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Flicks in the Sticks


Many people are not aware that the Hall has an upstairs Snooker Room with a very recently refurbished table. The room can be hired by individuals wanting an occasional or regular chance to play. There are two main Snooker groups which meet on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Please direct enquiries to Judith Gill (07768 096438) in the first instance.
To book the Hall contact June Ruck (01600 890784)

The Hall is home to an Art class, Yoga, Short Mat Bowls, Fitsteps, Table tennis, Puppy training. There is a Good Neighbour Coffee Morning every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 10.30 to 12 noon. All are welcome.

The Hall is a registered charity.

Regular activities at the Memorial Hall.

Mondays: Bowls Club 6.45 to 9.30 pm
Tuesdays: Sticky Little Fingers 10 to 12 am
              Art Group 1.30 to 3.30 pm
              Yoga 7 to 8.30pm
Wednesdays: Drop In coffee morning 10.30am to 12 noon, 1st and 3rd of every month
                 Dog Training 7 to 8pm
                 Table Tennis 7 to 9.30pm
Thursdays: Fitsteps 10.30 to 11.30am and 6.45 to 7.45pm
                 Bowls 1.45 to 4.30pm
                 Body Zone 8 to 8.45 pm
Fridays: Flicks in the Sticks monthly between September and May

The Hall also runs Live Jazz nights 4 or 5 times a year.

Snooker: Two groups, Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons and individual players can book by arrangement.

If you would like to join in any of these activities, contact the Booking Clerk Mrs June Ruck 01600 890784 or Judith Gill 07768 096438.

100 Club (No exercise involved!!!)

The Whitchurch and Ganarew Memorial Hall 100 Club supports the Hall by raising money for the Refurbishment Fund. Membership of the 100 Club is by purchase of one or more numbered shares. A share costs £12 per year and every four months a draw of all paid-up shares is held. At the draw, half of the money raised by the shares in the previous four months is transferred to the Refurbishment Fund and the other half is given as prizes to the holders of three shares drawn at random.

Since it was started in 2011, the 100 Club has raised almost £3000 for the Refurbishment Fund. Application forms are available in the Hall or by email from Trevor Nicholson at

C1257 Road Closure Symonds Yat update.

Photograph of vandalised 'Road Closed' sign


This continues to cause vexation for the residents and businesses in Symonds Yat West. We are continuing to get updates from Balfour Beatty who are doing all they can in very difficult circumstances.

I have posted all the notes and an accompanying map on the website. Please click the blue buttons to read them.

Whitchurch Clock Tower

A statement from Whitchurch and Ganarew Group Parish Council

February 2019

The parish council has become aware that some residents believe that the Whitchurch Clock Tower is owned by the parish council and as such it is their responsibility to maintain and manage this listed building.

The parish council would like to make it clear that they do not own, and never have had ownership of the clock tower, and therefore (confirmed after taking legal advice) have no responsibility for its maintenance, insurance, repairs or any other associated liabilities.

It is not registered with the Land Registry and extensive research by the parish council in the County Records Office have proved fruitless. We have demonstrated that ownership/trusteeship of the building is not available through the normal legal administration.

Should anyone reading this have any evidence to demonstrate the current ownership of the clock tower we would be delighted to hear from you.

The parish council over the past years have paid for the clocks annual service and any repairs that are required, and for the electricity supply and will continue to do so until proper ownership is established.

Following legal advice, the parish council will be writing to Herefordshire Council. As the clock tower is a Grade II listed building, they have a responsibility for its upkeep.

This statement will be updated as more information becomes available.

A40 Road Safety Meetings / Status June 2019


The Chairman and Clerk as resolved by the Parish Council have recently held meetings with responsible members of The Road Safety Partnership and Highways England to determine what improvements can be taken regarding the traffic movement and conditions at Whitchurch and Ganarew on the A40.

Recent accident statistics demonstrate 2 accidents resulting in fatalities, 3 resulting in serious injuries and 4 resulting in slight injuries. Each accident is fully investigated including possible causes by the above two agencies.

Results from discussions

Following the recent fatalities, a full assessment of the A40 has been made by Highways England from the Wilton roundabout through Whitchurch and Ganarew to the Herefordshire / Monmouth border. This has included both East and West directions and all associated exits / entrances and slip roads and signage as well as the average speed of traffic recorded over a full period of one week.

Their investigations show that a significantly higher than average number of accidents has occurred in the Daf-y-Nant area as well as in an area close to Wilton roundabout. They are currently carrying out analysis of their findings to determine possible actions. This will take several months including a submission to the controlling body of The Internal Governance Committee who make the final decision regarding recommendations - these being set against other road priorities and the budget available.

It was agreed that a further review meeting with Highways England would take place in six months’ time estimated at January 2020 when the findings / recommendations can be discussed.

Symonds Yat and the River Wye. The Birthplace of Tourism

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