Countdown to the Ross-on-Wye May Fayre 2013!
Building on the success of last year’s May Fayre, which brought thousands of people to Ross, the Association of Ross Traders (ART) and a fantastic group of local community volunteers are busy organising the 2013 May Fayre. Put the date in your diary – bank holiday Monday 27th May, and look forward to a great day packed full of entertainment throughout the town centre in Ross.
The streets of Ross town centre will be temporarily pedestrianised and parking will be free for this special event. The town’s streets will be lined with food, craft and gift stalls, 5 entertainment stages, children’s entertainment galore, street theatre and even a pop-up zoo. Continue reading
The first ever Ross-on-Way May Fayre, which was held last Saturday, has proved to be an outstanding and stunning success. Blessed by beautiful sunny weather, the streets of Ross were jam packed with locals and visitors, who thoroughly enjoyed a very special day, which has truly been a credit to Ross and all those involved. Crowds began to build from early on in the day, and before long there was a continuous train of people filling the streets from Brookend St, right up and round to the end of Gloucester Rd. Crowd estimates are believed to have been around five thousand at the busiest time, and possibly up to 10,000 over the course of the day. Event Organiser, David MacGregor, ART Chairman and proprietor of Field Fayre – The Organic Store on Broad Street said, “I am thrilled with the turn out and all the positive feedback we have had from both the public and traders. So many people said they were lost for words to describe how wonderful the event was. The spirit of Ross was shining, and there were happy faces everywhere. Continue reading
The Ross-on-Wye MAY FAYRE Saturday the 12th of May, will be a day to remember and not to be missed if you go into Ross-on-Wye Town Centre. The Town will be host to a full day of entertainment, excitement, wonderful food, shopping delights and real community spirit in action. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy a very special day. The May Fayre, a new community event organised by the Association of Ross Traders and community volunteers, will begin at 10am and continue throughout the day till 5pm. The main streets of Ross will be closed to traffic and pedestrianised. Continue reading
A new major community event for Ross on Wye is being planned and organised for Saturday 12th May this year. Organised by The Association of Ross Traders, the Ross on Wye May Fayre will be an annual all day event, with part of the town centre closed to traffic in order to host all manner of entertainment for young and old alike.
David Mc Gregor, A.R.T. Chairman and proprietor of Field Fayre, The Organic Store on Broad Street commented, ” We hope this community event will further enhance the towns reputation, attracting more new visitors and have people talking about us far and wide.” David continued, ”We are very keen for everyone to get involved and help make this a great day. Even if you are not able to help beforehand, put the date in your diary and come in to town to support the local community.
We need entertainers of all sorts to get in touch to see how they can help. We invite schools, churches, local groups and organisations to get in contact to provide entertainment, help on the day or if they like have a stall.We would love amongst other things to see street theatre, cafes spilling out onto the street, great food stalls, craft and art exhibitions, a May Pole, Morris dancers, children’s activities, singers, musicians, choirs, bands, clowns, fools, majorettes, a hog roast, jugglers, bell ringers, medieval stocks,Punch and Judy, we are even hoping for a vintage car rally and possibly helicopter rides over Ross”
David concluded that we have still much to do with under 2 months to pull it all together. We are working with the Town and County Councils on street closures and financial support, but are also looking for other financial sponsors. If you can help or assist in any way to make this a great community event, please contact me by e-mail at email@example.com ”
The Mayor of Ross-on-Wye, Cllr David Ravenscoft, will be supporting the famous Ross-on-Wye Pancake Day Races which will be taking place through the main street of the town on Shrove Tuesday 21st February, culminating in front of the Market House Visitor Centre. Adult races from 2.30pm Children from 3.30pm
Prizes for winners and special achievements. There will be a Best Dressed Pinny Competition (sponsored by Essential Sewing) at 4.30pm in the Market Square.
The races are a simple 50m or 100m sprint, each entrant is to provide their own Frying Pan and each person must wear non-slip shoes suitable for running and an apron. Pancakes will be provided and each participant will be required to toss pancakes at the beginning, middle and end of the race.
Entry fee is £1 per person if pre-booked (£3 on the day) Any extra funds raised will be donated to the Association of Ross Traders to raise the profile of the town for the benefit of visitors and traders.
“Ross-on-Wye has a long history of organising an annual pancake race.” Said Helen Kiddy from ART (Association of Ross Traders), the organisation behind the revival of the popular event in 2010 and 2011.
Said Helen. “Races will take place throughout the afternoon in several numerous categories with lots of races for children of all ages, organised after the local schools close for the day.
Local shop keepers, businesses and individuals who would like to take part should get in touch with Helen Kiddy at Essential Sewing Services in Gloucester Road on 01989 566406. Entry forms are also be available at various places in the town from: Essential Sewing Services, Tudor Sweets, Field Fair and The Ross Gazette office from 1st February.
“Richard Mayo from Truffles Delicatessen has won the Retailers’ Race two years in a row and taken away the coveted trophy (a non-stick frying pan)”. Said Helen Kiddy. “We are determined that it won’t be Richard again this year!”
You can aslo download you entry form to the race here.Pancake Races Entry Form 2012
Ross on Wye Shopping Festival Sunday 4th December and late shopping until 7.30 pm Thursday 8th 15th and 22nd December
Have you started your Christmas Shopping? The Ross on Wye Traders Association has arranged a Shopping Festival and late night Thursday shopping hours to assist you with your preparations. Why not come along this Sunday and join in the fun of all the activities they have arranged.
Shops open this Sunday include Colemans, Tudor Sweets, Truffles, Pots and Pieces Tea Shop, Essential Sewing, Field Fayre and many more.
The Association of Ross-on-Wye Traders (ART as it’s known for short) is a group of around 100 local shops and businesses who care passionately for their town.
With the support of their staff, family and friends, ART members organise and promote an ever increasing range of activities, bringing back the old feeling of community spirit to the popular market town. ART also promotes, amongst its members, the need for excellent customer service, a friendly welcome and attention to detail.
Please do visit the Art Web site to found out about their members www.associationofrosstraders.co.uk
ART have also negogiated FREE PARKING with the Herefordshire Council operated car parks in Ross Town centre on
Sunday 4th all day and Thursday 8th,15th and 22nd from 12.00 noon
Wilton Court is one of the many members participating in the Free Prize Draw which entitles guests who spend £25.00 or more at the Wilton Court to a voucher which will be entered into the weekly prize draw of £250.00. We look forward to welcoming you over the Christmas festivities.