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Issue No. 90 [Back Issues]
5th April 2006

This Week - [New Whitchurch Bell Tower - Spring at Gorsley Goffs - Walking Away From Rehau - Wild Easter Fun - Wendy]
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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.

David 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.

The 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.

Mr 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.

The school would like to thank David Jones and Derek Williams for their hard work.

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Spring Time at Gorsley Goffs

Gorsley Goffs Spring Festival with the theme, 'The Sea' has been taking place and prizes were awarded on Thursday last for competition entries.

Pictured 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.

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Derek Wood Walks Away From Rehau!

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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 possible.

It 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!

Derek was the 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 dividends.'

Now 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.'

Derek 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.

Derek 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.

Kids 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?

This 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!

The 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.'

On 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?

Celebrate 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?

Finally 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 a-plenty! This 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 We hope to see you there!"

Don't 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 or collected from Ross-on-Wye Heritage Centre, Herefordshire Nature Trust or Queenswood Tourist Information.

If 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:

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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