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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The weekly News Magazine for
No. 98 - 31st May 2006
Monday in Ross-on-Wye - Meanwhile, 10 miles away in Coleford]
[Meet the Swallows - Ross Pre-school Shop - Rugby - Various other articles]
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not visit the High Street shop and support Ross Pre-school Playgroup?
'The Basement' shop in High Street, Ross has opened for
two weeks selling goods to raise money for Ross Pre-school
Playgroup. Pictured below at the official opening on Saturday,
27th May are Iris Price, Mayor and Mayoress, Phil and Chris
Cutter and Playgroup Founder, Joyce Thomas MBE DL.
you would like to visit the shop or would like to donate
goods for sale to help boost much needed funds for the playgroup,
please call by between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (11:am to 3:00
pm on Sundays).
organizers would like to thank Caroline Rhodes of Jonathan
Preece for temporary use of the shop premises.
Preparations for Newent's 11th Onion Fayre are well on the
way. September 9th will see the streets full of stalls selling
local produce, arts & crafts and those magnificent street
acts will be keeping the crowds entertained throughout the
day. If you would like to set up stall on this day, why
not contact Christine Howley at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on 01531 820977 to secure a space.
also hope your onions are beginning to take root because
this year we are hoping for a bigger and better display
(if that is possible) at the Onion Show. You are not too
late to get an entry form from Mike Davis on 01531 822750.
year we look to bring something new to the Fayre so if you
have any ideas for future fayre's, please let Charlotte
Jones (Advertising & Publicity Officer) know at CJONES6714@aol.com
or on 01531 890870.
information on the Fayre will be published in the coming
Mind the... ...here's the Wye Valley
In Liverpool during February of this year, Amanda Monti,
24, was sent to prison for two-and-a-half years because
she flew into a rage when one, 'Geoffrey Jones' rejected
her advances at the end of a house party. Feeling upset
by the rejection, she pulled off his left testicle and tried
to swallow it. She spat it out however and a friend handed
it back to Mr Jones saying, 'That's yours.'
What has this got to do with Ross-on-Wye, I hear you ask.
Well, in a rather bizarre kind of way it has probably helped
people to discover Ross and the Wye Valley.
all new visitors to this web site discover its existence,
either by word of mouth or by searching the 'Google' search
engine. For the latter, via my server log, I can see the
search terms these people use.
Wyenot.com comes up in the number one position on 'Google'
for the search term 'ross on wye' and many people arrive
at the site by making that particular search, this term
is only one of many that bring visitors to Wyenot.com. In
actual fact, those who use that search either live in the
town or have already heard of it. Just out of interest,
one of the most frequent searches which brings people to
Wyenot.com is 'medieval entertainment'.
is what makes Wyenot so successful in attracting tourism
to the area - people discover the web site and the town
as a result of searching for the oddest things. This is
also where poor old Geoffrey's misfortune enters the equation.
engines regularly scan through the text on every page of
this site and by coincidence, the completely unrelated name,
'Geoff Jones' is mentioned in a couple of football articles
on Wyenot News. In another, completely unrelated article,
the word 'testicle' appears. As a result, since February
a surprising amount of people have arrived at Wyenot News
and have discovered the town, purely because they used 'Google',
inputting the unlikely search words, 'geoff jones testicle'.
wondered what was going on when the search term, 'geoff
Jones testicle', kept appearing in search strings listed
on my server log and felt compelled to investigate. I discovered
that an issue of Wyenot News, on which I had jokingly defined
the word 'Yat' as 'the left or right testicle of the Herefordshire
Long Eared Mountain Goat, served as a delicacy in local
restaurants' was being detected. That, along with a football
article were causing Wyenot News to appear on about page
five of Google for that particular search.
do feel for poor old Geoff after his misfortune (although
I am rather glad that I don't in the literal sense) but
they do say that every cloud has a silver lining.
you have decided to come and visit Ross-on-Wye as a result
of initially searching Google for 'geoff Jones testicle',
I would be interested to hear your story.
- Ross RFC, Season Review, 2005/2006
'Onwards and Upwards, Getting Away With It'
season began slowly but competitively. Ross' first game
against Gloucester Civil Service claimed the narrowest of
wins 18_15, but it was a win never the less and an early
indication of Ross' intentions in the league. Subsequent
games showed momentum starting to build, Ross beating Tredworth
by 17_0, then Gloucester Civil Service 24_3. Ross had now
started its campaign on the league. As the nights drew in
and conditions started to get wetter and colder Ross sent
out a clear message to the other teams in the league, this
was their year. Subsequent wins over Cainscross 34_5 and
Westbury on Severn 20_6 left Ross positioned nicely at the
top of the league with a clean sheet. A pattern was emerging
and so it is with disappointment that the next two league
fixtures were cancelled as the oppositions could not raise
a side. Gloucester All Blues and Minchinhampton withdrawing
from the next two fixtures. Whilst this gave Ross the points
this was not how Ross wanted to maintain its position at
the top of the league table. However Tredworth did turn
up for the last game before Christmas and were rewarded
for their trouble with a 28_0 defeat at the (nimble and
safe) hands of Ross. January through March saw again the
winning results that almost seemed inevitable, Gloucester
Civil Service 10_6. Cainscross 30-7. Westbury on Severn
13_5 and Ross had now won the league. The Gloucester All
Blues again failed to raise a side at the end of the season
before Ross ended their league Run in a decisive 41_5 points
against a Minchinhampton.
league ended up with Ross unbeaten throughout the season
and defensively allowing only 37 points in 12 games to be
scored against them.
of Season League Table 2005-2006 (top two positions)
Cup runs ended somewhat differently to their league success.
The challenge was set against a lot of sides who Ross would
not regularly play from both the Forest, and at the beginning
of the season, the Midlands leagues. It was respectable
test of the mettle of Ross, both in terms of keeping the
variety and as an insight into the teams they would be coming
up against in the future and further a field. Though into
the Combination Cup Final Ross just could not seem to hit
gear they had been in for the majority of the rest of the
season and silverware eluded them on this occasion.
was also good to see a second team beginning to flourish
both in the friendly fixtures and then in the Miners Cup
at the end of the season, they entered a mixed side of both
youth and veterans and gave a credible performance in a
competition in which they can only progress next year.
the pitch sizeable investment is being made into the future
of the club. Training is now under flood lights and means
that Ross is now training throughout the winter unhindered
by lack of proper lighting. New training equipment and a
comprehensive training plan are being put in place so Ross
can engage the higher league with the same ferocity they
attacked the league this season. The club has made valuable
connections with other organizations both in terms of increasing
the networks of support for Ross and in terms of being able
to share experience and information from those who have
been within the game of rugby at a higher level or for a
longer time. Ross is also now sponsored in terms of Players
attire for those who are members of the club. Looking sharp
both on and off the field.
presentation dinner saw this seasons awards being presented
to; Presidents award – Michael Davis, Top Try Scorer – Wayne
Bishop, Top Points Scorer – Christopher Gage, Young Player
of the Year – Daniel Weston, Clubman – Floss Morgan, Most
Dedicated Player – David Mince, Second Team Player of the
Year – Chay Brine, Most Improved Player – Gavin Oates, Best
Newcomer – Hugh Bellamy, The Players Player – Gavin Oates
/ Kevin Healy.
are of course a number of members of Ross RFC who need to
be thanked. Captain Simon Gwynne, Vice Captain David Mince.
The Training team; Paul Hayley and Andrew walker. The lead
members of the Committee; Martin Pocknell, David Cooke,
Tim Morgan. Thanks must go to the hard work of Keith Scrivens
in support of the Second Team. Thanks also to the work of
Christopher “Pressure” Gage for his club fund raising. And
thanks of course for the ongoing input of so many players
and members of the club in the tasks whether big or small
which regularly go unrewarded but without which the club
could not function and which subsequently make such a big
thanks needs to go to those who have fed the players throughout
the season, a most welcome input at the end of a well fought
match. So it is with gratitude Ross RFC thanks Mrs Rosie
Pollock, Ms Sarah Pearce, Mrs Vicki Walker and Mrs Anne
Mince, for their outstanding work in support of the players
off the field.
also to the landlady of the Drop Inn who has both sponsored
us and put up with us, whatever country we came from and
however many items of clothing we were wearing, or not!
Ross RFC also recognizes the support they received directly
from the county air ambulance this season that ensure the
welfare of a number of our players. Thanks for the direct
support from Charlie’s Bar (King Charles 11), Neat and Cheap
(high street discount shopping) Wye garden services, HE
Philips the Jewellers. And the ongoing media support from
wyenot.com and Daniel Weston’s very own www.rossrugby.co.uk
for both rugby news and social and personal comment about
those involved in the game. Thanks Dan – side-show bob.
team are getting together through out the summer on Tuesdays
and Thursday nights at the sports centre. It’s a more informal
opportunity to get a non contact game and stay in touch
over the summer. Training proper starts on Tuesday July
11th at 6.30pm. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm
throughout the season at the sports centre off Wilton Road.
Ross extends an offer to anyone experienced or new to the
game to come down and have a run out at their local club.
There are opportunities in both the first team and second
team or just to enjoy the training. Alternatively Drop into
the Drop Inn and offer your support in one of the many other
ways you may become involved with the club even if just
taking a passing interest you will always be welcome at
Annual General Meeting will be held Friday 9th June at the
Drop Inn 8pm.
Ross RFC on a spectacular 2005/2006 season and Good Luck
with regard to tour “I’d have got away with it if it wasn’t
for those meddling twins!”
Concern - Heyday Launch - 30th May 2006
'Heyday,' a new and exciting nation-wide membership scheme
catering for the changing needs of the over 50s, will be
launched on the 30th May 2006. Heyday aims to foster the
concept of a modern retirement; a retirement that offers
freedom, flexibility and new directions.
membership is based on five benefits:
a bimonthly magazine with articles on travel, relationships,
and interviews with celebrities who are in their 'heyday',
a fully supported website including regional chatrooms encouraging
you to be a part of the online community of Herefordshire
and Worcestershire, and over 75 fact sheets written by national
and influence: Heyday aims to be a political lobbying
group for the over 50s. During June Heyday will be distributing
11,000,000 'National Surveys on Modern Retirement.'
Activities: Heyday will support the social network of
over 50s within Herefordshire and Worcestershire by supporting
and creating events, clubs and societies.
Heyday will be using the collective buying power of the
over 50s to negotiate deals for their members.
and Promotions: 'Heydaters,' members get three months
free subscriptions to 'lovenandfriendship.com' worth £35,
six free DVD rentals with screenselect.co.uk and much, much
you hear of 'Heyday' during the month of June, and would
like to add to the social wealth of the over 50's community
within the two counties, please contact Jim Smith, Membership
Organizer, at email@example.com or 07737 024376 (Mon-Thurs
Half Term Activities in Ross-on-Wye
My apologies for forgetting to include this article last
week. It is a little late for one event but the other is
Heritage Centre is to hold two activity days for youngsters
during the spring half-term holiday in May this year.
first will be "Make Crowns and Flags to Celebrate the Queen's
80th Birthday". Those taking part will be able to design
their own flags and crowns to take home. This will take
place on Tuesday, May 30, from 11am to 3pm. Heritage centre
staff will run the session, which is free to all ages and
drop-in, so there is no need to book - however, all children
must be accompanied.
Friday, May 26, the education staff of Hereford Museum will
be at the Heritage Centre to run the activity day "Fancy
Fairies and Gruesome Goblins". Attendees will be able to
make a mobile based on Heath Robinson's illustration "The
Fairy's Birthday". The
free session runs from 10.30am to 1pm, and again is drop-in,
with accompanied children.
wanting more details about any of the activities should
contact Ross Market House Heritage Centre on (01432) 260675
between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10.30am to
4pm on Sundays.
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