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Joyce Thomas MBE DL
News would like to take this opportunity to congratulate
Mrs. Joyce Thomas MBE on her recent appointment as a Deputy
Lieutenant for the county of Herefordshire. The
Lord Lieutenant, Sir Thomas Dunne who is a Knight Commander
of the Royal Victorian Order, selected Mrs. Thomas
to take her place among his six deputies and her appointment
has been approved by her Majesty, The Queen.
rules governing the appointment of a Deputy Lieutenant
state, 'Most Deputy Lieutenants should be appointed with
at least five years service as a DL ahead of them. Normally
a DL should not be appointed at the age of 70 years or
older, although there may be exceptions to this in the
case of particularly meritorious candidates'. Mrs. Thomas
is over 70 years!!
Thomas was born in Woolhope, living there with her mother
and father, brother and sister. At the age of 17 she became
the youngest Parish Clerk in the country, retaining her
position as Clerk to Woolhope Parish Council for five
Thomas has served the town of Ross-on-Wye extremely well
in many ways. She helped to set up the first ever advisory
service, which later became the Ross-on-Wye and District
Citizens Advice Bureau and also set up the first playgroup
for the community, which celebrated it's 35th anniversary
in 2005 with Mrs. Thomas remaining as it's Life President
and currently serving as a director on the management
Thomas has represented the people of Ross-
as an independent town councillor, district
and county councillor over thirty five years and was the
first elected female Mayor of Ross. She has served as
Vice Chairman of both the South Herefordshire District
Council and the recently formed Herefordshire Council.
Thomas has always been very involved in educational issues
and was Chair of Governors at the merging of Ross Grammar
and Secondary Modern Schools when they became 'John Kyrle
High School'. She has served on the school's governing
body for over thirty years, as Chairman of Governors for
eight years and is currently Chair of the Personnel Working
Party and is involved in all interviews regarding staff
appointments. Mrs. Thomas also serves on the Walford Primary
School governing body as Chairman of its staffing and
Thomas still works tirelessly for the community on a voluntary
basis, serving as trustee on three educational trusts
in Ross-on-Wye. She has served on the Herefordshire Community
Council for many years and spearheaded the successful
campaign for the Ross-on-Wye Community Hospital.
well as all of these services Mrs. Thomas is also President
of Ross Swimming Club and Age Concern Ross-on-Wye and
has been heavily involved in charity fund-raising for
the Charles Renton Breast Care Unit in Hereford, helping
to raise thousands of pounds for this cause. She served
as Chair of West Mercia Police Authority and was a member
and Vice Chair for a number of years, retiring in 2003,
the year she was awarded an MBE for services to the Community
Joyce Thomas is a truly remarkable lady who works tirelessly
for the community and always greets people with a smile.
The fact that she was commissioned a Deputy Lieutenant
in her 70s says it all. Nobody deserves this honour more
than you do, Joyce!
Joyce Thomas with other Committee members during Ross Pre-school
Playgroup's 35th Birthday Party last July. Ref: DSC_4859
Information and Advice at Age Concern
Support Officer, Paul Leighton from West Mercia Constabulary
will be holding 'Information and Advice' sessions at the
Age Concern Drop-in Centre, 18 Gloucester Road. The sessions
are designed to enable people to come in and discuss any
'quality of life' issues they may have.
you would like to attend one of the sessions, they are
going to be held on the last Friday of the month between
12:30 and 2:30 pm. The first three dates will be 24th
February, 31st March and 28th April.
below at the Gloucester Road Centre are Janet Macdonald
of Age Concern and Community Support Officer, Paul Leighton,
who can be contacted at Ross Police Station by telephoning
08457 444888, ext. 4424.
Arts Printing Workshop
are still a few places left for the Sidney Nolan Trust Workshop
on Sunday 5th February. This is an all day event and those
wishing to take part need to book as soon as possible.
group will make and print drypoint and collagraph prints
on a portable etching press. The cost is £10 for the day,
which includes all materials.
packs and booking forms are available from Ross Heritage
Centre on 01432 260675 or over the counter. Opening hours
are 10.30 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Sunday. This is a good opportunity
to try something different.
JKHS Adult Learning Centre
new adult learning centre at John Kyrle High School is
now finished. It is already being well used by pupils
at the school and will be welcoming its first adult learners
on Tuesday, 21st February.
below is Paul Mason - the manager of the new facility.
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