What can I do for Ross?
People often ask what can be done to make Ross better. It often seems impossible for one individual to make any real positive changes. One person cannot do everything, one person can feel like it is pointless to try. The answer is to join forces with other similar minded people, together you will make a difference.
Here’s some suggestions of things you can do to improve Ross On Wye, and have some fun at the same time.
The easiest way is to join an existing organisation. There are many existing organisations already set up in Ross. They are all crying out for volunteers to help them organise and run events. Just pick one and check it out. If it doesn't suit you, leave and try another. You will find one doing something which you can get involved with. Many of them have been running events in Ross for years, others are just starting up. If you want to see events thriving in Ross you have to get involved in some way. There’s a list below, which is NOT comprehensive, there are many others, but it gives some idea . of the scope of opportunities available. But first…
…a word on commitment.
Don’t worry about committing yourself in any way. Each of us only has a limited amount of time and energy we are able to give. One hour a week is better than nothing, and the more people who give some time or effort, the less falls on the shoulders of a few valiant souls. None of the organisations ask you to do more than you are happy to do and most are free to join.
If you find you are doing too much, just be strong and feel free to say NO if you want. The fear of being ‘roped in’ to an endless stream of tasks is the main reason people don’t get involved at all.
Ross Tourism Association
Recently formed, they have set up several tourist information points in the town, have printed town tourist maps, and are about to print up a tourist booklet. They meet about once a month, work out what needs doing and work towards it.
This group aims to encourage other creative groups in the town to work together. They helped set up the first Ross Busking Festival last year. They want to work towards bringing back Ross International Festival, and other events like music and arts. If you want to help with this sort of stuff, this is a good place to meet like minded people. They meet about once a month.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, the Ross-on-Wye Town Carnival is always a massive success, but it needs your help it continue. They always need volunteers to make it work, both behind the scenes and with the actual floats and shows. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit -
The Library Development Group
Been going for ages, with the aim of supporting Ross Library in all sorts of ways. If that’s important to you, then this is the group to join
Very well established, and the group behind some of the towns regular events. Ross Beer and Cider Festival and Fireworks Night are the best known, but they do all manner of other things. All these events need you to help make them a continuing success.
Ross Walkers are Welcome
Besides walking about a lot, they organise things like the annual walking festival in September. Walking brings a lot of tourism to the town. Prospective new members are welcome to join any planned walk, just stroll along and give it a try. Once you have completed three walks you can join the group. Annual membership currently costs £10 for a single member and £18 for a couple.
The Larruperz Centre
The Larruperz Centre is a much needed facility in Ross, providing space and equipment for all manner of activities in Ross, from dance to table tennis, children’s groups to country and western nights. Run by some staff, aided by volunteers, who make sure it remains open. If you think you could be one of these people please contact them.
A brilliant FREE music festival, held over the August bank holiday weekend. If you want it to thrive, offer some help.
The Hedgehog Festival
Now into its third year, if you love nature and hedgehogs in particular, then stop hibernating and get involved!. The Hedgehog Festival Team is looking for help and support with this years events. We would like to hear from people/organisations who would like to link with us and/or get involved in helping with organising the Festival.
Ross Community Garden
The Ross-on-Wye Haygrove Community Garden is currently preparing for the forthcoming growing season and this year, staff and volunteers want to support even more people in our local community. You can help.
Ross Rotary Club
The Rotary Club is also involved in many things of value to the town. For instance they have organised a ‘Know Your Blood Pressure Day’ on the 14th April. When you can get your pressure checked (near Market House, town centre)
The Phoenix Theatre
The Phoenix is an amateur theatre group dating from 1923 and established in its current premises since 1983. There are opportunities to act, assist behind the scenes, or get involved with Front of House duties (such as selling programmes or running the bar), box office, set building, lighting or sound. They have a youth group and a singing group.
Local Church Groups
All the local churches will have groups who organise things of benefit to the town. St Mary’s for instance holds the ‘Ross Open Gardens’. Links to churches can be found on the playross website
PLAYROSS.COM has links to all these, and loads of others, as well as listing various events happening in and around the town.