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Issue No. 64 [Back Issues]
4th October 2005

This Week - [Happy 100th Anne - The French Market - Creating the Climate for Change]
[The Curious Savage - Michael Park Funeral - Success for Local Business - RiB - Figures - Eclipse - Letters]

[Mechanical Organ Museum - MacMillan Coffee Mornings - ]
[Topical Photography - Smiles Foundation Roadshow - A Picture Tells a Thousand Words]
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[Property]

Happy 100th Birthday, Anne!

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Anne Anthony celebrated her 100th birthday at Kynaston Retirement Home on Saturday, 1st October 2005 with Champagne and a telegram from Queen Elizabeth II.

Born Emily Anne Walker, on 1st October 1905, in Commercial Road, Hereford, Anne was one of five children. She was brought up in the 'St. James' area of the city.

Longevity seems to be a family gene as Anne's mother lived to the ripe old age of 99 and she has a 93 year old brother, Jack Walker, who lives in Abergavenny.

During her younger days, Anne was a keen cyclist and belonged to the 'Wheelers', a cycling club. She was also a member of St. John Ambulance.

Anne's first job was as a chamber maid at the Castle Pool Hotel and she worked later at both 'Masons' and 'Marchants', both local grocery shops.

In 1942, she became employed by British Rail, in the offices at Barton Sidings, where she met Joe Anthony. In the mid 1950s, Joe became her husband and the couple lived at Yatton, near Much Marcle, with her mother and her brother, George.

Anne returned to Hereford after Joe's death in the late 1970s but went into care in 1997, following a fall.

At present, Anne is at Kynaston Court Retirement Home, where she is the first resident to reach 100. She also enjoyed a party with her nephews and niece, their children and friends.

Both my daughter, Sarah and I share Anne's 1st October birthday, so I joined her with a glass of Champagne on Saturday. It seems hard to imagine that Anne is exactly 48 years older than I and 85 years older than Sarah!


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The French Market

The French Market returned to Ross-on-Wye on Friday, 30th September bringing a vibrant atmosphere to the top end of Broad Street. Unlike the 'Great British Market' which was held a few weeks ago, traders actually turned up to this one and the stalls were well patronized by the people of Ross-on-Wye, with customers making their way to the market house from as far away as Brookend Street and the bottom end of Gloucester Road.

Photo one: Sarah Sykes and French market trader, Mehdi. In the background is Annie Edwards, who speaks fluent French and helped me to converse with Mehdi. Thanks, Annie - my French is spoken with a strictly cockney accent.

Photo two: French trader, Philippe Vincent selling garlic to Ali Tregaskes.

Photo three: Julien Pernot serves behind the counter whilst, Nartine Robert, the Market Organizer gives Mayoress, Margaret Lucas and Deputy Mayor, Phil Cutter a taste of her goat cheeses from near Cherburg and Bayeux, Normandy.

Photo four: An overall view of the market from the Heritage Centre window.


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Creating the Climate for Change

 


An evening of information and discussion on a range of environmental issues including sustainability in the supermarket, climate change, water conservation and waste and recycling. All are welcome and there is no charge or booking required, just turn up!

The evening starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th October and the venue is Christ Church United Reformed and Methodist Church, Edde Cross Street, Ross-on-Wye. Christ Church has received the award of Eco-congregation.

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