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A Very Successful Mayor's Charity Ball
Gordon Lucas, Mayor of Ross-on-Wye hosted a Charity Ball
at the Chase Hotel on Saturday 18th March 2006 in aid
of the Acorns Children's Hospice and Macmillan Nurses.
This annual event attracted one hundred and thirty seven
guests, who enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal. As
in previous years, a young Sea Cadet piped the guests
into dinner with his
Bosun's Whistle and the
meal was followed by dancing to an excellent band called
'Pyramid'. Hotel managers and staff were on hand to ensure
that the evening went as smoothly as possible.
is traditional for the Mayor of Ross to raise funds for
his own nominated charities as part of his mayoral duties
throughout the year. Ross Lions Club have been raising
funds for the Acorns Children's Hospice over the year,
and as Councillor Lucas is also a member of Ross Lions
Club, he decided to assist by making the Acorns one of
his two chosen Charities. The 2006 Mayor's Charity Ball
plus ancillary events raised a total of £3,341.30 for
charity, including £565.00 from a 'blue draw' raffle,
where tickets were sold at Morrisons and in the Maltings
and £532.00 raised with a 'pink draw', where tickets were
sold at the ball. Auctioning the table flowers and a bottle
of whiskey raised £198.00 on the night of the ball and
towards the end of the event one of the guests made a
very generous donation of £1,000.
Mayor will present Acorns Children's Hospice and Macmillan
Nurses with cheques from his charity account at the Mayor
Making ceremony, which is held in May. Councillor Gordon
Lucas said 'This has been a marvellous event and I have
been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Ross-on-Wye
and District in supporting my Mayoral Charities, I have
another fund-raising event scheduled for April and anticipate
that this 'Golf Day' will also be very popular and raise
funds for my nominated charities.'
photographs of this event are available to view
in the gallery.
Happy 65th Birthday, John!
Price was presented with gifts for his 65th birthday by
the Junior rowing squad at Ross Rowing Club on Wednesday,
15th March. John can be seen here having been presented
with birthday gifts by junior rowers, Hannah Lewis, Becky
Plumb, Georgina Watling, Rosie Lindley, John Price, Fiona
Rogoff, Kelly Morris, Lucy Jones and Hannah Jones.
has been teaching young people, some as young as 8, to
scull for over ten years, He is very enthusiastic about
rowing having started rowing himself in 1979. He competed
regularly for many years at regattas and heads off the
river races. He rowed the gruelling thirty two miles between
Boston and Lincoln, known as the Boston Marathon, in 1980
who is totally devoted to this sport now uses it as exercise
to stay fit and as a chance to view the local wildlife
from the river. He is keen to share with other people
the joys of being out on the River Wye at Ross. Over the
years he has introduced many people, aged from 8 to 74,
to rowing and sculling, several of whom have gone on to
achieve success at some of the top rowing competitions.
John's wife says that the Rowing Club is John's second
Race Night Success follows a Good Day at the Races!
Despite the number of punters being down on previous Race
Nights, the generosity and enthusiasm of those attending
Ross Lions Race Night more than made up for the lack of
numbers. Around a hundred people, including members of the
Lions Club and the 'Irish' race goers staying at the Chase
Hotel, raised in excess of £1,500, part of which will go
to the Acorns Children's Hospice Appeal and the rest to
the Lions local charities.
noisy crowd cheered on their respective horses and there
was an atmosphere befitting a real racecourse. First timers
there said what a good evening it was and that it was thoroughly
entertaining. After their dinner the 'Irish contingent'
joined the audience and the excitement really took off.
After a good day at the Cheltenham Races money was no object.
Winning £150 on one of the auction races, a lucky Irish
punter donated £50 to the Lions charities.
of the profits will go towards the Acorns Hospice Appeal.
To add to this the South Herefordshire Golf Club donated
a year's free membership to be auctioned during the evening.
After a slow start, interest really caught on and the bids
rose sharply. With the help of the Irish again, the bidding
reached a wonderful £210. Ex
Lion Peter Clark's wife, Patsy, was the eventual winning
bidder. According to news received since Race Night, Patsy
will be received at the Golf Club with open arms and made
bigger crowd was expected, but those that did not turn up
missed a wonderful evening. Maybe they will attend next
year to help raise funds for charity and have a good time.
The Lions would like to publicly thank the Chase Hotel for
allowing the Race Night to be held in their function room
and the friends of Lions who turned up to help out. Well
done everybody for a really good event.
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