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Issue No. 102 - 5th July 2006
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Supporting Weston FC at Morrisons

Footballers from Weston-under-Penyard's under 14's squad spent last Saturday raising funds for their club by helping to pack shopping for customers of Morrisons Supermarket in Ross-on-Wye. The day was very successful and the money raised will go towards new equipment and facilities for the club.

Many customers showed interest in the team with stories of when they played for the club and the years they had lived in the village and watched football played at the village hall playing fields.

If any of the people who expressed interest in junior football would like to come to training sessions at 6.30 pm on Wednesday evenings, the club will be pleased to give them help and information. Phone 01989 564964 for further details.

Player's, their parents and supporters would like to thank Morrisons and their customers for their help and generosity, which is very much appreciated.


Recycling Your Old Electronic Equipment

Thanks to the reputation Ross-on-Wye has earned for its commitment to recycling, a new community electronics recycling project has come to town. 'Re-Box', the Ross based recycling service, in partnership with an international company based in the Forest of Dean, 'Engelhard', will jointly offer the new service to Ross residents from the beginning of July.

The ReBox site, opposite the Council Recycling Centre on the Ashburton Trading Estate will become a drop-off point for electronic equipment. Household electronic equipment such as computer equipment (no monitors), printers, fax and photocopier machines, telephones, calculators, small electronic equipment can be deposited in the dedicated wire container provided at the site.

An additional benefit of the service is that for every computer base unit/tower left for recycling, Engelhard will make a donation to the charity behind ReBox, EnviroAbility. EnviroAbility General Manager, Dennis Humble, said, 'We are excited about introducing this initiative as it is one of the suggestions coming from you, and because of you, the recyclers of Ross. At the same time it was suggested to us that some of these items could be in good working order and we should test them and sell them on for others to reuse before they are recycled. We would be interested in hearing what you think. Give us a call, pop in the shop or drop us an email to tell us what you think on this or any other reuse or recycling ideas you may be sitting on.'

The cutting edge recycling processes used mean that zero waste goes to landfill. The Engelhard plant in Cinderford opened in 1982 was the worlds first electronics materials refinery. . This partnership is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

If you require any further information or ideas please call the Green Nappies line on 01989 760919 or e-mail:


A Bigger and Better 'Ross Live!'

The 'Ross Live!' festival, due to take place in August promises a week of varied entertainment ranging from classical to blues, enchanting seventeenth century love songs and Oscar Wilde's nineteenth century witticisms.

Now in its second year, the festival opens on 12th August with a lunchtime organ recital by Adrian Partington and culminates on 19th August with a fully staged performance of the opera 'The Dragon of Wantley'. Details of all performances can be found in the festival programme, which is available now from Herefordshire Tourist Information Centres or on-line at

Festival Director, Robin Symonds said, 'Don't miss this extraordinary week, when the Ross riverside will resound to Big Band R&B, St Mary's Church plays host to 18th Century comic opera, the Baptist Church turns concert hall, the Bandstand is given over to a free Sunday afternoon blues session and everyone gets the chance to kick up their heels at a traditional Ceilidh at the Larruperz Centre.'

There will also be a series of lunchtime concerts performed by young musicians from the Birmingham Conservatoire and an open-air production of The Importance of Being Earnest, performed by professional theatre company Heartbreak Productions against the backdrop of the spectacular views from The Prospect. For the first time, festival concerts will also be held at Hom Church, Hom Green and in the beautiful Italianate church at Hoarwithy.

'We remain faithful to our original concept, which was that we had to use existing facilities and, for the most part, volunteer management. Within these constraints, we have planned an even more ambitious programme than last year, and we hope it will have even wider appeal.

We also hope to attract people to the town from further afield. This is important, for 'Ross Live!' is now a project within the Regeneration Strategy for the Ross-on-Wye area, with funding from Advantage West Midlands and Arts Council England under the Market Towns Initiative.

Another important aspect of 'Ross Live!' is its outreach programme, involving local schools and youth organizations. This programme includes music and dance workshops, a performance techniques master class and a summer drama school.

These projects encourage young people's participation in the performing arts and generate greater interest in learning to play an instrument. Organizers hope the 'Ross Live!' festival will make a significant contribution to the town's community life and economy. They aim particularly to attract more visitors to the Festival and, by working with the local community, to introduce arts to new audiences. We see these aims as important elements in the creation of a sense of community and an enhanced quality of life, in the absence of which a town cannot thrive,' said Robin.

For more details about the festival, visit the 'Ross Live!' website, pick up a programme, or phone 01989 563883. Telephone bookings can be made by phone on: 01989 562768 (Monday - Saturday 9 am to 5 pm).

Heartbreak Production's Open Air performance of The Importance of Being Earnest promises to be one of the highlights of this year's Ross Live festival.

Passion at Gorsley Festival

Powerful times of worship led by Nia and the Festival Band.

Louis Giglio from Passion movement USA, along with Dr David Carr and Bishop Mike Hill, some of the UK's most dynamic Christian church leaders will be speaking at the Gorsley Festival on 24th - 28th August 2006.

The festival, nestled near the beautiful Wye Valley on the borders of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, offers a wealth of activities which will be amazing for youth, wonderful for families and great for worship. 'Gorsley is different,' said Pastor John Lewis, Gorsley Baptist Church 'During the festival you can take time out to hear afresh from God through the passionate teachings of the speakers and be uplifted by the powerful times of worship led by NIA and the festival band'.

Professor Potty will run the crazy fun packed kid's zone in a safe and friendly environment, whilst the youth track event is the place to be for those wanting to be stronger disciples of Jesus. And if that wasn't enough, the now famous flower festival attracts thousands of visitors with floral creations depicting key phrases from the Bible.

'It is quite unbelievable what can be achieved with flowers' said Lewis, 'Each year the displays capture the spirit of scripture, provoking many discussions and bringing great

joy to those who attend. This year the theme is based around Moses; "Fresh strength for life's journey!", so it might mean we will have to create the Red Sea - but I have no idea how we will part it!!'

The beauty of the festival is that it is set in a fabulous location with many attractions, such as Malvern, Wye Valley, woodland cycle trails, nearby golf courses and Ross on Wye is just a short distance away. Limited camping is catered for at the festival and there are many local hotels and B&Bs close by.

For further information call 01989 720312.

X-entricity - The Best Bits

X-centicity put on a one night show on Saturday, 1st July called 'The Best Bits' during which they performed favourite songs from all of their past shows: Godspell, West Side Story, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Les Miserables & Jekyll & Hyde.

The show proved to be lively and entertaining, and showed what a phenomenal talent the young members of the cast have. Both audience and cast had a great time, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

Three of the 'X-entricity' cast, who were recently in the production of West Side Story at the Everyman at Cheltenham are now moving on. Jess Ball & Liam Pettit are involved in several major theatre projects, and are certainly going to be huge stars in the future. Steve Liddle has been with X-entricity from the very beginning, and he has taken over the role of Artistic Director with the Company. 'The Best Bits' was his debut as a Director, and he deserves massive credit for the success of the show.

Pictured below are Liam Pettit, Jessica Ball and Steve Liddle as well as the whole X-entricity cast at rehearsal on Friday.



Well Done Goodrich!

Head Teacher of Goodrich Primary School, Tony Griffiths and Co-ordinator, Mrs. Clee were presented with the National Healthy Schools Award in Hereford on Tuesday, 27th June. The school also received an excellent ofsted report.


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