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Issue No. 13 [Back Issues]
5th October 2004

A Man of Ross Curio

The John Kyrle, Man of Ross curio pictured to the left was purchased from a car boot sale some years ago and now the item's owner is keen to find more information.

Has anybody out there in the ether seen one of these before? If you have and have any information about the object, please contact me and I will pass the information on to the owner.

Full Steam Ahead at the Market House Heritage Centre . . .

October is a busy month for the centre with lots of activities for all. Sunday 24th and Thursday 28th will see "The Big Draw" in residence. Hereford Museum will be sending staff down to have an activity day for children of all ages (from 3 to 103) and participants will be able to draw their town of Ross, create a townscape and put themselves in the picture dressed in outfits from 1480's to 1980's. As usual this is a free drop-in activity, but children must be accompanied. Opening hours for both of those days will be from 10 am with the activity running continually until 3 pm Full details and flyers are available from staff.

For two weekends, 23rd and 30th October there will be the opportunity to make and purchase your own Christmas and other celebratory cards. Rose Cottage Crafts will be on hand to give demonstrations and help with this activity from 10.30 am to 4 pm each day. Again this is a free drop in workshop demonstration - the only cost will be any materials you would like to purchase to make your own card.

The Phoenix Box Office is available at the Heritage Centre until 9th October for the Kayelle Production of "Wayward Women". Tickets are 8.00 or 6.50 concessions and can be reserved by telephoning between 10.30 am and 4 pm. Advance notice is given that the "Cards for Good Causes" will return to the Heritage Centre on Monday 8th November. The Lions "Tree of Memories" will also be returning in November. Further details of these and other activities will be given nearer the time.

Further details, as always, on all forthcoming events and exhibitions at the Heritage Centre can be obtained by calling in or telephoning 01432 260675 during opening hours

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the closure of passenger rail services in Ross in November 1964, the Heritage Centre will be putting on an Exhibition of the History of Local Railways from 8th October to 8th November. Displays will include information boards from Hereford Museum's Rail Exhibition last year, as well as memorabilia, photographs and other items from local people and the Ross Archives. Items for display are still very welcome and can be dropped in during opening hours, when the staff will be able to give you a receipt for them.

Jeremy Whitehouse has produced some prints of his railway paintings to sell, from the exhibition he put on a few years ago. These would make ideal gifts for Christmas and can be purchased from the staff on duty. He may have available other prints and the staff will only to pleased to give information on these.

Gotcha at the Ross in Bloom Presentation . . .

Jo Ashman of Halcyon Daze in Ross presents an award every year at the Ross-in-Bloom Presentation Evening, to the unsung person considered to have contributed most to the town during the year.

This year she was delighted to present the Community Spirit Award to Mary Sinclair Powell - much to her surprise.

Mary is the organizer of the awards for this now annual occasion, and the full house of guests at the Phoenix Theatre were highly amused to find her speechless for once. Mary joined Ross-in-Bloom in 1997 when Mary Dew decided to do more for the Britain in Bloom entry. Mary P became her secretary and kept an eye on the finances, deciding she would only do it for a year or so until it got off the ground. She is still there, and is also now local judging co-ordinator as well as the main organizer of the Heart of England in Bloom judging day and other events during the in bloom year. Jo Ashman told the audience " The award is for community spirit. Mary has been given this award because she is constantly thinking of ways to help Ross. A born administrator, I know part of it is her job at the Heritage Centre, but she goes above and beyond by always being ready to put on a Charities Market or help a budding artist - anything for the town of Ross or the people living here".

Thanking Jo, eventually after a few moments not believing what she had heard, Mary told everyone due to increasing pressures at work, she had actually resigned part of her duties for the coming year, with a view to handing over for the following year. Everyone agreed she cannot now resign and will have to continue for the foreseeable future!

Speaking with the Ross Gazette she told them having been born in Ross she loved her town and always wants to do her best for it. "I believe everyone should have pride in the area where they live - after all they choose to live here. My work in the Heritage Centre, with Ross-in-Bloom and on the fringe of other committees enables me to do this - and when I can no longer give 120% I feel that is the time to give up. Being a Powell, I was raised to always do and give your best in whatever you do. I try to do this at all times and by being given this award I am obviously getting it right somewhere. However I would like some help to be able to continue next year and anyone who can do so can contact me at the Heritage Centre during opening hours".

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