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No. 105 - 26th July 2006
[Farewell Alison - Ross Live Ceilidh - Matt]
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Ross Girls Brigade say Farewell to Alison
thought I was going somewhere posh for dinner but this
is far nicer. I could not have wished for a better evening,'
remarked Alison Sumner, during a buffet lunch at Ross
Methodist Church on Saturday evening. A farewell reunion
party had been arranged for Alison by her daughter, Catherine
as she retired from the post of leading Ross-on-Wye 1st
Girls Brigade Company, the last meeting of which sadly
took place on Friday evening, 21st July.
collection of memories had been gathered together as a
gift to Alison from past Girls Brigade members and helpers.
This was on display during the short devotional service
and buffet lunch.
began training as a Girls Brigade Leader in Kidderminster
back in 1980 and attended a Hereford Girls Brigade Company
on moving to the area soon after. In 1982 she started
the 1st Ross-on-Wye Girls Brigade, which became a strong
Company and saw many girls from Ross joining in with cooking,
arts and crafts, camping, to name but some of the regular
activities the girls enjoyed.
below, Stephanie Watts and Sally Morris present Alison
with flowers on Saturday evening and other past members
and friends of the Girls Brigade, who attended Alison's
party. Sarah Wood (my daughter) is pictured with Alison.
Sarah was a member of the Company for many years. With
Alison as she cut her 'Fare Well' cake are Sally Morris,
Sarah Wood, Natasha Millman, Stephanie Watts and Rebecca
comes to Brampton Abbotts
There were misty eyes at Brampton Abbotts Primary School
as teachers watched Years 5 and 6 pupils take their first
steps in Irish dancing.
international dance coach and choreographer Rose Ellis was
at the school for three morning sessions with four of her
young dancers who enthralled the children with a dazzling
display of hard-shoe dancing. Pupils then had the benefit
of their expertise learning the basic footwork and posture,
until finally by Friday they had progressed to putting on
a display of traditional ceilidh dance for the whole school.
has been a wonderful opportunity for the children to see
and take part in something entirely new, and I have been
really impressed with how they have taken to it with such
enthusiasm' said teacher Jane Baldwin.
Ellis said 'I have taken many many workshops in my time
but this has been just the best!'. The children will be
taking part in the Ross
Live! Festival show Licence to Ceilidh at the Larruperz
Centre at 7.30pm on Friday 18th August. Tickets are £10
each but children under 16 are free if accompanied by a
are obtainable from the Tourist Information Centre 01989
562768 and will be on sale at the door on the night.
workshops were organized as part of the Ross
Live! outreach programme which has been funded by Awards
The children of Brampton Abbotts Primary School present Rose Ellis
with a bouquet following their Irish Dance Lessons. DSC_3392
Stacey Keary, Mrs Jane Baldwin, Jade, Callam, Jordan, Jade, William,
Bethan, Sam, Jody, Rose Ellis. Front: Ellie-May, Ebony, Tom, Latisha,
Callum, Chelsea, Ben, Molly, Alex and Amy. DSC_3381
Thank you to those who wrote wishing my son well during
the week. As
an update, we went to Hereford Hospital today for the biopsy
results and the long and the short of it is that Matt has
a malignant lymphoma which has spread. Long term his prospects
are very good but the next three to six months are going
to be difficult while he undergoes an intensive course of
chemotherapy, in Cheltenham. I expect this will mean a lot
of travelling to and from the hospital.
is happy in himself, as can be seen in the photo and very
positive. 'They didn't tell me anything I did not already
know,' he said, surprisingly cheerfully, as we left the
hospital this morning and walked back to the off-site car
park. Matt is strong, still smiling and when we arrived
back home, we played 'Whiskey in the Jar' together on the
guitars and in a strange and unreal kind of way, had a good
day together. Apologies to the rest of Cawdor for the noise
six months time Matt will be fully recovered, will be able
to put all of this behind him and maybe we can form a new
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