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Issue No. 92 [Back Issues]
19th April 2006

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Celebrating 150 Years of a Victorian Country Church

Llangrove Church will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year by holding a special flower festival between Saturday 13th and Monday 15th May between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm.

On the Saturday and Sunday, an exhibition of the arts, crafts and hobbies of today's Llangrove residents will also be held in Llangrove Village Hall. Refreshments will be available and there is plenty of parking at both the Village Hall and at Llangrove Primary School.

Llangrove Victorian Country Church. Ref: P3175662


Hello, this is a long shot. My grandfather was Henry Ross Thomas b.1914 in Shrewsbury. His parents I have learnt this week were Marian Holbrook and William Thomas Thomas. I was wondering if there were any records of these two spending a honeymoon in this area. I know that sounds fairly ludicrous but I spent a short holiday, I believe in Hay on Wye in a privately owned house. I would welcome a short report in your paper? William Thomas Thomas 1886 Marian Holbrook 1890, married 1912. My brotherís wife has just given birth to a first child, his middle name has been chosen as Ross because of the family connection. Iím fairly sure Marian and William must have spent happy years at Ross on Wye. I apologize for the briefness etc. of this message, but Iím clutching at straws.
Many thanks
Tim Thomas

If you are able to help Tim, please write and I will forward your mail.

Wyenot News Opinion

The Rope Walk is just that, a 'walk'. It is a place where people should be able to enjoy a picnic or a walk by the river. Admittedly it has already been spoiled by some ugly metal swans on a stick but can we please keep the gate closed, other than for access to the Rowing Club? There is a huge car park which is empty virtually all year round, not fifty yards from where I took this photograph on Friday.

It would also be nice if those accessing the Rowing Club grounds for whatever reason were to drive carefully. Many do but I have nearly been run over there several times whilst I have been walking in the dark - usually on a football night by Chelsea Chariots drivers who have no regard whatsoever for those on foot. I was even being passed slowly by one of the more careful drivers recently when another came speeding up behind and had no option but to overtake on the grass or run into the back of the more careful driver.

Archive Ross-on-Wye

Thank you to Diana Lerego nee Dew for sending in the two photographs below. The top photo was taken at the New Inn (renamed 'The Eagle' after the Apollo 11 moon landing) circa 1950 and is of Diana's grandfather, Horace Luker who was the landlord, her great grandfather Edwin Cooke, her grandmother Nell Luker nee Cooke, who died in Ross aged 100 in 2002 and her Aunt, Myra Wallace nee Dew.

Out of interest, Diana. I knew Myra very well as I bought the house next door to her and her husband, Bob in Cawdor back in 1976. I still own the house today, though I have not lived there since 1997 and we became friends over the years.

The other photo is of Sellack Football Team in 1946.

Nature Watch

The first butterfly I have managed to photograph this year. I do not know the type but it settled in front of me on the white line markings of Ross Football Field.

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Rugby - Ross pipped at the post

With an undefeated league campaign behind them and a testing Combination Cup in front of them, Ross were looking for a severe test on Saturday and Malvern more than filled that requirement. After a fantastic game of rugby, Malvern crawled over the finishing line winning 18-12.

Malvern started the brightest as the Ross pack took time to settle into some new combinations and with the game only five minutes old, took a 3-0 lead with a penalty. However as the half progressed Ross began to dominate territory and possession. With Dave Mince Tim Hanks and Mike Davies prominent in some impressive driving mauls, the Malvern pack began to creak. Ross were now camped in the Malvern twenty two and it was only a matter of time before the first try came, which was well worth waiting for. After some good approach work from Ashley Nelmes and Tony Clements, the ball was moved quickly to the right and after quick hands from Hugh Bellamy and Adam Clements, Simon Gwynne crossed the gain line, moving the ball inside to Wayne Bishop who cut inside the defence to score. Chris Gage converted giving Ross a 7-3 lead. For the remaining twenty minutes of the first half Ross continued to dominate both possession and territory, however Malvern defended stoically, denying forcing errors across the park. With ten minutes to half time and again defending in their half, Malvern pounced on a mistake in midfield and their winger outpaced the defence from sixty metres to score. Suddenly Ross were 10-7 down. Worse was still to come. After dominating the scrimmage all game, the ball squirted out the back of the scrum and with Simon Gwynne unsighted, the Malvern No 8 picked up the ball and again outpaced the defence to score. At half time, after dominating the half Ross were 15-7 down.

Ross redoubled their efforts during the second half. With strong running from Kevin Healy, Joe Gittings Jones and TC Leach, they were getting over the gain line at will,. These opportunities were being snuffed out by constant infringements as the Malvern pack decided that if they could not stop Ross legally then they should revert to giving penalties away. This began to frustrate Ross as move after move broke down with Malvern conceding a penalty. As the half progressed, the tension grew and finally the score Ross were looking for came. Alistair Rees fielded a clearing kick and made good ground into the Malvern half and TC Leach took the ball deep into the Malvern 22. This was quickly recycled to Andy Hunt, who cut inside his man, powering through the tackle of the fullback to score. The score was now Malvern 15 Ross 12. With fifteen minutes to go, Malvern came straight back with a penalty leaving the score 18-12. With ten minutes to go, Ross threw everything at Malvern. Twice, Dan Weston went close wide out on the left and with minutes remaining the Ross pack drove the ball over the line but the ref adjudicated the ball was held up from the scrum 5 again. Ross went close but with them now camped on the Malvern line the ref blew for full time.

Next weekend there are two combination cup games. 3 pm kick-off. On Saturday, Ross 2nds take on Westbury and on the Sunday Ross play either Berry Hill or Cinderford. Why not come down and support your local team?

Paul Haley


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