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Issue No. 52 [Back Issues]
12th July 2005

This Week - [35 Years of Pre-school Playgroup - Fund Raising Strawberry Tea]
[Ashfield Park Fete - Border Counties Vintage - Missed Photo Opportunity]
[Whitchurch Primary School - Proud of Ross-on-Wye - Ross Fire Brigade Open Day - Biblins Benches Commission]
[Topical Photography - Ross-in-Bloom - Heritage Centre - Letters - Archive Ross-on-Wye]

Ashfield Park Primary School Fete

Ashfield Park Primary School Fete took place on Friday, 8th July and was well attended. The evening included a whole range of activities and stalls, from a fancy dress parade, in which many of the children took part, a huge bouncy slide, a strengthometer, (making the bell ring by hitting the target with a hammer) and boot throwing. For those needing refreshments after all the activity, there were cakes, sweets, biscuits and drinks available from a stall which was manned by some of the children. A lovely evening was had by all.

The children in their fancy dress costumes Ref: DSC_4829

Children managing the refreshment stall Ref: DSC_4847

Some of the children enjoying the Mega Slide Ref: DSC_4816

This character from the Matrix ready to host the boot throwing just before the event began Ref: DSC_4820

Border Counties Vintage Club

The Border Counties Vintage Club Limited held its annual Steam & Vintage Show at Monmouth Showground on Sunday 1st May 2005. The day was a great success with both visitors and exhibitors numbers up on previous years.

The club, in its 30th anniversary year, recently held a barbecue to commemorate this milestone in the clubs history and to present 2100.00 to three local charities. The charities that have benefited from the show where the County Air Ambulance, Swan Craft Studio Monmouth and Ross Community Hospital, each of the representatives of the charities received a cheque for 700.

The event, which was attended by some 120 members and guest were treated to a well organized barbecue at the Williams Rural Heritage Museum, The Doward, with kind permission of Derek Williams, who is one of the founder members of the Border Counties Vintage Club Limited.

The Chairman and organizing committee would like to thank all the sponsors, organizations and helpers that made the Show possible.

The club caters for various interests ranging from classic cars, bikes and commercial vehicles to tractors, stationary and steam engines. We meet at The Crown Hotel, Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye on the 1st Wednesday of each month (no meeting in August) and have an annual programme of talks and events, with a monthly draw to win a cash pot of up to 25. Membership has increased this year and anyone wishing to join the club, can do so by either coming along to a monthly meeting, or by calling Colin Davies on 01989 565461.

Next year's show is now well under way, exhibitors and traders who wish to take part in the prestigious event can contact the show organizer, Andy Vaughton on 01989 562602 or

Yvonne Price, Andy Vaughton and Joan Davies of County Vintage Club present cheques for £700 each to Jeannie Bevan of Ross Community Hospital, Zena Higgs of the Air Ambulance and Graham Cooper and Hilary Gooch of Swan Craft Studio, Monmouth. Ref: DSC_4796

Peter Williams demonstrates his 'David Brown Vinyard Cropmaster' Tractor at Wednesday's Barbecue. Ref: DSC_4782

Peter Graham shows his Lister D Stationary Engine at the event, with a sheep shearing instrument attached. Ref: DSC_4787

A Missed Photographic Opportunity!

One day last week, I went into town during the early evening to pick up a takeaway. Not imagining that I would see anything worth photographing on the way, I left my camera at home. How I wish I had taken it with me!

Whilst I was waiting for my beef curry and chips, (a truly British 'Chinese takeaway' if ever there was one) I looked across the road and saw Margaret Lucas painting the outside walls of one of the town's disused shops.

How nice that there are people about like Margaret, who care about the general look of the town and are willing to put in their own time, effort and materials to do something about it!

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