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Issue No. 65 [Back Issues]
11th October 2005

This Week - [The Motoring World Mourns Michael Park - Ross Phoenix Majorettes Represent England]
[JKHS Open Evening - Gorsley Goffs - Letters NADFAS 10th Anniversary]
[EnviroAbility Looking for Volunteers - Topical Photography - Environmentally Friendly Farm - Happy 75th - Heritage Centre]
[Classified Advertisements] [What's On?] [A to Z Site Map] [Property]

EnviroAbility is looking for volunteers . . .

Ann Wilkinson is really valued by The Green Nappy Laundry Service and sales office when she gives her time to help with the monthly accounts for EnviroAbility. Ann has been assisting Martin Neicho, the Project Manager for the past two years.

EnviroAbility need help in their friendly office, which is based at The Ryefield Centre and would welcome volunteers to take on tasks which include answering the phone, copy typing, taking bookings and covering the office. The organization also need someone to assist with regularly updating the EnviroAbility web site. If you are able to spare just a few hours a week, your time would be really valued.

The primary aims and objectives of EnviroAbility are to provide and promote projects, which will benefit the community, environment and disadvantaged groups. The group is also concerned with the environment and community issues.

For further information about the whole range of jobs available with EnviroAbility, and those currently on offer please call Dennis or Martin on 01989 760919 for a chat about what you would like to do, or for more information email:

Ann Wilkinson, Dennis Humble and Alison Fletcher at EnviroAbility. Ref: DSC_0628

Topical Photography This Week

The new children joining Ashfield Park Primary School are enjoying themselves during their first term. Pictured above are nineteen of the first term pupils with Mrs Anne Church-Jones' and below, a further twenty two with Teacher, Mrs Ruth Andrews and Assistant Teacher, Mrs O'Donnell. The bottom photograph is of the new starters at Ashfield Park Nursery School.



Bird Boxes for Environmentally Friendly Local Farm

Supporting the environment, Martin Boynton, a local blackcurrant farmer is putting up bird boxes in trees on his farm, which supplies blackcurrants to Ribena. Ribena, the well known blackcurrant drink is bottled at the Glaxco Smith Kline plant in Coleford. Martin's farm recently had an environmental evaluation on behalf of the Nature Trust, which is keen to see farmers promoting wildlife in the countryside.

Below, Martin can be seen about to install a 'Little Owl Box', one of many put in trees around the Ross-on-Wye farm.

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Happy 75th Birthday, Dad!


Congratulations to my father, Jeffrey Wood, who celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday 7th October 2005!

On Saturday 8th I took the day off to travel to Harold Wood in Essex, where Dad celebrated with a concert for family and friends by the 'Timepeace Brass Quintet'. This was an event arranged before the sad death of Mum in June this year and for this reason, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive - nervous of going. The afternoon event was superb however, with Mum remaining in everybody's thoughts.

The inscription on the birthday cake, 'BY PE HAELIG Rood I'C WILLE FEOCHTE' is in English. It is in the English language of a thousand years ago, and is a quote from the Anglo Saxon poem, 'The Battle of Maldon'. Other than, 'I spy with my little eye, something beginning with A', they are reputedly the last words spoken by Harold Godwine, before he died at Hastings on 14th October 1066 - 'By the Holy Cross I will fight'.

Being a musician himself, Dad was invited to conduct the ensemble and related an anecdote about the last time he conducted a brass band. This was in Germany at an Oktoberfest. The 'oom-pah' band had invited people in the audience to buy a round of drinks, name a tune and then conduct as they performed the request. He bought the band their beer and then requested and conducted, 'Colonel Bogey'. After they had completed the performance, the German bandleader stood up and said, 'I bet you are English!'

Happy birthday, Dad! See you in another 25 years - same time, same channel!


October at the Heritage Centre

Following requests from local people, the finds from the Roman town of Ariconium will be on display at the Heritage Centre for the whole of October. Seeing them all together in one display is a unique experience and well worth a visit.

Christine Roscoe, a local artist, will have her portrait work on display until 17th October. Her work will be available for sale and visitors will also be able to commission paintings.

Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton will be at the Market House again, in person during Trafalgar Day on 21st October.

Friday 28th October will be a "Sporing Drawing" Activity Day. Education staff from the Hereford Museum will be visiting during the morning and visitors of all ages will be able to have a go at drawing or just finding out about fungi. The activity takes place from 10.30 am to 1 pm. There will be no need to book but children must be accompanied. This event is part of the 'National Big Draw' event, which is becoming more popular every year. Why not come along and join in? The Museum on the Move will also be visiting the Market Place for the day. Visitors will be able to call in between 11 am and 4 pm to view this year's 'Hedgerows' exhibition.

A "Make your own Christmas Cards" workshop will be taking place during the weekend of 29th and 30th October. This is also a drop in activity for all ages with no need to book. The cost of the workshop is for materials used only. There will also be ready made cards available for sale.

Looking forward to Christmas, the Heritage Centre now has its Christmas Gifts and Books stock available for sale, as well as plenty to fill those stockings. There is also a supply of local Christmas Cards available. 'Cards for Good Causes' will be returning for their third year of trading on 8th November, during normal opening hours.

Further details can be obtained as usual on 01432 260675, between the opening hours of 10 am and 5 pm Monday to Saturday, and 10.30 am to 4 pm on Sundays.

As of 1st November the Centre will be open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 4 pm, and closed on Mondays. It is hoped that this change will enable local working people, as well as visitors to the town, time to visit the various exhibitions. The centre is closed for lunch between 1 pm and 1.30 pm daily, if no relief staff are available.

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