The Ross Lions are seeking to enhance a major tourist attraction in Ross-on-Wye, whilst giving their group a legacy by marking the international Lions Club’s 100th anniversary.
Four members of the club, Keith Wilding, Andy Walker, Richard Ball and Colin Parry, were at the full meeting of Ross Town Council on Monday, March 13th, to speak about four projects they hope will upgrade the area around the bandstand. Lion Keith Wilding explained that the Lions were hoping to gain the Town Council’s support and their advice on how best to proceed with the four projects.
He added that in 2005, the Lions club provided the funding to have the bandstand built in the Caroline Symonds Gardens near the River Wye. The asset is owned by the Town Council, and in the summer, the free concerts on Sunday afternoons are enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike.
There are four ideas that the the club is hoping to implement at the bandstand to make the area better:
- To establish a power supply, with a power outlet supply on the stage.
- To erect seven sail shades near the bandstand, which will give audiences shelter from the wind, rain and sun.
- To set up a noticeboard by the bandstand where, on one half, the Town Council can publicise events in the town so visitors know where to go, and on the other half, the club can advertise their events and news, such as Rossbeerfest.
- To set up a small Lion statue by the bandstand, which would be made of Ash, and approximately 4ft 6inches in height, to celebrate the Lions’ centenary.
Lion Keith Wilding added that each project is to be treated separately and if members thought that one of the four projects would not be feasible, he hoped they would be able to continue with the other three. He asked the Councillors what he thought their next steps would be.