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Issue No. 88 [Back Issues]
22nd March 2006

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A Very Successful Mayor's Charity Ball

Councillor 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.

It 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.

The 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.'

All photographs of this event are available to view in the gallery.

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Happy 65th Birthday, John!

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.

John 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 and 1982.

John 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 home.

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Lions 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.

A 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.

Part 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 very welcome.

A 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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