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Issue No. 79 [Back Issues]
17th January 2006

This Week - [Bill Harris - Champion Vanessa - Ross Country Music - Ross Live 2006 - Eerie Views - Letters]
[Can you help Macmillan - Topical Photography - Whilst it is quiet - Bethan Dawes - Rugby]
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Can you help Macmillan?

The Macmillan Ross Support Group are looking for members who would like to come and join them. It does not take up much of your time. There is an AGM in February and five other committee meetings during the year. It is all very friendly and informal and no-one is asked to do anything they don't want to!

During the year the Group put on Quiz Nights, have a Big Sale in August, occasionally have a Barn Dance and of course are part of the Biggest Coffee Morning in September. This is all to raise funds for our Macmillan Nurses. Nobody in the group is expected to support every event.

Everybody knows what an excellent job Macmillan do and how much they rely on the efforts of individuals. Maybe you have good ideas on how to raise money for good causes, have good contacts or organizing skills or would just like to support Macmillan.

If you are interested in finding out more you are welcome to come to the AGM at the Larruperz Centre on Monday, 6th February at 7.30 p.m. Alternatively, you can contact a Macmillan member. Brian & Pauline McRae - Tel: 01989 567445 or Marcia Gwynne - Tel: 01989 564534.

Supporting the September Macmillan Coffee Morning in 2005. Ref: DSC_0465

Topical Photography

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Above and below: Club Captain, Hugh Elliott drives off at South Herefordshire Golf Club to start the 'Club Captain's Official Day'. Hugh led players (below), onto the course in groups of three, playing a 'Stapleford' competition.

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Whilst it is a quiet week . . .

Following the extremely busy period before Christmas during which I had trouble finding the time to cover everything, the beginning of January, as expected, has been extremely quiet. It was very tempting to follow what the BBC had to do with their world news on one occasion and say, 'This week in Ross-on-Wye, absolutely nothing happened, so here is some light music'. Fortunately, Vanessa Bran and some future event promotions retrieved the situation, so I did manage to get a magazine together this week.

If however you would still like to hear some 'music' whilst reading, here is one of my own past tunes but be warned - it is far from 'light' and there's a very long 'space worms' intro. This (Moroccan) version of the tune about my misspent youth at the Dagenham Roundhouse (Village Blues Club) was recorded on Boxing Day 1998. Domus Circum Est (Moroccan mix) (the house is round). The whole thing was recorded as separate tracks, in what eventually became the Wyenot News Office, whilst Tina cooked lunch and it was mixed using 'Cakewalk'. The vocals are my own voice, recorded three times and fed through a pitch shifter to make the '1973, rebel against parents, Woody' effect. I was actually very sober at the time of the recording.

The Dagenham Roundhouse of the 1970s was an 'out of this world' place, just across the park from where I lived in the 1970s and I used to go every week without exception to attend the 'Village Blues Club'. Many of the bands which became world famous used to play there in what was an ordinary pub atmosphere - Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Status Quo, Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Uriah Heap to name a few. It was just the best pub around for a teenage hippy of the period.

Below is a rare photo of myself to go with the tune. I usually take them, so I'm rarely in them. My brother, John took it in my bedroom back in 1973 and as you can see, I had hair then. Those were the days! Do I miss them? No, not at all. I would rather be here in Ross, even on a quiet, dull and cloudy week in January.

I don't think they will be booking me for Ross Live!

Bethan Andrea Dawes

Happy Birthday


Bethan Andrea Dawes!

Bethan was 14 years old on

Monday, 16th January.

Ross RFC - Rugby

Match Report, 14th January 2006. Upton upon Severn 20 Ross-on-Wye 5

After a hard fought victory against Sully last week, it looked as if Ross were carrying their 2005 unbeaten form into 2006. However they came up against a high flying Upton side, who were unbeaten at home this season and after a hard fought encounter came up short losing 20-5.

From the off Upton utilized their big pack, setting up driving mauls at every opportunity, depriving Ross of the ball and controlling the tempo of the game. From one such maul, Ross infringed and Upton converted the penalty taking a 3-0 lead. With the referee liking the sound of his whistle, Ross were not able to get any continuity and develop their fast rucking game. However Mike Davies, Matthew Redman and Tony Clements ran hard at Upton but Upton's defence remained solid and as the first half progressed Upton's big pack began to dominate.

When the pace of the game did increase, Craig Creed, Gavin Oates and Flos Morgan were able to get amongst the Upton pack and turnover ball. Unfortunately with the referee continuing to blow up for every minor infringement, the slow pace played into Upton's hands, allowing them to get their mauling game going. Upton were able to score two tries late on in the first half, making the half time score 15-0 to Upton.

Ross were able to increase the tempo of the game in the second half. Helped by some destructive scrimmaging from Simon, Matthew and Kevan in the Ross front row, the Ross pack began to make inroads into the Upton defence with TC Leach, Dave Mince and Matt Taylor prominent. With the pack on the front foot, Sam Harness and Simon Gwynne the half backs were able to move the ball wide. However, even with some strong and elusive running from Alistair Rees, Dan Weston and Adam Clements, Ross were unable to breach the Upton defence.

With less than 20 minutes of the match remaining Ross laid siege on the Upton line and after some hard running from Dave Mince and Craig Creed, TC Leach finally crashed over making the score 15-5 and giving Ross a glimmer of hope. Bouyed by their score Ross looked for another score and with Chris Gage, Huw Bellamy and Wayne Bishop all making good ground it looked as if a comeback was on the cards. After a lose clearing kick however, the pacy Upton fullback collected the ball cutting through the Ross defence to score, giving Upton a winning lead of 20-5 and the breathing space they needed.

Next Saturday, 21st January, Ross entertain Dowty at Ross Sports Ground with a 2.30 pm kick off. Please come down and lend your support.

Paul Haley

Ross RFC 2nd XV

Ross Rugby Club 2nds entertained Upton on Severn 2nds at the Sports Centre, earning a 36 point to nil victory. With a mixture of young and experienced players this was certainly a deserved victory.

The tries came from Chris Godwin, Richard James, Owen James, Gareth Holdsworth, Chay Brine and captain Nick Rawlings and three conversions from the reliable Owen James.

With a range of top performances from certain individuals, the man of the match award was shared between Stuart Tucker, Gareth Holdsworth and Neil Ward.

Next week Ross 2ndís entertain Dowty Aerospace at the Sports Centre with a kick off at 2.30 pm.

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