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Severe disruption: A466 Monmouthshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A466 Monmouthshire both ways severe disruption, between Wyesham Avenue and Newland Turn Off.

A466 Monmouthshire - A466 Redbrook Road in Monmouth closed in both directions between the Wyesham Avenue junction and the Newland Turn Off junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Suspicious package during royal visit was Christmas presents

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A bomb disposal squad was called to investigate a suspicious package in Ross-on-Wye during a visit by Prince Charles last week, it's been revealed - but it turned out to contain Christmas presents.

The heavy parcel, which had been sent from the Netherlands, was spotted behind the Crown and Sceptre pub on 5 November, town councillor Rob Taylor said, and because nobody knew who it was meant for, he called the police.

Crown and Sceptre
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The Prince of Wales was in town that day to officially launch next year's Gilpin Festival, which celebrates the work of an 18th Century travel writer.

Mr Taylor said the Post Office didn't know how the parcel had got there, but confirmed the presents were harmless.

Prince visiting town for festival launch

Prince Charles is visiting Ross-on-Wye today, meeting people at the farmers market before launching the town's Gilpin 2020 Festival.

That event, which will run throughout next year, marks the 250th anniversary of William Gilpin's boat trip down the river, which led to the creation of the UK's first tourist guide.

Prince Charles
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Mr Gilpin's book had a snappy title: Observations on the River Wye and Several Parts of South Wales, etc Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty: Made in the Summer of the Year 1770.

Its publication is thought to have brought holidaymakers to the area.

Minor injury units' future considered

The long-term future of two Herefordshire minor injury units is going to be discussed.

The units in Leominster and Ross-on-Wye are due to close on Monday so that staff can be temporarily redeployed to County Hospital in Hereford over the winter.

The local clinical commissioning group says it now needs to consider a long-term solution to help the NHS deal with winter pressures.

Leominster Community Hospital
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Former church could start serving our daily bread

Local Democracy Reporting Service

There are plans to turn a former village church in Herefordshire into an artisan bakery and cafe.

St Michael and All Angels is Grade II listed and was closed by church commissioners in 2008 after the cost of making the site safe became too high.

St Michael and All Angels
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The Diocese of Hereford formed a partnership with the Brampton Abbotts Church Regeneration Group, which has received £215,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a restoration project known locally as The Daily Bread.

The grant was used to bring the building up to scratch.

Now the group has submitted plans to Herefordshire Council to set up a bakery in the vestry.

We have a duty to identify a sustainable future for the building to enable the long-term preservation of St Michael's to relive old memories and create new memories for young families.”

Brampton Abbotts Church Regeneration Group

'Elgar church organ' damaged by thieves

An organ, believed to have been played by the composer Sir Edward Elgar, has been damaged after thieves broke into a Worcestershire church.

The thieves cut an empty safe out of the 900-year-old walls and ripped out pipes and other parts of the instrument at Pendock Old Church.

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The Churches Conservation Trust said it's a "devastating loss" to both the local community and national heritage.

Sports club 'deep under water'

BBC Midlands Today

Levels are still high on the River Wye through Ross-on-Wye and the river's burst its banks in places.

BBC Midlands Today's Ben Sidwell's been at the town's sports club which he reports is "deep under water":

Ross-on-Wye sports club under water

Drivers 'still trying to get through floodwater'

Allen Cook

BBC News

A lot of roads in Herefordshire are still affected by flooding with many under water and the fire service is urging people not to try and drive through them.

Earlier today, they were called to reports of several vehicles stuck in floodwater in Bishopswood, south of Ross-on-Wye:

Firefighters in flood water
Hereford and Worcesters Fire and Rescue Service

Elsewhere in the county, Herefordshire Council says part of Ferrie Lane in Symonds Yat has been reopened so residents can get access.

However, it added it was still shut further down as the pub isn't accessible:

Flooding on Ferrie Lane
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Your pictures: Floods affect park and cricket ground

This was the scene in Ross-on-Wye this morning with flood water affecting the town's park and band-stand.

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Ross-on-Wye
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This image of New Road cricket ground in Worcester was taken by Matthew Brookes.

Worcester cricket ground
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Your photos: 'Highest I have ever seen the River Wye'

Allen Cook

BBC News

Plenty of you have shared your photos of flooding in your part of the West Midlands, many of you surprised at how quickly the heavy rain led to floods.

Ross-on-Wye flooding
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These have come from @Miss_CharlotteR on Twitter showing the River Wye in Ross-on-Wye, adding it's "the highest I have ever seen" it.

Ross-on-Wye flooding
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Ross-on-Wye flooding
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Severe disruption: A466 Monmouthshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A466 Monmouthshire both ways severe disruption, between Monmouth and Welsh Newton.

A466 Monmouthshire - A466 in Monmouth blocked between the Monmouth junction and the Welsh Newton junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A466 Monmouthshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A466 Monmouthshire both ways severe disruption, between Llandogo and Wyesham.

A466 Monmouthshire - A466 Redbrook Road closed between the Llandogo junction and the Wyesham junction, because of flooding.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Prince Charles to visit festival

The Prince of Wales will be visiting Ross-on-Wye next month, to officially launch the Gilpin Festival.

It will mark 250 years since the Reverend William Gilpin visited the town on a cruise along the River Wye.

The tourist guide he wrote led to the creation of the UK's first package holiday.

Prince Charles
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Herefordshire Council said it would be a celebration of philanthropy and tourism and said Prince Charles would be in the town on 5 November to meet "local voluntary and philanthropic organisations, as well as environmental groups".