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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]
[Hydrogen Monoxide and the L' Oréal Principle - Visitor Figures - Whitchurch Easter Bazaar - Strange but true]
[First Responders - Nature Watch - Whitchurch ITC Suite - Topical Photography - Archive Ross - Heritage - Onion Fayre - Rugby]
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Rotary help Ross First Responders

Some weeks ago, 'First Responders', Sue Watkins and Roger Powell visited Ross Rotary Club and gave a talk on how the teams operate during an emergency. It was explained during this event that, although there are four people on the First Responders team, who are often first at the scene of an emergency, the team only had three sets of equipment available.

To help solve the problem, Ross Rotary held an auction, raising £1,600, which was nearly enough to purchase a fourth set of equipment. At the end of the evening, one of the Rotarians, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated a further £200 to cover the full cost.

Pictured below, Rotarians presented a cheque for £1800.00 to the First Responders at the Royal Hotel on Monday, 3rd April. First Responders, Sue Watkins and Sharon Clarke can be seen demonstrating their first aid skills to members of Ross Rotary. Also in the photograph are five visitors from the Philippines, who are visiting Ross as part of a Group Study Exchange.

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Nature Watch

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Spring has certainly sprung this week in Ross-on-Wye, with plenty of wild flowers in the meadow grass at Wilton. The photograph below shows a rare, if slightly windswept wild iris in flower in the grounds of Wilton Castle.

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Whitchurch School opens its new ITC Suite

Whitchurch school is very proud of its new ICT suite which was completed last week and officially opened on Thursday, 30th March. The room, formally the school kitchen and additional work area, has been completely refurbished to provide the school with a high-spec computer suite for use by both children and adults.

The twelve PCs were generously provided by The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School in Hereford. The funding for the PCs is part of Bishop School's Technology College outreach community project and will help to develop and enhance the quality of teaching and learning of ICT at Whitchurch. The suite also has an interactive whiteboard and colour laser printer.

Harriet Walby, a pupil in year 6, said "the new suite is modern, hi-tech, bright and airy. Working with the computers is more enjoyable than ordinary classroom lessons".

Mike Hallet, an Advanced Skills Teacher from Bishop's school has been working on a geography and ICT project with children from years 5 and 6. The children and teachers have really benefited from his expertise.

Pictured below in the new ITC Suite last Thursday are pupils, Joseph Sanger, Alex Picket, Harriet Walby and Hollie Thorp with Head Teacher, Mrs. Ann Prichart and Deputy Head, Beth Stevens.

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Topical Photography

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Above: Sister Julie Alcester, Staff Nurse Sarah Bragg, Tracey Williams, Charlotte Williams, Jane Williams and Eileen Williams at Ross Community Hospital.
A charity race day was held at Ye Hostelry, Goodrich on Wednesday, 15th March. Arranged by John and Jane Williams, the event raised £4128.50 for Ross Community Hospital. This was achieved by generous help from local businesses and friends. During the day guests enjoyed a three course lunch and were able to watch the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham Festival on a large screen television. Comedian, John Martin also performed and was highly entertaining. John and Jane would like to thank all who helped make the day a fantastic success.
The money will be used to purchase a 'Flo Gard' infusion pump, and 'Etac' Turner, as seen in the photo and an 'Atron' multi purpose tilt table.

Below: Children from Weston Primary School have been taking part in a three day 'Creative Pizza' project, which included alternative activities and children of all ages working together. Children were taught a little Italian and opened a café on Tuesday afternoon, where parents enjoyed Italian food cooked by the children.
Around the table, cooking with Jo Carter and Class Teacher, Sally Powell are Bill Carter, Taylor-Jay Williams, Cloe Wilson, Bethany Cole, Hannah Fishwick, Ginnie Mellor, Laura O'Brian, Shelley Coleman, Toby Maddox and Mitchell Challenger.

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Archive Ross-on-Wye

Thank you to John Thorn of Walford for sending in the description of Ross below from the Great Western Railway guide, which was called 'Holiday Haunts'. This is the description of Ross from the 1935 Centenary Edition.

Easter at Ross Heritage Centre

Another year at Ross Heritage Centre has drawn to a close with record visitor figures once again. Mary Sinclair Powell, Senior Heritage Assistant announced that visitors for the year 2005 / 2006 were up by approximately 500 on this time last year. 'I am delighted to announce this increase in figures, especially when you consider there has been no International Festival this year. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this, whether it be to those who have visited the many and varied exhibitions or whether it has been to take part in the numerous events and displays. My staff and I are very grateful and look forward to another bumper year this year.'

This season will start with a continuation of the 'Making Connections' exhibition by the Independent Museums across the county. Sixteen museums and heritage centres are displaying boards showing what they have to offer for visitors and locals alike. This will continue until 18th April.

There are two Activity Days planned for children of all ages over the Easter break. The first will be on Tuesday 11th April when Hereford Museums Education team will be on hand to help young visitors make Easter Collages. The session will run from 10.30 am until 1pm. The Heritage Centre craft staff themselves will run the second activity day. Young people will be able to make an Easter Bonnet or Hat. This will take place on Thursday 13th April, from 11am to 3 pm. Both activities are free and there is no need to book. Children will need to be accompanied. There is access for all to the Heritage Centre, with a lift available for those who cannot manage the stairs.

On Easter Monday there will be a Craft and Charities Market at the Market House. The Heritage Centre will again be hosting free workshops upstairs including card making and cross stitch. Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen will be exhibiting and selling their craft products from Saturday 23rd April to Monday 1st May inclusive. This is the first time they have exhibited in the Heritage Centre and they will be displaying a variety of craft goods. Stewards will be on hand to help with any enquires from visitors regarding these craft methods. Further details on all the above can be obtained from Heritage Centre staff on 01432 260675.

Newent Onion Fayre

Contrary to some reports in the local press, I am pleased to confirm that Newent Onion Fayre will be going ahead this year and will take place on Saturday 9th September at 10 am. Preparations are well underway for the Fayre and more details about what is planned for this year's event will be released shortly.

We cannot confirm who will be opening the Fayre for us this year at the moment, as we are in the stages of finalizing this but information will become available during the coming weeks.

It was unfortunate that last year was halted by the freak weather conditions but our spirits have certainly not been dampened and we are working full steam ahead to put the show on for its eleventh year.

More information will follow over the coming weeks.

Charlotte Jones
Advertising & Publicity Officer

Rugby - Ross shut out Bream

With promotion to Glos Division 2 in the bag, Ross travelled to Bream looking to benchmark their progress this season against a team two Divisions above them. After a titanic battle up front, Ross prevailed comfortably in the end 18-0.

This game was always going to be a big step up for Ross. Bream are mid table in Glos 1 and on their home turf. However, with the confidence of a successful season behind them Ross fronted up from the off and in the end ran out comfortable winners. Bream started out the stronger team, retaining possession early on but the Ross defence held firm, with Gavin Oates, Tim Hanks and Mike Davies proving strong in the tackle. This seemed to frustrate Bream and after only 10 minutes the Bream hooker took the Ross no 10, Chay Brine out late and Bream were down to 14 men. Ross took the opportunity to test Bream up front. With Tara Barnett, Kenny Davies and Dave Mince making ground up the middle, Simon Gwynne moved the ball quickly down the right to Huw Bellamy. However the attack was snuffed out by an early tackle on Wayne Bishop. Again the ref went to his pocket and Bream were down to 13 men. Ashley Nelms took the resulting line out, Kevan Healy and Tara Barnett set up the maul and from 5 yards out, Kenny Davies stretched out to open the scoring for Ross. The conversion was missed, giving Ross a 5-0 lead.

Restored to 15 men Bream came back strongly, concentrating their efforts up front they tested the Ross defence to the full but a combination of strong tackling and good organization ensured that Bream were never able to breach the first line of defence. At half time, the score remained 5-0 to Ross.

Ross started the second half the more inventive, with the Ross 10 and 12 Chay Brine and Adam Clements looking dangerous on the ball. However the gusting wind was proving difficult as Ross tried hard to execute their open style. With less than 20 minutes to go the score was still 5-0 and the result seemed to hang in the balance. From some scrappy ruck ball, Mike Davies and Nick Rawlings turned over Bream. Simon Gwynne quickly moved the ball to Dan Weston, who fed Adam Clements, who galloped in from 40 yards to increase Ross's lead to 10-0.

With a 10 point cushion Ross began to relax and control possession. Kevan Healy, Lee Lusty and Ashley Nelms were prominent in the loose and with subs Jack Ancram and Pete Smith looking dangerous on the wings the game began to slip away from Bream's grasp. From a ruck in centre field TC Leach broke free, feeding Mike Davies, who passed inside to Tim Hanks, who crashed over, giving Ross a 15-0 lead. With minutes remaining Ross again attacked from a ruck. Some good work from Rob Jode and Lee Lusty resulted in a Bream infringement. Chris Gage converted the penalty, giving a final score of Ross 18 Bream 0.

Next Saturday Ross are back in league action, playing Minchinhampton at home. 3pm kick off. Ross are looking to round off their league campaign unbeaten.


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