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Issue No. 45 [Back Issues]
17th May 2005

This Week - [Jacqueline Danter - JKHS Leavers' Ball] [Chain Reaction - Grammar School Reunion - A Mile of Pennies -
Royal Enfield Tour - Topical Photography]
[Nature Watch - Archive Ross-on-Wye - Heritage Centre]

Ross-on-Wye Nature Watch

Top: The fairy tale 'frog on a lily pad' type of photograph, taken in my natural garden pond. I shall have to be careful with the lawn mower and strimmer for the next few weeks - not often I can think of a good excuse like that for avoiding physical labour.

Bottom: A beautiful photograph of bluebells in the Forest of Dean, which was sent in by my friend, Mike Arnison of Cinderford and is reproduced here with his kind permission.

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Archive Ross-on-Wye

As mentioned in previous editions of 'Archive Ross,' John Kyrle High School will be celebrating its twenty fifth birthday this year and to mark the occasion, there will be a 'Silver Jubilee Ball' at the school on Saturday, June 11th
. In addition to a three course meal, there will be dancing to live music from the excellent band, 'Joint Venture.' There will also be a disco and licensed bar. It is hoped to bring together, present and past staff, ex-pupils, (1980 to 2005) parents, governors and all friends of the school.

Continuing with the theme of old JKHS class photographs in the 'Archive Ross' section of Wyenot News, this week's photos are of Tutor Group 1 R and 1 L, both of 1983.

If you recognize yourself in these, or previously published photographs and would like to attend the function, which promises to be a great evening of entertainment, tickets are available from Kate Nicholls at the school.

For further information on this event, you are welcome to contact the following:

Kate Nicholls on 01989 763102 - email
Robin Ancrum on 01989 565253 - email:
Karen Frost on 01989 563057 - email:

To be continued with more photographs in next week's Wyenot News - 'Archive Ross-on-Wye' . . .

May News from the Heritage Centre

The small V.E. Day Exhibition held at the Market House Heritage Centre in Ross-on-Wye proved to be a real hit with visitors. Members of staff at the Centre were very pleased with the response, both from local people and from visitors to the town. Some Dutch visitors on Sunday, May 8 enjoyed the exhibition - comparing the information to their own experiences of 1945. They told Mary Sinclair Powell, Senior Heritage Assistant how lovely it was to not only take part in their own event earlier in the week but also to be a part of the English commemorations. It had made their holiday! Mary would like to thank everybody for their many offers of display items. Unfortunately, many could not be taken up due to the lack of space. It is hoped that the exhibition can be repeated for the V.J. Commemoration in August. Mary would also like to thank those who took part in setting up the exhibition.

The rest of May continues with an Exhibition and Sale of Photographic Prints by John Gibson-Fortey. John's work is totally different from anything seen at the Centre before and is well worth a visit. The work will be on display until 1st June.

Bank Holiday Weekend, May 28th to May 30th will see the return of some of the Craft Workshops the Centre has become famous for. These will complement the Visual Arts Day being held on Bank Holiday Monday at the Market Place, when there will be stalls, singing and dancing to entertain all ages. The Belly Dancers will be making a return visit to Ross for the day.

May is National Museums Month. Every year, museums and heritage centres have a theme for the month. This year it is "Collecting". To complement this, the Heritage Centre will be running three activity days during half term. On Tuesday, May 31st and Thursday, June 2nd, local people can 'Be Their Own Curator For The Day'. This is mainly aimed at the younger generation but adults can attend if they wish. Contributors will be able to set up displays of their own collections and talk to visitors about them. This is a free activity, but booking is essential due to the space available. Booking forms can be obtained at Heritage Centre.

More follows on Wednesday, June 1st when there will be a young peoples activity, 'Toys, Toys, Toys'. Educators from Hereford Museum will be bringing a selection of old toys from their collections. Visitors will be able to study them and perhaps make their own toy. The session will be taking place between 10.30 am and 1pm. This is a free activity, suitable for young people and the young at heart. Children must be accompanied. There is no need to book for this one - just drop-in.

Further details on any of tyhe above can be obtained by telephoning (01432) 260675 during opening hours - 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30 am to 4 pm on Sundays.

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