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New Whitchurch School Bell Tower
When Whitchurch School extended the entrance to the school,
the old bell tower was removed. However, the original
school bell from 1858 was carefully put into storage.
Jones, an artist from Shropshire then began work on an
arts project for the Whitchurch and Ganarew Parish. The
school was delighted when it was suggested that a new
bell tower be constructed and erected on the site to re-hang
the original bell.
bell tower has been constructed from green oak and reflects
images from the local community. St Dubricius's mother
is portrayed along with peregrine falcons, salmon, kingfishers
and other flora and fauna from the local area.
Derek Williams stripped all the paint off the bell to
reveal the original brass. The tower has now been erected
with the bell hung and looks beautiful in the school grounds.
school would like to thank David Jones and Derek Williams
for their hard work.
Spring Time at Gorsley Goffs
Goffs Spring Festival with the theme, 'The Sea' has been
taking place and prizes were awarded on Thursday last
for competition entries.
below with Head Teacher, Mr. Richard Humphrey are Christina
Stephenson, Dale Kernot, Tom Reeves, Charlotte Westley,
Katie-Rose Cawthorne, Bethany Hewitt, Anna Hewitt. Molly
Fewell, Lauren Davies, George Davies and Harriet Andrews.
In the second photograph, Jack Kent and Harley Kernot
can be seen with their spring art.
Derek Wood Walks Away From Rehau!
No that's not quite true. After twenty four years with REHAU,
Derek is finally retiring at the end of April and will almost
immediately set off on a 1,200 mile walk from Land's End
to John O'Groats, using national trails and footpaths wherever
will take Derek 76 days to complete the journey and whilst
essentially he is doing it on his own, he will be joined
from time to time by family and friends, including many
people from the Ross area. Gerry Smith of Walford Sawmills
will join him to do the Pennine Way!
REHAU director responsible for acquiring Hill Court for
the company in 1994. 'It was one of the best moves REHAU
ever made.' He said. 'Apart from the almost idyllic working
conditions, the quality and loyalty of the staff has paid
after nearly twelve years of being a weekly commuter to
Ross, he will retire to his family home in Windsor, Berkshire.
'I have come to love the area very much and will miss the
many friends I have made here. My time at the Phoenix Theatre,
particularly, both as an actor and Chairman when the new
extension was built, will all be particularly remembered.'
is not cutting himself off completely however. He will remain
as a Non-Executive Director of REHAU for a while and will
continue to belong to the Kyrle Investment Club, for which
he is Treasurer, so there will be monthly visits to Ross.
is doing this long walk for a very worthwhile charity, 'Macmillan
Cancer Relief', whose nurses do such a fantastic job. Please,
if you are able to sponsor Derek in any way, please call
him or Erika White at REHAU on 01989 762687 or 01989 762686.
Alternatively, you may send a cheque made payable to "Macmillan
Cancer Relief", c/o REHAU Limited, Hill Court, Walford,
Ross on Wye HR9 5QN.
come out of hibernation for some wild Easter Fun!
Spring has sprung, the creatures all around us are coming
out of their winter hibernation and now is a great time
to get outdoors again. So if you want to shake away those
winter cobwebs but are stuck for ideas, then why not join
Herefordshire Nature Trust's 'Where Wild Things Play' project
for some family fun?
project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund helps
children and their parents play together and discover their
natural heritage. Working in partnership with Herefordshire
Council Parks & Countryside Services, the project aims to
reach many families throughout the County and give them
some great ideas and suggestions for things you can do when
you go outdoors to play. Let's celebrate the beautiful countryside
on our doorstep!
first play session of the year is Tuesday 11th April - 'Collect
and Create at Queenswood Country Park'. Jo Polack, Where
Wild Things Play Officer said 'Come along to the Country
Park any time between 11 am and 2 pm and join in with some
springtime fun! We will be exploring the woods and seeking
out some wonderful woodland treasures and creating stunning
displays with our finds. This event is free and there is
no need to book - just turn up on the day.'
Wednesday, 12th April, 'Where Wild Things Play' will be
at Crooked Well in Kington for 'Spring has sprung' between
2 pm and 4 pm. Creatures are stirring, buds are bursting
so come and explore the signs of spring in this glorious
riverside meadow. This is also a 'drop in' session so why
not come along and join in?
Easter on Monday 17th April 2 - 5 pm at an 'Ugly Bug Ball
in Easter Woods', Leominster. If the weather is fine why
not bring a picnic?
this Easter holiday why not 'Take a Bus to the Woods' at
Newton Coppice, in Belmont, Hereford? Get out in the fresh
air after all those Easter eggs and join Jo for activities
is another free drop in session but there is no parking
at Newton coppice, so if you do not live locally, please
catch the bus from Hereford Country Bus Station and get
off at Belmont Abbey. For
the timetable call the Traveline Tel: 0870 608608 or visit
www.herefordbus.info. We hope to see you there!"
miss Where Wild Things Play terrific family trails, which
are springing up around the county! Trail sheets to guide
you round the wild side of Ross-on-Wye, Queenswood or the
Lugg Meadows can be downloaded from www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/hereford/wildplay
or collected from Ross-on-Wye Heritage Centre, Herefordshire
Nature Trust or Queenswood Tourist Information.
you would like more information on the project or any of
the events this Spring, please contact: Jo Polack at Herefordshire
Nature Trust Tel: 01432 356872 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Retirement Wendy!
Wendy Cook, who has been working for Ashfield
Care Agency for thirteen years retired on Friday,
31st March. During her time with Ashfield, she looked
after a variety of clients in their homes and also worked
in local care homes.
Well known for her sense of humour and mischievous smile,
Wendy is famous in and around Newent, where she lives.
Wendy was presented with a floral glass clock on Friday
by Rosemary Hemmingway, Manager of Ashfield Care Agency
Ltd., to thank her for her loyal and cheerful work over
the years. Wendy will now be spending more time with her
grandson and family and will be greatly missed by everyone
at Ashfield Care.
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