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Issue No. 105 - 26th July 2006
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Ross Girls Brigade say Farewell to Alison

'I 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.

A 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.

Alison 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.

Pictured 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 Millman.


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Ceilidh 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.

Leading 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.

'This 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.

Rose 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 ticket holder.

Tickets are obtainable from the Tourist Information Centre 01989 562768 and will be on sale at the door on the night.

The workshops were organized as part of the Ross Live! outreach programme which has been funded by Awards for All.


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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

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Matt

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.

Matt 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 level!

In 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 rock band!



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