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Ross Advent Market
Advent Market and official switching on of the Christmas
lights took place at Ross-on-Wye Market House on Sunday,
27th November. Ross Town Band played Salvation Army Christmas
Carols while Christmas gifts, wreaths, plants and cards
were on sale at stalls owned by both individual traders
and by local charities. Ross Christmas lights were switched
on by Mayor Gordon Lucas towards the end of the afternoon.
Heritage Centre is getting into the spirit of the forthcoming
Christmas Season with 'Cards for Good Causes' on sale
as well as Wrapping paper and Gift tags.
1st December to 6th January, Lesley Riches will be displaying
her collection of jewellery. Lesley is attending a college
course to learn how to make, display and sell jewellery
and part of her course is to have an exhibition of her
work at a public venue. Ross Heritage Centre is very pleased
to be able to help her with this. Lesley will be selling
some of her unique work.
Lions Tree of Memories is on display in the Heritage Centre.
Visitors can dress this tree with labels remembering those
they will not be seeing this Christmas. Labels are on
sale from the staff and all proceeds go to local people
through the Lions Charity.
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. The main exhibition
for this year is the return of the annual display of paintings
and prints by local artists. Doug Eaton, Jerry Whitehouse
and Lawrence Hughes have joined forces with Rex Foley,
Hermione Gardener and Rodney Beecher-Roberts. This exhibition
is wide and varied with something there for everybody.
Visitors will be able to purchase the paintings until
Stars and Stripes at Much Birch
Halfway Community Theatre's Concert at Much Birch Community
Hall on Friday and Saturday evening was a resounding success.
over the two nights to packed appreciative audiences,
the Musical Director, Shirley Coates said that this was
the best attended concert yet. The audience participation,
including the Singalong with Rosemary Kitchin on the Accordion
was equally spaced between solos, duets, ensembles and
Coates and her father Sid played duets on two keyboards.
The Company were joined for a couple of items by the Troubadours
a local group comprising of five gentlemen.
catering by Ann Banks and Jenny Wrigley was mouth watering
and well in tune with the theme of 'Stars and Stripes',
including Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie for dessert. This was
a concert too good to have missed!
below are the Halfway Community Theatre Company before
Ross Ladies 10 Woofferton Nil
20th November, Ross Town Ladies First Team progressed
to the next round of the Herefordshire County Cup after
a comprehensive victory over Shropshire County League
visiting team kicked off the game, but Ross gained possession
and attacked through Jade Powell and Emily Colwell, winning
a corner in the process. Michelle Elliott's header was
blocked by a defender as Ross looked for an early breakthrough,
which did not happen, despite continual pressure.
Donna Hyndman hit a shot over the bar after Heidi Venables
flicked-on from Emily Colwell's cross. Heidi also had
a shot blocked soon after. Jade Powell was brought down
in the box, but Captain Gemma Wadley was unable to convert
after the keeper saved her spot-kick.
finally took the lead 25 minutes into the game, when Gemma
chipped a 25 yard shot over the keeper's head. Six minutes
later Jade Powell scored an identical goal, then two minutes
later was gifted a second from Heidi Venables' flick on.
Heidi Venables had a goal ruled out by the off-side flag
and so the score remained at 3-0 going into half time.
Early in the second half Jade Powell also had a goal ruled
out for offside, but Gemma Wadley added to her tally on
the 52 minute mark, when she put through on goal by Donna
Hyndman. Emily Colwell opened her account just 3 minutes
later, before Ross made two substitutions with Donna Hyndman
making way for Leilah King and Bev Smith for Kate Lang.
Michelle Elliott hit a shot wide, Michala Powell, making
her 100th appearance for the club, hit the cross-bar and
Katie Hill shot wide. Michelle Elliott scored on the 62
minute mark but Leilah King's fine solo run soon afterwards
was thwarted by the opposing keeper. Jade Powell scored
her hat-trick 77 minutes into the game and her fourth
goal at 83 minutes.
Heidi Venables was set up for a goal by Emily Colwell
just one minute later and Jade Powell rounded things off
with her fifth goal at 87 minutes. The Ross Town "Player
of the Match" was defender Katie Hill.
Town: Vicky Watts, Caz Dowdeswell, Michala Powell, Bev
Smith, Katie Hill, Michelle Elliott, Gemma Wadley (Captain),
Emily Colwell, Donna Hyndman, Heidi Venables, Jade Powell.
Subs: Kate Lang and Leilah King.
- Ross 24 Malvern 2nds 9
the week's snow, wind and frost, playing conditions improved
greatly on Saturday and Ross were able to welcome a strong
Malvern side, with two important league matches looming
over the subsequent fortnight.
were hoping for a tough encounter and Malvern did not
disappoint. With a strong pack of forwards and a well
organized back line, Malvern proved to be stubborn opponents
and Ross had to work hard for every inch of territory.
For the initial twenty minutes Ross dominated both possession
and territory, moving the ball quickly out of the contact
area and enabling Andy Hunt to move the point of attack.
As Ross looked to break down a well organized Malvern
defence with some strong direct running from Adam Clements,
Huw Bellamy and Tim Hanks, it was only a matter of time
before Malvern's defences were breached. This came after
twenty minutes. With Nick Brierly running hard at Malvern,
Matt Taylor and Craig Creed secured possession and Simon
Gwynne moved the ball out to Andy Hunt, who feigned to
move the ball wide but delivered a perfect inside ball
to the oncoming Tara Barnett, who burst through the defence
to score under the posts. Andy Hunt converted making the
we entered the second quarter of the match, Malvern began
to gain some territory in the Ross half and with a number
of Ross infringements, Malvern were able to chip away
at Ross with three successful penalty attempts. Malvern
went in 9-7 leaders at half time.
regrouped at half time however and started the second
half as they had the first, playing a fast rucking game,
moving the point of attack and testing the Malvern defence
to the full. With the Malvern defence beginning to tire,
gaps began to appear, Craig Creed, Tim Hanks and Wayne
Bishop all went close and eventually after some strong
running from Dave Mince and Kevin Healy the ball was moved
out to the left and Huw Bellamy outstripped the defence
to score, giving Ross a 12-9 lead.
last twenty minutes was all Ross. With some breathtaking
broken field running from Dan Weston, Malvern's defence
was unable to prevent two more excellent tries from Alistair
Rees and Kevin Healy, making the final score 24-9.
again playing fast open Rugby Ross have extended their
unbeaten run to 9 games. They can look forward to the
next two league games away visiting Minchinhampton and
Tredworth with some confidence.
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