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Issue No. 89 [Back Issues]
29th March 2006

This Week - [Weston School 1908 to 1913 - Hydrogen Monoxide Cause for Concern - 161 Years of Birthday Celebrations]
[WWII at Gorsley Goffs - Bare Bones Triumph - Topical Photography - Nature Watch - Rugby]
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Gorsley Goffs Revisit World War II Days

All part of the children's history project, 'Bringing It All To Life', children from Key Stages two to seven at Gorsley Goffs Primary School were encouraged to dress up as evacuees and other characters from WW2 on Monday 20th March.

The children took part in various classroom activities which would have taken place during the war and a WW2 food tasting was enjoyed by all. Some of the children at the school had been busy during the week preparing the food, such as carrot biscuits and Woolerton Pie, which is a tasty dish made of vegetables and vegetable stock, baked with potato and cheese.

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Bare Bones Triumph in County Festival

Ross based touring theatre group Bare Bones Theatre Company swept all before them in the Herefordshire County Drama Festival which was held at Hereford's Courtyard Theatre last week. Their entry "Duck Variations" by David Mamet was placed first in the festival and carried off the coveted David Garrick cup. Bare Bones Theatre Company will now go forward to the Western Divisional Final of this nationwide competition and will perform the play again at the Netherton Arts Centre on 8th April.

The Company's success did not end there. The two actors in Duck Variations, Dave Baldwin and Howard Jones were jointly awarded the Belmont Best Actor trophy and its director Margaret Baldwin won the Bill Aston cup as the Best Producer. The company's second entry, "The Problem" by A R Gurney carried off The Wye Cup for the third placed production, and Christopher Kear was awarded The Janis Lewer Trophy for the best individual youth performance in the Youth section's entry, "Our Day Out", by Willy Russell.

In the twelfth production since their formation eighteen months ago, Bare Bones Theatre Company open a tour of "The Cemetery Club" by Ivan Menchell at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall on Friday 24th March at 7.30pm. Further information is available from the box office on 01981 540820 or on their website at

Left to right are Howard Jones, Margaret Baldwin, Dave Baldwin, Tony Hearn, Christopher Kear and Loraine Worrall.

Topical Photography

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Above: As part of the Herefordshire School Library Service Book Festival, children from Brampton Abbotts and Ashfield Park primary schools visited Ross Library on Monday 20th March to meet children's author, Shoo Rayner. In the photograph, Shoo Rayner and Anne Marie Dossett, Reader Development Librarian can be seen with the children.

Below: The recently installed Master of Ross-on-Wye Vitruvian Lodge, Cliff McCloskey, with the support of the members, has made the Acorns Children's Hospice his chosen charity for the year. The Brethren of the Lodge have so far donated over 1000 to this charity. In addition, the Masonic Grand Charity will continue to support both the Acorns and St Michael's Hospices from central sources on an annual basis. In the photo are Cliff McCloskey and Peter Farington, Fund Organizer for Vitruvian Lodge can be seen presenting a cheque to Fran Winterbourn, Community Fund-raiser for Acorns at the Chase Hotel on Monday 27th March.

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Nature Watch

Not the best photo I have ever taken but this is another kingfisher, which I caught near the castle at Wilton during the twilight hours on a rather murky Thursday, 23rd March. Kingfishers are in abundance in this particular area of Ross-on-Wye. Catching them with a camera is another story though.

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Rugby - Youthful 2nds Gain Hard Fought Draw

Ross 2nds took a very youthful squad to Tredworth last Saturday and earned themselves a hard fought draw against a Tredworth XV, riding high in Glos 3.

With all but a couple of experienced campaigners under 22 years of age, the trip to Tredworth on paper looked very tough for such a young side, however they say youth knows no fear and that's how Ross played the game. They were unlucky in the end not to come away with what would have been a well deserved victory. They can however be proud of a hard earned draw.

Ross were the quickest to hit their straps with Sam Harris at scrum half sniping at the Tredworth defence from the off, quickly establishing a promising partnership with Chay Brine, his half back partner. With the Ross pack dominating possession early on, Sam and Chay were able to get the ball wide, which they did at every opportunity. Both wingers, Pete Smith and Jack Ancram looked pacey and dangerous when they got the ball and Tredworth's defence had to work hard to ensure Ross did not take an early lead.

However with home advantage and a vociferous crowd, Tredworth did get into the game. With their outside half and centre both possessing big boots they began to pin Ross back in their twenty two. Strong defence from Rob Jode, Gavin Oates and Ken Davies however, ensured Tredworth never really looked like scoring.

As the second half began the conditions worsened as the heavens opened, however Ross still looked to move the ball. Adam Clements and Hugh Bellamy in midfield were looking dangerous and Slim Sadler and Lee Lusty were carrying the ball hard into the Tredworth defence. The score remained at 0-0 however.

Moving into the final quarter Ross were now dominating territory, with Tim Hanks, Chris Godwin and Gavin Oates going close as the Ross forwards bombarded the Tredworth line. That elusive score would not come though and Tredworth cleared their lines,. With Ashley Nelms and Jack Windrige now rampant in the loose, Tredworth infringed 35 yards out. Chay Brine stepped up to take the penalty but it went agonizingly right of the upright and the score remained 0-0.

Ross threw everything at Tredworth during the last 10 minutes but they could not find that deciding score and the ref blew for full time with the score still at 0-0.

Even though victory eluded them, this was an excellent performance from a young Ross side and bodes well for the future.

Paul Haley


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