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Issue No. 46 [Back Issues]
24th May 2005

This Week - [Wok and Roll - Amy's Award - Ready Steady Win] [Pub & Club - Rugby Awards] [Pub & Club - Ross in Bloom]
[Nature Watch - Photographic Memories] [Topical Photography - Archive Ross-on-Wye]

Pub & Club Regatta Continued

Rowers at this year's Ross-on-Wye Pub & Club Regatta continued from previous page. Apologies for any incorrectly placed names. People were moving around too quickly to get them in order.

The Black Sheep - Elliot Boyd, Paul Nicholls, Matt Jones, Tim Jeffries and Tom Jeffries. Ref: DSC_2815

Ben Mapleton, Gary Leverton, Sunissa Poole, Tom Jarman and Ross Bennett. Ref: DSC_2817

A tribute to Jacqui. Ref: DSC_2821

Sam's Oars - Michelle Jones, Aimee Young, Steph George and Sam Pearce. Ref: DSC_2823

Noah's Ark - Kirsty Morgan, Kirsty Coyne, Mark Dean-Lucas, Layla Gardiner and Toni Hall. Ref: DSC_2825

The Horse & Jocky - Bryn Hughs, Ben Williams, Michelle Davies, Debbie Higgins and Phil Price. Ref: DSC_2828

Ross in Bloom

Ross-in-Bloom are frequently asked how gardeners can get their gardens judged. All front gardens and the fronts of every commercial premises in Ross are automatically judged in the local competitions. This judging is done from the pavement or road area as Ross-in-Bloom comply with the rules of trespass. No back gardens can be judged due to the lack of time and the number of people available to do the judging.

Judging takes place during the whole of the month of July, with every street, cul-de-sac, etc. being visited at least three times during the course of the month.

There are plenty of awards available for everybody. In theory, every premises in Ross could get either a Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Bronze Certificate. Last year 600 certificates were produced and posted over the many categories. The categories being judged are: Private Front Gardens (12 cups available, one for each area plus one for the Overall Best Front Garden); Commercial Premises (Shield); Private Guest House (Shield); Hotel/Restaurant/Public House (Shield). All of these are automatic and do not need an entry form.

Specialist Categories are: Conservation (Trophy); Best Window* Traders and Charity (Trophies); Secret Garden* (Silver Salver - new for 2005); Retired/Disabled Complex* and Retired/Disabled Individual Front Garden* (Trophies); Best Street* (Trophy); and Adopt-a-Box. Those marked * need entry forms this year.

Ross-in-Bloom do not have the time to randomly visit everywhere to judge these categories, so entry forms are required. These have all been hand delivered and the closing dates are coming around fast. If you have not sent your form back yet please do so. If you would like another please contact Mary Powell.

Nominations are needed for the Individual Retired / Disabled Gardener Award. Please pass nominated names and addresses to Ross in Bloom as soon as possible. You can nominate yourself if you wish.

New for 2005 is the Children's Competition* for up to 11 year olds. This year, the Shield will be awarded for the Best planted container or small bed by individuals or Groups.

Marks are given in all competitions for a variety of categories including recycling, conservation, lack of litter, weeds, fly posting, dog fouling and graffiti as well as general tidiness of the immediate area, including the areas surrounding the gardens such as the pathway adjoining. An extra point or two can be gained by using the town colour schemes. This year the colour theme is 'flame'.

Ross-in-Bloom will be holding an "Arts Day" at the Market House on Monday 30th May, from 10.30 am to 4 pm. The Belly Dancers will be returning to perform at 11 am and 1 pm, with 'Trilemma' performing at 12 pm There will be various stalls around the Market Place all day, selling a variety of Arts and Crafts items, including plants to make your own RiB displays. There will be other entertainment throughout the day. There is still time to book a pitch if you would like to. 5 per pitch or 8 if you book for both Monday 30th May and Sunday 28th August, when we will be doing it all over again. The day will continue with the Lions Concert in the new Outdoor Pursuit Centre on the Riverside. Classic Motorcycles will also be on display in the Maltings.

The "Fun Day of History" preparations are underway. The next meeting for this will be at the Phoenix Theatre on Tuesday 31st May at 7:30 pm Come along with your ideas and offers.

The route for the Heart of England Judges on Wednesday 27th July will be taken from the following streets: Edde Cross Street, New Street, Kyrle Street, Greytree Road, Nursery Road, Five Ways, Brampton Street, Brampton Road, Three Crosses Road, Ledbury Road, Brookend Street, Millpond Street, Station Street, Station Approach. Larruperz Centre, Smallbrook Gardens, Smallbrook Road, Cantilupe Road, Gloucester Road, Copse Cross Street, High Street, Church Street, Churchyard, Palace Pound, Wilton Road, and Wye Street. Everybody is asked to make a very special effort this year as we would love to take Gold away from Ledbury. All residents are asked to make a special effort with their own areas as the Royal Horticultural Society now has a policy of pre-visiting for judging Britain in Bloom. We need to make a very good impression this year to get top billing in the Tourism Publicity. After all a good clean town free of weeds, litter, graffiti, fly posters and dog fouling means visitors will return to spend their money and boost our local economy. As usual Ross-in-Bloom can be contacted through the Heritage Centre, Lucas Motorcycles, Halcyon Daze or on 01989 563056 before 8:30 pm

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