Ross-on-Wye Civic Society
Focus and Aims
The Ross and District Civic Society covers the town of Ross and the surrounding parishes and within this area aims to:-
- Promote high standards of planning and architecture.
- Raise awareness of local history, natural history, geography and architecture.
- Secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest.
It has a Planning Sub-Committee that monitors all planning applications in the area and writes to Herefordshire Council about them where necessary. The Society also takes an interest in the maintenance and extension of local Rights of Way.
There is also a Publications Sub-Committee that has to date published 20 “ Pink Publications” on various aspects of local history. These are on sale at the Ross Heritage Centre, which is in the upper part of the Market House.
Talks & Newsletters
The Society puts on monthly talks about local topics – either historical or current – as well as visits to places of local interest in the summer. Normally there is also a visit arranged as part of the Heritage Open Days week-end in September. A newsletter is sent to members three times a year. A sample article can be found here.
How to join
The annual subscription is £15 for an individual membership or £25 for a joint membership – this includes free admission to all the Society’s talks. Membership forms are held in Ross Library (and other shops around the town) or print out and use the flyer below.
If there are any problems then please contact email@example.com for assistance.
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HISTORICAL ASPECTS OF ROSS VOLUME 2
On Thurs 28th October 2010, from 7 - 9 pm, the Ross-on-Wye & District Civic Society will launch the second volume of their very successful book, Historical Aspects of Ross with the event being held at the Market House. This edition will cover the Pink Publications Numbers 11 to 20, and as a companion copy to the first volume, will be bound in cloth with embossed lettering.
These papers, covering a wide range of topics, have been written and researched by members of the Ross-on-Wye Civic Society who are local historians and have contributed to the greater knowledge of Ross and its environs.
Volume 2 - published by Logaston Press as a limited edition of 200 - costs £17.50 each.
Forthcoming Events for 2015
Talks are held at the Larruperz Centre starting at 7:30pm.
More details on visits and the associated arrangements will be included in the newsletters.
Wednesday 11th February @ 7:30pm
TALK: The Dorstone Mounds
Tim Hoverd of the county’s archaeology department will talk on the Neolithic finds at Dorstone Hill.
Work on the site stated in the summer of 2011 and has involved, among others, experts from the universities of Manchester and Kyushu, Japan, as well as Herefordshire county archaeologists.
Considerable evidence has been found of ancient buildings which are believed to have served as funerary chambers some 5000 years ago. As the project continues new finds are being unearthed which offer invaluable clues as to the burial and other practices of Neolithic people in this part of British Isles. In Tim Hoverd the Civic Society is privileged to have a speaker with intimate knowledge of the subject.
Doors will open at 7.00 p.m. when drinks will be available in the Larruperz Lounge. The talk itself begins at 7.30 p.m. Non-members are most welcome – the cost is £5.
Wednesday 11th March @ 7:30pm
Shegog Memorial Lecture
TALK: Timber-framed Buildings of Herefordshire
Duncan James is to give the annual Shegog Talk on the county’s timber-framed buildings.
Duncan is a highly respected authority, in Herefordshire and beyond, in this field. He has researched and spoken widely, in many county locations, on timber framed buildings and the communities that they served. He has been a contributor to Herefordshire Council’s ‘Historic Environment Today’.
This promises to be a particularly interesting and informative evening. It is anticipated that Duncan will include examples of buildings from the south of the county.
Doors open at 7.00 p.m. when drinks are available in the Larruperz Lounge. The talk itself begins at 7.30 p.m. Non-members are most welcome – the charge is £5.
Wednesday 8th April @ 7:30pm
**UPDATED** - change of topic and speaker
TALK: Farming and Environment in Herefordshire
Dr Louise Manning
Wednesday 27th May
**UPDATED** - change of date
VISIT: Guided Tour of Hereford Cathedral Close
Thursday 11th June
VISIT: Upton Cresset, Bridgenorth & Dudmaston
Wednesday 9th September @ 7:30pm
TALK: The Hereford Mappa Mundi
Wednesday 14th October @ 7:30pm
TALK: The Ground beneath your feet
Wednesday 11th November @ 7:30pm
TALK: Hom Green Chapel
Wednesday 9th December @ 7:30pm
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