Ross-on-Wye Christmas Fayre & Christmas Light Switch-on

free-parkingThis Sunday, 20th November, sees the annual Ross-on-Wye Christmas Fayre and light switch-on in the town centre. The main event takes place between 11am and 5pm. Christmas lights will be switched-on at 4pm. Part of the High Street will be closed to accommodate stalls selling a variety of art and craft items plus food. Many of the towns shops will be opening and there is free parking in all of the County Council owned car parks for the day. Continue reading

Christmas Wishlists for Ross-on-Wye Shops

This year in Ross you can create Christmas Wishlists by filling in postcards and handing them to loved ones who might like some help choosing Christmas presents for you. This great idea was developed by Sally, of Madame Butterfly in Broad St, who had the cards printed and has distributed them around town centre businesses. So when you are in town and see something that would make your day on 25th December remember to pick-up a card and fill it in. The cards are currently available from:
Madame Butterfly
Truffles Delicatessen
Field Fayre – The Organic Storee
River Music
Lizzie Bunting
Little Chic Children’s Clothes and Toys Boutique
RAFT Clothing
Escape to the Great Outdoors
Eveamberlay Surefire Stoves Rosss
The Cookshop
Rossiter Books
Gallery 54
Mandy Moo’s
Pots and Pieces

Look out for these cards in Ross shops.

Look out for these cards in Ross shops.

Ross-on-Wye Tourist Information Sites, The Market House

This is the first piece in a series to introduce you to the Tourist Information Sites in Ross. We begin at The Market House.

A wide range of craft items are available and the section is constantly being updated.

A wide range of craft items are available. The selection is constantly being updated.

Made in Ross is proud to run the Ross Tourist Information Site in the Market House in the Centre of Ross-on-Wye

“Made in Ross” is a collective of artists and craft workers based in the historic Market House in the centre of Ross-on-Wye. In 2015 the ownership of this wonderful 17th Century building was transferred from Herefordshire County Council to the newly formed Ross Parish Council who entered into a contract with The Courtyard in Hereford to run this venue in support of the arts. “Made in Ross” is delighted to be working with The Courtyard and Ross-on-Wye Town Council in this iconic building in the very heart of Ross, which provides a fascinating venue for contemporary arts and crafts.

Made in Ross is open Daily 10-4. Contact 01989 769398

There are currently 14 members of the “Made in Ross” collective who showcases a wide variety of work in the gallery including acrylics, batik silks, blacksmithing, candles, ceramics, Chinese brush painting, felting, glass, mosaics, sculptures made from recycled materials, silver jewellery, textiles, watercolours, wood carving and much more besides, all at affordable prices.

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This Weekend in Ross

A round-up of live music, events and exhibitions over the weekend and into next week
Friday 4th:
Bounce & Rhyme 2.15 Ross Library
Utter Madness vs UB40 at The Crown & Sceptre
Exhibition at Ross Library the work of local artist Valerie McClean

Exhibition at Made in Ross at The Market House Jerry Whitehouse local railway paintings & children’s Hedgehog Books
Saturday 5th:
Ross Market, Ross Town Centre and Country Market at The Venue in Hill Street
The Lions Bonfire & Fireworks Party 6.30 at The Chase Hotel
The 4 Amigos at The Eagle 8.30pm
AJ Davis at The Kings Arms 9.30pm
Exhibitions at Ross Library and Made in Ross at The Market House
Monday 7th:
Ross Decorative and Fine Arts Society Lecture 1.45pm The Larruperz Centre
Tuesday 8th:
Flicks in the Sticks St Mary’s Church Hall 7pm
Thursday 10th:
Gigspanner at St Mary’s Church 7.30

Just who was Thomas Blake?

Visitors to Ross who wander down to the riverside or from the river up to the town may well walk through the Blake Memorial Gardens and wonder just who was Thomas Blake and why he is commemorated by this lovely garden.

Thomas Blake (1825 – 1901) was the youngest of the 6 children born to his parents William and Mary who owned a hardware shop in Station Street, currently, and aptly, The General Tool Store. They also manufactured metal goods and later there was the Blake Brothers’ Foundry (the drain covers in the garden were manufactured by it).
From an early age Thomas was a pious and industrious child working hard at school and regularly attending the Independent Chapel in Kyrle St. He went on to become one of Ross’s most notable citizens, one of its wealthiest and its greatest benefactor.

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