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Issue No. 106 - 2nd August 2006
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Educating Rita in Upton Bishop

The 'Barebones Theatre Company' treated residents of Upton Bishop to two fine performances of Willy Russell's famous work, 'Educating Rita' on both Friday and Saturday evening. Lorraine Worrall and Dave Baldwin as Rita and Frank gave performances that would not have looked out of place in a west end theatre.

Lorraine is no stranger to Willy Russell and many will remember her great rendition of 'Shirley Valentine' two years ago. If you have not yet seen Educating Rita there are still plenty of opportunities, as 'Barebones' will be visiting Fownhope, Monmouth, Gorsley and Weobley. For details of dates and times why not visit the Wyenot News 'What's On?' page?

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The 'Educating Rita' cast and stage crew.
Dave Baldwin, Ian Pauley, Loraine Worrall.
Maurine Baker, Howard Jones, Sue Jones, Margaret Baldwin and Richard Worrall.
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The First Pint in 10 Years!

A new chapter has opened in the life of Ross Sports Centre this week. Ross Town FC, led by Peter Gilmour have received backing from the FA and the Football Foundation to improve the facilities there. There are plans for an extension, improved changing room facilities, a spectator stand, floodlights and the refurbishment of the car park. These plans are for the benefit of all, not just Ross Town FC and Peter would like to hear from anybody who would like to help in any way. If you would like to become involved in this project, please contact Peter on 08707 650601.

As well as improvements to the sports facilities, there is also the social aspect of the Sports Centre. The bar will be open on match days and the room will be available to hire for wedding receptions and parties. There will also be a new sound system and a wide screen television installed. The first pint to be poured in approximately ten years was welcomed by Mark Ravenshill, pictured below with Peter Gilmour, Simon Brown, (pouring) Mel Hodges, Ian Phillips and Olivia and Jamie.

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Welcome to the Land of Narnia

Ross-on-Wye Baptist Church held their annual Children’s Holiday Club during the first week of the school summer break, welcoming children to the Land of Narnia. This year's holiday club focussed on the story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. Around a hundred children attended the event, taking part in games, competitions, crafts and stories.

Pictured below, the children can be seen enjoying themselves last Wednesday morning under the leadership of Fiona Stutton and Catherine Reynolds. The Green Fauns are Joshua Hodges and Jacob Brooks.


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Canon Paul Chidgey Celebrates 60 Years

Canon Paul Chidgey celebrated his diamond anniversary as a priest at St. Frances of Rome, Catholic Church, Ross on Saturday, July 22nd.

Canon Paul was ordained by Archbishop, Michael McGrath in Cardiff on 25th July 1946 and has worked in the parish of St. Frances for twenty one years, since 1985.

Gordon Amand told Wyenot News, 'I don't know many people who are still working at 85 years of age'

Canon Paul was joined at the celebration by eighty of his parishioners at a sung mass in the church and later for a luncheon including strawberries, cream and champagne at the Millennium hall at Upton Bishop.

The photo left shows Canon Paul cutting his diamond anniversary cake with the help of Jeff Wheeler who, along with his wife Jan and Therese Warwick organized the celebration party. The sword in the photo belongs to Mr Wheeler, a retired army officer.

In the photos below, Jeff Wheeler, Jerry Webb, Canon Paul Chidgey, Tom Webb and Jan Wheeler spend time reminiscing and the youngest members of the party tuck into some celebration food.

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