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Issue No. 82 [Back Issues]
7th February 2006

This Week - [Ross Pre-school Playgroup - The Otters - Sleeping Beauty - Golf Unites for Acorns]
[January Visitor Figures - Cycling for MS - Walford Scouts at Leadership Trust - Big Schools Birdwatch]

[Important Notice, Samaritans - Topical Photography]
[Nature Watch - Ross Boys trained by WBA - Heritage Centre Exhibition II - Howle Hill Football]
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Nature Watch

The Grey Heron Ardea cinerea is a reasonably frequent visitor to the River Wye and I took these photographs of the bird on Thursday, 2nd February 2006. They are a little distant as the bird was fishing on the opposite bank of the river to where I stood at the time.

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Ross Boys training with West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion have been spreading their scouting network in the search for young football talent and have been running a Development Centre at Ledbury Leisure Centre since October 2005, training local players from under 8's to under 11's, with goal keeping coach Alan Hawkins giving specialized coaching to the goalkeepers.

Three boys from Ross; Elliot Payne and Joe Parker of Ross Juniors Under 11s and Jake Wild of Ross Rebels Under 10s (pictured below) have been invited to take part in the training sessions.

Coaches, Jamie Edwards, Martin Punt and Alan Hawkins are all qualified UEFA B licence holders and have vast experience in coaching young players. Young footballers have to be invited to train at the Centre and a network of local scouts, co-ordinated by Vince Hurn visit clubs looking for talented players. Vince joined West Bromwich Albion FC in September 2005 after spending many years with Cardiff City FC. Vince renewed his working relationship with former boss Paul Compton, who is now Head of Academy Recruitment at West Bromwich Albion, after holding a similar position at Cardiff City. The smooth running of the Centre is overseen by Vince and Assistant Recruitment Officer, Mr. Kevin Dove. Vince explained, 'we intend to expand it next season and will continue to give local players in the Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire areas the opportunity to fulfil a dream.'

If you are a manager of a local youth team and feel that you have a talented youngster, or feel that you would like to be part of Vince Hurn's team of spotters, please write to Kevin Dove, Assistant Recruitment Officer, West Bromwich Albion FC, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands. B71 4LF.

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Week Two of the Heritage Centre Elephants

Pictured below is the collection of elephants which were on display during week two of the rather unusual exhibition currently taking place at Ross Heritage Centre. The exhibition of a huge collection of elephants and other elephant related items which were left to Ross Town Council began on Tuesday 24th January and will run until Sunday 5th March with a changing display of elephants every week.

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Football - Howle Hill Win at a Canter.

Howle Hill followed up the previous weeks win with a very good performance away to Ellwood reserves, coming away with a 2 - 0 victory.

Howle Hill were missing several key players due to various reasons but you would not have noticed this in the performance they put in. The home side's pitch is one of the biggest in the division and Ellwood made the most of it in the first couple of minutes. They managed to put Howle Hill under some intense pressure, the Hill men being at sixes and sevens for 20 minutes. Dave Jewel had to clear from the goal line and Tony Stevens was kept busy as the home side dominated early proceedings. The fact that Howle Hill managed to weather the storm without conceding seemed to invigorate the away side. Wesley Downing almost scored during his first game for the Hill and was key to the opening goal. Andy Francis crossed from the right, Downing collected and laid the ball off to Aiden Cook, whose left foot chip nestled past the home keeper. Buoyed by a surprise lead, it was soon doubled. Downing was fouled on the edge of the box and up stepped Paul Element to dispatch a beautiful free kick into the bottom corner. This completely deflated the home side, who started arguing amongst themselves and with the referee.

Ellwood made three changes at half time, such was their desire to get back into the game. But try as they might, they could not pass a very mean Howle Hill defence, with two banks of four posing a stern test to the home attack. Howle Hill had several chances in the second half to kill the game off but will be more than happy with the win and a clean sheet.

The Phil Cutter Electrical Men of the Match were Dave Jewel and Stephen French. The team were: T Stevens, B Williams, D Jewel, A French, P Element, A Francis, S French, L Barrington (P Martin), A Cook, B Hatch, W Downing. Sub A McCulloch.

This weekend Howle Hill will be looking to make it three out of three, when they play at Aylburton.

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