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Issue No. 62 [Back Issues]
20th September 2005

This Week - [Strange Miscellanies h. Art - Welcome Back Linton Village Fete]
[Sarah Jones Tour - Photos on CD? - Topical Photography First Day at School]
[National Sheepdog Trials in Ross - MOD Exercise 'Fast Moving' - RNLI Salty Dog Walk - Tony Griffiths 50 - Nature Watch]

[Civic Sunday and New Mayoral Chain - Ross Rugby High Score]
[Article - Things that go Bump in the Night?]

National Sheepdog Trials take place in Ross!

More photographs of this event are available in the

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Visitors and entrants from all over Great Britain came to Ross-on-Wye on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the first national sheepdog trials which were held in the area.

The prestigious sheep dog trials were held at Great Howle Farm, Howle Hill and was filmed for television around the world.

Having imagined that I would be stuck in a traffic queue for hours due to the narrow lanes, I was pleasantly surprised at how, due to good road and parking management, the event was easy to get to.

Unable to stop at the event too long due to other commitments, I photographed a couple of entries in the Young Handler event. Pictured left is Laura Cunningham from Perthshire. Michael Gallagher, a young handler from Ireland can be seen immediately below with his dog, Gyp.

As well as sheep dog events there was plenty else to entertain visitors, many farming and clothing shops, as well as entertainment such as that provided by the Newent Birds of Prey Centre.

In the bottom photograph, Merry Walker from Beccles, Suffolk can be seen holding Harris Hawk, Eblana. The handler in the photo is Dave Nadauld, who reminded me that I had photographed him before at the Birds of prey Centre itself. Nice to meet you again, Dave!

It is hoped that Ross-on-Wye will be successful in a future bid to hold the world sheepdog trials.

Michael Gallagher at work, penning sheep. DSC_9861

Michael Gallagher with Gyp. DSC_9862

Laura Cunningham. DSC_9894

Thousands came from all over Great Britain for the trials. DSC_9909

Merry Walker from Beccles and Handler, Dave Nadauld. DSC_9918

Area News - MOD Exercise 'Fast Moving'

The Ministry of Defence has announced that a small-scale air exercise will take place over Wales between 10th and 14th October. The exercise, code-named 'Fast Moving' is designed to practise close air support operations and forward air control techniques. Flying will take place at medium and low level and the aircraft will operate predominately over mid and south Wales and the Southern Marches, on day and evening sorties.

A variety of aircraft types will be involved in Exercise 'Fast Moving' and observers may see German Air Force Tornados and Belgian F16s as well as UK based USAF F15s. The time spent by aircraft at low level during this exercise will be the minimum necessary to achieve the task and every effort will be made to minimize disturbance; additionally, where low flying operations have been arranged as part of the exercise, this will preclude the use of the same area by aircraft carrying out low-level training flying..

About Herefordshire - RNLI Salty Sea Dog Walk

Whether you have a dog, have kids or just enjoy a good walk in beautiful surroundings, come and join us for the very first RNLI Salty Sea Dog sponsored dog walk at Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, Dinmore Hill near Leominster on Sunday 2 October 2005.

The walk is being organized to raise money for the 125,000 Trearddur Bay appeal, as much of the fund-raising for this appeal is taking place in the Hereford area due to its close links with Trearddur Bay station over the years.

Sponsored walkers are invited to bring their dogs and their families to the stunning grounds of Queenswood Country park from 12 pm onwards, where they can choose to take part in one of three wildlife walks stretching 1 for mile, 1.5 miles or 2.5 miles.

There are great facilities at the park including a licensed cafe, toilets, children's adventure play area, a gift shop and electric mobility vehicles for the disabled. There will also be lots of treats for dogs, owners and children at Salty Sea Dog Walk, including stalls and stands, a treasure hunt and face painting for the children and 'doggy bags' for all who take part. Owners are encouraged to wear fancy dress on the day, and the best dressed owners and dogs will win a prize.

It costs just 5 to enter before the event, or 8 on the day, and we ask that each owner raises as much as they can for the appeal. All owners raising over 25 will receive a free Salty Sea Dog bandana for their dog.

Download your information pack from , or contact Tamsin Davies on 029 2045 6999 or for more information and sponsor forms.

Happy 50th, Tony!

Congratulations to Tony Griffiths, Head Teacher at Goodrich Primary who, with the help of children from the school, celebrated his 50th birthday on Wednesday, 14th September. As can be seen, Tony was given Champagne and balloons to celebrate by staff and pupils of the school.


Ross-on-Wye Nature Watch

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Above: In the grounds of St. Mary's, Linton is a magnificent ancient Yew tree. With a girth of 33 feet, the tree is reputed to be 4,000 years old. As can be seen if you study the photograph closely, a few years ago, the tree was set alight by an arsonist. Imagine having lived since 2000 BC and then being deliberately burned by a 21st century moron with less between the ears than that which can be seen within the tree trunk itself! The tree is a tough beast however, it survived and is still growing well.

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