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Issue No. 103 - 12th July 2006
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Ross Country Music Festival!

Well, what can I say other than, 'what a fantastic weekend!' I had in the past never really thought much about country music as it is really just not my thing. When I was asked to go along for the weekend and cover the Fourth Ross Country Music Festival for Wyenot News, I have to admit that I felt some trepidation. Within minutes of arriving at the site on Friday evening however, I was made to feel I as if I was among friends who had known me all of my life. Those who attended were just about the best and happiest bunch of people I have seen gathered together in one place locally.

Ross Country Music Festival, which took place at Ross Rowing Club between Friday, 7th and Sunday 9th July is organized annually by Colin and Ann Grey, with all proceeds going to St. Michael's Hospice. On Sunday afternoon, Mayor and Mayoress Phil and Chris Cutter attended the event, along with St. Michael's Hospice Fund-raising Co-ordinator, Lyn Gummer, taking a tour of the camp site and meeting those who brought a small taste of the American Midwest to Herefordshire.

Artistes appearing at the show included; Rough Diamond, Closing Time, Dave Sherrif, Ross-on-Wye's very own, Dobbsy, The Ellis Brothers, Andy Bevan, Westride and Royston Jones.

There are some pictures from the weekend below but I took far too many to put on a news page - (591 actually). For those who attended the event, I have made 396 of these available to view in a special gallery. Please click here if you would like to view the rest of the photos.

Calling all country music fans. Next year's Ross Country Music Festival is due to take place between Friday, 6th July and Sunday 8th July. Artistes already booked are Dean Austin, Dave Sherrif, Jim Edwards, Mel Paul & Mary Lacey, Kalibre and Dobbsy. Come on Ross-on-Wye as well. Stop moaning that there is nothing going on and let's put Ross back on the festival map! Information from Colin Grey on 01989 567995.

Westride, who appeared on Saturday evening in the marquee due to light rain. DSC_2606



Rick and Annie Oakley from Shrewsbury arrived in this wonderful home built, mobile log cabin. DSC_2372

Rick and Annie Oakley's cabin by night. DSC_2657

Sheriff, Cody. DSC_2382

Lyn Gummer, Mayor and Mayoress, Phil and Chris Cutter, Colin and Ann Grey officially open the event. DSC_2697

Closing Time. DSC_2750

Line dancing in the Sunday sunshine. DSC_2810

Dave Sherrif. DSC_2821


A 'Trilogy' of respect for the fallen in battle concludes the weekend event. DSC_2965

24 Hour Table Tennis Marathon for Acorns

As most of us are aware, The Acorns Children's Hospice is in crisis at present. Many local people are trying to help by raising funds in various ways, not least the White Lion Table Tennis Group. A twenty four hour table tennis marathon is to be held at The White Lion Inn, Wilton from 12:00 noon on Saturday 22nd July until 12:00 noon on Sunday 23rd July, with pairs taking a half hour shift at at a time, including landlords of The White Lion, Dave and Jacqui Newman.

Many people have sponsored this event already and it is hoped that more funds will be raised during Saturday evening when, during the live entertainment provided by local duo 'Little Sister', buckets will be passed round, to help boost the total raised. Spokesman for the event, George told us that the group have enough players to complete the marathon, but they will appreciate any donations collected during the evening. Why not go along and help this very important cause whilst enjoying a great evening of live music.

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