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for Local Accommodation
Professional Male seeks accommodation near Ross On Wye /
Wye Valley / Forest of Dean. I am very clean, tidy, and
do not smoke. Ideally I would like a studio or annexe (may
consider nice large room) with off road parking in rural
area. I am willing to consider long or short term let. You
can call me to discuss on 07914 020690.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
information will follow over the coming weeks.
Advertising & Publicity Officer
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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