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WNTV - Launch of the New Look Ross Gazette
new look Ross Gazette was launched with a party at Ross
Market House on Thursday, 6th April 2006. At 10:00 am
Town Crier, Clive Beddows announced the Mayor of Ross,
Councillor Gordon Lucas, who officially opened the party.
on the new look newspaper has so far been extremely positive,
most people commenting that the new, smaller size has
made the publication far easier to read. First published
as a broadsheet newspaper containing national news in
January 1867, the Ross Gazette has become South Herefordshire's
favourite newspaper. The change last week from traditional
broadsheet size was made as a result of the opinion of
readers and the Ross Gazette is happy to receive feedback
so that it can deliver exactly what the reader is looking
Gazette General Manager, Lee Whiteland told Wyenot
News that, 'Last Thursday's launch went extremely
well and the management and staff at the Gazette are extremely
pleased with the positive response from the newspaper's
below, Town Crier, Clive Beddows announces the Mayor of
Television footage of this announcement can be seen by
clicking here. The middle photograph shows Bernard
Mew, Managing Director of Tindle Newspapers, Lee Whiteland,
General Manager of the Ross Gazette, Neil Powell, Tindle
Distribution Manager, Chris Robertson, Editor of the Ross
Gazette and Mayor, Gordon Lucas last Thursday. In the
bottom photograph, the Mayor and Mayoress can be seen
cutting the cake with General Manager, Lee Whiteland.
The cake was made for the launch party by staff member,
WNTV: Rugby - Ross 40 Minchinhampton 5 (Air Ambulance 1)
all season, Ross RFC First Team's last league game this
year ended rather suddenly on Saturday with the Captain
of the Minchinhampton side being airlifted to hospital.
He had sustained what at first was thought to be a serious
neck injury. An ambulance was called because the referee
was not sure if he had heard a crack when the accident
occurred but luckily, the injury turned out to be muscular
- still painful but not life threatening.
RFC would like to thank Doctor Cook of Alton Street Surgery,
who was watching the game and helped until the first responders
team arrived, as well as the first responders themselves
and the air ambulance.
was at the match with Tina to interview the Captain of
Ross RFC following their successful season but circumstances
changed and windy weather took over, causing too much
noise on the film so we filmed the air ambulance instead.
television footage can be seen here. Hopefully the
captain of Ross RFC will be appearing here next week.
Haley's report on the match can be seen below the photographs.
RFC's final league match played out as all previous encounters,
with a convincing victory over Minchinhampton. However it
was marred by a serious injury to the Minchinhampton captain
who had to be airlifted to hospital with the game sixty
five minutes old. The referee then brought the match to
a close but by then Ross were already 35 points ahead and
in complete control of the match.
the sun shining and a perfect surface, the scene was set
for a tour de force performance from Ross as they looked
to complete their league campaign on Saturday unbeaten.
Ross started brightly looking to ensure that the tempo of
the game would be too much for Minchinhampton. Within the
first 10 minutes, Ross had created numerous clear breaks
looking dangerous every time they got the ball. However
unforced errors meant that these breaks were not finished
off with tries. Finally things did click after twelve minutes,
when Wayne Bishop scored the first of his two tries after
some clever approach work from Chris Gage and Simon Gwynne.
Wide out on the right, Chris Gage converted, giving Ross
a 7-0 advantage. Even at this early stage Ross were already
in complete control, with Kevan Healy, Mike Davies and Dave
Mince creating havoc in the loose, making big gains as the
drove hard at the Minchinhampton defence. It was from a
Kevan Healy break that the second try resulted. He fed Dave
Mince, who outpaced the defence to score giving Ross a 12-0
lead. At this stage it was only the unforced errors that
were preventing further scores. However, with five minutes
remaining before half time, Kevan Healy crashed over after
some good work from Matt Taylor and Gavin Oates. Chris Gage
converted making it 19-0. Minchinhampton's only score came
from an interception. After Tim Hanks and Tony Clements
had turnover ball, Andy Hunt fed Chris Gage who cut inside
the Minch defence. However his inside pass was intercepted
and the Minch centre had enough pace to score in the corner.
At half time Ross led 19-5.
started the second half as they did the first, however this
time, they cut out the unforced errors and as a consequence
were able to keep the score board ticking over. Midfield
partners Hugh Bellamy and Adam Clements were now making
inroads again and again. From one such incursion the ball
was moved quickly to Andy Hunt, who sliced through the Minch
defence outpacing the fullback to score under the posts.
Chris Gage again converted and Ross were now 26-5 to the
good. By now the Minch defence was looking ragged and after
some slick passing in midfield, the ball fell to Dan Weston
who added try no five, giving Ross a 33-5 lead, this was
quickly followed by Wayne Bishops second try making the
score 40-5. With
just over a quarter of an hour remaining it looked as if
a cricket score was on the cards, however after sixty five
minutes the game was abandoned with the Minchinhampton captain
having to be airlifted to hospital. Ross
therefore completed their league campaign with a victory,
remaining unbeaten all season.
Will Catcheside Scoops National Award
A young craftsman has received national recognition at
a prestigious show thanks to Herefordshire Council. Will
Catcheside, 28, from the Ross-on-Wye area, won a prize
for 'Wow' factor with his impressive two-metre diameter
loveseat. The iron sculpture, which he has affectionately
called his 'stargazers loveseat', loops around in a giant
circle and was so impressive that judges at the British
Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate presented it an award.
was only able to display at the trade fair thanks to Herefordshire
Council's Creative Industries, which helps establish,
support and develop arts and crafts across the county.
'I was only able to attend this event thanks to the support
of Herefordshire Council's Creative Industries which offered
tremendous support,' said Will. 'I've already had interest
in commissioning the seat as a direct result displaying
at this event. By going to the right show you can secure
work for as long as a year, that's how important they
seat is really impressive. It is designed in such a way
that you lie down on it and look up through the giant
loop into the sky. That's why I called it a stargazers
graduated from Hereford College of Technology before working
as a blacksmith for four years. Now he has set up his
own workshop on the Wye Valley reclamation site. Here
he is also able to display his work. 'Crafts such as a
blacksmith have evolved into an art. Those who have evolved
are known as artist blacksmiths and they do all sorts
of interesting work,' said Andy Dawson, Co-ordinator of
Creative Industries. 'The aim of the Council's Creative
Industries is to develop arts and crafts across the county
by offering sound advice, business plans and support.
It is a growth area and we are assisting that expansion,'
Council's Creative Industries is based at Plough Lane,
Hereford and can be contacted on 01432 383064.
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