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Andy Rises to the Three Peaks Challenge
Meningitis Trust Three Peaks Challenge is set to take
place from 12th to 14th May this year and Andy Ward of
Ross-on-Wye, along with six of his colleagues from Wincanton
Logistics in Gloucester are rising to this arduous challenge.
Andy has been hill walking for two years now and also
took part in last year's challenge.
itinerary begins with a 6 am pick up from Bristol on Friday
12th May, taking the participants to their first peak,
Snowdon. After their descent, the team will be taken to
Scafell in the Lake District, the climb of which will
take place on the same day. On Saturday 13th May the climbers
will be taken to Fort William, where they will complete
their climb of Ben Nevis. After a well deserved, good
night's rest the group will be returned to Bristol at
approximately 9 pm.
wish Andy well in his endeavour and hope that he manages
to raise a good sum for the Meningitis Trust.
A Look inside the New Y-Zone
Ross-on-Wye Youth Centre, Y-Zone was closed last September
for refurbishment amid a storm of protest by members but
today, Monday, 27th February I joined a few invited guests
to look around the new centre, which will be reopening
its doors next month.
cheque for £10,536 was presented by Ross Rotary
Club to the centre at this morning's viewing, making a
total of around £15,000 given. £10,000 of
the money came from the Rotary Millennium Project. More
came from an 'Awards for All' grant and the balance from
the Rotary Foundation. The cheque presented this morning
was the final instalment. £4,500 worth of musical
instruments have already been purchased for the new look
Primary School Pupils See Stars
Steve Watson of Star Labs visited Lea Primary School on
Friday, 24th February with a portable planetarium. Children
from both Lea and Weston-under-Penyard primary schools
were given an hour long tour of the Northern Hemisphere
Heavens and were able to ask questions of Steve, who tours
schools regularly with the American made Star Lab.
top photograph shows Lea School pupils inside the lab.
They may look a little shocked because inside, they were
in total darkness and my flash was very bright and sudden.
(I did wait until after the star show to take the photo
so that they could adjust to the darkness properly for
astronomy.) The bottom photograph shows Weston Primary
about to go inside for their stargazing lesson with Class
Teaching Assistant, Pauline Jordon, Teacher, Mrs. Jill
Flach, Head Teacher, Mr. Brian Bird and Steve Watson of
Hereford Star Labs.
you would like to book 'Star Lab' for your school, Steve
Watson of Hereford Star Labs can be contacted on 01544
388000. I may be a little biased as astronomy is my own
interest but it is very well worth it!
The Herefordshire Ponds & Newts Project
Pond Training Offered and Surveying of your Ponds
Herefordshire Ponds & Newts Project (see below for the
projects aims) has been running for a year now, and we
have already trained over 50 people in pond and amphibian
surveying techniques, provided free surveys of 100 ponds
in the LEADER+ area, and given free management advice
to over 30 farmers and landowners.
Training Courses in 2006 take place on Saturday, 1st April
at Little Dewchurch and Monday, 10th April at Broadfield
training courses are free, beginning with some indoor
work followed by a visit to a local pond to practice survey
techniques. After an evening meal (at your own expense
I'm afraid!) there is a pond visit to search for amphibians
by torch light.
further information and course bookings, please contact
Angela Charlton, the Survey Team Co-ordinator on 07917
785247 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
would be delighted to hear from you if you would like
to take part in the project or own a pond within the LEADER+
area (all parishes bordering the main Herefordshire rivers).
The aims of The Herefordshire Pond and Newts Project,
which is part-financed by the European Union (EAGGF) and
DEFRA through the Herefordshire Rivers LEADER+ Programme,
produce an atlas of amphibians for the county
provide base data for the Herefordshire Biological Records
Office about ponds and their wildlife
raise public awareness of the wildlife and heritage
value of ponds.
King Chairman, HART 01432 84042
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