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Wilton Court congratulates the Courtyard Theatre on an amazing opening evening performance of Sleeping Beauty

Congratulations to the Courtyard Theatre on a spectacular opening performance of Sleeping Beauty from the entire cast on Friday 25th November.
The pantomime has the audience enthralled from start to finish with plenty of surprises.
Highly entertaining for children and adults alike. Lots of laugher and plenty of  interaction with the audience, just splendid.
We cannot remember a more entertaining performance, it was captivating throughout and we will be recommending all our guests and friends to reserve tickets. Hopefully we can return ourselves before the end of the season.
For further details of the Sleeping Beauty at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford  please follow the link

H Weston Cider is winner of the National Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence in People Development

H WESTON LEDBURY CIDER MAKER WINS TOP UK BUSINESS AWARD
A Ledbury cider maker has beaten off competition from some of Britain’s best businesses to win a leading UK industry award.
Family-owned H Weston and Sons Ltd picked up the British Chambers of Commerce’s prestigious national Award for Excellence in People Development, sponsored by Composite Legal Expenses.
Cider and Perry maker Westons was praised by judges for its introduction of the Westons Academy and its recognition for the need to ‘grow its own’ people to ensure staff have the necessary skills to lead the business into the future.
John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Westons stood out from the rest of the field in this category for its belief that to achieve its objectives for growth, it needs to invest in and develop its own staff.
“That’s a shrewd decision and the company has visibly demonstrated the impact that nurturing a workforce can have on the bottom line through its Academy, which is a clear asset to the business.”
Since the introduction of the Academy three years ago, each department has Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) linked to the business’ objectives, which are tracked on a sometimes daily basis.
Through the Academy, the firm’s 180-strong workforce can benefit from one-to-one coaching, skills training, management training and the ability to train for national qualifications.
And it is working. Feedback from staff has shown that 98 per cent agree/agree strongly that they are proud to work there, 88 per cent say they have opportunities to develop and 98 per cent say they can openly communicate with their boss.

Graham Biggs President of Herefordshire and Worchester Chamber of Commerce said ” Fantastic news that H Westons our own Herefordshire Cider company has just won the National  British Chambers of Commerce Awards for Excellence in People Development. This is fantastic for everyone associated with Westons Cider and great news for Herefordshire and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.  Well done Helen and all the team.”
 
Helen and Roger Wynn owners of Wilton Court send many congratulations to Helen and all the team at Westons for this suberb achievement.

Helen Thomas Managing Director H Westons

History with a Twist

History With a Twist
Meet for an Historic guided walk at the Ross Market House at 10.30-12.00pm on Friday 14th October and Friday 21st October
£4 per person~ no need to book just turn up!!
For further details telephone 07788 681 060 or call at 36 Broad Street and ask for Mark
You can also book a group for a walk as above

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as they have done in previous years Harts of Monmouth will be running their ‘Pennies for Pounds’ campaign. This involves customers donating their pennies to Breast Cancer Research and in exchange they will receive £5 off a bra. Anything donated will be enthusiastically accepted into their charity box.

Every year the total has exceeded the year before and the girls at Harts would love to continue the trend again this year. They offer a friendly and discreet service and stock a wide range of bras suitable for post surgery. Breast Cancer is something that has affected most people at some point in their lives, whether it’s you who has been through it or a friend, loved one, or distant acquaintance.

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Press Release

HEREFORDSHIRE’S ONLY HIGHLY COMMENDED
5 STARS RESTAURANT WITH ROOMS!

Wilton Court joins an elite number of just 66 properties to have achieved the AA
Highly Commended 5 Yellow Stars status in the whole country.

Wilton Court at Ross-on-Wye has just been awarded the AA Highly Commended 5
Yellow Stars Restaurant with Rooms 2011/2012. The very first to be awarded this
prestigious accolade in Herefordshire, this latest award will stand proudly next to
Wilton Court’s two AA Rosettes and Breakfast Award.

“We are absolutely delighted with our latest award” said Helen Wynn, joint owner of
Wilton Court with husband Roger since 2000. “We are running out of wall space!”

The news from the AA came hot on the heels of yet another award collected recently
by the couple at the Savoy in London – Highly Commended by The Considerate
Hoteliers Association.
June 2011

10 Reasons why Ross is fit for a Prince…

10 Reasons why Ross is fit for the Royals

1) Food fit for a Prince
Herefordshire, with its lush green countryside, red fertile soil and benign climate, produces a range of delicious, fresh, local produce. Shopping for food for her Prince, Kate would find a selection of some of the best the country has to offer less than two miles away at Pengethley Farm shop, winner in the retail category of the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards 2010. Owner Joanna Lewis says: ‘We have several customers from Harewood Park and we would be over the moon to have the Royal couple among them. We are very lucky that in this country we are surrounded by local producers of all different sizes and there is such a fantastic selection of seasonal local produce, including local asparagus, soft fruits and tomatoes.’ If Prince William shares his father’s taste for organic food, he will find one of the best-stocked organic shops in the area at Field Fayre, The Organic Store in Ross on Wye.  ‘They could have handmade artisan breads, organic flours; they could do a full weeks shop here. We are an organic supermarket, everything in the shop is completely organic, with the exception of a couple of products which are purely natural and we have a lot of fair-trade products,’ says owner, David MacGregor who, with his wife Yolanda, moved to the area seven months ago, giving up corporate life in Edinburgh to take over the shop. Says David: ‘We buy local produce when it is available. Last apple season we had about 14 varieties of apples and nine varieties of pears all grown within a couple of miles and all organic. All out meat is organic and sourced from local farms and our local fruit and vegetable come from within a five to ten mile radius.’

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Pomona Awards and Herefordshires Year in the Orchard

Pomona Awards
Herefordshire has more than 3,000 orchards-more than anywhere else in the UK-making it ‘The Country of Orchards’, or as John Evelyn the diarist put it in 1664, ‘Herefordshire has become in a manner an entire orchard’.
To celebrate this rich orchard heritage, The Royal Horticultural Society in partnership with the Herefordshire Year in the Orchard has launched the RHS Pomona Awards. The RHS Pomona Awards will be awarded to orchards in Herefordshire that are exceptional in a variety of ways. We want to celebrate the achievements of growers, horticulturists, cider makers and amateurs who carry on the wonderful orchard tradition with new practices, techniques and varieties. If you know an orchard-any size- that deserves recognition, you can enter it in the traditional bush orchard categories of the RHS Pomona Award.
For more information and application go to www.yearintheorchard.org
Entries must be submitted by 30th June 2011

Herefordshire Year in the Orchard
Two hundred years ago Thomas Andrew Knight published his beautifully illustrated Pomona Herefordiensis, the first book cataloguing in detail varieties of apple and pear. A renowned horticulturist, he helped to found what became the Royal Horticultural Society and in 1811 became its second President.
To celebrate these bicentenaries and Herefordshire’s forgotten horticultural hero, 2011 has become Herefordshire Year of the Orchard. To help you join in the country’s celebrations there are events and activities taking place throughout 2011. Here are just a few examples to whet your appetite!
• Walks, talks and activities in orchards with Once Upon a Tree
• Celebrate Blossomtime with the Big Apple
• Learn about the life of Thomas Andrew Knight through the talks and exhibitions at the Hereford Cider Museum and the Hereford Museum & Art Gallery
• Explore the  wildlife of orchards by joining a bat walk, moth night or bird watch
• Walk on and apple tree mosaic outside Hereford Cathedral
• October is the month of apples with numerous apple days, apple displays-everything apple!
• Plant and apple tree in your community with Pommunity Herefordiensis
• Christmas fairs offering local mistletoe and orchard produce 

Want to know more? Visit www.yearintheorchard.org