last week's request for information on the well-being of Angie
Osborne in Thailand, Angie has emailed home and she is safe
and well. The contact problem was purely technical - she could
not access her email.
working on the China Sea side of the mainland, in Koh Phangan
and did not even feel the earthquake.
however have friends who were on the Indian Ocean side during
the tsunami. She said, 'I know a few people that were involved
in it and, just by the grace of God they're alive. The stories
they have to tell would scare you to death. They did me!'
been busy working in a bar on Had Yao Beach, Koh Phangan, where
on New Year's Eve a party was held, attended by four hundred
people and lasting for two days. The previously arranged party
was adapted to become a fundraiser and all who attended donated
to the Tsunami Fund.
you to Margaret and Dennis Wilce and Fred Druce. Steve King,
whose letter requesting information was published in last week's
edition of Wyenot News has been reunited with lost family members.
Ross-in-Bloom aglow for 2005
is now up and running again for the coming year following their
Christmas and New Year breaks. The committee is now into the
stage of serious planning and work for the holiday season to
come. This year is even more important as the group want to
keep up their high standard in the Heart of England in Bloom
event - to encourage more visitors to come to Ross as well as
to the county as a whole. Working with the other in Bloom members
such as Leominster, Ledbury, Bromyard and Hereford, Ross-in-Bloom
will be going all out this year to try to help to maintain the
county record number of awards for 2004 - if not improve on
Flame Colours - Red's, Oranges, Yellow's etc. are the planned
colours for the town for the coming summer, which means Ross
should be "on fire" for the annual competitions in July.
We are still
looking for people who can give some of their time to help -
anything from an hour a week and beyond. All types of skills
are required - volunteers don't just have to be gardeners or
even interested in gardening. They just have to be keen to help
to keep Ross interesting, clean and tidy to encourage more visitors
to the town. Anyone who has any ideas on fund raising, to raise
money to see the town through into the 2006 season is also required.
the team is planning a day to remember on Heart of England in
Bloom Day. The date is not yet fixed, but it is hoped as many
people as possible will dress for the occasion in historical
costume. Some of the major people of the town's history will
be depicted, as well as their visitors across history.
historical dates to work on are from Stone-age
Ref: 2002 tulip
end of World War II. A meeting will be arranged shortly amongst
those who have expressed an interest in taking part. However,
as well as having people milling around the town for the day,
it is hoped many traders, business, pubs, etc. will take part.
Having liaised with the Carnival Committee this is also an ideal
opportunity to take part in the Carnival this year. As the two
events fall within a couple of weeks of each other, the Carnival
Committee would love to see everyone on Heart of England in
Bloom Day walking with the floats in the Carnival.
of anything to do with Ross-in-Bloom, can be obtained by leaving
your name, address and telephone number at the Heritage Centre,
Lucas Motorcycles and Halcyon Daze. You can also telephone 01989
563056 during reasonable hours.
includes the pageant, dates for a meeting to plan what people
will be wearing, how you can volunteer your help with other things,
etc. If you can give some help to the Garden of Remembrance, Rose
Dean is looking for volunteers. Again letters for this can be
left at the above addressed to Garden of Remembrance".
will once again (hopefully - funds permitting) be a Charities
Market in July. As usual this is a first come first served event.
There is room for 12 indoor stalls, with outdoor ones for those
who are prepared to risk the weather. Please write your name,
charity and contact number in a letter and leave as above if you
would like to take part again this year.
look forward to a good year working well with all members of the
Art Cases at the Market House Heritage Centre
Art Cases at Ross-on-Wye Heritage Centre. Ref: DSC_7686
is an entertaining and intriguing exhibition, displayed in six
suitcases, each with its own fascinating audio accompaniment.
which proved to be a popular and well attended summer exhibition,
moves from Hereford Museum to the Market House Heritage Centre
in January 2005. Comments and reviews suggest a wide range of
age groups enjoyed listening to the stories and peeping into
person of historical significance owns each Art Case. You are
invited to consider the owner and learn more about them. Saint
Katherine of Ledbury, Caratacus the Celtic warrior King who
fought a battle on the Herefordshire Beacon, Garstone the thief
who killed the Mordiford dragon, Lord Somers of Eastnor Castle,
Mathew the medieval artist who created the wall paintings in
Saint Mary's Church, Kempley, and Susanna Lambert of the Hope
End; share their lives and legacies through their possessions
and monologues. You can listen to each of them while looking
at the contents of their suitcase.
was supported by the Arts Council of England and will travel
throughout Herefordshire to four different museums. It brings
together the creative talents of the artist Jeanette McCulloch,
who graduated from the Royal College of Art, and the writer
Guy Malkerson who studied at the University of California at
Berkeley and the City Literature Institute in London.
The audio accompaniment, include original songs and music by
Mark Stevenson (of the Treefrogs) and Dion Charles Scott (singer/songwriter)
who are also narrators. The other narrators are; Will Turberfield
the town crier of Ledbury, Jenny Scott, Philip Weaver, and Pat
Souter. The recordings were produced at Dolphin Studios in Ledbury.