, The Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire,
Lady Darnley, will be on board the newly built trow when
it joins 1,000 other water craft for what will be the biggest
pageant of boats and ships the River Thames has seen for
many centuries. The spectacular pageant will be one of the
highlights of an extended Bank Holiday weekend in June during
which beacons will be lit and thousands of Big Lunches will
take place up and down the country. The Wye Trow will carry
14 people for the Thames Pageant, including eight oarsmen/women,
who will row the craft.
of 24 men and women who volunteered from around the county,
a squad of 16 rowers will be selected and of these, the
crew of eight rowers and two relief oarsmen will be chosen.
During the Thames pageant they will be dressed in period
costume as they row the 9 miles of the course. All 16 members
of the squad will be invited to attend the naming ceremony
of the Wye Trow, due to take place in Hereford's High town
in May, and on Wednesday, 11th July, Herefordshire Diamond
Day on the King George V playing fields when the trow will
be present and the county will welcome the visit of The
was delighted to see the Wye Trow on the water for the first
time recently and am eagerly looking forward to taking to
the Thames for the pageant in June,' said Lady Darnley,
the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire. 'It will be an incredibly
proud moment to represent Herefordshire in such a unique
vessel constructed out of timber from the county. It's been
amazing to see how the trow has taken shape in recent months
and I'm staggered by the quality of craftsmanship which
has gone into creating such a beautiful vessel.'
The Wye Trow.
STAUNTON MEEND GETS THE EQUINE TOUCH
work has been going on at Staunton Meend in the Wye Valley
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) for many years
to eradicate bracken and restore the common to heathland.
After progress with bracken bashing the land is improving,
however the Staunton villagers have decided they also need
the equine touch. To this end new fencing, gates, cattle
grids, and an animal pen have been installed to prepare
for the new equine arrivals. These works have been funded
by Gloucestershire Environmental Trust with landfill tax
contributions donated by Cory Environmental. The project
has also had considerable support from the Wye Valley AONB
Sustainable Development Fund.
Meend is now home to six rare breed ponies from Exmoor's
Moorland Mousie Trust (MMT), who have just taken up residence.
These ponies have been used successfully on many such schemes
including areas in Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire. Used
to fending for themselves on wild moorland expanses the
Exmoor ponies will be part of a long term conservation grazing
scheme. The ponies' hardy nature and ability to get tough
with all kinds of harsh vegetation make them the perfect
heavy brigade to tackle the bracken and brambles and reduce
the amount of manual volunteer labour needed.
equestrienne Cheryl Hockey has been selected as the horse
manager and is now in charge of the herd. Nikki Moore, Wye
Valley AONB Information Officer and Juliet Rogers, both
trustees of the MMT gave a presentation at a well attended
meeting at Staunton Village Hall in March to interested
villagers. Juliet, who has supervised several projects all
over the UK, discussed the merits of using the Exmoor ponies
as conservation grazing animals.
Cheryl hockey and Linzi.
POST OFFICE IN A PUB OFFERS FIRST CLASS SERVICE
at Hoarwithy's Harp Inn can now get more than just a pint
when they pop into their local pub in the village. Drinkers
enjoying their favourite tipple or simply a tea or coffee
have given the new Post Office in the pub their stamp of
approval after it opened for business on Monday, 16th April.
Having the Post Office there means visitors to the pub can
collect their pension or benefits, buy stamps, post parcels
and enjoy Post Office services most people take for granted.
pleased that we have been able to convince the Post Office
of the need to keep this service running,' said Councillor
Russell Hamilton, ward member for the area. Many local residents
signed a petition that I submitted making our views very
clear during the Post Office's recent consultation. While
we've not got the number of opening hours that we would
have liked, we have protected the service and have an agreement
with the Post Office that they will consider extending them
if we can demonstrate the demand - so that's our challenge.
is a great boost to the community in Hoarwithy, Hentland,
Kynaston and adjoining areas such as King's Capel. It's
now up to local people to use this service if it is to be
maintained. I'm convinced from talking to people - while
I was out and about delivering leaflets last week telling
them of the opening - that this is a service that they really
want to support. I'd also like to congratulate the local
parish council which is working hard for its community for
demonstrating its support for this initiative. Parish councillors
are currently pursuing proposals to open the Post Office
for additional hours on a trial basis to help establish
the demand. I'm therefore calling on everyone to get behind
this as part of a broader strategy to put the heart back
into our rural communities.'
Hamilton continued, 'With travel costs rising sharply due
to rises in the price of fuel, this new Post Office is set
to make life a lot easier, and somewhat cheaper as, for
some of the locals, it will avoid the need to jump in their
car and drive to Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye or Hereford. The
opening of the Post Office follows quickly on the back of
the launch of the Hoarwithy Bus as a scenic route. Watch
this space as there are other developments on the way that
make the pub the hub in Hoarwithy.'
Post Office will not only save fuel costs, but also cut
down on the amount of miles being driven on county roads.
Landlord of the Harp Inn, Adrian Shaw, said, 'I'm all for
making life easier for local people. Having the Post Office
in the pub suits my customers and I hope it will go from
strength to strength. This is an exciting time for us as
we really do feel that we are on the brink of transforming
the way people look at their local pub. I really do believe
that we have a great deal to offer both our locals and visitor
to the area.'
new Post Office is open on Monday mornings between 9am and
Adrian Shaw, Parish Council Chairman, Henry Rudge, Councillor Hamilton,
Gemma Davies of the Post Office, parish Council Clerk, Peter Pember
and wife, Julia.