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Five Years Perfect Attendance at Weston Under Penyard School 1908
1913, Herbert (Bert) Cole was presented with a medal by
Sir James Rankin for five years perfect attendance at
Weston-Under-Penyard Primary School, between the years
1908 and 1913. Bert was six to ten years of age when he
attended Weston Primary School. He later emigrated to
Perth, Western Australia, where he married and had four
Bert's death, the medal was passed on to his daughter,
Evelyn Mills (nee Cole). Evelyn is currently visiting
England from Western Australia with her Granddaughter,
Rianda Mills. Evelyn and Rianda are staying with cousin
Ann Annison, who is Bert Cole's niece.
great, great nephew and niece, Daryl and Bethany Cole,
who currently attend Weston Primary joined Evelyn, Rianda,
Ann and Mr. Brian Bird, the current Head Teacher at Weston
Primary on Tuesday, 21st March for a tour of the school.
father, Ian Cole, grandfather Don Cole, great grandfather
Alfred Cole and great great great grandmother Catherine
Cole (nee Carpenter) also attended the Weston School,
making a total of five generations of Coles having been
educated in the village.
Evelyn will pass the medal on to her Grandson Konrad.
She hopes that Konrad will travel from Australia to England
in the future and return the medal to the school, where
it will be put on display.
below, Rianda and Evelyn Mills can be seen in the school
hall with Brian Bird the current head teacher and Daryl
and Bethany Cole. At the time Bert attended the school,
the current hall was the only classroom. One hundred and
fifty children were taught in the room, with the help
of pupils acting as monitors. Effectively, the teacher
taught the older children, who then passed the knowledge
down to the younger children. The bottom photograph is
of Bert's medal, awarded by Sir James Rankin.
Conservation: Hydrogen Monoxide - Is there cause for local concern?
It seems idyllic, taking a walk and admiring the view
of Ross on a crisp, winter or a spring morning but are
you subjecting yourself to danger. It would seem that
Ross is situated extremely close to a vast source of the
chemical compound, 'Hydrogen monoxide'.
monoxide is a compound seldom referred to by its scientific
name but it is truly unbelievable where this substance
can be detected, and it can be extremely dangerous. It
can kill if inhaled in sufficient quantities, it is a
major contributing factor to the greenhouse effect, a
major constituent of acid rain and has been detected in
every river and lake throughout the world. It has even
been detected in ice throughout the polar regions of our
planet. To make matters worse, virtually every food item
purchased in supermarkets contain traces of the substance.
It is found in the livers of those who consume even small
quantities beer and large traces of the substance can
form as a solid on the wings of high flying aircraft,
causing them to fall from the sky. Hydrogen monoxide
was also a major contributory factor in the sinking of
the Titanic, which resulted in a huge loss of life.
the photograph below, hydrogen monoxide can be
seen polluting the air above Ross, making visibility poor
on what would otherwise have been an idyllic sunny day.
Fallout can be seen on the grass below. A worrying thought
is that the substance is only one oxygen atom short of
becoming hydrogen peroxide. If levels of K2SO4
should rise and a chemical reaction were to take place
producing hydrogen peroxide, the whole population
of Ross could turn blonde in about thirty minutes, whilst
visiting the shops or walking the dog. Vehicles would
no longer be able to manoeuvre in reverse and local beauty
therapists would not be able to cope with the sudden increase
you are worried about local quantities of hydrogen
monoxide and think something should be done to regulate
the substance, you should write to your local MP. A meeting
has been arranged to discuss the harmful effects of hydrogen
monoxide. It will be taking place in the White
Lion, a public house which is located within yards
of the local source, on Saturday, 1st April, commencing
at 11:55 am.
H2O to H2O2.
It would only take a small chemical reaction and the population
of Ross could turn blonde in just 30 minutes.
161 Years of Birthday Celebrations at Chestnuts!
held at Chestnuts Retirement Home, Ross on Thursday for
Kathleen Jones, who celebrated her 100th birthday on 23rd
March 2006. Kathleen was born on 23rd March 1906 in Burma
as her father was in the Army but she has lived in Ross
for virtually all of her life.
married Doug Williams in 1940. When Doug died, she married
Harold Jones on 4th July 1962 and the couple lived in
Ledbury Road, Ross. Kathleen opened a wool shop in Monmouth.
Her second husband, Harold died in 1996. Kathleen's most
vivid childhood memory is of travelling back and forth
to Burma on a ship which was in total darkness.
at the Chestnuts party for Kathleen were Gemma Dobbs,
who celebrated her 21st birthday and Mrs. Julie Jenkins,
who celebrated her 40th.
Kathleen can be seen with her Birthday Card from Queen
Elizabeth II. In the other photographs are the three birthday
girls and Kathleen with her family, Josephine Jones, Sheila
and Daphne Grief, Leslie and Ashleigh Winter and Michael
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