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Kyrle Sevens Success.
annual round of rugby tournaments in Herefordshire last
week has seen some excellent performances by John Kyrle
Tuesday at the Hereford Cathedral Sevens the year 9 squad
beat Lucton School in the plate final. The team made the
final following a victory over Haywood and a loss to eventual
winners Hereford Cathedral in their pool games. Excellent
defence and tries by Paul Beech, Lea Clement (2), Tom
Tregaskes (2) and Michael Lloyd left Lucton thoroughly
outplayed, JKHS winning 36-0.
an injury depleted Year 11 squad the aim was just to play
some good rugby as expectations of success were not high.
However victories over Lucton and Haywood, including the
try of the tournament by Jason Price in the pool games
set up a semi-final game against Hereford Cathedral. Unfortunately
the fatigue effects of a First XV game the night before
meant that HCS were just too fast and strong for JKHS
with HCS going on to the final.
result was reversed by the Year 7 squad at the Minster
Sevens. After victories in all but one of their pool games
(a narrow loss to Bishops) the team met Hereford Cathedral
in the semis JKHS played the best rugby of the tournament
to rout HCS 28 - 5 and set up another meeting with Bishops
in the final. A score-line of 15-5 to JKHS did not reflect
the amount of possession that JKHS held.
the other end of the school the First XV continue preparations
for the Brynley Jones Memorial Game to be held on Wednesday
23rd March, KO 4 pm.
for Ashfield Park.
Park Football and Netball teams - winners of the Ross
and District Sport Association Football and Netball tournaments
held at Ashfield Park on Wednesday, 16th March. St Josephs
were very creditable runners up.
Hill Football Club.
in North Gloucestershire Division 1, Howle Hill FC are
currently second. Another two wins and they will be promoted
to North Gloucestershire Premier League.
pictured above - left to right:
Elliot Regan, Steve Davies, Steve French, Tony Stevens,
Anoy' Rio' , Wayne Jones, John Edwards aka Bass, Dave
Jewell, Bobby Hatch and Andy Stacey - Manager.
Ben Williams, C Stacey, Stuart Tucker, Lee Barrington,
Ben Tumelty, Anthony Ballenger and Sean Scotford.
photograph below was sent in by Dennis Morgan of Greytree
and shows The Cleeve, at the bottom of Cleeve Lane.
This is a 'real photo' postcard. The field was part of Lower
Cleeve Farm, probably farmed by the Griffin Brothers. Any
Information on the lady in corn field at Lower Cleeve would
a shed, in a garden, lived a hermit. Not a damp dirty
shed, full of worms, spiders and the smell of turpentine
but a clean and tidy shed, an Aladdin's Cave of science
and technology. This hermit liked to experiment with the
wonders of modern science and the universe. Mostly, his
experiments would go wrong but then one day last century
. . .
two photographs below are not actually of Ross-on-Wye
but more of a kind of achievement of my own, which was reported
by Martin Morris in the Ross Gazette back in 1985. As many
readers will already know, before I started Wyenot.com I
was a keen radio amateur holding the call-sign G4RRT. (I
still am in fact but just don't get the time to enjoy it.)
I have also been very interested in the space programme,
having followed it from the very beginning and travelling
to California to watch the very first space shuttle land.
big part of my amateur radio interest was sending and receiving
both fast scan and slow scan television (SSTV) and this
was done using 'home brew' equipment. Not plug-in computer
cards, 'home brew' meaning soldering every component together
and experimenting until, after many disasters, the device
actually worked. Along with my friend, Mike Arnison (G4THC)
in Cinderford, I was also interested in amateur radio via
satellite - we spoke to one another briefly once (Ross-Cinderford-Ross)
via a satellite passing over Central Africa, a radio path
of many thousands of miles.
could not believe my luck when, in 1985 NASA took up the
Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX), sending astronaut
and USA licensed Tony England (call-sign W0ORE) into space
on the shuttle with SSTV transmitting equipment.
cut a really long story short, from the above mentioned
shed in my garden in Cawdor, Ross-on-Wye, I managed to receive
SSTV pictures from Tony England on board the space shuttle
Challenger, which sadly exploded on take off a mission or
so later, killing all on board. The photographs below are
screen shots from the event, which was no mean feat, steering
the ten element crossed yagi beam aerial on my shed roof
to track the shuttle as it travelled at an altitude 199
miles and varying distance of between 320 and 1,800 miles
whilst orbiting the earth at five miles per second. Watching
live broadcasts from space can be done all too easily nowadays
by purchasing a satellite television dish and tuning into
NASA TV but back in 1985 a direct communication without
the aid of Jodrell Bank was quite an achievement.
left photograph shows the robotic arm and payload bay of
Challenger with the Earth below. Right is Tony England on
Alan, Just thought I would update you on my joyous reunion
with my old WAAF friend who you so kindly helped to trace.
have spent many happy hours reliving that time and learning
about each other and our lives today. We are looking forward
to meeting for the first time in 56 years on Friday 8th
April, 2005. We will meet on Plymouth Railway Station
whilst en route to an R.A.F. St. Eval Reunion which is
being held at Newquay over the weekend 8th to 10th April.
As the RAF Station has now gone, a memorial stone is being
unveiled on Sunday 10th April 2005.
any of your readers wish to have further information may
I suggest they look at the following site www.R.A.F.St.
Eval (Coastal Command) Association where full details
our grateful thanks for your wonderful help. I will be
in touch when I come back from the reunion. Hope you are
well and business is booming.
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