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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]

Topical Photography This Week

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Above: The Reverend Tony Kelk led a Veterans' Service at St Matthew's Church, Marstow on Saturday evening to remember those who fought and those who died during World War Two. In the photograph are Rev. Tony Kelk, Doris Jenkins - Organist at St. Matthews for many years, Jim Jenkins - World War Two Veteran and Members of Ross Town Band, who accompanied some of the hymns.

Left: Architectural Historian and BBC Presenter Dan Cruickshank, who visited the Larruperz Centre on Wednesday, 6th July.

Dan was researching for an 'Open Road' programme, currently being made by the BBC in association with the British Film Institute and due to be broadcast early next year, showing footage from Claud Friese-Green's early colour film of the local area shot between 1924 and 1926.

The Friese-Green footage was discovered by builders undertaking renovation work in a shop. The Friese-Green family donated the films to the British Film Institute during the 1950s.

At the Larruperz Centre, the footage was shown to an audience, who were able to identify many of the people and places covered by Claud during his 1920s car journey through Ross-on-Wye and the Wye Valley.

Below: A sunset shot of the 'Indiana Jones' style bridge across the River Wye at the Biblins. Slopes were recently added on either side of the crossing to allow wheelchair access but the ancient bridge still retains much of its original character.


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Working Towards Judgement Day

The Ross-in-Bloom judging for all of the local awards is well under way. With the preliminary judging having been completed, the next stage is half way towards completion.

Despite the changeable weather of late, Mary Powell reports a very high standard of gardens again this year, making it very hard for the local judges to make their decisions. Most baskets have been outstanding and, again it has been very hard to decide which deserve awards.

Commercial entries this year are increasing by the day and the judges will once again have difficult decisions to make.

High Street has entered the Best Street Competition this year and every day more and more baskets and displays can be seen in this main street of the town.

Ross-in-Bloom are delighted with the efforts being put in to make this a year to remember for the Heart of England in Bloom visit. However, time is moving on and the 27th July will soon be upon us. If Ross is to stand a good chance of gaining Gold from Ledbury even more effort is required.

The streets have been cleaned of all chewing gum, which has made the town look very shabby in the past.

With help from everybody removing litter, fly posting, dog fouling and other debris from the streets, we should have a beautiful town for visitors to enjoy and spend their money in the shops - thus increasing the economy of the town for all.

Wednesday, 27th July is 'Judgement Day' and it is hoped as many people as possible will dress in Historic Costume. On the day, the usual 'Charities Market' will take place at the Market Place between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm. Your favourite Charities will have their stalls up and running to raise money for themselves.

There are still a few pitches available for use and these can be booked by contacting Mary, at the Heritage Centre, as soon as possible. All cups and trophies being presented this year are on display in the Heritage Centre throughout July.

Ross-in-Bloom hope everyone in the town will be able to contribute in some way to the success of both Regional and Local 'In Bloom' this year.

There is still time to enter your garden or premises into the Herefordshire in Bloom Competition. Leaflets and entry forms are available from the Heritage Centre or by telephoning 01989 563056 before 8:30 pm daily.



July at the Heritage Centre

Work by pupils at John Kyrle High School makes up the main exhibition at Ross Heritage Centre during July. The annual display of art work by the students (items have been selected by Ross-in-Bloom) come from the A-level examination work as part of the "In Bloom Celebrations" for 2005.

The exhibition runs until the end of the month. Towards the end of July, Ross Carnival will display past programmes and photographs as a run up to Carnival Day on Saturday, 6th August. As usual, Odd Object Quiz Sheets will be available at the Heritage Centre from 30th July until 5th August (Carnival Week).

This year the Heritage Centre has joined forces with Ross-in-Bloom to produce a "History Quiz for all". This is in the form of a 'Ross Walkabout' and continues until 1st August. A prize for the most complete answer sheet has been donated by Coleman's of Ross. Entry forms are free and available from the Heritage Centre.

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Ross Heritage Centre.

Moving into August, during Carnival Week, there will be an Activity Day for Children of all ages on Wednesday, 3rd August. Those taking part in this free activity will be able to make "Smelly Pigs". These are traditional Medieval Herb Pockets in the shape of pigs. This is a drop in session, taking part between 10.30 am and 1:00 pm. Children must be accompanied.

Members of staff are taking bookings for Daily Craft Workshops during August's "Art and Craft Month". These have proved to be very popular in the past and there are up to four spaces available per day. Full details of workshops taking place will be announced at a later date. To book a space (places are limited) please ring or call into the Market House as soon as possible.

For further details please contact the Market House on (01432) 260675. The centre is open seven days per week and opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 10:30 am to 4 pm (The centre is closed for lunch 1 pm to 1.30 pm, if no relief staff are available.)



Letters

Ross-in-Bloom

Ross-in-Bloom would like to invite everyone to the Prospect Gardens during the afternoon of Wednesday 27th July. The judges will be there from approximately 4 pm The Heart of England Judges will be marking the town for the regional In Bloom competitions during that afternoon, and we would like as many people as possible to be in the gardens to welcome them. Children and adults in Historic Costume will be there most of the afternoon as part of the day's celebrations for the town.

Throughout the day we will be holding a "Fun History Day" and would like everyone who possibly can to walk the streets, the riverside and the Prospect Gardens in Historic Costume. The scope for this is endless as the years being depicted range from the Stone age to the end of World War II. There will be another meeting about this, to discuss and try on costumes, at the Phoenix Theatre on Saturday 23rd July. The doors will be open from 10 am to 12pm with Ross-in-Bloom members there to help.

We would like as many people there as possible to do a photo call for the publicity for the 27th. So please do feel free to come along. Thank you to everyone who has helped so far. We look forward to seeing you all on the 23rd and the 27th.

Jacky Bedford, Chairman Ross-in-Bloom


The Unintentional Festival

Organizers of the Unintentional Festival regret to announce that they have been forced to take the unfortunate but realistic decision to postpone this year's event. They would like to express their thanks to Ross Town Council for their generous donation of 1,500 and would also like to thank all of those loyal supporters who would have had an advertisement in the programme or would have been willing to donate their time to the event.

It is felt that with just six weeks until the planned start of the Unintentional Festival, even if sponsorship was forthcoming, at this late stage, reduced funding would have resulted in putting on a poor quality, half-hearted event which would have been an insult to last years professional and well-supported event.

Although there have been pledges from bands to play for free or for minimum costs and also offers of equipment, sound and lighting crews, with everything else which needs to be organized, such as Public Liability Insurance, Licensing, (690 this year - just for a piece of paper) overnight security etc. there is not enough time or money to get everything into place. The organizers would like to thank Mike Gwynne, The Forest Collective, Laurence Ash and Paul Randell for their kind offers.

Glastonbury Festival takes a year out every five years and although The Unintentional does not compare with their enormity, by taking a year out to work on funding strategies and look at how things can be improved 2006 will see the Return of The Unintentional, bigger, better and refreshed after a year's sabbatical.

Caz Holbrook


Lost Photograph - Ross from an Unusual Angle

Some time in early June, a lady living in Walford emailed me a photo of Ross from an unusual angle, asking me if I would like to publish it. I would like to apologize to whoever she was - June was a difficult month for me this year and amid the confusion of things going on, I am afraid that I lost it and do not know where to contact you for a replacement. It most likely got deleted in with all the junk mail I receive.

If you would like to resend, I will publish at a later date.

Sorry, Alan



Archive Ross-on-Wye

A hunt gathering at the Hope & Anchor, Ross-on-Wye. I am not sure of the date this photograph was taken but would imagine that it was mid to late 1970s.

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