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Issue No. 86 [Back Issues]
7th March 2006

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Pre-school Mums and Kids

As you may be aware, Ross Pre-school playgroup celebrated its thiry fifth birthday last year, so it won't surprise you to learn that the mothers in the photograph below used to attend the playgroup themselves and now take advantage of this great facility for their own children.

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Pictured below is the display from the final week of the Freda Makin Elephant Exhibition at the Heritage Centre. Weeks one to five can be seen in Back Issues of Wyenot News.

Having resisted elephant jokes over the past six weeks: What's grey and . . . Tina won't let me type the rest!

My favourite elephant story came from my sister, who worked at one time for Social Services. One of the people in her office filled out an official purchase order for: '1x: Grey pachyderm with 1 1/2 metres of trunking'. The manager of the Department signed it without querying it in any way whatsoever!

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River Tales

Have you lived, worked or played alongside or in one of the four main rivers crossing the county? Local company Field of Vision was delighted to be invited to co-ordinate River Tales, an imaginative Age Concern Herefordshire and Worcestershire project, which has been joint funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and the Herefordshire Rivers LEADER+ Programme.

The project is in two parts. 'First we are holding a series of fifty reminiscence workshops across the county to share memories of the county's rivers; and, through the workshops, we hope to find interesting tales which will be used in the second part of the project. These stories will form the basis of a set of two resources on DVD, produced by Field of Vision, in which older people in the county tell the history of Herefordshire's rivers from their experience, leaving a record for generations to come. Whether feeding the ducks, a walk, or a summer picnic almost everyone has a story to share and many people will have had experience of flooding, working on the river, farming next to a river, fishing or boating on some of the lovely stretches of the Wye, Frome, Arrow and the Lugg in our county.'

Project manager Katya Coupland of Field of Vision said, 'Already we have had some lovely stories of learning to swim and being taught to tickle trout as well as the horrors of flooding. This project gives ordinary people a chance to share their memories and speak for the rivers in all their moods. It has really caught the imagination of Herefordians.'

If you have a group with members aged 50 plus who would like to host a reminiscence workshop or would like more information about River Tales, please contact: Katya Coupland, project manager on 01568 760 545 or email

Rugby - Ross Clinch the League Title

With two league games remaining, Ross claimed the league title on Saturday 4th March with a hard fought 13-5 win over their nearest rivals Westbury on Severn. Prior to the game Westbury sat in second place and were hopeful that a victory would keep their title hopes alive. However Ross ensured that 1st place was theirs and left the rest to fight for second place.

Throughout the first half Ross looked tentative, as if the prize of champions was hampering their natural open rugby style. Westbury started strongly, using their forwards to drive hard at the Ross defence, keeping the ball and running through, phase after phase. However the Ross defence, as they have done throughout the season held firm, with Flos Morgan, Mike Davies and Wayne Williams to the fore. With twenty minutes gone the score remained at 0-0, when Ross began to get into the game. However their usual fluidity was missing, errors dominated and Ross were unable to develop their game.

Against the run of play Ross took the lead after 30 minutes. After a Westbury infringement, Chris Gage converted the penalty giving Ross a 3-0 lead, which they held through to half time.

Westbury started the second half as they did the first, dominating both possession and territory. After a scrum against the head, their outside half crashed over to score making the tally Westbury 5 - Ross 3. That score seemed to invigorate Ross, who finally began to play their natural game, with Tara Barnett, Kevan Healy and Nick Brierley beginning to find holes in the Westbury defence. As a consequence the Ross half backs, Simon Gwynne and Andy Hunt began to release the Ross backs. The Westbury defence began to creak and eventually cracked conceding a penalty 40 yards out, which Chris Gage expertly converted giving a 6-5 lead to Ross.

The one point lead seemed to relax Ross and Hugh Bellamy, Wayne Bishop and Alistair Rees began to find gaps out wide, crossing the gain line and stretching the Westbury defence. Dave Mince, Tony Clements and Craig Creed began to take advantage of a tiring Westbury pack. With the game entering the final quarter Ross finally put some breathing space between them and Westbury, with Tim Hans, then Tara Barnett driving hard into the Westbury 22. The ball was moved quickly to Andy Hunt, who held the ball up perfectly, before feeding Adam Clements who had come on a late searing run and crashed over to score under the posts. Chris Gage converted making the score 13-5. Westbury launched one last effort in the closing stages, however the Ross defence was too strong and the ref blew the whistle to confirm Ross as league champions 2005 / 2006.

With two league games remaining, Ross are now looking to go through the season unbeaten and complete a great campaign that's seen Ross play some great Rugby. Ross's next fixture is a friendly away game at Bromyard on 11th March.

Paul Haley


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